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Going Out of Business Sale: The Dinner Company

on October 29th, 2008 by

As you may have learned from my previous article, The Dinner Company in Salisbury, MD is closing its doors. They are having a raffle and a Going Out of Business Sale. Below is an excerpt from an email I received from them regarding the Going Out of Business Sale:

“This weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 1st-3rd, we will be holding a GOING OUT OF BUSINESS SALE from 7am to 7pm each day where we will be selling meals, spoodles, recipe books, furniture, decorations, office equipment, and commercial kitchen equipment. Everything must go!”
– The Dinner Company

In a flyer that accompanied the email, they also stated that “Many items will be 50-75% off” and listed many of the items they are selling:

  • Home Décor Items (couch, lighting, plants, pictures, rugs, etc.)
  • Office Equipment (computer, printer, fax, small items)
  • Large Restaurant Equipment (double door freezers, refrigerators, sandwich units, prep tables, 3 bin sink, shelving units, etc.)
  • Small Kitchen Wares (measuring cups, knives, cutting boards, bins, pans, spoons/spatulas)
  • Meals (many of from our favorites menu)
  • Miscellaneous Items (food, SS sink, toilet)

So, please visit The Dinner Company located at 810 Beaglin Park Drive, Salisbury, Maryland 21804 in the same shopping center as the Old West Steak House on Saturday, November 1st thru Monday, November 3rd during the hours of 7am-7pm.

Chance to Win $20,000 in Cash

on October 29th, 2008 by

As you may have learned from my previous article, The Dinner Company in Salisbury, MD is closing its doors. They are having a raffle and a Going Out of Business Sale. Below is an excerpt from an email I received from them regarding the raffle:

“We are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win $20,000 in cash.  It is a way for one of our lucky participants to take home a wonderful prize and for us to recoop some of the costs that we have incurred as closing small business owners.  Your support would mean a great deal to us.  Each ticket is $20 or you can get 3 for $50.  The drawing will be held on Friday, January 30th. We will be selling tickets during our going out of business sale as well as by phone and through friends and customers.  We would greatly appreciate it, if you know of anyone that may be interested in this great opportunity, to please have them call us for their tickets *phone numbers omitted*. Our goal is to sell 3000 tickets.”
– The Dinner Company

Park and Flea

on October 8th, 2008 by

A couple weeks ago I heard about a local flea market called Park and Flea in downtown Salisbury, MD where all kinds of vendors and yard-salers alike can sell their items in a group setting. There are large and small spots to set up. We aren’t exactly sure on the details of the large spots other then they are $10 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday. We, however, used one of the small spots they had available. For $5 on Saturday or Sunday, a 3 car width space is available to pull up your vehicle and unload the items you want to sell in any matter you wish – blanket, tables, off a trailer, or right out of the back of your vehicle. It starts at 7am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday and goes until whenever you wish – you can stay a couple of hours or stay until everyone is gone.

For the last couple weekends, it has rained, so I was happy that we finally got a chance to check it out this weekend. We ventured out and were really excited to see so many people selling items. For the first hour, we sold some small items and worked on assembling the futon couch we wanted to sell. Along with some video games that brought in some money, we had the delight of finally selling our futon couch. It was sold for a little less than we would have liked but a man with money and a big truck showed up before we had to take it home, so it was a deal we couldn’t pass up since we REALLY didn’t want to take it back apart, load it up, and take it home.

FutonFutonFuton

Since we did well, I know we are going back again to sell the other futon, some bookcases, and more small items. With the space we get to sell at the Park and Flea, we are thinking of loading both vehicles with stuff and trying to sell as much as possible in one trip.

In preparation for the Flea Market, we bought a wonderful folding table by Lifetime from Sam’s Club that is 4′ long and the height varies for lots of uses. It even folds up so that it is 2′ x 2′ and only a couple inches high which is great for storage.

Folding Table

The table worked out great in conjunction with some crates we carried the items in to the flea market. If we do well, maybe we will get another table for more space to sell things or for events later. I am really looking forward to selling more items so that the kitchen can finally be freed up of all of the items we have wanted to sell for the last year. Yea! The stuff is finally moving!

The Dinner Company

on September 27th, 2008 by

The Dinner Company pictured below is where we prepare our dinner meals each month. I was supposed to join my friend in a scrapbooking challenge where we had to chose something we do routinely or do often and then do a scrapbook page about it. Immediately, I chose our monthly Dinner Company visit. I planned to take some pictures the next time we went and forgot, so the following month, I remembered to take the pictures. Then, these past 2 months I have been trying to sit down and do a page or two, but it just keeps dropping off my priority list. I started to feel bad a couple weeks ago since I think this all started in May, so I decided to post the pictures here and in the next month or two, I will do the pages and then post them here too.

