Monday, October 31, 2011

Are You In The Mood For Fright?

Well, it's finally here! It's almost the witching hour and fright night is almost upon us. Don't forget to gear up to be safe, carry a flash light and make sure you use the buddy system. Never go out alone. Have a great time!

Here's a little some thing to kick off this evenings fright festivities.
More Happy Halloween. A Playful orange gets confused with the big pumpkin.

Halloween Safety Tips from knowledgable pumpkins!



HAVE A FRIGHTFUL NIGHT!

More Halloween Celebrating!

Tortured Pumpkins for an even scarier Halloween!

Caution, this is NOT for children. 
Happy Halloween


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Last minute tip for spooking up your haunted house for Halloween.

Spooky Halloween Candy Bowl

Candy bowls for Halloween just keep getting better every year. Have you seen this one?

Sitting by the fire

Good morning all, great crisp weather today about 57 degrees so far. Drinking coffee and sitting by the fire at our Gold Rush office. Just got off the phone with such a great group that has been staying with us for 4 years now. They have always enjoyed Rustic Romance for the late October month to visit our Oktoberfest. Hi Patricia!!! :)

Lots of fun here in whats considered our 'off season', over Thanksgiving you can either go skiing or go on the lake. That doesn't seem like it should be the off season lol
Have a great day all

Friday, October 28, 2011

Ever Eat Dirt? Here's a recipe that you may need for your Halloween Entertaining

Freaked Out Corn - This is corny but what the heck - Enjoy!

I came across this and found it really cute. I guess you can see, there's more things that are scary besides Halloween.......

Our Two Fun Loving Characters at the Office

As we've posted, we like to have fun! We know not everyone can stop by, so, we thought it would be fun to share a picture of our loveable characters we have hangin around. 

We get people who stop by all the time just to take some pictures with these two great guys.
Prospectin' Pete has been with us since the doors opened in 2008. Pete loves to sit out on the bear bench and reminisce about the old mining days. 

Slim Pickins joined us just recently. He was a poor lost soul that didn't have a place in life (no pun intended).
So, Pete suggested to Slim to just hang around with him to watch the world go by. Pete thinks people watching is fun.

They both enjoy the visitors who come by and ask to take a picture with them. The attention they get is kinda going to their heads, they think they're becoming celebrities. Geeze, the next thing ya know they'll be asking for a raise!

Come on by and take a picture with them when you can!

It's Your Choice - Halloween In the Village or Boo At the Zoo, or Both!

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Halloween, also known as "All Hallows Eve", will occur this year on a Monday! In years past the Village has had lots of tricksters searching for treats running through the streets of the Big Bear Village. This year will be no exception. This is a favorite of locals. Visiting tourists also enjoy the small town atmosphere.

The local merchants from the Village Association get together and give away candy throughout the Village streets...it keeps kids off the dimly lit streets of the area where in a resort town, many homes are not inhabited by full time residents.

We're happy that the merchants are generous in their hospitality which makes it a great way to celebrate Halloween safely.

The Zoo hosts, "BOO!- In the Zoo", at the Moonridge Animal Park. Attendees will get a thrill to see the animals receive their treats. Guests are encouraged to wear a costume, there will be games, prizes, and contests etc.

Check out our website for more info!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Slim Pickins for Halloween

Slims favorite holiday is Halloween! He's told me he is so excited and can't wait to see all the trick-o-treaters in the village.

Treating in the village is the perfect place to be for all the little kids. Since our community has many homes that are not full time lived in, many streets are dark and not very active.


The Village Association closes the streets to vehicular traffic on Halloween so that it can provide a safe alternative to neighborhood treating. It's also a great way to get lots of candy very easy and for everyone to have an opportunity to show off their spooky best costume to others.

Don't forget to stop by at Gold Rush Resort Rentals, Slim promises to hand out some candy to those of you who stop by wearing a costume.

Gold Rush Resort Rentals is located on Big Bear Blvd., just 1/2 mile from the village at 40016 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake.

Pssst, I know you can't tell by looking, but he does like candy, he's just one of those lucky ones that doesn't seem to gain weight no matter what he eats!  LOL!

Frightfully Fun Team at Gold Rush Resort Rentals

Here at Gold Rush Resort Rentals we are all about welcoming our guests to a fun loving experience in the place we love to call home!

When you arrive you will do so greeted by our experienced team who know how to help you have a great time on your vacation. Vacations are fun and filled with great cheer and good times. We promise to do our best to make sure your time in Big Bear is just what you want it to be.

We look forward to welcoming you to Big Bear!

Our team is waiting........from left to right, Laura Balia, Prospectin' Pete, Slim Pickens, Mike Flaherty

LAST WEEKEND FOR BIG BEAR LAKE OCTOBERFEST

This weekend is the last weekend for the 41st Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest.
There is lots of food, fun, Game booths, Exhibits and so much more. This weekend the Express Band…So-Cals Premier German Band will be performing from 12:30 pm to midnight. At 2:00pm My personal favorite (my son performs) Big Bear Lake Polka Tots will perform. If you have not seen them perform it is a very cute performance with the toddlers. At 3:00pm there will be a children’s Halloween costume contest, at 9:00 pm the adult Halloween Costume Contest and at 11:00pm the closing ceremonies. If you havn’t been yet don’t miss out.

Good Morning Big Bear Lake

Making my favorite coffee at 7/11 on the corner of Summit Blvd. They have about 15 different flavors of coffee there, who could deny favoritism :) I like the blueberry personally, with a blueberry cheesecake danish...mmmmm
Nothing beats hot coffee/chocolate in the morning mountain type environment.
Some of the flavors are;
Blueberry
Chocolate
Raspberry
Colombia
Caramel
Etc...
Come see for yourself

Halloween Light Show from Home Haunter

Here's a twist on an old favorite - The Scare Crow

Normally, scare crows frighten very few aside from the crows flying by. Here's a twist on the normally mute scare crow, this promises to scare many a trick-or-treater! Watch this video and see if you don't agree.

