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New Year Kicks Off for LWC

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It’s a new year for the Litchfield Women’s Club and women of all ages and interests in the community are invited to come to the club’s annual membership drive open house event on Tuesday, September 11 for a wine and fondue evening. The fun begins at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse at Stage Crossing, which is located directly behind Aaron Cutler Memorial Library in Litchfield.

Co-presidents Jean White and Pamme Boutselis will lead a brief, informal meeting and offer an overview of the club and its upcoming calendar of events for 2012-2013. The club’s major focus is on community, scholarship and friendship, and upcoming activities include a Ladies Night Out to Florence’s Restaurant in Merrimack, the annual Red Cross Blood Drive, the annual fall roadside cleanup, Santa’s Workshop holiday breakfast and much more in 2013. There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved and bring new ideas to the table as well, yet no pressure to do more than one is interested in.

The Litchfield Women’s Club is a nonprofit community service organization, which has been in existence in its current format in Litchfield since 1988. The club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, September through June at 7 pm. Most general meetings are held at the Litchfield Middle School library with the exception of the annual membership drive event, the club’s holiday party in December and June dinner. Stay abreast of LWC activities and events by ‘liking’ the Litchfield Women’s Club on Facebook, following the club on Twitter or its blog, https://lwc2010.wordpress.com. For additional information, contact litchfieldwomensclub@gmail.com.

Women with an interest in learning more are welcome to visit any LWC membership meeting, and are invited to bring along a friend when they do!

Puffins (a recipe that garnered a lot of praise at our 2012 “Meet the Candidates” event)

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This was just one of the tasty treats at our 2012 “Meet the Candidates” event this year. Lori Martin was kind enough to share the recipe with us.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/3 cup butter  from Lori Martin

3/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup milk (plus a tablespoon or two more)

For dipping:

1/4 cup butter

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup white sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. In one bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In another bowl, beat egg, butter, vanilla and sugar until well blended. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat in milk until smooth. Fill each cup of lightly greased muffin tin 2/3 full. Bake 20 minutes (11-12 for mini muffins), or until a light golden color, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool 1-2 minutes and remove from pan.

For dipping:

Melt butter. In separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. While puffins are still warm, dip each one in butter, then in sugar mixture, coating thoroughly. Serve warm, or allow to cool and store in an airtight container or ziploc bag.

Alteration: I made these as mini muffins this weekend and they were even better! The cinnamon and sugar topping was in perfect proportion to the bread part of the muffin. I baked them for 11-12 minutes instead of the full 20 minutes in the mini muffin tin. YUM!

LWC gets busy in 2012

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Well, here we are well into the year 2012. I believe time is moving in fast forward. It seems that it was just yesterday that we were all up to our ears in Christmas preparations.

Valentine’s Day will soon be here, then Spring and Easter. Remember to put Saturday, March 31st, on your calendar for the Bunny Breakfast. It will be here before we know it.  Maureen Lascelles is currently organizing Candidates Night and we’ll have details out to you as soon as they are set.

We had a lovely time at our ladies night out at Cotton in Manchester on January 26th. It was really great just being together and talking in a relaxed setting with a cocktail and great food. Hopefully when we plan our next one, more of you will be able to attend.

Unfortunately we had to cancel the Manchester Monarch’ s Pink in the Rink due to lack of interest. Maybe we can try again next year.

Thanks to you wonderful ladies for all that you do for the community and let’s keep up the good work!!

LWC Does PINK in the RINK Again This Year!

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It’s PINK IN THE RINK once again, and LWC members, their friends and family are invited to join in the fun!

The Monarchs Care Foundation and Catholic Medical Center are teaming up for Pink in the Rink, and invite the public to join them on Saturday, February 11 for this special Monarchs hockey game which will raise awareness and benefit the fight against Breast Cancer through the Monarchs Care Foundation, Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the Breast Care Center at Catholic Medical Center.

