Monday, January 7, 2013
Janet talks with other moms around town about what they do with old holiday cards.
Somewhere along the line, the holiday card evolved into one captioned picture or collage designed to capture the essence of an entire year. I find myself stressing about my holiday card in early fall. I search for the perfect picture. I try to catch my kids playing in the leaves, jumping on the trampoline or in those rare moments, being nice to each other. I spend hours on the computer formatting my card and thinking of a cute caption or saying. Crazy? Yes! My borderline obsession with my own family card has filled a drawer in my china cabinet with hundreds of other families' cards. I can't bring myself to dump their works of art into the recycling bin. Many women I spoke to feel the same way. Most of us pack the cards away with our …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Check out these interesting fun facts and trivia about New Year's Eve.
If you're celebrating New Year's this year and find a lull in the conversation, impress your family and friends with this New Year's trivia.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Lots of interesting, fun stuff to do over the Christmas break.
Want to keep the kids entertained during their winter break from school and have some family fun? Explore New Jersey through special museum events throughout the state during the holiday season. These programs are definitely worth the road trip. This list was compiled by the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey. *Dec. 21 thru Jan. 13 - Morris County Victorian Christmas at Acorn Hall The Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall will be having its annual Victorian Christmas. Lavish decorations, including the famous upside down Christmas tree, and an enthralling gift shop filled with wonder. The Morris County Historical Society, founded in 1946, is a member-supported, 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Its headquarters, Acorn …
Kwanzaa is celebrated in the United States from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
The seven-day festival of Kwanzaa, which celebrates African-American heritage and culture, starts Wednesday, Dec. 26 and ends Tuesday, Jan. 1. Here are some facts about the week-long holiday. This list was compiled with information from City News Service.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
From lighting your mouth on fire to taking on the Puritans' Christmas ban, learn some holly jolly Christmas facts.
Whether your love of Christmas is rooted in religion or you’re more of the “be good for goodness sake” variety, the Christmas trappings are common to all of us who celebrate the season: the trees, the candy canes, the bird poop-inspired traditions. Just trust us. Here are five things you need to know about Christmas: 1. Americans buy 25-30 million Christmas trees annually, according to the National Christmas Tree Association (yes, such a group exists.) And at any one time, there are 350 million Christmas trees growing on tree farms in the U.S.—that’s almost 42 million more Christmas trees than people living in America. 2. What’s your favorite Christmas tradition? A Yule log? Cookie baking? Bor-ing. Snapdragon is where it’s at. Snapdragon …
How much will we spend this year? And what's the best-selling Christmas song of all time? Find the answers below.
We know that there were three Wise Men, 12 days of Christmas and that Santa delivers all his presents around the world in one night. But did you know... $23,439.38 How much it would cost to buy your "true love" all the gifts in the 12 Day of Christmas . 12.9 billion hours, $447 billion How many hours Americans were expected to spend shopping, wrapping and returning gifts last year. That was about 42 hours and $688.87 per person. Get your postman/postwoman a gift According to Hallmark, Christmas is the largest card-sending occasion . Nearly 1.5 billion cards are sent to friends and family every Christmas Season. (That's actually down 400 million cards since 2004.) $983 million The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from …
Monday, December 24, 2012
The holiday season brings joy; it can also bring injury or even death to your pet if you aren't careful.
The holiday season is filled with family, friends and parties but don't forget about your pets. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your animals safe and happy this holiday season. Fore more ways to keep your animals safe during the holiday season check out ASPCA.org.
No need for maple syrup with these light and sweet morning meal.
The month of December is a busy one. Take some quality time with your family on Christmas morning and try a new recipe. Swedish Pancakes Swedish pancakes, similar to a crepe, are much lighter than traditional pancakes. For your Christmas breakfast, serve them with lingonberry jam (available at IKEA or specialty food stores), bacon or sausage, and fresh fruit. Maybe you will start a new tradition in your family! Makes about 10 You can make the batter the night before and refrigerate it. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees and place a cookie sheet in the oven. 2 eggs 2 cups milk 1 cup flour 3 T sugar 3 T butter, melted 1/8 tsp. salt pinch of nutmeg vegetable oil for the pan Lingonberry jam, for serving Dusting of powdered sugar, if desired In …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Find the perfect cut for your Christmas prime rib roast
Prime rib is a very expensive "company's coming" cut of meat, and typically it only goes on sale around the holidays. I like to buy Sheffield & Sons “Angus” standing rib roast which has large, traditional prime rib bones and a good grade of meat (USDA Angus Choice Beef). It is typically three to four pounds. (With tall college guys in my family, we usually think a pound per person, including a bone with each slice.) Select a roast that is "marbled" with bits of fat "speckled" in the center of the roast (ask their meat manager to help you select if you have a question). This "marble" will give the roast the best flavor and ultimately the juiciest texture as the fat dissolves into the slices when baking. Another option is the "Semi-…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Marketplace, 'Spirit' dance performance among holiday attractions.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark is celebrating Kwanzaa with The Spirit of Kwanzaa, a performance incorporating tap, hip-hop and ballet produced by IllStyle & Peace Productions. There will also be a Kwanzaa Children’s Festival. Both events are on Dec. 22. A Kwanzaa Marketplace, where patrons can pick up last-minute gifts, is open in NJPAC’s Prudential Hall lobby Dec. 21 and 22 as well.. Philadelphia’s high-octane Illstyle & Peace Productions celebrate The Spirit of Kwanzaa in NJPAC’s Victoria Theater on Saturday, Dec. 22 and 2pm and 5pm. Their performance is a blend hip hop dance styles with tap, ballet, DJing and beat boxing. Founded in 2002 by Brandon “Peace” Albright, this multicultural troupe has toured to critical…