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31 October 2009 - 3:11pm
Mrs. Koch loves being known as "Santa's Daughter."
She grew up helping her dad answer children's Letters to Santa each year. Merry jingle bells were always handy in their home.
So when "Santa Baby" played during a recent photo shoot, she burst into peals of laughter.
This photo shoot was for our new online store.
The HoliShop will be up and operating very soon. ...just in time for Santa's Daughter to send you some great Christmas presents, from ornaments to snowglobes to hoodies to fudge.
29 October 2009 - 1:22pm
Another post about food. Hmmmm...must be lunchtime. And nearly Thanksgiving time.
Our Food & Beverage Director is performing his annual tweaks to our menus, as we look toward the 2010 season.
The question has come up about the "sides" we offer with our Pizza Family Meal Deal.
A certain pizza lover (who also loves cookies) is a fan of pairing pizza with fries.
He couldn't imagine separating the two.
Why, that would be like Santa without Rudolph, Lucy without Desi, Kirk without Spock, Homer without Marge...
Meanwhile, Jason wants to introduce bread sticks as a side. The above-mentioned pizza lover is willing to try this pairing, but just isn't sure it's a match made in heaven.
Sounds like a poll in the making. What's your pick?
Meanwhile, we're currently ranked in the Top 10 in the "Indiana's Top 50 Blogs" poll. Santa would like you to please vote for our HoliBlog. Thanks!
22 October 2009 - 12:54pm
It should come as no surprise.
When I tweeted from home last night that I was making a batch of "Voyage Extreme Brownies" and asked if anyone wanted the recipe, the response was as fast and furious as the ride itself.
So here it is:
Voyage Extreme Brownies (every bit as extreme as The Voyage!)
3 sticks of butter, melted (none of that fake nasty magarine stuff, please)
3 c. sugar
1 T. vanilla (use real vanilla, don't cheap out and use colored water)
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt, optional
Heat over to 350 degrees. Butter 9" x 13" pan. In large bowl, stir together butter, sugar and vanilla. Taste. Add eggs, stir well until blended. Taste. Stir in flour, cocoa, powder and salt. Blend well. Taste. Spread remaining batter evenly in pan and bake 50-55 minutes, or until brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Makes about 36 brownies. (Be sure to cut at a 90-degree angle!)
21 October 2009 - 1:52pm
We receive a nice email occasionally from a coaster-enthusiast friend named Mike. It's always great to hear from him.
His latest missive brought tears to our eyes.
Here's Mike's story:
When I was about age 6, my biological family and I were separated by the decision to give me up for adoption.
I had four cousins and a younger half-sister I never saw again for nearly 30 years until this year.
Thanks to the powers of the Internet, Facebook, and lot of luck from Above, I was reunited with all of them!
I got the chance to see my sister in NYC during a taping of the Rachael Ray Show (which aired nationwide October 13).
But the icing on the cake was the fact that 2 of my cousins, Ryan and his sister Renee' were only a few short hours north of our favorite park, Holiday World! So, the decision was made to make a whole day of it there, and it was WONDERFUL!
^ What was old... that's Mike in the front row, far left. Next to him are cousins Renee' and Kristie; back row, cousins Eric and Ryan (in the white shirt).
^ ...is new again! Cousins Mike, Renee' and Ryan reunite this month at Holiday World.
Thanks Holiday World, for being THE perfect place for me to reunite with my family, AND giving us a chance to reconnect and make up for lost time!
Sincerely, Mike, and my cousins Ryan and his sister Renee'
19 October 2009 - 7:26pm
As the mom of three boys, I learned long ago to gather ye rosebuds while ye may.
Those rosebuds are precious, be they squishy hugs, sloppy kisses, whispered I-love-yous, or silly photos.
And some of those photos that capture the true, rascally essence of a child will be treasured far more than the, well, picture-perfect ones.
Meet Avery Lee:
This tiny tot is from Louisville and is now nearly four years old.
Her mom told us Avery Lee loves to make silly faces. So her photo in front of our Santa statue is just that.
And that silly face earned Avery Lee a place among our Facebook Fan Page Photo Contest winners. She and her mom just won two tickets to come back for another visit next year.
Do you have some special photos from a past visit to Holiday World & Splashin' Safari? Become a Fan on our Facebook page and upload them. (You must be at least 13 years old and not a park employee or relative of one.) Who knows? You just might win two tickets.
...and the chance to make a silly face while you're having your photo taken at the Santa statue.