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Christmas in Saline County
Holiday events set for Saline County
By Lynda Hollenbeck
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Saline County’s Celebration of Lights sets the tone for the Christmas holidays in Benton and surrounding areas. The elaborate lighting display at the historic county courthouse is a focal point of events throughout the holiday season. The annual Christmas parade will take place at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, and will be based on the theme “Home for Christmas.” Following the parade, children are invited to visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at the gazebo on the courthouse lawn. A number of local organizations also are planning Rum flavoring (I use 2 bottles to 1 gallon) 1/2 nutmeg (grated) Dora Caple Benton
special events to celebrate the season and to assist those with special needs. The Saline County Kiwanis Club conducts an annual toy campaign to provide Christmas cheer for local children. This is done in conjunction with the Elf Club at Benton Middle School. Shortly before the school dismisses for Christmas break, the students conduct a shopping experience and bring the toys back to the school, where they are then taken to the homes of various recipients. Operation Christmas Child collections currently are ongoing and will continue through Nov. 25. First Baptist Church of Benton is serving as a relay center for 8 oz. Cream Cheese 1/2 pkg. ranch mix Drain chicken. Save broth to add to mixture. Mix chicken, cream cheese, and dressing mix, using enough broth to make a spread able mixture. Serve with Ritz Crackers. Jean Scott Benton
the “shoe box” project that is being overseen by Lisa Baldwin. More information is available from Baldwin at 551-1100 or First Baptist Church office at 35-2270. The Saline County Toy Commission is conducting its fourth annual Christmas holiday toy run on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Saline County Courthouse Square in Downtown Benton.The entry fee is one new toy per rider. The toys will be dropped off upon entering the courthouse lawn. Churches Joint Council on Human Needs annually provides Christmas baskets for needy families. Residents register for one of the baskets in advance. A distribution date is announced. water and beat in eggs. Add to the cooled margarine mixture. Add flour mixing well. Let stand overnight, covered in refrigerator. Make out (shape) 2 hours before baking. Put melted margarine on tops as rolls are shaped. Bake in oven 425 deg. for about 12 minutes. These rolls are always requested for family dinner and pot lucks at church or other places. I have made them numerous times and given them away. Mary Helen Wallace Benton
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1 gallon apple juice 1 c. pineapple juice 2 c. orange juice 1/2 c. sugar 6 or 8 whole cloves 1 pkg. of red hots Pour above ingredients in large. (12-30 c.) coffee maker. Place cloves and red hots in coffee basket. When red hots are melted, it’s ready to enjoy. Sharon Ridgeway Alexander Icing 1 lb. box powdered sugar 1 stick butter - softened 3 heaping Tbsp. cocoa 1 t. vanilla coffee or milk Cream margarine and sugar until smooth. Add cocoa and vanilla with enough coffee or milk to bring icing to spreading consistency. Spread on top of cake. *This is a great dessert to take. Can be made the day before and can be served from baking pan. Sharon Ridgeway Alexander
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Heavenly Hash Cake
2 sticks margarine 2 c. sugar 4 eggs 1 1/2 c. flour 4 Tbsp. cocoa 1 large package minature marshmallows 1/2 cup chopped nuts Mix softened margarine and sugar together. Stir in eggs, flour and cocoa. Bake in eggs, flour and cocoa. Bake in greased (or teflon) 10x13 pan at 350 degrees about 20-25 minutes. When cake is done(turn oven off) Place layer of pecans, then cover with layer of marshmallows. Return to warm oven until marshmallows melt slightly. Cool before icing.
Crock Pot Dressing
1 - 8” pan corn bread 8 slices day old bread 4 eggs 1 t. salt 1/2 t. black pepper 1 1/2 t. sage or poultry seasoning 1 med onion 1/2 c. celery 2 cans chicken broth 2 cans cream of chicken soup Crumble breads. Add all other ingredients except oleo. Pour into crock pot. Hot with oleo. Cook on high 2 hrs or on low 3 to 4 hrs. Dora Caple Benton
2/3 c. sugar 2/3 c. light corn syrup 1/2 c. water 1/4 t. salt 1/2 t. vanilla Combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt. Cook slowly without stirring until small quantity dropped in cold water forms hardball. Wipe away all crystals, which form on side of pan, with damp soft cloth wrapped around fork. Beat 2 eggs whites stiff. Gradually pour hot syrup on egg whites, beating constantly until mixture holds its shape. Add vanilla. Pour in buttered pan and cut into squares (use nuts if desired). Dora Caple Benton 1 quart milk in double boiler In mixing bowl beat together: 1 Tbsp. flour 1 c. sugar 3 whole eggs pinch of salt When milk has become heated add egg mixture. Stir while cooking until mixture coats a spoon. Add 1 t. vanilla
Banana Nut Cake
