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HIS YEAR, LIGHT UP OCALA CAME WITH AN EXTRA BIT OF SEASONAL FUN. A SKATING RINK MADE OF SYNTHETIC ICE PANELS PREMIERED THAT NIGHT, AND IS READY FOR SKATERS TO TAKE A SPIN RIGHT IN CITIZEN’S CIRCLE. The wanna-be ice panels are actually a polymer

plastic, which require no refrigeration or major maintenance except an occasional hose-down. Once they’re installed, their seams disappear. When skaters glide across, friction releases a lubricant to keep those skates moving. One 30-minute trip around the rink will cost $5, including skate rental. The rink is open from 3pm to 9pm on weekdays and from noon to 9pm on weekends. Source: Ocala.com.

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ICE, ICE BABY LET’S SKATE, OCALA! / Nov. 23-Jan. 5, times vary, downtown Ocala

The City of Ocala’s winter skating rink provides for a unique seasonal activity right here in Central Florida. The synthetic ice looks and feels so authentic that you’ll swear you were skating on real ice. Admission is $5 per person for a 30-minute skate session. The ice rink is also available to rent for various gatherings. Call (352) 401-3918 for more information.

I SPY SANTA! SANTA ON THE SQUARE / Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10, 17 & Thursday, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 6-8pm

A favorite family event, this outing includes a visit with Santa, music, snacks and a hayride.

ALL ABOUT ART FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK / Friday, Dec. 6, 6-9pm, downtown Ocala

Stroll 15 blocks of historic downtown, and enjoy the work of over 50 emerging and established artists’ displays, indoor galleries, unique restaurants and boutiques galore with extended shopping hours.

A WHOLE LOTTA LIGHTS! TUSCAWILLA LIGHTS THE LAKES / Saturday, Dec. 7, 5:30-7:30pm, Tuscawilla Park

Join us in celebrating seasonal traditions that include lighting the tree on the lake, visiting with Santa, s’mores made fresh over the fire, musical entertainment and more!

SEEING STARS SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY / Saturday, Dec. 7, 6-8pm, Discovery Center located at Tuscawilla Park

The entire family is invited to explore the night sky with astronomer Ken Nash. Telescopes will be provided.

HOLIDAY MOVIE UNDER THE LIGHTS Friday, Dec. 20, 6-8pm, Citizens’ Circle

Bring the family for an outdoor cinema celebration of Miracle on 34th Street. Bring your chairs and blankets, and enjoy the show!

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NEW MEMBERS NAMED The City of Ocala would like to formally welcome new council members JIM HILTY and BRENT MALEVER. These new council members will begin their service to the citizens of Ocala this month. “I have a vision of an Ocala with effective leadership, unity of purpose and the teamwork to bring it about; a community that encourages citizen involvement and investment in its people,” says Brent Malever. Malever is a retired business owner and is now representing district seat 1 on Ocala’s City Council.

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On December 6 a team of local government, fire rescue and law enforcement agencies will be holding a holiday food drive on the Ocala downtown square from 7am-3pm. The food drive is the grand finale to a monthlong campaign called “BRING THE HARVEST HOME.” Citizens of Ocala/Marion County are asked to participate by donating food and toiletry items to help restock depleted food pantries and provide aid for Marion County’s most needy residents. Citizens can donate food at various drop-off locations (including public libraries and fire stations) and then come downtown on December 6 to donate as well. For a full list of drop-off locations and most-needed items, please visit bringtheharvesthome.com.

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EAD COACH DAVE PRITCHARD AND HIS COMPETITIVE BIG SUN YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE TEAM, THE OCALA LIGHTNING, ARE LOOKING TO SCORE AT DISNEY’S SOCCER SHOWCASE. AFTER THE U18 GIRLS’ TEAM CAPTURED THEIR DIVISION’S FIRST-PLACE SPOT AT THE EVENT’S QUALIFIER IN SEPTEMBER, THEY WERE INVITED TO COMPETE AT THE EXCLUSIVE EVENT AT DISNEY’S ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS COMPLEX THIS DECEMBER. THE OCALA LIGHTNING, WHOSE RECORD AS OF THIS PAST SUMMER IS 275-15-6, IS THE ONLY BSYSL TEAM TO BE INVITED TO A DISNEY SOCCER EVENT.

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Disney’s Soccer Showcase is a proving ground for talented competitive soccer teams from around the nation. The Ocala Lightning will be pitted against their division’s top 30 teams in the nation—with some opponents traveling all the way from California and Colorado. The top four teams receive awards for their hard work and achievement throughout the showcase. However, for the players of the Ocala Lightning team, this event goes beyond achieving first place in this prestigious event—they’re playing for their futures. “Four years ago, we made a commitment to the parents that our goal is to give the girls an opportunity to play in college,” Dave said. “I don’t care if they play college soccer, my goal is to give the girls the opportunity to say yes or no.”

Disney’s Soccer Showcase is an annual event that draws an estimated 800 college scouts to Central Florida to watch some of the best athletes showcase their talents. These scouts can give players the opportunity to compete on a higher level. College coaches can then pave the way for players to receive scholarships to their schools. Dave understands that only a small percentage of college athletes are given athletic scholarships and says the coaches are more likely to hand out academic scholarships instead. He has been encouraging the girls to maintain high GPAs and to start taking ACT and SAT exams since the girls were 14 and 15 years old. And this strategy seems to be working for Dave’s team. Last year, four former players of the Ocala Lightning signed with colleges and have received over 180 emails from colleges. This year, the Ocala Lightning has nine high school seniors that will be looking to sign with colleges, and Disney’s Soccer Showcase is their chance to shine.

However to prepare for the showcase, Dave isn’t overloading the players with practices on top of their high school team’s practice. Instead, he is encouraging the players to research their favorite colleges and prepare letters to send to the coaches. The most important aspect of the recruitment process is to stand out, according to Dave. And that’s exactly what the Ocala Lightning plans to accomplish.

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“I realized her breathing was labored, and when I went to pick her up, her belly felt like a bag of rocks,” Tracy Barth, Logan’s mother, says. “We went into Shands on a Sunday, and by Friday, they knew exactly what cancer she had.” Logan went through six rounds of chemotherapy when a CT scan revealed the damage caused by the cancer was extensive—Logan needed a liver transplant. Three weeks later, 1-year-old Logan underwent transplant surgery. The surgery went well, and just 24 hours later, Logan was up and moving around.

I REALIZED HER BREATHING WAS LABORED, AND WHEN I WENT TO PICK HER UP, HER BELLY FELT LIKE A BAG OF ROCKS. their child is in the hospital. By collecting soda tabs for the Ronald McDonald House of Gainesville, Logan and Hunter hope to give more families this opportunity. The debilitating journey through family illness is something the Barth family has experienced firsthand. At only 10 months old, Logan was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare form of liver cancer.

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Thinking it would take longer than two weeks before she could take Logan home, Tracy looked into staying at the Ronald McDonald House. She found out that construction had limited the number of families they could provide rooms for and was put on a waiting list. When they called to offer her family a room, Tracy declined and decided to camp out on a yoga mat for a couple weeks instead. “Other families needed it more than we did. There were people at Shands who traveled from Texas and Oklahoma,” Tracy said. “The Ronald McDonald House does so much for so many people.” Occasionally, Tracy and her family would take advantage

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of the Ronald McDonald room located within the hospital where adults can nap and stay close by. Logan is now a five-year cancer survivor and is successfully paying it forward along with her sidekick, Hunter. The sisters are working hard to spread the word about pediatric cancer and their soda-tab fundraiser by gaining exposure from media outlets around Florida. Their first donation of tabs, which included tabs sent from as far as Australia, weighed in at 234 pounds. But they’re by no means done helping the Ronald McDonald House and are seeking your help in collecting even more soda tabs.

Want To Help? To donate soda tabs, drop them off at any Seminole Feed store in Marion County or contact Tracy Barth on her Facebook page, Help Logan “Tab” out Cancer.

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BY KEVIN CHRISTIAN

PHILANTHROPIC YOUTH

Who says students aren’t generous these days? For LILLY RASCO (second from left) and some fellow students at Osceola Middle, an exercise in “make believe” philanthropy turned into an actual $500 donation to Lilly’s Closet, a local charity she started to help foster care kids. The money comes from the Non-Profit Business Council as part of an education outreach to middle school students. The goal is to teach teens how to be charitable in time, treasure and talent to benefit their community. Pictured with Rasco are council members ALLISON CAMPBELL, JAYE BAILLIE and

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APPRECIATING OUR VETERANS

Thousands turned out to honor local veterans for the school district’s annual VETERANS DAY CEREMONY at Marion County’s Veterans Memorial Park in Ocala. From singing students and demonstrative drill teams to poignant prayer and resounding respect, thousands of students and community members alike paid tribute to those who sacrificed for us, including those whose family members paid the ultimate sacrifice.

LOWE’S OUTDOOR PROJECT

Thanks to two local LOWE’S stores, Osceola Middle School looks a bit more spiffy these days. In addition to donating $2,500, both stores supplied volunteer hours for employees to come work with middle school students and staff to spruce up the school campus. Plenty of weed pulling, new outdoor seating and updated landscaping kept more than 40 volunteers busy for hours.

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MONEY FOR MTI

MRMA, an acronym for Marion Regional Manufacturing Association, presented $7,500 to Marion Technical Institute, thanks to a long-standing partnership between the two entities. The money helps fund the Robotics Automation and Design (RAD) Academy and was presented by Johnny Lightfoot, MRMA’s president, to MTI Principal JIM WOHRLEY.

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Parents encountered just what their kids do heading to school thanks to a national morning event where parents walk their children to school. Dangerous scenarios from drug dealers, parked cars and owners searching for lost dogs dotted the half-mile route to Emerald Shores Elementary at daybreak. Local law enforcement escorted the crews to keep everyone safe. The International “Walk Your Child to School” event is sponsored by Marion County’s Community Traffic Safety Team.


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Let’s Do

Dinner. CREATING A MEMORABLE EVENING WITH A THEMED PARTY WRITTEN BY

CYNTHIA MCFARLAND / PHOTOS BY JOHN JERNIGAN / RECIPES & TABLE DESIGNS BY CINDY DINGES, DECADENCE A LA CARTE

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n this season of celebration and festivities, the idea of one more “must-attend” event will probably make you cringe. The thought of hosting a group of friends for dinner? Not even remotely possible, you say. OK, you’re off the hook this month, but why not pull out your calendar and pick a date early in the new year to “do dinner” with some of your favorite people? Even better, think beyond the “typical” dinner party. Instead, let your imagination off its leash and throw a party with a theme. And no, we’re not talking the stereotypical pirate or princess kids’ party. A themed adult dinner party provides focus for planning your menu and décor. Plus, guests love the idea of getting into a specific theme, too. But won’t a themed party be more expensive than a “regular” dinner party? Not necessarily. The secret is to be inventive when planning your menu and determining decorations. For practical suggestions, I turned to local expert Cindy Dinges, a classically trained chef and owner of Decadence A La Carte who specializes in themed events. A self-proclaimed “Army brat,” Cindy spent her childhood in multiple states but graduated from high school in Gainesville and considers Florida her home. Cindy graduated from the Florida Culinary School and has been a chef since 1995. She launched Decadence A La Carte that same year and has been doing weddings, receptions, cocktail parties, showers, corporate functions, children’s events and private parties ever since. Among Cindy’s favorite assignments are destination events. Her

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passport is always current so she’s ready to fly anywhere and cook once she arrives. Cindy loves the fact that her job is never the same. “It lets me be creative on a daily basis. I basically get to do anything with food, so I never get bored, which suits my ADHD self,” she laughs. When decorating for a themed party, look at what you already have with new eyes. Then fill in the gaps and shop for a few additional props. In her ongoing quest to find unusual and funky décor items for parties, Cindy frequents local shops like The White Elephant, a thrift boutique. Don’t overlook Goodwill and similar thrift stores, along with discount outlets like Big Lots and, of course, craft/hobby stores. Cindy loves papermart.com, “a great online source for any type of decorating.” When it comes to menu planning, it’s easy to go overboard but totally unnecessary. Always have a signature drink. This saves money by eliminating the need for a full bar. Then all you’ll need is beer, wine (if serving alcohol) and standard beverages, such as soda, tea, water and coffee. Unless you’re having the entire event catered, just pick a couple dishes to make yourself. You might even print out recipes for the one or two featured dishes you made so guests can take the cards home and recreate the dishes themselves. Round out the menu with items that can be ordered from a caterer and dropped off the day of the party or picked up ready-made from your local grocer or specialty foods store. For unique serving pieces, gourmet food items, wines, cheeses and more, Cindy relies on Stella’s in downtown Ocala.


Dinner Party Basics There are certain basics that apply to any dinner party, themed or not. For starters, invite an interesting mix of people. Don’t worry if everyone doesn’t know each other; they all know you, and if you like them, the odds are good they’ll like each other. Plan ahead. The further ahead you plan and the more details you consider, the easier you make things for yourself. This includes knowing how much food and beverages to buy. As a rule of thumb, plan on each guest drinking a minimum of two drinks and eating two appetizers per item. “People always run out of ice, so buy double the amount you think you’ll need," advises Cindy. “It doesn’t go bad, and it melts!” Don’t forget lighting and music; both are key components of a successful dinner party. Plan the music around your theme and don’t skimp on candles. Keep the lighting as soft as possible, as this is most flattering. You can swap out plain bulbs for colored ones to immediately change the mood. (Think red or orange bulbs to add a sultry, stimulating ambiance, but avoid blue, which tends to be calming and diminish appetite... not exactly the effect you want for a dinner event.) Factor in help. Unless you’re Super Woman (and none of us is), you can use some extra hands for the prep, serving and/or clean up afterward. If you’re having a full bar, hire a real bartender. Caterers can recommend someone; you can even ask the bartender at your favorite restaurant if he or she is available for a side job. Beyond the bartender, you may be just fine hiring the neighbor’s teenage daughter to help serve food. Favors aren’t just for kids’ birthday parties. Don’t overlook the fun of having a little takeaway goodie for your guests, giving them another reason to fondly remember the evening. Favors can be left at each place setting, but the easiest method is to have them in a decorative basket or tray in an obvious place so each guest can pick one up as they walk out the door. They don’t have to be expensive or timeconsuming, but presentation is part of the fun, so chose favors you can put together a day or two ahead of time.

Pulling It Off Here’s the good news: It’s fully possible to host a fun and memorable dinner party that will be the talk of your friends. Not only will the event be delightful for your guests, but you can—and should—have a great time at your own party. The secret is all in the details. That means strategic planning so you’re not racing around like the proverbial chicken with her head cut off at the last minute.

No matter what theme you choose for your party, if you follow these basic guidelines, your guests won’t be the only ones enjoying the evening.

1 MONTH AHEAD: FF Decide on a theme. FF Finalize your guest list. FF Send out invites at least four weeks ahead so your guests can save the date; be sure to mention the theme and attire in the invite. FF Include your email address or cell number so friends can RSVP. FF Plan your menu, focusing on one or two standout dishes, with the rest being simple items you can make ahead or, better yet, hire someone else to make. FF Decide on a signature drink, and remember, it doesn’t have to be alcoholic. FF Hire bartender/server/ kitchen help, if needed. FF Start planning your music playlist.

2 WEEKS BEFORE: FF Order flowers, if purchasing, and arrange for pickup or delivery, keeping in mind that many florists aren’t open on weekends. FF Purchase any décor and “props” you don’t have. FF If you aren’t sure how something fits in, practice by setting everything

up; edit or add pieces accordingly.

FF Prep all food items that can be made ahead.

FF Order from caterer any food items you aren’t making yourself, and arrange for pickup or drop off on the day of the event.

FF Buy extra ice.

1 WEEK BEFORE:

FF Set the table completely; you can cover it with a clean flat sheet if you’re afraid of dust, but we’re only talking 24 hours.

