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Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes from


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Chef John’s No-Fail Thanksgiving Tips


Chef John. He’s like a friend in the kitchen. The best kind of friend. The professional chef kind. And he’s here to make this the Best Thanksgiving Ever. Below: His top tips, recipes, and how-to videos gathered in one place.

The Self-Basting Bird: Chef John’s Roast Turkey

Chef John shows you a terrific way to loosen the turkey’s skin so you can slip herbed butter beneath it. Buttering up the bird like this, keeps the meat wonderfully moist and flavorful. The turkey bastes itself, essentially.

Make-Ahead Masterpiece: Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

Creamy mascarpone cheese creates wonderful texture and a buttery, golden brown crust. Make these mashers in advance; spoon them into a casserole, and then simply bake until the tops are beautifully golden brown. They’re so good, gravy is almost optional. (Almost.)

No Mushy Stuff: Pecan & Apricot Stuffing

The pilgrims avoided soggy stuffing by not actually having stuffing on the Thanksgiving menu. But that’s not really an option for us. Good thing Chef John has a few slick tricks for keeping it crispy.

The French Connection: Green Bean Casserole

This is not your mother’s green bean casserole. Although it could be your grandma’s. Chef John reaches into the past for inspiration, giving traditional green bean casserole a delicious update. Homemade from start to finish, his version features caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese—the French-onion-soup treatment, you might say.

Caring Is Sharing: Tangerine Cherry Cranberry Sauce

Does anything say “I care” like cranberry sauce made from scratch? Probably. Because homemade cranberry sauce is just so incredibly easy to make. Combine a few ingredients, simmer on the stove, done! The big reveal here is that you should make this recipe instead of opening a can of cranberry sauce.

The Sexy Dollop: Classic Pumpkin Pie

After years of experimenting, Chef John has perfected his pumpkin pie formula. Rich and custardy with ideal texture, it’s also much less likely to crack in the oven. This video also features the semi-famous “sexy dollop” scene. Anyone can drop a dollop of whipped cream onto a slice of pie, but a sexy dollop? Chef John shows you how it’s done.



From Campus to Closing Costs: A College Grad’s Guide to Home Buying
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This exciting time in a young person’s life is ruled by one question: what’s next? For many, that answer takes quite a while to define.

So, as a recent college graduate, what do you need to know when buying your first home?

What does the future hold?

It can be very daunting to map out the next ten years of your life just as your tassel has been moved to the left. Impulsive decisions should be left in the dorm room and recent grads need to plan where and what they will be doing before considering buying property. Thinking like a real estate investor rather than making emotional or rash decisions can help guide the thought process.

"Before college grads think about buying a home, they should have both a stable job and firm plans to live in the neighborhood for at least the next five years,” says Brian Davis, VP of ezLandlordForms. “If a recent grad is cemented and secure in their current location then they should talk to several mortgage lenders (starting with their bank) about their loan qualifications.”

What should recent college grads see as red flags in their future? For example, do you plan to go back to school? If so, then buying a home right after undergraduate studies isn’t smart. Another factor is where you want to live. Many recent college graduates will gravitate to hip, chic areas where property values are through the roof. You have to ask yourself if you can afford an area like that and if not, whether you would be happy in a less desirable part of town.

Buying your first home is a huge decision, so all the factors together can become overwhelming. However, if you are mentally prepared to take the journey then you need to be certain that your wallet can handle the weight as well.

Plan, Plan, Plan

Before you even think of picking up a pen and inking a deal for a mortgage, it’s important to be aware of your financial standing. With technology essentially being ingrained in a young person’s DNA, budgeting has never been easier. There are a slew of apps for smart phones that are tailor-made for budgeting and planning your finances. These can enable you to see what you may be able to afford and when.

In addition to knowing the precise state of your finances, it is important to know your credit score. Just hearing these words alone can send people into a panic, but for an easy way to check it visit This is the only site that’s federally mandated and an authorized source for a free credit report. Be wary of any other sites that promise to run your credit for free.

