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An Elf’s Favorite: Ooey Gooey Chocolate Cookies

December 18th, 2014 | Filed under: cookie recipies helpful hints Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

These little bites are the perfect escape for your taste buds this holiday season! Mrs. Claus makes these delectable treats for us elves when we’ve had an exceptionally busy day. They have a light crisp exterior and a gooey melty interior, and not to say they are most pleasing to the eye on any holiday table!

Cookies

To make these charming treats all you need is:

3 tablespoons butter, melted

½ cup sugar

1 large egg

½ teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

½ cup flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

⅛ teaspoon salt

¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Powdered Sugar

– In an electric mixing bowl combine the butter, sugar and vanilla until smooth.

– Crack the egg in and mix until smooth

– In a separate bowl whisk together the cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt.

– Add the flour to the wet mixture sifting little by little, mixing between each add.

– Then fold in the chocolate chips.

– Now cover the bowl and allow to chill in the fridge for at least an hour, until the dough is firm enough to handle.

– While the dough is chilling prepare your baking pans by lining them with foil. This helps to prevent powdered sugar from sticking to your bakeware.

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare ½ cup of powdered sugar into a small bowl (you may need more but this is a good start).

– After the dough is chilled, use a spoon to form 1 inch balls and roll them in the powdered sugar until coated all around.

– Bake for 12 minutes.

Enjoy!

Getting to Know Arthur & Associates

December 17th, 2014 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

Cheer

The family that runs and operates Arthur & Associates truly love what they do. Hillard, the owner and father of three boys, remembers as a small child experiencing the magic of photography and how memories are made. Hillard’s favorite part of the holiday season is watching others receive joy, knowing that they are making lasting memories of happy moments. Other tokens of joy throughout the holiday season for Hillard are the Christmas treats always around and the heartwarming music. Hillard’s favorite tune is “I’ll be Home for Christmas”, a song with lyrics that really state what Christmas means for him.

Now we all know how Hillard will be spending this holiday season; palin’ around with Santa, eating lots of goodies, and taking a moment to reflect every time he hears “I’ll be Home for Christmas”. What are your favorite aspects of the holiday season?

Share pictures and words with us on Twitter and Instagram! Be sure to use the hashtags #MySantaMoment and #PNWClaus.

Mrs. Claus’ Glorious Stuffed Pumpkins Holiday Recipe

December 16th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

Delicious

This is a beautiful and delicious side dish to add to your holiday feast and it is quite simple to make! Just imagine a few cute little pumpkins running down the center of the table, so festive! Really all there is to it is putting the stuffing into the pumpkins and then in the oven!

Ingredients:

1 sugar pie pumpkin

1 cup rice

¼ lbs ground sausage

2 cloves garlic

¼ cup chives

pinch of saffron

1 cup swiss cheese

1 cup cream

1 cup water

1 tsp nutmeg

Salt & Pepper

Stuffed Pumpkin 2

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Clean pumpkin like you would carve it, save the top. Salt & pepper the inside to your taste.
  • Place pumpkin on a cookie sheet and roast for about 30 minutes.
  • While the pumpkin is roasting cook the ground sausage in a pan.
  • Finely chop garlic and chives and add to the sausage pan just before sausage is cooked through.
  • Add the water, cream, rice, nutmeg and pinch of saffron. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer until the rice is cooked.
  • When rice is done, about 20 minutes, add cheese and stir until melted.
  • After the pumpkin is done roasting for the first 30 minutes stuff the rice mixture into the pumpkin.
  • Roast for another hour or until the pumpkin is tender to a fork’s touch.
  • Remove from oven, allow to cool for 10-15 minutes, then enjoy!

Stuffed Pumpkin 3

Santa’s Christmas Village at Country Village

December 4th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa Claus is coming to town! Saturday December 6th will be a very festive day for Country Village! There will be laughter, warmth and cheer passed around as everyone awaits the much anticipated arrival of Santa Claus!

Country Village

Come sing along with a variety of carolers featured all day, visit with Santa’s reindeer, and snack on hot roasted chestnuts. At 7 o’clock Santa will parade through the Village on his miraculous Christmas float and attend the annual tree lighting ceremony.

Country Village

You can say hi to Santa at his workshop located in Country Village and get your professional photo taken with Santa, provided by Arthur & Associates.

