My Favorite Gingerbread Recipe
This gingerbread recipe has been modified from a Joy of Cooking recipe. It is my favorite because it is vegan and doesn’t require any refrigeration!
Almond Butter Kisses Cookie Recipe
Christmas cookie baking day is one of my favorite parts of the holidays. I love the smell of cookies baking all day long with holiday music playing and the entire family and our friends working together to make some tasty treats!
Peanut butter kisses were always one of my favorites to make with my parents and grandparents growing up along with my grandmother's M&M Christmas cookies. After my son was born we found out he was severely allergic to peanuts which came as a total shock. I have been a major peanut butter love my whole life and I had to remove it completely from our home. Lucky for us he is not allergic to tree nuts so we are able to substitute almond butter and other choices. A few years ago I took the recipe for Peanut Butter Kisses and substituted almond butter and them came out amazing. My son who refuses all kinds of "butter" substitutes enjoys these cookies and I catch him trying to sneak them all the time just like I did as a child! Plus they are pretty darn close to the original peanut butter ones, to the point that I have actually grown to enjoy this option more. Feel free to substitute any other type of "butter" option that will work for your family. These make perfect gifts for teachers, friends and family and they were featured on a Cape Kids Cast where Ethan touts them as a great peanut free option.
Check out this week's Cape Kids Cast brought to you exclusively from Cape Cod Moms. This week they share their holiday cookie special as well as highlight some upcoming events. Here are the links to the cookie recipes: Almond Butter Kisses & Christmas M&M cookies!
Stay tuned in December for our gifts for parents, and possibly an interview with the jolliest elf around: Santa Claus!
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Every year starting after Thanksgiving my family starts our winter holiday traditions. Here are some of my family’s favorite traditions new and old.
Brewster for the Holidays: our favorite event is the party at the Brewster Natural History Museum on 12/2 this year.
Gardens Aglow at Heritage Gardens now through 12/30 (review coming soon)
Seeing a play: the Nutcracker this year.
Making Gingerbread houses and holiday cookies. Keep an eye out for recipe in upcoming blog post
Winter solstice calendar- We have reusable calendars that I fill with legos, coins and a few candies as a countdown to winter solstice.
Winter solstice celebration: we hang out as a family, have braised meat and vegetables, make, decorate and eat gingerbread cookies and exchange gifts.
Go out to Local Scoop for create your own ice cream sundae.
Visiting the Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House for their holiday interactive living history program weekends now through 12/16 (review coming soon)
What are your holiday traditions?
Molly, her husband, and their 1, 6 and 8 year split their time between their little piece of the cape in Orleans and Cambridge. She was a kindergarten teacher before her oldest was born then became a SAHM. She loves running, books, supporting literacy, nature walks, arts, craft, knitting and sewing as well as being outside and on the beach!
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The Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway, NH, has created the Ultimate Santa Package for families who want to immerse themselves in the Santa experience leading up to Christmas. Guests will start each day having breakfast with the elves and end each day with story time and cookies with Santa himself. Also included are tickets to nearby Santa’s Village, where every day is Christmas with 23 themed rides including “Rudy’s Rapid Transit Coaster” and “The Great Humbug Adventure” as well as three theaters and a chance to visit Santa in his home and even sit in his rocking chair. Guests will have a designated area of the resort’s lobby to write letters to Santa and drop them in a special priority access mailbox. The two-night package also includes accommodations and passes to the resort’s 84-degree on-site indoor water park, Kahuna Laguna.
Jon Sallinen, General Manager of Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, is looking forward to hosting guests with this new themed getaway. “Our entire team is getting into the holiday spirit and they are excited to welcome our Ultimate Santa guests. Seeing the wonder in the eyes of children of all ages as they’re surrounded by everything Santa from morning until night will make the holidays at the resort even more special,” he said. For more stress free holiday planning tips check out this post.
Red Jacket Mountain View Resort is a great mountain escape for families. In addition to the on-site Kahuna Laguna indoor water park featuring 3-story slides, a wave pool, water basketball court and adventure tower, there are also walking trails and a playground to explore. Family activities including wagon rides, Wii tournaments, crafts and movie nights keep guests entertained. And there are many dining options along with a full range of accommodations from traditional guest rooms to family rooms with lofts or bunkbeds, 2-bedroom townhomes and 4-bedroom custom “Presidential” homes. Red Jacket Mountain View Resort is located in North Conway, NH close to skiing, outlet shopping, Santa’s Village and many other family attractions. The Ultimate Santa Package is available weekends from November 23 through December 22, 2018 and may be booked online at www.redjacketresorts.com or by calling 1-800-RJACKET.
