Sunday, November 29, 2009
Treat yourself to oiur Fruits and Passion Cranberry Love Hand Cream. Enriched with shea butter and olive oil to soothe (or protect) all those wrapping paper cuts.
Also available in Eau du Toilette, Shower Gel, Quenching Body Butter and Foaming Bath.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
We could all use more simplicity in our lives! 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes, new from Company's Coming, makes it easy to prepare satisfying meals with simple ingredients and minimal effort.
Along with soups and main courses, explore the variety of recipes including appetizers, snacks, beverages and desserts! Slow cookers are ideal for weeknight meals and even entertaining—they not only free up time in your hectic schedule, but also oven space! Basic tips are included to help you use your slow cooker efficiently and get the best possible results. With only five ingredients in every recipe, it’s never been easier to have home-cooked delights waiting for you!
Gift Idea! Why not pair this cookbook with one of our slow cookers for a great 2-in-1 present? Add a serving spoon too and you've got a gift that will be sure to please.
|This favourite bun filling has a sweet, mellow tomato flavour, and oats to hold the meaty mixture together for minimal mess—ideal for kids! Easy to freeze in smaller portions for a hot lunch or supper in a hurry|
| Scramble-fry ground beef and onion in large greased frying pan on medium‑high for about 10 minutes until no longer pink. Transfer to 3 1/2 to 4 quart (3.5 to 4 L) slow cooker. |
Add soup and ketchup. Stir. Cook, covered, on Low for 5 to 6 hours or on High for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Add oats. Stir well. Cook, covered, on High for about 20 minutes until thickened. Makes about 9 cups (2.25 L).
|1/2 cup (125 mL): 236 Calories; 8.2 g Total Fat (0.2 g Mono, 0.1 g Poly, 3.1 g Sat); 49 mg Cholesterol; 25 g Carbohydrate; 1 g Fibre; 16 g Protein; 478 mg Sodium|
Most of the snacks were creations of the lovely ladies in Gingersnaps.
-Red and Green Tortillas
These rolls look and taste festive and are a cinch to put together. Use whatever portions you desire, roll and slice.
Our other wraps were made with our Gourmet Village and Orange Crate dip mixes. Mix your favorite flavor (mine is Lemon Dill) with Cream Cheese and use as a spread in your wrap, sandwich or bagel.
Brown Sugar Cheesecake
Recreate this treat with your favorite no-bake cheesecake recipe or mix.
Add 5 pumps Torani Brown Sugar Syrup (or more to taste). Torani syrups are available in Gingersnaps--why not try another flavor? Eggnogg, Butter Rum, Coconut... yum. Visit their website for more recipes!
Anna Olson's Chocolate Salami Recipe can be found here.
Keep watching the blog for more featured recipes!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Poppy Seed Dressing
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 Cup cider vinegar
3/4 Cup Natural Harvest Rice Bran Oil
2 to 3 tsps. poppy seeds
Using blender at low speed mix f rst 5 ingredients. At medium speed drizzle in oil until thickened, beat in poppy seeds, cover, and refrigerate.
Honey Citrus Dressing
2 tbs. Grated orange rind
2 tbs. Minced onion
1/4 cup Limejuice
2 tbs. Orange juice
2 tbs. Honey
Salt & pepper to taste
2/3 cup Natural Harvest Rice Bran Oil
Place all ingredients in a covered jar and shake vigorously. Chill until serving.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
You know you want one.
Or you know your "friend" wants one.
We've got 'em.
So pick one up for your "friend" and get one for yourself, too.
They sell out fast, so check back if we are sold out, or special order them at front cash.
Slap your troubles away with the slap chop!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
The spicy and fruity notes are blended with hints of spirits and sweet wine.
Perfect for your home or as a hostess gift.
Also try our Cinnamon Scented Pinecones!
