Friday, 21 November 2014

Barney's Christmas Window 2014 New York City


She began to realize that happiness could be achieved by making a series of small positive choices every day. ~ Queenisms™

Big Jet Plane

Here' comes the sun and I say it's all right

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for 2 servings of healthy chocolate pudding:
1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds
3 Tablespoons unsweetened, dark cocoa powder
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
1 and 1/2 large bananas, peeled and frozen and cut into chunks
2 Tablespoons raw honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of sea salt
2 Tablespoons sweetened or unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Place sunflower seeds in a small bowl and cover them with water. Soak seeds for 1 hour. Drain seeds and place them, along with all of the other ingredients, in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until completely smooth.
Scoop into 2 wide-mouth jelly jars or dessert cups. Top with honey-sweetened whipped cream and a few Paleo chocolate chips.
Recipe courtesy of Chin Deep

The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love
and let it come ins
Christmas Miracle
Jonathan Tomey

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Baby It's cold Outside

Baby it's cold outside

≧✯◡✯≦ Have a fabulous day in every way !!≧✯◡✯≦

Pink Yesterdays

How can it be that when
I bent to kiss you goodnight,
My daughter,
A beautiful young woman
Lay where only yesterday
A little girl had been?
When did the barettes and
Ponytail ribbons
Of birthday party days give way to the
Styling comb and make up mirror
Of Saturday night dates?
Was it not only yesterday,
Crayons of all colors laid upon the table
Where now bottles of nail polish rest?
How can it be the buggy you filled
With so many dolls
Has been pushed aside and new suitcases
Are filled instead
Did you ever know the finger you
Wrapped yourself around was tied right to my heart?
It seems as though the ink has just dried
On the pages of your baby book
And here we are laughing over pages
In your year book.
How did the ballet slippers of a little girl
Become the high heels of a young woman on her way?
Such a little while ago you cried,
"Mommy, I'm scared", and now you whisper,
"Mom, don't worry I'll be fine."
When did the teddy bear you hugged all night
Become the photo of someone you've chosen for life?
How can it be the smell of baby powder
Turned instead to the scent of perfume,
The giggles of a little girl
Became the tears of a teen,
And the roses tiny fingers picked
Were treasured like the petals of a prom bouquet?
Wasn't it only yesterday ruffles and tea parties
Coloured my world pink and today
A new address and a good bye kiss stain my world blue?
How did it happen so quickly and
When I stop to realize all my golden tomorrows
Will bask in the memories of pink yesterdays.
Thank you Lord for pink yesterdays.

~ Alice Collins

Thanks Havi
I love how these 2 Sisters sing
Love this

Winter fun skate at Seoul Plaza by City Hall South Korea 

~Skate at Seoul Plaza by City Hall and enjoy the winter fun. Since 2004, this ice rink has become a symbol that the winter festivities have started. It is a very pretty place to be and enjoy the season.

How to get there: City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 5

Date: Dec. 15, 2012 (Sat)~Feb 17, 2013 (Sun.)

Cost: 2000 won adults/1500 won students/1000 children

via Seoul Korea

Thanks Iam Shim on Facebook
~Skate at Seoul Plaza by City Hall and enjoy the winter fun. Since 2004, this ice rink has become a symbol that the winter festivities have started. It is a very pretty place to be and enjoy the season.

"When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are [some of the] tools God uses to show us the way." - Paulo Coelho

Cinderella Trailer

No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has."
Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887
American Pastor

"Winter is on my head,

but eternal spring is in my heart."

- Victor Hugo

Follow Your Bliss

 Beautiful creations from my dear friend Dani

If I had a magic-fairy-wand,
I'll tell you what I'd do
I'd pack a dream into a box
and send it straight to you.
because when you get down to it,
there's nothing I would rather do
than send some magic
to the one who gives me magic
times in ordinary life
...and that is YOU!
Luv - Havi.

Thank you my sweet friend Havi

Two things define you your patience when you have nothing,
and your attitude when you have everything.
One shoe can change a life

From Geisha Moments on  Facebook

A white powder is mixed with water into a paste and applied with a bamboo brush starting from the neck and working upwards. The white makeup covers the face, neck, and chest, with two or three un whitened areas (forming a W or V shape) left on the nape, to accentuate this traditionally erotic area, and a line of bare skin around the hairline, which creates the illusion of a mask.

