By Juanita Farris
When I was pregnant with my first child, I loved the idea of starting a new tradition for him to grow up with. I kept seeing “Elf on the Shelf” ideas on Pinterest and it felt like the perfect fit.
If you’re not familiar with Elf on the Shelf, it’s a little elf doll that you adopt into your family. Elves act as scouts for Santa Claus during the holiday season to help with his naughty and nice lists. Your elf will watch and listen to your family during the day and then fly back to the North Pole at night to give a full report to Santa.
The next morning, the elf will be back at your house, probably getting into trouble. This is the best part for many parents. While your children sleep you are supposed to set up a scene for the kids to find. The first person awake may find the elf getting into the cookie jar or playing a board game with other toys.
Elves are available for adoption at Fiddlesticks, Hallmark, Target or elfontheshelf.com for about $30. The posable doll comes with a book and a keepsake box. After receiving your elf, you can register him or her online to receive a special adoption certificate and letter from Santa. Then, your holiday season really begins!
Welcome your elf back to your home every winter with a North Pole breakfast. Serve food that can be made the night before, such as crock pot egg casserole. Our elf’s favorite food is Frosted Cheerios to look like elf-sized donuts. After eating, you can read the elf’s book together and remind your family of the rules. I’m not clear if her family has more than one elf, or if she doesn’t know the possessive of elf. JG
Be on your best behavior to get on the nice list and protect the elf’s magic by never touching it. To keep things running smoothly, I would also make a schedule to set up the elf’s nighttime adventures. We usually do a new scene once a week, but if you’re really ambitious you could try for a new pose every night.
I hope you enjoy your Christmas and your new family member, as our family has.
Crock Pot Egg Casserole (Adapted from cdkitchen.com)
•2 tablespoons olive oil
•1/2 cup onions
•1/2 cup chopped bell peppers
•1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
or half and half
•1 bag frozen hash brown potatoes
•1 cup grated cheddar cheese
•1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
•1 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
Saute onions and peppers in olive oil and set aside.
Slightly beat eggs with heavy cream or half and half. Add egg mixture, sauteed vegetables, hash browns, cheese, salt and pepper to crock pot.
Cook overnight on low, and this yummy breakfast will be ready for you in the morning!
Pinterest inspired this cute idea … making “donuts” for Santa’s elves on Christmas Eve! Just take regular Cheerios, dip them in a tiny bit of honey or frosting, then roll them in powdered sugar, brown sugar and finely-chopped cupcake sprinkles. Then place in a small earring box (we found this one at Michael’s), place next to your elf or the fireplace and watch them disappear!
Kids love cupcakes! Especially topped with cute sugary characters. So in the spirit of the holidays, we made these Frosty the Snowman cupcakes. They’re sure to be a hit at a party…but almost too cute to eat.
Marshmallow Snowman Cupcakes
- 1 box white cake mix +
required ingredients on box
- White cupcake liners
- White frosting
- Black frosting (small tube)
- Orange frosting (small tube)
- Sweetened coconut
- Large marshmallows
- Extra large marshmallows
- Hershey Kisses
- Pretzel sticks
Bake cupcakes according to directions on box. Let cool. To make snowmen, decorate the marshmallows prior to stacking.
For the body, use the extra large marshmallows. Stick a pretzel in either side for arms, and dab three dots of black frosting for the buttons. Repeat for desired number of cupcakes, and then set aside to let frosting dry.
For the head, use the large marshmallows. Dab with black frosting to make two eyes and a charcoal mouth. Break off a small portion of a pretzel stick and insert for the nose. Dab with orange frosting so that it looks like a carrot.
For the hat, break Oreos apart and use the cookie side without frosting. Adhere a Hershey Kiss to the top with the black frosting, and then adhere the hat to the head with the white frosting. Set aside to let frosting dry.
Frost the cupcakes with the white frosting, and then securely adhere the body of the snowman. Dab the top of the body with white frosting and then adhere the head to the body. Sprinkle the remaining base of the cupcake with coconut to create a snowy effect. Serve on a coconut covered platter and enjoy!
