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MainStreet Libertyville Dickens of a Holiday Book 2005

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Mission Statement

The purpose of the MainStreet

Libertyville program is to enhance the

community identity and heritage, to

foster a center of activity and to ensure

economic stability for the heart of

Libertyville through concentrated efforts of education,

design, promotion, organization and economic revitalization.

MainStreet is a 501©(3) non-profit organization.

There was a time when “Main Street” was the heart and

soul of a community - the center of activity: a place for

creating and preserving traditions.

MainStreet Libertyville, Inc. is a non-profit corporation

dedicated to preserving that “home town feeling.”

If you are interested in becoming a member and/or

volunteering, please contact the MainStreet office for more

information.

133 E. Cook Avenue

Libertyville, IL 60048

(847) 680-0336

Information in this guide was compiled by

Volunteers of the MainStreet Libertyville Organization.

Published on November 3, 2005 by Pioneer Press Newspapers.

Niche Publishing Manager Kyle Leonard

Niche Publication Coordinator Christopher Simpson

Pioneer Press Account Executives Paula Dudley and Joanne Horton

Cover Design Chris Simpson

Advertising Sales Manager Peggy Cunniff

Graphic Arts Tim Gordon, Kelly Thomas & Jeanette Woyner

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information

in this book. The Publishers cannot guarantee the correctness of all

the information available to them and assume no liability arising

from error or omission. Comments concerning this book should be

sent to: MainStreet Libertyville, Inc., 133 East Cook Avenue,

Libertyville, IL 60048 and/or 3701 W. Lake Ave., Glenview, IL 60026.

Copyright© 2005 Pioneer Press and MainStreet Libertyville, Inc. All

Rights Reserved. Reproducing any part of this book by photocopying,

by electronic storage and retrieval or by any means is prohibited.

Dickens of a Holiday

Holiday Greetings from

the MainStreet Board!

During this hectic Holiday Season we hope you find time

to experience all that Libertyville has to offer. Special

traditions that create lasting memories will be taking

place in the heart of town.

The season will begin with the traditional Village of

Libertyville Tree Lighting Ceremony, Friday evening,

November 25th in Cook Park. Choral presentations and

the arrival of a special guest from the North Pole will

help to make the evening very special. Before or after

festivities in the park we invite you to “Shop and Dine

Libertyville.” Take time to meet the shop owners and

enjoy the food, drink, music and decorations they have

carefully arranged for your pleasure.

Be sure to bring your family and friends downtown to

enjoy our Dickens of a Holiday event scheduled for

December 3rd, 10th, and 17th. Horse-drawn carriage

rides, free movies for children at Liberty Theater, visits

with Santa and strolling Victorian carolers are sure to

delight young and old. In addition, the popular

Children’s Holiday Shoppe is back. Our youngest

shoppers will enjoy searching for just the right gifts in a

store created just for them! And finally, we are pleased to

announce that The Victorian Tea set to take place on

Dec 3rd and 10th is moving to a new venue. We can’t

imagine a more lovely location than the recently

expanded and renovated St. Lawrence Episcopal Church.

Make your reservations early as seating is limited. You

won’t want to miss this one! Visit our Web site at

www.mainstreetlibertyville.org or call (847) 680-0336

for more information.

And just when you thought you’d settle down for a

long winter’s nap, we’re getting ready to roll out Winter

Frolic 2006. Watch our web site for details about the fun

and games scheduled for next February!

In closing, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks

to the countless volunteers that help bring the MainStreet

mission to life. Our Village is a better place to live

and work because of the dedication of these wonderful

people!

May the peace and joy of this season fill your heart with

hope for the New Year!

Pam Lockowitz

Chairman of the Board

Most recipes and crafts courtesy of Gooseberry Patch Publications by Jo Ann Martin.

©Gooseberry Patch Company, 600 London Road, Delaware, OH 43015.

Dickens of a Holiday Book —3—


MainStreet Libertyville

2005/2006

Board of Directors

Pam Lockowitz, Chairman

Pam Hume, Vice-Chairman

Rick Pyter, Secretary

Les Galo, Treasurer

Debbie Mattana, Immediate

Past Chair

Bob Bleck, Design Chair

Kathleen Bromley, Chair

Charley Colette,

Downtowner’s Chair

Donna Goodwin,

Promotions Chair

Brian Grano, Co-Chair

Stephen Leipold,

ERC Co-Chair

Randy Nelson, Co-Chair

Katie Oakes,

Promotions Co-Chair

Virginia Schaeffer, ERC Chair

Mayor Jeff Harger, Village

Trustees, Village Liasons

Staff

Elliot Liebson,

Executive Director

Jennifer Duffy,

Promotions Coordinator

Past Board Council

Scott Adams

Lorie Bark

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George Boehm

Bill Carlson

Louise Cerbus

Jim Cwik

Adele Duba-Nagel

Susan Ewalt

Cindy Flatebo

Willard Helander

Doug Hoffman

Polly Kasdorf

Paul Knachel

Michael Kollman

David Laidley

Terry Langworthy

Dom Lentini

Cheri Lyndell

Mike Main

Jeff Mateer

Dan Mayworm

David McCallum

Susan Milligan

Sue Montgomery

Joan Mountford

Adele Duba-Nagel

Ted Olson

Robert Ostroga

Beth Owen

Bob Perron

Ellen Phillips

Jackie Pyter

Karen Rockenbach

M.J. Seiler

Mary Sykes

Dan Timm

Karen Van Maldegiam

Torie Vittore

Dale Vanderwerff

Debbie Weber

Ed Werdell

Dave Whitmore

Corporate Contributors

The following individuals or

organizations annually

contribute in excess of $1,000 to

MainStreet Libertyville to help

underwrite our program. We

appreciate their commitment

to our ongoing efforts.

Abbott Laboratories Fund

Bank One

Harris Bank Libertyville

Libertyville Bank & Trust

National City Bank

Onsrud Cutter, Inc.

Washington Mutual

Walgreen Co.

Village of Libertyville

SPONSORS

Over 65 days of events are

coordinated by the volunteers of

MainStreet Libertyville, Inc. These

events would not be possible without

the financial support of our

sponsors. We thank you for your

contributions to support events

such as Historic (cont. on pg. 6)

www.runswim.com


Learning Problems? Testing finds cause for 68% of Students.

Your child may have 20/20 eyesight but 0/0

vision – the difference is critical.

Eyesight is merely the basic ability to see; vision

is the ability to identify, interpret, comprehend,

and act on what is seen.

Routine vision tests performed by school person -

nel or by most eye care professionals measure

eyesight. They do not include the kinds of testing

that can find visually related learning problems.

COULD YOUR CHILD BE AT RISK?

Our visual processing therapy program can diag -

nose and successfully treat vision problems that

are often reflected in the following behaviors:

1. Unable to sit still; cannot stay on task for

any length of time.

2. Very clumsy; poor eye-hand coordination.

3. Does written work very slowly, often fails

to complete a task.

4. Has difficulty copying visual material.

5. Moves entire head instead of just eyes

when reading.

