Friday, December 28, 2012

Web Address

Please take note that my web address URL has changed from http://marthassingles.blogspot.com
 to www.marthas-singles.com

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas



Merry Christmas Singles! 

I hope you're all enjoying the Christmas Season. It's the time to be cheerful, giving and kind. Appreciate all we do have. 

For those of us who don't have that special someone, have fun with family and friends. You never know when life may surprise you. Love may be just around the corner.










Monday, December 24, 2012

Mondays with Martha

8 Great Gifts for Your Cocktail Enthusiast Boyfriend or Girlfriend

by on December 17, 2012
In the world of cocktail geeks, my boyfriend is kind of a big deal — so I’ve learned the hard way what they really want. Always welcome? Vintage glassware. Not-so-welcome? The popular whisky rocks, which are meant to keep your Old-Fashioned cold without diluting it. Our first Christmas together I proudly slipped a box under the tree, thinking I was pretty much the best girlfriend ever. On New Year’s Eve, we gave them a whirl. Turns out whisky rocks taste like … rocks. Oops. Below are a few gifts guaranteed to make your cocktail geek swoon.


1. There isn’t a home bar that wouldn’t look better with the Ace Bottle Opener by Kikkerland.


2. So if whiskey rocks aren’t worth the money? Try the Tovolo King Cube ice tray, which makes ice that melts nice and slow. And here’s something your cocktail geek might not know: boiled water produces the clearest cubes.
3. From Aviary in Chicago to Booker & Dax in New York, bottled cocktails are all the rage. Bundle all the supplies, from bottle cap fastener to mini-bottles, and print these instructions for a spirited holiday.


4. Speaking of Aviary, the Porthole is a custom-made infuser that Grant Achatz’s forward-thinking bar uses to infuse brandy with cinnamon, verjus, and apple right at the table. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, you can get it for your cocktail-loving lover. It can also be used to make dressings, infused tea — sky’s the limit.
5. This reprinted 1928 cocktail book is full of timeless recipes and Prohibition-era dirt (including a list of celebrities’ favorite illicit cocktails).
6. If he thinks his gin can beat Beefeater in a blind taste test, let’s see him prove it with this home-made gin kit. Bathtub not required.

7. Every cocktailer loves playing with new flavors. Bittermens New Orleans Coffee Liqueur had its debut this year — and as a feel-good bonus, a portion of profits go to benefit New Orleans charities.
8. For the consummate entertainer, why not a case of 24 classic coupes? Just be prepared to host all your friends this New Year’s Eve.


More from our ultimate holiday dating & relationships guide:


Monday, December 10, 2012

Mondays with Martha

Christmas or Holiday Party Buffet Serving Tips and Display Ideas
Easily Arrange a Large Buffet for party food spreads, set dishes at different levels so the table feels less crowded and guests can easily see every dish. Here are some great recipes for both men and women to make during the Holidays!  Singles, have some fun before the party and prepare together!

Chicken kebabs with peanut dip
  • Serves: 2
  • Prep time: 10 minsChicken satay kebabs
  • Cooking time: 10 min

Ingredients

  • 2chicken fillets, skinless and cut into chunks3tbsp natural yogurt
  • 1tsp finely chopped fresh root ginger
  • Pinch of ground turmeric
  • Pinch of ground coriander                       
  • Pinch of ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Satay sauce
  • 2tbsp crunchy peanut butter
  • 1tbsp soy sauce
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • 1/2tsp curry paste
  • 3tbsp natural yogurt   

My Recipe Book__

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Artichoke Dip
© Wendell T. Webber

Artichoke Dip                     

  • SERVINGS: 8  
  • FAST
  • VEGETARIAN

Flatbush Farm • Brooklyn, NY

Flatbush Farm feels like a cross between a French bistro, an English pub and a Brooklyn neighborhood joint, and the bar menu includes corresponding comfort foods. One is this all-American, over-the-top, cheese-smothered dip
  1. 1 large jalapeño
  2. Four 9-ounce boxes frozen artichokes—thawed, drained and coarsely chopped
  3. 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  4. 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  5. 1 garlic clove, minced
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  7. 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  8. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  9. 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  10. 2 1/2 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup)
  11. Crackers or sliced baguette, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Roast the jalapeño directly over a gas flame, turning, until charred all over. Let cool, then peel and seed the jalapeño and cut it into 1/4-inch dice.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the artichokes with the jalapeño, mayonnaise, Parmigiano, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and Tabasco. Transfer the mixture to a 1-quart baking dish. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until hot.
  3. Preheat the broiler. Sprinkle the shredded cheddar evenly over the hot dip. Broil for about 2 minutes, until browned in spots and bubbly. Serve hot or warm, with crackers.  
From Talk of Tuscany: Osteria Tornabuo ______________________________________________________________
 
