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August 2007

Easy Chicken Curry


Enough about new store products, let's eat something!  Here's a recipe for an easy chicken curry that I made the other day.  If you think you don't like curry, give this a try - Chris doesn't particularly care for Indian dishes, yet he did really like this.  Its not too overpowering, and is very tasty!  It's made in a slow cooker, so there is very little prep - you just chop a few things up, throw them in the pot, then eat in about 4 hours!

Easy Chicken Curry

1 lb Boneless, skinless chicken breast (uncooked), cut into 1" pieces
1 lg Yellow or orange bell pepper, cut into 1" pieces
1 lg Sweet Onion (such as Walla Walla or Vidalia) sliced into 1/4" thick rings
1 14.5 oz can Italian Stewed Tomatoes
1/2 cup pineapple salsa
1/3 cup water
2 Tb cornstarch
2 tsp Curry powder
1/2 tsp ground Cumin
1/4 - 1/2 tsp hot sauce, such as Sriracha
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
Salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
3/4 cup Cashews, divided
Cooked white or basmati rice (to swerve chicken over)


1.  Put chicken, peppers, and onions together in the slow cooker; pour tomatoes over top.

2.  Mix together remaining ingredients and pour over chicken mixture.

3.  Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until done.  Stir only once or twice.

Serve over rice; top each serving with 1-2 Tb cashews.  Yield:  6 servings, with about 1 1/2 cups per serving.


We've got Cake Candles!

The cake candles are in!  These guys are easily one of our best selling items - with delicious fragrances like gingerbread, caramel pecan, buttercream, and pumpkin spice cake (pictured above), how could they not be?  We like to pair them with our various candle rings (lots soon to be added!), as well as many of our wooden, tin, and ceramic plates and bowls.  This is the classic cake candle, with a textured finish like cake crumbles, and 19 flavors to start with.  They even come with a recipe for a cake that matches the fragrance of the candle!  Check them out here!

Cinnamon Orange Cake!

Caramel Pecan Cake!

Candle Rings Coming, Stars and Stripes In!

We're starting to add in our popular line of Stars and Stripes dinnerware by Park Designs - like our Village dinnerware, this set is microwave and dishwasher safe.  It comes in a variety of pieces, such as table settings, serving bowls, soap dispenser, small star dish, and more!

Also, within the next day or two I'll be adding in candle rings and candles.  We have TONS, and I'll be entering each in as fast as I can!  Here are a couple samples of what's to come...




Park "Village" Dinnerware In!


Today was simply a gorgeous day, and although we were quite busy in the store, I was able to finally take some photos of our ever-popular Village Dinnerware by Park Designs.  All the pieces are going in, its just slow going.  So, if you know you want something and don't see it yet, it'll be there soon!  You can give us a call or email if you'd like. 

Parkvill_pers_squ4_lg_2 For those of you who aren't familiar with this pottery, I've included several photos in this blog.  We currently carry the Persimmon, Dijon, and Olive colors, and a little bit of the Vanilla, and it comes in full place settings as well as serving pieces - we sell them all separately so you can mix and match as you'd like!  It is microwave and dishwasher safe, as well as freezer and oven safe.  One customer came in today and purchased an entire set of 8 for her everyday dishes.  Pieces range from $6.99 for the mug to $23.49 for the 9" pie pan.  Check it all out here in our Pottery category!

Wednesday Visitors


I was talking to my sister on the phone today, and she was talking about how she just wasn't in the mood to go to work today.  She wasn't feeling yucky or anything, she just didn't want to get up, dress up, commute, and work in the office.  I think that must have been going around today, as we had lots and lots of visitors in the store today!  Just people out for some personal fun time away from their normal routine.  We had several long-time customers pop in, and it was fun to visit with them, as usual.  That's one really fun thing about working at a store like this, you really start developing some relationships with those people you end up seeing multiple times over the years. 

We had a former employee stop in with her brand new, 11 day old little girl.  She was so beautiful, and so tiny!  Actually, I think she was pretty normal for a newborn, its just that Ben was never ever that small.  Our most entertaining visitor today was a pure white rooster that came in the door.  He waltzed right in, just like one of our customers - a slow, relaxed pace, looking around, seeing what there was to see.  Fortunately, I was paying good attention, so I was able to shoo him out the door right away.  I love Country Village - how many retail shops can say they have chickens for customers?

OldglorythrowWe're still adding more products online each day.  I have become an amazing multitasker, between doing stuff for the web, caring for and playing with Ben, tending the house, and everything else that goes along with being a wife, mother, small business owner, artist, friend, family member, church member, etc etc.  Today I started adding some of our popular Park dinnerware, and a day or so ago I put in a fair chunk of our Victorian Heart quilted throws.  We were able to use some photos from the company for starters, which aren't that great, but are better than nothing for now.  We'll be exhanging all the crummy photos on the site for really good ones as soon as we can, but it takes so much more time than you'd think, that it is sort of slow going.  In the meantime, if you're having a hard time figuring something out from the photo, and the description isn't enough help, please feel free to email us or give us a call, we're happy to help!