This just in from Peddler’s Village:


(LAHASKA, PA)…Watch the Civil War brought to life at Peddler’s Village Civil War Days, Friday, May 11, through Sunday, May 13, on the Street Road Green. Free admission and parking.

Experience the thrill of a Civil War living history and reenactment! Travel back in time as you view reenactments of infantry, cavalry and artillery units in battle scenarios. Watch President Lincoln address the troops and deliver the Gettysburg Address. Walk through the confederate and union camps to see how the troops lived, attend a Civil War wedding, take a Candlelight Camp Tour and enjoy musical performances by the Providence Brigade Brass Band and the 69th PA Irish.

Civil War Days begins on Friday with a mid-day program for school and community groups from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit nine Living History stations on the following topics: A Soldier’s Life; Drill and Marching; Firing the Civil War Musket; Civil War Medicine; Officer in the Civil War; Artillery, Commissary, Women in the War and Abraham Lincoln. Reservations are recommended for school and community group visits on Friday, May 11. For more information and to make reservations, please call 215-794-4000.

The full day schedule on Saturday includes:

·        Civil War Wedding Reenactment at 11:30 a.m.
·        The Sixth New York Independent Battery Artillery Demonstrations at 2 p.m.
·        Providence Brigade Regimental Brass Band of Rhode Island at 3 p.m.
·        Battle Skirmish between the Union and Confederate troops at 4 p.m.
·        Candlelight Camp Tours at 8 p.m.
·        Bucks County Civil War Round Table featuring Lt. Edwin Fretz (PA 104th) Br. Gen. Francis Barlow
·        Civil War Heritage Foundation Longstreet Corp. featuring General Longstreet, General Kemper, Major Fairfax, Mrs. Kemper and Mrs. Fairfax
·        President Abraham Lincoln re-enactor
·        Daily Life of a Civil War soldier demonstrations
·        Sutler Camp (Civil War version of traveling peddler)

The full day schedule on Sunday includes:

·        Civil War Church Service at 11 a.m.
·        The Sixth New York Independent Battery Artillery Demonstrations
·        Bucks County Civil War Round Table featuring Lt. Edwin Fretz (104PA), Br. Gen. Francis Barlow:
·        Civil War Heritage Foundation Longstreet Corp. featuring General Longstreet, General Kemper, Major Fairfax, Mrs. Kemper and Mrs. Fairfax:
·        President Abraham Lincoln re-enactor

About Peddler’s Village: In 2012, Peddler’s Village celebrates its 50th anniversary as the premier shopping and dining destination in Bucks County, PA.  Earl Jamison started Peddler’s Village in June 1962 with 14 shops and the Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant on a 4-acre parcel of land known as “Hentown” that included only a chicken barn, coops, and one antique shop. The Village now hosts 1.5 million guests annually, covers 42 acres and features 65 specialty shops, 6 restaurants, Giggleberry Fair family entertainment center, the Golden Plough Inn and 12 annual festivals and events. For more information, please visit or call 215-794-4000.

Photo attached courtesy of Peddler’s Village:
Civil War Days.jpg: Watch the Civil War brought to life at Peddler’s Village Civil War Days, Friday, May 11, through Sunday, May 13.

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FREE Events @ the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza! New Dates!

I got an email which had these FREE Events listed!

Live from the Plaza Stage
Every Saturday enjoy a FREE performance live in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza, as we serve up happy hour specials and delectable snacks. Grab your friends (and maybe a date?) for the perfect pre-dinner or pre-show experience.

The Kelvin Grant Quintet
Sat, Apr 28, 6pm
The Kelvin Grant Quintet is comprised of Temple University students who can be found playing all forms of jazz regularly around the Philadelphia area.  Join them on an exciting journey through some of the most influential styles within the jazz idiom with Blues, Ballads, and Bossa.

New Horizons Glee Club: Broadway Lights – Cabaret Nights
Sat, May 5, 1pm
Revisit the ‘Golden Age’ of Broadway with selections from Kiss Me Kate, My Fair Lady, Hello, Dolly!, the Cotton Club and the Tin Angel. The glee club re-imagines the glamour of New York City nightlife in the 1940s with tributes to legendary cabaret entertainers.


