5 Trump Properties He Doesn’t Like To Talk About









4Donald J. Trump State Park Is A Poisonous Hellhole





When you imagine Trump properties, you probably don’t picture beautiful rolling vistas, glorious sunsets, and lush greenery — just hideous gold-plated carbuncles with zero redeeming features, much like their owner. And then there’s Donald J. Trump State Park, a 400-acre park outside of Westchester, New York, which has all of these beautiful features and much, much more!

Or it did once, before the garbage people moved in.

Back in the ’90s, Trump bought the land in order to convert it into a golf course, but thanks to some pesky red tape that said rich assholes can’t buy up acres of woodland for vanity projects designed to attract other rich assholes, the town where the park sits denied his request. That left Trump with a big tract of land that he couldn’t do much with except his favorite thing in the world: get a tax break. He donated the land to the state of New York, netting a tax write-off estimated at $100 million.





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As great as this worked for Trump, it was terrible for New York, which was left holding a big chunk of land it didn’t want. They tried to make it look nice (they really did), but they could only afford $2,500 for annual upkeep, and having no full-time staff, the park soon turned into a nightmare zone of dilapidated buildings, moldy swimming pools, and other scenes that make it resemble a post-nuclear wasteland.

In 2010, the state attempted to convert the site into a dog park, but after construction unearthed asbestos in several of the buildings, they closed the park for good and left it to rot. This irritated Trump so much that he demanded the park back, to which the state told him to go screw. It’s not entirely clear why he wanted the park back, knowing full well he couldn’t do anything with it, but it might be due to the fact that not only does he think asbestos is perfectly safe („It’s a mob conspiracy!“), but he’s also a big goddamn baby.





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3An Extremely Suspicious Random Piece Of Florida Forest

Trump’s business interests tend to stick to the cities — not just because that’s where the money and fast food restaurants are, but also because that’s where he’s liable to get the most attention, a commodity he values more than oxygen. So you’re probably wondering why he owns, for no apparent particular reason, a random quarter-acre lot of woodland in Florida. The lot isn’t anywhere near Mar-a-Lago, and contains nothing of any value, like roads, pavement, buildings, or even utilities. It is completely inaccessible without, as one local put it, „a Jeep, a helicopter or a parachute.“

Häagen-Dazs Peppermint Bark Ice Cream Is Back









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Do you someone who would love this flavor?





While I admit that I spend the end of summer wishing it was pumpkin spice season, by the time Halloween rolls around, I’m already over it and ready for all things peppermint — especially peppermint bark.

There’s just something about white chocolate and peppermint together — and bonus points if the white chocolate is layered with milk chocolate— that makes it my favorite seasonal flavor. And judging by the many peppermint-bark-flavored foods you’ll be able to find this season, I’m clearly not alone.





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Not only will we find peppermint bark Oreos in stores near the end of the year, but there are at least two ice cream brands selling peppermint bark ice cream! While Blue Bell’s peppermint bark ice cream can only be found in certain areas of the country, Häagen-Dazs is filling the gap with not one, but two peppermint bark treats that are already available nationwide.

The peppermint bark ice cream consists of white chocolate ice cream blended with chocolate peppermint bark and peppermint candy pieces. For an extra dose of chocolate, you can also get the peppermint bark ice cream in bar form, with white chocolate ice cream dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with peppermint candy pieces.

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I can’t help but think this ice cream would be amazing alongside some other peppermint treats, like white chocolate peppermint bark cheesecake or candy cane shortbread.





Or, of course, you could always just dip the peppermint bark bars into the pint of ice cream! Will you be picking up some peppermint bark ice cream before it’s gone again until next season?

You Can Soon Buy ‘Magnum’ Bottles Of Ranch Dressing From Hidden Valley









The perfect gift for the ranch lover in your life!





