pumpkin bread with sourdough starter- mmmmm

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (yesterday I used bread flour it was all I had)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup puréed pumpkin (15 oz)
  • 1 cup sourdough starter-( fed within the last week and you have to let it warm up from out of your refrigerator for at least two hours)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3/4 cup or even 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut or raisins
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Directions: Mix all wet ingredients except for sourdough starter.

Add spices. If you don’t like as many spices in a pumpkin bread as I do just decrease it. I am a cinnamon fiend I love cinnamon.

Stir in sourdough starter.

Stir in dry ingredients until just mixed. everything has to be incorporated so you’re just going to have to pay attention. I do this by hand not with a mixer.

Pour into a lightly greased Bundt pan and bake at 350° for approximately one hour. I use a metal skewer the skinny kind like you used to close the back of a turkey to test to see if the baking is complete. Toothpick or skewer should come out clean.

Cool in pan at least 25 minutes before removing from pan.

My final COVID-19 cooking note is if you can find canned pumpkin at a reasonable price by it because the prices attached to it now are absurd.

fed up with chaos? why yes, actually.

I will state after experiencing this person in East Whiteland at Routes 30 and 352, I wouldn’t vote for the invisible John Emmons for Congress because of people like this. (Not that anyone has seen the man, he’s kind of like the male equivalent to Kristine Howard. You are just supposed to vote for them just because.)

I have carried pickets in protest in my day, but I never stood on a crazy busy street corner in East Whiteland yelling at cars, practically in traffic. Not exaggerating, look at the photo.

I know the photo is grainy I was a passenger in a car and I was not expecting that woman and her friend and their signs. They were startling, alarming, and unpleasant.

Offensive. Something about “DemoCRAPS”. Yelling, smiling, are they unhinged?

This woman and her pal are a completely unnecessary traffic hazard at this intersection and the person I was driving with almost got hit trying to not be too close to this person turning the corner and some fool coming out of the Linden Hall development decided to just kind of gun it through the intersection when they did NOT have the right of way.

I do not care if someone wants to exercise their rights and look like a fanatical jackass campaigning for whomever, in this case John Emmons. What I do care about is not being subjected to additional hazards on already busy roads.

John Emmons train your protestor volunteers better. They should be well in from the curb.

And not for nothing else, that woman on the corner where she was positioned without a face mask was technically not socially distancing from drivers and cars and how is that fair to all of us who are merely driving by on the road?

Oh and I voted for Chrissy Houlahan. Gladly. John Emmons would be my cup of electoral tea the first day of never.

Sign me disgusted with chaos and fanaticism…this country is is such distress it hurts your heart these days to be an American.

new bridge progresses on horseshoe trail in chester springs

All photos taken by a friend of mine. Photos were taken over different days Considering how this used to flood with the old bridge, I am sure this is a welcome sight even if it is a major inconvenience for people who live around there. See last two photos for water starting to run underneath the bridge.
This is what the bridge looks like with the water starting to run underneath it

as the east brandywine churns errr turns?

A friend asked me if I ever watched the East Brandywine Township meetings. I said no, but just spent some time watching the September 17th and October 1st meetings.

Get. Out. The. Popcorn. Drammmmma.

East Brandywine is like a little or a lot of who is on first. There is this one supervisor named Kyle Scribner. Seems kind of to really not get along with other two supervisors. He was the Chair of the Supervisors Board until the September 17 meeting when he quit being chair. It seemed to be over who was solicitor for the township, and apparently it is now Marc Jonas of Eastburn Gray but was formerly Kristin Camp of Buckley Brion? Is this such a big deal I mean don’t townships change solicitors all of the time? Is there more to the story?

Reference September 17, 2020 meeting captured on You Tube starting around 20:56.

Reference October 1, 2020 meeting captured on You Tube starting around 5:36.

Follow this link for everything East Brandywine has on You Tube.

