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We met all our delivery deadlines and then some


Chef Pam Johnson and a crew of volunteers prepare beef stew and roasted vegetables for guests of Eliljah’s Promise Community Kitchen, on a cold day in November, 2017.
Pamela MacKenzie/Staff Video

It has been a great week for delivering your hats and other winter accessories. And you folks have been amazing about sending me hats to deliver. I’ve received hats from as far away as Minnesota. A prize-winning crocheter there, Terry Walley, heard about us late last winter from her cousin in Dunellen. She said it was too late to send us anything last winter, but she started off this winter by sending us 10 hat-and-scarf sets, each one more beautiful than the next. I was going to take a photo, but all the sets already are delivered.

A shout-out of thanks goes also to Mary Ann Baliewich, who delivered a host of beautiful things to Mercy House in Perth Amboy; Pat Kowalczyk, who delivered a host of things to the Old Bridge Food Bank; and everyone else who has sent me things.

One person sent me a big carton with hats, gloves or mittens and scarves, all beautifully matched sets. There was no name with this box, but you know who you are. Yesterday, there was a big bag of hats, scarves and other things waiting for me when I got back to the office. This unselfish giving means so much.

READ: As all your hats come in, I am overwhelmed

READ: Donations of all kinds

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Where have I delivered your hats and scarves since my last column? Last Friday, I went to Elijah’s Promise Community Kitchen on Neilson Street in New Brunswick with the 50 hats (OK, I snuck in a few extras) they requested for November. Friday night promised to be bitterly cold, so I brought the hats there for the guests, rather than wait until their Race Against Hunger in Johnson Park the next day. Chef Pam Johnson at the kitchen said the hats would be very welcome that night.

I would have made other deliveries that day, but the Old Bridge Food Bank and the Stony Brook School in North Plainfield were closed. First thing Monday morning, though, I brought about 30 children’s hats and a lot of scarves to Stony Brook School for their annual mitten tree. I was delighted to see that staff member Jennie Dzurilla was setting up the tree for the first time.

“It’s so cold out,” she said.  

She let me put a few hats and scarves on the tree that were added to many hats, gloves and scarves that were contributed by others. The rest of our things will be added as soon as students claim what is on the tree. As the cold continues, more and more children will be warm because of you. 

“I can’t wait to see the kids as they come out for lunch and see all the hats and gloves they can take. They get so excited,” Dzurilla said.

The next day, I went to Old Bridge Food Bank, which is open from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday. I had about 130 hats, along with a lot of scarves. The staff said that our gifts would be given to their clients Saturday during their annual Thanksgiving party.

“They will love them,” said one of the staffers. “They were so happy to have them last year. Thank you so much for bringing them again this year.”

On my way home, I stopped in Woodbridge and picked up hats and scarves from Barbara Antoniello, and when I arrived back at the office, I found that someone had delivered a big bag of hats and scarves. I am hoping to take this bounty to Mercy House in Perth Amboy in the next several days. I’ve also taken a big delivery of baby hats to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency office.

My goal is to deliver these things as quickly as possible now that it’s cold, so that people who need them will have them right away.

By the way, a few of you have followed through on my suggestion to use big needles and bulky yarn, specifically Lion Brand Homespun, to make some quick scarves. I’ve been using a size 13 or 15 needle, and Barbara Antoniello is using a size 17. Homespun is a bit difficult to crochet, but it works well on the large knitting needles, and it makes a nice warm scarf.

“I love them, they go so fast!” Antoniello said.

Baby blankets and doll clothes

I’ve talked to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency in Piscataway, and they would love to have baby blankets, too. I have three in my possession from one of you, and I am trying to make time to deliver them, but I have been hoping that I’d get a few more before I go there.

If you have any blankets, send them or bring them in. I will be out of the office Thanksgiving week, but I will be nearby, and if any blankets come in, I will make a trip with them to Piscataway.

Also, I’ll be collecting more hats and other accessories for December deliveries to Elijah’s Promise, the Somerset County Community Development Office, DCPP and the Franklin Food Bank, so if you want to keep making them, please do.

I haven’t received any more doll clothes in the last week for foster girls, but if any of you are working on them, I thank you. We still have time before CASA SHaW picks them up. And thanks to all of you for your generous spirit. 

Staff Writer Pam MacKenzie: 908-243-6616; For more news about knitting, including patterns, book reviews and Pam’s own knitting projects, read her In Stitches blog regularly at She’ll be reviewing a book about crochet very soon; watch for it.

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Transform your kitchen or bathroom sink

Teri Webb, Showroom Manager, from Mountainland Kitchen and Bath, talks about what’s new in their showroom.

They are proud to carry the professional “Cafe” series GE appliances like: dishwashers, refrigerators, oven ranges, ice makers, beverage coolers, and more. 

Amazing decorative drains, basket strainers, and disposal flanges from Linkasink. A great way to accessorize and spice up your existing sink. They also offer some new sink options with inset panel options. 

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What To Buy On Black Friday At Target

If you’re shopping for affordable gaming systems, trendy tech gadgets, kitchen accessories or toys, Target’s a literal one-stop-shop for everyone on your list. 

