Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Safe Journey

Early each spring, the hummingbirds hover outside my kitchen window
reminding me that I havent put the feeder up for them. Its hard to believe that after migrating to Mexico, South America, and Cuba for the winter, the
same birds make their way back to where they hatched & know where the food belongs!

Last week saw a flurry of feeding activity at the feeder. My guests were getting ready for their long trip south. Hormonal changes & the changing of the seasons signals the start of the migration more predictably than any calender. Like the changing leaves & chilly nights , the departure of the hummingbirds tells us that winter is on its way.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Autumn Treats

Bring the colors of the foliage into your home with Single Use Autumn Leaves Guest Soaps. Scented in "Spiced Cider" & "Pumpkin Pickin" fragrances they look beautiful in your favorite dish or a cute little basket.

Goat Milk & Shea Butter Jack 'o'Lanterns for your favorite little Goblin scented with "Spiced Pumpkin' are a Sweet Treat.

Art in the Park

Art in the Park & Classic Car Show Saturday October 3, 2009 9am-4pm
An opportunity to see artistic and creative talent from the area. Artists, craftsmen and unique items will be showcased. A variety of musical entertainment throughout the day. Food vendors will have an assortment of goodies available. Clean restrooms on the premises. Admission and parking are free. Classic cars from around the region will be on display and trophies will be awarded based on voting by the public. Special youth/student display area with awards being given in several categories. Rain date October 4. For info:845-744-3960.

Verkeerderkill Park is located on Route 52 West just outside of the Hamlet of Pine Bush.
Art in the Park is sponsored by The Town of Shawangunk, The Walker Valley Community Enhancement Committe, and the Pine Bush Area Arts Council.

1846 House Soaps will be on hand with our handmade goat milk soaps, fall & Halloween creations and our handwoven African Market baskets. Stop by and say Hi to the happiest guy in Walker Valley ( my DH Curtis).

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Harvest Festival Saturday

The Pine Bush Harvest Festival takes place in the heart of the hamlet of Pine Bush on the 3d Saturday in September. This year, it will be held on Sept 19th from 9am-3pm (raindate Sept 20th).
Sponsored by The Pine Bush Lions Club, the Harvest Festival is a celebration of our community. Main Street will be closed for the duration of the festival. Vendors, Art & crafts people, food, live entertainment, games, clubs & service organizations will be on hand for this fun filled day.

The Pine Bush Farmers Market will also be held in the municipal lot behind the Crawford Cultural Center.

Look for 1846 House Soaps at the market between Burds Farm & Late Bloomer Farm.

We will also be at The Harvest Festival in front of Heaven on Earth Natural Foods on Main Street. Just look for the Happiest Guy in Walker Valley ( my DH), with a selection of our soaps & African Market Baskets. See y'all this weekend!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Time to Wash the Critters

The temperature was predicted to hit 80 degrees today ( and who knows when it will again) so I decided my horse and my dog both needed a bath. Popped a bar of my Essential Oil Dirty Dawg Soap out of the mold and filled the kiddie pool. After bathing Buddy the One Eyed Yellow Lab I decided that Dirty Dawg would work just fine on a dirty horse. Well my old friend Max looks and smells just great! So, its official: Dirty Dawg also does a great job on a Dirty Horse! ( Avail @

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Raspberries Bustin' Out All Over!

The less than good weather this summer hasn't bothered the fall raspberries one little bit! The bushes are all full of plump, delicious berries begging to be picked and made into something wonderful.

A few years ago, my bosom buddy Judy was down from Vermont during raspberry time & shared a Vermont specialty: Raspberry Pie. Never thought of making a pie out of raspberries, but one bite and I was hooked! ( And its EASY!)

So, for the uninitiated, here's Judy's Mom's recipe for Vermont Raspberry Pie.

6 cups of Raspberries
1 cup sugar
3 Tbsp cornstarch or flour
1/4 cup tapioca
Mix together gently and place in your favorite pie crust

Bake @ 400 degrees for 45 minutes or until bubbly.

That's it! A scoop of vanilla ice cream only adds to it, but this wonderful berry pie is a treat for the taste buds no matter how you eat it!