Monday, December 31, 2012

2012: A Year in Review

It’s the last day of 2012, and we are feeling a little sentimental. It’s been such a great year, and we wanted to share a few of the highlights:

We held some new events- Friday Night Fever in April, where hundreds of people danced and shopped the night away in disco-themed attire.

We hosted the Wasatch Front Farmers Market from June through October on Saturdays. Both will be back for 2013! Yay!

We helped raise more than $1550 dollars for the Fisher House in Salt Lake. We’ll be participating in that fundraiser again for a whole month in 2013. Look for it in June. 

We welcomed three new stores: Spoiled Rotten Children’s Boutique, Plum Dandy and Vintage Chic to the Village family.

We hosted a flash mob with 500 zombie dancers from around the valley, dancing to the tune of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" in October.

We had a spectacular WitchFest this year! Withcapalooza and Breakfast with a Witch sold out in September; We held TWO weekends of Witches Night Out this year.

And along with FM 100.3, we were able to help raise more than $2600 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation For the Cure .

We remodeled the lobby of Country Furniture and Archibald’s. Have you seen it? We also started the remodel for Pine Needles new store. They're moving to a larger location within the Village and will now have enough space to host classes too.

It’s been a wonderful year, and we’re thankful for all of the people who have been a part of it. We’re excited for all the good things the new year will bring!

We hope you have a happy and safe new year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Fried Green Tomatoes Recipe

A few weeks ago we posted a picture of Archibald's fried green tomatoes, well we thought, what is a better way to ring in the new year than with one of your favorite party foods?! So here is our present to you- the recipe! So before you all start your diets and make your gym plans, indulge a little!

Start with green tomatoes, these are truly just green tomatoes that have not turned red not a special type.  

Slice tomatoes in 1/2 in slices, 
coat with flour, 
dip in buttermilk, 
bread with panko bread crumbs.  

Deep fry for 4 minutes in fryer or cook in frying pan and turn when golden brown.  

Serve with Fried Green Tomato Sauce: equal amounts of ranch dressing and Pace Picante Sauce.  

Happy New Year from all of us at Gardner Village!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Photo Friday: Winding Down

As the year begins to wind down, we wanted to express how thankful we are for the many wonderful people who have supported us this year and we hope to see you all for years to come. 

We wish you a happy new year!

- Love the Gardner Village Family

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

12 Days of Christmas at Gardner Village

We decided to show you a few of our favorite things from around the Village up until Christmas. In case you missed the posts on Instagram, here are all of our 12 Days of Christmas!

These gifts can be found at:

Day 1: Lamp from Country Furniture & Gifts
Day 2: Holiday Beads from The Bead Farm
Day 3: Orange Rolls from Naborhood Bakery
Day 4: Sweet scents from Country Furniture & Gifts
Day 5: Gold rings from Plum Dandy
Day 6: Doll baking kit from Georgell's Doll Shop
Day 7: Sparkly TOMS from Vintage Chic
Day 8: Classic Christmas tales from Storybook Nook
Day 9: Sweet treat from Taste Culinary Boutique
Day 10: Retro Suitcase from Aunt Elsie's Treasures
Day 11: Festive Children's Clothes at Spoiled Rotten Children's Boutique
Day 12: Room from Down to Earth

Monday, December 24, 2012

Holiday Family Traditions

From our family to yours, we wanted to share some of our holiday family traditions. Marcy Balfe, the sales manager of Gardner Mill Company stores, shared some of her childhood Christmas traditions.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Photo Friday: Christmas in the Village

We took this picture earlier this month outside of Aunt Elsie's Treasures. The wagon is filled with the symbols of old Christmas memories and represents the magic and nostalgia we all experience during the season. 

The Gardner Village family wanted to wish you all joy and peace in this holiday season. 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas at Gardner Village

What a beautiful, snowy week....just in time for the jolly, old man to make his way to your homes. If you haven't included Gardner Village on your list of holiday activities, we hope you'll make time to visit this week. Check out our newest Christmas video showing our little pointy-eared friends. If you enjoyed it, share it with your friends.

- Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fantasy Fudge Recipe from Sweet Afton's

Jackie Shewell, the owner of Sweet Afton's at the Village shared her classic Fantasy Fudge recipe with us to make your holiday a little sweeter!


