Thursday, May 14, 2009

Product Newsletter

JM Creative Product Updates

Hi Everyone,

As always, we hope this newsletter finds you well. As many of you know, we just returned from vacation and we've been working hard all day to catch-up with the store and get some new products online. In fact, we even made a few products while away! On with the news...

New Products & Great Deals
  • New! 100% Cotton Hanging Kitchen Hand Towels - Remember that terrycloth towel Grandma always had hanging on her oven door with the flowers and acrylic yarn loop on top? Our version of this classic church bazaar staple is stylish and environmentally friendly. We take 100% cotton designer tea towels and hand-crochet the top and strap with 100% US grown cotton yarn. The result is something you'll be proud to display and use in your home everyday. And, because they're 100% cotton, they're machine washable. We're offering $2 shipping on single towels or our $5 flat-rate shipping on more than one or shipped with any other product.
  • New! All-Natural Jam's - We're proud to offer all-natural fruit jams. Our jams are produced the old fashioned way by boiling fruit and sugar until the natural pectin in the fruit allows it to set to a spreadable consistency. Our jams make the best PB&J sandwiches you've ever put in your mouth! We're currently offering Strawberry Jam made with fresh California strawberries. Organic Blueberry Jam is on the way. When berry season starts in June, we'll be picking berries from local farms.
  • Creamy Corn Soup is In Stock - A large batch of our popular "Creamy Corn Chowder" just came out of the canner. If you're tired of spending $8 per day eating-out for lunch, this hearty soup is your answer. The soup is vegan/vegetarian and 98% fat free so it's healthy for you too!
  • Turkey Chili is In Stock - We have a limited supply of turkey chili in-stock. Get 'em before someone else does!
Eating "Green" and Healthy
Most people think eating "green" and healthy means buying food at an expensive organic market. In reality, the impact of mass-produced organic food can have just as much of an effect on the environment as non-organic food because the mass production and distribution requires vast amounts of energy and fuel for transportation. If you want to feed your family healthier and with a lower environmental footprint, consider buying locally when you can. Local farmers may use chemical fertilizers, but the food you're eating is fresher, of much better quality, and you're supporting your local community businesses--something very important in these economic times.
Thoughts borrowed from Mark Bittman's new book Food Matters

Visit our "Sister Site" Food Blog
Justin has started writing a food blog. The blog will take a look at food and cooking from the perspective of a home and hobbiest cook. In particular, there will be a number of entries over the next few months on "Thrifty Cooking" during these tough economic times including recipes. Follow along with Justin's food adventures at

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Free Recipe - Strawberry Thumbprint Cookies

2/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 jar JM Creative All-Natural Strawberry Jam

1) Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2) In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter till light and fluffy.
3) Add vanilla, salt, and egg to butter and sugar mixture and beat till well combined.
4) Add flour and stir gently by hand or with the mixer on low just until combined into a stiff dough. Be careful to not over-mix the batter.
5) Scoop batter 1 tablespoonful at a time and roll into balls. Place each ball 2 inches apart on a sturdy baking sheet lined with wax paper.
6) Press each ball down slightly and make an indentation in the center of each cookie with your thumb.
7) Fill each thumb depression with a half teaspoon of jam. Be careful not to over-fill or the jam will run down the sides when baked.
8) Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cookies should be set and starting to brown around the edges.
9) Cool slightly before serving. Hot jam can burn your mouth.

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