Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Easy DIY Holiday Decorations: Create your own Garland

One of the easiest ways to decorate your home for the holidays is with garland.  There are dozens of places where a string of natural greens looks fantastic in your home, whether it's going up the banister or framing a door.  Garland does not have to be made from greens though; there are several other do-it-yourself ways to create gorgeous strands to accent your home.  It is even a holiday project you can get your kids involved in!  I remember growing up sitting at the kitchen table with a bowl of popcorn, cranberries and a needle and string in my hands making bets on who could make their garland the longest.

Today's tip of the day is a great gift idea for the children (and adults) in your family!  A perfect hostess present for all of the holiday parties you'll be attending this year!

Popcorn Garland Kit
You will need:
  • Small Box (recycle an old gift box)
  • Package of unpopped popcorn
  • Small back of Cranberries or Red Beads
  • A needle
  • Thread
  • Tissue Paper
  • Tag for the box
  • Simply place all items in a box lined with tissue paper.  Fashion a tag as you see in the above photo.  Makes a great hostess gift!

Other garland ideas:

In case you missed our previous holiday tips:

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Tree for Every Room: Easy Holiday Tabletop Trees

This weekend, with Thanksgiving behind us, holiday decorations were going up both in homes and outside. Several people headed out to cut down their Christmas trees, and unlike most years, this year it could be done in a light sweatshirt thanks to the warm temperatures here in Maine!  If you aren't quite ready to put up the real tree, these smaller versions are a great start to holiday decorating and are quite easy to create.

Shell Trees
Perfect to use all of those shells collected from the beach this summer.  Incorporate your sea glass pieces for some added color!
You will need:
  • Styrofoam Tree (can be found most craft stores)
  • Shells (from your own collection or can also be purchased at craft stores)
  • Glue Gun & Glue
  • Optional: pearls, beads, sea glass, etc.
  1. Beginning at the bottom, glue each shell into place using the glue gun.  Try using the bigger shells first and then filling in gaps with the smaller shells.  Build layer upon layer until you get to the top.
  2. If desired, glue beads or pearls on top of the shells
  3. Top with a star fish, large shell or ornament.
Cork Trees
Make good use of all the corks saved up from this past weekend, or get the word out now for your friends and family to save you a few!
You will need:
  • 18-24 corks (depending on how big you would like your tree to be)
  • Glue gun and glue
  • A 2" piece of a 2" diameter stick (from your yard) or a cut wooden dowel
  • Acrylic or water based paints
  • Bits and pieces to decorate your trees (ribbon, paper scraps, tacks, buttons etc)
  1. Start with four corks and glue them together to make the base of the tree.
  2. Add five corks to the next level, letting them hang over slightly on each side.
  3. Continue adding four, then three, then two, then one cork to each layer (start with three corks on the bottom for a smaller tree).
  4. Randomly paint the ends as desired.
  5. Decorate with ribbon, fabric, buttons or any notions you may have.
  6. Attach the tree to the 2" base.

Make sure you stay up to date on our Holiday Deals and Tips this season.  Every day we will be posting new tips and deals, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Sale - Save 20% off of your online purchase!


Shop from the comfort of your home this weekend.  Save 20% off of your online purchase today, Friday, November 25th through Sunday, November 27th.  Stock up on great gifts for friends and family, and maybe a few things for yourself!

Enter promo code TAKE20 at check out*

*Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.  Offer excludes shipping charges, gift/ecards, Specialty Food Club, cooking classes or prior purchases.  Excludes Corporate and Wholesale Orders.  Offer valid until November 27th, 2011 at 11:59PM EST.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Fuel for your Black Friday shopping; a favorite recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers!

At this point, most people already have their Thanksgiving meal planned out and recipes selected (if you have not, check out all of our holiday recipes online!).  We are thinking ahead, and want to share with you one of our absolute favorite ways to enjoy leftovers.  In fact, we love it so much that we often offer it in our cafe.  The perfect fuel for your Black Friday shopping, enjoy!

