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A sweet way to observe Nougat Day

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Today is National Nougat Day. White nougat is made with beaten egg whites and honey. Brown nougat is egg whites, which makes it firmer and sometimes crunchy. Viennese or German nougat contains chocolate and nut praline. Modern candy makers use sucrose and corn syrup aerated with a whipping agent like hydrolyzed soy protein or gelatin because it is less expensive. Whatever kind of nougat you like, grab a Milky Way or a Baby Ruth and celebrate.

We should be getting used to the time change by now. The first day of spring was March 20. Since then we have had a whole spectrum of different kinds of weather. Hopefully, we have seen an end to the snow and now we can look forward to April showers. I can’t wait to see what is popping up.

 

Happy 3rd birthday to the GPLXC. To celebrate, they are bringing back the Gage Park merchandise in new colors for a limited time. They say that 100% of the profits go to benefit the cultural center. Go to bonfire.com/gplxc and check it out. These items would be great in Easter baskets with the rest of the goodies.

 

I started to put together my Easter baskets just to see what I have because I cannot remember what I buy, then I lose it because I put it in a safe place where the grandkids won’t find it and I find it six months later. I really have to stop shopping or I will need laundry baskets to put it all in, but that’s OK because I am the grandma! I still make little baskets for my adult kids.

 

So far the Gage Park Branch Library remains closed. This location is too small to be able to social distance adequately. Hopefully that will change in the near future.

People have been asking about Tom Tom Tamale and Bakery, 4750 S. Washtenaw. Yes, they are still in business. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. I have never gone on a Saturday, but the website says the hours for Saturday are 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are closed Sundays. If you are planning a Saturday visit, maybe you should call first. The phone number is (773) 523-5675. I was there a few weeks ago. You have to ring the doorbell, and they will buzz you in. It’s cash only.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Rita Piaskowy and Chris Mammoseer.

Please send your Gage Park information to [email protected]

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