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LWC Member Spotlight: Brenda French

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Occupation: Senior Member Services Coordinator at   TCIA; Owner, French Firewood Sales & Property Maintenance; Independent Sales Rep – AVON; and   wife, mother, sister, step-mother, grandmother,   step-grandmother, daughter, aunt, friend, cousin, etc.

How long have you been an LWC member?  Not exactly sure when I joined, late ’90’s or ’00?

What activities have you been involved with as  a member? Co-Chair, Membership, Adopt A Highway, Blood Drive, Easter Bunny Breakfast& Santa’s   Workshop, June Dinner Chair.

What do you look forward to each year and why?  The Membership Drive Meeting..that is always fun!

Name a guilty pleasure that you love.  Lounging in the pool, listening to country music on a nice summer day.

You have a full day just for you – what would you do? Stay in my lounge wear, take naps, catch up on DVR list…do you see a pattern here of lounging? …only because my life is so hectic working full-time, running an AVON business and Firewood/Property Maintenance business. Now I have a grandson and love spending time with him!

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LWC Prepares for a Special Visitor

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Lincoln Godzik visits with Santa Claus in December 2010 at LWC's annual Breakfast with Santa

It wouldn’t be December in Litchfield without a special visit from Santa Claus. Each year, the Litchfield Women’s Club welcomes Santa and his many fans and friends with a delicious all-you-can eat pancake and sausage breakfast.

This year’s big event will be held on Saturday, December 10 at the Litchfield Middle School from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is just $2 for children, age 10 and under and $4 for everyone else over 10 years of age. The hearty breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee.

Santa arrives each year by fire truck, with his merry elves, at 9 am and will be available for pictures from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Guests are invited to bring along cameras to capture the moment, and a $2 donation will be gratefully accepted to the Litchfield Women’s Club community fund.

What to do while you’re waiting to see Santa or are done with breakfast? There’s lots of fun games, tempting basket and gift certificate raffles, special guest readers from Griffin Memorial School and Santa’s Sweet Shoppe with lots of seasonal goodies to enjoy at the event or bring home for later. Mrs. Claus plans to visit as well to chat with youngsters and serve up tasty cookies.

Each year, the Litchfield Women’s Club’s breakfast with Santa benefits the nonprofit’s community fund which assists those in need in Litchfield, provides ‘scholarship’ money so middle school students can attend class trips, allows LWC to donate to other organizations in town, and assist wherever and whenever possible in the community.

The Litchfield Women’s Club is an independent nonprofit community service organization for women of all ages. The focus is on community, scholarship and friendship, and the club brings women together to share their interests, talents and enthusiasm to benefit the community and enable personal growth for its members.

The club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in October, November, February, March, April and May at the Litchfield Middle School library at 7 p.m. Club socials are held off-premise in a variety of locations in September, December, January and June. LWC will host its annual holiday party on Tuesday, December 13 at Stage Crossing Clubhouse at 6:30 pm. New members are always welcome. To learn more, come to a meeting or email litchfieldwomensclub@gmail.com.

Want to stay on top of what’s happening in LWC? Find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @LWCNewHampshire or the Litchfield Women’s Club blog at https://lwc2010.wordpress.com.

LWC Member Spotlight: Jean White

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Occupation:  Retired, previously banking and tax work.

How long you have you been an LWC member?  5 years

What activities have you been involved with as a member?  Currently co-president, I’ve also been the raffle chair for Santa’s Workshop and helped with the annual blood drive and Easter Bunny Breakfast.

What do you look forward to each year and why? The opportunity to give back to the community through the club and the fellowship of a great group of ladies.

Name a guilty pleasure you love.  Wine and ice cream.

You have a full day just for you – what would you do?  This is a tough one. Either spend the day doing something outrageous with a friend or something really special with my husband that we have never done before.

Pumpkinfest, Here We Come!

