What a storm. With all of the excitement, we haven’t had much time to think about the big football game on Sunday. How will you celebrate?
Last week we talked about making fresh juice, but there probably won’t be too many of us setting up a Superbowl juice bar in front of the flat screen. But that doesn’t mean we have to throw all the healthy options out the window. Many of the things we love to eat during cold weather football watching – stews, meatballs, pulled pork – can be healthy and easy.
Here are three good-for-you recipes that can be made in a crockpot, perfect for effortless entertaining. Go, Pats!
A slow cooker is the perfect vessel for cooking up a batch of barbeque-worthy pulled pork while you sleep. For the game, add salsa, lettuce, guacamole, and any other toppings you like to a warm tortilla. From Iowa Girl Eats.
In a poll conducted by USA.gov, half of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2015 were about health. Specifically: lose weight, quit smoking, get fit, manage stress, drink less alcohol. Not surprising, but what you may not know is that there is one single practice that can help you succeed with every single one of these resolutions – juicing.
Juicing has been around for a long time, and hundreds of studies have been done on its benefits. Documentaries have been made, including Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, which tells the story of a man who lost almost 100 pounds and healed his autoimmune disease by following a 60-day juice fast.
Impressive list, right? But if you’ve never juiced before, you might wonder where to start. Before you stock your fridge with celery, beets, apples, carrots and kale, you’ll need a good juicer.
There is indeed a juicer out there for every budget: from $20 to $400 or more. While Snow’s carries juicers in all of these price ranges, we always love to recommend Breville – moderately priced, heavy-duty, high quality juicers.
In fact, it was a Breville juicer featured in the documentary we mentioned earlier. We carry both the the Breville Compact Juice Fountain ($99.99) and the Breville Juice Fountain Plus ($149.99). They are both great machines; the Fountain Plus is built to make more juice at a time, faster – so it’s a better choice if you plan to juice frequently and/or have several juice fans in your family.
For more reasons, recipes and reviews, take a peek at one of our other posts on juicing: Glass Half Full. Here’s to a healthy 2015!
If you’re considering a premium home coffee machine, there are lots of choices. Nespresso, iCoffee, Capresso… we carry them all at Snow’s, and they all have their distinct features and benefits.
Today we’re highlighting Nespresso systems, because through the end of the month, you’ll get a $100 club credit with the purchase a system valued at $199 or more*. This gives you $100 toward mail order purchases of Nespresso coffee capsules – the most efficient and cost effective way to buy them.
There’s a whole Nespresso movement out there, evident by more than $4M Facebook page likes, and the many fans dedicated to documenting their #NespressoMoment. But for those of us just trying to figure out if taking stock in the world Nespresso is for us, here’s what you need to know:
How the machines work and what they make:
The VertuoLine Makes coffee and espresso.
Technology: Gentle Centrifusion™ extraction makes for a smooth, rich and highly aromatic coffee, with high intensity and body, finished with a silky and generous crema.
Capsules come in 2 sizes, for “long” cups of coffee or espresso.
The OriginalLine includes a range of machines, including some that feature an integrated milk-heating and foaming system to produce lattes and cappuccinos, in addition to espresso and coffee.
Technology: High-pressure extraction system releases all of the aromas contained in each coffee capsule. This guarantees an optimum distribution of the water through the ground coffee, resulting in a smooth and authentic taste.
Capsules come in espresso varieties, or the specially crafted grand crus.
There are different coffee “strengths” you can choose from: lungo (mild), espresso and ristretto (intense)
Easy to program and use controls; intuitive “smart start” guide included
Brews a shot of espresso in about 20 seconds
Nespresso is known for excellent customer service
Another important piece of Nespresso’s platform is sustainability and environmental consciousness. They have featured their coffee farmers in many campaigns, thanking them for their commitment in quality and sustainability (#MeetOurFarmers). Regarding their green initiatives, they have a free capsule recycling program.
And if you’re still not convinced, you might want to indulge in one of the many ads featuring George Clooney. At least for many of the ladies out there, that’s reason enough to be a Nespresso fan.
