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Updated: 2018-03-02T09:24:20.614-08:00


A Huge Welcome!!!


I'm so very excited to welcome Stacy on board as my new email assistant!! Stacy is my sister in law. She's a sweet, down to earth, super smart, crafty gal.
She saw my post from last week, and called me to say she was looking for something to do at home to earn a bit of extra money. A match made in Heaven!!

I'm starting her out slow with thank you and confirmation emails and renewing listings to make sure the inventory stays stocked, but she is one smart cookie and will be taking over most of the emails this month!!

Give her a warm welcome!

(image) We took this photo over the summer in Colorado. This is most of my family, my parents, my older sister and brother, their honeys and all their children, my little sister, my honey and all our kiddies. My oldest sister wasn't able to make it out this summer.


Prairie beauty


Where oh where did October go? It feels like I blinked and November popped up to say Hello!
It was a crazy busy month filled with birthdays, and injuries (ouch I sliced my finger open!), Holiday trunk shows, traveling, costumes, and candy, oh way too much Candy. In addition My wonderful assistant LeAnn was offered a full time job at the elementary school, so I am on the hunt for a new assistant to take over emails. It's been a bumpy start.

One of the highlights of October was my sweet friend April asked me if I would come out to Utah to sell my pretties at the Spark Handmade Market. It was a whirlwind trip but so nice to catch up with old friends and to get a chance to make some new ones.

I was lucky enough to have a table next to the amazingly talented Kristin of Faded Prairie
(image) She is such a genuine down to earth sweetheart! And her blog! Oh my word talk about eye candy. It's chalked full of vintage rustic prairie goodness!

Kristin has put together an AH MAZ ING giveaway with goodies she picked up at Spark and a lovely mixed media masterpiece she created while attending the weekend. Hop on over and check her out!!

(image) Oh fyi there is a special discount code for my shops over on her blog...


PS I will be posting REALLY important Christmas and Holiday order information here this week. IF you plan to shop with me this Christmas (and my family and I are truly grateful for the consideration!) Please be sure to pop back by and read the info this week...

Something new!


A new spin on my classic and original Capture Life Necklace !I have hand set a little natural gem stone into the flash for a little spark of color and whimsy :)You can choose your birthstone or favorite color! January Garnet February Amethyst March Aquamarine April... sorry not a diamond ;) White Topaz May Emerald June MoonstoneJuly RubyAugust PeridotSeptember SapphireOctober Pink TourmalineNovember CitrineDecember London Blue topaz (I have turquoise too!) Once I have all my little monkies in bed tonight I will have these available in the shops!Also I just might have to give one away soon so you might want to check back... Just sayin' ;) [...]

Birthday Cheesecakes


were in the middle of what we call "birthday season" in the cinnamon*sticks house hold. We have 3 of the kids birthdays 2 weeks apart each, then our anniversary (10 years this year!!) then Thanks Giving followed by my hubby's birthday, and then Christmas. Add in several extended family birthday's in the mix and it gets super busy with parties.

Last week we celebrated with Thomas who request cheesecake for his Party.
(image) I made Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake


Pumpkin Cheese cake (every one's favorite)

and Chocolate and vanilla bean cheese cake.

I'll write up recipes when I have a chance and share them here :)





I realized today I haven't posted any jewelry here in a long time! How did that happen?So here are some of the new listing that have made it into the shops plus a couple of my favorite customs from the last month and a half. A new twist on my "all you need" heart and stone stacking sets.. Find them HERE or HERE! My New Moroccan Twilight rings find them HERE or HERE I was asked by a sweet sweet gal to make a set of Bracelets for some of the wives of the Dodger's players! How Exciting is that. She was leading a Faith Study with them and wanted to gift each of them with a special trinket at the end :) New Fine silver Floral initial necklace Find them HERE or HERE...and the sweet little gem stone charm shown with the initial charm is available to add onto any design, find it HERE! This was a special request for an extra thick extra heavy sterling ring with 3 copper hardware plates. I love the way it looks!I was so honored to create a set of wedding rings for a sweet couple :) This was "His" wedding band. And last but no at all least, My PMC pieces are some of my all time favorites to create. Each one comes out so unique with lovely rustic character. This was a custom twist on my Rustic Love necklace.There are more to show but I think this many photos will slow up your computer enough for tonight ;)xoxo [...]

