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Flavorful Meatless Stuffed Jumbo Pasta Shells!

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Easy recipe! Don’t overthink it; just adjust for your preferences as you go! I love this combination of flavor! You might leave out the crushed red pepper or kick it up by adding a lot! I’ve added lots of photos for reference!

Ingredients:
2 cups of ricotta
0.5 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
fresh smashed garlic clove
frozen chopped spinach ( squeezed and drained)
Jumbo pasta shells, boiled
salt, pepper
roasted butternut squash
grated lemon peel
stick of butter
Fresh sage leaves, garlic powder, red pepper flakes
fresh lemon

DIRECTIONS:

1) Peel, chop and toss in olive oil your butternut squash, then in a hot oven roast at 425 degrees fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes. Cook your jumbo pasta shells according to directions. Steam your spinach according to directions.

2) In a bowl add approximately 2 cups of ricotta, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 1 fresh smashed garlic clove, frozen chopped spinach ( squeezed and drained), salt, pepper, your cooled down roasted squash, and grated lemon peel. The lemon peel was key to this dish and added a nice bright flavor. Stuff the shells with the mixture and place in a buttered baking dish and top with shredded pepper jack cheese.

3) Place your shells in a 400 degrees fahrenheit oven until heated through around 20-25 minutes.

4) While it bakes, make a sage brown butter sauce by melting 1 stick of butter in a saute pan until golden brown and bubbly. Add at least 10 sage leaves until slightly crisp, garlic powder, & crushed red pepper flakes. Turn off heat and squeeze in fresh lemon juice. When it finishes baking and cheese is melty, spoon your warm sage sauce all over and sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Enjoy!
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Try it?
Your Friend, AmberHH

Daily DIY: gemstones on estate silver!

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You don’t have to read very many of my design/decor project posts to know that thrifting (vintique stores, garage sales, estate sales, etc) and transforming my finds is a favorite hobby of mine.

Recently, I arrived early, stood in line awaiting opening, and found another great deal at an Estate Sale, here in Little Rock, Arkansas! The deal: I found a set of eight (8) silver electroplated vessels, intended to be used for drinks. They were only $1 each, and I knew I needed to buy them, even though they were engraved with a “K” on two sides of every piece.

For awhile, they’ve been tucked away in a cabinet, awaiting my effort to find a local engraver to alter the K into an H.

I changed my mind about going to that trouble, and I decided that it would be much more interesting to embellish the silver vessels with some sort of gemstone cabochons or charm or whatever caught my eye in order to cover the K!

Gem cabochons (16) turned out to also be a bit pricey for what I wanted to do, but I found BEADS! Glorious beads!! Yea!! I just used a quick setting, two part, clear epoxy to adhere them!

The “frame” beads are made of SEASHELL, and the sphere beads are JASPER! Yay!!

So, here they are!! All 8, currently being used as vases in my kitchen! (Wisteria, Rosemary, and Lacebark Elm branches from my yard.)

Some, I lightly cleaned and others I left the patina.
I absolutely adore them! I think they have a very peaceful, ethereal vibe as I sit here staring at them while I type this project post!
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Whatcha think? πŸ˜ŠπŸ™Œ
πŸ’ž–AmberHH

Feel the Berd!

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πŸŒΏπŸ’žπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’žπŸŒΏ
#BernieSanders

FLUORITE BEADS!

Here is a post I made on my other blog, today! πŸ˜ŠπŸ’ž

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I shop at some cool spots with some neat people. As I’m unpacking my bag from Argenta Bead Co. just now, I find their cute little note. They tuck a quote note into most bags. Amongst my haul of #fluorite beads and Buddha charms I purchased, I am affirmed, again, with the wisdom they gifted to me on the little slip of purple paper. #ArgentaBead
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I bought multiple strands of fluorite beads to make a 108 bead meditation mala and to use the leftovers in a memory wire bracelet with charms!
I think both projects turned out well!

(β€œThe number 108 is significant for so many reasons.

Some believe there are 108 stages on the journey of the human soul, while others associate the possibility of enlightenment with taking only 108 breaths a day, while in deep meditation.

No matter who you ask, the answer will most likely be different…

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Lucky Leprechauns & Wearing Green!

Happy, Happy Pinch-Everybody-Not-Wearing-Green Day! πŸ˜ƒπŸ€πŸ™Œ
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What is your Leprechaun name?

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She is “Rowdy Rainbow Lips!” πŸ€πŸ’žπŸ€

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She is “Happy Freckle Face!” πŸ€πŸ’žπŸ€

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She is “Little Clover Hair!” πŸ€πŸ’žπŸ€

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I am “Happy Clover Hair!” πŸ€πŸ’žπŸ€

Husband, Mitch, is “Shy Green Feet!” πŸ€πŸ’žπŸ€
He already changed out of his green shirt and into gym clothes, so no photo tonight, though! I should pinch him! πŸ˜‰

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V made this for us at preschool, today! πŸ€πŸ˜πŸ€

I made something, too!

