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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 11/27/12

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

DIY GRINCH PILL HOLDER!


  This is from www.scapcationgetaway.blogspot.com .  Children would get a real kick out of this one.

Grinch Pills --Free Scut File


Here is one of my favorite projects I've done so far! I just love these! I am dying to make more! I designed the little tic tac holder in my SCAL program and saved it as a scut file. You can download it below. I've made it very easy for you! I've even included the design that I put on the front!











Right click on the image below to save. Then all you have to do is print!



2012 NEIMAN MARCUS FANTASY GIFTS ANYONE CAN AFFORD???




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HIS & HERS 2012
It all begins with a classic story: Boy meets girl. A romance is sparked. They share a kiss at midnight on Paris's Pont des Arts. But fate intervenes, and they are separated. Each night, they send wishes—he upon a star, she upon a kite—that, one day, they will reunite.

This tale of love found and lost inspired the "Poetic Wish" watches from Van Cleef & Arpels. Mini works of art on the outside and exemplary displays of technical watchmaking behind the dial, these masterpieces are in need of their own happily ever after.

The lucky buyer will also receive two business-class tickets to Paris and Geneva to tour the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique, atelier, and watchmaking workshops.

The details:
  • The "Poetic Wish" watches are a marvel of technology and craft. The movement alone took three years of development and a highly skilled team of 5 engineers and watchmakers.
  • Each watch features an innovative Five Minute repeater movement, three integrated automatons (a person's silhouette, a mother-of-pearl cloud, and either a diamond shooting star or an enamel kite), and a handcrafted enamel dial executed with marquetry, stone setting, and gold sculpting—each depicting a Parisian landmark: his, the Notre Dame; hers, the Eiffel Tower.
  • Dial scenes become animated on demand, and the love story is brought to life both visually and audibly. On the lady's, the woman's silhouette indicates the hour by moving slowly across the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower, and a lucky kite indicates the minutes as it ascends in the sky. As these characters are in motion the sound of the Notre Dame bells chime: one sound for the hours and another sound for each five-minute interval. Similarly, on the men's dial, a young man on the Notre Dame moves across the terrace to indicate the hours, and a diamond star shoots up in the sky to indicate the minutes. The sound of the Notre Dame bells unites the two lovers.
  • Time may also be read on the backside. A transparent crystal case reveals the innovative movement of this Five Minute repeater, hammers, bells, and two display dials: one for the hours and minutes; the other for the seconds.
  • An engraving that reads "Reve A Paris, Fait A Geneve" (Dreamed of in Paris, made in Geneva) can be read through the sapphire crystal back. This reveals VCA's unique creative process and development of this poetic masterpiece between Paris, the magical city of love and romance that is home to Van Cleef & Arpels, and Geneva, the heart of high-end watchmaking.
  • Each watch arrives in a handmade mother-of-pearl inlaid wood cabinet. The marquetry cabinets depict the Parisian scenes that corresponds to the watches: the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. When the two cabinets are positioned side by side they reveal the landscape of the love story.
  • Watch cases are 18-karat white gold and set with diamonds of D, E, or F color and VVS clarity.
  • Straps are a pearl gray moiré silk for her and navy alligator for him.
  • The package includes a trip to Paris for a weekend, where you'll visit the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique and jewelry atelier. And a trip to Geneva for a day of private tours of the Van Cleef & Arpels watchmaking workshops and a meeting with the designers and watchmakers.
  • While in Paris and Geneva, Van Cleef & Arpels will arrange luxury accommodations, remarkable dining experiences, and entertainment to suit your preferences.
  • Date of trip is subject to availability and confirmation from Van Cleef & Arpels.

Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 for each His & Hers 2012 gift sold to The Norman Mailer Center, which supports writers who challenge readers' perspectives on the world around them. 

Click here to see a video of the His & Hers Van Cleef & Arpels "Poetic Wish" Watches & Trip.
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VAN CLEEF & ARPELS "POETIC WISH" WATCHES & TRIP
Pricestarting at $1,090,000








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WHAT A HOOT!
A stoic owl gazes impassively from a screen. Instead of a forest backdrop, the creature is juxtaposed against mod dots. A soundtrack by Carl Maria von Weber loops mysteriously in the background. Suddenly, the bird blinks! Then his head swivels! Exactly who is watching whom?