FF Complete your shopping list for food and beverages; buy ahead everything that doesn’t need to be purchased just before. FF Finalize music playlist.

2 DAYS BEFORE:

FF Set up your décor and props; close off that part of the house if possible to keep curious kids and pets from “rearranging” your carefully designed scene.

FF Set up the bar, if you’re having one. FF Lay out your own outfit (accessories and shoes included) so you have no last-minute decisions about what you’re wearing.

FF Make your final shopping run.

DAY OF:

FF Clean the house (or at least all the parts guests will have access to!).

FF Arrange and set out flowers.

FF Tidy up the yard, walkway, porch and parking areas.

FF Complete final food prep.

FF Make sure there’s adequate lighting for guests to walk from their vehicles to your door. FF Package up party favors, if giving, and set aside in a basket or tray.

DAY BEFORE: FF Pick up the flowers or have them delivered.

FF Make signature drink.

FF Place favors near the door for guests to take when leaving. FF Do a final walk-through of all areas guests will see; tweak any last décor items and props. FF Light the candles 30 minutes before guests arrive. »» Don’t forget to eat something healthy during the day; don’t wait until dinner!

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Pick A Theme

We’ve chosen three very different themes to highlight. Use all of the suggestions and follow the theme to the letter, or just pick and choose your favorite ideas. Although you’ll find a complete menu for each theme, due to space limitations, we’re not able to include recipes

for every suggested dish. Some items can be ordered from your neighborhood grocer or specialty foods store, and the beauty of the Internet is that you can “Google” recipes online for the remaining dishes.

Décor & Prop SUGGESTIONS:

Use an old barn door or similar weathered piece of wood for a serving table; simply place atop an existing table or buffet, or use sturdy sawhorses draped with burlap as a base. Rosemary topiaries as centerpieces

Rustic Tuscan

This theme lends itself beautifully to either indoor or outdoor (hello winter in Florida!) dining, so go with whichever works best for you. Guest attire can be cocktail or more casual, depending on whether you’re dining inside or on the patio.

Pillar candles of varying heights in wooden holders and grouped on wooden trays with greenery Wood trays and bowls for serving pieces Earth-toned, pottery-style dinnerware Wood chargers, or make your own by cutting thin circular

Menu

SIGNATURE DRINK: FIG AND LEMON MARTINI In a blender, process together 6 figs, 1 juiced lemon, 3 tablespoons honey and ½ cup vodka. Serve in a martini glass, and garnish with a lemon twist.

APPETIZERS: Antipasto platter Pear Gorgonzola crostini Belgian endive stuffed with white bean, lemon zest and fresh basil

MAIN DISH: Chicken Romano with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach (recipe follows)

SIDES: Wild mushroom polenta topped with crispy leeks, basil and fontina Caprese salad Artisan breads, high quality olive oil and butter

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“slices” from a tree stump 14 to 16 inches in diameter Wood-handled flatware Thick, cloth napkins in earth tones tied with twine and accented with a sprig of rosemary

Music Contemporary Mediterranean or lowvolume opera tunes

Party Favor Small bottle of gourmet olives in a burlap bag; tie with twine and tuck a wooden serving pick in the knot

DESSERT: Flourless chocolate cake topped with port-marinated raspberries

CHICKEN ROMANO WITH SUN-DRIED TOMATOES & SPINACH (Allow for 1 large breast per person, and adjust recipe accordingly.)

Pound large boneless chicken breast until flattened. Lightly dust with flour. Sauté in pan with olive oil and butter until done and meat contains no pink. Remove chicken from pan; add tomatoes and spinach and sauté 5 minutes. Add 1 cup of white wine; cook until reduced. Add 1 cup chicken stock; cook until reduced. Add 1 tablespoon butter to thicken tomato and spinach sauce. Salt and pepper to taste. Arrange cooked chicken on each plate, and pour sauce over top. Garnish with thin strips of basil.


Attire Cocktail dresses and killer shoes (think Sex in the City… that great new dress your husband doesn’t know you bought)

Décor & Prop SUGGESTIONS:

Go all out with energetic colors like tangerine and fuchsia, which happen to look fabulous together. Buy several yards of fabric in each color, and use them as tablecloths and drapes for the serving buffet. Buy an array of colorful, inexpensive boas. Greet each guest with a glass of the signature drink and her own boa. Find an inexpensive plaster bust at a thrift store or garage sale, spray paint it tangerine or fuchsia and include it as a prop in the serving area. Individual Gerbera daisies in glass vases all along center of table

Menu SIGNATURE DRINK: PINK STILETTO

Combine in a shaker: 1 jigger rum, a splash grenadine, 1 small can pineapple juice and a squeeze from a halved lime. Serve in a martini glass, and garnish with a cherry.

APPETIZERS: Cheese straws shaped like high-heeled shoes Phyllo cups with cilantro chicken topped with mango chutney Lemon & papaya sushi

MAIN DISH: Citrus Carpaccio with grilled salmon topped with jicamamango slaw and a citrus dressing drizzle

Scatter confetti “diamonds” and individually wrapped pieces of quality chocolate down the length of the table between vases. White dinnerware Tangerine or fuchsia colored napkins

Music An energetic mix of “empowered women” songs (everything from Aretha Franklin’s “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” to Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory” with some great Indie music thrown in for a good balance). For additional fun, you might even want to rent a karaoke machine so your guests can belt out the tunes themselves.

Party Favor Bottle of nail polish (think red, hot orange or bright pink) and a few individually wrapped pieces of quality chocolate in small gauze drawstring bags

Release Your Inner Diva This one’s for the girls! Invite your closest gal pals and friends for a “girls’ night in,” and celebrate in feminine style.

DESSERT: Chocolate fondue with crisp bacon, marshmallows, pretzels, strawberries and raspberries for dipping

CHAMPAGNE-INFUSED FRUIT WITH FRESH MINT

Cut assorted fresh fruit (melons, berries, kiwi, etc.) into bite-sized pieces. Soak for two hours in a mixture of champagne (use one-half to full bottle, using larger amount if you have more fruit), 1 cup orange juice, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 tablespoons honey and the zest from 1 orange or tangerine. To serve, drain most of liquid from fruit and serve in individual stem glasses or large glass compote. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

SIDE: Champagne-infused fruit with fresh mint (recipe follows)

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Breakfast At Tiffany’s

This theme follows the movie’s suggestion by featuring breakfast dishes instead of the predictable dinner fare. Plus, it allows the hostess to don her best Audrey Hepburnesque dress. Guests dress in cocktail attire; if you really want to keep with the theme, suggest they wear black and white.

Décor & Prop SUGGESTIONS:

Buy the classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s and have it playing in the background with the sound turned down. Black tablecloths with a Tiffany blue runner White taper candles in crystal holders down the center of table Strands of “pearls” and fake diamonds scattered around candleholders White dinnerware

Cigarette holders with candy cigarettes at each place setting

Music A mix of 1950’s and early ‘60’s tunes (think “Rat Pack” music by Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, etc.)

Party Favor Chocolate-covered bacon wrapped in cellophane and tucked into Tiffany blue Chinese take-out boxes with silver and white tissue paper

Classic silverware White or silver napkins wrapped with a single strand of “pearls”

Menu

SIGNATURE DRINK: GREEN BLOODY MARY MARTINI

DESSERT:

In a blender, process together 1½ oz. vodka, 1 small green apple, dash of green Tabasco, horseradish, ¼ English cucumber, 1 tomatillo, pinch celery seeds and 1 green tomato. Serve in martini glass, and garnish with lime and a crispy bacon strip.

BOURBON & ORANGEGLAZED HAM

APPETIZER: Grilled pineapple skewers with rum-mint-jalapeno dressing

MAIN DISHES: Caprese flat omelets with fresh basil & thyme Bourbon and orange-glazed ham (recipe follows) Peaches and cream French toast

Raspberry-mascarpone cream pound cake pops

Purchase a large shoulder or picnic ham. Make glaze by combining 3 cups bourbon, juice of three oranges (zest them first), 1 tablespoon dark rum, 2 cups brown sugar and a pinch of cloves. Cook over low heat until mixtures reduces down and thickens. Brush ham with glaze, and cover with foil. Cook at 325°F for 1 hour. Then, uncover ham and brush with glaze every 15 minutes, and continue cooking for another 45 minutes, or until done, to create thick, crusty, glazed coating. Garnish with orange zest before serving.

SIDES: Sweet potato-bacon-onion casserole Lemon and orange rolls

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BY KATIE MCPHERSON

This time of year, visions of sugary treats dance through the kitchen, especially when family will be gathering ‘round the table. Showcase some seasonal sweets at parties and family dinners, and make sure the kids are part of creating this year’s family food crafts. After all, it’s tasty winter treats and time with loved ones that make this time of year so magical.

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The Joy Of Gingerbread Gingerbread House©Ruth Black; Gingerbread Ornaments©Elena Schweitzer/Shutterstock.com; Gingerbread Illustations by Kristen Nethen

IF YOU BUILD IT... We’ve gathered enough tips and tricks to build an entire gingerbread neighborhood, so the sooner the baking begins, the better. First things first, it’s time to whip up some gingerbread construction materials. Here’s a recipe that will keep any cookie abode standing ‘til the New Year and one for the icing to hold it all together.

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Royal Icing 2 ½ 5

lbs powdered sugar tsp cream of tartar large egg whites, cold Flavor of choice, like vanilla extract Gel food coloring (optional)

Combine powdered sugar and cream of tartar. Mix in egg whites by hand to moisten dry mixture. Beat mixture on low speed with electric mixer until egg whites are evenly incorporated. Scrape down sides of bowl and mix on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in flavor and color as desired. Recipe courtesy of Julia M. Usher’s Ultimate Cookies, copyright Gibbs Smith, 2011.

…They Will Decorate

With construction completed, it’s time to decorate, but don’t make another cookie-cutter casa this year. Instead, take a tip or two from our winter-ior design guide. size or shape. It’s durable enough • For a little gingerbread house on to last the whole season wiping the prairie, frosted wheat cereal gingerbread shoes. makes for a perfect thatched roof. Not only are they lightweight, but • Create the perfect path to the front they already look covered in snow, door with rock candy. This sweet perfect for a wintry cottage. take on real gravel comes in every color to match any theme. • Even gingerbread families need to stay warm, so supply a Tootsie • Need a fence to keep in the Roll or pretzel stick log pile to last gingerbread dog? Line the yard in them through the cold season. pretzels end-to-end for a whimsical yet crunchy barrier.

• Fruit leather makes a great doormat and can be cut into any Source: grinandbakeit.com.

Tall Treat The world’s largest gingerbread house was built in Bloomington, Minnesota, by Robert Pelcher in 2006. It used 14,250 pounds of gingerbread, which was held together with 4,750 pounds of icing. The 60-foot-tall sweet structure took over 1,700 hours to complete! Source: guinessworldrecords.com.

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Gingerbread Houses, est. 1812

“And I had but one penny in the world, thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.” -William Shakespeare, Love’s Labor’s Lost

So whose bright idea was it to build house replicas and tiny people out of baked goods? Gingerbread itself dates back to ancient Greeks and Egyptians, and crusaders brought it back to Europe with them in the 11th century, where it became immensely popular in Germany. The first gingerbread houses were erected in 1812 after the Brothers Grimm published a fairytale collection, which included “Hansel and Gretel.” When German settlers came to America, they brought their favorite tradition of building “lebkuchenhaeusle” with them, and it has continued here ever since. Source: about.com

Deck The Table

This edible wreath brings seasonal foliage right to the table. Break from the sugar rush with this savory appetizer. It’s an easy food craft for kids to prepare, and they’ll be proud to tell the family it was all them. All it takes are some fresh rosemary sprigs. The toppings are dealer’s choice, but an even mix of olives, cherry tomatoes and fresh mozzarella balls incorporates the colors of the season. Just arrange the sprigs on a plate and top them with the goodies. Just make sure grandpa doesn’t accidentally eat any rosemary. Recipe and photo courtesy of Julia M. Usher.

Interactive Crafting At this year’s family get-together, set up a crafting and snacking station at a side table to keep kids entertained. A few of the big kids may wander over to check it out, too once they see it’s loaded with goodies. But hey, there won’t be much to clean up if all the supplies get eaten. Serve up some cold milk in vintage milk bottles for a chic touch. This way kids will have something healthy to sip while they make and eat all their sweets. Dishing out supplies in glass jars takes the look up another level. Make the candy interactive by using ring-shaped sweets so little ones can run ribbons through the middle. Invest in candy ribbon and the real stuff so they can make their own candy ornaments and even a garland to string up after dinner. Chocolate-covered pretzels, popcorn, cranberries, cereal and peach rings are all great options. Encourage kids’ spirit of giving by supplying string to make candy jewelry to bestow on loved ones later on. Who doesn’t love a good Lifesaver necklace? Give out goodie bags before families and children leave so they can carry their creations home safely. Source: hgtv.com.

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stringing up popcorn What’s more traditional than homemade popcorn garlands hanging all over the house? Here’s a quick how-to to get every hall decked to the nines. Pop a large bowl full of popcorn. For extra no-crumble power, let it sit out for a day and get stale. Without cutting it from the spool, thread a needle and begin threading popcorn pieces onto the string. Once the string is long enough and full enough, snip the thread and tie it off to prevent pieces from falling off. String the new garland up where everyone can see it. Source: wikihow.com


A Pop Of Sweetness

Cake pops are so easy to customize and are all the rage this season. Don’t leave it to the bakeries and domestic goddesses to bake up those yummy cake balls. Check out this recipe to create any flavor pops using a simple box mix as the base.

Gingerbread man ©Ruth Black; Popcorn©mayakova; Thread©windu; Cookie Cutters©Garsya/Shutterstock.com

Basic Cake Balls Makes about 4 dozen cake balls 1 box of cake mix 9x13 inch cake pan 1 Large mixing bowl 1 16-oz container ready- made frosting Large metal spoon Wax paper 2 baking sheets

Plastic wrap 32 oz (2 pounds) candy coating Deep, microwave-safe plastic bowl Toothpicks Resealable plastic bag or squeeze bottle (optional)

Bake cake as directed on the box, using a 9x13-inch cake pan. Let cool completely. Once cake is cooled, slice into 4 equal sections. Remove a section from the pan, break in half and rub the two pieces together over large bowl. Crumble any large pieces that fall off. Repeat with each section until the entire cake is crumbled into a fine texture. Add threequarters of the container of frosting. Mix into crumbled cake, using the back of a large metal spoon, until thoroughly combined. Do not use the entire container, as the cake balls will be too moist. Roll into 1 1/2-inch balls by hand, and place them on baking sheet lined with wax paper. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill for several hours in the refrigerator or place in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Do not decorate until firm.

