Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Etsy Lovables

I don't know when it exactly happened, but I do remember browsing through the little Etsy shops from day to day, I would even find quite a few items I would actually mark in my favorites and I can't actually remember even registering or ..even why. After all, I had no unique crafting skill and I felt a little envy for so many that seem to be able to pick up a sewing needle or paint brush or a piece of clay and transform the once plain boring piece of medium into something really cute, adorable or better yet absolutely wonderful. That's what this blog is all about right?

So I kept coming back and eventually I caught on and even opened my own Etsy shop or rather Boutique as I like to call it. No, it does not have any incredibly new inventions of fabulous hand crafted jewelry nor even stylish vintage pieces of  fashions, -although soon maybe, Hopefully? But I love the fact that I can present beautiful pictures of vintage china or anything interesting that I find and perhaps sell a few pieces as well. That being said, here are some of my absolute favorite finds on Etsy...

These beach cottage wedding paper cones can be used for pew decorations or as a unique alternative for your bridesmaids and flower girls to carry down the aisle. They are eco friendly being made from new and vintage recycled materials including vintage sheet music, burlap, peach raffia, aged rope, moss and sea shells.  From

Now Here's a Fun Housewarming Present that I can easily recommend as I actually purchased these Screened towels for a friend and she Loved them. I have to admit they went pretty good with her eclectic Eggplant and leopard print style. MonkeyMindDesigns

Oh and of Course Here's My Boutique of Vintage Collectables...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Bread in a Crockpot: Cinnamon & Raisin Swirl


This is my first crock pot bread. Did I mention to you that it was made in a crock pot? Are you wondering if this is real or just made out of plaster dough? Yes it is real, wonderful, fresh baked bread and full of warm raisins and lots of swirly cinnamon. And yes, it was baked in a crock pot. So now you are excited right? You have to know how you can do this too.          Well here is the answer....

Get 3 cups of warm water, a sprinkle of yeast and a tablespoon and a half of salt and dump in 6 1/2 cups of quality flour then mix it all up very lightly until all is moist and wet in a large lightly covered container.( So some gases can get out)Yep it's that easy! Okay, there's just a bit more to it like.. letting it sit awhile ( No Kneading) and then refrigeration overnight...( No Kneading!) Then you just grab a lightly floured hunk and shape or roll out and...put it in a cold crock pot lined with parchment paper, and let it cook on high covered for about an hour until firm on top. Pretty much.. that's it. It's a totally no knead bread!! Did I mention that? The rest of the dough just sits in your lightly covered container getting even more yeasty flavored, ready when you are. Just check out the book " Bread in Five" below for the master recipe.

I must admit, I could have used a bit more dough to make a higher loaf, but the result was a very nice moist but firm crumb great for toasting as it holds it's shape well.

In order for it to brown on top you do have to put it in the broiler for a few seconds. Not bad for my first time baking fresh bread?

Ok, Now I'm finally think I'm getting the hang of it in a nice big 1 1/2 lb loaf...now this is for the oven.

Once you discover this incredible easy trick by master baker Zoe Francois and bread scientist Jeff Hertzburg you will have the most amazing breads sitting on your kitchen counter just waiting to be eaten.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

ONE DISH MEAL: Potatoes,Cheese and Greens

Now doesn't this look decadent? Yes I know, and high calorie too.Of course this is a dish that my husband came up with. It's that man kind of thing. Use every single bit of cheese you have on hand, add some hot pepper flakes and throw it on top of some fried potatoes. Oh, I almost forgot the best part...you have to add in some more of the fresh cabbage greens I've been raving about. Well, If anything it does make it look pretty. I really thought It was just going to be a very cheesy, oily potato dish, but here's the twist.. he used GOAT CHEESE . Yep, that's right, and I have to admit, it really came out with a nice, almost gourmet quality. Honest! Just remember to try and stick with eating just one good serving and not the whole pan. Another thing that's interesting about this post is..these are my actual photos! Yay!

Season with salt and pepper as desired and add some fresh greens,
 Cook Until wilted.

Add Goat cheese cubes and then add some more cheeses.This is a meal in itself. Of course I'm sure it would be really good with some grilled sausage too.

Potatoes, Cheeses & Greens Recipe
4 medium potatoes peeled and chopped
1-2 Tbls. olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
1 clove garlic minced
1-2 Tbls. Hot pepper flakes
2 oz. goat cheese
4 oz. shredded cheese blend

Add oil and warm on med high heat. Add pepper flakes, onion, and garlic. Cook for a minute.Add chopped Potaotes and cook until tender.

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Easiest & Tastiest Ceaser Salad Ever


It all began when I met my next door neighbor Mr. Wong. I greeted him with a smile and he smiled back in return.It was shortly there after, that I learned he was planting a garden. I bought him a small chinese cabbage and a seed package of some type of greens, I'm not even sure which type. Kale? No..they aren't curly. Spinach? No not quite. Too large and somewhat of a nice peppery cabbage flavor. My guess is a type of Kale, perhaps lacinato. Either way they taste wonderful. So here is the first recipe I came across and just absolutely love. Special thanks to Jacuelyn . Oh and Mr.Wong of course.

  • 1 cup grated or shredded parmesan cheese - I used Publix already shredded
  • 3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (1 1/2 lemons or 1 juicy lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce or 1/2 head romaine and 1/2 bunch of lacinato/dinasour kale 
Simply blend above ingredients and massage into sliced greens.