Holiday Traditions with Copper Creek Farm

Families from all over the world will be coming together these next few weeks and embarking on their annual holiday traditions. Every family has one, if not a few, that can be expected every year, and are often times remembered fondly. We may not always like our family, but we always love them and getting together every once in awhile is truly a great feeling.

Some new families might just be starting out in their traditions, and some might be retiring a few for whatever reason. We’ve decided that over the next few weeks, leading up to Christmas, we’re going to share some of our favorite holiday traditions with all of you! We know you’re waiting in anticipation for Christmas at Copper Creek, so we hope sharing our traditions will keep you in the spirit until the day is finally here! (They day happens to be Dec. 4, in case you might have forgot.)

 

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“When I was just a kid, my mom would always let my brother and I open one gift on Christmas Eve. She would have to pick, but we’d get so excited to get to have Christmas just a little early, even if it was only a tiny part in the grand scheme. She’d put on some Christmas music and start to clean the kitchen, as if to just torture us and make us wait a little longer. After dinner, we’d go sit in front of the tree and wait for her to finish cleaning the kitchen, wondering which one she would pick for us. Of course, we always hoped it was the biggest one, we were so curious as to what it could be! And of course, it was never the biggest one. She’d save those for the next day. We picked up on the realization after a few years that it was always going to be a pair of Christmas themed pajamas and a Christmas movie that we would end up watching that night before bed. It ended up becoming a game to my brother and I and each year we’d try to guess what movie it was, or what our pajamas might look like. To this day, it’s still a tradition with our kids.” 

Doesn’t that sound like such a sweet memory? And who doesn’t love a new pair of pajamas?! This holiday tradition is actually a very popular one, and you can find variations of it on all kinds of holiday lists. Some parents do it with books rather than movies, and some do a blanket instead of pajamas. Whatever way it’s done, you can rest assured that it will be a happy memory to reflect on each year.

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“Every year for Christmas when I was younger, ‘Santa’ would put a few scratch off lottery tickets in my stocking. Some were winners, some weren’t, and one year I even won $100 off of one! I thought I was rich! Of course, I can buy those scratch offs whenever I want now, but as a child, it was such a treat every year to have those. It was the only time we were allowed to and we thought it was the coolest thing. I do it with my kids now, and even though I’m old enough, ‘Santa’ still brings me a few too.”

We wonder how much he actually ended up making off of all those scratch offs.

 

Stay tuned for next week’s blog post when we’ll share more fun, sweet, and random holiday traditions. Share your favorite holiday traditions below! 
We’d also like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you get to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones, family and friends, and that you have many things to be thankful for this year, and each year to come.

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Seizing the Turkey!

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In the spirit of the holiday season coming up, and while you wait for December and our Christmas at the Farm, we’ve got a few Thanksgiving craft ideas for you to try at home with the kiddos! We’ve tried these ourselves and they’ve all been a big hit.

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Footprint Turkey

This one, and the one with the hand print, are always winners. Kids loving getting to play in paint, and not getting in trouble for it! You’ll need paint, construction paper, and some googly eyes. Oh yeah, and some glue! We suggest drawing and cutting the turkey feathers and the beak out before hand, and letting your kiddo glue them to the paper. First, you’ll want to paint the bottom of your child’s foot, and then let them stamp it on a piece of paper. Once it’s dry, glue the feathers on, followed by the beak and the eyes. If you want to make it even more fun for your tiny one, let their handprints be the feathers. You’ll want to do that before the footprint.

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Handprint Turkey

This craft has the same premise as the footprint turkey, just with their hands of course. You probably remember doing these as a child in school, as most children probably did and still do. With this cute picture, all you’ll need is a hand. Now we’ve done this two different ways in our house. Paint the hand and stamp the paper, and then paint over it with the colors we want, or paint the hand the colors and then stamp the paper. We’ve also really enjoyed just letting the kids choose how they want to decorate it, whether different colored paints, adding feathers or sequins, or anything else to their masterpiece. Here are a few other ideas to do with paper and paints.