1 c. butter 2 1/4 c. sugar 3 eggs 7 1/2 Tbsp. milk 1 1/2 t. soda 1 1/2 c. crushed bananas 3 c. flour 1 c. chopped pecans Cream butter with sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each adddition. Add milk and soda to bananas. Then alternate adding flour and banana mixture to cream mixture. Add nuts pour into three cake pans. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Carmel Frosting 1 c. brown sugar 1/2 c. margarine 1/4 c. milk 2 c. powdered sugar Combine brown sugar and margarine, cook for two minutes. Add milk, let stand until lukewarm. Add powdered sugar. Beat until smooth. Martha Quattlebaum Benton
Peanut Brittle
Egg Nog
1 c. sugar 1/2 c. white syrup 1/4 c. water 1 1/2 c. raw peanuts Let sugar, syrup and water cook in an iron skillet until sugar is dissolved then add peanuts cook until golden brown, approx. 10 minutes after start of boiling. Add 1 teaspoon soda take off fire pour in greased cookie sheet and let cool. Break into pieces. Mollie Wright 1 c. boiling water 1 c. margarine 2/3 c. sugar 2 t. salt 2 1/2 pkg. yeast 1 c. warm water 2 lrg. eggs 6 1/2 cups flour Pour boiling water over margarine, sugar and salt. Let cool. Dissolve yeast in warm
Cranberry Relish
Yeast Rolls
Chicken Spread
1 can chicken (White meat)
2 c. fresh chopped cranberries 2 c. sugar Combine the above 2 ingredients & let stand overnight in refrigerator 2 sm. pkgs lemon Jello 1 c. boiling water Dissolve Jello in boiling water before adding to the cranberries & sugar. 1 c. chopped pecans 1 c. chopped celery 1/4 c. orange juice 1 lrg. can crushed pineapple (drained) Mix all ingredients together, cover & refrigerate overnight. Linda McAdoo Benton (more recipes on page 13)
Emphasize safety when decorating for the holidays
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Decking the halls for the holidays is a beloved tradition for many families. A home’s exterior festooned with lights help create a festive holiday mood, while stockings hung by the chimney and a Christmas tree in the living room bring that holiday cheer inside. Though the holiday season is a festive time of year, it can quickly turn tragic if revelers do not emphasize safety when decorating their homes. When decorating this holiday season, be sure to employ the following precautions so your holiday season is festive, decorative and safe. * Exercise extreme caution with holiday lights. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, 150 home fires per year begin with holiday lights and other decorative lighting. Such fires may start because of frayed or bare wires, broken or cracked sockets or even loose connections. It’s important that men and women be especially careful when decorating their homes with holiday lights, inspecting each set of lights for damage and discarding any damaged sets. When choosing lights, use only lights that have been certified for outdoor use on your home’s exterior, and never use outdoor lights inside. * Purchase the right Christmas tree. The Consumer Product Safety Commission notes that Christmas trees are involved in hundreds of fires causing an average of 15 deaths each year. In addition, such fires
cause an average of $13 million in property damage annually. Though it can be tempting to purchase the most eye-catching Christmas tree you find, avoid acting rashly until you have learned a little about the tree. Artificial trees should be labeled as “Fire Resistant.” Such trees can still catch fire, but they are more resistant to fire than trees without such labels. When buying a live tree, make sure the tree is fresh. The tree should be green, and its needles should be difficult to pull off of branches, which should not be easily breakable. Tap the tree on the ground before purchasing it. If the tree loses a lot of needles upon tapping the ground, it isn’t fresh. Trees that aren’t fresh are more susceptible to going up in flames. * Keep the tree away from heat sources. Though it might seem more idyllic to place your Christmas tree next to the fireplace, it’s a lot more dangerous as well. When choosing a spot for
your tree, find a place that is away from heat sources like fireplaces, radiators and vents. But homeowners also should know that even trees placed away from heat sources can still dry out, creating a fire hazard even if the tree was fresh and healthy when purchased. That’s because Christmas trees can quickly dry out in heated rooms. Monitor the tree’s water levels every day, checking those levels in both the morning and at night before going to bed. This prevents the tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard, and it also helps the tree maintain its aesthetic appeal through the holiday season. * Limit use of candles. Like Christmas trees, candles are a popular yet potentially hazardous decorative item during the holiday season. When decorating with candles, be sure that all candles are extinguished before leaving a room and never leave them burning when you go to bed. Candles should be kept away from any decorative items, including Christmas trees, that can catch fire. Never place candles near curtains, furniture or presents. Holiday enthusiasts with little children or pets at home might want to decorate with fake LED-light candles instead of traditional candles. Curious kids or excitable pets may not recognize the potential dangers of lit candles and, as a result, might burn themselves or tips candles over. The holiday season is upon us, and that means scores of celebrants will be decking their halls. Though festive decorations are a part of the season, safety should always come first.
