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Blog posts April 2016

Boston Cream Pie and the Parker House,,,,,,,,

April 27, 2016


Boston Cream Pie is one of my favorite desserts.  It is actually a cake, but I love it.  I plan on making one later this week after my back lets loose again.  I was looking for a recipe when I accidentally came across the history of the Boston Cream Pie and I was pleasantly surprised at its origins.

Naturally, you would be correct in assuming it started in Boston, but do you know where in Boston?  Eeeeeeeeeeeee  I'm so excited I feel like a little kid over this!!  It originated at,,,,,  drum roll please,,,,,,,,,  The Parker House in Boston!!

And some of you are sitting there scratching your heads and saying, "yeah, OK Alice, so what is the big deal?"  Well, the Parker House was supposedly built by some ancestors of mine, so to me that is exciting to see that my favorite dessert came from my ancestor's hotel and restaurant.

I cannot wait to make this!  Yummy, so good!!

Here is the history I found on

Boston Cream Pie History:

Cooks in New England and Pennsylvania Dutch regions were known for their cakes and pies and the dividing line between them was very thin. This cake was probably called a pie because in the mid-nineteenth century, pie tins were more common than cake pans. The first versions might have been baked in pie tins. Boston Cream Pie is a remake of the early American"Pudding-cake pie."

1856 - The Parker House Hotel (now the Omni Parker House Hotel), claims to have served Boston cream pies since their opening in 1856. French chef Sanzian, who was hired for the opening of the hotel, is credited with creating Boston cream pie. This cake was originally served at the hotel with the names Chocolate Cream Pie or Parker House Chocolate Cream Pie. This was the first hotel in Boston to have hot-and-cold running water, and the first to have an elevator.

Now called the Omni Parker House the business is still going strong some 160+ years later.  The Parker House has seen many changes over the years but has remained the Premiere place to be while in Boston since founded by Harvey D. Parker in 1855.
Then and now.
Parker's Restaurant, inside the Omni Parker House
There is a new book out called:Heaven, By Hotel Standards: The History of the Omni Parker House, by House Historian Susan Wilson.   Of course I am going to have to head over to Amazon to look for this book, LOL
Until next time,,,,,,

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Awesome weekend,,,,,,,,

April 25, 2016


I did not start throwing on the wheel yet.  It was an awesome weekend, the weather was beautiful so I took advantage of that instead.  I went to Wal-Mart one day and bought the flowers for my porch and yesterday I planted them.  I decided to go with Impatiens this year for the planters because they love the shade and are still very pretty.  

I also put my house plants back on the porch that I managed to keep over the winter.  I am so not good in keeping plants.  I lost the big fern and two spiders but the Pothos and Coleus did very well.  In fact I have cut the Pothos to shorten it at least 3 times over the winter and need to cut it again.  I'll root the cuts and start a new pot this summer.


I forgot to take a picture of the 2 wash tubs on the front steps so snapped this one at the last minute.  The Impatiens will spread and fill these in nicely.  I can't wait to see them in all their glory.  The picture of the Pothos does not really do it justice.  This thing is about 4 feet long even after 3 "haircuts".  When I got it, if it was 2 feet long that was a lot, LOL.


These are the coleuses I managed to keep over winter.  Last year they were in the wash tubs out on the steps along with some other plants.


I have this one on the end table and 2 baskets like it hanging.  Then I have this old wooden tool box that I purchased at a yard sale a few years back and repurposed into a flower box.  Really pretty.  :-)

This hanging bag is an experiment, I have never done one before.  It hangs on the wall near the glider.  I am going back sometime this week after the rain storms have gone through and pick up 2 ferns.  I thought about them while we were there and was not sure if I wanted them or not but after thinking about it, yes, I want them, LOL.

Things are coming along nicely on the porch.  I still need to get those darn cushions finished.  Seems I am always getting distracting with other projects, LOL.  I an never bored and always, always have a ton of stuff to do.  I just need to get my body to co-operate with me.  :-)

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Moving right along,,,,,,,,,,,

April 22, 2016


Well the work is moving right along in my shop.  We got a lot done on Wednesday in rearranging and throwing things out.  I have been wanting to do that for a long time and am very happy it is finally underway.  I had to take yesterday off and recover a bit, today I will be back to work.

My little corner for my potter's wheel is almost completely set up.  I should get it finished today if all goes well.  :-)  Below is a picture of the rack with the clay on it as well as the bats and in the white box is my giffin grip.  Behind that, which you can't see well in this picture is my wedging table.  Basically to wedge the clay means to prepare it for throwing.  You need to work any air bubbles out of the clay first.  To the left is another shelving unit that I will set pieces on after they are thrown.  There is a tool chest and a few other things in that area that will have to stay for now, but that is OK, they won't be in the way.

