Fall Sweets to Bake in November

Posted on November 5, 2020 by Warren Duffie

Sweet potato, pumpkin, apple—these are a few of the ingredients that flourish in the fall, so it makes sense they’d also play a starring role in your baked goods. If you’re looking for some sweet autumn treats to make this month that are a little more creative than pumpkin muffins and apple pie, try these recipes.

Gingery Sweet Potato Pie [Country Living]
The distinct addition of ginger lends a rich, complex flavor to this otherwise traditional sweet potato pie. You can make your own pie crust or buy one pre-made to cut back on prep time. Then bake about four small sweet potatoes and mash them with milk, eggs, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and, of course, sugar. Fill the pie crust with the sweet mixture, bake it, and top with homemade (or storebought) whipped cream.

Pumpkin Crisp [Delish]
Sure, pumpkin pie is delicious, but pumpkin crisp in a cast-iron skillet? You really can’t beat that. This recipe guides you in mixing together pumpkin puree, eggs pumpkin pie spice, heavy cream, and vanilla with ample amounts of sugar. Next, you’ll craft a crumbly topping using flour, brown sugar, salt, butter, and pecans. Pour the creamy mixture into a greased cast-iron skillet, sprinkle the buttery crumbs on top, and bake for about 45 minutes—then enjoy a slice a la mode.

Apple Dumpling Bake [Taste of Home]
This recipe is much easier than apple pie, and it features one unexpected ingredient: Mountain Dew. Apple slices wrapped in crescent rolls simmer in the sweet, bubbly beverage with sugar, butter, and cinnamon for about 35 minutes. The result? Flaky, golden-brown rolls bearing the perfect balance of tart Granny Smith apples and sweet soda and sugar. For an extra-delicious dessert, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Shop Hostess Gifts, Home Decor and More at Lou Lou in Reston

Posted on by Warren Duffie

Both a quaint local boutique and an extensive online store, Lou Lou offers many options for shoppers. Its local Reston outpost is open again for in-person business, as are sister locations up and down the East Coast. But if you’re not quite ready to don your mask and shop at the store, the on-trend jewelry, clothing, and gifts are available on the website, as well.

Fast shipping means you won’t have to wait long for a gift to arrive. Treat yourself or a friend to a pair of earrings hung with slices of pastel-toned stone, or a few delicate rings shape like the ocean waves. Bring home a comfy sweater in a muted autumn pink or a cozy sherpa jacket for your fall walks. Or simply browse the giftable odds and ends, like pumpkin candles and Frasier fir–scented soap.

Sourdoughnuts: Doughnuts Delivered to Your Door at The Avant

Posted on by Warren Duffie

Great news for anyone who wants to stay home and savor a doughnut: Sourdoughnuts delivers. In fact, it almost exclusively delivers. The newly opened eatery does provide a pickup option at Herndon’s Elden Street Tea Shop on Thursdays, but other than that, your only options are to have the gluten-free doughnuts delivered to your doorstep on Fridays, Saturdays, or certain Sundays.

Treat yourself to a classic, like the powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, or vanilla glaze doughnuts, or try one capped with chocolate, lemon, or strawberry icing. Depending on the season, you’ll also find a few special offerings on the menu. For fall, Sourdoughnuts is doling out pumpkin, chai, and butterbeer doughnuts. Stay tuned for eggnog, gingerbread, and chocolate cherry doughnuts in the winter. You can also try mini doughnuts, filled doughnuts, or even a gluten-free sourdough soft pretzel.

Welcome the Holiday Spirit to Reston!

Posted on November 22, 2018 by

We all know that the day after Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season. Here at the Reston Town Center, this launch is taken to a higher level with an all-day celebration of all things yuletide! From Gingerbread Man races and the Holiday Day Parade to Santa’s arrival and the tree-lighting ceremony, the Reston Town Center will help you get into the holiday spirit!

Below is a schedule of all the events held on Friday, November 23rd. For more information, visit https://restontowncenter.com/holidays/. We can’t wait to share in the good cheer with you!