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The holiday season means it’s time once again for parents to take their youngsters to visit Santa Claus. Pictures with little boys and girls lining up in their dress clothes with Santa are a holiday tradition, and youngsters are often anxious for their chances to share their Christmas gift wishes with the jolly man in red. But as integral as such photo sessions are to the holiday season, parents know they are one crying fit or meltdown away from having this tradition turn into trouble. After waiting in long lines to see Santa, it’s understandable when everyone’s patience starts to wear thin. The combination of antsy children and aggravated adults could set off a chain reaction that culminates in tear-stained cheeks and a sullied holiday memory. Pictures with Santa can go much more smoothly
when you employ the following tips. * Prep children. While kids may love the idea of Santa, youngsters face to face with a man in a red suit and a big, white beard may be nervous. Begin talking up Santa a few months before Christmas, mentioning how nice and friendly he is. Gauge how kids act around costumed performers at fairs, circuses and birthday parties and help them grow accustomed to people in costumes. If costumes elicit screams of horror, wait another year before seeing Santa. * Visit during off-peak hours. Weekends and evenings are the busiest times to visit Santa. This means long lines and longer wait times. Instead of dealing with the masses, try to get to the mall when the doors first open. Otherwise, let the children skip a day of school and visit during the week when the lines are shorter.
* Consider another venue. Many different places of business host events where kids can meet Santa. Families may be able to share a meal with Santa at a restaurant or visit him at a nursery while selecting Christmas trees. A different environment may be less intimidating to children and take the pressure off waiting in line in a busy mall. * Go well-fed. There’s little worse than waiting in line and doing so hungry. Hunger pangs can turn even the most placid child into a menace. Pack snacks to enjoy while waiting. Opt for items that will not stain lips and teeth or drip onto clothing. * Make it a family photo. Sometimes the only way to entice a little one to take a picture with Santa is to provide some added security. Dress your best and be prepared to have to step in and cozy up to Santa to ensure your child is all smiles.
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Frugal gift wrapping ideas for the holiday season
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Holiday shoppers spend billions of dollars each year on gifts for friends, family and coworkers. But holiday shoppers also spend substantial amounts of money dressing up those gifts with bows and wrapping paper. Shoppers may not want to spend much more on wrapping paper, bags and other ways to dress-up their gifts, and by employing a few tricks of the gift wrapping trade, they may not have to. The following are some frugal, yet flashy, ways to wrap presents this holiday season. * Children’s artwork: Over the course of a school year parents can accumulate dozens of original pieces of art from their children’s time in the classroom. Instead of relegating those pictures to a memory box or temporary glory on the refrigerator, turn them into unique gift wrap. Pair these pieces of
art with colored ribbon, and everyone who gets a unique masterpiece will feel special. * Newspaper: Recycle newsprint and comics into wrapping paper. Encourage everyone to wrap in newspaper for a cohesive look come Christmas morning. * Cloth: Leftover cloth from Halloween or cloth purchased to create homemade curtains can be turned into giftwrap for awkward-shaped gifts. Use decorative ribbon to seal the bundle shut. * Brown paper: Brown paper tied with twine or ribbon is inexpensive and can easily be recycled after use. Use a marker to put the names of gift recipients on each package to save on gift tags as well. * Glass jars: Use mason jars when wrapping smaller gifts, including gift cards, to give them an arts-and-crafts feel. * Fabric gift bags: If you’re handy with a needle
and thread, sew sacks out of leftover fabric to make gift bags of various sizes. * Cookie tins: Find unique cookie tins from yard sales or leftover tins from holidays past and use them as gift boxes. * Recipes: If you will be giving a cookbook or foodthemed gifts, print recipes that can be used as gift wrap and then later used to make certain dishes. * Baby linens: From blankets to wash cloths, use baby linens to wrap infant-themed gifts for new parents. * Baskets: Wicker baskets are available in various shapes and sizes. They can be used to make a gift collection and then reused over and over again. There are many creative and inexpensive ways to wrap gifts this year instead of relying on preprinted and often expensive wrapping paper.
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Holiday menu planning for first-time hosts
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Novice holiday hosts often have a lot on their plates. Whether hosting family or friends or a combination of both, first-time hosts typically want to impress their guests while ensuring they get enough to eat and have an enjoyable evening. Since dinner is such a big part of holiday gatherings, hosts often place extra emphasis on what to serve, and that can be tricky when this is the first time they are hosting. When planning the menu for your holiday soiree, consider the following tips. * Get a head count. Though other factors will influence what to serve, the size of your guest list may ultimately dictate what to serve. For example, a small gathering of four to five people will likely rule out turkey, as even a small turkey
will prove too much effort and produce too much extra food. On the same note, a small dish like lasagna might not be doable for a larger crowd, as it will force you to prepare multiple entrees, which means more time in the kitchen juggling the various cooking duties and less time with your guests. Once
you have confirmed just how many guests you will be hosting, you can then choose a main course that suits the size of your guest list. * Decide which type of party you want to host. The type of party you want to host also will influence what you serve. A formal gathering should include an appetizer,
a main course and a dessert, including both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees. A less formal gathering gives hosts more leeway. For example, whereas a formal gathering may include soup as an appetizer, hosting a less formal gathering allows hosts to put out some snacks or bread for guests to whet their appetites before everyone sits down for the meal. The more formal the gathering, the more formal the menu. Hosts of less formal gatherings may even want to host a holiday pot luck buffet, inviting guests to bring a favorite dish or side dish while the hosts take care of the main course. * Ask guests if they have any dietary restrictions. Upon being invited to a holiday dinner, some invitees may let hosts know if they have any food allergies or medical
conditions that restrict which foods they can eat. Solicit such information from all of your guests, and do your best to cater to each of your guests’ needs. Some guests might be on a gluten-free diet while others may need to limit their sodium intake. You might not be able to meet everyone’s demands. Let guests know if they should bring an appropriate snack if you cannot provide one for them. * Include traditional holiday fare. People have grown to expect certain things from holiday meals, be it sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving, brisket for Chanukah or holiday cookies or even eggnog at Christmas parties. When planning the menu, be sure to include at least one of these traditional items, even asking guests for suggestions. Such fare will give the party a genuine holiday
feel, and guests will appreciate seeing some items on your dinner table they have enjoyed at their own holiday celebrations over the years. * Don’t overdo it. Firsttime hosts want to ensure everyone gets enough to eat, so it’s easy to overdo things and prepare too much food. This can be expensive, and guests may feel obligated to overeat so hosts don’t have to discard any of the food they worked so hard to prepare. Though it might once have been a holiday tradition to overeat, many men and women now prefer moderation, and hosts should keep that in mind when preparing their holiday meals. Hosting a holiday dinner for the first time can be nerve-wracking.But there are a variety of steps first-timers can take when preparing their menus to come off looking like old pros.
