Lifestyle

YANKEE CHEF: Sweet treat is ripe for fresh strawberries |May 25, 2016

Tapioca is quite confusing. It is marketed in several forms, with each company portraying their product in different manners. To put all this in a nutshell, minute, quick cooking and instant are all the same.

Celebrate Memorial Day with fried chicken |May 25, 2016

There’s something about the smell of fresh, crispy, tender, juicy fried chicken.

Fitness has no age when it comes to staying healthy as you get older |May 20, 2016

Age is nothing but a number when it comes to fitness and health. There are plenty of ways for people to stay active as they get older.

Sample different oils, from walnut to butternut squash |May 19, 2016

Amy Cullen stood smiling behind a display table set with samples and trays of tasting cups.

YANKEE CHEF: Fire-roasted bell peppers key to tasty sauce |May 18, 2016

If you have never had fire-roasted bell peppers, you are in for a treat, not just for the superb taste, but how easy it is to do. Follow the instructions at the end of this recipe for an addition to the sauce that is remarkably great tasting.

Another Willowdale Winner’s Circle takes root |May 9, 2016

The Willowdale Steeplechase is going to have another gorgeous Winners Circle this year. Dan Burt and Nathan Tuno of Roots Landscape Design/Build are returning with their team to come up with another spectacular creation.

For some, racing is in their blood |May 9, 2016

Nancy Swayne has been going to steeplechases for over fifty five years. You might say that racing is in her blood. She started as a young girl going to the Maryland Hunt Cup with her father, race horse owner and trainer Bob Tindle.

Willowdale helps make Quest a winner! |May 9, 2016

Quest provides specialized pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy for children with disabilities in our outpatient clinic as well as through early intervention in the home or community.

New Bolton Center gets new equine ambulance |May 9, 2016

Applestone Farm, EBY Horse Trailers, and The Willowdale Steeplechase all made it possible for New Bolton to purchase the new ambulance. New Bolton Center’s previous equine ambulance, 20-plus years old, was retired at the end of the 2015 eventing season.

Advancing the science of freshwater research for 45 years |May 9, 2016

A simple fence installation can reduce pollution by keeping animals (and their waste) out of streams. But how effective is it? Photo: Stephanie Eisenbise

Willowdale Steeplechase benefits the community |May 9, 2016

On race day over 10,000 spectators enjoy a casual yet sophisticated day in Chester County’s horse country. Sponsors, parking patrons and general admission ticket holders all help fund this event for the benefit of the following charities: The Stroud Water Research Center, The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine New Bolton Center and Quest Therapeutic Services, Inc.

Willowdale Steeplechase tickets on sale now |May 9, 2016

Spring is here and patrons and fans are gearing up for The Willowdale Steeplechase, one of Chester County’s most significant community events.

To work at Willowdale, yoga is a must |May 9, 2016

Things are getting kind of hectic around here. Well, maybe they’re always that way but it’s becoming more apparent, because the 24th Running of The Willowdale Steeplechase is only a week away.

What is your ‘Steeplechase Style? |May 9, 2016

To celebrate the launch of the inaugural Today Media Steeplechase Lookbook, the Willowdale Steeplechase is inviting all of our May 15th, 2016 race goers to show us your own Steeplechase Style!

Haute to Trot: The 24th running of the Willowdale Steeplechase Races |May 9, 2016

It’s time to go hat shopping! The 24th Running of The Willowdale Steeplechase will take place this spring on Sunday, May 15 2016. This Chester County tradition is a spectacular rite of spring for people from all over the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Fashionbable and functional shoes, and other things to wear |May 9, 2016

Spring has finally sprung in the Brandywine Valley so put away those Ugg boots and break out some fashion-forward footwear. The annual Mother’s Day Races at The Willowdale Steeplechase in Kennett Square are the perfect place to enjoy the warming weather while socializing and watching world-class horse racing.

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What to bring to Willowdale |May 9, 2016

Everyone likes to be prepared and be organized. So here’s a check list to help you get to Willowdale with everything you’ll need to enjoy the day.

Steeplechase water jump rebuilt after 24 years |May 9, 2016

The Willowdale Water Jump was built in 1993 by Hugh Morshead a transplanted to Canada Irishman and a true professional. That the jump has lasted so many years is a testament to his craft. Sure, and it is! After he built the Water Jump and every other fence on the course, Hugh took the mickey out of it.

Infographic: Mother’s Day and The Icon of Mom |May 7, 2016

Sunday marks the nation’s 102nd observance of Mother’s Day, which has been ocially celebrated on the second Sunday of the month since 1914. Its creator was Anna Jarvis, who would later speak against the commercialization of the celebration of mom.

National Pretzel Day is April 26; watch how Philly Pretzel Factory makes their pretzels |Apr 25, 2016

National Pretzel Day is just around the corner — Tuesday, April 26 to be exact — and we got a behind the scenes look at how the Philly Pretzel Factory makes their soft pretzels to celebrate the event.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with green smoothies |Mar 15, 2016

Don’t just wear green this St. Patrick’s Day, drink it. Start the day off right with a green smoothie. How’s that for top o’ the morning?

VIDEO: It’s International Women’s Day |Mar 8, 2016

Tuesday is International Women’s Day. Celebrated each year on March 8, the day aims to honor women’s economic, political and social achievements.

A look at salsa in the suburbs |Feb 27, 2016

There’s a Meetup.com group where there’s “no dance snobs allowed.”

