Nov 28, 2012

Festival of Trees

By: Amberly Asay

Every year over 700 trees are gathered into the South Towne Expo Center.  Surrounded by wreaths, gingerbread houses, sweet shoppes and holiday dancers, there is nothing that can get you into the Christmas spirit quite like the Festival Trees. 

The event takes place November 28- December 1 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.  The event is $5 per adult and $3 per child.  The Festival of Trees raises money for Primary Children’s Hospital.  The festival has taken place since 1971 and has raised over $30.8 million since it first began.

The Opening Night Auction is November 27, 2012; all the trees are put up for auction that night.  Any tree not purchased is put up for sale during the rest of the week.

Be a part of this community tradition and capture the Holiday spirit.

Nov 26, 2012

Care Week

By: Amberly Asay

Care week is one week every semester where clubs are allowed to raise money on campus for non-profit organizations. This year’s Care Week will take place November 26 through December 1.

All of the academic and BYUSA clubs are invited to participate as well as other organizations on campus.

Sarah Jacobsen, a sophomore, serves as an Executive Director in the Clubs area in BYUSA. She is looking forward to the event and all of the good it can do.

“It's a great way to give back and help people not just at BYU but all around the world,” Jacobsen said.

Care week was created because clubs used to be allowed to raise money for charities at any time on campus and students were being asked to donate several times throughout the year. In allowing fundraising for one week a year, students aren’t being asked to donate as often.

Look for your favorite club, or help a club fundraise for a non-profit in need.

Nov 16, 2012

Eat Like a Pilgrim

By: Amberly Asay

Have you ever heard of Cheatle Bread with butter? Do you wish you could wear your breeches and petticoats this Thanksgiving? Well great news, you now can, with the Eat Like a Pilgrim night at Thanksgiving Point.

Recognized as the top Thanksgiving re-enactment by the New York Times in 2011, guests are taken away to 17th century America surround by prominent pilgrim figures and Wampanoag. Guests will be entertained with traditional games and activities in addition to period menu and music.

The event takes place November 16, 17 & 19, at the Thanksgiving Point Show Barn. The show begins at 6:30 pm and the doors open at 6:00 pm. Advance tickets are $27 per adult, $17 per child (ages 3-12). Tickets at the door are $30 per adult, $20 per child.

The menu includes Cheatle Bread with butter, apple cider, corn pudding, stewed pumpkins and turkey. Dessert includes a mixed berry cobbler. “Fear Factor” food sampling will again be returning to the list of events. Attendees can try eels, oysters, duck, parched corn and hard tack.

Nov 13, 2012

Thanksgiving Date

By: Amberly Asay

Thanksgiving is the most grateful time of the year. What better way to celebrate your gratitude than to take that special someone you met on a date! Thanksgiving dates can be fun and full of great ideas.

If you guys don’t have family this year, gather together and watch the Thanksgiving Parade, a tradition going 86 years strong. The floats are always amazing and the dancing and music are some of the best in the country.

While watching the parade, go back to kindergarten and trace turkey hands. Place your hand on paper and trace the outline with a crayon or marker. Color all of the feathers and write what you are grateful for on each of them.

Meanwhile make your autumn kindergarten snack. Take some white chocolate, miniature pretzels, candy corn, dried cranberries, melt the white chocolate and mix it all together.

Nov 9, 2012

3-Tier Oven Companion

By: Amberly Asay

Trying to make a full course meal but only have one oven? Preparing several dishes is delicious but can prove to be really difficult when trying to keep all the dishes warm. This simple gadget will make all of your cooking needs easier.

Buy a 3-Tier Oven Companion. Cook the ham, bake the casserole, warm up the rolls and brown the pie all at the same time. You can purchase this item for about $20.00 and save time when preparing any holiday meal.

Here are some links where you can buy one of these and see photos of the product in action:

Nov 6, 2012

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

By: Amberly Asay

Living on a college budget may be difficult but also helps individuals who are not naturally creative learn to become more creative, really quickly.  Although our meals may be meager, the centerpiece will still be the star of the show.

We suggest finding a burnt orange tablecloth (available at Wal-Mart, the Dollar Store, Target, etc…) and draping it over your table.  Find a glass vase and select a light orange candle to place inside.  Fill the space between your vase and candle with candy corn.  If you want to use the Thanksgiving Corn (featuring the colors: white, orange and brown) that is okay as well.

This candle display is a classy holiday centerpiece that your guests are sure to love.  

Nov 2, 2012

The iGrill

By: Amberly Asay

There seems to be an app for everything these days. Did you know that there is now an app that will make your Thanksgiving meal preparations easier? Introducing the iGrill.

The iGrill is an app-enabled wireless Bluetooth meat thermometer. You can download the iGrill app for free from iTunes and connect it to your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad. You can monitor your meat thermometer for your food from up to 200 feet away. The iGrill app will alert you when your food is ready.

You can also monitor two different meats at once, and the iGrill also serves as a stand-alone thermometer.