Wednesday, November 23, 2011
A variety of local Rockwood School District artists and musicians from Eureka and Wildwood will participate in this year's Holiday Reading Festival Dec. 2-4 at Crestwood Court. Family fun and holiday shopping will be available.
Students from Eureka Elementary, Fairway Elementary and Blevins Elementary will be involved prominently in the upcoming Holiday Reading Festival to be held Dec. 2-4 at Crestwood Court. David Kuschel, assistant executive director, Communications and Legislative Services with the Cooperating School Districts of St. Louis, said artwork from Eureka and Fairway Elementary students will be displayed throughout the event, while the fiddle clubs from Blevins and Fairway Elementary Schools will perform at 2 p.m. on that Saturday, Dec. 3. The event will be co-sponsored by Cooperating School Districts and CHARACTERplus, one of district's programs. Kuschel said the Holiday Reading Festival also will feature many family activities, including a …
Try this time-tested strategy to get rid of clutter; it gives a new twist to brown-bagging it!
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- Jo Beck
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I've given the topic of organization a great deal of thought because I don't have it. Apparently a lot of other people are disorganized too, because there has been a proliferation of companies in recent years who will come to your house and help you get organized for the holidays. I’ve noticed that their expert advice mainly involves getting rid of your stuff. For people with lots of hobbies, this just isn’t feasible. Someone like my friend Ellie, for example, is compiling a family history, so all the pages of photos and information must be kept organize and out of the way. She's organizing a family reunion with 200 attendees. In addition, she has about 40 sewing projects going on, with relatives and neighbors dropping by every now and …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Attending the poinsettia festival hosted at Fahr Greenhouses in Wildwood is an annual pilgrimage for some St. Louis County residents.
More than 16,000 poinsettias await customers at Fahr Greenhouses, Inc., in Wildwood for an annual festival to be held Nov. 26 and 27 as well as Dec. 3 and 4. Guided tours are part of the visit, which is free admission. In addition to purchasing poinsettias, there will be crafts, a Christmas store, children's activities, free refreshments and attendance prizes. Customers also are encouraged to bring their cameras for the visit so they can get a holiday photo taken among a sea of these flowering gems. The Fahr Greenhouse staff said pets, too, are welcome for photos. Children can get their picture taken with Santa Claus. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Pat and Mary Bellrose, along with Larry Fahr, run …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Thanksgiving turkey no longer has to be roasted. This year, expand your turkey repertoire and try brining, frying or smoking this Thanksgiving bird.
The Thanksgiving countdown has begun; time to tackle the turkey. It’s a task many avoid, because the thought of preparing a whole turkey seems to be an unattainable culinary feat. However, cooking turkey isn’t difficult, it just takes a little planning. Begin by deciding on the cooking style: traditionally roasted, brined or fried. For those looking to save time, consider fried turkey. Frying takes about 60 to 90 minutes, as compared to the hours it takes to roast a stuffed whole turkey. For those who have never deep-fried a turkey, here are the basic rules. Follow the operation directions on the fryer/cooker, and check with your local fire department for safety tips. While electric turkey fryers are available and are safer, most gobblers …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The coffee giant is offering two holiday drinks for the price of one from Thursday through Sunday.
Did you know that Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee each day? According to CoffeeStatistics.com, that’s the equivalent of 146 billion cups a year. Starbucks Coffee is making the holiday season a little brighter for coffee lovers with a special BOGO (buy one get one free) deal starting Thursday and going until Nov. 20. From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on those days, Starbucks patrons will get a second free holiday beverage when they buy the first one. The BOGO deal is good on several holiday drinks, including the peppermint mocha in regular and “skinny” versions, caramel brulée latte, ginger bread latte and the company’s standing holiday tradition, the eggnog latte. The nearest Starbucks is in Wildwood at the Town Center. For more locations…
Reminder: This Saturday, area scouts will make their ways back through subdivisions and places to which they dropped off "Scouting For Food" bags this weekend. Donations should be canned, boxed or in plastic containers.
