Bring a Little Spring In
March 29, 2012, 8:38 AM
Filed under: Craft Ideas, helpful household hints

Who doesn’t love flowers!?!   They always make me feel happy and I feel they add life and cheer to any room.  I have seen many a magazine article on arranging flowers and choosing the right vase.  However, you are anything like me I have difficulty in knowing which to choose or am intimidated by all the craft gurus with their own magazines and tv shows.  Who has time for “51 easy steps you too can create this homemade treasure….”  get real!   I don’t have “people” who come in and shop for me, do my hair and makeup and feed and walk my animals.  I am pretty sure that all of you don’t either.

Here is a craft I found in a magazine that my mother-in-law sends me.  This is one I plan to try this weekend.  It seems simple enough that even I can do it.  If I am successful I thought I might make gifts out of more for Easter.  You will need a glass jar, cleaned with the label removed, tube of white puff paint, and matte white spray paint.

1) Applying even pressure, draw a design on the jar with the tip of the puff paint.  Allow the paint to fully dry (double the time recommended on package.

2)  In a well ventilated space on a newspaper-covered surface, apply a light coat of spray paint to the jar, holding the can 12” away; let it dry.  Apply 2 or 3 more light coats, allowing to dry after each coat; until fully covered.

Optional:  In stead of drawing a design, make a gift by writing a message like Get Well Soon or Happy Easter!

3)  Fill with flowers and water.  Enjoy!

Vase number 2:

Materials:  Coffee or soup can, cleaned, with label removed; tape measure, 2 colors of grosgrain ribbon of same width (1/2 -1”)

scissors, hot glue gun and glue sticks.

1) measure the can’s height and circumference; add 1/2” to each.  Choose one color to use on circumference and measure as needed to cover the can horizontally, plus 2 for top and bottom.   For second color: cut as many pieces to cover the can vertically. (For a can 5″ tall and 12” you’ll need 7 long pieces of 1” ribbon and 12 1/2”  long pieces of 1” ribbon in one color, twelve 5 1/2” long pieces of the other.

2) Arrange the longer pieces on a table ( reserve the top and bottom pieces) with the sides just touching, creating a rectangle.  Apply the hot glue along one of the shorter ribbons, then carefully place it on top of one short end of the rectangle to hold the long ribbons in place.  Straighten the long ribbons, if needed, while the glue is wet.  Let dry.

3) Starting at the glued-down end, weave a short piece of ribbon over and under the long ones.  Get it as close as possible to the first short piece, then attach it at the top and bottom with glue.  Continue with the short pieces alternating the over/under, until the entire rectangle is woven.  Trim any excess.

4)  Wrap the rectangle around the can, hot-glue the glued-down short end to cover the opposite end.  Apply a line of glue around the top of the can and attach one of the reserved ribbons, folding the end under to hide the raw edge.  Repeat at the bottom of the can.


Gourmet Cooking Classes $20 !!
March 28, 2012, 9:12 AM
Filed under: Fun on a budget, Uncategorized | Tags:

Ever notice how professional chefs can make a gourmet meal out of such simple ingredients? Learning the art of good cooking not only saves you lots of money in the long run (those microwave meals add up!), cuts down on post consumer waste (did you ever notice how much throw away packaging goes into a microwave meal?) but best of all, creative cooking allows you to serve your family delicious and nutritious meals without breaking the bank. While it is possible to spend hundreds of dollars for a one-night cooking class, I found a terrific deal right here in the Lehigh Valley–gourmet cooking classes from chefs at the area’s best restaurants for only $20!! Details are below.
Bon Appetit !

– Great Chef Classes are provided as noncredit classes through
Lehigh Carbon Community College ( ). Search for “Great Chef” at this website where you’ll also find a link to register for each class.

