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Take it Easy: Healthy Crockpot Cooking for the Big Game

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!

turkey meatballsMini Turkey Meatballs

Who doesn’t like a meatball? This version has comfort food written all over it, but lean ground turkey and quinoa (instead of breadcrumbs) keeps them healthy and light. From How Sweet Eats.

pulled pork tacosPulled Pork Tacos

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.

spinach-dipSpinach Artichoke Dip

Chips and dip are a hallmark of any great party. This cheese spinach and artichoke dip uses fat free mayo and feta to make it creamy, and a slow cooker to get it warm and gooey. From Cooking Light.




Write, Run or Walk for Team Teal

ovarian cancer support from President ObamaWays to Support Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Most of us recognize a pink ribbon and immediately associate it with breast cancer awareness. This month, the color teal is in the spotlight – and efforts are being made both locally and nationally to bring attention to a “silent killer”: ovarian cancer.

Awareness really is critical with ovarian cancer because it often goes undetected until it’s too late. It’s estimated that 22,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with the disease this year, and 15,000 of those women will die.

If there can be a silver lining to these grim statistics, it’s the widespread proactive effort being made to reverse them. Ovarian cancer is exponentially more treatable the earlier it’s caught; the 5-year survival rate with early detection is 92%, but it drops to 15% when diagnosed in late stages of the disease.

So in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, we can all make a difference this September. We can buy products or participate in events that raise money for research and education.

Just One Miracle: Note Cards with a Mission

just one miracle note card: hydrangea
Just One Miracle Note Cards: Hydrangea

100% of the profits from these delightful note cards support ovarian cancer research.  The company was founded by Alison Walsh in 2000 as part of her personal fight against ovarian cancer.  Alison created most of the art that is printed on the cards, with some contributions from friends.

Alison lost her fight with cancer several years ago at the young age of 51, and Diane Malcolmson (of Westport, MA) has helped to continue her mission in her memory.  The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund is the organization that benefits from the sale of the stationery; since 2000, Just One Miracle has donated in excess of $20,000 per year to OCRF.

Just One Miracle Note Cards: Terns
Just One Miracle Note Cards: Terns

Several note card designs are available at Snow’s Home and Garden, including: Purple Iris, Scallop Shell, Lady Slipper, Thistle, Shells, Hydrangea, Terns, Lavender, Pine Branch (coming soon), Maple Leaves, Pine Cone and Wisteria.


Walk, Run, Climb! Events for Ovarian Cancer

Whether it’s during the beautiful month of September or sometime down the road, there are plenty of ways to participate in ovarian cancer awareness in the great outdoors.  Here are just a few (one of which is happening locally in Sandwich this weekend!):

girly girl PARTS walk run for ovarian cancer1. 5K Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer Awareness: Sandwich, September 7th

Sponsored by girlygirl P.A.R.T.S (Pre-Screening Awareness Required To Silence …Ovarian Cancer), you can join an estimated 300 plus walkers and runners who are raising funds to help push Ovarian Cancer to the forefront of women’s health issues and awareness.  

The walk/run starts at Town Neck Beach in Sandwich and ends at the boardwalk; the scenic course takes you past the lovely Cape Cod bay, cranberry bogs, and the historic homes of Sandwich village. After the race participants can enjoy refreshments while reviewing the fabulous silent auction items and partake in the opportunity drawings.

Online registration is now closed, but you can still register the morning of the race. Just show up Saturday, September 7th from 7-8:30 am at the Sandwich Boardwalk.

p.s. If you want to help the cause put don’t want to (or can’t) participate in the run/walk, this event has a special category called “Sleep Walkers.” Registered Sleep walkers play an essential role in spreading the word about Ovarian Cancer Awareness and still get to enjoy many of the same benefits of running or walking (a free t-shirt and goodie bag will be sent to you).  All you have to do is mail your check to: girlygirlparts/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 12, Sandwich, MA  02537 (In memo section of check, please write: SLEEPWALKER)

nocc ovarian cancer logo2. Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer: South Boston, September 15th

If you happen to be a little bit north of the Cape mid-September, the 15th holds another great option to walk or run for ovarian cancer.  

The Massachusetts chapter of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition has organized the 15th Annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer, which will be held at DCR’s Carson Beach & Mother’s Rest Area in South Boston. You can register here, or for more information, visit their Facebook page or contact the Chapter at 781-643-9800

live like renee walk for ovarian cancer3. Live Like Renee 5K Walk & Family Fun Day: Osterville, September 21st

On September 21st, another 5K will be held in another lovely Cape Cod town: Osterville. The walk celebrates Renee (Pelletier) Costa, a woman who battled ovarian cancer for over 20 years while being a loving wife, raising 4 beautiful children and remaining very active in her community.  To register and for more information, click here.

hera women's cancer foundation4. HERA Cancer Foundation’s Climb4Life: Boston, March 8-9, 2014 

Finally, if you want to plan out a bit, you can sign up for HERA’s (the acronym stands for Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness) Climb4Life in Boston early next year.

