Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I may just be projecting my own feelings. At this point, I've shopped for one person in my family. One. That leaves four more without gifts on Christmas morning. Don't worry I have thoughts for meaningful things under the tree!
For those of you in my same predicament, you can use the code "lastminute" in our shop for 35% off! :) It's my way of easing the burden and sending a not so subtle reminder that Christmas is coming!!!!
In truth, presents are fun at Christmas. But a gift from Scarlet Threads provides pathway out of poverty for a woman a world away and forges a permanent connection between the recipient, the giver, and the artisan producer. Wow.
Another quick way to give and save this Christmas! Have you seen our posts about Wendy? We are seeking to raise $5,000 to cover her medical expenses at New Day Foster Home. At five years old, the poor darling was abandoned a few weeks ago, with a heart problem requiring immediate attention. Two shops (Delicate Fortress Creations and Seven Hopes United) joined with us to provide $30.00 in gift coupons ($10 to each shop) to each donor who contributes $25.00 or more. We also received generous offers from three sponsors to match the funds we raise! So, when we raise $5,000, we will receive $10,000 in matching funds and a total of $15,000 will be sent to New Day!
Have a joyous Christmas season! Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your lives this year. We are so lucky to have the ST community who can share in our passion for women in need of work and special needs orphans in rural China. We are grateful for your continued support and understanding!
Friday, December 16, 2011
She had a very risky heart surgery... and she survived. Which is a miracle in and of itself. The surgeons gave many warnings as they began the operation:
1. Wendy was just abandoned in August 2011 at four years old. The surgeons told NDFH the optimum time to have done her surgery was when she was 3 or 4 months old.
2. 30% of children with this condition die following surgery.
3. They will try to complete the repair in one surgery.
4. Without surgery she had NO chance of survival. Even with surgery the chance of survival is small.
5. Post surgery she will need to be on medication to try and reduce the hypertension. This medication is quite expensive and she will need to be on it at least a year.
6. She will need frequent checkups and close monitoring to monitor the hypertension.
7. She will be on limited activity. She might have no symptoms, but even slight activity could cause her heart to fail.
We're all so thankful she survived the surgery, but now she's begun another journey, just as dangerous... a journey of recovery. We're still working to raise the funds to cover the cost of Wendy's medical treatment, and we ask that each of you will consider giving to help NDFH as they work to save Wendy's life. But even more than that, we ask that you will keep sweet Wendy in your thoughts and prayers. She needs us now more than ever. Of course, the funds are needed to pay for her surgery. But more importantly, Wendy needs our love and care and prayers and encouragement.
She has such a sad story. We may never know the real reason behind her abandonment, but generally it seems that when a child is abandoned with a serious medical problem at a late age, it is because the family knows medical care is needed that they cannot provide. It is a bit like putting Moses in the basket... you know you can't give what is needed to save her life, so you pray someone else might.
Her basket led her, thankfully, to New Day Foster Home. A place just as concerned with her emotional health as they are with repairing her broken heart. But can you imagine a little four year old experiencing abandonment, an orphanage, a new home, and a major surgery all in the course of four months? And experiencing the surgery without her mama and daddy by her side? She has experienced much trauma and sadness these last few months... we can be a small part of changing her story to one of hope and love. Just think, when she's ten and her adoptive family tells her that her life-saving surgery was provided by a group of strangers who gave for the pure joy of sharing life and love with a little girl they'll never know...
That, my friends, is the power of redemption... turning pain and brokenness and tragedy - something this world is far too full of - to hope and new life and restoration. We can be a part of this redemption. Won't you join us?
And remember, in this holiday gift-giving season when if you're like me, you are scrambling for last-minute gifts, a $25 contribution to the Joyful Gift fundraising drive gets you three $10-off coupons valid with Delicate Fortress, 7 Hopes United, and Scarlet Threads. That's $30 worth of coupons for a $25 donation! Need last-minute gift ideas? All of these retailers offer great gifts that give back to the artisans who created them. Just e-mail email@example.com for your coupon codes after you make your $25 or more donation! (All donations go directly to NDFH, a registered 501c3 nonprofit, are matched by a fund established by NDFH-adoptive families, and are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law!)
