Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Daring Pinks With Black Collection

Monday, September 26, 2011

Oh Nuts!

I love nuts! (ok that didn't sound right) but I am sure you know what I mean. LOL. I love cashews, walnuts, especially around the holidays and peanuts. Nuts have gotten a bad wrap about being loaded with fat but just think what they can do for your heart and lowering your cholesterol.

Nuts and your heart: Eating nuts for heart health

Eating nuts helps your heart. Discover how walnuts, almonds and other nuts help lower your cholesterol when eaten as part of a balanced diet.

Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet can be good for your heart. Nuts, which contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients, are a great snack food, too. They're inexpensive, easy to store and easy to take with you to work or school.

The type of nut you eat isn't that important, although some nuts have more heart-healthy nutrients and fats than do others. Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts — you name it — almost every type of nut has a lot of nutrition packed into a tiny package. If you have heart disease, eating nuts instead of a less healthy snack can help you more easily follow a heart-healthy diet.

Can eating nuts help your heart?

People who eat nuts as part of a heart-healthy diet can lower the LDL, low-density lipoprotein or "bad," cholesterol level in their blood. High LDL is one of the primary causes of heart disease.

Eating nuts reduces your risk of developing blood clots that can cause a fatal heart attack. Nuts also improve the health of the lining of your arteries. The evidence for the heart-healthy benefits of nuts isn't rock solid — the Food and Drug Administration only allows food companies to say evidence "suggests but does not prove" that eating nuts reduces heart disease risk.

What's in nuts that's thought to be heart healthy?

Although it varies by nut, most nuts contain at least some of these heart-healthy substances:

Unsaturated fats. It's not entirely clear why, but it's thought that the "good" fats in nuts — both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats — lower bad cholesterol levels.
Omega-3 fatty acids. Many nuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are a healthy form of fatty acids that seem to help your heart by, among other things, preventing dangerous heart rhythms that can lead to heart attacks. Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in many kinds of fish, but nuts are one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Fiber. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol. Fiber also makes you feel full, so you eat less. Fiber is also thought to play a role in preventing diabetes.

Vitamin E. Vitamin E may help stop the development of plaques in your arteries, which can narrow them. Plaque development in your arteries can lead to chest pain, coronary artery disease or a heart attack.
Plant sterols. Some nuts contain plant sterols, a substance that can help lower your cholesterol. Plant sterols are often added to products like margarine and orange juice for additional health benefits, but sterols occur naturally in nuts.

L-arginine. Nuts are also a source of l-arginine, which is a substance that may help improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow.

So next time you are shopping, why don't you pick up a bag of nuts. :-)

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Item

New Botanical Spa Body Lotion.

It is a unique blend of fine oils such as jojoba oils, soybean oil, cocoa butter, lanolin, and a blend of botanical extracts. It will leave you skin soft and silky without the greasy feeling of most lotions and with the up coming dry winter weather season this will be the perfect lotion.

This lotion comes in a elegant solid white 8 oz bottle with a silver hand pump for easy dispensing. Great to give for special occasions or for the upcoming holiday season..

I will have more scents available soon. You can find these lotions at Etsy, Artfire and website

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

New Fall Collection

Lovely Fall collection of items I found at Artfire today. I hope you get the chance to stop by and show some love.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Featured Item for Wednesday

Check out our Air and Linen Sprays. Scented in a variety of scents. If you don't see your favorite scent, please send me a email and I can make it in your favorite scent. No problem.

You can use this air freshener to refresh any room, closet, car, office or even the bathroom. I use it for my bathroom and in my car. It keeps my car smelling nice for days. My brother drives a truck for a living and can surely stink up his truck and he uses these to keep it nice and fresh. A couple of pumps goes a long way.

Try it on your bed & bath linens, carpets, pets beds, mattress, pillows, coats, sweaters. Biodegradable, environmentally safe & vegan friendly.

Available online at our website and at our Artfire studio

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Featured Item of the Day

Herbal Oatmeal Facial Scrub.

This is a all natural Herbal Oatmeal scrub. Made with a variety of herbs such as dried rose petals, chamomile, lavender. These wonderful herbs have been blended into this awesome facial scrub. This herbal oatmeal scrub is scented with lavender, chamomile, tea tree essential oil. Once applied to the face it will foaming from the added Castile soap. One of my popular facial scrubs. It is dark in color due to the oatmeal and other herbs and it smells fantastic with the combination of essential oils that is used. A must have. Color may vary because this is made at various times.

