Monday, November 30, 2009
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, a fun Light Up Night and enjoyed the long weekend.
We greatly enjoyed our 'first' Thanksgiving as husband and wife minus meat.
I've started taking pics of all our cooking and baking adventures, food photography is a challenge and can be very satisfying.
Best wishes for a good night, all!
We carry Boar's Head meats and cheeses . You are able to enjoy this fine product either on a sandwich or by the pound.
The best coffee in town is here at at only $1.00 for a 12 oz cup.
We also have lattes, cappucinos, and espressos either flavored or unflavored.
Now taking orders for Christmas cookies, nutrolls, biscotti, etc. Order early.
Thanks for your time and we hope to see you soon.
Read more on her blog.
Alexander learned drawing by copying illustrations from Harper's Weekly magazine. He spent his boyhood in a small studio overlooking a narrow street in Pittsburgh, rowing a skiff down the Ohio River and trekking along the foothills toward Ligonier.
We're doing something a bit different this year with the Abigail's tree. The tree will include tags for children AND elderly. The elderly folks are receiving a food basket for the holidays and Mitzi at the Salvation Army thought it would be nice to include a hat and scarf. These tags will just say male or female so you know what kind of hat and scarf to purchase.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
2 cups sugar
beat in 4 eggs
add 3/4 cup honey
1/2 lb. blanched almonds cut lengthwise
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon soda
2 oz. candied orange peel
2 oz. candied lemon peel
2 oz. candied citron
Bake 30 min. in a moderate oven in flat pan and cut in oblong pieces.
Ice with confection icing.
1 lb. sugar or 2 1/2 cups
5/8 lb. butter or 1 1/4 cups
flour enough to stiffen roll and cut
sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon
1/2 lb. sugar
1/2 lb. lard
1 lb. powdered sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon lemon extract
3 teaspoons baking powder
enough flour to roll out and cut
Bake 12 minutes.
1 lb. sugar
1 lb. butter cream together
6 eggs (whole) beat in 1 at a time
about 3 cups flour mix 1 at a time
the rind and juice of 1 lemon
pinch of salt
1/2 lb. currants
Drop by spoonsful on well greased cookie sheet with butter spread out and bake 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
Ice Box Cookies
1 cup shortening
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs (unbeaten)
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream butter (or half & half) and sugar, beat in the eggs then vanilla, add the dry ingredients which have been sifted together. Make in two rolls and let stand in a cool place overnight. Cut and bake then eat. This is good.
1 cup shortening
2 cups light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup milk
1 cup chopped dates
2/3 cup nuts
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
Cream shortening & sugar for 2 min. add eggs vanilla, salt, nutmeg & milk and beat 3 min. Add rest of ingredients. Drop on greased baking sheet. Bake 12 min. in mod. oven.
- DECEMBER: Candlelight tours of the Compass Inn continue on Saturdays and Sundays through December 13. Details at (724) 238-6818.
- DECEMBER: Through Christmas there is free two-hour parking on Saturdays in Ligonier for shoppers.
- DECEMBER 5: Ligonier Library Tree Decorating Party. Begins at 3PM. Seasonal stories read, refreshments, and a visit from Santa.
- DECEMBER 5: The Southern Allegheny Museum of Art will have a Holiday Home Tour. Reservations by calling (724) 238-6015.
- DECEMBER 5-6: The Valley Players present "A Ligonier Christmas." For information and show times call (724) 238-6514.
- DECEMBER 5-13: The Festival of Lights in Ligonier Town Hall from noon-7PM. Call for details at (724) 238-6818..
- DECEMBER 5-13: Gingerbread House Contest at the Ramada Inn. Proceeds benefit Christian Charities.
- DECEMBER 6: Townwide open house. Enjoy entertainment while shopping downtown Ligonier.
- DECEMBER 11: Friday Night at the YMCA For Kids grades 5-8. Games, swimming, pizza.
- DECEMBER 12: The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor presents "An Affair with Lincoln" at the Southern Allegheny Museum of Art. Info at (724) 238-9030.
- DECEMBER 12: Ligonier Marching Band Sub Sale around the Diamond from 9AM-12NOON. Support our band!
- DECEMBER 12: "An Affair With Lincoln" at the Southern Allegheny Museum of Art. Call (724) 238-9030 for details.
- Festival of Lights opens 1st Saturday. December 5th - 13th, 2009, noon to 7 pm.
Features decorated trees and handcrafted gift boutique.
