The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


December 5, 2012

Big Things in Local Packages




Little Brick House Festive Five

1. 2012 Praying for Coal ornament by Carol Dameron. “This year,” writes Dameron, “the inspiration came from my Dad, who passed away in October. Two days before he died, Dad received a ruby encrusted lapel pin and a letter from the UMWA thanking him for 60 years of service. I want to honor him and every coal miner with this ornament. We all must pray for coal. It is the lifeblood of West Virginia.” A portion of the ornament proceeds will benefit the Women’s Resource Center. $11.

2. Aspen Mulling Spices. “Just add the cheapest apple juice on the market and let the spices do the rest.” $4.50, also in Spiced Orange and Sugar -Free varieties.

3. Blue Smoke Salsa. When it seemed the local salsa producer would go up in smoke, a restructuring and a focus on distribution saved them and their savory-sweet recipe. $6.

4. Chocolate-covered insects - a favorite topping for freaking out friends in the ice cream parlor, Traube admits. Equally effective to shock the (Christmas) sock. $3.

5. West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Calendar. “Each page is packed with information on hunting, blooming, the moon phases and anything a hunter or naturalist would love.” Proceeds go in part to assist the WVDNR. $10.

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