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Outfits Not Just Clothes ...
Easy Dinner Making Tips
By Bernadette Ulsamer

Now that I’m back at work after being off on maternity leave, I’ve had to relearn/figure out how to make healthy and yummy dinners with way less time than when I had being home all day. So here are some tips I’ve picked up to make cooking dinner at home during the week a little less stressful.
  Cooking several meals on Sunday has been a huge time saver on weeknights. And if you do your grocery shopping at the end of the week, like I do, it’s easy to keep the ball rolling and turn those ingredients into meals right when you get home. Depending on what, and how much you prepare you can either refrigerate or freeze your meals for the upcoming week(s). For dishes that are best cooked day of, consider doing your prep on Sunday, i.e. the chopping, mincing, dicing. Having the onion and peppers chopped up and ready to go can be a lifesaver come Wednesday.
  For times when cooking on Sundays doesn’t last the whole week I have a few fallback dishes that are quick and easy. I buy the ingredients for these meals in bulk so that they are always in supply. My go-to dishes are pesto broccoli pasta and dirty rice with Brussel Sprouts. These dinners aren’t going to win any awards, but they are quick and a much healthier option then hitting the drive-thru on the way home from work.
  Multitasking ingredients is not only a great way to use your time wisely in the kitchen, it can also be budget-friendly. Buying items like chicken breasts, salad greens, rice, and beans are versatile enough to be utilized for more than one meal a week, and can make your meal planning more focused, hence quicker. Leave the more frivolous fixings for the weekend when you have the time to be more creative. Also, save experimentation for days off work. You’re setting yourself up for failure if you attempt a brand new recipe that requires a lot of prep for a weeknight. Stick to your tried and true classics on working days.
  I personally don’t cook every night. Once, or twice a week my husband takes over the dinner making duties. And some nights we share in the cooking, with one of us taking point, while the other assists. Not having to face the burden of making dinner solo every night is a big help. Not married? Then partner up with a roommate, or even a good friend and cook together, be sure to make enough so you both get leftovers to use later.
  Speaking of leftovers, cooking in batches is an easy trick that not only provide dinners for other nights, but also lunches for the day. Usually, I make enough for dinner, and two lunches. This way we’re not spending money out on lunch and I’m not rushing in the morning trying to put together PB&Js.
  With a baby to wake me up bright and early at 5:30 every morning I’ve been able to utilize my crockpot more than ever before. If you’re an early riser, a crockpot meal is a great go-to for weekday dinner. The best part is it’ll be ready to serve by the time you get home in the evening, and it’s definitely a savory source for leftovers. I like to do a whole chicken in the pot with red potatoes (if they are on the smaller side no need to peel and slice, just clean them) garlic and onions (that if I’m super organized have already been cut up as mentioned above) and a bottle of dry white wine as opposed to water. When we get home I open up a bagged salad and voila dinner, and lunches for the next day!
  When all else fails I resort to one, of two options: Breakfast for Dinner, or Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese. Granted, these aren’t the healthiest choices, but they’re great in a pinch and can be very satisfying after a long day at work. Now, with breakfast I’m not talking cereal, but instead eggs with bacon and/or busting out some Bisquick for pancakes. French toast also works. For tomato soup and grilled cheese you can add bacon, or lunch meat to the sandwich for some protein and it’s easy to tack on a salad to this meal for some veggies.
  Of course, all of these tricks can go right out the window on Fridays, when anything goes. Bon Appetit!

 

The Bookworm Sez
By Terri Schilichenmeyer
 

“I Will Send Rain” by Rae Meadows
c.2016, Henry Holt
$26.00 / $37.00 Canada
272 pages

Rain, rain, go away.
  That never worked, did it? You could chant those four words all you want, trying to keep your picnic, reunion, or party from being ruined, but the sky opened up and there you were. Rain, rain, go away - unless, as in the new novel “I Will Send Rain” by Rae Meadows, that’s the kind of storm you really need.
  Another day of hundred-degree weather.
  That was Annie Bell’s second thought, as she eased herself out of bed, off the sweat-soaked sheet and, away from her sleeping husband, Samuel. It would be a hundred-degrees again today, just like it had been for weeks.
  Her first thought had been of the baby she’d lost ten years before. Annie often wondered what Eleanor would be like, and it confounded her that Samuel never thought about their second-born. Then again, a lot about Samuel confounded her.
  And then there was Birdie.
  Annie’s worried about her first child. At fifteen, Birdie seemed to be on the edge of all kinds of possibilities, and none at all. Birdie thought she was in love with Cy Mack, and Annie knew that Birdie dreamed of life in a city but Cy Mack was never going to take her away from the Oklahoma panhandle, that was for sure.
  Escape was what Annie wanted for Birdie more than anything.
  And Fred—sweet, mute, Fred, seven years old, frail and rather sickly. Nobody knew exactly why Fred couldn’t—or wouldn’t—talk or why he never had, but Annie figured he’d say something when he was good and ready. She worried about him, too, but in the meantime, he was a good help for Samuel.
  And, oh, Samuel! There were times when Annie remembered what she gave up to love him, and she wondered how they’d lost that love. Was it the hardship? The isolation? The farm, the draught, the loss of crops or children?
  She wasn’t sure of that, or anything, except that they needed rain. So when the sky turned black that hot afternoon and electricity filled the air, there was hope…
  But, of course, you know better. You know what happened to the Dust Bowl during the Dirty Thirties, and in “I Will Send Rain,” anticipation is half the story.
  From the very first paragraph, author Rae Meadows makes it difficult not to become mired in the Bells’ lives, and impossible not to watch in steely dread as each character in this book falls apart slowly or becomes slightly insane (or both). Our sentry-duty’s complicated by creeping dust and dirt that almost seems alive and that nearly becomes a sinister character in itself, giving the story a rubber-band tightness that runs snapping and sparking on every page.
  This dark novel felt Armageddon-like to me, and I was wrung out by the end but it’s been awhile since I’ve been as satisfied with a story as I was with this one—therefore, I highly recommend it. In a good way, reading “I Will Send Rain” will leave you in a puddle.


