|R. Kelly Slammed & Clowned At 2019 NAACP Image Awards Nominees Luncheon + Young, Black Hollywood Is Super Woke Cache Translate Page|
The NAACP isn't here for R. Kelly and his recent sexual assault allegations or his interview with Gayle King. Find out what was said about Kelly and peep the red carpet flicks from the 2019 NAAP Image Awards Nominees Luncheon inside...
It's a woke a-- celebration!
Youngings and veterans in the game were honored and recognized at the 2019 NAACP Image Awards Nominees Luncheon held at Loews Hollywood Hotel ahead of the 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards. The event is usually held in January, however, this year they moved it to March to "extend Black History Month," according to host Sheryl Lee Ralph.
Black Excellence was celebrated and foolish activity was put on blast.
The organizations president and CEO Derrick Johnson (above, alongside his wife Tamika Johnson) put R. Kelly on blast, following his insane interview with "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Gayle King and his recent indictment.
Sheryl Lee Ralph and Major, who nabbed three NAACP Image nominations, co-hosted the event and they joked about Kelly's interview during the introduction.
Young, Black Hollywood was in the building!
"black-ish" actor/nominee Marcus Scribner and "This Is Us"a ctor Niles Fitch stopped for a photo-op.
Niles, who plays teenage Randal on the hit drama series, said he's looking forward to seeing more dark-skinned lead actors and actresses.
YAS! We stan his thoughts on black love being put on display for the masses.
His co-star/nominee Lyric Ross also dropped some gems during the event.
"Dear White People" star/nominee Logan Browning said she wants to see more perfectly, imperfect women tell real stories we can relate to.
Same. The world could use more #BlackGirlMagic in entertainment.
"Marlon" star Essence Atkins struck a pose on the carpet in a cute school-girl inspired 'fit. She's nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series cateogry.
"Insecure" star Domonique Perry made her way on the scene and snapped it up with other attendees:
Our auntie in our head Loretta Devine stepped out to celebrate her nomination in the Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series category for her epic scene in "Love Is_"
Nominee Salli Richardson-Whitfield was all smiles with her daughter, Parker Richardson-Whitfield, at the event. She was nominated for her directing skills in the Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series for Marvel's Luke Cage - "I Get Physical" episode.
"Greenleaf" actress Lynn Whitfield was on the scene after she was nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Lady Mae in OWN's "Greenleaf."
By the way, none of the NAACP members made comments about embattled "Empire" star Jussie Smollett - who's nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - following his recent indictment.
The 50th NAACP Image Awards will air live from Dolby Theatre on March 30th on TVOne.
|~! Cache Translate Page||I smile to let u all know i am happy...|
but y u all don't understand at all?
Now i will just show my sad face...
when i am happy too?
I really don't wanna to like that...
Please let me be happy...
|Scuba diving and snorkeling Cache Translate Page||The gas are damn heavy. Snorkeling,I can see many fish but i became a dark people already but nevermind next year I want go again |
|I'm back Cache Translate Page||I,m back but i miss snorkeling and scuba driving..It so fun... |
|Trip Cache Translate Page||I will go trips for 4 days~|
|Dropzone Commander 1500 point Battle Report - UCM Vs PHR - Tournament Practice Cache Translate Page|
With my first Dropzone Commander tournament fast approaching I decided to get some much needed practice on one of the scenarios in the tournament pack. Spud and Aaron were happy to oblige.
As there was quite helpfully 10 scenarios in the Hawk Wargames 2015 tournament pack we decided to just roll a d10 and see which one fate chose. So we rolled up the "Search" scenario, which has a deployment map that looks like it has the measles.
Although after discovering that we only had 20 possible objective markers and the scenario required us to mark some as real we decided to go for the 5 out of 20 to be real. No we could have mixed them up and placed them our selves to be really tactical... but we decided to be lazy and get Aaron to place them for us.
We also filmed a battle report of this game:
So I don't spoil the results of the battle report I'll put my closing thoughts below:
So after that game what have I learnt? getting the initiative is vital, and I am going to try using a higher level commander in the next test game. This should also provide me with more useful command cards (having a bigger hand of cards).
The Athena (fast mover) didn't quite have the impact I expected, now this could be down to bad luck. Especially as it failed to turn up on its first attack run. So I might take it out the list.
More Apollos are needed, I don't think I can get enough of this unit with its ability to get where I need it and not really needing a transport (thus saving much needed points).
Stealth Missiles are not an upgrade worth the points, unless I have nothing else to spend the points on.
Finally I think I might try taking a second unit of Sirens as they are only 28 points more than a unit of immortals (after transports etc.)
Thanks for reading/watching
Dan (DeathBringa) Cain
|Ringkasan AGM MARES 2008 Cache Translate Page|
Tahniah pada MARES dan semua AJK yang bertungkus-lumus menjayakan AGM 2008 pada 29 MAC 2009 lalu bertempat di Rumah Kelab Mares Petaling Jaya.
Alhamdulillah AGM yang berlangsung berjalan dengan lancar sekali di samping menikmati hidangan Nasi Beriyani Gam setelah selesai pada jam 12:20 tghari. AGM kali ini tidak mengubah sebarang lantikan baru terhadap AJK tetapi adalah tertumpu kepada penyata kewangan MARES bagi unjuran tahun 2008. Apa yang membanggakan ahli-ahlinya adalah, kita mempunyai sahabat serta rakan yang sentiasa tidak jemu memberikan khidmat terhadap segala aktiviti yang dianjurkan. Aktiviti yang dijalankan juga lebih fokus terhadap kegiatan Radio Amatur serta secara tidak langsung memberikan khidmat kepada masyarakat umumnya.
Tertarik kepada nasihat dari 9W2ABL bahawa kekuatan kelab atau sesuatu organisasi itu bukanlah terletak kepada Presiden atau Naibnya tetapi adalah kerana kekuatan ahlinya sendiri. Kita yang perlu menentukan sendiri hala tuju sesebuah kelab dan sumbangan kita samaada secara terang atau tidak bukan menjadi sebarang pertikaian. Memang sukar melakukan kerja tanpa dibayar melalui wang ringgit akan tetapi kepuasan melakukannya untuk kebaikan bersama sudah memadai...itulah gambaran kepada mereka yang membangunkan MARES sehingga berjaya mengekalkan entitinya sebagai sebuah kelab yang memberikan bantuan kecemasan dari skop komunikasi di Malaysia. Sebagai ahli kita sepatutnya berasa bangga dan tidak cukup dengan itu, kita di saran agar mengambil sebarang aktiviti yang dianjurkan MARES walaupun hanya sempat sekali setahun tetapi cukup memberikan makna terhadap sumbangan anda.
Hasil pemerhatian saya juga mempamerkan petanda yang baik terhadap peminat Radio Amatur kerana aktiviti tahun ini dijangka akan dipelbagaikan agar semua ahlinya sedar bahawa bukan sekadar QSO sahaja menjadi aktiviti kita malahan lebih dari itu.
Untuk gambar, sila klik pautan dibawah yang disediakan oleh 9W2REJ semasa AGM tersebut.
|Favorite Baby Items up to 9 Months Cache Translate Page||Throughout this journey of motherhood, I've relied heavily upon my friends advice on which baby items to spend a little extra on and which ones it doesn't matter. So I thought I would pass on my list of favorites that have worked really well for our family over the past 9 months, especially now that Cole is getting more into the toddler phase.|
1) Invest in a nice highchair. I originally purchased a wooden high chair that was supposed to grow with your child and be oh so useful... wrong. It was so difficult to get him in and out of and the fact that it was fabric meant I had to wash it FREQUENTLY. Because lets be honest, what baby doesn't get their crackers, food, and juice all over the place at least once a day? So needless to say, we quickly invested in a more logically high chair. The BEST decision! I wish I would have had this chair when he was only months old so that he could have sat at the table with us and reclined while we ate. Although it comes with a steep price tag, I HIGHLY recommend saving up for the Peg Perego Siesta. I can't even think of one complaint. Definitely a keeper!
2) Baby Einstein Activity Jumper! This toy keeps Cole occupied in the mornings when he first wakes up. Now that he's mobile he's not interested in staying in one spot for very long, but it has been a life saver up until this point. He's played so long in his Einstein that he's literally crashed. Sweet baby!
3) Itzy Ritzy Grocery Cart Cover. I received this as a shower gift and am just now able to use it. I LOVE it. And so does Cole! It has places to attach a few toys so when I'm grocery shopping, he can still be playing; yet, I'm not in fear that his toys are getting thrown at the lady behind me or all over the floor. It has padding which makes those hard carts more comfortable for your babe and you don't have to worry about what germs he may be picking up while you're in there. PLUS, it can be used on restaurant high chairs as well. Bonus!
4) Summer Sharp Sight HD Baby Monitor. I originally thought I wanted a different monitor, but this monitor has exceeded my expectations. After having to send my original monitor in for a 6-8 week repair, I snatched this one up at my local BuyBuyBaby so that I could sleep knowing I could still monitor my babe from across the house. This monitor has spectacular imaging! During the daytime I would definitely categorize it as "HD." The night vision is not as detailed, but still much easier to see things than my original Levana monitor. I have yet to find something I don't like about this monitor. Definitely one I would recommend to someone who is looking.
5) This was listed under my favorites list before, and I'll mention it again. I LOVE my stroller!!! Click here to read more about it. I love my stroller even more now after experiencing it through airports, big cities and small towns. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my stroller!
6) Beaba Baby Spoons! I received some of these as part of a gift, and they are by far Cole's favorite spoons. I'm not sure why he prefers them over others, but every time I use these to feed him he always eats more and is less irritated about the process. He also loves to chew on them after he finishes eating. I think the silicone shape feels good on his teething gums. Needless to say, we wash these spoons frequently.
7) VonBon Feather Blanket. I have loved VonBon since the day Cole was born. They make great products, but I especially love their feather blankets. The extra thought and care that is put into their products is evident during the day to day use. Cole and I both love the feel, durability, and versatility of these blankets. They are the first ones I grab out of the drawer. I even used them when we were in Chicago as a changing pad when I had to change his diaper on the floor (Chicago is NOT baby friendly. I found ONE place that had changing tables. Thankfully I always carried these blankets with me so little guy didn't have to lay down on the dirty ground just to get a clean bum.) I wish they came in more colors and designs, but the black and grey feathers are perfect for any gender. So cute and practical. I also love how they are slightly oversized. Perfect for the baby/toddler transition.
8) Kickee Pants Jammies. Again, a staple in our home. Cole seems to get heat rashes easily and the Kickee Pant Jammies allow his skin to breathe enough that no rashes have ever occurred. They are so incredibly soft and their patterns are fun. We love Kickee Pants in this house! The perfect baby gift idea!
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Little Cole is 8 months old! The joy and excitement he brings to our whole family is unmatchable. You always smile, no matter how you feel or what's happening. You love life!
Who knew Walmart could be so fun?!
"Master Cole" got his first package in the mail from Uncle Jason and Aunt Chelsea! They sent him Mickey goodies all the way from Disney World. He was pretty excited!
Someones up to no good in Daddy's office. That face just screams ornery!
Cole got his first cold this month. Poor baby got it BAD. His Daddy and I were trading off sleeping so one of us could hold him two nights in a row bc he was gasping for air. Talk about scary. It's hard to see your baby be sick. Thankful it's over and his little smile is back!
Cole's favorite thing to do is visit Daddy and the football players. If we get there in time, Cole goes out with Daddy during the stretch lines and gets to encourage the football boys before they start practice. [He literally cries when we make him leave... little does he know this will be his life for YEARS]
An example of his crying fit as I'm leaving practice. Whomp Whomp. Good news, I finally got a picture of his new little tooth!!
Mr. Ornery has figured out how to open the shutters. I'm. In. Trouble.
A boy and his dog doing a little front porch sittin'
After his first wreck... Yes, you read that correctly. I was rear-ended heading to the grocery store. It wasn't bad, and little Cole behaved himself very well! All the excitement wore him out...
He plays so hard in his Baby Einstein that he literally falls asleep. Sweet baby!
[Yes, he's eating puffs on the floor. No, he doesn't to that regularly. Some days you just have to do what you have to do to get dinner made]
Snuggling with momma during nap time. Momma's favorite! =)
8 Month Measurements
Height: 28 inches (ish- doing this at home is not for the faint of heart)
Weight: 22.5 lbs
Eye Color: Blue/Green
Hair Color: Light Brown
|Frozen Baby Snacks Cache Translate Page||Ever since Cole started teething, I've had a difficult time getting him to eat solid foods. He seems to lose interest quickly and some days only desires his bottle. After talking with a fellow momma, she recommended I try freezing small bite size amounts of his baby food. So I got to work.|
I pulled out a cookie sheet, some wax paper, zip-lock baggie (or icing bag would work as well) and his baby food (gerber or homemade would work). I put his food in the baggie and then cut off the corner and started dropping little bit size amounts on the waxed paper. Once my cookie sheet was full, I popped it in the freezer. A few hours later, my snack bites were ready to eat!
Cole devoured his frozen bites!
A fun and easy snack for mom, yet a healthy and nutrious snack for baby boy. If you all have teething babes, I highly recommend trying this.
[Note: be careful about the size you freeze and give your child-- no one wants choking babes]
|7 Months Old Cache Translate Page|
Cole is 7 months old! How fast time is flying by. This month was especially CRAZY around our house. Cole had many "firsts" this month too. He attended his first football event on the turf with his Daddy.
He was able to hang out with Uncle Jason for a few weeks before he moved to Mississippi. [If that face doesn't say it all... He LOVES his Uncle Jason]
Cole learned to crawl.... backwards. Still working on the forward progress.
He listened to his Daddy sing and play guitar.
Cole got his first cowboy hat and boots with his Papaw! Stud muffin.
Cole rode his first airline flight! Yippee!! It was a breeze with this little man. He didn't cry or fuss a bit on any of the flights. He became a little traveler this month. We spent two weeks flying from city to city for back to back weddings. First, his cousin got married in downtown Chicago. So we stayed a few extra days to explore the city and relax a bit.
He got his first life-size Mickey Mouse!!! Obviously, a big deal. I mean can you see that look on his face?!
He rode his first marry-go-round while we were in Chicago.
And he slept through Pizza Date night with Mom and Dad. [We greatly appreciated your thoughtfulness, sweet son]
He slept through our family Italian dinner. Uncle Jason to the rescue! =)
He walked the Magnificent Mile!
And giggled his way through downtown Chicago. He was so much fun and such a trooper! He was passed around a LOT... yet he smiled and went to anyone that snatched him up. [Which this momma was very grateful for lots of family around, as I was in the ER up until hours before our first flight took off with bursitis. NO fun!]
Up up and away! Off to Mississippi we go for Uncle Jason and Aunt Chelsea's wedding!!
Cole got his first piano lesson from his Aunt Chelsea's second momma, Mrs Tricia. Obviously, he loved, loved Mrs Tricia! [And for the record, she can play the piano better than ANYONE I've ever heard. Such a sweet heart she has as well. We loved being guests in her home for the evening.]
Cole and Daddy at Uncle Jason's rehearsal dinner. I personally am crazy about his Mickey Mouse bow tie and red suspenders.
And even after sleeping in hotel cribs for two weeks, he was still all smiles as we drove to New Orleans to fly back home. Oh sweet baby, never lose your positive outlook on life. You bring so much joy to everyone you meet.
We love you, little Cole!!
7 Month Measurements
Height: [Sadly, I didn't get measurements this month.. whomp whomp]
Eye Color: Blue/Green
Hair Color: Light Brown
|6 Months Old Cache Translate Page||Cole is officially a half of a year old! Where has the time gone?! I can't believe he is getting so big. Time slow down!!|
Cole, you are the sweetest little boy. You make me smile all day, every day. You love to be with your mommy, but you are already so much of a daddy's boy! You want to be with mommy most of the time, except when you wanna play. Play time seems to be best enjoyed with your Daddy. You love jumping and being thrown in the air. You could do it for hours on end! You love talking and jibber jabbering about anything and everything. You are sleeping like a champ! You have started to be able to keep solids down (hallelujah!) yet you prefer fresh foods over gerber. Don't blame you there! So mommy has been making all your baby food for the most part. You are an awesome traveler!! This month you took your first road trip. We went down to Mississippi for your soon to be Aunt Chelsea's bridal shower. Although you were ready to be out of your car seat by the end of the 10 hours, you did INCREDIBLY well! I was so proud of you!! You adjust and adapt so well to everything we throw at you lately. Your daddy and I couldn't ask for a better baby. We love you SO much sweet one!!!
6 Month Measurements
Height: 2'2.5" (26.5 inches)
Weight: 19.3 lbs
Eye Color: Blue/Green
Hair Color: Light
|Cole's Birth Story Cache Translate Page|
On the cold morning of December 27, 2014, Lee and I headed into the hospital to meet our little baby boy, Cole.
We arrived at the hospital at 5:30am.
We signed in and got settled. I was being induced so the petocin drip started at 6:30am. Dr Wood came in at 8:40am and broke my water. The labor process was officially in full force.
Cole wasn't very cooperative for the first 9 hours. Every time I had a strong contraction, his heart rate dropped. The nurses became concerned and kept calling Dr Wood frequently. He kept having them move me regularly and came in to check on me about every hour. Our nurse kept talking to me about emergency c-sections and what all was involved. I could tell she thought I would end up needing an emergency c-section, but I was determined to have Cole naturally.
Finally, at 8PM Cole had moved down far enough for me to start pushing. It was the LONGEST two hours of my life. Finally after 14 hours of labor and 2 hours of pushing, our precious little boy was here! Cole Anthony was born at 10:02PM. He barely cried when he came out, which scared this momma, but he was perfectly fine! Just a tough little guy from the beginning.
After he was all cleaned up the grandparents came in to meet our little guy.
We are so grateful for a healthy baby boy! Praise the Lord!
And after two nights, it was time to head home! Cole was smiling as we packed our bags and got him ready to leave.
After Lee pulled my car up to the hospital door, my battery died. Of course. So thankfully Cole's Nana and Papa switched us cars and got ours up and working while we drove our little man home in their car. Thanks Nana and Papa! We love you!!
Cole's 4 day doctors appointment came quickly. He obviously remembered that his pediatrician was the same man who had circumcised him two days earlier because he decided to poop not only on their scale as he was being weighed, but also popped on their exam table. Oh little Cole, you always keep us guessing.
His appointment went well and we headed back to Nana and Papa's house to spend more time with family over the holidays.
The week following Cole's arrival was the fastest week of our lives. Although Lee & I were both completely sleep deprived, we somehow managed to keep waking up and taking care of our little man at the jump of a hat.
We love you, little Cole!
The Lord blessed us beyond words the day He gave you to us.
|One Month Old Cache Translate Page||I can't believe an entire month has past since Cole arrived; yet, part of me feels like he's been a part of our lives forever.|
Our lives have changed in so many ways over the past 4 weeks. We may not be getting much sleep, or always have a clean house, or even be able to eat a meal at one sitting... But we wouldn't trade any of that for the world now that we have our little Cole. He has brightened our lives in ways we never knew he could. Even the saddest days, are brightened by our little man. The Lord has blessed us so deeply when He gave Cole to us.
I love hearing his little grunts, groans and cries. We have officially turned in to "those parents" as we will do almost anything to get this sweet baby to smile (and I'm quite certain he enjoys watching us make fools of ourselves in the process). He may not like to sleep in his little bassinet, but that's ok... This mommy loves snuggling with him all night long (however, some sleep in your crib would be nice too, little guy).
Time is quickly passing and he is growing oh so fast. I love watching him grow, but wish he will stay my little snuggle buddy forever.
One Month Milestones
Height: 23 inches [95%]
Weight: 11lbs 4oz [90%]
Eye Color: Blue
Clothing: You switched from newborn to 3month clothing at 3 weeks old.
Nicknames: I like to call you "Little Bit," your daddy calls you "Buddy," and your Nana calls you her "Little Monkey."
Sleep: We have had many struggling nights of sleep with you, little one. You like to be held ALL the time. Especially when you sleep. We are just now getting to the point where you will sleep in your crib some nights. We haven't made a pattern of it yet, but it's progress!