Dinner Company

The two females, Jayme and Pam, that own and run The Dinner Company are awesome. They work so hard to get customers, keep the food containers filled when customers are preparing food, and keep everything organized. This summer was a struggle for them to stay open with the slowing of the economy. This fall they are hoping things will pick up speed and more customers will come. They really have a great business going. They have facilities in Salisbury, MD, Ocean City, MD and Westminster, MD.

Dinner Company

They have a great facility too with a nice reception area for arrivals and a waiting area that generally doesn’t have to be used since you don’t really have to ever have to wait. They have a bistro table and chairs, couch and they did have chairs that are now mine.

My 1st Decorated Cake

on September 20th, 2008 by

Our 2nd cake class day was September 16th.

So, here it is… the cake that I thought was going to be a disaster that actually worked out quite well…
Cake for Course 1 Class 1

Our objectives were: (1) to make any type of cake we wanted, then (2) make a batch of cake icing and ice the cake, then (3) make a batch of stiff icing that 1/3 would be used to practice techniques with and the other 2/3 would become medium icing and be decoration for the cake, and then (4) bring it all into class where we would work on the sunflower pattern along with other techniques.

I figured if I was going to learn all I could, I might as well do some experimenting with the cake too.  You can’t see it with it decorated, but in the pictures below it is visible that the cake is chocolate. I knew if I was going to make a cake and if there was any chance of it being eaten, it would have to be chocolate. The cake is an all natural, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, chocolate cake by Cherrybrook Kitchen. Instead of the 1/2 cup of vegetable oil they said to use in the baking of the cake, I did a little research and substituted 1/4 cup applesauce and 1 Tbsp of Canola oil in place of it. I also separated the batter into two 9″ round pans to make the cake last for 2 classes and when I did that, I reduced the time in the oven from 25 minutes to 15 minutes (the lowest recommended baking time for cupcakes) and it all worked out absolutely beautifully. It baked up nicely and tastes wonderful.

Below are some pictures I want to share some of the process of the making the icing to the icing of the cake.

Getting started bakingMaking icingStarting to ice cake

Halfway iced cakeAlmost iced cakeIced cake

And finally, it was put into its carrier for safe transport – the cake made it to and from class with no harm.

Cake Carrier

Below is just a little something extra from the class. One of our exercises was to learn to write with icing with various tips. Even though it was tracing, it was still really difficult, but once I got the hang of it, it wasn’t too bad.

Icing writing

Can’t wait until this tuesday, next is flowers. Not so sure about this part, but it will be fun to see everyone’s creations.

Cake Decorating Class

on September 20th, 2008 by

Last week Carla, Meghan, and I went to our first class of The Wilton Method of Cake Decorating: Course 1 at Michael’s Craft Store. I was hesitant at first, not knowing how much I would have to spend and how much I would get out of the class. I thought that I should check it out thought since I would get to spend some quality time with friends and get to learn something new. After a few questions were asked of the helpful Michael’s employees, I decided to join the class. Luckily, the cost of the class was 50% off for the month of September, so the class was only $17.50 and that is for all 4 lessons (1 class per week for 4 weeks) and that included the workbook for Course 1.

Cake Course 1 BookCake Course 1 Student KitCake Course 1 Student Kit

The way our class worked was we didn’t need any tools for the first class, we just watched the teacher, asked questions, and took notes for this class and what we needed for the next class. The last part of the class the first night involved the teacher taking us to the section of Michael’s where the cake decorating items are located. She showed us various tools needed and what was optional and then let us paruse at our leisure. There was no obligation to buy at Michael’s, however, after some consideration, I chose to buy my items there and save some time knowing that I would be buying nice items that would last me a while.

If you don’t have any cake decorating tools to begin with, like I did, there is a bit of a start-up cost along with the cost of the class. As for the necessary tools, they have a Course 1 Student Kit that includes the “essential tools” for this class like decorator bags and tips, couplers, a spatula, a practice board, and a few other items for about $25. In addition, I chose to buy a cake carrier (since we would have to bring a cake to class each night and I didn’t have any safe way of getting a cake to class) for $15 and a cake turntable (to help with not having to turn the cake constantly and allowing for more even icing) for $10.

There are other essentials needed for the class like what you will need to bake a cake and ice it each week along with the practice icing that needs to be made which is different for each class session. Some the items for this include: meringue powder, shortening, confectioners’ sugar, flavor, icing color, and cake ingredients that you prefer. Also, there are other things for the class you will need which are small derby clown heads, waxed paper, and piping gel (but we didn’t need piping gel in our class, yet). A few of the non-essential items that could be helpful depending on what you want to accomplish are a cake leveler, extra couplers, extra decorator bags and other tips for creativity along with so many more things. The cost can really add up quick but to get the necessary extras, it can be between $20-40 depending on what you buy and where you buy it.