Pilgram Turkey Sandwich

  1. In a small bowl combine the Stonewall Kitchen Cranberry Horseradish Sauce and mayonnaise.  Mix until uniform.
  2. Layer stuffing and turkey slices on one slice of bread for each sandwich.
  3. Top with cranberry mayonnaise mixture and another slice of bread.  Cut in half and serve.

What is your favorite way to enjoy leftovers?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Stay up to date on our Holiday specials and tips this season

The holidays are quite literally around the corner!  With Thanksgiving only a week away, the shopping season is quickly upon us.  For some of us, the shopping season may have already begun!  We will be releasing our daily deals and holiday tips starting on Black Friday (November 25th), so make sure that you kept in the loop with our holiday specials!

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Apple Cranberry Chutney; One Jar, So Many Options

chut·ney [ chĂștnee ]   
  1. spicy relish: a sweet and spicy relish made from fruit, spices, sugar, and vinegar

Most people know what to do with things like jams, salsa, mustard and crackers.  However  chutney is one condiment that gets a lot of questions.  Here in America, a chutney isn't used quite as frequently as say a jam, so many people wonder what to do with it.  Chutneys are one of the most versatile products we produce.  They can be used for anything from a sandwich spread to a pairing with cheeses to fantastic dessert.  They are great to have on hand for the holiday season because they can be utilized in any course.  Here are a few recipes using one of our favorites for this time of year, Apple Cranberry Chutney.


This recipe can use any of our chutneys and is incredibly easy to prepare.  Puff Pastry can be found premade in most of your local grocery stores in the freezer section.
Or for Individual servings: Cranberry Brie Bites

Main Dish

A great addition if you are looking for another protein option besides turkey for Thanksgiving.

Side Dishes

Great as a side dish, or use it as a stuffing for acorn squash for a great vegetarian meal (replace chicken stock with a vegetable stock for a vegetarian version)

A classic stuffing recipe with a jar of Apple Cranberry Chutney mixed in creates an entirely new taste profile.

The chutney is a great compliment to this recipe that also includes fresh apples and fresh cranberries.

Served warm with scoop of vanilla ice cream makes a great end to any meal!

How do you typically use chutneys?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

If you are looking for something a little different this holiday season, then we have the recipe for you!  For some reason, bread pudding always seems intimidating; all of those ingredients and so many flavors!  It is actually quite simple to prepare and is a great dish to prepare ahead of time and then bake later.  Yes, it does involve a few more ingredients than your average pumpkin pie, but they are almost all kitchen staples.  And the baking part?  That's easy!  You basically mix everything up, spread it in a pan and bake.

So put your fears aside and try this amazing recipe!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding


Ingredients for bread pudding:
  • 1, 22-ounce loaf of rustic country white bread
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 5 eggs
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup Stonewall Kitchen Maple Pumpkin Butter (can substitute roasted/mashed pumpkin or canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1/2 cup Stonewall Kitchen Pumpkin Caramel Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet)
Ingredients for whipped topping:


Step 1:  Remove crusts from bread and cut into 1" cubes

Step 2:  In a large bowl, combine milk, half and half, eggs, sugars, Stonewall Kitchen Maple Pumpkin Butter and Pumpkin Caramel Sauce, vanilla, salt and spices.  Whisk until combined.

Steps 1 and 2

Step 3:  Add bread and chocolate chips to the liquid mixture and toss gently.  Pour into a greased 8 cup shallow baking dish.  Let sit for 20-30 minutes.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes.  Pudding is done when puffed and golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and looks like the below image.
Step 3
Step 4:  While bread pudding is baking, whip cream in a cold mixing bowl with a whisk attachment until soft peaks are about to form.  Whisk in 2 Tablespoons sugar.  Gently fold 3 tablespoons Stonewall Kitchen Pumpkin Caramel Sauce into the cream.

Step 4
Step 5:  Serve warm, top with whipped cream and enjoy!
Pumpkin_bread_pudding_final image

What is your favorite non-traditional dessert for the holidays?