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Monday, June 8, 2015

Beach, love, and harmony...bikini time!  This one can be worn with fringe straight down or flip it and it can be waterfall fringe!  so adorable!  xoxoxo





Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Enjoying a break from the norm

Yesterday, not only was it gorgeous outside in Topeka, Kansas, but I also had the day off.  I thought I needed a day to unwind and just get to relax, enjoy my chickens, my husband, crochet, and just be in the moment.  I had a wonderful day off!  I even was surprised to find a new little friend in my fish pond.  A cute turtle that stayed for a while.  And I got to enjoy my daughter's face when she got off the bus today.  I wish so much that I could see her on and off the bus everyday.  But having a day off, helps me to really live in the moment and cherish the times that I do get to be with the ones I love and see all of God's greatest gifts...

NEW!!! Golden Sequin Top for twinkle shine!!




Artichoke Bisque Soup Recipe

Oh man is this good!  Artichoke's are kind of intimidating to cook, but once I figured it out, I fell in love.

Recently I ate at a fancy restaurant that served Artichoke Bisque, it was the best dang soup I have ever tasted!!!  I decided to try to create this recipe.  I have added it below for you to try!  After eating and thinking, I could live off this soup alone...I went to the garden center and bought 3 artichoke plants and put them in my garden!  Pictures to come soon!
Give this soup a try and let me know what you think!!!

ARTICHOKE BISQUE:

Ingredients

Roasted or boiled vegetables:
4 Roma tomatoes
1 red bell pepper
4 whole artichoke hearts, on skewer
Vegetable oil
1 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup cream (I used fat free and still tasted great)
Several sprigs cilantro, leaf only, chopped
1 slice of cubbed sour dough bread or croutons
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
Suggested garnishes shredded cheeses, toasted pumpkin seeds or pine nuts.
 
Directions:
To prepare veggies, preheat in pan with water just slightly covering your veggies. 
Alternative option is to grill the veggies: Coat vegetables lightly with oil, place on grill just away from the hottest spot. Turn occasionally with tongs to sear all surfaces. Remove to a dish to let cool. Reserve any juices that accumulate.

In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic with butter over medium heat, stirring. In a food processor or blender, small chop the grilled/boiled vegetables. In saucepan with onion/garlic mixture, add vegetable stock, cream, grilled vegetables, and cilantro. Bring to simmer, stir to heat evenly. Combine cornstarch and water in a small separate bowl. Slowly add to saucepan while stirring to combine. The sauce will thicken slightly in 1 to 2 minutes to desired consistency. Add sourdough (helps thicken the soup) or croutons and add more water if necessary.

Add salt, dash with pepper, to taste. Serve with suggested garnishes, if desired.

Lake Time!! What will you be wearing?

I love when weather is warm, the sky is blue, the sun is hot!  Boating is my absolute favorite thing to do!!  Getting out on the water in a lake or on the ocean is so relaxing and has such gorgeous views!  I love watching for fish to swim and jump near the boat and watching for cranes and other exotic looking birds.  Ducks and geese are fun to watch!  Near Topeka, Kansas we live by a fun lake called Perry Lake.  It is pretty big and has lots of trees and nature so it really feels like the Ozarks!  I love camping and grilling hamburgers and hotdogs over the fire.  Holding my husband's hand as we go for nature walks. Eating Smore's at night under the stars!!!  ahhhh, can't wait!  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A great quote by Lil' Wayne--



Playing in the Sand today...




Fall in love this summer with SummerTime Love Bikini top

www.etsy.com/listing/233417994/summertime-love-romantic-bikini-string

 Fall in love this summer with SummerTime Love Bikini top!!!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/233417994/summertime-love-romantic-bikini-string?ref=shop_home_active_1 



Sunday, April 26, 2015

Benefits of Hemp and Cotton yarn


Hemp and cotton yarn are not only beautiful, but good for you!! Hemp and cotton yarn is vegan,  good for the environment, and is perfect for sensitive skin.  It is soft and available  in a wide variety of colors.  It is available all over Etsy and other internet websites.  I prefer buying it from small businesses and individuals that spin the yarn themselves and if you don't have a local store or place to purchase then you should definitely try shopping online on Etsy.
www.foxymoxiebyangj.etsy.com



What is hemp you ask? The following is great information for those who don't know all it's benefits: 



Hemp is a natural fiber from the cannabis sativa plant (no, it's not pot or the wacky tabacky) it is specifically produced for yielding long soft fibers.

Benefits as Clothing
*Non~Allergenic
*Antibacterial
*Antifungal
*Ultra absorbant (perfect for cloth diapers!!)
*Washer and dryer friendly
      ~will not shrink
      ~gets softer each time you wash & dry
*Holds shape
*Acts like wool in that it breathes, absorbing moisture to cool the skin in hot weather and insulating in cold temps
*Blocks harmful uv rays
*3X stronger than cotton

Benefits to Environment
*Improves soil structure
      ~Root system is large (up to 3ft), anchors and protects soil from erosion
      ~Replenishes nitrogen and nutrients
*Biodegradable, Recyclable, and Reusable
*Grows very fast allowing large yields in every climate
*No herbicides, pesticides, or fertilizers needed due to fast growing wide canopy of leaves. (Production of cotton consumes almost one half of the nation's ag chemicals used)
*Cleans up toxins from the ground through the process of phytoremediation

Other Uses for Hemp
*Paper
*Fuel
*Food
*Cosmetics
*Paints & Cleaners
*Building Materials


Be sure to check out my shop for items made using cotton yarn and cotton hemp yarn!! Link is on the  right side of this blog. 

Www.foxymoxiebyangj.etsy.com

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The beauty of crochet

This is Foxy Moxie's very first blog!  I'm so excited to share with the world the beauty and art behind crochet design of clothing, accessories, and other fun items to wear or display.  Crochet has evolved from granny squares and doilies.  Now crochet is all over high fashion runways, bohemian beaches, rock concerts and festivals, and nighttime dreaming sleepwear.  I love finding inspiration from surfer girls, bohemian gypsies, runways and magazines.  Yarn is woven and crocheted in delicate designs using quality yarn mostly using cotton fibers.  For hot summer days and wearing around water, cotton yarn is the best!  All natural cotton yarn is the vegan way.  Cotton yarn is environmentally safe and best for sensitive skin.  Check out Foxy Moxie's Etsy shop for available designs in Women's fashion and accessories, as well as baby and children's items, and other things.  www.etsy.com/shop/FOXYMOXIEbyAngJ





Today is a new day! Embrace it!!!
Foxy Moxie is more than crochet, it's a lifestyle!!