Last winter, the delectable delicacies decorating the dessert table at the Mount Airy Elementary School PTA's annual Holiday Dinner Auction were too delightful for two moms to forget.
The duo, Karen Sheridan and Betty O'Hare, volunteered to compile a collection of recipes that had inspired the treats baked for this fund-raising event.
"Sweet Temptations," a spiral-bound, 160-plus-page dessert cookbook, by "Friends and Family of Mount Airy Elementary School Students," is the fruit of their labor. The PTA volunteers were assisted by Christa Pusateri, who helped with editing, and Mary Ellen Chmielewski, who typed the book.
Work on the project began in January when school staff, students, parents and friends were invited to send in their favorite time-tested dessert recipes. Children were also invited to send in illustrations to accompany cookbook submissions.
From "Almond Cake with Raspberry Sauce," a recipe shared by the family of Michael Uzzo, to "Kate's Bunuelos," a fried cookie recipe shared by the family of Kate Aileen Ehrlich, about 120 entries and 30 illustrations were submitted through April for the project.
"There are some neat, mouth-watering recipes to try," said Mrs. Sheridan. Recipes were organized into four main categories -- cakes, pies, cookies and "sumptuous sweets" -- then typed, edited, reproduced and bound into the red, soft-cover cookbook. "It was finished and ready for sale at the [school's] Spring Fair on June 4," said Mrs. Sheridan.
Copies of the cookbook are now available and promise a wide variety of happy endings to meals for family and guests. Mrs. Sheridan said some people have purchased several copies to give at Christmas.
The books are $8.50 each, and proceeds benefit the Mount Airy Elementary School PTA.
Cookbooks are available at the school office of Mount Airy Elementary at 405 N. Main St. For more information, call Mrs. Sheridan at (301) 829-0683.
A big community welcome goes to Sue Long, the new secretary at Mount Airy Elementary School.
Mrs. Long comes to Mount Airy from Westminster Elementary School, where she had worked for eight years as a 10-month secretary while her two sons were young. She said that since her children are now 17 and 15, it was time to look for a 12-month position. She fills the vacancy created by June Gordon's retirement at the end of June.
"I really enjoy being in an elementary school because I love kids," said Mrs. Long. "It's worth everything being in a school atmosphere."
Mrs. Long, who was born and raised in Baltimore City, said she has lived in Carroll County for the past 14 years. Her husband, Drew, is employed at the Social Security Administration.
If you've missed the two prior performances of the Carroll County Public Library's summer puppet show, "The Three Little Pigs," at the Mount Airy branch -- there will be four more opportunities in August.
The puppetry adventure will return to 703 Ridge Ave. on Aug. 3 with shows at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The show is for children 3 years and older.
Each summer the library puppeteers pick a children's book and present it to young library audiences at all branches to encourage summer reading. This year, the puppeteers fell in love with the pig puppets in a catalog, and the story selection naturally followed.
Don't miss an opportunity to see why the puppet shows become more popular each year.
There's a wide variety of other child-oriented, reading-focused activities available during July and August at the Mount Airy branch. There is still time to participate in the Summer Reading Program. For information, call (410) 795-1010 or (301) 829-5290.