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The traditional dishes served year after year at your family’s holiday gatherings may bring comfort and a sense of nostalgia, but you can open your loved ones up to a whole new world by incorporating recipes from around the globe.

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(Family Features) The traditional dishes served year after year at your family’s holiday gatherings may bring comfort and a sense of nostalgia, but you can open your loved ones up to a whole new world by incorporating recipes from around the globe.

People of all different cultures across the Earth are often connected by food, whether it’s a classic holiday dish or a unique take on a traditional dish, like this raisin-infused Challah. While the dishes themselves may drastically differ, using similar ingredients can be a unifying thread.

For those looking to pull off worldly cuisines this holiday season, consider a familiar and nearly universal ingredient like raisins, an innovative and delicious addition incorporated in culturally diverse dishes. On top of their versatile flavor, Sun-Maid Raisins offer a better-for-you whole fruit option with no added sugar per 1/4-cup serving.

Consider these global recipe ideas enjoyed at holiday gatherings around the world.

Germany

  • Apple Strudel: Quite possibly one of the most famous German desserts of all, raisins add a delicious chewiness to this traditional strudel.
  • Lebkuchen: A traditional German cake similar to gingerbread that’s full of sweet spices, walnuts, dates and raisins.

Italy

  • Cuccidati Siciliani: Typically at their most popular during the holiday season, these Italian fig cookies feature raisins inside the deliciously fruity filling.
  • Panettone: Also a holiday favorite, Panettone is a towering round of sweet bread speckled with raisins, citrus and almonds.

England

  • Fruitcake: Traditional fruitcake is chock-full of dried raisins, golden raisins, cherries, dates, pineapple and apricots soaked in dark tea overnight.
  • Bread Pudding: This English staple uses stale bread, spices, sweetener and raisins to create a dense and delicious cake.

Poland

  • Cinnamon-Raisin Rugelach: These flavorful pastries are characterized by a melt-in-your-mouth cheese-based dough with a sweet cinnamon, raisin and walnut filling.

Greece

  • Christopsomo: Considered sacred in many Greek households and translating to “Christ’s Bread,” this revered dish is usually prepared the day before Christmas Eve and is served with nothing but bare hands at the table. Raisins, nuts, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg are all found throughout the loaf.

Armenia

  • Ghapama: A baked pumpkin stuffed with partially cooked rice, raisins, nuts, cinnamon and honey.

Ireland

  • Irish Soda Bread: The cakey texture of this Irish favorite is complemented by sweet, chewy raisins throughout the loaf.

Visit SunMaid.com to find more recipes perfect for holiday gatherings.

Crown Raisin Challah

Yield: 3 loaves

Dough:

  • 2 envelopes (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 extra-large eggs, plus 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup Sun-Maid raisins
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Egg Wash:

  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  1. To make dough: In big bowl, mix yeast, sugar, honey and warm water. Let yeast bloom about 7 minutes.
  2. Add cinnamon, oil, eggs, egg yolks and salt. Mix well. Add raisins. Add flours and mix until sticky. Dough should be creamy yellow.
  3. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead 12-15 minutes, or until smooth. Oil bowl, place dough back in bowl and cover tight with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place about 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled.
  4. Punch dough down, cover and let rise another 45 minutes. Punch down again and cut into three equal pieces. Let rest about 10 minutes then roll each piece into snakes about 30 inches long; taper at one end. Starting with thick end, roll each snake into spiral shape like snail shell. Use a little water and stick tapered end onto body of spiral. Mold into place with hands.
  5. Oil loaves lightly, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until poofy, about 25 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  7. To make egg wash: In small bowl, whisk eggs and sugar. Gently brush loaves with egg wash, taking care not to deflate them.
  8. Bake 45 minutes, or until loaves are golden. Let cool completely.

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Who Wants to Go to Four Seasons? Bring the Whole Family Along for an Unforgettable Vacation

From beach resorts and countryside getaways to urban exploration and epic outdoor adventures, Four Seasons welcomes families for tailormade holidays experienced together.

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TORONTO  /CNW/ — Who wants to go to Four Seasons? 56 million views on TikTok suggest that the natural answer to that question is: “Me!“. These are the types of beautiful and spontaneous moments that create cherished family memories that last a lifetime. From Orlando to Oahu or Toronto to Tokyo, leading luxury hospitality company Four Seasons brings you activities and adventures to excite families of all ages and sizes. With so many great options to choose from, the next question becomes: “which Four Seasons?”. 

