Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Heartwarming Message

One day a woman's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't "anymore".

No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more "just one minute."

Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say good-bye, say "I love you."

So while we have it, it's best we love it, care for it, fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick.

This is true for marriage.....And old cars... And children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips, and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it.

Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved away or a sister-in-law after divorce. There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what.

Life is important, like people we know who are special.. And so, we keep them close!

I received this from someone who thought I was a
'keeper' !

Then I sent it to the people I think of in the same way...

Now it's your turn to send this to all those people who are 'keepers' in your life.

Suppose one morning you never wake up, do all your friends know you love them?

Let every one of your friends know you love them.

Even if you think they don't love you back.

Monday, February 20, 2012


                                             Wouldn't it be nice if we would only try to live
                                              by these words. I know I don't...but it gives me
                                              hope and motivation to try!

What can cheer you up on a cold winter day...but flowers...or candles!



Sunday, February 12, 2012

I love Valentine issues of magazines!

Here are a couple of my favorite February issues of magazines that I'll never
                      toss. I love collecting inspiring ideas and having them at hand when I get creative.

                     Sad that Home Companion by Mary Englebreit is no longer in print. I cherish these
                                                               old issues the most.


Beauty and the Green: Its A Wrap! Chic Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas

Beauty and the Green: Its A Wrap! Chic Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Ideas: I adore brown paper and you have no idea how much. By themselves they are the humblest of materials but paired with ...

(A post from

From Martha Stewart

The two pictures come from Martha Stewarts Craft Dept. Found on Pinterest. Click on the title
below and get the instructions on how to make these from cupcake papers. I made a couple
and they turned out so pretty!!

Sticker and Cupcake Paper Flowers…and a Coupon for Jo-Ann Stores! - The Crafts Dept.

Sticker and Cupcake Paper Flowers…and a Coupon for Jo-Ann Stores! - The Crafts Dept.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

Every challenge we face adds to the suspense, adds to the mystery, adds to the chaos, adds to the possibilities, adds to the romance, adds to the adventure, adds to the joy.
Mike Dooley

Friday, February 3, 2012

I love doilies!

I'd love to learn how to make these, someone want to teach me?
Someone with lots of patience and time and can go over and over
it with me, till it gets easy...I can do this, can't I? The balloon idea
is the easy one to do I've seen this on pinterest. You just soak it in
starch and put it on a balloon to dry, then pop the balloon and walla
its done! Easy as pie!!!

A message for those who question...Why? Many are hurting and doubting today.

Laptops for kids?

All children need a laptop. Not a computer, but a HUMAN laptop. Moms, dads, grammies and grandpas, aunts, uncles - someone to hold them, read to them, teach them.

Yummy looking recipe from Living Without Magazine (Gluten-Free)


Gluten-Free Sunflower Puffs


These tiny allergy-friendly cookies (no gluten, dairy, egg, soy or nuts!) are a melt-in-your-mouth treat. Flaky with a delicious, nutty-like taste, they contain sunflower seeds and nutrient-rich, gluten-free flours made from whole grains. They’re a breeze to make and certain to become a family favorite. Double the recipe for a crowd.
1 cup raw sunflower seeds or nuts*  
¼ cup amaranth flour
¼ cup millet flour
¼ cup brown rice flour
¼ cup potato starch (not potato flour)
½ cup butter, organic palm oil or dairy-free margarine of choice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Measure sunflower seeds and grind to a flour in a clean coffee grinder or spice grinder.
3. In a bowl, combine sunflower-seed flour, other flours and potato starch. Set aside.
4. In another bowl, cream butter, sugars and vanilla and beat a few minutes until fluffy.  Add dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
5. Form into a large ball and, one at a time, pinch off enough dough to form 1-inch diameter balls. Arrange on prepared cookie sheet, giving balls room to spread a little.
6. Place in preheated oven on middle rack and bake 25 minutes or until cookies start to brown.
7. Remove cookies from oven and cool slightly. Then roll in confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Alternatively, sprinkle with cocoa or gluten-free powdered chocolate cocoa mix.
Each cookie contains 94 calories, 8g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 6g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 2g protein.
*TIP If nuts are tolerated, raw nuts can be substituted for the sunflower seeds. The number of cookies varies depending on how nuts are measured; you want about 1 cup nut “flour” after grinding. If dough does not form into a ball, add a little more oil.
Recipe by Madalene Rhyand, director of Living Without’s test kitchen.