Saturday, November 24, 2012
The students assemble Thanksgiving meals for the homeless.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Haine Middle School students are celebrating the holiday by giving back to those who are less fortunate. With the help of parents and teachers, the students in Amy Scott and Mary Burglund’s classrooms chose the Light of Life Rescue Mission in Pittsburgh as the focus of their Thanksgiving project. Light of Life provides for the homeless as well as families in need in surrounding communities. According to Scott, students decided that providing needy families with a complete Thanksgiving meal was the most important way they could make a difference on Nov. 22. While the Light of Life mission provides a turkey for the families, the nonprofit relies on donations to make it a complete meal. The middle schoolers made donations and collected …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Share your best recipes for the day after.
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.
Some cooks like a certain brand names, others go organic. What did you do?
What makes your Thanksgiving meal soar from so-so to super? Is choosing the perfect turkey—the centerpiece of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner—an art form or a stroke of luck? Do you choose the same brand every year? Shop at the same market? Go organic? What about your side dishes? Do you shop at the closest grocery store or go to a local farm? Please tell us in the comments how your Thanksgiving meal turned out—what worked (and what did not). Also, we're curious where you shopped and why you chose that spot to shop. Please take our poll and tell us about your Thanksgiving experience in the comments.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Need to run some last minute errands (or grab a coffee) on Turkey Day? Patch gives you this rundown for the holiday.
If you need a last-minute item, a quick caffeine pick-me-up (including at midnight for Black Friday shopping!) or a place to grab Thanksgiving dinner without the fuss, Cranberry Patch can help. Here’s a list of what’s open and what’s closed on Thanksgiving. Starbucks: Get your caffeine fix early and fight off the slumber that a heavy Thanksgiving meal can cause. The Starbucks in the Cranberry Commons shopping center on Route 228 is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will reopen at midnight to perk up Black Friday shoppers. The Starbucks on Freedom Road is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. This location reopens at 10 p.m. Thursday night and will remain open for 25 hours for all the shoppers. Graham Central Coffee House & Cafe: Closed on Thanksgiving …
Share what you’re thankful for this holiday season with Patch readers.
Although gratitude should not be contained to Thanksgiving alone, it's a holiday that reminds us to be thankful for what we have. So you tell us: What are you thankful for this holiday season? Your family? Your friends? The community you live in? Share your story of gratitude with our readers in the comment section below. I’ll go first. I’m thankful for you, our readers. We appreciate that you read this site and that you care enough to comment on it (that includes you political commenters). Without you, there wouldn’t be a Patch, so thank you! Thank you also to all the volunteers in our community, including the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company and other area firefighters. I hope NOT to see you guys on Thanksgiving for any oven …
The bird is just the beginning. Here are some recipes for Thanksgiving's most popular side dishes.
What would a turkey be on Thanksgiving without its faithful side companions? Often more popular than the turkey itself, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and other favorites are staples of the food coma-inducing meal. Try one of the recipes below to bring a new taste to your Thanksgiving feast. Roasted Winter Squash Gauge the amount of squash you’ll need by allowing 1 small squash (acorn and butternut are good choices) for every four people. Cut each squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Brush sides and inner cavity with olive oil and place flesh-side down on a lightly-oiled baking sheet. Roast for approximately 45 minutes or until flesh is very soft and easily pulls away from the skin. After removing squash from oven, let …
These DIY Thanksgiving crafts will lend festive fun to your holiday decor.
Thursday, November 22, 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 them…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Before indulging in a tryptophan-induced nap from all that turkey, check out these races around the area.
As it turns out, you can run (literally!) from all those calories you’re about to consume during your Thanksgiving holiday dinners. On Thursday, Nov. 22, there are several turkey-themed races around the area. Before you start gobbling, here’s a look at the 5Ks happening around the region. Join the Seneca Valley Cross Country Boosters at Graham Park Thursday, Nov. 22 for the First Annual Cranberry Turkey Chase 5K. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race is at 9 a.m. The cost is $20 if you preregister and $25 on race day. Register online at www.senecavalleycc.com or stop by Mojo Running & Multisport on Route 228 in Seven Fields. The Flood family will host its seventh annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day in Zelienople. Participants …
Monday, November 19, 2012
If you need a new recipe for your Thanksgiving turkey, give one of these non-traditional takes a try.
There are 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, or adding a secret ingredient 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-made brine. Emeril Lagasse’s recipe for a…
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Several major retailers are planning to open their doors as early as 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Will you be waiting in line?
With each passing year, it seems Black Friday begins earlier and earlier—6 a.m., then 5 a.m., then 4 a.m. This year, Black Friday is actually starting on Thanksgiving Thursday. Walmart has announced it will open its doors at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, and offer holiday doorbusters while supplies last. These include deals on TVs, iPads, an electric scooter for $79 and a steam mop for $39. Not to be outdone, Target and Best Buy are also planning all-out holiday shopping assaults. Target's deals begin at 9 p.m. According to an ad leaked online, its best deals will be for TVs, a Nook tablet, a Nikon camera and an Xbox 360 Kinect bundle. At Best Buy, doors open at midnight. Doorbusters include deals on TVs, phones and Samsung laptop bundles. …