Pittsburgh Wedding Cookie Table Benefit

Western Pennsylvania is noted for the wonderful wedding cookie tables.  Some regions of the country have never heard of a wedding cookie table let alone experience and devour the cookies.  Today my good friends and I drove in the teeming rain, alongside swollen and rising creeks, over hill and dale on winding roads, to get to this lovely event. We are so happy we did!

THE PITTSBURGH WEDDING COOKIE TABLE BOOK BENEFIT
Sunday, September 9
1—3 PM Connoquenessing Country Club

We went to taste the varieties of dozens of cookies to help in the “creation of a cookie table book in this benefit for VOICE (Butler’s Victim Outreach Intervention Center), Young Writers of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project and Animal Friends.”
The three hosts were  “cookbook author Suzanne Martinson, of “The Fallingwater Cookbook” and retired food editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette”( who graciously answered many questions and who has initiated many cookie tables in other states) “portrait photographer Linda Mitzel of Linda Mitzel Photography and journalist/WPWP teacher consultant Jane Miller of The RUFF Writers of New Sun Rising, a new family/school/ neighborhood writing project.”

We had a wonderful afternoon sampling cookies and sipping tea and coffee or lemonade.  Someone baked adorable doggy cookies in the shapes of bones and doghouses, using pumpkin and peanut butter. Now dog cookies aren’t the usual offering at a wedding but appreciated as a welcome home treat for Fido. There were white bakery boxes to fill with cookies to take home. (Thanks Deb)

Thanks to Suzanne, Linda and Jane, for hosting a wedding cookie table afternoon.

I baked Esther Maiolo’s Pignoli Cookies and Mrs. Scarano’s Italian Strip Cookies

Going to Look at My Wrist Instead of My Phone

Going to look at my wrist instead of my phone. After more than three years of not wearing a watch, I’m returning to wearing one. Needed two hands to make it glow. I was able to take this photo by using the 3 second timer and propping the phone up in a wooden iPad holder while I pushed the watch stem to make it glow. Just a basic generic watch. I think there are watches somewhere the house that need a battery but I wanted something reliable, quickly. Are you a phone, watch or wall clock checker?

Or none of the above.

The Gift of a Well Chosen Book

The gift of a well chosen book.

When I went to breakfast with my friend R a couple of weeks ago, she presented me with this book. She’s found it in a Wisconsin bookshop, months ago and saved it for my birthday.

Tonight I photographed it with a candlestick and the pair of socks, almost complete- I’m decreasing the toes. You see this poetry book is printed by Candlestick Press! It’s one of their “Instead of a Card” pamphlet series.

There’s even a poem by Emily Dickinson.

You are invited to read the Ten Poems about Knitting poems by a lovely introduction written by Di Slaney (poet and Co-owner of Candlestick Press in Nottingham UK)

https://humag.co/features/di-slaney

Dear R,

Thank you for the perfect poetry book for me and the bookmark’s thoughtful inscription.

I sit and knit. And knit. And knit. And read poems about Knitting.

R

My Friend’s Collection

My friend Rose collects Hard Rock Cafe Pins when she travels. Some of the souvenir pins have moveable parts. Friends and family have brought pins from various destinations when they travel, to add to her collection.

A few examples- Paris, Prague, Philadelphia  Barcelona, Venice, Florence,Las Vegas, Niagara Falls, London (the phone booth door opens and closes) and the Jimi Hendrix special edition pin on purple shown below.

On Pinterest they show creative display options- some in the shape of a guitar or even mounted inside a guitar case. The first pins were the basic logo and location. Definitely more intricate detailed versions now.

“As of July 2018, Hard Rock International has venues in 74 countries, including 185 cafes, 25 hotels, and 12 casinos.” Wikipedia

I didn’t ask how many she has so far.

You know I enjoy people’s answer to the question “What do you collect?”

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