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Four Seasons properties around the globe offer the fully-supervised Kids For All Seasons program where youngsters can make new friends while they play and learn about the destination around them. Knowing that sometimes the weather outdoors can be unpredictable, many resorts also have kids and teen centres stocked with the latest games and gadgets, weekly programming such as movie nights and themed parties, and of course, access to high-speed Wi-Fi.

For adults yearning to hit the greens, sneak away for a pampering spa treatment, or head out on the town for the evening, all Four Seasons hotels and resorts can arrange qualified babysitting services, with some also offering night-time activities as part of Kids For All Seasons programming.

And, across the portfolio, Four Seasons makes packing for a family vacation easier with complimentary baby gear available including cribs, highchairs and more. 

Just for Kids

Children are VIPs at Four Seasons, with lots of surprises in store from personalized welcome gifts, mini-robes and slippers, and even a full in-room “camping” set-up with colourful tents and toys. 

  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort creates magic every day for the young and the young at heart. The animals often spotted among the award-winning Resort’s lush grounds and surrounding nature preserves served as inspiration for its new whimsical Explorer’s Activity Guide program. Nestled among lakes and woodlands, Four Seasons Resort Orlando boasts gorgeous landscaping throughout, including surrounding its expansive Explorer Island waterpark and 18-hole golf course, a certified Audubon Sanctuary for wildlife. The new colourful Explorer’s Activity Guide provides a delightful way for children to discover the many offerings at Four Seasons Resort Orlando – recently named the #1 Best Resort in Walt Disney World and the #4 Best Resort in the United States.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi’s Four Seasons Kids Academy pairs youngsters with chefs, door attendants, or housekeeping staff to learn the tricks of the trade. With their own Four Seasons uniform, kids will have fun imagining themselves as grown-ups, mastering new skills, and enjoying the excitement of working in a bustling hotel environment.
  • Another camera-ready moment is when children don adorable chef’s hats at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, where a variety of cooking classes show budding culinarians how to make cakes, pizza or sushi.
  • Meet the mischievous Shetland ponies Milo and Dougal at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire, where kids can participate in a full program of lessons, hacks and a grooming experience at the estate’s equestrian centre. Riding experiences are available for guests as young as three years old. Families will also want to set aside time for Sharkie’s Reef, an indoor adventure pool for children that adults can’t resist diving into for splashes and laughs together.
  • At Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui, book a mocktail-making class for the kids before the grown-ups get to have their own fun at a Private Residence transformed into an intimate cocktail lounge hosted by one of the Resort’s bartenders where adults can choose from a selection of local beers, wines and signature cocktails accompanied by chef-prepared canapés.

Family Adventures on Sea and Land

  • Led by a local captain renowned for his marine skills and colourful storytelling, guests of Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva will board an elegant motorboat for a family fishing expedition against the majestic backdrop of the Swiss Alps. They’ll be guided to Lake Geneva’s best fishing spots, learning tips and tricks along the way before returning to the Hotel where their catch of the day will be expertly prepared by the culinary team.
  • The Suite Family Memories package at Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane includes a complimentary connecting room, with special surprises in store for little ones. Families can go on a city scavenger hunt as they discover London’s most famous landmarks including Westminster Abbey, Covent Gardens, Trafalgar Square, and Buckingham Palace.
  • At the new Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou – located on a private green island on one of the city’s many picturesque lakes – the Family Getaway package includes VIP tickets to the enchanting Night Tour of the Humble Administrator’s Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back at the hotel, families will enjoy daily breakfast together, as well as a customized pastel art experience.
  • New this season, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC is partnering with Sea Table DC to offer a sunset sail aboard a 47-foot (14 metre) luxury yacht while cruising Potomac River waters off The Wharf. This leisurely two-and-a-half-hour experience includes a four-course dinner menu with wine pairing.
  • Having a personal photographer capture every precious moment with the family is a great way to create lasting memories. Four Seasons Hotel Sydney can arrange for a professional photographer to accompany a family anywhere from an hour (great for those iconic Sydney Opera House shots) to an entire day of exploring the city.
  • Who doesn’t love toy trains? At Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi, a special family package includes a unique in-room amenity in the form of a Takara Toma Plarail toy train system. Children (and adults alike) will love playing with the setup as real-life transit trains whiz by outside their window.
  • Renowned as one of the world’s greatest diving destinations, the Red Sea becomes a playground for exploration of shipwrecks, reef systems, and coral gardens home to turtles, lionfish, rays, eels and so much more. The full service Dive Centre at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh caters to divers and snorkellers of all ages and experience. Not ready to dive in? The Resort can also arrange a family cruise aboard a private yacht that winds along the coastline or heads out to sea for the chance to spot dolphins before the sunset.

