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Donation Weary? Here’s An Idea

Posted on December 9, 2017

Article & Photo By Jacqueline Bennett   Recently, I overheard a conversation while at McDonalds about donation fatigue. The exchange was about the seemingly constant request for donations – so much so that it had negatively affected the desire for these folks to toss coins into the Salvation Army buckets, that are a part of the Christmas season landscape.   Granted it does seem as if the requests are endless – everywhere one goes – from the grocery store (where any number of families may be putting nickels together to place food on their own tables) to newscasts asking viewers to help with collection drives. Last year near where I live, an enormous and certainly costly light display by a private resident, added…

Mom’s Recipe Box: Candy’s No-Salt Crockpot Simmered Vegetable Soup

Posted on December 7, 2016

            Candy’s No-Salt Crockpot Simmered Fresh Vegetable Soup     Soup is the ultimate comfort food. Unfortunately, most store-bought or restaurant soups are loaded with sodium. In an effort to still be able to partake of one of the most enjoyable of all food selections but in a healthier way, my sister Candy decided to experiment and create her own no-salt, crockpot simmered, fresh vegetable soup.                     She found Swanson’s no-salt broth at the Stop & Shop supermarket, then picked out fresh cabbage, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, celery, broccoli, onions, and green pepper. From there it was a matter of peeling and chopping. Homemade soup can pretty much be flavored…

Nyquist Wins 2016 Kentucky Derby-Danzing Candy Had Lead & More Than Coincidences

Posted on May 8, 2016

  Story & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   If you believe there are more than coincidences in life, read this story.   Heavily favored to win, “Nyquist” was victorious Saturday, May 7, 2016 in the 142nd Kentucky Derby, but “Danzing Candy” had hearts beating during a stretch of the 1.4 mile race when he took the lead at storied Churchill Downs. In our family it was all good because there were multiple rare connections simply not to be overlooked in this horse race, thus we took the unusual step of placing wagers at WINNERS Off Track Betting in Manchester, Connecticut.     One had to ask how often would two horses bearing names of family significance run together in the Kentucky Derby. My…

Danzing Candy & Nyquist – Kentucky Derby Omens Not to be Ignored

Posted on May 5, 2016

By Jacqueline Bennett   Danzing Candy and Nyquist are 2016 Kentucky Derby omens not to be ignored!   A recent phone call from my brother John Jr. alerted me to two interestingly named entrants in the upcoming Kentucky Derby to be run Saturday, May 7. Their names make these two horses special in the family. Our sister’s name is Candy, she loves to dance; and Nyquist is one of my nephew’s, wife’s maiden name. That puts two horses running in the 142nd Kentucky Derby with names that hold family significance.   Add a little Bennett Family history to this scenario and it seems like more than coincidence. . After American Pharoah won the Triple Crown last June (2015) I wrote a piece about my…

Mom’s Recipe Box: No Eggs Tomato Soup Cake

Posted on August 7, 2015

                    No Eggs Tomato Soup Cake   With the cost of eggs on the rise, when my sister Candy came across a No Eggs Tomato Soup Cake recipe in our mother’s recipe box she thought it would be timely and helpful. It is one that Mom wrote out on an index card – we both always enjoy seeing the recipes written in Mom’s penmanship. My sister recently tried the recipe herself for the first time. It came out great.   The end result was so good that Candy said she will definitely bake this cake again – perhaps next time using a can of low sodium tomato soup. The recipe calls for a whole cup…

Mom’s Recipe Box: Holiday Encore & More from Candy – Pumpkin Cake, Banana Bread, Peanut Butter Bread and Cranberry Walnut Bread!

Posted on December 12, 2014

                Holiday Encore & More from Candy – Pumpkin Cake, Banana Bread, Peanut Butter Bread and Cranberry Walnut Bread!   I enjoy baking. It’s a feeling of accomplishment and anticipation of sharing. My Pumpkin Cake became a favorite to bring to family Christmas gatherings. I also would bake one for my school colleagues during the holidays. It’s my idea of a terrific recipe – easy to make and it can serve many people! The Banana Bread is my mother’s recipe. The bread always smelled good while it was baking as the aroma permeated the kitchen. Not every holiday, but often enough, Mom baked Peanut Butter Bread. I also bake it once in awhile and decided to add it to this…

Hayrides & The Bennett Family Farm in New Hampshire

Posted on August 17, 2014

By: Jacqueline Bennett   Among the many photos I have taken, one of my favorites I shot during my first ever hayride. It was on a gorgeous, late summer day in September of 2012, sunny, dry with a slight chill in the air – perfect sweatshirt and shorts weather – my favorite kind. I attended the Grange Fair in West Simsbury, Connecticut where they were offering free hayrides, and I decided it was high time that this New England girl get aboard to find out what it would be like firsthand.   To get started, the line of eager passengers was to climb up a small step ladder into the wagon. Thanks to my long legs the step ladder was unnecessary for me.…

Mom’s Recipe Box: Candy from Candy

Posted on August 1, 2014

                    (Candy from Candy) Marshmallow Fudge I watched my mother make this recipe when I was quite young. Then little by little she let me help, until the first time I made it myself and I was so proud and happy. My mother noted on the recipe card that it was originally tested by one of her best friends – Evelyn Wallen. Then Mom tested it herself. The Marshmallow Fudge is sweet – just like the memories of cooking in the kitchen with Mom. – Candy Bennett       INGREDIENTS 3 cups sugar; three fourths cup milk; 2 teaspoons cornstarch; 1 teaspoon vanilla; pinch of salt; 1 tablespoon butter; one half cup cocoa; one half…

Truer Than True – In 2016 It’s Now Happy 112th Birthday to Dr. Seuss!

Posted on March 2, 2014

  (3/2/2016 I am re-posting this piece originally published in 2014, and adding Happy 112th Birthday Wishes to Dr. Seuss!! It is a personal favorite of mine because it highlights a wonderful author of children’s books, and seeks to recognize the many teachers who everyday inspire young people to love reading. For me, my sister is tops on that list. I visited her classroom many times and observed her students mesmerized by whatever storybooks she was sharing aloud with them in the most entertaining ways. To pass on a love of reading is one of the greatest gifts one can give in life.- JB)   Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is…