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There’s lots going on with the Litchfield Women’s Club this fall, and you’ll see club members out and about at many events in the coming month. We’ll be at the Hudson Kiwanis’ annual Pumpkinfest on Saturday, October 15th with a tempting assorted of pumpkin-related baked goods and other delicious treats! We’re looking forward to meeting our neighbors from surrounding towns and getting the word out about our nonprofit community service organization. Be sure to look for the LWC table; we’ll be there from early morning until the fireworks end! The event promises to be a lot of fun for everyone and we hope to see you there!

Fall is a fabulous time in New Hampshire and we’re getting out and enjoying the seasonal hues and local food with a trip to Pickity Place in Mason on Sunday, October 23rd. We’ll enjoy a 5-course gourmet luncheon in their cozy restaurant before exploring the grounds and taking in the main gift shop and the Christmas shop, too. It’s sure to be an afternoon of good food, good fun and good friends, old and new. Co-president Jean White is leading this excursion.

We have two community service initiatives in place for November, both which are longtime LWC traditions. On Saturday, November 5 (raindate November 6), club members and quite often, their family members as well, take to the streets for the annual roadside fall clean-up. LWC adopted the stretch of Route 3A beginning at Passaconaway Country Club and ending at the Litchfield Technology Park many years ago and participates in fall and spring clean-up efforts. Veteran members delight in the tales of the treasures found on the sides of the busy thoroughfare throughout the years and community members benefit from a cleaner passage through town. LWC is just one of the volunteer groups who have dedicated time for many years to keeping the town of Litchfield clean. LWC member and club secretary Claire Regan will organize the upcoming clean-up.

On November 12, club member and sunshine chair Renee Charette will head up our annual fall Blood Drive in cooperation with the American Red Cross at Griffin Memorial School in Litchfield. National Honor Society students from Campbell High School will assist as blood runners at the event and club members will be on hand to check donors in and serve refreshments. Further details will be available shortly.

The Litchfield Women’s Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Litchfield Middle School library at 7 p.m. (October, November, February, March, April, May) and at other locations (as announced) in September, December and June, when the club enjoys off-premise social events. New members are welcome at any time. To learn more, consider coming to a meeting or email us at litchfieldwomensclub@gmail.com.

A Recipe to Kickstart Fall

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LWC member Joan Taylor has shared a delicious apple coffee cake recipe, which is sure whet our appetites for some fall baking! Keep this recipe handy as you get ready for apple picking!

Apple Coffee Cake

  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 Cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups of apples

Topping:

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Grease a 10” tube pan and line with wax paper. Joan suggests putting a cookie sheet on the next rack in the oven in case the cake drips. Cream eggs and sugar.  Add milk and vanilla.  Sift dry ingredients together and add to the cream mixture.  Add oil.  Mix thoroughly.  Put 1/3 of the batter in greased and lined pan. Top with 1/3 of the apples and 1/3 of the sugar and cinnamon mix. Repeat three times. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 ½ hours or until a knife comes out clean. Joan said that it usually takes a bit longer.

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

Cool Summer Recipe #2: Sweet & Sour Kielbasa

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Our latest summer recipe comes from LWC member Joan Taylor, who especially loves this delicious kielbasa dish during the hot summer months. With the convenience of the crock pot, no one in the family will be slaving over a hot stove or grill. Great fare for a family or friends’ get-together, too!

Sweet & Sour Kielbasa

  • 3 lbs. kielbasa
  •  4 jars La Choy Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • 1 large can of pineapple chunks
  • 1 large jar maraschino cherries
  • 1 large jar mandarin orange segments

Cut kielbasa in half and brown up it up.  Cut up into small chunks (1” chunks) and put in the crock pot. Drain juice from pineapple, cherries and mandarin oranges and put the fruit in the crock pot.

Cook on high 2 hours and then simmer.   ENJOY!

A BIG thanks to Joan for sharing this cool summer recipe!