Port-Glazed Walnuts with Stilton
© Maura McEvoy
Port-Glazed Walnuts with Stilton
  • ACTIVE: 15 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 35 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 12
  • FAST
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • VEGETARIAN
Encourage guests to cut off small chunks of the Stilton and dip them in the port syrup.
  1. 2 1/2 cups walnut halves (9 ounces)
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 3/4 cup ruby port
  4. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  5. 1 bay leaf
  6. One 1-pound wedge of Stilton cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the walnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 8 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine the sugar, port, pepper and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.
  3. Add the walnuts to the saucepan, stirring to evenly coat them. Using a slotted spoon, drain the nuts very well. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the walnuts on it in a single layer. Bake for 12 minutes, stirring once, or until the nuts are mostly dry; let cool. Separate any nuts that stick together.
  4. Meanwhile, simmer the syrup over low heat until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes.
  5. Set the Stilton on a serving platter and place the walnuts in a separate bowl. Drizzle the port syrup over the cheese and serve with the nuts.
Make Ahead The nuts can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 day. The port syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 day; rewarm before serving. 
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Mondays with Martha

We're in the Holiday Season. It's a wonderful time of the year. Enjoy yourself and stay positive. Love may be just around the corner. But if it's taking a little longer, Don't settle! In the meantime, have fun being single.

Martha

5 Reasons You’re Doing a Really Good Job Dating

Here are some hard things about dating: Being stood up, feeling frustrated that you haven’t met someone in a while and not having a steady significant other to take to a wedding.
In case the cons of dating are outweighing the pros for you right now (and it is a cycle), here is some encouragement that you’re doing a great job. If this doesn’t work, then may we refer you to a calming manatee?

1  You’re not worried about the ‘what ifs.’
What if you had gone on a third date with that guy you were lukewarm on? What if you had gone to that party instead of staying in to read a book? The answers do not matter. You’re asking questions like, Should I text this guy I met at yoga? And, Should I switch to all-natural shampoo?





2  You know what you want–even if you aren’t getting it.
People are going to judge you no matter what your answer is to, ‘Do you want a boyfriend?’ Don’t let them. You’ll never reach your goal if you don’t know what it is.
3  You’re keeping an open mind.
No defeatist proclamations about there being no good single people left and how you’re going to die alone. Just because the last date didn’t work out, doesn’t mean the next one won’t. You’re going to put on your cute dress and go out on that first date, even if you’re dreading it just a tiny bit.
4  You’re doing a pretty good job getting over your ex
Sometimes, in the middle of your day, you’ll just stop in your tracks and a memory of him will come flooding back. Something kind he said or something terrible he did, it doesn’t matter. He’s kind of haunting you but you’re still looking forward.
5  You are not your dating life
Your highest highs and lowest lows seem to all have to do with romance but you’re a lot more than what’s going on in that one department of your life. You have friends you go out with, you really love this new band and you just started a new project at work. All together it doesn’t seem so bad after all.
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope all of you have a Very, Very Good Thanksgiving!

 Enjoy this day and your family and friends. Life has its ups and downs. This is the time for us to remember the good things and what we do have.
Let's all give Thanks. 

                         

Monday, November 19, 2012

Mondays with Martha

DATING (GROWNUP STYLE): The Art Of The First Date

 By Bobbi Palmer, Gazette Relationship Columnist


1. The Smaller The Better
Small talk is the best way to start a date. Many people on a first date are nervous, self-conscious, and even insecure. Idle chatter lets you settle in, get comfortable, and get a sense of each other. Digging right in to personal things almost always leads to the beginning of the end.
Don't think this is wasted time. Talking about non-consequential (i.e., nonthreatening) topics will bring out your date's fundamental personality. You’ll see clues to their intelligence, well-roundedness, sense of humor, lifestyle and general interests. This is the stuff you’re going to live with every day, and it’s important.
2. Watch Your Moves
Your body language and communication skills speak volumes. Do you show confidence and interest by keeping eye contact? Do you smile and laugh, lean in to listen when they talk and show respect by using good manners (to him and to servers)? Again, this tells you tons about a person.      
3. Nix The TMI (Too Much Information)
Context is huge. Sharing your illnesses or the details of a bankruptcy or divorce on the first date will most likely send them fleeing. Let them find out how kind, confident, brilliant and fun you are before laying out all the less than desirable facts about your life. When you share it on the second or third date, they can judge it in its proper context.
4. It's A 50/50 Proposition
The number one complaint from the women I coach is that men talk incessantly and don't ask enough questions about their date. Of course some women are guilty of this too.
I know you may be nervous and want to impress. Also, it's flattering to be asked about yourself and be in the company of an active listener. But please, don't over share. Make sure you give your date equal time to talk and ask questions about their life.
If you don't, you'll go home with memories of you talking about yourself. You'll probably feel foolish, and know nothing about your date. Hence, neither of you will want a second date.
5. Become A Master Of The Segue
Ladies, this is for you: Contrary to most women’s opinion, asking him about himself and letting him talk endlessly is not a way to attract him. While grownup men certainly look for deep connection in a partner, “someone who will hear my deepest thoughts” is far from first on their list.
How will he get to know you if you just listen to him all night? Leaving a man feeling like he revealed too much is a recipe for disaster. If he gets home feeling like he told you more than he would tell his best friend (which usually isn't much), you’re not getting a call for that next date.
If he is going on and on, gently transition the conversation back to you. Aim for a good balance by helping him pass the conversation ball. (This, of course, is a great skill for guys to learn too.)
6. Some Talking Points
When first getting to know each other, talk about what you like to do, where you like to vacation, where you’ve lived, what you love about your job/life/friends/community. This is where you should start as you date like a grownup.
Get a sense of your date's personality, intellect, and manner…and let them see yours.
Then go home. I’ll bet you'll have more second dates!