You Love: Snuggles, your MamaRoo (this Momma's saving grace!), to play with your Daddy when he gets home from work, to dirty a diaper INMEDIATELY following a diaper change.. every.time. You love to ride in the car (until it stops moving and then all bets are off). You love to look around and see what's going on. You can hold your head up and look all around. You love to watch the ceiling fan turn round and round, and most importantly you LOVE to eat! (And I love to hear your little moans while you eat... Although it makes it hard to inconspicuously feed you). After you're finished eating you put both your arms up and wait for me to lift you and burp you. It's too cute! You love your momma and I love you, my sweet baby.
You Hate: Burpies! Light in your eyes (it makes you so angry!), to be hot, the hiccups (which you get regularly), to be put down before you're in a solid sleep, when your mommy leaves you for a few hours... You let me know about it when I return and then are clingy for at least a day until you know I'm not leaving again. You hate to be covered with a blanket when you're eating... Making it impossible to feed you in public. When you get angry, your face turns bright red and you hold your breath until you can't stand it anymore. You are super strong! I have a hard time holding you when you're throwing a mad fit, you try and jump out of my arms and sometimes you're pretty successful!
|Newborn Pictures Cache Translate Page||While we were still home over the holidays, we had Cole's newborn pictures taken. He was such a trooper and took the 4 hour photo session like a champ (with several milk breaks in between). He is a very happy baby as long as he's not hungry!|
At first we thought he was just a little angry while getting his pictures taken... However, after a couple weeks we realized it's the sun that was bothering him, not the pictures. This little guy does NOT like light shining in his eyes. He gets what we call his "mean-muggin" face on when the sun hits him. He's my little hermit.
A big thank you to Wendy White for capturing our little boy perfectly!
We love him to pieces!!
|Introducing Our Little Boy Cache Translate Page|
COLE ANTHONY BLANKENSHIP
Born December 27, 2014 at 10:02PM
19 inches long
We are thrilled to have this precious little bundle finally in our arms. Blessed beyond words! You are loved more than we could ever express, little Cole!
Newborn pictures and birth story to come!
*Photography by Wendy White*
|Cole's Black & White Nursery Cache Translate Page|
I am finally about finished with Cole's Nursery. I am so pleased with how it turned out. It's become a mixture of Lee and I both. Since the day I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to do a black and white nursery. Once we found out it was a boy, we took off running with the idea and here's what we came up with...
Crib: Bratt Decor
Whitetail Antler Chandelier: Cabelas
Bedding: Custom order through Bratt Decor
Cowhide Rug: Mathis Brothers Furniture
Glider and Ottoman: Blessed Baby Boutique
Throw Blanket: Pottery Barn
Horse Art Work: Drysdales
Changing Table: Bratt Decor
Mirror: Hobby Lobby
Changing Pad Cover: Mommy Moxie
Elephant Toy Chest: Bannor Toys
Bookshelf: Mathis Brothers Furniture
|A Little Glimpse at Cole Cache Translate Page||We finally have a little glimpse at what Mr. Cole will look like! I was so excited when I showed up for my ultrasound and found out they were doing 3D imaging. Lee and I are still debating on who he looks more like... Lee and our friends think that he looks like me; I however, see a lot of Lee in him. Time will tell! =)|
See you in January, little guy! =)
|Another District Title in the Books Cache Translate Page||Last night, my husband's football team captured another District Championship and brought the title back to our town for 2014! I am so very proud of all the hard work that each player and coach have put in since the spring to get the team to this point. I'm especially proud of this guy... =)|
Three years ago, my husband captured his very first district title as a head coach...
And last night we were able to recreate the same picture with our dear friends and fellow coaching family. I'm so very thankful to have such good friends to share in the crazy, wild ride of our football life. Here's to many more recreated pictures!!
|Cole's Baby Shower Cache Translate Page||A few weeks ago, dear friends of mine back home threw Lee and I a baby shower for our little Cole. I was grateful that it was on a weekend that Lee could come back home with me. It was such a fun and relaxing time. It's always nice to go back home!|
I am doing Cole's nursery in a black and white theme (post to come once it's finished), so Nikki continued the theme along into the shower. I love how it turned out. Every detail was perfect. Thank you, Mrs. Waggoner and Nikki for all of your thoughtfulness and generosity. Cole is one blessed little boy!
One of my favorite things about the shower was the mixture of floral centerpieces and baby books! I'm so excited to read each and every book to Cole.
And what shower would be complete without my mom's famous sugar cookies?! So grateful for a sweet "Nana" for our little Cole. I'm sure she will be making him many more cookies in the years to come.
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This past weekend, my mom and I threw a bridal shower for a childhood friend of mine. We had so much fun planning her shower that I had to share with you all how it turned out. We decided to use the theme "Meant to Bee" and added touches here and there to help express our theme.
I just loved the little heart confetti made out of pages from books. It definitely added a lovely touch to our centerpieces.
One of our favorite things was our dessert table! I mean, who doesn't love desserts?
In the back you will see chocolate covered oreos that my mom made herself with rose petals on the top. I am so sad I didn't get an unclose picture of the oreos. They were ADORABLE! And equally as delicious!
We served cake, cake pops, chocolate covered pretzels, petit fours, macarons, and jelly beans on the dessert table.
The food table consisted of tea sandwiches, fruit, mint tea punch, and lemonade.
Even though mom and I had so much fun planning this shower for the past few months, we were equally as excited to see it all come together.
Well wishes to the "bride-to-bee!"
[Details of where we purchased everything to come]
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You know those days when everything seems to be going wrong, until all of a sudden God steps in and makes it very clear that the little things in life don't always matter? Well I had one of those days this past week.
Everything from waking up sick with a nasty cold (which is the worst when your pregnant), to the gas pump at the gas station not working and a long line of people inside (all the while it's the one morning I can't spare a minute), to finally being a coach's wife on a CRAZY morning trying to get a quick picture to send in for a magazine article AND still make it to my doctors appointment on time. All to do before the clock struck noon. I thought for sure if the morning was this bad, that my afternoon had little hope of getting better.
I literally walked into my doctors office with 30 seconds to spare. Phew! Thank you, Lord! And that's when my day suddenly was put back into perspective.
This was the day we would have our big ultrasound and test results to find out if our baby boy was healthy or if there may be something to dig deeper into. Of course, this has any momma-to-be on her toes. I was thankful that my sweet momma went with me to my appointment, as Lee couldn't break free from work that afternoon as we had a football scrimmage that evening (I told you, crazy day).
It wasn't until our little sweet boy popped up on the ultrasound screen that the day seemed to slow wayyy down and get so much brighter!
He was moving all around the entire time (again, like his father) and scored perfectly on all his measurements and tests. My doctor told me that he must have read the textbook, as he is right on schedule with his development. Oh this momma was HAPPY to hear!
Thank you, Lord!!!
Our sweet Little Boy is growing every day, and so is his momma's belly. We are over the moon excited to have our little one in our arms in January! Until then, stay put little Cole. Momma can't handle going into labor during the playoffs ;-)
|Decaf Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte Cache Translate Page||Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. And with the fall, comes it's delicious drinks. This year, I've had to put a spin on some of my favorites, including the Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte.|
Although I am not solely against caffeine while pregnant, I have avoided it unless absolutely necessary. There has only be a couple of times where I've had to take a small dose of caffeine, but for the most part I've steered clear. So as the fall came, I knew I had to find a recipe for my favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte that was caffeine free!
After searching all over the internet for recipes to alter, I finally combined a few and found my own. To my surprise, it might be my new favorite fall drink!
If you're like me and craving a fall drink without the caffeine, try this! It's simple and easy to make in the luxury of your own home.
Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte
4 oz water
1 tea bag of decaf black tea (or chai if you'd prefer)
2/3 cup milk
1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
¼ tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup pumpkin puree
¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
Boil your water. (Or if you're like me, grab 4oz of water out of your keurig already piping hot with half the time)
Pour into cup/mug and steep your tea bag for 5 or so minutes.
Remove tea bag.
Add remaining ingredients and blend using your blender.
Taste and adjust maple syrup and spices to your liking.
If it’s not hot enough, simply pour into a pot and heat over medium heat until steaming (Or pop it in the microwave for 40 seconds and you're ready to roll).
Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. I have a feeling I will be making many of these in the weeks to come.
Wishing you all a happy fall!
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After being asked by my sweet friend, Whitney, here is my grandmother's lasagna recipe for all of you to enjoy as well! (Please excuse the "dash of this and dash of that" as the ladies in my family never make things the same twice.. It's all by memory and changes from day to day-- I know, I know, I'm sorry!)
2 lb. ground chuck, drained
Lasagna noodles, cooked
1 large onion (I use about half because Lee doesn't like onion very much)
2 T. Italian season (roughly.. sometimes I add more if it tastes like it needs more)
2-3 cloves of freshly pressed (preferably) or chopped garlic
1 T. parsley flakes
1 Large jar of Prego Spaghetti Sauce (more if you prefer more of a saucy lasagna)
1 can of tomatoes
1-2 T. Brown sugar (I typically add 3-4, I like a sweet sauce. Again, taste and add more as needed)
Large bag of Mozzarella cheese
2 Beaten eggs
Brown Ground Chuck, drain. Sauté onion. Add italian season, garlic, parsley flakes, prego sauce, tomatoes and brown sugar. Stir. Let simmer 1-1 1/2 hours, string often. Meanwhile, cook lasagna noodles, rinse, drain. Grease large dish (preferably a deep dish). Put a little sauce on the bottom and then put a layer of noodles on bottom. Spoon a good amount of sauce over noodles. Next beat 2 eggs w/fork. Put ricotta cheese in bowl and add beaten eggs. Mix well. Add several dollops of the ricotta cheese mixture evenly over sauce layer. Then sprinkle parmesan cheese (freshly grated is better) over this. Next add grated Mozarella cheese over it. The repeat layers, starting over with noodles, sauce, cheeses, etc. End layers with grated Mozarella cheese. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes till cheese is lightly browned on top and it is heated all the way through. Let sit for a few minutes before cutting into squares.
Add a salad or green beans with garlic bread and I promise it won't disappoint anyone at the table! It's a huge hit for any crowd I've ever made it for.
[Forewarning: it does take some time to prepare so plan accordingly.]
This can also be made ahead of time-- the day before and refrigerate. Leftovers can be frozen for another meal!
I use this same sauce recipe for spaghetti or other kinds of pasta. Leftover spaghetti sauce can be frozen. You can put it back into the empty prego sauce jar (make sure to leave a little space at the top for it to expand in freezer). --per Meemaw =)
Hope you all enjoy my Meemaw's Lasagna as much as Lee and I do!
P.S. If you make it, let me know how it goes. =)
|Sneaky Snake Cache Translate Page||It started out like every other morning. A little cleaning here and there, I was getting ready to have a friend and fellow coach's wife over that evening with her newborn baby to take a few newborn pictures. I was taking the trash out of the kitchen when I noticed our golden retriever playing with something on the floor (or so I thought). It only took me one step closer to realize it was a SNAKE! Ellie (our dog) was trying to catch it when my scream scared everyone into a panic. My mind was racing...|
How did this snake get in the house?!
How long has it been here?!
What do I do now?!
All I could do was scream. Like a crazy high school girl, I kept screaming and raced for my phone. Of course, my husband was in football practice at the time. Consequently, my panic filled phone calls went to my brother and father. Surely someone can tell me what to do, right? I mean, who is actually prepared to find a snake in their kitchen?!
I kept a safe distance while still keeping my eyes locked on the bottom of the fridge where it had slithered under (all the while, praying it wouldn't somehow find a way inside my fridge). I ran into the other room to get a flash light to see if I could find the snake underneath the fridge, in hopes that I could end this whole process.
No. Such. Luck.
The minute the light hit the snake, it came running out and made a swift turn into a small crack in the bottom of my cabinets.
Now came the waiting game...
I sat up on the counter on opposite side of the kitchen and let our dog, Ellie, sit in between me and the snake filled cabinet. So there I was, terrified, waiting for my husband to call me and tell me what to do...
Hours went by, but I wasn't about to let my eye leave those cabinets. This snake was NOT making it past my kitchen.
It was the best sound when my phone rang and Lee was on the other side saying he was headed home to kill it for me. This 5 month pregnant, city girl was thrilled to say the least.
When Lee got home of course the snake decided to stay put in his hiding spot. Nothing was bringing him out. We tried everything, making ourselves look like crazy people in the process. I decided it was time to call in reinforcements. I called our pest control company only to find out they don't deal with snakes. They referred me to Critter Control. The man at the critter control told me to get glue traps and set them where the snake had gone into the cabinet and just wait and see if it ever came out. He also warned me that it may be days, or even weeks before the snake decided to come back out and that the glue traps were not a sure bet. Not what I wanted to hear.
As my husband was headed back out to his truck to return to work, I heard him yelling. He found a snake! We thought for sure that had to have been the same snake in the garage. That it had somehow found its way out and was fleeing the scene.
Being the paranoid person that I am, I decided to go ahead and leave the glue traps down just in case. It can't harm anything right?
THANKFULLY I did!!! The little critter decided not an hour later to try and make an escape back on to my kitchen floor. The trap I had laid BARELY caught it but captured it none-the-less.
I left the snake on the trap, as it was not dead just stuck to the pad, and headed out to run some errands. "Lee could kill it and deal with it when he gets home" I told myself. When I returned from my errands, it had moved! Still on the trap, but positioned differently. I knew right then and there that I had to kill it and get it out of my house! After gaining enough courage, I took the trap outside and smashed the snake with a shovel and threw it in the trash. Phew! This 6 hour snake catching charade had finally ended... so much for getting anything of worth accomplished today.
Lessons from this story:
1.) Keep sticky glue pads in your house at all times. You never know when you may need one.
2.) The minute you find that you've caught something on your glue trap, kill and dispose of it quickly.
3.) Never underestimate country living... you never know what you may find.
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It's a BOY!!!
See you in January Baby Blankenship! =)
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VIEW IT IN FULLSCREEN!! it looks better ahha
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Come on over and follow me there!!
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My husband and I are taking a no-kid vacation in October!!
It has been several years that we have been able to do something without children and we are super excited.
I wanted to go someplace that I have never been so we decided on New Orleans. After searching for plane tickets and discovering the astronomical pricing we have decided to drive.
Then my husband dropped the ultimate bomb, he wants to also go to WALT DISNEY WORLD!! That would mean going without kids, which at first made me feel guilty but then I realized that I will be able to go through EVERY SINGLE SHOP and not worry about getting to the next ride. It's like a dream come true.
We are going to try and live it up while there. First step is possibly renting DVC points from David's. My friends recommend it all the time but with 5 people (tickets, food, room, etc.) it isn't cost effective for us to stay DVC or even Deluxe for that matter. We are hoping for Boardwalk Villas but we will see how it goes, If not I may end up at Port Orleans French Quarter.
So, this brings me to recommendations. Do you have any hotel recommendations in New Orleans? Do you have any recommendations of things that we can do at Disney without kids?
Let the crazy planning begin...
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Today is Thursday, thank goodness. It's getting closer to the weekend and I am definitely ready for it. I am so tired from having this crazy illness that I'm ready to relax.
2. Randomness: Watched the news this morning and they were doing a live, on the scene shoot. The female reporter was talking away about something unrelated and behind her, spray painted on the cement wall is the word "Penis." How did they not see that when they were scouting that location? Gave me a nice morning chuckle.
3. Truth: Buying a car is stressful!!
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I know that I said that Wednesday's would be book reviews again, however, I have the ick and am not in the mood. So, today is going to be about Ipsy.
I never did review my Ipsy bags from November and December but oh well, I will skip those.
This month's theme was "Fresh Start." Not sure how the contents of my bag equate to a "fresh start" but I liked it anyway.
Here's what it contained:
1. BellaPierre Shimmer powder in Whesek. Pretty sure this will be an item I will attempt to trade or never use. Too dark for me and I'm a little too old for glitter.
2. Elizabeth Mott all over shadow brush. I love receiving brushes from Ipsy. This will be put to good use. This brush alone sells for $9.99, which covers the cost of this months bag.
3. Malin+Goetz Mojito lip balm. Tried this last night and it does a pretty good job, not as good as the Jersey Shore Sun balm that I received in August, but pretty good.
4. Pacificia Natural Mineral Coconut eyeshadow in ethereal. I like this color and will definitely use this shadow.
5. Probelle Into the Blue nail lacquer. I love this color and hope that I get a chance to use it. (I'm addicted to Jamberry's right now). This lacquer sells for $6!! Another awesome deal in my Glambag.
6. Blue and white make up bag with orange zipper. This bag isn't to my liking but pretty sure Eve will use it.
Glad I decided to change my Ipsy settings so I would stop receiving lip gloss. I have so many from them that it's hard to use them all. I think I will use all of these products, with the exception of the shimmer powder, which I will attempt to trade with other Ipsters.
Have a great Wednesday!
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So, I disappeared for awhile. I think I am just bored and I'm not quite sure what to write about any more but I need to have something for myself so I will continue on.
I am not one of those "New Years Resolutions" kind of people. Why make promises that you know you won't keep? However, I did say that I needed to write more, so here I am.
Today we are stuck at home with ice and snow covering the roads. I was hoping to at least go to school with a 2 hour delay so I didn't lose my February break, but we now only have 1 day left of that break. Pretty sure I won't have that break. BOO!!
Since I am at home today I'm going to watch TV and do some laundry, maybe even read. I have been watching my favorite today, The Today Show, but they keep showing the same clips over and over again from last nights Golden Globes. Boring!!
Oh, and mentioning reading, I have decided to participate in a reading challenge that I found here. I think it is designed to read 50-52 books for the year (if you read all the books on the trilogy section) but I read my first book for the challenge (Lead by Kylie Scott, more on that later) which I counted as 4 on the checklist. I checked off a book by a female author, a book with a one-word title, a book you can finish in a day (which I did), and a book set somewhere you have always wanted to visit (Oregon).
I have started on my 2nd book of the challenge, The Hobbit. It would be the book I've owned but never read and a book a the bottom of my to read list (it has been on my summer reading list for 2 years).
I'm hoping to bring back some fun days to the blog, like Book Review Wednesday and Thursday Three!!
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Today we are at Walt Disney World. Since this week is full of Disney posts, I added this one.
Part of our summer fun list this year was tie dye. Eve and I didn't know what to dye so we decided to make grandma a Mickey tie dye shirt for Disney World.
The kit that I bought was on the Dollar Spot at Target for $3. It came with pink and purple dye. The t-shirt is Danskin brand from Walmart, I think it was also $3. I wanted a nicer shirt and one with a women's style as opposed to the big baggy shirts that most people dye.
We followed the directions on the package for what to do step by step. Make sure that you put newspapers down on your surface, wear old clothes, and use the gloves they give you.
The first thing I did was to find a Mickey head online and print it to the size that I wanted. I figured out a good placement for it and taped it down. I then traced it with pencil. This was mistake #1, after washing twice the pencil marks are still there. After I did the shirt, I read online to trace the Mickey head with washable marker so it would wash out. I recommend that you try that one.
After tracing, I did mistake #2. I went around the Mickey head with double thickness thread. I read later to use dental floss. Pretty sure that would have worked a lot better because I had all kinds of trouble. My thread broke when I was pulling hard on the thread to pucker up the head. Also, I didn't get very clean lines after the dying process was done. Anyways.....after pulling the thread dye the Mickey head with 1 color (we chose purple) and wrap it with plastic wrap.
Insert lots of random pictures:
We then did a spiral pattern with the shirt and wrapped a ton of rubber bands around it. We then used pink dye on the shirt.
We wrapped the shirt in plastic and put it in a Walmart bag for the allotted time (again, follow manufactures directions).
I washed the shirt, per manufactures instructions and got a good final product. To fix my earlier mistake (#2), I put the Mickey head over the shirt in the proper area (after putting cardboard between the layers of the shirt) and traced around the head with a bleach pen to clean up the Mickey head.
It really helped give me a better result. I let the bleach sit on the shirt for a bit and then rinsed it out. I washed the shirt AGAIN and the end result was good.
Grandma liked her shirt and we think it is the perfect Disney shirt.
There are tons of tutorials (video and blog) on how to do a good tie dye online. I'm certain theirs looks better than mine but we still had fun with the process.
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Since I am at Walt Disney World this week, my Thursday Three is going to be Disney themed.
1. Confession: I have been to Walt Disney World 25+ times and Disneyland once but have never done the following: Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, and Tiki Room. I have no desire to do them either.
