Vita Nova Creatives & Coffee Comes to Nokesville

Finally, a coffee house is coming to Nokesville- to be located at the intersection of Fitzwater Drive and Nokesville Road (Route 28). The café, Vita Nova Creatives & Coffee, is what many in the …

Local Women Bring Nothing Bundt Cakes to Virginia Gateway

Western Prince William residents Jocelyn King and Brianne Hout are ecstatic about beginning new phases of their lives as owners of the Gainesville’s new specialty bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes Gainesville-Haymarket.

Registered dietitian offers tips for ‘better for you’ treats

(BPT) - When you’re looking for sweet snacks on-the-go or indulgent treats to enjoy, there’s nothing better than finding foods that satisfy those cravings without sacrificing your …

Kids in the Kitchen is Back at the MPCC

Gina Michak, owner of "From Gina's Kitchen" is back as kids culinary instructor , showing kids ages 5-12 how to decorate their own cupcakes. Monthly classes now open for registration!

BAM! Pumpkin Spice everywhere!

 It is the first week of September and BAM! Pumpkin Spice everywhere! That includes the kitchen. We are excited about all of the fall flavors...

Thought for Food
Things to Do in September in Prince William County
Prince William, Virginia is the perfect place to start the Fall season. From chili cook-offs to one of Northern Virginia’s longest running art celebrations, you can find a variety of activities to enjoy throughout the last few weeks of Summer. Prince William, Virginia | Come enjoy its open spaces and friendly faces.
3 tips to beef up your tailgate game
(BPT) - With football season excitement mounting, people are already planning what to make for their next tailgating event. While cooped up at home last year, you may have had time to beef up your …
After-School Snacks Fit for the Family
(Family Features) As parents and kids navigate daily routines and extracurricular activities, making healthy food choices is essential to keep everyone energized and engaged.
How to pack allergy-friendly lunches your kids will love
(BPT) - Did you know 85 million Americans avoid buying foods with the top 9 allergens because of allergies of someone in their household? According to Food Allergy Research and Education, $19 billion …
Family Foods to Fuel Education
(Family Features) Full days of learning and educational growth, whether taking place in the classroom or at home, require filling breakfasts, snacks and family dinners. Help fuel your loved ones and …
No-Bake Energy Bites Recipe 'From Gina's Kitchen'
By Gina Michak Image courtesy of From Gina's Kitchen Foodie friends! These quick and easy no-bake energy bars were a quick and easy way to get back into the kitchen. Lightning quick to put …
Foody Features

Rally the Crowd with a Masterful Game Day Menu

(Family Features) From a salsa-based dip and chicken wings to kick off the party to sweet brownies for celebrating victory, each of these recipes call for less than an hour in the kitchen.

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.

Easy ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies at your next cookout or tailgate

(BPT) - After months of social distancing, many people are eagerly gathering with friends and family again. Whether it’s for a barbecue, cookout or tailgating party, start planning a …
Happy Halloween Ideas

New Treats And Traditions For Your Little Goblins

(NAPSI)—With in-person trick-or-treating in question these days, many Washington parents are re-thinking ways for their children to celebrate Halloween.  If going door-to-door is not an …

5 tips for creating an edible garden – anytime, anywhere

(BPT) - People have become more health-conscious in the last year, seeking relaxing activities and projects that give them a sense of accomplishment. According to the National Gardening Association, …
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.

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.
Back-to-school eats: 5 brain-boosting foods for kids (BPT) - As summer draws to an end, many families are gearing up for an exciting new school year. And while picking out new pencils and notebooks is a fun way to prepare, it’s even more …
Message from Virginians healthcare workers about the seriousness of the Delta variant
Healthcare Workers Urge Virginians to get Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Nearly three dozen Virginia health care organizations are jointly urging unvaccinated Virginians to get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and others as hospitalizations are surging.
Go Plant Based for Healthy School Days (Family Features) Filling the kitchen with plant-based ingredients is an easy way to nudge kids toward nutritious after-school snacks and make busy weeknight dinners as healthy as they are delicious.
Happy Halloween Ideas
New Treats And Traditions For Your Little Goblins

(NAPSI)—With in-person trick-or-treating in question these days, many Washington parents are re-thinking ways for their children to celebrate Halloween.  If going door-to-door is not an …

Food for Thought Column
BAM! Pumpkin Spice everywhere!  It is the first week of September and BAM! Pumpkin Spice everywhere! That includes the kitchen. We are excited about all of the fall flavors...
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 …
Fun and festive ideas for celebrating Halloween 2021 (BPT) - Recent research from the National Confectioners Association (NCA) found that 82% of people plan to celebrate Halloween this year, including 93% of millennial parents. Whether you enjoy a …
Pet Health
Five Ways To Treat Your Pet To A Spooky, Safe Halloween by Darris Cooper, CPDT-KA (NAPSI)—It’s no secret that pets are like family—holiday traditions included.This Halloween bring your pups in on the spooky fun by decking them out in a scary cute …
Making Diet Decisions During A Pandemic
(NAPSI)—Dreadful as the pandemic has been, for some people it has meant a positive health change. Three in 10 Americans made a major change to their diet during this time, according to new …
More food ideas
(Family Features) One of the easiest ways to take your menu from benchwarmer to superstar status is to add foods from one of the country's top authentic Mexican food brands, Cacique, to your playbook. Cheesy Chorizo Nachos can score a touchdown at your gathering, even among the pickiest of fans.
(Family Features) Add the naturally sweet taste of fruit to the breakfast table with this Grape Dutch Baby recipe that requires just 15 minutes of prep time in the kitchen.
(Family Features) Warm, delectable dishes go hand-in-hand with cool fall evenings when the crisp air sends you to the kitchen for a filling meal.
(Family Features) While this autumn season will likely look different than years past, wholesome meals celebrating fall flavors provide something to look forward to.
(Culinary.net) This season, when you're craving something sweet, try this Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips. It's rich with lots of semi-sweet chocolate chips but also has a prominent pumpkin flavor that is hard to resist.
(BPT) - When it comes to serious gaming, immersion is the goal. You want to achieve a multi-sensory experience that pulls you into a game. Today's modern consoles are a huge step forward in creating …
(BPT) - With the harvest of the 2021 crop, American Pistachio Growers has set the details of a virtual harvest tour and a live chef cook-along to showcase pistachios as a versatile, nutritious and …
(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 …
(BPT) - There’s no doubt the pandemic has shifted attitudes toward diet and exercise. Research recently conducted by FMCG Gurus indicates that consumers are placing an enhanced focus on …
(BPT) - Kids love Halloween, and it’s no wonder — on what other occasion are they allowed to have so many treats at one time? While you love letting them enjoy the holiday, here’s a …
(NAPSI)—Now is the time for all things pumpkin: From pumpkin spice lattes and candles to pumpkin patches and carving, there’s something pumpkin for everyone—including your four-legged friends. …
by Jean Buzby  (NAPSI)—It’s estimated that a family of four spends, on average, $1,500 a year on food that goes uneaten—but you can help save food and money and improve your kids’ …
(NAPSI)—Here’s something cattle ranchers know: Each season brings with it different health challenges for their livestock, from respiratory diseases to eye and foot infections, to enteric and …
(NAPSI)—Living may be easier during the warmer weather seasons but that doesn’t mean your wellness goals should be swept under the rug. To help, GOLO, the pioneering wellness solutions company, …
(NAPSI)—California summers are filled with warm nights, trips to the coast and an abundance of fresh, local produce, like delicious California avocados, which add dynamic flavor and texture to your …

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.
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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.
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) recognized the Prince William Area Agency on Aging
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 by Author Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed.
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.