>> Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bezel set in sterling silver using the client's own sea glass


Work In Progress Wednesday, Week Six (After a LONG hiatus)

>> Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Finishing up some pendants made with a client's sea glass pieces.

The two on the left are slightly different than my normal style- the edges and backing are flush instead of having an slight lip like I normally do (like the kelly green one on the right)


What the heck, Blogger? Is it just me?

I have been trying to leave comments on other people's blogs for two days now to no avail. Everytime I try to submit, it brings me back to the Blogger sign in page (even when I'm already signed in!) and after I sign in AGAIN it and try to submit my comment it wants to submit it as "Anonymous".

What up with that?! Meh. Big Meh.


White Bean and Chicken Chili

>> Thursday, June 9, 2011

I'm trying to stretch the food that I have left in the house until payday (grocery day) on Friday. With that in mind, I took a package of chicken breasts out of the freezer and began to contemplate what to do with them.

After rummaging in my pantry, I decided I'd concoct a "white" chili of sorts. It's a little bit Mexican and definitely belly filling. Enjoy!


2-3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks
(2) 15 oz cans white kidney (cannellini) beans, drained and rinsed
2 large Vidalia Onions, chopped
4-5 large cloves of garlic
3-3.5 cups chicken stock
2 limes, juiced
1 TBSP Olive Oil
1 stick unsalted butter
(1) 8 oz bar sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 c sour cream
1/3 c AP Flour
Spices and Seasonings: (To taste. The amounts I used are a rough estimate based on my family's likes)

1 TBSP Chili Powder
1 TBSP Cumin
4-5 dashes Hot Sauce (like Tabasco)
Black Pepper
1/4 cup Fresh Cilantro, chopped finely

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. On a cookie sheet lined with foil (for easy clean up) place your Poblano pepper and garlic cloves. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes.

While your pepper and garlic are roasting, drizzle about 1 TBSP of Olive Oil and add 1 TBSP of butter to a 6 qt pot and heat on medium.

Season your chicken pieces well with some of the chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper then place it in your pot.

Cook until nicely browned on all sides, about 6-8 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside to cool.
Next, add another 2 TBSP of butter directly into the pot you just cooked the chicken in and once it's melted, add the onions. Cook until they are soft and begin to caramelize slightly, about 5 minutes.
Add the remaining butter into the pot with the onions and when it is melted, sprinkle in the flour to create a roux. Whisk the butter/flour/onion combination constantly for 2-3 minutes then add the chicken stock and lime juice, continuing to stir. It should create a thick, bubbly base for your chili.

Once the base is ready, slide it off the burner while you get your pepper and garlic from the oven. While the veggies cool, use your hands and shred up the now cooled chicken into bite size pieces.
When the pepper is cool enough to handle, gently peel off the skin and discard.
Chop the pepper, removing seeds and stem and add it to your chili base. Next, squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins directly into the pot. Add the hot sauce, remaining chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Whisk all the ingredients together.
Next add the chicken and beans to the pot and then the shredded cheese. Whisk gently until the cheese is melted and fully incorporated.

Simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and cool slightly, which will allow the chili to thicken up a bit more. Whisk in the sour cream and cilantro, serve with tortilla chips.
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New Pendants Made and For Sale!

>> Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Two new pottery shard pieces

And a brand new edition to my work: My very first PYREX pendant! I'm using damaged Pyrex only for these- ones that are unusable in the kitchen or for display. I'm also offering custom pendants made using your Pyrex. Great for those of us with butterfingers (or clumsy spouses!) Now you don't need to bid a sad farewell as you deposit your vintage dish in the recycling bin!
All pendants are currently available in my Etsy Shop and I'll have them for sale here on the blog ASAP.


One of the things I love about summer

>> Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Before it gets too hot, before the invasion of the insects and the town-imposed water bans, I have beautiful roses. :)
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