Ice Castles (North Woodstock, NH)

A couple of weeks ago, I took a trip up to North Woodstock and visited the Ice Castles. Visiting the Ice Castles has always been something I wanted to do during the Winter, and it is definitely a place worth visiting. I was absolutely blown away when I arrived, especially seeing how tall and how much work goes into creating these ice sculptures. It’s even prettier seeing it all lit up.  Ice Castles is located on 24 Clark Farm Road North Woodstock, NH. There are numerous Ice Castle locations around the state which include: Colorado, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Utah, Wisconsin, and Alberta Canada. As customers walk around and through the tunnels, they will notice an ice throne, water fountains, and finally an ice slide. They even have smaller tunnels for the smaller children to crawl through.

When visiting, I would recommend going down the ice slide. However, the line was too long, and I didn’t want to wait. It is one of the ice castles popular attractions. They open in late December to early January and remain open through late February to early March. Tickets are fairly inexpensive, about $20 per person. I would recommend buying tickets online early in the season. Although later in the season, the ice castles are larger, and all built up.  I would also recommend going at night because it is beautiful when it is all lit up. Also, when buying tickets online, you also have the option of adding a sleigh ride. Finally, at the end they have a little shop where you can buy hot chocolate and souvenirs. After experiencing it, I am looking forward to visiting again next winter.

Fun Fact: It takes 25,000 tons to create the ice castles.

If you are interested in checking out Ice Castles New Hampshire, click here:  https://icecastles.com/new-hampshire

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Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Apple pie has always been a favorite in my family. Since Thanksgiving is a few weeks away, I wanted to try making a homemade Dutch Apple Pie before the holiday. I have included the recipe down below, so you can try making it for this upcoming Thanksgiving. I look forward to reading all your comments!

Ingredients: 

9 X 9 baking dish

Filling:

1 frozen Pillsbury pie crust

6 cups, about 8 apples (peeled and diced, you can use any type of apples such as Granny Smith or Macintosh, but I used Gala’s, Golden Delicious, and Snow Sweets.)

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

3 tbsp of flour (I used a blend of almond and bread flour)

¾ tsp of ground cinnamon

¼ tsp of nutmeg

Topping: 

¾ cup of flour (I used a blend of almond and bread flour)

1/3 cup softened butter

¼ cup white sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

½ tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Peel and dice your apples.
  3. Put small slices in bottom crust and bake for about 10 minutes, (so it doesn’t get soggy on the bottom)
  4. Mix all of the dry filling ingredients & mix in the apples. (Make sure to coat the apples really well.
  5. Pour into prepared crust.

6. In another bowl, mix flour, sugars, and cinnamon for the topping of the pie. 

7. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the dry ingredients for the topping until it becomes a crumbly texture using a fork. 

8. Pour on top of the pie making sure to cover all of the apples.

9. Place on a foil lined baking sheet, before placing into oven for 50 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

10. When finished, remove from oven. Let cool before serving.

11. Enjoy!!

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Forever My Love: Neil’s Story

Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all having a wonderful week so far. I am very excited to announce, that I released my very first novel called Forever My Love: Neil’s Story a month ago. The book is a romantic novel that portrays the story of two love birds who were once strangers and never thought they’d cross each other’s paths. This story features Amber as the female protagonist, an average next-door girl. On the other hand, the readers get familiar with Neil, the male protagonist who is portrayed as the most handsome and appealing vocalist in any all-boy-band.  They both fall in love and vow to never leave each other’s side despite the circumstances. Their love is put through difficult tests, forcing them to turn down each other. Regardless of the negativity surfacing in their story, the couple proves that when two souls are loyal to each other, they can’t be separated. Their happy ever after is still a possibility. 

I have a book signing scheduled at the Barnes and Noble in Saugus, MA on September 7th, from 1 to 3 pm. If you are in the area, I would love to see you and sign a book for you!

I truly hope you all enjoy reading this book, as much as I have loved writing it. If interested in purchasing a copy online, click here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Forever-My-Love-Neils-Story/dp/1077037546/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forever-my-love-amber-lee/1132287867?ean=9781987094534

Lulu:http://www.lulu.com/shop/amber-lee/forever-my-love-neils-story/paperback/product-24158693.html

© 2019 Sundown Pointe

Lindt Chocolate Shop (Carlisle, PA)

Hello chocolate lovers. This week’s blog post is on Lindt chocolate. I recently stopped at the Lindt chocolate shop in Carlisle, PA. Everyone knows Lindt is known for its delicious Swiss chocolate & truffles. The Lindt store that I stopped at is located on 40 Logistics Drive Suite 100 Factory Outlet, Carlisle, PA. The atmosphere of the store is comfortable with the sweet aroma of delicious mouth watering chocolate. It is definitely worth the stop if you’re passing through Pennsylvania. The staff were very good, making sure to answer any questions you have. Customers also get a free chocolate to taste when they arrive.

They have a wide selection of chocolates, and when customers arrive, they have the option to pick from season special chocolates that may be left over from the recent holiday, or they can pick any of the chocolate truffles of their choice, to create 1 or 2 lbs. of chocolate. I chose to go with a half-pound. The flavors that I picked out of the big variety were Mint, Dark Chocolate, Blueberries and Cream, Fudge Swirl, Orange, Cappuccino, & Red Velvet. My favorites were Red Velvet, Orange, Mint, and the Dark Chocolate.

They’re open Monday-Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Sunday’s from 11 am to 5 pm. 

I would recommend visiting the Lindt chocolate store to anyone who’s looking for a great place to stop for chocolate in Carlisle, PA.  If you are interested in checking out the Lindt Chocolate store, click here: https://www.lindtusa.com

Fun fact: The Lindt chocolates for the USA are actually made at the Lindt factory in Stratham, New Hampshire, and is then shipped to the distribution centers in Carlisle, PA and Charlotte, NC.

© 2019 Sundown Pointe