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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!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rhonda's Rose Cottage

www.rhondasrosecottagedesigns.com

Best gift ever!  Okay, I have been eyeing everything Rhonda creates, and I want everything!  I found her gorgeous creations on facebook, and have been a fan ever since!

pretties 
 I ordered the rose cupcake, but not only did I receive that, but also the cutest little floral candy and a hand painted wooden plaque!

 And...everything was wrapped in pretty pastel tissue paper and tied with ribbons!  Be sure to check out Rhonda's amazing shop here:  http://www.rhondasrosecottagedesigns.com .

Happy weekend!

Jen

Friday, August 22, 2014

Soup of the day!

I love to make soup, even in the summer!  After a tennis and run workout this morning, I decided I needed to make a yummy soup!

I was inspired by the fact that I had so many fresh veggies in my fridge, and some potatoes from the roadside stand.  Instead of waiting for them to die a horrible death in the refrigerator, which does happen on occasion, I grabbed them all and started working.

I lined a cookie sheet with foil (easy clean up), added some olive oil, and cut up my veggies in uniform pieces.  I happened to use yellow and orange peppers, tomatoes, red and white onion, zucchini, and squash.  Season with salt, pepper, and some italian seasoning.  Roast at 350 for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, then I added my mushrooms, and roasted a bit longer.

While that was going on, I sauteed my potatoes (cut up pretty small), carrots, and onion in olive oil and butter, cooking until just about done.  I then added chicken broth (I use no sodium broth) and then add my own salt to taste).  Add the roasted veggies to that.

I like to take some of the soup mixture (about a cup or so), add blend it in the blender (of course!), to give the soup a bit more creaminess.  I add scallions, black beans, and elbow noodles, and cook for another 10 minutes, check to make sure the potatoes are cooked through.  I also added some sprigs of fresh thyme and basil leaves.

I love a bit of fresh cream in my soups, but I just add about a teaspoon to my bowl (I find that if I add it directly to the soup it just gets kind of "icky").

So good and so good for you! If I was making this for my daughter Katherine, "the vegan", I would just use veggie stock, and leave out the butter, and probably use coconut oil instead of olive oil.

Substitute veggies with whatever you have and make it your own!

Enjoy!

Jen

Monday, July 7, 2014

I'm here!

I'm here! I'm here!!

http://www.thechinagirl.etsy.com 
 Where has the time gone!? It's already July 7th!  

http://www.jenscloset.etsy.com 
 I've been keeping busy with my Etsy shops.  Of course, I've been doing a lot of shopping for my shops (one of my fav things to do!).  I haven't actually gone to any garage sales yet, those are so "hit or miss" that it's usually a waste of time for me.

http://www.mymilkglassshop.etsy.com 
 I have some favorite places to shop, that I know will always have something that will be perfect in one of my three Etsy shops!

Summer vacation soon! I can't wait!  Enjoy your summer everyone!

Jen

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the fantastic Dad's out there, including my Dad and my husband, Bob!

I hope you have a fun and relaxing day!

Cheers!

Jen


Monday, June 9, 2014

Denny is Simply Charming!

I met my darling friend Denny at the Blue Barn, in North Ridgeville, Ohio.  She has the prettiest booth ever!  I want to replace all of my furniture, and just buy all of her gorgeous painted furniture!

Simply Charming 
Denny is actually expanding her booth, so be to go upstairs to see all of her pretties at the Blue Barn!

Oh so pretty!

Not only does Denny have beautiful painted furniture, but look at all the lovely vintage china, milk glass, and more!  Everything you need for a shabby sweet cottage!

The name "Simply Charming" is perfect!  Plus, Denny is a super nice person!  I hope you get to meet her!!

Happy shopping!

Jen

Friday, May 16, 2014

Tea party time!

My lovely friend and customer, Patrice, sent me this picture of her gorgeous tablescape with the pretty china she has purchased from me.  This truly inspires me, and yes, I will have my own tea party soon!

Thanks Patrice!

Jen

Sunday, April 27, 2014

I'm here!

You missed me, right!?  I've been keeping busy with my Etsy shops, but I thought I'd stop in and show off a few of my latest listings.  It's all about tea and garden parties!

Vintage Milk Glass
Mis-matched English bone china teacups & saucers
Mid century Paden Seville floral plates
 
Adorable vintage poodle tea towels
There you go! Just add tea & crumpets!


Happy spring!

Jen

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I Can't Stop Eating This Pasta Salad

My latest culinary creation, and I can't stop eating it!! That is why I've decided to name this "I Can't Stop Eating This Pasta Salad"!

I do not like using recipes; mainly because I am so bad at following directions!  I do love the prep work!  I love chopping veggies!

This is a pasta salad you can make your very own, add what you love, leave out the stuff you cannot stand!

I am a bit partial to using vintage bowls, like this cute Pyrex Spring Blossom mixing bowl!  If you need a vintage Pyrex bowl, head to http://www.jenscloset.etsy.com for a huge selection of retro bowls!  All of your salads will taste better!

Here's what I did:

Boil elbow noodles (make sure to salt the water!).

Chop up veggies into tiny pieces (so you don't get a big chunk of just one flavor).  I used cucumber, radishes, red onion, green onions (scallions), red and yellow pepper, celery, green and black olives, and I think that's it.  I also cut up tomatoes but did not add them directly to the salad, since they would get kind of "mushy", so just add that to the separate bowls of pasta salad.  I added olive oil, red wine vinegar, italian seasoning, dijon mustard, salt & pepper, garlic salad, lemon zest, dried dill weed, dried parsley flakes (only because I didn't have fresh).

I let my pasta cool a bit and then added olive oil, red wine vinegar, a tiny dash of sugar, salt & pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic salt.  After it's completely cooled you can add the veggie mix.

It's all about making it pretty! Beautiful color and textures, since we eat with our eyes (which would be really weird if we really ate with our eyes).

Make it your own!  It's a refreshing salad, and since we're having seafood for dinner tonight, I thought this would be the perfect accompaniment to the meal!

Have fun in the kitchen!!

Jen



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Jenscloset

What's in Jenscloset!?

Milk Glass
 Well, this pretty milk glass vase is in my milk glass shop!

Vintage Dinner Plates
 and these awesome vintage dinner plates are from my china shop!

Awesome Pyrex!
Jenscloset on Etsy is full of a wonderful mix of vintage, perfect for your retro home!

Mad Men Style Glasses
 I love just about anything pink!

Vintage Sandwich Server 
 And vintage teacups make the perfect gift!

Pink Pink Pink!
And yes, Jenscloset has more than pink!! Check it out!

Jen

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Featured Etsy Shop

I love Etsy and the awesome talented artists there (not to mention fantastic vintage shops!!).  Today's featured Etsy shop is "VallonDesTresors".   So many gorgeous handmade items by Aisha!  I love lace and I love pearls, so this Beaded Lace Peter Pan Necklace with Faux Pearls is the perfect way to add a little something extra to your favorite black dress!  I also think it would be great with jeans and a t-shirt!


I love aprons, and have quite a large collection of my own!  This half apron with red cherries and the cute heart pocket, is just what you need to feel like a fancy chef!  I swear I cook better when I'm wearing an apron!


I would grow my hair long just to wear this lovely blue hairstick with an artisan bead!  Aisha has a great selection of this wonderful hairsticks!

Pretty pillow


And, for a special treat- a 10% discount for everyone using the code JENSBLOG2014, good until April 30th!  Be sure to check out
Vallon DesTresors on Etsy (link above) for more handmade items, perfect for gifts, or a little something for yourself!

Happy weekend!

Jen