Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Weigh in Wednesday

Hubbs and I have decided to really try to loose weight again. I guess you can call it our New Year's resolutions. We're using a great app on each of our smart phones to track calories, and I've been using a great workout game on the Wii. As of this morning I'm down three pounds. Not bad for a week.

One of the low calorie recipes I've discovered has been great especially this time of year. We've had some pretty cold days here and what is better when it's cold out than a big bowl of chili?

Low Calorie Turkey Chili
1LB ground turkey
1 large onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
4 roma tomatoes, diced
1 can red beans
1 can black beans
1 small can tomato sauce
1 tbsp each of chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, black pepper, salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes

Saute the onions in the bottom of a large pot until they are tender. Add the red and green peppers and saute until they are slightly softened. Add the ground turkey and seasonings. Saute until the turkey is fully cooked. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beans. Simmer for at least an hour.

Of cours the longer you let it simmer the better it will be. Using ground turkey instead of beef keeps the calories down. Personally I add a lot more spices to mine, but I would recommend starting with the recipe's recommendation and then adding more if you like.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Toy

I decided to pool some gift cards and use a bit of the money I made with all my holiday sales to buy myself something. A KINDLE!!!

And of course being all crafty I had to make a sleeve for it. I used this tutorial to make my pouch. For my first attempt I think it came out pretty good. I've sewed small things before, like the catnip pillows. But this was my first try working with a zipper.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

I wish everyone the best for 2012!!

Hubbs and I spent New Year's Eve with some friends. Went out for a great dinner and had a great night together.

New Year's Day was low key. Did some grocery shopping and spent the rest of the day just relaxing at home. We used one of our Christmas presents to make some home made sushi. We made hubbs's favorite rolls, salmon, cream cheese and avocado. The salmon was prepared gravlax style so it still had that wonderful raw texture and light flavor. Unfortunately fresh salmon is pricey so this is a rare treat

Happy New Year everyon!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Holiday Haul

I hope everyone enjoyed thier Christmas or any other holiday you celebrate.

Ours was very nice. We had my inlaws over as usual. Made a yummy turkey and exchanged gifts. Hubbs and I love cobalt glass, so it's become a traditon for his parents to give us a few cobalt items. This year we got a really nice spoon rest and a syrup dispenser. In previous years we've gotten a cream and sugar set, butter dish, pitcher, candy dish, cookie jar. I don't know where they get them from but they're always beautiful.

My favorite gifts this year were from my husband and my parents. For hannukah my parents got us an awesome panini press. I can't tell you how much I love it. We've been using it every day since we got it. Turkey leftover sandwiches on a panin press are AMAZING!!! And it's the kind that opens flat so we can use it as a grill too.

And from hubbs, my favorite movie!!! I've watched it like 5 times since I got it. I just love this movie!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Yes I'm alive!!! Oh it's been too long since I've posted hasn't it? I hope all of you had a great Christmas/Hannukah/holiday of your choosing.

For me the holiday season went pretty well for sales. Between Etsy and Ebay I was sending out almost a dozen necklaces a day. And fortunately the sales are still slowly coming it.

I'll try to keep updating regularly again, I promise.

Friday, April 22, 2011

My first one!

I've been talking about making tutorials for a while, but I actually did it!!! I made one for one of my favorite items, things I make all the time.....TREE PENDANTS. It's already listed in my shop!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Celesital bodies

I've been playing with the sun and moon theme recently. At first it was the crescent moon shape, which actally turned out to be much more difficult than I thought it would. I tried using different pens, markers, nail polishes, anything round as a mandril to get the curves just right. Finally I ended up shaping everything completely by hand in a very, very long process.
To make the sun, I thought the gold wire I had sitting around would be perfect. As well as the beautiful yellow citrine briolettes that I don't use very often. 

And the combination of the two

This one was difficult because I used a thicker gauge of wire. The whole thing, except for the wrapping was made with just one piece of wire.