TASTY TIP: If there is candy coating left over, pour it into a squeeze bottle or resealable plastic bag and snip off the corner. Drizzle even more coating over the tops in a zigzag motion to add an extra touch of texture. Use a mini ice cream scoop to get cake balls that are uniform in size. Images and text copyright Angie Dudley

While That’s Baking…

Cookie cutters are cute, but if they’re only for a one-time use, get them out of the kitchen junk drawer by turning them into a wreath. This is a food craft unlike the rest and the perfect way to kill time waiting for the cookies to finish baking. All it takes is some metal cookie cutters, thin wire, spray paint and a pretty ribbon. Take those cookie cutters outside and spray ‘em down in any seasonal color. Once dry, join them together in a circle using the wire. Attach the ribbon where it looks best and voila! This new wreath is perfect for the front door—but even better for the oven door. Source: kraftrecipes.com

Frosting THE SNOWMAN Florida Decembers don’t provide snow for building snowmen, but with the right recipe, he can still come to life in the kitchen. Take some of those yummy cake balls and dress them up with corn-cob pipes and button noses. 48 48 48 48 96

uncoated cake balls, formed into pear shapes oz white candy coating Microwave-safe bowl paper lollipop sticks orange candy-coated sunflower seeds chocolate jimmies

Styrofoam block Toothpicks 144 blue confetti sprinkles Black edible-ink pen Small squeeze bottle 48 Murray sugar-free chocolate bites cookies 48 large dark chocolate chips

While cake balls chill in the refrigerator, melt white candy coating in a microwavesafe bowl on medium power for 30 seconds at a time, stirring with a spoon in between. Coating should be about 3 inches deep for easy dipping. A double boiler works as well. When ready to dip, remove a few cake balls at a time from the refrigerator, keeping the rest chilled. One at a time, dip about 1/2 inch of the tip of a lollipop stick into melted candy coating, and insert stick straight into the bottom of a snowman, pushing no more than halfway through. Dip cake pop into melted coating and tap off excess by holding pop over bowl in one hand and tapping wrist gently with other hand. Rotate stick so coating doesn’t build up on one side. While coating is still wet, attach a sunflower seed in position for a nose and 2 chocolate jimmies in position for arms. Hold each in place for a few seconds until coating sets, and place in Styrofoam block to dry. Repeat until all snowmen have noses and arms. When pops are dry, use a toothpick to dot a small amount of melted candy coating in position for buttons, and attach 3 blue confetti sprinkles to each snowman. Draw on eyes and smiles with an edible-ink pen and let dry completely in the Styrofoam block. Pour remaining melted coating into small squeeze bottle. Squeeze a small amount onto the top of a snowman’s head. Attach 1 chocolate cookie. Squeeze another small amount of coating in the center opening of the cookie. Push 1 chocolate chip, pointed side down, into the center. The melted candy coating will be forced up the side, creating a white rim for the hat. Place in the Styrofoam block to dry completely. Images and text copyright Angie Dudley.

TASTY TIP: If snowmen aren’t the right style, some adorable alternatives would be to paint those pops like peppermints. Rolling them in coarse sugar or rock candy would create bite-size snowballs, or for the naughty snackers, dress up some cake pops like lumps of coal.

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B-DAMAN CROSSFIRE BREAK BOMBER BATTLEFIELD $29.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

system by Playskool. Place the figure in the beam box and watch as they magically appear on the TV screen, ready for interactive game play. WHY WE LOVE IT » The box

includes five preschool-appropriConquer land by unleashing ate video games. red blocks steadily into enemy territory and complete ARTSEE STUDIO $39.99, wowwee.com your quest for world dominaTurn an iPad into an art stu- tion with Hasbro’s B-Daman. dio! Your child can interac- WHY WE LOVE IT » With a 10-round tively learn with this snazzy magazine, you’ll spend more time attachable device and app by unloading and less time loading. WowWee. WHY WE LOVE IT » You

can share your child’s artwork on an email, Facebook or Twitter.

BENDASTIX

BEYBLADE SHOGUN STEEL OCTAGON SHOWDOWN BATTLE SET $39.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

Select your weapon wisely and smash your way to victory in the octagon with this Beyblade battle set by Hasbro. WHY WE LOVE IT » The creatures are customizable and fun to collect.

BLINGLES GLIMMER GLAM STYLER $24.99, myblingles.com

Complete with glitter, gems, roller and more, your diva can design her own glittery stickers with the help of Moose Toys.

WHY WE LOVE IT » The stickers make sparkly additions to school binders or sunglasses!

$19.99, bendastix.com

BABY ALIVE REAL SURPRISES BABY

$56.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

Complete with the proper accessories, this Hasbro doll does just about everything a real baby does. WHY WE LOVE IT »

She shakes her head yes or no to show you exactly what she needs.

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS BEAM BOX GAME SYSTEM

Decorate a frame, make silly glasses or create a unique headband with Bendastix from Fibre Craft. WHY WE LOVE IT » They’re durable

and reusable!

$49.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

Bring your Rescue Bots to life with this awesome game

BILDOPOLIS BIG BILDER SET $80, bildopolis.com

Channel your child’s inner architect with this set by Bildopolis. It has attachable panels that offer endless building options. WHY WE LOVE IT » You can build everything, from skyscrapers to tunnels.

BABY STELLA DOLL

$35, manhattantoy.com

Soft and cuddly, Baby Stella from Manhattan Toy makes the perfect first baby doll. WHY WE LOVE IT » Her pacifier is

magnetic!

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EARLYEARS CLICK, RATTLE ‘N ROLL CATERPILLAR CALICO CRITTERS LET’S GO CAMPING SET $21.95, intplay.com

Grab your canteen and sleeping bag, International Playthings brings the campfire closer with Calico Critters figurines.

$14.99, intplay.com

Roll along with the International Playthings’ caterpillar that makes attention-capturing click and rattle noises. WHY WE LOVE IT »

It’s brightly colored and fun for the little ones to roll about.

WHY WE LOVE IT » It has detailed accessories for all of Calico Critters’ camping needs.

COZY COUPE $54.99, littletikes.com

Cruise the driveway in style with the Cozy Coupe by Little Tikes. Its new design with a friendly face on the front is a real crowd-pleaser. WHY WE LOVE IT »

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG BUBBLE SCIENCE

With a removable floorboard, younger toddlers can be pushed or the older ones can drive.

CHUGGINGTON STACKTRACK RESCUE AT ROCKY RIDGE ACTION PLAYSET $39.99, stackyourtrack.com

Recreate the Chuggington episode “Chug Patrol and the Rescue at Rocky Ridge” with an elaborate stacking track system by TOMY.

$19.99, theyoungscientistsclub.com

Learn about bubble science with Clifford through exciting hands-on experiments from The Young Scientists Club. WHY WE LOVE IT » You’ll have a laboratory full of cool science gear!

WHY WE LOVE IT » The track is easy to put together so it’s fun for everyone.

BLOCO CAT & KITTEN, ANKLYOSAUR & YOUNG RAPTORS, OGRES & MONSTERS

$19.99 - $29.99 Blocotoys.com

Bring back the extinct, create crawly monsters or assemble your own cat and kitten out of colorful high-density foam pieces and connectors.

WHY WE LOVE IT » Bloco makes the pieces washable so it’s no problem if they get dirty.

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BOOM BOOM BALLOON

$19.99, spinmastergames.com

In this Spin Master game, players roll the die to see how many times they have to poke and prod the balloon until it pops!

WHY WE LOVE IT » It’s a game that keeps everyone on their toes.

CABBAGE PATCH KIDS

$24.99, cabbagepatchkids.com

Thinking about adoption? Cabbage Patch Kids by Jakks Pacific are looking for a loving home, and your little caretakers will make the perfect make-believe mommy or daddy! WHY WE LOVE IT » Cabbage Patch

Kids are a classic.

CLASSICS COLLECTION $24.99, breyerhorses.com

Collect detailed horse models and accessories with the Classics Collection from Breyer. WHY WE LOVE IT » They’re

made on a 1:12 scale to replicate real horses.

CREATE2DESTROY FORTRESS INVASION DOUBLE DESTRUCTION $14.99, crayola.com

Mold a complex fortress and defend it from enemy invaders using catapults with this Crayola kit.

WHY WE LOVE IT » The kit includes a play mat so messes are no more!


DART QUADCOPTER

CREATE-A-CHARACTER

$10.99, maximenterprise.com

A young do-it-yourselfer’s dream, Maxim Enterprise provides the blank slate to create anything from a princess to a pirate with wooden pieces and paints. WHY WE LOVE IT » Create-a-

$59.99, estesrockets.com

characters in Wonder Forge’s Disney Eye Found It! game? Race through the twisty paths of 12 Disney realms to win. WHY WE LOVE IT »

The realms are detailed, ranging Take flight with Estes’ Dart from Alice’s Wonderland to Pooh’s Quadcopter! Its innovative Hundred Acre Woods. design allows flight to be smooth and stable, and the controller is specifically linked to your Quadcopter, so you can easily fly with friends.

LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual History has cool pictures of how LEGOs have evolved.

just plug it into the provided USB cord.

DISNEY JUNIOR SCRABBLE JUNIOR $14.99, cardinalgames.com

DINO CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

$39.99, educationalinsights.com

$39.99, jakks.com

must-haves. WHY WE LOVE IT » The magical stethoscope lights up and makes noises.

WHY WE LOVE IT » Recharging is easy—

Character’s design is easy to put together.

DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD 3-IN-1 TREEHOUSE

Engaging but most importantly fun, these books by DK are sure to keep your kids learning and loving the world around them. WHY WE LOVE IT »

Educational Insights blends dinosaurs and construction vehicles to form the bad-to-the-bone Dino Construction Company.

Get your family’s creative juices flowing while playing a beloved classic board game by Cardinal Industries, Scrabble—with a Disney Jr. spin. WHY WE LOVE IT »

This game combines words and pictures to make this a new generation of Scrabble!

DOC MCSTUFFINS ALL BETTER! GAME $24.99, wonderforge.com

Your doctor-in-training can diagnose and treat mystery boo-boos with this Wonder Forge game. WHY WE LOVE IT » Find out which doctor tool will make it all better by using the clues on the slap bracelet bandages.

DOC MCSTUFFINS MAGIC TALKIN’ DOC & FRIENDS DOLL

$49.99, justplayproducts.com

Lambie and Stuffy make a visit to see Doc McStuffins in this Just Play figurine set. Doc talks and sings while she performs an examination. WHY WE LOVE IT » Lambie and Stuffy sing the “All Better” song when placed on the checkup table!

Daniel Tiger’s Treehouse by WHY WE LOVE IT » Leave behind cool tread marks in the dirt! Jakks Pacific is out of this world! Transform the downto-earth treehouse into a whimsical space station, complete with telescope.

WHY WE LOVE IT » It includes three adorable animal figurines.

DISNEY EYE FOUND IT! $19.99, wonderforge.com

Can you spot the hidden treasures and Disney

DK BOOKS (IT CAN’T BE TRUE, LEGO MINIFIGURE YEAR BY YEAR: A VISUAL HISTORY, MIND BENDERS, YODA CHRONICLES) $19.99-$40, us.dk.com

DOC MCSTUFFINS DOCTOR’S BAG

$19.99, justplayproducts.com

This Doc McStuffins set by Just Play includes all of the doctor’s medical

DOME LIGHT DESIGNER $27.99, crayola.com

Take drawings to a new dimension with Crayola’s Dome Light Designer. Insert

DISCOROBO $37, tosy.com

DiscoRobo is a dancing machine—literally! It moves and claps to the beat of any tune thanks to its beat-sensitivity technology from Tosy.

WHY WE LOVE IT » DiscoRobo has 56 advanced movements and

is compatible with iOS and Android apps.

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toys in the dome and draw on the 360-degree dome.

WHY WE LOVE IT » With 30 different light animations and effects, kids can make creations their own.

Manhattan Toy. WHY WE LOVE IT » game by Cardinal Industries that integrates real—or fake—quotes from Willie, Uncle Si, Jase and the rest of the Duck Dynasty team.

Who doesn’t love this classic?

WHY WE LOVE IT » There are over 500 questions and quotes included.

and post-WWII era, these 16-inch dolls feature exquisite details that look like porcelain, but are actually vinyl! WHY WE LOVE IT: The accompanying books bring the dolls to life and teach historical lessons.

MR. POTATO HEAD HOT POTATO DASH!

DR. SEUSS ONE FISH, TWO FISH, RED FISH, BLUE FISH FISH BOWL $30, manhattantoy.com

Fill the fish bowl by Manhattan Toy with five fish or spill them out! The fish squeak, crinkle, rattle or ring. WHY WE LOVE IT » Everything

DR. SEUSS ONE FISH, TWO FISH, RED FISH, BLUE FISH STACKING BLOCKS $22, manhattantoy.com

Want to make story time interesting? Dr. Seuss’s classic is told on six glossy stacking blocks from Manhattan Toy.

WHY WE LOVE IT » The little ones can use it as a toy when you aren’t telling the story.

is soft and colorful.

$14.99, cardinalgames.com

DUCK DYNASTY TALKING DUCK

$49.99, thewishfactoryinc.com

Amuse yourself with 12 hilarious Duck Dynasty phrases or two catchy tunes—all coming from a duck by The Wish Factory that wags its feathers, moves its beak and turns its head. WHY WE LOVE IT » Did we mention it’s hilarious?

EASY BAKE ULTIMATE OVEN $54.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

Hide some game pieces around the house and watch the family try to find them all before time runs out in this Cardinal Industries game. WHY WE LOVE IT » It’s a modern twist on a classic game.

Cook up some culinary skills with Hasbro’s electric Easy Bake Ultimate Oven— it’s got all the essentials for making tasty treats.

WHY WE LOVE IT » It doesn’t require light bulbs anymore—woohoo!

EVEREARTH JUNIOR RAMP RACER

DR. SEUSS THE GRINCH FINGER PUPPETS $24, manhattantoy.com

Bring the Grinch alive with these finger puppets by

DUCK DYNASTY REDNECK WISDOM

$24.99, maximenterprise.com

A GIRL FOR ALL TIME

$19.99, cardinalgames.com

$134.99, agirlforalltime.com

Test your family’s redneck wits in a mind-bending trivia

Based on life in the UK during the Victorian, Tudor

MOTORCYCLE

$19.99, worxtoys.com

JOHN DEERE BIG FARM S670 COMBINE $89.99, tomy.com/johndeere

Inspire a future farmer with a true-to-form replica of a John Deere combine from TOMY. It shows young-uns how to do a day’s work on the farm. WHY WE LOVE IT » It comes with mini

grain pellets to process.

From Maxim Enterprises, line up the cars and let them drop. First to the bottom of these four wooden ramps is the champ.

WHY WE LOVE IT » The paint is water-based and non-toxic to kids.

This little speedster from Worx Toys teaches kids the many parts of a motorcycle and how they work together. It even includes an interactive storybook. WHY WE LOVE IT » It has

a parent-friendly volume control.

EVEREARTH RED SPORTS CAR $8.99, maximenterprise.com

Pull it back, and let it go! This sporty little car is a classic favorite. Made of durable wood, this little sportster is sure to go the distance!

WHY WE LOVE IT » It’s a simple toy that your child will love.

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FURBY BOOM!

FAIRYTALE HIGH DOLLS $17.99, fairytalehigh.com

$59.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

These trendy teen prinHERO $79.99, rcextemehero.com cesses by S-K Victory bring everyone’s classic ladies to Villains beware, the world’s yet another generation of first RC superhero is here girls. WHY WE LOVE IT » Their trendy straight from EB Brands. Fly this Iron Man through the clothes are just too cute. sky at high speed and save the day every time he takes off.

Hasbro’s new and improved Furby lets its owner shape its personality, and it can even hatch Furblings.

WHY WE LOVE IT » One of these Furbies comes in a festive sweater pattern.

WHY WE LOVE IT » It can soar up to

300 feet!

FLUTTERBYE FLYING FAIRIES $34.99, flutterbye.com

This flower fairy and her friends from Spin Master will follow your hand as they fly through the air. It looks as magical as it sounds. WHY WE LOVE IT » She’s

rechargeable!

FREEZE UP!

$29.99, educantionalinsights.com

What’s an animal that starts with the letter K? A fruit that starts with V? This game by Educational Insights will make you lose your cool trying to guess before time runs out.

WHY WE LOVE IT » It supports up to eight players, so the whole family can play!

FURREAL FRIENDS CUDDLES MY GIGGLY MONKEY $79.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

This little primate from Hasbro plays when she’s hung upside down and will take a snooze when she lies down, too. WHY WE LOVE IT » Just

look at those ears!

ROSEART GOO-HU $12.99, roseart.com

This goo by Mega is moldable, bounce-able, squeezable and so much more. WHY WE LOVE IT » You can

create everything from eyeballs to pencil-topping critters.

HEDBANZ ACT UP

$19.99, spinmaster.com

One player draws a card and the rest must act out who, what or where they are. Spin Master takes charades overboard in all the right ways. WHY WE LOVE IT » Everyone gets involved and stays laughing.

