Monday, March 30, 2009

Spreading Gratitude

There is no condition needed for appreciation. When you align your soul with the hado of appreciation and love, a small drop of happiness will seep into your heart and spread though your body.
I wanted to share that with you. It's a wonderful reminder from Dr. Emoto. I have felt myself slip into "life" lately and falling away from my center. I'm taking fast steps back to gratitude and peace. With everything going on in the world today it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle.....

I have sooo much to be grateful for.
On another is a great picture I wanted to share with you. This is at my Aunt Sheri's memorial last Friday. Me and My Cousins (l to r) Colton, Heidi, Keegan, Molly, Gerad, & Me.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

If you know me….you know I bleed green. I come from a very large, loud, loving family and being Irish has always been a sense of pride for us. This is an Irish toast that I think pretty much sums it up! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door! Erin Go Bragh!

Being Irish isn't something you do, it's something you are. Being Irish means that your heart swells like a sheet on a clothesline at the sound of your ancestral brogue, that the thought of your dad and sainted mother makes you weep a wee bit even now, that the devil himself, try as he does, will never dim your devotion to the Trinity. If you're truly Irish, you're possessed of a joy of the spirits and a depth of soul. You carry a smile for a stranger and coins aplenty for the poor. Aye, there's feistiness about you as well, but only in protecting all that you hold dear; family, friends, faith and land, your heritage. For if you can see a masterpiece in a sunset and a promise of harvest in a clump of dirt, if you claim friends who'll buoy you up as well as cheer you when you sail, if you can feel the loving grip of God whatever your lot in life, then saints be praised.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Happy Birthday to MEEEE!!!!

I'm a little late on this post as my birthday was a week ago! I have the best friends in the world! Cameo sent me this really nice Celtic fabric and some sweet little lockets for my kiddos..and a little clover for luck. She sent me this Lizzie Kate square in a card earlier this year. I decided I wanted to use the fabric and square for a little pillow...I will post when I get it finished. THANKS CAM!!! I love ya!

Next came this wonderful book from my Emily! I am a lover of all things Jane and this book is the perfect gift!!!! I am enjoying it so much.... I've spent the last few nights in bed with a cup of tea soaking in every word!!! Thank you so much Em!

Lastly, a gift from me! Or hubby...but he doesn't know it =) I've been wanting to get this tapestry for quite a while...I'm sure my fellow Gryffindors will recognize this from the common room. It is The Lady and the Unicorn. It is a HUGE chart and shouldn't be too I need to find a frame to hold it in while I stitch! I don't think my Q-Snaps can do the job. I guess I can't forget my parents gift! My Wii-Fit board! If you don't have a Wii I highly suggest checking them out...they are soooo much fun!!!!

Thank you all for making this the best birthday ever!!!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

PIF & Current Project

On the stitching front...this is my current WIP. It took me quite a while to find this design and I must say I love it! Blackbird Designs are becoming some of my favorite. I also need to get Sail Away out...My dear friend, Emily is going to help me with some of the stitches I was having trouble with...but if I don't hurry up she's going to be done and have it in the frame!

I also wanted to show off my beautiful PIF from my other dear friend, Cameo. A wonderful tag with my name on it. I hope you will all take on this wonderful project and Pay It Forward.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Cupcakes & Community

My life has just been a big adventure since my daughters diagnosis a month ago. My brain is filling with information and I believe we are making huge steps toward a cure. We are taking a low carb approach to this and I have also intuitively cut out most of our wheat. My daughter isn't intolerant to it...but I just feel in my gut like that's the thing to do. It does help that I am intolerant and I guess needed another reason to get rid of it. I have found the most incrediable blog and this lady has become my favorite Gluten Free Green Mama. I have been breaking out of my shell in the kitchen a little and branching off into some of my own baking alchemy. So I went into the kitchen today and brewed up my third batch of Elana's Vanilla Cupcakes. The first two batches I made as directed...the first ones didn't come out so good...the second were much better and today's batch are AMAZING...I did change one thing...I used coconut oil instead as I have found I detest the taste of grapeseed oil. I also whipped up her wonderful chocolate frosting...these cupcakes tasted so good and coconuty I thought I would make some coconut frosting for them...but I don't have some of the things for the recipes I found on the web. I did however have Coconut Cream. I haven't used this before and upon reading the label it says that it's 70% oil....and it is a good clean source of essential I desided to use my Vita-Mix and smooth it out. I then added agave to taste a dash of salt and vanilla. I put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes and then hand whipped it. OMG! It is sooooo a matter of fact...I am now making another batch of cupcakes so I can use up all this frosting....LOL!

On another very wonderful note....I am very proud to belong to the second fully sustainable community in the United States. Boulder Colorado is the first to earn that title. What that means is that my area is fully able to care and provide all of its citizens with everything we need to live. We don't need to go anywhere ... we have it all right here! Bravo Sandpoint, Idaho! I strongly believe a lot of the pain we are going through right now is because we have become a society of conveince and not of self sustainablity. I work hard toward doing everything I can for my family, my Earth...myself! It's so rewarding!