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Spring/ Summer 2021 Jewelry Trends

Spring 2021 trends you will see in Jewelry

I am so excited I can hardly stand it, SPARKLE convention is this Wednesday, like literally 5 more days!!!

To get ready, I decided to do some fashion research, fun research!!!

What could possibly be in style for 2021?

I have said for weeks I have a strong feeling that silver is back for an on trend metal color, I mean for what seems forever the go to metal color has been gold and I just felt like maybe it is time for Silver to have a turn again

I feel like it is time to sparkle so I think that sparkly pieces will be in

I also feel like maybe tropical or resort wear would be back as well

Other than just my feeling I am not sure but I hope pearls stay (hey who am I kidding…Pearls are always appropriate, right?

So I began my fashion research project at Harper’s Bazaar and found these are the top trends for jewelry in 2021

  • Multi-functional jewelry- so we have seen this for some time, necklaces that double as a bag to carry your lipstick, credit card, keys just your necessities
  • Hammered metals- adds dimension and details that are gorgeous in earrings, necklaces and bracelets maybe even rings
  • Chains- big chains, little chains, chains are in again… last season we saw chains everywhere from handbags to jewelry chains were in and thankfully they are staying in for this season
  • Resort wear- maybe because vacations got postponed, rescheduled or even cancelled during our pandemic but resort style jewelry is in this season and I cannot wait
  • Make a Statement- Statement pieces are back in for Spring, the bigger the better!
  • Silver- Gold has had its place for a while now but Silver is taking center stage for Spring, I cannot wait
  • Mixed Metals- a mix of Gold and Silver is in for Spring

With Park Lane’s Launch of Spring 2021 this Wednesday I am not sure what trends we are going with but I cannot wait to see!!!!

Here is what I hope we see

  • Silver and lots of it, I absolutely love silver and a lot of my customers love silver
  • Resort wear, I think these pieces are fun
  • chains- we already have several chain pieces I hope we continue this trend with some new chains
  • mixed metals- gotta love mixed metals
  • statement pieces
  • I want to see more pieces with Stars, hearts, bees, butterflies
  • Anything that sparkles will be good for me!!!

What are some trends you are hoping to see?

Until Wednesday here are a few sneak peeks for you from the new line

Xoxo

Danielle

References: Harpers Bazaar

Cheeseburger Soup

Do you love cheeseburgers? Of course you do😂

Do you love soup? Gotta love tge comfort of warm yummy soup on a cold winter day!!!

Well here is another recipe Mashup a cheeseburger in soup form!

Cheeseburger Soup

Recipe by The Closet CookCourse: MainDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6-8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground beef

  • 1 medium onion diced

  • 3 celery stalks diced

  • 2 small carrots shredded

  • 12 oz Velveeta cheese sauce

  • 29 oz tomato sauce

  • 3 cups beef broth

  • 2 tbsp worshteshire sauce

  • seasonings
  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp hamburger seasonings

  • 1 packet of onion soup mix

  • soup thickener
  • 1/4 cup pickle juice(dill pickle)

  • 2 tbsp corstarch

Directions

  • In a large soup pot brown meat with salt, hamburger seasoning
  • Add onions, celery, carrots and simmer
  • Add the onion soupmpacket, and worshteshire sauce
  • Simmer 5 minutes stir so not to scorch
  • Add tomato sauce, beef broth and simmer to low boil 15 minutes
  • Add 12 oz of Velveeta cheese sauce stir in and simmer 5 minutes
  • Add soup thickener see below
  • Stir and simmer 15 minutes
  • Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and fries
  • soup thickener
  • In a bowl add 1/4 cup of pickle juice and stir in 2 tablespoons of cornstarch stir any lumps out until smooth

I hope you enjoy this cheeseburger soup

Let us know if you try it how did you like it!!!

Xoxo

Danielle

Fashion Friday

I am so excited to begin this blog series

All about Fashion on Fridays!!!

I will be featuring items from Walmart, TjMaxx, Marshall’s Macys Backstage pass

I Love fashion but I also believe that we don’t have to sacrifice fashion for our budgets.

I will be sharing how you too can be on trend, fashionista while sticking to a tight budget!

I remember a time when wearing outfits from Walmart got you made fun of(thanks a lot jr. High and high school)

Walmart fashion used to be pretty plain Jane but still the fact that wearing outfits from there should not get you made fun of… so sad.

Walmart has made a complete 180 and is now offering high end fashion at Walmart prices and I am here for it!!!

Check out this sweet outfit I put together

Top is from arie and probably the most expensive piece… ummm no wait my jewelry is more expensive!

The super cute pants are from Walmart Time and True brand stretchy with a side zipper make these dressy pants super comfy

Shoes are Unionbay and come from Macys Backstage pass

Jewelry is from Park Lane

Necklaces: Raja a sweet necklace with an elephant and Roman that chunky chain trend in deep blue

Earrings: sparkling studs

Bracelets: Denali set

Be sure to come to my Park Lane site and see the gorgeous jewelry here

xoxo

Danielle

Italian Stuffed Pepper Soup

Italian Stuffed Pepper Soup… all the taste of your favorite Italian Stuffed Peppers in soup form!!!

Oh my goodness do you like stuffed peppers? You are going to live this recipe!!!

In 2020 I shared 2 recipes every week!!!! Wow what an accomplishment 👏

In 2021 I want to slow down a bit and only share 1 recipe per week some weeks I will have a bonus recipe(maybe more)

I hope you have enjoyed the recipes so far and hope you will continue to follow this year for some more yummy recipes that are easy to fix right at home any night of the week!

I absolutely love green bell peppers and the idea of stuffing them with ground beef, rice, tomato sauce is just perfect but what about winter and you feel like soup instead? No problem I’ve got you covered with my Italian stuffed pepper soup recipe that is sure to be a hit with the whole family!!!

Italian Stuffed Pepper Soup

Recipe by The Closet CookCourse: MainDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Total time

45

minutes

all the deliciousness of a stuffed pepper in soup form! Perfect for those chilly winter nights!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups rice(minute rice)

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 6 cups beef broth

  • 1 small can tomato sauce

  • 3 tbsp tomato paste

  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 medium onion diced

  • 2 bell peppers(1 green and 1 yellow)

  • 1 clove garlic minced

  • 1 tsp oregano

  • 2 tsp basil

  • 1 tbsp parsley

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • mozzarella cheese for garnish

  • 1 green onion sliced for garnish

Directions

  • In a large pan place 2 tbsp olive oil and saute onions and peppers until tender, remove from pan
  • In the same pan brown ground beef until fully cooked and brown through
  • Add Worcestershire sauce add onions and peppers and simmer
  • Add tomato sauce, tomato paste and beef broth bring to a boil
  • Add rice turn heat down to low stir, put lid on and allow to simmer for 10 minutes
  • Take lid off and stir soup allow to simmer with lid off 10 minutes
  • Put garlic bread in oven to brown
  • Laddle soup into bowls top with a pinch or two of cheese and green onions
  • Allows our to sit in serving bowl for 5 minutes as tge soup is extremely hot also gives the bread a chance to finish toasting
  • Enjoy!!!

I hope you enjoy this soup recipe and please let us know if you tried it… what did you think?

Xoxo

Danielle

Pizza Tortellini for two

It is so hard to fix just a small amount, really it is and even dinners for two tend to still leave you with leftovers for thr next day.

With Christmas and new years fast approaching the last thing I need is more food in the fridge that will more than likely get thrown out

So here is a fun twist on regular baked pasta… combining my two lives of pasta and pizza for that perfect weeknight comfort food!

Here is what you will need

Pizza Tortellini for two

Recipe by The Closet CookCourse: Uncategorized
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 servings of three cheese tortellini cooked

  • .5 cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 minced garlic cloves

  • .5 cup parmasean cheese

  • 2 tablespoons banana pepper juice

  • 1 tablespoon of parsley

  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 cup cooked Italian sausage

Directions

  • Cook tortellini according to package directions and drain pasta
  • In a non-stick skillet place 2 tablespoons of olive oil, garlic, onion, and seasoning(salt, red pepper, parsley) and cook until tender
  • Add onions mixture to drained pasta and stir in 1 cup of grated parmasean cheese
  • Add 2 tablespoons of banana pepper juice and toss with pasta
  • In your skillet brown sausage cooking through remove 1 cup for this dish reaerve the rest for another meal
  • Add marinara sauce
  • Simmer 5 minutes
  • add 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Add sauce to pasta and mix
  • Place pasta mixture in an 8×8 casserole dish
  • Cover with mozzerella cheese and top with pepperoni
  • Bake in a preheated oven 375⁰ for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly and golden
  • Serve with your favorite garlic bread and side salad

Winter gnocchi soup

You know those cold to the bone winter days the ones where everything you do to try to get warm just doesn’t work….

Well have i got just the recipe for you. This recipe will be just the thing that warms you right up

Winter gnocchi soup

Recipe by The Closet CookCourse: MainDifficulty: Medium
Servings

8-10

servings
Prep time

45

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes
Total time

1

hour 

10

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 pound hot sausage

  • 1 medium onion diced

  • 1 cup celery diced

  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced

  • 6 cloves garlic

  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

  • 2 14.5 oz cans fire roasted tomatoes

  • 1 tbsp beef boullion

  • 1 tsp parsley

  • 1 tsp oregano

  • 1 tsp salt

  • t tsp pepper

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 cup parmesan cheese

  • 1.5 cans carnation evaporated milk

  • 1 pound gnocchi

Directions

  • In a large soup pot put the following in
    -olive oil, sausage, onion, celery, red bell pepper
  • Saute and cook over medium heat until sausafe is completely cooked (no pink)
  • Add garlic and red pepper flakes
  • In a bowl add beef broth and to it whisk in the flour and cornstarch
  • Add both cans of tomatoes
  • Add step 4 and 5 to the soup
  • Add 1 tbsp beef boullion
  • Add seasonings- parsley, oregano, salt and pepper
  • Add 2 bay leaves
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes
  • Add 1 cup parm cheese
  • Add carnation milk
  • Add gnocchi
  • Let soup simmer for 20 minutes

Notes

  • you can use a submersion blender on the tomatoes so not to have large chunks of tomatoes
  • Serve with garlic bread

Hope you enjoy this soup!!!! Did you give it a try? Let us know in the comments below

Xoxo

Danielle

Gifts for crafters

I am a crafter and this list is dear to me… these are my top tools I cannot craft without

First up is the CRICUT

Oh my word what can I say about the cricut… I LOVE the cricut my love goes back years ago when I was blessed to be chosen to be a part of Cricut’s demo army when the gypsy and cricut cake were released…. oh the memories!

I LOVE the cricut and any crafter in your life will love a cricut too… I recommend a cricut explore air unless you are a fabric crafter then you would want the maker.

Next up is the best tape a crafter could ever ask for… the 3M taper runner is not small at all it is very large but worth the money and the size… for any papercrafter this is a must have

next up is some more adhesive… the absolute BEST glue you will ever find!!!

I was lucky enough to discover this gem right before Thanksgiving and I dont know how I ever crafted before!!! I mean the fine precision tip is the Best for those tiny cuts (the cuts you will make with your cricut!!!)

Not to mention… how cute is the bottle?

Next we have my favorite storage cart… once you gather all of these tools you will need a place to store them. This Lexington cart is the BEST, it even has an optional table top which covers the top basket but gives you extra workspace and protects the inside of that top basket.

You can place your cricut on top of this cart if you opt for the table top add on

The wheels make this cart mobile which is super nice.

Note: Recollections have more styles of carts available but Lexington is what I personally have.

Are you or do you know a card maker or a stamper? You will want to consider Copic markers. These are the BEST craft markers and allow you to create realistic effects on your designs by layering colors and real life like highlights! There are so many options for copic markers so make sure to check with your crafter.

Next up is a must have if you are a stamper and you use copic or want to start using copic markers.

stazon ink pad… creates crisp lines that are permanent and eliminates color bleeding.

This next one is so much fun and even if you dont play with vinyl you will want to try this at least once.

Infusible ink

This is unlike anything…. vinyl sits on top of the fabric while infusible ink goes into the fabric, like what you find in stores, creates a more professional look for your creations, it is very cool, you will want to try it out, believe me!

These tweezers are the BEST for paper crafters… pick up those tiny cuts and they will help you.add adhesive and create your projects, you will want to keep these handy(in your Lexington cart)

My list could probably go on and on I mean I didn’t even talk about paper but lastly my favorite scissors are Fiskar scissors… even if they say for fabric only, you never want to cut paper with scissors you cut fabric with but if you are just using them for your paper crafts these are perfect they are my FAVORITE brand of scissors

Happy crafting

Xoxo

Danielle

Easy Chicken Chilquiles

Oh my word my favorite… I know I know I say that a lot but honestly chiliquiles are my favorite and not all Mexican Restaraunts serve it, makes me sad… insert sad emoji.

Did you know that traditional chiliquiles actually have eggs in the dish most often it is made using fried eggs but sometimes scrambled eggs are used. This would be perfect for brunch

I have had it prepared this way only one time and it was really good bit normally I eat it for lunch or dinner and so no eggs.

I have been wanting to try to fix chiliquiles like my favorite Mexican restaraunt does. I have attempted this recipe 3 times. I guess it is true what they say 3rd times a charm and if at first you don’t succeed try try again.

Never give up on what you want to achieve… keep trying!!!

So here is my recipe it was so yummy

Easy Chicken Chilquiles

Recipe by The Closet CookCourse: MainDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Total time

30

minutes

chiliquiles are a favorite of mine and now I can have them anytime with this amazing recipe thst took me three times to get just right!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of shredded chicken

  • 1/2 medium onion diced

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1.5 cups medium salsa

  • 3tsp taco seasoning

  • 1 tbsp tomato paste

  • 1 package of crunchy taco shells

  • 2 cups cheese

  • white queso cheese

  • Garnish with cheese, green onions, lettuce, beans, sour cream, salsa…

Directions

  • In a medium non-stick stick skillet place olive oil in and saute onions until tender
  • Add taco seasoning, chicken, salsa, tomato paste
  • Simmer for 10 minutes
  • In a 8X8 pan lined with foil
    Break up the taco shells into chip sized pieces
  • Spoon over the chips half of the chicken mixture
  • Cover with half the cheese
  • Cover the cheese layer with more taco shells broken into chip pieces
  • Repeat with the other half of the chicken mixture and cheese
  • Place into a 425⁰preheated oven
  • Bake 20 minutes or until bubbly
  • Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes
  • Plate over a bed of lettuce and drizzle white queso cheese on top
  • Garnish how you wish

Notes

  • You can use rotisserie chicken for an even easier meal
  • You can crush up taco shells to Sprinkle over thr top of chiliquiles

Did you try this recipe? Please let us know below we would love to hear from you!!!

My Favorite Stocking Stuffers

Stuffing stockings are my favorite and getting my stocking first thing Christmas morning has always been my favorite! I can remember getting barbies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, jewelry, toys, of course lots of candy!!!

Leading up to.Christmas 2020 i wanted to.share my favorite things with my readers(hey I may give you an idea for that perfect gift!!!)

Today will be all about stocking stuffers

  • Monday 12-14- Stocking Stuffers
  • Wednesday 12-16-gifts for the crafter
  • Friday 12-18- gifts for the fashionista
  • Saturday 12-19- gifts for the foodie

I hope you will join in this week as I share my favorite things… oh I feel like Oprah if only I could do a giveaway too… maybe one day!

In no particular order here are my favorite stocking stuffers for her and guess what everything is under $20.00 and available from Walmart or Amazon!!!!

Impress nails that do not require any of that pesky nail glue and they last 1-2 weeks… so pretty many styles and colors available you can get at any drug store!

Nail polish is great… I love this brand… you can get this on their website Olive and June! This nail polish lasts a lot longer than regular nail polish, same quality as gel nails without the light or the time!

Papermate inkjoy gel pens are my favorite pens they are the quickest drying pens with no smudge no bleed through.

Fuzzy socks are the BEST especially of you are working from home as many are!

A prayer journal or devotional makes a wonderful stocking stuffer!

a manicure kit, one that can be tucked into a purse or bag for travel would make the perfect stocking stuffer

These sweet key ring bracelets are all the rage this season!

Well this toothbrush is well more advanced than what I got in my stocking growing up, and so affordable!

Every girl loves bath and body works or at least bath and body items like bath gel or lotion!

A fun crossbody is always a great gift for me this mini crossbody bag is GREAT and check out the price… wow!!!

Looking at those screens for hours can really put a strain on your eyes… these blue light filter glasses are THE GIFT we all want to receive!

Loving this exclusive limited post it notes available on Amazon!

Graphic tees are IT i mean they are on trend this season and I don’t see them going away any time soon! I love this beetles tee available at Walmart!

And last but not least dont forget about hand sanitizer this Christmas season!!!

Thanks for following along be sure to.come back Wednesday for some fun gifts for thr Crafter!!!

Xoxo

Danielle

Christmas Shopping

Probably one of my most favorite things to do and when I get to shop with my mom it is even better!!!

Today we set our alarms for 6, I was wide awake at 4 yea 4 AM but I do get up at 4 everyday through the week so perhaps that is why but also I was super excited!!!

We even went through our brand new dunking donuts to get some donut holes and a coffee and hot chocolate…

speaking of hot chocolate have you all tried those hot chocolate bombs? I mean they are all the rage this season…. I saw them posted online and of course thought we could try but the molds were sold out everywhere so we got cute gingerbread molds and came up with one well sort of…. bit at the end of all of the trouble we didn’t like the taste so oh well

Back to shopping my most favorite thing to do… you know some love it and others not so much…. I love it… everything about it.

my trunk is packed and so was my back seat and the front passenger floor!!! We had so much fun shopping for gifts. I mean giving is better than receiving isnt it? I love it 364 days a year I anticipate giving gifts.

Although 2020 has been different and will continue to be different it was super nice to be able to spend the day shopping with mom!!!

I hope each of your Christmas season is Merry and Bright!!!!

Stay safe and healthy

Xoxo

Danielle