The History of Mother’s Day

mothers day lettering with branches, swirls, flowers and quoteWhile mothers and motherhood are celebrated in different ways all across the world, Mother’s Day in America commonly falls on the second Sunday in May each year. [Read more…]

When Should I Plant Spring Vegetables?

Close up of hand holding a beet by the stalk outside in a sunny garden.As springtime inches closer and closer, it is difficult for us not to dream of warm sunshine and bright, colorful flowers swaying in the breeze. With these warm thoughts come the daydreams of spring and summer gardens. Every year, our garden gives us plentiful amounts of delicious seasonal vegetables and herbs. While we may have to wait a bit longer for the first seeds to sprout, here are a few quick tips that you can use at home to help make your spring garden a success! [Read more…]

The History of Restaurants in America

Historic black and white drawing of a two story tavern with men talking outside.Restaurants today are such common place that it is easy to take their existence for granted. Can you imagine a time in society when restaurants did not exist? That’s right, at one point in time (not very long ago, we might add) the idea of “going out to eat” was nonexistent in our society.  Today, we will discuss the growth the history of restaurants in America, and how they got their start from inns and taverns. [Read more…]

Something Old, Something New: The History Behind Wedding Traditions

We’ve all heard it before, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe”, but where did these common wedding traditions come from? [Read more…]

3 DIY Christmas Ornaments You Can Make at Home

There is no decoration better than a homemade Christmas ornament! These ornaments are easy to create, and can be cherished for generations. This holiday season, create these unique ornaments for your home or for your friends and family. Each of the following ornaments are straightforward to create, but certainly don’t look it. Happy crafting! [Read more…]

Dining In: Salem Cross Inn chef shares winter favorite French onion soup

There’s nothing like the pleasures of simple, delicious comfort food when the blustery days of winter roll around.

For executive chef Laurent Olivier of the Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield, a bowl of French onion soup is on his list of favorites when the weather gets cold.

The chef grew up in Normandy, France, and lived and worked in London and France before coming to the United States 14 years ago. As a youngster, Olivier said, he didn’t like onion soup…

Worcester Living Article
By Barbara M. Houle, Correspondent

By Christine Peterson, Telegram & Gazette Staff
Posted Nov. 27, 2015 at 6:00 AM

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The History of the First Thanksgiving Feast

When you think of Thanksgiving dinner, what food comes to mind? Turkey? Cranberry sauce? Pumpkin pie? Believe it or not, the foods that we commonly associate with Thanksgiving were likely not the foods that were served at the First Thanksgiving.
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Great Local Farms near Brookfield MA to Visit this Fall

There is nothing more festive in the fall than pumpkins! This weekend, head out into your community and find some pumpkins (as well as other great fall crops) at some of our favorite local farms and farm stands. Then, head on home to bake and carve! [Read more…]

Apple Picking in Central Massachusetts

Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield, MAIt’s that time of year again! The cool, crisp fall air is beginning to blow, and colorful leaves swirl around our feet. The one thing we love more than the great weather? Apple picking!

There are plenty of wonderful autumn destinations in Central Massachusetts, so grab your friends and family this weekend and head out to some of our favorite farms, such as Breezeland Orchards, Brookfield Orchards, and Ragged Hill Orchard. [Read more…]

Memorable New England Staycation Ideas for the Family

How many times have you come home from a trip and thought to yourself, “I need a vacation after that vacation”? While travel is an important part of a culturally-rich life, many of us will live our entire lives without ever fully-experiencing the region in which we call home. Considering all of the rich history our corner of the Earth has to offer, that’s a shame. So instead of jetting off to the hot travel destination of the moment, plan a New England staycation! Pack the kids in the car and visit some of the amazing sights right here in Southwest Worcester County.

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