How to avoid post-holiday shopping crowds
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Come December 26th, many people are tired of shopping. Yet, there are deals to be had on everything from clothing to electronics on the day after Christmas, when savvy shoppers can take advantage of slashed prices to stock up on a few more things. But for millions of people the day after Christmas is about more than just returning gifts or finding great deals. For the people who live in countries that are or were British commonwealth nations, Boxing Day is a cause for
taxing this year. * Shop when stores tend to be less busy. Ask store managers and/or employees when business tends to be at its slowest. Even though shopping
for toys, electronics or home products, you may not need to touch and feel the items. * Create a list and stick to it. Before shopping, create a list of what you want to buy and avoid straying from that list once your shopping trip begins. You will spend considerably less time wandering aimlessly in a store if you make a list before shopping. * Wait another day or two. Crowds will not be as big if you wait a few days after Boxing Day to find deals. If you can postpone your trip to the store, you may still benefit from sales. Waiting even longer may enable you to buy seasonal items on clearance as stores make room for spring merchandise. * Shop all year long. Veteran
celebration, and it just so happens to fall on December 26th. Boxing Day was traditionally a day when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts from their employers and superiors. However, it is now primarily known as a shopping holiday similar to Black Friday. On Boxing Day, shoppers take advantage of deep discounts and dramatic sales, and many retailers open their stores very early. Shoppers arrive in droves to shop the sales, and such crowds can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to make Boxing Day shopping less
on a holiday might still be busy, there may be a slow hour or two when you can avoid crowds. Shopping those times, whether early in the morning or late at night, can make the day less stressful. * Shop online. There are never crowds online, which allows you to browse from the comforts of home. One disadvantage to online shopping is that you sometimes cannot get an accurate idea of the size of a garment or the feel of the material. However, when shopping
shoppers tend to purchase items when they are most affordable, even if that means getting some holiday shopping done in the summer. Spreading purchases out over the entire year allows shoppers to manage their budgets and avoid hefty bills come January. Shopping for gifts throughout the year also frees up time during the holiday season, when time spent at the mall or shopping online can be better spent celebrating with family and friends.
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Perhaps no time of year is as busy as the holiday season, when social engagements and holiday shopping combine to dominate so much of what is normally our free time. Additionally, holiday travel and late nights spent at work to make up for lost time also cut into our free time, leaving many people in search of ways to add more hours to the day. Though there’s no way to make a day last longer, there are ways to save some time this holiday season. * Go it alone. Holiday shopping can be very time consuming, but shoppers who decide to shop alone may find themselves more productive and focused on the task at hand. Rather than going from store to store and checking items off multiple shopping lists, shoppers who shop singularly can devote all of their attention to their own lists. * Shop online. Another way to save time when shopping for the holidays is to shop online. This saves you the time it takes to drive to and from the mall and walk around multiple stores, all the while saving you from the often frustrating and time-consuming experience of finding a parking space. In addition, you can shop online at any time of day. So rather than just eating lunch at your desk on your lunch hour or spending the last hour before you go to bed
for the night idling away on the couch, you can make more efficient use of that time by doing some holiday shopping. * Plan ahead. Whether shopping for holiday gifts, taking the family to buy a Christmas tree or organizing a holiday dinner with friends, the more you can plan ahead of the holiday season the less time you will waste once the season hits
full swing. For example, when choosing a weekend to go Christmas tree shopping, inform others a few weeks in advance and let them know you want to go early to avoid crowds. This saves you time and might just help you land one of the best trees on the lot. The same principle of planning can be applied to other aspects of the holiday season as well. Planning a meal early allows
you to gradually stock up on menu items, saving you the hassle of rushing to the store at the last minute or planning a menu in the days before the party when you will already have enough on your plate. * Don’t shy away from shortcuts when hosting holiday dinners. Hosting a holiday dinner is a big undertaking, one that often finds hosts spending a significant amount of time in the kitchen. But hosts can save time by taking some shortcuts regarding the menu. For instance, when hosting an especially large meal, don’t be afraid to buy some premade side dishes from a local grocery store or buy a bakery cake rather than whipping up your own homemade dessert. Guests will understand if you cut some corners in an effort to save some time, and the food will likely be just as delicious. * Stay home. Travel is a big commitment come the holiday season, but what about staying home this season? If the time commitment of traveling is something you truly want to avoid this year, invite some friends and family over to your home instead. You might be more busy on the day of the holiday, but you will save yourself the travel days you usually build into the holiday season. Parents of young children might prefer to stay home so they can create their own unique holiday memories, while those without children might just appreciate some peace and quiet during this hectic time of year.
