From Chicken Breast to Chicken Sunday

I can completely relate to the NourishedPeach’s feelings about chicken but it wasn’t always like this. When my hubby and I worked, we traded off cooking every other night. On Sunday we would always have chicken so we didn’t have to fret about “What’s for Dinner?” This later morphed into a once a month Chicken Sunday dinner party. I would choose a theme cuisine and my husband would choose a discussion topic. Some Sunday’s required costumes but every topic required research.  It was a blast and I highly recommend it. It was so refreshing to have a dinner party where everyone participated in a serious discussion instead of the banal, “I broke 90 today on the links.” Just shoot me!

Below is the delicious One Pot Southwest Chicken & Rice recipe I hope you will try but I wanted to share my Chicken Doldrums Recipe.

Grilled Glazed Chicken and Peaches

  • 4 Chicken Breast
  • 1 Cup Peach Preserves
  • 1.5 T olive oil
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 1.5 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1.5 tsp dijon mustard
  • 4 ripe peaches

Mix all ingredients together except chicken and peaches. Oil chicken and grill. Grill chicken for 4 minutes each side. Turning and brush with sauce until cooked. Plate and Cover.  Oil peach halves and grill cut side down.  Turn brush with sauce. Grill 5 – 6 minutes total.  Enjoy.

Let’s chat soon,

Carol

Far, far, FAR too often I end up with boneless, skinless chicken breasts in my fridge with no plan in sight.  Then, what happens is I avoid them…like the plague.  They sort of bore …

Source: One-Pot Southwest Chicken and Rice

Where are my Armani Bloomers?

The Bra Burning of The 1850’s.

I’m cleaning out my closet… (If you read The Horoscope Wars you’d know that’s what ever good Cancer does!!!)

I find these lovely Armani harem pants that I had completely forgotten about. It got me wonder about women in pants and how exactly it came about. (Note to readership: Hillary had nothing to do with this.)

It turns out that in the  summer of 1851, a pair of pants made headlines across America. The “bloomer costume,” also called “Turkish trowsers,” set off a fire storm of commentary from women’s rights activists, fashion enthusiasts, and critics across the country. In a social reform journal, Mary Williams described  described the outfit as “TuFerkish pantaloons and a short skirt, leaving the upper vestments to be fashioned according to the taste of the wearer.” Williams wrote that the bloomer costume was “infinitely superior” and “ought to receive the friendly countenance of all sensible persons of either sex,” emphasizing that the choice to wear the outfit was based on health and fashion, rather than a desire to wear men’s clothes.
Women’s rights activist quickly adapted the look but the outfit became most closely associated with Amelia Jenks Bloomer, the editor of The Lily, a temperance journal. The “bloomer costume” caught on among some white middle-class women who saw “dress reform” as an integral part of the fight for women’s equality in the mid-1800s. Some 50 years before bloomer-clad women rode bicycles in public, heralding a new era of freedom for women, few dared to don the trousers in public. The women who did wear the style became known as Bloomers, partly for their dress and partly for their interest in women’s rights issues.
The bloomer trend may have been short-lived in 1851 but the media storm that followed made it clear that, especially for women, fashion is political, whether we like it or not.
Many people (most of them men) were convinced that bloomers were a political statement instead of a health initiative—writers stoked fears of a women’s takeover of male space, led by Bloomers in “Turkish trowsers.” Thus, in the language of clothes, pants equal power, underscoring the social fears and possibilities that emerge when women make their own clothing choices. In the end the activist abandoned the bloomers as they felt is was distracting for their property ownership and voting initiatives.
Moral of the story: The 60’s burning of the bra had been done a 100 years earlier with a much bigger prize in the end!
I hope you have enjoyed my brief beading break.
Let’s chat soon,
Carol

June is for LOVE!

Were you a June Bride?

