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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.