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St. Patrick’s Day Bites & Bling

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and the Girls of Crocker’s have just what you need to celebrate in style – bites and bling. Whether you’re hosting friends, or just looking for festive dishes for the family, check out some of our favorite leprechaun inspired recipes below. For a bit of added luck and a lot of style, we’ve also paired these delish dishes with glistening green Emeralds. Because, why not?!

MARY’S BASIL PESTO

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves.
  • 2 cloves garlic.
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts.
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided.
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese.

Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper. If using immediately, add all the remaining oil and pulse until smooth. Transfer the pesto to a large serving bowl and mix in the cheese.

HEATHER’S SHAMROCK SHAKE

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract, or more to taste
  • 9 drops green food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon green decorator sugar

Blend ice cream, milk, mint extract, and food coloring together in a blender until smooth.Drizzle chocolate syrup around inside walls of 2 tall glasses; pour shake into glass. Top with whipped cream and green decorator sugar.

LAUREN’S LUCKY RICE KRISPIE TREATS

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 4 cups of soft marshmallows
  • 5 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Green food coloring
  • 3/4 cup of Lucky Charm’s marshmallows

Melt butter over low heat until completely melted. Gradually add the regular marshmallows and stir often to avoid burning them. When the marshmallow and butter mixture is completely melted, add the 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and your green food coloring. Mix well. Remove from heat and stir in your Rice Krispie cereal. Once mixture is mostly combined, stir in the Lucky Charm’s marshmallows.

MAKENZIE’S GREEN DEVILED EGGS

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Ingredients:

  • 10 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Green food coloring
  • Cider vinegar
  • Paprika

Instructions

Put the eggs in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, cool the eggs with running cold water. Peel the eggs. Then cut them in half. Separate the yokes and put them in a bowl. Combine cider vinegar with green food coloring in a bowl and add the egg whites. Remove them when they are pastel green. Mash the yolks with a fork. When they’re uniformly crumbly, add about a 1/2 cup mayonnaise. You can make it as creamy as you like. Time to fill the eggs! Put a little bit of the yolk mixture in each egg, so you don’t run out, then go back and add a little more on top. Garnish with a little bit of paprika.

MELISSA’S GREEN VELVET CUPCAKES

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Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄2 cups oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon green food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1⁄2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Combine eggs, sugar, oil and vinegar in bowl. Mix well.  Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Add to egg mixture alternately with buttermilk, mixing well after each addition. Blend in vanilla and food coloring. Pour into 3 greased and floured 8 ” cake pans. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Cool. Frost between layers, top and side of cake.

HOLLEY’S MINT ICE CREAM

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 14oz sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 1 cup chopped up chocolate bits

Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, whip your heavy cream over high speed for about 10-15 minutes until stiff peaks start to form. In another bowl, combine your condensed milk, peppermint extract, food coloring and chocolate bits. Pour your whipped cream into your sweetened condensed milk mixture and fold everything together till combined. Pour into a 3 QT pan and cover tightly. Place in freezer for 6 hours, to overnight before serving.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! May the luck {and sparkle} of the Irish be with you! If you want to check out any of the Emerald pieces featured in this post, give us a shout, or stop by Crocker’s Jewelers in Texarkana, TX.

Pop The Question This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away. Naturally, the Girls Of Crocker’s have love on their minds. And with love comes the perfect proposal. Guys, if you’re looking for ways to sweep your girl off of her feet, take some advice from us. A proposal should be romantic. It should be personal. And, according to us, it should be pretty elaborate.

Just in case you’re looking for ideas, here’s how we want our “future” hubbies to pop the question …

Head For The Mountains 

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“I think it’s perfect that Valentine’s Day falls on the cold month of February. It’s so much more romantic than those warm summer months. After all, nobody wants to be proposed to with sweat pouring down their face, frizzy hair, and squinting eyes. Nope, not a sexy moment you want to remember forever. So … my dream Valentines proposal would be in the snow covered mountains somewhere beautiful. Say, Colorado! As I’m riding the ski lift preparing to show off my awesome snowboarding skills I would look down to see “will you marry me?” spelled out in the snow. I think it’s possible, but, I if that’s too elaborate I would also take an adorable, quaint Ski Lodge posted up in front of a warm fire after our big adventurous snowboarding day!”

