Sunday, November 30, 2008

I Love Cookbooks!

And this is a great one!

The Providence~Rhode Island Cookbook!

The cookbook features big recipes from the smallest state!

An eclectic collection of stories and recipes for dishes such as

Dynamites, Indian Pudding, Spinach Pies,
Scallop Chowder...errr, I mean Chowdah, and so many more!
It's a must have for the cook on your list!

We Are So Blessed!

Gosh, I just wanted to send a quick note
to thank you all for generously supporting
Brown & Hopkins on this Thankful Weekend!
We are enjoying helping everyone with their selections!
Just a reminder that this Thursday
is the first night of
Candlelight Shopping in Chepachet!
You may learn all the details at
Have a wonderful Sunday!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Turkey Day!

I love Thanksgiving!
Mainly because it involves food, oh yeah, and family!
The way the house smells when the turkey is roasting,
and all the noise from everyone speaking at the same time!!
Oh, and the bestest part, the day after Thanksgiving!
That is when we get to make a Pilgrim Sandwich!!
I absolutely love those!
Here are a couple of recipe ideas for your leftovers!

Pilgrim Turkey Sandwich
Serves: 8

1 jar Stonewall Kitchen Cranberry Horseradish Sauce
1/2 cup mayonnaise
16-slices whole grain bread
2 cups prepared stuffing
1 1/2 - 2 pounds sliced turkey
In a small bowl combine the Stonewall Kitchen Cranberry Horseradish Sauce and mayonnaise. Mix until uniform.
Layer stuffing and turkey slices on one slice of bread for each sandwich.
Top with cranberry mayonaise mix, another slice of bread, cut in half and serve.

Leftover Turkey Casserole
Serves: 4

1 large Egg
1/3 Cup Oil
1/2 Cup Milk
1/2 Cup Stonewall Kitchen Cranberry Horseradish Sauce
1 box Stonewall Kitchen Traditional Cornbread Mix
1 Cup Leftover Turkey, cut into chunks
1/2 Cup Any vegetable or stuffing leftover,
such as green bean casserole, squash, or potato
Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.
Mix egg, oil, milk, and Stonewall Kitchen Cranberry Horseradish Sauce together in a large bowl.
Add Stonewall Kitchen Traditional Cornbread Mix, and blend well. Add Turkey and vegetable or stuffing leftover, and mix well.
Place in a greased 9 x 9 Casserole dish. Put in oven on middle rack. Cook for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Oh, and don't forget to visit Brown & Hopkins
for our

Thankful Gathering
on Thanksgiving weekend!
Friday ~ Saturday ~ Sunday

10am to 5:30pm
Thank You Gifts For All Customers*!
*while supplies last!

Plus, be in the check out line when a bell rings and
you will win an extra special gift!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mango Lime Chili Con Queso

Our Mango Lime Salsa is spicy on its own,
but mix it into the following recipe,
and your taste buds will be delighted!

Mango Lime Chili Con Queso

8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
3/4 cups Mango Lime Salsa
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
Combine all & mix well.
Heat in microwave 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally until hot and cheese is melted.
Serve warm with tortilla chips.
We keep ours warm by using a dip crock, to which we have added boiling water into the bottom section. These also keep dips cold by adding ice. Great for care-free entertaining!

Friday, November 21, 2008

"Girls Night Out" Party Punch

Last night we hosted our first annual
Girls Night Out at Brown & Hopkins!
It was alot of fun and busy!
I wanted to take some photos, but there was just no time!
I was too busy filling the pitcher of party punch!
Here is the recipe!

Brown & Hopkins Party Punch
Coconut Rum
Peach Schnapps
Cranberry Juice
Pineapple Juice
Mix equal parts in a pitcher, chill, serve over ice.
It's pretty and pink! Just perfect!!

Big sellers last night were our
handmade wool fleece lined mittens and finger mittens,
snowflake jewelry, "Girls Night Out" game,
our new lotion, and 1803 candles!
And the snowfolk, too!!!!
And let's not forget the
Roasted Apple Grille Sauce
and the Perpetual Vanilla!!
And everyone said.......
"I haven't even started Christmas shopping yet!"
"This is all for me!"

