Why Pineapple Hill?

The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. According to legend, the symbol began with the sea captains of New England who would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside their home to let the community know of their safe return home and to invite friends to visit and share their hospitality.

Likewise, we hope Pineapple Hill Designs boutique will make you feel “Welcome”! We know how important it is to find something special for that certain someone or just the right accessory to complete a room. We believe everyday is a day to celebrate, and we have just the thing to help you create something special out of the ordinary.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday Tip-Brown Sugar

5 Ways to Keep Brown Sugar Soft
Via Storage and Glee
1. Air-Tight Container - A container with a tight-fitting lid or even a resealable plastic bag can really help keep brown sugar from losing so much moisture that it turns into a rock.
2. Terra Cotta Brown Sugar Savers - You can find these little terra cotta disks at almost any baking supply store. Just soak it in water and seal it in with the brown sugar to help soften it up.
3. Marshmallows - We found this tip through Real Simple and are curious to try it. Apparently, throwing a few marshmallows into the bag helps keep the brown sugar soft!
4. Slice of Bread - This was our mother's preferred method. She swears by leaving a slice of bread in the bag overnight.
5. Slices of Apple - This is the same idea as both the marshmallows and the bread. The brown sugar will draw the moisture out of the apples and soften up.
And of course, if you're in a hurry to make cookies and need softer brown sugar right away, try this method of microwaving it with a damp paper towel!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lime Cookies

            Luscious Lime Cookies

via King Arthur 
1/2 cup (4 ounces) softened butter



Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
1) Mix together the butter, sugar, lime powder, lime oil, and salt; there's no need to beat at high speed, just mix together.
2) Mix in the flour. Cover the dough, and refrigerate for about 1 hour, or as long as overnight. Just before baking, preheat the oven to 325°F.
3) Remove the dough from the fridge, and scoop teaspoonfuls onto the baking sheet, 1 1/2" apart.
4) Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes, until set and lightly brown around the edges.
5) Remove from the oven, and let cool for 10 minutes.
6) Mix the topping ingredients, and put in a 1-gallon zip-top bag.
7) Add 5 or 6 warm cookies at a time, and shake gently till they're coated. The sugar may get a bit sticky; that's OK.
8) Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool, then coat the completely cooled cookies in the sugar again.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday Tip-Back to School

Back to School
25 Tips
for a Better School Year
via Real Simple
Pencil Kit How-To
You will need a place mat that is approximately 18 inches wide. Lay it facedown; fold the right edge over to be 2 inches short of the left edge. Pin in place (see below). Use a ruler and a washable marker to draw parallel lines perpendicular to the fold, about 1 inch apart. Fold a shoelace in half, and tuck its fold between the layers at the midpoint of one side. Next, sew up the two sides of the pouch -- the shoelace will be sewn in -- and along the parallel lines. Slide pencils into the compartments, and roll the case toward the shoelace side, then tie the laces.
Fun Printables and Ideas
via 18 twentyfive

Lunch Box Notes
Babble via One Charming Party

Rolo Pencil Treat
via Blackberry Vine

To make your own:

3 1/2 " x 4 1/2 " yellow cardstock
pinking shears
3 1/2" x 1/2" pink cardstock 1" circles pink cardstock
3 1/2" x 3/8" aluminum foil
Hershey kisses

The body of the pencil (inside) is a package of Rolos  and the tip of the pencil is a Hersheys Kiss attached to the Rolos with a glue dot.
To make the outside of the pencil, you cut a piece of yellow cardstock to 3 1/2" x 4 1/2", trim one short end with scallop edge or zigzag edge scissors, and score every 1/4" lengthwise...wrap around the Rolos and adhere. 
Then wrap a 3 1/2" x 3/8 " piece of pink cardstock at the opposite end.  Add a small pink circle to cover the exposed end of the Rolos.  
Cover the seam between the yellow and pink pieces with a length of silver foil tape.  Then just wrap the ends with a ribbon and tag.
Wishing everyone a Wonderful 2011/2012 School Year!
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