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!
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.
May 30, 2013 by Scott Klepach
Food & Text by Jill St. George & Robin Salts Beckett
Photos by George May
Having a barbecue this Independence Day?
Don’t forget the dessert! Try these easy and delicious kid-friendly sweets.
Large pretzel sticks, white chocolate chips, sprinkles
In a double boiler, melt white chocolate chips until they are smooth and creamy. Coat the top half of the pretzel stick with white chocolate. Cover with red and blue sprinkles and then prop upright in a glass until the chocolate hardens.
Strawberries, marshmallows, angel food cake, chocolate chips, wood skewers
Rinse and cut the tops off of the strawberries. If strawberries are large, cut them in half. Cut the angel food cake into bite-size squares. Alternate strawberries, cake and marshmallows on the kabobs. Set aside. In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips until they are smooth and creamy. Put melted chocolate in a sandwich bag and then cut off a very small corner of the bag. Rotate the kabobs while drizzling chocolate over them. Carefully arrange them on a plate and let chocolate harden in the refrigerator.
Yogurt and popsicle trays
Depending on the number of folks you’re feeding, get the same number of blueberry, cherry and vanilla yogurt (one small container of each flavor can be used for 3-4 small popsicle trays). Then just layer the yogurts, pop in the freezer to chill and enjoy! Adding a bit of food coloring to the blueberry and cherry will help these patriotic pops pop!
November 21, 2012 by Scott Klepach
Sure, Christmas comes but once a year, but that “once” begins earlier and earlier each year, it seems. That can be a good thing! For our list of Christmas and holiday bazaars, click here. Otherwise, check out these wonderful Christmas and holiday events and celebrations!
Chalet Place Ice Rink. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. New ice skating rink made from sheets of polyethylene, which isn’t cold and doesn’t require refrigeration or electricity, allowing for the possibility of a year-round outdoor skating rink. “Come July,” says Frank Hieber, co-owner of Incline LLC, which operates Chalet Place Ice Rink, “you might see people in shorts and tank tops skating next to the shaved ice area.” Cost: $5 per person including skate rental, $4 if visitors bring their own skates. There is an unlimited amount of time within the hours of operation. Chalet Place Ice Rink, in the Chalet Place shopping center at 56th Ave. and Summitview Ave., Yakima.
Friday, Nov. 23-Monday, Dec. 24
Santa Claus Visits & Photos. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, & 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Christmas Eve. Valley Mall, 2529 Main Street, Union Gap; 509-0979. shopatvalleymall.com
Fri., Nov. 30-Sat., Dec. 1
Bill’s Berry Farm’s “Christmas Trees on the Farm.” 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 1 & Dec. 7-8. 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. The farm is at 3674 N. County Line Road in Grandview. Call 509-882-3200 for more information.
Friday, Nov. 30-Sat., Dec. 1
“The Rented Christmas.” Nov. 30, 10 a.m. & Dec. 1, 2 p.m. Presented by the Yakima Valley Opera Company. Suggested for ages 3-12. Cost: $15 adults, $12 seniors and students ages 12 and older, $7 children 5-11. The Seasons Performance Hall, 101 N. Naches Ave., Yakima; 509-485-1888.
Friday, Nov. 30-Monday, Dec. 3
Journey to Bethlehem. 5-8:30 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Take an interactive journey through the streets of a re-created ancient Bethlehem, complete with sets, actors and actresses and animals, Free. Yakima Seventh Day Adventist Church, 507 N. 36th Ave., Yakima; 509-452-2041. yakimasda.org/journey
Saturday, Dec. 1
Giant Gingerbread Man Decorating. Noon-1 p.m. Also offered Dec. 8 and 15. Cost: $15 per child (multiple event sign-ups can receive a discount; call for details). The Cake Decorator Shoppe, 5609 Summitview Ave., Yakima; 509-494-0975.
