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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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Here's my holiday conundrum, and I bet you can relate: I am in charge of this year's holiday meal, which will feature a big standing rib roast.

Everyone in my family wants their meat rare, but I want the outside to be nicely seared. How to have both?

Cooking a big roast at high heat can get you that nice crisp outer crust, but it comes at a price. Cooking a roast at high heat for even part of the time generally means you end up with just a small core of rare meat running down the center of the roast.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Fred Pattie's Peanut Butter Patties are a Christmas tradition.

I once knew a man whose name was Fred Pattie. His wife's name was Patty Pattie. I'm not kidding.

But wait, it gets better.

Fred Pattie, who was an over-the-road trucker, made the most amazing candy, which he would give as gifts during the holidays.

My favorite? Peanut Butter Patties. This candy tastes just like those iconic, round favorites we all love.

Ever since Fred gave me that recipe, this candy has been a holiday staple in my house, and now my kids even make it, and not just for the holidays.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On Nov. 9 the Catholic Daughters Charter Ryan #911 of Jim Thorpe celebrated its 90th anniversary. In 1924 when the Charter was formed there were 168 members. Currently there are 22 active members.

The Rev. James Ward of Immaculate Conception Church, Jim Thorpe, is the chaplain.

The chapter is involved in national, state and community charities, such as: food pantries and toys for children.

Women with a good Catholic standing are welcome to join. Meetings are 6 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month in the Brogan Room at St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe on North Street.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Q. How extensive is alcoholism among older people?

Alcoholism is a serious problem among seniors. Here are just a few statistics:

About 70 percent of hospital admissions for older adults are for illness and accidents related to alcohol.

About half of older adults in nursing homes have an alcohol problem.

Older adults lose an average of 10 years off their lives because of alcohol abuse.

About 80 percent of doctors misdiagnose alcoholism as depression in older women.

The highest growing number of alcoholics is among 75-year-old widowers.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
JUDY DOLGOS-KRAMER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS An iPad or a tablet is a great gift idea for a senior citizen. With the ability to increase the size of the print, vision-impaired seniors can still read emails from family or friends or online articles. Even those with arthritis, who might find it difficult to type on a keyboard, can navigate through an uploaded family photo album with a simple swipe of a finger.

Finding the perfect gift for a loved one can be a challenge. It can be even more difficult when shopping for your favorite senior citizen, as many of our parents or grandparents may already have everything they need, or they just don't want more "stuff" or "clutter."

If that's the case, you may find yourself in a bit of a panic, especially with Christmas just nine days away. Relax. We have some suggestions that should bring a smile to your special someone.

Monday, December 15, 2014
Coffee in a jiff Genio is the most popular single-serve coffee machine in the Nescafé Dolce Gusto line.  We gave it a try and it produces a very hot, very quick, tasty cup of coffee. Although it's compact, it holds enough water in the reservoir for three cups of coffee.  The Dolce Gusto line brews 19 different hot and cold beverages, from a classic Americano, to a fat-free Skinny Cappuccino. The unit utilizes patented individual "Smart Capsules," similar to K-cups, but does not use K-cups.  The Genio sells for $129.99 and is available online at dolce-gusto.us, bedbathandbeyond.com, QVC and www.Target.com.

Christmas is only 10 days away. If you find yourself wandering aimlessly around the shopping mall, or surfing the Internet, clueless as to what to give your mother-in-law or your best friend, we might be able to help.

Here are a few suggestions that we've put together, from cookbooks to coffeemakers. Look for more ideas over the next few days in the Lifestyle section.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Alanna G. Leslie and Craig A. Sterner, Tamaqua

Susan G. Sanders and Harry D. Paulus, Lansford

Micelle l. Watters and Donald A. Ney, New Ringgold

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Jason Lee Davenport and Samantha Jean Weiss, Lehighton.

Edward Augusto Salas and Hillary Marielle Rodriguez Perez, Hazleton.

Jason Robert Wilk, Lehighton, and Amber Marie Recker, Palmerton.

Lyle Keith Mantz III and Cerissa Christina-Lynn Kibler, Coaldale.

Nicholas Richard Gildner and Farrah Lee Zurn, Lehighton.

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Michael Capita IV and Samantha Thomas

The engagement of Samantha Thomas and Michael Capita IV has been announced by their parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Kim and Gar Thomas of Lake Hauto.

She is a graduate of Tamaqua Area High School.

She earned a bachelor of science in education degree from Bloomsburg University.

She is currently employed as a global coordinator by Metso Minerals of Danville.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Eleanor and Michael Capita III of Berwick.

He is a graduate of Berwick High School.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Lyle Keith Mantz III and Cerissa Christina-Lynn Kibler, Coaldale.

Nicholas Richard Gildner and Farrah Lee Zurn, Lehighton.