How to Involve Your Children in Valentine's Day


Steps:
1.Talk about the meaning of Valentine's Day with your children; explain that there are many different kinds of love, and talk about the holiday as an occasion to remind people that we care about them.
2.Help them choose or make, write, and sign valentines. Get a list of classmates so you can be sure no one is left out.
3.Organize a special craft to help your child get into the spirit of the holiday. You could make dough-art decorations and jewelry, or use fabric paint to cover a T-shirt or apron with hearts and flowers.
4.Make some Valentine's Day goodies together. You could make and decorate cookies, or bake a heart-shaped cake and let your children decorate it with candy hearts. These can be eaten at home, taken to school on Valentine's Day, or given to grandparents and special friends in pretty decorated bags or boxes.
5.Serve a special Valentine's Day dinner – even normal, everyday foods can be transformed easily. You could serve a meal of heart-shaped meatloaf slices or red-tinted mashed potatoes, or even sprinkle organic rose petals on a salad!
6.Read Valentine's Day stories or poems together – your local library or bookstore should have a selection of good books on the theme.
7.Get some input from your children, and ask them to suggest activities that are connected with their interests. A child who likes writing might enjoy composing a Valentine's Day poem or story.  
Tips:
Save the valentine cards your child receives from friends and relatives, and put them away for use in crafts projects next year. These work well for collage or decoupage projects, and are a great way to recycle the cards.
Let your children use sponge shapes, stencils, stamps, or potato prints to make unique and easy valentines, rather than using store-bought cards. 
Warnings:
Remember to supervise any craft activities that involve scissors, paints, or glue.
It can be tempting for the whole family to overindulge in candy and chocolate around Valentine's Day, so set some reasonable limits, and make sure everyone brushes his or her teeth.   

How to Time Your Trip to Glasgow

General Considerations
Steps:
1.Be prepared for rain, which is always possible in Glasgow. The seasons are softened by the Gulf Stream. May and June are the sunniest months, while December and January are the most windy. The average January low is 35 degrees F, and the average July high is 68 degrees F.
2.Find out about festivals, attractions and live performances.
3.Plan your flight, transportation and accommodations.
4.Check the weather forecast for Glasgow shortly before leaving. 
Attractions and Seasonal Events

Steps:
5.Experience the Celtic world's enchanting music and culture at Celtic Connections in the second half of January.
6.Get blown away at the World Pipe Band Championships, a one-day affair in the middle of August.
7.Sip Scottish single malts with some cool cats at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival in the beginning of July.
8.Attend competitions of Scotland's traditional sports, including caber-tossing and hammer-throwing throughout the summer. Get details from the Scottish Tourism Web site.
9.Visit the exquisite 13th-century Glasgow Cathedral. It seems strange today, but it was this structure that first put Glasgow on the map.
1..Tour Glasgow's new Gallery of Modern Art, located downtown in the neoclassical Royal Exchange Building.
1..Play golf even if it's not your game; this is the land where it was invented. There are courses around Glasgow, but the most famous Scottish links - St. Andrew's, Gleneagles and Troon - are a bit further. 
Overall Tips: Although Glasgow is quite compact, getting around is made even easier by the ring-shaped subway system and good bus connections. See if you can figure out why the locals affectionately call it the Clockwork Orange. 

