Monday, November 5, 2012

my new favorite jewelry creation: 'rock candy' style necklaces!

good morning! what a craft binge i've been on.  with hurricane sandy & being out of power, in the daytime when i have any sunlight, i've been jeweling like a madwoman!  jewelry-making by candle-light though... not as much fun.  i do not recommend!

so here's what i've come up with.  all are on sale in my etsy shop for under $15 if you can't live without one! :)

rock candy style necklace:

my favorite right now.  these have a thin, silver-plated metal chain with a stone-beaded center.  perfectly simple, available in any color you can think of!

want one?  click here >>>  cleggs cottage crafts

that's it for now-- have to get ready for work!  some new rock candy style necklaces will be added to my shop later today.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Super Fruit Salad

Super Fruit Salad

1 Pineapple
1 Canteloupe
1/2 Honeydew
1 Apple
2 Cartons Strawberries
3-5 Kiwi
1 Carton Blueberries

...And just some extra cookies for me. Ha!


Slice Canteloupe in half, clear out seeds with spoon.  Cut half in half, and again so you have 8 slices.  Slice inside part from the skin and cut into big chunks.
Line bottom of big bowl.
Cut up honeydew and line up on top of canteloupe.
Slice off top of pineapple, shave off sides.  Cut off around core and in large chunks.
Line on top of honeydew.
Core and cut apple and line on top of pineapple.
Cut off leaf and half and quarter the strawberries and add on top of apple.
Cut off top and bottom of each kiwi and slice off skin on the sides using knife-
cut into thick slices.  Layer on top of strawberries.
Add grapes and take out stems from any blueberries and add on top of salad.
Store in closed, refrigerated tupperware until serving.  

*Hint- if not serving immediately, put apples in separate container 
and drizzle with lemon to keep from turning brown.

When serving, pour half into serving bowl and mix.  Slowly add remainder of fruit and toss as you pour, this should help to evenly mix the salad.

Delicious and healthy too!

Bon Appetit!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Quadruple berry crisp a la mode

Quadruple Berry Crisp a la Mode

This was my take on Mountain Mama Cooks': Triple Berry Crisp, but I just added in some raspberries. And a lot more butter... oops.  But it sure was delicious!!

Favorite parts:
Brown Sugar
Vanilla Ice Cream
Cool Whip

Add a scoop of ice cream next to the berry crisp and a dollop of cool whip on top-- I like a little drizzle of the extra juice leftover from the sugary fruit mixture on top.  Ingredients really come together to give a warm and cold contrast with the berry and crispy oats and the ice cream.  Deeelicious!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Quick and Easy Berry Shortcake

Quick and Easy Berry Shortcake 

Granulated Sugar (about 1 1/2 C)
Pillsbury Flaky Biscuits
Confectioners sugar (dusting)
Ice Cream
Whipped Cream

Rinse and combine blackberries, raspberries and quartered strawberries with 
1 cup sugar in a bowl and mix well.  
Add extra scoop of sugar on top.   Cover with saran wrap and put in the refrigerator. 

Open the biscuits and separate each one.  Pour more sugar into a bowl and 
coat each biscuit on all sides (including around the sides!)
Grease a cookie sheet lined with tin foil with butter and put biscuits on top.  
Cook as the directions instruct, usually about 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. 
Cut biscuit (or pull apart) in half and add berry mixture between and on top of the 
biscuit pieces, and drizzle extra juice on top.  
Add some whipped cream or ice cream to the side.  
Serve warm.