Saturday, October 31, 2015

~ Silent Sunday ~




2 "By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 

3 And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done."

Genesis 2:2-3 NIV


28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 
29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 
30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

~ Witch Hats ~


I shared these last year ~ thinking they're worth a repeat!  :)


I'm sure you've seen these cookies in the past. Seems they always come back around for Halloween. I did these for the grands when they were small ~ made a hit!  :) They're so, so easy and not at all expensive. Great for Halloween gifts, treats for the office, school, whatever.



(4.25-ounce) tube orange or red decorating frosting
(11 1/2-ounce) package fudge-striped shortbread cookies (32 cookies)
1/2 (13-ounce) package milk chocolate kisses, unwrapped (32)

Pipe a small mound of frosting in center of each chocolate-covered cookie bottom; press a chocolate kiss on frosting. Pipe a frosting band and bow around base of each kiss. Easy, peasy!

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~ Halloween Cheese Ball Appetizers ~




You can use any cheese ball recipe that you like. Once mixed thoroughly, place in plastic wrap, like Handi Wrap. Then shape into a skull or use a mask and press into that.  Chill thoroughly before serving.  You might have to chill for a bit before you can shape it.  Use sliced almonds for teeth and stuffed olives for eye balls. I kinda think I'd take the olives later for a dirty Martini!  :)





Pumpkin Cheese Ball



With a mixer, blend 16 ounces room-temperature cream cheese with 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar, 3 tablespoons minced onion, 2 tablespoons salsa, 2 teaspoons ground cumin and 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno. Scoop onto plastic wrap and use the wrap to form the mixture into a 5-inch pumpkin-shaped ball; chill at least 2 hours. To serve, unwrap, roll in crushed nacho-flavored tortilla chips or your choice of flavor, and press a bell pepper stem into the top.


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Sunday, October 25, 2015

~ Silent Sunday ~




How great is it to open the Bible and read words from the Prince of Peace giving us quotes to live by. This photo looks so peaceful to me...the water, the Church and God's artistry in the background. 


"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."
John 14:27


"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33



“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us"
~ Augustine

Friday, October 23, 2015

~ Friday Five ~


  It appears that most of the style magazines and online sources are stating that "Plum" is the it color for this fall and winter. Thought I'd share a couple that I saw advertised.  They are beautiful!



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L'Oreal Plum Adagio

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Have you ever considered stenciling a texture on your walls?  There was an extremely talented blogger from Lubbock that used to post and she had done a lot of this type decor in her home. I've loved it ever since she shared and I found this resource in case you'd like to check it out.





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Do you enjoy baking and decorating Christmas cookies?  Of course, there are always reasons for making cookies!  :)  This is an online tutorial for you. The first lesson is free and then you can decide if you'd like to enroll.



Make classic sugar cookies from scratch with the Wilton method. Not only will Emily show you how to make the dough and cut out shapes, but she also shares expert tips for decorating the cookies with royal icing. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to make professional looking cookies for holidays, Halloween, parties and special events year round.


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This last suggestion is just really an fyi for you. Are you aware that tomato juice is good for lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure? Of course, choose the low sodium variety. It is packed with the antioxidant lycopene and vitamins C, E and K. Another is Pomegranate juice! It may help control hypertension by making blood flow more freely to your ticker. It also fights the harmful effects of free radicals and can lower bad cholesterol. Just look for brands with no added sugar. Try a splash in sparkling water with a squeeze of lime. Of course, you could always add a bit of vodka too!  :)  Actually, beer, coffee, red wine and green smoothies are ok for the heart. Avoid soda, energy drinks and sugary juices.

I had an "event" a couple of weeks ago...short of breath, light headed, nauseous, dizzy, tightness in chest and felt I couldn't get enough oxygen. It lasted awhile and I almost went to the ER. Hate to do that plus it went away finally. I used my inhaler and it probably helped...it was difficult to tell due to so many symptoms. Anyway, I saw my Dr. and he did an EKG. Then he recommended I see the cardiologist again. I had an appointment with him yesterday. He did another EKG and a Echo. I go back on the 2nd for a nuclear stress test. I'm not looking forward to that as I did this a few years ago. It honestly feels like I can't get enough oxygen and feel a tightening in the chest often. Just want answers so your good thoughts and prayers would be very much appreciated!