There’s no denying that Americans have a love affair with ranch dressing. Particularly in the Midwest, where I’m from, people love to put ranch on just about everything.  From salad to pizza to buffalo wings and more, there’s really no food that can’t be made better with a little ranch.

If you agree with that sentiment, you will soon have access to more ranch dressing than you could possibly need with a magnum-sized bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. Yup, the limited-edition bottle holds a whopping 1.75 liters of the stuff and will be available online for $25 beginning Dec. 3.

“Let the ranch flavor flow with this limited-edition bottle that comes in a custom-designed box perfect for any holiday occasion,” reads the product description. Check it out:





Hidden Valley Ranch

To give a sense of just how large this huge bottle of ranch is, check it out next to the brand’s regular 8-ounce bottle:

Hidden Valley Ranch

Now, that is a lot of ranch! And here is the custom box it comes with:

Hidden Valley Ranch

How fancy!

For those who not only want to enjoy their ranch but also need to show off their dedication to the dressing, the company has launched a line festive products, including ranch ornaments for the Christmas tree, outdoor inflatable ranch bottles to put up in the yard and pizza-and-ranch themed wrapping paper. What a great way to spread holiday cheer and show off your ranch fandom at the same time!





This ranch-themed ugly Christmas sweater is guaranteed to make you the best-dressed guest at any holiday party:

Hidden Valley Ranch

Do you know a ranch-lover who would swoon over a gift from Hidden Valley this holiday season?

This City Will Pay You $10,000 To Move There For A Year









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You will even get discounted rent! Do you know someone who would love this opportunity?





Usually moving to a new city involves shelling out a lot of money, but one U.S. city is actually paying people to move there. The George Kaiser Family Foundation is offering $10,000 grants to entice people to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and work remotely from the city for a year. The project is called Tulsa Remote, and is funded by the foundation with support from the city of Tulsa and other community organizations.

Grant recipients will receive $2,500 for relocation expenses and $500 monthly stipends for the year they spend living in Tulsa. At the end of the year, they will also receive an additional $1,500. Participants will also be able to live in new, furnished apartments in the Tulsa Arts District for a third off the base price, plus free utilities, for the first three months.





They’ll also get free work space at 36 Degrees North as well as professional development opportunities like monthly workshops.

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The program’s creators hope it will score the city some permanent residents.

“To me it’s not a success if someone just moves here, puts in their time for a year, and then they head out,” Kevin Levi, GKFF executive director, told Tulsa World. “The goal is to give them that Tulsa embrace so they’ll be active in the community, enjoy our music and arts and food. And maybe in a year, they’ll say, ‘I love this place. I’m staying.’”

Those interested in this opportunity can apply online. They will need to do an online interview and may have in-person interviews as well. The GKFF is not yet sure how many applicants will be accepted.





Participants must provide proof of employment, and work for a business that is based outside of Tulsa County or be self-employed outside of Tulsa County. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Tulsa is not the first U.S. city to try and lure new residents and workers using monetary incentives. There’s a similar program in Vermont, wherein eligible remote workers can receive up to $5,000 per year, not to exceed $10,000 over two years, to live and work there. Other communities in states like Minnesota, Alaska, Connecticut and Indiana are also offering similar incentives to attract new residents.

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This Corn Casserole Is Easy To Throw Together When You’re In A Hurry









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Yum!





If you’ve never tasted the creamy goodness that is corn casserole, you’re in for a treat. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, we whip up multiple dishes of this holiday staple. It’s both delicious and ridiculously easy to make, only requiring five ingredients. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you can sweeten it up with a sprinkle of sugar, making it the perfect dessert-like side dish (next to your candied yam, perhaps?).

Blogger Two Sisters Crafting breaks down the simple corn casserole dish on her blog, which also includes easy-to-follow directions of the process, start to finish. Using only one bowl, you mix all the ingredients, pop it in the oven, top it with cheese and voila!





Her version is a more savory style, one she describes as a “cornbread-like dish.”