Once you know your score you can decide what next steps to take. If it’s too low to even apply for a home loan (anything below 580), it’s time to get your credit in order. You should open up a credit card and pay it on time, stay on top of your student loans, and make sure you don’t have any lingering past due debt.

Many new buyers also don’t factor in the hidden costs of buying their first home. As well as the down payment on the property (which has proven tricky for recent grads to raise due to student loans), there are also appraisal charges, closing costs, taxes, insurance and property inspection fees.

Much like school itself, the best thing a recent college graduate can do is their homework. Thankfully, you can get a hand by partnering up with a team of professionals. As long as you think with a clear head and have a healthy financial standing, you could soon be hanging that fancy diploma in your very own home.

Happy Mother's Day!

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25 Cleaning Hacks You'll Wish You Knew Sooner

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Easter in Colorado Springs

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Easter in Colorado Springs


Looking for restaurants that serve Easter brunch in Colorado Springs? How about Colorado Springs Easter egg hunts? Below you will find fun activities for the family, from tasty menus to an Easter egg hunt at a castle! See where you can visit the Easter Bunny in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Family Friendly Skiing

by JoAnn Gadkowski Team

Living in Colorado, we’re fortunate to have some of the premier ski areas in the world and, even if you’re not a skier, you are surely familiar with the names of some of the mega resorts that dot the northern half of our state. Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Vail and others lie along the interstate 70 corridor and annually attract thousands of skiers to their slopes. However, the southern half of the state has some lesser known areas that can be great places for a family ski trip. If you want to enjoy a great winter getaway with the family, you’re likely to find fewer people and a better value at some of these areas that are still within a reasonable drive from Colorado Springs.

Here’s a rundown on some of the family friendly features they offer.

From Colorado Springs KIDS Magazine

Easter Basket Ideas

by JoAnn Gadkowski Team

10 Easter Basket Ideas that Aren't Candy!

  1. Sidewalk Chalk and Bubbles
  2. Magic Tricks
  3. Crayons and Coloring Books
  4. Gift Cards (mostly for older kids)
  5. Flashlights and Glow Sticks
  6. Personalized or Character Water Bottle
  7. Sunglasses
  8. Small Board Game or Puzzle
  9. Books
  10. Money (Plastic eggs with gold dollar coins or $2 bills are fun and inexpensive)

From Colorado Springs KIDS Magazine


Happy Spring!

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Don't forget to Spring Forward!

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Don't forget to Spring Forward! Daylight Savings Begins Tonight!


Leap Day Customs & Traditions from

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Leap Day Customs & Traditions

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Leap Day, on February 29, has been a day of traditions, folklore and superstitions ever since Leap Years were first introduced by Julius Caesar over 2000 years ago.

Women Propose to Their Men
According to an old Irish legend, or possibly history, St Brigid struck a deal with St Patrick to allow women to propose to men – and not just the other way around – every four years.

This is believed to have been introduced to balance the traditional roles of men and women in a similar way to how leap day balances the calendar.

Gloves Hide Naked Ring Finger
In some places, leap day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day.

In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman's proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring. During the middle ages there were laws governing this tradition.

Leap Day Babies World Record
People born on February 29 are all invited to join The Honor society of Leap Year Day Babies.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, there are Leap Day World Record Holders both of a family producing three consecutive generations born on February 29 and of the number of children born on February 29 in the same family.

Unlucky in Love
In Scotland, it used to be considered unlucky for someone to be born on leap day, just as Friday 13th is considered an unlucky day by many. Greeks consider it unlucky for couples to marry during a leap year, and especially on Leap Day.

St Oswald’s Day
Leap day is also St Oswald’s Day, named after the archbishop of York who died on February 29, 992. His memorial is celebrated on February 29 during leap years and on February 28 during common years.

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