Friday, December 30, 2011

Thursday Edibles - Truffle Mashed Potatoes

Hello!  I know it's not Thursday, but let's just pretend it is. :)  I have the most delicious recipe to share with you.  If you like mashed potatoes and truffles, you'll love this!

Truffle Mashed Potatoes 

4 large Russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 large garlic clove
0.25 cups half and half (or heavy cream)
6 tablespoons butter
1.5 cups shredded truffle cheese
Truffle-scented olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Boil potatoes and garlic clove until potatoes are tender. Drain well and mash in a large bowl. Blend in half and half (or heavy cream) and 3 tablespoons butter.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Shred the cheese and add it to the potatoes, and blend gently. Sprinkle with a bit of truffle-scented oil.

Preheat oven to 400F, transfer mixture to a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese melts.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season to you and your loved ones!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's been too Long

Hello friends!

It has been a while since Momma let us blog.  What have you been up to?  We are just enjoying the fall and being lazy - just like this:

We should really stop that and get some Christmas shopping done.  Otherwise, Christmas will be two days away, and we will be paying all kinds of money for overnight shipping.  We do that every year.  We also say every year that we won't do that again.  Maybe this is the year it will actually happen. :)

Happy holiday season!
Ruby and Lucy

Sunday, November 27, 2011

New Delicious Discovery: Num Pang Sandwiches

I recently tried a Num Pang sandwich for the first time, and immediately wondered why I had waited so long to do it!  Now I am mildly obsessed with these Cambodian-style delicious flavorful creations.

Pork Belly Sandwich (seasonal menu)
Pulled Pork Sandwich (regular menu)
You can read the story, view menus and find locations here.

If you're in NYC, I highly recommend you try one!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving!  Are you going shopping today?  Have a lovely long weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Moo Cards!

My new Moo cards just came...  I love how they turned out!

Mini Moo cards - front

Mini Moo cards -back

Moo postcards!

I am away from my shop until Monday, but it remains open, so you can shop till you drop. :)  It is filled with lots of new goodies!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Did you Know?

If you use MAC cosmetics, you can recycle your empty containers!  For every six containers you turn in to MAC, you get a free lipstick, eye shadow or lip gloss!

I took my empties earlier this week and got this gorgeous lipstick.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

New Cancer Awareness Jewelry

Just added this necklace to my shop.  Love how it turned out!  I used a pink pearl for this one, but pearls and Swarovski crystals in other awareness colors are also available.

Awareness Necklace, Personalized Bar Pendant, $58
Beautiful bracelets with your choice of a stamped disc.  Pearls or crystals in nearly all awareness colors area available.

Big Dave's Big Gift Bracelet, Custom Stamped Disc, $50
Overall, it was a productive weekend!  I added lots more new designs, and still have more to add.  Take a peek here!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Roman Felines

We spotted this kitty on a tiny street in the center of Rome.  Someone was nice enough to give her some food!

This friendly feline lived in the building where we stayed (or somewhere nearby).  She would come from the attic and greet us in the morning when we were going out for the day.

Happy weekend, everyone!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

We're Back!

A week of these views, guacamole and Pina Coladas...  I could get used to this!

We are back from a much-needed vacation, and the shop is open.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Now it's Ruby's Turn

You asked to see Ruby.. and here she is! :) I guess it wasn't fair to just show you Lucy, was it?

*Ruby is trying very hard to look busy and important*

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Look at Lucy - in Black and White!

What a cute picture Momma took of her...  Don't you just love it?  Don't be fooled by her sweet looks though.  She is sneaky!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Post-Irene Check

Thank you for everyone's messages, e-mails and phone calls!

I am happy to report that Irene has passed NYC, and everything seems to be in order.  Lower Manhattan and Coney Island, as well as some other low areas are flooded, but our area is fine.  We are fortunate to have power and water; everything is OK!

Hope everyone else on the East Coast is safe!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Preparing for Irene

Hello everyone!

I know it's not a Wednesday, but Momma let me blog anyway because I have been good all week.  I took a little video of Lucy - thought you might like to see what a goofball she is, but apparently it's too big and Blogger would not upload it, no matter how hard I try.  *sigh*

Hurricane Irene is supposed to hit NY late Saturday/early Sunday...  NY subway and buses may be shut down for the first time ever!  Some parts of Manhattan are being evacuated, but Papa checked, and we are not in an evacuation zone.  We will, however, be watching the storm like a hawk!

