Friday, May 14, 2010

May Recipe of the Month

Snow Dusted Lemon Bars

These disappear as soon as we put them out. Perfect on a hot afternoon.

Crust Ingredients:
1 1/3 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened

Filling Ingredients:
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 TB. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 TB. grated lemon rind

Garnish: Powdered Sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all crust ingredients in small bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping often until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press onto bottom of ungreased 8 inch square pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Meanwhile combine all filling ingredients in small bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Pour filling over hot, partially baked crust. Continue baking for 18-20 minutes until filling is set. Cool slightly and then sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Serves 9.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Summer Theatre

Stratton Players was established in 1925, making it one of the oldest community theatre groups in the country.
For two weekends only (May 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8 p.m. and May 16, and 23 at 2 p.m.) they will perform "What I Did Last Summer" by A. R. Gurney. Vacationing with his mother and sister on the shore of Lake Erie in 1945, Charlie is looking forward to loafing with friends. Against Mom’s wishes, he gets a job with the town misfit, Anna, known as the “Pig Woman”. Charlie decides her bohemian lifestyle is for him, and with Dad in the Pacific, it’s up to Mom to confront Anna, with whom she has history. A charming, coming-of-age tale. Tickets $12.00.

Theatre at The Mount Presents "ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE
" Written and originally directed by Ted Swindley – based on a true story, June 18, 19, 25, 26 at 8pm and June 27 at 2pm Presented through special arrangement with Ted Swindley Productions

Always...Patsy Cline tells the true story of the special friendship between two women, one a rising star and the other a devoted fan, over a pot of strong coffee in Louise's kitchen and through letters and phone calls shared until Patsy's untimely death. Re-live the magic through the songs that made Patsy Cline a pop and country music legend: Crazy, Sweet Dreams, Walkin' After Midnight, I Fall to Pieces, and much more. Matinee prices $15.00, Evening performances $20.00

Peterborough Players will present "Once in a Lifetime" by Moss Hart and George Kaufman at 8 p.m. on June 9, 11, and 12 and 2 p.m. on June 13. Once in a Lifetime is a rollicking tale of three down and out troupers who decide to head for Hollywood and try their luck with the newly invented talkies. It's a fast-paced wild romp and a marvelous spoof of tinsel land. Tickets $15 adults, $10 students/children.

Receive two complimentary tickets when you stay two nights or longer. Based on availability.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Get the perfect Mother's Day Gift- A Gift Certificate to The Maguire House B&B

History of American Celebration

When the first English settlers came to America, they discontinued the tradition of Mothering Day. While the British holiday would live on, the American Mother’s Day would be invented—with an entirely new history—centuries later. One explanation for the settlers’ discontinuation of Mothering Day was that they just didn’t have time; they lived under harsh conditions and were forced to work long hours in order to survive. Another possibility, however, is that Mothering Day conflicted with their Puritan ideals. Fleeing England to practice a more conservative Christianity without being persecuted, the pilgrims ignored the more secular holidays, focusing instead on a no-frills devotion to God. For example, even holidays such as Christmas and Easter were much more somber occasions for the pilgrims, usually taking place in a Church that was stripped of all extraneous ornamentation.

Julia Ward Howe's Mother's Day Proclamaition of 1870

The first North American Mother’s Day was conceptualized with Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870. Despite having penned The Battle Hymn of the Republic 12 years earlier, Howe had become so distraught by the death and carnage of the Civil War that she called on Mother’s to come together and protest what she saw as the futility of their Sons killing the Sons of other Mothers. With the following, she called for an international Mother's Day celebrating peace and motherhood:

Arise, then, women of this day!

Arise all women who have hearts,

Whether your baptism be that of water or of tears

Say firmly:

"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,

Our husbands shall not come to us reeking of carnage,

For caresses and applause.

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn

All that we have been able to teach them of

charity, mercy and patience.

"We women of one country

Will be too tender of those of another country

To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with

Our own. It says, "Disarm, Disarm!"

The sword of murder is not the balance of justice!

Blood does not wipe out dishonor

Nor violence indicate possession.

As men have of ten forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war.

Let women now leave all that may be left of home

For a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means

Whereby the great human family can live in peace,

Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,

But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask

That a general congress of women without limit of nationality

May be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient

And at the earliest period consistent with its objects

To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,

The amicable settlement of international questions.

The great and general interests of peace.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


This year the tulips and daffodils have been so beautiful! Paul got a new Canon camera for his birthday and has quickly become an expert photographer. He took this photo to help preserve the magic.