Saturday, May 23, 2015

"You can't go wrong with relatively simple comfort food. It's also about ease. Some cook to impress. I cook for people to enjoy the food." ~ Al Roker

Another night of BITE! Tierney chose "comfort food" for our evening. What does that conjure up in your mind? For me it is anything that has to do with soup, macaroni and cheese, Thanksgiving. What a fun theme!

For our appetizer, my dish of the evening, I searched my mind. Comfort food as an appetizer? I remember my grandmother's clam dip every Thanksgiving, and just thinking about it makes me happy, but I was not sure if I would call it a comfort food. I sought Bruce's input and he wisely said "anything with mashed potatoes". Yes, talk about comforting! Loaded Mashed Potato Cups had it covered, with its addition of cheddar, sour cream and bacon. Yum!

Watermelon Water

For our side-dish, Ellen made a delicious pizza, thoughtfully spilt down the middle with mushroom on one side and onions and peppers on the other (for the non-fungi among us - me). She made her own sauce with a recipe that she found at

A huge hit!

For our main dish, Tierney began to make Gnocchi with Spring Vegetables, but when the gnocchi did not turn out the way that she wanted, she changed to pasta. The recipes calls for the addition of asparagus, snap peas, fiddleheads and ramps. The last two ingredients were found in her backyard! So delicious - so delicious!

Lastly, for dessert, Chris made Carrot Cake.  Scrumptious!

I knew that Bruce was going to love all of the leftovers from this meal (he always does, but this one in particular included some favorites).

Wonderful food and evening. Till next time - Fruit!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

"Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects." ~ Charles Eames

And now for Part II of my day spent with Alex and Hannah at the Shelburne Museum! If you will recall, my really good camera is in the shop. I took along my point and shoot, only to have the battery die about halfway through the day. I then turned to my cellphone camera. Not too bad considering!

Stencil House 

General Store
Mop heads to which rags were secured.

Doctors' Offices above the General Store

Meeting House

This is a Conestoga Wagon. I assumed that it was a Prairie Schooner, but there is a difference. The Conestoga wagon was used to carry merchandise, while the Prairie Schooner was used by pioneers moving west. The Schooner was designed to carry everything a family needed for a long and hazardous journey.
Print Shop
This gentleman spent quite a bit of time with us, demonstrating and explaining the various printers in use.

Weaving Shop

Textile Gallery ~ The Shelburne Museum has an extensive collection of quilts. I'm afraid that I fell short of getting adequate photos.
Mary Hool (born 1780), Boston, Mass.

Toy Shop 
Variety Unit
Butter Stamps

Pressed Glass

Glass Canes ~ 

School House

Folk Art at Stagecoach Inn ~ Shelburne Museum founder, Electra Havenmeyer Webb began to collect American Folk sculpture in 1907 when she was only 18. She saw these as objects of art and understood the importance of form, line, color and texture.

Gallery of Ogden Pleissner's Art.

There are numerous other buildings on site that I have not included here, most notably a new structure, The Center for Art and Education, which is quite remarkable and promises to bring a new edge to the museum.

It was a wonderful day, and I will leave you with these final, happy shots!