Popular author and blogger Jon Acuff recently posted this thought on his Facebook page: “Fearing change doesn’t prevent it from happening, it just prevents you from enjoying it.”
Change is always occurring in pivotal and trivial ways in our lives. We’re built to change, even if we don’t feel built for it, especially during those times when we have little to no control.
The one item we can control, though, is how we react to inevitable change. As Holocaust survivor and neurologist and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl stated, “Forces beyond your control can take everything away you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.”
As a dad, I’ve seen change come in a variety of ways, expected and unexpected, painful and delightful. When I started in June 2010 as Playdate’s writer and coordinator, my kids were 3 and 1. Now, my daughter, Elise, is 6 and my son, Liam, is 4. While working for Playdate, I have learned many things about myself, my children and other families.
I have served as a steward of this magazine more than anything else. I came on board with an existing product, and with the gracious help of others have taken care of it for more than three years. But as the nature of stewardship suggests, there is a limited amount of time before the next change must transpire.
This December/January issue will be my last as Playdate’s writer and coordinator. It has been an incredible journey of growth, sharing resources and ideas, and storytelling — of my own stories and those of others. Those have been delightful changes. The painful change comes in having to say goodbye.
I also look ahead to strengthening my role as father to my children. In some ways, being a parent is like being a steward to our children. We only have a short while to figure out this thing called parenting, and while we will remain parents throughout their lives, the window of time we have to teach, nurture, lead, and make memories with them is narrower than we would like. While this perspective is alarming, it also magnifies how blessed we really are.
Readers, have no fear — exciting things are on the horizon for Playdate. And it will continue to grow under the watchful eye of a new champion (I might even make a guest appearance from time to time!). Make sure to follow Playdate’s Facebook page for updates.
Thank you for sharing the past several years with me through these pages.
Pegasus Project is ready to celebrate its 10th birthday this Sunday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m.
The local non-profit organization, which offers therapeutic riding and equine-related activities to people with special physical and emotional needs to help them improve their health and well-being, wants you to share in the celebration.
Pegasus Project will host a Fred Plath Memorial Fishing Derby, which is sponsored by Cabela’s and Sisters on the Fly. The derby is designed for children, and the first 150 kids who show up will receive free fishing poles from Cabela’s. The kids’ event is followed by an adult competition at 3 p.m. Be sure to bring your own equipment.
Other games and fun activities for fundraising are planned. A smaller fishing pond for “minnows” will also be available. Other highlights include face painters, entertainers, food booths, live music from Stimulus Package and a birthday carrot cake.
The event takes place at Tumbleweed Ranch, the home of Pegasus Project. The ranch is located at 4680 Highway 12 in Yakima. Call 509-965-6990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also visit the Pegasus Project website at pegasusrides.com.
Here are some great ways to get your young ones expressing themselves!
Allied Arts of Yakima Valley is located at 5000 W. Lincoln Ave. in Yakima. Call 509-966-0930 or visit alliedartsyakima.org for more information.
FALL CLAY CLASS. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 1-22. Four-week class introduces children to hands-on experience with pinch pot, coiling, slabs and wheel. Instructed by award-winning artist Eunsil Kim. Cost: $200 for entire course; supplies included.
BEGINNING DRAWING. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 2-23. Four-week class introduces children to basic art drawing including gesture, blind contour and photorealistic drawing. Instructed by award-winning artist Eunsil Kim. Cost: $200 for entire course; supplies included.
DRAW LIKE A MASTER ARTIST. 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 3-31. In this five-week class, award-winning artist Mindy Clark leads tweens in studying sketches and drawings and practicing with charcoal and conte crayon. Line, shape and value while drawing from a still life model will be emphasized. Cost: $200 for entire course; supplies included.
WINTER CLAY CLASS. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 29-Nov. 19. Four-week class introduces children to hands-on experience with pinch pot, coiling, slabs and wheel. Instructed by award-winning artist Eunsil Kim. Cost: $200 for entire course; supplies included.
KANDINSKY COLOR STUDY. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 30-Nov. 20. Four-week class introduces children to basic art color study. Instructed by award-winning artist Eunsil Kim. Cost: $200 for entire course; supplies included.
PAINTINGS OF NORVAL MORRISEAU FOR TWEENS. 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 7-21. In this three-week class, award-winning artist Mindy Clark teaches tweens to study the paintings of artist Morriseau, who painted people, animals, shapes and lines, and apply these techniques. Color, shape, line and techniques in acrylic painting emphasized. Cost: $200 for entire course; supplies included.
Hey, all you junior astronomers! You have another shot at gazing at the stars Oct. 11 at Randall Park in Yakima.
Thanks to the Yakima Astronomical Society and Yakima Parks and Recreation, the telescopes will be positioned for you to get a closer look at celestial objects from 7 p.m. to midnight.
And better yet: It’s all free!
