Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Summer's Beauty

Our St. Francis is tucked behind bright sunflowers and sitting on one of our antique tulip crates...love the large wooden rosary surrounding him with a collection of cloches.


“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love."
-Maya Angelou

Kreighton Vogel & Ethan Biggs Wedding Shower July 25th, 2015

Bridal Selections For Kreighton Vogel & Ethan Biggs Shower July 25th, 2015. We are happy to take phone orders as well-thank you to all our customers that have stopped by for a bridal gift or made selections we appreciate you so much!

Collection For Upcoming Fall....Jugs, Copper Trays, New Lamps

 A collection of jugs, jars and copper have been arriving for Fall...love it all mixed together. Beautiful deep reds and muted glazed grey jugs are beautiful mixed together as a tabletop collection.
 It all seems to fit on our great large harvest table how beautiful it is all mixed together...
Rustic copper trays are so neat with coppered twig handles...also great copper ice buckets make a beautiful gift or a great addition to your kitchen displayed on a buffet or island.
This large copper tray with large nailheads and twisted handles holds a collection of jugs...also shown is one of our favorite lamps! A modern southwestern feel with touches of turquoise, browns, and bronzes-perfect for a cabin or artful home!
Also in are these interesting wire wrapped side tables in aged gold leaf....we have new items arriving weekly to prepare for the new season ahead come see what's new!

Getting Ready For Fall...

 We are getting ready for a new season and gradually "Falling" up the shop...some people are looking forward to a new season and others are sad that Summer is going by so fast!
 Love this cast iron garden bench and table filled with these great wicker bee skeps, wicker picnic baskets, leather wicker gathering baskets, and large hand thrown glazed bowls and pedestals...

Each one of these pottery pieces start as simple lumps of red clay before talented artisans shape each one using a traditional potter's wheel. Nature-inspired glaze colors are applied by hand before high firing in ovens similar to those used for centuries. Characteristics of handcrafted work can be seen in the shapes, finished and slight color variations-making each piece a unique work of art.
Above is the very large orchard bowls…love love these! We were brainstorming about what you could do with these great bowls-we could see them filled with green apples for Spring & pumpkins for Fall….potatoes in a kitchen underneath an island…under a large coffee table filled with books-or displayed on top of a coffee table. Use your imagination! If you appreciate hand thrown pottery you will love taking a look at these...
 These oversized golden brown amber jars are so pretty for Fall one my favorite things! I can see a collection of them on a large coffee table or the center of a dining table filled with large lighted candles...

These is nothing prettier than a Fall garden looking forward to it...

Unusual Items for Your Home!

This large turquoise jug is stuffed full of bright orange, yellow, and burnt red sunflowers for late Summer and early Fall...don't you love sunflowers??
One of my favorite pieces that is hand painted and wonderful...Katmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is home to many skilled artisans. This piece is hand crafted and hand painted by these artist. The colors on this cabinet are original. Due to their bleak surroundings the people of Katmandu prefer radiant colors which are highlighted in these select pieces we receive in....
This great little piece can roll around to your convenience...it's brushed metal finish and sleek design would fit just about anywhere. A great piece to stack dishes on or even a collection of beautiful books...it has many possibilities! $146.95

The Beginnings of Fall...

Fall is making it's way into the store...ready for some Autumn colors and cooler weather. The mantle is filled with great hand painted Indian pottery, Fall berries, and tall bubble glass hurricanes so pretty!

European Farmhouse Harvest Dining Table

Our European style Farmhouse Harvest Dining Table evokes a rustic and wonderful style with it's oversized double pedestal legs and natural hand hewn top. Natural markings and color variations on the salvaged wood are enhanced by hand to create the warm, rustic character that makes each
 piece one of a kind. The impressive large pedestal legs and beautiful knotted wood add 
to its timeworn style.
 This farmhouse table is solid and very heavy...the plus? It can be taken apart for easy moving and easier access into smaller door openings. It is a big baby at 83.5" L x 39.5" W x 30"H. A gorgeous and large table your search is over if you have been looking for the perfect farmhouse table!
 I can see it worked up for Fall with a gathering of gourds, pumpkins and Fall garland worked up in the center of this great table...these tables always evoke to me a sense of large family gatherings, good food, and special memories...Special Price at $1,495.00 

Nantucket Linen Wing Chairs

These great Nantucket Linen Wing Chairs are so unique with their white-washed grey finish, linen upholstery, and reconstructed sides. We can see them in a living area in front of a crackling fireplace, a library, or featured in a bedroom.

 Love the details of these great chairs....Special Price at $595.00 each
Where can I also see them? At both ends of our wonderful harvest table!

The BEST Traditional Mexican Vanilla...

Our Traditional line of Mexican vanilla extract is the best of what you can find in Mexico. The Canosa family, who produces our vanilla exclusively, has been winning the Gold Medal of Honor award in Mexico for 30 years running. Both the Traditional & Pure Mexican Vanillas are all natural, produced in Mexico using only the highest grade, single sourced, Mexican vanilla beans. Our Mexican vanilla is never blended with another grade or type of bean – it is the absolute best vanilla available in Mexico.

"Aren't "Homecomings" the best! They are at our house. Dad always said, "Where there's heart room, there's house room." Many a homecoming at our house has been celebrated with our favorite family recipe of Chocolate Chip Cookies."
What a great gift the vanilla would make tied together with the Chocolate Chip Cookies mix or Aunt Carolyn's Brownies with Chocolate Vanilla Frosting!
The Traditional variety is perfect for all your daily uses, such as cookies, pancakes, french toast, waffles, oatmeal, ice cream, coffee, cakes, brownies, whip cream, smoothies – you get the idea! It has a very low alcohol content (just 10%), which makes the Traditional vanilla much more versatile, and can be used for anything that calls for vanilla.
 Aunt Carolyn is a classy lady who can cook. And wow, can she cook! With her gorgeous green eyes and dancing dimples, she is a marvel in the kitchen. Her brownies are famous from one end of the Wasatch front to the other. Aunt Carolyn's home is constantly full of family, friends, and neighbors, and no one ever leaves hungry. Of all her wonderful kitchen creations, we
think Aunt Carolyn's Brownies with Chocolate Vanilla Frosting are the best.
This Traditional Mexican Vanilla is a top pick of Traditional Home Magazine’s Cooking School, has been featured on Martha Stewart’s Cup Cake Show, Cooking with the Neely's, Better Homes and Gardens, and Throw Down with Bobby Flay. The Vanilla Bean Paste is very popular right now with many cooks! Wonderful for Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, whipping cream or frosting, or to add a boost of flavor and beautiful flecks of vanilla to your favorite cookie recipe.

Rustic Wooden Jewelry Display Case

This rustic wooden jewelry display case shines when your beautiful jewels are placed inside on the round wooden knobs. Sit it on a dresser or hang it on the wall to make your jewelry your art as well!
We have more of these great cabinets arriving soon reserve yours now would make a perfect Christmas gift!

Monday, June 29, 2015

New Federico Jimenez Earrings

Federico Jimenez jewelry has always caught my eye in Santa Fe...maybe you have strolled through Ortegas and seen his beautiful work. We are excited to carry some of his beautiful silver handmade pieces... Unique and embellished his earrings are each a piece of art!

 With the tiniest details of pearls, turquoise, silver doves, and sterling rosettes each pair of earrings is beautiful all on it's own! Each piece also has Federico's mark stamped on the back.
Federico Jimenez, originally from the tiny village of Tututepec, Mexico resides in Southern California where he has been collecting and making jewelry for many years. Today he is a world renowned authority on Mexican silver, Pre-Columbian and Mixtec (pronounced “Mishtek”) jewelry.
He became interested in Meso-American art in his late teens when he and his father uncovered a pre-Columbian Mixtec Indian pectoral chest plate buried under their house. With the sudden ownership of the ancient pectoral, his appetite for antiquities grew, sending him scurrying from village to village in search of more.
In addition to jewelry, he also started collecting Indian costumes. His private collection includes pieces from the contemporary, colonial, and pre-Columbian periods. “I have more that 200 jewelry pieces and 190 traditional costumes. I have no idea what it’s worth, but I keep the whole thing in the Bank of America.”
Federico has organized exhibitions and acquires items for institutions such as UCLA Museum of Cultural History and the National Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe. He displays many pieces of his jewelry in the Anthropological Museum in Mexico City.
Living and working in the Los Angeles area, Federico is a popular designer of the entertainment crowd. You’ll see his jewelry worn by Christie Brinkley, Elle McPherson, and once you know his style, you’ll spot his designs on a few “Soap” stars and Ali McGraw can be seen modeling many of his designs in magazines. His current offerings are traditional and elegant stories in turquoise and coral, show-stopping in their simplicity. Put these beautiful pieces with your best suit or with chambray and denim. You’ll love them.
Important collectors and Museums were costumers of his during the 25 years of his business. He and his wife amassed a big collection of Mexican jewelry: Pre Colombian, Colonial,
and Contemporary, as well as Southwest art like baskets, kachinas, Pottery, Navajo, Zuni and Hopi rugs and jewelry.
Also his activities in the cultural community continue. He was a prior trustee of the "Millicent Rogers Museum" in Taos, New Mexico and “The Southwest Indian Museum “in Los Angeles, CA. He is currently a trustee on the board of the "Autry National Center" and "La Plaza De La Cultura" in downtown Los Angeles, CA. which will open to the public in November 2010.

New Grilling Recipes For This Weekend

 Getting ready for a weekend cook out? Plan your meal by trying some of the best grilling sauces around. Our kitchen is stocked with Boozy Bacon Barbecue Sauce, Baby Back Rib Sauce, Honey Sriracha Barbecue Sauce, and Garlic Rosemary Citrus Sauce. Slather it on beef kabobs or pork tenderloin, pour it on racks of ribs or serve it on the side as a dip. One taste, and you'll want more!
Boozy Bacon Ribs
Serves 4-6
Recipe Tip: Also try with any of our Barbecue or Grille Sauces

4 racks (approximately 4 pounds) baby back ribs
3 cans Guinness beer
1 1/2 gallons water (more if needed)
3 Tablespoons Steak Rub Seasoning (your choice)
1 bottle Boozy Bacon Barbecue Sauce (pick up your jar at Bonnes Amies)

In a large stock pot bring beer, water and rub to a boil and stir.
Cut each rack of ribs in half and place in boiling liquid. Be certain all ribs are submerged (add more water if necessary).
Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours partially covered.
Remove ribs onto a greased rimmed baking sheet and generously coat on both sides with 1/2 of the bottle of Boozy Bacon Barbecue Sauce. (You can prep to this point several hours in advance. Cover and refrigerate until ready to grill.)
Finish ribs off on a medium hot grill. Baste often while on the grill.
Ribs can also be finished off in the oven at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes.
Serve with extra Boozy Bacon Barbecue Sauce.
Serves 6
1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
Baby Back Rib Sauce (pick up your jar at Bonnes Amies)
1 Tablespoon olive oil, plus more to heat tortillas
1 red bell pepper, cored and cut into 1/2-inch strips
1 green bell pepper, cored and cut into 1/2-inch strips
1/2 cup onion, sliced
6 (8-inch) flour tortillas

Preheat oven to 300 degree F.
Cook for 1-2 hours, or until the pork pulls apart in strings with a fork.
Shred pork. Then add additional Baby Back Rib Sauce to taste.
Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add bell peppers and onion. Sauté until tender and slightly caramelized. Remove and set aside.
Wipe pan clean. Add olive oil to just coat the bottom of the pan. Add tortillas one at a time and cook on each side until golden brown.
Wrap pork and vegetables in each tortilla and serve.
Spicy Pork Skewers
Makes approximately 2 dozen
1 pound pork tenderloin
1/4 ripe fresh pineapple, peeled and cored
1/2 cup Honey Sriracha Barbecue Sauce (pick up your jar at Bonnes Amies)
2 Tablespoons scallions, chopped
2 Tablespoons cashews, toasted and chopped
Trim pork tenderloin of all fat and silver skin. Cut into 1/2-inch thick rounds. Pound each round until 1/8-inch thick. Cut into pieces that are about 1x2-inches.
Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 10 minutes.
Thread pieces of pork onto wooden skewers. Brush each side of the pork with Honey Sriracha Barbecue Sauce.
Cut pineapple into spears about 1x3-inches each.
Preheat grill to high heat. Lightly oil grate. Grill pineapple spears approximately 2-3 minutes on each side or until grill marks appear. Remove from heat and cut into bite-size pieces.
Place pork skewers on the grill, making sure the wooden skewers are not directly exposed to the heat. Grill several minutes on each side until the pork is cooked through.
Serve pork and pineapple on a platter garnished with scallions and cashews and additional fresh Honey Sriracha Barbecue Sauce.
Garlic Rosemary Chicken SkewersIngredients:
4 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1 bottle Garlic Rosemary Citrus Sauce (pick up your jar at Bonnes Amies)
1 box instant wild rice mix
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup apple juice
1 medium zucchini, diced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
Heat Grill. Place chicken cubes on bamboo skewers and place in a shallow pan.
Pour Garlic Rosemary Citrus Sauce over the chicken and let marinate until grill reaches medium heat.
Grill skewers 8-10 minutes on each side, turning frequently so as not to burn.
Prepare rice according to package directions.
Add zucchini to the wild rice in the first half of the cooking process. This will soften up the zucchini.
Soak golden raisins in apple juice to plump.
When the rice is fully cooked, remove from heat and add the drained raisins, cherry tomatoes and toasted almonds.
Serve the grilled chicken skewers over the wild rice.
Spicy Corn Relish Stuffed Tomatoes
Makes 18 small stuffed tomatoes

