A box of chocolates. A dozen red roses. A romantic dinner out. All of these things remind us of Valentine’s Day, and by all means – indulge and enjoy if you can. But if your plans for February 14th include more than a special “plus one”, here are some family-friendly ideas that celebrating all kinds of love.
1. Have a candlelit family dinner
Why not? You’ll still get to enjoy a special meal, and setting a festive table for more than two just adds to the excitement. An assortment of rosy-hued candles and flowers will create a simple yet striking Valentine’s-inspired table…and you can make the meal even more memorable by giving each family a chance to say something nice about the others.
p.s. Add sound effects to your candle display with WoodWick candles (they come in red, too!) – a natural wooden wick creates the sound of a crackling fire while it burns.
2. Make a delightfully decadent dessert
As a bonus to your family dinner – or anytime, really – you will be a Valentine’s hero with a cake like this. The kids might even enjoy helping you bake. And to make your prep work a little easier, you might want to pick up a jar of sea salt & caramel sauce for the layers (available at Snow’s) – it’s just as good as homemade!
3. Host a tea party for your little princess and her friends
If you have a little girl in your life, chances are she’d love to invite her friends over for a Valentine’s tea party. It’s a chance to break out some of that old fashioned china, and maybe a bake a batch of heart-shaped cookies to inspire a few more squeals of delight. If you have some sophisticated tea drinkers in your group, our “Teas for the Heart” gift box from Tea Forte includes 5 different infusers and antioxidant-rich green teas. Proceeds benefit WomenHeart, a nonprofit which helps women living with, or at risk of heart disease.
4. Craft some homemade cards
No matter how far we advance with technology, there’s something about a simple homemade card that remains timeless. Heartfelt cards need nothing more than a little inspiration and some basic supplies – which you can find in our expanded craft department.
5. Do a heart-healthy activity
If you’re on Cape Cod this Valentine’s Day, you can do something good for yourself and for others by participating in this year’s 5K Run. Walk. Love Relay. Proceeds will be donated to this year’s Relay For Life of Mid Cape which will be held in June. Registration beins at 9:00 a.m. at the Barnstable County Courthouse; age-group awards will be given to top finishers in 10-year age groups and over 70.
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.
Whether it’s for your local beach report or for more serious tracking, this portable AM/FM weather radio receives seven different NOAA weather band channels and provides up-to-the-minute reports. It also functions as a standard AM/FM radio for recreational use.
Integrated LED flashlight; helpful during power failures or outdoor activities
Receives all 7 NOAA weather band channels
Warning system that automatically activates when severe weather or other emergencies threaten your local area
IC Chip: USA-made high quality digital audio radio
Cranking time of 1-minute equals 30-minutes of use
Solar panel will power the radio all day in full sunlight
Wilton Armetale Gourmet™ Grillware
Perfect for the grilling enthusiast! Have fun and spend more time with your guests around the grill, by cooking your entire meal on the grill, then serving in the same piece.
Built and designed by Swiss engineers, Nespresso coffee machines offer the best of two worlds: advanced innovation and extreme simplicity. The Nespresso OriginalLine delivers the perfect shot of authentic espresso, while the VertuoLine makes freshly brewed coffee with crema, as well as authentic espresso.
And if you’re concerned about K-cup waste, Nespresso capsules are made from aluminum, a recyclable material.
How to Cook Your Thanksgiving Turkey on a Charcoal Grill
It’s a common Thanksgiving dilemma. Every year, it’s a timing and spacial relations challenge to make room in the oven for stuffing, rolls, green bean casseroles and everything else that needs to get cooked despite the 20-lb. turkey that got there first.
This is where a charcoal grill can come to the rescue. Although it’s seems untraditional, there are many converts who say a cooking Thanksgiving turkey on a grill is the only way to go. In the Snow’s family, Stan and Bonnie Snow have been doing it this way for years.
Weber has detailed (but easy to follow) instructions for cooking a turkey this way. The brined turkey with pan gravy pictured here looks just like a traditional roast turkey you would pull out of your oven, only it comes off the grill – and it’s really more accurate to say barbecued than “grilled.” The turkey doesn’t sit directly on the grate, so you don’t have grill marks. A nice touch for a ribeye, but not so much for your holiday bird.
