simply delicious

 Simple things are often the best dessert. Take juicy fresh strawberries and a dipping sauce based with crème fraîche.

Take one 8 ounce container of crème fraîche and mix with 5 or 6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt. To that add a few tablespoons of pure maple syrup (or honey)  to taste, a few dashes of cinnamon, two teaspoons of pure vanilla extract, and a tablespoon of orange juice (or a liqueur like Drambuie) whisk together and chill well. Serve with whole strawberries.

Enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

meanwhile in easttown township the battle of waterloo continues

Bernardon's concept of "Devon Yards". It makes Eastside Flats in Malvern look diminuative

Bernardon’s concept of “Devon Yards”. It makes Eastside Flats in Malvern look diminuative

The Battle of Waterloo continues….Thursday, February 18, 2016, at 7:00 p.m at the Beaumont Elementary School located at 575 Beaumont Road, Devon, Pennsylvania 19333 to consider and possibly adopt the draft Devon Center Overlay Ordinance. Please view the Hearing Notice here.

To view the draft ordinance, please click here.

The Township received a petition from Waterloo Devon, L.P., Urban Outfitters, Inc., and Anthropologie, Inc. to amend the Township’s Zoning Chapter 455 with an Overlay District for the former Waterloo Gardens property and select adjacent properties located on the south side of Lancaster Avenue at Devon Boulevard. These subject properties are collectively known as Devon Yard. To view application materials and an estimated timeline for the application, please click here.

Devon Yard Webpage

Did I just copy and paste from Easttown Township’s website? Yes I did. I am tired and have nothing much new to add here other than a reiteration that this is a GINORMOUS disaster waiting to happen.

Yes, Waterloo Gardens was going to get developed. Of course. Prize piece of land with a defunct business on it?  Oh come on, we all knew once the business tanked it was only a matter of time, right?

BUT why does what goes there look like it needs it’s own zip code and why does it have to be SO big, SO tall, SO urban, SO out of character?

One word : GREED (otherwise known as developer profit margins and municipal ratables except REMEMBER what the ratables WERE NOT in the end with Eastside Flats? )

That is my god given right to an opinion and I am sticking to it.

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Anyway, time to pack the house at Easttown again. Heck if I lived in Easttown and was facing this, I would suggest LAWN SIGNS that were simple and direct AND everywhere (Including where the developer and developer partners on this project live and wow wouldn’t THAT be a visual?)  Feel free to start sharing Say No To Devon Yards Photo with an appropriate hashtag like #NODevonYards on social media.

The battle for Waterloo continues….

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west whiteland alert: missing special needs juvenile

west whiteland 2I had posted this on this blog’s Facebook page earlier today but I just received what I am posting now from a reporter I know who was forwarded information by an FBI Public Affairs Specialist out of Philadelphia.  Since this kid has not been located that I know of, I Parkerthought I would do a proper blog post with the information I was given. Parker2

IMPORTANT Note: West Whiteland Police are leading the investigation, with the FBI supporting; please direct all media inquiries/tips to WWTPD at 610-692-5100.

This whole missing special needs person strikes a chord with me.  There are special needs facilities and group homes throughout Chester County.  Many of us have one of these places in our neighborhoods.  Sometimes I think the neighbors of these facilities care more about keeping an eye peeled for their special needs neighbors than the staff paid to do so 24/7. I hope this boy gets home safely, his parents must be frantic. He is only 14 years old. 14 can be such an emotional time for boys who aren’t special needs. Please call West Whiteland Police if you have seen him.

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chester county books

 

I admit it, I love books.

And I have been on the hunt for the three books you see pictured above for a while, and now I can say I have added them to my library.

These three fabulous books (Forty Years of Days, Chester County & Its Day, and Barns of Chester County Pennsylvania) were all written by a Chester County treasure named Berenice M. Ball

Once upon a time, the late Mrs. Ball was a long time Chairman of Chester County Day.  As a matter of fact her former home was on the 2015 Chester County Day house tour which benefits the Chester County Hospital Foundation.

I am pretty sure Chester County Day   is one of the longest running house tours in the nation, if not the longest.

Mrs. Ball published these fabulous books in the 1970s and 1980s. 1970 (Chester County and Its Day), 1974 (Barns of Chester County), 1980 (Forty Years of Days).

The books are full of old photos, sketches, history, anecdotes. Famous Chester County properties, even ones familiar to us today, are in these books. Like the often discussed Bryn Coed Farm, once home to Justice Owen J. Roberts.

Yes that Bryn Coed in West Vincent. It was restored back in the day by R. Brognard Okie.  I only knew the property made Chesterbrook look tiny, but I had non idea about Justice Robert’s actual home. I love Okie houses.

  Reading Chester County and Its Day it was interesting to learn that once upon a time this property Bryn Coed was a favorite on the Chester County Day circuit.

“Can anyone who ever saw Mr. Justice Owen J Roberts forget him in his country tweeds, standing in the driveway, pipe in hand, greeting each guest as if he were a visiting ambassador or posing for a picture after picture with groups and individuals? What a truly great human being he was and what good friends of the Day they both were.”

Given the constant discussion of the potential of development at Bryn Coed this sent chills up my spine!

Forty Years of Days has at the end of  it a complete listing of homes and landmarks open on Chester County Day between 1936 and 1980.

You can find these books on Amazon and eBay and in secondhand shops if you’re lucky. They were all produced back in the day as limited editions, and all of the ones I found are first editions and were signed by Mrs. Ball. I can’t tell you how awesome they are. If you are a Chester County history junkie and you don’t have these in your collection, you should definitely seek them out.

I hunted these books down to learn more about the history of the county I now call home. I’m so glad I did they are fascinating.

Thanks for stopping by on a rainy foggy day.