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I love it when Hue partner, Kathy, has a new drink for us to try at her place in Maine.  This year, I barely put my suitcase down and she was handing me the most delicious-looking cocktail ever, with a huge welcoming smile on her face.  Pretty much anything would have tasted great at that moment, with the sun shining off the ocean and the HuePhoria Summit about to commence, but this was even better than it looked… it was “Smashtastic.” When I asked what was in it, Kathy pointed to a white crate on the counter filled with a bunch of different ingredients that were obviously coming along with us to a lobster bake that night. “Have crate will travel!” Here are the ingredients in case you are looking for a great summertime concoction to serve up at your next gathering:

“The Smashtastic”

Shot Malibu coconut Rum
Shot Finlandia Grapefruit Vodka
Cranberry juice (I use diet)
Splash of pineapple juice
Shake with lots of ice, top with diet sparkling cranberry
Slice of Lime
“YUM!  Don’t screw around with brands, this is tried and true:)
Better make a pitcher.” – KLB

The Smashtastic

KLB’s Crate

Cheers! and enjoy the rest of your summer…..

Last week, the HuePhoria partners each had a daughter graduate from High School, and these three young ladies will be heading off to college in the fall, followed by four more Hue kids over the next six years.   We are so proud of them all! When I reflect on my daughter’s childhood, I can’t help but notice the parallels between running this glassware business and raising our children. HuePhoria is like this common child we have between us partners, and it has almost always been present in our kids’ lives. I’m sure they treated the competition for attention like a sibling, “she’s busy with HuePhoria right now.” Or “Oh, sure…take HuePhoria to NYC.” HuePhoria has taken us through more trials and tribulations than all of our kids combined, so there’s no favoritism here!  It has definitely wet the bed the most, that’s for sure. The graduates were only in nursery school when we started painting furniture and glassware out of our kitchens for fun and extra cash. Pretty much all they have known is colorful explosions of paint all over the counters and painted things drying everywhere around them…that, and their moms loading up the minivans, totally stressed out, heading off to their next ‘craft show’ to the tune of Sanford and Sons. We would laugh at the craziness the whole way, guzzling down giant gas station coffees and shoveling peanut M & M’s into our mouths for our healthy breakfast. And it was inevitable that at least one of our kids would decide to get sick the day of a ‘big show.’  What would we do without the neighbors?!

Some of the early parallels between HuePhoria partners and our kids:

  • We all took over the entire kitchen when we used our paints, and cooking was out of the question
  • We all preferred snacking
  • We all “fell into the Gap.” Apparently we thought it was cute and artsy to wear overalls…kind of like a HuePhoria uniform.  At least ours didn’t have snaps.
  • We all cried a lot.  It was frustrating trying to take our hobby to the next level of mass production! And kids just cry a lot.

    Lisa & her Grad

As we grew from a hobby to a full-blown business, we did it the only way we knew how; we took each day as it came, with all of its surprises. Kind of like with the kids “Hmm… what will they do to test us today!”? And that would move into “It can’t get any worse than this! Tomorrow’s a new day. Gotta get better.” And it does.  Here’s another parallel/contrast for you:  Some people paint with paint; others paint with whatever’s handy at the moment, perhaps a little something from the diaper.  One of us was lucky enough to have the talented “Poocasso” in the house who created quite the masterpiece. “Oh, I’m sorry Mommy… you actually want to see out of those windows?” #Clorox

Just like our first manufacturing broker who said: “Oh… you mean you wanted the paint to stay on all of these 10,000 glasses?” I can’t remember if the reaction to both of these situations was “are you &%$*# serious?!” or “this really stinks.” I do remember that one was hilariously funny right away, and the other took a few years to crack a smile about. One of my favorite parts about being in this business with Lisa and Kathy is that we all enjoy a good laugh. Humor is one of the best survival tactics around, and it’s free!  Our humor has been definitely tested during the past four years, a time when we have had to dig a little deeper for the laughs. The kids were entering the teen years and we were entering into a challenging economic time to have a small business. The good news is that there was never a dull moment!

