Minggu, 30 Januari 2011

Race Remixed: More Choose 'ALL'

by SUSAN SAULNY, New York Times

Many young adults of mixed backgrounds are rejecting color lines that have defined Americans for generations.


Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps! End of list. ~Dennis Leary

Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color. ~Author Unknown

Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.” Abraham J. Heschel

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everwhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes, And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of internatonal morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,but never attained...now everywhere is war." --Popularized by Bob Marley in the song War

Jumat, 28 Januari 2011

Etsy Friday Finds: Vintage Landscape Paintings

WINTER SALE Folk art Painting Inspired by Grandma Moses
DaffysLanding $276.25 Etsy

Wonderful simple Folk Art painting of a working farm back in the good old days. This was painted by Ethel St John from Pennsylvania in the late 1960's or early 70's. Ethel was getting up in age when she painted this and passed away in 1978 at the age of 82. This painting was obtained directly from her family....

Vintage Barn Painting on Canvas by A. Jones
jdbridgers $12.00 Etsy

This early 80's painting is signed by A. Jones and is done on stretched canvas on a wooden frame. It is of a blue barn in a snowy setting and is very beautiful. The painting itself measures 16" X 12" and is in WONDERFUL condition. It is loose and free to be placed in the frame of your choice.

Vintage Farmhouse Landscape Original Signed Painting
Bird in the Hand Vintage.Home $36.00 Etsy birdie1 $36.00

Beautiful original vintage landscape painting depicting a small town nestled in the snowy mountains.15" x 19" including white painted frame. Incredibly deep hues of barn red, mustard, blue and a bit of violet in the sky, provide a wonderful contrast with the white snow-covered roofs and hills....

Vintage Original Scottish Farm Cottage Landscape Oil Painting 1940's - 1950's
scottishart $38 Etsy

This is a beautiful vintage original oil painting. It comes framed in its original frame and measures 11'' in legnth and 9'' in height. It is signed by the artist but I am not sure what the signature is. The frame has some scratches and scuffs, but other than that it is in very good condition...

Rabu, 26 Januari 2011

Quick Tricks for Instant Bliss

life made easier, every day

Quick tricks for instant bliss, and the secrets of staying happy long-term.

9 Quick Ways to Improve Your Mood
Surprising ways to instantly improve your mood.

How to Make Positive Changes in Your Life
Easy tips on how to improve everything from your dinner order to your career.

9 Easy Ways to Be Happier
Don’t let the winter blues get you down. Try these simple tips to lift your spirits.

The Psychology of Happiness
Learning to be grateful for the ordinary things in life.

And sometimes we just need a good laugh so we can relax and enjoy life:

Selasa, 25 Januari 2011

Gather 'round a pot...

Fabulous Fondue Party MyRecipes.com

Gather 'round a pot of delicious cheese or chocolate fondue for a fun retro party where guests do the cooking. ...

This delicous recipe is so simple that it doesn't require a degree from the Condon Bleu Cooking Academy!

Swiss Cheese Fondue

Cheese fondue is a fun and unique appetizer that's perfect for bringing friends together. This fondue recipe features Swiss and gruyère cheeses and is served with baguette cubes.

Beef Fondue

3 pounds filet of beef or boneless sirloin steak
1/2 pound butter (no substitute)
3/4 cup of good grade olive oil
+ Sauces for Dipping

Carefully trim off any fat or connective tissue from meat. Cut into 3/4 inch cubes; refrigerate. About 20 minutes before serving, heat butter and oil together in saucepan. When mixture bubbles, pour into a 2-quart fondue dish. The hot fat should not be more than 2 inches deep.

Place the pot on the stand and light canned heat under it. When fat begins to bubble, invite each guest to spear a cube of meat with fondue for or bamboo stick and lower it into the hot fat. Fry for 2 or 3 minutes, according to doneness preferred. Push meat off fork onto plates and spear another cube of meat to cook while you consue the one you just finished.

Guests may be provided individual dishes of several kinds of dipping sauces. One of my favorite dipping sauce for beef or chicken fondue is here:

Herb Green Dipping Sauce ****
(prepare ahead of time)

1 tsp dried tarragon
1 tsp dried chervil (0ptional)
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
1/2 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 cup commercial sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Lemon juice to taste
Salt to taste
Dash ground nutmeg

Crush tarragon, chervil, basil, parsley, and garlic with mortar and pestle or in a bowl, using a wooden spoon. Stir in sour cream with mayonnaise; add lemon juice, salt, and nutmeg. Check seasonings; serve as sauce for fondue or as a sala topping. Should be prepared the day before to allow flavors to blend. Yield: 1 1/2 cups

Source: Southern Living Party Cookbook, ISBN 72-85026, pages 252-253.