Whispers of Christmas. All-day event starts at 8 a.m. with a breakfast with Santa. Other events include kids games from 10:30 a.m.-noon, a 5K fun run from 1-3 p.m. (fee attached), a movie from 3-5 p.m with concessions available to purchase, a lighted parade, and a reading from Santa of The Night Before Christmas. Selah Civic Center, 216 S. First St., Selah; 509-698-7302.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Yakima Valley Mueseum Open House. Noon-3 p.m. Free. Several performances are lined up in the Neon Garden: Yakima Youth Symphony at noon, Yakima Children’s Choir at 1 p.m. and the Melody Lane Singers at 2 p.m. The museum is at 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima. Call 509-248-0747 or visit yakimavalleymuseum.org.
Saturday, Dec. 1-Sunday, Dec. 2
Ninth annual Toy Train Christmas. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16. All aboard! Take the train to the North Pole (don’t worry, you won’t need a passport) 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
Sunday, Dec. 2
Christmas Pops Spectacular. 4 p.m. Yakima Symphony Orchestra presents Christmas and holiday music for the whole family, in partnership with Yakima Symphony Chorus and Yakima Children’s Choir. Cost: $13.50-$50 per ticket. The Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St., Yakima; 509-853-8000. capitoltheatre.org
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Christmas Potluck & Entertainment. 6-8 p.m. Featuring Gone Fiddling Again. Broadway Grange No. 647, 909 W. Washington Ave., Yakima. Contact: 509-949-2100.
Friday, Dec. 7-Saturday, Dec. 8
Bill’s Berry Farm’s “Christmas Trees on the Farm.” See above, Friday, Nov.30-Saturday, Dec. 1.
Saturday, Dec. 8
Breakfast with Santa at Harman Center. 10 a.m. Enjoy fireplace, holiday decorations and music, and time with Santa. Bring cameras. Cost: $4 per person. Harman Center, 101 N. 65th Ave., Yakima. Call to register by Nov. 30: 509-575-6166.
Giant Gingerbread Man Decorating. 12-1 p.m. See above, Dec. 1.
Saturday, Dec. 8-Sunday, Dec. 9
Ninth annual Toy Train Christmas. See above, Saturday, Dec. 1-Sunday, Dec. 2.
Sunday, Dec. 9
Yakima Youth Symphony Orchestra Winter Concert. 3-4 p.m. Theme: “Destinations Ahead!” Cost: $5 at the door. The Capitol Theatre, 19 S. Third St., Yakima; 509-853-8000. YYSO website: yyso.org
Friday, Dec. 14-Saturday, Dec. 15
Luminaria. The Yakima Area Arboretum will host its annual Luminaria from 6-9 p.m. both nights. Go see more than 1,000 candles lighting the pathway, along with holiday music and the tallest Christmas tree in Central Washington. Coffee, hot apple cider, and treats are also provided. Kids can enjoy making crafts. Yakima Area Arboretum, 1401 Arboretum Drive, Yakima; 509-248-7337. ahtrees.org
Saturday, Dec. 15
Giant Gingerbread Man Decorating. Noon-1 p.m. See above, Dec. 1.
Yakima Valley Holiday Trolley. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Ride the electric trolley with Santa and enjoy holiday treats. Cost: $4 per person. Electric Railway Museum, South Third Avenue and Pine Street, Yakima; 509-249-5962.
Saturday, Dec. 15-Sunday, Dec. 16
Ninth annual Toy Train Christmas. See above, Saturday, Dec. 1-Sunday, Dec. 2.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
Cookie Decorating Class. 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $25 per person (discount for multiple day sign-ups). The Cake Decorator Shoppe, 5609 Summitview Ave., Yakima; 509-494-0975.
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Cupcake Decorating Class. 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $25 per person (discount for multiple day sign-ups). The Cake Decorator Shoppe, 5609 Summitview Ave., Yakima; 509-494-0975.
Thursday, Dec. 20
Mini-Cakes Decorating Class. 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $25 per person (discount for multiple day sign-ups). The Cake Decorator Shoppe, 5609 Summitview Ave., Yakima; 509-494-0975.
