All Hallows Eve

Need I say more? Hope you all are safe, dry and “powered” – may the little ones have a good time this eve.

Birdelli ready for Halloween
Birdelli ready for Halloween – from the archive.

Bellingham MA, Octoberfest

Thinking about Halloween – maybe Thanksgiving and even Xmas? We will have our booth set up and ready to help you with your “holiday” shopping – Gift card sets, Holiday cards, Mini Arts cards, and the all new, “The Easy Peasy,  Ready To GOMarvelous Mug” gift set!

We will be there and you? Whole Foods Market Bellingham MA.
Where can you go in Bellingham and ride a camel for only $2.00 these days???
Where can you go in Bellingham and find Pumpkins for all kids to pick and paint for FREE?
Sunday; 12-4 Harvest Fest 2012
Harvest Fest 2012..that’s where!
Bellingham Harvest Fest 2012

Like Pie? Like Art? Like Fairs?… how about gifts?

The weather forecast is glorious and we hope to see you there! This is a 2 part post… check the second half for a preview of our new Holiday Product line! You can click on the images to see them larger.

Pies
mug gift sets
This is a preview of our NEW READY TO GO GIFT SETS.
One more theme will be coming…but here is 3 out of 4!It’s a “pick and pay” easy peasy gift solution.There will be 4 themes:
3 are ready and will be available this weekend!

  • Jolie with a “Love to you” mug set.
  • Ron with a Garden mug set.
  • Vaboom with a Desk mug Set.
  • The 4th and final one is a DOG set- stay tuned!

♥ Jolie: Our Herbalist who creates, makes, produces, and shares her products of Herbs and natural oils for both Beauty and medical remedies. Her image is featured on her set, and the mug holds:
Delightful Body products made from all organic materials made by Garden Gate Herbals right here in Franklin MA : Lip Balm to pamper your fall and winter lips- either Lavender or Wintergreen / Comfrey Salve – for reliving minor rashes, insect bites wounds – like those paper cuts from gift wrapping! Rosehip or Lavender Glycerite: Rosehips are high in Vit. C and tasty too! Both are Calming for all ages. (Take a few drops on your tong or right down the hatch!) …Topping off  this set is 3 bookmarks,  a flower and gift box adornment.

♥ Ron: Our Master Garden and Climate change guy: His mug contains 3 packs of Burpee Garden seeds that all have long shelf lives-have fun and plant inside now or you can wait. They all have a small Garden Sick/Marker with a butterfly attached for Garden Dreaming all winter long! They too have a Body product, made by another woman who’s business is called: Aromatherapy for the 2 legged & the 4 legged,  this time so local it’s down the street! Enclosed is a Garden Lavender Salve  for soothing and calming yourself as needed! …Topping off  this set is 3 bookmarks and a gift box adornment.

♥ Vaboom: She is the Keeper of New Words, kindness and Eco words are her thing and she is champion of the Desk Set Gift. Her mug holds: 3 Bic Pens, 3 fun Pencils, 1 Ruler, 1 fun chunky roundish Pretty Pen, and a bottle of Mental Clarity  Spray. This spray helps keep the “muddle” at bay! This one is also by Aromatherapy for the 2 legged and 4 legged and is essential oils – you spray this very yummy warm and comforting spray in your “personal area” and you indeed feel better and “clearer in the head!” Amazing!! ..Topping off  this set is 3 bookmarks and a gift box adornment.

All are wrapped and ready to go! All include a small according folded pamphlet with a story about Collaboration, Community, woman helping woman in business and in life, and why that Botanical is champion of that gift set. Each package has a cushion on the base of eco friendly shredded paper, a clear bag, a ribbon and even a GIFT TAG… but you may still want to purchase a special Botanical Beauty Card as well!

 

 

 

 

 

Fall is here!

GORDY IS IN HIS ELEMENT,
FALL IS HIS SEASON!

Gordy w/Pumpkins and Leaves
©BotanicalBeautiesbeasties

These leaves were right outside my door… the pumpkins are all over the place now… I am thinking about a pumpkin soup and you? If you have a great pumpkin, or any fall, soup recipe, or any other great pumpkin recipe, please share it/post it in comments on the bottom of the page. Thanks!

 

Haven’t tried it, but this sounds pretty good to me!  http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Apple-Pumpkin-Soup

Apple Pumpkin Soup Recipe

★ ★ ★ ★ 4 star rating on the web….“Relish autumn’s color and flavors right in your bowl with this creamy, golden soup from Spearville, Kansas field editor Pat Habiger. Just blend the ingredients and chill overnight. “For a treat, serve in hollowed-out small pumpkins,” suggests Pat.
12 Servings / Prep: 50 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min.
Ingredients
2 cups finely chopped peeled tart apples
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth
3 cups canned pumpkin
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon each ground Spice Islands® Ground Saigon Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Directions
In a large saucepan, saute apples and onion in butter for 3-5 minutes
or until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually whisk in
broth. Stir in the pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and
ginger. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 25
minutes. Cool slightly.
In a blender, cover and process soup in batches until smooth. Pour
into a bowl; cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Just before serving, transfer soup to a large saucepan. Cook over
medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Stir in the apple juice, cream, salt  and pepper; heat through. Yield: 12 servings (about 2 quarts).

Nutrition Facts: 3/4 cup equals 100 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 389 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.
© Taste of Home 2012