Make Your 529 College Savings Portfolio Perform Better, Longer

By identifying ahead of time where their child may be able to get into college, get aid and afford to go, investors in age-based 529 college savings portfolios can choose to leave some of their college savings in higher return investments longer, while the money they need to pay college bills sooner is adjusted based on the age of the child to take little or no risk, meaning parents can ace their college savings strategy while their kids ace their exams and ACT.

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Make Your 529 College Savings Portfolio Perform Better, Longer

7 Fun Recipes Kids Can Make Over Spring Break

Hand CookiesIt’s one thing to spend spring break in a tropical locale, cocktail in hand. But it’s a whole other thing to spend the week holed up at home with the kids — and nothing to do. Consult this list of easy, tasty recipes when you’ve hit a lull … or, you know, when everyone gets hungry.

 

Hand Cookies (above)

 

In a way, cooking is always about self-expression, but kids will likely get more excited by this literal interpretation: their hands starring as cookies, decorated with all the icing and sprinkles they want.

 

Banana PopsChocolate-Covered Banana Pops

 

Dipping frozen bananas in chocolate and peanuts couldn’t be easier for kids to do. Plus, as Ellie Krieger shows us, a little goes a long way, so this recipe is healthy, too.

 

Pizza Skewers

 

Sure, you could have everyone top his or her own pizza for dinner. But having kids skewer the ingredients (even little squares of dough!) is way more novel.

 

Fruit PopsFruit Pops

 

No matter if it’s still frigid in your neck of the woods — Ree Drummond’s stripy pops come together with frozen berries, so you can bypass the subpar fruit that’s likely still in your produce aisle right now.

 

Zucchini BoatsZucchini and Corn Pirate Boats

 

Call a zucchini a pirate ship and have kids give it a tomato-skewered mast, and dinner is no longer just a pile of vegetables — it’s an adventure.

 

Puffed Rice Snowballs

 

A healthier version of cereal treats, these little guys have apricots, flax seeds and sunflower seeds — and little hands can easily mix and shape them into balls.

 

Stuffed PopoversSalad-Stuffed Popovers

 

This kid-friendly twist on panzanella offers a cooking job for everyone: Big kids can measure and chop the ingredients, and little kids can stir them and help fill the popovers when they’re done baking.

7 Fun Recipes Kids Can Make Over Spring Break

Technology Invades Hospitality Industry: Hilton Robot, Domino Delivery Droid, Ritz-Carlton Mystique

Robots are sprouting up all over in the hospitality industry, customer service, and foodservice, including Hilton’s new robot concierge and Domino’s new delivery robot, DRU. But in this hospitality industry thought leadership piece, our author argues that more subtle deployments of technology, like Ritz-Carlton’s behind-the-scenes ‘Mystique’ and LDV Hospitality’s invisible systems, may be even more intriguing and prove to be a bigger part of the future.

Technology Invades Hospitality Industry: Hilton Robot, Domino Delivery Droid, Ritz-Carlton Mystique

Sandwiches Are Good, but These 10 Sweet Sandwich Cookies Are Better

Cake-Mix Mint Chocolate Sandwich CookiesAll cookie fanatics know that the only thing better than one cookie is two — plus a rich, creamy filling. A step up from the classic chocolate chip or sugar cookie, these treats feature cookies that are fruity, nutty, cakey and more. Try the cookie version of an already traditional dessert, like carrot cake, or go for an unexpected flavor (popcorn?); this list of our favorite sandwich cookies has it all.

 

Cake-Mix Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (pictured above)              

 
 

Who knew you could use boxed cake mix as cookie batter? With the simple addition of chocolate chips and peppermint extract, these easy-to-make cookies will be fudgy and minty.

 

 

Cherry Almond White Chocolate SandwichesCherry Almond White Chocolate Sandwiches

 
 

Jeff Mauro whips almond butter into his sweet-salty filling to create a rich, nutty flavor.

 

 

Red Velvet Sandwich CookiesRed Velvet Sandwich Cookies

 
 

Red velvet cake is traditionally paired with cream cheese frosting, which is why the cookie version of the classic dessert doesn’t skimp on that must-have part. There’s a heaping spoonful of smooth cream-cheese filling between the wafers.

 

 

Mini Linzer CookiesMini Linzer Cookies                                      

 
 

Ina Garten’s two-bite cookies are buttery and tender, with a bonus: They don’t just taste good. The delicate heart that reveals their raspberry center will impress any guest.

 

 

Nutty Sandwich CookiesNutty Sandwich Cookies                      

 
 

These cookies, featured in Food Network Magazine, are totally customizable based on your favorite flavors. The dough can be studded with pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans or other nuts, and even the filling is up to you; try anything from premade jam to melted chocolate.

 

 

Chocolate Cannoli Sandwich CookiesChocolate Cannoli Sandwich Cookies

 
 

Cannoli lovers, rejoice: This recipe from Food Network Magazine is for you. The creamy mascarpone-ricotta filling is inspired by the inside of the classic Italian dessert, and it pairs perfectly with the chocolate cookies and pistachio garnish.

 

 

Amaretto Chocolate Chip Cookie SandwichesAmaretto Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches

 
 

Giada De Laurentiis’ nutty ice-cream sandwiches are a grown-up upgrade to the familiar treat. The ice cream filling is spiked with amaretto, a sweet almond liqueur, which complements the chopped toasted almonds in the chocolate-chip cookie dough.

 

 

Popcorn Sandwich Cookies with Salted CaramelPopcorn Sandwich Cookies with Salted Caramel

 
 

These sandwiches are the ultimate in sweet-and-salty desserts: There’s real ground popcorn in the cookie dough, and they’re rolled in crisp, crunchy popcorn pieces before being filled with gooey salted caramel.

 

 

Carrot Cake Sandwich CookiesCarrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

 
 

This recipe featured in Food Network Magazine brings all the flavor of carrot cake into a bite-sized oatmeal-raisin cookie with fresh carrot and pumpkin pie spice. Don’t forget the filling: No twist on carrot cake would be complete without the cream-cheese frosting.

 

 

Peppermint-Chocolate Sandwich CookiesPeppermint-Chocolate Sandwich Cookies                   

 
 

Giada’s candy-cane studded cookies may be packed with tried-and-true holiday flavor in the form of peppermint-chocolate filling, but these decadent treats can be enjoyed any time of year.

 

Sandwiches Are Good, but These 10 Sweet Sandwich Cookies Are Better