Tuesday, August 26, 2008

More Swarovski Starfish Earrings In More Colors

Some more eye candy; Swarovksi Starfish Earrings.
We have here Burgundy Starfish with long dangles of brown pearls and smoky quartz, another Burgundy Starfish pair wire wrapped with a burgundy pearl and bicone crystal, Indicolite (Blue) Starfish with Paua shell, Golden Shadow Starfish with natural mother of pearl, and Crystal AB Starfish with pink keshi pearls.
All earrings are made with Sterling Silver earwires and findings. I will be adding these to my etsy shop soon. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing them before they are listed.
Peridot Swarovski Starfish Earrings with lime green coin pearls can be viewed and purchased here. Silk Swarovski Starfish earrings with pale peachy pink coin pearls can be veiwed and purchased here. And a Burgundy Starfish Necklace made with burgundy pearls and sterling silver can be veiwed and purchased here.
Belle Adorn
Fun, Beachy, Vibrant and Sassy Beaded Jewelry :)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Burgundy Starfish Swarovski Crystal Necklace



This necklace is strung with rich burgundy freshwater pearls, sterling silver, bali silver and has a beautiful burgundy swarovski starfish pendant as it's focal. I've finished it with a sterling silver bali toggle and it is 16 1/2 inches in length. This piece is available here for purchase.


These starfish are so lovely, they always make me smile. You'll see more starfish coming up and in more colors soon; in earrings and another necklace. Matching earrings for this piece are also available.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

2 Dozen Large Jalapeno Peppers

1 lb of SHIMECAS ITAILIAN SAUGAGE OR BOGOULIAS Cooked

3 CUPS OF SHREDDED PARMASEAN CHEESE

2 BRICKS OF CREAM CHEESE

AND MINCED GARLIC TO TASTE


Slice peppers in half, clean out insides, mix remaining ingredients together and stuff inside pepper halves, bake for 20 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Serve with ranch dressing as a dip on the side.

This recipe is so good and simple. It takes a little time to get it prepared unless you have help, but it is well worth it and perfect for a football season half time snack.

It came from my husband's cousin's wife, Debbie. I substitute any italian sausage that I like as I am in the country and don't have this brand available.

Best Old Fashioned Cucumber Relish Recipe

4 cups chopped, unpeeled cucumbers (about 4)

1 cup chopped green pepper (about 2)

½ cup chopped sweet red pepper (about 1)

3 cups chopped onion

3 cups chopped celery

¼ cup salt

3 ½ cup sugars

2 cups white vinegar

1 tablespoon celery seed

1 tablespoon mustard seed

Chop all vegetables with a food processor, place in plastic bowl and sprinkle with ¼ cup salt let stand 4 hours. Drain thoroughly in colander, squeeze with hand to get all liquid out of veg. Combine sugar, vinegar, celery seed and mustard seed. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Stir in drained vegetables. Simmer 10 minutes; add a few drops of green food color. Pack into jars to within ½ inch of top. Put on cap, screw brand firmly tight. Process in boiling water bath 10 minute. Yield: 5-6 pints.

This is another recipe from my mother in law, Doris. It is an old recipe from her old Ball canning book. It's not in any of my canning books and I could not find relish recipes anywhere on the web with celery. It's a wonderful recipe worth sharing and a great way to make use of all those cucumbers coming out of the garden. Enjoy!

The Best Salsa Recipe for Canning



30 tomatoes peeled and chopped
2 green bell peppers
2 red bell peppers
10 cups chopped onions
10 cloves garlic
4-5 yellow banana pepper or 1 cup chopped jalapenos
1/2-3/4 cup sugar
2 cups vinegar
8 teaspoons pickling salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 large cans tomato paste

Simmer 1 1/2 hr, stirring often, at the end of cooking time add 1/2 bunch of cilantro if desired.
Jar and process, 35 minutes for pint jars and 45 minutes for quart jars.
Makes 17 pints

Enjoy!

This recipe came from my mother in law, Doris. She got it from her Canadian friend Fran.

We use less sugar and more jalapenos. Either way it is delicious and a great way to make use of all those garden tomatoes.

We use this salsa in place of rotel for a cheese dip, also added to mashed avacados with lime juice for guacamole and my hispanic friends like to eat it on rice. And of course, it's used as a dip for tortilla chips or topping on other mexican dishes.

Monday, August 4, 2008

6 Things About Me


This looks like fun :)....... I got tagged from my pal Jamee at Jonara Blu Maui.

Here are the rules:
1) Link to the person who tagged you
2) Post the rules on your blog (this is what you are now reading)
3) Write 6 random things about yourself (see below)
4) Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them
5) Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6) Let the tagger know when your entry or post is up.

6 Random Things About Me:

1. I was raised in Kansas, got married in the Netherlands (Holland) and had our first child there. We now live in Missouri where my husband was born and raised.

2. We have 5 kids, 3 sons, 2 daughters. Thier ages range from 20 down to 3.

3. My favorite movies are period movies, like Anne of Green Gables, anything Jane Austen, Atonement, The Painted Veil, Pirates of the Carribean. I love the clothing, horses and carriages, scenery, etc. I also like foreign movies.

4. We live on a small farm and have some critters. One dog, three cats, one bunny, 9 ponies, 1 rooster, 9 hens, 15 chicks and a ground hog we can't catch, lol. Who knows how many wild ones really....lots of racoons too etc.....

5. We do vegetable gardening and canning. We put up 500 ears of corn yesterday and some dill relish. I don't care if I ever see corn again, lol....and we've got about 500 more that will be ready tomorrow!

6. When I get a free moment I love to make jewelry! I have always been interested in gemstones and pearls. Now I'm also enjoying metal beads, mostly sterling silver and hill tribe silver, swarovski crystals, carved wood and bone. Collecting an assortment of beads in different colors, shapes and sizes is great fun for me.

I am tagging:
Merel, my dutch daughter (she has her own parents too, but I claim her!), at Tapoles~Tales and Poetry
Trisha, my cousin with new twins!, at Good Things Come In Pears
Lesley, a mod and hostess from The Bead Stash at Bead Genie Creations
Dee from The Ivory Magnolia
Camille from Watercolored Mermaid
Robyn at The Daily Jewel

I know we all have busy lives, so no pressure to do this. This is just for fun but it's also a good way for your blog visitors to get to know just a little more about you :)

Have fun!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

A Blue Bird Nest With Beautiful Blue Eggs!

I must admit I am amazed by the popularity of little finch egg nest filled with speckled blue eggs. I watch traffic on my blog with feedjit and so many people find me with that post!

I personally love bird nests with eggs myself, so getting a chance to snap a picture at these blue bird eggs was a real thrill for me.

Someday I hope to get a picture of a hummingbird nest with eggs. Once a hummingbird made her nest in a waste paper basket on my inlaws porch! Maybe it will happen again someday.
This is their little blue bird house that my husband and sons made. It's nailed to my clothes line, lol.