Addie’s Apples II

About a year ago, I shared a couple of Adelaide Hunter Hoodless’ apple recipes with you. Click on this link if you’d like to re-read that post.

This year, I want to share with you (read: brag about) my recent triumph in the pie-making department. One of the members of the Women Inspiring Women WI is a prize-winning pastry maker. Elaine Tully will hold a couple of workshops later this fall for our WI, but first she wanted to have a technical rehearsal at the church kitchen. There I made my first ever peach pie. OH. EM. GEE. as they say. It was wonderful good!

Just peachy!
Just peachy!

Yesterday, I made an apple pie using Addie’s Apples. Literally. These apples were picked from the trees at the Homestead.

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I don’t know the variety of apple, but the flesh is crisp and tart. It held up well in the baking. I’m going to pick more this week and make applesauce.
Addie's Apples before...
Addie’s Apples before…
... and after.
… and after.

My hubby tried an apple fresh and found them rather tart. When I told him that I had made a pie he asked, “Did you put in lots of sugar?” Of course, I did, we’re talking brown sugar here!

The secret to success? Cold ingredients and limit handling: keys to fantastic pie crust. I used the pie crust recipe on the Crisco box and Edna Staebler’s Double Crust Apple Pie filling, copied here:

  • 3 cups of peeled, cored, and sliced apples (I used 4 cups. Next time I will use more – the crust to fruit ratio can use some tweaking)

Toss the apples in with the following:

  • 2/3 to 1 cup sugar, depending on tartness of apples
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (I omitted this – too lazy to grate the nutmeg)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Place in pie shell and dot with

  • 2 or 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of milk or cream

Cover with the top crust, flute edges, and slash the top to create vents for steam to escape.

Bake at 375 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes until the crusts are a pale golden colour.

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About WI
Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

Fundraising with Victorian Flare

Fall is upon us and that means two things for those of us WI gals in Brant County:

  1. The St. George Applefest.
  2. And a return to our regular scheduled WI program.

Festival organizer Jean Tucker wrote in a March 2015 press release, “The 30th anniversary edition of St. George AppleFest was recently selected as one of the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario (out of 2,500 events) by Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO). Nestled centrally to Cambridge, Paris and Brantford, St. George is blessed with apple blossoms in the spring and a fresh crop of apples in the fall. At this time of year our community “comes alive” and hosts a fantastic festival highlighting apples, pies, crafts, artisans, live entertainment, kids’ rides and much more.”

The event is held in and around the center of town adjacent to the gorgeous Sunnyside Mansion presently owned by David Bailey. This year, David has invited Women Inspiring Women WI to host an Open House and Victorian Fair during the St. George Applefest. The public will get a rare opportunity to take in some history in one of Brant County’s most historic homes.

Sunnyside fundraiserSunnyside stands as a memorial to its former owners, Dr. and Mrs. E.E. Kitchen, who contributed much to the life and times of their era and to their community. Dr. Kitchen’s wife, Annie Charlton, was a friend of Mrs. Adelaide Hunter Hoodless, founder of the Women’s Institute. Mrs. Kitchen supported Mrs. Hoodless in her work by holding Women’s Institute meetings at Sunnyside.*

The Sunnyside Mansion was built at 13 Main St. South, St. George in 1888 and is very rarely opened to the public. Events on September 19th will include a partial home tour, Victorian­-style games, music in the parlour room, tea & refreshments and a silent auction. The event will be open to the public, with admission by donation at the door. Proceeds are in support of the Brant Community Foundation’s David Bailey Legacy Fund and Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead, home to the founder of the Women’s Institute. The event holds special significance for Brant County WI members as the very first meeting of the St. George Branch was hosted here in 1903.

The mansion gained recent notoriety as a film set for the popular Canadian detective drama Murdoch Mysteries. Members of the Women Inspiring Women W.I, local historians in period costumes, local dignitaries, and the public will be on hand to celebrate the unique peek back in time.

Apple Blossom Recipe on YouTube - click on through
Apple Blossom Recipe on YouTube – click on through

On the Facebook Event page, organizer Andrea Roddy invites WI members and friends to volunteer for the weekend. Email invitations for volunteer sign-ups have been sent to all WIW WI members. You can also access the sign-up by following these 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/J5F8us
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Andrea and she can sign you up manually.

Applefest runs Saturday September 19th 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday September 20th 10 AM – 5 PM.

Sunnyside Open House ­ hosted by the Women Inspiring Women W.I. at 13 Main Street South, St. George, Ontario Saturday, September 19th, 2015 @ 10am ­ 4pm

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About WI
Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

New Exhibit at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead Museum

What a perfect day we had for the new exhibit open house at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Museum!

