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Review: “The Claus Effect,” David Nickle and Karl Schroeder

Pros: So much fun; so creative! Cons: Starts out a little rough Rating: 4.5 out of 5 David Nickle and Karl Schroeder’s The Claus Effect combines a short story called “The Toy Mill” set in 1983, and a book called

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Feasting Resource

Recently I used and reviewed the Taste of Home Christmas cookbook. We liked it so much we decided to make our Thanksgiving meal entirely from that cookbook, just for the Hell of it. For desserts, we had a pumpkin mousse

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Review: “Taste of Home Christmas”

Pros: Yum! Cons: Some recipes could use more seasoning Rating: 4 out of 5 NOTE: Review book provided by Reader’s Digest   Taste of Home Christmas: 465 Recipes For a Merry Holiday is a delightful collection of holiday recipes. Contents

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Handmade bookmarks for sale!

I love to make beaded bookmarks (and hair sticks, but the former is more relevant here)! Below are photos of a few of my favorites, including the ones with the gorgeous glittering oval Swarovski crystals; the photos link directly to

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"A Highlander Christmas" (Multiple authors)

Pros: Interesting takes on Highlanders and magic Cons: The length of the stories made a couple of the stories feel rushed Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Penguin Group   With Christmas being ten days away, now

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"The Pastry Queen Christmas," Rebecca Rather

Pros: Delightful range of fit-for-the-holidays recipes Cons: Be ready to pack on the holiday pounds! Rating: 5 out of 5 Review book courtesy of Ten Speed Press.   Seeing as Rebecca Rather and Alison Oresman’s The Pastry Queen Christmas promises

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"The Christmas Cookie Book," by Lou Seibert Pappas

This might not be a 100% perfect cookbook, but it’s a beautiful and inspiring source of Christmas cookies, and if that’s what you’re looking for I think you’ll enjoy it!

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A Thanksgiving Menu

I have a ton of recipes picked out now, carefully calculated to allow me to review as many cookbooks as possible, naturally! This is going to seem like an awful lot, but we live off of our Thanksgiving menu for

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Holiday Cooking & Cookbooks

I’ve started receiving the rounds of holiday cookbooks (or ‘conceivably related to holidays’ cookbooks) for review, so before too long I’ll start posting my reviews as we get food made and recipes tested. (As if I didn’t have enough to

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Holiday cooking reviews

The season for holiday cooking fast approaches. This means we’ll be intensively using cookbooks and kitchenware in our home; we often use the wild excesses of Thanksgiving cooking to help us review things for the Christmas shopping season that our

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Stuff for Gamers

Take a look at the shirts-n-things in our stuff for gamers store.

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