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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Throwing a party on New Year's Eve or hosting a gathering on New Year's Day? Patch has the recipes you'll need to keep your guests happy.
Here are 5 easy recipes you can make for your New Year's Eve or New Year's Day gatherings. Ingredients: To start, brown the beef in a medium saute pan. Drain the fat. Add the onions and bell pepper, and cook until the onions are translucent (about 5 minutes). In a Crock Pot, combine the diced tomatoes, tomato juice, beans, pumpkin, chili powder, cumin, pumpkin pie spice, salt, pepper and hot sauce. Mix well. Next, add in the cooked beef and stir. Cook on low for six to eight hours, or on high for four hours. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with shredded cheddar cheese sprinkled on top and your favorite corn bread. Enjoy! Ingredients: To start, mix the cream cheese, dressing and beer in a large bowl until you reach your desired …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Think the holidays are over? Not quite. Stay close to what's going on in and around Bloomfield.
Find out how to recycle your Christmas tree.
Christmas is officially over, and if you had a real tree this year, you may be scratching your head wondering what to do with it now. Oakland County will accept your Christmas trees at its self-serve Christmas tree recycling locations. Christmas tree recycling is available at 11 Oakland County Parks from Dec. 26 through Jan. 13, 2013, seven days a week, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. All decorations must be removed from the tree. Extended collection dates are available at Independence Oaks in Clarkston and Orion Oaks in Orion Township, which will accept Christmas trees until Jan. 27, 2013. The trees will be processed to make compost and wood chips that will be available to the public free of charge at Orion Oaks County Park in 2013. Additionally, if…
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
See what happened when Santa visited the students at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills.
Merry Christmas to all those that are celebrating today! Whether you're reading this first thing in the morning, or visiting later in the day, we thought we'd share a special holiday message from local students at the Academy of the Sacred Heart. This clip showing a special surprise visit from Santa is both hilarious and heartwarming at the same time, said Agostino Visocchi, the school's director of enrichment and social media We couldn't disagree. Enjoy! This update was provided by Agostino Visocchi, Director of Enrichment and Social Media at the Academy of the Sacred Heart. Got one to share with Patch? Post it to our Pics & Clips Gallery or email Art.Aisner.@Patch.com.
Monday, December 24, 2012
From a 24-hour 'A Christmas Story' marathon and a trio of 'The Santa Claus' movies, there's plenty to watch this Christmas.
This Christmas, after the coffee has been poured and the presents are unwrapped — what will you do? Flip one of these holiday classics to keep the kids, as well as the rest of the family, entertained.
This year's Mitzvah Day is so popular that there is a wait list for volunteers.
Hundreds of volunteers from metro Detroit will pitch in to make Christmas a brighter day for their neighbors and community members through Mitzvah Day. Organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council, Mitzvah Day started about 20 years ago, said co-chair Micki Grossman, of Farmington Hills. She said it started with the idea of volunteering around the community every month at places like nursing homes and hospitals. "Then someone came up with the idea that on Christmas Day, as Jewish people, we don't have anything to do," said Grossman, who has been co-chair of Mitzvah Day for six or seven years and before that a volunteer and site coordinator. Of Interest: Feature Photos -- Bloomfield Area Residents on Mizvah Day 2011 Mitzvah …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Four easy ways to shop local and help your community.
Need a last-minute gift or two for the holidays? While it might seem like a fleeting phenomenon, the truth is that the “shop local” movement is much more than a passing fad. Be it the change in the economic climate that has forced many of us to rethink the way we spend, or the rising popularity of craftsmanship in America, the simple practice of shopping local is serious business that can have a real, lasting and measurable impact on our environment. A recent study by the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development compared independent business with national chains and found that local businesses provide significantly better economic and cultural benefits to communities. The study found that for every $100 spent…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Two Birmingham-area residents are hosting Dodge for a Cause this weekend at Groves, a charity dodgeball tournament that's raising money for the Troy nonprofit, Bands that JAM for Africa.
When Mercy High School sophomores Alexandria Sobczak and Christina Miracle began thinking about what they wanted for Christmas this year, they had one big idea: they wanted to give back. And though the pair lives in Bloomfield Hills and Beverly Hills, they wanted to give back to those who not only don't have Christmas presents, but who don't have food, water or a place to sleep at night. From there came the idea for Dodge for a Cause, a charity dodgeball tournament last Sunday at Birmingham's Groves High School. The girls are pairing up with the nonprofit Bands that JAM for Africa, which hosts benefit concerts and provides funding for the South African-based nonprofit, Joint Aid Management (JAM), which sponsors relief and sustainable …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
World peace, good health, an iPad mini—tell Santa what's on your wish list!
Did you miss Santa when he visited the Bloomfield-area shopping malls or special events this holiday season? Well, with seven days left before Christmas, don't go chasing him down in a crowded, noisy shopping center. Now you can tell Patch's virtual Old Saint Nick what you (or your kids) would like to see under your Christmas tree this year. Whether it's peace on Earth or a day at the spa, Santa is online (it's 2012, after all) and ready to listen. Post a comment below and tell us what you want for Christmas!