Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Five tips to help you keep your resolution.
Are you making a resolution this year? Do you want to lose weight, gain a new skill or organize your house? Whatever your resolution is, here are some tips to help you stick to it throughout the year. 1. Make it attainable. Be sure that your resolution is attainable. Sticking to your monthly budget is attainable—making a million dollars may not be. 2. Tell everyone. If you tell everyone about your resolution, you are more likely to keep it. If you want to quit smoking, you can even go as far as telling your friends that you'll give them $50 if they catch you lighting up. 3. Be specific. If you want to get fit in the new year, set a specific goal. For example, instead of saying you want to get fit, say you want to lose 10 pounds and tone …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Check out these interesting fun facts and trivia about New Year's Eve.
If you're celebrating New Year's Eve this year and find a lull in the conversation, impress your family and friends with this New Year's trivia.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Dec. 26 is National Candy Cane Day.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Today is National Candy Cane Day, which seems fitting given that you likely have a surplus lying around at this point in the holiday season. We visited the National Confectioners Association website to gather the questions and answers for a quiz dedicated to the striped peppermint candy synonymous with the season. The quiz is available as a PDF so itis easy to print off and share with friends or family gathered at your house for the holidays. Or just test your knowledge below: Candy Cane Quiz 1. Legend places the origin of the candy cane in the: A. 1900s B. 1800s C. 1700s D. 1600s 2. According to legend, candy canes began as a means of: A. Rewarding shepherds for successfully guarding a flock. B. Bartering for the Christmas ham. C. Keeping…
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
We want to see your holiday photos - and so do your neighbors!
Merry Christmas Manalapan and Englishtown! Holidays are the one time of the year when those digital cameras come out and the flashes start flying - and we want to see them all! Upload pictures of your children opening Christmas gifts from Santa, your decorated home, your Christmas dinner table, the beautiful tree, or simply your family enjoying the holiday! To submit a photo, just click on the above camera icon that reads "Upload Photos and Videos." Be sure to add a caption underneath the photograph so that we know what is going on in the photo. Happy Holidays!
No need for maple syrup with these light and sweet morning meal.
Happy Christmas morning! Take some quality time out with your family and try a new and delicious recipe before ripping open those presents! 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 pancakes 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 …
The Monmouth County Fire Marshal is offering these tips to keep your home safe from fire during the holidays.
- POLICE & FIRE
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The unfortunate fire that destroyed a family’s home in Little Silver last year is a reminder that everyone should be careful with candles, holiday lights and Christmas trees, according to Monmouth County Fire Marshal Henry Stryker III. “By keeping in mind some fire safety basics, residents can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire statistic,” Stryker said. “The top two things to remember are to exercise care and caution if you are using candles and make sure that you keep your Christmas tree watered.” Stryker recommends that residents follow the holiday safety recommendations put forth by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Recommendations for safe candle use are: Some Christmas tree recommendations are: The USFA …
Monday, December 24, 2012
Leave something Santa will 'ho ho ho' about.
Wondering which treats to leave out for Santa this Christmas Eve? The Savory Spice Shop in Westfield has a recipe for a homemade alternative to a store-bought favorite. Almost Oh-ree-oh! Ingredients: For chocolate cookies: For creamy filling: Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Set rack in middle. In mixing bowl, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoas, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugars. After combined, on low speed, add the butter then the egg. Continue mixing until dough comes together in a mass (about 3 minutes). Place 2 tsp. of batter on a parchment lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. With the bottom of a glass slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 9 minutes, rotating once. Set on baking racks to cool. For filling, mix …
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has a website that now offers a Santa tracker mobile app to follow the jolly man's magical flight.
They sent him their wish lists, sat on his lap, and left cookies and milk for his arrival. Now the only thing left for children to do is track Santa's progress as he delivers gifts around the world this Christmas Eve! Thanks to the folks behind the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, families worldwide can now follow Santa's Christmas journey in real time. The tradition started in 1955 after an advertisement for Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted a telephone number for a special "Santa hotline." Instead of reaching Kris Kringle, the number put kids through to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Commander-in-Chief’s operations, according to a description on the NORAD Tracks Santa Facebook page, which has more than …
If the holidays leave you with little time to shop for gifts, try these stores in Manalapan and Englishtown for great last-minute gift ideas.
With all of the tree trimming, cookie baking and partygoing, there is so much to do during the holidays that it's easy to leave shopping for Christmas presents until the last minute. But by then, the malls and chain stores are usually chaotic and the mere thought of battling crowds is exhausting. Here are some ideas for easy gifts that can be bought locally and require little stress: Tell us: What are some of your own last-minute gift ideas? Share in the comments below.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Several local grocery stores have deals on prime rib for Christmas.
Prime rib is a very expensive "company's coming" cut of meat, and typically it only goes on sale around the holidays. A fresh, semi-boneless Beef Roast Rib is $6.99/lb. at Stop & Shop through Dec. 27. Beef Roast Rib is $5.99/lb. at Foodtown through Dec. 24; Foodtown of Freehold is located at 597 Park Avenue and Route 33. Beef Roast Rib is $5.99/lb. at Pathmark through Dec. 27; there is a Pathmark on Route 9 North in Old Bridge and Route 9 South in Howell. 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…