Reclaiming your spaces is certainly a post-holiday perk. No longer are you tripping over boxes and bows – or continually sweeping up tree needles. But after the festive feeling of the holiday season, some of us may feel like our homes are a bit stark once the trimmings are all packed away.
With the cold weather, we’ll be spending more time inside than ever. Here are 5 easy ways to “winterize” your decor, to give your home more of that warm ambiance we love to snuggle up to.
1. Colorful Accents
Keep spirits bright with strategically placed pops of color throughout your home. It doesn’t take much: you can invest in bold decorative pillows, a cheery bedspread or a multi-colored throw for the living room. Bonus: These colorful accents will happily stick around, inspiring you for spring and summer decor, too.
2. Warm Reflection
Using mirrors as part of your home decor reflects light, helping you maximize it on these shorter days.
At night, candles place in front of a mirror creates a stunning effect, making it look like you have twice as many candles burning!
3. Snug as a Bug in a…
In addition to the decorative statement they make, area rugs are a great way to warm up a wood or tile floor. But a striking decorative rug can also be layered on top of your existing carpet, adding more depth and interest to the room.
4. Lamp it Up
Even if you are not “overhead light challenged” – free standing lamps can be a staple in your home decor wheelhouse. They offer focused light where you need it, and a warm glow to a room when used alone. And when you’re ready for a change, moving a lamp to a different room couldn’t be easier.
5. Get the Full Window Treatment
From kitchen valances to floor length panels, window treatments add texture and warmth from within. If you like to switch things up seasonally, fabric panels make it easy. If you’re in the market for a more custom solution, companies such as Levolor (sold at Snow’s) offer a wide selection of blinds and shades, many of which are incredibly energy efficient.
Before we turn over a new year’s leaf, it’s fun to take a short stroll down memory lane. Here is some of the best (or at least the most memorable) moments from 2014:
Seniors save: January started our expanded senior discount days, with 10% off every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, all month long. It’s on again for 2015!
Let it snow: Not one blizzard – but two – this month. So much that Snow’s had to close on the 3rd and the 22nd!
Fall in love (with great coffee): This month, we began our continuing love affair with java’s best. Capresso, Nespresso… several promotional offers and in-store demos followed throughout the year. Did you get your brew on?
Designer on Duty kickoff: Spring wasn’t necessarily in the air, but the excitement about renewing our home decor certainly was. Visiting experts Madeleine Bickert, Susan Pike and Lori Mead were on hand to guide customers through their interior design projects. Stay tuned for our expanded designer program in 2015!
Train fun: Many of our local families love coming to Snow’s during April school vacation. The kids never tire of our interactive train display, and the parents love to take advantage of the diversion and get a little shopping done.
Coastal cravings: May marks the time of year when lots of our customers come back to the Cape to begin opening their homes for the season. They were delighted to find lots of new coastal decor, from mermaid-themed accents to local pottery.
In full bloom: June was a delightful time to visit our newly expanded garden center. Beautiful blooms as far as the eye could see!
Sandbox reinvented: Beach mode or not, families loved one of the best games of the year – Sands Alive!A fun, “un-technologied” activities for busy hands of all ages… even on rainy days.
Tax-free deals: Massachusetts approved another state tax-free weekend on the 16th and 17th of this month, giving residents a chance to get some great savings on higher ticket items. We’ll have to wait and see in the Commonwealth does it again for 2015, but if they do – there’s no better time to invest in something big, such as outdoor furniture. In 2014, our customers saved the 6.25% tax on top of our already discounted prices.
The holiday season is here: Snow’s holiday shop (including the annual holiday train display) is in full swing. We hope you had a chance to share some holiday spirit with us.
Good cheer, and giving back: We has many special events in the store this month, including free knife sharpening, wine tastings, book signings, a visit from our local school choir, and of course, visits from Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty.
One of our most special memories in December was sharing the 13th annual Giving Tree gifts with the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod. Our community really came together, donating many generous items to our neighbors in need.
Thank you, for being a part of it all. Looking forward to a memorable 2015!
