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  • A last-minute gift from the kitchen
    A last-minute gift from the kitchen
    As we get the final things completed for Christmas, you may be thinking about someone you would like to give a gift to and haven't been able to get it done. This is a common issue as we get ready for the big day tomorrow. It's often very...
  • Last minute gift ideas for True American Patriots
    Gift ideas for True American Patriots
    Though this article is written a couple days before Christmas 2014, this list of gift suggestions is equally applicable to other gift occasions such as birthdays and graduations.This list of gift suggestion is written to advance the cause of...
  • An old-fashioned caramel snack
    An old-fashioned caramel snack
    One of the things that people love to snack on is popcorn, whether it be at home or in the movies. Here at Christmas, we're often reminded that popcorn was used years ago for stringing and decorating their Christmas trees. It's a fun,...
  • Jesus wasn't given gifts on the night He was born
    Jesus wasn't given gifts on the night He was born
    Many people rush and do everything they can to have that special gift or toy under the tree on Dec. 25, the recorded date of Jesus' birth. However, here is something to think about.You can celebrate the birth of Jesus on Dec. 25 because that...
  • Gard Rose
    Gård wines are food friendly and great for the holidays
    There aren’t many estate wineries in Washington State, but Gård Vintners, owned by Josh and Lisa Lawrence of Royal City, produce all of their wines from their own Lawrence vineyard, which is certified sustainable by vinewise.org. Located on...
  • The Gift Guide for 2014
    The Gift Guide for 2014
    It's time! There's so much more to December than quickly whisking away the muddy snow from the streets and walk ways. There's more than scrawny kids lookin' for Mall Santa's lap, husbands and wives with their longings, hints...
  • Christmas cash for kids – yes or no
    Christmas cash for kids – yes or no
    Giving your kids or grandkids the gift of cash at Christmas is a good thing, isn’t it? Well, yes and no. Yes, financial gifts are always appreciated. But no, because cash is the gift that doesn’t keep on giving – once it’s...
  • Gift guide for the gym rat
    Gift guide for the gym rat
    Still trying to figure out what to buy your boyfriend, brother or even best friend for the holidays? Whether they enjoy going to the gym everyday or want to start working out, they will love any of the below gifts that will help inspire their...
  • "Beyond Razor Sharp"
    "Beyond Razor Sharp": The perfect guy gift
    Finding the perfect gift for your man is always a challenge, but your holiday shopping may be much easier now that Patrick Roehrman has released his “Beyond Razor Sharp: How to Sharpen Almost Anything” DVD. It’s a DIY dream for...
  • Cookies baked with the flavor of butter
    Cookies baked with the flavor of butter
    If you read my column yesterday, I shared a recipe for "Two-Way Cookies" and talked about how cookie baking at Christmastime is a favorite activity. As I've mentioned, it's great fun to gather children in the kitchen and spend an...
  • Locally produced Chicago foods make great stocking stuffers
    Foodie Chicago stocking stuffers make this holiday season delicious
    When a full Chicago-themed Christmas present just isn’t enough, another world of smaller gift options remains available to this season’s holiday shoppers—the stocking stuffer. The wide universe of the stocking stuffer is...
  • A cake of cheese, but not a cheesecake
    A cake of cheese, but not a cheesecake
    When it comes to holiday entertaining, cheese balls and cheese logs are a favorite snack. With some crackers or fresh vegetables, this makes a tasty combination. Even for gift giving, cheese balls and cheese logs make a nice treat that comes from...
  • Chicago-themed Christmas gifts will be a hit with natives and visitors
    Celebrate Chicago with Windy City-themed Christmas gifts
    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that means that the Magnificent Mile and the Water Tower are overrun by insane holiday shoppers looking for the latest hot items from the Disney, Apple, or American Girl Stores. But while...
  • Review: Lindt Chocolate New York City Gift Collection
    Review: Lindt Chocolate New York City Gift Collection
    I recently had a chance to review theLindt New York City Gift Collection, which is only available online and at the Lindt Chocolate shops on 5th Avenue in NYC, and they are no joke when it comes to flavor.I adore chocolate, but so do my friends,...
  • Tips for parents
    Tips for parents for some “extra” holiday manners for kids
    Even though most parents teach their children “please” and “thank you”, they don’t even think of teaching the manners needed to accept a gift. Children aren’t born with knowing how to do this so you need to...