Monthly Archives: November 2010

Lori’s Kale Soup (by popular request)

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portuguese-kale-soupLWC member Lori Martin’s kale soup was such a big hit at the annual blood drive that she had to promise to share it with others. However, please keep in mind that Lori uses the following info as a guideline only, and relies on her own instincts for the finished product. We encourage you to do the same.

  • 1 cup each chopped onion, celery and carrots
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced

Saute together in a little olive oil until soft.

    • Chop a package of chicken sausage (chipotle chorizo flavor) and add to pot
    • Add 4 qts chicken stock and 2 bay leaves
    • Chop 5-6 potatoes and a large bunch of kale and add to the pot
    • Simmer together until potatoes are tender.
    • Adjust seasonings to taste.
    • Add 1 can of cannelini beans.

    Serve hot with crusty bread for a healthy hearty meal!

    Guess Who’s Coming to Town?

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    Litchfield’s favorite big fella in red is making his way to town once again  and you’ll find him at the Litchfield Women’s Club’s annual Santa’s Workshop pancake breakfast event on Saturday, December 11th.

    While breakfast with Santa is surely enough to get the whole family up and at ‘em on a chilly December morning, there’s plenty more in store for guests who visit the Litchfield Middle School for this special event.

    A hearty pancake and sausage breakfast will be served from 8 to 11 a.m. in the LMS cafeteria, and there will be visits with Santa beginning at 9 a.m. Santa, as always, will arrive in style via the Litchfield Fire Department’s fire engine.

    Sandy Johnstone, a first grade teacher from Griffin Memorial School will be reading holiday tales to the kids, starting at 8:30 a.m. , while Aaron Cutler Memorial Library director Vicki Varick will be on hand throughout the event for families to sign up for library cards. A special elf has connected with the library to offer free books to kids in attendance as well. Santa sure loves books and will be delighted to see all the great reading going on!

    Expect some terrific raffle prizes to vie for once again, and a new silent auction which will feature a baseball autographed by Red Sox player Marco Scutaro, along with a $50 Hannaford gift certificate and some other exciting items.

    There will be games and a craft for children and of course, the opportunity to visit with St. Nick and take pictures of the kids, too. Be sure to bring along your own camera for this great photo opp with Santa!

    Breakfast is just $4 for adults and $2 for children. All proceeds benefit the Litchfield Women’s Club Community Service and Scholarship Funds.

    A Special Thanks to Those Who Made the LWC Blood Drive a Success

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    2010 LWC Blood Drive Registration

    We would like to extend our thanks to those who contributed to the success of the Litchfield Women’s Club’s annual fall blood drive, starting with LWC member Renee Charette who chaired this year’s event with her daughter Casey (who did this community service project as her CHS sophomore project).

    A very special thank you as well to those who donated blood this year. Although we did not quite reach our anticipated goal of usable pints, each donor did indeed make a difference in helping the Red Cross meet the needs of those who will need life-saving blood during the holiday season.

    We are especially appreciative to each of the volunteers from the Litchfield Women’s Club, CHS students, the American Red Cross and event food donors, who included Hannaford Supermarket of Hudson, Romano’s Pizza of Litchfield, and Mack’s Apples of Londonderry. Many thanks as well to Griffin Memorial School and its staff for their support.

    Join Us at Our November Meeting

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    The Litchfield Women’s Club will host their monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the Litchfield Middle School Library at 7 p.m. The Club invites women all of ages and interests with a desire to make new friends, learn more about their community and get involved with service efforts throughout Litchfield to come to the meeting and get a firsthand look at what this long-running community organization is all about.

    Agenda items will include the November 13th annual Blood Drive in partnership with the Red Cross at Griffin Memorial School, Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 11th and ongoing community projects and club activities. Plans are sure to be in the works for the Club’s annual post-holiday celebration in early January.

    We encourage the public to follow the Litchfield Women’s Club on Facebook at or on our blog.