Naturally we want what is best, or what we think is best, for anything we create, but I’m convinced that businesses, like kids, have their own plan for themselves.  It becomes very noticeable in those teen years. All of a sudden, these things are coming out of my mouth that my parents used to say to me: “You’re not even listening” “Where are you going?” “You need to start making your own money” …And who knows what I was saying to my kids!! We can try as hard as we want to keep our children/businesses in a semi-controllable state, but there are other forces out there working on them besides us Moms. The key is to trust that we’ve done the best we can with what we have to work with, believe that it’s amazing and surrender the rest.

Kathy & her Grad

Somewhere along this journey, we were all given the fast pass for unlimited roller coaster rides.  Now that I think about it, it came the moment we decided that it would be a good idea to throw a business into our mix of families…”ah, what’s one more kid!” So glad we did because here we are, looking forward to our next HuePhoria Summit so we can plan for 4th quarter, but more importantly so we can all be together in Maine before the girls go off on their new adventures.  If our girls have learned anything from us, I think I can speak for my partners when I say that we hope it’s this: Nothing is more important than enjoying family and friends… and laughing.

They say it costs more than $ 250,000 to raise a child to 18 these days.

The cost to raise HuePhoria:  certainly not priceless, and we wish it were less pricey.

Although HuePhoria won’t be heading off to college this fall, we do have an opportunity to help it progress into it’s next exciting growth phase through this Mission:SmallBusiness! Competition. We need 250 votes to qualify:

We’re not asking for college tuitions, just your vote!

THANK HUE for taking the time to read this, and if you voted, double thanks.

Cheers to the Grads!  Jen

Jen & her Grad

Many hard core New Englanders have their own tried and true methods of cooking their lobsters to perfection. In general, the method of choice is to steam them in a big lobstah pot with a few inches of water. Bertha Nunan, of Nunan’s Lobster Hut near Kennebunkport, ME, says “The secret to cooking lobster is not to murder them. Give them a nice, slow respectable way out.” !! Bertha fills a pot with 2″ of water (whether it’s for 1 lobster or 14), she pours salt 3 times around the inside of the pot and one big blast in the middle to arrive at the perfect amount. When the water comes to a boil, Bertha puts the lobsters in, covers the pot so it’s good & tight, and steams them for 20 minutes. “Not a minute less and not a minute more.”

Another way to do it is to bring 1 1/2-2″ of water to a rolling boil, gently put the lobsters in head first, one at a time, cover tightly and return to a boil as quickly as possible and then start your timer.

Lobster weight : Cook Time

1 1/4 lb  : 7-8 min                                                                                                                                 1 1/2 lb  : 8-10 min                                                                                                                                2 lbs  :  11-12 min                                                                                                                                2 1/2 – 3 lbs  :  12-14  min                                                                                                                   5 lbs  :  20-22 min

Some Rhode Islanders have been know to toss a few celery stalks in the pot; it apparently takes that fishy or sea-weedy taste out of the lobster… it could be an old wives tale (or in this case, Mr. Dick Torrey’s recipe) or just another ritual involved in cooking the “best lobstah evvah!” If someone else is doing all the work to cook an edible lobster… who really cares!  This is an exception, however:

How not to cook a lobster

Couldn’t resist this picture… Corning Museum of Glass is having GlassFest this Memorial Day weekend if you are looking for something fun to do… you just might find a really well done lobster there!

Also, don’t forget to keep entering HuePhoria Facebook contests and we will continue to add your names to our email list for Lobster wine glass raffles on the 27th!!!

Cheers, and don’t forget LOTS of butter.

