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FARGO — One thing I've learned from my years of holiday baking is to simplify when you can. For example, I found out the hard way that when you spend hours baking cookies, the last thing you're in the mood to do is spend hours decorating them. Some days I'm in the mood to bake elaborate recipes — other days I'm in the mood to decorate. But never both at the same time, or you'll get a tired, crabby me who might end up chucking the whole ordeal in favor of a cup of spiked eggnog and a rerun of "Chopped."
FARGO - If there were ever a perfect excuse to gather up the kids, put on your best clothes and slap on a smile it's the annual family Christmas card photo shoot. It's estimated approximately two billion Christmas cards will be sent by Americans this year alone—many of which feature families trying to look their best for loved ones on their list.
FARGO — Christmas is still a couple of weeks away but fear not, another very important holiday is knocking at your doorstep. Dec. 8 is "National Brownie Day." (Cue the trumpets heralding the arrival of chocolatey fudgy yumminess!) Like many of these weird holidays, we're not sure who started it, but aren't we so glad they did? It gives us an excuse to indulge and look back on how this glorious treat was created.
LOS ANGELES - A young Moorhead animator is one step closer to winning an Academy Award. According to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Devon Manney's film "Cradle" has reached the top ten for Best Animated Short Film now up for consideration at the 90th Annual Academy Awards. "I'm incredibly surprised, incredibly thankful and above all, incredibly lucky," Manney says. "This has been a really exciting morning, and it's really touching to see 'Cradle' in such lovely company."
FARGO — Theater students at Fargo's North High School are putting on what they call a "darkly-delicious black comedy" not only full of '80s nostalgia but meaningful lessons for today's teens. "Heathers: The Musical (High School Edition)" is a new, PG-13 version of the 2014 off-Broadway smash based on the popular 1989 film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.
FARGO — Black Friday has come and gone and some of you are well-into checking off items on your Christmas list. Others are in a white-hot panic with no clue what to get anyone. No matter which category you fall into, you might want to consider homemade gift breads. They're a fairly economical way to add an extra homestyle touch to store-bought gifts, and they're an easy standalone gift for those still stumped with shopping.
Winner: Wurst Bier Hall Location: 630 1st Ave. N., Fargo What is your reaction to winning? "While we love any awards we receive, this one is probably the most appreciated," said Wurst Bier Hall general manager Jason Cossette. "Beer is our main focus and to have the community say we are doing it right really means a lot to us." What's the best part about your business?
Winner: Happy Harry's Bottle Shops Location: 1125 19th Ave. N., Fargo; 1621 45th St. S.W., Fargo, and 4001 53rd Ave. S., Fargo What's your reaction to winning?
Winner: Happy Harry's Bottle Shops Location: 1125 19th Ave. N., Fargo; 1621 45th St. S.W., Fargo and 4001 53rd Ave. S., Fargo How would you describe your wine selection?
Winner: Nichole's Fine Pastry Location: 13 8th St. S., Fargo What's the best thing about your customers? "Their loyalty and appreciation for all that we do here," said chef and owner of Nichole's Fine Pastry Nichole Hensen. "We are so grateful to have such a wide variety of dedicated customers from all walks of life." What sets you apart from your competitors?