Look what just arrived!!!
The new introductions of Department 56 Villages - including Halloween, North Pole, Snow Village, Dickens Village, Christmas in the City, and Alpine are here!!! We will be unpacking and setting up new displays as fast as our little hands and BACKS will allow. We will also be entering them on our website as time permits. Please come and see the crew in action! Remember, we also have our layaway program...25% down and the remaining balance in three equal payments.
.CELEBRATE NATIONAL CHIP AND DIP DAY THURSDAY, MARCH 23RD.
This day celebrates the favorite snack combo of chips and dipping sauce. A dip or dipping sauce is a common condiment for many types of food. Dips are used to add flavor or texture to a food. You can try out variations of dips on National Chip and Dip Day and combine them with just as many sorts of chips.
This recipe is listed In "Texas Experience" Cookbook presented by the "Richardson Woman's Club" and is one of our favorites. "Texas Experience" Cookbook may be purchased at Holidaze and Gifts for $24.95 with proceeds used for community service projects and philanthropies sponsored by the Richardson Woman's Club.
LAYERED GUACAMOLE DIP
6-8 Ripe Avocados
1 Pound Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
2 Pints Sour Cream
1 Cup Picante Sauce
4-5 green onions, chopped
Mash avocados with juice of lemon. Layer mashed avocados, grated jack cheese, sour cream, picante sauce and chopped green onions. Let set in refrigerator 2 to 3 hours. Serve with tostados. Beautiful and delicious. You may add layer of cream cheese or refried beans.
POTATO CHIPS by George Crum in 1853
In the summer of 1853, Native American George Crum was employed as a chef at an elegant resort in Saratoga Springs, New York. One dinner guest found Crum's French fries too thick for his liking and rejected the order. Crum decided to rile the guest by producing fries too thin and crisp to skewer with a fork. The plan backfired. The guest was ecstatic over the browned, paper-thin potatoes, and other diners began requesting Crum's potato chips. Thus the history of the potato chip.
TORTILLA CHIPS by Rebecca Webb Carranza decided to put to use the leftover and misshapen tortilla dough accumulating on the tortilla factory floor. No need to be wasteful, right? Thus the history of the tortilla chip.
To serve your chips and dips check out Holidaze and Gifts for some great serving pieces from Beatriz Ball, Arthur Court, Chip Chillers, Juliska to name a few.
Spring arrived Monday, March 20th with summer temperatures. We now look forward to freshening up our homes and preparing for Easter. We have less than one month for your holiday celebration. Holidaze is happy to feature bunnies from your favorite artists: Mark Roberts, Katherine's and Hansa to name a few. Little ones eyes will sparkle when they see the Jellycat bunnies with their matching books. Your teen will smile finding a personalized phone charger in their favorite color, and everyone will get a laugh when they see the Easter Bunny Poop! Don't forget the candy from Yo Pop Yummies.
Decorate your holiday table with pastel pieces from Julia Knight. Juliska and Beatriz Ball also have some great serving pieces. Spring is the perfect time to change your home fragrances to something light and refreshing. Hop on over !!!!!
Un "clover" great St. Patrick's Day deals!!
Thursday, March 16 thru Saturday, March 18th Anything and Everything "GREEN" receives 20% off on in-store purchases.
Trivia: According to the Guinness Book of World Record, the highest number of leaves on a clover was 14.
Don't forget to wear "Green" or you will get pinched!!
Look what we just received in the store...The Giving Shawl! This beautifully soft shawl measures 27"x70" and is available in 3 colors. Tucked in the pocket is a keepsake bookmark printed with the following message of encouragement:
"We all need a little comfort now and then - A reminder to help us know that we are not alone in this world. That there is someone in our corner ready with a hug no matter what. Always know you are being thought of, cheered on, and loved for exactly who you are - Someone who is beautiful and wonderfully made."
The Giving Shawl makes a great gift for anyone who is going through a difficult time and needs a reminder that they are loved!
Come see our latest delivery, straight from Austria! These hand-painted REAL Easter eggs by Peter Priess are a must see!
Peter T. Priess founded the eponymous Vienna-based company in 1975. He had already proven his creative talent with several famous Viennese architectural constructions. Encouraged by renowned artists, Peter Priess wanted to create something special and from the heart. The idea behind the company was to revive old traditions. Peter Priess' wife, Dora Priess, also fell in love with the idea of creating original, handmade products for the two most beautiful times of the year: Easter and Christmas. The inspiration for the designs comes from the founders' travels around the world. Peter and Doris Priess could not and would not reveal all their secrets, but all Priess products are 100% handmade and painted by skilled artists..
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