Sittin’ In
Once a month Philly’s hottest musicians revisit the classic jam session on the Plaza Stage! Genre-bending grooves meet horns, vinyl, and vocals featuring special guest hosts alongside their band of choice, and DJ sets by Philly’s own DJ PHSH. This series is curated by Anthony Tidd. Drink specials and snacks available at the PECO Bar.

Hosted by Orrin Evans and Captain Black Big Band
Wed, Apr 25, 8pm
Noted Philadelphia pianist Orrin Evans brings his latest project—Captain Black Big Band, a genesis of East coast players brought together under his leadership—to this month’s Sittin’ In. The album they recorded was hailed by NPR as a top 10 Best of Jazz 2011. Saxophonist Todd Bashore says, “Evans is like a chef at a pot, adding ingredients as he feels like it, tasting all the time and seeing what it needs and then throwing something else in.”


PNC Grow Up Great
Join us for FREE children’s performances at the Kimmel Center! Designed for kids aged five and under, this popular series features entertaining music, interactive events, and good times for all ages.

The Little Farm Show
Sat, May 12, 11am
The Little Farm Show is an all-ages musical extravaganza about farming, food, and the environment. From the inception of the solar system, to sunset on Millicent’s farm, the Magnificent MacDonald twins give audiences a whirlwind tour of “The Greatest Show on Dirt!”


Gallery Events
Noted speakers, artists, and performers visit the Kimmel Center each month for free workshops, lectures, and discussions.

Philly Jazz: A View Through the Lens
Open daily during the month of April in the Commonwealth Plaza Gallery Space from 10am to 6pm, and later on performance evenings.

To celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month, the Kimmel Center and Jazz Bridge, an organization dedicated to helping local jazz musicians in crisis, are mounting Philadelphia’s first ever all-jazz photography exhibition. Philly Jazz: A View through the Lens features the work of photographers Anthony Dean, L. David Hinton, Ben Johnson, and Howard Pitkow, and videographer Jason Fifield—who have been shooting the local jazz scene for years. The exhibition includes dynamic images of Philadelphia jazz artists caught in the act of improvisation, grief, mentorship, and mutual admiration. The images and film are extraordinary, providing a unique opportunity for fans to understand the local jazz community in all of its complexity and joy.

Everybody is a Curator: The New Anthropology
Mon, May 7, 6pm
Anthropology is a social science that deals with the origins, social customs and beliefs of humankind. Now that technology puts a university’s worth of knowledge at our finger tips within a matter of seconds, what happens to local, regional knowledge and artifacts? Who are the new anthropologists and how does one become one of the new anthropologists? Enjoy a lively discussion of these topics in the Merck Arts Education Center Gallery.

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I usually don’t do this, but………

Visitors, Friends, and Family:
It’s that time of year again when the Hemispherectomy Foundation has their yearly fundraiser 5K run. The kids & families that are helped by this foundation are just like our son Jordan, they were born with Hemimegalencephaly (and other varying diagnoses) and have little chance to live without a drastic brain surgery called Hemispherectomy which severs the bad half of the brain sending seizure activity through the affected child.  Our son Jordan sadly wasn’t a candidate for this surgery because of an abnormality on the “good” side of his brain and for those of you that don’t know, Jordan died shortly after his 2nd birthday.

This foundation is close to my heart & I love the families and kids that I have met through our very small (but, sadly growing) support group. They feel like family. New children are diagnosed too often and this foundation helps these families before, during, and after surgery (in SO many ways, please check out the website for more details).

If you want to donate $30 to become a “virtual runner” with me (and receive a t-shirt if you register by April 15th), please click the link and click the TAB that says VIRTUAL RUNNER.  The team name is “In Memory of Jordan”. My goal is 10 runners to join me. Last year I had 5 runners on my team.

Thank you!

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FREE Events @ the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza! Dates & Venues

I got an email which had these FREE Events listed!

Live from the Plaza Stage
Every Saturday enjoy a FREE performance live in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza, as we serve up happy hour specials and delectable snacks. Grab your friends (and maybe a date?) for the perfect pre-dinner or pre-show experience.

Tribute to Velma Simmons
Sat, Mar 24, 5:30pm
The Kimmel Center’s Education Program honors Arts Education Legend Velma Simmons. Performers include the Philadelphia All-City and Creative and Performing Arts High School choirs, and Dance in the Schools participants Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter High School and Overbrook Educational Center, plus vocalists Valerie Gaye and Reginald Pindell.

