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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lunch Time!

Fresh Veggies!

I love making soups!! They're quick and easy! I usually start them the same way, sauteing the veggies in olive and coconut oil (of course you can use butter too!).

Kale Veggie Soup with Cauliflower Steaks
 Right now kale is super cheap, so I have a lot of it, and thus, lots of kale veggie soups!  I also love making kale chips!  That's very easy, just rip up kale leaves, place it on a tray with just a little bit of olive oil, season with whatever you like, low temp, like 300, after about 5 or so minutes flip them over, maybe another 5-8 minutes, until they're cripsy.  Delish!

The cauliflower steaks were so good (although my hubby wasn't as crazy about them as I was).  Slice into steaks, put on an an olive oiled baking sheet, I sprinkled Italian seasoning, pepper, and garlic salt, but you can use whatever you love!  The last time I made them was when my daughter Katherine was home from college, and she loves cumin, so I added that to them, and they were delicious too!

Back to the soup, so I sauteed the veggies for maybe 10 or so minutes, medium heat, I only had about 3/4 cup of chicken broth left, so I added that and then some water, seasoned with fresh thyme, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, red pepper flakes, and pepper.  Use whatever veggies you have, I used kale, cauliflower, red onion, white onion, celery, carrots, etc., after the broth has been added, boil low, for about 5 minutes.  The perfect quick lunch!

Sharing with my Dad and my Mother-in-Law
 And I always make enough to share!  Here I have some ready to freeze and deliver to Grace, my Mother-in-law, and my Dad, who I lovingly refer to as "JRP"!

Make up your own soup ideas, adding beans for protein, pasta for a bit heartiness!

Enjoy!

Jen
   

Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy Monday!

Yay for Monday!! A new week ahead and new opportunities!

Vintage mismatched dinner plates

 Here are some beautiful vintage mismatched dinner plates recently listed in my vintage shop! http://www.jenscloset.etsy.com

Rare Fenton milk glass hobnail egg cup
 And this lovely vintage Fenton milk glass egg cup!! Perfect for Easter!  You can find it here: 
http://www.mymilkglassshop.etsy.com

Vintage Haviland Limoges Plates
And, last but not least!  These gorgeous vintage Haviland Limoges plates can be found at http://www.thechinagirl.etsy.com


I'm thankful you are reading by blog!! Use code SUNDAY2011 for a 10% discount in all three of my shops!

Jen

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Vintage Mismatched China

Stacks and stacks of beautiful vintage mismatched china!
I just love vintage china!  I especially love mismatched china, even more charming!

In the next couple of days I will be putting together mismatched china sets to list in my Etsy shop!

And more!

Vintage mismatched china is a fun way to create a unique and lovely tablescape!  They are also perfect for a vintage wedding!

Layer different patterns together!

 Perfect for tea parties, bridal showers, and garden parties too!

Keep watching! I will soon be listing some of these plates pictured! http://www.jenscloset.etsy.com and http://www.thechinagirl.etsy.com

Have a great weekend!
Jen

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Milk Glass

Gorgeous Fenton Milk Glass Hobnail Collection
I just received my final boxes of beautiful vintage Fenton milk glass hobnail, including some very rare pieces!

Very rare Boxtle in front!
 The Fenton "Boxtle" is one of my favorites! So unique!

 I just love milk glass! So simple, classic, yet elegant!

This collection all started from a lovely lady, named Marybeth, who contacted me through my Etsy shop "MyMilkGlassShop".

She told me about her Mom, Cathy's, large Fenton milk glass collection, and she was ready to downsize.

Since that encounter, I have met with John (Cathy's son), at the Promenade in Westlake (where I meet all of my local customers). I always joked that it seemed like an illegal drug exchange!  Well, milk glass is my drug of choice!

I am not sure how many times we've met to get the beautiful Fenton pieces, but Cathy did number every box, and the lost box was numbered 40!

Cathy was wonderful at listing everything in each box
 You could tell that Cathy new her Fenton (and she loved it)!  She gave me fair prices on everything, so that I could still make a profit.  I am grateful to Cathy and her family!  I have already found appreciative homes for some of Cathy's collection, and will continue listing on of these lovelies, and think of her!

Jen

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Grandson Oliver!

Best news!! My sweet Grandson Oliver was born December 9th!! He is already 5 weeks old, and as cute as can be!

Oliver and family (my daughter, Lindsey, son-in-law Thomas, and doggies Maddie and Cosmo) live in Columbus, so we have been traveling there (from Cleveland) as often as we can!  We missed out today because Bob has a cold.  He is so sweet, and I cannot wait to do lots of fun things with him!!

More pictures to come!!

Jen 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

I'm Outa Contro!!

Glittery Trees!
Just give a girl some glue, bottle trees, and glitter, and watch out!

