Monday, October 21, 2013

Octoberfest 2013 - Home & Hearth Blog Hop


October 2013 has arrived!
A Splendorous, Splendiferous, & Splendacious Month! 

It's time to celebrate with Rita of Jewel School Friends in the Home & Hearth Blog Hop about Beads, Jewelry, Home Decor, Food, Family & Friends!!!

October has always been a special month in my life.

#1  I was born in October - Yahoo! :)  53 years ago - Boohoo! :(  Time is moving on!

#2  I got married in October - Yeehaw!  32 years ago :)  We thought we were so OLD - 21 & 23 yrs!
                                                                Oh, to be that young again :)
#3  My daughter was married in October - Woohoo!   9 years ago :)  Where has the time gone????
#4  The weather finally gets cooler & the leaves change in October - Yeah! Only in our area not as much as further north.

#5  I'm getting ready for my first jewelry show in November, so I've been working in my "spare" time. Here are a few of the pendants.

#6  Pumpkins become plentiful & can finally be purchased to make yummy Pumpkin Butter - MMgood!

#7  Lastly, here is a pumpkin pie recipe I hope you enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie has never been a favorite of mine until now. I have altered several recipes until I came up with one that is tasty not blah. If any of you try it, I would love your feedback on what you think.

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 stick of chilled butter cut into pieces & slightly softened (not quite at room temp)
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift flour & powdered sugar together.
  3. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly either in the mixer, food processor or with a whisk (you choose - I prefer my Kitchen Aid mixer).
  4. Add vanilla & whipping cream until dough clumps.
  5. Form dough up by hand into a nice ball & then flatten. Wrap with Seran Wrap (plastic), place in glass pie pan & chill both for about 15-30 min. 
  6. Remove from refrigerator, roll out dough on a floured surface until about 14-inches round. 
  7. Place dough in glass 9-inch pie dish. Trim edges.
  8. Line crust edge with foil, bake for about 15 minutes, until crust is pale brown.
  • 2 solid packed cups of fresh mashed pumpkin or a 16 oz can of pumpkin
  • 3 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1-2 Tbsp corn starch or flour
  1. Mix brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, vanilla, corn starch until well mixed.
  2. Add in pumpkin, blend until no lumps.
  3. Add in whipping cream & sour cream.
  4. Add in eggs.
  5. Mix well, pour into pie shell.
  6. Bake until filling puffs at the edges and center is almost set, about 45 min. Remove foil from crust, bake another 10 min.
  7. Chill until cold or serve warm. 
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  1. Place mixing bowl & whipping cream in freezer for about 10-20 minutes.
  2. Remove, & whisk in sugar until stiff peaks form.
  3. Dollop each piece of pie with "cream"!
  • To reduce sweet, reduce brown sugar to 1-2 Tbsp & sugar to 1/2 cup.  
  • To reduce fat, use half-n-half instead of heavy whipping cream & use reduced fat or no fat sour cream.
I, of course, feel that if you are going to eat sweets, you might as well do it right & enjoy the moment! Then walk, walk, walk or exercise! so you can enjoy another "moment".  :)

Now it's time to go blog hopping!  Thank you Rita for putting this wonderful hop together! :)

Caroline                                       http://
  Andrea Glick-Zenith                          
Dolores Raml                        
Karla Morgan                            ME
   Susie Harris                                 
Kay Thomerson                 
Jean Yates                        
Kelly Hosford Patterson     
Kathy Lindemer                 
Liz E                                  
Jasvanti Patel                    
Christie Murrow                 
Jodie Marshall                   
Andrea Trank                    
Dini Bruinsma                    
Elsie Deliz Fonseca           
Karla Morgan                    
Vera Lynn                         
Rana Wilson                     
Catherine King                 
Lily Vincent                       
Janice Hidey (Janimar)     
Cory Tompkins                 
Candida Castleberry        
Cynthia Kent Machata      
Alicia Marinache               
Linda Anderson                
Leah Curtis                       
Jennifer Reno (JenRen)    
Robin Reed                       
Tanty Sri Hartanti              
Lisa Lodge                        
Ingrid A.                            
Judy Turner                      
Gina Hockett                     
Nelly May                          
Tanya McGuire                 
Sonya Stille                       
Carol D.                            
Asri Wahyuningsih            
Ginger Bishop                   
Shaiha Williams                
Toltec Jewels (Rita, our hostess)

Monday, October 7, 2013

A Key Chain Isn't Just A Key Chain Anymore!

A few days ago, Hope Smitherman contacted the Znet Shows Design Team for a Key Chain Lightening Round. Ten of us were sent a couple of key chains & two choices of Chinese crystals.     This was a FUN lightening round because ......

A little "blingy thing" can jazz up a key chain OR...... a purse, a zipper pull, a fan pull, the rear view mirror in the car or a door to a cabinet.

These two include small Sahara Green Chinese crystals (RS202-120); larger 8x5mm Perennial Flower Chinese crystals (zmx-13-01); and keychain clasps (FJ776-01) from Znet Shows. In addition, I've included copper & brass.

A zipper pull to add a little "bling to a jacket.

             A little "bling" for a purse!

                                                    or a "blingy" key chain!

Now that you've seen my newest "blingy things" check out the other 9 Design Team's creations coming soon to ZnetShows' blogspot.