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Father’s Day is Right Around the Corner!

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Not so long ago, it was time to celebrate Mom. Now, the time has come for Dad to get a little love and recognition! Father’s Day is right around the corner and it’s a great time to spend honoring that special man in your life. Whether he’s your grandfather, husband, or your Dad, a father needs to be shown that you care.

At, we want to make it easier than ever for you to find the right kind of gift for that special kind of Dad. With our selection of Father’s Day gift baskets, you should be able to find that perfect little something for celebrating the occasion while appealing to his unique personality!

The Sportsman

He’s into sports, sports, and more sports! If your Dad has a competitive side and enjoys a good athletic contest, it’s best to indulge him with a gift that can keep him active. Get him some tickets to a baseball game and celebrate before and after with The Sportsman Father’s Day Gift Basket.

The Rugged Outdoorsman

Your Dad loves to spend time hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. If there’s something to do outdoors, he’s totally in. Sure, his sense of style may be a whole lot of flannel and hiking boots, but he still knows how to kick back and enjoy life! Celebrate Father’s Day with an Outdoorsman Gift Basket.

The Grill Master

This is a guy who LOVES to entertain and socialize. Your house is party central all summer long and your Dad can often be found manning the grill or serving drinks to all of his friends and family. Serve up a great gift to dad by gifting him with the Dad’s Barbecue Basket.

The Executive

If your father is business-minded and into the corporate scene, give him a gift that any CEO would appreciate. The Executive Dad is all about busy schedules, climbing to the top, and providing the best life possible for his family. He’s hard-working, creative, and ready to take on any challenge. The perfect gift: our Time for Dad Gift Basket.

Wow Your Hostess with These Memorial Day Recipes!

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Memorial Day is only a few weeks away and that means it’s time to start planning what you’ll be bringing to a backyard barbecue or picnic in your neighborhood. It’s always good manners to bring something to delight your hostess. You really want your dish to stand out and when you want to serve up something special, let help. Here are a few of our favorite – and most flavorful – Memorial Day recipes that are sure to be a hit at your picnic or Memorial Day celebration:
Margarita Party Pie

1 ½ cups crushed pretzels

¼ cup white sugar

2/3 cup melted butter

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

¼ cup fresh lime juice

¼ cup tequila

4 tablespoons orange liqueur

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

2 cups of whipped cream

Fresh lime slices, for garnish

Directions: In a large bowl, combine pretzels, sugar, and melted butter. Mix well and press into the bottom and sides of a pie pan. Set aside. In another large bowl, combine condensed milk, lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur. Add strawberries. Fold in the whipped cream. Then, pour the filling into the crust and freeze overnight. Serve.
Root Beer Cookies

1 cup packed brown sugar

½ cup butter

1 egg

¼ cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon root beer extract

1 ¾ cups all purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1/3 cup butter

1 ½ teaspoons root beer extract

2 tablespoons hot water

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix together brown sugar, butter, egg, buttermilk, and 1 tsp. root beer extract. Add flour, baking soda, and salt and mix well. Drop teaspoon sized pieces of dough on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes. To make the glaze, mix confectioner’s sugar, root beer extract, and hot water. Brush on top of cookies. Serve.
Basil Shrimp

2 ½ tablespoons olive oil

¼ cup butter, melted

The juice of 1 ½ lemons

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

½ cup minced fresh basil

3 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

3 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and skewered

Directions: Mix together oil and butter. Stir in lemon juice, mustard, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove shrimp from marinade and grill until done. Serve.

If you’re really in a crunch for time, you can also gift a hostess at a backyard get together with one of the Memorial Day Gift Baskets from Not only are these gift baskets thoughtful and beautiful, but they’re also the perfect way to say thank you for hosting the party.

Memorial Day – May 31, 2010

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Many of us Americans view this day as the welcoming of summer.  A truly welcomed weekend especially after the long winter months many of us experience.  Falling at the tail end of May each year, we are experiencing the rebirth of our land as the grass greens, flowers bloom and our trees become full of leaves again.  As we look forward to this enjoyable time we spend together with family and friends over gatherings in backyards or parks across the country, don’t forget to stop and take a breath.  Remember those around you who are in reverence to the real meaning of this glorious weekend; a true celebration of our nation’s heroes.

Originally called Decoration Day back in 1866 in Waterloo NY a druggist (Henry Welles) wanted to honor those who died in the Civil War.  Union Army Brig. Gen. John Murray both a customer and friend joined together to lead Waterloo in its first observance of Decoration Day.  To honor the fallen soldiers, flags were lowered to half-mast and a parade route included three local cemeteries so respects could be paid.  By 1868 President Ulysses S. Grant was presiding over a similar ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery and the pressure was on to claim May 30th as a national holiday.  After World War 1 in 1954, Decoration Day was now including not only Civil War’s fallen heroes but World War 1 fallen heroes as well.  In 1971 Congress renamed the day to Memorial Day and changed the date from May 30th to the last Monday in May therefore offering the American worker another 3-day holiday weekend.

We at wish to extend our most sincere appreciation to all our members of service.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the service you provide to us to keep us safe here at home and abroad.  Your unselfish act of patriotism knows no boundaries and we thank you for serving our great country.

Let Freedom Ring!

Introducing Shylo Country Club For Dogs

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We know it’s not easy leaving your dog at home while you go away on vacation or a business trip. Sure, you can have a friend or family member check in regularly, but your dog is alone for the rest of the day, and dogs are of course very social creatures. The Shylo Country Club for Dogs created a place for dogs to have fun while you’re having fun on vacation, too!

Located in Aurora, Colorado, the same great state we’re proud to live in, Shylo Country Club For Dogs boasts impressive Facilities, with 12 different play yards, including two separate play areas with one just for puppies and one just for the senior dogs. They even have a swimming pool for dogs! Your dog will be spending much of his or her time playing outside, rather than cooped up inside in a kennel. They feature a great array of Dog Boarding Services, and we hope you’ll check them out! It’s so refreshing to see such a novel approach to dog boarding!