Jenny's Crappy Craft!
 Just buy inexpensive green Christmas trees at the craft store, colorful glitter, and some modge podge (or any glue really)!  I then soaked the trees in bleach, let them air dry, used a paint brush to spread the modge podge on, and went crazy with pretty glitter (I used Martha Stewart glitter).

Just add vintage!
 So fun!! Now I'm going to try to embellish some with tiny bows, pearls, birds, and more!!

Happy Crafting!
Jen

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

It's Time For Another Segment of "Jenny's Crappy Craft"!

It's been awhile since I created a crappy craft, but here it is, and I think it's kind of cute!

Sweet little bird house
 So I bought this cute little wooden bird house at Pat Catan's and painted it with acrylic paint, sprinkled glitter, and glued some flowers and a little birdie on it!

I love this idea!
And this one isn't really a craft, but I bought this cute ruffled board at Pat
Catan's (it's for cakes), and thought it would be pretty as a charger!

Wilton ruffle board
 It's called a "ruffle board" from Wilton.

It's definitely time for a tea party!
 So there you go!! Jenny's crappy crafty!!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Recipe for Yvette/Potato Leek Soup

My sister-in-law (aka little sis), Yvette, saw my picture of the beginning steps of my potato leek soup on instagram and wanted the recipe.  I don't have a picture posted here, but you can see it if you follow me on instagram, at "jenscloset", of course!

Most of my soup recipes basically start the same way; I  saute the vegetables in oil oil, butter, or coconut oil.  These days I am cutting way back on butter, so here's how I made this soup:

Chop up whatever potatoes you have in pretty small pieces (they cook quicker).  I used two leeks for this, and I cut them lengthwise and then cut them into about quarter inch pieces, and soak them in a bowl of whatever to get any grit out of them.  Then drain them.

Saute the potatoes, leeks, onions, and celery in a bit of coconut oil and oil  for 10 or so minutes.  I then added one clove of garlic, salt, and pepper, and saute another 5 minutes or so on a lower temp, so as not to burn the garlic.  

To thicken the soup I add a tablespoon of flour, and stir on low for a minute.  Then add 1-2 cans of chicken broth (you can use vegetable broth to keep it vegan).  At this time I add some sprigs of thyme, hot pepper flakes (just a pinch unless you want it really spicy), a 1/4 tsp of italian seasoning, and since I use low sodium chicken broth, I add more salt.  Always taste as you're going along to "tweak" the recipe.

You can either use a blender or one of those hand blenders, and blend about 1/2 of the soup to make it more creamy.  Don't do this step until the potatoes have softened (you don't want them to the point of mushy though!).

It's too early in the morning, so I may have missed something! I'll check back later to see!

I always make a lot of soup, and freeze containers for my Dad and also for my Mother-in-Law, Grace!

Happy soup making!
Jen

Saturday, September 26, 2015

I'm pretty happy with these "vegan meatballs" I just made!  Not bad for my first attempt!! I wish Katherine was here to try them!

Here's what I did:

Sauteed onion, yellow pepper, and orange pepper in a tiny bit of coconut oil.  I added finely chopped tempeh, and cooked a little longer.  I also added cooked lentils. In the meantime I made my "fake egg" with some chia seeds and water, let it soak a bit, and you have a texture similar to eggs!!



Add the "fake egg" to your other cooked items, mix well, so you can roll them without them falling apart.  I did mash the mixture up a bit with a pastry blender. 

Roll them in a tiny bit of plain bread crumbs.  I baked mine in a 350 degree oven for about 10 or so minutes. They would also be good fried.

Add your favorite sauce, and you have a wonderful meal!

Some things that I would change next time are:

1. not add the peppers
2. mash the mixture more
3. add a tiny bit more of the "fake egg" mixture.
4. be sure to season with salt, pepper, maybe some italian seasoning.

All in all, not bad for a first try!!

Jen



Sunday, September 20, 2015

Soup's On!

I love making soup!  I made this vegan vegetarian soup in anticipation of my daughter, Katherine, finally coming home for a day!!

served in a vintage bowl, of course!
 Easy and fun to make!  I start with about a tablespoon of coconut oil and olive oil, add my cut up veggies (except the squash and zucchini I add after about 10 minutes), saute until somewhat soft, but I like a bit of crunch to my veggie soup.  I then add about 2 cups or so of veggie broth, some water, and whatever beans you like (for protein); I added black beans and navy beans.  Cook for a bit longer, add seasonings that you like.  I added salt, pepper, pepper flakes, garlic salt, and italian seasoning.  


Then add maybe a 1/2 cup or so of pasta, and cook another 8 minutes or so.  At this point I sample a small bowl of the soup to see what it still needs.  Oh, almost forgot, I added a can of diced tomatoes too, and because of the tartness from them, I did add a tablespoon or so of sugar.  


Serve in your favorite vintage bowl (I sell them if you need some)!  Add a hint of milk glass (yes, I sell milk glass too!) and you have the perfect pretty and healthy lunch or dinner!

Enjoy!!
Jen