I Heart Vintage

Good morning friends!

I uploaded so many new items to my store last night. I have been experimenting with expanding the store and when I found these vintage cabochons, I knew exactly what I wanted to create and I could not be happier with the results. But the best part? Everything is under $20.00! Check it out…


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Make You Feel My Love

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All My Loving–Blush Pink

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Going to California

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All My Loving–Purple

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Mary Jane’s Last Dance

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All My Loving–Mustard Yellow

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All My Loving–Red & White

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Me & Bobby McGee

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Oh Very Young

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All My Loving–Eggplant

What do you think of the new additions to Hello, I Love You?


xo,


Jenna

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New Additions

Good morning! Today is actually my birthday, so I am a little extra happy. 🙂

I have lots of fun things planned with the Reg and my family (most of which involve food!). But before I go, I wanted to give you a preview of some of the new pieces that I am adding to my etsy store next week…


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Hair Accessories featuring vintage beads and colorful flowers on antique bronze hair pins.


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Dainty post earrings featuring more of those beautiful vintage beads. These are really tiny (a little smaller than a dime) and made with Sterling Silver.


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Both the lockets and the cabochons shown here are vintage and are going to look perfect on a long, thin gold chain.

I am thrilled with how they look. Truly, I would love to wear each piece.


Okay now it is off to celebrate turning the big 2-6. Maybe I will bring this back?


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xo,


Jenna

Hello…I Love Bob Dylan

I have always said that I was born in the wrong generation. As you can see from my jewelry, I am huge fan of music, particularly that of the 1960s and 1970s. Bob Dylan is easily one of my favorites. I love the way he combines rock, blues, and folk music to create powerful music with inspiring lyrics. In fact, I think Bill Clinton said it best when he discussed Dylan’s impact on music:

“He probably had more impact on people of my generation than any other creative artist. His voice and lyrics haven’t always been easy on the ear, but throughout his career Bob Dylan has never aimed to please. He’s disturbed the peace and discomforted the powerful.”

Here are a few of my recent designs inspired by Dylan’s legacy…


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Blowin’ in the Wind

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The Times They Are A-Changin’

I really love both of these pieces so much. In fact, I am wearing a pair of the Blowin’ in the Wind earrings (in pink) to a wedding this weekend. I consider them a little present to myself for my birthday, which is tomorrow! We are going to Pizzeria Mozza for dinner and then I am heading to Lake Tahoe for a very special wedding weekend. It is going to be a great time and I will definitely be sharing pictures when I return. 🙂

Have a beautiful day!
xo,
Jenna

Feels like Fall

It is official. June Gloom has become July Gloom.

Okay, I know I live in a place where the weather is, generally, really sunny and beautiful. But the last few days have felt a lot more like Fall, which is fine by me. 🙂


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I love the warm, comforting foods of the Fall and the Winter so I took this little June Gloom extension as an opportunity to make one of my favorites–Chicken Pot Pie. Well, sort of. Let’s not get crazy here. As much as I would like to, I was not making my own pie crust from scratch. I did use a filling, though, that I really love and then took a shortcut on the “crust.” I will get to that in a bit.

For the filling, I used this recipe from Cooking Light as a guide but diverted a bit. I did not have any Tarragon on hand so I made a quick substitution…


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Perfect!


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I also substituted some beautiful green beans for zucchini because that is what I had on hand. While the filling was simmering, I contemplated crispy topping.

For once, I am happy I went grocery shopping on an empty stomach because I came home with these…



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Biscuits! From Trader Joe’s! Ahh I love Trader Joe’s but when I go in there before I have had a snack, I always manage to buy everything in the store!


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Buttery, doughy…just great! Try this next time you need some simple, veggie filled comfort food.


xo,


Jenna

Red Velvet Pancakes

Good morning!

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Ever since my visit to the Buttermilk Truck I have not been able to stop thinking about those Red Velvet Pancakes. I loved the hint of richness in pancake form top with the perfect dollop of cream cheese icing. So when I stumbled upon this recipe for Vegan Red Velvet Pancakes I instantly jumped at the opportunity to replicate those flavors.


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I needed to really replicate the experience so I dotted my pancakes with chocolate chips.


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And then I promptly de-veganized them by adding a little cream cheese on top. Oops! And a few drops of maple syrup just because.


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Perfection. I think I am going to buy these and make them again for Reg. ❤


Have a beautiful weekend!

xo,


Jenna

Busy Bee

Hello! I am sorry I took such a big break in blogging! I have been busy working on some jewelry for a wedding that takes place next weekend. Very exciting!

You want to see what they look like?





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I am really in love with the way they came out. That stone in the center is Aventurine, which is supposed to bring good luck. Legend has it that aventurine is a healing stone, improving imagination, increasing confidence, and reducing stress. Plus it is preeeeeeeetty.

However, because I have been so busy, I have not been coming up with as many original recipes. Instead, I have been relying on the Epicurious App for my iPad.

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In no way is this a paid advertisement for them but this app IS freakin’ fantastic. There are thousands of recipes with brilliant photos. Plus, there is a great feature where you can enter the ingredients you have on hand and then a list of potential recipes is generated.

Last weekend, when I had to make a dessert for a 4th of July party, I just wanted to make something quick. I really wanted to incorporate fruit because of the season and because I happened to purchase my body weight in nectarines at Trader Joe’s. Usually I don’t love their produce but these nectarines were actually quite good. They gave the cake the perfect sweetness and also came in a huge box. So really, no matter what I was making that day Nectarines were going to be included. Trying not to waste food here!

After a quick search I decided a  Nectarine Golden Cake would be perfect.

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I bought some vanilla during my last trip to Fremont Diner in Sonoma. I thought this was as a good a time as any to open it. Delicious.

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This cake was so delicious and EASY. I did make one adjustment, though, in that I used cinnamon instead of nutmeg for the topping because I did not have any on hand. The cake still tasted great. In fact, this cake tasted very similar to the Butter Cake from Mastro’s . Have you ever had it? It is probably my favorite dessert of all time. What can I say? I love butter.

Honestly, I think the best part of this recipe is it’s versatility. You could add berries, peaches, plums, apples, bananas (and chocolate chips) and this would have been fabulous. I highly recommend this if you need a quick dessert. Fresh whipped cream would take it over the top. Just sayin’… 😉

xo,


Jenna

Old Friends, New Places

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This past Sunday Reggie and I visited The Getty Center in Los Angeles for the first time. I have to say–after going there I am almost embarrassed that I have lived here for about 5 years and only just went for the first time.

What made the visit even better was the appearance of two of my good friends from New Hampshire, Emily and Brian. We were talking about this that day, but Emily and I had not seen each other for 5 years!! I had a great time catching up with her, hearing about her world travels and updating her on what has been going on in my life. She is an amazing, caring person and I am so glad that I was able to see her on her vacation. Brian has lived out here for several years and I am lucky that we get to see each other much more often. In fact, visiting the Getty was Brian’s idea. So smart that one! 🙂


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We started the afternoon sitting on the beautiful green lawns, eating lunch and drinking wine. Brian’s girlfriend,Talia, brought an amazing spread of food. We all had so much fun people watching on the lawn and catching up. After lunch and a couple bottles of wine, we decided to explore the property a bit more.

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I would have showed you more pictures of the food exhibition but that lovely gentleman in the above picture scolded me for doing so. Oops! 🙂


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Beautiful day with beautiful people.

The Getty is open to the public and the admission is always free–truly a must see when you are visiting LA. 🙂


xo,


Jenna