Monday, June 28, 2010

Roasting Nuts and seeds.

who doesnt love roasted nuts?  they are great tasting and fun to make.

Roasting nuts and seeds is a fairly simple task.  You can either dry roast or roast them in a little oil to enhance their flavor as you prefer.
To Dry Roast just follow the instructions below for Roasting Nuts omitting the oil.
To Roast Nuts:  Coat 1 cup of nuts evenly with 1 t. cooking oil.  On a baking pan spread the nuts evenly and place them into a preheated oven at 350° F.  Stir occasionally til the nuts are fragrant and lightly browned (5-10 minutes).  Be careful because the nuts will continue to cook after removed from the oven.  DO NOT OVERCOOK.
Cool on paper towel.  Sprinkle with salt and enjoy.

To Toast nuts and seeds, place them in a heavy skillet on top the stove.  Heat slowly over low heat, shaking the pan like you would for popcorn.  Cook until slightly browned and smelling terrific.  Takes about 10-15 min.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Im asking everyone to Keep an eye out for Kyron, especially those of you that live in the Pacific Northwest area. The tip-line is (503) 261-2847.

You never know who can find me.

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads out there! Hope you have a peaceful day!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

CVS now does surgery

only kidding. But am I?

CVS is doubling their food sections to compete with supermarkets. In the 'biz' it's called 'channel blurring'. The idea of this is that when a customer walks into a store, they should be able to get what they want when they want it, without having to go to 4 different stores.

So when you go to your pharmacy to get your chol. medication, on the way out you can get a carton of eggs. Makes sense right? one stop shopping.

Lets face it, supermarkets have had pharmacies in their stores for a while now, so to me, it's just fair.

But when you stop and think about it. Do we go anywhere anymore that is strictly what the retail is really about.

Every morning I pull into the gas station before work. No, not to get gas, but to get D&D coffee. That's right, the gas station has a D&D right in the gas station.

Lets not forget about newspaper, milk, snacks, it's all there. Though everything is cramped in and you pray that you don't get stuck behind someone because you can get sandwiched in those isles. Believe me, it's not fun, it happens to me all the time.

So the other day I had to get a gift for a friend. So, like any normal person I walked into the coffee shop. Oh, its not that friend likes coffee, they dont. But, they love music and love to read. So where else would one go for that?...tah dah, the coffee shop. Makes sense right?

Lets face it, it's starting to get a little our of control. I also have gotten myself into the habit of going to the nearest store to get what I need. Why go any further when I can go to the gas station to get feet fungus removal.

But there is a con to all of this, and that is the gas station probably doesn't sell foot fungus removal, but you end up buying some cream that the gas station attendant said his mother in laws sister used and it worked.

so you buy it, because who really wants to drive to another store.

My prediction, within one year, if you need to get a kidney transplant, have no fear, your neighborhood CVS has a surgeon on call that has an office right in the back of the store.

I mean really, how many got the flu shot this year at their local pharmacy? Maybe it's me, I'm just not ready to get my health care in the back of a pharmacy just yet.

But then again, ask me next year. Who knows, it actually might not be that bad now that I think about it. I mean really, after getting discharged from the pharmacy, as I am being pushed out on a wheelchair through the front door, I could stack a bunch of food items and stick them in the wheelchair on my way out the door.

hey, why not? It will save me a trip.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Poll Question

Hi all,

I am actually taking a poll. I'm trying to figure out whats the best way to sell my products. I personally have always shopped by 'product'. but so many people told me that its best to sell by design because if they like a design they are more apt to buy more products with the same design on it.

As I look at what I sold, I havn't noticed any 'impulsive buys'. Which leads me to this poll. As a shopper, how do you shop?

When shopping on line for a mousepad with flowers on it, and you find an online store, would you click on 'mousepads' or would you click on 'flower' products?

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Summer time is here!

Hey guys, planning on a BBQ this summer. Why not go all out with these cool BBQ invites. We have a new collection so check them all out. Here is just a sample of what we got. You will find all these items under '4th of July' and everything in that catergory is 10% off. Also look at Zazzles own bargains and bring the price down even more. How can you go wrong?

Oh, don't forget the aprons. Let your BBQ expert (there is one in every family), dress in style.*

barbecue Invites invitationbarbecue Invites invitation
barbecue Invites invitationBBQ invite invitationBugs on top of barbecue apronBugs stealing hot dog. apronhamburger with butterfly apronhamburger apron apron*

Sunday, June 13, 2010

What is taking so long?

Fathers Day Maple

Hi folks, still wondering what to get Dad for fathers day. How about some Maple Syrup. At the Brown's Quaker farm, we have some great maple syrup gift ideas.

We create extraordinarily delicious maple culinary delights. Working exclusively with independent New England farmers and chefs, we use only pure New England maple prepared in small batches to create the finest authentic maple fare.

So come visit the farm and check out some other great gift ideas.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


well, Ive been trying to start a newsletter for my Zazzle store. But being the fact that I am an idiot, I have no idea how to do it.

For some reason, i thought the newsletter is suppose to open up in an email, but no such luck, I tried it.

