Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fudgy Cherry Brownies

This wonderful fudgy cherry brownie recipe will put a smile on your face any day! It is featured in our Spring postcard and one special ingredient is the Stone Kitchen Sour Cherry Jam. Please stop by to pick up your jar for this tasty recipe!

Fudgy Cherry Brownies

A moist and gooey brownie- sure to be a favorite!


  • 8 ounces unsweetened chocolate

  • 1 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 4 eggs, room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 13 ounce jar Stonewall Kitchen Sour Cherry Jam

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9 inch by 13 inch pan.

  2. Melt butter and chocolate together in a medium saucepan.

  3. Whisk in sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla, stirring two to three minutes. Fold in chocolate chunks.

  4. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and Sour Cherry Jam.

  5. Pour batter into pan and bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until they just begin to pull away from the side of the pan.

  6. For ease of serving, let brownies cool completely before cutting.
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Spring Postcard 2011

This is my precious baby girl Madeline that will only be featured once on the card. Have you ever heard the saying "Every old crow thinks hers are the blackest."? These old vintage grocery scales from the 1950's are sitting in the middle of my kitchen on a butcher block my brother brought back to me from California. It took about 40-50 shots to get this one-precious! She wasn't too sure what I was trying to do!

If you would like to be added to our seasonal mailer please give us a shout....they are filled with inspiring ideas and talk about what's new at the store.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Strawberry-Chicken Salad

A festive basket made from refrigerated breadstick dough turns this simple-to-fix salad into a showstopping centerpiece.

  • 4 skinned and boned chicken breast halves

  • Raspberry Vinaigrette, divided

  • 8 cups mixed salad greens

  • 1 quart strawberries, sliced

  • 2 pears, sliced

  • 2 avocados, peeled and sliced

  • 1/2 small sweet onion, diced

  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, toasted
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Springin' Up Your Kitchen

This ancient old butcher block has seen and heard it all-and they add great personality to a kitchen especially as an island! Love the wire cloche and head of lettuce sitting on top of it...
This custom-made linen table topper is just beautiful for Spring-let us help you design one! What a fresh and pretty vignette to look at each day...

Hangin' Plates....

Never underestimate the beauty of plates especially transferware of all kinds...One of our customers loved collecting it and so what better way to appreciate then on your dining room wall! Here is her blue & white collection...another nail please....
Love her Spode brown and white transferware collection here....especially on these chocolate walls. Just beautiful!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Navigating Round Top: A Texas-Style Antiques Hunt

"Come for the antiques; stay for the atmosphere" is a motto that rings true at Round Top—the now-legendary antiques and collectibles event that takes place for nearly two weeks each spring and fall throughout the Texas countryside of Fayette County. After forty-two years in the making, the show's magnitude is something that must be experienced in order to be believed. Amidst miles of open fields and along the roadsides surrounding Round Top, a multitude of dealers display their wares for throngs of enthusiasts who come with hopes of uncovering the hidden treasures here. Devoted followers who scour venues such as Marburger Farm and Rifle Hall can go home with a host of coveted finds that includes high-end period furniture, European textiles, architectural salvage, and an unbelievable cache of eclectic decorative accessories. To view some of Round Top’s must-not-miss venues, click the links below:

To learn more about Round Top, see "Treasure Hunting in Texas," on page 66 of the July/August 2010 issue of Victoria magazine.

Greet Guests with Flowers

"Flowers always make a home seem more welcoming. Adorn your entrance with assorted annuals and perrenials to keep color year long. Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile, and 'Gertrude Jekyl' roses are great additions. If you have a small space beetween your house and the street, try putting a low fence in front. It gives the illusion that your house is farther from the street than it really is, and it also makes for a great space for planting flowers and vines." -Southern Living 10 Tips for a Beautiful Yard

Bright & Colorful Spring Pillows

These bright hot pink & orange embroidered shams will spiff up any drab chair or sofa! Would be fantastic in a bedroom as well! The detail on them makes them unusual!

Nest & Wicker Chargers

These wicker charges are just beautiful mixed with our Vietri dinnerware. A nest placed on each plate adds that special touch!

