Author: Administrator | Date: May 8, 2013 | No Comments »

Made with care in the United States, the Byers Choice Carolers Nativity scene was introduced to the Carolers line in 2012 and new pieces are being added each year. From small beginnings in the late 1960′s, the Byers family now oversees a team of 180 artisans in Pennsylvania who handcraft those same creations that started out on the dining room table many years ago. And although the Carolers (and the nativity scene shown here) are sold around the world, the company still holds to its starting roots: producing a quality product, at an affordable price, and serving its customers and the community in the spirit of Christmas. Please note that the human figures are hand-crafted in Pennsylvania. The animal figures are hand-crafted in Taiwan.

Author: Administrator | Date: October 20, 2010 | No Comments »

OK, it might sound a bit off, but this recipe is really good. Hearty and tasty – really good. Oh, and it’s easy too!

Pumpkin Chili

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef, turkey or bison (we like bison)
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 can (16 oz) hot chili beans – if you have trouble finding them (they’re beans canned with chili sauce) you can substitute a can of kidney beans rinsed and drained and add about 8 ounces of salsa
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed tomato soup
1/2 cup canned pumpkin – or fresh pumpkin roasted, mashed, and drained overnight
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp chili powder

In a large pot, cook meat and onion until the meat is cooked through. Drain off any fat. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. (And water or salsa, or tomatoes if you want it thinned out. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.

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Author: Administrator | Date: October 16, 2010 | No Comments »

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Author: Administrator | Date: August 21, 2010 | No Comments »

River Stone Nativity SceneNew in stock and one of our new favorites – this nativity scene is hand carved from river stone in Haiti. The free flowing design is simply beautiful. The nativity is purchased through a fair trade organization meaning the artisans get a decent wage for their work. Click here for more info on our River Stone Nativity.

Author: Administrator | Date: July 19, 2010 | No Comments »

Our 20% off Fontanini Nativity sale continues! For the next few days, you can still enter coupon code FONTANINI to save 20% on Fontanini Nativity scene items at

Author: Administrator | Date: April 6, 2010 | No Comments »

The popular Family Tree Birthstone Ornaments are now available again. They had been discontinued for several years and many customers contacted us to add to their family’s collection as new babies were born. These ornaments are almost identical to the original design, with the one noticeable exception being that the new ornaments are not etched. The upside to that is they are also now less expensive than the original.

If you’d like to check them out, you can see them here:

Author: Administrator | Date: March 16, 2010 | No Comments »

I grew up in the Philly suburbs and every Saint Patrick’s Day most people I knew made Irish Potatoes – a delicious little candy made from coconut and rolled in cinnamon to look like little potatoes. It wasn’t until, as an adult, I discovered that these wonderful little candies are mostly a regional treat from the Philadelphia area. Most folks I now know never heard of them until I made them a batch.

Here is a copy of the recipe I make. I like to grind coconut as finely as possible. And good quality cinnamon make a big difference. And, of course, Philly cream cheese!

1/4 cup of room temperature butter

4 ounces of room temperature cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla extract

4 cups of powdered sugar

2 1/2 cups of flaked coconut


Now for the easy par: Just mix all the ingredients (except the cinnamon) in a bowl. Then roll them into small potato shapes.  Then roll the potato candies into cinnamon to make your Irish Potatoes.

They need to be stored in the refrigerator, but taste best if they are room temperature-ish so take the Irish potatoes out of the fridge a little while before you’re ready to eat.

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If you’re interested in all things Irish, you may enjoy our Irish Nativity Scene or Irish Star Tree Topper.

Author: Administrator | Date: November 3, 2009 | No Comments »

Hi folks,

For a limited time, we are increasing the value of our Fontanini coupon code. The coupon code FONTANINI will now allow you to take 15% off your purchase of Fontanini items at  But this offer will only be good for a short while.

To begin shopping for Fontanini at –

Author: Administrator | Date: October 19, 2009 | 1 Comment »

Butternut Squah MuffinsMost of the us here at Yonder Star also belong to a local CSA. Last week, as part of our CSA I received the largest butternut squash I have ever seen. After 3 batches of roasting in the oven, I am still only half way through the roasting process. Once that is done, I will scoop out 1/2 cup portions of the roasted squash and freeze them on a cookie sheet for later use. In the meantime, I’ve discovered a great Butternut Squash Muffin recipe that I’d like to share with you:

Butternut Squash Muffins Recipe

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3/4 c roasted butternut squash
  • 1/4 c buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 T molasses
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 & 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ginger
  • 1/4 t cloves
  • 1/8 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c chopped pitted dates
  • 3/4 c chopped toasted walnuts

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Melt the butter and allow to cool. Whisk butter with butternut squash, buttermilk, eggs, molasses, and vanilla. In a large bowl, sift flours, baking powder, spices, salt, and baking soda. Whisk in brown sugar. Combine flour mixture with squash mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in dates. Put batter in the muffin cups and sprinkle the tops with the chopped walnuts. Bake for 25 minutes.

I hope you enjoy these muffins as much as we all do!

Author: Administrator | Date: October 18, 2009 | No Comments »
Wooden Stable for Outdoor Nativity

Wooden Stable for Outdoor Nativity

After years of talk about manufacturing a quality and environmentally responsible stable for an outdoor nativity scene, we have finally begun. We connected with a skilled craftsman in Maryland, and he has begun making the first of our nativity outdoor stables. Offering an environmentally responsible product was very important to all of us here at Yonder Star, so a certified sustainably harvested ash wood was chosen for the stable. This particular size is best suited for either our 36″ scale or our 27″ scale outdoor nativity scenes.