Tuesday, December 13, 2011

♥ Tea on Tuesday: Hallelujah! Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars ♥

1 3/4 cups finely crushed graham crackers or vanilla wafers
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/3 cups semisweet chocolate pieces
2/3 cup butter
2 1/2 cups peanut butter
3/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups sifted powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 300 degree F. In a medium bowl stir together graham crackers, the 1/2 cup melted butter, and the cocoa powder. Press into the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely.

2. In a medium saucepan cook and stir chocolate pieces and the 2/3 cup butter over low heat until melted. Carefully spread half of the chocolate mixture evenly over crust. Chill about 30 minutes or until chocolate is set. Cover remaining chocolate mixture; set aside at room temperature.

3. In a large bowl combine peanut butter, the 3/4 cup butter, and the vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.

4. Gradually beat in as much of the powdered sugar as you can with the mixer, beating on low speed. Stir in the remaining powdered sugar. Pat evenly onto chocolate layer in baking pan.

5. Spread remaining chocolate mixture evenly over peanut butter layer. Cover and chill for 2 hours. Cut into bars.

Makes about 60 bars.

~~yummy recipe and photo from: Midwest Living~~

Monday, December 5, 2011

♥ A Christmas gift ♥

If you like making jewelry and your friends like your jewelry, what makes the perfect Christmas gift? :) My dear friend Helen, who reminds me of my grandmother, loves the jewelry I make. I have worked with her at my "real" job for almost 15 years now and we've been exchanging gifts for probably almost 15 years now! I always try to find her something unique and something with pink roses--she LOVES pink roses as much as I love tea. :) And of course she always finds me something with tea, many times she finds a unique teacup ornament for my Christmas tree.

I made a pair of earrings for my shop early in the fall and she fell in love with them. She doesn't have pierced ears or I would have gladly given them to her right then! So I decided I was going to order more of the handmade floral beads and make her a pair. Perfect for Christmas! Don't you just love finding that perfect gift? Needless to say, she was THRILLED with them!! I also made her another pair with pink flowers and swarovski crystals--oh, bummer, I forgot to take a picture! And I also made her a green bead and pearl set too--I did remember to take a picture of them! So here they are...the perfect gift for dear sweet Helen who loves dangly earrings!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

♥ It's that time of year! ♥

Busy, busy, busy! OMGoodness! My Etsy sales have soared with the holidays! I am not complaining though. ;) I'm quite happy to be shipping out so much, but I've had to restock alot, especially my tea ball infusers. I seriously need some elves right about now! ;)

I can't believe it's December already! I'm trying to get more teaballs made and in my shop for the holidays. I even have some Christmas-themed ones that I love, love, love! :) I hope to be adding more as soon as my next bead shipment comes in with more charms. So here's a few I've listed for the holidays!
How's your December starting out?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

♥ Happy Thanksgiving! ♥

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

♥ From The Kitchen: Easy Smoked Salmon Spread ♥

I always make this at the holidays! I love smoked salmon and this tastes superb!


2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
12 ounces smoked salmon, chopped
3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
3 drops hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill weed
2 tablespoons chopped green onion

1. In a medium bowl, stir cream cheese until it is no longer in a hard form. Add salmon, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, dill and onion; mix well. Flavors will intensify if left to sit overnight. Serve.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

♥ Christmas Jewelry Colletion ♥

Oh yes, it is quickly approaching that time of year again. We can barely get past Halloween and we are blasted with Christmas music, holiday sales, and Christmas lights everywhere. Ok, I love all those, but I like to get past Thanksgiving first. If you're in the retail business you know you have to start early. And if you make jewelry, then you had better be ready to go by Halloween. Well, I happen to be one of the slackers. ;) I am hoping to get alot of items done this weekend and posted in time to start my Black Friday sale in my Etsy shop. Only I think I will start it a day or two early since most people are off work and when they're not stuffing themselves on turkey & watching tv & napping (yes, I do love this holiday!) they will be online shopping for some good buys. I know the past few years I have done alot of shopping online. I personally can't take more than one day at the crowded malls. :)

So here's a preview of some items I'm listing in my etsy shop. I'm even going to have a sale of save 20% off purchases starting Wednesday, November 23rd, Coupon Code: Noel2011. I will be listing more jewelry and tea ball infusers before then too.

Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!


Holly Berries beaded Bracelet & Earring Set
This set is part of my Christmas Collection. The bracelet features in the center three cranberry red beads with gold-plated leaf accents. The rest of the bracelet is emerald green AB swarovski bicone beads and small gold beads. The gold-plated heart toggle clasp adds the finishing touch.

Bracelet measures 8 inches in length.

I have also included matching earrings that feature the cranberry red beads with gold-plated leaf accents & emerald swarovski AB beads. They dangle approximately 2 inches.

Bronze and Gold Stone beaded Necklace & E
arring Set
The bracelet features in the center two cathedral beads in a gorgeous peacock blue. It has a center round bead & two square beads that are gold stones--they have beautiful specks of gold dust that shimmer and sparkle with every movement. The rest of the beads are clear and amber faceted beads with copper bronze coating that sparkle in the light. Small gold beads are used for the spacers. The gold-plated toggle clasp adds the finishin
g touch.

