Monthly Archives: February 2008

A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose (reading from Thursday night).

It was interesting reading again last night.  We hear about stress causing sickness to people more and more.  Also about the importance of laughter, variety in our lives, putting closure to stressful situations, friendships with people who make us feel good and happy, moving ahead etc. that is so important for us.  The book explains that although our body is smart it does not differentiate between thoughts and actual Continue reading

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Eastern Caribbean Vacation….Just About That Time

It is getting exciting we booked our Eastern Caribbean cruise a year ago and now the vacation starts this weekend.  Our cruise in on the Princess line and is for 10 days and we’ll be in Florida a couple of days both ways.  We are going with 4 other couples consisting of 3 brothers and their wives and 2 brothers and theirs (although I’m not a wife!).  Our mini suites are side-by-side and we can adjoin our balconies which is the reason we booked so far in advance.

 We visit St. Thomas, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Antigua, Barbados and Princess Cayes.  I’ve never been to any of these places before and for 2 of us couples this is our first cruise.   

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Sunday Night Dinner Experimenting Along the Way

A couple of staples I always have on hand are  Kraft Dressings These dressings are low fat and I used them moderately in my salads.  But they come in handy for delicious and quick dinners as well.  I mostly bake chicken with them.  Tonight I was experimenting with 2 chicken breasts and  Kraft Shake’nBake and Roasted Red Pepper and Parmesan Dressing   .  I coated my 2 chicken breasts with the BBQ flavour Shake’nBake and baked for 50 minutes at 350F.  Meanwhile I sauteed  2 thinly sliced celery stalks and 1/2 cup finely chopped onion in a little bit of olive oil.  In a pot I boiled approximately 3 cups of Smart rotini pasta that has the benefits of fibre.  In another pot I boiled baby carrots. 

Once the veggies were nicely softened I poured in KRAFT Signature Roasted Red Pepper with Parmesan dressing.  I am guestimating about 1/2 cup.  The bottle in the picture was full before I started the recipe.  I added a heaping tablespoon of tomato paste and with the pan on low heat mixed these together, then the drained pasta was added.

When the chicken was ready I sliced it into bitesize pieces and added it to the mixture, added the cooked baby carrots and finished off with some parmesan cheese.  Stir and done!  It was very yummy and a complete and easy meal.  I think some lightly sauteed mushrooms would taste yum in this dish   The Completed Meal…Yum! .  Add a fresh salad and bon appetite! 

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Neat Things to Know

To take my mind away from my not very nice Sunday, see next post, I wanted to share some neat things with you:

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

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Sunday….I Should Have Just Stayed in Bed!

You know, it is so bad when you wake up at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, and you feel good, and the sun is shining and you plan a productive day.  Then 4 hours later you come back home and wish you’d never gotten up.  THAT was my Sunday. 

After quietly enjoying my coffee, a special time for me in the morning, I got myself ready to take an hour drive north to my mother’s place to water her plants and collect her mail.  She has been in Florida since the end of January.  I dressed partially in my gym wear anticipating a stop on the way home at the gym for a Body Pump weight class. I loaded a few boxes of Christmas decorations into the car to store at her place.

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Personality Dimensions

Personality Dimensions Cards 

It was a busy day today.   A good day. It included my facilitating a Personality Dimension’s workshop for first year nursing students.  This is a fun interactive workshop and a very enlightening tool that I facilitate to different program, first semester students at my college.   The students see it as a real eyeopener and its usually their first introduction to a workshop such as this.  It is helpful for the students to understand themselves and other people, a tool they can use when they are working in groups on assignments, meetings, work and in their every day life with family and friends. 

You might be familiar or attended a True Color’s workshop, this is the Canadian version.  The concept of Personality Dimensions goes all the way to Hypocrates from which time on researchers have studied human behaviour.  Researchers have all come up with one commonality being there are 4 different temperament styles.   Each of us has these 4 temperament styles which Personality Dimensions differentiates by calling Inquiring Green, Organized Gold, Authentic Blue and Resourceful Orange.   We have one temperament style that we feel most comfortable with,  our strongest colour and comes most naturally to us (some people feel equally comfortable in more than one).  However, when we need to we are able to use the other temperament styles though they may not feel as comfortable to us. 