~Makenzie

Make It A Surprise

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“To me the perfect proposal is one that’s a complete surprise. I know a lot of girls say this, but seriously … I don’t want to have a clue! Here’s how he goes down … he sneakily takes me back to the first place we ever met and “Marry Me” by Train just happens to be playing in the background. Then he begins to tell me all of the wonderful, amazing, and cheesy things about me, and our relationship. From there, it continues and eventually he lands down on one knee and says those beautiful words, “will you marry me?” {yes, duh}. I want it to be a special moment between the two of us, well except for that secret photographer that’s there to capture the moment! “

~Shelby

 

Recruit The Entire Family

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“I know this sounds cliche’ but my dream proposal is a Valentine’s Proposal! Valentine’s Day  is my parents anniversary and that is a very sentimental day for me. My ultimate proposal would be if my future husband popped the question in front of my entire family. They are so important to me and I want them to be there to experience that special moment with me. And for the bling … my dream ring is a 2 carat round center stone set in yellow gold. All that said, for the right man I would be happy with a ring pop {no joke}.”

 ~Lauren

A Romantic Paradise

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“My dream Valentine’s Day proposal would take place in Fiji, in a Tiki Hut, surrounded by beautiful blue water. The hut would be all decked out with flowers and the ring would be displayed on the glass floor so that you could see the fish swimming around your beautiful bling {#whynot}! As you can tell, I want movie style proposal, very elaborate and romantic!! My dream ring is this stunning Gabriel yellow gold emerald cut with a baguette on each side.”

~Heather

A New York Minute

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“My dream Valentine’s proposal would have to be in New York City. Mostly because I’m obsessed with NYC! Did you know that you can rent the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center for a couple of hours to execute your perfect proposal? Believe me, I’ve looked into it {don’t judge}. Not only would you be in one of the most beautiful cities, you would also be at 30 Rock with the person of your dreams. Just try to forget about the fact that complete strangers are watching you as you attempt to ice skate. Icing on the cake would be a Valentine’s Day proposal. I know. I know. I might be over the top, but isn’t every girls “dream” proposal?!”

~Holley

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Wishing you holiday full of love, and maybe even a proposal. If so, be sure to share your story with us!!

Xoxo

Peggy The Elf

Since December 1st we’ve been noticing some strange behavior around Crocker’s Jewelers. Each morning when we’ve unlocked the store we’ve found disorganized cases, cookie crumbs all over our break room, and notes on all of our customers’ wish-lists.

In order to get to the bottom of things the Girls of Crocker’s nominated “Makenzie The Brave” to hide in the {pitch black} store after hours and wait for our sneaky holiday visitor to emerge. An hour into her stakeout Christmas music started blaring and a figure, dressed in red, emerged from the shadows.

It wasn’t a ghost …

It wasn’t Santa …

It was Peggy. Peggy the elf.

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In spirit of the holidays, we’ve agreed to let her stay at the store {rent-free} until the end of the year. In return, she’s promised to 1) clean up after herself and 2) help us pick out the hottest jewelry for both Christmas and New Year’s. Don’t worry, based on the cases we’ve found her in … she has excellent taste!

Watch the Crocker’s Facebook page for Peggy’s favorite pieces from top brands such as LAGOS, Simon G, Pandora, and more. If you’re lucky, and get on Peggy’s “nice” list, you could even win your very own LAGOS bracelet {valued at $295}. For more information visit the link below and be sure to sign up before January 1st, 2017.

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Happy holidays everyone! If you’re still looking for the perfect gifts, stop by Crocker’s Jewelers. We’re here, along with Peggy the elf, to make your Christmas shiny and bright!

A Crocker’s Family Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to stop and take a moment to appreciate life’s blessings and all we have to be grateful for. Here at Crocker’s we are thankful for a wonderful team who support one another – on and off the clock. Most of you only know us from behind the sales counter, but we want to give you a look into the personal world of the turkeys we’re most thankful for this Thanksgiving!

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We’re thankful to be surrounded by a strong group of women {and men}. Each with their own unique story …

“I am the mother of a two-year-old little girl name Kyle. Together we’ve joined our extended family for dinner every Sunday for the last three years. I’m also a certified EKG tech but have never worked a job in that field.” ~Heather

“I was a Sunday School teacher for 6 years. I consider myself a dork, mostly because I have an obsession with stationary and recently look a calligraphy class so I could send letters to my friends in pretty handwriting. My theme song for everyday is ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’.” ~Lauren

“I have ran seven half marathons! I like to bake sweets. I was a dancer for 26 years and still find myself choreographing routines anytime I’m somewhere where there’s music.” ~Melissa

