Friday, June 29, 2012

Happy as a Clam ~ Linguine with Spicy Red Clam Sauce

Linguine with Spicy Red Clam Sauce

This a great weeknight dinner, because it is fast, easy, healthy and very tasty.  I have made this numerous times and it always turns out great. ~ Angela

1 (9-ounce) package fresh linguine (I used a box of dried)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon bottled minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
2 (6.5-ounce) cans minced clams, undrained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil or 1/2 tsp dried (I used dried)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 tsp dried (I used dried)

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and crushed red pepper to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until onion is lightly browned. Stir in tomato paste and tomatoes; cook 4 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Stir in clams; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; stir in parsley, basil, and oregano. Serve with pasta. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup pasta and about 1 cup sauce) CALORIES 292 (17% from fat); FAT 5.4g (sat 0.5g,mono 2.5g,poly 0.8g); PROTEIN 15.5g; CHOLESTEROL 17mg; CALCIUM 47mg; SODIUM 806mg; FIBER 3.6g; IRON 3.9mg; CARBOHYDRATE 45.1g

Recipe adopted from and photo

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New Pandora Animal Print Murano Beads

Ten new colors in 5 different prints and we have them ALL instock at the North Wilkesboro shop.  These are great fashion colors for my Fashionistas! ~ Angela

New Willow Tree ~ Surrounded by Love Musical

Surrounded by Love Musical

The card reads: Abundant love surrounds you.  Turns and plays, "Let me call you sweetheart"

For anniversaries, engagements, weddings, Valentine’s Day, birthdays… or whenever the time is right! “Let me call you sweetheart turns this Musical gift into a romantic way to say I Love You to a very special person.”

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Vera Bradley New Colors in the Back to Campus Collection Launches June 28th!

Vera Bradley will be doing a special collection, Back to Campus, premiering, Thursday, June 28th, with 3 new Fall colors, in great styles such as a dorm rug, laundry bags, lap desk, shower caddies, a great new ribbon board and throw blankets. Available at our North Wilkesboro shop.

Monday, June 25, 2012

35% Off Closing SALE for our Elkin Shop!

We are moving down to 35% discount in our Elkin Shop today (excluding current Vera Bradley colors and styles and Willow Tree). We still have lots of great inventory!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Our Third Vera Bradley Pattern and Another Look at the First and Second!

Paisley Meets Plaid
Worlds collide in Paisley Meets Plaid. A neutral menswear-inspired tartan plaid sets the backdrop for girlie paisleys in magenta, bright pink, violet and ruby wine. On the inside, the girl-meets-boy trend continues with a bright pink on pink plaid.

A neutral tone-on-tone plaid inspired by classic menswear lends a masculine vibe and gives the pattern a serious androgynous undertone. We layered on girlie pink and purple paisleys for a playful, feminine contrast. For the interior print, we turned that tartan plaid pink! I’d style this pattern by layering a neutral tweed blazer over a ruffled dress or a classic pink T-shirt, laced up oxfords and a peek of a frilly sock. There’s just something about this Fall color that makes us want to hit the books!

You can get the first look on June 28th as the Back to Campus Collection premiers at the North Wilkesboro shop.

Note:  Sorry that my last two blog emails failed to have the graphic of patterns one and two.  So here they are:

Our second new upcoming color:  Indigo Pop

Illustrative graphic florals create a quirky repetitive pattern of flourishing blues and green. Periwinkle, teal, violet and mint green petals on an illuminating blue ground make Indigo Pop! A confetti of like colors are playfully sprinkled on the inside.

The gorgeous hues of indigo- and blue-washed denim inspired the look and feel of this pattern. Oversized and expressive blooms are popping up everywhere this season, and we love the relaxed vibe in the blue palette we selected. Plus, this print is so wearable! Pair it with everyday jeans and a T-shirt or dress it up with a black ensemble, drawing attention to the black outlines of our repeating flower.

Our first new upcoming color: Va Va Bloom

“Vibrant and vital, Va Va Bloom is composed of an artistic palette of bright purples, grass greens, orange and teal. A forest of playful mums and daisies flourish on a dark ground while inside, vines of pink and green climb freely.

This pattern is not one bit shy on color and wearable with just about anything. Its black ground acts as a canvas for big, bright flowers. Inspired by a vast box of colors and the free-spirited 60s, this pattern makes a radiant statement … and I can’t get enough of it!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Second New Vera Bradley Color ~ Indigo Blue

I love the deep blues in this pattern.  Honestly, it is very dramatic in person.  I am going to have a difficult time deciding which color to carry.  Maybe one of each! :)   Angela

Thursday, June 21, 2012

First of Vera Bradley's New Colors! Va Va Bloom

Post a comment on our Facebook wall at to be entered to win a Cosmetic Trio from Vera Bradley.  Contest end Sunday at 6:00 pm.

Brighton Flip-Flops Now 40% Off. Four Great Styles!

Available in four great styles.  Give us a call if you would like to check for your size at (336) 667-4556, North Wilkesboro shop.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Elkin Shop is now 30% Off* for our Closing Sale!

Yes, we are increasing our Elkin Shop discount to 30% off all instock merchandise (*excluding current Vera Bradley and Willow Tree figures). 

