Category Archives: Coffees and Cocoas

Back in stock . . .

We have a few MERRY CHRISTMAS (lighted) Radiance canvas prints that came in this week.  This is our third order of this particular print, and sadly we were not able to get as many as we wanted.  Some of you who asked to be called upon delivery have been called, and we have just a few more to put out for sale.  Stop in soon if you want one!

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Christmas music from GreenHill Productions has arrived.  We will be playing it in the store beginning Black Friday, but we have it for sale now.  Celtic and Irish music; Smokey Mountain; Gaither Vocal Band; Oak Ridge Boys; BlueGrass and more music is available now!

Door County Coffees and Cocoas have just been restocked, including Jingle Bell Java (our best seller) and much more!

We will again decorate one of our trees with an assortment of ornaments that can be bought for a donation that we will make to the Red Cross (and maybe another local organization).  The tree will be decorated by Black Friday for your donation purchases!  More info on that to come.

Candles and melts from Cheerful Giver, Swan Creek, Goose Creek, 1803, McCalls are here, with more to come!

Like us on Facebook (ABitOfCountryGiftShoppe) and keep up with other new happenings, including our Holiday store hours!

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Shop Our Store

We’re getting ready for the holiday shopping season to begin — starting with Santa coming to the mall this Saturday – November 17 at 11:00.  He will be joined by Curious George!  While you are in the mall, stop by the store and check our Ganz and Nat & Jules plush animal sale!

We wanted to let you know that on Black Friday, we will be opening our store at 5:00 am.   So, if you are up and in the area, you can stop by  the mall to see us early (or later . . . we’ll be open till 10:00 pm).   There will be a gift with purchase on Friday and thru the weekend, as a thank you for your continued support as you shop our store.  You will also find some specials throughout the store during the weekend.

Saturday (Shop Small and Shop Local Saturday) hours are 8:00 am thru 10:00 pm and Sunday’s hours are extended to 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

All year long we proudly support local businesses  .  .  .  Handmade by Cheryl, AcornWoods Designs, Jills Jams Mixes & More, Stampin Up Cards by Pam and of course – Dottie’s Snowmen!  Our candles, potpourri,  wrought iron, framed art and many of our word boards are made in the USA.   Coffees and cocoas come from Door County Wisconsin, Country Home Creations mixes from Michigan and Pelican Bay mixes from Florida.  Beaumont and Sugar Loaf Pottery is made in Ohio, Off the Beaten Path Cookie Cutters in Missouri and Irvins Country Tinware is made right here in Pennsylvania!  SallyeAnder Soaps hail from New York and Sweet Grass Farm soaps and lotions from New Hampshire – and they can all be found right here! 

We may have left out some of our local and made in the USA suppliers — and apologize for that.

See you soon!

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe

Usually, when we have something special going on here (like our Fall Open House this week), we like to serve samplings of food and dip mixes we sell in the store.  We often will also have coffee, cider or some such beverage that suits the season.  We will have plenty of food sampling this week – – zucchini bread, apple bread, spice pumpkin dip mix, salsa, and more.  We will also be sampling a cake that we do not have a mix for . . . but is simple enough to make, and scrumptious to eat.  Don’t know when we will have it out or how long it will last (not long I’m guessin’), but hopefully you will be here to taste Chocolate Zucchini Cake!

We love Zucchini Bread, and we love the various Zucchini Breads with raisins, nuts and chocolate chips!  But we searched the internet for other ways to use all the zucchini many of us are up to our knees in by this time of year.  There are lots and lots of great recipes for using up those big guys (or those now frozen bags of grated zucchini).  Voila’.  At Epicurious.com we found a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake — with dozens and dozens of positive comments (that was important).  It seemed simple to make, less than an hour to bake and practically guaranteed to be delicious!

In case the link to Epicurious doesn’t work for you, we’ll share this recipe for what has to be The Best Ever chocolate cake!

Ingredients:

      2 1/4 cups sifted all purpose flour     1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder               1 teaspoon baking soda      1 teaspoon salt       1 3/4 cups sugar     1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter room temperature     1/2 cup vegetable oil     2 large eggs         1 teaspoon vanilla extract     1/2 cup buttermilk     2 cups grated unpeeled zucchini     3/4 cup chopped walnuts     1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325° F.  Butter and flour 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan.  Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt into medium bowl.  Beat sugar, butter and oil in large bowl until well blended.  Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla extract.  Mix in dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk in 3 additions each.  Mix in grated zucchini.  Pour batter into prepared pan.  Sprinkle chocolate chips and nuts over top.  Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 50 minutes.  Cool cake completely in pan.