Star gazers will meet at the parking lot of Randall Park, Castleview Drive and South 48th Avenue in Yakima. Call 509-574-5041 for more info.
Right now, it’s not beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but it IS getting closer to Christmas season planning and shopping! Here are some events to look out for.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. 8-10 a.m. Dec. 7. Christmas decorations, holiday music, a warm fireplace and Santa! Bring your cameras. Cost: $4 per person; make reservations by Nov. 29. Harman Center, 101 N. 65th Ave., Yakima; 509-575-6166.
CHRISTMAS TREES ON THE FARM. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7 & Dec. 13-14. The fun runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Look forward to getting a fresh-cut Christmas tree with the family. While you’re at it, you might get yourself and others handmade wreaths and garlands. Don’t forget to try the hot cocoa, cider and vanilla sugar doughnuts and experience the caroling hay ride. Bill’s Berry Farm, 3674 N. County Line Road in Grandview; 509-882-3200.
FESTIVAL OF TREES. Nov. 23. The general public is invited to tour trees, enjoy musical entertainment and refreshments, shopping with free gift wrapping and a photo booth. A raffle will determine who will win the remaining decorated trees. Living Care Center, 3801 Summitview Ave., Yakima; 509-965-5260.
MIGHTY TIETON HOLIDAY CRAFT BAZAAR. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 30; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1. The 8th annual event features handmade crafts, antique items and food. Come see the chandeliers, the annual tree lighting and Santa. Mighty Tieton Warehouse, 608 Wisconsin Ave., Tieton; 509-847-3034.
TOY TRAIN CHRISTMAS. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 7-8, 14-15 & 21-22. Take the train to the North Pole to see Santa Claus, and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. More than 40 running model trains. Cost: $6 adults, $4 children. Photos with Santa offered for extra fee. Northern Pacific Railway Museum, 10 South Asotin Ave., Toppenish; 509-865-1911. nprymuseum.org
Check back for an expanded list of Christmas events for November and December!
The beloved Missoula Children’s Theatre is making its way back to Yakima after a hiatus of several years.
The largest touring children’s theatre will hold auditions for “Blackbeard the Pirate” from 4 to 7 p.m. for ages 5-18 on Monday, Oct. 14 at Allied Arts of Yakima.
Performances of that show will be at 3 and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Auditions are free; cost of show is $10 for adults, $7 for children.
Allied Arts of Yakima Valley, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima; 509-966-0930 | alliedartsyakima.org
Question: What’s green, plaid and ghostly? Answer: Traits that describe several dramatic productions this fall in Yakima.
You’re sure to be captivated in your seats with “Anne of Green Gables,” “Forever Plaid” and “A Christmas Carol.”
The first is “Anne of Green Gables,” which shows at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27-28, Oct. 3-5 & 10-12. See orphan Anne as she finds a new life on a farm, Tickets are $16 general, or $13 for students and seniors. Warehouse Theatre Company, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima; 509-966-0951.
Next, Akin Center Theatre offers “Forever Plaid,” a comical musical that hits the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1, 2, and 7-9, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 9. Four men, who die in a car crash, try to continue to strive for musical success, even as ghosts! Akin Center Theatre, 509-248-2787.
Finally, the Warehouse Theatre will help you get into the Christmas spirit with the classic Dickens story, “A Christmas Carol.” Ghosts of Christmas past, present and future meet Ebenezer Scrooge to help him change is life and those around him. With 7:30 p.m. shows, this play runs Nov. 28-30, Dec. 5-7 & 12-14. Cost: $16 general, $13 students and seniors. Warehouse Theatre Company, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave., Yakima; 509-966-0951.
It’s getting colder, so here’s a tasty recipe that will help you get warm and cozy!
» 2 lbs. butternut squash
» 2 – 14 oz. cans vegetable broth
» 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
» 1 tablespoon butter
» 1 – 9 oz. package cheese ravioli
» 1 tablespoon molasses
1. Peel squash, halve lengthwise. Remove seeds and discard. Cut squash into ¾-inch pieces.
2. In large sauce pan, combine 1/2 cup water, squash, vegetable broth and red pepper. Cook covered over medium heat for 20 minutes or until
squash is tender.
3. Transfer to blender. Cover and blend until smooth. Repeat until all of mixture is smooth.
4. Return blended mixture to saucepan. Bring just to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes. Add butter, stir until just melted.
5. Meanwhile, prepare ravioli according to package directions; drain. Ladle into bowls. Drizzle with molasses. Enjoy!
Like a little spice, or a lot? Add a teaspoon (or more!) of ground cayenne red pepper to give this dish an extra zing!
Ready for some Harvest and Halloween fun? Many sites feature pumpkin patches and hold festivals and activities this fall. Our advice? Check out all of them!
SINGLE DAY EVENTS
OCT. 12: IT’S HARVEST TIME. 10 a.m. Free class teaches basics of harvest time and gives participants a free taste of a favorite fall recipe. Free parking. Part of the Master Gardeners program. Ahtanum Youth Park, 1000 Ahtanum Rd., Union Gap; 509-574-1600.
