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Groundhog Day Filmed in Woodstock Illinois

If you follow the blog, you know that Laura and Mary and I went to Punxsutawney PA February 2nd to see Phil the Groundhog predict six more weeks of winter!

Groundhog Day has always been a favorite holiday in my family.  The celebration breaks up the winter and dreary February days.

It’s a holiday where no cards or gifts are necessary.

Last week on Spring Break, Mary and I took a short (12 mile) side trip to Woodstock Illinois where they filmed the movie Groundhog Day in 1993.

We drove around a bit, walked around the town square  and had a nice coffee (see below). Mary is back in New York City and I am back in Pittsburgh now but wanted to share our quick visit to the scene of Groundhog Day movie, Woodstock, Illinois.

Bed and Breakfast Woodstock IL

 

 

 

the town square

 

 

Town Square

The Opera House served as the Pennsylvania Hotel in the movie

Pennsylvania Hotel

 

 

 

 

Tip Top CafeTip Top Cafe is now  a Mexican Restaurant

 

Groundhog Days are celebrated in February!

Groundhog Days

 

 

 

 

Ned's Corner

Elgin Watches

Signage,

 

Mary found this place  Ethereal Confections

Ethereal Confections

 

 

The most delicious method of making coffee

Delicious Method to Make coffee

Our server came out to the place we were sitting and brought us two samples of delicious chocolates, made on the premises

 

 

Cafe

 

 

chocolate rabbits

 

 

A highlight of our visit to Woodstock Illinois

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A Cup of Tea, Chocolate and a Herald Angel to Say

Hey, it’s your birthday!

Happy Birthday to my friend V, who tells me good stories and makes me laugh!  Enjoy your day. This angel is a music box.

Happy Birthday to You.

Happy Birthday to You.

A little iPhone shot of a still life I put together for your birthday.


Back to Real Time and Green Pepper Jelly

Thanks for looking at the four days of 2010 Snowmaggedon photos this week.  I imagine most people are weary of watching and talking about any weather ad nauseum but depending where you live, it’s been tough to ignore.

(Okay, Rob, Shuey  and Kristin don’t mind sending the Florida temps to me)

Right now I’m curled up with a laptop and a shawl, enjoying the flannel sheets, unwinding from the week, deciding whether or not to go down to the basement to take the clothes out of the dryer while they are still warm and unwrinkled or wait until morning and give them a quick whirl.

This is what I found on my computer keyboard on my school desk this morning.  Yes, I considered tidying up for the shot, taking off the knitting, removing the battery charger, pushing the papers to the side but this is what it actually looked like, unretouched.   The custodian who cleans my room left me a lovely heart of chocolates.  An early morning surprise.

Valentine Heart on a Keyboardnot artfully arranged or set up.  AS IS.   A jumble but authentic.

(See the Knitting Blog for student progress in knitting since last post)

Thursday night the girls and boys basketball teams won their respective games in the playoffs and advanced to the next round. I photographed both games and this is what it looked like when I left school around nine. Getting more proficient at the action shots.  The players sure move fast.

 

After the basketball gameOn my way to the parking lot, I looked back and saw this scene outside of the school.

 

 

 

Manager's Special DonutsThe Manager’s Special today, heart shaped donuts.  The students appreciated them even if they are probably on a list of food one should never eat!

And then the bonus of the day- homemade Green Pepper Jelly shipped via the USPS  from Omaha, Nebraska. Thanks J.  Steve and I had some fancy appetizers before dinner.  Steve had bought a container of organic cream cheese so I opened it and put them on some gift crackers Steve brought home.

Green Pepper Jelly Appetizers

This dish was given to me by my loving neighbors Ann and MJ who have both passed.

So that’s my Friday.  Thanks for making and sending the jar of Pepper Jelly, J!  Delicious.


Wedding Flowers in the Snow

Valentine's Wedding Flowers Charlotte and Joel's wedding February 14, 2010

Ruth:

Happy Fourth Anniversary Charlotte and Joel. What a beautiful wedding it was….married on her Grandparents’ Valentine Wedding Anniversary. So romantic.

Originally posted on Ruth E Hendricks Photography:

What photo to put up?  A dilemma. There’s the ongoing documentation of the storm, the damage done-  like the aluminum canopy over gas pumps all twisted as if in a tornado, buckled under the weight of the snow.  Or an Alpine mountain (i.e. huge pile) of snow that looks like Geology class. So many layers, the striations  from the different days. The bottom layer  almost black sedimentary rock-  coal!  A dusting of confectioner’s sugar on top.  The snow I shoveled today felt like the stuff in the movies, that ersatz fluff in the Nutcracker that floats down  onto the Snow Queen.  If you need to Create Fake Snow Falling from a Ceiling for a School Play there are instructions. Tomorrow’s  shovelfuls might be like concrete.  And it’s snowing as I think of what to share.  Lots of comments and emails about Spring and the hope for pictures with green in…

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Tartelette aux Framboises and Dark Chocolate Royal

We made an evening run for me to pick up something at Target.  Little plastic containers for soup.

On the way to the parking lot, Steve asked me if I could drive by his work so he could get something he left there.

Someone had brought two delicious French pastries from La Gourmandine Bakery as it turned out.

He brought out the box and opened it in the car and there they were.  Two lovely pastries.

When we got home, I cut the raspberry one in half and ate it, intending the other half for him later.  Ooops. I ate the other half too.   Here is the description on their website

Tartelette aux Framboises
(shortbread crust filled with baked almond cream and topped with fresh raspberries)  and the description of the

The chocolate cake is called “Royal” and made of dark chocolate mousse with a layer of crispy praline and sponge cake.

chocolate one courtesy of baker Lisanne

Pastries in a box

in the box     so glad he remembered they were at work and they didn’t go to waste! Happy to swing by and pick these up.

