Saturday, September 28, 2013

Autumns Tapestry A Grand Reception

Such a beautiful imagery of fall, I had to share...

The foliage has been losing its freshness
through the month of August, and here
and there a yellow leaf shows itself like
the first gray hair amidst the locks of a
beauty who has seen one season too many....
September is dressing herself in showy dahlias
and splendid marigolds and starry zinnias.
October, the extravagant sister, has ordered
an immense amount of the most gorgeous
forest tapestry for her grand reception
. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Pumpkin Pie Smoothies (100 cal)



Ingredients( for 1 smoothie)

1/2 cup Unsweetened Pumpkin Puree =40 calories

1/2 of a container of Dannon Light & Fit Vanilla Greek Yogurt =40 calories

1/3 cup of Silk Pure Unsweetened Almond Milk =10 calories

1 splash of Maple Syrup =10 calories (optional, but yummy)

One dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice =ZERO calories

1/4 cup of ice =ZERO calories

A light dusting of Graham Cracker Crumbs for topping =trace calories (also optional)

A Blender or Food Processor…no calories…lol!

TOTAL =100 CALORIES of Pumpkin Pie Yumminess!

Blend all of this together in your blender or food processor, pour into a pretty glass, sprinkle with the graham cracker crumbs and drink up!

Perfect breakfast on the go pick me up!

I am sure you can use other ingredients to your likes, to keep the sugars lower I liked this recipe. Visit the Oh bite it web site for more pumpkin deliciousness, beware it's a ooey gooey place over there...yummy.



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Quote Of The Day: Take Another Shot #quotes

A deep in thought quote for today, reminding us to focus on important things in our life. Snapshots are liveable moments to cherish and learn from.


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Apple Pie Rollups :

Apples:sliced (choose whichever kind you like, I used a red softer apple Gala I think)

Crescent rolls ( separate into triangles)
Sugar and Cinnamon mixed together
Butter (helped make mine cook softer & I just love buttery stuff)

Take your apple slice and lay it inside a crescent roll triangle, put butter and cinnamon sugar inside also,then roll up your little surprise. Place on baking sheet with all the other ones you will do.
Put in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 11-13 minutes.

Enjoy! Great as a snack, or even desert with ice cream.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fall Is Around The Corner With Fabulous Decor Ideas #Fall #homedecor #crafting

I am not so sure we had a summer, it was so wet here in the NC foothills that I would call that a monsoon summer....lol. Now I am soooo ready for fall, crisp air, pumpkins, apples and the beautiful colors that signify the onset of the season. Here in NC we are blessed with mountains that seem to be painted by God's magnificent pallets of paint colors. The changing of the leaves is one of my favorite times to drive to the higher elevations and just stand in awe of His creation.
With the return of fall comes the excitement of dragging out my "fall boxes" from the garage. They are filled with various decor related to the autumn season. I also love to create more treasures to add to my autumn and holiday collections. A crafty addict that I am, I have already been perusing Pinterest for ideas. I will try to share some of my fave finds over the next few weeks if you can stand it...lol , I tend to get excited and ramble like now,lol.
Fabulous Fall Decor Ideas, I found on Pinterest and when I clicked the link, as you will do, I felt like a little girl in the candy shop, except I found a wealth of fall decorating ideas! Thank you so much The Cottage Market for compiling this list.

Out of all of those ideas, I think this one is my favorite since I love my animals outside too, and love to feed all my birds and squirrels. 

Have a happy day~~  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Quote Of The Day: Laughter

Laughter is the best medicine, make a point to laugh daily.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Quote Of The Day: HOPE September 10th

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day 2013~~
Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, believe me I know first hand that it will not fix the problem. As a survivor of several suicide attempts when I was younger, and a woman living with depression for many years now, I can tell you that it will solve nothing. The number one cause of suicide is untreated depression, there is hope! Treatment can make your life feel real again. Much of your suffering is unnecessary. If you or a friend of yours is thinking of ending the pain, it is not a secret to keep. Help is just a call away
1-800 -Suicide



Keep communication open with your kids and spouse, educate yourself about signs and symptoms of depression and suicidal ideations. It might just save a life.


For Your Door : Halloween Wreath with Adorable Bows! #crafting #homemade #fallcrafts

DIY: Awesome Halloween Wreath - Tutorial on how to make these adorable bows! Very easy to follow pictures & instructions. HERE  at the & Layer Studio blog 

I just love wreaths on my door and this one is so fall or Halloween themed, without any scary looking stuff on it. Going to the craft store this week to pick up my supplies and make one for my front door.


