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COUNTRY PORCH

Christmas 2012 Newsletter


We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas;
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin;
Good tidings for Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas
– Song - Unknown 1640

Last Minute Christmas Decorating!

Up here in the North Country we are deep into the Christmas Season! We’re making a list and checkin’ it twice . . . who and what did we forget?

Quick hostess gift ideas:

Christmas Decorating Essentials:

We went shopping and look what we found!

Memory Makers:

We're about as busy as can be filling shelves with presents to complement the season. Our NEW Christmas patterns are a delight and long awaited curtain tieback panels keep out the cold. Lamps, dishtowels and our "proudly made in the USA" American Country Porch curtain valances, lined point valances, ceramic pottery, home accessories, country quilts and lodge bedding give the heart a lift.

Each day has 24 golden hours . . . we invite you to disconnect for awhile and begin to create. Oh, and don’t forget to bookmark so you can find your way back home!

P.S. Check out our featured ad in Country Sampler Magazine!

The first Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields as they lay, keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.


The First Noel – Unknown 1800

What's New?

 
Glad Tidings Christmas Decorating Theme

Glad Tidings
The Country Porch features the Glad Tidings Christmas Decorating Theme from Park Designs. 100% cotton.

Classic plaid of Christmas red and green with coffee creamer provides a colorful backdrop for coordinating Casual Classics Evergreen Dinnerware, Red Casual Classics Kitchen Decorating Theme, Gold Bangle Napkin Ring and Amber Bubble Glass Stemware.

 

Christmas Past
The Country Porch features the Christmas Past Christmas Decorating Theme from Park Designs. 100% cotton.

Vintage inspired, this pattern conjures up visions of Christmas' past with red and green solid colors along with a beautiful red and soft white swirled print. Match it up with the richness of the forest with Evergreen Dinnerware and Casual Classics Evergreen Kitchen Decorating Themes.

Other vintage Christmas patterns include: Winter Magic, Jingle Bells, Winterberry and Gift Wrap.

Christmas Past Decorating Theme
 
Holiday Pinecone Christmas Decorating Theme

Holiday Pinecone
The Country Porch features the Holiday Pinecone Christmas Decorating Theme from Park Designs. 100% cotton.

A cheery Christmas pattern bristling with pinecones and pine boughs is woven in jacquard fashion. Evergreen Casual Classics dinnerware, Evergreen Casual Classics Kitchen Decorating Theme and Red Glass Napkin Rings echo the season and makes traditional holiday decorating a snap!

Extend the winter season with other pinecone patterns such as: Pinecone, Pine Lodge and Pine Ridge.

 

Winter Magic
The Country Porch features the Winter Magic Christmas Decorating Theme from Park Designs. 100% cotton.

Adorable plaid of country red and green with a pinch of spicy neutral and a dab of grey blue makes an enchanting backdrop for adorable Winter Magic ceramic pottery by artist Bernadette Deming. Big and little kids alike will eat all their greens off Winter Magic salad plates and swill their cocoa from Winter Magic mugs. Have some fun with this one!

Winter Magic Christmas Decorating Theme
 
Highland Ridge Christmas Decorating Theme

Highland Ridge
Rich in texture, our new Highland Ridge Kitchen Decorating Theme from Park Designs echoes nature's northwest colors of rustic red, moss, chocolate and toast. 100% cotton.

Highland Ridge partners beautifully with coordinating Highland Ridge Curtain Valances, Highland Ridge Lined Button Top Curtains, Highland Shower Curtain, Casual Classics Kitchen Decorating Themes in Persimmon and Chocolate and Casual Classics Ceramic Pottery also in Persimmon and Chocolate.

Camp out at Lodge Decor or pick up a backtrail to quilts, curtains, curtain valances, window swags, tieback curtain panels and lined curtain panels.

 

Scotch Pine
The Country Porch features the Scotch Pine Kitchen Decorating Theme from Park Designs. Also available as Park Designs Scotch Pine Chindi Kitchen Decorating Theme. 100% cotton.

Just about the time you think there's nothing new in lodge colors, along comes something yummy! This rustic pattern spells lodge cozy with its rugged plaid of forest colors in hunter, chocolate, cinnamon and coffee creamer with just a tee-tiny line of slate.

Now the fun really begins! If you're tactile, think about the feel of Molasses dinnerware smooth and rich in texture; or up the drama with coordinating Evergreen and Chocolate Casual Classics Dinnerware and Casual Classics Kitchen Decorating Themes.

Scotch Pine Kitchen Decorating Theme
 

Pickle Christmas Ornament

Themed Vintage Inspired Ornaments
We’ve discovered some adorable vintage blown glass Christmas ornaments that are perfect for our vintage Christmas patterns.