Now mentioned in the East Brandywine meetings is litigation I guess the township is in. And one of the things they keep talking about is the “Carlino Giant Case”.

So I went a Googling. That’s that whole thing that has to do with what used to be the Croppers, correct? I guess that is why there was a special Saturday call or session listed for yesterday October 10th? Something about appointing a special counsel?

So relating to this case, I found the following while noodling around on Google:

http://www.paed.uscourts.gov/documents/opinions/20D0447P.pdf

http://carlinodevelopment.com/giant-east-brandywine-faqs/

https://www.docketbird.com/court-documents/Brandywine-Village-Associates-v-Carlino-East-Brandywine-L-P-et-al/AMENDED-COMPLAINT-with-EXHIBITS-against-CARLINO-EAST-BRANDYWINE-L-P-EAST-BRANDYWINE-TOWNSHIP-GIANT-FOOD-STORES-LLC-KATHERINE-M-KETTLETY-CHRISTINA-B-WATTERS-FRANK-E-WATTERS-JR-THOMAS-R-WATTERS-filed-by-BRANDYWINE-VILLAGE-ASSOCIATES/paed-5:2016-cv-05209-00104

https://www.change.org/p/brandywine-village-associates-stop-the-legal-battle-allow-giant-to-enter-east-brandywine

https://law.justia.com/cases/pennsylvania/superior-court/2018/3388-eda-2017.html

https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/commercial/giant-carlino-development-east-brandywine-croppers-20191211.html

So I have no idea about the history between these supervisors, or why a solicitor change was bad or even why the solicitor change occurred in the first place. But it was interesting watching for sure.

Watch their meetings. Bring popcorn.

always love for loch aerie

My friend Catherine Quillman, who is a Chester County artist, author, and historian sent me a note the other day. Yes , she is one of those people like myself who occasionally sends real notes. (Only hers are always so much better because they usually involve a little piece of her art or a cartoon she has drawn.)

Anyway she sent me this old art advertisement she came across and it’s about Loch Aerie. It was done for Chester County artist Christopher Schultz in 1994 when he was selling a print he made of Loch Aerie that was slightly fanciful.

What makes this old advertisement so special is I don’t think Catherine knew I used to own one of these prints! I had bought it off a yard sale group and it lived on my guestroom wall until I found a C. Phillip Wikoff print I liked better. (I also found that print on a yard sale group.)

So when I heard the current owners of Loch Aerie (the Poiriers ) had rescued her, I decided I would give the Loch Aerie print to them as a housewarming/welcome to the neighborhood kind of thing. And I did just that. But this advertisement is part of the provenance of the print so I will give them this too!

Local history and local artists are always intertwined and this is just a cool thing! Thanks Catherine for always thinking of me!

threats on an old post?

Some people write me nice notes that say “I love your blog. It is intelligent, relevant and thoughtful.” But then there are the nasty comments, even some which may or may not be interpreted as an implied threat.

Here is one I got today or overnight is more accurate, as I am not up at that hour:

Ummm ok. Love the threatening tone, do I have to call the police? Has this message been sent to every media person or any other bloggers who covered this? Here are some links:

Daily Local: Chesco woman charged in cancer scam headed to trial
By Michael P. Rellahan Staff Writer mrellahan@dailylocal.com On Twitter @ChescoCourtNews Jan 31, 2020

Chip Chick: Meet The Mom That Lied About Having Cancer, Then Scammed People Online Out Of Over 10k

ABC News Good Morning America: ABC NEWS November 5, 2019
Pennsylvania woman arrested for faking cancer and collecting $10K in GoFundMe, Facebook campaigns

Washington Post: Morning Mix
A powerlifter raised thousands for her battle against cancer. It was all a lie, police say. By Tim Elfrink
November 6, 2019

Philadelphia Inquirer: Chester County woman accused of faking cancer in $10K fund-raising scam faces additional charges in Delaware
by Aubrey Whelan, Updated: November 6, 2019

