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The Gift of Kindness

bellawebLooking for a great gift for the health-conscious person in your life? Give them a delicious surprise from Kind Healthy Snacks. Their new, Limited-Edition KIND Holiday Cube is not just a gift, it’s an experience. Filled with 20 seemingly indulgent Nuts & Spices chocolate flavors, the cube sides fall away to make a perfect present!

Plus, this is a gift that keeps giving. Inside you’ll find a #kindawesome card which you can use this season to celebrate someone spreading kindness in your world. Simply:

  1. See a KIND act, big or small.
  2. Give the #kindawesome card to the person doing the KIND act.
  3. Share that the card can be redeemed for a sample of KIND snacks as a thank-you for being KIND.

Visit www.kindsnacks.com for more information and to order a box for the special person in your life today!

WIN a Minimergency Kit!

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Gladiola Girls is giving away a Minimergency Kit to one lucky reader! It contains everything a girl might need from pain relievers and tampons to breath freshener, dental floss, and an adhesive bandage!

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

WIN a Potentially Chic Candle!

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Enter to win a candle from Potentially Chic! These candles are perfect for holiday parties and gifts– but we love to burn ours year round! So many yummy scents!!!

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

WIN a Selfie Pole from Make it Personal!

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We know you have someone on your list who could use this! Win a selfie pole from Make it Personal in Roanoke! This unique prize is perfect for all of your holiday celebrations. Capture all of your friends and family in one perfect selfie!

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

WIN a Red Fox Throw!

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Magnolia in Roanoke is giving away this luscious Red Fox Signature Series Throw to one lucky reader (valued at $179!). The company that makes this throw, Fabulous Furs, was a featured company on Oprah’s list of favorite things for 2014… and we have one to give away!!

A great gift or addition to your own home!

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

 

WIN Holiday Pops Tickets from RSO!

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We are giving away two Roanoke Symphony Orchestra tickets to Holiday Pops: Home for the Holidays! This show gets bigger every year. With over 200 singers, star Soprano Ariana Wyatt, full orchestra conducted by Maestro Wiley, and a history of huge audiences, we hope you’ll choose to be a part of the RSO’s holiday concert tradition! Event is this Friday, December 5th!

Visit our Facebook page for details on how to win! Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the December issue for more information on all of the fantastic prizes you can win this month!

Give Cookies in a Jar!

belladecemberCookies are a great gift for acquaintances and coworkers. However, during the holidays, it is easy to be overwhelmed by cookies. Give them the gift of Cookies in a Jar! They can save your cookies for later and make them with their families. Here are a few of our favorite combinations from www.followinginmyshoes.com

Buttered Toffee Oatmeal Cookies
1 Box White or Vanilla Cake Mix
⅔ Cup Toffee Bits
1 Cup Rolled Oats

Empty cake mix into a clean, wide-mouth canning jar, lightly packing the mix down.
Add the toffee bits in an even layer on top of the cake mix.
Next, carefully add the rolled oats.
Seal with the lid.

Recipe Card:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Using a stand mixer, combine the cake mix, 2 eggs and ½ cup very soft butter.
Gently mix in the toffee bits.
Add the oats and stir slowly (the dough will be quite thick).
Using two small spoons, measure out and shape each cookie into a ball.
Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes or until bottom edges are golden brown.
Remove and cool cookies on a wire rack.
Store in an air-tight container.

Hot Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

1 Box Devil’s Food Cake Mix
½ Cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Cup Mini Marshmallows

Pour the cake mix into a clean and dry wide-mouth canning jar, gently packing the mix down.
Next, add the mini chocolate chips in an even layer on top of the cake mix.
Pack the mini marshmallows into a snack-sized ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible before sealing the bag.
Fold the bag and add it to the jar.
Seal with the lid.

Recipe Card:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Empty the cake mix into a mixing bowl and add 2 eggs and 1/3 cup oil.
Stir (or mix with a mixer) until blended.
Add the mini chocolate chips.
Using two small spoons, measure out and shape each cookie into a small ball and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Add three mini marshmallows to the top of each cookie, pushing them lightly into the raw dough.
Bake for 8-9 minutes. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool.
Store in an air-tight container; separate cookie layers with wax paper to avoid sticking.

 

Fudge Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

1 box Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1 Cup Crushed Peppermint or Candy Canes 

Pour the cake mix into a clean and dry wide-mouth canning jar, very lightly packing the mix down.
Add the crushed peppermint in an even layer on top of the cake mix.
Seal with the lid.

Recipe Card:
Mix the cake mix, 2 eggs, and 1/3 cup oil.
Add the crushed peppermint and blend until well mixed.
Using two small spoons, measure and shape each cookie into a ball.
Drop the cookie into bowl of powdered sugar (1-2 cups) and lightly toss or roll to coat.
Remove and place each cookie on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes or until wide cracks/ridges form on the top of each cookie.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before removing the cookies to a wire rack.
Store in an air-tight container.

Visit www.followinginmyshoes.com for more recipes and free printable recipe cards!

masonjarIf putting the cookie mix together is too much work, try one of many delicious cookie mixes from the Mason Jar Cookie Company! You can even personalize it by creating your own recipe—choose the base mix, the add-ons, and give it a name! They also offer brownie, pancake and granola mixes. Go to www.masonjarcookiecompany.com to purchase your favorites!

Holiday Gifts: The Perfect Book

Giving the gift of literature this holiday season? Good for you! Here are some of our favorites for the book lover in your life:

Helen86_Final Cover.inddHelen on 86th Street and Other Stories by Wendi Kaufman: This compilation of short stories is perfect for women of all ages. The trials faced by each character will make you laugh on one page and cry on the next. Although some of the circumstances are very dark, they are very relatable in the sense that we have all faced challenges with family, relationships, and friendships. Kaufman writes intimately of daughters, mothers, and lovers, of first loves and difficult truths. This is a wonderful gift for your adult daughter, mother, or friend.

Chasing the Sun by Natalia Sylvester is set against the backdrop of political turmoil in 1992. Fans of Gone Girl will be on the edge of their seats with this suspenseful novel about a man whose wife is kidnapped just as their marriage is falling apart. This is a great gift for the mystery lover in your life and would also be an excellent choice for your book club!

The Vines is the most recent horror thirller by best-selling author, Christopher Rice. It focuses on the dark history of Spring House, a restored plantation mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. The past is unearthed when the current owner attempts suicide in the gazebo and awakens forces in the ground below. Perfect for the reader whose bookshelf is filled with vampires, ghosts, and other monsters!

textsTexts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg is full of hilariously imagined text conversations from classic and modern literary figures such as Scarlett O’Hara and Jessica Wakefield. Glimpse into re-imagined conversations between Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre, and texts from Daisy Buchanan! This is a unique gift for the classic literature fan on your list– a great coffee table book that is sure to spark conversations each time it is opened.    

Biscuit for Your Thoughts presents an aphorism every dog owner (past or present) will understand, paired with a lovable and outrageously funny pet portrait by NYC photographer, Andrew Darlow. Buy this book for your own home, and take in the wisdom that dogs have “cultivated over thousands of years” to help humans relax and live the good life!