3 cups sugar 
3/4 cup butter or 3/4 cup margarine 
2/3 cup evaporated milk 
8 -12 ounces chocolate chips (or whatever flavor fudge you would like to make, I use 12 ounces) 
or 8 -12 ounces butterscotch chips (or whatever flavor fudge you would like to make, I use 12 ounces) 
or 8 -12 ounces white chocolate chips (or whatever flavor fudge you would like to make, I use 12 ounces) or 8 -12 ounces peanut butter chips ( or whatever flavor fudge you would like to make, I use 12 ounces) 
1 (7 ounce) jars marshmallow cream 
1 cup nuts (optional) 
1 teaspoon vanilla 

  • Mix butter, sugar and milk in a saucepan.
  • Heat until 230 degrees on a candy thermometer. Or if you do not have a thermometer, bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly for 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in candy chips a little at a time until melted.
  • Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Spread into a greased 13" by 9" by 2" pan.
  • Cool to room temperature.
  • Cut into squares. 

-Jackie from Sweet Afton's

Let your taste buds guide you through Sweet Afton's at Gardner Village to bushel baskets of foil-wrapped candy and soft salt water taffy, then past a hutch filled completely with licorices. Free-standing cupboards are filled overflowing with all kinds of treats like drawers full of old-fashioned candy bars like Uno, Sky Bars and Rocky Road or pop rocks. Don't leave without a package of homemade fudge. Try the salted nut roll: caramel, peanut butter and salty peanuts rolled into vanilla fudge, or chocolate explosion with raisins and nuts, the raisin rum. Whatever your cravings, Sweet Afton's has the perfect treat for you.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Photo Friday: Fried Green Tomatoes

Just thought we'd post one of our favorite things- Archibald's Fried Green Tomatoes! They're legendary and tasty! Come in and celebrate- it's Friday!


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Holiday Party Planning at The Gathering Place

Here at The Gathering Place, we barely get the Halloween decorations put away and it’s time to get the Christmas decor up.  This year our first holiday party was on November 10th! 

Planning a corporate holiday party can be a challenging task. But it's an important event as it shows appreciation to employees for their contribution over the past year and gives them a chance to relax and celebrate.   There are two things I recommend to help your party be successful.  Be organized, and involve as many people as possible in the planning.  Create sub-groups to take care of food, decorations, party gifts and prizes, budgets and venue.

Rather than doing the standard food and drinks, throw a theme party. 

How about an Ugly Sweater Party?  Guests can find ugly Christmas sweaters in a thrift store to wear.  Decorate with sweaters on tables and on the chairs.  Have a fashion show with a prize for the ugliest sweater.  

A 70’s party with disco dancing or a Masquerade Ball where everyone dresses up can be unique and fun!

How about Christmas Carols Karaoke?

Or a Gingerbread House Decorating Party complete with prizes for the best house.

A black tie affair gives everyone a chance to really dress up.

A “ Twelve Days of Christmas” party where each table is a part of the song. If guests are assigned to a table beforehand, they could dress as a milkmaid, or a drummer, etc. Use your creativity to add details to whatever them you choose.

Happy Holidays!

- from Shauna Lund, General Manager at The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place at Gardner Village offers great holiday packages for whatever you might like to do for your corporate holiday party !  We're beginning to book now for 2013. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Kamille's Story

Hi My name is Kamille Bauer-I'm a wife, mom,.... and a yarn whore!  Five years ago I was put on yarn probation by my husband ….

That's when the wheels started turning and in November 2007 we opened Kamille’s-Where Friends Wind Up, the Specialty Yarn Store in Gardner Village.

Since then I have been fortunate enough to teach people my passion: KNITTING! 

Knitting saves lives...literally

(I heard of a lady who fell while holding her knitting needles and while treating the puncture wound they found and removed breast cancer)

While teaching I have witnessed the magic of knitting! It brings peoples' lives peace, comfort, and friendship when there could have been sorrow, heartache, and loneliness. Knitting can heal the soul-one stitch at a time, I've witnessed that so many times in peoples lives.  Little did I know I would soon be the one that would need saving....

             My Dream Boat Love Machine Husband-Clint 

The WORST day of our lives

December 12th 2011: After my husband of 10 years had his routine x-ray and subsequent CT scan, we were awaiting for THE results at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital. (It's not a good sign if you are waiting for a really long time in a room you normally never go in, and the doctor asks his assistant for the entire box of tissues.)