6. Reversals – for example: confusing the

words “was” and “saw” or letters

“b” and “d”.

7. Is disorganized and frustrated when

studying visual information.

8. Makes frequent, “careless” errors.

THE TESTING INCLUDES AN

EVALUATION OF:

Visual Memory: The ability to store and

retrieve visual information.

Concentration: The ability to maintain a vis -

ual task without distractions.

Reversal Frequency: Confusing letters

(b, d, p, q)

Visual Integration: The ability to combine

visual input with other sensory or past inputs.

Motor Speed and Precision: Eye-hand coor -

dination.

Acuity Defects: Near-sightedness, far-sight -

edness and astigmatism.

Eye Teaming/Focusing Skills: The ability to

maintain clear and single vision at distance and

near for prolonged periods of time without dis -

comfort or abnormal effort.

Visualization: Ability to develop a mental pic -

ture – closely related to comprehension.

Visual Style: The evaluation of how a person

performs a visual task in terms of accuracy,

speed, and energy used.

THE TESTING CONSISTS OF 14

DIFFERENT TESTS AND TAKES

APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR.

41% of students in the lower third of a

normal class and 68% of students in

special education programs have vision

problems that can be corrected. Could

your child be among them? Call us at

847-362-9900 to schedule your testing

appointment.

WHAT IS OUR STRATEGY?

First we test and diagnose a child’s visually

related learning problems. If a visual handicap

exists, a vision therapy program will be devel -

oped to meet the child’s special needs. Once

enrolled in our intensive visual processing pro -

gram, a child will work on specific goals. A

professional vision therapist will conduct care -

fully sequenced activities to strengthen weak

areas in order to bring the “vision system” up

to par. The time span for therapy is designed to

allow each child to achieve maximum results.

WILL INSURANCE COVER THE COST?

Here is a comforting thought. Our program

may be covered by your major medical insur -

ance policy.

THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!

If your child is between the ages of six and 16,

call us today at 847-362-9900 to set up an

appointment for testing. Any unexplained

learning problem is a potential vision-related

learning problem. When diagnosed early, vis -

ual processing therapy can significantly

improve and often alleviate the problem

entirely.

WHAT PARENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT

OUR VISION THERAPY PROGRAM…

“I can highly recommend anyone with any

questions about their child’s performance, after

going through the program successfully with

two of my children.”

E. Teennessen

“Personality has changed in that Melissa seems

to be much more forward in her relationships

with other people. Her school work has also

improved significantly.”

J. Zeman

Laura Kinlund, O.D.

Jody Ricketts, O.D.

Developmental Optometrists

730 NORTH OPTOMETRY

730 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Next to Metra Tracks

Downtown Libertyville

847-362-9900

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MainStreet Libertyville

Preservation Walk, Farmer’s Market,

Out to Lunch, Car Fun on 21, Street

Dance, Pumpkin Fest, Trick or Treat

on MainStreet, Dickens of a Holiday

and WinterFrolic.

Acura of Libertyville

American Taxi Dispatch

Arden's Furniture

Arrow Plumbing

AudioSmith

Auto Expo

Auto Lab

Automotive Supply

Baird & Warner

Bank One

Bartlett Tree Experts

Berry Tire

Buss Flower Shop

Casey Landscaping

Century 21 Krueser & Seiler

Condell Health Network

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Cousins Subs of Libertyville

Culver's of Libertyville

Duxler Tire

Firkin

Harris Bank Libertyville

Hollister

Interstate Battery

Interiors by Decorating Den

Kar Care

Lake Country Transmission

Law Offices of Terry Weppler

Libertyville Auto Body

Libertyville Bank & Trust

Libertyville Car Spa

Libertyville Noon Rotary

Libertyville Sunrise Rotary

Libertyville Vision Center

Lindell Motorsports

Lovinger, Jeff

McNulty Irish Dancers

Mickey Finn’s BreweryMiller

Krueger Dodge

Mr. Dee's

Onsrud Cutter, Inc.

Performance Restoration

Sessler Ford

Shannon, Bill

State Farm - Bill Hume

State Senator Bill Peterson

Sullivan Pontiac

Sunset Foods

Suttons Bay

The Murphy Group

Tools of the Trade

Trattoria Pomigliano

A WARM THANK YOU TO OUR

MAINSTREET VOLUNTEERS

MainStreet Libertyville, Inc. gratefully

acknowledges the many hours our

volunteers willingly gave to us this past

year. A total of over 1500 volunteers

worked in excess of 7000 volunteer hours.

We thank you from the bottom of our

hearts. We couldn’t do it without you!


Carolyn’s Caramel Bars

About 50 pieces unwrapped caramel’s

(1 bag of Brach’s caramel’s)

2/3 cup evaporated milk, divided

1 (18-1/2 oz) box German Chocolate Cake Mix

3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

6 oz chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS:

1. Melt caramel pieces over low heat with 1/3 cup evaporated

milk. Mix cake mix with melted butter and remaining

1/3 cup evaporated milk.

2. Spread half of the cake mix mixture into a lightly greased

13x9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

3. Remove from oven and sprinkle evenly with chocolate chips

and walnuts. Drizzle melted caramel mixture over the layer of

chips and nuts. Spread the remaining half of the cake mixture

as evenly as possible over the top and bake for an additional

20 minutes. Cut when cool. Can be cut into thin bars or bite

sized candy squares.

Carolyn Dellutri

Past Executive Director, MainStreet Libertyville, Inc.

“Eaves

Droppin”

Radko’s 2005 Libertyville Ornament!

Santa Claus atop a rooftop

with his sack of gifts

Delivering them on Christmas Eve.

The sack is marked for “Libertyville

Dickens of a Holiday

We’ll be closed Nov. 3, 4 & 5 th to prepare for our

Holiday Open House

Sunday, Nov. 6th • 11 - 5 pm

Join us for champagne & hor’s d’oeuvres as we kick off the

holiday season with 7 themed trees and a chance to get the

exclusive Libertyville ornament created by Christopher Radko!

339 N. Milwaukee Avenue ~ Downtown Libertyville

847-362-4800

Holiday Hours: M-Sat 9:30-5, Thur 9:30-8, Sun 11-5

www.telltwofriendsinc.com

Answer on page 40

Dickens of a Holiday Book —7—


MainStreet Libertyville

Prime Rib & Yorkshire Pudding

Savory Yorkshire pudding is a traditional English treat...

its texture is more like a popover or soufflé than a pudding!

PRIME RIB:

1 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp salt

pepper to taste 9-1/2 lb boneless rib roast

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine flour, salt and pepper; coat roast and place in a

shallow roasting pan.

2. Bake at 450 degrees 10 minutes; reduce oven temperature

to 325 degrees and bake 2-1/2 hours longer or until meat

thermometer registers 140 degrees.

3. Place roast on a carving board, reserving drippings for

Yorkshire Pudding. Cover roast and let stand

5 to 10 minutes or until thermometer

reaches 145 degrees (medium rare)

before carving.