How to Buy Chocolate Online


Steps:
1.Click on a Related Site, enter the word "chocolate" on a search engine such as Yahoo or Alta Vista, or click on the box for "chocolate" in the shopping list below and choose the "shop online" function.
2.Browse the store or search for a desired product, entering key words such as "truffles" or "fudge."
3.Customize your order and choose the chocolates you want to go in a box - not all sites offer this feature.
4.Click on the items you would like to order to add them to your online shopping bag or shopping cart.
5.Finish ordering by proceeding to checkout.
6.Check that your order is accurate.
7.Fill in the necessary information - usually your name, address, shipping preferences and credit-card number – where appropriate.
8.Submit the order. 
Tips:
If you feel concerned about sending personal information online, many sites offer phone numbers so that you can call in your order instead.
Most online companies will not ship chocolate internationally because chocolate is perishable. Check the Web site for international locations that carry the company's products.
Shipping costs are typically based on the total cost of your order, but fluctuate depending on the shipping method you choose. 
Warnings: Make sure the site offers climate-controlled shipping to prevent your chocolate from melting en route. If you live in a very warm climate, it's worth a call to the company to find out if the chocolate is fully guaranteed if shipped to your location.  Steps:
1.Peel a banana and cut it in half lengthwise.
2.Put the two halves in a long, skinny ice cream bowl.
3.Place three scoops of ice cream on top of the banana: one chocolate, one vanilla and one strawberry.
4.Pour hot fudge over the chocolate ice cream.
5.Pour pineapple syrup over the vanilla ice cream.
6.Pour strawberry syrup over the strawberry ice cream.
7.Top with whipped cream, a few cherries and nuts. 
Tips:
For low-fat sundaes, use frozen yogurt or reduced-fat ice cream.
Add caramel to your sundae for a special treat.
Go wild and put the strawberry sauce on the chocolate ice cream and the hot fudge on the strawberry ice cream. You can vary the ice cream and sauce flavors as you wish, of course.    Steps:
1.Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the small seeds with the back of a knife. Reserve the seeds.
2.Place the bean pod, cream and 3/4 c. milk in a small, nonreactive saucepan and heat over low heat until steaming.
3.Whisk the 3 yolks and 1/4 c. sugar together until well blended, then, while whisking briskly, slowly pour a ladleful of the steaming cream slowly into the yolks.
4.Slowly whisk in another ladleful, then switch to whisking the hot cream and slowly pour the yolk/cream mixture into the saucepan.
5.Stir constantly over very low heat for 7 to 10 minutes, until the cream has thickened and coats the back of a spoon. Test by dragging your finger across the spoon. If it leaves a path through the sauce and the sauce doesn't run, it's done. Shut off heat and reserve. Discard the bean pod. 
Tips: Do not attempt to rush this by raising the heat, or you might scramble the eggs.  
Making the Soufflé

Steps:
6.Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
7.Butter six individual ramekins and coat the insides with some extra sugar.
8.Melt the butter over medium-low heat and add the flour. When the flour foams, cook it for 1 minute, then add the remaining 1 c. milk, 1/2 c. sugar and reserved vanilla seeds.
9.Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until extremely thick, about 3 to 5 minutes. Shut off the heat.
1..Meanwhile, separate the eggs, making sure not to get any yolk in the whites.
1..When the flour/milk base is cool enough to touch comfortably but still slightly warm, beat the yolks into it.
1..Whip the egg whites with a pinch of salt in a clean bowl, using a clean whisk. When the egg whites begin to increase in volume, add the remaining 1/2 c. sugar a little bit at a time. Beat the whites until they reach medium peaks. Check by scooping some out and holding them upright. The "tail" or peak should just topple over. The whites should still be smooth and shiny. If they're dry and grainy, you've overwhipped them.
1..Fold 1/3 of the whites into the base. When just combined, fold in the remaining whites.
1..Spoon into the ramekins, filling each one 2/3 full.
1..Bake about 20 minutes, until the soufflés have risen and the tops are golden.
1..Serve warm. Open the tops with a spoon and pour in some of the reserved crème anglaise. 
Tips:
Soufflés rise because the air held in the whipped egg whites expands. Don't overwhip the whites, and be careful folding them into the egg mixture so you preserve as much of that suspended air as possible.
Don't open the oven door during baking.
Garnish the tops of the soufflés with powdered sugar.
If you don't have ramekins, you can use one large soufflé dish instead.    

How to Get Possession of Your Home During Divorce


Steps:
1.Think about which parent your children will live with. It usually makes the most sense for the children to remain in the home.
2.Know that if you get custody, you have a better chance of getting the house. But don't ask for custody just because you want the house. The children should live with the parent who has the most time and best parenting skills.
3.Consider the mortgage payments. Will you and your ex-spouse be able to afford them after the divorce? The two of you are going to have the same total income you had before the divorce, but you will have to pay for a second residence.
4.Ask your spouse to move out as soon as you know you want to keep the house. You will have a better chance of being awarded the home if you are the only one living in it.
5.Do not move out yourself. It may be nearly unbearable to live in the same house with your soon-to-be ex, but if you leave, you're less likely to get possession.
6.Ask the court for a removal order, which will give you temporary possession of the home and force your spouse to move out while the case is heard. Removal orders are generally granted when there is danger of physical abuse.
7.Be prepared to prove to the court why you should get possession. Some good reasons are: you run a business out of the home and it would be a hardship to move the business, you have custody of your children, you have the ability to care for the home, you can make the mortgage payments.  
Tips:
Be sure that you really want possession of the house. Are you able to handle repairs or hire people to do them?
Most courts will expect the person who keeps the house to bear at least some financial responsibility for it. Don't expect that your spouse will have to pay for it all.
If you do get possession of the house, change the locks immediately so that your spouse cannot enter without permission.
Consider mediation to help you and your spouse reach an agreement about the house and other issues.  

