Tuesday, September 25, 2012

New Pinterest Find...FAMILY Wall Art

I love this crafty idea.  The link below goes to the great blog where the idea orginated.  She has added a Halloween download so you can make it a seasonal decoration as well.  Happy Crafting! ~ Angela

Here is the Family piece instructions:

Halloween version:

Friday, September 21, 2012

Maple Vinaigrette Recipe ~ Very Unique!

Maple Vinaigrette Recipe ~ Very Unique!

•1 teaspoon dry mustard
•1/2 teaspoon dried basil
•1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
•1/2 cup maple syrup
•1 Tablespoon lemon juice
•1 clove garlic, minced
•1 cup olive oil
•1 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Combine mustard and basil in a small bowl. With a whisk, add vinegar, maple syrup, lemon juice and garlic. Add olive oil and continue whisking until ingredients are well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerated, the dressing will keep for several weeks

Note: I had figured this recipe in the latest Ivy Ridge email and it was very well received. I decided to post it here on our blog, so everyone could refer it again if they need to do so. I know I have said before that I hate bottled supermarket salad dressings and this recipe is one of the reasons why. It is AMAZING and has a long shelf life if refrigerated. ~ Angela

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Vera Bradley's Ribbons Has Arrived!

Stop by the shop to check out Vera Bradley's latest Breast Cancer Awareness pattern, Ribbons. Punchy petals in violet, aqua, golden yellow and, of course, shades of pink, twirl against a navy background. The interplay of whimsical blooms and cheerful pink ribbons provides movement and symbolizes hope for the future. Inside, a cane pattern of pink and green shows support for the cause. 

Vera Bradley gives over 1 million dollars a year to breast cancer research from the sale of all colors.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012


TEACHER'S and SCHOOL STAFF APPRECIATION DAY On Saturday, September 22nd all Board of Education employees in Wilkes and surrounding areas will be able to purchase a Vera Bradley Tote for the special price of $39.00 (Regular $49.00) and a special FREE gift. No purchase required for our Free Gift. Please show your school employee ID.

On Monday we will continue the special price for a Customer Appreciation Day and allow everyone else to use the discount on all remaining in stock totes.

Please forward this to all school staff you know!  Every teacher and school staff member deserves to be honored for their hard work and dedication! 

Thanks so much,

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

New Arrivals in our Brighton Beads and a Great Promotion!

Here a few of our new Brighton beads (retail prices starting at $6.50). Cooper coloring is a new look for the fall. I am also loving the new purse charms! SPECIAL: Purchase $100 in our charm area and receive a FREE set of charm earrings (valued at $42).  See photo below.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pinterest Find! Great Repurpose for Tin Cans!

I am glad I saved this photo.  It was from Better Homes and Gardens website and now it cannot be found!  I don't think this needs a lot of explanation.  I would put a screw directly in the center of each can to attach it to the wall.  An old rusty screw would add character as well. ~ Angela

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Couple of New Arrivals!

More great Halloween owls!

Unique new handbags with great embroidery!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Baked Italian Parm Portobello ~ Yum!

Baked Italian Parm Portobello
I love this recipe because of the simple breading on the mushroom itself makes this a unique version of stuffed portobellos.  Also simply add a small amount of turkey sausage, turkey pepperoni or lean ground beef for a protein main course.  ~ Angela

1/2 cup Italian-style bread crumbs
1 cup (3-oz.) freshly grated Parmesan cheese, divided use
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/4 cup fresh minced parsley, divided use
2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided use
3/4 cup egg substitute
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon marjoram leaves
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon oregano leaves
4 large (5 to 6-inches wide) stemmed portobello mushrooms, brushed clean
1-1/2 cups (6-oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup commercially prepared "light" tomato sauce
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire cooling rack inside the baking sheet. Mist rack with cooking spray. Set aside.

