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Perfect Christmas Gifts: Cross Pens

Advantage Ballpoint Pen offers a smooth, slim design with iconic Cross detailing and a swivel-action propel/repel feature. Finish includes lustrous chrome appointments. Cap and barrel are made of brass. Specially formulated Cross ink flows flawlessly for a superior writing experience. Ballpoint pen includes one black medium ballpoint refill in pen. Refillable.
  • Ballpoint pen flows flawlessly for a superior writing experience
  • Includes swivel-action, propel/repel features
  • Specially formulated Cross ink; refillable; refill included
  • Black Mosaic, Brass barrel
  • Medium point; Black ink
  • $58.80
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    Classic Century Selectip rollerball pen accommodates a wide variety of uses. Classic slim silhouette, for which the Cross design is world-renowned, has an epoxy finish with 23 karat, gold-plated appointments. Design also offers a sleek profile, click-off cap and patented, twist-action propel/repel feature. Exclusive Gel Ink Rollerball formula flows freely like a fountain pen. Pen includes one black medium refill.
  • Rollerball Pen with satin black, epoxy finish
  • Detailed with 23 karat, gold-plated appointments
  • Black barrel
  • Refillable
  • $58.80
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    Edge Gel Ink Pen delivers ultimate function, versatility and style. Unique slide-open technology lets you open and close the pen single-handed. Slide to open, and then click to close. Capless rollerball pen also features chrome-plated appointments and is encased in stylish, metallic fusion resin. Exclusive, Gel Ink Rollerball formula flows flawlessly for a smooth writing experience. Edge Gel Ink Pen can easily be converted to a ballpoint by using Jumbo Medium Ballpoint Refill (sold separately). Refillable pen comes in a gift box.
  • Gel Ink Rollerball formula flows flawlessly for smooth writing experience
  • Features unique slide-open technology for single-handed opening and closing
  • Can easily be converted to a ballpoint by using Jumbo Medium Ballpoint Refill
  • 0.70 mm medium point; refillable; Titanium barrel, Black ink
  • $39.20
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    Holiday Candy is here!

    Our holiday candy is here and it’s the perfect gift for office employees, customers, coworkers, family, and friends! This season we’re offering a little something for everyone. Delicious treats from Florence’s Exquisite Candies, Farr’s Candy, and Sweets will leave you wanting more all winter long! Click on the images below to
    place your order today!

    Sweet’s Treats

    Cinnamon Santas $3.59 Orange Sticks $2.79 Raspberry Sticks $2.79

    Farr’s Candy

    Cherry Cordials $18.99 Idaho Spud Bars $18.99

    Florence’s Equisite Chocolates

    1/2 lb. box Nut & Caramel $10.79
    1 lb. box Nut & Caramel $18.99
    1/2 lb. box asst. Milk Chocolate $10.79
    1 lb. box asst. Milk Chocolate $18.99

    Holiday Recipes

    Start to plan your Thanksgiving Meal with some of our favorite holiday recipes!

    Shallot-Sage Accordion Potatoes

    To prep ahead, bake through step 2. Let cool, cover, and refrigerate, up to 2 days. Let sit at room temperature 1 hour before proceeding as directed.

    • Prep Time 30 minutes
    • Total Time 1 3/4 hours
    • Yield Serves 8

    Ingredients

    • 8 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (about 2 pounds)
    • 6 shallots, thinly sliced crosswise
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Make deep cuts into each potato, 1/4 inch apart, without completely cutting through. Place shallots in each cut (using about half the shallots) and season with salt and pepper. Arrange potatoes, cut sides down, in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; dot with 2 tablespoons butter. Scatter remaining shallots around potatoes.
    2. Tightly cover dish with foil and bake until potatoes are tender, about 40 minutes, flipping halfway through.
    3. Uncover and bake 15 minutes. Meanwhile, combine sage and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. Top potatoes with sage butter; scoop up loose shallots and divide among potatoes, then bake until golden and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes more.

    Double Cranberry-Apple Sauce

    Ingredients

    • 6 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
    • 1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
    • 1 small lemon, sliced and seeded
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries

    Preparation

    1. Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often.
    2. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring often, 15 minutes or until cranberries pop and mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat, and stir in sweetened dried cranberries. Cool. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
    3. Note: Mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

    And now for the turkey….

    Make the bird the way you like it: this step-by-step guide from Food Network Magazine leads to thousands of possibilities!

    1. Pick a turkey

    2. Thaw

    3. Brine

    4. Make a butter

    5. Roast the bird

    Click here for the full article including brining tips, butter recipes and more!

     

    Product Review: Our Favorite Planners!

    2013 calendars and planners are here and i’m going to break down some of my personal favorites.

    One day per page planning notebook- Ideal for jam packed schedules

    The power of two: Planning and Note Taking ALL-IN-ONE

    -Page size: 6″ x 9″; Gray flexible, perfect bound with bungee closure

    -One-page-per-day format with ruled planning space

    -Past, current, and six future months reference per two-page spread

    -HOT spot reminder section

     

    Monthly Planner and Notebook- Perfect for an all-in-one organizational tool

    – 18 months from January to June and include 160 undated, daily journal pages.

    -Two-page-per-month spreads include unruled daily blocks, Sunday-through-Saturday

    One-page-per-day format includes ruled planning space for most of the page,

    – Bookbound, stitched planning notebook

    – Three-year reference calendar, future planning and contact pages.

    – Black, 9.5 x 11

    Two days per page Planning Notebook- My Favorite!

    -The Power of Two: Planning & Note Taking ALL-IN-ONE

    -This notebook also features a hot-spot reminder section on every lined page.

    – Works for any year.

