Friday, December 3, 2010

Hallelujah Chorus!
Worshipping God can happen anywhere!

Imagine the surprise of the unsuspecting people in this mall food court when they are serenaded by all these lovely voices joining together to sing the Hallelujah Chorus! How wonderful it must have been to be there in person, the acoustics had to be fantastic! Hearing this makes me want to stand up and join in the chorus! What an awesome blessing to have the freedom to worship God anywhere! Have blessed Christmas season!


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sleek, Shimmering, Style...
Glamorous Button Pearl Earrings

Sleek, shimmering sterling silver stick earrings with creamy white button pearls. A wonderful gift for the bride to be, or anyone with a June birthday!

Sterling silver bars were hand forged a texture hammer and anvil into these glistening sticks that reflect the light with your every move. A small post was soldered on and creamy white freshwater pearls were added. They move gracefully on handmade sterling silver earwires and measure 1-1/2 inches in length from the top of the earwire to bottom of the earring.

When caring for your pearl jewelry, always remember this rule: Last on, first off! This will assure that the nacre will not be damaged by perfumes, make-up or hair spray.

Thank you for looking!


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Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday Sale!
Through December 5th!

Heart's Desire Beading Company Cyber Monday Sale now going on through December 5, 2010, everything is my Etsy shop is already discounted 10%. In addition, you will receive Free Shipping for all orders sent within the USA! Gift wrapping also is available free of charge at your request!

Happy shopping!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

From My Kitchen to Yours...
A Family Tradition
Pumpkin Pie with Cheesecake Bottom

The other day I mentioned my Mom's signature dessert for the holidays, pumpkin pie with a cheesecake bottom and thought you might like to try this one yourself! I promise it is very easy to put together, especially if you use a pre-made pie crust, and quite delicious too!

As we were making our Thanksgiving dinner today, I ask Mom how long ago she started making this yummy dessert and she could not remember. I do know that she found the recipe in a Good Housekeeping Magazine years ago and gave it a try, it has been a family tradition ever since!

Pumpkin Pie with Cheesecake Bottom

1-9 inch unbaked pie crust
1-8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. plus 2 Tbls. sugar divided
1/2 t. vanilla
3 eggs
1-1/2 c. canned pumpkin
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. each ginger and nutmeg
dash of salt
1 c. evaporated milk

Cheesecake Filling

Combine softened cream cheese, 1/4 c. sugar, 1/2 t. vanilla and 1 egg. Mix well. Spread on the bottom of a unbaked 9 inch pie crust.

Pumpkin Top

Combine canned pumpkin, 1/2 c. plus 2 Tbls. sugar, spices (we add a little more than the recipe calls for), salt, mix well. Blend in 2 slightly beaten eggs and evaporated milk. Carefully pour over cheesecake mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 65 to 70 minutes or until center is slightly set. Cool. Refrigerate any leftovers!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy!


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Marriage of Metal ...
Classic Hoops with a Twist

Sterling silver hoop earrings with a twist of copper for accent, the perfect marriage of metal for everyday wear! Each of these hoop earrings starts with a sturdy base of sterling silver wire that is hammered for strength. Then a handmade wire wrapped copper bead is added for a wonderful focal point. Both hoops are then lovingly wrapped with very fine gauge sterling silver wire that gives them loads of added interest!

The Marriage of Metal hoop earrings are 1-1/4 inches in length from the top of the earwire to the bottom of the copper bead, and they are 7/8 of an inch in width.

For those who love the warmth of copper, I have created Copper Hoops with a Twist. Handcrafted with coils and twists of copper wire, they have a wonderful ethnic flair! The earwire is also made of copper wire, but if you prefer, a sterling silver earwire can replace it at no extra charge.

Both of these handsome hoop earrings would be a excellent addition to your everyday jewelry wardrobe!

Many thanks to Julie Sigmund of JewlieBeads for her wonderful tutorial! Thank you for looking!


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Thursday, November 18, 2010

From My Kitchen to Yours....
A Family Favorite, Death by Chocolate Cheesecake

For as long as I can remember, my mom has made a delicious pumpkin pie with a cheesecake layer at the bottom. It is her signature dessert for the holidays, and it is wonderful! Well I, being a true chocoholic, like to throw a little chocolate into the mix of desserts, and you might say this is my signature dessert for all special occasions! This cheesecake has gone to more parties, family gathering and bake sales then there is time to mention and I am happy to share this decadent Death by Chocolate Cheesecake recipe with you for the upcoming holidays!

Death by Chocolate Cheesecake


1-1/2 c. chocolate graham crackers crushed into crumbs (one stack should do)
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. butter melted

Put graham crackers into a 1 gallon Ziplock freezer bag and crush into fine crumbs with a rolling pin. Place crumbs into a mixing bowl and add sugar and melted butter and mix together. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 10 inch springform pan.

Cheesecake Filling

2-8oz. packages of cream cheese softened
3/4 c. plus 2 Tbls. sugar, divided
1/2 c. cocoa powder
2 t. vanilla extract, divided
2 eggs
1 c. semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1 8 oz. container of dairy sour cream

Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Beat softened cream cheese, 3/4 c. sugar, cocoa and 1 t. vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl on medium speed. Add eggs one at a time and beat until blended. Stir in by hand chocolate chips. Pour into prepared crust. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven to wire rack; cool 15 minutes.

Now, increase oven temperature to 425 degrees F.

In a small bowl mix together sour cream, remaining 2 Tbls. of sugar, and 1 t. vanilla, stirring until smooth. Pour over baked cheesecake filling and spread smooth. Bake 10 minutes in a 425 degree F oven. Remove from oven to wire rack, and run a knife gently around the edge to loosen cake from the sides of the pan. Cool completely; remove springform side of the pan. Chill in refrigerator for several hours before serving. In the rare event that you have any leftovers, store them in the refrigerator.



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dad Life ....

Our pastor is doing a series on "What Makes a Man" and this YouTube video opened the sermon at church on Sunday. It is too funny and I just has to share it with you! Be prepared to see the essence of the man you love in it, and smile! Love you, Honey! Love you, Dad! Yo, these greens got nutin' on my man-scape....ROFL!


P.S. The Grove posts sermons on the church's website each week. If you would like to listen to Scott's sermon, click on the "What Makes a Man" up above to take you to the page!

Elegantly yours.....