Spiller Park Coffee…

Spiller Park Coffee opened it’s first coffee kiosk in Ponce City Market, across the street from where the Spiller Park Baseball field used to be in Atlanta. images-1

Dale Donchey co-owns Spiller Park with Georgia restauranteur Hugh Acheson (Empire State South, Five & Ten)images-2

So, they opened a second store, but this one has walls and it’s near my home. Unknown I went there the other day with Catherine and her mother, Ann. We had hot tea and an iced tea and it was excellent. It’s really cool interior with garage style walls that open to the outside, when the weather permits. (Hugh Acheson did come in while we were there. He is also a judge on Top Chef. I think he’s quirky and entertaining)

There are not too many menu choices, I will be interested to see where they go with that.

I don’t drink coffee, but the tea was really good, give it a try!

Spiller Park…

Ponce de Leon Park was also known as Spiller Park or Spiller Field from 1924 to 1932 and Poncey to the locals. It was the primary home field for the minor league baseball team called the Atlanta Crackers for nearly six decades…

The Crackers played here in the Southern Association 1907 – 1959 and the International League 1962 – 64. It was also the home of the Atlanta Black Crackers.

The ballpark was located at 650 Ponce de Leon Ave. The street ran along the southside of the park – along the first base side. The outfield was  on the tracks of the Southern Railway, now part of the Beltline…Unknown

Across the street was the Ponce de Leon Amusement Park until 1926 when the huge Sears Roebuck Southeastern Headquarters were built, now know as Ponce City Market…

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The park was known for a magnolia tree in deep center field. Balls landing in the tree remained in play until Earl Mann took over the team in 1947 and moved the outfield wall in about 50 feet.

During exhibition games Babe Ruth and Edie Matthews hit home runs thatIMG_5641 stuck in the tree.

The famous magnolia is still standing along the Beltline Trail… So much history!

Cookies

I made some cookies! I made Blondies…IMG_4544

I made Brownies..these are very ugly but very good! These are Kathryn Hepburn’s Brownies…IMG_4546

I made Pecan Sandies…

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I made these because someone keeps sending my neighbor these great pecans. He died about 10 years ago. I know he would want to share with the neighbors, so, I make cookies and share them.

I also made Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies…

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I personally like oatmeal raisin but these were special for my neighbor’s daughter. They were very crunchy…

Honestly, I love cooking, baking is a little different. It is a tough task master…

But I love giving people nice baked goods as gifts…