It’s National Cookie Day! Two local experts chime in with tips on how to achieve the perfect Christmas cookie | Food + Living

Cookies. Nothing says the holidays like some homemade baked goodness. For many families, it’s a holiday tradition.

“Making cookies is a great thing to do with family and requires very little tools,” says TJ Quinn, “culinary colonel” at Kitchen Kettle Village. “The process is fun, and the results are delicious.”

Sara Taylor, co-owner of Taylor Chip Cookie Co. in Lancaster, agrees.

Here are 7 simple tips for planning a stress-free holiday party

“Cookie baking can

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A few tips for harvesting your own Christmas tree

Cutting your own Christmas tree may require getting off the beaten bath.
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Usually, I am a firm believer in not putting up a single Christmas decoration or warming up the “Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack until you have Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge, but with the way 2020 was going, I couldn’t wait. I enjoyed my small family Thanksgiving dinner with an accompaniment of twinkly lights, and counted the festive cheer as

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Virtual Dish and Design gathers tips for celebrating holidays at home

“Home for the Holidays” was the theme of Wednesday evening’s Dish and Design event presented by The Detroit News’ Homestyle magazine. It was an apt motif if there ever was one, as fewer folks will be traveling this season to visit family and friends. 

The virtual event, hosted by Detroit News design writer Maureen Feighan, gave tips on getting ready for December by way of gift-buying, table decorating and food and drink. More than 350

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Tips for making DIY ornaments from materials you have around the house

Decorating for the holiday season is underway. If you’re looking for something special to do, making homemade ornaments is both a fun thing to do with loved ones and a way to add meaning to your decorations.

“Gather your family or friends around the table, and spend a day making ornaments,” said Morgan Rublee, who runs the Etsy shop Designs by Rublee out of Dover-Foxcroft.

“Every time you put those homemade ornaments on the tree,

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8 Police Tips To Stop Porch Pirates In Fairfax County

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA — With demand for online shopping at a high due to the coronavirus pandemic, residents should be aware of package thieves during the holiday season in Fairfax County and across the country.

Fairfax County Police spokesperson Sgt. Tara Gerhard told Patch that the police department’s package theft prevention tips are applicable throughout the year. Residents are urged to report suspicious activity by calling the Fairfax County Police Department’s non-emergency line at 703-691-2131.

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4 Simple Tips To Enhance Your Online Charisma

A good speaker vs. a great speaker

When asked what differentiates a good speaker from a great speaker, the answer is often the same: charisma or presence. Indeed, if what you say can make you a good speaker, the way you say it can make you a great speaker. For once, popular intuition and scientific findings point to the same conclusion.

When asked what makes a speaker charismatic, the answers are more contrasting. While many

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USPS shares holiday packaging, shipping tips

ROANOKE, Va. – To help you get your holiday gift to your loved one on time this year, the United States Postal Service has some tips for you to keep in mind.

The USPS says the first rule of thumb this holiday season is to send your packages early.

The busiest time of year for the postal service is from Dec 14-20.

The season peaks two weeks before Christmas, when much of the last-minute shopping

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How to become a dropshipper: tips for getting into e-commerce

  • E-commerce is a growing sector of retail, as well as a burgeoning market for individuals looking to make money by selling products online.
  • Dropshipping is a form of e-commerce selling in which the seller doesn’t have to invest in inventory, so the start-up costs are low.
  • Dropshipping can be done from anywhere, as a side-hustle or a full-time career.
  • Business Insider has spoken to and vetted various e-commerce experts to put together a list of
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How to use Zoom like a pro: 15 video chat tips and tricks to try today


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The Zoom video meeting and chat app has become the wildly popular host to millions of people working and studying from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite a number of privacy and security issues that arose alongside the platform’s rapid growth, it now features end-to-end encryption and other ways to protect your account and your chats from Zoombombing and other privacy flaws. The platform also recently added a marketplace for virtual events,

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7 tips for a meaningful virtual Thanksgiving

With COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on travel and gatherings, many families will be navigating Thanksgiving celebrations virtually this year.

