Sunday, April 19, 2015

Fun Finds from Sisters Garden

Ooh-la-la - found some great treasures at Sisters and Bloom in rural Kalona, Saturday.
What's in the bag?

These tea towels are just too much, too cute, too fun! Love them!

Hmmm...what else, is in there? Oh, just a pair of sweet vintage hobnail plates!

Annie B Caramels - there were four, but I just couldn't resist a sweet treat. These were on Oprah's Favorite Things last Christmas. They are divine

Fresh, local honey - yummy! Great for keeping allergies at bay, too.

These soaps... The two on the left are handmade, one is Fruit Loops scent - Tim's favorite. It truly smells like the cereal! Of course I can't remember what the top one is but it smells great - fresh, with a hint of flowers. The bar on the right is Pre de Provence, Jasmine. These are favorites of mine. Pre de Provence soaps are made in France with natural ingredients. Oh so luxurious.

The plates cleaned up nicely and match well with my pretty glasses from Pier One. Whipped up a batch of homemade guacamole and poured fresh lemonade. Pleased as punch with the great finds at Sisters and Bloom!  

Claudia's Guacamole
Avacados - mashed
Red Onion - finely chopped
Cherry Tomatoes - diced
Garlic Powder
Season Salt
Parsley Flakes
Spoon of Lemon Juice - to prevent browning
Spoon of Olive Oil

My Bahamian friend, Claudia, didn't give me amounts - so I just eyeballed and added to taste. Of course, it's fabulous when she makes it. She's a great cook!

Happy Sunday,
xo - Em

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Snail Mail Love Swap and a Lazy Dog on a Saturday Night

Zoey living large on Saturday night - watching "Too Cute" on Animal Planet. Just living the dream!
My super-cool V-day surprise from my Snail Mail Love Swap buddy. Isn't she so craftylicious? I love it! There were also tons of other cute and fun goodies in my package: adorbs paperclips (make work fun), heart pencils, a sweet owl Valentine and lots more. I was very spoiled! Thank you!
A couple of gifties for my Snail Mail Love Swap buddy. I just love the mugs from Starbucks that you can personalize. I put a fun polka dot print sheet of scrapbook paper in her mug but I hope she makes it all her own with photos or cool quotes. Had to include fine tip Sharpies - they are my fave! Oh, and some chocolate. :) Hope she liked it. Thank you thank you thank you to Kendra Pryor for organizing this swap. What a great way to connect and make new friends!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

NewBo City Market Rocks!

We checked out a dynamic new shopping venue in Cedar Rapids this past weekend and it is fresh, fun, creative - all things wonderful. It's only been open a few weeks but judging from the crowds it's a raving success.

Smoothie samples and friendly staff at Get Fresh!

Analise loved the smoothie and juice samples at Get Fresh - Bo. She even tried the It's Not Easy Being Green and said it was wonderful! They use fresh, healthy, good-for-you ingredients. Mmmmm...good! Her favorite was Strawberry Fields Forever. How fun are the names? Love it!

Most of the booths had samples. The lines were long, the place was packed, but it is worth it. P.H.A.T. Daddy's at the Market has hot, hot, HOT barbecue sauces (a few mild ones, too). We scored a bottle of their red pepper jelly (tasty poured over cream cheese as a dip) and a bottle of mild BBQ sauce. Can't beat P.H.A.T. Daddy's!

Of course, we couldn't leave without buying a sweet cupcake from That One Cupcake Place. Make that SIX cupcakes. Pretty and delish!

I absolutely love the concept of NewBo City Market. Bringing together local companies, vendors, craftspeople in a cooperative spirit to sell fresh food and products in an open market style. It's housed large building in an area of Cedar Rapids (New Bohemia district) that has struggled since the flood of 2008. NewBo Market is one of many projects to revitalize the neighborhood. The local flair and entrepreneurial spirit is encouraging and is a win-win for the community, consumers and businesses.

You can get breakfast, lunch, dinner from the many food vendors. There are flavors from all over the world: La Reyna, Caribbean Kitchen, Greyhound Deli, Iowa Soul Food Company, JoJo's Asian Foods, Russian Delights, Zaytoon Mediterranean Grill, Big Boy Meats. If you want to shop for home a dinner party you can pick up pasta and sauce from Pappardelle's Pasta, coffee from Roasters, fresh produce from Morgan Creek, cheese from NewBo Cheese Co., bread/rolls from Betty and Bobo's Better Breads and after-dinner desserts from Christopher Ryan Confections.

NewBo City Market is a fun place to gather, shop, each and chat.

Fresh flowers? Bark and Bloom. Snacks? CR Popcorn Shop. Unique, handcrafted jewelry, gift and more. Seriously - you can't go wrong. It's a sensory experience shopping at NewBo. Check it out! You won't be disappointed. xo - Em