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Mrs. Claus’ Glorious Stuffed Pumpkins Holiday Recipe

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

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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!

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Let’s Keep it Local — Northwest Local!

November 12th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions news planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

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Finding unique holiday gifts for your loved ones can be difficult in the whirlwind of the holiday season. That’s why there is Small Business Saturday reminding you to make an experience out of shopping.

Take a day to slow it down and see what locals have to offer; visit some local shops, get a snack at an independently owned bakery, then come get your photo with Santa! Yep, that’s right, Arthur & Associates Holiday Photography is a business with local roots as deep as 1943. The holiday business has been family owned and operated for three generations!

Because the Viydo’s are a local family, they take pride in providing extraordinary holiday experiences for the members of the community. Make lasting memories within your community this holiday season. Slow down and remember to give back and keep your local roots strong.

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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!

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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!

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Game Day Chili — Go Hawks!

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

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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!

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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