Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

Win A Mason Cash Romantic Heart Mixing Bowl!

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Mason Cash Romantic Hearts Mixing Bowl

Win A Mason Cash Mixing Bowl!

How would you like to win a Mason Cash Romantic Heart Mixing Bowl from Pacific Merchants this Valentine’s Day?

How To Enter:

Winning is EASY! Just head on over to our Mason Cash Facebook Fan Page, become a fan, and then write on our wall! Tell us who your “sweetie” is (mom, boyfriend, brother, dog, etc.) and what you would use this Mason Cash Mixing Bowl to make for them.

Want to get creative in your entry and post a video or picture telling us about your sweetie and what you want to make for them? Feel free! On February 7th, we’ll pick a winner, and they’ll receive our Mason Cash Romantic Heart Mixing Bowl for free, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Contest Rules:

Sorry, employees of Pacific Merchants or their family members are not eligible to win (we’ve got to keep things fair), and there is only one entry per person for this contest. This prize cannot be redeemed for cash or substituted for any other items. Sorry, but retailers of Pacific Merchants or Mason Cash products are not eligible.

It’s Never too Early to Plan for Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Mason Cash Romantic Hearts Mixing Bowl

Here at Pacific Merchants, we’re a bit like school children on Valentine’s Day. We bring in lots of sweet little goodies like candy, cookies, and cupcakes, as well as thoughtful “little something” gifts and cards. It’s hard not to like a holiday that involves so much sugar when you have a sweet tooth. Thankfully, we recognize that Valentine’s Day isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Sometimes planning what you’ll do for your sweetie in honor of Valentine’s day can simply fall by the wayside since many people experience hectic schedules in the beginning of the year. If you’re a gentleman hoping to do something a little different for your Valentine this year, check out these great Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Pacific Merchants!

Mason Cash Romantic Hearts Mixing Bowl

Your Valentine will be able to add a little extra love to their recipes with this Mason Cash Romantic Heart Mixing Bowl. Available in both cream and pink, this mixing bowl measures 11.5″ wide by 5.5″ deep and holds 5.25 quarts. These mixing bowls feature a lip with basketweave detail, as well as raised hearts around the outside of the bowl. Anyone who enjoys cooking and baking would be happy to find this on their counter this February 14th!

Price & Kensington Red Tea Sets

If your sweetie likes tea, be sure and take a peek at our Price & Kensington five piece red tea set. Available in the perfect “heart red” color, this tea set includes one two-cup tea pot, two red tea pot shaped tea caddies (the perfect place to rest a tea bag), and two red tea (or coffee) mugs. If you’d rather get a larger tea set, we also have our nine piece red tea set available, which includes one six cup red tea pot, four red tea mugs, and four red tea pot shaped tea caddies.

Pacific Merchants Gift Certificates

Have a honey who likes to cook, but not so sure exactly what to get them? Try one of our gift certificates! Pacific Merchants Gift Certificates are available in whatever denomination you choose, and can be redeemed for whatever your Valentine’s heart desires, whether it be from our Mason Cash line, some of our Acaciaware, or any of our other outstanding products. A little work on your part, and a lot of thought on ours, and your Valentine’s Day will be hassel-free!

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

Directions:

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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