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The Old Farmer's Almanac Comfort Food: Every dish you love, every recipe you want
The Old Farmer's Almanac Comfort Food: Every dish you love, every recipe you want
by Ken Haedrich
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.62
37 used & new from $11.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Comforting, September 30, 2014
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What could be more soothing than comfort food and the `Old Farmer's Almanac'? These recipes are good for company, family, tailgating and pot luck. There are more than 200 recipes. Most have small colour photos.

The recipes include; appetizers, soups-stews and chilis, salads, vegetables, main dishes, pizzas and savory pies, breads and desserts. There are small boxes of information on some of the pages; such as yellow and red peppers are the same as green peppers, how the heat of a hot pepper is measured, and what shallots are. Most of the recipes are not all that different, including many that are somewhat modernized versions of comfort food, like bourbon and brown sugar glazed salmon- which is very good, shrimp scampi with artichoke hearts and ratatouille poached eggs- which is also very good.

Some of the other dishes we have made and enjoyed are crab pot pie - except the instructions are given for 6 individual pies. It says you can make one big pie, but then fails to give time or temperature for that. We have also liked; kale, sausage and white bean soup, Cincinnati chili, curried chicken with cashews and creamy peanut butter cup pie.
This definitely a book many would enjoy.


Mr. Food Test Kitchen Christmas Made Easy: Recipes, Tips and Edible Gifts for a Stress-Free Holiday
Mr. Food Test Kitchen Christmas Made Easy: Recipes, Tips and Edible Gifts for a Stress-Free Holiday
by Mr. Food Test Kitchen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.09
36 used & new from $10.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Food makes a holiday, September 30, 2014
Mr. Food's cookbooks are usually easy recipes that taste good. This book is no exception. There are colour photos of most dishes, although a recipe such as cinnamon breakfast wreath is strangely missing one and you need to be able to see how this dish should turn out as a finished product. There are many tips; make ahead, preparation and making the dish more festive.

The book contains recipes for; Christmas breakfast, appetizers and munchies, soups and salads, bread, entrees, side dishes, survival meals, desserts, cookies and bars, drinks and gifts from the kitchen. The instructions are easy to read and follow.

We have fixed many of these recipes and enjoyed them: broccoli and cheese quiche, cheddar `n' egg pinwheels, black forest salad, olive focaccia, roasted citrus duck, spiral baked potatoes, no-bake eggnog cheesecake and pretzel squares.
This is definitely a nice addition to your cookbook collection.


U.S. Divers Malibu Silicone Free Diving Mask Snorkel Set, Clear
U.S. Divers Malibu Silicone Free Diving Mask Snorkel Set, Clear

5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort, September 29, 2014
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This is the most comfortable mask I have ever used. My mask usage has been mostly in pools and lakes, so I am not a heavy duty user, but the material and construction are strong, yet soft and comfortable. It did not leak and the straps have a push lever to lock the strap at the length you want. The purge valve works well and the tempered glass will last better and stay clearer of scratches than plastic.

The snorkel is comfortable too. It has a splash guard to keep water out. The mouthpiece is silicone and, like the mask is soft and comfortable. There is good flexibility which also makes for a more pleasant swimming experience.


Classic Twister
Classic Twister
Price: $17.98
33 used & new from $12.28

4.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable, September 29, 2014
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Classic Twister (Toy)
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Twister is the party game that many of us grew up with. Who can forget the contortions of friends as they tried to cover the correct coloured spots on the mat?
The mat is still vinyl and still has the coloured dots and of course the spinner. You spin and put the correct hand or foot on the right dot.
It's nice to see a classic game on the shelves again, but as usual the spinner is still as flimsy as it was years ago.
It's still the simple nice party game where 2 to 4 people can take turns entertaining those who gather around to watch.


I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist
I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist
by Betty Halbreich
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.58
51 used & new from $15.42

5.0 out of 5 stars Clothes make the woman, September 29, 2014
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Betty Halbreich has become an institution in her own right. She has spent almost 40 years at Bergdorf Goodman as more than a personal shopper. Despite her high profile and wealthy clientele she still remains much of a Midwesterner at heart. She muses on shoes in that department. She says many would make a drag queen blush and give the women who walk in them a Frankenstein-like gait.

She says clothes mean little to her, but her story is filled with reveries, even today of her closets and drawers filled with sumptuous things to wear and the memories many of them bring back to her.
She begins her life in Chicago in a family, which even during the depression had household help and nice clothes and plenty of food. Her life seems to always have been filled with the love of clothes - her refuge when she was young was in her mother's and her nana's closets.

Betty's asides and observations are witty and blunt. She describes Bergdorf's lingerie department as inconsequential now that people live together before they marry. Why spend all that money when there is no surprise?
We learn much of fashion and society in New York City after WWII. Her story is fascinating, but clothes do seem to be the main focus, her husband and children almost are an afterthought. The ups and downs in her life are described well, but most of all it is a world of what to wear.
Those who are interested in fashion, society and New York would enjoy this book.


The Darkest Hour: A Novel
The Darkest Hour: A Novel
by Tony Schumacher
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.25
40 used & new from $9.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Just following orders, September 29, 2014
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`The Darkest Hour' is not so much an alternate history as a morality play. It is a conundrum of choices.
The story takes place in 1946 London. The Germans are occupying the city and country. Edward VIII rules and the government is in exile in Canada. All of these facts are barely mentioned, including the backstory of America's lack of support. We are just told bits and pieces of the German take over. This will be a disappointment for those who looked forward to an alternative history story that had that as its main plot line.

