Easy, Creamy Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is one of those time-consuming dishes that you try to make to impress your new in-laws and pray comes out marginally edible. But once you've mastered this dish, it doesn't take more than half-an-hour to make. 
Luckily for you, Laura from A Beautiful Plate has a foolproof recipe that requires zero stirring. How awesome is that? Her classic mushroom and herb risotto definitely needs to be added to your repertoire ASAP!


Do You Kiss Your Family and Friends on the Lips?

Growing up, I had many friends who would kiss their parents on the lips. It always made me uncomfortable because it seemed like such an intimate gesture. In my family, a kiss on the cheek is customary, and a kiss on the lips is strictly reserved for husbands and wives. But I think the tides may be changing. Recently, I watched a mother give her little girl a kiss on the lips and it seemed like the sweetest, most natural thing in the world.

What are your thoughts on kissing friends and family members on the lips? Does it strike you as odd?


What Weight Loss Really Looks Like

If you've ever flipped through the pages of a magazine, you've undoubtedly come across your fair share of before and after weight loss photos. But what you rarely see are the stretch marks, and the sagging skin and psychological struggles that accompanies extreme weigh loss. Take a look at this honest slideshow of what weight loss really looks like. If you ask me, these are the types of images that all fitness magazines should strive to publish.

Also, the female body in all its unretouched glory. 


This Ingredient Makes for the Creamiest Mac-and-Cheese

Want to learn my secret for the most satisfying, luxurious and creamy mac-and-cheese? Just add cream of mushroom soup! I learned about this nifty little trick in an episode of Tia Mowry at Home and rushed to the supermarket the next day to fetch the ingredients. I would have never thought of this addition, but it worked like a dream. Would you give it a try to rev up your mac-and-cheese recipe?


This One Quirk Makes You Sexier to the Opposite Sex

Breaking news! The opposite sex finds you more attractive when you exhibit this one trait: weirdness. How refreshing is that? According to this Australian study, men and women prefer "non-conformist romantic partners," not submissive damsels in distress or modest gentlemen. Go ahead and bring all of your eccentricities to the forefront because apparently it's incredibly sexy when you do. 


Happy Mother's Day!

Wishing all the mommies and mommies-to-be a very happy and relaxing Mother's Day!

In honor of Mother's Day, I present you all with this touching poem about a mother's strong and lasting love for her children. I think it's essential for all children, young and old, to remember to cherish their mothers while they still can. Never take her for granted.


Mother’s Day

      —for my children

I see her doing something simple, paying bills,
or leafing through a magazine or book,
and wish that I could say, and she could hear,

that now I start to understand her love
for all of us, the fullness of it.

It burns there in the past, beyond my reach,
a modest lamp.

David Young   

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