Grilling a turkey involves brining it ahead of time (overnight) in a mixture of apple juice, water, salt and herbs. The effect of brining is sort of a miracle of science: the salt in the brine denatures some of the meat’s proteins, which allows more of the natural juices to be retained.
The cooking process itself is all about indirect, low heat. Over the course of about 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours, the bird will cook slowly as you add more charcoal each hour.
Other than the turkey and seasoning, preparing and grilling a turkey successfully requires the following tools:
Sturdy plastic bag
Wood chips (optional)
Chimney starter (optional)
3 large disposable foil pans
Charcoal grill with cooking grate
So this year, consider firing up the grill to help with your Thanksgiving spread. Your oven will thank you, and you might even get some of the guys off the couch and outside cooking!
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
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.
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!):
1. 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)
2. 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
3. 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.
4. 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.
Tax-free is great, but quality and history go a long way, too.
Massachusetts’ first tax holiday was in 2004, and every year since then (except 2009), it’s been both eagerly anticipated and approved at the eleventh hour. Well, 2013 is no different: the official tax free shopping days for the Bay State are this Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th.
In a nutshell, shoppers can expect to save the 6.25% state sales tax on items purchased for personal use that cost $2,500 or less. So this weekend, many of us will give a second thought to some of those larger purchases where the normally assessed saes tax can really add up. For example, a $1,000 purchase is actually $1, 062.50 the other 363 days of the year, so why not get while the gettin’ is good?
During tax free weekend at Snow’s, we see a good number of our customers considering gas grills and outdoor furniture: two product categories that deliver considerable savings without the sales tax. That being said, money spent is money spent. Especially with bigger ticket items, there’s no sense in buying just to save the tax; we all hope to make a sound investment at any price. While we carry many different models and brands of grills and outdoor furniture (especially in the furniture category), there are two companies that have a great story to tell – and their products will give you far more joy beyond the 6.25% savings.
As a family business for more than 125 years, we have a soft spot for companies that have also stood the test of time. Weber (grills) and Telescope (outdoor furniture) are two such companies, and if you’re considering a substantial purchase this tax holiday weekend, you might want to know more about these two top-notch businesses that have been around the block more than a few times.
Weber: The Grill Masters
Weber (officially Weber-Stephen Products LLC) was first incorporated in 1893; their first kettle grill was manufactured in 1952. Today, they have the distinction of being known as the world’s premier manufacturer of charcoal, gas and electric grills, but their beginnings were quite simple. Almost 60 years ago, George Stephen set out to build a better grill after becoming frustrated with the uneven and uncontrollable flame of open brazier grilling at home. At the time he was working for Weber Brothers Metal Works, and ingeniously cut a metal buoy in half and fashioned a dome shaped grill with a rounded lid—and the classic original Weber kettle grill was born. His invention quickly gained a loyal audience, and ultimately became a prominent symbol of Americana.
In the late 1950s, Stephen bought out the Weber Bros. factory and became the sole owner, devoting all his professional time to manufacturing and selling the Weber kettle. In the 1960s and 1970s, Weber’s reputation grew beyond the Midwest as it became a nationally known brand with distribution in retail stores throughout the country.
Since then, Weber has introduced a revolutionary line of gas grills—the Genesis grill (offering precise heat control without flare-ups), and the Weber “Q” portable gas grill line (a streamlined, almost futuristic design, combined with its powerful grilling wallop). In 2007, the company unveiled the largest and most ambitious new product launch in its 54-year history by offering 14 new gas grills. While the superior Weber
cooking system remained intact, the company introduced new aesthetic designs that were completely re-imagined from the wheels up with all stainless-steel looks, stunning curves, sleek lines, and some grills in bright colors. The Weber brand showcased entirely new models—four in its Summit and eight in its Genesis lines—and introduced a new line, the Spirit, with two new grills.
A few years later seven new grills were introduced, including a new electric grill for consumers who have charcoal or gas restrictions (Weber Q140), a larger version of its popular Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker smoker, and several enhancements to their entry level of grills, offering luxury elements and more features at an affordable price.