It all started with a simple idea, really: to make a CD of kids music
that adults could enjoy, not just tolerate. The result is a treasure chest
of luminous harmonies and sophisticated lullabies that are unlike any children's
music you've ever heard. It's A Big World is a thoughtful, nuanced, and
long-overdue departure from the Wheels-On-The-Bus rut that children's music
generally veers into. These are songs by two gifted musicians (and parents) who
understand the difference between sweet and saccharine and who know their
audience does, too. Most importantly, though, they are songs with heart.
Everything from the writing to the recording was an earnest and intimate
venture. The title track came to Jeremy Toback (guitar, vocals) on a walk with
his 1-year-old son, Ezra, after wondering what life would be like through his
eyes. And Renee Stahl (vocals) crafted her haunting and minimalist lullaby,
Powder Blue, out of her own meditations on motherhood before becoming one
The album's most miraculous accomplishment is one that you will have to
discover yourself: in the morning on your way to the office, or late at night,
long after they've gone to bed, you will find yourself slipping the CD into your
stereo, alone this time, and you will sing along, and your eyes may get a bit
teary, but they will never, ever be rolling.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
A folding easel is an ideal activity and learning centre for young children.
This easel is a great way to entertain a young child, and subtly reinforce learning at the same time. Its double-sided design incorporates a chalk board, a wipe board and a metal strip for magnets, plus troughs to hold chalk, crayons and other bits and pieces, for hours of stimulating fun away from computer and TV screens.
This easy-to-build project makes a terrific Christmas gift for children aged three and up. It folds down for convenient storage and the legs can be lengthened or shortened depending on the child’s size.
And how special would it be to give a gift you made yourself?
PS--Not quite sure why the little girl looks blue. Perhaps she needs a hot chocolate to warm up! (Maybe one with Snowman Poop!)
Monday, November 23, 2009
Available in 4 flavors:
Cinnamon: Desensitizing and fungicidal.
Anise: Refreshing and purrifying.
Mint-Lemon: Very refreshing. Efficient and potent mouthwash action.
Banana: Very mild. Ideal for children. Delicious natural banana flavor obtained from dried fruit.A customer of ours personally testified to the excellence of this product. After switching to Druide, the dental hygenist informed her that, rather than 6 month recalls, one cleaning a year would be sufficient.
Make a seasonal statement with wall art that celebrates the essence of the holidays.
- Craft the form from 2” rigid foam insulation cut into 20” squares using a saw to ensure a clean sharp edge.
- Prime with Acryl-lok (1850-241).
- Paint desired base colour with Beauti-Tone Paint. (We used black 1835-447 white 1835-394)
- Decide on a simple phrase and pick your favorite font on the computer. Use a photocopier to enlarge to the size you need.
- Trace the letters on boards using carbon paper. Paint letters desired colour.
- To hang: Use self leveling hangers (2352-554). Mark their position, then dip nails in white glue and attach the hanger to back of foam. Let dry.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Black Forest Bars
The combination of chocolate and cherries that defines a black forest cake is found in these dainty squares, along with a little coconut and just a touch of citrus.
Makes 1 8-inch square pan: 36 squares
- 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup (60 mL) cocoa powder, sifted
- ¼ cup (60 mL) sugar
- ½ (125 mL) cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 cup (250 mL) tart cherry jam
- ½ cup (125 mL) sugar
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch
- 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
- ½ tsp (2 mL) baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup (250 mL) sweetened shredded coconut
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¼ cups (310 mL) icing sugar, sifted
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
- 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
For base, preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C). Grease and line an 8-inch (20 cm) square pan with parchment paper, so that the ends hang over the sides of the pan.
Stir flour, cocoa powder and sugar to blend. Cut in butter (by hand or with a pastry cutter) until it’s a rough, crumbly texture and press into prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes and cool while preparing filling.
For filling, stir jam to soften. Add sugar, cornstarch, vanilla and baking powder and stir well. Add eggs and blend, then stir in coconut. Pour filling over cooled crust and bake for 30 minutes, until top is golden and set. Cool to room temperature then chill for two hours.
