Splurge vs Budget

We added some new earrings to the site, and as always we are here to give you ideas on how to wear our pieces. These earrings were inspired by one of our past collection and also the nineteen nineties bright color era. These earrings are Bold, Beautiful and undeniably Stylish, see for yourself

Whether you are on a college budget or your credit card has no limit, our earrings can match any style or personality. In fact, in our humble opinion, we believe Shoplawdamassey jewelry should be in every woman’s closet. Don’t you agree?

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TAMARIND JUICE RECIPE AND BENEFITS

As you all should know by now, I love to create, so in my spare time, when I need to clear my mind I like making food and drinks from scratch. Today I made Tamarind juice. I am sure there are 100s of recipes around, but I am sharing mine for those you might not know what Tamarind is and it’s benefit.

Tamarind is a long pod with a hard brown shell. Tamarind come from a tree found around tropical Africa, and South Asian countries, and is imported to other places mainly from many tropical regions including Asia the Caribbean.

In some parts of the Caribbean Tamarind is known as Tamarindo by the Spanish speaking islands, such as; Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. In the Islands like Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, we like to make tamarind balls with our Tamarind. The pulp is rolled into a small ball with sugar when you bite into the balls it’s tangy, sweet tasty. Similar to how I like my popcorn, sweet and salty.

Tamarind ball

Tamarind is said to be:

High in vitamin C, calcium, potassium and iron

Prevents atherosclerosis

Prevents chronic disease

Replenishes hair, skin and nails

Reduces inflammation

Boosts the digestion

Acts as a mild diretic which aids weight loss

Lowers the risk of diabetes, for the record I am pre diabetic.

It can also be used for gargling to treat sore throats.

Peel the Tamarinds like this

Ready to make your juice?

1. Shell tamarind pods.

2. In a sauce pot over medium heat, combine tamarind and 3 cups of the water. Bring to a simmer, stirring and mashing with back of spoon, for about 8 to 10 minutes or until tamarind is softened and mixture is thickened. The flesh at this point has mostly peeled from the seeds.

3. Using a fine mesh sieve, strain pulp into a pitcher. Slowly add the remaining 4 cups water to the pulp, mashing with the back of the spoon to extract any remaining pulp. Discard seeds.

4. Meanwhile, either make a sugar syrup by adding sugar (use your description) with one glass of water and let it boil or use honey instead. *Note: I added my to sugar to my remaining boiled Tamarind when making my syrup to eat later as a treat. Similar to the taste of the balls, sweet and tangy.

5. Sweeten tamarind water with your sugar syrup to taste and stir well.

6. Serve over ice.

After the sugar syrup is drained, this is what is left as a tasty treat

Kate Spade Is Dead!

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Kate Spade dead at 55! I am utterly shocked.

Kate was born Katherine Noel Brosnahan, but was known professionally as Kate Spade, she was an American fashion designer and businesswoman. She was the namesake and former co-owner of the designer brand Kate Spade New York. She and Andy Spade founded the Kate Spade New York in 1993 brand together. She sold 56% of the company to Neiman Marcus Group in 1999, and the rest of the company in 2006. In 2016, she and her partners launched a new fashion brand called Frances Valentine, she also went by the name Kate Valentine.

RIP Kate

December 24, 1962 – June 5, 2018)