Friday, Dec. 21
Gingerbread House Decorating. 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $25 per person (discount for multiple day sign-ups). The Cake Decorator Shoppe, 5609 Summitview Ave., Yakima; 509-494-0975.
Saturday, Dec. 22
Giant Gingerbread Man Decorating. Noon-1 p.m. See above, Dec. 1.
November 7, 2012 by Scott Klepach
There’s nothing bizarre about having so many great bazaars in November and December. Our chronological list should help you plan to make it to all of them, if you so choose!
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Harvest Bazaar and Dinner. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Homemade crafts, baked goods. Tieton Presbyterian Church, 740 Franklin Rd., Tieton. Contact: Amanda at 509-952-1978.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Ahtanum Pioneer Church Holiday Bazaar. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Local crafters and home businesses, holiday gift items, homemade pies, caramel corn and candy. Coffee and pie for sale. Located in the Ark at 8500 Ahtanum Rd. in Yakima; 509-969-5217.
Annual Pink Ribbon Bazaar and Luncheon. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 40 vendors. Raffle items. Selah Civic Center, 216 S. First St., Selah. Contact: Sharon at 509-575-6600.
Christmas in the Nile Craft Faire Bazaar. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Holiday gifts, pine need baskets, hand-crafted stocking caps, hand-sewn items, hand-crafted jewelry, bake sale and lunch. Nile Community Club Building, 1891 Nile Rd., Goose Prairie, Wash.
Christmas of Hope Holiday Bazaar. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 45 vendors, with special guests, plus music from Yakima Flute Troupe. Glenwood Square, 5110 Tieton Drive, Yakima. Contact Nora: 509-833-2739.
Holiday Treasures Christmas Bazaar. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with lunch served 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Start with coffee and cinnamon rolls and then crafts, baked goods, and gourmet items. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 327 E. Edison, Sunnyside.
Holly Jolly Bazaar. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Hand-crafted items, children’s booth. Raffles and lunch served all day. Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1112 W. Fremont, Selah. Contact: Cathie at 509-697-3046.
Holy Redeemer Holiday Bazaar. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Variety of vendors, homemade decorations, jewelry, linens, baked goods. Snacks and lunch available for purchase during the day. Holy Redeemer Church, 102 W. Pierce St., Yakima. Contact Tammy after 6 p.m. at 509-853-8937.
New Hope Chapel Holiday Bazaar. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Local vendors and hand-crafted items, a Scentsy consultant and a church bake sale. New Hope Chapel, 2007 Cornell Ave., Union Gap.
Selah Nazarene Women’s Ministry Annual Bazaar. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Many vendors and items. Selah Nazarene Church, 401 N. First St., Selah; 509-697-4342.
Selah United Methodist Church Bazaar. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dishes, crafts, needlework, quilts, children’s toys, pet items, puzzles and books. Prizes and baked goods. Free coffee. Selah United Methodist Church, 1061 Selah Loop Rd., Selah.
Sunnyside Presbyterian Church County Blessings Bazaar. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Baked goods, creative items. With raffle and lunch. Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 737 S. 16th St., Sunnyside.
Union Gap Senior Center Thanksgiving/Christmas. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with stew feed from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost: $5 adults, $2.50 kids 10 and under. Vendor items and handmade items to be raffled. Union Gap Senior Center, 1000 Ahtanum Rd., Union Gap; 509-248-2668.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
BBDA Bazaar. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 40 vendors. John Campbell Elementary School Sunset Gym, 408 N. 1st St., Selah. Contact: Anita at 509-594-2041.
Caring for Kids Bazaar and Luncheon. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with lunch served 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Gift items, chiildren’s activity table, baked goods, books and jewelry. Presented by Daughters of the Nile. Englewood Christian Church, 511 N. 44th Ave., Yakima; 509-966-6550.
Holy Family Holiday Festival. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Come see more than 100 craft tables, along with lunch, espresso bar and raffles. Holy Family Queens Gym, on the corner of 56th and W. Chestnute avenues in Yakima.
