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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘dinner’
Posted: February 12th, 2014

Valentines day isMen say it’s too commercial, and they spend big on their women. Mostly on dinner, flowers and jewelry.

Beso.com, part of Shopzilla Inc., polled 2,178 Gen X and Gen Y shoppers  and found that 37 percent of respondents call the day romantic, and 32 percent call it fun, but the majority called it cheesy, annoying and commercial. In fact, 4 percent called it an (unflattering word deleted) Hallmark holiday.

Men outspend women –16 percent spend more than $150 while 49 percent spend more than $75! Only 7 percent of women spend more than $150. It gets worse — 25 percent of women spend$1 – $24.  The majority – 72 percent of women — spend less than $50.  The graphic below indicates what men and women spend.

what we are spending

 What do men and women really want?

what men wantMen claim to want trips and accessories, and 19 percent of women and 10 percent of men want trips. We need to buy more trips for one another! 

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.



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Posted: February 13th, 2013

big_fish_accordEver since I was a kid, I’ve eaten fish on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent. I grew up in an era when fish was what’s for dinner every Friday — even when it wasn’t Lent. Or at least anything not meat was the Catholic menu. So mac and cheese worked too.

But as a fish aficionado — and my family will tell you I forced them to be aficionados even when they were too young to be ordered to eat fish, according to Catholic tenets — we religiously bought into McDonald’s Filet-o-fish sandwiches.

When we had six kids around the house, there were deals where these catches were 2 for $4. That was big news for us because many of the Eckert and Parker brood ate more than one sandwich … and fries. We tested out nearly every other sandwich on the planet, and returned to McDonalds.

This year, we discovered the Arby’s fish sandwich. Mmmm — they are 2 for $4, and the folks at Arby‘s in downtown Erie assure me that we can reel in that price until the end of April. Guess what’s for dinner?

In recent years, those talking fish at McDonald’s (if you watch the commercials) retailed for just shy of $4 each. Not at my house. McDonald’s heard my plea for mercy. Well sort of. On Friday, if you buy an extra value Filet-o-fish meal, you can buy an extra sandwich for a $1 — just on Fridays, but today, you can get the the new snack-size McBites for $1.

Gone fishing!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: November 21st, 2012

Jennie Geisler and Marnie Mead

Gobble, gobble, gobble — it’s time for turkey talk.

Today at noon, Erie Times-News food editors Jennie Geisler and Marnie Mead will help you strategize for the big day during an online chat. Log on to our Facebook page and click on the GoErie Live button.

You can also submit questions in advance on Twitter using hashtag #ErieFood or via e-mail at event+e2fc12c201@mailcomments.coveritlive.com.

Chat it up about recipes for turkey, pies, sweet potatoes, veggies, rolls, salads, appetizers and everything you could possibly want to put on your Thanksgiving table!

To participate in the chat, visit www.GoErie.com/chat.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Homeat the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.


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