Upcoming Classes:
April 7 (1p to 3p): Glasbern Inn, Fogelsville (American cuisine)
April 22 (1p to 3p): The Mint Gastropub, Bethlehem (Sous Vide)
April 24 (2p to 4p): Keyan Cuisine, Bethlehem (all natural)
May 12 (10a to 12p): San Gria, Allentown (Mediterranean)
June 4 (2p to 4p): H2O Kitchen, Zionsville

Recipes for Easter or Palm Sunday
March 28, 2012, 7:54 AM
Filed under: Life style, recipes

With Palm Sunday and Passover and Easter on the horizon, I have seen lots of advertisements for deals in several stores.   I had never noticed that there are a lot of stores in our area that carry and offer specials on Passover foods.  Some even give away free products with purchase.  For our Jewish readers you’ll want to check the circulars for which one has the best prices as I am not sure what makes a good price for each of these.

My family celebrates Easter and my husband’s family celebrates Palm Sunday.  This year brings a new challenge and some happy memories.  It may be my first time taking over the holiday.  I find that the holidays always bring back memories of days gone-by.   They say that the sense of smell is the strongest connection to memory, and I agree.  The scent of Easter Flowers such as hyacinths.  It reminds me of sitting around the table with Aunts and Uncles, cousins, kids running to and fro being chased by dogs and giggles of excitement fill the house as little ones discover the treasure hidden in an Easter egg.  The smell baked ham, mashed potatoes with butter, green beans, crescent rolls, and fresh from the corner bakery eclaires and cream puffs.  It seems a daunting task to reproduce all the aspects of a perfect holiday.

This possibility weighs heavy on my mind.  This year as host for the first time I have the responsibility to draw in my husband’s family traditions as well.  The recipe I chose to include comes from my mother-in-law’s cookbook.  Its called Pineapple Bread.

Pineapple Bread-

Oven at 350.  Use a greased casserole dish usually 9×13.  You will need:   1/2 cup butter, 3/4 cup of sugar, 4 eggs-(beat together well), 1 lg can of pineapple with juice, 5 slices of white bread torn in fine pieces.

Mix and bake 1/2 hour (or until puffed).

This is delicious and a crowd pleaser.  It’ll be a nice homemade addition to your table this year.

If anyone else has great Easter, Passover, or Palm Sunday traditions and recipes, please pass them along!

4th Week of March Events
March 26, 2012, 8:33 AM
Filed under: Fun on a budget

Tyler State Park-Center for the Arts.  In the historic Barn, 10 Stable Mill Trail Richboro. 267-218-0290  Explore fiber arts kids kindergarten thru age eight.  10am every Saturday in March.

Buffet Breakfast 8am-1pm April 1st Silverdale Fire Company.  111 West Main St. Silverdale

Fish Dinner-fried or baked 4-7pm March 31st.  United Church of Christ 151 S Fourth St. Quakertown. 215-536-4447.

Allentown Area Swing Dance Society-At Fearless Fire Company’s Starlight Ballroom.  1221 S. Front St.  Cha-Cha begins at 7pm.  March 27th.

Country Line Dancing- Tuesdays  at Ottsville Firehouse 7:30pm-10:30p 259 Durham Rd. Thursdays at Red Hill Fire House 71 Fourth St.  beginner lessons 7-10pm.  Fridays at Palisades High School, Kintersville. 

March 28th-12:30pm Lower Bucks Masonic Hall Edgewood Rd. Yardley.  Herbs Garden Lecture presented by Martha Washington Garden Club.

Easter Bunny Express-New Hope Ivyland Railroad.  Call 215-862-2332 or March 31, April 1, 6-8th.  All children will receive a gift bag of goodies and have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny.

102.9 WMGK Classic Rock Art Show and Sale comes to Montgomeryville Mall
March 23, 2012, 8:34 AM
Filed under: Fun on a budget

March 23-April 1st.  12th Annual Classic Rock Art Show.  This year art on display will include pieces by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, John Entwistle (The Who), Jimi Hendrix, Ron Wood (Rolling Stones), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Ringo Starr, U2, and Lynard Skynard and Even John Mellencamp.

