Monday, December 21, 2009

Blue Cheese????????

I know, I know, I know....
Some of you (with your nose all crinkled up)
are saying, "I don't like Blue cheese."
But, neither d0 I, but somehow this recipe makes it all okay.
Maybe it's the brandy, or the yummy Fig & Walnut Butter, whatever it is.....
we served them a few days ago at the store, and they were a big hit!!!
Here's the easy recipe that takes about 2 minutes to prepare and about 10 minutes to bake!

Fig and Walnut Butter with Blue Cheese Tartlets
Makes 30 cups (15 servings)

2 packages of fillo cups (Athens or The Fillo Factory brand)
5 oz. Blue cheese
1 jar Stonewall Kitchen Fig and Walnut Butter
4 Tablespoons Brandy or Cognac
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Freshly snipped chives for garnish

Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix Stonewall Kitchen Fig and Walnut Butter with the Brandy or Cognac.
Arrange the fillo cups on a lined baking sheet.
Place a small square of cheese snugly in the bottom of each cup.
Top with approximately 1 teaspoon of Butter mixture.
Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving.

Place on an attractive serving platter and garnish with chopped chives.
People will be amazed!
Come on into the store and we'll help you look like a gourmet chef!
We have so many ideas for holiday entertaining!!!
Stonewall Kitchen specialties make wonderful gifts!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Grungy Battery Operated Tapers are BACK!!

It never fails, no matter how many we order of these,
we always sell out before we realize it!
And then we have to wait for them to come back in again!

Well, they are back, but we don't know
for how long ~ Our guess is that they won't last
the weekend, so if you want any,
hurry, hurry, hurry, and skidaddle on over to Brown & Hopkins!!!
Grungy Battery Operated Tapers are
shown above in cinnamon, buttermilk, mustard and burgundy.....

WE ONLY have the cinnamon and the buttermilk.

They are $6.95 each and come with two AA batteries.

The life of the bulb (not replaceable) is about 700 hours.
These candle fit in standard candle holders,
but when in doubt,
feel free to bring in your candle holders to try them out!

Their little flickering glow is perfect to
light a nook where electric power is unavailable,
or where you don't want to see ugly wires hanging around.

Also, perfect on the dining room table!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dip Tip! White Bean & Artichoke!

Here's a great dip for the holiday parties you have been invited to!

White Bean & Artichoke Dip
1 Jar Stonewall Kitchen White Bean Dip
1- 14-ounce can of artichoke hearts, drained and coarse chopped
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated
1 Tbsp. parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine the Stonewall Kitchen White Bean Dip,
artichoke hearts and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
Mix well and place in a 2-cup (16 ounce) shallow baking dish.
Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese over the top.
Bake for 20 minutes until hot and bubbly.
Garnish with chopped parsley.
Serve with crackers or sliced French bread..

oh yeah.....


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

FUN! Earrings for Your BEADS!!!!

Sterling silver earrings!
Just $14.95 per pair, plus the cost of the beads you choose!
Easy to change in just a second!!!
We received a new batch of beads in this week!
Stop in soon for the best selection!

Snow Day!

Well, at least a "Snow Morning"!
We woke up to a few inches of snow this morning,
and with school being cancelled, I decided to take the morning off!

Usually Bruce is just like a boy scout...prepared for anything!
But this storm took him by surprise, and he didn't have his plow hooked up yet, soooooooooo,
now that the town has so kindly plowed the road in front of our house, and the slosh from the road is strewn into our driveway, I would have to get all bundled up, and go out into that frigid weather, and shovel my way out of the frozen crust!
Bruce is at work now, so he would usually be the one doing this!
Of course, I can't stay at home for very long,
so I might just go do it myself, but it won't be right now!
I remember as a teenager,whenever it snowed, I would drive my mother crazy when I said, " I am going shopping!" Oh, she was so afraid to drive in the snow, and would practically have a nervous breakdown whenever I pulled this stunt! Now as a mom, I know how she felt!
Payback is something, ain't it!