Kittitas County Farmers’ Market – Holiday Market Event. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, eggs, breads, baked goods, pickles and jams, tea, herbs and sauces, cupcakes, nuts and candy. Holiday decorations and a variety of art. Hal Holmes Center, 209 N. Ruby St., Ellensburg; 509-899-3870.
Tree Top Annual Holiday Bazaar. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Selah Civic Center, 216 S. First St., Selah. Contact: Jessica Barry at 509-698-1546.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Winter Bazaar. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Crafts and home-based businesses. Lunch will be served. Selah Civic Center, 216 S. First St., Selah. Contact Joelle at 509-833-3482.
Yakima Evangelical Church Annual Bazaar. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., with Santa from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Live DJ and vendors. Yakima Evangelical Church, 80th and Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima. Contact: 509-941-8645.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Annual Merry Makings Crafts Fair. Nov. 30: 12-8 p.m.; Dec. 1: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Dec. 2: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come see the Lighted Implement Parade and homemade and hand-crafted items. Mid Valley Mall, 2010 Yakima Valley Highway, Sunnyside. Contact Nancy at 509-528-5107.
Mighty Tieton Holiday Craft Bazaar. The event features handmade crafts, antique items and food. Come see the chandeliers, the annual tree lighting and Santa. The bazaar runs 5-8:30 p.m. Nov. 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2. Mighty Tieton Warehouse is located at 608 Wisconsin Ave. in Tieton. Call 509-847-3034 for more details.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
American Legion Christmas Bazaar. 9 a.m.- 3 p.m., with soup and salad bar from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. American Legion Auxilary #36, 1120 N. 34th Ave., Yakima. Call Linda at 509-248-3194 or Betty at 509-248-5642.
Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hand-crafted gift items. Pictures with Santa for $4. Tree of Life Lutheran Church, 410 N. 37th St. in Terrace Heights.
Christmas of Hope Holiday Bazaar. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 45 vendors, with special guests, plus Toys for Tots. Glenwood Square, 5110 Tieton Drive, Yakima. Contact Nora: 509-833-2739.
VFW & Eagles FOE Joint Holiday Bazaar. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with lunch served at 11 a.m. Yakima Eagles, 307 W. Chestnut, Yakima. Contact Kellie (VFW) at 509-697-4338 or Sharon (FOE) at 509-248-3564.
Wesley United Methodist Church Bazaar. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., with lunch served from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., with homemade pie, soup, and sandwiches. Homemade items, baked goods, candy, Redware (embroidery), and fresh Christmas swags. Wesley United Methodist Church, 14 N. 48th Ave., Yakima; 509-966-2370.
Zillah Annual Christmas Bazaar. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Zillah Civic Center, 119 First Ave., Zillah.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7
Woman’s Century Club Open House. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Soup and bread luncheon and bazaar. Cost: $10. Woman’s Century Club, 304 N. Second St., Yakima; 509-453-3921.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
Catholic Daughters of America Bazaar. 8:30-11 a.m. Breakfast with Santa. Bring your camera for photos with Santa. Cost: $4 children 3-11, $7 ages 12 and up. Holy Family Church, 5315 Tieton Drive, Yakima. Contact: 509-910-1691 or 509-453-4262.
Winter Bazaar. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Crafts and home-based businesses. Lunch will be served. Selah Civic Center, 216 S. First St., Selah. Contact Joelle at 509-833-3482.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15
Christmas Bazaar at Winter Lodge at Cultural Heritage Center. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Hand-crafted native jewelry, art, holiday decorations, baked goods. Yakama Nation Cultural Center, Spiel-yi Loop and Buster Road, Toppenish. Contact Kiona at 509-930-3752 or 509-930-8510.