Christmas Fun Coloring Contest…

Come one, come all and gather ‘round the Christmas tree! It is once again time for the Blaise Alexander Family Dealership Christmas Fun Coloring Contest in Webb Weekly! Crayons and pencils, paint and glitter, cotton balls and stickers! Bring your best and enter to win! We have already booked tickets for the elves to fly in from the North Pole! They will be arriving next week and are excited to start sorting the contest entries! Don’t let them down!
  There will be lots of cool prizes for the winners this year so make sure you send us your best effort! Prizes this year are:
1st Place – A Full Birthday Party at Flyworld.
2nd Place – Train sets and slot cars from English’s Model Railroad.
3rd Place – Two Admissions to Treasure Castle Playland.
4th Place – A sled from Elery Nau Hardware.
5th Place – A $25 gift card to Hooplas.
6th Place – A ball of your choice from Harder Sporting Goods.
7th Place – A $15 gift card to Digiplex Cinema Center.
8th Place – A $10 gift card to Dairy Queen.
9th Place – A $10 gift card to Gustonian Gifts.
10th Place – 2 free games from Faxon Bowling.
  The coloring pages will in our November 23rd and November 30th editions! All entries are due to Webb Weekly by December 12th in order to be judged by the Webb Weekly elves. Results will be published in the December 21st edition.
  There are three age groups for the contest: 4 and under, 5-7 and 8-10. There will be 10 winners in each age group. One entry per child please!
  So get coloring and send in your entries for the Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships Christmas Fun Coloring Contest to Webb Weekly – 280 Kane St. Suite 2, South Williamsport, PA 17702.


Christmas is Coming! But Before That…
A Christmas Carol!

On Friday and Saturday, December 2-3, 2016, Lutheran Shared Ministry’s the LSM Players will present A Christmas Carol in Fellowship Hall at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 142 Market St., Williamsport. All donations will go to United Campus Ministry of Penn College.
  This distaff adaptation, under the direction of Deb Buckman, features Bernadette Jones as Eudora Scrooge, with Ben Hartman narrating. Brad Heffner appears in the role of Ebenezer’s ghost and that of Christmas Present. Other phantom appearances include Daisy LeBlanc as Christmas Past and Gordy Emick as Christmas Yet-to-Come. The Cratchit family is represented by Nate Fulkerson as Bob, Danielle Murphy as the Mrs., Gabriella Gregory as Mary, and Jayden Roberts as Tiny Tim.
  The jolly nephew and the remorseful former fiancé are both portrayed by Jared Whitford, while Maya Holmes appears as the young Eudora. As the charity collector, David Whitman tries to get a donation from Scrooge. Owen Gair, as the Turkey Boy, rounds out the cast.
  Donna and Pr. Ken Elkin, Kent and Maria Weaver, and Laura and Grace Schreckengast will tie the scenes together with a wide array of carols. Sadie Wentzel provides vocal accompaniment to the hauntings.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the curtain opening at 7:00 p.m. A concession will be available, providing hot drinks and snacks before and after the performances.
  This adaptation of A Christmas Carol featuring female Scrooge was written by Bernadette Haas Jones, who adapted her traditional adaptation of this well-known story.
  Please join us in reliving this familiar tale at this special time of year!!!
  Admission is free with donations (recommended $8-$12) being made at the event. You can obtain tickets from any of the congregations of LSM, from as cast member, or call St. Mark's at 570-323-4619.


West Branch Chorale Concert

The West Branch Chorale Concert under the direction of their new conductor, Shirley Smith, will present their first concert together at the Faith Methodist Church in Montoursville at 3 p.m. on December 4. The second concert will be on December 11 at 3 p.m. at the Pleasant View Wesleyan Church in Muncy. If you attend our concerts regularly, you know that our first concert of the two is always at Pleasant View Wesleyan. Note that this year, due to scheduling constraints, the first concert is at Faith Methodist in Montoursville.
  The program will include some of your favorites such as It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Let it Snow, I'll Be Home For Christmas, And The Glory of the Lord from Messiah, plus a number of new selections like Rise Up, Shepherd and Follow for men's chorus, 5 of the Burt Carols, and A Christmas Blessing (ladies only), AND much more. Joy Barto will offer instrumental accompaniment on piano and organ, Sarah Christine White, oboe, Krista White, flute, and Wayne Gaver, bassoon. Tone chimes will be added to some selections and played by Chorale members. Other surprises are in store for you, as well. There will be a free will offering taken during intermission.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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