It's that time of the year again! Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Show you are thinking of a friend, family member, or your sweetheart by giving the gift of love on Valentine's Day.
Valentine's Day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer (the Father of English literature) during the 11th century European High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love and romance flourished. Some say that this era was the big-boom of the human population and love became eminent, despite arranged marriages between kingdoms. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers both secretly and openly expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards commonly known as Valentines today.
Buffalo Trader Online offers a large variety of Valentine's Day gift-giving ideas; gifts of jewelry like our Key To Your Heart Sterling Silver Pendant, and plaques and signs that say you care like our Wooden Heartfelt Welcome Sign. Also consider stationery for your special cowboy or cowgirl. And of course, sweets for your Sweetie! Our Wild West Premium Chocolates and Cocoa are to die for! Who can turn down homemade fudge from the Fudge Factory?
The great west of the United States is home to many of the national parks we have the pleasure of enjoying at will. With views ranging from vast deserts to snow capped mountain ranges, one need only take in these majestic landscapes for a moment to feel nature eagerly extend the invitation to remain.
Our ancestors came to these places in search of gold, and other enterprise. While some would not have cared to spare a single tree in the name of capitalism, others would, and they would take action. Our national parks came to be because of people like John Muir, Theodore Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller Jr., and countless others. Their love of nature, camping, and even hunting, all brought them to the conclusion that they must preserve these places for the people – all of the people.
Today we can enjoy these parks on many levels, whether we just want to see the view from a scenic point over a light picnic spread, or entrench ourselves in nature by camping for a few days. Buffalo Trader Online has what you need to get out there and enjoy! For the day tourist, pack a light lunch in the Natural Willow & Brown Leather Fishing Creel Basket and a bottle of your favorite wine. Don't forget the wine key! The Faux Deer Antlers Cork Screw & Wine Bottle Stop will do the trick. If camping is your pleasure, make sure you've got some culinary goodies on hand. Our Buffalo Branded Black Peppercorn Beef Jerky has the fast protein you need when roughing it.
As winter draws slowly to a close, we are lightened with the prospect of warmer weather, fresh tomatoes, and vacations. For many, thoughts of spring inevitably lead to gardening. The joy of trading in your snow shovel for a garden spade makes the heart smile, and tells the brain to get out in the sunshine!
With organic food coming back to the fore-front, there is no better time to plant a few veggies, herbs, or flowers. Having fresh herbs on-hand is a huge asset when cooking fresh foods. Whether you have little space or plenty, Buffalo Trader Online's gardening products are the perfect solution to get your herb garden going. For some outdoor flair, the Wagon Wheel Double Box Garden Planter will liven up any space. Also, the Apple Barrel Tricycle Garden Planter makes a charming addition to your outdoor patio.
Enjoy a classic spring/summer dish. Bon appetite!
1 medium tomato
4 1/4 inch thick slices of fresh mozzarella (high quality is recommended)
4 Sprigs of fresh basil
1/3 Cup balsamic vinegar
Slice tomato into 4 slices and arrange on a plate. Place sliced mozzarella over the tomatoes. Pour vinegar into a small sauce pan. Heat until it thickens, but do not burn it. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few seconds. Drizzle a little olive oil over the tomatoes and mozzarella. Then drizzle the balsamic vinegar reduction. Last, add the fresh basil over the mozzarella and serve.
Who can resist the temptation of a sweet, creamy, chocolate delight such as fudge? It has become somewhat common to see this concoction being made as its spread out on long marble surfaces and beaten to the place where its decadence tickles buds of taste and delights the senses of all ages and walks of life! Fudge, fudge, FUDGE!
The key to delicious, smooth fudge is controlling the sugar solution crystallization process. The success of the final texture of this crystalline candy is imperative. Getting the crystals to form at just the right time via temperature moderation is necessary for the end result of creamy, smooth morsels of decadence.
So, it's up there with homemade ice cream and southern fried kettle cakes, but where did fudge originate? Thought to be a "fudged" batch of caramels, this delicious treat, as we know it today is thought to be an American invention. According to the written archives of Emelyn Battersby Hatridge, fudge was sold for 40 cents a pound at a local grocery store in Baltimore in 1886. It was later documented in 1888 that 30 lbs of fudge was made for the Vasser College Senior Auction. Because of its success, Smith and Wellesley Schools developed their own fudge variations for school fundraisers.
But you don't have to travel to Baltimore to enjoy some of the best fudge! Buffalo Trader Online offers an amazing variety of Pennsylvanian Dutch flavors from Fudge Factory. Ranging from Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge to Special Dark Chocolate Walnut Fudge, it is available in quantities of 1/2 to 1 pound and is made of the simplest, all natural ingredients. With this many flavors and quantity options offered by Buffalo Trader Online, this fudge is perfect for gifts, to have handy as an easy desert when entertaining or for your personal indulgence... ENJOY!