Thursday, January 29, 2009
The news on every page of the paper may be bleak, but it still smells like waffle cones and chocolate in here. I'm looking forward to making all your favorite flavors and definitely have a few new ideas rolling around in my head. As always, don't hesitate to drop suggestions...into the suggestion jar, email, http://www.mttoms.com/, in the comments here, or whenever you're in the shop. Feel free to stop me in the supermarket too. No idea is too crazy. If I can make it (and it's not completely off-the-wall, like shoehorn chip or rocksalt sorbet), I'll give it a shot.
And I'll do my best to keep the blog light and upbeat, seems we all need as much of that as we can get our hands on.
In the spirit of looking on the bright side, here's one of my favorites from the storm before last...
Hope you've chipped yourself out from the ice, and the sun is shining brightly on your driveway.
See you soon.
Monday, January 26, 2009
From what I've read, the stars were out in full force over the two week festival, but it seems most were hunkered away in private parties while being showered by fancy gift bags full of free stuff.
In any event, it was a sweet little getaway, even if I didn't have my picture taken with Kevin Bacon or Paris Hilton, we didn't get any fresh powder (of course it's snowing like crazy there now, a point my buddy didn't hesititate to call me about...from the lift), and the beer was only 3.2% (seems Utah has all these crazy LDS-influenced rules on alcohol). LDS is Latter Day Saints (Mormons), by the way.
Then again, it looks like our own snowstorm is heading our way for Wednesday...
Which is, by the way, reopen date for season 2009! Ice cream making all day tomorrow (tuesday), then game on. Been a nice break in the action, but feels like it's time to make ice cream again. I hope to see you soon!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
While you're there, I hope you'll cast votes for your other favorite Easthampton haunts...
Under Edibles & Eateries
Sweet Shop: Mt. Tom's Homemade Ice Cream (Thanks again!)
Thanks again for voting Mt. Tom's 3rd best in the Valley in 2008. With your support, hopefully we can repeat, and who knows, maybe even move up a notch or so!
Polls are open from now thru February 11th...
See you soon.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Especially after a week in shorts and a tee.
So with last week's airport read just completed and nothing much for movies on cable, I thought I'd post up a few photos of my trip south to see the family. I'm still, for the most part, keeping my mind clear of ice cream thoughts, and aside from a few short 'shop talks' with Dad, my ice cream mentor, and a brief spy mission at the Cold Stone next to the movie theater as we waited to see Slumdog Millionaire (a great flick by the way), I've been quite successful at putting the brain on vacation too.
In any event, I hope you're staying warm and still enjoying the last bits of pints from last week's firesale. Here's a mini-photo essay from my visit to the sunshine state. Hope if it's not too dull, at least it'll make you yearn for Spring a little bit more than you already do.
Marky, Dagney, & Willie: 2 nephews & a niece.
And what's a trip to FL without a drop-in on Mickey & the gang.
Monday, January 05, 2009
Thanks to all for your amazing support in making 2008 another banner year for Mt. Tom's. It's your positive 'word of mouth' support that makes this whole thing work, and for that I sincerely thank you.
And as always, thanks for popping into the Ice Cream Diaries to read my rants and check out my images. Blogging, although a bit more challenging 'in season', has become a fun and regular creative outlet for me and a great way to feed my writing & photography urges. I look forward to trying to come up with new ways to keep it interesting, at least for as long as 'blogging' remains hip and cool. Who knows what the next medium may be...
Needless to say, my blogging will likely be limited during my break (planning to do my best to shut off the ice cream side of my brain for a while), but I may post a photo or two along the way, we'll see.
If you find yourself unable to sleep some night, feel free to peruse the old ICD archives, or if you've never read the Original Diaries, you can learn all about those early ice cream-preneurial days back when Mt. Tom's was just a pup.
Happy New Year, and see you soon.
Friday, January 02, 2009
By that time, I will be enjoying my first day of my annual winter break. If you didn't catch my last blog entry on the subject, Mt. Tom's will be locked up tight from Monday, January 5th thru Monday, January 26th, reopening Tuesday, January 27th.
A much needed few weeks to relax, recharge, and give the brain a little break from being full of ice cream, candy, and such. Not that this is a bad thing to fill your brain with, I think you would agree.
So I'm hoping you'll wander by for one last fix before then. To give you a little incentive to stop in for a stock up before the shut down, we'll be offering up a little buy 1, get 1 half off on handpacked pints & quarts! I hope to see you before the weekend is out. As always, you can check out the current specials at http://www.mttoms.com/ .
Right now, we've still got all the flavors, but that may change as the weekend progresses...
And if you already know what you want, just give a call with your order, and we'll have it packed up and ready to go. (413)-529-2929
Hope to see you soon.