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Photo-transfer projects make easy handmade gifts

Photo-transfer projects make easy handmade gifts

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Busy lives may require sacrifices, but forgoing handmade gifts for the holidays doesn't have to be one of them. We only need to plan well to have our crafts and give them away too. Photo-transfer projects are perfect for this: They're generally fast, easy and inexpensive.
 
More than a circle: New takes on the standard wreath

More than a circle: New takes on the standard wreath

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Say “wreath,” and the beloved evergreen standard comes to mind — unadorned or dressed for the holiday season with lights, bows, fruit or ornaments.
 
Hanging Christmas lights a growing business

Hanging Christmas lights a growing business

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Some people will spend 20 minutes hanging Christmas lights outside their house. Then there are the people who will spend hundreds of dollars to have people do it for them.
 
A quinoa dish that can be a side or delicious main

A quinoa dish that can be a side or delicious main

Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
This recipe for winter quinoa dressing is a perfect dish for both newbies and quinoa pros. It complements the gorgeous roasts of winter as a side dish, or can be served as a main event for a simple supper.
 
Tugboat Tavern a comfy setting for great food

Tugboat Tavern a comfy setting for great food

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
When we walked into the Tugboat Tavern, a family-owned restaurant in a small brick building in a quiet neighborhood of Cohoes, the server said "Our soups are fantastic." Boy, was she right.
 
SCHENECTADY

‘Game’s Afoot’ not up to Schenectady Civic Players' effort

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
“The Game’s Afoot” — winner of the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and currently in production by the Schenectady Civic Players— is new to me, but I won’t be seeing it again.
 
Christmas tree farm is a family affair
CHARLTON

Christmas tree farm is a family affair

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
Susan Fogg has been in the Christmas tree business for the past 10 years. There are about 3,000 trees on seven acres of land, in sizes that range from four feet to 20 feet.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Restaurant Week runs through Thursday

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
More than 50 restaurants across the county will participate in the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau's 10th annual Winter Restaurant Week through Thursday.
 

Christmas cards slipping in popularity

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014
Sales figures provided by the Washington-based Greeting Card Association say Christmas is still the most popular holiday for cards, with sales of individual and boxed cards totaling more than 1.6 billion each year.
 

Oscar winners Jones, Swank lend color to flat world of ‘Homesman’

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
There’s a hint of the Dust Bowl in Oscar-winner Hilary Swank’s face — a worn, rawboned quality straight out of a Walker Evans photograph. That makes her the perfect Mary Bee Cuddy, the sturdy not-quite-old-maid of Tommy Lee Jones’ film, “The Homesman,” based on the Glendon Swarthout novel.
 
Niskayuna toymaker continues to work hard at 93
NISKAYUNA

Niskayuna toymaker continues to work hard at 93

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
Most people never have the opportunity to walk through Santa’s workshop, where, of course, all the best toys are made. But if you ask nicely, Bob Honeyman will let you take a stroll through his.
 
Starbucks launches pay-ahead in Portland
NEW YORK

Starbucks launches pay-ahead in Portland

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014
Starbucks launched a mobile order-and-pay-ahead option in the Portland, Oregon, area this week as it prepares to expand the offering nationally over the next year.
 
Fiery J. Geils sets stage for Seger’s classic hits
ALBANY

Fiery J. Geils sets stage for Seger’s classic hits

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Peter Wolf pranced around the stage, like a kid still. Seger still had force behind that raspy voice — and he was not afraid to yell.
 
Chicken soup is ultimate comfort food

Chicken soup is ultimate comfort food

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
This Quick Chicken Soup with Orzo is just all-around easy to make and comforting. Combine with some nice crusty bread, perhaps a side salad, and dinner is served.
 
A home on wheels

A home on wheels

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
Motor homes are increasing in popularity as well, increasing to 2.1 percent of the total RV population in 2011, up from 1.9 percent.
 
 

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