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Happy New Year! 2013 is an exciting year for me, personally! I finally got my own system down, and getting things done with Veve's. I have so many ideas in my head, to many actually, I have to keep a pen and paper nearby!...

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Merry Christmas! Sorry it's been awhile! Merry Christmas everyone! Thank you all for your support. Today I went with the family and I made some great appetizers that were Vegan as well as Gluten Free. I made Cucumber sandwiches...

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Holly Days! To all the people I had the chance to meet tonight, thank you so much for stopping at my table! I did add some things to the Etsy shop, I hope you enjoy it. I was nervous in the beginning of the night...

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My First Event Tonight is a big night for me, I will be doing my first craft fair called "Holly Days." So if you get a chance and can make it out to the Beverly Arts Center from 6-10 it would mean the world to me! There...

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Big week for me This week has been super busy! Getting ready for my first craft fair. I'm very anxious and have no clue what to expect. I will be at The Beverly Arts Center in Beverly, Illinois on November 3, the event...

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Happy New Year!

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2013 is an exciting year for me, personally! I finally got my own system down, and getting things done with Veve’s. I have so many ideas in my head, to many actually, I have to keep a pen and paper nearby! Which is a good thing. My inspiration are the little men in my life. I took on Veve’s knowing I would keep the original products and add some things of my own, but my boys, and my nephews give me new inspiration daily for what I’m doing, and going to be doing in the future with this company. I will let you in on a little secret, just one for now, but I will be starting a Baby line of bath product. These products will be delicate enough for a baby! This line will also be for those who enjoy light fragrance and fragrance free product. I wish you all a happy new year, and thank very much for your support.

Katie

Merry Christmas!

Category : cooking, restaurants, Uncategorized

Sorry it’s been awhile! Merry Christmas everyone! Thank you all for your support. Today I went with the family and I made some great appetizers that were Vegan as well as Gluten Free. I made Cucumber sandwiches with red pepper/zucchini bread, with a sunflower “cheese” It was soooo good! I actually stumbled upon the recipe on the web, of course. The website is called youngandraw.com I think everything on that site looks amazing! I think I’m just going to make everything just to try it all. Anyway check it out if you need a GF diet, Vegan, or just want to try something different. The new year is right around the corner and I have a ton of new ideas running through my head. Of course I will keep original scents (besides Dancing Queen), that’s how Veve’s became what it is today, but I have a new look for the products I’m coming up with. I’m hoping everyone likes it! Again Merry Christmas and I hope everyone got everything they wanted from Santa!

Love
Katie

Holly Days!

Category : craft fairs, fun

To all the people I had the chance to meet tonight, thank you so much for stopping at my table! I did add some things to the Etsy shop, I hope you enjoy it. I was nervous in the beginning of the night but everyone that I got to talk to made me feel at ease. I hope to see you all at more fairs, and I hope you all continue shopping with me in my Etsy Store! Please remember I do take custom orders, and I also do gift baskets! Thank you all again!!!!

My First Event

Category : craft fairs

Tonight is a big night for me, I will be doing my first craft fair called “Holly Days.” So if you get a chance and can make it out to the Beverly Arts Center from 6-10 it would mean the world to me! There will be a $5 donation at the door for Down Syndrome Awareness and a portion of my sales will go to the cause as well. Thank you for your support!

Big week for me

Category : craft fairs

This week has been super busy! Getting ready for my first craft fair. I’m very anxious and have no clue what to expect. I will be at The Beverly Arts Center in Beverly, Illinois on November 3, the event is from 6pm-10pm. There’s a $5 donation at the door for Down Syndrome Awareness, also a portion of my sales will go to the cause as well! Please come and see us and all the other vendors!

Thanks!!

Katie

My first Blog with Veve’s!

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Hello everyone! I would like to introduce myself, my name is Katie Forster. I have known Amanda my whole life, and loved this business since the day she started it. I feel it’s an honor to be taking over something that was so important to her. A little about myself, so I’m not a complete stranger to you all, I am a single mother of two, and live in a suburb of Chicago. I am very excited about all the events I’ll be doing this year, and about all the different things I will be making as well as adding to our inventory. I hope you all enjoy the new products, and don’t be afraid to contact me for any special orders! With the holidays right around the corner, you can start deciding on a scent or two for a Holiday Bath Basket! :)

A Big Change at Veve’s

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So, I forgot I had a blog. Or just decided that blogging isn’t for me. Or that any of this isn’t for me, anymore.

