Christmas In The Wild

December 7 and 14: Come meet Santa and enjoy treats, hot cocoa, arts & crafts, and join Santa as he presents gifts to the animals at the Little Rock Zoo! This event will take place between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Admission: member child $16.95, member adult $21.95, non-member child $18.95, and non-member adult $25.95. For more information call 501-661-7218.

Photo by Jaanus Silla

Christmas Open House At Petit Jean

December 7: Come see Petit Jean State Park dressed in its Christmas finery. Enjoy family oriented arts and crafts activities and seasonal entertainment. Contact the park for a schedule as the event draws near at 501-727-5441.

A Seussified Christmas Carol Play At The Promenade

November 30: Plays for a Purpose, a performing arts program that strives to give people a chance to explore their interests in the arts, while also giving to charity, will perform A Seussified Christmas Carol at the Promenade Courtyard. Performances will begin at 1:30 p.m. and a second at 3:30 p.m. The play will be free to the public, but donations are requested in support of Make-A-Wish Mid-South. A Seussified Christmas Carol is a whimsical reinvention of Dickens’ most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred, to Tiny Timmy Lou Hoo, to the narrators that are Thing 1 and Thing 2, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with—if he ever had his way with the story. For more information visit www.promenadechenalshopping.com.

Midweek Snack: Forgotten Cookies

Every Christmas the women in my family always made what they called “Forgotten Cookies,” a super simple, texture-rich crumbly cookie you leave in the oven overnight to bake.

You can add pecans, walnuts, or any other kind of nut you have on hand. You can also try them with butterscotch or white chocolate chips!

Here’s What You Need:

  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Here’s How to Make Them:

Preheat oven to 350°. Beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add sugar and continue beating until they hold stiff peaks. Add salt and vanilla. Stir well. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips. Cover cookie sheet with foil and grease with butter or margarine. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the foil. Put in oven then turn the oven off. Leave overnight in oven with door closed.

 

 

 

 

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