Saturday, December 1, 2012
You might be surprised what other days fall within December.
Christmas gets most of the press this time of year, but December is a month full of religious and secular festivals and holidays, along with some wild and wacky days as well. Here’s a reminder of the major holidays this month, along with a collection of the most bizarre holidays gleaned from the corners of the Internet. We can’t vouch for the authenticity of some of these lesser known observances, but if you need a moment to forget the stress that sometimes comes with the major holidays, there’s got to be a few here to make you smile. Forget the 12 Days of Christmas. Here’s a whole month of ways to celebrate. December is Human Rights Month. Follow Northfield Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free newsletter
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.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
As you look over the list of gifts you need this holiday season, an unsettling feeling starts. How will I pay for all these gifts? How about homemade gifts?
As you look over the list of gifts you need this holiday season, an unsettling feeling starts. How will I pay for all these gifts? Gift-giving is meant to be a time for sharing how much you appreciate others, but rising prices and tight budgets take the feel-good vibes right out of gift-giving traditions. This year, take the money stress out of the holidays by turning to homemade gifts. Homemade gifts are a great way to show you appreciate someone while also adding a personal touch. Gifts don’t need to be expensive to be special. Get the family involved in the fun and you will be creating memories while making unique gifts for those who mean the most in your life. Northfield Patch explores the homemade holidays in hopes that you will find …
Picking the perfect gift for grandparents can present unique challenges. Patch is here to help.
Picking the perfect gift for grandparents can present unique challenges. Many grandparents have downsized and don’t have space for extras. And today’s mobile society means Grandma’s house may be much further than over the river and through the woods. How do you overcome these obstacles and give them a truly unique and personal gift? Here are a few suggestions to please any grandparent on your list. Personalized photo gifts are a sure winner As grandchildren grow, they change every day, especially for grandparents who can’t be there every day. Photo gifts capture those moments to share with loved ones. Ideas include calendars that track family events over the past year, shopping bags printed with grandkids’ photos or artwork, or photo books…
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
However you plan at arriving at your holiday destination, we have tips and tricks for smooth travel.
According to the American Automobile Association, 42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more during the holiday season. Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Nov. 23-27, AAA estimates that 90 percent, or 38.2 million people, will take to the nation’s roadways; 8 percent will take to the air and 2 percent will take a bus, train or ferry. By Automobile For those planning car travel this year, Gail Weinholzer, AAA Minnesota/Iowa director of public affairs, offered these safe driving tips: By Plane Melissa Scovronski, public affairs and marketing manager for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after will be the busiest flying days of the year. Throughout the holiday season, opt …
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 …
Monday, February 21, 2011
How well do you know your presidential history?
Monday, February 21, 2011
In honor of Presidents Day, Patch wants to give you a chance to win a gift certificate/card worth an Alexander Hamilton ($1o) for a hotspot in Northfield, as well as equip you with some Patch gear. Be the seventh person to e-mail the correct answers to the eight questions below and you win! E-mail answers to editor Corey Butler Jr. at email@example.com. Once we have a winner, we'll let him or her know and then post the winner's name below. We'll also share the answers at that time. Good luck to all! 1. Who was the only president to occupy the White House as a bachelor? 2. Who was the heaviest president, weighing between 300 and 340 pounds? 3. Who was the oldest president to be elected? And the youngest to be elected? 4. Three …
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Lots in Northfield still have plenty of trees—and more—to offer.
There is just a handful of shopping days until Christmas. But don't worry if you haven't gotten your tree yet. Northfield has several options for where and what tree to buy, as well as a selection of wreaths, garlands and arrangements. -------------------- Just Food Co-op's trees are, as one would expect, eco-friendly. Co-op produce manager Strider Hammer says the trees come from Oneota Slopes, a family farm near Decorah, IA. For about 10 years, Hammer has ordered trees from Oneota, whose trees are grown without chemicals and are managed so as to provide habitat for birds, beasts and bugs. Because their forest is in the less productive phase of its cycle, Hammer could get fewer trees this year. Only a few large balsam fir and Scotch …