It's officially the month of Love and the General Store has been busy gearing up for Valentine's Day! We have several wonderful gifts suitable for all ages. If you need help with an idea or suggestions for a gift basket - we've got you covered!
My most memorable Valentine’s Day ever actually occurred a couple of days before the big day. It wasn’t dinner, it wasn’t the flowers, and it wasn’t the kiss (sorry, honey!). The location – our farmhouse kitchen table. The big event – making Valentine’s Day boxes for a kindergarten party with my two 6-year old boys.
We went “retro” with the box making: shoe boxes, aluminum foil, red construction paper hearts, and Sweethearts candy. Scissors in hand and an Elmer’s glue bottle at my elbow, the boys and I went to work. After an hour or so and two proud sticky-fingered boys later, the boxes were done. My prize – 2 sweet kisses, one on each cheek from the boys.
The boys are old enough now that I’m officially ‘off the hook’ on the annual Valentine’s Day box-making adventure with them. While I’m glad to move onto another chapter, it’s worth remembering that so many times in life it’s the little things we do that give us the best memories to cherish.
Now on to the Stuff……
Alicia's Quick Tip
If your Sweetheart likes homemade biscuits like my family does, but you don’t have the time to roll and cut out biscuits, try this easy and tasty Cheesy Bacon Biscuits recipe. It’s quick to prepare and oh-so delicious.
Cheesy Bacon Biscuits
Ingredients 1 Wind & Willow Cheesy Bacon Dip Mix ½ cup cold butter, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 3/4 cup milk 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Directions Preheat oven to 400° degrees and grease a baking sheet with butter. In a large bowl, whisk together Dip Mix, flour, baking powder, and salt. Toss butter into the dry ingredients until coated with flour. Mix the butter into flour using a pastry blender or a fork until it resembles coarse meal. Add milk and cheese and stir with a fork until it just comes together into a slightly sticky dough. Using a teaspoon or small ice cream scoop, mound walnut sized balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake biscuits until golden brown, about 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 14 biscuits.
Tips: - Add fresh minced onions to mixture before baking. - Serve with honey butter or your favorite jam for a sweet savory breakfast biscuit!
Even though it’s still Winter here in the Ozark Mountains, there are plenty of fun things to do. This Saturday The Lonesome Hill Gang is performing live at The Soda Fountain. If you like Blues music you won’t want to miss artist Mike Farris on March 4th at The Soda Fountain. His performance is being filmed there for the Upstage television show. Gallery Zeke right next door to the General Store is featuring the Art Teachers show in February.
See the Calendar for more upcoming activities and music shows.
Come see us, Alicia
Ravishing in Red! Create a timeless look in your bedroom with the Braxton Quilt, featuring log cabin blocks in navy, apple red, and natural tones. A down home country inspired look perfect for any time of the year!