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How Will You Celebrate Memorial Day?

Sunday, May 29, 2016 posted by Joan
Forever In Our Hearts Remembrance Stones

Forever In Our Hearts Stones

Each year on Memorial Day, Americans take advantage of sales and promotions, enjoy special restaurant deals, and join together in backyard barbecues. How will you celebrate this Memorial Day?  Think about doing something to honor the memory of our fallen soldiers. Some suggested activities include:

1. Visit a military cemetery. Leave a coin or engraved pocket stones on the grave of a forgotten soldier. Leaving a penny on the grave means that you are honoring the memory of someone who never returned from service.
2. Attend a Memorial Day Parade in your town or a neighboring community. Your local newspaper will list Memorial Day parades and memorial ceremonies.
3. Wear red, white and blue.
4. Fly your flag proudly from your home. Decorate your home and yard with red, white and blue.
5. At 3 PM, stop what you’re doing for a moment of silence to remember our fallen heroes who gave their lives to protect our freedoms.
6. Thank a veteran for his or her service to our country.

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Quotes for Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 posted by Joan
Forever In Our Hearts Remembrance Stones

Forever In Our Hearts Stones

For many Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer. For others, it’s a three-day holiday with sales, barbecues and picnics. Memorial Day was originally founded after the Civil War to honor the soldiers who died in the war. Now, it’s a day to honor all the Americans who have died in the military to protect our freedom. Read the quotes on your motivational paperweights to help you focus on the real meaning of this holiday. Here are some of my favorite quotations:

  • Peace is the real and right memorial for those who have died in war. ~ Richard Nixon
  • Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. ~ John F. Kennedy
  • Their sacrifice was great, but not in vain. All Americans and every free nation on earth can trace their liberty to the white markers of places like Arlington National Cemetery. And may God keep us ever grateful. ~ George W. Bush
  • How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~ Maya Angelou
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The Greeting Cards That Last Forever

Monday, May 23, 2016 posted by Joan
Happy Hanukkah Engraved Stones

Happy Hanukkah Engraved Stones

Most of us love to send greeting cards because it is a habit, and we know that the recipient enjoys receiving them.  They are often displayed for several days before either tossing them or placing the cards in a box.  They remind me of photographs taken on a vacation.  We look at them when we return and share the pictures with others for a while.  With most folks, photos end up in a drawer, never to be seen again. As an alternative to greeting cards, many folks send Greeting Stones which are like Christmas or Chanukah greetings.

Greeting stones can be personalized using a fine tip permanent marker.  When folks receive them, they are usually saved and kept as paperweights, pocket stones or used to decorate planters.  Personalized stones enable the recipient to always remember who gave the stone to them and when.  Some people collect them and keep them in a display bowl and left on a coffee table or similar place.

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Celebrating 49 Years of Marriage

Saturday, May 21, 2016 posted by Joan
Happy Annivesary Greeting Stone

Happy Anniversary Engraved Stones

Next year, my wife and I will be married 50 years.  I think back and wonder how those years and anniversaries passed so quickly.  We’ve experienced joy and despair and become closer as the years passed.  During our first year of marriage, we had to learn the difference between you and me.  It soon became we.  My greatest joy is not receiving  a wedding anniversary inscription.  It is seeing my bride smile.  Those things that make her happy make me happy.

Our children and grandchildren are the joy of our lives. We live within our means. We both share the same attitude toward money.  We spend it, but do not waste it.  It is rare that my wife will buy something at full price.  She always looks for a bargain.  We have had our share of disappointments and become stronger for it.  My health is my bride’s greatest concern.  She prefers to cook rather than to eat out because she can control what I eat.  We get together with our family on important holidays, something that builds lasting memories.  How lucky I was to marry this woman.

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A Beautiful Mess by T.K. Leigh and Tracy Kellam

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 posted by Joan
I Love You Engraved Stone

I Love You Greeting Stone

I found it difficult stop reading A Beautiful Mess by T.K. Leigh and and Tracy Kellam.  How can you trust again when you lose everyone that was important to you? How do you build a new life when you can’t remember what came before?  This is the challenge that faces Olivia Adler.

Olivia lost her parents at a young age and was raised by an uncle who she lost as a young adult.  As a result, she’s not able to maintain a relationship with anyone even her best friends.  Until Alexander Burnham entered her life and then everything changed.  Alexander knows about Olivia’s past and was part of her past, but he is keeping it a secret because he’s too fearful to share it with her.  Although Alexander’s actions repeatedly show his love for Olivia, more than engraved polished stones, will she allow him to love and protect her? Can he tell her what he knows or will it force her to leave?

There are so many unanswered questions that this book will leave you hanging.  You will be will be compelled to read the sequel.

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Sautéed Shrimp and Broccoli

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 posted by Joan
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Feel Good Inspirational Stones

Are you trying to eat healthy? Your favorite motivational stones will help remind you to stay the course, but a file of healthy and easy recipes is what you really need. This shrimp and broccoli dish is tasty, low in fat and sodium and easy to prepare.


