Home for the Holidays: Tips for Getting Ready

It’s a familiar feeling. We’ve hardly finished washing the dishes from Thanksgiving – and the Christmas season arrives, with bells on.

If you play host or hostess for the holidays, a good game plan will help you get your home in order more easily.  After all, the best gift you can give your loved ones is to be relaxed and joyful, knowing you have the prep work squared away.

Here are 5 ideas for getting ahead of the holiday rush:

make ahead soup#1 Make Meals for Crunch Time
There are definitely some holiday treats – like cookies – you can make ahead and freeze. But if you can also squeeze in items like casseroles, soups and stews, you’ll appreciate having an easy home cooked meal when the rest of your schedule gets tight.

Find it at Snow’s: canning jars, slow cookers, oven safe cookware, reusable / portable food containers

#2 Pack, Purge and Polish
Before you start filling closets with gifts from Santa, make some room by sorting through your clothes and making a dash to Goodwill. After the purge, you can give the house a thorough cleaning – before that task overwhelms you.

Find it at Snow’s: household storage containers, cleaning products (including all-natural and non-toxic cleaners)

cape cod wreath#3 Enhance the Entryway
When holiday visitors come-a-knocking, a festive entryway will let them know good times are waiting inside. Sometimes less is more: a single lush, live wreath with some seasonal accents can transform a front door.

Find it at Snow’s: live wreaths and trees, garland, decorative holiday trimmings

#4 Create a Welcoming Washroom
Except for the kitchen (everyone really spend time there!), your bathroom is probably the most visited room in the house. Freshen up the space with some special soaps, lotions and perhaps a lightly scented candle or two… your guests will appreciate the effort.

Find it at Snow’s: premium lotions and soaps, bath accessories, towels, candles and diffusers

puzzle#5 Stock Up on Fun
We love the food, we love the gifts. But what’s better than doing nothing more than sitting down to play a game? Your friends and family will jump at the chance to break out a classic board game, work on a big puzzle, or simply relax and connect with one another.

Find it at Snow’s: toys, games and puzzles for all ages, including the classics!

Game Day Decision: 3 Ways to Cook a Turkey

The countdown to November’s big holiday meal is on. Mashed potatoes? Check. Stuffing? Check. Cranberry sauce? Check. The 20 pounds of turkey you need to cook when you have a houseful of guests and an over-committed oven? Hmm.

While a roasted Thanksgiving turkey is by far the most traditional, there is more than one way to get the job done.  Here are three techniques that just may prompt you to consider something different this year.

Classic: Roasted

The most obvious choice first, a roasted turkey is a known quantity for most us of, so perhaps the most comforting. And no doubt, delicious. Yet there are many ways to roast a bird – a quick Google search for “roasted turkey recipe” yields more than 850,000 results. Yikes.  This how-to video from All Clad is one you can trust.

Creative: Barbecued

barbecued turkeyIt seems like we should call this a grilled turkey, except that it doesn’t sit directly on the grate, so it’s really more accurate to say barbecued.  As uncommon as is seems, cooking the bird this way is a Snow’s family tradition, and they say once you try it, you’ll never go back.  Check out our post from last year that describes the process.

How to barbecue a turkey

Carefree: Slow Cooked

If you plan on having a turkey breast this year, using your slow cooker is a great option. Whether you have a few “white meat only” eaters – or lots of guests and need more than one turkey – this idea may come in handy.  Check out this easy recipe from Eat at Home Cooks:

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

No matter how you prepare you bird this year, we’re sure it will be great. And as you get all your ducks – or turkeys – in a row, the friendly staff at Snow’s will help you select the perfect roasting pan, grill, slow cooker or kitchen gadget to help make your holiday meal a success.

Get Your Home Holiday-Ready with Ben Moore’s Color of the Year

The holidays are on their way, and so are your holiday guests. To get your home ready for a season of good cheer, there’s nothing that brightens up a space more than a fresh coat of paint.

What’s also nice about painting before the holidays is that you can select colors that do double duty – they play off your seasonal decor, yet remain relevant the whole year through. Sound interesting? Then we have a palette to inspire you.guilford green

Benjamin Moore just announced their 2015 Color of the Year: Guilford Green. 

