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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Potato Soup with Eggs Recipe

This is one of my favorite soups in the world and is so comforting and easy to make. The hardboiled eggs are the ingredient that makes this so good! You'll really enjoy it!

4 potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1 1/2 cups water
2 tbsp butter
1 quart of milk
1 tbsp parsley
salt and pepper to taste
2 hard cooked eggs, diced

Cook the potatoes and celery in the water and butter until tender. Add the milk, seasonings and eggs and heat thoroughly.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

New items just in, old favorites restocked!

I had a wonderful trip yesterday and not only restocked our old favorites, but brought in some new items as well!

Bambi and I left Springville at 6:30 a.m. Our first stop (after Burger King Breakfast in the drivethru of course!) was at Ken's Gardens. It is a great nursery on Route 772 just before you get to Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse. Honestly, if you love perennials or any kind of plants and seeds, this is a the place for you! They have great quality plants and I could spend hours there. They didn't have the Sweet Annie that I was looking for, so we reluctanly left (too cold for us to plant here in Springville) and went to the wholesalers. I picked up some great primitive needfuls, and the quickest way to find out what they are is to go to my webshoppe http://www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com and go to the "What's New" category.

My most favorite new item came via UPS yesterday while I was gone and it is my Primitive Spiced Tart Loaf. It is made of 100% premium soy and organic beeswax and the burn time is up to 600 hours per loaf! Yes, that many hours for this one loaf that is only $9.99! They are rubbed with spices and some have embeds and dried flowers/herbs on top. They come to you wrapped in a cello bag tied with homespun for freshness and they are so pretty, you can even just set them out for display! Wouldn't these make wonderful Mother's Day gifts? Please check them out, you will not be disappointed! Oh, and the scents are just delicous! Blueberry Flapjacks (yum), Cinnamon Buns (yummier), and Pumpkin Cheesecake (yummiest!). Now I am hungry!

It was warm down there and I am glad that I wore my sandles and capris. The Amish women were barefoot and many worked in their vegetable gardens. The men were plowing in the fields with their teams of horses and we smelled a lot of manure since they were fertilizing the fields. Being a country girl, that smells sweet to me! LOL! The kids were out on their swing sets and I spied a few toddlers trying to help out around outdoors. What a wonderful feeling seeing all this after such a long winter. I can't wait to go back! I couldn't believe that even though we are only 3 hours north, their flowers such as tulips are done and the blossums were out on the fruit trees....what an awesome site! I really need to move there! ;-)

Anyhow, back to reality. So, Bambi and I just had to eat at Dienners on Route 30 while we were there! It is the most incredible buffet you have ever seen....nothing fancy here, just good ol' Dutch style food like my Mom used to make! Roasted chicken, stuffing, harvard beets, chow chow, it goes on and on!

We went to another wholesaler and picked up more great items. The find of the day was the Beehive Tall Tote and accessories to match. I just love them and they are very affordable.

We finished up our "work" shopping and went to Eldreth Pottery in Strasburg. If you get a chance, Google it and check it out. I used to only collect their blue stoneware, but now I just can't get enough of the redware. I was a good girl yesterday and did not give into temptation and buy anything...but, Bambi purchased a beautiful redware plate! I can't wait to see it in her dining room. When hubby and I go with the kids next month, I am going to buy a plate myself. I saw one that was redware with black paint/glaze with a design on it that reminded me of hex signs. Should've picked it up while it was there, probably will be sold before I can get back :(

Anyhow, we had a long ride home thanks to going 20 mph behind a big truck hauling bagged mulch. But we eventually made it home by 9:30 and I am doggone tired! I worked all day today getting everything on my webshoppe and hope you all stop by to check it out!

Have a blessed evening!

Mary Jo

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Earth Day....

With Earth Day on everyone's minds, now is a great time to mention how I package my items for shipping.

I ship via Priority Mail through the USPS because the boxes are free of charge. But, occasionally, you may receive a previously used box from that I received a shipment in from a wholesaler or even QVC! LOL! I try to reuse items as much as I can!

Even the packaging material inside the box may surprise you.....it may be a newspaper from our County or shredded papers.....those are ways that I try to recycle, and it also keeps my costs down and I don't have to charge high handling fees like other retailers may have.

