KC Holiday Ideas 2017

Your holidays just got a little bit easier.


Are you in stunned disbelief that it’s exactly 25 days until Christmas? No worries, consider 435 your Holiday Helper.

Starting with a novel gift idea – books by award-winning local authors. Our friends at Rainy Day Books helped us compile this literary list. 


   "Hemingway at Eighteen" by Steve Paul

   The book focuses on Hemingway's work at the Kansas City Star.



   “The Fearless Baker” by Erin Jeanne McDowellFearless Baker Erin Jeanne McDowell KC Authour

   Super yummy cookbook





   “Noelle” by Greg Kincaid

   A dog story centered around Christmas = Awesome




   “Wired” by Julie Garwood Wired by Julie Garwood Kansas City author

   Suspense and romance all tangled up in a computer hacking plot.





Outbound CW Gusewelle KC authour

   “Outbound” by C.W. Gusewelle

   Gusewelle fans rejoice, the beloved and much missed journalist’s book comes out this Saturday.




Hero of the Empire Candice Millard KC History book


   “Hero of the Empire” By Candice Millard

   This book made many reviewers Top 10 lists. If you love history there is no better writer than Millard.



The Good Lieutenant Whitney Terrell KC authour 

  “Good Lieutenant” by Whitney Terrell

   A riveting read and selected as ‘Best Book of the Year’ by The Boston Globe



Cold as Ice by Julie Mulhern KC book


   “Cold as Ice” by Julie Mulhern

   The newest fun and funny mystery in the series that is set in 1974 Kansas City.




Beyond the Streak Jason King KU basketball


    “Beyond the Streak” by Jason King

   If you need a gift for a KU sports fan, this is it.




   “This is Kansas City” by Angela Kmeck

   A beautifully illustrated children’s board book.



Pug Meets Pig by Angela Kmeck KC local book   “Pug Meets Pig” by Sue Lowell Gallion

   A darling children’s book about embracing change.



Mayor Sly James and the Magic Bow Tie by Aja James and Audrey Masoner KC local book 

   “Mayor Sly James and the Magic Bow Tie” by Aja James and Audrey Masoner

    A delightful children’s book co-authored by Sly James’ daughter, that takes the reader on an adventure back in time, through the magic of the Mayor’s trademark   bow tie.


Protect Yourself from Porch Pirates


Did you do a ton of shopping on Cyber Monday? If so, you are not alone. Americans spent a record $6.59 billion online. Your main concern now should be making sure your packages don’t get stolen from your front porch. Just this week in Prairie Village, “porch pirates” pilfered packages near 75th Street and Rainbow Drive.

Kansas City ADT District Sales Manager Don Casals shares these tips to help keep your packages and gifts safe this holiday season: 

 Install a porch camera. Police in Prairie Village now have video of one of the “porch pirates” thanks to a doorbell camera.

Have the package delivered to your place of work or to a trusted neighbor who will be at home during the day 

Choose a shipping option that requires you to sign for delivery or track the delivery status online, so you can be home when the package arrives 

Some retailers or shipping companies even offer text messages that alert you when items have been delivered 

Holiday Cocktails

Snowflake shuffle (left) and gingerbread martini (right)


   If you want to be on trend with your holiday cocktails, then get ready to embrace “regionally indigenous ingredients” like vodka made from Kansas wheat. Local mixologists say TILL American Wheat Vodka is just one of the growing number of new spirits with a distinctly heartland flair. 

   Here are two festive ways to toast the season with some local flavor.

Snowflake Shuffle 

1 1⁄2 cups TILL Vodka

4 oz. quality white chocolate

1/2 cup sugar

1 1⁄2 cups whole milk

3 tsp. pure vanilla extract 

Serves 8 

Add the chopped chocolate bar, sugar and milk into a pan over medium heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and TILL Vodka. Let cool, then transfer to a pitcher and let chill until ready to serve. When ready, stir mixture then pour into martini glasses rimmed with white chocolate. 

Gingerbread Martini 

1 1⁄2 oz. TILL Vodka

1 oz. ginger liqueur

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

1⁄2 tsp. Agave syrup

1⁄4 tsp. grated fresh ginger

Pinch ground cinnamon

Pinch grated nutmeg

Cinnamon stick for garnish 

Shake together TILL, ginger liqueur, lemon juice, agave syrup, grated ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg in a shaker filled with ice. Stain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.