Do you enjoy summer fun, or are you more of a winter fan?  Now through December 24th at Price Chopper you can purchase a 2012 Season Pass to the Great Escape in Lake George, NY for $52.49.  That’s 25% off the regular price, and the lowest price in years! Season Pass holders can visit the park any day it’s open to the public, as many times as they want, including Splashwater Kingdom water park.  This also includes the addition of Alpine Freefalls, a two level water slide complex set to open in May, 2012! This pass is a perfect last minute gift for a summer-loving friend!

In addition to this great offer, you can also purchase one of our Ski Any 3 Passbooks!  Price Chopper’s Ski Any 3 Passbooks are available in stores through January 1, 2012, and include three passes good for a one-day lift ticket at your choice of mountains. The Big Mountain Passbook sells for $139 and passes can be redeemed at Gore, Whiteface, Mount Snow, Smugglers Notch, Bromley, and Mount Sunapee. The Family Mountain Passbook is $109 and passes can be redeemed at Jiminy Peak, Windham, Pico, West, Toggenburg, Bolton Valley, Song, Plattekill, Wachusett and Granite Gorge.  Each passbook includes many other money-saving offers, as well! (Sunday-Friday, non-holiday, thru end of season, Spring 2012. For specific end of season dates, please contact mountain directly. Cannot be combined with any other discount offer. Non-refundable. Cannot be resold. No cash value. Non-transferable. Not valid on the following dates: December 23, 2011 – January 1, 2012; January 14-16, 2012; February 18-26, 2012)

Tell us about what activities you enjoy during your favorite season and you could be entered to win either a Ski Any 3 Passbook or aGreat Escape Season pass!  Two winners will be chosen for each pass so make sure to tell us why you would love either a season pass to the Great Escape or a Ski Any 3 Passbook!  See official contest rules here.

Written by Sylvia Geiger MS, RD, CD 
Price Chopper Community Nutritionist

A homemade present is a gift from the heart that says, “I care about you” to the person who receives it.  It’s a time-honored way to give something meaningful and personal, especially when it’s a gift of food.  Who hasn’t questioned the materialism surrounding Christmas or Hanukah—do we really need more stuff?  Why not give something people can actually use?

There are many reasons why I find the time to make holiday food gifts. Here are just a few:

  1. They are personal and unique gifts that share my love of food with others.
  2. Making them is fun, so it’s a great activity to share with children and friends.
  3. I can be as creative as I want to be or have time for, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. Martha Stewart—Watch out!
  4. They are perfect for “the person who has everything” or is hard to buy for.
  5. It’s easy on the pocketbook—no need to spend too much money; you can tailor your gifts to what you can afford.
  6. They are always appreciated; no one scoffs at a tin of freshly baked cookies!
  7. Giving and sharing foods is a traditional way of celebrating the holidays in all cultures. It’s a loving act of kindness that is universally understood and appreciated.

Here are some budget friendly holiday food gifts to make and share.

Rolled Christmas Sugar Cookies or Spiced Holiday Cookies

Cranberry-Orange- Nut Cookies

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Ginger Crinkle Cookies or Cherry Biscotti

Homemade Hot Chocolate Gifts

Maple Nut Granola

Cinnamon Streusel Bundt Cake or Chocolate Walnut Cake

Drunken Prunes

Almond Italiano

Chex Caramel Crunch