2. Today's Truth:
3. I love thrill rides where ever I go (The Incredible Hulk Coaster, here I come) but my favorite Disney attractions are more nostalgic: Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover (Peoplemover to my family), Carousel of Progress, and Spaceship Earth. I miss Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, World of Motion, and Horizons.
Have a magical day!!
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Today, if all goes as planned we are at Disney's Hollywood Studios. This is usually a half day park for us because Eve doesn't like to watch shows (neither do I, really), so who knows what the afternoon will hold for us!!
Back in July when school was out and I was off work, I started working on decorations for our windows. If you remember, I have 2 value resort rooms for my 5 people so I have 2 windows to decorate.
In the past, we have bought Disney Halloween window clings to decorate the windows but I wanted this year to be something special. I scoured Pinterest and found some great free printables for window banners. Pinterest has so many choices. It was hard to narrow it down and not make the banners too busy.
To start, I will tell you that I printed everything on card stock except for the initials on our banners. If not for card stock these would all be floppy.
Up first is the banner. I got the banner pieces here and cut them out (obviously). There were pink ones for Minnie Mouse but I wanted mostly everything to be red and Eve doesn't like pink. I personalized them with our first initials, not full names because that's not safe for children, by typing the letters on Word with the font "Minnie" that I downloaded free online. I made them pretty big (175 size, I think) and printed, then cut them out. I glued them on the mickey head with just a glue stick. As for the bow for the girls, I got it here, cut it out and glued it on with a glue stick.
The "girls" got these cute balloons. The boys didn't get them for 2 reason, one is that my boys don't really care for balloons and the other is that they were a b**** to cut out!! I even left the white in the middle because I was done cutting by then. I had to trace the strings with black Sharpie because they were kind of light.
Girls also got Minnie Mouse circles that I found here.
The boys got these cute Mickey circles. One polka dot and one stripe for each boy.
I thought "body parts" would be cute. So, I searched on Pinterest and found Mickey ones here. I had a hard time finding the Minnie "parts" but finally found them using Google images. I searched "Minnie body parts." When I clicked the link, Minnie's parts weren't there, so I right clicked on the image on Google and saved it to my hard drive. I then printed it from there.
The next images came from a sticker page that you can print at home. They are kind of tiny but super cute. They were meant to be printed on sticker paper but I printed them on card stock and cut them on the gray lines that surround each pic. I got the images here.
The last two items are Halloween themed. We will be going in October so we like to decorate for the holiday.
The first one is candy corn with Mickey Ears that I got here. These print blank so you have to color them in yourself. For yellow, I used a yellow permanent marker that I got at the Dollar Tree and the orange is from my daughters Crayola Markers. Black ears were colored with a black Sharpie. I am not very good at coloring, so you can see the lines but I really don't care.
The last one came from a Disney licensed poster. I saved the poster to my computer and then cropped out everything else but the pumpkin. Again, the poster is Disney licensed, here it is:
Here are the pumpkins:
And here is the final product. Aren't they super cute?
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Since this is my Walt Disney World travel week, I have decided to post only about Walt Disney World. Today is day 2 in the series.
Yesterday, I talked about picking the perfect bag for Walt Disney World, you can read it here. Today, I will be helping you pack that perfect bag.
Packing the perfect bag depends on the person and/or family. I do not have small children so you will not find diapers, bottles, extra clothes, etc. in my bag. I believe in traveling light (to the parks anyway) because you don't want to be weighed down all day. The only thing that will accomplish is making you exhausted with the extra weight you are carrying, no fun in the Florida heat and long park days.
So, if you are a family, couple, or a single these are the best things to have in your bag:
1. Cell Phone. I list this first because you are going to need it to view reservations, take pictures, change FP+, etc.
2. Gum. DISNEY DOES NOT SELL GUM. If you are a gum chewer, like I am, then buy some at home before you leave and make sure you have it in your bag.
3. Maps and time guides. Pretty self-explanatory.
4. First Aid Kit. You don't need much besides a few Bandaids. I carry a small tin (directions to make here) with Bandaids, Neosporin, and some Advil. Very lightweight.
5. Wallet. I'm not sure why people seem to think that with the introduction of the MagicBand that you don't need your wallet anymore but this certainly isn't true. Why would you ever go anywhere without your drivers license? I carry a super small wallet with my ID, a credit/debit card, $40 or so in cash, and my insurance card. MagicBands fail, some vendors/carts only take cash.
6. Snacks. I understand that we get 1 snack per day with the dining plan but I certainly don't want to waste perfectly good credits on pretzels when you can get cupcakes, ice cream, and candy. For this reason I order groceries from Garden Grocer and get pretzel sticks, peanuts, and Cheez-its. I then make everyone a snack baggie in the a.m. and they can eat whenever they need a snack.
7. Ponchos. Buy from the dollar store, you never know when it will rain in Florida.
8. Sunscreen. Even if it's raining, the sun in Florida is harsh.
9. Anti-bacterial hand gel. Public bathrooms are gross, even the ones at Walt Disney World.
Also, some extra recommendations: Hair ties (try finding non-princess hair ties for a 10yr old girl with thick hair at DTD and you will understand why I add this), jacket (we go in the fall and the mornings are chilly), camera (we use our phones and Memory Maker but some carry cameras), and baggies (to keep phones dry during rain).
What do you like to put in your Disney park bag?
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This is part 1 of a 2 part series. Today is how to choose the perfect Disney World bag. Tomorrow is how to pack the perfect park bag.
Not sure how I would function at Walt Disney World without a good bag. I have read that people purposefully don't take a bag because there is nothing they need, especially with the introduction of Magic Bands. I couldn't handle this. First of all, my pockets would be full of junk (maps, money, ID, phone, etc.). Not sure I could handle that. I am a girl and I don't wear huge cargo shorts like men do.
I heard people argue that Disney has everything that you need. You can get free ice water at counter service restaurants, Bandaids at the Baby Care Center, and that your Magic Band does everything.
Here is my argument to those people:
Yes, I get the free ice water but I am also a dining plan person. Usually with my breakfast counter service meal I will fill my free mug up with soda or coffee and then get a bottled water or soda as my drink that comes with my meal. I then save that bottled drink for the park that day. I like having something with a lid if I am in line for a ride or if I am making use of Disney's free transportation.
Yes, Disney provides Bandaids, Tylenol, and whatever else at each of their parks. BUT what if I am getting ready to get in line at Space Mountain and find that I have hurt myself and am bleeding? I would have to traipse all the way over to the Baby Care Center to get a Bandaid and then go all the way back over to Space Mountain (probably missing out on a short line). If I had my tiny First Aide kit that I made here, then I wouldn't have to miss my short line, I could patch myself up and then ride!!
Yes, my Magic Band does everything. Yes, it is fabulous. The problem is this, to purchase some things you have to have your ID, as well. Also, there are some things that just require cash (balloons, food carts) and not something linked to my credit card. Because of this, I carry a small wallet to keep everything together and tidy.
Now on to my perfect Disney bag. I always have a bag. My kids are also told to carry bags because I will not carry their stuff. This may sound harsh but I am not Hagrid, I am not the keeper of the keys. If you want to bring it, you carry it. That includes your phone, money, maps, time guides, pressed penny money, etc.
In years past, I have tried out several different bags. I carried a Vera Bradley backpack, which was great but was bothersome to put on/take off for rides and such. I have also used a cross body purse, which left horrid tan lines when I went one year in July and it doesn't hold much stuff. I have used a tote bag, one of those Disney World spend ______ amount and you get the privilege of buying this item at this price (I am a sucker for those deals), and the tote bag seems to be the best option for ME. My mom prefers her backpack because the weight of what she is carrying is easily distributed on her back. My kids use those string styled backpacks (Xander has Adidas and Eve now has Thirty-One).
I used my Mickey Mouse bag last year but it is black and hard to find stuff that falls into the bottom. I liked having a tote, though. If we were riding a big ride (think Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey) the kids could put their backpacks into my tote bag and then my mom would only have 1 bag to watch and it would be easier for her to meander around with 1 as opposed to 3 bags.
This summer I tried out my new Thirty-One Retro Metro Fold-over bag at the Indianapolis Zoo. I loved it. It is light colored and I can see things easily if they fall to the bottom. What is also nice is the 2 outside pockets, I used one for my phone and one for my water bottle. It is a cross body which like I said before leaves nasty tan lines but it also has tote bag style straps, so it can be worn either way.
I have decided that this bag is the best for me. I highly recommend it. It comes in several colors and you can have it personalized.
When choosing the right bag for YOU make sure you try it out before your trip. Take it grocery shopping, to the zoo, or on a field trip with your kids. If it is easy to carry, not too heavy, you can find stuff easily, and doesn't make you crazy, then you found the best bag for you.
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1. New Pet Peeve: No dates on blogs. If I am going to a blog via Pinterest to read something, it should have a date. How am I to know that the travel advice or whatever is current? What if it was written several years ago?
3. Emotion: Ticked!! Mother Nature needs to get her act together and get me some sweltering, hot July weather. She better not even wait until August 12th (when school starts again).
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My Ipsy Glam Bag came today!! I love getting that shiny, pink envelope in the mail!!
Here's what I got:
As for the breakdown, let's start with the pretty, pink bag. It is made of vinyl, I think, and it smells like it. I am hoping to ignore the smell and use it in my purse. Where does Ipsy get all these cute bags?
I got a small bottle of Hang 10 tanning oil. I like the Hang 10 sunblock I got from Ipsy so hopefully this will be just as good. This will work when I am going some place without children and don't need my huge beach bag. I can carry a small bag with a small sunblock and this small tanning oil.
I also got a Mini Tinted Brilliance Balm from Pixi, color Pretty in Pink. This color looks great with my skin tone and feels good, too.
I got a super tiny bareMinearals BB cream eyeshadow in a weird brown color. I don't usually use cream eyeshadows because of my oily skin but I may have to try this just to see how good it is.
Also included was Sunkissed Bronzer by POP Beauty. I have never used a bronzer because I am pale skinned but I will try it at least once.
Lastly, was a bottle of beach spray by Sexy Hair. I have always wanted to try a texturizing spray, glad I got a small one to try.
I am happy with the Glam Bag that I received this time. I hope they keep up the excellence!!
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The following post was written for Monday morning, however, PicMonkey was being dumb and kept crashing so I couldn't edit any photos. So after dealing with the problem for 5 days I decided to find a new, free online photo editor, and the winner was: befunky. So far, so good!!
Well, I had a great weekend. Hope you did too. I'm not the type of person that does big plans for the 4th of July, not sure why, I just don't. I did do a little bit though.
Our town has a parade on the 4th, which Eve and I went to. After that was swimming and then a cookout with friends.
Joe got his new camera out and decided to take some fun pics with it. I love how the sparkler ones turned out.
Then Saturday I got to go to the Motley Crue and Alice Cooper concert with Xander, my friend, and her husband. I was super excited. I have seen Motley Crue a few times but this was their final tour. We had a great time.
And then this happened:
But to make up for it this happened:
Yep, that's the band on a different stage playing "Home Sweet Home." Funny story, we go to concerts at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville and ALWAYS sit in section F (see below). This year my friends didn't want to pay the $150 per ticket for that section so we sat in the lawn section. The lawn is cheap ($35) and is open seating. We had good spots on the lawn but still we dreamed of our old section, especially since they have seats and we are old with aching feet and backs. Well, the funny part is that the encore song was "Home Sweet Home" and it was played on a different stage IN SECTION F!! If you look at that gray box in the pic, that was the alternate stage. We usually sit within 5 rows of that gray box, but not this year!! As soon as they walked onto that stage, my friend turned to her husband and I and said "we were supposed to sit there. No matter what it costs, we are sitting there next time!!" Nothing like a missed opportunity.
There is always a downside, Vince Neil couldn't seem to remember the lyrics. It's pretty sad that the crowd can sing all of your songs but you can't. Maybe it's a good thing they are not going to tour together anymore.
How was your holiday weekend?
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1. I did a little blog makeover. I only like things that I can use for free. The new banner came from The Cutest Blog on the Block.
2. Photo: This is how many days I have left until Disney:
3. Confession: I REALLY want a Harvey's or Dooney & Bourke wallet from Walt Disney World when I go. I think I will start putting back $1-$2 per day until we leave so I have the extra money. Now which one do I want?
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1. Confession: I hate the smell of mango's. I think it smells like cat pee. Think about that next time you get something mango flavored!!
2. Summer school is over and it's now time to start my summer break. Now I'm waiting for it to be super warm out and not rainy.
3. I started and finished the Divergent trilogy this week. I am very disappointed!! More about that later though.
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I've been working on my fall Disney trip for the last few months. Deciding where I am going to stay, making reservations, making dining reservations, watching videos, etc.
This year there will be five of us my mom, my husband, my 2 kids, and myself. Because of the amount of people I automatically counted out moderate resorts. I wasn't going to pay for 2 moderate rooms and the only resort that holds 5, I think would be cramped with 3 adults and 1 child that's the size of an adult. I narrowed it down to a deluxe resort, deluxe villa, Art of Animation suite, or 2 value rooms. I decided to go with deluxe, since I have never stayed at one before.
My dream has always been Beach Club Resort since the first time I laid eyes on it. What's not to love, it's right next to my favorite park, Epcot. Everyone was OK with the choice, especially Eve because she wants to swim in a sand bottom pool. I called and booked in February.
Every year that we have went the same week in October free dining has been offered. This year, however, it was released and my week was not included. Sadness. My only hope was for it to be added later or wait for one of those wonderful PIN codes.
What I failed to mention is that one of my friends has decided to go the same time. She has a daughter Eve's age and they have been friends since they were toddlers. These 2 girls are super excited to be able to ride rides together. My friend and I have stressed out several times about the lack of free dining. She almost changed her vacation dates.
Then the PIN code came. Excitement all around......or so we thought. The PIN code went to my friend. She was booked in a Finding Nemo suite at the Art of Animation but that was not included in the free dining promotion with her PIN code (WTH?). The agent on the phone booked her for 2 rooms at Pop Century (she also has 5 people in her party). She was disappointed but went with the positive thought that she is going to Disney and it shouldn't matter where you stay.
Next up it was my turn to call. Well, we thought it sucked for her, that was only the beginning. I called and told the agent that my friend and I were going on the same dates and I wanted to use her PIN code as well. That agent said that I had to have my friends reservation number, not just the PIN code. No problem, I thought, so I text her and got her reservation number. I then called back for the second time, this agent said that I not only had to have the PIN code and reservation number, I had to have my friends street address as well. WTH? So, I hung up with that agent and text my friend for her address (because let's be real, how many of you have all your friends address memorized).
After I got that info I called back for the third time. This agent dropped the bomb, I had to stay at the SAME RESORT as my friend to use her code. Sadness starts now. Beach Club is my dream and I'm not sure when we will be able to go back to WDW after this year. Also, we have already stayed at Pop Century and I want to try different places. But free dining is important. I need that or my stay at Beach Club would be astronomical.
So, reluctantly I said I would stay at Pop Century again. Then the lady said that I had to make 2 reservations for my 2 rooms. UGH!! After 30 minutes on the phone, I ended up at a resort I didn't really want to stay at again and 2 reservations to manage, one under my name and one under my mom's. We may or may not have connecting rooms. BUT, I guess, I at least got free dining.
This 2 reservation thing has turned my vacation planning in to work. I have to manage 2 MyDisneyExperience accounts, fastpass + will probably be a nightmare, and I am not looking forward to dining reservations with 2 different reservations.
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Yesterday was the opening of the 2014 World Cup. This is a big thing in our house, my husband and son are big soccer fans, as I have mentioned before.
While watching the 2010 World Cup, the kids liked it but they were still too young to really get in to it. This one is different, for Xander anyway.
For Easter I got Joe and Xander World Cup t-shirts from World Soccer Shop and Joe got a poster to keep track of the scores and games. We even have done brackets on Yahoo! just like March Madness!!
For opening night I decided to make some traditional Brazilian food. My people are extremely picky, including myself, so finding things posed difficult. I ended up finding: Bolinho de Chuva (cinnamon and sugar donut holes), fresh fruit, and Misto Quente (grilled ham and cheese sandwich).
To make the Bolinho de Chuva I cheated, the recipe called for homemade dough and I don't really have the time or inclination to do that. So, I made them the way that my dad used to make donuts for us when I was little: buttermilk biscuits in the can. I bought the 8 count tube of biscuits at Meijer and tore them into about 1 inch sized balls. I then dropped them in oil that was hot on the stove a few at a time. When both sides were brown, I took them out. After I cooked all of them I rolled them all in cinnamon and sugar. When I was a child we rolled them in powdered sugar, but these were just as good.
As for the Misto Quente, I used multi-grain bread, Kraft sliced swiss cheese, Kraft shredded triple cheddar cheese, and Hillshire Farms brown sugar ham. I grilled them just like a grilled cheese sandwich. They grilled up beautifully and were nice and gooey.
Now all I have to do is sit back and wait for Portugal to play so I can watch this hottie:
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1. Emotion: Blah, the weather hasn't been that great since school got out!
2. Picture: Sauron's power is no match for a bored 3lb puppy!!
3. Confession: I hoard travel sized toiletries. Some of them were free, some of them weren't. You would think with so many toiletries that I was a world traveler or I traveled more than once a year, but neither of those things are true. I just want to be prepared and I feel that if I pay $100+ per night for a hotel room, these "freebies" are mine to keep. I have so many I have to keep them in a shoe box for knee-high boots!
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Man, was I excited to get home from school today and find my Ipsy package in the mail. Last month I didn't receive it until almost the 20th, so this is early. Here is a look at what I got:
Up first is a Rebecca Minkoff bag, it's super cute. It's so cute I'm tempted to use is as a jewelry bag for vacations.
I also got a 0.5oz size Carlos Daughter anti-frizz styling cream.
Then I got a full sized Ofra eyebrow liner. This retails for $13 so it pays for the Ipsy bag all by itself. I use brown eyebrow liner so hopefully this stuff works just as good.
Nyx butter gloss in Eclair. This is a very pretty soft pink color, perfect for summer.
I also got Nicka K shimmer eyeliner in blue. I'm not sure that I will ever use this but you never know.
Last is a sample sized perfume by Realtree. It smells light so it will be perfect for summer also.
I am satisfied with my bag this month. I will use most of it. If you want to know how I got off of the Ipsy wait list go here.
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Special "Field Day" Edition
We had field day at school last week. I worked the water station for 750+ elementary aged students. We had balloon tosses, sponge races, and sprayed them with the hose. It was a beautiful day for outdoor fun but I lost some things along the way....
The three things I lost at Field Day:
1. My sunglasses. A student stepped on them. In classic kid style, instead of walking around the pile that was my jacket, sunscreen, and sunglasses she walked right on top of it. UGH
2. My sunscreen. A kid took it. Lucky for me I had a few more bottles in my purse.
3. My dignity. I was horribly sunburned. It was awful. I put sunscreen on my arms, face, neck, and chest 7 times, so that looked good. I only put it on my legs 3 times and they were bright red. I am an idiot and I looked like one!!
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So it's October now and the spookiest time of year is fast approaching.... Halloween!
You're thinking of throwing a party for your little monsters? and why not ?!
Have a look at what we got up to Halloween 2012!
I wanted to throw the kiddies and a couple of their friends a little party but of course Halloween fell on a skint week so I improvised!
Decorations you can grab cheap enough in most pound stores but if that isn't feasible then make them.
My table cover I made using some black sacks and the kiddies red paint.
For the food I made sandwiches and cut them into coffin shapes and used a little food colouring to paint words/crosses onto them, the boiled eggs again I used food colouring to make them into evil eyes.
I made red jelly with sweets inside, I decorated chocolate wrappers with the word boo. I done vampires fangs with blood dip aka chicken dippers with ketchup, as well as a few other nibbles I had in so I didn't actually buy anything apart from the jelly which cost a couple of pound for a few packs.
So every children's party needs games right?!, again I improvised as it were I had a few toy plastic spiders so I used them as mini prizes along with sweeties, We played games such as guess what's in the box... this was fun and got lots of frights! I made some simple salt dough and rolled it out and bunched it up on a plate like intestines, I added some washable red paint and placed it in a box and covered the box leaving just a slit for the children to put their hand through and feel.
The kiddies and I made a piñata the week before using just a balloon tissue paper and paste made from plain flour and water, we decorated it using paint. I had all the children come outside and we had a competition who could find the best stick to hit the piñata with, Next the children beat it and all the sweets fell out!
