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February 2009

Thoughtful Friday 13

Ironic that our Thoughtful Friday 13 is on Friday the 13th? :)


A Snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!  -Anonymous


Weather is a great metaphor for life - sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.  -Pepper Giardino


The Eskimos had 52 names for snow because it was important to them; there ought to be as many for love.  -Margaret Atwood


The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? -J.B. Priestly


"Advice is like snow -- the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." -Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Mom's Meatballs

I debated about featuring a romantic recipe perfect for that special dinner or dessert, but I elected instead for something simple, delicious, and familiar.  My mom’s meatballs are the ultimate comfort food, and what better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with a no-fuss, yummy meal, cozied up with your loved ones?  Enjoy!

Mom's Meatballs

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 egg
1 box beef rice-a-roni

Mix meat, egg, and rice-a-roni (but not the flavor packet) together, then roll into 2-2 1/2 inch meatballs.  Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, and add the meat balls.  Brown evenly on all sides, taking care not to crowd.  Remove from pan and drain on paper towels, drain fat out of pan.  Mix Rice-a-roni flavor packet with 2 cups of water.  Add to pan, and add meatballs back to pan.  Simmer until meatballs are cooked through.  Yum!

Optional - we like to make a gravy with the leftover simmered sauce.  Add a little cold water to the pan to cool the drippings down a bit.  Add a little water to some flour (maybe 2-3 tsp, depends on how thick you like your gravy - remember it thickens as it cools down), then stir into pan.  Bring to a boil, whisking constantly, and cook until it thickens, which will take just a few minutes.  If necessary, add a little beef flavoring for extra flavor.

Serve with mashed or baked potatoes, and your favorite veggie!  Enjoy!

New by Ganz!

Hello all,

We mentioned in last Friday's email some great new things we had in from Ganz, just thought I'd share some photos!

Great mugs!

New Cupcake trinket boxes!


Measuring Spoons!

Brand new novelty Salt & Pepper Shaker Sets!

Lots and lots of new car charms!

Funny Storage Jars!

Check out all our Ganz offerings on our website, or come into the store this week!  Hope to see you there!

Orange Cranberry Scones


Bake yourself and your family a nice treat for the weekend with this week’s recipe!  I love to throw tea parties, and I love to experiment with new recipes, however every party I ever throw always features these scones.  Simply said, they are the best!  Simple to make, and extremely tasty, they always get rave reviews.  Serve with your favorite jam, cream, or lemon curd.

Cranberry Orange Scones

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chilled buttermilk
  • Optional:  milk & superfine sugar

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda into large bowl. Mix in orange peel. Add butter and rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Mix in dried cranberries. Gradually add buttermilk, tossing with fork until moist clumps form. Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Knead briefly to bind dough, about 4 turns. Split dough in half, and form each half into a 1-inch-thick round.  Cut each into 8 wedges.  Cut into 8 wedges. Transfer wedges to prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart.  Optional – brush tops with milk and sprinkle lightly with sugar (add a nice crunch and makes them look pretty!).  Bake until tops of scones are golden brown, about 25 minutes. Let stand on baking sheet 10 minutes. Serve scones warm or at room temperature.