- Christmas Candelight Tours of Compass Inn - December 5th-6th & 12th-13th, 2009
- Gingerbread House Contest - Dec. 4th -13th, 2009 - Ramada Inn
- Town Wide Open House - December 6th, 2009 - Noon to 5pm. Buggy Rides, Kettle Korn Man, entertainment and stores will offer refreshments in the shops and a festive Christmas atmosphere.
- An Affair with Lincoln - December 12th, 2009 - 6pm to 9pm at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Benefits the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor. For tickets call 724-238-9030.
Restoratives Yoga - Every Friday during the month of December (4th, 11th, 18th)
from 6:00pm -7:30 pm ($13 or class card)
Cultivating a Home Yoga Practice with Melissa
Saturday, December 5th from 3:15pm - 4:45pm ($25)
Learn techniques to explore & enjoy your yoga practice at home. the difference a daily practice can make in your life! Pre-Registration is recommended.
Holiday Open House at Hydration Skin Care Studio
15 East Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg
Saturday, December 5th from 12pm - 4pm
Enjoy an afternoon of Holiday Shopping with Silpada Jewelry, Global Lovin' ( clothing & accessories with a Bohemian feel), Tastefully Simple (www.tastefullysimple.com) and then recharge with a chair massage. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact Mary Catherine Janicki for further information.
Winter Solstice 108 Sun Salutations
Monday, December 21st from 6:00pm -7:30pm ($13 or class card)
Join me for a candlelight practice where we'll explore the lightness within on the shortest day of the year. All levels welcome. New students can build up slowly and rest as needed. We'll conclude the practice by chanting 27 Om's.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
The male waiter took our drink order and never came back. lol We had the cute female waitress and she promptly took our orders. I had the Combination #4, I think it was the Tamale and Bean Tostada. I forget what mum ordered.
We sat there and chatted. The 6 top were a noisy group, probably because of the byob beers and margaritas at Noon :-p. We reminisced about how it used to be and how happy we are that it is back! I was saddened to not get any of the complimentary chips and salsa. Maybe they don't do that anymore. I loved that.
Our food took about 20-30 min. Not too bad. It tasted pretty good like before. Anyone that has never gone there thinking the food is too spicy or anything like that, don't be. It was NOT spicy in the least and I have never had anything there that was. My mum can eat there and spicy does not go well with her. So give it a try. As we ate mum quietly said well I never did get my ginger ale. I didn't even realize! Wish she had said earlier. We were almost done and when the waitress finally came back to check on us mum asked for her ginger ale. lol
All in all it was a 3.5 for me out of 5. I think they still need to work out some kinks and get into the swing of things. Yes, I can be a bit critical, but as you know Diane, when you've worked in the restaurant business you know what is expected and what is reasonable. I'm going to try it again. I did call to see if they were open for lunch and if we needed a reservation. 724 238 7399. He said no just for dinner. I also overheard the waitress telling the other table they look to have their liquor license by January. Let's hope! The other table had margaritas and beer that they brought and the waitress provided the ice, etc.
Check it out and give it a try and let them know of any praises or complaints. I am glad they are back and hope that they thrive and provide the type of food and service we all grew to love :)
Friday, November 27, 2009
From the time she was born, Silvis participated in the choral society's practices while her mother sang and she was passed around.
By the time Silvis was in high school, she was singing in the group and now, at the age of 28, she is leading the group.
"I went to college for music and it's a dream come true to be able to work with adults," Silvis said. "With high school students you get a lot of the drama that comes along with them, but with adults, they are purely doing this because they love to sing."
Read more in the Daily Courier.
Kubrick says the phrase "right now" is the key to that idea. Given some cold, it loses its color and is usefulness, he warns. so the chance of using them might fade away fast.
Other less-obvious choices also can produce good results, says Diane Kellner from Little Hollow Garden in Ligonier. For instance, milkweed seed pods open up and suggest the wings of angels, she says.
Read more in the Tribune Review.
In a similar manner, chestnut burrs can be spray-painted green or red and added to a display.
The Ligonier Valley High School Marching Band will lead Santa to the Ligonier Town Hall to flip the switch to illuminate the decorated Diamond at 6:30.
Find more fun post-turkey day items in the Tribune Democrat.
Wasn't it fun to wake up to those large flakes? It was Ginko's first look at snow. In the office last year, I don't think he really noticed it through those windows. This morning he was at the sliding glass door dying to go out. He didn't last long but I'm sure he'll get used to it when we go for a walk later.
I heard dogs and guns in the woods this morning. Lots of guns lately.
