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“American made gifts for all giving occasions. Our gift collections arrive complete with elegant gift packaging, ready to give to your friends and loved ones.”

“Every Item is Made in the USA”

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“ReUsies™ are a re-usable alternative to sandwich/snack bags, each one has the potential to eliminate hundreds of plastic bags. ReUsies™ are 100% cotton lined with leak-resistant nylon and are secured with Velcro® closures.”

“We are Seattle moms with a passion to do right by our children, and hope that the footprint we leave behind for future generations will be much smaller. We take pride in our product and we hope you enjoy them too!”



“Grams Inspirations offers products that can be passed down from generation to generation…much like items that we received from our Mothers or Grandmothers. We take pride in the fact that all of our products are MADE IN THE USA! We have unique Grams Aprons, Baking Pans, Serving Tools, Wine and Glass Charms, Fragrant Candles, Pewter Table Jewelry and so much more.”



“Family owned since 1935, the fourth generation of Mezzetta family is continuing the commitment to bring our customers the highest quality foods available. We source the finest fresh produce from the sun-drenched soils of California, Italy, Spain, France, and Greece and prepare them according to our Italian family recipes at our state-of-the-art production facility in the Napa Valley.”

“Whether you are looking for a quick healthy snack or gourmet ingredients for your favorite dishes—reach for a jar of Mezzetta specialty foods at your local grocery store and see the difference what a little love of food can make. Inspiration is just a twist away.”






RECIPE: Pesto and Roasted Pepper Pizza with Blue Cheese Olives








Preheat the oven to broil.

Spread the pesto onto the crust. Top with mozzarella, Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives and Roasted Red Bell Peppers. Place the pizza on a baking sheet and broil, on the middle rack, for about 15 minutes, until the edges of the crust are crisp and the cheese has melted.

Remove the pizza from the oven allow the pizza to cool for a few minutes and sprinkle the fresh arugula on top.


Holly adds: This product was brought to my attention by a friend-thanks Tracy. If you know of a product or company that fits the “made in the USA” criteria, please let us know!


The original pour cap for mason jars.”

“A design inspired by the classic American zinc cap, but enhanced with the practicality of BPA-free recyclable plastic. With reCAP, you can easily shake, pour and store right from your mason jars!

•Fits regular mouth jars


•Made in USA”






Holly adds: I have actually had a shop on Etsy since 2008, but I have never listed anything ;o(. It is time to change that. I have started to make charm bracelets using vintage (and new) items that I have collected over the years. Each one is unique. So, in the next few weeks I will be adding some items to my Etsy shop-hollymaren’s EPHEMERA ETCETERA. I will also be adding vintage jewelry and fun items for helping you create your own special art work.
I hope you will  check it out (give me a few days)-thank you!


“Etsy is the world’s handmade marketplace.”

“Our mission is to empower people to change the way the global economy works. We see a world in which very-very small businesses have much-much more sway in shaping the economy, local living economies are thriving everywhere, and people value authorship and provenance as much as price and convenience. We are bringing heart to commerce and making the world more fair, more sustainable, and more fun.”

You can find just about anything here! Beautiful, funky, unique, one-of-a -kind, gorgeous items abound. I have included some pictures below of sample products picked at random.





Holly adds: For those who aren’t familiar with CSA-Consumer Supported Agriculture, “A CSA is a consumer-farmer relationship. Members sign up in spring and pay in advance for a subscription to a weekly box of fresh-picked, inseason, excellent veggies. For the farmers, a CSA guarantees a retail price for what they can grow with less time spent at the market, and a more direct relationship with the customer. No wonder this win-win model has become increasingly popular and has played a large role in saving the family farms of our region!”

Hopefully, your area of the country also has this available.


“Filbert Acres is a unique farm in the Puyallup river valley (in western Washington State) with a hazelnuts as a major crop since 1947. Though right off Pioneer Way, one mile west of Puyallup, the farm is a retreat to the country, with salmon creeks, eagles, and views of Mt. Rainier and neighboring farms. Stop by Monday-Saturday during the day, year ’round.”

“YES, we have NO filberts at Filbert Acres.  Our orchard was badly affected by the Eastern Filbert Blight and we are in the process of taking the old trees out and we plan to replant with blight resistant varieties this winter.”

Download our autumn CSA brochure here.

“We have had another very successful CSA–our clients have again loved our super-fresh, flavorful vegetables in their weekly box.   Our next share will probably be a spring share.  Please contact us now if you are interested in receiving information on this share as it becomes available.”

“We do not use chemical fertilizers and pesticides, but limit ourselves to OMRI (organic) certified solutions.”

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