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Holiday Cheer from R&B: Pam and Walter

Christmas in the Werner house is a treasured time of year.  It is busy for us up until Christmas, but then things tend to slow down and we have much needed family time.  One of the things we look forward to every year is doing Christmas crafts.

It has been a tradition for over 20 years.  Our Christmas tree and house is filled with hand made ornaments and decorations from years past.  It is always so fun to open the  Christmas boxes and reminisce on our crafts as we decorate.  My kids look forward to this every year.  We will always cherish the time and memories.  We hope the Holiday Season brings your family much joy and hopefully some needed relaxation too.

Merry Christmas,
The Werner’s

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Katie

One of the things I look forward to most about Christmas time is watching my favorite Christmas movie “The Polar Express.”  I loved reading the book when I was little and now I watch the movie every Christmas eve. I turn off all the lights but the Christmas tree, cozy up with a blankie and enjoy the movie!

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Tina

We started a tradition when my girls were little. Every Christmas we would go to the Nutcracker Ballet. We would let one of the girls choose a nutcracker to purchase. They would take turns each year choosing one special to them.  My girls are teenagers now and two will be going off to college next year. This is a tradition that I hope will continue for years to come. These are just a few we have collected over the years.

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Kami

Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love the lights, I love the trees, I love the music, I love celebrating Jesus birthday, I love the anticipation of being together with family, and I love that Dr. Bode wears Christmas socks from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas!

 

This Christmas will be very different for my husband and me. We are moving to California in January! I am finding myself hanging on to things, to people, to traditions ……… anything that feels familiar and comfortable. I’m also finding myself worrying ….. about our kids (grown and independent!), our long “to do” list, and the many firsts and lasts we will face in the coming weeks and months. But what I keep coming back to, is the fact that our physical location will not change a single cherished memory that I have.

 

We enjoyed every minute of our time with our kids, our parents, and our siblings over Thanksgiving. We ate a ton of food, played games, reminisced, and just enjoyed being together. No regrets. No unresolved conflicts. Just lots of love and grace.

 

As we enter this Christmas season, my hope and prayer is that we all make the most of every moment we have with family and friends. That we love unconditionally, forgive easily, and give abundantly!  Merry Christmas and we will miss you all!

Featured Team Member: Hailey

My favorite part of the holidays is putting the tree up. Every year, I get mine up as soon as possible after Thanksgiving and I usually spend a couple hours putting on lights and making sure the ornaments are perfect. This year was a little different because I have a toddler, so I had to strategically arrange ornaments and exchange out my beautiful glass ornaments shatter proof ones! Leighton loves to redecorate the tree every few hours!  One of our family traditions is to get an ornament that reminds us of that year, like our pineapple ornament we got on our honeymoon, or the ornament signifying Leighton’s first Christmas last year. This year we got a mickey ornament while visiting Disneyland to signify our baby’s first trip to one of our favorite places.

Featured Team Member: Sonya

A new Holiday tradition since being married is going Black Friday Shopping with our oldest niece Emily. The last 5-6 years we enjoy going through the Thanksgiving Black Friday adds. We map out our plan, grab coffee and head out bright and early for all the crazy good deals. Ironically Emily and I don’t enjoy shopping with crowds, but we find ourselves year after year still going for the best deals that we can’t live without. Last year we completed our Christmas shopping in one day! I look forward to many years of finding great deals.

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Kelsey

I love making snickerdoodles around the holidays. The smell of them baking puts me into the holiday spirit. I recently found a recipe on allrecipes.com for Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles. I don’t like cooking mine all the way, love them nice and soft in the middle. Yum!

