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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Pfeffernuss Eggnog SUBMITTED PHOTOS

There isn’t much time left, so if you need a nudge to create something a little different for entertaining this Christmas, David Venable, QVC’s resident foodie, has you covered.

From a spiced up eggnog to a tasty appetizer, to a luscious dessert, it’s all right here. And the best part? It’s all easy-peasy.

Happy holidays!

“Need eggnog in a flash? Doctor up the store-bought variety and save yourself some time this season,” says Venable.

Pfeffernuss Eggnog

Serves 4

Spice mix:

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½teaspoon ground cardamom

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tamaqua has several support groups for addicts and their families.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at St. John’s Lutheran at 200 Mauch Chunk St. on Thursday and Friday evenings beginning at 8 p.m. The group also meets at St. John XXIII Parish Center’s Alumni Room at 266 West Broad St. on Wednesday evenings at 8 p.m.; Friday mornings at 10 a.m.; and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

Narcotics Anonymous meets at the Salvation Army located at 105 West Broad St. on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says food sellers who use product dating labels should switch to the phrase “Best If Used By” to help reduce confusion and food waste.

Consumers are less likely to find such labels confusing than other widely used ones such as “Sell By” and “Use By,” the agency said this week. Here are some of the ramifications of the USDA’s move:

USDA TAKES ON FOOD WASTE

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Chewy molasses cookies from a recipe by Katie Workman. AP PHOTO Copyright - Sarah E Crowder

Makes 24 cookies

Start to finish: 2½ hours, including 2 hours refrigeration time)

2 cups all-purpose flour

1½teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼teaspoon ground cloves

½teaspoon kosher salt

½cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

¼cup granulated sugar, plus another½cup for rolling

¼cup brown sugar

1/3 cup molasses

1 large egg

In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, cloves and salt.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Stick to your goals during the holidays

Enjoy a restaurant meal and stick to your goals

While it is best to prepare your food at home where you have control over ingredients and calories, at some point this holiday season you are most likely going to be eating a meal (or two) in a restaurant. Stick to your healthy eating goals while still enjoying a restaurant meal with these simple swaps:

• Order a beverage that has little to no sugar (save the calories to eat instead of drink).

• If you’re going to order an alcoholic drink, opt for a simple glass of wine or light beer instead of a fancy (sugary) cocktail.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The holidays are usually a time when families gather together to eat, open gifts and catch up.

However, for some families who have experienced a divorce, the holidays can be difficult. One Baylor College of Medicine expert offers his tips on how to cope with divorce so families can enjoy the holidays.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Q. Can you get Lyme disease in Hawaii?

It’s possible, but the odds are against it. This is from the Hawaii State Department of Health:

“Lyme disease is an illness caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness reported on the mainland United States but is not found in Hawaii, since the type of tick that spreads this disease is not present in Hawaii.”

Monday, December 19, 2016

Like it or not, getting our affairs in order is one of the most caring things that can be done for loved ones. Here are some tips on getting those papers organized.

Attorney Gail Weiner Shearer recommends putting these items in a notebook:

1. Net Worth Statement: list all of your assets and liabilities.

2. Important contacts: list names, addresses and contact information for the lawyer, financial adviser, banks.

3. Insurance policies: list the names, addresses and contact information and type of insurance for all of the insurance policies.

Monday, December 19, 2016
Gail Weiner Shearer is an attorney in Bethlehem. KRISTINE PORTER/TIMES NEWS

iagnosed with dementia or suspect a loved one has it?

There are many legal issues that need to be taken care of before mental capacity is lost.

Blue Mountain Health System and Arden Courts Memory Care Community have teamed up to present a series of luncheon workshops surrounding issues related to dementia. The first of the monthly workshops was held at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza in early December and concerned legal issues.

Gail Weiner Shearer, an attorney in Bethlehem, covered all of the ins-and-outs of power of attorney, living wills/advance directives and wills.

Monday, December 19, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When she recorded “I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas” in 1953, Gayla Peevey says she had no idea schoolchildren would be singing it 63 years later. Or that people in her hometown of Oklahoma City would really raise the money to buy a 10-year-old girl a hippopotamus. She gave that hippo, named Matilda, to the local zoo on Christmas Eve. It lived to be nearly 50.