Buffet readers from last year may remember that around the winter holidays I did “12 Days of Blogging” where I counted down my 12 favorite blogs of the year. With 2010 coming to a close I find myself again wanting to do some sort of fun, end of the year thing, but I feel like doing “12 Days of Blogging” again would be stale. I have instead decided that as a farewell salute to Oprah who is ending her freakishly long running talk show I would do “Rebecca’s Favorite Things”. There will be no cars given away, no iPads tucked under your seat, but there will be links! You’ll get a link! And you’ll get a link! Everybody gets a link!

The first thing I want to share is that I still LOVE, LOVE all the blogs I highlighted in last year’s “12 Days of Blogging”. I’m not going to list them all here again, why do that when you can just read last year’s post? All the blogs listed are free reading, so start reading them!

Speaking of free, on November 15th a new Girl Talk album was released. You may remember Girl Talk from my “Rethinking the Remix” article back in July of this year. Girl Talk’s new album “All Day” is fan-freakin’-tastic! High quality remixers just hear things differently from the rest of us. How else can I explain a smile inducing, rump shaking album that features a mind blowing mash up of over 350 different songs? Tempted to check it out? You can download the album free at the Illegal Art website.

Although not free, I’d like to bring attention to a book that I’ve been wanting to share with you but just haven’t managed to get a proper write up done. If you haven’t done so already, buy yourself a copy of “Witchcraft on a Shoestring: Practicing the Craft without Breaking Your Budget” by Deborah Blake. Readers know that I have myself a big ol’ girl crush on author Deborah Blake, but hey, even THE Donald Michael Kraig gave this book a tip of the hat in the comments section of my interview with him! Besides it being written by Deborah Blake, why else do I like this book you ask? Because despite its name, you don’t need to be a Witch to get a lot from this book.

I do not practice Witchcraft but I found this book full of great ideas that need not have anything to do with religious and/or magical practices. The coolest thing is there are 45 feast dishes for $10 or less! I want to try them all! Once my health is better I’ve got to start with the rum cake recipe! Yum! Hidden like little gems within the “witchy” text are great ideas for anyone! For instance, in the “Use This, Not That” chapter Blake suggests that instead of buying an expensive chalice for ritual you could buy an inexpensive glass goblet and a few markers that are made to be permanent on glass to decorate it. As a drinker, who is friends with drinkers, this is a great, affordable gift idea! She also talks about how to make your own candles, a fun Yule wreath project that could easily be suited to any family and friends occasion and more! And hey, The Magical Buffet gets an actual mention in the book! Am I blushing?

Back to free, assuming you have good internet access, there is Hulu. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Hulu, here’s the skinny from their website, Hulu is an online video service that offers a selection of hit shows, clips, movies, and more at Hulu.com. Hulu’s selection of premium programming is provided by more than 225 leading content companies, including FOX, NBC Universal, ABC, Lionsgate, MGM, National Geographic, Paramount, A&E Television Networks, PBS, and Warner Bros. Television Group.” Now they don’t offer EVERYTHING, and many of the shows on there have expiration dates where they disappear, but for the price of watching a few very short commercials you can expand your viewing at no cost.

And lastly, not to get overly sentimental, but one of my very favorite things is you. Yes, you who is reading this article. The greatest gift I get is seeing people enjoy the work I do on The Magical Buffet, and better than once a year, it’s a gift I receive generally two or three times a week! We still don’t spend a single dollar on marketing so all the readers we have are thanks to you spreading the word. And hey, if you’ve been enjoying what you read here, do me a solid and email the link to The Magical Buffet to others who you think would enjoy it too. Thanks!

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