Thursday, May 22, 2014

Weekend Cookout Menu : Barbecued Steak Wrap-Ups, BBQ Baked Beans, & Wild Maine Blueberry Cobbler

A Cookout Menu that will be a crowd pleaser this weekend. Pick up your Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce, Barbecue Ketchup, and Wild Maine Blueberry Jam at the shop. Our kitchen is full of wonderful food items for the upcoming holiday weekend!
Barbecued Steak Wrap-Ups With Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce
This do-ahead marinade can be whipped up in a dash and serves to tenderize the flank steak. The crowning touch—a drizzle of our sweet and smoky barbecue sauce.
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup red wine
1/4 cup olive or canola oil
2 pounds flank steak, trimmed of fat
1/3 cup Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce (Pick Up At Bonnes Amies)

For Serving:
flat bread or thick tortillas, warmed in tin foil over the grill or in a preheated oven
cilantro leaves
grilled onions

In a small bowl, combine marinade ingredients. Place the flank steak in a shallow non-reactive baking dish and pour marinade over the steak. Turn the steak to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
Prepare a charcoal or gas fire. Remove the steak from the marinade, pat dry and discard marinade. Grill the steak to desired doneness, approximately 5-6 minutes per side for medium rare, brushing each side with Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce. Allow the steak to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. This helps keep the meat tender and succulent.
Cut thin slices of steak against the grain and at an angle.
Serve flank steak rolled up in a piece of warmed flat bread, with a spoonful of grilled onions, sprinkling of cilantro leaves and a final drizzle of Maple Chipotle Grille Sauce.

Baked Beans
Ingredients: 5-16 ounce cans of pinto beans (or beans of your choice) well drained
4 strips of hickory smoked bacon, approximately 1/4 cup cooked and crumbled
1 cup Barbecue Ketchup (Pick Up At Bonnes Amies)
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
1/4 cup brown sugar1 teaspoon ground mustard powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease the 2-quart bean pot. Combine all of the ingredients; mix well and place in bean pot.Cook 1 1/2-2 hours uncovered (cover if beans get too dry) .

Wild Maine Blueberry Cobbler
Old fashioned and delectable, this easily made dessert is memorable! Top with vanilla ice cream, yogurt or whipped cream.
Butter to grease pan
2 pints blueberries or mixed berries or 2 14-ounce bags frozen blueberries (not defrosted)
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1 (13-ounce) jar Wild Maine Blueberry Jam (Pick Up At Bonnes Amies)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pieces
1/2 cup half & half or light cream
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Butter a 2- to 3-quart heavy baking dish.
Gently stir blueberries, lemon zest, Wild Maine Blueberry Jam and cinnamon together in a bowl. Pour into prepared dish.
Combine flour, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, baking powder and salt in a food processor and process briefly to blend. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pour in half & half and pulse just until dough begins to pull together.
Remove dough from processor and knead briefly on a lightly floured surface to form a ball, adding more flour if dough is sticky. Break pieces of dough from ball and cover berries with slightly flattened pieces of dough in a “cobbled” irregular pattern. Sprinkle on remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Bake until crust is lightly browned and berries are hot, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve with sweetened whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or yogurt.

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Leather Graduation Bracelets with Positive Vibes

Congratulate your 2014 graduate with an inspirational gift sure to provide positive vibes for the years ahead! Uplifting phrases stamp a slender, strappy leather wrap bracelet styled with a constant reminder of faith, kindness and positive thinking... 25% from the sale of bracelets are donated to charitable causes, organizations and communities in need. Available in cute, trendy colors... $17.95 each free gift wrap available.

