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  • John Panzarella to Share Citrus Growing Tips at the Kingwood Garden Center

    John Panzarella to Share Citrus Growing Tips at the Kingwood Garden Center

    Avid gardeners will learn how to bring the sweet taste of citrus to their own backyard at the workshop taught by citrus grower John Panzarella. The event will be held on Saturday, February 28th, 2015, from 10 am to noon at the Kingwood Garden Center.

  • Kingwood Blogger Shares Easy Tips for New Year's Eve Entertaining

    Kingwood Blogger Shares Easy Tips for New Year's Eve Entertaining

    Kingwood, TX -- In anticipation of the New Year's Eve festivities, Kingwood area blogger, Stephanie Manley, shares some of her favorite recipes and tips for hosting a New Year's Eve Celebration.

    Manley's tips take the trepidation out of party planning. Through her step-by-step recipes on Copykat.com and her video tutorials, she has become an expert at sharing tips to help even the most novice cook achieve delicious results. "A lot of people would like to host more parties but are intimidated by the preparation and menu planning," Manley explains. "It doesn't have to be complicated, anyone can put together a meal their guests will love."

    When asked for tips preparing a New Year's Eve menu, Manley recommends appetizers as a top choice. "I love to serve up a variety of appetizers when I have a party. This way you aren't locked into serving a meal, and by serving up appetizers you have some flexibility in your cooking. " Manley explains. 

    Another benefit of appetizers as a menu that many may not consider from an experienced entertainer, "You don't want all of the appetizers to be served all at once, but rather, you can stretch them out over the evening." She advises. "I love to serve a variety of hot and cold appetizers. When serving up hot appetizers I often utilize my ever trusty slow cooker. I can put cheese dip in there, a bowl of meat balls, and well the possibilities are endless. I also bring out my electric fondue pot to serve up a fondue or two. I find these are so much fun, and people enjoy putting together their own plates when they get to dip whatever they want into the cheese."

    A resident of the Kingwood area, Manley has published recreations of restaurant style recipes on her web site, www.copykat.com, since 1995. A popular speaker at food and blogging conferences, Manley is the author of two cookbooks: Copykat.com's Dining Out at Home and Dining Out at Home 2, which include readers' favorite recipes such as Boston Market's Macaroni and Cheese, Bennigan's potato wedges, Chili's Awesome Blossom, and the Olive Garden's pasta alfredo.

    Her recommended New Year's Eve menu recipes include favorites from her own creations as well as those from fellow bloggers around the web. Choose one or two appetizers from each recommended category including, cheese, meat, and single bite delights for a well rounded meal.

     

    Manley shares the inspiration behind her recipes.



    About Kingwood Connection:

    The Kingwood Connection is a publication featuring organizations and events in the community of Kingwood, Texas and the North Houston area.

     

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  • Local Gardeners Win Prize in the Kingwood Garden Center's 5th Annual Tomato Contest

    Gerald Johnston, winner of the Kingwood Garden Center

    On June 20th, the Kingwood Garden Center awarded prizes in its 5th Annual Tomato and Vegetable Contest to area gardeners. Prizes were awarded for Largest Tomato, Best Tomato, and Best Tomato by junior gardeners.

    The Houston area is known for its sunny days, long growing season, and ample rains, which typically lends itself to bountiful crops even for the most novice gardeners. That was not the case this year. Would-be contest entrants battled recurring cold snaps followed by torrential rain. "We had customers come in for tomato plants several times this year." Joy Hanold, manager of the Kingwood Garden Center, explained. "After the cold season passed, the heavy rains knocked the blooms off many plants. It was a rough year for vegetable gardening."

    The contest was judged by Stephanie Manley, blogger and author of Copykat.com, and Kathleen Holloway, also known as "The Veggie Lady." Manley publishes restaurant style recipes and cooking videos at Copykat.com and is the author of two cookbooks, Dining Out at Home and Dining Out at Home 2. Holloway began selling fresh vegetables in the Kingwood area in 2015. Her vegetable market is held each Saturday in the parking lot of Holy Comforter Lutheran Church on Woodland Hills Dr.

