This Thursday, December 12th The Haddam Historical Society will be hosting a Holiday Open House. There will be crafts, Wassail (more on that in a moment) and the gift shop will be open! It starts a 5pm and ends at 8pm. The Thankful Arnold House is at 14 Hayden Hill Road in Haddam. Phone is 860-345-2400.
Frances Phipps, a long gone Haddam resident would serve Wassail at holiday gatherings. Wassail is a traditional New England rum based beverage. I have been given this recipe to share with you. This would be such a treat to serve on a cold winters night and would surely bring much cheer
: Frances Phipps’ family Wassail
5qts of cider (sweet)
a handful of whole cloves, cardamom seeds (remove shells)
2tbls. ground nutmeg
1qt of dark rum
simmer altogether (do not boil) for at least an hr. Just before serving add 1 bottle of rum to the mix add sugar to taste, and simmer until quite warm. Do Not Boil!
Hope to see you at the Thankful Arnold House!!
The Christmas in the Country event last night was a blast! The Higganum Vision Group, the Valley Bible Evangelical Church, Haddam VFW and Haddam Masons did a bang up job putting on this special event. Santa was there and it was such fun to watch the children giving their requests for Christmas. I got to meet the maker of Higganum Cove Sugar Bush Pure Maple Syrup!!! He and his girlfriend came over to my table and introduced themselves and I quickly
begged and pleaded asked nicely for some more syrup for the shop. He said he would check his stash, I hope he has some to spare!
So what goes great with Higganum maple syrup? Pancakes of course! And why not bring out your best or not often used linen napkins, silver and pretty plates to serve up delicious flap jacks dripping with melted butter and maple syrup, pure heaven!
Here are some photos of a pancake feast at my house and then my favorite pancake recipe, it’s inspired by a KitchenAid recipe.
I double this recipe to serve all 5 of us. I’ve made a few changes (buttermilk instead of milk and butter instead of shortening) and these are yummy!
1.5 cups all-purpose organic flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon organic sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 organic (organic eggs are far superior to regular, mass-produced eggs)
1.25 cups organic buttermilk
3 tablespoons organic butter, melted
Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add eggs (slightly beaten), buttermilk and melted butter and mix with a large whisk until smooth. I let this batter “stand” for a few minutes while I heat up a cast iron griddle, you’ll notice the batter lighten up with bubbles. Melt some butter on your griddle and cook your pancakes on medium heat. Make sure you see the edges of your pancakes start to bubble before your flip. I like to make pancakes on the smallish side, around 4″ across. This recipe makes about 10-12 pancakes and as I said I double it.
Serve with plenty of butter and maple syrup, enjoy!
Chalk has been buzzing with holiday shoppers. It’s just delightful getting to know everyone, frankly, it’s the best part of having a shop!
I hope this post finds you all well
Have a wonderful day!
Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, why not make EVERYDAY a small business day!!!
Shop local and get to know your fabulous neighbors!!!
Tokyo Milk, one of my favorite lines is in! Bubble baths, soaps, candles, lotions, parfums and delicious lip balms with the most beautiful packaging perfect for gift giving or a treat for yourself.
Until next time!
As a thank you to all of our wonderful customers we are having an informal wine and light fare soiree tonight from 5 -7. Be sure to stop over at the Higganum Community Center for the Indoor Farmers Market!
Here are some photos of what’s new at Chalk….
Have a lovely Friday and wonderful weekend! This Saturday is the Haddam Killingworth Middle School Holiday Craft show for details click here
, St. Peter Church Country Christmas Fair (Oh my! they’re serving lasagna!!! Be still my Sicilian heart!!!!) details click here
, also the Open Studio Weekend will be in full swing for details click here
I’m thrilled to be one of the shops participating in this coming weekend’s Shopping Extravaganza! Below is a map of all of the wonderful shops that are taking part. Start early and make a day of it I will be taking 15% off all Amy Howard at Home paints so if you’ve been wanting to try it now is the time!
Hope to see you soon!