and for myself, I bought magazines. I really enjoy magazines... slick little bites of luxery or how-to or style. I'm especially intrigued by new magazines. I'm a sucker for a "premiere issue." In fact, I bought two.
That the premiere issue of Cookie on the top. It's tag line is: All The Best for Your Family. (And by "best" they mean really really shi-shi expensive stuff.) Another tag line on the cover says, "Inspiration and information for the woman within the mother." Now that really got me. I love that idea!
I've only skimmed the magazine and it's clearly not for me and the kind of people I hang out with -- birthday parties with fancy cheese plates (hello? we do cheese sticks and prepackaged grated stuff), family trips to luxery spas (we're happy with pizza and a movie) and very expensive clothes (me? Target and hand-me-downs). There is still some good stuff here, and I'll cut it up to make collages when I'm done. But I'm not subscribing.
And why is it called "Cookie?" I don't know. Not any mention of the choice in the issue.
The other premiere issue is on the bottom of the picture: Everyday with Rachel Ray. It's quite good. Nicely designed, easy to read and find info, casual voice, short articles, tons of recipes. In fact, I may try some.
Pumpkin Poleta with Chorizo and Black Beans
Cheddar-Crusted Chicken with Smooshy Applesauce
Chocolate Banna Bread Pudding
Asian Meatballs with Spicy Lime Dipping Sauce
Tortilla Chips with Black Beans and Spicy Cilantro Cream
Chandra's Chicken Curry
There is a recipe that I don't think I'll try -- it's the one that is designed for both dogs and humans to eat. No thanks.
Lastly, I bought the December/January issue of Mary Engelbriet's Home Companion. Tons of great design and style ideas here. If I had nothing but time, I'd fill our hall closet with cloth covered holiday hangers -- different ones for each season. The artist profile of Lynn Perrella is inspiring, too.
Can you believe I blabbed on for a whole post about magazines?!