In addition to other ovarian cancer events sponsored by the organization – such as “Run Like a Girl” and “Ragnar Relay” – Climb4LifeSM is a family-focused, physically inspiring event. The first event was conceived in 2001, while HERA Founder Sean Patrick was recovering from her seventh ovarian cancer surgery. She felt a rock-climbing event would put a different face on ovarian cancer and get people involved in the cause. Realizing The Climb4LifeSM would raise awareness in women who are healthy and active, Patrick saw greater potential: the event would enable women to be introduced to the sport of climbing, and it’s physical and mental benefits.

Since that first Climb for LifeSM HERA events have evolved to include climbing, running, hiking, biking, as well as other activities. The common element throughout their events is our ability to empower, educate, and make aware our audiences about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. 



Related Links: Ovarian and Women’s Cancers 

Fun with Fido

3rd Annual Paws for Celebration in Orleans 

It’s easy to get lost in our own marketing sometimes, so we are more than happy to take the opportunity to put the focus on one of our good neighbors when we can.

This is one such example: the Animal Rescue League of Boston is having a day-long festival this weekend to support the organization’s Brewster shelter.

The 3rd Annual Paws for Celebration will be held this Saturday, June 22nd from 11 to 3 outside at Nauset Regional Middle School in Orleans. Participants are encouraged to grab their pooch and join in for a fundraising dog walk though downtown Orleans, plus entertainment, a silent auction, contests and loads of free goodies and other pet-related activities. All proceeds will benefit the Cape Cod shelter of the Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Cool 102’s Joe Rossetti and John Taylor, and WCOD’s Stephanie Viva will emcee the festivities, which promise to be loads of delightful doggie diversions! A sampling of the day’s entertainment includes:

  • Frisbee dog show
  • Police K-9 demo
  • Agility demo
  • Doggie photo kissing booth (aww!)
  • Pooch pampering with blueberry facials and other spa treatments for dogs
  • Caricatures & face painting
  • Silent auction
  • Vendors & shopping
  • Book signings
  • …and even “Pupcasso” art: your dog does the painting!
  • Raffles and contests with great prizes such as Red Sox tickets, restaurant gift cards and hotel stays.

The day’s lawn activities are free, but you are encouraged to support the Animal Rescue League by registering online for the walk and collecting pledges from friends and family. 

If you’re interested in walking with your dog to raise money, you can easily set up your personal pledge page online. And you don’t have to go it alone: you are encouraged to form walk teams with family, friends and co-workers. Online registrants will get a free event t-shirt and swag bag, and top fundraisers are eligible for great prizes including a year’s supply of dog food from Agway!

For more information, visit their event website here.

About the Animal Rescue League of Boston & the Brewster Shelter

The Animal Rescue League is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. Since 1899 they have advocated the philosophy of their founder, Anna Harris Smith, that “Kindness Uplifts the World”.  The Cape Cod branch in Brewster is equipped with a stable and paddock to accommodate large animals as well as serving as an animal housing and adoption center for small animals.


Jewelry with a Mission

 The story behind MyCape / MyTown beads

“Every bead tells a story…many offer hope and help.” This is how Shari Aussant, owner of The Old Company Store in Wareham puts it.

MyCape / MyTown Designs began in the tiny village of Onset, MA when a local artist sought to create a line of jewelry that would help visitors tell the story of their travels to Cape Cod and Massachusetts’ nearby southeastern coast. Sounds reasonable enough – many seasonal travelers love to bring back a token of their visit.

But there’s more. Buying a piece of jewelry for its beauty or sentimental value is reason enough, but many of the unique beads crafted by MyCape / MyTown offer hope and support to local and national charities and organizations. In their humble beginnings, The Old Company Store in Wareham took on the line of jewelry exclusively, and set out both to spread the word and give back to the community.

And that they did. Slim sterling cuff bracelets – each adorned with a beautiful glass bead – were designed for various charities, organizations and events, and the owners of the store committed to giving a portion of each bracelet’s proceeds of each bracelet to the cause recognized its bead. The effort started and kept on going: beads have been designed for many charities including the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Fund, the American Heart Association, Dream Day Cape Cod, and the list is ever-growing.

