Monday, December 19, 2011
Certain December music makes us pause, sing along and feel nostalgic.
Holiday voices sing, are you listening? Songs of the season are inescapable this week – whether they bring comfort and joy or lyrics and beats that annoy. Amid the jingling and roasting, most people cherish at least a few Christmas songs – perhaps because they've been sung many times, many ways since we were young. Though it may be tough to single out a favorite, here's a chance to click on one that invariably makes you pause, turn up the volume and feel nostalgic. So come and vote, faithful celebrants, and let's see which is triumphant. Write-in votes for unlisted tunes can go in the comments.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Dozens gather at Grosse Pointe Woods church to see children portray the Living Nativity.
It has become a tradition at Christ the King Lutheran Church and Preschool. The annual Living Nativity, Christmas in the Stable, entertained and brought smiles to the faces of dozens of Grosse Pointe Woods residents Sunday afternoon. The Living Nativity included a slew of children portaying roles ranging from Mary and Joseph to Angels, while a collection of goats, donkeys and even a camel added to the atmosphere and helped set the scene for the event.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Festive fun awaits Grosse Pointers.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with holiday tours, Santa visits, concerts, and living Nativity scenes -- and much more -- going on. Hungry for more holiday happenings? Visit our Holiday 2011 Events page here. Or suggest your can't-miss events in the comments section below.
Friday, December 2, 2011
A Patch editor finds that Christmas feeling is more filling than junk food.
I found the Christmas spirit between boxes of Cracker Jack and Cheez-Its. Fortunately, the feeling fills you up without too much sugar or too many calories. In fact, all I needed to do was ring a bell while standing just inside the entrance of the Kroger in the Village on Tuesday morning. The people of Grosse Pointe—and the Salvation Army—did the rest. I volunteered as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, making as much noise as I could while standing beside the organization’s trademark red kettle. The bell ringers are a holiday tradition, and giving back is part of the mission at Patch, where I work as an associate regional editor for several sites in southeastern Michigan, including Grosse Pointe Patch. Patch employees are urged to Give…
Friday, November 25, 2011
Shop at one of the many small businesses throughout the Grosse Pointes Saturday, use American Express and receive a $25 credit.
It's Black Friday--the day the masses converge upon stores to get the best deals on pretty much any gift one can think of. Although there are no big box stores to open in the wee hours of the morning, there are plenty of hopes by the many small businesses in the Grosse Pointes. From the Park to the Woods, small business owners are having shopping deals this weekend and some are even prompting Small Business Saturday. It's the second year American Express is sponsoring the day, promoting and even encouraging shoppers to buy local. Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Boettcher said the offer from American Express is truly beneficial to both the local store owner and the consumer. The deal: register your American …
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Side Street Diner chef Meghan Spicer reveals her secrets for the perfect turkey.
Turkey truly is one of the most delicious foods. It makes the entire house smell wonderful as it roasts, and the savory flavor is unparalleled. With Thanksgiving fast-approaching, it’s time to set up a game plan for cooking a turkey that will please everyone. For tips on how to make this a reality, we checked in with Meghan Spicer, co-owner of Side Street Diner in the Village. Each day Spicer and her crew roast about four turkey breasts for their turkey plate dinner, and turkey and club sandwiches. Spicer shared her chef’s secrets for the perfect whole turkey for this Thanksgiving. “I start out with a fresh turkey, not frozen,” said Spicer. “Then I brine it overnight. This makes such a difference.” Spicer’s brine consists of water, kosher …
Saturday, November 12, 2011
City of Grosse Pointe Public Safety Lt. Eddie Tujaka shares a recipe he found in his mother's recipe book. It's a great dish to pass for upcoming holiday gatherings, he says.
The season for "bringing a dish," or trying to find something different for guests to nibble on at a holiday gathering is nearly upon us. To that end, we found a great recipe, compliments of City of Grosse Pointe Public Safety Lt. Eddie Tujaka. "I found this recipe in my mother's recipe book," said Tujaka, who enjoys spending time in the kitchen. The recipe is for rib bites--tasty little barbeque-seasoned, tender mouthfuls of pork. They are different, they are easy to make and they taste great. Here's how: 1. Get a four to five pound pork shoulder and cut it into strips about one inch wide by one inch deep. These will look like spare ribs (without the ribs). 2. Sprinkle the pork strips with Lawry's Seasoned Salt, onion powder, garlic …