Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Yummy Candy Canes

Jewelry Supplies

Oh so yummy and sweet.
Be inspired to buy and give this holiday season with these lovely items.

In Honor of Breast Cancer Survivors

Custom ordered his and her aprons supporting breast cancer survivors.
Man's apron is embroidered with the saying, "Real Men Wear Pink."
The woman's apron is embroidered with the saying, "I Wear Pink For My Mom."
This is a touching way for this children to honor their mother.  
My thoughts and prayers go out to their mom and their family.
The retro heart apron is my own design.

Featured Artisan This Week Debbie LaRue -Vintage Tags for Days

This weeks Featured Artisan is Debbie LaRue - Vintage Tags for Days! Gorgeous tags in a vintage
style to give a unique look to your gifts! You can find Vintage Tags for Days on:
Debbie also has a shop called Flower and Bud Jewelry on Etsy too!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Budget Gift Guide for Teen - On Fire For Handmade

Great gift ideas for the teens in your life.
All items are clickable and lead to the website.
Special thanks to Elephant Beads for including my scarf.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Featured Artisan Kalyene Sue Bacon of Jardin de Lillian

This weeks Featured Artisan is Kalyene Sue Bacon - Jardin de Lillian. 
Truly unique jewelry designs!
 You can find Jardin de Lillian on:

Red and Silver Gift Ideas For Cyber Monday

Great red and silver gift ideas.
Just click the picture of choice and it will take you to the website.
Special thanks goes to Suzanne and Tony Hughes for creating this lovely treasury.

Great Finds in Orange and Peach

This is a glimpse of the Great Finds by Made for Me by Oaklie!
There are more lovely items to check out here at Great Finds
Go to this website and vote for your favorite find! 
 You won't be disappointed, so many lovely finds.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Picnic By The Ocean Treasury

Burgundy and blue treasury. Created by SeedBeadWonderland
Lovely colors and items!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Home Decor Treasury

Great gifts ideas for your home.
Home is where the heart is.
Take a look at these great items.
All items are found at Etsy.com

Monday, November 21, 2011

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

This is low-carb or sugar-free (or gluten-free), and people love it. For full impact make it with the pecan crust listed below.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour


1 15 oz can pumpkin
2 eggs
2/3 cup unsweetened soy milk (or milk or cream - milk has more carbs, so adjust)
1/3 cup cream
1 C sugar equivalent from artificial sweetener
1 teaspoon dark molasses (optional)
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 scant teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch cloves
1/4 t salt

As an artificial sweetener, I prefer a form of liquid sucralose, as powdered types have more carbs and sometimes an off-taste.

1) Preheat oven to 425 F. (important)

2) Dump all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and whirl to blend.

3) Pour into the crust.

4) Put the pie in the oven and immediately turn the oven down to 375 F. In 15 minutes, turn the oven down to 300 F. (This cooks the crust, so it isn't soggy, but then allows the custard to bake more slowly.) Bake until almost set in the middle, about 30 to 40 minutes more. If it starts to crack a bit around the edges, it's probably done.

5) Cool and serve with whipped cream (the real stuff, made with vanilla and sweetener). How To Make Homemade Whipped Cream

Nutritional Analysis: 8 servings, without crust: 3.5 grams effective carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber, 3 grams protein, 5.5 grams fat, 80 calories.

With pecan crust, each serving is 4 grams effective carbohydrate with 3.4 grams fiber.

Source: about.com/lowcarbdiet

Gluten Free Pecan Crust Recipe

This is pie crust is great for pumpkin pie, but it can be used for other custard/pudding fillings. It really helps to start out with pecans from the freezer, because then the butter blends through but quickly sets up so the "mass" is pliable.

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

1 cup pecan pieces (frozen)
2 T melted butter
2 T sugar equivalent from artificial sweetener of your choice

1. Take pecans out of the freezer and measure them into a food processor (you can use a blender, but be careful not to blend them down too small). Pulse the processor until the largest pieces are as big as lentils or split peas.

2. Add the butter and the sweetener . Blend until it's mixed evenly.

3. Dump it into a pie pan, and push with your fingers to cover the bottom and sides. It should be the right consistency to mold the crust to the pie pan evenly.

Nutritional Analysis: Whole crust is 4.5 grams effective carbohydrate plus 10.5 grams fiber, 10 grams of protein, 101 grams fat, 950 calories.

Source: about.com/lowcarbdiet

Old Fashion Christmas Collection

Fine Art Paintings

Bringing in the holidays with these lovely items.
Thank you  Double S Jewelry for making this collection and including my aprons.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

On Fire for Christmas Greens Treasury

Great Christmas green treasures! Lovely and great for the season of giving. Special thanks goes to JimandGina! Click any ot the pictures and they will take you to the website of the item featured. Have fun shopping!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Just Dreamy Treasury

Great dreamy gift ideas. Thank you Anne Hopher for this lovely feature of items and including my apron.