Holly and mistletoe are symbols of Christmas
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“Oh, by gosh, by golly it’s time for mistletoe and holly. Tasty pheasants, Christmas presents, countrysides covered in snow.” As exemplified by this holiday hit by Henry Sanicola, Frank Sinatra and Dok Stanford, holly and mistletoe are an integral part of holiday imagery and tradition. Holly is used to adorn a home in green and red finery alongside evergreen boughs and wreaths. In addition, it has become customary to hang a bouquet of mistletoe under which people are encouraged to share a holiday kiss. While these elements of celebrations are now incorporated into many of the secular and religious components of Christmas, they have very different origins. Holly Holly has been used since the days of the early Pagans as a decoration for midwinter festivities, when it was brought into homes to keep evil spirits away. The ancient Romans also believed that holly prickles
drove away evil spirits, and it held a place of honor at December festivals dedicated to the god Saturn. To avoid persecution during the Roman pagan Saturnalia festival, early Christians would participate in the tradition of hanging evilrepelling holly on their homes to appear like the masses. Eventually as the number of Christians grew, the tradition became less of a pagan one and more associated with Christians and Christmas. Some people have inferred that holly and its prickly edges is symbolic of the crown of thorns Jesus wore at his crucifixion, with the red berries representing blood.
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Mistletoe Mistletoe was once held sacred by the Norse, Celtic Druids and North American Indians. It is actually a parasitic plant that grows on a wide range of host trees. Heavy infestation can dwarf the growth and kill these trees. In cultures across preChristian Europe, mistletoe was seen as a representation of divine male essence (and thus romance, fertility and
vitality). The plant also was thought to be a symbol of peace, and anyone standing below it should receive tokens of affection. When enemies met beneath mistletoe, they had to lay down their weapons and observe a truce until the next day. This is how the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe likely began, and why a ball of mistletoe is now hung in homes during Christmas, a season of peace and affection. Homeowners who hang mistletoe and holly around their homes during the holiday season should be mindful of pets and youngsters around the plants. Mistletoe and holly are considered to be moderately to severely toxic, and ingesting the leaves could be dangerous. Therefore, keep these plants away from curious hands. Mistletoe is commonly hung up high, which should make it less problematic, but holly should be hung high as well. Now largely associated with Christmas celebrations, holly and mistletoe were once part of pagan rituals and ancient superstitions.
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Decorations and shopping are integral parts of the holiday season, but very often it is the music being played over the airwaves that sets the tone for the festivities to come. Christmas music has been enjoyed for decades and certain compositions are widely loved and played year after year. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, who compiles lists of the most popular songs, lists “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “Winter Wonderland,” both of which were written in 1934, as the oldest and most
popular tunes. The newest popular song is “Wonderful Christmastime,” composed in 1979. Though personal preference often determines a holiday playlist, the following tunes are of the more popular Christmas songs: * “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” - Mel Torme, Robert Wells * “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” - Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie * “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” - Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin * “Winter Wonderland” - Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
* “White Christmas” Irving Berlin * “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” - Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne * “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” - Johnny Marks * “Jingle Bell Rock” Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe * “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” - Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram * “Little Drummer Boy” Katherine K. Davis, Henry V. Onorati, Harry Simeone * “Sleigh Ride” - Leroy Anderson, Mitchell Parish * “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” - Edward Pola, George Wyle
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Thursday, November 14, 2013 Cookin’ It, Livin’ It, Lovin’ It Need a cool gift for someone who loves to cook? Celebrity chef Guy Fieri had this red hot 10-piece nonstick aluminum cookware set created to his demanding specifications. Priced at $129.99, it comes with two fry pans, three sauce pans, a stock pot and four tempered glass lids. Each flaming red pan has a long-lasting, nonstick finish for healthy cooking, excellent release of foods and easy clean-up. They’re also ovensafe up to 350°F and safe for gas, electric and ceramic stove tops. On the Cutting Edge The Farberware Universal Block Cutlery Set comes in a brightly colored block filled with flexible rods instead of pre-drilled holes, so you can insert the
It’s that time of year again when everyone needs help finding the perfect holiday gift. Whether you need a gift for a foodie friend or a family member who likes to cook, these awesome ideas are sure to please. Even better, the list features several different price ranges so there truly is something for everyone on your list. Cook With Sizzle For the food lover on your list who appreciates style and performance, look no further than the Savora culinary gadget collection. With sleek lines, arresting curves and a palette of alluring colors, these kitchen gadgets will impress the most discerning of food lovers. The collection includes a garlic press ($29.99), rotary grater ($29.99), can opener ($29.99), oil mister ($24.99), ice cream scoop ($14.99) and peeler ($9.99). Each is available in eight striking colors.
