I just spent last weekend in Boston for a conference for work. It’s been about 5 years since I’ve been to Boston (where my brother and his family as well as our oldest daughter Loretta live) so we’d never been back to the place where the inspiration for Sollie Dollies came from. Here’s the story.
About 7 years ago, Phil and I traveled to Boston for a wedding in Maine. We borrowed a car to drive from Boston north, and as a treat for the trip we stopped at Hi Rise Bakery in Cambridge, MA, to bring along a bag full of cookies and yummy treats. When we tasted the bakery’s “Little Sandwich Cookie” both of us about fell over. It was THE best cookie we’d ever tasted, thus setting the standard by which all cookies were judged.
It was not until 3 years ago that we were inspired to try to recreate them after we had decided our Farmers Market booth needed something yummy to attract customers. We knew immediately which cookie we wanted to try to make: the Little Sandwich Cookie. Thus Sally set out to make “homemade oreos.” After trying no less than approximately 10 different recipes, tweaking and re-tweaking, we found success and the Sollie Dollie was born.
I brought some Hi Rise Little Sandwich Cookies home to surprise Phil for his birthday and we both sank our teeth into one almost immediately after I stepped off the plane.
Phil’s reaction, with eyes closed: “Oh. My. Gosh. That is heaven. That is EXACTLY how I remember it!” My reaction, with nervous anticipation: “Wow, that’s pretty good. But oh my goodness, I think I love Sollie Dollies more!”
How fun to be able to try these delicious, cute and sweet little sandwich cookies again after so many years! Thanks Hi Rise Bakery for the fun inspiration!
Solomon (Big, as we call him) turned 3 a couple weeks ago. I just can’t believe he’s THREE already.
Me: Solomon, what kind of cake do you want for your birthday? Solomon: Dunno, mama. Me: White cake? Solomon: Blank stare. Me: Chocolate cake? Solomon: Blank stare. Me: Ice cream cake? Solomon: YES YES YES! Yes, please, Mama! (Actually, it comes out more like “LESS! LESS! LESS! Less, bees, Mama!”)
Inspired by this guy who is absolutely brilliant and talented and fascinating, I have recently attempted to capture some of the tiny bugs around out house - macro style. Mine are by no means anywhere near what Thomas Shahan captures, but it’s fun to experiment - especially since we have so many bugs and creatures out here. However, I think it might be a little too close for my comfort. Eeek!
(I’ll keep posting my macro bugs as I capture them!)
Today the only thing Phil asked for was for the kids and I to do his chores for him. So at 7:00am, leaving Phil nestled in under his covers, we set out to do his morning chores for him, feeding all the chickens - broilers, layers, and baby chicks. I’m pretty sure it took us twice as long as it takes Phil, but he said it was positively luxurious to sleep in - something he almost never gets to do! Success!
After that, we made him homemade cinnamon rolls and bacon omelet english muffin breakfast sandwiches (pictures and recipes coming in a future post!) and then our fun gift for him was to all work together to rebuild one of our favorite lego sets - the Harry Potter Knight Bus. We gathered most of the legos for the set beforehand and spent a couple hours working together to build it. It was fun!
To all dads out there, Happy Father’s Day from Sweetlove Farm. Hope you’ve had a fantastic, relaxing day!
Hello, followers! The last 3 weeks have been so so busy for us out at Sweetlove Farm. So much so that, as you probably noticed, I’ve not had a spare minute to post or update. I’m sorry for falling behind on keeping you up to speed!
So here’s the long and short of it: Burke’s baseball practices and games, Finley’s softball practices and games, the swimming pool opening, processing chickens, processing sheep, baby lambs being born, bottle feeding some of said baby lambs, high winds blowing (and damaging) the chicken coops, fixing the damaged chicken coops, no rain (stress!), mowing, mulching, planting tomatoes, picking strawberries, watering blueberries and blackberries, worrying about a drought, Solomon’s birthday, more processing chickens, Farmers Market, more processing sheep, processing beef, more drought, more ballgames, preparing to tile our kitchen sink back splash…phew! Ok, I think you probably get the picture. That’s what we’ve been up to for the last few weeks. I promise to start in soon on more posts. Hang in there with us!