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Santa!! I Know Him!!!

December 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa Claus is coming to town — that is, after he wraps up his rounds of Santa photos all around the Northwest and Puget Sound Region. Have you visited Santa this season yet? Here are a few of our favorite photos past and present.

Santa Photo roundup!

Santa Photos

Santa Bob and this mini Seattle Seahawks fan at Town Center at Lake Forest Park — location of the original Santa Photo set from Frederick & Nelson.

Pet Photos with Santa

“Big Kahuna” and Santa Lance at University Village in the warmth of Santa’s cabin. Don’t get too jealous Rudolph.

Santa Photos

Another classic Santa photo from Town Center at Lake Forest Park. It’s a Holi-Pajama Party!

Grand Ridge Plaza

Smiling faces while visiting and cheesing it up with Santa Larry at Grand Ridge Plaza in Issaquah.

Seattle Santa

Santa greets all his guests for the 2015 holiday season. If you have yet to get your Santa Photos, you have until December 24th. Santa waves hello from his new location this season: Southcenter Square.

Holiday Fun at the Country Village Shops

November 13th, 2015 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

The holiday season is upon us and Country Village Shops has transformed into a magical and festive destination for families and friends to visit all season long. Country Village Shops has so many fun events and festivities to celebrate the holiday season, so grab your calendars, and plan out your holiday.

The Reindeer have arrived at Country Village Shops. Beginning Saturday, November 14th, you can visit Rudolph and all his friends from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through December 24th. The Reindeer will be lounging in the grassy area near Jantee Bistro.

Reindeer in the Northwest

On November 21st, visit Country Village Shops for their 2nd annual Gingerbread House Day! Join for one of three Gingerbread House workshops where you can craft and create your very own delicious Gingerbread House. Make sure to RSVP because classes will fill up. You can either call, (425) 483-2250; or email katie@countryvillagebothell.com.

Gingerbread House WorkshopGingerbread House Workshop

Drum roll please: Santa’s workshop opens on November 27th at the Country Village Shops. Santa will be in his workshop anxiously waiting for families to visit and take this year’s holiday photo from November 27th, through December 24th.

Hours and information can be found here: http://countryvillagebothell.com/santa’s-workshop-0

Santa at Country Village Shops

We’re so delighted for the holiday season to get underway. Santa is extra jolly this year and looks forward to welcoming families from near and far for photos and for children to share their holiday wishes.

Mrs. Claus Loves Baking Apple Crisp Stuffed Apples

November 3rd, 2015 | Filed under: Holiday Recipes Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

When Santa and the elves are busy preparing for the holiday season, I like to treat them to all their favorites for all their hard work. An all-time favorite is anything and everything apple! I stumbled upon this Apple Crisp Stuffed Apple recipe by Creme de la Crumb, and it looks so apple-so-lutely divine!
http://lecremedelacrumb.com/2014/09/apple-crisp-stuffed-apples.html

Holiday Baking

Ingredients

8 apples (shown in picture, fuji apples)
4 tablespoons butter
⅓ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Crumble topping

½ cup flour
¼ cup oats
⅓ cup brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into cubes

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
First, prepare the crumble topping. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter with a pastry knife, or two forks, or with your hands until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
Peel and chop 4 of the apples. Add chopped apples, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a medium sauce pan and sauté over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until apples are tender. Remove from heat.
Chop the tops off of the remaining 4 apples and use a spoon to scoop out the flesh. Discard the flesh or save it for another recipe.(See Note) You don’t need to get every little bit out, just enough to make a “bowl” for the filling.
Fill scooped-out apples with apple filling from the sauce pan. Top with a generous amount of crumble topping.
Place stuffed apples on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until crumble topping is crispy. Serve warm and top with ice cream and caramel sauce if desired. Enjoy!

Family Holiday Recipes

With only 8 ingredients — apples, butter, sugar, brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, flour, and salt, I could surely whip these up in a cinch! Adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream will give it that little something extra. I cannot wait to try this recipe and see Santa and the elves’ faces as they dig into this delicious fall treat!

If you try this recipe too, I’d love to see how your Apple Crisp Stuffed Apples turned out. Instagram @MySanta or tweet us @MySanta your yummy desserts!

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

Mrs. Claus’ Favorite Pumpk-yum Pie Recipe!

November 4th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

I just have to share another one of Mrs. Claus’ seasonal favorite recipes! Homemade pumpkin pie made from this season’s harvested pumpkins — and yes they are plumpest of pumpkins!

Pumpkin Halves

To make the pumpkin puree it is quite simple:

Ingredients:

3 sugar pumpkins

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Cut the tops off of all your pumpkins, then cut in half and scoop out all the seeds and guts! Save the seeds to make yummy roasted pumpkin seeds!

