Showing posts with label nanowrimo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nanowrimo. Show all posts

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Revisited Recipe- Honey Stars

My Grandmother Redmond's Honey Star Cookie recipe was the star of a post back on December 23rd, 2005. for the post :)

She kept this side of the family together with her daughter's children, grandchildren, their current husbands, plus ex-husbands and pretty much cooked the entire meal while walking with a cane or holding onto whatever was near for support. She became crippled in the early 1960's from a car accident..
 Holidays were her thing going all out in that small house on Mill Street.  Those times with my cousins were the best and I miss getting together with them so very much.  We were blessed and did not even know how blessed we were at the time of course. That house would get packed with all of us approximately 17 including 3 daughters, 8 grandchildren, husbands and eventually ex-husbands packed in mainly 2 rooms.  The family had lots of smokers, of course, it was the time I guess.  As we got older we would sneak a beer heading upstairs and then share between the three of us girls thinking we were hot stuff.
Counter baking vignette December 2005


Bead embroidery from 2005-2006


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pinterest Analytics and Apricot Truffles

How many of you get totally lost in Pinterest?  I find myself using it also as a resource even when it comes to researching where Google would have been a go to or Bing in the past.  

Being very visual, my head can wrap around the info much easier.

Pinterest for some time has made available to business accounts their analytics.  For weeks a sweet little fresh truffle recipe has been holding it's own on my impressions, repins, clicks and all time so, I shall share this evidently FAB recipe with you.
BLOG Tales of a Kitchen

Healthy eats. Raw bits. And occasional indulgence.from Chris's wonderful blog Tales of a Kitchen
RESOURCE for recipe printing capabilities this download allows you to click through the unwanted writing or photos getting to the meat of what you would like printed. This is very nice if the blog does not have it's recipe in a printable format.


celebrating the DAY with a SDAJ garden photo strip

Monday, November 10, 2014

List Monday

Westline Inn- Westline, Pa. this October passed with the girls and US.  Their first experience @ this fab establishment

Monday's List

1.  Hey moss head- just found out about Marimos on Confessions of a Blueberry Bandit's BLOG
2.  I really need to make salted caramels
3.. bottling up some extra strength vanilla extract for Holiday baking and libations
4.  Maureen Cracknell Handmade has such amazing fabrics at her finger tips.  In love with her                 arrow sketch pillows!
5.  Omunchi-  Cravings Justified.  Eating and Music!!!!!
6.  I want to smash things arbor press
7.  A fellow friend and blogger capturing the seasons perfectly with her magnificent photography
8.  Joy the Baker revamped her BLOG
9.  Speaking of Joy, this sounds divine for the sweet potato side on our day of Thanks :)
10.Mark Bittman's new cookbook on cooking fffffast
11.Fresh is best Eight O'clock Coffee, a national treasure
12.Happy Mango Beads

warm tones in the round

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Don't ask why my Mother dressed me up as a flower child and then commenced on taking photos of me outside in December.  Am I making a proclamation in the first B&W dunno but, it is a fun none the less.  That wig sparks a memory of being itchy, that vest is something I am pretty sure my Mom kept in her closet perhaps wearing the night prior and I especially did not enjoy wearing those thick opaque stockings.   I always loved this set of photos, there are quite a few more actually!
TBT and 4 almost 5 years old me, December 1970 at my Grandmother Redmond's, on Mill Street, Johnsonburg, a few months before my Brother was born in February.

I love the middle choices-  Aluminum, Aurora Red, Misted Yellow, Sangria and instead of Mauve Mist the Radiant Orchid would slide in next.  I can see pairs of earrings intertwined with these colors in  stones, artisan beads, oxidized copper and sterling silver in a very organic way. 

What have you already picked up for the season not realizing these were THE colors?

Tameryn, youngest of ours, her Winter jacket could fit in along side Radiant Orchid or some of those long sleeved t-shirts I  ordered a few weeks back for myself.
Pantone Fall 2014 Fashion Color Report


TBT strip LEFT to RIGHT:  Tameryn/Marta, Stephan, Sevin, Thea/Larissa, Savana/Tameryn and me around 2005

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

View of the bench this afternoon while typesetting 1/4" aluminum cuffs for clients.  Some were the start of Christmas commissions, some Mother Daughter gifts and others mantra single orders.

 Can you tell what dvd is in the player?  I was in a Princess Bride frame of mind, lol.

Has anyone read the new, 2014 book, Actor Cary Elwes has written As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride ?  About his experiences starring in this wonderful 1987 flick.

The quotes from the movie are the best!

 “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” —Westley

found HERE
Group Description
Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or another social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up.

