It’s all about the Ladies on Oct. 29th

Two days after I wrote the last blog I dropped by Stem Gallery to(believe it or not), pick up hamburger of all things (Kurtis wanted me to make chili this week).  Well, to say the least my mouth dropped when I walked in the door.  Mind you, Conrad and Kurtis told me they had more gift items to put out on the floor (MORE would be the key word here).  AMAZING would be another, especially with “Ladies Night/Day” being tomorrow Oct. 29th, with 20% off everything in the store starting at 8:30 tomorrow morning until 8:30 in the evening.

If you are a collector of Katherine’s dolls, bring in the season with these Santa’s and Nutcrackers and don’t forget the Snow Fairy shown below .  The craftsmanship is exquisite and 20% off should help you add or even start your collection.

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Like many, I am an avid collector of cookbooks and Kurtis collects like “NO” other.  So when he says to me ” You have to see our new cookbooks” it usually pics my interest enough to see what he’s come up with.  The authors of  the 8 volume series  The Gathering of Friends  state “The Gathering of Friends cookbooks were created to introduce ” food as a love language” enhancing traditions, fortifying relationships and celebrating life”.  All I can say is “Bravo”. I came home with “A Year of Holidays at Home”. Authors Michelle Huxtable and Abby Jane Green provide you with a shopping list at the end of each chapter that I think comes in quite handy as it helped me go right to the cupboard to see what I had and what I needed.  No matter, if you LOVE cookbooks, you will LOVE these.

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I love the Christmas season, mostly because I like to spend time with my family and close friends.  Like many, I have the tendency to forget what it is really all about and I get caught up with the stress that we all do. When Kurt led me into the back room where Conrad and his family members were meticulously setting up displays, these items brought it all home.  “For unto us a child is born King of all Creation”.

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Christmas gift baskets are not only fun to receive but giving one to someone special in my life has always been enjoyable.  I will put 3 different kinds of cookies, bread, cheese, wine and then I choose 2 or 3 prepackaged items that I feel is outstanding.  Any of the items on these shelves works but, my all time favorite is the compotes so every basket gets 1 bottle for sure.  There’s just so much you can do with them.  In a pinch?  Either one of these compotes poured over cream cheese and served with crackers or baguettes works when that unexpected company is at the door.  I like to thin the Cranberry Jalapeno Compote down with Grand Marnier and use it as a glaze on chicken or turkey….YUMMM.  OR you could saute’ off yellow onions till golden brown, add them to the compote and put that on top of roast beef or ham….DOUBLE YUM.  Be creative!!!!  Not feeling creative?  Let Stem Gallery make that special gift basket up for you.

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Tomorrow is a big day at the store ladies, hope you will be able to drop by, I guarantee that you will be as AMAZED as I was. Most of all, have fun.

Christmas is coming and Ladies night is our Christmas Premiere

The other day a good friend from my home town sent me a text saying that he and his wife had to get down to Lincoln soon, so they could see what was going on at Stem Gallery for Christmas (please note that he didn’t mention seeing me). Lucky for him I had just taken pictures of gift ideas using my cell phone the week before.  In reply, I said “Let me bring the store to you” and sent him the pictures. Since my friend was so appreciative, I thought you might like a preview of Christmas 2014 at Stem Gallery, ESPECIALLY since LadiesNight is coming up on Wed. Oct. 29, 2014. They call it Ladies night but they will be celebrating women all day long from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm with 20% off everything in the store including cut flowers and custom made silk arrangements.

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I love dishware and have collected it for years. My oldest niece is just like me, so when she opens these on Christmas Day I will love to see that smile.  Who wouldn’t?

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Whimsical is the word for these little guys with their beards down to their feet  herding the reindeer with legs made from sticks  and moss hooves. I can see them arranged in the middle of my table welcoming my friends for the cookie exchange we have every year (it’s my turn).  I will be serving spiced cider with Myer’s rum and hot cocoa with Kahlua to the girls in these mugs and using this platter and these plates to put all the cookies and appetizers on.

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My good friends Mary and Mike collect Nutcrackers.  I love sitting in their kitchen any time,  but Christmas is special with their collection overlooking the festivities.  Wait until they see these!!!!

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It seems that when it comes to Christmas, we all have traditions that entail many things: a recipe that Mom or Grandma made, gathering with close friends, caroling on Christmas Eve the list goes on forever.  It brings memories of boxes of ornaments and figurines being carried out of the basement by my Dad, who was usually mumbling something under his breath about my Mom having too much stuff or him fighting with the Christmas tree as he tried to get it in the stand.  Once he won the fight and the tree secured, my siblings and I would go about opening those boxes that were like treasure to us as we only got to see them once a year and we each had our favorite ornament.

My Grandma collected Santa’s , so when I saw these Santa’s her face came to me immediately and I thought how much she would have loved Stem Gallery.

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Before I sign off you have to see these candles.  I know, you are wondering “What’s the big deal?  They’re candles.”  They aren’t just candles, they’re candle FOUNTAINS!!!!!  You are going to flip and want them on our dinner table Christmas Day.  So when you go in, ask Jessica to show them to you.

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Hope to see you on the 29th and stay tuned as I will be posting more pictures and recipes for the holidays will be coming around the corner.

 

 

 

 

The First Saturday in Oct. 2014

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Waking up today, I wasn’t planning on heading out to Stem Gallery but while running errands with my dogs I thought “I am going to swing by and see what has come in for the fall season”.  Well, I don’t what makes me think that I am going to get in and out of Stem Gallery in 20 minutes when there is SO much to see, smell and eat.

Once again Fed Ex is at the door everyday with new product that Kurt, Conrad and Jessica purchased at market this summer.  Jessica’s first time to market, and she did a FABULOUS job.  If you are looking for something unique, beautiful, fun, whimsical, or breath taking, this is the place to go.

Who wouldn’t like to have any of the Santa’s shown here greeting them as they walk in your front door?  It’s not Christmas yet and they bring a smile to my face.

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If you happen to be the ” Hostess with the Mostess”, and you love unique, these candles shown in the picture below are  going to make you the talk of the season.  They’re fountains!!!!! You must go in to see them.  Add these Santa plates and they won’t stop talking guaranteed.

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Fountain Candles

If you haven’t been into Stem Gallery lately, you will love the remodeling (I’m not going to tell you what they’ve done) you need to see for yourself.

The holiday season is coming up fast, so make it a habit to visit this website where I will be posting more gift ideas and recipes for the holidays.