03/5/15

St. Patty’s Menu

St. Patty's 1Here’s a St. Patty’s menu for YOU!

This is one of my favorite meals.  I LOVE a Reuben sand­wich made from MY crock pot cooked corned beef, with home­made Thou­sand Island Dress­ing and my easy home­made Broc­coli Slaw.  It is absolutely mouth-watering and so good.  I crave it.

Caramelized Roasted But­ter­nut Squash is a per­fect accompaniment.

The Key Lime Bars top it all off with a bit of sweet and tart bal­anced flawlessly.

Click HERE for the Reuben Sand­wich with Home­made Thou­sand Island Dress­ing and Broc­coli Slaw recipes

Click HERE for the Caramelized Roasted But­ter­nut Squash recipe

Click HERE for the Key Lime Bars recipe

My daugh­ters and I cre­ated a ter­rific St. Patty’s EBook with home decor, table set­tings for fam­ily and kids, crafts and much more food.  Check it out HERE

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03/5/15

Is There Enough?

Do you have dif­fi­cult times? 

Have you been in sit­u­a­tions when you feel like you are smoth­er­ing, or that you can hardly breathe?

When you want to feel cold, or hot, or even pain because numb­ness has taken over?

If we live long enough, that IS an expe­ri­ence in life.

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03/4/15

To Everything There Is A Season

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To every thing there is a sea­son, and a time to every pur­pose under the heaven

A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted

A time to weep, a time to mourn

A time to cast away

Some­times cir­cum­stances change and it takes courage to do what is right for the other per­son and each oth­ers future. Bran­don and Delsi have cho­sen to break off their engage­ment and go their sep­a­rate ways.  We know that all our AMS friends wish each the best, as do their fam­i­lies. Thank you for your prayers and sup­port.

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03/3/15

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Is it ok to toot my own horn?  If it’s ok, I really have to say that the St. Patrick’s EBook my girls and I made turned out so great!  Click HERE to read more about it.

MY AMS FEATURE’S:     Sarah has a great kid craft at Ruf­fles and RainbootsHow-to-Make-Crayons Handmade Crayons

 Emily has a fab­u­lous post for ALL of us to learn from on her blog My Love For Words

Stop sabotaging your goals by doing this

Heaven is Smil­ing was #254 Choco­late Chip Mug­ger    and Unre­mark­able Files  linked up #249 “Why I Can’t Keep Up with Cur­rent Events.”

Wel­come to our party!   We are so glad you are here.

Last week we had lots of par­tic­i­pa­tion with over 410+ posts shared. Wow!   Here is the one you liked the best …

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02/27/15

Why Does Carrie Blog?

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Have you ever won­dered why I blog?  I’m sure this very pro­found ques­tion has kept you up many sleep­less nights, so here is the answer:

Why does she blog?

Ooohh, let me count the ways ——

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02/26/15

NEW Cook Book!

All About St. Patrick’s Day

  • St Patty's Day Cover

    Creative ideas for the Irish in all of us!

    Arts and crafts.  Home decor and more! You'll love this little book!
  • 27 pages

Carrie’s Cook­ing for Keeps, Revised Edition

  • CFK Revised Cover Cook­ing for Keeps Ebook!!
  • 203 pages

Por­traits

Pho­tog­ra­phy (1999 – 2013)

Chap­ter 9 Nomadic Lifestyle

Candy canes lol­lipop mac­a­roon marsh­mal­low gummi bears tiramisu. Dessert crois­sant cup­cake candy canes. Bear claw faworki faworki lemon drops. Faworki marzi­pan sugar plum jelly-o marzi­pan cookie.

Aa

Faworki marzi­pan sugar plum jelly-o marzi­pan. Souf­flé toot­sie roll jelly beans. Sweet icing crois­sant dessert bear claw. Brownie dessert cheese­cake dan­ish jelly pud­ding bear claw soufflé.

Bb

Faworki marzi­pan sugar plum jelly-o marzi­pan. Souf­flé toot­sie roll jelly beans. Sweet icing crois­sant dessert bear claw. Brownie dessert cheese­cake dan­ish jelly pud­ding bear claw soufflé.

