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BuyCostumes Halloween Costumes

This Halloween, celebrate the champion within or release your inner villain with costumes and accessories at BuyCostumes.

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Peppermint Swirl Hot Cocoa

by Home Heart Strings

Peppermint Swirl Hot Cocoa

Try this oh so yummy hot cocoa recipe made with peppermint!


1/3 cup of chocolate chips
4 cups milk
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 peppermint stick


Place the chocolate chips in a sauce pan. Pour the milk over the chocolate. Place the pan on medium low heat and cook stirring constantly until the chips just begin to melt. Add the cocoa powder and sugar. Stir until incorporated into the melting chocolate. Dump in the peppermint extract. Turn the heat to medium high and stirring continuously cook the mixture until it begins to boil and the mixture is smooth. Pour into warm mugs and garnish with a peppermint stick.



Perfect Pumpkin Soup Recipe

by Home Heart Strings

Perfect Pumpkin Soup Recipe

1 Tbsp oil
1 small onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic – chopped or grated
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 Tbsp ground coriander seed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 cup half-and-half or cream

In a large soup pot, pour the oil and put over medium heat, add onions and cook until soft. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 1 minute, then add the other spices, and stir together. Pour in the wine, and stir, cooking for 1 minute. Add the pumpkin puree and broth, stir and cook until heated through, about 4 or 5 minutes.

To make soup smooth, remove from heat and let cool slightly, then pour into food processor.  Blend until smooth, then return to pot. (Or use a stick blender if you have one.) Put soup pot on low heat and bring back up to hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat and pour in half-and-half, stir, and taste for salt and other seasonings and add more if desired.  You may also add a touch of sugar if you like to bring up the sweetness level. Cover and let stand 5 minutes so flavors blend well.

Serve warm with garnishes like roasted pumpkin seeds, crispy bacon crumbles, a dollop of yogurt or sour cream, and chives or parsley.

You can easily double or triple this recipe for a larger crowd.  You will need to process it in several batches in the food processor if you do. This soup is rich and meant to enjoy in small portions, not large bowls.




Tips on Getting Christmas Gifts for Kids


With the holidays fast approaching, people are looking forward to family gatherings and starting to make their list on Christmas gifts for kids.  No matter how the economy situation is, giving gifts during Christmas especially to the kids is a tradition that is hard to break.  It is not so much as being materialistic but about sharing with each other the blessing of family and being together even just once in a year.  But choosing the right gift for a kid may be more of a dilemma as there are many toys to choose from.  To lessen the confusion, here are tips to keep in mind while making your holiday shopping.

Get to know the child you are giving the gift to.  If you are gifting a niece, nephew or a friend’s child, know the likes of the kid.  Even at their young age, a child may start to manifest what he or she likes especially during playtime.  Spending time with the kid will give you a clue as to what she or he loves doing.  The child may be musically inclined, a sports lover, art enthusiast and many more and you can base your gift with the kid’s dominant talent or skill.

Select a toy that will be enjoyed for a long time.  As you now know the child’s main interest, find a toy that can be played with for a few years.  If the child you are giving to is aged 3 give a piano that is for 4 and up.  Sports balls that are made as Christmas gifts for kids can be the junior sizes so as to practice the skills of the kid as early as possible.  Allow the child to grow with the toy and not just have fun with it for a few months unless of course if the toy entails small parts that are not good for small children.

Be creative in choosing a gift but you can stick with the classics.  There are many manufacturers of toys today that the variety of toys is sometimes just too much already.  But in giving a Christmas present, you can be creative as much as you can but you can also stick to the classic.  Like if you want to enhance the child’s development, you can choose building blocks but go for the classic Lego, clay toys and the like.  It’s creative but educational for the kid.

Add a book or other parts if you feel your toy gift is not enough.  After you have finally chosen the Christmas gifts for kid and you still feel that it’s not adequate enough, add a book or two.  You can choose a book with a story, for coloring or drawing.  Learning books may also be one of your selections if you want.

With these tips you are on your way to be a favorite gift giver of the child as you made effort in getting the appropriate Christmas present.  What’s more it does not hurt buying early even if the price may be a bit higher than when it is on sale.  You can still find cheap Christmas gifts for kids before the Christmas rush.  Chances are you have more choices and you avoid the stress that comes with shopping when everyone else is also doing theirs.