SEARCH: We’re Thankful!

Wishing you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving weekend from everyone at SEARCH Magazine.

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A Seattle Progressive Dinner

A Seattle Progressive Dinner

by Michele Roger

IMG_1039“I‘m not Scrooge, but I am a realist. My winter consists of icy airports, snow storms, and living far away from my family. When I say family, let’s be clear. We are not What a Wonderful Life. Rather, we are more My Big Fat Greek Wedding in the middle of a blizzard. Never the less, I miss them. Terribly. Hence, I’m headed to Seattle to see my motley crew for the few short days we all have off.

When flying in winter, there is my one big rule. Never wear a winter coat. There is no place to stash it. It’s too hot to wear in the cabin, and overhead bins are crammed with luggage and gifts. Wear a trench or dress in layers.

Once together, the celebrating cannot simply be contained. It’s laughter and tears mixed together the minute I leap from the taxi. We must make up for lost time. If all of Seattle is our canvas, then celebration is our medium...” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Winter Issue.

Recipe: Forgotten Cookies

Forgotten Cookies

by Emerian Rich

0906151914b (3)“For those of us with busy schedules, who have a hard time remembering to take the cookies out before they burn, these puppies are an easy way to bake without having to remember to check the oven. Whether you’re looking to please your Frozen-crazed children or serving a proper English tea, these cookies will be a hit. They are fast to whip up, with not many ingredients. Traditionally made in the Rich family with chocolate chips and walnuts, you can switch up the recipe to allow for allergies or gluten sensitivity. In the picture above, the white cookies are made with chocolate chips and nuts, the blue are made with gluten and dairy-free chocolate chips only, and the purple are made with only nuts for those unable to have chocolate...” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Winter Issue.

How Not to Make Fruitcake

How Not  to Make Fruitcake

by Larriane Barnard

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“Taking a wild hair I decided to do some Christmas baking ahead of time. I know all about the jokes of fruitcake for gifts, but I happen to like it and found an easy to fix, pretty inexpensive recipe. During the process, however, it occurred to me how much I qualified to write a how not to story rather than how. Use a quick bread mix, add nuts and fruit, how hard can that be? Ask me, I’ll tell you.

In the essence of time don’t take out the largest mixing bowl you have and double the receipt unless you have arms-by-Arnold, and I don’t mean Tom. I’d have to look up how to spell his name, but you know the one, the Terminator and ex-governor. That along should give you an indication of the mess I created. Make a note also that being your largest mixing bowl does not mean it will accommodate a double portion and the result is slopped mixing...” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Winter Issue.

Find Your Zen During the Holidays…and beyond

Find Your Zen During the Holidays…and beyond

By Ron Vitale

Photo by Heidi Kaden

Photo by Heidi Kaden

“The holidays are filled with fun, family, and lots of frenetic energy, but they can also be a major source of stress. Crazy work schedules, family obligations, gift shopping, party planning, and all sorts of activities can leave you shell-shocked. When everyone else is enjoying themselves, you might be ready to curl up in a ball and want to give up on having fun.

If you’ve felt stress in the past around the holidays or afterward, here are some solid tips to help you enjoy the season...” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Winter Issue.

5 Holiday Tips For Parents with Autistic Kids

5 Holiday Tips For Parents with Autistic Kids

by Ashley Vrublevskiy

photo“When my son Zander was just over a month old, we took a family trip to the beach in Oregon. I dipped his tiny toes in the sand for the first time as we breathed in the crisp, salty ocean air. The ocean called, and he was hooked, as was his momma. That’s when I started to daydream about future trips to the ocean with him. What beautiful, ethereal images danced in my head.

Zander was three when we got his diagnosis. Autism Spectrum Disorder, non-verbal, speech delay, sensory processing disorder. It all hit me like a truck, as it would any parent. I could have left it at that, labeled, but he is so much more than any label could ever describe…” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Winter Issue.