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The Earring Project

Me and Granny

My Granny loved costume jewelry. When she passed in 2003, all the granddaughters got to comb through the two suitcases full of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and pins. She also had this beautiful jewelry box that set on her dresser for as long as I can remember. I used to run my hand across the gold stars and peek wistfully inside, as I inherited her love of costume jewelry, but mine runs mostly along the line of earrings. I LOVE earrings.

I was fortunate to be the receiver of Granny’s star studded jewelry box and as I was looking through it the other day seeking a specific pair of earrings, I started thinking about how many pairs I actually own, and how many of them are rarely worn. So I came up with the idea to wear a new pair each day and then I thought, why not post a picture a day of each pair, telling a little history of what I remember about them.

It’s not like I have anything serious to work on, like rewriting and re-releasing Choosing Happiness After Divorceso why not start something frivolous and fun? Right? Besides, it’s a good way to see what’s in the box these days ( and the drawers, and the jewelry hanging thing in the closet, and in baskets, and little plates and on the shelf in my bathroom) because seriously, I have a lot of earrings. Here goes then, the first pair in The Earring Project.

These were made by my sister, Glenda. The glass globes she purchased in Venice and the green beads come from a necklace our father brought each of us from Swaziland, Africa. I love these gorgeous globes of fun!

This is the Earring Project in honor of the Granny, queen of costume jewelry! Follow my campaign on Instagram: janeannpics or twitter @janeannthompson

Let me know which ones you like! Here’s to a fun summer of earring love!

Peace and Joy!


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Friday Foodie: Basil Pesto with Walnuts (vegan)

Friday Foodie: Basil Pesto with Walnuts (vegan)

Hi Friday Foodies! Today I am showing you how to make a basil pesto. A freeze is predicted here tonight, so I want to use up the basil before it is gone. Many grocers have basil year round, so if you don’t have some in your garden, check for it next time you are in the store.

I use walnuts in this version, though piñon nuts are the traditional, but they can be rather pricey, so I often use walnuts instead. I made this version vegan, by removing the parmesan and adding nutritional yeast to provide the cheese flavor. I also use mostly water instead of all oil. I prefer to use the healthiest fats in my diet which are those provided by nuts and avocados and some coconut.

Use pesto on a bowl of spaghetti squash or on grilled vegetables.


Friday Foodie: Basil Pesto with Walnuts (vegan)
Recipe type: Spread/sauce
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2-4
This is a vegan take on traditional basil pesto. The parmesan is replaced with nutritional yeast and most of the oil replaced with water.
  • One bunch of basil leaves; washed. Approx. 1½ cups stuffed.
  • 3 Tbs water
  • up to 2 tsps olive oil
  • ¼ c walnuts
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp salt
  1. Place all ingredients in food processor and blend.
  2. Add more water if necessary to achieve a creamy blend.


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Strut your stuff!





Strut your stuff! Be confident in your body no matter where you are weight wise, by doing a few  simple yoga and balance moves every morning. Then stand tall, and move with confidence. Part of being healthy is acting healthy, so take simple steps and move in the healthy direction. And don’t forget to strut your stuff!

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How to water sauté onions and garlic

A fatty diet leads to fatty blood cells which makes the blood cells insulin resistant. To avoid this, we need to cut added fats out of our diet. Today’s vlog shows you how to sauté onions and garlic using nothing but water. You can use this method with any veggies. Give it a try and if you have questions, please post a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Peace and Joy!