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Celtic Celebration

March 10, 2018

Cead Mile Failte ~ a hundred thousand welcomes ~ Here in Western Massachusetts, Irish heritage runs deep. We proudly put it on display in March with much fanfare at the annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade; one of the nations largest. Although we carry a selection of Celtic gifts year ’round, we bring in even more this time of year. CALL TO ORDER, WE CAN SHIP (413)786-7760. Here is just a sampling, and be sure to catch my video tour below. There’s a Pot O’ Gold at the end of the video; an opportunity to win a prize!  Aaaaand…an added bonus…my family recipe for the BEST IRISH SODA BREAD. EVER.

I also want to share a link to highlight one of our most favorite vendors of gorgeous pottery, made in Ireland, Aranware:


Luck of the Irish

Join Kate for a video tour of the Celtic Corner here at Cooper's Gifts. We are celebrating ALL THINGS IRISH as we show you our favorite Celtic items, with fascinating back stories on the makers, Kate will share her families Irish Soda Bread recipe, let you know how to enter to win an Irish Tea Set for Two (valued at $139) and even a SPECIAL RAFFLE just for those that watch the video! Cead Mile Failte, all are welcome!

Posted by Cooper's Gifts Apparel Home on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Thanks so much for visiting, watching the tour and sharing your Irish pride with us! I feel like we are old friends now, so I’ll share with you my secret family recipe for the most delicious Irish Soda Bread EVER, enjoy!

Slainte, Kate & the Cooper’s Crew


USO Wish List

July 6, 2017


Here is a complete list of requested items for USO Food Pantry & Care Package donations. Thank you!

Care Package Items Troops: Small sizes (individual)

Baby Powder and Foot Powder

Socks (white)

Lip balm

Sun screen

Bug Spray

Coffee, individually wrapped

Tabasco Sauce sm. container

Beef jerky, peanuts individual packed


Hard candy

DVD’s: comedy and adventure

Games for Computer equipment, (WII, Xbox, PS2, Xbox360)

Toothpaste, razors and toothbrushes

Dental Floss and toothpicks

Soap and shampoo

Flip Flops Bathroom style

Tissues: (paper) and hanky’s (fabric)

Wet wipes in individual packets

Board games and playing cards

Batteries all kinds

Office supplies: Small paper pads, pencils, scotch tape and pens etc.

Duct Tape/Athletic Tape/Electrical Tape

International Phone cards (100/300 minutes)

Bathroom Bag: items individually packaged i.e. soap, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brush, squeegee, cotton swabs, etc.

Food Pantry Items to support military families:

Canned corn, green beans, beans, beef stew, chili, spaghetti, fruits etc.

Juices: apple, fruit juice, grape, orange, etc.

Boxed Juices, all kinds (G2 very popular)

Water bottles 12 – 16oz.

Pastas  (all kinds)

Sauces: tomato, dice tomatoes, tomato paste, Ragu assortments etc.

Salad dressing

Tabasco sauce hot!!!

Cookies, cake mixes and frosting mixes

Brownie mixes

Tuna fish

Dry cereal: Corn flakes, Rice and Wheat Checks, Special K, Oatmeal

Gift Shopping Cards: ie. Big Y, Stop and Shop, Walmart, etc.


Flight Snack Bags items:  military flights

Water Bottles or Boxed Juices: 12oz. or 8oz.

Snacks: Chips, Doritos, Frito’s, Cheese Curls, individual size etc.

Hard Candy



Granola bars

Breakfast Bars

Pen and paper, light reading material

One Gallon: Zip-lock bags.

Decks of cards

Writing material, pads


Care Packages Children: While they wait for returning hero these are wonderful.

Water bottles: Juice boxes: 8oz. size

Coloring Books

Crayons Small package

Small game items

Stuffed Animals (warm and cuddly)

Kids candy, granola bars, healthy snacks

Jump rope,

Kids Dolls, Boys and girls

2.5 gallon clean Zip lock bags


Care Packages K-9 Units: This group requires regular military personnel care items but with additions for our military dogs.

K9 Cooling Collars (Summer Months)

K9 Warming Mats (Winter Months)

K9 Boots, Medium and Large (all Year)

K9 Doggles (all Year)

Collapsible Nylon Dog Bowls

Kong 3” rubber balls

Large Rope Chews

K9 Nail clippers

K9 Beds or Sleeping Mats

K9 Blankets

K9 Toothpaste and toothbrush

K9 Eye Drops

K9 Ear Wash

K9 Advantix, Flea and tic Treatment

K9 Slaves for paws /noses

Towels to wipe paws

True chews Chicken Jerky

True chews Beef Bully sticks 

K9 Treats made in USA only



  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick butter (softened)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda together. Set aside.

Mix softened butter, egg, raisins and buttermilk together.

Mix in the dry ingredients.

Divide the dough in half. Put each half in a greased 8-inch aluminum pie plate.

Bake 50 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.


  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Mix well and drizzle over slightly warm bread.


This has become my family’s weekend morning tradition.

So easy since you prep the night before and pop in the oven in the morning!

Night before:

10 oz.Challah (or Italian or French, but Challah is best) bread,

sliced 1 inch thick. Lay in bottom of greased 9×13 casserole dish.

Beat together 3 cups milk, 10 eggs, 1 T. Vanilla, ¼  C. sugar,

Pour over bread slices. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Cover with clear wrap and refrigerate overnight.

In the Morning: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Remove clear wrap from casserole, dot with butter.

Bake 45-50 minutes, or until lightly browned and puffy.