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We All Scream for “Snow Cream!”


Snow ice cream

This easy recipe has been making the rounds on social media… making ice cream from freshly fallen snow!  We have plenty of snow around West Michigan, so why not make the best use of it.  Just remember: NEVER eat the yellow snow!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cups sugar
  • CLEAN Snow

Preparation:

Put on your warm clothes and take the kids outside to collect 4 – 5 cups of fresh, clean snow. Don’t pack the snow, just scoop it up. Bring it in the house and set it in the freezer while you prepare the other ingredients.

Mix together the milk, vanilla, and the sugar. Stir this mixture until the sugar is dissolved. Slowly add the snow to your mixture, stirring constantly, until it is as thick as ice cream. Now it is ready to east and enjoy.

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West Michigan’s Best Sled Hills!


Sledding!!

WCSG’s listening family shared some of the best places for sledding in West Michigan:

Ada Vista Elementary School

good for older and younger kids

Manhattan Park

good for older kids w/ a smaller hill for the young ones

Byron Center Christian School (middle school)

off Byron Center Rd.

Zion Christian School

Byron Center and 76th st.

Belknap Hill (Mary Waters Park)

corner of Lafayette and Leonard (a great hill for kids of all ages)

Provin Trails

just west of Robinette’s on 3 Mile off the E. Beltline…big hills!

Richmond Park

Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504…good for older kids

Mulick Park

1761 Rosewood Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids…great for all ages

Pando

In Rockford. Some serious tubing!

Find even more ideas through this Post on WCSG‘s facebook page!

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#GivingTuesday


Today is #GivingTuesday.   It is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season. Organizers hope to celebrate and encourage giving to charities and non-profit organizations.

Let us know what organizations mean something to you through our Facebook page.

As always, be careful when giving to any organization.  Here are some tips from the Better Business Bureau to increase your confidence in giving.

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Your Next Thanksgiving Centerpiece


This morning, we shared some of the dishes you’re expected to bring to the Thanksgiving table. Here’s what Amanda brings every year.  It looks impressive, but is pretty easy to put together.

Breadstick Cornucopia (recipe from AllRecipes.com)

3 (11 ounce) containers refrigerated soft bread stick dough

1 egg

1 tablespoon water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly spray a 17×14 inch (or lager) cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

Tear off a 30×18 inch sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil. Fold it in half to 18×15 inch. Roll diagonally to form a hollow cone, about 18 inches long with a diameter of 5 inches at the widest end (Cornucopia opening). Fasten end with clear tape. Stuff cone with crumpled regular foil until form is rigid. Bend tail of cone up then down at end. Spray outside of cone with non-stick cooking spray. Place on cookie sheet.

Beat the egg with the water to make a glaze. Open and unroll the first can of breadstick dough on work surface. Separate breadsticks. Begin by wrapping one breadstick around tip of cone. Brush end of next breadstick with Glaze and press to attach to end of first breadstick. Continue spiral-wrapping cone, slightly overlapping dough until there are 3 breadsticks left.

Pinch one end of the 3 breadsticks together, then braid. Brush bread around opening of cornucopia with glaze. Gently press on braid. Brush entire cornucopia with glaze.

Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes or until bread is a rich brown. (If parts start to darken too much, cover them with pieces of foil.)

Remove from oven and let cool completely on cookie sheet on a wire rack. Carefully remove foil when cool. (If freezing, leave foil in bread for support. Remove when thawed.)

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WCSG says, “Thanks, Veterans!”


We’re extending thanks to veterans and their families today. There are many events happening in West Michigan to honor those who have served in the military.

Here is a list from MLive and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to help commemorate the day.

Several business and retailers will honor those men and women who have served or are still serving with free gifts or discounts.

1. Applebee’s is offering veterans and active-duty military members a free entree on Monday. The offer is valid for dine-in only and must show proof of service.

2. Bob Evans is offering veterans and active-duty military members free all–you-can-eat hotcakes on Monday with a valid military ID.

3. Chili’s is offering a free entree to veterans and active-duty military members on Monday with a proof of military service required.

4. Denny’s is offering a deal for veterans, inactive and active-duty military members free all-you-can-eat pancakes from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday at participating restaurants.

5. Golden Corral offering veterans and active-duty military members to participate in its annual free military appreciation dinner Monday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The offer is good for anyone who has ever served in the military.

6. Krispy Kreme is offering veterans and active-duty military members a free doughnut and coffee to those in uniform or with ID on Monday.

7. Little Caesars Pizza is offering veterans and active-duty military members a free order of Crazy Bread with ID on Monday.

8. LongHorn Steakhouse is offering veterans and active-duty military members a free Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcoholic beverage Monday through Thursday.

9. Olive Garden is offering veterans and active-duty military members a free entree from a special menu on Monday. Family members with veterans or active duty members will receive a 10% discount.

10. On the Border is offering veterans and active-duty military members who dine in Monday a free meal.

11. Outback Steakhouse is offering veterans and active-duty military members a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage on Monday. The offer extends from Nov. 12 through Dec. 31 for 10% off meals.

12. Red Lobster is offering veterans and active military a free appetizer Monday through Thursday.

13. Texas Roadhouse is offering veterans and active-duty military members a free lunch (from a special menu) on Monday with proof of service.

14. T.G.I. Friday’s is offering veterans and active-duty military members with a proof of service a free lunch on Monday at participating locations.

15. Tim Hortons is offering veterans and active-duty military members a free doughnut with no purchase required with valid ID or uniform.

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