For icing, beat butter with electric beaters or by hand and add ½ cup (125 mL) icing sugar. Beat in lemon juice and vanilla then beat in remaining ¾ cup (175 mL) icing sugar. Spread over top of chilled squares and chill another hour before slicing into 1-inch (25 mm) squares.
Squares can be stored chilled for up to 10 days or at room temperature for five days.
Find this recipe and more in the Winter edition of Home at Home magazine, available FREE in store!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Ok, I totally had to post this for all the Snuggie naysayers out there (Heather, I am talking to you!). I read this hilarious article in the Edmonton Journal today. So, Snuggie doubters, read on, and remember: when you decide to take the bull by the horns and give one to someone you love, you will find them in the center aisle of the store!
Snuggie cult engulfs another devotee
by Celia Rivenbark
When I opened the birthday gift from my mother-in-law, I gave a snobby little chuckle. Wow. Didn't see that coming. A Snuggie. As seen on TV. My mother-in-law gave me a blanket with sleeves. Just the thing I'd need to wear as I dragged through the sycamore leaves and to the mailbox to see if my Cash 4 Gold money had arrived yet.
"Oh. It's a Snuggie. I've seen them on TV. Thanks." MIL had a playful look in her eyes, a knowing look now that I think about it.
Didn't she know that I'd lampooned the Snuggie? It was nuts, this impossible wad of fabric that claimed to be cool enough to wear to bars and ballgames with your (lame) friends.
"Try it on," she said.
"OK," I said. This Snuggie was emblazoned with the UNC Tar Heels logo and was easily big enough to accommodate the entire team. What was she thinking?
I used scissors to free it from its wrapping and Snuggie immediately expanded like a life raft, filling MIL's den and threatening to knock Duh Hubby's portrait off the wall along with the collection of candles flickering just below.
"Wow!" I said. If this thing didn't work as a cozy cover-up, it would make a fabulous drop cloth for, uh, Switzerland.
Because of its immensity, it took a few seconds to find Snuggie's actual sleeves. I haven't been this kerflummoxed by an article of clothing since I bought my first thong. Also my last, since you ask.
While the whole family watched, I put Snuggie on as best I could and figured I'd just model it quickly and give everyone a good laugh. Except that's not how it went.
Snuggie had me in its warm embrace. It was like those "rebirth" blankets you hear about people using to re-create the womb experience except without all the gooey placenta.
No! It was nothing like that. Snuggie wasn't some crackpot psychology experiment; it was the real deal. I never wanted to take it off. I would wear my Snuggie everywhere I went, conducting my daily errands, all while wrapped, nay, swaddled in this marvelous monklike monstrosity.
I take back every hateful thing I ever said, thought or wrote about Snuggie. Because there's nothing worse than criticizing something you haven't even tried (I'm remembering you, deep-fried Oreos).
Snuggie has changed my life, forcing me to feel adrift and helpless for 40 minutes every week as I wait for it to finally emerge from the dryer.
So, look elsewhere, hons, if you want to deride the Snuggie or mock its cheesy advertising campaign. Snuggie is a gift from God. OK, actually Walgreens, but still.
Friday, November 20, 2009
You are invited to
Come Home for Christmas
Thursday, November 26
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Scratch and Save
Join us for a festive evening in celebration of
tradition and the simple things:
food, family, friends and sharing.
Shop for your home, yourself or someone on your Christmas list!
Enjoy specialty holiday treats and beverages while you mix and mingle!
Bring your friends; see you there!
*Discount not applicable to building materials, special orders or items on hold. The lumber and paint desks will be closed this evening.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
This is a cute little travel container (available in white, pink and blue) to tote your cupcake safely without squashing the delicious icing on top. Sweet!
Attention Mr. Ross. Calling Mr. Ross. I believe your wife would enjoy finding one of these in her stocking on Christmas morn.
