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Make Holiday Memories with Sweet Eats

Whether your festivities include immediate family or bring together relatives from around the country, the holidays are about making memories with loved ones.

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(Family Features) Whether your festivities include immediate family or bring together relatives from around the country, the holidays are about making memories with loved ones. From the first days of the season to the last, many families spend their precious time together with favorite activities and the best foods the holidays have to offer.

This year, you can change things up and start new traditions with a fresh ingredient like Envy apples, which provide an easy way to update classics due to their sweet taste and availability. The sweet, sophisticated flavor; uplifting, fresh aroma; delightfully satisfying crunch; beautiful appearance; and naturally white flesh that doesn’t brown as quickly as other apples all lend themselves to shareable recipes like this Apple Wreath Salad or Roasted Apple Macaroni and Cheese, both perfect for holiday parties.

Because cherished memories are made with sweet ingredients, you can turn cozy movie nights into festive and memorable events year after year by pairing Hallmark Channel’s popular “Countdown to Christmas” holiday movies with delicious desserts like Apple Custard Sponge Trifle and Brown Butter Apple Pie.

Find more memory-making recipes at EnvyApple.com.

Apple Custard Sponge Trifle

Servings: 8-10

  • 6 Envy apples
  • 2 tablespoons golden caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, water
  • 1 tablespoon corn flour
  • 1 large plain sponge cake
  • 2 cups vanilla bean custard
  • 1/2 cup caramel or butterscotch sauce, plus additional for garnish, divided
  • 1/2 cup creamfresh apple slices
  • fresh strawberry slices
  1. Peel, core and dice apples; place in large saucepan. Add caster sugar, cinnamon and 1/2 cup water. Simmer apples 5-8 minutes until tender.
  2. Combine corn flour and remaining water. Stir corn flour mixture into apples until apples are syrupy.
  3. Cut sponge cake into 2-centimeter diced pieces. Arrange 1/3 of sponge pieces in base of serving bowl. Add half of cinnamon apple pieces, including syrupy juices. Add 1 cup custard and drizzle with 1/4 cup caramel sauce. Repeat with remaining ingredients, finishing with sponge cake; chill.
  4. Whip cream and spoon dollops over sponge cake to cover top. Garnish with apple slices, strawberry slices and caramel sauce.

Apple Wreath Salad

Recipe courtesy of “The Produce Moms” (@theproducemoms)

Balsamic Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, finely ground
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salad:

  • 10 ounces baby arugula
  • 3 Envy apples, sliced
  • 9 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 3 ounces pomegranate arils
  • 3 ounces pecans, toasted
  1. To make balsamic dressing: In small serving bowl, whisk honey, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, garlic, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
  2. Place dressing bowl in center of large board or platter. Arrange arugula around dressing bowl in wreath shape.
  3. Place apple slices on top of arugula. Sprinkle on goat cheese, pomegranate arils and pecans.

Brown Butter Apple Pie

Streusel Topping:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Filling:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 pounds Envy apples, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 deep dish frozen pie shell
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. To make streusel topping: Mix flour, chopped pecans and light brown sugar. Stir in butter using fingertips until incorporated with small lumps of butter visible. Refrigerate.
  3. To make filling: In large skillet over medium heat, melt butter until amber, stirring often. Set aside to cool. In large bowl, stir sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, vanilla and flour using spatula. Pour brown butter over apples and mix, scraping skillet with rubber spatula to incorporate brown butter bits.
  4. Place frozen pie shell on baking sheet. Add 2 cups apple mixture into shell, gently pressing apple slices for even base. Add remaining apple slices and gently press. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over apples.
  5. Bake 30 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 350 F and bake 35-45 minutes until topping is golden and apples feel tender when pierced with fork.

Roasted Apple Macaroni and Cheese

  • Salted water
  • 1 pound macaroni noodles
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 Envy apple, peeled and diced
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Romano cheese, grated
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire

Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  1. Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Add noodles and cook until just tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. In large pot over high heat, melt butter then saute diced apple until caramelized and tender. Sprinkle in flour and stir. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Whisk in heavy cream and milk; bring to boil, whisking frequently so milk doesn’t burn.
  4. Once boiling, turn heat to low and whisk in cheddar cheese, Romano cheese, gruyere cheese, salt and Worcestershire. Continue whisking until cheese is melted thoroughly.
  5. Carefully pour mixture into large blender and blend on high until smooth.
  6. Pour cheese sauce over noodles and stir.
  7. Pour macaroni and cheese into 9-by-13-inch pan and spread evenly.
  8. Heat oven to broil.
  9. To make topping: In medium bowl, melt butter and stir in panko breadcrumbs.
  10. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over macaroni and cheese; broil until golden brown.