Another fun game was to fill a bowl with jelly but have sweets inside like jelly worms, eyeballs, jelly brains ect, place a lolly stick upwards in it and get the children to try remove the lolly using just their mouths, And of course apple bobbing!
And of course no party is complete without some music to throw some shapes to.
HERE is the particular playlist we used!
I found this article recently and so will be trying some of these this year HALLOWEEN PARTY FOOD
So what will you and your little monsters be doing this Halloween and what are they dressing up as?
Whatever you do have a Spooktacular time!
|A lovely Autumn walk! Cache Translate Page||You know the drill it's cold drab and raining outside but you have to go run an errand!|
You really don't want to go out in it with 4 children in tow but know you have to so what do you do?
That's it pull on your wellies and go splashing!
That's exactly what we done on Saturday, And I must say we had such fun seeing who could find the biggest puddles to splash in, We collected some conkers, we were even a little naughty kid's were jumping in one particular puddle wasn't till after I realised they'd 'decorated' a car parked nearby with pretty brown splashes!..... Whoops sorry!
Just hearing the kiddies giggling away without a care in the world was music to my ears, who cares if they got wet, we had towels and hot chocolate waiting for us at home, who cares if it took us double the amount of time to do the trip, we were making memories!
On the way home we took a different route cutting through the nature reserve we stopped to say hello to the ducks, but little man woke up and he was letting me know 'Mum it's bottle time' so we headed back.
When we got home we had a good giggle about the fun we had whilst drying off.
so next time it's raining out don't just sit indoors thinking what shall we do? Pull on your wellies and get splashing, see what fun you too can have.
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So now my lil Mr D is cruising furniture and into everything I decided to start taking him stay & play!
Having not really been around many babies before he was a little dubious at first when I put him down and he just sat near the door, watching, sussing everyone out.
I let him have this time then before I knew it he was off exploring the toys.
He had a great sensory afternoon first eating the dough of the bread roll's they were making, next he thought he'd taste the paint whilst doing Daddy a picture. Thank god for toxic free and it couldn't have tasted that good... Right?!
Next he tried the shaving foam play table, He wasn't impressed with this at all. As for snack and singing/story time he refused to take part instead eating his snack of toast and grapes in his pushchair, then playing in the home corner at song time.
He was rather nervous kept coming to me for reassurance but I held back much as I could to let him get used to it, And by the next week he was.
We went the following week and made a beeline for the gluing table he made a lovely Autumn picture of a leaf which now has pride of place on our fridge.
He even sat at the table for snack time of Ritz biscuits with cheese and raisins!
He wasn't so willing at song time, That is until they began singing his favourite song of twinkle twinkle, then boy did he dart over big grin on his face. He even joined in with 5 little monkeys by holding the sheet and shaking it as a group. He really enjoyed it.
Unfortunately this week we've had to miss as he's been unwell with viral infection and ear infection but we will definitely be going back.
So what age did YOU begin taking your little one to stay and play or such like? Did they enjoy it off the hook or were they a little dubious to begin with?
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Come And Get Stuck In!
What is Rag Heroes?
Rag Heroes was ultimately a business set up by a lovely lady named Maria Albertsen and has won various awards such as
Rag Heroes are gorgeous handmade rag dolls suitable for boys to play with as well as girls.
Here is Rag Heroes Mission...
OUR MISSION: To develop a range of products that enable children to express and nurture their emotions, increasing self-esteem, confidence and well being.
At RagHeroes we want to challenge the concept that little boys should not play with dolls. In fact, we actively encourage it and so we decided to make our own unique range! Of course, we love to see little girls playing with our dolls too!
We developed a range for boys as we believe that little boys should have a means to express and nurture their caring side and we believe our dolls promote this!
So Just What Is Changing?
Well quite a lot in fact firstly and sadly Rag Hero dolls will cease to be made any more.... I know such a shame! But you can WIN one as well as a clean 9 body cleanse. But we'll come back to that in a bit.
So What Else Is Going on At Rag Heroes?
Well there is now a Rag Heroes Parents Group which focus's on various aspects of children's emotional and physical well being,
There will be competitions like the one I mentioned previously which will be drawn when the group reaches 500 members, Promotions, and Special offers.
The group can be found HERE
Also Maria's talented son's have created a series of books that will be published and they are looking for parent reviewers so do keep an eye on this.
Also up for grabs is a £10 Amazon voucher each month for blog post's regarding various parenting aspects so lots to get stuck into.
But right now we're aiming for those 500 members so do get stuck in and one lucky member will be winning not only the last ever Rag Hero but also a Clean 9 body cleanse for Mum or Dad,
So with that what are you waiting for?
Pop on over and say hi, We look forward to meeting you!
|Ooh A New Hobby Maybe?! Cache Translate Page||So since moving here I have become friends with a lovely lady named Nadia Day who I feel I should give credit to for my new found skill as she taught me!|
What an artistic way to give old unused books a new purpose.
I am far from professional but i had fun making them and I love that they're unique in their own way and all handmade by myself!
My Mr J even had a go and it really is interesting so here's my take on book art.
not bad for first and second ever time huh?...... cmon be nice now!
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Spring time is upon us which means it's time to start planning all your outfits. Here's a look we can't wait to wear this season: a neutral pleated top, oval sunglasses, statement hoop earrings, a modern lady-like bag, classic jeans, and '90s-inspired mule sandals.
1. Pleats Please Issey Miyake Voluminous Sleeve Pleated Top (also here and here)
2. Le Specs Meteor Amour Oval-Frame Sunglasses (also here)
3. Something Navy Imitation Pearl Ring Hoop Earrings
4. Little Liffner Mademoiselle Bag (also here)
5. Sana Jardin Eau de Parfum - Savage Jasmine
6. AGOLDE Jamie Classic Jeans (also here and here)
7. By Far Tanya Leather Mules
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It was only a matter of time before the popular '60s (and again in the '90s) print made a comeback. You've likely already seen it on your favorite street-style stars and maybe even at a few stores, but have you had the courage to commit yet? We've rounded up the coolest tie-dye pieces that are subtle enough to wear on the daily with a classic pair of jeans and strappy sandals.
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Sometimes the casual route is better, even at major runway shows. In between the shows, and during a bit of a downfall, these casual-chic looks were spotted and we're recreating them. Simple tops (a button down and a grey tee) were paired with cropped, high waisted dark wash jeans while both ladies opted for low black leather boots.
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Decade after decade there is one shirt style that continues to hold a place in our hearts and closets—the classic button-down. Whether your destination is the office to fun weekend plans, no other top style is quite as versatile. It looks great layered over a turtleneck in winter, under a blazer for polished casual, or opt for an exaggerated sleeve and a red lip for a statement-making evening look. Here are our favorites right now!
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Perhaps the model/starlet is seeking inspiration from her hubby's new line? Either way, neutrals were apparent as Hailey Baldwin stepped out to grab coffee in New York. From head to toe, she wore pieces that displayed the color at its best. She paired a luxe wool coat with a cashmere Chloé sweatsuit, then added her signature aviator sunglasses and Acne Studios sneakers, creating a look that's both off-duty and admirable.
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If you haven't taken a look at the street style circuit lately, then you may not have noticed everyone morphing into the equivalent of a walking blanket. Priyanka Chopra stepped out in an oversized cream topcoat, neatly layered over a turtleneck. She added perfectly cropped light wash jeans and a pair of suede ankle boots.
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If you're looking to see one of the coolest ensembles of London Fashion Week, look no further. You may have pushed your cargo pants and khakis to the back of your closet, but you may want to whip them out for the new season. When worn with streamlined basics, in this case, a turtleneck and blazer, these utilitarian trousers are completely modernized.
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If you're looking for a chic way to wear layers in the colder seasons, this street style inspiration is worth considering. There are only 5 key pieces you need in order to recreate this outfit: a pair of warm-toned aviator sunglasses, a camel coat, a ribbed turtleneck, a classic white button-down shirt, and a sleek two-toned bag.
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|Cristian Gastón Fabbiani Cache Translate Page||TODO RIVER, PURA PASION, UN SENTIMIENTO MILLONARIO.
Cristian Gastón Fabbiani (Ciudad Evita, Buenos Aires, 3 de septiembre de 1983) es un futbolista argentino que juega actualmente de delantero en Club Atlético River Plate. Lleva en la Liga Argentina un total de 83 partidos jugados y 21 goles marcados, lo que da un promedio de gol de 0,25 por partido. Promedia en su carrera como profesional 0,67 kilómetros recorridos por partido dentro de la cancha, cifra que esta claramente ligada a su rol de delantero pivot.
Inició su carrera en Primera División del Fútbol Argentino, jugando para el Club Atlético Lanús, donde se destacó por su potencia goleadora junto a su compañero de ataque Sebastián Leto. Fue gran figura en el Palestino de Chile, equipo en el cual se hizo famoso e incluso pense en nacionalizarse para jugar por la "Roja". Fue traspasado al Cluj de Rumania y después de haber disputado la primera fecha de la Liga Rumana y haber convertido un gol, se oficializó su regreso al fútbol argentino; más precisamente a Newell's Old Boys. La operación fue un préstamo por un año y resultó ser un regreso triunfal.
Últimamente, Fabbiani ha tenido problemas con los directivos de Newell's Old Boys, ya que el club mantenía una deuda de u$s 250.000 con el jugador, hacía ya algunos meses; situación que utilizó para forzar su salida del club, sabiendo que River Plate, club del cual es hincha desde pequeño, estaba interesado en contratarlo.
A pesar que el club le pagó la deuda que la dirigencia anterior mantenía con él y con seis meses aún de contrato por el préstamo del club rumano, éste dijo que a Newell's Old Boys no volvería a jugar aunque tuviera que sufrir seis meses de inactividad y aludiendo que su problema no era la deuda, sino el deseo de estar cerca de su hija, en Buenos Aires, sin importar el club.
Luego de varias idas y venidas entre Newell's Old Boys y River Plate para cerrar el traspaso del delantero, sin llegar a un acuerdo, fue el Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield quien tomó la iniciativa para contratar al jugador, satisfaciendo las pretensiones económicas del club rosarino.
Con todo arreglado para incorporarse al equipo de Liniers, al mismo tiempo que elogiaba la seriedad y grandeza de la institución, echó hacia atrás la operación al momento de tener que realizarse la revisión médica diciendo que sólo podría jugar en River Plate debido a su amor por la institución y que caso contrario estaría inactivo.
Finalmente el día 4 de febrero de 2009 se anunció que "El Ogro" finalmente ficharía por River Plate al haberse ambos clubes puesto de acuerdo en la parte económica más la cesión de Santiago Salcedo por parte de la institución de Núñez.
En la primera fecha del Torneo Clausura 2009, salió al Estadio Monumental junto con el recientemente incorporado Marcelo Gallardo, con una camiseta de River, con el lema: "Por amor a River". Así, dando a conocer finalmente, uno de los traspasos más extraños del fútbol argentino.
Su debut en el conjunto millonario fue por Copa Libertadores frente a Nacional de Paraguay, entrando a los 14 minutos del segundo tiempo y ayudando a conseguir el gol de la victoria cerca del final en una jugada controvertida que terminó a los pies de Diego Buonanotte.
El 15 de febrero de 2009, en su segundo partido con River Plate (primero por el Torneo Clausura 2009), anotó el segundo de los goles con los que su equipo le ganó a Rosario Central en Rosario por 2-1.
Entre sus aficiones e ídolos de la niñez, el propio jugador ha destacado a Gabriel Omar Batistuta, Enzo Francescoli, Ronaldo, Juan Roman Riquelme y Christian "el capi" Barros, entre otros. Desafortunadamente "El Ogro" no hizo una buena campaña en el primer semestre de river, pero dice que lo va a revertir en la segunda mitad del año con dietas y entrenamiento duro. Ademas su estilo de juego se le facilitara ya que tendra a dos grandes como Marcelo Gallardo y Ariel Ortega. Los hinchas de river le tienen una gran expectativa y Fabbiani tendra que hacer una buena campaña ya que si no la hace los dirigentes no lo compraran y Fabbiani tendra que volver al Cluj de Rumania o a Newells donde no fue bien recibido en el encuentro del clausura con el vistiendo la banda roja.
Paralelamente a su carrera como futbolista, Fabbiani ha incursionado en una pequeña empresa propia desde mediados del año 2006. Es dueño de la marca de ropa deportiva Fabbiani's, con sucursales en La Plata y Rosario.
Cristian FabbianiCristian Gastón Fabbiani (Ciudad Evita, Buenos Aires, 3 de septiembre de 1983) es un futbolista argentino que juega actualmente de delantero en Club Atlético River Plate. Lleva en la Liga Argentina un total de 83 partidos jugados y 21 goles marcados, lo que da un promedio de gol de 0,25 por partido. Promedia en su carrera como profesional 0,67 kilómetros recorridos por partido dentro de la cancha, cifra que esta claramente ligada a su rol de delantero pivot, osea de 9. Biografía Inició su carrera en Primera División del Fútbol Argentino, jugando para el Club Atlético Lanús, donde se destacó por su potencia goleadora junto a su compañero de ataque Sebastián Leto. Después de haber disputado la primera fecha de la Liga Rumana con el CFR Cluj y haber convertido un gol, se oficializó su regreso al fútbol argentino; más precisamente a Newell's Old Boys. La operación fue un préstamo por un año y resultó ser un regreso triunfal. Últimamente, Fabbiani ha tenido problemas con los directivos de Newell's Old Boys, ya que el club mantenía una deuda de u$s 250.000 con el jugador, hacía ya algunos meses; situación que utilizó para forzar su salida del club, sabiendo que River Plate, club del cual es hincha desde pequeño, estaba interesado en contratarlo. A pesar que el club le pagó la deuda que la dirigencia anterior mantenía con él y con seis meses aún de contrato por el préstamo del club rumano, éste dijo que a Newell's Old Boys no volvería a jugar aunque tuviera que sufrir seis meses de inactividad y aludiendo que su problema no era la deuda, sino el deseo de estar cerca de su hija, en Buenos Aires, sin importar el club. Luego de varias idas y venidas entre Newell's Old Boys y River Plate para cerrar el traspaso del delantero, sin llegar a un acuerdo, fue el Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield quien tomó la iniciativa para contratar al jugador, satisfaciendo las pretensiones económicas del club rosarino. Con todo arreglado para incorporarse al equipo de Liniers, al mismo tiempo que elogiaba la seriedad y grandeza de la institución, echó hacia atrás la operación al momento de tener que realizarse la revisión médica diciendo que sólo podría jugar en River Plate debido a su amor por la institución y que caso contrario estaría inactivo. Finalmente el día 4 de febrero de 2009 se anunció que "El Ogro" finalmente ficharía por River Plate al haberse ambos clubes puesto de acuerdo en la parte económica más la cesión de Santiago Salcedo por parte de la institución de Núñez. En la primera fecha del Torneo Clausura 2009, salió al Estadio Monumental junto con el recientemente incorporado Marcelo Gallardo, con una camiseta de River, con el lema: "Por amor a River". Así, dando a conocer finalmente, uno de los traspasos más extraños del fútbol argentino. Su debut en el conjunto millonario fue por Copa Libertadores, frente a Nacional de Paraguay, entrando a los 14 minutos del segundo tiempo y ayudando a conseguir el gol de la victoria cerca del final en una jugada controvertida que terminó a los pies de Diego Buonanotte. El 15 de febrero de 2009 en su segundo partido con River Plate, primero por el Torneo Clausura 2009, anota el segundo de los dos goles con los que su equipo le gana a Rosario Central en Rosario por 2 a 1. Entre sus aficiones e ídolos de la niñez, el propio jugador ha destacado a Gabriel Omar Batistuta, Enzo Francescoli, Ronaldo, entre otros. Paralelamente a su carrera como futbolista Fabbiani ha incursionado en una pequeña empresa propia a mediados del año 2006. Es dueño de la marca de ropa deportiva Fabbiani's con sucursales en La Plata y Rosario. Clubes donde jugo el ogro. Club Atlético Lanús (Argentina) 2002-2003 Club Deportivo Palestino (Chile) 2004 Club Atlético Lanús (Argentina) 2005 Beitar Jerusalén (Israel) 2006 Club Atlético Lanús (Argentina) 2007 CFR Cluj (Rumania) 2007-2008 Newell´s Old Boys (Argentina) 2008 Club Atlético River Plate (Argentina) 2009
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If you don't know the story behind this birth announcement, it could be quite puzzling. SO, this cute idea (our daughter-in-law has a ton of cute ideas in the graphics department!) came about because when they were pregnant, they presumably asked their four year old (our grandson) what he thought the baby should be named. He came up with the perfectly sensible suggestion, "Toolbox!" (His daddy is a carpenter - named Joseph. Isn't that cool?) ANYway, I digress. So hence the toolbox birth announcement. And yes, he was born on February 28 and yes I've already told you about that, but who could resist one more cute picture when given a good excuse??
Oliver does love his baby brother,
but I thought it was smart that his mama and daddy gave him a toolbox too!
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And there's always been a lot of hype regarding Risottos.
And now I get it.
I totally get it!
Freaking. Delicious. Nuff. Said.
Growing up, a common weeknight meal centered around pan-fried meat, a canned veggie and box of either Rice-A-Roni or Pasta-Roni.
Risotto is like Rice-A-Roni. On steroids. With pizzazz. And without preservatives.
Every bite was a heavenly reminder of what childhood family dinner was...or could have been.
(Honestly, not complaining - I had the luxury of consistent meals, AT HOME...WITH MY FAMILY, that's pretty awesome and my parents actually taught me a lot about cooking and loving food, so more power to a box of Rice-A-Roni!)
From Cuisine of the Alps
Remove stems from 3 small Zucchini and slice thinly. In a large skillet melt 2 Tbsp. Butter over medium high heat. Add the zucchini slices, saute 2-3 minutes until golden. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add 2 more Tbsp. Butter and saute 1/2 cup minced Onions and 1-2 cloves of crushed Garlic for 5 minutes. Add 1 cup short-grain Rice, saute until grains become golden. Pour in 2 cups of Broth. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Add 1 more cup of Broth, the zuchini, and 1 cup finely chopped Parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Continue cooking until all the liquid is absorbed. Add remaining 1 cup of Broth. Continue cooking a little longer, until the rice is just tender. Stir in the remaining 1 Tbsp. Butter and 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese. Serve while still moist and creamy.
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conducted some research and discovered loads of great recipes, including this recipe for Avocado Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing.
Interestingly enough, we had filled up on all the other dishes of the night and didn't have room for this one one top of stuffed peppers, slices of bread topped with apples and brie, stuffed figs and wrapped asparagus. So, it became the following days lunch. And it was oh-so-delicious.
The Avocado salad is easy, just thickly slice an Avocado.
For the dressing, you'll need to cook 1/3 lb. Bacon in a large skillet and let cool/drain on paper towels. This isn't the time for soft, chewy bacon, you definitely want it to be a bit crisp. Now, you'll need to save at least 2 Tbsp. of Bacon Fat for the dressing, although, if you just pour it all into a glass jar or tin can, you could save it up and make delicious things like Tortillas...or even cookies, but that's up to you.
Heat the bacon grease in a small sauce pan and add 1-3 cloves of minced Garlic (three is REALLY strong, but that's what the original recipe calls for - so adjust as desired), 1/4 cup Water, 2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice (or Homemade Vinegar...or not homemade) and 1 Tbsp. Sugar, simmer until sugar is dissolved.
Season with Salt and Pepper and stir in 2 Tbsp. of chopped Parsley.
Drizzle over Avocados and ENJOY!
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And then we made these.
And they were DELICIOUS.
Step 1: Steam the Asparagus
Step 2: Roll our Puff Pastry, sprinkle with salt, pepper and Parmesan. Slice. (enough strips per stalk of Asparagus.
Step 3: Wrap Asparagus in Pancetta.
Step 4: Wrap Pancetta wrapped Asparagus in Puff Pastry.
Step 5: Brush with Egg Wash and sprinkle with Parmesan.
Step 6: Bake at 325 (or whatever is recommended by the puff pastry package) until golden.
Step 7: Enjoy...there's no other choice.
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Apple Brie Bread and Feta Stuffed Peppers.
