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Sunset Magazine is a magazine covering western homes, gardens, food and travel (five regional editions). Founded in 1898, it is a monthly publication published by Sunset Publishing Corp. Sunset Magazine subjects include home and gardening as well as travel and tourism. The senior vice president is Kevin Lynch.

Articles from Vol. 223, No. 6, December

Best Handmade Gifts: 7 Simple Projects to Give on Their Own or as Part of a Perfect Package
GIVE 'EM A BREAK A water hyacinth basket ($12; pierl.com) is the natural choice to contain spa-inspired stress relievers. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Make BATH SCRUB Create a scrub from 1/2 cup each Epsom salts and sugar, plus 1/4 cup sunflower...
Christmas in the O.C
Breaking with tradition JOEL STEIN, RICK BASS, NOVELLA CARPENTER, AND JOYCE MAYNARD RECOUNT HOW, WHEN THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENED AROUND THE HOLIDAYS, THEY MADE THE MOST OF IT One of the great things about being a Jew is that while we get plenty...
December: What to Do in Northern California
NEW GLOVES The Ethel garden gloves ($20; ethelgloves.com) come in a wide array of fashionable, snag-resistant fabrics. Use discount code "sunsetmag" to get 20 percent off your order this month. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] GREEN GIFTS Coconut-fiber...
Easy Cookie Decorating: 6 Quick Ways to Dress Up Your Favorite Recipes
Show the cookie flavor, here a walnut Mexican Wedding cake, with a nut pressed into the dough before baking. * Inspired by Henry Mendoza, Marina del Rey, CA, and Tyffani Peters VIA FACEBOOK Sprinkle powdered sugar around a stencil (cut from card...
Festive Drinks: Raise a Glass (or Five) of Good Cheer
ORANGE-SCENTED MULLED WINE Warm coriander and pungent cardamom--instead of the usual cinnamon--give this traditional spiced wine an earthy floral twist. * Inspired by Megan Nordtvedt, Seattle CRANBERRY AND SPICE TEA "TODDIES" Perfect for revelers...
Gift Guide: From $1.25 Seed Packets to a Sunny Tray for Breakfast in Bed, Here's What Our Sunset Staffers and Friends Are Lusting after This Season-Including 12 Picks for $25 or Less
Sustainable stars These hardworking reclaimed stars can add the finishing touch to a gift or decorate a tree. Made from recycled milk cartons, they're available with red or green ribbon. $15 for set of three; 5 3/4-inch diameter; branchhome.com...
Juicy Fruits: Winter's the Time for Citrus-And for Vitamin C
Cran-tangerine layered gelatin SERVES 8 TIME 2 3/4 hours, with chilling For another look, use wine flutes. 1 1/2 tsp. plus 1 envelope unflavored gelatin divided 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice, chilled l/3 cup plus 1/2 cup sugar, divided 1 tbsp. finely...
Kanella Christmas: Joyce Maynard Proves That Good Things Come in Simple, Sweet Packages
I spent my first 40 Christmases in New Hampshire, where our family's traditions always involved a tromp through snow-dusted woods to cut down our tree and roaring fires in the woodstove to fortify us against the below-freezing temperatures. Then...
Meet the Unsung Roasts: Skip the Usual Pricey Cuts. Try These Delicious (and Budget) Alternatives, with Menus to Match
INSTEAD OF: Prime rib for $75 TRY: Beef cross-rib roast for $14 Spicy beef cross-rib roast with caramelized clementine sauce SERVES 6 to 8 TIME 2 1/4 hours Chinese orange-peel beef was the inspiration for this roast. 2 1/2 lbs. Clementines 1...
No Escape: Novella Carpenter Celebrates with Peanuts and Bottled Water
Every year, my partner, Bill, and I like to go someplace where no one cares it is Christmas. Lately that has been the Jewish deli in Berkeley. But one year, we fled to Slab City, near the Salton Sea, to get respite from the Baby Jesus mania. Bill and...
The Dog Ate My Christmas: For Rick Bass, Christmas Is the Season of Sharing. except for Dessert
We lived in a cabin in the woods at the edge of a pond. It was up at the northern end of the Yaak Valley, in Montana. The girls were 4 and 1. Our ritual was to put each of them in a backpack on Christmas Day and, prior to dessert, go for a walk up...
The Easiest Party Plan: Relax, the Secret to Throwing a No-Fuss Holiday Party Is Simple: Stick to One Theme. We Show You How
THE THEME Desert-Mex fiesta WHY Bright colors, easy food everyone loves, a surprising alternative to eggnog THE SETUP Creative color scheme + dramatic decor Red and fuchsia are a bold new take on a holiday color combo. A little of each...
The Great Escape: In This Cabin in Northern Washington, a Simple Design and Humble Materials Add Up to an Affordable Getaway
"WE LOOKED AT about every nook and cranny in Methow Valley," says Andy Maloy of his search, with wife Sarah, for a quiet site on which to build a streamlined retreat. They eventually found it in a 2 1/2 -acre parcel near Winthrop, Washington. Their...
The Sierra Resort the Crowds Forgot: Bear Valley Has No Hassle, No Scene, No Lift Lines. Isn't This Why We Go to the Mountains?
MUTINY IS AFOOT. There's time for one last run--but just. Then the lift creaks to a stop, and the operators start taking a good ribbing from the regulars backing up into the first lift line of the day. As the rumblings grow louder and first-name-basis...
The West Contains the Oldest, Largest, Most Glorious Conifers on Earth. and Winter Is the Time to See, Up Close, Where the Wild Trees Are
1 Jeffrey pine SPECIES Pinus jeffreyi GROWS to 120 feet YOU'LL KNOW IT BY Reddish, deeply fissured bark; long, green needles; and a liking for higher elevations (5,000 to 9,000 feet). STAR POWER The most famous specimen, atop Yosemite's...
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