Summer and Fall shots 2014

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Simple Recipes- No Knead Bread

For anyone that follows me on Instagram or Facebook photos of bread have been prominent in my feeds and wall for this beautiful crusty bread.
taken with a my cell back in August-  look at that amazing crust
When my oldest daughter tried out a no knead bread recipe,  I immediately started a searching out what this fab sounding bread was all about online.
The first hit of course led me to the Mark Bittman video with Jim Lahey from Sullivan Street Bakery demonstrating his wonderfully easy process for baking no knead bread.

Mark Bittman, the Minimalist, and Jim Lahey owner of Sullivan Street Bakery

We regularly bought Wegman's Garlic Tuscan Bread with it's delicious flavor and crust along with it being such a substantial heavy loaf it was a favorite for us.  
Well let me tell ya :) after the first loaf came out of the oven no other loaf was going to satisfy.  
I have made of course the white along with wheat, oatmeal, rosemary/garlic, just garlic, rye and seed breads.  

It is so incredibly easy and this is the way I will write out the recipe for you.  (the dough you are looking at was double the recipe on card below, so 6 cups flour was used)

4 ingredients

mixed into a wet dough

simply covered to let rise for 12+ hours, here the rising takes place under a small fluorescent for added warmth during cooler weather all night long.

After 14 hours I have a beautiful gooey bowl of stringy dough.  At this stage treat it carefully while scraping onto the board as not to destroy the long stringy pockets of air now developed after all those hours.

Seeds will line the wooden proofing baskets along with cornmeal and AP flour.  Here you see sesame, chia and flaxseed.

the dough scraped from the large bowl onto a heavily floured bread board.
baskets sprayed with PAM and dusted with seeds, cornmeal and AP flour so the dough will not stick

After the dough was cut in half with scraper, each piece was folded a few times to form balls for putting in the prepared baskets.

proofing for 1 hour while dutchoven and oven are preheating 
plop in the bottom of a HOT flour dusted dutchoven

2nd loaf
first loaf

Sooo good!

We are eating the bread with German Bologna spread and Cheesy Broccoli soup tonight.  Youngest daughter is going vegetarian and won't be liking the sandwich part.... The vegetarian journey of Tameryn will be another post at some point, lol.

*Let me know if you decide to make this super easy, super superb bread and the variations you come up with.


listings coming up to be listed in ETSY

Monday, November 03, 2014

working towards a goal

studio shot by Kaylie Fitch, student work, of me at the bench
Staying on task is a statement teachers make when young children stray from assignments they are given perhaps while attending elementary school.  Artists/artisans also stray from time to time but, I feel this helps bring clarity to life or bring about new work.  This straying can last days, weeks, months or sometimes it can last for years until we start pushing out what feels like cohesive pieces.

The way I feel when first entering the work space now is much different than even a couple years ago.  Grabbing a hammer to forge or setting up that type set for mantra cuffs is like breathing at this point. I am looking forward in having that same vibe while soldering a prayer box or setting a beautiful cabochon in a funky bezel into what is very much MY style.  It is not far away with my brain opening up more and more each and every day towards that GOAL of being more fluid while creating.

another studio shot by Kaylie Fitch showing copper tubing being hammer into a cuff ready for letter stamping
Fall happens to be a prolific time for artists in general with the changing out for the upcoming Holiday season especially being a factor.

The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” ~Auguste Rodin


Saturday, November 01, 2014

National Novel Writing Month 2014

Looks like I am going to play a part in National Novel Writing Month again this November, in which a  post will happen for 30 days.
The actual challenge is for novelists to complete a 50,000 word novel but....I am pretend participating in my section of the literary world with blog posts :)

Becoming more present in posting is the goal!  Yaaaaaay to being



Tuesday, November 05, 2013

National Novel Writing Month

Playing catch up with the annual National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMon.  For the last 2 years I have set a challenge of posting each day for 30 days in November, for anyone that follows ME knows that is a pretty steep challenge.  I love my blog and this gives me a good reason to be here tons more.  Even though we are 5 days in I am still going for a post a day or 30 posts for this month doubling, tripling or at times quadruple posts :)
tag along charms ETSY
Following my bliss!  enjoy, xoxo

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

First of 30 Posts

I am going to play a part in National Novel Writing Month in which I will write a  post everyday whether interesting or  mundane for 30 days.  I am loving the idea of a challenge excepting it gladly for there has been quite a few post ideas in my brain forever and this is a great chance to put them down.  The actual challenge is for novelists to complete a 50,000 word novel but....I am pretend participating in my section of the literary world with blog posts :) 
Techniques from the bench, Pa. Wilds Artisan interviews, treasury's, ETSY team news,  recipes, regional photography,  gallery events/features, new jewelry, What's on my bench Wednesday shots and Vignette Thursdays will be resurrected just to name a few subjects to be covered.

see you tomorrow ;)


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