Monday, October 20, 2008

Etsy Love: SgtNunsWife0311

Last week I spotted these cute little guys on Etsy

I thought they were pretty funny, so I started checking out some of the sellers other items and found these, which I loved.And while I was debating whether or not to get them, I noticed that the seller had the same name as me, so I figured it was meant to be, and I placed my order. Shortly after I received a personal email from the seller, who was more than sweet.

(sorry, I'm no photographer!)

A few days later I got my padded envelope, with each pair of earrings on their own little card in an organza bag. Very cute. I also got a ring, which matches two of the pair of earrings I ordered. I was very surprised by the quality of the jewelry, especially since I only paid about $4 per pair of earrings! Very impressing. I've already got tons of complements on my silly little skulls.

So if you're looking for fun, beautiful, quality jewelry, check out SgtNunsWife0311

Monday, October 13, 2008

Baking bread

One of the great things about being the youngest sibling is that I get hand-me-downs from my brothers and sisters. A few weeks ago my sister in law and brother gave me a bread maker, and I finally made my first loaf of bread (not counting quick bread, like pumpkin bread).

I used this recipe from (one of my favorite websites) -- sweet honey french bread

The only thing that I did differently is instead of adding more honey at the 25 minute mark, I added about 4 tablespoons of cinnamon and sugar, and I rubbed honey all over the bread before I put it in the oven (I could've used the bread maker to cook it, but this was quicker).

Well, it wasn't the prettiest thing, and I poked my finger through it trying to see if it was done, but boy was it tasty. It was like a cinnamon roll.

Also, I made this "pumpkin butter" from the recipe that Pioneer Woman posted. I have an on and off relationship with pioneer woman. Sometimes she posts things on her confessions section that irritate me (like a private conversation with her handicapped brother...) but then she posts these recipes on her cooking blog and I love her again. It's like slathering pumpkin pie on your toast. So. Delicious, and a really easy way to use up that last cup of pumpkin puree!