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The Last Frederick & Nelson Santa Photos Set

December 12th, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Fredrick and Nelson Christmas (Image sourced from The Doodle Place)

It’s Fredrick and Nelson Day! On Tuesday December 17th, from 6 – 8 PM be sure to be first in line for a photo shoot with Santa on the last set of Fredrick and Nelson! Enjoy the Christmas blast from the past, photos with Santa, and holiday carolers! Be sure to indulge and enjoy the original Frango chocolates to0 – Santa’s favorite.

Kiddos, if you don’t know who and what Fredrick and Nelson is, be sure to ask your grandparents, they’ll have many fond memories of downtown shopping trips through the high-class departments!

Jolly Old Saint Nick and His Special Visitor

December 11th, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday traditions My Albums news | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa's Favorit MascotSanta had a special visitor!

Breakfast with the Big Man at Town Center at Lake Forest Park

December 10th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

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Make your holiday extra special this year and come have Breakfast with Santa! Not every kid gets to say they have shared a meal with the Big Man. This Saturday, December 14th, from 8:45 – 9:45 AM, Santa will be joining all you lucky ones at Lake Forest Grill at Town Center at Lake Forest Park for a delicious holiday breakfast! Want a sneak peak at the menu??

Breakfast

Kids Breakfast –
Scrambled eggs topped with cheddar cheese, with a side of potatoes and bacon
$4.99
Kids Pancake –
1 fluffy buttermilk pancake, served with a bacon smile!
$4.99
Kids French Toast – Golden brown French Toast served with maple syrup, powdered sugar, and vanilla honey butter
$4.99
This is a Reservations Only event so please call in advance or simply stop by to reserve your seat!
Call 206.364.1261 for reservations.
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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

Holiday Magic and Santa at Pacific Place Shopping Center

December 5th, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday traditions planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa at Pacific Place

Every night Pacific Place puts Seattleites and Northwest shoppers into the holiday spirit! With opportunities to see Santa, weekend musical performances, a nightly snowfall, and opportunities to give back to the community. The holiday festivities will last all through New Years Day! With a nightly snowfall at 6 PM and Santa’s Wonderland, visit here for hours and information. There are a variety of genres in the line-up for the weekend holiday performances, from Caribbean Christmas tunes, to Gospel Choirs, to Jazz Trios!

Pacific Place would not be complete without ways to give back! Pacific Place will give you a sparkling snow wand for a suggested $2 donation; all proceeds benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital. Also, get your gifts wrapped by the holiday gift wrapping professionals – benefits the Forgotten Children’s Fund!

Santa at Pacific Place Seattle

Come join all the fun! And don’t forget to visit Santa and tag him in all your holiday, festive photos on Instagram and Twitter: @MySanta!

Snowflake Wand

A Warm Holiday Delight to Share!

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

I am so excited to share with you a absolutely wonderful dessert I made on Thanksgiving! It warms the soul and the belly – Bread Pudding! The dessert is very simple to make and is a favorite for everyone. When you go to the store looking for the perfect bread, I would recommend Challah or Brioche; these breads soak up everything so wonderfully and have a light airy feel to them! You could also use this as an opportunity to get rid of stale bread in the pantry!

Raisin Bread Pudding

 Yummy dessert

Ingredients:

1 loaf of Challah or Brioche (or whatever bread you desire)

1 qt. of 2% milk

3 eggs

2 cups sugar

2 Tbsp vanilla

1 cup of raisins

1/4 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp cinnamon

3 Tbsp melted butter

The Night Before:

Lay out each piece of bread on a cooling rack to stale the bread over night, this allows the bread to better soak up the wet ingredients. If you forget this step, you can toast each piece of toast in a toaster the day of, DO NOT brown, simply dry out the bread.

 Northwest holiday dessert

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Tear each slice of bread into about 1 inch square pieces. Personally, I think tearing the bread gives the dessert a more home-cooked feel than cutting it.

Put bread into a large bowl and add the quart of milk. Press down gently and turn over until all the milk has been soaked up. Make sure every piece is equally soaked.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat the 3 eggs. Then, whisk in sugar, vanilla, and the spices until thoroughly combined.

Gently fold the egg mixture into the bread mixture, try not to dissolve the bread. Let sit for a minute.

Melt 3 Tbsp of butter and pour into a 9×13 baking pan. Spread throughout the baking pan.

Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 – 45 minutes. It is done when the sides are pulling away and it is just browning a little bit.

Serve warm or later on that day, serve the day you make it. Top with your favorite carmel sauce when you serve, and enjoy!

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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!