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Snowfolk ARE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

There's a funny story about these little guys...............

About 14 years ago, my two sons, then just 7 and 4, were taken to Brown & Hopkins in search of a Christmas gift for Mom (me!).....

Well, on Christmas morning I opened a gift with the most adorable little snowmen!!! And they have been buying them for me ever since!!!! I have quite the collection now, and will show you a pic of mine as soon as I set them up at home!

All of the snowfolk are handmade in the USA!!!! Each have their own little personalities, and jobs......some ski, some collect firewood, while others hold stars and snow shovels! Some have hair, while others have crazy hats!

We are one of a handful of select retailers who are able to carry these, as the lady who makes them wished to semi-retire a couple of years ago, but we begged, and pouted until she agreed to continue making them for us!!!

Come in and meet the snowfolk today! Before they flurry away!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Customer Photo! Wall Vinyl!

In some instance I am so organized...and in others, so disorganized!! I love getting photos from customers and taking photos, but when it comes to saving them with descriptions, well, let's just say, it isn't my strongest trait!

I recently found this photo sent in by a customer which features our wall vinyl!

And remember, continue to send in those photos and I will post them....someday!

I still have to post a photo of another gals table......I just have to find it first! LOL

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Sweetly Spiced Butternut Squash

Thanksgiving is almost here.....
And that means I will be posting a few recipes that you might want to try! Red Pepper Jelly from Stonewall Kitchen is delightful when simply served over a block of cream cheese with crackers as an appetizer, but this recipe is just one more way to enjoy Red Pepper Jelly......

Sweetly Spiced Butternut Squash

Temptingly sweet with a hint of pepper, this vegetable dish is for anyone who thinks they don’t love squash. Pipe into decorative swirls and sprinkle with minced parsley for a festive occasion.

Serves: 6-8

2 pounds butternut squash, split, seeds removed and baked at 325 degrees until tender
2 large white potatoes, peeled and diced
1 jar Stonewall Kitchen Red Pepper Jelly (13 oz.)
Salt and white pepper to taste

When squash is soft, peel and mash in a large bowl until smooth.
Boil potato cubes in salted water until very soft when pierced with a knife.
Drain potatoes and add to squash along with Red Pepper Jelly, salt and pepper.
Mash by hand until almost smooth, or use an electric mixer. Add butter if desired and serve.
For a decorative presentation, use a pastry bag fitted with a fluted tip and pipe into swirled mounds or onto individual plates.

And, if you want to hear an amusing personal story about Butternut Squash....ask me next time you see me, and depending upon how well we know each other, I might tell you.... ; )

Friday, November 7, 2008

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract!

It's going to be baking time soon!

What better time to buy some Perpetual Vanilla and make your own vanilla extract!

It takes about 4 weeks for the process, so now is the time so it'll be ready for those holiday cookies!!!! With this vanilla, you'll never run out! You just keep making more, by adding more vodka as you use it!!!

Last weekend we sold 6 bottles to one gal who said she is giving them as gifts.....she is going to pair them with a little bottle of vodka and a great cookie recipe that she has!!! What an awesome and unique gift!

I just love to bake when it snows.....why is that???!!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Annies Angel Ornaments Are Here!!!!

For the past four years we have been offering a special angel ornament to help The Walsh Family pay the huge medical expenses for Annie. Please look under Augusts' posts to read the story about Annie and her family.

Annies Mom, Sue and their family and friends have been busy tagging the angels and they are now ready!

At just $7.95 each, they make wonderful gifts and can be easily personalized with a sharpie marker. Gift wrapping is also available!!

In addition to the proceeds from the ornaments, Annies Angel Fund is also the recipient of our Charity Coffee Club during the month of November. When you make a purchase of hot coffee or apple cider, 100% of the proceeds is donated to the charity of the month! Last month, due to your generosity and thirst, we donated $180 to The Glocester Firefighters Scholarship Fund!