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Having trouble picking the perfect holiday gift for that special guy in your life? Check out these unique gift ideas even the most finicky of men would love to get. Whether he digs the decadence of robust red wines, useful techie toys, the speed of a radio controlled ride or the thrill of an outdoor adventure, use this guide to take the guesswork out of holiday shopping and give him what he really wants. After all, every man deserves something special under the tree. Intense and Elegant, Just Like Him $13.99 to $21.99 A gift says a lot. Some just say it better. For that special man in your life, Don Miguel Gascón offers three unique wines, each with its own distinct personality and a distin-
guished Argentine heritage. For complex but confident men on your list, go for the bold with the Colosal Red Blend. A guy who’s nothing short of a classic? Make it Malbec. And for that elegant gent with signature style, reserve the Malbec Reserva.
For Guys Who Love Gadgets Available for under $200 at most e-tailers Nothing is more annoying than dropping or missing a call because of a weak signal. The zBoost SOHO cell phone signal booster kit increases signals up to 2500 square feet, making it perfect for your man cave or home office. Readily available at most e-tailers for under $200, the device supports multiple users simultaneously with increased voice and data transmission. This holiday, give him the gift of reliability with this helpful tool.
Boatloads of Joy Prices vary Put together a gift that can be enjoyed all year long with a fishing and boating package for your outdoor adventurer. Creatively wrap a new rod and reel, add a fishing license to his stocking or spoil him even further with a charter boat trip. He’ll be glad for the fishing package instead of the mug when spring arrives. For details on purchasing a fishing license, how to fish and where to fish, visit Go for a Drive $14.99 to $59.99 XMODs are back by popular demand. These versatile, fully customizable RC cars and kits are fun for men of any age. Begin with a XMODs starter kit then build and change your RC toy with any of our accessory expansion kits.
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The holidays can be a hectic time for everyone. While you’re busily gearing up for guests and parties, it’s important to remember your pet’s safety to ensure a festive and fun season is enjoyed by all. From bright decorations to holiday house guests, it can be easy to overlook a few household dangers that may cause harm to your favorite companions. Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep your fuzzy friend safe and jolly this holiday: 12 Covered Cords: Cords used for holiday lights can be tempting to chew for many pets. Take time while decorating to tape down or cover cords to help prevent shocks, burns or other serious injuries. 11 Tempting Table Scraps: Rich scraps such as drippings, gravy and poultry skin
can cause pets to suffer from upset stomach, diarrhea and even pancreatitis, which are not only terribly painful but can be fatal. Giving your dog poultry bones is also a bad idea as they can splinter and get stuck in your dog’s gastrointestinal tract. 10 Radiant Ribbons: Cats may be interested in playing with or eating tinsel and ribbons hanging from trees. These decorations should be placed high on the tree or not used at all because they can potentially cause serious intestinal damage if swallowed. 9 Dinging Doorbells: Consider putting your dog on a leash before people start arriving. Not only will you be able to control him if he begins to jump, you’ll also avoid him running out the door. 8 Tasty Treats: Keep human party snacks out of
reach from animals and offer pet-friendly options instead, such as BLUE Santa Stew Holiday Feast and Santa Paws Snacks. 7 Quiet Corners: Provide pets with a quiet place to retreat so they can choose whether to come out and visit or keep to themselves when company arrives. 6 Patient Puppies: Tell your guests that your puppy is in training, and he needs to be polite before they say “hello” to him. Have your dog sit, using a treat if necessary, and once he’s sitting and calm let your guests pet him. 5 Perilous Plants: Mistletoe, holly berries and poinsettia plants are all poisonous for dogs, so skip them as decorations or make sure they are out of reach. 4 Guarded Glasses: Alcohol and pets do not mix. Place alcoholic drinks safely out of reach and patrol the party to
be sure your guests do the same. Alcohol poisoning can be fatal. 3 Calming Coats: Using a ThunderShirt can calm a nervous dog by applying gentle pressure to the body. In addition to the traditional coat, there are now cold weather ThunderSweater and ThunderCoat options. 2 Nearby Numbers: Keep contact information for your veterinarian and the nearest emergency veterinary clinic readily available in case of a holiday mishap. 1 Towering Tree: Seasonal trees are sure to attract a pet’s attention and should be secured to keep from toppling over if a pet should try to climb them, use as a scratching post or simply bump into them. For more information on how to keep pets safe during the holiday season, visit www.