Available in Gourmet.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
New! From Company's Coming.
Create no-fuss, sumptuous food with an Asian flair! Inviting Asian Flavours, new from the Practical Gourmet series, makes it easy to entertain with exciting ingredients, gorgeous presentations and fabulous results. Explore these elegant yet approachable recipes, capturing the flavours of China, India, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
Granulated sugar 1/4 cup 60 mL
Mirin 1/4 cup 60 mL
Sesame oil 1/4 cup 60 mL
Soy sauce 1/4 cup 60 mL
Chopped green onion (white part only) 2 tbsp. 30 mL
Garlic cloves, minced 4 4
Finely grated ginger root 2 tsp. 10 mL
Pepper 1/2 tsp. 2 mL
Beef rib-eye steak (1 inch, 2.5 cm, thick) 1 1/2 lbs. 680 g
thinly sliced (see Tip, page 208)
Cornstarch 1 tsp. 5 mL
Cooking oil 1 tbsp. 15 mL
Combine first 8 ingredients in a large resealable freezer bag. Add beef and marinate in the
refrigerator for 2 hours.
Drain marinade into a small cup. Stir in cornstarch until smooth and set aside.
Heat a wok or large frying pan on medium-high. Add cooking oil. Add beef and stir-fry for
2 minutes until browned. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Stir reserved marinade and add to
wok. Stir for 1 minute until bubbling and thickened. Return beef to wok and stir until coated.
Makes about 4 cups (1 L).
1/2 cup (125 mL): 228 Calories; 13.3 g Total Fat (2.8 g Mono, 0.7 g Poly, 2.8 g Sat); 45 mg Cholesterol;
10 g Carbohydrate; trace Fibre; 15 g Protein; 688 mg Sodium
Monday, November 16, 2009
Ignite your senses with this stunning centrepiece. Our tray is 32” long, but you can customize the length to suit your needs.
What you will need
- aluminum flashing 2610-865
- Pliobond glue 2020-119
- flat black spray paint 1720-187
- 1” x 1” pine 8’
- 8” x 32” 3/16” plywood board
- 2” x 2” pine 1’
- finishing nails 2144-567
- scissors 1136-090
- carpenters glue 2020-164
- votive holders (22) 4332-038
- clear acrylic diamonds 5620-047
- tea light 4330-234 or battery operated tea lights 4327-366
- Cut upper frame from 1" pine with mitre corners at 7” and 31”. Glue and nail.
- Place the frame over the aluminum flashing, mark the dimensions and cut metal to size. (Heavy-duty scissors can be used.)
- Place the frame over the plywood, mark the dimensions and cut plywood to size.
- Cut four legs from 2” pine. (Legs measure 2” square.)
- Paint all wood pieces black.
- Glue metal to plywood backing.
- Nail metal backing to frame.
- Nail and glue the legs through base at corners.
- Stylize. Place glass votive holders (22) in the tray. Place acrylic diamonds around the base of the votive holders. Place a tea light or battery tea light in the holder.
Caution: Never leave burning candles unattended, and always keep out of reach of children and pets.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
How cute are these? Protect your shrubs the festive way!
Winter Pals Tree/Shrub Protector
- - Quick, fun and easy winter protection for your
evergreens and shrubs
- - Pull the cover over your evergreen or shrub
- - Tighten draw string on bottom
- - Add Santa's stick-ons
- - Drawstring protective cover
- - Santa stick-ons
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Can't find it in store? Talk to one of our friendly salespeople and we will be happy to special order it for you. Most items will arrive the following week.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Chocolate Pretzel Salami
These no-bake cookies are a good laugh – when sliced they look like real salami, but they have a great salt/sweet contrast, and a definite kick of brandy.