Birthday Boy!


Today is Our little Man's Birthday!


We are so proud to watch you grow and blossom each Year. You are such a gentle soul. Inquisitive, inventive, crafty, loving and so very kind.

We Love you Little Man!!!

Mom and Dad.


The Sunday Yummies...Sunday baking


If you are on Pinterest you have seen This recipe for Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake. I don't think there are too many out there that have not pinned it!
We had a ton of berries in the Fridge and 2 cartons of buttermilk that weren't going to last past the weekend so I decided to give it a try.
Oh My Word! It was delicious! I had a small piece last night, and the kids devoured the rest this morning.


We made the Blueberry Version, just as the recipe shows. I also had Raspberries and Blackberries to use up so I made a Raspberry version but in place of the lemon zest I used orange.

I'm thinking next week we may make a nuttella version with out berries.

(image) Click on the link at the top for the full recipe, then schedule an extra hour at the gym, it'll be worth it, I promise!


Guest Post Recipe



Tomorrow is the First Official day of Fall. I LOVE fall. Out here in Southern California we don't get the Glorious display of foliage that so many other parts of the country get to enjoy. But we still get to pick apples, harvest pumpkins, cuddle up under blankies and sip Caramel Apple Cider. Dig out the warmer sweaters, and pull on a comfy pair of boots!

I also Adore making soups. They are the perfect fall meal. I experiment each season with new and old recipes. On Monday I made "Baked potato soup" It's rich and hearty. Not a diet soup for sure, but so flavorful and yummy. I made a full 6 quart pot thinking I would serve one half and freeze the second half. The kids ate it ALL!
Guess it's a make again recipe for sure!

I did a guest post for my sweet Friend Tracy of Creme De La Gems who is moving today from Central California back down towards San Diego. Head on over and check out her blog for the recipe. Plus ooh and ahhh over her Amazing Polymer creations. She's set up a presale for her adorable Polymer Nativity set. She sells out early every year so don't wait too long!!!

What do you like best about Fall?


Our Summer Adventure part 2


(image) This was by far one of my favorite stops on the trip. I'm a big geology buff. I love rock formations and geological history. I'm just nerdy like that. :)

(image) The Craters of the Moon National Monument is an expansive area of old lava flow and cinder cones. Speckled through out the black and reddish landscape are the most beautiful and delicate wildflowers.


We hiked to the top of one of the larger cinder cones and took in the view of the whole valley.


(image) The kids liked the trip down the cinder cone much better than the climb up!

All of our National Parks have a Junior Ranger program. The kids loved each program. Once they completed their workbooks they were sworn in as official Junior Rangers and received badges.

Next I'll share about the Grand Tetons.

Happy Saturday!


The Sunday Yummies


Sauce sauce and more sauce!

Since I have so many meals still ready to go in my freezer I decided to stock up on more Tomato Sauce.
This is my basic easy recipe That I came up with after combining tips from several sources and years of experimenting.

What you'll need

One whole medium to large brown onion
One whole head of garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
red pepper flake ( I use about a tsp)
1/2 to 1 cup red wine. (I don't know a whole lot about wine, I use Chianti because I like the flavor in this sauce)
~4 cans Roma tomatoes liquid and all
~salt to taste (it's a large pot of sauce so add some taste and see how much more you need. I didn't measure sorry!
~1/8 cup sugar to cut the acidity a bit.

In a large stock pot (I use my 6 quart dutch oven)

~Heat your oil
~add your chopped onions and saute until soft and starting to gently brown
~mince or crush the garlic and add in once onion is soft.
~sprinkle in your pepper flake
~Add your red wine (you can leave the wine out if you don't consume alcohol, the alcohol does cook out fully)
~Puree your tomatoes and add them in.
~add salt to taste
~add sugar
~bring to a boil
~once boiling reduce to simmer, partially cover and simmer for 3-4 hours.
~The longer you simmer the sauce the richer the flavor. I cook mine a full 4 hours.