  3. Cut the halves in half one more time. Arrange neatly on a baking sheet, skin side down.

  4. Bake for 40 minutes or so, until the pumpkins are tender to the touch of a fork.

  5. Let cool slightly then peel off the skins.

  6. Throw the roasted goods into a food processor and presto! You have your very own pumpkin puree!

Puree

Now with your puree you can make endless amounts of treats! Or you can freeze the leftovers for your next pie. Now for the pie recipe:

Ingredients:

1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust prepared in pan

¾ cup white sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

2 eggs

1 ¾ cup homemade pumpkin puree

1 (12 oz can) evaporated milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pie pan.

  2. In a small bowl whisk together sugar, salt, and spices.

  3. In an electric mixer, or large bowl, beat eggs.

  4. Add pumpkin puree to eggs and mix.

  5. Add sugar mixture to pumpkin mixture and combine.

  6. Slowly add in evaporated milk.

  7. Pour into prepared pie pan and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for another 40 – 50 minutes.

  8. Chill and serve!

Pumpkins

This pie is best served with homemade whipped cream! Whip a small carton of heavy whipping cream in an electric mixer with 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla. Start on a lower speed and increase as cream gets thicker, just so you don’t have a creamy mess all over the counter!

Enjoy!

 

Skater’s Holiday: Figure 8’s in the Northwest

November 30th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Ice skating is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and include great additions to family outings! There are a few places around the Puget Sound to go!

Northwest Love

The first one is the rink that is part of Seattle’s Winterfest. The ice rink is right in the center of the Seattle Center at Fisher Pavillion, with floor to ceiling windows, it allows for a great view of the fountain while you skate! Starting November 23rd – January 6th, (exceptions to holidays), adults: $7, children 6 – 12: $5, and under 5: $2. This is CASH ONLY, so be sure to come prepared; cost does include skate rental.

Go a little further south to the Tacoma Art Museum for the 3rd annual Franciscan Polar Plaza! Starting November 22nd – January 12th. Make an outing of it and enjoy the art museum before making figure 8’s out on the ice! Adults: $8 & Children under 5: $4, Skate Rental: $2. They have special events going on throughout the season, so check out their web page!

Seattle Center

Bellevue has a great outdoor skating arena in the downtown park, with sweeping views of downtown and specials events all throughout the season! Starting November 29th – January 12th, Adults:$12, Children 6 and under $8, includes skate rentals. Checkout the website for all the details!

Ho, Ho, Ho, Holiday Lights in the Puget Sound!

November 13th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

There are a few places to go see some fabulous lights around the Puget Sound! Bring the kiddos, a thermos of hot cocoa, and a bright cheery mood! The first outing I would like to share with you is within the city of Seattle at the Woodland Park Zoo. Wildlights is the name of the event, open November 29th, 2013 – January 4th, 2014; 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. They feature impressive light displays both inside and out, have special reindeer guests, and you can have a snowball fight! Tickets are under $10 and they also have an ongoing photo contest for the holiday season. So bring your friends and family, and your camera! Visit the Wildlights website!

Wildlife

 

If you inhabit the south end of the Puget Sound, no worries there is a closer light show to you! At the Point Defiance Zoo they put on a pretty good show; with a scuba diving Santa and a carousel. Tickets are cheaper for members, but check out the Zoolights Website for prices and scuba Santa times! Check out the Point Defiance Zoo November 29th – January 5th!

Santa Ornament(Photo Credit Ali lvmark of Pinterest)

New Family Thanksgiving Table-Setting Themes

November 3rd, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

I’ve been stewing with ideas on ways to make a Thanksgiving table-setting more flavorful, and I have found some exciting things for both youngsters and parents!

All you kiddos out there: how many of you become undeniably bored after you’ve finished your turkey, and you’re forced to sit at the table, listening to the adults ramble on about their new countertops in the kitchen? Well I’ve found a way for you to enjoy your time at the table (or moms this will also be great for that uncle who would rather play with the kids)! These interactive utensil holders that I found on theidearoom.net, are a great way to make the table look clean, and provide an after-dinner activity! Simply print, glue or sew together (depending on the paper you print on to), then put out some crayons, markers, and/or pencils in the middle of the kids table in a funky glass; enjoy!

 

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Image courtesy of theidearoom.net

 

Some fun ways to seat people are these (again printable) place cards I found on marthastewartweddings.com. The colored printout I think is the best because it has a fall color scheme, although, if you would like to remain simple and uniform, they have options for black and grey! Kids, you could help your mom by folding these place cards in half as neatly as you can, and practice your best handwriting to write your guests’ names.

printables

 

Image courtesy of marthastewardweddings.com