Then i went into all my emails from everyone I know and put them on BBC. Yes, I admit it, I spammed you all. What are you gonna do, shoot me? yea, i know, I'm sorry, but I was assuming since you were my friends on my email that you would love to see my new newsletter.

So I did my newsletter, sent out my mass email, but due to the emails, the computer picked up that I was spamming.

So how could I be spamming if I am writing every ones email in myself. I have finger cramps to prove it.

so then i cut the emails in sections, so I wouldn't have that many, but still, didn't work very well. spam spam spam.

then I had an idea, what if i act like I am a real store person. You know, subscribe to my newsletter option.

Ive seen it on quite a few sites, well, pretty much all of them.

You know what, I didn't get very far. hours later and still NO 'subscribe to my newsletter' on my site, blog, or even my newsletter.

I'm feeling rather defeated.

Plus, the kids were going crazy too. this usually happens when my ADD is in overdrive. Once I get going on something, its hard to focus on something else. Or is it OCD? I can never remember. But it doesn't matter, the kids just know when I am not focused totally on them.

I wish I had something to show for all the hours I wasted.

Hey wait, I do, I have a blog post. That would count for something.

Well, since I have you, you want to see my newsletter. Its actully useless at the moment, but hey, check it out, let me know what you think:

Monday, June 7, 2010

Free Shipping. Oh my!

Thats right, you read it write.

Zazzle is running free shipping right now on $35 or higher. So go ahead, free shipping plus my 10% on July 4th products (see below), not to shabby. Just don't forget to put in the code.

FREE GROUND SHIPPING on orders $35+ Use Code: DADDYFREEGRD Ends 6/9 at 3pm

Sunday, June 6, 2010

fourth of July

Ive been working crazy to get these products out by the fourth of July. Im actually going to mark all fourth of july products in my shop down by 10%. Plus, if zazzle is running a sale, it might even be cheaper. Why not? It's a free country and I can do what I want. So go ahead, check them out. We have buttons, mugs, and all kind of festive things.

I don't know about you, but I love to be an American and I love this country.

Here are just a few items, just click the image and it will bring you into the shop.
american home sweet home mugAmerican Scrapbook binderGod Family Country America shirtamerican bumper sticker bumperstickeramerican home sweet home shirtamerican24 shirtamerica17 hatamerican24 petshirtamerican home sweet home mugamerican24 magnet

(just a quick note, it seems that some of the images are not being shown on some of the products, please go to my store and magnify the item to see the actual item, sorry about this)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Quick Bread Recipe

I have been asked many a time how to make bread without a bread maker. So here you go folks, here is a quick bread recipe and guess what? you do NOT need a bread maker.


3½ c. unbleached all purpose flour or whole wheat pastry
3 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1 ½ c sugar
¾ c. shortening
3 eggs
3/4 c. milk

Sift together flour, baking powder, soda & salt. Cream together shortening and sugar, then add eggs beating thoroughly til light and fluffy. Add dry ingredient alternately with milk to creamed mix.

Add flavor variation and beat well. Pour into greased bread pans. Bake 350ºF. 1 hour. Cool in pan 10 min. Then cool on wire racks. Makes 2 loaves.

VARIATIONS FOR QUICK BREAD: (Nuts are optional).

BANANA NUT BREAD: Add 2 cups mashed ripe bananas combined with 2 T. lemon juice. And ½ c. chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans.)

ZUCCHINI NUT BREAD: Add 2 cup shredded zucchini and ½ c. chopped nuts.

PEACHY NUT BREAD: Add 2 cup of canned peaches, drained and pureed combined with 1½ t cinnamon, ¾ t nutmeg, ¼ t. cloves, and ½ c. chopped nuts.

PUMPKIN NUT BREAD: Add 2 cups pureed pumpkin combined with 1 t. cinnamon, 1 ½ t nutmeg; and ½ c. walnuts.

SWEET POTATO BREAD: Add 2 cups of mashed cold sweet potatoes combined with 1 t. cinnamon, 1 t. nutmeg, 1 t. cloves; and 1 c. walnuts. Substitute ½ cup granulated sugar with 1/3 c. brown sugar.

APPLESAUCE BREAD: Add 2 c. applesauce combined with 1 t. cinnamon, ½ t. cloves.

PEARSAUCE BREAD: Add 2 cups pearsauce combined with 1 t. ginger.

HAWAIIAN NUT BREAD: Add 2 cups crushed pineapple drained, ¼ c fine coconut; ½ c. nuts.

All these nut bread variations can be baked in muffin tins (greased or with paper cups inserted). Fill cups to 2/3 full and bake at 350ºF. for 15-20 min.

so go ahead and enjoy

here are a few of the products on the farm that can start you off with the right ingredients.

Elizabeth LaPrelle

I am a big folk music person. I came across this young women and just fell in love with her voice. she has such a unique style. Anyway, I decided to share it with you guys, what do you think? I know a lot of people don't dig this kind of music, but just listen to her voice. Pretty amazing, huh?

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

not to seek for love

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.