TWELVETIDE IN PENNSYLVANIA

On the first day of Christmas my Pennsylvanian love gave to me, one little Santa with a big bag of toys and a white green speckled gift parcel for me…

On the second day of Christmas my Pennsylvanian love brought to me, two Covid test kits and a little Santa with a big bag of toys and a green white speckled gift parcel for me…

On the third day of Christmas my Pennsylvanian love handed me, three organic oranges, four fresh lemons, one jar of vitamin C, two covid test kits and one little Santa with a big bag of toys and a white green speckled gift parcel for me…

On the fourth day of Christmas my Pennsylvanian love showed to me, one old icon of Saint Nick,  four organic oranges, three fresh lemons, one jar of vitamin C, two covid test kits and one little Santa with a big bag of toys and a white green speckled gift parcel for me…
Old Saint Nicholas Icon – Bari, Italy
Life St. Nick – St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church in Littlestown, Pennsylvania

On the fifth day of Christmas my Pennsylvanian love took me to see, one life-size Saint Nick near a light up Christmas tree, one old Saint Nick icon, four organic oranges, three fresh lemons, one jar of vitamin C, two covid test kits, and one little Santa with a big bag of toys and a white green speckled gift parcel for me…
On the sixth day of Christmas my Pennsylvanian love had bought for me, one whole rib roast to bake, one Christmas tree to decorate, one old St. Nicholas icon to see, four organic oranges, three fresh lemons, one jar of vitamin C, two covid test kits, and one little Santa with a big bag of toys and a white green speckled gift parcel for me…
Rib roast with glazed carrots and mashed potatoes

RIB ROAST AND HORSERADISH SAUCE

[Cooking time: 20 minutes for every pound of meat]

Line the roasting pan with aluminum foil. Preheat the oven to 450-500 F (232-260 Celsius). Brush the meat with olive oil and season it with salt and pepper. Bake for 10-15 minutes on each side. Reduce heat to 325 F (163 Celsius) and cook for 1 hour. Check the temperature of the meat. When the meat has reached the desired temperature, remove from oven, set aside for 15 minutes, covered with foil. Medium Rare: 130-135 (57-63 Celsius); Medium Well: 145-155 (63-68 Celsius); Well done: 155 (68 Celsius).

Horseradish Sauce:

Mix together 1/2 cup sour cream, 2 Tbsp. prepared horseradish, 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise, 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper, 1 Tbsp. of fresh chives snipped or dill. Serve with the rib roast.

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On the seventh day of Christmas my Pennsylvania love gave to me, one bag of UTZ chips, one baked rib roast, one light up tree, one St. Nicholas icon, four organic oranges, three fresh lemons, one jar jar of vitamin C, two covit test kits, and one little Santa with a big bag of toys and a white green speckled gift parcel for me…

On the eight day of Christmas my Pennsylvania love gave to me, one plate of sugar cookies, one bag of UTZ chips, one light up Christmas tree, one old Saint Nick icon, four organic oranges, three fresh lemons, one jar of vitamin C, two covit test kits, and one little Santa with a big bag of toys and a white green speckled gift parcel for me…

Fundraiser sugar cookies at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, Littlestown, Pennsylvania

On the ninth day of Christmas my Pennsylvanian love handed to me, four American tree ornaments, one plate of sugar cookies, one bag of UTZ chips, one light up Christmas tree, one old Saint Nick icon, four organic oranges, three fresh lemons, one jar of vitamin C, two covid test kits, and one little Santa with a big bag of toys and a white green speckled gift parcel for me…

On the tenth day of Christmas my Pennsylvanian love gave to me, one Hershey’s chocolate bar, four American tree ornaments, one plate of sugar cookies, one bag of UTZ chips, one light up Christmas tree, one old Saint Nick icon, four organic oranges, three fresh lemons, one jar of vitamin C, two covid test kits, and one little Santa with a big bag of toys and a white green speckled gift parcel for me…

On the eleventh day of Christmas my Pennsylvanian love offered to me, several pretzel sticks, one Hershey’s chocolate bar, four American tree ornaments, one plate of sugar cookies, one bag of UTZ chips, one light up Christmas tree, one old Saint Nick icon, four organic oranges, three fresh lemons, one jar of vitamin C, two covid test kits, and one little Santa with a big bag of toys and a white green speckled gift parcel for me…

On the twelfth day of Christmas my Pennsylvanian love showed to me, one festive table set, several pretzel sticks, one Hershey’s chocolate bar, four American tree ornaments, one plate of sugar cookies, one bag of UTZ chips, one light up Christmas tree, one old Saint Nick icon, four organic oranges, three fresh lemons, one jar of vitamin C, two home covid test kits, and one little Santa with a big bag of toys and a white green speckled gift parcel for me…

Deirdre’s Christmas Table

PENNSYLVANIA HERSHEY’S PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Makes about 50-60 cookies

2 cups all purpose flour, 1/2 Hershey’s cocoa powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1 cup of butter [2 sticks], 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 2 eggs, 2 cups Hershey’s milk chocolate chips, 1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 Celsius). Stir together flour, cacao powder and salt. In a large bowl, beat and mix butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs and gradually stir in flour. Add flour and cacao mixture. Fold in chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Drop by teaspoons on parchment covered cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes and set aside to cool.

