Missing an Ingredient? Try These Common Food Substitutions!

It's happened to the best of us: You excitedly begin a recipe only to find that you're missing an ingredient. Don't scrap your recipe just yet! Chances are that you have an adequate substitute on hand. Here are three common substitutions that can prevent the hassle of last-minute runs to the grocery store.

If you're missing oil or butter:
Try applesauce in place of oil or butter. This sub-in works wonderfully in quick bread recipes (like banana bread), as it adds moistness to the bread. Mashed avocado and bananas can also be subbed for oil and butter.

If you're missing eggs:
These substitutes can replace one large egg: 1/4 cup pureed silken tofu; 2 egg whites; half a banana mashed with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder; 2 egg yolks plus 1 tablespoon water (best used in cookie or bar recipes).

If you're missing sour cream or mayo:
Greek yogurt rivals the creamy flavor of sour cream and mayo, and bonus: It's lower in fat and calories! In some cases, Greek yogurt can be substituted for buttermilk or cream cheese.

Common Ingredient Substitutions [AllRecipes]
Emergency Substitutions [Betty Crocker]
Top 10 Food Substitutions for Healthier Cooking [TLC]

3 Unique Family Travel Ideas

Planning a family vacation doesn’t have to include life-sized cartoon characters or expensive amusement park trips. These unique family-oriented trips will help you find the perfect travel destination for everyone in your family.

  1. Park City, Utah. Full of what is commonly hailed as the best snow on earth, Park City is an ideal travel destination for the ski bunny family. Sign the little ones up for a ski lesson, set the older kids loose on the slopes, and relax at night in any one of the area’s luxurious lodges or amenity-packed cabins.
  2. Playa del Carmen, Mexico. If beach vacations are more your style, this one offers the best of the ocean for family members of all ages. Playa del Carmen is one of the top dive destinations in the world, and it also offers gorgeous golf courses, a hip downtown community, and even ancient ruins just asking to be explored.
  3. Boston, Massachusetts. For the family of sports lovers, Boston is an all-American vacation spot with some impressive teams. The kids will love going to a game at Fenway Park, and the large number of historical sites are so interesting, they might not even realize that they’re learning something along the way.

Best Family Friendly Vacations – Anywhere [Trip Advisor]
Family [Travel Channel]

Happy Presidents’ Day

Remembering the courage and vision of past and present leaders, we honor and share the spirit of Presidents' Day together as a nation.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wishing everyone a day filled with fun and happy memories!

Nutrition Tips for Vegetarians

Whether you want to show support for animals or simply choose to avoid meat products, becoming a vegetarian can be a very healthy lifestyle choice. Though it decreases your risk for many long-term diseases, a vegetarian diet can make it difficult to get the protein and other nutrients a person needs to stay healthy and energized.

These vegetarian eating tips can help you create a balanced, meat-free diet:

  • Make sure that you get enough protein by incorporating nuts, beans, peas and soy products into meals and snacks.
  • Keep up with your necessary iron intake to create healthy oxygen absorption in the blood by eating a lot of spinach, kidney beans, lentils, black-eyed peas and iron-fortified cereals.
  • Choose calcium-fortified soy milk to replace the calcium normally found in regular cow’s milk.
  • Consider vegetarian alternatives to traditionally meat-based foods to keep your diet exciting (for example, bean burritos, veggie lo mein, or vegetarian lasagna).

Tips for Vegetarians [USDA]

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Our New Facebook Sweepstakes Has Started! Enter to Win an iPad Mini!

To enter the Sweepstakes, Like our Facebook Page and then look for the Sweepstakes tab (image shown below) located on our Facebook Page to enter. Sweepstakes ends February 28th, 2014.

For mobile users ONLY, like our Facebook Page, and then click here to enter!

