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Aug
05
2014

Farm Fresh From Vermont

Update: The goal was met and Swan&Stone are headed to NYC!!! Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible!!

If you have ever visited my blog you know my love of all things Vermont. Vermont is my happy place. Anytime I get the opportunity to share it, I take that opportunity. And I take it seriously. I have something really special to share today.

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It’s not often you see the word millinery. I found Swan&Stone a couple of years back when they were Little Hill Woolworks and bought a hat right then and there!

Collaborators Samantha Stone and Nora Swan, both former New Yorkers, are the brains, hearts and hands behind Swan&Stone. Both have contributed fascinating halves that make the whole of all that is now a thriving millinery housed in The Granary in quintessential, bucolic Brandon, Vermont.

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Robbin, my oldest and dearest friend, and I were treated to a personal tour of Swan&Stone when we were in Brandon last October. Yes, Vermont in October. Heaven on Earth! Our tour guide was Kelly, whom I met through the wonderful world wide web when we were both in business – she owned a handcrafted lollipop business and I owned Dahlem’s Soapworks. I don’t remember exactly how we met, but it was meant to be. Kelly is an amazing mom and friend AND an extraordinary photographer. I have given her credit on the photos that belong to her – though you could probably tell already – they are amazing.

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Stepping into Swan&Stone is a feast for the eyes for anyone – but for a couple of women who love Vermont, LOVE handcrafted, LOVE sustainable products, LOVE locavore culture, LOVE farms and sheep and hats…well our breaths were taken away! We tried on hats, admired and admonished our choices, and had an amazing and educational visit with Samantha. I am kicking myself for not purchasing my favorite of the day – a felt beauty that was a little steampunk, a little country with lot of attitude – you know, like me! LOL! The trim on it was bits & bobs of metal found after Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on beautiful Brandon back in August of 2011.

There are numerous articles written about Swan&Stone online and I will give you links at the end of this post. But the words that are their own are the best. What interesting women, business owners, and artisans. I have to admit, I will never look at hats the same. I say all the time: I wish people still wore hats. WELL, people do! Bold people. Confident people. People who don’t bend and give to the latest fashion trend. That’s what I love about Sam & Nora’s creations – they are timeless. Beautiful, extraordinary, handmade hats for now and forever.

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wooden hat blocks

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one of a kind hats for men

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hats waiting for embellishments

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LOVE the blue!!

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there’s something for everyone!

felt hats, straw hats, fascinators, kids’ hats, hats for brides

These are literally farm to head hats!

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photo credit: Kelly McCullough

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photo credit: Kelly McCullough (I need this one framed)

Now Samantha and Nora have a once in a lifetime chance to show their hats to the world! After a rigorous jury process they have been invited to show and sell their hats at the 2014 Grand Central Holiday Fair! Yes! THAT Grand Central – in New York City! There is a little bump in the road, a catch if you will – the $16K entrance fee. But you know what? This is very doable – and you, me, we can help them meet that challenge head on (no pun intended) and become the famous milliners they are destined to be. I believe in what Swan& Stone is doing. Grass to market isn’t just about food anymore. Every product that is made from sustainable goods should be readily available to consumers who care about that very important factor in producing goods & services. Fine hats should be no exception. So please visit their KickStarter page and contribute.

Every little bit will help them realize their dream.  AND you too can own an original Swan&Stone creation with your contribution.

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Please do you and me both a favor and follow the link, visit Swan&Stone’s Kickstarter Page and help this woman owned and operated business show in NYC! You know what they say: If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. And Samantha and Nora deserve this opportunity – they have worked so hard and offer beautiful handcrafted hats that anyone would love.

Be sure and watch the video on your visit to their kickstarter page. There is also an easy “go to” link in the right column – check it out!

