Thursday, May 30, 2013

NW Shop Retiring Vera Bradley Sale!

We are having our First Brighton Retiring Sale at our North Wilkesboro shop.  There are lots of handbags at 50% off as well as select Brighton jewelry at 40% off.  All sales are final and cannot be combined with our other discounts.

Retiring Handbags 50% OFF
Retiring Jewelry 40% OFF

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tomatoes on the Grill!

When we cookout we try to grill our protein as well as a side dish, so we do not have lots of dirty dishes to wash.  Then add a bag of salad and dressing and you have a quick meal. ~ Angela

Grilled Tomatoes with Basil Vinaigrette

3 yellow tomatoes
3 red tomatoes (can use all red)
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1Tbsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp honey
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (or 2 tsp dried basil)

Cut tomatoes in half; thread onto a pair of skewers (rather than the one shown, it will keep them from falling off as they get soft on the grill,) alternating colors. Brush with 1 tablespoon oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Grill, covered with grill lid, over medium heat (300° to 350°) 10 minutes, turning skewers often.

Combine remaining 2 tablespoons oil, balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar, honey and basil; drizzle over kabobs.  Serve these with grilled fish or chicken, or make them part of a colorful veggie plate. (6 servings)

Source:  Southern Living and I made a few changes.  Original recipe called white balsamic vinegar which many of us do not have in the pantry.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend is Great Corn on the Cob Time!

Think beyond butter when roasting your corn on the cob in foil in the oven or on the grill. I always wrap my corn in foil, because it keeps it moist and allows you to add a variety of seasonings to add additional flavors. Below is one of my favorite ways to season the corn before wrapping it in foil. Everyone loves the flavor of garlic bread and combining it with corn is a great pairing. ~ Angela

Oven Roasted Garlic Corn on the Cob

Serves: 4

4 cobs of fresh corn
2 tbsp olive oil or butter
1 tbsp garlic bread spice blend
salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 °F. Remove husks and silk from corn, rub in olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic bread seasoning, salt, and pepper. Wrap ears in foil and bake for 20 minutes, or until soft and steaming. Open and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Join Us for Downtown Diva Night in Downtown North Wilkesboro!

Tired, stressed, or need something new? Come to downtown North Wilkesboro this Friday evening for Downtown Divas: Girls Night Out! Bring your friends to eat, shop, and to get your nails or hair spruced up from 5pm to 8pm.

Ivy Ridge will be offering red wine sangrias, as well as ginger-ale sangrias. Receive a FREE Ivy Ridge environmentally-freely tote in bright purple with every $10 or more purchase.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Vera Bradley Sale Begins May 23rd! Great Colors on SALE!

A new round of Vera Bradley sale items go on SALE, Thursday, May 23rd at 30% off. We encourage you to shop early, because the best handbags get gone quickly. Each shop has an area of retiring items, however inventory will differ at each shop. We welcome you to visit both.

North Wilkesboro Hours:
Monday-Saturday, 9:30am to 5:30pm

Elkin Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 11:00am to 5:30pm
Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm

Amazing Colors on Going on SALE!Beginning Thursday, May 23rd, The following colors are retiring: Portobello Road, Provencal, Paisley Meets Plaid, Summer Cottage and everyone's favorite, Lime's Up.

Here are some retiring styles:

1. The Whitney 2. Eloise 3. Lunch Break 4. Lizzy 5. Laptop Portfolio

Additional retiring styles:
Braided Keychain
Clip Light
Good Book Cover
Hardshell Case (12430)
Quick Swipe ID in Signature Colors and Classic Black
Supersmart Wristlet in Signature Colors and Classic Black
Carry-on Rolling Satchel in Paisley Meets Plaid
Rolling Carry On in Paisley Meets Plaid

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New Recipe! Crock Pot Hawaiian Pulled Pork

Crock Pot Hawaiian Pork

2-¾ lb. pork loin
1 onion, sliced
½ c. packed brown sugar
½ c. fat-free chicken broth
¼ c. low-sodium soy sauce
6 oz. pineapple juice
½ tsp. red pepper flakes
 ½ T. minced ginger
2 tsp. minced garlic