June is all about weddings and I got to wondering about engagement and wedding rings and just why the third finger of the left hand.  So here we go…

Here is an approximate timeline of this evolution from a fellow blogger:

ANCIENT PAST
As Egyptian fortunes were excavated, they were found to be buried with a metal wire tied around the third finger of their left hand. According to legends, this finger is believed to be directly connected to the vein going to the heart.

MIDDLE AGES
As per most historians, the first official use of an engagement ring was made by Archduke Maximillian of Austria in 1477 when he gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring with tiny diamonds set in the form of an M.

1600-1700
In the 15th and 16th century, the engagement rings were mostly exchange of poser rings, gold or silver bands with a message engraved on them. Sometimes, silver was seen as a sign of engagement and a gold ring was given during the wedding.

1800
The romantic era saw a high demand in diamonds after a large deposit was discovered in South Africa. This saw the making of Tiffany & Co. and the trend of huge solitaires, flower designs and high setting of the rock on the bands.

EARLY 20th CENTURY
In the Edwardian era engagement rings became a social norm and a must in every wedding. Fine jewelry was in the reach of more population as industries revolutionized class. In this era, the rings were made of a platinum band and ornate designs in which the diamond was set.

1920-1930
In the 20s and 30s, the designs became less feminine and more geometric as the era was about all modern things. The most frequent were diamonds set in platinum or white gold and were accompanied by gems like rubies and sapphires.

1940
In this period, even after the economy being hit by World War II, the designs were bold and big. The designs had motifs like flowers and gold was used to make the band. The population turned to synthetic rubies and sapphires as their budgets tightened.

1970
The princess cut and radiant cuts were invented or perfected in the 70s and their square shapes became very popular for engagement rings, fitting for a generation that embraced the new and different and did away with many of the traditions of the past. This became the year of radiant cuts and princess cuts as their square shapes became popular. They were the new and different thing during this time and attracted all those modern brides.

1990-PRESENT
There has been no set trend and no popular design stayed for very long. There have been trends for sapphires and emeralds but now that is fading. Today people are choosing everything. It’s no more about the trend but about the taste and desire. There are couples that are going for the traditional solitaire set high on a platinum band, some want to go antique and buy emeralds and Victorian designs and some want to customize their own thing.

And, aren’t we blessed that we have the freedom to express our love for one another however we choose!

Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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My Horoscope War is still Raging…

June is my birthday month and it got me thinking back to the late 80’s when I would read my horoscope every day. Honestly, I couldn’t believe I was really a Cancer as my horoscopes were Boring!  I didn’t feel boring but my horoscope sure was. Then I started dating my now husband, who is a Scorpio. Like so much in our early years, lots of things became a competition. Horoscopes were no exception. I would read mind to find out I would be cleaning the fridge and organizing my plastic containers while my partner would be having a torrid affair. I swear to you, a great horoscope for me might be to suggest I be bold and go to a movie by myself. I just quit cold turkey. It was too depressing.
Now all these years later I get this horoscope blog from a friend and I’ll be damned. This time it is cleaning out my closet to feel fulfilled and what’s his name is meeting someone new and VERY exciting.  I am just done, AGAIN! If you want to checkout your sign try Horoscope.com. Don’t be mad at me if you don’t like the results!

The interesting thing is I learned that Cancer’s birthstone is either Pearl or Moonstone so guess what I just made?

Pink Quartz Lacy

Happy combination don’t you think? Not boring!!!!
Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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Thinking about alcohol consumption?

With the holiday weekend upon us…

I started thinking about the history of alcohol consumption. According to Early American Researchers: Colonial America loved their alcohol. Back then they believed alcohol could cure the sick and make strong those who were weak.
Many of our founding fathers drank – and quite frequently. John Adams, for example, began each day with a draft of hard cider. Sam Adams, at one point, even managed his father’s brewery. Even John Hancock was accused of smuggling wine – and knowing him, it was likely true!
Not everyone was on board, of course. Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the Declaration and founders of American medicine, was actually one of the first to view alcoholism as a disease and an addiction. In the late 1700s, it was estimated that the annual consumption of alcohol for each person over 15 years of age was a whopping 40 gallons!
Yes, early Americans believed alcohol to be healthy – and given their circumstances, they weren’t that far from the truth. Here’s why: there was a far more dangerous and worrisome drink – water.

