Holiday Cookie Exchange

Written by Chris, WebAdmin.

Withrepparttar Christmas holidays coming up, many cooks will be looking at lots of baking and preparations forrepparttar 135530 parties and get-togethers not to mentionrepparttar 135531 big day itself. How can you reducerepparttar 135532 stress and still put out a variety of tasty treats for family and friends? Try a cookie exchange.

The general idea of a cookie exchange is a group of friends each bake a batch of cookies to be shared amongstrepparttar 135533 group. Each member concentrates on and only has to purchase ingredients for one recipe but still gets a variety of goodies to offer at their own home. You need ground rules and everyone has different ideas so it is a good idea to discussrepparttar 135534 details in advance so everyone knows their role.

For some parties there is a strict rule aboutrepparttar 135535 cookies being homemade. At othersrepparttar 135536 gathering is more important so if a member feels a time crunch atrepparttar 135537 last minute they can choose to buy something fromrepparttar 135538 bakery. Store bought bagged cookies would be taboo but bakery, homemade-like would be okay.

First, agree on a timeline. Make sure each member can makerepparttar 135539 commitment and ask that they each set aside baking time at least a few days beforerepparttar 135540 scheduled exchange (that way they have time to bake and time to fix it if something goes wrong). Another reason you might want to bakerepparttar 135541 cookies early is they "cure" a bit. Fresh cookies don't really transport well and tend to crumble badly duringrepparttar 135542 exchange.

Ask your members to send you their recipes so you can make copies forrepparttar 135543 others and ensure that no two are makingrepparttar 135544 same cookies (don't forget, variety isrepparttar 135545 key!). They don't all have to bake cookies either, bars and macaroons work really well too. It is a nice idea if they include a few lines about why they chose this recipe or any memories they have of making or eating these cookies. Sharingrepparttar 135546 details of howrepparttar 135547 recipe was once grandma's or how you set fire torepparttar 135548 kitchen one time while baking them is halfrepparttar 135549 fun ofrepparttar 135550 party! Create a booklet ofrepparttar 135551 recipes and memories for each member to keep. If you have a digital camera you could even take pics atrepparttar 135552 party ofrepparttar 135553 cookies andrepparttar 135554 members to include inrepparttar 135555 booklets.

7 Poker Mistakes

Written by Rory Monahan

Do You Make These 7 Poker Mistakes?

By Rory Monahan

Here arerepparttar seven mistakes to avoid:

1. Getting Too Emotional
2. Focusing Too Much On The Cards
3. Folding Instead Of Checking
4. Trying Too Hard To "Fool" The Opponent
5. Being Too Consistent
6. Not Adapting To The Skill Level Of Others
7. Not Getting Help.

1. Getting Too Emotional

Don't let your emotions come out atrepparttar 135509 card table!

It's easy to get "into"repparttar 135510 game, but you've got to practice self-control!

By staying cool, calm, and disciplined, you'll be able to concentrate on your strategy and winningrepparttar 135511 hand.

2. Focusing Too Much On The Cards

Remember, poker is aboutrepparttar 135512 PLAYERS rather thanrepparttar 135513 HANDS. Sure, what cards you have is definitely important, butrepparttar 135514 only way to consistently WIN Texas Hold 'EM poker is if you are able to "read" repparttar 135515 other players atrepparttar 135516 table.

Study their habits, watch their faces, observe their peculiarities... and THEN focus on your own hand.

3. Folding Instead Of Checking

Don't fold if you can check! Unless it's part of some "bigger strategy" you've got going (likerepparttar 135517 ones I talk about in my book), then it's silly to fold a hand when you can just check instead.

4. Trying Too Hard To "Fool" The Opponent

Many beginners try to deliberately "fool" repparttar 135518 other players by "acting" a certain way.

This usually backfires.

Most people are good at reading body language, and your pretending will only give you away.

A better strategy is to let your ACTIONS foolrepparttar 135519 other players. Keep your poker face straight and calm and let them fall forrepparttar 135520 bait by making bets or placing action in ways that will confuse them.

5. Being Too Consistent

The easiest way to win easy money atrepparttar 135521 poker table is to just study a person's habits for awhile, and then take advantage of them hand-by-hand because they're so predictable.

Don't be this kind of sucker!

If you makerepparttar 135522 same moves and same bets atrepparttar 135523 table every time you play, other players will pick up on it so fast that you'll be out of chips in no time.

Be "spontaneous" in a calculated way, and be unpredictable. It will frustraterepparttar 135524 other players... and you'll win all their chips.

6. Not Adapting To The Skill Level Of Others

Everyone knows that some of poker's greats are most frequently beat by BEGINNING players atrepparttar 135525 card table.

A lot of professionals refuse to play with "newbies" because they know there's such a high risk of losing and being embarrassed.

So how exactly can these beginners beat these PROS?

It's simple.

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