Friday, December 9, 2011
Please don't forget our Joyful Gift matching funds drive going on, now! We are seeking to sponsor two special needs orphans' surgeries at New Day Foster Home in our village in rural China. Please click here for more details! To date, we've already raised $960 - I am totally impressed and awestruck by the generosity of our ST community. Thank you!
I am excited to announce that two of our very dear friends (and retailers) who share our heart for the forgotten ones, are joining us to raise $5,000 for Wendy's heart surgery.
Seven Hopes United
Delicate Fortress Creations
When you contribute $25.00 (or more!) via the chip-in at the top right, you will be eligible for a $10.00 gift card in our Scarlet Threads shop. Here's the fun part, Seven Hopes will match that $10.00 gift card with another gift card for use in their shop! AND, Delicate Fortress will match it AGAIN with a $10.00 gift card in their shop!
(Donors: please send an email to Carrie@ScarletThreads.org to receive the gift certificate codes.)
That is $30.00 in gift cards for a $25.00 donation. Can it get any better? Oh yes, yes it can!
This is Wendy!
One other huge blessing is that two very generous anonymous sponsors have pledged matching funds up to $2,500! That means when we reach our $5,000 goal, we will have raised $10,000 total for Wendy's life-saving heart surgery. Carrie will be putting up a profile on this sweet little one who is in desperate need in coming days. We will also be sponsoring Asa's surgery - look for her profile coming soon!
In the mean time, please visit New Day Foster Home to find out more about their worthy mission to care for special needs orphans in China.
This just in, we have another very generous anonymous sponsor who has pledged additional matching funds up to $5,000! That means it isn't $10,000, but $15,000 total that will be raised for Wendy's heart surgery!
If you are a retailer interested in matching the $10.00 gift card offer, please contact Carrie@ScarletThreads.org!
New Day Foster Home is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
I was walking to one of my last days of work at New Day Foster Home, a few days before we were to move back to the USA. Nearly four years had passed since we had moved to a little village outside of Beijing, and our lives had changed so much in China. We came a family of two, and we were leaving a family of three - four if you counted the dog! (Which I do.) And in those four years, we saw so much pain and brokenness... sick babies, abandoned little ones, broken hearts. But what stands out the most is the LIFE... children coming into the foster home who were barely surviving, leaving a few short months later with their adoptive families, so full of life!
Scarlet Threads was birthed in this same village... the same village where we loved on those little orphans and prayed them back to health. The same village where we learned that so many families are fractured and splintered because of simple economics. There is no money, so mama must move to another place to find work. There is no money for a baby's life-saving surgery, so the tiny one is left in a hospital's back hallway with the hope that someone can give what they cannot. Scarlet Threads was born out of a desire to provide economic development opportunities for women so that they could preserve their families and protect their children.
But there are still orphans. And thankfully, there are organizations like NDFH providing hope and a future for them. This Christmas season, Scarlet Threads is partnering with NDFH and some generous donors to sponsor a matching-fund drive. Two anonymous donor families have each offered $2,500 to be matched. That means if we're able to raise $5,000 in the next month, NDFH will receive $10,000. Ten thousand dollars goes a long ways in that little Chinese village... it can provide a heart surgery!
So here's what we're doing. We want to raise $5,000 in the next month. If we reach the goal, it will be matched to $10,000. You can make a contribution using the ChipIn box at the top right of this blog. All funds go directly to NDFH, which is a 501c3 non-profit, so your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
And to make it a little sweeter, for every $25 contribution you make, you will receive a coupon worth $10 off in the Scarlet Threads shop. If you would like to be issued a coupon, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address, and the amount you contributed. We will not be sending all donors a coupon - only those who request one - so be sure to let us know if it is something you want to receive!
