Sure, they roll around at the same time every year, but somehow it’s still easy to be caught off-guard. Never again! Whether you’re planning ahead or at the very last minute, these handy holiday guides will help you make the most of your celebrations all year long.

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      Cupcake Ideas So Crazy Only a Mad Genius Could Invent Them

      Stefani Pollack, the creative cook behind the "fun, experimental" blog The Cupcake Project, thinks up, bakes up, and eats up...

      Steal Melissa d’Arabian’s Best Dinner Secrets

      Melissa d’Arabian, winner of The Next Food Network Star and host of Ten Dollar Dinners, cooks delicious dinners on a...

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      The Most Surprising Cookies I’ve Ever Seen

      These colorful cookies—first spotted on Pinterest (below), and then tracked to She Knows—were apparently made for Cinco de Mayo, but

      10 Foodie Things to Do Before Summer Ends

      Celebrate the best of summer food with these all-new warm weather recipes and ideas.

      No-Oven Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

      Cook regular cookie batter in butter over medium heat for a few minutes, flip, and in six minutes, you have...

      National Ice Cream Day: Or, In My Case, (Tw)Ice Cream

      And if you need an excuse to try it, this is the time—July 15th is National Ice Cream Day. Go...

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      Nostalgic Candy We’d Still Spend Our Allowances On

      Like an adult in a candy shop, this is the sweet stuff that memories are made of.

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      Running for Vets: 100 Miles Left to Go!

      Each of us has our own way of celebrating July 4. Retired Marine Jamie Summerlin will pay homage to our

      10 Best Food Festival Recipes From Around America

      What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than by whipping up recipes from some of America’s best food...

      This July Fourth, Remember Our War Widows

      Two hundred thirty-six. That’s how many years of freedom we’ve enjoyed since our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence

      Three Things a Mummy Won’t Tell You

      Forensic science tells us quite a bit about mummies.

      Fantastic 4th of July Desserts

      To be honest, most of my 4th of July parties involve a lake, a cheap grill, and however many hot

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      A Sportswriter’s Father, Remembered

      Have a dad? This moving essay by sports writer and Neiman fellow Tommy Tomlinson might make you cry. Tommy writes “The

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      Dessert Meets Grill

      Summer is now in full swing, and the Fourth of July is right around the corner. That means one very

      How to Grill Like a Pro

      Use these insider chef tips for grilling just like a pro—and your meat will taste just like those steakhouse favorites.

      Genius Idea: Picnic Party

      The perfect activity for a summer weekend.

      Tweeter’s Digest: Celeb Dads’ Quotes #fathersday

      Found poetry: Parenting advice and funny quotes from famous dads turn into great tweets, fit for Father's Day.

      3 New Bands My Dad and I Can Both Appreciate

      Dads? Cool? Turns out they figured out the best in fashion, music, and even movies years ago. For example, websites

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      Cute Dogs for President!

      We paired up patriotic puppy pictures with funny quotes from America's leaders.

      Fast Finishing Touches for Food

      It's all in the food presentation: These simple finishing touches can transform basic dishes into something special.

      Video: Million Motorcycle Memorial

      This Memorial Day weekend, it's not just about an extra day off from work—these 6 small towns have already started...

      Definitely Different Cupcake Designs

      Bake up a batch of fun cupcakes, each with surprise fillings and toppings.

      Graduation Party Food and Fun

      Celebrate the graduate with these special party foods—they're both impressive and easy to make!

      Katie Workman’s Mexican Tortilla Casserole Recipe

      This Mexican-style lasagna is vegetarian-friendly but will satisfy even the heartiest of eaters.

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      Mitzi’s Chicken Fingers Recipe

      There's a line around the block for this Canadian restaurant's light and crispy chicken fingers dipped in a sweet and...

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      Martha Stewart’s Iced Sugar Cookies

      Iced sugar cookies aren't just for Christmas, try them with festive red, white and blue bursts for a perfect patriotic...

      Mom Advice: The Best and the Worst

      Great and not-so-great advice from their mothers: Anna Quindlen, Alec Baldwin, Sissy Spacek, Nicholas Sparks, Garry Marshall, and more.