 Needless to say our lives stopped when they delivered the news...Chondra Sarcoma stage 2 {aka. sucky bone cancer} He had this same cancer over 11 years ago and the statistics of it coming back after this long....wait there are no statistics... it NEVER happens.  We found out it was back worse than before. 

You can read more about his cancer story here. But after two major surgeries much to our disappointment......the cancer keeps growing back...

How can you have a good attitude when life seems horrible? I stumbled across this quote and just loved it!

 Are you having a hard time in your life right now? If you are, I'm so sorry. It's the hard times in life that force you to look at your life in a different perspective. Being forced to look at your life from a different angle is in a strange way a gift.  It seems crazy to think of it like tha. I know. But I've never seen so much love, support and humanity since Clint's been sick. I feel we've been given a gift that not many will be able to receive.  

I'm so grateful for knitting! It has soothed my soul and 'knit' friendships that have helped me get through my days.  Are you in need of some comfort and joy too? Then come wind up at Kamille's and meet friends who knit or learn to knit yourself! You can see all the fun things happening on Our Blog or our class cchedule on our Website

Happy Knitting and Happy Holidays! 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Photo Friday

While this season is all about the elves, there's something else around the Village that there are a lot of: birdhouses. More than a dozen birdhouses decorate the Village year round, all of them are uniquely painted and styled to match the simple charm of Gardner Village.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday Recipes from Naborhood Bakery


Mark and Judy from Naborhood Bakery shared one of their favorite holiday comfort food recipes with us!

The holidays are our favorite time of year, but we know they can be some of the most hectic times too. We like to make this bread pudding ahead of time so we can enjoy it after all the craziness of Christmas day.

Orange Bread Pudding
1-1/4 cups milk
¾ cups cream
2 tablespoons butter
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
½ cup sugar
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. vanilla
½ container Naborhood Bakery Orange Icing
6 Naborhood Bakery Orange Rolls, baked &, cut into cubes

  1. Preheat oven to 350. 
  2. Combine milk, cream & butter; scald. 
  3. Combine eggs, sugar, salt & vanilla & icing.
  4. Gradually whisk milk mixture into egg mixture. 
  5. Place bread cubes into a 2 quart casserole; add milk mixture. 
  6. Place a larger shallow pan in oven.  Place the casserole into the larger pan.  Pour very hot water, 1” deep into larger pan. 
  7. Bake 45 to 55 minutes, or until a knife inserted 1 inch from the edge comes out clean. 
  8. Serve warm or chilled.  45 minutes after baking is a perfect temperature!
Figgy bread pudding
Add to Orange Bread Pudding:
¼ tsp cloves
½ tsp cinnamon
½ cup chopped figs or dates (I prefer dates)
½ cup chopped pecans
Bake as directed above.

Now you can put on your robe and fluffy slippers and enjoy!  
Merry Christmas!
-        Mark and Judy from Naborhood Bakery

There’s nothing like the sweet aroma of fresh hot rolls baking in your oven.  If you don’t have the time to make them yourself this season, Naborhood Bakery can take care of the hard work. With our Bake & Serve Rolls—Parkerhouse, Butterflake, and scrumptious Orange Butterflake—all you do is rise and bake.  You get all the coziness without the craziness!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Home Decor Tips from Upon the Shelf

These are some of our favorite things that we have collected over the years from Upon the Shelf. We believe in filling our homes with the things that we love and adding  new favorites each year.

Don't be afraid to steal your husband's black church belt and glue it around a glass jar filled with red ornaments to create Santa .

Who says lanterns are just for hanging? Think about squishing one into your tree!

And, forget the mess... just buy a gingerbread house from us that you can use year after year, P.S. it even lights up!  

Fill your home with light...candles, lighted branches, and light strands will create warmth in your home.

Merry Christmas!

-from Vickie at Upon the Shelf

Buy what's on the shelf, and the shelf itself at Upon the Shelf at Gardner Village in West Jordan, Utah just outside Salt Lake City. Choose from home accessories or order a shelf custom-made to your dimensions and color preferences: sleek cherry wood, distressed black, a rough-textured European look, antique green or embossed metal. Then, let the owners help you fill your shelves with groupings of decor.