* We added 1 teaspoon baking powder to dry mix, left out the chocolate chips, and mixed the walnuts into the batter.

Moist, chocolatey, yum m m m my . . .

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Celebrate Changing Seasons

Take a sneek peek into our Fall Open House next week . . . September 13 – 16

You will love our ‘tastes’ of the season.  Tomato salsa . . . zucchini bread . . . pumpkin spice dip mix . . . gingerbread . . . apple bread . . . caramel apple coffee . . . mulled apple cider . . . and more great and easy food ideas for at-home-everyday, tailgating and other fall get-togethers!

Everyone loves give-aways!  Sign up for several of them, including a quilted Bella Taylor handbag, a one year subscription to Country Sampler Magazine and a woven throw.  With your purchase, you can Bob For Apples (our own version) – and win some great prizes!

Each day will feature a different group of items on sale in addition to our regular sale ‘corner’.  Stop by all four days to check out the special feature!

Stop by Saturday morning to see one of our newest collections – Embellish Your Story by Roeda”™  and learn how to take scrapbooking and personalization to a whole new level. See how to mix and match multiple formats with magnetic personal embellishments to enhance and celebrate your story.

And, the tradition continues with our annual fall food drive.  Bring along non-perishable food items and receive $5.00 off your purchase over $20.00.  Your donation will benefit the Food Pantry at the Hanover Red Cross.  Be generous . . . each year we’ve done this, we’ve ‘weighed in’ with more food than the year before! 

See you soon!

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FALL OPEN HOUSE

Last year was our first ever Fall Open House and we had such a great response from everyone who stopped in — we decided to do it again!  If you already didn’t know, this Thursday (September 15) thru Sunday (September 18) we have lots going on.  Special sales . . . *Cake Candles $4.00 off our everyday pricing —  *selected WEBKINZ @ $9.99 and HAMSTERS @ $4.99 — *CROSSROADS DIFFUSERS and metal holders $9.99 – $12.99!

We still have some CHEERFUL GIVER 32oz jar candles for an unheard of price of $14.99!  Our cute, cute, cute Blossom Bucket fall pieces are 20% off the everyday price thru the weekend.  There are many other items on sale too numerous to list!

Our store handout says to ‘Stop by and enjoy our fall decor, new candle scents, coffee and dip mix samplings.  Bring along non-perishable food items [to be donated to Hanover Red Cross] and receive $5.00 off any purchase over $25.00.  Sign up for special giveaways [quilted throw, Boyds Bears, handbag, subscription to Country Sampler, Billy Jacobs book, and more].  Add your name to our Birthday Club to get a card and receive a discount during your birthday month.  AND Friday and Saturday when you make a purchase you, get a chance to Bob-for-Apples and win a prize [discount coupons, gift certificates, candles, and more]!

Thursday morning, Brad will be here to take some video of our fall displays to put into a tv commercial.  Later this fall you will be able to see our commercial on local Comcast Hallmark Channel and Food Network.  We’ll update you on this the end of September!

Thanks for visiting with us here.  Plan to stop by this weekend and visit us at the store!

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VALENTINE’S DAY

We always have a great choice of gifts available for all kinds of reasons — birthdays, thinkin’ of you, anniversary, thank you, I’m sorry, what a great friend you are, and other special occasions.   Valentine’s Day is certainly a special occasion and we have many things to choose from.   Webkinz for the children (young and old); home decor (lamps, rugs, framed prints and more) to add that perfect touch to  cozy-up a room; mugs and coffees or teas; dip mixes with dip bowl chillers; wonderful soaps and lotions; Boyds Bears plush and resin; and of course, candles and accessories.

 

And, we have chocolates.  Not just any kind of chocolates.  These are really special chocolates!

With a name like Chocolate Biscotti, who could resist this glycerine bar soap?

Or this yummy milk chocolate soap, scrub, body butter and lotion?

When it comes to chocolate, Hershey comes to mind.  Milk chocolate and syrup scented soy jar candles . . .

and vintage labeled Hershey cocoa and syrup  scented soy candles . . .

and we can’t leave out Kisses, York Peppermint Patty, Reeses Peanut Butter Cup and Milk Chocolate candles!

 Chocolate Amaretto and Chocolate Butterscotch cocoas and coffees flavored like Chocolate Lava Cake and Chocolate Truffle!

And for munchies, we have Chocolate Covered Cherry Dip Mix and Jill’s Heavenly Chocolate and White Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Mixes and Chocolate Graham Pretzels!

Maybe saving the best for last — Country Home Creation Chocolate Cheesecake along with chocolate nonpariels!

Sweets for you and your sweeties on Valentine’s Day!

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