Thursday, January 28, 2010

Looking for Some Fine Furniture?

Look here!

I will placing an order on Monday for several pieces,
however, if you are looking for something special,
be sure to check out their online catalog by clicking the link!

Maybe you got a new BIG television and need something nice to showcase it?

Or you'd like something new for your entry way that says "WOW"!

This is high quality, USA made furniture!
We have paint samples in the store if you'd like a closer look,
as well as a few of their pieces to show you the exceptional quality!
Prices are reasonable...just give us a call if you need a quote, sizes, or further information!
Delivery time is about 4 to 6 weeks.

Sweet Stuff!

You might remember seeing pics of my adorable great niece Clare....
she was our flower girl at our wedding in September.....
And now there are two more additions to our extended family!
Clare now has a little cousin, Juliette


a new little sister, Quinn, both born last Spring!

My, how time flies.......first birthdays will be here before we can count to one!!

And speaking of sweet stuff,
a new batch of New Hampshire homemade fudge is headed our way!

Belgian Chocolate, Penuche, Chocolate Walnut and Maple Walnut will be here on Friday!

What is your favorite flavor????

Come on in for a sample!
Valentines Day is just around the corner!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Delicious Baking Error!

So last night I wanted to try making the baked apples
with the Cinnamon Roll Walnut Jam......BUT,
I left them in the oven too long and almost ended up with applesauce.
Oh, but it smelled too good to toss out!
What could I do?
I was opening cupboards, left and right, looking for something,
anything to pair my mistake with...and then it came to me!
I had a small piece of plain cheesecake leftover from the night before!
I topped that cheesecake with my
Apple Cinnamon Roll Walnut Compote
and away to the couch I went! YUMMO!
Try it!
All I did was line an 8" square baking pan with tin foil for easy clean up!
Fill with peeled and halved Granny Smith Apples (I used 2 apples).
I melted 1 Tbsp. of butter and drizzled it over the top.
Then I heated up 1/3 cup of the Cinnamon Roll Walnut Jam
and spooned it over the apples.
I baked them at 350 degrees for longer
than I should have (about 30 to 40 minutes or so), until they were very soft!

(Sorry, no photos, but it disappeared too quickly!)
It would have been great on ice cream, but my ice cream had it always does! Does anyone else have that problem? I always buy ice cream, and then I never end up eating it for 2 months, until one day when I have a craving for it, and it's no longer edible!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cinnamon Roll Walnut Jam!

I love finding a great new product!

Cinnamon Roll Walnut Jam!

Served straight from the jar on crackers or toast
or heated up for a topping on ice cream,
cheesecake, pancakes, French toast.....the ideas are endless!

This stuff makes you say, "Yum!"

Here are a few more ideas!

Sweet Potato Dumpling Roll Ups
1 can Hungary Jack biscuits
2 or 3 sweet potatoes peeled (cut like French fries – 1 inch)
1 (11oz) jar cinnamon roll walnut jam
1 ½ cups water
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
Melt butter in a 9x13 inch dish.
Pull each biscuit apart to make two round pieces.
Roll each biscuit piece out on floured surface
and place two sticks of sweet potato in biscuit
and ½ tsp walnut jam. Pinch biscuits in pan.
Boil sugar and water until sugar is dissolved.
Add vanilla and pour over sweet potato biscuits in pan.
Bake 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes or until biscuits are brown.
Remove from oven and cool 20 minutes to allow sauce to thicken.

Quick Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
Take ½ tbl jam and put in a dough crescent roll.
Roll and bake as package directs.
When they come out of the oven, shake in convection sugar.

More ideas.......
Melt jam over hot sweet potatoes coming out of oven, use as a cookie filler,
or core an apple and stuff with jam, dot with butter and bake.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Sensitive Subject For Some.....

Oh where, oh where do I begin?????
I have no choice but to dive right in.......

We are carrying a new product at Brown & Hopkins called

Poo ~ Pourri!

What is that you ask?????

In a nutshell, it's a blend of Natural Essential Oils
that create a barrier to embarrassing bathroom odors.
Their tag line is,
"Spritz the bowl before you go ~ and no one else will ever know!!"!!!!

We have it in two scents,
Original Poo~Pourri and Nature's Call (organic),
and both smell alot better than "you know what"!!
This stuff works!
At this point, if you are asking,"Has Liz gone mad????",
my entire staff backed me on this one....because Poo~Pourri works!
Great for travel, new relationships (tee hee),
and for general use in your own bathroom at home!
Linda can't wait to offer it for use at the employee restroom at her "real job"!!
(Not Linda below...LOL)Available in 2 oz. (100 uses), and 4 0z. attractive spray bottles,
plus an inconspicuous travel size good for 10 uses!!!
So in the words of Barbara's daughter, Katie,
next time you need to "drop the kids off at the pool",
just spray the bowl before you go, and no one will ever know!!!
Be sure and read your next email from Brown & Hopkins...
there will be an offer you won't want to miss out on!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Got Granite?????????

I am back from my buying trip in the BIG city of Atlanta!
While I was there, I had to laugh, because there were school cancellations even before one snowflake fell! Actually, school was cancelled about a whole day and a half before I saw one snowflake! And then I realized, they do not know how to deal with the white stuff in Atlanta! Did you see the 30 car pile up on the news!?!
Total chaos!
Anyway, it was a successful buying trip!
I ordered LOTS of great things for gifts and home decorating!
Deliveries will be arriving on a daily basis!
And speaking of home decorating....
I am finally at the point where I can start decorating our new home!
Let the fun begin!
Let me know if anyone wants to take a peek at a home shoot when I am done!
Although I am still a long way from "home shoot" mode,
as I am still in the "cleaning" mode......
And being in cleaning mode, I just have to re-post
the portion below about the beeswax polish!!!
I love this stuff!!!
Now that your holiday decor has been put away,
it's a great time to pick up a can of this magic spray and polish away!
Below originally posted in May 2009
A customer came in today,
and bought 2 cans of the beeswax furniture polish....

And she said,
"If you want to sell a TON of this stuff, tell your customers how great it is on granite counter tops and stainless appliances! My friend, Denise from Glocester told me about it! She said she can't stop touching her countertops!
Her husband is starting to get jealous!"

So, I am telling you....

This stuff is
fantabulous on granite!!!!
No smudges, no fingerprints...
It's smoooooooth.......
It makes dull and dingy furniture and kitchen cabinets look new again!
Oh, and according to another customer who commented below,
equally fantabulous on black cook tops,
which I have, and can attest to!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Bad Blogger!!!! Bad, Bad, BAD!!!!!

Oh my, has it been two whole weeks since my last blog post???
I am so sorry!
But I have lots of very good reasons!
For starters,
Christmas was crazy this year at Brown & Hopkins,
crazy in a good way!

Thank you to everyone who did some shopping with us this year!
You kept us hopping!

And then there were holiday parties to attend,
and for those of you that know me,
the only thing that keeps me from a good party is a big snow storm!
And we have certainly had our share of those this year, haven't we?

Here's a couple of snow shots taken over the weekend in Putnam, CT.

Bruce and I have been feverishly working on our new home,
and are days away from moving in! It is truly an exciting time in our life!
And that Honey Do list is a loooooooonnnnng one!! LOL

Thank goodness he is no couch spud!
Oh, and then there is inventory!

This year we will be CLOSED on
Tuesday, January 5th
Wednesday, January 6th
to do inventory, and fluff up the shop!
I will be going on a buying trip for the store soon,
and we will be receiving new merchandise daily!

Thanks for reading my ramblings, and
for keeping Brown & Hopkins on your list of your most favorite places~

We look forward to a fabulous 2010!