Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Green Aventurine for Spring




                                     Green Aventurine is on of my favorite semiprecious stones. It

helps with stress and we all need a little stressful relief every once in a while. The

little red ones next are garnet chips. Aren't  they pretty? Let's just sit here for a

moment and appreciate the beautiful deep red color. What semiprecious stone

speaks to you the most?

                                      When I was little I loved them all. I even had a small rock

collection. I loved examining each one to see what was hidden in them. I still can't

get enough of them. Now, I make jewelry with them. Let's  get started with this

tutorial.  You won't need much and it's  super easy to make.


                  Supplies:
   
              Green Aventurine beads

               Garnet chips

               Glass pearls

               Stretchy jewelry string.

                Brush on nail glue


        Note: You can get all of these these things at your local bead store or craft store.

The nail glue you can get at any retail store.

                  Step 1: measure your wrist to make sure you have enough string and cut the string.

                  Step 2: Sting the Green Aventurine until you are happy with the amount.

Remember, not to put to many or you won't have room for the other beads.

                  Step 3: Add the Garnet then the glass pearls. Test it out around your wrist

before you tie it.

                  Step4: Tie the string in a know a few times. And then brush the glue onto

the knot to make sure it doesn't come untied. Be careful and don't touch to glue. Let

it dry for a few hours and now you have a beautiful stretch bracelet to wear.

There you have it super easy and fun to make. I would love to see your finished

projects on Instagram. Tag droposweetness to share you finished projects. Have a

sweet day!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Top 3 Favorite Teas - Spring Edition




                   Spring is the most beautiful season of the year.Flowers are blooming, grass is growing

and new life is forming. Spring is also a great time to try new teas.There's black tea, green tea, herbal

tea just to name a few. The bitter beverage has been around for thousands of years and has grown

very popular in recent years. It's used in place of coffee, goes well with snacks and and desserts.

Some are also used for medicinal purposes.... but we won't be talking about that today.

                  Today, I want to share with you three of my favorite tea flavors. We'll talk about what they
taste like, how long to steep them, and the best way( in my opinion) to drink them. This is my own

opinion.

                  Jasmine Green Tea: This has to be my absolute favorite tea.Green tea has so many

antioxidants and is so good for you. Now, Jasmine just brings your green tea up to a whole new

level...or two. It's amazing hot, but you can drink it with ice too. I don't add any sweetener to my

teas, but it would be great with honey. Steep for about 2 to 3 minutes. Enjoy with rice dishes slightly

sweet treats.

                 Peppermint: Peppermint tea is an herbal tea. It has no tea leaves in the mix. Just good old

fashioned peppermint leaves.The fresh taste of peppermint is just ans refreshing as mint gum. It's the

best  tea to enjoy on Spring afternoons and tastes best over ice. Steep for about 2 minutes. Don't

steep this one for too long or it will taste bitter; I found this out the hard way.

                Peach: Peach tea is also and herbal tea. It's usually made with peach blossoms and is mixed

with other herbs and flowers. It's best enjoyed cold over ice with yummy snacks. Steep it the same as

the others. Honey is a great choice to sweeten this tea.

                 Well, there you have it. My Top 3 favorite teas for Spring. Teas are nice and refreshing,

perfect for warm Spring days. I like to drink mine outside in the sunlight. How do you like to enjoy

your tea? What's your favorite part about Spring? Let me know in the comments below. Have a

sweet day!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Personal Note



                First of all I want to apologize for not posting these last couple of weeks. I've been a little

discouraged in my writing lately. It's frustrating knowing that some people don't support you in your

dreams or don't agree with your ideas. How do you deal with discouragement and frustration?

                Sometimes, I think, people don't see beyond their own opinions and don't try to understand

where you are coming from. So, trying to work on things you love when the other person is not

around seems like the best option. But, it should it shouldn't be this way.  Being able to do what

makes you happy without worrying about what the other person thinks shouldn't be a problem. So,

from here on out let's declare that we don't care about the opinion of others and just do what makes

us happy. If you want to write, then write. If you want to dance, then dance. If you want to start your

own bakery then do it. The point is that if you feel deep in your heart it is something you are meant

to do and it makes you happy then do it.