With just a week to go before Christmas, there are bound to be a few gifts – or more than a few – left to buy. But even if it feels like the 11th hour, there are plenty of unique and thoughtful gifts in every price range… available at Snow’s, of course!
Town Tribute – Give them the gift of their favorite Cape Cod town. Choose from coasters, mugs and classic weathered signs. 100% handmade, earth-friendly and made in the U.S.A.
Handmade Handbags – Felt clutches, handcrafted by artisans in developing countries, Each is one-of-a-kind!
Colorful, Cozy Coverings – A little something fun for your feet: whimsical and mismatched socks for adults, children and babies. Knit with recycled cotton yarn – hats available, too!
Snuggle Buddy – Soft plush toys from Nat & Jules are so adorable, it will be hard to choose just one for your favorite youngster. This dinosaur is named Staggie.
Summer Breeze in a Box – Sea Salt + Ocean Surf fragrance diffuser by Paddywax, hand-poured into a 4 oz. aqua glass vessel. Many oter “flavors” available, such as Blood Orange + Citrus and Lavender + Thyme.
Go Fish! – Whimsical “Aqua Fish” design from Le Souk Ceramique. Platters, bowls and assorted matching tableware, hand painted in Tunisia. Forget formal – go festive! Pieces start at $10.
Exotic Earrings – Antique Thai earrings by jewelry designer John Michael Richardson. Metals are hand crafted in Thailand and finished by hand in the United States. Rich in look, affordable in price = the perfect gift! Snow’s is one of a very select group of retailers offering this special jewelry collection.
Blanket Bliss – Soft, woven boucle throws from Kennebunk Home and Bedford Cottage. Classic designs, timeless colors, excellent quality. Many styles available.
Scout it Out– Scout bags are a stylish way to carry just about anything, and a must-have for road trips and beach outings. Snow’s carries a myraid of shapes, sizes and colors; shown is the “Original Deano” covered in a pink paisley pattern.
Dressed for Success – This everyday dress from Pomegranate Moon flatters nearly any figure, but it’s as soft as your pjs! 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.
More than 79% percent of all American households will display a Christmas tree in their home this holiday season. That’s a lot of trees … more than 94 million!
But as much as we all love to deck our halls with a holiday tree, there are definitely two different camps when it comes to the type. You know what, though? Artificial or real, they’re both green.
A study by Life Cycle Analysis comparing artificial and real trees found that neither one has a major impact on the environment. Interestingly, what makes more of a difference are factors likelength of ownership, disposal method and “tree miles” (how far your tree travels to get to you).
So there’s no right answer. But here are few things to take into consideration:
1. Stay local. If you get a live tree, purchase one that’s grown locally, if you can.
2. Think about tree miles. Not just how far the tree traveled, but how far you travel to get to the tree.
3. The magic number is about 9. If you’ve purchased a cut tree for 9 years or more, consider transitioning to an artificial tree. If you already own an artificial tree, make sure and keep it in use for 9 years.
4. Disposal is important with both types. If you plan to transition from artificial to real, donate your tree rather than disposing of it. If you have a real tree to dispose of after the season, make sure to check with your town on how to dispose of it properly.
The most important part of keeping a live Christmas tree healthy is making sure it gets enough water from the start. The first day it will downright guzzle: up to a full gallon of water in 24 hours. Don’t let it dry up: if it does, the base of the trunk develops seal that prevents it from drinking in more water.
Whether you go artificial or fresh, Snow’s has a large selection of both. Artificial trees are from 2’ to 7’ tall and come in a variety of shapes to suit your home and decor. You can also purchase pre-decorated (and pre-lit!) trees in a variety of themes, such as gardening, pets and ‘country’ Christmas.
If you prefer a fresh cut tree, you will find a lovely, lush selection at Snow’s. And of course, a friendly staff member will be happy to give you tips on keeping it fresh before securing it safely it to your vehicle.
Source: Nielsen survey on behalf of the American Christmas Tree Association, (ACTA).
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:
#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)
#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
#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!
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.
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.
It 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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
To 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.