Monday, February 28, 2011

~ New Listings ~

This week was loaded with photo taking, writing descriptions and listing new designs.

This bracelet is the perfect size to layer or wear alone for a lovely pop of color.
This ring is so tiny and adorable.
And this necklace is one of my most favorite designs ever.
I'm listing even more new pieces this week my shop, including a Herkimer diamond engagement ring and a 6 sapphire eternity band.  See them here:  www.peacesofindigo.etsy.com 
Happy Monday! 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

~ My Favorite Granola Recipe ~

This post has nothing to do with my jewelry whatsoever.  I could lie and say that I eat this granola while WEARING my jewelry, but I won't.  :D  It's all about granola.


I've tweaked this recipe over the years and have finally got it just right.  I don't ever follow a recipe exactly.  It's a rebel-thing, I think.  I feel the urge to change something in every recipe I've ever made.  Usually it turns out good, occasionally there is a 'WHAT WAS I THINKING?!' moment.  This one, is SO good that you'll be eating it out of the jar.

Here's what you'll need:

Dawanna's Granola

1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1/2 cup real maple syrup, agave nectar or honey      
1 1/2 cups turbinado sugar

6 cups of oatmeal  
1 cup of whole or chopped raw nuts of your choice    ( I like whole almonds )
1 cup wheat germ
1 cup unsulphured shredded coconut
1 cup dried fruit                                                   ( I like dried blueberries )
Cinnamon

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  If you can put your oven racks on the 2nd and fourth rungs from the bottom, you can cook them both cookie sheets at the same time.

Mix the oil, syrup and sugar in a saucepan, cooking over low heat until the sugar is no longer grainy.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Pour the warm liquid mixture into the bowl and stir until everything is coated and starts clumping together.  ( you can't over mix this.)

Split the granola into two large, oiled or buttered cookie sheets.  Spread it out as much as possible.  I sprinkle cinnamon lightly over both cookie sheets at this point.

Cook for 10 minutes, remove them and stir.  Put them back in the oven, switching positions on the racks.  ( the top one goes on the bottom rack, the one that was on the bottom goes on the top)  Cook 10 more minutes and then let them cool.

Store your granola for up to 2 weeks in a glass jar or other container.
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Quality ingredients are the key to this recipe.  It can go from health food to junk food by adding the wrong ingredients.  Here's are my favorites and they are all good for you.  :D

Oatmeal:  I like Bob's Red Mill.  It's chewy because it hasn't been processed and doesn't melt into goo before you can eat it.

Coconut:  I like this one.  Don't use the sweetened kind found in the baking aisle.  Your granola will be way too sweet and that stuff isn't good for you.  You can use large flakes or finely shredded, which ever you prefer.

Grapeseed oil:  I choose this because not all oils should be heated.  Grapeseed oil is light, can handle the cooking temperature and is excellent for your heart.  Grapeola is my favorite.

Dried fruit:  Caveat emptor!!! Most dried fruit is loaded with corn syrup, oil and other unhealthy ingredients.  You must read the labels when purchasing.  A health food store or online store is your best bet here.  I like this and this.

Nuts:  Please don't use roasted and salted nuts for this.  Raw nuts are so healthy for you.  Almonds are actually a seed, but the recipe doesn't mind.
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Feel free to tweak this recipe to your tastes.  Write down your changes so when you make the perfect batch, you'll be able to make it again.  Happy eating! 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

~ Romance Inspired Designs ~

It's no secret that I adore the writings of Rumi.  His musings appear on my medallions quite often.  My sweetheart received this verse as his valentine this year.  It's my absolute favorite quote from Rumi's writings.

These designs were inspired by love.

This ring is organically shaped and says 'Happily ever after' inside.
Perfect for a promise ring, engagement or just because.

See it here  { Peaces of Indigo }.

This necklace just makes me smile.
Laughing is so good for you.
Perfect for anyone.

Find it here  { Peaces of Indigo }.

A peek at what I'll be listing today.
Peruvian opal earrings.
Leather and bronze.
Happy Tuesday! 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

~ New Designs ~

I've been creating some of the designs that sketched in December.  Considering how COLD it is, having something to do inside is a very good thing.  :D
This necklace is for the fun, free spirited woman who embraces color.

Find it here: { Peaces of Indigo Jewelry }

These earrings are long and lovely! Gorgeous citrine gemstones hang from textured and oxidized sterling chain.  My recycled silver medallions dangle from the opposite end of the chain and create balance.
Find them here: { Peaces of Indigo Jewelry }

This is a custom necklace that I'm creating.  The cross is 2 inches tall, the beads are moonstone, labradorite, and peacock pearls.  Finished photos coming up!
Happy Wednesday. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

~ Valentines Day ~

I get requests ALL the time, asking me to pass someone special gift hints or wish lists.  If your sweetheart needs a little guidance, or you have something really special picked out in my shop
                                                                        (like this)


and would like me to pass it along, just ask!  Your list will arrive looking something like this to your sweetheart's email inbox.

Happy Valentine's Day!
p.s.  my phone number is also on the email, but not posted here.  :D