IllinoisTimes - Holiday http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-99-1-holiday.html Tue, 16 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Skunked before Christmas http://illinoistimes.com/article-13242-skunked-before-christmas.html Skunked before Christmas
 We lived in a frame house in Hickory Hollow during our younger years. We had many interesting experiences there, especially in the wintertime.Brother Jack and I woke up early on a dark and cold...]]>
Toy land, toy land … tablet, game and joy land - This year, look for tech, nostalgia and popular brands to sell big http://illinoistimes.com/article-13205-toy-land-toy-land-%25E2%2580%25A6-tablet-game-and-joy-land.html Toy land, toy land … tablet, game and joy land - This year, look for tech, nostalgia and popular brands to sell big
 Innovation. Building skills. Out-of-the-box thinking. This year, toys trends are more about stretching the mind than providing temporary entertainment – or finding new ways to do both.“This...]]>
Party 9-1-1! - How do you know if a party is going well or horribly wrong? Entertaining expert Susan Spungen tells you how to right a sinking ship and how to stop worrying and enjoy your fiesta http://illinoistimes.com/article-13206-party-9-1-1_.html Party 9-1-1! - How do you know if a party is going well or horribly wrong? Entertaining expert Susan Spungen tells you how to right a sinking ship and how to stop worrying and enjoy your fiesta
 Along with the holidays come many parties, but unfortunately, parties don’t always go the way you hope they will. We asked Susan Spungen, founding food editor at Martha Stewart Living and auth...]]>
Gifts for mom and dad http://illinoistimes.com/article-13207-gifts-for-mom-and-dad.html Gifts for mom and dad
 There are only so many sweaters, necklaces and pocketknives a person can acquire before it gets to be a bit much. “At a certain age, we start to comprehend the sacrifices our parents have made...]]>
Burn, smell, love http://illinoistimes.com/article-13174-burn-smell-love.html Burn, smell, love
Candles truly are the gifts that keep on giving. According to the National Candle Association, America’s love for waxing poetic burns bright: $2 billion is spent annually on candles and they are use...]]>
Change of pace http://illinoistimes.com/article-13175-change-of-pace.html Change of pace
 Whether your personal style is funky, classic, rustic or luxurious, sometimes you just want something different to show your guests for the holidays. Dress it upCreate a beautiful glassware disp...]]>
Tree-trimming traditions http://illinoistimes.com/article-13176-tree-trimming-traditions.html Tree-trimming traditions
 While the cast of characters and décor may change year-to-year, the traditions rarely do. These designers and celebrities share their favorite decorating stories.Suzanne KaslerAtlanta-based int...]]>
Elevate their photo game - It’s time to put down the smartphone and give Instagram a break. These next-level digital cameras will take their photography to the next level. http://illinoistimes.com/article-13147-elevate-their-photo-game.html Elevate their photo game - It’s time to put down the smartphone and give Instagram a break. These next-level digital cameras will take their photography to the next level.
 There’s an old cliche in photography circles: The best camera is the one you have with you. For many of us, that’s our smartphone.For everyday use, smartphones are tough to beat. They have f...]]>
PlayStation & Xbox: The next generation - This holiday season, the most-desired devices are the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But which console is right for your gamer? http://illinoistimes.com/article-13148-playstation-xbox-the-next-generation.html PlayStation & Xbox: The next generation - This holiday season, the most-desired devices are the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. But which console is right for your gamer?
 Among the billions of gifts Santa sifts through this holiday season may be millions of the latest eighth-generation video game consoles: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.Sony’s PS4 teases innovative...]]>
2013 game critics’ award winners - The critics’ faves are sure bets for the gamer on your list http://illinoistimes.com/article-13149-2013-game-critics%25E2%2580%2599-award-winners.html 2013 game critics’ award winners - The critics’ faves are sure bets for the gamer on your list
 Each summer, the top video-game media name the best gaming titles of the year. Here are their picks for the best of the 2013.Titanfall Best of ShowBest Original GameBest Console GameBest PC Game...]]>
There’s no place like home for dinner - Daphne Oz, co-host of ABC’s food and talk show ‘The Chew,’ has come out with her second lifestyle cookbook, where she explains how to host fun, stress-free parties at the holidays – or any time of year http://illinoistimes.com/article-13130-there%25E2%2580%2599s-no-place-like-home-for-dinner.html There’s no place like home for dinner - Daphne Oz, co-host of ABC’s food and talk show ‘The Chew,’ has come out with her second lifestyle cookbook, where she explains how to host fun, stress-free parties at the holidays – or any time of year
 In her first book, The Dorm Room Diet (William Morrow, 2010), certified chef and integrative nutritionist Daphne Oz helped college students tackle dorm living. In her second book, Relish: An Adv...]]>
Head count - Anticipating a crowd? Use these meal-planning tips from the pros to ensure your next shindig is as successful as it is delicious. http://illinoistimes.com/article-13131-head-count.html Head count - Anticipating a crowd? Use these meal-planning tips from the pros to ensure your next shindig is as successful as it is delicious.
 Feeding yourself and your family is a cinch. Cooking for a large group? That’s another story. Whether you’re hosting a formal dinner party or having a backyard get-together, it can be tricky...]]>
Top reasons to buy local, eat local, go local http://illinoistimes.com/article-13089-top-reasons-to-buy-local-eat-local-go-local.html Top reasons to buy local, eat local, go local
By choosing local and independent businesses for your services, shopping, dining and other needs, you not only get real value and personal service, you’re helping in these many ways.Build community...]]>
Too many cooks in the kitchen - Prepare your kitchen for the invasion of guest chefs. Clean, organize and stock the shelves for stress-free, heavy-duty cooking and baking this holiday season http://illinoistimes.com/article-13090-too-many-cooks-in-the-kitchen.html Too many cooks in the kitchen - Prepare your kitchen for the invasion of guest chefs. Clean, organize and stock the shelves for stress-free, heavy-duty cooking and baking this holiday season
 There’s no place like home kitchens for the holidays. Or that’s what it seems, at least, when guests congregate in the heart of the home to chat, snack and offer the host or hostess a helpin...]]>
Pass the gluten-free /Paleo/vegan/diabetic-friendly stuffing - Food allergies and dietary restrictions do not mean that everyone cannot enjoy the beloved holiday classics. Try these takes of some old favorites. http://illinoistimes.com/article-13091-pass-the-gluten-free-_paleo_vegan_diabetic-friendly-stuffing.html Pass the gluten-free /Paleo/vegan/diabetic-friendly stuffing - Food allergies and dietary restrictions do not mean that everyone cannot enjoy the beloved holiday classics. Try these takes of some old favorites.
 You’re hosting a holiday feast and anticipate preparing a mouthwatering spread.But along with your special bread stuffing and your fabulous apple pie, you’re concerned with making appropriat...]]>
Local First kicks off Holiday Sweepstakes Nov. 13 http://illinoistimes.com/article-13056-local-first-kicks-off-holiday-sweepstakes-nov-13.html Local First kicks off Holiday Sweepstakes Nov. 13
Who: Local First SpringfieldWhat: Kickoff Party & Press EventWhere: Isringhausen Imports /BMW StoreWhen: Nov. 13 at 5p.m. The fourth annual Local First Holiday Sweepstakes officially begins on Wed...]]>
Prep the Halls! - Decking the halls simply isn’t enough when guests are staying over. Give your home a once-over and make these essential repairs – because nothing’s Grinchier than a stopped-up toilet or broken garbage disposal http://illinoistimes.com/article-13057-prep-the-halls_.html Prep the Halls! - Decking the halls simply isn’t enough when guests are staying over. Give your home a once-over and make these essential repairs – because nothing’s Grinchier than a stopped-up toilet or broken garbage disposal
 Guests will jam your home during the holiday season, many of them staying for a week or longer. You don’t want your furnace to conk out. And you certainly don’t want your toilets to go on th...]]>
Guest room rescue - Can you find the bed underneath all that clutter? Organizing experts give tips on how to reclaim your guest rooms http://illinoistimes.com/article-13058-guest-room-rescue.html Guest room rescue - Can you find the bed underneath all that clutter? Organizing experts give tips on how to reclaim your guest rooms
 It’s there, at the end of the hall, tauntingly filled with boxed ornaments, folded tablecloths and holiday-themed towels: The dreaded guest bedroom, holder of all things leftover and misplaced...]]>
A Christmas like no other - The true story of a Depression-era Christmas trip to a better life in Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-10827-a-christmas-like-no-other.html A Christmas like no other - The true story of a Depression-era Christmas trip to a better life in Illinois
“It takes a worried man to sing a worried song,It takes a worried man to sing a worried song,It takes a worried man to sing a worried song.I’m worried now but I won’t be worried long...]]>
Historic Christmas - Six historic sites welcome visitors for holiday tour http://illinoistimes.com/article-10801-historic-christmas.html Historic Christmas - Six historic sites welcome visitors for holiday tour
This Saturday, Dec. 15, six downtown historic sites are combining efforts and welcoming visitors to celebrate the holidays, a bit like the hospitable ol’ Fezziwig in Charles Dickens’ A Chr...]]>
Take 10: Children’s books - And then what happened? http://illinoistimes.com/article-10780-take-10-childrenrss-books.html Take 10: Children’s books - And then what happened?
What happens when Daisy’s ball is destroyed? When all the lights go out? When a family must flee their homeland? Adventure happens, that’s what – and so does discovery, learning and ...]]>
Rugged and ready to shoot http://illinoistimes.com/article-10754-rugged-and-ready-to-shoot.html Rugged and ready to shoot
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...]]>
Take 10: Blogbusters! - Laugh out loud with the Blogerati http://illinoistimes.com/article-10755-take-10-blogbusters_.html Take 10: Blogbusters! - 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...]]>
Take 10: Dystopian novels - Reading list for the end of the world http://illinoistimes.com/article-10756-take-10-dystopian-novels.html Take 10: Dystopian novels - 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...]]>
U game? - Say hello to the new Nintendo Wii U http://illinoistimes.com/article-10733-u-game.html U game? - 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 ...]]>
Go ahead, wax nostalgic - The warm, flickering glow of candles embodies the holiday season http://illinoistimes.com/article-10734-go-ahead-wax-nostalgic.html Go ahead, wax nostalgic - 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...]]>
Where there’s smoke! - Oven? Not this year. Follow two of the most popular turkey trends to the great outdoors: grilling and smoking http://illinoistimes.com/article-10713-where-thererss-smoke_.html Where there’s smoke! - 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 ...]]>
Crowd-pleasing holiday dips http://illinoistimes.com/article-10714-crowd-pleasing-holiday-dips.html Crowd-pleasing holiday dips
Avocado goat cheese dip• 3 ripe avocados• 2 gloves minced garlic• 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)• 4 ounces ...]]>
Holiday help for nonprofits - holiday wish lists from local nonprofit organizations http://illinoistimes.com/article-10716-holiday-help-for-nonprofits.html Holiday help for nonprofits - 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...]]>
Cook now, eat later. Skip the stress. - Here's a guide to what to make ahead, when to make it, how to store it, and how to reheat it http://illinoistimes.com/article-10687-cook-now-eat-later-skip-the-stress.html Cook now, eat later. Skip the stress. - 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...]]>