Monday, June 29, 2009

If I Ever Won The Lottery....

I would buy this bed!!!

I love, love, LOVE IT!!!!!!

It's just a mere $5,000...... LOL

Better start buying those tickets......

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Boy...Am I MAD!

My sister gave me two gorgeous,
huge hanging pots of red petunia's
for the front porch of the store!
And last night, some *&%&$#@!!! stole one of them,
along with 3 American flags! Not too American, if ya ask me.
I truly hope they enjoy their hot petunias and American flags.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Blueberry Pointe.......A Great Place To Stay!

If you ever need accommodations for out of town guests...
or even a get away for yourself....
I highly recommend
Blueberry Point on the Lake
Click the link above!

Can you say rest and relaxation?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Antique Sale!!!!

Enjoy 15% off selected antiques now through the end of July!
Look for the RED Stars!!!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sticker Obsession Gone Bad.....

Here is my two year old niece, Clare......future flower girl.....

being caught red handed....LMAO!!!!
With that much postage, she may make it all the way from Texas to RI!!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Wedding Cake Inspiration

Here are a couple of photos of wedding cakes that appeal to me.
I am using a very rustic vine around my centerpieces, and would like to continue the vine/branch detail to the cake....

I have decided upon Wrights Dairy Farm as our cake baker......yummy!

Who doesn't love their cakes?!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Add COLOR to your Pandora & More Without Breaking The Bank!

Do you have a Pandora, Trollbead or Chamilia bracelet or necklace?
Ar Brown & Hopkins, we now offer
affordable European inspired style glass beads that everyone can enjoy.
Our interchangeable chains and beads
provide the look you want at a price you'll love!
All of our beads easily fit on all the popular brand name chains!!!!!

Beautiful, colorful beads
incredible prices.

All are rhodium plated for durability and beauty!

And all are under $6 each.......
Pretty, pretty, pretty darn impressive........

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cookbook Update

I am sooooooooooooooo lucky!!!
Well, for those of you who don't know,
let me explain....
For months we have been collecting recipes from friends and customers
so that we may put together a
200th Anniversary Brown & Hopkins Recipe Book.
It was a long process of gathering the recipes, proofreading, etc.....
And just when we were all set to deliver the recipes to the printer,
I had to email a question to them.....
And I never received a response!
So then I tried phoning.....
and the phone just rang and rang and rang......
*&%?!#$!!*&#%!!!!!! WT!!!!
They are out of business!
I just spoke to the gal about a month ago,
and told her the recipes
were going to be on their way shortly!!!!
All I can think at this point is
"I am so lucky that I didn't send all those recipes off!!".
So I am now in the process of typing each recipe out by myself.......
Have you ever seen me type? I use 2 fingers and each thumb.......
This may take a month of Sundays.
If anyone out there is an excellent typist,
knows how to cook,
has excellent punctuation,
has a PC with newer Windows based operating system,
I could sure use some help!
Oh, and while I am at it,
if anyone else would like to submit some recipes,
now would be the time!
We have about 250 so far,
and we could use some more, in every category, except Baked Goods.
I need them by the end of June!
The cookbook will be ready by the end of September!!!!
Fingers and Toes crossed......

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Another Judy Condon Book On The Way!

We've gotten word....
her newest book should be here by Friday!

We're only receiving 10 for our first order...
books may be held with a deposit!

It looks like a great one!

Eye candy for the prim people!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Calling All Seafood Lovers!!!!

Ya know, I go thru spurts with this domestic stuff......
I don't cook like this everyday,
but I do get tired of the same old ~ same old.....
And I am loving this easy recipe!
Did you know that you can find this recipe and lots more by going to Stonewall Kitchen online and searching their recipe file?
Then when you find one that you wish to try,
just hop on down to B & H,
and buy the special sauce, jam, or mix!
You'll be doing 3 things...
1) Supporting a small local business,
2) Saving money by not paying shipping charges
and 3) Making something new for yourself or your family!!!
It's a Win ~ Win ~Win!!!
I am going to try this on Sunday!!

Rosemary Shrimp and Garlic
Olive oil
3/4 lb. large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup Stonewall Kitchen Garlic Rosemary Citrus Sauce
1/3 cup heavy cream
1-2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
Heat olive oil in sauté pan.
Add chopped garlic and sauté over medium high heat for 30 seconds making sure it does not brown.
Add shrimp to the pan and cook until color turns pink, about 3-5 minutes.
Add Garlic Rosemary Citrus Sauce and reduce sauce for about 3 minutes. Add heavy cream to finish the sauce and heat for 3 minutes.
Add chopped rosemary and let it cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve over rice or pasta.
Who wants to come over for dinner????
Oh, I can hear the praises now.......