One of the best aspects of the My Cape / My Town model is that the beads are simply beautiful, so you can feel great wearing or giving them even aside from the charitable nature of the company.  In addition to all of the one-of-a-kind beads associated with a charitable cause, there is an extensive collection of beads that have been designed for art’s sake alone, striking ocean hues of blue-greens and pink-golds. You can have a MCMT bracelet that represents your favorite town or beach on Cape Cod, that honors a special someone (mom, sister..), or even just a feeling – like the “summer vacation” bead.

Shari at Snow's in Orleans

As Shari’s company grew, the beads became available at other retailers. Snow’s Home and Garden is one of a few Cape Cod shops that carry the line, with several exclusives including the “pink hydrangea” and “cape cod bay” beads.  As an extremely community-minded organization themselves, Snow’s also has several of the beads that support non-profit organizations. The sale of these beads always generate a portion of money that’s given directly to the charity, and Snow’s also participates directly by hosting Shari occasionally at the store for fundraising events.

The beads are also functional: they can be added or interchanged on their signature bracelet (a MyCape Cuff), and they fit the Pandora, Troll, and Chamile bracelets too. And although bracelets are the main fare, some earrings and necklaces have been designed to create a beautiful set, like this “hydrangea trio” (oh yes, flowers are a theme too!).

The beads were all handmade until the line grew too large to keep up, but many of the custom beads are still made in house, in conjunction with a glass blowing studio to assist in the larger productions.  Despite the impressive number of unique beads now available (there are well over 100), they are still a small company, and every bead design is inspired from the heart.

The success story is a great one. The beads have become almost iconic, and there really is one that speaks to everyone.  On the philanthropic side of the equation, members of the community have leveraged the bead program and have subsequently been able to give very sizable donations to their causes.  Organizations that are interested in having a bead designed are encouraged to do so. Just contact The Old Company Store with your request, and a bracelet with its own beautifully unique bead will be designed for your organization and event. A touching example of this happened after the tragic events with the Boston Marathon. Boston Strong beads were made to give support to the Boston Marathon bombing victims, with all of the proceeds going to One Fund. $7,500 was raised, and in this case the store gave the beads away for a donation of $20 rather than selling them at their retail price.

“In every community there is a place where we can feel good about making a difference. With the beginning of this fabulous jewelry line, you can look great and feel incredible knowing that you have made a difference in the lives of others.”

– Shari Aussant

Letters to Frosty

Write your own “Letter to Frosty” at Snow’s, now through December 15th!

For many years, Frosty has visited children at Snow’s during the holiday season.  He loves to give hugs and pass out candy canes.  But he never ever talks.  Snow’s “Letters To Frosty” was created to answer questions from his fans.

Frosty has special stationery and a mailbox in the store.  Nearby, there is a kids-size table and chairs for those who want to write a letter while they’re here.  Frosty has also received mail via the postal service.  Often, little ones draw him pictures which he hangs on his wall.  Each year Frosty does recognize the names of a lot of children who have written to him in the past.  Frosty responds to every letter he receives.

Print Frosty’s letterhead here.

To drop off your letter: visit Snow’s Home & Garden at 22 Main Street, Orleans by December 15th (Frosty needs time to write back before Christmas!). Frosty’s mailbox is located in the greenhouse.


Need some inspiration?

Watch the video

Here are some common questions to Frosty:

  1. What’s it like being a snowman?
  2. Where do you live?
  3. Do you know Santa?
  4. Do you know Rudolph?
  5. Do you have a mommy?
  6. Do you have a girlfriend?
  7. Do you have any snowman friends?
  8. How come you don’t melt?
  9. Where do you live in the summer?
  10. What kind of food do you like?
  11. Can you come over and play?

Also, some common advice, suggestions & comments:

  1. Please tell Santa I want…
  2. Please make it snow.
  3. Don’t melt.
  4. Don’t lose your hat.
  5. I love your movie.
  6. I love your song.

 Some actual letters (all grammar and spelling as in original letters..):

My name is Sylvia and I like you.  I hope I get wat I wan for Chresmes. I wis see my Crama. (Sylvia/Age 6) 

I can’t believe how much snow we got! Remember when I wrote to you last year.  I think you are the best snowman ever…do you love Christmas as much as I do? (Age 9)

Do you get any toys from Santa…when can you come to Snow’s (Age 9)

How have you bin could you tell santa to get me a jumpking for crismas. Ps also have a good crismas. (Paul/Age 8)

I made a snow man yesterday and it look exactly like you!!  I made your wife Krystal and your two kids.  Then I sang your song Frostey the Snowman but unfortunetly they didn’t come to life.  I love you Frosty (Jamie/Age 9) 

You know if I made a snowman I would sing the song “Frosty the Snowman” and I would see if it would come alive so you could have a son or daughter also I have the movie “Frostry the Snowman” and I think it is the best Christmas movie ever (Cody/Age 8)

Hi, my name is Hillary.  What’s it like being a snowman? Is it cold? Do some birds eat your nose? Your friend, Hillary. (Age 10)

Where do you live?  I want to see you. (Kayla/Age 7)

Do Santa’s reindeer really fly?  Where do you live in summer?  Does Santa really have money?  (Sam/Age 5—as told to his mother)

Please tell Santa I would like a Barbie.  Come to my house.  I have cookies. (Kaitlyn/Age 3—as told to her mother.

