Category Archive: Holidays

Dinner and a DVD: Elf

Today’s Dinner and a DVD: Will Farrell’s ‘Elf’ is another holiday favorite, one my kids watched over and over. And it just so happens that the story includes a meal suggestion.

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Happiness is a Warm Bath

I’ve been experimenting with bath salts this year. I’ve sent them to my daughters and friends for a variety of occasions. The massage therapist at my chiropractor’s office has encouraged me to spend more time soaking away my stress and stiffness. Since both of my daughters will be home for the holidays I purchased approximately a dozen different oils and we intend to spend a day mixing up new batches that they can take home.

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Dinner and a DVD: Animated Holiday Edition

We’re starting a new feature here at BCBT: Dinner and a DVD. Every so often, we’ll pick a movie and pair it with an appropriate meal, appetizer, snack or dessert. To kick things off, we decided to start with some Christmas classics.

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Costumes from Your Printer

Re-running an article from last year because it’s useful…. It’s the day before Halloween; you didn’t go to any parties over the weekend, you weren’t planning on doing anything special tomorrow, so you didn’t think you needed a costume this year. But you’ve just learned that you’re expected to dress up in costume for work …

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Costumes from a Suit or Sweats

A lot of costumes can be built from the staples at either end of the wardrobe spectrum, a business suit or sweats. Let’s take a look at a few ideas.

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Halloween Costumes Made Easy

Halloween is our favorite holiday, even in those years when we can’t afford to drop a lot of money on costumes and decor items or don’t have time to create elaborate pieces.

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Christmas Tree Skirt

For several years I have wanted a new tree skirt for the Christmas tree. The previous one was sewn from fabrics that no longer suited my style or my home. Marked down for clearance a week before Christmas, I found a 60″ round tablecloth at Target that had the right shades of red and green …

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Delicious and budget-friendly meals from Thanksgiving Leftovers

We hope everyone enjoyed a great Thanksgiving with friends and family. We’re so happy to have lots of leftovers. We’ll have turkey sandwiches (hot or cold) today for lunch, then I’ll start on the soup, pot pies, and shepherd’s pie. Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, has some great recipes on her blog.

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Holiday Gift Guide – part 1

We’ve made no secret of our distaste for the annual descent into madness known as Black Friday, and this year it’s even worse, with many of the big box retailers starting the money-grubbing on Thanksgiving morning. Now, we could write a long and cranky screed about how many kinds of wrong this is, but instead, we’re going to be positive here.

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Gorilla My Dreams

The day after Halloween is the perfect time to stock up on supplies for next year. All the decorations, costumes and accessories go on clearance! Go get yourself some new bats and rats and skeletons marked down and put them in an appropriately labeled box so you can find them next year. As you are …

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