8 a.m.

All stores, restaurants, and ice skating open early.

There’s also the Gingerbread Man Mile Race for Kids, sponsored by Potomac River Running.

11 a.m.

Experience the 28th Annual Reston Holiday Parade!

See Macy’s-style balloons, marching bands, dancers, antique cars, community groups, costume characters, and more welcoming the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage.

12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The merriment continues as Santa and Mrs. Claus head to the information center for afternoon visits and photo ops. There also will be mini-train rides. All donations will benefit local charities.

5 p.m.

The Conservatory Ballet will give a spirited holiday performance of music and dance in front of the holiday tree in Fountain Square.

6 p.m.

Tree lighting and sing along in Fountain Square.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in a horse-drawn carriage to light the huge holiday tree, followed by a half-hour of traditional songs led by The Reston Chorale and a brass quintet.

6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Horse-drawn carriage rides.

All proceeds benefit local charities. $5 per person; children 5 and under ride free with adult.

Ice-Skating Season is Here!

Posted on November 2, 2018 by

Although the D.C. area has enjoyed some pretty warm weather lately, that hasn’t stopped the Reston Town Center from kicking off ice-skating season in super style. From November 9, 2018, until March 10, 2019, the floor of the Pavilion has been transformed into a gleaming ice skating rink. It’s like an indoor winter wonderland, even if the temperature outside is less than bone-rattling chilly!

Rent some skates and enjoy a fun, unique exercise regimen. Have you always wanted to learn to ice skate? Then this is the perfect time to partner with an instructor and tackle that dream! Need ideas for a memorable birthday party, corporate function, or fundraising event? Book the ice skating rink for a cool – literally! – celebration. Or just bring the family out for a day of bonding and building memories.

Learn more at http://restontowncenter.com/skating.

Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion
1818 Discovery Street
Reston, Virginia
(703) 709-6300
http://restontowncenter.com/skating

Share Yuletide Joy with Toys for Tots!

Posted on November 23, 2017 by

Do you love the look on a child’s face as he or she opens a brand-new gift? Would you like to spread the joy of the holidays to a youngster in need? Then stop by one of several building lobby locations throughout the Reston Town Center, and donate a toy to the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program!

The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute them as gifts to less fortunate children in the community. Unwrapped toys will be collected in brightly colored, highly visible collection boxes from November 27 through December 8 – culminating in a fun final-day collection event in the Reston Pavilion!

Come out, donate a toy, and enjoy the warm feeling of the holidays, knowing your gift is making a child’s holiday wishes come true. To learn more, visit https://www.restontowncenter.com/event/toys-for-tots-toy-drive-2017/.

Welcome the Holiday Spirit to Reston!

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We all know that the day after Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season. Here at the Reston Town Center, this launch is taken to a higher level with an all-day celebration of all things yuletide! From Gingerbread Man races and the Holiday Day Parade to Santa’s arrival and the tree-lighting ceremony, the Reston Town Center will help you get into the holiday spirit!

Below is a schedule of all the events held on Friday, November 24. For more information, visit https://www.restontowncenter.com/event/holidays-reston-town-center/. We can’t wait to share in the good cheer with you!

8 a.m.

All stores, restaurants, and ice skating open early.

There’s also the Gingerbread Man Mile Race for Kids, sponsored by Potomac River Running. To learn more, visit http://www.prraces.com/gingerbread.

11 a.m.

Experience the 27th Annual Reston Holiday Parade!

See Macy’s-style balloons, marching bands, dancers, antique cars, community groups, costume characters, and more welcoming the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage.

12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The merriment continues as Santa and Mrs. Claus head to the information center for afternoon visits and photo ops. There also will be mini-train rides. All donations will benefit Cornerstones.

5 p.m.

The Conservatory Ballet will give a spirited holiday performance of music and dance in front of the holiday tree in Fountain Square.

6 p.m.

Tree lighting and sing along in Fountain Square.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in a horse-drawn carriage to light the huge holiday tree, followed by a half-hour of traditional songs led by The Reston Chorale & Brass Quintet.

6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Horse-drawn carriage rides.

All proceeds benefit Volunteer Fairfax. $5 per person; children 5 and under ride free with adult.

Share Yuletide Joy with Toys for Tots!

Posted on November 29, 2016 by

Do you love the look on a child’s face as he or she opens a brand-new gift? Would you like to spread the joy of the holidays to a youngster in need? Then stop by one of several building lobby locations throughout the Reston Town Center, and donate a toy to the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program!

The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute them as gifts to less fortunate children in the community. Unwrapped toys will be collected in brightly colored, highly visible collection boxes through December 9 – culminating in a fun final-day collection event in the Reston Pavilion!

Come out, donate a toy, and enjoy the warm feeling of the holidays, knowing your gift is making a child’s holiday wishes come true. To learn more, call (703) 579-6720 or visit https://www.restontowncenter.com/.

Wondrous Displays at the Chinese Lantern Festival!

Posted on November 17, 2016 by

Lose yourself in vivid dreamscapes of color and motion at the Chinese Lantern Festival at Roers Zoofari, formerly the Reston Zoo!

Open through January 1, 2017, the festival offers a modern take on the ancient Chinese art of lantern-making. More than 20 artists from China worked onsite to create exquisite scenes featuring animals from around the world.

This year’s theme is “The Wild.” Travel the globe through America, Asia, Antarctica, and Africa. As you explore each region, the animals change. Witness speedy cheetahs, mighty whales, playful penguins, jumping koi fish, majestic cranes, and even go back in time and see towering dinosaurs. Make sure you visit at night to see the lanterns in their full brilliance – talk about an enchanted evening!

In addition to the light displays, you can enjoy martial arts shows, watch folk artists design unique handcrafts, and shop for souvenirs and gifts. Tickets are $25 per adult and $15 for each child over three years of age. Learn more at http://www.chineselanternfestival.com/.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Roers Zoofari, formerly the Reston Zoo

1228 Hunter Mill Road

Vienna, Virginia

http://www.chineselanternfestival.com/

Welcome the Holiday Spirit to Reston!

Posted on November 25, 2015 by

(Photo: Reston Town Center/Facebook)

We all know that the day after Thanksgiving officially kicks off the Christmas season. Here at the Reston Town Center, this launch is taken to a higher level with an all-day celebration of all things Christmas! From Gingerbread Man races and the Holiday Day Parade to Santa’s arrival and the tree-lighting ceremony, the Reston Town Center will help you get into the holiday spirit!

Below is a schedule of all the events held on Friday, November 27. For more information, visit http://www.restontowncenter.com/holidays. We can’t wait to share in the good cheer with you!

8 a.m.
All stores, restaurants, and ice skating open early.

There’s also the Gingerbread Man Mile Race for Kids, sponsored by Potomac River Running. To learn more, visit www.prraces.com/gingerbread.

11 a.m.
Experience the 25th Annual Reston Holiday Parade!

See Macy’s-style balloons, marching bands, dancers, antique cars, community groups, costume characters, and more welcoming the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage.

12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The merriment continues as Santa and Mrs. Claus head to the information center for afternoon visits and photo ops. Donate to South Lakes High School Choir, and take home your own souvenir portrait with Santa.

5 p.m.
Frosty Follies, a spirited holiday performance of music and dance in front of the holiday tree in Fountain Square, conducted by the Metropolitan School of the Arts.

6 p.m.
Tree lighting and Sing Along.

Join the crowd, close your eyes, make a wish, and help Santa magically light up the tree and Reston Town Center for the first time of the holiday season.

With the lights twinkling, Santa and Mrs. Claus will then begin the merriment and song, led by the Reston Chorale and a brass quintet. Song books are provided at the holiday tree in Fountain Square prior to the tree lighting.

6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Horse-drawn carriage rides.

Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride with friends, family, or fellow community members through the newly lit lights of Reston Town Center. Pick up is in front of Talbots on Market Street; first come, first serve. A $5 donation per person benefits a local charity. Children 5 and under ride free.