Gumdrops, lollipops, chocolate squares, jelly bears, and peppermint candies. The sky is the limit as far as decorating your own gingerbread house. They are a ton of fun to decorate, but first, you need to make the house itself.
This year, the celebration and cheer begin with Southern Living's Christmas 2017 guide. With page after page of decorating ideas, 100 all-new, kitchen-tested recipes for family feasts and utilizing leftovers (or, "Bestovers," as they prefer to call them), Southern Living has made its mark once again within the holiday season.
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it seems like a good time to revisit the dessert possibilities. Of course, there would be mutiny if pumpkin pie weren’t involved, but have you considered the addition of Butter Rum Cream Pie or Bourbon Pear Crumble Pie? Or, how about taking traditions to the next level with Brown Butter Pumpkin Pie?
Two sisters from the Midwest gathered in Brooklyn and opened a first-rate pie shop. It seemed like the logical thing to do. Although they all had degrees in finance and the arts, a bust economy had them marshalling their resources as they found that sticking to a family tradition—they were at least the third generation to make a living from the kitchen—reaped delicious and tangible rewards.
In the suspenseful mystery Liars, Inc., by Paula Stokes, one young man learns that, despite how little or easy they may seem, lies can become very dangerous.
Max Cantrell and his best friends Parvati and Preston, three people who are known for their ability to scheme, decide to start a little operation together called Liars, Inc. This endeavour is all about profiting off of their classmates’ deceitful needs. Whether you need a signature forged or the answers to an upcoming test, Liars, Inc. will make it happen. For a price. Because in a town where everybody’s parents are rich and famous, money never seems to be an issue.
On Christmas Eve, a young girl dreams her beloved toy comes to life. He becomes her Nutcracker Prince and dances his Clara through the land of sweets and defeats the wicked Mouse King. Perhaps you've seen the ballet-- it's so popular that many ballet schools make it their featured holiday production year after year. The music is amazing—from the wild Russian dance to the slow and mysterious Arabian dance. It all flows together to create a magical night of exhilarating performances.
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One of Agatha Christie's most famous mysteries, Murder on the Orient Express was inspired by two real-life crimes and the author's own experience being stranded on the Orient Express during Christmas of 1931. While traveling to Paris, a wealthy American is stabbed to death in his cabin on the Orient Express. With the train stuck in a snowdrift, there is no easy escape for the killer. Fortunately, detective Hercule Poirot is aboard and launches a clever investigation into the curious assortment of passengers, of whom each seems to have a motive. (catalog summary)
Murder on the Orient Express is an upcoming American mystery film directed by Kenneth Branagh. The screenplay by Michael Green is based on the 1934 novel of the same name. The film stars Branagh (as Hercule Poirot,) Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley. It is scheduled to be released on November 10, 2017 by 20th Century Fox.¹ See the movie trailer below.
If you enjoy fast-paced mysteries like Agatha Christie's, check out these other book titles . . . and the rest of the Hercule Poirot mysteries!
Swallows and seagulls, eagles and owls . . . which birds have the most beautiful feathers?
In Isabelle Simler's picture book Plume, young readers will be fascinated by her beautiful, realistic illustrations of bird feathers.
A book column on Halloween simply must be about scary books. To get a truly great list of books for chill seekers of any age, Chele Brown and I reached out to our well-read colleagues at Central Rappahannock Regional Library and asked for their favorite scary books.
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