Creating Jewelry

We have been treasure hunters for decades starting back in our childhood when we would wake early to hit the local garage sales with mom and dad. Over the years we have gathered quite a bounty of fun and functional items. We have been using our treasures to make robots, cards, ornaments, anything we can think of.

 

Recently my mom and I decided to join forces to create and repurpose some

of our unique findings into one of a kind pieces of jewelry. Combining flea market treasures with my endless collection of beads seemed only natural. We thought we would share a sampling of some of our latest creations.

Above is a bracelet created from old coins that I added turquoise beads to.   On the right we used game pieces to create an Asian inspired necklace.   The black domino has a dragon on back and a bingo chip adds a little extra element to the necklace.    If we are not wearing our creations ourselves we are putting them on etsy.  We are planning on having some DIY posts that show you our process, would love to see yours.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are perfect to make for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose-flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 2 t. cornstarch
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 lg. egg
  • 1 lg. egg yolk
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt.
  2. With a mixer, beat the brown sugar and granulated sugar with the melted butter until the sugars have dissolved into the butter. Add in the egg and the egg yolk and beat to combine. Add vanilla.
  3. Slowly mix in the flour mixture until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour or overnight.
  5. When you are ready to bake the cookie preheat the oven to 325F. Pull the dough out of the fridge and let it sit for 10 minutes or longer.
  6. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. The dough will be hard but make the balls about 2 tablespoons. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until slightly golden on top.
  7. Let the cookies cool slightly before putting them on a wire rack to cool further. Enjoy!
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This recipe was adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything soft chocolate chip cookies

Restaurant Outing: Midpoint

Midpoint is one of our favorite breakfast spots.    Located off of 52nd and Powell, it is a small little cafe filled with quirky decor and an elevated home cooking feel.

 

On our most recent outing my husband enjoyed their Red Eye Flight.  The Red Eye Flight is made with Mono on rocks, served with shots of bloody Mary mix, grapefruit and orange juice.

Their menu has a variety of options and they do have a lunch menu that is really good.  They make a fabulous fork mashed potatoes that are one of my favorite takes on breakfast potatoes.

 

After taking a peruse of the specials I had the Granola French Toast with a blueberry compote.  This was phenomenal.  It was sweet and the granola kicks the french toast up a notch

.   They also have excellent coffee which is a must for morning outings in our household.  Highly recommend.

Monday Musings…

We love to find new things or interesting takes on ideas,.  Here is our five favorite things of the week.

Just found out that they renewed Luther , can’t wait.

Epicurious has a great tip on the easiest way to get thyme off of its stick.

Interesting article on the 21 most overlooked Oscar Directors.   There are some big surprises there.

This Stranger Things Charm Bracelet is so fun, I am going to have to get this so I can wear it while binging on the next season.

These Recycled Bamboo & Cork Canisters are fabulous looking, would go perfectly with my fiesta ware.

 

Amalfi-Style Risotto

 

Amalfi-Style Risotto

Creamy risotto that can be made in about 30 minutes.

  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 lemon (juiced, and zested)
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano (grated)
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed basil (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed tarrogon (chopped)
  1. In a small saucepan combine the chicken stock and 1 cup water and keep warm over low heat.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add the shallots and garlic and stir for 2 minutes.  Stir in the rice for 1 minute; season with salt and pepper.  Stir in the wine and the lemon zest until it is absorbed into the rice.  Begin adding the warm stock a few ladlefuls at a time, stirring vigorously with each addition, until the risotto is al dente, about 18 minutes.  You may not need all the stock.
  3. Stir the butter into the risotto to combine, then stir in the lemon juice to your taste.  Depending on how much juice you get from your lemon you may not want all of it.  Stir in the cheese, basil and tarragon; season with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.

Estate Sale Finds

My husband and I love to go to estate sales on the weekend. We’re always on the lookout for a hidden gem.  On our latest outing we found an architectural piece that fits perfectly over our doorway.  It was too expensive so we actually put a bid on it in the bid box.  This was the first time we had ever done this, so we we’re pretty excited to hear we had won the bid.  

We think this piece is probably from a door frame.  Maybe from India, not sure.  We found some others online kinda similar from that area.  It was really hard getting a good picture of this, so I have to say this really does not do it justice.  Next time we like something, but don’t want to pay the full price we will definitely be putting a bid on the item again.  It paid off.