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The Ancient Ways of Knitting

October 28th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Up at the North Pole, elves keep themselves busy indoors; away from the whipping winds and chilly temperatures. One of my favorite indoor activities is knitting! Knitting is an ancient practice that has a mysterious background. No one knows exactly where it stems from, but historians have been able to date knitting as early as the year 1000bc in Egypt!

Knitting can be a bit tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s like riding a bike! At the North Pole us elves make hundreds of sweaters a year for boys and girls all over the world. Once you learn the ways of these ancient knots, you’ll be able to craft one of a kind gifts for friends and family!

Knitting

Some yarn shops around the Northwest region offer classes as well as a great selection of yarn and books:

Eastside -

Serial Knitters Yarn Shophttp://www.serialknitters.com/Pages/default.aspx

Seattle -

Stitcheshttp://www.stitchesseattle.com/

Bad Woman Yarnhttp://www.badwomanyarn.com/

 

Pumpkin Patches in the Northwest

October 22nd, 2014 | Filed under: news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Pumpkin patches are a great way to spend time with your family. Most pumpkin patches are not just pumpkin patches, but offer an array of commodities and activities. From pumpkins to corn mazes, and fresh eggs to duck races, there are so many things to see at these farms! Here are a few popular autumn time attractions to explore with your family and friends this season:

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Photo pinned by Jenn Line on Pinterest

King County

Baxter Barn – Fall City

Not only are there pumpkins to pick, but ponies to ride and farm animals to see. Kids get a free pumpkin with a parent, making it great fun for the whole family! There are fresh eggs for sale in the barn so you can enjoy the farm at home. Be sure to check out all Baxter Barn’s details!

http://www.baxterbarn.org/

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Dr. Maze’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm – Redmond

This organic farm lies not far outside the quaint town of Redmond. Dr. Maze’s forte is… well mazes! You’ll find mazes made of corn, straw, and hay. There are farm animals  to visit and of course lots of pumpkins to pick! Make it a fun day trip!

http://www.drmazesfarm.com/

Snohomish County

Bob’s Corn – Snohomish

This farm has got it goin’ on! They celebrate three-day weekends all fall long opening at 3 pm for the fun activities kicking off on Fridays! The farm offers free hayrides to the middle of their pumpkin fields, where you can sort through over 50 varieties of pumpkins. After you have chosen your pumpkins, be sure to try one of Bob’s famous Apple Donuts, walk the corn maze, and much more!

http://www.bobscorn.com/

Bob's corn maze

Photo – http://www.bobscorn.com/bobs-corn-corn-maze.htm

The Farm at Swan’s Trail – Snohomish

At this very festive farm you will find many events taking place. Pick the plumpest pumpkin and juiciest apple, enjoy shows and races put on by the farm animals, and find your way through the corn maze. You may find the corn maze layout somewhat familiar because it is shaped as Washington State!

http://www.thefarm1.com/

 

Discover something new at one of these farms and make fond and fun memories with your family and friends!

 

A Big Northwest Welcome to Fall

October 20th, 2014 | Filed under: news | Posted by Elf jennifer

Fold up your shorts, put away the beachwear, it’s time for cozy sweaters and rain boots!

In the Northwest, fall is definitely a turning point. The brisk air blows, bringing with it the colorful leaves. This is the last bit of outdoor weather for the Northwest!

With fall comes new attire, new activities and a fresh round of crops!

Also at this time, Santa is preparing for his busiest time of year! He eats more cookies and drinks more cocoa, inspects all toy making tools with his elves, and of course starts his list!

Fall is an exciting season with a lot to offer, embrace it!

Fall Walking

It Was a Good Year! Ho! Ho! Ho!

December 25th, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions My Albums news | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa is off! He’s very excited to come visit all of you! He wanted me to share some of his favorite moments from this season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Crying Girl Seeing Santa

 

Crying Baby with Santa

 

Mascot with Santa

 

Mustache Santa

 

Typical Child with Santa

Ho-ho-ho! Ha-ha-ha! Santa’s Funniest Jokes!

December 24th, 2013 | Filed under: Santa's favorite jokes | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa told me some side splitting jokes the other night over a cup of hot chocolate, and I just would like to share the cheer and joy with you!

Mascot with Santa

1. What do snowmen eat for breakfast? – Snowflakes!

2. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?  - Frostbite

3. What’s red and white and gives presents to good little fish on Christmas? – Sandy Claws

4. What’s the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the ordinary alphabet? - The Christmas alphabet has NOEL!

Tell these to your family to get them rolling! Santa is a funny guy, and he’s looking forward to visiting you! His spirits are high, he is as jolly as can be, looking forward to Christmas Day!

Peppy Peppermint Bark

December 22nd, 2013 | Filed under: cookie recipies helpful hints Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

This Peppermint Bark will blow any guest away! With the smooth, chocolate combined with the bite of the peppermint, and topped with the pretty candies, how could anyone turn this down? This recipe is simple and is complete with a delicious outcome!

Seattle Peppermint

Peppermint Bark

Ingredients:

8 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate

8 oz White Chocolate

2 tsp Canola Oil

1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract

25 crushed Peppermint candies

 

Directions:

Prepare a cookie sheet. Grease it and then layer with wax paper.

