Support America-One Hard Earned Dollar at a Time!

Archive for the ‘OTHER’ Category



“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”

SONY DSCswarovski_pearl_clusters_pendant_allBee_Sweet_Gifts_Entertain_Made_in_USA_Sm




“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: 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.”



Cascade Ice Sparkling Water”
Sodium Free. Caffeine Free. Gluten Free. Cascade Ice is available in
3 categories and 33 great tasting varieties.”
“Cascade Ice water is a zero-calorie, sugar-free flavored sparkling water with a clean, crisp, delicious taste.Sparkling water combined with natural fruit flavors create a refreshing, no calorie beverage the whole family can feel good about drinking.Cascade Ice water eliminates all the unnecessary, unhealthy “extras” found in other flavored waters like sugar, sodium, carbs, caffeine and gluten – giving you pure, refreshing taste.”









Holly adds: They have franchise opportunities. What a great family business!


“Great Harvest wheat grows on the arid high plains of Montana. This legendary region is known for growing some of the highest quality wheat in the world. Our farmers send their harvest samples to suppliers for preliminary testing. Test lots that meet specified criteria are then shipped to Great Harvest’s research & development bakery in Dillon, Montana.”

“When individual bakery owners succeed and grow, the entire Great Harvest franchise family succeeds and grows. To support the success of our owners, we teach and actively model the mission statement of being loose and having fun, giving generously to others, creating strong and exciting bakeries, baking phenomenal bread, and running fast to serve customers. We believe our success comes from a strong commitment to uphold the legacy and integrity of the Great Harvest brand with its focus on the customer experience, and the promise of phenomenal tasting products made with freshly-milled whole grain blended with pure and simple ingredients.”

Here is one of the featured recipes on their site:

Crunchy Wheat Germ Encrusted French Toast

Yield:  2 servings
3 slices Cinnamon Chip Bread, 1″ Thick
1 tsp. Vegetable Oil
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
3 each Large Eggs
¼ cup Half & Half or Milk
½ tsp. Table or Kosher
¼ tsp. Ground
Black Pepper
½ cup
Honey Wheat Germ
Cooking Pan Spray As NeededFor the
2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Pure Maple Syrup As Needed
Method of Preparation:
1.  In a large bowl, dissolve
1 teaspoon of the cinnamon in the vegetable oil.
2.  Add the eggs, half &
half, salt, and pepper and whisk together thoroughly.
3.  Place the wheat
germ into a separate large bowl.
4.  Preheat a sauté pan, iron skillet, or
griddle over medium heat (approximately 300° F)
5.  Dip each of the bread
slices into the egg mixture, allowing them to soak well. Then dip them into the
wheat germ, coating generously on both sides.
6.  Spray the preheated cooking
surface with pan spray and cook each toast until lightly browned and crisp on
both sides, being sure to cook the egg through.
7.  Mix together sugar and
remaining cinnamon and sprinkle on top of finished French toast and serve with
Pure maple syrup.


Holly adds: There are over 70 different companies represented on this site! I must be hungry-everything looked wonderful and I wanted one of each!
Great for gift giving.


“Vermont’s quintessential charm is captured in just about everything that we do. We take pride in our history, our environment and quality of life, whether we’re milking the cows, making syrup, carving wooden bowls or creating a wonderful family experience providing the finest hospitality and service anywhere. We value hard work, attention to detail and happy customers, and it shows in our products and services.”

“At Best of Vermont you will find a carefully selected collection of the finest original and handcrafted Vermont-made products that Vermont has to offer.”




%d bloggers like this: