Thursday, December 20, 2012
Just in time for the holidays.
The T. Nulty American Legion Post 471 will be holding a holiday party on Saturday, December 22, to honor Menlo Park veterans at 25 Brown Avenue in Iselin. The party begins with a 6 pm to 7 pm buffet dinner that includes coffee and dessert, to be followed by dancing from 7 pm to 10 pm. An open bar will also be available. The price for the event is $25 per person, which includes a $3 donation for baskets for those in need. In addition to the holiday fun, expect a visit from Santa! For reservations, call 732-634-9119. Follow Woodbridge Patch on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for the daily newsletter.
Here's a rundown of USPS, UPS, and FedEx deadlines for pre-Christmas arrival. Cost goes up with the speed of the service.
If you're the type to put off holiday shopping until the last minute, not to worry—there are plenty of speedy ways to ship your items nationwide and ensure that they'll arrive before Dec. 25. Below is a rundown of USPS, UPS, and FedEx deadlines for pre-Christmas arrival. Cost, of course, goes up with the speed of the service. Today, Thursday, is the last day to ship via First-Class mail if you're hoping your items will arrive by Christmas. Friday, Dec. 21 is the last day to ship via Priority Mail and Saturday, Dec. 22 is the last way to ship via Express Mail. The Woodbridge Main Post Office's retail hours for Saturday, December 22 are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Today is the deadline to send via UPS 2nd Day Air and UPS 2nd Day Air A.M. Friday, …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Check out Woodbridge Wegmans and ShopRite for your Christmas prime rib roast
Prime rib is a very expensive "company's coming" cut of meat, and typically it only goes on sale around the holidays. Both Wegmans and ShopRite in Woodbridge have deals on prime rib and other pricey cuts of meat during the holidays. I like to buy Sheffield & Sons “Angus” standing rib roast which has large, traditional prime rib bones and a good grade of meat (USDA Angus Choice Beef). It is typically three to four pounds. (With tall college guys in my family, we usually think a pound per person, including a bone with each slice.) Select a roast that is "marbled" with bits of fat "speckled" in the center of the roast (ask their meat manager to help you select if you have a question). This "marble" will give the roast the best flavor and …
Our Patch Elf on the Shelf has gotten ahold of our computer and now wants to know what his buddy elves are up to. Share your photos here!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Hi friends! I'm the Patch Elf on the Shelf. Call me Patchy. I've heard about more of my friends hanging around the area lately, and I wondered what they were up to. Could their families post pictures here on Patch to show me? I'd love to catch up with them. We all go back to Santa on Christmas Eve, but in the meantime, we'll be watching you! Cheers, Patchy the Elf Add your photo by clicking on the green "Upload Photos and Videos" icon.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Need a quick holiday cookie recipe? Make one of these for your parties this season.
One of the most important holiday questions to ask yourself is: What kind of cookies will you be baking for your get-togethers this season? From sweet to savory, holiday cookies come in all shapes and sizes. And what’s better than to top off a tray of cookies than a glass of homemade eggnog? You can also check out myrecipes.com to learn how to host a successful cookie swap and view more holiday cookie recipes. Eggnog In a saucepan over low heat combine milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cinnamon stick and clove. Bring to a slow boil (this will take between 5-7 mins). Once the milk mixture starts to boil remove from heat and leave cinnamon stick in for a couple of minutes, then remove. Put egg yolks and sugar into a bowl. Using a hand held …
Monday, December 17, 2012
You voted and this house was the top local vote-getter in our Deck the House contest. The winner's school district wins $100,000!
Who has the best “decked” house in Woodbridge? According to users who voted in our annual Deck the House contest, this home decorated by Stephen Mckessy, his nine-year-old son, Nick, and Nick's friend, Thomas, 11. The three-men team worked three weekends in a row to get the home ready for Christmas. The Mckessy entry is one of the nominees for the best decked-out house in the country. We had tons of national entries in this year’s Deck the House contest and in our quest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in the country, we’ve seen everything from a life-size Santa to holiday lights so bright they could blind the neighbors. We loved showcasing everyone’s holiday spirit, but Deck the House isn’t over yet. We’re still …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has a website that now offers a Santa tracker mobile app to follow the jolly man's magical flight.
They sent him their wish lists, sat on his lap, and left cookies and milk for his arrival. Now the only thing left for children to do is track Santa's progress as he delivers gifts around the world on Christmas Eve. Thanks to the folks behind the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, families worldwide can now follow Santa's Christmas journey in real time. The tradition started in 1955 after an advertisement for Sears Roebuck & Co. misprinted a telephone number for a special "Santa hotline." Instead of reaching Kris Kringle, the number put kids through to the Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Commander-in-Chief’s operations, according to a description on the NORAD Tracks Santa Facebook page, which has more than …
Friday, December 14, 2012
If the holidays leave you with little time to shop for gifts, try these stores in and near Woodbridge for great last-minute gift ideas.
With all of the tree trimming, cookie baking and partygoing, there is so much to do during the holidays that it's easy to leave shopping for Christmas presents until the last minute. But by then, the malls and chain stores are usually chaotic and the mere thought of battling crowds is exhausting. Here are some ideas for easy gifts that can be bought locally and require little stress: Tell us: What are some of your own last-minute gift ideas? Share in the comments below.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Here are ten ways to have fun and spread holiday cheer in PATCH TOWN without breaking the bank.
This year’s holiday season can be special for you and your family regardless of your budget. Here are some fun tips for creating new holiday traditions while saving money. 1) Make your cards from recycled materials. Cards can be made from paper grocery bags, cereal boxes, used file folders and even last year’s holiday cards. Feature your family’s artwork and use recycled wrapping paper or paper from catalogs and magazines for backgrounds. A great resource for making cards from recycled materials is "Creative Correspondence" by Michael and Judy Jacobs, available at Barnes & Noble in Menlo Park Mall or on Amazon.com. 2) Have fun together and create a festive decoration by making a gingerbread house. You can bake the gingerbread …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Outstanding performances, exquisite set design and unexpected twists and turns breathe new life into an old favorite at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton.
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ Christmas tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s miserly life and ultimate redemption, opened at McCarter Theatre on Friday and will run through Dec. 28. The audience’s standing ovation on opening night was a testament to a performance that breathes new life into all too familiar characters. It can be difficult to perform the same show year after year, especially a story so familiar that most need not buy tickets to know its characters and message. Under the direction of Michael Unger, McCarter’s cast of 40 actors, dancers and singers manages to avoid the trap of redundancy or boredom. Broadway veteran Graeme Malcolm leads the cast as Scrooge, an actor who brings as much humor and vulnerability to the role as he …