Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Learn Something New in the New Year - Davidson Staffing "Tips and Tricks" and Webinars

Whether you're looking for a new job, or just want to be better in your current position, Davidson Staffing has something for you.

Check out the list of Webinars and "Tips and Tricks" Seminars they offer:


More Training = More Opportunities

Thursday, December 24, 2009

No Wonder They Call Her "Wonder Bev"

Holiday Music you'll want to play all year 'round.

The new CD by Beverly Johnson, "A Few Of My Favorite Songs."

Classic music from a classy lady and an amazing talent.

This is what music is meant to be. . .it's hard to pick a favorite.

Included are favorites like, "Oh Holy Night," "The Christmas Song," and "The First Noel."

Perfect for getting or giving. Find out more, by copying and pasting the link below in your browser:


Beverly Johnson is available for weddings and other special occasions.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Barkley's Court Reporters Have Taken the Phrase "Going Green" to New Heights ;0

If you walked out of Harrington's Pub this afternoon and thought you had "one too many," you didn't. . .or maybe you did. But, at any rate, that really was an alpaca with Ana Costa.

Does this mean that Barkley's is making sweaters for all their clients this year?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Kiss Is Just A Kiss. . .Except When It's In A Handmade Bowl!

My sister bought me this really cool bowl for Christmas - except she couldn't wait to give it to me!

It's handmade in Vietnam and here's the scoop from the website:


Founded in 2006 by four college graduates, Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts exports unique coiled newspaper products to the global market. Now employing 20 artisans from the rural Tuy Hoa Province where employment is scarce, they empower a growing group of marginalized women by providing fair wages, skills training, and the freedom to work from home. Thus, artisans from poor families can gain pride and confidence in their work.

The theme is called "Spread the News" and it's made from recycled magazines. How cool is that? So it's not only colorful, it's also green!

Check out their website for other neat items.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sprinkles Coming to San Francisco - Justin Hermann Plaza, Noon to 5 p.m.

December 3, 2009, SAN FRANCISCO.... When Charles and Candace Nelson left San Francisco in 2003, they probably had no idea they would be returning to the Bay Area in a cupcake truck! Yet, on December 14th, just one day before National Cupcake Day, the owners of Sprinkles Cupcakes will drive the "Sprinklesmobile" 400 miles, from their headquarters in Beverly Hills, to sell cupcakes to benefit the San Francisco Food Bank.
From 11am-5pm, in conjunction with KGO-TV's, San Francisco Food Bank Drive, the "Sprinklesmobile" will be selling freshly baked cupcakes in an assortment of flavors, including their most popular, red velvet. And, 100% of the proceeds from each cupcake will be donated to the San Francisco Food Bank.*
"Given my history in San Francisco, I felt that the San Francisco Food Bank was the perfect place for me to give back this holiday season. My pastry chef instructor from Tante Marie’s, Janet Rikala, is involved with the Food Bank and I’ve always been amazed by the work this organization does." said Candace, the unassuming pastry chief of this operation.
Often seen on the streets of Los Angeles – from the Santa Monica beach to the Walk of Fame – and the more exclusive Entourage set and film studio lots, this will be the Sprinklesmobile's maiden voyage to the Bay Area. Having successfully employed multiple forms of social media to grow its dedicated fan base, natural stops along the way will include the new Twitter offices, Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto and the Googleplex in Mountain View.
The shiny, chocolate brown, Mercedes Sprinter, custom-designed vehicle was created to bring Sprinkles’ sweet treats to the streets, often in support of cause-related events.
Charles Nelson adds: "It is our pleasure to give back to the community. Each night, all left-over cupcakes go to local food banks in each of our markets, so we are thrilled to continue this tradition with this promotion for the San Francisco Food Bank.”
Sprinkles Cupcakes currently has five locations, the closest being in the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, CA.
For more information please visit the Sprinkles website at www.sprinkles.com.

