Author: Family Times

Cookie Season Begins for Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways Craving cookies? Troops in the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways (GSNYPENN) Council are selling the sweet treat through March 31. This year, there are nine varieties to choose from: Samoas®, Tagalongs®, Do-si-dos®, Lemon-Ups®, Thin Mints®, Toffee-tastic®, Trefoils®, Girl Scout S’mores®, and Adventurefuls™. Each box costs $6, a $1 increase from 2023. “When our bold, goal-setting Girl Scouts sell cookies, they’re doing so much more than what we see at face value,” said GSNYPENN CEO Julie Dale in a press release. “They’re entrepreneurial youth leaders creating a more equitable future for themselves and…

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Are you looking for some things you can do with your family over winter break? Start with this list of area camps and attractions: Camps Art Infusion School Break Camp. Feb. 19-23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Ages 5-10. This camp will feature art, drama, and games (February’s theme is Winter Wonderland). Rome Art and Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St., Rome. romeart.org. Winter Nature Camp. Feb. 19-23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Grades 1-4. Attendees will snowshoe, build snow sculptures, and more. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. events.onondagacountyparks.com. Winter Break One Day Zoo Camps. Feb. 19-23, 9 a.m.-4…

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Glazed Raspberry Donuts Recipe and photo courtesy of Hood Ingredients: Donuts 2 cups whole wheat flour 2 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt ⅔ cup sugar 2 large eggs 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 2 tbsp. canola oil ½ cup Hood 1% Lowfat Milk in the LightBlock Bottle 1 cup Hood Sour Cream 1 ½ cup fresh raspberries, washed and dried, divided Glaze 2 cups powdered sugar ¼ cup Hood 1% Lowfat Milk in the LightBlock Bottle 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract Directions: STEP 1 Preheat oven to 350˚F. Coat donut baking pan with cooking spray.…

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Tickets Go on Sale for Broadway Shows Are you hoping to catch a Broadway show at the Landmark Theatre this year? Well, you’re in luck! Tickets are now on sale for the rest of the 2023-2024 M&T Bank Broadway Season. There are four more shows on the schedule (including one that starts this month): Hairspray (Jan. 30-Feb. 3); Pretty Woman: The Musical (March 19-23); Hadestown (April 16-21); and Six (May 28-June 2). For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit BroadwayInSyracuse.com. Oneida County History Center Hosts Not So Tiny Nutcracker Display Not ready for the holidays to be over? Stop…

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Central New York has no shortage of outdoor activities during the winter months. These are some of the best places to hike, snowshoe, ice skate, and more. Baltimore Woods Nature Center Where: 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. More information: baltimorewoods.org. Beaver Lake Nature Center Where: 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. More information: onondagacountyparks.com/parks/beaver-lake-nature-center. Camillus Erie Canal Park Where: 5750 Devoe Road, Camillus. More information: eriecanalcamillus.com. Camillus Ski Hill   Where: 401 Blackmore Road, Camillus. More information: camillusskihill.com. Clark Reservation State Park Where: 6105 E. Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville. More information: parks.ny.gov/parks/clarkreservation. Clinton Square Ice Rink Where: 2 S. Clinton St., Syracuse. More…

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Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe courtesy of Hood Ingredients: 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked 5 tbsp. butter 3 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. all-purpose flour ½ cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth 1½ cups Hood® 2% Reduced Fat Milk in the LightBlock Bottle 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese ½ cup Hood® Light Sour Cream ½ tsp. dry mustard ¼ tsp. ground black pepper 2 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed Directions: STEP 1 Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan and cook macaroni for 4 minutes. Drain well and add to the slow cooker. STEP 2 Place butter…

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The holiday season is here, and there are many ways to celebrate locally. Here are a few: Light Displays Broome County Festival of Lights Where: Otsiningo Park, 1 Otsiningo Park, Binghamton. When: Daily, through Dec. 31. More information: bcfestivaloflights.com. Holiday Nights Where: Rosamond Gifford Zoo, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. When: Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec. 16. More information: rosamondgiffordzoo.org. Jungle Bells: Holiday Lights Where: Animal Adventure Park, 85 Martin Hill Road, Harpursville. When: Thursdays-Sundays (except Christmas Eve and Christmas), through Dec. 31 – plus Dec. 26 and 27. More information: theanimaladventurepark.com. Lights on the Lake Where: Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. When: Daily through Jan.…

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Rosamond Gifford Zoo Announces “Dragons Reign!” Exhibit The Rosamond Gifford Zoo will have a new exhibit in 2024 – but it won’t feature live animals. Instead, from Memorial Day weekend until Halloween, families can visit 10 “species” of animatronic dragons (they will include a Chinese Dragon and a Western Dragon, and range in height from five to 20 feet). “Dragons Reign! will be an incredible experience for our guests, providing great entertainment and inspiring the imagination,” said Carrie Large, executive director of Friends of the Zoo, in a press release. “Dragon mythology is prevalent in many cultures – past and…

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For more than three decades, families around Central New York have been making Lights on the Lake part of their holiday traditions. The event returns to Onondaga Lake Park this month. Here is everything you need to know: What’s New The show will feature several new pieces, including a pickleball court. Dates and Hours Lights on the Lake officially opens Nov. 13, and continues through Jan. 12. Cars can drive through the show from 5-10 p.m. each day – but keep in mind, weekends tend to be busiest. Admission Tickets must be purchased in advance online, and the price will…

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Candied Carrots Ingredients: 1 lb. carrots peeled and sliced into ½ inch pieces 2 tbsp. butter 3 tbsp. brown sugar ¼ tsp. salt ⅛ tsp. pepper 1 tbsp. chopped parsley Instructions: Place carrots in large pan. Add 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until tender. Drain water and return pan to stove over medium heat. Add brown sugar, butter, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until butter and sugar have melted and carrots are coated in glaze. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. — Lesli Mitchell   Creamy Sweet Potato Bisque…

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