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The holiday season is a time for generosity and kindness. While you’re on the quest for the perfect gifts for loved ones, why not pick those that support children in need? The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing medicine, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The organization is offering holiday shoppers searching for unique gifts the opportunity to support children with a variety of products that benefit UNICEF, including items from corporate partners Gucci, IKEA and Montblanc. Holiday card and gifts
collection With an affordable price range of $10 to $20, UNICEF boxed holiday cards can be purchased at Pier 1 Imports, IKEA, Barnes and Noble and at select Hallmark Gold Crown stores. The holiday catalog features gifts ideal for any age and budget range, from Peruvian fingerless gloves made of soft Alpaca wool and bread-warmer baskets, to a safari bib and blanket set, to President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern’s uplifting new book, I Believe in ZERO: Learning from the World’s Children, focused on her travels to developing countries. To shop online, visit https:// Gift that support education Access to education is a
fundamental human right, and yet there are 57 million children not enrolled in elementary school globally. Support from partners such as Gucci, IKEA and Montblanc helps enable UNICEF to build schools, train teachers and provide a safe and protective environment where children can learn and play. •Gucci for UNICEF “Nice” shopper bag Twenty-five percent of the retail price of the Gucci for UNICEF Nice shopper bag will benefit UNICEF’s “Schools for Africa” and “Schools for Asia” initiatives in Malawi, Mozambique and China. The bag, designed in antique rose micro Guccissima leather, is available in Gucci stores worldwide and on com through May 2014.
•IKEA “Soft Toys for Education” - For each purchase from the Soft Toys for Education collection, available in stores and online through Jan. 4, the IKEA Foundation will donate approximately $1.35 to support UNICEF and Save the Children global education programs, including UNICEF’s “Schools for Africa” initiative. This year’s collection features new fairy tale-themed creatures, such as the NOJSIG Soft Toy Princess, KRULLIG Elf Soft Toy and VRIDVINGE Fairy Tail Wings, each for $4.99. For more information, visit •Montblanc “Signature for Good” collection Featuring special edition writing instruments, jewelry pieces and leather accessories, 10 percent of the retail price of every piece sold
from Montblanc’s Signature for Good collection will be donated to support UNICEF’s education programs for children in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Collection items are available at through March 2014.    Gifts that inspire Join in on the generous spirit of the season by purchasing UNICEF Inspired Gifts in your loved one’s name. These gifts directly assist children in developing countries with urgently needed items, such as mosquito nets to protect them from malaria, or School-in-aBox kits that provide all the supplies needed to set up a school anywhere. K.I.N.D: Kids in Need of Desks offers desks for children in schools in Malawi, where four out of
five students do not have a desk or chair. Additionally, the K.I.N.D. fund is providing scholarships for girls in Malawi. These items and more are available for purchase at www.unicefusa. org/inspiredgifts. Other ways to give Through Delta’s SkyWish program, SkyMiles® members can donate their unused frequent flier miles to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for travel in support of UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children. Visit to donate miles and find more information. Make this year’s giftgiving experience more rewarding by choosing beautiful gifts loved ones will adore, and also support children around the world.
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add more broth if needed. Stir in chicken. Cook in 350 deg. oven for 30-40 minutes covered, then uncover until lightly browned. Mary Helen Wallace Benton
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1 can (20 oz.) pineapple (chunk in juice or syrup) 1 can (11 oz.) mandarin orange segments 1 1/2 c. seedless grapes 1 c. miniature marshmallows 1 c. flaked coconut 1/2 c. nuts 3/4 cup sour cream 1 tbsp. sugar Drain pineapple. Drain oranges. Combine pineapple, oranges, grapes, marshmallows, coconut, and nuts. Mix sour cream and sugar. Stir into fruit mixture. Chill. Makes 4 - 6 servings. Vanilla yogurt can be used instead of sour cream. Linda McAdoo Benton
4 cans whole green beans 1 stick butter (melted) 1 c. brown sugar 4 to 6 slices peppered bacon (cut into 1” pieces) salt & garlic powder to taste Drain green beans and place in large casserole dish. Place bacon over beans. Make a glaze out of remaining ingredients and pour over beans. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook for 5-10 minutes to brown bacon. Linda McAdoo Benton
Karo Pecan Pie Mary’s Baked Beans
1 lb. bacon 2 lb. hamburger 1 onion 1/2 a lb. brown sugar 1 c. Catsup 1/2 c. mustard 3 cans Pork and Beans
Chicken and Dressing
Cook large fryer in water, cool, remove skin and debone. 1 lrg. skillet of cornbread 8 lrg. slices of bread (lightly toasted) 1 lrg. onion (finely chopped) 1 c. celery (finely chopped) 1 tbsp. sage 1 can cream of chicken soup 4 eggs, beaten 1 stick margarine 1 quart of broth (saved from cooked chicken)
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3 c. cooked sweet potatoes (mashed to get full cup) 1 c. brown sugar 3/4 stick margarine or butter 1/2 t. nutmeg 1/2 t. cinnamon 1/2 t. vanilla 1/2 t. salt 1 c. pet milk Blend all ingredients together (I use a mixer). Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. Add topping and bake at 400 deg. for 15 minutes. Watch closely, topping will burn easily. Topping 1 c. crushed cornflakes 1/2 c. light brown sugar 1/2 c. chopped pecans 3/4 stick melted margarine or butter Mix topping ingredients together so that brown sugar, pecans, & cornflakes are coated with margarine. Linda McAdoo Benton