IMPORTANT: for those of you who are looking for a haunters project, this video also gives you a how to at the end.

Happy Scaring!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Beautiful Day In Big Bear

I love when I go outside my breath is visible :) Winter is coming in Big Bear and I am more than ready!!! Skiing is a passion of mine and I have been very patient for some good downhill runs, hoping that the resort is open again by Thanksgiving as it was the last four years.
Snow Summit can make good conditions for us (the impatient skiers) prior to the first snow fall. Come up and see for yourself
Hope to see you on the slopes soon!!!

Yummy Pumpkin Cookies - Learn How To Make these delightful baked cookies for Halloween

Pumpkins aren't just for carving jack-o-lanterns, or for pumpkin pie either. How about cookies? Have you ever tried or made pumpkin cookies? I found this tasty option for all you pumpkin lovers out there. Watch the video. The recipe will follow below......
Delicious pumpkin cookies that are soft and have a cake-like texture! Great for Halloween parties!


Ingredients

1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
cream cheese frosting
sprinkles for decorating (optional)


Directions


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar.
Then add the pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract.
Mix until well combined.
In another bowl, add flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Stir well.
Add flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture and mix well.
Drop mixture by tablespoon onto un-greased cookie sheets.
Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
Bake in oven for 10 - 12 minutes or until edges are golden.
Remove from oven and place on racks to cool.
Once cookies are completely cool, top with cream cheese frosting and decorate with sprinkles.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

There's still time to make a corpse for Halloween - Look Here!

Yes, you heard me. If you want to make a corpse for Halloween here is a helpful video to help you do just that, hint, you won't need to dig anything up!
Have fun.......

The Best Halloween Decoration is Totally Free! Look at This.....

Here's some more Halloween suggestions for cheap decorating.....

How To Make Candy Corn Fudge

Here's a twist on an old favorite. Yes, that's right, candy corn fudge. Check this out and have some early Halloween fun. Make a batch tonight! Break out the old cauldron, this recipe only requires four ingredients.
This is a perfect recipe to have the kids help with. Purchase the ingredients at the local market and whip it up right at the cabin. It's a great Halloween project to do after a fun day in Big Bear. Make your environment a little spooky by turning down the lights, burn firewood in the fireplace to set the mood and get some candles to really set the mood.


This recipe is so good it's positively frightening! Pass it on and share with your friends.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Simple no bake Pumkin Cheese Cake

This recipe is super easy I made it at home.. I used my own grahm cracker crust recipe which is 1 1/4 cups Grahm cracker crumbs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons melted butter
mix it together and press it in the pan
Thats it then you can follow the recipe below for cheese cake



Anyone for a grown up Candy Apple?

Here's an awesome recipe for a good ol' fashion candy apple made by adults. After the video I have posted the ingredient list. Below are tips and advice as well.

 Candy apples are a classic treat enjoyed in the autumn, especially around Halloween.
  Step 1: Gather your equipement
1. Wooden skewers or popsicle sticks - buy them at your local grocery or party supply store.
2. You can also buy bamboo skewers and cut them in half.
3. Candy Thermometer - a candy thermometer is very important, especially if you're making candy apples for the first time. You'll need to make sure your heated sugar reaches the right stage of completion. Judging otherwise cab easily lead you to burnt or underdone coatings. 
4. Make sure your thermometer is accurate. Being off by just a few degrees can mean the difference between delicious and burnt. 
5. Pot for making the candy coating.
6. Second container, bigger than your cooking pot. If you heat your coating to a high enough temperature, you'll fill this container with cold water to submerge and cool the pot with your candy apple coating.
7. Tray or baking sheet for completed apples.
8. Measuring cups and spoons
9. Wooden spoon
10. Pastry brush, to keep sugar from crystallizing as you work.
11. Extra bowls for additional toppings

Choosing Your Apples.....
Making a candy apple is about pairing the sweetness of candy with the right apple. It's exquisite to pair a tart apple with a sweet candy exterior. Of course, if you can't stand tart apples, then pick a sweeter one. However, you want to eschew varieties like Red Delicious, which lacks the firmness required for candy apples, and Rome Beauty, which is primarily used in baking.

RECOMMENDED APPLES INCLUDE:
Breaeburn: Golden-green to red skin, firm, sweetly tart
Fuji: Yellow-green skin, firm, sweet
Golden Delicious: golden skin, firm, sweet
Granny Smith: green skin, very firm, tart
Jonathan: Yellow-red skin, firm, sweetly tart
Jonagold: A hybrid of Jonathan and Golden Delicious, firm skin, tangily sweet
Lady: Red to yellow skin, firm, sweetly tart

Choose smaller apples - they'll be easier to make, eat, and will give you a better candy to apple ratio.

Store bought apples are usually coated with wax, which makes it more difficult to coat them. If possible, buy apples at a farmer's market. Or you can go apple picking and get your own fresh off the tree!
If you have no choice but to use wax-coated apples, quickly dip them in boiling water and then wipe away the wax coating. Chill the apples in the refrigerator until your ready to start making candy apples.


