By Jenna Helwig
A family brunch is a great opportunity to relax together after the excitement of opening gifts. Best of all, you don’t have to spend a lot of time to make delicious (and healthy!) mid-morning treats. These two recipes that will have you out of the kitchen and at the table in no time!
FESTIVE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS
Makes 12 muffins
2½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup canola oil
1¼ cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini (use the large holes on a box grater)
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a standard-size muffin tin with a bit of canola oil, or use muffin cups.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, salt, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, canola oil, sugar and vanilla.
By Caitlin Ultimo
While the holidays are a time of joy, they’re also one of the most hectic times of year. After all, it takes plenty of hard work to keep up that festive cheer (not to mention buy presents, prep those parties and clean up the messes!). But that doesn’t mean you have to give in to the stress. Make your holidays stress-free by keeping these three stress management tips in mind, and you’ll not only accomplish everything on your holiday list — but enjoy the time, too!
Tip No. 1: Plan ahead
One of the biggest contributors to a holiday headache is leaving things to the last minute. That includes party prep, gift shopping and wrapping. Be realistic with what you can achieve when planning a get-together: Remember that you don’t have to make, bake or buy everything on your own. Family and friends usually enjoy pitching in, whether that means bringing dessert or extra napkins.
By Darren Ryan
Is your bathroom in need of some updates but your budget doesn’t allow much in terms of wiggle room? The cost of a complete bathroom remodel can quickly add up.
Fortunately, there are several small, inexpensive projects you can do to give your bathroom a makeover without breaking the bank. Here are the ten most common small projects to turn your bath into a cozy and relaxing retreat and start upgrading your bathroom step by simple step.
1) Update Your Bath Cabinet Hardware
These small items say big things about your bathroom style. Changing out your knobs and pulls to brushed nickel or bronze can create a whole new decorative touch.
2) Update Your Bath Faucets
The faucet is one of the most frequently used items in your bathroom, so it’s important to select one that truly reflects your style. Updating your faucet with a new low-flow model is a relatively inexpensive way to cut water consumption while adding a refreshed look to your sink area.
3) Replace Your Showerheads & Hand Showers
Showerheads and hand showers add a nice touch to your overall bathroom design, and they can make your showering experience more enjoyable. Replacing a showerhead is usually a quick and inexpensive project. Hand showers can be used as fixed showers or hand-helds and provide maximum versatility. Drill-less models are easily installed.
By Becky, the Clean Mama
We love them, but our pets can sometimes be a bit more work than we’d like. (I have a chocolate lab, so I have cleaned up my share of pet stains!) Don’t fret too much — the key is to tackle the stain as quickly as you can before it sets in.
First, soak up the mess with absorbent paper towels or rags. If the stain is on something that can be laundered (such as a small area rug), pretreat the stain and wash separately in your washing machine. If it’s on carpet, use a pet- and human-safe antibacterial cleaner. Just rinse the cleaner from the carpet by blotting with a wet rag, then a dry rag until no liquid appears on the towel.