Philly Voice: Fraud charges mount against Chester County powerlifter who allegedly faked cancer for fundraiser
Jessica Cornell Smith, 32, was previously accused of refusing to issue refunds after organizing a powerlifting event that was canceled
BY VIRGINIA STREVA

PhillyVoice Contributor

NBC10 Philadelphia: PENNSYLVANIA
Woman Accused of Lying About Cancer to Scam GoFundMe and Facebook Donors Out of More Than $10K By David Chang and Deanna Durante • Published November 4, 2019 • Updated on November 5, 2019 at 10:38 pm

NBC10 Philadelphia: Woman Charged With Faking Cancer to Scam GoFundMe Donors Now Accused of ID Theft, Police Impersonation and Lying About Involvement With Preston & Steve Event
Wilmington Police confirmed Tuesday that Jessica Cornell Smith, 32, is wanted out of Delaware on charges of identity theft and impersonating a police officer

And these are only a smattering of the articles on this case. Why was I interested? Because I am a cancer survivor and few things hit me in the wrong way like fake cancer charities and cancer money scams. So I wrote a piece about it and so what? Media sources etc listed. I didn’t break any new ground. Did this person go after the podcast The Ever Evolving Truth I wonder? Were those folks threatened given this statement from August?

So this morning I went on an Internet hunt to see if the case had gone to court and was there a disposition? This is what I found:

So the case has NOT gone to court as in NO trial yet, so where is this disposition? How can someone be innocent when the trial has NOT happened yet? The court docket says that at present the trial will happen in front of Chester County Judge Jeffrey Sommer on OCTOBER 21, 2020.

I wrote about this originally (again) because I am now a 9 year cancer survivor who has also had secondary cancers (squamous cell skin cancer if it is any of your business.) This thing with cancer scams BUGS me. Cancer is EXPENSIVE. No joke, I get it.

I was lucky, but it also was not easy every month making payments until the debt was finally gone. ON THE BREAST CANCER BILLS. Right now I am looking at a few thousand in overage from insurance that I have to pay because of two skin cancer surgeries I had this year.

I have donated to cancer fundraisers on occasion. Not every one that crosses my path, but when I know someone does need help, I try to pay it forward. I have quite a few friends battling HORRIBLE cancers right now. Cancer is no joke so when a fake thing pops up, I am naturally upset.

This story even made international news. In the UK for example. The Daily Star and The Daily Mail. I did not originate it and there are court dockets and District Attorneys office stuff so why is this guy hassling me?

So here’s the deal: I will update when the trial has occurred and the Chester County District Attorney’s office releases something. Or when the docket changes to reflect disposition. Or regular print and television journalists do an update. But nasty commenter? I have done nothing wrong. All you have done is draw more attention towards your “friend” and was that the goal?

Thanks for stopping by for this episode of I kind of guess it’s time to threaten a blogger.

is caring for the earth pumping water out of a creek in east whiteland township?

The photos I am posting were sent to me this afternoon. They are not altered in any way. They were taken on Frame Avenue, Malvern/Frazer in East Whiteland.

I have no idea who the contractor is but how is it they are using a creek as their water source? Did they have permission? Is this part of the Little Valley Creek? If so isn’t Little Valley and its tributaries supposed to be protected around here and are trout streams or something?

Again, I did not take these photos. A resident of Frame Avenue took these photos and sent them to me at 3:30 PM this afternoon. I forwarded them to East Whiteland Township because I am somewhat astounded and do not think I have ever seen a landscaper or a contractor use a natural water source for their work. Any contractor or landscaper that I have ever seen has either transported their own water to a site, or they use the water on a customer’s property as in they hook up to a hose outlet or something.

This is a little odd to me so I am posting. I also don’t know it over there so well so that is all I have got. I know there has been development around there, but I have no idea for whom this landscaper would be working.

I apologize if I am being alarmist, this just doesn’t seem normal or even kosher to me. I am unfamiliar with this company as well as noted on the truck and can’t find a website.

