Sunday, November 23, 2014

Small things- chopping garlic with sea salt and herbs


minced garlic with fennel seeds and sea salt being chopped for a pot of New England Clam Chowder
An easy way to give deep flavor to your dish is to chop garlic cloves, salt and herbs/seeds all together into a paste.  The addition of salt breaks down the garlic, allowing a paste consistency to be created by the edge of your knife. 

In the above photo a whole garlic head (6-8 cloves), 1/4 teaspoon of fennel seeds and 1 teaspoon of smoked sea salt are chopped fine, then smashed with the knife edge making a powerful flavor combo. This mound of flavor was then put in a pot of New England Clam Chowder while simmering enriching its flavor profile.

Many different mixes can be made such as parsley/thyme salted garlic for fabulous red skin potatoes, basil salted garlic, minced then added to unsalted butter for garlic bread or maybe cumin seed salted garlic added to the chili.

What mix can you see yourself making?

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Botanicals and SDAJ

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Stephan and I Winter 1976.  I remember that orange NERF football!  I see Stephan's little t-shirt peeking and my pocket sticking out, of course, lol.  


This was also the country's Bicentennial with schools across the nation celebrating in different ways.   I will never forget my polyester red, white and blue dress, a pair of light purple acrylic knit stockings and a red and white gingham check bonnet I had to wear with little royal blue ribbons to look geeky patriotic.  
Mr. Turzanski was our 5th grade teacher and an eccentric little fellow.  We all loved him!  His favorite saying was diarrhea of the mouth, which made us laugh every time- fecal reference and 5th graders, perfect match.  He had diarrhea of smoking for the cigarette smoke odor that wafted from our tests was unprecedented among smokers and probably most of our parents smoked.  This could have also been the fact that our scores at times were also unprecedented and not in the way he wanted-  the man was also a screamer :)


Commercials from October 18th with all sorts of  memorable snippets transporting you to 1976 with me today. Let's all travel back to a time of  pop rocks and Slime, both were introduced this year also.
HERE is a crazy list of Fun Facts, TV shows taken from this page below.

TV shows that year:
1. Happy Days (ABC)
2. Laverne & Shirley (ABC)
3. M*A*S*H (CBS)
4. Charlie's Angels (ABC)
5. The Big Event (NBC)
6. The Six Million Dollar Man (ABC)
7. Baretta (ABC)
8. One Day at a Time (CBS)
9. Three's Company (ABC)
10. All in the Family (CBS)

Murphy's Department store sold records which were downtown, I know crazy.   Begged and begged for the 45 Saturday Night by The Bay City Rollers, he finally gave in.

P.S.  Anyone that is not from Johnsonburg, PA, all the wonderful retail stores that were here, aren't anymore, very, very sad.  Let's take a moment for the death of small town America......... sob


“‎The simple truth is that you can understand a town. You can know and love and hate it. You can blame it, resent it, and nothing changes. In the end, you're just another part of it.”
― Brenna Yovanoff

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my daughters 2x2

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Today hammering tubing into flat lengths, sawing separate tubing into rivets, dapping and then finally peening into place sliced tubing on the ends of the pieces.  All this to create components for bracelets and necklaces.  Debating on whether or not to put attribute words or deliciously placed symbols on some like I have been.


http://www.flickr.com/groups/wednesdayonthebench/ 
Group Description
Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or other social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up.

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Inspiration everywhere for Wednesday


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Life does go on- Realizations of Pennsylvania

September 21st, 2005 a little group was started on FLICKR named Realizations of Pennsylvania.  This group was started by a lovely camera obsessed female who had just joined a super photo sharing community.  As she jumped full swing into artisan jewelry, art councils, PA Wilds hub bub and opening a small gallery in an even smaller town in Pennsylvania, this little group was put on the back burner.
Screen shot from a photo group on Flickr  Realizations of Pennsylvania

Even in my absence it is thriving with almost 10,000 photos.  I was all kinds of excited this morning to see the quality and amounts of photos that continued to be posted by talented photographers.

Pennsylvania is a super photo op, so think about joining in on the photo frenzy ; - ) HERE  We would LOVE to see your realizations!

Realizations of Pennsylania strip
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Monday, November 17, 2014

List Monday

Sizerville State Park Fall Festival 2014 on a beautiful afternoon through the pine needles

 List Monday-


  1.   Earrings Every Day Hoot, hoot!!
  2. How many fab items can be made with paper?  
  3. Let it go with Tiny Buddha
  4. Christmas CANDY recipes
  5. Hand lettering is a favorite of mine
  6. Scarf knotting 2014
  7. The Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour, a veggie delight
  8. Warming up with some Mexican Hot Chocolate
  9. Men all in line Mimi Kirchner
  10. Surviving the Holidays SIMPLY


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Beauty in the simple things

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Start of Taking Holiday Orders

 Holiday orders are starting to come in with some already off the bench, in the mail and at the doors of a few much loved clients.   New designs are being added to the ETSY online shoppe weekly.
personalized copper stamped cuff

1" wide food grade aluminum cuff

celebration of family handcut large heart pendant w/family charms and Swarovski crystals for birthstones

family pendant oxidized copper and sterling silver

Rosary wrapped artisan beads on necklaces and bracelets

Storybook letter upper and lower case just to show a few letter stamps available to personalize your pieces

SDAJ wooden displays available @ select Trail Sites around the PA Wilds filled with original designs just in time for the Holidays
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Christmas through the years

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