Next, we started on some meaty, bacon-wrapped dishes such as these delicious morsels.
Figs, stuffed with Feta, wrapped in Bacon - easy as it sounds.
Bake at 425 until the bacon is fully cooked.
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For one of our first "Valentine Dinner Extravaganza's" we made these spicy, flavorful little morsels and were not, at all, bummed to make them a second time.
They're vinegary, pickly, not-to-spicy, refreshing and creamy.
They are easy.
The original recipe suggests Peppadews, but our lack of grocer options have lead to our using Cherry Peppers.
Once you have your pickled peppers there are just a few steps:
Step 1: Remove seeds from peppers.
Step 2: Remove seeds from one cucumber and dice.
Step 3: Place 2-3 cucumber cubes in the shell of each pepper.
Step 4: Stuff remaining space of the pepper with Feta cheese.
Step 5: Place in mouth, bite down and enjoy!
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One of our all time favorite food combinations is Apples + Brie.
Occassionally, we'll buy a round of brie, dice up some apples, sprinkle the apples with cinnamon and nutmeg, surround the brie by the seasoned apples - bake and dig in with a baguette.
Want something that required an ounce less chopping but held the same flavors - we put this together for annual "Valentine's Dinner Cooking Extravaganza".
Topped with sliced apples.
Sprinkled with Cinnamon.
Topped with sliced brie.
Baked for 10-ish minutes until cheese is melty.
Easy Peasy and Absolutely delicious!
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Extended Shelf Life: Avocado
Because sometimes, even when you take crappy photos, the dish was worth documenting and making a little reminder to yourself that quick meals can be delicious and can even incorporate canned foods you'd rather not admit are in your pantry ;)
So, if you find yourself hungry with a pile of tomatoes, a few ripe avocados, a can of refried beans, a block of bream cheese, a can of tomato sauce and a ice cube of roasted jalapenos, rest assured that cooked together, served on top of Fritos with cheese and fresh avocado - it will yield a meal that you can easily enjoy.
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Extended Shelf Life: Oranges (peels specifically)
Remember how we dived a bunch of oranges?
It's lead to exciting creations such as Orange Marmalade and Tangerine Salsa.
But this round of dumpster diving and experimenting has lead me to explore the art of using the entire fruit or vegetable. To find ways to use peels and scraps, pulp and cores.
Vinegar has been a life saver for this.
So is making home-made stock.
But, obviously, in our house, we also enjoy a good Alcohol experiment or two what with the brewing and all.
So, with more peels than I could handle, I figured it was time to soak some in Vodka and see what I could create.
Based on this recipe, I went forth with a simple experiment which basically involved soaking a large handful of tangerine peels in the Vodka from one 750 ml bottle for a couple of weeks. I think made a simple syrup with water and sugar, added it to the tangerine Vodka and we ended up with a sickly sweet bottle of Orange Liquor which turns out makes a fabulous drink when poured over lime ice cubes.
So there you have it! Just another way to use up things you'd otherwise trash, candy or compost!
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This is a dearly beloved brain-child of mine which I believe will have only a handful of lovers, yet for me, it is worth it!
I've lived in South Korea. I've mastered the art of making and fermenting Kimchi. And now I'm bringing the two worlds - East and West - together in a truly delectable fashion.
I was pleased with this pizza experiment. And truth be told, so were our guests (all family...who did visit us in South Korea). Definitely something that has potential to be a 'signature' dish.
And, I tried out another Beer Crust, with much success!
Raised Beer Bread Pizza Crust:
You can either throw these ingredients into your bread machine per bread machine directions (our machine requires wet ingredients on bottom). Or you can follow these simple directions:
Mix together 4 cups Flour, 2 1/2 tsp. Active Yeast, 1 tsp. Baking Powder, and 1 1/2 tsp. Salt. Add to these dry ingredients 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil and 1 1/2 cups Beer, mix together.
Turn out onto a floured surface and knead about 10-15 minutes.
Place in lightly greased bowl, cover and let rise until about doubled 2-3 hours. Proceed as with other crusts.
For the 'sauce', I heated up a bit of Sesame Oil before tossing in some fermented Kimchi, Soy Sauce and Go-ju-chang (Korean red pepper paste). This was then spread on the crust, topped with Mozzarella Cheese and Green Onions.
Definitely unique and ultimately, delicious!
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Extended Shelf Life for: Bacon, Tomato, Mushrooms
Interesting piece of information: On Facebook I follow a few different Pizzeria's. On the day I set out to create this pizza, one of these pizzeria's posted that the daily special was...you guessed it! A Bacon, Mushroom and Green Onion Pizza - with RED SAUCE! Unbelievable!
Anyway, I made the sauce from scratch, using the same recipe as did for Pizza Experiment #2.
I placed that sauce on top a new crust:
Quick Beer Bread Crust:
Preheat oven to 450.
Mix together 3 cups Flour, 1 Tbsp. Baking Powder and 1/2 tsp. Salt.
Slowly mix in 12 oz. Flat Beer, dough will be sticky.
Knead the dough on a floured surface. Split dough for thin crust or use as one thick crust pizza, roll out, top and bake!
From there, all I had to do was add the Toppings:
Bacon, Mushrooms, Green Onion and Mozzarella Cheese!
Easy-peasy and delicious to boot!
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Just another week of trying out the juice detox. We've enjoyed the detox...kind of, more like, the day after a detox is quite nice, but the actual day of detox leaves us with a headache and ready to retire to bed early and STARVING the next day.
Regardless, Carrots and Apples are a good juice combination whether your detoxing or just want a fresh cup of juice.
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If you're going to choose to experimenting with one thing or another, you really can't go wrong with Pizza! We've enjoyed loads of pizza experiments and I think I'm getting better and coming up with ideas as well as critiquing each pizza.
I didn't love this sauce, but also knew from the beginning that I wouldn't recreate in the exact same way, ever again. I would have liked to use only Cream Cheese for the 'sauce', but I had some plain yogurt that need to be moved out of the refrigerator, therefore, it went into the mix...and then I had to pile it on, not entirely ideal. Regardless of all the small things I would change given the opportunity, I truly enjoyed this pizza pie and will continue to work with this concept.
Using the bread machine to prepare the dough for pizza crust is an easy way to ensure proper rising, etc.
According to manufacturer recommendation place the following items into your bread machine:
1 1/2 cups Water, 1/4 cup Olive Oil, 3 1/2 cups Flour, 1 Tbsp. Sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. Salt and 2 tsp. Yeast.
Set to dough cycle. Upon cycle completion divide dough based on number of desired pizzas. Flatten each ball and knead a few times, cover with a damp towel for 30 minutes until dough has increased by 20 percent. Roll out and prepare as desire
Toppings: Spinach Artichoke Inspired
Spread crust with a whipped, softened Cream Cheese. Top with Pan Cooked Chicken, Artichoke Hearts, Spinach, Mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbly. Enjoy as part of a budding Family Pizza Night tradition.
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Extended Shelf Life for: Oranges
With the raging success of my Cookies and Cream No-Bake Cookies, and my undying love with kitchen experiments AND the open field for experimenting with No-Bake cookies (seriously, why aren't there more variations?) I'm on the go with new and exciting ways to enjoy a no-bake cookie which, excitedly are gluten free, making them a great go-to for potlucks and other events where all my dear GF friends may be present.
These White Chocolate Orange No-Bake Cookies are, without a doubt, delectable and delicious and a variation on no-bakes that will please many a palate, especially if you happen to have a non-chocolate loving friend, such as I do.
If you have happened by these cookies after already enjoying the Cookies and Cream No-Bake, I hope you'll find this variation just as enjoyable!
In a medium saucepan melt 1/2 cup Butter, 1/2 cup Milk and 1 3/4 cups Sugar together. Once mixture has come together remove from heat and stir in 1 bag of White Chocolate Chips until melted. Stir in 3 Tbsp. Orange Marmalade, 1 Tbsp. Fresh Orange Zest and 1 tsp. Vanilla. Add about 3 cups of Rolled Oats, add additional oats until mixture is thick and each oat is covered. Drop by the teaspoon or tablespoon full onto wax paper covered cookie sheets, refrigerate overnight or for 1-2 hours. Enjoy!
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Extended Shelf Life for: OnionsBacon Fat Tortillas, ready to go, it was time to kick a Mexican food craving in the rear and enjoy some home-made enchiladas. These guys were not even close to being a disappointment! Only bummer of the whole meal was not having enough Chile Powder to make this enchilada sauce correctly, regardless, a few extra shakes of Cayenne Pepper and a short prayer were all that was needed to thoroughly enjoy this weeknight meal.
Spread a bit of Enchilada Sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 pan (or have two square pans ready to go) then begin filling each tortilla with a small handful of Onions (sauteed if that's your preference - we're not opposed to raw, so I left them that way), Cheese and a touch of Enchilada Sauce. Arrange tortillas in the pan, once it's full spread remaining Enchilada Sauce over the top, sprinkle with cheese and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until cheese is melty and sauce is bubbly. Enjoy!
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Extended Shelf Life for: Bacon Fat
There were many recommendations to use the delicious fat to fry up eggs, add flavor to beans and grease various pans depending on the dish.
Knowing that the best tortillas are in fact made with lard, I opted to throw some of my refrigerated bacon grease into a double batch of tortillas and quite satisfied with the results!
From The Joy of Cooking
This recipe is for a single batch, although I doubled my batch with no problems.
Mix together 2 cups Flour, 1 tsp. Baking Powder, 1 tsp. Salt, 1/4 cup Bacon Fat and 3/4 cups Hot Water. Knead (or mix with dough hook) until dough is smooth. Divide dough into 8 equal parts, let set for 20 minutes, covered.
Roll out each dough ball into a 6-8 inch tortilla.
Heat a large non-stick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Cook about 30 seconds on the first side, 15 seconds on second side until bubbly, browned and delicious looking! Enjoy as is or with your favorite filling.
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Extended Shelf Life for: Tangerines, Tomatoes, Onions, Jalapenos
I've begun a major research project regarding what to do with all of the peels and have made dishes such as Avocado-Orange Pasta, pints of Orange Marmalade, Candied Orange Peels and of course Fresh Orange Juice (with a few other veggies and fruits thrown in).
But after all of these dishes...I still had fruit to use up.
So, with a taco night in the works for church, I decided to do up a batch of tangerine salsa and the results were quite tasty indeed!
Adapted from Appetite for China
Roughly chop 8-10 Tangerines, 2-3 Roma Tomatoes, 1 Red Onion and 1 Jalapeno. Mix together, toss in the juice of 1 Lime. Season with Salt and Cumin.
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Extended Shelf Life for: Blackberries
While I love berry dishes and cooking berry filled pies, cobblers or smoothies, we don't often spend money on fresh berries...because, well, we don't often spend money on any fresh produce :)
But berries only come around so often and when they do, it truly is a treat, so waking up a few mornings to enjoy this Blackberry Coffee Cake has definitely put me on cloud nine!
From Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook
In a medium saucepan combine 1 1/2-2 cups fresh or frozen Blackberries and 1/4 cup Water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes until fruit is tender. Combine 1/4 cup Sugar and 2 Tbsp. Cornstarch and stir into fruit. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir an additional 2 minutes, then set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cups Sugar, 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder and 1/4 tsp. Baking Soda. Cut in 1/4 cup Butter until mixture is coarse. Make a well in the center, set aside.
In a small bowl combine 1 beaten Egg, 1/2 cup Buttermilk and 1/2 tsp. Vanilla. Add this mixture, all at once, to the flour mixture. Stir until just moistened, batter should be lumpy.
Spread half of the batter in an un-greased square baking pan. Spread fruit filling on top and drop remaining batter in small mounds on top of fruit filling.
In another small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup Flour and 1/4 Cup Sugar. Cut in 2 Tbsp. Butter until misture is coarse, sprinkle over coffee cake.
Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden. Cool slightly, serve warm.
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Extended Shelf life for: Oranges (peels, specifically)
Holy Oranges Batman! Our house has been the location of many an experiment and lately, oranges are finding themselves all over the place.
Being who I am, there's no way I can let that many orange peels pass through my hands without trying to figure out a creative, delicious use for them.
Rather than zesting the buggers and saving them for future use, like I did with my lemons, I decided it was time to candy some citrus peels and the results have been quite tasty...I'm sure, dipped in chocolate, they'd be even better, however we're just enjoying them as is.
Thanks to a beautifully titled blog: Use Real Butter, I used this recipe and turned out a delectable little treat!
Remove the lovely little orange part of the 8 oranges from the bitter white pithy part of the orange. Since I have a hard-core juicer, I simply use a paring knife to slice off thin layers of the peel, finish removing the white pithy part and proceed to throw the the pulp into the juicer...if you want other suggestions, check out the original blog post...because it's late, I'm behind on blogging and...she did a real nice job explaining things ^^
Once you have lovely orange peels, throw them in a pot with cold water, bring to a boil, strain and repeat - you should do this a total of three times to eek out some of the bitterness.
With your oranges in the strainer, it's time to get into the real deal of making candied orange peels. Bring 3 cups of Sugar and 1 cup of Water to a boil over high heat until you reach 230 F. Add the orange peels, reduce to a simmer and simmer until translucent (30-75 minutes depending primarily on elevation). Remove peels from syrup and set on a rack to dry 4-5 hours or over night. If you wish to roll them in additional sugar at this point, you are more than welcome to do so. Otherwise, enjoy as is after a few hours or temper some chocolate and dip away!
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Extended Shelf Life for: Bacon and Green Beans
And we recently salvaged a lot of green beans...which the man does not love.
So, when I had the opportunity to put the two together and serve them up to friends, I figured I couldn't go wrong. And, truth be told, these were delicious!
I recommend putting some aluminum foil down for easy clean-up, because these can get a bit messy, but they are ultimately easy to put together and oh-so-delcious.
Simply wrap green beans in bacon, drizzle with soy sauce, butter and brown sugar, bake until bacon is fully cooked and the smells are intoxicating - enjoy!
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Extended Shelf Life for: Onions
Fill the slow-cooker with onions. I had a 3-quart crock filled with about 3-4 sliced onions. Top with 2-3 Tbsp. Butter of Olive Oil. Set on low for 12-14 hours. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator, use as needed for sandwiches, salads, pizza, etc
For more awesome ways to use onions, check this out!
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Extended Shelf Life for: Onions
I realize we've only had a small handful of pizza experiments...but I think this one may be a favorite, a winner, winner - pizza dinner! With French Dips and Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches serving as my inspiration, we enjoyed these pizzas which we're perfect in every way!
A few key points:
The recipe for the roast beef is known as the Best Beef Dips Ever, and they are, and they are easy. One roast, 1 cup of Soy Sauce, 6 cups of Water, Garlic, Rosemary, a Slow-Cooker and 8-10 hours on low. I recommend preparing the roast a day or two before preparing the pizza, just for the flavors to gain intensity.
Best Beef Dip Roast Beef, Green Pepper, Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms and Monteray Jack Cheese. When the pizza's finished, serve with a small bowl of Au Jus for dipping.
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Classic, elegant, and overflowing with romance, today's wedding shoot coordinated by Storybook Weddings features so much beauty in this vision captured by Alyssa Alig. Lush florals by Stems Atlanta are nothing short of swoon-worthy. And this cake created by Blooming Flour Bakery? Talk about a sweet presentation!
Modern, clean lines inspired by the Art Deco esthetic make this blush and neutral color palette one that is sure to tug at your heartstrings. Add in glitzy metallics like gold, bronze, copper and silver? And we've got all the makings of a dream scene that embodies so much warmth and sophistication.
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Photography: Alyssa Alig
Venue: The Georgian Terrace Hotel
Bakery: Blooming Flour Bakery
Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas
Makeup & Hair: Vigilante Cosmetics
Men's Attire: the modern gent
Wrap: Davie & Chiyo
Copper Engraved Plate: Hardwear Designs
Dress: Martina Liana
Dress Boutique (Utah): Blushfashion LTD
Belt: Immortal Element
Candles: Green Tree Home Candle
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This a glimpse at the wonderful Sunday we spent on our beach vacation. I love the beach. And thankfully so do my husband and kids. One day I will live there, but until then.. we will always have the weekend.
I showed you mine. Check out my friend, Unknown Mami, to check out other great Sundays in other great cities.
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My daughter still speaks a great deal about her grandfather that passed last winter. She also speaks a lot about angels. This week she told me about how she was an angel before she was born. She told me that she was waiting to come to Earth. Now she hasn't been exposed to the Well of Souls so I have no idea where this came from but it was super sincere. She then started an even deeper discussion about how people can be "in her heart". I attempted to explain that when someone dies, they never leave us, that they will always be in our hearts. Well, she then wanted to know how they could get there because her heart was inside. She was concerned that there might not be enough room. It is so sweet how literal she is and reminds of the beauty of child-vision.
On the other side of this coin, my son on a completely different day, started a conversation about ghosts. But should you ever need to put into relief the difference between how a six-year old boy thinks from a three year-old girl thinks, here it is. We were in the car and as a good six-year old boy is known to do, he passed gas. I called him on it and he told me that a ghost did it. I answered that ghosts don't have gas. He then replied that they did not have "hineys". He furthered that ghosts also did not go to the bathroom because they did not have penises. So there you go. Important information to know, right?
My daughter has also begun telling me that she is too busy for me as she has work. (Personally, her "work" looks more like mess-making than I might prefer, but what are you going to do?) This one hurt a little because I actually went back to work this summer. And, when I make a mistake, she says, "You didn't know, Mommy. You didn't know". So you heard it first here, folks, I didn't know.
On a completely different note, I am still having issues with my iPhone after it is was "improved". Since the ill-fated update, the phone says that vibrate is set for sound or silent but it has not worked since the change. Any suggestions?I need my vibration, you know. I know that some of you are tech savvy, if you have ideas, please share.
This week, I was inspired by my new IRL friend, Erin, I re-visited my commitment to being green, I wrote more about it in my other blog Cold Comfort Living. I have failed a lot lately but I am ready to do better. I am proud, however, of what we are doing for Heifer International. The latest tally of $220 buys a goat, two flocks of chicks, and a tree! Yay! That's got be good and green!
Finally, here is my profund thought of the day. I am watching Veggie Tales with my daughter. The veggies are eating fruit. Is that akin to cannibalism? I don't know but it just doesn't seem quite right. Just sayin. :-)
So there we are. Check out Mrs. 4444 at Half Past Kissing Time and join in the Fragmented Fun!
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Laffy Lady has hooked me up over at LOL and I almost forgot!!!! I have had it on my calendar FOREVER but my mommy brain forgot to look at the calendar. Whatcha gonna do?
Please check me out over there -- she has a fabulous site that is dedicated to the sit-down comedians (that's bloggers, y'all). I submitted a story of my son's crazy rendition of the Pilgrims meeting the Indians. So check me out there.
And no I haven't forgotten -- Part Two is one its way! See you soon.
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Happy Fourth of July to everyone. I am proud to be an American and proud of my husband who serves this country,
Please join my friend, Unknown Mami at her newly upgraded blog for her Meme of all Memes, Sundays in My City.
Finally, please remember that tomorrow night is the last chance to enter my fabulous CSN giveaway and to join my Heifer International Support challenge. Tuesday is the big birthday and I will be full of announcements. I also have lots of thank yous coming, some very overdue.
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6 Feb 2010, lebih kurang jam 8 mlm seramai 8000 pelari marathon dari pelbagai negara telah menyertai Putrajaya Night Marathon. Larian sejauh 42 km ini benar-benar menguji keupayaan peserta dari pelbagai negara.
PRADAS telah diberi kepercayaan oleh pihak penganjur untuk menyediakan sistem komunikasi bagi acara berkenaan. Seramai 30 ahli PRADAS telah menyertai aktivit pada kali ini. Lebih 16 check point, 4 ambulans dan 3 mobile car telah dilengkapi dengan radio dan telah membantu acara berkenaan sehingga tamat pada jam sekitar 3 pagi.
Semoga pengalaman ini akan menjadi pendorong kepada peminat radio amatur yang lain agar dapat bersama-sama membantu masyarakat pada masa-masa yang diperlukan.
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"Breast milk is not a scarce commodity, it's a free-flowing resource."
I've recently become involved with an amazing group, Human Milk for Human Babies, formerly known as Eats on Feets Global. This is one of the most amazing movements, and I am incredibly honored to be a part of it.