It’s a neutral , silvery green (how “holiday” is that?) that ties together the other sublime shades in Ben Moore’s 2015 Color Trends collection. Layering these colors throughout your home helps to create a graceful flow from room to room. Four main color families are featured for 2015: Berry, Green, Blush and Blue. Again – gotta love the timeliness of these new colors… Berry + Green = Beautifully festive!

color ideasTo see how some of these gorgeous paint color combinations might look, Benjamin Moore has a couple of great online tools:

Personal Color Viewer – A virtual visualizer lets you see how paint colors will look before you even pick up a brush.

Color Gallery – Color selection tool with access to their 3,500 colors and countless color combinations.

Of course, choosing paint colors isn’t always something that can be done online. It may be a way to get started, but talking it out with a real live person often feels much more reassuring.  That’s what we’re here for…Snow’s paint department is always eager and ready to help.

 

All the Fixings: Tools and Tableware for the Holidays

It’s just four weeks until Thanksgiving…wow.  But don’t worry,  Snow’s has everything you need to pull of this year’s turkey day without a hitch.

For the Kitchen

basterThanksgiving is the ultimate multi-tasking cooking marathon. But with the right tools for the job, preparing your feast gets a whole lot easier.

Basters are a necessity for the perfect turkey… and this one from Animal House is both fun and functional. Just squeeze the rubber turkey and get those juices flowing!

stuffing bagIf you like your stuffing cooked inside the bird, these disposable mesh stuffing bags are really easy to use. No mess, and no reason to scoop that stuffing again!

Plus,  you’ll find pop-up timers, poultry lacer sets, gravy separators, cutting boards and lots more.

If you need cookware, Snow’s is definitely the place to go. Much of our name brand quality cookware is sold for far less than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. So much less, in fact – we can’t advertise it!

 

For the Table

pheasant paper goodsBirds are a popular holiday theme this year, and Snow’s has some beautiful new designs to inspire you.  Many of our dinnerware collections are versatile enough to go from Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond…they are so attractive, you’ll want to keep them out year-round. And for those times when you can’t bear to wash another dish, stock up on some holiday paper goods, like our plates and napkins featuring these colorful pheasants.

woodwick candlesFor your table decor, Woodwick candles are a lovely addition. They look great, and guest will love the subtle crackle of the wooden wick. And with scents like “pumpkin strudel,” there’s just one more mouth-watering aroma to enjoy.

Finally, don’t forget the little things. Holidays and big family gatherings are a time when we ask ourselves: “Where did all the teaspoons go?”  Whether the dishwasher ate them or they mistakenly ended up in the trash, replenish your set with open stock flatware – buying only the pieces need. 

New at Snow’s: Women’s Fashion and Eco-Friendly Alpaca

You may know that Snow’s carries a wide assortment of women’s scarves (100+ designs) and jewelry, including many handcrafted pieces. And this year, we expanded our fashion accessories department with a great selection of totes and handbags, and an ever-increasing line of Snoozies to keep your tootsies toasty.

You may not know that we have just made the leap into women’s clothing, too!  We have brought in a few select pieces, chosen for their quality and effortless style.

turquiose dressThe Everyday Dress

This dress from Pomegranate Moon is truly a miracle garment. It flatters nearly any figure  – yet feels as soft as if you were in your pajamas. It also works as a tunic with leggings – and pairs with countless accessories.

Light enough for spring with enough coverage for winter, this will be a true staple in your closet. Several colors available.

The Essential White Shirt

essential shirtEveryone needs a crisp, classic white shirt, and this one from Catherine Lillywhite has everything you want. The fit is tailored yet comfortable, the sleeves actually look good when they’re rolled up, and the shirt has an overall versatility that will take you seamlessly from your morning meeting to a dinner out on the town.

Soft, organic alpcaca

Now here’s something you’ll literally want to wear – although it’s not an article of clothing, it’s a blanket!  Our new alpaca throws by Shupaca pay homage to the ancient traditions of South American artisans, while incorporating contemporary details that will fit right in with your decor.

shupaca-alpaca-throw-catalinaThese gorgeous alpaca throws are:

  • hypo-allergenic
  • lightweight and breathable
  • durable
  • eco-friendly and organic
  • soft as silk
  • naturally water-resistant
  • fair trade

Snow’s has several stunning designs to choose from, with colors ranging from deep blues and greens to soft, warm neutrals.

