Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Engaged!




**Photos by Katie Berry Photography - Frisco Texas

I'm so happy to say that I'm engaged to my best friend. I always thought everything everyone says about "when you know you know" and "I'm marrying my best friend" were kind of cheesy. But it's not! Because when you know you know and typically whoever you decide to marry, is your best friend! There's no other way to describe Chris than my best friend and perfect match. Somehow, he gets me. 

We'll be getting married at the Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL. If anyone else is getting married in the Tampa area, check it out! It's a truly unique and beautiful place! 




Tuesday, June 25, 2013

RECIPE: Three Cheese Quinoa Cakes

A while ago I heard a lot of buzz around Quinoa and figured I should try some! So I hit the web, searching for a suitable introductory recipe. I came across the "Let's Dish" blog with an awesome Cheesy Quinoa Cake recipe. It sounded like a winner and it was. Now that I've made them a few times, I decided to kick it up a notch. Granted, I don't eat mine with a sauce. I know some people have to have condiments for EVERYTHING. But think about the calories you save if you just make those little guys totally delicious in the first place? I'm sure I didn't convince you sauce lovers...but at least I can say I tried. 

3 Cheese Quinoa Cake Ingredients
2 cups cooked, cooled quinoa (so that's 1 cup uncooked)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons crumbled Feta
2 tablespoons crumbled Blue cheese
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 green onions, thinly sliced
2-4 cloves garlic, minced (depending on your personal taste)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
Dash of freshly ground black pepper & salt
Dash of cayenne pepper
Optional: 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons coconut oil

Instructions
Put all the ingredients (except for the coconut oil) in a large mixing bowl. Stir together until well mixed. Meanwhile, heat up the coconut oil in a saute pan over medium (or a little less) heat. 

Form a perfect pattie every time by using your 1/4 cup measuring cup! Then press down lightly on the pattie so it takes it's correct shape.

Cook the patties for 2-4 minutes a side (This depends on the heat of the pan, I typically end up cooking them for only 2 minutes a side one the pan really heats up to full medium)



So, what do you think? Leave any comments or your own favorite Quinoa recipes in the comments below :) 








Wednesday, May 15, 2013

You Fancy





Typically, I love to look at blogs. I'm not much of a blogger myself. You can see I don't have a set schedule and am kind of, well, all over the place. That doesn't sound like a recipe for a successful blogger right? No, it doesn't. But you know, I say do what makes you happy. Just do it. Whatever it is. So I'm going to throw some cooking, jewelry, crafts, DIY whatever in here! It doesn't matter. This blog is going to truly be the Good For The Soule blog because I'm going to cover everything that makes me tick. Just you watch...


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Good For The Soule on Facebook!





I'm here in Coppell, Texas and I'm still on the job hunt. So far so good, but to keep myself busy I've decided to refocus my efforts on my lovely Etsy shop by launching a Facebook Page for Good For The Soule. Head over and like it to stay in the loop on my newest creations and even get some awesome coupon codes.

As always the earrings pictured are available on my shop. I've been loving these styles, they go with everything and add just the right about out BLING :)





Friday, April 12, 2013

New City, New Jewelry


Last week my boyfriend and I drove all the way from Tampa, FL to Coppell, Texas (Right outside of Dallas). Whew. Granted we took two days to get it all done. But I've never driven that far before in my life. It really takes a lot out of you and now I have a new found respect for all Truck Drivers, that's for sure. It's definitely difficult adjusting to a new city, new apartment, lack of friends and whatnot. But I'm positive this change will work out for the better in the end.

So, It's been WEEKS since I've crafted due to having to pack my life away. I'm finally all set up in the new apartment and made a trip to Michaels to get my creative juices flowing. I hope you like some of the new pieces and keep an eye out for more. I'm thinking about some more longer gemstone necklaces are coming up next. Find everything on my Etsy.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Crafting for Consumer Crafts - How-To Create a Neon Green Braided Bracelet




Did you know I create jewelry projects for Daric Inc? Well, the secrets out and now I'm going to share my perfect for spring NEON green braided bracelet project with you :) It's actually pretty simple!


Material Checklist
·         Metal Toggle Silver rope 10MM 1974-66
·         Dazzle-it! 2mm Rattail Bobbin Grass Green 755 21672-19
·         3959-08 Silver Plated Wire 22 Gauge
·         4 mm Silver Jump Rings

Instructions are for a 7inch long bracelet
1.       Cut 3 lengths of rattail that each measure at least 12 inches long
2.       Place all three pieces of rattail through a 6mm jump ring
3.       Fold the rattail over the jump ring and secure in place by wrapping some wire around it
4.       Once the rattail is secure over the jump ring, tape the jump ring to your working surface
5.       Braid the rattail until the braid is 6.5 inches long
6.       Repeat steps 2 & 3
7.       Put a 4mm jump ring though each 6mm jump ring and attach each end of the toggle clasp

Friday, March 15, 2013

My jewelry is now sold in stores. Well, A STORE!










I was just home in Littleton, New Hampshire a few weeks ago and while there I love to stop into a little boutique on Main St. Littleton, Bella Funk. I only wish it had been there when I was in High School! The clothes, boots, everything they sell is gorgeous and I always want it all. This time I got this cute little outfit in the pic to the right (Don't mind my Myspace photo...). Who doesn't love a gorgeous floral print for spring?

While checking out, I was chatting with Katie, one of the owners and I told her I made jewelry. She let me know that they love to support local crafters and they even have some handmade cards and jewelry in their shop! Sad thing is, I'm not really 'local' any more - since I live in Florida and am on my way to Texas in a few weeks. But I messaged her on Facebook and sent her the link to my shop. One thing lead to another and now I'm shipping 30 little goodies to Bella Funk Boutique in Littleton, NH! Wish me luck and remember to Shop Local :) If you're not in New Hampshire, remember to check out my Etsy!