Once it's cooked divide it out into servings per meal cool completely and freeze!

Easy Peasy and so yummy!

You can also change things up a bit by adding veggies, or leaving out the red pepper, or add in Ricotta or heavy cream for a richer sauce.


Happy Friday!



when momma turns her back...


It suddenly got very quiet in the house today. I tiptoed down the hall to see what my younger 2 were doing.
I found this...
I didn't even have to say a thing, the moment he saw me he burst into tears.
I didn't have the heart to scold him.


Give away time!


(image) It's been forever since I've had a giveaway. I think it's time for a new one :)
This one is over on Facebook.
Super simple to enter head on over to the Cinnamonsticks face book fan page and leave a comment on the giveaway post. Every comment is a chance to win so tell a friend to head over to our fan page and "like" us then leave another comment to let me know.

The winner will get to chose their choice of gem stone for a custom ring like the ones above :)
(coming to the shops later tonight!)

Good Luck!


Sale Code and fun summer photos


Just Because it's Friday, Just because it's going to be 20 degrees cooler this weekend! Just because it's date night. Just because I love and appreciate you all! Let's have a sale! Use code "JUSTBECAUSE" in either shop for 10% off your entire order.I am finally getting to uploading an going through our summer pictures from our camping adventures. We went to several National parks so I'll share them all park by park in different postsHere are some of my favorites from Zion. Nathaniel LOVED this little Bronze Lizard. Meggie wanted to take this one home. My official Junior rangers with Daddy. Fun in the River Hiking up to the NarrowsEnjoy your weekend!xoxo [...]

The Sunday Yummies....I know it's Thursday!


This was a huge week in the cinnamon*stick's house hold.All my babies are in school 5 days a week.I agonized all summer over putting Mr. N. in PreSchool. He told me, daily, he wanted to go to school like his bothers and sisters. I kept thinking, he's sooo young, is he really ready?We decided to put him in for 2 days a week, and see how he did. I was sure as thrilled as he was when we told him he was going to go to school, that the second the door closed and he realized, "I'm going to school, with out mom?!" I was sure he would break down be nervous, maybe even cry.Turns out it was just me. Me, walking away from the class room, ready to cry, because my baby went off to preschool and is just fine, with out his mommy.In fact he has done so well, and he is so very happy being able to play, with other kiddies his age, that I gave in and we enrolled him for the 5 day program.He's loving it!With everyone in school, and Rob back to work and getting ready to start a full load of night classes again I got a bit over ambitious with my meal planning.Instead of cooking for the week, I cooked for most of the month.It was 2 solid days of cooking but has paid off big time so far and I know it will continue to through out the month.It was quite a bit so I'm only going to post a couple of recipes but if you see something you want to try just let me know and I'll share the recipe.So here is what I made....Pork VerdePork chops smothered in Mushroom bacon Sherry Gravyred Chicken enchiladasSour cream and green chili enchiladasApple meat loafMexican meat loafPizza dough 3 enough for 3 mealsA huge batch of Tomato SauceMeatballsChicken ChiliCorkscrew Pasta with Chicken and Fire roasted tomato cream sauceGround BeefOven Roasted carnitas (enough for 4 meals)4 whole chickens ready for more recipesPeach cobblerBlue berry sconesAll of these were prepped and frozen ready for the month! Pork Verde Trying to figure out how my mom use to make it. My own recipe~Any cut of slow cooking pork will work I used about 4-5 pound of country style pork ribs Cut into chunks~Veggie Olil~1-2 pounds fresh tomatillos ( depending on how much pork you are using) Husks removed washed and dried~2 good size mild green chilies, I used Anaheim, Pablano would work well to ~1 jalapeno (skip if you don't like spicy food)~1 medium spanish onion chopped~6 cloves garlic minced (I use a garlic press)~chicken stock~salt~pepperTurn your broiler on to high.Line a cookie sheet with foil lay out tomatillos and chillies in a single layer and place under the broiler. Broil them until the skins begin to blacken in spots and they soften. (turn them half way through)Once they are done remove the tops of the chilies and place all of them in blender or foodprcessor. Add a bit of salt to taste and blend till they are just slightly chunky. Taste test for salt and to be sure it's not too spicy for your family. Set this aside.Next in a large dutch oven or heavy bottom stock pot add a bit of veggie oil. Just enough to coat the bottom.Salt your pork and add it to the pan. Brown your pork over Med-high heat on all sides then remove from the pan and set aside.You should have some fat mixed in with the oil left in the pan but if you need more add a bit more veggie oil. Add your onion and saute till tender. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.Add the pork back to the pan.Add the green chili tomatillo mixture, then enough Chicken stock to just cover the meat.Simmer until fork tender. (cooking time will vary depending on the cut and size of the meat) Simply poke a larger piece with the fork and turn the fork, it should pull right apart.My batch took 2 hours.To freeze cool completely, place in a freezer safe dish and freeze. To reheat, thaw in your fridge [...]