FLYING HEROES

$17.99, thebridgedirect.com

Hold onto the base, rip the cord and watch your favorite superhero soar. This miniature hero from The Bridge Direct can save the day indoors and out. WHY WE LOVE IT »

Their tagline is “flight is might,” which we can’t deny.

FRUITOMINOES

$12.95, bananagrams.com

These dominoes left their dots in the produce aisle. Play a classic family game with this fun, set from Bananagrams.

WHY WE LOVE IT » The fun fruits are bright and colorful.

GO! GO! SPORTS GIRLS

GROOVY GIRLS

$19.99, gogosportsgirls.com

$20, manhattantoy.com

Go! Go! Sports Girls’ dolls come in a wide variety, but they’re all great athletes and even better role models.

These girls from Manhattan Toy are multi-talented, multi-faceted and they have adorable wardrobes.

WHY WE LOVE IT » There’s a doll for

every sport.

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WHY WE LOVE IT » Every doll is unique, just like their owners.

HELLO KITTY LARGE DOLL $24.99, bliptoys.com

Classic Hello Kitty is made even better now that she can sit, stand and more. The Blip Toys doll comes as a princess, pop star, best friend or dancer. WHY WE LOVE IT » She’s over a

foot tall!

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him on display for all the world to see with this model kit from Revell. WHY WE LOVE IT »

HELLO KITTY CHASING RAINBOWS SCOOTER

Superheroes are way cooler when you build them yourself.

with a twist of the hilt so no brave lads or lasses are left in the dark. WHY WE LOVE IT » It can

slay dragons—what’s not to love?

HIDE-N-GO MOO

$24.99, learningresources.com

$24.99, bliptoys.com

Inside the barn are mommy-and-baby barnyard pairs, and it’s the little ones’ job to match them up with this educational toy from Learning Resources. WHY WE LOVE IT » The

Hello Kitty travels in style! This cute scooter features wheels that really roll, plus a flip-down luggage rack and matching messenger bag.

animals make cute little barnyard noises.

WHY WE LOVE IT » A seatbelt holds her securely in place.

HEX BUG NANO V2 WATCH TOWER

HERO MAKER $15, revell.com

Build your own superhero from the ground up and put

creatures aren’t creepy at all.

HOT WHEELS CAR MAKER $49.99, mattel.com

Heat up the press, insert a colored wax stick and out pops a customized car and chassis thanks to Mattel.

$39.99, hexbug.com

These crawling techno-bugs can climb vertically, horizontally, through tubes and around corners in your home thanks to Innovation First. WHY WE LOVE IT » These

IMAGINE I CAN…CREATE & COLOR PUPPY

MIKE THE KNIGHT: MIKE’S MAGICAL TRANSFORMING SWORD

WHY WE LOVE IT » Lights and sounds guide kids through the process.

$6, manhattantoy.com

Color pre-cut cardboard pieces and construct a unique puppy and background where he can play with this kit from Manhattan Toy. WHY WE LOVE IT » It brings kids

coloring skills to life.

$19.99, fisher-price.com

Fisher-Price’s knightly sword transforms into a torch light

ILLUMIVOR MECHA-PEDE $49.99, skyrockettoys.com

This remote control critter from Skyrocket Toys creeps about on 28 animated legs and lights up the night with its LED shell and eyes.

WHY WE LOVE IT » The remote works from 100 feet away.

JAKE & THE NEVERLAND PIRATES SHIPWRECK BEACH TREASURE HUNT $24.99, wonderforge.com

Captain Hook has hidden his treasure in the sand, so help Jake find the clues and snag the treasure in this adventure board game from Wonder Forge. WHY WE LOVE IT »

It improves memory, matching and dexterity for little ones.

IMAGINE I CAN… CATERPILLAR CONNECT

INNOTAB 3S $99.99, vtechkids.com

This tablet by VTech teaches kids math, science, reading, social studies and more through games so fun they don’t feel like learning exercises. WHY WE LOVE IT » There are tons of cartridges and downloads available.

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JEEPERS PEEPERS

$6, manhattantoy.com

$29.95, superduperinc.com

This durable wooden game by Manhatton Toy teaches colors and how to take turns while making colorful caterpillars. WHY WE LOVE IT » It

Place a card in kids’ peepers glasses as they rifle off questions about what’s on it to guess what they are in this game by Super Duper Publications. WHY WE LOVE IT »

comes in a cute tin box that makes the game super portable.

The glasses up the silliness level.


JUSTICE LEAGUE AXIS OF VILLAINS

4X4 RIDEON JEEP

$19.99, wonderforge.com

TOY BUNDLE - BLUE DOT $164.99, joovy.com

Baby dolls can roll in style in this toy stroller by Joovy and cruise around in the miniature car seat.

An alliance of villains is attacking the Justice League’s satellite, so help Superman and friends serve them some justice in this action board game by Wonder Forge. WHY WE LOVE IT » Who

$499.99, joovy.com

This ride-along vehicle by Joovy has two motors, a 12-volt rechargeable battery and fully functional headlights. WHY WE LOVE IT »

doesn’t love these characters?

WHY WE LOVE IT » There's even a play yard for that special doll.

This bad boy maxes out at 5 mph.

giant play set from Hasbro. It even comes with character figures and three vehicles to motor them around.

K’NEX SUPER MARIO 3D GHOST LAND

WHY WE LOVE IT » It comes with an ape that climbs the tower.

$64.99, knex.com

BICYCOOBMX BALANCE BIKE $139.99, joovy.com

Balance bikes teach little ones how to ride, and this one by Joovy is made of more durable materials, like real rubber tires and an aluminum frame. WHY WE LOVE IT »

3D Land includes coins, shells and stars for Mario and Luigi to chase across the different levels of this buildable course by K’Nex. WHY WE LOVE IT » It looks just like

It comes in multiple colors.

WHY WE LOVE IT » Fairies, princesses and tea parties are all involved.

DORA THE EXPLORER DOLLHOUSE

JUMBO BANANAGRAMS $44.95, bananagrams.com

From Bananagrams, the classic anagram game goes jumbo. WHY WE LOVE IT » These

tiles can be played outside or in.

WHY WE LOVE IT » Two spiral staircases? Yes, please.

LALALOOPSY LOOPY HAIR DOLL $34.99, lalaloopsy.com

Lalaloopsy’s Loopy Hair Dolls’ by MGA Entertainment coifs can be brushed, curled and styled any way imaginable.

Babies love pulling out Franky’s tissues and stuffing them back when they’re not crinkling his tail or tugging his tags. Lamaze Toys and Franky know just what little ones like. WHY WE LOVE IT » Franky is soft all over and perfect for baby.

WHY WE LOVE IT » Who doesn’t love saying Lalaloopsy?

$197.99, kidkraft.com

This towering toy by KidKraft has three stories and comes with furniture so Dora can decorate.

$24.99, tomy.com/lamaze

$35, kindnesskingdom.com

This board game by Marvelously WellMannered teaches rules of etiquette as players travel through the eight neighborhoods in the kingdom.

the video game!

FRANKY THE HANKY WHALE

KINDNESS KINGDOM

KRE-O CITYVILLE INVASION SKYSCRAPER MAYHEM

LASER MAZE LOGIC GAME

$39.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

$29.99, amazon.com

Build a city and defend it from invasion with this

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Play puzzle challenges from beginner to expert levels

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and reflect the laser beam in the right configuration to win in this game from ThinkFun. WHY WE LOVE IT » It

has a real laser.

writing activities and help the citizens of Doodleburg prepare for a parade with this LeapFrog original.

WHY WE LOVE IT » It teaches letters, numbers and shapes.

LASER PEGS

$14.99, laserpegs.com

These building toys from Laser Pegs teach players how to build, then reward them with a spectacular light show.

WHY WE LOVE IT » They have everything from cars to spaceships.

$14.99, leapfrog.com

Use the stylus along with the app to try 85 different

SPY GEAR

$29.99, spinmaster.com

Prices vary by product, spygear.net

The citizens of Spin Master’s Kawaii Crush World visit the food court, fashion boutique and even the photo booth in this world of cute consumers. WHY WE LOVE IT »

Spin Master’s Spy Gear line includes a Panosphere 360 Spy Cam and a Spike Mic Launcher, and those are just a few of these super sleuth tools. WHY WE LOVE IT » These toys

Everywhere you look, there’s another adorable face!

look as fun as they do high-tech.

LEAPFROG READ WITH ME SCOUT

LONE RANGER COLLECTION BY NECA Price varies by piece, necaonline.com

Have a cowboy-loving child in the family? With NECA’s action figures, badges, masks, hats… your little one will be ready to wrassle up the bad guys and fight for justice. WHY WE LOVE IT » The Lone

Ranger is just one cool dude!

$34.99, leapfrog.com

Let Scout read along to five different board books and boost kids’ reading skills. This pup will even interact and respond to touch thanks to LeapFrog’s technology. WHY WE LOVE IT » He asks

questions to build comprehension.

LEAPFROG LEARN TO WRITE WITH MR. PENCIL

KAWAII CRUSH HYPER HAPPY MALL

LOGO PARTY

$24.99, spinmastergames.com

Anyone with a logo-graphic memory will love this board game from Spin Master. WHY WE LOVE IT » It’s fun—plain

and simple!

PLAYSKOOL LEARNIMALS COLOR ME HUNGRY HIPPO $24.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

From colors and shapes to counting and foods, this little Playskool hippo by Hasbro knows his stuff. And he’s eager to share it with your little one.

WHY WE LOVE IT » The toy teaches in English and Spanish.

ROSEART MAGIC FUN DOUGH PET SHOP $9.99, roseart.com

Using a Magic Water Pen, kids can transform Mega’s Magic Fun Dough into lovable puppies, kittens and frogs. When playtime is over, just smash the dough and the designs are gone!

WHY WE LOVE IT » This product takes the concept of Silly Putty to a whole new level!

AIR HOGS HELIX X4 STUNT COPTER $79.99, airhogs.com

This stunt copter from Spin Master can do back flips, barrel rolls and more with just a button or two. WHY WE LOVE IT » All four fans

combine to create perfect control and flying stability.

LITTLEST PET SHOP PLAYTIME PARK W/ RUSSELL FERGUSON $29.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

Where else can Russell Ferguson the hedgehog get plenty of exercise and plenty of fun at the same time? WHY WE LOVE IT »

Hasbro’s LPS Playtime Park is pet powered and doesn’t require batteries!

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MAGIC SCHOOL BUS EXPLORING THE WONDERS OF NATURE $19.99, youngscientistsclub.com

This science kit by the Young Scientists Club is choc-full of fun. Build a


bug house, cast an animal track, dry flowers, go on a scavenger hunt and more.

WHY WE LOVE IT » Sure it’s educational, but it’s also fun!

MAGICAL MASTERPIECES – WATERCOLOR RESIST – RAIN FOREST $6.99, melissaanddoug.com

HUNGRY PELICAN LEARNING TOY

$24.99, melissaanddoug.com

Your little one will love opening the Melissa & Doug pelican’s mouth and dropping the colorful critters in. Just when you think they’re gone, they magically appear in the pelican’s tummy!

The “magic” is in the practically invisible borders that prevent one section of paint from running in to the next. The end result is clean lines and a perfectly painted picture! WHY WE LOVE IT » Melissa &

MAX TRAXXX TRACER RACERS BY SKULL DUGGERY $60, skullduggery.com

Doug’s Watercolor Resist Magical Masterpieces allow everyone to look like a seasoned artist!

This set includes 24 feet of glow-in-the-dark fun. Skull Duggery’s glow-powered racetrack is sure to get your little lad’s (or lady’s) engine revving! WHY WE LOVE IT » Using light trace technology, the cars create an awesome light streak when racing!

WHY WE LOVE IT » It’s a toy for the senses that rattles, squeaks and crinkles.

will be the same, and there are a variety of fun molds to choose from!

WHY WE LOVE IT » The game comes with a fun Ghost Writing Decoder that can be used to magically read your Horror-scope cards!

WOODEN STACK & COUNT PARKING GARAGE

MINI MATES

$19.99, melissaanddoug.com

LET’S PLAY HOUSE! STAINLESS STEEL POTS AND PANS PLAY SET $29.99, melissaanddoug.com

Now your little chef has the culinary tools to create imaginary masterpieces! Melissa & Doug’s stainless steel pots and pans will make mom and dad a bit envious! WHY WE LOVE IT »

Toddlers will love stacking and counting these colorful wooden cars by Melissa & Doug. A handy pull peg makes counting a breeze.

WHY WE LOVE IT » When they’re not counting, little ones will love just pushing these cute cars around!

this frighteningly fun game by Cardinal Industries.

These cool collectibles feature your favorite characters in detailed 2-inch-scale figures. Diamond Select MOOSHKA SING AROUND Toys’ Mini Mates are offiTHE ROSIE DOLL $24.99, mooshka.com cially licensed and available at specialty comic shops and These adorable dolls by Toys R Us. WHY WE LOVE IT » With MGA Entertainment 14 points of articulation, these sing when your little one little mates really move! holds their hands in hers. Rosie” never sounded so sweet.

The handy storage rack keeps everything neat and tidy.

MELT ‘N MOLD FACTORY Turn those broken, worndown crayons into new and ready-to-create color creations with this Crayola set. WHY WE LOVE IT » No two crayons

The removable accessories allow for easy exchanges with other Motorworks vehicles.

$10/2-pack, diamondselecttoys.com

WHY WE LOVE IT » “Ring Around The

$49.99, crayola.com

includes a racecar and a roadster. Made of European beech wood, these cars bring a touch of nostalgia to the toy box. WHY WE LOVE IT »

MONSTER HIGH HORROR-SCOPES GAME $12.99, cardinalgames.com

Join the popular characters from Monster High for

Sponsored by:

MOTORWORKS SPP SUPERSPEED POWER PACK 1.0 $30, manhattantoy.com

MR. COLOR MAKER

$39.99, tomy.com/tomy-toys

Place a mixing pot into TOMY’s Mr. Color Maker and watch him light up. Three learning modes make for endless fun, plus Mr. Color has more than 50 phrases. WHY WE LOVE IT »

Little ones can learn color mixing without the mess.

This Motorworks Power Pack by Manhattan Toy

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ONE DIRECTION DOLLS

$29.99 each, hasbrotoyshop.com

NERF REBELLE GUARDIAN CROSSBOW

BUSY BAKE SHOP KITCHEN

$24.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

$79.97, step2.com

With 42 baking accessories, the Busy Bake Shop Kitchen by Step2 is a little baker’s dream! The spacious counters are perfect for rolling dough or cutting cookie shapes. WHY WE LOVE IT » This kitchen comes with large storage bins for quick clean up.

to life and are ready for some adventure as high school teens! WHY WE LOVE IT » The clip-in ponytail doubles as a fun accessory for your MLP lover!

$29.99, learningresources.com

$21.99, funrise.com

Simply squeeze the center of the My Little Pony Cutie Mark Light-Up Plush by FunRise Toys to activate the cutie mark. WHY WE LOVE IT » The pony says three fun phrases.

MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS DELUXE DOLL

NANOBLOCK

Price varies by set, ohioart.com

Your favorite My Little Ponies by Hasbro have come

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This toddler-sized cash register by Learning Resources is perfect for early counting skills and money lessons.

NERF N-SPORTS CYBER HOOP SET

Pac-Man is back, and he’s hanging out at Toys R Us! And now your favorite little one can cuddle up to this classic video game character in a whole new way with the Pac-Man Plush by Goldie International. WHY WE LOVE IT »

The characters make authentic sounds straight from the video game!

WHY WE LOVE IT » The purple cash drawer really works!

$19.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

Through wireless technology, you can challenge friends to a Nerf game of one-on-one from across town with this set by Hasbro. A highlight reel is automatically created and includes slow-motion replay and commentary.

WHY WE LOVE IT » The app tracks your play and adjusts your stats accordingly.

$19.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

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MY LITTLE PONY LIGHT UP CUTIE MARK PLUSH

WHY WE LOVE IT » Did we happen to mention that these dolls are autographed!

