Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Turkey & Mistletoe....let the Holidays begin!

The weather has been so nice, sunny and warm-- We've, sort of, dragged our feet to transform the shop for Christmas, until it was right under our nose! The last few weeks of making inventory, planning windows, changing my mind on windows (sorry Cyndi!) and changing the shop around, has been a whirlwind.

We laughed.
We cried.
We bought the t-shirt.

And now we can announce (da da da daaaaaaaaaaaaa--horns):
Christmas at KAZA has begun! :o)

We love the look of grey and red combined with mercury glass!

Sweet Sugared Candles --perfect for a housewarming gift! 7,50$ each

In the vintage doctors bag are Sharon Cloud's fabulous lavender bundles with hand-dyed ribbon(they smell amazing!) 15$ each

Mary at Earthway Soaps has been busy making new product lines and we are so happy to share them with you! Earthway's new line of "sleeping potion" (en lavande!)is a roll-on and is perfect for those winter nights. I love smelling good while going to bed-- especially if I am wearing new pjs (that is the best!). It is a tradition in my family for the women to receive new pjs every Christmas (Merci, Maman! xox)

Earthway's Introductory Price on the "Sleeping Potion" is 12$ (and well worth it!).

J'adore Earthway's new "Paris Market" line of soaps and goodies! Ooh-la-la!

These pillows are fabulous! Cyndi Rogers of Mariposa Interior Designs and I talked alot about pillow designs and what I wanted at the shop for this season. She created these pillows and I absolutely, roll-on-the-floor love them!

25$ (small) 35$ (large)

We also wanted to add a bit for Hanukkah. Actually the cards shown are made by a young girl named Sarah. She is 12 years old and is extremely talented, focused and a true entrepreneur! Her gorgeous holiday cards are 4$ each and she even takes orders for larger quantities.

The Peppermint Sticks did so well last year, we decided to bring them back in packets of 3/7,50$ (add them to your centrepiece, wreath or Christmas tree!)

Without being able to have you all over for Thanksgiving, I thought I would share a bit of our Canadian Thanksgiving Table with you!

Recipe for French Canadian Tourtiere:

2 lbs of Ground Hamburg
1 lb of Ground Pork
1 whole onion
Black Pepper
2 pie crusts

In a large pot, on low heat, combine hamburg and pork and cook while mixing together, until no longer pink.

Keep on low heat for another 15-20 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
(chop onions finely and crush two packets of saltines finely, in between stirrings)

Close heat completely and add finely chopped onions and mix in.

Add a 1/2 Tbsp of each nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom & cloves and a dusting of black pepper. Stir together.

Add crushed saltines and mix into meat. Taste and adjust spices to your liking (be careful with the clove--it is a very strong flavour).

Spoon in filling onto two 9" pie crusts and cover with a pie crust top. Trim and flute. Brush pie crust with one mixed egg and milk combination.

Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes (or until golden brown)


*Serve with ketchup

Informal recipe, I know.....but, it is yummy! And that is all that counts, isn't it?

Huh?.....What about the windows, you ask???

Ohhhh....... the fabulous SteamPunk!

Influenced by the visions of HG Wells, Steampunk (in a nutshell)is turn of the century inventions in trying to create modern technology with 19th century materials. Clunky gears and wheels, before micro-technology was invented.

We have added gears and wire...folded pages from old books (and of course KAZA Eiffel Towers!)and an old ornate frame to display these utensils of technology as Art.

When I mentioned a bicycle chain chandelier to Cyndi Rogers, she ran with it and created a jaw dropping piece of art! And yes, it is for sale (inquire within).

The other window is still a work in progress, but we will post as soon as it is completed! :o)

As a thank you to our wonderful customers, we are giving a mini KAZA Eiffel Tower, FREE, for purchases over 20$ (While supplies last. Or....as long as our little elf fingers can cut them!)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Pssssttt!.....The Elves Are Hard At Work!

KAZA will be closed 13 November & 14 November (Friday and Saturday)---the elves will be busy making inventory and preparing the shop for Christmas!

We will open again (pret pour Noel!) on Tuesday, 17 November--check out all our new goodies in time for Christmas (Psssst! We will putting hints of the upcoming Christmas inventory on KAZA' Facebook page!).