Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Enjoying Life's Sweet Moments With Marie Callender’s Dutch Apple Pie

How do you celebrate things at home with your family? From small accomplishments to celebrating reaching larger goals, my daughters and I love to celebrate these events with time spent together as a family and a special dessert. I have always said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. And that is exactly where we gather to talk and be together in our home while we enjoy life and celebrate its sweet moments.

I was happy that I was asked by Marie Callender's to be part of their Sweet Moments campaign. Life certainly does go by in the blink of an eye. I think it's so important that we savor every precious, sweet moment with our families. Marie Callender's pies are perfect for helping us celebrate. Only Marie Callender's delivers homemade quality, and their products are made without compromise. The made from scratch crust, and wholesome, homemade quality and highest quality ingredients, along with their signature special touches - such as the Dutch Apple Pie's crumb topping- give us a reason to celebrate every day.

Last night my daughters and I celebrated with a Marie Callender's Dutch Apple Pie. We were excited to try it! Made with 100% Fuji apples and extra flaky crust made from scratch, I knew it would be the perfect treat on a chilly November night. My girls and I loved the pie. I was impressed by the quality of ingredients, the perfect texture and buttery taste of the brown sugar and cinnamon streusel crumb topping, the light taste of cinnamon and the taste and texture of the apples were perfect. My house smelled wonderful as the pie baked to perfection in my oven. We all agreed that the pie was delicious, had a homemade quality, and the perfect treat to enjoy together.

What's next on our list to try? Marie Callender's Coconut Cream pie (which I think we will enjoy on our next movie night) with its creamy coconut custard, made from scratch crust, and hand garnished with a real toasted coconut – Yum! And then after that we will be enjoying Marie Callender's Chocolate Satin Pie with its rich chocolate filling, made from scratch crust, and topping of real chocolate curls. Delicious! Life does go by in the blink of an eye. Savor each precious, sweet moment.

Which Marie Callender are you dying to try first?
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Big News! Make Vintage & Upcycled Jewelry With Laura Beth Love DVD

 Make Vintage & Recycled Jewelry with Laura Beth Love

Oh wow. That's all I can say. I just got a big surprise when I was on Barnes & Noble online and came across my first jewelry instruction DVD, Make Vintage & Upcycled Jewelry: Dishfunctional Plate Necklace. Yay! It's available for pre-order, and it looks so pretty! I haven't seen it yet, so I am excited to check it out once I get my own copy, but I just had to share the news with you. My second jewelry instruction DVD will be released a little while after this one, and I am so excited for you to see that one too. I hope you have a great weekend!

Enjoy your day!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

My 5 Favorite Things For Today... Thursday November 19th 2015

My 5 favorite things for today...

1. Today is my daughter Rachel's 11th birthday! She is the true animal person of the house, she really has a natural knack for communicating with cats and dogs and all types of animals. Probably because she is so sweet and kind. Happy Birthday Rachel! :)

2. This pressed red glass heart window ornament. I have a small collection of these pressed glass ornaments; a green frog, a cobalt lighthouse, and a purple rabbit are a few of the others. 

3. This mosaic birds nest bowl that I made a few years ago is one of my favorite things. It's made from antique china, and has a little bird salt shaker perched on the rim. I love the way it turned out with the nutmeg colored grout. 

4. This quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. 
"Be silly.
Be honest.
Be kind."
I wish more people would be more silly, more honest, and more kind. 

5. This Chai tea! Celestial Teahouse Decaf Mountain Chai.  I just tried this for the first time and I really like it. It's yum!

Enjoy your day!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

My 5 Favorite Things For Today... My Morning Hike

My 5 favorite things for today...

1. My 5 favorite things for today are from my morning hike. One of my favorite things about living in Pennsylvania are our beautiful forests and hiking trails. It's hard to tell from this photo, but those boulders are massive!

2. This leaf-strewn path, and my favorite water bottle. These trails are much prettier in the summer, but still a serene and peaceful hike no matter the season.

3. This is the rock where I stop and sit every time I hike this trail. Sometimes I sit here for a minute or two. Other times I sit here for an hour and just think, and write notes into my phone. 

4. This morning on my hike I came across this pyramid-shaped rock art sculpture that someone had built. It's a bit hard to see in the photo, but it was really neat. The center of it was open. I also came across two young white tail deer on my way back down the mountain.

5. "Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky" is a quote from Khalil Gibran. 

Enjoy your day!