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It is a Statement Ring! I epoxied a Quartz sphere into a nest of onyx stone chips onto a silver ring!
Fun, huh? πŸ˜ƒ

Anyway! Have a good one!
Make your own luck and enjoy!

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πŸ€πŸ’ž–AmberHH

pi Day = 3.14 “Cheesy Crab Pie”

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I like theme days! They’re like simplified, fun holidays! You? In honor of 3.14, March 14th, we made Pie for pi day! Specifically, this is an easy, cheesy Crab Pie!

(More photos after these not too wordy instructions)

Ingredients:
2- 9β€³ deep pie crusts (baked 3 minutes and cooled)
1 lb. lump crab meat *
4 eggs
2 Tbsp. flour
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup whole milk
12 oz. shredded Swiss cheese
8 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
3 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
1- Tbsp. finely chopped onion
1- Tbsp. finely chopped green pepper
Directions:
1) preheat oven to 350*F
2) whisk together eggs, milk, flour, seasoning
3) fold in mayo
4) add crab, cheeses, onion, & pepper
5) divide evenly into two pie shells
6) bake for 50 minutes
*) optional, create a “pi” template, then sprinkle seasoning spices (Old Bay) into the negative space of the template to create the pi πŸ’žπŸ‘πŸ‘

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I served it with a sautΓ© of squash, zucchini, carrots, & onions.

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Happy “pi Day,” Friends!
😊 — Amber Hamilton Henson

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Class by Juliette Crane!

Have you seen her work?
Gorgeous!!
If you haven’t, pop over to her site!
You’re in for a real treat!!
She’s even offering a chance for one of us to WIN the class experience! I’m entering!!
Here is the link: http://www.juliettecrane.com/whimsical-animals-giveaway-video-sneak-peek/#/

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This photo is from her website; I just added her name to her photo, because I wanted to help ensure her name stays with her art!

Comment on this post, please?
Visit her link and look around and maybe even enter for your own chance a free class!

πŸ˜ƒπŸ’ž–AmberHH of WhatAmberLoves.com

Quick Crab Bisque!

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Serves: Serves 6

Ingredients
1 pound lump crab meat
2 stalks celery, reserve the celery leaves, finely diced (about ΒΎ cup)
1 cup of shredded/grated “matchstick” carrots
1 clove garlic, minced
celery leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1-2 cups fresh spinach leaves
3 tablespoons reduced fat butter
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups half-‘n’-half
Β½ cup sherry (can use cooking sherry)
3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
black pepper, to taste

Instructions
Melt the butter over medium heat in a large pot. Add the carrots and celery, cook until just softened, 5-7 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Pour in the sherry until all absorbed, stir, browning slightly for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken broth, add the garlic, chopped celery leaves, chopped parsley, spinach, and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat, stir in light cream, stir and cook over low heat until heated through, then add crab meat, stir, and serve!
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Enjoy! Daughter paired it with garlic cheese toast!
πŸ’žπŸ˜ƒ

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Your Friend, AmberHH

Best Louisiana Hot Crab Dip!

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LOUISIANA HOT CRAB DIP

1 pound jumbo lump crabmeat, free of shells
2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, 16 oz total
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
5 tablespoons minced green onions/scallions
3 large garlic cloves, minced
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2. Combine all of the ingredients in a casserole dish and gently stir until thoroughly mixed. Adjust seasoning to taste. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until lightly golden on top. Serve hot.

3. Serve hot, with hot sauce on the side for those who like it spicy. (This recipe makes 3+ cups.)

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Great ingredients!
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Our family sure enjoyed this dip as Sunday brunch, today! If you try it, please let us know if you like it, too!

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Your Friend,
~ Amber Hamilton Henson

PS pinning to Pinterest is encouraged here! πŸ’ž

Quartz Bracelet and a new online store!

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For the first time ever, when buying supplies to make a new Quartz brAcelet, I decided to buy enough to make TWO! That way, there is one to keep and one to sell online!
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To start, I’ve opened an online Etsy store and created a Facebook page for “The Woo Woo Store.”
Fun name, huh? I’m amused/intrigued by all things Woo and Woo Woo and decided to just embrace it, enjoy it, and make light of some of the negative interpretations of the phrase “Woo Woo.” 😊
Like my Facebook page at: http://www.Facebook.com/TheWooWooStore
Follow my Etsy store at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheWooWooStore

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I made two bracelets. I listed one of these bracelets on Etsy and on Facebook. Within the afternoon of posting, it was claimed to go to a local recipient! I sure hope she enjoys it! Quartz and Keys are a fascinating combination to me! I am sure enjoying wearing the bracelet I intend to keep!

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Despite the fact that my shop doesn’t have any current listings, I hope you’ll like/favorite/follow my Etsy store! Etsy is such a fun marketplace, isn’t it? I’ll add more jewelry, a.k.a. Sacred Adornment pieces, and some made-by-me, handmade home decor items to sell via the Etsy store soon!😊

Please, consider using the little gray “Pinterest” button at the bottom of this post to help me spread the word!

Your Friend,
Amber Hamilton Henson

Please, find my new website and bookmark! www.TheWooWooStore.ME

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