Wednesday, December 28, 2011

HaPPy NeW YeAR!

I am working on some fun new designs to post into my Etsy shop, including Hand Stamped Cuff Bracelets. In the meantime, here are some fun things:

This songs has been stuck in my head for a week. I love this funky version (and her hairdo).



Does anyone have a resolution for Healthy Habits this year. I've loved doing this challenge in the past and am excited to see Kim has it ready for the New Year. Anyone going to do it with me?!?!
http://www.thebestyou.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 24, 2011

COUPON CODE

Enter the COUPON CODE
"JESSICABETEN"
and receive 10% off your entire purchase from my Etsy shop on
BLACK FRIDAY and CYBER MONDAY.
Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teacher Apples



Lots of new apples for teachers around here!




And CUTE snowflakes too!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

BLACK FRIDAY



Stay tuned!



Coupon codes will be posted on BLacK FriDaY and cYbER mOnDaY for my Etsy shop. I have about 15 new necklace styles to list before then.



Happy Thanksgiving and happy shopping!



Friday, November 18, 2011

Holiday House Boutique TODAY!

Last Weekend of the Holiday House Boutique. Don't miss this!! You will be amazed at all of the great gift ideas.



Friday, November 11, 2011

11.11.11

Happy 11.11.11!

To celebrate, enter the coupon code "111111" at checkout

and receive 11% of your purchase in my Etsy shop, this weeekend.

Enjoy!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Holiday Boutiques Starting This Week!

Hobble Creek Boutique


Friday and Saturday


November 11th and 12th


10am-6pm


12945 W. Woodspring St.


Boise, Idaho 83713


Hobble Creek Subdivision


Off Eagle Rd. South of Chinden





Holiday House Boutique


Friday and Saturday


November 11th and 12th


AND


November 18th and 19th


9am-6pm


1491 E. San Pedro St.


Meridian, Idaho 83646


Saguaro Springs Subdivision


Off Locust Grove between Chinden and McMillan






Thursday, November 3, 2011

Brookwood Country Bazaar - Starts Today!

Brookwood Country Bazaar

Northeast Corner of Eagle Rd. and Floating Feather Rd.

November 3-5

10 am -5 pm



Hand-made Crafts, Stitcheries, Home-baked Goods

Christmas Gifts, Jewelry, Scentsy, Antiques

Monday, October 31, 2011

Boutique Season






It is CrAZy over here. I have extra doors in my office, a work table on which only I can find anything, a cold, and a broken dishwasher. Must mean it's holiday boutique season, right. Here they are:

November 3-5 Brookwood Holiday Bazaar from 9-5 each day.
Inside of the BRookwood CLubhouse on the NE corner of Eagle Rd. and Floating Feather.

November 10-12 and 18-19 The Holiday House Boutique Find info here:
http://www.holidayhouseboutique.blogspot.com/

November 11-12 Hobble Creek Boutique look for info to come here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hobble-Creek-Boutique/169195316430990

These are so fun to shop! Can't wait to see you there.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Charms for my Stamped Necklaces




I just received several new charms to add to my stamped necklaces. Here is a sneak peak.

If you aren't a fan of my facebook page yet, head on over there and "like" JessicaBe. I'm trying to get at least 25 fans on my page so I can get my URL and then the fun starts. Discounts, giveaways, contests will be coming but I need to see some action first so spread the word. Cut and paste this web address into your status box then leave me a comment about it.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JessicaBe/191144204256263

If you share the love then I'll share some too!
In the meantime, check out these new charms. Yes, there are many more. Visit my Etsy store to see them under the "Design Your Own" tab.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Available Fonts






I've acquired a few new fonts and thought I'd list a sample of each font now available.

They are:

Angelina Lowercase 1/8"

Angelina Uppercase 1/8" (Sample Coming Soon)

Aerial Lowercase 3/32"

Aerial Lowercase 1/16"

Gothic Uppercase 3/32"

Gothic Uppercase 1/16"

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Lowercase Fonts



I am so excited for these new lowercase letters! Here's my necklace that I made this morning to try the small size font out.