“I’m an adrenaline junkie! I recently ran a half marathon, just went sky diving for my 30th birthday, have a concealed handgun license, and am a certified scuba diver. I love being active.” ~Makenzie

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We’re thankful for the opportunity to work at such a wonderful place, with such amazing people … 

“Even on a bad day I know I can come to work and the girls will brighten my day. Even though I’ve only been here a short time, I value the relationships I have with each person already. We spend as much time at work as we do at home and they have become family to me. The opportunity to come to a place and be surrounded by joy and faith makes every day a great one!” ~Heather

“I’m thankful that I am close enough to my coworkers to truly call them family. The last couple of years has been extremely hard on my family and these girls have been there through it all, lifting me up. They’ve been my source of strength. They have prayed for me and my family, hugged me, and dried lots of tears. They even leave treats in secret places for me when I’m stuck in the hospital! I couldn’t’ ask for a better group of ladies to work with.” ~ Lauren

I am thankful for the relationships I have, it’s great to be friends with such a diverse group of women who are in all different stages of life. I’m also grateful to be part of my coworkers lives. Throughout the years I’ve attended many weddings, celebrated the arrival of new babies, and also stood by women as they became grandmothers. I love that I get be a part of these milestones!” ~Melissa

“I’m thankful for the respect we have for each other. I would’ve never dreamed such a large group of women could come together every day and not only all leave in one piece, but also care so much about each other. We are like a one stop friendship shop! There will always be someone there for you to laugh with, cry with, tell you it’s going to be ok, and even dish out the tough love when you’re making a terrible decision!” ~Makenzie

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And we’re thankful for the memories that we’ve made …

“I crack up every time I think about Makenzie running around in a dinosaur hat dancing with her short ‘T-Rex arms’. I am so glad that we have it on video! I also love Lauren’s energy, when she finds something she is passionate about she goes all in and it’s hysterical!” ~Heather

“I love, love, love when we make our Crocker’s videos for social media, or events. Everyone just lets loose and we have a blast, there’s never a dull moment.” ~Lauren

“I love coming to work every day, it’s always something new and exciting. You never know when one of the girls will suddenly break out in song and dance. We love laughing with Kathy when she sings the wrong words, and then you never know when Makenzie will appear with a lime peel as teeth!” ~Melissa

“I love the spontaneity. It was literally my second day when Shawn had me in front of glass case of diamonds doings high kicks like a karate kid on the playground! I knew then I belonged with these girls. Oh, and it never ever gets old putting a bug anywhere near Melissa because the reaction is always hysterical.” ~Makenzie

We hope that you all have just as many people, places, and memories to be thankful for this year. From all of the Girls of Crocker’s, we’re wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving.

 

Gifts For Dad

Father’s Day is less than two weeks away! For those of you who are still wondering what to get that special man in your life, we’ve got your back. While the Girls of Crocker’s would like to think we know exactly what men want, we decided to go straight to the source instead.

For the ultimate 2016 Father’s Day gift guide we consulted one of the most fashionable men we know. Meet, Justin Magness everyone. Justin is Shane’s son-in-law and also just became a father himself.

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According to Justin, this is what our men want to see when they open their gifts this year …

Certified Pre-Owned Rolex

While he’ll appreciate any timepiece, there’s nothing better than a Rolex!

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Personalized Tie Bars
You can get creative with this one. Add his initials, the kids initials, or even birthdates.
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Personalized Cuff Links

Both Heather B. Moore and Moon and Lola offer stunning personalized cuff links.

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Money Clips
Personal and functional, this piece comes from the Heather B. Moore collection.
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Thanks to Justin for the advice! If you would like to snag any of these gifts for your man, stop by Crocker’s Jewelers in Texarkana, TX. And, to all of the Dad’s out there … we’re wishing you a relaxing Father’s Day. Kick those shoes up!

Just For Mom

To all of the children and husbands out there, don’t forget that Mother’s Day is coming up this coming Sunday, May 8th! Make her day and surprise her with something sparkly this year. After all, motherhood is a tough job and she deserves a great gift!