*GRADUATION GIVEAWAY* Simply "COMMENT" what you are looking forward to this summer and "TAG" a friend for "TWO" Bracelet Giveaways on our Facebook Page.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Tiny Cube with a Mighty Roar-Great Graduation & Father's Day Gifts

A perfect Father's Day Gift I took one of these beautiful little speakers home and we enjoy it outside, in the kitchen, or getting ready in the morning. Great to play out on a deck while grilling, on a boat, or office. These cute, stylish Bluetooth speakers pack a lot of style into its small size. This portable speaker is made of beautiful, all-natural wood. With a wireless range of up to 30 feet from your device, you can share your favorite songs with friends across the room. Charge it via USB in either your computer or a power adapter.
*Wireless range of up to 30 feet
*Made of all-natural Walnut Wood, Zebrawood or Rosewood
*Recharge Lithium-ion battery via USB-to-computer or power adapter (adapter not included)
*Includes a USB cord for charging
*Up to 7 hours of playtime per charge
*Compatible with all Bluetooth-ready devices, including cell phones, computers, tablets and TVs
*Dimensions: 3” H x 3” W x 2.75” D
This colorful cube is a mini, high definition wireless Bluetooth speaker designed to provide the high definition sound your digital life demands. Simply pair your handheld device with the cube speaker to enjoy dynamic sound. Four imprint areas make this item perfect for events and co-branding. Perfect graduation gift!
$49.95 each
*The tiny cube with a mighty roar
*Works with ALL your favorite Bluetooth devices
*Long wireless range up to 30 feet
*Up to 7 hours of playtime
*Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery via USB
*Dimensions: 2” H x 1.75” W x 1.75” D

It is easy to take orders over the phone give us a call at 806-293-3588 we can gift wrap & ship.

Happy Monday!

We know it's Monday but hope that everyone has a promising & good week ahead. Don't resist the urge to run through the sprinkler Stumpy doesn't!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Green Boxwoods, Red Geraniums & Red Burlap

 Spent our Friday afternoon working up these beautiful fresh boxwoods and bright red geraniums to be the centerpiece for these tables at a luncheon. We used a bolt of red burlap as a wide runner across each table and used our wild and twiggy birch wreaths as the base. Wrapped each boxwood in crinkled brown paper and tied with our wide red burlap ribbon & mossy twine for a fun summer look…
There are always great places in town to pick out beautiful plants & flowers for Summer.
This long burlap & red ruffle runner from the store was perfect to set her island as a buffet and we filled this large wonderful lantern full of bright red geraniums. Turned out bright, fun and very summery love it! Now who is going to plant all these bushes??

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Gorgeous Navajo Bug Pendants

More special pendants in this week that are so special & unique! 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.
Beautiful Beetle pendants of different shapes & sizes, a delicate Grasshopper pendant, a fantastic Wasp and gorgeous Butterfly pendant made out of spiny coral, fox turquoise, and kingman turquoise. Each piece unique and one-of-a-kind.
Interested in a piece? Please give us a call at 806-293-3588 and we can tell you more about the artist and the specific piece you are looking at.

Spring Postcard 2014

 We hope everyone received our recent postcard in the mail. If you would like to be on our mailing list please email us…always fun to create these and mail them out.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Birds of a feather flock together...These new linen script pillows & bags are ornately embroidered & feathered with bright and colorful birds. Add a touch of fun whimsy to your home! The bird bags make great graduation gifts. We are embroidering the backs of them with your graduate's initials in either bright turquoise or hot pink script…Bag by itself $22.95
 Bright reds, turquoise, hot pink, and metallics embellish these sweet pillows. Also mixed in are vintage soft velvet pillows with tiny bird tassels…Bird Pillows $38.95
 These pillows look so sweet in this tufted linen chair in our bedroom at the shop...
I can see a bed stuffed full of these great bird & butterfly pillows and this glass chandelier hanging above it lighting the room...

