November Events at the Lake of the Ozarks

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We know Halloween isn’t over quite yet. But it’s just a few days away!

Anyway, we figured we’d give you an overview of what’s happening at the Lake of the Ozarks in November.

Here are a few events worth checking out next month:

5 Delicious Treats to Make for Halloween

There’s no better time than Halloween to take your desserts to a spooky, new level.

We searched around the Internet and found 5 Halloween recipes that are guaranteed to turn some heads and put smiles on the faces of your friends and family!

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Frozen “Boo”-nana Pops by Skinny Taste

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Halloween Cupcakes In A Jar by HGTV

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Rice Cereal and Marshmallow Treat Pumpkins by Spoonful

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Dirt Pudding by Neighbor Food Blog

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Trick-or-Chex Treat by Cupcake Diaries Blog

10 Fourth of July Facts Worth Knowing

We all know the “Pledge of Allegiance” and can sing “The Star Spangled Banner” by heart, but here are some facts that you might not know about our nation’s history.

Take a few minutes to learn these facts — you’ll sound like the smartest person at your Fourth of July cookout! 😉

  • In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5. This Fourth of July, the United States population is estimated to be 316 million.
  • 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence.
  • Three U.S. presidents actually died on July 4. Two of them passed away within hours of each other on July 4, 1826: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The two had been political rivals and then friends later in life. The other to share the distinction was James Monroe, who died July 4, 1831.
  • Charles Carroll, who represented Maryland, was the last surviving member of the signers of the Declaration. He died in 1832 at the age of 95. Carroll County, Md., named for him, had an estimated population of 167,217 as of July 1, 2012.
  • The Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on July 4, 1776. Most of the delegates signed it on August 2, 1776.
  • July 4 was officially declared a holiday in 1870, nearly one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written.
  • Currently, the oldest Independence Day celebration in the U.S. is held in Bristol, Rhode Island.
  • Several countries used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles for freedom. Among them, France. Then later, Greece, Poland, Russia and many countries in South America.
  • The “Star Spangled Banner” wasn’t written until Francis Scott Key wrote a poem stemming from observations in 1814, when the British relentlessly attacked Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. It was later put to music, though not decreed the official national anthem of the United States until 1931.
  • The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 fireworks displays light up U.S. skies each Fourth of July.

How To Deal With Holiday Stress

Baking. Wrapping. Buying. In-Laws.

During the holiday season, we should be enjoying delicious dishes and spending time with family.

Too often, however, the holidays can turn into a big cause of stress.

Author Deborah Schoeberlein has one tip that could be a lifesaver: breathe.

Sure, it sounds simple.  Like it couldn’t make a difference. But taking time to breathe deeply can be the perfect de-stressor.

Read about Deborah’s breathing tips here.

What stresses you out most during this time of year?

A Memorial Day Weekend Special from Big Surf Waterpark

Big Surf opened its gates as the first waterpark in Missouri back in 1988 — a quarter century ago!

May 26th is their silver anniversary and they are thanking their customers by offering a special discount for Memorial Day weekend.

Come and enjoy the park with a full price ticket on Saturday or Sunday and come back on Memorial Day for free!

Be sure to visit their website for more information on tickets prices!  Also, be sure to head over to Facebook to “Like” their page.

If you’re staying with us this weekend, you’ve go to stop by Big Surf!!  We send out whole-hearted congratulations to the best and biggest waterpark Missouri has to offer!