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Dining Out: Bartonville Diner filled with comforting breakfast options

BARTONVILLE — The parking lot told us everything we needed to know.

Late for a breakfast, early for a lunch and nearly every space outside Bartonville Diner, 1420 W. Garfield Ave., was taken on a Saturday morning. Nearly every table inside, too, from the booths that line the walls to the small tables for two and four in the middle of the single-room restaurant.

And still, service was hopping. The friends we met there had been seated for just a few minutes and already had been checked on a few times for drink orders and other introductory requests. Seconds after we joined them, another such check set in quick motion our beverage orders, iced tea ($1.99) and hot coffee ($1.49), for the latter of which the serving staff demonstrated an eagerness to provide refills.

Fair warning, the menu is a small book, with four pages of all-day breakfast offerings — pancakes, waffles, omelettes, skillets, all manner of meat-and-egg combinations — and a further six pages of sandwiches, soups and entrees, not to mention other space for starters, desserts and choices for seniors and kids.

None of the fare is overly complicated, but instead no-frills, reliable and recognizable choices. Though it was pushing on toward noon, we were all more inclined to the breakfast side of the menu.

My guest zeroed in quickly on the strawberry banana pancakes ($6.99), a trio of wide flapjacks the size of a small plate, topped with strawberries and strawberry sauce — she omitted the bananas — and covered with generous dollops of whipped cream. No syrup needed to get your sweet tooth going on this one.

Another of our friends enjoyed the French toast combo ($7.39), which comes with two eggs, two strips of bacon and two pieces of thin French toast. (Two menu options for just a French toast meal let diners calibrate their appetite between thinner slices of bread and thicker ones.)

The last two of us ended up unintentionally nearly duplicating orders. We both selected the supreme skillet ($8.49), a mixture of hash browns and ham, bacon, sausage, green pepper, onion, mushrooms and Swiss cheese, topped with two eggs. I went with toast, the other friend with the biscuit-and-gravy side.

Like most skillets, it was predictably enormous. The various cured meats meant it needed no salt at all, and the sundry meats and veggies were in good proportion to one another. My toast was a bit dry, holding up better to scoop up bits of the breakfast, while the friend pronounced his gravy nicely creamy.

If you have room for it, fresh pies are on offer, as well as plenty of milkshake and sundae choices to help you linger longer over conversation.


Chris Kaergard can be reached at or 686-3255. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisKaergard.

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Take Winterfest liberties with 12 Days of Christmas

Winterfest is this weekend and with a bevy of regional craftsmen and artisans scheduled to be on hand, chances are good that attendees can check a number of items off their holiday gift and wish lists.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Aberdeen Civic Arena. Admission is free.

Here’s an abbreviated jingle to help you get in the spirit. Written to the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

In the 12 hours of Winterfest, my tasks laid out for me:

• 12 gift list items.

• 11 Aberdeen artisans.

• 10 jams and jellies.

• Nine dolls and dresses.

• Eight bags and blankets.

• Seven decor designers.

• Six talented toymakers.

• Five concessions options.

• Four found-art finds.

• Three potters’ treasures.

• Two stained-glass artists.

• And one wonderful Winterfest weekend for the books.

— Follow @Kelda_AAN on Twitter

Arts and crafts vendors

• All Natural Shea Butter, Tulare: shea butter.

• Big Kid’s Karnival, Aberdeen: toy prints, dolls, paintings and masks.

• Brooke Co., Toronto: wood signs, T-shirts, tea towels, pillows and pillowcases.

• Char’s Kitchen, Turton: homemade jams, jellies, salsa, syrups and watermelon pickles.

• Children’s Home Society, Sioux Falls: books by author Tom Roberts.

• Chivilla Bay, Groton: toys, home decor, accessories, Santas and more.

• Dakota Stoneware, Bushnell: stoneware pottery.

• Earth Elements, Pierpont: jewelry with precious and semi-precious stones.

• Glassworks Studio, Moorhead, Minn.: glass-blown beads, wine stops other practical art items.

• Heritage Arts/Petal Pushers, Ipswich: silk flower decor, Norwegian rosemaling and hardanger doilies, ornaments.

• Hettinger’s Creekside Creations, Aberdeen: hand-sculpted fish, wildlife drawings.

• Kellie Bisbee, Cresbard: primitive hand-sewn snowmen, Santas.

• Lisa’s Embroidery Sewing, Frederick: bags, handbags, totes, blankets, quilt items.

• Love Repurposed, Aberdeen: wood crafts, signs, repurposed items.

• Mike Brumbaugh and Al Ringgenberg, Aberdeen: turned wood kitchen items.

• Nature’s Therapy, Wahpeton, N.D.: hand-blended potpourri, candles and oils.

• No Hawk Arts ad SG Crafts, Aberdeen: recycled items, painted gourds, dream catchers, buffalo bone art.

• Northern Lights Design Studio, Aberdeen: stained-glass panels.

• Obsessed Photographers Group, Sioux Falls: fine art photography of the Midwest.

