National Cookie Day: Unique Cookie Recipes to Wow Your Holiday Guests

December 4 is National Cookie Day. Since we’re knee-deep in holiday celebrations, we thought we’d celebrate National Cookie Day with holiday flair. We scoured the internet for the most outrageous holiday cookie recipes we won’t mind trying. Here are 5 unique cookie recipes to wow your holiday guests.-cookie-turtle-thumbprint

Out of the Shell Chocolate, caramel and nuts — those are the things that make up a turtle chocolate cluster, but Tastes Better from Scratch took turtles a step further and transformed them into a cookie! It’s full of all the richest ingredients that we both love and hate about the holidays! The recipe is not too complicated, but there are enough steps that you might want to enlist little helpers to get the job done.-cookies-christmas-swirl

Willy Wonka Would Be Proud Check out these gems from I Love My Disorganized Life — they look like they came straight from the candy shop only with a little butter and flour mixed in! As beautiful as these Christmas swirl sugar cookies are, they’re not that hard to make. With a rolling pin and some wax paper, you can make these pinwheels, too!  cookies-holly-ginger

Holly Go Gingerly Though we always have gingerbread cookies around the holidays, they’re not the most festive-looking cookies — but Cooking Classy worked her magic to give them that holiday flair to go with the holiday flavor! These cookies are so cute, you can’t not make them for your holiday shindig.

cookies-meringue-treesOh, Christmas Tree! How is this for cute? Tiny trees you can eat! These are meringues This Silly Girl’s Life shaped into Christmas trees. Though they’re not your traditional cookie, they might be a bit easier on the waste line without all the butter and flour – it’s all just egg whites and sugar and a few other ingredients to make it pretty.

holly-cheesecakeMerry Cheesecake Who needs a whole cheesecake when you can shrink one down to a tiny, bite-sized cookie? It takes all of the mess out of slicing and serving one of our favorite treats! With a mini muffin pan and patience, La Receta de la Felicidad made little pie crust cups to hold the cheesecake for simple serving. To make it festive, she painted tiny holly on the tops of the tiny cakes.

gift-appThe Lakeside Collection has a variety of kitchen gadgets to help you make your holiday cookies memorable this year! From baking sheets to spatulas, we have you covered for all your baking ideas this season. But don’t stop at our baking supplies! Check out our Perfect Present gift app to help you select gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

Holiday Shopping: Ideas for Personalized Gifts

bf-monogram-luggage-setHoliday shopping is tough for most of us, but it’s harder for some than others. If you consider yourself gift-giving-challenged, go easy on yourself by giving personalized gifts. We’ve selected some of our favorites to make your thoughtful gifts a little more special. Here are 5 ideas for personalized gifts.

For the Traveler This cool 3-Pc. Monogram Luggage Set has an initial embroidered in orange thread on the front of each piece. The eye-catching camo print makes this luggage stand out from the crowd. The extendable handle on the rolling suitcase locks into place for easy wheeling. It has a zippered pocket on the front, a zippered compartment and a double-zippered main compartment with a spacious interior. Attached to the suitcase is a compact, detachable clutch with a full zipper closure. The duffel bag has a front zippered pocket and a double-zippered main compartment. Includes a removable shoulder strap. Polyester. Imported.magazine-holder

For the Worker Bee Add a personal touch to your desktop with your own monogram. This book and magazine holder is in the shape of your monogram and made in a fashionable metal mesh. Approx. 9-3/4″ x 8-3/8″ x 3-1/8″.

insulated-monogram-tumblerFor the Thirsty Insulated Monogram Tumbler keeps your drink cool with some personal flair. A lively polka dot print is sandwiched between the double-walled insulation. It features a monogram in playful green embroidery. Includes twist-on lid and straw. 20 oz. Hand wash. Acrylic and cotton.

monogram-fleece-pillowsFor the Home Decorator Personalize your home decor with this 18″ Monogram Fleece Pillow. This extremely soft and comfortable taupe pillow features a bold, black embroidered monogram. Polyester with polyfill. Imported.