Sunday Yummies... Farmers Market Trip


I've been a busy busy girl, working on getting listing up in the shop, getting orders out in the mail each day, and well just being mommy! The listing are going up slower than planned because the boys have needed some extra cuddle time, but the rest should be up by the end of the weekend.

I'm still experimenting with my weekly menu . The last 2 weeks went over very well with the kids so I'll share their favorite recipes here tomorrow with some pictures of the meals.

(image) I took a trip to our local Farmer's Market tonight.

I picked up so much yummy fresh produce that I plan to use up on Sunday when I cook again for the week. I haven't decided what I'm going to cook for next week yet. Guess I had better get working on that!

(image) This is what came home with me! Yummy Artichokes, asparagus, lettuce, bell peppers, heirloom tomatoes, figs, oh yummy yummy figs! Blueberries, black berries, raspberries, I think I'll make a pie. Strawberries, avocados, nectarines, eggplant, and fresh baked bread. I couldn't resist the sunflower either :)

Pretty flowers at the market

yummy tomatoes

(image) beautiful pink lemons

What is your favorite thing to bring home from the Market?



School Days


My little man went off to preschool today. SNIFF!
It's only for 2 days a week for a couple of hours but it is so strange to be home all alone.
I hope he's loving it.

What do you do with your day time when the kids are at school?
My big plans are to clean house, answer emails and exercise.



Fun with Gem stones


I'm so excited to share part of my new line with you. I have so so many new items to get up in the shops that it is going to take a full day. I blocked off Wednesday to get them all up. I'll post the links on Wednesday evening :)

Until then here is another peek!

A new line of rings, more stone colors are available!
Loving this new pendant. Perfect for couples or moms! It will be available with more or less than the 2 gem stones shown.


Gem stone stacking Bangles!!! These are just stunning and so fun to mix and match with my other bangle sets!


I'll be back soon with my Sunday Yummies post and more eye candy.
Happy Monday!


a couple newbies and a new blog series


After how nutty and stressful, the last school year was I have decided that if I am going to maintain what bit of sanity I have left we needed to make some major changes in our house hold. With 3 different school drop of times and 4 different school pick up times and Rob gone 4 nights out of the week taking night classes after working all day, coupled in with normal life of homework and errands and business, being organized and prepared is beyond essential. So this school year I prepared early. We set up a rotating chore list and reward system for the kids. With 6 kids it's a lot of info so I'll share that soon in it's own post. I have also started back into the routine of cooking on Sunday for the whole week. I did this back when we only had 3 kiddies and I worked away from home. It's amazing how much stress this removes from my life. It's going so well i decided to share our weekly menu and recipes here in a new series of posts I'm going to call "the Sunday Yummies" It's going to be a work in progress but hopefully it can help take some stress from your week, and if nothing else give you a couple of yummy new recipes. The first "Sunday Yummies" post will be this weekend :) For now here are some new pretties. I'm baby sitting my niece today so I wont be able to list them until tomorrow but here's a sneak peek... my new "bee" series inspired by the Queen Bee Market. "Bee" creative....Bee loved......Bee kind.....Bee genuine....Bee Brave....Bee who you are.... Bee.....(the possibilities are endless!) As with almost all of my bracelets the chain is all handmade by my two little hands. I haven't named these girls yet, but I am in love! If you haven't noticed by now I have a major thing for hearts. I sketch each heart free hand and cut each with my handy jewelers saw. I fabricate the gem stone bezel by hand, add the beaded border by hand, and then cut stamp and add each word tag. These are a true labor of love. I'm sure you've also noticed by now I also have a thing for the beach. This beauty is new to my beach line of jewelry. Handmade chain and all :) This was a custom request for my friend Liz of This Little Piggie (she makes the cutest hand painted piggy banks that my kids are Huge fans of) Liz's sister joined the peace core and shipped off to Africa for 2 years. Liz and her family wanted to have something special made so her sis would know she was in their hearts and thoughts on the other side of the world. When I have a few quiet moments and a strong cup of coffee I'll get these all added into the shops :) Do you have a favorite make ahead meal, I'd love to hear about it! xoxo [...]

