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Archive for May, 2016

Get thrifty

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Thrifting is not for the faint of heart, but it is great fun. I checked out a few stores for the summer issue of Kearsarge Magazine; one of my trips is below. If you have some time this summer, grab a friend and see what you can find!

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NEW LONDON

Go Lightly Consignment Boutique

255 Newport Road

golightlyconsignment.weebly.com

CODE: consignment, clothing, jewelry

 

The Renaissance Shoppe at the VNA

107 Newport Road

lakesunapeevna.org

CODE: thrift, art, collectibles, jewelry, antiques, nonprofit cause

 

Switchback Consignment

256 Main Street

CODE: consignment, clothing, toys, sports equipment

 

St. Andrews Thrift Shop

52 Gould Road

(603) 526-6590

CODE: thrift, clothing, housewares, nonprofit cause

Sunapee Spinach Squares

Every summer Kearsarge Magazine has a dining guide. Some years I ask local restaurants for recipes, some years I ask businesses, some years neighbors and friends. This year, we went into the historical archives – church cookbooks, town offices and historical societies – and shared a few recipes. This one, Sunapee Spinach Squares, was super good. Pick up the summer 2016 issue of Kearsarge Magazine if you’re interested in reading a few more!

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  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 lb. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 10 oz. packages frozen spinach, thawed and drained

1 tbsp. chopped onion

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 pan and melt in oven. Remove. Beat eggs well.  Blend in flour, milk, salt and baking powder. Add cheese, spinach and onion. Mix well. Spoon into prepared baking dish. Bake 35 minutes. Remove and cool 45 minutes. Cut into 1-inch squares. Freezes well.

This recipe comes from longtime resident Midge Cross, and is familiar around the Lake Sunapee region as a favorite intermission treat at Summer Music Associates concerts. It is published in Abbott Library’s A Taste of Sunapee Cookbook, a fundraiser cookbook that contains many well-loved local culinary contributions.

Family FunFest scheduled for September!

Low Res Family FunFest Logo WN16 jlsSaturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Whaleback, 160 Whaleback Mountain Road, Enfield, N.H.

(exit 16 off I-89, easily seen from interstate!)

Family FunFest is Kid Stuff magazine’s annual family event. It’s about families and fun, education and entertainment, local businesses and nonprofits, games and goodies — a day of memory making right here in your Upper Valley community.

Although Family FunFest is a kid-centered festival, adults have plenty of reasons to love FunFest, too. Parents will learn about camp opportunities, meet Upper Valley tutors and educators, find deals on clothing, learn about birthday party places, and get information from local nonprofit organizations. Door prizes — appealing to the whole family— will be given away during the event. Planned activities include storytelling, obstacle course, pony rides, face paintings, arts and crafts projects, and more!

If you’d like to sponsor or be a vendor at this fun new event, please call the Kid Stuff magazine home base at (603) 863-7048.

One of the best pieces of art on earth (and middle earth)

692496_orig  Melanie Chouinard believes in fairies and folklore. And why not? As a fantasy artist working primarily with polymer clay and paper mache, her imagination magically transforms into whimsical sculptures of fairies, dragons, merfolk, pixies and gnomes.

Chouinard’s Pocket Gnomes — original and unique in style to her studio, The Silver Branch — are adorable. There are many stories about gnomes, but Chouinard describes them as “cheery little people that love to live in the home (especially kitchens and windowsills), plant pots, gardens and forests where they tend to their own business and sometimes lend some luck your way.” She hand sculpts each one out of durable blended clays, then paints and finishes them with a nontoxic glaze.

Chouinard has sculpted more than 3,000 Pocket Gnomes, and they’ve found their homes around the world on shelves and desks, in terrariums and fairy gardens, even on top of cakes as decoration. Learn more at thesilverbranch.com