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As eating seasonally becomes more mainstream, restaurants and fast food joints have definitely caught on and pumpkin flavored everything is, well, everywhere right now — with the pumpkin spice latte reaching full-on cult status.
Use this copycat version of the fall coffeeshop fix (which has a tendency to sell out just when you need one most) to make a sweet, savory, and super money-saving version at home, all without needing a steamer! Just in time for the neighborhood costume parade tonight, may we suggest making a batch for friends or roommates using this trick for the ultimate fall treat.FULL ENTRY
Inspired by a trip to Tulum, Mexico in late October a few years ago for a friend's wedding, I've been longing to do a Day of the Dead doll costume for Halloween but was totally intimidated by getting the sugar skull design just right. Thanks to the magic of Pinterest searches and this simple 5-minute homemade Halloween makeup recipe, using just water and two common household ingredients, I found everything I needed to give it a try.FULL ENTRY
Photo: Melissa Massello/ShoestringSpa Week, the bi-annual event where thousands of beauty salons and spas across the country offer a range of treatments discounted to $50, is in full effect through Sunday (October 20th) — but, with just a fraction of that budget, you can create an at-home spa, pampering yourself from head to toe, using just one main ingredient and these six DIY recipes. Meet coconut oil, the new Duct Tape of craft kitchens: a single miracle product with seemingly endless uses. FULL ENTRY
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Football season is in full swing, which means weekends are for setting out serious spreads of food for friends and family and wearing stretchy pants in front of the TV. In with the cold weather and out with the calorie counting!
If you pay attention to food trends or spend any time on Pinterest, then you've probably heard about the hottest thing for game day since Buffalo chicken dip: "Totchos," or tater tot nachos.FULL ENTRY
Ahh, summer. The end of beach days and cookouts may be fast approaching, but we still have a three-day weekend to celebrate. If you're looking to cool down with a kick this Labor Day, Erin Nichols' book Poptails gives you 60 recipes for boozy ice pops perfect for the over-21 crowd.
If you're watermelon obsessed like I am, check out the recipe for Wicked Watermelon pops after the jump:FULL ENTRY
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One of my favorite things about my neighbor Tom is his sweet tooth. Whether he's "stress baking" or recipe testing truffles, brownies, or cookies, it's always a joyful surprise to come home to an invitation to help out in his kitchen — or a gift of his baking surplus gracing my kitchen island.
So, when Tom invited me to help him make a rainbow of Skittles-flavored vodkas for his cocktail party last weekend, of course I jumped at the chance to learn from the master of the sugar high. First taught to him by a friend while at college in New York, Tom has now passed the recipe & steps for making Skittles vodka on to me — and the process couldn't be easier, or more fun.FULL ENTRY
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Each year on Mother's Day, kids and spouses the world over decide to spoil Mom early in the morning with a good, old-fashioned, home-cooked breakfast in bed. And then, hearts full, those same moms get out of bed to face their special day…and the kitchen wreck left behind.
Spoil mom completely this Mother's Day with a delicious (100 calorie!) recipe that's not only fail-proof for kids of all ages and spouses of all culinary talent, it requires only the minimal cleanup of two muffin tins and a mixing bowl. (And no messy flour!)FULL ENTRY
I made it a whopping six pages into the cookbook before practically drooling on their version of Nutella, a chocolate hazelnut spread so warm and nutty, you may never buy the imported stuff again.
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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out
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