Sunday, February 22, 2015

Helen Holly's Hermits

Spread batter very gently onto the cookie sheet.  A knife or spatula works best.

Recipe below!
Bake as directed.

Cut out into the sizes  of your choice.
You may ask, "Who is Helen Holly?"  Helen Holly was a lady who worked at Sharfmans Jewelers in Worcester, Massachusetts many, many years ago.  This recipe was passed on to a co-worker of Helen's named Rose.  Consequently, Rose passed this recipe onto me!  Let's get back to Helen.  Helen and her husband Eddy used to live in the house where the film "Mr. Blanding's Dream House" was filmed right here in Worcester, Massachusetts.  She used to make these hermits every Friday for her husband, Eddy!  I just love tried and true recipes with a story that have been passed on from generation to generation. 

This recipe for "hermits" is very easy.  One just needs patience in spreading out the batter.  A knife will do the trick.  Remember, be patient and you will have success.

Helen Holly's Hermits

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup molasses
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup walnuts

Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl.  Mix until combined. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes
Cool - Cut into squares 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Having trouble this morning adding photos to my blog.  Must be the snow!  I was going to post 2 photos that were actually obsolete because since those pictures were taken the other day, we have received 10 more inches.  But you could have used your imagination.  Couldn't you? 

This has been an unbelievable stretch of snowy weather.  I know people are fed up with it and so aren't I.  But, what I would like to say to Old Man Winter and Mother Nature is to "BRING IT ON!"  We are so close to breaking the snow record that I don't want to have gone through all of this shoveling and worry for nothing.  I want to be able to say, "I survived the winter of 2015 with the most snow on record and coldest temperatures on record."  Now, what do you think of that?  We might as well all go for it.  After all, in a little over a month it will be spring and I challenge anyone who thinks any different.  Meanwhile, take precautionary measures to ensure your family and property are safe and just enjoy the sleigh ride!  

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Crompton Collectives - Worcester, Massachusetts

Farmer's markets on Saturdays, a new bakery called Birch Tree Bakery,
vintage Valentines, hearts and lots of activity can be found at
Crompton Collectives on Green Street in Worcester.

Vintage Valentines...just like the ones we used to give to our classmates
are for sale.  For $1. or 2. you can pick up one that stirs your
fond memories.

There is much to see and buy at Crompton Collectives.

If you haven't been, you must go.  Last Saturday,
The Worcester Historical Museum did a
"Make Your Own Valentine"  while the
Farmer's Market was busy with shoppers.

Worcester Historical Museum is the home of
many of Esther Howland's Valentines. 
Remember, the FIRST Valentines were made in

At Crompton Collectives you can find for sale a couple of
the originals.

Check out the hours...Plenty of parking on Harding Street
and in the surrounding lots.

Crompton Collectives is a fun place to go especially on a
snowy day in winter! 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Get in the Christmas Spirit at Vaillancourt Folk Art!
9 Main Street, Sutton, Massachusetts

2014 was their 30th year in business!

Every season of the year is a real pleasure at Vaillancourt Folk Art.
They are known for their chalkware Santas.

The decorations are captivating!

This store is magical!

At every turn, you are in awe!

Pretty, pretty!  Which one do I like?
It would be so hard to choose just one display or tree.
Definitely worth visiting in any season!

Next Stop...Scialo Bros. Bakery - Providence, RI

On 257 Atwells Avenue is where you will find
Scialo Bros. Bakery.
This cake would make the perfect centerpiece for the dessert table!

Here is the Chocolate Yule Log with Mocha Filling.  Yummy!

Decorated trays of fancy Italian Cookies are displayed
so beautifully in this bakery.

Cupcakes with white Christmas roses and holly
appear too pretty to eat.

Here comes Santa Claus in cupcake fashion!
Scialo Bros. Bakery makes their own Torrone and marzipan.
Their traditional holiday struffoli is made in an edible candy dish.
Delicious dark fruit cake, sugar cookies and of course gingerbread men
are a few of the delicious items found in this fantastic bakery. 

Constantino's Venda Ravioli

Atwell's Avenue in Providence, RI is where you will find
Constantino's Venda Ravioli.

Yummy in every direction!

Don't go to Venda's hungry or you will get in trouble!

Olives...Oh la, la!

Cheeses of every kind.  How can you resist the displays?

Hungry for a sandwich?  Get one of these popular kinds. 
This Saturday, this marketplace was packed with shoppers buying
everything from gift baskets, gift certificates and the fixings for
their Christmas feast!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cookies for Santa!

Don't forget to leave cookies for Santa and a carrot for Rudolph!
Also, did you know 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer television special?
Remember when...we'd all watch Rudolph dressed in our pajamas?
The magic of Christmas surrounds us even as adults. 
Embrace the season and others as we journey through yet another
magical season of hope and dreams for all!
And...don't forget the milk and cookies!

My Friend, Rose's Enchanted Cottage!

Can you see Rose at the bottom of her stairway! 
She is the decorator of this fancy little cottage.
For those of you who have had the privilege to
visit Rose at her Enchanted Cottage knows
no matter what the season, this home is magical!

Just like out of a magazine...this house wows all of its guests!
There's my sister, Nancy and Rose in the center of the living room.

The nutcrackers sit atop an old chest.

Lots to see...that's for sure!  At Christmastime, it's like
being up at the North Pole!

Santa figurines are tucked in the smallest spaces.

Getting ready for the Italian buffet.  Everyone brought something to
this Christmas season dinner.  Pictured are Rose's chicken cutlets!

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Not sure if there will be another posting before Christmas
due to my busy schedule!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Still Time to Get to June's Bake Shop for Christmas Goodies!

I know I've posted this before is worth repeating.
June's bakeshop
135 Pierce Road
New Braintree, MA 01531
Find Junes Bakeshop on Facebook for all Open House details
and...future events.
Some of June's cookies are sold at Bahdon's on Pleasant Street, Worcester.

Here I am with June on Sunday, December 7th.
You can see all of my cookies packed and ready for the journey home.

Are these cookies gorgeous or what?

Cookie pops too pretty to eat!

Oh my...which ones shall I buy?

June's Bake Shop is charming!!!  We enjoyed hot chocolate
and little sugar tree cookies.

Every aspect is a sight to behold!  Christmas music was
playing outside.  It really put me in the mood to buy cookies!

No snow...but it was perfect.  Lots of holly, boxwood along with
little twinkle lights and lots of bows and ribbons graced the little
bake shop.  My friends Nancy and Rose enjoyed this trip to June's
very much!  Can't wait for the next event.
Mmm...I think it's time for a cookie!

Bolder & Fresher at the Wang in Boston

We saw the last Bolder & Fresher Tour on Saturday night, December 6.  Bill O'Reilly's
next show will have a new name!  It was great to be in an audience
with the same persuasion as yourself.

The ceiling of the Wang in Boston!  Beautiful architecture!

More from inside the Wang. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Snowy Massachusetts!

Like a few years ago when we had snow on Halloween...
This morning we woke up to 5" of  a snow mixture.
Layers of ice, snow, repeating itself are what's on the ground.
The snow blower will be arriving soon and Max, our dependable
neighbor will be here clearing the way for our Thanksgiving guests.
Fruit is being kept cold on the porch with a view
of the fluffy white stuff in the background.

Waking up to a beautiful scene like this is something to be "thankful for".
The sun is rising and will hopefully melt some of the snow today!
Happy Thanksgiving everybody!