Makes about 4 dozen slices
- 1 cup (250 mL) good quality chocolate chips
- ½ cup (125 mL) sugar
- 3 tbsp (45 mL) golden corn syrup
- ½ cup (125 mL) brandy
- 2 tsp (10 mL) instant coffee powder
- 2½ cups (625 mL) chocolate cookie crumbs
- 1¾ (425 mL) cups pretzel pieces, pulsed in food processor
Melt chocolate chips in microwave on medium, stirring every 10 seconds until smooth. Transfer chocolate to a large bowl and stir in sugar and corn syrup. Stir brandy and instant coffee together to dissolve, then stir into chocolate mixture (if you wish, you can bring the brandy to a simmer to cook out some of the alcohol — take care to watch for a flame). Stir in cookie crumbs until blended then mix in pretzel pieces. Dough should be shiny and still pliable.
Place a third of the mix on a sheet of plastic wrap. Roll up in the shape of a log about 8-inches (20 cm) long by 1½-inches (4 cm) across and repeat with remaining two-thirds of dough. Chill for 3 hours.
To serve, unwrap dough and slice into coins ¼ inch (5 mm) thick.
Cookies will keep up to two weeks in an airtight container.
Find this recipe and more in the Winter edition of Home at Home magazine, available FREE in store!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Mark's November newsletter includes a holiday gift guide for gardeners. This is such a great idea, since Gardener's don't shrivil up and die in the winter--they patiently (or not so patiently) await the spring, and many of them enjoy their winter gardens by watching the visiting birds. Mark has a new selection of bird seed available at Home, which you can learn all about by following the link above.
I love birds, especially in winter. They add a bit of life and color to the cold, and I always remember being a little girl and watching the chickadees and blue jays in the trees outside the kitchen windows.
If you've never put out seed before, try it! I can guarantee you will be pleased with your new little visitors!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Hannah has been test-driving mimiTENS this fall and we love them! So easy to use and so cute.
Are they cheap? No. But that's a good thing. They are MADE IN CANADA and are worth every penny. I, for one, am tired of buying junk that falls apart. Here's the scoop:
Coming Soon! A great Christmas present for the cold little baby hands in your life. :)
mimiTENS are mittens that stay on with no strings attached! mimiTENS feature long, stretchy cuffs that reach up to the elbow. See what others have to say about them by clicking here.
mimiTENS SOFT are made of the most lush, Oeko-Tek certified bamboo fleece. The bamboo fabric is gentle and soft on skin and safe in bébé’s mouth! Long bamboo cuffs keep mittens on! mimiTENS SOFT feature adorable animal designs and fit babies up to 18 months. Thumb-free for ease of use!
ALL WEATHER mimiTENS are made of water repellent nylon, insulated with Thinsulate™ and lined with Oeko-Tek bamboo fleece for extra warmth and softness. Cotton + lycra cuffs keep mitts up those wriggly arms. No more cold and snowy wrists! Available with and without thumb spots.
mimiTENS™ products are MADE IN CANADA
because it is the right thing to do
All mimiTENS products are produced in Canadian factories known for their excellence in making winter gear. Through our manufacturing partners, mimiTENS supports safe working environments and provides respectable wages.
When you buy mimiTENS you are supporting the Yonge Street Mission, the Geneva Centre for Autism, Right to Play and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Check out Home Expressions for our new arrivals of these wonderful frames and signs. Heartwarming and charming, these are perfect for your home or as a gift and our expanded selection has something for everyone.
The story of this company is endearing, and here it is for your enjoyment, in what they refer to as "The Cheesy Poem" of their beginnings:
A red barn is the home where their story begins
with an antique wood stove and brick floors.
In their heart burns a Town with more people than jobs
and a Dream they might help bring in more.
More jobs to this town where the teens all move north
and the rest search in vain for employment.
Might two brothers and wives help bring work to this town
building pride and (what else rhymes?) enjoyment?
Annie kicks off the Dream by designing some frames.
They’re unique and they’re painted by hand.
Then they head for a show with one Dream and twelve SKUs
and they’re met with enormous demand.
