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Shane Confectionery ~ A Nostalgic Candy Shop In Philadelphia

Philadelphia's landmark Shane Confectionery is considered the oldest continuously run candy shop in the United States.  Established is 1863 by candy making dynasty Herring and Daniel S. Dengler. It remains a beloved fixture of the historic downtown district of Philadelphia.  Today it is owned by brothers Ryan and Eric Berley. The Berley Brothers have lovingly restored the shop to its original beauty and charm.  Cabinetry has been restored and painted in the same color scheme as Independence Hall .  The marble counters have all been buffed and polished.  Tin ceilings have been pressed.  Antique brass scales and cash registers have been taken apart and shined.  Everything just gleams... A peek into the curved-glass windows is a glimpse into the past.  Original hand-carved wooden display cases and Chippendale -style cabinetry, old fashioned brass cash registers equipment take you back to 1893...  Step into the shop and the decadent aromas of heavenly chocolate, caramel and s

Restful Days

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, cuddle with your loved ones, eats lots of your favorite foods and watch plenty of fun movies!!   I must confess that I have been in a bit of a funk lately.  Feeling a bit down and uninspired.  Perhaps it could be a combination of things.  I am under a lot of stress at work and my husband was in a small car accident.  And to make things worse, our main water line to the house had a leak and the entire line had to be replaced.  Thankfully, my husband is fine but the water line was a major repair.  All just too much for me to handle right now.  And when I start to feel anxious and overwhelmed, I tend to shut down.  I know that there are far more troubles in the world but it all all really got to me for some reason.   This is very unusual for me.  I am always the one with a positive attitude and the one that looks to make lemonade out of lemons.   I know full well that I have to pull myself out of this funk and creative paralysis so I deci

A Little Holiday Cheer In The Garden

Hello to you all.  I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend.  And for those living in the Northeast, I can only imagine that you are taking advantage of the extremely warm weather here.  I cannot believe that Christmas is only two weeks away and we are still having temperatures in the 60's around here. The sky has been sunny, bright and perfect for spending the afternoon in the garden. This is unheard of in December but I am not going to complain.  Busy days are ahead so a few minutes of relaxing in our garden are warmly welcomed.  A perfect time to  gather my thoughts. Love sitting here.  Enjoying nature and planning for the days ahead.  Thinking about what cookies and desserts I will bake What side dishes to make.  And oh yes, which china will be used this year.   To be honest, I am planning to keep things simple.  I find myself decorating with lighter tones and more natural elements this year.  Especially natural greens and fresh fruits.  I guess I have been ins

The Shabbilicious Christmas Issue 2015

Hello to you all.  I am happy to share some fun and exciting news with you today!  My sweet friend Kerryanne English  Shabby Art Boutique   has published her annual "Free" online magazine The Simply Shabbilicious Magazine - 2015 Christmas edition which is now live and I've been featured in it!  To say that I am honored and humbled to be included with this group of incredible women is an understatement.  It is a must see guys.  Kerryanne has really put together some of the most amazing and gorgeous homes I have seen this year.  You will love all the ideas and inspiration that she has pulled together. And her blog is gorgeous too.  I have been following and admiring Kerryanne's work for years and to now be included in our her amazing magazines feels incredibly rewarding.  I cannot stop smiling. So please enjoy special Christmas issue of Simply Shabbilicious's  Magazine.  It is filled with home decor ideas, recipes, DIY projects and of course, Christmas

2015 Christmas Home Tour - Part 1

Hello again friends.  Have you all been enjoying all the incredibly stunning Christmas home tours on blogland?  It is just amazing.  The inspiration and beauty coming from all the blogs is endless. I am happy to be joining our friend Debra of "Common Ground" and Brenda of "Cozy Little House" for their "Christmas Open House" linky party on December 9-10 so hop on over to join all the fun and to be inspired. I would like to begin by saying Thank you for being here at Rosemary & Thyme today and through out the year.  I am participating on this Christmas Home Tour only to inspire you and perhaps give you ideas which I hope you can use in your own homes.  And while I love decorating for the holidays, I must admit, it is a lot of work.  So do as much as you want or not.  Just don't get stressed out about decorating.  After all, the holidays are about spending time together. Enjoying family, friends and favorite foods.  Making our homes warm,