When I started this business I loved it. I could happily spend hours on all the work that needs to be done. I was focused and motivated. Over time, that waned. In the past year I haven’t felt any passion for this, instead feeling like it was a chore to be completed.

After much thought I decided to pass the business to a friend of mine, Katie. It was a tough choice and even though I wasn’t happy doing this anymore it is such a part of me and I put so much of myself into it that it gave me mixed feelings even though I know it’s for the best.

I welcome Katie and am trying to give her all the support she needs to be successful. She has fresh ideas and is so excited to be doing this, I’m hoping that she loves it and gives it all the tender care that I haven’t been.

Happy (late) Thanksgiving and Smoothies!

Category : cooking, diy, fun, recipes

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! Ours was small. My mom and sister were in Tennessee visiting family and Genevieve was in Michigan with her dad, so it was just me, my boyfriend and his mom. So it was different from most years, but a nice break from the usual routine. I was really happy that I got turkey and ham bones to make stock out of! The freezer is stocked for awhile now. I skipped Black Friday shopping. I don’t do well with crowds and long lines, and I prefer to use discount sites and coupon codes and do most of my holiday shopping online.

About a month ago Genevieve noticed the blender and asked me what it was for. I told her it was for making smoothies, because I couldn’t think of anything else right then even though I have never made them before. Since then she’s asked a few times if we can make them, and yesterday we finally did.

After consulting foodgawker and becoming hopelessly overwhelmed by all the smoothie recipes, and then wondering why I can’t manage to make such a simple drink I texted my friend Alaina, who loves cooking as much as I do. She broke it down in simple terms: fruit and a bit of liquid or ice, throw in blender, blend. So easy!

I used canned fruit, because none of the fresh at the grocery store looked delicious at all. I can of peaches, half a can of pineapple and a bit of orange juice. They were delicious, and now I have dreams of making a variety of fruit smoothies to go with breakfast each morning…

Genevieve making smoothies

in the blender

make smoothies today!

Pumpkin Decorating!

Category : fun, special events

Last Saturday was my friend Alaina’s annual pumpkin decorating party. Last year she set up a station for the kids to paint pumpkins which turned into a disaster mess, so this year she got a bunch of stuff for them to glue on the pumpkins. All the kids had so much fun! They got hopped up on cupcakes, decorated the pumpkins and played all kinds of games including running though the house in single file screaming and banging on instruments….

The food was fantastic as usual. Some sort of lentil sloppy joes, a spicy tomato-chipolte sauce and baked macaroni and cheese. Dessert was spice cake and pie (I especially enjoyed the pecan apple and NEED to learn how to make it!).

It was a really great night with family and friends!

Ve & Isaac discussing decorating options

Chicken Pot Pie

Category : cooking, recipes

There’s been a big change in me & Ve’s life: we moved in with my boyfriend! It’s been just over a month now, and we are all settled in at Brian’s house (our house!). It’s been an adventure, all of us adjusting, and it’s been really great.

All of us have been a bit sick the past few days. Me and Brian have colds, and Ve has yet another ear infection. It also finally cooled down, today was a perfectly crisp fall day in Chicago. Because of all that I was in the mood for some rich comfort food.

I used this Martha Stewart recipe and it was perfect. Fairly easy and all the flavors were just right. I used a mix of olive oil and butter (I tend to burn just butter), I left out the potatoes and peas, because we don’t have any, and added a few cloves of garlic. I also only had the little puff pastry shells, so I baked those separately and spooned the pot pie over them, so it was actually more like a stew, and would have been just as good with biscuits instead of puff pastry. I strongly recommend making your own chicken stock. It’s easy to do, far more flavorful than store-bought, and I feel good about using all of the animal.

Brian liked it so much he asked me to make a similar gravy next time we have mashed potatoes (I’m sure this is because the home made stock is so much tastier), but unfortunately Ve didn’t eat any. She’s recently decided to become a picky eater and it’s driving me crazy. I made her baby food, and as soon as she was on solids made sure that she ate a variety of foods, plenty of fruits and veggies and food from different cultures. I thought it was a fool-proof plan to raise a good eater and I was wrong. Most days she’ll announce that she now doesn’t like some new item that she’s always eaten without a problem. Yesterday it was bananas and today it was chicken. I never force her to eat anything, but the rule is that if she doesn’t eat dinner then she doesn’t get a snack later, and she always breaks down and ends up eating (although I’m sure that later she will ask for some cake and try to convince me that that is a proper meal!).

delicious!