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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.

Enjoy!

 

 

Juicing for Health: Why and With What

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.
fresh juices

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.   

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Benefits of Juicing

        • Quick, efficient way to get your nutrients
        • Boosts immunity
        • Gives you more energy
        • Flushes out toxins
        • Helps with weight lose weight
        • Gives your digestive system a break
        • Helps prevent cancer and disease

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.

Which Juicer?

Breville juicer Breville juicerThere 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!

 

 

Nespress Yourself

Is a Nespresso Coffee System for You?

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:

vertuolineThe 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.

 

original lineThe 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.

Other interesting tidbits:

  • Nespresso coffee was top rated by a Good Housekeeping taste panel
  • 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.

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10 Unique Gift Ideas for Every Budget

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!

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Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 12.48.49 PM$15 range

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.

felt bagHandmade Handbags  – Felt clutches, handcrafted by artisans in developing countries, Each is one-of-a-kind!

colorful socksColorful, 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!

nat jules stuffed animalSnuggle 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. :-)

 

diffuser$25 range

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.


fish bowlGo 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.

antique thaisExotic 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.

soft blanket$50 range

Blanket Bliss – Soft, woven boucle throws from Kennebunk Home and Bedford Cottage.  Classic designs, timeless colors, excellent quality. Many styles available.

scout bagScout 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.

blue dressDressed 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.

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. 

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

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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!!”

 

Fresh Fall Home Decor

There’s nothing like a fresh start to fall, with crisp home decor to match. Here are some of our latest new products to inspire you.

downton pillowDECORATIVE PILLOWS

Talk about selection! Snow’s Orleans store has so many designs, it would be impossible to mention them all.  But some of our customers’ favorites include:

  • Downton Abbey Life Collection (especially the ones adorned with quotes the Countess of Grantham has made famous!)
  • mary-lake-thompson-pillowStriking cobalt blue throw pillows with whimsical labels: “cape,” “cottage”, “beach” and “house.” Hey…that just made a phrase – guess you’ll need all 4 :-)
  • Jute designs by Primitives by Kathy, with just the right sentiments, like “This is my happy place.”
  • Mary Lake Thompson’s blue bird cotton pillow – made in America and filled with a luxurious feather/down blend.

LOCAL ART

summer colors by joe gallantSnow’s has also expanded the selection of wall art, including some real gems by local artists. Joe Gallant is a full-time coastal artist who works primarily in oils and watercolors, creating a glow in his paintings that admirers will recognize from across a room. He defines his style as “impressionistic-realistic of America’s coastal beauty.”

Several of Gallant’s designs are available at Snow’s, already matted, framed and ready to hang. Note cards and greeting cards are also available, including some charming coastal designs for Christmas. And yes, that means the Christmas cards are already in stock!

CANDLES AND DIFFUSERS

paddywax diffuser

Like our selection of decorative pillows, our scented candle selection is pretty big, too. In addition to high quality candle collections from Roots, Kringle Candle Co., Colonial Candle and the very cool Ribbonwick/Woodwick line, we have a new assortment of scented diffusers we think you’ll love.

Our new Paddywax environmentally-friendly line includes diffusers paired with downright delicious fragrances, like Verbena + Lemongrass, Fresh Fig + Cardamom, Mandarin + Lavender and Rosemary + Citrus. The oils are hand-poured in a 4 oz. up-cycled glass vessel, which “matches” it’s scent.