PAC-MAN PLUSH WITH SOUND

WHY WE LOVE IT » This tiny toy takes up no space at all but will keep ‘em busy for hours.

$49.99, habausa.com

WHY WE LOVE IT » This play set folds up for easy storage.

angel bow has an accessory rail so you can attach any Nerf Rebelle accessories!

anyone to build a mini masterpiece that fits in the palm of their hand.

MY FIRST PLAY WORLD—FIRE BRIGADE LARGE PLAY SET Creatively designed and hand-crafted, this unique fire play set by HABA includes everything your toddler and beyond needs to run a successful fire brigade, all in colorful, sturdy, wooden pieces.

Channel your inner Katniss with this cool crossbow set by Hasbro. The auto-rotating launcher holds six collectible darts that fly up to 75 feet. WHY WE LOVE IT » The

If your kids swoon for Niall, Louis, Harry, Zayn or Liam, then these One Direction dolls by Hasbro are a collector’s dream. They’ll even serenade you with a quick rendition of “You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful.”

NICKY BATH GAME BY LILLIPUTIENS $29.99, habausa.com

With a bit of magnetic help, your little one can connect the ducks, ensuring they all make it safely to mother.

WHY WE LOVE IT » This plush bath toy by HABA is great fun in and out of the tub or pool.

PAIRSINPEARS

$14.95, bananagrams.com

From Pattern Grouping and Letter Hunt to Rhyming and Fill in the Blank, there’s something for every reading level with this Bananagrams favorite. WHY WE LOVE IT » Your

kids will love it so much they won’t even know they’re learning.


super colorful and customizable. WHY WE LOVE IT » Pinypon loves adventure… from the ski lodge to the shopping mall.

PAJANIMALS UNDER THE LIGHTS PROJECTOR $29.99, tomy.com/pajanimals

PLAYMOBIL CITY LIFE POP STAGE

The color-changing cosmic light show and relaxing music box by TOMY will soothe even the most unwilling sleeper into a sound slumber. WHY WE LOVE IT » WHY WE LOVE IT » Plug in your MP3 The theme song to Pajanimals, “La-La-Lullaby,” is so melodic even mom and dad will like it!

GLOW PETS

player to hear your favorite tunes on the built-in speakers.

$44.99, playskool.com

$29.99, glowpets.com

$39.99, playmobil.com

Let your little one unleash his or her inner rock star with this City Life set by Playmobil. The Pop Stars Stage features two preloaded tunes, four rock star figures, and working lights!

PLAYSKOOL SESAME STREET ELMO JUNCTION TRAIN SET

PLAY-DOH ULTIMATE RAINBOW PACK

$9.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

This colorful Play-Doh pack by Hasbro is perfect for arts and crafts night, birthday parties or whenever the creative juices flow. WHY WE LOVE IT » With 33

These light-up pets by the makers of Pillow Pets transform into a cozy 15-inch pillow. A press of a button produces a comforting glow, perfect for lulling your little one to sleep. WHY WE LOVE IT » This cuddly

It’s a train set and a roadway! The set includes Elmo’s train and rail car and Grover’s Taxi and folds up for convenient storage.

WHY WE LOVE IT » This set’s not only fun, it teaches an intro to the ABCs and 123s through a catchy little tune.

nightlight features LED lighting and doesn’t produce any heat!

colors to choose from, the creative possibilities are endless. There’s even teal!

PALACE PETS FURRY TAIL FRIENDS $5.99, bliptoys.com

Even princesses love their pets. And now you can, too! Blip Toy’s Palace Pets love to be pampered. WHY WE LOVE IT » The pets have their own beauty salon, royal carriage and more, all with tons of accessories (sold separately).

PINKIE COOPER AND THE JET SET PETS RUNWAY COLLECTION DOLLS $15.99, pinkiecooper.com

These jet-setting friends are all about travel, fashion and friendship. Each doll, by The Bridge Direct, features mix and match hairstyles.

WHY WE LOVE IT » By visiting pinkiecooper.com, you can join in the fun by following along on Pinkie’s blog.

PALACE PETS TALKING & SINGING PET

$149.99, toypiano.com

$12.99, bliptoys.com

Sparkly and filled with bling, just press the locket and these Blip Toys Palace Pets Talking & Singing Pets come to life with cute sayings and songs. WHY WE LOVE THEM » It’s like pet sitting for our favorite princesses—Cinderella, Snow White and Ariel.

FANCY BABY GRAND REAL PLAYING TOY PIANO

PINYPON SNOW CAR & TOW $12.99, pinypon.com

All the rage in Europe, Pinypon by Famosa has made her way to our store shelves. These collectible dolls, pets and play sets are

Sponsored by:

This pint-sized replica of a baby grand piano by Schoenhut packs a mighty punch when the keys are plunked and comes with a color songbook and color key chart to get your little ones started. WHY WE LOVE IT »

Did we mention it comes in black, white, pink or red?

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her mane, swishing her tail when her hooves are picked and whinnying when given a shot. WHY WE LOVE IT » The interactive qualities of this horse make her one-of-a-kind.

POKÉMON BATTLE ARENA

PURE NATURE ORGANIC PUDGIE PUPPY

$49.99, tomy.com/pokemon

$19.99, habausa.com

This electronic battle arena by TOMY is the ultimate platform for catching, training and battling Pokémon. Battle attacks illuminate a full-color LED display and the sounds bring your epic battles to life.

WHY WE LOVE IT » You child can play against the computer or against a fellow Pokémon trainer.

PONY GALS CHLOE CARE FOR ME VET SET $49.99, breyerhorses.com

This cuddly horse by Breyer comes to life when cared for, sighing when you brush

This super soft, super cuddly plush pup by HABA is sure to be your baby’s favorite snuggling toy. WHY WE LOVE IT »

PONY GALS JASMINE COLOR SURPRISE

This puppy’s not only pudgy, it is made of all-organic cotton and squeaks when you push its belly!

HIDE & SEEK SAFARI

PLUCKIN’ PAIRS

$34.95, rnrgames.com

$19.95, rnrgames.com

In an updated version of the age-old hotter, colder game, R&R Games challenges players to track down a cute jungle animal. WHY WE LOVE IT »

In this game of fast thinking by R&R Games, players have 60 seconds to pair up 11 images, and the player who matches the most pairs with other players wins the game.

This game will have the whole family up and moving.

WHY WE LOVE IT » This game will put your psychic abilities to work!

$19.99, breyerhorses.com

After a busy day of play, Jasmine loves to splash in the water. When wet, her pink markings turn white to let you know she’s clean. When dry, her markings magically turn pink again. WHY WE LOVE IT » This Breyer

favorite comes with a terrycloth bath sheet monogrammed just for her!

IGOR – THE MONSTER MAKING GAME HEY FROGGY

$15.95, rnrgames.com

Race your frog to the watering hole in this matching card game by R&R Games.

WHY WE LOVE IT » This game received the Best Picks award from Dr. Toys.

$15.95, rnrgames.com

Roll the dice to collect the parts you need to design your own monster for the evil science fair in this game by R&R Games.

WHY WE LOVE IT » It turns every player into a mad scientist.

TICKED OFF!

$24.95, rnrgames.com

Welcome to the game by R&R Games that gives players the chance to crush their friends with their vast knowledge of, well, everything! WHY WE LOVE IT » The

game continues until you’ve “ticked off” your friends by showing off your smarts.

REVELLUTIONS JUNGLE STORM $79.99, revell.com

With a low-profile body and pin-spike tires, this RC vehicle by Revell is ready to rule an off-road race. WHY WE LOVE IT » The

controller not only allows you to drive the vehicle, you can also use it to go online and race in the Revell “Rooftop Challenge."

REVELLUTIONS SILVER BEAST $79.99, revell.com

With the Silver Beast by Revell, you’re free to go on off-road rampages whenever the thrill of the road calls to you. WHY WE LOVE IT »

This beast has LED headlights for nighttime adventures.

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STAR WARS R2-D2 BANK $22.99, diamondselecttoys.com

Save the galaxy one coin at a time with this 11-inch-tall bank by Diamond Select Toys. WHY WE LOVE IT » All the details on this figure make it the perfect gift for the collector who already has it all.

PLAYSKOOL SHOWCAM DIGITAL CAMERA AND PROJECTOR $59.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

With more than 50 silly effects and the ability to go from camera to projector with the flip of a switch, this kid-sized contraption by Playskool will keep little ones busy for hours (and away from your camera!). WHY WE LOVE IT » It’s easy to save, print and email your little photographer’s pictures if you have a USB cable.

foam body for extra durability. WHY WE LOVE IT » This vehicle

RING BLING

$29.95, superduperinc.com

This game by Super Duper Publications asks players to act out hilarious directions. Good listeners are rewarded with rings for their Happy Hand. WHY WE LOVE IT » What’s better than a game that rewards kids for following directions?

can flip in four different directions.

SOFIA THE FIRST MAGICAL TEA TIME GAME THE BIKING GAME

$24.99, educationoutdoors.net

Education Outdoors has teamed up with Schwinn to produce this family-friendly game that promotes active lifestyles while educating and inspiring future generations of bikers. WHY WE LOVE IT » This game is designed to grow with the player.

ROSEART COLOR BLANKS $5.99, colorblanks.com

Lightning bolts, purple glasses, a full wardrobe (or none at all!) buttons, glitter—the only limitation with RoseArt Color Blanks by Mega is your imagination. WHY WE LOVE IT » This

guy’s white slate allows young artists to turn him into characters they already know or ones they’ve created.

$19.99, wonderforge.com

SOFIA THE FIRST 3-PACK PUZZLE BAG

$11.99, cardinalgames.com

With a magical teapot, color-changing teacups and plenty of sweet treats, teatime has never been so royal! WHY WE LOVE IT » Sofia and the Good Fairies reward players for proper teatime manners.

STABLEMATES DELUXE ANIMAL HOSPITAL $39.99, breyerhorses.com

For aspiring veterinarians everywhere, this animal hospital by Breyer includes everything they need to keep animals healthy and happy.

WHY WE LOVE IT » The real-life details on this hospital are amazing.

Your little princess will love these three 24-piece puzzles by Cardinal Industries featuring the friendliest princess, Sofia the First.

WHY WE LOVE IT » The case makes it easy to puzzle on the go.

SOFIA THE FIRST TALKING MAGICAL AMULET SKYVIPER QUADCOPTER $79.99, skyrockettoys.com

The SkyViper Quadcopter by Skyrocket Toys has a precision control to set the sensitivity for beginners to experts and a removable

Sponsored by:

$14.99, jakks.com

Insert one of the 12 cards into the amulet by Jakks Pacific and the voice of Sofia brings her world to life.

WHY WE LOVE IT » The amulet isn’t just for looks; it teaches little girls valuable lessons about manners.

STABLEMATES RED STABLE KIT

$28.99, breyerhorses.com

Made of durable plastic, this three-stall barn by Breyer features everything your little horse-lover needs to create his or her dream farm. WHY WE LOVE IT » This set

has won numerous awards many years in a row!

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STABLEMATES SHOW STOPPERS

$9.99, playmatestoys.com

Be “lean, mean and green” in this turtle mask from Playmates Toys. The mask features eye support and a fabric bandanna.

$13.99, bryerhorses.com

This set of horses by Breyer includes a grey mare, red roan mare, buckskin pinto foal, bay foal and blue roan foal and are the perfect addition to your Breyer stable.

WHY WE LOVE IT » Kids can pick their favorite turtle for ultimate role-playing fun.

WHY WE LOVE IT » What kid doesn’t

want a pony?

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SNAPTITE STAR WARS X-34 LANDSPEEDER $24.99, revell.com

Want to introduce the Star Wars fans in your house to the art of modeling? This kit by Revell is a good starting point thanks to the easy-to-assemble SnapTite pieces. WHY WE LOVE IT » The kit

THE SMURFS “NO SMURF LEFT BEHIND”

$109.99, skywalkerholdings.com

This little bouncer by Skywalker Trampolines is the perfect solution for keeping kids active. WHY WE LOVE IT » This trampoline is interactive and features a bouncing game for even more fun.

includes Luke Skywalker and C-3PO figures.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES CALLING ALL TURTLES $14.99, cardinalgames.com

Young turtle fans will dart around the house in an attempt to defeat villains and earn cards in this game by Cardinal Industries. WHY WE LOVE IT » There’s nothing

cooler than those mask-shaped sunglasses!

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$16, wizkidsgames.com

Race the Smurfs back home before Gargamel succeeds and traps them in New York City’s Central Park forever in this fast-paced action game by WizKids Games.

WHY WE LOVE IT » Who can resist a cute little Smurf?

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES DELUXE TURTLE SHELL $19.99, playmatestoys.com

Stop evil in its tracks with this deluxe turtle shell from Playmates Toys. Strap it on and you’re sure to be a ninja turtle in a half shell. WHY WE LOVE IT » The shell also

transforms into a shield!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES FLINGERS ACTION FIGURE $12.99, playmatestoys.com

Your little ninja turtle will spend hours reliving his favorite battle scenes with these action figures by Playmates Toys. WHY WE LOVE IT » The turtles

really reach for and throw their weapons.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES FLYING ATTACK! SKILL AND ACTION BATTLE GAME $19.99, wonderforge.com

Catapult the turtles at the tower to knock off Shredder’s Foot Clan in this action-packed turtle game by Wonder Forge.

WHY WE LOVE IT » There are two ways to play, one for beginners and another advanced game for the TMNT pros.

THE UGGLYS

$29.99, theugglys.com

If your little one is bugging you for a pet, why not give him an Uggly puppy by Moose Toys! There are over 30 gross noises kids are sure to find hilarious.

WHY WE LOVE IT » Switch the pup to warp speed and hear the pup’s sounds in different pitches.


belly. WHY WE LOVE IT » Minnie’s bow lights up when she giggles.

flip through this burger joint. WHY WE LOVE IT » This set is

inner animal. WHY WE LOVE IT » It has ears and a tail!

fully connectable with other Trash Wheels sets so you can collect all of the vehicles.

VEHICLES OF MASS DESTRUCTION CANNON COMMANDO

THE ZELFS VENUS FLYTRAP SPIN SALON

$59.99, skyrockettoys.com

$24.99, thezelfs.com

Give your Zelf a new look with this set by Moose Toys. You can curl, crimp and primp your Zelf pretty.

WHY WE LOVE IT » This set comes with an exclusive Zelf, Tressa, the gossipy hairdresser.

K’NEX TINKERTOYS There isn’t a more classic toy than Tinkertoys by K’Nex. With bendable rods, now they’re better than ever.

WHY WE LOVE IT » There’s no end to the things your child can create.

THOMAS & FRIENDS TRACKMASTER CASTLE QUEST SET $59.99, fisher-price.com

Thomas is on a quest for the king’s missing crown. Kids can navigate the crumbling castle grounds with this set by Fisher-Price.

WHY WE LOVE IT » This TrackMaster set promotes the development of children’s fine motor skills as they handle Thomas and his cargo.

URBAN ANIMAL CRITTER PHONE CASE $7.99, thewishfactoryinc.com

This furry critter phone case by The Wish Factory, compatible with iPhone 4 and 4S, will bring out your

$24.99, thewishfactoryinc.com

These animal-print headphones by The Wish Factory are the perfect accessory to your rockin’ wardrobe.

WHY WE LOVE IT » The Cannon Commando rapidly fires up to 16 darts—one per second—up to 50 feet!

WHY WE LOVE IT » We’re pretty sure everyone needs animal-print headphones…

TONKA DIE CAST MONSTER TRUCKS $6.99, tonka.com

Your favorite urban, construction and emergency Tonka vehicles now sit on top of massive, monster wheels, perfect for crushing anything in their paths!

WHY WE LOVE IT » Available only at Wal-Mart and with eight assorted styles, you can collect them all.

