Patience Brewster Blog

  • Nesting Instinct

    A stork with a special delivery!  We think our 5 Golden Rings Goose makes a sweet addition to a baby nursery. A stork with a special delivery! We think our 5 Golden Rings Goose makes a sweet addition to a baby nursery.

    We are always listening to our "Birds of a Feather" followers, our kind and thoughtful compadres who offer us insight and inspiration. It has been a common request to have more everyday items.

    I would like to show you these new items designed to be out all year long!

    When I was a new mother I hung little cloth dolls, crystals and paper cut outs over my son’s crib.

    Patience and her son, Herm, eating raspberries in 1980 Patience and her son, Herm, eating raspberries in 1980..anyone remember rubber pants?!

    None of those things would pass the laws for mobiles today!

    But I did not want a world of bold primary plastic as the first visuals for an infant.

    Subtle colors soothe me and make me want to look closer.

    Pepe Polka Dot Cat and our Woodland Snowshoe Mice whisper sweet nothing to each other. Pepe Polka Dot Cat and our Woodland Snowshoe Mice whisper sweet nothing to each other.

    I hoped they would have a similar effect on my child, making the world feel like a gentle place to enter! I think it worked.

    Sheldon and Sheila Flamingo smile with pride as Olivia Owl offers wisdom and courage Sheldon and Sheila Flamingo smile with pride as Olivia Owl offers wisdom and courage

    So, just for fun, take a look at the Goose, Olivia Owl on a Swing and Tinkerbelle the Nanny pig as a soft way to put gentle joy into a nursery or play room!

    We also offer lots of "First Christmas" ornament ideas, framed art, prints or original art just for babies.

    Baby Jingle Bells Our luminescent glass Baby Bells really sparkle and are a wonderful keepsake for a Baby's First Christmas!
    Baby Room w 2 Framed Art & Tinkerbelle Smaller Tinkerbelle Flying Pig is a joyful piece for any child's space!

    Join our Birds of a Feather flock to receive our our first news and exclusive tidbits!

    We have some exciting news right now! We want to be sure our loyal customers are the first to know!  We are boxing up some new card assortments and noodling a subscription plan that could be life-changing, gift-giving-changing!

    Cheers & Chirps- Patience

    PS- One last thing!  Our Instagram Giveaway ends on July 31st!  Please share a quick photo of how you might celebrate Christmas in July (you could snap a shot of your shopping list, show a photo of an act of kindness, or a list of how good you have been!) and you can win our spectacular Nicholas Santa Candle Holder- valued at $370.00, that's no small potatoes!!!  More details in here!

    Santa Candle Holder BlueSky Hydrangeas Our Nicholas Candlelight Santa Candle Holder can light up your home this holiday season! We are giving him away for our #PBChristmasinJuly contest on Instagram!


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  • Summertime Spirits!

    Ingredients for Plymouth Ice Tea

    Summer Nights! Cocktails!

    After a long hot day in the sun, one that might include weeding, pruning and clipping the enthusiastic mint, I end up with a big fragrant bouquet that just calls out for lemonade, iced tea, and possibly cocktails!
    We love these summer refreshers:
    Quick Minty lemonade:
    Squeeze 1/4  of a lemon into tall glass, add 1 tsp. or more  maple syrup to taste, (no need to make simple syrup!) add ice, seltzer or water and a sprig of mint!
    Delicious as is... or if you worked SO hard, you deserve the cocktail version, add our local 1911 Vodka (made from Beak and Skiff apples!) or rum.
    Plymouth Iced Tea:
    Pour a quart of boiling water (best from the Chiltonville tap) over 4-5 black tea bags or loose tea.
    Add cut slices of one orange and four to 5 generous sprigs of mint.
    Sweeten with your local honey to taste while hot.
    Let the tea brew.
    Strain into a glass jar or pitcher to cool or pour over ice with added fresh mint and fresh orange slices.
    Add water if the tea is too strong or a splash of ginger ale if you like it sweet!
    If you serve this at a party it is delicious with Gosling's rum or Maker's Mark whisky, really, what ever you like, but watch out as your guests will be happy AND caffeinated.
    They may never leave!
    Tea with Goslings Two Glasses
    Looking for more than just a refreshing pick-me-up?  Don't forget about our Christmas in July Giveaway!  The prize is our spectacular Nicholas Candlelight Santa Candle Holder!  More details in the blog below! Cheers!!!


