Monday, November 24, 2014

Shabby Chic Holiday Decor and Etsy Updates

Even as I ready last minute Thanksgiving details, I can't help but turn to the next holiday.  I've been decorating already and, of course, added a few things to my shop.

My little French house...

I swore I'd keep this house for myself, but I can never help putting things up in my shop no matter how much I want it so it is for Sale.  Available in my shop.

I've made plenty of Silhouette ornaments in the past, but the little white tree I had was woefully inadequate to display them on.  I bought a much bigger one to better show them on.  I'm still fiddling with the tree, but here's a first look:

I've added a lot of new kinds of ornaments this year - some framed, some paper mache.  Different sizes and shapes, different backgrounds, etc.  It makes for an eclectic mix on one tree, yet rather interesting, too.  I'm selling them in pairs or alone for the most part. 

This is the first set of new ornaments I added a few weeks ago to my shop. 
They are available HERE.
They are Frames that are ornaments - beautiful to see in person. 
Check out the details:

 They look lovely together or apart.  Add a touch of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy to your tree...


Or if your favorite Austen novel is's the perfect ornament for you!

This ornament has Chapter 1 page on one side - you can read the beginning of the novel on it. 

A Parisian Set of Silhouette Ornaments:


I put the Eiffel Tower and an Antique Typewriter on the backs.  So cute!!


I'm not done adding new ornaments to the shop - here's a quick photo of what I have ready to go up.
I'll post more when I can...Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Vietnamese Chicken Lettuce Wraps - Easy and Delicious!!

My family loves the Lettuce Wraps at our local Vietnamese restaurant and I've been searching for some time now for a recipe.  The first one I made wasn't anything near as good, but this recipe has been fantastic!
Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste
  • 1 (8-ounce) can whole water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the chicken as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  • Stir in garlic, onion, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger and Sriracha until onions have become translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in chestnuts and green onions until tender, about 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the chicken mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf, taco-style.
I've never been to PF Chang's, but they apparently have a similar style lettuce wrap.  I've made it a few times now and it's just delicious!  Here's a pic I managed to take last time before I devoured it...

Just thought I'd share the recipe since it is so darn good.  I'm experimenting with making it hotter or more sauce, but ultimately this recipe doesn't really need much alteration. 

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