Two Sisters Crafting

For another savory, slightly more nuanced version of corn casserole, head to Spend With Pennies. The recipe there incorporates fresh herbs into the mix. Buttery and golden in color, she opts for fresh corn over frozen, though she admits the frozen variety works just as well. For an extra special casserole, she adds in crumbled bacon, minced onion and/or jalapenos and a cup of cheddar cheese. What’s not to love?

Spend With Pennies

Another standard version of the corn casserole, or corn pudding, can be found at Tastes of Lizzy T. Though her recipe is, again, just five ingredients, she suggests several variations. For a lighter, fluffier pudding, add two eggs, and for a sweeter style, add more sugar.

I personally love more of a souffle-style pudding, so we opt for adding eggs and sugar. The options are pretty much endless.





If trying out these corn casseroles gets you fired up for making all casseroles, all the time, check out these 15 casseroles you can make for under $4 per serving.

What type of corn casserole do you prefer?

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Reminder: November 17 is Danny DeVito Day









As we’re ramping up to the holiday season, things can get a little hectic observing all of the festivities. And while you’re lighting the turkey on fire, decorating the tree with kente, and wishing the people you’re trampling at Best Buy „Happy Wintermas,“ it’s easy to lose track of the true spirit of the holidays. We’re here to give thanks to and celebrate the birthday of a very special person. We’re talking, of course, about Danny DeVito.





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Finally, we’ll be able to properly observe and celebrate the birth of our grumpiest, shadiest of prophets. Last April, the fragrant state of New Jersey declared this November 17, 2018 the first official Danny DeVito Day, in honor of its most famous native son (suck it, Springsteen). And how does the Penguin feel about this gift? Mixed. „Of course, they first told me I could have a beach. Yeah, but they reneged,“ he said in an interview, which might be the most New Jersey response ever to getting a day named after you.

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But it’s still looking to be a great day, with celebrations led by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and a great wave of pride coming over his hometown of Neptune Township. But people all over the world have been getting into the (ornery) spirit, presumably donning their boiled denim and apparently putting up their creepy DeVito shrines.

Now, outside of New Jersey, not a lot of places do the big traditional DeVito Day parades, where giant balloon Schwarzeneggers float through the sky and actors throw big wicker dolls of mommas off trains. But you can still get into the spirit with a more modern, intimate DeVito Day celebration: monster condoms hanging from the mantelpiece, one-sided debates on gun control, children playing Nightcrawlers (privately) while the adults feast on rum ham (or if you observe a religion that doesn’t allow pork, crow’s eggs marinated in Wolf Cola). Of course, don’t forget to leave one seat on the couch empty, to symbolize the hope that the Trash Man will climb out of the cushions and scare the children into being good for a whole year.

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Then, after the feast, everyone can whip out their favorite toe knife to open the many tiny presents — because on Danny DeVito Day, good things come in small packages.

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This Slow Cooker Stuffing Recipe Will Make Cooking For The Holidays So Much Easier









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If stuffing isn’t already your favorite holiday side dish, it’s about to be!





Preparing for Thanksgiving dinner requires a lot of prep work so, obviously, we welcome any shortcuts that make cooking for the big day easier. So when you see this recipe — which makes prepping easier without sacrificing taste — you’ll want to make it a staple in your kitchen. Ready for the big reveal? Behold this slow cooker stuffing recipe.

The Crock-Pot Stuffing recipe that will save you some major time in the kitchen this season comes from the Spend With Pennies website. It’s great because it’s homemade — which beats stuffing from the box — but only requires minimal effort.

All you need to create this amazing dish is bread, chicken broth, eggs, celery, onion and spices. The Spend With Pennies website also walks you through the best types of bread for making stuffing and how to dry it out on your own.





