It's A Gift

…some thoughts about gifts and giving and about life in general

It’s Official — Well, Almost

by admin - 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

by admin - 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!

by admin - 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.

Sometimes . . .

by admin - May 21st, 2012

. . . don’t you just wish that the “early bird” that starts singing at the first glimmer of false dawn would just get the damn worm and Shut Up?!

Gifts From Nature

by admin - April 16th, 2012

I wasn’t sure exactly which category this post fits best, so checked off two. I started to think about the gifts I’ve received that I enjoyed most, and it turns out, they are mostly gifts from Ma Nature. A good part of what made these some of my most memorable "gifts" was the fact that they were completely unexpected. I have often told my clients that a "just because" gift has more impact than one given for a particular occasion, for the same reason.

Do You Use Gifts as Part of Your Marketing Strategy?

by admin - March 22nd, 2012

This morning, I had a ten minute time slot to try to bring the rest of my networking group (Profit Rockets BNI) up to speed on using gifts as part of their business marketing. With a guiding philosophy of “Givers Gain”, you’d think that most members would get the connection, but all too often, when the subject of gifts and gift baskets comes up, my fellow entrepreneurs immediately think of gift needs they might have in their personal lives, but fail to think about how gifts might work for them in their business pursuits.

Chocolate Pound Cake

by admin - March 1st, 2012

chocolate pound cake

Here’s another recipe, especially for chocoholics. My husband is one, and, in addition, he does not like what he calls “airy-fairy” American cakes. (He also loathes frosting, but will eat that overly sweet thin icing as that’s more like what he grew up with in England.)

I found this recipe for chocolate pound cake on the Food Network site, but the last time I checked, it was no longer there. The original recipe calls for unsalted butter, but, as usual, I used my regular salted butter. Since the salted butter keeps better, that’s what I normally have on hand.

How to Keep Silver from Tarnishing

by admin - February 5th, 2012

As I was working on one of my websites today, I noticed a link to this blog that promised more information on caring for silver jewelry. I may have mentioned in prior posts that this is the third or fourth incarnation of my blog as I’d managed to crash it beyond repair on at least a couple of occasions. I am offering my apologies to anyone who has followed that link to find that the promised information was missing! This post is meant to rectify that problem.

Chocolate Bread Pudding

by admin - January 29th, 2012

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but here it’s pretty chilly at the moment. Since I have quite a bit of stale bread to use up as well, it’s the perfect time to make a big batch of chocolate bread pudding. (Actually, I made some last week, but should have made at least a double recipe. Be forewarned, this pudding will disappear like magic!)

2 cups milk, scalded*
3 Tbs. baking cocoa (NOT instant chocolate milk mix!!)or 1 square unsweetened baking chocolate
1 cup bread crumbs
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla

Valentine’s Day

by admin - January 21st, 2012

Since I’m a gift basket designer, it makes sense that I’ve been spending a fair amount of time recently, thinking about the kind of gifts that others might want for Valentine’s Day this year. That also brought back a few memories of past Valentine’s Days, so I figured I’d share some of my thoughts and memories — for what it’s worth!