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Oram’s Donuts in Joe Namath’s Hometown – Beaver Falls, PA

More than a decade ago I saw a show narrated by Rick Sebak on PBS about Oram’s Bakery in Beaver Falls, PA. Beaver Falls is about 35 miles Northwest of the city and is on the Beaver River.  ( I just looked it up and the show was out in 1999)

Their cinnamon rolls are their most popular donut, and they appeared to be the size of dinner plates. Well, at least a luncheon plate. I am sure each one weighs a half a pound.

I’d always intended to go check them out.

Today I did.

Oram's Cinnamon Rolls

They barely fit in the bakery box.

I bought a seventh cinnamon roll for me to eat for lunch and Josh put it in a white paper bakery bag for me.

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Here is Josh graciously posing for me with the box of the donuts. Thank you Josh.

I was going to take the box to Ohio but the car was so hot that when I was at the Beaver Falls Post Office I saw a woman waiting in a car,  so I asked her if she liked Oram’s donuts and she said yes so I went to the car and gave her the box.  She was most appreciative.

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Nicole is constructing boxes to hold donut orders.

Josh and his brother built this LEGO®  donut bakery.   They sent a design to a company online and they sent the design kit to build, software is involved.  It’s on display in the bakery and I found it fascinating.

Orams 3Another view of the LEGO® bakery

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A lot of details. This is the front of the bakery.

 

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Love the LEGO® donuts

 

 

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Orams 7I bought a souvenir coffee mug for Steve  if you lived in Beaver Falls and brought this mug in after purchase they will give you FREE coffee (the small size coffee) in your Oram’s mug

 

 

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Orams building 1912The building was built the year both my parents were born 1912

 

Oh yes, I mentioned that Beaver Falls is  Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath‘s hometown so I found the plaque to him by the library(the library is closed on Friday’s :-( )    I drove by the Beaver Falls Senior High School but it is a modern one now and so I  figured the old one must be the Middle School next door.

 

 

Here is the plaqueJoe Namath Plaque

My friend Gail and her parents took me to see the JETS play in the late sixties and you know who the quarterback was in that game!

 


Latte Art at Big Dog Coffee on Southside

Met Leah at Big Dog Coffee (former student teacher) this morning for coffee, oatmeal ( w almonds banana and cinnamon) and conversation.

Look at the latte art and appreciate the skill it took to create it. A cup full of beauty. Delicious.

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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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

The example posted by Cheri Lucas Rowlands was a Northern California foggy dawn.

A sunrise – a perfect beginning.

A baby, just born.

The first page of the dictionary.

The first page of the new calendar.

Once you start, more come to mind.

Beginning= possibility?  A new start.

I did not search the archives for beginnings but put the iPhone to use at breakfast-

My Saturday morning.

Here’s the beginning -

Coffee and English Muffin

The special English muffins a surprise in the Christmas mail from Ben and Susan, thanks

A New Page

A newly sharpened pencil ready to begin……

a journal entry, a letter, a poem, a novel, a list-

A single match

Begin with a single match…………..

Middle CMiddle C- “Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start….” “When you sing you begin with Do Re Mi”

Yarn BowlThe beginning of a ball of yarn in my new yarn bowl :-)


Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liberty Tunnel

Note the Pirates Flag at the mouth of the Liberty Tunnel- Red ligh

Of course I posted the Pittsburgh at daybreak and then they call for GOOD MORNING challenge

Some new  some from the archives.

 

 

 

La Prima Espresso

 

 

 

 

 

 

sunrise (2)

 

 

 

sunrise (1)

School buses arrive at school

sunrise

 

Sunrise in the windows of school

Vending Machine

 

Vending machine loading at Hudson River NYC

 

 

Farm Machinery

 

Behind farm machinery in Ohio

 

 

cross countryCross country meet at Schenley Park


The Stockings Are Hung

At Big Dog Coffee on Sarah Street,  the South Side.  Ready for the season.

When I saw these stockings hanging by the fireplace, I thought it was funny.

I posted a reflection of Big Dog Coffee last November, you may remember.  A great place to meet for coffee.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

Everyday life.

Selected a dozen shots for this Weekly Photo Challenge. The photographer who created this challenge,  Jon Sanwell, suggests walking around and shooting people in a variety of settings throughout the day. One of my decisions was to mix it up, peopled and unpeopled shots but the trace of humanity in the unpeopled shots.

What I documented-

Walk the dogs, cook breakfast, make coffee, catch the school bus, sit in traffic,  run out of milk and go to the market, home repairs (thanks to Andy’s father’s screws and nails collection in her basement ceiling)feed the dog, put out the trash, buy a lottery ticket, gather with the family,dine with friends.  Everyday life can be so fine.

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Fellow bloggers respond to the challenge here

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Big Dog Coffee Shop Reflected in Their Nuova Simonelli Machine

It is a stunning and shining beauty of an Espresso machine, the Nuova Simonelli. And as I stood waiting for my coffee, I noticed the reflection of the chairs and wall. I read that they are getting ready to put up some new art so I caught it on a plain green wall day.

I love that Big Dog Coffee Shop opens at 6 AM. They make authentic conversation with you and never seemed annoyed or put out like a coffee shop I used to go to every morning(and the other place doesn’t open ’til 7AM) .  I feel welcomed, appreciated. It’s friendly but not fake.  And their coffee is delicious, too.  They are on the flats of the South Side and I teach on the slopes.  Just right.

Once our book club met in the back room.  It’s a welcoming space.  Pretty soon they will start using the fireplace, too.  I like the oatmeal bar for a splurge some days.  Big Dog Coffee is more than just the jolt of morning caffeine.  It is a joyful start to the day!


Multilayered Heart Art in a Latté = Happy Start to End the Work Week

Original latté art by Rachel at Tazza D’Oro in Highland Park.  A lovely way to start the day.

Like a little gift!  You sip it in your car, make it last, wend your way across rivers, up the slopes.  It tastes delicious.

A Day in the Life

Simple things.
Rituals.
Treating oneself
in moderation of course.
Someone does something nice for you.
You feel happy.

Captured with available light from the coffee shop window.


Six AM in the Strip District and La Prima Espresso is OPEN

A two hundred mile ahead of me so getting a bold cup of coffee (and an almond mele) seemed a great start to the trip.  The whole block was dark except for the welcoming neon and glass doors and window of La Prima Espresso and the neighboring bakery (Colangelo’s).  A standing coffee bar with the best coffee in Pittsburgh. A thought of the day on a chalkboard, written in Italian.  Italian TV playing above the barista making espresso, cappuccino, lattes. Fresh squeezed orange juice until 2 PM.  You can see the newspaper outside on the sidewalk by the front doors.

One of the most recognizable scents

I remember when I didn’t even drink coffee.
A hot cup in my hand before dawn–
all is right with the world.
Especially if it from La Prima Espresso!

A welcome sight at 6 Am Saturday morning.


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