And even though Weber is clearly a company with a rich history, they have their finger on the pulse of modern technology. Weber’s free app for iPhone and iPod touch gives users instant access to grill features, grilling classes and more.
Telescope: Outdoor Furniture Pioneers
Telescope Casual Furniture has been producing quality, outdoor patio furniture in the USA since 1903. They are a family owned and operated business with a product line that includes wicker, aluminum, cast aluminum and resin furniture. Their claim to fame is the six unique collections made with their proprietary material called Marine Grade Polymer (MGP). MGP furniture is made with a durable material that will not swell, rot, splinter, warp, fade or chemically break down when exposed to humidity, water or sunlight. The material is 100% recyclable and environmentally friendly.
But back to the beginning. It all started in New York City, when the Telescope Cot Bed & Novelty Company started manufacturing cots and campstools with “telescoping” legs that gave the fledgling company its unique name. Now, 110 years later, Telescope makes beautiful furniture collections that look decidedly different than when they first started the company. Telescope also developed the “sling rail” that just about every manufacturer uses today. The sling rail allows the sling – or fabric – stretched across a chair to be replaced by the consumer without any special tools.
In addition to the Manhattan factory, Telescope’s sawmills were located in Pennsylvania, and later in the countryside of Granville, New York. Granville not only offered acres of woodlands, but also hard working laborers and railroads to support the new facility. Eventually the entire operation moved to Granville and Telescope embarked on a transformation that would eventually establish the company as a leader in casual furniture.
To evolve with an expanding product line, the Granville plant has continually made renovations to the nearly one-million square foot facility along with concentrated efforts in research, development, engineering and unique manufacturing processes. Telescope has always been self sufficient, allowing them to remain competitive in today’s market by responding quickly and finding innovative methods for manufacturing. For over 100 years Telescope has remained a remarkably successful family owned business currently managed by the fourth and fifth generation (not unlike Snow’sHome and Garden!). Much of Telescope’s success is owed to the talented and skilled work force that takes pride in their craftsmanship, and the professional sales force who work tirelessly to ensure every customer’s expectations are exceeded. Telescope’s goals are to focus on providing the highest levels of quality, design, comfort, selection and fast and consistent Delivery. None of these characteristics are easy to deliver, but they know that they are critically important.
So when considering a sizable purchase for your home this tax holiday weekend, it’s about much more than the 6.25% savings. If you’re looking for a new or upgraded grill outdoor furniture, you can feel good about going to Snow’s and making a smart investment in the brands that have been here to stay.
July 4th is just around the corner, and you can already feel the celebratory spirit it inspires. This is a holiday that many Cape Codders associate with the real start to summer, and we love to adorn our homes with red, white, and blue to give a patriotic backdrop to our cookouts and parties.
Snow’s certainly has all the red, white and blue trimmings, plus everything you need to create a memorable 4th of July celebration at home. But more on that later. As we gather with family and friends to celebrate Independence Day, it’s also great time to reflect and think about the meaning behind this holiday.
Independence Day – July 4, 1776 – signifies the birthday of our country, and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence which tells us that we are all created equal. The American flag was adopted the following year to symbolize our country’s independence and unity. Most of us know the stripes on our flag represent the 13 original states, and the stars symbolize their union. But what do the red, white and blue colors mean? It was actually five years after the flag was introduced that the meaning of the colors was revealed, when the USA seal was established. Charles Thompson, the Secretary of the Continental Congress at the time, revealed the meaning said:
“White signifies purity and innocence, Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue, the color of the Chief, and the placement of the broad band signifies, vigilance, perseverance & justice.”
Today, the flag is as powerful a symbol as ever; a universally understood emblem that brings us together as a country. So, as we celebrate the 4th and all the wonderful things we associate with it (food, fun, family!) we can also make a bold statement in our own lives by USA craftsmanship.
Here is just a partial list of what you can find at Snow’s to complement your holiday plans, all made right here in America. Happy 4th of July, everyone!
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
Doggie photo kissing booth (aww!)
Pooch pampering with blueberry facials and other spa treatments for dogs
Caricatures & face painting
Vendors & shopping
…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!
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.