Makes 14 to 16 servings

A child’s life is a

piece of paper on which

every person leaves a mark.

- Chinese Proverb

Sharon Miraglia

ext. 277

Lynn Fairfield

ext. 242

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Holiday Greetings

Lorraine McLaughlin

ext. 221

YORKSHIRE PUDDING:

6 tbsp roast droppings 1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water 2 eggs

1/4 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 tsp salt

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place drippings in an 11”x17” baking dish; put in a

425-degree oven for 5 minutes. Whisk remaining ingredients

until smooth.

2. Pour over hot drippings and bake 20 minutes or until

puffed and brown.

Joan Macdonald

ext. 218

From Your Home Town Experts

suburban

(847) 367-8686

1344 S. Milwaukee Avenue

Libertyville, IL 60048

Independent Member Broker

Sue Bissing

ext. 232

Laura Swinden

ext. 240


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MainStreet Libertyville

Holiday Hang-Ups

Dress up clear ornaments for trees, wreaths and more!

KEEPSAKE ORNAMENTS:

round clear glass or acrylic ornaments with removable tops

heartfelt photos photo computer paper

decorative-edged scissors Optional: rubber cement

DIRECTIONS:

1. Scan a favorite family photo, changing the printer to copy in

black & white. Reduce image to interior bulb size, about

3”x2”; print image.

2. Cut out with decorative-edged scissors, leaving a white border

around the edges.

3. Remove ornament top; roll up image tightly and slide into

ornament. Photo should uncurl.

4. Secure photo in place with a dot of

rubber cement if necessary; replace

ornament top.

People don’t quit playing

because they grow old.

They grow old because

they quit playing.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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RAZZLED & DAZZLED:

tiny seed beads in desired color combinations

2-inch dia. florist’s foam ball craft glue

1-inch wide foam paintbrush straight pin

4-inch length ribbon

DIRECTIONS:

1. Pour beads into a disposable bowl; set aside.

2. Coat foam ball with glue using the foam paintbrush; roll in

beads until coated. Set aside to dry; shake gently to remove

any loose beads.

3. Form ribbon into a loop; secure into the top of the ball with

a straight pin dipped into glue.

Decorated Jars

Spiff up your gift mix jars. Add a

decorative lid cover...simply cut

a circle of scrapbook paper to

fit the lid. You can hand-letter,

stamp or sticker on the recipe name.

Border stickers and fabric trim make quick accents around

the lid’s edge. And most importantly, add a custom label or

tag with the cooking instructions. Use raffia to tie on fun

charms or the tag.


French Toast Casserole

Assemble on Christmas Eve and pop it into the oven when you get up

and enjoy your gifts while breakfast is baking.

1-1/2 lb loaf of French bread, sliced 1-inch thick

8 eggs 3 cup milk

4 tsp sugar 3/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp vanilla extract 2 tsp butter

Optional: cinnamon

Garnish: maple syrup, honey or sliced strawberries

DIRECTIONS:

1. Generously butter a

13”x9” pan or spray

with non-stick vegetable spray.

2. Arrange bread slices in a single layer over bottom of pan.

3. Beat eggs, milk, sugar, salt and vanilla together and pour over

bread. Dot with butter; sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, until puffy and golden.

Serve with maple syrup, honey or sliced strawberries.

Serves 8

When no one is watching, live as if someone is.

RUMORS

Neil Simon’s

Nov. 4, 5, 11 & 12 at 8pm

Nov. 6 & 13 at 3:00pm

$15 Adults

$12 Students/

Seniors/Military

Dickens of a Holiday

T HE

WISHING STAR

T HEATRE

By Paul

Collette &

Gary Fritzer

Presents

Fri & Sat Dec. 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7pm

Sun Dec 11 & 18 at 3pm

Children $5 Adults $8

Seniors & Children under 2 FREE!

We offer classes in:

CHARLIE & THE

CHOCOLATE

FACTORY

By Roald Dahl

Dec. 2 & 3 at 7pm

Dec. 4 at 3pm

Adults $8 Children $5

Acting Techniques (Pre-School-Adult ) • Musical Theatre • Voice Lessons Group & Private • Mainstage Productions

• Digital Filmmaking • Screen Writing • Birthday Parties • Stage Combat & Circus Arts • And Much Mor e

1139 S. Milwaukee Ave • Greentree Plaza • Libertyville

847-327-WISH (9474) • www.wishingstartheatre.com

Answer on page 40

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MainStreet Libertyville

Holiday Cards & Limited

Edition Ornaments

Send your loved ones and friends memories

of a hometown holiday from Libertyville,

Illinois. MainStreet Libertyville has holiday

cards for sale. These beautiful cards depict a

snowy holiday scene in "Liberty Walk," "It’s a Wonderful Life

at the Liberty Theatre," or "Dickens of a

Holiday in Cook Park." All artwork for the

cards was done by local artist Laurie Towner.

The cards come in

packages of 20 for

only $25.00.

MainStreet has issued

three limited edition

ornaments. The Cook Mansion, the Liberty

Theatre and MainStreet’s First Building on

the National Register of Historic Places,

the Harris Bank Building. The cost is $20.00 per ornament.

Both the ornaments and holiday cards are available at the

MainStreet Libertyville office and selected downtown stores.

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LIBERTYVILLE

847-549-9500

1410 N. Milwaukee

South of Alder Park

Mon, Thur, 10-8

Tues, Wed, Fri, 10-6

Sat, 9-5, Sun, 11-5

Candy Cane Cocoa

This will warm you head-to-toe on those snowy nights.

4 cups milk 3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp peppermint extract 1-1/2 cup baking cocoa

chocolate syrup 8 candy canes

1 pt mint chocolate chip ice cream

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine milk, sugar,

peppermint extract and cocoa

in a large saucepan. Heat over

medium heat until hot; do not

boil. Divide evenly into 8

large mugs.

2. Float a scoop of ice cream

in each mug; drizzle with

chocolate syrup and serve with a candy cane in each.

Make 8 servings

A careless word may kindle strife

A cruel word may wreck a life

A timely word may level stress

A loving word may heal and bless.

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1800 W. Rand Road

Across from Menards

Mon, Tue, Wed. Thur, 9-8

Fri & Sat 9-5

Sun, 11-5


Dickens of a Holiday Book —13—


MainStreet Libertyville

Holiday Scenes

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Christmas Memories

“A holiday tradition begun several years ago has become very

special to our family. On Christmas Eve we have a formal dinner

served later in the evening. It is during that dinner that we relive

holiday memories of the past and look

forward to creating new memories for the

future. After a leisurely dinner, we then

make our way to church for the 11:00

P.M. candlelight service where the Hume

family generally participates as ushers

and communion assistants. It is during

that quiet, solemn service we celebrate the

true meaning of the season”.

Submitted by: Pam Hume, Design Chair

“Every year when my wife, Rose, would bring home their

Christmas tree, she would gather her three girls around. They

would set the tree up in the front living room window, open the

drapes, and bring out their big box of every ornament collected

over the years. She would put “The Nutcracker” on the stereo, at

a holiday induced window rattling volume. They would start

decorating while dancing around the tree.

