Chocolate Anyone?

by Mary Beth Schwartz A plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies while watching a chick flick. A cup of hot cocoa topped with whipped cream after sledding. A decadent chocolate cake for your birthday. Racing to the pantry yet to see what you might have on hand? There’s something about chocolate that can take the blahs out of dreary winter days and make them much more ... »

7 Tips for a Successful Book Club

By Christine A. Krahling Winter is the perfect time for curling up by the fireplace with a good book and then getting together with people who share your interests to discuss it. What a great way to beat the winter blues! In fact, book clubs that meet throughout the year are quite popular, offering friendship, fun and stimulating discussions of the written word, no matter ... »

Decorating The Christmas City

By Jennifer LoConte For most of us, the annual holiday decorating begins around Thanksgiving weekend. Lighted candles appear in neighborhood windows, festive outdoor lights pop up and Christmas trees tied to the tops of automobiles make their first appearance as December draws near. For one man and his team, however, the arduous task of decorating the entire city of Bethle... »

'Tis The Season To Purge

By Sara Vigneri A winter chill is in the air but I’m sweating through my shirt. I’ve lugged all my children’s clothing from the basement and have begun the process of sorting and sifting. Whenever the seasons change, I find myself taking stock of the stuff that has found residence in my home: clothes from last season, toys that are no longer used, impulse purchases, projec... »

Holiday Calendar

By Sara Hodon The Lehigh Valley is special all year ‘round, but there’s nothing quite like it during the holidays.  Whether you’re young or young at heart, there’s something for everyone. Below are just a few of the many seasonal events happening in the area. Happy Holidays! Start the season off by visiting any of the local malls and take advantage of their Black Friday sa... »

Staying Stress-Free Through The Holidays

By Maureen Sangiorgio I remember when I was about 12 years old, I just HAD to have this new bike. I saw it at Kresge’s department store during back-to-school shopping with my mom, and I couldn’t think of anything else. I even dreamed about it. It was fuchsia, had a banana seat, and a high sissy bar in the back. My parents knew how excited I was about it, so we went to pick... »

Cheers! Holiday Spirits

By Melanie Gold There are several things we look forward to as the holidays approach. In the Lehigh Valley that might mean a drive through a holiday lights display, seeing the “putz” or Moravian nativity scenes or shopping at a craft fair. And great holiday traditions almost always include great at-home parties with family and friends. As the days shorten and winter approa... »

The Joys of Crock Pot Cooking

By Carole Gorney To take liberties with the lyrics of Sammy Cahn’s famous seasonal song: Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but a hot meal is so delightful. Let it cook. Let it cook. Let it cook. There is no better meal when the weather turns cold than succulent Yankee pot roast or steaming hot vegetable soup, and there’s no easier way to cook these and many other nouri... »

Baking Basics

By Melanie Gold Some of our favorite holiday food memories come hot out of the oven. Maybe your favorite is the smell of pumpkin bread or still-warm oatmeal-raisin cookies, or maybe it’s the sight of a beautifully decorated cake, rosettes and all. Baking can be a tricky business, more akin to a science experiment than cooking. We tracked down three of the region’s eminent ... »

Confessions of a Closet Junk Food Junkie:

By Sara Vigneri One Health Reporter’s Journey to Practice What She Preaches Time is running out. I have a huge reporting assignment due in 24 hours and I haven’t even thought about what to make for dinner. My daughters need help with homework and they have absolutely no clean underwear for school tomorrow. The stress is creeping up but I muddle through. After putting... »

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