Cookbook: Soups, Stews and Breads by Gooseberry Patch

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No kitchen is complete without cookbooks. This amazing publication by Gooseberry Patch is a huge collection of over 400 recipes. Soups, Stews and Breads offers you the ultimate in comfort food for the fall and winter. This big 9"x9" softback book features step by step directions and beautiful color photos that will make your mouth water. The front and back cover even have flaps to keep the cookbook open to the recipe you're making. I love this cookbook. It's a fabulous holiday gift idea!
You'll love making French Onion Soup, Beefy Hamburger Soup, and Cheesy Vegetable Soup. I never knew there were so many soups! Make hearty chowders, chilis, and stews in a jiffy with this handy cookbook. Do you love bread? Grandma Bel's Honey Muffins, Dakota Bread, and Soft Bread Pretzels are just a few recipes in the breads section. Learn how to easily make your own tasty croutons and crackers at home. There is even a chapter full of sandwich recipes to enjoy with your soup. They've included many quick-fix and slow-cooker recipes in this collection, plus there are tons of tips and serving ideas. Soups, Stews and Breads is the last soup cookbook you'll ever need!
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Personal Safety Throughout the Holidays

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There are many places women go alone, especially during the holiday season. We like to do our Christmas shopping without the kids in tow and husbands rarely want to go along for a trek through the mall. The holiday season is also the time of year when criminals are looking to make an easy score, and women are often their targets. Sabre has a wonderful line of personal safety products for both women and men.
The Black and White Designer Pepper Spray with Key Ring is both beautiful and effective. It has an impressive 10-foot range with 25 bursts (up to 5x other brands) in a powerful stream delivery to reduce wind blowback. This stylish key ring makes it easy to take pepper spray on the go, and the locking top safety helps prevent accidental discharge.
The Personal Alarm with Clip and LED Light is really easy to activate, just press the button to turn alarm on and off. Its 120 dB alarm is audible for 600 feet to alert others and will send your attacker running away. It easily clips to clothing or other personal items, and the LED flashlight has three different modes - on, slow flash, and fast flash.

Visit www.sabrered.com to get your personal safety items for the holidays and all year long. Tuck these items into Christmas stockings for your teenagers and college students too!

New Preschooler Books for Learning Opposites and Counting

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Books are an exciting way for preschoolers to learn new concepts. Young children love to snuggle up to someone who is willing to take a few minutes to read to them. These wonderful new books by Anna Kovecses will teach and delight with lift-the-flap features!
In "Counting Things," children learn to count to ten with Little Mouse. This cute board book features a large lift-the-flap on every page, making learning to count easy and fun! With stylish, retro-modern illustrations this is the perfect introduction to counting for young children. I love how the flap introduces the concept of "one more" item, an important first step to learning to add.
In "Opposite Things," Little Mouse teaches children about opposites in an easy and fun way! On every page there is a lift-the-flap and underneath children will find the opposite of each thing. These board books are sturdy and durable, perfect for preschoolers just learning to handle books properly.
My two year old grandson loves these books! He is learning to count easily, and although opposites can be a more challenging concept, these books have been a wonderful tool to help him grasp the idea. These books are a perfect holiday gift idea for preschoolers!
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Do You See What I See? Readers.com

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Age gracefully, and fashionably, with these beautiful reading glasses from Readers.com! Getting older doesn't mean you have to wear polyester pantsuits and blue wigs. Grab a few pair of stylish reading glasses so you can read all those holiday cards without squinting. I leave a pair of readers in nearly every room of my house, so I never have to try to remember where I put them. With over 700 styles available at Readers.com, you'll find several styles you will love.
Not sure what to buy for the older generation family members for the holidays? A new pair of reading glasses from Readers.com will fit right into your budget and you can give the gift of better sight. They also have a great selection of sunglasses, which you will need to protect your eyes even in the winter, especially if the sun is reflecting off new-fallen snow. Check them all out at Readers.com!