September 20, 2012 by Scott Klepach
Whether it’s Halloween or other harvest fun, here’s the lowdown on what’s in store for you this fall:
MULTIPLE DAY EVENTS
APPLE AND PUMPKIN FESTIVAL. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Saturdays, Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27. U-pick/we pick pumpkins and apples, make your own cider, warm apple cider donuts, pony rides, hay rides, barnyard hay rides, fire pit and marshmallows, live music, all-American food, demonstrations and classes. Bill’s Berry Farm, 3674 N. County Line Road, Grandview; 509-882-3200. billsberryfarm.com
BARNYARD MYSTERY CORN MAZE AT BILL’S BERRY FARM. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, & Saturdays, Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27. 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, plus nearly four miles of trails. Bill’s Berry Farm, 3674 N. County Line Rd., Grandview; 509-882-3200. Billsberryfarm.com
BLACKBERRIES JUBILEE. 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, through Oct. 13 (Friday-Sunday by appt.). U-pick blackberries. Take your pick of blackberries on the half-acre vineyard. At 600 Arrowsmith Road, Sunnyside.
GRANDVIEW’S ANNUAL HAUNTED HOUSE. Oct. 26-27, 5:30-10 p.m. Haunted house, games, food and more. Cost: $4 age 13 and older, $3 ages 12 and younger and seniors. Sponsored by Miss Grandview Program and Grandview Music Boosters. 135 Division St., Grandview; 509-882-3198. visitgrandview.org
FIFTH ANNUAL HAUNTED TRAIN AND DEPOT. Oct. 27-28 & Oct. 30-31. Schedule: 7-11 p.m. Oct. 27; 7-10 p.m. Oct. 28, 30, & 31. Come see ghosts, goblins and other scary surprises at two haunted trains. Cost: $5 per person (recommended age is 13 and older). Northern Pacific Railway Museum, 10 S. Asotin Rd., Toppenish; 509-865-1911. nprymuseum.org
JONES FARMS STRAW MAZE AND STRAW MOUNTAIN SLIDE. Sept. 15-Oct. 31. Straw maze and straw mountain slide. Free. Jones Farms, 2020 Thacker Road, Zillah; 509-829-6024.
OCTOBER HARVEST DAYS. Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, & 27-28. Old-fashioned cider squeeze, hay rides, 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 in October: 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays. 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/$6.50 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.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
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
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
YAKIMA ADVENTIST FALL FESTIVAL. 12-3 p.m. Hay ride, bounce houses, dunk tank, toddler pumpkin patch and games. Hosted by Yakima Adventist Christian School and Washington Fruit Place & Gift Shop. Yakima Adventist Christian School, 1200 City Resevoir Rd., Yakima; 509-966-1933. yacsschool.org
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
ANNUAL PUMPKIN RUN. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 27. Family-friendly event includes caboose and pump car rides and museum tours. Each child gets a free pumpkin. Cost: $5 adults, $3 for children 12 and under. Northern Pacific Railway Museum, 10 S. Asotin Road, Toppenish; 509-865-1911. nprymuseum.org
MINI PUMPKINS COME TO LIFE. 10-11 a.m. Oct. 27. Master Gardeners host this class to teach children how to decorate pumpkins. Free. Ahtanum Youth Park Barn, 1000 Ahtanum Rd., Union Gap.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. 12-5 p.m. Sugar skulls, sand painting and crafts for the entire family. Festival also features food and music. Cost: $3 suggested donation. Mighty Tieton Warehouse, 608 Wisconsin Ave., Tieton; 509-847-3034. mightytieton.com
HARVEST FESTIVAL. 3-5 p.m., Oct. 28. 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.
Selah Civic Center. 6-8 p.m., Oct. 31. Harvest Community Church (and local area merchants) is hosting the Selah Community Halloween Party. Kids birth-10 years. Kid-friendly costumes welcome.
New Hope Community Church. 5:30-8 p.m., Oct. 31. Located at 29 Channel Drive, Yakima.
Wesley United Methodist Church: 6-8 p.m., Oct. 31. Food, costumes, games. Free, open to the public. Located in church parking lot, at 14 N. 48th Ave., Yakima.