Memorable Meals and More

  • With two young children of his own, Senior Executive Pastry Chef Nicolas Lambert knows how to make the intricate art of dessert making into something everyone will want to sink their teeth into. During two hours of hands-on fun at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Chef will share secrets to his signature creations, and each participant will be gifted a personalized kit of apron, spatula and other surprises.
  • At Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, Michelin-starred dining isn’t just for adult connoisseurs. At highly lauded Lung King Heen, a thoughtfully crafted children’s menu introduces young guests to dishes that are both delectable and nourishing, such as sauteed fillet of garoupa with sweet corn, and braised tofu with minced beef and fresh crab meat.
  • During one of three 90-minute themed tasting tours of the Reading Terminal Market, family guests of Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia will learn about the terminal’s history while they taste their way through some of the city’s most-loved eateries, meeting the locals who make this landmark so special. Stay on after the tour and browse the shops selling handmade crafts, artisanal jewellery and more.
  • For families staying at the gracious Villa Beauchamp at Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel, a highlight is a Mediterranean BBQ fully catered by the Hotel’s Michelin-starred culinary team. Grilled delicacies are prepared poolside or in the Villa’s private garden. Accommodating up to 10 guests, this may be the ultimate summer holiday destination on the French Riviera.
  • The Summer Suite Adventure package at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole includes a host of attractive inclusions, including Executive Pastry Chef Rhonda Ashton’s in-suite “build your own sundae” experience. The Resort is the ideal basecamp for wilderness adventures, including helicopter transfers to wildlife viewing experiences in nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Come Together. Stay Awhile.

When grandparents, in-laws and friends join in the fun, consider Four Seasons Private Retreat luxury villas and residences, the ultimate opportunity to spread out and enjoy the flexibility with highly personalized services and amenities, privacy and more space to spend time together under one roof.

  • With more than 40 different villas to choose from, families can find their Caribbean home-away-from-home at Four Seasons Resort Nevis. In-villa experiences and services include everything from bespoke, chef-prepared meals to a family yoga class by the private pool. The facilities of the Resort also include multiple dining options, pools, and the region’s largest tennis and pickleball complex and Pinney’s Beach are all just a golf-cart ride away.
  • With incredible views of the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and The Thames, in the Hotel Residences at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, families can make themselves at home in the heart of the City of London. Make it a quintessential British experience with a traditional afternoon tea enjoyed in-residence, or consider an elegant dinner and wine pairing menu prepared to individual tastes. The culinary team can even present a multi-course omakase menu, savoured at leisure in residence.
  • In the beautiful mountain setting of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, local artist Cassandra Dickinson brings her passion for the landscape to tailored art experiences for children and adults in the Resort’s Private Residences, with the added bonus of wonderful handmade souvenirs to display back at home.
  • Wellness can be a family affair at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, where customized yoga or a sound healing meditation can be arranged within one of the Resort’s Private Retreats Residences. Mindfulness activities that are easily shared by guests of all ages include t-shirt or umbrella painting or making Thailand’s famous krathong lanterns. Looking for something a bit more adrenalin-inducing? Book a Muay Thai boxing lesson with a local expert in the privacy of one’s residence.

Make a Difference

  • At Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, guests can get involved in extensive marine conservation initiatives, including the Trainee Marine Biologist program designed especially for teens and young adults ages 15 to 19. The immersive – and often transformative – experience can include hands-on time with the Resort’s scientists and conservationists in areas such as coral reef restoration, turtle rehabilitation, manta ray research and more.
  • Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island shares its tiny island home with a tortoise sanctuary, where guests of all ages can meet and learn about the local population of more than 150 giant Aldabra tortoises. Guests have the opportunity to support the important work being done to protect these gentle herbivores by “adopting” a juvenile, which they can then keep tabs on for a year when they get back home.
  • A private snorkelling tour of the Lagoon Sanctuary at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora with a WiseOceans marine biologist introduces guests to an underwater world of stunning beauty as they get to know the reef and its many inhabitants. Guests will also contribute to conservation efforts as they learn the science of coral grafting.
  • The Umah Rare Kids Club at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay sets the stage for a magical day of discovery as children learn the Balinese arts of dance, music and crafts along with sandcastle building and kite flying. The new multi-faceted facility was built with sustainability in mind as children are introduced to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship in a fun and nurturing environment.

For more inspiration in planning a family vacation at Four Seasons, click here.