Photo: A white powder is mixed with water into a paste and applied with a bamboo brush starting from the neck and working upwards. The white makeup covers the face, neck, and chest, with two or three unwhitened areas (forming a W or V shape) left on the nape, to accentuate this traditionally erotic area, and a line of bare skin around the hairline, which creates the illusion of a mask.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

That feel of Christmas

The view from our balcony has changed the last few weeks

“...freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin - inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…” ~ John Geddes

“...freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin - inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night…” ~ John Geddes

"True strength is knowing that you don't have to be strong every single second of the day. Take time for a Tea! ´¯) ¸♫´¯)
(¸♫´ (¸.´´¯`•.¸¸.♫´¯`•.¸¸.
This link as seen on the blog The Dutchess
Thank you I love that movie the Snowman and love this video


Monday, 17 November 2014

In the midst of winter

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger, something better, pushing right back.”
~ Albert Camus ~

"Practicing gratitude in our daily lives is more than that, it's an acceptance of what is, it shows that we are living in the now, we have learned to love our life no matter what the circumstances are, this is the path to true happiness and contentment and a better and more peaceful way of living, we have arrived in a new land." ~ Judy Frenette 

"When you get in touch with who you really are, you may be very different to others in your family.
You came through that family, and will have collective influences, lessons and experiences from that family, but you are a unique being with a unique agenda that you came here to fullfill, and sometimes what you love, and who you are meant to be, and the roads that you take, are determined from a deeper and higher place than your family of origin." ~ Judy Frenette

"We have lots of dreams, but life takes us down valleys, across rivers, we experience many unknown adventures, but our unrealized favorite  dreams wait patiently for us to return, and rise up to greet us when we are ready.
Life really is a magical wonder if we can see it, if we can survive it."
~ Judy Frenette ~

"One day each of us will run out of tomorrows. Let us not put off what is important."
- Thomas S. Monson

The gap between how beautiful life can be and how ugly the world can be is profoundly heartbreaking. The purpose of life is to close the gap
Marianne Williamson

Band Aid

Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas (2014) Official Music Video

"With an undefended heart, we can fall in love with life over and over every day. We can become children of wonder, grateful to be walking on earth, grateful to belong with each other and to all of creation. We can find our true refuge in every moment, in every breath." - Tara Brach

"Run, leap and celebrate, for you are alive today!"— Bryant McGill

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields,
that it kisses them so gently? And then
it covers them up snug, you know, 
with a white quilt; and perhaps it says 
"Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ~Lewis Carroll 

Sweet Logan love is getting so big I cannot believe how fast another Christmas is approaching
us I love to see him since birth until now....................

My pieces of gold that travel through my soul.
My golden trio.
Look at the look on Logan's face.
 ღ♥ (✿◠‿◠)❀"ღღღ

A most glorious Christmas for Logan and his family.
I love you Logan
Your Halmeoni

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Photographs from 2012
Logan loves those Costco Runs
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If we all could see the world through eyes of a child, we would see the magic in everything." Lets learn from the little ones, who are far better teachers of things that truly matter, they know how to live life and be happy. Don’t cut their wings, let them explore as that's what life is all about
The Great Bell Chant
The End of Suffering

Remember that, when you leave this earth,
you can take with you nothing that you have received
-- only what you have given.
St. Francis of Assisi
I love this fashion show and the music

Happy Monday! Has this ever happened to you?

An artist in the Netherlands has created an incredibly beautiful tribute to Vincent van Gogh -- an illuminated bike path that glows in the dark.
Inspired by the famed Dutch painter's "Starry Night" work, artist Daan Roosegaarde teamed up with Heijmans Infrastructure to create the 1-kilometer-long Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path, which opened in the city of Eindhoven on November 13.
The path is illuminated by thousands of twinkling stones that feature glow-in-the-dark technology and solar-powered LED lights.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

The Law of love

“The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children” Mahatma Gandhi

Have a beautiful soulful Sunday
From Snippets of Life on Facebook

My mothers words...
Are so sweet to me now as I breathe them in.

"When you look ~
Don't see everyone's flaws.

When you listen ~
Don't believe everything you're told.

And when you speak ~
Try to make every word kind."

Owl you need is love
(͡๏̯͡๏)`(͡๏̯͡๏) **♪`♫*•.¸¸ღ (͡๏̯͡๏) ღ¸¸.•*´♫´♪*• ❣“ L☯ƔЄ is
( , , ).( , , ) ♪`♫...a flower that grows in any soil,
works its sweet miracles undaunted by autumn frost
or winter snow, blooming fair and fragrant all the year,
and blessing those who give and those who receive.”
~ Louisa May Alcott

Open hearts always recognize each othe.
Open hearts do not judge the universe.
When you dive into an open heart 
you fall into infinity.
~ Suci Kumar ~

"A Christian brings peace to others. Not only peace, but also love, kindness, faithfulness and joy." 
ー Pope Francis

Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it, and it cannot leave you.
~ Eckhart Tolle
Remember the true meaning of Christmas and help those in need.