Monday, October 3, 2011

My New Favorite Recipe - Just In Time For Fall





I thought I'd share my new favorite recipe with you. We had it tonight and we love it! I like to serve my Black Bean Soup with homemade corn chips. Rub corn tortillas with a little E.V.O.O. and sprinkle with Kosher salt. Cut into quarteres with a pizza cutter and bake on a cookie sheet at 375 until golsen and crispy. Perfect for scooping up your soup! (Soup photo and recipe courtsey of Our Best Bites. http://ourbestbites.com/



ENJOY!

Black Bean Soup
Recipe by Our Best Bites


1 T olive oil
4 large cloves garlic, roughly chopped
3/4 C diced carrots (about 2 med carrots)
3/4 C diced celery (about 2 ribs)
1 C diced onion (about 1 sm-med onion)
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 3.5oz can green chilies
2 cans low-sodium beef broth
1 t kosher salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
1/2 t chili powder
1/4 t cumin
1/2 t dry oregano leaves
1 bay leaf

Optional Toppings: sour cream, tortilla chips, grated cheese, chopped cilantro, etc.

Place a large stock pot on the stove-top and set to medium-high heat. When pan is warm, add olive oil. Add carrots, celery, onion, and garlic and saute 4-5 minutes.

Add in the black beans, chilies, and beef broth. Stir to combine and then add the salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and bay leaf.

Simmer uncovered for about 20-25 minutes or until carrots are tender.

Remove from heat. Remove bay leaf from soup.

Place soup in a blender. (You could use an immersion blender in place of this step) Place lid on blender, but remove the stopper in the lid to let heat escape. Place a paper towel over the hole to avoid splatters.


Puree soup until completely smooth. Optionally you could pulse until a semi-chunky soup is achieved. Squeeze in the juice from one lime and pulse to combine.

Ladle into bowls and top with desired toppings. Serve with extra lime wedges. Makes about 8 C soup.

Nutritional Information (1 C soup, w/o toppings):
125 calories, 2g fat, 8g fiber

Monday, September 19, 2011

Tour De Coop



Guess who's coop is going to be part of the Boise and Eagle Tour De Coop?!?!
Ours!
Saturday October 1st from 9am-3pm.
Register here: http://boisechickens.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Mowing Lawns and Gathering Eggs













This is what our variety pack of eggs looks like on the days that all four hens lay. I love these colors! I especially love the little hands that insists on carrying the eggs to the refrigerator. D bought a lawn mower today at a garage sale for $1 and has been busy ever since. I even managed to catch a photo of him showing me the airplane passing overhead while he mowed. I love getting to be home and catch these moments with him. I am lucky.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Boo-tique!



Mark your calendars for the Holiday House Boo-tique!



Friday and Saturday, September 16th and 17th.



Thursday, September 1, 2011

Brrrrrr













I definitely felt it in the air this morning.....

Monday, August 22, 2011

Lovin' Copper!







I am in love with these new copper washers. The color is so rich and they are really getting me in the mood for fall. What do you think?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

VooDoo Donughts-Do you prefer bacon or Fruit Loops on your maple bar?









We just returned from our annual summer vacation to Portland and the Oregon Coast. It was wonderful! Not a speck of rain in ten days and sunshine at the beach. I even got to wear my swimsuit this year.


These photos tell a funny story from our trip.


Have you ever heard of VooDoo Doughnuts? It's a famous donut shop in Downtown Portland. We ventured down to the Saturday Market and decided to stop in for a donut. The line was very long and we decided to skip the hour and a half wait. After our market stroll we went up to the waterfront and rented a cool six seat, four wheeled bike to ride around the waterfront. As we were getting on our bike, a kind young lady approached us with a Voodoo Doughnuts box. She had just bought too many donuts and wondered if we'd each like one. We each tried one of the glazed donuts and were on our way.


We first rode up to the Hawthorne Bridge which was closed for to traffic for the annual "Brunch on the Bridge" event. As part of the event, VooDoo Doughnuts had set up a giant version of their donut box to fill with donuts in an attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the "largest box of donuts". (They succeeded by packing 600 donuts into the box).