Items will include photos, animation art, gold records, concert tour posters, and hand signed artwork!  Admission is FREE!  A portion of the proceeds this year go to The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) created in 2007 by Steven Van Zandt. Little Steven’s Rock and Roll High School (LSRRHS) is the Foundation’s national middle and high school curriculum initiative. Groundbreaking, geared toward national and state standards, interdisciplinary in scope, featuring legendary performers, available free to every middle and high school in the country within two years: LSRRHS will give students a point of real connection in a time when dropout rates are at an all-time high.

Live broadcast by DJ-Andre Gardner begins at 2pm on March 23.  If you have the opportunity to stop by during the broadcast you’ll be entered in a chance to win tickets to Van Halen’s Concert in Atlantic City on the 24th!  If you are a Springsteen fan mark you calendar for March 27th.  That evening of the Art Show, attendees will be entered to win concert tickets to his concert at Wells Fargo Center.  There will be a Springsteen tribute band playing at the Art Show that same day!  Pastor Charles I hope you’ll be there and I hope you win!

The hours of the Art Show during its run at the mall are as follows:

Monday-Saturday 10am-9pm, and Sunday 11am-6pm.  Happy shopping!

Free Health Evaluations
March 22, 2012, 7:29 PM
Filed under: Healthly Living

Second Wednesdays Find answers to your Medicare questions.  Indian Valley Public Library starting at 7pm.  The Apprise group is a free health insurance counseling program to help older Pennsylvanians with Medicare  100 East Church Ave.  Telford 215-723-9109   Take yourself or a parent and find out what you need to know.

Fun on A Budget -3TD Week of March
March 20, 2012, 8:12 AM
Filed under: Fun on a budget

We had a fun weekend at the shore last weekend celebrating the St Patrick’s holiday and festivities.  The smell of salty air, Manco pizza, and cotton candy held the promise of the summer season to come.  While it was chilly, the Ocean City boardwalk most of the stores were open and we enjoyed the arcade and  a walk on the beach.  I hope you will consider going down maybe Easter weekend for the Easter Parade.  It’s an old fashioned family style parade, Easter bonnet topped show-stopping extravganza.  Check it out!

Here are some activities for this week:

FREE Rita’s Water Ice today!  All locations 1st day of spring!  March 20th.  Most locations close by 8or 9pm.

Thursday March 22nd-5:00pm-6:30pm- Encore Experiences at Harleysville.  321 Alumni Ave.  Harleysville.  They will host an evening meal for a cost of $5.95 per person plus tax. The menu is Veal Scaloppini with lemon sauce, oven roasted potatoes, greenbeans, and chocolate elclaire dessert.  Reservations are required.  Take out is also available. 215-256-6900

March 22nd-7:30pm hosted by the Skippack Historical Society.  Come see old photos, postcards, bottles, antiques.  Bring your own local pieces to share.  Event will be held at the Skippack township building.

March 24– Mom2Mom Consignment.  Looking for consignors for the sale which will take place 8am-12pm at Branchcreek Community Church in Harleysville.  Shoppers admission is $1 cash only.  Contact

March 24– Penn State Extension-4H Center 1015 Bridge Rd Collegeville 9-10am.  Free!  Straw Bale Gardening class, will show you how to recycle/compost while growing.  It is also good for those of us that have a limited space for gardening.  Registration is required call Linda at 610=489-4315.

March 25– Bring your antique and get an appriasial from one of five 5 appraisers on any one item at the Antiques, Artifacts, and Appraisals Roadshow.  1-4 pm at Pearl S. Buck International Cultural Center 520 Dublin Rd Perkasie.  Doors will open at 12:30pm.  Wine and Cheese will be served.  To pre-register go to or call 215-249-0100

March 28th-6:30pm Free workshop!  Come explore healthy simpler ways to head into spring, lighter, healthier, and with more energy.  Lower Providence Community Library 50 Parklane Dr.  Eagleville.  To register call Julia Rodgers 610-965-3936 or