Prepare Your Kitchen

  • Get everything gathered before you put the sugar on the stove. You don't want to rush off for your pastry brush and come back to find a pot full of crystallized sugar.
  1. Put your pastry brush in a cup of warm water.
  2. Butter your baking sheet or tray (or aluminum foil) so it's ready to hold coated apples.
  3. Fill the second, larger, container with ice water, if you plan to cook your candy to 310 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. If you want extra toppings on your apples, place the toppings in separate bowls. Possible toppings include:
  • Candy Corn
  • Toasted coconut flakes
  • Red hots candies 
  • Licorice
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Life Savers candies
  • Nuts
  • Sprinkles
  • Jelly Beans
  • Gummi Bears
  • Dried Fruit 

Get Your Apples Ready

  1. Check the apples for firmness and bruising before using.
  2. Remove the stems from good apples.
  3. Wash and dry your apples.
  4. Insert the wooden skewers or popsicle sticks.

Make the Candy Coating

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup. Use light corn syrup if you want to color your coating.
  • 2 cups sugar. If you use brown sugar your candy coating will take on its darker color. The molasses in the sugar may also make your mixture more susceptible to burning.
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 3/4 tsp food coloring (optional)http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/candy-appleshttp://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/candy-apples-recipe2/index.html http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,candy_apples,FF.html
Directions:
  1. Place the ingredients listed above (and any variation you choose to add) in a saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat.
  3. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
    • You want the sugar to dissolve before the mixture boils; this will help prevent crystallization.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil.
    • Reduce the heat to a medium-low flame if you are using brown sugar. This will take longer, but if you have the heat on a higher flame you risk burning the sugar.
  5. Don't stir the sugar mixture once it begins to boil], to avoid crystallizing the candy. Instead, use your pastry brush to brush the pot's sides with warm water, to prevent crystals from forming.http://www.post-gazette.com/food/20021017mailbo1017fnp1.asp
  6. Simmer until the candy reaches 290 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Remove the candy from heat when it's at 290 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Sugar is at the soft-crack stage at this temperature.http://baking.about.com/od/candy/a/tempchart.htm For a lighter, more brittle candy shell, heat the sugar more. Remove it from heat when it's between 300 and 310 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • If you heat the sugar to 310 degrees Fahrenheit, place the pot in a cold water bath when you remove it from the stove, to stop the sugar from cooking. http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/candy-apples http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/candy-apples-recipe2/index.html http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,candy_apples,FF.html

 Coat Your Apples

  • When the candy mixture is ready, work quickly to coat the apples, before it hardens.
  1. Dip your apples, holding the wooden stick, and submerge completely in the candy.
    • Tilt the pot as necessary and spoon candy over the apples for full coating.
  2. If using additional toppings, dip the apples in them before the candy shell hardens.
  3. Place apples on the waiting tray or sheet.
  4. When all your apples are covered, place them in the refrigerator to cool.
  • Once your apples have cooled, you can eat and enjoy! Make sure to eat them within three days of making them.
  • If you're giving the apples as gifts, you can place them in plastic or cellophane bags (once they've cooled) and tie off with ribbons.










Sunday, October 23, 2011

How To Make Candy Corn - America's #1 Favorite Halloween Candy

What would Halloween be without candy corn? Not the same to me. For all you enthusiasts out there, try making this special little treat. Here's a little help. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

It's Getting Close to Party Time!

Well, as October evenings grow darker moving toward the end of the month. More and more people are asking for more party ideas. I've been seeing some great home haunt displays and will continue to share the wealth as time permits.

In the meantime, I would love to encourage you to send in your pictures and/or recipes of anything pertaining to the Halloween Holiday.

Don't forget to stock up on lots of candy, you know how you use to talk about the neighbors who didn't have candy or kept their lights off so that no one would come by. They are just bah hum buggers!

Think about how bad you would feel if a little treater came to your door just when you ran out of candy, or, worse yet, you didn't buy any! Don't disappoint the little gremlins, after all, it's really their time to have fun!

At Gold Rush Resort Rentals we love to have fun and make sure our guests are greeted with a smile. Our plan is to dress up in costume for our guests the whole weekend before the holiday as well as on Halloween. Come on by and receive a treat from us, we'd love to see you stop by in costume.

More on the Big Bear Oktoberfest - Music and Dancing

Have you ever heard real German musicians play the traditional music of Germany? Here it is, bring your kids for a different kind of experience. The Oktoberfest is like bringing a lil part of German culture and traditions over to our corner of the world. 

Posted here are couples dancing one of the traditional dances. Enjoy!

Oktoberfest celebrations continue thru the end of the month. Should you wish further information you are welcome to call our toll free number at 800 363-8303 for help.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Free Pass Tonight for "Panic In The Park" Haunted Attraction



Attention to all you people who like to be frightened! This is a red alert, Free, Free, Free, did you hear me? Free tickets to Panic In The Park, Big Bear's frightful haunted attraction opens tonight!

All those who come will get a free pass to a return visit. Attendees must be a minimum of 10 years old to go thru the attraction. Held at the Meadow Park Gym, the spooking hour begins at 6:00 PM and continues thru to 9:00 PM.

Their in-house goblins are looking forward to scaring you soon!

Bring all your friends and family, after all, you wouldn't want to leave anyone behind would you?

See you there.......

Southern California's Best Oktoberfest - Big Bear Lake

That's right, Big Bear Lake is home to the best Oktoberfest in Southern California. Come on up and check it out for yourself. The Oktoberfest runs each weekend and ends on Sunday, Oct. 30th.

Starting in mid September every year and ending just before Halloween. Guests come from miles around to make this event a family favorite.

Take a trip, you'll find the experience well worth the ride. Have you ever been to an Oktoberfest celebration?
Well, now is as good as any to get your groove on and try it, we guarantee you'll like it!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Anyone for Chicken? No, I don't mean are you hungry, how about a dance?

