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    You know that feeling you get when you want to make something traditional for Easter dinner, but a little bit different from last year, but not too different? Well lucky for you, there are endless varieties of glazes for baked ham! Here's one we thought looked especially tasty, this recipe for brown sugar-bourbon baked ham. While I think the bourbon sounds promising, there's another fun surprise ingredient you may be tempted to sip while you bake your ham ...

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    Not sure if you got the memo, but Mason Jars are totally in. This old-school canning vessel has been having a "moment" for a while now, and something about their unpretentious nature and simplicity makes it a well-deserved trend. One that is also affordable, and we always love affordable.

    I have to admit that I haven't done much with Mason jars beyond storing jams and pickles, but there is SO much more you can make in them -- from delicious desserts to foods to take with you on the road.

    Check out these 6 things you can use Mason jars for besides jam right here:

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    Have you ever gone inside a Starbucks and felt like something was missing? You know, the croissants are fine, the chocolate chip cookie soothes what ails you, and the caffeine is some of the strongest around, but something seems to be off...right? Well, even if you haven't felt this way, Starbucks was worried that one day you might. So they are completely overhauling their entire concept. Gone is the in-and-out coffee spot. In its place? A menu that includes wine, mac and cheese, and chocolate fondue! I will take seven of each, please and thank you. 

    They are calling these new nighttime options, 'Starbucks Evenings', and they've already begun a slow roll-out of these menu options at different locations throughout the country, though mostly on the West Coast. I've got to say, while I'm slightly skeptical, I love most of everything they do already. So why wouldn't I love this?

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    With spring just a few days away, it seems like we should be breaking out the barbecue and abandoning our favorite winter comfort foods. But not so fast! There's still a chill in the air, which is a good thing, because it means we have the perfect excuse to try this amazing, sumptuous recipe for Slow Cooker Coconut Hot Chocolate.

    Yes, you heard that right. Your Crock-Pot truly is the magical cooking tool that keeps giving. You probably already know how to whip up a mean beef stew in your slow cooker, but the rich flavors in hot, tasty beverages like this one are only intensified when you let them sit on low for a few hours. Mmmm ... kinda makes you yearn for a longer winter, doesn't it?

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    Ah, coffee. The magical elixir from the gods. Did you know more than half of American adults drink coffee every single day? Actually, it's about 54 percent of folks 18 and up.

    Surprised by that number? Me too. I thought it would be higher. Which got me wondering ... if they're not drinking coffee, what could people be doing with it? Turns out there are plenty of uses for coffee -- beans, grounds, even the liquid -- that have nothing to do with slurping up the sweet, sweet nectar.

    Check them out!

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    Like we needed yet ANOTHER reason to swing by our local Krispy Kreme. It was just announced that the masters of donut magic have created two new flavors to lure us in. This way, we can have our coffee with our donuts -- literally.

    For a limited time only the donut giant will be offering newfangled flavor sensations as the Mocha Kreme Doughnut and the Caramel Coffee Kreme Doughnut. Seriously, they had me at mocha -- the caramel and coffee are just added bonuses.

    So how do Krispy Kreme's new coffee donuts taste?

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    I inhaled a Peppermint Mocha Latte from Starbucks this morning. I shouldn't have, because a small cup costs almost $5 and I'm trying to be better about throwing away my money, but boy oh boy, was that cup of coffee an absolute treat. Many times I've thought to myself: my dumb Starbucks addiction costs me too much money. Dumb, dumb Starbucks and its dumb, delicious coffee.

    Well, one shop in California is set to make a killing based on that very idea. Dumb Starbucks -- which is the actual name of the shop -- opened in Los Angeles this weekend and java-loving folks just can't seem to figure out if the place is what it claims. It looks like a Starbucks, with identical font and a near-mirror image of its green logo, and it acts like a Starbucks -- doling our fraps, caps, and chocolate chai tea lattes -- but each of its items has been christened "dumb": Dumb Iced Coffee, Dumb Blonde Roast, Dumb Norah Jones Duets. So what's the deal here? 

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    Let me just be straight with you, I love a good bottle of wine. Who doesn't? Even if you're not inclined to imbibe, a wine bottle makes for pretty much the easiest hostess gift ever. And if you are fond of the vino? All the better.

    There's just one time when a bottle of wine causes a problem. I'm talking about when you grab a bottle for a party, only to realize there's no corkscrew in sight. Unless you have gotten one with a screw top (bless the person who created that pairing), you're pretty much out of luck, right?

    Wrong! There are a good half dozen ways to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew.

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    I know it's hard to believe, but science has found yet another reason why soda is even worse for you than we thought. The most common soda coloring is dangerous to your health. One kind of caramel coloring, which gives your soda that lovely golden-brown hue, contains 4-Mel, which can cause cancer. Consumer Reports found some sodas with levels of 4-Mel high enough to require a warning, and yet it was not listed in the ingredients. So that's super. 

    The good news is that you can have your brown soda and drink it, too. There are other kinds of caramel coloring that do not contain 4-Mel, and soda companies can and should change theirs. But it also makes me wonder -- why do we need our cola to be brown in the first place?

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    Want to get blotto on on screwdrivers but don’t want to shell out for vodka? Here’s an elegant solution: Hand sanitizer. A Pennsylvania man was arrested for stealing hand sanitizer from a hospital -- 12 bottles which he intended to mix with orange juice for cocktails, as you do. Did I say elegant? I meant revolting. Here’s the saddest part. We’re not even talking about some sneaky, underage teenager. No, this is a 51--year-old grown-ass man, perfectly capable of walking into a liquor store and purchasing a bottle of whatever.

    I’m sure he knows about all the really cheap vodka out there. And yet, he went with the hand sanitizer. You almost have to admire such an undiscriminating palate. I wonder if he’s considered any of these alternatives?

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