TICKLED PINK MINNIE

THE TRASH PACK TRASH WHEELS BURGER FLIP OUT

Dressed in a pink dress with her iconic polka dots, Tickled Pink Minnie by Just Play laughs uncontrollably when she’s tickled on her

Have a “wheely” gross time with the latest installment to The Trash Pack line by Moose Toys. The Burger Flip Out play set lets you

$24.99, justplayproducts.com

URBAN ANIMAL PLUSH HEADPHONES

$34.99, tinkertoy.com

With the Cannon Commando by Skyrocket Toys, you can take down your enemies with a remote control that works from up to 100 feet away.

$14.99, trashpack.com

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ZOOMER

$79.99, spinmaster.com

Just like a real dog, Zoomer by Spin Master comes when you call his name, does tricks and gets excited from a good belly scratch. WHY WE LOVE IT » Zoomer

understands English, Spanish and French!

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GO! GO! SMART WHEELS CONSTRUCTION PLAYSET $34.99, vetchkids.com

MY LITTLE PONY PRINCESS TWILIGHT SPARKLE PONY

Pick up, sort and dump play ONCE UPON A ZOMBIE DOLLS $19.99, wowwee.com pieces into the dump truck with this construction set by A curse has been cast upon VTech. WHY WE LOVE IT » With the your favorite fairytale ZEENIE DOLLZ $39.99, zeeniedollz.com SmartPoint Dump Truck, kids can characters, turning them hear imaginative phrases, music into supernatural zombies! Zeenie Dollz are eco-warand sounds at each of the set’s six riors sent by Mother WHY WE LOVE IT » Each doll by SmartPoint locations. WowWee features beautiful hair Earth to rescue the planet! and mesmerizing glass eyes.

$59.99, hasbrotoyshop.com

My Little Pony has come to life like never before with this Princess Twilight Sparkle pony by Hasbro. With plenty of phrases, sweet songs and colorful accessories, this pony pet is sure to become a precious pal. WHY WE LOVE IT » She talks, she

sings, she twinkles, she moves...

WOOD CHUCK PAINTABLE WOODEN FRIEND $4.99, maximenterprise.com

Complete with paints and a brush, Wood Chuck by Maxim Enterprise is the perfect blank slate to let your kid’s artistic side shine.

WHY WE LOVE IT » You can visit Maxim’s website for a gallery of customer-submitted ideas.

WUDWORKERS CONSTRUCTION SETS

$18.99, maximenterprise.com

The WudWorkers line of construction sets by Maxim Enterprise allows kids as young as 3 to indulge in creative play. WHY WE LOVE IT » The sets are all compatible with one another, so kids can build it, take it apart and then turn it into something completely different.

WUDWORKERS AIR RACER CONSTRUCTION SET WORDAROUND

$12.99, amazon.com

This game by ThinkFun challenges even the best wordsmiths to quickly figure out where the word starts and read it aloud before their opponents.

WHY WE LOVE IT » This game has won

numerous awards for the fun it brings to family game night.

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$29.99, maximententerprise.com

Build your own plane with the WudWorkers Air Racer by Maxim Enterprise. Younger kids will love the “Build and Play” aspect, while older kids can learn the art of model-building.

WHY WE LOVE IT » The set contains 120 building pieces so you can build the plane or design your own creation.

WHY WE LOVE IT » Each doll has a different eco-persona and represents a cause, such as global warming and rainforest preservation.

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increased honesty and decreased mental tension. They also experienced fewer sore throats. Honesty improves relationships, which many experts believe are highly important to our health. The strain of remembering lies can be intense, so eliminating it altogether can seriously reduce stress. Docs say instead of fibbing your way out of a deadline or dreaming up a fender bender that made you late to work, just apologize and make due. Your mind, throat and uncharred pants will thank you. Source: Women’s Health Magazine

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AVING A REGULAR EXERCISE PARTNER PROVIDES SUPPORT, MOTIVATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY. A RECENT STUDY PUBLISHED IN PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT AND EXERCISE SHOWED THAT THE EXERCISE HABITS OF PEOPLE YOU KNOW HAVE A DIRECT POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOUR EXERCISE HABITS. AND WHO DO YOU KNOW BETTER THAN YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER?

When it comes to married couples, the positive influence is even greater, according to another study by Indiana University’s Department of Kinesiology. The study looked at couples who joined health clubs together. Those couples who worked out separately had a 43 percent dropout rate over the course of a year. The couples who went to the gym together, even if they had different workouts, had only a 6.3 percent dropout rate. Here are some couple exercises you can do together in the gym or at home to reap the benefits of working out and having fun together.

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Stand back to back with your partner. Each get into proper squat position (knees over ankles); then slowly walk clockwise in a circle. Once circle is completed, count to 20 and then walk in a counterclockwise circle. Do three sets.

SEATED MEDICINE BALL TWISTS (TARGETS ABS & ARMS)

BICEPS AND TRICEPS CHALLENGE

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while the other creates resistance by holding up the ends. On your way down from the bicep curl, your partner does a triceps extension. »» Do 15-20 reps; then switch positions and do another set of 15-20 reps.

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with knees bent and feet touching floor. Lean back slightly and balance on tailbone while engaging core muscles. One partner picks up a medicine ball and with arms outstretched, twists right to left for a set of 10. Then toss the ball to your partner, who does 10 twists and then tosses it back. Repeat three sets of 10 for each partner.

ALTERNATING BOX JUMP (TARGETS HAMSTRINGS & QUADS)

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Face each other and place a 6 to 10-inch-high exercise box between you. Take alternate turns jumping on and off the box in the squat position. If needed, join hands with outstretched arms for balance. Each partner jumps 15-20 times for two to three sets. Increase difficulty by holding 3- to 5-pound dumbbells.

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and nerves. RA is considered an autoimmune disease, whereas osteoarthritis is a gradual wearing down of joints and cartilage, usually linked to overuse or an injury. In RA, the immune system mistakenly attacks the joints and the membrane lining the joints, called the synovium. This causes an inflammatory process that eventually destroys the joint lining and the cartilage, leading to bones painfully rubbing against each other. The joint inflammation causes warmth, swelling, redness and pain. RA can develop quickly or gradually over years; some people have symptoms for a short time and then go into remission. As with all autoimmune diseases, there isn’t one known cause or cure for rheumatoid arthritis.

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ARE YOU AT RISK FOR RA? Gender: Women are three times more likely to develop RA than men. Age: Most commonly occurs between age 40 and 60 Genetics: Increased risk if family member has RA

Number of Americans affected by rheumatoid arthritis, according to the NATIONAL ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION

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JRA: Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects nearly 300,000 American children 16 years or younger. ANTI-CCP: The cyclic citrulline antibody test is a newer, more specific blood test for RA, which indicates a more aggressive form.

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MANAGING RA MEDICATIONS: Anti-inflammatory painkillers (naproxen, ibuprofen, aspirin)/topical pain relievers/corticosteroids/narcotic pain relievers/ disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDS such as methotrexate, Plaquenil, Humira, Orencia, Rituxan, Xeljanz)

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SURGERY: Joint replacement/arthrodesis (bone fusion)/synovectomy (removal of inflamed synovial membrane)/ resection (bone removal)

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E AMERICANS HAVE A SERIOUS ADDICTION. AND THE CULPRIT IN THIS CASE IS SUGAR. THE AVERAGE AMERICAN EATS 22.7 TEASPOONS OF ADDED SUGARS A DAY, THE MAJORITY OF THAT COMING FROM PROCESSED FOODS AND DRINKS. IN COMPARISON, THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION RECOMMENDS THAT MEN AND WOMEN CONSUME NO MORE THAN 9 AND 6 TEASPOONS OF ADDED SUGARS DAILY, RESPECTIVELY. CHILDREN SHOULD BE LIMITED TO 3 TEASPOONS A DAY. KEEP IN MIND THAT A 12-OUNCE SODA, A COMMON MAJOR SOURCE OF ADDED SUGARS, CONTAINS 8 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR AND YOU SEE THE PROBLEM.

“In the past 30 years, sugar consumption has gone up 500 percent and there has been a correlating massive global obesity epidemic,” says Dr. Richard Shriner, a University of Florida professor who is board certified in obesity medicine. “It’s not difficult to see the relationship between the two factors.”

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ADDRESSING ADDICTION Sugar activates the brain’s reward center and causes the release of neurochemicals such as feel-good dopamine and pain-killing beta-endorphins. It also makes it easier for the amino acid tryptophan to convert to serotonin, which has a calming effect on us. The problem starts when these neurochemicals dissipate and our brains get a little agitated, so we eat more sugar to get another fix. Bingo! And the addictive cycle begins. “There are three main essential qualities of addiction,” says Shriner. “One, there is a problem with tolerance, meaning the more we use, the more we want just to get the same effect. Two, there are withdrawal issues in the brain and body when we are unable to get the substance of desire. And three, people continue to participate despite the knowledge of dangerous results. Sugar addiction meets all three.” Shriner also adds, “And brain images of someone who is morbidly obese look very similar to those of someone with a drug or alcohol addiction.”

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Read labels on everything you buy and you’ll likely be amazed how many products have sugar/sugars in some form added to them. Sugar content on product labels is usually in grams per serving, so remember 4 grams equal 1 teaspoon when you’re trying to regulate your sugar intake.

FD A FA CTS O N S U G A R L A B ELI N G SUGAR-FREE Means the food contains less than 0.5 grams (about 1/8 teaspoon) of sugar per serving. This definition also applies to “no sugar,” “zero sugar” and “sugarless.”

SUGAR VS. SUGARS: According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the term “sugar” specifically means sucrose (table sugar) that is half glucose and half fructose. “Sugars” includes all sugars, including lactose in milk, fructose in fruit, as well as honey and corn syrups.

LACTOSE LINK: Our predisposition to sweet stuff may be thanks to lactose, the sugar found in breast milk and most infant formulas. FRUCTOSE VS. HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP: Found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables, fructose is not a health problem in this natural state, as the fruit/ veggie fiber helps blunt the sugar effect on the body. But high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is man-made and consists of 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose, is a cause for concern. The red flag is in the term “high-fructose.” While glucose in sugar is metabolized throughout the body, fructose is processed in the liver. Too much fructose in your diet causes your liver to produce fats called triglycerides, which are then pushed out into your bloodstream. This leads to high blood pressure, obesity and type 2 diabetes. “High-fructose corn syrup consumed in large quantities, and Americans do just that,” says Shriner, “has nothing but severe negative effects on the body.”

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NO SUGAR LOW ADDED SUGAR SUGARS REDUCED

Can be claimed by a food that has at least 25 percent less sugar than its original form.

Is not a defined FDA term and may not be used on food labels.

Means no sugar-type ingredient has been added to the food.

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LEARN THE LABELS

These are a form of sugar also called polyols that are poorly digested so they provide about half the calories and have a reduced impact on blood sugar levels than regular sugars. But this doesn’t mean they get a free pass, so restrict their intake as much as possible. Look for the terms xylitol, mannitol, isomalt, sorbitol and maltitol.

GOOD GLUCOSE: Made up of sucrose and fructose, glucose

is one of the most abundant sugars in foods, mainly plants. It is also present in our blood, hence the term “blood sugar.” Our bodies, particularly our brains and muscle cells, need glucose to function optimally. For good health, our bodies circulate about two teaspoons of glucose through our bloodstream at any given time. When we ingest sugar-containing foods that raise the glucose (blood sugar) levels in our body, our pancreas releases insulin to regulate that level. If we consistently eat too much sugar, the pancreas can’t handle the load and our blood-sugar levels become dangerously elevated, leading to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and immune system disorders.

NOT-SO-SIMPLE SUGARS: White bread, white rice, white pasta and white potatoes are problematic. They are quickly metabolized and digested as sugar, so your body responds just as it would if you ate a candy bar. Ditto for alcohol. AXE THE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS: Their selling point is little or no calories, but artificial sweeteners are designed to stimulate the sweet receptors in the mouth and are up to 600 times sweeter than sugar itself! In a recent study, neuroscientists at Yale’s School of Medicine found that artificial sweeteners did not trick the brain into responding to them like real sugar. Instead, they caused the brain to intensely crave real sugar. So you may save a few calories initially, but you’ll crave sugar even more and end up eating more calories in the end. It’s a no-win situation.

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T’S THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN THE TASTE OF MINT IS EVERYWHERE. GROCERY STORE SHELVES ARE LINED WITH PEPPERMINT-FLAVORED COFFEES, CAKES, CANDIES AND MORE. BUT BELIEVE IT OR NOT, REAL PEPPERMINT DOES NOT GROW IN THE RED-AND-WHITE-STRIPEDCANE FORM, BUT RATHER AS A GREEN LEAF WITH A HINT OF A PURPLE HUE. THIS MONTH, EXPLORE THE MANY WAYS YOU CAN EXPERIMENT WITH PEPPERMINT, WHETHER AS A TASTY TREAT OR IN ITS MORE NATURAL FORM.

AN ESSENTIAL MEDICINE Peppermint essential oil is a potent cure for a wide range of ailments. When the hustle and bustle of the winter season becomes overwhelming, keep some on hand. A few drops are an age-old remedy for indigestion, headaches, stress, congestion and sore muscles. Apply it topically in a gentle massage, or add it to a warm bath for a relaxing soak.

THE SCENT OF THE SEASON If the overwhelming amount of cooking is leaving your home smelling like the back of a restaurant kitchen, incorporate the sweet, minty smell of peppermint. A few drops of peppermint oil added to a diffuser will quickly have your home smelling seasonally fresh. Don’t have a diffuser? Soak a few cotton balls in peppermint oil for a similar affect. You can also add a drop or two to your garbage can to mask any odors.

A TEMPTING TEA Although peppermint hot cocoa is certainly all the rage this month, a tea made from fresh peppermint leaves is not only far healthier from a calorie perspective, but comes with the added bonus of aiding with your nighttime Zs. A cup of peppermint tea before you hit the hay can ease your stress, relax your muscles and prepare you for a good night’s rest. To brew up a batch, simply boil two tablespoons of peppermint leaves in 8 to 10 ounces of water. Let steep for 20 minutes, strain and enjoy.

AN ADDED HINT OF MINT Want to add a hint of mint to some of your favorite treats? Try some of these ideas that will spruce up some of your go-to recipes. »» Add crushed candy cane pieces to your sugar cookie batter for a minty twist to this classic cookie. »» Layer peppermint patties in your brownie mix before you bake for a minty surprise in each bite. »» Create a minty milkshake masterpiece by blending crushed mint candies with two scoops of vanilla ice cream and a cup of milk. You can also use peppermint patties for a chocolate twist. »» Peppermint bark is an easyto-make, must-have winter treat. Simply heat up your favorite chocolate (milk, white, dark or all!) until fully melted and add chopped mint candy pieces. Spread over a cookie sheet and refrigerate until firm. You can also add pretzel or cookie bits for an added crunch.

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all shrimp has a rubbery texture. When offered shrimp prepared a different way, say sautéed, they would deny it based on the previous experience. Instead, try the food prepared several different ways. Sometimes trying an unappetizing food in a different environment can cure the aversion, according to Rose. Let’s say you don’t like sushi, for example, you could have a more desirable outcome when trying it at a sushi bar in Asia as opposed to trying it from the grocery store. When you try new cuisine in an unfamiliar place, you are less fixated on the unfamiliarity of the food. As a last resort, try forcing yourself to eat it. Try incorporating small amounts of the undesirable food into things you do like. Repeating exposure to a food you have an aversion against may help your brain learn to like it, according to Rose.

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NCLE JIM AND AUNT LOU STAND WAVING AT THEIR FRONT DOOR; YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THEM IN YEARS. DINNER IS ON THE TABLE AND YOU HAVEN’T STOPPED TO EAT SINCE THAT EARLY MORNING DONUT IN THE CAR. AS YOU SIT DOWN TO EAT, AUNT LOU DESCRIBES HOW IT TOOK ALL DAY TO MAKE HER SPECIAL DISH—SHRIMP SCAMPI—THE ONE FOOD YOU AVOID AT ALL COSTS. YOU AWKWARDLY SMILE AS YOU PICK UP YOUR FORK.