There are mommies like me who can't breastfeed their babies, or mommies who breastfeed but don't make enough milk. When I was hospitalized, my breastfed baby needed food. Formula is food, but not the food I would have chosen for him - breast milk is a superior food, made for baby humans. Cow's milk is made for baby cows, and doesn't offer the same benefits, especially in a baby's GI track - which is of particular concern to me, since IBD can be hereditary. I reached out to my local milk bank - but I found out that not only is the milk $4 per ounce ($120 a day!!), we couldn't have it, even if we wanted it. My baby was healthy and full-term. So, David got formula - and I'm glad it was there. It was not an easy transition - his tummy was upset, and he really hated the taste. But, food is food, and he eventually adjusted. He's done well on formula - he's healthy, strong, and smart. As my readers know, I don't have anything against people who choose formula as their baby's food.
If I'd had a choice at the time, though, I wouldn't have chosen to feed my son formula.
I learned about Eats on Feets through you, the readers of this blog. I became friends with Emma Kwasnica, the group's founder on Facebook, and I was blown away by her passion and dedication. At one point, she posted an amazing photo - a friend of hers was suddenly hospitalized, and she nursed her friend's baby while she was incapacitated. The picture brought me to tears. One image encapsulated the philosophy of milk sharing - that in an emergency, women could rely on each other.
This is the heart of milk sharing and milk donation - that in an emergency situation, mothers who want their babies to be exclusively breastfed have that option, even if real life circumstances don't allow for it. If a mother wants to use formula, fine by me - but if she doesn't, there should be a way for her to find an Emma!
Eats on Feets has become "Human Milk for Human Babies", a name that better describes its mission and can be translated across the globe (there's even a chapter in Kuwait!). Mothers like me can meet local mothers like Emma, who have a surplus of milk to provide. Not necessarily boob-to-mouth; most donation happens with the help of a pump and a freezer. Some mamas overproduce, and they have mountains of bags of milk stored, more than their baby can consume before it expires. Thanks to HM4HB and other milk-sharing connections, that milk can find its way to a local baby in need.
One of the coolest things about this is that HM4HB is not just getting babies milk, it's helping women connect and become friends. While you can use milk sharing networks to just get milk and move on, I'm amazed at the real life connections that are happening. Donor and recipient mommies are getting to know each other, having coffee, setting up playdates, visiting each other's homes. There is a community growing as a result of the sharing. Unlike donating to a milk bank, donor mommies can often hold the babies their milk is feeding, watch them grow and thrive on the precious gift of liquid gold. In a world where technology so often distances, this is creating a village where none existed.
Are there risks to milk sharing? Yes, of course. There are risks to everything in life. There are risks to formula-feeding (I fed my kid bugs, thank you Similac). HM4HB isn't promising a risk-free solution, just a forum in which parents can have a choice - an informed choice. Previously, the only choice moms like me could make was which brand of formula to buy. Now, we can choose if we want to go check things out on the donation road.
As a recipient, ultimately, you trust that the woman who is donating is healthy and living a healthy life. If she's breastfeeding her own child, you simply trust that she cares about her own baby enough to avoid things that could make her milk dangerous. You can pasteurize the milk at home (instructions here), and many recipients ask for copies of their donor's prenatal medical records or request additional screening for safety.
Check it out! If you have milk to donate, wouldn't it be nice to know exactly where that milk is going? If you really hate feeding your baby formula, why not explore donated breast milk as an option?
Human Milk for Human Babies - Website
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Frequently Asked Questions
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The most positive changes made in the world are not against something but for it.
It can be very tempting to further the normalization of breastfeeding by demonizing formula, or worse, by demonizing formula-feeding mothers. It calls to you. The information's right there, and, if you breastfeed, it makes you feel better about yourself and better about your struggles and your hard work to bring it up. I remember! It's so tempting to respond to the Similac recall with "Serves you right, you should have breastfed" or "Boobs don't have bugs, this is mom's fault." Formula sucks. The educated, informed women who read this stuff already know that. Most of us tried to breastfeed, and we hate that we're giving our babies crap.
Attacking formula-feeding mothers is incredibly detrimental in a number of ways, but the biggest one is that you potentially lose very strong allies by doing so. Me, for example. My nursing in public post has now been read by over 30,000 people in a month (squee!). That's good for breastfeeding. We all need formula-feeding moms on the side of babies and boobs.
Some of the strongest advocates in the intactivist movement are mothers who circumcised their first children. Marilyn Fayre Milos, for example. Some of the strongest advocates for gentle discipline are those who chose corporal punishment first. Some of the strongest proponents of natural birth are those who experienced an over-medicated labor or an "unnecessarian". Many cloth diapering mothers chose cloth because their babies' bottoms reacted badly to disposables.
Many lactivists have never fed their babies an ounce of formula, and some (certainly not all) really seem to enjoy making that fact very known. They should be proud, but sometimes comments cross the line. Formula-feeding mothers are referred to as "lazy", "selfish", "lame", "stupid", "irresponsible" and worse. I'm not pulling this from my own imagination; I am a member of many natural parenting groups and have seen all of these accusations in the last month. I am not an advocate for formula-feeding, any more than I am an advocate for cesareans. I believe that supporting breastfeeding means supporting breastfeeding. No more, and certainly no less.
So, if you want to be a lactivist without pissing off us lazy, irresponsible mothers who didn't try hard enough (ha-ha-ha-ha-ha), what else can you do?
How to Support Breastfeeding
Without Being a Boob
Support nursing in public
I've talked about this one a lot. 'Nuff said.
What you can do: If you are a breastfeeding mother, unashamedly nurse in public. If you can't, thank or at least smile at women who are. Tell the nursing mama that she's welcome to nurse in your living room if she wants to, and she doesn't have to cover up if she doesn't want to. If someone brings up the topic of breastfeeding in public, make your views known, don't stay silent. If you see a nursing mother being asked to leave a public place, come to her aid and fight the flight attendant for her. Support laws that protect nursing mothers.
Support longer, paid maternity leave
Compared to the rest of the developed world, the USA has an embarrassing maternity leave policy. There is no paid maternity leave on a national level. FMLA guarantees 12 weeks of time off every 2 years, without pay, but only if you work for a company with more than 50 employees (in the same state) and have worked there for at least a year. Unpaid. If you work for a small company, just got a new job, or (gasp) have another baby less than 2 years after your last, you're likely out of a job, permanently, if you take leave at all.
Some states extend temporary disability benefits for 6-8 weeks, at a paltry 60% of base earnings, with a low cap. Other states provide nothing. A well-off family can budget for this time, but eventually, the savings run low. A single mother who works at a small company has no real choice - either she goes on welfare or goes back to work. A two-income family, living paycheck-to-paycheck may have no choice at all.
Conversely, Norway and Sweden offer 13-16 months of paid maternity leave at 100% of base earnings. The rest of Europe averages between 16 and 26 weeks (6 months), also paid at 100%. Maternity leave in most of these countries is compulsory - you can't go back to work 3 weeks after your baby is born, even if you "want" to.
There is a direct correlation between the length of maternity leave and breastfeeding success.
When Canada extended maternity leave from 6 months to one year, they saw a large increase in infants who were successfully and exclusively breastfed.
What you can do: Contact your congressional representatives - both senators and representative. Contact your local state representatives and senators. Let them know that you support paid parental leave and extension of FMLA to include all employers and employees, and to extend to at least 52 weeks.
Support certified lactation consultants
Poor medical advice for breastfeeding is pervasive through the system. Certified lactation consultants can save a breastfeeding relationship. Unfortunately, they are expensive to hire, and their services are not usually covered by medical insurance.
A lactation consultant can take a mother from the brink of quitting to a healthy, happy nursing relationship. She can save damaged, bleeding, painful nipples. She can fix bad latches and bad positioning, she can un-advise against bad advice. She can make magic happen - if she is given the opportunity.
The average visit to a lactation consultant costs $250-$300 - and while it's certainly cheaper than a year's worth of formula, to the low-income mother on unpaid maternity leave, it might as well be a million bucks. After all, formula is covered by WIC. LCs are a luxury that many women cannot afford.
Further, they're not that easy to find. Sure, if you're part of the AP community, you know the names of a few off the top of your head - but where would the average mother get this information? I hadn't heard of lactation consultants until I started to really research...and not all mothers research.
What you can do: Call your insurance company and ask if they cover lactation consultants. If they don't, ask why not, and ask how you can complain in writing. Make sure your pregnant friends know the names of LCs in their area. Provide a list of LCs to your local hospitals, visiting nurses associations, YMCAs and OB offices. Post the date and times of local LLL meetings on community bulletin boards and in supermarkets. Provide that information to teen mother support groups. If you are a LC, consider donating some of your time or offering low-cost services, even on a group basis to low-income mothers.
Support gentle birth
Getting a good start at breastfeeding is so very important. Maternity leave, lactation consultants, and pediatrician support only work if a mother begins her breastfeeding relationship right. Baby-friendly hospitals are a start. Baby-friendly hospitals aim to have a 100% breastfeeding rate, and they educate staff appropriately.
I'm going to add on steps 11-20:
What you can do: If you gave birth naturally or gently, tell your birth story. Support home birth. Support midwifery. Contact your local hospital and ask if they have been certified "baby-friendly" by the WHO. If not, ask why not. Drop off breastfeeding information at your local maternity ward and at your OB's office. Support the right to genital integrity and openly oppose routine infant circumcision.
Support the re-education of medical professionals
The worst breastfeeding advice I have ever heard came out of the mouths of medical professionals.
Sometimes, there is a real, medical reason to stop breastfeeding or supplement with formula. That is rare - but the majority of women trust their doctor over their own gut feeling or their own research. Medical professionals need to be educated on the facts. More breastfeeding relationships have been ruined by pediatricians, nurses and obstetricians than all the free cans of formula in the world. One bottle of formula *does* harm a nursing relationship. Nursing on-demand really means on demand! It is so hard to question your child's doctors.
Every new breastfeeding mother I know has worried, "how do I know my baby is getting enough food?" especially because all newborns seem hungry all the time. One statement from a doctor about low percentiles or supplementation can be the beginning of the end of a healthy relationship. Doctors need to be educated about alternative ways to increase supply if there really is a problem - and need to realize that formula should be the last resort, not the first reaction.
What you can do: Talk to your pediatrician about breastfeeding. Invite local pediatricians to attend LLL meetings. Encourage your local hospital to adopt baby-friendly policies. Make sure every pregnant woman knows how to find accurate information. Bookmark KellyMom.com on her computer. While you're at it, send the link to your pediatrician. Write to the AAP whenever you hear a doctor saying something untrue about breastfeeding, to encourage further training.
Support nursing rooms in workplaces, schools, and public buildings
Not all women are comfortable nursing in public. Nursing rooms are a wonderful amenity that should be as available as bathrooms. Many laws (but not all states) require that nursing mothers be provided a clean, safe and comfortable place to pump in the workplace....but this is rarely true. Most moms end up pumping in bathrooms, spare conference rooms, supply closets or cars.
Schools are especially key - not just for the teachers, but also for the students. Breastfeeding rates among teen mothers are appalling. Not all mothers are happily married stay-at-home mommies.... in fact, most aren't. Supporting nursing and pumping means supporting it in high schools, Walmart break rooms, and your local fast food joint.
What you can do: If you work, ask your HR department about space for nursing mothers. Contact your local high school and encourage the school to set aside a room for mothers to pump or nurse. Ask at your local government building.
Support breast milk donation
There are real, undeniable, and unavoidable reasons that breastfeeding may not be possible, including but not limited to:
Babies should be able to drink human milk, even if their mothers can't provide that milk to them.
Unfortunately, "official" milk banks are extremely selective and extremely expensive. I contacted two when I had to stop breastfeeding, and I was told that milk was reserved for sick babies, and that even if they had some, the price for the milk was $3.50 an ounce and not covered by insurance. For a baby who eats 32 ounces a day, that is simply impossible - and we are a well-off family.
Between then and now, a new organization has come onto the forefront, Eats on Feets, which will connect nursing mothers with women like me, who need donated milk for our babies. It's still in its infancy, and private milk donation has a long way to go toward being socially acceptable again, but it is a place to begin. Right now, there is less milk than women who need it.
What you can do: Donate any extra milk you have. Support Eats on Feets. Talk about breast milk donation, and challenge gut reactions that it's "icky." If your local EoF is active and has milk available, reach out and let folks know it's there for the taking.
Support media exposure of breastfeeding
1977, Buffy explains breastfeeding to Big Bird.
Bottles are everywhere. Every time you see a baby on TV, you see a bottle. Children's cartoons are filled with bottles, but nursing is taboo. This is an echo on nursing in public, and all the same reasons apply. Normalizing breastfeeding means that it has to make its way onto television.
What you can do: Contact PBS and ask them to run another special on television. Every time you see a baby bottle on TV, comment online at the station and on facebook/twitter. If you do see nursing on TV, send a compliment (I sent one to the director of "Four Christmases", which was the first movie I've ever seen with casual nursing and lots of breastfeeding mentions without being a movie about babies)
Oppose Unethical Marketing of Formula
Haha, exception proves the rule, right?
Yes, the whole point of this article is not to demonize formula or formula-feeding moms. Demonize the mainstream formula companies as much as you want. Go for it. Thanks to these jerks, babies all over the world die, and I fed my kid bugs, while they profit massively.
Formula companies advertise *everywhere*. Boobs don't get glossy ads in Parents' magazine. Formula companies are regulated in what they can say, but boy, do they squeeze close to that edge! "Closer than ever to breast milk" is such a misleading statement. I can make Coca-Cola "closer" to breast milk by adding DHA and probiotics. It doesn't make it close. Obviously, Similac is a better choice for your baby than Coke. BUT, the difference between formula and breast milk is as far the difference between formula and soda.
Especially abhorrant are the advertisements in developing countries, where a lack of access to clean drinking water makes formula truly life-threatening. If you don't have clean water, breast milk is vital to the survival of babies, yet companies like Nestle see opportunities for "new marketshare" and plaster with this messaging.
Even the "Breast is Best" campaign is tainted by formula marketing. It insinuates that perfect moms breastfeed, but who's perfect anyway? Breast isn't just best - it's NORMAL. It's what babies should eat, absent extenuating circumstances. Ads plastered on TV, in magazines, in doctors' offices and in hospitals make formula seem like the normal choice. Breast milk isn't a "nice option" like organic foods or designer baby clothes. It's necessary, normal, and appropriate. It's how babies were made to be fed. It's how moms were made.
What you can do: Boycott Nestle. If you subscribe to any magazines that advertise formula, write to them and ask for "fair and balanced" advertising that encourages a one-to-one ratio of breastfeeding and formula references in their publication - or better yet, ask that they not advertise formula at all. If you see coupons or advertising at your doctors' office, ask your doctor why they are advertising formula.
So, are you ready? This is the harder road, but it's the one that makes a difference. Invite your formula-feeding friends (if you have any) to join you in a fight for mothers' and babies' rights. There's a lot of us, and we can actually make something happen....if we don't spend our time pointing at each other.
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DaVinci's "Vitruvian Man" - Did you ever notice that he has his whole penis?
I know, talking about baby penises seems like a strange choice for a blog post. I used to think that penises came in two varieties, circumcised and uncircumcised....but education is a powerful thing. Now, I know that they only come in one style - Natural - and we, as parents, choose to alter what God or Nature or Evolution or The Great Spaghetti Monster created.
Why am I calling "uncircumcised" penises "natural"? Most of the "intactivist" culture uses the word "Intact", which is also accurate, but really, an uncircumcised penis is exactly that - natural.
Just like women without breast implants have "natural" boobs, or a person has their "natural" nose before a nose job. It's the way nature made it - therefore, a natural penis. Does that mean a circumcised penis is unnatural? Yes, it does.
I do want to note that I'm not anti-circumcision. If an adult man wants to modify his body, that is his choice and I support it - just as I would support a woman who wanted labiaplasty, or anyone who wanted to stretch their earlobes or tattoo their body. I am opposed to the routine circumcision of infants for non-medical reasons.
So, here are 50 reasons to leave your son's penis alone and not let a doctor cut it up.
1.) It's his.
2.) I've never met a man who wanted "less" penis when he was old enough to care. Men tend to like their penises just the way they are.
3.) You can change your mind. It's not possible to "un-circumcise", although there are men who have chosen to restore their foreskin later in life. If you're not sure, don't decide at all. It's a non-decision. :)
4.) There is no medical reason to do it routinely.
5.) Circumcision isn't the majority for newborns anymore. According to the New York Times, the infant circumcision rate is down to 32%. That means 68% of your son's locker room will likely have natural penises. If you circumcise, he will probably ask you why he's different from his buddies.
6.) Natural penises are easier to take care of during the diaper-changing years. Just wipe it like a finger. No retracting, no mess or fuss. Compare that to having to care for an open wound in a diaper.
7.) You wouldn't cut your baby girl's genitals. In fact, it's illegal - even a "nick" is illegal. Male circumcision is a lot more involved than a nick!
8.) Many doctors and nurses refuse to perform the procedure because it violates the Hippocratic Oath - First, Do No Harm.
9.) It hurts. A lot. Really. Don't believe me? Watch a video. With the sound up, please. If you can't watch the whole thing, can you really ask your newborn to go through it?
10.) Babies can't be properly anesthetized. An older child or adult would be given anesthesia and strong pain medication after any kind of operation, especially one on their genitals. Babies can't have the same level of anesthesia and after-care medicine that an older child or an adult would receive.
11.) Did you know? Infant circumcision rates are less than 10% in the following counties: England, France, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, all of South and Central America, Japan, China, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Greece, Taiwan, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia and more.
Infant circumcision rates are higher than 10% in the following countries: USA, Israel, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Philippines, Indonesia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Republic of Congo, Eritrea, and Kenya.
12.) Men with natural penises are less likely to experience Erectile Dysfunction as they age. Translation - your son will be less likely to need Viagra when he's 55.
13.) Female sexual partners of men with natural penises are more likely to achieve orgasm during sexual intercourse. They are also less likely to need lubricant.
14.) There are over 20,000 nerve endings in the foreskin. That's more than in the female clitoris.
15.) The foreskin protects the head of the penis.
16.) The foreskin provides lubrication during sexual intercourse. Men with natural penises are less likely to use lubrication during sex or masturbation.
17.) No major medical organization on earth recommends routine circumcision of infants.
18.) It's easy to clean when he's older. Shower. Besides, by the time his foreskin is retractable, (average age, 10.4 years old), you will no longer be cleaning his penis. I hope.
19.) Circumcision does not prevent AIDS, or any other STD. Condoms do. Having sex with one, monogamous partner and avoiding IV drug use prevents AIDS. Why would you assume your baby's going to be a man-whore anyway?
20.) We don't chop off ears to prevent ear infections. We don't remove baby toenails to prevent fungal infections. We don't cut off body parts anymore when a wound becomes infected. In the very unlikely event your son does develop an infection, we have antibiotics.
21.) Circumcision in the US began as a method to discourage masturbation, advocated by Kellogg, the cereal magnate, who also believed in the importance of daily cold enemas. Really - true story!! He stressed that circumcision should be done without anesthesia so boys would remember the pain every time they wanted to masturbate. How'd that work out?
22.) Natural penises only "look funny" to you if they are unfamiliar to you. Your son's generation will see them as normal.
23.) Women produce far more smegma than men, but we don't cut off their baby girl labia to keep things "clean."
24.) Your son will respect you for leaving the decision up to him, and for respecting his right to genital integrity.
25.) Complications of circumcision are NOT rare. Check out this thread on Babycenter.com (a mommy board, not a circumcision website) to read their stories.
26.) Most hospital circumcisions are performed by Obstetricians and Gynecologists, whose specialty is female reproduction, not male.
27.) Circumcision is not usually performed in a sterile operating room, but in a dirty nursery or a side room in hospitals without nurseries.
28.) Circumcision makes money for doctors. A doctor who performs circumcisions makes an extra $20,000-160,000 per year on the operations. That's why they offer circumcision at hospitals - for cash. They'll ask you if you want your son circumcised multiple times at the hospital: they want the money.
29.) Less than 1% of men with foreskins will ever "need" to be circumcised, just as the vast majority of women will never need a hysterectomy or mastectomy. We don't remove tonsils or fingernails or anything else at birth "in case" it has a problem.