The Queen Bee Rocks!


Have I gushed enough about the Queen Bee Market? I don't think there is a such a thing as gushing enough about this Market. This is the Market that all other handmade market hope to bee when they grow up! Mark your calendars for November 18th and 19th for the holiday Queen Bee Market. Seriously book your flights now, get the girls together and plan for a road trip because it will be HUGE and AH-MAZING. The Vintage Rabbit. The sweet sweet Joy, had a gorgeous set up. Blue Corduroy . Such loveliness. sweet funky vintage. These skirts!!! I so wanted to get Meggie one, but I promised my honey I wouldn't do any shopping, after our 10 state camping vacation. He has no idea how nearly impossible that is at the Queen Bee Market! But I keep my promises, and someone else went home with all her lovely skirts. Jess's Amazing Roses. I just love staring at her booth space so cheery and lovely, and oh her tables that her hubby made for her. vintage windows on old for the tops and old black pipes for the legs, let me tell you, I had major table envy! Misfit Menagerie (how stinkin cute!) There were so so sooooo many other amazingly talented ladies, with gorgeous eye candy at every booth. So I don't over load blogger with photos stop on by The Queen Bee Market web site and check them all out. :) ***disclaimer*** get a good cup of coffee or tea, and block out a couple of hours before you click on the link. There is so much gorgeousness and inspiration you can spend a day looking at every one's sites ;) The top of my booth space with my sign (and the top of Jen's head of Tatertots and Jello) It was so fun to see so many blog "celebrities" looking at my jewelry :) More of my set up and sweet Jess looking around at my pretties. Mique and Jess are the Rock stars behind the Queen Bee Market. Just when you think the Market couldn't possibly get any better, these girls wave their magic handmade wands and poof . Okay not really *poof*, they spend hours and weeks planning each and every detail organizing advertising pouring in their blood sweat and tears and it shows. You girls are the best :) My New Ribbon Wrap bracelets. I love these so much and they are finally ready for listing after several months of planning and stocking up on tons of pretty silk ribbon colors. They will be up tomorrow in both shops. Plus Tomorrow's post will have a sale code!!!! Hope to see you at the next Queen Bee Market! xoxo [...]

still here :)



I took an extended break from my blog and the shops to get things in order for this next school year so that life and my shops will run smoothly this year. I happy with the changes I will be implementing and confident that they will help tremendously.

I'll be back in the next couple of days with a full post about this summer's Queen Bee Market (which was awesome!)

A post with updates about the shops and some of my new line of pretties (so excited to share them with you all!)

A post about our summer adventures.

and A post sharing some of the hardships and struggles I've dealt with over the last year and why I took close to 3 months off.

I hope you all have had a lovely summer!



on the road


We have been enjoying many of our national parks and monuments. We have been through 8 states. We have visited, Zion UT, Craters of the Moon Idaho, The Grand Teton Mountains WY, Yellowstone WY, Jewel Cave SD, Crazy Horse monument SD, Mount Rushmore SD. Tonight we are staying in Denver and tomorrow we head down to Southern Colorado into the Rockies.

We have been hiking, playing in rivers, skipping stones in lakes, climbing up extinct volcanoes, searching for wild life (we spotted many elk, a few dear, a wolf, coyotes, a strange bird we have yet to identify, and far too many mosquitoes). At night we roasted marshmallows, star gazed, and slept in a large tent (that was an adventure all on it's own)

Most of all we have been enjoying a slower paced life.

