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Conshohocken Italian Bakery: A Local Standard

September 23, 2014 12:56 pm

Is there any smell more satisfying than that of freshly-baked bread? You can experience it for yourself at the Conshohocken Italian Bakery. The flavor is said to be just as good with locals raving that this place turns out delightful loaves of bread and other treats.

They’ve been in business for over 40 years, so they obviously know the score. Conshohocken Italian Bakery also has a pizza oven, producing a regional style of tomato pie baked in a rectangular pan, brushed with a tangy, salty sauce. The white pizza is quite well-regarded – foregoing the tomatoes lets them use unusual toppings like broccoli and anchovies to excellent effect. Their sweet treats also earn praise, with traditional anisette cookies drawing raves. Try a cannoli as well. On the weekends, you can find great deals on day-old bread and rolls.

Conshohocken Italian Bakery
79 Jones Street
Conshohocken, PA 19428
(610) 825-9334
http://www.yelp.com/biz/conshohocken-italian-bakery-inc-conshohocken

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Expecting Company? Here’s How to Prepare Your Home for Overnight Guests!

September 16, 2014 3:42 pm

You just found out that a few friends or family members are coming to visit for a few days, and they’re going to stay at your place instead of a hotel. Before you get stressed, check out these simple tips for making guests feel comfortable in your home.

  1. Create a private area. Although a separate guest bedroom is the ideal area for out-of-town guests, not all homes have this space. Give your guests a bit of added privacy by placing an air mattress in a little-used office instead of offering them the living room couch, or even put up a temporary partition at night if the couch is your only option.
  2. Provide linens. One of the most important things you can do to make guests feel at home is to provide them with clean sheets, towels, and other linens. Place a stack of towels on the bed, and be sure to turn down the bed sheets before they arrive.
  3. Offer storage. Your guests will feel like a nuisance if their suitcases are strewn all over the floor, so offer them a spare closet or even a corner of a low-traffic room where they can store their belongings.
  4. Invest in a few snacks. Oftentimes guests’ eating schedules are different from your own, and they might feel uncomfortable mentioning their hunger. Purchase a few tasty snacks before they arrive, and be sure to accommodate dietary restrictions like veganism or lactose intolerance.

Plan Your Peaceful Christmas: Guest-ify Your Home [The Art of Simple]
Getting Ready for Overnight Guests [Real Simple]
How to Welcome Overnight Guests Without Spending Money [Not Spending Money]
Hosting Overnight Guests [Life Your Way]
Make Your Overnight Guests Feel at Home [Southern Living]

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Maple Acres Farm: Eat Fresh, Local Produce

September 9, 2014 2:02 pm

Whether you want to shop at the farm-fresh market or decide to drive out to the farm itself for a day of pick-your-own fun, Maple Acres Farm in Plymouth Meeting is a good choice. Everything at this market is picked daily, and you'll find whatever is in season and at the peak of ripeness. During the spring months, the market is full of fresh, crisp lettuce and other greens, while in mid-summer the crops lean more toward juicy heirloom tomatoes and corn on the cob. As cool weather returns, so do acorn squash and root vegetables.

The farm's unique pick-your-own flower fields are especially popular during the summer. Walk through a meadow of colorful zinnias, picking out an armful to display as a centerpiece for your dining room table, or let one of the farm's staff florists arrange your fresh-cut flowers into a professionally crafted bouquet. Return in the fall to bring home some pumpkins!

Check the website to see what's in season and available on any given week.

Maple Acres Farm
2656 Narcissa Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
(610) 828-7395
www.mapleacresfarmmarket.com
www.yelp.com/biz/maple-acre-farms-plymouth-meeting-2

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