Halloween Caramel Corn

Halloween Caramel Corn

Take homemade caramel corn and turn it on its head by adding pretzels, candy corn, M&MS and Reese’s Pieces for a colorful and easy Halloween snack. Makes about 26 servings. Ingredients 16 cups plain popped popcorn 5 cups, miniature pretzels 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 1 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup dark corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon […]

Glamping in the Great Smoky Mountains

Glamping in the Great Smoky Mountains

Forget the hassle and tedium of regular camping where you’re worn out before you get that first marshmallow over the fire. Glamping is where it’s at, and you’ll find plenty of tony accommodations in beautiful Tennessee. At Camp LeConte Luxury Outdoor Resort (1739 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, 865-436-8831, campleconte.com, @CampLeConte) on Raccoon Ridge, you can take glamping to another level by […]

Traveling Toys for Kids

Traveling Toys for Kids

Travel Toys It’s important to keep your sanity during those memorable summer vacation trips. To that end, it’s imperative to keep kids busy en route, whether in a car, plane or train. But, don’t forget to unplug them once in a while. Here’s our list of five toys that will keep them offline and engaged.   1. Forget the spinner, […]

Painting Basics

Painting Basics

Paint Primer  Whether you’re a DIY type of house painter or if you’re handing off the job, you still should know some paint basics. After all, even if you don’t lift a brush or roller, you’ll still want to know what’s in your paint, and how it’s stored. The biggest changes in paint go beyond the latest colors. Instead, many […]

Old-Fashioned Peach Ice Cream

Old-Fashioned Peach Ice Cream

Old-Fashioned Peach Ice Cream Don’t pass up those juicy sweet peaches on your next trip to the farmers market. Buy more than you think you’ll need because, chances are, you’ll be making our favorite peach ice cream throughout the long hot summer. Ingredients: 2 cups half-and-half 3 cups sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 eggs, lightly beaten 4 cups heavy whipping […]

Take a Spa Vacation — With Your Dog

Take a Spa Vacation — With Your Dog

Salamander Resort and Spa, Middleburg,Virginia Sometimes it’s nice to get away with your best friend. But, when your buddy is your dog, vacation spots can be a bit scarce. However, you and your well-behaved pooch are welcome at Salamander Resort and Spa (500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, Va., 540-687-3600, salamanderresort.com), situated among the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains […]

Indestructible Dog Toy: Lion & Elephant Tested. Dog Approved.

Indestructible Dog Toy: Lion & Elephant Tested. Dog Approved.

A dog toy even a lion a tiger and an elephant can’t destroy — much less your dog I’ve got a couple of German shepherds who scoff at the idea of a supremely durable dog toy. There’s nothing these two can’t shred, rip or pulverize before you can say “sit and stay.” And then Varsity ball entered their lives and […]

US Postal Service Holiday Shipping Deadlines

US Postal Service Holiday Shipping Deadlines

For most of us, the holiday season includes frantically shipping packages to friends and loved ones hoping they make it in time. To help you this year, we’ve gathered up the most recent U.S. Postal Service holiday mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic and international destinations. Let’s get our gifts into those waiting hands on time this year! (that means […]

Soft pumpkin cookies with maple-caramel cream cheese frosting

Soft pumpkin cookies with maple-caramel cream cheese frosting

This recipe makes spicy, cake-like cookies iced with a thick smear of maple-caramel cream cheese frosting. Store them in single layers so they don’t end up clumped together. Makes about five dozen cookies. Ingredients: 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 1-1/4 cups brown sugar 2 eggs, beaten 1-1/2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix) 1-1/2 cups flour 1 […]

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