It is a busy time of year - with many things pulling for our resources and our attention. But when we spend a morning playing in the snow with our little ones, remembering just how richly we have been blessed, we will find that giving life and hope and love to others is really the most joyful gift of all.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Total Time: 35 minutes
Number of Servings: 14-16
1 cup roasted peppers, drained and chopped
16 Italian Style Meatballs, frozen
2 Tbsp olive oil
seasoning (coarse salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, chives)
1 tray Roasted Pepper Queso Dip, prepared
I will say that the pieces are a bit clumsy, as the part with the meatball tends to break off the crust part, since it's heavier, but it really is a two or three bite snack anyway!
This was definitely a fun thing to make, and my grandmother loved it. It would be a great snack for one of your holiday parties!
Monday, November 28, 2011
It is because of you, dear readers, that we are doing this sale. We are so thankful for your unwavering support this past year and we look forward to the future. Please use the code cybermondayblog when checking out for 50% off your purchase. Share with your family and friends via email, twitter, facebook and your blog, if you wish! New supporters are always welcome, and we are most grateful for all you do to help our mission.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
In the end, we were left with Betsy, Tallulah, and Talia.
Introducing Talia - Many thanks to Erika for the name!
Introducing Tallulah - Many thanks to Emily!
And finally, Betsy - Many thanks to Sarah!
Everyone who submitted a name or made a comment can use "wintersuggestion" for 20% off in our shop. Winners can contact me (email@example.com) for their 50% off code. Both discounts are good for your entire purchase! Yay!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Today, we are thankful to our whole Scarlet Threads online community of 128 blog followers, 3,555 facebook fans, and 640 Tweeps. We know that our successes are entirely due to your prayers and support over the last two years. It is overwhelming that so many people share our passion for providing a pathway out of poverty to women in rural China.
And, now... I have a very exciting announcement. We are going to have a Black Friday sale starting tonight at midnight. We are offering 50% off your entire purchase in our shop, with free shipping on orders over $100 (which means free shipping on your $50 order after the discount)!
Coupon Code: blackfridayblog
As you'll notice we have finally put up the Christmas tree skirts and lovely new aprons.
Important Quantity Announcements! If you want one of these styles, act fast!
Aubergine (quantity 2)
Noelle Tree Skirt (quantity 2)
Genevieve Tree Skirt (quantity 2)
Tiger Hats (quantity 3)
Please share our mission to change one village with your friends and family this holiday season! Especially their opportunity to make a difference at a 50% discount tomorrow on Black Friday...
Many Blessings - today and every day.
Carrie, Eileen, Tisha, Jenny, and Lexi
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
And the pocket! Why do I love pockets? I wanted a pocket in my wedding dress. Alas, I chose not to cut the gorgeous lace to create one. My one regret, it needed a pocket. Perhaps it was for the best. If I had added pockets, there is a good chance that the wedding rings would have been hidden from all photos - my hands being thrust in my pockets.
What is her name to be? Something to match her vibrant personality, I'm sure.
Like with all the others, please leave a comment here or on or facebook page with your suggestion! Entries are accepted until Thursday (Thanksgiving!!) and the winner will receive 50% off an item in our shop!
Friday, November 18, 2011
What shall we name her!? Again suggestions are accepted in comments here or on our facebook page until November 24th. The person who submits the winning name will receive 50% off an item in our shop! :)
Thursday, November 17, 2011
You know there is a funny story here. We asked Christina of Christina Shippey Photography to come over to shoot our new products. And, what do you guess happened? I grabbed the child's size apron as I ran out the door. Well, it turned out OK because as you can see, it fits! We will be taking an adult size this weekend for the official collages - never fear.
Now comes the point! We need your help to name her. This is our favorite contest, where you submit your name suggestions in the comments of this post or on the facebook post! :)
Suggestions accepted through November 24th (Happy Thanksgiving!). Winner will receive a 50 percent off coupon good for one item in our shop!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I adapted a recipe from Whole Living magazine (I started receiving it after my first triathlon - gee I hope they aren't charging my credit card!). And, I combined that with another recipe that I had seen a couple of years ago because I had a couple of additional ingredients that I wanted to use out of the fridge. Here is the original recipe from WL - it is way healthier than the one to follow.