4 TB low-sodium chicken broth
1 TB dried cilantro
1 TB dried parsley
1 tsp dried basil
2 TB chopped green onions
2 TB orange juice
2 TB lemon juice
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp. chopped garlic
12 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
broccoli florets
1 TB canola or olive oil


Combine the chicken broth and all ingredients, except for shrimp, broccoli and oil.   Mix well.  Set aside 2 TB of the marinate.  Place the marinade in a bowl and add shrimp.  Make sure the shrimp is coated with the marinade.  Marinate in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Heat a large skillet over a medium-high heat.  Add oil to pan coating evenly. Add shrimp to pan and sauté 1 minute. and then add broccoli.  Sauté for 3 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.  Add the remaining 2 TB of marinade to the shrimp.  Serve over brown rice.


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Cinco De Mayo

Saturday, May 14, 2016 posted by Martin
Leave No Stone Unturned Business Gifts

Leave No Stone Unturned Business Gifts

Recently, many Latinos celebrated the Cinco De Mayo Holiday which means May fifth.  This important holiday has nothing to do with mayo or personalized engraved corporate gifts.  The holiday is a celebration in remembrance of the Mexican army’s unlikely defeat of the French forces at the Battle of Puebla during 1862. The Mexicans won even though they were outnumbered. In the US, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes seen as Mexico’s Independence Day.

Cinco de Mayo celebrations are very joyful with many feasts, singing and dancing in the streets.  In the US, it is a bona fide excuse to enjoy Mexican food and margaritas. However, it in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a relatively minor holiday.  In the United States Cinco de Mayo has a major following.  In areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo celebrations involve parades, mariachi music and street festivals.  This is particularly true in major cities and in towns close to the Mexican border.

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Evolution of the Electronic Calculator

Saturday, May 14, 2016 posted by Martin
Merry Christmas Engraved Stones

Merry Christmas Engraved Stones

For about five bucks, anyone can own their own four function calculator. They make great holiday gifts for businesses. Today, messages of encouragement are not needed before doing math problems. However, during the 1960s, that was not true. Today, the electronic calculator computes a math problem in a small fraction of a second. In the 60s, a calculator was about the size of a typewriter (if you know what that is) and had a moving carriage. Suppose you wanted to multiply 24 x 856. You entered the entry and the calculator went spin, spin, spin spin, shift, spin, spin and so forth. It might take about 30 seconds to complete the task. Other calculating devices were the abacus, slide rules and comptometers.

However, during the late 60s, Texas instruments developed the first hand held electronic calculator. It cost a few thousand dollars to buy and was worth it. It used a microprocessor to do the work. It was a four function device, weighed about a half pound and was much larger than today’s calculators. HP improved on it with their HP-35, the first pocket calculator with scientific functions.

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Simple Oven Fried Chicken Cutlets

Saturday, May 7, 2016 posted by Joan
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Feel Good Inspirational Stones

Are your looking for a comforting gift for someone whose spirits need to be lifted. What about a personalized stone etching? Spending time with someone, who is sad, is the best gift you can give.  Also, prepare a simple dinner for both of you. Here’s a delicious and easy chicken recipe that can be prepared ahead of time and just heated up later.

4 boneless medium-thickness chicken cutlets
Egg or egg substitute
Seasoned bread crumbs
Cooking oil spray
Red and yellow peppers or asparagus
White wine or chicken broth
Juice from 1/2 lemon

1. Lightly pound the chicken breast cutlets to a uniform thickness so they cook evenly.
2. Squeeze lemon juice on chicken and let it soak in for a fewminutes.
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
4. Dip the chicken into the egg and then coat with breadcrumbs.
5. Set on a heated baking sheet that has been sprayed with oil.
6. Bake chicken for 15 to 25 minutes until chicken is fully cooked.
7. Add vegetables to baking sheet about 10 minutes before the chicken is fully cooked. As soon as vegetables are cooked, yet firm, remove from oven.
8. Heat up later or the next day in the oven with chicken broth or white wine.

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Thank You Notes and Gifts

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 posted by Joan
Thank You Engraved Stone

Thank You Engraved Stones

Although many administrators, employers and business owners thank their staff, clients and customers at Thanksgiving or Christmas, a thank you is appreciated at any time during the year. Together with engraved business gifts or engraved stones, include an old-fashioned, hand-written thank you note. Here are some ideas for business, school and other workplace thank you notes:

  • Thank you for everything you do to make our school a wonderful place for our students and staff.   It’s caring and dedicated people like you that make a difference
  • You and your staff have worked so hard this year. Your dedication is appreciated. Thank you for effort, perseverance and positive attitude.
  • I just wanted to thank you for choosing me as your hair stylist. Your business is very much appreciated, and I will continue to do my best to meet your needs. Your feedback is very important so please let me know how I can better serve you. Thanks again.
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