 

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

 

Ingredients you’ll need:

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon cream of tartar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ginger

¼ teaspoon allspice

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

1/8  teaspoon nutmeg

½ cup unsalted butter

½ cup white sugar

1/3 cup light brown sugar (packed) – I used dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

¼ cup white sugar

2 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon milk, or as needed

 

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. Place flour, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl. Add cinnamon, ginger, allspice, clove, and nutmeg. Whisk until thoroughly mixed, 1 or 2 minutes.
  3. Place butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a separate mixing bowl. Cream together with a spatula or wooden spoon until mixture is smooth, 2 or 3 minutes. Add vanilla and egg. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pour flour mixture into butter mixture. Stir until just combined or until the flour disappears.
  5. Wrap bowl in plastic wrap. Chill dough in refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  6. Stir cinnamon and sugar together in a shallow bowl or plate.
  7. Scoop dough into 2 tablespoon balls. Roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture to coat all sides. Roll into smooth ball and place on prepared baking sheet, 3 to 4 inches apart. Flatten slightly.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  9. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes; sprinkle with additional cinnamon-sugar mixture, if desired. Transfer cookies to cooling rack to cool completely.
  10. If you’d like to add a bit of shine to your cookies, you can brush them with a simple glaze. Mix confectioners’ sugar with milk or lemon juice to achieve brushing consistency. Brush onto cookies. Sprinkle with more cinnamon –sugar or pumpkin pie spice, if desired.
  11. And you’re done! Enjoy!

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Jennifer

Thanksgiving Memories

I am thankful this holiday season for the wonderful memories that I have of my mother-in-law Sue Hatch making pies with my children several years back.  One of her favorite pies to make and share with her family was pumpkin pie.  Below is a simple recipe that she used every time she made it. Please enjoy.

 

Pumpkin pie

Ingredients

3/4 cup of granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

2 large eggs

1 can (15 oz) pure pumpkin

1 can (12 fl. oz) evaporated milk

1 unbaked 9 inch (4 cup volume) deep-dish pie shell

Whipped cream (optional) Instructions

 

Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves in small bowl.  Beat eggs in large bowl.  Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.

 

Pour into pie shell

 

Bake in preheated 425 degree F oven for 15 minutes.  Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack for 2 hours.  Serve immediately or refrigerate.  Top with whipped cream before serving.

 

Happy Holidays from my family to yours.

Jennifer Hatch CDA

Holiday Cheer from R&B: Joey

As the year comes to an end I have the privilege of reflecting on an amazing year full of family and travel. The Summer of 2017 will be one I will never forget, as it marks the first time I have travelled out of the country. As a born and raised Washingtonian I’m sad to say that means that I have never traveled 3 hours north to cross the U.S/Canadian border.

 

My husband Stephen and I took a 16 day European vacation this summer. We started in London, England where we spent 6 full days with one daytrip to Bath, England. After England we flew to Italy. These are the cities we visited, in order, while in Italy: Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Sienna, Tuscany wine country, and Rome.

 

People always ask me what my favorite part of our trip was. Each place we visited was so unique and full of so much history that it is hard to pick a favorite. Because it is so hard to put it into words, I’ve attached some pictures of our trip below.

 

Trevi Fountain (Rome)

Roman Colloseum

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinque Terre by boat

Duomo Firenze – our favorite part of Europe is the amazing architecture!

Gelato in Venice

Another quaint neighborhood in Venice

Buckingham Palace

Big Ben, Victoria Clock Tower and The London Eye in the Background

The original Roman Baths in Bath, England

Traditional England telephone booth

Tower Bridge – London, England

Ristorante and Gondola rides – Venice, Italy

Featured Team Member: Bill

My favorite activity as a kid was building things – especially Legos.  This pirate ship was the last Lego project I completed before middle school and sports took over.  It survived in the back of a shelf in my old room in my parent’s house since 1989.  My oldest daughter, Ava, enjoys building with Legos.  This spring, we took my old bin of Legos and the pirate ship from my parent’s house to our house.  To my surprise, my Mom had also saved the instructions to the pirate ship.

We disassembled the ship, cleaned off almost thirty years of dust from the pieces, and put it back together.  It took us six hours over two days.  I assembled the ship the first time by myself.  The second time with my daughter was way better.  Thank you Mom for saving the instructions.