They would order pizza (apparently the traditional Christmas time

meal on the South Side) and continue dancing while eating pizza

and decorating the tree. I’m guessing that the chemicals in the

pepperoni only add to the frenzy. Although she denies that the

neighbors called in the authorities upon seeing this strange ritual,

I’m not sure I can believe that part of the story.

Despite events such as these, the girls appear to be perfectly

normal today.”

Submitted by: Randy Nelson, Organization Chair

“When we were kids, all the cousins, 20 of us, would have dinner

and after dinner the mom’s would clean up and the dads helped us

on with our pj’s and all the dads and dads would pile into a

couple of cars and we would drive downtown St. Louis to look at

the department store windows. When we got back, the moms

would be in the kitchen finishing up and we would rush into the

living room and Santa would have arrived. The moms, busy

talking and finishing up the dishes that they always claimed they

never heard a peep from Santa!!!! Santa is so sly!!!!

We would take turns opening gifts, sipping hot chocolate, eating

homemade cookies until we couldn’t eat any more and singing

Christmas carols. My Grandmother played the piano. We would

head home in our pj’s with our new loot from Santa that

magically appeared and our parents would carry us to our beds.

The good ole days. I still believe.”

Submitted by: Katie Oakes, Promotions Co-Chair

Dickens of a Holiday

“Christmas Eve is when we gather for the Polish traditional

Christmas Eve dinner (wigilia) from my side of the family. This

is a meatless meal that has an odd number of dishes, usually 9 or

11. An even number of dishes would eliminate any hope of an

increase in wealth, children or anything desirable. This is also the

time of forgiveness and looking forward to a fresh start.

The typical Polish table setting includes a white linen tablecloth,

the best china, crystal and polished silverware (chore done by the

children the day before). An extra place setting is set to remember

the absent (deceased) family member. The meal does not begin

until the 1st star (gwiazdka) is in the night sky. This represents the

birth of Christ.

The meal begins with the oplatek, a blessed

wafer that represents unity and communion.

The head of the family breaks off

a piece and passes to the next

person who in turn breaks off

a piece; this continues around

the table. A prayer is said and

a toast is made by the head

of the family.

Typical foods are herring, mushroom barley soup, pierogies,

sauerkraut, fish, dried fruit, noodles with poppy seeds, honey and

almonds, kolacky and poppy seed cake.

We would open gifts from the family that evening and go to

midnight mass to celebrate the birth of Christ. Over the years the

traditional meal has changed somewhat, by adding meat for our

spouses who don’t eat seafood, but we still share the memories

and laughter of past Christmas Eves.”

Submitted by: Donna Goodwin, Promotions Chair

Pride is something we have.

Vanity is something others have.

Have a Wonderful Winter!

Darlene Davis

YOUR Hometown Realtor

Darlene Davis, Realtor

847-932-5587

Caring makes the difference,”I care”

www.darlenedavishomes.com

P R E M I E R R E A L T Y

410 Peterson Rd. • Libertyville

Dickens of a Holiday Book —15—


MainStreet Libertyville

Pierogi (Polish Dumpling)

2 cups (pint) sour cream 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tbsp melted butter 2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk

2 tsp salt 2 tbsp oil

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients

and kneed into a soft, pliable dough.

Cut in half and let rest, covered

for 10 minutes.

2. Roll out each half into a thin

circle. Using a wine glass, cut

the dough into round circles and

fill them with the filling

(recipe follows).

3. Place less than a tablespoon of filling in

the center of each circle and fold over. Press and seal into a

half-moon. Rub a bit of water on the edges to seal.

4. Cook for 10 minutes in boiling water. Drain. Pan-fry in butter

for a crispy dumpling. Serve with sour cream.

LOW FAT VERSION:

Use yogurt instead of sour cream. Add an additional 1/2 cup of

flour to the recipe with the yogurt instead of the sour cream.

Use vegetable oil instead of butter.

Sauerkraut & Mushroom Pierogi Filling

1 small onion, chopped

2 cups sauerkraut, rinsed, drained and finely chopped

1 can mushrooms, drained and chopped

salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp butter

DIRECTIONS:

1. Pan-fry the mushrooms and onion in butter until the onion

is clear. Add the sauerkraut and salt and pepper. Cook for

15 minutes and cool.

Don’t limit your challenges – challenge your limit.

—16— Dickens of a Holiday Book

Collage

Making a collage is always a fun project using greeting cards.

Cut out pictures and greetings in various shapes and sizes and

paste them on a piece of cardboard or construction paper. For a

keepsake; make one for all the family members and place them

in a frame to proudly display.

Beaded Flowerpot Candle

Have fun mixing & matching buttons, beads and paint colors!

blue acrylic paint pillar candle

4-inch terra cotta pot hot glue

small blue and pearl buttons pearl beads

block of floral foam, cut into small cubes

DIRECTIONS:

1. Paint flowerpot with blue paint, allow

to dry. Apply a second coat if necessary.

2. Hot glue pearl beads around pot rim to

decorate; allow to dry completely. Place a pillar candle in the

center of pot. Pack foam cubes around candle to secure.

3. Hot glue buttons around candle base to completely

cover foam.

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Shrimp Seviche

2 pounds large, shelled cooked shrimp, tails off

4 tbsp “A Taste of Thai” garlic chili pepper sauce (or to taste)

1/2 cup ketchup (or to taste)

2 tomatoes 2 avocados

1 small bunch cilantro 1 small red onion

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place shrimp in large serving bowl.

2. Chop up tomatoes (drain all fluid).

Chop up avocados (not too soon before

serving as they will turn brown). Chop

cilantro and slice red onion thin. Combine

chili pepper sauce with ketchup. Adjust to

your taste. This pepper sauce is VERY

HOT. Make enough sauce to coat shrimp

and other ingredients.

3. Stir into shrimp, being careful not to make “mush” of the

avocados. Enjoy! Everyone always likes this recipe – share

it with friends.

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602 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Downtown Libertyville

847-247-2208

Tues.-Thurs. 11-9; Fri.-Sat. 11-10

Santa’s Favorite Sugar Cookies

Spend an afternoon making cookies with the kids...

they’ll love adding the colorful sprinkles!

1 cup powdered sugar 1 cup sugar

1 cup butter-flavored shortening 1 cup oil

1 tsp cream of tartar 1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda 2 tsp vanilla extract

4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 eggs

colorful sugar, sprinkles and jimmies

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cream sugars, eggs, oil and shortening

in a large bowl. Sift together dry

ingredients in a separate bowl, then

add to creamed mixture. Stir in vanilla.

Cover and refrigerate dough for 2 to 3 hours.

2. Roll chilled dough into 1-1/2 inch balls;

place on lightly greased baking

sheets. Flatten each with a glass

bottom that has been dipped in sugar.

