How to Make a Sock It to Me Cake

I know pound cake on its own is delicious, but this Sock It to Me Cake makes it even better. It has brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans swirled through, and a creamy maple-vanilla glaze drizzled on top. Many home bakers “doctor up” boxed cake mixes for this cake, but I promise that this simple pound cake recipe is worth the extra effort!

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Why Is It Called “Sock It to Me Cake”?

“Sock it to me” was a popular phrase in the late 1960s-early 1970s. The phrase is in the outro of Aretha Franklin’s 1967 hit, “Respect.” It means something like “lay it on me.”

It’s like when a baker asked someone if they

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Make a Splash With Container Pools

Shipping containers are kind of like LEGO bricks. Sturdy and stackable, they can be crafted into all sorts of creative things, from fold-out coffee shops to surprisingly stylish modern homes. They also happen to be the perfect starting point for your very own DIY portable swimming pool.

A sleek modern shipping container pool designed by Modpools.
A sleek modern shipping container pool designed by Modpools.

These 40-by-8 foot, 96-square-foot steel boxes can be found virtually anywhere in the world, bought for $5,000 USD or less and easily moved to the location of your choice. While the installation of an in-ground swimming pool can run you between $35,000 and $60,000, a finished DIY shipping container pool will be just a fraction of that cost, not including any decks you might want to add on.

Since they’re rectangular, they’re perfect for lap swimmers or just soaking on a hot day. And best of all, you can take them with you when

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How Wonho & His Fans Saved Each Other

It’s a bright September afternoon in Seoul, and singer-songwriter Wonho is talking to me about his abs. He’s wearing a gray muscle shirt and laughing as he pats his stomach, joking that highlighting his chiseled abdomen was the main reason he chose the album art for his debut solo EP Love Synonym (#1): Right for Me. I can’t help but laugh along with him — he has an infectious, ebullient giggle that takes over his entire body. And he’s not lying — a version of the album cover is basically an artsy collage of the singer with an open shirt. For a celebrity, Wonho is refreshingly self-aware.

It’s safe to assume that any conversation about Wonho, née Lee Hoseok, will eventually include a mention of the singer’s impressive physique. It’s been a major calling card of his ever since he auditioned for the singing competition show No Mercy in

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Facebook Announces Luxottica Deal, Unveils Plans for AR Glasses

At the virtual Facebook Connect conference, chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the company’s work with EssilorLuxottica is bearing fruit, with a highly wearable — and stylish — set of smart glasses planned next year.

The technology company revealed a multiyear partnership with Luxottica, with which it will build and release the first pair of Facebook smart glasses in 2021. Zuckerberg didn’t go into full product details, but described the effort as “the next step on the road to augmented-reality glasses,” an initiative dubbed “Project Aria.”

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Facebook’s collaboration with the eyewear giant has been known for at least a year, but previous expectations circled around a launch in 2023 up to 2025.

Those expectations aren’t necessarily wrong. The current announcement is all about connected smart glasses, not full AR eyewear. Zuckerberg didn’t offer product details on Wednesday, so it could be merely about capturing images and

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French Navy seen shepherding migrants into UK waters, and abandoning them

The Channel migrants on Wednesday - STEVE FINN PHOTOGRAPHY/STEVE FINN PHOTOGRAPHY
The Channel migrants on Wednesday – STEVE FINN PHOTOGRAPHY/STEVE FINN PHOTOGRAPHY

It was shortly after 7am that the French Navy’s 105-ton patrol boat came into view.

As the P726 Aramis sat quietly on the horizon across the English Channel, we spotted, in front of her, a small shape bobbing in the choppy water.

Sixteen Afghan migrants, including four women and two children, were struggling against the wind in their dangerously overloaded inflatable, and in need of assistance a mile inside French territorial waters. 

However, instead of bringing the wet and shivering group on board and returning them to France, the French vessel shepherded the boat towards British waters, where they promptly abandoned it: a practice the French have long been accused of doing, but which has never been independently witnessed by a journalist, until now.