They eagerly stare as you take your first bite. Suddenly, your fork comes to a screeching halt—something furry just scampered across your toes. Ah yes, Mr. Jingles. Quickly you point across the room to the neighbor’s yard and gasp, “Is that… George Clooney?” Mr. Jingles is able to clean your plate in less than 10 seconds while Uncle Jim and Aunt Lou excitedly scan the neighbor’s garden gnome collection for the famed actor. It isn’t easy to disguise food aversions. Along with taste and smell, texture is a common factor in why we despise certain foods. The mind can easily use texture to associate certain foods with non-edible or undesirable substances. Here are three tips to tame your picky-eating habits from Darya Rose, who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. For most, the food aversion is the result of how it was prepared. If boiled shrimp was overcooked the first time a person tried it, he or she may assume that

American taste buds, offering such clever options as Buffalo Chicken and Hawaiian. Other popular empanada choices are Pulled Pork, Beef, Chicken, Mexican, © Daniel Korzeniewski/Shutterstock.com éRopa Vieja and Spinach. Dessert empanadas have sweet fillings such as apple, cherry, peach and blueberry. They’re baked, not fried! Eat in or take out. Open 11am to 6pm Monday–Friday. Closed weekends. Check out the special featuring two empanadas and a drink for just $4.95. 1516 SW 3rd Ave., Ocala (352) 209-1476

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Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine 2437 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 237-3433 / ocalathai.com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11a-3p / Dinner: Mon-Thu 4:30-9:30p / Fri 4:30-10p Sat Noon-10p / Sunday Noon-9p Conveniently located off SR200 near Best Buy, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a window into the taste and decor of Thailand. Great dishes are designed to please anyone’s palate, ranging from seafood, pork, beef, chicken or just vegetables. Dishes can be made mild or spicy, depending on your preference. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and will provide a quality dining experience for adventurous Ocalans and curious visitors. For single diners or large groups, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a great choice if you want to feel like you’ve traveled somewhere exotic without leaving the great town of Ocala!

Take-out also available. Early Bird Special: Sat-Sun Noon-5p soup or salad & dessert with any entrée purchased. Scan tag for special promotions

Pasta Faire Italian Ristorante 10401 US Hwy 441, Belleview / (352) 347-3100 Mon-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-9p Welcome to Pasta Faire! Owner Kathy Funk invites you and your family to enjoy the unique flavors of Italy. Come relax and enjoy the fabulous menu items, such as Veal Marsala or Picatta, Homemade Lasagna, Seafood Lovers Delight. Gourmet wood oven pizza’s and authentic NY Style pizza’s. Happy Hour is every Monday through Saturday 11am-6pm. Looking for an authentic Italian caterer? We offer full-service catering for any occasion and a catering facility in Belleview that can accommodate up to 150 guests. Home of 2-4-1 large pizza’s everyday for take out.

Holiday gift certificates available! $10 free with a $50 gift certificate purchase. “New”Zia Pasta Day. ThursdaysAUCE, four different pastas and sauces, with salad $7.99.

La Cuisine French Restaurant 48 SW 1st Ave., Ocala / (352) 433-2570 / lacuisineocala.com Tue-Fri Lunch 11:30a-2p / Dinner daily starting at 5:30p / Happy Hour Mon-Thu, 5:30p-7p Live Piano Dinner Tues 6:30p-9p / Thu 6p-9p Looking for a romantic escape, a quiet spot for a business lunch or dinner or a cozy place for a friend or family reunion? Or simply craving good, hearty, quality food and dedicated service? Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Ocala, La Cuisine, with its unique French bistro atmosphere alongside worldclass food, full liquor bar and extensive selection of wines, is definitely worth a closer look! Our specialties include Escargots in Garlic Butter, Traditional French Onion Soup, Beef Bourguignon, Pork Shank in Honey Sauce, Orange Duck, Blue Crab Stuffed Filet Mignon, Ratatouille and our genuinely authentic Creme Brulée, to mention just a few!

Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Don’t delay, call for reservations. Seating is limited. Joyeuses Fêtes!

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IN THE BATHROOM: Is your bathroom littered with beauty utensils and supplies? Unscrew the jar tops and pop in your liners, brushes, tweezers, clippers and more. It’ll save you time and keep your counters clean. IN THE BEDROOM: You’ve found one earring, but where’s the other? As you search around for the missing link to your fabulous ensemble, think “spice rack.” Sort and store your studs, rings and other knot-proof jewelry in the glass jars for a go-to source for small fashion accessories. IN THE CRAFT ROOM: Organize all your small craft and scrapbooking supplies like sparkles, sequins, stickers, buttons and beads. Wa-La! You’ll have easy access to your crafty knick-knacks and won’t have to buy doubles when little things go MIA.

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IN THE OFFICE: Ouch! There’s that thumbtack! Nip your office hassles in the bud, with—you guessed it—an old spice rack. Now paper clips, rubber bands, staples, thumbtacks and erasers can all have a home and your spice rack doesn’t wind up in a landfill. IN THE GARAGE: Ever wonder what to do with the extra pieces from your projects? Toss ‘em, hide ‘em or just plain forget ‘em? That’s perfectly fine, until a bolt goes missing. The ace-of-all-trades spice rack can tackle that, too. Sort the small bits and pieces like screws, nuts and bolts into jars and you’ll have that honey-do list done in no time. IN THE GARDEN: From spices to… seeds? Yes, de-clutter the seed drawer in your shed with your up-cycled spice rack. Make sure to stick labels on the lids or, come spring, you might be growing petunias where your tomatoes are supposed to be.

CURIOUS CUPCAKES

opened October 28, bringing a sweet spot to downtown Ocala. The shop takes its name from the scrumptious and sometimes unusual cupcake flavors, like chocolate cayenne or beer and bacon. Of course, there are plenty of “regular” flavors, too. ©Ruth Black/Shutterstock.com Owners Chef Joan and Chef Curtis Dean make all their cupcakes, pies, cakes and breads fresh from scratch. The shop offers sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch plus a full line of flavored coffees. “We do everything natural and serve no processed meats,” says Chef Curtis. “We also do birthday parties for kids where they get to decorate their own cupcakes and play cupcake-themed games.” Open Monday– Friday, 9am-6pm and Saturday, 9am-3pm. Closed Sunday. 21 E. Fort King St., Ocala (352) 402-0190 thecuriouscupcakes.com

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La Hacienda Restaurant & Supermarket 4185 W Hwy 40, Ocala / (352) 512-0746 / lahaciendaocala.com Restaurant Hours: Sun-Thu 8:30a-8:30p / Fri & Sat 8:30a-9:30p Open 7 days a week The Holiday Season has arrived, so why not enjoy authentic Mexican dishes at La Hacienda! With homemade corn and flour tortillas, as well as an on-site bakery, your dinner guests will not leave unsatisfied. We will be making Mexican holiday dishes, including Tamales, Pozole and Chicken & Pork Mole. With lunch specials starting at $5.99, you can save your hard-earned money for Christmas shopping. Enjoy our fresh, homemade drinks, such as Horchata, Mango, Papaya, Pineapple and Lime, made daily. Don’t forget to leave room for homemade desserts like Flan, Chocoflan and Tres Leches. We hope to see you at La Hacienda this holiday season!

Check out our new “Lunch Specials” section of the menu, featuring all your favorite authentic dishes! Let us spoil you this holiday season and avoid making a mess in your kitchen!

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Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Mon-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p / Sun 11a-4p / Open until 4p Christmas Eve Open Christmas Day Noon-6p (Now Taking Reservations) Tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, Blanca’s Café is a gem of a find for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty. Patrons enjoy a full-service bar and live entertainment weekly as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer in town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.

Each Friday, we are offering 1 ½-pound Maine lobster. Reserve by Wednesday. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Weekly entertainment, call for details.

Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our great service, hospitality and delicious food, you’ll feel at home watching your favorite HD sporting events on the big screen TVs or enjoying live music on the patio. From poker to cruise-ins, there’s always something happening at the Tilted Kilt. Big or small, celebrate your next party or special occasion with us. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. You’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good!

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Add some heat and this is a perfect beverage for sipping on the porch at night. Unlike most warm drinks, it’s not too sweet but keeps it berry tart with lots of fruity goodness. Recipe and photo courtesy of Caroline Edwards, chocolateandcarrots.com. You’ll need… 1 cup Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash 2 sprigs fresh thyme

HOW TO: MOCKTAIL HOUR

What happens to the party when the alcohol is subtracted? With a little extra planning, it might just get better. Here’s how to nail the perfect mocktail hour with friends: »» A good host caters to every guest, so make sure there’s a drink for everyone. Having three or four different drinks on hand will ensure partygoers always have something to sip. »» Add a nonalcoholic twist by giving the party a theme. Everyone loves a seasonal get-together or set it in the ‘20s to add a touch of class. Putting together a costume will build guests’ anticipation, too. »» Plan a unique party game to use as an icebreaker. Once the guests feel more comfortable with each other, ditch the game and engage in conversation with partygoers.

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1. In a small pot, bring the cranberry splash and fresh thyme to a simmer. 2. Place cranberries in a mug. Pour warmed liquid over berries. 3. Squeeze lime wedge into drink, and serve warm.

GINGER BREW AUTUMN MOCKTAIL

For a Floridian winter, this drink is one-flavor-fits-all. The refreshing ginger says sunny summer while the frozen cranberries say winter.

ROCKY COLA SEAFOOD

opened in early October in the building on North Pine Avenue (North Hwy. 441/301) that formerly housed Tommy’s Bar-BQue. Named for owners Rocky Wang and husband Kevin Cola, the restaurant is well known for its famous garlic shrimp and crabs. The duo definitely knows seafood; they owned Rocky Cola Seafood in Gainesville for 15 years. ©HLPhoto/ Shutterstock.com The extensive menu includes everything from biscuits and sausage gravy to crab cakes, pan seared wild salmon, shrimp and chicken jambalaya, homemade New England clam chowder and more. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday– Saturday. Closed Sunday. 2065 N. Pine Ave., Ocala (352) 351-1880 facebook.com/pages/ Rocky-Cola-Sea-food

Recipe and photo courtesy of Marlene Baird, noshmyway.com. 4 oz chilled sparkling apple cider You’ll need… 6 frozen cranberries 2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice Crushed ice 4 oz chilled ginger brew 1. Add crushed ice to a cocktail glass. 2. Combine orange juice, ginger beer and sparkling cider. Stir gently to mix. 3. Garnish with frozen cranberries, and serve.

FAUX HOT TODDY

On a cool December evening, what’s a faster, tastier way to warm up than with this hot toddy mocktail? Recipe and photo courtesy of Marlene Baird, noshmyway.com. You’ll need… 7 oz hot black tea ½ tbsp honey 1 tsp lemon juice

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ABY SHOWERS, OFFICE PARTIES AND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS. THESE ARE JUST A FEW EVENTS AT WHICH ALCOHOL MAY BE MISSING, BUT NO NEED TO DITCH THE TASTY BLENDED DRINKS JUST YET. MOCKTAILS ARE THE PERFECT WAY TO CELEBRATE IN STYLE WITHOUT ADDING ALCOHOL TO THE MIX.

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Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3900 / kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p / Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p / Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes.

Happy Hour daily 4:30-6:00p Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 26 years!

Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 390-8188 Mon-Thu 4p-2a / Fri-Sun 11-2a Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place for hungry sports fans to go. With 32 high-definition televisions lining the walls, including a 133-inch and a 70-inch 3-D screen, airing every televised game, you won’t miss a minute of the action. A great menu and an incredible selection of 40 beers on draft means Tony’s can cater to any appetite. Not into the big game? Not a problem. With a pool table, dart boards and video games, patrons are sure to find plenty of entertainment. Visit Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill and Tony’s Sushi within 48 hours and receive a free domestic beer when you show the receipt.

Happy Hour 2-4-1 all day, everyday. Along with other drink specials.

El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Happy Hour Daily 4-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $4.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $4.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $6.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $5.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $4.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $8.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $7.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $7.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $7.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Monday. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Live Mariachi Band every Thursday 6-9pm at our Hwy 200 Location.

Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7p and get 2-for-1 wells or drafts. Whether it’s delicious food, great drinks or a festive atmosphere, there are more reasons than ever to visit either El Toreo location today.

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Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Open Christmas Eve for dinner 3p-8p. Closed Christmas Day. Open New Year’s Eve for lunch, 11a-2p and dinner, 4p-10p. Closed New Year’s Day. Happy Holidays from our family to yours.

Come celebrate the holiday season with Braised Onion. The restaurant will be decked out for the holiday season, so come see what we’re all about! You can have your event here, or we can cater it at your place. We take care of every detail, so leave the planning to us. Call Marge Newsom-Felix to begin your planning your event today. Our award-winning Chef Felix will be serving our holiday menu on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Join us Saturday, December 7 or Sunday, December 15 at 10am for Breakfast in Pajamas with Mrs. Claus and her elf, Zippy! Seating is limited so call Marge Felix at (352) 620-9255 for reservations.

The Getaway Deli 2637 E. Silver Springs Blvd. / (352) 789-6474 / F:(352) 789-6475 / thegetawaydeli.com Open Daily

Come Taste The World... As We See It. Catering available, and free delivery with call-in orders. Open Black Friday, 5a-6p

The Getaway Deli is the place to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Taste a wide variety of menu items, including the American “Liberty Bell,” grilled chicken or steak, sautéed with onions and peppers and smothered with rich provolone cheese; or the Old World-themed “Three Tenors,” ham, salami and pepperoni on a hoagie with provolone. Crisp salads and a choice of two soups daily are also available along with a variety of sides. Top it all off with a wonderful dessert. Check out the new Juniors Menu, kids eat free Sundays (up to age 12). Now through Dec. 31st, 5% of all proceeds will be donated to Interfaith Food Pantry. Bring in a bag of non perishables and receive a free dessert.

Ipanema Brazilian Steak House 2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Lunch Wed-Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tues-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p / Closed Mon Open for Lunch Wed-Fri during the month of December. Book your holiday luncheon now!

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A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and Executive Chef Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at facebook.com/ipanemasteakhouse.


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Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two for $25.95. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.

Located at the crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Former owners of The Spiced Apple restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale

Ker’s WingHouse Bar & Grill 2145 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 671-7880 Sun 11a-Midnight / Fri-Sat 11a-1a winghouse.com If you’re looking for a fun, casual environment to enjoy the next big game or fight, look no further! The Winghouse Bar & Grill has it all! A full liquor bar, 12 draft and bottled beers, 25 televisions, not to mention a 110-inch monster TV, and a menu that will leave you wanting more. Try their famous “Naked” Chicken Wings. These skinless drumettes are marinated, baked and tossed in your choice of award-winning sauces. Football season is in high gear, and you won’t miss a second of the action at the Winghouse with the NFL Sunday Ticket. They also feature all college games and all pay-per-view sporting events. But let’s face it, the Winghouse Girls may just be the biggest draw. Come and make the Winghouse Bar & Grill your new favorite hangout.

Daily lunch specials are offered Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm. Happy Hour 4p-8p & 10p-close.

World of Beer 2751 W Torch Lake Drive, The Villages / (352) 633-9519 / worldofbeerusa.com Sun-Fri 11a-Midnight / Sat 10a-Midnight Attention local beer enthusiasts, your newest favorite watering hole is now open. Serving 38 varieties of beer on draught and an additional 525 types of bottled beer, the World of Beer in The Villages doesn’t skimp on selection. Show up on a Friday or Saturday and enjoy live music while you try a new brew and munch on delicious appetizers like their soft German pretzel, crispy beer-battered onion rings or Guinness bratwurst sliders. And what’s better than sipping on some of the world’s best beer? Bragging about it.

Join the World of Beer’s Loyalty Card program, which tallies up the beer you’ve tried and showcases it for bragging rights. As part of the loyalty program, members receive merchandise, discounts and giveaways. Our gift cards make the perfect holiday gift!

