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BC-AP Lifestyles Digest

December 3, 2018

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GENERAL LIFESTYLES:

PARENTING-GENDER AT THE HOLIDAYS — Holiday parties and family gatherings can be painful for LGBTQ children and youth. Some ways parents can help. By Leanne Italie. UPCOMING Wednesday: 1,000 words.

BEST TOYS FOR TOTS — Holiday toy shopping just got a lot easier: Pediatricians say the best toys for young children are simple, old-fashioned toys like blocks and puzzles rather than costly electronic games or the latest high-tech gadgets. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner. SENT Monday: 500 words, photo.

NETHERLANDS-AGE CHANGE — Dutch motivational speaker Emile Ratelband may feel like a 49-year-old but according to Dutch law he is still 69. A Dutch court on Monday rejected Ratelband’s request to shave 20 years off his age in a case that drew worldwide attention. By Mike Corder. SENT Monday: 380 words, photo.

FOOD COLUMNS:

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-MEATBALLS AND MARINARA — We turned to the multicooker for the neatest and most efficient method for making classic meatballs in marinara. Meatloaf mix provided a combination of ground beef, pork, and veal all in one, making our grocery list short without sacrificing flavor. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 700 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos.

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-GINGERY CARROT SOUP — Don’t throw out stale bread. Seriously, don’t. Baguettes, sliced sandwich bread and even loaves of crusty white bread can be recycled into homemade croutons and top this carrot soup. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 440 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos.

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-OLIVE OIL POTATO GRATIN — Potato gratin is a notoriously heavy side dish, laden with cream and gooey cheese. We wanted to shift the focus of this classic side dish to the potatoes. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 430 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos.

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-GINGERBREAD LAYER CAKE — We wanted to transform homey gingerbread into a stately layer cake. The problem? Traditional recipes are too moist to be stacked four layers high. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 630 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos.

FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-CHOCOLATE CRINKLE COOKIES — Using a combination of cocoa powder and unsweetened bar chocolate rather than bittersweet chocolate certainly upped the intensity of our chocolate crinkle cookies, and swapping brown sugar for the granulated created a complex sweetness. By America’s Test Kitchen. UPCOMING: 540 words by 2 p.m. Monday, photos.

HOMES AND GARDENING:

HOMES-DESIGNER-TREND FORECAST — Three experts discuss what;s on tap for interior design in 2019. They spoke about a whole lot of choices that are all about comfort: warm neutral colors, intimately scaled spaces, a return to antiques and furniture with a history and more. By Melissa Rayworth. UPCOMING Tuesday: 550 words, photos.

GARDENING-WEEDLESS VEGGIES — To prevent weeds in your vegetable garden next spring, take steps now. Four tips. By Lee Reich. UPCOMING Tuesday: 500 words, photos.

HOMES-DRAFTY WINDOWS — To prevent weeds in your vegetable garden next spring, take steps now. Four tips. By Lee Reich. UPCOMING Tuesday: 500 words, photos.

WEDDINGS:

WEDDINGS-ROYAL INSPIRATION — With two blockbuster British royal weddings this year and an enduring fascination with the Brits, American brides craving a regal look with personal twists can find plenty of inspiration. By Lisa A. Flam. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m. Tuesday, photos.

WEDDINGS-ZERO-WASTE — As environmental awareness grows, many couples are saying “I do” to Zero-Waste weddings, stressing sustainability for everything from floral design and dresses to invitations and food. The key to success, experts say, is letting wedding planners, vendors and venues know from the start that you’re serious about going Zero Waste, and then being flexible. By Katherine Roth. UPCOMING: 700 words by 3 p.m. Tuesday, photos.

WEDDINGS-PAINTERS — Live-event painting at weddings — when an artist paints a scene during the event — provides a handmade, sentimental and one-of-a-kind keepsake. By Lisa A. Flam. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m. Tuesday, photos.

WEDDINGS-REGISTRIES — Wedding registries have expanded beyond the checkout card at stores. Many couples are forgoing formal dinnerware and household goods and asking instead for help paying for experiences and other significant purchases. By Melissa Kossler Dutton. UPCOMING: 750 words by 3 p.m. Tuesday, photos.

WEDDINGS-DESSERTS — The big traditional wedding cake doesn’t appear to be going anywhere, but many couples are also opting to offer an array of sweet little bites at their receptions. Creative desserts can be a way to for newlyweds to show who they are. By Kim Cook. UPCOMING: 580 words by 3 p.m. Tuesday, photos.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

GENERAL LIFESTYLES: NERDWALKLET-HOLIDAY TIPPING, CHINA-DOLCE&GABBANA, SOC-WORLD CUP-QATAR’S PRE, SAME-SEX PARENTS

FOOD: FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-CLASSIC CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP, FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-FRIED SEAFOOD, FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-SHORT RIB POT ROAST, FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-MONKEY BREAD, FOOD-COLUMN-ATK-KUGELHOPF

HOMES AND GARDENING: GARDENING-HEDGES OR FENCES, HOMES-POROUS PAVING, HOMES-RIGHT-HOLIDAY HERD

TRAVEL: ROMANIA CATHEDRAL, BORDER TOWN-EMBRACING PAST, TRAVEL-SKI-NEW ENGLAND, GAZA’S PIANO

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SPECIAL EDITIONS CALENDAR:

Sept. 4: Cars

Oct. 2: Pursuits

Nov. 13 — Holidays

Dec. 4 — Weddings

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