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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


First Christmas!

2 Girls

Secret Santa


Santa’s fury friends


You’re never too old to see Santa!

Straight face Santa

Serious Santa

Fury Friend

Santa’s fury friends 2

Happy Santa

Happy Santa!

Let’s Keep it Local — Northwest Local!

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


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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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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The Ancient Ways of Knitting

October 28th, 2014 | Filed under: helpful hints planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

Up at the North Pole, elves keep themselves busy indoors; away from the whipping winds and chilly temperatures. One of my favorite indoor activities is knitting! Knitting is an ancient practice that has a mysterious background. No one knows exactly where it stems from, but historians have been able to date knitting as early as the year 1000bc in Egypt!

Knitting can be a bit tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s like riding a bike! At the North Pole us elves make hundreds of sweaters a year for boys and girls all over the world. Once you learn the ways of these ancient knots, you’ll be able to craft one of a kind gifts for friends and family!


Some yarn shops around the Northwest region offer classes as well as a great selection of yarn and books:

Eastside –

Serial Knitters Yarn Shop

Seattle –


Bad Woman Yarn


It Was a Good Year! Ho! Ho! Ho!

December 25th, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday Events Holiday traditions My Albums news | Posted by Elf jennifer

Santa is off! He’s very excited to come visit all of you! He wanted me to share some of his favorite moments from this season. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Crying Girl Seeing Santa


Crying Baby with Santa


Mascot with Santa


Mustache Santa


Typical Child with Santa

Getting into the Spirit!

December 17th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

Northwest Hot Chocolate

Deck the Halls in the Northwest!

November 22nd, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday traditions | Posted by Elf jennifer

A message from Snowflake the Elf:

How do all of you get your Christmas Trees around the Pacific Northwest? I know there are a variety of ways and traditions. In the North Pole, elves march out into the snow, in hunt for the best lookin’ tree! First-things-first, I always check to make sure there are no critters inhabiting my future Christmas tree, and then I assess the branches making sure they are full and vibrant, and the last thing I do is check the trunk to be sure there is no rotting.

Northwest Christmas

I know that the Northwest has many mountains and I have heard that the Mountain Loop highway is a big Christmas tree hunting area. Just stop at the Verlot Ranger Station to purchase your tree permit of $10, then they’ll tell you where to go! Many people make a tradition of going down to the tree lots – a tasty opportunity to get some hot chocolate. Don’t forget to bring your camera for lasting memories!

As for decorating the tree, I love putting cards I receive onto the branches, tying bows on the branches, and collecting vintage ornaments found at thrift stores and antique stores! Share with your friends about how you decorate and get your tree, maybe you can get some ideas to add into your traditions!


Vintage Seattle

(Image courtesy of Pinterest – Jackie Molzahn)

Edible Reindeer Holiday Treats

November 21st, 2013 | Filed under: cookie recipies Holiday traditions seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

 Peanut butter cookie

This is a fun cookie project to do with the kiddos, and a great edible display for your upcoming holiday party! The recipe is really very simple. Use your favorite peanut butter recipe, and accompany it with M&M’s (both big and mini) and mini chocolate-covered pretzels. The peanut butter cookie recipe I use is:


1/2 cup of butter

1/2 cup of peanut butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 cup flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

Large Red M&M’s

Mini Brown M&M’s

Mini Chocolate Cover Pretzels

Seattle Holiday



Preheat oven to 375˚

Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl and set aside.

Beat until creamy the butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat again until creamy.

Add the flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time and mix until combined.

Spoon out the cookie mixture and roll in you hand. Press slightly flat onto cookie sheet and pinch one end (for the nose).

Bake 10-12 minutes.

Right when they come out of the oven lightly press two pretzels for antlers, one large red M&M for a nose, and two mini brown M&M’s for eyes.

Let set, and then enjoy!


Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

November 21st, 2013 | Filed under: Holiday traditions planning your visit | Posted by Elf jennifer

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This holiday season The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Downtown Seattle will be featuring 21 designer trees on display throughout the hotel! The opening night dinner gala kicks off the installment on Saturday November 23, benefitting Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

For the public, the trees will be on display Sunday, November 24th – December 2nd, and there will be other ways to give-back to Seattle Children’s, and The Festival of Trees. You can purchase a tree to support Seattle Children’s, or there will be aTree Raffle for the designer trees throughout the hotel on Sunday, November 24th. Again, proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Autism Center and Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital! There are ways to donate to the event itself: The Festival of Trees, that are fun and easy. One way is to dine in the very elegant Georgian Room November 23rd – January 3rd, and order off the menu designed for The Festival of Trees; a portion of your bill will support the event. Also, during this time, 10% of your room cost will go toward supporting this event!

 Fairmont SeattleDowntown Seattle

The Festival of Trees is not the only event going on in this bustling downtown hotel, there is also the annual Teddy Bear Suite that is fun for everyone! Starting Sunday November 24th, open Monday – Thursday 11 am – 5 pm & Friday – Sunday (and Christmas) 10 am – 7 pm throughout the season. This magical room, designed by Kevin Bradford, is great for family photos and to just wander around and become enchanted within this holiday world! Donations are taken at the suite that benefit Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

A Nutcracker Experience!

December 2nd, 2010 | Filed under: Holiday traditions news | Posted by Elf jennifer

Looking for a fun and unique present that also gives back?

Here it is. We’ll take a photo of you and your family or friends in our interactive holiday set inspired by the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s famed Nutcracker production. Starting at $20. A portion of proceeds benefits Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Exclusively at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle!

Come when you’re out with the family, dressed up in your Nutcracker best or just shopping with your friends!