3. Sprinkle colorful sugar, sprinkles and

jimmies over cookies.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until edges are

lightly golden. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen

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Sat. Dec. 17th

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Dickens of a Holiday Book —17—


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Dickens of a Holiday Book —19—


MainStreet Libertyville

Graham Cracker House (Gingerbread House)

box of graham crackers 2 egg whites

2-1/2 cups powdered sugar 1/4 cup cream of tartar

sprinkles candies

food coloring

SUPPLIES:

school milk carton-rinsed tape

DIRECTIONS:

1. Rinse the milk carton and seal

shut with tape. Have an adult trim

the graham crackers to fit the sides

of the milk carton and the top (roof).

The top pieces should hang over

the sides a bit.

2. Make the edible glue: Beat two

egg whites until frothy and

stiff. Slowly add 2-1/2 cups of

powdered sugar and 1/4 teaspoon of

cream of tartar. Add food coloring if you would like to

add color to your creation.

3. Spread the glue onto the graham cracker and glue it to the

When there’s nothing on TV, most people watch anyway.

—20— Dickens of a Holiday Book

carton. Continue around the milk carton and the top.

Decorate the house to your delight by dipping, various

candies, and chocolate chips into the glue and sticking

them to the house. Sprinkles are a fun added touch. Let your

imagination flow!

*If you would rather use premixed frosting instead of making

your own then purchase a premixed container (any flavor) and

add 3/4 cups of powdered sugar.


Christmas Morning Chile Relleno

Serve with fruit salad and sausage links for a spicy Christmas breakfast.

16 oz pkg shredded Cheddar cheese

16 oz pkg shredded Monterey Jack cheese

2 4 oz cans chopped green chiles 4 eggs

1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup evaporated milk

DIRECTIONS:

1. Sprinkle cheese and chiles

together alternately in a

greased 13”x9” baking pan.

2. Whisk together eggs, flour and

milk in a medium bowl and pour

over cheese mixture.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool slightly

before serving.

Makes 8 to 10 servings

Dickens of a Holiday

40

Sentimental Tree Skirts

page

Use old quilts and blankets from your

on

children’s nursery as tree skirts. Just wrap

around bottom of the tree and you’ll have

a nostalgic, country touch in no time. Answer

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Libertyville

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Dinner Tues-Thu: 5-9:30

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—22— Dickens of a Holiday Book

Holiday On

The Square

Friday, Nov. 25 • 7:00pm

Cook Memorial Park

Join us for the Village of

Libertyville’s tree lighting

ceremony, choral

presentations and a

surprise visit from Santa!

Holiday Walk

Friday, Nov. 25, 4:00pm–9:00pm

MainStreet Libertyville shops extend a special holiday

welcome featuring food, drink, music and decorations.

Get a group

together and

enjoy a stroll

downtown

before and

after the

tree lighting

ceremony.

“The Magic of the Nutcracker”

Presented by Dancenter North

LIBERTYVILLE HIGH SCHOOL BUTLER AUDITORIUM

Sat. Dec. 10 at 3:00pm and Sun. Dec. 11 at 1pm & 5pm

GENESEE THEATRE

Sat. Dec. 17 at 3:00pm and Sun. Dec. 18 at 3pm

Tickets available at Genesee Theatre Box Office or

Ticketmaster (312) 599-1212 or online at www.ticketmaster.com

Visit With Santa

The first 3 Saturdays of December,

Dec. 3, 10 & 17

11:00am-4:00pm

This is the event for children of all ages!

Dressed in their Victorian best,

Santa and Mrs. Claus wait to

hear your (inner) child’s wishes.

Photo: $3.00

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town Libertyville

gh December 17

torian Tea

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ce Episcopal Church

125 W. Church Street

Carriage Rides

The first 3 Saturdays of December:

Dec. 3, 10 & 17 • 11:00am-4:00pm

One of the most popular features of

Dickens of a Holiday” is the

horse-drawn carriage ride. Rides

begin across from the Village Hall

and will circle around Cook Park.

$3 per person

Free Kid’s Movies

at The

Liberty Theater

Saturdays at 11:00am

708 N. Milwaukee Ave.

(movies subject to change)

Dec. 3 Shark Tales (PG)

Dec. 10 Madagascar (PG)

Dec. 17 Robots (PG)

Strolling Carolers

& Costumed

Characters

Saturdays,

Dec. 3, 10 & 17

10:00am-4:00pm

Downtown Libertyville

Ansel B. Cook

Museum Tours

Fri., Nov. 25 • 7:00pm-9:00pm

Saturdays & Sundays,

Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11 & 17 • 1:00pm-5:00pm

413 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Cook Park

For a look into our more

gracious past, please stop by the

Cook Mansion while you are

enjoying “Dickens of a Holiday.”

Children’s Holiday Shoppe

(for children only)

Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17 •

11am–4pm

Libertyville Civic Center

135 W. Church St.

Children may purchase

family gifts on their own!

Prices will range from $1.00 to $5.00;

All gifts will be wrapped and labeled.

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make the perfect gift!

Available in denominations of $5-$50 at downtown Libertyville

Banks and the MainStreet Libertyville office, 133 E. Cook Avenue.

Redeemable at most MainStreet Libertyville

restaurants and shops!

Dickens of a Holiday Book —23—


MainStreet Libertyville

Holiday Movie Favorites

Looking for a movie? Here is a list of favorites that are tried and true!

Make the popcorn, have some hot cocoa and enjoy!

The Bells of St. Mary’s: Once again

Bing Crosby delights us with his

singing voice in this 1945 movie.

A Wonderful Life: 1946 this classic movie tells the story of

George Bailey (James Stewart) and what life would have been if

he didn’t exist. It proves that we all have a purpose in life.

Miracle on 24th Street: Natalie Wood was the child star in this

1947 film. Edmund Gwenn is the old man who claimed to be

Santa and Maureen O’Hare the young lawyer who defends him.

The Bishop’s Wife: 1947 was a year for movie greats

Cary Grant and Loretta Young to prove that workaholics need a

break too!

A Christmas Carol: “Scrooge” Alastaiar Sim is the 1951

Ebenezer Scrooge in this original model of who we are and how

we affect others.

White Christmas: Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby are two

soldiers who are bringing joy in this 1954 musical.

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer: 1964 Burl Ives narrates

this holiday much loved movie of the reindeer

that saved Christmas’ delivery.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Charles Schultz,

the creator of the Peanut’s comics wrote this

children’s classic. The 1965 film brings the

Peanut’s gang together to help Charlie Brown

find the true meaning of Christmas.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas: This enjoyable Dr Suess

book comes to life in 1966 with Boris Karloff narrating.

Dieting is wishful shrinking.

—24— Dickens of a Holiday Book

A Christmas Story: This 1983 movie starring Peter Billingsley

as Ralphie who wants a bb gun so much that he doesn’t care if

it’s going to shoot his eye out!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: This 1989 film

starred Chevy Chase. The Griswald’s are hosting a family

gathering. Watch out for that tree!

Home Alone: The first of the Home

Alone series starring Macaulay Culkin

in 1990. This eight year old proves that

he can protect his home from burglars.

The Santa Clause: Tim Allen magically

is recruited to take Santa’s place in this

1994 flick.

