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Why You Should Use a PR Firm This Upcoming Year

by Cindy

By Hannah Kaiser

There are a lot of ends involved in running a business – whether it be big or small. A good idea is only the start. And, once running, the output of product does not guarantee sales. In order to draw in clients, a respectable reputation and interesting story are vital. But if you’re busy with all of the practical matters of managing a company, how can you also create the ideal voice? Enter Public Relations. If it’s a goal of yours to start up a business this year, or to expand the reach of your already established company, investing in a PR firm is the key to success.

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Eating Healthy Again After the Holidays

by Cindy

By Hannah Kaiser

Like so many, I spent the holiday season overindulging in scrumptious foods that, while delicious, were often more fatty, carb-loaded, or sugary than I would like to admit. And while the holidays are a time to gather around a table well endowed with sweets and treats, I’m feeling the weight of all this overeating as the season settles to a close. Ending the year with such a bang is why I believe a number of people make a resolution to be healthier during the New Year. So if you’re feeling like me and want to curb the holiday feasts and indulgences, I’ve compiled a list of healthy recipes you can make to kick start your better eating habits.

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Accomplishing your New Year Resolutions with the best in Housewares

by Cindy

By Hannah Kaiser

While it doesn’t require a new year to improve yourself and the life you’re living, we can’t deny the change in date entices people towards setting goals. This is why many welcome the New Year with a resolution to alter, terminate, or add something into their lives. No matter what it is, change is a challenge, and some people find themselves loosing their motivation by the end of February. 

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Cookie Swap Recipes

by Cindy

By Hannah Kaiser 

If there’s a type of dessert that most embodies the holiday season, it would be cookies. No matter the recipe, if it’s baked in wintertime it automatically feels festive. This is probably why cookie swaps are a popular event during this time of year. 

A cookie swap is a gathering where family and friends each bring a large batch of homemade cookies to taste and trade amongst themselves. Ideally, each person would go home with an assortment of cookies and a few new recipes to try. If you’re attending or hosting one of these events it’s important to offer a unique recipe. While gingerbread cookies are a go-to classic, and you may think you could never get enough snicker-doodle, the charm of a good cookie swap is in its variety. So, if you don’t have a special family recipe to bake, here are some creative cookie recipes you can consider.

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cookies

These rich, fudgy cookies are made even better with a chocolate covered cherry on top.  If you’ve got a soft spot for chocolate, it’ll be hard to not reach for a second (or third).



Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies 

Incorporating two classic holiday flavors, these cookies are as delicious as they are festive. The sugar coating creates a sparkling, snowy aesthetic that every guest will want on their plate.



Forgotten Cookies

Airy and sweet, these cookies taste like a cup of hot cocoa. You could also add some mint extract for a mint-chocolate flavor.



Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Add some zest to the cookie table with this recipe. These yellow delights are beautifully presented. The dough is rolled in granulated sugar and powdered sugar, causing cracks to form once baked.



Potato Chip Cookies

If you’re hoping for something really distinct, this recipe is sure to stand out. While the concept may seem taboo, the mixture of sweet and salty, along with the soft crunch the potato chips provide, create a surprisingly tasty treat.



Here are some traditional cookies we all just love and can't get enough of with that perfect cup of hot cocoa!  

Sugar Cookies

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

Peppermint Bark Cookies

Gingerbread Men Cookies 

Italian Rainbow Christmas Cookies

Italian Christmas Cookies

Pistachio and Sour Cream Cherry Linzer Cookies

Place some of your treats on a platter for sampling then, for easy distribution, make sure to wrap portions in cellophane and ribbon or place a stack in decorated mason jars. And, don’t forget, you also get to go home with your own array of your friends and families’ creations to enjoy throughout the holiday festivities.

Traditional Hanukkah Meals

by Cindy

By Hillary Blaney

Most of us are intimately familiar with the usual holiday foods and drinks. Every family has a unique customary menu for each get-together that rarely differs from year to year: Eggnog, ham, fruitcake, gingerbread. But have you ever wondered what kind of spread may be on someone else’s table?

Though Hanukkah is considered one of the more minor holidays in the Jewish religion, its close proximity to Christmas has led many Jewish families to celebrate on a greater scale, including large family dinners. One popular food served for Hanukkah is a pastry called a Loukoumades (https://www.thespruceeats.com/loukoumathes-greek-honey-puffs-1705541), a puff of fried dough usually dipped in honey or sugar. The prep time for these delicious treats is lengthy, mainly because it’s important to allow the dough to rise before frying, but the outcome is worth every second.

