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!