“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand - and melting like a snowflake.”
- Francis Bacon

Saturday, September 19, 2009

It's Pink Saturday, come on up and see me sometime☺

Here we go, PINK SATURDAY at Beverly's HOW SWEET THE SOUND once again. My goodness, where in the world does the time go? Anyway, let's get busy. Today I'm sharing a few things that are in my bedroom. Above you see the lamp that sits on my night stand. I just fell in love with the pink rose when I saw this in eBay. I couldn't believe my eyes when about a year later I found a candy plate with the same design, too cool!

Here are a bundle of pillows that rest on my bed. A mixture of crewel embroidery, lace, candle-wicking, chenille and patchwork. You name it and it's probably there - except it just occurred to me, I don't have any needlepoint. Guess that's next on my list!

Isn't this cute? Grabbed it at a tag sale several years ago for, I think, a dollar. It fit in perfectly with my room and the serenity I try to surround myself with just before I close my eyes for the night.

I know lots of you are married to the sweetie pie of your life, but I'm not, so close your eyes and don't look! I bought this door pillow oodles of years ago just when my husband turned forty, bought a Corvette and took off to Florida with his (younger) girlfriend leaving me to raise my sons and pay the mortgage. But, and I say this with all honesty, it's the best and nicest thing he ever did for me☺

There you have my PINK SATURDAY for today! I've got loads of pink in my bedroom so next week you'll see more - I think! Until then, why don't you pop over to my foodie blog STANDING AT THE KITCHEN DOOR and make the delicious APPLE DUMPLINGS featured today!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Jon Gosselin Ditching Dogs; Kate Won't Take Care of Them

I imagine that the article speaks for itself. I had read about the abuse of his dogs a while back. All I have to say is that I certainly hope the breeder finds better homes for these two animals. My heart is so totally aching right now. And, yes folks, these are the same "adults" who are raising eight children.

Credit: INFphoto.com
Jon Gosselin says estranged wife Kate is in the dog house — because she won't take care of his German Shephard puppies, Shoka and Nala. So he is returning them to the breeders. "It's not fair to the dogs to not be wanted in their own home," Jon says. See a photo of Jon playing with his dogs

The dogs belonged to Jon, and he was in charge of feeding, brushing and caring for them. He didn't explain why he won't just bring the dogs with him to New York City – where he rents a  two-bedroom bachelor pad — when it is not his turn to stay at the family's $1.1 million home in Wernersville, Pa.

Earlier in the summer, the Humane Society of Berks County, Pa., received about a dozen complaints from animal activists around the country after Gosselin said his eight kids "beat" the dogs, "climb on them, pull their tails, bite at them, drag them around."

He later denied animal cruelty claims, stating: "We understand the responsibilities of being good dog owners."

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


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Making this is SO much fun! Generally I will lay the little guy on a "bed" of mashed potatoes and drizzle some ketchup  around the eyes and mouth. Fun, delicious and such a great way to get the kids to eat good things! Of course, use your own meatloaf recipe, if you wish. I only included one for reference.
This recipe is featured today on my food blog, STANDING BY THE KITCHEN DOOR.  ENJOY!

2 lbs. lean ground beef or turkey (the leftovers are GREAT!)
3/4 c. crushed saltines or bread crumbs
1/3 cup milk (this breaks down the meat and makes it supremely tender and NOT like hamburg in a ball)
1/4 c. ketchup
2 tablespoons mustard
2 eggs
1 cup finely shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped fresh or canned mushrooms
one small onion finely chopped
garlic salt, to taste
salt and pepper, to taste

6-8 lasagna noodles, cooked
ketchup (optional), makes great blood
2 slices cheese, any kind
2 green or black olives

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Mix all meatloaf ingredients well in a large bowl. Press into a glass bowl (make sure it's ok for the oven) and bake for 60 minutes or until center is done.

When completely cooked, Drain any fat off the meatloaf and turn onto a serving pan. Spread with a thin layer of ketchup, if desired. Cut cheese slices into circles and place on meatloaf as the "eyes".

Cut the cooked lasagna noodles in half then trim the edges so the "scallops" are cut off. Place them randomly across the meatloaf, cutting of extra and using it to fill in spaces. This is a great job for the kids, you want the bandages to look "messy"!

Add two olives for eyes and serve!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A little sharing for you ~ After a While by Veronica A. Shoffstall

Over time, several years in fact, I have found and lost this piece of poetic wisdom many times. What is beautiful to me is that when I need to read it again it magically reappears - in some form. The words remind me of lessons we must all learn to be content and happy on this earth of ours and with our life. Lessons, that if we learn them and remember them, will bring to us rest and quiet peace during our most tumultuous times. Today I found them again Today I needed them. Today I share them with you, my gentle reader. (Please mute my music on the right so you may enjoy what is embedded in the video.)

After A While

After a while you learn
The subtle difference between
Holding a hand and chaining a soul
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning
And company doesn't always mean security.
And you begin to learn
That kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes ahead
With the grace of a woman
Not the grief of a child
And you learn
To build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow's ground is
Too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way
Of falling down in mid flight
After a while you learn
That even sunshine burns if you get too much
So you plant your own garden
And decorate your own soul
Instead of waiting
For someone to bring you flowers
And you learn
That you really can endure
That you are really strong
And you really do have worth
And you learn and you learn
With every good bye you learn.
-Veronica A. Shoffstall

Monday, September 14, 2009

One of the BEST COOKBOOKS on the web! No strings FREE download!

Every now and then a little gem just falls into your lap - totally unexpected - and a real GEM! This was one of those times for me and one that I'd like to share with you. I don't know if you've ever purchased Marzetti Caramel Apple Dip but it is DELICIOUS! I prefer the peanut butter/caramel, myself☺. As I was strolling around the internet on Sunday afternoon I happened to find a site with a cookbook filled with some of the most delightful recipes, each and every one special. You can download the whole book - FREE - just by clicking on the recipe card for Caramel Apple Banana Bread. ENJOY! I'm sure you will!