Sunday, March 21, 2010

Next to Newsletter- Monday March 22, 2010

Ah, at last! Spring is officially here. We spent the last week stocking the shop with wonderful spring/summer fashions- the racks are packed with jeans, shorts and capris, sweet spring dresses, sandals and spring shoes, kids clothes galore...something for everyone.

Plan on stopping in soon and often!

Let's do the Wild Card Sale this remember how it works: we have cards labeled with different 30% off departments- ladies' tops, infantwear, dresses, get the idea. One card even wins you 30% off of your entire purchase.

...and don't forget Senior Discount Day- each Monday, everyone 55 and over gets 30% off their cash purchases.

Current Columns

My husband, Arthur, and I each write twice-a-month columns for The Gainesville Times. His deal with computing and technology issues. Mine deal with whatever strikes my fancy.

His latest was published on March 20. Click here to read Arthur's piece on email options.

My March 19 column is about the current legislation to add a bittering agent to antifreeze. Click here to go to it.

Truth or Legend?

Anytime I get an email dealing with a scam, a warning or a missing person the first thing I do is go to to see if the information is accurate or yet another urban legend being spread throughout the Internet. Click here to hear a fascinating NPR interview with Barbara and David Mikkelson, the originators and editors of

Outside Play

Remember hopscotch? Jacks? Kickball? The variety of ways we've found to amuse ourselves in the streets is amazing. At the drop of a hat, we invent games and through sheer determination make them indispensable and legendary. Using whatever is at hand--bottlecaps, a stick, or the spaldeen (a high bounce rubber ball)-- kids though the ages create games that are the envy of any sportsman or marketeer. Now that spring's here, click here to refresh your memory of the rules and introduce your kids and grandkids to these perennial favorites.


Thanks to Kayanne Massy for sending along this little gem of a video: Coca-Cola could have just handed out some free coke, but decided to create a "Happiness Machine" in the student commons area of a university. It sure looks like a regular vending machine, but this group of college students was in for a surprise. This vending machine takes quarters and gives out smiles.

Click here to view the video.


It talks. It moves. It eats your enemies, employers, and love interests while the urchins sing and dance. Look out!

Riverside Military Academy presents "little Shop of Horrors" on Wednesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 PM.

The performance includes a wide range of RMA students (including the pit band). Other cast members from include North Hall's Suzanne Zoller and Rachel Glazer and GHS's Carrie Franklin.

The performance is in the Sandy Beaver Center Auditorium. There's no charge for admission.

Next to New Family News

It was great to see so many of you at the Family T.I.E.S. 1Mile/ 5K Fun Run on Saturday! It was a lot of fun for a very worthy cause.

Our Rachel came in third in the 1 mile event and Molly was first in the 20-24 age group in the 5K! Congratulations, girls!


This is a delicious recipe from the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog. It's perfect for a shower or brunch. Just remember- don't try to make meringue on a humid day. That's a recipe for disaster!
  • 3 egg whites at room temperature (I use large eggs)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (1st amount)
  • 2/3 cup sugar (2nd amount)
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. vinegar

  • 8 oz. carton whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • fruit of your choice. Fresh berries are great, as are fresh or canned peaches, nectarines, pineapple, kiwi or a combination.
  1. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks begin to form.
  2. Add 1st amount of sugar, a few tablespoons at a time, beating very well between additions. I was told to check that the sugar had dissolved before adding the next amount. You can check by tasting a bit of the meringue to see if there are any grains of still sugar intact. This can take a long time so I don't always beat it that long.
  3. Beat in vanilla and vinegar.
  4. Mix cornstarch with the 2nd amount of sugar and continue to add sugar in small amounts beating well in between each addition until meringue is very thick and most of the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Cut a round of parchment paper to fit a pizza pan. You can sprinkle the pan with a bit of water before putting the parchment down so it sticks to the pan. Alternately you can use foil which is lightly buttered.
  6. Pile the meringue on to the parchment in a circle about the size of a dinner plate. Using a spatula or spoon, push the meringue to the outside edges and indent the center so it is lower than the sides.
  7. Place in center of a 300ยบ F oven and bake for 1 hour.
  8. After one hour, turn oven off. DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR until it is completely cold. (I usually bake my pavlova just before going to bed and leave it in the cold oven overnight.)
  9. Whip cream with powdered sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.
  10. Pile the whipped cream into the center indentation of your Pavlova. (You can do this a couple of hours ahead or right before serving.
  11. Top with cut up fruit or arrange fruit slices in a circular design. Do not put the fruit on until just before serving or the meringue will soften.
  12. Cut into wedges to serve.
Wise Words

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." ~ Buddha

Weekly This and That

Next to New is now on Facebook! Click here to go to our fan page and join up. We'll be posting great deals when we find them during the week, giving out N2N coupons to our Facebook friends and linking to other great frugal sites. We'll have the Deal of the Day and any other Hot Flashes that come our way.

Remember to bring in your plastic grocery bags to recycle and register to win a $25.00 store credit. The winner for February was Dee Snow. Congrats, Dee!

Get a $5.00 store credit any time you bring us a new shopper. It's easy. Just bring in your friends who've never tried N2N shopping. When they check out at the register, we'll give YOU a $5.00 credit on the spot.

Let's work to get the word out: friends don't let friends shop retail!

Computer Problems?

Don't hesitate to call Arthur if your computer has a virus or isn't running as fast as it should. He will come to you or you can drop off your PC at Next to New. His rates put the Geeks to shame and your satisfaction is guaranteed. One-on-one instruction available or get some friends together for an even better rate. He can fix software problems through remote access if necessary, so no matter where you are, give him a call - your computer will thank you. You can click here to go to his website.

That's it for now. Remember-email goes both ways...

If you run across any exceptional bargains or impressive new products, let us know. We'll put the word out!

Have a remarkable week!

Teressa and the Next2New Crew

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