Friday, September 6, 2013

Quote Of The Day: Momentum #quotes

I always love those people who spend more time complaining about topics or situations than producing solutions to the problems. If you are going to waste the energy complaining, why not come up with solutions instead. Move on in a positive light~~ Momentum is a forward motion, not a backwards approach in my opinion.



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Common and Unusual Uses for Baking Soda

How many uses for Baking Soda can you think of, there are tons out there, some I did not even think of and will have to try myself now. 

Health Uses

1. Use it as an antacid.

2. Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.

3. Mix half a teaspoon with peroxide paste and use it as toothpaste.

4. Use it as a face and body scrub.

5. Add a cup to bathwater to soften your skin.

6. Relieve skin itch from insect bites and pain from sunburn.

7. Remove strong odors from your hands by rubbing them with baking soda and water.

8. Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.

9. Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritations.

10. Take a baking soda bath to relieve skin irritations.

11. Heartburn? Take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water.

12. Freshen your mouth by gargling half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed water.

13. Relieve canker sore pain by using it as mouthwash.

14. Use it to relieve bee stings.

15. Use it to relieve windburns.

16. Apply it on jellyfish sting to draw out the venom.

17. Unblock stuffy nose by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.

In the Home

18. Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.

19. Put out small fires on rugs, upholstery, clothing, and wood.

20. Put an open container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb the odors.

21. Sprinkle it on your ashtrays to reduce bad odor and prevent smoldering.

22. Sprinkle it on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foul odor.

23. Turn baking soda into modeling clay by combining it with one and 1/4 cups of water and one cup of cornstarch.

24. After feeding your baby, wipe his shirt with a moist cloth sprinkled with baking soda to remove the odor.

25. Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.

26. Improve the smell of dishrags by soaking them in baking soda and water.

27. Suck it in with your vacuum cleaner to remove the odor.

28. Freshen the air by mixing baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts. Put the mixture in small sachet bags.

29. Restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a cup of baking soda.

30. Put it under sinks and along basement windows to repel cockroaches and ants.

31. Scatter baking soda around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from eating your veggies.

32. Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants.

33. Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.

34. Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to deodorize their fur and skin.

In Cooking

35. Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.

36. Wash fruits and vegetables with it.

37. When boiling a chicken, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Feathers will come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white.

38. Soak dried beans to a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.

39. Remove the distinctive taste of wild game by soaking it in a baking soda solution.

40. Make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.

41. Remove the fishy smell from your fillets by soaking the raw fish in a baking soda solution for an hour inside the fridge.

42. Make fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs used.

43. Reduce the acid content of your tomato-based recipes by sprinkling them with a pinch of baking soda.

Cleaning Purposes

44. Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.

45. Use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs

46. Spray it on walls, mirrors, and countertops.

47. Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.

48. Remove grease from pots and pans.

49. Dry clean carpets and upholstered furniture by sprinkling baking soda over the fabric and gently brushing it. Leave it for an hour or overnight, then vacuum.

50. Boost your laundry detergent’s cleaning power by sprinkling a handful on dirty clothes.

51. Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.

52. Remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls.

53. Clean your shoes with it.

54. Clean garbage cans with it.

55. Use it to wash diapers.

56. Clean the fridge with it.

57. Soak brushes and combs in a baking soda solution.

58. Mix it with water to wash food and drink containers.

59. Put three tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water, then use the mixture to wash marble-topped furniture.

60. Absorb it with a damp sponge, then clean Formica countertops with the sponge.

61. Use it to get rid of stale odors from cooling containers and thermos bottles.

62. Run your coffee maker with a baking soda solution, then rinse.

63. Combine with hot water to clean baby bottles.

64. Sprinkle it on barbecue grills, then rinse it off.

65. Scatter it on your greasy garage floor, scrub the floor, and rinse.

66. Remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a baking soda solution for 10 minutes before washing.

67. Clean your ashtrays with a baking soda solution.

68. Keep your drains clean by putting four tablespoons of baking soda in them each week. Flush it down with hot water.

69. Clean your shower curtains by soaking them in baking soda and water.

70. Put it on a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.

71. Use it to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from a toaster. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp rug, then use the rug to clean the toaster.

72. Use it to clean your retainers and dentures.

73. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, and used it to scrub enameled cast iron and stainless steel.

74. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water, and use it to clean the inside part of an oven.

75. Use it to unclog gas stoves.

What other uses for baking soda do you have?

Monday, September 2, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Quote Of The Day: Change.....

How changeable are you? How adaptable are you? Being flexible and understanding in the world today goes a long way.


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