The ice is literally turned pink and the entire team wears bright pink hockey gear that evening. Everyone is encouraged to wear pink to show their support, too. It’s a fun night of Monarchs hockey and the cost is $22 per ticket. Jean White is heading up this outing. You must contact Jean prior to January 20 if you would like tickets. Email her at mrsguss@aol.com for additional details.

LWC Is Off To A Great Start!

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LWC’s new year is off to a fantastic start! We had a wonderful first meeting (an Open House) of the season this past Tuesday night at Stage Crossing Clubhouse, with a preview of the fall months (and all of the great things ahead) and a terrific wine talk and tasting courtesy of Paula Doucette of Bella Vino Specialty Wines and Gourmet.

Paula’s goal was to introduce wines that many wine drinkers had misconceptions about, such as rose and chardonnay wines and also offered the opportunity to contrast and compare two different merlots.

We were pleased to see many returning members and newcomers as well, who not only enjoyed the wine talk/tasting but also the generous array of delicious appetizers (from shrimp to a lovely cheese platter) and desserts (mmmm. . . all those mini cheesecake squares!). Then there were amazing chocolate covered strawberries. . perfect with the merlot!

There’s a lot more ahead, as the Litchfield Women’s Club moves forward toward its fall activities. There’s Pumpkinfest in Hudson in mid-October as well as a fabulous 5-course lunch at Pickity Place on October 23rd. Come November, the club holds its annual fall roadside clean up and blood drive, and then December’s big Santa’s Workshop event!

More details to follow on each, and please remember. . .if you’re a Litchfield–area woman with an interest in serving your community, promoting scholarship, and making some new friends, we sure hope you’ll join us on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Litchfield Middle School library at 7 pm. We welcome your energy, your enthusiasm and the opportunity to get to know you, too!

Cool (and EASY) Summer Recipe

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LWC Secretary Claire Regan knows how to take the work out of summertime meals – she combines it all in one easy piece of foil and pops it on the grill. The beauty of this quick fix for dinner (or lunch) is that any number of ingredients can be combined and the solution never grows old.

In Claire’s case, she likes to cut up her favorite veggies (and in Litchfield, whether you grow your own or rely on our fabulous farm stands, you will enjoy fresh vegetables all summer long), throw a couple of slices of cheese in a sprayed foil pouch, with a little bit of whatever type of meat (or seafood) she desires. Wrap it up and cook it on the grill to your preferred level of tenderness and what Claire calls “doneness.” ENJOY!

Give it a shot and let us know what combos you enjoy most!

By the way, we hope you’ll save the date for our annual fall open house event:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 ~ 6:30 pm at Stage Crossing Clubhouse (behind Aaron Cutler Memorial Library) in Litchfield. We invite all Litchfield area women to join us for a social evening to learn more about Litchfield Women’s Club and enjoy a fabulous wine talk and tasting by Paula Doucette of Bella Vino Specialty Wines and Gourmet.

Cool Summer Recipe Series: Fabulous Blueberry Coffee Cake

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Just in time for Litchfield’s delicious blueberry harvest – a fabulous blueberry coffee cake recipe from LWC co-president Jean White, who said she got this recipe from a Seattle, WA-area restaurant. ENJOY!

Anthony’s Blueberry Coffee Cake

  • ¾ cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and beat. Mix flour, salt and baking powder.  Add vanilla to milk. Alternately add milk and flour mixture to batter and beat until smooth. Mix 1 ½ cups of blueberries to batter by hand.  Pour into greased 9×13 baking pan and sprinkle with crumb topping and remaining blueberries.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.  Test center with toothpick to be sure it is done.  Center will remain slightly soft.  Especially good when served warm.  Keep covered in refrigerator for moistness.  It freezes well also.

Crumb Topping

  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter

Combine flour, sugar and cinnamon.  Cut in butter in ½” pieces and work in with a fork until crumbly

– Jean White