We love these blown glass Mini Cupcake, Mini Sock Monkey and Sock Monkey ornaments! Every tree must have the "ledgendary" Christmas Pickle or start your own Christmas memories with Front Door, Crescent Moon, Banana, Ballet Slippers, Ray Gun, Bagpipes Santa, Bride & Groom, Cruise Ship, Dart Board, Fire Hydrant, Candy Snowman, Four Leaf Clover and Frog Prince. And then there are the animals, a whole menagerie of them: White Squirrel, Rubber Ducky, Coho Salmon, Zebra and Elephant.

 
 

Winter Quilts
Throw off the covers if you’re headed for the islands! Pick your winter paradise or winter cocoon quilt from one of beautiful quilt collections. If that’s not enough to keep you busy in your home town then travel the world with our extensive collection of Country Quilts.

A quilt is a treasure which follows its owner everywhere
~ Unknown

 

Barbados Sand Quilt
The Country Porch features the Barbados Sand Quilt, pillow sham and bedding accessories from the Williamsburg collection by C&F Enterprises.

Elegant palm trees swaying to gentle breezes are the epitome of island living. Experience the Caribbean right in your own bedroom with this gorgeous Barbados Sand quilt infused with palm trees against a white sandy beach and the flora of a tropical isle.

A cotton filled, prewashed, luxury oversized heirloom quilt, it coordinates perfectly with Hampton Forest Green (shown as under quilt), Sand Basket Weave dust ruffle and mounds of pillows.

Other island quilts include lively sister quilt Barbados Sunset, Kimiko, Palm Stripes, Histoire De La Mer and Under the Sea.

Barbados Sand Quilt
 
 
Northern Plaid Quilt

Northern Plaid Quilt
The Country Porch features the luxury oversized Holiday Garland quilt comforter, pillow sham and bedding accessories from C&F Enterprises.

Crisp as new fallen snow! A bed of pristine white ushers in the holiday season with boughs of appliqued holly leaves and evergreens all tied up with a curlicue of Christmas red ribbon. Snow swirls of machine quilting capture a wonderland storm and comfy Holiday Garland Christmas Hooked Rug keeps the cold at bay. Country plaid of greens has the last say with coordinating Holly Plaid Queen Dust Ruffle Bedskirt and Holly Plaid Euro Pillow Shams. Sigh . . . all is well.

A cotton filled, prewashed, luxury oversized, heirloom quality quilt, Holiday Garden quilt keeps good company with solid colored Green, Brick or Jacqueline matelesse under quilts.

 

Holiday Garland Quilt
The Country Porch features the luxury oversized Holiday Garland Quilt comforter, pillow sham and bedding accessories from C&F Enterprises.

Crisp as new fallen snow! A bed of pristine white ushers in the holiday season with boughs of appliqued holly leaves and evergreens all tied up with a curlicue of Christmas red ribbon. Snow swirls of machine quilting capture a wonderland storm and comfy Holiday Garland Christmas Hooked Rug keeps the cold at bay. Country plaid of greens has the last say with coordinating Holly Plaid Queen Dust Ruffle Bedskirt and Holly Plaid Euro Pillow Shams. Sigh . . . all is well.

A cotton filled, prewashed, luxury oversized, heirloom quality quilt, Holiday Garden quilt keeps good company with solid colored Green, Brick or Jacqueline matelesse under quilts.

Holiday Garland Quilt
 

Recipe of the Month

Meanwhile back here at The Country Porch, we’re so busy, who has time to cook! Thank heavens for crockpot soup.

This recipe comes from Church Suppers Cookbook.

Gooseberry Patch Church Suppers


Slow-Cooker Taco Soup

Submitted by: Susan Ahlstrand from Post Falls, ID
Originally shared on the web 03/02/2011

1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
12-oz. bottle green taco sauce
4-oz. can green chiles
2 to 3 15-oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
15-1/4 oz. can corn, drained
15-oz. can tomato sauce
2 c. water
1-1/4 oz. pkg. taco seasoning mix
Garnish: sour cream, shredded Cheddar cheese, corn chips

Brown beef, onion and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat; drain. In a slow cooker, combine beef mixture and remaining ingredients except garnish. Cover and cook on high setting for one hour. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese and corn chips.

Bon Appetite!

Christmas Candle Club

Oh, the sweet scent of the holidays and Scent-a-Bun candles or welcome home your family with the comforting scent of our cake candles, like Apple Cinnamon, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon Spice, Gingerbread Cake, Plum Pudding and Sugar Cookie. They’ll think you baked all day! Our cake candles burn 90-92 hours.

Scent-A-Buns

It was so good to visit with you and we thank you for your business! Our creative energy is in overdrive and we’re all on a mission . . . to bring you the very BEST of everything that we and the shop have to offer.

From our house to yours,

Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.


Joy to the World! - Isaac Watts 1719


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Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices


O’Holy Night – Placide Cappeau, 1847


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In his master's step he trod,
Where the snow lay dented.
Heat was in the very sod
Which the saint had printed.
Therefore, Christian men, be sure,
Wealth or rank possessing,
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing.


Good King Wenceslas
John Mason Neal - 1853

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