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A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

So, I am already reading  as I wrote a few days ago, a previous selection from Oprah’s Book Club, The Pillar’s of the Earth by Ken Follett.  I read mostly during my lunch hour at work.  I have just picked up her present Book Club selection by Eckhart Tolle, “A New Earth Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose”.  I had to. 

If you’ve been watching Oprah this last week, which I have been while on the treadmill at the gym, you would have heard Oprah talk about a first time ever web forum for readers of the book.  The forum will begin on Monday, March 3rd and Oprah and the author will be online to answer questions to help better understand the book and yourself.  The forum will continue for 10 weeks.   I wanted to read the book and sharing in this way sounded like the right time to do it for me. We’ll see where the time to focus on this book comes from. 

Is anyone else reading the book?  How do you find it?  Has anyone registered for the free forum?  Has anyone read any of her other book club selections?

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Sidewinder Portable Bobbin Winder, What a Great Idea!

I don’t know about you but I get so annoyed when I run out of thread and have to stop in the middle of sewing to wind my bobbin.   You know you get almost to the end or you’re just whippingt along and it happens.  Its such a pain I think.  In my  newsletter from Evelyn’s Sewing Centre  I read about their new portable bobbin winder.  It sounds like a great idea.  Does anyone have one of these or seen one of these.  I’ll have to stop by there and see it in person. I believe its under $30.00 so I’m tempted to give it a try.

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Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to you.  I hope its been a special day for you.  Maybe you received something special from loved ones, flowers, chocolate, a handmade card, a mushy kiss from your child..maybe you have baked some cupcakes or cookies to share today as well.

This week I have had a “Valentine’s Week” moreso than other years for some reason.  I made myself a Valentine’s pin 0023.jpg from wrapped wire and beads and I’ve worn it each day with something red, pink or white.  On Tuesday night I baked my favourite “fruit cake” tin with cookies  for work, but I left them at home.  Between the recipe and the baker they didn’t turn out as they should have.  They are a new recipe for traditional sugar cookies and I rolled them and cut them into hearts with red, pink and white sprinkles. But they turned out rather yucky.  They are textured and dry yet not quite cooked kind of  little heart shaped cookie and the next day they were soft and not very tasty.  So no cookies for work today, however I’ve had red and white jelly beans and cinnamon hearts at my desk all week as well.

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M is in Cleveland for 10 days but today at work I received a lovely ecard from him and shortly after that a half dozen peach coloured long-stemmed roses.  With them came a soft, white, cuddly bear wearing a little pink ribbon with tiny silk flowers.   He is so romantic.  This little bear had wings, must be an angel just like me.  :o)    0034.jpg

I hope you and yours have a lovely heartfelt kind of day.  THAT is the most important part for today and because it feels so nice, for the whole year. 

Does anyone have a very yummy sugar cookie recipe they would like to share with me?

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Christmas Reflecting

I love these 2 guys.  A few years ago we were in Houston over New Years and I brought home all kinds of after Christmas sale goodies which included 2 sets of Santa and the Snowman.  I gave one each to each of my sons.  Now we were flying and it was rather interesting packing them head over heels into a bag to take on the plane.  But it was worth it.

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hmmm…why is a Christmas post in February?  Mostly because I was trying to learn something on wordpress, deleted December and couldn’t put it back.  So I didn’t want to forget the season and here it is now, in February.

Christmas was a busy time as it usually is, for most of us.  I was busy helping Santa with his Christmas shopping as most of us are.  Christmas is a busy time for my business as well making soaps and bath products and jewellery to help other Santas with their Christmas.  I was able to do some baking.

We had Christmas at my mom’s place.  I know we all had quiet moments reflecting on my father and missing him so much this first Christmas he wasn’t with us.  There was strength in numbers.  It was a lovely evening and a wonderful dinner as always. 

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