Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Christmas in July?


Christmas in July may sound odd but it is a great time to find some fantastic bargains and offers.

Some members of  HHU team and Friends of HHU team are taking part in etsy's unoffical summer sale
 " Christmas in July" or CIJ for short which this year starts on 12th July 2012

Some shops may be offering Christmas themed products at discount price, some a straight discount on everything or selected items and some are giving free or promotional gifts but what you can be sure of is there will be some fantastic bargains, offers and a great opportunity to buy some extra things to put away as gifts for later or to treat yourself and save money!

Why not take a look at some of the shops taking part?.Just click on the heading links to enter the participating shops to brouse around.

Fabric sells beautiful quilted greetings cards and ACEOs ( artists' trading cards). She will have Christmas themed cards at reduced prices.


There is everything here that a well dressed doll could possibly wish for and some fun dolls'accessories too. A free pair of doll's boxer shorts will be given with evey purchase.


Jeanie sells beautiful handknits, felted bags, handknit flowers, gadget cases and accessories.

Jeanie has 3 sections of her shop where items are on sale at 15% off

Berets,hats and ear warmers
Cowls, scarves and neckware
Mittens and handwarmers


Anika has beautiful artwork  in her shop.

The sale has already started here! 50% off all ACEOs and art cards with coupon code ACEOSALE


Trish makes wonderful handmade beaded jewelry.

The sale has already started here too!15% off on everything until the end of the month. Prices already reduced no need for a coupon code.


Moroccan braids, trims,embellishments, tassels and textile jewelry, Many braids and trims already at reduced prices some by 33%! Reductions on red and green themed products too for the CIJ sale.


Judy has her entire store of candle holders,centre pieces and desert pedestals reduced by 15% for the CIJ sale.

Carries Curiosities, LLC

Carrie has some wonderful hand poured natural wax candles with beautiful scents and some special Christmas creations. Everything in her store is reduced by 25%.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Garden Harvest Recipes, part 2

Have you tried last week's roasted radishes yet?  Nancy of NancyEllenStudios and DesignsStainedGlass has passed along another yummy recipe to use that produce fresh from your garden!

I love this time of year when I can go into my gardens, pick some fresh herbs and fresh veggies and make a light side salad like this one:


 3 English cucumbers
2 stalks celery
1/2 medium white onion
1/4 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. fresh cilantro
2/1/2 tsp. champagne vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

With a vegetable peeler, shave cucumbers into wide ribbons, stopping when you reach seed; reserve 1 center. Thinly slice celery and onion: place in a large bowl along with cucumber ribbons. In a blender, puree reserved cucumber center, mayonnaise, cilantro, and champagne vinegar, season with salt and pepper and add to bowl. Toss to combine and refrigerate for an hour or so.

From Robin's kitchen (and Nancy's) to yours, enjoy!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Garden Harvest Recipes

It's just about time for those backyard gardens to start delivering their wonderful fresh produce.  I thought we might enjoy some great recipe ideas to use all those fresh veggies.

This yummy recipe comes from Nancy of NancyEllenStudios and DesignsStainedGlass.

Roasted Radishes and Cauliflower
Last night I picked a huge amount of radishes from our garden. I can only eat so many radishes tossed into a garden salad, so tonight I am roasting them. Here is how I did it:

1 bunch of radishes, I used about 20 to 25 big radishes
1 head of cauliflower
¼ cup of olive oil
A couple pinches of kosher salt
A dash of thyme leaves
Preheat oven to 400
Spray bottom of roasting pan with Pam or other cooking spray
Cut up radishes in half or fourths if they are really large.
Toss them in a bowl with half of the olive oil and a pinch of salt. Place them in one end of your roasting pan.
Cut up cauliflower into florets. Toss them in a bowl with remaining olive oil and another pinch of salt. Place them in the other end of roasting pan. Sprinkle thyme over all the veggies.
I left them separated in case the red from the radishes blended into the cauliflower. You can toss them all together if you wish.
Roast for 35 minutes, mixing them around about half way through cooking time.

The radishes have a very mild flavor to them. Our radishes from our garden are very hot this year. By roasting them it takes some of the spicy flavor out. Together with the cauliflower they made a great combination.
I served the veggies with  stuffed pork chops.

From Robin's kitchen (and Nancy's) to yours, enjoy!