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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 04:27 pm
In an Instagram world, the smartphone has become the primary camera for any amateur photog. But on the bike, in the water or up in the air, it’s time to forget the filters and grab a camera that...
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 02:56 am

Laugh out loud with the Blogerati

The once dignified kingdom of coffee table books, where Norman Rockwell retrospectives ruled, has fallen to the shameless, hilarious hordes. Behold the many highly giftable books from bloggers who fir...
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 02:56 am

Reading list for the end of the world

It’s a feast for fans of The Hunger Games. The wildly successful film adaptation of the dark novel hits DVD shelves this holiday season. Suzanne Collins’ blockbuster trilogy about young Ka...
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 02:56 am

Say hello to the new Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo is back to change the gaming experience with its latest console, the Wii U,  arriving this month, just in time for the holidays, for $299.99. The company lured gamers off the couch with ...
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 02:56 am

The warm, flickering glow of candles embodies the holiday season

This holiday season, the familiar warm glow of candles will be complemented by frosty winter wonderland colors and fragrances.“There’s a sense of icy, fresh, watery – like a really l...
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 02:56 am

Oven? Not this year. Follow two of the most popular turkey trends to the great outdoors: grilling and smoking

Breaking with tradition is always a test of the home cook’s mettle, especially around the holidays. Loved ones have expectations and when they aren’t met, disappointment causes upset even ...
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 07:16 pm

holiday wish lists from local nonprofit organizations

If you’re like most Illinois Times readers, your life is safe and secure and the holidays are a time for family fun and delicious meals. Sadly that isn’t the case for everyone in our...
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 06:20 pm

Here’s a guide to what to make ahead, when to make it, how to store it, and how to reheat it

Getting Thanksgiving dinner – or any holiday feast – on the table can seem like a math word problem gone awry.Question: If it takes four hours to cook a 15-pound turkey, and three of the s...
Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011 03:31 pm

Found in an old desk, a bracelet of baubles and spheres

It was in Grandmother’s desk, the same desk she used to write to her sister in the 1880s. It is the same desk my mother used to write letters to me while I was in the army, and I have some of th...


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