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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Back To School and A Seaside Theme

Hi everyone.  Well, here we are at the beginning of a new school year.  I can't believe how fast August went.  I have really enjoyed my vacation.  It wasn't as structured as it could have been but I got some rest and relaxation in. 

I wanted to show you what I call my Mermaid set.  It all began when I got some sandals from Avon years ago with starfish on them.  I loved them so I was excited when I found a silver cuff starfish bracelet at a gift shop last summer.  Then Avon had a silver starfish cuff watch for sale this past Spring.  I had to complete my starfish jewelry/sandals with a necklace and earrings so this is what I came up with.  I love the blue square glass beads and pearls together and I was fortunate to find a chunky silver starfish pendant that was fairly plain.  I love it and I can't wait to find the perfect place to wear it and the perfect outfit to wear it with! 

Continuing with my beachy theme, I wanted to share an amazing dinner I made recently. 

This was yet another Pioneer Woman recipe Penne Alla Betsy .  It has shrimp and heavy cream in a tomato-based sauce.  I used the white wine suggested in the recipe but you don't have to.  We served it with a tossed salad and Italian bread and it was delicious.  There were plenty of leftovers and my husband and son said it was just as good the next day.  My husband and I go to Red Lobster for date night a lot and we both felt this tasted like an entree you would get there.   I hope you try it.  If you like shrimp, you won't be disappointed. 

Well, I am looking ahead to a busy week.  I met many of my students at an open house last week and they are so cute and fun.  It should be a good year.  I am thinking of having a giveaway next week of a pair of earrings I made.   I hope the first week of school craziness is gone by then! Take care.  Nancy


  1. Back to school here to this week. You are doing a fabulous job with your jewelry making.

  2. That penne looks fab! :) Pioneer woman has some great recipes, doesn't she? Also, if you're looking for a new Tuesday party I run Tasty Tuesdays and every post gets pinned! Here's this week's party if you'd like to link up:

  3. I'm not a necklace wearer but those earrings are just my cup of tea - I love them. I have a beautiful pair of hummingbird earrings and my newest set is seahorse earrings :)

  4. OMG that penne looks delicious. I'm starving! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  5. very nice jewelry set!I like so much a starfish!
    I;m your new follower!
    Hugs from Greece

  6. You had me at Shrimp and heavy cream. I must get the recipe and try it myself!

  7. That's so pretty! I love it! I need to make more jewelry. Its so fun! Thanks so much for sharing this at "That's My Style" Link Party!!! You made my day. I do hope you'll join in again. I can't wait to see what you have to share this week. :)

    Karla @

  8. That looks totally yummy!! Now I have to make them. :)

  9. Pretty! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!