Apple Picking and Recipes

I don’t know whether an “apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but I do know apples are delicious and make for a healthy snack. Of course, they taste good in some not-so-healthy desserts too, but a girl has to indulge every once in a while. Right?!

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Being that there are many varieties of apples, there’s bound to be at least one type that makes your mouth water. And they always look so pretty in a decorative bowl, especially when red, yellow and green are all together representing just a few of the beautiful colors of fall. I do love autumn!

Apple picking is a tradition in some families and can be fun for all ages depending on the activities offered at your local orchards. I love seeing children giggle with delight while piling into wagons and then once at the destination, meticulously and slowly picking the prettiest and ripest apples. Not all is lost on the bruised ones though, they are suitable for making homemade applesauce and other recipes and they can sometimes be found at discounted prices.

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I found an easy and delicious-looking recipe from www.delish.com for ‘Apple Crisp Cookie Cups’. I haven’t tried it, but let me know how they turn out if you do.

You can see the video recipe here: http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a49383/apple-crisp-cookie-cups-recipe/

I also have an Apple Cake recipe to share with you from Mary Beth Roe, Program Host at QVC. It’s from one of her cookbooks, so it has to be good. You can see that recipe and step-by-step photos here: http://qvc.co/FallDessert

Feel free to share your favorite apple recipe in the comment section below. I’m always looking to expand my recipe catalog, as I’m sure other jewelry collectors are too.

Happy Fall!

Carolyn

Alphabetical Advice

Allow time for yourself; you too, are important

Be brave

Call your parents or a friend just to say, “hello”

Alphabet C

Don’t be shy; if you never ask, the answer is always, “no”

Exercise 30 minutes daily

Alphabet E

Forgive yourself and others

Give your children an extra kiss

Alphabet G

Hand write a thank you note or letter

Improve your intellect

Just do it! What are you waiting for?

Kindness: sprinkle it everywhere

Let go of grudges

Make a meal with a loved one

Never give up

Open your heart wider

Pop in your favorite movie

Quench your thirst; drink lots of water

Relax, but don’t be lazy

Alphabet R

Sleep; get enough

Tell someone you appreciate them

Alphabet T

Use proper etiquette

Volunteer

Walk

X-ample – lead by it. A stretch, but what starts with the letter, “X”?

Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift. That is why it is called the “present.”

Zzzzzs – shoot for 6-8 hours

With love,

Carolyn

Celebrating Self-Improvement Month

I read somewhere that September is ‘Self Improvement Month’, so I thought I would share my thoughts with you on the subject. I think the majority of people when asked about improving themselves would first mention things such as losing weight, eating better and exercising more. Those are certainly important things to work on and a must for some, but let’s also think outside of the box here ……….. what if we tried to improve our everyday thoughts and feelings?

What if we tried to improve our inner voice? Self-talk, so to speak. What if we tried to squash negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts? Have you seen the following video that’s gone viral? It’s a powerful one-minute video showing an incredible father, who thought outside of the box to teach his young daughter daily affirmations. You’ll want to watch by clicking the link below. It is so incredibly sweet and genius!

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Choose three to five positive things that make you special and make the commitment to repeat them out loud to yourself every day. It might seem trite, but I do believe it works. I’ll bet you have a memory of someone paying you a compliment that’s stuck with you all of these years and it makes you feel good every time you think about it. We can train ourselves to do the same. It doesn’t even have to take more time in your daily routine. You can talk to yourself while styling your hair, getting dressed, making  breakfast, whatever, just don’t attempt to talk while brushing your teeth! 😉

There’s a powerful quote by Maya Angelou which reads:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

I believe that holds true with how we make ourselves feel about ourselves. Reprogram and always remember how special you are.

Back to ‘Celebrating Self Improvement Month’, here are a few ideas most of us could stand to improve:

Say, “I love you” more

Get organized

Take time to relax

Forgive yourself

Spend wisely

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Show up early

Try something new

Keep your car clean

Set aside time for your hobbies

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Walk the dog an extra block

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What would you add to the list?

In love and self-improvement,

Carolyn

September

Happy birthday to all of you gals born in September. If that’s you, I hope you get to celebrate in a BIG way!!

September makes me think of many things and depending on whether you live on the east coast or the west coast, our thoughts and weather could be quite different. Parts of California saw record-breaking, 3-digit temperatures yesterday, while most of the east coast is around 60-70 degrees. But, no matter where you live, it usually means the end of summer and the beginning of weather changes and new experiences.