Alright! Yes, yes, yes, I know. We like to eat but do a dance like a chicken?? I'm not sure about that. Well, the Germans really have made this a favorite. What would an Oktoberfest be without doing the chicken dance?

Here's some fun loving folks having a great time doing the chicken dance. Anyone remember a dance called the "Funky Chicken"?  Yes, believe it or not, there was a dance by that name in the early 70's. Ooops, am I showing my age?   Anyway, check this video out.  Lots of people having fun, want to try?

Free Pumpkins from Century 21 Bonnie Blue in Big Bear Lake

Hey everyone! Don't forget, this Saturday starting at 10:00 AM there's Halloween festivities and fun at 40016 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake. It's on the Gold Rush Resort Rentals property.

The Century 21 Team will be there to meet and greet you as well as pass out trick or treat candies, do face painting and a variety of games. You are also encouraged to wear a costume. Prizes are awarded in many categories.

In preparation of the big event, the pumpkins were delivered today! Lots of big ones.....come early, bring your camera and have loads of fun!

Spook at you later........LOL!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Best Autumn Treat - Caramel Covered Apples

Here's a fun treat that is also healthy, well, somewhat. This is a fun little project to work with the kids on when you are staying in one of our cabins winding down on a cool Autumn evening. If you've never tried making them before your kids will remember the fun for a long time to come.

More kids are guaranteed to eat their fruit when its covered in the creamy goodness of a little caramel and maybe add a little chocolate and other goodies. I came across this set of videos and thought it would be of interest to all you preparing for the spooky holiday. Part 1 also has fun footage of all kinds of dogs dressed up in their spooky best for the holiday festivities.

Don't go away, continue the video by watching part 2

Beer Chugging Contest at the Oktoberfest in Big Bear Lake California

Well, now I've seen everything. How about a beer chugging contest? As I mentioned in my other posts, Oktoberfest has all kinds of interesting events within an event. Here is another favorite of the guests who come to enjoy the celebrations.

 They have a contest for the men, of course!

Equal time for women too!

The Spirit of Children

This is a really great program that I just came across while out shopping for Halloween costumes. I went to a spirit Halloween store in the SanBernardino area and the money donated goes to Hospitals in that area. Check it out.

41st Annual Oktoberfest In Big Bear Lake - Log Sawing Contest

Big Bear has hosted an Oktoberfest celebration for 41 years now. It's reputation is widely known as the best Oktoberfest in Southern California. Many of Germany's traditions are followed here. There's lots of things to see and do, besides eating traditional German delicacies and drinking some awesome German beer, there's also a variety of contests that take place.

One of the contests are the women's log sawing contest. Below is a video on the 2011 winning team.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Big Horn Mountain Men Of Big Bear Lake - Try Your Hand at Black Powder Shooting

Come one and all to the “Bighorn Mountain Men Monthly Shoot”, there is an event the first Sunday of every month. Beginning at 9AM.

The organization is dedicated to promoting interest and understanding in the art of buckskinning, and the legal and safe use of muzzle loading firearms.

They hold a black powder shoot at a local range beginning at 9AM the first Sunday of each month. The organization also sponsors a Rendezvous each year in the San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear, California.

The BHMM members will gladly teach prospective members interested in learning about mountain men and their skills - shooting, camping, archery, and cooking. We have the muzzleloaders & supplies so you can try your hand before investing in any equipment.

The Rendezvous will allow attendees to see how they lived, dressed, traded and survived in the 1700’s to early 1800’s in the American West.

With flint fires, Dutch oven cooking, leatherwork, basket making, tomahawk throwing, knife throwing and target shooting. See how these mountain men lived in tepees and tents.

You can also purchase primitive clothing from the Trade Good’s. There will be refreshments available at Trader’s Row.

For more information on this organization or the Rendezvous event call (951) 780-9331 or (951) 785-0727 or visit to there website.

Free Pumpkins - Count Me In!

pumpkin-event


Century 21 hosted Bonnie Blue’s annual Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, right here at the Gold Rush Resort Rentals property. The event was from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the pumpkins were all gone just before 1PM.

This event is an annual event for the community. There are free pumpkins of your choice, music, treats, a costume contest and prizes.

Gold Rush Resort Rentals is at 40016 Big Bear Blvd., Big Bear Lake. All families are encouraged to get into the Halloween spirit and enjoy the festivities.

We look forward to next years celebration, the dates are usually the Saturday before the holiday. Don't forget to mark your calendar now for next year!

Why not have an "INDOOR" Campout in a Big Bear Cabin?!

smores-bar 
This is a super easy and inexpensive way to give the kids the feel of camping right in your own back yard, from the comfort of your own home or one of our gorgeous rental cabins!

First and most important, the tent. Just a small pop tent is needed, but you will also need a few sleeping bags or if you don’t have any some pillows and blankets will work just the same. A fire is nice touch but again not needed to have a great time! Fireplaces work well for a campfire effect.

For dinner have a BBQ, make some hamburgers for the bigger kids (or adults as may choose to call ‘em) and maybe some hot dogs for the littler ones. After dinner for some definite fun and probably the most important food part of camping are…the S’mores! Now,  like I said a campfire is not needed for this special recipe, your oven is going to do the job!