The story concerns a British Coldstream Guard hero during the war whose wife and son were killed in a bomb blast that the resistance was responsible for. He is a policeman who is ordered to join the German unit responsible for clearing England of their Jewish population. He just does his job until he becomes accidentally attached to a young Jewish boy.

The times are desperate, filled with desperate people - the German conquerors, the British resistance, communists, fascist and those just trying to survive.
The book becomes more engrossing the deeper one reads into it. There are twists and turns to the plot and a mystery of what a treasure really is and where would it be found.
One of the main problems lies in an unsatisfying and inconclusive ending.


Kobi Electric K8L6 6-watt (40-Watt) Straight Tip Candle LED 2700K Warm White Indoor Candelabra Light Bulb, Dimmable
Kobi Electric K8L6 6-watt (40-Watt) Straight Tip Candle LED 2700K Warm White Indoor Candelabra Light Bulb, Dimmable
Price: $13.24
5 used & new from $12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Low light down, September 27, 2014
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This bulb has a 5 year warranty and there are claims that it will last years beyond that. It uses 5 to 6 watts and replaces a 40 watt bulb.
Because of the way the bulb is constructed with a solid base and clear top it does not cast much light downward when it is screwed into a base where the top points up. We have a clear globe where the bulbs screw into the floor of the lantern. When we look at the lantern now, there is a brilliant white light in the globe, but the floor and area below are dim, the area above is lit much more brightly.

The long life that this bulb has, is good for lights such as the globe lantern we have in our entrance where it is difficult to change light bulbs. However I have to admit I am disappointed at the dim lighting that is directed downward because of the way the bulb is constructed.

This is just a caution that this bulb will direct the main part of its light upward from its tip not all the way around as a normal light bulb would and especially not downward.
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The Christmas Wedding Ring (Hqn)
The Christmas Wedding Ring (Hqn)
by Susan Mallery
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $10.72

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Warning, September 27, 2014
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This is a nice little book and an interesting romance. It has the added extra touch of printed Christmas trees on the inside cover - an addition that is not often added anymore in this age of cost cutting anywhere possible.

The problem and warning arises when your do open the cover, which of course you cannot do if you order online. This book gives no warning from the outside that it was published in 1998 by the same author under the name of Susan Macias. There is a page inside where Susan says Harlequin decided to reissue this book. This common policy of publishing houses and or authors is almost enough to put one off of reading romance novels and certainly off of buying them. The only hint online is that this is a "classic" Christmas story, which does not necessarily mean it is a reprint - but evidently in the world of romance novels it surely does.

The storyline takes on the interesting premises of a not so glamourous younger sister meeting up with her older sister's ex-boyfriend years later to take him up on his promise of taking her on an adventure when she grew up. Molly had always had a crush on Dylan and she needed a break from some devastating blows life had dealt her lately. We are kept in the dark about one of them for almost half the book and so is Dylan. The question is...Can Molly regain some happiness and can she ever find true love?

It's a nice Christmas time story and romance, as long as you heed and know the Christmas warning concerning this book.
A 5 star story and 1 star for deception.


Leanlux Raspberry Ketone+ The High Potent, High Performance , Incredible Weight Management Supplement in the Market with 6 Super Antioxidant and Fat Burning Supporting Ingredients such as African Mango, Acai Berry, Coffee Bean Extract, Green Tea Extract and Resveratrol. All in Single Capsule.
Leanlux Raspberry Ketone+ The High Potent, High Performance , Incredible Weight Management Supplement in the Market with 6 Super Antioxidant and Fat Burning Supporting Ingredients such as African Mango, Acai Berry, Coffee Bean Extract, Green Tea Extract and Resveratrol. All in Single Capsule.
Offered by Arena Naturals Inc
Price: $39.99

3.0 out of 5 stars No bad, September 26, 2014
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I have increased my activities and decreased my food intake and have still had little resulting weight loss. These pills seemed worth a try.
Amazingly, I have had no bad reaction to them. Usually any type of new supplement has some type of side effect for me. That is good; but I really have had no noticeable weight loss either or for that matter any sense of energy increase.

They do swallow easily and they are listed as Veg capsules. The ingredients seem to be from products that are good for you; but for me they really did not act as an appetite suppressant, nor did they increase my energy levels, or help me feel full.


Paderno World Cuisine Mandolin Vegetable Slicer
Paderno World Cuisine Mandolin Vegetable Slicer
Price: $39.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cutting edge, September 26, 2014
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This mandolin is very good, especially for this price level.
The feet keep it steady in one place or it fits well over most containers that you would want to put it over. We have sliced onions, radishes, tomatoes, carrots, turnips, potatoes with no problem, including using both straight and wavy blade and the julienne technique. The waffle cuts are especially effective in making potato slices.

I especially appreciate the secure hand guard. It has a lip and a broad grip that even those with larger hands should have no trouble in using and keeping their fingers safe and unbloodied. There is a storage holder for the blades and the julienne blades are permanently in the cutting area and can be moved up and down if not in use. The whole unit is dishwasher safe which is an added bonus. With a brush or toothpick used to clean out any stuck pieces the dishwasher will take care of the rest.

This is an easy to use and set up and is quite efficient in its cutting and slicing - making this type of job easy to accomplish.


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