A common meat dish served for Hanukkah is beef brisket. There are countless ways to cook and flavor this breast meat, including this recipe for a Sweet and Sour Brisket (https://www.thespruceeats.com/sweet-and-sour-brisket-2121651). The most critical part of this meal is the meat itself. It is recommended that you find a cut with good fat marbling, which gives the meat a more tender quality.

Of course, no Jewish meal would be complete without latkes (https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1015533-classic-potato-latkes). This crispy potato dish is served fried and hot. The type of oil chosen in the frying process is key in making a perfect latke. Traditionally, these were made with olive oil, however because of the oil’s low smoking point, it is suggested that the olive oil be mixed with another type of oil, such as canola or avocado.

Since there are no traditional Jewish liquors, many families find it’s fun to add a twist on other cocktails. The Menorah Martini (http://www.mydailyfind.com/2009/12/11/the-weekend-cocktail-the-menorah-martini/) mixes vodka, vermouth and blue curacao, with blueberries for garnish.

If martinis aren’t your thing, the Dreidel Cocktail (https://www.food.com/recipe/the-dreidel-cocktail-342694) combines plum brandy, apple and lemon juice, and a cherry liqueur of your choosing with egg white and angostura bitters. Shaken and served over ice, this is a sweet, fruity cocktail that makes a perfect dessert drink.

No matter the tradition, this is a great time to gather together and enjoy a magnificent meal and a delicious drink with friends and family. Here’s hoping you and yours have a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year! Cheers!

2020 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

by Cindy

by: Nicole Krempasky 

You’ve been in your home for a few years, or perhaps many, and it’s starting to feel more than mundane. Your budget, however, doesn’t allow for a big, extensive renovation project. What can you do? A popular project for a little home update is a kitchen remodel. 

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All Things Holiday Cocktail Party

by Cindy

By: Hannah Kaiser

This year, it seems like the holiday season has been in full swing since the dawn of November. While some believe the early start to be too premature, many delight in the excessive merriment. Though if there’s one event that neither the merriest celebrator nor the biggest Scrooge can resist it would be a holiday cocktail party.  Festive drinks paired with an array of hors d'oeuvres, soft Christmas music and Yuletide decorations, all these things create the perfect holiday gathering that will far surpass the average Christmas party at your work. Yet the thought of putting on such an event, especially among all the other demands the season brings, sends many running the other direction. Most wouldn’t even touch the idea with a thirty-nine-and-a-half-foot pole.

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Holiday Party Etiquette

by Cindy

by: Hillary Blaney

Cocktail Party Season is upon us. Party-throwers and partygoers everywhere are scouring the internet for the greatest recipe ideas and party etiquette. 

First things first: The guests. The ideal number of guests for a cocktail party is eight to ten people. That way there are enough guests to make it feel like a real party, but not so many that it becomes impossible to entertain everyone. Traditionally, invitations would be sent via the post office, but in the time of texting and evites, an invitation via technology could be considered fine for a less formal affair.

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Stainless Steal vs Non-Stick

by Cindy

Food is unique. It can be both simple and complicated, basic or gourmet. It can be merely sustenance or a delightful experience for all the senses. Time, ingredients, and skill can all be factors in which camp you fall into, but tools are a key element no matter what type of cooking you’re attempting. Finding quality tools can be a large investment of time and money. No one wants to buy cookware that breaks or wears out in a few months or years, nor do they want to purchase an expensive set that is rarely used. One of the biggest questions we have when outfitting our kitchen is stainless steel or nonstick cookware? It can be a daunting decision, but it’s important to understand their differences to make the right choice.

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Vegetarian Protein

by Cindy

by:  Hilary Blaney

There are many reasons a person decides to become a vegetarian. Whether it’s a matter of getting healthy, reducing your carbon footprint, animal rights, or something else, the vegetarian lifestyle comes with many benefits. And as many different reasons there are to become a vegetarian, there are just as many different complications that can arise from such a choice.

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Asobu Reusable Bottles

by Cindy

By Nicole Krempasky

Reduce, reuse, recycle. We’ve been hearing these three little words since elementary school. We all try to do our part, but one way to embrace all three concepts is by investing in reusable water bottles. More health and environmentally conscious people are turning this trend into a regular part of their daily routines. Becoming less of a fad, there are a variety of reasons for turning to these containers.

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