OCT 19: HARVEST MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL. 4:30 p.m. Finals at 6 p.m. Cost: $15 adults for all-day pass, $10 for finals only; $10 for students and seniors. Zaepfel Stadium, 40th Avenue and Tieton Drive. harvestbands.org
OCT. 19: FRIGHT NIGHTS 2013. For boys and girls, grades 6-10. Take a road trip to a haunted Wild Waves Theme Park. Limited space. Cost: $45/$52 each, depending on residency. Hosted by Yakima Parks and Recreation. Meet at Public Works, 2301 Fruitvale Blvd., Yakima; 509-575-6020.
OCT. 20: YAKIMA ADVENTIST HARVEST FESTIVAL. 12-3 p.m. Hay ride, bounce houses, dunk tank, toddler pumpkin patch and games. Yakima Adventist Christian School, 1200 City Resevoir Rd., Yakima; 509-966-1933. yacsschool.org
OCT. 25: HAUNTED FIRE HOUSE. 6-9 p.m. West Valley Fire Department presents its annual spooky event. Free. West Valley Fire Department, 10000 Zier Rd., Yakima; 509-966-3111. westvalleyfire.org
OCT. 26: ANNUAL PUMPKIN RUN. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Families with younger children can enjoy a caboose ride, pump car rides, museum tours and a free pumpkin per child. Cost: $5 adults, $3 children 12 and under. Northern Pacific Railway Museum, 10 South Asotin Ave., Toppenish; 509-877-3894. nprymuseum.org
OCT. 26: LET’S DECORATE PUMPKINS. 10 a.m. Free class gives kids a mini pumpkin and supplies to make a masterpiece to take home. Free parking. Part of the Master Gardeners program. Ahtanum Youth Park, 1000 Ahtanum Rd., Union Gap; 509-574-1600.
OCT. 27: YAKIMA FARMERS’ MARKET. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Last day! Special Halloween Market. Each week vendors provide patrons fresh local produce, crafts, activities and locally made products. Live music is also offered. Located in front of the Millennium Plaza on South Third Street in downtown Yakima, between Yakima and Chestnut avenues; 509-457-5765. yakimafarmersmarket.org
OCT. 27: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION & EXHIBITION. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Festival with arts and crafts, activities, food and music in honor of the dead. New exhibits include small altars and ex votos art. Mighty Tieton Warehouse, 608 Wisconsin Ave., Yakima; 509-847-3034.
OCT. 27: HARVEST FESTIVAL AT MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF YAKIMA. 3-5 p.m. Fun child-centered event, particularly for kids ages 2-8. Photo booth, games, arts and crafts, bake sale, prizes and more. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes. The festival also serves as a school fundraiser, and open to the community. Cost: $5 per person. The Montessori School of Yakima, 511 N. 44th Ave., Yakima (on the corner of Englewood and 44th avenues). For more info, call 509-901-2031.
OCT. 27: MADD HATTERS HAUNT FAMILY NIGHT. 3-5 p.m. This friendlier, family version of the spooky haunted program will take place with the lights on. Cost: $10 per person. Madd Hatters Haunt, 1015 E. Lincoln Ave., Yakima (behind Bob’s Burgers and Brew); 509-930-0432. maddhattershaunt.com
OCT. 30: HALLOWEEN EGG HUNT. For boys and girls, ages 6-12. Kids will use flashlights to find Halloween eggs hidden around the golf course. Kids will get a bag for their treats. Cost: $5/$8, depending on residency. Pre-registration required. Fisher Golf Course, 823 S. 40th Ave., Yakima; 509-575-6075.
OCT. 31: COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN PARTY. 6-8 p.m. Harvest Community Church (and local area merchants) is hosting the Selah Community Halloween Party. Kids birth-10 years. Kid-friendly costumes welcome. Selah Civic Center, 216 S. First St., Selah; 509-698-730
OCT. 31: TRUNK OR TREAT. 5:30-7 p.m. Halloween-themed carnival games. Free, open to the public. Located in church parking lot. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 6015 Summitview Ave., Yakima; 509-966-1900.
OCT. 31: TRUNK OR TREAT. 5-8 p.m. Games, face painting, popcorn, hot chocolate, cupcake walk, hay ride, a walk through the Bible and more. Selah Covenant Church, 560 McGonagle Rd., Selah; 509-697-6116.
OCT. 31: TRUNK OR TREAT. 6-8 p.m. Food, costumes, games. Free, open to the public. Located in church parking lot. Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. 48th Ave., Yakima.
NOV. 1: CASH-4 CANDY. 3:30-6 p.m. Yakima Pediatric Dentistry is holding its annual Cash-4-Candy exchange for ages 1-14. Kids receive $1 for every pound of candy, and the candy gets donated to U.S. troops overseas. Yakima Pediatric Dentistry, 3909 Creekside Loop, Ste. 140, Yakima; 509-834-2004.
MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS
FALL FESTIVAL AT BILL’S BERRY FARM. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 & 25-26. Pumpkins and apples available for picking. Make your own apple cider. Warm apple cider donuts, pony rides, hay rides, barnyard train rides, fire pits and marshmallows. Free admission. Barnyard Mystery Corn Maze: Farmer Bill has gone missing — what a mystery! Help figure out which barnyard animal kidnapped him by navigating a 7 1/2-acre corn maze — which looks like a barnyard with a tractor and silo — plus nearly four miles of trails. Cost: $5, which includes Case File and instructions to play; children 5 and under are free. Bill’s Berry Farm, 3674 N. County Line Rd., Grandview; 509-882-3200. billsberryfarm.com
HAUNTED TRAIN & DEPOT. 7-10 p.m. Oct. 26-27 and 29-31. Get spooked as the train depot and two railroad cars become hauned with ghosts, goblins and other scares. Ages 13 and up. Cost: $5 per person. Northern Pacific Railway Museum, 10 South Asotin Ave., Toppenish; 509-877-3894. nprymuseum.org
JONES FARMS STRAW MAZE AND STRAW MOUNTAIN SLIDE. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Straw maze, hay mountain slide, duck pond and picnic area. Free. Jones Farms, 2020 Thacker Road, Zillah; 509-829-6024. jonesfarmsinc.com
MADD HATTERS HAUNT. Opens Oct. 12: 6:30-8:30 p.m. This haunted house is not for the little ones. It may not even be for many sensitive adults! Monday-Thursdays & Sundays Oct. 14-30; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 12-Nov. 2 & Thursday, Oct. 31; Cost: $10 per person. See Oct. 12 for Family Night. Madd Hatters Haunt, 1015 E. Lincoln Ave., Yakima (behind Bob’s Burgers and Brew); 509-930-0432. maddhattershaunt.com
OCTOBER HARVEST DAYS. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 6, 13, 20, & 27, & Saturdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28. Old-fashioned cider squeeze, hay rides, hay maze and pumpkin patch. Daily toddler hay maze and pumpkin patch. Washington Fruit Place at Barrett Orchards, 1209 Pecks Canyon Rd., Yakima; 509-966-1275.
SCHELL’S MASSIVE CORN MAZE & FALL HARVEST FUNLAND. Open Oct. 4-31. Schedule: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 6-27; 3-7 p.m. Mondays-Tuesdays, Oct. 7-29; 3-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, Oct. 9-24, 3-10:30 p.m. Oct. 30 & 3-11 p.m. Oct. 31; 3-9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, and 3-10:30 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 11-25; 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 12-19, and 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 (with dance 8-11 p.m.). Haunted mazes begin at 7 p.m. Ten-acre corn maze, and a 2-acre maze with no dead-ends for kids, straw pyramid with slides, hay rides, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pumpkin chucker, haunted house, bonfire pits and barbeques. Admission includes carving pumpkin: $9.50 adults/$8.50 children ages 3-10 and seniors 65+/children ages 2 and younger free with paid adult. Schell’s Produce. Two locations: 3213 Tacoma St. in Union Gap, 509-453-3200; and three miles east of Toppenish on Highway 22 at Harris Road, 509-865-4511.
SUNCADIA HARVEST FESTIVAL. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 4 & 11 & 12-5 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 5 & 12. Pumpkin patch, straw maze and kids obstacle course, arts and crafts, vendors, prairie wagon and pony rides, pie-eating and corn-on-the-cob eating contests, canine costume contest and live music. Free admission. Suncadia, 3600 Suncadia Trail, Cle Elum; 509-649-6400. suncadiaresort.com
THOMPSON’S FARM PUMPKIN PATCH. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 6, 13, 20 & 27, and Saturdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28. Hayride, corn maze, farm setting, pumpkin cannon and farm animals for viewing. Free pumpkin per child. Free admission. Thompson’s Farm, 9535 Old Naches Highway, Naches; 509-949-3450.
YAKIMA FRIGHT NIGHT. Oct. 15 & 18. Groups scarf down on pizza and then head out on a haunted house search and a finale in a corn maze. Limited space. Cost: $15/$18 each, depending on residency. Hosted by Yakima Parks and Recreation. Meet at Public Works, 2301 Fruitvale Blvd., Yakima; 509-575-6020.
Text and photos by Juanita Farris
One of my favorite things about the holidays is making seasonal meals with my family. It’s something my husband looks forward to the most. I usually make one recipe a week as a countdown to Halloween, but this year I decided to have one “Spooky Feast” day. Here are five recipes to get your family excited for October 31!
Breakfast: Pumpkin Hot Chocolate and Flap Jack-o-Lanterns
Warm up with hot chocolate and seasonal pancakes!
Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
(Adapted from The Harvest Table)
» 3 cups hot milk
» 2 tablespoons sugar
» 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
» 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
» 6 tablespoons of your favorite hot cocoa mix
1. Combine hot milk, sugar, vanilla and spice in a blender. Process until frothy.
2. Pour into 3 to 4 coffee mugs, filling each 2/3 full.
3. Stir 2 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix into each cup, stirring until blended.
4. Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.
(Adapted from The Harvest Table)
» 2 cups all-purpose flour
» 2 tablespoons sugar
» 1 tablespoons baking powder
» 1/2 teaspoon salt
» 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
» 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
» 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
» 2 eggs, beaten
» 1 3/4 cup milk
» 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
» 2 tablespoons melted butter
1. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices in a large bowl.
2. Whisk eggs and milk in a separate bowl. Add pumpkin and butter.
3. Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until just blended. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls into a greased hot griddle or skillet.
4. When bottom is almost done, make a pumpkin face on top with raisins.
5. Cook until done and serve with syrup
Lunch: Pumpkin Hot Pockets
(Adapted from TasteofHome.com)
Have your kids help you make this silly lunch. You can use any cookie cutters you want. (We used a ghost and pumpkin cutter.)
» 1 package refrigerated pie crust
» 3 tablespoons honey mustard
» 1/2 pound ham, thinly sliced
» 1/2 cup Swiss cheese
» 1/2 cup Monterey Jack Cheese
» 2 egg yolks
» 4 to 6 drops of red food coloring
» 1 egg white
» 2 to 3 drops of green food coloring
1. On a lightly floured surface, roll pie crust into a 15-inch circle. Using a floured cookie cutter, cut out eight pumpkins. Repeat with remaining dough.
2. Spread mustard over eight pumpkins. Layer with ham and cheeses to within 3/4-inch of edges.
3. In a small bowl, beat egg yolks with enough food coloring to achieve orange color.
4. In another small bowl, beat egg white with green food coloring.
5. Brush orange food coloring over the edges of pie crust. Top with remaining pumpkins. Press edges to seal.
6. Brush stems with green mixture and the pumpkins with orange.
7. Transfer to a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until browned.
Dinner: Snake Stromboli
(This is our version of a recipe we found on FoodNetwork.com)
This was the first seasonal recipe we made after having our son. It’s become a tradition we look forward to all year long!
» 1 16-ounce refrigerated pizza dough
» 1-8 oz. can of marinara
» 4 oz. mozzarella cheese
» 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
» 1/2 cup sliced bell peppers
» 1 can of chopped red pepper
» 1 package pepperoni, sliced
» Assorted food coloring
» 1 strip roasted red pepper
1. Roll out pizza dough and press onto sprayed pan.
2. Spoon sauce into center of dough and top with cheese, peppers, and pepperoni. Be careful not to over stuff the Stromboli; it will leak while baking.
3. Wrap the dough up to resemble a snake and make an S-shape. Press two olives into one end to make eyes and the slice of red pepper to make a tongue.
4. Decorate the snake with food coloring.
5. Bake until golden, 30 to 40 minutes.
Dessert: Witch Hat Cookies
(Adapted from pinterest.com)
» 1 package of fudge-striped cookies
» 1 bag of Hershey Kisses
» Vanilla frosting
» Green food coloring
1. Lay cookies on plate, stripe-side down.
2. Mix food coloring into frosting and pipe a ring around the center of the cookies.
3. Attach a Hershey Kiss to the center of each cookie.
* Juanita Farris is a former optician who loves her new stay-at-home mom job. After a busy day of playing with her 1-year-old she loves to read, cook and write.
By SCOTT KLEPACH
One fun day trip is to explore some great cultural and educational spots in the greater Goldendale area. I recommend taking this day trip on a Saturday, so you can enjoy all the places on this list. Rearrange this itinerary any way you need, but pay attention to each destination’s hours of operation and how much light is left in the day.
9 a.m.: Leave Yakima
10:10 a.m.: Arrive at St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Monastery/Bakery. Try some coffee and baklava and explore the gift shop.
10:40 a.m.: Leave St. John’s (unless you are visiting/touring the monastery — call at least a week ahead to schedule an appointment).
11 a.m.: Arrive at Goldendale Observatory State Park. Check out the telescopes inside two domes in the daytime. One telescope will allow you to look at the sun without being blinded, and another telescope under the bigger dome will give you a glimpse of Venus or Mercury. (Note: Goldendale Observatory offers nighttime viewing too!)
Noon/12:30 p.m.: Have a picnic at Maryhill State Park. Bring the bikes and get some exercise, or stroll leisurely next to trees overlooking the Columbia River. Planning a longer trip will allow you to enjoy the area’s camping and waterfront activities.
1:30 p.m.: Visit Maryhill Museum of Art. Check for “free county” days, visiting exhibits and family fun days throughout the year. Grab a snack and drink at the museum’s café before you leave.
