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Mother's Day
May 2011

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dianas_mothers_day_flowersMay is a popular month in that it includes Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, and Memorial Day--three causes for celebration!  It is also a month for school graduations and May kicks off the popular summer wedding months, as well as summer itself.   Let the fun begin!  Our Mother's Day gift suggestions include English muffins, gift baskets, chocolates, flowers, a pet oil painting, pretzels and dukkah, wine and travel suggestions. And be sure and check out our wine coupon from Mommy Juice Wines at the very bottom of this eNewsletter.




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All the best in food, wine, and travel.

Happy May!
Sally Bernstein
Photo Credit: Diana's Desserts


Sally's Mother's Day Gift Recommendations







The Model Bakery English Muffins    

english_muffinsWonderful English Muffins are available in St. Helena and Napa, California at the two Model Bakeries. They have been hand rolling and pan frying these yummy little treats the same way for years. They are made with a focaccia dough that is rolled in cornmeal and griddled by hand in clarified butter. They have many, many regulars who need their daily muffin fix, whether alone or as part of their breakfast sandwich! The muffins can be shipped, across the United States...even overseas, with a minimum order of one dozen.
Suggested Retail: $2/each; click here for information.  


Dave's Gourmet     


Mother's Day is just around the corner.   Surprise your mom with a gift basket or gift certificate from Dave's Gourmet.  With some of the tastiest, all-natural products on the market, you're sure to find the perfect gift for your mother.  From award-winning pasta sauces, to delightfully spicy hot sauces, to gourmet salts from around the world, they have everything your favorite foodie could desire. Order online here.



Mother's Day is a week away.  Give someone a truly fine day -- send them this gorgeous spring mix of roses, tulips and fresh blossoms in a range of cool hues including pink, lavender, yellow and chartreuse, nestled in a modern glass cube vase. Pink spray roses and tulips, lavender Matsumoto asters and cushion spray chrysanthemums, yellow roses and carnations and green button spray chrysanthemums are delivered in a clear glass cube vase. Approx. 8" wide x 9" high; $59.99 includes delivery.  Click here to order.





eh_chocolatesMother's Day Collection: This May 8th win Mom's heart and make her day special with this Mother's Day Collection.  The flavors in this box are mouth-watering and are all beautifully decorated and packaged in a signature 9 piece box.  Each box is finished off with a floral silk-screened recycled cotton wrap.  Flavors include: Lavender, Lemon Curd, Jasmine Tea, Honey Caramel w/ Fleur de Sel, Milk Chocolate Creme Fraiche, Palet d'Or, Strawberry Balsamic, Hazelnut Praline and Cayenne & 5 spice.  $20.95  To order, click here




An Oil Painting of Your Pet is Forever 


becker_spanielThe Most Treasured and Unique Mother's Day Gift of All:  A Lasting Tribute to Her Cherished Pet Companion (birthdays, holidays and all occasions, too).  Intimate and Intense Animal Portraiture of Dogs, Cats, Horses, and Pets of All Kinds. Becker's paintings are vibrant interpretations designed to touch the heart.  Her portraits are windows into the furriest souls, tangible, yet magical salutes to the animal-human emotional connection. Portraits begin at $150. Artist works from your favorite photo(s). Contact: Susan Becker in Golden, Colorado at    303.526.1288. See complete information at





Alaska Denali Tours


Do you want to see one of the most beautiful parts of the U.S.? Alaska Denali Tours builds custom Alaska vacations choosing only the best Alaska cruises, hotels, tours, and transportation on bus and Alaska Railroad. Call toll free 1-877-300-1992 or visit their website today at




 Vibrant Flavors Pretzels 


vibrant_flavors_pretzels_pngVibrant Flavors Pretzels are an ideal, snack. With flavors like Beerzels™ (beer flavored), Italian Herb, Sweet Onion, Roasted Garlic, Barbecue, and Maple Bacon, there is a favorite for everyone. It is the yummy bacon that first caught my attention but all the pretzels are quality products.

Suggested Retail: Pretzels: $7.29 for 2 pretzels pouches; $43.69 for case of 12 pouches.




Oregon Dukkah  


oregon_dukkah_pngAnd just what is Oregon Dukkah? Inspired by an ancient Egyptian recipe, this flavorful mixture of Oregon hazelnuts, sesame seeds and spices is made from the finest and freshest ingredients. Explore the five flavors of Oregon Dukkah - Traditional, Zesty, Smoky Hot, Coconut and Sweet. I like the Sweet over yogurt, with fresh fruit. Recipes are included in the various packages. To learn more about Dukkah, click here for a video. Suggested Retail: Oregon Dukkah: $5.99 per 2 oz. package.



Philadelphia Candies  


Want to choose a yummy Mother's Day gift? Consider Philadelphia Candies, a national chocolate manufacturing brand which produces a complete line of over 100 types of bulk chocolates. All of the centers, such as creams, nougats, truffles, and marshmallow are made from scratch using the highest quality ingredients available. Browse the company's online catalogue at or call toll-free to place an order at  1-855-744-5592. Feel free to call with any questions you may have.



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New Articles



Traveling with Kids 


National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.  

Although the National Cherry Blossom Festival is winding down for this year, you can still see the iconic trees in bloom. Last-minute travelers can check on the Fairmont Hotel's Cherry Blossom package and view a calendar of events at Next year, 2012, is the centennial of the festival so be sure and book WELL ahead. Elaine Sosa Labalme adds this article to her "Traveling with Kids" section.




La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, California 

Think 45 acres with 41 swimming pools and 53 hot spas, championship-caliber golf and tennis facilities, award-winning dining, expansive women and men's spa and fitness facilities, a variety of boutiques, shops and much more. Sally enjoyed it all!


Easter Markets of Germany 

Barbara Gibbs Ostmann travels around Germany for two weeks in April in search of Easter markets.  If you missed them this year, start making plans early for the 2012 markets. 


May Is

Asparagus Month, National Bar-B-Que Month, National Egg Month, National Duckling Month, National Hamburger Month, National Salad Month, National Strawberry Month, National Salsa Month, National Vinegar Month, and Sweet Vidalia Onions Month.


May 1: May Day 

May 4: National Candied Orange Peel Day 

May 5: Cinco de Mayo; National Hoagie Day; Oyster Day  

May 6: Beverage Day
May 7: National Homebrew Day;
National Roast Leg of Lamb Day

May 8: Mother's Day 

May 11: Eat What You Want Day 

May 12: National Nutty Fudge Day 

May 14: National Chicken Dance Day 

May 15: National Chocolate Chip Day; National Pizza Party Day  

May 18: No Dirty Dishes Day
20: Pick Strawberries Day; Weights & Measures Day
20-21: National Rhubarb Days
May 23: National Taffy Day
24: National Escargot Day 
26: Blueberry Cheesecake Day
28: National Hamburger Day 
30: Memorial Day; Ice Cream Freezer patented in 1848 by William Young
May 31: National Macaroon Day 



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MommyJuice Wines 

MommyJuiceRedNeed a fun Mother's Day gift for the wine lovers on your list? Try MommyJuice Wines, new reasonably-priced, well-balanced wines that bring just a bit of peace after the chaos of everyday life as a parent. MommyJuice comes in Red (Cab/Merlot blend) and White (Chardonnay) and is from the California Central Coast.

Mention "SALLY15" and receive a 15% discount. Offer expires May 31, 2011. 



phone: (408) 686-1050, ext. 101

email:  MommyJuice Wines