Holiday shopping has definitely begun! Right now, we are in the middle of York County’s Best Kept Secrets Holiday Highlights Tour — featuring 17 shops — 17 gems that are scattered throughout the county. Let us know if you are interested, we still have tickets!
Many folks are stopping in for the first time since we moved over a year ago. Our new location is great and some who just happen to be in the area are checking us out and liking what they see. Our local, faithful customers are also out shopping early for the best selections. We appreciate everyone who comes in to shop ~~ for the first time and our 13 year supporters.
We are known for our home decor – curtains, braided rugs, framed prints, candles (both real and battery operated) and more. But we also have a great selection of gifts starting at under $5.00. And, right now we have lots of holiday goodies filling our shelves (and trees)!
Filed under battery operated candles, braided jute rugs, candle warmers, Candles, Cheerful Giver Candles, Dip Mixes, framed prints, led candles, McCalls Candles, Park Designs, shop local, SHOP SMALL, snowmen, Soy Candles, Swan Creek Candles, timer battery candles, Wax warmers
It’s summertime, and we all enjoy picnics and other get togethers this time of year. We have a selection of dip mixes from Country Home Creations including this great tasting, always popular Caramelized Onion & Garlic Mix.
Each package, with various recipes, uses simple, often on-hand ingredients to make delicious additions to your meal, appetizer or snack. Jalepeno Pepper Dip Mix is a good example with recipes for Jalepeno Corn Bread, Jalepeno Corn Dip and Jalepeno Chip Dip and Taco Topper. “Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot?” Your taste buds will go crazy if you crave “hot stuff.” This dip is great on tortilla chips, crackers and vegetables. This product contains No MSG, No Added Sugar, No Wheat or Gluten.
You can even alter the recipe a bit to suit what you need. With the Almond Poppy Seed Dip Mix, we used vanilla flavored Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and blended with soften cream cheese and the mix. This makes a great topping to use with fresh summertime fruit. Yummy!
We have many more mixes in the shop, both savory and sweet, that will make gourmet-like additions to your meals! Check in with us for more information!
This year, we are doing our 12 Days of Christmas Sale a little differently. We started on December 1 so we can end on December 12 with the biggest sale that we’ve ever had in our ten Christmases! Today is our third day sale — 25% off ornaments [except for our local made Dottie’s Snowmen and Handmade by Cheryl] — only on sale today! You can check here each day to see what will be on sale or give us a call or just check in when you are by the mall to see what is on sale that one day. Some of the items to come (in no special order) are mugs, soaps and lotions, wall calendar frames, plush, jar candles, magnetic art, snowmen, dips and mixes.
And then . . . the 12/12/12 twelfth day of our Christmas Sale!
Stay tuned in!
Thanks to all who participated in our Fall Open House last weekend! We enjoyed seeing all of you, and it seemed all of you enjoyed yourselves also!
Saturday, Dale, our Embellish Your Story by Roeda™ company representative, shared information about the product, had a hands on demonstration and gave away magnetic embellishments. She brought along a video loop showing a multitude of ways to use this magnetic product. We have given away a $25.00 gift certificate for EYS by Roeda to one of the participants who signed up on Saturday! Congratulations!
In this last photo, the magnetic Nativity on the black board is new, and is available to purchase as separate pieces or as a whole collection. Stop by the store or give us a call if you want more information about any of this product.
We’ve transported several boxes of non-perishable food items to the Red Cross Food Bank here in Hanover. Thanks for your generosity – many of you brought in more than one item, and a few of you brought a bag full! They will weigh your contributions and let us know how many pounds we had!
Customers who bobbed for apples won a free gift . . . candles, mini notepads, scented tea-lights, dip mixes, weekly memo pads!
We had many of you sign up for our giveaways. We gave away a Bella Taylor quilted handbag, a Victorian Heart woven throw, a 1 year subscription to Country Sampler, a Cookbook full of Pennsylvania recipes, a 2013 calendar, a lighted canvas print (more detail on this in the next blog), a store gift certificate, and a gift bag of soy candle products! Whew . . . congratulations!
Other shots of the store on Saturday:
Check here to see our Fall Commercial which has aired on our local Comcast stations.
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!
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 . . .
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!