That is one question acclaimed artist Robert Wilson wants viewers to ask. In his Video Portraits series, he features animals and people who appear static, as if portrayed within a painting. But the viewer is caught off guard when the subject unexpectedly breathes, blinks, or shifts. This modern riff on the eighteenth-century tableaux vivant beautifully pushes the boundaries between reality and imagination.

The details:
  • The limited-edition 42"H x 24"W artist's proof is hand-numbered and -signed and available in 20 different color combinations.
  • All costs of packing, crating, shipping, and installation will be the responsibility of the purchaser. RW Work Ltd. will be the direct liaison with the purchaser or their representative and any third parties in facilitating and advising the crating, shipping, and installation.

The purchase of a "Snowy Owl" benefits the Watermill Center, an interdisciplinary laboratory for performance art and a unique environment for young and emerging artists to explore new ideas. Call 1-877-9NM-GIFT for more details.



About Robert Wilson:
A native of Waco, Texas, Wilson attended the University of Texas and then New York's Pratt Institute in 1963. Soon after, Wilson developed his first signature works, before turning his attention to creating large-scale scenes for opera. His monumental work for Einstein on the Beach (1976) achieved worldwide acclaim and altered conventional notions of a moribund form.

Each summer Wilson decamps to the Watermill Center, a laboratory for the arts and humanities in eastern Long Island. The Watermill Center brings together students and experienced professionals in a multidisciplinary environment dedicated to creative collaboration. A gala benefit and re-dedication of the reconstructed main building takes place every summer.

Wilson's numerous awards and honors include an OBIE award for direction, the Golden Lion for sculpture from the Venice Biennale, the 3rd Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for Lifetime Achievement, the Premio Europa award from Taormina Arte, two Guggenheim Fellowship awards, the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship award, a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has been named a "Commandeur des arts et des letters" by the French Minister of Culture.

Click here to see a video of the "Snowy Owl" By Robert Wilson.
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"SNOWY OWL" BY ROBERT WILSON
Price$70,000








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A TASTE OF GREATNESS
The flowers are in place, the silver shined, and the crystal, sparkling. Tonight, nine of your favorite guests will gather at your home where you'll play host to an epic culinary event. Four of the culinary world's most notable chefs—Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Jerome Bocuse, and Richard Rosendale—will arrive to prepare a feast. And, they're bringing Bertha Gonzalez, the world's first female Maestra Tequilera, to kick off the evening with a Casa Dragones tequila tasting. Señora Gonzalez is even providing the party favors: personalized, engraved crystal bottles of the sipping spirit for each of the diners. What's on the multi-course menu? Leave that delectable decision to the experts!

The details:
  • Dinner will be prepared in the customer's home by Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Richard Rosendale, and Jerome Bocuse.
  • A professional event planner will arrange and oversee the entire evening.
  • Casa Dragones' cofounder and CEO, Bertha Gonzalez, will host a professional tequila tasting and discuss the craftsmanship and innovative process of creating her well-honed libation. The tequila will be served during the cocktail hour and then specially paired with a course during the meal. Fine wines will accompany all other courses.
  • All guests will receive a personalized bottle of Casa Dragones inscribed with their names. Each limited-edition bottle is handcrafted from pure, lead-free crystal and individually engraved, hand-labeled, numbered, and signed by the Maestra Tequilera.

This gastronomic adventure is limited to one NM customer. All proceeds will benefit the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation, an organization dedicated to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals. For details, call 1-877-9NM-GIFT.

About The Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation:

  • Established in 2009, the Foundation's goal is to build a sustainable community of young American chefs who are confident in their career pursuits and will become lifelong ambassadors of quality and excellence in the world of gastronomy.
  • The Foundation provides educational scholarships, internships, and access to a Culinary Council.
  • The most promising young professionals are invited to represent the United States in the prestigious biannual Bocuse d'Or competition held in Lyon, France.
  • The Foundation's Board of Directors include Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, and Jerome Bocuse.
  • On January 30, 2013, Team USA, led by Richard Rosendale and his commis Corey Siegel, will compete for the gold against 23 other countries.