To read more about Four Seasons Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) program, Four Seasons for Good, click here

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Practical Presents: Father’s Day gift ideas for hard-to-buy-for dads

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(Family Features) Shopping for your dad on Father’s Day each year can be a challenge, especially when he says he doesn’t want anything or claims he already has everything he needs. However, focusing on the things he enjoys such as music, exercising or hobbies like woodworking or metalworking can send you down the right path toward finding a gift to say “thank you” for all he’s done and show him how much he means to you.

To help make the experience of shopping for your father less complicated, consider these practical options, and find more gift ideas to make his day at eLivingtoday.com.

Help Dad Transform His Workspace

When home projects abound, the right tools can help dad work smarter, solve problems and get more done easier and faster. With unprecedented adaptability and flexibility, the IQ Vise System by Work IQ Tools features a ball and socket design that allows articulation and 360-degree rotation at any angle for optimal work positioning while complementing task-specific jaws create the perfect grip for an extensive range of shapes and materials. Plus, IQ Connect plug-and-play accessories provide hands-free assistance on the vise and around your work area via three additional mounting options. Find more Father’s Day gift ideas to help dad work smarter at workiqtools.com.

Give Dad the Gift of a Great Workout

If your dad is looking to get (or stay) in shape, skip the gym membership and give him the equipment he needs to complete his workouts at home. From strength training equipment like dumbbells to cardio equipment such as running shoes, a jump rope and more, plus essentials like a yoga mat and resistance bands, there are plenty of options available to help your dad create a fitness center in the comforts of home.

Let Dad Listen to His Favorite Tunes in Peace

The right set of wireless, noise-canceling headphones can be a gamechanger when it comes to listening to music or podcasts. Replacing those old, wired headphones with a pair of in-ear or over-ear Bluetooth-connected ones – whichever style he typically prefers – with an extended battery life can serve as an upgrade whether your dad is hitting the gym, walking the dog, taking a phone call on the go or just watching his favorite show on his phone while lounging at home.

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4 Tips for Summer Water Safety

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(Family Features) Drowning is a leading cause of death for children ages 1-4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During the summer months, when water activities are more prevalent, drowning is more common, according to the National Safety Council.

Extreme heat may increase incidents of cardiac arrest and an average of 33 drownings occur in the U.S. each day, one-third of which are fatal. To protect your loved ones when playing in and around water this summer, keep these tips from the American Heart Association in mind:

Never swim alone. Children always need supervision, but even adults should swim with a buddy so someone can call for help if an unexpected problem arises. Swimmers can get cramps that hinder movement in the water and slips and falls can happen to anyone.

Wear protective devices. U.S. Coast-Guard-approved life jackets provide the best protection for someone who is in the water and unable to safely reach solid footing. When on a boat, all passengers should wear life jackets in case of an accident, and young and inexperienced swimmers should wear one any time they’re near water.

Choose your swimming location wisely. Avoid unknown bodies of water where hazards such as tree limbs or rocks may be hidden below the surface. Also avoid waterways with strong currents, such as rivers, that can easily carry even the strongest swimmers away. Instead, choose swimming pools and locations with trained lifeguards on duty.

Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In the event of a drowning, no matter the age, the American Heart Association recommends rescue breaths along with chest compressions to keep oxygen circulating to the brain. Only 39% of those who participated in a consumer survey said they are familiar with conventional CPR and only 23% know about Hands-Only CPR.

Consider these ways to learn CPR and join the Nation of Lifesavers as an individual, family, organization or community.

  • Watch online. Learn the basics of Hands-Only CPR by watching an instructional video online. Hands-Only CPR has just two simple steps:
    1. Call 911 if you see someone suddenly collapse.
    2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of a familiar song with 100-120 beats per minute, such as “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees.
       
  • Immerse yourself. Through a virtual reality app, you can learn how to perform Hands-Only CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) then put your skills to the test in real-life scenarios.
     
  • Learn at home. Learn basic lifesaving skills in about 20 minutes from the comfort and privacy of home with CPR Anytime kits. The Infant CPR Anytime program is for new parents, grandparents, babysitters, nannies and anyone who wants to learn lifesaving infant CPR and choking relief skills. The Adult & Child CPR Anytime Training kit teaches adults and teens Hands-Only CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child choking relief and general awareness of AEDs.
     
  • Take a course. Get a group together and find a nearby class to learn the lifesaving skills of CPR, first aid and AED.
     
  • Turn employees into lifesavers. Help make your workplace and community safer one step at a time by committing to CPR training for your employees or coworkers.

Visit heart.org/nation to access more summer safety resources and find a CPR course near you.

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