Learn Something New Right from Your iPad with These Apps

If you want to learn a new skill or become more educated about a certain subject, you don’t have to go out and take a class. These informative, visually stimulating apps provide hours of learning and entertainment right from the convenience and mobility of your iPad.

iTunes U
The iTunes U app gives you access to courses from schools and universities like Yale, MIT and Oxford, as well as the largest collection of free education content in the world. All of the courses are free, and they cover a wide range of subjects from zoology to physics.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a learning app for people of all ages, on subjects like math, science, economics, and humanities. This app is ideal for those studying for the SAT, students require a bit of extra help in a certain subject, or for adults who want to brush up on a particular lesson. Khan Academy features over 4,200 videos, interactive lessons, and a logbook to track your progress.

Learn Chess
This app is ideal for those who have always wanted to learn chess but simply didn’t have the time. With a fun, interactive e-book that describes the basic fundamentals and strategies behind this historic game, Learn Chess will have you checkmating your opponent’s king in no time.

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3 Reasons to Take Time to Read Every Day

Whether you get lost in an e-reader, your smartphone, or a good old-fashioned hard-cover, the benefits of reading remain the same. Here are three reasons to always keep reading a part of your daily routine.

1. Reading reduces stress.
Studies report that reading is a more effective means of stress relief than listening to music, going for a walk, playing video games, or sipping tea. Pick up your favorite engrossing novel, enjoy some peace and quiet, and get lost in the story weaved by your favorite author.

2. Reading keeps your brain in shape.
Consider reading a form of exercise for your brain. A person's participation in creative activities, like reading, while young has been shown to slow cognitive decline later in life. Such activities may even ward off Alzheimer's disease.

3. Reading is free entertainment.
A visit to your local library can provide you with several hours of free entertainment. Compare this to the price of a movie or amusement park ticket, and your wallet will thank you.

Benefits of Reading: Getting Smart, Thin, Healthy, Happy [Reader's Digest]
7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books [Huff Post]
10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day [Lifehack]

Three Ways to Use Google for More than Web Searches

Google is the most widely used search engine on the web, but this beloved site is also home to a number of other helpful features. These impressive tools will have you rethinking how you spend your time on Google.

Google News
Since Google gives you access to all of the best websites and sources of information on the web, it only makes sense that it would also give you top breaking news stories as soon as they happen. Google News pulls the top headlines from other news sites across the country and around the world and compiles them all into one convenient place.

A division of Google Maps, Panoramio is a photo sharing website that allows users to view photos and upload their own from places around the world. Simply drag the Google map until you find a place of interest or type a location into the search bar and explore photos of aerial views, scenery, and local hotspots in that area. 

Google Trends
Find out what Google users from around the world are searching for with this in-the-know feature. Google Trends details the most searched people, items and events from around the web, and it even creates charts with categories like actors, books, fashion brands and games to see what the top searches are.

Three Great Online Gift Guides for Any Occasion

These impressive online gift guides aim to answer the age-old question, “What do you get for the person who has everything?” Full of unique housewares, beautiful jewelry, and the latest tech items, these handy guides recommend items that any loved one will adore.

Cool Hunting
Cool Hunting is a website devoted to the latest, most exciting happenings from all around the world, and their expansive gift guide reflects that same aesthetic. Full of classic, timeless pieces like mid-century light fixtures and quirky, modern items like bitmap blankets, the Cool Hunting Gift Guide will surely give you the inspiration you’re looking for to find that perfect gift.

Real Simple
Real Simple aims to simplify gift giving by creating a comprehensive guide full of lists for every type of person. From their 20 Unique Gifts for Tech-Lovers list to their 13 Gifts for Pets list, you’ll find the perfect present for each of your loved ones.

Fab provides special deals on cool, unique items on a daily basis, so their gift guide just expands on this incredibly curated selection. The Fab Holiday Gift Shop features beauty products, kitchen supplies, smartphone accessories and tons of Star Wars-themed trinkets, all separated into personalized categories to make your shopping even easier.