You should start preparing the s’mores before dinner so they are ready to grab right after.
Here’s the list of items you will need:
• 8 cups – Golden Grams or Cinnamon Grahams cereal
• 5 cups – miniature marshmallows
• 1 ½ cups – Chocolate Chips
• ¼ cup – light corn syrup
• 5 Tbls. – butter or margarine
• 1 Teas. – Vanilla
• 1 cup miniature marshmallows, if desired

Here’s what you need to do:
• Butter 13x9-inch pan. Into large bowl, measure cereal, if you spray your bowl with cooking spray before using it, you'll have less mess to clean when you're done. In 3-quart saucepan, heat 5 cups marshmallows, the chocolate chips, corn syrup and butter over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted; remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
• Pour over cereal; quickly toss until completely coated. Stir in 1 cup marshmallows
• Press mixture evenly in pan, using buttered back of spoon. Let stand uncovered at least 1 hour, or refrigerate if you prefer a firmer bar. For bars, cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store loosely covered at room temperature up to 2 days.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.
Make it Easier with this variation
• Instead of using the stovetop, microwave 5 cups marshmallows, the chocolate chips, corn syrup and butter uncovered in large microwavable bowl on High 2 minutes to 3 minutes 30 seconds, stirring after every minute, until melted and smooth when stirred. Stir in vanilla. Continue as directed in recipe.

As you grab those tasty S’more bars, you should delight in telling scary ghost tales, girly fairy tales or do a “story round” where the first person starts the story, the next person will continue it and each person adds a little more just a line or two, until you come to the end!
These are great ways to keep our imaginations active and create special memories with our families. I hope you enjoy the recipe and take the next chance you have to create an indoor campout!

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Big Bear Visitor Center - A Great Resource For Activities In Big Bear Lake

Finding your way to the Official Big Bear Lake Visitors' Center is easy. They are located at 630 Bartlett Road right in the village.

Stocked with an array of information on activities and events in the Big Bear Valley. Find out where to hike, bike, take a guided Eagle Tour or an off-road adventure. The Visitors Center is staffed with knowledgeable and friendly associates who will answer all of your questions. They will direct you toward information from real estate and dining to pet-sitting, child-care and where to get that long awaited massage. At the Visitors Center, you'll also find maps for hiking, biking, fishing and picnic and recreational areas.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Have a Happy Thanksgiving in Big Bear! It's Not Too Early, Really!

Ok, it is a little early to be thinking about turkey, stuffing, cranberries, mashed potatoes and gravy, pies, and grog!  However, it isn't too early if you plan on spending it in Beautiful Big Bear Valley!
Did you know that Thanksgiving is our most popular weekend for rentals?  That means, first come-first served!  So don't get left out in the cold (seriously)!

Give us a call and we can book a cabin for you and your kin!  We can sleep anywhere from 2 folks to over 45!  Yep, that's right....BUT, pickins get slimmer the longer you wait!

We hear we might even have snow by Thanksgiving this year.  I know the slopes will be blowing something for our skiing friends and I know we have a cabin with a fireplace waiting for you!

We look forward to hearing from you

Dapper Dans Barbershop Quartet from Disneyland

You haven't had enough of Halloween stuff yet have you? Good! If you haven't visited the happiest place on earth during the Halloween season then here's another treat for you.

These great guys are called the, "Dapper Dans", here they are singing, This Is Halloween.

The Big Bear Queen, The Best History Lesson On Big Bear Lake

The skipper of the Big Bear Queen, Chris, has lived in Big Bear his entire life. His Grandfather moved to Big Bear in 1924.

When you take a tour on the Big Bear Queen you get the history of Big Bear all the way prior to the developement of the man made lake through to the present day.

The history of the cattle ranching days before the first dam was built then proceeds to tell the story of the people and purposes they had in making Big Bear Valley into what it is today.

The history includes the early pioneer gold mining operations, the first dam placement to make the lake for irrigation in Redlands, the speak-easy days, early cabins and vacation spots of the lake's builders, etc.

Many celebrities have lived and vacationed around the lake, part of the tour points many of their properties out. New lakefront construction goes on to this day, the information is so detailed that they even tell you how much they cost as well as the square footage of each. In short, this is the best history lesson you will ever receive for a mere $15 price tag.

The 2pm tour is guaranteed to run each day during the summer. This is the only tour in Big Bear to do this. Other tours at 12pm and 4pm may be available.

The Big Bear Queen is a smaller boat and can get much closer to the shoreline, not to mention the tour is also $5 cheaper.

We recommend wearing long pants and a wind breaker, even on sunny days, the wind from the lake can make for a chilly experience at times. Layer your clothes for optimum comfort.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

White Chocolate Candy Corn Cupcakes for your Halloween Holiday

Who doesn't like candy corn? Well, how about candy corn cupcakes? Doesn't that sound yummy?
 Well, candy isn't the only sweet for the holiday. Check out this rendition of a new twist on a regular cupcake. Don't forget to adjust things if you are staying in one of our cabins, check out our suggestions for high altitude baking.

Making Candy Apples are Easy for These Two Kids

How many of you enjoy a great scarily scrumptious candy apple for Halloween? 
Lots of people think making candy apples is a difficult process, although it can be tricky, we thought you'd get a howl out of these two cute lil' punkins doin the job!
Chef Jeremy and sou chef Joel make an awesome team in the kitchen. We can't wait to see what other things they will contribute in the future! With up and coming chefs like them we are guaranteed to have epicurean delights to die for!

Another Hit From Sindy Skinless and the Decomposers

It's a great night for more fright! Here's a new twist on an old song.......See if you can guess what song this parodies.   Look below for the answer.

 
The name of this rendition is called, "Rise Up Ye Buried Gentlemen"
The original song is "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", an endearing Christmas Carole

Hike Big Bear's Pacific Crest Trail

Here is a great chance to see a section of the beautiful Pacific Crest Trail.

The PCT as it's called by enthusiasts is a 2, 650mile trail stretching from Mexico through three western states all the way to Canada!

On this hike, led by a naturalist from the valley, you will learn about the natural history of the area.