3/4 cup Spicy Corn Relish (pick up your jar at Bonnes Amies)
3 Tablespoons red bell pepper, finely diced
3 Tablespoons avocado, finely diced
1-2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1/8 teaspoon fresh grated lime zest
Salt and pepper to taste
18 small tomatoes, approximately 1 1/2-inches in diameter

Combine Spicy Corn Relish, bell pepper, avocado, cilantro and lime zest in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Rinse tomatoes. Carefully cut a slice off the top and save to use as a cap. Scoop out and discard the pulp of the tomato using a small spoon. Turn the tomatoes upside down on paper towels to drain about 15 minutes. The tomatoes can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated at this point one day in advance.
Fill each tomato with corn relish mixture and top with cap. Serve cold or at room temperature.
7 Layer DipIngredients:
1 (15-ounce) can refried beans
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chilies
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 avocados, peeled and diced
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 cup Black Bean Salsa (pick up your jar at Bonnes Amies)
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
4 green onions, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a greased deep pie dish, spread the refried beans and then layer the chopped green chiles on top.
For the next layer combine the sour cream and mayonnaise. Continue layering the avocados, lemon juice, salsa, and top with the two cheeses and green onions.
Bake for 20-30 minutes until heated through and bubbly.
Serve with tortilla chips.

Great Cowhide Pillows...Plain & Acid Washed

These great large pillows add a punch of brightness and interest to your home...new pillows can make a world of difference! Red, Brown, Black and White Exotic Cowhide Print Throw Pillows are fun! The acid washed cowhide pillows in red mix in well and add some interest...
 Love this short and long little kilim ottoman...the colors are perfect. We are awaiting the arrival of some great kilim ottomans in different shapes, sizes, and colors so stay tuned!
Here are the unique acid washed cowhide pillows in red...the down fillers inside make them oh so wonderful! Come check them out or take a few home to try!

Bright Multi Stone Necklaces + Sterling Silver Beads

 We just got in a freshly strung shipment of wonderful brightly colored stone sterling silver necklaces that are filled with bright blue and green turquoise, denim lapis, spiny coral, and red coral. Perfect to brighten up a silver or stone pendant for Summer! They are great prices as well.
In Love with Bug Pendants for the Summer... A beautiful and bright mix of orange spiny oyster and turquoise. Each piece is individually made by New Mexico silversmith love them all! 

Inspired by Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi cultures, these designs reflect an unexpected contemporary energy, setting creations a step ahead of tradition. Incorporating his mastery as a silversmith and talent as an artist in "stretching the Imagination of creativity...It's all about the colors of
 the stones, how they mix with metals, and nature's use of light."….Featured in the finest galleries across the southwest come in and let us show you our new pieces designed by a New Mexico
 silversmith and talented artist. 
See more below...
Also in are our wonderful sterling oxidized silver beads in the multi three strand, five strand tiny beads that are very popular right now, and a smaller sized three strand. These are a great stand by...and are loved and worn often by the people that appreciate them. Remember we have lay-away...It's an easy way to make purchases that might otherwise cramp your budget.