Saturday is a chance to give back to the community on the eve of the Thanksgiving season by donating food items to the Scouting For Food program, which is the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. Ron James, a Boy Scout leader for several decades and Wildwood resident, said this food donation initiative actually started in St. Louis and then spread to other Scouting councils throughout the United States. Since Scouting For Food's launch in 1985 in the St. Louis area, more than 43 million pounds of items have been collected. "I always remind my Scouts that when they sit down to a great Thanksgiving meal to remember that they helped someone else to have a good meal as well," said James. All the food picked up in Wildwood …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
With the right pasta and the proper cooking technique, the following recipes can become a staple in any home -- and be helpful during the holidays when many become pressed for time to prepare meals.
Penne Alfredo with Green Peas, Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes In a large sauce pan, melt butter with cream, season with the salt and the pepper; cook until thickened. Add cooked pasta, basil, sun-dried tomatoes and green peas. Toss in cheese and cook for a few minutes to heat through peas. Makes 4 – 6 servings Italian Wedding Soup Meatball Ingredients: In a large skillet over moderate heat, sauté escarole, chopped onion, celery, carrots, and minced clove of garlic in olive oil. Place vegetables, chicken stock and orzo in a soup kettle and simmer for at least 30 minutes. Prepare meatballs by combining the lean ground beef, minced onion, salt, pepper, parsley, 2 minced cloves of garlic, eggs, milk, and bread crumbs. Shape into 1-inch meatballs…
A Eureka mom and her friend launch new fashion accessory system.
Creating fashion statements motivated Brett Steckler of Eureka, and her friend Brandi Schmidt, to let their hair down, so to speak, to help other people put their hair up. This fall, they established a home-based business called BB bows, which offers a unique, interchangeable hair accessory system. The products are anchored by a sophisticated magnetic approach. "Our love for girlly hair bows, and all things BB-Beautiful, led us to the development of BB Bows," said Steckler. Customers can pair a bow or flower with any fabric-covered button, and change their look as often as they change their mind, she said. "Not only can you wear the flower or bow and BB combo in your hair, you can also put it on a crochet hat, headband, purse, necklace, or…
Monday, November 14, 2011
Students from Eureka High School and dozens of other St. Louis-metro-area students are uniting to develop large-scale volunteer projects.
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- Nate Birt
Monday, November 14, 2011
In May, students at Maplewood Richmond Heights High School and 34 other St. Louis-metro-area schools, including Eureka High School, want to stage a march of 1 million youth volunteers in downtown St. Louis. On Thursday, three upperclassmen convened with instructor Patrice Bryan at Build-A-Bear Workshop headquarters in Overland to determine how to do that. They met as part of a first-of-its-kind youth event, The BIG Return Summit. Build-A-Bear Workshop is among the companies supporting the summit. "We're trying to find the tipping point for social change in St. Louis," Bryan said. She teaches MRH High School's cornerstone class, which focuses on the MRH School District's values of leadership, scholarship, stewardship and citizenship. Her …
Looking for fast food alternatives? Think Pasta. It is a fast-fix, affordable crowd pleaser that offers a variety of options to make everyday fall suppers super, especially as everyone heads into the busy, year-end holiday season.
Fast food doesn’t necessary have to mean a bag of burgers and fries. For crunch time, turn to pasta. From start to finish, most pastas can be cooked, sauced and served in less than 30 minutes. Eureka has a new source for pasta called Union Italian Market, which is located at 2 Hilltop Village Center Dr. The store offers dried pastas and noodles, including tortellini, ravioli, cannelloni, as well as meats and cheeses. Mary Viviano, mother of the store's owner, Tim Viviano, said they offer fresh-made lasagna sheets that many customers like to secure for holiday meals. “It doesn’t take long to cook pasta but you have to cook it right,” said Michael Viviano, owner of Viviano’s Festa Italiano in nearby Fenton. “The secret to making good pasta …