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11 best Christmas plants- Unique cultivars and traditional choices

Garden

There was a time when poinsettias, paperwhites and amaryllis were the only three traditional plants being offered for the holidays. The details of growing and enjoying those plants are covered below, but there are some other interesting things to grow indoors for this festive season. There’s nothing wrong with the big three, but it’s fun […]

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Cranberry ricotta cake makes holiday mornings merry

Food

When is cake an acceptable breakfast choice? When it’s Christmas, or New Year’s, or bunch anytime, or basically any day in December. There’s nothing like this incredibly delicious cranberry-streaked cake to make your whole Christmas season feel special. The ricotta cheese makes this recipe super moist and the plentiful cranberries give it tons of juicy flavor. […]

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Cute Christmas reindeer cupcakes for kids

Food

These ridiculously moist chocolate cupcakes are made from scratch and completely adorable. Kids will love the fun, festive reindeer design, but adults with dig the rich, delicious chocolatey flavor. Bring them to a holiday potluck or send them with your kids to school. No matter the holiday occasion, your cupcakes are sure to gather compliments. […]

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A look inside our annual hunting gift guide

Outdoors

They were stumped. The first Christmas after my love of the outdoors took root, my non-sporting parents asked what I wanted under the tree. “Hunting and fishing stuff,” I said. That did nothing to clear things up for them. Maybe you’re in the same situation, unsure what to buy the hunter or shooter on your […]

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Purple paint laws expanding across country

Outdoors

In fashion circles, they night explain this by saying that purple is the new yellow. Or orange. Or white. Hunters, hikers, paddlers, adventurers of all sorts all across the country have long known to look for posted signs before venturing onto what might be private property. Those signs are familiar, colorful … and fragile. Most […]

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Five fun winter outdoor activities for children

Outdoors

It’s almost inevitable. Chances are this Christmas season that someone – maybe even you – will give your children or grandchildren an electronic gift of some kind. And they’ll most likely love it. But it will, more often than not, keep them inside. That’s OK, to a point. However, if you love being outdoors and […]

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Blaze pink for hunters spreading, but oh so slowly

Outdoors

If this is ultimately to be a tidal wave, it’s still far from cresting. But maybe that’s how things works. Head into the woods during a big game hunting season these days and, in more places than not, you’ll see men and women sporting orange clothing. At least 40 states require it at least some […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tactical gift idea

Outdoors

Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a new piece of gear and more Tip of the week It’s a simple thing that can make a big difference. If you’re hunting deer from the ground this season, standing at the base of a tree, take a moment when you first get […]

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Best Gift Ideas for Gardeners

Garden

It’s always fun to put together the annual gift guide for gardeners. They (we) are easy to buy for, so here’s a list of some of my favorite things that will make you a hero when they unwrap these unique gifts.   Growing vegetables and flowers from seeds is fun, easy and provides unique varieties […]

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Easy no-bake wreath Christmas cookies

Food

Cornflakes get all dressed up for the holidays with these super cute and easy no-bake wreath Christmas cookies. All you need is 5 ingredients and about 15 minutes, and you’ll have dozens of adorable little wreaths ready to serve on their own, or add to any holiday cookie tray. These cookies are easy to make, […]

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Pomegranate Gin Fizz with rosemary sprig

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The Pomegranate Gin Fizz is perfect for all types of holiday and winter gatherings. It’s seriously crisp and refreshing and makes the perfect Christmas cocktail. This beautifully bright red fizzy drink bursting with juicy arils and aromatic herbs will impress any guest. Holiday tip: Mix a large pitcher ahead of time and pour over ice […]

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How long do leftovers last? And other turkey questions, answered

Food

There are a lot of questions the Thanksgiving hosts have to ask themselves. Cranberry sauce — fresh or canned? A side of carrots or corn? Pumpkin or apple pie? But when it comes to turkey, don’t get your feathers in a ruffle. We have all the answers right here. HOW MUCH TURKEY SHOULD I BUY […]

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How to make your own buttermilk in a pinch

Food

Buttermilk is one of those annoying ingredients you either have too much of, or you don’t have at all. It’s usually sold in cartons larger than you need, so leftovers sit in the fridge for weeks. By the time you need it again, the milk will have gone bad. If you’re tired of this endless […]

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The difference between evaporated milk and condensed milk

Food

Sometimes two foods are so similar we mistake them for one another — yams and sweet potatoes, baking powder and baking soda, and cilantro and parsley, to name a few. They’re all different foods that could never be used interchangeably. The other day I ran into another example as I was baking a pie that […]

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What’s the difference between pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling?

