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Friday, November 19, 2010

We're Thankful For . . .

As we look forward to the Thanksgiving Holiday, we thought it would be appropriate to share some thoughts about all that we’re thankful for here at Sauder Village. We hope you enjoy this short list and perhaps you’ll even take time to share with us why you’re thankful for Sauder Village. We’d love to hear from you!

At Sauder Village we are thankful for . . .

. . . the many employees and volunteers who help to provide memorable experiences for our guests.

. . . the thousands of guests who join us each season – to visit the Historic Village, enjoy great shopping, delicious food or a relaxing, overnight get-away!

. . . our founder, Erie Sauder, and the leadership team that has continued his dream for the future of Sauder Village.

. . . our members who choose to be a part of Sauder Village by enjoying fun and educational experiences all year long and supporting the preservation of the past for generations to come.

. . . our beautiful location in the heart of rural, northwest Ohio and the canopy of trees on the Village Green – creating a beautiful place for guests to relax and enjoy time together.

. . . the teachers who bring their students to Sauder Village each season where the history they read about at school comes to life!

. . . the many craftsmen who share their talents with our guests as they make pottery, glass spheres, baskets, wooden buckets and more!

. . . all of the people who help make our special events such a great success - from teachers and guest artists to individuals participating in our Fiddle Contest or entering a quilt or rug in a special exhibit.

. . . the many donors who help support the efforts of our non-profit organization. From $5 to $5000 – we’re thankful for every gift.

. . . the hundreds of Junior Historians who volunteer their time to help play old-fashioned games, shell corn, make ice-cream, wash clothes and help get our guests involved in activities of yesteryear.

. . . our team of oxen, horses, chickens, goats and other animals that help our guests experience life on the farm.

. . . the many people who choose to shop, eat and stay at Sauder Village – by supporting our for-profit areas you are supporting the non-profit living-history village as well!

. . .everyone we’re connected to online! Thanks for staying connected to all that we’re doing at Sauder Village by following our blog, Facebook or Twitter pages.

The list could go on and on as we are truly thankful for so many things here at Sauder Village. Thank you, enjoy this short video and Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Recipe for Special Memories

Traditional foods have long been the cornerstone of holiday celebrations, from breads and cookies to oyster stew, plum pudding and roasted turkey or goose. While we may treasure the tastes and smells of holiday treats, it seems the experience of preparing the holiday feast and gathering together to celebrate is where the real memories are made.

“Years ago, grandmothers and mothers passed down family recipes and advice to the younger generations as ladies gathered together to prepare an elaborate meal for the holidays,” shared Shellee Murcko, Sauder Village Historic Foodways Program. “Thanksgiving meals included many foods as evidence of a bountiful harvest, while Christmas was the time to prepare the choicest foods to celebrate the birth of Christ. Nineteenth century holiday meals often included sweet potatoes, squash, cranberry sauce, oysters, candy canes, sugar plums, Lebkuchen, roasted chestnuts, Stollen, spiced cider and pies.”

While you may not be gathering chestnuts, a fresh goose or the bounty you preserved from your garden for your holiday party – there are still ways to make holiday meals a special tradition for your family.

Take time this year to prepare a meal (or even just a batch of cookies) with your children or grandchildren. While the whole process may take a bit longer, the end result is sure to be priceless. Stay connected to far-away relatives by tucking a copy of your favorite holiday recipe inside your Christmas card this year. Traditional recipes can also make great gifts! Why not make a recipe book that includes some of your holiday favorites or even a shadow box showcasing recipes in your own handwriting. Continue a tradition in your family this holiday season and dust off some old family recipes. Or, try some historic recipes and start a new tradition of your own!

While the menu at holiday meals has evolved through the years, it is food, feast and family that continue to bring us together. This year, make your holiday meals an experience to treasure and savor for years to come!

Check out some great Holiday Recipes on our website!

Stuffed Acorn Squash
1 large acorn squash, halved and seeded
1 cup water
3 tablespoons butter, melted
½ to 1 teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar, firmly packed
1 large tart apple peeled, cored, chopped
¼ cup chopped nuts of your choice

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place acorn squash, cut side down, in a large baking pan or dish; pour water into bottom of pan around the squash. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine butter, lemon juice, cinnamon, brown sugar, and chopped apples. Divide mixture evenly among partially cooked squash and return to oven for 30 minutes or until tender when flesh is poked with a fork. Sprinkle with chopped nuts to serve. Makes 2 servings.