Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Elkin Shop Update! Things are Coming Along!

We really are heading in the right direction to get the shop open! There are lots of work going on at The Liberty. We will begin moving things and setting up the shop in April with an estimated opening by May 1st. It actually could be sooner, it all just depends on the speed of construction. I would encourage you to drive by and watch the work in progress at 222 East Main Street, beside the Elkin Tribune. We are also excited to have Steffi Long back with us, when the Elkin Shop is completed.

Photo Explanations:
Top photo: The inside of the shop looking at the back wall and stairway to the loft area. Photo middle left: Steffi stand where a wall with be with half glass so you can look directly into the shop. Bottom middle: The left side of the building where there will be parking and entry into the banquet hall. The lower level will house offices. Photo right middle: The view down the great hall when you enter The Liberty from the front door. The shop will be on your right and a restaurant on the left.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bangls ~ New Magnetic Bangles

Here's how it works:

•Join 4 magnetic curvs to make a bangl

•Mix & match for infinite combos

Simply start your collection with a premade bangl for $19.99 or design your own by choosing 4 different curvs.   Then you can just purcase one curv at a time for $4.99.  We are really excited about this line!  It is worth a trip downtown!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Mongolian Beef ~ Lovin' Chinese Food Homemade!

Mongolian Beef has been a family favorite of ours for several years.  I cannot believe I have not posted this earlier.  The key to doing any kind of stir frying is to prep everything and have it ready to go when you heat up the wok or skillet.  Because once you start cooking there is no time to stop; it is simply grab and go!  ~ Angela

Mongolian Beef
1 lb of flank steak, thinly sliced crosswise
1/4 cup of cornstarch
3 teaspoons of canola oil
1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger (about 1/2 inch piece)
1 tablespoon of chopped garlic (about 2 -3 large cloves)
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of soy sauce (I use low sodium)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
3 large green onions, sliced crosswise into thirds

First, make sure the steak slices are dry (pat them dry) and mix them with the corn starch. Using your hands or a spoon, move them around to make sure all pieces are coated. Place beef slices in a strainer and shake off excess corn starch. Heat half of the oil in a large wok or nonstick skillet at medium-high and add the garlic and ginger. Immediately add the soy sauce, water, brown sugar and pepper flakes. Cook the sauce for about 2 minutes and transfer to a bowl. Don't worry if the sauce doesn't look thick enough at this point. The corn starch in the beef will thicken it up later. Turn the heat up and add the remaining oil to the wok. Add the beef and cook, stirring until it is all browned (this is a quick thing). Pour the sauce back into the wok and let it cook along with the meat. Now you can choose to cook it down and reduce the sauce or leave it thinner. Add the green onions on the last minute so the green parts will stay green and the white parts crunchy. Serve it hot with rice. Makes 2 servings

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Looking for Spring? How About a Few New Spring Items?

“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”

― Virgil Kraft

We have been busy all winter planning on spring items to brighten your garden.  Here are some of our latest arrivals:

We have five different birdbath designs with two different choice of stands.  These baths have been a hit at the shop for over three years.  They are a wonderful wedding gift as well.

Two of these garden stones are memorial stones for our pets (ones on the top and bottom right).  Many of us have wonderful memories of dear pets that have past.  This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to them.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

New Arrivals!

New Wax Pottery is the ideal home decor accessory, they not only look great, but will fragrance your favorite room as well. Each piece is carefully handcrafted by a skilled craftsman. "...It is the perfect gift that everybody will absolutely love." Wax Pottery is designed to release the fragrance of a candle without the need of an open flame. You never have to burn it and it will release a beautiful scent through out the house all day long. A room freshener that serves as a beautiful centerpiece in you home. Beautiful to look at and fabulously fragrant.  Five great fragrances are available,

Cute Fan Pulls are difficult to find, so we decided to order this display full of all kinds of styles. (All are $7.99 retail.)