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The Great Month of Giving: Part I!

November 5th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday Events news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

November is officially the month of giving! With Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season, it only makes sense for us to take a moment and really think about what we are thankful for. Throughout this month we’ll share special  suggestions of ways to give back, whether it be in your community or within your family.

First on our list is volunteering to clean up at a local park. We have found a few upcoming tree planting and cleanup parties in the Pacific Northwest. This is a fun and educational activity for the whole family!


Seward Park Restoration – Saturday November 8th

A great chance to get to know members of the community, while helping the community!

Point Defiance Marina Beach Cleanup – Saturday November 15th

Help keep the beach clean and healthy by joining a cleanup party every third Saturday of the month.

Planting & Mulching along Lake Sammamish – Saturday November 22nd

Help prevent invasive species from spreading and rebuild the natural habitat.

Have fun giving back this month! Stay tuned for more ways we like to give back.

Fun Fall Reads for Rainy Afternoons!

November 3rd, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints | Posted by Elf jennifer

Fall is such an inspiring season with the change of color and crispy crunchy leaves beneath our feet — there is so much to see all around us! A great way to discover more about this brilliant season is to read; books with lots of color and fabulous artwork are the most enchanting. Here’s our top picks for favorite fall books to enjoy on those rainy, chilly autumn afternoons:

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

by Lois Ehlert

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

The watercolor collages explore the life of a tree while explaining photosynthesis and other fascinating aspects of a tree’s life!

Fletcher & the Falling Leaves

by Julia Rawlinson

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

Why Do Leaves Change Color

by Betsey Maestro

Why Do Leaves Change Color

A Family Fun Trick O’ Treat!

October 31st, 2014 | Filed under: Holiday Events news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Have a Happy Halloween and be safe!


Game Day Chili — Go Hawks!

October 30th, 2014 | Filed under: seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

Seahawks Santa

What is better than a bowl of hearty chili on a blustery fall day? Chili on a Sunday football day! This specific chili recipe is the perfect gear for Seahawk fans because it contains a very extra special ingredient widely found in Seahawks territory… Espresso!

This mingling medley goes great with all the classic toppings. The espresso has a lingering chocolate quality for your taste buds. Make fresh, reheat, and repeat!


2 lbs. beef (cut of your choice)

1 ½ yellow onions (chopped)

3 cloves garlic (minced)

2 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp paprika

6 shots espresso

1 tsp white pepper

1 28 oz can of diced or crushed tomatoes

salt & pepper


In a large pot, cook onions and garlic on medium-high heat until translucent. Add meat and brown all sides. After meat has been browned add all spices and the extra special ingredient… espresso! Stir with love to incorporate the seasonings throughout the dish. Add can of tomatoes, stir and bring to a light simmer. Simmer for two hours to let the flavors mingle, stirring every so often.

This chili is extra delicious topped with sour cream and scallions with a side of sweet cornbread!

Game Day Chili

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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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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!

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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!

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!

Bob's corn maze

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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!


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

Begin a Fall Morning with a Yummy Warm Tummy

October 28th, 2013 | Filed under: seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer


Good morning everyone! What is your favorite way to start a crisp fall morning? A Pumpkin Spice Latté, bowl of hot oatmeal, hot apple cider? Well I have a recipe I would like to share with you that is all the flavors of fall in a classic breakfast dish… pancakes! Apple pancakes possess the crisp juicy crunch of the apple bits, have the warmth of the accompanying spices, and the classic feel of a pancake breakfast. Enjoy this any fall morning, or make it special for a holiday breakfast! I’m going to share with you a great recipe found on Smitten Kitchen but with a few twists of my own!

Apple Spice Pancakes



2 eggs beaten

1½ cups of milk (or yogurt)

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 tsp of baking powder

½ tsp of salt

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp cloves

½ tsp ginger

3 medium apples, peeled and coarsely grated

Butter for frying



Beat the 2 eggs and milk (or yogurt) together in a large bowl.

Whisk together all the dry ingredients (flour – ginger) in a small bowl.

Peel, core, and grate the apples. If you have a food processor, the easiest way I found (and the tastiest) was to peel and core the apples and use a food processor. Don’t use the grating attachment, I just threw them right in and pulsed until it was small bits.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and whisk together ½ cup at a time, until well combined.  Then add in the apple bits.

Heat the cast iron frying pan on medium-low heat. Melt the butter in the pan and add ¼ cup of pancake mixture to make perfectly sized pancakes!

Cook for about 3 minutes on each side.


Serve with warmed maple syrup, a dusting of sugar, and enjoy!

Alice in PumpkinLand

October 21st, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Round Pumpkins

Photo Credit – Guess from Pinterest

You’re probably wondering, “what is PumpkinLand?” It’s actually the theme of the Craven Farm corn maze! That’s not the only thing Craven Farm, and many like it, are known for; from themed corn mazes, to petting zoos, to hayrides, and of course a pumpkin patch, these farms are fun and inexpensive ways to spend the weekend with your family and kick off the holiday season! Some farms will even ease you into the season of giving by having charity weekends, like Camp Korey at Carnation Farm. So get out there for some pumpkin fun and don’t forget your camera

Pile of Pumpkns

Photo Credit – Linda Owen from Pinterest

Red Tricycle has a great article about the various farms throughout our region.

I’ve included some fun decorating ideas for when you return home with your pumpkins!

carrot nose


Split personality

Pumpkin Top

Reader’s Digest also has some awesome stencils for free download! And some carving-free ideas!

Photo Credit – Aviation Explorer from Pinterest (four above)