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Thursday

Macaroon Day and Mighty Morsels



Mmm! Macaroons! Do you love ‘em?

Crunchy or chewy, macaroon cookies are a tasty treat, particularly today. It’s National Macaroon Day in the United States.

Macaroons are for sharing!

Did you hear the age-old story about the two elderly twin sisters, Grace and Gloria, who shared a single set of dentures?
One day, the two ladies were invited to a grand gala at the local country club. They decided to take turns with their teeth. Grace dolled herself up first, popped in the choppers, and headed for the festive gathering.

After an hour or so, Grace returned home to give her sister a chance at the prestigious party.

“How was it?” Gloria asked.

Grace handed the dental set to her sister, who promptly inserted them into her own mouth and chomped the plates into place.

“Umm, macaroons!” Gloria exclaimed, as she bit down on the still-warm dentures.

Who’s craving macaroons now?

Check out these yummy macaroon recipes from several online writers.

Ever since Boule on La Cienega closed, you have to think a little harder about where to find good French macaroons in Hollywood. One way is to make your own macaroons.

Make macaroons with many variations, such as chocolate, cocoa, espresso, and more.

Oatmeal Macaroon Cookies – Margie Lynn
Oatmeal Macaroon Cookies are a favorite of in many families. These homemade cookies are moist and delicious. Macaroons make great gifts for holidays as well.

Coconut macaroon pie – Caroline Summer
Coconut macaroons are one of the most delicious desserts out there - but sadly, they tend to be a bit minuscule, and if you have a large group to serve, making them can be a little too tedious. Perhaps you would prefer a simple, delicious macaroon pie!

From Manhattan to Montana, and from Maine to Mississippi, mighty macaroons have even been credited with curing such ailments as diarrhea, nausea and morning sickness. Why not whip up a batch of macaroon cookies today?

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  • Cupcake-Tossing Woman's Domestic Battery Charges Sound Half-Baked Sometimes a little batter at home can lead to domestic battery charges. Dawn Montesdeoca was arrested after apparently tossing cupcakes at her husband during a spat in their Chicago kitchen. Domestic violence is serious, do cupcakes count?
  • Recipe: Cinnamon Oat Crunch Cookies Cookies don't have to be dietary no-no's for healthy food fans. These delicious home-baked goodies are packed with fiber and good things. Why not whip up a batch for a family gathering, a holiday party, a summer picnic or a potluck?
  • Recipe: Cracklin' Oat Bran Cookies Do you have a cookie fiend in your home? These crunchy, crispy cookies are a family favorite, made with Kellogg's Cracklin' Oat Bran cereal. Don't tell my family how nutritious these home-baked cookies are. I promise I won't tell your family, either.
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Monday

Marking Memorial Day with Meaning and Memories


It’s Memorial Day across the United States. Today we express our appreciation for the sacrifices of those who have served, or are currently serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces.

How will you celebrate Memorial Day?

Many will attend patriotic parades or presentations. Others will host picnics or parties. However you mark Memorial Day, be sure to salute our military members! May we honor our fallen, our veterans, and our current servicemen and servicewomen.

Here are several helpful online articles, written by friends and colleagues, with tips for making Memorial Day most memorable.

This Memorial Day, if you would like to search for ancestors in your family who may be military heroes, you can check out these family history search sites.

Stop whatever you are doing at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day and remember those soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom.
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Looking for great Memorial Day songs for your picnic or party playlist?

Get your Memorial Day song playlist ready with these 15 great songs.

These are 10 great songs for Memorial Day from different musical genres. You can enjoy your 3 day weekend and still remember and pay respects to all those soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

Memorial Day is a fun day to celebrate history and have fun at the same time. A great way to celebrate Memorial Day is to sit back relax, cook out, socialize with loved ones and crank out some great tunes.
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And how about a few creative crafts for Memorial Day?

Free Printable Memorial Day Greeting Cards – Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben
Find all sorts of Memorial Day cards and images with these free printable websites!

Memorial Day coloring pages and Memorial Day printables can be found for free on the internet, here you will find websites that offer free printable Memorial Day coloring pages and printables.
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Post-marathon ponderings on the April A to Z Blogging Challenge


April bloggers reflect today on the month-long marathon of A to Z blog entries we have published.

This year, I completed the alphabetical endeavor with six blogs.


And I loved doing it!

Sure, it was a lot to do. Concepting and composing 26 posts for six blogs equaled 158 posts in all. Matching ideas to title initials was fun and occasionally infuriating at the same time.

Overall, it was a blast. I just wish I’d been able to visit more participating blogs, and I hope to continue dropping in on fellow A- Z-ers in the coming days.

A to Z Blogging Challenge finishers: 
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if you wish. As a courtesy, please link back to Working in Words
if you do!  Thank you.

What did participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge do for me?

For this particular blog, the month-long event inspired me to look for super published content by fellow web writers, finding fine features to fill my A to Z topics. By doing so, I discovered delicious recipes, helpful how-to’s, creative crafts, great gardening ideas, fun family finds, and much more!

I even made a few new friends after featuring folks’ work.

Here’s the full list of Practically at Home April A to Z Blogging Challenge posts.


Did you notice any writers you recognized in the highlight lists?

You never know who might be featured on Practically at Home. I love pointing out great content by valued colleagues!

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Tuesday

Recapping A to Z Blog Challenge Posts from April Fool’s to Zinnias


At last! Mayday is upon us. Spring has fully sprung, and the April A to Z Blogging Challenge is complete.

Did any Practically at Home posts escape you during the A to Z Blogging Challenge? Here’s the complete listing, from A to Z.

A to Z Blogging Challenge finishers: 
You are welcome to use this badge, 
created by Working in Words, 
if you wish. 
As a courtesy, 
if you do! 
Thank you.

These alphabetical blog posts include crafts, garden tips, healthy humor, recipes and much more! Look closely for links to helpful online articles from dozens of skilled web writers on several subjects.


Daily posts may not persist at Practically at Home, but frequent entries are likely. Be sure to stop back often, so you don’t miss a single one. You never know what practical topics may appear … or who may be highlighted here. Why not “follow” or “subscribe”?

For the last time in 2012: Practically at Home wishes you a Happy A to Z!
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