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A number of special events will take place this month at the OCALA PUBLIC LIBRARY. Children of all ages are invited to take part in a variety of activities including a ride on the Polar Express, craft-making during Winter Break Wonderland and much more. library.marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8551.

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SNOW QUEEN AND STORY TIME The SEVEN SISTERS INN invites children ages 4-12 for a special tea party hosted by the Snow Queen herself. Enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, tea or punch and nibble on tasty tea sandwiches, cookies and other treats served by several fairytale characters. There will be activities, caroling and souvenirmaking while children interact with the characters of Hans Christian Andersen. There is even a rumor that a special red-suited man will make an appearance before the day is up. The tea party runs from 2-4pm, and the cost is $20 for one child and adult along with an unwrapped gift to benefit underprivileged children. sevensistersinn.org or (352) 433-0700.

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Calling all area princesses! The annual SUGAR PLUM PRINCESS TEA PARTY will take place at the Ocala Civic Theatre. Little ladies and knightly lads are asked to don their favorite princess dresses or nutcracker finery and enjoy tea with the cast of The Nutcracker. An animated reading will acquaint the young guests with the story of Clara while they enjoy a sweet treat. And parents should come with cameras, as the Sugar Plum Fairy herself will be there to greet the children and their families. There will be two parties, and each begins at 10am. Tickets are $8. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274.

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WALK IT OFF For anyone who overindulged this month, head to the INDIAN LAKE STATE FOREST in Anthony for a trail walk. There will be guided walks along the Bear-N-Oak trail for those looking to get out and about on the last few days of the year. The scenic trail winds around the lake and is covered by the shade of beautiful oak trees. The walk runs 9-11am. (352) 732-1201.

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What is the Jr. Magic Basketball Program? It’s a part of the Orlando Magic basketball program; children will learn the fundamentals of basketball. We have also included a four-day skills camp that is implemented by local high school coaches, their players and the College of Central Florida’s men’s basketball team. This year, we will be taking two teams to play during halftime at the women’s Gators basketball game on January 19 against the Georgia Bulldogs.

When is registration and who can sign up? Boys and girls ages 5-15 can register. For $55, each participant will get a reversible Magic jersey and a ticket to a Magic basketball game at the end of the season. Parents and chaperones may also attend the Magic game for $10 a ticket. Registration is open until January 13. Participants may register in person at the E. D.

Croskey Recreation Center located at 1510 NW 4th Street in Ocala, online at ocalafl.org or by calling me at (352) 629-8389 or (352) 368-5517.

How long is the season? The season lasts six weeks. The skills camp starts January 6, and league play will start on January 13. The season will last until February 18. The teams will play twice a week against other teams in the program in their perspective age groups. The City of Ocala recreation department requires that the team practices at least once a week. The practices are scheduled by each team’s coach. Games will be played at the E. D. Croskey Recreation Center.

What do you want participants to gain from this program? We want the youth to, first and foremost, have fun and meet new friends that will create lifelong relationships. We also want them to learn skills that can be beneficial during the course of their lifetime.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS AT THE APPLETON (ONGOING) The Appleton will host Age of Revolution through January 19, featuring a collection of 19th century works from the Appleton, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art and the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, a juried exhibit by members of the Ocala Art Group, will run November 2-January 5. Selections from the Florida Watercolor Society’s 42nd Annual Exhibition will be on display from November 23-January 19 and features some of the finest watercolor works from around the country. New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernado De Soto’s Florida Exhibition will be on display through December 31. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.

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The Irish Tenors

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

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Cheap Trick

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

12/06

Jimmy Eat World

House of Blues, Orlando

12/06

Alabama Shakes

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

12/07

Huey Lewis and The News

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

12/08

John Mayer

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

12/10

Kathleen Madigan

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

12/13

John McCutcheon

David A. Straz, Jr. Center, Tampa

12/16

Chiodos

Lava, Jacksonville

12/21

Let’s Hang On! Frankie Valli Tribute

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

12/28

John Wesley Harding

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

12/31

Rock of Ages

Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville

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ABBA: The Concert

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

1/16

Winter Jam Tour Spectacular

Tampa Bay Times Forum

1/11

Dueling Pianos

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

1/11

Billy Joel

Tampa Bay Times Forum

1/17

Badfish

High Dive, Gainesville

1/22

Billy Joel

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

1/22

Barry Manilow

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

1/23

Brad Paisley

Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, Tallahassee

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Barry Manilow

Tampa Bay Times Forum

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Merle Haggard

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

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Simply Streisand

Wayne Densch Center, Orlando

2/01

Pat Metheny

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

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Lily Tomlin

Florida Theatre, Jacksonville

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Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale

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Celtic Woman

Pensacola Saenger Theatre

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LET’S SKATE, OCALA (THROUGH JANUARY 5) Strap on your skates for some wintertime fun at the ice-skating rink in downtown Ocala. Open Mon.-Fri. 3-9pm and Sat. 12-9pm. General admission is $5, and skates are included. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3918. FREE FALL TENNIS PLAY DAYS (THROUGH MAY) During the last Saturday of each month, the Ft. King Tennis Center will host free play for kids 10 and under from noon-1pm at Tuscawilla Park. The program is designed to give kids additional court time in a low-pressure environment. (352) 598-0353.

THE AGE OF THE ‘80S If you can’t get enough of the ‘80s, then the Phillips Center in Gainesville is where you want to be on January 10. THE ROCK OF AGES comes to the area for one night only and features some of the hottest hits of the decade known for its big hair and jean jackets. Set in 1987, this Tony Award-nominated musical follows the romance of a small-town girl and her big-city-dreamin’ guy as they try and make their way on the Sunset Strip. The performance will be held at 7:30pm, and tickets go on sale December 2. performingarts.ufl.edu or (352) 392-2787. Jan

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Presbyterian Church at 3pm and the December 15 concert will be held at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church at 3pm. Admission is free; donations accepted. cfmasterchoir.com or (352) 237-3035. SANTA ON THE SQUARE (DECEMBER 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19) Santa will be making his annual stop in downtown Ocala on several days throughout December from 6-8pm. Children of all ages are invited to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus and partake in activities, a hayride, snacks and more. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3916. SANTA CALLING (DECEMBER 3-5) Register your good little boy or girl for a quick chat with Santa. Parents can arrange a phone call on these dates between 6-9pm by filling out an application through the Ocala Recreation and Parks department. ocalafl.org or (352) 401-3916. TRIPS ‘N’ TOURS (DECEMBER 4, 10) The Appleton’s Trips ‘N’ Tours program heads to the Christopher Still Studio in Tarpon Springs. Attendees will tour the studio and attend a Greek-themed lunch. Price is $75 for members and $85 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456. APPLETON AFTER HOURS (DECEMBER 5) The Appleton Museum will host an “After Hours” event featuring music and hors d’oeuvres. The event runs 5-8pm and is free for members and $10 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (DECEMBER 6) The Discovery Center will host a parents’ night out. Children can be dropped Continued on page 84


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The Hippodrome, Gainesville

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CF Chamber Music

Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala

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Hello, Dolly!

Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville

12/02

The Diary of Anne Frank

Wayne Densch Center, Orlando

12/05

Flashdance

Bob Carr Performing Arts, Orlando

12/03-12/08

It’s A Wonderful Life

Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando

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CF Dassance Fine Arts Center, Ocala

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Christmas in the Park

Morse Museum, Winter Park

12/05

Danú: Christmas in Ireland

Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville

12/17

Dance Alive National Ballet: The Nutcracker

Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville

12/20-22

Corey Smith

House of Blues, Orlando

12/30

Pensacola Symphony Orchestra

Pensacola Saenger Theatre

12/31

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Legends

Tampa Bay Times Forum

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The Mystics

Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala

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Moscow City Symphony

Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville

12/11

Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s SoundArt

Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala

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CF Dassance Fine Arts Center

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Blue Man Group

Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jacksonville

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Jeff Dunham: Disorderly Conduct

Pensacola Bay Center

1/23

Step Afrika

CF Dassance Fine Arts Center, Ocala

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Morse Museum, Winter Park

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Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville

2/01

There’s a Burglar in My Bed

Webber Center, Ocala

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Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?

Ocala Civic Theatre, Ocala

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The Graduate

CF Dassance Fine Arts Center, Ocala

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Man of La Mancha

Phillips Center for Performing Arts, Gainesville

2/11

Nuclear Cowboyz

Tampa Bay Times Forum

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at 7pm on December 6, First United Methodist Church at 3pm on December 7 and at Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church at 4pm on December 8. Admission is free; donations accepted. marioncivicchorale.tripod.com or (352) 537-8833. TUSCAWILLA TRADITIONS (DECEMBER 7) Tuscawilla Park will host various festivities, including the annual Tuscawilla Lights The Lakes. The event runs 5:30-7:30pm. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5517.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS CHRISTMAS SHOW (DECEMBER 6) The Summer Springs Chorus presents their Christmas show at the Lutheran Ascension Church. A silent auction will take place at 6pm, and the performance begins at 7pm. (352) 362-2069 or (352) 288-8841. HOLIDAY BAZAAR (DECEMBER 6) Life Care Center of Ocala will host a holiday bazaar featuring a number of local vendors. There will also be refreshments, activities and door prizes. (352) 291-4606. FLORIDA’S COWBOY CHRISTMAS AND FESTIVAL (DECEMBER 6-8) The Southeastern Livestock Pavilion will host a western-themed Christmas shopping experience and show. There will be non-stop rodeo action, live music, festivities and shopping. The festival begins at 10am. festivalnet.com MARION CIVIC CHORALE (DECEMBER 6-8) The Marion Civic Chorale presents three performances of The Sounds of Christmas. The concert will be held at St. George Anglican Cathedral

SAINTS ABOVE THE RIM BASKETBALL SHOWCASE (December 7) A basketball tournament featuring schools from Florida and Wisconsin will take place at St. John Lutheran School from 8am-9pm. Admission is $10 with a $2 parking charge. (352) 622-7275.

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FREE YOGA CLASS (DECEMBER 7) The Bliss Yoga Center will host a free community yoga class. All levels welcome. The class runs 9-10am. Donations collected for domestic violence center. blissyogacf.com or (352) 694-9642. FIRST SATURDAY CHILDREN’S ART PROGRAM (DECEMBER 7) The Appleton Museum will host a children’s art education series from 1-3pm. Children will partake in a hands-on art project with instruction. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. GIRLS INSPIRED TO TRY SCIENCE (DECEMBER 7) The Discovery Center will host a science-based program for girls from 10am-1pm. Girls will explore interactive stations based on a film, and lunch is provided. Cost is $15 per child, and the program is limited to 30 participants. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. KINGDOM OF THE SUN CONCERT BAND PERFORMANCE (DECEMBER 7, 8) The Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band Performance presents Christmas in the Air at the Marion Technical Institute. Admission is free and open to the public, and the concert begins at 2pm on December 7 and 3pm on December 8. kingdomofthesunband.org or (352) 624-9291. NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCE (DECEMBER 8) The Mary Ellen School of Dance presents The Nutcracker. The performance will be held at West Port High School at 4pm. maryellenschoolofdance.com or (352) 732-2030. HORSE IN THE WORLD OF ART (DECEMBER 9) The

Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association presents this one-hour lecture about horses in art throughout history. The lecture will run from 11am-noon at Live Oak Hall. masterthepossibilities.com or (352) 854-3699. DANCE PARTY (DECEMBER 11) Dancin’ Around Studio will host a dance party at 7pm. Admission is free for students and $10 for guests. Refreshments will be served, but BYOB. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637.

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(December 13) Snuggle close to one of the fireplaces in the historic Seven Sisters Inn as they present an evening of artistic elegance. The inn will host “Art by the Hearth,” a tour including themed paintings by seven selected Florida artists. Each work will be framed in candlelight and presented over one of the inn’s unique historic hearths. Enjoy the art of the season in the warm glow of one of Ocala’s most historic homes. The event runs 6-9pm, and admission is $10 for adults and free for children under 12. sevensistersinn.org or (352) 433-0700.

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Reindeer Run 5K will take place prior to the parade at 1:40pm and will start and finish behind Gateway Bank. ocalamarionchristmasparade.com or (352) 897-1098. HISTORIC FORT KING HOLIDAY ART FESTIVAL (DECEMBER 14) A holiday art festival featuring over 30 artists will take place in the Fort King section of downtown Ocala. The festival runs from 10am-4pm and is free to the public. sevensistersinn.org or (352) 433-0700. TRAINS AT THE HOLIDAYS (DECEMBER 14-30) The Webber Center at the College of Central Florida presents a display of working model trains. The display will be open 11am-5pm daily. Admission is free. ocalamodelrailroaders.com or (352) 401-0747. POPS! GOES THE HOLIDAYS (DECEMBER 14, 15) The Ocala Symphony Orchestra presents their annual performance featuring a variety of holiday favorites. The concert will take place at the Ocala Breeders Sales Complex at 7:30pm on December 14 and at 3pm on December 15. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606. MURDER MYSTERY DINNER (DECEMBER 28) The historic Seven Sisters Inn will host a murder mystery dinner. The dinner features appetizers, drinks and a four-course meal. Tickets are $60, and the dinner and show run 6-9pm. sevensistersinn.org or (352) 433-0700.

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March of Dimes Fundraiser HILTON OCALA

The March of Dimes’ annual In Honor of Excellence & Signature Chefs Auction, presented by Munroe Regional Medical Center, was held at the Hilton Ocala on October 13. Raising over $82,000, the event honored Lt. Col. Edward and Mrs. Lois Johnson for their exceptional philanthropic efforts throughout Marion County and brought together many of our most prominent community members and the finest restaurants in the area with the mission to make sure every baby born is a healthy baby.

Lauren & Dr. Harvey Taub

Laverne Hope, Pat Jordan and Diana Barge

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Priya Ghumman and Cory Pool

Frank & Michelle DeLuca

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Dr. D.P. Raju, Dr. Srisha Rao and Ed & Eleanor Hritzo

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March of Dimes Fundraiser HILTON OCALA

The March of Dimes’ annual In Honor of Excellence & Signature Chefs Auction, presented by Munroe Regional Medical Center, was held at the Hilton Ocala on October 13. Raising over $82,000, the event honored Lt. Col. Edward and Mrs. Lois Johnson for their exceptional philanthropic efforts throughout Marion County and brought together many of our most prominent community members and the finest restaurants in the area with the mission to make sure every baby born is a healthy baby.

Erin & Thomas Buss

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PHOTOS BY RONALD W. WETHERINGTON

Chuck & Ann Koch Don & Sue Taylor, Ron Johnson and Nancy Sue Curtis

Susan & Mimi Hale David & Jayne Ellsperman Danielle & Ben Marciano

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1st Annual Pink Tennis Shoe Ball

Cynthia Barnes and Tara Woods

Connor Tuck and Laurean Richardson

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On October 4, each of Marion County’s law enforcement agencies (Marion County Sheriff ’s Office and the Ocala, Belleview and Dunnellon Police Departments) joined together to host the 1st Annual Pink Tennis Shoe Ball at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center. This sold-out, black tie event featured both silent and live auctions and all proceeds benefitted the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

Manal Fakhoury, Valerie & Kevin Reed Wayne Fredrick, Joshua Hoffman and Adam Robinson

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Cindy Turner, Laurie Whitaker, Claire Wilder, Gail LeBlanc and Sangi Blair

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Ocala Royal Dames Hawaiian Luau

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The Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research, Inc. hosted a Hawaiian luau at the Country Club of Ocala on August 17 to raise money for cancer research and education. Guests were greeted with a Hawaiian lei, and the bright, colorful atmosphere made for the perfect summer party. Following a buffet dinner, the Sala’s South Seas Revue performed a delightful show of Hawaiian dancing.

David & Diana De Lammierre, Melissa McNichols, Celia Truesdale, Hugh McNichols and Dr. Richard Truesdale

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