The recipe does require some minimal effort before you add it all to the crockpot. You’ve got to season and saute the onions and celery and then mix it all together. But as you can see in this video from the Spend With Pennies YouTube channel, it’s all very easy to get to that final slow cooker step:

Once you’ve got the ingredients combined, you throw them in the crockpot and let them slow cook for four hours. They’ll be ready to be served immediately, or can even be made 24 hours in advance to get one step out of the way before Turkey Day. How amazing is that?

When the stuffing’s all warmed and ready, it’ll look a little something like this:

Spend With Pennies

Yum!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, here’s something to be thankful for. This stuffing recipe isn’t the only slow-cooked version of classic sides that can be served up for the holiday.





For instance, Gimme Some Oven has a recipe for slow-cooked cranberry sauce that will make your Thanksgiving preparations all the easier. Orange juice, water, sugar, cranberries and some time in the crockpot will yield a delicious turkey topping:

Gimme Some Oven

This recipe from Dinner Then Dessert will walk you through the steps to yield perfectly delicious macaroni and cheese that takes little to no effort to make:

Dinner Then Dessert

And mashed potatoes — a dish that can be a labor of love thanks to all the peeling, boiling and mashing — can have almost all of the work taken out of them thanks to hours spend slow cooking. This recipe from Cooking Classy shows you how to create creamy garlic mashed potatoes right in your crockpot:

Cooking Classy

Who’s ready to keep the actual hands-on cooking at a minimum and opt for these time-saving recipes this Thanksgiving?

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Apple Pie Bars Might Just Replace Apple Pie At Your Holiday Meals This Year









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They sound delicious!





There’s nothing quite as classic as good ol’ apple pie, but if that’s what you’ve brought to holiday gatherings every year, you may be in the mood to switch things up. To present that traditional, nostalgic flavor in a brand-new form, we’ve got just the thing: apple pie bars!

This recipe from Tastes of Lizzy T will walk you through how to create a dessert that’s part apple danish, part apple pie — and 100-percent delicious.

A major thing that separates this dessert from a traditional apple pie is the fact that it’s served up in a 9 x 13 pan, and can therefore yield more servings. No double-pie-baking for you this year.





Using little more than flour, butter, eggs and sugar, you’ll make your own crust. Next, layer on the apple slices and spices. Sounds like apple pie so far, right?

Here’s where it gets interesting: There’s a layer of crushed corn flakes in between the apples and the bottom layer of crust to keep the crust from becoming soggy. And if that wasn’t enough to set this dessert apart, you’ll also top it with an almond glaze.

Tastes of Lizzy T

If you like the idea of creating a pie bar instead of a pie this year, this is only the beginning. For instance, this recipe for apple pie bars from Sally’s Baking Addiction calls for a healthy amount of salted caramel and a crunchy streusel crust on top for a take on apple pie that’s delicious — and far from average.

Sally’s Baking Addiction

This version from What Molly Made uses homemade snickerdoodles as the “crust,” giving this dessert even more cinnamon and brown sugar flavor, plus the ooey-gooey texture of a cookie.





What Molly Made

If you’re really looking to mix things up, you could use this recipe from Mom On Timeout, which combines classic apple pie ingredients with cheesecake to yield a tasty treat that’s basically two desserts in one.

Mom On Timeout

Ready to throw caution to the wind and create a new holiday tradition? Use these recipes as inspiration to change up the way you enjoy apple pie this year!

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Attention Parents: Jell-O Is Introducing Edible Slime









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Do you know kids who would love this? Here’s where you can get it.





This has been the year of the slime. And, now, Jell-O is taking slime to the next level by making it edible! Yep, that’s ooey, gooey, droppy, floppy, sticky, icky slime that you can actually eat.

This isn’t the first time that edible slime has made waves on the internet, but those previous versions were homemade and required lots of parent preparation and cleanup. No, thanks. Holidays are busy enough without worrying about cleaning up slime from off the kitchen counter and your favorite nonstick pot.

