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THIS COOKBOOK TAKES THE CAKE

Rose's Heavenly Cakes

Move over, Cake Bible, and make way for Rose Levy Beranbaum's latest and most sinful cookbook, Rose's Heavenly Cakes.

This 500-page beauty has 100 recipes and photos for cakes, including the the whipped cream bundt cake, the Double Chocolate Valentine, and the Sicilian Pistachio Cake.  I plan to try the Miette's Tomboy, mostly because I li

501 BLUE JEANS - A RIVETING STORY

According to Cotton Incorporated Lifestyle Monitor, the average American woman owns 7.2 pair of jeans, at an average cost of $37.41 each.

Does seven pair seem like enough? I was relieved to find that I own only about twice the average number: 13.75 (one pair is "Capri" length).

Most people think of blue jeans as an American phenomenon, but they were first worn by sixteenth century Genovese sailors as their everyday pants and were made of a coarse cotton/wool blend.

THE PHAMILY PERFORMS THE "ELEPHANT MAN"

Are you experiencing Bronco withdrawal? Why not spend your Sunday afternoon watching a live performance of "The Elephant Man," presented by the Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artist's League (PHAMALY).

The Elephant Man, a Tony award winning play by Bernard Pomerance, was first performed in London in 1977, and the same historical episode became the basis of a successful 1980 film starring John Hurt. It's the true story of Joseph Merrick, a terribly disfigured yet sensitive and intelligent man who is displayed as a carnival freak, and then rescued by a doctor --only to be more subtly exploited by Victorian society.

DO YOUR HEIRS A FAVOR AND DECLUTTER

Textile artist, author and socialist William Morris famously said, "Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."

I was reminded of this quote the first time I saw the crazily hoarded house that my elderly in-laws inherited from a friend who had died. Since the house had to be sold, it first had to be made presentable, and my husband and I were enlisted to help.

GIMME SHELTER - ATTRACTING FINE FEATHERED FRIENDS - PART 2

Would you like to hear some real Twitter? Then adopt a homeless avian family into your backyard by creating a safe and inviting environment for your favorite Colorado backyard bird.

In Part 1, we learned about birdfeeders, water and feed. Now we'll explore how to make your backyard welcoming if you'd like to observe a bird family grow up.

FINE FEATHERED FRIENDS AND HOW TO ATTRACT THEM, PART 1

How do you combat the winter doldrums while adding life and music to your yard? By creating a birdfeeding habitat with a birdfeeder, water and some tasty seeds or mealworms.

Colorado's environment is so varied that we have around 400 species of birds. Some pass through in the fall, and others are year-round residents.

TIVO TEBOW AND HEAR A HOLIDAY CONCERT!

Rimsky-Korsakov

This Sunday offers an opportunity to forego football on TV and enjoy live music by Golden's celebrated Jefferson Symphony Orchestra.

For almost 60 seasons, these volunteer performers have practiced long hours to produce a professional quality musical experience for audiences in Jefferson County. Most have regular jobs and are motivated by love and appreciation of great music and the opportunity to share it with the community. The JSO also supports young musicians with its "Young Artist Competition" by recognizing and rewarding contestants both local and from around the world.

THE SKINNY ON AVOIDING HOLIDAY CALORIES

Are you dreading that day in January when you find that you can no longer zip your pants? You can pretend that you left them in the dryer too long, or you can avoid this situation altogether by following a few tips.

  • Try to balance out the calories throughout the day - if you're going to an evening party, eat less during the day.
  • Cut calories in the kitchen. Opt for low fat milk, fat free yogurt or light cream cheese. You can even substitute applesauce or yogurt for oil when baking.
  • Take the advice of the American Diabetes Association and create the "perfect plate": 1/2 non-starch vegetables (broccoli, carrots, salad), 1/4 starch (rice, potatoes, pasta), 1/4 protein (chicken, meat, fish, tofu).

PEOPLE BEHAVING BADLY - OBJECTIONABLE MOMENTS IN HOLIDAY MOVIES

Are you experiencing an overload of sweetness this holiday season? Then you may need some respite in the form of movies featuring people not at their best during the festivities.

A Budapest gift shop is the setting for antagonistic co-workers Alfred Kralik (Jimmy Stewart) and Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) who are lonelyheart pen pals but don't realize it in The Shop Around the Corner. Here's a clip of Alfred counseling Klara on her choice of blouses:

ALLIED HEALTH CAREERS

Even though the national unemployment rate is hovering around 9.1%, a recent study by online job aggregator Indeed.com found that there are many opportunities available in the healthcare field, especially for registered nurses.

Thanks to aging baby boomers, other in-demand healthcare jobs include:

  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Case Manager
  • Patient Care Technician

To learn more, check out these online resources:

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