Combine bread crumbs, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, 3 tablespoons parsley, paprika and 1 teaspoon salt in a shallow pan. Mix well. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, combine egg substitute, remaining 1 teaspoon salt. pepper, marjoram, garlic powder and oregano. Mix well.

Dip both sides of mushrooms into egg mixture. Dredge in crumb mixture until both sides are completely coated. Transfer, stem side down, to prepared wire rack. Spray tops with cooking spray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender. Remove pan form oven.

Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. Turn mushrooms stem side up. Cover each mushroom with 2 tablespoons of remaining Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup tomato sauce and top with 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Spray tops lightly. Return to oven and bake until cheese melts and mushrooms are warmed through, about 10 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to a serving platter. Sprinkle with reserved 1 tablespoon parsley. Yield: 4 servings.

Special thanks to for the recipe.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Pick Up Your Vera Bradley or Lily Pulitzer Agenda Before We Sell Out!

We have two great agendas (in two sizes) from two great companies, Vera Bradley and Lily Pulitzer,  you know and love. These useful and unique daily agendas are full of fun! The colored tabs make for happy planning.  17 month agenda (August 2012 thru 2013) complete with weekly and monthly calendar pages, dates to remember, contacts, and notes. Stickers included.  Please note these always sell out early!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pandora Free Bracelet Giveaway Details!

First, new Pandora Fall charms and jewelry have just arrived! Pandora Jewelry designers have out down themselves with this new charm release!  There are great new themes including a charm for medical professionals.  a new Family Forever bead, an adorable fairy and much more.  Be sure to stop by the shop early for the best selection.

The yearly FREE PANDORA SNAP BRACELET will be September 12 (Wednesday) - September 15th (Saturday).  Simply purchase $100.00 of Pandora Jewelry and receive a FREE snap bracelet.

Just announced by email from PANDORA JEWELRY! We can presale the FREE PANDORA SNAP BRACELET with the purchase of $100 of Pandora charms and jewelry. This change works out great, because you can purchase the new fall charms that have just arrived and count them towards a FREE Pandora snap bracelet. (Limit one bracelet per customer.)
Here's the catch-Pandora has asked that you prepay for your purchase and then return to pick up it during the event dates, Sept 12 -15th ~ Please call us with any questions 667-4556. ~ Angela

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Zucchini Pie ~ Great Low Calorie Recipe!

Easy Zucchini Pie is one of my favorite recipes.  Honestly, I make it almost once a week.  I love it because it is only 120 calories per serving.  This is a great breakfast dish and I also keep leftovers in the frig for a low-calorie, fulling snack.  You could easily add a protein to make this a main dish for breakfast or dinner, such ham, sausage or bacon. ~ Angela

Easy Zucchini Pie

1 cup chopped zucchini
1 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2/3 cup Bisquick Heart Smart® mix
3/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk
2 eggs or 1/2 cup fat-free cholesterol-free egg product
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1. Heat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease bottom and side of pie plate, 9x1 1/4 inches.

2. Sprinkle zucchini, tomato, onion and cheese evenly in pie plate.

3. Stir together remaining ingredients with fork until blended. Pour evenly into pie plate.

4. Bake about 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool at least 10 minutes.

Makes 6 servings

Nutrition Information: 1 Serving, Calories 120, (Calories from Fat 40), Total Fat 4 1/2g  (Saturated Fat 1 1/2g, Trans Fat 0g), Cholesterol 75mg; Sodium 450mg; Total Carbohydrate 14g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 5g), Protein 7g

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Fashion Trends for Fall!

Animal Themes are all the Hoot!

Leather! Leather! Everywhere!  Tops, skirts & bottoms!

The color is burgundy! Yes, burgundy!

Bejeweled is in again.  Jewel encrusted clothing!  A bit of glitz!

Black + Gold Metallic = Trendy

Source:!/TheYCBAgency  Big thank you to YCB Agency and their Fox 8 presentation on fall fashion trends.