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Staying in for Valentine’s Day

Kick off your Valentine’s Day with a delicious dinner that your date will not forget. It is easy to make reservations but here’s another way you can really impress your date this Valentine’s… making a romantic dinner for two by yourself. Even if it’s a simple menu like pasta with garlic bread or chicken stir-fry, [...]

Guess Who’s Coming to Passover?

Passover is the Jewish Spring Holiday that commemorates the story of the Israelite’ escape from slavery in Egypt to freedom.  Every year, Jews gather for the Seder meal to reenact the story of this journey. It is followed by eight days of eating only unleavened bread. Are you and your family lucky “invitees” to a Passover Seder [...]

Happy Hunting for Easter Eggs!

The coloring of eggs reminds us that the cold season is now over and it is time to enjoy the blossoming of flowers. The colorful Easter Egg represents the birth of Spring as shown in several different cultures. In the Persian culture, coloring and dying of the eggs is a way to celebrate the holiday [...]

Giving the Luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day

So with another Saint Patrick’s Day on the way, you can turn this annual event into more than a day (or in this year’s case, a weekend) of gatherings and green beer drink outs by making it an especially lucky occasion for your sweethearts, big and small!  There are parades all over the country and if [...]

Sweet Treats for Your Valentine

So for all of you who have wondered, pondered, or lamented the holiday associated with lovers and gifts and chocolate and dinners out, here’s a pretty thorough study of the origins of Valentine’s Day: \”Valentine\’s Day History\” In this busy world we live in, it’s hard to find time and and the frame of mind [...]

Scarves Make Wonderful Gifts for the Holidays

Cold weather means it’s scarf-time! As we move from fall to winter mode, the weather can range from cool mornings to balmy afternoons to frosty nights.  If you’re going to leave your home early and not get back till late, dressing for this kind of day can be a challenge. The versatile scarf is the perfect accessory [...]

What’s the Meaning Behind Your Gift?

Once Thanksgiving has come and gone,  the holiday shopping season will be in full swing. Big box stores will open early, rewarding those who brave the 5 a.m. Black Friday masses with the promise of huge savings. Radio stations will complete the switch into seasonal holiday music, which will be blasting at every mall and [...]

Have a (not so) Traditional Thanksgiving!

The leaves have exploded into dazzling colors, it’s getting chillier and chillier, and that means everybody’s making holiday plans! For many of us, the approaching Thanksgiving holiday is a time to gather with family and friends and celebrate what we have over a big meal. Every family has its own set of traditions. Some people need [...]

Halloween! Don’t be Caught Dead Without These!

“When witches go riding and black cats are seen. The moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Hallowe’en…”  Author Unknown. Calling all gouls, goblins, witches, werewolves, and warlocks… Halloween is right around the corner! Did you know that the word “Hallowe’en” comes from the fuller 16th century term“All-Hallows-Even” that is the eve before Hallows Days? We all love [...]

Say It with Letters

Before you know it, Mother’s Day will be here. Mother’s Day is probably  the most important occasion after Christmas and even more so, because it focuses on one (or no more than a few) person in your life. The PRESSURE to come up with a great gift for Mom is on! How will you outdo [...]