Thursday, April 3, 2008

OH NO!

OH NO! Is definately right, I was on my computer yesterday afternoon and I got hit by a virus that gets in through messenger. I don't use messenger but my sister does and she was web camming another sister with my computer. We do have anti virus on our computer but it was not enough to stop it. It is called the "MonaRonaDona". They started taking possesion of my files one by one and so I turned off my computer to stop them from taking my picture files. I have backed them up in about 9months and I have not even printed at least 80% of them in the last 3months. OH NO! I took it down to the computer shop along with my laptop that also got hit through messenger about 3years ago. So any where from $140.00 to $240.00 we should have our computer back. I will continue to go to the library every other day to check e-mails and stay in touch with my blog. God bless and we'll blog again soon! Have a great weekend! Christina

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Amazing!

I ran across this blog and I am so inspired by the profile and what this family has gone through and the love they so evidently share, I had to post on it. Check it out and I hope you are just as inspired.
http://cfhusband.blogspot.com/

If teacups could talk

Yesterdays post revealed yet another one of my many passions, TEA! I thought I would continue with that by talking about one of my favorite inspirational writers in that area. She has several books all about tea parties and how special tea time is and can be.

Emilie Barnes, She has written more than 60 books and she does speaking engagements all over the US and Canada. You can read her Bio. with the link on the bottom.

My favorite and one of many books I have that is written by Emilie Barnes is "If teacups could talk". One of my lovely Aunts told me about this book and I fell in love with it immediately. The art is victorian and old-fashioned, encouraging quotes thoughout the book as well as cute little recipes.

some of the many quotes in the book include:

"A woman is like a teabag. It's only when she's in hot water that you realize how strong she is."

"Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, making every day a holiday and celebrate just living."

"If you are cold, Tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are exhausted, it will calm you."

So, in closing if you had a teacup what it tell me about you? I encourage you to talk about yourself and comment. God Bless, Christina

Tagged

I've been tagged by http://www.mommyetc.blogspot.com/

Here are the rules of the game...
1) Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog
2) Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3) Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4) Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

About me… (that I may or may not have posted previously)
1- I am obsesive when it comes to snapping or having pictures.
2- My first job was typing the fall school year curriculum at 16yrs old.
3-I hate dirt, the look, the feel, and the smell.
4- I would love to live in Kentucky.
5- I am very afraid of the dark and out of 4 years of marriage have only stayed in my house alone overnight maybe twice!(I call a little sister)
6-Although I hate dirt I love digging and planting.
7-I graduated from high school through a homeschool program.

Who shall I tag...
Virginia http://godlovinghealthnut.blogspot.com/
Jessica http://maintainingahealthylifestyle.blogspot.com/
Chubby Chickhttp://gottalose200pounds.blogspot.com/
Aleciahttp://homemakeratheart.blogspot.com/
June Cleaver Nirvana http://junecleavernirvana.blogspot.com/
Lisa http://verybusymomwith4.blogspot.com/
Sonya http://journeyofmswantab.blogspot.com/

Monday, March 31, 2008

To all of you!

To all of my friends, family and fellow bloggers,
I am so happy that you all have been so wonderful in reading my blog and commenting on my posts. This is an endeavor I never dreamed I would be a part of , but am loving due in part to your wonderful participation. God bless and talk to you soon!
Christina

Relaxation

I don't know about all of you out there, but these past couple of weeks have been stressful. It seems when you adjust to one thing more piles on. So, I am not good at the whole "stress management" thing; but maybe if I can apply a few relaxation and pampering tips it would aid in the stress management issue.
One thing that I was in the habit of doing up to the last couple months was taking a nightly bubble bath. I mean bring on the bubbles, the candles, a nice hot cup of tea, and occasionally a scoop of chocolate icecream or an oreo cookie. (of course an apple with peanut butter will due now)
Along with that bath I would find a good novel or a book with many short stories. I love an old book of poems I found at a garage sale last summer. Also, I have this book that I purchased before my wedding to read to my new wonderful husband while traveling. It is "Stories for the Romantic Heart" compiled by Alice Gray
This has some of the most touching and and heart warming stories great for a relaxing bubble bath or being curled up with that great cup of tea on a cold rainy day.
Speaking of that great cup of tea; I love tea with a passion. From the teapot to the teacup, the aromas and the fancy little cloth napkins. The greatest is the flavor and the quality of the tea you brew.
I recieved a gift of tea from a special Cousin for Christmas. This tea comes packaged in a classy little tin and when opened it the leaves still had such beautiful color proving the freshness and quality it indeed possessed. As I looked closer I was excited to see the tea leaves were each in they're own little satin sachets. What an awesome gift idea from someone who knew me and what I truly enjoy and appreciate. This tea is called "yellow and blue", the flavor being chamomile and lavender, I believe it can be purchased at a starbucks.You can also click on the link below for all of the variety's by this company.


These are my favorite ways to relax, and always love new ideas to pamper myself. God bless and I will blog again soon,

Christina
P.S. Here is a link to the book I talked about.



Sunday, March 30, 2008

Deceptively Delicious

I saw an Oprah show last fall, and she had jessica Seinfeld on to talk about her book "Deceptively delicious". It is a cookbook that gives recipes to cook for your children using vegetable puree's in a large variety of food's so kids will get the nutrition without whining and crying about every meal. I started researching the idea and was fortunate to get the book for christmas and fell in love with the concept. I have been stressing over the fact that my 3 year old doesn't get the proper nutrition because he is such a picky eater. the book has all kinds of information about what nutrients are found in what fruit and vegi's.
I cook a lot as a whole and so after reading the recipes I could kind of develop my own and just the puree's into just about anything I cooked with out my husband or kids being able to tel the difference. Jessica on the show said she will steam and puree a large amount of vegi's and put them in small freezer bags and then she could just pull out what she needed to make her meal.
Some ideas on what vegi's to put into what foods that I have done are as follows:
-pureed green beans or carrots in chicken noodle soup
-pureed red sweet peppers in pasta sauces
-pureed spinach and red beets in chilli
-pureed cauliflower in mashed potatoes
-pureed sweet potatoes in macaroni and cheese

The possibilities are endless I make my chilli with lots of vegi's and my husband and kids love it. I also have a friend who is not fond of chilli or vegetables and she loved it and did not know that there as many vegetables in my chilli till I told her.

Fabulous chilli:
1 1/2 lbs. ground chuck
1/2 cp. chopped onions browned
3 cloves garlic finely chopped
2cps stewed tomatoes pureed in a blender juice too
1 can red beets drained pureed in the blender
1 can green beans pureed with the juice
1 lg roasted red sweet pepper pureed
1 cp pureed spinach
1 can black beans drained left whole

Then I use the chilli seasoning packets or sometimes season it with a variety of my own spices. This truly is delicious. Bake potatoe wedges with olive oil salt and pepper and make chilli cheese fries and it is wonderful. I use a cheese sauce or shredded cheese.
Check out Jessica's book on this website:


God bless and see you soon in the blogging world,
Christina