Today is one of the first days i have had Internet access since we left. Apparently trees don't need to check emails. ;)

I'm not sure how service will be at our next stop so my next post may have to wait till we are back home.

Hope you are enjoying your summer so far!!


A Heart shaped scar on a pine in the Grand Tetons


Shell Falls, WY


Entering the Grand Teton National Park. Snow on the ground in July!!!


Mount Rushmore

More to come!



Hello Summer!


Hello much needed vacation time.I have been MIA from my blog quite often over the last few months.We had a tough spring in our house hold for a number a reasons.As much as I love spring, I am ready to usher in a new season, and some much needed time off.My etsy shop is closed until August first.My other shop will remain open but I will not begin work on any orders that are placed after June 21st until July 15th.All orders that were placed by June 21st have shipped out!It was a crazy week getting everything finished up and shipped out.Getting the House ready and our fridge stocked for our House Sitter.Getting the kids packed for vacation.We are off to go camping :) I love camping. Simple carefree days outside playing in the river and hiking through the woods with the kids. Cooking out doors and enjoying God's creations. I'll take the country over the city any day!I will be posting photos of our adventures over on facebook often, and over hear if I get a chance to figure out how to post from my phone. No computer for a month!Because I can't do a post with out photos here are a few sneak peeks of new designs that will debut when I reopen... I love this pendant! From the front it looks elegant and simple with a gem stone of your choice sent in a sterling circle but around the outside edge I can stamp names or words (see the photo below :)Secret message heart necklace set with a gem stoneMy new "Color bliss" Ribbon wrap initial bracelet! These I love love LOVE! I've been working on these beauties for a couple of months now and I can't wait to get them up in the shop to share. I have so many color choices for the super soft silk ribbons. I adore color and I am so happy I found a way to pair vibrant color with the fluid grey of the silver. I'll have quite a few of these at the Queen Bee Market on August 6th.Gem stone Tear drop necklaceSuper secret stacking rings. A simple but fun twist on my ever popular stacking rings.Instead of the names or words being stamped on the top of the rings I stamp the sides. When you slip them on they just look like beautiful set of rings, but you'll know they carry a special message or name on them :)That's it for today! I hope you are all enjoying your summer :)xoxo [...]

New items in the shop and a SALE !!


Finally they are listed! So let's have a SALE to celebrate dads :)Use code lovemydad for 10% off of your entire order!!!The sale runs through the weekend and you have till 11:59PST June4th to order for Father's day.The new Men's (or women's I seriously LOVE these rings!!)These are only available in my bigcartel shop, they will be in etsy some time next week. Hardware ringNew Font for the Vintage letters this pendant is slightly larger than the others! Hardware Ring hammered finish Wide Band hammered ring (can be personalized!) Triple stack spinner ringEnjoy your weekendxoxo [...]

Father's day order deadline extended...


We've had a little bit of end of the school year drama, including someone puncturing my tire at the market, leading to 3 hours at the Mechanic to get a new one in and on the Van. With 6 kids life stops with out the van!
Anyhow I have not been able to finish listing the new Men's line so I have extended the Father's day order deadline to June 4th! I will have the new goodies in the shops by the end of the night :) (pssst sale to follow)

One of the events keeping me busy...
My honey getting his hood at his graduation ceremony for his Master's degree in education. YAY honey!!!!

Hope you are all enjoying the end of the school year.
Any fun summer plans?


Catching my Breath!


Just a super quick post to say I haven't gone into hiding :)

I'm finally catching up on life, post mother's day rush, post 3 rounds of the flu or some other tummy virus that hit everyone in the house, post queen bee market, and all the end of school year events.

Rob's Graduation is tonight!! Congratulations on all your hard work, late night classes and paper writing, honey I'm so proud of you :)

I'm getting back to taking custom orders this week.

The last day to order for Father's day delivery is June 1st.
I know it's just around the corner but I have a few new designs for Men that will be listed this weekend.
Like my new Hard Wear Line for men (or women!) ...


(image) My new line of leather cuffs, lots more of those to come in several colors!!


Have a fabulous weekend!!