A Peek Inside the Holiday Shop

The Columbus Day weekend marks a special time at Snow’s. It’s when we start putting all the trimmings on our Holiday Shop – which is the Cape’s largest! This week, we begin constructing the holiday train table, decorating our many themed trees, and lining the shelves with the thousands (yes, we said thousands!) of ornaments we hand-select each year.

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s new and festive:

boy with trains

The trains

The train layouts are a beloved tradition at Snow’s. There’s nothing better than seeing your child or grandchild’s eyes light up as they watch the trains go by.

In addition to our year-round train display, the holiday train set up gives families a chance to stop for a moment – and get a little nostalgic.

I have 5 grandsons…4 little ones. Coming to Snow’s at Christmastime is a traditions, and it’s all part of the family. –Lee Sullivan, Orleans

The trees

With more than 3,000 unique holiday ornaments to deck your halls – and trim your trees – the possibilities are almost endless. We have ornaments in just about every theme you can dog ornamentsthink of, including the seashore, music, wine, sports and pets.

Speaking of which….

There’s nothing quite like the affection we have for our dogs, and our large collection of hard cast resin ornaments represents all of our furry companions. Labs, retrievers, poodles, boxers, beagles, terriers, collies, schnauzers…you get the idea. We have a great representation of cats, horses and other wildlife, too.

willow tree starlight topperAnd for the top of your tree, our new angel tree topper from Willow Tree collectables is a lovely finishing touch. Standing 12″ high, the angel holds a delicate, glittery metal star that will catch the light and sparkle at every angle. The inside of the figure is hollow to accomodate the top branch of the tree.

We hope you’ll come see us soon, and gather a little early holiday spirit!

Fall in Love with Home

Four warm ideas for cool weather

livingroom rug#1 Add warmth underfoot.

Accent rugs are a great way to add warmth to cold stone or tiled floors, or add texture and interest to hardwood. Rugs can also help harmonize the design elements in a room – placed under a decorative table, in front of a sofa or in a hallway.

We have expanded our rug selection significantly at Snow’s — with dozens of styles, sizes, colors and materials to choose from.  From traditional striped cotton rugs to blended wool rugs in rich, seasonal colors, you are sure to find just the right rug to warm up your floors this fall. (Photo credit: Houzz)

bamboo-towels#2 Warm up your bath.

For a truly spa-like experience in your own home, consider natural bamboo bath towels. Bamboo is quite versatile, and is uniquely suited for bath towels. In our new line by Kassatex, 60% of the blend is Egyptian cotton, which offers lasting absorbency — and the other 40% is bamboo-made rayon, which makes the towels soft and smooth to the touch.

Bamboo is also a sustainable choice because it grows quickly (renews itself) and requires a minimal amount of chemicals to process. So you can have it all — towels that are eco-friendly, have excellent absorbency, come in a beautiful array of colors, and are sure to add a little extra luxury and comfort to your bath.

fall candles#3 Create a warm ambiance.

There is nothing quite like a flickering candle or two to make a room feel warm and cozy. And while these days, it seems like candles are a dime a dozen, there is a definite difference when you choose a quality brand over a generic variety from a discount store. A good candle starts with good ingredients: the wax, wick and fragrance oils.  It takes skill to make all these parts come together, which is why it really means something when a candle is said to be handcrafted.

Snow’s carries only excellent-quality candles that smell great, burn clean and last for a long time. The hardest choice will deciding on the color and fragrance! One of our fall favorites is Kringle Candle Company’s Apple Cider Donut — without overpowering, it will bring just the right amount of fall “flavor” to your home.

provencal chicken stew#4 Serve a warm and comforting meal.

Although slow cookers can be used any time of the year, the cooler months just seem to beg for comfort food that’s been simmered slowly all day long. We have several slow cookers to match your needs and your budget, many offered at Snow’s Everyday Low Price — a price so low we can’t even advertise it.  So come in and see… and in the meantime, here’s a delicious slow cooker recipe to get your mouth watering!

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Celebrating Scallops

Maybe you love to savor the delicate, sweet taste of scallops in the “traditional” way, whether they’re bacon-wrapped or seared to perfection. Or perhaps scallops captivate your other senses, as their iconic shape graces your home decor.

