Monday, April 5, 2021

Phoenixville Photographer Hosting Local Outdoor Benefit Featuring Performance by John Faye and Vendor Marketplace to Benefit Local Non-Profit Open Hearth

On Saturday, May 8, the event will be held at 2pm. Tickets are $15 in advance. 

Open Hearth to raise funds to help people end homelessness and build financial self-sufficiency. They are celebrating 30 years in the area, serving Montgomery County and Chester County, and will be relocating to their new headquarters on South Main Street in Phoenixville. 


John Faye, the prolific singer-songwriter from Philadelphia says, “This will be my first public performance since the start of the pandemic, and I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to play music for people in the flesh and support this cause!”  


Laura Keen, Event Organizer, was named by Philadelphia Magazine ‘The Philadelphia-area House Concert Doyenne,’ having hosted previous concerts with Eric Bazilian, Joe Jack Talcium, Joy Ike, Scot Sax, Brittany Robey, Willie Wisely, Jann Klose, Angela Falco, Nik Everett, and Ben Arnold among others to raise funds for local non-profits like the School of Rock, Phoenix Arts Centers, and William Way LGBT. 


“I believe deeply in the mission of Open Hearth,” says Keen. “I feel they will be wonderful additions to our Phoenixville community.” 


The event includes a community-based marketplace, featuring books, photography, vinyl records, art, and holistic goods.  


Tickets are $15 and can be purchased via Paypal or Zelle with email, or via Venmo at @Laura-Keen-3. 


The concert will adhere to COVID-19 protocols, masks and 6ft social distancing will be required. There will be marked spaces at the event to assist event-goers.  


For ultimate safety, we ask that concert-goers bring along their own lawn chair or blanket for ultimate comfort. Due to COVID-19 mandates, we ask that enjoy any food prior to arrival, and enjoy any non-alcoholic beverages while seated in your marked, distanced space.  


Additionally, Keen Music Roundtable Collective (KMRC) will be presenting Philly-area native Fern Brodkin with a special award for her contributions to the Philadelphia music community.  


Any questions, please contact Laura Keen at 


Monday, January 4, 2021

Fresh New Snacks That Deliver a Healthy Punch

Need a good healthy snack for the new year?

Have you tried Mary's Gone Crackers!? Or Nature's Path?


Mary’s Gone Crackers are a selection of healthy ingredients for fabulous tasting snacks! enjoy these snacks and you won't lose your day.

Plus, you can make even better treats out of Mary's Gone Crackers!

Magic Bars, or 7 layer bars, are a traditional treat for many families. 
They’re sweet, rich and bring a variety of strong flavors to the mix with both chocolate and butterscotch, paired with the texture and flavor of coconut and pecans. 
These bars are best cut small, for their impact is mighty.

Nature’s Path new line of Superfood Granolas – which are chock full of functional ingredients designed to contribute to optimal health, improve endurance, boost stamina, and sharpen mental focus –  you can create a delicious and easy Smoothie Bowl Granola Bark or Golden Turmeric Morning Glory Muffins.

Mary’s Gone Crackers Magic Bars:


  • 1 ½ cups of Mary’s Sea Salt REAL Thin crumbs (1 box, pulsed or pounded into crumbs)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cups plant based margarine or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup vegan butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (pecans or macadamia nuts work best)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed coconut milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 & line a 9x13 pan with parchment or foil.
  • Mix the crumbs, sugar and butter/coconut oil together and press firmly into the bottom of the pan.
  • Top with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut & pecans. Pour the sweetened coconut condensed milk over the top.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into bars
Golden Turmeric Morning Glory Muffins

Monday, December 21, 2020

Sugar Plum Cookies Are All You'll Ever Need


Indulge your Sweet Tooth with the Signature Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookie Sampler, Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Cracker Cookies and Chocolate- Covered Sandwich Cookies 


The Signature Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookie Sampler

When it comes to chocolate-covered treats, perhaps nothing is more of a boldly-written signature underlining the whole idea of chocolate-covered stuff than the chocolate-covered sandwich cookies, which is why we've gone ahead and made a sampler that takes the concept and dresses it up to the nines!

Sugar Plum’s Signature Chocolate-Covered Sandwich Cookie Sampler includes nine (9) total chocolate-covered sandwich cookies, including one (1) each of their renowned milk, dark, and white chocolate-covered sandwich cookies. 

Retails: $26.95


Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Cracker Cookies 

(Box of 12)

Proven to be a winning combination for decades, the mix of chocolate and peanut butter is a blend that has a little bit of something for both the sweet tooth and salt fanatic alike- which is exactly why we've taken the combination to another level and expertly coated our peanut butter cracker cookies with sweet & creamy milk chocolate to bring to life a unique confection you'll be challenged to slow down and savor! 

Retails: $20.00

Chocolate- Covered Sandwich Cookies (Box of 12)

When you think of an indulgent treat, it’s possible the very first thing that comes to mind is the melting pot of flavors and textures that can only be achieved when a fresh sandwich cookie is covered with chocolates that perfectly complement its unique flavors- something the folks at Sugar Plum have perfected and maintained for over 22 years! Retails: $20. 