Raspberries

close up

ChocolateI saved this one for Steve.


Chocolate Covered Bacon

I happened to be at the Milk Shake Factory on Carson Street last Wednesday.  Did I mention that they have Happy Hour and all Milkshakes are half off fro 4-6 PM?  You might remember the post I did of the place.

It’s right down the street from the Post Office where I had to mail a couple of packages.

Anyway, the chocolate covered bacon,  by Edward Marc Chocolatier, was looking at me.

There are eyes on it, aren’t there?

Once my friend  R brought some over to the house but I can’t remember how it tasted except I know how bacon tastes and I know how chocolate tastes but can’t remember the combo.

Didin’t buy any , just got a half price milkshake, but caught a shot of it with the phone and wondered who got the idea to dip bacon in chocolate.

 

chocolate covered bacon

 

 

There are recipes for chocolate covered bacon all over the internet ( I just checked) and it says that it is a popular dish at state fairs.

 


Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb, Croatia

At least a year ago, my friend Connie W. from Florida, sent a newspaper article from an Ocala paper about the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb Croatia.  Connie must have read it and thought of Matthew, my son who lives there.   I asked him one time about it and then another time and we didn’t talk about it or mention it for along while.  Then I said I hope he could take Flat Ruthie there as I thought it would be an interesting place to visit.  Then Flat Ruthie went missing. And besides Flat Ruthie  hasn’t really had any relationships to break up  that I’m aware of………….

Today in my email I received photographs of his visit to the Museum of Broken Relationships.  Here is what Matthew wrote:

 
My Blog-following friends- Sasha, Ana Maria and Tanja asked if I had taken Flat Ruthie to the Museum of Broken Relationships.  I hadn’t.  So we decided to go together and take some pics for the Blog.  Flat Ruthie was too busy exploring the remote reaches of my desk drawers, so she opted not to join us this time.  I bought a Bad Memories Eraser for Mom at the gift shop, but a few hours later ran into a friend who needed it more.  Her boyfriend has gone to NYC to play the drums.

 I wonder what she’ll donate to the museum: a pair of scuffed sticks or an abandoned ride cymbal?  Hopefully, she’ll update us when she decides –   Matthew

Welcome to Museum

It isn’t just the objects.  It is the stories behind the objects.

Boots

 

 

Biker Boots

the story behind the boots

 

Ana Sasha Tanja

Tanja, Sasha, Ana at the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb

 

 

 

 

A wisp of hair

 

 

 

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Axe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEdding Box

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Flyer

 

 

 

Keka Flyer

 

 

 

Chocolate

At the gift shop

 

 

Blog Followers

I am so happy you all encouraged MAtthew to go to the museum!!!

 

I am not sure to whom the credit should go to for the photo of  Matthew at the entrance.  Let me know and I can edit the post.

Museum of Broken Relationships

Photo credit to Sasha, Tanja or Ana Maria- Thank you

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Chocolate, Eggs, Signs of Spring

Eataly Chocolate

Eataly Display

eggs in le creuset

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Woman on Cell Phone Carrying a Tulip

Box of chocolates

The Biggest Box of Chocolates I’ve Seen

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Godiva Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Rockefeller Center Chocolates

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Plantings About to Bloom on Fifth Avenue

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Unusual Flavors at Gourmet Garage

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Ice Cream Truck

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Balloons and Toys


Another Cupcake Heard From

No falling sprinkles today but one good cupcake leads to another.  My sister said cupcakes aren’t her favorite as the frosting is disproportionate to the amount of cake involved but many people are crazy for cupcakes.  I have seen a line around the corner on Bleecker Street at the Magnolia Bakery, many times.

A couple of weeks ago on a Monday, I went to a friend’s house and these chocolate cupcakes were the dessert.  Here is the recipe for Chocolate Heaven with Chocolate Buttercream.

I’m on a team for the Biggest Loser at work and we weigh in every Monday morning.  Good thing I had the rest of the week to try to make up for the indulgence.

I looked through the cookbook where J got the recipe from and everything sounded enticing.  Old fashioned baking with plenty of real ingredients. From Savannah Georgia, the  Back in the Day Bakery  is the name of the cookbook.  J had heard the owners, Cheryl and Griffith Day,  featured on the radio show Splendid Table.    Their specialty?  Vintage Desserts!

Chocolate Cupcake


Christmas Mice to Admire and Eat

Guest Blog from Euthemia where my sister is spending the Christmas holidays.

Her friend Joanne brought these to Christmas dinner . Euthemia emailed me the photo of them and then I wrote back to ask if it would be okay to post.  Directions below.  Thanks Euthemia and Joanne. photo-5

 

 

Here are the instructions for making the chocolate cherry mice from Joanne Maier of Glenmont, New York.  
They were a great hit at the holiday table.  

 
24 Maraschino cherries with stems
Waxed paper
1/2 cup chocolate chips
24 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped
48 almond slices (match pairs by size)
Icing – 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1 teaspoon of water
Black food coloring
Red food coloring
Drain cherries, pat dry. Cherries, unwrapped kisses and paired ears need to be lined up ahead of time on a cookie sheet covered in waxed paper.  Microwave chocolate chips 15 seconds at a time until melted. Be careful not to burn the chocolate.    Hold the cherry by stem, dip and swirl til covered in chocolate, put on the side so tail sticks out and on the front, push on a Kiss to make the head.  Where the Kiss meets the cherry, put in the two ears, and keep doing it until you finish.  Make icing, take a small amount and add black food coloring, another small amount for red food coloring, and the rest will stay white.  Put icing into 3 different baggies and cut a tiny hole in the corner of the bag.  Make the eyes white with a black dot in the middle, and use the pink for a nose.

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