Relieve Your Pain Through The Holidays

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If your relatives are a pain, Salonpas has all kinds of great products to help you relieve the suffering! Don't suffer through another Thanksgiving meal or Christmas celebration without the many pain management solutions of Salonpas. These topical medicines provide strong, safe, long-lasting pain relief, through the holidays and all year long!
Salonpas makes patches, sprays, gels, roll-ons, and creams that will help take away the aching of sore arms that made too many pies, the arms that carried too many kids to see Santa, and the legs that walked too far through the shopping mall. If your back hurts from playing your annual Thanksgiving family football game in the backyard, slap on a Salonpas patch and sit back for some eggnog.
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Surviving Toddler Mealtimes During the Holidays

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You've dressed them in their best holiday clothes so that they look absolutely adorable for pictures, then comes mealtime and the food goes everywhere! It might be funny, except you probably spent a pretty penny to dress them for the holidays. These ingenious products will help you survive those messy meals and get more of the food IN your toddler than ON your toddler and all over the floor.
BapronBaby's unique ezClean Toddler Bapron with ezClean fabric is the perfect choice for the holiday table! Made of an eco-friendly polyester that is treated for total waterproof protection and maximum stain resistance. Baprons (think bib + apron) contour to your toddler's body and allow for a comfortable fit that grows with them from size 6m-3T. The design also bowls up in the lap to catch spills and splashes so toddlers can try again with dropped food.
The unique, patent-pending design allows your child to eat without constriction around their neck like a traditional bib and your tiny tot can't remove it without a grown-up, which means less mess for everyone! It also rinses clean in the sink between meals, saving you headache and laundry. Baprons also come in adorable prints. Get yours HERE!
Check out JJ Rabbit’s ergoFORKS+SPOONS! These forks and spoons are perfect for babies ready to handle their own food. The angled handle is easy for baby to hold, and easy to pick up and put down. The curved tip allows for easy self-feeding, and the elevated spoon tip helps to keep food spills off the table. They are biodegradable, free of BPA, Phthalates, and PVC, plus they are top-rack dishwasher safe. You'll love these products all year long. Order them HERE!

Indescribable: 100 Devotions For Kids About God And Science by Louie Giglio

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This beautiful hardbound book is the perfect holiday gift for kids in grades 1-6. Indescribable: 100 Devotions For Kids About God And Science by Louie Giglio shows kids the wonders of earth, space, our bodies, and more. We all know that kids love to ask questions. Why? How? When? For parents, it can be hard to know exactly how to answer those questions - from the small ones like why the sky is blue to how big the universe is. When it comes to questions about science, there is often an intersection between faith and fact. Indescribable helps parents fuse the two and cover both of those topics with ease.
Each devotion includes Scripture, a story, an application, a prayer, and a fascinating science section (some sections have experiments that kids can do at home) to keep kids engaged and curious about the fusion of faith and science topics. “There is so much to learn about what God has created - about the earth, space, our bodies, and the weather,” said Giglio. “It’s awe-inspiring! Each devotional teaches children about the coolest parts of God’s creation and will encourage kids to grow in their faith in the Creator himself. We explore the facts and learn how incredible it is that the designer of it all knows us by name. He loves us, he cares for us, and to know that is a joy that is truly indescribable.”
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Snap-n-Learn Matching Dinos from Learning Resources #toddlers

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My two year old grandson absolutely LOVES the Snap-n-Learn Matching Dinos from Learning Resources! This handy storage bucket with a lid contains nine adorable dinosaurs with darling faces. Each dinosaur is a different color and easily snaps apart for mixing and matching.
There are three each of three different dinosaurs, so he can group them by type. This helps him to discern similarities and differences, which is a great skill to develop, especially as he is learning to recognize lower-case letters like b and d. These dinos are also fun to line up and count!
Notice too the spots on the dinosaurs' backs feature different shapes like stars, rectangles, and circles. Children learn best through play, and incidental learning like discovering the different shapes is an exciting finding for them. Learning colors with dinos is fun, and so is mixing and matching them!
When children first begin playing with the Snap-n-Learn Matching Dinos, they will likely take them apart and put them back together exactly as they were. As they become more comfortable with the "rules" of how the dinosaurs work, they will begin to change up how they put them back together, thereby "breaking the rule" of the norm.
This is also an important skill for them to learn on their own. When children make this determination on their own, rather than being shown, they learn that it's okay to question how things work and to experiment with other possibilities. The play of taking them apart and putting them back together also strengthens their fine motor skills, and strengthens their little fingers for learning to hold a pencil.
Learning Resources is a great place to find toys that teach early learning skills to young children. I love toys that require no batteries and feature no screens. My grandson and I both recommend the Snap-n-Learn Matching Dinos!
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To Hear the Forest Sing by Margaret Dulaney

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To Hear the Forest Sing by Margaret Dulaney is a book of essays, dubbed as "some musings on the divine." As a Christian, the premise of the book intrigued me. The author invites the reader to find a path to kindness and mindful living. Dulaney says, "Prayer is both essential and difficult to qualify. There are no rules to prayers. I hope to be an example of someone who has no idea how to pray, but practices it daily."