About Casa Dragones:

  • This rare style of 100% blue agave joven tequila is handcrafted in small batches in Tequila, Mexico.
  • Hand-finished with a gentle balance of silver tequila and a hint of extra añejo, the complex, smooth taste of Casa Dragones is made for sipping and savoring.
  • Casa Dragones was founded in 2008 by Bertha Gonzalez and Bob Pittman, founder of MTV and CEO of Clear Channel.

About the Chefs & Bertha Gonzalez:
Chef Thomas Keller

  • Renowned for his culinary skills and exceptionally high standards, Keller began his career in a Palm Beach restaurant before relocating to France, where he worked in Michelin®-starred eateries, such as Guy Savoy and Taillevent.
  • Chef/owner of acclaimed restaurants The French Laundry, Per Se, Bouchon and Ad Hoc. He also owns Bouchon Bakery, which can be found in Yountville, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills and New York City.
  • Named "America's Best Chef" by Time magazine in 2001.
  • Consecutive honors as "Best Chef" by the James Beard Foundation.
  • Only American-born chef to hold multiple three-star ratings in the Michelin Guide.
Chef Daniel Boulud
  • One of America's most revered French chefs, he is owner of New York's Michelin three-star DANIEL, as well as Café Boulud, DB Bistro Moderne, Bar Boulud, DBGB Kitchen and Bar, Boulud Sud, and Epicerie Boulud, plus dining destinations in Miami, Palm Beach, Montreal, Toronto, London, Beijing, and Singapore.
  • Boulud is also a James Beard Foundation winner for "Outstanding Restaurant," "Outstanding Restaurateur," "Best Chef, New York City," and "Outstanding Chef of the Year" and the author of six cookbooks.
  • His restaurants have also been listed among the best in the world by the International Herald Tribune, Wine Spectator, The New York Times, and Restaurant Magazine.
Chef Jerome Bocuse 
  • Owns and operates Les Chefs de France and Le Bistro de Paris restaurants. Les Chefs de France is located in the French pavilion at the Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida.
  • Co-founder of the prestigious Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation.
  • In 2009, he guest judged the popular TV show Top Chef on the Bravo network.
  • Son of Paul Bocuse, legendary chef and founder of the Bocuse d'Or World Cuisine Contest.
  • A 1992 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America.
Chef Richard Rosendale
  • Training for the 2013 Bocuse d'Or competition as Team Captain of Bocuse d'Or USA.
  • A fierce competitor in the kitchen, Rosendale has accumulated over 45 national and international medals.
  • He was awarded the Presidential Medallion by the American Culinary Federation for his contributions to the Culinary Arts and was named the 2005 ACF "Chef of the Year."
  • Currently, he's the Executive Chef and Director of Food and Beverage at the Greenbrier, America's Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
  • During his career, he has cooked for numerous celebrities and supervised meals for U.S. Congress and the President.
  • 1 of 66 Certified Master Chefs in the United States.
Bertha Gonzalez 
  • CEO of Casa Dragones Tequila, she cofounded the company in 2008 with Bob Pittman.
  • Certified as the first female Maestra Tequilera, she was dubbed "The First Lady of Tequilla" by LA Times Magazine in 2010.
  • Awarded the prestigious Grand Prix Strategies de Luxe for the product design of Casa Dragones.
  • A regular guest professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, she teaches the university's first course on tequila.
  • Received a master's degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.
Click here to see a video of the Private Dinner For 10.
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PRIVATE DINNER FOR 10
Price$250,000









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THE DRIVE OF A LIFETIME
It's more than just another convertible. Your Neiman Marcus Edition 2013 McLaren 12C Spider—one of just 12 made—is heralded as the most technologically advanced supercar ever.

With a push of a button, the butterfly wing-like doors swoosh open. You glide into the comfortably bolstered seat, taking note of the beautiful red contrast stitching. From the console to the cleverly placed gears and gadgets, it's as though the entire cockpit has been designed just for your comfort. You hit the big silver button and the 616 horse-powered V8 twin turbo engine begins to purr behind your seat. It's all here—everything that makes a McLaren so coveted: the carbon-fiber composite chassis and Formula 1™ "brake steer," Seamless-Shift gearbox technology, and active aerodynamics. The car's an arresting mix of contradictions: lightweight and strong, powerful and efficient, comfortable and exhilarating, compact and spacious. And, unlike other supercars in your collection, this one offers heart-pounding racecar performance with a ride akin to an executive's saloon car.

What will it be today? "Normal," "Sport," or "Track" mode? You set the handling and head out. It's a beautiful day for a drive. How about putting the top down? No need to pull over—with the push of a button, it retracts in just 17 seconds while traveling under 20 mph. The coast is clear, and you punch it. AHHH! The incredible rush of hitting 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Curve ahead! Channeling Bruce McLaren, you head into the turn . . .

The 2013 Neiman Marcus Edition McLaren 12C Spider in Volcano Red includes limited-edition features and a McLaren luggage set. Plus, you'll receive a business-class trip to England for a VIP dinner with McLaren Chairman Ron Dennis and a tour of the McLaren Technology Center (February 6-8, 2013).

The details:
The 2013 Neiman Marcus Edition McLaren 12C Spider in Volcano Red includes lightweight diamond-cut wheels with Gloss Black inners, Gloss Black graphics, contrast red stitching, a stainless steel special-edition numbered badge, McLaren luggage set, two business-class airfare tickets to Heathrow from the Continental US, two nights of accommodations and meals at the Coworth Park Hotel, all transfers, private VIP dinner with McLaren Chairman, Ron Dennis at Coworth Park, and a tour of the McLaren Technology Center.

PERFORMANCE AND TECH SPECS
  • M838T 3.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine
  • 7-speed SSG dual-clutch transmission
  • Carbon fiber MonoCell one-piece molded chassis
  • Passive Roll Over Protection System to maximize occupant safety—each buttress contains a steel structure designed to absorb impact energy and protect both driver and passenger
  • 0-60 in 3.2 seconds
  • Maximum speed: 204 mph; 196 mph in convertible mode
  • Delivers 616 hp and 443 ft. lbs. of power and torque
  • Airbrake generates up to 176 lbs of drag when deployed
  • Dry weight: 3033 lbs



2013 Neiman Marcus Edition McLaren 12C Spider $354,000

Click here to see a video of the 2013 Neiman Marcus Edition McLaren 12c Spider.
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 Delivery to occur in early 2013.
2013 Neiman Marcus Edition McLaren 12C Spider
Price$354,000*







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BEST GIFT, BAR NONE! & BULLEIT TO GO
A chorus of cheers rings out the minute you pull up. Tailgating will never be the same now that your Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody-Tailgate Trailer is on the scene. Designed by interior designer Brad Ford, it's impressive on the outside, but what's on the inside truly astounds: sleek leather furnishings and details from Moore & Giles, rich wood finishings (handcrafted from reclaimed Bulleit Bourbon casks), elegant glassware, and a top-notch entertainment system, including a flat-screen TV, Blu-ray Disc™ player, and a state-of-the-art sound system, plus a one-year supply of Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye*. You park, open the hatch, and slide out the bar—cocktails anyone?

The details:
  • Two limited-edition trailers available. (First available for immediate delivery; second available within six months of placing order.)
  • Transportation and delivery of trailer is included within the continental United States.
  • Created by designer Brad Ford, who has more than 10 years of experience in interior design and was named one of America's Top Young Designers by House Beautiful and recognized as one of the Rising Stars of Interior Design by the International Furnishings and Design Association.
  • Moore & Giles, founded in 1933 in Lynchburg, Virginia, is dedicated to designing and developing the most luxurious natural leathers, working with tanneries worldwide and delivering unparalleled quality.
  • Entertainment system by Sony® and includes: TV, sound-bar speakers, receiver with touch screen, and smartphone controls.

10% percent of the proceeds from the purchase of the Bulleit Woody Party Trailer will benefitamfAR™, The Foundation for AIDS Research. For more information, call 1-877-9NM-GIFT.

