Thursday, November 22, 2012
Stretch your legs before you settle in for the evening.
If you're looking for a way to shed those extra calories from your Thanksgiving meal, Athens is begging you to take a walk in one of many glorious parks, which are currently all a-glow with the colors of Autumn. If you would like to know how many miles/kilometers/steps you need to walk in order to pretend Thanksgiving dinner never happened, try this nifty Calorie Calculator. If you live on the West Side of Athens, great parks to visit include Ben Burton Park or Bishop Park. Located off Mitchell Bridge Rd, Ben Burton Park is nestled along the Middle Oconee River, and the view of its rocky shoals is quite nice. There is a large grassy field, perfect for playing frisbee or soccer, and picnic tables, grills, and benches. If you are in the …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Share photos of the people and things you are grateful for this holiday season and you could be our next winner.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
For what reasons do you have to give thanks this holiday season? Tell us in the comments below and share photos of the people, pets and moments that are precious to you. Each week we're giving away a prize to one winner selected at random from the readers whose photos are featured Monday through Saturday. The winner will be announced on Sunday. Photos uploaded to the Featured Photos articles or to one of our neighborhood galleries qualify.
What my kids have taught me about gratitude.
It's that time of year again where I reflect on all the things that I am grateful for. Being a parent has helped me to not take things for granted and to appreciate many simple moments in life. Here is a list of the top 10 things that I've learned to be thankful for since I became a mother. 1. The value of a good night's sleep. Seriously, I had never known true exhaustion until I became a parent. Now that my children sleep soundly through the night, I thank my lucky stars for 8 hours of uninterrupted bliss. Without it, I turn into a crazy person. 2. A closed bathroom door. It's rare that I spend time powdering my nose without a child following me in there. Oh, but those moments that I do escape are so beautiful, even if both of my …
Friday, November 25, 2011
Are you one of those people who thinks the best thing about Thanksgiving is the leftovers? Check out this recipes for creative ideas for the day-after feast.
By now everyone has gotten their two cents in about the best way to cook and carve a turkey, whether the potatoes should be creamy or lumpy, the proper way to make a pie crust, and whether to call it stuffing or dressing. But now that Thanksgiving has passed, who knows the proper way to prepare the leftovers? There are tons of ideas floating around on the internet, and some of you probably have your own traditional leftover dishes. The following recipes will help you create meals that use every last bit of Thanksgiving goodness, right down to the cornbread crumbs and turkey bones. Martha Stewart has an uncharacteristically simple recipe for Turkey and Rice Soup, which might serve as a light departure from the heaviness of the Thanksgiving…
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Athens chefs and cooks share their favorites. Add yours!
There’s a special place for this guest every Thanksgiving. Others may come and go from one year to the next, but this particular one is faithful and constant. It may even have its own special bowl. Yes, we all have favorite Thanksgiving foods, ones whose absence would ruin the meal. Maybe it’s Aunt Betty’s congealed salad, or your mom’s whole wheat biscuits or even a strange looking, cheese-laden squash casserole. You eat it because, well, it’s a habit bordering on becoming a tradition. For chef and cookbook author Rebecca Lang, nothing says Thanksgiving like her grandmother’s cornbread dressing. Lang says she’s been making for years. Every time, she gets closer and closer to getting it right. Well-known baker and cook Marilyn Gootman …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Family traditions can create a thankful home, I hope
My home buzzed with activity when I shouted for my family to join me at the dining room table, pulling each of them away from a fun weekend task of some sort to work on a little project with me. I had dreamed up a gratitude banner that I wanted to hang on our fireplace hearth in celebration of Thanksgiving. I heard loud sighs and quiet grumblings of protest as one by one, they each pulled out a chair and joined me at the table. I had spent part of the morning cutting out colored construction paper in the shape of leaves. Each person was to write something that they were thankful for on a few leaves that I would later string together on ribbon to make our banner. I felt strongly that it was important for our family to meditate on gratitude…