Her essays demonstrate that a life of mindfulness and kindness can be achieved by a person of any spiritual affiliation. Her memorable, touching, beautiful essays are written from aspects of her childhood, family life, and love of nature and animals. Throughout the book, she weaves love, enlightenment, and hope into her essays.

I found the essays delightful to read and, rather than reading them all at once, I read them a few a time. I think they are most appreciated this way, when I can "chew on" what she's written for a while before reading some more. It's the perfect bedside book or one to enjoy while reading morning coffee before all the little ones are awake. I think it's a great holiday gift idea too!

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Learn more about Margaret Dulaney at www.listenwell.org


Inspire Their Creativity with The Manhattan Toy Company

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The Manhattan Toy Company is one of my favorite toy stores! They make the most unusual toys that spark children's imaginations and inspire their creativity. I received two of their most-loved toys, Winkel and Mio Outdoors, and I'm really impressed with the quality and "playability" of their products.
Winkel is safe for all ages and my 8 month old grandson loves it. Just look at his smile below and that tells you how excited he is to play with it! It is a teether and a rattle, made of soft, pliable loops of different colors that are easy to grasp. Inside the center square there are tiny beads to rattle.
Winkel can even be put into the refrigerator to provide teething babies with some relief. The plastic tubes are made of safe pu tubing with no BPA or PVC. Baby will love shaking Winkel, looking at the colorful loops, chewing on the tubes, strengthening grip, and improving coordination.
Mio Outdoors Play Set is designed for ages over 3 years old. This adorable set includes a friend, two trees, and a hammock. The pine tree is made of fabric and filled with tiny beads, so it's soft and squishy but retains its shape. The other tree is made the same way, with a wood tree trunk. The friend is similar with a wooden head and a painted smiley face.
The tiny hammock stand is simply adorable, made of wood pieces and a hammock made of fabric hangs from two dowels and a string. This open-ended toy inspires hours of creative play in children, sparking stories of hiking, camping, sleeping under the stars, exploring the forest and so much more.
I love toys that require children to use their imaginations!
To get Mio Outdoors and Winkel for your little ones for the holidays, visit www.manhattantoy.com. They offer fabulous toys for kids of all ages! You can search their collections by age, category, or collections. The Manhattan Toy Company makes toys that children will love for years!

Delicious Holiday Gift Sets from Dancing Deer Baking Co.

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Anyone who knows me, knows that I have an insatiable taste for sweets. One of my favorite gifts to give and receive is a mixed collection of scrumptious gourmet baked goods. Dancing Deer Baking Co. bakes up the most delicious brownies and cookies! My mouth was watering even before I opened the package.
I received the Classic Deer Gift Hamper and was delighted at all the goodies inside! Five different packages contained their Chocolate Chip Cookies, Molasses Cookies, Cranberry Orange Cookies, Caramel Sea Salt Squares, and Chocolate Chunk Brownies. Everything arrived in a darling reusable gift box, padded with crinkles, and tied with a pretty red bow - perfect for gift presentation!
Dancing Deer baked goods are always soft, fresh, and delicious. These gourmet gifts are always baked from scratch and are Kosher. They use pure, high-quality ingredients, blending traditional artisan baking with innovative flavor combinations, and they package their gourmet gifts with a professional yet whimsical tone.
The Classic Deer Gift Hamper comes with a total of 30 delectable cookies and brownies that simply melt in your mouth. Their sweet treats have won lots of awards and, once you taste one of their goodies, you will agree that they are simply amazing. This holiday season, give a gift of delicious gourmet goodness from Dancing Deer!
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PILGRIMAGE: The Great Pilgrim Routes of Britain and Europe by Derry Brabbs #book

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I was absolutely stunned when I received this hardcover book in the mail. PILGRIMAGE: The Great Pilgrim Routes of Britain and Europe by Derry Brabbs is gorgeous! It's billed as a photographic essay, but in reality it's a huge book, both in size, breadth, and weight that anyone would be proud to own. It's the perfect book to display in a prominent place in your library or on your coffee table.
The photos in PILGRIMAGE are breath-taking! Brabbs makes you feel like you are there, taking a real pilgrimage. The text completely draws you in, describing the deep, rich history and key features of each route across Europe. Even if you are not a traveler, you will be drawn into even the details of the distances and number of days it takes to walk the routes. You'll even find websites to help you plan a pilgrimage in this book.
You'll pick up this book again and again, even just to peruse the astonishing photographs and look over the maps. Celebrate the beautiful landscape and architectural legacy of Europe through the photos of one of England's finest photographers, Derry Brabbs. This is the perfect holiday gift idea for your favorite traveler, history buff, avid reader, and photography bug!
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Frances Lincoln, Quarto Publishing Group