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About Sugar Plum

Mother & son duo Frann and Neil Edley have made it their mission to work together and bring a little more sweetness into the world with Sugar Plum Chocolates, offering premium chocolates and confections to worldwide customers for over 25 years. 

Using only the finest ingredients for their delectable treats, generations of customers have trusted Sugar Plum with all of their snacking and gift-giving needs and have been coming back for seconds, thirds, and more!  

All of their delicious gourmet treats are lovingly hand crafted and made from their bakery and kitchen in Kingston, PA. 






Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Healthier Options for Drinks for the Holidays

It’s no secret that liquor sales are up and Americans are increasing their alcohol consumption more than ever since the pandemic began. Aside from the major potential risks of dependence or addiction, alcohol consumption can also lead to increased body fat and loss of lean muscle mass, increased risk of cancer, and many other serious conditions. 

With the holidays coming up and the end to the pandemic nowhere in sight, it’s completely understandable that most people are going to drink regardless.

So, for those of us who are trying to lose weight, stay fit, and optimize our physical health, what are the healthiest alcohol options? 

Integrative men’s health specialist Dr. Myles Spar, Chief Medical Officer of Vault Health, has several of his expert recommendations and healthy favorites:  

1.    Red Wine

If you pay attention to the news, you’re probably not surprised to see this one at the top of this list. Science has consistently shown that red wine can provide a number of health benefits, especially when it comes to your heart. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, red wine contains antioxidants like resveratrol that may help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, protect your blood vessels, and inhibit clotting. And a review examining the effects of wine’s abundant antioxidants found it may be beneficial for reducing cardiovascular risk factors.

New research suggests red wine may also give your brain a boost by leaving protective compounds in your gut. Looking to understand how red wine consumption can delay the onset of neurodegenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, researchers from the Institute of Food Science Research in Madrid studied the compounds left in the gut after wine has passed through it. They discovered that some of these compounds can protect neurons from being damaged or killed off.

2.    Bloody Mary

This drink makes the list due to its low caloric content and high nutritional value. Tomato juice is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants like lycopene, which has been shown to protect against heart disease and some types of cancer. (Look for the low-sodium variety, since some tomato juices contain a ton of salt.) 

Celery and other vegetable garnishes add nutrients like vitamin K, folate, and fiber. Like your bloody mary on the spicy side? According to LiveStrong, hot sauce like Tabasco contains capsaicin, a compound that may aid in digestion and could even lead to weight loss—a study published in the International Journal of Obesity found capsaicin increased satiety and reduced fat intake.

3.   Margarita or Mojito

The most important thing to consider when weighing the health benefits of a cocktail is the mixer. Soda, juice, and even tonic water are loaded with sugar, as are pre-made mixes. To enjoy a margarita, simply pour tequila and freshly squeezed lime juice over ice in a glass with a salted rim. If you’re in the mood for a refreshing cocktail but don’t want a sugar bomb, try a mojito. This classic Cuban highball features fresh mint, which Dr. Oz reports is good for digestion and helps cleanse your liver.

Try Esquire’s recipe for the ultimate mojito:
-  1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
-  1 tsp. superfine sugar
-   3 mint leaves
-   2 oz. white rum
-   Club soda or seltzer

Muddle lime juice with sugar in a glass. Add mint, pressing leaves gently against the side of the glass. Fill glass 2/3 full with ice and pour in rum. Top with soda or seltzer and garnish with the squeezed-out lime shell. 

4.             Hot Toddy
This medicinal drink is so popular there’s even a holiday devoted to it: National Hot Toddy Day, which falls on January 11th, in case you’re interested in celebrating. Not only does it taste great, the traditional combination of whiskey, lemon, honey, and boiling water may also ease cold symptoms because hot drinks promote mucus secretion, which defends against bacteria and viruses. This is especially true of sweet and sour drinks like the toddy. 

As for the alcohol, it can act as a sedative to help you sleep, the best thing you can do to speed recovery when you’re under the weather. Just don’t overdo it—too much alcohol will make you feel much worse instead of better.

5.    Vodka & Soda or Martini with Olives

While it doesn’t offer any health benefits per se, this drink is a good choice for people who are watching their weight. For a healthy twist on your Vodka & Soda, try adding frozen grapes. The American Heart Association recommends these as a heart-healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth and freezing them also helps keep your drink cold for longer. 

According to MyFitnessPal, the average vodka and soda water with lime only contains 96 calories. And a martini only has the vodka or gin, a bit of olive juice, and olives, which have healthy monounsaturated fats. Just be sure to skip the blue-cheese stuffed variety.

Obviously, there’s no such thing as healthy alcohol if you drink too much of it, so be sure to make sure you’re drinking responsibly and don’t have a dependency on it. 

Wondering what other areas of your health could use your attention? Check out the blog posts and great insights at to find more. 


Please drink responsibly this holiday season!

Phoenixville Photographer Hosting Local Outdoor Benefit Featuring Performance by John Faye and Vendor Marketplace to Benefit Local Non-Profit Open Hearth

On Saturday, May 8, the event will be held at 2pm. Tickets are $15 in advance.   Open Hearth to raise funds to help people end homelessness ...