Thursday, November 22, 2012
Times flies, but it's the little things that stand out from the blur that I'm most grateful for this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving Day is here. Finally! Except despite the past few days, which seemed to drag by in a blur of turkey and gravy fantasies, it doesn't feel like it's been a year since I wrote this column as a newly hired Patch editor. My mother always says time speeds up more and more the older you get, and I'm starting to see what she means. Suddenly, I have a teenage son who towers over me, whose voice dropped several octaves overnight. I have three other children following quickly in his growing-too-fast footsteps. But thankfully, he hasn't gotten too old to call me Mommy, even if it's only when he's trying to sweet talk me into something. Thankfully, my slightly younger 12-year-old son still hugs me tight at every opportunity, even if it'…
Patch readers share their gratitude as we celebrate Thanksgiving 2012.
Happy Thanksgiving, Land O' Lakes! Earlier this week, we asked our Facebook fans to share what they are most grateful for. Here is what these Land O' Lakes Patch readers said they are giving thanks for in 2012: Kim Williams Strommer: I am thankful for the Oncologists and nurses at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital who are treating my daughter's leukemia. It's been a long 2 years and she will be done with treatment in a few months. Amy Daigrepont-Calkowski: I am thankful for everyone that worked on and donated to the Hope For Homes Project! May God Bless you always. Loran Tripp: Mine have ranged from family, to living in the US, to car seat heaters, amazing friends, and the smell of orange blossoms. Amy Sue Porter Fly: Faith Baptist Church! …
Share your best recipes for the day after the big meal.
Dinner’s done and the only thing more stuffed than the bird is you. Now the question becomes: What to do with all those leftovers? While many say simple reheating is all that’s necessary to have a “day after” feast, others have elaborate recipes for turning Thanksgiving leftovers into gourmet delights. From savory turkey soups to sinfully delicious pot pies and mile-high sandwiches, everyone has their own ideas on what to do with what’s leftover. The Food Network even has an entire recipe collection dedicated to the topic. We’d prefer to hear from you! What are your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes? Share them in the comments section or upload them as an announcement.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Many county employees will get a four-day weekend.
Pasco County is closing most of its government offices this Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. While not all offices will close for a four-day weekend, most will. Here’s a breakdown of what’s closed for the holiday: Emergency services such as police and fire rescue will continue to operate as normal.
These DIY Thanksgiving crafts will lend festive fun to your holiday decor.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Before the turkey is in the oven, the dining room table is set and your family is on their way, making Thanksgiving and fall crafts is a fun way to pass the time. Thanksgiving crafts will keep little hands busy and provide family-friendly fall decor to your home. Try any of these crafts to add fun to your Thanksgiving table. OREO TURKEY WHAT YOU NEED: 2 Oreo cookies 1 miniature Reeses Peanut Butter Cup 6 candy corns 1 Whopper Yellow, red and black small tubes of frosting 1 container chocolate frosting (optional) WHAT YOU DO: 1. Take a small amount of frosting (I used chocolate frosting) and place it on one of the Oreos, where the tail feathers will go. 2. Put five candy corn tail feathers on top of the frosting - the frosting will help …
Let everyone see just how hard you worked!
Putting together a Thanksgiving feast is no simple feat. Between the shopping and the cooking, there’s barely time left to set the table and make everything just right. If you’ve gone above and beyond with your spread this year, Land O' Lakes Patch invites you to show off your hard work. Just upload your Thanksgiving dinner photos to the gallery. Be sure to share tell everyone what the special dishes are you served up, too. And, if your dinner table setting and decorations rival something Martha Stewart might whip up, we invite you to show those off, too! To share your photos, just login to your user account and click on the white and green button at the top of this article. Happy holidays, Land O' Lakes!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The store will be open until 4 p.m.
Need to pick up a few more things for dinner on Thanksgiving Day? Winn Dixie Stores will be open Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Store pharmacies, however, will be closed. And if you need a full spread at the last minute, the grocer will have fully prepared ham or turkey dinners “with all the trimmings” starting at $42.99, according to a media release. Winn Dixie is also offering a special on gift cards on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday only. Fuelperks program members can earn a 20 cents per gallon discount on gas (25 cents at Tampa stores only) on every $50 purchase of most gift cards. The deal excludes Winn-Dixie, American Express, MasterCard, Discover and Visa gift cards, according to the release. Winn Dixie also has a free smartphone…
Looking for a new recipe for your Thanksgiving turkey? Give one of these non-traditional twists a try.
There are so 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. If you're attending someone else’s dinner, hopefully their turkey will taste as good as one of these! 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-…
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Monday, November 19, 2012
Need some ideas on what to do with the kids while Pasco schools are closed for the week?
Thanksgiving break is under way and there are still days to go until the turkey is cooked and the family fun begins. If you’re stumped on what to do with the kids to occupy their time, here are a few no- and low-cost ideas in the Land O' Lakes area: Do you have suggestions for things to do with the kids in the Land O' Lakes area over the holiday break? Share your ideas in the comments section.