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Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Photo courtesy of McCormick Cheesy Bacon & Egg Brunch Casserole

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

8 slices bacon

1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)

1 loaf (8 ounces) Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (5 cups)

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup cottage cheese

5 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Mustard

1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Ground Nutmeg

teaspoon McCormick Ground Black Pepper®

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

With the change of seasons, it's fun to wake up the taste buds and celebrate the bright flavors and colors of spring.

A simple, casual, colorful and flavorful brunch is the ultimate gathering and a fresh new way to bring together friends and family.

"An at-home brunch is the perfect opportunity to express the flavors of the season with herbs and spices sweet and warm cinnamon, lively ginger, savory thyme and unmistakable vanilla all contribute to a special occasion your guests will enjoy," said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Photo courtesy of McCormick Stuffed French Toast, with a decadent cream filling, is the perfect start to your spring brunch menu.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

1 tub (8 ounces) whipped cream cheese

1 tablespoon brown sugar

3 teaspoons McCormick® Ground Cinnamon, divided

1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract, divided

16 slices Italian bread (1/2-inch thick)

1/2 cup apricot preserves or jam

5 eggs

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons butter, divided

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Matthew Kistler and Amanda Kunkel

Announcement has been made of the engagement of Amanda Lyn Kunkel, daughter of Robert and Kimberly Kunkel, Schnecksville, and Cheryl Kunkel, Tamaqua, to Matthew Kistler, son of Raymond and Teresa Kistler of West Penn Township.

The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and a 2009 graduate of Wilkes University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education, with a minor in reading.

She also earned certifications in early childhood education and English language learning.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Sean Bernard and Erin Carnish

James and Kathryn Carnish of Tamaqua have announced the engagement of their daughter, Erin Carnish, to Sean Bernard, son of William and Christine Bernard of Oaklyn, N.J.

The bride-to-be is a 2003 graduate of Marian Catholic High School, Hometown. In 2007 she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania; and in 2011, she graduated from the Jefferson Medical College, as a medical doctor.

She will begin her internal medicine residency at the Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, in June 2011.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Lehighton Area High School Class of 1976 will hold a reunion meeting at Sapore's Restaurant at 6 p.m. on April 12.

Any class members interested in participating in planning the reunion, please call Pat at (610) 377-4526 or RaeAnn at (610) 377-5607.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Charles R. and Beryl Donahue of Tamaqua

Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Donahue of Tamaqua celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary recently.

They were married on March 24, 1951.

Mrs. Donahue is the former Beryl M. Wagner, daughter of the late Webster and Irene Wagner of the Lewistown Valley.

Mr. Donahue is the son of the late Hugh and Berdella Donahue. He formerly co-owned the P and B Sporting Goods Store in Tamaqua for 40 years.

The couple has two children: Candace, wife of Joel Johns of New Fairfield, Conn.; and the late Ricky H. Donahue.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Weissport School Reunion will be held on Saturday, May 21 at the Polk Township Fire Company, Route 209 North, Kresgeville.

This social event is open to former students, teachers, family and friends.

For more information, call Norm at (610) 417-2499. Please respond by April 9.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (PLRW) will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 9 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

Award-winning local author Molly Cochran will present "Finishing Your Novel," including hints on how to finish the first draft of your novel.

"The further along you go, the harder it gets to keep all the ideas working together developing, growing, evolving into new, increasingly complex patterns," Cochran explains.