Food

Stop right there! Before you reach for that can opener, make sure you know the difference between pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling. Both are super convenient canned pumpkin products that can save you tons of time and effort, but while they may look alike, you definitely don’t want to use one in place of […]

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Ask the Gardener: Hibiscus, daffodil bulbs, geraniums and more

Garden

Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster gets asked a lot of questions. A lot. And he doesn’t mind offering gardening advice. But rather than just limiting those answers to the person who asked, we thought it might be a good idea to share that wealth of knowledge with everybody. There are three ways to send in […]

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Sunday hunting bill passes PA Senate, goes to Governor

Outdoors

Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature, that’s the only thing left standing between hunters and expanded Sunday hunting in Pennsylvania. That’s because the state Senate approved House Bill 147 by a 38-11 vote on Nov. 18. That was, essentially, the last hurdle to making the bill law. The bill passed the Senate by an almost identical margin […]

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Green Lick Lake walleyes struggling, but help coming

Outdoors

This is a story that reveals perspective. Those who are glass half full types will see it as evidence that the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s walleye stocking program works. Those who fall on the glass half empty side of things will see this as a case of good intentions unfulfilled. Maybe it’s a story […]

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Fly fishing in Japan proves familiar and rewarding

Outdoors

It was unusually spectacular in its familiarity. This was August, and lush seasonal streamside vegetation made casting a fly an occasional challenge. Low water flows and high humidity were constant ones. Still, Eric Hussar found himself working the usual summertime terrestrial patterns every trout fisherman knows — caddis flies, stoneflies and beetles – in all […]

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Forget waiting for them, here’s how to successfully track deer

Outdoors

No one hunts whitetails from a tree stand in Randy Flannery’s world. Not if they hope to actually, you know, see deer. The country is just too big, too remote, too rugged, too vast. Owner of Wilderness Escape Outfitters and a state-certified master guide, he leases 400 square miles – not acres, miles – in […]

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Outdoor Extras, including a tip on spotting more deer

Outdoors

Take a quick look around the outdoors world with a tip, a new piece of gear and more Tip of the week It takes more than just looking to see deer in the woods. Or more than just casual looking, anyway. Your best bet for spotting a whitetail is to examine an area twice, in […]

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How to plant a real live Christmas tree in your yard

Garden

There’s an unmistakable pine scent released when brushing against the evergreen trees lined up outside of Best Feeds Garden Center’s location in Ross. That aroma conjures up childhood memories of sleepless nights and presents under the tree the next morning. Owner and manager Dwayne Evans is getting ready for the holiday season, and he recommends […]

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Sweet and spicy glazed bourbon carrots

Food

These carrots are simple to make but pack tons of flavor. All you need is a stove top and five easy ingredients (plus salt and pepper), and you have yourself a delicious side dish for any holiday meal. I like to use baby carrots because they save time and always look pretty, but feel free […]

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This Turkey Veggie Tray will be the talk of the appetizer table

Food

Bring this tasty veggie turkey tray to your Thanksgiving Day gathering and everyone will gobble it up! It’s super simple to assemble, and a fun way to snack healthy before devouring what’s likely to be a belt-busting feast. You can get creative and use nearly any veggie you might have on hand, but here’s what […]

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8 stuffing mistakes that could ruin your holiday dinner

Food

Okay, maybe “ruin” is a bit dramatic, but that doesn’t mean you and your guests won’t be disappointed with dry or less-than-stellar stuffing. This classic Thanksgiving dinner dish — with its familiar flavors of onion, celery, and herbs mixing with crispy, chewy, buttery bread — is well-loved, but it’s also easy to mess up, so […]

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8 ways to save money on your Thanksgiving grocery bill

Food

For all the attention the stress and craziness of cooking on Thanksgiving receives, we often fail to acknowledge the other downside of being the designated host: the cost. If you’re on a tight budget it can seem nearly impossible to pull of a feast with all of the fixin’s guests have come to expect. This […]

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