Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Music Makeup Muses

At the start of this new year I began posting a weekly 'Monday Music Makeup Muse' on my Fox & Doll facebook page. These ladies inspire my love of stylish hair, unique makeup and one of a kind outfits. And of course this is the music that moves me.

So here is the wrap up so far for the first few months of 2014.

Each image includes links to one or two performances of these amazing ladies. 

A few highlights:

An early Dolly Parton performance that is stunningly moving  

The Shangri-Las doing their amazing girl group thing

Some sassy Nancy Sinatra with her backup dancers, all in boots of course 

Sandie Shaw at a super 60's dance party in the cutest dress doing one of my favorite ever pop songs

Ann Margret as a cartoon on the Flintstones, ‘Ann-Margrock

And one of my all time favorite movie sequences featuring John Cameron Mitchell as Headwig

Click on the album and check the image notes to see all the linked videos

There will be more 'Monday Music Makeup Muse' to come in future months so check back on my facebook page. And requests are welcome! Thanks, Shana

And a few more images I just loved: Tina Turner, Dolly Parton, Nancy Sinatra, Honey Ltd, Sandie Shaw, Ann Margret

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Heart Jewelry

A little teaser for pre Valentines Day.
Some heart themed jewelry designs of mine:
All items available for purchase here

And this darling little charm bracelet is the newest addition, made by special request for my nieces 8th birthday earlier this month. I am so in love with it that I decided to add it to my line in, sizing for all ages.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Granola Perfected

I have been working on perfecting this recipe for many years, actually I have probably been making this since I was about 19 years old. I love to make a big batch about once a month to have around for breakfast and snacking. It always comes out a bit different depending on what I have around and my 'flavor mood' when I'm making it.
This is my basic recipe, but no need to follow closely. As long as your proportions are semi-similar and you don't burn it then it will come out super yummy!

I am also posting the original recipe I based mine off from Moosewood Restaurant, so you can see how a recipe can evolve over the years based on your own personal likes.

Granola Perfected

4 or 5 cups rolled oats (not quick oat)
2 cups coarsely chopped nuts (pistachios, almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans)
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
4 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tsp cinnamon 
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 honey
1 tsp fine grain sea salt
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Sometimes I also add:
1/4 cup chopped crystalized ginger 
1/4 cocoa nibs
3/4 dried fruit
lots more coconut (because this is one of my favorite things ever)

1. Place all the dry ingredients (nuts, oats, seeds, salt and cinnamon) in a large bowl and stir together.
2. In a small saucepan on low heat, warm the oil, honey or syrup, and salt.  Stir the vanilla.
3. Gradually pour in the warm oil and honey over the dry mixture and stir until all the ingredients are evenly coated.
3. Spread the granola on an un–oiled baking sheet. In a preheated 325 degree oven, bake for 30 minutes. Check at 15 minutes and stir if needed or desired (you don't want the bottom to burn and this prevents clumping, but I like clusters so I try not stir if I am not at risk of burning the bottom).  Remove from oven and let cool completely before storing.

Yields: apx 8 cups
Hands-on-time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes

Original Moosewood Restaurant Ingredients:
1/4 cup safflower oil
1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
1 tsp. fine grain sea salt
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 cups coarsely chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts)
6 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
3/4 cup dried fruit
1/3 cup shredded coconut
2 tbsp. sesame seeds

Happy Baking!