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A man’s dream to promote agricultural history now a community tradition by Julia Hart

Bob Hadeen had seen the lighted boats cruising around Lake Washington, near Seattle and wondered what tractors and combines might look like if so decorated, parading through the streets of Sunnyside. It took some persuasion to convince the city fathers that Hadeen’s idea for a lighted farm implement parade might draw tourists to Sunnyside. Still, once the area farmers got wind of the idea, all manner of farm-type equipment, from riding lawnmowers to gigantic combines, were cleaned up

following the last harvest of 1989 and were lit up. That first year, more than 30 lighted entries came to town, including a 1910 Avery steam tractor from Pasco. All of the vehicles and even a few horses were covered with lights. Every year since, the lighted farm implement parade committee can count on seeing between 50 and 70 vehicles visit Sunnyside to take part in the parade. Trophies are given out for the most dazzling of the entries in a variety of categories. Each year, the entries get more elaborate, as each parade participant gets a little better at lighting his conveyance. Along with the lighted vehicles have

come the curious, tourists all wanting to see for themselves the lighted beauty of the otherwise ordinary utilitarian equipment. The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce estimates that as many as 30,000 people will visit Sunnyside for this year’s anniversary spectacle. Since its inception, its popularity has been mimicked in other area communities, but none of those can claim a spot on the national travel shows, year after year. History has certainly borne out Hadeen’s vision. This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the birth of the still novel farm-themed parade. It is still so unique that the media from

travel magazines and travelogues annually make the trek to Sunnyside to view the parade for themselves. The 25th anniversary parade will be aired in the weeks following this year’s event on the national Travel Channel’s holiday program celebrating “Extreme Xmas” projects. It is all as Hadeen, who has since passed, dreamt it would be – a salute to Sunnyside and the Lower Valley’s agricultural history on display for all to see. As a community celebration it never disappoints. Hadeen would have loved that. ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

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Sunnyside businessman a regular in holiday parade by Julia Hart

In the 25 years Sunnyside’s Lighted Farm Implement Parade has been held, John Dalrymple of Sunnyside and family have only missed appearing in five of them. His entries, most of which have been award winners, have included such vehicles as the famous septic tank clean-up truck used in his Cliff’s Septic Service business. The local businessman has even decorated his race cars with thousands of holiday lights to add to the lighted farm implement parade. His theory is anything covered in col-

ored lights looks good in the parade, and he has certainly been right. Parade-goers each year look forward to seeing how many lights he will use and what vehicle he will cover in lights. This year, however, Dalrymple will have only one of his vehicles used for parade purposes. “I won’t be able to attend the 25th annual parade, because of prior family commitments,” the parade enthusiast said. But that doesn’t mean his presence won’t be felt. Dalrymple has agreed to

spruce up the lights on his old fire truck and allow it to be used as a promotional tool to alert Sunnysiders and visitors to this year’s parade. Dalrymple will be loaning out his 1984

vintage FMC fire truck to the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce parade organizers. Last year, after spending more than see “Businessman” page 5

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Even Dalrymple’s dragster is a victim to the family lighting team, who spend more than a week’s time preparing the Cliff’s Septic Tank Service business parade entries.

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The parade route for Sunnyside’s 25th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade will be decorated with evergreen wreaths and festive bows, in celebration of this year’s historic parade. The wreaths decorated by the Sunnyside Christian School students will complement the other holiday lights staggered on light poles lining Sunnyside streets. In fact, the downtown corridor is expected to be brightly lit up with holiday decorated business windows. The window decorating contest is sponsored by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Implement Parade Committee. Cash prizes are promised to those with the best windows, according to committee member Kim Taylor Morris. Winners of the decorated windows will be announced during Saturday’s parade, which begins at 6:30 p.m. In addition, holiday lights will again cover the Centennial Square bandstand and the surrounding park. Those decorations are made possible courtesy of the skills of the Sunnyside Christian School students, under the direction of


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What’s happening and where during holidays in Sunnyside Friday, Dec. 6 – Opening of the 30th annual Merry Makings Crafts Fair at the Mid Valley Mall. Three days of shopping for the perfect handcrafted items for everyone on your holiday lists. Hours 10 to 6 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 8. Saturday, Dec. 7 – “Cookies with Mrs. Claus” at Sunnyside High School commons beginning at 9 a.m. Sponsored by Sunnyside High School FFA chapter. Saturday, Dec. 7 – VFW Ladies Auxiliary Bazaar opens at 9 a.m. at VFW post, 615 North Avenue. Santa will be at the post from 2 to 4 p.m. The bazaar will continue all day. Saturday, Dec. 7 – Sunnyside Museum, 704 S, Fourth St., will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Christmas tours. Saturday, Dec. 7 - Sunnyside Kiwanis Pancake Feed, 4 to 6 p.m. at Sunnyside United Methodist Church, corner of East Edison Avenue and South Ninth Street. Meal costs are $6 per person. Saturday, Dec. 7 - Sunnyside Firemen’s annual Chili Feed, at the station, 4 to 7 p.m. Ala carte options include bowls of chili, chili dogs, hot chocolate and coffee all priced accordingly. Saturday, Dec. 7 – VFW Ladies Auxiliary’s annual Chili Feed Cook-off at the VFW post, 615 North Avenue. Judging begins at 4 p.m. A cookie exchange is also planned. A chili feed will be served following the parade at the cost of $5 per bowl. Saturday, Dec. 7 – Ninth annual

Sunnyside Jingle Bell Fun Run, along Sunnyside’s 25th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade route. Sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America, the fun run begins at 6:29 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 – Adult Hot Chocolate Recipe and Tasting Contest at Best Western Grape Vine Inn, 1849 Quail Lane, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Rides offered from the inn to the parade route. Post-parade reception also planned. Sunday, Dec. 8 – Mabton’s annual Seniors Christmas Dinner at the Artz-Fox Elementary School gym, 805 Washington Ave. Dinner will begin at 12:30 p.m. and is free to all Mabton residents, age 50 and older. Sunday, Dec. 8 – The Bickleton Christmas Bazaar will be held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Alder Creek Grange Hall in Bickleton. Lunch will be available on site. Thursday, Dec. 12 – “Spread the Cheer; Keep it Here - Shop Sunnyside campaign. Local merchants will offer extended hours, special discounts and in store specials, as well as gift wrapping. Sunday, Dec. 15 – Yakima Valley Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” distribution at Sunnyside Community Center, 1521 South First St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 – Sunnyside’s annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade will be featured on the Travel Channel program, “Extreme Xmas” at 7 p.m. See local television listings for more details.

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Children’s programs add to holiday festivities Listening to children sing and perform during the holidays is always a great way to add joy to the season. Sunnyside schools will be offering a variety of winter concerts during December to add to the holiday festivities. Among the youthful concerts scheduled are the following: Thursday Dec. 12 - Sunnyside Christian School K-12 holiday concert at the Sunnyside Christian High School gym at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 - Chief Kamiakin Elementary School fifth grade musical at 6 p.m. in the school gym. Tuesday, Dec. 17 - Pioneer Elementary School fourth and fifth grade concert in the school gym at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 – Sunnyside High School band concert in the SHS auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

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a week lighting up the fire truck, as well as a vintage car and a race car for Sunnyside’s Lighted Farm Implement Parade, Dalrymple decided not to undecorated the fire engine. It has been parked in at the Cliff’s Septic Tank Service yard since last year’s parade. Dalrymple, who purchased the bright yellow fire truck from the Mabton Fire Department several years ago, plans to spruce up the truck and add a few new more lights for its new use. He said the Chamber plans to rotate the lighted fire truck at the city’s three main entrances as a harbinger for the Dec. 7 parade. The fire truck will also be parked on the hill near the Best Western Grapevine Inn for part of parade week, Dalrymple added. Even though last year he decided not to remove the strings of lights from the fire truck, it will still take a lot of time to get the float ready for showing this year. “Each light has to be individually wrapped to secure it to the truck,” he said. He said last year he oversaw the installation of 4,000 to 5,000 lights on the truck, bringing it to light so that it might be seen for miles. “It might not take that many to get it shining again, but we’ll check each one,” Dalrymple said. ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

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Covered in lights, John Dalrymple’s fire truck pulls along his NHRA funny car and dragster in a recent Lighted Farm Implement Parade in Sunnyside.

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Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pam Turner displays the 25th anniversary Lighted Farm Implement Parade t-shirts, which will be on sale at the chamber office and at Centennial Square on Saturday, Dec. 7, prior to the parade. Also on sale will be anniversary Lighted Farm Implement Parade calendars featuring the brightest and best of the past 25 years worth of parade entries.

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For more than 17 years, the Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary has hosted the harbinger of Sunnyside’s holiday season - the annual Festival of Trees. Even though it is usually held the weekend before Thanksgiving, the event is a celebration of holiday festivities showcasing everything from tasty hors d’oeuvres to the grand centerpiece – the Christmas tree. Area designers vie for the coveted title of People’s Choice, and bragging rights for the tree which earns the most money at the annual tree auction. Each year, well in advance of the November Festival of Trees, the auxiliary reviews its list of designers to see who may want nothing better than to decorate one of the more than 30 Christmas trees to be included in the festival each year. Every year, there is a waiting list of those designers who want to show off their decorating talents. Themes run the gamut of whimsical, traditional, formal, classic, country and modern. There is even a spot for a tree created by area pre-school children which always proves to be a very popular contribution. Following the festival the trees are relocated to those businesses, organizations or private parties which have purchases the holiday masterpieces as a part of the charity aspect of the festival. The money from the tree pre-sales is used by the Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary to aid in the purchase of needed ancillary hospital equipment. For example, last year’s Festival of Trees profit was used to purchase an Epoc reader; a portable bedside blood monitor unit which aids in providing medical staff with faster, more accurate test results. In previous years, the funds have been used to secure such items as hypothermal blankets for use in post-operation and in the emergency room to keep patients warm.

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Tree designers offer tips by Julia Hart

PROSSER – Most people simply pull their family Christmas ornaments out of some dark place in the house a few weeks before Christmas and start their holiday decorating. Not Jill and Sara Durant. For the past several years the Prosser mother– daughter team has been known to start thinking about tree decorations the day after Christmas for the following year’s festivities. Their pro-active approach to tree decorating is partly the result of their newly acquired interest in designing trees for the annual Sunnyside Community Hospital Auxiliary Festival of Trees. Last year’s tree design was a whimsical take on such woodland creatures as owls, raccoons and squirrels. “We got our idea from the one big owl we saw in a store in Utah. We had an extended family owl making party with the cousins to test the designs,” said Mrs. Durant. They played with colors until Duran Julia Hart/Daily Sun News and her daughter Sara could agree on the use of simple shades of brown, taupe, Hand stitching dozens of black and white penguins isn’t too difficult if you share cream, copper and gold. The designers the duty as a family as the mother–daughter team of Jill and Sara Durant has see “Tips” next page

learned. Their attention to details makes their trees very popular among friends and acquaintances.

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Jill and Sara Durant’s 2012 Festival of Trees design combined woodland creatures like these adorable handcrafted owls. The inspiration for the owl motif came from a children’s stuffed owl.

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were pretty happy with the results. “We received quite a few people’s choice votes,” the elder Durant said of last year’s festival judging. This year’s tree, which was on display at the most recent Festival of Trees holiday benefit, was covered with very dressy penguins. “We had our inspiration for the penguins from a bit of fabric we saw that included the penguins bordered by strings of colored lights,” explained Sara. Again, the theme, while whimsical, also included one more aspect that makes the Durant trees so special – each of the penguin ornaments was made by hand. For the Durants, finding ideas and collaborating on the designs is as important as the final assembly of the decorated tree. For those setting up their own family tree, they recommend laying out the items to be placed on the tree by like design. If going for a formal-style tree, pick a theme, and fill it with heirloom-type ornaments. Place it in an area where it can have center stage. The Durants also suggest having a second, informal tree, filled with those

treasured handmade Christmas ornaments and place it the family room for casual entertaining. Before beginning the assembly of the holiday tree, double check the lights. Wind the strings of lights from the inside of the tree near the trunk and outward. This allows the light to shine out from the center of the tree. Some people prefer to add the garland next, and then begin the process of placing the glass balls and other holiday accessories to fill in the gaps. The Durants also suggest placing the heaviest ornaments closer to the tree trunk and the lighter items near the end of the branches. They also recommend using a bit of floral wire to attach the ornaments to the tree. “The green covered wire will blend in with the green of the most traditional trees,” said Mrs. Durant. When it comes to tree skirts, she prefers to make her own to match her original ornament designs. “We always do the tree skirt last,” Mrs. Durant said. She admits she has yet to purchase a tree skirt she really likes. She much prefers to create her own skirt from fleece or felt. She particularly likes to use ta-

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Penguins with Santa hats, mustaches and button eyes are among the ornaments that were used to create the Durants’ look for their 2013 Festival of Trees design. Icicles, garland and all things arctic were combined for the final look.

blecloths or found fabrics. She then circles the trunk of the trees with the chosen fabric, bunching it up to create an attractive and easy finishing touch for her tree. For Sara, a senior at Prosser High School, the opportunity to help design the Festival of Tree entry gives her a chance to work alongside her mother

during the holidays. “I like seeing what we will come up with for the community event,” she said. However, she admits, “…I like our family tree the best. It is always the prettiest.” ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email



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it with garnish. Mix and match dinnerware When it comes to serving guests, it’s helpful to get assorted dinnerware in both white and clear so you can mix and match as needed. Be sure that you have enough of the right glassware for serving cocktails when guests first arrive. Have a water and wine glass on the table for each guest to use during the meal. Presentation Consider how you’d like to present your meal to your guests. Whether it’s a sit-down dinner or buffet style, your food will be the main focus. A triple slow cooker is great for a buffet. It will let you cook, keep your food warm and allow your guests to help themselves all at once. Create a ‘Tablescape’ You can make a great impression before your guests even sit down to eat by crafting a beautiful setting. Create ambience by adorning the holiday dinner table and buffet area with seasonally inspired decor and infusing pops of color with the tablecloth, metallic chargers, napkins and fresh flowers. Mood lighting For a finishing touch, set the mood with candles by using a mix of tea lights and candlesticks on the table at varying heights. With some special touches to your menu and decor, you can make this holiday a memorable one.

From cantatas to candlelight services, Sunnyside congregations will gather to celebrate the meaning for the season during the coming weeks. Among the special services planned during the holiday is a Christmas concert to be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at noon at the Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1875 E. Lincoln Ave. The concert will feature former operatic star Marcia Whitehead of Salem, Ore. The church will also host a nativity scene, including the lighting of the Star of Bethlehem on Sunday. Dec. 8. Calvary Lutheran Church, 11th Street and Harrison Avenue, will begin its midweek Advent services Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. Evening services will also be held Dec. 11 and 18. Christmas Eve services will be held at 9 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Christmas Day services will be held at 11 a.m. Our Saviour’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1106 Taylor St., will begin its Advent supper services Wednesday, Dec. 4, and will continue the dinners each Wednesday through Dec. 18. The suppers will be served at 6 p.m. with prayer service at 7 p.m. St. Joseph Catholic Church, 920 S. Sixth St., will hold a 5 a.m. mass to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Thursday, Dec. 12. Activities will continue throughout the day. The church will also celebrate Posadas, beginning Monday, Dec. 16, and continuing each evening at 6 p.m. through Christmas Day. The Posada service symbolizes Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging in the days leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ. The Cornerstone Assembly of God Church, North Fourth Street and North Avenue, which began its annual Christmas tree sales the day after

Thanksgiving, will continue sales until Christmas Eve. The trees will be on sale in the old Food Pavilion parking lot. Tree sale hours will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. All proceeds benefit the church outreach programs. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2000 E. Lincoln Ave., will host a Christmas dinner on Friday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church, 700 N. 16th St., will present a Christmas cantata on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 5:30 p.m. Sunnyside Neighborhood Assembly of God Church, 385 Allen Rd., will host a children’s Christmas program on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. Sunnyside Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 327 E. Edison St., will host a Christmas potluck and raffle drawing following its 10 a.m. services on Sunday, Dec. 15. The church also plans a Christmas pageant featuring the children on Sunday, Dec. 22. The Christmas Eve program will begin at 6 p.m. The congregation will celebrate the Eucharistic on Sunday, Dec. 29, at the 10 a.m. service. Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church, 703 Franklin Ave., will present a Christmas play, “The Other Side of Town,” on the evenings of Dec. 13 and 14, at 7 p.m. The church candlelight service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Sunnyside’s First Baptist Church, 401 South Eighth St., will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24, in the church chapel. Sunnyside United Methodist Church, 906 E. Edison Ave., will hold its candlelight services on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 737 S. 16th St., will hold its Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7:30 p.m.


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Jingle Bell Fun Run now a community tradition The ninth annual Sunnyside Jingle Bell 1-Mile Fun Run will be held Saturday, Dec. 7. The event, sponsored by the Boys Scouts of America, will begin just prior to the start of Sunnyside’s 25th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade. The course, which begins at the corner of South Sixth Street and Blaine Avenue, will follow the parade route through downtown Sunnyside, ending at the parking lot at Sunnyside High School on East Edison Avenue. There is a $15 registration fee, which includes a fun run t-shirt. Costumes and lights are encouraged and prizes will be given to the top three finishers in four categories: female, male, best costume and best display of Christmas spirit. Runners can still sign-up on the day of the event at 6 p.m. at the starting line on Warehouse Avenue, according to Tim Bardell, event organizer. The run begins at 6:29 p.m. For more information about the holiday fun run, contact Bardell at 837-8600.

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Flashing Christmas lights, warm holiday clothing and costumes are an integral part of the annual Jingle Bell Fun Run, now in its ninth year. This year’s run begins just prior to the start of the parade at 6:29 p.m.

From humble beginnings 30th annual Merry Makings Crafts Fair opens Friday, Dec. 6 to a holiday staple in Sunnyside The 30th annual Merry Makings Crafts Fair will open at noon Friday, Dec. 6, featuring artists and crafters from around the Yakima Valley and Eastern Washington. More than 100 vendors are expected to set up their booths inside Sunnyside’s Mid Valley Mall, offering gifts items for all ages and pocket books, according to Nancy Boettcher, the chairperson for the Soroptimist of the Lower Yakima Valley event. Vendors will set up their booths throughout the mall hallways and will be open to the public by noon on Friday, closing at 8 p.m., Boettcher said. The fair will reopen on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m., and at 9 a.m. on

Sunday, Dec. 8. The fair closes at 5 p.m. Sunday evening. In addition to the many local craftsmen and artisans, the Soroptimist members will be selling raffle tickets for chances to win numerous prizes. Among the prizes are a $500 gift card sponsored by Soroptimist and Imperial Gardens of Wapato; a red wagon full of toys, sponsored by Soroptimist and Zillah Pro Hardware; a $150 gray flannel Cabi jacket, a $100 Ace Hardware Gift Card, sponsored by Sattler and Associates LLC.; and a Mélange gift basket. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the Soroptimists’ booth at the crafts fair for $1 each. The drawing will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m.

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Hand knitted scarves to repurposed vintage furniture are among the treasures shoppers attending the Soroptimist Merry Makings Crafts Fair have purchased for family and friends each December since 1984. Annually held on the first weekend of December, the Soroptimist crafts fair now shares the holiday spotlight with the annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade, but predates it by five years. This year the three-day event begins Friday, Dec. 6, at noon and nearly 100 vendors are expected to be on hand selling all manner of handcrafted gift items, from practical to whimsical. Soroptimist of the Lower Yakima

Valley began sponsoring the community’s largest single bazaar in the early 1980s. Originally, the bazaar was hosted by the hospital auxiliary, which in 1984 decided to abandon the event. Then Soroptimist member Julie Aldrich, who worked at the hospital, asked her fellow Soroptimists if they wanted to take on the bazaar, according to Nancy Boettcher, the current bazaar chairperson. “Our first bazaar was held at the Lincoln Elementary School gym on South Sixth Street, and we had 30 vendors, plus entertainment,” said Boettcher. She said the entertainment included local choirs and gymnastic demonstrations. see “Holiday staple” next page

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Boettcher said the early days of the crafts fair were challenging. “We couldn’t get into the gym until after school on Friday nights. A lot of our vendors couldn’t even get set up until Saturday morning,” she added. Boettcher said it was also hard to get people into that a part of town on Saturday and Sundays to shop at the fair. A few years later, the Soroptimist members decided to add a French Café to the booths at the Lincoln Elementary School gym, featuring the club’s French Market Bean Soup. The resourceful club members transformed the gym’s stage into a French café, complete with checkered tablecloths. “We also made the bean soup mix available for bazaar shoppers,” Boettcher said. She said the soup mix continues to be a product the club offers for sale. Despite the early organizational chal-

lenges, the Merry Makings Crafts Fair continued to grow. It wasn’t long before the bazaar had become a holiday standard and people made their holiday plans to include the Merry Makings Crafts Fair, Boettcher noted. When Sunnyside’s Mid Valley Mall opened in the late 1980s on East Yakima Valley Highway, the professional business women’s group was asked to move their holiday crafts fair across town. “We have been there ever since,” Boettcher said. While for a time the Soroptimist members continued to serve piping hot French Market Bean Soup from the mall food court, now they rely on the culinary skills of the Guerra family who operate a sandwich shop in the mall. The club now can count on earning an estimated $2,800 to $3,000 each year from the crafts fair, Boettcher said. “I believe since we started the event

we have returned an estimated $100,000 to the community,” Boettcher said. She explained that money is returned to the community via youth citizenship scholarships, donations to such non-profit organizations as Lower Valley Crisis and Support Services, Hospice, Camp Fire, Business Week, in addition to sponsoring free mammograms at Sunnyside Community Hospital, and numerous

fellowship awards for female single heads of household seeking to return to school. The Merry Makings Crafts Fair is still challenging, but still truly worth the effort, Boettcher added. ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

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milk. So how can you keep gadgets protected around kids? Encourage children to be careful around technology. Be sure to get sturdy cases and covers. And consider water-proof ones, to ward off milk! Also consider a protection plan. For example, SquareTrade protection plans cover drops, spills, and such accidents as tablets getting crushed in backpacks or smartphones slipping into cereal bowls. They also cover mechanical and electrical problems, like antennae and Wi-Fi failure, broken charging ports or touch-screen failure. Best of all, protection plans are easy and hassle-free. If your device breaks, the company helps get it repaired in two days for most devices - and frequently overnight for phones. If it’s an Apple product, you can get it fixed the same day at a Genius Bar and get reimbursed. And you are covered for up to four repairs or replacements per plan, just in case kids slip up multiple times. SquareTrade is available at Amazon, eBay, Costco, Sam’s Club, Staples and at Life with devices and kids needn’t be perilous to your pocketbook.

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Parade calendar features thousands of lights! The annual Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade has evolved into the single largest event in Sunnyside. The parade features 75+ lighted farm implements decorated with thousands of lights. Among them are tractors, combines, harrow beds, swathers, grape pickers, semi-trucks, horse drawn entries and a variety of unique Christmas floats. Needless to say, over the past 25 years thousands and thousands of photos have been taken. A sampling of those photos will be available in the first ever Lighted Farm Implement Parade calendar. A bit of history, accompanied by some early black and white photographs as well as some more current images appear inside the cover of each 13-month calendar. Put together by the parade commit-

tee in partnership with the Daily Sun News, the calendar offers just a small sampling of light-covered entries seen over the years. Paying sponsors were given the option of submitting their own entry photos for their month, or displaying a photo from the archives of the Daily Sun News or Sunnyside Chamber collection. The inside back cover is also filled with lighted entry and activity photos. The calendars were printed as commemorative gifts for this year’s 25th anniversary parade participants and will also be available for sale the day of the parade at a cost of $5 each near the gazebo at Centennial Square. The remainder of the calendars will be for sale at the Sunnyside Chamber office, 451 S. Sixth Street or at the Daily Sun News, 600 S. Sixth Street in Sunnyside.

Great holiday gifts for college students (StatePoint) Whether the students in your life are in high school and dreaming about their future majors, or in the middle of their college careers, the holiday season is a great opportunity to shower them with gifts that quench their thirst for knowledge and foster their academic interests. Stumped? Here are a few holiday gift ideas to brighten the bookshelves and desks of your favorite scholars. Make Cramming Easier For dorm dwellers, book lights are crucial. When roomies are snoozing, night owls can use a book light that attaches to the pages of the book, or a task light that sits atop the desk, to keep studying in an unobtrusive manner. Consider creating a gift basket full of snacks. But skip the junk food and instead fill the basket with “brain food.” Nuts, almond butter and popcorn are all great choices containing brain-boosting vitamins and minerals. Simplify Concepts A standard text book covering

weighty subject matter sometimes can make things even more confusing for a student. Help demystify some of the hard-to-grasp subjects with a new book series from DK Publishing, “Big Ideas, Simply Explained.” The fully-illustrated series uses innovative graphics and creative typography to cut through the haze of misunderstanding, untangles knotty theories and sheds light on abstract concepts. There are five books currently available: “The Philosophy Book,” “The Psychology Book,” “The Politics Book,” “The Religions Book,” and “The Economics Book,” which covers more than 100 economic concepts from Aristotle to the top economic thinkers of today, and is a 2013 Parents Choice Gold Book Award Winner. More information about these books and other forthcoming titles including, “The Business Book” and “The Science Book’ is available at

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Pillsbury Bake-Off finalist busy in the kitchen during the holidays by Julia Hart

As soon as the weather starts turning cooler, Kelly Story’s family and friends start putting in their requests for her scrumptious Pumpkin Rolls. During the holidays, the delicately flavored dessert, filled with a simple, yet deceptively rich cream cheese filling, literally flies out of the Sunnyside woman’s kitchen. “Everyone seems to really like my Pumpkin Rolls,” she said. This year Story’s friends and family should consider putting in their Pumpkin Roll orders early. “I may be getting a lot more orders this year,”

the Pillsbury Bake-Off finalist smiled. Story, who recently competed in the 46th annual Pillsbury Bake-Off, was one of the nation’s top 100 finalists chosen to compete in the event staged in Las Vegas, Nev., on Nov. 11. She competed with her Raspberry Apple Stack breakfast rolls, which will be included in the 2013 Pillsbury BakeOff 100 Winning Recipes Cookbook. The cookbook, which hit the newsstands on Nov. 29, features a color photograph of her BakeOff entry. Now home working in her own kitchen, Story is preparing for a fast and

furious round of holiday baking. “I have loved working in the kitchen since before I could read,” Story said. She said her favorite piece of kitchen equipment is her blue KitchenAid mixer. In fact, she uses it when making her Pumpkin Roll dough, which helps stream line her baking time. Story doesn’t remember where she found the recipe for the simple dessert, but since she started making it nearly 15 year ago, it has evolved into one of the staples in her baking repertoire.

At left, wearing her Pillsbury Bake-Off contestant apron, Sunnyside’s Kelly Story blends together the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture as a part of her preparations for making her popular Pumpkin Roll dessert. Smoothing the pumpkin dough mixture over a sheet of wax paper in a cookie sheet, as shown below, is the key to even baking consistency.

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Pumpkin Rolls

In a large mixing bowl, beat 3 eggs for five minutes. Blend in one at a time the following: 1 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda and ¾ cup of pumpkin, 2 teaspoons cinnamon. ¾ cup of flour, Pour mixture onto a greased sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet and spread evenly over the paper. If desired sprinkle with nuts. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully loosen the thin cake and turn onto a cloth napkin dusted with 4 tablespoons powdered sugar. Roll up in jelly roll fashion and let cool for 30 minutes. Unroll and spread with filling (recipe below) and re-roll. Sprinkle the finished roll lightly with powdered sugar. Filling: 1 cup powdered sugar, 6 ounces of cream cheese, softened, 1 tablespoon of butter, softened, and ½ teaspoon vanilla. Mix together. Spread over the pumpkin cake and re-roll. Story said the Pumpkin Rolls can be made ahead of time and freezes well.

The finished product, a beautiful Pumpkin Roll ready for the most discriminating tastebuds, is proudly displayed by Sunnyside’s own baking celebrity, Kelly Story.

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One might note from the list of ingredients that actual caramel is not used in the making of Jon and Stephanie Parsons’ Caramel Apple Cake. However, the caramel taste is definitely evident in the finished product. The original recipe, obtained while Stephanie worked in the former Stewart Vineyard tasting room in Granger, called for the tiniest bit of a late harvest Riesling and chopped walnuts.

But the Sunnyside couple never use those ingredients when they prepare this delicious cake for family, co-workers and friends. “My family doesn’t like walnuts or the wine,” said Jon, who these days claims the recipe as his own. But the omissions in no way distract from the flavor of this moist apple cake. Jon, who works as a foreman for Hogue Cellars in Prosser, has further changed the recipe

by not peeling the apples, preferring to have the tiny bits of color that the red apple peels give the cake. The cake was a popular dessert served at Stewart Vineyards during Thanksgiving in Wine Country weekend, according to Stephanie, now a teacher at Chief Kamiakin Elementary School. She first served the Caramel Apple Cake 15 years ago to Jon, shortly after they met. “When I met my husband, he was working the harvest on the night shift,” she explained. “On the weekends I would bake treats for him. The Caramel Apple Cake was the first one I made for him,” she explained. “She wooed me with baked goods and this was one of my favorites,” Jon added. “This (cake) helped kick start our relationship,” Stephanie said. ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

Jon Parsons took a Caramel Apple Cake recipe first prepared by his future wife and has made it his own. “I have stream-lined it a bit,” he admits.

Caramel Apple Cake

Pare, core and chop four or five medium apples (equal to 4 cups); Jon uses three apples, chopped medium fine. The original recipe called for two tablespoons of a late harvest Riesling sprinkled over the apples and mixed gently (Jon and Stephanie never have added the wine.) In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1 stick butter, melted ½ cup oil 2 tbsp. vanilla

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Add: 3 cups flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. nutmeg Blend together.

By hand stir in the apples, 1 cup chopped walnuts (if desired) and 12-ounces of butterscotch morsels (which give the cake its caramel flavor). Fold into a greased 9”x13” baking dish and bake at 350” for 1 hour. Cut into small serving sizes as the cake is rich, and serve with a cold glass of milk. (Or a glass of late harvest Riesling, if you are so inclined.) Left to Right: Mariela, Mary, Melissa, Dustin and Dyke.

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Russian Tea cookies:

a family favorite for three generations Dolly Coffey’s Russian Tea Cookie recipe is preserved on a faded slip of college-ruled paper bound in a roughlooking notebook. Written by her grandma Mary Tompkins more than 60 years ago, Coffey has faithfully saved the heirloom recipe and it continues to be her family’s Christmas favorite. The original Russian Tea Cookie recipe came from Prussia, from where Coffey’s grandmother immigrated to the United States in 1913. The age of Coffey’s recipe is evident by the signs of frequent handling and random grease spots spattered across the ruled slip of paper upon which it is preserved. “My grandmother made this recipe for us every year for Christmas. She called them tea cookies, but I call then snowballs,” Coffey said. “Grandmother Mary taught my mother, Doris Tompkins, how to make the cookie and later my mother taught me,” Coffey explained. “This recipe is just very special to me because of both of these hard-working and loving women,” Coffey added. Coffey, an administrative aide with the Sunnyside Port District, has become well known in her own right as a

dessert master. She is a frequent contributor to the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce’s annual dessert auction. Her banana cream pie can command bids as high as $240. “It just melts in your mouth,” claim her fans. She is equally sought after to create her Chocolate Cheesecake Pie and her vast array of cookie specialties. But of all the desserts she makes, she claims her bite- size Russian Tea Cookies are her favorite dessert to make and share. “They are buttery bites of goodness filled with pecans and covered in confectioner’s sugar,” she explained. She says the secrets to making the confectionery are to use a half butter-margarine combination at room temperature and then to let the dough rest in the refrigerator for an hour before rolling it out into the little balls that will eventually become tea cookies. “I like to make the cookies in bite size balls so I don’t get powdered sugar all over myself,” Coffey added. The other advantage to this recipe – it makes a lot of cookies in one batch.

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Dolly Coffey demonstrates how to roll her baked Russian Tea Cookies in fresh powdered sugar. She recommends rolling the cookies in the powdered sugar while they are still warm and then to roll one more time for full coverage.

Russian Tea Cookies ½ c. butter ½ c. margarine ½ c. powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla

2 ¼ c. sifted flour ¼ tsp. salt ¾ c. chopped nuts (fine)

In a large bowl, cream together butter and margarine with the sugar. Add vanilla, flour, salt and nuts. Mix well. Place into refrigerator for one hour. Remove and form dough into dime-size balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Coffey suggests rolling the cookies in powdered sugar twice, once while the cookies are still warm and again when the cookies are cooler.

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SUNNYSIDE While the official name may be Russian Tea Cookies, Coffey prefers to call these white buttery nut-filled cookies “Snowballs” because of their snowy appearance. At right, Coffey’s collection of family recipes are contained in a blue, three-ring binder that her grandmother began putting together in 1954. Coffey’s mother continued the tradition of saving family favorites and today, Coffey has the care of the family heirloom.

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(StatePoint) Between decorating your home and preparing the year’s most important meal, you may lose steam by the time you get to the sweet stuff. But creating holiday desserts that stand out doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect. There are simple things you can do to give treats flair, without spending hours slaving away. Whipped topping makes a perfect fussfree topping on special occasion pies, cakes and cookies, as well as your everyday favorites like fruit, coffee and ice cream. Your family and guests will taste the difference, so be sure to use natural ingre-

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Don’t let your desserts take a back seat to the rest of your holiday food. With a quick rosette of real whipped topping, you can pack a big taste punch that’s fuss-free, leaving more time for making memories.

Doesn’t a nice mug of hot chocolate sound like a wonderful way to prepare for the parade? Here are your options - enter your favorite recipe for adult hot chocolate and win cash. Or plan to enjoy a sample sip of the winning recipes at the first ever Adult Hot Chocolate Recipe and Tasting Contest on Saturday, Dec. 7. The event will be held at Sunnyside’s Best Western Grapevine Inn, 1849 Quail Lane. The Best Western Grapevine Inn marketing staff has planned the pre-parade activity as a part of Sunnyside’s 25th annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade. The recipe contest, which is open to anyone with a great hot chocolate recipe, will be held from 3:30 p.m. until the 6:30 p.m. parade start time. Contestants are eligible to win upwards of $750 in cash, according to Eric Placzek, contest organizer. He suggests those attending the contest and wanting to help choose the people’s choice award winner may also want to take advantage of “round trip transportation” to and from the downtown parade route. There is even VIP bleacher seating available, he said. A Christmas reception at the hotel with food and music is scheduled directly after the parade, as well as an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice chocolate drink. To learn more about the hot chocolate recipe and tasting contest, visit the following website http://conta. cc/18dKukA.

1 tsp. ground cinnamon ¼ tsp. salt ½ cup cold Parkay Original-stick (½ cup = 1 stick) Reddi-wip Original Dairy Whipped Topping

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Pierce bottom and side of pie crust lightly with fork. Bake 5 to 7 minutes, or until lightly browned. Cool slightly. Reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees F. Pour pie filling into baked pie crust; set aside. Mix flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl. Cut in Parkay with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over pie filling. Bake 25 minutes or until juices are bubbly and topping is golden brown. Cool slightly. Cut into 8 slices to serve. Top with Reddi-wip, if desired.

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Mrs. Claus just loves decorating cookies with kids by Julia Hart

In some ways Karen Friend has been preparing for the role of the iconic Mrs. Claus for most of her life. “I have always wanted to be the kind of grandma who is warm and friendly,” said Mrs. Friend. Her persona mirrors that of her own Oma, who always had a cookie ready for her grandchildren. Like her grandmother, Friend is always baking and in that sense, “….I guess I accomplished my goal.” The Outlook resident has donned the cheerful red and white clothing made popular by the fictional Mrs. Claus for more than 10 years. “It may be a little longer than 10 years,” Friend admits. “I just know I started being really interested in Mrs. Claus when my grandchildren started arriving,” she said. She originally was cast in the role of Mrs. Claus when Dairy Fair store manager Tammie Silva asked her to oversee a holiday cookie decorating program planned at the Darigold store during the holidays. The program soon became a popular and anticipated feature during

Sunnyside’s annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade weekend festivities. “We decorated thousands of cookies during the four-hour activities,” Friend said. When the Dairy Fair store closed, Friend offered her services to the Sunnyside High School FFA chapter, which took on the cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus program as a community service. “Last year we sent children home with more than 3,000 decorated cookies,” she said. Friend will again dress in her snowy white apron and fur-trimmed dress to supervise, encourage and hug young cookie decorators at this year’s “Cookies with Mrs. Claus” event. The activity will be held at the Sunnyside High School commons, on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Admission is free but FFA chapter leaders ask that participants donate one can of food, which will be donated to the local food banks. Friend said she may be looking for a Mrs. Claus replacement, but until she does, she is happy to be such a special part of Sunnyside children’s Christmas experience. “I can’t wait to meet more children

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eager to met Mrs. Claus,” she said. “And, you know, I just love to decorate cookies.”

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Kiwanis pancakes before the parade a family tradition by Julia Hart

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Becky Cantu, owner and head baker at Paw Prints Barkery, has been selling canine specialty items for the past nine years. She said most of the treats she developed are from recipes her own pets seem to enjoy.

Grandview woman specializes in pet toys, food by Julia Hart

GRANDVIEW – Becky Cantu has a special home business. She bakes for canines. Calling her cottage business “Paw Prints Barkery,” Cantu, a Grandview native, develops and bakes homemade treats for “happy healthy dogs.” If you are looking for a special treat for your favorite pet, she is the woman to call. “I wouldn’t call my treats organic, but they certainly are made with natural products,” she said. She not only bakes for dogs, she sews for them as well. This time of year, Cantu, who sells the majority of her products through regional farmers markets and bazaars, receives a lot of requests for pet lovers’ gift baskets. The baskets may include a little jewelry bling for the pet owner, as well as doggie bandannas, homemade crate pads and beds, as well as doggie treats, such as her popular cheesy circles. This year, she started offering dog lover embellished baseball caps for pet owners. So far she said the hats have proven pretty popular, as have her extra thick pet pads. Cantu began offering

It takes four to five 10-pound bags of pancake mix and gallons of maple syrup to feed the crowd of hungry diners who attend the annual Sunnyside Kiwanis Pancake Feed. The pancake fest is held each year in conjunction with Sunnyside’s annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade. It’s see “Pancakes” page B-9

Enjoying pancakes at the annual Kiwanis Pancake Feed is a tradition for many Sunnyside families. Held in the Sunnyside United Methodist Church Memorial Hall on East Edison Avenue, it also provides a warm place to visit with friends and sip hot coffee until the parade begins.

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Puppy paw prints and colorful crate pads are among the items Becky Cantu, a pet lover in her own right, now makes for other pet lovers. She even bakes a variety of special doggie treats, all made from natural products purchased locally.

her special brand of doggie treats in 2004. “I was looking for something to do and stumbled on this idea,” she said. After doing a good deal of research, Cantu decided to open Paw Prints Barkery. Since beginning her barkery, she has worked hard to create products, which pet owners can feel safe giving to their dogs. “I did a lot of nutritional research before I began baking such treats as peanut butter biscuits, chicken and cheese treats and cheese circles,” Cantu said. She said her own dogs act as the barkery’s taste testers. “They give the final approval on the treats,” Cantu quipped. She said her Husky

mix, Golden Lab and Chihuahua-Dachshund mix get pretty excited when she heads to the kitchen. They know they are in for a few fresh samples, she smiled. She recently added a new treat made of sweet potato, which her taste testers seem to really enjoy. “I think it is their new favorite,” she said. Cantu said she will be offering her treats and other doggie products for sale at Prosser’s Saturday Winter Market on Dec. 7 and 21. Market hours are from 9 a.m. to noon. She said pet lovers are welcome to email her at pawprintsbarks@charter. net. ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

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become a family tradition for many locals, as well as out of town visitors. The pre-parade culinary experience is nearly as old as the lighted farm implement parade itself, according to longtime organizers. The Kiwanians began serving pancakes not long after the first tractor rolled down Sunnyside streets more than 20 years ago, according to longtime Kiwanis member Dale Miller of Sunnyside. The original idea to host a pancake feed as part of the parade weekend came from longtime members Jim Mulroney and Stan Snow. “I’ve only been a member about 17 years, but I’m pretty sure the pancake feed got started just about the same time as the first parade,” he said.

“We also used to help set up for the parade before the pancake feed,” Miller noted. This year the pancake feed will again be held at the United Methodist Church Memorial Hall, on East Edison Avenue, Miller said. The meal of buttermilk pancakes, ham and fruit salad served with coffee and juice is a staple at the feed, which usually begins at 4 p.m. “We close down just about 6 p.m. before the parade starts,” Miller explained. “Sometimes we have people arriving for their pancakes at 3:30 p.m., but they are usually locals and don’t mind having to wait until the grill is hot enough and the first batch of hotcakes are ready,” Miller said. The Kiwanians usually clear between $800 and

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$1,000 from the pancake dinner. The money is used for high school senior scholarships and helps to sponsor the Kiwanis Kids Day Parade and Key Club, the Kiwanis youth leadership program. Over the years other groups have added other food options to entice the appetites of parade watchers, including the Sunnyside firemen, who now host a chili feed at the fire station, located a couple blocks up the street from the Kiwanis pancake feed. “We have a pretty loyal following,” Miller said. “There are always a lot of people who like a nice hot buttered pancake for supper. “What could be better on a cold winter evening?” he asked. ‑ Julia Hart can be contacted at 509-837-4500, or email

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Family recipes shine through the holidays by Laura Gjovaag

For my family growing up, the holidays were all about food. Not quantity, but the special treats that my mother only baked for us once a year on those special days. Christmas morning was marked by the appearance

of my mother’s homemade orange biscuits. The recipe was her creation, based on a dish she experienced as a teen. When my mother was working at the local hospital as a teenager, she noticed that an older lady who worked in the kitchen had her own private corner and produced a dish that

would make the employees line up. But the older woman would not allow anyone near when she was making her orange biscuits, jealously guarding her secret recipe. My mother was a talented cook and baker, and after trying the biscuits she decided to try to recreate the dish. She started with a standard cinnamon roll recipe and worked diligently on the sauce to produce something that tasted like the older cook’s sauce. She eventually got the balance just right after lots of trial and error. She’s been using it as a Christmas recipe ever since. Here is my mom’s recipe for orange biscuits and a Thanksgiving dinner favorite, angel biscuits.

Lynnae’s Orange Biscuits 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1-1/2 cup orange juice 1-1/2 cup sugar 2 teaspoons grated orange peel 4 cups flour 6 teaspoons baking powder

Combine butter, orange juice, sugar and orange peel in saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Pour into ungreased 9x13 baking pan. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; cut in shortening until finely incorporated. Add milk, stir until dough follows fork. Knead on lightly floured board until dough holds together, being careful not to over handle the dough, roll about 1/4 inch thick. Brush with soft butter, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Roll as for jelly roll. Cut into slices, place cut side down in orange juice/sugar mixture in pan. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve hot. Spoon sauce left in pan over served rolls.

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Angel Biscuits 5 cups flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda

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Orange biscuits are a traditional Christmas morning breakfast favorite, made from scratch while the children are opening presents.

1 scant teaspoon salt 7 to 8 generous tablespoons shortening 1-1/2 cups milk Spreadable butter, cinnamon, sugar

1 cup shortening 1 package yeast 3 tablespoon warm water 2 cups buttermilk Melted butter

Preheat oven to 400°F. Sift together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and soda. Cut in shortening until well blended. Dissolve yeast in water and add to buttermilk. Add buttermilk, yeast mixture to flour mixture. Mix. Turn out on lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with biscuit cutter. Dip in melted butter, fold in half, press together and place on pan. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes.

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Take inspiration from traditions around the world for holiday crafts (Family Features) Bring the joy and celebration of holiday traditions from around the world to your home this season. From the quaint custom of placing hand-painted luminaries in windows throughout Ireland to the beautiful embroidery folk art found in Scandinavia, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has created craft projects inspired by traditions from around the world to share with your loved ones. For more crafting inspiration, project guides and supplies, visit Hand-Painted Holiday Luminaries Skill Level: No experience necessary Crafting Time: one to two hours It’s an Irish tradition to place lit candles in windows. Let this holiday custom add warmth and joy to your home. Glass containers with hand-painted designs and flameless candles look

welcoming in windows or on a table. Supplies and Tools: Black marker White computer paper Computer and printer Provided templates Scissors Square and rectangular glass containers Tape Enamel paint: red, green and white Flat brush Detail brush Flameless or wax candles Create templates using a black marker to draw snowflakes and other decorative holiday motifs on paper or visit www.joann. com/luminarytemplate to print out additional templates. Cut the templates to fit inside the desired glass containers. Tape templates securely to the inside of glass container with design facing out. This will act as a guide when painting. Using enamel paint col-

ors, paint over template designs on glass surface. Create snowflakes, trees, words, deer, etc. It may take several coats of paint to attain desired coverage. Let paint dry between coats. When finished, let the painted design dry completely. Remove templates from the inside of containers. Fill the container with flameless or wax candles to display. Never leave burning candles unattended. Scandinavian Tree Skirt Skill Level: Some experience necessary Crafting Time: three to five hours Artists from Scandinavia are famous for beautiful embroidery. Simple stitching and folk art patterns influence their style. A felt tree skirt showcasing these colorful Nordic designs offers a fresh look for your tree. It’s simple to make since see “Crafts” page next page

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Holiday gifts for people on the go (StatePoint) No matter how hard we try, life just won’t slow down. And with the increasing need to be connected all the time, a few minutes off the grid could mean missing out on something. That’s why there are more options than ever to find the perfect tech gift for people with very busy schedules. Whether you need a gift for a frequent traveler, a sleep-deprived student or a parent constantly shuttling between errands, these gifts can fit their needs this holiday season: Frequent Traveler For someone who is always traveling for work

or constantly seeking out a new adventure, consider a gift card to an e-book store so he or she will always have something to read on a tablet while waiting to take off. Students Students are busier than ever before. Relentlessly running between classes, club meetings and internships (and maybe a party or two), students need a device that is easy to carry around, like a tablet PC. The HP Spectre13 x2 is a 2 in 1 Ultrabook designed to be fast and lightweight whether it’s operating as a tablet or a PC. The device offers access to photos, music and

more, even while on-thego. With a notebook and tablet in one, students can take notes in physics class and then use the same device to listen to music using Beats Audio on the walk across campus. Busy Parent While you can’t give busy parents more hours in a day, there are some gifts that could make their lives a bit easier. Consider a gift that connects everything they want at once, such as HP Connected. While parents never know when they’ll need to share that adorable picture of their kid’s first trip to the zoo, with

HP Connected - which is included in new HP PCs and tablets or available as an app for download - they can always be prepared. HP Connected Photo offers seamless access to photos from mobile devices or social media sites like Facebook in one location - and parents can make the most of these photos by printing them or even creating cards and invitations directly from the application. In addition, with HP Connected Music they can enjoy their favorite tunes around the home or on-the-go. No matter how busy they get,

Approximately 1 pound hazelnuts with shells 3 to 5 wood nutcrackers, various sizes Mod Podge decoupage glue White glitter 1/2 yard off-white fabric Straw wreath form Glue gun and glue sticks 1 spool 1-inch wide organza ribbon Paint all nuts different shades of white. Let dry. Apply another coat of paint if necessary. Paint nutcrackers white. Let dry. Apply another coat of paint if necessary. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to nutcrackers. Sprinkle with glitter. Let dry. Cut white fabric into 2-inch strips and wrap around wreath form until completely covered. Glue in place. Glue nuts on fabriccovered wreath, starting with walnuts and filling in with hazelnuts. Let dry. Glue nutcrackers on top of nuts. Refer to photo for placement. Glue loops of ribbon into the gaps between nuts along bottom portion of wreath.

Festive Poinsettia Piñata Skill Level: No experience necessary Crafting Time: Weekend project On Christmas Day in Mexico, children commonly take turns hitting a star-shaped piñata to release the avalanche of toys and treats hidden inside. Your little ones and maybe even grown-ups will enjoy trying to break open this poinsettia-covered version. Supplies and Tools: Newspaper strips Water and flour paper mache mix Mylar balloon Paintbrush

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Mod Podge decoupage glue Red tissue streamers Hot glue gun and glue sticks Variety of floral poinsettias Scissors Ribbon Candy or toys Dip newspaper strips into paper mache mix. Remove excess mix to allow for quicker drying. Place strips over inflated Mylar balloon until surface is completely covered. Let dry. Repeat process for three layers. Paint a line of Mod Podge onto piñata and immediately adhere a strip of red tissue streamer over

glued area. Repeat process until entire piñata is covered with tissue streamer. Let dry. Add a top layer of Mod Podge over tissue streamer layer. Let dry. Glue floral poinsettias onto piñata surface. Tightly overlap flowers for best coverage. Let dry. Cut ribbon to desired length for hanging. Glue end of each strip of ribbon to piñata. Note: Cut small opening in top of piñata and fill with candy or toys. Make sure the piñata opening is at the top so candy or toys don’t fall out. Fill piñata with candy or toys.

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it requires minimal sewing. Supplies and Tools: 1 1/3 yards 72-inch wide cranberry felt for skirt Scissors Glass or mug, 3 inches in diameter Provided design patterns 1/4 yard each felt for designs: olive green, green, red, dark maroon, gold, black, white Embroidery floss in the same colors as felt designs Hand embroidery needles Tacky glue Three 1-inch buttons and thread Fold cranberry felt into quarters and mark for the center tree circle, 23 inches from corner. Cut out circle. Mark and cut one and a half inches from the corner for trunk. Cut through only one fold from center to edge for opening. With skirt folded in half, mark scallops 1 inch from edge using mug or glass as template. Cut scallops. Visit treeskirttemplate to print pattern pieces. Enlarge

pattern pieces to sizes indicated. Following pattern pieces, cut each design as pictured. Layer colors. Add as many design elements as desired around skirt edge. Embroider the felt shapes with simple stitches: running, blanket, French knot, daisy. Divide skirt into sections and lay out finished pieces as desired. Glue in place. Let dry. Overlap back edge three inches. Cut three one-inch buttonholes and sew on buttons. Bavarian Nutcracker Wreath Skill Level: Some experience necessary Crafting Time: Weekend project From humble beginnings in Germany to worldwide fame today, the nutcracker is a beloved symbol of the holidays. Hand-painted miniature nutcrackers glisten with glitter on a wreath that’s completely covered in nuts. Definitely a tradition with a twist. Supplies and Tools: Acrylic paint in various shades of white Paintbrushes 2 to 3 pounds walnuts with shells

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