An abundance of various apples seem to be everywhere along with cider and donuts. Corn mazes and hayrides are high on the list too. Corn on the cob is usually at its peak in August, as it rolls right into September. September is also special for children returning to school. The excitement of buying new clothes, or in my case growing up, my mother making hand-sewn apparel with great care and lots of love. I felt a sense of pride sporting her creations.

Growing up in Minnesota, September also meant the beginning of fall. The height of the season was actually in October; however, leaves began to turn from bright green to amber, orange, nut-brown and beautiful shades of red throughout the month. Most days were perfect and the nights brought cooler temps allowing for comfy sweaters, jeans, hoodies and boots! On a side note, I love boots and have quite the collection. Boots are a must-have if you live in New Mexico. Perhaps, I’ll write a blog later about my boots and share a few pictures. What do you think? I do have a few very interesting pairs including my red, white and blue kickers – perfect for Labor Day.

Speaking of boots, ‘Fashion Week’ is going strong at QVC. Fashion is not just about clothing …. it’s about the total look and QVC and Carolyn Pollack Jewelry have all of the right pieces to complement your style at attractive prices.

See items from QVC’s ‘Fashion Week’ here.

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Also, keep your eye out for the pretty necklace in the sneak-peek picture below. It will be offered at a clearance price on September 11th.

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God bless all who were affected by the 9/11 tragedy. Our world was forever changed and we must stay together as a nation. Spread love and hope and continue being the fantastic person you are.

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In love,

Carolyn

 

 

 

 

 

Labor Day 2017

Imagine working 12 hours a day 7 days a week. I know it seems crazy, but that’s what Americans did during the Industrial Revolution. Later, women stepped into the workforce to compensate for the men of WWII. ‘Rosie the Riveter’ and other women who worked tirelessly on assembly lines paved the way for the women workers of today.
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 QVC Program Host, Courtney Cason dressed as ‘Rosie the Riveter.’ Adorable, right?!

Times have changed thanks to the Labor Union, more specifically the ‘Eight-Hour Day Movement.’ The movement pushed for eight hours of work, eight hours of recreation and eight hours of sleep (boy, that sounds great ;)). Thus, Labor Day was born celebrating the American workers and their achievements.

My husband, Bill and I, are extremely grateful to the men and women who work at Relios creating all of the beautiful jewelry we share on-air at QVC. With each passing year, our designs become increasingly more intricate, our quality standards go higher and the gemstones we use are rarer. We are so proud of the passion and dedication of our 200 plus employees who work with us in our production facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are also grateful for the many people at QVC who make it all possible. We’re also grateful for YOU – you who appreciate, embrace and celebrate the quality of American designed and made jewelry. There are lots of spokes within this beautiful wheel and because we all work together, it rolls smoother.

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A handful of our dedicated employees at Relios who feel more like family.

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Not only is Labor Day a time to honor the American worker, it is also a time to celebrate the last weekend of the summer. Hot dog sales are at a record high while millions of people enjoy barbeques, weekends at the beach and an extra day of rest and relaxation. There are also millions of critical workers such as doctors, nurses, police officers, etc. who selflessly work on Labor Day. To you, I take my (cowboy) hat off, celebrate you, and thank you for your extra effort. I also hope you get an extended weekend soon. You are appreciated.

For those of you who host with red, white and blue flair, here is a recipe from www.momendeavors.com:

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You will need three different juices/drinks in red, white, and blue. Really, you can use ANY red, white, and blue drinks that you think will taste okay together. The catch is that all three need different sugar contents per ounce. And, the larger the sugar content difference, the better your drink will layer. That’s because this involves a little kitchen science–density to be exact. So you’ll need to read your labels and do a little math for this recipe!

To get the layered effect, you’ll need to do a few things:

  1. Start by filling the glass about 1/4-1/3 of the way up with the drink with the highest sugar content per serving (red in this case).
  2. Then, fill the cup FULL with ice.
  3. Pour the drink with the next highest sugar content (white in this case) veryslowly over the ice. You’ll use the ice as a sort of buffer – pouring directly on to the ice with a very slow pour (small amount). If you just pour a whole bunch in quickly, the colors will combine.
  4. Repeat with the last layer (blue in this case)
  5. Snip the ends off of a Twizzlers candy and place in the drink for a straw. For some added fun, you could take some of the red, white, and blue TwizzlersPULL ‘N’ PEEL candy to add a little edible bow or tie to your straw.

 

How will you spend Labor Day 2017? Let me know in the comment section below. I love getting to know all of you a little better.

Stay in touch with me via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

With love, labor and loyalty,

Your friend,

Carolyn

 

 

 

 

Clean and Care

Don’t you feel a sense of accomplishment after “spring cleaning?” The windows open with fresh air breezing through and the light scent of lemon permeates through the house. I imagine most people don’t enjoy cleaning, but when it is all done, it sure feels good. It’s important to take care of the things we love and want to keep in their best shape possible. Jewelry is no different and now that you’ve invested in Carolyn Pollack jewelry, you’ll want to keep it looking as fabulous as it did the day you got it.

Storing your jewelry correctly is just as important as cleaning it. In fact, the better it is stored and taken care of, the less you will have to clean it. As the adage goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Things like perfume and hairspray can cause build up on your designer pieces, so we suggest putting on your jewelry as your last step in getting ready before walking out of the door. And when you return home, you’ll want to take it off first and put it away.

Wrap your pieces individually in tissue paper and place them in a plastic bag. Then you can store the bags in a jewelry box or a drawer that is away from light and extreme temperatures. When it is time to clean your pieces, simply use a polishing cloth. Visit www.carolynpollack.com to order yours today.

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As with all fine jewelry, we highly encourage you to keep it away from chlorine, silver dips, chemical solutions and ultrasonic cleansers, as these can alter the metal’s oxidized finish and compromise the color of the gemstones. We also recommend removing your jewelry before bathing or cleaning.

Since we’re “talking” cleaning, below are a few suggestions to help make your life easier:

  • Use Dryer Sheets to buff water spots from mirrors, bathroom/kitchen fixtures and shower doors, remove the ring inside the toilet and wipe baseboards clean
  • Cut up a lemon and toss a few slices in the garbage disposal and run it. This is a great trick to use just before guests arrive to keep your kitchen smelling inviting
  • Wash and sanitize your sponges by running them through the dishwasher
  • Use vinegar to remove water spots on faucets
  • Use a lint roller to remove crumbs from the table
  • Broken glass? Do not use your hands to pick up shards of glass. Grab a piece of bread and press it down over the area — it should pick up those little pieces you don’t want stuck in your fingers or the bottom of your feet!
  • Use rubber gloves to remove pet hair from your couch. Just slip your hand in and stroke over the hair-ridden area
  • Use coffee filters for dusting
  • Clean grout with equal parts of ammonia, vinegar, baking soda and warm water. Scrub with a toothbrush

Share your cleaning tips below.

Sincerely,

Carolyn

Don’t Miss the Eclipse

Glasses on. All comfy on the grass. Children singing, giggling and making new friends on the lawn. (It’s so easy for kids to make friends, isn’t it? “Hi, my name is so and so. Wanna play?” and a friendship is born. Adults sipping on wine excited for what is about to come. They know it will be magical even if only for mere seconds. They read about it in text books, but never experienced it personally. The anticipation grows! Here it comes.

The moon fully covers the sun. The temperature drops rapidly and day looks like night for approximately 2-1/2 minutes. What is it? It’s the Great American Eclipse and it’s happening on August 21st. This is an astronomical phenomenon which hasn’t been visible from the United States since 1918. We are truly blessed to be alive for this magnificent event. It IS a once in a lifetime.

Its path will run coast to coast, but only ten areas will see and feel the eclipse in its totality. For most of us, we will witness a partial eclipse – still a sight to see. I read that some businesses and schools will take a break during this time and join together to watch. Some people are throwing parties and some folks are even travelling to the areas that are directly in its path. If you’re one of them, there is a great book and website called, Roadside America. You will definitely want to give it a look. Even if not travelling by car right now, it is entertaining and a great conversational piece. It is neat reading about, and finding obscure places to visit.

Just in case you don’t know that you live in, or near, one of the fortunate areas to see the eclipse in its totality, I listed the locations for you below:

Madras, Oregon

Snake River Valley, Idaho

Casper, Wyoming

Sandhills of Western Nebraska

St. Joseph, Missouri

Carbondale, Illinois

Hopkinisville, Kentucky

Nashville, Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Columbia, South Carolina

Do you live in, or have you ever visited the places mentioned above? I was happy to see the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is along the path of the “total” solar eclipse. My husband, Bill, and I love National Parks. The scenery is always incredible and they’re terrific places to lace up your hiking boots and get moving.

I look forward to hearing from friends and family about their solar eclipse experiences. And don’t worry if you miss any or all of it, NASA and many websites will be tracking it and live streaming. Young and old this will surely be a sight to behold.

The iridescence of the moon reminds me of Mother of Pearl. Yes, I do always think in jewelry. It is my passion and I hope it is yours too!

Your friend in jewelry and all things magical,

Carolyn

Summer Breeze

What do Charlize Theron, Antonio Banderas, and Madonna have in common? Yup, they’re all celebrities, but there is something else. They were all born in the month of August and August is the epitome of summer.

Summer is intoxicating and the summer sun rejuvenating! My husband, Bill, and I enjoy hiking and biking. They’re both fantastic ways to burn calories and to clear the mind of all of the hustle and bustle. And, great news, hiking trails can be found just about anywhere. It’s also exciting to forge your own trails, both literally and figuratively.

Summer brings everything water related, zoos and camping trips. What a sense of freedom laying on a sleeping bag and admiring the stars. I remember learning their names and locations as a child. Do you remember feeling a sense of accomplishment being the first one to find the Big Dipper? It might seem like a little feat now, but as a child it was everything. The world is magical for children. August also makes me think of barbecues and vacations.

How about the fresh fruits and vegetables of the season? Have you ever purchased produce from a little roadside stand? That is the absolute best! It’s just about as fresh as you can get. There’s nothing like biting into a cool piece of watermelon or a tomato on a hot summer’s day.

Speaking of watermelon and tomatoes, here’s a quick recipe marrying the two. I hope you enjoy it if you give it a try.

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Ingredient List:

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

2 cups cubed and seeded watermelon

6 large basil leaves, thinly sliced

½ cup crumbled feta cheese

1 teaspoon lemon zest

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1-1/2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

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Directions:

Place the tomatoes and watermelon into a mixing bowl. Sprinkle with the basil, feta cheese, and lemon zest. Drizzle with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Toss gently. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

It doesn’t get any easier than that. Now ….. dig in!

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Jewelry is ALWAYS in season and peridot is the birthstone of August. And even though my birthstone is amethyst, I’m sure you know by now my favorite color is green.

 

Happy birthday to all of you August babies!! Enjoy your special day and the beauty of August!

Are you vacationing this month? Let me know in the comment section below and make sure to keep up with Carolyn Pollack Jewelry on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Love,

Carolyn

We’ve been Jaded

Green is my favorite color. There’s just something so alluring and comforting about the majestic hue. It makes me think of nature and the lush greenery of our precious land. Green is fabulous for decorating and how about the crisp, coolness of a granny smith? I can’t help but smile when I think of turtles (you will too when you see what’s new this month) and of course, jalapenos! I do live in New Mexico after all.

In jewelry, green stones are often hailed as regal and green is no stranger to Carolyn Pollack Jewelry. We’ve created pieces dripping in green turquoise, malachite, green agate, green emerald, mint green quartz and now we turn our wide eyes to jade. These heavenly pieces are available now on QVC! 

 

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) tells us:

“Jade has been cherished for thousands of years. It’s considered pure and enduring enough to inspire the wearer’s highest spiritual aspirations, yet sensuous and luxurious enough to satisfy down-to-earth cravings. Asian consumers have never lost their fascination for jade, and today, non-Asian buyers are drawn to jade as never before. All are attracted by its rich heritage as much as by its beauty, durability, and rarity.”

Being “jaded” never felt so good!

Love,

Carolyn

Our Warranty is Simply Fabulous

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All of us here at Carolyn Pollack jewelry love hearing from you. We want to know what you like, what we need to work on and any suggestions and/or questions you may have. We listen and we care!

We have read each and every review about our Simply Fabulous bracelet and we thank you for your honesty. While most of you were thrilled with your bracelet, unfortunately, a few of you were not and we apologize for the disappointment.

We stopped production as soon as we were made aware of the quality issue, because your satisfaction is our top priority. The entire Carolyn Pollack company worked together and all has been resolved. We have also extended our Limited Manufacturer Warranty to one year. If you need to return your bracelet, we will repair or replace it at no charge within two weeks. Guaranteed!

I have come to know many of you through Facebook, customer events and emails and I want you to know we appreciate you, your time, loyalty, honesty and the love we share of jewelry. We are family!

Sincerely,

Carolyn and Team