Any information would be welcome here. I am at a loss and I can tell you if I saw some random truck pumping water out of a local creek I would be pretty upset. It seems neither right nor normal. Please note on the truck it mentions erosion control. Oh the irony, right?

friend time

This weekend we had a socially distanced dinner with some of our high school friends outside on the porch at Stonewall Golf Club and it was so lovely. This afternoon I sat on our deck with another one of my friends from high school and we did wine and cheese. We have a long patio table on the deck and my friend and I sat at opposite ends of the table and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon and caught up.

One of the cheeses was amazing. A new discovery out of New York State from Nettle Meadow Farm. Kunick cheese. And the wine if you are interested was an Alsatian Pinot Blanc from Trimbach. (But I digress.)

My point is we have become so seclusionist that we might talk to each other on the phone or message or text, but that whole human connection is missing thanks to COVID19. After this weekend , I kind of feel like a new woman.

I did not realize how truly important human, in-person connection is until you have it after months of not having it.

Now COVID19 is not going anywhere fast, so we have to keep being safe. But we definitely have to have small doses of seeing the people in our lives.

My family and I have been sticking to ourselves. We sort of see neighbors occasionally at a distance but it hasn’t been much else than that. And the more you stay home, the more afraid to go out you become.

I am completely leery of being out in public and when we are out it’s masks, wipes, hand sanitizer and praying that person in the grocery store not wearing the mask will actually get it and stay 6 feet away. But people are so inconsistent in public, or inconsiderate (take your pick) that it makes you want to stay home.

And the more you stay home, especially if you are immunocompromised, the more anxious you are being around even your friends. It’s a vicious cycle. And then there is the artificial existence of social media. My friend commented on that, along with all the comments you see go by on Facebook that makes you want to correct for grammar and spelling that totally made me giggle because it’s true.

The COVID19 world is hard. And not just in your own sphere. I had a nice lady message my blog’s Facebook page. She was from Chester, England. COVID19 is making her feel isolated. She thought we were Chester County as somewhere in the UK. She was looking to connect with people to feel less alone. That kind of resonates, doesn’t it?

Anyway I just didn’t realize the own hum of my existence of being lacking and shut off until this weekend. And then because I had a couple little doses of friend time, I feel almost rejuvenated. I feel up, and alert, and positive.

We need to stay connected to keep our sanity through this. It can’t just be a virtual life we live on social media.

Hope you all had a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

chester county landmarks and a chester county artist

A while ago, in between people cursing me out on my blog’s facebook page for daring to discuss things rationally out of their comfort zone, I had posted something and a relative of the Chester County artist Henry T. MacNeill told me about his pen-and-ink sketches. So I hunted down a copy of this super cool little book that was full of his sketches, done by his family printers owned by his son, Stephen Moylan, for Chester County Day in 1956.

Ok so how cool is that to stumble across thanks to one of my readers? I am also including an article about the Stephen Moylan Press.

We are nothing without our history.

I am also including links embedded here because sometimes people have a hard time with Scribd.

What I realized as I got into this was I often see Henry MacNeill drawings as vintage postcards! A website Postcard History wrote about Mr. MacNeill this summer. I also found an old blog post by one of Mr. MacNeill’s great granddaughters Jennifer MacNeill (who is also a brilliant artist and photographer.)

Now a plug for Chester County Day. This is a beloved Chester County Tradition. COVID-19 forced them off their normal routine and they have done virtual tours (CLICK HERE TO TAKE THEM.) They also need our donations to keep the tradition alive. CLICK HERE TO MAKE A CHESTER COUNTY DAY DONATION. I will be doing so before year end.

Happy Sunday!

soak in the beauty of chester county

Along 401. Awesome Halloween display!

Last evening on the way to an outdoor socially distanced dinner with friends, I was struck again by the beauty of Chester County. And why we need to preserve more of it and develop less all across the county.

That is all.