Friday, April 11, 2014

Colorful Sundance Necklace

Today when I was browsing Pinterest I saw the most beautiful fabric:

(you can find it here if you are interested)

I like the color combination of this fabric so much that I decided to make a piece of jewelry in those colors. I dug through my beads to see what I had, and this is what I came up with. What do you think?

I'm pretty excited about this one! It will be available soon in my Etsy shop.

If you have a dress or other piece of clothing that you would like jewelry to match, I will be happy to make something for you! Send me a message and let's talk!

Go here and click on "Request Custom Order" in the left hand column to contact me.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Quick & Easy Sangria

Fruity, sweet, and refreshing - Sangria is the perfect cocktail for any casual get-together. It goes great with typical cookout fare such as ribs and burgers and of course, Mexican food!

The first time I had sangria it was homemade by the mother of a friend of a friend. I was spoiled for life: I never could find any that was quite as tasty as that first time no many how many recipes I tried or how many Mexican restaurants I ordered it in (it was usually disappointing sugary bottled stuff). I guess sangria is like meatloaf - there are a thousand and one recipes and everyone has their favorite, but theirs might taste NOTHING like yours.

Then, just yesterday I stumbled upon this super-easy way to make my version of the perfect sangria. And it is amazingly easy. My husband came home with some SanPelligrino blood orange soda. I don't usually drink soda, but I tasted it, and it was delightful. I was drinking a glass of red wine at the time, and thought it would make a good combination. As it turned out, mixing them half and half made an amazing sangria! I added some frozen berries to chill it a bit more (and for fun). That's it! Yummy!

1 cup blood orange soda (make sure it is sweetened with sugar - not high fructose corn syrup)
1 cup red wine
1/2 cup frozen fruit
lemon, lime, or orange slices for garnish (optional)

Stir soda and wine together; pour into glasses and add fruit.

Makes 2 servings.

I have seen blood orange soda in liter bottles that you could use if you are making a quantity of it for several people.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I Don't Want Earl's Baby Pie Recipe (from the movie 'Waitress')

This pie is also known as 'Bad Baby Pie' and is from the movie Waitress starring Kerri Russell. It is a cute movie and it will make you want to make (or at least eat) pie!

This quiche-style pie is my favorite. I have seen a few variations of this recipe online, but this is the one I like the best. It is wonderfully rich and is delicious for dinner or brunch.

I Don’t Want Earl’s Baby Pie

1 pie crust*
4 Tbs butter
3 slices ham
8 green onions
1 cup brie or other creamy cheese (I used creamy Havarti)
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup cream**
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

*If you are on the GAPS diet use a grain free crust or make a crustless quiche
** If you are on the GAPS diet use sour cream instead

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover pie crust with foil and bake for 10 minutes. 
  2. Remove foil and bake 5 minutes more.
  3. Remove crust and reduce heat to 325 degrees.
  4. Julienne ham and chop green onions.
  5. In skillet, saute ham until brown. Remove and set aside.
  6. Saute onion until tender. Remove with slotted spoon and sprinkle on the bottom of the pie crust with the ha
  7. Sprinkle the cheeses over ham mixture.
  8. Combine eggs, cream and nutmeg; pour over cheese. 
  9. Bake 35 - 40 minutes or until set. (will be a little brown on top) 

Cool slightly, cut into wedges and serve.

Makes 8 servings