In Season November 2013

Warm and creative ways to celebrate the month's holidays.

Jesse Berberich

A Delectable Fall

There’s no better partner for the season of turning leaves and crisp autumn air than the Autumn Chocolate Truffles from Lake Champlain Chocolates. Featuring handcrafted milk, dark chocolate, sweet Vermont butter, fresh cream, Belgian chocolate, and all-natural flavors, these delicious chocolates come nuzzled in a lustrous gift box decorated with a beautiful scene of autumn in Vermont. Find these and other seasonal treats online at www.lakechamplainchocolates.com.

For Every Occasion

Celebrate the upcoming holidays and all of life’s most sharable moments with Pear Tree Greeting’s unique collection of high-quality, personalized greetings and stationery. With hundreds of designs available for any budget you might have, Pear Tree will inspire you to stay connected with family and friends all year long. Start shopping and commemorating now at www.peartreegreetings.com.

No Matter Where You Are

Thanksgiving is a time to sit down with loved ones and make cherished memories. With Skype Premium, you’ll even be able to share holidays with friends and family who can’t travel. Going beyond basic, free features such as one-on-one voice and video calls and instant messaging, Skype Premium allows you to conduct group video calls and screen sharing with up to nine people, as well as make unlimited calls to one foreign country of your choice. Visit www.skype.com for more information on this sure-fire way to have meaningful conversations and stay connected during the holidays.

Deli Delicious at Home

Spend Sandwich Day, November 3, munching on Joanne’s Super Hero Sandwich, which overflows with cold cuts and flavor, courtesy of www.allrecipes.com.

Ingredients: •½ c. olive oil •1 Tbs. lemon juice •3 Tbs. tarragon vinegar •3 cloves minced garlic •2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley •2 tsp. dried oregano •½ tsp. black pepper •1 c. chopped black olives •1 c. chopped mushrooms •1 loaf round, crusty Italian bread •½ lb. sliced, deli turkey meat •½ lb. sliced ham •¼ lb. sliced salami •½ lb. sliced mozzarella cheese •6 leaves of lettuce •1 sliced tomato

Directions: In a medium bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, and garlic. Season with parsley, oregano, and pepper. Stir in olives and mushrooms. Set aside. Cut the bread in half. Scoop out the inside of the bottom half, and leave an ½-in. outside wall. Spoon 2/3 of the olive mixture into the bottom. Layer with turkey, ham, salami, mozzarella, lettuce, and tomato. Pour remaining olive mixture on top, and replace the top half of the bread. Wrap securely in plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy!

Autumn Branches

The Autumn Branch Centerpiece is a beautiful craft from www.marthastewart.com that will have your Thanksgiving Day guests marvelling at your table even before you bring out your holiday meal.

What You’ll Need: •18-in. plywood square •1-3 branches •L-brackets and hardware •Cable ties •Burlap •EZ-Glide surface protectors •Leaves •Gourds •Artificial birds •A pencil.

What To Do: Place a branch on the plywood square and mark a line around the branch on the plywood with a pencil. Screw an L-bracket on either side of where you have outlined the branch, drill through the bracket holes into the branch base. Screw or bolt branch to brackets. Add up to two more branches, if desired, securing to original branch by wrapping a cable tie around the base of the branches. Hide screws, brackets and cable ties by wrapping a length of burlap around the base. Dress with leaves, gourds, and artificial birds. Add EZ-Glides to underside of base to protect furniture.

Classic Thanksgiving Fun

Your kids will love the classic activity of creating a one-of-a-kind paper turkey by tracing their hands! Try out the Hands and Feet Turkey Craft, courtesy of www.kaboose.com, for a truly fun time that also adds tracing feet to this classic kids activity!

What You’ll Need: •Construction paper in brown, tan, orange, yellow, and white •Scissors •Glue •Wiggle eyes if you want a turkey that’s a little silly!

What To Do: Trace your two feet (with shoes on) on the brown construction paper, then trace two hands on each color of construction paper. Then, cut out all the hands and feet tracings. Put the two foot tracings together with the heels one on top of another. Make it so the wider part of the feet are touching but also far apart enough to make the turkey body and head. Apply glue. Cut two turkey legs out of the orange scraps, then cut a diamond shape for the beak. Draw the eyes on white paper and cut them out, or use wiggle eyes. Make the wattle out of red construction paper. Glue each piece onto the body. Then, glue the red, orange, and yellow construction paper hands behind the brown body to make the tail. Finally, position the two tan hands on either side of the body to make the turkey’s wings and glue them in place, and you’ve got a cute turkey buddy for the holidays!

This column appeared in the November 2013 issue.