So far, I have attended 2 classes and have really enjoyed them. It is still a little girlee for me at times, but it really is a lot of fun and I have learned to really appreciate the art of cake decorating and why professionally decorated cakes cost so much – it really takes skill and patience to get it just right. The class is perfect for anyone wanting to learn about decorating cakes – to be a professional or for fun. I think this class is perfect for those who want to have fun and be able to make and decorate cakes for family and friends’ birthdays and the like.

New Items for Sale Page

on July 5th, 2008 by

Please visit my new Items for Sale page. I have a few things listed there now and hope to have more there soon along with links to items that are listed by me on Amazon and eBay. Please leave a comment on this post if you are interested in any of the items and I will respond to you. If you know me directly, give me a call or send me an email.

Dinner Company Visit

on June 14th, 2008 by

Today we prepared our meals for a month at The Dinner Company. We were the only ones there other than one of the owners. It really is nice when there are not a lot of people to compete with for food stations, however, it would be really good for them if they had more business. The two girls that own the place are great – friendly, nice, and smart. I just love talking with the owners when we are there preparing our meals.

I was excited not only to go prepare our meals but to take pictures while we were there for the scrap challenge that I am participating in with Carla and Christie. This is my first time to join in on their scrap challenge. This month’s challenge, created by Christie, is to do a layout about a ritual that you do often. I unfortunately forgot my camera though and now I have to come up with a new idea. I even thought to use my camera phone, but then I got back into preparing meals and forgot all about it. Back to the think tank.

Dinners Made Easy

on May 12th, 2008 by

There is a company in Salisbury, MD where in about 2 hours you can prepare meals. Once prepared all you need to do is take the meals home, put them in the freezer, thaw when needed, cook, and dinner is done. It is a lot of fun and it actually saves time and money.

The Dinner Company is the place. Located at 810 Beaglin Park Drive, Salisbury, Maryland 21804 in the same shopping center as the Old West Steak House.

There are a range of meal options including chicken, fish, beef, and vegetarian meal ideas that change monthly. There are also serving options of 2 to 3 people or 4 to 6 people and either 6 or 12 meals. Big benefits for a small additional cost include Pick-up where they prepare your meals and then you just go pick them up at their location and Delivery where they prepare your meals and deliver them to you.

I just completed my 5th visit to them and the 4th consecutive month of getting meals, it has been a joy to prepare with the help of The Dinner Company. No planning is needed other than deciding which meal to remove from the freezer and thaw. And, when I forget to thaw the dinner, I can just add time to the cook time. The directions are on stickers that you place on the meals after preparation. No containers are needed other than the recommended laundry basket in which to carry your meals home.

Please help support a local business and save time and money in the process. Check out their site for lots more cool info, meal choices, and schedules.

Also, there are more locations of the Dinner Companies in Westminster, MD and Ocean City, MD. You can find all the information at the Dinner Company website.

So Much Research, So Little Time

on April 18th, 2008 by

This past week has been all about research… so much research… mostly about the things we put in and on our bodies. From clothes to food to personal care products.

When I posted my recent article about Earth-Friendly Products, I started thinking that these items are good for the earth (petroleum-free, chlorine-free, toxin-free, cruelty-free, and organic (where the option exists)), and while those things are good for our bodies, there are additional concerns when our personal care is considered. What is the specific toxin levels of the ingredients of these products we use on our bodies?

When you start to think about it too deep, your head starts to spin. So when the dizziness stopped for me, I found a company that is all about showing you the details of the ingredients in your personal care products. The company is Environmental Working Group (EWG). The section of their site that I have been using quite frequently recently is EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database. I have found many of the products I have looked for, however, they are always updating their database, and some items just aren’t there. When you can’t find an item, look up its individual ingredients.

We have come along way in using more healthy products, however, through my research, there is still more work to be done. Some products we use everyday will soon not be in our cabinets because of what I have found out. Replacements will be made soon and I will update my product use list and add explanations and links to why a change was made.

I also did a little research to find where you can get a list of companies that really are not testing their products on animals since they can say it on the product and it not be true. PETA is the best place to find this information. PETA’s website has a link to PETA’s Caring Consumer.com who has a list of Companies That Do/That Don’t Test on Animals. I am happy to say that the three main companies that we buy personal care and household cleaners from (JASON, Seventh Generation, and method) are all on the Don’t Test on Animals list. Yea!

I am happy that we have the freedom to choose the products that we use. I am also happy that others are out there to help us with the facts that we just don’t see on labels.

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