You can read more about Swan&Stone here:

You can also follow them on twitter @ https://twitter.com/swanandstone and find them on Face book @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/SwanStone-Millinery/187059057992815

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With warmest regards,

Susan

Sep
24
2013

Delicious Ginger Spice Muffins from Gooseberry Patch’s Hometown Harvest

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WOW these were delicious!  WERE – ’cause we ate them all!  I got up yesterday morning and made them for breakfast – ate two with my coffee and then got a call from a friend that she was headed over to drink ONE cup of coffee.  We have to make a conscious effort to drink ONE cup or we will realize 3 hours in, we have put on the second or third pot.  So she shows up and ask immediately “WHAT ARE THOSE?”  And before she finished the first one she says “Don’t let me eat all of them.”  🙂

They are so super easy – as most if not all Gooseberry Patch recipes are. AND they are so super delicious.  And I wanted to be able to tell you they froze and reheated well but there were two left last night and I came in at 11pm having not eaten supper and I finished them off.  So next batch – and there will be a next batch.  And a next. And a next.  – I will let you know how well they freeze and reheat.  I cannot imagine that they wouldn’t. AND I made them with gluten free flour and they were perfection – so imagine if  you can eat gluten how tender and delicious they will be.  Although, I don’t think there was much room for any improvement.  So without further ado, here is your recipe for Ginger Spice Muffins from the lovely Hometown Harvest cookbook from Gooseberry Patch!

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GINGER SPICE MUFFINS

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour (I used Namaste’s Gluten Free Blend)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup light molasses
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and spices.  Add remaining ingredients.  With an electric mixer on low speed, beat just until blended.  Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Spoon batter into greased or paper-lined muffin cups, filling 2/3 full.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes; remove muffins to a wire rack and cool completely. More one dozen.

Now you know how this all goes down! And of course as always, you can win a copy of this new cookbook.

To enter this Early Bird Review and Giveaway: All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of each post pertaining to this giveaway and Early Bird Review and consider yourself entered. I will be posting amazing recipes from this book over the next two weeks and then on Monday the September 30, I will draw a name from the trusty mason jar and announce the winner. You have a few chances to get your name in the drawing. And of course it would be nice of you to tell your friends if you have facebook or a blog of your own.

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Apr
30
2012

Great NEW Book from Gooseberry Patch! The Harvest Table and NEW Bakeware from Chinet!

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I think every time I open a package from Gooseberry Patch that the book I pull out is my favorite.  I think “OH this one is the best so far.”  They just keep doing it right peeps.  I love EVERYTHING about this book from front to back.

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Adorbs cover don’t you think? So imagine my delight when I got TWO great packages this week.  Chinet, you know Chinet, THE brand to go to for all your disposable tableware,  well they are taking a BIG old step.  They are launching a line of  disposable bakeware! And I was asked to try this new product and put my two cents in.  I will be testing several sizes, in my new apron that was in the box 🙂 You know I love aprons!  I was VERY happy to see that the new line of disposible bakeware is made from 90% recycled material.  Here’s a little blurb from their website:

The first disposable baking dishes that let you take your food from oven to table to freezer to microwave, all in one attractive, non-stick pan. And because it’s from the Chinet brand, strength and stability are built in. Bakeware is designed to be sturdy and dependable no matter what you’ve got cooked up. And not only does it look good, but you can leave it behind without worrying about losing your favorite permanent pan.

Yep, that’s how they roll.  Convenient, sturdy, all in one, lovely celery green outside and non stick on the inside.  And like the website said,  no worries about losing a pan!

Check back in tomorrow when I hit you with not only a terrific recipe for Gobble-Good Turkey Bake but I will tell you all about my experience with this NEW Chinet  bakeware.  AND how you can enter to win not only a copy of Gooseberry Patch’s new book The Harvest Table, but some lucky ducky will get to try the NEW Chinet bakeware because they will be mailing some to try! Very cool, don’t you think?  Oh and you can check out their website for more product info.

And I don’t know about you but the first warm weather (hot really) I start planning for Autumn all the wonderful things that go along with it.  And I am going to help you out with some recipes courtesy of Gooseberry Patch!  See you tomorrow!

NOTE: I am required by the FTC to disclose to you all that I received the Chinet Bakeware products free of charge.

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