Monthly Archives: September 2008

mmmmmRibs!

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When we moved from Idaho to Maryland, we sold almost everything we owned, including most of our kitchen items.  Well, with the weather getting colder, my husband and I have been craving some slow cooker goodness, and this weekend we bought a brand new crock pot and lots of yummy beans, meats and veggies.  Also on sale this weekend was pork ribs, so we bought a bunch of them… SOOOOOOO good!!  Here’s my recipe:

Liz’s Super Delicious Pork Ribs

The day before you’re going to make these puppies, pull them out and dry rub them.  I use coarse ground salt, coarse pepper, cumin, light brown sugar and honey.  Make sure you completely cover both sides of the ribs.  Then wrap them up (I just use parchment paper or saran wrap) and stick them in the fridge.  The next day, take them out and drop them in your slow cooker.  Add your favorite BBQ sauce and slice up an onion (I like Vidallia or Walla Walla Sweets).  Set your cooker on high for about an hour and a half.  After that, switch it to low (you might need to add a bit more BBQ sauce) and let that cook for about 3 hours or so.  We checked ours after 2 1/2 and the meat was just falling off the bones!  Soooooo good!

Whatever doesn’t get eaten the first night we use to make simple, delicious sandwiches:  2 slices sourdough bread, one side toasted, and your favorite cheese – I like smoked gouda or havarti, but you can use anything.  Sharp cheddar would give it a nice bite!  Just put some chunked up slices of pork ribs on one slice of bread, top with cheese and throw it in the oven at about 350F for a few minutes to melt the cheese and heat the meat.  Meanwhile, toast top slice of bread and slather with mayo and mustard.  Slap it together with a little BBQ sauce if you like and voila!  Deeee-lish!

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New New New!

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I’ve been in a fall funk lately, and just not inspired to make anything new for my shop… well, the other night I sat down and forced myself to start doodling – I happened to be listening to James Taylor at the time (one of my favorites!) and was humming along to “Shower the People”.  The cards came out kind of cutesy but whimsical.

Happy Little Rain Cloud Note Card

Happy Little Rain Cloud Note Card

Shower the People with Love Note Card

Shower the People with Love Note Card

I’m also going to be adding a Happy Veggie line of cards to my shop… here’s a preview of one of the cards… it’s not even listed yet!  I just love carrots and I’ll be adding more not only to The Paper Bluebird, but to my other shop Bluebird Gifts.  There’s just something so fun and happy about the orange and green together.

The Smiling Carrot Note Card

The Smiling Carrot Note Card

I’d love to hear what you think… do you like the new cards?  Hate them?  What do you want to see?  I’m really excited to hear from you all!

Till next time 🙂

Etsy Feature : An Interview with Spoiled Rockin

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I adore jewelry, but with a young son who loves tugging on things, I’ve had to limit myself to almost nothing lately…  but that hasn’t stopped me from drooling over the amazing pieces at Spoiled Rockin.  The combination of colors, materials and style give each piece a graceful drama.  Suitable for day or evening wear, you’ll find something to match your style at this lovely little shop.  

 

Evening Shade Shell Necklace by Spoiled Rockin

Evening Shade Shell Necklace by Spoiled Rockin

 

 

 

What are your favorite methods or materials to use when creating? 
I love anything blue. My favorite right now is Shell, or anything else that is natural. I also love beads with patterns on them. I recognize that my jewelry designs are rather indulgent, and I love that!

What brought you to Etsy? Do you sell locally in your community as well? 
I was selling on ebay for a bit, but the fees were so outragous, it was’nt really worth it for me. I found etsy when I was reading through the artist community page in craigslist. I’d seen the etsy name several times, and finally decided to check it out. I’ve been hooked ever since. As for selling locally, I’m really just getting started. I have two events scheduled here locally for Nov. They will be my first, and I’m so excited!

How long have you been crafting? Do you try to create something new every day, or just when the mood strikes?
I’ve been drawing and painting since high school. I got into making jewelry about 13 years ago, when cool beads were hard to find. I don’t create something everyday, I go in spurts. I don’t like to keep making the same design, so when I think of something new, I get excited and will go two or three days straight. Then I’ll take a week break.

What is your favorite piece in your shop right now?
My favorite piece in my shop right now is an asymmetrical necklace titled “Relax in a Hammock”. The “Beach/Ocean” theme is my favorite, and you will find that reflected in many of my pieces.

 

Relax in a Hammock Necklace by Spoiled Rockin

Relax in a Hammock Necklace by Spoiled Rockin

If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering turning their crafting into a business, what would it be? 
Do it now, and start on Etsy. Etsy has really helped me feel more confidence in my designs. I’ve learned that no matter what you make, everyone likes something different.

Who has been your biggest fan/support?
Mom and Dad of course, and my best friend Chrissy. I have great friends who want me to succeed. They often advertise for me more than I do.