Over the course of 90 minutes, as the sun began to cut through the clouds,

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A Week In Prince George’s County, MD, On A $121,000 Salary

Pandemic micro-weddings are all the rage for couples who were planning to get married in 2020. If you recently had a micro-wedding or are having one in the near future, we want to know how much you spent on it and how it affected your budget for a future big wedding celebration. Tell us all about it here.

Welcome to Money Diaries where we are tackling the ever-present taboo that is money. We’re asking real people how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we’re tracking every last dollar.

This week a project manager who makes $121,000 per year and spends some of her money this week on blue crabs.

Occupation: Project Manager
Industry: US Government
Age: 43
Location: Prince George’s County, MD
Salary: $121,000 (my husband is a full-time parent — so just my income)
Net Worth: $98,800 (Savings + money market account +

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California artists try to adapt to new world wrought by pandemic

CBS News is chronicling what has changed for the lives of Americans in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced California small business owner Stephanie Mufson to make dramatic changes to survive. In July, she told CBS News she wasn’t sure if her company Parade Guys, which builds floats and large displays for outdoor festivals would make it. 

Mufson, an independent artist, typically works with a team of contractors who are experts at painting, sculpting, and building floats for outdoor festivals and parades in the San Francisco Bay Area.

But in the last six months, festivals like the San Francisco Pride Parade and Fourth of July celebrations did not take place in person, resulting in economic hardship for the independent contractors who rely on those outdoor festivals for work. 

“It is not the same world that I spent most of my life basing my career around,” Mufson

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Facebook actually made something good. It’s called Horizon and it’s only in VR.

Facebook actually made something good. It's called Horizon and it's only in VR.
Facebook actually made something good. It’s called Horizon and it’s only in VR.

I didn’t expect to like Facebook’s Horizon. 

That’s not to say I really had any idea of what to expect prior to my first visit to the social media giant’s Pixar film-like virtual world. It’s just that after four years of near-constant Facebook user privacy scandals, reports of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s coziness with Trump, and the continuing proliferation of misinformation on the platform, my natural reaction to any of the company’s products — especially one which promises to transplant the entire concept of the social network to a new medium — is one of cautious skepticism.

So you can understand how conflicted I felt when I found myself annoyed that my delightful 45-minute guided demo, punctuated by bouts of shared laughter, had come to an end and I’d spent most of it with an ear-to-ear grin plastered

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How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups with Your Kids

If you have a muffin tin, cupcake liners and a few basic pantry staples, then you and your kids are steps away from a fun-filled afternoon making homemade peanut butter cups. Your kids will love making this copycat version of their favorite candy at home—and customizing them with an array of colorful sprinkles and toppings.

Keep reading to learn how to get started on this no-bake recipe. We’ll even share things for kids to do at every step in the recipe!

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

peanut butter cup filling ingredients
peanut butter cup filling ingredients

These peanut butter cups are a treat, but they only require pantry staples. How great is that!

  • 1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, divided

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

  • 4-1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

  • Assorted sprinkles, mini M&M’S or chopped nuts, optional

Step 1:

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Lululemon’s move towards ‘size inclusion’ draws mixed reviews online

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Lululemon announced it would be expanding sizes from 0-20 for six of the brand's core pieces. Images via Lululemon.
Lululemon announced it would be expanding sizes from 0-20 for six of the brand’s core pieces. Images via Lululemon.

In a bid towards size inclusion, Lululemon has announced that six of its core styles will now be offered in extended sizes, ranging from size 0-20. In a post to social media the brand called the decision “a start” on their journey towards inclusion and promised more extended size offerings would be launching “soon.”

“I really believe we have to be a brand that accepts all. When I heard people say that they couldn’t buy anything from Lululemon that was like being punched in the heart. And as a creative you don’t want that. You want our guests to leave feeling confident. Give them something that really functions for them in their life

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