Cc

Faworki marzi­pan sugar plum jelly-o marzi­pan. Souf­flé toot­sie roll jelly beans. Sweet icing crois­sant dessert bear claw. Brownie dessert cheese­cake dan­ish jelly pud­ding bear claw soufflé.

Dd

Faworki marzi­pan sugar plum jelly-o marzi­pan. Souf­flé toot­sie roll jelly beans. Sweet icing crois­sant dessert bear claw. Brownie dessert cheese­cake dan­ish jelly pud­ding bear claw soufflé.

“>CFK Revised Cover

We have been SO busy around my house! 

I pub­lished my cook­book about 1 1/2 years ago and it was good.…however, it was not in color and I wanted to make it even better.

My sweet­heart Stan has been work­ing like craaazzzzy to for­mat this book (because he loves me) so it is now in COLOR and avail­able as PRINT and EBOOK form.

I added MORE recipes and I can­not wait for you to see it!!!

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02/23/15

Ooey Gooey Bars

Ooey Gooey Bars 2We are READY!  The St. Patrick’s EBook is up and YOU can order it.  Click HERE for a SALE price!

My cousin Julie gave me this recipe.  I tweeked it a bit and I LOVE it.  Thanks Julie for the inspiration!

They are deli­cious, won­der­ful and I’ll bet you make them often…I want them soon, very soon.… enjoy and call me when you make them, ok!

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02/23/15

It’s All About The GREEN

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SALE!

As promised I have very spe­cial news.….we have our first ebook on my blog for sale!  WOOT!!!  Yahoo!  Happy Dance and choco­late bars all around!!!

YOU, my friends are in LUCK!  My daugh­ters Dan­i­tra and Delsi and daughters-in-law Tawni and Ash­ley have put together an ebook just for YOU.

So what’s all the noise about?  Well, I’m so glad you asked. It has:

  • Decor for your home such as an adorable wood shim clover leaf, a print­able and a fab­u­lous ban­ner
  • Table-scape ideas for enter­tain­ing that are eco­nom­i­cal, yet fab­u­lous
  • Tables set­ting that makes the meal FUN for the kids and last­ing memories
  • A unique and new approach to the Lep­rechaun Trap
  • Kids Crafts
  • And of course  my St. Patrick’s recipes with easy to fol­low tutorials.

No blar­ney, really — you find this eBook charming.

Hurry, it’s com­ing AND we have a SALE going on!!!  That’s right the price is lower so YOU can cel­e­brate in style. It’s easy because we have done all the work to put it together for YOU! So come on over and for your LUCKY CHARM of a DEAL and have FUN with the GREEN!

All About St. Patrick’s Day

  • St Patty's Day Cover

    Cre­ative ideas for the Irish in all of us!

    Arts and crafts.  Home decor and more! You’ll love this lit­tle book!
  • 27 pages

Por­traits

Pho­tog­ra­phy (1999 – 2013)

Chap­ter 9 Nomadic Lifestyle

Candy canes lol­lipop mac­a­roon marsh­mal­low gummi bears tiramisu. Dessert crois­sant cup­cake candy canes. Bear claw faworki faworki lemon drops. Faworki marzi­pan sugar plum jelly-o marzi­pan cookie.

Aa

Faworki marzi­pan sugar plum jelly-o marzi­pan. Souf­flé toot­sie roll jelly beans. Sweet icing crois­sant dessert bear claw. Brownie dessert cheese­cake dan­ish jelly pud­ding bear claw soufflé.

Bb

Faworki marzi­pan sugar plum jelly-o marzi­pan. Souf­flé toot­sie roll jelly beans. Sweet icing crois­sant dessert bear claw. Brownie dessert cheese­cake dan­ish jelly pud­ding bear claw soufflé.

Cc

Faworki marzi­pan sugar plum jelly-o marzi­pan. Souf­flé toot­sie roll jelly beans. Sweet icing crois­sant dessert bear claw. Brownie dessert cheese­cake dan­ish jelly pud­ding bear claw soufflé.

Dd

Faworki marzi­pan sugar plum jelly-o marzi­pan. Souf­flé toot­sie roll jelly beans. Sweet icing crois­sant dessert bear claw. Brownie dessert cheese­cake dan­ish jelly pud­ding bear claw soufflé.

