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Friday, September 17, 2010

Not Very "Fall-ish"...


...But oh well. I made this rose necklace yesterday and love it. I am previewing it here before I list it in my Etsy shop. I am working on a whole slew of new listings for fall that I am really excited about, including a version of this necklace in a bunch of colors.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Avocado and Tomato Salad with fresh Cilantro


Try this next time you grill out!!This is one of my favorite summer salads because it is so refreshing not to mention full of vitamins and those mono-unsaturated fatty acids that we keep hearing about. The amount of each ingredient you use is up to you. I never make it the exact same way twice, and I love that is always good anyway. If you are not used to buying and preparing avocados here's a couple of hints: 1. choose a dark (closer to black than green) avocado that is not hard, but doesn't feel bruised. It will be a little firmer than a ripe peach. In my experience it is better to buy a little under ripe than over and have to throw it away. 2. To cut it roll the avocado lengthwise along the blade of a sharp knife keeping the blade pressed to the large pit. When the avocado is cut through all the way around, twist the two halves in opposite directions and remove the pit. Then use a big serving spoon the scoop all of the flesh out at once and chop it up. I know, it sounds really involved, but this is one of those things that is very easy to do, but tough to describe.

2 Avocados cut into half to one inch cubes
Equal amount of tomatoes (any variety) cut to similar size
Small amount of red onion chopped finely
generous splash of lime juice (lemon works well too)
handful of chopped fresh cilantro

*Put all ingredients in a bowl and toss well.
**In a pinch vinegar will work in place of the juices. Just make sure there is some kind of acid, or the avocado will turn brown.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Quick Update...

I am in the midst of a Free Shipping Sale! I have a bunch of new designs to add to my etsy shop inventory http://www.heatherberry.etsy.com/, and I need to clear some space. Seriously, my boxes of beads are all overflowing onto my husbands workspace, desk and bookshelf. I am adjusting the listings as I go, so even if it is not marked as such, it will still ship for free. The cost will be refuned to your PayPal account. The sale will end when I have cleared enough space.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Jalapeno Grilled Chicken


Before you chicken out, this ends up being not too spicy, in fact, my five and three year old kids love it! the recipe is quick, easy, inexpensive and only uses a few ingredients. Aside from being simple to make, it is one of the best tasting grill friendly marinades I have ever had.

4-7 Jalapeno peppers, cut in half and seeded
1/2 cup vegitable oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
several generous grinds of fresh black pepper
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (your preference, but I use more than less)
2-4 cloves of garlic chopped

Put all ingredients in food processor and process well. You will have a thin whitish sauce base with bits of jalapeno. Cover 2-3 whole chicken breasts (4-6 halves) for at least 20 min up to 2 hours and set aside to marinade. Grill chicken to 165 degrees basting as you go. This recipe also works with the oven broiler, but is best on the grill.

*In a pinch other kinds of vinegar work. I have used rice wine vinegar as well as red wine vinegar, but you will need to add a dash of sugar of honey to sweeten the sauce a bit.
**I usually leave the seeds in a couple of the peppers to give the dish a little heat, otherwise it will be surprisingly mild.

Recipe for avocado tomato salad to follow soon!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

~Free Shipping Sale~

I'm just barely back from vacation and have been featured on two blogs! Yay! To celebrate, I am offering free shipping on orders over $30 in my Etsy shop. check out the features here:


http://www.livelovelaughwithleslie.com/

http://momtobedby8.blogspot.com/

♥♥♥♥♥ As always...don't forget to follow me for future notice of sales and giveaways. ♥♥♥♥♥

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ahhh...Summertime!


Summer arrived a whole month early this year! We are barely a week past Memorial Day and my garden is well underway, vacation plans are set and the lightning bugs are out! Pretty soon I'll be at my summer art shows, so in order to clear some space I'm offering free shipping for the next until Sunday 6-13. The charges will be refunded to your PayPal account. Happy shopping!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Spring Cleaning Sale!


I've made a whole bunch on new designs to add to my Etsy shop! To celebrate as well as pare down my stash I am offering 10% off the total of your purchase (before shipping). I will refund your discount via PayPal, just be sure to mention this sale in the message to seller. This offer is in effect starting Thursday, February 4th until the end of the day (midnight CST) Friday. Happy shopping and may I suggest telling a friend?

http://www.heatherberry.etsy.com/