mongram-kindle-caseFor the Reader Monogram Case for Kindle or iPad lets you carry your favorite device with a bit of personal flair. The case has a fashionable and contemporary design and opens up to reveal a 30-sheet notepad inside. Add your monogram to the cover with one of the 26 letters included. A magnetic closure keeps your device secure. Inside, there is also a slot to hold a pen. The Kindle Case (7-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ x 1-1/8″) is sized for the best-selling Kindle e-reader model. The iPad Case (10-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ x 1-1/8″) fits all versions of the popular tablet computer.

gift-appLook to the The Lakeside Collection for all your personal gifts this holiday season! We have hundreds of items at discount prices for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list. And if you’re really stumped on what to get someone, check out our Perfect Present Gift App to steer you to the right present.

Holiday Hustle: Product Picks for Games and Puzzles Week

licensed-floor-puzzlesIt’s Games and Puzzles Week! It couldn’t come at a better time as we’re fueling up on Thanksgiving dinner for the holiday shopping ahead of us. To take some of the burden off you for family gifts and stocking stuffers, we selected a few games and puzzles anyone in your family might like.

Rainy Day Solutions This 46-pc. Licensed Floor Puzzle is perfect for a rainy day. Children will love seeing the colorful images of their favorite characters take shape in these oversized puzzles. Large pieces are easy for little hands to manipulate. The puzzle helps them practice problem-solving and cognitive skills. 24″ x 36″. For ages 4 and

Mind Sharpeners This wood game center packs 10 games in 1 convenient place for fun the whole family will enjoy. A variety of traditional games inspire friendly competition. This attractive set has a chess and checker board on top, 2 reversible slide-out boards and a storage drawer at the bottom for game pieces. The storage drawer also doubles as another game board. 13″W x 12-3/4″D x 6-1/8″H. For ages 8 and up.

farkel-dice-gameRoll of the Dice Farkel Game Set with Dice Rolling Tray is a classic game that’s easy to play. It’s great for a family game night or a backyard barbecue. Farkel is a high point-scoring dice game that has kept players entertained and challenged for years. This deluxe game set offers a dice rolling tray with scoring combinations printed in the center of the felt cloth. The tray also features a dice collection alley on the outside edge that keeps dice on the table and off the floor. Plastic. For ages 8 and up.Tabletop-Game


Deck Games 3-In-1 Tabletop Game comes with different games to satisfy the whole family. It’s constructed to easily fit on any tabletop, so you can enjoy your favorite game almost anywhere. Pick from shuffleboard, curling or bowling and let the games begin! 40-1/8″ x 11-1/8″ x 5/8″. Wood surface with plastic game pieces. For ages 5 and up.


The Puzzler’s Holy Grail The vibrant image of this Cobble Hill 1,000-Pc. Puzzle will delight puzzlers of all ages. It encourages young puzzlers to develop problem-solving skills and challenges adult hobbyists. 26-5/8″W x 19-1/4″L, fully assembled. For ages 12 and up. Assemble these delightful puzzles on our 36″ x 48″ felt Puzzle Mat with plastic carrying tube and fabric-magic elastic straps.

Look to the The Lakeside Collection for all your special deliveries this holiday season! We may not have the charm of eight tiny reindeer to present your gifts, but we do have thousands of items at discount prices for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list. And if you’re stumped on what to get someone, check out our Perfect Present Gift App to steer you to the right

Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for Kids

fashion-dolls-accessoriesIt is finally time to get down to some serious holiday shopping. This magical time of year is all about children, and that shows in the variety of toys, clothing, and other delights waiting for you at The Lakeside Collection. Here are this week’s Lakeside Selection:  Our Choice of Favorite Items for Kids.

