Set Yourself Up for Holiday Cookie Success With These Kitchen Organizing Tips

Posted on December 8, 2020 by Warren Duffie

Getting into the holiday spirit in your home? Perhaps your annual traditions include baking! Before you whip up the first batch of cookies, you might want to rearrange the kitchen to make the process a bit easier. These expert tips can help.

  1. Stow spices on a turntable. Turntable, Lazy Susan, whatever you call it, these contraptions make it simple to quickly locate the spice you’re looking for! You can also use them for go-to baking supplies like flour and sugar. A mini turntable should fit neatly and easily into any spare cabinet.
  2. Quickly boost your storage space. There’s probably some spare space in your cabinets that you don’t even realize is there! That’s the dead air above your canned goods and spices. Double your storage space instantly by adding wire shelving, which sits right on top of your permanent shelves. Similarly, small drawers under the sink or in other underused spots can work wonders.
  3. Stash your cookie sheets differently. Instead of keeping your cookie sheets in a haphazard pile, use tension rods to get them in order. Line up tension rods from one side of a cabinet to the other and store your cookie sheets vertically.
  4. Use the back of your kitchen cabinets. Did you know that parchment paper tubes are super easy to hack? Stick a wooden dowel through the hole in the center of the tube, and you can hang it instead of trying to stuff it in a drawer alongside cling wrap and aluminum foil. Just affix two temporary hooks to the back of a cabinet door, thread the dowel through them, and voila! Parchment paper at your fingertips.

The 52 Best Kitchen Cabinet Organization Ideas of All Time [Apartment Therapy]
The 35 Most Brilliant Organizing Ideas of All Time [The Kitchn]
22 Smart Storage Tricks for a Small Kitchen [Good Housekeeping]

 

Get in the Holiday Spirit at the Bull Run Festival of Lights

Posted on by Warren Duffie

Holiday fun and social distancing is going to be hard to mix this year, but not at the Bull Run Festival of Lights! This yearly tradition is a safe way to get in the merry mood, right from the comfort of your car. To get the party started early this year, Bull Run Festival of Lights is open for an additional three weeks (it’s open now!) to get you thinking about your gift list and humming a happy holiday tune. Just load up your car, pack plenty of cocoa and snacks, and wind through the 2.5 miles of impressive lighted displays. And while some of the normal attractions are closed this year, including the Snowflake Stampede and Holiday Village & Carnival, there will still be plenty of family photo ops amidst the dazzling displays.

For the most manageable crowds and a $5 discount per car, plan your trip on Monday through Thursday. Visit the website to purchase tickets, or to see the hours of operation for each evening.

Ice Skating at Reston Town Center: A Holiday Tradition Returns

Posted on by Warren Duffie

After this difficult year, we could all use an extra dose of holiday cheer. And there is no more picture-perfect and downright fun way to spend an evening than Ice Skating at Reston Town Center. The rink is practically movie quality, complete with a full canopy of lights and charming shops surrounding the ice. Bring the kids for a fun winter activity, or make a special night of it with your significant other. There’s plenty of dining and shopping near the rink, so it’s really a great spot to take advantage of this busy time of year.

Be sure to visit the skate shop for tons of new merchandise or to rent the popular double-blade, flat edge skates for beginners. To keep guests safe this year, Reston Town Center has expanded their operating hours and is offering ticketless entry and reserved time slots. Visit the website to hold your time, and to learn about free parking options and more.

Explore the Winter Walk of Lights!

Posted on December 11, 2019 by Warren Duffie

Revel in the stunning glory of more than half a million colorful lights! Bring the whole family to the magical Winter Walk of lights, held at Vienna’s Meadowlark Botanical Gardens through January 5!

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens are one of the hidden treasures of Fairfax County, and never more so than during this festive walk. Every year, the gardens are transformed into a half-mile, animated path of shimmering yuletide-themed lights.

Revisit perennial favorites such as the Lakeside Lights, the Fountain of Lights, and the Holiday Nature Walk. There are even new displays this year! Round out your visit by roasting marshmallows and sipping hot beverages – available for purchase – by a warm, relaxing fire.