Watching Wimbledon always makes me thirsty for PIMM’s.  Actually, Summer doesn’t officially begin for me until I have had my first PIMM’s of the season.  It brings back many happy memories of visiting my family in England and traveling in our rented bus together to see the tennis matches.  We would pull into Wimbledon after a few hours’ drive, find a primo parking spot and break out the Champagne! (Our family was big into celebrating with the Bubbly, and the fact that we were all together was the favorite reason to pop the cork). My Grandfather, G.R.B. (Bobby) Meredith, played tennis at Wimbledon for 15 years for England before and after WWII, so the whole experience for us was very special and very celebrated.  G.R.B. (Bobby) Meredith We would watch the morning matches and reconvene at the mini bus for lunch. My Granny, my mom and aunts would create a tailgate party fit for the Queen herself, while my Grandfather proceeded to serve up the traditional PIMM’s No.1 Cup (official drink of Wimbledon spectators).  It’s such a refreshing Summertime drink:

MIX 1 part PIMM’s No.1 Cup  with 3 parts chilled British Lemonade (closer to diet 7 up here in the US) ADD sliced cucumber, strawberries, peaches, oranges, (whatever you like) and toss in a mint leaf.  Jolly Good! 

It has been 75 years since a Brit (Fred Perry) has won Wimbledon, which was during the time my Gramps played, so I would love to see Andy Murray win this tournament.  If I can’t have that,  I’ll be happy with some really good games and …  PIMM’s Anyone?



My HuePhoria business partner, Kathy, went on a dating show last night!  I give her so much credit for doing that… especially since she is a happily married woman.  She appeared live from Boston, MA, on Studio Chat – Lynda Hill with the 411 on Dating.  It streams live on the web at on Thursday at 9. Kathy did GREAT!  In SNL style chat, Lynda and Kathy talked Balls for this episode, matching HuePhoria Ball patterns to the type of guy who would sip from these chosen glasses. Kathy arrived armed with input from partner Lisa, and just the “knowing,” based on real life experience. (!) For example:

LarryLarry = He makes Sunday night dinner in his homer Simpson pj bottoms. Most of his jokes are inappropriate. He spends his entire year dreaming about his summer vacation in Maine. He drives a ford escape and tends to lose stuff all the time.  (you’re a lucky lady, Lisa)

BoboBobo = he’s in touch with his feminine side. Throws a lot of parties, snappy dresser, and always a good time. Loves fine wine but only in fun huephoria glasses. Drives a white Mercedes.

EarthEarth = he is a worldly traveler. Always trying to make the environment better to live in. Thin, runner.  Drives a Subaru outback.

Which one would you choose?! It is all in good fun… and that’s the way it should be! Good job, KLB!  Personally, I know I will keep my eye on the HuePhoria ball to see who is drinking out of what during this Holiday Season.  Peace on Earth 🙂

Don’t forget to check out Kathy’s debut this coming Thursday night at 9, and again Saturday at 10am.

Thank Hue!

A video that our intern, Tricia, made for our Thanksgiving dinner yesterday.

Please, let us know what you think about the video in the comment session below. We will love to hear from you. 🙂 It is a heart warming video. Isn’t it?

PS Also join us on our turkey poll?

Anybody looking for some candy… real cheap?

Just kidding; I would never sell my kids’ hard-earned Halloween loot! I would, however, be happy about a slow, mysterious disappearance of it. Maybe not the chocolate ones; those can stay.  There are two big pillow cases full of every kind of candy you could imagine sitting right here in front of me, and once again I’m faced with the annual dilemma of how to keep my children fairly healthy and focused while they live on Jr. Mints for the next three weeks.  Yes…the day after Halloween always gives me a slight nausea.

My job for the next few days, while the kids are at school, is to make sure that each piece is legit/tastes ok/hasn’t been ‘tampered with’ by any crazy psychopath living in the neighborhood.  You know, razor blade in the apple type stuff.  So, the best way to do this is to perform a big taste test sampling…. just one more of the many self-sacrificing things that we moms must do to ensure the safety of our children.  I suppose I will also have to go to the gym to work off the extra taste test carbs… it’s either that or eat a large bag of chips for the balance.  In addition to all of this, I have to think of creative ways to get handfuls of it in the garbage without them noticing.  I’m open to any suggestions.