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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

December 2012

hollyMerry Christmas, Happy Holidays & Happy New Yearholly Bonnie Carroll



Dear Life Bites Readers,

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We have some great traditional recipes and fun family destinations for December. Much of this issue is filled with travel, food, event and spa stories on beautiful Puerto Vallarta Mexico, where we attended the XVIII Festival Gourmet International; a collective of master chefs, foodies enjoying the colors and flavors of mexico.

The Newly opened all inclusive Hilton Hotel and Resort in Puerto Vallarto is magical, and their Ki Spa has a floatation pool that is blissful. Once again we visit the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission for Thanksgiving, where everyone had a good reason to be grateful. We look forward to the the December 23rd performance of the Nut Cracker Ballet at the Granada Theatre to bring in Christmas with a special warmth and happiness.

A photo has been sent over the internet of Obama as Christ...how many of you are considering him as the Anti-Chirst???

Movie lovers are all talking about "Anna Karenina" "Flight" "Lincoln" and "Sessions." Robert De Niro will be honored with the SBIFF Kirk Douglas Award in December. Cody Hilton celebrated another birthday on November 22nd and has some great film news and car care advice for your consideration.

Sips has a great tequila tasting from a professional at CasaMagna, and Chef Theirry Blouet and Chef Javier Placencia share a Christms Green martini recipe for your holiday enjoyment. Christmas trees are going up in every community throughout the world, and Santa Barbara lit their tree up just before their annual Parade on State Street. I always enjoy the lighting event at Rockefeller Center in New York, and the show televised this year was a star filled amazing celebration of Christmas. I just never cease to be amazed at the go for it spirit and determination to rise above adversity of New Yorker's . . . they are the best. Keep praying and sending donations to help them.

I hope you will join us in remembering our soldiers fighting in foreign lands and pray for their safe return to their families. God bless them, and God bless America in these challenging times. May the flag of freedom fly now and forever. Please pray for peace.

Merry Christmas to you, your family and dear friends. Thank you to all who contribute to LBN, and to the many readers who keep coming back.


Please enjoy a wonderful Pico Italy Tozetti recipe Lauren Birmingham Piscetelli included in her holiday story in Taste of Italia Magazine. Lauren  has been a friend for over seven years. She created a wonderful "Cooking Vacations" business that has become renowned and now generates stories and fine recipes on different destinations in Italy.

Cordially,

Bonnie Carroll

Bonnie Carroll
Publisher/Editor

LBN DECEMBER PARTY IDEAS holly

  1. Budget. List every possible item you may need and project the costs. Figure out where you can afford to splurge and where you must cut back. At the end of the event, you can compare your actual costs to the projected and see where you saved.

  2. Plan for the masses. Whatever you thought to order for food and drinks, double it. This is a time for all of your friends to come together so you have to accommodate everyone, have options!

  3. Music. Music will keep the party going so make sure you have a DJ who knows how to control a room or asks friends for song suggestions and comprise a playlist on your iPod.

  4. Have fun! Remember, you’re planning a party! If the decorations don’t show or you run out of hors d'oeuvres – you’re surrounded by your friends, colleagues, family – they’re all drinking and dancing and most likely haven’t noticed.

Ideas from Jon Gabel, the CEO of Joonbug.com


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