Jingle All the Way: Arnold Schwarzeneger and Sinbad are after

the Turbo Man in this 1996 movie. Who’s going to win?

Jack Frost: This 1998 motion picture is a perfect father-son

bonding movie starring Michael Keaton. Jack Frost returns from

the dead to help his wife and son get over his loss and move on.

Elf: Will Farrell “Buddy” starred in this 2003 film

about an elf who left the North Pole in search

of his real family.

Bad Santa: Billy Bob Thornton fills the bill in

this 2003 movie.

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Herb-Roasted Holiday Turkey

So easy...just pop the turkey in a roasting bag!

Dickens

1 tbsp all-purpose flour 2 tbsp oil

2 stalks celery, chopped 1 tbsp dried sage

1 carrot, chopped 1 tsp dried thyme

1 onion, sliced 1 tsp dried rosemary

12 to 16 lb turkey 1 tsp seasoned salt

DIRECTIONS:

1. Shake flour in a turkey-size oven bag;

arrange in roasting pan at least

2 inches deep. Add vegetables to

bag; set aside. Remove neck and

giblets from turkey and reserve

for another use; rinse turkey, pat

dry and brush with oil.

2. Combine herbs and salt; sprinkle over turkey. Place turkey in

bag on top of vegetables; close bag with nylon tie provided

and tuck ends into pan.

3. Cut six 1/2 inch slits in top of bag; insert meat thermometer

into thickest part of inner thigh.

4. Roast 2 to 2-1/2 hours at 350 degrees, until meat thermometer

reads 180 degrees. Let stand in bag for 15 minutes before

opening; pour off drippings and reserve for gravy.

Serves 8 to 10

Turkey Gravy:

drippings from roasted turkey 1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp poultry seasoning

DIRECTIONS:

1. Pour drippings into a large deep bowl. Spoon off fat, reserving

3 to 4 tablespoons; discard remaining fat. Measure drippings; add

water if necessary to equal 2-1/2 cups.

2. Place reserved fat in a skillet; stir in flour, salt and seasoning.

3. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until smooth

and bubbly. about one minute. Gradually stir drippings into flour

mixture; heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Boil for 5 to 7

minutes until thickened.

Make about 2 cups

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Chanukah

The Festival of Lights begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew

month of Kislev in the Jewish calendar. This celebration of the

victory, which took place 2300 years ago, of the Maccabees and

rededication of the Jerusalem temple, is for 8 days. The

Maccabees fought the Syrians for three years to regain their

temple in Jerusalem. After defeating the Syrians they cleaned

and removed the Greek symbols and idols from within the walls.

To rededicate the Temple, they used a small amount of oil to

burn in the lamp. There was only enough oil for one day, but

miraculously the oil lasted eight days.

—26— Dickens of a Holiday Book

Lighting of the menorah (hanukivjah)

represents the eight nights that the oil

burned. The menorah is a special

arrangement of nine candles. Eight candles

for each night of Chanukah and the 9th

candle, the longest, representing the servant

(shamash). The shamash is used to light the

candles each night. The candles are arranged

from right to left with the shamash in the

center. The first candle is lit on the left side

and each night another candle is added to

the lighting while prayers are said. The

Chanukah menorah resembles the N’er

Tamid, which is the eternal light that is

present in every House of Worship.

Besides the menorah, the dreidel (sivion) is another popular

tradition of the Chanukah season. The dreidel is a four-sided

spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side. The letters mean:

“A Miracle Happened Here.” The game is

played by giving each player a number

of coins (the chocolate wrapped gold

coins are representative of this

time) and places a fixed amount

into the kitty (kupah). Each player

spins the dreidel and when it falls

upon a letter you follow those

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Gimmel – take the full kitty, Heh – take half of the kitty and Peh

or Shin – lose what you deposited. Play continues until all the

players run out of coins. The dreidel game was famous when the

Jewish people gathered to study the Torah which was outlawed

by King Antiochus. When soldiers appeared at the door, the

Torah was hidden and they pretended to gather to play the

dreidel game.

A favorite food found on the

Chanukah table is the latke. This

potato pancake is made from grated

potatoes, eggs, onions and flour and

fried in vegetable oil served with

sour cream or apple sauce. Oil is a

popular ingredient in Chanukah dishes because it reminds the

Jewish people of the oil that burned for eight days instead of one.

The Maccabee soldiers ate latkes made from cheese, vegetables

or fruit while on the battlefield. The potato was not available

until the sixteenth century.

The jelly donut (sufganiyot) without holes is popular in Israel,

where they are sold on stands in the streets over the month

before Chanukah begins. These odd shaped sweets are dropped

in hot oil without being shaped and then covered in powdered

sugar and/or cinnamon.

A TYPICAL MENU MAY INCLUDE:

Soup

Salad

Fruit salad

Brisket or fish

Latkes with applesauce or sour cream

Sufganiyot or cookies


Christmas

History states that Christmas was celebrated long before the birth

of Christ. The Mesopotamians, over 4000 years ago, believed in

many gods with their chief god being Marduk. Tradition had it

that the king would die at the end of the year. He was protected

from death by a criminal “mock” king who was dressed in royal

clothing and slain on the last day of the year. They held a festival

for the New Year (Zagmuk) that lasted 12 days.

Scandinavian countries celebrate the Yuletide, which is a festival

of the return of the sun. During the winter months the sun would

disappear for a number of days. Scouts were sent into the

mountains to find the light. Upon their return of sighting the first

light this great celebration would be held with bonfires to honor

the sun and tying apples to tree branches to remind them that

spring is on its way.

The Romans decorated their homes with

garlands of laurel and lit green trees with

candles. They honored their god Saturn by

having festivals in the streets, meals with

family and friends and exchanging good luck

gifts (strenae) amongst masters and slaves.

Folklore claims that the Christian Christmas was invented to

compete against the pagan celebrations of the month of

December. The 25th was a significant day in the life of the

Romans. It was a sacred day for the Romans and the Persians

whose religion was a rival of the Christians.

December 25th is the Christian day of celebrating the birth of

Christ. The exact date of the birth of Christ is not known but in

137 AD the Bishop of Rome declared the birthday of Christ be

celebrated as a solemn feast. In 350 AD Julius I, another Bishop

of Rome, chose December 25th as the observance of Christmas.

The History of the Christmas Tree

Germans were the first to decorate their homes with

what we now recognize as a Christmas tree. They

would light the trees with candles, string nuts and

apples together. In the late 1800’s American’s began

accepting the Christmas tree and the first was

displayed in Pennsylvania by the German Settlers.

Christmas Around the World

December 6th is when St. Nicholas Day is celebrated in

Germany, France and Holland. This is the day that is in honor of

the Bishop of Myra, St Nicholas. He was a man who believed in

charity. The Dutch Sinterklaas was a bishop that wore red and

rode a white horse to spread good will amongst the people. The

Dutch also celebrated on December 5th when a ship arrived

carrying the assistant, Black Peter, with a book telling of the

good and evil children. Germany also had an assistant,

Knecht Ruprech.

