Local Businesses Host 'Best Teacher Contest' 2021-22

Bill DePugh, a Northern Virginia Real Estate Agent with Century 21 New Millennium, thinks it is time to recognize teachers who have made a positive impact.
Local Eats
Nothing Bundt Cake
Jocelyn King and Brianne Hout, Co-owners of Nothing Bundt Cakes, Gainesville, are loving participating in teamwork and the community.
The Winery at Sunshine Ridge Farm
There is now a winery that affords us all an opportunity to enjoy the scenic views of Lake Manassas. The Winery at Sunshine Ridge Farm in Gainesville is local owned and operated.
SimaVisions Concierge Gifting & Artistry
Want to make sure it's love at first sight for your Valentine's present? Sima can help shop, wrap and present one-of-a kind locally-sourced gifts.
Effingham Manor & Winery
February is a great time to Visit Effingham Manor. We are hosting events throughout the month, giving our friends, old and new alike, opportunity to enjoy our award winning, Historic winery.
Crossroads Tabletop Tavern Crossroads Tabletop Tavern
Who wants a game night? How about a game night where you can eat, drink, have fun, and don't have to worry about cooking or even cleaning up? 
Disney Foodie Bites
Walt Disney World has released the menus for the popular EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival! It's going to be another drool-worthy festival that will thrill all you Disney foodies out there.
Thought for Food
Pop Up Some Winter Fun
(Family Features) A perfect partner for a broad variety of flavors, popcorn is a versatile pantry staple that can be served plain or as a better-for-you addition to seasonal snacks like Furikake Popcorn, Jamaican Jerk Popcorn, Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Popcorn or Rocky Road Popcorn Clusters.
Hearty, Wholesome Winter Meals
(Family Features) During the winter months when brisk temperatures chill you to the bone, warming up with hearty dishes at the family table can bring everyone together.
A Secret Ingredient for Winter Wellness
(Family Features) One step toward wellness is maintaining nutritional value in meals. This Orange Honey Glazed Carrots recipe offers a warming yet nutritional, naturally sweet option while this non-alcoholic Orange Juice Mint Mocktail makes for a perfect pairing.
Warm up with whiskey barrel aged wines on cold fall nights
(BPT) - The practice of aging wine in barrels dates back thousands of years. Romans borrowed the practice from the Gauls, who used barrels to transport beer. Winemakers soon discovered barrel aging …
5 ways to keep your kids healthier all winter long
(BPT) - During the winter months, it can seem more challenging to focus on wellness — especially when it comes to your kids. Getting outside to stay active is more difficult in the cold weather …
Coffee & Spice, Creative & Nice: Flavorful Beverages to Celebrate the Holidays
(BPT) - Start a new holiday tradition with coffee creativity in the kitchen. Whether it’s a new beverage for a holiday breakfast or brunch, an afternoon treat to warm heart and soul, or coffee …
Foody Features

Celebrate Family and Food

(Family Features) Family traditions and in-person connections are important parts of gatherings of loved ones, and many of those get-togethers are centered on food.

Ask a dietitian: Should I use sugar substitutes?

(BPT) - Americans are eating and drinking too much added sugar, which can contribute to a variety of chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. According to the 2020-2025 …

Four Ways To Have A Festive And Safe Holiday Season

by the We Can Do This  COVID-19 Public Education Campaign (NAPSI)—Entering the second holiday season of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Virginians are eager to reconnect with family and …

Give A Box of "Chocolates" To Your Dog This Holiday

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are quickly approaching and lots of people gift their loved ones boxes of gourmet chocolates. However, can dogs eat chocolate? Of course they can't! So, how do we include our …

5 creative gifts for that special someone this Valentine's Day

(BPT) - Valentine’s Day isn’t just about hearts and flowers. We often forget how it’s the perfect excuse to bring a little sparkle to the doldrums of winter by sharing a little …

Family Meals That Deliver Flavor and Nutrition

(Family Features) Piecing together a menu that fuels active minds without spending hours in the kitchen is a common goal for many families.

How you can take a new approach to wellness this New Year’s

(BPT) - If you’re seeking ways to boost your well-being for the new year, consider taking a holistic approach. Don't focus on one specific habit to conquer, but instead look at supporting the …

Doing well by doing good: Ways to give back to your community

(BPT) - With the giving season upon us, people are thinking about how they can give back to their communities. There are numerous ways to give back whether by helping those in need, volunteering your …

Dietary Supplements Can Support Your Immune System

(NewsUSA) - As the COVID-19 pandemic continues after nearly two years, people continue searching for new ways to take control of their health and support overall wellness. This interest in self-care …

Pack a Healthier Lunchbox this School Year

(Family Features) When school is in session, it's the perfect time to renew your family's healthy eating habits by getting in a groove of lunchbox packing.

