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Easy Treats Perfect for the Holiday Season

One of the best parts of the holiday season is all the tasty treats you get to indulge in! Here are some easy treats you can make for your next holiday gathering.   Homemade Fudge Fudge is a treat that dates back to the late 1800s and hasn’t lost it status as a family favorite during the holidays. It’s simple recipe allows for different flavors and textures to be added in, creating a myriad of possibilities! Start with sweetened condensed milk, then add in chocolate chips, salt and vanilla until it’s melted and thick. Let it sit in the fridge

Can’t Miss Events this Holiday Season

Tis the holiday season which means the city is bustling with markets, activities and events. Here are some events worth checking out this holiday season.   TCA Presents “A Christmas Carol” Tempe | Tempe Center for the Arts The Tempe Center for the Arts presents a Broadway musical adaption of the classic Charles Dickens’ novel, “A Christmas Carol”. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he takes ghost-guided journeys through is past, present and future to learn the importance of family and friendship. You don’t want to miss this holiday classic of hope, love and redemption. See showtimes and purchase tickets here.  

Oktoberfest Around the Valley

Oktoberfest celebrations are already underway around the valley. Here’s whats on schedule in the next few weeks.   Old World Oktoberfest Peoria, October 5 – 6 Peoria is hosting it’s Oktoberfest celebration in true German style, with live music straight from Germany and loads of German food, including brats, pretzels beer and more. There will also be fun competitions including stein holding and dancing.   Downtown Phoenix Oktoberfest Phoenix, October 6 Phoenix is hosting its first Oktoberfest celebration on October 6th, complete with traditional food, beer and music, including a Bavarian dance floor and live polka music!   Oktoberfest at

Four Peaks Oktoberfest

Next weekend the Four Peaks Oktoberfest returns to the Tempe Town Lake for the 46th year. This is one of Tempe’s signature annual events, and the largest Oktoberfest celebration in Arizona! This fun celebration benefits the Tempe Sister Cities, a student exchange, global culture and humanitarian works program. Here’s everything you can find at this crazy 3-day celebration: Beer and wine gardens Opening parade and keg tapping Races Beer Tasting Great Food Live Music Polka dances Carnival and much more! Admission for the festival is free, and is always a great time for the whole family! Learn more and busy

Craft Breweries of Tempe

Tempe has an eclectic and impressive culinary scene from college town staples of pizza and burgers to upscale dining. What ties these all together is the ever growing selection of microbreweries around town. Here are some of the best craft breweries in Tempe:   Four Peaks Brewing Company 1340 E 8th Street, #104 Four Peaks started in 1994 when they took over the original F.A. Hough’s Ice Factory that stood since 1892 and housed a dairy creamery, and later, recording studio. This charming red brick building now houses their entire brewing operations, a large bar and sunny outdoor patio. Take

Healthy Foods to Eat in July

July is right around the corner and that means it will be the best time to eat these delicious (and healthy!) foods:   Plumcots Or pluots, or apriums, apriclums, or apricums, or apricotandplummixedtogether. America has a grand tradition of bending nature to suit the shortsighted needs of its citizens, and nowhere is that more evident than in the plumcot, an apricot-plum hybrid designed to titillate your easily bored taste buds. These little stone fruits can be eaten by the half-dozen, and apparently research has shown the nutrient level of plumcots to be higher than the “much-touted” blueberry. Shows you how far a

Breakfast in Tempe

Breakfast is a very important meal you shouldn’t skip out on. It kick-starts your metabolism helping you burn calories throughout the day, and gives you the energy you need to focus and get things done. It is also very delicious. From the classic bacon and eggs to a sweet stack of pancakes or savory breakfast burrito, there are endless options for breakfast lovers. As Leslie Knope in Parks and Rec said, “why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?” Here are some local favorites in Tempe:   Harlow’s Cafe 1021 W University Dr Since 1980 Harlow’s Cafe has been

Easy Herbs to Grow Indoors

Keep your kitchen supplied with fresh herbs year round with these herbs that thrive indoors. Lemon Balm Lemon balm is a very easy plant to grow indoors because it requires low/little light, however it does need regular watering. To avoid the lag time it takes to raise the plant to a harvest-able size, buy an already-started plant and grow it in freely draining potting soil. Lemon balm’s fresh lemon fragrance and flavor pairs nicely with fish and chicken dishes and fruit, and can easily be used to make herbal tea. Cilantro Cilantro prefers cooler temperatures than most plants, so keeping

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Valley

Cinco de Mayo celebrations this year will be amped up because the holiday falls on a Saturday. There are a ton of festivals and events happening this weekend, check some of them out below! Cinco de Mayo Fiesta El Mirage, May 4th El Mirage will hold its annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Gentry Park, 4010 N El Mirage Rd, on Friday, May 4. The festival will have mariachi and other musical performances, traditional dances, a kids area with pony rides and games, and a community market. There will also be food trucks and a beer garden serving beer and

Health Benefits of Kombucha

Though kombucha didn’t appear on the shelves of U.S. health food stores until the 1990s, humans have been swilling the fermented tea for more than 2,000 years. Legend holds that this mystical brew was first consumed by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in ancient China, one of the first civilizations to recognize the health benefits of kombucha. Whether you drink kombucha for those very purported health benefits or just because you enjoy the taste of the fermented tea drink, kombucha has a storied history with human health. Sometimes referred to as “mushroom tea”, homemade kombucha is fermented by a colony of bacteria