April 2013


Easy Meatball Nachos


Active families appreciate that frozen meatballs can be enjoyed any day of the week, because all the prep work has been done for you. The meatballs are already seasoned, making them an even-more-delicious (and possibly less expensive) addition to a recipe or sauce than unseasoned, plain ground beef. Once they’re defrosted, you can use the meatballs whole or dice them up, even grind them in a food processor. They can be stirred into favorite recipes, whether steamy soups and stews, hearty casseroles or flavorful pasta plates. They really stand out in a succulent meatball sandwich. Pick up a package of high-quality, frozen meatballs and use them in recipes much as you would ground beef.


Peace Begins with You – Montessori & World Peace

Peace Begins

“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” Maria Montessori

The path to world peace begins with education for the young child. The classroom is a microcosm of society at large. When children learn to be at peace with one another in the classroom, they can later be at peace as adults. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “If we are to create peace in our world, we must begin with our children.”


Etiquette Atlanta: The Business of Manners


Patty Hunnewell, owner and operator of Etiquette Atlanta, is passionate about the business of manners. “Getting back to the [good] habits isn’t silly. It’s a sign of respect,” says Hunnewell. “We’re so busy being individuals that we forget that we have to work with each other. Just because something doesn’t bother you doesn’t mean that doesn’t bother the person next to you.”

Hunnewell, who is the mother of three girls, started Etiquette Atlanta in January of 2012 while she was still working as a preschool teacher.


April Planting Tips

Planting Tips

According to an article by Extension Horticulturalists Wayne J. McLaurin, Darbie Granburry and W.O. Chance from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Cooperative Extension Service, April is the month for planting frost tender crops such as snap, pole and lima beans, cantaloupe, sweet corn cucumbers, egg plant, okra, field peas, peppers, squash tomatoes, tender herbs and watermelon. Tall growing crops such as okra, pole beans and corn should be planted on the north side of other vegetables to avoid shading , while corn should be planted in two or more rows for better pollination. Soil should be cultivated to control weeds and grass and to provide aeration. Mulch should be maintained between rows. It is also advised not to work in the garden when foliage is wet to avoid spreading disease from one plant to another.


Mowing Tips for a Great-Looking Lawn

Mowing Tips

The grass can be greener on your side of the fence if you heed these eight hints on making the most of mowing.

1. Choose the Correct Cutting Height: This depends on the type of grass, the amount of rainfall, prevailing temperature and the lawn’s overall condition.
2. Don’t Cut Your Grass Too Short: Mowing too short can result in weak, thin grass that’s easily damaged by drought and pests. Leaving your grass a bit longer reduces heat buildup and preserves needed moisture. A good rule of thumb is the one-third rule—cut no more than a third of the grass height and never more than an inch at a time.


Have Your Reunion at 200 Peachtree


Are you searching for the perfect location for your next high school reunion? 200 Peachtree is the place! From the candlelit buffet tables laden with luscious foods, linen-covered dining tables, and comfortable sofas and chairs, you will be guaranteed the grand service and décor befitting your special event. 200 Peachtree knows reunions! Their experienced event planners will help you create a truly special reunion event. According to Sherry Klein, Director of Marketing, “It’s all right here: turnkey one-stop-shopping, prime downtown Atlanta location, and an abundance of convenient parking.”


Old Brick Pit BBQ

Old Brick Pit

It isn’t often that I drive from Decatur to Brookhaven just to eat lunch but I have been known to do that very thing for the Old Brick Pit Barbecue, which has been serving BBQ fans since 1976. Having eaten at a seemingly endless number of BBQ places over the years, this is definitely my favorite. The menu is simple and the ambience is pretty basic but it has that old style kind of pork barbecue which has been the staple in Georgia and North Carolina forever. They slow cook the pork and douse it in a tart vinegar sauce that goes perfectly with the slightly sweet cole slaw. Naturally, you should always have the chopped pork sandwich with cole slaw, which is the traditional way of eating it in my home state of North Carolina. See why I like this place so much?


Team DeKalb Returns to “March for Babies”

March of Babies

DeKalb County Government’s “Team DeKalb” invites metro-Atlanta citizens and businesses to join the Team to support the March of Dimes’ March for Babies 2013. This year’s “It’s for the Babies” Walk will be on Saturday, April 27 at the Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta. Team DeKalb wants 500 volunteers to walk to raise $50,000.


Historic Grant Field

Grant Field

Georgia Tech sports have been thrilling Atlantans and the student body for well over a century but the centerpiece of most of these events, Grant Field, was begun just one hundred years ago. The huge facility came to life in the first months of 1913 to provide space for track, baseball and football contests and named for Hugh Inman Grant.


From Alcovy River to Atlantic Ocean

From Alcovy

Smaller rivers in Georgia have obscure origins and the Alcovy—which rises in Gwinnett about five miles northeast of Lawrenceville—starts as streams north of the state in a webbed network of remote creeks. It is in Gwinnett that the Alcovy becomes a true river, running down through Walton and Newton Counties and from there to Lake Jackson in Butts County.

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