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DOVE MEN+CARE LAUNCHES “CARE MAKES A DAD” THIS FATHER’S DAY

Care Makes a Dad:
The new campaign from the men’s grooming brand will spotlight stories of the caring role that father figures play in the lives of so many

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Bones Hyland pictured with his cousin Izzy in the Dove Men+Care “Care Makes a Dad” campaign. Photo credit: Tomboy/MERMAN.

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. /PRNewswire/ — Every year, Father’s Day celebrates wonderful dads across the country. However, the role of dad can take many forms – and powerhouse men’s grooming brand Dove Men+Care is shining a light on that for Father’s Day this year.

Dove Men+Care “Care Makes a Dad” campaign. Video credit: Tomboy/MERMAN.

New research commissioned by Dove Men+Care found that 70% of people have an impactful father figure in their life, but only 10% regularly celebrate them on Father’s Day. That’s why Dove Men+Care is recognizing the stepfathers, foster fathers, godfathers, brothers, coaches, friends, teachers and more this Father’s Day that have played the role of an impactful father figure through their unconditional care – the living proof that Care Makes a Difference. Care Makes A Dad.

To ignite this conversation, Dove Men+Care released a new film “Care Makes a Dad“. The film showcases the real stories of kids from across the U.S. and the special bonds they share with their father figures, who rise to the occasion every day to make a difference in their lives.

“We’re thrilled to bring attention to the unsung heroes of Father’s Day,” says Alejandro Fiecconi, Global Head of Brand for Dove Men+Care at Unilever. “There are children with father figures in their lives who mean the world to them, show up for them, support them. These men exemplify care. We wanted to give these men a round of applause – even if they didn’t ask for one.”

Joining this celebration is father figure and professional basketball player Nah’Shon Lee “Bones” Hyland. Bones has been a father figure to his cousin Izzy since a tragic incident brought them closer together when Izzy was a baby, creating an inseparable bond. Bones’ compassion and commitment to doing what’s right every day makes him a role model and hero to Izzy, and exemplifies the ways care makes a difference. Together, with five other father figures – from teachers, stepfathers, and grandfathers – they remind us that Care Makes a Dad.

“It’s an honor to be featured in this campaign,” says Bones Hyland. “My cousin Izzy is one of the most important people in my life. He’s like a son to me. I’ll be there for him every step of the way any way I can.”

Ogilvy, who led creative development of the campaign, shares more on the evolution of the campaign. “This year, building on our commitment to celebrate and champion the transformative care that all dads can give, we’re throwing the definition of fatherhood open wide,” says Rob Butcher, Global Creative Director, Dove Men+Care for Ogilvy. “This campaign celebrates all the men who step up to care out of choice. Coaches, uncles, adoptive fathers and community dads who show that care makes all the difference to the children in their lives.” 

Dove Men+Care is bringing the ethos of the film to real life to spark a change on those we should recognize on Father’s Day and beyond by: 

  • Launching the “Celebrate ALL Father Figures”sweepstakes – a chance for everyone to recognize a father figure who has made a difference. Select winners will be featured in a full-page ad in The New York Times following Father’s Day.
    • How to enter: Post a photo on Instagram featuring you and your father figure! It could be your dad, stepdad, uncle, coach, or anyone who played a significant role in your life. Make sure to tag @DoveMenCare and include the hashtags #CelebrateALLDads and #Sweepstakes. This sweepstakes will close on Father’s Day on June 16th. More information can be found here
  • Hosting a special Celebrate ALL Father Figures pop-up event in New York City on June 14th. Fit for the whole family, loved ones and the community to gather with their father figures, create special mementos for the holiday, and have a chance to participate in mini photo-shoots that reshape the literal picture of what it means to be a DAD. The event will take place from 2 PM to 6 PM at the 91st Street Plaza between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. Images captured will also be eligible for the sweepstakes.

To learn more about the campaign, visit www.dovemencare.com/CareMakesADad and follow along on the Dove Men+Care Youtube channel and @DoveMenCare on the brand’s Instagram channel.

About Dove Men+Care
Dove Men+Care is the first range of products from Dove developed specifically for men. Manufactured by Unilever, the line includes the #1 dermatologist-recommended body wash brand. Launched in 2010, Dove Men+Care is a powerhouse men’s grooming brand in the U.S. with a product portfolio that includes bars, body washes, face care, antiperspirant/deodorants, hair care, and hand/body lotions, which are available nationwide in food, drug, and mass outlet stores. 