Biggest goal for next six months?
As many craft shows as I can get into. Network, network, network. And of course make more fabulous jewelry!

Favorites:
FoodMexican
MusicMaroon 5
Book-(Author) Michael Connelly
MovieMoulin Rouge (fabulous jewelry)

 

More amazing pieces by Spoiled Rockin

More amazing pieces by Spoiled Rockin

Want to see more?  Just visit Spoiled Rockin on Etsy!

Feeling Bookish

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I devour books!  When I was a younger I used to beg my parents NOT to get me books for birthdays and Christmas, because I just finished them within a few days!  Instead they got me gift certificates to the local used book store where I could buys oodles of books and re-sell them later for store credit so I could stock up again.  I have read the Chronicals of Narnia over 100 times (I know because I’ve put little tickmarks on the box every time I finished the series again), reveled in the adventures of Anne of Green Gables, gotten lost in the worlds of Jane Austen and Bronte Sisters.  I fell in love with the Count of Monte Cristo, traveled to the dark lands where Stephen King and Dean Koontz rule, and if Alex Deleware and Milo Sturgis are on the case, I’m right there with them.  The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella was like reading about myself, and I always read them with an English accent 😉

I’d love to find some new authors to read, so what are your suggestions?  Please let me know your favorite titles or authors!

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No Rest For Mama

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It’s been a bit, but I’m back (say that ten times fast)!! If you’re just dying to know where I disappeared to…

My mother was born and raised in Pennsylvania where her family still lives, and when I was a young girl, my parents made sure my sister and I had the opportunity to go back and visit occasionally. It was a long trip since we lived across the country in Washington state. Well, now that we’ve recently relocated from Idaho to Maryland, I was only 7 hours away from my mother’s family! It had been over 15 years since my last visit, and I was so blessed to be able to go and spend an entire week there. I took my two little bugs, packed them into the gas guzzling (yet oh-so-comfy) boat of an SUV and headed out!

I will admit, I was a little nervous to see everyone… a lot changes in 15 years! My grandma, who my kids call Gigi (get it? Great Grandma- GG- Gigi!!) was able to come visit when my son was born, but still that was a year ago! Well, I sure didn’t need to be nervous. It was like no time at all had passed… except that I was now married with kids, not a skinny, slightly nerdy teenager. There were picnics and zoo trips and funny stories. You know how people talk about getting that “warm fuzzy” feeling? Well, I can attest to it’s existence. I was overwhelmed with love! Even though we lived sooo far apart for sooo long, it didn’t matter!

At Gigi's House

Pudding Bath

And of course I loved showing off my two sunbeams. They were the true entertainment of the week. From my daughter’s impromptu nude recorder solo in the backyard (she had been playing in the sprinkler and decided to strip off her suit right then and there… jeeesh! Thank goodness for tall hedges!!) to my unfortunate desicion to let my son eat pudding with no spoon… after his bath… they kept everyone in stitches the entire time. My daughter was especially excited as Gigi lives in a Senior’s apartment complex – it was like having a building full of grandmas and grandpas! She got to push elevator buttons and her favorite channel was the security channel where she could watch who was coming and going from the building! My son just loved flirting with all the ladies and he stole their hearts with his crazy crawling technique (up on his tip toes so his knees didn’t touch the ground) and beaming grin.

It really was a time of reconnection and although it was over far too soon, I know it’s not the last visit.

Now a word about vacationing with young children. I don’t know why they call it a vacation… there is no relaxation involved! Staying with family often means bringing your children into a non-kid-friendly house which means a lot of “No! Don’t Touch!” And of course if your family is the spoiling kind (like mine is) it means lots and lots of sugar. My daughter was cranky as all heck after doughnuts, jelly beans, cookies, soda… yuck. Just thinking of it makes me ill. We are going through a sugar withdrawal period at home right now which is no fun either! Spending so much time in an unfamiliar place can make kids clingy so take my advice – when a friend or family member offers to watch the kids for a couple of hours while you go have some grown up time, TAKE THEM UP ON IT!!! They want to see your kids, and you want to spend a little time on your own (nap time anyone?). It’s a wonderful combination.

Another thing to remember is simple car maintenance. This would have come in handy at the end of my trip. I went out to start my car and – DEAD DEAD DEAD!!! The battery was completely drained (I should have taken the time to double check the lights which my daughter has a tendency to turn on)! Thankfully, it was the day before we left, so there was time to do something about it. My uncle is a whiz with cars, so he took the time to fully charge the battery and even check the oil (a handy thing to know ladies!!) Just in case something happened later on the road, I was so happy to know I had my new AAA membership.

Well, we’re home safe and sound (and exhausted after the long drive). Coming up in the next few weeks, keep an eye out for another feature on a fun-tastic Etsy seller, pictures of my daughters 4th birthday cake (I’m making a giant castle with a little fondant princess), and a preview of some of my newest cards making their way to The Paper Bluebird.

Talk to you soon!