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HOLY MACARONI!!!

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Happy December

It’s here – the time when kids are totally excited – and moms and dads are trying to keep their sanity!

It’s still a glorious time of year – and in West Michigan, it’s sunny and almost 50* – let’s run with it!

If you didn’t see our #GivingTuesday post on the Facebook page, I thought I’d make sure you knew about our charity partners and how you can help.

In the Image, the Kalamazoo Dream Center and Alpha Women’s Center take your donations all year long – if you’re already sorting your stuff for the Spring Sale and found you’ve got some perfect items to donate…..

….or, if you like to help your kids give to others…and purge their toys now…

…or if you’re just tired of the same battle to pick up the same toys…

…or, or, or…

….what ever your reason, they’ll take your gently used, good condition items. Imagine helping a parent select something great for their child at the In the Image Free Store – or being given an extra blanket for your new baby because you couldn’t afford one. All of our partners are amazing in coming along side of West Michigan families to show love and hospitality all year long. We encourage you to support them with us!

It’s a fast ride from here to 2018 – we wish you sanity, peace, joy in your step and kindness in your heart!

Reading Essentials

Cooler weather is here – and in our home, that means it’s time to crack out the books and sit by the fire place. Need some suggestions on what to read? The JBF Corporate Blog has a few that could easily rocket to the top of your list! Happy Reading!


BooksFall is officially in full swing and there are no complaints here! There’s finally time for things like washing my hair more than once a week and getting some personal time. Unfortunately, between school and sports, free time is still limited. However, I take what I can get and try to enjoy every extra minute I have. There are tons of things to do to help yourself relax and unwind, but fall reading should be at the top of your list. My favorite time to catch up with my favorite authors is during the fall. The cold, cloudy weather is the perfect time to curl up in your happy place with your favorite book. So grab your favorite latte and enjoy our fall reading list!

Sing, Unburied, Sing: In this novel, author Jesmyn Ward discusses the ugly truth in the heart of the American story, the struggle, love, and determination between families. It’s a road trip story, a ghost story, and an inspirational story. Jump in the story of JoJo, and the struggles of hope in the contemporary South and with his family.

Little Fires Everywhere: This is a truly heart-wrenching book. The story starts in a town called Shaker Heights, a town where everyone plays by the rules and everything goes according to plan. This is a story of two families colliding, two very different families, and how they all impact each other’s lives.

Turtles All The Way Down: We all know and love John Green. If you aren’t familiar with the name, he’s the author of the bestseller “The Fault in Our Stars”. And this novel is a serious comeback! In this novel, he centers the story on a sixteen-year-old named Aza, who goes through the struggles of teenagers all over the world. While it’s a fictional story, Green describes this story as a window into the mental illness that has affected his life severely. It’s a beautiful story of love and the power of friendship.

Uncommon Type: While this story definitely isn’t as serious as the others, there’s no shame in a lighthearted book! This book is written by Tom Hanks, and a good enough reason to crack it open. But seriously, Tom Hanks is wonderful, and this book is proof that there’s nothing he can’t do! In Uncommon Type, Hanks writes a series of short stories that are just as charming as he is. The stories range from sweet to funny and are sure to brighten up any afternoon.

Home Fire: Deeply rooted in the ideas of self-devotion and balance, Home Fire is a book for everyone. The main character, Isma struggles with her devotion to herself, her family, and her boyfriend. Although she loves her boyfriend, she faces some moral struggles with his family, and especially with how they impact her family. This is a truly captivating novel that will change your outlook on your relationships throughout life.

There’s no doubt in the world that fall weather is reading weather. Whether you’re looking for a light pick me up or looking for 300 pages of pure inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Luckily, you can pick up one of these books and jump right in. You can even queue them up next on your fall reading list. Either way, you’re in for a serious treat.

Treats!

The JBF Corporate Blog might be coming out of Dallas, but that doesn’t mean at this time of the year they don’t like to cozy on down with some yummy goodness. This particular post got my mouth watering…so why not share.

Happy Thanks-Giving-Gratitude Month…love this time of the year. Love our consignors and shoppers. Just love it all.

Happiness and good eats from us to you.


Desserts Made From Scratch: Peanut Butter Blossoms

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I love the fall season! Leaves are changing colors, cooler nights, and I love to spend more time in the kitchen. Since it’s getting colder outside, it gives me more time to spend around the house, specifically baking up goodies for the upcoming holidays. The best part of fall desserts? The flavors! I love pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, and especially peanut butter. So what’s my favorite? I love a recipe that’s delicious and easy to make. This recipe is one of my absolute FAVORITE fall desserts I look forward to every year, and I hope your family enjoys them as much as mine does!

