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2013 Mother’s Day Gift Guide!

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Can you believe Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away? That’s right, it’s on May 12, which means you have 2 weeks to find the perfect gift for the person who gave you life. But don’t worry. Here at Pacific Merchants, we’re ready to help with a great Mother’s Day Gift Guide. We’ve got beautiful gifts for everyone, and we want to help you get your shopping out of the way so that you can spend more time with your mom. What’s more important than family, after all?

First up is a really cool Price and Kensington Teapot. I particularly like this one with the infuser. It’s great for all those fancy loose leaf teas. Plus, we have matching mugs, so your mom can entertain in style! It says “Mom, I appreciate you. I want you to relax and take time for yourself. These are the perfect gifts for the woman who likes to entertain. They are also great for the woman who does everything for everyone else and sometimes needs to be reminded to take some time and spoil herself. Now if your mom loves tea, but doesn’t love to entertain, don’t worry. We thought about her too. If you get her a teapot with infuser, splurge a little, spoil your mom, and pick up some nice loose leaf tea to go along with it. How about the Zen tea by Tazo? Give your mom her moment of zen.



We’ve got a line of clever tea-for-ones just for her. These are neatly designed teapots that nest with a single cup right under the pot. They come whimsically decorated with everything from beautiful floral motifs to funny farm animals, and even cats and dogs. There’s something for everyone.

Now, don’t worry, we didn’t forget the coffee lovers out there. If you’re a coffee fan, you know that you can never have too many coffee mugs. So if mom’s into coffee instead of tea, surprise her with this beautiful 4-pack of cute, polka dot coffee cups. They come in a pretty gift box and whether your mother is into coffee, tea or hot chocolate, she’ll smile when she drinks out of them and thinks of you. Plus, with a 4-pack of extra mugs, it’s easier to get the whole family together for coffee more

If your mom loves to bake there’s a pretty good change that you’ve been spoiled with amazing baked goods growing up. It’s time for you to spoil her back with a set of Mason Cash Mixing bowls. Our set is made of high quality glazed stoneware. These traditional British bowls, made in the same style for over 150 years and are heavy enough to stay still while mixing. The classic raised pattern provides texture to make sure the bowl doesn’t slip out of slippery hands. Our mixing bowl set features bowls in 5.25qt, 3.75qt, and 3qt sizes, which nest perfectly inside of each other. Any serious baker or cook will love these bowls. Of course, if a big set is out of your budget we’ve got some great single bowls, like these adorable fruit embossed designs. Check out our whole line of beautiful, durable Mason Cash stoneware bowls. Chefs from Julia Child to Martha Stewart have fallen in love with Mason Cash bowls over the years and we’re sure you’ll find something your mom will love. To sweeten the deal, we’ll throw in a free spoon rest with any set of Mason Cash Mixing bowls OR with any bowl 12 inches or longer. Our Mason Cash spoon rests are perfect matches for the cane mixing bowls and they’ll help keep mom’s counters clean! Just enter the code ILOVEMOM at checkout.



If your mom is more of a savory cook than a baker, we suggest this Mason Cash tagine, especially if she has a flair for the exotic. It’s modeled after a traditional Moroccan cooking vessel and makes the most flavorful, tender dishes. Cooking and steaming food in tagines is delicious, healthy and easy. Tangines produce tender, succulent, natural and vitamin rich dishes. Tagine recipes are usually stews cooked slowly at low temperatures, resulting in tender meat with aromatic vegetables and sauces. By soaking terracotta the Mason and Cash tagine in water before cooking, users can intensify flavors and the succulence of food even further. Our line of Mason Cash tagines also comes in beautiful colors. Each of them is oven safe up to 350 degrees, perfect for low slow cooking.




Now, if your mom is an ice cream lover (and let’s face it, who isn’t) we suggest you bring over a set of four of these small Mason Cash Pudding Bowls and a couple of pints of her favorite ice cream. These classic pudding basins are not only the perfect size for ice cream and small snacks, they’re sleek, made of durable stoneware, and feature a classic British design that hasn’t changed in well over 100 years. Mason Cash pudding basins are so well-known and well-loved in England that Even the Queen of England and British Royal household rely on Mason Cash pudding basins and pudding bowls for Christmas pudding gifts. So treat your mom like a queen. You know she deserves it!


And if your mom is a pizza aficionado, might we suggest our Mason Cash Terracotta baking stone? The Terracotta Clay Baking Stone is unglazed, which aids in the browning and crisping of the pizza crust while the porous clay material holds steam and moisture when soaked. This ensures that breads and pizzas do not dry out while baking, making for the perfect tender, but crisp crust and gooey, melty pizza every time. If you want to go all out, throw your mom a pizza party. Our sectioned Acaciaware serving dishes are perfect for holding a buffet of toppings, so mom can make her ultimate pizza!


We hope we were able to help you figure out your mother’s gift with plenty of time to spare. Please order by MONDAY, MAY 6th to make sure that your mom gets her gift in time. And once you’re done ordering, go hang out with your mom. She’ll love getting to spend time with you, even if it’s not mother’s day yet. You don’t need an excuse to enjoy family.

From all of us here at Pacific Merchants, we hope you have a wonderful Mother’s day!

A Dash of Love

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

“The way to a man’s heart,” so the saying goes, “is through his stomach.” I’m inclined to agree. An inexorable link exists between cooking and love. My daughters, who love to bake, are the “proof in the pudding.” Whether conjuring up tangy lemon poppyseed muffins, my favorite birthday cake, or “melt in your mouth” bittersweet chocolate meringues, they always seem to add a dash of love to their culinary endeavors. Baking is their way of nurturing, of filling those they care for with sweetness of both a physical and metaphysical kind. And I am the lucky, waist-band expanding, recipient of that sweetness. So it’s no surprise that the Mason Cash Romantic Heart Mixing Bowl is one of my favorite finds of this – or any- season! Currently available in pink, this 12” mixing bowl, decorated with a whimsical frieze of chubby hearts, is the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day. But you’ll find yourself using and displaying it year round. There is simply nothing else like it! Present it to a loved one filled with fresh-cut camellias from the garden, sappy heart candies from the dime store, or a split of champagne on ice. There is plenty of time for baking, later.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

For the Muffins:
2/3 cup sugar
Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon (Feel free to use our Mason Cash Original Cane Juicer)
2 cups all purpose flour
2 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
3/4 cup sour cream
2 large eggs
1 t pure vanilla extract
1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 T poppy seeds

For the Icing:

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2-3 T fresh lemon juice


To Make the Muffins:

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter or spray the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan or fit the molds with paper muffin cups. Alternatively, use a silicone muffin pan, which needs neither greasing nor paper cups. Place the muffin pan on a baking sheet.In a large bowl, rub the sugar and the lemon zest together with your fingertips until the sugar is moist and the fragrance of the lemon strong. Whisk in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whish the sour cream, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and melted butter together until well blended. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and, with the wish or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend. Don’t worry about being thorough-a few lumps are better than overmixing the batter. Stir in the poppy seeds. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups.Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a thin knife inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each muffin from its mold. Cool the muffins completely on the rack before icing them.

To Make the Icing:

Put the confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl and add about 1 1/2 T of the lemon juice. Stir with a spoon to moisten the sugar, then add enough additional lemon juice, a dribble at a time, to get an icing that is thin enough to drizzle from the tip of the spoon. You can then drizzle lines of icing over the tops of the muffins or coat the tops entirely, the better to get an extra zap of lemon.
(As adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s fabulous book, Baking, From My Home to Yours)

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