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Reese’s Chocolate & Peanut Mountain Oatmeal

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REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal

To make the oatmeal:

Boil 1 cup water. Add 1/2 cup rolled oats and turn down to a medium temperature. Simmer for 5 minutes uncovered. Replace lid and let sit on a cool burner for 3 minutes. Or… if you want to be super simple just pour some uncooked oatmeal in to your bowl and add some boiling water until you get the right consistency. This is what I have been doing lately and it save a lot of time.

REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal

For the toppings I used:

  • A small sprinkle of Reese’s  Peanut Butter Cup Chips.
  • A drizzle of chocolate sauce.
  • A spoonful of peanut butter.
  • One Reese’s  Peanut Butter Cup for a garnish.

So good!

Banana Bread Muffins

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Do you love the crust on banana bread? I do! If so these muffins are perfect because the “crust” surrounds them.

 

Banana Bread Muffins

Here is what you need:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 bananas (smashed)

Mix wet ingredients then add dry ingredients. Add bananas. Place muffin liners in muffin tin or grease muffin tin. Bake 1/2 hour at 350 degrees or until cooked thoroughly.

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Heart Ravioli with Skillet Fried Kale

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I have been wanting to try my hand at this recipe ever since I saw heart shaped ravioli on Pinterest.

Although this meal was near the top of the fanciest meals I have made it wasn’t the most tasty. I modified a pasta recipe replacing some white flour with wheat flour and the pasta was hard to roll out and a little thick for ravioli. I won’t bother to post it since I can’t say I recommend it! I think next time I will try a good old fashioned cook book to find a pasta recipe and follow it until I become more skilled at my pasta making.

Homemade Pasta

The filling, however, was delicious and this recipe was way easier to make then it seems. I plan on trying it again soon with a new pasta recipe.

Skillet Fried Kale

Ravioli Filling:
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp parsley

Fried Kale

The first time I tried skillet fried kale was out in New York. My family was visiting my cousin and she taught my mom, sister and I how to make it. It has been a family favorite ever since. It whips up so fast, is healthy and tastes so scrumptious plus kale is a nutritional powerhouse according to WebMD.

Skillet Fried Kale:

  • Kale washed and cut off the stem and into pieces (about the size you would use of lettuce for salad.)
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic (minced)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Heat olive oil in skillet on somewhere between medium to high. Add garlic. Throw in kale when skillet is sizzling hot. If it is higher than the pan that’s okay because it will cook down. Fry until crispy, right before it starts to burn. Flavor with salt and pepper.

 

Have you tried your hand at pasta making?

If so was it a first time success or did it take some time to learn?

Linking up here.

 

Seeing: snow falling out my window and the Christmas lights on our tree.
Hearing: Christmas music softly play.
Smelling: candles burning and cinnamon rolls raising in the oven.
Drinking: a cup of chocolate caramel brownie coffee.

I made a modified version of these cinnamon rolls and am freezing a pan of them to bake on the morning of Christmas Eve when Jacob and I celebrate our first Christmas together.

5 Unique Christmas Gift Ideas for Little Ones

1. A made to order hat from

2. An adorable headband from Little Lovely Bug.

3. Photo booth props from My Party Design.

4. Christmas hair clips from Dancing Daisy Boutique.

5. A stuffed animal from

6. Paint your own wood family dolls from gemmielou.

7. Handmade Montessori magnetic felt counting & sorting Robin’s Nest from Aly Parrot.

8. Fabric playhouse from .

9. A doctor kit from One Hour Crafts.

10. A natural wool felt dollhouse from Shroompers.

Fairy Gardens from Down to Earth Garden Center

My husband and I stopped in to Down to Earth Garden Center in Eau Claire, WI for Small Business Saturday and their Christmas Open House. The samples were delectable but what got my attention the most was their cute potted fairy gardens.

Down to Earth carries everything you need to create your own indoor fairy garden. I loved looking at the miniature sized farm animals and equipment, swing sets, mushrooms, fairy figurines, turtles, wheelbarrows, tea kettles, picnic tables and trellises that could be added to a planter to create a fairy garden. They also have an extensive amount of plants that stay tiny and are perfect for a container garden.

I bought the cutest white bench to start a fairy garden last weekend at the annual Down to Earth Bargain Hunter’s Weekend with my cousin. I am so excited to start my own fairy garden!

Wouldn’t a fairy garden make a fun gift?

Have you tried creating a tiny garden?

Mary from One More Sunshine Interview & Review

I’m excited to welcome Mary Henderson from Lombard, Illinois to the blog today! She is the owner of One More Sunshine etsy shop where she sells adorable, one of a kind, birthday, baby shower and wedding favor clips. Mary created a set of her cute clips to checkout. I was thrilled with their quality and style. In case you missed it here are two fun ways to use her clips: here and here.
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Me: Tell us a little bit about yourself…

Mary: I am a mom of two girls who loves crafting and am now using my skills to help fundraise for my little girl. She has a rare genetic condition that gets very little federal funding toward medical research, so I am donating 10% of all my shop proceeds toward the cause.

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Me: How long have you been interested in creating crafts?

Mary: Ever since I was a little girl I loved crafting. I have fond memories of setting up ‘stores’ in my house where my mom could shop the handmade brooches, hair clips or bookmarks I made. I think throughout my life I have taken a stab at it all — candles, soaps, jewelry, bookmarks, hair accessories, scrapbooking, you name it.

Me: What do you like about having a shop on Etsy?

Mary: Etsy has given me such a great opportunity to get my shop and cause out there in front of thousands of people. I have a strong marketing and online business background so I have been able to tap into those skills in order to maximize my shop on Etsy. They really provide great tools and make it so easy to run a business.

Me: What advise would you give to someone who wants to start their own Etsy shop or small business?

Mary: Just do it!! You can think about it forever but just take the leap and let it grow. I think it’s all about the marketing — make your products look good both in photos and when shipped.

Me: What makes your shop unique?

Mary: I can’t find anything exactly like my products, particularly the photo clothespins, on Etsy (or anywhere else for that matter!). I love that I have found such a unique niche that no one else is doing!

 

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Clothespin Photograph Ornament

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Did you know that the tips of an artificial trees are magnetic? These cute clothespins from One More Sunshine esty shop are costume made and and have a magnet on the back. The clip attaches to the end of the pine bow and a photograph can be clipped to it.

Space Saving Christmas Card Display

 

Looking for a fun way to display Christmas cards this year without taking up a lot of space?

Today I discovered a creative and super simple way that I can hang up photographs without damaging the walls of our apartment. It would also work great for putting up Christmas cards and Christmas photos. Simply adhere a magnet to the back of a clothespin and stick it on a corner of your wall. Most corners are magnetic because they have metal in them. In our apartment the corner of the wall between the kitchen and living room is the perfect place to hang up photographs using clothespins. If you try this I’d love to know how it works for you!

P.S. I used clothes pins from One More Sunshine esty shop. They come decorated and with a magnet on the back. Perfect! :)

Interview with Sarah from Minetta Jewellery + Discount Code

One of the most exciting things about having my blog is being able to interview other entrepreneurs and creatives. It is so inspiring to learn from business owners about how they run their shops and how they got started.

Today I am pleased to introduce you to Sarah from the Etsy shop Minetta Jewellery! She lives in the UK where she makes pretty jewelry that she sends all over the world. Sarah sent me a pair of her earrings (the ones pictured below).

I was thrilled to open the package and see that the earrings were in a beautiful box. The earrings were well made and stylish. I love how delicate they are and that the color makes it easy to find outfits to wear with it.

 

 

Me: Tell us a little bit about yourself…

Sarah: Hello! My name is Sarah, and I live in the Midlands in England. For the last few years I’ve been working full time with my boyfriend on our product photography business Adam and Sarah, which has put me in the very fortunate position to forge out a creative work/life balance and develop my collection for Minetta Jewellery.

Me: How long have you been interested in creating jewelry?

Sarah: Whilst studying for a Fine Art degree in London I would spend many happy afternoons wandering around art shops, getting inspired by different materials and tools. I remember visiting a jewellery supplies shop and being completely enthralled, I was drawn to the rows of sparkly beads like a magpie! I was smitten from that point on and spent my free time learning different jewellery making techniques and developing a style.

Me:  What got you interested in it?

Sarah: Minetta Jewellery emerged from a desire to combine my love of creating minimal, beautiful imagery as a photographer with the process of making real physical objects that you can own, wear and love. My collection reflects my own personality and style, with an emphasis on understated, simple pieces that will give your look a subtle hint of sparkle.

Me: What do you like about having a shop on Etsy?

Sarah: Etsy has a huge audience and gives shops a unique opportunity to get their products seen by customers from all across the world. It can feel pretty daunting when starting out as a new business, but the Etsy community is brilliantly supportive and there’s always someone ready to help out with advice.

Me: What advise would you give to someone who wants to start their own Etsy shop or small business?

Sarah: I think it’s important to approach it with a clear business plan – work out who your target market is and how to connect with them. When I was creating my images and logo, developing a brand to clearly convey what Minetta is all about was really important to me. Good photographs are essential! As an online shop, your images are all that buyers have to go on when deciding to buy from you and beautiful images will really help your products stand out.

Me: What makes your shop unique?
Sarah: My philosophy has always been to make minimal, beautiful jewellery that works to subtly enhance your look rather than make a loud statement. I put a lot of thought into the design of each piece and only create things that I would want to wear myself.

As a photographer I’ve had the opportunity to spend a lot of time looking closely at a wide variety of products, working out what makes them visually interesting and unique, then capturing that in a compelling image. I think this has given me an insight into the ways in which we perceive different objects, helping me to look at raw materials and see how to transform them into something beautiful to wear.

 

Sarah is giving Beauty Seen Photography blog readers a 15% off discount code-BEAUTY15. Look at her shop here to use the code.

Find her here:
facebook: www.facebook.com/minettajewellery
pinterest: pinterest.com/loveminetta
twitter: twitter.com/SarahMinetta
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