I may not save a whole tree, but a few branches are a start, right? Hope you don't mind getting these recycled packing materials, but just think of how every little bit helps.

We have also started replacing our regular light bulbs as they burn out with the new energy saving bulbs that last 7 years and use less electricity.

We've been consciously watching how much we drive and try not to have to run out every few days for groceries or necessities. It's amazing how much we save by doing this! What we've been doing is stocking up each week at the grocery store and making a monthly trip to the big warehouse.......then we only need to grab some milk from our little convenience store over town maybe by midweek!

Also, my husband has been carpooling to work for two years now. Neighbors up the road used to wave to him as they drove by on their way to work and he was pulling out of our driveway going to the same factory! One day it dawned on them that carpooling is ideal.....hubby kicks in gas money each week and they pick him up! This saves excess miles on our vehicle, saves them gas money because of his contribution, and everyone's a winner! Plus, we've become great friends and that was the biggest reward of all! (love ya Bambi!)

So, it's a start....we all have to do our part and Russ and I are researching other ways we can save energy. We've already replaced our "replacement" windows from over 100 years ago (I'd hate to see how bad the ORIGINAL windows were! LOL), and I think that new insulation will be our next endeavor.

Oh, and I'm also going to try to start using cloth tote bags for groceries instead of those nasty plastic bags that always rip apart anyway! LOL!

Be kind to Mother Earth so she'll return the favor!

Mary Jo

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

What do you collect? This year, I'm into fabric!

As I sit here in my office/craft room, I look to my right and see my large shelving unit that was a gift from my husband for my birthday. Okay, hold on there ladies, I know that you are about ready to start bashing my hubby for such a "thoughtless" gift, but I am thrilled with it...and it was very thoughtful! My birthday surprise was new organizational things for my craft room and I couldn't have been happier if I received a diamond tennis bracelet....okay, let me rethink that...hmmm, okay, so the bracelet wouldn't be bad either.

But anyway, where was I? Oh yeah, my shelves. So I'm sitting here realizing that I collect fabric. I can't get enough of it! I think I am obsessed....I cannot walk out of a fabric store or department of the local Wally's (ours is still thankfully open) without at least one yard of prim fabric!

I can spend hours looking, feeling, and yes, sometimes smelling, the fabric. What is it that draws me to this woven material???????? I especially gravitate to the dark primitive colors such as browns and am always on the hunt for mustard yellow...that elusive beautiful color that I just can't get enough of, and is oh so hard to find!

I also enjoy the Americana fabrics. I have this one cut of fabric that has words all over the burgundy background. They are written in black script...Liberty, Freedom, Home, Laughter, Friends, Hearth.........I dream of the perfect doll for this fabric, pray for it to come to me in an epiphany, because it is only the PERFECT doll that could deserve such glorious fabric!

Now, even fabric begins to find me. My neighbors own an antique store that is across from our house. They are always having me rummage through boxes of fabric from auctions and their own inventory telling me to take what I want before it hits the dumpster. Nothing is more thrilling than finding treasures that others consider trash! My favorite so far is an 1800's blouse that I have carefully cut up and use for my Colonial Dolls.

I'd love to hear your favorite collectibles....feel free to let me know! Please, somebody out there tell me I'm not alone! LOL! You can send me your comments by clicking on the little envelope icon below this post!!!

Blessings to you and yours, Mary Jo.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Affordable Mineral Makeup 12% off SALE!

I just got word from Affordable Mineral Makeup that they are offering a 12% off your entire order sale! Just use coupon code QS41712 at checkout to receive this great offer!

Hurry, the sale starts NOW and ends at midnight, April 19th, so take advantage of it today! This is the PERFECT time to see what Affordable Mineral Makeup is all about and why makeup is fun again!

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Friday, April 13, 2007

Special Orders

Just a quick note that if you should ever see any handcrafted items on my website that are sold out and you wish to purchase them, just email me and I would be happy to make one just for you! Also, if the colors don't match your home decor, I could also try to accomodate you by making another doll in the colors you wish. All you have to do is ask! Email me at maryjo@finecountrylivingprimitives.com!!!!!

Thanks! Mary Jo