Doll Dress-Up Your little girl can dress her dolls for a night of dancing or a day of shopping with this 45-Pc. Fashion Dolls and Accessories Set. She’ll have over 40 pieces including dresses, shoes, purses and necklaces. PVC and polyester. For ages 3 and up.minecraft-plush-characters

Minecraft Madness The Minecraft Plush Character will quickly become your child’s favorite companion. Let your kid construct and control their cube universe with a cozy version of Creeper, Zombie or Enderman by their side. Approx. 13-1/8″H. Polyester. Imported. For ages 3 and up.wood-guitar

Songs to Inspire Inspire a young musician with this 30″ Wood Guitar With Case. Perfectly sized for a child to hold and play, it features real steel strings for a beautiful, clear sound. Comes with its own vinyl carrying case with carrying strap, handle and side zipper. Includes a spare steel string. For ages 3 and up. 30″ x 11″ x 3″.licensed-kids-play-tents

The Ultimate Hideout Give your child their own hideout beneath an image of their favorite characters with a Licensed Kids’ Play Tent. Colorful bed tent is great for sleeping or playing. Elastic-corded poles make assembly fast and easy. One size fits most twin beds. Approx. 72″ x 36″ x 32-1/2″. Polyester. Imported.

star-wars-mr-potato-headPotatoes Re-imagined The Licensed Mr. Potato Head is all dressed up as your favorite character. This classic toy with a fun twist lets your imagination run wild. Create a variety of wacky appearances with multiple body parts, outfits and accessories. Approx. 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, assembled. PVC. For ages 2 and up.


gift-appLook to the The Lakeside Collection for all your special deliveries this holiday season! We may not have the charm of eight tiny reindeer to present your gifts, but we do have thousands of items at discount prices for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list. And if you’re stumped on what to get someone, check out our Perfect Present Gift App to steer you to the right present.

Santa’s Helpers: 9 Curious Facts About Reindeer

reindeerSanta and his eight tiny reindeer will soon be dancing and prancing on rooftops from the beaches of Hawaii all the way to the Maine shoreline. They’re responsible for getting presents to all the boys and girl around the country, but there’s so little we know about Santa’s hooved helpers. We did a little bit of research on our flying furry friends to share with you. Here are 9 curious facts about reindeer.

That Coffee You’re Drinking… Could be called “Reindeer Coffee.” Caribou and reindeer are the same thing.

Everyone Sounds Off Reindeer are the only species of deer in which both male and females have horns.

Light My Way Reindeer is the only mammal that can see ultraviolet light. The UV light helps them find food in the winter when there is little daylight. This is also why their eyes change color from golden brown in the summer to blue in the winter.

reindeerLadies Lead Male reindeer shed their antlers in early winter — before Christmas. Female reindeer keep their antlers until the snow starts to melt in the spring. That means those tiny reindeer who haul a sleigh full of presents is an all-girl posse.

Water Sports Reindeer are excellent swimmers which is due to their special hooves which are very different regular deer hooves. Reindeer hooves are big, cloven and spread out. When they swim, their hooves act like paddles to help them move. On land — specifically snow-covered land — because the hooves are wide, they act as snowshoes.

Winter Coats Reindeer found in North America spend most of their time in Alaska and the Canadian Rockies so they have specially designed coats to weather the cold of the deep north. They have two layers of fur to keep them warm. There is a soft under-fur and on top of that is the “guard hair.” The texture of the guard hair is rough and each strand is hollow. This helps trap their body heat as well as help reindeer float when they swim. But their coats don’t end on their bodies — they extend to cover their noses as well! This helps filter out the cold air when they breathe in and keeps their muzzles warm when they root for food in the snow.


Scandinavian Roots The eight tiny reindeer that haul Santa’s sleigh are likely from Svalbard — a Norwegian archipelago. They’re about 70 lbs lighter than standard caribou and have shorter legs.

Santa’s Originals The eight tiny reindeer — Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen — were introduced to us in 1823 by Clement Clarke Moore in the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas”) but Rudolph didn’t get his big break to work with the big guy for another 100 years. The story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was published in a booklet in 1939.

Santa Speed One of the reasons Santa probably chose reindeer to haul his sleigh to every house in one night is because they’re speedy! Reindeer are faster than wolves who are much smaller and have to carry less. They can run up to about 50 miles an hour! That’s fast delivery if you’re waiting on special gifts from our jolly friend from the North Pole!

gift-appLook to the The Lakeside Collection for all your special deliveries this holiday season! We may not have the charm of eight tiny reindeer to present your gifts, but we do have thousands of items at discount prices for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list. And if you’re stumped on what to get someone, check out our Perfect Present Gift App to steer you to the right present.