Put on your walking shoes and experience a beloved Northern Virginia holiday tradition! Tickets start at $8. Learn more at https://www.novaparks.com/events/winter-walk-of-lights.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court

Vienna, Virginia

(703) 255-3631

https://www.novaparks.com/events/winter-walk-of-lights

Spreading Musical Holiday Cheer!

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Looking to maintain your holiday spirit after a day of shopping or running errands? Then visit the Fountain Square and Promenade areas at the Reston Town Center to enjoy a variety of inspiring, warm-hearted musical performances! From melodic ukuleles to soaring choral numbers, you’re sure to feel revitalized and in the yuletide spirit after witnessing these ear-pleasing concerts:

December 14:

Lindsey Hirshfeld, guitar/vocals, noon

Reston Chorale, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Rick Landers, guitar/vocals, 3 p.m.

December 15:

Northern Virginia Ukulele Society, noon

Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble, 1 p.m.

Rick Landers, guitar/vocals, 3 p.m.

December 21:

Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble, noon

Rick Landers, guitar/vocals, 3 p.m.

Enjoy a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride!

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What could be more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride? Picture it: you and your beloved cuddled close while watching the world go by, lulled into a relaxed state by the steady clip-clop of hooves. It’s almost like being transported to a bygone era!

On Saturdays through December 21, visitors to the Reston Town Center can enjoy this experience from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Departures leave from in front of Clyde’s. Tickets are $5 per person; children under 5 years of age ride for free. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Weather-dependent. If inclement weather occurs, please check updates at https://www.restontowncenter.com/event/sleighs-neighs/.

Ice-Skating Season is Here!

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The Reston Town Center is celebrating ice-skating season in super style. Until March 15, 2020, the floor of the Pavilion has been transformed into a gleaming ice skating rink. It’s like an indoor winter wonderland!

Rent some skates and enjoy a fun, unique exercise regimen. Have you always wanted to learn to ice skate? Then this is the perfect time to partner with an instructor and tackle that dream! Need ideas for a memorable birthday party, corporate function, or fundraising event? Book the ice skating rink for a cool – literally! – celebration. Or just bring the family out for a day of bonding and building memories.

Learn more at https://www.restontowncenter.com/skating/.

Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion

1818 Discovery Street

Reston, Virginia

(703) 709-6300

https://www.restontowncenter.com/skating/

Delicious Delights for Chocolate Lovers!

Posted on December 28, 2018 by

Looking for wonderful gift ideas? Do you want to treat yourself after a long day at work or play? Savor the sweet delights served at Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts & More!

Located in the Lake Anne Village Center, the store showcases a variety of chocolate products—including truffles, barks, peanut butter bites, rocky road, and fruits and nuts. You also can shop for locally made pottery, peanuts, jewelry, soaps, and even Virginia wines. Come out and see what Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts & More has to offer!

Learn more at http://cheschoc.com/.

Chesapeake Chocolates, Wine, Gifts & More
11426 Washington Plaza W.
Reston, Virginia
http://cheschoc.com/

Tasty Food and Fun at Kalypso’s Sports Tavern!

Posted on December 27, 2018 by

Looking for a great happy hour spot? Maybe you’re seeking a fun destination for a relaxed date or family gathering. Check out Kalypso’s Sports Tavern in Lake Anne Village Center!

Treat yourself to a triple-threat menu of Greek, Italian, and American fare. Enjoy a cocktail in an attractive lakefront setting. Discover one of Reston’s most popular happy hours. Best of all, your four-legged friends are welcome at Kalypso’s as well! Indulge in the perfect blend of festive atmosphere, savory delights, and wonderful libations.

Learn more at https://www.kalypsossportstavern.com/.

Kalypso’s Sports Tavern
1617 Washington Plaza
Reston, Virginia
https://www.kalypsossportstavern.com/

Enjoy a Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride!

Posted on December 15, 2018 by

What could be more romantic than a horse-drawn carriage ride? Picture it: you and your beloved cuddled close while watching the world go by, lulled into a relaxed state by the steady clip-clop of hooves. It’s almost like being transported to a bygone era!

On Saturday, December 22, visitors to the Reston Town Center can enjoy this experience from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Departures on Market Street near Clyde’s. Tickets are $5 per person; children under 5 years of age ride for free. All proceeds benefit South Lakes PTSA Food Pantry.

Weather-dependent. If inclement weather occurs, please check updates at http://restontowncenter.com/.