1 Duncan Hines golden yellow butter recipe cake mix 3 eggs 1 c. oil 1 c. water 1 container pecan coconut cake frosting (German Chocolate) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix cake mix, eggs, oil & water until smooth. Add frosting and mix well. Pour into a bunt pan and cook 1 hour at 350 degrees Shawna S. Bell Benton 4 boneless chicken breast 1/2 onion 1/2 Bell pepper 8oz Velveeta 1 can Rotel 1 can Cream of Mushroom 1 package spaghetti milk salt pepper garlic Saute Onion and Bell Pepper in butter until soft. Boil chicken. Drain chicken but save broth. Boil desired amount of spaghetti in chicken broth. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. Combine: chicken, spaghetti, Cream of Mushroom, Rotel, salt, pepper, garlic, onion and bell pepper. Cut Velveeta in to small pieces and add to mixture until melted. Stir in milk, just enough to make it as creamy as desired. Shawna S. Bell Benton
Cut up bacon and cook. Drain well and set aside. Cook hamburger and onion together. Drain well and set aside. In large bowl combine brown sugar, catsup, mustard Pork and Beans. Add bacon and hamburger. Mix well. Bake in a glass dish on 350 degrees until bubbly all over. Mary Midgett Mabelvale
canned broth may be needed salt and pepper to taste In very large mixing bowl put cornbread and bread (crumbled). Sauté celery and onion in margarine until partly done. Add to bread mixture. Add beaten eggs, cream of chicken soup, sage, then add the chicken broth. Mix well. Salt & pepper to taste. Mixture should be very wet,
3 eggs, slightly beaten 1 c. white or dark Karo 1 c. sugar 2 Tbsp. margarine 1 t. vanilla 1 1/2 c. pecans 1 unbaked pie shell In large bowl, stir together first 5 ingredients until well blended. Stir in nuts. Pour into pastry shell. Bake in 350 degree oven for 50 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean. Cool. Mary Helen Wallace Benton
Cornbread Salad
9 X 13 pan of cornbread (your favorite works just fine) 1 lb. bacon 4-5 ripe tomatoes 1 bell pepper 1/2 red onion 1 cup mayo 1/4 to 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish Crumble cornbread and set aside. Cut up bacon, fry and drain well. Chop all other veggies (onion, tomato, bell pepper) put in large bowl. Add mayo and relish to veggies. After bacon is cooled add to mixture. Keep chilled until time to serve. There is 2 ways to serve this dish. 1) You can scoop individual portions of cornbread and then cover in mixture. 2) You can mix it all together and serve family style. But remember that if you do it this way, the leftovers will be soggy and really uneatable. * My daughter that will not eat tomatoes loves this dish. It has a great flavor! Mary Midgett Mabelvale
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Christmas trees are the quintessential decoration of the holiday season, often erected in front windows gleaming with decorations, trinkets and lights. Much thought goes into selecting a tree and turning it into the centerpiece of a celebration. Holiday celebrants with no personal preference may struggle with the decision to buy an artificial or real tree. Those who opt for a real tree may think their only options are the cut trees available at local tree lots. But those interested in a tree that will last far beyond the holiday season can select a potted Christmas tree, all the while adding an ecoconscious element to their holiday celebrations. Selecting a live tree is an environmentally sound choice. Trees that have their roots intact can be transplanted outdoors after Christmas. This reduces the waste associated with tree disposal and provides various benefits to the environment, as the trees act as a natural air filter while providing shade and wind barriers. An evergreen tree, which remains lush and green all year long, is also an ideal habitat for backyard creatures. Trees help control excessive moisture issues in the soil by drawing up water for survival, and can help prevent erosion of soil in more arid climates. Caring for a potted tree takes a bit more effort than
a standard cut tree. There are a few steps that need to be taken to ensure its postChristmas survival. You can purchase the tree several weeks in
advance of the holidays, provided you water the tree frequently and keep it outdoors in the cool weather in the weeks leading up to the holiday. Select a tree variety that is hardy to the specific zone in which you live and will acclimate to the climate and soil conditions. A local nursery should be able to guide you to the right evergreen. Because you intend to plant this tree after the holidays, it is a good idea to choose the location where the tree will eventually grow and dig the hole as early as possible before the ground freezes and becomes difficult to exca-
vate. Consider digging the hole in the autumn and then filling it with leaves or a tarp until the time comes to plant the tree. Roughly two weeks before Christmas, you will need to transition the tree for indoor use. Neglecting this step may result in shock to the tree, which can cause it to wilt or die. Place the tree inside of a garage or a shed where it is generally warmer than outside but not yet room temperature. After this two-week period, move the tree inside where it will have a place of honor for festivities. Do not leave the tree inside the house for more than 10 days. It will need to be moved back into the garage and then outside before planting. Many evergreens are durable, and the majority of the decorations you use on the tree should not harm it. But be careful not to tug or break branches. Use small lights that do not generate much heat; otherwise, you risk damaging the boughs with burns. When the tree is indoors, it’s also essential to keep it in an area that gets filtered sunlight and is away from heating vents that may dry it out. A spot in front of the front window may be the best location. Potted Christmas trees make an eco-friendly addition to holiday traditions. They can be planted year after year, adding some aesthetic appeal to the backyard while benefitting the environment.
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