Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Party....Easy-Peasey Appetizers! YUM:0)

Four weeks ago I decided to have a Christmas Party. Two weeks ago I had the party and it was a hit. I made all the appetizers myself and made sure that they could be made a head of time. I had enough to do prior to my companies arrival. My menu was all finger foods. I started with Cranberry Meatballs in a wonderful Cranberry & Chili sauce than made the Deviled Eggs with Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese, and last but not least Bacon Wrapped-Brown Sugared Smokies. Listed below are all the recipes. Enjoy!

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Sharon sig

Cranberry Meatballs
2 pounds ground chuck
2 large eggs
1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 (16-ounce) can cranberry sauce
1 (12-ounce) jar chili sauce
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes


  1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Shape mixture into about 54 (1-inch) balls.
  2. Cook meatballs, in batches, in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned (about 5 minutes); remove meatballs from pan, and drain well on paper towels.
  3. Stir together cranberry and chili sauces and next 5 ingredients in a large Crock Pot. Add meatballs; reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 to 25 minutes or until centers are no longer pink.
  4. Note: To make ahead, place cooked meatballs in a zip-top plastic freezer bag, and freeze up to 1 month. Thaw in refrigerator, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated.
Deviled Eggs with Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese


6 large eggs
3 tablespoons minced smoked salmon (about 1 oz.)
3 tablespoons minced green onions
3 tablespoons softened cream cheese
1 tablespoon sour cream
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
Garnishes: fresh dill, smoked salmon slivers, sweet paprika

Place eggs and enough water to cover in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes. Drain; return eggs to saucepan, and add enough cold water and ice to cover. Let cool. Remove shells from eggs, halve each egg lengthwise, and scrape yolks into a bowl. Reserve egg whites.
  1. Combine yolks, salmon, and next 7 ingredients, mashing with a fork until well blended. Spoon filling into reserved whites, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and refrigerate up to 2 days. Garnish, if desired.

Sugar Bacon - Wrapped Smokies

Nonstick cooking spray
1 - 16 oz. package small cooked smoked sausage links
15 - slices of bacon, each cut crosswise into thirds
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil; lightly coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
 Wrap each sausage link with a bacon piece, overlapping the bacon piece at the end. Press the end of the bacon piece to seal or secure it with a wooden toothpick.
  Place brown sugar in a large plastic storage bag. Add several bacon-wrapped sausages to bag and seal. Shake bag gently to coat sausages with brown sugar; place sausages in prepared pan. Repeat with remaining bacon-wrapped sausages and brown sugar.
 Bake about 30 minutes or until the bacon is browned. Serve immediately. Makes about  45 appetizers.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Year End SALE Going On NOW at California Livin Home on ETSY!!!!

2013 is coming FAST! Don't miss out on my Year End SALE going on NOW at ETSY. ALL Stock items are 20% off!

thanks for taking a peek ~
Sharon sig

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Two day's before Christmas! Can you believe that 2012 is almost gone and 2013 is next week! I hope everyone who has read my blog this year has enjoyed it. Please come back in 2013 to read more fun & interesting articles, fun facts, great places to shop and all things beachy, nautical and California!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year !
Vrolijke Kerstmis & Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! 
Feliz Navidad & Feliz Ano Nuevo !
Fröhliches Weihnachten & Glückliches Neuahr! 
Buon Natale & l'anno nuovo Felice! 
Lystig Jul & Glad Nytt År ! 
Munter jul & lyckligt nytt År! 

                                                                                                                         thanks for taking a peek ~
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Fantastic Finds Friday !*!*! It's a SHORE Thing !

Before you know it Christmas will be here. If you are still looking for that unique gift that no one else has for that special person who is so hard to buy for but loves all things Nautical........look no further! I found a few items that will make wonderful gifts and a few stocking stuffers to boot.
Take a look~ 

I know you are thinking, "what is she thinking!" Flatware? Why not? I know I could use some new flatware in my kitchen. I found these beauties at The line is called Vietri Aladdin Blue Flatware.
The elegance of mother-of-pearl, the strength of high-grade acrylic and 18/10 stainless steel, plus intricate latticed metalwork on the handles. Dishwasher safe. $82 (5-piece set)
Lattice design available in antique or brilliant.
or how about...................................
This wonderful Terracotta Starfish Cannister set from This Cottage Starfish Terracotta Canister Set creates a casually charming beach cottage look. Finely detailed starfish drape around the sides of each canister, with slightly distressed terracotta edges visible beneath the semi-transparent glaze. Metal knotted rope handles on each lid for easy access. Canisters are all 6"x6" wide, and 8", 9", and 10" tall. 3-pc set is $122.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


California Livin Home on Etsy is having a Sale!

Take 15% off ALL Stock Items.
All Holiday, All Pillow Covers.