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  • Why, oh why think Christmas in July!?

    SantaClockSUPERcloseupWeb Nicholas Candlelight Candle Holder- click image for more details!

    You know that little light you sometimes need to switch on in your head as a reminder that you were going to get something done that you forget to do EVERY YEAR???

    Maybe you wanted to remember to start handmade cards you were going make, the Icelandic sweater you were going to knit, the gefilte fish you were going to pickle, the photo you were going to take for a Christmas card NOW when everyone is together and flush with the glow of summer?

    Maybe you just needed to remember to start that list of gifts needed that would inspire you as you travel or peruse the Internet.

    We are thinking of what everyone might want for Christmas all year long and we HAVE to be ready, especially THIS year!

    To help switch on that little light, to give you incentive, share inspiration, AND to reward you, we are offering our grand Nicholas Santa Candelabra in a new contest!

    Here he is lighting the not-so-far-away path to Christmas, holding his candlelit staff. He gently whispers that Santa is always there, always listening to a world full of wishes!

    Send us your thoughts, your preparations, your inspiration. Nicholas could be your reward!

    Nothing too elaborate needed, my friend, just show us who you are thinking of, how you prepare, or maybe show Nicholas just  how very, VERY, good you have been so far this year!!!

    Contest begins: July 8, 2015

    Contest ends: July 31, 2015

    To Enter:

    -Follow PB on Instagram @patiencebrewster
    -Ensure your Instagram account is not set to "Private" (during the duration of the contest in order for us to see your photos - thank you!)
    -Post a photo about your Christmas in July celebration on Instagram while tagging @
    patiencebrewster and use the hashtag #PBChristmasinJuly!

    Prize: Our handmade hand painted Nicholas Candlelight Santa Candle Holder! We will contact the winner directly after the contest is over for their information.

    Please reach out to us if you have any questions!

    Thank You!!!!


    SantaCandlesPinkRoomCropped White flowers and candle surround our Candlelight Santa Candle Holder


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  • Leon... who knew?

    Woodland Santa  Leon Day Our Woodland Santa, new for 2016

    Did you know there was a LEON celebration?

    It is NOEL spelled backwards, a day for those who want some Christmas on June 25th!
    It is funny, we thought we were the only ones thinking about Christmas at this time of year!
    We are thinking about it now to have things here for you at the real Christmas.
    Believe it or not, each new design has to be perfected a year in advance to be produced and delivered in time!
    We wrapped up our orders in March and April.
    So, the busy elves are working now as I write this, on our very limited supply.
    We ordered carefully and conservatively this year. Quantities will be far less than usual as we try out this new business model. (Santa, are you listening?)
    Here are a few things we have learned as we listen to our customers directly.
    1. Some people shop VERY EARLY and are VERY ORGANIZED!
    Hooray for you early birds! You will be the ones who get everything you want and will feel that confidant Santa love for six months!
    2. People still think they will find all of our products in their favorite shop where they have always gone for their annual Krinkle fix.
    Now, we hope your shop will have exactly what you need and you will be a happy camper, but you should know that things are very different this year. Supplies will be lighter than usual. And if you are looking for the newest items, for instance, the Synchronized Swimmer, or the entire Woodland Collection, they will not be in any stores, only right here on our web site.
    Albert&VictoriaBearCoupleCU Our Woodland Bears, Victoria and Albert
    (You will also be instantly able to find your old favorites, like Dash Away and the Nativity here. And you can ask us to check my archives if you are on a quest for retired items, back to earliest D56 that you won’t see on the site.)
    Set Dash Away Reindeer w Santa & Sleigh Orns Set of 10 Our Dash Away Reindeer with our Dashing Santa and his Sleigh
    If you read our  “about us” page, you will see that I challenged you to challenge our GPS team. Our customer service women call themselves "Guest and Product Specialists" for a reason! They are experts on every Christmas design I have made over the past 15 years, but they also have information and pricing on my Original Art, Giclees, prints, linens and cards at their fingertips!
    3. Over the years, frustrated customers have told us they “forget what they bought, for whom and when?” Guess what? We can help with that! If you buy something special for someone every year, we can keep track of that for you! (Just sayin’!!!)
    4. People like a special delivery!  Whether you want to buy an ornament a month for a year for newlyweds, (think Twelve Days of Christmas) or give a new baby one special glass ornament a year, or give a child a collection of elves over eight days or a month or a year, on a certain schedule, we can do that!!!
    12 Days Mini Ornaments - Set of 12 B Our 12 Days Mini Set and Tree
    Go ahead, test our GPS! Your gifts will arrive right on time, right where you want them to be! No stress!
    Whether you will begin talking about your Christmas plans on June 25th or on November 25th, we will be celebrating LEON!! Some of us will be stacking packages of raccoons, Santas and shepherds, bats and moons and fairies for 2015, while others unwrap special deliveries of secrets for Christmas 2016!!
    RichardJamboPurple Richard the Lion Heart is king of our Jambo! series