Either way, this weekend is all about scallops: about town and in our store. The 2014 Scallop Festival is being held in Falmouth September 19, 20 and 21, featuring the now famous fried scallop dinners (herb roasted chicken for the non-seafood fans in your group), a juried arts & craft show, great entertainment and a midway of rides and games. For more information, check out the event website.

If Bourne is too far to travel – or if you just can’t get enough scallops in your life – Snows is the place to explore all things scalloped. Most of these items are available in our online store, with an even greater selection at our Orleans retail location.

scallop trayWilton Armetale Scallop Serving Tray

The Armetale scallop series began in the 80s and the design continues to stand the test of time. Nature-inspired serving pieces work with both traditional settings and of course, any seaside environment.

Armetale is made in the USA, using a unique non-toxic aluminum-based alloy, making it ideal for cooking and entertaining. Hot foods stay hot longer, cold foods stay cold longer.  The products are extremely durable and will not rust, break, crack or chip under normal usage. Every home should have one.

scallop door knockerMichael Healy Scallop Door Knocker

Authenticity, quality craftsmanship and classic Cape Cod – right on your front door. This best-selling bay scallop door knocker is sand-cast in solid brass and designed by Michael Healy, an accomplished Rhode Island artisan known for his truly unique work.

Display your love for the water, or give it to someone special as a most memorable gift. Coordinating doorbell ringer available, too. View more Michael Healy products here.

scallops cookbookScallops: A New England Coastal Cookbook

A one-of-a-kind cookbook by locals Elaine and Karin Tammi, you’ll get more than some of the best scallop recipes in New England. Interviews from Nantucket bay scallop fishermen, marine scientists, world-renowned chefs, shuckers, and sea scallopers provide an insider’s view into these fisheries.

A unique way to think about Cape Cod – day and night!

Features a real shell shade; each one is a little different – just like they are on the beach. Great gift idea, too.

scallop pillowDecorative Scallop Accent Pillow

Give your bedroom a by-the-beach feel! In addition to the pillows, Snows has lots of coordinating bedspreads, window panels and decorative accents so you can mix and match however you like. Part of the Treasures by the Sea collection.

 

 

 

Cozy Bedrooms and Stylish Baths

From classic quilts to luxury spa products and skin care, we’ve got everything you need to rejuvenate your bed, bath… and yourself!  Bonus: some of our best sellers are 15 to 20% off right now. Sale ends 9/17/14.

Bedspreads and Quilts - 15% off through 9/17

matelasse bedspreadQuilts are the finishing touch of a beautifully made bed. Snow’s has a wide assortment that will add warmth and style to your room, from bold and colorful patterns to crisp, classic white.

Cape Codders will especially love the white on white seashell bedspread, created on matelasse looms. It’s 100% cotton, made in the USA, and trimmed with a scalloped fringe – a natural fit for any decor.

Camille Beckman 20% off through 9/17

Woman-owned and family-operated, Camille Beckman has been making fine body products since 1986. Their formulas are made only from rich and wholesome ingredients, blended in small batches with hand-crafted techniques.

secret seaSnow’s carries a wide variety of Camille Beckman products, including the acclaimed Glycerine Hand Therapy. This product has consistently been ranked one of the best selling personal care products on the market and will leave your hands feeling like never before!

All of the Camille Beckman collections are as beautiful to look at as they are good for your skin. Maybe you’ll even choose a set to coordinate with your bathroom decor – like the toasty caramel colors in the Tuscan Honey line, or the ocean blues in the Secret Sea products.

Bath Accessories  - 20% off all bath accessories, through 9/17

beach-style-bath-and-spa-accessories

Whether you love subtle accents or coastal-inspired whimsy, the selection of bath accessories has you covered.

Here are some of our favorite collections:

  • Kassatex “Mare Shells” porcelain bath accessories, featuring a beautiful pearlized shell on a tranquil blue background.
  • Cute-as-a-button small resin animals from Creative Co-op, including a mini snail, frog and turtle. These tiny creatures would just love avanti life preserversto perch on a sink counter or bathroom windowsill.
  • Anchors & life preservers line from Avanti, withoordinating wastebasket, shower curtain, towels, soap and toothbrush holder. If you love nautical, you can say: “Nailed it!!”

 

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