3:30 p.m.: Visit Stonehenge Memorial. Pretend you are in England and adopt a British accent. Clap your hands inside and outside the stone pillars and compare the sounds.
4 p.m.: Head home to Yakima, to arrive around dinnertime.
Other possible highlights:
• Enjoy another sight of the Columbia River by crossing the Sam Hill Memorial Bridge to Oregon, even if only for a few minutes.
• On the way south from Yakima to your destination points, and on the way back, see how many mountains you can spot as you’re driving on Highway 97. On a good day you should be able to spot Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier!
Note: You will need a Discovery Pass to park at the Goldendale Observatory State Park and Maryhill State Park. A Discovery Pass costs $10 per day, or $30 annually, and the pass is transferrable between two vehicles. You can obtain one at state parks and many stores in the area. For a list of Yakima vendors, visit the website of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/county/YAKIMA/
St. John the Forerunner Greek Orthodox Monastery/Bakery
58.7 miles from Yakima (70 minutes by car)
5 Timmer Lane, Goldendale
509-773-7141 or 509-773-6650
Bakery/gift shop hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.,
Monday-Saturday (monastery hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m.)
Goldendale Observatory State Park
71.6 miles from Yakima (89 minutes by car)
1602 Observatory Drive, Goldendale
Hours: 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday (nighttime viewings begin at about 8:30 p.m.)
Free; Discovery Pass required for parking
Maryhill State Park
78.5 miles from Yakima (94 minutes by car)
50 U.S. 97, Goldendale
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-dusk (summer), and 8 a.m.-dusk (winter); open year-round
Free; Discovery Pass required for parking
Maryhill Museum of Art
80.6 miles from Yakima (99 minutes by car)
35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every day, including holidays, March 15-Nov. 15
Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3 youth (ages 7-18), $25 family (two adults with related children)
81 miles from Yakima (97 minutes by car)
43-199 Stonehenge Drive, Goldendale (3 miles east of Maryhill Museum of Art)
509-773-3733 (Maryhill Museum of Art)
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Depending on your air conditioning situation at home, you may be either extremely happy or extremely sad to see the temperatures start to drop as we head into fall. After seeing high utility bills in our new home, I went to the Frugal Yakima Life Facebook page last winter for ideas on how to lower it. Readers gave tons of great responses which I decided to condense into one article.
The number one response was to call the utility company and ask them to put your account on a payment plan so that you pay the same amount every month.
Some great suggestions regarding appliances were to turn off the heated dry setting on the dishwasher, run the spin cycle on the washing machine one more time (since the washer uses less energy than the dryer), wash all laundry in cold water (I’ve been doing this for a long time and our clothes are still perfectly clean) and turning down the temperature on your water heater.
Several people suggested turning down the heat and dressing warmer in the house. This is something I grew up doing but with kids little enough that they can’t put their own covers back on in the night, we keep the temp up in our house.
One reader suggested having an electronic-free day once a week. This is a fantastic idea! She also suggested that if one day is too much, try a few hours to start with.
Many readers suggested turning off and unplugging appliances and electronics when they’re not in use. One thing I know about energy is that even if something is turned off, the energy is still flowing to the plug and will therefore cost you money.
Other suggestions included purchasing Energy Star appliances, low flow shower heads, small tank toilets, a programmable thermostat and vinyl windows. Also make sure that there are no leaks in windows and doors and use padded blockers on the bottom of doors to make sure no heat or air escapes.
Does a post about colder weather scare you? It’s coming soon! These are some great ways to be ready. Don’t forget to post on the Frugal Yakima Life Facebook page with more suggestions!
* When she’s not chasing two very busy little boys, Aubrey Does loves drinking coffee and blogging deals. You can read more of her frugal adventures at frugalyakimalife.com.
By Dr. David Pommer, MD
On most issues, I speak to you with some experience as a family physician and parent. These are topics that I have counseled parents on and have seen some small victories in my home. On the other hand, I speak more theoretically about the things I have not seen much of or have failed with at home.
Picky eating is one of those latter topics. I have pleaded and cajoled. I have been in your shoes and have not always seen success.
Let’s start with some physiology that I do understand. The rate of growth of our kids slows down around age 12 months. This means appetite usually drops, which allows kids to become pickier. In fact, picky eating is the norm for many toddlers. They may go weeks eating just a couple of preferred foods.
Here are some overarching principles to guide us in this struggle with our picky eaters.
First, try to involve your child in some form of food preparation. This probably doesn’t mean operating the Cuisinart or chopping vegetables, but it may mean choosing between corn and carrots. This investment in the process may make kids more likely to eat at the table.
Second, be patient. It may take 10 or more exposures for your child to try a new food. Praise your child for any attempt to try a new food.
Though this may go against how we were raised, don’t force a child to eat. Stress that what is on the table now is the only thing on the table. Don’t make a separate meal or snack for your child if they don’t eat.