*One-year supply of Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye not to exceed four cases of each, based on FDA average consumption.

BULLEIT TO GO (a second gift offering by Bulleit Frontier Whiskey)

Some of the best things in life are best savored in small doses. Case in point: Bulleit Bourbon. Available in a limited-edition of 25, this spirited gift includes a bottle of Bulleit Bourbon signed by founder Tom Bulleit, a Moore & Giles signed-and-numbered pewter flask with a handcrafted American crocodile cover, and a leather-bound edition of The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender's Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy, by Jim Meehan and Chris Gall. All of which come in a beautiful handcrafted box made from reclaimed Bulleit Bourbon casks.

Click here to see a video of the Bulleit Woody Tailgate Trailer.
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BULLEIT WOODY TAILGATE TRAILER
Price$150,000

BULLEIT TO GO
Price$1,500









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PREPARE FOR TAKE OFF!
Like the JetLev R200's creator, you've dreamed about jetpack flight since first seeing it in the movie Thunderball. Finally, technology has caught up with fantasy! One part sci-fi, three parts British secret service agent, and 100 percent pure adrenaline rush, your water-propelled jetpack is about to send your spirits—and your self—soaring. Excitement builds as you take to the skies and experience the rush of personal flight. It's a beautiful day for adventure. So, strap yourself in, engage the throttle, and up, up, and away you go!

The details:
  • Package includes jetpack, boat unit in NM Exclusive color with graphics, hose/control cable assembly, jetpack stand, 2 helmet radios, 2 FRS radios, remote throttle-control transmitter, CFI 1 Pilot Certification Training & Safety course, and operator's manual.
  • Top Speed: 32 mph
  • Flight Ceiling: 30 feet
  • Fuel Capacity: 22 gallons
  • Duration & Range: Up to 4 hours and 80 miles on a single tank of high-octane gasoline
  • Jet Pack dry weight: 30 lbs
  • Jet Pack dimensions: 38.35"H x 35"W x 24.25"L
  • Boat-unit dimensions: 127" length; 48" beam


Click here to see the JetLev R200 in action.
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JETLEV R200
Price$99,500





Pinel & Pinel Arcade PS Trunk




UP YOUR GAME
Ancient orcs breathing down your neck. A hairpin turn approaching at 258 miles per hour. Enemy soldiers bearing down on your position. These and other threats await as you expertly navigate your custom-made Pinel & Pinel Arcade PS Trunk—the ultimate gaming toy for the man or woman who has everything. Encased in luxurious calfskin (in your choice of 51 colors), it's all you need for an evening of high-adrenaline entertainment: Formula 1™ racing seats with Thrustmaster T500 RS Force Wheel, a selection of 24 PlayStation® 3 games, Bluetooth® 3 wireless music system, motion-detection camera, 2 SingStar® 3 microphones, and much more. Maybe you'll start with a little karaoke sing-off—you chuckle, imagining your version of "Welcome to the Jungle" blasting through the unparalleled 1800-watt sound system.

The details:
  • Each trunk is handmade in the Pinel & Pinel Parisian workshop and available in a limited edition of 15, which will be numbered and engraved on the arcade.
  • Customers can choose among 51 colors of calfskin, which can be customized on demand.
  • Features include nickelled and palladium massive brass hardware.
  • Includes two banquettes to store the Formula 1 seats.
  • Dimensions: Closed; 51.18"H x 55.12"W x 36.22"D. Open; 82.68"H x 55.12"W x 36.22"D.
  • PlayStation 3 System
  • 4 PlayStation Move motion controllers
  • 4 PlayStation Move navigation controllers
  • 4 DUALSHOCK® 3 wireless controllers
  • 2 PlayStation Move sharp shooter guns
  • 4 PlayStation 3 wireless buzzers
  • 2 arcade fighting sticks
  • PlayStation Eye Camera
  • Sony® 3D 55-inch LED HD display remote-controlled screen
  • 4 pairs of 3D glasses
  • Blu-ray Disc™ Bluetooth remote control
  • Delivery not included.