Holiday Hustle: Black Friday Shopping Tips

lak-black-fridayAs we’re picking out our recipes for our Thanksgiving Day meals and and dreaming about stuffing our faces, we’re also thinking about how to stuff our shopping carts with Black Friday deals. It’s always part of the Thanksgiving weekend activities, but Black Friday has become a force of its own — what person doesn’t want to take advantage of a good deal? Of course we want you to get the best deals, so we came up with a list to give you a competitive edge. Here are 5 Black Friday shopping tips.

Shift Away from Friday While some people are excited to get up at 3am to get a good deal on a cute dress or toys to wrap to stuff a few stockings, not everyone has that kind of drive. For those who don’t plan to bust down any doors, you too can get a few deals — and you don’t have to wait until Friday. A lot of retailers have early bird deals you can take advantage of long before the turkey hits the table. Start looking for promotions the Monday before Thanksgiving — they may not say “Black Friday,” but a deal by any other name would smell as sweet. And what’s sweeter than sleeping in on Black Friday knowing you already have your shopping done?

lak-black-fridayTweet! Pin! Post! Stay connected to social media! Retailers post deals and sales constantly all Thanksgiving weekend. One tweet could lead you to a gift you didn’t know you needed at the price you didn’t think could go so low. Whether it’s on your phone, tablet or desktop, keep a lookout for the right deal for you from the Monday before Thanksgiving all the way through Cyber Monday.

Focus If you haven’t already put together your holiday shopping list, now’s the time to do it. Have it handy so you know what you’re looking for when you’re being showered with deals. There are so many items coming at you at once, but you can only buy so much — a list helps you stay on the straight and narrow path to a happy holiday.

The Aftermath Get familiar with return policies! If you impulsively buy something just because it’s a good deal, it doesn’t mean you need it or have a use for it, and you may not be able to return it. If you know what you’re getting into, you’re reducing the risk of getting stuck with a pile of products you don’t want.

Don’t Stop Believing Even if you think you’ve gotten everything you wanted from your Black Friday experience, there may be more deals ahead. Just because you didn’t get to the store or click on the right product fast enough doesn’t mean you’ve lost out. Keep checking back for new deals being rolled out later in the day or

The Lakeside Collection has deals every day of the year and Black Friday and Cyber Monday are no exception! Check thousands of products for your holiday shopping and beyond. If you’re gift shopping, be sure to look into our Perfect Present Gift App to find the right gift for everyone on your list.

Holiday Hustle: Our Choice of Favorite Items for Her

It’s that time of year when shopping is more than just a pastime! If you haven’t gotten your holiday shopping list together for the women in your life, we have a few ideas to get you started and inspired. Here’s this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for Her.lak-fleece-text-gloves

Pretty & Practical Fleece Text Gloves with Zippered Pockets keeps you connected while keeping your hands warm. Thumb and index finger are touchscreen compatible. Zippered pocket on each glove gives you a secure place to store your items. Available in Men’s and Women’s sizes; one size fits most. Polyester. Imported.

lak-inspirational-braceletsCharming & Inspirational Slip on this Set of 3 Inspirational Crystal Stretch Bracelets with any outfit to carry a positive message anywhere. Stack them for a fashionable mixed metal look, or wear them individually. The bronzetone, goldtone and silvertone bracelets slip on and off with ease. They’re engraved with uplifting messages and accented with crystals. 2-1/2″ dia., each.

lak-pioneer-womanSweet & Joyful Join Ree Drummond as she whips up some old and new holiday favorites. The Pioneer Woman Year of Holidays Cookbook includes 140 recipes for every holiday, from decadent Dessert Shots on New Year’s Eve to a Resolution Smoothie on New Year’s Day. Includes recipes for meals and gifts and step-by-step photos. 10-1/4″ x 8-1/4″. Hardcover, 387 pages.

