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    I am not a camper, at least not a happy one. That being said, the only thing I really like about camping is the food. Something about a meal being cooking in the great outdoors is totally irresistible and is almost worth the dirt, the dust, the bug bites and outhouses.

    So what is a campfire foodie who doesn't like to camp to do? Why, to try to recreate a camping worthy meal in my own kitchen complete with running water, a ceiling and not a single piece of poison ivy.

    Here is my perfect outdoorsy meal to make at home, pine tree smell and mosquitos not included.

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    St. Patrick's Day, birthday parties, and spring on its way are all great reasons to celebrate with rainbow decor! I went to Pinterest to find out how people are using rainbows to brighten even the dreariest of day and found these clever rainbow goodie bags.

    The idea is to layer candy from every color of the rainbow over gold colored candy for the perfect rainbow treat. 

    While I think these candy-filled rainbow goodie bags could make anyone happy all year long, I wasn't sure how easy it would be to maintain that layered rainbow look.

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    There's nothing like a warm, hearty bread to fill your tummy on a cold winter day. And Nutella, that intoxicating hazelnut cocoa spread that seems to be infiltrating every dessert from cupcakes to s'mores bars, makes the perfect filling for a sweet and substantial bread dessert. It isn't just delicious -- it's really beautiful to look at, too. 

    This Braided Nutella Bread would make the perfect Christmas morning breakfast -- but why wait that long to sample it? Let's get baking!

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    Let's say it together -- on your mark, get set, go: AWWW! These adorable and delicious cupcakes are going to make every single person at your Thanksgiving Day table, from your toddler to your great-grandmother, feel even more thankful that they're celebrating with such a masterful baker this year! Not only are these adorable treats sweet looking, they're inventive, pretty simple to make, and -- the best part -- they feature mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Can anything go wrong when you add peanut butter? 

    Whether you decide to include these Pilgrim Hat Cupcakes alongside your traditional pumpkin pie or say "to hell with it!" and replace your usual desserts with these, you can be sure your guests will coo with delight when you present these after turkey time.

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    No offense to vegetarians, but for me, one of the tell-tale signs that I'm eating something extraordinarily delicious is if I don't even realize it contains not an ounce of meat. This creamy, cheesy, absolutely amazing baked pumpkin fettuccine alfredo, courtesy of How Sweet It Is, is the perfect meal to try as we -- believe it or not -- wind down from pumpkin season and shift into gingerbread, eggnog, and all-things peppermint season. 

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    There's one surefire way to lift your family's spirits when one or more of you happen to be having a bad day: announce that it's pizza night. I know it's simple to dial up your local pizzeria and order a pie, but you won't believe how easy -- and even more satisfying -- it is to create this delicious and, might I add beautiful, pepperoni pizza casserole at home. You get the added bonus of living in a house that smells like love and fresh-based goodness and -- did I mention? -- you won't even have to tinker with gooey, annoying dough. Bring it on!

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    Quick: think of all the adjectives you can use to describe meat loaf. Is "fun" one of them? I didn't think so! But the truth is this traditional comfort food is one of the easiest meals to make on a budget and won't send you on a wild-goose chase to the grocery store in search of exotic spices or ingredients. 

    Still, it can get quite annoying having to hear your kids moan and groan when you produce that predictable loaf pan. So why not turn it into a healthy Halloween treat

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    It's no secret that many cat owners treat their kitties like members of the royal family. And who wouldn't admit to liking their pets even more than certain cousins? Well now, thanks to a Japanese company called B&H Life, there's no reason you can't let your little fur baby ring in the good times same as any other festive human might -- with a little vino. That's right, you can now pour your kitty a goblet of red cat wine called Nyan Nyan Nouveau whenever you, or your best friend, has had a rough day. 

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    Harry Rosen is a 103-year-old man who probably has more than a few life secrets up his sleeve. But here's one I can really get on board with: the widower hasn't eaten a single dinner at his Manhattan apartment in years. Instead, he hops in a taxi every night and heads to one of his favorite, oh-so-not-cheap restaurants, where he examines menus with a magnifying glass, drinks chardonnay, and feasts on everything from raw fish to pureed vegetables -- which are easier for his dentures to chop. The former entrepreneur, who was married to his wife for 70 years before she passed away five years ago, says that dining is like therapy to him and he that gets energy from the experience. Amen, Harry, amen.

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    Happy almost-Cinco de Mayo -- the holiday celebrated more in America than in Mexico. In the state of Puebla, the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla and commemorates a battle the Mexican army won against French forces in 1862. (Mexican Independence Day is September 16.) The holiday is still celebrated in Puebla, a region famous for its complicated but amazing mole sauces.

    Here in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has become a celebration of Mexican heritage. So when it comes to traditional Cinco de Mayo party food, almost anything Mexican-ish goes. Even Tex-Mex and California-style burritos. But here's a few of my favorite picks.

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