Monday, December 20, 2010
This Mocha Roca recipe that I had made for the December
2nd Saturdayz show--which we couldn't attend--is
is my gift to YOU for your Christmas cooking.
Hope you enjoy making and eating it!
* recipe is doubled *
4 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3 tsp. molasses
3 tsp. instant espresso powder
1/4 tsp. flaky sea salt
2 cups chopped semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped, toasted, blanched (no skin) almonds
1 cup chopped fine toasted, blanched (no skin) almonds
First, prepare 9 x 13 pan by sprinkling in
1/2 cup of finely chopped almonds
then add 1 cup of chopped semi-sweet chocolate pieces.
This will form a "bottom layer" of chocolate.
Next, melt butter, brown & white sugars, molasses, salt & espresso powder
in a sturdy, 4-quart sauce pan. Cook over medium
heat, stirring occasionally with a whisk,
until temperature reaches 250 degrees . . . then
stir constantly until temperature reaches 300 degrees.
(This could take ten minutes or more--be patient!)
Remove from heat and quickly stir in the 1 cup of
chopped, toasted almonds.
Quickly pour this mixture over the prepared pan with
finely chopped nuts and chocolate.
. . . pretty, no?!
Next, sprinkle the last of the chopped, semi-sweet chocolate
chips and the toasted, fine-chopped almonds.
Now, off to the fridge to *set-up*!
After about an hour--if you can wait that long--invert
pan onto cutting board and tap lightly
with a hammer. It should
pop right out!!
* * *
Break into pieces. Store whatever
you and family have not initially devoured into
wax-paper lined tins and refrigerate.
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Bon Appetite my friends!!!
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Reflective of this past year, our Christmas decor
is simple, restrained but
more peaceful--and therefore--elegant
than ever. I love it!
Less, fuss . . . less *stuff*. And, as much as I love
Christmas decor, this is truly a load
off the usual *over-the-top* decorating I seemed
to put myself through in years past.
This feels good . . . and it's delightful to know it will be equally
simple to move the Christmas theme into New Year's,
and the continuation of a quiescent,
pure winter season.
Like many of you, I'm already thinking about how things
could be different in 2011. I'm quietly
optimistic but know it will
It seems this stretch in our history either brings out the
best in us . . . or leaves us feeling bruised,
frustrated and questioning.
Maybe I've got a bit of all that going on, BUT I'm
determined to make the most of
what comes along . . .
. . . the best is yet to be!!!!!
Wishing you and your family a blessed, fun and healthy
* * *
Expressions of my deepest
gratitude for your friendship and support
can't be put into words--thank you
from my heart!!!
xoxo ~ Debi
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Ormolulu is open for business--always--on this blog.
If you see items you love, they can certainly
be shipped. Please inquire by email
if something catches your
eye. Don't be shy!
Unfortunately, our opportunity to show special Christmas merchandise
at 2nd Saturdayz is behind us, due to the *Grinch virus*!!
Many things are still packed--some are at Pac Gal--
and here are just a few sweet treasures
still here in our home.
Please feel free to scroll through ORMOLULU's previous
posts to see if something is on your gift list.
Quicker than a nod from Donner
and Blitzen--it will be sent
to your home!!!!!!
* * * *
It's a busy, busy time . . . so much to do, especially
if you have small children in the home.
I'm wishing all of my friends
a holiday season filled
with the quiet
with your family and friends!!
xoxo ~ Debi
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Having missed the December 2nd Saturdayz due to illness (Jim
first, and now me) . . . we're especially looking
forward to the market in January.
Yes, I should be focused on the Christmas season--and
more of that will be coming too, once all the
decorating is finished. Had a good
start . . . and then I just
Meanwhile, these are my "ornaments" . . . ha-ha!!!!
Hope you're enjoying all the festivities
and NOT catching any bugs!
xo ~ Debi
Thursday, December 9, 2010
With our last show of 2010, favorite symbols of
Christmas will be decking
Many cherubs and angels from my own
personal collection will fly into
your holiday home!
Please join us at the 2nd Saturdayz Urban Market
on December 11th. The very best of the
season awaits . . . it will fill
your heart with
The beauty and abundance of the season
will be in full bloom
THIS SATURDAY . . . come early for
the best selection!!!
May this most important of celebrations fill your soul with
the true spirit of Christmas, no matter your beliefs. The promise
of love is eternal . . . but it begins in our homes and
hearts. Merry, merry everything!!!!!
xoxo ~ Debi
Monday, December 6, 2010
Creating content from a show location proved to be challenging.
Without our beloved *iPhoto*, the previous
post (now deleted) just didn't
make the grade.
Thanks AGAIN to all the fabulous customers
who bundled up and joined us in the chilly
hangar--you really ROCK!!!
Unfortunately, I re-fractured my foot on
that cold concrete . . . grrrrr!!!
But--with feet up for a few days--I'm still looking forward
to the next fabulous 2nd Saturdayz Market in
the workshop (ooh, warmth!!) on
With all the *bad news* the media keeps throwing at us,
let's keep our spirits UP . . . and be supportive
of each other. It's not an easy time
for anyone I know .
I truly have so much admiration for the hard-working,
creative, and durable people in this business.
There are certainly much easier ways
to make a living.
But the LOVE . . . the joy of doing what compels
and inspires us . . . that's just
Friday, December 3, 2010
Sunday, December 5th . . . 8:00 a.m. early buying.
Yes, it will be cold . . . so layer, layer, layer!
Bring lots of Christmas spirit and
your gift list!!!!!
I'll be holding nothing back--economic times notwithstanding!!!
Rare, lovely song-birds taxidermy from a museum
in Lynden, Washington . . . okay, maybe not for
everyone--but certainly some*lucky*one!
Vintage Christmas ornaments, antique books . . .
Seasonal delights of EVERY size and budget . . .
Truly divine antique sewing boxes and exquisite, carved
jewelry boxes from Germany . . .
Garden elements--old, fab barn vents
and galvanized crates . . .
Wire planters, egg baskets, trash bins . . .
For one-of-a-kind gifts and unique, Christmas decorative accents
and special small furnishings . . . your holidays
won't be complete if you
miss this show!!
Happy Holiday Wishes . . . let's get this party started!!!!
xoxo ~ Debi
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
~ HOME ~
Somehow I managed to *lose* these images on yesterday's
post . . . but my little family wouldn't be
complete without them.
The unique "jockey form" on the right is at Pacific Galleries in
Seattle (the other two were *adopted*).
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Hope you've enjoyed visiting the family . . . we never argue,
fuss and fight!! ;0)