Welcome to my blog! I will write some random thoughts and ideas and fun updates about things going on in my life-or great items I've purchased on Etsy...and oh so many fun topics!

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!

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!

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!!


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!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What's in "Jenscloset"!?

Lacy Westmoreland Milk Glass Bowl
Well, summer is almost over, sad to say!  It's my favorite season!  No coats, sleeveless, sandals!

We had our usual fun vacation in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Me, Bob, Katherine, Mark, and Katherine's boyfriend Jon.  Long walks on the beach with Katherine, that was the highlight for me!

Bob and I had a quick overnight trip to Savannah on our way back to Ohio from Florida.  Love that place!

I've also been very busy buying and selling in my three vintage Etsy shops.  So I'll show off a few items.  Be sure to check out my shops if you get a chance.  Why not start shopping for Christmas early.

Oh, speaking of that!! I'm going to be a first time Grandma!! Due date (my daughter Lindsey and her cute hubby Thomas) is December 14th, and they're expecting a boy!! I can't wait!

Gorgeous Royal White and Gold Dinner Plates

These vintage blue birds remind me of my Mom!
Enjoy what's left of summer!  I will admit, the changing of the leaves on the trees is beautiful in Autumn!


Sunday, August 2, 2015


My latest obsession is Instagram!!  Feel free to follow me!  Instagram name "Jenscloset", of course!  I have fun mixing it up with stuff I'm doing, my Etsy shop items, food I'm making, and more!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


I thought I'd show off some pretty vintage from my "Jenscloset" shop on Etsy!  This is a tea/garden party them!  I'm starting with these gorgeous pink depression glass plates.  Perfect for serving petit fours!

Add this pretty vintage milk glass basket (from MyMilkGlassShop on Etsy!) to your tablescape!  Perfect for fresh flowers!

And what's a tea party without a tea/coffee pot!  I love the classic rose pattern!

And don't forget these pretty vintage ecru lacy coasters!  The pink partfait glass is perfect as a vase!

Keep your tea towels in order in this gorgeous vintage Fenton milk glass hobnail planter!

Well, that's a start! I hope I've inspired you!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Happy Summer!

Summer! Summer! Summer!!

I love summer!  Pretty flowers!  Birds chirping! Playing tennis!  Running hills!  So many fun things to do in the summer!

My daughter Katherine is in Philadelphia for an internship and she loves it!  I can't wait to see her again!! I miss my sweet baby daughter!  Okay, she's not a baby, she's 22!

My son Mark is now 23 and hopefully will finish college by next year (it's about time)!!

And...I saved the best news for last!  I am going to be a Grandma!!  I know, I know, I am way too young to be a Grandma (haha)!  My daughter Lindsey, and her husband Thomas, are expecting a baby December 14th!! I cannot wait!  My first grandchild!!

I hope everyone has a fantastic summer!!



Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! 

It's amazing that being a Mom is the most challenging job you will ever have, but at the same time the best job you will ever have.  Yes, I call it a job.  You have to work hard at it.  Everyday there is something new.  There are plenty of tears and plenty of laughter.  

Enjoy your day!!