One sip could make you seriously ill, and everyone knew it.

In fact, lack of drinkable water nearly wiped out the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, VA. George Percy wrote “cold water taken out of the river…was the destruction of many of our men.”
Later, American history was nearly altered once again during the Revolutionary War.

In the winter of 1777, George Washington suffered huge losses at Valley Forge when 3,000 soldiers were wiped out with illness and another 2,000 had to leave the army because they were so sick. That totaled over 40% of the men Washington had at Valley Forge! One of the causes of these illnesses was lack of clean drinking water.

So what does this have to do with jewelry? I was thinking of champagne (my favorite) and this means BUBBLES!  Introducing my Bubble Series of Designs. Festive Bubbles around your neck and in your glass! Added Bonus: Watch this incredible Bubble Video!
https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/KMrvR836TFI?rel=0
Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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Bubble 5-28  Bubble Blue
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Did I Inherit The Wobblejaw Gene?

Wobblejaw lesson for today!

My mother is a wonderful woman and mother. I need to get that out there first but she has a trait that annoys my family to no end. Picture if you will The Tenwalde’s are all piled into the family station wagon about to go on vacation. Mom says she just needs to run into the store and we’ll be off. Finally, I can’t stand it anymore and ask Dad where is she? He says calmly that Wobblejaws is at it AGAIN.  You see my mother can have a conversation with a deaf mute. I swear!  I can remember calling her for the results of  a biopsy and she leads with how cute the Docs new twins are. Aargh!
Last week I am in a waiting room with one other lady. She is having trouble filling out the medical questionnaire so I ask her if I can help. Two pages later and we are fast friends. Another Ohioan of course!
After my appointment I see her sitting on a bus bench. It’s boiling out so I ask her if I can take her home. She lives in Palm Springs! I laugh and say, it’s a good thing I brought my passport. That’s an inside Desert joke because everyone in the East Valley thinks PS is in another state.
Now we have 50 more minutes of conversation. She made the mistake of asking me what I do to keep busy besides picking up old ladies in doctor’s offices? Well,The Wobblejaws Beader is off to the races.
When I get to her home she says to hold on that she has something for me as a Thank You. She gives me 2 broken necklaces. One is a lovely rose quartz and the other is a jazzy chain tassel number. I just finished reworking them and here is their debut! Do you like?

Pink Quartz Lacy

Don’t you think it would make a great wedding necklace?

Chain Tassle Necklace

Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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Sing You Beader, Sing! Oh Good Grief!

Daily Prompt

I took a Yin Yoga class this week….

from a wonderful gal, Alison. If you haven’t tried a Yin class, it is a must do. Each week we set an intention. This week it was Failure. Don’t stop reading, this is really uplifting. At the end of class she read a Lucy monologue from Charlie Brown called Failure Face. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Good Grief Image
Now Linus, I want you to take a good look at Charlie Brown’s face. Would you please hold still a minute, Charlie Brown, I want Linus to study your face. Now, this is what you call a Failure Face, Linus. Notice how it has failure written all over it. Study it carefully, Linus. You rarely see such a good example. Notice the deep lines, the dull, vacant look in the eyes. Yes, I would say this is one of the finest examples of a Failure Face that you’re liable to see for a long while. You see, said Lucy, you become wiser when you fail at something. Then I must be the smartest kid in the whole world, said Charlie Brown.
Charles M. Schulz

I just love this. I was think during class about all the fits and starts of my biz and this just really struck me so I wanted to share this with you in case you are dealing with some failure. Take a good look at it. Learn from it. Gather your tools and move forward. Here’s to all my Twisted Sister Charlie Brown’s. The Smartest Sisters in the World!