Form and Function: An Evolution of the Fondue Pots
The traditional container for holding fondue, called a caquelon, is a glazed ceramic pot with a thick handle. The squat, broad shape, as in this example from the Swiss company Landert, is designed so that the bottom and sides heat evenly, which helps prevent the cheese from scorching

Sabtu, 22 Januari 2011

Feathering the Nest

My sweet Nana threw a darling baby shower for me and Baby Claire! We had a delicious brunch at her house and I was so blessed by all the love and sweet people in our lives! I am definitely feeling the "nesting" urge now, so the delicate bird theme was perfect! It was so much fun, and so not stressful! Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a special day!!
{Love my Nana}

{So blessed to have these women in my life! love every one of them!}

{My gorgeous Mom}

{the Favors}
{My sweet friends! love them!}

           I cannot wait to meet this baby girl!! One thing is for sure...she already has an amazing wardrobe :-) 


A day at "Wiggle Bay"

Thank you Martin Luther King, Jr. 

It seems like Sean has to work on most of the smaller holidays. He even worked a full day on New Year's Eve. Boo. But not Monday! Thanks to Dr. King, even T.D. Ameritrade took day off, which meant we got to spend the day together in the beautiful, 85 degree, San Diego weather! We decided to go to Seaport Village and have a picnic. Jack decided it was actually "Wiggle Bay" instead of San Diego Bay. All of you who are Wiggles enthusiasts could probably guess we sang

 "We're on our way to Wiggle Bay....just a few waves, and we'll be on our way"

 more than once. We just enjoyed the weather, the family time {just the 3 of us...since those days are quickly fleeting} some sandwiches, and of course, no picnic is complete without the pink & white circus animal cookies. I can't believe I failed to capture that in the photos. I guess I was preoccupied with the two year old bundle of energy running all around! We had such a fun time!  

{My camera settings were not right, but it kind of looks cool}


Jumat, 21 Januari 2011

Dinning Next to the Fire

Back to the Fire: Pear Pecan Pizza Sortachef
Jan 18, 2011 ... Made on a bed of caramelized onion and topped with pear slices, pecans and herbed chevre cheese, it’s the closest thing to a dessert pizza we’ve had here at Chez Bullhog.
And by all accounts, it’s a winner!

Lobster Ravioli in Lemon Butter with Saffron Recipes - Jenny ...
Jan 18, 2011 ... Lobster Ravioli in Lemon Butter with Saffron for Valentine's Day. I like to stay in. Especially when it falls on a Monday night like it does this year. Nothing sounds better than to stay in for a cozy night and fix a special dinner. And nothing is better for Valentine's Day than lobster. This Lobster Ravioli will stretch your lobster dollars... you could even use shrimp, if your budget it tight. . . .

Personal comment: Over the weekend I decided to make this recipe (minus the dried onion mix and instead I used one small onion diced, which added great texture and taste). Not only is this recipe easy but it tasted delicious!

White Chicken Chili - Campbell's Kitchen - Campbell's Kitchen ...
From Campbell's Kitchen

Campbell's® Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup and dry onion soup and recipe mix combine to flavor this scrumptious chili featuring chicken, white kidney beans and chili powder, and served with shredded Cheddar cheese and sliced green onion.

Kamis, 20 Januari 2011

Don't Knock The Weather...

Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while. -Kin Hubbard

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain. -Robert Frost

Weather forecast for tonight: dark. -George Carlin

Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get. - Mark Twain

A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together! -Author Unknown

It is best to read the weather forecast before praying for rain. -Mark Twain

photo credit: Charles Schiller

Antique Weather Vanes - Country Living

What to Collect: Antique Weather Vanes

American weather vanes have been a part of the landscape for centuries. ...

Justify Full

Joanna Madden - Country Living
7 Ways to Declutter Your Antiques Pile
Joanna Madden offers decorating advice on how to live comfortably with loads of vintage finds. By Kathleen Hackett

Rabu, 19 Januari 2011

It's a New Day, It's a New Dawn, It's a New Year.

Happy New Year! We had a very uneventful New Years Eve {and no, it wasn't because we have a 2 year old and another on the way}.  I was sick, so we spent the night enjoying Italian take-out, a Netflix movie, and well, thats pretty much it.

