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…
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 …
Friday, December 23, 2011
Vote either in the poll or by commenting — BTW, don't forget you can still enter Patch's nationwide Deck the House contest.
The warm weather this year seems to have inspired my neighbors in Autumn Woods to do more holiday lights this year (me, included — see pic). And I've actually seen some cars cruise through the neighborhood apparently checking out our lights. There are plenty of other neighborhoods, though. So, let's put it to a vote. Which one has the best holiday light drive? AND, don't forget you can win $500 off your December electric bill and $100,000 for Hartland schools in the Patch.com Deck the House contest. Enter Now! deckthehouse.patch.com/contest/hartland
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Want to get into the holiday spirit? Catch one of these holiday movies, and you will definitely get there!
There are five great movies playing this week — catch them if you can. This classic 1946 film never gets old. Jimmy Stewart stars as George Bailey, whose life is touched by a guardian angel. This film was nominated for five Oscars. — 8 p.m. Saturday on NBC. Don't miss this hilarious and touching movie of an Indiana boy that will have you saying, "You'll shoot your eye out," all day long. — Starts at 8 p.m. Saturday and runs for 24 hours nonstop on TBS. Clark Griswold has big plans for Christmas, which naturally turns into a total disaster. This movie is destined to make you laugh and be thankful that you aren't related to cousin Eddie. — 9 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Friday and 10 p.m. Sunday on ABC Family. When Maria feels she cannot cut it at …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Learn more about the history and meaning behind this Jewish holiday, which starts today 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…
Monday, December 19, 2011
Certain December music makes us pause, sing along and feel nostalgic.
Holiday voices sing, are you listening? Songs of the season are inescapable this week – whether they bring comfort and joy or lyrics and beats that annoy. Amid the jingling and roasting, most people cherish at least a few Christmas songs – perhaps because they've been sung many times, many ways since we were young. Though it may be tough to single out a favorite, here's a chance to click on one that invariably makes you pause, turn up the volume and feel nostalgic. So come and vote, faithful celebrants, and let's see which is triumphant. Write-in votes for unlisted tunes can go in the comments.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The last dates to ship gifts to arrive by Christmas are coming up.
It seems shipping holiday gifts becomes more and more popular each year. FedEx reportedly had its busiest day ever Monday, shipping more than 17 million packages around the world, according to the Associated Press (video). With shipping becoming as busy as the mall on Black Friday, it might take some extra effort to ensure that your gifts arrive to their locations safely and on-time. To ensure that your gifts arrive by Christmas, here's holiday shipping information from the three big companies in Novi, according to their websites: Post Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., closed Sunday. Closed Dec. 26. Meijer, Walmart, CVS or Walgreens also offer some postal services, such as mail drop off. USPS …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
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 …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Howell woman's family calls the meal 'Bunny Soup,' a reflection of her nickname.
Debi Drick of Howell makes a mean turkey soup. Known at her house as "Bunny Soup," Drick said she has to make a second turkey just to satisfy her family's craving for the delicious concoction. Drick says of the name, "My husband and children have called me 'Bunny' for years. Since I have always been the only cook in the house, anything I cooked was referred to as 'bunny food' to the kids." "The after-Thanksgiving turkey soup was always everyone's favorite," Drick said. "My kids (and sometimes their college friends) used to fight over who was to help make it – mostly because they got to take some with them. While lots of people we knew made chicken noodle or bean or potato soup, nobody else in our family or friends made a turkey noodle soup…
This could be one way to walk off that turkey day meal.
Normally, we do a countdown of activities to help you plan for your adventures in the upcoming weekend, but with Thanksgiving coming this week, we thought we'd try to help you plan for the holiday in the neighborhood. Looking to get a head start on shopping? Here are five area options: Note that some Thanksgiving Day deals you won't have to even leave your house for: a number of retailers, such as Target, Toys R Us, Kmart, Walmart and Amazon.com (which offers a whole week of "Black Friday" sales) are hawking early online deals. Shop around! A good resource is Black Friday Ads (the official Black Friday 2011 website); go to http://bfads.net/.