Weather Updates and a Happy Valentine’s Day:

WEATHER UPDATE: Please call the Trolley Saturday to be sure it’s open on time; the Conductor is busy clearing snow and getting the Trolley back on its tracks! Jefferson, MD is currently buried under 20″ of snow, with more potentially … Continue reading

Gatherings at Main Street Trolley and Gifts, MD

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Reiki Master Susan Rickard hosts ‘Keep Valentine’s Day Going,’ a Reiki seminar at the Trolley!

February 15th (3-5:30pm!): “Keep Valentine’s Day Going” with Reiki master Susan Rickard. 

Join us post-Valentine’s Day for some lovely refreshments and hands-on healing at Main Street Trolley Flowers and Gifts. Learn how to draw on universal life energy – and more – in an effort to educate mind and body.

Reiki supports the good health of mind, body, and emotions, and provides comfort and nurturing for people of all ages. It is even used in hospice, hospitals, and doctor’s offices as a way to reduce stress. If you’re feeling glum this dreary February, come discover the benefits!

March 1st: Native Wild Plants.

Local gardener and photographer Diane Stull is passionate about native plants, as these benefit both home and environment, and look good too! Join us March 1, 2014 to learn about incorporating native plants into your home garden, and what the benefits will be. Cookies and coffee will be served.

Emily of Sophia Sky Designs shows how to re-pot an orchid, starting with soil in the pot.

Emily of Sophia Sky Designs shows how to re-pot an orchid, starting with soil in the pot.

March 29th, 2014: “All About Orchids” by Certified Professional Horticulturalist Emily Stull.

For any who missed it last year, certified professional horticulturalist Emily Stull is providing a seminar on everything orchid. These exotic plants can be notoriously difficult to nurture, and Emily has assembled tips and tricks for coaxing them to full bloom and good health.

Come learn about orchids and enjoy good company and refreshments!

Warming the Soul: Vanilla Almond Crescent Cookies

This winter, these delicious and easy cookies will fill your home with the heart-warming smell of freshly-baked goodies. Light a fire in the fireplace and grab a good book; together, these will make your winter a little less chilly.

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VANILLA ALMOND CRESCENT COOKIES:

[Makes 36]

1 1/4 cups unblanched almonds

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

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  1. Grind the almonds with a few tablespoons of the flour in a food processor, blender, or nut grinder.
  2. Sift the remaining flour with the salt. Set aside.
  3. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the almonds, vanilla extract, and the flour mixture. Stir to mix well. Gather dough into a ball, wrap in wax paper, and refridgerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly grease two cookie sheets.
  6. Break off-walnut-sized pieces of dough and roll into small balls – about 1/2″ in diameter. Bend into crescent shapes and place on prepared cookie sheets.
  7. Bake until dry – but not brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool only slightly.
  8. Set rack over a baking sheet and dust lightly with confectioner’s sugar.
  9. Enjoy!