Monday, June 29, 2009
My husband and I stopped at several antique shops on the way back from the Shelburne Museum yesterday. There was one shop that had many things decorating trees and the yard. One of the things was an old bottle just hanging by a wire, with a couple of beads on it. That inspired me to do something with some of the vintage bottles we have collected over the past 15 years. I took two of the bottles, some copper wire we had in the garage and a few beads. I came up with these hanging bud vases. I have these two hanging on my porch. They were very fun to make and they are a great use for bottles that have been in boxes for years! I am sure I will make more.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Today, my husband and I went to the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. I took many photos of the grounds, buildings and exhibits. I will share them in other blog posts in the near future. I enjoyed many of the exhibits, but was unable to take as many pictures as I would have liked.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Rookies Cookies and Cream
This is a picture of my current favorite ice cream stand. This picture was taken a couple of years ago. They have since added a huge chocolate/vanilla twist cone to their roof and a drive thru window. This is Rookies Cookies and Cream in Fort Edward, NY.
For as long as I can remember, going out for ice cream has been a way to spend time on a hot summer day or an after dinner drive. "Let's go out for ice cream," could be heard many days each summer in our home. The first place I remember going on a regular basis was what I called "the stand" when I was about 8 years old. I loved getting my cone dipped in the cherry coating that hardened. It was so good, but probably the messiest choice I could have made.
Our family moved to a little town called Tomhannock, NY and our new place to go was the local Stewart's Soda Shop in Schaghticoke, NY. They are a large chain in New York and I think they have spread to Vermont. They have "make-your-own sundaes" and I loved it when they brought out the tray with all of the syrups, sprinkles, whipped cream, cherries and nuts. Stewart's shops all have tables inside to enjoy your ice cream in comfort. We also sometimes drove about a half hour away to a restaurant called Bubbles, We would get dinner and always knew we could have ice cream too.
We moved again when I was in 8th grade. Our new ice cream places to go were the Stewart's shop within walking distance in Glens Falls and the very famous Martha's in Lake George. I loved the root beer floats at Stewart's. They had a root beer float flavored ice cream for a while. I can still taste it! Martha's was the place to go for the best soft ice cream in a variety of flavors. The lines were always long, but the wait was worth it.
In 1999 we moved back home. I took my husband to Martha's and we also explored other local ice cream shops. He was amazed at the lines of people waiting for ice cream on back country roads and out of the way places. He spent most of his life in Florida where this is not a phenomenon! Upstate New Yorkers love their ice cream!
We currently like to support our local ice cream shop, "Rookies" pictured above. They open on April 1st every year and the lines are usually steady until they close around labor day. They are known for their unique soft ice cream flavors, such as mocha, creamsicle and maple. They also have sugar free ice cream. One April, they opened on a day with a foot of snow covering their tables....they had customers!!
We also live only a few minutes away from "The Ice Cream Man" shop in Greenwich, NY. It is a beautiful log cabin stand. In 2007 it was featured on an episode of the Food Network's show "Throwdown with Bobby Flay." They have excellent homemade ice cream flavors using as many local ingredients as possible. I love their strawberry with huge chunks of fruit from a local strawberry farm!
There are great ice cream shops in every town around here. If there isn't a Stewart's shop, there is a local stand. There is a local joke that when you give directions to someone in upstate NY, you use the landmark "Stewart's" at least three times in your explanation ..."Go to the intersection, there will be a Stewart's on your right. Turn right and go about 5 miles. Take a left at the Stewart's..." I have also found myself using local ice cream shops in directions I give because everyone knows where Rob and Deb's, Martha's , Sprinkles, Rookies, Farmer's Daughter, and many, many more are in this area!
We moved back to NY when my son was 4. We kept the ice cream tradition going with him. It's just a fun thing to do!
The Ice Cream Man