Dickens of a Holiday

January 5th is when children in Italy place their shoes out for the

night for the LaBefana (the good witch). In Italy, LaBefania,

dressed in black.

January 6th is the time for the small children of Puerto Rico

place greens and flowers in a small box and places it under the

bed for the camels of the 3 Kings. On this date also the Italians

and the Spanish exchange gifts.

“Santa” had helpers in various countries: Switzerland is where

the girl angel, Christkindl arrived with gifts. Julenisse was an elf

who assisted in Scandinavian countries.

The Christmas Stocking

Legend is told that there was a very poor

farmer who had 3 daughters. On Christmas

Eve they hung their stocking by the fire to

dry and the next morning each stocking

was filled with a bag of gold. In France the

custom is to place your shoes by the

fireplace. Holland has the custom of filling

their shoes with hay and carrots for the

reindeer. In Hungary the children shine

their shoes and place them by a window

or door to be filled with treats. The children of the United States

hang their stockings to be filled with sweets.

Dickens of a Holiday Book —27—


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Brewer, Bill

Brown, Doug

Cambridge Homes

Milligan, Sue & Dave

Piccolo, Carol & Lance

Pritchard, Greg

Associate

Business

Members

$100.00 - $999.99

(Businesses outside of

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A W. Zengler Cleaners

Arctic Spas Chicago, LLC

Arrow Plumbing, Inc.

Bank Financial

Bauer's Party Masters Catering

Burkett & Beattie, Inc., CPA's

Burnett-Dane Funeral Home

Catered Productions

Culvers of Libertyville

David Bushing, Ltd.

Domino's Pizza/Second City Piz

Gametime

Gary Schlesinger Law Offices

GreenTree Animal Hospital

Hartshorne, Glenn & Associates

Helene Lutz

Herchenbach/Herky's Trucking

Industries International

Infinity Marketing $ Design

Interiors by Decorating Den

Interlacken Construction

James Martin Associates

Jebararo Corp./Fancy That

Jenny Sweeny Designs

Jindra Faulkner

Kabloom of Libertyville

Kakenmaster And Associates

Kiwanis Club - LMV

Landscape Concepts Mngmnt

Libertyville Vision Center

Milliman Consultants & Actuari

Pampered Pup'z

Pauly Honda

Pioneer Press

Power Construction

Property Werks, Inc.

Rosati's Pizza

Royal Fabricators

Schaefer Development Group

Streff Advertising

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Arpino & Wollney Orthodontics

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Bennett Chiropractic Group

Beyond the Garden Gates

Blue Crab Gallery and Gifts

Boehm & Ray Insurance/

MFG Ltd.

Ceteris, Inc.

Charles And Minerva

Christian Science Reading Room

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Coldwell Banker

Cook Memorial Public Library

Dancenter North

Destination Hobby Center

Employer's Claim Service, Inc.

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Forest Bootery, Ltd.

French Nails

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Island Tap, Inc.

Juice Zone

Law Offices of Terry Weppler

Libertville Massage Therapy

Liberty Square

Liberty Theatre

Luv Your Pets

Margaret Ann's Gifts

Mickey Finn's Brewery

Morgan's Bar & Grill

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Murphy's Health Foods & Juice

Parkview Gourmet

Recovered Treasures

Roach, Johnston & Thut

Rocky Mountain

Chocolate Factory

Seidler & Associates

Semmelman & Semmelman

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Stratum Access Technologies

Studio West, Ltd.

Suttons Bay

Tell Two Friends

The Tavern

Touche Salon

Town Meat Market

Townee Square Restaurant

Trew Benefits, Inc.

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MainStreet Libertyville

Feathered Friend Feeders

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drill apple, halved

48-inch length jute peanut butter

large crafting needle

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point of the star large enough for jute to fit

through; string jute through hole, knotting

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2. Scoop center of fruit from grapefruit halves;

string through the bottom center of the

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Add apple halves in same manner.

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4. Smear apple halves with peanut butter and

sprinkle with birdseed; fill grapefruit halves with birdseed.

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- James Dean

—30— Dickens of a Holiday Book

Answer on page 40


Sweet Potato Crunch

Sprinkle the top with mini marshmallows and place under the broiler

until melted and golden for an extra-special treat.

4 sweet potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed

1 cup margarine, melted and divided

3 eggs 1 cup sugar

1/2 cup milk 2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine sweet potatoes,

eggs, sugar, 1/2 cup

margarine, milk and

vanilla; mix well. Pour into a

2-quart casserole dish; set aside.

2. Mix brown sugar, flour, pecans and remaining margarine

together; sprinkle on sweet potato mixture.

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canned whipping cream (hair)

DIRECTIONS:

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2. The banana is placed to become the nose.

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5. The toast is cut into triangles and is placed on the side of

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2 lbs white melting chocolate 1 cup dried fruit

9 cups mixed bite-sized crispy cereal squares

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into small pieces. Store in airtight container.

Makes about 16 cups

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Glue 8 to 10 cinnamon sticks together and

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Dickens

2-1/2 lbs beef brisket 2 tbsp onion flakes

1 can mushroom gravy 1/2 cup catsup

1/2 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup water

seasoned salt 3 carrots

1 tsp of kitchen bouquet 2 stalks celery

1 whole head of garlic, peeled pinch of sugar

1 package onion soup mix meat tenderizer

additional catsup ( if necessary to increase gravy)

Chef’s tip: Check the tenderness of your meat throughout

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DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Sprinkle tenderizer on meat and pierce with a fork all over.

Place in roaster with catsup and water. Cut celery and carrots

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Cover and bake in 325-degree oven for 2 hours. When done,

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Cover and heat at 325 degrees for 1 hour.

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412 N. MILWAUKEE AVE. LIBERTYVILLE, IL

www.mickeyfinnsbrewery.com

847-362-6688

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MainStreet

Chicken Cacciatore Soup

Add a couple drops of hot pepper sauce for those who like it hot!

1 cup rotini pasta, uncooked 1 zucchini, sliced

2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 onion, chopped

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

Optional: 1 tbsp red wine

3 14.5-oz cans vegetable broth, divided

1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts,

cut into bite-sized pieces

30 oz jar extra chunky spaghetti sauce with mushrooms

14.5-oz can stewed tomatoes in juice, chopped

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook rotini according to package directions,

substituting one can broth for part of the

water; set aside.

2. Combine remaining ingredients in a large

saucepan. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes, until

chicken is cooked through and vegetables

are tender. Stir in rotini and heat through.

Makes 5 servings

Don’t be afraid to learn.

Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can easily carry.

Sparkle and Shine

this holiday season

The shop at

Jenny Sweeney Designs

627 n second st in libertyville

mon, tues, weds & fri 10-5 | thurs 10-7 | sat 11-4

847-816-8387

www.jennysweeneydesigns.com


Star-bound Cedar Wreath

3 to 5 ft gold or silver bead garland

3 4-inch dia. wooden stars with pre-drilled holes for hanging

desired size cedar wreath

white acrylic paint

24 gold or silver chenille stems

DIRECTIONS:

1. Loop bead garland loosely

through center and around the

bottom of the wreath several

times; set aside.

