Vintage Beaded Easter Ornaments

Vintage Beaded Easter Ornaments Walco
Beautiful vintage beaded Easter ornaments! These ornaments were most likely created from 'beaded kits' from Walco (LeeWards and   Sulyn were the other bead kit companies). During the Depression, beads were an inexpensive and Bead Crafting was marketed to both adults and children. It was a cheap, yet fun time consuming hobby that produced beautiful results.
 
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Easy Irish Soda Bread

Easy Irish Soda Bread
In continuing with our St.Patrick's Day Irish themed food series, here is a super easy recipe for Irish Soda Bread. You may mix and knead the bread by hand, but if you have a stand up Kitchenaid mixer, I really recommend using it as this recipe will only take you about 10 minutes.  I cranked out 6 loaves the other day under 40 minutes.
 
Original recipe makes two 3/4 # loaves
 
 4 cups all-purpose flour
 4 tablespoons white sugar
 1 teaspoon baking soda
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Irish Jalapeño Jelly

jalapeno jelly for st. patrick's day
 
Ahh, St. Patrick's Day is almost upon us! I love making this hot jalapeno jelly every year to give out to friends and neighbors. Are jalapenos Irish? Nope - not in the least, but as a native San Diegan it's my way of bringing my south of the border flavor to my Irish heritage. Plus, who doesn't love green jalapeno jelly smothered on top of cream cheese and served with crackers? 
 
This recipe uses jalapeno peppers only (no bell peppers!)  I prefer leaving a few seeds or so on each pepper as that is what gives it an amazing spice kick.
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Easy Mini Popovers

Easy Mini Popovers with parmesean

These are excellent for parties as an appetizer. Great by themselves or serve with a  little jam! I used parmesean per original recipe, but you can also change up the cheese and use a hard cheddar or a swiss emmental cheese. The trick to making these is greasing your mini-cupcake pan really well! 

Ingredients

2 large eggs

1 1/4 cup milk

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (fresh grated is best)

2 T olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper

 

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Eat Your Colorful Carrots!

Eat Your Colorful Carrots!

Carrots are no longer orange. Different varieties have been around, but are now becoming easier to find in your local markets. Rainbow carrot mixes are often grown in California and aren't much more in cost than the regular orange only variety.  As my family and I were munching away on our purple carrots last night, we wondered if the different hues offered varied nutrition. After a little research, colors/pigments do offer different nutrients.

Orange: Beta and alpha carotene pigment. This promotes vitamin A production by the body, which is essential for healthy eyes. Read more about Eat Your Colorful Carrots!

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Making Eggs Look Fancy

Eggs, fancy, Breakfast

knew my daughter needed a solid breakfast today, as she has sports after school and I wanted her to start the day off right. It's 5 am, so I look in the fridge to see what the game plan will be. Eggs, broccoli (lots! about 3-4 cups chopped), fresh garlic, cheese and for some weird reason, half a sheet of puff pastry in the freezer. Done! I parboiled the broccoli so it was almost fully cooked, and pre-heated my oven while doing so. I greased my glass pan with olive oil and put in the well-drained, chopped parboiled broccoli. Read more about Making Eggs Look Fancy

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Granstrom Evergreens Christmas Wreaths

Granstrom Evergreens Christmas Wreaths from Oregon

Small Business Saturday may have passed, but it’s not too late to support small biz AND get a beautiful wreath handcrafted with Northwest evergreens.  My Granstrom Evergreens wreaths arrived today via UPS.  It started to rain, so I ran out to meet our UPS man on the street.  I always ask, “Whatcha got for me today?” Today UPS man gives me a big smile and says,” I don’t know but it smells great! “ Read more about Granstrom Evergreens Christmas Wreaths

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