Thursday, November 22, 2012
Sharing a cocktail or festive drink while cooking or entertaining is a favorite holiday tradition at the Meier house.
Each year, while we cook, the Meier girls like to mix a holiday drink to enjoy. Thanksgiving is no different. Here are the five drinks we're considering this Thanksgiving. All recipes come from the book Peterson's Holiday Helper, which can be found at Fragments in Highland. With a potato peeler, peel the oranges and lemon in 3/4-inch-wide stripes from navel to the opposite nib. Set the actual fruit aside. Stick a clove in each strip of peel. Put the honey, cider, peels and cinnamon sticks into a 4-quart or larger saucepan (do not use aluminum or copper pans). Warm the mix over medium-low heat until just simmering (20 minutes), then turn the heat to low. Serve the hot cider in mugs, adding a piece of peel and a dried apple ring to each mug…
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Today's not the only day people around the world celebrate New Year's. From the Chinese New Year to Ethiopian New Year, here's five celebrations that don't occur on Jan. 1.
Although most of us in western culture celebrate New Year's day on the first official day of the Gregorian calendar — Jan. 1 — there are many different unique dates to celebrate New Year around the world. Here are five of them:
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Tips from a Matt Prentice restaurants expert on everything picking the right glassware to serving it at just the right temperature.
Ready for New Year's Eve? Eric Djordjevic, chief operating officer of Matt Prentice Restaurant Group, has a five Champagn tips and tips for party-givers and partygoers: By "clean" I don't mean free of dirt and debris, but instead free of soap residue, as many liquid detergents don't rinse off completely. Aside from imparting undesired lemon and lavender scents in your wine, they will cause Champagne to go flat faster or prevent your wine from adhering to the glass and releasing aromatic qualities. Tip: For hard to clean decanters use a nonscented denture cleaner. After a little soak and good rinse, your crystal is good as new. Each wine has various qualities and aromas; science has proven that these molecular compounds release …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Was a new phone or tablet high on your wish list this year?
We know electronic devices were high on many people's wish lists this year, so we want to know: What gadget did you get for Christmas? Was it an iPhone (which version?), an Android smartphone, the latest iPad, an Android tablet, a laptop computer, digital camera or something else? Maybe you went electronics free this holiday. Tell us about it. If you were lucky enough to score a mobile device as a gift, learn how you can put it to work learning about your community. Patch has apps for iPhones and Android phones, and also makes it easy for you to upload photos, news and comments from anywhere. Here is a look at a few ways you can connect with Patch through your mobile device.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Stephanie Ubaydi wins the amazing mantel contest after many readers share their mantels with Patch and EventTrender.
We asked for you to show us where you hang your stockings with care – and many of you did, as part of our How Do you Deck Your Mantel contest. On Friday, a winner was chosen. Patch, in partnership with the blog EventTrender, asked readers to share their mantels. On Friday, Stephanie Ubaydi – whose mantel features family memories – was selected randomly as the winner; she will receive a $50 gift card to Lowes. Ubaydi's mantel features her original childhood stocking, along with that of her husband. Those precious stockings frame the homemade ones that an aunt crafted for each of Ubaydi's children when they were born. The nativity is on the left, and also featured are other childhood pieces such as a ceremic, musical Christmas tree, an …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Learn more about the history and meaning behind this Jewish holiday, which starts tomorrow at sundown.
While Christmas is among the top two Christian holidays in terms of importance, Hanukkah is considered a minor holiday for the Jewish people. Nevertheless, it has become one of the more widely celebrated Jewish holidays and is certainly a favorite among children. Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Jews over the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE (Before Common Era) and is celebrated by lighting one additional candle in a candelabrum, called a hanukkiah (or menorah) for eight days. The holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah means rededication and refers to the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its defilement by the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE (or BC). As the website MyJewishLearning.com notes, "Beginning in 167 BCE…
Saturday, December 10, 2011
It's the time of the year for decorations, gifts and 24-hour marathons of "A Christmas Story." What will you be watching?
The holiday season is a time to pull out old favorite holiday films, and it seems everyone has an opinion when it comes to what makes a "great" holiday film. Whether you haul out Home Alone, Elf, or Die Hard, or settle in for another watching of Miracle on 34th Street, there is always that one favorite film above all the rest. There's the widely anticipated 24 straight hours of A Christmas Story on TBS, starting at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. And It's a Wonderful Life, a mainstay of Christmas Eve for many families. Looking for new ideas? You can check out the website Christmas Movie List. Whatever your holiday viewing pleasure, share it here with other Patch readers.
Patch is partnering with EventTrender, a blog about all-things-entertaining, produced by two local girls with a flair for design.
Sue Keels and Angela Butorac are the hostesses with the mostest-es. As director of sales and marketing at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Keels is constantly keyed in to elegance. Along with Butorac, an event planner from Sterling Heights, they produce a blog called EventTrender, filled with all things inspirational when it comes to entertaining, cooking and showing off your home. For their latest project, they're hanging their stockings with care. EventTrender is kicking off a contest today that seeks to find the most creative mantel in all the land. Patch is partnering with the bloggers — and a $50 gift card, donated by Lowe's, is the prize. Whether you use greenery or candles or simply a stocking or two, you'll have a chance of …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Winners will be announced at White Lake's tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 7.
If you haven't yet, get your entries in for the White Lake Library's gingerbread house contest. Entries are to be brought to the library by Monday, Dec. 5, in order to be considered for judging. All gingerbread houses must be mounted to a sturdy surface for display, no larger than 20-by-20 inches. An entry slip, available at the library, must also be completely filled out and turned in with the house. Judging will be done in four categories: individual child; family; group project; and teen (ages 12-18). Winners will be announced Dec. 7 at the annual White Lake Township tree lighting ceremony held at Village Lakes shopping center located off M-59 between Elizabeth Lake Road and Teggerdine. For more information, contact youth services at …
Need a cookie to satisfy your sweet tooth during the holidays? Try this sugar cookie recipe.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, my Grandma Karen Brooks came to visit from Iowa. During her visit, she gathered all the ingredients to make a favorite in the Meier household, sugar cookies. While her recipe for cookies is slightly different from my mom, Colleen's, famous cookies, these hit the spot. To make this recipe, you'll need: Start by beating shortening, powdered sugar, egg and vanilla in a large bowl on low for 30 seconds. Next, mix on high for one minute or until light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl often. Add the flour, a little at a time, and beat on low for 20-30 seconds after each addition, until mixed well. Drop batter by teaspoonful, two inches apart, on an ungreased cookie sheet. Next, lightly grease the bottom of …