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All food should come in pie form: rustic hand pie recipes for everyone

I'm still undecided on what the definitive term should be for these pastries: hand pies, turnovers, pasties… I guess it all depends on how they're folded, but I imagine someone knows the real rules. Either way, give me a mini pie any day of the week. I made a few recipes (two of which for a couple of my favorite fandoms!), and they're here for your folding, turning over, and eating needs. Let's talk some of my favorite hand pie recipes.

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The 411 on creating an effective budget

Most people find creating a budget a daunting thought, but in reality it doesn't have to be. Once you understand how to go about it, you'll find that creating a budget is actually a set of logical steps that are quite easy to follow. Here are the basics on efficient budget creation…

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I will not teach my daughter how to avoid being raped

I cannot teach her this lesson for a simple reason — my daughter cannot avoid being raped, because being raped is not something the victim holds any control over. To teach her that she can avoid being raped, makes a fraction of the responsibility of being raped owned by her. My daughter owns none of this risk. Instead, will teach her this…

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All food should come in pie form: rustic hand pie recipes for everyone

I'm still undecided on what the definitive term should be for these pastries: hand pies, turnovers, pasties… I guess it all depends on how they're folded, but I imagine someone knows the real rules. Either way, give me a mini pie any day of the week. I made a few recipes (two of which for a couple of my favorite fandoms!), and they're here for your folding, turning over, and eating needs. Let's talk some of my favorite hand pie recipes.

What if cookery writers told the truth? My honest recipe for "exploding rhubarb soda"

Cooking is important to me, and I'd like a bit more honesty please. I want Jamie Oliver to tell me that the first time he made the chia pudding it tasted like cold snot, for Gordon Ramsey to confess that one time his mixer broke down and it was a total shambles.

Things are difficult to make, and no one should feel like the failed because their galantine was a huge meaty mess. Scoop that s**t up and call it burgers.

How to make soft pretzels, Austrian-style

Brezeln (aka pretzels) are not particularly difficult to make, but they do require precision. The most enjoyable part of the pretzels is forming them. A man in a pub showed me how to do it, and I have tried to recreate it with photographs…

Whip it, whip it good: dreamy whipped cream recipes

Easy desserts are my favorite kind. And whipped cream recipes? The easiest of them all! Whether you're just scooping some whipped topping from a tub or whipping up some homemade whipping cream, it's all creamy, dreamy deliciousness. Here are three recipes that use whipped cream in awesome ways: on top of fruit, mixed into a mousse, and folded into a cheesecake-like monstrosity of yum. Let's talk whipped cream recipes and three ways to whip it, whip it good.

Raise a margarita to Mexico with these sabroso Cinco de Mayo recipes

Happy Cinco de Mayo! In case you thought it was just an excuse to get your margarita game on, it's actually the commemoration of the Mexican army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 (more info here!). We all can't claim this holiday necessarily, but we can do a little bit of celebrating in our own small way with a few Mexican-inspired noms. Let's get to the Cinco de Mayo recipes!

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Are there any magical alternatives to a baby showers?

I am knocked up for the first time, and my friends are all asking when they can throw me a baby shower. The thing is, I'm excited about my growing foetus, but I really, really hate baby showers. Do you have any magical alternatives to a baby shower that would allow my friends to celebrate, but wouldn't have the term "baby shower" in the title?

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I became a disabled housewife, right after the wedding

I became a disabled housewife, without any warning, so quickly after we married that I'd felt as if I'd tricked him, or pulled the ol' bait-and-switch. And while my husband has a great job, that can easily, comfortably support both of us and our rescue dogs, but I still deal with feelings of guilt for not being able to financially contribute to our partnership.

3 ways to teach kids to be body-positive

Teaching kids to be body positive is one of the most radical things we can do to further the Body Acceptance cause. By raising a generation to be critical of diet culture, body policing, and body discrimination; by raising them to love their bodies as the amazing tools they are, and to spread that love and acceptance wherever they go, we have the ability to change our culture, one beautiful child at a time.

These tips can be incredibly useful in all your dealings with young people in your life. Here are my top three tips on how to teach kids to be body-positive…

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I will not teach my daughter how to avoid being raped

I cannot teach her this lesson for a simple reason — my daughter cannot avoid being raped, because being raped is not something the victim holds any control over. To teach her that she can avoid being raped, makes a fraction of the responsibility of being raped owned by her. My daughter owns none of this risk. Instead, will teach her this…

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4 myth-busting reality checks about fostering an animal

Fostering an animal means taking a homeless animal from a shelter or rescue and giving it a home with you until it gets adopted. It's such a needed, life-saving process that a lot of people have questions and misconceptions about. I'm here to address them…

3 reasons guinea pigs are the perfect offbeat apartment pets

I've had all kinds of pets over the years — from cats, to goldfish, and everything in between. No matter how many other animals I've loved since then, I've always come back to guinea pigs. They're a little more interesting than your run-of-the-mill hamster (in my humble opinion), and have a hell of a lot of personality. Best of all, they make a great addition to apartments or rental homes where it might not be feasible to adopt non-caged pets like dogs or cats.

Here's why…

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A clever (and pretty!) way to keep cats away from breakables

My cats like jumping up onto high shelves. Unfortunately, that's where I prefer to keep my delicate collectables and assorted breakable things. Figurines, souvenirs, glassware, picture frames — all things a cat might knock off a shelf. But after finding some left-over perfume bottles, I came up with a way to stop the "Catzilla" moments that I dreaded.

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9 tips for getting pets and babies to live together harmoniously

Six months after adopting Molly-Gator, a new baby herself, we were pregnant and realizing that my refusal to part with my animals was an anomaly among new parents, and relinquishing one's pets was part and partial to the nesting process. So, if you are a pet owner and expecting a child, fear not! It can work. Don't let pressures from friends, family, or the man on the street tell you any different. There are just some things you must keep in mind…

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Netflix and chill, plus 6 more reasons why you should have a pet rat

Have you wanted a pet, but weren't sure you had the time to care for a dog? Or maybe you don't know if you want the 15 year commitment of a cat. Fish are great, and easy, but they don't do much. Ferrets are cool, but they may not be legal where you live. Frogs are cute, but they can't cuddle while you watch Netflix. The solution is rats. And before you say, "Ew!" keep reading.

Recent Do It Yourself

How to make pour-over coffee at home and on a budget

Pour-over coffee is excellent, but the brew methods can be somewhat complicated and require specialized equipment. But, by using some ingenuity and household items, you too can make great pour-over coffee at home! Here's my cheaper, DIY alternative that will allow you to create a great pour-over coffee experience without the extra cost…

How to paint an animal skull

To answer the question of "how to paint an animal skull," I turned to former Offbeat Home editor and, in my mind, the goddess of dead animal bones, Cat Rocketship! Sure enough, she had an answer AND happened to be wearing a "crown of animal bones" as she wrote her advice…

I crafted, and carry, my own inclusive representation of feminism

Raised as a Dutch woman in a mostly white family, I have always considered feminism a natural part of my life. A belief in which I was sure of, and on that didn't need much further analysis. After meeting lots of inspiring women of color — and especially some strong Muslim feminists — however, I realized my own image of feminism had been too narrow…

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Great pictures and good karma: 8 awesome tips for buying and selling on Craigslist

I am trying to do a little redecorating, and, since I have no budget for furniture, I have been making great use out of Craigslist. My plan is to use the money that I earn from the things I sell to purchase some used furniture that will fit my current décor and lifestyle. I've picked up quite a few tips over my years using Craigslist. Here are some of my best…

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