Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Day at The Beach Jewelry

I love charm bracelets!  For this bracelet I started by looking at various colors of chalcedony gemstone beads I had.  The blues and aquas remind me of beach glass.  I tossed in rectangular shaped freshwater pearls and loved the look!  This bracelet includes 3 charms - a bright smiling sun, a sand pail and a sea horse.  Match earrings are also available in my Etsy shop.

Hopefully this will bring back memories of your favorite vacations or visits to the beach ♥  It reminds me of family vacations each summer to visit my aunt and uncle in Rogers City, Michigan which is located on Lake Huron.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Zucchini Season! Plus a recipe for Blueberry Zucchini Bread

It's officially zucchini season!  This is my first time growing zucchini.  We have a garden plot in our city's community garden and planted zucchini, cucumbers and pumpkins.  We've picked a few zucchinis so far. 

I had a pint of blueberries from the local market and pulled out this recipe that I've been wanting to try.  The addition of sweet fresh blueberries is a winner!

Blueberry Zucchini Bread
3 eggs lightly beaten
1 c vegetable oil (I subsituted 1/2 applesauce)
3 t vanilla extract
2 c white sugar
2 c shredded zucchini
3 c all purpose flour
1 t salt
1 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/2 T ground cinnamon
1/2 t freshly ground nutmeg
1 pint fresh blueberries

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease 4 to 5 mini loaf pans.

2.  In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar.  Fold in the zucchini.  Beat in the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Gently fold in blueberries.  Pour into prepared loaf pans.

3.  Bake 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.  


Monday, July 16, 2012

Special Occasion Jewelry

Matching special occasion pieces are now in my ETSY shop.  Here's a link to the special occasion category in my shop.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Cream Puff and Berries Dessert Recipe

As promised, here is the recipe for my Cream Puff and Berries Dessert.  This is so good - like a big eclair!  I always get requests for this recipe. 

1 cup water
1 stick butter
1 cup flour
4 eggs

Bring water and butter to a boil. Turn heat to low and slowly mix in flour. Remove from heat. Mix in eggs one at a time. Batter will be sticky. Spread in bottom and sides of a greased 13x9 pan. Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes. Crust will be puffy. Lightly press down any big 'pockets' with a spatula. Let cool.

8 oz cream cheese
3 small boxes French vanilla instant pudding
2 1/2 cup milk
Fruit – sliced strawberries and blueberries
Cool whip

Beat together softened cream cheese, pudding and milk. Add a bit more milk if too thick.  Spread mixture into cooled shell. Cover with sliced fruit and then spread cool whip on top. Decorate with more fruit. Refrigerate for a few hours. You can also drizzle chocolate syrup on top.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July

Another scorcher today... so stay cool, safe and have a wonderful holiday!  Recipe for my cream puff and berries dessert later this week!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Hello July! Red, White and Blue ETSY Finds

Wow,  July already!  Wishing everyone a safe and fun-filled week and a wonderful 4th of July holiday!

Here are great ETSY finds celebrating the Red, White and Blue:

Wreath by Country Prim

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