A Warm Holiday Open House ‘Thank You’!

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The best thing about owning a cottage business is the pleasure of meeting all of you and the opportunity to share some of my passions with you. In these difficult economic times, it’s also important to support local business and discover the hidden talents of so many local artisans. We all have a story and are blessed with special talents. We ‘artisans’ often express it in creative ways in the art we create for you to enjoy.  So, THANK YOU to all who braved the weather and shopped locally this past weekend! With the upcoming holiday season, look for the simple things in life…family, friends and loved ones.

The reality of winter right around the corner was evident with the current blast of frigid temperatures and recent snowfall. Busting out frozen water buckets for all the animals is a necessary chore from now until next spring. Last minute winterizing tasks include draining the outside spigots and turning off water supply lines, dragging the last of the garden hoses into storage as well as covering or moving planters and pots indoors that may not survive freezing temps.  

Many visitors to Sheepy Hollow have requested recipes for some of the refreshments served at our open house. My dear friend Lynne and I have collected these favorite recipes (and others) and published a ‘little book’ available for purchase in the shop.  This year I also baked gingersnaps for the open house, since they are one of my family’s favorites. Dennis loves to dunk them in tea! Many of you have asked me for the recipe, so I’ll share it with you here. They’re very simple to make.

You’ll need 2-1/4 cups flour, 2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 cup light brown sugar, 3/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup molasses and 1 egg. Stir together flour and spices in a bowl with a whisk and set aside. Mix together br sugar, oil, egg and molasses. Beat well. Add flour mixture and mix well. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar if desirred. Place 2-inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes. Cool on rack. Makes 4 dozen.  ENJOY!  

Well, I’m back to fiber’n to re-stock the shop since Sheepy Hollow will be open thru the end of December with regular shop hours, Fri/Sat/Sun, 11 – 4, and ALWAYS by appointment.

Blessings,  Jen

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