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8 Ingenious Ways to Decorate Pumpkins (Without Carving!) — The Great Pumpkin

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Creating a killer pumpkin doesn't have to require whipping out your sharpest cutlery. This Halloween, craft a standout gourd with hot glue, paint, balloons (seriously!), and a few other random supplies.

Here are a few ingenious ideas to inspire you.

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The Best and Easiest No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas — The Great Pumpkin

Creating a killer pumpkin doesn't have to require whipping out your sharpest cutlery. This Halloween, craft a standout gourd with hot glue, paint, balloons (seriously!), and a few other random supplies.

Here are a few ingenious ideas to inspire you.

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5 Fall Salads You Can Eat for Dinner — Recipes from The Kitchn

The cooler days of fall may spark the desire to bring rich comfort food back to the table, but that doesn't mean we don't crave a wholesome salad every now and again for dinner. While our dinner salads over the past few months were likely lighter, now we're on the hunt for salads that are just as full of vegetables and other good stuff but that also feel a little cozier.

Maybe that means adding a warm element to the salad, roasting the vegetables instead of eating them raw, or tossing some whole grains or pasta on top to make it extra satisfying. Whatever it is, here are five salad recipes we've got on repeat this season.

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See Photos of Your Favorite HGTV Stars Before They Were Famous — Apartment Therapy

From Apartment Therapy → Before They Were Famous: Photos of Your Favorite HGTV Stars

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Why You Should Always Preheat Your Slow Cooker — Tips from The Kitchn

Arguably, the most crucial flavor in a dish comes from the very first moments, when you sauté a few aromatics like chopped onions and garlic before proceeding with the recipe. That's when those simple flavors start to build, which eventually enhances your final result.

Some slow cooker recipes that call for you to sauté these aromatics separately on the stove before adding them to the appliance require it for this reason; it's a chance to give as much flavor to the dish as you can. But then they have you dump the sautéed items into a cold slow cooker, along with everything else, before turning it on.

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6 Things You Should Never Recycle — Recycling

I feel like I am a person who is reasonably educated about recycling. I've been doing it since I was a kid, and reporting on it for at least a decade. But to this day, I pause when it's time to put select items in the trash. The rules keep changing and can vary depending on where you live, because everything's recycled at the local level. Plus, very few recyclable-looking things have just one element to them — aluminum cans are wrapped in paper, paper cartons are coated in plastic, plastic containers have cardboard in them. It's confusing.

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