Posted: Saturday, September 1, 2012 
Bobbi Palmer is a dating and relationship coach for women. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats. Visit her at www.DateLikeaGrownup.com.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"Autumn Mixer"



It’s Tomorrow!
         Don’t Miss it! 

 Back by Popular Demand!!
Earl's Bucks County, Peddlers Village
Route 202 & Street Rd, Lahaska PA 18931
        Thursday Nov. 15th 6 to 9 pm
We get together with other wonderful, great singles like yourself in the warm and comfortable EBC Lounge.
Delicious Appetizers Included.
Cash bar with Half price off all draft & bottled beers, wine by the glass, cocktails and martinis.
Also, your choice of additional appetizers may be ordered @ Half price.
Entry fee $20.00
Dress: Sharp City Casual  
Age range: app. 30's to 50's
RSVP Appreciated  (Helps with planning)
Please call Martha # 215-584-0188
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     “All you have to do is show up!”

Monday, November 12, 2012

Mondays with Martha

Veterans Day was Sunday Nov.11th.             
Today we celebrate the Holiday by saluting all of our Armed Forces who served and are presently serving our country. No amount of Thanks can express our gratitude.
Please remember that Veterans always receive 10% off to any of my events. Please show ID. This can be combined with other offers. 

Hurricane Sandy took a tole on many of us. Many are still suffering.  
If you're doing okay now but could use a lift. Well, don't stay home this Thursday. Come on out to Earl's in Peddlers Village. From 6 to 9pm;  
Join wonderful singles like yourself for fun, friendships and possibly a love connection!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Autumn Mixer

Back by Popular Demand!
 Thursday November 15th  6 to 9 pm  
 @ Earl's Bucks County in Peddlers Village 
Route 202 & Street Road, Lahaska PA 18931
                                                                     
Peddlers Village is a wonderful place to visit! Then hop on over to Earl's @ 6pm.

See http://www.peddlersvillage.com/

Single Guys and Gals are showing up for this event! 

Come join us in the comfortable and contemporary 
EBC Lounge for good times, friendships and possibly a love connection!
 

Delicious Hot and Cold Appetizers included.  Cash bar with Half price off all draft & bottled beers, wine by the glass, cocktails and martinis .   $20.00

Dress: Sharp City Casual    Age range: 30’s plus  

RSVP Appreciated (Helps with planning) 

Call Martha # 215-584-0188 





Friday, October 12, 2012

Upcoming Events
 

Don't Miss Saturday night, Oct. 20th 8pm to 12 midnight

               "Singles Mixer/Dance Party"

Happening @ The Mag Bar @ Maggio’s
400 Second Street Pike “Hampton Square”  Southampton


Appetizers Included. Cash bar with Half Priced drinks (wine, mixed drinks, draft & bottled beers)  and additional appetizer orders Half Priced all night to 12 midnight! DJ Panda from 10pm.
Entry fee $20.00 

                                
                     
Thursday night, Nov. 15th 6pm to 9pm

                      "Autumn Mixer"

Happening @ Earl's Bucks County

Route 202 & Street Rd "Peddlers Village"
  Lahaska  

Appetizers Included.
Cash bar with Half Priced drinks (wine by the glass,  all draft & bottled beers, plus cocktail and martini specials) and additional appetizer orders Half Priced to 9pm.

Entry fee $20.00


Reservations Appreciated (Helps with planning)

Call Martha #215-584-0188

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Singles Mixer/Dance Party



Martha's Singles 
          The alternative to On-line dating

invites you to  The Mag Bar @ Maggio’s
   Happening Saturday night, Oct. 20th
                          8pm to 12 midnight
400 Second Street Pike  
“Hampton Square” Southampton, PA 18966 

Come on out for a good time! Lots of fun, conversation and dance music. Make friends and possibly a love connection!   
                                     
Great Tasting Appetizers Included. Additional appetizers may be purchased at Half Price to 12am.
Fully stocked cash bar with Half Priced drinks (wine, mixed drinks, draft & bottled beer) all night. 
DJ Panda 10pm to 12 midnight Dance your heart out! 

Entry fee $20.00 
Dress: Sharp Casual   Age Range: app. 30's to 50’s 
Reservations Appreciated (Helps with planning)
Call Martha #215-584-0188