Since launching, Dove Men+Care has also been dedicated to debunking the stereotypes of how men around the world care for themselves and others. The brand is on a mission to inspire every man to experience the transformative effects of care and focuses on making that a reality through cultural initiatives, legislative action, and community engagement. Learn more at DoveMenCare.com

About Unilever in North America
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Wellbeing, Personal Care, Home Care, Nutrition and Ice Cream products, with sales in over 190 countries and products used by 3.4 billion people every day. We have 127,000 employees and generated sales of €59.6 billion in 2023. 

Our leading brands in North America include Dove, Hellmann’s, Vaseline, Degree, Axe, TRESemmé, Knorr, Magnum, Ben & Jerry’s, Nutrafol, Liquid I.V., Paula’s Choice, and Dermalogica. 

For more information on Unilever U.S. and its brands visit: www.unileverusa.com 

For more information on Unilever Canada and its brands visit: www.unilever.ca 

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Practical Presents: Father’s Day gift ideas for hard-to-buy-for dads

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(Family Features) Shopping for your dad on Father’s Day each year can be a challenge, especially when he says he doesn’t want anything or claims he already has everything he needs. However, focusing on the things he enjoys such as music, exercising or hobbies like woodworking or metalworking can send you down the right path toward finding a gift to say “thank you” for all he’s done and show him how much he means to you.

To help make the experience of shopping for your father less complicated, consider these practical options, and find more gift ideas to make his day at eLivingtoday.com.

Help Dad Transform His Workspace

When home projects abound, the right tools can help dad work smarter, solve problems and get more done easier and faster. With unprecedented adaptability and flexibility, the IQ Vise System by Work IQ Tools features a ball and socket design that allows articulation and 360-degree rotation at any angle for optimal work positioning while complementing task-specific jaws create the perfect grip for an extensive range of shapes and materials. Plus, IQ Connect plug-and-play accessories provide hands-free assistance on the vise and around your work area via three additional mounting options. Find more Father’s Day gift ideas to help dad work smarter at workiqtools.com.

Give Dad the Gift of a Great Workout

If your dad is looking to get (or stay) in shape, skip the gym membership and give him the equipment he needs to complete his workouts at home. From strength training equipment like dumbbells to cardio equipment such as running shoes, a jump rope and more, plus essentials like a yoga mat and resistance bands, there are plenty of options available to help your dad create a fitness center in the comforts of home.

Let Dad Listen to His Favorite Tunes in Peace

The right set of wireless, noise-canceling headphones can be a gamechanger when it comes to listening to music or podcasts. Replacing those old, wired headphones with a pair of in-ear or over-ear Bluetooth-connected ones – whichever style he typically prefers – with an extended battery life can serve as an upgrade whether your dad is hitting the gym, walking the dog, taking a phone call on the go or just watching his favorite show on his phone while lounging at home.

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Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

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(Family Features) To show your mom just how much she means to you, choose a Mother’s Day gift that reflects her interests and passions. As you’re looking for the perfect gift, consider these thoughtful ideas that will touch her heart.

Personalized Gifts
Show your mom how much she means to you by giving a gift uniquely tailored to her. Consider a personalized photo album filled with special memories or a custom-made piece of jewelry with her initials or birthstone. If your mom enjoys cooking, a personalized apron or cutting board with her name or a special message can be a winning gift. For the mom who loves to relax, a monogrammed robe or customized spa gift set allows her to pamper herself. You can also include a handwritten note or heartfelt letter expressing your love and appreciation.

DIY Gifts
Handmade gifts often hold special sentimental value and show you put thought and effort into creating something unique just for your mom. You could try making a homemade candle or bath bombs, a hand-painted picture frame or a personalized scrapbook filled with cherished memories. Alternatively, you could bake her favorite treats, prepare a special breakfast in bed or create a customized coupon book with vouchers for things like a homemade dinner or day of pampering. Get creative and have fun with your DIY gift – your mom is sure to appreciate the sentiment behind it.

Experience Gifts
Sometimes the best gifts are experiences rather than physical items. Plan a day trip to her favorite destination, book a spa day for her to relax and unwind or arrange a cooking class where she can learn new recipes. You could also surprise her with tickets to a concert, theater show or sporting event.

Practical Gifts
For busy moms who are always on the go, practical gifts can be lifesavers. Consider getting your mom a stylish yet functional tote bag or a backpack to carry all her essentials. You could also give her a smartwatch or fitness tracker to help her stay organized and track her health and fitness goals. A subscription to a meal delivery service or gifting kitchen gadgets or appliances that make meal preparation easier and more efficient are also useful ideas.

Find more gift ideas to make mom smile at eLivingtoday.com.

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