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Think inside the box: Last-minute shopping ideas

Think inside the box: Last-minute shopping ideas

Three shopping spots packed with unique gift items.

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas downtown

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas downtown

Classic movies, parade, festival give downtown an ol' fashion feel.

December 19, 2014 11:15 am Photos

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Think inside the box: "Mama's Santos"

Think inside the box: "Mama's Santos"

Don't wait: Order "Mama's Santos: An Arizona Life" for Christmas giving.

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Fa la la la la: Raise the seasonal roof

Fa la la la la: Raise the seasonal roof

Nothing like a community songfest to get you in a holly-jolly mood.

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Split-pea soup

Split-pea soup

Let the slow-cooker do the work while you are at work or out and about. Put in a bowl with an Italian parsley sprig and dinner is served.

December 12, 2014 7:00 am
Voilà! Here's an easy-peasy dinner

Voilà! Here's an easy-peasy dinner

Split-pea soup in the slow cooker makes a satisfying meal.

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Almond Roca Cookies

Almond Roca Cookies

My mom refers to these Almond Roca Cookies as "The Cookies"

December 10, 2014 10:00 am
Knock-your-socks-off tasty cookies are a holiday must-have

Knock-your-socks-off tasty cookies are a holiday must-have

Almond Rocca-like cookies are a sweet blend of buttercrunch, chocolate and almonds.

December 10, 2014 8:30 am Photos

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The most famous reindeer of all

The most famous reindeer of all

Tune in tonight for the 50th anniversary showing of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

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Write a letter to Santa

Write a letter to Santa

Postal History Foundations makes it easy to write the jolly old elf.

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Holidays in Tucson: Beating a 'Bah! Humbug!' mood

Holidays in Tucson: Beating a 'Bah! Humbug!' mood

Trends, traditions and ideas for a season of celebration.

December 02, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Devil's claws in a centerpiece

Devil's claws in a centerpiece

I like the contrast of shiny and sparkly with the natural and vintage. The bread bowl is from my great-aunt's basement in Illinois. 

December 01, 2014 7:00 am
On the Christmastree

On the Christmastree

A devil's claw can be strung with fishing line and hung on the tree or just poke it into the branches. 

December 01, 2014 7:00 am
Centerpiece

Centerpiece

I like the contrast of shiny and sparkly with natural and rustic. The bread bowl is from my great-aunt Ruth's Illinois basement.

December 01, 2014 7:00 am
Dried pod

Dried pod

The plant’s woody seed-pod splits open at one end into two curved claws or horns. Bet you can guess how it gets it's name.

December 01, 2014 7:00 am
Holidays in Tucson: Decorating with devil's claw

Holidays in Tucson: Decorating with devil's claw

Trends, traditions and ideas for a season of celebration.

December 01, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Book festival authors announced

Book festival authors announced

News about the authors and behind the scenes of the Tucson Festival of Books.

November 30, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Bibliophiles take note — Indies First today

Bibliophiles take note — Indies First today

Trends, traditions and ideas for a season of celebration.

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Holidays in Tucson: Shop local, shop small today

Holidays in Tucson: Shop local, shop small today

Trends, traditions and ideas for a season of celebration.

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Autumn in Tucson: The 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Autumn in Tucson: The 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Flavors, events, traditions: We share why fall is a season to be savored.

November 27, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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This Nativity scene is an 800-piece marvel

This Nativity scene is an 800-piece marvel

El Nacimiento at the Tucson Museum of Art’s historic Casa Cordova is a tradition that you will find only in Tucson 

November 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Tucson Festival of Books: 'Longmire' heads to Netflix

Tucson Festival of Books: 'Longmire' heads to Netflix

News about the authors and behind the scenes of the Tucson Festival of Books.

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Basil doesn't do well in cold weather

Basil doesn't do well in cold weather

Do as I say and not as I did — don't ignore freeze warnings. This is my basil plant. I should have covered it or moved it under the cover of the porch.

November 25, 2014 3:45 pm
Autumn in Tucson: Baby, it's cold outside

Autumn in Tucson: Baby, it's cold outside

Flavors, events, traditions: We share why fall is a season to be savored.

