Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day

15 May

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day (#nationalchocolatechipday).  To celebrate … why not make something yummy with a bag of chocolate chips?  Of course you could make chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip pancakes or chocolate chip waffles.  But I have a family recipe that’s a HUGE hit with anyone who tries it.  It’s my Grandma’s Peanut Butter Bar recipe.  This recipe was handed down to me years ago and has been a favorite ever since.  People always ask me “Are you bringing your peanut butter bars?”  I could probably make them in my sleep (although I’d rather not).  If you make them, let me know how everyone liked (or LOVED) them!

75648_977Dorothy Congdon’s Peanut Butter Bars

3 c. graham cracker crumbs

1 stick butter, melted

2 c. powdered sugar

18 oz. peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)

Frosting:

1 (12 oz) pkg. milk chocolate chips

1 stick butter, melted

Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, powdered sugar and peanut butter in a bowl until moist.  Press into a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Heat butter and chocolate chips until melted.  Pour on top and smooth with a knife.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Cut into squares and serve.  *You can substitute margarine for butter and use semi-sweet chocolate chips if you prefer.

Enjoy!

xoxo

Jennifer

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New York Stationery Show This Week

14 May

may-stationery-showThis weekend we’ll be headed to New York for our 22nd year as an attendee at the New York Stationery Show (NSS), held in the Javitz Center.  For 70 years, the NSS has been the place for all things paper – from greeting cards, custom invitations, gift wrap and journals, to lifestyle gifts – and everything in between.

Each year when we go, it’s always fun to see old friends, new trendsetters, creative products that wow us, current and predicted future trends, and all the best of the best.  So much has changed over the years!

From innovative designs to unforgettable accents, the talented work displayed at the Stationery Show never ceases to amaze.  While the basics are sure to be shown, there will undoubtedly be many luxe specialties from invitations to stationery and lifestyle items, plus a depth of skill in a variety of printing methods from laser cuts to letterpress, gilded edges, and much more.

The NSS attracts a diverse global attendance of 10,000 buyers and industry professionals from stationery, card and gift shops; bookstores; bridal shops; party stores; department, chain and specialty stores; large chains and “big box” mass retailers; online retailers and mail order catalogs; as well as special event planners, corporate marketers, importers, distributors and manufacturers’ representatives.  We have never failed to attend to be sure we bring our customers a well rounded product offering that is on trend.

We look forward to seeing all the new inspirations!  Stay tuned and I’ll update you with many of the new trends that will surface soon!

Best wishes,

Renee

 

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Personalized Condolence Cards Make Note Writing Easier

7 May

may-condolenceIt’s never an easy time when someone you know has passed away.  When it’s a family member, it’s even harder with all the pressures now on you to make so many plans.  Keeping track of all the friends and family who have supported you and continue to lend their hand is an important aspect of the process.  Once the ceremonies and gatherings are finished, there is the task of writing condolence cards, something that can be either therapeutic or stressful.

To assist in creating personalized condolence cards, we offer a number of items where there is sample wording that might be of help.  A personalized note card can give you a great option to either sign the printed card or add a personal note, making the process more simplified.  Writing sympathy thank you notes after a funeral may be difficult in a time of grief but it’s a task that for many bring a sense of appreciation, gratitude and peace.  To help you express your love to many of your friends and family who have been there to support you and your family and acknowledge the beautiful acts of kindness and support during your time of sorrow, a sympathy card is a great option.

We provide flexible sentiments on our sample sympathy cards so you can use them as shown if you are unsure what to say.  If you have something special you wish to express, you can certainly write something personal as well an any of our options.  We offer both foldover sympathy cards and flat cards.  On the foldover cards, we print on the front of the cards thereby leaving the inside available where you can either leave it blank, sign your name, or write a special note.  If you select a flat card, it’s considered personalized with your personal imprint and a signature or note is not necessarily needed.

Generally at a minimum it’s important to print the person’s full name and a short or extended sentiment of thanks for support and so forth.  The cards are used to send to friends and family for their thoughtfulness.  These cards are viewed as a tribute to the person who has passed away in addition to appreciation to the receiver.

We hope the ability to create your own condolence cards can be an easier process with our options for those in need as we realize a time of grief is not the best time to start with a big project.  We offer reliable customer service and will gladly personally assist any customer if preferred.

Sympathy cards after a funeral not only can important for the family member to send, they are appreciated to be received as well.  A death can have a way of impacting more people than you might realize.  Receiving a special sympathy thank you note is something that can be cherished as it shows the recipient that they have been acknowledged and appreciated for their support.

Best wishes,

Renee

 

 

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