Lemony Goat Cheese & Basil Dip


In honor of the store’s upcoming Semi-Annual Lemons and Leftovers Sale next week, I thought it might be fun to share a delicious, lemony recipe that’s perfect for summer entertaining.  This is a recipe I got from Gourmet Pantry a few years ago, and it’s always been a crowd-pleaser.  It’s also ridiculously easy {seriously, the […]

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July 4th Dog Safety


While celebrating July 4th is fun for us humans, it can be very stressful for our dogs.  In fact, July 5th is one of the biggest days of the year for animal shelters.  The loud noise caused by fireworks can make a dog panic and try to escape to a “safer place”.  {Hey, if I […]

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Prettying up the Porch


Last summer  was my initial “investment” in the patio project.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, but I knew that I had to start somewhere, so the World Market Outdoor Furniture Sale was my first stop.  **TIP:  Apparently they have this sale annually,  mid-June to July, so if you plan ahead and […]

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Succulent Tower


Last summer, I made a fun little “succulent tower” to put on my front porch.  At the time, I was just playing around and had no idea that someone might want to know how to make their own.  When it was finished, a few people asked me to blog a how-to, but since I hadn’t […]

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National Stationery Show 2014 Recap


Last weekend, I made my annual trek from West Texas to the Big Apple for the National Stationery Show (#nss).  It was a last minute decision to attend this year (after the added expense of store renovations this spring, I wasn’t sure I could afford it), but when I realized that I had enough airline […]

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Easy Guacamole


Guacamole has always been one of my go-to dishes to bring to a party.  I so fresh and yummy (and it’s really easy to make)!  With tomorrow being Cinco de Mayo, I thought this might be the perfect time to post the recipe! You’ll need: 6 large avocados (they should be firm but pliable if […]

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Graduation Gift Guide


With May just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about graduation gifts!  Customers always make it sound like “graduation gift hunting” is a daunting task, so we’ve created a handy little Graduation Gift Guide to help you (through a series of questions and answers)… and the best part?  We can hook you up […]

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“The Switch”


Even though it’s been a long time coming (almost 2 years in my head), the transformation (aka – “The Switch”)  from being Calligraphy Etc. to Barque happened VERY quickly.  Yes, it took a lot of pre-planning, but once we got the ball rolling, the entire project was completed from Saturday afternoon(move out) to Thursday evening […]

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Wild Hibiscus Cocktail


For the preview night before the official grand opening of  Barque, we used one of our newest products to create a super easy (2 ingredient!), signature cocktail for the event. Wild Hibiscus Barque-tail Ingredients: Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup (each jar contains about 11 flowers) Prosecco, chilled (we used Ruffino) mint leaves (optional, for garnish, […]

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So this new name, Barque, how do you say it?  [bahrk] – sounds like a dog’s bark or bark on a tree. Now then, what does it mean? According to the dictionary, it’s a sailing vessel, which is but for our purposes, Barque is a combination of things we love – paper, dogs and cooking.  […]

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