Get yours before they are ALL GONE!!!
thanks for taking a peek ~
Sharon sig

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cozy Up! Hot Drinks for the Holidays~

Christmas is in the air and the days are getting colder. After your evening stroll get in from the cold and cozy up to the fire with some hot and yummy holiday beverages this Holiday Season ~

Candy Cane Cocoa

Original recipe makes 4 (1 cup) servingsChange Servings
4 cupsmilk
3 (1 ounce) squaressemisweet chocolate, chopped
4 peppermint candy canes, crushed
1 cupwhipped cream
4 small peppermint candy canes


In a saucepan, heat milk until hot, but not boiling. Whisk in the chocolate and the crushed peppermint candies until melted and smooth. Pour hot cocoa into four mugs, and garnish with whipped cream. Serve each with a candy cane stirring stick.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Makes 1 to 2 servings

2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin OR 1 teaspoon Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup (your choice)
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
1 to 2 shots espresso, about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee
Whipped cream, to garnish


In a saucepan whisk together milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. If you don't have a blender, don't worry about it — just whisk the mixture really well with a wire whisk.
Pour into a large mug or two mugs. Add the espresso on top.
Top with whipped cream, if desired, and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.

Minty White Chocolate Eggnog

Makes 8 to10 servings


 In a medium saucepan, combine 1 carton of eggnog, 1 cup chopped white baking chocolate, and 1/3 cup crushed peppermint sticks. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is heated through. Serve warm topped with freshly grated nutmeg and additional peppermint sticks as stirrers.


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Sharon sig

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving~

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Sharon sig

Boston Sea Glass Jewelry

Back at the beginning of the year I wrote a post on beach glass also known as sea glass or mermaid tears.

Today I wanted to follow up that post with what Alison at Boston Sea Glass creates with her found glass treasures!

Lime Green Glass -
Sea Glass Jewelry Starfish Necklace in Lime Green Beach Glass

The necklace includes a tiny piece of green wire wrapped sea glass, a pewter starfish charm and a Swarovski pearl drop. It comes with an 18 " silver plated chain.

My favorite color!
Alison Goyette

 Alison lives in a small home overlooking the Boston Harbor Islands with her husband and 6 year old son. This is the same street where she grew up on and the beach is like her second home, even in cold weather. Alison collects sea glass and wire wraps it, or combines it
with beachy charms, but her specialty is colorful beach wedding
jewelry. Alison on weddings, "I love keeping up with wedding color trends. This month I am focusing on one-of-a-kind  jewelry for holiday gifts".
In 2013 Alison's jewelry will be featured in several retail shops! 

Alison is also on Etsy : BostonSeaGlass

Cornflower Blue Glass-
Bridesmaid Necklaces Cornflower Blue Starfish and Sea Glass Charms Bridal Beach Glass Wedding Pendants

A perfect choice for your summer wedding, destination wedding, or for any bride who loves the ocean!

Purple Glass

Purple Glass-

Red Glass-
I have never seen or found a piece of red before, WOW!

Sea foam Green Glass-
This Sea foam Green is absolutely stunning! The shapes you find send the imagination into a creative frenzy. Love the Heart!
How sweet would these be to give away to your Bridesmaids?
Or, how about to your favorite gal-pals!
Love this Lime Green Glass!

Beach glass is created when glass items have been disposed of in the oceans by man or by sunken ships and vessels. Once it is in the ocean they are smoothed by the actions of the waves, sand and stone to create these lovely little pieces of sea glass gems. Sea glass washes up on nearly every beach on earth. The color of sea glass is determined by its original source. Most sea glass comes from bottles and jars.

 The most common colors of sea glass are Kelly or lime green; brown, blue and purple (clear). These colors come from bottles used by companies that sell beer, juices, and soft drinks.
  thanks for taking a peek ~
Sharon sig

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Coastal Cottage Christmas ~*~ Shell Christmas Trees

OH Tannenbaum - OH Tannenbaum~
Coastal Cottage Christmas
New in my Christmas Shop on Etsy,
Shell Christmas Trees in 2 sizes,
Small and Tall.
They won't last long!
Small Shell Tree
Measures 7-1/2" tall x 3-1/4" widest point at base.

Tall Shell Tree
Measures 10" tall x 4-1/2" widest point at base.

thanks for taking a peek ~
Sharon sig

Friday, November 16, 2012

FUN FACTS FRIDAY -+-+- Interesting facts on the Cranberry!