2. Paint stars white; set aside to dry.

3. Attach stars to the lower left-hand side of the wreath, spacing

each several inches apart. Make 3 fanned-out bundles of

8 chenille stems apiece; wire one bundle behind each star,

making a starry trail for each star.

4. Hang up wreath and enjoy!

Silver Bells

Arrange votives in plain glass

votive holders on a silver serving

tray. Spiral shiny silver beads

between the votives with a

scattering of silver jingle bells.

It’s Time to

Start Holiday

Shopping...

New Items

Arriving

Daily!

MIDNIGHT

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SWEDISH ANTIQUES

& DESIGN

110 West Lake Street

Downtown Libertyville

(847) 362-5240

Tues-Sat 11-5 • Sun-Mon Closed

www.midnightsunantiques.com

Dickens of a Holiday

Bruschetta

Arrange rounds on a holiday platter and tuck in a sprig or 2

of mint leaves or rosemary for added holiday color.

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup red onion, minced

2 to 6 cloves garlic, pressed 1 tsp balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper to taste 1/8 tsp Italian seasoning

4 to 5 leaves fresh basil, minced

1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, minced

2 to 3 cups plum tomatoes, diced

1 baguette or loaf Italian bread, sliced and toasted

DIRECTIONS:

1. Combine all ingredients except bread in a large bowl;

refrigerate overnight to develop flavor.

2. Serve at room temperature, spread on toasted rounds of bread.

Makes 1 to 2 dozen

631 E. PARK AVENUE (RT. 176)

LIBERTYVILLE, ILLINOIS 60048

(847) 816-7979 • FAX (847) 816-7990

WILMETTE

(847) 853-1100

557 N. HOUGH ST. (Rts. 59 & 14)

BARRINGTON, ILLINOIS 60010

(847) 277-7979 • FAX (847) 277-7990

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MainStreet Libertyville

Holiday Puzzle Answers

FROM PAGE 7 FROM PAGE 10 FROM PAGE 21 FROM PAGE 30

FROM PAGE 34

Place Your Holiday Orders Now!

• Capons, Geese & Ducks • Prime Ribs

• Fresh & Frozen Fish/Seafood • Beef Tenderloin Roast

Products

• Spiral & Honey Smoked

• Lobster

Hams

• Alaskan King Crab Legs • Stuffed Chicken Breasts

• Raw & Cooked Shrimp • Stuffed Pork Loins

• Fresh Lutefisk

• Boneless Leg-O-Lamb

• Homemade Prepared Specialties

T OWN M EAT M ARKET

USDA Choice Meats • Since 1967

Open 7 Days A Week • M-F 8-6, Sat 8-5, Sun 9-2 • Call for Holiday Hours

Open 9-3 Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve • Phone Orders Welcome

121 E. Cook St. (1/2 Block East of Milwaukee Ave.) Downtown Libertyville

(847) 362-0210 • Fax 362-0255

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FROM PAGE 33

FROM PAGE 8 FROM PAGE 25

FROM PAGE 34

PUZZLED?

L et Us Fill Your Gift List.

LibertyvilleMainStreet • 847-362-1201

Coming November to the Greentree Plaza.

1141 South Milwaukee Ave.

Libertyville, IL 60048 (847)680.ROSE (7673)

No deep-fried foods!

Serving 14 different Salads, a variety of

Sandwiches, Soups, and full Course Meals.

With that, great home made taste.

A New Fashion Family Shoe Store


Looking For That Perfect Christmas Gift?

MAINSTREET LIBERTYVILLE DISHES UP

A GREAT COOKBOOK

Surprise the cook in your life with the perfect Christmas gift,

Mainstreet Libertyville, Inc.’s new cookbook, “A Cook’s Tour of

Libertyville II.” In keeping with the theme of MainStreet’s first

cookbook, “A Cook’s Tour of Libertyville” published in 1993,

the book features historical information on the town, old

photographs, helpful hints from cooks of yesteryear, kitchen tips

for contemporary cooks, a guide on how to combine wine and

food, and over 550 fabulous recipes submitted by local cooks on

the way we cook today.

A special section contains complete gourmet menus with

recipes from appetizers through desserts. From a Louisiana

Buffet to a Christmas Brunch to an Autumn dinner, it’s all there.

As an added treat, various local restaurants generously shared

some of their favorite recipes.

Cookbooks may be purchased for $25.00 at the MainStreet

office at 133 E. Cook Avenue and the following downtown

stores: Arden’s Furniture, Beyond the Garden Gate, Parkview

Gourmet, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Someone’s in

the Kitchen, Some Other Nuts, Suttons Bay, Van Kirk and

Village Hall.

QUALITY IS OUR PRIDE!

We insist on only the Finest,

Freshest Ingredients for just

one reason...YOU!

• Homemade Omelets

• Pancakes

• French Toast

• Waffles

• Croissants

• Club Sandwiches

• Hot Sandwiches

• Soups & Salads

• Burgers

• Desserts

Menu Items Subject To Chang e

847-367-9144

Townee Square Restaurant

Keep this this place in mind...A Better Better One Is Hard To Find!

508 N. Milwaukee Ave • Libertyville

Dickens of a Holiday

Happy Holidays

TO FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS,

& PETS!

* FREE R x Delivery

* Veterinary Medicine

* Hormone Replacement Therapy

* Health Screenings & Wellness Events

* Medications Specific To Your Needs

Compounding Specialists

426 N MILWAUKEE AVE

DOWNTOWN LIBERTYVILLE

362-2005

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MainStreet Libertyville

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MainStreet Wishes Libertyville

A Happy Holiday Season and Sends

A Special Thank You To The Many

Volunteers For Making

The Program So Successful!


847-968-4529

116 W. Lake • Libertyville

improvplayhouse.com

B LACK B OX S TUDIO

at 735 N. Milwaukee

(behind Caribou)

Training & Entertaining.

WE’RE CELEBRATING OUR

5 TH ANNIVERSARY!

A

Holiday

Tradition

W E PROUDLY PRESENT THE FOLLOWING H OLIDAY EVENT :

Tickets

on Sale

Now

Our Young Actors Workshop

Production of the Dicken’s Classic

“A Modern Christmas Carol”

Dec. 17th & 18th ~ Sat. & Sun.

at 3pm & 7pm

College of Lake County

Building C005

Bring the entire family

tickets on sale

Adults $ 10.00

Students/Seniors $ 5.00

Ask about the NEW IP Actors Institute: featuring Professional Talent Management and

Studies with Chicago & L.A. based Casting Directors, Talent Agents & Audition Coaches.

STUDIES FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS IN:

IMPROVISATION, ACTING, COMEDY, FILM MAKING, MUSIC THEATER, ON-CAMERA

AUDITIONING, VOICE OVER, MOVEMENT, & TEAM BUILDING

Prepare with the Pros • Now registering for Winter Quarter.

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