CHECK IT OUT: Holiday Recipes
This recipe has been abbreviated from TasteMade.
-1/4 cup Brown Sugar
-1 tbsp Paprika
-2 tsp Pepper
-2 tsp Sea Salt
-3 tbsp Olive Oil
-3 tbsp Butter
-4 sprigs Thyme
-2 sprigs Rosemary
-2 Bay Leaves
-1 head Garlic
-1/2 cup Beef Broth
-12 oz Stout Beer
-15 oz Diced Tomatoes
-5 lbs Bone-In Rib Eye Roast
1. Mix the Brown Sugar, Paprika, Pepper, Sea Salt, & Olive Oil together.
2. Slather the mixture on the Roast.
3. In a skillet atop the stove, add the Roast. Sear the Roast with the Butter, Thyme, Rosemary, Bay Leaves, Garlic, Beef Broth, Stout Beer, & Diced Tomatoes.
4. Braise for 2 hours @ 375°.
This recipe has been abbreviated from Amen V’Amen.
-1/2 tsp Cinnamon
-1/2 tsp Sugar
-1/2 cup Water
1. Wash the apples, quarter and score them in a saucepan.
2. Pour the Water into the pan and cover the lid.
3. Cook the Apples in low-medium heat for 20 minutes until they’re soft.
4. Using a sieve, pour the cooked sauce into a bowl.
5. Add cinnamon and sugar and stir well. Add more as needed.
6. Cool sauce in the fridge. Serve with Latkes or pastry of your choice.
This recipe has been abbreviated from Technician Online.
-1 cup Corn Syrup
-2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
-1 1/2 cups Pecan Halves
-2/3 cup Sugar
-1/3 cup Melted Butter
-1 Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Gently unroll the premade Piecrust and place into the pie dish.
3. Whisk Eggs in a bowl. Add Corn Syrup, Sugar, Butter, and Vanilla and mix well.
4. Stir in Pecan Halves.
5. Slowly pour mixture into pie dish.
6. Bake for 45 minutes. Cover the edges of the piecrust with aluminum foil for the first 30 minutes to prevent burning.
This recipe has been abbreviated from Food Network.
-4 cups Fresh or Frozen Tart Cherries
-1 to 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
-4 tbsp Cornstarch
-1/8 tbsp Almond Extract
-Pie Crust (premade or homemade recipe)
-1 1/2 tbsp Butter
-1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
1. Place Cherries in medium saucepan and place over heat. Cover. After Cherries lose juice, remove from heat.
2. In a small bowl, mix the Sugar and Cornstarch together. Pour this mixture into the hot Cherries and mix well.
3. Add the Almond Extract and mix. Return the mixture to the stove and cook over low heat until thickened, stirring frequently.
4. Remove from the heat and let cool. If the filling is too thick, add a little Water. If the filling is too thin, add a little more Cornstarch.
5. Preheat the oven to 375°.
6. Prepare your Crust. Pour cooled Cherry mixture into the Crust. Dot with Butter. Moisten edge of bottom Crust. Place top crust on and flute the edge of the pie. Make a slit in the middle of the Crust for steam to escape. Sprinkle with Sugar.
7. Bake for 50 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
This Librarian Heather’s personal sugar cookie recipe, and was originally from “Good Things Catered.”
-2 cups All-Purpose Flour
-1/2 tsp Baking Soda
-1/2 tsp Salt
-1 1/2 sticks of Butter, melted & cooled until lukewarm
-1 cup Brown Sugar
-1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
-1 Large Egg & 1 Egg Yolk (discard white)
-2 tsp Vanilla
1. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Whisk dry ingredients together in separate bowl.
2. Mix melted / cooled Butter and sugars together until thoroughly combined.
3. Beat in Egg, Yolk, and Vanilla.
4. Add dry ingredients and beat at low speed until just combined and no Flour streaks remain.
5. Make small balls of dough; refrigerate at least 30 minutes to allow ingredients to meld. (Dough can also be portioned into balls and frozen for baking later.)
6. Heat oven to 325°.
7. Bake cookies for 13-15 minutes. Remove cookies to cool.
This recipe has been abbreviated from LivingWellMom.
-1 bottle of 4oz School Glue
-1/2 cup of Water
-1/4 cup of Hot (not boiling) Water
-1/2 tsp Borax
1. Add the Water to a small bowl. Squeeze the entire bottle of School Glue into the Water.
2. Mix the Water & School Glue.
3. Sprinkle the Glitter into the mixture.
4. Set aside the mixture. In separate bowl, dissolve Borax & Hot Water. Mix, until completely dissolved.
5. Stir the two mixtures together. The mixture will form around the spoon. Once there’s no liquid, the mixture will fully form by pressing together with your hands.