30.) Penile cancer causes 300 deaths a year, almost exclusively in men over the age of 70. Infant circumcision causes over 500 deaths a year worldwide. Circumcision does not prevent penile cancer.
31.) Babies with foreskins are more likely to breastfeed successfully. Infant circumcision interferes with breastfeeding and hinders breastfeeding success. Isn't breastfeeding hard enough?
32.) Fathers don't spend time comparing penises with their sons. If your son does notice that his penis is different from Dad's (other than size and hair), you can simply explain that Daddy had an operation when he was a baby. My dad lost half of his ring finger in an accident, but I was never bothered by having all of my fingers.
33.) Your grandfather (or great-grandfather) probably wasn't circumcised, unless you are of Jewish or Muslim descent. It's a relatively new thing in the USA. Abe Lincoln and George Washington had foreskins.
34.) Most circumcised penises have scars. If you've ever seen a circumcised penis, you have probably seen circumcision scars and didn't know what they were. Curious? Click here for pictures (adult eyes please, extremely graphic).
35.) When erect, natural penises don't look very different from circumcised ones (adult eyes please)
36.) Babies have died following complications of circumcision.
37.) Babies have had the glans (head) of their penis accidentally amputated during circumcision.
38.) Female circumcision was legal in the United States until 1985. It was practiced in the USA as recently as the 1979 to prevent masturbation.
39.) Your health insurance may not cover the procedure. Medicaid does not cover it in 16 states, and many major insurance companies also do not reimburse for the surgery, since it is cosmetic. If your insurance doesn't cover it, it probably also does not cover any complications.
40.) Babies are strapped down on a circumstraint to have the procedure done. That is the most unnatural, terrifying position for a baby, who previously was all curled up and safe inside Mama's body.
41.) If you believe in evolution, why are men born with foreskins? If you believe in God, why did he give men foreskins? Did they screw up?
42.) If you are Christian, your religion actually *forbids* circumcision. Your son's body is a temple, and Jesus was the sacrifice to end all sacrifices - including the foreskin. See this link for more info.
43.) If you are Jewish, you should know that there is considerable debate about the religious necessity of circumcision.
44.) If you do believe that your religion requires the sacrifice of the foreskin, your son can choose to sacrifice his foreskin in the name of religion when he is old enough to make the decision himself.
45.) The foreskin is fused to the head of an infant's penis, just like your fingernail is fused to your finger. Have you ever pulled back your fingernail all the way? Owwwwwwwwwwwww.
46.) Circumcision makes penises smaller. Who wants a smaller penis?
47.) "My partner should make the decision, he has a penis/she looks at penises" is a dumb reason to abdicate responsibility for a decision. You are your baby's parent, penis or not, and you have a responsibility to protect your child from harm. Victims of FGM (aka female circumcision) are the most vocal supporters and perpetrators of the abuse. Call on your inner Mama or Papa-bear and stand up for your baby's rights. Make your partner watch a video with the sound on and convince YOU why they want this done to their precious child.
48.) You have seen an uncircumcised penis, and you probably didn't even notice. Take a look at this (safe for kids) picture!
49.) He'll be in good company. Check out this (in my opinion, mouth-watering) gallery of famous intact men! From Elvis, James Dean, Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jude Law and sooo many others.
Jensen Ackles, my personal favorite.
50.) It's his. I know, I said it already. but it's really the first and last reason - and perhaps the only one you really need. It's his body, and unless medically necessary, it should be his choice. You wouldn't give him a nose job without his permission, you wouldn't tattoo your infant. This is the same thing. If you really look at your motives, why would you want to take the risks? Leave the decision where it belongs - in your son's hands.
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I’m not sure I really know what to say here…
Would there be a risk of using this so much there’d be an Intervention called?
Or would it just be more like President Scroob sucking down some Perri-Air?
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Last summer we were able to take our girls to their motherland, Ireland. We spent 5 days castle hopping, sheep chasing, and chowing down on amazing traditional grub. Even for someone like me who is not of Irish descent, it was truly an incredible experience immersing myself into the Irish way of life. Just spotting that beautiful patchwork landscape from the plane, I knew we were in for a real treat.
We have always had a love of St. Patrick's Day, but this year it's a little more special since we now have an even better understanding of Ireland and St. Patrick. March is the time to celebrate St. Patrick, who is the patron saint who helped introduce Ireland to Christianity. Aside from all of the castles you'll find tucked into the Irish countryside, there are also a plethora of charming little churches to admire as well. So, I think, we have St. Patrick to thank for those.
This year, we are celebrating St. Patrick's Day by looking back through our Ireland travel photos. We also like to have a sweet treat to munch on because I took A LOT of pictures (you can see some of them on my Instagram) and while I thought about making a green dessert, I decided to go with mint instead. These Dark Chocolate Mint Truffles are a rich and indulgent treat, which would also describe your trip to Ireland.
If you want to make them green to keep it more in line with St. Patrick's Day, omit the dark chocolate and coat the truffles with Wilton green candy melts.
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Oh, what a few days it has been! You, my dear reader, already know that Easter is my fave holiday. Let me just TELL you about my days of wonderfulness! Since there is so much the post would go on forever, I have decided to make you a list!
Wonderful things from the past few days:
1) I had the weekend off and got to spend entire DAYS with my family.
2) Mama brought the boys into the children's room at church so I got to listen to the entire Easter mass with minimal interruption (except from my sister!)
3) Buddy, my sister, and I watched part of Jesus of Nazareth Saturday night until everyone was just about asleep (this is one of my all-time favorite movies!)
4) I got to go to Elaina's, and we got our buns! Buddy's is Johnny, a French angora, and mine is Madchen (pronounced maid-chen) a small German angora hybrid.
5) We saw day-old lambs with their mama.
6) Mama made a praline French toast casserole that was awesome.
7) I got to spend hours in Great Yarns while hubby got his new truck. I had a GREAT time.
8) I knit my first whole sock, and it wasn't that hard!
9) I made one of Kate Gilbert's bunnies, and Baba loves it!
10) We saw my FIL and his wife and had a great visit, as well as a great lunch! Hubby and I split a piece of Carnegie's cheesecake with fresh blueberries and it was the best cheesecake ever!
11) Baba had his first Easter basket and had lots of fun!
So, about Great Yarns.... I just had a wonderful time there. They have lots to look at, and look I did! I was told to stick to a budget, so I had to choose very carefully. So, I purchased: for more Kate Gilbert bunnies, 3 balls of Berocco Plush. These are to make a hot pink papa for buddy, and a light blue mama for baba. Next, some Twisted Sisters Jazz handpainted yarn. I love the Twisted Sister's Sock workbook, so when I saw this I *had* to buy it. I also bought ANOTHER set of size six DPNs so that I could start my socks right away!
Lastly, I bought the yarn to make Pippa. Mine will be light pink, with a dark blue edging. I had planned on getting the Calmer to make Elspeth, but they just didn't have enough of the pink I wanted. I will have to get that later. I really like Pippa, too, though, so this was a good choice for me.
SO, what did my son tell me recently when we were watching Gilmore Girls? He wishes I would dress like Lorelai, because "she's a cool mom". Funny, I didn't think my son would want me dressing so *funky*! But, Lorelai wears a lot of shrugs and cardis and stuff, so hey, my knitting would work with that!!
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My husband has been so wonderfully supportive of me. I just can't believe I am so blessed to have him. He helped me get the cages all scrubbed and ready, and built me a little platform so the German bun won't be on the ground. This photo shows the home for the German. The French's cage will be on top of that, it has already been removed to use in rabbit transport!
I finally took a look at my FBS and found where the extra stitch came in. Instead of frogging it back, I just knit it together with another stitch in the next row, and voila I am back on track again. I have decided to try to put this one to the forefront of my knitting right now. I screwed something up on one of my charts for Elsie and I am going to have to frog back several inches. That's not a big deal to me, but I hate to think of all the time I put into it. But I want to frog it so that it will look perfect, and anyways now I have the chart figured out so it should go easier.
I needed some mindless knitting to do for TV watching and knit night, so I started the heirloom bag in the new Rowan (37). I finished one side and started the gusset. I will need some help with the crocheting, but I have several friends who crochet so I am not too worried about that. I am knitting this bag from stash yarn, so it's being made with Lion Brands Microspun yarn, a microfiber. I like the feel of this yarn, but I think it would be even better in something lacy. It's just plain old boring stocking stitch for the bag.
This fabric is a reproduction from a 1943 print. I found it at Jo-ann's on their clearance rack for only $4. yd. I am going to make a wrap skirt similar to the one I made for Easter, but the shorter version. Unfortunately I can't show you the Easter skirt yet, as it is packed in the car and ready to go! I'll show you some Easter shots though.
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OK, it has been crazy around here the past week. I hate craziness. I like calm and quiet. That, it has not been.
Let's see: the good:
1) I got a package from Sicily!!! Wendy sent me the most AMAZING yarn stash! There is "a whole animal's worth" of a great beige yarn (as my friend Elizabeth said). It is enough to make a cardi or pullover. I am still deciding which to make. This yarn just has the greatest texture to it!
Next, 2 skeins of Grignasco soft kid in beige. What a nice soft yarn this is. Maybe good for a fuzzy collar on cardi? HMMM....
Then there was three skeins of a beautiful dark blue lambswool angora. It is not quite navy and feels great. This need to be made into something that I will wear right against my skin!! Wendy also sent a package of beads which are not shown. They will make pretty stitch markers, just trust me on that one. I put them somewhere baba couldn't get them. Unfortunately a lot of times my "safe" spots are even safe for me because I can't remember where they are!
2) I arranged a swap with Chelsea, my former SP3! She had gotten the Rowan 37 and did not like it. I wanted to get it, so I asked if she would like some handmade cards and stationery to swap. She said yes, and I rec'd the Rowan book already! There are some beautiful things in this one- I want to make a lot of them! I have made Chelsea a bunch of cards, I am sending them out today or if I can get hubbie to send via UPS tommorrow, so they can get there quicker. I didn't do the stationery yet, because I want to make a few different designs and let her pick one. It is fun making stationery for another person! Oh, I don't actually make the paper, I just do the designs. You'd be surprised how much you can do, though, with some stamps and ink, fibers and markers.....
3) Since buddy moved downstairs, I now have a sewing room! His twin bed is still in there, and it makes a perfect place to put my blocking board, and gives me a place to lay out pattern pieces. Right now I am working on my skirt and blouse for Easter. I found Amy Butler fabrics and patterns thanks to Brynne and SWIM. I am in love! A friend from work really likes the designs too, and I am going to make her one of the handbags. She likes the Chelsea, and I like the Madison.
Today I downloaded patterns for the first time- what fun! I ordered the plain knit bucket hat from Bonne Marie Burns, and the Bunny! from Kate Gilbert. What fun it was to order patterns from a designer, knowing all of the money goes directly to them! I thought the bucket hat in child's size would be great for spring in a cotton. And I had to order the bunnies once I saw them! I think Kate Gilbert is an awesome designer, and I love her sense of color.
There are signs of spring popping up. Today it is about 70 degrees and sunny. I love warm sunny weather, but I don't actually consider it warm until we break 80 degrees. But we are getting there! My pear tree is blooming, and so are my lenten roses. I am going to get the soil and assorted amendments to plant my beautiful valentine's roses this week. I am so excited that it is getting nicer out!
I also had fun yesterday, while at work, we had a little slow time between emergent/urgent surgeries, so I taught my friend RUSS how to knit!! He was so excited, he is making a garter stitch scarf to start out with. I gave him big wool and big needles so that it would be a good "quick" project. Let him get some instant gratification, so he'll be hooked. He was so stoked when he had knit about 4 rows and could see progress!
Click this link for a funny bunny Easter Greeting:
|Knitting my bit Cache Translate Page||After reading Margene post about the Dulaan project, I thought what a great idea, to knit up some hats for children who are not as fortunate as my own. I dug through my stash and found threee balls of "Luxury Cashmere" purchased at A.C. Moore which I thought would be great for hats. Now, the name is a little misleading, it is only 6%cashmere, but the yarn DOES feel wonderful. I have knit up two hats and have one on the sticks. One of the bears is modeling since Baba is down for his nap right now.|
The bear is wearing Baba's Easter vest. I am really happy with the way it turned out; It looks great on Baba and he loves to wear it! Since it is made of nylon, it is machine washable, but it really feels nice.
I have worked on Elsie. We had our knitting night last night but I forgot to bring my camera. It was a real shame because we had 3 dogs there! Penny is Melissa's dog, and she has a new housemate who has two dachsunds. I was in heaven sitting on Melissa's couch, with Penny curled up between Stephanie and me, and then Linus on my lap, and daisy on the top of the couch behind my head. It was wonderful to be surrounded by the doggies and have lots of lovin!
Anyways, about Elsie, she is coming along. Rather slowly lately, because I was just too sad to want to knit much. But last night I cast of for one of the fronts, so that I could just chat while knitting. Here is what I did:
Obviously, not much knitting going in! We were too busy eating, admiring Melissa's newly re-upholstered chair (she did a great job, with some help from Stephanie), trying to re-arrange her decorating on her..... We always have such a wonderful time. Our group is just a great bunch of ladies who all get along so well, and there is always fun and interesting conversation. Oh, and I am getting to know a lot about the historic Wilmington area, and who owns which house, and when they were built and for who, and so on. But the conversation goes something like this "you know, the white house down the street, gay Phil lives there...."
"no, not that gay phil, gay phil that lives with mike..."
"oh, THAT gay phil....."
Am I getting to know too much about their neighbors?
Oh, btw, the fabric under the progress on Elsie- I am going to make Stephanie a knitting bag. She came to knitting night with her stuff in a plastic "patient belongings bag." I told her that was skank and I was going to make her a knitting bag!
On the rabbit front: I talked with the vet, and Georgie had a rising E. Caniculi titer. E. Caniculi is a parasitic infection that may or may not have caused his demise. The only way to know for sure would be to do a necropsy, and I just couldn't bear the thought of that. You can read about the infection here. Anyways, I told you that when we got George there was a very nice French angora there that Buddy liked. We are going the day before Easter to pick him up from Elaina. I am going to see if she has any of George's relatives available. The rabbits will have new digs, in metal cages in my garage. I know that sounds bad but it isn't, really. I will be able to check on them very frequently, they will be protected from the wind, rain, and sun. I am going to attempt litter box training so they can be inside more. Georgie could only be inside while he was in my lap, which was actually a lot. I loved having him in after dinner and combing his hair. The french angora that Buddy is getting is beautiful, and he will be able to show him for 4-h since he is a purebred.
I have a little decorating to do. We let buddy move from his upstairs bedroom down to the guest room, so I bought him a couple posters to hang on the wall (A chopper from West Coast Choppers, and one of Lindsay Lohan) so that the place will feel more like his own room. But now that he will be downstairs, I can move my craft table upstairs to his room, which will be the guest room. I am going to put my sewing machine up there, and I am so excited because I have a lot of projects that I have been putting off because I dreaded sewing in my closet! I can even set the table up to have the view of the pond while I sew. I am so excited about that! I will have to show you "my" room when I am done!
This is one of the projects I am excited about getting done- a sheer blouse to wear over a cami. I think it will look so chic!!
Oh- one last thing- are you having trouble reading my text? It shows black to me but I have been told it is blue. Is it readable?
|George W., R.I.P. Cache Translate Page||I am so sorry to say that my beloved big bunny George W. has passed away. He got sick last week, and even with expert nursing care, he succumbed to whatever it was that made him sick. I am still waiting to get the results from George's blood tests to see if we can find out what made him so sick. The wonderful Dr. Jaffe did all that he could, and he told me that he knew I did everything possible to save him.|
George was sick for a week, and I knew Monday night that he would not make it. I brought him to bed with me and just laid him on my chest and petted him and loved him. Buddy was with us too. George knew that he was loved.
We buried him yesterday, in the garden. I am going to get a bunny garden statue to place at his grave and will probably plant a real nice flower there too.
Buddy seems OK, but I feel so sad. George was the nicest bunny. He was so sweet and loving.
I haven't done much knitting, with all of this going on. I am almost done with Baba's Easter vest. Elsie has just sat around, resting in the knitting basket with FBS.
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We had knitting night last night. No pics because I rushed home to care for George. He's sick :( I had a long talk with my breeder, and we are pretty sure he does not have wool block. I have been hand feeding and watering him since yesterday afternoon. He was very weak but seems to have more pep now. Although he is still definitely not himself. Please, if you are the praying kind, pray for him to get well soon! He is living inside now, and will be until it gets warm out. Which hopefully will be soon, I can't stand much more of winter!
While sitting by Georgie's side, I did manage to get a little knitting done. I started Elsie, and I decided to add 1" to her ribbing, to fit me a little more comfortably. I finished the ribbing for the back this AM, and can start on the cabling and moss stitch (seed stitch). I love moss stitch and I love cabling. Oh, by the way, I used a new cast on technique, too! I have only used long-tail cast on so far, but yesterday I broke out one of my reference books and used a knitted cast on. I like it!
I am also going to be making a vest for Baba to wear to church on Easter. I already told you how important Easter is to me- I want him to wear something special! This is another stash busting project, I bought the yarn for this about 6 months ago. It is nylon but it feels great- kinda suede-y. And should be very washable! I can't show you the pattern because I am sort of making it up from the "style your own kid's knits" book.
I also decided to get *serious* about the flower basket shawl. I broke it out yesterday and found there's a mistake in it. I need to pin it up to my nice blocking board and look it over stitch by stitch to find out where I added one! But I think I will be able to do that, with these great $1 magnifying glasses I got at Tar-get!
Here is a pic of Baba wearing the handed-down lederhosen. His daddy is swiss, so when we had Buddy, we got these as a gift. They will be cherished forever! This was the first time baba wore them, he liked the little bell.
He may be wearing them for a wedding- my little sister is going to get married. I am not jumping for joy. But hopefully Goober (her boyfriend) will straighten out (he has a habit of stiffing her & being untruthful).
Be sure to keep an eye on Elann. My friend got their newsletter with yarn samples and they are going to have some great yarns soon! Also, the Jaeger luxury tweed I am using to make elsie is on sale at JimmyBeans!
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Just in time for the end of February, and for Alison's fix-it February, I present to you, my dear reader:
This is another knit to love! I am going to try to put a single crochet edge on the neckline and armholes. I am going to ask my friend Elizabeth to help me do this. She has helped me to try to learn crochet, and even gave me that learn to crochet book for Valentine's. But I want help on hand, I don't want to ruin my loverly vest!!!
Oh, did you happen to notice the bag I am holding? Why, yes, it is a Sophie! I made her up in no time at all!! This is a beautiful bag and one that I am sure I will make again! Here is a pic of her pre-felting.
In the last few days, I have also finished two hats. The first is NOT a good hat. It started out as a hat for a friend. I think it looks horrible even on a cutie babe!
I did much better with the second one. THis is a LATE Christmas present for my friend Aaron. He will be going to med School in PA next year so this should help keep him warm!
Not much else going on here in my knitting basket. I have been so stressed lately, and knitting=stress reduction, which is why so much has gotten done. But now I think I will try to check out FBS again and see if I can get her to behave for me. SOMEone should behave, right?
Have a great day and check out the new Magknits!
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I may actually take out the bound off edge of the neck and make it a wee bit longer. But even now, I LOVE her. I felt so great to be able to say "I made it" when she made her debut at work Tuesday! She is just a wee bit itchy (the mohair in my yarn) but I absolutely loved wearing her. And she is WARM. So I won't get to wear her much longer this year. But that's OK!!
The Geste is making great progress. Here is the beginning of the front:
See that little "sock" over the ribbon yarn? It is so slippery I didn't want my ball to unravel. So I put some stockinette over it, it's the kind that you can use to put bandages on joints like a scraped knee. It works perfectly!
Next up after Gesta will be my cardi from Jaeger (see previous posts about it). I am really looking forward to making this one. It has a shawl collar and some cables, as well as buttonholes, so it will be a learning experience for me. I also need to work on my FBS. I purposely took a break from that one. I just got tired of knitting the same rows and ripping them. I figured a break would give me a fresh look at it.
Speaking of future projects, did everyone get their Interweave Knits? I am in love with the vintage cardigan and I will probably try to make that too. It is SO pretty.
OK, just a shortie little post today, I have some vegetable chowder to make for tonight's dinner (recipe given to me by the wonderful Knitster Mellissa!) That girl can cook!
