Archive for February, 2012
With so many worthwhile charities in need right now, we knew there had to be a way we could help! Introducing the A. Dodson’s Round Up!
Any non-profit (501c3) charity can apply to be included in our Round Up by emailing the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
1) Name of Charity and Contact Info
2) Confirmation of 501c3 status
3) Brief overview of the charity’s mission
Each month, A. Dodson’s will publish a poll on our Facebook page with the names of 3 charities. Our Facebook followers vote on which charity will be sponsored in our Round Up the following month.
The donation is collected by asking customers at checkout if they’d like to round up to the nearest dollar. At the end of the month, A. Dodson’s matches the donations and a check is presented to the charity. Charities may submit one entry per month for consideration.
We know there is a great amount of need right now but we also know there is a greater amount of generosity. Spread the word to your favorite charities and trot over to our Facebook page and “Like” us so you can round up some votes!
Looking for an inexpensive way to cover your dreary situation and impress your friends? Add a little texture to your life with burlap! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3… Just follow these quick hints and viola, your space has been transformed!
Ask your local coffee shop or garden center for any excess burlap bags. Cut them down to size and start your staple gun. An electric stapler is the way to go…
Cutting the bags into interesting shapes will make the wall really stand out. Start at the bottom corner of the wall and work your way out. Don’t stop until you reach an “architectural landmark” (i.e. a column or window…)
Put your furniture back into place, hang a few pieces of art and presto you are finished. Family and friends will ooh and ahh over your creativity!
Got a bad case of the blues? Then this is your remedy… A Bottle Tree will lighten up any occasion! For thousands of years, superstition has held that bottles can trap bad spirits at night, which are then destroyed in the next day’s sunlight.
Plant your very own Bottle Tree and add a little sparkle to your garden and brighten your day! Blue bottles are the best, and they help keep the “haint” away!!!
In merchandising, as well as design, a lot is said about the impact of multiple object(s) being grouped together (hint: always cluster items in a group of 3 or 5). The artichoke is a perfect piece for this example! When clustered around frames and decorative objects a few artichokes can make such a dramatic difference! Leave me a comment, question or picture of the challenging areas in your living spaces! We may feature it in an upcoming post.
Quick, drop whatever you’re doing. Not only are these cookies delish but there could be a dash of nourishment in them. It just happened by surprise when I was trying to make some low-fat cookies. Halfway through the process I realized I didn’t have any applesauce. So I used non-fat plain Greek Yogurt and hot damn they turned out GOOD! (These statements have been verified by a 5 year old so get to stepping!)
Skinny(ish) Peanut Butter Cookies
Servings: 12 • Size: 2 cookies Calories: 200 • Fat: 7.0 g • Protein: 4.4 g • Carb: 34.5 g • Fiber: 1.4 g • Sugar: 25.4 g Sodium: 113.1 mg
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
3 tbsp natural peanut butter
2 tbsp non-fat plain Greek Yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
24 Dove Chocolate Hearts
Preheat oven to 350°. Line two cookie sheets with non-stick silicone baking liners such as Silpats (I highly recommend for best results) or lightly spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and stir to blend. In another bowl, whisk the sugars, butter, peanut butter, egg, yogurt and vanilla together until light and fluffy.
Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two additions until the batter is very well blended. If the batter looks more “crumbly” than smooth, add just a drop of water at a time (ONLY if needed) until it smooths out.
Bake the cookies for about 5 minutes then add the chocolate hearts and bake another 5-7 minutes. Take them out when they are still very soft in the middle. They’ll firm up as they cool.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
On a recent trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific, I was so inspired by all of the sea life… Patterns in nature can be strong, bold and intriguing. Take a look at how these patterns in nature have translated into some of our fashions at A. Dodson’s…
Check out how the same color in different textures can make a jellyfish so interesting, our Chanel and Lace Dress follows this same concept!
Leopards and Cheatahes have nothing on this spotted fish, you will feel the same way when you try on our Leopard Zippered Dress!