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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Customer picture...

Laura from Washington is a wonderful customer of mine and I've been blessed to get to know her through emails back and forth...one of the greatest perks of my job is making new friends all across the globe! She wanted to share this picture of a few of the products she purchased from my online shoppe and I think that this grouping is perfect, don't you?

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This is a picture of her Windsor chair showing the Lover's Knot coverlet and pillow and also "My Bunny" and her pillow also available on our online shoppe. The colors coordinate perfectly and I love the vinette she created by putting all three products together!

Thank you again Laura for sharing this picture with us all!

Mary Jo

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Things are getting hectic!

It's that time of year again....Everyone is gearing up for the Christmas rush and I'm in the mood! I have been busy creating new and exciting products and shopping at the suppliers to bring in great new items that would make anyone happy to receive them as gifts this holiday season!

Many of the suppliers shelves were already bare, can you believe it? I was just there a few weeks ago, and many items that I passed on last time were gone this time around....I guess I learned my lesson, didn't I? Doesn't matter, since I brought back some other products that I wouldn't have otherwise thought of, and I'm happy with the results!

I've added a new Colonial style basket which is HUGE and very prim! Some more goodies include Besnickle Santas, plaid wooden plates, a Colonial doll with a porcelain head (she's beautiful, may keep one for myself!) and even an authentic Amish Church Kapp which is worn by girls and women during Sunday services!

I've only begun adding products, and as they are added, they are being sold. This is great for me, but not for you that may not have had a chance to shop for the new items....so why are you still reading this? Head on over to www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com to see what's new before it's all gone! LOL!

As always, thanks for stopping in!

Mary Jo

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Microwave Caramels

Here's another fantastic recipe from a customer here at Fine Country Living Primitives, enjoy, and thank you Lena for sharing!

Microwave Caramels

Nonstick Foil
1 Cup Butter (no substitutions)
1 1/2 Cups packed brown sugar
1 cup light-colored corn syrup
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Line a 9 X 9 - inch baking pan with nonstick foil or buttered foil, allowing edges to hang over sides of pan; set aside.

In a large microwave-safe bowl combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and condensed milk: cover loosely with parchment paper. Microwave on 100% power (high) for 4 to 5 minutes* or until butter starts to melt. Whisk to combine mixture. Microwave on high for 4 to 5 more minutes*. Whisk well. Microwave an additional 4 to 5 minutes*. Whisk gently. Add vanilla. (Note: Bowl may get hot as mixture cooks. use hot pads to handle)

Pour caramel mixture into the prepared pan. Chill for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until just firm. Using foil, lift block of caramel from the pan. Use a buttered knife to cut into 1-inch squares. Wrap individually with plastic wrap or waxed paper or place in candy cups in a covered gift tin or container.

Store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Makes 2 1/4 pounds (81 pieces).

*Note: use the 4 minute timings for higher wattage microwave ovens (1100 to 1200 watts) and 5 minute timings for lower wattage ovens.

Lena Logger, Climax, Michigan

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Pork Chops and Applesauce

This recipe is wonderful and oh so easy.

My name is Sandie and I hail from Shelburne, Ontario Canada.

Pork Chops & Apple Sauce
Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees

- brown 4 pork chops in margarine or oil
- lift out of frying pan, place in casserole to bake
- saute chopped onion in pork chop fat
- blend in 3 tbsp. flour, 1 tsp. salt and pepper, 1/2 tsp. Worchester sauce
- add 1 1/2 cup boiling water, cook until thick and creamy
- add 1 cup apple sauce and 1 tsp. lemon juice
- pour prepared sauce over chops
- bake 1 1/2 hours. uncovered

Thank you Sandie for sharing this great recipe! Stay warm up there in Canada!

Mary Jo

Let's Share Recipes!

I've been trying to think of something fun to do with my customers for the Fall season, and I thought that sharing our favorite Fall or Holiday recipes would be a great way for us to interact!

Would you like to share your favorite recipe? Just email it to me at maryjo@finecountrylivingprimitives.com and I will post it here on my blog. Be sure to give me your first name and your hometown and/or state, and I will give you the credit for the recipe. I will only list your first name and your hometown/state, but if you don't want me to, just let me know and I will keep it private.

Everyone who submits a recipe to share on our blog will receive a coupon code for 10% off your entire purchase which can be redeemed at checkout on our site www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com! I'll be continuing this recipe offer through to December, so be sure to get them in!

Let's have some fun, share some great recipes and get to know each other a little better!

Mary Jo

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

New Doll, new pattern!

I'd like to announce a new Fine Country Living Primitives original, copyrighted design, Annabelle, Extreme Primitive Doll! She is available for sale on www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com and you can also instantly purchase and download the pattern right here and begin creating her within minutes if you prefer!

Annabelle, Extreme Primitive Black Doll

Annabelle, Extreme Primitive Black Doll

Annabelle measures 23" tall and features needle puckered mouth, pinched nose and patchy eyes. She ...
Price: US$5.99
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I hope you enjoy her!

Mary Jo

Monday, October 1, 2007

We have a winner!

The winner of FineCountryLivingPrimitives.com September contest is Lisa from Ohio! Congratulations Lisa on winning a collection of Afforable Mineral Makeup products to introduce you to 100% natural mineral makeup that is good for your skin!

Mary Jo