Thankful Turkey Book

We found this idea a few years ago, and the kids really enjoy it. We also think it’s great to remember what we’re thankful for too, especially around this time of year. Of course, at the top of that list would be time to spend and enjoy with our kiddos. The holidays are perfect for that, with school being out and family being gathered. What more could you ask for? B-inspiredmama.com does a great job of laying out step-by-step instructions on how to do this.

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Pinecone Turkey

On old favorite of mine from when I was a kid, way back when, was the pinecone turkey. My Nana would collect a few pinecones for me, and we’d save up some popsicle sticks to glue on. I’d always decorate them with glitter and sequins, and then she’d glue them to the cone. She’d glue the eyes and a small piece of yellow fabric on for the beak, and she’d leave them out as decorations when the family would come over for Thanksgiving dinner. I was always so proud of those! Many people use those colored pipe cleaners instead of popsicle sticks, and those are a great idea too!

Camping near Copper Creek Farm

Camping is a great way to spend some time with the family and experience life outside of your norm. At Copper Creek Farm, we like fun and adventures. You can see that this year in our corn maze with the Wizard of Oz cut into it, and our special Christmas at Copper Creek Farm. We’ve compiled a list of wonderful camping spots in our area to help you add to your family fun and adventure while you come visit us for the holidays!

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Salacoa Creek Park – Located at 388 Park Drive, Ranger, GA. This quaint park offers a wide variety of amenities. Their location includes 32 RV sites with 30 amp electric hook-ups, water, a fire ring, picnic tables, deck, and dump station. If you don’t have an RV, that’s okay! Salacoa Creek has 25 primitive camping sites with restrooms and shower facilities. There is a swimming beach with lifeguards on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and a boat launch area with boat rentals (electric motors only) available. So take one out and go fishing! They also offer 2 playgrounds to help kids run around get some of that energy out. This friendly site is located just 21 miles from Copper Creek Farm.

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Harvest Moon RV Park – Located at 1001 Poplar Springs Rd., Adairsville, GA. This site is the closest to us at only 9 miles away. They welcome big rigs with slide-outs and have 54 pull-thru sites with full hook-ups available. They also have 28 back-in sites available. You can’t go wrong with a park that offers complimentary cable TV, a laundromat, and a large swimming pool! The restrooms and shower houses are heated/air conditioned and there is internet access. The clubhouse has a sitting room with a tv in it, and your little fur babies are welcome on grounds as well! Don’t like missing church on Sunday mornings? There’s a Park Chapel, so you won’t have to!

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KOA Campgrounds – Located at 800 Cassville-White Rd. NW Cartersville, GA. This lovely campground is managed by Jay and Ann Camp, and is surrounded by greenery, beautiful trees, and the red-rock rolling hills of northern Georgia . It offers quick-and-easy access from I-75, several large pull thru sites and two pet-walk areas for your fur babies to play around. At this site, guests are only 20 miles from Copper Creek Farm and around 50 miles from Atlanta. Other close by attractions include the Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site, the 1880s covered bridge, Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site, Weinman Mineral Gallery at Tellus Science Museum, and Booth Western Art Museum.

Christmas on the Farm

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Get ready to see the country Christmas lights on the farm! Christmas on the Farm is one of the biggest events we host all year, and it will quickly become your favorite once you visit for the holidays.

Kids can enjoy spending some Christmas time with Santa. They have the opportunity to visit with him, receive a nice list certificate from Santa’s elf, drop letters in Santa’s mailbox, decorate a Christmas cookie for Santa, ride the Reindeer Cow Train, and ride the Christmas ponies.

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All Aboard the Copper Creek Polar Express! Have you been on this adventure before? Nows your chance to see what it’s all about! The little ones always enjoy their Adventure to the Polar Express, getting their very own Golden Ticket and Bell of Believing. Of course, we can’t forget the best part: cookies and chocolate milk for all!

You’ll be glad you spent some time with us this Christmas. We’ll take you on an adventure that you and your family will always remember! The dates for our Christmas events are

Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, all beginning at dusk and ending at 10 p.m.

Halloween Haunts

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It’s almost Halloween! It’s the time we’ve all been waiting for! Our favorite time, in fact.

