Saturday, December 13, 2008

Pulled Pork Loin with Mustard BBQ Sauce

1 Pork Loin
Salt and Pepper to taste
Season meat with salt and pepper before roasting in a crock pot for 8-12 hours. Remove loin and shred meat into nice sized sandwich pieces. Return to crock pot and add An-Jo Nanny’s Carolina Style BBQ Sauce to taste. Allow flavor to meld together for 20-30 minutes before serving.

Mustard BBQ Sauce

Although we will be sampling this with a bottled sauce this recipe is for the “I can do that!” recipe lovers!

Peach Mustard BB-Q Sauce
3 Tbl. Butter
2 Tbl. Onion, minced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
3Tbl. Cider Vinegar
1/2 C. Whole Grain Mustard
3/4 C. Peach jam or Preserves
1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt

Saute butter, onion, and garlic for 3 minutes. Add the vinegar and saute for another 4 minutes or
until liquid is almost gone. Add the mustard and jam and simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add the salt.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Neighborhood Gifts - As Seen on KSL's Studio 5

Our Savory Selections Team Lead, Marilyn Bilbo, was invited to do a 4 minute segment for Studio 5 showcasing the various baskets our Sandy store is offering for the Holiday Season! The producers suggested she bring 6 gift ideas to share and a few for a background display. When we got there they loved Marilyn's selection so much they requested she try to talk about each one in 4 minutes! Whew! The best part is that all the ideas shown were between $4.00-$35.00! Marilyn did a great job showing her many talents and representing the Sandy Store! Way to go Marilyn!

Movie Night Basket: Great Movie, Blanket, Cocoa, and Fun Cookies

Family Dip Night: Pretzels, Various Cookies & Wafers, Dipping Chocolate

Key for Santa (see below for full verse)

All Natural Basket: Various Burt's Bee's Products and a Cordless Waterfall

Relaxing Weekend Basket: Blanket, Book, Puzzle, and Hot Cocoa

Oven Mitt, Cookie Mix, Cookie Frosting, Cookie Cutter, and Wooden Spoons

Gourmet Cooking: Raspberry Chipotle Sauce with Measuring Spoons

Neighborhood Gifts - Pictured on KSL

Plate of Cookies: Made from scratch cookies from our Bakery Department and a Festive Holiday Plate!

Stocking Filled with Goodies Like Popcorn, Soda, Movies, or Small Games

Snowman Bowl with 2 small Sodas and Box of Popcorn

Soup Bowl with Utah's Own Bear Creek Soup Mix

& Cheeze It Crackers

Snowman Hot Chocolate Mugs filled with goodies like
Hot Cocoa Mix, Candy Canes, Cookies, and Mini Marshmallows!

Assorted Candles with Story (Stories Follow)

The Legend of the Christmas Candle

Many years ago an old Cobbler and his wife lived in a little village in Austria.
Although very poor, what they owned they shared with others. Each night
they placed a lighted candle in the window of their cottage
a sign of hospitality to travelers needing shelter.

Through the years, war and famine plagued the little village.
Yet, as though some mysterious charm guarded them,
the cobbler and his wife suffered far less than their neighbors.

One evening, on the night before Christmas, the villagers gathered to discuss
their plight. “There is something special about the cobbler and his wife.” said one villager. “They are always spared our misfortunes. What do they do that we do not? Let us put a candle in our windows too. Perhaps that is the charm.”

That night every home lit a Christmas candle in each window,
and lo, before the sun rose, a messenger brought great news to the village.
Peace had come! The village gave thanks to God for this blessing of peace
and vowed to always light candles on Christmas Eve.

If You Have No Chimney

If you have no chimney

on Christmas Eve,

awaiting the presents

that Santa will leave.

Just hang the key

by the door for him,

and all the gifts will be left within.

Candy Cane Story

Jesus Gentle Shepherd,

This cane of red and white

Proclaims the sweet love story

Born Christmas night.

This cane, you see, when turned around

Begins your name of Love

And now becomes a symbol

Of peace proclaimed above.

The lively peppermint flavor

Is the regal gift of spice.

The white is your purity

And the red your sacrifice.

And so this cane reminds us

Of just how much you care

And like your Christmas Gift

To us it's meant for all to share.

Legend of the Christmas Stocking

A kindly nobleman grieved over

the death of his beloved wife and

foolishly squandered his fortune.

This left his three young daughters

without dowries and thus facing a

life of spinsterhood.

The generous St. Nicholas, hearing

of the girls, came forth to help.

Wishing to remain anonymous, he

road a white horse by the

nobleman's house and threw three

pouches of gold coins down the

chimney where they were

fortuitously captured by the

stockings the young girls had hung

by the fireplace to dry.

Neighborhood Gifts - Homemade Body Scrubs

Body Scrubs:
Martha Stewart Living

You need only four ingredients to make these moisturizing exfoliants. The base can be made from either Epsom salts or sugar, depending on whether you want a large or fine grain. Color the scrubs with shades that are in keeping with some of the scents you use -- pink with grapefruit, for example, or green with eucalyptus.
Makes about 2 1/3 cups.

Tools and Materials
2 cups Epsom salts or organic cane sugar
1 cup carrier oil
8 drops essential oil(s)
1 drop food coloring
Special equipment: plastic pipette, canning jars

1. Stir together Epsom salts or sugar and carrier oil in a bowl, mixing well.
2. Using pipette, add essential oil, 1 drop at a time. Add food coloring, and stir until color is even throughout. Spoon into canning jars.