Regarding safety of certain foods, kids can’t grind their teeth well to eat certain foods until about age four. Try to avoid the following until then: raw carrots, raw celery, large sections of hot dog, whole grapes, peanuts and other nuts.
Try to make a variety of healthy foods available. And if your child refuses a food, try another in the future from the same food group. For example, try a deep-yellow or orange vegetable rather than a green vegetable. Not wanting low-fat milk? Try yogurt, cheese or a low-fat flavored milk. Try chicken, turkey, pork or fish instead of lean beef.
Consider adding “eye appeal.” Use a cookie cutter to cut foods into interesting shapes, or add a smiley face on top of a casserole.
In addition, you can present a food that they like along with a food they have refused in the past to see if this increases the rate of success.
You could disguise other foods by adding them into a dish to add nutritional value. This may work with some kids, but others are super sleuths who will detect these unexpected ingredients and perhaps make them pickier.
So I will join you in this meandering journey, of airplane noises while “flying” a spoonful of food to a closed mouth, of puppet shows about the four food groups, of daydreams about large funnels. We will take this journey, with these successes and failures, together.
* David Pommer, MD, is a family physician with Selah Family Medicine. He is a graduate of Whitworth University and the University of Washington School of Medicine.
School is in full swing, so whatever routine your family has established is probably already becoming the norm. Even if your kids are not yet ready for school, another transition is already here with the arrival of autumn.
This season continues to be my favorite of the year, complete with vivid colors, rich and savory flavors, and the delightfully potent scents of cooler air and harvest bounty.
Because of this hearty season, food is at the forefront of our minds with this fall issue. In addition to our Family Fare offering (Butternut Squash soup with cheese ravioli!), you will find a timely twist on Rice Krispies.
Contributor Juanita Farris has a full day’s worth of feasting lined up for you with her feature on making spooky meals. Our “Second Opinion” feature from Dr. Pommer gives you tips on handling those picky little eaters in your household.
There are so many exciting things to experience this time of year, too. We’ve devoted several pages to harvest, Halloween, and other fall-related events. (Yikes! We are even listing early Christmas events too!)
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I’m wishing your fall to be full of fun, family and flavor!
September 6, 2013 by Scott Klepach
It can be tough getting some kids to read and write, but being able to meet an author of children’s books may be one way to inspire them.
That’s what Naches Valley students will get a chance to do when Derek Munson, a popular children’s book author, will visit Sept. 16-17.
“We’re very excited to have him and his great energy at our schools!” says Anna Marney, who serves as a communications hub spokesperson for the Naches Valley School District PTSA.
Munson’s first book was the award-winning Enemy Pie, and his latest title, Bad Dad, publishes in October.
The Bellingham, Wash. author will visit Naches Elementary, Middle School and Intermediate Schools and offer presentations on friendship, creativity and writing.
Munson has presented to more than 100,000 students at public schools, private schools and libraries across the U.S. and abroad for more than 10 years.
“My goal is to inspire imagination,” said Munson in a press release. “If there’s no excitement in writing, students will not do it. What I try to do is build that enthusiasm by involving students in my presentations.”
August 26, 2013 by Scott Klepach
With the school year just kicking off, many parents have to decide how to provide care for their children before and after the school bells ring. Fortunately, there are several before and after-school options in the area.
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A Selah-based school program, called “The Home Zone,” offers two options. One is a preschool program linked with a childcare center, for kids ages 3-5. That program runs weekdays 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Another option is a before and after school program, also under “The Home Zone” name, for kids in grades K-6, or ages 5-12. This program is open weekdays before school, 6:30-7:45 a.m., and after school until 6 p.m.
The Home Zone is located at Selah United Methodist Church, 1061 Selah Loop Road in Selah. Call 509-697-9444 for more information.
In Yakima, an after-school program called “Beyond the Bell” resumes at Roosevelt Elementary Gym, 120 N. 16th Ave. Designed for kids in grades K-5, this program offers games, arts and crafts, homework assistance and other fun. Kids from other Yakima School District schools may also attend and can usually get dropped off by school bus.
The cost is $3 per day per child. “Beyond the Bell” is open 2:15-6 p.m. Mondays and 3:15-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and follows the Yakima School District calendar. Call Yakima Parks and Recreation for more information, 509-575-6020.
Yakima Family YMCA continues its Before & After School Enrichment (BASE) program. Open to students ages 5-12, BASE provides supervised latch-key programs to focus on making friends, building relationships, leadership skills and staying active. An afternoon snack is included, along with homework time and structured and free play.
Programs are available from 7 a.m. until school starts, and after school until 6 p.m. Both morning and afternoon programs are available at Gilbert, Nob Hill, Terrace Heights, Whitney and East Valley elementary schools. An afternoon program is also available at McClure Elementary.