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  • Cheers to the Center of my Universe - (guest blog by Marietta)

    One of Patience's first Father's Day designs for her Greeting Card line One of Patience's first Father's Day designs for her Greeting Card line

    My Father, Holland C. Gregg III, is the center of my universe

    For as long as I can remember, my parents worked for themselves and have spent their days in either a home studio or a nearby office. Needless to say, our family spent most of our hours together and it was glorious.

    Couch w Kids Holly with his children in 1982

    My father has been able to better any given situation. Good or bad.

    Holly and Mer circa 1983 Holly and Mer circa 1983

    Unpleasant chores were made lighter by his music. In my younger years, I would wake to songs floating down my hallway, gently encouraging me to get out of bed, which was not my favorite task.

    Whether we were washing windows or doing other jobs around the house, we would listen to entire albums, usually the Beatles. My dad would dissect each song’s composition and throw in a story or two about what was happening during the time that vinyl was released.

    FloridaBeachDAd Vero Beach, Florida around 1985

    Long road trips called for an endless game of flipping through music on the radio, listening for particular instruments and hearing exactly what they did to make that song SO great. His enthusiasm and passion heightened the draw. He conducted as we vigorously played our designated air axes in the back seat.

    Spanning from soft, intricate, whistling to full-throttle electric guitar, music flows through his body and soul. His time playing with The Dean Brothers Band was sensational.  The band and its members are legends who have won their spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here in Syracuse.

    Now, if he ever finds the time, he sneaks into his music room, creating his own masterpieces with layers of drums, horns, piano and guitar. His voice is woven into lyrics that hold greater impact than he will ever fully understand.

    My rockstar Dad, photo from the Colonial taken well before I existed My rockstar Dad, photo from the Colonial taken well before I existed

    Every birthday party, every school event, every holiday, my father was the party point person and camera man.  Juggling a large, prehistoric, camcorder, a music source and perhaps a martini. He was able to keep all the plates spinning and could somehow get the stickiest wall flowers to bloom on camera. We have lots of recorded moments worthy of America's Funniest Videos.

    My dad was always available to help us with homework, volunteer to coach, or to take us for a swim or drive us to the movies.  He went out of his way to tell us how proud we made him and would jump through fire to be sure our hopes and dreams were met.

    When my brother was diagnosed with cancer, he unturned every stone to find the best doctors, researching the latest clinical trials checking that every possibility was reviewed and resourced. From Boston to San Diego, my parents were there to do anything and everything that was humanly attainable to make the darkest days of our lives full of sunshine and song.

    Dad Herm Ponytail Holland C. Gregg III and Holland C. Gregg IV circa 1995

    After we lost my brother we had to pick ourselves up and continue with our lives.  Although it was not easy, diving head-first into our work somehow kept us afloat.

    Our company became our focus and a new kind of family.

    I have been working with both my parents for over ten years now.

    Our VP of Sales has also been with us since the very beginning. She met my parents as my babysitter a million moons ago. Her husband manages our Warehouse with another close friend from our past. Our GPS team has a combined 15 years with us. Our bond is tight because it revolves around my father.  He is a magnetic force, lifting morale and sensing when anyone needs extra support.

    Dad&Mer Holly and Mer at the Grand Canyon in 2012

    He is the one that handles the worst unwanted phone calls with the patience to smooth everything out, no matter how many tape recordings, representatives, or supervisors he needs to speak with!  He keeps everyone smiling and on track, without missing a beat.  Most of all he celebrates the small and large accomplishments, all of which deserve a martini!

