Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Paw Prints for ORVAL!

Earrings with a cause...

Cute puppy paw prints adorn these creamy lampwork beads. Tiny Swarovski crystals in black accent the beads. Beads have been carefully secured onto sterling silver wire and dangle approximately 2.5 cm. or 1 inch from sterling silver ear wires.

50% of the proceeds from the sale of these earrings will go to help support the Ouachita River Valley Animal League (ORVAL) in Monroe, Louisiana. ORVAL is committed to helping animals by providing monetary assistance for low-income families, as well as, for other animal rescue organizations. ORVAL has a foster program that was incorporated to help reduce the number of animals euthanized at the local shelter. Contact Erin Sharplin Love at for more information!

You can find these earrings, and many other pieces of handmade artisan jewelry by going to my Etsy or ArtFire Shops!

Thanks for your support!

Amanda & The Furbabies!

Monday, August 29, 2011

*New* in my Shop!

Some new earrings...

LOVE lampwork how unique EVERY single piece is. No two pieces are alike.

My Kilauea Rocks were created by the inspiration of my recent trip to Hawai'i! We even visited the smoking Kilauea Crater located within the Volcanoes National Park.

Thanks for looking!


Friday, August 26, 2011

♥ ALOHA ♥ Fun!

WOW, so Hawai'i was EVERY BIT worth the $$. Seriously...from the yummy FRESH pineapple to the organically grown 100% Kona coffee, to the breathtaking scenic views, to the wonderful family time shared.

If you've NOT yet visited the great state of Hawai'i, please put it on your "bucket list". Hubby and I are already planning to go back one day and visit Kaua'i and Mau'i. We mainly stayed in Honolulu on O'ahu, and we visited the big island of Hawai'i for a couple of days.

Sharing a few photos!

Smokin' Kilauea!

O'ahu coast with my oldest niece

Hanauma Bay - AWESOME snorkeling...and even saw a green sea turtle feeding on
algae among the coral!

At the top of Diamond Head Crater - Wonderful hike!

Real, organically grown, 100% Kona coffee beans!

Having fun at the Lu'au with my beautiful nieces!

And, lastly, the gorgeous black sand beaches of Palapu'u on the Big Island!

Have a nice day, and Aloha!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My New Love ♥ Nutella Ice Cream

WOW WOW WOW...I have gone straight to Heaven...all because of a little jar of chocolate hazelnut spread.

This is honestly one of my all time favorite ice creams, and it's homemade! Want the recipe??

Nutella Ice Cream

1 small jar Nutella (found next to Peanut Butter in grocery store)
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1 1/4 WHOLE milk, not 2%, not 1% and certainly not Skim!
2 c. Heavy whipping cream (not half and half)
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract

Start by placing the Nutella and sugar in your stand mixer (if you don't have one I'm sure a hand mixer will work but pretty certain the stand mixer is best!) and combine.

After mixed well, add in the milk, SLOWLY and a little at a avoid wearing ALL of'll probably still wear some of it. :)
Mix on LOW speed until sugar is dissolved; about 2 minutes.

Stir in heavy cream and vanilla and mix well.

Pour into your ice cream maker and churn for 25-35 minutes.

The ice cream will be "soft serve" consistency and is fine to eat now (though I find it hard to NOT eat a few spoonfuls at this point). Put into freezer safe containers and finish in the freezer.

*Drizzle with additional Nutella if you like before sticking into the freezer.

*Note, I had a little Nutella left in another jar and thought I would make a "sauce" to drizzle into the ice cream just before it was finished. Well, it wouldn't melt on the stove actually started to seize up. So, I placed it into a microwave safe glass dish and added some of the whole milk I had left (I actually just purchased one of those single servings like you find at a convenient store as we don't drink the "red cap"!). Place into microwave and heat for about 30 seconds and then carefully stir it. It WILL BE HOT. Microwave for another 20-30 seconds if not completely "saucy".

Enjoy! I know I did!


Monday, August 22, 2011

♥ Chloe Shoot ♥

This is the face of the furbaby I love more than just about anything in life!!! I was photographing some new jewelry and she joined me...I just had to snap some pictures!!!

She's always closing her mouth and showing her little chicklets!

She's always smiling!

Tee hee! Another chicklet shot!

Still happily smiling!

I know this one is blurry, but I like it!

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And, this last one is my absolute favorite and is now my computer screen background!

Hope you enjoyed the little photo shoot of my Toodles :)


Friday, August 19, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

♥ Puppy Love ♥

I LOVE baking. I LOVE my Pug. I LOVE baking FOR my Pug!

Here is a new treat I tried out. Banana Carob Chip Pupcakes!
Needless to say, Chloe LOVES them :)

(Ok, I have NO idea what is wrong with Blogger on my pictures are now uploading vertically instead of horizontally...even though they don't open like this on my computer.)

What you need:
2 Cups Water
2 Ripe Bananas
3 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 Egg
3 Tablespoons Honey
1/2 - 3/4 Cup Carob Chips (can be found in health food stores. DO NOT use Chocolate Chips as these are NOT healthy for our furbabies)

Mash the bananas in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Stir in Carob Chips.

Lightly spray muffin pans with cooking spray. I personally like the mini muffin pans for my Pug, but by all means use a regular sized muffin pan if you have larger dogs.

Bake about 15 minutes if using the mini muffin pans, 20 minutes for regular muffin pans, or until toothpick comes out clean.
Again, not sure what is going on with my pictures once they are uploaded :(
But here is a picture of one of the muffins torn open...look at the gooey carob!

You know, I even tried one...and they aren't bad! Not as tasty as a regular chocolate chip muffin by any means, but they sure are healthier!



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