I am hoping to be able to start throwing over the weekend or by Monday at the latest.  Rome wasn't built in a day, LOL.  Oh well, even if I have to wait a few more days to have things set up right, it will be worth it.  :-)

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I'm so excited,,,,,,,,,

April 20, 2016


I'm so excited, my clay was delivered on Monday!!!  That was really fast!!  I am impressed with this company, Continental Clay out of Minnesota.  We had a couple of little hiccups as they had a minor problem with their web site, which they are working on but over all the ordering experience with them was very good.  Nice, friendly, helpful people.

After talking to other companies I sent Continental Clay an email asking for an estimate on shipping costs.  They emailed me back rather quickly, especially considering one of the other companies took a couple of days and another one I have never heard back from at all.  I decided to give Continental Clay a try.  The price was right, the shipping costs reasonable.  I'll be able to tell you if I like the quality of the clay after this weekend.

I am going to work on setting up my throwing area today.  Win is off work so he is going to help me.  I need to rearrange some things to have the room to throw on the wheel comfortably.  I am so looking forward to this!!  If all goes well, I might even get to try throwing some this afternoon.  :-)  Yes, I will take pictures!!

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What's with that name?,,,,,,

April 18, 2016


The name, "Candle Hill Farms" seems to follow me every where, in everything I do as a business.  I am partial to the name.  It is based loosely on scripture.  I have had, and still do, Candle Hill Farms, (Ceramics and Crafts).  Candle Hill Farms (General Store) and Candle Hill Farms (Research and Genealogy).  The only one that is not still in business is the General Store.  That was the store I had on the square that I mention every once in a while.  :-)

Matthew 5: 14 - 16 says:

1Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

In this big world of ours I am just a little candle but I do hope that my light shines brightly as if it is on a hill.  So that is how I came up with the name, Candle Hill Farms.  :-)

Now with that being said, I have a little news about Candle Hill Farms (Ceramics and Crafts).  I have ordered 200 lbs of clay and am going to try to throw pottery on the wheel again.

It has been several years since I have thrown on the wheel.  I sure hope it is like a bicycle and once learned you never forget, LOL.  My other concern is whether or not I have enough strength to throw on the wheel.  It takes a lot of body strength to get your clay centered when you first put it on there and I lost a lot of that strength when I had cancer.  But I am not a quitter and I NEVER give up.  This is something I want to do, and I am determined to do it.  :-)

I plan on re-opening my etsy store once I get some pottery made to add to my ceramics.  I am excited about the possibilities and really looking forward to this.  Once I have several items made, I plan on adding them to a page on here as well so you can see what I am doing.

These are not some of mine but I will probably make something similar.  I am so excited about this.  I'll keep you posted as things progress.  In the meantime, I have a case I am working on for the O & G industry that will keep me busy for a couple of more days.  Life is good.  God is so very good!!

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Reader beware,,,,,,,,,,

April 8, 2016


That was the page header I used when I was trying to push my little business in the oil and gas industry.  I seem to be having more work now that I am not pushing it so much.  Go figure!!  LOL

I am one happy, happy, happy lady when I am working.  Especially doing this work.  I love it and it has become my passion, my obsession, my true joy.  I look forward to getting up in the mornings and starting work early and I am depressed when I do not have any work to do.  During those times I don't have any work I typically work on my own family genealogy to keep my mind sharp and because I enjoy the searching.  I think it is the thrill of the hunt and the absolute joy when you find what you are hunting for.

Unfortunately, the O & G industry is not fully recovered or even stable yet, so work will continue to be hit and miss for a while.  I will take what I can get, when I get it and be very happy to have it.  Hopefully, things will get better after the election.

Speaking of the election, and this is something I tend to stay away from, I want to talk about what the Republican National Committee is trying to do.  Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican you should be outraged that they will try to prevent the people's choice, Donald Trump from getting the Republican Nomination.  Even if you do not like Donald Trump, you should be outraged.  Basically the RNC is saying to the citizens of America, don't vote, it is not worth a damn thing, we will do what we want, we run this country, our group of elitist.

It is time that stops!!  Who do they think they are?  The political establishment has gotten way to big for it's britches so to speak.  We the PEOPLE of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA need to stop the political establishment and get behind Donald Trump.  They do not want him in because they cannot control him.  We should want him in for that very reason, they cannot control him.  These people that have been controlling our country have been ruining it for decades.  They are the ones who took the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer out of schools.  They are the ones who stopped the 10 commandments from being displayed in public court houses.  They are the ones who tax the poor more and the rich less.  They are the ones who allowed all our jobs to go over seas for lower wages, higher prices and no taxes, while you and I struggle to keep food on our table, they get even richer.  Enough is enough!!

As a woman I would love to see a woman president some day, but not this woman, not Hillary Clinton.  She is very much a part of that political establishment.  The good ole boy network as I like to call it.  She was positioning herself for the white house way back when Billy boy was getting his cigars smoked by Monica, she was smoking some cigars herself.  (figure of speech)  She is way too beholding to the establishment and you can bet she cares nothing about the American people.