Angels We Have Heard On High

Some of our favorite pieces of art in the shop are these very large rustic wooden angels…They create such a serene & peaceful aura and the colors are muted & beautiful! Painted on old wood in Peru by an artist couple each piece is unique and wonderful! This one looks like it was part of the walls of an old church…cast iron rings at the top make them easy to hang. $450.00

French Metal Bucket Of Color

Love this vintage-inspired French metal bucket stuffed full of bright orange ranunculus, purple lavender, yellows, mossy green twiggy garlands, and a sweet bird nest with mercury glass eggs. 
Would be beautiful on a large wall, hanging on a front door, or sitting on a large table…a pretty pretty custom-made arrangement in a great container. $165.00

Cream & Brown Transferware Lid Collection

 Love this collection of various ceramic lids that are in... colors of cream and a brown transferware pattern…what do you do with them? Hang them of course! A collection of them over a bed or up high above a kitchen hutch or mix them in with some plates you may already have.
Cute & unique I can see a collection of them hanging above a little girls bed….this large cloche is so sweet covering this basket full of lids. It must be a lid thing-come check them out they are inexpensive & fun.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

"God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers."
We hope you have a restful weekend & a lovely Mother's Day!

Beautiful & Charming Historical Home

 A recently retired & charming couple who have been dedicated in preserving this beautiful historical home in all it's glory. Built in 1917 the shiny hardwood floors still squeak and the original brass hardware & stain glass still shine. His passion is collecting early American antiques and she likes to add her touches of quaint warmth. We felt as though we were stepping back in time & enjoyed adding some color to this beautiful home...
Whites & Greens are used to embellish this lovely antique oak mantle…simple touches of white & soft green hydrangeas are added to his beautiful antique dining table as well.

 Mercury glass & silver collection displayed in large sunny window...
 A punch of color...
 Looking out of their kitchen window to one of the original & very large walnut trees planted in the backyard...
Beautiful stain glass oak door leading out to the backyard...
 This sunny kitchen window has enough counter space in front of it to display some of her special pieces…this pane window is large enough to hang a seasonal wreath to enjoy.
 Quaint kitchen table ready for summer.
 Loved their large slabs of flagstones under each pot on their large front porch…admired this growing hydrangea it wintered well!

Until next time…have a wonderful summer!

Large Glazed Green Orchard Bowls, Kilim, & Confetti Glassware For Summer

This week we worked on this display with summer on our minds…love the bright kilim mixed together with these great large green glazed hand thrown orchard bowls and handmade Mexican glassware in the bright confetti-perfect for margaritas!
 This table is full of rustic goods-old olive jars and wicker cask…I can see these bright kilim pillows on a leather couch for summer or out on a deck they are fun & very bright!
 Some of our favorite glassware…each piece handmade & unique these would be a wonderful gift or perfect for summer entertaining.
Mix up a batch of margaritas in this great confetti pitcher…pretty pretty!
Pitcher $34.00 Wine Glasses & Margarita Glasses $16.95 Stemless Wine $10.95

Gussied Up Birch Wreaths & Green Succulent Rustic Arrangement

 We often keep our old little black painted front door gussied up for the season…Our favorite birch wreaths are always wild & wonderful to mix a little color in with them. Add a punch of color to your front door with this birch wreath with wild yellow & purple twiggy florals, lambs ear and a sweet bird's nest. Ready to go! $98.00
A customer brought by this great rustic wooden container in that she wanted filled for her simple & rustic dining table. Thought Roseanna made it beautiful filling it with bright green succulents, green thistle, and other wonderful & wild succulents that made it really special love it!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Spring Birthday Party Breakfast

 Always enjoy our birthday breakfast get togethers! It's refreshing to be around such creative and special ladies… My little dining room was full of love this morning! Belgium waffles soaked in butter, piled with strawberries & blueberries and then topped with vanilla ice cream and blueberry syrup from the shop…turned out good!
 For unknown reasons I stayed up until 2 this morning cleaning and trying the foil, baking soda and vinegar trick on this vintage silverware I found..worked like a charm amazing! Also loved using these velvet placemats and linen napkins from Bonnes Amies…they just make me happy! Vintage glasses that were my grandmothers perfect for orange juice...

 Beautiful fresh white hydrangeas wrapped in brown craft paper and plaid ribbon...
 One of our large glass jars made into a terrarium brilliant!
 Each package is always unique and beautiful...

Until next time….happy birthday girls and many more!