Just a few notes about our closing sale:

• All sales are final. No returns or exchanges.

• We are not offering gift wrap (in Elkin) during our sale, rather a sweet bow tied on all gifts by request.

• We will honor all gift certificates purchased at our Elkin Shop in our North Wilkesboro Shop.

• We will continue to mail our Birthday Cards to our Elkin friends to use at our North Wilkesboro location. We believe everyone needs a birthday prize!

• We are not discounting Vera Bradley or Willow Tree figures at the requests of both companies and will be moving remaining inventory to North Wilkesboro after the Elkin shop is closed.

Monday, June 18, 2012

One of My Favorite New Items...Beautiful Bookmarks

I have had dozens of requests for bookmarks, Honestly, when the growing trend of owning a Kindle, I had just not ordered any.  However, when I saw the samples of these magnetic bookmarks, I loved them.  There are a dozen different designs in-stock at the North Wilkesboro shop.  Bookmarks shown are all bird-themed.  They are a perfect little gift for a $5.99 retail. ~ Angela

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Just Arrived! New Monogram Garden Flags!

Our new garden flags are amazing quality made with a double thickness of fabric, so the monogram and "Welcome" reads correctly on both sides.  We current have A, C, D, E, H, J, K, L, M, R, S, T, and W in stock ($16.99 retail at the North Wilkesboro shop).  If you would like a specific letter, just give me a call at (336) 667-4556.  We only have two of each letter at this time. I will be glad to hold for up to 3 days. ~ Angela

Thursday, June 14, 2012

New Vera Bradley Girlfriend Getaways Begins Friday!

Please note we will be excending our promotion through Monday, June 18th (due to being closed on Sunday).  Avaliable at the North Wilkesboro shop only in Lime's Up, Doodle Daisy, Rosey Posey, Island Blooms and Priscilla Pink, while supplies last and good on in-stock merchandise only. ~ Angela

Monday, June 11, 2012

Ground Turkey Can Be Tasty with Asian Flare!

As many of you know, I look to cook and try to put a healthy spin on everything.  Healthy eating can be very delicious!  One of the best sources for great recipes is  Below is a recipe I found on Gina's site that I have made over and over and love it everytime.  I am not always crazy about substituting ground turkey for ground beef, however in this recipe is super favorful with the turkey.  Another plus for ground turkey is the fact it is much cheaper than ground beef.

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce

Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Size: 3 meatballs • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 229.1 • Fat: 11.1 g • Carbs: 8.5 g • Protein: 24.3 g

* 1/4 cup panko crumbs
* 1-1/4 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
* 1 egg
* 1 tbsp ginger, minced
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
* 3 scallions, chopped
* 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
* 2 tsp sesame oil

Dipping Sauce
* 4 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
* 2 tsp sesame oil
* 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
* 2 tbsp water
* 1 tbsp chopped fresh scallion

Preheat oven to 500°F. Mix ground turkey, panko, egg, salt, scallions, ginger, cilantro, 1 tbsp soy sauce, and 2 tsp oil and mix with your hands until combined well. Shape1/4 cup meat mixture into a ball and transfer to a baking dish. Repeat with remaining mixture. Bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.

For the dipping sauce:
Mix together lime juice, water, soy sauce, and remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a bowl. Add scallions.

Transfer meatballs to a serving dish. Stir sauce, and then drizzle meatballs with 1 tablespoon sauce. Serve meatballs with remaining sauce, about 1 tbsp per person over brown rice, fried rice (see recipe below), undo noodles or pasta. Chances are you won't use all the dipping sauce. Makes 12 meatballs.

For a fun appetizer, make them half the size and served them with toothpicks. Super easy to make in less than 30 minutes

Fried Rice: Cook the brown rice. Scramble an egg with nonstick spray in a skillet and set aside. Add sesame oil and cooked rice to the skillet, chopped scallions, soy sauce and Asian fish Sauce if you have and sauté a few minutes

Courtesy of

Please let me know if you enjoyed this! 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Retiring Vera Bradley ~ Now 40% Off!

Yes, 40% off all remaining stock of retiring styles and colors.  All sales are final and no returns, only great deals!  Compare to where the discount remain 25%!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Now 25% off ~ Elkin Shop Inventory*

We are now moving to 25% off our Elkin Shop's inventory (*excluding currrent Vera Bradley and Willow Tree) as we close.  We still have a shop full of great merchandise.  We are making the sale even larger, by sending many sale items from our North Wilkesboro shop as well.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

We just received a HUGE shipment of  baby items.  New outfits, bright baby crosses and signs, socks, hats, collegiate baby cakes, caps and booties.  

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sad to Say...Elkin Shop is Closing! Great Sale!

We are very sad to announce we are closing our Ivy Ridge Traditions, Elkin Shop. While leaving Downtown Elkin will be very difficult; it is for the best during these trying economic times and will allow us to add additional new items and increase inventory in our original North Wilkesboro shop. We do not want this to be a farewell with our Elkin customers and friends, rather a "see you soon" in North Wilkesboro.

We currently have a 20% discount (excluding Willow Tree and current Vera Bradley) as well as displays and furniture for sale.  Be sure to keep watching our Facebook page, blog or customer email list for more information as our percentage discounts increase.

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