I’m sure I feel like most folks when giving presents. Giving is all about the thought process and deciding what you feel would be most appreciated by the recipient.

Gifts are about showing someone that you care about them be it a casual or deep friendship, and of course always give with pure love.

This time of year, our humanness is amplified with sentimental memories and giving is even more emotional. In the current world of changing times, people are making new traditions as well and still giving differently. Changes are new beginnings.

When I was little, we made friendship bracelets for others and when I saw the bead work from Mishky created by women in Columbia, It brought me back to the carefree days of youth. I wanted to share that with others and brought them to Posh.

When I met the owner of the company Escama, that recycles aluminum can pop tops into beautiful accessories that can help lift women out of poverty in Brazil, I brought them into Posh. The designer and owner was so earnest, that I trusted him with his word, absolutely no green washing! That is Poshness to me. I feel gifts that have a story create benefits for many others and even more goodwill.

Supporting local artists has always been in my wheelhouse at Posh. Just before we went into lock down, I had met a lovely talented woman who made beautiful jewellery. Due to the pandemic her outlets for selling were closed. I offered her space in my store along with fostering her growth with online sales. The company is called Green Eye Kitty, yes, she has one! Green Eyed Kitty is still in business.

I am so impressed with the good vibes that are put forth from these companies and their commitment to giving to others, I hope you are too. 

Sending good vibes to you and yours.

Aileen

 

Poshalicious Recipes: Crispy Baked Coconut Shrimp

Here is the recipe that I use for coconut shrimp. It's super easy and a nice change up on a winter night by the light of the TV, or if you have company. l serve this with a light salad or rice on the side, that has been spiced up some onions, shaved carrots or whatever is in the vegetable crisper. As long as it is chopped up or sliced finely, it will work! 

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound large shrimp about 25, peeled (tails on or off)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Steps

  • Pre-heat oven to 425F. Grease a cookie sheet with oil; set aside.
  • Beat eggs in a small bowl and set aside. Combine breadcrumbs and coconut in another bowl and set aside. Lastly, combine flour and spices in a 3rd bowl.
  • Dip shrimp in small batches in the flour mixture then the egg mixture (letting the excess drip off the shrimp) and then coat in the coconut/breadcrumb mixture, pressing to adhere.
  • Place the shrimp on the baking sheet in a single layer. Lightly spray with nonstick spray or drizzle with oil. Bake until the shrimp are golden on the outside and opaque in the centre, about 10 minutes.
December 09, 2021 — Maxine Bullock

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