They race back to the shop and start figuring how
to make frames more than one at a time.
Soon the Grandmas are painting while the Grandpas are packing.
It’s a family assembly line.
Now the whole clan’s involved on both sides of the family,
but the workload is getting them down.
So they cry out for help and before you can blink
they’re the largest employer in town.
Still Main Street sits empty – shops all boarded up
due to Walmart, closed mines, fiscal blahs.
Then some look to Gambling to help save the day.
Quoth they, “It’ll save us! Hoorah!”
So they throw all their weight against this horrible menace.
“There’s a better solution. Let’s find it!”
When the smoke finally clears, gambling fails to get votes.
All the Sane see it just doesn’t fit.
But now what will they do? Just say “NO!” or lead change?
So they pick up an old Five ‘n Dime.
With a hot renovation, Danielson Dry Goods is born
and they show how old Main Street can shine.
With a store and frame business, life is full to the brim.
And you’ll find in Ann’s artwork and verse
that the message they bear is the lesson she’s learned:
Friends and family have to come first.
That surrounding yourself with the ones that you love
and enjoying the smile of a friend,
are two of God’s greatest gifts and things not to be lost
as we wind through life’s journey. The End.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Also available, our Holiday Catalog, filled with great savings and something for everyone on your Christmas list.
Stay tuned to the blog for new recipes from Anna Olson, gifts for gardeners from Mark Cullen and new winter projects from Home at Home magazine.
With all of the baby footwear options available, making the best choice for your little one can be confusing. Here are 10 great reasons why Stonz Booties are the smart choice for your child.
- Fleece lining provides warmth and comfort, which means your little one will be happy to wear them.
- Water and wind resistant durable nylon upper protects baby’s feet.
- So versatile – layer them up or down. Designed with room to add layers inside for extra protection
- Two adjustable toggles at calf and ankle ensure booties stay on – a must-have for busy little feet on the go!
- Soft, skid-resistant soles are recommended by experts for developing feet - allowing feet to grip and flex. Ideal for those early walking stages.
- Wide openings are designed to make it easy to slip on over bare feet, socks or even light-weight shoes. Great for wide feet too!
- Lightweight, quality materials ensure booties are comfortable and easy to wear for your little one.
- Easy care - machine wash and dry make cleaning a breeze.
- Made in Canada. Manufactured in Vancouver, BC.
- Adorable styles! Also available--mitts and hats!
But don’t just take our word for it
– see what customers are saying!
"Lily just loves the outdoors and fresh air - be it hiking with our dogs, playing with her toys or just exploring on our deck. Her Stonz booties keep her feet dry and warm - she just loves them and even tries putting them on herself!" - Laura
"Just want to drop you a note to tell you how fantastic I find the booties! I use them every day. Easy to put on and really never fall off. And look cute too. Brilliant. I got them well in time for our ski vacation, and find they are worth every penny!" - Lotta
"I have received the boots for my 2 little boys today and they look fab. I cannot wait to use them on them! My youngest boy (9 months) has wide feet and the little snow booties I bought were just not wide enough. I tried these boots on him and they are so easy to get on and off." - Chrissie
Saturday, November 7, 2009
So many cute things for Christmas or Baby Showers! We carry a full line of Bearington Baby products, including plush, minky blankets, bibs, towels, coats, slippers, tutus and toys. The blankets and coats are so soft, and the tutus are adorable, and have many layers of tulle (unlike a lot of other tutus on the market.)
We also offer an assortment of Bearington plush, including some really cute gift-giving bears like a Yoga Bear, a Day Spa Bear, a Grandpa Bear and some adorable Christmas themed ones (you will find them under the tree in the center aisle!) Also this year we have a large St Nicolas Bear, standing 30 inches tall! Really beautiful.
If you are looking for a unique gift idea, why not bundle up a bear with some related items, like the Yoga Bear with a yoga mat and DVD, or the Spa Bear with some bathbombs and handmade soap?