I'm not sure if you knew Joan Hayes of Chocolate, Chocolate and More ~ sadly, she passed away early yesterday morning in her sleep. She was 49, a single mom with 3 children and an awesome lady! If you don't mind, check her blog often so her kids will benefit from the income and YOU will benefit from her incredible recipes! Just so sad and I know her kids and other family members would appreciate your good thoughts and prayers as they try to adjust to this change in their lives. It's another reminder that we need to be kind and love hard!

Have a wonder*filled weekend!

P.S.  I should add that I have not received any compensation from these resources ~ just sharing. :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

~ Did You Know? ~


About the color choice for 2016 by Benjamin Moore?  Surprisingly, it is "Simply White". Take a look here: Benjamin Moore 2016 Color Trends

What do you think?  It will be interesting to see what Pantone, Sherwin Williams and others choose.


About a free tool called Peek  ? Actually, they record a person’s first impressions of your blog/site and it’s usability and send it to you. It’s 5 minutes of totally unbiased opinion from a stranger – which could be pretty valuable I'm sure. I might suggest that you don't take it personally! One person’s opinion isn’t necessarily going to be everyone’s opinion but hearing my ‘tester’ offering critique about things on my blog without really taking the full 5 minutes was a bit disappointing. Oh well...  She advised that my blog is too flowery, looks as though I'm selling products (the Friday 5 "suggestions") and she didn't have time to read more. I'd say it was maybe 2 minutes. I'll try again in a few weeks and see what happens!  :)

Just thought I'd share a couple of things today. Hope your week is going well!

Friday, October 16, 2015

~ Friday Five ~


* In my ongoing attempt to find a product to help this dry skin, I recently bought a nice sized sample of this serum at Target for $6.  So far, so good!  Although many stores/drug stores allow returns, having a sample size that lasts awhile works for me.

L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum Treatment

Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum speeds surface skin cell renewal, revealing millions of new skin cells each day for fresher, more youthful looking skin.
Instantly, skin feels smoother, softer.
In 1 month, skin feels firmer, appears visibly replumped, renewed and full of life.


L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum Treatment, 1.0 fl oz


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And, another L'Oreal product from the Infallible line ~

The colors look a bit vivid online and in person, however, you can use the Iced Latte shown below as a hi-lighter just under the brow or as a base all over the lid. The intensity of the color is only determined by you. :)  There are several that could be used for a holiday look! My friend, Lisa, from Texas Decor shared other products from this line during the summer. The humidity here in Texas can cause any make-up product to just melt.  Not attractive!



L'Oreal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow:
  • Intense, maximized color
  • Luxurious powder-cream texture
  • 24-hour long-lasting hold
  • Waterproof, crease resistant, fade resistant

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Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Body Gel Oil

I've used this for years, especially during the winter months. Apply it in the shower while you're still wet and allow to dry naturally.

Vaseline Cocoa Radiant Body Gel Oil, 6.8 fl oz

Make your skin feel silky and supple all year with Vaseline Cocoa Butter Body Oil. It also contains Brazilian nut and almond oils for a natural glow. The gel absorbs quickly without a sticky, greasy residue. The moisturizing 6.8 fl oz cocoa butter oil makes you feel smooth, hydrated and healthy. 


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I've mentioned before that I'm a "candleholic" ~  the Votivo brand is one of my favorites! The Tuscan Olive is so wonderful during the cooler weather. It isn't overpowering but scents a room nicely.

AROMATIC CANDLE TUSCAN OLIVE

Reminiscent of a time long past, the faint aroma of earthen pots overflowing with basil, oregano, and bay tempered with the light filtered blanket of clear pressed olive oil from the backyard trees; Tuscany's bounty' courtesy of Mother Nature.
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And I'm leaving you with something sweet!  :)  You know they say that a bit of dark chocolate daily is good for your health...try this!


Ghirardelli Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree Chocolates, 4.12 oz

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Sea Salt Soiree Chocolates:
  • All natural
  • Dark chocolate with sea salt and roasted almonds
  • Perfect sharing and candy dishes
  • Perfect balance of rich ingredients and chocolate intensity
  • Moments of timeless pleasure
  • Kosher

I hope you have a wonder*filled weekend!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

~ Halloween Veggies ~



This is another "rerun"!  :)   I'm short on time and Halloween is fast approaching.  A friend shared this with me last year so thought I'd pass it on! There really isn't a recipe ~ I think it's self-explanatory. This would make a great appetizer or even a snack for the kids. It's fun, colorful, healthy and something different.

