Friday, April 17, 2009

Chicken Wild Rice Salad

If you have not noticed by now....I love food. So today I am going to share one of my favorite cold salad recipes with you!

Chicken Wild Rice Salad

3 cups cooked wild rice
3 cups cooked chicken, diced
1 cup green grapes, halved (red work too)
1 small can water chestnuts, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, chopped fine
1 cup Hellmans Mayonnaise
1/2 cup slivered almonds (optional)

Mix all ingredients, season to your liking with salt and pepper, chill and enjoy!

This salad is super on a hot summer day, not too light, not too bulky. Lots of fiber, lean protein, perfect! I was going to take a picture, but the salad is all gobbled up!

Thursday, April 16, 2009


The weather has been soooo gorgeous this week I can hardly stand to be indoors!! I have managed to make a few things and get some posted on Etsy though!

Here are my newest fav earrings!

Plumeria ~ Raspberry Pink Tourmaline and Sterling Silver

I made myself a pair a while back using Apatite briolettes - LOVE THEM!! These dont seem to be flying off the shelves, so we will see if I create anymore of these in some different colors.... I have tons of teeny weeny briolettes that work just perfect for these, I could make a whole garden of colors!

Speaking of gardens, I am excited to get my flowerbeds all spiffed up and my garden ready to plant! My tulips are getting close to blooming! Hopefully within the next few days we will get some much needed rain! The forecast does call for showers this weekend.... Imagine that, pristine during the work week and rainy on the weekend.... whats new!!

As soon as my tulips bloom I will be trying to take some decent pics and get them posted!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Onion Skin Easter Eggs Tutorial

This was taught to me by my mother, who learned it from my Grandmother! Its our Easter Tradition!
This is how we color our Easter eggs. Here is a quick totorial -sorry the pics aren't the greatest!!
First, you will need a bunch of dry onion skins. We use mostly yellow, but if you can get some red they make some awesome colored eggs! You can get them from the supermarket or save them throughout the year like we do! Put them in a large bowl and cover them completely with hot water. Let them sit for around 15-20 minutes or until thoroughly wet and pliable.

Next, grab a white egg straight out of the carton and cover the entire egg with pieces of onion skin so that no white spots are showing. This is a bit tricky - those little buggers can be slippery!

Now, grab your cotton string and begin wrapping around and around the egg. Make sure you leave a little tail at the beginning because you will need to tie that to the other end of string after you have wrapped all the way around.

Place all the wrapped eggs in a large pan.

Pour your onion skin water, with whatever onion skins are leftover, over your wrapped eggs.

Boil eggs for 20 minutes. This is important that you boil for 20 minutes. It makes the colors more vibrant!

After they have boiled for 20 minutes, cool them down in cold water. You can open them right away or you can do what we do and save them for Easter day and we all open a few. Its like unwrapping a gift because they are all different!

We usually place them back in the egg cartons and wrap in a plastic bag to keep moist. If they dry out too much the onion skins dry onto the egg and need to be soaked again.

Here is one I "opened". Pretty gorgeous huh!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday...some good, some bad...

Everyone wants the good news first right? Or is it the bad news first? Hrmm...... I will start with the bad and end on a good note!

My husband was informed when he arrived at work today that he will be getting laid off on April, 17th. Not a huge shocker since there have been layoffs recently at his work, but its still a solid kick in the shorts, thats for sure. Thankfully my wonderful husband is quite talented and can turn his hand at just about anything, except making jewelry of course...LOL, you should see him squint his eyes at the stuff I do and wonder how I can get my fingers and eyes to work on something sooooo tiny. Oops, got off to a small tangent there. Anyways, he is great and we are both hoping and praying that it will work out for the best! Ya gotta be optimistic in times like these!

Now for the good news! I received a lovely package in the mail today, well actually 3 packages! I felt like it was my birthday, I LOVE getting mail.. HAHA! One of the packages I was particularly excited to receive. It was my chain! LOL, probably doesn't sound that exciting, but since it was chain I needed to complete a custom order, it was way more exciting than normal!

So here it is! Yay! The finished product!

Kiss of an Angel ... Orchid Pink Chalcedony ... Dark Oxidized Sterling Silver

Love it!!! I think it looks great oxidized! Really makes the color POP!