Neighborhood Gifts - Homemade Bath Fizzies

Bath Fizzies:
Martha Stewart Living

1/2 C. Citric Acid

1 C. Baking Soda

3/4 C. Cornstarch

1/4 cup organic cane sugar

About 6 drops food coloring

10 to 15 drops essential oil(s)

Special equipment: 2-ounce travel-size spray bottle, plastic pipette, silicone ice-cube tray, storage jars


1. Stir together citric acid, baking soda, and cornstarch in a glass measuring cup.

2. Pass mixture through a fine sieve or a flour sifter into a mixing bowl. Stir in sugar.

3. Fill spray bottle with water, and add food coloring. Spritz mixture lightly (it should become damp but not fizzy) until you can pack mixture with your hands.

4. Using pipette, add oil, 1 drop at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking. Using a metal spoon or your hands, mix ingredients until color is even throughout (mixture will begin to dry out; when this happens, spritz until packable again).

5. Spoon into ice-cube tray, pressing firmly. Let dry at room temperature overnight. Pop out of tray gently. Transfer to jars.

Neighborhood Gifts - Homemade Bath Snowballs

Bath Snowballs:
Martha Stewart Living

These fragrant spheres for the bath (we scented ours with peppermint oil) are made by packing Epsom salts into a plastic mold. The bath "snowballs" can be tinted any color. You'll need 3 to 4 days to make the bath balls because of the drying time between steps.
Makes 2 large or 4 small balls.

Tools and Materials
2 cups Epsom salts
2 tablespoons water
A few drops essential oil(s)
1 drop food coloring, plus more if desired
Special equipment: plastic pipette, large or small round bath-ball molds, storage jars

1. Stir together Epsom salts and water in a mixing bowl. Using pipette, add oil, 1 drop at a time, until strength of scent is to your liking. Add food coloring, 1 drop at a time, until desired shade is achieved; stir until color is even throughout.
2. Spoon a generous amount of mixture (more than necessary) into 1/2 of a bath-ball mold. Pack firmly. Repeat, packing mixture into second half of mold. Press pieces together until they connect. Remove top half of mold very carefully. Let bath ball stand, mold side down, overnight (set ball on an overturned jar lid to keep it from tipping over).
3. Remove mold carefully. Invert, and let ball dry completely, 2 to 3 days more. Transfer to jars.

Neighborhood Gifts With Fun Sayings

Box of Jolly Time Popcorn - Have a Holly "Jolly" Christmas!

Paper Towels, Box of Tissue or Cloth Christmas Towel - "Bot out your troubles; absorb the Christmas Spirit!"

Cheese Grater - There are no other neighbors "grater" than you!

Twine, Rope, or Climbing Clips - "We couldn't Restrain ourselves from wishing you a very Merry Christmas!"

Pack of Gum, dish soap or Liquid Hand Soap - May your Holidays "Bubble" over with fun!

Pack of Gum - "By Gum, You're Great! Have A Merry Christmas!"

Pack of Oreo cookies and some Milk - "Ho, Ho, Ho, Oreos, Please don't wrinkle up your nose! Get some milk, just dunk, and dip. Then go ahead and take a sip!

1/2 C. Colored Sugar Crystals + 1/2 C. uncooked Oatmeal +1 C. Mini Marshmallows - Magic Reindeer Food "On Christmas Eve before you go to bed sprinkle this Magic Reindeer food on your lawn. The sprinkles will glisten and the marshmallows will glow. Leading Rudolph to your front door. Merry Christmas!"

Ground Spices or Sprinkles - May your Christmas be sprinkled with laughter and love!

Sunny D - We're sending "Sunny" warm winter wishes your way!

Box of Matches - "No one Matches you as a neighbor" Merry Christmas!

Basket of Goodies - "Wishing you a basket full of Christmas blessings."

Store bought fudge -

A day or two ago
I thought I'd make a treat
For all my special friends
a Christmas treat to eat.
My intentions were top notch
But my schedule wouldn't budge
Hence, here's this edition
Of my homemade Christmas Fudge!
The Greatest Gift of All
Once upon a time
In a very far away place
There was a kind dear woman
With a tender, loving face.
She was full of charity
The greatest gift of all
And she'd give of anything she had
Even if the gift was small.
She always took great care
Of every puppy or lost kitten
And to anyone in need
She'd give a stocking or a mitten.
She would always say the spirit
Of Christmas was to believe
And if you ever asked her why
She'd say, "To give is to receive."
And so my friend I'd like to pass
Her tradition on to you.
And hope the giving spirit lasts
The whole year through.
Christmas Candle
When you light the Christmas candle,
When you see the golden glow
When you watch the flame grow brighter,
When the wax begins to flow;
Will you light another candle
Way down deep within your soul
That will help to guide your footsteps
Ever nearer to your goal
As you seek to find the Christ child
When he comes to earth again
To be born, not in a manger,
But within the hearts of men.

Mini Cheesecakes

16 oz. Cream Cheese
1/2 C. Sugar
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
2 Eggs
Vanilla Wafers

Preheat oven to 350. Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer, medium speed until well blended. Add eggs; beat just until blended. Place wafer on bottom of each muffin liner. Spoon cream mixture evenly over wafers. Bake 20 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.