    Holly and Mer in La Jolla, CA enjoying their favorite drink- a dirty martini Holly and Mer in La Jolla, CA enjoying their favorite drink- a dirty martini

    After the work day, more often than not, he is off to the town hall for a meeting concerning our village or the Finger Lakes region. Our small community has avoided chain businesses and massive disproportionate housing developments from taking over our landscapes. He started an organization to  protect the beautiful qualities that are unique to our area.

    We are in the Marcellus shale region. My father and his undying efforts to protect, preserve and persevere helped provide much needed information to keep hydrofracking from endangering our pristine lake and its resources.

    Just last weekend he was inducted as President to the Finger Lakes Land Trust  after several years on board with this organization whose initiative is to educate, preserve green space and vistas that provide public access and walking trails along all of the Finger Lakes.

    Dad in PV Holly in Puerta Vallarta

    Each day the sun comes up, he brews the coffee and turns on the lights, he hums a sweet tune as he does his morning routine. His fingers snap as he bounds up the stairs, smiling at everyone he passes.  He has taught me that working together is the only way to make a difference and that being a team makes us strong enough to conquer any challenge. He makes the most of every moment and takes delight in every meal.  He is the center of my universe and I could not have been blessed with a brighter light.

    DadSundae My Dad enjoying one of his most cherished delights- a classic sundae


    • A great man with a great spirit, in all circumstances. Though greatest of all he raised you, the most beautiful person I know inside and out. xo Happy Father's day Holly!

    • Marietta, You write so beautifully! Your family's story is beautiful as well. I look forward to reading & getting to know you all more!

    • What a beautiful tribute to your father. Who, by the way grew up at our "shop" parties on Coon Hill. For me the biggest events for the kids in Skaneateles were the concerts where the Dean Brothers were playing. Great memories and such a talented bunch! Thanks for the memories!

    • Mer, I enjoyed reading your heartfelt tribute to your dad. It's obvious that you adore him and the admiration is well deserved. It's fun to see family photos. Thanks for sharing this intimate look at your family. All the best to your dad for a Happy Father's Day.

    • This testimony is so absolutely beautiful and has put tears in my eyes! Holly is truly a class act and a phenomenal brother to boot!

    • Marietta, I cannot tell you how moved I am by this beautiful ode to Holly. He truly is a wonder, as are you all. Thank you thank you! With love.


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  • Swoon in June

    Arthur&AnnabelleCloseUp Arthur and Annabelle Horse Ornaments stand as cake toppers for this wedding cake by Patisserie in Skaneateles

    I am a dyed in the wool, romantic.
    I love weddings.
    I love June.

    We got married in June. The smell of petunias remind me of that day. There were cascades of white petunias spilling over stone walls in my parents back yard. My mother's white clematis opened into its full glory right on cue. The wisteria, pink-blushed azaleas and peonies hung on for us.

    Patience and Holly on their wedding day. Patience and Holly on their wedding day.

    We have weddings and parties on our minds this June.

    Holly's mother will be 90 on Saturday.  She is a party girl who still LOVES being the belle of the ball. She will, without a doubt,  be warbling her verbrado rendition of "Ah Sweet Mystery of Life (at last I've found you!)". She still holds a torch for Nelson Eddie in Naughty Marietta!

    Jo and Holly wedding BW w lips Josephine and Holland C. Gregg II on their wedding day in 1944
    P1010690 Josephine today, awaiting her festivities!

    My sister Marlee has a birthday the following week. She is way more comfortable doing all the cooking and entertaining, but we are forcing her to be queen-for-a-lobster-picnic-day, in our sister Sarah's north shore garden.

    Patience's sister, Marlee at her home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Patience's sister, Marlee at her home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

    And there will be weddings!

    My double cousin's daughter, Madagan, with her brown tendrils, big wide eyes and contagious laugh will be marrying her Prince Patrick Charming this month too! We will go back to Massachusetts, this time to Marlee's house for festivities on her lawn  (once my grandmother's, the bride's great grandmother's lawn)! I think Mad wants at a totally green, (in color and in concept) wedding. Saplings by the tent poles and foraged greens everywhere!  Marlee and I get to  dress up the tent.

    Madagan and Patrick in Puerto Rico after they announced their engagement Madagan and Patrick in Puerto Rico after they announced their engagement

    This bride's mum runs Ceres Bakery in Portland NH, so the cake will be out of this world. The bride and her future husband host the party every night and day at  Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge. Their good food friends are providing the fare, adding the the whole secret to success, that intangible love ingredient!