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That’s why we are so happy that the culinary geniuses at Jell-O have created a gelatin slime which comes in two delicious-sounding flavors: Unicorn Slime (strawberry-flavored) and Monster Slime (lime-flavored).





Despite their wacky appearances, they are 100-percent edible and the company claims its slime will easily wash off of skin or clothing with just soap and water. Plus, it’s easy to make.

All you have to do is put 3 scoops of the slime mixture into a bowl, add a scoop of warm water and stir it for 30 seconds. Then add a tablespoon of warm water … and dunk your hands in and start playing! When you’re done, you can eat the Jell-O slime, or lick it off your fingers as you go.

Kraft Heinz

If you want to try Jell-O Play Slime, you can preorder it right now on Amazon. It doesn’t officially come out until Dec. 1, but you might want to move fast if you don’t want to worry about it selling out. This would definitely make an awesome stocking stuffer or Hanukkah gift!

One jar costs $9.99 on Amazon, and there is enough in each can for two sessions of play. (Or should we say two servings of play?)





For people who want to play with their food even more, this slime is just one of the exciting new items from the new Jell-O Play line. The new collection boasts kits that help kids build edible toys, including Jell-O Mud, Jell-O edible stickers, Jell-O Jigglers and Jell-O Play build-and-eat kits.

Kraft Heinz

“Jell-O Play is a toy you can eat,” said Katy Marshall, marketing and sales lead at Kraft Heinz, in a press release about the new brand. “There are no rules to what you can make when you let your creativity out of your head, onto your plate and into your mouth.”

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These Shelters Are Asking Families To Embrace The Holiday Spirit By Hosting A Shelter Pet For Thanksgiving









What a great idea! Do you know someone who would love to do this?





Room for one more? An animal shelter in Richmond, Virginia, is accepting volunteers to open their homes to one of their shelter animals for Thanksgiving. So, if you were worried about having too many leftovers, get ready to share some of your scraps with these deserving animals.

The Richmond Animal Care and Control started this Thanksgiving fostering system four years ago, The Dodo reports.

“I was feeling so sad about the dogs being alone in the shelter for Thanksgiving,” shelter director Christie Chipps Peters told The Dodo. “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if people could invite them over for Thanksgiving dinner?’”





She let the community know that taking a pet home temporarily over Thanksgiving was an option, and pretty soon, 35 of the animals had families inviting them over for dinner.

According to Peters, more than half of the animals were adopted that year, either by the families who had offered to host them or by people who had met them through the family over Thanksgiving.

That’s why four years later, this fostering program is still going strong. This year, the shelter posted to Facebook offering the chance to take an animal home this holiday season:

For all those in the Richmond area who are interesting in hosting a furry friend this Thanksgiving, please also keep in mind that the shelter is looking for families who don’t already have pets. From there, you’ll be interviewed to find out which animal might be the best fit for your family. Then, you’ll walk away with a new best friend for the next few days (or longer if you decide to adopt!). You’ll be asked to foster the animal beginning as early as Nov. 18, and you can wait as late as Nov. 21 to bring the animal home with you.

If you don’t happen to be in the Richmond area, there’s still a chance that your local shelter will let you host a dog or cat for Thanksgiving.





For example, the LifeLine Animal Project in Atlanta is serving up an extra bit of cheer this holiday season by allowing families to foster animals for the entire week leading up to Turkey Day. In their Facebook post about the program, they say the shelter will even provide you with supplies for fostering an animal:

And last year, after a successful Thanksgiving fostering program, the Humane Society of Delaware County in Ohio also offered the option to take a pet home for Christmas and New Year’s, too. In fact, this pup they posted on Instagram looks 100 percent ready to snuggle when you need to nap after the big Thanksgiving meal:

Awww!

You can always check in with your local shelter to see if fostering over Thanksgiving is an option. Some shelters have an internal program for holiday fostering that allows their regular volunteers to host a pet, but not the general public. Sounds like one more reason to help out at your local animal shelter!

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