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Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 08:59 am

The season’s hottest cameras for aspiring shutterbugs

There’s an old saying among photographers that the best camera is the one you have with you. For many of us, that’s increasingly a smartphone. But if someone on your list relies only on a ...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 12:47 pm

Johanna Rosson cooked with Paula Deen and threw down with Bobby Flay to earn her crown as the gingerbread queen

Johanna Rosson’s decorating skills are sweet.Rosson designs and builds gingerbread houses – and she’s been head architect for some of the best.In 2005, she appeared on Food Network&r...
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 03:30 am
The Vita, PlayStation’s next-generation portable gaming device, took the top Hardware honors from the gaming press at E3 2011, but unfortunately, it won’t be available in North America til...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 02:20 pm

Creativity, play value and green credentials combine in some of the season’s best toys

Somewhere on the spectrum between techno-dazzle (iPad apps for toddlers, anyone?) and fuzzy-wuzzy bears there’s a sweet spot: toys that inspire kids to have fun, stretch their creativity and lea...
Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 11:09 am

Professional holiday decorators give their tips on how to make the season bright, indoors and out

Every year, holiday lighting manufacturers introduce more varieties of bulbs, strands, colors and accessories. Luckily for the seasonal lighting industry (and those who love cruising the neighbo...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 06:53 am
Nothing soothes quite like curling up with a good book. But with the booming e-reader market, the avid readers on your gift list might soon be curling up with thousands at once. As the popularity of e...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 05:14 am

Whether hosting or attending, the casserole is a holiday mainstay. Turn the traditional up a notch with these innovative ideas.

Casseroles are an omnipresent holiday staple, be it grandma’s chicken-stuffed cheese concoction or a fried-onion encrusted green bean favorite. But getting comfortable with a casserole recipe ca...
Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 03:32 pm

Yeah, we know who’s been naughty. And they’ll get gifts for Christmas and Hanukkah anyway, the little darlings.

With waggly tails and rumbly purrs, they show us the love every day. What better time of year than the holidays to delight a four-legged family member with a special gift? “Pets get so much joy ...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011 02:55 am

Help these helping agencies by getting them something from their wish lists

These central Illinois organizations need some extra help this holiday season. If your organization needs help you’re your list to: swhalen@illinoistimes.comSPARC232 Bruns Lane, Springfiel...

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