MERRY CHRISTMAS FOLKS!!!

ABOUT SAINT ALOYSIUS GONZAGA CATHOLIC CHURCH IN LITTLESTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church reflects to a great extent the history of North American Catholicism and Jesuit missionary work throughout regions where Germanic and Irish immigrants settled. While Jesuits were expelled for political reasons from Spanish and Portuguese controlled American colonies in the eighteenth century, Jesuit mission work continued in Canada and northern regions of the United States way up to the nineteenth century. In Pennsylvania Catholicism thrived especially with the arrival of Irish and Austrian settlers.

In 1736 a new road had been built. The road was in both Maryland to Pennsylvania, from Frederick through Littlestown to the Harbor city of Baltimore. In 1741 the local community welcomed Jesuit William Wapeler who tended the Catholic community from a small log cabin in the woods around Conewago. In 1760 the township of Littlestown expanded especially with a Peter Little who after being granted land developed 57 lots on which he built 57 homes. In time, according to Jesuit historian Edward A. Ryan, the Catholic church of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga of Littlestown begun serving as an offshoot of the Conewago Chapel, Pennsylvania, which today is scarcely more than a name.

Conewago Chapel Basilica – Front [2021]

From Conewago, Pennsylvania, with the Jesuits’ missionary work, Catholic Faith spread throughout Adams, York, Lancaster, Cumberland and Franklin counties.

Conewago became home to Catholic emigrants, to Jesuits, and many other Catholic priests, no matter to what nationality or religious they belonged. Jesuits had arrived to Maryland in 1634 and it was from there that during the 17th and 18th century Catholicism spread throughout nearby states. In fact, until the Mason and Dixon line was surveyed, it was not clear whether Conewago and the town of Germany were not part of the state of Maryland. So Littlestown, not far from Conewago, Pennsylvania, located two miles away from Germany township, settled by people such as Peter Little, became the first off shoot of Jesuit mission work in the region.

The original inhabitants of Littlestown were said to have been German Lutherans but in time Catholics from Austria and Ireland also found their way into Peter Little’s town and it was the Catholics who built the town’s first religious organization. Holy Mass was celebrated in private homes for some years before a Church was opened. According to the local merchant McSherry, in 1784 a small building had been purchased to be used as a church. Everybody in town who could afford it pitched in with money. If this is true it was a temporary measure because in February, 1791, the trustees of the Roman Catholic Congregation of Littlestown, which was then called Petersburg, purchased property on which stood a hotel. This structure was promptly remodeled and dedicated to Almighty God as a Catholic Church under the invocation of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of youth. Patrick McSherry, Matthias Baker, Henry O’Hara and Joseph Flauth were the trustees who arranged the purchase.

After this, the history of St. Aloysius’ Congregation may be divided into two periods. The first of ninety-three years extends from 1791 to 1884; period during which the Congregation had no resident pastor but was served by the priests who resided at Conewago Chapel, six or seven miles away. The second period, from 1884 to 1942; period during which the church became an in independent parish with its own pastor.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church in Littlestown, Pennsylvania

For more history:

History of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus near Hanover, Pennsylvania; in Colonial times called Conewago Chapel, 30 Basilica Drive, Hanover, Pennsylvania 17331-8924 – Pastor: Dwight D. Schlaline

History of Saint Aloysius Church of Littlestown, Pennsylvania by William McSherry – published in 1893 by J.E. Wible, printer in Gettysburg, Carlisle Street (Second Square).

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Church, South Queen Street, Littlestown, PA 17340 – Pastor: Rev. C. Antony Miller – Tel. 717-359-0519 or frcmiller@hbgdiocese.org

ABOUT UTZ IN HANOVER, PENNSYLVANIA

It was 1921 when William and Salie Utz from Hanover, Pennsylvania, started making potato chips in their home. They begun by selling their chips in Maryland and in Pennsylvania. They built a first UTZ POTATO CHIP COMPANY in 1930 and a second in 1947. Over time their UTZ company expanded to several plants always located in Hanover, Pennsylvania; the new plants were equipped with automated machinery and reached a production of more than 3 million pounds of potato chips, popcorn, cheese curls, tortilla chips, and chocolate covered pretzels. Today UTZ is among the largest American snack food companies; it went public on the New Your Stock Exchange in 2020 and celebrated in 2021 its 100th birthday. For a tour of the UTZ potato production plant located in Hanover, Pennsylvania, call 1-800-367-7229 (open 4 days a week -Mo-Thurs.10 A.M -3:30 P.M.)

IN “chipper” potatoes – OUT UTZ potato chips

UTZ potato chip production plant – Hanover, Pennsylvania

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU!!!

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