If you are planning a visit to the store, please call first!


You never know how the roads are in our snowbelt of RI,
so if there is no answer, we are closed!
We'll see you on Thursday!
Don't forget,
Candlelight Shopping in Chepachet
is on Thursday Eves from 6pm to 9pm!!!

It'll be so pretty with the snow all around!

Dress warm, and wear your galoshes!

"Yes, MOM!"
Oh, there goes another town plow................UGH!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Our Most Popular Print!

We have taken so many orders on this print this season!
I especially would like one for my new home!
It says it all!

Living Life
"Life is not a race - but indeed a journey. Be Honest. Work Hard. Be Choosy.
Say "thank you", and "great job" to someone each day. Go to church, take time for prayer. The Lord givith and the Lord taketh. Let your handshake mean more than pen and paper.
Love your life and what you've been given, it is not accidental ~ search for your purpose and do it as best you can. Dreaming does matter. It allows you to become that which you inspire to be. Laugh often. Appreciate the little things in life and enjoy them.
Some of the best things really are free. Do not worry, less wrinkles are more becoming.
Forgive, it frees the soul. Take time for yourself ~ Plan for longevity.
Recognize the special people you've been blessed to know.
Live for today, enjoy the moment."
We will offer this print with a special textured finish (no glass)
and a 2" Black worn frame in 2 sizes,
16 x 20 for $89.95 plus shipping
and 22 x 28 for $109.00 plus shipping.
Available on our website.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ahhh......There's Nothing Like The Scent of a Fresh Pine Tree

Here is a recent comment from a great customer!
Comments: On my last visit to your store I purchased several items but one is particular. I got the "ScentSicles". I only have a little 2-1/2' tree and I placed them here and there and now when you walk by my little (artifical) tree it smells just like a balsam fir. I love them and recommend them to anyone who wants the smell of a real tree (without the mess lol)
Hope you continue to have them during the Christmas seasons to come.
Merry Christmas to you all !

There's just one little problem.....

That wonderful aroma only lasts a few days!

At Brown & Hopkins we have just the solution!


Finally, a smart and affordable way to make
artificial Christmas trees smell like real trees
or extend the scent of a real tree!!
ScentSicles are 6" scented sticks topped with a
gold jewel cap for inserting an ornament hook
to hang on a Christmas tree or any other Holiday decoration.
ScentSicles create the wonderful memories of Christmas
and the holidays virtually anywhere, anytime.

You could even use them in your car, closet,
school/gym locker or office!

A few customers say they are going to place it in their
desk drawer at work, so they can be brought back
to this special time of year....
especially teachers!!!

Available in the pine scent
or the aroma of Grandma's Kitchen......
cookies baking and spiced cider brewing!

One package of 8 scentsicles in a resealable bag for just $8.95!

Great for those who can't have a real tree because of allergies,
but you can still have the scent of a real tree!

You'll need only 2 or 3 Scentsicles to scent a tree!!
They are awesome!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Secret Ingredient Food Tour

We are so excited to be part of
The Blackstone Valley Tourism
Secret Ingredient Food Tour!

Tickets ($19.50 per person) may be purchased by calling 401-724-2200
or online by clicking here!

Date: Wednesday, December 9th

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Where: Brown & Hopkins Country Store

What: You'll be treated to an assortment of easy appetizers
just perfect for the holiday season!
Recipes will be provided!
Enjoy passed appetizers while you shop
in our 200 year old country store!
Shrimp Cocktail with Tequila Lime Cocktail Sauce!

Roasted Apple Pork Skewers!

White Bean and Artichoke Dip!

Meatballs in Raspberry Honey Mustard Sauce!

Hot Pepper Jelly Kielbasa!

Fig & Walnut Butter with Blue Cheese Tarts!
plus an assortment of dips and cheeseballs!

Let the party begin!

Space is limited, so don't delay!