Wednesday, March 8, 2017
My grandmother was a lively woman. She was friendly, creative, and resourceful. She had no problem speaking her mind, and I pity any person who ended up on her bad side. She knew where all the best deals in town were, and her cellar pantry showed for it. Like many other women from her generation, she was also a great cook! With our large family, I'm sure the requests were a bit daunting when the holiday's rolled around - but she always managed to make my favorites. When she passed away, my grandfather let the family take some of her beloved kitchen items. I put those items to good use as often as I can. Every now and then I wrap her colorful granny apron around my waist twice and get to work feeding my family. A couple of months ago, I decided to scan in a few of her hand-written recipes and put them together in a digital collage to be printed on fabric at spoonflower.com. I knew there would be a few other family members interested in this idea, so I made a neutral design in black & white and decided to turn the fabric into tea towels. I gathered up the family orders and began working as soon as possible. I am very pleased with how the tea towels turned out and I love seeing my grandmother's handwriting all over them, scribbles and all.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Designer of Belle & Beau
Belle & Beau is making new ground in an online network of shopping. Handmade at Amazon is the place for artisans to sell their unique, handcrafted goods to hundreds of millions of customers worldwide. Christine Klein, designer and primary developer at Belle & Beau, is excited about this venture because Amazon is the most shopper-centric platform available online today. The Handmade at Amazon network provides the same reliable support and customization for artists all over the world as it does for commercial products.
As consumer concerns focus on environmental impacts and a stressed economy, supporting small local business becomes more important than ever. Amazon has consistently grown in value while online shopping has dominated consumer industries. Handmade at Amazon reflects consumer driven interest by providing access to quality, affordable, handmade goods. Shoppers can customize their searches by product type, artist location, price, age groups and more.
Belle & Beau fans can expect to see new products making their debut over the next several months. Wildlife and nature continue to be Christine's primary source of inspiration. She has been busy at the computer, consulting with parents, designing new fabrics, and planning a line of children's toys that will inspire the imagination. If you've ever purchased from Christine or used her products, please feel free to write her a review that will help others feel confident in purchasing from her store.
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Saturday, September 3, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016
|Blockboards by Belle & Beau|
|Crowns - Reversible Washable Adjustable|
by Belle & Beau
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
|Handmade blanket from Dad's fleece robe|
When grieving a loved one, there are many ways to honor that person and keep their spirit alive. I personally like having some of their things around my house. There are several kitchen items I use that were my grandmothers. Whenever I use these items (a Boston bean pot, a banged up metal colander, an apron too big for me) I go through a slew of memories with my grandmother. This is how I keep her spirit alive in my home. I have similar items from my dad, and even though the loss is still painful, it does help a little, having some of his things with me. Now....I'll have to think about what to do with those robe scraps!
Friday, April 4, 2014
"Drop by drop the water pot is filled" ~Buddha
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Saturday, September 7, 2013
About 3 to 4 lbs Boston butt
Dry rub, lysanders BBQ
4 cloves of garlic
Bottle of BBQ sauce
Trim excess fat off of the roast. Use scissors to slice deep holes in the meat, then stuff with garlic cloves. Chop onion and place in the bottom of the pot. Put the meat on top then sprinkle the dry rub generously over all sides. Cook on highest for about 5 hours. Drain fat once or twice before finishing. Put on warm and mix about a half bottle of BBQ sauce in the meat after shredding with a fork.
Shred half a head of cabbage
Use one small bag of shredded carrots
Finely sliver and chop white onion (optional)
Mix sauce ingredients and pour over vegetables, then stir:
3/4 cup mayo
2 tbs sugar
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbs olive oil
Boston Baked Vegetarian Beans
1 package of dry pinto or dry white beans, 1lb
4 cloves of garlic minced
1 medium onion chopped
5 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp dry mustard
5 tbsp molasses
2 tsp sea salt
Soak beans in water overnight, keep covered with water. Drain while preparing the bean pot. In a bean pot, place onion, garlic, sugar,mustard, and salt. Pour beans over the mixture then top with molasses. Cover all of it with water until about an inch higher than mixture. Bake for 6 hours on 300 degrees in the oven. Check after the first hour to make sure it hasn't dried up. After that, leave it alone. No need to stir at all!