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Picking the Perfect Pumpkin for Carving

September 26th, 2013

With cooler weather in the air and fall officially underway, many lovers of the autumn months already have pumpkin on the brain. One of the most popular uses of pumpkin is for carving and decorating - for instance the famed jack-o-lantern. Obtaining the best results when carving pumpkins starts with choosing the right gourd for the job.There's a wide variety of...

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Traditions And Tips For Celebrating Oktoberfest

September 18th, 2013

If you've got a taste for German culture or seasonal festivities, it's the perfect time to celebrate Oktoberfest. For those who don't know what Oktoberfest is, it's a traditional celebration begun in the Bavarian city of Munich in Germany in 1810 and held in honor of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.Oktoberfest...

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Three Fall Fruits And Vegetables And Their Health Benefits

September 17th, 2013

With the onset of the autumn season, there's a slew of great autumn fruits and vegetables that are ready for picking or purchasing. Each one is delicious in its own way and comes loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Here are a few fall fruits and vegetables and their health benefits. 1. Sweet potatoes Sweet potatoes have an appropriate namesake, due to their sweet orange...

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Decorating Your Front Porch For The Fall Season

September 17th, 2013

Autumn is officially here, and while you're probably missing summertime trips to the beach and backyard barbecues, there's still plenty of great weather left to enjoy outdoors. Before long, you'll be into the seasonal spirit with fall foliage, Jack-o'-Lanterns, pumpkin pies, scarves, sweaters and hot apple cider. While it's still early in the autumn, now is the perfect time...

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Getting to Know the Real Johnny Appleseed

September 16th, 2013

Autumn is here yet again, which means you'll be probably be hearing the name "Johnny Appleseed" a bit more frequently. Whether you have kids who come home from school singing Johnny's tune, or you yourself remember this immortal American's tale, you may be shocked to learn that "Johnny Appleseed" was, in fact, a real person.John Chapman, a...

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How to Make the Perfect Party Punch

September 13th, 2013

Nothing will make your next get-together as swank as a classic alcoholic punch, especially a mix with a modern twist. Hosts and hostesses have been serving sparkling boozy mixes for decades, whether in a crystal bowl at a holiday party or in decorative pitchers at a crisp fall barbecue.Party punches typically include something sparkling, such as seltzer, champagne or a clear...

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Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 10th, 2013

Created in 1995 by "Ol' Chumbucket" John Baur and "Cap'n Slappy" Mark Summers in Albany, Ore., as a way to celebrate a rich tradition of piracy and maritime adventures, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is one of the most exciting events of the year.It doesn't matter whether you're a lover of the high seas or you know how to let out a...

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The History Behind the Dreaded Friday the 13th

September 4th, 2013

In American contemporary culture, Friday the 13th is synonymous with bad luck. Supposedly, it's a day when everything goes haywire and catastrophes are rampant. But where did this superstition come from and why does it still haunt us? Here's a brief history of how Friday the 13th came to be a supposed day of destruction. The curse of 13 The number 13 is still thought of as...

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A Guide to New York City's 9/11 Memorial Site

September 4th, 2013

After the tragedy on September 11, 2011, the World Trade Center lay in ruins. It took years for the city and its army of brave volunteers to clean up the wreckage, and even longer for everyone to figure out what would be an appropriate structure to take its place. The 9/11 Memorial is now finished, and with the upcoming 10-year anniversary, there's never been a better time to...

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Four Charities You Can Donate To In Support Of 9/11 Victims

September 4th, 2013

The tragedy of September 11, 2001, had a widespread effect on the whole country, but some people were affected more intimately because of loved ones that they lost. With the upcoming 10-year anniversary of 9/11, many of the victims' families and friends still need support - here are a few ways that you can reach out by donating to charity. Tuesday's Children Tuesday's...

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