Click here to see a slideshow of the Pinel & Pinel Arcade PS Trunk.
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PINEL & PINEL ARCADE PS TRUNK
Price$90,000












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BROADWAY BECKONS
Leaping lizards! Your stomach is doing cartwheels as you wait in the wings for your cue. A nervous smile spreads across your face as you realize THIS IS IT! You made it to The Great White Way! And soon, you'll be taking the stage in one of theater's most beloved plays, ANNIE: The Musical. The stage manager gives you the nod, and you step into the spotlight. Your role as a walk-on performer? To help the adorably good-natured orphan and her canine companion teach the world that perseverance and unwavering hope can change lives. After your curtain call, you'll sit down with one of the show's producers for a celebratory five-star meal.

The details:
  • Only one package available.
  • Package includes a walk-on role, dinner with a producer, six show tickets, and all equity-related costs.
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • The role is limited to performances prior to February 28, 2013. Some date restrictions apply.
  • Buyer is responsible for all other expenses, including travel and hotel accommodations.
  • Proceeds from the purchase of ANNIE: The Musical Walk-On Role will be divided equally between PEDIGREE Foundation for Pet Rescue and Pajama Program.
  • For more information and additional tickets, visit AnnieTheMusical.com.

This performance of a lifetime benefits two very Annie-apropos charities: The proceeds of this gift will be split equally between PEDIGREE Foundation, whose mission is to help dogs in need find loving homes by providing grants to shelters and dog rescues, and Pajama Program, which provides new pajamas and books to children in need, many waiting to be adopted. For details, call 1-877-9NM-GIFT.

Click here to see a video of the Annie: The Musical Walk-On Role.
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ANNIE: THE MUSICAL WALK-ON ROLE
Price$30,000






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BEAU COOP
Dawn breaks. The hens descend from their bespoke Versailles-inspired Le Petit Trianon house to their playground below for a morning wing stretch. Slipping on your wellies, you start for the coop and are greeted by the pleasant clucking of your specially chosen flock and the site of the poshest hen house ever imagined. Your custom-made multilevel dwelling features a nesting area, a "living room" for nighttime roosting, a broody room, a library filled with chicken and gardening books for visitors of the human kind, and, of course, an elegant chandelier. The environment suits them well as you notice the fresh eggs awaiting morning collection. Nearby, you pick fresh vegetables or herbs from your custom-built raised gardens. You've always fancied yourself a farmer—now thanks to Heritage Hen Farm, you're doing it in the fanciest way possible!

The details:
  • The buyer will receive an initial farm consultation and grounds survey and two additional onsite visits from Heritage Hen Farm expert, Svetlana Simon.
  • Simon will select three to ten heritage-breed hens carefully selected to suit your region.
  • Installation includes two custom-designed and installed raised vegetable or herb garden beds.
  • Package includes a multilevel dwelling, nesting area, "living room," broody room, library with books, two Heritage Hen Farm pasture grazing trays, waterer, feeder, and chandelier. All other props and furnishings not included.
  • Please allow 6 weeks for delivery.
  • Delivery not included.


About Svetlana Simon:
Founders of Florida's Boynton Beach-based Heritage Hen Farm, Svetlana and husband Marty are on a mission: Bring fresher, healthier, locally driven alternatives to mass, commodity-produced eggs. They educate consumers on how food is produced and consult others on establishing local farming systems, while preserving heritage livestock and poultry breeds nearing extinction.

Click here to see a video of the Heritage Hen Mini Farm.
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HERITAGE HEN MINI FARM
Price$100,000



HERE'S 4 OF THE BEST FUDGE RECIPES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE COMING YOUR WAY!!



Pumpkin nut fudge

IT'S HIP TO HAVE SQUARES THIS SEASON!

Close your eyes and think about those delightfully rich squares that come but once a year! Maybe you have wonderfully sweet memories of the candy your grandma made for you each Christmas. Maybe you're looking for a gift for someone who has everything. The goodness that is fudge not only makes a lovely, decadent holiday treat that's easy to make, but it also makes the perfect homemade gift for those you love, nicely packaged in glimmering holiday tins. Just be sure to make an extra batch or two for yourself!
Easy to make and a wonderfully sweet treat, these fudge recipes will help you make new holiday memories!