Bring your appetite to the Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 18, 2016

Most visitors may not be expecting to bring their appetites along to the Philadelphia Flower show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

‘Big Timber Lodge’ to welcome attendees to Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 18, 2016

Horticulturists and artists alike are pretty excited about this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show.

Delaware County designers recreate national parks for Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 18, 2016

SWARTHMORE >> As soon as you see Michael Petrie’s home in Swarthmore, you know an artist lives there.

Philadelphia Flower Show has bouquet of special guests coming |Feb 18, 2016

It’s no secret that painstaking time and effort goes into making sure the submissions at the Philadelphia Flower Show are among the most beautiful and elaborate in the world. That’s why for people like Tim Farrell, judging each one takes a team of people with years of experience and an eye for perfection.

Hoedown, International Women’s Day among new events at Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 18, 2016

There is always more to the Philadelphia Flower Show than flowers — as if the beautiful landscapes and displays are not sufficient — and this year’s March 5 to 13 show adds some new special events to the array of extras.

Butterflies, model rail lines, art entice visitors to Philadelphia Flower Show |Feb 18, 2016

Live butterflies, a garden railway and the fanciful “make and take” exhibit are special feature exhibits designed to delight the young at heart at the Philadelphia Flower Show in March.

After 40 years, Kremp Florist in Jenkintown remains Philadelphia Flower Show staple |Feb 18, 2016

After a remarkable 40 years with the Philadelphia Flower Show, family owned Kremp Florist is not only one of the longest running vendors at the nine-day event — it’s one of the only vendors that actually sells cut flowers.

Paint a healthy picture with Healthy Selfie Contest |Jan 30, 2016

Keep health in the picture even after the hype of New Year’s resolutions through a photo contest which awards winners $50 in gift cards to local businesses.

Snowshoe race to be held at Spring Mountain in Montgomery County on Jan. 30 |Jan 15, 2016

UPPER SALFORD >> With above average temperatures and limited flurries this winter; people in need of a snow fix should attend the annual Pennsylvania Snowshoe Race.

Mennonite Heritage Center exhibit highlights work of Fritz and Trudi Eberhardt |Dec 19, 2015

FRANCONIA >> If Fritz and Trudi Eberhardt were still alive, they would probably be sending out another in their series of Christmas cards.

‘Creed’ gives the ‘Rocky’ legacy new life |Nov 28, 2015

“Creed” director Ryan Coogler never imagined setting his long-in-the-works “Rocky” spin-off anywhere but Philadelphia, the location of the original “Rocky” movie and all five of its sequels.

Permission to be messy? |Nov 7, 2015

My name is Donna and I’m a bit of a neat freak. I could use some help.

Best of the best Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show set for Nov. 14-15 |Nov 3, 2015

Xoloitzcuintli? For most of us, it would be a lot easier to just say “Mexican Hairless Dog.”

Perspective on Parenting: Telling children what friendship really means |Oct 31, 2015

Thomas Aquinas said: “There is nothing on this Earth more to be prized than true friendship.” One of my friends likes to say: “Girl time is good for the soul.”

Elevated desks help take a stand for healthy living |Oct 24, 2015

More and more people are taking a stand for their health, literally. Standing workstations are becoming commonplace in the work environment, at schools and even in the home.

Perspective on Parenting: How the Pope’s message helps parents |Oct 3, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely feeling the Francis Effect. Pope Francis’s recent visit to the U.S. had me spilling tears of joy, glued to the TV watching his every move and the crowd’s reaction to his presence.

West Chester’s Kathy Finegan honored by Operation Smile for volunteer work |Oct 3, 2015

Every time Kathy Finegan travels to a third-world country, she leaves behind smiles.

They wouldn’t miss seeing Pope Francis because ‘He is a rock star’ |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia is bringing people near and far together for at least the weekend.

Immigrants hope Pope Francis’ words can change thoughts |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Thousands of pilgrims flooded Independence Hall to hear Pope Francis speak about immigration Saturday.

Battleship New Jersey becomes temporary home to Pope Francis pilgrims |Sep 27, 2015

CAMDEN >> For the O’Neal family of Raleigh, N.C., the trip to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia was “an adventure beyond belief.”

Walk across Ben Franklin Bridge becomes draw for New Jersey residents |Sep 27, 2015

CAMDEN >> Making the pilgrimage to see the pope in Philadelphia meant many things to many people, and for those in New Jersey, a pilgrimage was undertaken in the literal sense.

FOLLOW LIVE: Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the Parkway |Sep 27, 2015

Pope Francis has begun Mass. You can follow along live with the most comprehensive coverage in the area by using #popedfm on Twitter or checking in above.

Being handicapped made seeing Pope Francis a little tricky |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> For the all the walking and standing crowds had to endure to catch a view of Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia for the papal Mass on Sunday, organizers had to scramble to accommodate those with disabilities.

Column: For this Catholic, seeing Pope Francis was surreal |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Standing in the middle of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, a few football fields away from the head of the Catholic Church, well, let’s just say it felt surreal.

Travelers describe experience seeing Pope Francis |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The faithful traveled from as far as Argentina and as near as Lansdowne on Sunday to celebrate Mass with a pope who many feel brings a message of humility, redemption and hope.

Volunteers share experiences helping faithful during Pope Francis’ visit |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The spirit on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was infectious.