Holiday and Community Gatherings in North County By Barbie Butz •

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A fascinating community of local North County residents have come together to share their creative talents, find ways to make friends and simply enjoy life.

Barbie Butz is a columnist for The and the Paso Robles Press. She can be reached at [email protected].

The North County had a busy weekend last weekend. Many people came to the Holiday Boutique at Atascadero Lake to start their holiday shopping early. The Printery Foundation hosted its annual meeting on Sunday, Nov. 11, at The Groves on 41, with the support of the north San Luis Obispo County chapter, AGUA CALIENTE, of Questers, who arranged a silent auction for the occasion.

Questers is a non-profit organization created in 1944 that has branches throughout the United States and Canada. The old Printery building appeals to members who are interested in antiques, collectibles, and historic preservation. President Karen MacLaurin may be reached at (805)712-0038 for additional information about the organization.

If you missed the Holiday Boutique at the Lake, the St. William’s Church Annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Boutique will be open this weekend from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Beautiful handcrafted things will be available, including jewelry, birdhouses and feeders, baked delicacies and candies, and much more. Loaves and Fishes and Restorative Partners will benefit from the proceeds.

Atascadero’s St. Williams Church is situated at 6410 Santa Lucia Road.

We’re going to get through this together, Atascadero

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Don’t forget about the Memory Walk’s dedication tonight at 3:30 p.m. at the Colony Museum. Engraved bricks will be a part of the Memory Walk, and will be used to commemorate a person, event, location, or celebration. At the Colony Heritage Center, there will also be a Memory Walk. Visit atascaderohistoricalsociety.org for additional information on the project. Keep in mind that there is plenty of parking near the Chamber. You may get to the Museum by parking and walking over the Centennial Bridge. –

This week’s pumpkin dish is Pumpkin Pie Biscotti, a popular delicacy at this time of year.

312 cup all-purpose flour 112 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons baking powdered Ingredients for Pumpkin Pie Biscotti a quarter teaspoon of salt 2 tsp pumpkin pie seasoning 12 can mashed pumpkin (canned) 2 big, gently beaten eggs 1 tbsp extract de vanille 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 114 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large mixing basin, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Using a wire whisk, thoroughly combine the pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly drizzle the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture, stirring constantly until all of the dry ingredients are saturated. (The mixture will be extremely crumbly at first, but it will become wet as you whisk it.) In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and add the macadamia nuts. Cook, stirring regularly, until the nuts have become golden brown. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool fully. In a small bowl, gently fold the cooled nuts into the dough.

Divide the dough into four parts on a lightly floured surface. Flour your hands lightly and roll each part into a 15-inch log. Place logs 3 inches apart on cookie sheets that have been gently greased. Bake for 23 minutes, then let logs cool for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a serrated knife, cut each log diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces. Place slices on cookie sheets that haven’t been buttered. 15 minutes in the oven On wire racks, cool entirely.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving with family and friends, and remember this anonymous quote: “Water divides the world’s people; wine brings them together.”

Cheers!

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