Our fall events are in full swing, and we don’t want you to miss any of them! Copper Creek hosts these three major events each year; a Sunflower Festival in the Summer and Pumpkin Patch/Corn Maze in the fall. The Sunflower Festival has come and gone, and it was a good one this year, but we are so ready for the fun that fall brings. Halloween is almost here, and we are the place to be. If you want to get in the spirit and have a happy and safe Halloween, come by Copper Creek and take part in our Halloween Haunts.

Our Halloween Haunts are perfect for family Halloween fun. Tour the corn maze after dark, only guided by the moon. Brave the spooky rows of corn alone or in a group. Afterward, join a hayride and bonfire, and don’t forget to make some s’mores! The Haunted Combo is $16 which include all the aforementioned.

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Fall will end sooner than you think, and will give way to winer; another season that holds a lot of fun for us! However, there’s still time left to enjoy the spooky spirit of Halloween with us! Georgia’s Best Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch ends November 7, so visit it while you still can. October date includes Halloween. The last of the Halloween Haunts will be October 30-31.

Don’t be sad that these events are ending. Once this season is over, we can look forward to Christmas at the Farm! The most fun Christmas memories are made with us.  

Your spoon will thank you for this bread

If you’ve never had spoon bread, you’re missing out. Maybe you’ve never even heard of this…spoon bread? If you haven’t, then this recipe is definitely for you. It’s similar to a cornbread soufflé. It’s full of flavor with the sweetness of the corn and the savory aspect of the dish it’s self. Another perk, it’s not too hard to master this meal!

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What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup cornmeal (I prefer Bob’s Red Mill Organic)
  • 2 ¼ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup heave cream
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups corn kernels (the frozen or can kinds work fine, just remember to thaw and pat dry.)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Add in jalapeños for a tasty kick!

 

What you’ll do:

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 8-inch-square baking dish. Whisk cornmeal and ¾ cup of milk in bowl until combined. Set this mixture aside.
  • Melt butter in sauté pan over medium heat. Add corn and cook for about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in remaining milk, cream, sugar, salt, chili powder and cayenne and bring to boil. Remove from heat, cover, and let mixture steep 15 minutes.
  • Put warm corn mixture in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  • Return corn mixture to pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and add cornmeal mixture, whisking constantly, until thickened. This usually takes about 2 – 3 minutes. Add in jalapenos here.
  •  Transfer mixture to large bowl and cool to room temperature. Once mixture is cool, whisk in egg yolks.
  • With electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until frothy, about 1 minute. With speed on medium-high, beat until stiff peaks form. Whisk about half of the egg whites into corn mixture. Then very gently add in remaining whites until combined. Place mixture into prepared dish and put it in the oven.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake until spoon bread is golden brown and risen above rim of dish (typically about 45 minutes.) Serve immediately. Try some with honey!

Aw, shucks! Another corn recipe.

Corn chowder is always a popular corn recipe, especially in the fall and winter seasons. A great thing about this dish is that it can be made so many different ways, with various ingredients, and still be an amazing add on to any meal.

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Corn chowder and butternut squash soup were staples in my home growing up (as well as now,) so I hope you enjoy this recipe!

 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 small sweet onion, peeled and minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 ears sweet corn, husk and silk removed, cut from the cobb (or around 4.5 cups from a can if you can’t get your hands on ears of corn.)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dill
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese (room temperature so it melts well)
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 1½ cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese

You might want to try these add ins: Jalapeno, Pablano pepper, celery. Also try bacon as a garnish!

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What you’ll do:

  • First, you’ll heat a large sauce pan to medium heat.
  • Next, you’ll want to add olive oil, minced garlic and minced onion. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. (This is where you’d add the celery.)
  • Next, add corn. Sauté for about 2-3 more minutes. (This is where you’d add your peppers.)
  • Add vegetable broth, cumin, paprika, dill, salt and pepper and stir well.
  • Cover mixture and reduce heat to medium low. You’ll want to let it simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Next, add cream cheese, cream and cheddar. Stir well. Let simmer uncovered for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.