New Broken China Jewelry On My Workbench

Here is a peek at what I am working on this week...

What do you think?

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Cheddar and Bacon Loaded Pub Fries

Nothing says movie night comfort food on a cold winter weekend night than these 
cheddar and bacon loaded pub fries! My family goes wild over these, and you will too! 
A few side notes: I like to use a large glass lasagna pan for this recipe. 
The jalapeno peppers are optional. Serve with ranch dressing for dipping!


2 - 28oz. bags of Steak Fries (I use a bit less, about 1 & 1/2 bags)
1/2 lb. bacon, fried crisp and crumbled

5-6 green onions, thinly sliced (a little bit less than 1/4 cup)
8-12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
pickled sliced jalapenos 

Ranch dressing for dipping


Preheat oven as directed on steak fries package.
Spray casserole dish with cooking spray. Arrange steak fries in the
casserole dish and bake according to package directions. 
(I bake mine for about 25 minutes at 425F)
While fries are baking, fry, drain and crumble the bacon.
Chop the green onions and shred the cheddar cheese.
Once fries are finished baking, remove from the oven and top with toppings in this order:
shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, green onions, 
jalapeno pepper slices.
I also like to top with additional cheese but that's just my preference.
Return the fries to the hot oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with ranch dressing for dipping. 

I use one and a half bags of these fries to feed 4 adults

Spread frozen fries in your casserole dish. I use a glass lasagna dish.

Fry, drain, and crumble bacon while fries are baking

Dice green onions while fries are baking

Remove baked fries from oven and sprinkle with cheese

Top the cheese with crumbled crisp bacon

Top the bacon and cheese with the diced green onions

Top with sliced jalapeno peppers

I like to put extra cheese on top of it all before baking the second time!

Bake in 400 F oven for approx. 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Serve with ranch dressing on the side for dipping.

Perfect for movie night!

What do you think? 

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Easy Frosted Ricotta Cookies

These frosted ricotta cookies are so easy to make and are one of my family's favorite cookies!
Cake-like yet dense and rich, they are a nice change from crumbly or crispy type cookies. 

Match your decorative sugar sprinkles to the holiday and you have a cookie for all seasons. 
You can also substitute flavored extract (try lemon, or almond) in place of the vanilla.  


1/2 c. butter

1 c. sugar
1 T. vanilla
2 c. ricotta cheese
1 egg
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
2 c. flour


2 T. butter, softened
2 c. powered sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 T. milk
Decorative colored sugar sprinkles (optional)

Instructions for cookies

Preheat oven to 350 F. 
Grease cookie sheets (I use solid Crisco).
Cream together the butter, sugar, and vanilla until mixture is creamy and fluffy.

Add the egg and mix well.
Add the ricotta cheese and mix well.
Add the baking soda, salt and flour, mixing well.
Optional: refrigerating the dough for 1-2 hours will make it less sticky and easier to 
work with.
Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls (teaspoon or tablespoon depending on the size 
cookies you prefer) onto greased cookie sheet, about two inches apart. 
Bake cookies for 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. 
Tops of cookies do not brown so watch them closely while they are baking. 
Once finished baking, remove from cookie sheets and cool on a wire rack. 
Prepare frosting while cookies are cooling. 
Note: do not frost cookies until they are completely cooled! 

Instructions for frosting

In an electric mixer  or by hand, cream the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth and creamy. 
Add a little more milk or powdered sugar if necessary until your frosting is a spreadable.
Frost the cookies and then sprinkle with decorative sugar sprinkles. 
Store in an air tight container.  

Cool cookies completely before frosting

Prepare frosting while cookies are cooling

Add sprinkles immediately after frosting

What do you think? What's your favorite cookie?

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New Broken China Jewelry

Before I get back to my blog posts about upcycling, decorating and business, I wanted to 
put up one last blog post to show you the last group of jewelry that I made from vintage
and antique broken china (and two bracelets made from antique spoons) that I just
 I hope you like them! 

Antique American poppy china. I love this pattern!

Another favorite color - antique teal ivy English transferware.

Art Nouveau stylized roses.

Rare china pattern - sweet little bluebirds.

Vintage Strawberry Fair china with cherries.

Unusual antique china pattern with parrot.

Beautiful Flow Blue roses, china from around 1880.

Yellow and pink cabbage rose porcelain china.

Blue poppies...what a pretty color!

Vintage Florence chintz. I love chintz with a black background.

Fluffy pink cabbage rose china, antique porcelain.

Vibrant bird of paradise, antique American china.

Bracelet made from an antique orphaned spoon.

Bracelet made from an antique orphaned spoon.

Do you want to learn how to make your own jewelry out of old broken china 
and silverware? 

Did you know that I show how to make broken china jewelry, silverware jewelry, 
and teach you how to solder in my book, BoHo Chic Jewelry: 

Dishfunctional Designs New Broken China Jewelry for Valentine's Day

Check out this little video I put together to showcase the new broken china jewelry
that I just listed in my shop for Valentine's Day! You can still get delivery for
Valentine's Day if you purchase by February 10th 2015!  

What do you think?

New in my shop this week...a short preview

Check out this short preview of a few of the new pieces of
jewelry that I just listed in my Etsy shop! 

What do you think?

New In My Shop: Guitar String Jewelry

New in my Etsy shop this month I have some unique jewelry that I handcrafted
from start to finish from recycled and repurposed guitar strings! Each of these
strings once played beautiful music in the hands of a musician, now they have
been given new life in the hands of an artist to be worn by a music lover!