Friday, April 29, 2011
Rich served his mission in London, and was there to witness the marriage of Charles and Diana in 1981. He stood outside the cathedral with the throngs of people and watched as the royal coaches drove by. Rich even caught a glimpse of Diana's father. And isn't it interesting that Charles & Diana's son has chosen this date — the date of OUR wedding, as the day to marry his princess, the lovely Kate? We wish them all the best. Life is tough enough, but having to live it in a fish bowl in front of the world... good luck, kids! Just remember how much you love each other today and keep your feet on the ground. It's all about love, and sacrifice, and being nice.
So, my sweetheart Rich, here's to growing old together! Thanks for choosing me. I love you so much!
"There is no feeling more comforting and consoling than knowing you are right next to the one you love." —unknown
"What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow." —Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate." —Barnett R. Brickner
"There is no more lovely, friendly or charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage." —Martin Luther
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Anyway, the sun is shining and it's a great day. I took all of the tools and construction junk off of our fireplace hearth today and moved the mess to our garage. Rich will probably grouse about it tonight ("I need that stuff - I'm still using it."), but it's a short walk from the family room to the garage and it's all still right there and accessible and he will get over it. I am a bad wife. But having the junk moved allowed me to give the brick hearth a good cleaning and arrange some cute stuff in front, and now the family room is all "put together." Starting to feel a little like home around here, kinda. Getting there. Not to mention that it will be nice to relax on the sofa in the evening and not have to stare at a bunch-o tools and what-have-you...
Hey you — Make this cake and eat it. You will thank me.
GRAMMA BERTHA'S BANANA CAKE (adapted from AllRecipes.com)
1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
3 bananas, mashed
1 small can crushed pineapple, drained (optional)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
1 cup sour cream
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10-inch Bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the bananas, pineapple or chocolate chips, and sour cream. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; stir into batter just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Top each portion with a dollop of whipped cream or your favorite cream cheese frosting. Serve chilled. This cake rocks. Enough said.
"Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems." —Rainer Maria Rilke
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
1. a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface.
2. a visible scene, especially one extending to a distance.
3. the state of one's ideas, the facts known to one in having a meaningful relationship.
4. the faculty of seeing all of the relevant data in a meaningful relationship.
5. A mental view or prospect.
I am pondering today on how perspective relates to truth. A wise woman once said, "The truth is the truth, no matter what." And this I believe. This is true. Regardless of what a person thinks, certain things are TRUE. There is order in the universe.
I have also come to the conclusion lately that one of the greatest challenges of life is learning to truly get along with other people, especially those within our own families — those we know and love the most (or do we really know them? Hmmm). It's a shame that we often (and I am guilty of this) save our best selves and our best behavior for acquaintance or even virtual strangers, and we dump the worst versions of ourselves on those we hold dear. Why is this? Is it because we feel they have to keep loving us? Well keep on dumping, sweetie, and find out what happens. Uh huh. That's right.
Ok. Let's go love each other. And show it. And mean it. Every day. All the time.
"Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real." —Iris Murdoch
"'Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive." —John Sheffield
"Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke." —Lynda Barry
"There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love." —Bryant McGill
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Let us love our families, hug our children, be kind to our fellow men, go about doing good, and strive to be more Christ-like in all of our dealings. Happy Easter.
He is risen! He is risen!
Tell it out with joyful voice.
He has burst his three days' prison;
Let the whole wide earth rejoice.
Death is conquered, man is free.
Christ has won the victory!
—Cecil Frances Alexander
Friday, April 22, 2011
I thought I'd share a little more Blog love today. These cards are from the cute and talented Dina Kowal from Impression Obsession's design team, and they feature some of my more recent designs from CHA in January (you can also click on each photo for a link to the clear stamp set used for that card). The "Rose" card uses CL322 - "In a Garden," and "Thank you for a House" uses CL310 - "Life." I really do plan to get back to making cards as soon as my life gets back to normal (whatever normal is - ha!) In fact, I can't wait. I've purchased a new desk and some shelving that are lurking in their boxes until I have the time and space to assemble them, organize my office/studio, and then I can finally get down to using all of my new stamps, papers and inks! Yay!
