2.06.2011

Weekend Rewind

It’s time for Weekend Rewind where nothing gets thrown out.  We talk about old posts and some new things, too.

Courtesy of MCC Designs
In Write Image,  I told you about my passion for personalized stationary and how I’m trying not to make thank you notes, and letter writing a lost art.  Well, as you can imagine,  I was elated when I discovered MCC Designs this week.  The artist, Melissa, is a reader of the Hines-Sight Blog, and I’m a new fan of her wonderful work.  I’ve been drooling over her stationary in her etsy shop when I should have been folding laundry, but she has the cutest gift tags for Valentine’s Day.  I couldn't help but put the chores on hold!!

I love gift tags, and honestly, I think they are one of the best ways to stretch a family’s gift giving budget.   The greeting card companies won’t like me saying this, but a gift tag is a fraction of the cost of a birthday card. They also give the packages some pizazz and even make great gifts, too. 

Courtesy of Princess Diana Remembered
As you now know, the late Princess of Wales was a big advocate of the handwritten note.  When I sat down to catch up on what my husband calls my “fru fru news” this week, I about spit out my English Breakfast tea when I read that Buckingham Palace staff sent out Save the Date faxes to other royal European households for the April 29th wedding of Diana’s son, Prince William and Catherine Middleton.    Although more traditional gold-embossed, handwritten invitations will be sent to 1,800 guests by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office this month, protocol dictates that sovereigns are given earlier warning than foreign heads of state and non-VIP guests.   Buckingham Palace tells the Daily Mail that “faxes have been used before for large-scale events, and they are an efficient and polite way to inform people as quickly as possible.”  Wonder what Princess Diana would have thought about this new modern way to Save a Date for a wedding?   Would she have called it a  fax pas?

In my “Pack Your Bags” segment, we escaped to The Greenbrier in the beautiful Alleghany mountains of West Virginia.   I think the resort is now on many people’s wish list, and the post gets the honor of being the most popular Hines-Sight Blog post for the week.  You should go ahead and plan that much deserved get-away because the Greenbrier is offering some great packages and specials this month.

The thought of that wonderful coconut pie at the Tamarack has been in my head all week after writing  the Greenbrier post.  While planning some meals this week, I stumbled upon my Grandma Powell’s No Crust Coconut Pie recipe. Truthfully, I’ve never made it myself, but it looks easy enough and  I can assure you it is yummy.  It reminds me of what I tasted in West Virginia.   I’ve added this southern family recipe to my recipe collection on the Hines-Sight Blog.  If you make it, please let me know.

On the Hines-Sight Blog Facebook page, I asked readers this week if they were looking forward to watching the football game or the commercials in Sunday's Superbowl.    Some readers are die-hard football fans while others only tune in for the commercials. That’s good news for those companies who bought Superbowl ads this year since a 30 second spot goes for about $3 million dollars according to a news source I read today.   A few of you said you didn't care for either one, but maybe you will like this.

Photobucket My new blogger friend, Happy Homemaker UK, shared this great billboard ad campaign Ocado, an online grocery and delivery store in England and Wales, while she was waiting to catch a train.  The company has come up with a new periodic table that supports their store's items.



Courtesy of Happy Homemaker UK

Close-up of table.  Look at number 62!
It is so clever, and I’ve gone back to her post about ten times looking at their different elements.   It’s so funny!  I have laughed over number 62 on the table a lot.  I think it’s my favorite.  We’ll just leave it at that.   Be sure to tell me your favorite!


And finally, I registered my son for public kindergarten this week.  In “Putting Your Own Cherry On Top”, you learned that he may not be ready for the school cafeteria line.  We need to spend a lot more time at cafeteria style restaurants or as I suggested , ice cream/yogurt topping bars.  My 75-year-old mom has helped me out a lot this week because I have two sick kids on my hands.   Mi Ma , as she is called by us , came up with a brilliant idea to help my five-year- old prepare for the school cafeteria this fall.  He’s been playing cafeteria in his own playroom, and he is quite proud of his accomplishment.  She had him create a self-serve line showcasing the plates to the cash register.  Hopefully, he’s learning a little, but more importantly, it is keeping him busy for hours.  That’s really nice!


Until next time,  I’m off to get a cup of tea!


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