Bracelet measures 7 3/4 inches in length.

I have also included matching earrings that feature the gold stones and the peacock blue cathedral beads. They dangle approximately 2 inches.

Frosty Christmas beaded Bracelet
This handmade silver & red beaded bracelet is part of my Christmas jewelry collection. The bracelet features two small and one larger center crackle beads. Smaller silver beads with red glass pearls make up the rest of this bracelet. The antiqued silver toggle clasp adds the finishing touch.

Bracelet measures 7 1/2 inches in length.

Christmas Jewels Beaded Bracelet
This handmade beaded bracelet is part of my Christmas jewelry collection. The bracelet features 6mm round swarovski AB beads that shimmer beautiful in the light! Colors are jewel tones--purple, green, blue, gold. The gold-plated toggle clasp adds the finishing touch.

Bracelet measures 7 1/2 inches in length.

This handmade beaded bracelet is part of my Christmas jewelry collection. Dreaming of a Pink Shabby chic Christmas? Then this is the bracelet for you! Very dainty and so pretty. Center glass bead features multi-colored swirls on white background. It is flanked by two octagon flat swarovski beads. The rest of the beads are pink and purple swarovski bicones , pink glass pearls, & gold beads. The gold-plated toggle clasp adds the finishing touch.

Bracelet measures 7 1/4 inches in length.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

♥ Oh how cute...Apple jackets for National Apple Day! ♥

I found this online and HAD to share it with my readers!! I'm going to go looking for Mollie Makes magazine right now!!

photo from MOLLIE MAKES

Go on, you know you want one – they might not be practical, but they're so irresistible! This is a very simple pattern from Mollie Makes using the most basic of crochet stitches. You don't even have to know how to decrease – just miss a stitch out where the pattern says so.


Cotton DK yarn
3.5mm crochet hook
Embroidery needle


ch – chain
dc – double crochet
rep – repeat
sl st – slip stitch
st – stitch


Start with a slip knot. Work 4 chain, join to form a loop with a slip stitch into first chain.

Round 1: ch1, 9dc into central loop, sl st into 1st chain to close up the circle.

Round 2: Working in the round, 2dc into each subsequent stitch (approximately 18 sts).
Insert a contrast colour yarn marker (3cm length of yarn positioned horizontally between the last stitch and the first one of the next round) at this point, this will allow you to see when you have completed a 'round' and stops you from worrying about counting stitches.

Round 3: 1dc into each st

Round 4: *2dc into next st, 1dc into following st*, rep from * to * until you reach yarn marker.

Round 5: rep Round 3

Round 6: rep Round 4

Rounds 7-13: rep Round 3

When you reach the end of round 13, you need to begin working backwards and forwards rather than around and around. This will create the opening at the top of the cosy.

Round 14: ch1, turn the cosy and work in the opposite direction. 1dc into each st. Stop at the last stitch before the 1st chain.

Round 15: ch1, turn *1dc in to each of the following 10 stitches, skip one stitch (i.e., miss a stitch between your previous dc and next dc)*, rep * to * until you reach the end of the row – don't worry if there aren't 10 stitches in the final group.

Round 16: ch1, turn crochet, rep round 14

Round 17: ch1, turn *1dc in to each of the following 8 stitches, skip one stitch (i.e., miss a stitch between your previous dc and next dc)*, rep * to * until you reach the end of the row. When you arrive at the end of the row, ch12 and using a sl st join the last chain back to the main body of crochet to form a loop for the button. Cut the yarn and using an embroidery needle, work it into the back of the cosy. Sew the button to the cosy opposite the loop.

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About the designer

Sara Sinaguglia is a 30-something mother of two who runs a cookery school, has a Folksy shop, an Etsy shop and writes a blog. We're not sure how she has time to crochet apple cosies but we fell for them. Read her blog at: onechurchillsgreen.typepad.com

About Mollie Makes

Mollie Makes is a brand new craft magazine that focuses on contemporary fabric crafts, providing readers with inspiring projects from around the world. At Mollie Makes we enjoy making, collecting, crafting and thrifting. We love to hunt for bargains, spend way too much time on crafty blogs and are happiest meeting up with friends and working on the latest project we've got on the go. molliemakes.com

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Project first appeared in Mollie Makes magazine issue 1.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

♥ From The Kitchen: Butternut Squash Soup ♥

For a lovely decorative autumnal touch, serve soup from a hollowed-out pumpkin tureen.

2 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter
1 cup(s) chopped onion
2 1/2 pound(s) butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed (about 6 cups)
1/2 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and diced
3 cup(s) low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 cup(s) apple cider
1/4 cup(s) apple brandy
1 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
1/2 teaspoon(s) chopped fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon(s) fresh-ground pepper

1.Melt the butter in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the squash and apple and sauté for 5 more minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and bring the mixture to a boil.

2.Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.

3.In small batches, carefully puree the soup in a blender or food processor until very smooth. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Serves 8.

~~yummy recipe and photo from: Country Living Recipe~~