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Jewelry Tutorial: Pretty Silver Spoon Handle Pendant Necklace

I love the patterns on old silverplated flatware! If I'm lucky, I can often find one or two orphaned spoons or forks when I am out cruising the thrift stores or flea markets. What to do with a pretty old spoon? How about turning it into a unique necklace pendant? Follow along and I'll show you how to do just that! 

Here are the tools and materials you will need:
One vintage silverplated spoon or fork with a pretty handle
One 2" headpin
A few 4-6mm beads 
Bench vice grip secured to a workbench or table
Jeweler's hand saw with blade
A metal file
Hand drill with small bit (about 4mm) and wood block to drill into
Two lengths of jewelry chain in whatever length you desire. I used two 10" lengths of chain.
A lobster-claw style clasp
Three 6mm jump rings
Two pair of jewelry pliers (chain nose or rosary pliers work well)
Jewelry side cutters

1. Choose a spoon or fork that has a pretty handle. 

2. Secure the spoon or fork in your bench vice so that it stays firmly in place while you saw it. (I also have my vice clamped to my workbench so that it does not move around while I am working.) Determine where you want to cut. You can make a mark on your spoon with a marker if that makes it easier for you. I simply eyeball it and cut a little bit below where the bulk of the design stops.

3. Use your jewelry saw to cut off the end of your spoon or fork. Hold the saw vertically and saw in an up and down motion. The size of saw blade isn't super important here, as we are simply cutting the end off of the spoon. 

4. Use your drill with bit and drill a hole into the end of your spoon handle at the end where you made the saw cut. I like to drill my holes about 1/8" in from the end. Make sure you drill into a block of wood.

5. Use a metal file to smooth down any sharp or pointy edges from the cut end of your spoon handle. 

6. This image shows the chain assembly. Use one 6mm jump ring and thread it through the hole in your spoon. Thread one end of each of your two lengths of jewelry chain onto the same open jump ring and then close the jump ring. Scroll down and take a look at image 16 if you do not know how to open a jump ring.  

7. This image shows the chain assembly with the chain attached and jump ring closed. Now it's time to add some beads to our pendant to give it a little bit of color!

8. Get out your beads! For my pendant, I used two small beads that were each about 5mm in size. I used a silver bead and a turquoise bead.

9. Thread your beads onto your headpin. 

10. Grip the headpin above the beads and use your chain nose or rosary pliers (pliers with a rounded end) to form a loop in the head pin above the beads. 

11. Thread the end of the head pin through the jump ring that you used to attach the chain to your spoon pendant. 

12. Use one pair of your pliers to hold the head pin at the loop that you just created. Use your second pair of pliers in your other hand to grip the tail end of the head pin wire. Wrap the head pin wire around the "neck" of the head pin between the beads and the loop.  

13. Continue to wrap the tail end of the head pin wire until you run out of room on the neck. Twice is usually sufficient. 

14. Use your side cutter pliers to cut the remaining tail end of wire from the head pin. Use your chain nose pliers to tuck in any pointy end of wire into the previous wire wraps. 

15. This image shows the assembly for the clasp. Chain end, jump ring, clasp, jump ring, and other chain end. Open the jump rings (see step 16 below) and thread on the chain ends and clasp in the order as shown in the photo and then close the jump rings.

16. The correct way to open a jump ring is to use two pair of pliers 
(I had to take the photo with one hand so my image only shows one!) Hold the jump ring seam-side up. Grip the jump ring with one pair of pliers on each side of the seam and use a twisting motion, turning the pliers opposite directions of each other to open the jump ring at its seam. Close the jump ring by using the same motion, bringing the end of the jump ring back together. 

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial! 
Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below. 
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Enjoy your day!

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

My 5 Favorite Things For Today...

My 5 favorite things for today...

1. I came across this photo last's from when I had my book signing event for BoHo Chic Jewelry at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, PA. At the time, I was a resident artist there, and was also featured artist for that month. These are two of my good friends Lynne and Monica who came to celebrate with me. This is a nice memory! 

2. Yesterday my daughter Erica got her first marking period report card and got all A's and made Principal's Honor Roll (she's in 8th grade), which is the highest honor. She worked so hard and I am so proud of her. Hard work pays off!

3. This quote: "Do all things with kindness". It doesn't get any simpler than that. Treat others with kindness. Do all things with kindness. 

4. Sam sleeping on the keyboard. It's one of his favorite spots to nap. 

5. These are a few projects that I am currently playing around with just for fun. Beads and wire and solder. I love the colors of these beads!

What do you think?

Enjoy your day!

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