Custom~ Double Thumbprint, Heart Necklace

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Ah our friends at ETSY.  Such a talented group of artists to discover!

Custom Fingerprint Heart Necklace Jewelry Double Thumbprint Sterling Silver Personalized, We are introducing our newest jewelry that takes two fingerprints puts them on a heart, casting it as one piece and creating a beautiful piece of sterling silver jewelry.

A Great design for a Bride and Groom, Mother or Father and Child, 2 children, friends, sisters, etc.

After you order we send you at our cost a “very simple” mold making kit to take a mold of your fingerprints. We enclose a self addressed stamped envelope to send it back to us. From that mold we are able to make a casting of the fingerprints in sterling silver. We never scrimp on the silver so they are pretty heavy. Then we engrave a name on the back. How cool is that??? Within 6-8 weeks your fingerprint is shipped to you on a beautiful sterling bale, and a 17 inch sterling chain.

This is a forever gift for anyone to wear, child, mother, father, grandfather, grandmother, friend, or wear your own. But the best is for the mother to wear her childs print.
It is an organic look and each one will be different.
Any questions, please let us know.
A velvet pouch is also included.

I’ve posted a piece from this lady before.  See the dog nose pendant @ https://octaviasvintage.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/dog-nose-necklace-the-perfect-gift-for-the-dog-lover/

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http://www.etsy.com/listing/45154689/custom-fingerprint-heart-necklace?

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French Striation R&B Short Bustle

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I must confess, I think a little sexy dress up would be wonderfully playful!  Adorning myself with a bit of festive garb to wear (beyond the usual sexy evening lingerie) while getting cozy would be wickedly fun!

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This dainty little French Striation Bustle is so wonderfully doll like it creates a very graphic ensemble. The simple bustle is 3 gathered layers all attached to one satin band that you tie around your waist. This bustle looks great peeking out of skirts or dresses. The bustle can help to give added fullness to your skirt or dress. This is a mini bustle and gives a small amount of fullness and is not meant to worn alone as a skirt as it will not cover your front.
One size fits all.

http://heavyred.com/frenchstriationrandbshortbustle.aspx

Tiramisu Cupcakes ~ Martha Stewart

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How could anyone ever forget the first time they tried Tiramisu at their favorite Italian restaurant.  Oh, the heavenly, espresso soaked ladyfingers and cocoa.  Divine.

  • Yield Makes 18

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into pieces
  • 3 large whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Coffee Marsala Syrup
  • Marscapone Frosting
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line standard muffin tins with paper liners. Sift together cake flour, baking powder, and salt. Heat milk and vanilla-bean pod and seeds in a small saucepan over medium heat just until bubbles appear around the edge. Remove from heat. Whisk in butter until melted, and let stand 15 minutes. Strain milk mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, and discard vanilla-bean pod.
  2. With an electric mixer on medium speed, whisk together whole eggs, yolks, and sugar. Set mixing bowl over a pan of simmering water, and whisk by hand until sugar is dissolved and mixture is warm, about 6 minutes. Remove bowl from heat. With an electric mixer on high speed, whisk until mixture is fluffy, pale yellow, and thick enough to hold a ribbon on the surface for several seconds when whisk is lifted.
  3. Gently but thoroughly fold flour mixture into the egg mixture in three batches; stir 1/2 cup batter into the strained milk mixture to thicken, then fold milk mixture into the remaining batter until just combined.
  4. Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until centers are completely set and edges are light golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes.
  5. To finish, brush tops of cupcakes evenly with coffee-marsala syrup; repeat until all syrup has been used. Allow cupcakes to absorb liquid 30 minutes. Dollop frosting onto cupcakes; refrigerate up to overnight in airtight containers. Dust generously with cocoa powder just before serving.

http://www.marthastewart.com/318067/tiramisu-cupcakes?czone=food/best-cupcake-recipes/our-best-cupcakes&center=276944&gallery=275736&slide=262769

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Banana Bread

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Banana Bread

Ingredients

    • 1 cup butter, room temperature
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 4 eggs
    • 2 1/2 cups flour
    • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together.
  2. Then add the eggs and mix.
  3. Then put in the dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Add the bananas and sour cream and mix.
  5. Then add in the chocolate chips and pour into 3 greased loaf pans.
  6. Bake at 350 for 1 hour, or until a toothpick that has been inserted into the center comes out clean.

 

 

Bringin’ Home the Bacon

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Fact.  Blogging about bacon when you have none in the fridge, is not advisable.

I’ve got to admit, I get a kick out of this hipster bacon revolution that seems to be happening on Food Network and all over the internet. Bacon milkshakes, bacon snacks, ground bacon burgers, bacon tee shirts, bacon boxer shorts.

So here you go bacon lovers.  A few things, you may have missed on your search for the perfect pork.

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Old Bay Bloody Marys

My sister in laws WP blog with her amazing recipes for delish food!

http://someoneleftthecakeoutintherain.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/touchdown-thursdays-old-bay-bloody-mary/

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Bakon Vodka

Perhaps a good addition to the Old Bloody Bay?!

http://bakonvodka.com

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Bacon Lollipops

Bacon Pops are hard candy lollipops that have successfully (and deliciously!) merged with bacon. These gourmet lollipops come in sets of six which feature two each of the following flavors: Maple, Honey, and BBQ.

The bacon strip shape is made from hard candy and then infused with bits of bacon to add a savory kick to these sweet treats.

If you love bacon, you’re going to love these tangy, candied lollipops. Each hand poured guilty pleasure is made in the USA.

http://www.vat19.com/dvds/bacon-lollipops-savory-candy-honey-maple-bbq.cfm

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Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Salty bacon perched on top of buttery, maple icing.  Oh yeah, baby!

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/maple-bacon-cupcakes-00420000006342/

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Periodic BaCoN Tee

Nutritionists tell you to get your vitamins and nutrients. Some of those nutritious foods taste gross. But there is an amazing chemical compound that makes just about any food taste amazing – it’s BACON. Get some.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/d4a0/?rkgid=275668648&cpg=ogpla&source=google_pla&gclid=CJ3-8ufIn7UCFQ2i4AodYR8AcQ

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Portrait of Kevin Bacon Made Out of Bacon

http://laughingsquid.com/portrait-of-kevin-bacon-made-out-of-bacon/

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Bacon of the Month Club

Featured on The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the TV Food Network!

http://www.zingermans.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=G-BAC-3&crf=muumrk&gclid=CNmknK3Sn7UCFc2j4Aod9TEAgw

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Bacon Bourbon Caramel Corn

Truly the most amazing popcorn EVER!  Buy extra.

https://saltedcaramel.net/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=50

Dried Cherry Shortbread Heart Cookies

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Cute and delicious!  These little buttery, crispy cookies are a perfect little gift for your Valentine!

Just wrap a bunch and tuck them into a cellophane bag and tie with a pretty ribbon for a home baked and thoughtful Valentine’s gift.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried  cherries

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.with a rack in center. Combine butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, flour, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Beat with a wooden spoon until combined but not too creamy. Stir in dried cranberries.
  2. Pat dough evenly into an 8- or 9-inch-square baking pan. Bake until just beginning to turn golden, about 20 minutes. Place pan on cooling rack until cool enough to touch, about 20 minutes. Run knife around edges, remove shortbread, and transfer, right side up, to work surface. Use 1 1/2- to 2-inch heart cookie cutter to cut out cookies. Use a paring knife to trim stray bits of cranberry from edges. Cookies will keep for 5 days at room temperature in an airtight container.