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Create cranberry and popcorn garland by stringing popped corn and fresh cranberries on heavy thread using a heavy needle and wind it around the tree branches.

Buy low-fat dairy, such as milk, sour cream, yogurt and cheese. (100+ calories cut) Low-fat buttermilk I like gaming profiles as a substitute for whole milk in any recipe. Nonfat evaporated milk works famously in dishes calling for cream, like sauces, pies, ice cream and, of course, in tea and coffee. Don’t confuse “evaporated” with “condensed” milk, which is heavily sweetened with sugar.

Tho you want to calculate the benefits of slowing it down? Let’s consider the long-term loss per hour on a reel slot machine with the whopping 97% return that the casinos seem so proud of. On a machine with a maximum-coin bet of 75 and slow play (300 pulls per hour), you’re putting through $225 per hour. Three percent of that is only $6.75 an hour. On the same quarter machine with a 97% return and fast play (500 pulls an hour), your expected loss per hour rises quickly–to $11.25. How about slow play on a $1 machine with three tokens played that pays back, say, 95%? Your expected loss is $45 an hour. Fast play on the same machine? You’d better sit down, because you can expect to lose at a rate of $75 an hour.

Books. New release books of current movies or by popular authors are also a good pick. Take a trip to your local bookstore and browse gaming profiles the selection for this age.

Zelda Wind Waker – Many people didn’t like the graphics on this Zelda game because they were too “kiddie” in their opinion. But the cartoon style really helped you feel Link’s emotions because they could be so much more expressive. A very fun adventure, slightly tedious in one section (a giant boat ride across the whole world), but one of the best games for Gamecube.

Metal Gear- Yap, hide, shoot, run, hide some more, yap even more. Not much movie material? Completely wrong. The Metal Gear series has long tried to make the game play like an interactive movie and due to this, gamers were divided into two: those who liked it and those who hated it. A Metal Gear movie should unite the two groups.

There is nothing wrong with enjoying a game. Like everything in life, though, there needs to be a balance. If you feel it’s starting to take over your life, if it starts taking up hours of your time each day, try to take a step back and analyse what it is that is causing this involvement. Are you simply spending this amount of time on it because you’re enjoying the distraction, or are you hooked? Are you playing the game, or are you being played?