Once again the calendar changes and here we are into September already! One of the great things about September is that it can be one of those renewing months.... perfect for creating new memories with our children and grandchildren as they advance their journeys back to school. Being an active participant in the events of their school days, opens the door for us to share with our families some of our own distinctive memories from past school days. Some of our revealed stories will be those our families will possibly remember for a lifetime....with endearing affection and perhaps a bit of humor. Bottom line...no matter how many times your family may "roll their eyes" when you share a story from the past....do it anyway...and, encourage them to share their unique stories with you. The gratification of teaching and promoting laughter, kindness and encouragement with each other are proven inexpensive acts but worth millions in the unmitigated scheme of it all.

Another great thing about the month of September are the little hints of new changes towards the upcoming season....Summer is now rounding the backside and Fall will be here before we know it. And what a great time of the year...hometown football games; school plays; craft shows; hints of changing colors and.....farmers markets with Fall harvests! Get out your walking shoes.....make time to stroll through a local farmers market....remember, strolls can be fun, don't necessarily have to cost anything and you never know what you might see or who you might run into!

As I close off this little note, I just wanted to once again mention that we at Kozy Clutter hope each of you take a few precious moments to kick back and just enjoy life with your family and friends....make sure you gather around the dinner table and have long conversations about school, dreams and accomplishments of the day. Remember acts of simplicity always work and seem to provide the most enduring memories!

Take care now,

- Enesco Boyd Bears & Resin: With great sadness we have been notified by the manufacturer Enesco that they have suspended their Boyds line effective January 1, 2015. With that being said, all new upcoming holiday Boyds Bears Kozy Clutter will have on hand, will be the last of our Boyds order. In other words.....once they're gone, they're gone.

- Upcoming Holiday Season: Fall is just around the corner and our holiday collections continue arriving. I know, I know.....who wants to think of Winter holidays when it's still sunny & warm outside. The "boo" collections are open now for some spooky planning and additions to your Halloween collections. We've also opened up our other holiday sections for those who really like to get ahead of the season.....or, maybe you'll just see sumpthin' for your wishlist!

- Jim Shore Peanuts Collection: Introducing "Peanuts" by Jim Shore. Beloved comic strip characters Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang come to life in a new collection interpreted by America's favorite folk artist Jim Shore.....You'll find some of this upcoming adorable collection in our "Sneek A Peek" section.

- Mugs: Our Name Is Mud by Enesco is a bold, fresh and colorful mug collection by designer Lorrie Veasey featuring witty sentiments that make unique gifts for any coffee or tea drinker. These whimsical mugs are a perfect marriage of art and functionality. Take a look in "Cook's Korner - Mugs".

- Cupboard Cleaning sale: Don't forget to check "Last Call Specials" (LCS) section and take advantage of some great additional savings -- SAVE 15% to 40% while supplies last.

- Kozy Clutter refocus: Due to business changes, we no longer take any phone orders. Since the original intent of Kozy Clutter was to offer the most up to date, convenient way for online shopping 7/24, we've refocused shopping back in that direction. Shopping at Kozy Clutter couldn't be any easier and always available utilizing your laptop to your iPad! If you do have any questions, we're always here to assist....just an email away!

Banana Bread
1 1/4 cup ripe bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts or chocolate chips (optional)
In a small bowl, use a fork to finely mash bananas (approx 3).
     Stir in lemon juice and set aside.
In large bowl, sift flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together.
     Stir in brown sugar.
In another bowl, use a whisk to combine eggs, buttermilk,
     oil, applesauce and vanilla extract.
Pour your liquid ingredients and mashed bananas into the dry
     ingredients. Use a wooden spoon to stir until combined.
Stir in walnuts or chocolate chips (optional)
Pour batter into prepped loaf pan. (You can also use parchment
     paper to fit pan if desired as alternative)
Bake bread for about 1 hour. Check the done-ness of your
     bread by sticking a toothpick or knife into the center. (It should
     come out clean. If not, leave bread in for a little more time.)
Let cool in pan. As always, banana bread is better the next day.
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