             On to other news. I also want to touch on what is coming up for the blog and I think you are

going to like it. I'm going to start doing some reviews once a month, starting in March. Now, these

reviews are going to be my personal opinion. I'm not working with any companies for these reviews.

I'll also share with you my favorites from time to time. Don't worry there will still be recipes and

crafty fun.

           Now, my question for you is: What would you like to see reviewed? Baking products, candy

making products, candy in general etc.? Let me know in the comments below. Have a sweet day.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Strawberry Hearts




                        Valentine's Day will be here before we know it. It's the holiday of love, expressing

your feelings to the ones you love and your appreciation of your friends. To me Valentine's Day is not
just for couples. It's for families and friends. To show the ones you love and care for how much you

really do care for them. We give each other flowers, cards, and chocolate. I have something a little

different to share with you today. It's close to chocolate but not technically chocolate. But first story

time.


                        When I was a kid I remember my parents including us kids in a little Valentine's fun.

Besides getting the usual thin cardboard cards with funny sayings and silly characters we would also

get a small gift. I got a few little things, nothing that cost too much, things like pencils and candy.

The one thing that stands out the most and I will probably never forget is a special heart shaped

lollipop that we seemed to get almost every year. To anyone it was just a cherry flavored lollipop

with Minnie Mouse on the wrapper, but to me it was the best lollipop ever. For two reasons; First, I

only got it for Valentine's Day. That made it special in itself. Second, it was a gift from my parents;

the people whom I looked up to the most and I still do. What's your favorite Valentine's Day memory

as a  child?


                     These hearts are yummy and bring back childhood memories. Although they are not

cherry strawberry is the next best thing.



Ingredients:                                                         Makes about 30 candies

1 bag of red candy melts. or white chocolate that you would dye red

sprinkles of course

strawberry candy flavoring

heart candy molds




Directions:

1. Melt candy melts at 30 second intervals, stirring after each until smooth.

2. Add sprinkle the the bottom of each heart mold.

3. Add 10 drops of candy flavoring. Stir well.

4. Put mixture into candy molds tap molds to release air bubbles. This will make the candy smooth

and pretty. And place in the fridge for 30 minutes or until set.

5. To remove the candy just turn the mold upside down and the candy should fall right out. If they

seem to be a little stuck just give the mold a tap or two on the counter and they should pop out.

Enjoy!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Simple Nachos with Grilled Chicken


                                                     

                          I know I said I was only going to post once a week, but I just had to share this with

you. This is how we make our nachos. Now, I know the ones in the picture look a little plain. That's

just how I like mine. You can always add other things and we will get into that on the actual recipe.

First, the story then the recipe.


                         It was game day and. of course, we had to have nachos. What's football without junk

food, fight? Originally, my husband was the first to arrange this wonderful mountain of gooeyness.

He seasoned and grilled the chicken. He also talked me into adding beans. Since then I have taken

over the duties of nacho making. Yes, I realize that bean are usually on nachos, but I never cared for

them until my dear hubby talked me into giving them another try. Now, I can't go without them.


                       The game itself wasn't very exciting to me. I guess I was still a little bitter after my

team lost horribly that last playoff game. Can you guess which team? I'll give you a hint: Green and

yellow are their colors. That's right. The Green Bay Packers! They were so close and it seemed like

they just gave up that last game. Oh well, there's always next year.


                      This recipe is super simple and very yummy. The kids will love it just as much as the

grown ups.



Ingredients;

3 Chicken breasts

1 jar of Queso

1 30 oz. can of refried beans

1 can of sliced olives

1 bag of Tortilla chips

sour cream, guacamole, salsa etc. (optional)

garlic salt


Directions:

1. Season both sides of chicken with garlic salt. Cook on grill pan or grill until done.

2. Place chicken on cutting board to cool.

3. Warm refried beans in a medium sauce pan until hot. Warm up queso.

4. Cut chicken into cubes and assemble your nachos.

Add any other toppings you would like. Smoked paprika would a nice addition. Enjoy! Serves 4

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Not Your Ordinary Cupcake Cupcakes

 

             Who doesn't love a good cupcake? They make great gifts and they're yummy. And perfect for Valentine's Day. There is a slight twist to these cupcakes. There is no frosting.

              Let's get into the recipe, shall we?

       Ingredients:

  1 box cake mix and the ingredients from the the box instructions.