Cedar Run Brewery Takes Inspiration from Farm and Family

Cedar Run Brewery, a Farm Brewery in Nokesville, Virginia, stands out among Northern Virginia Breweries. As a small family-owned brewery on a real working farm, the family has put themselves and …

Comfort Holiday Guests with a Satisfying Snack

(Family Features) Keeping your loved ones full and content can be done with apples, an ingredient that heightens the flavor and appearance of favorite recipes like Apple Stuffing Bites with Rosemary Gravy.

A Festive Menu Fit for Family and Friends

(Family Features) These delicious options for a satisfying bread bowl, pumpkin spice potatoes, artfully glazed lamb chops and fresh apple pie can bring your guests running to the kitchen (and keep them there) as you celebrate all the season has to offer.

Give A Box of "Chocolates" To Your Dog This Holiday

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are quickly approaching and lots of people gift their loved ones boxes of gourmet chocolates. However, can dogs eat chocolate? Of course they can't! So, how do we include our …
Make the Most of Your Money with Family-Friendly Meals
(Family Features) You can make your hard-earned dollars stretch a little further at the supermarket with delicious, nutritious meals like Grilled Peach Flatbread with Goat Cheese and Mixed Berry Pizza with Oatmeal Coconut Crust.
Shake Up Summer Snacks
(Family Features) Power up for summer adventures by shaking up your snacking routine with homemade recipes inspired by childhood favorites like Strawberry Walnut Hand Pies and Walnut Chorizo Pizza Bites.
Pack a Perfect Al Fresco Pairing
(Family Features) Picnic-wiches with Greek Artichoke Beet Salad provide the freshness that outdoor meals are made of. Pair your party tray of sandwiches with Bean, Tortellini and Pesto Salad for a complete spread.
Celebrate Spring Moments with a Taco Feast for the Senses
(Family Features) Pay homage to Hispanic-style culinary and cultural traditions by loading your table with an array of family favorites like taquitos, tacos, rice, guacamole, pico de gallo and more.
A Fiesta Fusion of Worldwide Flavors
(Family Features) If you're seeking inspiration to take mealtime from bland and boring to new and vibrant, look no further than these at-home fiesta recipes.
More food ideas
(Culinary.net) Try this Brunch Fruit Tart with a tasty granola crust and colorful fruit topping to start Mother's Day in style. It's a sweet option to begin her day on the right note.
(Family Features) These Sloppy Joe Mini Tacos from Stephanie Banyas offer a true flavor fusion. The lively blend of ground turkey or pork chorizo, cheeses, spices and veggies pop when combined with the high-quality ingredients of Fresh Cravings Salsa.
(Family Features) At your next outdoor event, try an option like Cheesecake Ice Cream with Fruit Swirls from Milk Means More. You can make a couple days in advance with your favorite fruit flavor such as blueberry, raspberry, cherry, strawberry, peach or apricot.
(Family Features) You can feel good serving your loved ones these Blackened Alaska Cod Tacos as a classic way to spice up your dinner table, or give a sweet heat kick to Spicy Alaska Sablefish in Lettuce Cups with Korean chili paste, miso and honey.
(Family Features) Make cooking a breeze and put a smile on your mom's face with a simple, savory treat like these Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Bacon Pierogies.
(BPT) - Cheese boards are a popular addition to any party or meal, and there’s a good reason why. They’re infinitely customizable to any theme, season or taste, and you can include items …
(BPT) - If you’ve dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur, you may think success is a straight road from one success to another until you’ve “made it.” But a recent survey reveals …
(BPT) - Despite being a staple in most American households, there is a lot of confusion about eggs. For example, why are eggshells different colors? What does an egg’s yolk color mean? Why do …
(BPT) - Put a little spring in your step — and rosé in your wine glasses — with these fabulous finds to celebrate the warm weather. Rosé is light, refreshing and versatile, …
(BPT) - If you’ve got wedding bells in your future, chances are you also have a million things to do before the big day. And one to-do item that could surely use more attention is creating your …
(NAPSI)—Mardi Gras is back—Fat Tuesday is March 1—and Jambalaya is an excellent savory recipe to enjoy the return of this ultimate celebration. You can try your hand at the classic New Orleans …
(NAPSAI)—After the last year or so, many people are anxious to get back into the social swing. To help, here are 6 entertaining ideas that can mean more fun for you and your friends: How To Have …
(NAPSI)—This holiday season, many Americans are entertaining the idea of having a festive gala.  Here are 6 party planning hints that can help your next get-together be fun for both you and …
by Dr. Jean Buzby (NAPSI)—Here’s a cool idea: A clean, well-organized refrigerator can help your family prevent food waste. Three Ways To Fight Food Waste1. Know and, if necessary, …
(NAPSI)—Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States—about 655,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, …

