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Katty Dowdle

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Specialty Shops

Sweetness Never Tasted So Good

Today we visited the newest shop at Fashion Place Mall and you simply need to stop by.

Lolli and Pops is not only classy on the outside but the inside is filled with beautiful displays filled with chocolate, candy, pop, hand crafted sweets from around the world, gifts for any and all occasions including  a party room.

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The staff is helpful and so nice.  As you leave you will even tell you to have a sweet day!

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You simply have to see this to believe how lovely it truly is.

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We were part of the “By invitation only” party so we got to sample candy like crazy.  We enjoyed every minute.  They officially open tomorrow October 11th.

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You can fill up the cutest containers with hundreds of different candy and the refills are only $5.00!

 

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We each got to take home one of these cute bags filled with treats, how nice is that?  We wish Lolli and Pops the best of luck and know they will be extremely successful here in Utah.

Please visit them soon!

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DIY, Recipes

It’s Salsa time!

There’s nothing better than canning salsa on a rainy day and today was just that day.  This past weekend we picked baskets of fresh, organic and beautiful tomatoes from our grandfather’s farm along with peppers of all kinds.  The rest of the ingredients were purchased at Sprouts, our favorite organic produce store.

So send out a text inviting family and friends to join you, roll up those sleeves, put on an apron, and can some salsa you’ll enjoy all year.

While you are at it, double the recipe and share a jar or two with someone that needs a little love!

Salsa recipe

Salsa Restaurant Style and so yummy!

Ingredients:

10 cups peeled, chopped and drained tomatoes (drop whole tomato in boiling water for 30 seconds and the peel will come right off)

3 cups chopped onions

2 cups chopped bell peppers, green, red and yellow

5 jalapenos, chopped fine (no seeds unless you like it spicy)

8 cloves garlic, minced

3 tsp. ground cumin (we love cumin so we put in heaping teaspoons)

3 tsp. black pepper

3 tsp. coarse Kosher salt

½ cup chopped cilantro

½ cup sugar

1 ¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1 can tomato sauce (16 oz)

1 can tomato paste (12 oz)

Salsa recipe

 

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes while stirring.

Fill the clean pint size jars with the salsa, leaving ½ inch space at the top.

Wipe the rim of the glass jar with a damp cloth.

Boil the lids for a couple of minutes and seal jars with lid and ring.

Process in a water bath canner for 25-30 minutes. This time is for high altitudes of 3000 ft to 6000 ft.

After removing the jars from water bath, allow them to cool on the counter while they completely seal as they cool. If a jar does not seal properly, just put in in the refrigerator to enjoy during the week.

Recipe will make 12 pint size jars.

Salsa recipe

 

 

 

 

Loving Iced
Deals, Specialty Shops

Time to get Iced

When we discover something exceptionally great we simply have to share it with our awesome followers.  ICED has incredible gelatos, ice-cream, Hawaiian shave ice, hand-crafted sodas and coffee.

Iced Gelato with Salt Sky

Iced just opened in Holladay and is owned by a father and two son team.  Willy, Will and Graham Gibbs are so excited about their new venture that it shows as soon as you walk in.  They are happy to make suggestions and let you taste their mouth-watering creations.

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We are hooked and stop by several times a week because it’s just that good! They use only the highest quality ingredients, no preservatives, no artificial flavors, no coloring agents. They source locally and use fresh milk and creams and never use pre-made mixes or fruit flavorings.

One of our very favorite treats is the Bubble Bowl, made fresh everyday, the bubble bowl is a soft waffle that holds your scoops of gelato. It’s one of those things you simply need to experience.

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Their famous Bubble Bowl.  Try it with coconut gelato for sure!

This happy girl is enjoying the lime gelato made with tons of fresh limes.

Iced makes their authentic Hawaiian shave ice by actually shaving the ice from a block of ice, it’s smooth and fluffy and the best part is that their syrups are 100% pure cane sugar.

It’s time to get to ICED and to make it even more special we are having a giveaway AND a deal of the week!

Enter to win a $10 gift card on our Instagram today.  We will draw two winners.

Also. . . the ICED deal of the week for our followers is a BOGO!  (Buy One Get One)

Show that you are following ICED on Instagram and get a FREE shaved ice when you purchase any shaved ice.

Located in Holladay, Utah at 2245 E. Murray Holladay Road and is open Monday – Saturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. Closed Sundays. Tel: 801-277-5803.

Salt Sky supports small business, join us in helping to grow our local economy

by visiting the businesses we feature.

Salt Sky Utah
Beauty, Giveaways

Celebrate Summer with this Giveaway

☀️ It’s feeling like summer lately so how about a fresh summer look and a fabulous giveaway?!

Liv Salons is giving one of our followers their choice of a full set of classic eyelash extensions or a color and cut for summer. All our followers can also claim a $20 off any $40 purchase when you subscribe to the @lovelashes_hair website (see their instagram account for links. @lovelashes_hair).
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Follow @saltskyutah
Follow @lovelashes_hair
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Tag a friend(s) in a comment below… Each tag will be an entry for you. One per comment please 😘 Good luck! Winner announced next week.
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Giveaway sponsored by Salt Sky #saltskygiveaway #giveaway

Fine print… The color can be an all over color or highlights/balayage. But no major color corrections.

Good Luck and Happy Summer!

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Community Event, Decor, Specialty Shops

Visit this Free Event going on now

The Utah Woodturning Symposium May 11-13 at the UVU Convention Center is a free event for all who love original hand crafted wood designs.  Stroll through a large gallery of unique pieces and watch a woodturning demonstration all for FREE.

We simply love this kind of thing so we are headed there tomorrow! Check out these amazing photos…

Come support some of Utah’s most talented artists Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Community Event, Specialty Shops

If There’s a Whisk There’s a Way

Sur La Table is now open at Fashion Place mall and we were there on the first day to take a cooking class.

Located in the new wing of the mall, you simply can’t miss it, it’s beautiful! And of course full of all the kitchen gadgets we love.

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The cooking class was pie making. We made a delicious strawberry rhubarb pie and a caramel ganache pie in the best crust I’ve ever tasted.

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Our instructor was so much fun and made our experience great teaching us some great new skills that we are sure to use.

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Afterwards, we were invited to shop with a special coupon and sign up for future classes at a big discount.

Visit our new friends at Sur La Table soon with 100 stores throughout the US, our favorite one of course is now at Fashion Place!

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Quilt Show
Community Event, Professional Services, Specialty Shops

Beautiful Things Come Together One Stitch at a Time

The Utah Quilting & Sewing Marketplace is going on right now until Sunday at South Town Expo in Sandy.

You not only can shop for craft supplies, an endless array of fabrics, kits and tools, but you can stroll down aisles of the most incredible quilts you will ever see.

I realized that quilting has evolved, the traditional quilts are always a favorite but we saw some incredible hand painted quilts that looked like Renaissance oil paintings, all the way to some very modern designs.

Most vendors are offering show specials which we thought was great, these vendors come from all the surrounding states to sell their products.

Quilt Show

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Our very talented friend Annette Malen who told us about this fun show shopping with Samantha.

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Kim Peterson of Lindon, Utah who made this quilt was one of our favorites.  Hand appliquéd, hand embroidered, machine pieced.  It was so happy!

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We thought this booth had a fun thing going.  You pick out a fabric doll, dress it to look like the people in your family including your pets!  Then hang from a rod.  It can be displayed in any room.

Admission into the show is $12

Children are allowed but we didn’t see any.

Get to this show this weekend, you will be glad you did!

 

Capitol Reef, Utah
Family Adventures & Travel, Restaurants

Time to get away to Capitol Reef

A little piece of heaven is waiting and it’s just 3 hours away from Salt Lake.

Last week we visited wonderful Capitol Reef, took the scenic highway with it’s stunning vistas, hiked to marvelous destinations and relaxed at Capitol Reef Resort in their beautiful and super comfortable rooms.

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Did you know you can even stay in a teepee complete with king size bed, flat screen TV, sitting area, and full a private bathroom just a few feet away? We stayed in a comfortable and well decorated room but next time we go it will be a teepee!

A delicious pioneer breakfast buffet is included if you choose that option and the service was great.

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For dinner we visited Café Diablo, I highly recommend it. The food was so incredibly delicious that you have to make sure you experience it. Café Diablo is under the ownership of a friendly former cowboy from Philadelphia who loved Utah so much he made it his home. He greeted us dressed in shirt and tie, made excellent recommendations, took our order and served us our wonderful meals. This unique restaurant even grows it’s own organic greens, everything is fresh and tastes out of this world.

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Make sure you try the avocado chips, deep fried avocado that has been breaded and cooked to perfection.  The dip is a cheese sauce that perfectly compliments the avocado.

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Take a moment to see the local art that hangs throughout the cafe. I loved this hand carved wood piece.

Art at Cafe Diablo, Capitol Reef, Utah

Don’t forget to visit the little town of Fruita nearby, it’s charming and full of history.

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As we drove in, we were greeted by a heard of deer, a flock of wild turkey and the friendliest of people. Stop by the visitor center for a short video presentation, walk through the fruit orchards and pick some fruit to take home. We were there too early in the season but the trees were blossoming and it was beautiful.

The little country store sells really yummy ice cream that we had to try, as well as gifts and souvenirs. Make sure you stop by the barn across the street to pet the horses and drive to the original one room school house, peek inside, it’s sweet.

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On that same road just a skip away you can see petroglyphs left by the Fremont culture, which existed in areas of Utah from approximately AD 600 to 1300.

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Join us in celebrating 100 years of national parks and plan a getaway to this piece of heaven on earth!

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Recipes, Restaurants, Specialty Shops

You KNEAD a Kneaders pastry

This past week we had the opportunity to take a pastry class from none other than Monica Kate, executive head pastry chef for Kneaders Bakery & Cafe.

We met up with some of our blogger friends and had a super fun group there as we attempted to learn to make delicious puff pastry.  The best part is that they have allowed us to share their own recipe with all of our Salt Sky friends!

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Here are some fun facts about Kneaders and why we love them:

Kneaders is celebrating 20 years in business; they started with a small store in Orem and have grown to 57 stores in 6 states.

They are a “from scratch bakery” and make 42 different types of pastries daily by starting as early as 4:00 am.

Their kitchen’s high sanitation standards are impressive, everything is sanitized every 2 hours!

When we were there, the bread chef had 400 pounds of dough rising.  Some days they make up to 1000 pounds.  You better believe that they sell out of their delicious bread daily.

We love that this very successful business was started by a husband and wife team with a dream.

HAPPY 20TH BIRTHDAY TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AT KNEADERS!

Visit them today and you will see for yourself why they are so unique and create such wonderful food.

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PATE A CHOUX (pronounced Pat a Shoe)

Kneaders Puff Pastry recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 cup milk

1 cup butter

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

1 ¼ cup flour

10 eggs whisked

Directions:

  1. Bring water, milk, butter, sugar, and salt to a boil.
  2. Whisk in flour and once incorporated stir with a spatula for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Pour mixture into a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and add the whisked eggs gradually. You may not use all the eggs. Pull the paddle out and if the batter makes a “v” you are ready.
  4. Pipe onto a parchment lined sheet tray.
  5. Bake at 345 degrees for about 20-30 minutes, opening the oven (for about 10 seconds) to let out excess steam after you see the product rise and start to sweat.
  6. After pastry had cooled, cut in half. The center should be hallow.
  7. Fill with whipped cream or lemon curd.

You may also dip or drizzle with chocolate ganache.

Basic Ganache recipe

Chocolate 300g

Cream 300g

Directions:

  1. Heat the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl until it is about half melted.
  2. Heat the cream on the stove until it just comes to a boil.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow to sit for a moment.
  4. Whisk cream until chocolate and cream are fully emulsified and glossy.

Happy baking!

(Photos by Kneaders) Check out our Instagram for a cute movie they made as well!