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Sweet November

November 10, 2009

Halloween is now more than a week past, which means that Thanksgiving is going to be here in a blink a of the eye (November has slid into double digits, my mind boggles at the mere thought). King of Prussia Mall is already playing Christmas tunes and hosting new shops like “Art of Bethlehem.”  And some of us have a younger sister that’s 2 presents away from being done all of her holiday shopping! Stressed yet?

Here’s how you’re going to get through Thanksgiving in one piece – 

1. Pie In The Sky – You still have time, so please, please order today! If you live in the Greater Philadelphia Area, you know that MANNA provides nutritious meals to thousands of people living with terminal illnesses. And the only reason you know this is because MANNA also provides you with your Thanksgiving Pie. This is a holiday tradition that no one can afford to miss.

And for each one of these delicious pies sold (only $25!!!!), MANNA will deliver six nutritious meals to a person in the Delaware Valley.

2. Local Turkey = Tasty Turkey – Whether you’re going for a turkey that is organic, pastured, heirloom or heritage, taste is your primary concern. If you’re interesting in serving one of these pedigreed birds at your Thanksgiving meal, you can order them through the Fair Food Farmstand, Greensgrow Farms, The Food Trust’s network of farmers or Reading Terminal Market’s Godshall’s. And there are few things that feel more seasonal then a trip through Reading Terminal Market around the holidays.

3. Sourcing Sides – Farmer Market season is sliding quickly away, but don’t despair! In order to help you find just the right sweet potatoes, pumpkins and cranberries to make your meal a success, six farmers markets will be making a special, mid-week appearance on Wednesday, November 25th. They include the markets at Broad and South, Clark Park, Headhouse Square, Cliveden, Fairmount and Haddington. For more specifics on times and exact locations, click here.

4. Present Pressure – Back to the little sister that is virtually finished her Christmas shopping. There’s only one way to beat her at her own game (and thus preserve the spirit of the holidays), and that’s to come up with presents so unique and so cost effective and so right for the intended recipient that she crushes her cranberries in jealously.

Enter Cut the Craft! Arts and Crafts Festival, which will showcases 30 Independent Crafters producing Eco-friendly, Sustainable, Non-Traditional Art and Crafts. The event will be held indoors at 376 Shurs Lane on Saturday November 21 and Sunday November 22, 2009 in the Manayunk-Roxborough area.

Can’t be limited to one-time finds? Chestnut Hill will be hosting Stag & Doe Nights every Wednesday in December (the 9, 16, 23). Their one-of-a-kind shops open their doors and welcome you with wonderful gift ideas, refreshments and personalized, friendly service.

5. No Time to Cook? You’ve decided you want to celebrate Thanksgiving in style, but you don’t want to christian your kitchen just yet. This requires a game plan. You can either finagle an invitation to dinner from friends or family (in which case you will really need to find a good hostess gift…hint, hint), find a restaurant that’s willing to host your clan or order up a pre-made meal.

A number of local restaurants are offering buffets or fixed price specials. The website Open Table has compiled these deals on to one handy page that includes style of food, holiday options and offers a ballpark on the price.

For those of you who want to stay home without cooking the meal yourself, Di Bruno Brothers will handle the entire thing, from turkey to trimmings. You just have to pick it up! Choose from a number of sides, platters and desserts.

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  1. November 10, 2009 4:39 pm

    another great christmas shopping opportunity in philadelphia is crafty balboa on december 5.

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