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Warm Wishes to My Santa Moments in 2014!

December 24th, 2014 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions My Albums | Posted by Elf jennifer

Baby

First Christmas!

2 Girls

Secret Santa

Dog

Santa’s fury friends

Faces

You’re never too old to see Santa!

Straight face Santa

Serious Santa

Fury Friend

Santa’s fury friends 2

Happy Santa

Happy Santa!

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

Santa Arrives with his Reindeer at University Village!

November 24th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa Cabin at U Village

Santa’s Reindeer will accompany him on Santa’s first day at University Village! On Friday November 28th come and see the magical creatures and get your photo with Santa Claus, photography provided by Arthur & Associates.

Seasons Greetings!

Breakfast

Festive Elf Inspired Decorations and Holiday Snacks!

November 20th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events Holiday traditions news seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

What better way to express gratitude for your friends than to throw them their very own holiday? Us elves throw each other parties all season long! It brings us great joy to be together. I want to share a few of my favorite decorations I’ve seen at gatherings that are great ways to tie in themes.

The first is a seasonal way to greet your guests by embellishing your front door as a gift! Simply make a large bow with burlap ribbon and fasten the ends like a present on either side of the door. Use a few points of blue tacky on each side; the tacky will preserve the door finish.

Door Gift

A fun finger-food to include in your gathering is garlic pretzels! This is a great recipe that is made ahead of time and takes only minutes to prepare!

Ingredients:

1 bag of Snyder’s “Snaps” Pretzels

⅔ cup olive oil infused with garlic

3 tablespoons ranch powder

Directions:

– Pour pretzels into a large mixing bowl

– In a small bowl whisk together olive oil and ranch powder

– Pour oil mixture over pretzels and toss to coat evenly

– Toss pretzels every 15 minutes for an hour

– Place pretzels into a large freezer bag and let sit for 24 hours

– Then serve!

Garlic Pretzels

 

This is a snack that is guaranteed to leave the bowl empty!

 

Sparkling Botanical Lights in Bellevue

December 6th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Bellevue Holidays Lights

An ongoing tradition in the city of Bellevue, is the Garden d’Lights! A beautiful display of lights, inspired by the magnificent plants that inhabit our homeland; open to the public every evening from November 30th – January 4th (5:00 PM – 10:00 PM), for locals to gawk and gaze at. Tickets are sold in advance if you prefer to avoid the long lines, and be sure to check out the website for FREE event nights!

Seattle Lights

The spirit in which this event is created is so appropriate for this time of year, all the displays are put together by hard working volunteers! So show your support while you are there, and appreciate all the time and hands that went into making this possible! Happy Holidays.

Details: http://www.gardendlights.org

A Very Merry Cranberry Brie Appetizer

December 1st, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

This extra special, melty goodness will wow any guests at your next holiday party! With its gorgeous braid of puff pastry and topped with a luscious deep red cranberry sauce, this hors d’oeuvre has all the elements – Elegant, tasty, and filling! This creation really isn’t too hard to make, the only “making” you’re doing is the cooking of the cranberry sauce. From there it’s just all assembling.

Cranberry-Rosemary Baked Brie

 Northwest Holiday Appetizer

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (if frozen be sure to completely thaw)

1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary

1/4 cup sugar

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp water

Pinch of salt

8 oz. wheel of Brie

8 oz. of puff pastry

1 Tbsp melted butter

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Put cranberries, rosemary, sugar, water, vinegar, and salt in a small saucepan.

Bring to a simmer, do not boil. Simmer for 10 minutes until the sauce has cooked down and thickened.

Place the brie in the center of your rolled out puff pastry.

Gently bring the sides up and fold over one another creating a braided look. Leave room in the center for the cranberry sauce.

Place the pastry covered wheel on a greased baking sheet. Pour the sauce in the middle and spread to cover the whole center.

Brush the puff pastry with melted butter (or for a lighter flakier crust, brush with egg whites).

Bake 10-15 minutes, until puff pastry is turning golden.

Place on a decorative plate, surrounded by crackers, and 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!