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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Basket Care, Love Birds, Feng Shui Directions

Basket Care

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Grass Baskets commonly lose their shape in transit. To reshape, lightly mist with water and smooth out any dents.

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Safari Animals

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We add new Safari Jungle Animals monthly!

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Jade Bonsai Flowers

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Wall Art

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Furniture & Room Dividers

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Birds

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Love Birds

The Chinese have always regarded Mandarin Ducks as perfect mates. Called "Yin Yiong", Mandarin Ducks mate for life (as opposed to the Emperors who had numerous concubines). They are also excellent mates, taking perfect care of each other.

Never seen apart or without the other tagging along many termed this the "perfect marriage". As such they eventually became the definitive symbol for conjugal bliss. Even today they are still the most potent symbol of everlasting love.

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Success Direction - Display items for Career, Prosperity, Strength, Stability, Protection and Wealth. You should always display Wealth and Protection symbols in this area at a minimum.

Romance Direction - You should always display Love and Romance symbols here if you are looking to strengthen or attract a loving relationship. This area can be enhanced to strengthen work relationships in power and respect.

Unlucky Direction - Be aware of this area and work to avoid negatives.

5 Ghosts Direction - Protection symbols are a key in this area.

Six Killings Direction - This is the perfect area to concentrate on working to dispel or absorb negative energies.

Sake Sets & Recipes, Feng Shui Tips for Home Office

Where has the Summer Gone?

The Crabby Nook has new products! We have been working on our website to give you new and exciting information! And, we have been researching ways to give our most loyal customers a rewarding shopping experience!

Please visit our website: The Crabby Nook for new information, product reviews, and an overall good time. We think you will enjoy your visit!

Fall Trends in Entertaining

sake5a.jpg The fall is our favorite time of the year to entertain. We can sit outside on our deck or patio and enjoy cooler temperatures. Our friends seem to enjoy trying our new recipes and drinks that we serve.

One of our most popular fall drinks that we serve is Japanese Sake.

We recommend that you slightly warm a Hatsumago Sake and serve with an Autumn Dessert made from Pears, Apples, Grapes and Chestnuts.

Do not overheat your Sake because in most cases this will ruin your sake. Once a bottle of sake is opened, it should be refrigerated and not kept longer than five days after opened.

If you prefer a chilled sake, we recommend that you purchase a higher grade sake ginjo or a daiginjo. A chilled sake is also a wonderful selection to compliment an autumn dessert.

We carry a nice selection of Sake Sets. These make wonderful gifts and are perfect for your entertaining dinnerware.

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Bone Carvings - A wonderful addition to your collection!

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Decorative Balls - We've added several new designs of our most popular item! Don't forget to purchase the display holder.

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Feng Shui Tips for Your Home Office

LIGHT AND COLOR


  • WINDOWS: When selecting a room for your home office, you should pick the one that has at least one window. Enveloping yourself in natural light helps keep you on track with the progression of day and night, keeping you in sync with the environment around you. Make sure the window has blinds or curtains, though, in case the sun is too bright or causes an irritating glare on your desk.

  • LAMPS: Putting lamps on your desk or end tables will allow you to control the amount of light you receive more pointedly. If the overhead light is too harsh for example turning it off and relying on lamps and the natural light from the window will keep you more relaxed and your eyes less strained. If the main light isn’t bright enough however, a lamp will help you see better and concentrate on your work, as your eyes will naturally be drawn to where the light is focused.

  • LIGHT BULBS: Choosing the right light bulbs for your home office is extremely important. You will want bulbs that radiate feelings of warmth. Avoid buying fluorescent lights altogether. Click here to read more about the benefits of lighting when creating a Feng Shui environment.

  • BLUE: Incorporating the color blue into your home office helps include an association with the element “water.” Blue is a soothing color and is best used in the East and Southeast areas of the room. According to Feng Shui expert Rodika Tchi, painting the ceiling blue is a great way to not only add color to your office, but to improve productivity and promote good energy.

  • GREEN: - Green “is considered to be a color of freshness, growth, and peace,” so try adding cushions or pillows in light, subtle shades to give your office soothing energy with a punch of personality.

  • RED: Bold reds are thought to introduce feelings wealth and happiness into a person’s life. Supplementing your otherwise subdued room with red accents will brighten your mood and perhaps even bring you luck. Don’t go overboard with strong reds or you may end up creating a negative energy infused with anger and agitation.

  • METAL: Metallic accents will brighten up your room in a subtle way. Use a bronze paperweight or hang copper wind chimes near the window to represent key Feng Shui element while allowing natural light to reflect off the metallic surfaces.

  • EARTH TONES: Earth tones are known to be soothing shades of yellow, brown, and green. They generally make people feel comfortable and at ease because of their relationship to nature, so stick to these shades when designing your home office. A deep yellow rug or tan curtains will create a simplified atmosphere perfect for work.

  • BALANCE: As with any Feng Shui practices, you must maintain a balance of color in your room. Adding too much blue and not enough red will leave your office vulnerable to the water element, for example. Keeping the elements in check through color is a fun, inspiring approach to Feng Shui interior design because of the choices you have to accessorize each area.

  • MIRRORS: Mirrors help positive energy dart about the room by letting in more light and allowing you to keep your eye on what normally wouldn’t be seen. Hang a mirror over your computer to watch the wall behind you and open up the space around you. Mirrors maximize your space by making rooms appear much larger than they actually are, making the office feel roomy and uncramped.

Fall Recipes, Salad Servers

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Fall Recipes for Entertaining

Apple Pork Chops

Ingredients:

  • 2 TBLs vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 (1/2-inch thick) pork chops
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 apples - peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 TBLS brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup hot water

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Heat oil in large skillet. Saute onion in oil for 1 minute, or until tender. Remove onion and set aside. Brown pork chops on both sides in oil.
  3. Place chops in an 8x12 inch baking dish and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Cover the chops with the apples and cooked onion.
  4. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, mustard, cloves and water. Pour over chops. Cover and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 45 minutes. Enjoy!
We have a wonderful spice store here in Kansas City and they carry a special mixed spice called, Apple Smoke Rub. I like to rub this on my pork chops the night before I make this dish.

Side Dishes

We like to serve our Apple Pork Chops with Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Scalloped Apples and French style green beans.

Sweet Potatoes:

  • Peel and Cut up several sweet potatoes.
  • Boil until soft.
  • Add half & half, brown sugar and butter.
  • Whip until smooth.
We buy scalloped apples in the frozen section at the grocery store. Heat & serve.

French Style Green Beans are a wonderful side dish with this meal.

Serve with warm yeast rolls. Serves 4-6.

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