Pleas tell Santa what I want for Christmas. Ill right them….game boy advance Nintendo game…. (Andrew/Age 8)






Benefit Bead of the Month


Lower Cape Outreach Food Bank is the September Benefit Bead of the month


[one_half_last]Snow’s Home & Garden believes in giving back to the community and in August of 2010 introduced the Benefit Bead of the Month Program featuring the popular My Cape/My Town collectible beads. Since the program began, we have donated over $2400. for 12 different charitable organizations. It was such a success that we are continuing the Benefit Bead Program for another year.

Each month a new bead is featured that represents a local organization. Snow’s will donate ten dollars to that organization for each bead that is sold during the featured month and the months that follow in the program. These beads are exclusively designed and  available only  at Snow’s.

The hand blown glass beads can be worn on silver cuffs or serpentine chain bracelets as well as necklaces and earrings. The beads also fit on the popular Pandora, Troll and other collectible bead bracelets. Each bead sells for $27.99, with ten dollars of each sale donated to Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod.

Some of the other organizations who have received donations from the sale of their own special Benefit Bead during the program year are Lower Cape Outreach, Dream Day of Cape Cod, Nauset Regional Schools, Wild Care, Dream Day and Hospice.
Please stop in to the store to see the Benefit Beads that are still available from last year’s program. We will continue to make donations for each bead sold until all are gone. Neighbors helping neighbors.[/one_half_last]

Think Local

I was recently returning from a trip off Cape. As soon as I crossed over that bridge I felt a different vibe, that feeling you get when you arrive home after a long trip. I had another half hour to get to my home on the lower Cape, but as anyone who lives here knows, Cape Cod is not just a collection of 15 separate towns, it’s a community in itself. We don’t live in Orleans, Mashpee or Harwich….we live on “The Cape”.
As soon as my car tires hit the other side of the bridge, I’m home.

Whether your family has been here for generations, like the Snow family, or you’re a “washashore” ( I’ve only been here 28 years), our shared stories, values and experiences as well as our connection to each other and to this peninsula are what makes the Cape such a vibrant community.

The recent Census tells us that a lot of our neighbors have left the Cape. Especially our younger people. Unable to find work or affordable housing, they’ve moved away to raise their families someplace else. My own children have moved on, off Cape, out of necessity. In these challenging economic times, we see the threat to our community and the way of life that we’ve come to count on.
But, there is something each one of us can do to help change course. Continue reading Think Local

American Made, American Jobs

As we all know, it’s getting harder and harder to find products that are made in America. At Snow’s, we make it a point to find American made products to offer our customers whenever possible. We know that the only way to increase the the demand for more American jobs is by increasing the demand for more American products.
For example, due to the fact that more people are eating and cooking at home, Nordic Ware, a Minneapolis company and  makers of the famous Bundt pan, has seen a greater demand for its products in the past five years. This has resulted in  increased hiring of more workers to make those bundt pans…..30 more workers this year alone. When more American consumers demand more American made goods, there will be more American jobs…..and we can all agree that will be good for everyone.
Continue reading American Made, American Jobs

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Snow’s announced The Benefit Bead of the Month Program in August of 2010. It features the popular, blown glass beads from My/Cape My/Town designs. Each month, a new bead will be featured that has been exclusively designed for a local organization. A donation of ten dollars  will be given to that organization for each Benefit Bead that is sold

during the featuredmonth and the months that follow in the program.  Available exclusively at Snow’s, each bead is accompanied by a

gift card with a description and logo of the charity. The hand blown, glass beads can be worn on bracelets, necklaces and hoop earrings available at Snow’s. Like all the beads in our MyCape/MyTown collection, they also fit on most Pandora, Troll and other collectible bead bracelets. Some of the other local organizations that are part of the program are Habitat for Humanity, Independence House, Alzheimer’s Services and Nauset Regional Schools.

A check for over $700 is presented to Superintendent of Dr. Richard Hoffmann. Nauset Regional Schools was the November Benefit Bead of the Month.