When I got home I got my blog assignment for the day and it was to write a blog using the days prompt which was SING.  So since You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown is a musical I thought this could still be my blog today. You know the Killing Two Birds etc.

While driving home from Yin, I was thinking about Charlie Brown and The Peanut’s comic strip and I recalled that I had some vintage peanut pearls somewhere in my stash.  After much rummaging around, (I really have to get more organized!) I made this piece.
Peanut Necklace
Don’t you think it would make a great wedding necklace?
Let’s chat soon,
Carol
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Serendipity at it’s best…

Interesting people show up in the strangest places!

I met this very interesting and inspiring lady yesterday named Betsy at a luncheon for breast cancer survivors and their families. We started talking about jewelry. (Shockingly surprising topic for me, I know.) She told me this amazing story she calls The Immortal Necklace. It all started with a remodel of an old farm house in Ohio in the 1940s. The house was built in the late 1800s and needed a serious upgrade. Betsy was the only girl in a family with 5 brothers and 1 bathroom. Her father decided the bathroom was the first room to be remodeled. He began ripping out the walls to make it larger and in so doing found a very old tattered pouch that contained a beautiful pearl necklace with a complete chronology. The necklace was first worn by the Bride of an Austrian named Uttendorf in 1799. The chronology goes on to describe the passage of that necklace to the oldest daughter on her wedding day until it abruptly stopped in 1901. Betsy’s father told her that it was their obligation to continue its legacy of immortality. But now Betsy has a problem. Betsy had 4 sons, who in turn had only sons. She is a proud grandmother of wonderful BOYS. She is really at a crossroad. What should she do? Or, better what would you do?

Here is a sketch of the necklace and my attempt to recreate.  Click Below!


Here is my version:
Immortal Photo

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What is a Twisted Sister?

I have been crafting all of my life and I never thought it would take me here. As for crafting,  I have my parents to thank for this talent. My Dad loved to make Halloween costumes and my Mother would transform the American Legion Hall each month into some spectacular venue for their dance club.  I single handedly have the Guinness Record for carnation flowers.  

After retiring from technology, I was free to explore every whim and I did. They say it is not the destination but the journey but for this post it’s my latest destination – Beads and Beading. If you are a serious crafter you know that any hobby needs a serious stash. When you are inspired to create something you can’t slow down the process by shopping for your items. I thought my knitting and crocheting period was bad but OMG beading requires a HUGE stash of stuff. Thus this crazed Beadaholic was born.

Let’s fast forward to 2 years ago. My wonderful husband had a hip surgery that did not go well. He and I, as his caregiver, were pretty much shut ins for at least 6 months. I desperately needed an outlet for all my home time and so I decided to sell my jewelry creations online. This was a perfect solution. Everyday I was here to watch and help my husband steadily improve albeit glacial and I had plenty of time to create. The triple bonus was all those necklaces needed tons of BEADS! At last, we are ready for The Twisted Sister Journey.

It all began when I got hooked on bead embroidery. Beautiful stuff but REALLY time consuming. Weeks to finish one piece and the rage was and is now really chunky collar and bib statement necklaces. Seed beads were just not going to cut it. So, I started noodling around with wire and larger beads.  I liked the wire because it gives the piece dimensions that you would never get with bead stringing. After many failed designs and attempts, I came up with this twisted wire wrap technique I call “Twisted Sister”.

Twisted Sister Method

Then an opportunity arose for me to teach The Twisted Sister and viola I was off and running but I had a problem with not having enough bandwidth to create, sell and teach.  So that is why I now offer Tutorials, Beading Kits AND my Jewelry.
I just finished my Chanel Crocheted Necklace Tutorial pictured here. It is so fun and really easy to make. (Even if you don’t know how to crochet.) 

Chanel DIY 2 Photos White Back

If you would like to get your free copy of this Tutorial just click HERE. I’ll email you your link.  

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Let’s talk soon.
Carol

PS Next up…What does Cate Blanchett have to do with The Twisted Sister???

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