Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our Summer photo contest! Looking through your photos made us want summer to last forever!
Congratulations to our three winners!
Angela Murgia Owen
It’s Day 5….the final day of Princeton’s 5 Days of Giveaways! Find our tips for last-minute shopping ideas and get the final question!
It happens….we look at the calendar and it’s only a few days until Christmas and we still haven’t shopped for everyone on our list. Read these tips and ideas below if you’re in a time crunch and need gifts fast…
1 – If you don’t have time (or energy) to head to the mall in the eleventh hour, try a DIY gift instead! You can craft an ornament or bake some holiday cookies for the last people on your lists.
2 – If you can’t get out to even buy a gift card, consider printing one right from your home computer! Many stores offer online purchases and they can e-mail you your digital gift card right away.
4 – Check store websites to see if you can pickup items that you purchase online. Some stores (like Walmart) offer free pickup until 6pm on Christmas eve of items purchased online. You can skip the search and the crowds and head right to the pickup section of the store.
5 – If all else fails….regift! You may have something at home that you haven’t opened or used that might be great use to someone on your list.
QUESTION 5: Do you prefer to receive gift cards or actual gifts?
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It’s Day 4 of Princeton’s 5 Days of Giveaways! Guide Santa’s Reindeer to your house this Christmas Eve with this DIY Magic Reindeer Food! Watch the video below to learn how and answer today’s question to be entered to win a $100 gift card.
QUESTION 4: What is your favorite holiday tradition?
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Happy Wednesday, friends! It’s Day 3 of our 5 Days of Giveaways!
There are certain holiday songs that you love to hear every December. Whether you’re driving in the car, shopping at the mall or listening at home, you’re sure to hear some of the classics. Billboard released the ten most popular holiday songs in the chart’s history and they are listed below…
Billboard’s 10 Most Popular Holiday Songs
10 – “Last Christmas” by Wham
9 – “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams
8 – “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby
7 – “Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
6 – “Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives
5 – “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano
4 – “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms
3 – “The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole
2 – “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee
1 – “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey
QUESTION 3: What is your favorite Christmas/Holiday song?
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Watch the video below to learn a delicious recipe that will help you warm up this holiday season!
QUESTION 2: What is your favorite warm, holiday drink?
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Happy Holidays! We’ve had our first snow of the season this year so we’ve all probably pulled out our shovels, gloves and boots! Whether you love spending time skiing in the winter or you only go outside to get to your car, you need to warm up. Here are some tips for drying out your clothes and warming up after spending time out in the snow…
- Have a designated spot in your home (maybe in a back hallway or by the front door) that you can keep a tray for wet shoes and boots. Let your footwear dry after coming inside and avoid tracking snowy footprints in the house.
- Use a drying rack to hang wet clothes in the bathroom or laundry room after you’ve taken them off.
- Speaking of wet clothes…don’t linger in them! Take them off as soon as possible to change into something warm and dry.
- Our feet and hands tend to be coldest after being outside. Step into some warm slippers and hold onto a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate to warm up.
- You should always wear a hat outdoors in the winter, but if your hair got wet, use a hair dryer soon after changing clothes to keep cold, wet tresses off your neck.
QUESTION 1: What is your favorite outdoor, winter activity?
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Congratulations, Michele Coffey!
Grilled Honey Lime Cilantro Chicken with Homemade Mango Salsa
Ingredients for Chicken:
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
¼ cup lime juice
½ cup honey
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup cilantro, finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Ingredients for Mango Salsa:
a bag of frozen mangoes diced
1 small red onion diced
1 fresh lime
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Put chicken in a ziplock bag. In a small bowl combine lime juice, honey, soy sauce, olive oil, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper. Pour the sauce over the chicken and seal the bag and let marinade for 3 hours or overnight.
Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Grill each side of the chicken for about 3-4 minutes or until cooked throughout and no longer pink.
Meanwhile, to make the mango salsa, mix all the ingredients together and top with fresh squeezed lime juice. Top each chicken breast with a generous scoop of salsa and serve with a side of rice or a side salad!
Congratulations, Lisa Brock!
1 box butter cake mix
1/2 cup butter
3 large eggs
1 cup milk
2 (3.4 oz) boxes vanilla pudding
4 cups milk
16 oz container sour cream
2 (8 oz) containers whipped topping
2 lbs of fresh strawberries
Mix cake mix, butter, eggs, and 1 cup milk and bake according to package directions in 13x9 inch pan. Cool completely for at least 1 hour.
Mix pudding, 4 cups milk, sour cream, and whipped topping. Reserve 1-1/2 cups whipped topping for top of trifle.
Remove tops from strawberries and slice strawberries into thin slices.
Using 3-1/2 quart trifle bowl. Tear cake into medium pieces. Begin layering cake, strawberries, and then pudding into the trifle bowl. Continue the layers, filling the bowl. Top entire dessert with the reserved layer of whipped topping. Slice a few strawberries for garnish. Refrigerate overnight (best results) or at least 4 hours before serving.
Congratulations, Vijitha Regatti!
Spicy Garlic Barbecued Chicken
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup tomato paste
6 garlic cloves – finely chopped
1 tbsp red chili powder
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp salt
1 cup of chopped fresh cilantro
2 finely chopped small jalapeños
3 lbs of chicken thighs – bone in
2 cups water
BBQ Sauce preparation:
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add tomato paste, garlic, cilantro, chili powder, & chopped jalapeños. Cook for about 5 min and then add black peppers, soy sauce, salt, and 2 cups of water. Stir occasionally until reduced by half, 10-20 min. Marinate chicken thighs with sauce 30 min before grilling.
Chicken preparation: Prepare grill on medium heat. Season chicken with homemade barbecue sauce and grill, turning occasionally for 15-20 min. Continue grilling, turning and basting with barbecue sauce, until chicken is cooked.
We all love to watch movies this time of year to get into the holiday spirit! Boston.com polled their readers to figure out what the greatest holiday movie of all time is. Here are the top ten holiday movies according to people in our neck of the woods…
10 – A Christmas Carol
9 – Miracle on 34th Street
8 – Home Alone
7 – White Christmas
6 – A Charlie Brown Christmas
5 – Love Actually
4 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
3 – Elf
2 – A Christmas Story
1 – Its a Wonderful Life
What is your favorite holiday movie?
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