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How to Make a Mistletoe Jello Shot

Drinkmasters from the amateur to the professional level have their own take on what comprises a “mistletoe” cocktail. This Jello shot was inspired by Tim Laird’s Mistletoe Martini from That’s Entertaining. Laird’s Mistletoe Martini contains cranberry juice, lemon juice and tangerine vodka and is served in a cocktail glass rimmed with sugar.

How to Make Gingerbread Houses Using Graham Crackers

Gingerbread houses are a Christmas tradition the whole family can make together. Instead of spending hours making gingerbread, you can make gingerbread houses using graham crackers to save yourself both effort and time during a busy season. Display your houses on your table or in a decorative corner for Christmas Day.

How to Find Your Apple ID

Your Apple ID is an essential part of the iOS and Mac experience. It ties all of your devices and purchases together, allowing you to sync your content and data across all of your devices. If you've lost or can't remember your Apple ID, see Step 1 below to learn how to retrieve it.

How to Make Candy Cane Bath Salts

Candy cane bath salts are ideal for the holiday season, useful for that moment where shopping, cooking and caroling just all becomes too much and you want to soak your exhaustion away. They also make a neat gift idea.

How to Clean an Artificial Christmas Tree

Many people choose to decorate their homes with artificial Christmas trees. Unfortunately, trees will accumulate dust and dirt from being on display or in storage. Many use fake trees to avoid the allergens of a real tree but forget to clean the tree annually. If you discover your hands are dirty and dusty after working with your tree, it is probably due for a good cleaning. Keep reading for ways

How to Sharpen Kitchen Knives with Sandpaper

A sheet of sandpaper and a flat, hard surface are all you need to sharpen any knife. It is really easy and simple, so even guys can do it. Kitchen knives get dull very quickly from cutting on ceramic plates, jostling in the dishwasher, and everyday use. This method can be used very quickly in the kitchen. Remember, a sharp knife is a safer knife.

How to Calculate Distance

Distance, often assigned the variable d, is a measure of the space contained by a straight line between two points. Distance can refer to the space between two stationary points (for instance, a person's height is the distance from the bottom of his or her feet to the top of his or her head) or can refer to the space between the current position of a moving object and its starting location. Most d

How to Make Eggnog

Nothing says "holiday spirit" like a glass of eggnog! It tastes like Christmas, and when you combine just a few simple ingredients, you have a treat the whole family can enjoy. Learn how to make easy eggnog for your family, a traditional batch large enough for a party, or a glass of iced eggnog to enjoy on your own.

How to Be a Good Parent

Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of your life, but that doesn't mean it's easy. No matter what age your child/children is/are, your work is never done. To be a good parent, you need to know how to make your children feel valued and loved, while teaching them the difference between right and wrong. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to creat

How to Cat Proof Your Christmas Tree

Is your cat smitten by your Christmas tree, so intrigued that she clambers onto it, knocking needles, decorations and tinsel everywhere? Or perhaps she has even come close to knocking over the entire tree? Keeping your curious cat out of the Christmas tree is a wise idea for everyone involved, to help avoid injury to your cat and the potential for further damage to the items near the tree and peop

How to Teach Close Reading

Many parents are asking how they can prepare their children for Common Cores State Standards (CCSS). Within the standards there is a strong emphasis on reading comprehension skills. Close Reading is a strategy that parents can practice with their children to improve their reading comprehension skills.Close Reading refers to detailed reading. Similar to detectives, children learn to pay close at

How to Make Hanukkah Jello Shots

While Hanukkah does not have its own signature cocktail, these Jello shots are based on Gwen Kennealy’s Menorah Martini. Curacao gives the shot a blue tint, while edible gold flakes remind us of gelt.

How to Control Erosion

Erosion happens when rain and wind wash and blow away the earth’s topsoil, making it impossible for trees and plants to grow, and leading to mudslides and clogged waterways. Erosion can turn once healthy, vibrant land into arid, lifeless terrain. Erosion is a common occurrence at construction sites and other areas where the land has been disturbed. The best way to control erosion is to restore the

How to Do a Secret Santa

The point of "Secret Santa" is to make Christmas shopping easier and to spread around the spirit of giving to those you might not normally have on your Christmas list. It involves a group of people exchanging names for a secret gift exchange. Consider playing 'secret santa' at your next holiday get together, or learn the instructions for a round of the game you've already been invited to.

How to Say Happy Birthday in German

The most common ways of wishing “happy birthday” in German are "Alles Gute zum Geburtstag" and “ Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag.” However, there are also other ways to offer birthday wishes in German. Here are several examples you may find useful.