    This will be a true love wedding on the wide lawn where the bride's family has played a million games, wept a thousand tears, lounged and laughed loud, and clinked hundreds of icy glasses.

    Here's to true love to reigning at  all the weddings this summer, this year, this century.


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  • A Dinner for Herm

    Herm holding his pet raccoon, Fidget when he was about ten years old Herm holding his pet raccoon, Fidget when he was about ten years old

    Every other May we hold a Dinner for Herm.  A night where we invite everyone to come and celebrate Holly and Patience's son, Holland C. Gregg IV, otherwise known as "Herm".  

    Herm lost his 3 year battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma when he was 26 years old.  Towards the end of his arduous fight, he met Dr. Cath Bollard who was working at MD Anderson at the time.  She instantly connected with Herm and has stayed in close contact with the Gregg family since his passing.  Dr. Bollard has made extraordinary leaps towards a cure with her research and we continue to support her and the Leukemia & Lymphoma society by raising monies through the Holland C. Gregg IV Research Fund. 

    On the years we do not hold the dinner, we still send out a mailing as a small reminder to save the date for next May, as well as continue the awareness and support to the LLS research for a cure.

    Patience writes a story about Herm in these mailings and we wanted to share it with you (below).  If you are interested in receiving these annual mailings, we would love to add you to our list.  Please feel free to contact us via our website or email us at with your residential mailing address. We are forever grateful for all of your love and support. Thank you.

    I have a habit of flicking through my photographs.

    Of course, there are pictures of Herm as a bright eyed baby, then as a two year old with his new sister.

    At that age, Herm would climb up into Mariettaís crib and put his arm gently around her. I never had a single worry about him with fragile new life.

    He had held our cats, dogs, bunnies, mice and chinchillas. Later, he had the touch with orphaned skunks and raccoons, naked baby birds and squirrels fallen from nests.

    Each one needed lots of attention and nurturing until their eventual healthy passage back into their natural habitat.

    Even the tiniest life was given love and healing.

    Who would have guessed that Herm, who grew up to be strong and bright and happy, would one day be as vulnerable as a fledgling?

    Who could imagine that we would have to resort to the toxicity of chemotherapy, radiation and transplant in an attempt to cure his Hodgkin's Lymphoma?

    Thank goodness, thank science and research, that milestones are being reached in cancer treatment, that future patients can have more hope.

    Polio virus is being used to effectively treat brain cancer, AIDS virus is being used to treat Leukemias. These studies are all part of groundbreaking immune based therapies being developed to ignite the patients own immune system and wipe out cancer.

    The Holland Chauncey Gregg IV Fund helps support research to develop targeted immunotherapy that might have been able to save Hermís life today.  This immunotherapy has no side effects, is done as an out patient infusion and has had a 50% success rate for patients with the worst prognoses including patients who have failed all other therapies.

    Wouldn't we all like to see cures without side effects and the devastation of multiple toxins?  It has always seemed archaic.

    And wouldn't we all like to see these novel therapies being developed sooner rather than later?

    This year we do not have our Dinner for Herm, but send this note to you. Cancer continues to affect us all. Unsuspecting people are diagnosed every day. So, every other year, we simply ask, if at all possible, that you might send continued support to the Holland Chauncey Gregg IV Fund. 

    With our deep appreciation and wishes for your health and prosperity,

    from Herm, Holly, Patience, Marietta, Jim, the entire Gregg family, PBI and the LLS



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  • Finishing Touches

    See a sneak peek of our lengthy handmade process that each and every piece goes through before it gets to you!  We filmed this video in the Philippines last year, when Patience was perfecting her designs that you see available in 2015! We hope you enjoy! via @YouTube

    Screenshot from YouTube video Screenshot from YouTube video


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  • The roots to our recipes

    My two grandmothers were very different and very good friends. They both lived into their late 90’s.

    Grammie Withy had help in the kitchen. She knew what people liked and she put on spreads for her eight children and their copious children and her many grands, great grands and friends,  making each one of us feel like her special guest.

    GrammieWithie Grammie Withy (Withington) in her younger years

    Gramma Brewster cooked and baked with ease and the more the merrier in the kitchen. She had a practical nature using every piece of stale bread, grapefruit rind and cup of sour milk turning them in to yummy custards, pancakes and desert.

    GrammaBrewster Gramma Brewster on the left

    Do you remember when you could still use your milk when it turned?  Can’t do that today. Milk has certainly changed.

    Have you ever had a candied grapefruit rind? Surprisingly delicious. I thought I’d try her recipe when I was in college. It took about a week to make. Cannot say I have done that often since!

    She made each one of her fifty odd grandchildren a “Rocky Pond” chocolate cake for their birthday every year.  She poured her frosting over the cake and its seven or eight fat marshmallows (those were the rocks) on top. It melted into the marshmallows and the cake a little bit before it hardened creating a soft layer under a slightly crispy hardened outer layer. It was a treat for us as children and continued to be even when we went off to college. It instantly transported us back to childhood. Such a thrill to find a heavy square package in otherwise sparse mail box!

    My grandmother created a cook book of old pilgrim recipes and illustrated it as a fund raiser. It went into at least four editions with lots of old fashioned simple recipes and lore using the abundance of harvests and making the best out of ingredients at hand: Cod and clams, corn and potatoes. The concepts we are re-discovering today. There are lots of recipes calling for 'fat back' and pork scraps. Although these ingredients seem modern due to the chokingly over-used trend and resurgent love for all things pork.



    In there are some gems I use today, popovers, corn breads, apple pan dowdy, fish chowder.



    My dad’s famous fish cakes or fish balls are in there, unbelievably good, and directions for a clambake ( Indian style or “modern style”) on the beach which I remember being one of the most fun, let alone delicious ways to spend a summer afternoon and evening on the beach. I remember eating the crispy pieces of salty sea weed off the hot stones.


    There is an ancient Fannie Farmer Cook Book recipe, we live by, I have never had it anywhere but out of one of my relatives ovens. The recipe was taped inside my mother’s kitchen cabinet door for this creamy custardy centered, crispy crusted spider corn bread or spider corn cake we grew up with. 
    A spider, the pan it is cooked in, is a cast iron fry pan with thin legs which kept it up off the coals while baking. Today we use a cast iron skillet.


    My children and all their cousins got up on stools, just like my siblings and I did, to make the cornbread treat with my mother and father. In truth, it was both a way to busy us and to fill up many little bellies. It was ritualistic and with great anticipation that we waited 50 minutes to discover just how good this one would be.


    IMG_4842 Ingredients needed for Spider Corn Bread
    IMG_4854 Last step is to pour a cup of milk on top of the mixture right before you slip it in the over
    You pour sweet milk over the batter before it goes in the oven.
    The secret would be revealed when you cut into the bread. One never knew how warm and gooey, how custardy or how thick the buttermilk center would be.


     It is supposed to be spring, but the only things edible so far in my garden are the chives, some of us had the cornbread with chive butter, but it really did not need a thing.

    IMG_4871 IMG_4872

    IMG_4881 Holly and the rest of the office were our official taste-testing crew!

    Spider Corn Bread Recipe:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place skillet in the oven to warm up as well.

    Mix the following ingredients together:

    1 1/3 cup of Corn Meal

    1/3 cup of Flour

    1 teaspoon of Baking Soda

    Add to that-

    1 cup buttermilk

    2 eggs (beaten)

    1 cup of milk

    1/4 cup of sugar

    1 teaspoon of salt

    Once mixed, place 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter into warm skillet to melt and coat the pan.

    Pour mixture into the pan.

    Then pour another cup of sweet milk  in a circular motion over mixture in the skillet.

    Place in oven and check after 35 minutes.  The top should be golden brown without much movement when you jiggle it slightly. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.  Best served warm!





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  • The mother of all mothers

    Patience's mother in 1955 on Plymouth Beach Patience's mother in 1955 on Plymouth Beach

    I had the mother of all mothers.

    She was made of curiosity, passion, boundless energy and love.

    She had been a sculptor, a painter, she made the wooden crib that her children were nestled into when they were born, the little wooden chair we sat in, the monogrammed hammered silver box on her dresser. She made her clothes and most of ours. She even made my father's bow ties. She made me several winter coats from upholstery fabric. She knit our sweaters and hats.

    She gardened, rode horses, leapt into a jack knife from the high dive, went skinny dipping, mountain climbing, berry picking, skiing, skating, sailing and fishing. She could fillet and skin a perch or “pull down the pajamas of a frog for frog legs in seconds.

