Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A uniquely Pittsburgh version of the Christmas classic, the 12 Days of Christmas.
If you're from Pittsburgh, you'll appreciate this 'Burgh-style take on a Christmas classic that's getting a lot of attention on YouTube. According to the Post-Gazette, Peters Township resident Bob Rak came up with the idea while on a trip in 2008. He teamed up with fellow local actor Leah Hillgrove, who is a former Peters Patch contributor. Enjoy! N'at. Click here for more 12 Days of Pittsburgh N'at.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Drum roll please. A new poll shows the majority of Americans prefer ...
Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? When it comes to season’s greetings, a new poll shows the majority of Americans prefer “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays.” The survey from Rasmussen Reports finds that 68 percent of the people polled prefer the traditional “Merry Christmas” while just 23 percent like "Happy Holidays," which can cover a variety of occasions. It doesn’t end there. When it comes to holiday signs, a whopping 70 percent of shoppers polled said they prefer to be greeted with “Merry Christmas” in stores rather than the more neutral Happy Holidays, according to a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. The so-called “War on Christmas” has been a hot topic for years, with some saying “Merry Christmas” excludes non-…
Mixing a concoction of things that can be found at the corner store will extend the life and luster of fresh firs.
Editor's Note: Our sister Patch in Stow, Ohio provided this article for us. If you're buying a live Christmas tree just this year, the following recipe will extend the life of a live tree, according to a Stow Firefighter. Most Christmas trees are expected to live only a couple of weeks after being cut down. But Stow Fire Department Marshal Jim Leidel has a recipe, he says, that extends the life and luster of the fresh firs. "No fire-proofing technique works 100 percent of the time," said Leidel. But he believes the following recipe can make a living tree stay green longer. Ingredients: Instructions: So, how does this Christmas tree tea work? "The syrup provides the food necessary to allow the base of the tree to take up water," said …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Enjoy crafts, refreshments and more.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for the Peters Township School District and $500 to pay your electric bills!
We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16. Here's the link: http://deckthehouse.patch.com/contest/peters. Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district. Our …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Just what is Small Business Saturday and why should you support it in Peters Township?
Big name national retailers take the spotlight on Black Friday as their deep price cuts pull in shoppers in droves. What about those mom-and-pop businesses all over Peters Township and beyond that are the backbone of America’s economy? Just when do they get their day? That’s basically the question that was asked back in 2010 when the concept of Small Business Saturday was born. Small Business Saturday is “a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities,” the U.S. Small Business Administration explains on its website. American Express gets the credit for founding the shopping holiday, which got its official start on Nov. 27, 2010, according to the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. Celebrating its …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Patch brings you a list of Thanksgiving-themed films to view from the cozy comfort of your home. Laugh, cry and give thanks for video verification that other people's families are every bit as quirky—if not more so—than yours.
You're stuffed, and the tryptophan is kicking in. You're beat from battling for all those Black Friday bargains. You just can't face those lines yet for Silver Linings Playbook or Red Dawn. Your couch may be calling, but some members of your family are likely to be clamoring soon for entertainment alternatives to football. Why not keep the spirit of the day alive with a stock of Thanksgiving-themed films to watch in the cozy comfort of home sweet home? Christmas may be tops in holiday movies, but Thanksgiving isn't far behind in providing cinematic backgrounds or plot twists. Patch brings you a list of films about other people's Thanksgivings that should satisfy your need to laugh, cry, warm your heart—and give thanks that other families …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Slightly more Americans will hit the road this Thanksgiving, according to AAA.
Thanksgiving week is shaping up to be beautiful with the high temperature each day expected to be in the high 50s. Forecasters are also predicting sunny skies with light wind and no precipitation. The only chance for rain this week appears to be on Friday. Good for all of you hitting the road or traveling by air to visit Grandma, and for all those Turkey Bowls. AAA predicts 43.6 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday, up just 0.7 percent from last year. Air travel is expected to decline, one sign that many households continue to feel financially pinched. Here's the forecast for Peters Township, according to the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh: By car or by airplane, how do you like to travel on …
These DIY Thanksgiving crafts will lend festive fun to your holiday decor.
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 holiday. 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 stick …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Change up your pumpkin pie routine and try serving a pumpkin cheesecake (or both)!
Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and preparations are under way. Are you looking for a rich, decadent dessert to serve alongside your turkey? Maybe something different, but still following the holiday theme? I'll tell you a secret—try making this pumpkin cheesecake. It was a major success when I brought it to my Thanksgiving celebration last year. And as ABC news reported, pumpkin anything is popular this year. I got my recipe from Paula Deen, because we don't care about calories on Thanksgiving, right?! Pumpkin Cheesecake Crust: Filling: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For crust: In medium bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter. Press down flat into a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside. For filling: Beat cream …