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'I ' ; - - I i , . r " : J; I ! - - i j i ! ' fh, rpj, - l !4H'W i : . i- i- ' " f ' f ' A 1 'C K- K- I 1 LV V,;V y v -.5. -.5. Vr 1 s n " - f rs ' ! - W ' ' ' -7 -7 -"'Jr. -"'Jr. . , t Stviira ' u i 71".-' 71".-' 71".-' "' ' """ " -'" -'" i ' nil t h ''ir - -T -T - r. A.'sv.- jiv .life ijp v . ; ' Photos by Stew R. Fu)imotoTimes-DelU Fu)imotoTimes-DelU Fu)imotoTimes-DelU Above: Uwe-Jens Uwe-Jens Uwe-Jens Reimer, right and his wife Nancy dust powdered sugar on loaves of stollen, a traditional German Christmas bread Wednesday in their kitchen at Reimer's in Three Rivers. Those looking for unique gifts don't have to go far Tulare County boasts plenty of ideas. Top: Dolls made by Nicole Ellison of Raggedy Old Annie's include Basket Annie, from left, Miss Burrzy Wurzy and Christmas Wish Annie. Tulare County offers unique solutions to holirtav mft-mvinff mft-mvinff mft-mvinff dilemmas j o o ' o Bv Melinda Morales The snerial hrpads. randips. to a frieni L .. " IT Jl Turtles with' walnuts and pecans are made by Nartcy and Uwe-Jens Uwe-Jens Uwe-Jens Reimer in their ' candy kitchen at Reimer's in Three Rivers. By Melinda Morales Staff writer When Carolynn Black pulled up Wednesday to the trio of red gingerbread houses in Three Rivers that make up Reimer's Candies & Gifts, she was disappointed to find the candy shop closed. For two days. No bother, she would just return on Friday when the shop reopens because the marzipan stollen she was buying as a gift for her f daughter in ban Diego is JI ambrosia," she said. J Black said she has sent X the German Christmas " bread -filled -filled with ' raisins, currants, golden Vl raisins and fruit and Lir k tiTMVH with nmuAaroA . . LA . U Lit. . sugar to friends all around the country, and now she gets requests from friends who say they must have it for their holidays, too. For holiday gift-giving, gift-giving, gift-giving, few people would argue that there is anything better than hand-crafted, hand-crafted, hand-crafted, hand-crafted, locally made gifts. The special breads, candies, chocolates and even ice creams that proprietors Uwe-Jens Uwe-Jens Uwe-Jens and Nancy Reimer make from German-born German-born German-born German-born Uwe's family recipes in the kitchens in Three Rivers are one example of locally made gifts that have become holiday favorites. Right at the top of the list are chocolates. "Our No. 1 chocolate is our California turtle," Nancy Reimer said. This turtle is so packed with walnuts and pecans that it looks positively swollen. The sheer volume of chocolates is enough to make even the most die-hard die-hard die-hard chocolate lover go all soft and gooey inside. The Reimers create 88 different different types of candy pieces including including Grand Marnier cherry cordials, cordials, apricot creams, truffles, nuts and chews, soft centers and a European variety of chocolate-dipped chocolate-dipped chocolate-dipped fruit And their candies go around the world "The fun part for me is getting a call from someone in Seattle who wants me to ship something to a friend in New Hampshire," Nancy Reimer said. The Reimers said that between Thanksgiving and Christmas, they sell roughly 12 tons of chocolate and work around the clock to fill orders. They'll get a brief respite in January before they start all over again for Valentine's Day. Cookies Carol Steiner, owner of Goodies Goodies in the Mary's Vineyard shopping shopping center in Visalia, is going nonstop, too. Her special, quarter-pound, quarter-pound, quarter-pound, made-from-scratch made-from-scratch made-from-scratch made-from-scratch made-from-scratch cookies and cookie bouquets are a popular gift idea at the holidays. "People think of it as real personal personal because they're homemade and it makes a really neat presentation," presentation," Steiner said. Steiner presents her cookies like flowers, one cookie on a stick, wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon or a bunch clustered as a bouquet in a variety variety of containers that she sells in the shop. SeeGrfts3A

Clipped from Visalia Times-Delta12 Dec 2002, ThuPage 1

Visalia Times-Delta (Visalia, California)12 Dec 2002, ThuPage 1
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