Have a great weekend, and those of you on the East Coast - be safe!


Monday, August 22, 2011

Rome Pictures - Black and White

These are some of my favorite Rome pictures. I will have a few more black and whites to share with you later!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

New Designs - Finally!

It has been a while, hasn't it?  I have been dying to make something new.  Finally this weekend I was able to sit down and work with the amazing new lampwork beads I recently purchased.  Here are two pairs of earrings.  Necklaces to come next!

Silver Drop Earrings - Handmade Red and Silver Lampwork Beads, Chunky Sterling Silver Chain, $68

Metallic Shimmer Earrings - Handmade Gold and Silver Lampwork Beads, Chunky Sterling Silver Chain, $50

If you hurry, you can get 10% off your entire purchase with coupon code 10OFF... only 10 more days left!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Happy Almost Friday!

I found these lovely things on a tiny street in Rome. Enjoy!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Summer Sale!

Grow Necklace, $60, available here
In case you don't receive the monthly jaC Jewelry newsletter: Summer Sale is here!

For the entire month of August, take 10% off your entire jaC Jewelry purchase.  It's never been easier:

Use coupon code 10OFF at checkout, and the discount will be instantly reflected in your shopping cart.

Happy shopping!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Rome Pictures - Lions

These gorgeous felines are everywhere in Rome!  I had my macro lens handy whenever we came across one.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Rome Pictures - Campo de Fiori

I fell in love with Campo de Fiori our first day in Rome! Wouldn't you have?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Would You Like this Ducky Necklace at 30% off?

I am looking to make a personalized Ducky necklace!  You will receive this very same necklace, hand-stamped with date, initials or name of your choice.  This necklace would typically be $73, but you can get it for $51 (that's 30% off!).

You will get this necklace at a super price, and I will have a sample to photograph for my shop.  It's a win-win!  See more pictures and details of the blank Ducky here.  Get an idea of what a stamped disc would look like here.

If you are interested (or know someone who would like this necklace), please leave a comment here with your e-mail address, or drop me a note at  Only one necklace is available.  First come, first served! :)

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Wearables - Hand-Stamped Necklaces are Here!

Happy Friday! Ours started with a huge rain storm and loud thunder!

I've added more unique hand-stamped jewelry to my shop! You can customize it with names, initials, phrases and dates. These personalized mementos make great graduation presents, anniversary gifts and Birthday presents!

Mom Necklace - sweet, elegant and simple.

Have Courage Necklace - an inspiration or awareness necklace that can be customized with a crystal of  any color.

Generations Necklace - a beautiful and simple design.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I went to DSW planning to buy some new work pumps. Nothing specific - just pumps. I didn't like anything they had, and got these Franco Satro sandals instead!

Lucy (I call Erica that sometimes because I wish we'd named her Lucy) approves! She is her Momma's daughter.

I have a grey dress by Jaeyoon Jeong, whose signature mark is a single orange button. The dress and sandals look gorgeous together!

What do you think?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

More Rome Pictures!

A couple of black and whites...

And the Vatican!  It really needed to be in color.  Enjoy!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Wearables - New Personalized Hand-Stamped Jewelry

If you receive my monthly newsletter, you already know all about my new line of personalized jewelry! (And if you don't receive it, you should - sign up in the box to your right!)

This line features unique hand-stamped jewelry that you can customize with names, initials, phrases and dates! I've even got the numbers stamps. (The 6 is the same stamp as the 9, only upside down - still getting used to that one). These personalized mementos make great graduation presents, anniversary gifts, Birthday presents and more!

You will not find anything like Bloom Necklace and Bloom 2 Necklace, $65 each, anywhere else! They feature hand-sculpted bead caps shaped like flowers! Most designers use ready made bead caps that usually do not have individual petals. Those caps come already domed, whereas mine are flat, and I dome them myself! That makes them perfect for stamping, up to five or six letters or numbers on each bloom. Each little petal fits an initial or a single-digit number.

The cute Heart and Birdie charms, $40 each, are also my very own designs, hand-carved and cast in sterling silver. You can stamp an initial or number on both sides! Add them to a bracelet, or turn them into a necklace for an understated memento.

More stamped designs will be in my shop shortly (most likely as soon as this weekend!), including personalized Cancer Awareness and Support the Troops bracelets!

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!