Ingredients

  • 48 Chocolate Kisses
  • 1/2 Cup of Shortening
  • 3/4 Cup Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/3 Cup Additional Granulated Sugar for rolling

Directions

  1. First, heat the oven to 375°F. Then, remove all chocolates from the wrapper.
  2. Second, beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add in 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until mixture is fluffy.
  3. Then, add egg, milk, and vanilla and beat well. Next, stir together flour, baking soda, salt.
  4. Gradually beat into peanut butter mixture. Make sure to mix constantly while doing so!
  5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll into granulated sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Finally, bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. After removing from the oven, immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie. If the cookie cracks around the edges, this is normal and to be expected!
  8. After all chocolates are placed, remove from cookie sheet to a wire rack. Allow cookies to cool completely before enjoying them!

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year for so many reasons, but I think the food and desserts are definitely at the top of the list. This recipe is perfect for kids or even hosting a party and feeding a crowd. This recipe is quick, easy, and most importantly delicious. What are some of your favorite peanut butter fall desserts? Leave your comments below!

Valet Tagging is Open!

Are you a planner?

Are you ready to kick some of your clutter out – sooner rather than later?!

Then you’ll be thrilled to know that our Valet Tagging Program is accepting sign ups for the Spring 2018 sale!

Yup, you can have someone else tag your cleaned, working, ready to sell items – they’ll hold on to them – and they’ll bring them to the sale floor for you!

Want to know more? Follow this link to learn the details and see if this program is a good fit for you. You’ll work with your tagger to determine the best drop off for the both of you and work with you to ensure what you drop off is ready to sell.We’d love to have you!Facebook Timeline Sp18

Thankfulness

fall-colors-14626210018kdThere are so many things to be thankful for – even in the midst of crazy or upside down or not-right or melancholy.

The perfect leaf, dropping from the sky.

That one moment of sunshine right on your face in the middle of a gray Michigan day.

The hello or thank you from a stranger.

It’s November and we’re kicking off a month where we put gratitude and gratefulness a little more front and center. Sure, the freight train of the holidays is leaving the station, but stop and be grateful. We’re certainly grateful for you.


“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

Yam Pumpkin Garland

Such a cute, quick craft to make your home festive – thanks to the JBF Corporate Blog!


Pumpkin garlandReady or not, fall will be in full-force in a just a few weeks. I cannot wait until it gets cool enough to pull out my favorite pair of boots and my flannel button-ups! However, to pass the time I’ve started switching out my summer decor with my favorite fall pieces. Shopping for home decor is so much fun, but there’s nothing quite like creating your favorite decor staple all on your own! The ideal DIY project is simple enough to make but is also something that doesn’t necessarily look homemade. A great addition to any mantel, staircase, or even a fireplace, here’s my favorite DIY project for October!

DIY Yarn Pumpkin Garland

Supplies Needed: 

  • Orange yarn
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Twine
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. First, wrap yarn around four fingers about 120 or so, until the bundle is thick and full.
  2. Then, cut a 10-inch piece of yarn and stick it between your fingers to wrap it around the big yarn loop. Make sure it wraps all the way around the yarn bundle.
  3. Line up the piece of yarn in the middle of the yarn loop, and tie it into a knot. Make sure you pull the knot tight, and it covers the back of the loop also.
  4. After you have your basic pumpkin shape, cut a 2-inch piece of pipe cleaner. Tie the pipe cleaner on the top of the pumpkin using the two loose strands of yarn from step 3. Don’t trim loose strands yet!
  5. Wrap the pipe cleaner around itself to form the stem. Do this by folding both ends towards each other, to create the stem straight above the pumpkin.
  6. In addition to folding the pipe cleaner, twist both ends of the pipe cleaner in a spiral, to create an intertwined stem.
  7. Following after steps 1-6, it’s time to fluff up your pumpkin!
  8. Also, tuck in any loose loops and make sure your pumpkin is fully rounded.
  9. After you make enough pumpkins, you’re ready to assemble your garland.
  10. Finally, use the loose strings on the pumpkin to tie the pumpkin to the twine. Make sure the pumpkins are easily secured to the twine, and your garland is ready to hang!

With just a few short steps and a little patience, you have a cute pumpkin garland perfect for any space! You can even switch up the colors for a more fun home, or go all white for a more simplistic look. This garland on a mantel or even draped along a fireplace with some candles and votives. What are some of your favorite fall DIY decor projects?