The hike is suitable for beginning hikers all the way to experts. So bring the whole family. Starting at 9 and continuing through 2pm, there is a gourmet lunch included and they’ll even get you there.

Just show up to the Discovery Center about 8:45 and you will be on your way to the natural beauty of the PCT that has been enjoyed by many!

The hike is limited to only 12 people and costs $30 for each person ages 10 and up. Reservations are required just call (909) 382-2790 or (909) 866-3437 for reservations.

Thousands of hikers and equestrians take on this quest each year. Some will only travel a few miles, while others complete the entire 2,650 miles in just one season!

The route was first explored in the late 1930s by teams of young men from the YMCA. Once proven usable, trail pioneers Clinton Clarke and Warren Rogers asked the federal government to secure a border-to-border trail passage.

They were unable to get the entire trail linked and had to settle for several disconnected trails along the crest of each state.

Mostly through the efforts of hikers and equestrians, the PCT was eventually designated one of the first scenic trails in the National Trails System authorized by Congress in 1968, and was dedicated in 1993.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Home Made Haunted Mansion Display for Halloween

Would you believe this home haunter made their version of their Haunted Mansion display in approximately two weeks, 30 hours? This was done using Photoshop and IMovie.

Continuing on my quest for sharing the holiday I sooooo much enjoy, Here's a cool home haunt that features a light show and a 12 foot tall singing pumpkin face, dancing skeletons, and animated pumpkin patch and several giant spiders. Hope you all enjoy!

Historical Information and Facts about the Big Bear Dam

The first historical dam of Big Bear was constructed by Frank E. Brown and E.G. Judson. They were looking for a new water source for their newly developed agricultural community: the town of Redlands.

In 1879, they looked toward the mountains for this additional water. 4 years later in 1883 he organized the Bear Valley Land and Water Company, purchased the necessary land, and in the summer of 1883 began construction of an ashlar rock dam.

This dam was completed in December of 1884. It was 60 feet high and 300 feet wide and contained 3304 yards of rockwork and 1600 barrels of cement. The total cost for labor and materials was $68,000.

At that time, the Bear Valley Dam created the largest man-made lake in the world, and was also considered the Eighth Wonder of the World because it held!
In 1911, J.S. Eastwood built the present multiple-arch dam, which tripled the capacity of the lake to 73,000 acre-feet. This dam was twenty feet higher and cost $138,000 to construct. This 1911 dam was reinforced in 1988 to comply with increased earthquake safety standards at a cost of nearly $13,000,000!

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Big Bear Museum

Visitors to Big Bear should consider making a stop at the Big Bear Valley Historical Museum. The museum showcases numerous exhibits from Native American's to the Gold Rush, Early Cattle Ranching including an Authentic Chuck Wagon, Working Blacksmiths. The kids can even pan for pyrite in the gold panning area.

An 1875 cabin that is the oldest standing structure in the valley is on display. The Dobel Schoolhouse built in 1906 is also on display. A fully restored working stamp mill, buggies, local pioneer artifacts, glassware and countless items are exhibited for all who wish to look into the past.

All the cabins are authentic period artifacts with docents happy to inform you about their history.

The Museum is owned and operated by the Big Bear Valley Historical Society, manned by an all volunteer staff and is a nonprofit organization.

The Museum doors opened in 1982, there have been many renewals and historical donations in the past few years.

Open from Memorial Day in May to the first Sunday in October, located at 800 Greenway in Big Bear City, across from the east end of the airport runway.

Days open are Weds, Sat, Sundays & Holiday Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. There is a $3.00 donation required for Adults over 14 years. Kids 14 and under are free with paying adult admission.

Phone (909) 585-8100

Some Big Bear History

Today, Big Bear Lake is Southern California's most popular mountain resort, providing all season recreation for millions of people annually. Surrounded by a vast pine forest, this spectacular mountain top valley is often called an Island in the Sky, and many have chosen to make their permanent homes in this special place.

The wonder of this high country has been known for ages, as the Serrano Indians came here some 2,500 yrs. ago. Serrano's are the Shoshone tribe and are thought to have come from Wind River area of Wyoming. Their original name for Big Bear was Yuhaviat, meaning "pine place".

The Spanish called these Shoshone, "Serrano's", meaning mountaineer. For centuries, Bear Valley was a favorite hunting and food gathering source for these peace loving people.

After the Indians, there have been trappers, prospectors, miners, road contractors, cattlemen, lumbermen, dam builders, resort developers, fox farmers, movie makers, sub-dividers, and ski area creators.

Modern History began on a warm day in mid-July of 1845, when Benjamen D. Wilson led a party of 22 hard riding Californians down through the pines into a lush meadow ringed by mountains. They were the first civilized men to ever visit this beautiful valley which seemed alive with bear. Wilson was quick to name it and a nearby lake after the giant Grizzlies that were so profuse.

Hope you enjoyed some of the history on Big Bear.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fun Halloween History Facts Coming From Big Bear Lake

Here is a fun way to share some Halloween History and fun facts. In searching out the information I "dug" up this little jem and thought it would be a spooktacular treat to let you see it too. I think you'll agree it's better to watch and listen rather than read text.
Hopefully you will agree......


Well, what did ya think? Good? Fun? Share this with others.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Big Bear Lake has Free Pumpkins, Games, Treats, Live Music & More

Yes, you are hearing it here first. Bonnie Blue will once again be bringing hundreds of pumpkins to give out to attendee's at her annual pumpkin fair and celebration. This year, as in years past, they are expecting more than 800 pumpkins in their pumpkin patch.
Everyone's invited to enjoy the afternoon. There will be treats for adults and kids alike. Make sure to wear your costume because there will be prizes awarded in a number of categories.
In past years there has been face painting, bean bag toss, fish for prizes and more games for extra fun. Live music has also been a big hit. This year promises to be even more fun than ever!



