Expecting Company? Try These 4 Simple, Elegant Appetizer Recipes

Don’t get caught off guard the next time you have a last-minute gathering at home. With these convenient appetizer recipes, you can prepare beautiful and delicious hors d'oeuvres without taking time out of your busy schedule.

Bacon-Wrapped Apricots with Sage [Real Simple]
With such contrasting ingredients coming into play, this appetizer seems like it’s much more complicated than it is. All it takes is some apricots, crispy bacon, simple seasonings, and a few toothpicks to create a handheld appetizer.

Orange and Fennel Marinated Olives [Oprah]
No one hosts a party better than Oprah, and her sweet and savory marinated olives will have your guests asking for the recipe all night.

Endive with Ricotta, Almonds and Raisins [Real Simple]
Endives make an attractive vessel for eating the creamy ricotta in this simple appetizer, and the crunchy almonds and sweet raisins are just the icing on the cake.

Leek Tart [Martha Stewart]
A tart looks pretty and it’s easy for guests to eat, but most tarts are complicated and time-consuming to make. This one uses basic frozen dough and a few simple tricks to turn create a perfect tart crust.

Tax Deadline is April 15th!

Tax Day is a colloquial term for the day on which individual income tax returns are due to the federal government.

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Crazy About Cheese? Sign Up for a Cheese Club

Confused about which cheese goes best with which wine? Have trouble deciding what to serve on your cheese platter? These three online clubs make it easy to navigate the wide world of cheese.

Murray's Cheese of the Month Club
Cheese groupies will love Murray's Cheese club options. Get an assortment of tasty cheese delivered to you each month for your desired length of time. Also take advantage of their Pair of the Month Club, which sends you cheese plus another item to serve along with it or their Meat of the Month Club, which focuses on specialty meats.

Dean and Deluca
Dean and Deluca is a trusted name in food retailers, so you know their cheese club will go beyond expectations. Receive the finest cheese available every three, six, or nine months from expert foodies who have scoured the globe for the most delicious cheese.

Cowgirl Creamery
Experience the best in organic, handmade cheeses with Cowgirl Creamery. This independently owned cheese brand creates some of the country’s most delicious cheese, and now you can get them delivered right to your door. Join their cheese club and get three artisanal cheeses a month for three months.

Two of Television’s First Game Shows

If you love to watch Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? or Family Feud, you have television’s original game shows to thank for the popular host and contestant format. Here are two of the very first game shows to appear TV screens:

Truth or Consequences
Truth or Consequences began as a radio program, and it first aired on television in 1950. Its contestants had to answer trivia questions in no more than two seconds (the show’s "Truth" portion), but the questions were almost always ridiculous or incredibly difficult. Once the contestant inevitably could not answer, they were faced with a "Consequence," typically an embarrassing stunt or physical activity. Truth or Consequences was particularly beloved for its sentimental surprise appearances, often a long-lost family member or a son returning from Vietnam.

What’s My Line?
This 1950 panel-style game show featured a panel of celebrities who had to question contestants about their professions. The contestants could only respond with “yes” or “no” answers, and the panelists aimed to guess the contestant’s occupation based on the obtained answers. Occasionally a celebrity mystery guest appeared on the show, in which case the panel attempted to guess the person’s identity instead. What’s My Line? eventually spawned international versions and, later on, U.S. revivals, a radio version, and even a live stage version.

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Improve Your Entrepreneurial Knowledge With These Business Websites

Whether you own your own business or you’re just interested in the ebb and flow of the economy, reading up on business news is helpful for just about every type of person. Though many business publications are dry and difficult to read, these websites present business news in an interesting, accessible manner.

With a simple layout and a variety of business-oriented categories, Inc. is a great website for browsing or reading long-form articles. The startup section provides useful tips and tricks for budding entrepreneurs, providing insight from successful business owners and lists of the most successful industries. Whether you’re interested in salaries, leadership skills, or innovative products, Inc. has a little something for everyone.

Fast Company
Fast Company is an online business magazine focused on innovation in technology, economics, leadership, and design. It is written by a group of successful business leaders who provide helpful insight into establishing and running companies both large and small, and it also features the most creative marketing ideas from innovative brands around the world.

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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!

Save Money on Travelling by Finding Vacation Deals

Sure, that cruise you’ve been eyeing may seem within budget, but once you add in the cost of food, the flight to get there and the pesky fees, you’ll probably spend much more than you anticipated. One of the best ways to save money on a vacation is by bundling things like car rentals, flights, and hotel rooms together into one flat rate. These travel sites can help you find great package deals:

You may have gotten their catchy jingle stuck in your head a time or two, but Hotwire really does produce results. This helpful website allows you to group flights, cars, and hotels in any combination, and to enter your exact destination and dates to plan a trip tailored to your specific requests. The site also has partnerships with a number of hotels and airlines to get customers special deals you won’t find anywhere else.

Cheap Tickets
Cheap Tickets is another travel comparison site that allows you to compare prices on flights, hotels, cruises, and car rentals, but it also offers money-saving travel packages as well. The website saves users up to $525 by bundling various travel plans into one package deal, and it also makes your itinerary much more manageable when you book everything through one site. In addition to flights and hotels, Cheap Tickets also offers exclusive discounts on fun activities that you can add to your package.

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Warm Up With a Quick Easy Chili recipe!

2 pounds ground beef
2 cloves garlic, chopped
One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

Place the ground beef in a large pot and throw in the garlic. Cook over medium heat until browned. Drain off the excess fat, and then pour in the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and cayenne. Stir together well, cover, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add 1/2 cup water at a time as needed.

For Serving (optional):

•Corn chips
•Shredded cheese
•Sliced green onions
•Sour cream

Simple Ways to Get More Active

Make a resolution to get more exercise this year? Not sure where to start? A fitness plan can help you build frequent exercise into your regular schedule and help you become more physically fit over time. Here are three simple weekly plans from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Moderate Intensity
This weekly workout plan combines 5 days of brisk 30-minute walks with 2 days of weight training. The whole thing equals 150 minutes of cardio, and it takes only 30 minutes out of your day.

Vigorous Intensity
If you prefer short, intense workouts, this plan recommends a 25-minute jog for just 75 minutes each week. These 3 weekly jogs combined with 2 days of weight training equal a full week of workouts.

Alternate Intensities
This plan recommends working out every day, but some workouts are just 15 minutes long. Alternating 30-minute walks, 15-minute jogs and simple weight training workouts will help you get into great shape.

For more workout tips and tricks for meeting your fitness goals, use the tools on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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