January is an odd month, isn’t it? For me, the first week is always a blur: I’m back at work, coming down from the high of the holidays and stuffed to the brim with all of my December indulgences. Then all of a sudden, I feel the need to get healthy ASAP. I know I’m not the only one, there’s a whole industry that relies on these urgent resolutions! January is always the month of heavily discounted gym memberships, weight loss meal plans galore and everyone you know is juicing and cleansing. There’s also “Dry January”, a month without alcohol to help reset (Although, I truly cannot find it in me to attempt this; I’m a working mom with a 2 year-old, in a pandemic. I will not turn down a martini in these trying times.)
That being said, I am working on new wellness habits to get this year off to a better start than its predecessor. I started taking online yoga and barre classes and began walking regularly with a friend of mine from college (a practice that has been reaping invaluable mental health rewards as well).
Of course, a shift towards healthier habits also includes what we eat but this is where I struggle a bit. As you may recall, cooking is not my strong suit. Some may say it’s not a suit of mine at all and I’m not even in the right closet. It just doesn’t come naturally to me, but I do try! My goal for 2021 (or, at least the month of February) is to work on my meal planning. I need to build up an arsenal of healthy dishes that can become part of our weekly dinner rotation.
I’ve always found the best source for these go-to, tried and true recipes to be family, friends and neighbors. So, I tapped into our MLN Crew for help! Not surprisingly, everyone was happy to share their “fan favorites” and I thought you might enjoy them too. Delicious and healthy meal ideas, from our kitchens to yours.
• Huevos Rancheros Verdes (Laura)
• Roasted Whole Cauliflower With Feta (Regina)
• Easy Peasy Mexican Chicken (Natalie)
• NYT Turkey Chili (Kate)
• Turkey Meatball Tortellini Soup with Spinach (Marisa)
• Brown Sugar-Glazed Salmon (Gina)
• Crockpot Chicken Fajitas (Chris)
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CUPID TO THE RESCUE
Wayne Art Center: Have A Heart Date Night
Wednesday, February 3rd
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Romance and art, why not! This introduction to various watercolor techniques will help you create the perfect painting to make into a Valentine’s day card or present. Great fun to do as a date night. Only three tubes of paint, brush and watercolor paper needed.
Couples Night Out: Steak Frites (Hands-On Cooking Class)
Saturday, February 13th
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
1001 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia
Bon Vivant! In this hands-on class, you'll cover the classics while practicing a range of techniques as you prepare Hanger Steak with Red Wine & Shallot Reduction Sauce, French Cut Potatoes & Truffle Salt plus an appetizer and dessert. Classes are reduced capacity with all tables 6' apart.
Philly JCC: No-Bake Cookie Class
Sunday, February 14th
Sign up your littles for a yummy virtual no-bake cookie class! Each Little Chef’s Culinary Kit includes every tool & ingredient needed, plus fun surprises (frosting/fluff option for nut allergies available as well). Kits will need to be picked up the week prior at the Kaiserman JCC. Spots are limited.
REF and the Chef
Saturday, February 13th
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Marqessa Gesualdi, award-winning pastry chef and owner of Aux Petits Delices, will lead a virtual demonstration of how to prepare a heart-shaped chocolate cream puff. All ages and skill levels welcome.
Register online . Space is limited!
INSIDE & OUT
Narberth Library Bingo Fundraiser
Saturday, January 30th
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Got any plans tomorrow? Look no further than the Narberth Library Bingo Fundraiser! It will take place on Zoom with individuals or teams competing for prizes.
Please support Narberth businesses by visiting our local pubs and restaurants before the games begin. Pick up some dinner and preferred refreshments to enjoy while you play!
MLSN: Crochet an Amigurumi Critter
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM (3 Sessions)
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting small, stuffed yarn objects. These fun, easy, and colorful projects can be completed in just a few hours. Learn some basic techniques and make a Valentine heart during the first class, then you’ll discuss and make more traditional Amigurumi items.
3:00 PM - 5:20 PM
Suburban Square (At the patio next to Not Your Average Joe’s)
49 St James Place, Ardmore
Saturday, January 30th - Rich Barry Performs
Rich Barry is a local solo guitarist. Since the age of 4, Rich has pursued a career as a guitarist. He has been hailed as an extraordinary musician forging his path into the elite guitarists of the world today. He is praised as one of the most innovative musicians of the 21st century.
AND WE’RE BACK!
These museums have recently reopened:
PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts)
118-128 N Broad St., Philadelphia
Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 AM - 4:0 0PM
Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Reservations are not needed, capacity will be reduced to allow for social distancing. PAFA's museum is internationally known for its permanent collection of American art ranging from 18th- and 19th-century masters to modern and contemporary artists.
27 N. 11th Street, Philadelphia
Wednesdays through Saturdays
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sundays, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Reservations needed with timed tickets available online (capacity is limited to ensure social distancing.) This inspiring space is filled with interactive art installations, including favorites like “Submergence” by Squidsoup (a giant room of over 8,000 stringed lights that are programmed to the soundscape) and “Body Paint” by Memo Akten, where your movements are interpreted by sensors to create “paint” streaks of different colors on a giant wall.
The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Friday through Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Visitor capacity has been reduced so it’s best to book ahead.
IN THE KNOW
Lower Merion Hosts Virtual Town Hall About the COVID-19 Vaccine
Lower Merion Township Health Advisory Council will be hosting a Virtual Town Hall regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine. Speakers from Montgomery County
Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Dr. Richard Lorrain, Janet Panning, Hosts and Speakers from Lower Merion Township, Commissioner Gilda Kramer, Health Advisory Council
To Join in and learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccine