Festivities Magazine Fall 2012

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A magazine to inspire the home entertainer with quick party tips, elegant designs, tutorials and recipes for celebrations. In this issue, fall celebrations: Halloween, Apples, Johnny Appleseed and Dia de los Muertos!

Text of Festivities Magazine Fall 2012

  • Ever since I was a little girl I have had something of an obsession with Halloween. As a kid, admittedly, I was probably most excited about the abundance of sugar that poured through my little hands. But the passing years allowed me to have different kinds of fun...haunted houses, costume parties, putting up decorations and seeing all the pagentry that comes with the pumpkins big night. In the last few years, being able to see Halloween through my childrens eyes really has to be the most fun of all.

    In this issue of Festivities, we celebrate our favorite parts of fall: apple picking, costuming, Halloween and a little cultural fun with the Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. I hope these pages inspire you a bit for fall and that you enjoy viewing them as much as we enjoyed creating them!

    Paula Biggs

    Editor-in-Chief

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    7 A Picnic with Johnny Appleseed

    16 Fall Harvest: Apple Picking

    20 Let the Ghoul Times Roll

    32 Glow in the Dark Play Dough Tutorial

    34 Praline Tutorial

    37 Vasaline Glass 101

    43 Black Cat Ball

    56 Trick-or-Treat Etiquette

    58 Nothing Beats a Beet

    70 Dia de Los Muertosv

    84 Pumpkin Empanadas

    86 Marigold Muerte Signature Drink

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    ISSUE contents

  • Paula BiggsEditor-In-Chief

    Frog Prince Paperie

    Paula is a party-loving mom of two with a background in communications

    and a love for entertaining. Shes the owner of two printable party shops, Frog Prince Paperie and Frog Prince

    Occasions. Her styling and design work has been seen in national

    magazines such as Southern Living and Yum! Food and Fun for Kids

    Magazine as well as many well-known international entertaining blogs.

    Nicole WillisEditorTradewind Tiaras, Inc.

    Nicole is the owner of the new party planning and inspiration company, Tikkido.com. Nicole has worked for numerous journalism institutions, including NPRs Weekend Edition Sunday. Her work has been featured in Yum! Food and Fun for Kids magazine; and many popular blogs, including Amy Atlas, Hostess with the Mostess, and Style Me Pretty.

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  • Thank you to our wonderful contributors and that lent their time and talents to this issue of Festivies Magazine

    Natalie ClauseSouthern Belles Charm

    Meredith LongCurator

    Meadow Brook Halland Manor

    GiedreAugustinaviciute

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    JOHNNY APPLESEED

    AppleseedJohnnyA P I C N I C W I T H

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    JOHNNY APPLESEED, known for planting apple trees across the country, was born as Johnathan Chapman in 1774. Even in his day he was a legend and his reputation well earned. Overwhelmingly generous, a staunch conservationist, and an arborist, he had a way with people and with nature.

    And as with any good legendary figure, Johnny was extremely eccentric. The pictures Disney paints of him are only half correct. He did in fact wear his cooking pot for a hat, but the only--only!--stich of clothing he ever wore after his mom no longer had a say-so was a feedsack. He weathered scores of northern winters in his bare feet and still lived into his 80s.

    While Johnnys personal habits arent necessarily perfect for little ears, the spirit of what he did in his life is a great subject on which to base a lesson. Every lesson is easier to hear on a full stomach, making a little outdoor picnic a perfect choice to wax poetics on an apple man.

    Baskets of apple themed food were offered to the children: apple chips, homemade applesauce (yum!), apple dipped in caramel, hot apple, cheese and ham sandwiches and cute apple cupcakes to finish up with. There was plenty to share!

    More than anything, Johnny Appleseed personified the creed Love thy Neighbor. He showed great love for his fellow man. While we had our picnic, we talked about things we could do to make our world a better place, just like Johnny. It was a proud mom moment to get answers like share, volunteer, be giving, and use less and recyle. It is always good to know they listen once in a while! We wrote these ideas down and strung them on our very own appletree.

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    P H OTO G R A P Y A ND S T Y L I NG B Y PA U L A B I G G S

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    Apple trees planted from apple seeds are inedible. Tart and bitter, they are used mainly for making apple

    cider and apple jack, an alchol. Grafted apple trees make for good eating, but Johnny was completely

    against the practice of grafting. Still, the eccentric man was welcomed by settlers with open arms for bringing

    his variety of apple trees westward.

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    Kids love cupcakes, especially when they look a little novel. To make these apple cupcakes, frost the tops with a thin layer of buttercream and roll in red sugar crystals. For the stem, cut a piece of cinnamon stick to about an inch and shape a piece of green fondant for the leaf.

    Seedlings were a perfect choice to go along with something as green as a Johnny Appleseed party. A little burlap and twine and a sweet tag made these seedlings ready to go home with our guests!

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    The favorite part of the picnic - besides the cupcakes! Serve them hot or cold, theyre delicious both ways. For Vermonters, a piece of cheese with your apple is the only way to eat it!

    2 slices whole wheat bread1 slice muenster cheese1 slice cheddar cheese 2 slices deli ham5 thinly sliced apple piecesButter

    Spread butter on one side of each of the pieces of bread. Lay the bread butter side down into a frying pan on medium low. Place one slice of cheese on each piece of bread. Put the apple slices on one and the ham slices on the the other piece of bread. Cook until the cheese starts to slightly melt.

    Using a spatula, put the filling sides together to create a sandwich and remove from heat. Slice and serve!

    H O T A P P L E , C H E E S E A N D H A M S A N D W I C H E S

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    APPLE PICKING

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    A crisp September afternoon, golden rays of sunshine, and a family outing to the apple orchard. Memories are made on days like these.

    But an excursion to go apple picking can be so much more than just a fun adventure. It can be a fabulous learning experience, too.

    Trisha Lucas, Education Director at Desert Sun Child Development Center, knows this well. She spends her days designing educational plans to teach children important skills through play, so that theyll not only learn what they need to know, but love the process, too.

    Lucas intimately understands the benefits of a farm visit. A lot of kids dont get to experience these things on a day-to-day basis anymore, says Lucas. I grew up on a farm. I knew where my food came from. I knew where my clothes came fromit was a cotton farm. Visiting a farm can be so much more than just quality family time. It can give children a sense of where things come from, where things begin.

    This isnt to say that a day at the farm has to be full of lectures and lessons. Children learn through their senses, and most importantly, through play. Picking up leaves and twigs, feeling the textures, smelling the smells of a farmthese are things most kids read in books, but dont experience regularly. The adventure and action of going to a pick-your-own farm is the perfect central activity for play-based learning.

    A day full of taste and touch and smell in the orchard starts the lesson, but parents can enrich the experience and continue the learning at home, helping children to draw connections between what theyve seen on the farm and their everyday lives. Lucas suggests making applesauce once you get home with your bounty from the orchard.

    Making applesauce is a wonderful hands-on learning opportunity, says Lucas. It engages all the sensessmell, touch, taste, sight, hearingand teaches children about sequencing when following the recipe. It reinforces numbers, measurements, self confidence from making something themselves. Plus kids are more likely to eat it if they make it, notes Lucas. Help children peel, chop, cut, boil, smash (the fun part!) the apples and watch them learn while having a wonderful time.

    Lucas also recommends cutting the apples in half and using them as stamps. Cut them in half one

    Apple Picking: a Fall TraditionBY NICOLE WILLS, TIKKIDO.COM

    Way Up High in the Apple Tree

    - Author Unknown

    Way up high in an apple tree.

    Two red apples smiled at me.

    I shook that tree as hard as I could.Down came the

    apples! Mmmmmm they

    were good!

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    way, says Lucas, and find the seeds. Cut an ap