Let the magic begin!

 

Lend A Helping Hand this Holiday in Redmond

December 3rd, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Saturday December 6th from 6 AM – 4 PM Redmond Town Center will lend a helping hand, along with King5 News, to make one of the biggest drop-off centers for Northwest Harvest! Come donate any nonperishable food items and help make someone’s holiday season!

Northwest Harvest

Photo Pinned by Jill Nystul

Afterwards, the City of Redmond will be holding their Redmond Lights celebration. This is a progressive light ceremony that will begin at City Hall and end at Redmond Town Center! Along with the lights enjoy music, refreshments and family activities. Don’t forget to get a picture with Santa at Redmond Town Center with professional photography provided by Arthur & Associates!

 Seattle Lights

Story Time with Mrs. Claus at Grand Ridge Plaza

December 2nd, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Story time

Photo pinned by Santa’s Magical Kingdom

Mrs. Claus is making an extra special visit from the North Pole! She is taking time out of her busy schedule to come and read to the little children at Grand Ridge Plaza. The reading will take place inside Carter’s on December 3rd. She will begin reading from her collection of stories at 11 in the morning!

Once upon a time at Grand Ridge Plaza, Mrs. Claus read stories to all the little children.

Be sure not to miss this event!

 

The Magic of Music in Bellevue

November 30th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

 

 

 

Christmas Shopping

Photo Pinned by Frances

Strolling by shop windows, clutching hot cocoa, and oh… what’s that sound? Singing voices carrying throughout Bellevue Square. What magic! Bellevue knows just how to create a holiday shopping experience!

Starting December 1st, Monday through Friday, until December 19th you can experience the magic at Bellevue Square’s Center Court. Meander about the shops, listen to the beautiful voices and come see Santa, professional photos provided by Arthur & Associates.

Christmas Choir

Photo pinned by Cheryl Markham-Sisk

Help spread the joy and sing along!

12 Days of Christmas with 21 Christmas Trees

November 27th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

As we celebrate Thanksgiving with our families and friends today, we also wanted to share a very remarkable holiday event going on now.

This holiday season 21 designer Christmas Trees with be on display at the Downtown Seattle Fairmont Hotel. Each tree has its own decorative theme and displays a picture and a story of a patient from Seattle Children’s Hospital that the special tree is representing.

Northwest Christmas Tree

November 22 through December 3rd you and your family can view the 21 amazing Christmas Trees and learn about the brave patients they are helping to save! Other holiday events within the Fairmont Hotel include the Teddy Bear Suite. All donations taken at the Teddy Bear Suite and the Festival of Trees benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.

There are many ways to donate during this event, visit Seattle Festival of Trees and the Teddy Bear Suite to find out.

An Extra Cool Holiday Treat!

November 26th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

Holiday Gelato

With boutique ice cream stores becoming a popular trend in the Northwest area, I thought it would be awesome to feature some of the cool holiday flavors of ice cream!

At Molly Moon’s they are cooking up some festive cheer with flavors like Cinnamon and Ginger Pear Sorbet!

Downtown at Gelatiamo’s they are cooking up some fancy pastries and holiday gelato flavors like Peppermint, Ginger Snap, and Pumpkin!

Bluebird Ice Cream has holiday flavors such as Pumpkin, Candied Yam with Marshmallow Swirl, and Blueberry Crumble!

Godiva Chocolatier at Bellevue Square is serving up some extra special cones with flavors like White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate , or Swirl. Yum yum!

Cold Stone is offering Candy Cane, Eggnog, Dark Chocolate Peppermint, and Pumpkin for you to mix and match as you please!

Stop by to try these awesome flavors and let Santa know which is your favorite by using the hashtag #pnwclaus for Instagram and Twitter!

Bluebird Ice Cream

Sing with Ol’ Kris Kringle at Grand Ridge Plaza

November 25th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa at Grand Ridge Plaza

Santa will be arriving at Grand Ridge Plaza Friday, November 28th, at 4:30 pm! Come and listen to the children from the Grand Ridge Elementary School Chorus sing and help welcome Santa with open arms.

Be sure to capture the moment in a photo with Santa Claus from professional photography provided by Arthur & Associates!

Cartoon Santa

Photo Pinned by zazzle.com

 

Happy holidays!