Using a double boiler, melt semi-sweet chocolate and 1 tsp of canola oil together. Scrapping the sides and folding continuously for an even melt.

Remove from heat and add 1/4 tsp of peppermint extract, stir in.

Pour melted chocolate onto prepared cookie sheet. Spread it thin and evenly.

Put into the refrigerator for 1 hour for it to harden.

Using a double boiler again, melt white chocolate and 1 tsp of canola oil together. Scrapping the sides and folding continuously for an even melt.

Remove from heat and add 1/4 tsp of peppermint extract, stir in.

Pour on top of the hardened semi-sweet chocolate, spreading thin and evenly covering all the dark chocolate below.

Now sprinkle crushed candies on top of the melted white chocolate and press gently into the top.

Put back into the fridge for 1 hour, to harden.

Package up for treat bags to take to school or the office! Or just enjoy with cocoa by the tree!

Christmas Candies

 

Holiday Treats: Christmas Crunchies

December 21st, 2013 | Filed under: cookie recipies helpful hints Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

These Christmas Crunchies are such a delectable treat! Everyone always seems apprehensive of these at first because they are a little odd looking, but they are so delicious! Sweet, salty, and crunchy!

Ingredients:

1 (12 oz) package of butterscotch chips

2 heaping tablespoons of peanut butter

1 small package (12 oz) of fried chow mien noodles

Tasty Holiday Treats

(The golden treats)

Directions:

Place chips and peanut butter in a saucepan and melt over very low heat, stirring constantly so not to burn.

Once it is melted through, take it off the heat and add the fried chow mien noodles.

Gently fold to coat all the noodles in the butterscotch mixture.

Place wax paper over your counter and begin spooning the mixture onto the wax paper. Make small balls, the size of small cookies. Allow to cool for 1 hour.

Enjoy!

Seattle Snowmen

A Christmas Classic: Decadent Fudge

December 20th, 2013 | Filed under: cookie recipies helpful hints Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

Christmas always reminds me of rich delicious treats that are passed around at every gathering, but my favorite is deep, rich fudge! Smooth, thick and creamy. Here’s a recipe that only takes a pan and a spoon!

Seattle Fudge

Ingredients:

24 oz of good semi-sweet chocolate

1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk

1/4 butter

Optional – if you desire any flavorings or nuts you can add them in, I would suggest a teaspoon to a teaspoon and a half of any extract and/or 1 cup of nuts

Seattle Fudge

Photo from Mariah Cooking – Pinned by Kayleigh Supernois

Directions:

Prepare a 8×8 pan, grease and then line with wax paper.

In a double boiler melt the chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and butter.

Stir constantly, gently folding from the bottom, just until melted through. You do not want to over cook or burn.

Remove from heat.

If you wish to do so, this would be the time to add extract or nuts, mix throughly.

Pour into prepared pan and smooth evenly.

Cover and put into the fridge to chill and set, about 2 hours.

Cut and enjoy!

A Very Merry Prague Christmas

December 19th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions news | Posted by Elf jennifer

Veselé Vánoce! This is “Merry Christmas” in Czech. In the Czech Republic, Christmas is celebrated a little differently with the main celebration being dinner on Christmas Eve. An old tradition is to fast before the feast in hopes to see a vision of “the golden pig” before the meal; this means good luck! Another important superstition of Christmas Eve dinner, which demonstrates the power of family and togetherness, is that no one can get up during the meal, this will bring bad luck and death to the family, instead everyone rises simultaneously. Many families after dinner, proceed to their church and participate in midnight mass.

Christmas around the world

There are different celebrations all around the world, what are your family traditions?

Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Tree History

December 18th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions news | Posted by Elf jennifer

 Northwest Christmas Tree

The history of our beloved Christmas Tree began with our ancient ancestors. Many ancient people began decorating their homes with evergreen boughs, believing that it kept out witches, evil spirits, and illness. Typically the boughs were hung above entry ways and windows. Other communities used these boughs as decoration symbolizing the festivities, for example the Romans celebrated the winter solstice as a sign that there would soon be green, abundant crops growing in the farms. To mark this occasion the Romans used the evergreens as a symbol and decoration. Another group, known as the Celts, would decorate their homes in this fashion, believing it to be a symbol of everlasting life.

 Northwest Christmas Tree

As for the Christmas Tree we know today, this tradition was started in Germany. Devout Christians would bring trees into their homes and decorate them. It is said that the Protestant Reformer of the 16th, Martin Luther, is the one who began the tradition of lighting the tree. The story says that Martin Luther, walking home one winter evening, looked up and was breath-taken by the stars shining through the surrounding evergreens. He wanted to recreated the scene, so the moment he got home he began wiring candles to the Christmas Tree.

For awhile, the idea of a tree decorated inside someone’s house was very odd. The Americans found the tree tradition very odd of the German settlers of Pennsylvania. Then, in 1846, the German Prince Albert and his wife Queen Victoria were illustrated in London News standing around their household Christmas Tree. Due to the high acceptance of the Queen, it immediately became fashionable throughout England and the Eastern Coast of America to have a Christmas Tree.

 Seattle Christmas Tree