Holidays
Go on a wine adventure this holiday season


Go on a wine adventure this holiday season


There’s nothing wrong with liking what you like, but you can’t discover new favorites unless you try new things, says wine enthusiast Howard Kleinfeld. While recovering from throat cancer, Kleinfeld, an award-winning commercial music producer, lost his sense of taste for a few years. When it came back, he decided to embrace some of the finest...
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with kids at home

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with kids at home

Romantic nights out on the town are how many couples celebrate Valentine’s Day. Restaurants and resorts book quickly come Valentine’s Day, while movie theaters tend to be packed as well. Even babysitters cash in come Feb. 14, as parents look to enjoy a romantic night away from the kids. Parents who do not secure a...
A house for all seasons - particularly Christmas!

A house for all seasons – particularly Christmas!

This Darien home is a wonderful spot for a large family all year round, but that’s especially true at holiday time. Every year, just before Thanksgiving, the six-bedroom, 7,800-square-foot home comes alive with lights inside and out, five Christmas trees and all sorts of decorations that the family has collected over the years. “I think...
The main event

The main event

Each New Year’s Eve for the last 10 years, at least, my husband and I have a hosted an informal gathering of our closest friends and their children. It started with one family, and over the years grew to include about eight or nine other families. We’re pretty organized, which works in our favor when...
English pudding: The dessert of Christmas past, present, and future

English pudding: The dessert of Christmas past, present, and future

Crowned with a sprig of holly and steeped in flaming brandy, traditional English pudding has occupied Christmas tables for centuries. Thought to have debuted in 1714 for the inaugural Christmas feast of King George I, this classic English dessert has a story almost as interesting as its preparation. Legend goes that the newly ordained King...
From heart to hand Christmas gifts: Start a family tradition

From heart to hand Christmas gifts: Start a family tradition

Learning about the different ways families exchange gifts is always fascinating. While one family picks names out of a hat to purchase a special gift for one person, other families do a Yankee Swap, also known as a Chinese auction. However, this just might be the right year to start a family tradition by making...
Christmas tree basics

Christmas tree basics

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start putting up the tree and digging out those boxes of lights and decorations. To help save some stress and maintain merry spirits, The Family Handyman offers the following tips: ·Christmas trees can be extremely difficult to handle: It’s important to first check the height of...
The Recipe Box: Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap!

The Recipe Box: Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap!

Italian recipes wanted! Our recipe category for next month: “Pasta Night!” Please email your favorite Italian dishes, including baked and sauced pastas, meatballs, pizzas, other main dishes, sides, vegetables, and desserts to home@acorn-online.com. Please include exact measurements and instructions, and a photo of your creation, if you have one. PANPEPATO (Makes 8 loaves) The Cake...
Enhance your holiday landscape 


Enhance your holiday landscape 


Add a little holiday sparkle to your landscape for you and your guests to enjoy. No matter the weather outside, a few decorative touches can greatly increase the beauty and enjoyment of your winter landscape. Try one, two or all eight of these tips to improve your landscape’s winter appeal: *Add some solar powered accents....
Deck the halls safely this holiday

Deck the halls safely this holiday

Decking the halls for the holidays is a beloved tradition for many families. A home’s exterior festooned with lights help create a festive holiday mood, while stockings hung by the chimney and a Christmas tree in the living room bring that holiday cheer inside. Though the holiday season is a festive time of year, it...
Preparing your home for sale and the holidays

Preparing your home for sale and the holidays

A recent stop to a local drugstore made my head spin. As I tried to make my way to the pharmacy area in the back, I was deluged with holiday items. I proceeded down an aisle that literally squeezed me with all the red and green paraphernalia combined with some very strong scents. Phew! I...
Holiday Happenings 2013

Holiday Happenings 2013

Holiday Stroll, Reindeer Festival & Santa’s Workshop The holidays will be set in motion again, December 7 and 8, in downtown Greenwich at the 5th Annual Greenwich Holiday Stroll Weekend. This annual tradition features horse drawn carriage rides, carolers, musicians, professional ice sculptors, bouncy castles for children, specialty food trucks, a Greenwich Art Council family...
Sis Boom bah! Fabric designer revs up holiday spirit with sale

Sis Boom bah! Fabric designer revs up holiday spirit with sale

On November 7-9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., local fabric designer and author Jennifer Paganelli, owner of Sis Boom, will host her annual holiday sale, which she runs each year from her farmhouse-turned-showroom at 40 East Meadow Road, Wilton. Goods range from vintage-inspired ornaments, stockings and wreaths to pillows, banners and clothing. A majority...
Thanksgiving misgivings

Thanksgiving misgivings

Since George Washington’s time, Thanksgiving was celebrated on the last Thursday of November. It continued this way until 1939, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt broke with tradition and designated it to be held on the fourth Thursday; seeing as some Novembers (like the one last year) have five Thursdays, this earlier date is significant. Roosevelt...