GET FESTIVE: Holiday Events at Library Branches
KEY: Kids & Families, Tweens & Teens, Adults
Baker Branch Library
–Winter Wonderland Craft on Mon. Dec. 3 | All Day
–Polar Express on Wed. Dec. 19 | 4:30pm
–Happy Feet Craft on Wed. Jan 2 | All Day
–Winter Tree Finger Painting on Mon. Jan 7 | All Day
–Silly Snowmen Craft on Mon. Jan 14 | All Day
–Polar Bear Bookmarks on Mon. Jan 28 | All Day
–Valentine’s Day Bag on Mon. Feb 4 | 2pm
–Valentine’s Day Card Craft on Mon. Feb 11 | All Day
Beale Memorial Library
–Book Folding Ornaments on Wed. Dec 12 | 12pm & 5:30pm
Northeast Branch Library
–Snowflake Frenzy in December | All Month
–‘Tis the Season for Stories on Sat. Dec 15 | 1pm
–Full Moon Party on Sat. Dec 22 | 1pm
Southwest Branch Library
–Kids Get Crafty: Christmas on Wed. Dec 19 | 5pm
–Kids Get Crafty: Christmas on Thu. Dec 20 | 5pm
–Kids Get Crafty: Valentine’s Day on Tue. Feb 12 | 5pm
Rathbun Branch Library
–Valentine Creation Station on Sat. Feb 2 – 14 | All Day
–Holiday DIY on Tue. Dec 11 | 5pm
–Holiday Wrapping Party on Sat. Dec 15 | 2pm
Arvin Branch Library
–Gingerbread House Fun! on Tue. Dec. 18 | 4pm
–New Year’s Craft on Mon. Jan 7 | 4pm
–Valentine’s Day Craft on Mon. Feb 11 | 4pm
Lamont Branch Library
–Gingerbread House Fun! on Thu. Dec. 20 | 4pm
–New Year’s Craft on Wed. Jan 2 | 4pm
–Valentine’s Day Craft on Wed. Feb 13 | 4pm
Delano Branch Library
–Dude Where’s My Sleigh? on Sat. Dec. 15 | 1:30pm
–25 Movies Before Christmas on Tue. – Thu. & Sat. Dec 1-22 | 12:30pm & 3:30pm
–25 Stories Before Christmas on Tue. – Thu. & Sat. Dec 1-22 | 2:30pm
–Color Me Happy: Holiday Edition from Dec 1-22 on Tue. – Thu. 11am-7pm & Sat. 9am-5pm
Wasco Branch Library
–Crafternoon: Popcorn String on Mon. Dec 3 | 3:30pm
–Festive Tree Decorating on Wed. Dec 5 | 3:30pm
–Art 101: Crafting Snowflakes on Fri. Dec 21 | 4pm
-The Star on Sat. Dec 1 | 12pm
–Santa Buddies on Mon. Dec 3 | 1pm
–Elf on Wed. Dec 5 | 1pm
–Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure on Mon. Dec 10 | 1pm
–A Belle for Christmas on Mon. Dec 10 | 3:30pm
–Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas on Wed. Dec 12 | 1pm
–Ba, Hum Duck! on Fri. Dec 14 | 1pm
–The Dog Who Saved Christmas on Mon. Dec 17 | 1pm
–Merry Madagascar on Wed. Dec 19 | 1pm
–Polar Express on Wed. Dec 19 | 3:30pm
–The Dog Who Saved the Holidays on Fri. Dec 21 | 1pm
Shafter Branch Library
–Valentine’s Day Craft on Thu. Feb 14 | 2pm
California City Branch Library
–Celebrate the Holidays! on Sat. Dec 1 | 12pm
–Valentine’s Day Craft on Sat. Feb 9 | 10am
Mojave Branch Library
–Holiday Cookie Social on Fri. Dec 21 | 1:30pm
–Valentine’s Day Craft on Wed. Feb 13 | 3pm
Kern River Valley Branch Library
–Infant and Toddler Storytime: Special Santa Visit on Thu. Dec 6 | 10:30am
–Kids Get Crafty: Christmas Crafts on Sat. Dec 22 | 2pm
–Adult Book Discussion: A Christmas Carol on Sat. Dec 1 | 2pm
–Adults Get Crafty: Holiday Crafts on Tue. Dec 11 | 2pm
Ridgecrest Branch Library
–Omnipresent Puppet Theater: The Snow Queen on Sat. Dec 8 | 2:30pm
–Family Flix Before 6: Elf or Polar Express on Sat. Dec 15 | 2:30pm
–Crafternoon: Snowflakes on Thu. Jan 3 | 12pm
–Welcome the New Year Party on Sat. Jan 5 | 2:30pm
–STEM Lab: Snow on Fri. Jan 18 | 3:30pm
–STEM Lab: Hearts on Fri. Feb 15 | 3:30pm
Taft Branch Library
–Letters to Santa on Tue. – Thu. & Sat. Dec 1-22 | All Day
–Kids Get Crafty: 12 Days of Christmas on Tue. – Thu. & Sat. Dec 1- 22 | 3pm
–Christmas Cookie Social on Sat. Dec 8 | 4pm
–Gingerbread House Fun! on Wed. Dec 12 | 5pm
–Santa Claus Visit on Sat. Dec 15 | 2pm
–Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on Wed. Dec 19 | 6pm
–How Many Kisses on Tue. – Thu. & Sat. Feb 2-14 | All Day
–Kids Get Crafty: Valentine’s Day Edition on Tue. – Thu. & Sat. Feb 2 – 14 | 9am
–Valentine Cookie Decorating on Wed. Feb 13 | 3pm
–Valentine’s Day Library BINGO! on Sat. Feb 9 | 3pm
–Adults Get Crafty: Christmas Craft on Tue. Dec 4 | 5pm
–Color Me Jolly on Tue. Dec 11 | 4pm
Tehachapi Branch Library
–Celebrate the Holiday on Sat. Dec 8 | 12pm
–Valentine’s Day Craft on Sat. Feb 9 | 10am
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