Pumpkin fudge

The combination of spices, pumpkin and chocolate is a treat in itself. This pumpkin fudge recipe will have your kitchen smelling divine and the goodies tasting even better!
Yields about 24 pieces

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup pureed cooked pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Combine sugar, pumpkin, milk and spices in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce it to a gentle simmer.
  2. Cook until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Add the walnuts, butter and vanilla. Beat until the mixture is creamy. Pour into a buttered baking dish and chill for a couple hours until set. Cut into 1-inch squares.



Butter pecan fudge

A little nutty and a lot rich, you'll really enjoy a batch of butter pecan fudge. It's like taking a delightful bite out of a treat from the past!
Yields about 24 pieces

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, mix together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, whipping cream and salt, and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Allow the mixture to boil for about five minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and powdered sugar and mix well.
  3. Fold in the pecans. Pour mixture into a waxed paper-lined 8 x 8-inch baking dish.
  4. Refrigerate until the fudge becomes firm; then cut into 1-inch squares.



Eggnog fudge

This recipe uses prepared eggnog from the store to help make fudge-making matters even easier. This is a true holiday treat that is rich and memorable.
Yields about 24 pieces

Ingredients:

  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 cup prepared eggnog
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 cup butter, chilled
  • 1/2 (11 ounce) package white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped almonds

Directions:

  1. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and set aside. Spray the bottom and sides with cooking spray while heating prepared eggnog and sugar over medium heat. Bring to a rolling boil, stirring consistently with a wooden spoon. Boil for about two minutes.
  2. Fold in the marshmallows, cinnamon and nutmeg. Return to a boil for about five to six minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. As the mixture boils, it will become brown. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the butter, white chocolate chips and almonds. Stir well until mixed and glossy.
  4. Quickly pour the mixture into a prepared pan. Cool at room temperature before removing from the pan and cutting into 1-inch squares.



Marbled fudge

The best of both worlds! Marbled fudge combines chocolate with marshmallow for a fluffy, rich, double-delicious treat.
Yields about 20 pieces

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil and set it aside. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate chips and two tablespoons butter with the condensed milk, vanilla and salt.
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the nuts. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the marshmallows with the remaining two tablespoons of butter. Spoon over fudge. With a knife or spatula, swirl it through the fudge.
  4. Refrigerate for about two hours or until firm. Remove from pan and peel off the foil. Cut into 1-inch squares.
Ah, the holidays… time to enjoy the season's sweets and treats. The goodness of fudge comes but once a year (thankfully), and since the time is here, you should make it worth your while!

DIY HOLIDAY SIGN FOR YOUR HOME!


   This diy was found at www.sandandsisal.com .  This sign would look great in place of a wreath or over a fireplace mantel.  Go out and make something today!







Pottery Barn Inspired Noel Tutorial








The blogosphere is loaded with Pottery Barn inspired goodies this season, especially their Noel letter sign. And with each blog viewing, I thought to myself, "Hey, I can do that!". So the search began for ginormous letters to mount on my wall. Huge letters, I found, were more than I wanted to spend so I found some nice sized 9" MDF letters at Michaels.










One of the things I love about these letters is the rich look of depth to the letters. To create your own faux, weathered-wood look, you'll need some acrylic paints in Raw Umber and Crimson, or whatever colors you like.










Paint the letters first with the Raw Umber and while they are still tacky and not yet dry....










...go over them with the Crimson. Blend, add some paint, take away, smudge with a paper towel, and have fun until it looks something like....









...THIS! See all that beautiful depth and faux-woody goodness? That's what you're going for here. If you keep messing with it while it's wet and still drying, you'll get this rich gorgeous look.










When your letters are completely dry, arrange them how you want on a piece of cardboard. Place another piece of cardboard on the front of the letters and flip 'em over like a cake. Now you are ready to glue your letters in place.









Take your glue gun and fill all the gaps of your letters with hot glue. Never underestimate the power of your hot glue ladies! Goop it on...and it will hold.









When your glue is set, simply place a few strategic nails on your wall and voila! Cute sign that cost you the price of your letters and a bit of your time.










Add some poinsettias, a candle, and you have yourself some gorgeousness!