Multi-Stone Rocki Gorman

These two Rocki crosses are just beautiful and stunning and refreshing for Spring & Summer. Multi stones consist of Kingman turquoise, apple coral, denim lapis, and Mojave green turquoise. The cross at the top is apple coral...

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Delightful Carrot Cake

Best Carrot Cake

Truly the best-ever carrot cake recipe, make this classic favorite for a crowd and you might not have any leftovers to bring home. One online reader loved the cake so much, she also made cupcakes out of the batter.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 3 large eggs

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 cups grated carrot

  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained

  • 1 (3 1/2-ounce) can flaked coconut

  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

First a howling blizzard woke us, Then the rain came down to soak us, And now before the eye can focus - Crocus. ~Lilja Rogers

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Silver & Turquoise Rocki Gorman

Rocki silver collection above-the large cross shown is quite a statement! Beautiful piece and very large-wonderful with the tres platos three strand necklace....
One of a kind Amazonite aqua blue horse pendant and matching necklace, Kingman rain cloud earrings, and large Kingman cross shown here.

Kristen Raines & Jonathan Eaves Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower Honoring Kristen Raines & Jonathan Eaves
April 30th, 2011
Shown above is Spode Grove, linen napkins, and rustic napkin rings. Horn frames and wonderful red lantern were also chosen....

Spode Grover 5 Piece Place Setting: Made in England, a traditional design which used a brown version of the British Flowers border from about 1831.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Easter Floral Inspiration

These beautiful white tulips & egg wreath would be so pretty worked up on your Easter table this Spring. Let us help you design your "Easter Look"....

Rocki Gorman Lapis

Love the mix of turquoise & lapis together! Rocki does a beautiful job combining these stones together! Shown here is large lapis cross and square earring, crystal & turquoise strand necklace, and lapis & silver beaded necklace....Love the multi-stone lapis & turquoise cross-this piece is a special price too!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Macy Mires & Travis Begley Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower Honoring Macy Mires & Travis Begley
April 29th, 2011

Shown above is pair of cream antiqued lamps, wine holder at top, 3 tiered rustic stand, white ruffle pillow, and large white pottery tray....
The couple chose the stainless steel Taos Twist Silverware with serving pieces, silver twisted candlesticks, snakeskin leather tray, and antique wine cask. Also shown here is Yellow Chinese rustic bowl, iron candle-holder, and aqua linen napkins and napkin rings...Beautiful Matelasse turquoise table runner is underneath....

Feel free to call us at 1-806-293-3588 to place an order and to inquire about items selected. Gifts will be wrapped and delivered to shower.

New Rocki Gorman For Spring

We have a beautiful selection of new Rocki Gorman Navajo jewelry for Spring. Shown above is pieces from the sterling silver Vintage Collection of Rocki's. White agate cross and hand-stamped silver with white agate earrings, purple Kingman Turquoise dragonfly, sterling cuff bracelet and tres platos silver Navajo beads.
Beautiful pink Peruvian opal heart and matching opal necklace, purple Kingman stone cross, and multi-earring and pendants. All pieces are hand-made Navajo Rocki Gorman and so stunning-drop by to see! More to be posted soon!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Banana Bread Coffee + Chocolate Chip Biscotti=Pure Goodness!

So after stopping by the shop one afternoon I'm in love with a new coffee we recently started serving and selling. Banana Nut Bread-one word is delicious and so comforting every morning for me! The aroma of baked banana bread fills your's wonderful!
And what is better than a hot cup of banana nut bread? Chocolate Chip Biscotti to go with it. Yes! Bingo! Chopped hazelnuts, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries make these oh so scrumptious! (although I think chopped pecans might make them a little bit better!) They're Italian! Baked twice for a crunchy texture, biscotti are meant to be dunked in coffee.

Use a foolproof sugar cookie mix for an easy way to coffee-shop biscotti, the Italian twice-baked cookie. The mix might suprise you for an ingredient but I promise know one else will know! What a special treat for a friend that needs a pick me up too! Let us wrap your homemade biscotti up with some freshly ground coffee!

Chocolate Chip Biscotti

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix

1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 egg

¼ cup Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

½ cup toasted chopped hazelnuts

½ cup cherry-flavored dried cranberries, coarsely chopped

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

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