Gingerbread House!

Ingredients 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1/4 cup light molasses or dark corn syrup 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons water Directions Gingerbread House: In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter,…

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California Wildfires

Fire-frazzled Northern California finally got some good news Sunday: An epic blaze that ravaged the countryside killed dozens and wiped out thousands of homes was 100% contained. The Camp Fire – the nation’s deadliest in a century – was contained within 153,336 acres, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The wildfire, which ignited in a rural area Nov.…

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Recipe Time!

Baked Potato Soup Ingredients: 12 slices bacon 2/3 cup margarine 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 7 cups milk 4 large baked potatoes, peeled and cubed 4 green onions, chopped 1 1/4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese 1 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper Directions: Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook…

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TURQUOISE

Admired since ancient times, turquoise is known for its distinct color, which ranges from powdery blue to greenish robin’s egg blue. It’s one of few minerals to lend its name to anything that resembles its striking color. The word turquoise dates back to the 13th century, drawing from the French expression Pierre tourques, which referenced…

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Warm Up In The Winter

INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/4 c. cocoa powder 1/2 c. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 c. heavy cream 6 c. whole milk Mini marshmallows, for garnish DIRECTIONS Combine all ingredients except marshmallows in a slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cook until everything is melted, stirring occasionally, 2 hours on LOW. 10 minutes before serving, add marshmallows and…

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Get In The Spirit !

  Happy Christmas Christmas gets the mumblecore treatment with Joe Swanberg’s indie feature, which sees the flighty young Jenny (Anna Kendrick) descending upon her brother and his wife’s idyllic, grown-up life and creating a fissure in their tight-knit domestic bliss. The Best Man Holiday Director Malcolm D. Lee reassembles the cast from his 1999 feature,…

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 percent to 80 percent of dementia cases. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority…

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Houston’s Zoo Lights !

  The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights celebrates its seventh year as one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season. Fifteen miles of earth-friendly LED lighting…

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