Westminster Presbyterian Church: 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 31. Halloween-themed carnival games and more. Free, open to the public. Located in the church parking lot, at 6015 Summitview Ave. Yakima.
June 1, 2012 by Scott Klepach
The good ol’ U.S.A. is a whopping 236 years old—and here’s how we’re celebrating the red, white and blue.
Yakima’s 4th of July Celebration begins at noon and ends at midnight at State Fair Park, located at 1301 S. Fair Ave. in Yakima. The park will be packed with food vendors, activities, games, rides, stage shows and other attractions. A fireworks show starts at 10 p.m.
Independence Day fun begin at State Fair Park on June 29, however. The 2012 Carnival runs from June 29-July 8 (closed July 5). For more details, hours, prices and updates, head to yakima4thofjuly.org.
You don’t have to stay within the Yakima city limits to celebrate!
The Naches Valley Independence Day Festival will kick off at 10 a.m. in downtown Naches. Family fun activities are scheduled throughout the day, culminating in a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m. If you’d like to learn more, contact Randy at RJ Tires in Naches at 509-653-2165.
There are also a couple of lower valley options available to you. Zillah’s 4th of July celebration begins at 8 p.m. and features professional and local fireworks at Stewart Park, located at 107 First Ave.
Traveling farther down I-82, you’ll find Prosser’s Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. Early festivities run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include a car show, concession stands, sack races, obstacle courses and bingo. Stick around or come back for a fireworks show at 10 p.m. The fun takes place at Prosser City Park, located at Seventh and Sommers streets.
EASTER EGG HUNTS – 2012
Photos with Easter Bunny at the Valley Mall. The Easter Bunny is back and more photogenic than ever. Or maybe the kids are more photogenic than ever! Kids can meet the Easter Bunny and have their pictures taken with him at the Valley Mall. Hours and dates are not yet available. For more info, contact the Valley Mall at 509-469-9308.
Sunday, April 1
COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT. 1 p.m. arrival; all hunts begin at 1:30 p.m. Easter egg hunt, Easter bag decorating, and pictures with the Easter Bunny and Sparky the dog. For children 12 and under, with three ages groups. Hosted by West Valley Fire Department. Location: West Valley Training Center, 10000 Zier Road; 509-966-3111.
Saturday, April 7
COMMUNITY EGG HUNT AT LOWER NACHES COMMUNITY PARK. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Community Egg Hunt at Lower Naches Community Park, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Face painting, balloon animals, inflatable bouncy house, hot dogs and popcorn. Various egg hunts for kids up to 10 years old, with more than 5,000 eggs! Presented by Memorial Bible Church. Located at Lower Naches Community Park, 111 E. Gleed Road, Gleed. Call Chris at 509-966-6500.
CHALET PLACE 4TH ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT. Begins at 10 a.m. Free Easter egg hunt. Bring your own baskets, and stick around to see the Easter Bunny. Chalet Place, 56th Ave. and Summitview Ave., Yakima.
DARIGOLD’S ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT. 10 a.m. Arrive early so kids can get their eggs! This year, the egg hunt will not held on the Darigold site, but at South Hill Park behind Bi-Mart in Sunnyside. Contact Tami at 509-837-4321, or call 509-837-8000.
EASTER EGG HUNT. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Multiple Easter egg hunts for various ages. Games, hot dogs, on-site DJ and music, prizes, face painting, family portraits, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Free. Yakima Evangelical Church, 7901 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima; 509-965-5216. yakimaec.com
DAVIS COMMUNITY EASTER EGG HUNT. Starts at 10 a.m. The hunt takes place at Davis High School Soccer Field, at 7th Ave. & Tieton Drive, Yakima. Bring your own basket. Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Yakima. Contact: Shan, 509-248-7940, ext. 142 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROSSER’S ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT. Starts at 10 a.m. Kids up to age 9 can bring their Easter egg baskets to go on an Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny will read stories and be available for pictures. Each egg hunter will get a storybook to take home. New location this year: Prosser City Park, 7th St., Prosser (across from Prosser High School). Contact Prosser Chamber of Commerce: 509-786-3177.