1 1/2 c. roasted butternut squash (ahead of time)
1 c. blanched cauliflower (ahead of time)
2 apples (cored and thickly sliced)
1 14 oz can of low sodium chiken broth
1 c. heavy whipping cream
3 tbsp carmelized onion jam
2 c. shredded sharp cheddar
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
2 oz bacon (cooked ahead of time)
1/2 tsp sage
In a wide sauce pan, melt butter and add apples. Cook down 5 min.
Add flour and coat apples. Cook 2 min.
Add roasted butternut squash, blanched cauliflower, and carmelized onion jam. Cook 2 min.
Add chicken broth. Stir and simmer 5 minutes.
Add heavy cream. Stir and simmer.
Melt in the shredded cheddar.
Season with sage.
In batches, blend soup in a blender until smooth.
I served this soup with a take and bake multigrain bread and it was wonderful! We had enough left over for another meal later in the week! :)
Monday, October 31, 2011
However, if you are missing the essential piece of that costume (or daily wardrobe), never fear! Here is a $10.00 off coupon for use in our shop. Just enter "spooky" for the savings.
Also, I would just love to hear what you (or the kids) are doing for Halloween! Carrie (founder of ST) made her little baby a costume, and I'm confident pictures will follow. She wore it to breakfast yesterday morning so that she could be shown off to family and friends in Houston before heading home.
Is 9 months a bit young for Trick of Treating? I think no! I choose Trick!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
For now, try this! Cheesey chicken lasagna roll-ups!
Fun fact: when I was in elementary school, I had an imaginary friend that I called Cheesey. Yeah, I don't know either :)
I found the recipe on pinterest, my new favorite site ever. I sort-of followed the recipe, but mostly made it up as I went along, as usual for me!
Here's me and Lucy, preparing our chicken.
Side note: do you have a Lucy in your collection? She's an oldie, but isn't she cute? I've heard rumors that Delicate Fortress has just a very few left, so if you love the looks of this sunshiny girl, head over to Delicate Fortress and snap one up!
three large chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
one-two jars of spagetti sauce, depending on how much sauce you like
ten pieces of lasagna
one package feta cheese
one package parmesan cheese
one container ricotta cheese
whatever spices you like the best
1- boil water and cook lasagna
2- cook chicken, adding whatever spices you like (I used LOTS of basil, onion flavor (I hate the actual onions, but like the flavor!) salt, pepper and garlic)
3- once chicken is cooked through, put in bowl and add cheeses (I am very generous with the cheese!)
note- the original recipe called for 1/2 cup milk, but I forgot that I had run out that morning, so didn't add any, and it was okay
4- mix chicken and cheeses together, add more spices if you wish!
5- pour half a jar of sauce into the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish
6- take a piece of cooked lasagna, and place a spoonful of chicken mix, and roll up. place seam-side down in baking dish full of sauce. repeat until you use each piece of lasagna (you could obviously use less than ten pieces!)
7- once all rolls are in dish, pour more sauce over it all, and add more sprinkled parmesan cheese (we like a lot of cheese!)
8- bake at 375* for about 30 minutes until bubbly and delicious smelling!
(it may not be super pretty, but it was super good!)
I have a matching tea towel and mug!
What are you cooking this week? Send us the recipe, we'd love to feature you and your favorite Scarlet Threads apron!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
Do you remember how we calculate the sale percentage? We give 1% off for every "like" we get on facebook, every "follow" on twitter and the blog (from today to Thursday morning). For every friend you introduce to ST, you march the discount to our goal of 50%!
Last month we only got to 39%... will this month be the month for 50%?
Facebook Followers: 3356
Blog Followers: 127
Twitter Followers: 618
It almost seems TOO easy to get a 50% discount, doesn't it?