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So, this is why she is sort-of finished- I don't like the neck. Although you do decrease after you pick up stitches, the neckline is just way too wide for me. I am going to rip back the neck and add another round of decreases. I think I am also going to shorten the collar, it is just too big for me, even when folded over, which is how I will wear it all the time. So, I guess this is another one for Alison's Fix-it February!
I think I could also enter the car into the february fix it. 2 weeks ago, I spent $1,200 dollars because the turbo on it blew. This weekend, family was on the way home from my son's basketball game, and the car "blew up" again. GRR! I bought a Saab because Daddy has driven a couple of them over 200,000 miles, with no major problems. I, on the other hand, am starting to feel like Job.
So, for the fix it, I was also supposed to fix Klaralund. Well, after browsing the book, I decided I wanted this instead:
I started knitting her up, with two strands of yarn- the yarn from Klara, and a ribbon yarn from Fiesta Yarns I had originally intended on making a shawl with. After trying to knit that ribbon by itself, I gave up because it was too slippery. Well, when knitting with the ribbon and silk garden together, they are a joy to work with, and they look AWESOME together! I think this is going to end up being my fave finished product ever! I have already finished the back. Here she is:
This is a closeup so you can see how beautiful the yarns look together:
I am just so thrilled how this is working up. I am going to sew a white blouse, hopefully with a shawl collar, and I am hoping to find a nice blue batik fabric to make a matching skirt. That will then be my Easter outfit. I LOVE Easter, it is my favorite holiday. It will be nice to have something special to wear.
Last week we had the knit night at my house, since our "leader" and usual hostess Nancy was off to NY to do some wheeling and dealing in the art world. We had a great time. My mom was visiting, so she got to join us, and a new member, Rita came. Then there were the regulars, Melissa, Stephanie, and Brooke. I LOVE these girls!! Stephanie is always so helpful and entertaining; this time she was helping Melissa cast on/ figure out gauge/etc, for her very first sweater!! She taught Melissa a nice knitted cast on so that the sweater will have a nice edge. Brooke worked on a scarf that is just plain knit/ purl, but becuase she is using two yarns, it looks cabled. It is so pretty!! Rita helped my mom remember how to cast on. And I sewed up Marilyn. We had a great time.
Another thing I did this past week: make my own blocking board! It was pretty easy.
My husband's company sells insulation, and so he got me a 1" thick piece of styrofoam (2' x 4'). I just covered it with a piece of gingham, 1) to protect the styrofoam from my sons 2) to make it look better, but most importantly 3) I can use the lines in the gingham as guides for pinning straight! Now between my chibi and blocking board, I can feel SO professional!!
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Actually, it was a pretty nice V.Day for me. I woke up to a very sweet card on the counter, leaning against these:
These are the two first roses for my garden! I had a Princess Diana at the old house, but I ended up not bringing her because she seemed not so hardy and I don't think she would have made the transplant. So now I have a very hardy looking one, along with a new rose- Ronald Reagan. It looks very pretty so I will be anxious to see how it does in my garden.
Phil's valentine is tommorrow- I am taking him out for dinner to our favorite Italian restaurant, Luigi's. It is owned by a man who moved here from italy and the food reminds me of my family's cooking. It is SO good.
I have made lots of progress on Marilyn- see?
I finished the front last night, up to the seaming and knitting the neck. I am hoping I can wear her to our dinner! Then, I need to knit up Klaralund. I am hoping to finish it rather quickly, since it is an easy knit. My next sweater after that is one from Jaeger, Elsie, which is gorgeous. I got luxury tweed in a beautiful pink and I can't wait to start her! Here is a pic of her:
Here is George enjoying his Valentine gift
I hope everyone out in blogland had a good Valentine's day. It seems more and more people are getting hit with the flu. I did find out this helpful piece of info, even if it was too late for me. If you think you have the flu, your doctor can do a nasal swab to test for it. They can give you Tamiflu to treat it and it will make you feel much better within about a day. Hopefully though, you will not need to use this info!! Lynne is starting to feel sick( I am hoping it's not the flu) so stop by and wish her well!
|Loving thoughts shawl Cache Translate Page||I was up late last night- a little stress induced insomnia- so I finished my loving thoughts shawl! I love it, it is incredibly wonderful to wrap myself in it. It is just acrylic, but at least I know it won't get accidentally felted! I was thinking I would show you a pic but somehow I cannot pull it up in photobucket... maybe I'll try again later.|
Well, the last week has been a bummer. I had the flu and thought I was feeling better yesterday. Buddy was home from school sick and I took both the boys to run a few errands, which unfortunately did not include dropping off the RAOKs I made while not feeling great. Anyways, last stop was the grocery store. I left the boys in the car with the car running (buddy is 10 and KNOWS not to do anything with the car. He locks the doors and holds my cell phone. and I was in the store long enough to pick up cheese and mushrooms). So, I get back to the car, and when I put it into drive, there was this horrible knocking/ banging noise, a burning smell, and huge puffs of white smoke from the muffler. THANK GOD we were only 1 mile from home. I borrowed (with permission!) a shopping cart and pushed the baby home in that. UGH! So, it turns out it was the turbo on my car. GRR!
Last night I was lying in bed, worrying about the car becuase I don't handle these kinds of things so well. I was trying so hard not to worry, but I couldn't stop. So I got up and knit and read blogs. Some of you girls just really lift me up when I am feeling down, with little funny thoughts or pics. How nice!!
Anyways, after I finished my shawl, I finished my friend Mike's hat, even with a little I-cord and tassle. I'll tell you, once I got my Chibi,
I don't mind finishing so much! And, I am soon going to have my own homemade blocking board! My husband sells styrofoam board that is used for insulation, so he ordered me a piece that is 1" thick and large enough to block at least the front and back of a sweater. I just need to get some checked fabric to cover it with; I am thinking gingham.
Well, Wednesday began Lent, and I gave up chocolate. I am craving already!!! But I am really good at keeping my Lenten promises. And it helps me lose weight!! Buddy also gave up chocolate, this is a big year for him because it is his first time giving anything up. I was proud of him today because he wanted some so bad and took a piece and unwrapped it and then just threw it back in the basket and said "I want it so bad!" I told him about the Sunday rule so he will be eating some on Sunday.
I also wanted to update on George W. He is doing so well, he has gotten used to his new hutch. He drinks about a quart of water a day, and he likes his timothy but he LOVES his pellets. He pushes the bowl to you when he sees you coming with his food. The fence has been finished too, so he has been able to get out a couple of times and hop around the yard for a while. The allergy thing doesn't seem to be too much of a problem either, I guess it must just be when he has a lot of fur!
I want to thank everyone who sent well wishes. I was thinking how horrible it must be to have fibrtomyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis and ache like that ALL of the time. My grandmother had horrible RA and I remeber how painful little tasks were for her. Now I can sympathise with my patients with joint or muscle pain better. See- for everything there is a reason!!
|done! Cache Translate Page||I have completed step 1 for the February Fix, Alison's move to get us all loving our knits again! I was not real happy with the fit of my Klaralund, I am going to re-knit her in a smaller size, and probably make the body a little longer. Between the yarn loss I had when I first knit her up (one really bad skein) and some breakage while reclaiming the yarn, I figure I might buy 2 more balls and use it to knit the back panel. That way, with the back part of the sleeves knit vertically, the color difference shouldn't show too much!
I have set aside my WIPs to knit a loving thoughts shawl. You have heard of prayer shawls, right? Well, someone did something horribly hurtful to me recently. I was feeling really bad and I decided that I would knit this shawl and while working on it, I thought of all the people who love me. I am almost done with it and will post pics once finished. Anyways, it was incredibly helpful to think of all my loved ones and know that they love me. And when I am finished I can wrap myself in their love when I feel down!
Speaking of people who love me, I was REALLY sick this weekend (I think I have the flu) and my wonderful husband took care of George all weekend for me. He is so great!
|I can breathe! Cache Translate Page||Yes, I am feeling much much better! Thanks to those who sent well wishes my way.
So, while I was feeling under the weather, I did get a few things done. One day last week, I just laid in bed and made some stuff for RAOK. I also finished my afghan! It is the Outer Banks throw, from Knitter's stash. I knit it with colinette mohair, zanziba, skye, and isis. I ran out of the zanziba before I was finished and I subbed some Lion Brand homespun and it blends right in- I think it subbed well.
I don't have pics, but I made a pair of wristwarmers for myself.
I finished my Re-KAL purse. This was made with the accidentally felted poncho. I lined it and embroidered wheat sheaves on the flap.
I worked some on my Marilyn for the Marilyn knitalong. I had put this away for a while when I had to frog an entire sleeve. But I am happy with her again.
I made some SLOW progress on the flower basket shawl. As of this AM, I have finished my second repeat on the lower flower basket. I started on the third but had to frog what I did. UGH!
And, last but not least, I finished shearing George last week and made him his own little bunny sweatshirt. He is doing just wonderfully. He is such a sweet rabbit, and he is eating and drinking well. Hopefully the cold snap we have been in will end soon, so he can enjoy some sunshine!
I am bringing him in tonight to brush him, so maybe I will have a couple more pics of him. He really is just so cute!!
In other blog news, Wendy had a great post about the Wannassee conference several days ago. It really made me think a lot. Also, margene posted about why do we knit- for process or progress? Made me feel a lot better about my SLOW progress I am making on my FBS. I enjoy it, even though it is hard....
Also, I got my first spindle! Now, I just need to learn how to use the durn thing....
I got a prettu good start on a hat for my friend Mike.
This is the first sweater I ever made, 10 years ago. It fits little Baba perfectly right now. Part of the reason I feel better is because he was so sweet and slept until 10 this morning! I kept sleeping too, and it really did me some good.
|Meet George W! Cache Translate Page||He's here, he's here!!! Today I got my bun, and he is now named George W!
we picked him up today from the wonderful Elaina's Avillion Farm. She raises shetland sheep, angora goats, angora rabbits (french and German) as well as chickens, and she even has a peacock! I was so excited, I forgot to take very many pictures. I did remember to take a pic of the angora goats though.
George is so friendly. He just lets you pick him up, snuggle and love him. He is so wonderfully soft and he has the cutest face! He is due for his shearing, so we are going to take him to rabbit club, and Melinda is going to help me shear him. I don't think he will be much trouble because he is so sweet.
So, while we were there, we got to see ALL of Elaina's rabbits. She had about 30 rabbits, french angora, german angora, and German hybrids. We actually talked to her about saving another buck, this one french, when she is done breeding him, which will be in a month or two. And, speaking of breeding, guess what George did before we left? Yup, she wanted to get one last litter out of him, so buddy got a little lesson on breeding rabbits! Did you know, you can tell when the male has been successful because he falls off the female! I did not know that.
George is so fluffy, but I was still a little nervous about putting him outside in his hutch. He has a great big bed of pine shavings to snuggle in. THey will all stick in his coat I am sure, but I want him to be warm!! I have already been outside once to check on him. Just to be sure he is OK.
So, since we had a bit of a drive, I got in some car knitting. I decided to make myself a pair of fingerless mitts before I make my son and his friend their second pair. I started out thinking I would reduce my stash, but I ended up making my mitt longer and now I need to buy a second skein to finish the second mitt. It will just be a little break from my self imposed yarn diet, as was the skein of HOT PINK wool ease chunky my son and his buddy requested for their mitts. Yes, they have both admitted that they like hot pink. But if a stranger asked, buddy would tell them his favorite color is orange!
This is another pic of George with Buddy. He just loves this rabbit! He is actually the one who wanted the french angora. His name is francois, and I think he will keep that name. Until then, I am sure buddy will get his fill of bunny love with George!
|A 4-* day! Cache Translate Page||Yesterday was just such a wonderful day!! Baba was in a great mood and we just played together and had a good time. I tried to do chores while he was up, so that I could knit while he was sleeping. That worked out!! I finally got throught my problems with the FBS, I have finished the first repeat of the lower flower basket. Here is what it looks like: never mind- I screwed up my pic in photobucket and now it is the size of a pencil eraser!! I'll have to take a pic after the next repeat.Can you see those little pink strings? (no, obviously you can't. Just imagine) Ha- I am getting smart! I put in a lifeline after the upper flower basket, and one after the first lower flower basket. I will continue this way until I am done!! Because, knowing me, I will continue to make mistakes, and then confuse myself when I try to fix them.
Next, I am coming along on the outer banks throw. A shot of my progress, and a closer shot so you can see the colors.
I have also been working on something for the re-kal. This used to be the "central park poncho" (remember, DH accidentally felted it).
This is the pattern that I am going to embroider onto it:
I also got a great sweater from goodwill to frog for the yarn. It is wool, angora, and I think a bit of nylon. I took a pic of it but DH deleted that. So, maybe next post?
About the RAOK ring: I recently found out that my info got deleted from the database. I re-entered it and am finding that I have lots more people visiting my blog! Thank you for your kind comments, and all the lace-knitting tips. Also, yesterday, when I went to pick up my son from the bus stop, I found this wedged between my door!
This came to me from Nyxxie, a very generous RAOKer! I want to make a sweater for the baby from it. The sweater is in Debbie Bliss' Junior Knits. I tried to find a pic online, but they don't even have a pic of it on the DB site.
OK, here is a question for anyone who reads this and feels like helping a computer-illiterate! I tried to save buttons for some KALs, and from blogs I read. I saved them into my Kodak, them tried to import them into photobucket so I could generate HTML and put them in my sidebar. But, photobucket says they are in the wrong format. Any ideas for what I should do? Also, could someone tell me how to put pics next to each other in a post, or make my text wrap around? Thank you!!!
Thanks for visiting. Have a great weekend everyone!
|Something new Cache Translate Page||A new bunny! Actually, she is 3 years old. Her name is cinnamon, but I call her cinnamon bun! She is a mini rex, and she is Buddy's rabbit. We just got her a few days ago, and she is getting used to us, and us to her. She is a really sweet bunny. She likes to be petted, especially around her ears. She grunts when you feed her (I think it is her way of saying thanks!)
Here she is having her breakfast:
What else is new? Not much. I have been thinking about getting my hair cut. But as soon as you start thinking that, your hair starts behaving, doesn't it? THat's what mine always does. So here is what I woke up to this morning:
I probably couldn't have made it look better. Also, notice the little flush to my cheeks? That is what happens after working 12 hr shifts. The masks I use in the OR sort of glue to your cheeks and bridge of your nose. By the end of a shift, my skin gets a little irritated. But the next day, I look like I have a very natural blush going!
I can't bore you with my knitting today. I am STUCK on my FBS, I have to keep frogging and re-knitting. I think I am missing something around the 18th row and my stitch count gets a bit screwed up. I started unknitting row by row last night to try to find my problem. Wish me luck because I am getting tired of knitting the same thing over and over again without any progress!!
|what do I do first? Cache Translate Page||Ha, that's what I think when I have spare time to knit. Do I do the FBS, slow because I have to concentrate; or should I work on the easy afghan? What about the re-KAL to make something out of my felted-on-accident poncho?
Well, if you are like me, you just don't decide and you juggle all three. I just don't want to ignore anything, which I am sure is not the best way to work!
Amanda helped me figure out what I was doing wrong. So, here is the FBS yesterday morning:
Yes, a pile of yarn. What you don't see is the work I did and then frogged. But Amanda cleared up my YO problem and here is where I am this morning:
This is through row 20 of the first chart.
Next, I decided to do something with the poncho that my DH felted. One of the women at our knitting group suggested a bag, and since I couldn't think of anything else to do with it, here is what I have done so far:
I wanted it to be wider at the top. I think I would like the flap to be assymetrical. I'll put a big button on it (probably silver) and I have to make an I-cord strap. Better than what I was going to do with it, which was toss it.
A little while back, my not so secret SP3 had a contest on her blog and I won! I rec'd the package a few days ago (Thanks so much, Chelsea!) but I didn't get a chance to blog. Look at what she sent:
Isn't this little guy the cutest? He is so curly! I think my older son may kidnap him! Also, Chelsea made me my very own stitch markers! My son noticed that they are small, medium, and large. I think they are beautiful. And last, but certainly not least, look at what she sent the boys:
A whole family of rubber ducks! The little guys even have floating rings! Jacob loves to play with these guys and *yell* quack!quack!
So, with all these projects, you would think I would have enough to do, right? No, not me. I looked up Deb to see what I could send her as a thank you for playing postmistress for Wendy and I, and saw that she made felted soap. I tried it out. My first results were not so stellar. here they are:
But, I bought 4 bard of Ivory last night and I am going to try again. I want to make a bar for my meetup organizer's daughter, because she is away at college and very homesick!
OK, enough blogging. I have work to do!!
|Lots of knitting!! Cache Translate Page||Hooray! I have had the time to do lots of knitting this past week! Mostly, while laying in bed before going to sleep, but what a great way to end the day!
First of all, I finished the airy scarf for my sister.
Pattern: Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: 100% alpaca from alpacaamore (Ebay)
needles: 10 bamboos
I really enjoyed knitting this scarf. The alpaca just feels like a cloud and the pattern is VERY easy. My sister will really enjoy this scarf. And I think I might just have to make one for myself!
I also knit her a simple little stocking stitch scarf, just a little one to tie around the neck, in Moda Dea dream yarn. This is a totally manmade fiber but it really feels wonderful! I spared you the pics- how exciting can a stocking stitch scarf be?
Next- I have been collecting my colinette yarns to make the Outer Banks Throw from knitter's stash. Now that we are in the house, I am so excited to knit this one! The yarns- zanziba, skye, mohair, and isis, all just feel so wonderful! This is yet another stocking stitch project, but I have to show you how beautiful it is working up.
here is some stitch detail:
I also joined (gulp) the flower basket redux. I think the shawl is beautiful but I am afraid I am getting in over my head (right now I feel like the only knit-along I have the right to join is a garter stitch scarf along!) Anyways I told Amanda that I would post pics. so what have I done so far?
What is it, do you ask? Why, it is a lowly little crochet chain. Yes, that is all I have gotten done. I was going to work on it last night, but started getting a bad migraine at work, so in my drugged state I didn't want to attempt it!
I was also very productive at catching up on my mail! I sent out: The Sniper Cozy (I thought hubby sent it, but it has been sitting in his truck!). I mailed out my package to Chelsea, who was my SP3 (sorry so late Chelsea!). I sent some stitch markers to Kim, of The Woolen Rabbit. Now, I just have a package to send out to Wendy. I promised her that when I moved and found my SECOND copy of Stitch n Bitch, it was hers. So, I got some loverly roving to pack it in!
Kim's stitch markers:
One last thing. I am currently reading Misunderestimated: The President Battles Terrorism, John Kerry, and the Bush Haters.
This book is REALLY interesting. In the second chapter, it outlines what a threat Saddam really was. Now, I knew lots about Saddam, but finding out even more horrible things he did just sickens me. I really believe he is Satan incarnate! Anyways, something I didn't know, which appalled me:
"The Frenchman, whose devotion to Baghdad had earned him the nickname "Jacques Iraq" (Chirac), agreed to sell Saddam several nuclear reactors that would be capable of turning uranium into weapons grade plutonium. France was the only Western nation not to challenge the laughable claim by Iraq- a nation sitting on a sea of oil - that it needed nuclear reactors to produce electricity. Not even Saddam pretended that was true.
"In fact, when the $3 billion deal was inked in late 1975- after Saddam and Chirac had visited each other in their respective capitals- the Iraqi dictator told a Lebanese magazine: "The agreement with France is the first concrete step toward production of the Arab atomic bomb." The Franco-Iraqi Nuclear Co-operation Treaty was bad for Jews in more ways than one. The agreement stipulated that "all persons of Jewish race" be excluded from the deal, both in Iraq and France. Paris had no compunction about signing an obviously anti-Semitic treaty, because in addition to the nuclear reactors France was given cotracts to build massive public works projects in Iraq, includung a new airport and subway."
All I can say is, WTF? I just can't believe it.
Have a great, beautiful week! Hopefully, I will next be able to show more progress on the FBS!
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Hello, just thought I would share a recent finish of mine!
Here is Baby Caterpillar
I'm working on another one too!
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Here to share with you my Page 1 finish on Golden Promises!
Glad to be done with all that white!
Happy Stitching Everyone!
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Hello, its me again! I wanted to show you my lovely lady!
I am happy with her progress. I love the feel of soft gently sway of her hair!
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