Red Jacket Resorts are a group of seven resorts in New England owned and operated by The Davenport Companies of South Yarmouth, MA. For more information, please contact Beth Patkoske at (508) 760-9293 or visit www.redjacketresorts.com
This lovely production is an excellent way to kick off your holiday season and is perfect for all ages. The Sea Captain’s Nutcracker, set to the original Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker score, opens in a Chatham Sea Captain’s home in the mid-1800’s. Local authors Donna Smith & Anne LeClaire’s script transports the audience on an enchanting journey through local history and folklore invoking elements of the natural environs of Cape Cod. The heroic battle scene takes place aboard a sailing ship as it is attacked by mooncussers off the coast of Eastham; a swift and violent storm off Monomoy Point then threatens the voyage. The salty old Sea Captain, who replaces the traditional Drosselmeyer character, returns home to Chatham bearing exotic gifts from his voyages for Clara. Audiences will be charmed by the Waltz of the Sea Grass and will be thrilled by the Dance of the Icy Winds.
You need not go to Boston or New York City to see a high quality Nutcracker! The Sea Captain’s Nutcracker, not only includes 125 local dance students and actors but features professional guest dancers from Omaha and Chicago. Kristen Evans and Alex Luntz from the Festival Ballet Providence star as the Beach Castle Princess and her Cavalier. The enchanting choreography is a collaboration by professional and world renowned dancers including Laura Sciortino, Catherine Batcheller and Joseph Cipolla. This year’s production features exciting additional choreography by Yves de Bouteiller, recently relocated from Paris and now on faculty at Turning Pointe Dance Studio. Mr.de Bouteiller along with Falmouth local, Brett Baird, play the role of the salty old Sea Captain.
The Sea Captain's original set and costume designs are by London stage designer Jean Marc Puissant but watch for elegant and imaginative new costumes and sets added this year. A special newcomer to the cast is Sandwich school teacher Cathy Lemay who opens the production as the adult Clara reminiscing to John Lennon's So This is Christmas. Tickets sell quickly so reserve your seats today!
For tickets to this production visit the studio's website at www.turningpointedancestudio.org or call (508) 444-0278.
Adults: $26; children and seniors: $16. Group discounts are available.
Guest Performer Bios:
Kristen Evans, Beach Castle Princess
Born in Providence, Ms. Evans began training in the Festival Ballet Providence School at age 11. She performed as a member of FBP’s Junior Company for 5 years before joining the main company as a trainee in 2010. Ms. Evans has attended summer intensives with Bolshoi Ballet Academy, The Nutmeg Conservatory, and was a member of the Jacob’s Pillow Summer Dance Festival in 2009. Ms. Evans was a two-time finalist in the Youth America Grand Prix in New York City, where she was awarded several scholarships as well as a traineeship with Ballet West in Utah. Previous roles with FBP include Wendy in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan, the title role in Winthrop Corey’s Cinderella, Pas de Trois, Big Swans, and Cygnets in Swan Lake, Princess Tsarevna in Mihailo Djuric’s The Firebird, the roles of Sugarplum Fairy, Dew Drop Fairy, Clara, Spanish, and Marzipan in The Nutcracker, and the principal in Etudes, as well as principal roles in George Balanchine’s Apollo, Allegro Brillante, Agon, Rubies, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, in addition to the principal role in Christopher Wheeldon’s The American. Kirsten has also been featured in contemporary works by Viktor Plotnikov, Dominic Walsh, Ilya Kozadayev, Joseph Morrissey, and others. Kirsten works as the PR and Communications Assistant for FBP and is also pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts/Journalism at Providence College. This is Kirsten’s ninth season with the company.
Alex Lantz, Cavalier
Alex Lantz began his dance training at age seven at the Rockford Dance Company in his home town of Rockford, Illinois. In 2006, he was accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division. Mr. Lantz joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet company as an apprentice in 2010. He performed with the company in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Moulin Rouge – The Ballet, Dracula, Wonderland, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, Svengali and Giselle. Mr. Lantz also joined the company in 2010 on a three-city tour of Israel, part of the RWB’s 70th Anniversary tour. Lantz came to Festival Ballet Providence in 2012. He has performed the roles of Spanish, Snow King and Sugarplum Cavalier in The Nutcracker, has been featured in Dominic Walsh’s Afternoon of the Faun, Ilya Kozadayev’s Moonlight Pas De Deux, and has also performed leading roles in Viktor Plotnikov’s Orchis and Coma as well as principal roles in George Balanchine’s Agon and Tchaikovky Pas de Deux. Mr. Lantz also has performed a number of character roles including Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, The Witch in Hansel & Gretel, Kastchai in The Firebird, Smee in Jordan Morris’ Peter Pan and Herr Drosselmeyer in The Nutcracker. This is his sixth year with Festival Ballet Providence.
My family and I had the opportunity again to go check out Gardens Aglow at Heritage Gardens as complimentary visitors in return for an unbiased review. Gardens Aglow is at Heritage Gardens in Sandwich on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm from November 24 – December 17. Friday, Dec 22; Friday, December 22; Friday, December 29, and Saturday, December 30. Tickets cost Member Adults (12+): $15 Member Youth (3-18 years): $5 Non-Member Adults (12+): $18 Non-Member Youth (3-11 years): $7 Children ages 2 and under are free. This is a great event for the whole family just make sure to dress in layers as it is cold outside but warm inside.
Have you been to Gardens Aglow? What is your favorite part?
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