I will close by saying that the most surprising thing of all is the morning about 18 months ago when I looked into the bathroom mirror and grandma looked back!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
i am sitting in front of the ocean in a beautiful condo, with wonderful turkey and other sumptuous thanksgiving smells wafting under and into my nose...why am i just sitting here slobbering? well, while the ladies in the group (inluding me) spent the day shopping, sightseeing, lunching, and ice creaming, my cousin mark prepared the dinner...the WHOLE SHAZZZAAAMMMM! it smells fantabulous, even though we just devoured double dips of ice cream less than an hour ago....at this moment in time, while i am writing this, my mouth is awaiting the mai tai or two that are being brought up by my cousin's wife, dawn.....do i have it made, or what?!!!!
am i missing ligonier and all my best buds, and mellow mike, and the christmas season starting tomorrow? you bet you life i do...but maybe just not enough to climb into plane heading east
AND KIM........., just as i was trying to call you back, my phone landed in the ocean ......it's deader than a doornail, and the phone store is not open today....
oooooooooooooops!! gotta go!! mai tais are being served!!!!!
The Flying Chef
by Thomas Hood
No sun--no moon!
No morn--no noon!
No dawn--no dusk--no proper time of day--
No sky--no earthly view--
No distance looking blue--
No road--no street--
No "t'other side the way"--
No end to any Row--
No indications where the Crescents go--
No top to any steeple--
No recognitions of familiar people--
No courtesies for showing 'em--
No knowing 'em!
No mail--no post--
No news from any foreign coast--
No park--no ring--no afternoon gentility--
No company--no nobility--
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member--
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
“At this time, we have not addressed any plans for those lots, as we have been focusing on the ski facilities,” Weltz said.
But any progress at Laurel Mountain Village would be enthusiastically received by Jenner Township officials.
The township is doing its part to encourage that progress.
Read more in the Tribune Democrat.
If you are interested, please e-mail a resume to email@example.com. Please do not call or drop off resume. Those with resumes of interest will be contacted for a pre-interview computer test. All applicants must be able to pass a credit and security check.
Starting pay is $10 per hour plus some benefits.
1. I am the Lord your God. Recognize that stuff isn’t going to make you happy, but faith in whatever it is you believe in, love, and understanding are what’s important. The iPhone can wait.
2. You Shall Have No Other Gods Before You. That Wii may be cool, but making it the focal point of your life isn’t doing anyone any good. Get yourself out into nature for a few minutes. Play with your kids. Read a book.
3. You Shall Not Make Wrongful Use of the Name of Your God. As in “So help me God, I’ll kill you if you don’t let go of that Suzie Barfs-A-Lot Doll.” That’s just not neighborly.
4. Remember the Sabbath and Keep It Holy. A stretch on this one, but maybe we could all take a day or two off each week from consuming and do some good instead? Just a thought.
5. Honor Your Mother and Father. Ask yourself “Would my parents be proud of how I’m acting?”
6. You Shall Not Murder. Ya see, it doesn’t say, “unless something is 20 percent below cost,” it just says don’t do it. Simple.
7. You shall not commit adultery. Not touching that one (pun intended).
8. You Shall Not Steal. Let that little girl have the doll she’s holding. Sure you’re bigger and can take it before her mommy sees, but come on.
9. You Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor. All right, this one doesn’t work so much, but it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on, no?
10. You Shall Not Covet Anything That Belongs To Your Neighbor. Simply put, let the Joneses be the Joneses and let the Smiths be the Smiths. The things that you have that are important can’t be bought and can’t be sold. They are learned and passed along from one generation to the next. Take a look at who you are, and stop worrying about everyone else.
Bottom line is this: We all need to wake up and recognized that we are being played. Somehow we’ve bought into this notion that owning bigger and better stuff makes us bigger and better people. When in fact it makes us shallower and hollower. Last Friday proved that quite well. So here’s to next Back Friday when the stores are empty, the aisles deserted, and everyone is home with their families having made a decision about what is truly important, and acted upon it.
All over the country, crowds surged, people shoved, mothers grabbed, fathers ran, children cried–all in all a really wonderful way to bring in the holiday season don’t you think? "
I have a love hate with shopping. I am more into pre loved and vintage things rather than mass produced, lower quality pieces. I like to find a treasure. It can be expensive or cheap, just as long as I love it and it speaks to me.
I have never shopped on Black Friday, not sure why. I don't like the name, I do know what it refers to.
Please be safe and think about either shopping locally and at small stores or Buy nothing! :)
Two Tier Box of Surprises
Shipped with a festive holiday bow.
Two Tier Box TTB-1 $35.00
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Mellow Mike is an open forum. Please come.
Bring a poem to read. Bring a guitar. Bring your smile.
Even though the Ligonier Country Inn
isn't normally open on Tuesdays, it's open for you tonight!