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Why do YOU give gifts?

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

2014-fall

As we head towards Thanksgiving, the majority of people in the US are at least beginning to think of choosing and buying gifts for their families and friends. Some will subject themselves to the insanity of “Black Friday”, which I personally cannot fathom! No sale was ever good enough to tempt me, no matter how tight my budget might be.

Tweaked Apple Pie

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Apple pie with healthier crust.

It certainly isn’t “health food” — it is dessert, after all. It doesn’t hurt though to make it a little more nutritious without losing the taste.

Tweaked Apple Pie
for filling: 8 med. sized apples (Granny Smith, Cortland, or Empire preferred)
2/3 c. sugar (you may substitute the sweetener of your choice, but I don’t know how it will affect the consistency of the filling).
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp. unbleached white flour (you may substitute cornstarch, instant tapioca or tapioca starch)
1 tsp. vanilla extract, if desired
Pare, core, and slice apples. Mix together remaining filling ingredients and pour over apples. Mix gently and set aside while you make the pastry.

A No-salt Dish That Actually Tastes Good

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Because of a medical condition of one of our family members, I have had to further reduce the amount of salt I use in my cooking. A friend who suffers from heart problems described a dish that she makes and I tried it with a few tweaks of my own. All of us found it quite tasty despite the lack of salt. It’s not exactly a recipe, so I apologize to new cooks who might find this hard to follow.

Dusting off the blog

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

As usual, I haven’t posted anything new for quite some time. I started this blog because I was told that it was a “must do” to help drive traffic to my websites ( https://www.better-gifts-and-giftbaskets.com and https://www.silverandstone.com ), but it was never something I liked doing.

At first I thought I would only post things that might be of some help to others, like the tips on gel candle making. I do still intend to post some simple instructions for basic jewelry making at some future time. In general though, that type of post is pretty limited in quantity, at least for me.

Happy Father’s Day

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Here’s wishing all you Dads a great Father’s Day. According to the weather forecasts here in the Northeast, it should be a nice, sunny day. I expect many of you have your grills all ready to fire up.

If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to those burgers and hot dogs, why not try some marinated salmon? We tried this recipe: Grilled Marinated Salmon last year and our guests gave it rave reviews.

Don’t Go TOO Far With Those New Year’s Resolutions!

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

I picked the title mostly due to the time of year, but am really only trying to make the point that too much of a good thing may not be good at all.

There are currently three people living in my house, but the amount of stuff that’s accumulated is about to push at least one of us onto the street. We have all been making an effort to clear out and give away the useable items and trash the rest, but it’s still pretty overwhelming. Even in this instance though, it’s possible to get carried away.

Hello Comment Spammers and ‘Bots

Monday, November 5th, 2012

It’s pretty obvious that many of the above have found a way around the Capcha, but I thought I’d let you know that you might as well not waste your time.

All potential comments are moderated before they are published. I am no longer wasting my time sifting through all the shit to see if there might be one real comment that was labeled “Spam” by mistake. All of the junk that Akismet catches is summarily dumped.

It’s Official — Well, Almost

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

In one version or another of this blog, I’m sure that I must have mentioned the fact that my main interest in buying my mother’s house was the almost one acre of land it sits on. If it were possible, I’d love to be in the middle of 10 or 20 acres, but this seemed the best I was ever likely to do — so here we are.

Consider Your Business Style

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

I recently closed my "brick and mortar" retail hobby shop after just over twenty seven years in business. I have not retired, but instead decided to concentrate on the gift basket business I’ve been building for the past seven or so years and on my other e-commerce site.

Finally Back Again!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

I doubt that there’s anyone out there who has been anxiously awaiting my next blog post, but if I’m wrong about that, I do apologize for the long silence.

I have spent the last month or so working on transitioning from a "brick and mortar" store to a home-based business. I had finally decided that it made no sense to continue trying to operate my retail hobby shop, but did not want to cease operations in my gift basket business, thus the transition.