Wednesday, February 20, 2019

New Linen Clothing Has Arrived

This pink tunic top is 100% natural source linen and perfect for cool Spring weather. Linen is making a resurgence, thanks to designers reworking the natural fabric in a host of contemporary ways. The slight color variations or minor slubs (color shading) are characteristics of the fabric, giving this garment its natural beauty and comfort. Linen has gone from a Hippie Favorite To Summer Must-Have!
This spaghetti strap black linen dress is a simple go to for everyday summertime! Dress it up or down we love the length and simplicity of it!

This natural linen dress is so cute on. With a vintage flair and neutral color is simple, sweet, and so pretty on. Great for easy summer days!
These linen black and white polka dot palazzo linen pants are adorable for Spring! They work perfectly with this simple and soft long sleeve black top. 

Your Purpose

Love this! Does this speak strongly to you as it does to us? That sometimes no matter how hard you work and do your best at something you love you are not quite good enough? “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” -Proverbs 16:9

Spring Farmhouse Arrangement

This large cream pitcher is full of cheer today!🌷White peonies, yellow forcythia, pink wildflowers, orange and coral red tulips, and mossy fern. We always tell customers that mixing elements from outside always makes a more interesting and natural look. We used budding purple plum branches tucked in for contrast. Love the color!!

NEW Spring LipSense Is In!

👄NEW LipSense colors have arrived for Spring!👄 LipSense is a premier product and is unlike any conventional lipstick, stain or color. As the original long-lasting lip color, it is waterproof, does not kiss-off, smear-off, rub-off or budge-off! Create your own color palette by combining shades. Your customized look will last even longer and your lips will stay moist and plump with LipSense Moisturizing Gloss.

Recipe: Pasta Provencal & Venita’s French Bread

Pasta Provencal with Venita’s French BreadIngredients
1 jar Traditional Marinara Sauce or Roasted Garlic Basil Sauce (Pick your jar up at Bonnes Amies Kitchen it’s the best!!👩‍🍳)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup eggplant, 1/2-inch dice
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 pound uncooked Italian artisan pasta ($4.95 at Bonnes Amies kitchen👩‍🍳)
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled (optional)

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add diced eggplant and mushrooms, sauté until tender. Add the Traditional Marinara Sauce and Kalamata olives. Serve hot over cooked pasta topped with chopped fresh basil. Garnish with crumbled feta cheese if desired. Serve with hot french bread!

Artisan Pasta, Napa Valley Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

Doesn’t fresh pasta with roasted garlic basil sauce and french bread sound wonderful for dinner??We are loving our new farfalle and penne pastas, marinara sauces, Napa Valley olive oils and balsamic vinegars! 
An Italian classic pasta line... a true artisan pasta that uses long forgotten old techniques to create distinctive flavor and texture. Durum wheat semolina is organically grown on small family farms in the rolling hills overlooking the Adriatic sea. The semolina is then carefully ground and combined with pure mountain spring water to produce a fine dough, which is extruded through hand-made bronze dies to create a rough texture. Instead of flash drying in ovens, the artisans dry their prized pasta slowly in traditional drying rooms. These practices produce a delicious hand crafted pasta with a unique porous texture that cooks evenly and holds sauces beautifully. $4.95 a Pasta Package and $8.95 Marinara Saice will take care of your wonderful meal tonight!!

Spring Arrangement in Antique Compote

A dear sweet customer that we have known a long time always enjoys coming to see us from Lubbock for her seasonal fix. For Spring she brought in her antique pressed glass compote and picked out white tulips, violet hydrangeas, pink peonies, pink wildflowers and yellow forcythia for her dining table. She wanted Spring colors and it turned out so pretty!

Forcythia for Spring!

This twiggy, wild forcythia wreath just needed a punch of colorful tulips, snowballs, and tied with wide burlap ribbon to become a fabulous Spring accent for your home!!!

Thymes Millefleur

Thymes Millefleur is the essence of Spring and smells like nature blooming! A soft breeze brings springtime sweetness through delicate hints of jasmine, with nuances of hyacinth, lily of the valley, orange blossom and raspberry that fills the air. It’s nature’s expression marking the start of something new and beautiful, creating a fragrant canvas indoors. Love the Millefleur poured candle flower pot a great Spring gift!

Freshly Ground Raspberry Strudelcake

A little lovesick from last week?? Freshly ground Raspberry Strudelcake coffee brewing is the best! A wonderful combination of sun ripened raspberries and danish pastries makes this coffee simply delicious!!

Navajo Sterling Cigar Band Rings

From a New Mexico silversmith studio to here today these hand stamped sterling silver cigar band rings are the bomb!!💣Adjustable to fit and each one unique in design they are comfortable to wear and a beautiful piece of art!💕$78.95 each 5mm sterling silver pearl necklaces arrived today as well!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Pink & White Door Basket

This wrapped branch door basket is ready to brighten your home for early Spring! Stuffed with lavender tinted hydrangeas, white snowballs, pretty pink peonies, and hot pink tulips these colors make me joyful on a chilly day!

Valentine Day Gifts!

We are wrapping up some sweet gifts this week! Let us wrap up a little love for you for a friend, teacher, or your other half!💕

Sweet Revenge Cupcakes Recipe

Marlo Scott's Sweet Revenge "Pure" CupcakesThis recipe for delicious “Pure” cupcakes is courtesy of our friend Marlo Scott, of Sweet Revenge Cupcakes in NYC, as seen on Martha Stewart.

Cupcake Ingredients (makes 24 cupcakes)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
5 extra-large eggs
3 cups self-rising cake flour**
1 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons “Traditional” Mexican vanilla(Pick Up Your Bottle @ Bonnes Amies)
Sweet Revenge “Pure” Buttercream
Turbinado or demerara sugar, for sprinkling

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut out twenty-four 5 1/2-by-5 1/2-inch squares of parchment paper. Fit each square of parchment into a standard muffin cup so the edges stick out from the muffin cup; set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until softened. With the mixer on medium, add eggs and sugar; beat until well combined. With mixer on low speed, add flour in three parts, alternating with buttermilk and beginning and ending with flour. Stir in vanilla.
3. Fill prepared muffin cups three-quarters full with batter. Transfer muffin tins to oven and bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool completely in muffin cups.
4. When cupcakes are cool, frost the top of each cupcake with a thin layer of buttercream. Fill a disposable pastry bag fitted with a 3/4-inch St.-Honore decorating tip with remaining buttercream. Pipe three waves on top of each cupcake, each slightly smaller than the next. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar and serve.

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients Makes enough for 24 cupcakes
1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
6 tablespoons vegetable shortening
10 cups (from about two and a half 1-pound boxes) confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons “Traditional” Mexican vanilla

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and shortening. Add sugar, and beat to combine. Add milk and vanilla, and beat until well combined.

**For self-rising cake flour
1. Measure out the desired amount of flour and place in a large bowl.
2. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder for every cup of flour used. For example, if you have 2 cups of flour, add 3 teaspoons of baking powder.
3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt for every cup of flour used.
4. Stir the ingredients thoroughly.
5. Pour the flour mixture into the flour sifter and sift into the bowl for immediate use or store in an airtight container.
Our special ingredient....pick up your bottle today at the shop!
"This is the very best vanilla, I absolutely love it! The flavor is perfect! My first purchase came after I was offered to smell the fragrance of Blue Truck, I’m hooked! I cannot use another vanilla! Did I say that I love it! I do!"

"I purchased the “traditional” vanilla many years ago at a local chocolate store in Bloomington IN. I will never use any other vanilla. I am buying a bottle as a gift for a friend along with a copy of Marlo’s cupcake recipe!"

"I first purchased a bottle of traditional vanilla a year or so ago in a gift shop out of state. I adore it, but it is finally gone. Last week bought a bottle of the PURE vanilla and was so disappointed at the aroma when I opened the bottle. Compared the labels and noticed the difference in the alcohol content. I had put it in frosting, so the difference was very pronounced. Will only buy the traditional from now on, you have a raving fan in me!"

♥️Valentine Jewelry Has Arrived!!!♥️

“Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she's not there.”-Bob Marley Come see what’s new this week for your ♥️...these heart necklaces are great for layering and a reminder of your love on Valentine’s Day!

Italian Artisan Pastas & Sauces

Special fresh ingredients make the best recipes and meals don’t you agree? Our new artisan Italian pastas and pasta sauces are the perfect combination for a chilly evening! What a sweet gift this is with a vietri colander, pasta, pasta sauce, and tied with a cute kitchen tea towel and wooden spoon!

Spring Displays

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” We hope you are staying cozy and warm today stop by for a cup of blueberry cinnamon crumble coffee and your spring color fix!

Pretty in Pink Florals

These fluffy coral pink peonies, hot pink drooping tulips, pink casted snowballs, and green hydrangeas stuffed in this old copper bucket makes my heart feel good today! This arrangement will absolutely brighten up a dreary front porch love love the colors!!

Large Metal Vintage Zinc Troughs

Looking forward to gardening and planting time and see such potential for a great herb garden with these large zinc troughs. What would you do with one?? We also have in beautiful snowball picks, pink peonies, and a variety of tulips that look and feel so real!

Viola Driftwood scent for Spring

Brand new and arrived today Viola Driftwood is a fresh, crisp floral scent for Spring. An earthy blend of woody notes, freshly bloomed violas & jasmine accented w/sandalwood & musk.

New Coffee Flavors have arrived!

Peanut Butter Cup coffee has made my day today! A scrumptious coffee with peanut butter and chocolate mixed together. A new shipment of fresh coffee beans has arrived and our kitchen smells like heaven! Blueberry Cinnamon Crumble, Raspberry Strudelcake, Apricot Creme are some of our new coffees to try!

Coral Scent Pink Hobnail Candles

How sweet is this pale pink Coral scent hobnail candle wrapped up for a fun little Valentine's gift! Lovely & Luminous!

Traditional Dressy Spring Home

Isn’t it amazing how a home can come alive with each season with color and texture? This customer cherishes her family antiques, is true to her dressy traditional style, and is ready for a Spring gathering for family and friends. Purples, yellows, greens, and whites bring cheer to her home and pops of color. Each room has a creative garden-like atmosphere mixed with her beautiful silver, china, and dark carved furniture what a wonderful contrast we love it!