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs
drink a glass of moscato while preparing the meatballs. it helps. trust me.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
For those of you who are equally bewildered, I looked it up! According to Aubergine Recipes, "In addition to being an animated film about an industrious rat who aspires to be a Parisian chef, Ratatouille is a delicious vegetable stew that comes to us from the Provence region of Southern France." Our lovely Aubergine apron is named after one of the key ingredients in this side dish - the fabulously versatile and always delicious eggplant!
Back to the Ratatouille. I found this recipe in Whole Living Magazine, which miraculously started coming to my house after my first triathlon. This is probably the first magazine subscription I've ever had and the first magazine that I've ever read cover to cover (almost). The recipe was pretty simple: summer squash, tomatoes, potatoes, and onions all baked together after being drizzled with olive oil, seasoned with provencal spices, and dusted with parmesan cheese. Yum.
Next time, I will be using eggplant in the mix. I can't believe that I forgot to use
the eggplant that I purchased at the farmer's market two weekends ago. But, c'e la vie!
1 Zucchini or Magda Squash
3 Roma Tomatoes
Thinly slice the onion and brown in olive oil, salt and pepper. Place in the bottom of a casserole dish.
Slice zucchini, tomatoes, and potatoes and layer on top of the onions in the casserole dish. The recipe stated to slice them 1/4 inch thick, however I recommend a thinner cut or 1/8 inch thick.
Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and thyme. I might recommend some garlic powder. Then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes covered, 30 minutes uncovered. And, voila! Bon Appetit!
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
If you are a buckwheat lover then you will to enjoy these gluten-free muffins. Try adding more carrots, raisins, some shredded apple, or any chopped nut for a denser, more nutritious treat. These muffins work great as a quick breakfast, simply serve with a green smoothie for a balanced and energizing meal. I grind my own buckwheat flour from raw buckwheat groats. I find the flavor and texture of this fresh flour superior to that of the packaged roasted, ground buckwheat flour. You can use a Vita-Mix to grind the flour or a small electric grinder such as a coffee grinder.
2 ½ cups buckwheat flour
½ cup tapioca flour
½ cup organic brown sugar, Sucanat, or maple sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger powder
2 cups applesauce
¼ cup melted virgin coconut oil or grapeseed oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup grated carrots
½ to 1 cup raisins, soaked for 10 minutes in ¼ cup water (then drain)
In a large bowl combine the buckwheat flour, tapioca flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt, and spices. Mix well.
Place apple sauce into a separate bowl and add the melted coconut oil, vanilla, carrots, and raisins; whisk together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and gently mix together being careful not to over mix.
Spoon batter into oiled muffin tins. Fill each muffin cup to the top. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 25 minutes. Loosen sides with a knife and gently take out of tins and place onto a wire rack to cool.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
For the brownies:
For the white chocolate buttercream frosting:
To make the brownies:
In a small bowl, slowly stir together the cocoa powder, food coloring,
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
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To make the frosting:
Monday, June 27, 2011
As you'll see from the photo below, I have a lot of cookbooks. When I say a lot, I really mean it.
This photo doesn't even show all of my cookbooks! There are a lot more that you can't see, off to the left on other shelves and such! They range from all sorts of types, from international to baking to southern cooking. I love having them, but I will admit that I don't use them all as often as I should. There are some I use regularly, but there are others that I've never used. Awful, so awful, I know! I'm sure though, that I'm not the only one who doesn't always use all of her cookbooks, right?
This is where I thought of hosting a cookbook swap! We can trade a few cookbooks that we don't use, and then get a few in return that we will! Here's the idea. Leave us a comment and say that you'd like to participate. In a week or so, depending on the number of comments, we will end sign-ups and then partner people up. We will email you your partner's information and then then the two of you can discuss what you like, what you don't, etc and exchange addresses. Each pair will swap a cookbook, more if you'd like, but one minimum. Please don't go out and buy anything, take something from your shelf that hasn't had much use by you, but that your partner will love and use!
How does this sound? Make sense? Ask any questions, of course, and we will answer them as best we can! Also, please share this post on your own blog/twitter/facebook, etc! We'd love to have lots of people participating, as more people makes it more fun!
Maybe you'll find a great recipe you can share for a Tasty Tuesday!