The festivities begin at 10:00 PM, Saturday,Oct.22nd and continues until the last pumpkin leaves the patch.

Location: Gold Rush Resort Rentals
40016 Big Bear Blvd.
Big Bear Lake, Ca. 92315

Plenty of parking throughout the neighborhood.

Here's a little short from "Round Town With Ron"

Friday, October 7, 2011

A Brief History on Halloween


The word Halloween is first documented in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variation of  All Hallows Even ("evening"), which means that it represents the night before All Hallows Day. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English, the term All Hallows Even, was not used until 1556. Today we use the term, All Hallows Eve.

The symbols we currently associate with Halloween developed over time.  The carving of jack-o'-lanterns came from the custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the departed souls thought to be held in purgatory.  The turnip has traditionally been used in Ireland and Scotland at Halloween. It was immigrants to North  America that used the pumpkin due to it being readily available and much larger in size. Our American tradition of carving pumpkins dates back to 1837 and was originally associated with harvest time in general. It became widely associated with Halloween in the mid-to-late 19th century.

Disguising yourself and dressing in costume going from door to door for food or coins is a traditional Halloween custom dating back as early as 1895. In Scotland and Ireland, the practice was known as "Guising", children disguised in costumes carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips. They visited homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit and money. “Guising at Halloween did not come to North America until 1911. 

Trick-or-treating is a customary celebration for children on Halloween. Why do we say "Trick or treat?" The word "trick" referred to a (mostly idle) "threat" to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. Still today, in some parts of Scotland, it is customary for children that go “guising” to perform some sort of trick, sing songs, or tell a ghost story to earn their treats.

There's so much more to the story then we have shared here. If you wish to learn more please visit this website


Did you know that one quarter of all candy sold in the United States is sold at Halloween?

The first mass-produced Halloween costumes appeared in stores in the 1930s when trick-or-treating was becoming popular in the United States.



Halloween Candy Corn Bark


What would a true good old fashioned Halloween be without candy corn in some way? I remember the smell and taste of candy corn from my childhood, it always brings a smile to my face. 

Believe it or not, candy corn is one of the most popular candies associated with the frightful holiday. Don't forget the pumpkin mallow cremes, mmm good!

Here's a really simple, fun, and rich treat to make for Halloween! This recipe has a great sweet and salty combination. It combines oreo cookies, pretzels, white chocolate and candy corn for a spooktacular treat!


They've even included their outtakes in this video.

This colorful and creative candy corn cookie bark recipe makes a perfect Halloween treat. If you don't like candy corn, you can substitute M&M's or Reeses Pieces, or do your version of this Halloween cookie bark.

Makes about 16 Portions of Halloween Candy Corn Cookie Bark

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 14 to 16 whole Oreos, broken up (use the orange Halloween oreos if you can find them)
  • 1 1/2 cups mini pretzels, broken into pieces
  • 1 lb white chocolate wafers (Wiltons or Guittard brand)
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • brown and orange colored sprinkles as needed

Preparation:

Place waxed paper on large cookie sheet. Spread cookies, pretzels and about 3/4 cup of the candy corn into a 13x9-inch rectangle on the waxed paper.

Place chocolate in glass measuring cup and heat in microwave for about 1½ minutes. Stir and then microwave for about another 30 seconds until melted and smooth.

Drizzle melted chocolate immediately over cookie mixture, spreading with spatula (if needed) to coat evenly. Top with reserved candy corn and colored sprinkles. Work quickly before chocolate hardens.

Place into refrigerator until firm. Remove and gently break apart into small pieces for serving. Store in airtight container.

Jack-O-Lanterns Singing the Ghost Busters Theme Song

What would Halloween be without a tune from the Ghost Busters? I remember this movie fondly. The Ghost  Busters movie was such a hit at our house, it really made an impression. My son is currently 27 years old. If you asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, the first thing he said was, "A Ghost Buster!".

Anyway, here's a creative window display from a home haunters window. We thought you may find this frightfully entertaining. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Halloween Carols By Sindy Skinless and her Graveyard Quartet

Here's something every Halloween enthusiast will just die for! Don't loose your head, but these guys are just dieing to preform.




Was this worth watching or what?

The Big Bear Werewolf

Big Bear has been a popular place for filming for many years. Many movies have been shot throughout locations in Big Bear that include some very famous faces.

Cecil B. DeMille  was one of the first Hollywood producers to use Big Bear as a location for filming. The second film that DeMille had ever made was made in Big Bear, it was, "The Call of the North", although a newby to the film industry, the movie was critically acclaimed as a success which firmly established him as a major director.

Camp Cedar Lake, a popular local in Big Bear proved to be irresistible to movie moguls. Its beauty and peaceful surroundings and private location made for a perfect spot for filming. The movie industry began filming at the Camp in the mid-1930s. Studios such as 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Paramount, and Warner Brothers have all produced films here through the years. Television shows such as “Bonanza”, “Lassie”, “FBI Story”, and “Hart to Hart” were also filmed here. An Elvis Presley movie, Kissing Cousins was filmed at the old saw mill in the 1960's.

Stars such as Ed Asner, Henry Fonda, Hayley Mills, Elvis Presley, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and John Wayne have all starred in and/or produced films on the premises. Television shows such as "Bonanza" "FBI Story" and "Hart to Hart" were also filmed here at Cedar Lake Camp.

Digging deeper, on a Halloween level, I discovered that the classic ’80s slasher film, Friday The 13th was filmed at the lake. Digging even deeper I stumbled upon this interesting video where it highlights excerpts from a 1956 Werewolf movie made in Big Bear while also showing what that specific area depicted in the film looks like today. It's great, you can actually recognize it even though the film was made so long ago.

Take a look - it's a "Howl" (pun intended, LOL)

Wicked Witch Fingers

Browsing around for sumptuous  ideas with a Halloween inspiration for entertaining. I came across this fun idea of how to take regular bread dough and turn it into some "finger" licking good eats! Add this to your party fair, its easy and party goers are bound to remember them for many years after.

Here's an interesting twist using ready made refrigerated bread dough.

Spooky Halloween Punch

This punch recipe is a good one for a change from the typical ones circulating from years ago. As you can see it's very similar to the black passion punch but it adds juices. You might prefer this one for the kids.
Here's a little twist to the black passion punch, this rendition uses sparkling cider with juice.
Enjoy!



Items used-
♥ Sparkling Cider
♥ Cran-grape juice
♥ Gummy worms
♥ Gummy fish
♥ Food coloring
♥ Large punch bowl
♥ Punch spoon
♥ Small glass bowls
♥ Super cute Halloween cup! (optional) :)

Black Passion Punch for Halloween

It's time to start thinking about the punch for the party. Don't go using the same boring punch as in years past. Here's a recipe that is sure to please and is definitely different, especially the yummy color!

Here's a punch that's guaranteed to get the party started! It is a non alcoholic beverage so it will be friendly for children as well as adults.  I would serve the punch in a black cauldron for even more creepy atmosphere!

The color of this punch really screams Halloween! Eek!



Ingredients:
1 envelope unsweetened grape drink mix
1 envelope orange drink mix
2 cups sugar
3 quarts cold water
1 2-liter bottle ginger ale
2 disposable gloves
Make a frozen hand by filling gloves with water, seal with a rubber band and freeze until hard. When ready to use, dip hand in warm water quickly, then peel off glove. Stir together grape and orange drink mixes with sugar and water. Float hands in liquid and serve.

Intro to our Halloween Category



In the "Spirit" of the season, we welcome you to the area of our blog that is dedicated to "All Things Pertaining To Halloween". We will post various information through out the year,not just during the season.

Since the spooky holiday is one of my favorites, I am known as the "Queen of Halloween," I thought it would be a great idea to give Halloween its own Title and category within the blog to help our guests get information about anything we post regarding the theme.

If you are a Halloween enthusiast, as I consider myself to be, you are going to enjoy browsing this area. I will be adding posts as I am able. Specific subjects will include the history, recipes geared to the theme, Halloween party ideas, general events in and around Big Bear, Halloween themed events close to Big Bear held in Southern California, pumpkin carving, as well as videos of decorated homes etc.

Let us know what you think about the info. We look forward to hearing from happy haunters everywhere. Also, you can visit our website and enter any of your Halloween pictures you wish to share. Click on this link for information regarding our contest or just submitting pictures for sharing.

We have some Spooktacular things to share....


So, here is my Halloween treat to You!
To set the mood, turn out your lights, burn a few candles, and put on some scary music......

HAPPY HAUNTING!

Big Bear In Autumn

Autumn in Big Bear is so beautiful. It's my absolute favorite time of the year. The colors of the season are warm and brilliant. The fall colors can be seen through out the San Bernardino Mountains. It's a lot cheaper to make a trip up the hill then travel all the way over to the east coast and see the changing of the leaves.

The weather turns to cooler temps., fireplaces become a focus, and the mood all around is just warm and cozy. This time of year is great for baking, pies, cakes, and bread!

Even though the summer crowds have waned, Big Bear still offers visitors many things to do. There's always events scheduled throughout the year and the fall is no exception.

Big Bear has its own farmers market that still happens in October. Farmers from around the local area bring their finest to offer to the general public. Fresh fruit and vegetables abound as well as an unique gifts. You will find an eclectic array of goods that will temp your wallet. The farmers market is open to the general public on Tuesdays only.

We have the Big Bear Trout Fest that just took place October 1 & 2. This event is an annual event that anglers compete for $130,000 in cash & prizes!

This year Big Bear celebrates 41 years of hosting Southern California's rated no.1 Oktoberfest Event. This event is beloved by locals and tourists alike. Held at the Big Bear Convention Center every year.
Another event that is relatively new but gaining in popularity is the Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Fest. This is it's third year showcasing horror and sci-fi film screenings. Special guest appearances and more to entice you to attend. This event is held at the Performing Arts Center in the Boulder Bay area of Big Bear Lake.
You can get a multitude of information by visiting their website.

Boo In The Zoo is happening on October 29th this year. It's a great opportunity to use your costume more than once. Everyone is encouraged to dress their spooky best and trick or treat throughout the zoo. Attendants will get to see the animals receive their treats as well as play games and more.

Big Bear Parks and Recreations is hosting a Haunted House during the spooky season on October 21,22,28,29,&30th. Hours of operation is from 6:00PM - 9:00PM.
Meadow Park
41220 Park Ave.
Big Bear Lake, Ca. 92315
Admission is $5.00 per person

Start your tricks and collecting your treats early on halloween! The Stater Bros. Shopping Center is welcoming Trick-Or-Treaters to their location for fun on Halloween beginning at 2:00 PM.

Halloween in the Village is Octobers big culmination! The village is blocked off to vehicular traffic so that children and families have a safe place to trick-or-treat! All the retailers in the village hand out candy and treats starting at 4:30 PM thru 8:00 PM. When Halloween has fallen on a weekend this event has been known to attract upwards of 5000 treaters. Don't you worry, there's plenty of room to roam without feeling overwhelmed.