Sunday, April 8
WHITE PASS. 1 p.m. Egg hunt at High Camp Lodge. Ski up to the lodge to get to start hunting. Located 50 miles west of Yakima on U.S. Highway 12. Call 509-672-3101 for more details. skiwhitepass.com
EASTER AT THE SUNDOME. Starts at 11:30 a.m. Easter service in the Yakima Valley SunDome, followed by an Easter egg hunt with 30,000 eggs. Light shows, live Mixed Martial Arts demo, and bands. VIP section offers more prizes. Free. Concessions stand available. Hosted by Changing Pointe Church. Call Frank Ramirez at 509-949-9762 for more information.
November 24, 2010 by Scott Klepach
CANDY CANE COOKIES
½ cup butter or margarine, softened
½ cup shortening
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 ½ teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon red food color
½ cup crushed peppermint candy
½ cup granulated sugar
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Thoroughly mix butter, shortening, confectioners’ sugar, egg and flavorings. Blend in flour and salt.
Divide dough in half; blend red food coloring into one half.
Shape 1 teaspoon dough from each half into 4-inch rope. For smooth, even ropes, roll them back and forth on lightly floured board. Place ropes side by side; press together lightly and twist. Complete cookies one at a time. Place them on an un-greased baking sheet. Curve top down to form handle of cane.
Bake about nine minutes or until set and very light brown. Mix candy and granulated sugar. Immediately sprinkle cookies with candy mixture; remove from baking sheet. Makes about four dozen cookies.
1 cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup white Karo syrup
(Bring the above three ingredients to a boil.)
2 teaspoons vanilla or almond flavor
10 oz. (1 big cup) peanut butter
Pour over 6 cups Special K cereal
Drop on wax paper
April 8, 2009 by Robin Beckett
The kids and I made some cute and tasty Easter treats yesterday. These no-bake Easter Nest Cookies are super easy!
You just need three ingredients: Chocolate chips, crunchy chow mein noodles and some sort of candy that looks like little eggs. We used speckled Easter M&Ms, but jellybeans or even peanuts could work. I used a little more than one bag of milk chocolate chips for each 12 ounce bag of chow mein.
Line a couple cookie sheets with parchment or wax paper. This will keep the nests from sticking.
In a medium sized pan, melt the chocolate chips on the stove (medium heat), stirring so the chocolate doesn’t burn. This will only take a couple minutes. Remove from heat and add the noodles, stirring until they’re well coated. Then use a large spoon to drop a good-sized dollop of the chocolate chow mein mixture on your lined cookie sheets. Our nests are about 4 inches across.
Carefully check to make sure the mixture’s not too hot to touch, then use your fingers to shape each drop into the shape of a nest: circular with a little indent in the center. Move on to the next nest.
After you’re through forming the nests, the chocolate should still be sticky but not real warm (don’t want to melt your eggs!). Add a couple egg candies to the center of each nest. The chocolate will work like glue to hold them in. Chill them in the fridge for at least 20 minutes (we left ours overnight). To make them into little gifts, I placed each nest in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon.
My kids are 5 and 3, so they were able to help stir the melting chocolate, help form the nests and add the egg candies (their favorite part). We thought the nests looked great using three eggs that were the same color (shades of blue, for example) or mixing it up. Either way, you can’t go wrong!
December 1, 2007 by Robin Beckett
By Adrienne Humfeld
When we wake up Christmas morning, making breakfast is usually one of the last things that comes to mind. With all the hubbub, shrieks of delight and the usual testing out of new toys, moms need to make life easier on themselves!
The following recipes require very little prep time, and deliver with good taste. To make things even easier, some preparation can be done in advance.
These recipes are sure to please even the pickiest little eaters, and provide warm memories for years to come. Serve with a mug of cocoa, tea, or your favorite juice.
Adrienne Humfeld lives in Yakima with her husband and daughter, Macrina. She is an avid gourmet cook, artist and writer.