Free Printable "Dear Santa" Letter

Each year the second week of November is Santa letter writing week!
This year I have made up a fun free printable Santa letter printable.

This is a great opportunity to teach children about letter writing, to ask Santa questions, to share about life, and of course (as Santa is always interested) to ask for gifts!

To print this letter: click on it to expand it (click again to make sure it is fully expanded) and then select file and print or right click on it and select printing options from the menu. If you have any trouble right click save the letter to your paint on your computer and printing from there.

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds {recipe}

Every year from our jack-o-lanterns we make roasted pumpkin seeds. 
Here is my favorite recipe:

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
2c. raw pumpkin seeds with shells
 about 2tsp. butter, melted
and about 3tsp. salt
Directions: Heat oven to 300 degrees
Toss seeds in bowl with melted butter and salt.
Spread seeds in a single layer on cookie sheet.
Bake for about 45 minutes or until browned.
Stirring occasionally.
When cooled shells should be dried and easy to eat, 
if they are not, reheat and cool.


Where have I been? Hint: Pottery & Pike Place

Some of my favorite followers may have noticed that Holiday Haven... well, kind of stopped. BUT I have an awesome reason why my attentions were diverted.

I have always wanted to work from home and so when my amazing hubby bought me a kiln, I took some classes. And after nearly two years of applying myself every. single. day. to this art, I now have a growing business. 

With exciting news: as of February this year I was accepted to sell at Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA
A look at my work:

Working in my studio.

My booth at Pike Place Market

Packing up to go home.

As with any new business I have a ton links if you are interested:
My pottery facebook page:
My Etsy Shop:

And you can see my business with PikePlaceMarket on their website by looking under the ceramics tab:

 As for Holiday Haven: don't worry, I am doing some renovation on this site, but I will still here at Holiday Haven to share all of our holiday fun with you!

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Elegant White Pumpkin Tablescape

White pumpkins are so beautiful.

So for the first day of Autumn I set this tablescape for two.

Water goblets, wine glasses, salad and dinner plates, candles and napkins.

Black and white plates.

I made these napkin rings.

Candles and ivy.

The pumpkins steal the show.

Happy Autumn!


20 Winter Fun Facts

Winter Fun Facts:

1.We have all heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Did you know a scientist took 400,000 to prove it?

2.Icicles form most often on the south side of buildings.

3.The record for the most snow angels at one time was set in Ontario Canada in 2004 when a couple of schools joined to create 15,851 snow angels.

4.The wind chill factor measures heat loss from exposed skin.

5.If it gets cold enough, single digits or below, ice crystals can form and snow can fall from clear skies.

6.All snowflakes have 6 sides.

7.Antarctica set the record for the worlds coldest temperature at -129(degrees Fahrenheit)

8.It does not have to be 32(degrees Fahrenheit) outside to snow.

9.Average snowflakes fall at 3.1mph

10.Ice is a mineral.

11.Billions of snowflakes fall during a storm, even a small storm.

12.A whiteout is also called a snow squall. This is when the cloud touches the ground and everything looks white.

13.  60% of the Earth's fresh water is stored in the polar ice caps.

14.Hot water freezes faster than cold water.

15.The "winter blues" were first diagnosed in 1984. And have recently been named seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D. (seriously)

16.The tallest snowman was 113 feet 7 inches tall. Named Angus and made in Bethel Maine in 1999.

17. Nine years later in 2008 this same town created the world's tallest snowwoman. The snowwoman stood 122 feet 1 inch tall.

18. The largest snowflake recorded in the Guinness World Book of Records fell in Montana and  was 15 wide.

19. Ten inches of snow melts down to one inch of water.

20. Winter ends and spring begins with the March equinox. This is when the day and night are approximately ths same length. Currently the equinox occurs on either March 20 or 21st.

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