Remember those sweet little candy hearts only available at Valentines Day? Now we have them for Independence Day. If you need a sweet treat for the weekend or a party item, try these. Made by the Necco company, they support the USO for our troops.
This wicker set has long been our best selling Summer item. The makers of this furniture use a better resin on a welded steel frame. Others use a cast frame which can be brittle and break, or a rattan bamboo frame which suffers in our dry climate. These sets have proven their durability over the decade we have been importing them. They are easily cleaned with water and a mild detergent and are at home in a sun room or outdoor patio. To extend their life, store them indoors in winter and protect them from our high altitude sun. We are now in stock on white, chocolate, black, honey, Tri-color, and the sage color pictured. This is a Summer only item for us, so don’t delay. The low $287.78 price includes all four pieces and a 3 pc cushion set can be added for $59.99.
Madras fabric – named for the then English city of Madras, India. It is a lightweight, high thread count fabric with patterns indistinguishable front or back. Durable and forgiving, it looks great in a shirt, top, jacket, pants, or skirt – ironed or not. We just received a 6 bolts of these patterns at $5.99 per yard. This is not a closeout but just a great price for a one time buy. This will only last as long as our beautiful summer.
These little animals come in a variety of ‘species’ and are sure to get anyone to smile if not laugh outright. They have been such quick sellers that we haven’t posted them. Now we have a new shipment and should have stock for at least a few days.
The hummingbirds are back in force. And with our warm weather sans wind, they are busy about their usual activities of mating, nesting, and looking for food. Place several feeders in the shade about your house where you can enjoy their company. Essential to drawing and keeping a large ‘crowd’ of birds is feeder maintenance. The sugar nectar should be kept fresh and full at all times. If the birds don’t drink it down in a day or two, empty, clean, and refill the feeder with a fresh batch. According to the Audubon Society, the feeder should be cleaned with a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water at least once a week. In hot weather, the sugar can ferment or mold, creating a sour nectar that is not attractive. We recommend refilling with our Perky Pet brand Instant Nectar or using the tried and true boiled nectar. After boiling tap water for several minutes, use the ratio of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water and mix until all the sugar is dissolved. Unused nectar will keep up to 10 days refrigerated.
Once the birds are visiting your feeders regularly, keep them well maintained for healthy and happy friends all Summer. If you need parts, cleaning equipment, nectar mix, or more feeders, visit our wild bird department at Clubb’s Variety, 502 Main St.
“Those Crazy Kids” by Buggy Barn Quilts is our newest book and model. The book contains a number of patterns including this design: “Convoy”. A stacking technique is used to cut the pieces for the blocks. A clever technique for outstanding results in a subject for boys. Stop in and see the quilt. We have fabric kits ready to go for this quilt using our best cotton prints. The books will arrive Friday, June 7th and will sell out fast.
From time to time our buyers will call with an unusual fabric they have found in a ‘cutting room’ at one of the major apparel manufacturers. This cotton poly knit comes in a bright tie dye pattern and is a full 60 inches wide. The mesh is created by the knitting process – not burned out like some lower quality goods. The set up and fiber required for knitting this cost far more our $8.99 per yard price would lead us to believe. No reorders – when it is gone it’s gone. Stop in soon. What will you make with it? Tell us at Clubb’s Fabrics at 417 Main. We will have some patterns for you.
Spareribs are a favorite traditionally done with a heavy sugar basting sauce and served with more of the same. For a lighter taste, easier on the sugar, but with more of a ‘kick’, try this method. We prepared two slabs, about 5 pounds each, with this formula.
3 tbs black peppercorns by Spice Classics
3 tbs mustard seed by Spice Classics
1-1/2 tbs garlic powder by Spice Classics
1-1/2 tbs chili powder by Spice Classics
1-1/2 tbs salt
3 tbs brown sugar
3 tbs olive oil
3 tbs cider vinegar
Place peppercorns and mustard seed in a small food processor (we used a blade type coffee grinder) and grind for 5-10 seconds while shaking for even grind. Add garlic powder, chili powder, and salt and grind for another 5 seconds to mix. (add more or less chili powder for taste but be careful because it could get a little ‘hot’). Combine this mixture in small bowl with brown sugar, olive oil, and cider vinegar. Brush onto both sides of the slabs. Place the ribs in some kind of container that seals and will keep in the ‘fridge for at least 4 hours, better done overnight. We placed ours in a ceramic smoker for the next 6 hours at about 250º in the dome. Use a gas grill with a drip pan under the ribs on the cool side of the grill (burner off) while the other burner keeps the grill about 250º. Consult your grill instructions for the ‘indirect’ cooking method and remember ‘low and slow’ for best results. Pork should reach an internal temperature of 160º.
These flavors and over 70 more types Spice Classics can be found in the food and candy department at our 502 Main Street store. All at the low everyday price of 99¢ each.