Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
~Thomas Blackburn, "An Easter Hymn"

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bunny Cakes!

Bunny Cakes - on the 'to do' list for this week. It would not be an Easter celebration in our household without a pair of bunny cakes. Actually 'back in the day', we would have four bunnies for the family gathering.  A simple round cake, cut in half and placed together forms the body of the bunny. Frosted with white icing, one covered in coconut, one without, add a jelly bean face, toothpick whiskers, and large paper ears along with an icing tail, and voila, instant bunny.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Cupcakes

Quick and easy.... little decorative and tasty Easter cupcakes... the 'grass' cake decorating tip makes these cupcakes easy to frost and quick to create a grassy nest for a few colorful jelly beans. Fun! and Festive!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Maple Raspberry Dressing

Maple Raspberry Dressing
2 oz. raspberry vinegar
2 oz. olive oil
2 oz. vegetable oil
2 oz. real maple syrup 
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. tarragon leaves, crushed
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix all ingredients together. Whisk until well combined. Toss with fresh salad greens. Top with chopped pecans, fresh raspberries, and feta cheese.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Bonnets & Bunnies on Parade (Tea, too!)

Yesterday featured a Tea and Hats program in the tea room - and it certainly looked like a spring parade of hats and bunnies. Guests were introduced to Anita Herman and her fabulous collection of hats to try on (and purchase!). The tea room magically transformed into a millinery shop for the afternoon!

Before and after tea, guests tried on hats, snapped selfies, found the perfect color and design, tried on more hats, and simply had an afternoon of fun!

Tea service began with individual pots of tea (bottomless, of course). Once tea was brewed and served, the first course was offered. It featured Mixed Salad Greens, topped with fresh raspberries, sweet toasted pecans, feta cheese, and topped with a Maple Raspberry Dressing.

The spring plate of sandwiches included (from the top) Almond Chicken Salad Triangle, Pimiento Cheese on whole wheat bread with garlic chives garnish, Asparagus Sandwich with Egg Yolk Butter (a favorite spring time sandwich!), Puff Pastry Rounds with cucumber, radish, and carrot and herbed cheese with horseradish, and Pork Tenderloin Crostini with Peach Conserve. 

Yummy Scones, fresh from the oven included Traditional English Cream and Cherry Scones. Toppings featured Sweet Cream, Orange Curd, and Strawberry Jelly all served with fresh fruit.

And dessert featured a petite Spring Bonnet Cookie (filled with chocolate ganache) and a rich but yummy Pineapple, macadamia nut, and coconut triangle with an icing glaze. It was a perfect day in south central PA to enjoy Afternoon Tea and Hats! 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

#TRHTardis Guest Book

It has been about 4 months now since the TARDIS  Little Free Library landed outside our door and we are thrilled with the use this library receives. There is a constant turn over of books for all ages; Adult, Young Adult, Elementary and even for the littlest learning to read. Our not-so-little free library has a shelf for each age range.

If you visit the TARDIS, leave a book, take a book! And if you snap a photo, please share it online with #TRHTardis.
We started a guest book and included the addresses of some of the other LFL in the Mechanicsburg area. 

Melody totally got what this is about.  Books can take you to any time or any place!

And Megan (below) was visiting from Washington, DC when she spotted the TARDIS.
Some folks appreciate the addition to the community, and others just love the Doctor.
Either way, it's a win!

Notes like this make our day!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

TARDIS - Little Free Library

This TARDIS from Doctor Who is filled with books! It is part of the Little Free Library movement. 
The Little Free Library program originated in 2009 in Hudson, Wisconsin. Created by founder Todd Bol, it was a way to honor his mother, a teacher. He made several more to give away to friends and eventually the idea of little free libraries blossomed into a social enterprise to promote literacy and libraries throughout the world. The original goal was to create 2,510 little free libraries which was the same number of libraries Andrew Carnegie helped to start in the late 1800s/early 1900s. The number of LFL worldwide keeps growing. The charter number of this TARDIS library is 47,290.

Great Job Ethan!  We love the little free library tucked right outside our door!

Our grand opening ceremony, officiated by local personality Bob Carey took place January 2nd, when we honored the scouts who helped with the project. The librarian from our fabulous local library attended, and other area LFL owners joined the event. Nancy served hot tea and hot chocolate along with other treats including jammie dodgers, one of the Doctor's favorite jam filled cookie.
Our local newspaper reported about the TARDIS in this article in The Sentinel.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Traveling Through Time

Look what has recently landed on Market Street! On TV they always make it look like it flies in and just lands in a different time and place.
But now you know it arrives on the bed of a pick up truck and is man-handled into place.

Doctor Who fans will instantly recognize this blue box as a TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space) - the ship in which the Doctor travels. 

This Police Public Call Box was constructed as part of an Eagle Scout Project. Ethan Stoner of Troop 190 was responsible for planning, raising funds, building and filling this box. The Rosemary House has agreed to maintain and refill the box as necessary. What is it filled with you ask?  Stay tuned.

Happy and Hard Working Scouts from Troop 190, above,  Eagle Scout Ethan Stoner and his Dad, right.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Enchantmint Brownies - Herbs in the Cookie Jar (Part 3)

Mother Earth Living shared an article on their website that our mother wrote decades ago. We were happy to recently discover said article and have received permission to share it on our blog. You can follow this link to read the article. Many different herbal cookie recipes were featured including these Enchantmint Brownies. To this day, they are still very popular when served in the tea room. Easy to make, and festive enough, who doesn't like the chocolate and mint combination?