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Autumn in Tucson: After the turkey

Autumn in Tucson: After the turkey

Flavors, events, traditions: We share why fall is a season to be savored.

November 25, 2014 3:00 pmLoading…
Turkey, wild rice and mushroom casserole

Turkey, wild rice and mushroom casserole

Yikes! I forgot the almonds on top of the casserole. The almonds make a lovely topping and add to the autumn-like taste of this dish.

November 25, 2014 7:00 am
Start mashing now for delicious Thanksgiving potato casserole

Start mashing now for delicious Thanksgiving potato casserole

Prepare ahead while the kitchen is less hectic.

November 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Autumn in Tucson: Back away from the Christmas tree

Autumn in Tucson: Back away from the Christmas tree

Flavors, events, traditions: We share why fall is a season to be savored.

November 22, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Autumn in Tucson: Sabino Canyon

Autumn in Tucson: Sabino Canyon

Flavors, events, traditions: We share why fall is a season to be savored.

November 21, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Autumn in Tucson: El Nacimiento opening

Autumn in Tucson: El Nacimiento opening

Flavors, events, traditions: We share why fall is a season to be savored.

November 20, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Owl haunt in Honey Bee Canyon

Owl haunt in Honey Bee Canyon

Owls frequent this spot. Best time to see them is spring when there are nests.

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Needs a hug saguaro

Needs a hug saguaro

This Saguaro looks like it needs a hug.

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Water trough

Water trough

A watering trough is a reminder of another era.

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Honey Bee Canyon

Honey Bee Canyon

Honey Bee Canyon is a gentle hike that follows a sandy wash and gains only about 200 feet of elevation. 

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Autumn in Tucson: Go take a hike

Autumn in Tucson: Go take a hike

Flavors, events, traditions: We share why fall is a season to be savored.

November 14, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Autumn in Tucson: Tucson Village Farm Harvest Festival

Autumn in Tucson: Tucson Village Farm Harvest Festival

Flavors, events, traditions: We share why fall is a season to be savored.

November 13, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Pumpkin biscotti

Pumpkin biscotti

Biscotti and a cup of coffee is an ideal fall snack.

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Autumn in Tucson: Pumpkin biscotti

Autumn in Tucson: Pumpkin biscotti

Flavors, events, traditions: We share why fall is a season to be savored.

November 11, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Top with white chocolate

Top with white chocolate

Reassemble the logs and top with white chocolate. (This application is a bit heavy handed.)

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Shape dough into a log

Shape dough into a log

Shape the dough into a log that is about ½-inch thick. You can use parchment paper or lightly grease a cookie sheet.

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Bake the cookie slices

Bake the cookie slices

Bake the dough slices.

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Pumpkin biscotti

Pumpkin biscotti

Homemade biscotti requires baking the cookie dough twice, but it is not as intimidating as it seems.

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Slice the dough

Slice the dough

After the dough bakes for about 22 minutes, cut it with the serrated knife into 1-inch slices.

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Review: Winding Road's production of "Death of a Salesman"

Review: Winding Road's production of "Death of a Salesman"

Though there are some bright spots and convincing acting, Friday night’s opening of Winding Road Theatre Ensemble’s production of “Death of a Salesman” was liked, but not well-liked.

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Autumn in Tucson: Veterans Day

Autumn in Tucson: Veterans Day

Flavors, events, traditions: We share why fall is a season to be savored.

November 10, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Launch party Friday for Hillerman Prize-winning novel

Launch party Friday for Hillerman Prize-winning novel

Written by former Tucsonan CB McKenzie, "Bad Country" is set in Tucson.

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'Mama's Santos' can be ordered as printed book

'Mama's Santos' can be ordered as printed book

Timeless story adds depth and understanding to the history of Arizona.

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Autumn in Tucson: Tubac Fall Arts & Crafts Festival

Autumn in Tucson: Tubac Fall Arts & Crafts Festival

Flavors, events, traditions: We share why fall is a season to be savored.

November 07, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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