Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Fun Easter Egg Hunt Idea!

Wishing a very happy Easter to our customers who make our business possible!

Easter 2017 is less than a week away and many of us are planning our annual traditions. There are hundreds of Easter traditions. Humans have been celebrating Easter as it's known today for more than 20 generations. The yearly game of receiving hidden eggs or "gifts" corresponds with the coming of spring; for Christians it is the resurrection anniversary of Jesus. Easter marks the time for counting our many blessings and receiving the gifts and blessings to come as Spring begins. Easter also marks the end of Lent, a 40-day period in which many Christians give up certain vices or habits they find pleasurable. 

Without contest, an Easter egg hunt is the most popular tradition with millions of children across the globe searching for eggs on this day. The unclear origins of the egg hunt came from spoken stories. Historians speculate the hunting of eggs on Easter began with the Pennsylvania Dutch around 1700. They believed in an egg-laying hare called Oschter Haws (or Osterhase). Hares are larger rabbits that live in open areas, such as deserts or prairies, and have their young in simple nests on the ground. Since hares "lay eggs" in the grass, children were told to build nests for them and search for the eggs it left behind. The Easter bunny isn't known for laying eggs anymore, but the game of searching for his presents definitely is. 

The Easter Bunny will either put the baskets and eggs in a designated place or hide them among the house or garden for the children to find when they wake up Easter morning. Sometimes children participate in community and school Easter egg hunt competitions. 

A fun and creative Easter egg hunt idea -

Making sure young children have a chance to find and collect as many eggs as the older children may be the biggest Easter egg hunt challenge! How do you stop older children who are faster egg finders from getting all the spoils? To allow every child to find the same amount of eggs use color coordinated Easter egg buckets. These unique Easter baskets are perfect for making cute Easter baskets and tough enough for any Easter egg hunt.

We used 5-quart buckets which are available on our website. Each bucket in the picture is holding about 60 plastic eggs. You can personalize and decorate these metal buckets using vinyl stickers or hot glue as adhesive for foam, glitter, felt, fabric, glossy paper and more!  

Our color metal buckets are available in 15 colors and four sizes (2-quart, 5-quart, 10-quart, 16-quart)! They're made of durable powder coated steel. An electrostatically charged powder color is applied and baked for 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit to thermally bond the color to the substrate bucket steel. Needless to say, this is a quality bucket that will last. 

When you've nailed the creative Easter basket ideas using these metal buckets, they double as cute storage containers with lids for small toys, socks, and snacks - order the optional storage lid. Plus the blue, green, and orange are the best Easter basket ideas for boys. Are we right?

Happy Hunting Everyone!

What Easter egg hunt ideas do you have?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

DIY Olive Oil Lamp

Olive oil lamps burn very small quantities of oil. They are the essence of economical lighting and more affordable than most candles. I love to add a few drops of essential oils like tea tree or lavender to the oil; it smells divine.

I made this DIY olive oil lamp with a half pint mason jar. Be creative with lamp vessels - fabricating an olive oil lamp using a sea shell can be fun! There are many appropriate glass, metal or stone containers for creating olive oil candles. Plastic and wood are not recommended for use as lamp vessels. If you burn your lamp in an open bowl, dip your fingers into the warm oil to use as massage oil.

You will need:
  1. Cotton oil candle wicks (or some 100% cotton something)
  2. A vessel for oil (like a half pint glass jar)
  3. Wire
  4. Pliers
  5. Olive oil (not pictured)


Step one create the wick holder. To assemble your own olive oil lamp create an apparatus out of the wire for holding the wick. I made a freestanding spiral that holds the wick lightly-pinched though the hole at the top. Careful not to squeeze the wick too tightly because it must stay saturated with oil for efficient burning. You can design a metal hook that hangs from the side of your jar into the olive oil. The side hook method makes the wick easy to lift out and light.