    Then, boy, could she dress up! She could waltz, French braid, debate with dignitaries and commune with the hopeless.

    My mother went to nursery training school to become an educator. Who knows if she needed to because she was a born teacher, she could not help herself.

    I discovered at my mother's funeral that she had taught her younger brother, who was playing college football at the time, how to punt!

    I was truly one of the lucky ones. She had six children, but her capacity for love extended beyond us to generations of children and adults to whom she taught endless riding lessons. Thrown in for free were pearls of wisdom on country life, cleaning stalls, manners, diction, posture and nutrition.

    She was using the words "empty calories" and preaching on the evils of sugar and unnatural ingredients while conjuring solutions for over population and pollution in the 1950's.

    She woke early, her flashing teeth smiling broadly, ready to take huge appreciative bites out of the day. She was the carpe of any diem.

    She adored us and she adored her husband.

    She was a cheerleader of life, a gardener of good, happiest on the back of a horse until the age of 86.

    In her last years, despite severe pain, she never lost her faith, her bravery or her hopes for this world that she found so utterly marvelous!

    Marietta Louise Withington 1921 Marietta Louise Withington 1921
    "Lalla" with her horse Alyss in 1938 "Lalla" with her horse Alyss in 1938
    Marietta, second to left, with her sisters and cousins Marietta, second to left, with her sisters and cousins
    Marietta and Spencer, the day after their wedding- May 24, 1942 Marietta and Spencer, the day after their wedding- May 24, 1942
    Patience with her mother in 1954 Patience with her mother in 1954
    Tennis dresses made by Lalla for her four daughters in 1960 Tennis dresses made by Lalla for her four daughters in 1960
    Marietta with Marietta, grandmother and granddaughter with same name and birthday Marietta with Marietta, grandmother and granddaughter with same name and birthday
    Lalla at her house in Plymouth in October 1993 Lalla at her house in Plymouth in October 1993
    Lalla with her great-grandaughter, Isa, in 2004
    • what a lovely, sweet tribute you have written about many precious moments of your Mother. so glad to have happened upon this tonight, as it has blessed me. (you had me at the joyous leap photo!)

    • […] unique ornaments (and other things). She also has a blog, where she recently paid tribute to her mother. You really have to read the blog post. It nearly made me cry, and I never even met the woman! The […]

    • […] be a wonderful post to write. Patience wrote a fantastic post about her mother, which you can read here. Marietta sounds like she was one heck of a […]

    • Your mother had a huge influence on me in my Girl Scout days. She would take me to the house on E. Place Road and serve me a proper tea. She always took just and we always had such a grand time. She showed me your first book which was made with your drawings and fabric. She will always be in my heart for the special treat of her time & life lessons she gave me. I know live a few houses Dow from there and think of her every time drive by.

    • I simply adored other words necessary. Thank you for sharing her!!!

    • Patience, your mom was such a "pisser" as the family used to say. Some of these photos truly resonate for me... Lalla was generous, playful, strong, inspiring and fun! Thank you for sharing brings back so many wonderful memories.

    • Follow your line and your life as a fellow Skaneateles person.... this tribute to your mom is wonderful; and now we know how you came by so many of your gifts... Vicki Condie MacTavish

    • Wonderful post about your Mom! To this day I still remember that red poncho she made you...that you wore to Cold Spring school! I loved it so much and begged my Mom to make me one...she didn't :(

    • Hi Patience, I am not sure that we have met but I feel like I know you because through many years at the Beach Club and spending time with Bailey Cook at your parents and growing up with JoJo I know many of your family members and relatives. This is such a beautiful story about your mother. She was a very special person and feel blessed to have known her. Thank you for sharing. I very much enjoyed this article. Fondly, Sarah Gillette.

    • I have been a neighbor of your parents since 1987. I live on Clifford Road. I walked passed your parents house on a daily basis especially when my children were young. She was a warm friendly lady. Aways came out to see my children. We loved Lala and Spencer.

    • Patience, every post you have shared that I've read has spoken to me, but none more than this. Your tribute is obviously fitting this remarkable lady. She reminds me of my own remarkable mother, though I don't think my mom could do leap so gracefully as your mother in that first photo. I suspect her daughter is following right along in her footsteps. I sense that you two exhibit this long list of incredible accomplishments. Happy Mother's Day!


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