• Prairie Fiber Arts Guild, Groton: fiber art and clothing, dish towels, rugs, accessories.

• Prairie Flair Design, Pukwana: silver and silverware jewelry.

• Prairie Pauls Studio, Edgeley, N.D.: silver, copper and gold jewelry; bowls; home decor.

• Putnam County Corner, Montpelier, N.D.: Decorative seasonal and wood items.

• Randy’s World of Glass, Lowry, Minn.: leaded stained glass.

• Rebekah Scott Designs, Valley Springs: purses, accessories.

• Rob Kern Artworks, Green River, Wyo.: Hand-thrown pottery, bowls and mugs.

• Rustic Trails Decor, Elkton: floral decor.

• SD Artworks Gallery, Aberdeen: 14 local artists’ works in a variety of media.

• Serendipity Boutique, Pierre: headbands, hair clips, tulle skirts, dresses, doll dresses, shirts, onesies.

• Sew Inspired Baby Boutique, Aberdeen: baby products, car seat covers and children’s swings.

• Shaviq Designs, Rapid City: watercolors, pen sketches, jewelry from repurposed materials, magnets.

• Storybook Sewing Ladies, Aberdeen: handmade, felt Oz ornaments.

• Susan’s Solid Surface Specialties, Madison: acrylic cutting boards, trivets, pens, pencils, game boards, coasters.

• Theresa Bruns, Aberdeen: handmade doll clothing and crocheted hats and scarves.

• Tins and Treasure, Aberdeen: seasonal items including pumpkins, turkeys, Santas, snowmen, angels.

• Vintage Sugar, Selby: hand-painted wood signs.

• Vonnie’s Studio, Westport: hydro stone or resin sculptures, painted sculptures.

• Wild Goat Design, Parker: hand-lettered and painted globes, woodwork and seasonal decor.

• Willowdale Pottery, Yankton: wheel-thrown pottery.

• Woodbee, Huron: hardwood cutting boards.

Food vendors

• Big Woods Concessions, Northville: pulled-pork sandwiches, nachos and desserts.

• Calla English Toffee, Mobridge: handmade English toffee.

• Candy Ladies, Andover: candy, fudge and popcorn balls.

• Central High School Music Boosters, Aberdeen: soup with bread bowls, breadsticks and loaded baked potatoes.

• Sertoma Club, Aberdeen: roasted almonds.

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Ultimate Kitchen Issues a Warranty on Food Canister

( — November 13, 2017) Coeur d’Alene, Idaho — Ultimate Kitchen is known for the long-time warranties for their products. Recently, they announced a five-year warranty for one more product. This time the company offers the five-year replacement warranty for their one-liter food storage vacuum sealer canister.

Vacuum storage accessories is one of the main product lines from Ultimate Kitchen. Ultimate Kitchen is concerned about the amount of expired food being wasted each year. This is the main motivation behind creating a wide spectrum of products that help to keep foods fresh longer. The Ultimate Kitchen range of vacuum food storage accessories includes various vacuum sealers, vacuum sealer canisters, and vacuum sealer bags of different sizes.

Ultimate Kitchen’s storage accessories have gained popularity on Amazon. Customers have rated them high along with leaving positive reviews. The one litter food storage vacuum sealer canister has a 4.7 stars rating out of a maximum of 5 stars.

A verified purchaser said, ‘I have used this non-stop since I bought it to marinate chicken and steak. Usually, I marinate overnight but with this sealed food container using the same recipes, it takes about 20 minutes. Super excited to use this all the time with less preparation time!”

Besides the announced five-year replacement warranty, this vacuum sealer canister has other qualities that are appreciated by customers. It is designed to prolong the lifetime of perishable foods and leftovers up to five times longer in comparison with standard ways of keeping food. This vacuum sealer canister can be connected to Ultimate Kitchen vacuum sealers.

This vacuum sealer container can be used for marinating food and some other preparation processes. This vacuum sealer canister is designed of high-quality stain-resistant and odor-proof materials. It is created with an arc design for uniform pressure across the surface when vacuum sealed.

“I really like using these containers so far. Great for extending the life of food for using over a long period of time. I just take out what I need for a recipe then reseal the container,” said another verified purchaser.

The five-year warranty offered by the company means that during the five years after the day of purchase a customer can ask for a replacement if the item doesn’t work properly. Ultimate Kitchen provides a two-days delivery of a new container. Moreover, Ultimate Kitchen offers longer warranty periods than is usually offered by other companies for similar products.

Ultimate Kitchen sells their wares on Amazon which gives them access to a wide range of potential customers worldwide and also provides fast and safe means of delivery. Amazon users that opted for the Amazon Prime service save money on deliveries and get them in two days. This food storage canister is available on Amazon as well. The price of the canister is $29.99. Additional information is available on the product’s Amazon page or on the manufacturer’s official website.

About Ultimate Kitchen

Ultimate Kitchen branded products are a part of the Ultimate Home collection of high quality kitchen products ranging from sink soap dispensers, kitchen faucets, chef knives, and food vacuum sealers. Ultimate Kitchen products are available at and

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