If you’re not quite sure where to start, don’t stress. The Crocker’s girls are here to help you find the perfect gift for that special woman in your life. See below for our Mother’s Day 2016 picks …

Sparkling Diamond Studs

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I think an absolute must for all new Moms are diamond studs. They deliver a classic look and go with everything, so you won’t have to think about what you’ll wear with them. Who has time for that anyways?! Also, they’re perfect for little hands that love to grab at sparkly things. ~Shawn

Fashionable Bracelets

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For the fashionable mom, you can’t go wrong with Lagos bracelets. Buy her one to express your appreciation, or even better yet, recruit your siblings to get her a stunning stack. She’ll love having one piece selected by each of you! With so many styles and colors to choose from it won’t be tough to find something perfect for her. ~ Heather

Dazzling Stackables

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My Mother’s Day jewelry choice would have to be Gabriel & Co. stackable bands. Surprise her by incorporating the birthstones of the little ones in her life. Your unique combination not only symbolizes her family, but also becomes a dazzling statement piece that she can wear everyday! ~Makenzie

Timepieces With Style

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I wear a watch everyday. Really, it drives me crazy if I forget to put one on! I especially love Michele watches because they’re more like a piece of jewelry that just happen to tell time. They are stylish and come with interchangeable straps so you can continue to switch up your style. ~Melissa

If you have any questions about these products, or other jewelry pieces for mom stop by Crocker’s Jewelers in Texarkana, TX. We’ve got just the thing to bring a smile to her face this Sunday, and beyond!

February Financing Special

Ahh, the month of romance. Spreading the love is a big job for one person, so we’ve decided to help Cupid out by offering 18-month interest free financing for the entire month of February. After all, why limit ourselves to just Valentine’s Day?!

For the guys …

While fancy dinners and bouquets are great, if you really want to show your affection surprise her with a new bridal set from Crocker’s Jewelers. With our interest-free financing offer, the time to propose is now. We’ve even selected some of our favorite bridal sets that we’re sure will win her heart.

And, for our ladies … 

Self-love is the most important of all. This February treat yourself to some new bling, interest-free! Our financing special applies to top brands including Pandora and Alex & Ani, and there are so many great fashion pieces to choose from this year! Scroll below for some of our favs.

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Melissa loves a good halo and recommends this Gabriel & Co. bridal set for $5,999. Take advantage of payments as low as $100/month, or snag it interest free for 18 months at $333/month.

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KANDLE

Classic, sparkly and beautiful. Kandle picked out this stunning 2.o carat Crocker’s Signature Solitaire Ring that your one and only will be crazy about. It retails for $9,999 with payment plans as low as $160/month.

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SHAWN

Leave it to Shawn to remind us that vintage is where it’s at. This stunning bridal set from Crocker’s Signature Collection retails for $6,499. Payments are available for as low as $108/month, or take it home interest-free for 18 months at $361/month.

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KERI

We’re so excited that our February financing special includes Pandora! Keri recommends the yellow gold bracelet, complete with 14k gold charms. This set retails for $3,675 with payments as low as $61 /month. Take advantage of 18-months interest free at $204/month.

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SHELBY

Our mission to spread the love wouldn’t be complete without Alex & Ani. Check out this super cute set that Shelby has picked out. It’s available for 6-months interest free at only $55/month.

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If you have any questions on these looks, or want to check out the other amazing pieces that we have on the floor, stop by Crocker’s Jewelers in Texarkana, TX. Just be sure to do it before the end of the month so that you can take advantage of this sweet, sweet financing!!

Valentine’s Day Picks

Psst, guys. In case you haven’t heard, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Now is the time to pick out the perfect gift for that special lady in our life. We know this can be a difficult decision, but don’t sweat it! The Crocker’s Girls are we here to help. See below for our top Valentine’s Day picks for 2016 …

SHOW YOUR PASSION
We stand by diamonds as the perfect gift for almost any holiday, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day rubies add a special touch. Their deep, passionate, red color make them a perfect symbol of your love.

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Rubies are the perfect surprise for Valentine’s Day! Nothing says, ‘be mine’ like a beautiful piece of jewelry that is the color of love.” – Kandle

MAKE IT PERSONAL
Choose a gift that’s just as unique as your love. Our newest Alex & Ani specialist, Sherri, loves the idea of something personal and hand picked for Valentine’s Day.

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“From rings to our new ‘chain station’, Alex & Ani products are perfect for your Valentine. Knowing that the one she loves picked out each piece with her in mind will warm her heart.” -Sherri

BE CHARMING
A new Pandora charm is always a great go-to gift for any occasion, but this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget their wide array of beautiful rings and necklaces!

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“Charms, necklaces, rings and more! Pandora has so many amazing choices for Valentine’s Day. I love this gorgeous sterling silver necklace with a circle pendant that represents the eternal love you have for your Valentine.” -Lauren

Now go ahead and spread your love! If you have any questions on these products, or need more suggestions to impress your Valentine this year, stop by Crocker’s Jewelers in Texarkana, TX.