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Baked potato skins, sugared cranberries and individual seven-layer dip

Finger foods and delicious drinks are a perfect way to get through the holiday party season between large feasts. Whether entertaining several people on Christmas Eve or looking to find something to nibble on (besides leftovers) a few days after Santa’s visit, these easy appetizers make any table beautiful, and keep every tummy full.

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“The Theory of Everything” and “Wild”

“The Theory of Everything”; Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones; Directed by: James Marsh; Rated: PG-13

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‘Top Five’

Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson

Directed by: Chris Rock

Rated: R

 

From a comedian who has tried writing and directing a couple of times before (“Head of State,” “I Think I Love My Wife”), this is Chris Rock’s best effort yet. The keen observations of pop culture that fuel his comedy are used here to craft a wickedly funny movie that has a surprising undercurrent of pathos to it.

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For over 20 years, the Honey-B Ham Company,  off of Calder, has been serving Southeast Texans some of the best soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch. The old fashioned shop has made a name for itself for not only offering a fast meal with friendly service, but for also having premade meals ready to take home with you on a moment’s notice.

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I have long believed that our attitude greatly determines our level of gratitude. If we spend our time thinking about how many good things we have in our lives, we have little time to dwell on the bad or wrong things. And I suppose this is a well-traveled two-way street. If our attitudes stink, then our levels of gratitude will be low or non-existent.

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