Saturday, December 22, 2012
Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek offers tips for keeping your home safe over the holidays.
Editor's Note: The following is a Hennepin County Sheriff's Office release. * Don’t openly display your Christmas tree and gifts in the window so it’s easily visible. A burglar could smash the window and grab the packages. * If you are away on a trip, ask a neighbor to help create a "lived in" look for your home. Use a light timer when you are away and ask a neighbor to keep the front of your home clean of papers and debris. A neighbor could even park a car on your driveway. * Don’t hide spare keys under rocks, in flowerpots, or above door ledges. Instead give the spare key to a trusted neighbor. * Don't announce that you are out-of-town on social media sites. Post your vacation photos on facebook when you return from your out-of-town …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Need the advice on a perfect pairing? Need a good gift idea? Ask our pros all your vino questions in the comments section below.
The holiday season is a time of celebration, good food and, of course, an adult beverage here or there. Whether you're entertaining, attending a holiday party or need to pick up an easy gift, a good bottle of wine goes a long way. But, with so many options, which brand, flavor or color do you choose? What is a tasty dessert wine? What sets off the main course perfect? Is there an inexpensive bottle that's perfect to bring to a gathering? Here to help answer all your holiday wine questions are three "Patch Pros"—local industry workers, managers and wine buffs: Add your question in the comments section below and our experts will get back to you with their suggestions.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Kids have started making their lists and checking them twice. How do you help them make their lists?
When I was a kid, the excitement that would blow through the Burgess home as the holiday shopping season began can be pinpointed to one thing: The Toys-R-Us catalog arriving. My sister and I would pore over the pages, carefully dog-earring them to call special attention to the items circled therein. We would proudly hand it to our parents, believing we had done them a great service. (There would be no way they could disappoint us if they took our direction on the gifts.) Of course, I never got that electric Barbie car. (Sigh) A paper catalog seems a little old school now with the Internet and so many shops to choose from. So, how do you help plan your kids' gift lists? Do you take them to the store? Supervise them online? Or do you wait …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Have a dish that's to die for? Let other Patch readers know your secret.
The holiday season is upon us, which for many means a time of great meals with the ones we love. And great meals start with great recipes, passed down from generation to generation. These family cooking traditions bring people together during the holidays. Patch editors and readers from across Minnesota have rounded up a few of their favorite family recipes, which we are sharing with you. If you have a great holiday recipe of your own to share, please post it in the comments section below. You can also add a photo of your delicious dish by clicking on the "submit photo" button below. Happy holidays, from all of us at Patch. *** Pumpkin Pie Dip Mix pumpkin with brown sugar, vanilla and spices, blend well. Mix in yogurt. Fold in Cool Whip …