Perhaps Christmas it seems does not come from a store
Perhaps Christmas it seems should mean so much much more

At the end of your life when you are asked what have you done
I will answer I have done love and kindness

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TO ALL MY  Family and Friends  
(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ƸӜƷ

Photograph courtesy of my cousin Wendy
her beautiful balcony in Petoskey

Snowflakes alone are so very fragile
but look what happens when they join together

Fa La La 
Have a soulful Sunday
God loves it when we sing and dance♫
I would love to read her memoir
Kate Spade The Waiting Game

Polish Cabbage Rolls courtesy of Chin Deep.........thank you

I’ve been having so much fun cooking Polish food and perusing the stack of Polish cookbooks that my mom gave to me. I think I told you awhile back that I was going to start cooking more Polish food because my husband is Polish and I thought it would be cool to make some authentic dishes that represent his heritage. I’m Italian and have been cooking lots of different Italian fare over the last 19 years that we’ve been married, so trying all of these new dishes has been a fun and delicious adventure. So far I’ve made: Placek Apple CakePierogiCinnamon BabkaBrown Sugar Polish Kielbasa with Apples & Onions and Bialys.
Yesterday I made these amazing Polish Cabbage Rolls in my Crock Pot. I created the recipe for people who are following a Paleo lifestyle diet. If you’re not Paleo, you can simply use your favorite ingredients (such as taking a short cut and buying already made gingersnaps!) But if you are eating Paleo, you’re going to want to make up a batch of THESE gingersnaps before you gather the cabbage roll ingredients. I made my gingersnaps a day in advance so everything was ready to go when I wanted to make my cabbage rolls. Oh! Many traditional Polish Cabbage Roll recipes say to add cooked white rice to the meat filling, or to serve the rolls on a bed of white rice or mashed potatoes. I omitted rice/potatoes in this recipe, but feel free to add them back if they sound good to you. (The white rice and mashed potato options aren’t Paleo.)
***To easily remove the leaves from a head of cabbage: Bring a large pot of water to boil. Carefully place a head of cabbage into the boiling water. Cook it for 15 to 20 seconds. Gently lift the head of cabbage out of the boiling water and place it in a bowl of cold water. Now you’ll be able to peel the leaves from the head with ease, and the leaves will be pliable and easy to stuff with your cabbage roll filling.
6 to 8 servings (2 to 3 rolls per person)
12 to 16 large, green cabbage leaves***
for the meat filling:
2 lb. lean ground beef, lightly browned in a skillet (mostly raw meat throughout)
2 cups finely chopped yellow onion, sauteed in olive oil until tender and golden
1/2 cup chopped raisins
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dry dill weed
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon dried ginger
2/3 cup chopped/crumbled gingersnap cookies, divided
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
In a large, heavy skillet, brown meat slightly, so there is still a lot of raw meat throughout the mixture, and place it in a large mixing bowl. Heat a little oil or butter in the skillet and add the onions, raisins, salt, garlic powder, dill, pepper, nutmeg and ginger. Heat until browned and fragrant. Add this mixture to the meat in the mixing bowl.
While the onion mixture is cooking, place 1/3 cup of the crumbled gingersnaps, cream and lightly beaten eggs in a small bowl. Using a fork, moosh the cookie crumbs until completely broken up and soft. Once soft, add this mixture to everything else in the bowl.
Blot the steamed cabbage leaves with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Place a cabbage leaf on a plate. Each leaf is a sort of “bowl.” Place the leaf bowl side up. Place approximately 1/4 cup of filling at the bottom of each leaf and roll it up (away from you.) Fold in sides, like an envelope and roll up the rest of the way so all of the filling is contained within the cabbage roll. Place cabbage roll in a large, 6 to 7 quart Crock Pot/slow cooker. Repeat this rolling process until you run out of filling, lining up the rolls in the crock as you go. You will have extra cabbage.
for the sauce:
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar OR fresh lemon juice
1 (15 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup raw honey, melted OR brown sugar (which isn’t Paleo)
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
Whisk all sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl. Pour over the cabbage rolls in the slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining gingersnaps over the top of everything. Cover Crock Pot and place on the LOW setting for 7 hours (or until the meat in the rolls is completely cooked through and very hot.)
Place 2 to 3 rolls in each person’s bowl. Top with more gingersnap crumbles (if you wish,) a dollop of sour cream/plain greek yogurt (optional),  and a sprinkle of chopped parsley for garnish. Salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with cooked white rice or mashed potatoes, if you wish.

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” 
~Ashley Smith 
I love Sons of Anarchy
and the music is fabulous
"In sleep I become a night-silent tree, rooted in non being. As I wake, the tree puts forth branches and leaves. Eyesight returns; limbs move
in the air. My heart feels like flowers opening along a branch.
Prayer expands to become fruit, and non being is the taste of
language in my mouth."
Bahauddin in The Drowned Book (Coleman Barks Translation)
Long Exposure Firefly Photography by Yume Cyan