All pictures are linked to the original website.  So feel free to click them, and check them out.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Decorating with Placemats

Here's a look at my table decoration for thanksgiving.  I used to not use placemats but table cloths with a clear plastic vinyl cover to keep it clean.  The vinyl cover looked great for awhile but it got dirty  too fast with grandkids.  But the problem with this cloth was it just wouldn't come clean when washing it.  I tried several times to scrub and clean it.  So I bought a new one and started over, once it was dirty tried and tired to clean it, the surface looked clean but when held up to the light it still showed finger prints.

I finally gave up the idea of using the vinyl cloth and just use fabric cloths and decorations to make it look nice.  Now, my idea was to use a table runner with placemats. I like the look  here above.  Now the question I pose to you is,  are placemats for look or for use?  My daughter uses her's only for looks and I use mine for looks and use.  I want the kids to use the mat so the table cloth will stay clean longer.

Share you opinion on do you use your placemats for decoration or use them as a function to keep the table cloth clean or table clean?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Do you Have Gluten Intollerance- Celiac Disease?

Have you ever wondered?  Do you know the signs or symptoms?  Listed below are a few of the symptoms I have found by researching.

How Is Celiac Disease Diagnosed?

Diagnosing Celiac Disease can be difficult and frustrating for both the patient and the doctor because each person is affected individually. With no definite set of symptoms to cause suspicion, the single most important step in getting a diagnosis of Celiac Disease is to recognize its myriad features.
People who have any of the following situations should be evaluated for Celiac Disease:
  • Symptoms indicating nutritional deficiencies.
  • Unexplained digestive problems such as IBS, acid reflux, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, chronic abdominal pain.
  • Chronic skin disorders, especially when itchy.
  • Unexplained visual problems including poor night vision, dry eye, or cataracts.
  • An auto-immune disease like Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus or Sjogrens Syndrome.
  • A chronic disease like arthritis, migraine headache, or polyneuritis.
  • A relative who has Celiac Disease.
  • A relative who has Dermatitis Herpetiformis.
  • Frequent or long bouts of colds, bronchitis, and other respiratory infections.
  • Long recuperation from illness or surgery.
  • A history of tuberculosis.
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • Cancer, especially of the digestive tract.
  • osteoporosis

Very good diagnostic tests are available, but no one test can definitively diagnose or exclude Celiac Disease in every individual.And, because all diagnostic tests look for harmful effects of gluten, you must be eating gluten in your diet when any diagnostic test is performed. Tests may be inconclusive if you strictly eliminate gluten for longer than two weeks.  So if you think you may have Celiac Disease or feel better going without gluten for a week to 10 days, go get tested before continuing.

The more I research this problem the more I find things that I deal with myself.  I have found I have 6 of the items listed here.  So I either go the the doctor to have this confirmed or I just go off gluten myself as a self diagnosis.

Source: glutenfreeworks.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Product Review - Dirt Devil Steam Mop

We have tried the old tried and true rag mop and the Swiffer Wetjet.  But nothing beats the Dirt Devil Steam Mop we just bought.  This mop steam up the dirt and makes it easier to remove stuck on food from children's spills.  The triangle base makes it great to get into corners.

It works just great the only complaint I have is the instruction guide.  The guide kept referring to a different model and not much about the model I have.  It didn't even tell you were the on switch was for this model but the other model not purchased.  So had to search for it, it wasn't in the typical spot on the handle but on the red water tank.

Featured Artisan Deni of Breitwerk

This weeks Featured Artisan is Deni - Breitwerk accessories & Gifts.
Deni has delightful creations in her shop. There is something for everyone!
You can find Breitwerk on:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Casserole

My daughter has celiac disease and can't have wheat and other grains.  So I've been looking into helping her have a happy healthy pain free holiday.  In doing so I have found some new recipes I'm going to try this season. Here is my first one I will have this Thanksgiving!  Bon Appetit!

6 or 7 cooked mashed sweet potatoes (baked or boiled) selection tip: choose small or medium sweet potatoes with smooth skin and no/few bruises
1/4 cup butter
1 egg
3 or 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/2- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla, depending on taste
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (fresh is important or you may get a flavor that overwhelms the sweet potatoes- so aim for fresh!)
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 cup pecan halves for topping
salt to taste
Combine all ingredients in a bowl except the egg and the pecan halves (topping). Taste the mixture and adjust your salt and sugar if needed. Stir in egg. Put in casserole dish and top with pecan halves. I like to make some sort of design with the topping, but it is not necessary. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees or until set.
Make ahead: This sweet potato casserole can be made one day ahead. Just refrigerate and top with plastic wrap. I add my pecan halves before I put it in the oven and add an additional 5-7 minutes to the baking time.
Serves 8-10
Source: glutenfreemommy.com

Friday, November 11, 2011

Featured Artisan Sarah of Finding Charm

This week's Featured Artisan is Sarah - Finding Charm! Sarah has
beautiful creations in a wide variety of styles and colors! You can
find Finding Charm on:

Sunday, November 6, 2011

My Peace I Give You Collection

Vintage Fashion

Check out all the lovely peace items.  Various vendors express peace in various ways!