Posts Tagged ‘winter entertainment’

Create a Storm Essentials Kit

Friday, January 24th, 2014
The power can go out during a storm without warning. Be prepared for a power outage and loss of electricity all year long with storm essentials. Aside from the all-important items to keep in stock such as canned food or fresh water, do not forget the small things like batteries and candles. Featured here are a few of our suggestions for preparing items for all weather conditions. Although we are no experts, we hope that these ideas will help you prepare for a potential power outage.
Whatever the Weather

When a storm hits, you want to be as prepared as possible – and this includes planning for a power outage. Keeping “emergency” matches and mini candles in one place will keep you from stumbling in the dark and worrying about what necessities you do or do not have. With a box like our Candle Box, you can store candles, as well as matches and batteries inside for easy access during a storm. Keep the box in a cabinet for storm-only use, and always replenish the supplies you used so as to be prepared for the next time the weather takes a turn for the worse. 

Mini Taper Holder

Candle Box Basic Items to Keep in Your Kit

1. Batteries. Stock up on all sizes for those flashlights that have accumulated in the garage over the years.

2. First Aid Supplies. A few bandages and wound ointment can go a long way.

3. Can Opener. Because we all know that it is difficult open a can without one.

4. Light Source. Candles, with a flame or battery operated, are important pieces to keep in stock. Use jars to hold your candles if flames are a worry.

Battery Powered Flameless Candles

To avoid any worry when using flame candles in your home, use battery powered candles instead. Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we have many candle options available to you, and have gathered just a few of our flameless favorites. Pillar candles and votives have a decorative appeal, but their white, opaque color helps the light warmly illuminate your home. If you are using real candles, do not forget a Candle Snuffer to quickly and efficiently extinguish the flames when you are not in the room.

Forever Votives
Everlasting Drip Pillar Candles Black Candle Snuffer

Keeping Warm and Cozy

Plenty of blankets will keep you warm, especially in the colder winter months. Vintage Eagle Throw is crafted from sturdy woven fabric for a heavyweight blanket that will keep you warm or decorate your couch, no matter the weather. Lancaster Throw features soft cotton; a lightweight option when the weather is warmer but you still want to sit in comfort. Customer favorite Apothecary Quilt Collection has a color for everyone. Keeping an assortment of throws around the house will ensure that no one will go cold regardless of the weather outside.

Apothecary Quilt Collection Colors
Vintage Eagle Throw Lancaster Throw

Old Orchard Braided Log Carrier Stoke the Fire in Winter

If you have a fireplace, or a wood stove for that matter, it is easy to keep warm in winter even when the power goes out. Make it easier to carry firewood from the wood pile to the house with a Log Carrier. Built to last with braided handles that are attached to the rest of the overall braid. Keep plenty of firewood in stock with a vertical rack built to store just as much as other options, in just 1 square foot of space. Keep extra blankets and other storm supplies in one-easy-to-find spot so you are able to locate them even if the lights go out. Our Primitive Pine Trunks are great for this.

Vertical Arch Rack Primitive Pine Trunks

Keeping Everyone Entertained

Although it may not seem like a storm essential, there is no better time for game time than when the power goes out or if you are stuck inside during a snowstorm. Make memories and keep your family entertained with family fun games that are sure to become all-time favorites. With classic games such as Pick-Up Sticks or Chinese Checkers, nostalgic fun is just a game play away. Or try something new such as the highly rated Camp Travel Game.

Pick Up Stick Game
Chinese Checkers Board Game Camp Travel Game

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Tuesday Recipe: Easy New Year’s Eve Appetizers

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
New Year’s Eve is a time for celebrating with family and friends, putting the past behind you and looking forward to the future. Save time this year with easy appetizer recipes sure to please everyone at your party, even if it is just a gathering of you and your beloved pets.

Apple Rings With Gorgonzola Cheese

Tart apples with creamy cheese = a yummy treat.


  • 2 tart apples
  • Juice from half of a lemon (2 tbls)
  • 4 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 2 tbls honey
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola or other blue cheese
  • 1/2 cup candied nuts, chopped
Apple Hooked Wool Pillow
French Market Prep Bowl Set Directions

1. Core the apples with an apple corer, making sure to remove all of the seeds. Cut apples horizontally into fairly thin rings and brush both sides of rings with lemon juice; set aside.

2. In a small bowl stir together cream cheese and honey. Spoon cream cheese mixture into a small resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Snip off a corner of the bag. Pipe cream cheese mixture onto apple rings. Sprinkle with Gorgonzola cheese and candied walnuts. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 2 hours.

Vintage Sugar Sack Wall Panel Spicy Candied Walnuts

Use these walnuts on the apple ring recipe or have them on ice cream!


  • 1  cup  coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1  tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • dash salt
  • dash crushed red pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 9×9x2-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper; set aside. In a small bowl stir together the coarsely chopped walnuts, packed brown sugar, vanilla, salt and crushed red pepper.
  2. Spread nut mixture in prepared pan. Bake about 10 minutes or until nuts are toasted, stirring twice. Cool.
Squirrel Nutcracker

Peppered Herb Cheese Ball

No holiday party is complete without a cheese ball!


  • 3  tablespoons fresh chives
  • 3  tablespoons  fresh basil
  • 2  tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/4 – 1/2  teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Assorted crackers
Chives Herb Marker
Mouse and Cheese Board Directions

1. In a shallow dish combine 1 tablespoon of the chives, 1 tablespoon of the basil, and the parsley; set aside. In a medium bowl beat cream cheese and goat cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in remaining 2 tablespoons chives, remaining 2 tablespoons basil, the pepper, and garlic. Form into a ball.

2. Roll ball in herb mixture. Wrap and chill cheese ball for 4 to 24 hours. Makes twelve 2-tablespoon servings.

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Won’t Somebody Think of the Pets?

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Ceramic Cat DishEarly March. A particularly hard winter for a good deal of the US East Coast. Most of us rage and pace our homes, itching for something other than snow and wet and cold.

Sometimes we can get mired in our own depths and overlook the possibility that cabin fever can also influence our furry friends—particularly the dogs. It’s also easy to forget that by catering to the needs of our pets, we can relieve some of our own winter blues.

To keep the kids and the k-9’s up-beat, try a family game of hide and seek. Have one family member keep the dog in a room while the rest of the family hides. Then let the dog sniff out its family for a cuddle reward.

If you’re a single pet owner, try the game with a few of your dog’s toys. Gloomy days are a good time to teach scent and recognition. has some tips for training your dog this way. Though uses hot dogs and grass (two things you don’t really want all over your carpets), the principals can be applied to other things. For instance, your car keys. When put in that perspective, these winter months can really come in handy.

As in-your-face as a bored dog can get, your cat can get bored too. Make sure your feline has a place to climb and scratch. Engage your cat with balls, or teases. Find a new use for that laser pointer with a game of hunt and pounce. Some cats enjoy watching videos and there are a selection designed specifically to engage your cat.

For some family feline entertainment, break out the catnip.

Catering to a pet’s needs isn’t a chore, it’s an opportunity.

Time Spent Playing SignWhat Part of Meow Sign

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