Joanna Rickert-Hall, in her new role as Curator of the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead, guided visitors through the new exhibit, “The Empty Crib: Legacy After Loss”.

For the last eight months, Ms. Rickert-Hall has been working at the museum as the Exhibit Developer under the Job Creation Partnership grant from the Ontario government. In that time she has conducted in-depth research, and asked contemporary questions about Adelaide and her legacy. The result is a transformative new look at the driving force behind the establishment of the International Women’s Institute Movement, the National Council of Women of Canada, the VON and the YWCA in Canada.

The Hoodless Homestead season runs from May 3 to Oct 31, 2015.

Please enjoy the images here courtesy our volunteer extraordinaire, Sara Naim!

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About WI
Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

Easter Egg Hunt at the Homestead 2015

The FWIC owned and operated museum Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead National Historic Site hosted over 1600 kids and family members from our community on Good Friday! We all had a blast! Happy Easter to all families from FWIC.

Images copyright Sara Naim and Maggie Wilson

 

 

Scrapbook: The Stanstead Journal Thursday November 19, 1959

Lately, since my involvement with FWIC and Addie and the staff at the homestead, I’ve been knee-deep in reading and googling and wall-to-wall history about the WI and Mrs. Hoodless. I kinda wish now that I had studied history formally at school, way back when.

Oh well, no time for “coulda/woulda/shoulda” and no time like the present to start a scrapbook of the bits and pieces I find about my new heroine, Adelaide Hunter Hoodless and anything to do with the WI.

The article linked to the image below describes the purchase of the Hoodless Homestead. I think Ms. Wilson (no relation!) may have taken some poetic licence when she describes Addie’s walk to school:

It was here that Addie Hunter was born and romped about, skipped across the road to the barn, down to the spring in the willows, and walked the mile and a quarter to school.

The closing paragraph is almost prophetic for it ties into the theme Planting Seeds of Change for next year’s Triennial convention in June.

Already many WI members from Canada and other parts of the world have journeyed to the cairn erected by the Brant County Women’s Institutes to commemorate the birthplace. How much more interesting will be the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Museum, where one can imagine she sees the domestic circle where the seeds for the enrichment of rural homes around the world were nurtured – the vision of a woman born in this humble farm home 100 years ago.

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About WI
Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

Rosemary-Lemon Chicken Skewers

Earlier this month Kate, FWIC’s executive director, hosted a potluck dinner to thank the hard-working volunteers at FWIC and the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead. You may recognize the photo here from Facebook or Twitter. If the smiling faces are any indication, a good time was had by all. Kate said, “We thought the “antlers” would makes us look distinctly “Canadian” for the #IAmWI campaign.” Works for me!

There was plenty of food, as is always the case at a potluck! Special requests went our for Mary Lee’s Rosemary-Lemon Chicken Skewers.

Rosemary-Lemon Chicken Skewers.
Soak small wooden skewers in water for approx 25 mins.
Cut 5 chicken breasts into  1/4″ thick slices
Combine the following
1/2 c olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 c ranch dressing
1 tsp white vinegar
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp minced fresh rosemary
1/4 tsp pepper
1-2 tsp salt
Put chicken pieces in mixture and cover. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Mary Lee put it in the fridge over night.
Skewer the chicken pieces and grill on the BBQ.
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Women’s Institute is a local, provincial, national and international organization that promotes women, families and communities. Our goal is to empower women to make a difference.

About FWIC

The idea to form a national group was first considered in 1912. In 1914, however, when the war began the idea was abandoned. At the war’s end, Miss Mary MacIsaac, Superintendent of Alberta Women’s Institute, revived the idea. She realized the importance of organizing the rural women of Canada so they might speak as one voice for needed reforms, and the value of co-ordinating provincial groups for a more consistent organization. In February 1919, representatives of the provinces met in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to form the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada.

 

2014 Summer Fete at Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead

Summer Fete 2014 was held August 10th, 2014 at the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead. The weather cooperated and we’re glad it did.

This gallery is a compilation of photos taken by Homestead staff and members of the press who came to record the fun and festivities. People of all ages took part in the garden party, a tour through the homestead, games, and music; they had their wee face painted and they petted the farm animals, including Harry the Goat! As well, there was a chance to interact with local vendors & demonstrators.

Susan Gamble of Sun Media spoke with volunteer co-ordinator Kate Belair about The Homestead on Blue Lake Road and the Summer Fete.

Today is our third annual event and we’re just trying to bring the community together. We don’t charge the vendors and we don’t charge visitors. We just hope people will learn about the place, our programs and Adelaide.