New Year's Day we went to my parent's house for brunch, which is one of my favorite traditions. It closes out the holiday season, and ushers in the New Year!! My pics ended up being mostly of the boys, but thats ok :-)
Matching Star Wars shirts :-) 

Watching football with Jon Jon- such sweet cuzzies
Football with the boys

 I didn't make any resolutions for 2011, but I know it will be a year filled with new joys, challenges and blessings. I'm so looking forward to welcoming our little baby Claire into our family next month, and I'm praying the Lord will provide the perfect house for us this year too! He is so faithful, so loving, and so good. May He be glorified in 2011.

Welcoming Foyers

Perfectly Polished

From Southern Accents

This barrel-vault-ceilinged foyer leads directly to the garden, with the living room to the left and the stair hall and dining room to the right. » see room

All-White Entryway

Check out Coastal Living- Great Seaside Homes!
A cozy living room and entryway is essential to this North Carolina cottage. Small-scale furniture fits this space perfectly, and blue accents are classically coastal.

Open to the California Sun

From Cottage Living

Color, Mediterranean pattern, and natural light define this home. Matte finished white walls resembling stucco provide the perfect canvas for colorful furnishings

Adorable Entryway

From Southern Living

A striped, slipcovered settee is the perfect size for this young gentleman. The photo display is a montage of family shots copied onto wooden plates and hung on the wall with simple hooks.

Guest Entry

From Sunset magazine

Eldorado Stone veneer, slate floor, and wood create a warm welcome. Right Guests use the metal-and-wood front door.

Cubbies and Columns

From Sunset magazine

Because its used by both guests and family, the foyer in the Seattle, Washington, home needed to blend formality with practicality. A pair of 48-inch-high partitions separates the living room from the dining room. The craftsman influence comes through .

Blue Entryway

From Sunset magazine

A 1960s vibe gives this front entry in Scottsdale, Arizona personality. Brilliant blue and lime green walls create a dramatic backdrop for art, a wall unit, and a retro chandelier.

Senin, 17 Januari 2011

Fresh and Fabulous Decorating Ideas

House Beautiful

Traditional Decorating Ideas - Classic Decorating Ideas - House ...
A Traditional Suburban Home Gets a Fresh Spin.
Designer Gideon Mendelson perks up the classic decor in the home of a pair of empty nesters.

Elle Decor

Stylish Bathroom Vanities
Get ideas and inspirations for your home with these beautiful bathroom ... Bathing Beauties. Sparkling vanities to help start your day off in style ...

Kamis, 13 Januari 2011

A Hearty Bowl of Homemade Soups

Perrys' Plate: Beso's Tortilla Soup
Oct 26, 2010 ... Beso's Tortilla Soup. I really don't think the blogosphere needs another tortilla soup recipe. Heck, I've posted similar recipes already, but this one was different. (Doesn't everyone say that?) I had an epiphany as I was making this....

Mushroom Soup with Hazelnut Gremolata
Photograph by Stephen Lewis

Soups and Stews Slideshow: bonappetit.com
A hearty bowl of homemade soup or stew will warm you up deliciously on a cold day.

Egg Drop Soup, serves 2

bella eats - soups + stews
soups + stews: asparagus + parsnip soup · black bean soup · brian's potato cheese soup · butternut squash potage · creamy heirloom tomato soup ...

Selasa, 11 Januari 2011

The Prayer of St. Francis

My heart has been burdened with the tragedy in Tucson. This upload is for the victims and their families and loved ones. May we lift up prayers for them and our country. May we all be instruments of God's peace. May we forgive one another as God has forgiven us. May we be love as we have been loved. The Prayer of St. Francis is sung by The Burns Sisters on their "Out of the Blue" album. - Beanscot

Jumat, 07 Januari 2011

New Year, New You

Controlling Toxic Thoughts and Emotions

Life Today Television Show

Aired Monday, January 3

Guest: Dr. Caroline Leaf

Topic: "Your Body, His Temple" series

To watch this webcast online please go here:

10 ways to eat healthier - Photos - Sunset.com
Kick start your "eat healthier" resolution with 10 easy-to-follow strategies.

Kamis, 06 Januari 2011

Inspiring Bedrooms

Southern Living

Bedrooms - Style Guide: Bedroom Decorating - Photos ...
Style Guide: Inspiring Master Bedrooms.
Get decorating and design ideas from some of our best master bedrooms.

10 Design Tips: The Kids' Bedroom - Lifestyle - HGTV Canada
Sarah Richardson's 10 Design Tips: The Kids' Bedroom. Here are 10 tips for designing a restful, stylish and fun bedroom for your children...

What's up with Sarah Richardson?
Well for starters she's promoting a beautiful line of paint colors and currently she's filming "Sarah 101" - it's a Back to Basics decorating television show that's scheduled to air on HGTV Canada, January 2011. To learn more just watch the video below: