Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 9, 2017

December 9, 2017


On Our Way to a White Christmas

Today, most of the state is being covered with a bit of snow (2-6 inches depending on where you live). We will probably have about 4 inches here in the Concord/Penacook/Boscawen area. I don’t mind snow as long as it comes in small increases (4 inches is acceptable). It started snowing around 1:30. I had picked up Aunt Mary Jane and then Mom and we were heading to Barrington for Dorothy’s birthday party. I fish-tailed off on a on ramp – even going slow – luckily we stayed on the road. My mom then said if I thought it was too bad – we could turn around. We kept going until Epsom – hoping it would not be so bad but it was slippery and cars were driving too fast. This was the first real snow storm of the season. We had a tiny bit a couple weeks ago – but it wasn’t even an inch. We called and said we were turning around and heading back home – it was too slippery. The storm was supposed to be worse the further east – so we would have been going toward the worst of it.’

It was good to be home since it was slick in many spots. I had supper with my mom (she treated – we had Subway grinders) and then I went home. I snapped these shots tonight in downtown Penacook.


Posted by: Debra LaValley | December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017


Heading toward a Super Moon

I couldn’t resist trying to snap some shots of the moon tonight. This is a quickie shot – I like how strange it looks. The clouds where moving across the moon over the roof tops. The chimney is waiting for Santa who will be visiting later this month.


Penacook had its tree lighting a couple nights ago. I took these shots last night.


My tree is up! I opted for a small skinny tree instead of the 6 foot artificial tree that I bought about a month ago. I wanted more room. It is small – but I think it is cute. Maybe next year, I will put up the big tree. Molly spends a lot of time – trying to eat the tree and pound on the ornaments.


Enjoy the Season!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017


Aunt Cookie’s Brown Bread Recipe

I love brown bread – especially with baked beans. Yum – especially with raisins. B&M sells it in cans (at least in New England) – with and without raisins. My mom said she wrote down this recipe from Aunt Cookie before Aunt Cookie died. It is THE BEST brown bread recipe. I think my mom will be whipping up a batch soon! I will make sure to take photos. (I can just taste it now – warm and dripping in real butter!)

Aunt Cookie was a great cook! Her lemon meringue pie and her “Secret Chocolate Cake” were winners too!


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Uncle Leo & Aunt Cookie


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Snow Street our by the Fire – many years ago

PS – My mom made the bread on 11/18/17 – It was delicious! She also made homemade baked beans to go with it. Yummy Yummy


Posted by: Debra LaValley | November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017


Winter is Coming . . .

We had our first “measurable” snow today in the Concord Area. It was actually pretty – especially since it was only about an inch and not a ton to shovel or worry about power outages etc. I don’t mind snow – as long as it is in moderation.

I can’t believe next week is Thanksgiving! What happened to November? It always seems to just vanish. At least the snow has brightened up the boring brown and gray of November.


Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 29, 2017

October 29, 2017


It Was a Dark and Stormy Night . . .

A tropical-type storm is in our area – the rain is coming down and the winds are going to be picking up this evening. It all should be over by the time the Trick or Treaters come tomorrow evening (Gate Night is celebrated in Boscawen and Penacook).

It was tricky snapping the shots of these two smiling jack o’lanterns tonight. I held my Tilley hat over the lens while I took some quick shots.

Enjoy your evening! Keep Smiling!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 23, 2017

October 19, 2011

Since Halloween is almost upon us – I wanted to repost this entry from 2011. Enjoy and make sure to listen to the song!

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“Witches, pumpkin heads, and black cats
Scary spooks and black bats!
Oh, it’s Halloween!”

“Halloween Night” – the song that I have been singing practically every October since the late 1960s when I learned it in the 5th grade. I remember the small music room at Charles Street school where I believe, Miss Pelletier, taught us the song. All these years, I could still picture the cover of the music book and the song’s page and the witch and bat graphics. For years, I have searched for the song without any success. This summer, I searched once again on the internet and found it via a blog! I was beside myself with glee (who says “glee” any more – Rudolph…LOL)! I was surprised to read that I was not the only one who remembered this song and was looking for it. Below is the link to the blog – check…

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Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 22, 2017

October 22, 2017


You Are Never Too Old to Be A Kid At Heart

A couple weeks ago, my sister Jackie, mom, and I were watching the Food Network’s Halloween Wars – and they were making spooky ginger bread houses. We were saying how we had never made a ginger bread house.  Jackie had built little houses out of graham crackers when Matt and Sara were small – but never made a real ginger bread house.   I had seen Haunted House kits in the grocery store – so yesterday, I bought one.

Today, we all made the Haunted House made out of chocolate cookie “ginger bread.” It was great fun. We sat around the kitchen table assembling the house. Our Haunted House was not as perfect as the photo on the box – but we love how it came out. Haunted Houses should not be perfect … They are a bit run-down and have character.



My mom had us add her Halloween Smurfette, Pumpkin Smurf, and little ghost to the final creation. They really added to the look!



Halloween is so much FUN!



Posted by: Debra LaValley | October 1, 2017

October 1, 2017

Ahhh – October!  My Favorite Month!


I love October! It isn’t just because of Halloween – though Halloween is such a fun holiday! It is also my most favorite season – Autumn! I love the crisp air and the color bursting in the trees and plants! Unfortunately – it seems to go by so quickly – as do most months now. Have you noticed that time seems to excel the older you become? I controlled myself and started decorating for Halloween yesterday. I noticed that my neighbors started a couple weeks ago. I still have a lot more to put out but I am getting there.

The Nevers have their seasonal creation out. I have always loved their “Stone Jacko’lanterns. I always say that I am going to make one – but I don’t. Maybe this year? I still have time! I just need to find a big rock!


Enjoy the month and have some fun!

Posted by: Debra LaValley | August 8, 2017

August 8, 2017


Fresh Blueberry Muffins

For the past two weeks, my mom, Aunt Mary Jane and I were at Newfound Lake. We rented a camp at Belmore Court again. It was lovely. The blueberry bushes on site were bursting with ripe blueberries so we picked enough to make fresh blueberry muffins twice and blueberry pancakes.

My mom made them using a Bisquick recipe. We used the Heart Healthy Bisquick and skim milk. They were delicious – especially the first batch where there was only about 2 hours between picking and eating a blueberry muffin. EXTRA Fresh!

Here is the recipe my mom used:

1 egg
1 cup Bisquick (she added a little bit more)
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup of blueberries (I think she used about a cup)

Beat egg slightly and stir in remaining ingredients. Fold in blueberries into the batter.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tin with paper baking cups or grease bottom of tin. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.



Posted by: Debra LaValley | June 3, 2017

June 3, 2017


Johnny Prescott Open House in Concord, NH

This is the very first time that I have gone to the Johnny Prescott Open House. It is held one day only in early June. The Johnny Prescott & Son Oil Company family open up their collection of Concord Coaches and other Abbot-Downing coaches and wagons. On display is the largest collection of Abbot-Downing Vehicles in the World! Such a great part of Concord history! There was a tent and free hot dogs and hamburgers fresh off the grill as well as popcorn, bottled water and soft drinks (also known as tonic in these parts). The event was FREE!

I am so glad that I was able to attend. I brought my mom who also enjoyed the collection, and we met Aunt Mary Jane up there as well. It was the first time for all of us!

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