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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.

Featured Team Member: Belinda

My husband & I recently vacationed in Hawaii to celebrate our anniversary. In Maui, our most memorable experience was seeing the sunrise from the top of Haleakala; it was well worth getting up at 3 am & trying to stay warm at 10,000 feet. We also enjoyed a luau and learned a little bit about Hawaiian traditions.

 

 

 

 

 

On Oahu, we visited Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona memorial. Viewing the names of those entombed was a very sad and moving experience.

One of the most enjoyable experiences was exploring the magical north shore of Oahu. This is the windward side so full of surfers, big waves, and beautiful beaches.

We are hoping to go back someday and look forward to visiting the other islands.

Featured Team Member: Hailey

We really enjoyed our first summer as parents and because of the beautiful weather we were able to really soak up every last minute outside with our little girl. We went on a couple little vacations this year and even took Leighton on her first camping trip. She loves being outdoors just as much as we do, so we are nurturing that love. We got her a hiking pack and she loves being up high on our shoulders where she can see everything. She has gone fishing with us a few times now and we are excited for the day she will get to hold her own little fishing pole. Along the way I took way too many pictures because I’m the mother of a one year old and that’s what we do!

First time driving the boat – she loved it

Sunbathing at South Lake Tahoe

 

Overlooking Emerald Cove at Lake Tahoe

 

First Disney Trip

 

 

 

Huntington Beach and the first time her toes touch the Pacific Ocean

She loves being in the pack while we fish

Oregon Coast

First camping trip and hiking around the Olympic Peninsula

 

Featured Team Member: Walter

I love being outside, especially hiking. I’ve been blessed to hike some amazing places over the years. I’ve had the opportunity to do a great deal of hiking up in Alaska and Upstate New York in the Adirondacks which are a couple of my favorite locations. I’m happy to say that after being here in Washington for 13 plus years finally this summer we made it up to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympics. A trip that was well worth it…. broad sweeping vistas, deer were plentiful, wildflowers were out in force, and there was even little bit of snow left over to add to it all. Of course the best part is doing it with family and friends. I look forward to adding more amazing spots in the years to come.

 

Featured Team Member: Judy

I grew up in Olympia on Bud inlet. My summers were spent swimming and water skiing. This is a picture of me with two of my grandchildren, Kinsley and Jaycee, on Labor day swimming in Bud Inlet. It has been fun passing on my love of the water with them.

 

Featured Team Member: Kelsey

I love to explore different places, what my husband & I call – “Adventure time!” Some of our favorite places to visit are New Orleans, Savannah, and most of all Europe! Most recently we explored bites of Canada. Adding Victoria to my list.

 

Featured Team Member: Tina

I love the outdoors. If I’m doing anything outdoors I’m happy. I enjoy hiking with my family and friends. The beautiful Northwest is an amazing place to explore and hike. My girls and I were able to get some nice hikes conquered this summer.