Sharing with ~ 






Tuesday, October 13, 2015

~ Tea Cup and Mug Exchange ~


Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose recently hosted another Tea Cup and Mug Exchange. This was my first time to participate and I'm thrilled to share my amazing experience with you! 


My amazing gift was from Peg who is a fellow Texan and lives not far from me. I have to tell you, it was like Christmas to receive the package and all the treasures inside!


Such a beautiful fall theme and everything wrapped in "candy corn" paper!  Take a look at the lower right corner ~ she took the time to copy a few recipes and share them.  She wrote a lovely letter introducing herself and it's like we're sisters from another Mister!  :)  The note cards are perfect too and I'm sharing them when writing my Chemo buddies.


Aren't you jealous of the incredible chocolate candy and cookies?


I was excited and really didn't take such great photos so please excuse!  I've stated before that I'm not a photographer ~  and yes, I'd LOVE to have a new camera.  Take a look at the little pumpkin!  Peg also took the time to crochet that as well as a little mat for the mug.


Isn't it adorable?


Aren't you dying over this coffee??  More decadent chocolate ~ :)


The darling mug in my favorite color ~ red ~ along with the little mat. I think it's incredibly nice that she took the time to crochet, copy the recipes, write the wonderful letter and then package everything so beautifully!  I wasn't advised that Peg has a blog so will share this with her via email.

Sadly, I did not photograph the package I sent to Adria in Colorado. Maybe she will share with Stephanie.

Thank you again, Stephanie, for organizing this exchange!  You do such a wonderful job of matching us. Makes my head hurt to think about all you do!  :)



Saturday, October 10, 2015

~ Silent Sunday ~


I feel very sad tonight as I share this scripture. A dear friend of mine passed away early this morning. She had been ill a very short time.  She was found to have lung cancer about 3 months ago and the oncologist said about 6 months. At least she's not in pain now and I'm sure she's celebrating with loved ones in Heaven. When we spoke a few days ago, she was laughing and that will be a treasured memory.

I'd like to suggest that we try to remember to speak words of encouragement and kindness to our families and friends. Think about it ~ you never know what your last words to someone may be. Make them meaningful, kind, funny, loving and worth remembering!  


Friday, October 9, 2015

~ Friday Five ~


I thought I'd share a few favorites of mine!  This time of year brings a seasonal change and new products. 

I bought these tissues the first of the year when I had the flu. I can't even tell you how much I like them!  They really are cool ~ in more ways than one. :)  Very nice when you have allergy problems too.


Kleenex® Cool Touch*Tissues

Kleenex Cool Touch* Tissues are made with a unique blend of ingredients, including cooling moisturizers and aloe. When Kleenex Cool Touch* Tissue comes in contact with your skin, body heat activates the formula to release cooling comfort to soothe a sore nose.

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I recently commented about having such dry skin problems. I remembered that I had one bottle of this "magic" left and began using it. I had purchased a special offer on one of the shopping channels sometime ago and 5 small bottles were included. I do recommend this!  Lots of uses as noted below in the comments from Josie Maran.

100% Moroccan Argan Oil

Argan Oil is a 100% organic, chemical-free gift from nature. Its cosmetic and nutritional benefits have been the best-kept secret of Moroccan women for centuries and a secret that was whispered to me on a modeling shoot ten years ago. Moroccan argan oil is extracted from the nut of the argan tree, which grows only in the Moroccan desert. Argan oil is loaded with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, so it has amazing healing, conditioning and repairing properties. Argan oil benefits your skin, hair, feet, nails, and even your baby's bottom. A moisturizer so pure you can use it on your baby, or use it to dress your salad? That's my idea of pure beauty.

Why I love it: Argan Oil might not be able to solve all the world’s problems, but when it comes to your body, there isn’t much it can’t do. It’s light enough to use as an everyday moisturizer, and powerful enough to soothe the symptoms of skin ailments like eczema or rosacea.
Argan Oil is more than a pretty face. It’s a world-changer in a bottle—organically grown, then harvested and processed by women who support themselves and their families by selling us their liquid treasure. Health, beauty, and women empowering themselves: that’s the essence of Josie Maran Cosmetics. 
What’s in it: There’s nothing in the bottle but 100% Pure Argan Oil—organically grown, cold-pressed, and ready to rock your world. 
What’s not in it: You’ll find no fillers, no fragrances, no preservatives. It’s a win-win just as it is for all ages, all skin types, all the time.
How to use it:  I could go on and on. But for starters, you can use it to hydrate your skin after a shower.  Dab a drop on rough cuticles, or smooth it onto your hair for shine and softness. Or…you tell me!
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If you have nail issues, this is the product you MUST have!  My sister-in-law is a nail technician and has had her own business for years. She's tried to retire for a few years now but misses her clients too much so she continues to work a couple days a week. :)  She does not do acrylics or any product with chemicals. She recommended this Nailtiques formula for me and, I promise, if you use it as suggested, it works! I use 2 coats prior to applying a color. I also take Biotin and Hair, Nails and Skin.

