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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Columbus Day Weekend

It's approaching fast, and I wanted all of you to know what our plans are for Columbus Day weekend at the Shoppe.

Here in Susquehanna County, there will be both an Artists Open House Weekend and an Antiques Tour. We will extend our hours that week and will be open Wednesday through Monday, 10-5.

I'm planning a sale in the Shoppe and all Fall Decor will be 20% off (includes outdoor fall items and handcrafted items), a door prize drawing , and there will be a free gift with purchase. I am also hoping to do a little doll demonstrating if I can swing both doll making and running the shoppe. Of course, it's my husband's weekend to work, so I'll play it by ear. My sister, Terri, will be helping on Saturday. Many of you remember her helping during our busy Grand Opening Celebration. On Sunday, my parents will be around to help as well. Actually, my family will be keeping the boys busy since they are the ones that actually want to help, but we all know what a four and five year old's version of "help" is! LOL!

That's all, I just wanted to give everyone an idea of what to expect and I am so looking forward to seeing you all!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

I've been busy....

My goodness, where has September gone? It seems like only yesterday it was the end of August and I was sending my little boy to school for his first day, not it's the end of September!

I've been so busy trying to sew up some goodies for both online and in the shoppe. I've created some beautiful things, and I'd love for you to stop by in person or online to see what we have!

I went to Lancaster on Monday, left the house at 5 a.m. to be exact, and spent a glorious Autumn day in Amish Country. I must admit, most of my day was inside warehouses stocking up for you all, but I still enjoyed the drive around the county and visiting with other shoppe owners. Everyone is in good spirits, and we were all excited seeing the new Christmas and Winter primitives that are available right now!

I'm trying to stock both my shoppe and online website as fast as I possibly can. I do admit that it is a challenge keeping both inventories in check, especially with my retail shoppe becoming busier (thank you everyone!). Recently I've made a few mistakes with inventory and do apologize to a few of you who may have ordered something online that was sold out. As always, you are all so gracious and understanding, and I appreciate that! I'm amazed at how many local customers visit my website and come into the shoppe to request the certain items I have available just online. It makes me so happy that both local and distant customers are utilizing our website.

The new Christmas issue of Country Sampler has been issued to home subscribers. I'm already feeling the Christmas rush of shoppers, so it looks like sewing may need to take a backseat for just a bit longer.

Just one more tidbit. The boys are enjoying school, and even though it makes things just a touch more hectic than usual, I am thoroughly enjoying hearing about their day and reviewing the endless papers that are in their backpacks each night. They are so proud of what they have learned during the day, and I am enjoying each and every moment, just as many of you mothers and grandmothers out there are as well. We are truly blessed, aren't we?

Be sure to stop in at http://www.finecountrylivingprimitives.com to see our NEW ARRIVALS! Shop early for the best selection!

Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Video of Wales

My husband lived for four years in Wales and has always wanted to return. Can you blame him? Check out this YouTube video! Maybe someday..............


Many Blessings,
Mary Jo

Friday, September 12, 2008

Great CrockPot Recipe (an Ode to Michele)

It was a rainy day, not cold, but one of those early Autumn days that make you realize that Old Man Winter is just around the corner. But the best part of Fall and Winter is the comfort foods that go hand in hand with these seasons.

My all time favorite is beef stew. I didn't have beef cubes, so I used a chuck roast that was in the freezer. Many of you may already know, but I'm not a fan of cooking, and even though I'm not an awful cook, I'm not a great one either. So here's my recipe.

I put my frozen hunk of chuck roast I took out last night from the refrigerator (it had thawed just slightly) and placed in the crock pot. I cut up larger pieces celery, carrots and lots of onion (yummy) and placed all around the meat. In a separate bowl I mix two cans of store brand beef stock and one package of McCormick's Beef Stew powder mix. I mixed well and poured over the roast and veggies. I cranked the crock pot on high and let it go for a few hours. Later in the afternoon, I tossed in some frozen green beans (Birds Eye, my favorite) and a palmfull of instant potatoes....helps the broth get nice and thick as it simmers.

I didn't put in any potatoes (no room) so Russ mashed some and we poured our make-do beef stew over the mashed potatoes and served with hot bisquits. I have to say, I had two (and a half) helpings! I love this easy recipe and it was so soothing on this dreary day.

Give it a try, use what you have in the freezer or in the pantry and keep warm and cozy where you are. Oh, and by the way, typical Pennsylvania Fall weather is changing yet again.....it's supposed to be 85 and warm on Sunday! Barbeque anyone? LOL!

**Side note....the Ode to Michele in the title is a private joke between my online buddy Michele from Holly Tree Primitives and the Olde Prairie Register and some of our other primitive gal pals! Love ya Michele! ;-) Read her blog and visit her website from my listings on the sides!

Many blessings,
Mary Jo