   1 bag of white chocolate chips

    Raspberry jam

    and some really cute Valentine's sprinkles!


          Directions:

       1. Mix cake mix according to the directions on the box.

        2. Bake and cool cupcakes completely.

         3. Fill piping bag with James and fill cupcakes.

          4. Melt white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second intervals stirring after each until smooth.

           5. Spread white chocolate on top of cupcakes as you would frosting.

           6. Immediately decorate with those cute sprinkles. And Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Crock Pot Pot Roast



                My family and I love pot roast. It's the perfect meal for a cold stormy day. And that's exactly what we had this week a cold, windy, wet week. You see, there were a series of storms that swept our way and nothing would make us feel better except comfort food. We are on our way out of a drought and the storms have past, this cluster anyway. Tonight we were still in the comfort food mood and there was an extra roast in the fridge. The only thing I could think of to make was a pot roast. Here's the recipe. Like all my recipes this one is super easy and inspired by other recipes.




Ingredients:

1 yellow onion

3 carrots

1 chuck roast, about 3 lbs

3 red potatoes

1/2 tsp garlic powder

seasoned salt

pepper

1 tsp italian seasoning

2 cups beef broth

2 cups of vegetable broth



Directions:

1. Pour beef broth and vegetable broth into crock pot.

2. Place roast in crock pot. Season with season salt and pepper.

3. Cut veggies into chunks and add them to crock pot.

4. Add italian seasoning and garlic powder.

5. Cook on low for 8 hours. Enjoy!

Serves 3 to 4 people

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Infinity Scarves!




       You have probably already guessed what this post is about just by reading the title. But, before we get into the details of the infinity scarves let's talk a moment to talk about the weather, shall we? I love rain. I love listening to the rain the smell of rain walking in the rain. There is one thing about it that gets me a little grumpy sometimes. That is when there is too much rain. I know we need it and a lot of rain keeps us out of a drought ( or recovering from one) but I think we have had enough; at least for a little while. A little break would be nice. I want to go out and take pictures of the beach with worrying about my camera getting wet and hubby is missing the surf days. Being cooped up in the house on his days of is driving him crazy. To be honest it's driving me crazy too.

     I love the rain, really I do, I promise. Just a little sunshine, that's all I ask.
     
     Now That my little rant is over on to the real topic.

     I love to sew. I'm not good at it by any means and it makes me nervous sometimes but I love it. It's relaxing and opens my door to creativity. I also love listening to music while I sew. Do you listen to music while you are crating or sewing? What music do you like? I love show tunes when I'm sewing.

     When I was trying to think of something to make for gifts I wanted to make something that was new to me to learn a new skill in sewing. I found the infinity scarves on Pinterest and fell in love. then, I researched flannel and found out how big it is right now. I remember it being big in the '90's. Did you love flannel back then? So, I went to the fabric store and fell in love with three of the most beautiful pieces of fabric I had seen in a long time.

     I bought the fabric and headed home, so excited, I couldn't wait to get started. To the sewing room I went and..... threw the bag of fabric on the futon and walked out of the room. This was going to be the year that I made my Christmas gifts early. This was going to be my year! Hmm....not so much. Because I was so nervous that I was going to mess them all up I didn't start until about two weeks before. And you know what? They were so easy to make, there was no reason to be nervous. I don't know why but sewing intimidates me until I actually start working on a project.

    The moral of the story, friends, is to never be afraid to try something you haven't done before. Oh, and the scarves turned out beautifully.






                                     

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Here's to New Beginnings in 2017

Happy New Year everyone! This is going to be an amazing year. No more looking back, only looking forward.

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year. I have a confession to make. I have not posted here in a year. I'm actually pretty embarrassed about it too. There is no good excuse for it; just bad ones I used to talk myself out of posting. That ends now.  Once a week I'll be posting something new. It might be a new sewing or crochet project or a new recipe. If you would like to see something new let me know in the comments.  I would love to hear your ideas.

The New Year brings inspiration and new beginnings. It's a great time to start a project. I have decided to do a 365 photo challenge.  Each day I'll be taking two photos,  one for instagram and one for a photo album I'll be putting together.

Thank you all for hanging in there with me, I know it hasn't been easy. Let's ring in the new year with amazing challenges and growth.