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Norton's U.S.A. Brick & Mortar Store!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Inventive Seasonal Uses for American Made Products

Night may be falling earlier and earlier but the season is surely getting brighter and brighter! We are now entering a season of warm family memories! The season is also full of bursts of creativity and we have collected some pretty inventive uses of  American-made products! Check out our finds:

No one likes to have the sniffles over the holidays! Fortunately, Kelli over at Freebie Finding Mom has created some Honey Flavored Homemade Cough Lollipops to help combat those coughs! Don't they look great?

Pair this recipe up with local honey, cake pop sticks and parchment paper from Norton's U.S.A. and you will have a great American-made treat! (*Honey available in store.)

Looking for a unique way to wrap a gift? How about with a tea towel? Things for Boys shows us how easy it is to do! The recipient even can keep the wrapping as another gift! Norton's U.S.A. has a selection of made in U.S.A. tea towels , numerous kitchen utensils  and baking twine to help make the wrapping an American-made affair!

How about this classy caribou tea towel?

And an adorable honey dipper for a little flair!

Princess Pinky Girl shows how easy it is to use small stocking for place settings:

Wouldn't our small herringbone wool stocking look great?

Country Living Magazine has a pretty neat way of wrapping with paper! Our screen printed paper in store would be perfect for this!

Some truly inventive ways to use your creativity and some fabulous American-made products this season!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Plan for Your Halloween Spooktacular at Norton's U.S.A!

The witches fly Across the sky,
The owls go, "Who? Who? Who?"
The black cats yowl
And green ghosts howl, "
Scary Halloween to you!"
------Nina Willis Walter
When the October wind begins to blow, it is time to think about HALLOWEEN! We have everything you need to make all of your ghosts and goblins happy at your spooktacular Halloween celebrations! With our vast array of Halloween items, we take the boo-hoo out of Halloween shopping and make choosing the perfect items for your party simple!

Take a little peek at the items we have for this Halloween:

We have an absolutely adorable collection of paperware including napkins and plates of different sizes and styles. Booooootiful!

You can also add some more flare to your party with colorful and festive paper straws, treat baskets and bags, tissue balls and garland, baking twine and much, much more.

Decorations spooky and sweet--we have them all!

Don't forget to drape some creepy webs and hang up some spooky ghosts to set the mood.

Of course, what is Halloween without a little trick-or-treat?

As you can see, we have everything you need for your Halloween celebration and everything is made in the U.S.A!

Happy Halloween! Boo!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Candy Corn History and Some Sweet Treats!


When the air turns crisp and the leaves present striking hues, our minds quickly turn to enjoying some of our fall favorites! Around this time of year, one particularly vibrant childhood fall treat starts hitting the shelves--candy corn! Candy corn has been wrapped up in fall celebration for quite some time and while it stands on its own as a treat, it also appears as part of other fall delights and décor. Candy corn may be a ubiquitous part of fall, but how much do you know about the sweet white, yellow and orange kernels? Here are a few facts:
  • The candy corn was originally invented in the 1880's by George Renninger of the Wunderlee Candy Company.
  • Around 1898, the Goelitz Candy Company (now Jelly Belly) began producing candy corn. The Goelitz Company brought the striped goodie to the masses.
  • The tri-color design of the candy was pretty novel at the time, so consumers fell in love!
  • In the 1920's, candy corn was nicknamed "chicken feed" and was sold in boxes with a rooster on front.
  • Candy corn began to achieve its esteemed status as a Halloween candy in the 1950's when people began to hand out packaged candy to trick-or-treaters.
  • For such a pervasive treat, we need a holiday right? October 30 just happens to be National Candy Corn Day! So, you can celebrate the treat the day before Halloween!
Over the years, the candy corn has inspired quite a collection of temptations. We have collected a small sampling of bright and yummy candy corn treats:

Candy Corn Truffles from About Food:

Candy Corn Fudge from Mom on Timeout:

Healthy Candy Corn Snack from Baby Center:

Candy Corn Cookie Bark from The Recipe Girl:

We will be continuing to collect candy corny goodies throughout the season on our Going Candy Corny Pinterest Board.

For more information on the history of candy corn, check out articles in TIME and on the National Confectioners Website.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Significance of the Harvest Moon

harvest moon
Photo Credit sinead_woods via Flickr Commons

Tonight, we will be enjoying a big and glorious Harvest Moon. In fact, this Harvest Moon is also a Super Moon so it will be an extra special treat! All of us know the Harvest Moon is special and we delight in its beauty, but what is its significance? We found some pretty interesting facts about the Harvest Moon:
  • Before the aid of electricity, Harvest Moons would illuminate the night sky allowing farmers to work on their fields later into the evening.
  • In years when the Harvest Moon lands in October, the full moon in September is termed the Full Corn Moon because it corresponds with the time to harvest corn.
  • According to folklore, EVERY full moon has a particular name like the Strawberry Moon, the Flower Moon, the Sturgeon Moon, etc.
  • The Harvest Moon is the full moon that occurs  nearest to the Autumnal Equinox.
  • For several nights in a row around the Harvest Moon, the moon rises at around the same time each night--at about sunset. Of course, this can make for a beautiful, reddened moon!
Hope you get a chance to check out the Harvest Moon tonight! It is expected to be at full phase at 9:38 EST or 8:38 CDT.

             What to Expect from Tonight's Harvest Moon via ABCNews
             Shine on, Harvest Moon in The Old Farmer's Almanac
             Watch Out for the Harvest Moon from NASA

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