Public health officials urge limiting festivities to household family members to mitigate the virus’ spread. They suggest connecting with extended family and friends through myriad social networking apps. To help, Zoom is lifting its 40-minute limit for meetings on Thanksgiving so family gatherings aren’t cut short.



To make the most of this experience, the Daily Herald has

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12 Essential Tips for Growing Your Business

Want to make more money? These strategies will help you exceed your revenue goals.

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Having your business turn into a success is hard work, and you need to adapt to the times while organizing things as you go. There are several actions you can do to help

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Delaware Teens Lured a Classmate Into the Woods—Then Murdered Her With a Baseball Bat: Prosecutors

A Delaware teenager has been charged with murder after allegedly luring her classmate into the woods and beating her to death alongside the girl’s ex-boyfriend, prosecutors said.Annika Stalczynski, 17, was arrested on Monday after a New Castle County grand jury indicted her on several charges—including first-degree murder, possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony,

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5 tips for hosting a virtual holiday party

With rising case numbers all over the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has guaranteed that Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas will look different this year.

For most of us — at least those of us who plan to follow government guidelines — that means it may be time to host a holiday celebration that unfolds in the same virtual environment as work and school.

Zoom has suspended the usual 40-minute limit for all meetings globally from

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Online party tips: how to host a virtual celebration during the holiday season

Zoom has suspended the usual 40-minute limit for all meetings globally from midnight Eastern time November 26 to 6 a.m. Eastern time November 27. What should you consider as you plan a holiday over this medium? And how can you make this newfangled spin on family traditions memorable? Here are five ways to shine.

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‘I’m a Plant Stylist. Here Are 4 Tips to Make a More Peaceful Home’

When I was growing up, my mother understood the necessity of having a piece of greenery in the home, whether it was faux or real. To her, it was almost like a staple of home decor. But she didn’t really have time to tend to plants, she was tending to me and busy working.

I always had a passion for the outdoors as a kid; playing in the woods or outside in greenery. But it

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5 Tips For Holiday Parties On A Budget

November 13, 2020

You want to throw a holiday party but simply cannot afford to spend big bucks in the process. The holidays are full of expenses already without dropping hundreds or even thousands of dollars on festivities. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to cut down on holiday party costs and still create a great atmosphere. Consider these suggestions to help you party on a budget.

  • Invitations – Keep the invitations as simple as
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COVID-19 holiday travel: Train safety tips

Amtrak has new COVID-19 safety protocols you should know about when you book your ticket. There’s a limited number of tickets sold to allow for social distancing, and reservations will be required for seats on popular Southern California routes that don’t typically require them. Use the Amtrak app, go to or call (800) 872-7245 to find schedules and book your trip.

  • Buy your ticket early to get a seat on the train you want.
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Shop safely online during the holidays with these 10 tips

During the holiday season, while making purchases online be sure to take the necessary steps to protect yourself. Use security software and firewalls to keep your information secure. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo

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Special to Anza Valley Outlook

With Black Friday deals being announced early, it is important to practice safe internet habits as many head online to purchase gifts this holiday season.

And according to a recent survey from, the USA’s most

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Thanksgiving Dinner Safety Tips During Covid

Dr. Fauci, who is 79, said his three adult daughters, who all live in different parts of the country, have decided to skip the family Thanksgiving to avoid putting him and his wife at risk. He said people often wrongly assume they are safe if they just invite family or trusted friends.

“Most people feel when they’re in the house with friends, they almost subconsciously let their guard down,” said Dr. Fauci, director of the

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5 tips to keep your privacy while using an Amazon Echo device.


Looking for a kid-friendly smart speaker? The Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation) Kids Edition was designed with children in mind. (Photo: Amazon)

Amazon’s Echo devices are a runaway success. There’s the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Auto, Echo Studio, Echo Show, Echo Glow, Echo Flex, Echo Buds, Echo Frames, Echo Loop, and more.

Confused? Let me help. Tap or click here for a features comparison lineup of the various Amazon Echo devices (2020 Chart).

If you

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