I have to say that the house has been frustrating lately. It seems like every time we start a project, even an easy one, we run into snags, a bit of worn out or shoddy workmanship from the original builder, or something else that slows us down for whatever reason. Can you say "money pit?" Oh well, but it really is a lovely home and it's getting more lovely every day and I know I need to be grateful. And thanks so much to my awesome hubs Rich for all of his hard work! Sweetie, you are the best and I love you.
"Gratitude is the art of painting an adversity into a lovely picture." —Kak Sri
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, and love and friends,
For everything thy goodness sends.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Here are the lyrics to "Radiance:"
Sometimes in her sleep she smiles.
Is she dreaming? Is she far away?
Sometimes in her sleep she laughs.
Is she playing games? Does she wish she could stay?
Sometimes in her sleep she cries,
And you hold her and pray.
Morning comes, and she'll forget.
Things she dreams about never make much sense.
And the sun shines in so bright,
Just like her radiance.
All these moments fly by so quickly,
But she never seems to mind,
As long as you're by her side.
And sometimes in her sleep she awakens
To find that you were there all the while.
With a smile, she returns to her dreams.
In this video, David is the tall good-looking young man first seen at approximately 0:38. He is my baby and I thank the Lord every day that we still have him. Life is precious.
"Laugh as long as you breathe and love as long as you live." —unknown
Thursday, April 14, 2011
The night before last I attended an ABWA (American Business Women's Association) meeting with my pal Lisa, where we listened to a speaker tell us how to envision our futures and achieve our goals. It was a lot of what I'd heard before, but a few things did stick with me. She talked about the concept of NOW-HOW-WOW, which is to take stock of where you are NOW, then put into place an action plan on HOW you will achieve your goals, so you will be able to one day look back and see the changes and success you've accomplished and say, WOW. I admit that I am pretty good with the coming up with ideas and the setting of goals, but I am somewhat less good in following them through. I do know that if I am to truly change my life for the better, I am the only person who can make that happen (that is unless a bag of money falls out of the sky and lands at my feet). And financial reward is only one way of measuring success, of course, and I have re-committed myself to striving for success in the various aspects of my life. This has involved setting specific milestones, making lists (actually writing them down, not just thinking about them!), and putting into place other methods for measuring my progress. I know I am not getting any younger and NOW is the time to make more things happen! I am the boss of me!
"Bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." —Abraham Lincoln
"Diligence is the mother of good fortune." —Benjamin Disraeli
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CAKE – by Hershey’s
2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil (or melted butter)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
"PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING (recipe follows)
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Top with Ganache or "PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING. 10 to 12 servings.
CUPCAKES: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.
KALANI’S RECOMMENDATION: Serve this cake chilled. It’s oh-so-good, and it brings out the fudgy yumminess. Trust me.
"PERFECTLY CHOCOLATE" CHOCOLATE FROSTING
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. Yield: about 2 cups frosting.
"There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love chocolate, and communists." —Leslie Moak Murray
"Don't ruin a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty." —Lora Brody
Monday, April 11, 2011
"Life is partly what we make it, and partly what is made by the friends we choose." —Tennessee Williams
"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." —Christopher Robin to Pooh
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Oh man has this been a looooooonnnnnnnngggg couple of months without a kitchen, but I am so excited for the end result! Even though we're not completely finished, tomorrow I am going to roast some butternut squash and other veggies and make a big pot of soup. It's one of our favorite things, so I thought it fitting to make this the first meal cooked on our new range! It's gonna be good.
All right, back to work! Have a lovely weekend ya'll.
"The biggest reward for a thing well done is to have it done." —Voltaire
Thursday, April 7, 2011
1. To convey information about; make known; impart.
Pass along. Put across. Send a message. Relay. Carry. Render. Transmit. Address. Contact. Commune. Correspond. Ask. Inform. Greet. Speak. Reach out. Signal. Convey. Interact. Connect. Trust. Share.
Communication is a good thing. It is the mutual sharing and exchanging of thoughts, ideas and concepts resulting in understanding and it promotes development, change and moving forward. Good communication is vital to relationships of all kinds.
The opposites of communicate: Conceal. Bottle up. Cover. Suppress. Keep Quiet. Withhold. Lack of communication results in frustration, heartache, feelings of hopelessness, and the loss of good relationships. Needless to say, I don't like it.
"Communication works for those who work at it." —John Powell
"The way we communicate with others and ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives." —Anthony Robbins
"First learn the meaning of what you say, then speak it." —Epictetus