Friday, July 20, 2012

Summer is in full swing at Harriet's and we are gearing up for the big summer event- the 2012 Shop Hop.

With the theme being Colorado wildflowers, you can bet we will have fun decorating the store for this event.
Carrie went a little over board this year and has made three quilts for the occasion. A graphic bright colored one, a more pastel one, great for a fast kids/baby quilt, and a small wall hanging the really showcases the wildflowers from this years fabric. Be sure to stop in and pick up your passport today and make your plans to attend the Rocky Mountain Quilt Fever 2012 Shop Hop.

We hope you enjoy them, and that you stop in and visit us at shop hop- or any time really- we're always glad to see you.

As promised- Carrie will be sharing some of her "famous" boot camp recipes here and here is this months installment:

Summer Gazpacheo
Serves 4

2 1/2 cups tomato juice
1 cup finely diced tomatoes (peel if the skins are tough)
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped cucumber (english cucumber is best)
1/2 cup finely chopped green (or yellow) bell pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped green onion
3 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp light taste olive oil
1 clove of garlic, finely minced

1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (reserve for serving)

In a large glass mixing bowl mix together all the ingredients except the parsley. Cover and refrigerate overnight. To serve add 1/2 tsp of fresh parsley to the top of each bowl.
Serve with work crusty bread and steak or is great as a light lunch all by itself.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day everyone!
We hope that you have fun plans with your friends and family to celebrate this most important holiday for our nation. Let us read, remember and honor what those 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence this day 236 years ago where setting into action...
Below you will find the first two paragraphs as well as the last paragraph of this unique and amazing document that created this great country that we live in today.

Happy 4th of July!

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.