Holiday Appetizers – Jamaican Shrimp and Red Pepper Bruschetta

Holiday appetizers are often regarded as a part of an elegant, sit-down dinner. On such an occasion, fine china, elegant table linens and multiple courses of sumptuous fare abound. But during the busy holiday season, one cannot forget about simpler affairs, such as open-house parties which favor buffet-style holiday appetizers ...

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Green Shamrock Stamp Craft for Kids: Make Clover Stamps for St. Patrick’s Day by Reusing Old Coffee Tray

This fun craft for toddlers and grade-school children will teach them how to recycle items that would normally go into the trash and help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This craft also uses paint or ink, which is fun for any child who loves to get messy. Here are the materials ...

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Green Holiday Travel: Best Eco-Friendly Travel Tips

Planning some holiday travel? Think about making that trip a little greener. A family of four can produce more carbon emission on one vacation than they will during an entire year of commuting to work, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, an environmental group based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Here’s ...

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Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for Mom

Right now is the perfect time to start thinking up Christmas gift ideas for your loved ones. While gift shopping for others might be a piece of cake for some; others find it challenging to think of new, creative ideas, especially for mom. No matter how many times you ask ...

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More Christmas Cocktails!

Christmas cocktails to share and enjoy at your next holiday party. After posting my first Christmas Cocktails article, I received a couple of e-mails asking for more. Ask and ye shall receive! Consider adopting your favorite holiday drink recipe as your very own “signature cocktail”, and serve it every year ...

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Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in the Wild: Author Pete Fromm Read Holiday Classic in the Winter Mountains

The holidays are a time of happiness and merriment, but also a time of reflection, and sometimes sadness. Holiday books and films show others going through a mixture of emotions as they enter the holiday season. A Christmas Carol is famous as a story of repentence, of enjoying the holidays, ...

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Making Fruit Gift Baskets

Make Your Own Gifts of Food by Filling Baskets with Seasonal Fruit Admit it: Your gift budget is low this year. You want to come up with an imaginative yet inexpensive Christmas gift to bring to the hosts of the many holiday parties you’re invited to. The stores are crowded. ...

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Gourmet Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Food Lovers

Just about everybody loves gifts of food. You can easily put together inexpensive gifts tailor made to the tastes of their recipients, shopping for fun, delicious gourmet items that show more personal thought than any ready-made presents possibly could. Start by lining a basket (found in housewares stores, crafts shops, ...

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Christmas Cocktail Recipes

These festive Christmas cocktail recipes will help you deck the hall Don’t forget the Christmas cocktails! You’ve spent hours decorating the house, inside and out. The Christmas tree looks stunning, and your home is impeccably cleaned (okay, this is the one that I don’t usually accomplish – but it’s better ...

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Best Christmas Presents for a New Girlfriend

Buying a Gift for Someone Early in a Relationship is Thoughtful What are some good ideas for gifts for a new girlfriend? Here are two easy ones, available right up to the last minute, too. Spa Gift Certificates are Excellent Girlfriend Gifts Unless the woman has made it clear that ...

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