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Family Game Night

Story and Photos By Amanda Causey Baity Family game night is an excellent opportunity to put down the cell phones, turn off the computer and video games, and gather everyone together. Parents and children are able to spend some much-needed downtime reconnecting and creating memories. Making a habit of game night also keeps the lines of communication open, especially as children grow older. Whether you are just …

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The Firehouse Foodie: ‘Twas the Chaos Before Christmas?

By Frank E. Vaerewijck Despite what the department stores try to tell you, the Christmas mad dash doesn’t start until weeks, if not days, before that magical day. Much like Facebook, memories of this day are steeped in grandiose snapshots that have cropped out the chaos that ensued prior to, and directly after, these snippets in time. The shopping centers, malls, …

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“The Healthy Jewish Kitchen” by Paula Shoyer

Rebecca Barnes Publisher, Prince William Living For years my mother used her copy of “Jewish Cookery”  by Leah Leonard, which is considered a classic. I love it too but often wondered about Gluten-free and vegetarian lifestyles that are more mainstream today. How does todays kosher cook accommodate these needs? Paula Shoyer, THE kosher food expert, and best-selling author, has released …

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Be Kind to One Another

Story and Photos By Amanda Causey Baity A saying made popular by Ellen DeGeneres, “Be Kind to One Another,” is something we should all adopt. While it can be hard during the holiday season…or while commuting in Northern Virginia traffic, being kind seems to have escaped us all. When I do encounter an act of kindness, I am so blown away that there are still amazing …

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Celebrate the Holiday Season with IKEA Swedish Julbord Buffet

Provided by IKEA As the holidays approach, IKEA invites consumers to celebrate the season during its annual Swedish Julbord smorgasbord on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 at participating stores nationwide.  A traditional Julbord is a highlight of Swedish cuisine, consisting of local and family specialties enjoyed with family and friends. IKEA is inviting everyone to join the celebration with an all-you-can-eat …

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The Firehouse Foodie: Turkey Again? Why Turkey Anyway?

By Frank E. Vaerewijck Turkey is a staple for Thanksgiving, as we all know, but why? As a kid, we have images of Pilgrims and Native Americans breaking bread, much like we do at the Firehouse, around a big table filled with all sorts of food, and a huge turkey right there in the middle. Everyone dressed up in their …

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Recipe

Provided by Sandi Clark, Pampered Chef Consultant INGREDIENTS 1½ lbs (700 g) asparagus (about 18 stalks), washed, patted dry and trimmed 3 oz (90 g) sliced prosciutto (about 8 slices) Black pepper, to taste Prepared balsamic glaze (optional) Fresh Parmesan cheese (optional) DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C) Cut prosciutto slices in half lengthwise. Wrap each asparagus with one piece …

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Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Provided by Sandi Clark, Pampered Chef Consultant INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds unpeeled potatoes 5 garlic cloves, peeled 1/3 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons milk 2 tablespoons fresh snipped parsely 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper DIRECTIONS Cut potatoes into 1-inch cubes; place in (2-qt.) Saucepan. Add garlic and enough water to cover potatoes. Bring to a boil; reduce …

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Thanksgiving Pie Crust Recipe

Provided by Sandi Clark, Pampered Chef Consultant Make your pies the talk of the Thanksgiving dessert table. These creative crust designs only look complicated, but putting a personal stamp on store-bought pie creust is easy as, well, pie! All it takes is ready-made dough and a little creativity with your favorite Pampered Chef ® tool. DIRECTIONS Give your pie a …

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Savory Smashed Root Vegetables

Provided by Sandi Clark, Pampered Chef Consultant A tasty and healthier version of mashed potatoes will be a hit at your next party! INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp (mL) butter 1 tsp (5 mL) olive oil 4 green onions, sliced 4 lbs (1.8 kg) assorted root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, rutabaga or turnips, peeled and coarsely chopped ¾ cup (175 mL) …

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