Monthly Archives: March 2014

and bath mats…

Ok, I know I have been talking about all our little Library projects a lot lately, but I am just so excited about all of them.  Coming soon is our bath collection starting with these fabulous bath mats.  I can never find a bath mat I actually like and usually end up with one of the generic fuzzy ones that fall apart after one wash.  I cannot handle how much I love the look of these in my bathroom and they are super durable.  Best of both worlds.  Thoughts?

indigo apron

As promised, here is the amazing apron we will have for one lucky winner in the shop at the Union Thursday night for Ladies’ Night Out!
We had it in the shop today and all the girls wanted one.  And, just think, it could be yours!
Hope to see you for all the fun down at Union Biltmore this Thursday, February 28th!

the perfect summer top

Not sure what it is about this shirt, but we can’t seem to keep it in the store.  I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve had to reorder it.  Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that it looks great on everyone.  It looks good with jeans or that favorite summer skirt, dressed up or dressed down.  And who doesn’t want a new bright white shirt for summer?  Come try it on, you won’t be able to leave without it…

when g.g. babysits…

and also happens to be cleaning out her closet…

Well, it sure makes for some good dress-up anyway…

starting to look like fall…

…at least in the Willow’s apparel boutique!

a happy package, a happy customer and a delicious recipe

The weekend is almost here!  This week I got the happiest package in the mail from my daughter Emily, who, I have mentioned, is spending the semester in Belgium.  She has been a little homesick lately, so head over to her blog, look at all the fun she is having and the beautiful pictures she is taking and give her some words of encouragement!  She will be home before she knows it and it will have been such an amazing experience!  We sure do miss her though!  She sent us a fun package full of all sorts of yummy Belgium treats… (and a sweet little note, too!)

And then, there are little notes like this that make you love your job 
and appreciate all the wonderful people you get to meet along the way…
And, finally, back to those cookies we teased you with at the beginning of the post…
My other daughter, Christine, likes to spoil the Willows and our customers with her delicious baked goods.  She just brought us some amazing Oatmeal Whoopie Pies and people have been drooling over them and asking for the recipe.  Thought we would pass it along and give you something yummy to bake over the weekend!  Let us know if you try them!
For the cookies (makes about 3 dozen):


- 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)

Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, beat margarine and sugars until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg; mix well. Add oats; mix well. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8 to 9 minutes for a chewy cookie or 10 to 11 minutes for a crisp cookie. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

For the filling:

- 4 egg whites
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 sticks of salted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Bring about 2 inches of water to a boil in a small saucepan, the right size to hold your mixing bowl on top.  Bring back down to a simmer.  Combine egg whites and sugar in stainless mixing bowl.  Whisking continuously, and at a good pace, place bowl on top of simmering pan of water.  Bowl should not be touching water.  Continue whisking until egg whites reach 170 in temp or appear very white and are hot to the touch.  Remove bowl and place on mixer.  With whisk attachment, slowly bring up to high speed and let go for several minutes until the mixture appears stiff and shiny.  Let cool in bowl.  Slowly add bits of butter with mixer on medium, about one tablespoon at a time.  Finally add vanilla extract.  Should look like pretty whip cream with a thick consistency.  It if is too liquidy, you may place it in the fridge or freezer to cool off a few minutes and then back on the mixer to re-whip! Use to ice a cake, fill  your whoopie pie cookies, or your macarons.  Enjoy!
We hope you have a happy weekend!  

az micro dwell 2012

This weekend was the opening of the Arizona Micro Dwell 2012 exhibit at Shemer Art Center.  These amazing Micro Dwells will be on display from now until December 31.  They are well worth checking out, so pick a beautiful afternoon and head down to Shemer.  My nephew has been heavily involved with this project and will be there on November 17 (the official Grand Opening) for a live demonstration assembly of the Re-Form House.  That same evening there will be other live events, food trucks and a micro brewery tasting.  See the Shemer Arts calendar here.  For more information, check out their website or facebook page.    

around the shop

It might be summer, but we always have something new in the shop!
Come check out all the treasures we brought back from High Point!

be back soon!

Well, needless to say, it’s been a busy summer.  Two new grandbabies, family vacations, buying trips and, of course, just life in general.  Now with school starting up again and lots of exciting work with our new design team (more to come on that), our poor little blog has taken quite a hit.  I am going to take the week to get it all in order and start back after labor day with more regular posting.  Hope you’ll stick around!  We have lots of fun stuff to share…

And, while I have you here, I thought I would tell you to keep an eye out for our Big Sale coming up after Labor Day.  I have actually already started dumping stuff in the sale room.  So, some markdowns have begun for those that want to stop in (we’re talking 50-75% off!).  Keep your ears open for more details on the Big Sale to come, also!

around the {garden} shop

It’s starting to look like summer around here!
Come see us to escape the heat!