Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Use New Year's leftover Champagne to make some sweet treats for the kitchen.
What to do with that wonderful bubbly leftover from your celebrations? You hate to throw it out, but you just can't face another Champagne cocktail. Even if your Champagne has lost some of its fizz, you can use it in many ways, for recipes both sweet and savory. You won't taste the alcohol, but the Champagne flavor will really enhance the other flavors. Here are some ideas for you: 1. If you happen to have one of those little ice cream makers, pull that baby out and put it in your freezer. Then you can make sorbet with your leftover sweet Champagne and serve with fresh berries. I'm not normally a fan of out-of-season fruit flown in from heaven knows where, but Champagne and raspberries are pretty darn magical! 2. Treat Champagne as if it …
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Welcome to 2012.
Patch would like to wish you a happy new year! We hope that your celebration was fun and safe. Feel free to post pictures of your New Year's Eve and tell us about your New Year's resolutions.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
With the new year upon us, the US government offers some popular choices for resolutions.
Now down to the final hours of 2011, we want to hear from you about your New Year's Resolution for 2012. The US government offers 13 popular choices for resolutions and gives some tips on how to keep them up. They include, amongst others: Have you attempted any of these resolutions in the past, and if so, were you successful? What are some other resolutions you and your family are working towards for 2012?
Friday, December 30, 2011
Take a free cab in D.C. if you're feeling tipsy.
During the last decade, the highest number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurred on New Year’s Day, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. And even though D.C. wasn't rated as one of the top 25 drunkest cities in the United States, there will likely be a lot of imbibing happening in the DMV. That can make getting home safely tricky, but there is a way back if you find yourself without a designated driver and with empty pockets. Although AAA is not offering their tipsy tow program in any of the Mid-Atlantic states this New Year's Eve, adult partygoers in the Washington area can take advantage of the SoberRide program, which is co-sponsored by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP). On Dec. 31, from …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Check out our calendar for more weekend events.
1. Great Falls Hike Where/When: Sunday, Jan. 1 at 11 a.m.; C&O Canal Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, 11710 Macarthur Blvd, Potomac. Why Go: The Adventuring Outdoors Group is hosting a Great Falls Hike. The starting point of the hike is the historic Great Falls Tavern, continue through the Gold Mine Loop and return to the tavern. Lunch will be at the Falls Overlook. Please see web site for more information. Pricing: Free 2. New Year's Eve Swing Dance at Glen Echo Park Where/When: Saturday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m.; Glen Echo Park, 7300 Macarthur Blvd, Glen Echo. Why Go: Swing in the New Year at Glen Echo Park. Enjoy a night of swing dancing to the music of the Tom Cunningham Orchestra. Purchase tickets online or at the Spanish Ballroom. …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Mulch from county recycled trees can be picked up in February.
It’s the second day after Christmas and for some the ever-green decorations of holiday cheer are devolving into a drab-brown, needle-dropping mess. Take charge of the situation before your happiness starts drooping along with the ornaments. Montgomery County will give residents the opportunity to recycle Christmas trees through February. Trees should be placed on the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of your regular recycling schedule. All decorations should be removed from the tree prior to collection. Trees with root balls are considered “live” and cannot be collected as part of the county’s regular recycling program. Artificial trees will not be collected, but can be donated to area charities. After collection, the trees are shredded into mulch…
Monday, December 26, 2011
It's over. The gifts are unwrapped. When does your tree come down?
The gifts are unwrapped, the stockings are lying empty on the floor, tinsel strewns your living room instead of the tree. It’s the day after Christmas and for some that means it’s time to take down the decorations. For others, the happy holiday decorations stay up until well after the new year. What’s your plan, Potomac? It’s the day after Christmas – when does your tree come down?
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Share your Christmas morning photos and stories with your Patch neighbors.
It’s midday on Christmas day, and presumably the gifts under your tree are unwrapped, your holiday breakfast consumed and family and friends have settled into laughter and conversation. Before you clean up the wrapping and the remains of your delicious breakfast, send in your Christmas photos and holiday greetings to Patch. Post a photo of your holiday mayhem, or wish your neighbors a happy holiday all here on Patch. Merry Christmas and enjoy the rest of your day!
Friday, December 23, 2011
Churches in Potomac, Darnestown and North Potomac are offering special family and candlelight services.
Churches in and around Potomac are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ with worship services on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24.
This week's Moms Talk looks into how our moms council spends time volunteering during the holiday season.
Every few weeks our Moms Council discusses a different parenting issue. Join the conversation by weighing in on a topic, or ask our panel of experts your question. We put this week's question to our North Potomac-Darnestown Patch Moms Council for their ideas and advice. The suggestions don’t end here. Add your own tips and advice in the comments section below. This week's question comes from Lisa Reichmann, a North Potomac-Darnestown Moms Council member: During the "season of giving" when there is so much focus on material gifts, and our children tend to get consumed with the toys and presents, do you attempt to teach your children about the importance of giving (not just material items) to others? If so, how? Do you have any special …