Saturday, December 22, 2012
Or are you a last-minute gift-getter?
This year, for the first time, I took advantage of Cyber Monday to get a few gifts knocked off my list. The sales on things I was looking at for family and friends weren't incredible, but the 10 percent off here or free shipping there certainly helped. What also helped me out this year was going as simple as possible when it comes to gift giving. Instead of buying my sister and brother-in-law individual gifts, I proposed that my husband and I get them one gift, and they get us one, with a $30 limit. We also instigated a Yankee swap with my inlaws this year, so we don't end up with a ton of gifts that we really don't need. So it'll be a pared-down holiday for us. The best part of holiday giving, I think, is watching a loved one's …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
Monday, November 26, 2012
Knocking out your holiday shopping today? Or not?
Today is Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year. It's a day to scour the Web, as big deals on merchandise abound. Retailers are offering online discounts on everything from TVs and appliances to clothes or books. Are you shopping on Cyber Monday? Stocking up on holiday gifts, perhaps? Or maybe you prefer to do your shopping in person. Tell us what you're hoping to score a deal on — and, if you do score a good deall, tell others about it in the comments. Or, are you all shopped out after Black Friday or Small Business Saturday? Tell us in the comments.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Test your guests with a bit of Thanksgiving-related trivia.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
How much do you really know about this day of turkey, football and family? Care to test your knowledge with our Thanksgiving Quiz? Better yet, are you looking for something to keep your family occupied for a few precious minutes? Print out the PDFs associated with this story and pass them out to your guests. We're just here to offer a bit of holiday entertainment, so you don't have to do all the work. One PDF is the quiz itself and the other is the answer key with links to additional information. Good luck on the quiz and let us know in the comments if you have a Thanksgiving trivia tidbit to share.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Here are some recipes for Thanksgiving's most popular side dishes.
What would a turkey be on Thanksgiving without its faithful side companions? Often more popular than the turkey itself, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and other favorites are staples of the food coma-inducing meal. Try one of the recipes below to bring a new taste to your Thanksgiving feast. Irish Sausage Stuffing Directions: Brown the ground sausage thoroughly. Drain and cool. Peel and quarter the potatoes. Boil until a fork can separate them. Drain and cool. Dip the stale bread quickly into a bowl of water and then squeeze out all the water. Alternating the ingredients, begin running everything through the grinder. Grind only once. In a large bowl, add the celery salt and poultry seasoning along with a couple of dashes of …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
If you need a new recipe for your Thanksgiving turkey, give one of these non-traditional twists a try.
There are many ways to cook everyone’s favorite holiday bird. Each family has its own special technique for cooking a turkey, whether it's using an old family recipe, adding a secret ingredient or shopping at a certain store in town that helps make the turkey taste all the better. If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, you can try any of the recipes below to add a new kick to your feast. Or, check out our vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes. Just the name of this recipe makes my mouth water. An Allrecipes.com user contributes this Greek take on turkey, which combines ground beef and pork with tangerine juice, rice and other ingredients for an in-bird stuffing. This one requires no pre-made brine. Emeril Lagasse’s recipe for a Cajun-spiced …
Friday, November 16, 2012
It's a little less than a week to Thanksgiving 2012. Are you prepared?
Most people plan Thanksgiving well in advance, but with so much time spent on the elections this year, Thanksgiving has kind of sneaked up on us. Would you believe Thanksgiving, and with it the traditional start of the holiday season, is one week from yesterday? If you haven't started planning for Thanksgiving yet, you're already in trouble, according to the website Epicurious. It suggests a six week prep time if you want to do the holiday justice. Are you prepared for Thanksgiving? And more importantly, in what has been a very contentious year, what is it that you can be most thankful for this year? Share your thoughts in the comments field below.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Whether by plane, train or automobile, traveling this time of year can be stressful. Here are some tips to make your trip easier.
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel time of the year. Whether by plane, train or automobile, traveling can be stressful. Here are some tips to make your trip easier. Hitting the road? Try these tips: Load up the iPod: Download your kids’ favorite songs and have a sing-a-long as you drive along the road. Plan to make stops: Before you hit the road, map it out and see what interesting sights are along the way. Why not stop and take a picture in front of the World’s Largest Ball of Twine? Or check out the great view of the mountains? This will break up the trip and let the kids have a chance to get up and run around for a little bit. Play some games: I-Spy is a roadtrip classic, other ideas like Car Bingo, scavenger hunts or making …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
See when the city plans to light its holiday tree!
The annual Waltham Holiday Tree Lighting will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov. 23 on the City Common, according to the mayor's office. Waltham High School's show choir will perform and Santa Clause's mailbox will start accepting letters to the North Pole and Santa himself will be on hand after the lighting to take photos with children on his lap.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Post your blast-from-the-past family holiday photo.
Everyone's got them — those awkward family holiday photos from years past. I was looking through some old photos of my own recently, and came across some funny ones of me and my cousins when we were young. What about you? Do you have '80s hair on display in a holiday photo? What about fashions from the '70s? Post your awkward family holiday photos here.