How to Train to Run a 10-Mile to Half-Marathon Race


Steps:
1.Decide on a goal. First-timers should be concerned with running smart and strong, not with running for time.
2.Build a base of mileage, from 25 to 30 miles per week. Include one long run per week, from 8 to 12 miles.
3.Increase 10K training by 10 to 25 percent to get ready to run a half-marathon.
4.Do some running at your desired race pace (tempo running) if you are intermediate to advanced.
5.Start strength and speed training, if you are experienced. This includes hill training, tempo run, fartlek ("speed play" in Swedish), and interval running (see related Hows).
6.Run some shorter distance races for experience. This would be, for example, a 5K or 10K before a 10 miler, and a 10K or a 10 miler before a half-marathon.
7.Refuel for any runs or races over one hour. Research carbohydrate drinks and other sports foods for both training and racing. 
Tips:
Pay attention to race principles, such as tapering (cutting back in training before the race), peaking (being ready for the race), pacing and recovery (the longer the race, the longer the recovery).
Warm up and cool down, including stretching, for every workout.
Consider using a heart rate monitor, especially for speed and strength training.
Find a partner or a running group to train with.   
Overall Warnings: If you have any condition which would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. 

How to Use a Lurk While Telemark Skiing


Steps:
1.Find a 6- to 8-foot bamboo stick or cross-country ski pole.
2.Spread your hands about a foot and a half apart.
3.Grab the lurk with both hands. An equal amount of the stick or pole should extend past each hand.
4.Start skiing and turn to the left.
5.Angle the left side of the lurk into the snow and drag the end as you turn.
6.Turn to the right and drag the right side end of the lurk in the snow.
7.Notice that your hands are forced to remain in front of your body while using the lurk. This also causes your upper body to point downhill and remain stable.
8.Switch to regular ski poles and try to mimic the hand and upper body position you used while skiing with the lurk.  
Tips: Try to use a lurk when you are beginning to telemark ski. It will help teach you the correct upper body position. 
Warnings: Telemark skiing is a physically demanding sport that could result in serious injury. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity. 

How to Serve a Traditional Irish Dinner for St. Patrick's Day


Steps:
1.Set the table with simple dishes, a cut-lace tablecloth and fresh flowers in a crystal vase.
2.Buy several pints of Guinness for the adults and serve it at Irish room temperature (which is colder than ours – about 60 degrees). Serve Harp Lager for those who do not like stout.
3.Serve a hearty main dish such as corned beef and cabbage with horseradish sauce, or a warming dish such as Irish stew.
4.Choose a side dish such as colcannon (a winter vegetable casserole) or black pudding, and don't forget to make some Irish soda bread to round out the meal.
5.Brew a pot of Irish breakfast tea after dinner (see "How to Brew a Pot of Tea," under Related Hows) and serve a glazed Irish tea cake for dessert. You can make the tea cake a day or two beforehand and keep it wrapped in foil.
6.Play Irish tunes. Consider a CD of traditional Irish music, or create a lighter mood with Irish pub songs playing in the background. 
Tips:
If children are going to be present, you may want to go with Irish stew. Kids tend to balk at anything with the word "cabbage" in it, no matter how good it is.
If you buy Guinness, get the cans with the nitrogen dispensers rather than the bottles. They have a more traditional taste. Take the beer out of your refrigerator about half an hour before serving to achieve Irish room temperature.   

How to Carve a Turkey


Steps:
1.Choose a sharp, thin-bladed carving knife. Running your knife along the bottom of the turkey, find the places where the thighbones meet the body.
2.Slip your knife into the joint to separate thigh from body on each side. Image a.)
3.Separate the drumstick from the thigh using the same technique (cut through the joint, not the bone, wiggling the drumstick to locate the joint). Image b.)
4.Running your knife along the bone, separate the meat from the thigh and drumstick—try to get as much as possible in one piece. Image c.)
5.Cut thigh and leg meat into thin slices.
6.Use your knife to find where the wings and body connect. Image d.)
7.Slip your knife into the joint to separate wings from body on each side. Image e.)
8.Carve thin slices off one side of the breast, cutting parallel to the breast. Image f.)
9.Repeat with the other side of the breast.  click photos to enlarge  
Tips:
If you are carving soon after roasting, cover the turkey with foil and let it stand for 15 minutes first.
Cut dark meat before light meat, as it will stay moist longer.
The key in removing thighs, legs, and wings from the turkey carcass is to run your knife along the carcass until you find the places where bones meet. By cutting between joints, and not through bones, you can disconnect bones without much fuss. If you try to saw through a bone, though, you'll take a long time, even if your knife can do it, and make a mess in the process.    

