Saturday, January 12, 2013
Plan out your vacation days for 2013, and get ready so the major holidays don't sneak up on you.
Do you need to request your 2013 vacation days at work? Or maybe you just want to know when the kids have days off from school. Here's a quick guide to when holidays fall in 2013: Martin Luther King Day—Monday, Jan. 21 is the date your child will get a holiday in local school districts. Super Bowl—Sunday, Feb. 3, according to cbssports.com, so plan your party now. Chinese New Year—Sunday, Feb. 10, according to about.com. Mardi Gras—Tuesday, Feb. 12, according to mardigras.com, which says parades will start in New Orleans Jan. 19, but be suspended Jan. 28 to Feb. 5 due to the Super Bowl, which takes place, as noted, Feb. 3. Valentines Day—is a Thursday, Feb. 14. Should you celebrate on Thursday or make a weekend of it? You decide. …
Friday, November 23, 2012
The answers to Thursday's pop culture quiz may give you some movie suggestions for the holiday weekend.
And the answers to Patch's Thanksgiving Pop Culture Quiz are: Congratulations to Joan Burny for getting all the answers right!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Registered Dietitian Bob Carrara offers suggestions on cutting back on unwanted calories and fat.
It’s no secret that many Americans tend to overindulge on Thanksgiving Day. The average adult will consume more than 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving, according to the Caloric Control Council. That’s more than twice the amount of calories and triple the amount of fat most of need in a 24-hour period. There are ways to enjoy a traditional meal without ruining your diet plans. Registered Dietitian Bob Carrara with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s Diabetes Care Center has some simple suggestions to trim the fat. Carrara says to stick with white meat turkey instead of dark, and when possible, swap out a healthier version of a traditional side dish. Some suggestions include making baked sweet potatoes instead of sweet potato…
The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line can help chefs avert Thanksgiving disasters.
Editor's Note: Patch originally shared this article in November 2011, but we thought it was worth sharing again. Happy Thanksgiving! ----------- It's Thanksgiving, the guests are only hours away and your turkey still is frozen. What can you do? Have no fear, the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is open and ready to help. For more than 20 years, Butterball representatives have talked turkey. The questions run the gamut, from experienced cooks simply looking for tips to make the perfect bird, to panicked hosts trying to avert disaster. "We have many different hats that we wear," said Tara-Rose Groberski, who has worked on the turkey talk line for 10 years. "We're there to alleviate their angst. Will tell them to take a deep breath and walk them …
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here's some arts-flavored trivia about famous Thanksgiving movie and television scenes. Can you figure them out?
There are some movies that have holiday dinners you'd be thrilled to be a part of, and some you'd be relieved to never have to see again. Every bit of the "Christmas Vacation" dinner is pretty brutal to watch even before Chevy Chase cuts into a gross, flatulent turkey. But a chance to sit down and eat and drink with the Big T from "The Sopranos" could be interesting as long as you don't make him angry. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Patch has assembled some trivia questions for those of you that like movies and television as much as you like turkey. The answers will be posted on Friday, along with as many Thanksgiving-flavored YouTube clips that can be assembled. Leave your answers in the comments, along with your favorite pop culture …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
With Thanksgiving upon us, it's a good time to take a few moments and think about what we're thankful for.
With Thanksgiving just a day away, it's a good time for all of us to reflect on what we're thankful for this year. I thought I'd share my list with you—and I hope you respond and share what you're thankful for! 1. My family. I keep hearing jokes on so many TV shows about how Thanksgiving is the time of year when families get together and fight with each other. Sure, my family has its share of silly disagreements. But at the core, we are all incredibly close. My siblings—Kim, Karl and Tena—are among the people I count as my best friends. I know that if I had nobody else in my corner, they would be there. I have an awesome brother-in-law, Chad, and an adorable niece, Abby. My parents are pretty fantastic, too. They've always been very …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
More retailers are choosing to open their doors on Thanksgiving night to eager bargain hunters. Meanwhile, an employee of Target is taking a stand, and has gotten more than 338,000 signatures from others who agree Thanksgiving needs to be saved.
Has Black Friday been stretched too far, or near, now that deals are actually being offered starting Thanksgiving night? The answer to that question is yes, says one Target employee out of Corona, CA. “C Renee” has obtained 338,418 signatures on Change.org from people who agree Target needs to take the high road and "save Thanksgiving." "Since workers need to show up sometimes hours before the story officially opens, this will take much of Thanksgiving away from retail employees across the country," C Renee said in her petition on Change.org. "Target can take the high road and save Thanksgiving for employees like me and our families by saying no to 'Thanksgiving Creep,'" C Renee added. Target’s Black Friday deals start at 9 on …
Erin Bailey shows us a creative and delicious way to make a unique side dish for Thanksgiving.
Editor's Note: This video and recipe were originally featured on Barrington Patch in 2010. Enjoy! --------------- With the abundance of squash that we'll have throughout the season, I thought we'd do something a little bit different this week and actually demo a recipe. You're probably noticing all of the pretty little squash you're finding in the market or in your CSA box, but you might not be exactly sure how to use them. Something I like to do is to roast them whole, stuff them, and serve them as a side dish. It makes a really pretty presentation, and it's actually elegant enough to serve at your Thanksgiving meal. For this recipe, you can really use any kind of squash. What I have here are two little acorn squash, and what I've done …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Do you bake a mean apple pie? Have you invented a new and delicious twist on stuffing? Give a recipe and share one with your neighbors around Chicagoland.
It's that time of year again — time to give thanks, celebrate the season in good company and bring out those tried-and-true Thanksgiving recipes. Patch wants to know about those dishes that always have a place on your Thanksgiving table and those that are making their debut this year. Have a creative spin on cranberry sauce? Are you known for famous stuffing that friends and relatives talk about long after all the Turkey Day leftovers have been gobbled up? This is your opportunity to find out what your neighbors are cooking. Give a recipe and get one from your neighbors. If you have a recipe you would like to share, post it in the comments below or upload a PDF to this story. Feel free to include a short history of how the recipe came to …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Keep the kids amused and Mom and Dad sane while traveling this Thanksgiving
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Friday, November 16, 2012
Heading out to see the relatives this Thanksgiving? Before you travel over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house, check out these sanity-saving tips to make your ROADTRIP stress-free and even fun. (If you are flying instead of driving, check out my tips on How to Have Fun at the Airport with Kids in Tow.) Tip: Make a List Make a list of everything you'll need on the trip for everyone in the family. If it's on the list, you won't forget it. To make it easier, download a free Family Vacation Packing List and then add your unique items. Tip: Plan the route ahead of time. By taking a little time up front to plan the route including places to stop for bathroom breaks or energy stops, you might feel a little more in control …