Friday, June 12, 2009

Touched By The Goddess

My niece mentioned pasta and Green Goddess Dressing...
So, I whipped up this pasta salad!
I am just a cookin' fool!
I always serve all my salads in this vintage salad bowl that was given to me by my Mom.
It seems like it is made from a fabric that is printed with a "tossed salad" and then molded into a plastic bowl. I would love to find more of them! make this fabulously easy salad, toss veggies and pasta with a bottle of Green Goddess dressing, add salt and pepper to taste. Chill, and serve!

Oh, and check your teeth for little green things......

Don't You Just Love It When Your Name IS Called?

Here are my lucky dozen......
You have been randomly selected
from the automatic feedburner subscribers
(who are verified!!!!!)
and can come in to B & H to claim your prize
anytime before Sunday, June 21st!
Prizes expire on June 21st at 5pm.....
Sorry, this prize cannot be mailed out....

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Thank You to everyone who entered!

If your screen name wasn't selected,
don't fret!!!

There will lots of other giveaways
that all subscribers to the
B & H blog will be eligible for!!

Secret Word Special!!

OK, I don't know if I have a Dutch Oven,

and I am not too certain I know what leeks are....

but Stonewall Kitchen just came out with this new sauce,

and this recipe sounds yummy!

Stop in today, or Saturday before 5pm and

mention the word


and the sauce will be half price

with any other Stonewall Kitchen purchase!!!

Pomegranate Braised Chicken

Serves: 8


2-1/2 pounds cut-up bone-in chicken
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup butter
1 cup leeks, chopped
1/2 cup white wine
1 bottle Stonewall Kitchen Pomegranate Grille Sauce

In a Dutch oven (or pan that can go from the stove top to the oven with a lid) melt the butter and add the olive oil over medium high heat..
Braise the chicken pieces and cook until browned and the skin is crisp on both sides.
Remove chicken and add the chopped leeks. Cook until tender.
Add the wine and Stonewall Kitchen Pomegranate Grille Sauce to the leeks. Stir until combined..
Return chicken to the pot skin side down. Cover and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 1-1/2 hours turning once halfway through the cook time. The chicken should be tender and falling away from the bone. Remove from the oven. Remove chicken, skim and discard the clear fat from the sauce. Serve the chicken and the sauce over your favorite rice dish.

Oh, I can just smell the aroma now..........

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


If the weather would allow it, I would grill all year long!

I absolutely love the cod loin
from Stop & Shop, grilled with
Stonewall Kitchen's
Green Goddess Marinade/Dressing!
This dressing is available at B & H and is wonderful in

pasta/potato salads, and cucumber/green salads!

This recipe is one of Bruces' favorites!

And if I had a cooking blog, it would look like this...LOL

Step 1) Buy a bottle of Green Goddess Dressing at B & H

Step 2) Get a piece of tin foil, pour a puddle of GG dressing on it,
plop your cod loin on it, drizzle more of the GG...

Step 3) Fold up the tin foil...

Step 4) Place package on preheated medium grill...
and close lid for about 15 to 20 minutes....
Fish shall flake easily when done.....

ooh, doesn't it look goooooood?????
You may drizzle a little more on the cooked fish...
Sorry, I didn't get to take a pic of the beautiful plated meal, but
you know what happens when a man sees food!!!
It was gobbled up like there's no tomorrow!

Enjoy many more of the unique marinades and grilling sauces
from our selection of Stonewall Kitchen specialities.
With Father's Day just around the corner,
I suggest an assortment of sauces
for your grillin' man!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Isn't This Great?

I loved this magnet!

How 'bout you?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Wedding Details

Just a few details for those of you who requested,
"WE want more wedding details!" ya go!
The bridesmaid dresses are in!
I love the color, it looks so great on Linda and Nancy!

We then headed over to choose the tuxes for all the guys!
Did I happen to mention that Aubergine is the hardest color to match?
But, have no fear, June at Celebrations in Woonsocket,
came through with the exact match....
They are the is clear!
I highly recommend them!
Tell June that I sent you!
I went for my first wedding gown fitting yesterday!
It was so exciting!
I got to put my fancy schmancy shoes on.....

I just love shoes!

And soon we'll be ordering little Clares' flower girl dress!

These next 3 months are going to be a whirlwind!

September 20th will be here before we know it!
Please mark your calender....
We will be closed on September 20th!!!