Available at our website
And our Etsy shop

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Monday, September 19, 2011

My New Cards

I recently purchased these lovey cards from a dear friend of mine in the UK. She has the most fabulous cards in her shop. I have been buying from Victoria of Butterfly-crafts for quite some time and although she is far away, I really enjoy receiving her handmade cards.

Let me tell you, the photos don't do the cards justice. They are well made and the colors are bright and bold. I highly recommend stopping by her shop on Artfire. She has a lovely variety of cards and other gifts to choose from.

Herbal Tea Bag, Pink Tea Cup

Purple Rose Happy Birthday Floral Card and Bookmark

I just love both of my cards and I am sure if you purchase a handmade card from Butterfly-crafts, you will too.

Don't see what you like? Email her, she will be more than glad to work with you on a special customized order. She made a special Father's Day card for me once and I loved it. She also has holiday cards for just about every holiday, Get your order in for Christmas cards if you like custom made Christmas cards.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Its My Birthday! Sept 15

To celebrate my birthday today September 15th, I want to extend a special offer to you all. Save 15% off everything in my Artfire Studio or Etsy Shop. And if you shop at our website you will receive Free shipping with orders of $50.00 or more so you can shop til you drop.

Special free gift also for orders $30.00 or more (excluding shipping). So come on over and celebrate my birthday with me.I am proud 45yr younger today. At first I was feeling a little bit bad but realized that hey I look damn good to be 45yrs old and should celebrate that I am able to be a year older. I share my birthday with my twin brother Mike so happy birthday to you too dear brother of mine who likes to drive me crazy.

Ok here are the details:

At our Artfire and Etsy shop use coupon code BIRTHDY15 to receive you discount.

At our website the Free Shipping will automatically be calculated in the shopping cart.
Sorry free shipping is only available for US customers only.

Offer is valid Sept 15-17 3 Day sale so don't miss out!

Offer not valid on previously placed orders. Coupon code may only be used more than once at any visit.

Free Gift for order $30.00 or more at both Etsy, Artfire and at the website.

As always we alwasy refund any over payment in shipping cost at Artfire and Etsy and we always use flat rate envelopes, and boxes if you items will fit to save even more on shipping cost. Those that have purchased from me before know that I love to use flat rate shipping and that I always refund . Our website shipping is more accurate as it is connected to the USPS so there is no shipping overcharge there.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Potato Sausage Soup

This is the original photo of the soup that I got off my crockpot apps. Check the bottom of the page for a photo of my Potato Soup. And yup I am at it again. I am enjoying my new slow cooker so much that I made another mouth watering dish. I modified it a bit to my own taste and you can do the same. I made it yesterday afternoon so it didn't get done til late last night about 8:30 pm. I gave it a little taste and it was fantastic. I love potatoes and this was the perfect recipe. Very easy and it made a lot. I have to say I had some for lunch today and it taste even better the second day. Why is that? LOL

Potato and Sausage Soup
Serve 4

*6 Italian sausages- (Sweet, Mild or Hot I used Mild Italian Sausage)
*1 med onion
*2 garlic cloves- (I didn't have any garlic cloves so I used mince jar garlic or you can use garlic powder. My minced garlic worked fine)
*1 carrot- (I used 2 carrots as I love carrots.)
*5 potatoes
*1- 15 oz can tomatoes-(I used can diced tomatoes with Italian seasoning)
*1 celery stalk
*2 cups-46 cl chicken stock-( I used 3 cups low sodium Chicken Broth)
*2 cups-46 cl water- I added an additional cup of water
*1 tsp Italian seasoning
*2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese-
*salt and pepper to taste.

1. Chop onion, crush garlic and dice potatoes, carrots and celery.
2. Put vegetables into slow cooker, cover with water and stock, add tomatoes and Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
3. Cook LOW for 3 to 4 hours.
4. Add sausages; cook on LOW about 4 hours
5. Before serving cut sausages into thick slices, and garnish with parmesan cheese

About the sausage. The recipe seems to just add the sausage in whole and once cooked slice it, but I took the casing off my sausage(as I don't like the casing) and cut into small pieces and fried them a little, then I added it to the cooker. So instead of placing the sausage in whole, you may want to cut it up first before adding it into the slow cooker. This can also be made in a pot as well. I cooked mine on high for about 4 hours in my slow cooker/crockpot.

Another tip too you can add chopped spinach, or escarole or even drop in a couple of bay leaves like I did. So there is a lot you can do with this soup. If you decide to make it, drop me a comment and let me know how yours turned out and if you liked it. Also it may seem like there is not enough liquids so I added another cup of water and added additional Chicken broth to it as needed.

My Potato Sausage Soup (OMG I almost typed soap LOL)