Nobody Makes Them Like Grandma

Pierogi Lady Post 1

Today’s blog post is s guest post from Autumn Johnston, owner of The Pierogi Lady located in the South Wing of the Hartville MarketPlace. Autumn is an experienced chef and pierogi connoisseur. Today she is sharing with us some fond childhood memories of her Gram and the beautiful pierogis she would hand craft for her family  .

Pierogies-34One thing we hear a lot at our pierogi shop are stories of how our customer’s grandmother, or mother, or mother-in-law used to make “the best” pierogis. Watching us roll, fill and pinch pierogis brings back fond childhood memories of being “the pincher” and anxiously awaiting a pierogi feast at the dinner table.

Family’s differ in what pierogis they grew up with.  Some potato cheese, some dry cottage cheese (sweetened or unsweetened with chives or without chives), some sauerkraut with potato, some with prune, plum, apricot….. the list goes on.  My grandmother (we call her Gram) made potato cheddar, sauerkraut, and apricot.

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Gram taught me to make pierogis.  She was an amazing cook.  We gathered every Sunday at her table, twenty to thirty of us depending on the week. There was always a wide variety of food and you never knew what you were going to be surprised with that week.  Pierogis, chicken dumpling soup, lasagna, pagash (a Polish potato casserole) that was one of our favorite dishes, were just a few of the things she made often.

So many memories were made at those Sunday suppers.  They all come rushing back to me with a bite of pierogi.

We would like to help bring back your memories and create new ones with your family.  At The Pierogi Lady we make over 100 varieties of pierogis.  We try to accommodate everyone’s memories of how their “Gram” made them when they were growing up.  While we know they will never be quite the same as Grams, we will do our best!

Enjoy.

Decorating With Vintage Ladders

Decorating With Vinatge Ladders

Today’s blog post is s guest post from Dan & Brenda Metzger, owners of The Boston Road Collection located on the second floor of the Hartville MarketPlace. Dan & Brenda are experts in antiques and primitive and shabby chic decor with a combined 65+ years of experience. Today they are sharing with us some home decor tips using vintage ladders.

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Old wooden ladders are readily available, affordable and fun to decorate with both indoors and out.  If your not lucky enough to have an old ladder in your garage or barn – not to worry. Flea markets, garage sales, and antique shops area good source for ladders.

Ladders can be found in natural wood tones or in old painted finishes which add to their decorating appeal.  Feel free to paint your old ladder to match your decorating scheme A light sanding after painting will add rustic charm and slightly age the piece giving it an old world or worn feel.

gardenladderoutdoorsLean an old wooden ladder against the wall to display vintage quilts or towels. Hang a ladder from the kitchen ceiling to display vintage baskets or pots and pans.  A ladder hung horizontally on the wall provides unique display space for family photos and accessories.  Place a step ladder outside in your landscaping scheme to arrange plants while providing vertical visual impact.  

The uses for old discarded ladders are endless.  Bottom line – step up to the decorating challenge – use your imagination and have fun.

 

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