The holiday season is off to a great start at Incahoots. So far there have been no reports of violence, injuries, or even unkind words. I think that’s definitely a result of the innate goodness and overall wonderfulness of Incahoots shoppers.
The store is aglow with poinsettias, greens, garland and wreaths. We are fortunate to have more of Jim’s colorful statice wreaths again this year. He had a bit of an inexplicable crop failure this year, but was able to find other sources for statice and keep up the tradition. Jim’s been making wreaths for about 25 years and he’ll probably stop sometime, but as long as he makes them, we’re glad to have them.
The Trail Band will be in McMinnville this Sunday to perform their annual Christmas concert.
But if you don’t want to wait to hear their music, we’ve got all of their CDs in stock – including the new 20th Anniversary release – Tidings of Comfort and Joy.
It features 14 unreleased songs and, for the first time, recordings of Cal Scott’s monologue and Scott Parker (as “Harold”) telling the Christmas story through the eyes of a first grader. Also, the CD is packaged in an 8 page souvenir photo album with lots of beautiful images from shows through the years.
Yankee Candle BOGOs
This month’s Buy One Get One 50% Off special on Yankee Candles features 3 seasonal fragrances. Be sure to get yours soon as supplies are rather limited.
Make your vases sparkle Sometimes glass and crystal vases can develop stubborn rings or a cloudy film. To get rid of this film, simply drop in a denture cleaning tab – available at any drug or discount store – fill the vase with water and leave the tab to work. If needed, cover the vase opening with your hand and give it a shake or “whisk” the container to reach all of the interior. Repeat if necessary. Voila! Your glass will sparkle once more. (We at Incahoots employ a similar method. We use a sprinkle of our coffee pot cleaner and it has the same result. Since I’m not a chemist, I can’t tell how closely these products are related, but they both appear to consist mainly of sodium and carbon. It would be interesting to see if Baking Soda has the same effect. If you try it, let me know.)
With the warm weather we’ve been having lately, it’s hard to think about the chilly winter days ahead. But a little forethought now and a bit of digging in the dirt will reward you with fresh and tasty veggies from the garden in the months to come.
Check out these cool weather crops you can plant now and reap the rewards this Fall and Winter.
January King Cabbage
Very winter hardy. Green, slightly flattened heads have red and burgundy markings. Fine tasting and ornamental. 12-18 in. Sun.
A blend of overwintering cauliflowers that produce large, white, beautiful heads in the spring. 12-18 in. Sun.
Winter Blend Lettuce
Well-flavored fall mix offers many leaf shapes, textures and colors. 6-10 in.
Red Russian Kale
Gray green, flat leaves with purple veins. Color intensifies with cool weather. 2 ft. Sun.
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Extremely cold hardy biennial that must overwinter. Produces small, sweet, purple heads in the spring that turn green when cooked. 2-3 ft. Sun.
Bright Lights Chard
Colorful stems of red, gold, white and rose. Dark bronzy-green, thick, fleshy leaves with mild flavor. 20 in. Sun.