Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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Review These 51 Novels By Stephen King

Posted: 18 Dec 2013 05:38 AM PST

Screen Shot 2013-12-18 at 8.37.20 AMStephen King is one of the most prolific modern writers of all time. His books are legendary and I’ve been a fan since the early days of The Shining and It. King knows how to scare in the most subtle ways and his books will affect you for weeks after you read them. Review Your Favorite King Novel

Lens of the Day: Maternity Care

Posted: 18 Dec 2013 05:09 AM PST

Review of the Day: Keen Voyageur Hiking Shoes – Solution For Odd Feet

Posted: 18 Dec 2013 04:00 AM PST

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 4.38.47 PMI’ve found that the Keen Voyageur hiking shoes fulfill the needs of my odd feet — feet that I always thought were normal until I started backpacking.

Deborah-Diane Is Sharing Her Holiday Traditions

Posted: 17 Dec 2013 10:29 AM PST

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What is your favorite holiday tradition?
Even though we are now empty-nesters, I still love to decorate our home for the holidays. We put up a tree, set decorations around the house, hang a wreath on the door and place solar powered candy canes along the front of the house. They use miniature solar panels so they don’t use electricity, and they stay lit for a few hours after dark.

This year, we put up our tree the day before Thanksgiving. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, two of our grandkids decorated it while we were fixing the dinner. I’ve attached a photo of the tree after they were finished.

What’s your favorite holiday food?
We like to have a big breakfast on Christmas day, with eggs, sausage, grits and chocolate chip pancakes! Later in the day, we set out trays of fruit, veggies and smoked turkey so we can relax and snack when we feel like it. We also enjoy key lime pie for dessert!

What do you love most about the season?
For me, the holidays mean family. We have four adult daughters, and all of them have families of their own. Although we don’t always manage it, we try to see all four of their families sometime during the months of December and January. Christmas can be spread out over several weeks in our family!

What is your favorite childhood holiday memory?
My father was one of eight children, and most of his brothers and sisters were married, with kids, so I had a lot of cousins. On Christmas Eve we would all get together at my grandmother’s house. The kids would play, while the grown-ups would sit in the kitchen and visit. It was the only time of year that I saw all my cousins at the same time, so it was a lot of fun. At the end of the evening, we opened gifts.

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?
We live in Southern California, so it is unlikely we will have a white Christmas. In fact, there have been a few times when we have had to run our air conditioner! However, when our kids were growing up, we used to take them skiing at Christmas … so we have enjoyed a white Christmas two or three times in the past. Your question brought back some nice memories!

Deborah-Diane is a Giant Squid on Squidoo

Congratulations to the 3 Winners of our Holiday Cookie Quest

Posted: 17 Dec 2013 07:53 AM PST

We got so many yummy lenses for the 2013 Squidoo Holiday Cookie Quest, I think we each gained five pounds just looking at them. It was a hard decision to make but choose we did.

Congratulations to our three winners for creating the following super delicious cookie recipe lenses and thank you to all who participated!

Now on to our winners:

First prize goes to GardenHarbor who wins the Cookie Press for creating this tasty Seven Layer Cookie lens.

Seven Layer Cookies: A Special Holiday Treat!

 Seven Layer Cookies: A Special Holiday Treat!

I’ve prepared a lot of recipes lately that I’ve considered my favorite – and I have to say, these 7 Layer Cookies are an absolute contender for my favorite sweet treat. They are what every guilty pleasure should be – rich, decadent. and unbelieva…

2nd Prize goes to DLeighAlexander  who will receive a 2 piece Cookie Sheet set for her fun Gumdrop Tea Cookies..

Sugar Plum Gumdrop Tea Cookies

2. Sugar Plum Gumdrop Tea Cookies

Looking through my cookbooks for something special this year and different from the ordinary family traditions, I found these cute little cookies. They caught my eye because of the appealing decorations and were even more enticing because they are iced wit…

And last but not least, 3rd prize has been awarded to Ramkitten  who gets the Cookie Cookbook for creating Soft Cakey Pumpkin Cookies.

Soft, Cakey Pumpkin Cookies Made With Egg Whites: Serve Plain or Choose Your Mix-In(s)

 Soft, Cakey Pumpkin Cookies Made With Egg Whites: Serve Plain or Choose Your Mix-In(s)

A Light and Fluffy Pumpkin Cookie Recipe My husband and I LOVE these cookies, which means we need to give some away ASAP when we make a batch, or else we’ll eat them all in a day. On the plus side, the plain cookies, especially made with egg whites, a…

Review Your Favorite Drama Movie

Posted: 17 Dec 2013 05:58 AM PST

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 8.53.05 AMWhat’s your favorite drama? Pick one off the list below or pick your own, just click here to get started. Also take a look at our Product Review Policies before you review if you’ve never made this type of lens before.

Lens of the Day: DIY Log Snowman Tutorial

Posted: 17 Dec 2013 05:08 AM PST

Review of the Day: First Hobbit Movie Review

Posted: 17 Dec 2013 04:00 AM PST

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 3.43.27 PMIt seems entirely appropriate to finally write up my first Hobbit movie review of An Unexpected Journey on the very eve of watching the next one!

Announcing the 2 Winners of our Cozy Holiday Monster Quest

Posted: 16 Dec 2013 04:48 PM PST

Our Cozy Holiday Monster Quest has come to a close and we’re excited to announce the two winners.

Congratulations to lensmasters terilass and favored1 who will each receive a $25.00 gift card for creating the following two lenses.

Stop by each of these lenses today to see their hard work and to get a couple of really neat Holiday decorating ideas.

A big thank you to all who participated! 

5 Napkin Rings To Create For The Holidays

1. 5 Napkin Rings To Create For The Holidays

A festive look is the main goal in decorating for the holidays. This festive air is normally carried to the table by a centerpiece but I like to add napkin rings to spread the décor from the middle of the table to the edges. What I like best a…

Thomas Kinkade Crystal Nutcracker

2. Thomas Kinkade Crystal Nutcracker

Bringing Music & Theater to the Home The Thomas Kinkade Victorian Christmas Crystal Nutcracker Figurine In 2012 my sister’s husband went home to the Lord. By the time it came to thinking about Christmas, she wasn’t ready for all she neede…

Product Review Lens Policy

Posted: 16 Dec 2013 01:37 PM PST

Screen Shot 2013-11-17 at 4.12.51 PMBack in September we introduced the new product review format and we’ve been completely delighted by the lenses you’re creating. Lenses like this, this and this.

However from time to time we’re seeing lenses that are a bit more commercial or on topics that we consider to be SquidDon’ts so we decided to write up a policy for the product review lens format to get everyone on the same page.

It’s pretty straightforward and offers solid tips on success.

You can read the new policy here:

This is also a great lens for newbies who are starting their first review lens. So do take a gander and then try your own review. Here is the link to create a Product Review lens:

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