Or if you’re talented with wire art here’s a lasting design perfect for a small jar:

homemade olive oil lamp burner

Step two: adjust wick to burner.
Adjust the wick so about 1/4” sticks above the wire burner.

Step three: add olive oil
Place your wire wick assembly into your container. Add olive oil just above the top of the wire. Squeeze the tip of the wick slightly to remove extra oil and light it with a match or lighter. It is often easiest to light when the coil is lifted and tilted slightly. The key to burning olive oil is to keep the wick saturated with oil at all times.


About Oil Candle Wicks: I bought a roll of inexpensive industrial cotton string to make my thin small oil candle wick; which produced a small amount of light suitable for reading. I’m new at making my own oil lamps, but with 300 feet of cotton wick I can experiment worry free. No worries if a wick gets ruined in bad oil. If you want more light use a bigger wick. This rope oil candle wick is twice as big and super sturdy.

Read more about burning olive oil in a lamp here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Spice things up with herbs and spices from Red Hill General Store!

Smart cooks know that adding a dash of herbs and spices to your food helps to take the flavor of your dish to another level. Did you also know that there are a multitude of health benefits that go along with that added deliciousness?

We stock a wide variety of herbs and spices at Red Hill General Store that will add just the right touch to your meal.

Dill seed, for example, not only tastes amazing sprinkled over grilled salmon or mixed into potato salad, but it also contains iron and calcium and the natural oils block certain carcinogens. Rosemary contains fiber, iron and calcium and improves circulation and digestion and the woodsy flavor is great for roasted meats. Crushed red pepper adds a kick of  heat to your dish and is a natural pain reliever and reduces inflammation in the body. Ground jalapeno is a great source of vitamin C and capsaisin, which promotes healthy blood flow in the body.

Stock up on your favorite herbs and spices at Red Hill General Store and get creative and healthy in your kitchen!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year's Resolution Help!

Weight loss is always at the top of everyone's resolutions list at the beginning of a new year. Why not make 2016 the year you actually lose those stubborn pounds? Our Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar can help!

So, what's so special about this apple cider vinegar? Lots of things! 

Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar is raw and unfiltered and contains the "Mother" of the vinegar, which is a chain of protein enzymes chock full of healthy benefits. Raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar supports normal metabolic functions in the body, which will keep your metabolism soaring. It's a natural heartburn remedy, helps to keep blood glucose levels steady and is rich in potassium and B vitamins to keep your muscles and heart strong.

"But how will it help me lose those stubborn holiday pounds?' you might be asking.
Raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar contains a special little thing called acetic acid, which is the main component in the vinegar. Acetic acid interferes with the body's ability to digest starches. This means less starch from foods (and carbohydrates) are broken down into calories in the bloodstream. Less calories = easier weight loss!

So, start your new year off healthy and grab a bottle of Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar at Red Hill General Store! A teaspoon mixed into a glass of water about 30 minutes before each meal is all you need to reap the benefits!

Here's to a happy and healthy (and hopefully lighter!) 2016!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Honeys, jams and jellies make Christmas sweet!

Christmas Eve is tomorrow! I can't believe it. This year really went by in the blink of an eye (or a twitch of Santa's nose!) Hopefully, everyone has finished up all that last minute shopping. I, however, have not. I always end up with one or two people that I forgot.

Food is always a centerpiece of any holiday celebration and the thoughts of all the yummy dishes that await me tomorrow and on Christmas day instantly turned my mind to a food inspired gift to wrap up the last minute folks I had left on my list.

We carry a wide variety of honeys, jams and jellies at Red Hill General Store that will make everyone excited on Christmas morning! What could be better than smearing a thick drizzle of pure comb honey on a hot, just out of the oven, biscuit on Christmas morning? My tummy growls just at the thought! Or what about some apple butter on toast or fig jam mixed with butter? The options all sound so delicious!

We also carry jelly and jam samplers when you can't decide on just one!

Season's Eatings and...


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