Apparently, after the official weighing of the box, the owners handed out all the donuts for free. The donuts vanished in 45 minutes and, of course, we missed it. When we came upon the large box we were curious, just having left the shop with it's long line. We wondered if we could simply buy our donuts there, from the van on the bridge. (No, the one free glazed from the kind lady wasn't enough!)


Greg went over with our two oldest kids. Soon I noticed them peeking into the large box. Next I noticed Greg lift our daughter inside. I assumed that they were down to the last few boxes and Liv needed to jump in to grab one for us to purchase. I was wrong. I was curious, by now, and walked over with our two youngest boys. There was Olivia picking up squashed donuts from the bottom of the box. What on earth was going on?


Soon I was filled in on the story of the event that we had missed. Soon a crowd gathered to see why a young girl was in the box handing donuts to her brothers. Soon grown men were barking at her to let her know which donut they wanted from the bottom of the box.


Want to know why VooDoo Doughnuts is famous? I saw maple bars with strips of bacon on top, chocolate cake donuts with Cocoa Puffs on top, frosted donuts with Fruit Loops on top, chocolate iced donuts with smashed Oreos on top, and apparently, if you make it to the end of the line and into the store, you will see that VooDoo doughnuts come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Turns out it was a good thing we didn't wait in line and make it into the store with our four young children, if you know what I mean! I think I'll stick with the glazed.....

Monday, August 1, 2011

Bounty or How We Became Urban Chicken Farmers







My husband, being the city boy that he is, has always had a very romantic dream of owning a small farm. A few years ago we decided to make that dream a reality. We placed a "For Sale By Owner" sign in front of our home but reality soon sunk in and we realized that unless we were willing to drastically drop the price of our home, we weren't going to sell it anytime soon.
We had two options: wait for the housing market to turn or make this house our dream.

We visited our neighbor's gardens. We checked books out from the library about square foot gardening. We measured and staked out (with plastic forks and yarn) boxes in our yard. Hey, this might just work!!

We had one last hurdle to jump. Beef cows and chickens......

We decided the beef cows will have to wait for the housing market to turn. The chickens were a possibility except that our Home Owners Association doesn't allow them. Our answer, petition our HOA for an exception. What's the worst they'll say? "No". But they didn't. They said "Yes". That is the story of how we became "Urban Chicken Farmers". Boy, are we glad we did!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Blueberries, Fresh Eggs, and Copper



I am in love with July. The weather is finally hot; just how I like it. Our garden is trying hard to flourish and we've been enjoying peas, bean, squash, and beets. Last week Olivia and I went and picked blueberries at a U-Pick spot near our house. We picked with all our might for two hours despite the blazing afternoon heat and brought home 7-1/2 pounds of blueberries. We ate them until our bellies were sick then used the rest to make a few "firsts". Pictured above is my first blueberry pie and in my freezer is my first batch of blueberry freezer jam.

Another reason to celebrate July.... our hens started laying eggs this weekend. We are so excited and are enjoying beautiful, fresh brown eggs.

I am very excited about a Mother's Necklace that I am creating for my sweet friend. She has seven children and I'm going to stamp all their names on a rich, copper washer. I can't wait to see it! I love copper. I hope you are enjoying your July too.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Teacher and Girl's Camp Necklaces







I am busy today stamping Teacher Necklaces and creating these cute necklaces for the girls to make at Girl's Camp in a few weeks. I'm also excited to try this new recipe for dinner tonight.










Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Grandma's Custom Creations







These are two necklaces that I made this week. Both are from a grandmother to two of her grandsons. One is a graduation gift for a grandson who is crazy about running. The other is for a grandson on his birthday. Both were designed, by this grandmother, to bond her heart to theirs and let them know how much they are loved. My favorite type of jewelry to create is a piece with meaning and sentiment, like these.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Training Season




It's training season again. I've got three races I'm planning for this summer. The Sawtooth Relay, The Dirty Dash, and Barber To Boise. I'm getting ready to start sporting my "Sole Sister" necklace everyday. If you were going to create a piece of jewelry around one of your favorite passions, what would it look like and what would it say?












Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Desire To Create


"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.
Everyone can create. You don't need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty. Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty.
You might say, I'm not the creative type. If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that You are a spirit daughter of the most creative Being in the universe. " Dieter F. Uchtdorf