lak-rhinestone-scarfChic & Snug The Rhinestone Embellished Monogram Scarf adds elegant flair to your attire. The stylish scarf features your monogram in sparkling white crystals. Playful 3″ tassels hang from either end. Made with soft viscose, it’s the perfect way to add your own touch to any outfit. 27-1/2″W x 69″L, not including the tassels. Imported.lak-suede-slippers

Cozy & Cute Women’s Genuine Suede Moccasins will protect your feet from the cold. Get these cozy slippers at our incredible low price! Comfortable slippers are crafted with genuine suede uppers and warm acrylic fleece linings that look and feel like plush sheepskin. A bow near the toe adds feminine detail. Durable rubber soles make them suitable for wear both indoors and out. Imported.

gift-appFor the other people on your holiday list, make sure to check out our Perfect Present Gift App to select the right gift with just a few clicks!

Holiday Hustle: Dos and Don’ts for Receiving Unwanted Gifts

presentsWe’ve all been there — we opened a holiday gift that we didn’t dream of ever receiving. It’s tough to sound grateful for a gift we don’t like, but any gift is a gift worth appreciation. However, sounding grateful when we’re disappointed is tough, so we came up with a few dos and don’ts for receiving unwanted gifts.

Do say thank you. Show your gratitude for the thought and give an example of a practical way you can use the gift (even if you aren’t planning to).

Don’t send the wrong message. This just means not to say you like the gift or love the gift. Politely compliment the giver by saying it’s a very caring gift or that it must have taken a lot of thought to come up with it. This way you’re not giving them the green light to duplicate the gift for future events, but you’re not insulting them, either.

Do pause before you react. Take a drink of water if you have to — it helps you buy a little bit of time to compose your best acceptance

Don’t be too excited. If you act excited on the outside and you’re disappointed on the inside, people are going to be able to tell. Let actors do the acting — you’re free to be human.

Do deflect. Pull the ugly sweater out of the box and show it off to the other people in the room to take the attention off of your face and emotions and put it on the gift. This method allows you to be gracious without lying.

Do consider who the giver is. If it’s a spouse, it may require a conversation in private about what you do like and need — you don’t want your spouse to keep giving you similar gifts you don’t like. If the gift is from someone a little further outside your inner circle, thanking them and moving on is enough.

Don’t accept gifts for the following holiday. If the person who gave you the gifts you don’t like repeatedly gives you bad gifts, send out a polite note before the next holiday stating that your family isn’t accepting gifts and you want friends and family to save their money to spend it on things they need.

Do find a nice home for the gift. Regifting is acceptable as long as it’s going to someone who would genuinely appreciate it. If that’s not an option, try to think of ways to repurpose the item. In the worst case scenario, you can donate the gift to a thrift store where someone who likes it might choose to take it home.


The Lakeside Collection has hundreds of ideas for the gift-giving challenged! We have something to make the holiday season a little bit more jolly for everyone — try our Perfect Present Gift App to select gifts your friends and family will adore.

Tips for Making Holiday Road Trips Easy

winter-roadThe holiday planning just got interesting: it’s your turn to do the traveling! It’s the best time of year to see family, but it’s the worst time of year for driving. It doesn’t have to be all bad — you just need to bend a little to make it safe and simple. Here are 5 tips for making holiday road trips easy.

Auto Adjustments Have your car serviced before you set out on your road trip. Even if you just had your 3,000 mile oil change, taking your car in for a tune up is one measure of insurance to take to get you to your destination safely and with as few headaches as possible. On your end, make sure your car is equipped with a first aid kit and emergency supplies in case you get stranded in a snowstorm.

Ready & Rested Conventional wisdom suggests we hit the road early to beat traffic to get to our far off holiday destinations on time. When your car is packed, you think you’re ready to go, but are you rested? That’s a more important question to ask yourself than “Are all the presents packed?” lak-road-trip3According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy drivers caused about 72,000 accidents in 2013, resulting in 800 fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries. When you’re planning your trip, don’t try to convince your body to get up when you’re normally asleep; get up at your regular time to reduce the risk of drowsy driving. When you’re on the road, make sure to take advantage of rest stops to recharge for 15 minutes before you start driving again. Beating traffic is great, but arriving at your destination without injury is better.

