Sunday, August 24, 2014

OMG! This was soooo good!

Earlier this year, a friend told me about this great dish she made from the website  using spaghetti squash and she went on and on about how good it was and that it tasted cheesy but there wasn't any cheese in it etc etc. It sounded good but as Japan is very seasonal, getting spaghetti squash at that time was impossible.

Well, I found some and decided to make it. I really wasn't sure about it but holy cow! It is soooo amazing! And it is paleo, gluten free, grain free and dairy free!

It is called pizza spaghetti pie. Here is the picture from the site because sadly, my pictures looked horrible and I didn't want to scare you away from trying the recipe.
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Here is the link to the recipe.  The only change I made was instead of Italian sausage (as there isn't any where I live) I used a mix of ground pork and beef. It was still amazing! My husband loved it and asked for 2nds!

I sure hope you try it because I'm telling you it is so tasty!

Monday, August 18, 2014

There is a very good reason why I haven't blogged in a month....

I spent the last month busting my tush trying to build and stock our new and improved store . We opened this store about 6 years ago and for the first 4 years or so we were pretty happy with it. But then I was getting frustrated because there were features I really wanted but the company we were with didn't have them.

I kept looking for a new host for our site. I would even go on to the Etsy forums as I know people would ask other Etsy sellers for their advice about websites. Still nothing...until about a month ago.

Finally I found what I was looking for! We went with . They offered a 1 month free trial (no credit card needed) so I signed up. I loved it so  much that after only 2 days I joined. I spent a lot of timing building it, getting used to it and stocking it. We took  a lot of new pictures of our products and then we opened!

So...what do I love about it?

1. We can have more than 1 picture!! This is so more cramming 2-4 pictures into one!

2. If a product is sold out...a little sign will tell you! No more adding an item to the cart only to find out it is sold out!

3. When you click on an item to read more about it...the number available is shown. No more adding it to the cart to figure out how many are in stock.

4. When trying to figure out the shipping costs you used to have to fill in your entire address. Now, just choose your country and it will show you the shipping cost.

5. On the front page you can clearly see what is in your cart and what the sub total is.

Those are just some of the features we love!  There are so many more!

Anyway, we are thrilled and are planning to really build this store up big. We will be adding not just more bento goods but Japanese vintage, supplies like traditional stickers and rubber stamps and much much more! So stay tuned.

The one downside to changing hosts is that for those of you who made an account on our old store, that account won't work now so you will have to make another one. Sorry! We know it is inconvenient so to not only say sorry for that but to also celebrate our new and improved store we are offering 10% off to anyone who shops with us from today until September 18th, 2014. Just add the discount code fromjapanwithlove10 into the discount code area and you will get 10% off your items! No minimum amount required!


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