Monday, October 27, 2008

Road Trip Report: Marlton and Haddonfield, New Jersey

On the road this is a travel post... visiting family in Marlton and Haddonfield NJ. I had to include the fantastic baked oatmeal served with warm milk by my gourmet sister at her home (might as well be a B&B) that started out our Saturday. A great do-ahead breakfast for chilly mornings...then on to The Knitting Knook in Marlton. There is just something about roomfuls, baskets, and shelves brimming over with yarn in every color and texture... all that hope and possibility in one place. And then,.. the wee sweater,... knitted with sock yarn, delicate.

On to quaint and historic Haddonfield and the "In the Kitchen Cooking School" where we found french market baskets, olive oils, linens, glassware, and yes, more textiles. Classes are held in the back of the store around a huge honed, carrara marble- topped counter and also showcases a very large stove from England which has a "simmering oven" among other features.

The Polished Plate has Juliska glassware (European reproductions) and ceramics. I have to admit it has the ability to take your breath away...or is it more like a gasp when you notice the price....? It is really the craftmanship I admire. Actually, there are numerous useful and beautiful gifts (wedding, anniversary, etc) here in a range of prices.

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