Smartphone System Your smartphone is very smart. There are myriad apps to make driving from one destination to another easy, aside from GPS. GasBuddy leads you to the cheapest gas on your route, iExit lets you know what services are available as you approach exits and AAA has a mobile app to connect members to roadside assistance as well as trip planning. Just remember that, although smartphones make driving cross country easier, you should keep paper maps and emergency phone numbers written down in case something happens and you can’t access your phone.lak-road-trip

Forget Forgetting A great way to relax about traveling during the holidays is not to get worked up about forgetting things. Just remember that it’s not the end of the world if you forget your toothpaste or pajamas — you can borrow them or buy them when you get to your destination.

Relax There are a lot of bad drivers out there and they’re even worse during the holidays. Encountering a bad driver or an angry driver is almost inevitable. Do your best to focus on where you’re going and not other drivers’ bad behavior. Reacting can only make stressful situations more stressful.



The Lakeside Collection wants you to have a happy and safe holiday season! Whether you need road trip supplies or you’re looking for perfect gifts for the whole family, shop Lakeside for dazzling deals and perfect presents.

Holiday Hustle: Product Picks for Personalized Gifts

It’s time to get on that holiday shopping! With so many people on your list to shop for, we know how tough it is to come up with something thoughtful for everyone on your list. One short cut to coming up with a thoughtful gift is to personalize it. Lucky for you, we have plenty of items to personalize. To get you started, here’s this week’s Lakeside Selection: Product Picks for Personalized Gifts.lak-personalized-rag-doll

The Girl is Mine This holiday will be extra special when she receives a Personalized Holiday Rag Doll. She’ll love playing with this adorable rag doll, which can have any name up to 12 characters embroidered on its dress. Thread color and font as pictured. The soft doll has an embroidered face and comes dressed in holiday attire, including an attached dress and cape. Her yarn hair is tied back with a bow, and button details enhance her shoes. 16-1/2″ tall. Polyester. Imported. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted.

lak-personalized-cheese-boardsCheese to Go with Mine Make this Personalized Wine Bottle-Shaped Cutting Board uniquely yours by adding your name or initials. The bottom of the board has feet so it won’t move around or scratch your table, and the top has a loop of suede for hanging. It provides a decorative touch hanging on the wall of your kitchen or home bar. Colors and fonts are as they appear for each design. For the Chalkboard choice, “The” and “Family” are a given–just add the name you want. 4-1/2″W x 12-5/8″L. Glass. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted. This item cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes.

Personalized-pendantPersonal Devotion Celebrate any religious event or special occasion with a gift of this Personalized Cross Pendant. The pendant has a cutout cross and may be customized with a name of up to 9 characters. The personalization will be engraved into the center of the pendant. Includes an 18″ chain with a lobster claw clasp. Pendant, 1-1/8″ dia. Metal. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted.

lak-personalized-car-organizerPersonal Space Keep items neat and orderly inside your car without taking up space using this Personalized Car Organizer. It’s specifically designed to be hung around a headrest or strapped around one of the car’s seats. Adjustable straps clip on and off for added versatility. It features 2 mesh pockets on the bottom, large and small pockets in the middle, and 3 small mesh pockets on top. Personalize with any name up to 15 characters. Name is embroidered on the large pocket in white thread. 17″W x 22-3/4″L. Polyester. Imported. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted.

lak-personalized-bakingHomemade Excellence This Personalized Nordic Ware Baking Dish is a fun and convenient way to share your homemade treats. The 13″ x 9″ pan features a vibrant snap-close lid with a tab for easy removal. Personalize it with up to 9 characters for the name or 3 for the initials. “The” and “Family” are a given for the Chalkboard choice, and it also has a space for the year your family was established. 14-3/4″W x 9-5/8″D x 3″H, overall. Aluminum and acrylic. Pan, dishwasher and oven safe. Web and phone agent orders only. Sorry, mail/fax and our automated phone orders not accepted. This item cannot be shipped to P.O. boxes.

gift-appIf you have more people to buy for and you just don’t know where to start, check out our Perfect Present Gift App to help you select a great gift for anyone on your list!