There are several price ranges for BASE. Morning sessions: $50 for four days per month; $76 for 12 days per month; $115 for 22 days per month. Afternoon sessions: $60 for four days per month; $132 for 12 days per month; $218 for 22 days per month. For both morning and afternoon sessions: $98 for four days per month; $201 for 12 days per month; $325 for 22 days per month. There is also a non-refundable $50 registration fee per child.
For more info, call Yakima Family YMCA, 509-248-1202.
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August 26, 2013 by Scott Klepach
An after-school program called “Beyond the Bell” resumes at Roosevelt Elementary Gym, 120 N. 16th Ave.
Designed for kids in grades K-5, this program offers games, arts and crafts, homework assistance and other fun. Kids from other Yakima School District schools may also attend and can usually get dropped off by school bus.
The cost is $3 per day per child. “Beyond the Bell” is open 2:15-6 p.m. Mondays and 3:15-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, and follows the Yakima School District calendar.
Call Yakima Parks and Recreation for more information, 509-575-6020.
August 23, 2013 by Scott Klepach
If you thought the summer days of watching outdoor movies were over, there’s another program for you and your family to enjoy.
Grace Lutheran Church will host a free outdoor movie night at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
The movie will be “Rio,” rated PG, which will start at about 8 p.m.
Come for free popcorn, sodas, snacks and candy. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket.
The church is at 1207 S. Seventh Ave., Yakima. For more information, call the Rev. David Salinas at 509-759-3635.
August 7, 2013 by Scott Klepach
The Story Time reading program offered by Yakima Valley Museum and Ready by Five, and held at the museum, will continue through the month of August. Each themed session begins at 10 a.m. Wednesdays through the month.
Each week will feature crafts, snacks and a story based on a different theme:
Aug. 7: Dr. Seuss
Aug. 14: Superheroes
Aug. 21: Farm Animals
Aug. 28: Starting or Going Back to School
The free program is located in the Children’s Underground at Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima. Call 509-248-0747 for more info, or visit the website: yakimavalleymuseum.org.
August 1, 2013 by Scott Klepach
Catch up on reading, crafts, games and other fun activities at many Yakima Valley Libraries’ branches this August!
MOXEE LIBRARY. 255 W. Seattle, Moxee; 509-575-8854.
- Children’s Craft Day: 11 a.m. Aug. 5.
- Wii Gaming: 4 p.m. Aug. 27 & 29.
NACHES LIBRARY. 303 Naches Ave., Naches; 509-653-2005.
- Preschool story time: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 7-28.
- Naches Kids’ Zone: Stories and crafts, 4 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 1-29.
SELAH LIBRARY. 106 S. Second St., Selah; 509-698-7345.
- Preschool story time: 10 a.m. Mondays, Aug. 5-26; 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 7-28; 10 a.m. Thursdays, Aug. 1-29.
- Baby Lapsit: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 7-28.
- Summer Reading Program: Digging family activities, 10 a.m. Aug. 1 & 8.
- Adventures at Selah Library: Activities, books, games and crafts for all ages, 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 1-29.
SOUTHEAST LIBRARY, 211 S. 7th St., Selah; 509—576-0723.
- Tween Scene: Young adult books, fun and games, 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 7-28.
SUNNYSIDE LIBRARY. 621 Grant, Sunnyside; 509-837-3234.
- Toddler story time: Books, songs and finger plays, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 7-28. Playtime starts at 11:30 a.m.
- Drop-in craft: 4 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 1-29.
- Preschool story time: 10:15 & 10:45 a.m. Fridays, Aug. 2-30.
- Family Movie: 2 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 3-31.
TOPPENISH LIBRARY. 1 S. Elm, Toppenish; 509-865-3600.
- Preschool story time: 11 a.m. Thursdays, Aug. 8-22.
WAPATO LIBRARY. 119 E. Third St., Wapato; 509-877-2882.
- Booktalks: “Go Spelunking!” Make crafts and play games to explore caves and tunnels. 4 p.m. Aug. 1.
- Booktalks: “Cave Paintings.” Stories, crafts and games about cave paintings. 4 p.m. Aug. 8.
WEST VALLEY LIBRARY. 223 S. 72nd Ave., Yakima; 509-966-7070.
- Preschool story time: 10 & 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 7-28.
- Explore: Ages 6-12 can enjoy ativities, books, games and crafts. 3 p.m. Aug. 1-8.
YAKIMA LIBRARY. 102 N. Third St., Yakima; 509-452-8541.
- Preschool story time: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Aug. 1-29.
- Tween Scene: Fun and games for grades 4-7. 4 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 1-29.
- Summer Showtime Movies: 3 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 3-24.
ZILLAH LIBRARY. 109 Seventh St., Zillah; 509-829-6707.
- Little Bunnies: Rabbit fun for ages 6-10. 2 p.m. Aug. 14.
- Diggin’ Up the Dirt: Construction story and craft for ages 6-10. 2 p.m. Aug. 21.