*The San Francisco Food Bank donates nine dollars of food for every dollar donation. Currently, they feed 147,000 people per year.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Turn Up The Heat at Work this Winter

I suspect the expression “cuddling up to a hot little number” evokes different reactions from all us. . .but at work, it means VORNADO’s Personal Vortex Heater.

Place it on your desk or on the floor and you're good to go!

VORNADO has really created comfort in the right size with this sleek maneuverable thing of beauty.

It is quiet and with two heat levels and with the capability of a "fan only" operation it can leave you pleased whatever state of flux your body temperature may be in.

Do yourself a favor and bring a small pleasure to your workstation (or give one as a gift this holiday season).

With a name like VORNADO, you know it will get the job done.

39.99 at Kohl's and other retailers.

You can also call Vornado at 1-800-234-0604 or check out their website for this and other cool (or hot) products :)


Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Simple Pretzel Recipe for Your Office Holiday Parties

Thanks to Connie and Whitney in Texas for sharing!

12 oz. Orville Redenbacher’s Popping & Topping oil

1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix

1 T. garlic salt

1 T. dill weed

2 16 oz. packages of pretzels

Combine first 4 ingredients, mixing well. Pour over pretzels (I put mine in my large Tupperware cake carrier top) and stir to coat. Leave in container, stirring frequently over a period of a few hours.

'Tis The Season

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Perfect Holiday Gift for Your Office Coffee Connoisseur (hint-hint)

Weaver's Coffee

If you can't find it, give them a call at 800-328-1178. They'll be glad to help.


Sold at gourmet stores everywhere.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Holiday Gift Suggestion Number One: Capresso Burr Grinder

Dear Attorneys and Office Administrators:

Your staff has been working very hard this year. The economy is tough. Many firms no longer give holiday bonuses, but what better way to "perk" up morale than freshly ground coffee! (And you get to enjoy it too).

This model is not for the big firm but perfect for the solo practice or small firm.

Capresso has many other models available, but if you have a small office this will do the trick.

Capresso's Stainless Steel Burr Grinder is just 59.99 (retail value).

This particular model offers:

* 17 position grind selector delivers the correct fineness for espresso, drip, French Press and percolators

* Removable upper burr for easy cleaning
* Separate On/Off button
* Electronic timer

Remember, a happy team is a productive team!

Capresso - (800)767-3554 or visit their website at:


They also make fabulous coffeemakers.

Stay tuned for more great office gift ideas :)

Friday, December 4, 2009

"The Cake Mix Doctor" is Back!

Anne Byrn, yes, the one and only "Cake Mix Doctor" is back with more recipes guaranteed to impress your family and friends and save you time.

If you work in a law firm, you don't have much time to make cakes - but you love to bake, right?

Here's the answer -- "The Cake Mix Doctor Returns!"

Here's one of my favorite "Cake Mix Doctor" recipes from the original book:

Pumpkin Spice Cake *

Vegetable Oil spray for misting the pan
1 package (18.25 ounces) plain spice cake mix
1 package (3.4 ounces) vanilla instant pudding mix
1 cup pumpkin, canned or mashed fresh
1/2 cup vegetable oil, such as canola, corn, safflower, soybean, or sunflower
1/2 cup water
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup pecans, walnuts or almonds, toasted

1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly mist a 13 by 9 inch baking pan with vegetable oil spray. Set the pan aside.

2. Place the cake mix, pudding mix, pumpkin, oil, water, eggs, cinnamon and ginger in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes more. The batter should look thick and well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula. Place the pan in the oven.

3. Bake the cake until it springs back when lightly pressed with your finger and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 32 to 35 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Frost with either of the suggested frostings, if desired*. If frosting, sprinkle with the toasted nuts. Slice into squares and serve.

(*The Cake Mix Doctor suggests her Buttercream Frosting or her Fresh Orange Cream Cheese Frosting)

To order your copy, copy and paste the link below in your browser to order directly from the publisher:


or go to:


Let Them Eat Cake!

* Reprinted with permission of publisher.