Conduction: J.A. Deane and the Creative Music Program
Sun, Mar 25, 5:30pm
In the ’70s, musical pioneer Butch Morris developed Conduction–drawing on traditional conducting techniques to “play” improvising ensembles. This March, J.A. Deane, a student of Morris’ and an expert in Conduction, will give master classes, culminating in this exciting performance.

Belleville Quartet
Sat, Mar 31, 6pm
Belleville Quartet is a West Philly based acoustic jazz ensemble whose repertoire ranges from French gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt to the folk songs of Serbia, Romania, Macedonia and beyond.

Geator Dance Party with DJ Mark the Spark
Sat, Apr 7, 6pm
Prior to and immediately following Jerry Blavat’s 10th Anniversary Extravaganza in Verizon Hall, DJ Mark the Spark returns to host a free dance party in Commonwealth Plaza!

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I bought a slow-cooker….and used it!

On Monday I saw a tip from one of the “great deal” pages that I follow (I tried to find which one it was to link to them but I can’t find it, sorry!) that the 4 Quart Crock-Pot was on sale for $18 on!  That’s less than eating out ONCE!

–As my best friend would say, “It’s a no-brainer!”–

I had always thought about getting a crock-pot and decided that I couldn’t pass up a great deal like $18 so I ordered it.  My husband argues that it wouldn’t have cost much more for a top-of-the-line one with all the bells & whistles but he pointed that out a little too late.  My crock-pot was on it’s way to me!

Yesterday, in all my excitement, started asking friends & family for slow-cooker recipes.  I also went to Pinterest (guilty pleasure, YES!) to find a few great recipes!  I came home form work to find that my new slow-cooker had arrived — A day EARLY!  After dinner I ran to the store with my iPhone and my All-Recipes app loaded up and ready to get my first recipe’s ingredients!

This morning I prepared the ingredients and threw them into the pot (cut an onion, minced some garlic, measured a few teaspoons of some seasonings – about 10 min prep work), turned it on and went to work.  My family came home to a beautiful, and delicious entree!  All I had left to do was make some yellow rice to serve the chicken on and reheat some leftover broccoli.

I had a happy family, well, except for the picky toddler who decided he wanted mac & cheese instead.

Total Cost:  About $13 (factoring in the rice & brocolli which I already had here, but not

the seasonings which were already in my pantry…oh, and a little more for the mac & cheese)
Nutritional Value: GREAT

The chicken is approx 150 calories per serving & the yellow rice is 110 calories per serving

For those of you that know me, this is a HUGE step for me!  I am NOT (in the LEAST BIT) what you would call a “good cook” or the kind of person who likes to try new recipes.  The kitchen, quite frankly, SCARES me!  My favorite meal is ANY that I don’t have to cook!  But this machine may have changed all that!  The possibilities are endless!  SO many recipes, so little time!  I can’t wait to try the next one!  I am supposed to be going out to

dinner tomorrow night and yet I still want to make a meal tomorrow just to try it!  Why waste the day not cooking?

If anyone has a great recipe please send it to me!  My email is

Below is the recipe I tried today!


  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 (8 ounce) jar medium salsa
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 pinch salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  1. Arrange the chicken breasts in the bottom of a slow cooker, and pour in the salsa and tomato sauce. Add the garlic and onion, and sprinkle in the cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Set the cooker on Low, and cook until the chicken is very tender, 4 to 5 hours. Shred the chicken with two forks for serving.

That’s it!  Easy-peasy!

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Xfinity -Texting from your home phone?

I got a very interesting email today.  If you are an Xfinity customer you can now text from an app using your home phone number!  I already have unlimited data but for people that have normal texting plans, this may be a money-saver for you!  Check it details here.


with Text Messaging from XFINITY®.

Text messaging takes XFINITY Voice beyond your home phone. Now you can send and receive texts using your XFINITY Voice home phone number. Simply download the free XFINITY Mobile app on your smartphone or tablet to start sending and receiving texts at no additional cost. You can even send and receive texts using XFINITY Connect. Conversations are saved on both the XFINITY Mobile app and XFINITY Connect, so now you can enjoy seamless conversations whether you are at home or on the go.

Save on your wireless texting plan. Use Text Messaging from XFINITY in place of a text plan from your mobile provider or to supplement the number of texts available as part of your mobile provider’s plan.

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