Nailtiques Nail Protein Formula 2, Treatment - .5 fl oz

Nailtiques Nail Protein
Formula 2 - Treatment for Soft, Peeling, Bitten, Weak or Thin Nails Nailtiques Nail Protein formulas were created to treat different nail conditions. The salon-tested formulations offer special combinations of ingredients, including hydrolyzed keratin and protein in combination with gelatin and calcium to build a healthy nail foundation. The protein formulas bond the nail layers together building a strong nail foundation resistant to peeling, chipping and splitting.
Benefits:
Nails that are soft, peeling, split or just will not grow will see marked improvement when treated with Formula 2. This formula consists of a unique blend of protein and conditioners. The protein immediately acts to help bond nails that are splitting or peeling. Formula 2 also helps to strengthen the nail resulting in long, strong and healthy nails.


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I added this for fun since Halloween is fast approaching. :)  I know that many use a very dark, almost black nail polish. I don't as my skin is so fair...looks almost startling!  I really like Essie products as well as OPI.  They are a bit expensive I think. Have you ever tried "Sinful" brand?  They're usually available at Walgreen's and other drug/super stores. I have to say that the polish usually stays on well and they're like 2 for $3.  Much more favorable to my budget!  :)


licorice

a beguiling jet black cream.

licorice - deeps by essie


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I'll leave you with something sweet and a smile!  Get these while you can ~ they are offered for a limited time only.



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I hope you have a fun filled weekend!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

~ Pumpkin Trifle ~


I shared this recipe last year, however, I thought perhaps there might be new peeps that might like to try it. Great recipe for a crowd!


This is a dessert that everyone will love!  You must try it and see if you agree.



Ingredients: 
1 box / bag pumpkin bread mix (such as Pillsbury Pumpkin Bread Mix or Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread Mix)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 15 oz. can pure Pumpkin
½ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup Grand Marnier
¼ cup water
1 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

  1. Bake bread as directed in a bread loaf pan.
  2. Let cool completely before slicing into ½” slices.
  3. While bread is baking, beat whipping cream, vanilla and sugar on medium - high speed until it forms peaks.
  4. Add softened cream cheese and mix on low until well blended.
  5. Fold in pumpkin with a large spoon. Refrigerate mixture until ready to assemble trifle.
  6. In a saucepan, combine syrup, Grand Marnier and water over med - high heat and bring to low boil. Turn heat down to medium - low and simmer for 4 - 5 minutes.
  7. To assemble, form a few bread slices around bottom of trifle dish (filling in little holes with bread pieces).
  8. Lightly coat bread slices with sauce using a pastry brush.
  9. Spread pumpkin mixture evenly over bread.
  10. Repeat layers up to three or four times depending on size of trifle dish.
  11. Garnish top of pumpkin trifle with pecan pieces. 
  12. May serve immediately or refrigerate several hours before serving.
There are a few steps to making this but it's absolutely worth it! It feeds a large group, believe me. Just look at the ooey gooey goodness that's layered one on top of the other!  :)


I added pecans to the pumpkin bread mix also...of course, I love pecans!  The directions did not state where to add the cinnamon and my bread was already baking when I realized this. I just added the cinnamon to the Grand Marnier mix! 

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

~ Silent Sunday ~




Luke 12:6-7 (NIV)

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

~ Welcome October!! ~


My favorite month has finally arrived and look at our daily forecast!  :) 



So, so glad you're here!!


I had injections in my back yesterday morning. Kind of a miserable day after the meds wore off.  Love the knock out drugs though!  :)  Looking forward to being able to do more now and getting back to my walking. 

Do you get sick of your summer clothes?  Boy, do I ever!  I'm not a fan of summer attire anyway and I feel like it's washed to death. Putting another bag together to donate...feels so good to let go!

I'm doing laundry and want to get a hair cut today. I think having your hair done feels so wonderful!

Will leave you with a little Texas Halloween decor!  :)