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Classical Music For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 02-23-2022

The world of classical music becomes quite a bit less mysterious when you know the names and functions of all the musical instruments, and a basic timeline of the music itself. This Cheat Sheet will help you discuss classical music with confidence.

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How to Make Fancy Folded Napkins

Article / Updated 12-13-2021

An inexpensive way to decorate your table for a special occasion is to make fancy folded napkins. Crisply starched napkins or weighty paper dinner napkins that are folded in interesting shapes bring art to the setting and can accentuate a dinner table wit...

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Estate Planning First Steps: How Much Is Your Estate Worth?

Article / Updated 12-13-2021

Estate planning is all about what you want to have happen to you, your dependents, and your stuff when you’re gone. Estate planning also covers what happens if you’re alive but can’t make decisions for yourself. You may think that you don’t car...

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10 Charcuterie Meats You Must Try

Article / Updated 12-13-2021

This list of meats includes ten that are really good and should be tried at some point either on their own or as part of a charcuterie board presentation. Everything in this list is delicious, and if you are able to, you should track some of them down to ...

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Prepare a Light but Classy Hors D'oeuvre: Marinated Salmon

Article / Updated 12-13-2021

Appetizers that require marinating are a good way to start a meal. Their acidic freshness primes the palate for what's to follow. This spectacular recipe, Salmon Marinated in Ginger and Cilantro, can be prepared several hours in advance and has a tangy, h...

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Bartending For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 09-01-2021

Good bartenders pride themselves on being knowledgeable about cocktail recipes and proficient in the art of properly serving their guests and patrons. With a healthy repertoire of popular mixed drink recipes and the right ingredients at your fingertips, y...

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Considerations for Investing in Gold and Silver

Article / Updated 09-01-2021

As part of your wealth-building approach, you seriously should consider adding some gold and silver, especially when you take a full, realistic view of what’s going on in our society, economy, and financial markets. [caption id="attachment_288071" al...

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The Dynamics of Food and Wine

Article / Updated 09-01-2021

Every dish is dynamic: it’s made up of several ingredients and flavors that interact to create a (more or less) delicious whole. Every wine is dynamic in exactly the same way. When food and wine combine in your mouth, the dynamics of each change; the re...

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How to Set the Table Like Royalty

Article / Updated 08-31-2021

You want to use all your best china and crystal stemware—at least once a year, right? But where in the world do all the silver, stemware, and plates go? For a formal table setting, use this image as a guide. ...

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Exploring the Pros and Cons of Designer Dogs

Article / Updated 08-27-2021

A designer dog is a dog whose parents were both purebred dogs of different breeds. For example, a golden doodle has one parent who is a purebred golden retriever, and another parent who is a purebred poodle. His mother may have been the poodle, and his fa...

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