As a kid I was never one to want a serving of the Cranberry sauce at the Thanksgiving table. I wanted to wait for the Pumpkin Pie. I don't know if it was the gelatinous-jiggle look it had out of the can or for that matter that all the "older" relatives liked it, (what kid wanted what the Aunts and Uncles thought of as yummy...they also thought Fruit Cake was good -- NOT ME!) As I grew older though and my tastes changed, literally, I decided it would not hurt to take a taste from the infamous cranberry dish after so many years of hating something I had never tried. To my delight, I liked what I tasted. I don't know if it was because it was more of a chutney than just the blob that came out of the can but I liked it! Today I wanted to post a little more info on the Cranberry since Thanksgiving is less than a week away.
Thanks for taking a peek ~
Sharon :0)
1. Cranberries are one of only three fruits that are native to North America. It's a wild fruit that grows on long-running vines in sandy bogs and marshes, mostly in the Northeast, but also in the Pacific Northwest.

2. Native Americans were the first to enjoy cranberries. They mixed deer meat and mashed cranberries to make pemmicana—a survival food. They also believed in the medicinal value of cranberries—long before science discovered cranberry's health benefits.

3. Native Americans also used the rich red juice of the cranberry as a natural dye for rugs, blankets and clothing.

4. Cranberries were called “sassamanesh” by Eastern Indians. While the Cape Cod Pequots and the South Jersey Leni-Lenape tribes named them “ibimi,” or bitter berry. It was the early German and Dutch settlers who started calling it the “crane berry” because the flower looked a lot like the head and bill of a crane.

5. It wasn't until the 1800's that people began farming cranberries. At first growers would pick the cranberries by hand. Today most cranberries are harvested using a technique known as wet harvesting. That's when the bog is flooded with water and the cranberries float to the surface, where they are easily scooped up.

6. Sailors once used cranberries as a source of vitamin C to prevent scurvy. Besides Vitamin C, we now know that cranberries are also full of antioxidants that help cleanse and purify the body.

7. Some cranberry bogs are more than 100 years old and still produce today.

9. Americans consume some 400 million pounds of cranberries a year, 20 percent during Thanksgiving week.

9. American recipes containing cranberries date from the early 18th Century.


Here is a recipe I am going to try out this Thanksgiving~

Spiced Cranberry Chutney


You can make this Chutney ahead of time so you have more time for all the other goodies you will be making, plus more time with your family instead of the kitchen! This cranberry classic will go great with your turkey and stuffing.
1 bag frozen cranberries
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tbsp peeled, grated ginger
  • zest and juice of one orange
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick cinnamon

    1. Bring all ingredients to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 40 min.

    2. Store in a clean jar for up to 10 days.

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

    Whimsical Wednesday - It's all about the Paper at PAPER POTPOURRI on ETSY

    Linda over at Paper Potpourri on Etsy has a love for paper! You can see it in every one of her creations in her shop. Handmade gift tags, cards, bookmarks, thank you notes, wedding favor tags, personalized stationery, and altered journals. Vintage style is prevalent in her work but there is plenty of whimsical, fun, holiday and let’s not forget the little touches of “bling” in her designs as well.

    Linda specializes in custom orders. She has oodles of Christmas tag’s this Holiday Season so when you get a chance stop by her Etsy Shop,

      By the way…….did I mention she is also a Southern Californian !

     Thanks for taking a peek ~

    Sharon :0)

    Stationary Gift Sets....

    OOH-LA-LA Frenchy French....

    Gift tags....

    Here comes the Bride..Weddings!

    Ho-Ho-Ho Holidays...

    Scrapbooking & Embellishments

    Thank You...

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    Fantastic Find Tuesday ~ Loo Jewelry

    Here in Southern California on any given weekend you can find some sort of event to go to. Whether it is a festival, craft fair, flea market or art fair, you can always find vendors that will really wow you with their creations.  I attended our Second Saturday Art Fair last month and found not only the most unusual but the most creative item I can say I have ever purchased. What was it? Loo jewelry. Huh? What? If I was to hand you one you may think it is just a cute ceramic bobble for the windowsill or garden. But oh contrare!
    You know those toilet bolts you have on each side of your bathroom toilet? Ugly, huh? Why not replace the plastic cap with a cute and unique accent – Made from durable ceramic they fit quite easily over the bolt and so much easier to clean. They come in a great selection of colors and are so unique I purchased some for myself and for stocking stuffers.
    Thanks for taking a peek~
    Sharon :0)

    Stephanie Wirkkala, artist/entrepreneur, is the mastermind behind Jewels for the LOO®
    The Turtle, Fish and Frog are $23 a pair. And come in a variety of colors!

    The Lotus, Plumeria and Spiral are $20 a pair and come in a variety of colors!


    My Bathroom Loo Jewelery!


    Friday, November 9, 2012

    My Christmas Shop on ETSY -*-*-*- "NEW" Scented Coastal Ornaments & Glass Ornaments!

    Christmas is right around the corner so why not get a jump on your Holiday decor? New in my Etsy Shop are Scented Holiday Hanging Stocking Ornaments and Heart Shaped Glass Ornaments filled with Shells! Come get them before they are all gone.
    Thanks for taking a peek ~
    Sharon :0)

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