Found on Etsy: Summer Serving Platters

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Orange Crush

Put your monogram on this bold serving platter ($62 at Etsy.com) for a colorful custom dish.

Use a colorful serving platter to brighten your summer soirees all season long. Bold, fun colors are the way to go for a memorable spread your guests won’t soon forget. Check out our favorite finds from Etsy to liven up your dinner table.

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Get Ripe: The Best Recipes with Summer’s Favorite Foods

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Ratatouille Supreme with Pepper Jack

Yellow squash adds filling fiber to this classic dish. Made with eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, onions, and cheese-covered baguette pieces, this meal serves up a hearty serving in the heat.

The time’s ripe for the picking of some of our favorite foods. Sweet strawberries, juicy peas, and ripe yellow squash are just a few of the foods in season right now. Need some creative ideas? From delicious dinners to fruit-flavored desserts, click through the slideshow for the best recipes featuring the freshest produce summer has to offer.

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Happiness: It’ll Cost You (But It’s Cheap)

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You can't buy friendship, but you can invest in others and reap some happy returns yourself. According to a study from the University of British Columbia, spending money on others (as opposed to, um, yourself) promotes happiness. And you don't have to be Mark Zuckerberg-rich for it to make a difference! When participants were... read more

Consider Yourself Judged: Organic Foods Can Make People Self-Righteous

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We've been there. There's always that person at the grocery store or farmer's market who judges you for not buying every single little thing that's organic. It could be a look, the handing over of a pamphlet, or a condescending lecture on all things non-processed. In any case, some people seem to get such... read more

This Couple’s Secret to Wedded Bliss? Matching Outfits Every Day (for 64 Years)!

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Mel and Joey Schwanke may be the most adorable couple we have ever seen. They've been together for 64 years and recently shared the secret to their successful marriage with their local Nebraska news channel: Every day, they wear matching outfits! Though they can't remember how it all started decades ago, the couple currently owns... read more

The Best Luggage for Long Summer Weekends

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Can you believe it's almost summer already? The months of summer hours, shortened Fridays, and putting your vacation days to good use are here! But the big question remains: What should you pack? For long summer weekends, it's best to get a carryon or small roller that can lug your stuff around and not take... read more

Yankee Candle Introduces “Man Candles.” Yes, They Smell Like Men

At first we thought this was a joke or a clip from an SNL sketch: Yankee Candle’s Man Candles, with masculine scents like man caves and sawdust.

But, it’s for real. There’s even a scent called Man Town.

You can purchase these new manly scented candles for your guy  — or for yourself if you prefer a manly aroma. Goodbye, Ocean Breeze. Hello, Riding Mower.

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Riding Mower

Smell the scent of freshly cut grass for $28.

Celebrate National Mint Julep Day with This Refreshing Recipe

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Raise a glass to today. For those looking to celebrate something midweek, it's National Mint Julep Day. Cheers to that! Need a refresher on this delicious drink? Tangy mint, sweet syrup, cold ice, and the bite of bourbon make this pick a fast favorite for hot weather. With a little muddling of mint, you can have... read more

Get Cooking With First Lady Michelle Obama’s New Cookbook!

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Who knew Michelle Obama had such a green thumb? In addition to promoting her Let's Move campaign to get kids active, she just released her first book today titled American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America ($19.20 at Amazon.com). It's part memoir, part coffee... read more

Eat In, Live Longer? Cooking Every Night Is Sounding Better

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Tilapia Fish Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Broiled tilapia, cabbage slaw, and salsa verde make these fish tacos a scrumptious summer dish.

Trash the takeout tonight. A new study in Public Health Nutrition shows that eating in can lead to a longer life. Researchers found that among elderly Taiwanese people, those who cooked more than 5 times a week were 47 percent more likely to be alive after 10 years than those who ate out more often.

For a healthier lifestyle, check out these recipes for delicious dining ideas — all ready in 15 minutes or less.

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