To break the establishment strong-hold on this country we need someone in the white house who is not part of it.  We also need members of congress to wake up and realize in order to keep their seats come the next election they better work with the new president and not against him.  Enough is enough!!  How long has it been since you actually did any work in congress?  In the meantime you are all living like welfare bums, not doing any work but collection a check and benefits.  

The tea party needs to grow up and get a reality check.  You have to spend a little to gain a lot.  You have to work for the people of this country and not just to line your pockets.  And NO Rand Paul, you have it all wrong about why social security was created go back to school and get a real education.  Oh wait, you cannot get a real education in this country any more, the establishment does not want the truth taught.

​If the need should arise for Donald Trump to change to Independent, I urge every voter in this country to vote for Donald Trump to show the establishment they are NOT in charge any more.  We the People of the United States of America, a nation of the People, for the People and by the People are taking charge again.  For this reason, I support Donald Trump.  I believe he can and will make an exceptional President.  Trump Train all the way!!!

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Another case,,,,,,,,,

April 6, 2016


I am putting the finishing touches on my final report to my client and very happily have another case I started yesterday.  I know I have said it many times before but I really do love this work.  I love working from home, being my own boss, setting my own hours.  But I really love the research.  It is fascinating.  Every family has a history and I get to peek in at that history as I do my research.  We all really do have ups and downs in our history.  We're human, LOL.

Last night I watched as Jim Cramer had very little positive to say about the Oil and Gas Industry on Mad Money.  I don't know why it seems so many people are down on O & G but those of us who work/worked in the industry need to work too.  Hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs with the last oil crash and as the industry tries to rebuild some of them are able to get back to work, even if only part time for now.  I realize if the O & G booms we all pay higher prices at the gas pump, but we also need to stop and think about those who need work.

​We want companies back in this country.  It all comes with a price.  Folks we are in this together.  We need to support each other.  I don't mind paying a little more at the pump or in other areas if I know it is putting folks back to work.

Our government needs to do more to get people back to work.  What about a new WPA program?  Lord knows our roads and bridges need major repairs or replacement.  There are a lot of people who really want to work, let's find them the jobs so they can.

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Almost done,,,,,,,,

April 4, 2016



Well, I am almost done with this case I have been working on.  I can't give you the names or specifics but as promised I will tell you a little more on how these types of cases for the oil and gas industry are worked.

​Typically, I am given a name of a person who lived back in the 1800s and I need to find their living heirs or descendants.  What has happened is they owned land back in the 1800s that has oil or gas on it.  Either they did not know there were "minerals" and so therefore did not convey or turn over the "minerals" when the land was sold or for some other reason they did not convey.  If the "minerals" were not conveyed with the land they stay with the original recorded owner of the land until they are sold.  One person can own the land while another owns the "mineral rights".  Yes, it can become a very confusing situation.  But that part is not my job, thankfully, LOL.

I need to trace the family down from the original owner to find potential heirs that are living today.  For the most part it is pretty easy because everyone leaves a paper trail.  When it gets challenging is when you have to find those living today who were born after the 1940 census.  At this point, there is no record of them living in a particular household.  So finding them and then proving their ancestry can be a bit tricky.

Obituaries are a valuable resource for gaining names of children and relatives, but they are not always easy to find.  I subscribe to several newspaper web sites to find obituaries.  There are a few free sites that have obits but they are very limited.

Wills and probate information is also helpful.  I will find the date and location of death of a person then contact the county probate court to see if there are any estate documents.  My clients require them anyway, whenever they are available.  But they will often give family members names to search out.  Regardless, you have to know who they left their estate to and if it was multiple heirs, what percentages do each get to know how to divide up that person's share of the mineral rights.  Glad I don't really have to figure out the percentages, that too is the land agent's job.  My clients require exemplified copies for estate records.

​OK, so once I have found the names for the living heirs then my job is to find current contact information, where are they living in this big world of ours now, and how does my client get in touch with them?  Sounds like a piece of cake, huh?  Not really!  If they are really common names it becomes even more difficult.  We live in a very mobile society today.  People move for a variety of reasons, but some stay close to home, if you are lucky, LOL.

​This is where my private investigator skills come in, along with the PI programs that allow me to do searches for living people.  Sorry, I cannot give you the names of the programs, they are not available to the general public.  I also make a lot of phone calls when necessary to find difficult ones.  Typically, if you can find one or two in a family they will help you in finding the others.

​At the end I write a nice report of the "family genealogy" and provide a family tree chart as well for my clients.  They seem to really like how I do my reports.  :-)

Some cases take only a few days, while others can take weeks or even months depending on how big the family is and how many generations we have to come forward to find living descendants.  

I love what I do and I cannot imagine doing anything else.  I thank God every day when I have a case to work on and pray every day for more work when I don't.  The O&G industry was hit hard for a while but seem to be coming back slowly now.  I know no one wants the higher gas prices at the pump but those of us who work in this industry need the work.  100s of thousands were laid off that I am sure want to get back to work again.  Luckily I could afford the cut in work for a while financially, but I am long since ready to get really busy again.

Until next time,,,,,,,,


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