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November 12, 2018

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This digest also includes items from two separate packages — one for Gift Guides and one for Holidays-Special Edition.

GENERAL LIFESTYLES:

FASHION-BARBIE FOR HUMANS — One of the largest sellers of vintage-inspired fashion has recreated some of Barbie’s most iconic early looks for humans. Unique Vintage, based in Burbank, California, is the first company to collaborate with Mattel to design and sell a fashion line based on Barbie outfits. And in sizes up to 4X. By Leanne Italie. Upcoming: UPCOMING Tuesday: 880 words, photos, video.

EXERCISE GUIDELINES — Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. By Maryilynn Marchione. SENT Monday: 580 words, photo.

GROWING UP DIGITAL — For kids growing up in today’s cashless society, the piggy bank is going virtual. A wave of digital pocket money apps that come with prepaid cards are new tools for financial education. By Kelvin Chan. SENT Monday: 960 words, photo.

FOOD:

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-HONEY-WHEAT DINNER ROLLS — Good honey-wheat dinner rolls have the softness of white rolls, with satisfying heft and a nutty whole-wheat flavor that’s complemented by a touch of floral sweetness. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 830 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos.

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE — Green bean casserole is a holiday staple, so we set out to develop a version that could be assembled in advance to make our holiday cooking easier. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 450 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos.

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-CRANBERRY-APPLE CRISP — Although it’s hard to imagine that apple crisp needs much improvement, we liked the tartness and texture that cranberries added to one of our favorite standard dessert recipes. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 480 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS — Roasting is an easy way to produce Brussels sprouts that are caramelized on the outside and tender on the inside. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos.

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-CHOCOLATE SHEET CAKE — Invite your kids to help make this chocolate sheet cake, which requires that you use Dutch-processed cocoa powder. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 440 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos.

HOMES AND GARDENING:

GARDENING-WOOD ASH — Those wood ashes from your fireplace or stove can be a good soil amendment in the garden. But only when applied properly and to the right plants. By Dean Fosdick. UPCOMING Tuesday: 560 words, photo.

HOMES-THANKSGIVING PREP — Thanksgiving is just around the bend, and if you are hosting you might already be thinking about how you might plan things better this year, how to make it all a bit less stressful. By Katie Workman. UPCOMING Wednesday: 800 words, photos.

HOMES-SINGLE-USE PLASTICS — Avoiding single-use plastics like straws, plastic bags and water bottles is easier than it seems and can feel empowering, say those who’ve managed to stop using them altogether. UPCOMING Wednesday: By Katherine Roth. 700 words.

GIFT GUIDES:

GIFT GUIDE-NON-PLASTIC STRAWS — Drinking straws in a variety of materials have proliferated in the wake of debate over the impact of plastic straws on sea life and the environment. There’s bamboo, glass and even pasta straws these days. Some holiday gift ideas. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING Tuesday: 550 words, photos.

GIFT GUIDE-SLOW LIVING — The world is fast and furious. Why not slow it down for the holidays? Ways to achieve that lofty goal are plentiful. Some ideas on how to give the gift of slow living. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING Tuesday: 700 words, photos.

GIFT GUIDE-COFFEE TABLE BOOKS — A look at some of the coffee table books on sale this holiday gift season. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING Tuesday: 1,000 words, photos.

GIFT GUIDE-NARWHAL LOVERS — Narwhals are wacky-looking arctic creatures with huge spiral tusks protruding from their heads. To their fans, they’re unicorns of the sea. There’s an abundance of gifty narwhal items floating about for the holidays, from apparel and plush toys to jewelry and home goods. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING Tuesday: 650 words, photos.

GIFT GUIDE-RIDE-ON TOYS — Electric ride-ons for kids are busting out all over this holiday season. A gift guide with suggestions. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING Tuesday: 650 words, photos.

TRAVEL:

ICELAND-TRANSATLANTIC FLYING — For those hoping for ever cheaper fares on long-haul flights, this month’s takeover of Icelandic airline Wow was not good news. By Egill Bjarnason. UPCOMING Monday: 700 words, photo.

JORDAN-FLASH FLOODS — The death toll from flash floods in Jordan rose to 12 on Saturday and the kingdom’s main tourist attraction, the ancient city of Petra, was closed for cleanup after what local officials said was the biggest deluge in the area in decades. By Laurie Van Ruymbeke. SENT Saturday: 370 words, photos.

ITALY-ROME-TRANSPORT — Romans are having their say at the ballot box on their breakdown-prone, strike-plagued mass transit agency. SENT: 140 words, photo.

HOLIDAYS:

HOLIDAYS-ECO-FRIENDLY WRAPPING

For many of us, wrapping a gift can be even more fun than giving it. But each year, we throw away tons of wrapping paper, much of it non-recyclable. Here are some creative, stylish and eco-friendly approaches to gift-wrapping. By Kim Cook. UPCOMING Tuesday: 450 words. Photos.

HOLIDAYS-MATCHING OUTFITS — For many families, dressing up in matching pajamas is a Christmas Eve and Christmas morning tradition — even when the kids get older. A look at pictures posted on social media shows that the variety of styles and patterns has increased in recent years. Matching outfits make for an ideal photo opp, its fans say. By Melissa Kossler Dutton. UPCOMING Tuesday: 550 words. Photos.

HOLIDAYS-GIFT GUIDE-CRAFTS — CONCORD, N.H. — How-to books are a great introduction to new hobbies and crafts, but a book alone can be a boring gift. This year, surprise your crafty friends by creating DIY kits, pairing a book with the supplies needed to dive right in. By Holly Ramer. UPCOMING Tuesday: 600 words. Photos.

HOLIDAYS-OPEN HOUSE TIPS — There are many ways to entertain, but during the busy holiday season, it’s the Open House party that I gravitate to. Not a big sit-down meal, not a crowded two-hour cocktail party, but a gentle stretch of time with people coming and going as they please. From a serve-yourself bar to an array of (mostly) room-temperature food, here are tips for putting together your own Open House party. By Katie Workman. UPCOMING Tuesday: 720 words. Photos.

HOLIDAYS-HOUSEGUESTS — Tips for hosts — and guests — to help make holiday visits cheerier for everyone. “Remember the spirit of the holidays,” says one expert — especially flexibility and thoughtfulness. By Katherine Roth. UPCOMING Tuesday: 700 words. Photos.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

GENERAL LIFESTYLES: NERDWALLET-IGNORE-CREDIT SCORE; NO SPANKING

FOOD: FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-GLAZED SPIRAL-SLICED HAM; FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-CLASSIC PECAN PIE; FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-SMOKED TURKEY PANINI WITH SIMPLE CRANBERRY SAUCE; FOOD-COLUMN-RUSTIC DINNER ROLLS; FOOD-COLUMN-BAKED BRIE WITH HONEYED APRICOTS; FOOD-COLUMN-DEADLINE-MUSHROOM CORNBREAD STUFFING

HOMES AND GARDENING: GARDENING-FRANKLINIA; HOMES-DESIGNER-INTERIOR DOORS; HOMES-RIGHT-SOFAS

TRAVEL: SYRIA-LUXURY CITY; #METOO-NEW RESTAURANTS; GAZA-BODYBUILDERS-PHOTO ESSAY

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SPECIAL EDITIONS CALENDAR:

Sept. 4: Cars

Oct. 2: Pursuits

Nov. 13 — Holidays

Dec. 4 — Weddings

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