     

    Tomato contest judges, Stephanie Manley of Copykat.com and Kathleen Holloway, The Veggie Lady - Kingwood
    Tomato contest judges: Stephanie Manley of Copykat.com and Kathleen Holloway, The Veggie Lady - Kingwood

    Although the number of entries was down from previous years, the challenges did not deter the hardy few. Gerald Johnston of Kingwood took first place in both the "Best Overall" with a Sungold tomato and "Largest Tomato" category with a Brandywine variety. A Brandywine tomato also took the second place prize in "Best Overall" with the entry by Larry Martion. Craig Archer won third place in "Best Overall" with a Celebrity tomato. In the "Largest Tomato" category, Johnston's winning entry weighed in at 1.5 pounds, followed in second place by Craig Archer, and Regina Archer in third.

    The highlight of the day was the winning entry in the junior category from Hannah Hubbard of New Caney. A first time gardener, the judges were delighted with the flavor and freshness of the tomato. Judge Holloway encouraged the young gardener to keep at it saying, "I would buy these tomatoes from you to sell at my market."

    Hannah Hubbard of New Caney won first prize in the junior division for
    Hannah Hubbard of New Caney won first prize in the junior division for "Best Overall Tomato."

    Hannah and her family recently moved to the New Caney area and discovered the Kingwood Garden Center when buying plants to landscape their newly built home. After 30 years in the corporate world, her mother drew on her ranching roots and incorporated raised beds in their yard for organic gardening. "Hannah can learn something from it and it keeps us busy," her mother explained.

    When asked the secret to their success, Hubbard attributed it to the Heirloom tomato variety as well as the care they took soil preparation. Double winner Johnston avoided frost damage by starting his tomato plants by seed indoors under a heat lamp in early January and then planting them outdoors in mid-March. "The one thing I noticed is that the plants I started early did better," explained Johnston, "Those plants had time to set."

    The Tomato and Vegetable Contest is one of the staff's favorite events at the Kingwood Garden Center. "We see our customers take plants out the door," said owner Nancy Robertson, "but this is one of the few times we get to see their results. It's very rewarding to see what our customers are growing."

    Aspiring gardeners are invited to stop by the Kingwood Garden Center located at 1216 Stonehollow Dr in Kingwood for assistance by their knowledgeable staff. For more information visit kingwoodgardencenter.com or call (281) 358-1805.

    About the Kingwood Garden Center

    Located in Kingwood Texas, the Kingwood Garden Center has been providing gardening, landscaping, and lawn care expertise in Northeast Houston for over 30 years. In addition to providing the highest quality nursery plants and products specifically suited for the Houston area, the Garden Center specializes in home and garden decor offering unique items and gifts.

     

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  • Online Yard Sale Fever Expands Around Houston

    —  Most people have heard of Ebay, but have you ever heard of an online yard sale?  Kingwood residents certainly have and the success of KingwoodYardSales.com is currently spreading to other areas around Houston.    

    KingwoodYardSales.com is the brainchild of brothers Adam and Austin Allgaier, who developed the site in 2004 to give their wives a venue to get their yard sale fix, even though they live in Kingwood, where garage sales are prohibited. 

    Since its launch, the site has grown to over 4 million page views per month with over 25,000 unique visitors and has developed a cult following in Kingwood and the surrounding areas. The Allgaier brothers have launched sites in sister sites in the Houston suburbs of Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Cleveland, Cyfair, Katy, Baytown, Sugarland, Pasadena, Pearland, and League City.  

  • SarahCare® Kingwood Celebrates National Adult Daycare Week

    Kingwood, Texas, September 7th, 2012: On Saturday, September 15th, from 10 am to noon, SarahCare® Kingwood will celebrate National Adult Daycare Week with an open house showcasing the facilities.  The highlight of the open house is the opportunity to participate in the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT), which is a method that creates a sensory simulation of what a person with dementia experiences. 

    The VDT allows caregivers to more fully understand how their loved one interacts with and experiences the world.  In addition to the VDT, visitors can tour the center, get more information on the programs SarahCare® offers and get resources for creating a more positive experience for their loved one.

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