‘Tis the Season to be Jolly by Barbie Butz is a sweet and simple Christmas story about best friends, love at first sight, and finding that special someone. It’s also a great read for fans of all ages who enjoy reading about talking animals!
‘Tis the Season to be Jolly is a children’s book written by Barbie Butz, who also wrote “The Beast in the Jungle.” The story follows an elf named Gizmo as he travels through time and space to find Christmas presents for his friends.
This weekend, there are a number of exciting activities to attend that will get you in the spirit for the holiday season. Downtown Atascadero will be converted into a Winter Wonderland this Friday, Dec. 10, from 5 to 9 p.m., with loads of snow for sledding on a big snow-slide.
Bounce houses, Joe’s Little Train, Santa and Mrs. Claus, A-Town Park Scooter Demos, live entertainment, and food and craft vendors will be among the winter festivities.
VisitAtascadero.com/events for additional information.
Then, on Saturday evening, from 6 to 9 p.m., you may drive to Paso Robles for the 35th Annual Vine Street Showcase. Due to COVID regulations, there will be no street walking this year. However, seeing the homes along Vine Street all decked up for the holidays is a joy.
We’re going to get through this together, Atascadero
A remarkable contribution was made to Coats for Kids this year from a fantastic North County family. Tim and Debbie Kopack of Paso Robles sold their Yesterdays Sportswear company and donated 70 boxes of new sweatshirts to the Coats for Kids program, which distributes coats to low-income families.
Our Coats for Kids team was forced to adjust the way we distribute our warm apparel due to COVID limitations (again). We collaborated with local North County churches and non-profits such as ECHO, Resilient Souls, Lumina Alliance, Loaves and Fishes, Lighthouse, and even the San Miguel Fire Department to ensure that we reached as many children and adults in need as possible.
Thank you for your years of support for our Coats for Kids of SLO County initiative, Tim and Debbie, and your kids Evan and Chris. You are a good example of caring for your city and its residents.
Thank you also to the churches and organizations who partnered with us to keep our families warm this year.
Now on to this week’s dish. With the holidays approaching, I’ve been on the lookout for “party-type dishes,” and this dip should please guests of all ages.
Dip of White Beans
1 can of ingredients (15.8 ounces) drained and washed great northern beans 1 can (412 oz.) green chilies, cut and drained a quarter-cup of sour cream 14 cup salsa (thick and chunky) 14 cup fresh cilantro, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed 1 teaspoon cumin powder 12 teaspoon white pepper, ground a quarter teaspoon of salt To serve, tortilla chips
Note: For Black Bean Dip, replace the great Northern beans with 1 can (15 ounces) black beans.
In a food processor, combine beans, green chiles, sour cream, salsa, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, cumin, white pepper, and salt for each bean dip. Refrigerate the mixture in an airtight jar. Serve with tortilla chips at room temperature.
Note: After preparing the dip in the food processor, add 2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper for a change of pace.
Have fun with the season!
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“a-town news” is a song that was written by Barbie Butz. It’s about the Christmas season, and how it can be a time of joy.
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