This Heart Month, Pledge to Help Your Heart with These 3 Fitness Tips

(NewsUSA) - It's Heart Month and a good time to have a little heart-to-heart with yourself about the health of your ticker. Heart disease is one of the deadliest diseases in the nation, but the good …

A Surprising Assistant

(NAPSI)—Here’s a hot tip: Most baking enthusiasts may not realize it, but turning out great baked goods can be easier with a quality kitchen appliance that’s NOT the stove. It’s the sink. …

Easy Fish Friday options for kids and adults

(BPT) - Fish Friday is an important part of Lent, and if you honor this tradition, you’re probably looking to add something different to the menu. At the same time, you’re probably not …

Better-for-You Family Breakfasts

Making sure your family members get a nutritious start to the day is an important job, and by focusing on a few wholesome ingredients, such as real milk, simple and healthful dishes can quickly become family favorites.
Check out these food & cooking videos

A Fresh Twist on Fajitas to Support Family Nutrition

Gather fresh onions and bell peppers to mix with earthy, wholesome mushrooms as the heart of this plant-forward dish.

The Busy Family’s Holiday Hacks: Stress-Busting Tips to Help You Get Through the Season

(BPT) - The holidays are right around the corner which means more to-do’s and less time to do them in. With all the planning and stressing, don't let mealtime inspiration suffer and cooking fatigue set in! This holiday season, whether you have a houseful or a handful, Lauren Barth shares tips to make meal-planning less stressful, more joyous and downright hassle-free.

A Protein Twist for Tasty Family Meals

Add excitement to the weekly menu with a recipe like these Crunchy Buffalo Baked Veal Cutlet Sandwiches, which offers the classic combination of Buffalo sauce and blue cheese in a dish that requires less than an hour in the kitchen.

Why eggs are an important first food for children

(BPT) - Trying to decide what first foods to feed your baby? Second-generation egg farmer Ross Dean knew that eggs would be one of his son's first foods once he was old enough to start eating solid foods.
Education supply store to open, Aug. 21

Teachables to Hold Grand Opening, Saturday

Just in time for back to school, Teachables, an independently owned educational supply store, is holding its grand opening at Bristow Commons, Saturday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

COLUMN: Crafty Coaching with Ed Johnson

Crafted Coach Ed Johnson is a leadership coach who inspires confidence and self-awareness in individuals so they can begin to operate as their best selves. The result is more successful interactions and honed skills in interpersonal relationships and inner growth.

Old Town Manassas Ends 2020 Strong According to Market Report

Philadelphia Tavern Downtown continues to serve as an economic engine for the City of Manassas. It is the "Historic Heart" that helps drive our "Modern Beat" and is a bellwether for the overall …

Five New Alternates Join PRTC Board

Kimberlee Short WOODBRIDGE, VA – The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) is pleased to announce the appointment of five new alternates to the Board of Commissioners, which …
COLUME: Get Happier, Dammit

Want More Happiness? Do the Work.

Are you ready to think some more about happiness? In the first installment of the “Get Happier, Dammit” series, we looked at the definition of happiness – what it could be, what it might look like. We talked a little about the book that launched this column and how to move on from there.

Rollins Ford 'Multi-Use' 'Destination' Park to Feature Farm-Themed Playground

Rollins Ford Park will be a 70-acres park with fields, a large playground, dog park and trails.

Prince William Institute on Aging Receives National Recognition

n4a recognized the Area Agency on Aging for its sensitivity in recognizing a potentially underserved group and its creativity in meeting that group’s needs.

Column: Here's Your Chance to 'Get Happier, Dammit!'

What if you could enjoy each day a little more than you do now? You’d probably be happier, right? Most of us would be.