    – Two page per page total of lined planning space

    – Three-year reference calendar, index sheet, future planning pages

    -Black, 5.25 x 8.5

    Best Cider Recipes

    Hot Apple Cider

    Original recipe makes 6 servings

    Directions

    1. Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
    2. Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
    3. Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
    4. Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.

    Click here for full recipe

    Shop pink and help support 3 great causes!

    As October comes to a close, we wanted to feature some of our favorite pink items that help support reserach and awareness foundations. Cehck out more in

    Expo Dry Erase Marker. Sanford donates a portion of the proceeds from each purchase to the nonprofit City of Hope for breast cancer research, treatment, and education. Expo Pink Ribbon dry-erase marker displays your support for breast cancer treastment with a speical Pink ribbon logo. Marker contains specially formulated low-odor, pink ink and delivers a consistent color quality for bright, vivid messages during those important brainstorming sessions. Versatile chisel tip allows broad or fine writing. Use on whiteboards, glass, and nonporous surfaces. 2 per pack; Certified AP nontoxic ink.

    Susan G. Komen for the Cure Atlantis Retractable Ballpoint Pen. Keep track of all your weekly meals and tasty recipes with these great pink pens that support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Soft rubber drip and smooth click retraction provide superior writing comfort. And smooth gliding ink with a medium piont tip makes for a satisfying writing expereince. 4 pens per pack. BIC makes a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure with every purchase.

    Swingline Pink Stapler. Pink desktop manual stapler has soft grip surface and staples up to 20 sheets of 20-lb. paper at a time. the metal spine and magazine provide durability. Made from lightweight durable plastic housing with lanyard loop, this stapler has a 210- staple capacity. REfill with Swingline Half-Strip Color Bright Pink Staples for added recognition and a little flair. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

    Five important things to file away about mammograms…

    Besides “get one!”

    Pink Top File Folder only $34.98/bx

    There is a good time to start. Most doctors and health providers recommend that women get a mammogram once a year, beginning at age 40. If you’re at high risk for breast cancer, with a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, you may need to start having annual mammograms at a younger age. Discuss this with your health care provider.

    1. They can save your life. Early detection is crucial for reducing risk of dying by 25-30% or more.

    2. There is no need to fear them. Mammograms are fast  (done in 20 minutes or less, usually) and are minimally uncomfortable for most women. It is a safe procedure, with minimal  radiation, and most centers will give you results before you leave.

    3. Mammography is still the most important detection tool, but other things are important as well. Don’t forget to do breast self-exams and have clinical breast examinations on a regular basis.

    4. Don’t assume the worst. An unusual result may require further testing (1 in t10 women), but may times biopsies or further tests will turn out to be normal . More information is always key.

    http://breastcancer.org

    Friday Recipe: Pink Ribbon Cookies

    We’ve all done a variation of the classic fundraiser, the bake sale. But baked goods can be used for a much larger variety of activities than just bake sales. The key is to tie in your baked item to your cause, like making ribbon cookies. Serve them atbreast cancer fundraising events, sell kits to make sugar cookies at home (give all components along with a ribbon cookie cutter), or just make a batch to feed your volunteers.

    Sugar cookies are easy to make but what makes them really special is that they are so easy to personalize, decorate and make unique. Dye the frosting pink for breast cancer fundraising.

    Here is an easy recipe for sugar cookies, and some fun ways to personalize them for your cause.

    You will need:

    2 3/4 cups all- purpose flour

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon baking powder

    1 cup butter, softened

    1 egg

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Mix the baking powder, baking soda, and flour in a small bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the sugar and the butter until smooth. Beat in the egg and the vanilla then gradually add the dry ingredients . roll teaspoons of dough into balls or roll out and cut with a ribbon shapped cookie cutter. Place them two inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the cookies to set for two minutes before serving or decorating.

    Put a few drops of pink food coloring in vanilla frosting. If you put the icing in a Ziploc bag and cut a corner off, you have a hand, home-made piping bag.

    Personalize the cookies by writing names of donors or sponsors on them, and then serve them at a walk-a-thon. Hand the cookies out as prizes for breast cancer fundraising games. The possibilities are endless to make these cookies unique for your event. Visit www.fundraisingforacause.com for more great fundraising ideas!

    Think Pink- Brainstorming Ideas

    Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the United States after skin cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic, and yet so many are unaware of the risks or tools for prevention. October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there are many ways in which your community or business can participate in building awareness for breast cancer. The simplest idea for increasing knowledge and raising awareness is to play an ongoing role in helping ensure that all young women in your community are educated about breast and ovarian cancer prevention and early detection.

    Most businesses and communities see October come and go without paying any homage to this critical and ongiong health crisis for women. Here are a few ideas of things you can do in your own backyard so to speak:

    • Host outreach groups that provide support and a sense of community to young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
    • Hold a rummage sale and give the proceeds to a local breast cancer charity.
    • Organize breast health education workshops to arm young women with the knowledge and resources they need to prevent breast and ovarian cancer or detect these diseases at early, non life-threatening stages.
    • Represent breast cancer awareness at community health fairs and other outreach initiatives; contact various local and national charities for more information on how to volunteer and represent their organizations.
    • Collect stories of survivors and have them share their personal experiences for others in newsletters, on company websites, or in marketing initiatives.
    • Distribute educational literature to medical professionals and patients to ignite conversations between doctors and patients about breast and ovarian cancer risk and strategies for prevention and early detection.
    • Provide a venue for fundraising events, which raise awareness and provide funds for the outreach programs and breast cancer charities nationwide.
    • Be creative and have fun by hosting a concert, talent competition, or contest that has an entrance fee and provide refreshments, raffles, or other items for sale at the event.

    Last but not least, you can do the simplest thing of all, which is to “Think Pink” by wearing pink and exhibiting pink throughout the month of October in your office, at your home, in you community. People will soon take notice.