In a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, chicken broth, soy sauce, pineapple juice and red pepper flakes. Reserve half of this mixture for sauce later. Place onion in the bottom of a crock pot coated with cooking spray. Place pork over onion and pour half of broth mixture over pork. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until easily shreddable. Shred pork. In a small saucepan coated with cooking spray, sauté ginger and garlic for 30 seconds. Add reserved broth mixture and cook until reduced (about 10 minutes). Stir into shredded pork. Serve on Hawaiian rolls. One roll is 3 points +, 2 rolls are 5 points+ Add points for rolls. Serves 25-30 (2 points +)

Friday, May 10, 2013

"As Good As Olive Garden" Stuffed Mushrooms ~ A Long Time Favorite

"As Good As Olive Garden" Stuffed Mushrooms

I love this recipe and have made it for years.  I believe the key to the great flavors comes from the  can of clams.  Even if you don't like clams (I love them), give it a try with them.  You will be surprised.

I throw my ingredients together and honestly add extra Parmesan and mozzarella cheese to the stuffing.  I always have more than 8 to 12 mushrooms and this also depends on the size of the mushrooms on hand.  I also use Brummel & Brummel butter for the melted butter. ~ Angela

8 -12 fresh mushrooms

1 (6 ounce) cans clams ( drained and finely minced)
1/4 cup of clam juice (from the can of clams)
1 green onion, finely minced
1 egg ( beaten)
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon oregano leaves
1 tablespoon melted butter, cooled
3 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons finely grated mozzarella cheese ( for stuffing)
1/4 cup finely grated mozzarella cheese ( for garnish)
1/4 cup melted butter
fresh parsley ( for garnish)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a small baking dish. Gently wash and stem mushrooms; pat dry (Save stems for another recipe). Combine clams, onions, garlic salt, minced garlic, butter and oregano in a bowl and mix well. Add Italian bread crumbs, egg, clam juice, mixing well. Add Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses to the clam stuffing and mix well. Place the clam stuffing mixture inside mushroom cavity and slightly mound . Place the stuffed mushrooms in slightly oiled baking dish and pour 1/4 cup melted butter over the top of the mushrooms. Cover and place in oven for about 35- 40 minutes. Remove cover; sprinkle the 1/4 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese on top and pop back in oven just so the cheese melts slightly. Garnish with freshly diced parsley. Serve hot.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

New Jewelry Line ~ Available Exclusively in Elkin!

This is a great jewelry line that is available only at our Ivy Ridge ~ Elkin.

About Ginger Snaps
Ginger Snaps is a new style of interchangeable jewelry that features "fashion snaps," button-like charms you snap in and out of stylish bracelets, rings and more. Ginger Snaps is all about heart and soul, sweetness and sass, and brazen individuality.

Changing Your Snap
To change your Snaps, simply pry out using your finger. The Snap will detach from the finding and can quickly be removed and replaced with a new design.

Cost: Snaps are all $5.99
Bracelets are $14.99 -$21.99
Rings are $10.99

Ivy Ridge Elkin Shop is located at 222 East Main Street, beside of the Elkin Tribune
Phone number 336-526-4438

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

We Love Our Nurses! Happy Nurses Day! May 8th!

We are honoring our nurses on Wednesday, May 8th. If you are a nurse, please stop by one of our shops for a special discount (see below) or if you know any nursing professionals, please forward your blog email to them or email a link to this page.

"To do what nobody else will do, a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through; is to be a nurse." - Rawsi Williams

After my recent surgery at Wilkes Regional Medical Center, I was reminded once again of the compassion and dedication of our area nurses. At Ivy Ridge, we want to thank our nurses in our local hosptial, doctor's offices, nursing facilites or within our schools, as well as the other numerous locations where nurses serve, for all they do to make the world a brighter place. ~ Angela

You can print this coupon and share it with other nursing friends or just mention the "Nurses Blog Special". We ask that you have a current nursing ID to qualify for the discount to make it a special day just for you.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Thank You, Teachers!

May 7th, 2013 is National Teacher Appreciation Day!  To show our thanks, you will receive a Tote (regularly $49.00) with your Vera Bradley purchase of $100 or more --just show your school ID. 
( All school employees can participate.  Free totes are based on current instock inventory)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Latest Vera Bradley Promotion!

Current Vera Bradley Special! FREE Cosmetic Trio (regularly $40.00) with any $100 or more Vera Bradley purchase.
This is a great gift to divide up and give to three special persons in your life.  How about writing a sweet note to put inside.
Available in the Elkin and North Wilkesboro Shops