02/19/15

DIY Plastic Bag Holder

Bag Holder

This week I have addressed ‘Fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do with­out’ and this handy bag holder is one of the most prac­ti­cal, inex­pen­sive and appre­ci­ated gifts you can give for a bridal shower, grad­u­a­tion or birth­day gift; really for any occa­sion and to have in your home of course.

 I have very easy and sim­ple to fol­low tuto­r­ial for the novice sewer.

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02/19/15

Waste Not — Want Not

Reduce, Reuse Post Keep­ing with this weeks theme of Fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do with­out’. I have some ideas for reusing every day items:

  • Envelopes of all sizes can be reused by putting  a label over the top of the pre­vi­ous address, or used as a file folder
  • Plas­tic bags from the store have end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties, such as:  garbage can lin­ers, wrap around cords or other loose things to secure and hold them in place, use to dis­card pet waste from lit­ter box or when walk­ing a pet, and my favorite is to put a treat in it for some­one and hang it on their door han­dle with a sec­ond wrap to secure it
  • Empty glass bot­tles can be cleaned and used for vases, jars for treats and home­made good­ies, painted or dec­o­rated (click HERE for an idea) for your home or to gift, even great to store odds and ends
  • Empty plas­tic con­tain­ers such as yogurt and sour cream car­tons are ter­rific to store left­overs, to send home food, or to pack lunch in par­tic­u­larly if the con­tainer doesn’t always come home, lol
  • The shower caps you get at hotels are per­fect bowl and food covers
  • Pur­chase the ‘reusable’ bags at the store to give gifts in.  Now they have two gifts!
  • Old cloth­ing can be used as rags and for cleaning
  • Used gift wrap can be shred­ded for stuff­ing in pack­ages and gift bags
  • Gift bags and tis­sue paper can be neatly folded up and used again.  Make a new tag out of an old card
  • Paper ran through your printer that is not what you wanted give to the kids to draw on or use as scratch paper
  • Dryer Sheets:  Use them to remove sta­tic cling from pants legs, shirts, skirts and even your hair by run­ning a used fab­ric soft­ener sheet over the area, also pet hair by rub­bing it on your clothes
  • Cloth­ing:  There are end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties here, but to start, sell kids out­grown cloth­ing, give to shel­ter or home­less agency, take to thrift store to sup­port employ­ment of less for­tu­nate, sell at con­sign­ment shop
  • Old Blan­kets and sleep­ing bags:  Keep extras in the car for warmth and to wrap frag­ile items.  To sit on at parades, con­certs, games and out­door activities.
  • Many items can be sold, traded or donated to give them a sec­ond life — be cre­ative and try to think out­side of the box to save money and waste.

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02/17/15

Sweet Chili Quesadilla

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Ori­ent savor fused with Latin fla­vors makes this a fab­u­lous Quesadilla!

 This amaz­ing que­sadilla fea­tures Asian sweet chili sauce, toasted sesame seeds, cilantro, caramelized onion, a touch of hoisen sauce and ten­der chicken; all warmed between crunchy toasted tor­tillas and melted gooey cheese. Scrump­tious and mouthwatering!

 

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02/15/15

Does the Brand Define YOU?

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In my novel, A Mother’s Shadow, the main char­ac­ter, Emily painstak­ingly acquires fab­ric and then shares the one sewing nee­dle with the women in the fam­ily, as she stitches her dress that she wears to the social; which is where she meets Harry. 

My ques­tion for you is:  ‘Fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do with­out’ is an old say­ing — it is still wise advice…or expired counsel???

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02/14/15

Grandparents Valentine

To cel­e­brate Valen­tines this year, Stan and I offered to let our grand kids stay with us so their par­ents could have a night to go out, or stay in.   The main goal is to let our own adult kids have time together, as a cou­ple, to strengthen their own mar­riage, which for­ti­fies our entire fam­ily — and we love hav­ing the grand kids over.

As they started to arrive I looked out the back win­dow and saw Stan with the punch­ing bag hooked on the old swing set.  That swing set, my mom bought before I was born and moved it from place to place, then gave it to me when I mar­ried for me to move from place to place; it’s one of a kind and a fam­ily heir­loom I guess you’d call it.

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