Monday, December 31, 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 five 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 …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Map out your shopping strategy; retail experts are predicting Dec. 26 will be one of the largest shopping days this year.
It's the day after Christmas which means all of the presents under the tree have been unwrapped, and the kids are content with the gifts they’re received from Santa this year. The hustle and bustle of holiday shopping is done, right? Not so fast! The Christmas spirit is still strong in some. For many, the day-after-Christmas sales represent the best part of the holiday shopping experience. For those heading out to nearby Oakland Mall or the Somerset Collection, it’s not all about the “return”. In fact, Dec. 26 shopping is more about the deals you can find. Nerdwallet.com is reporting that Wednesday will be a huge retail shopping day this year. Last year, shoppers spent $7.1 billion on the day after Christmas according to ShopperTrak, a 25.…
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
From a 24-hour 'A Christmas Story' marathon and a trio of 'The Santa Claus' movies, there's plenty to watch this Christmas.
It's Christmas, the coffee has been poured and the presents are unwrapped — now what do you do? While you wait for the inlaws to arrive and Christmas dinner to finish cooking, flip one of these holiday classics to keep the kids, as well as the rest of the family, entertained.
Friday, December 21, 2012
The Clawson bakery is serving a variety of seasonal treats.
Settle into the cold days of winter with a warm dessert from Julian Brothers Bakery in Clawson. For over 40 years, Richard Julian and his staff have been whipping up goods that have customers packing the storefront, on even the chilliest of days, for a taste. Whether you're looking for a scrumptious dish to bring to the family party or just want to reward yourself for a job well done this year, check out what Julian Brothers is offering this season. Pre-ordering is requested. "Our customer base almost doubles around the holidays," Julian said. "My prediction is that year it's going to be good." According to Julian, popular seasonal items include: Julian Brothers Bakery is located at 518 S. Rochester Rd. and will be open Dec. 21 and 22 from…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Locals around town tell us what's at the top of their list this holiday season.
Christmas is in just a few short days, and naturally, Patch wants to know what you're wishing for this year. We hit the streets of Clawson to ask that very question, and a few of the answers we got might surprise you. Be sure to respond in the comments and let us know what you're hoping to find under the tree (or elsewhere) on Dec. 25.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Consider bringing a bottle of wine to your next get-together during the holidays.
The holidays are quickly approaching, and so is the time for gift giving. If you are in search of a quick and simple present that still shows you care, consider gifting a bottle of wine. Patch visited Off the Wagon Market in Clawson, home to a wide variety of wines and ales. Manager Andy Abbo gave us his take on what's popular this time of year. Off the Wagon also sells four packs of smaller ounce bottles that make a great stocking-stuffer. Enough for a glass or two, the miniature bottles come in Chardonnay, White Zinfandel and more. Seasonal ale is also a big seller during this time of year and are an excellent gift for those who aren’t big fans of wine. Off the Wagon offers Samuel Adams Winter Lager, White Christmas and Chocolate Bock. …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Cozy up by the fire with one of these holiday flicks.
It sure is cold outside and though we may not have seen much snow yet this winter, it can still feel like the holidays when you cozy up with a spirited film. Check out Blair Memorial Library and peruse their wide selection of movies which includes plenty of winter classics (all of which are clearly labeled with a candy cane sticker). Here are some of Patch's picks. 1. Miracle on 34th Street (1947) When a nice old man is institutionalized after claiming to be Santa Claus, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. 2. The Christmas Story (1983) Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s. 3. Scrooged (1988) A selfish TV …
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Looking for some cheer in the area this weekend? We've got the scoop on when and where the festivities will take place!
Have you been swept up in the holiday spirit? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to indulge it this weekend in Oakland County. Holiday concert: The annual performance with the Madison Chorale, which is celebrating its 40th year and is under the direction of Maureen Kennedy, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Our Lady of La Salette Church. Tickets cost $15; call the music office at 248-541-3762 for more information. Magic of Birmingham: Shopping events take place Saturday, Dec. 15, at most downtown shops. Nutcracker Ballet: More than 30 dancers from the Rosemarie Floyd School of Dance/TMB Ballet Company in Royal Oak will bring the holiday story to life inside the Clawson High School auditorium. Shows are at 1:30 and 7 p.m. …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The annual event will take over city streets Saturday night.
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We recommend doing some old-fashioned caroling in Clawson Saturday night! What: Caroling in Clawson When: Dec. 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. Where: Hunter Community Center Cost: Free Why go: Who doesn't like to spread Christmas cheer and watch your neighbors' faces light up as you sing them some of the holiday tunes we all know and love? Feel free to bring along friends and family to join you for this free event that truly celebrates the season. Bonus: There's hot chocolate at the end to warm up with!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The events calendar is a great place for local churches to post dates and times for special and regular services.
Between remembering to turn off the Christmas lights before bed and which sweater to get little Johnny, there are infinite things to remember during the holidays. Don't let church service be one of them. Clawson Patch is the perfect place to post special and regularly scheduled church services, so people can check one more thing off their to-do list this holiday season. Adding a church service on Patch is easy to do. Just click on the Events tab at the top of the page, and then click on Add an Event. Simple! Be sure to include as much information as possible – especially if a particular service is for adults only. There's nothing more embarrassing than being the only person in church with a crying baby. Yikes.