How to Find Festivals and Special Events in Chicago

Spring/Summer
Steps:
1.Listen to the best in gospel music at the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, held in early June in Grant Park. Billed as the largest free event of its kind, the three-day celebration of gospel music features dozens of performances on three stages.
2.Attend the Taste of Chicago, one of the city's most popular events, held in late June in Grant Park. More than 70 area restaurants offer the best in cuisine, and there's plenty of top-notch live entertainment. The 11-day affair draws more than 3 million people annually.
3.See the Venetian Night celebration - Chicago's longest-running lakefront event - in late July. Half a million people gather on the shore of Lake Michigan to hear a free concert in Grant Park, then watch a parade of lighted boats. A fireworks show tops off the evening.
4.Join in the Chicago International Salsa Festival in late August. Clubs throughout Chicago will feature salsa music and special events for five nights. Consider purchasing a Premium Pass, which will get you into every event.
5.Don't miss the world-famous Chicago Jazz Festival, held over Labor Day weekend at a variety of local venues. Top names in jazz are the featured performers, and more than 20 live performances take place in Grant Park. 
Tips: Taste of Chicago draws huge crowds to the city, so check the dates and be sure to secure lodging reservations well in advance of your trip. 
Fall/Winter

Steps:
6.Start the fall season with the World Music Festival Chicago, held in late September at a variety of local venues. You'll hear international artists from dozens of countries, plus take in workshops and other educational events.
7.Appreciate the city's Celtic traditions at Celtic Fest, held in mid-September. Celtic music (including a bagpipe competition) and dance are showcased in a variety of performances.
8.Take the whole family to the Kids and Kites Fest in late September. You can show off your kite masterpiece, learn the subtleties of kite flying or simply watch all the colorful kites in the air. Live entertainment accompanies most events.
9.Don't miss the Chicago International Film Festival in early October. For more than 35 years, this juried festival has screened a wide variety of films and presented such distinguished actors as Spike Lee, Billy Bob Thornton, Sophia Loren and Jodie Foster.
1..Usher in Halloween at Chicagoween, a citywide tribute to the spooky holiday. It includes a Halloween Happening parade; a dressed-up Pumpkin Plaza (downtown's Daley Plaza); and the Haunted L, with trains decorated in a Halloween theme - complete with dressed-up ghosts and goblins.
1..Enjoy WinterBreak in January, February and March. This winter festival features special events such as the Magnificent Mile Crystal Carnival, theme weekends with appropriate music and programs and a Kid's Day at the Navy Pier. 
Overall Tips:
Check the Related Sites for complete information about many of the festivals and events listed above. In many cases, ticket information is also available, and you can buy tickets online.
Chicago is a big city made up of many neighborhoods. Make sure you have a good map and detailed directions when setting out for any of the greater Chicago area festivals.   
Overall Warnings: Tickets for some of Chicago's largest events sell out fast. Be sure to reserve ahead so you won't be disappointed. 

How to Tell a Man You Like Him


Steps:
1.Use body language to let a man know that you like him romantically. Hold his gaze with your eyes, or flash a dazzling smile in his direction.
2.Express intense interest by focusing all of your attention on him. Appeal to his ego and make him feel as though he's the most important man in the world.
3.Send signals of your romantic interest in him by flirting.
4.Create an opportunity to be alone together - nothing as serious as dinner, because if the evening doesn't go as planned, you will have to sit through the entire meal wondering why you let yourself get into this situation.
5.Be lighthearted about it. Tell him that you think you're interested in him romantically - tell him why, and just leave it at that. Now it's his move.
6.Wait until the right moment to talk about your romantic interest in him.
7.Remember that either way, you will learn from this experience. If he returns your affection, it could be the start of a great romance; if not, it's better to know now rather than pining over Mr. Wrong, when Mr. Right is out there somewhere. 
Tips: A touch of humor can go a long way. Keep your tone light while letting him know that your message is sincere.  
Warnings: Avoid the possibility of creating an embarrassing moment in public for yourself — and for him. Express your feelings in private just in case the feelings are not mutual.