How to Make Your Christmas Lights Flash to Music

You've probably seen videos of Christmas lights that are synchronized to music. The single from the most-watched YouTube video of all time — PSY's "Gangnam Style" — has even made it into a Christmas lights extravaganza. (See video below.) If you want your own lights to blink to the tune of your favorite song, then you have to make a plan and get the equipment that will help you impress your friend

How to Care for a Christmas Tree

When you choose to decorate your home with a real Christmas tree, there are steps you can take to keep the tree green, healthy and safe throughout the holiday season. If you love the characteristic aroma of an evergreen tree, then you need to take care of it at the source. It's important that you know to to appropriately choose and care for your tree so that it can last longer and you can be more

How to Crack a Safe

If you've forgotten the combination to your safe, resorting to a professional locksmith could cost a lot of money, while forcing your way through could ruin both tools and safe. Cracking the combination yourself takes a great deal of patience and effort, but you are rewarded with a full wallet, an undamaged safe, and a sense of satisfaction. The highly detailed steps in this article can also provi

How to Dress in Paris

Whether you are visiting for business, pleasure or both it can be difficult to pack for a trip to Paris, France. The outfits you select must be practical for frequent outdoor walking in unpredictable weather. Many visitors also strive to dress fashionably in order to better fit in with the famously stylish Parisians. When deciding how to dress in Paris, it is important to find the right combinatio

How to Make a Game

Games provide opportunities to educate and entertain, to provide diversions while sharpening thinking skills, and to foster creative thinking. Creating a game, whether for your children, a classroom, or for sale requires an understanding of what makes a good game and discovering the resources available to help you make that game.

How to Cope with an Autism Diagnosis

So the tests are over, the doctor or therapist sits down with you, and she gives the news: it's autism. How do you handle the diagnosis? This article gives coping tips for both autistic people and their parents or guardians.

How to Become a Famous Singer

Do you dream of being a world-famous singer? There's no completely certain path to fame, but here are some things you can do to increase your odds.

How to Care for a Tortoise

Tortoises have been on the planet for over 200 million years, which means that these exciting creatures walked the earth at the same time as dinosaurs. They make enchanting pets and are fun to watch and to care for. However, since they've been around a long time, they've had plenty of time to pick up a few preferences and to develop a thorough list of personal care needs. This means that caring fo

How to Build Medieval Buildings in Minecraft

Do you ever see pictures of amazing Medieval creations in Minecraft? Do you want to know how to build things like that? It's easy to get started!

How to Calculate Profit

When it comes to running a business, profit is king. Defined as total revenue minus total expenses, profit is the amount of money a business "makes" during a given accounting period. Generally, the more profit you make, the better, as profit can be re-invested into the business or retained by the business owners. Being able to accurately determine your business's profit is an essential part of bei

How to Explore the San Andreas Fault Near the San Francisco Bay

When you consider that the San Andreas Fault has shaped not only California history but California itself, it is surprising how few of the people who live nearby ever learn to spot it on a map, or stop to look for it in their travels. If you visit the San Francisco Bay Area, you have many opportunities to observe the San Andreas Fault, literally at your feet. Here is how to spot it and where to lo

How to Grill Kabobs

Nothing says summer like grilling delicious kebabs. There's no mistaking the mouthwatering aroma of fresh ingredients sizzling over a fiery grill. Best of all, whether you choose steak, chicken, pork, lamb, or even forego meat entirely, kebabs are a cinch to prepare and cook. See Step 1 below to start learning this simple, delicious art!

How to Dress Vintage

Wearing vintage clothing has never been so popular as it is today; with nearly a hundred years of style to choose from, there is a vintage look for everyone. Head to your local thrift shop or go 'shopping' in your grandmother's closet. Soon enough, you'll be creating perfect ensembles of modern and retro inspired clothing that will have all the local fashionistas swooning.

How to Buy Cattle at an Auction

Most cattle are bought and sold through the auction mart or, as some call it, the "sale barn." For many it's the last destination before going to slaughter. For others it's just another stop where they are exchanged from one owner to the other. You, hopefully, will be that "other" owner where you are able to purchase the cattle you want to buy through an auction.

How to Trap a Snake

If there's a snake hanging around your garden, basement or chicken coop, trapping it and releasing it somewhere else is an effective and humane way to handle the situation. You can trap a snake using a high-tech snake trap, or get a cheaper minnow trap and bait it with eggs - it works just as well. See Step 1 and beyond to learn how to trap a snake and what to do with it next.


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