Saturday, November 27, 2010

Worry Stones

Worry stones are used for many different reasons by many different cultures. It is thought to have first originated in ancient Greece. A worry stone is used to relieve stress, to clear and calm the mind, for meditation to center your concentration and for luck. 

Being of Irish descent, I am familiar with worry stones. I have four of them. I received each for a different reason. The white was to wish me good health for a surgery, the angel was to give me hope on another occasion, the green connemara marble one was to relieve worry and wish me luck. The black Iis for Faith. I've had for so long, I am not sure when I got it. I can guarantee the stones can relieve stress and worry. Perhaps it is because you concentrate on the stone and not on your problem. But for whatever reason; I do believe in them.  To use a worry stone; hold it in your hand between your thumb and index finger and rub it with  your thumb. 

Connemara marble comes from a district in the West of Ireland on a peninsula between Killary Harbor and Kilkieran Bay. The famous Connemara Green marble is found along a line between Streamstown and Lissoughter. It was a trade treasure used by the inhabitants of prehistoric times. It is still of great value today.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

The Day After Thanksgiving......

The holiday is over, you have plenty of left overs, but you want one more different taste. Here is a simple but good salad to eat along with that turkey or ham sandwich. It is an easy Pea Salad that you can whip up in minutes.
Pea Salad
2 cans peas, drained
1 1/2 Tablespoon mild onion, diced
2 handfuls of grated cheddar cheese
1 1/2 Tablespoon mushrooms, sliced (optional)
Mayonnaise to moisten
Salt and Pepper to taste
Mix gently and chill well.

That's all there is to it. Not only is it easy to make, you are getting your vegetables as well.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving.......

I just want to take a moment today to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving day. I hope you will be spending your day with family or friends. I feel very blessed this Thanksgiving season.

Oh, and if you are wondering what the answer to my trivia question is.....It took the four men no time at all, as the wall was already built.
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Wondering ......again!

When I started this blog a few years ago, I mentioned, I wondered about a lot of things. If I see a door in an out of the way place, I wonder what is behind it and where does it lead.  I wonder what keeps the clouds up in the sky, does a dog laugh, why does each bird sing a different song, why do bees buzz and can a mosquito smell blood? They sure find mine quick enough! As a child I wondered about so many things and  as an adult, I still do. It makes life so interesting and fun when you question things. If you wonder about things, you are constantly learning.
If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long would it take four men to build that same wall? Think about that for a second. Some of you will answer it correctly, some of you will only think you answered it correctly. I'll post the answer to that, in my next post. 
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Vendetta Defense/Mistaken Identity

I just finished reading a really good book. The book is called Vendetta Defense and is written by Lisa Scottoline. It is about a 60 year old Italian vendetta, several murders, the investigation of all of it and the ensuing trial. There is also a subtle love story intertwined in all of this. It was a fascinating read and I give the author a definite "Thumbs Up" . This is the second book I have had the pleasure of reading by this author and both were really good. I totally loved this book and I think you will, too.
The second book is called Mistaken Identity. It is about a lawyer who is working on a case and during the intrigue of the case the lawyer experiences identity theft. This presents all kinds of problems for her as her colleagues swear they see her in different places; when she wasn't there. She is stalked and fears for her life. In the midst of all the intrigue, the author throws in a subtle love story for the lawyer. By the end of the book, the case is solved,and the identity theft is a surprise ending. So no, I will not spoil the ending for you. It is an exciting book and keeps you wondering all the way to the end. If you get a chance, do read both of them. You won't be sorry. Enjoy!
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Butter Cream Candies/Mints

With the holidays approaching and parties being scheduled; you will want some goodies for your party table. Here is a lovely little butter mint, that is easy to make and so buttery. It can be rolled into logs and sliced or pressed into a candy mold for a lovely rose pattern. Hope you enjoy this simple but elegant candy.

Butter Cream Mints/Candy
10 2/3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 lb. confectioner's sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure mint extract
Cream butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until it is soft and fluffy. Add the sugar and the mint extract and beat at low speed until the mixture is thick, creamy and smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl often. Cut 2 large sheets of plastic wrap and place on your work surface. Divide the mixture into two equal portions and place each on the plastic wrap, forming it into 2 logs, about 1/2 inch in diameter. Wrap the plastic wrap securely around the logs and chill for 4 hours. Pinch off about a rounded teaspoon of the butter cream and shape into 1-inch balls. Place the balls on parchment or waxed paper and flatten with the tines of a fork. Refrigerate in layers of parchment paper in an airtight container until ready to serve. Mints will keep for up to 1 week in refrigerator. These are sure to be a hit at any party and can be colored for any occasion or left plain.
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Cranberry Orange Relish

Wow, Thanksgiving is next week! Can you believe it? If you haven't made your Cranberry Orange relish, now is the time to make it. It needs to set for a spell and let the flavors marinate. Here is a very simple, but good, recipe for it.

Cranberry Orange Relish
1 lb. cranberries
2 cups sugar
1-2 oranges
Put cranberries through a food grinder (yes, the old fashioned food grinder).  If you freeze the cranberries first, it is less messy. Cut the orange(s), in quarters and remove the seeds. Put orange quarters through the food grinder rind and pulp . This can be messy so put a towel  or bowl under the grinder to catch the juice. Mix with sugar and cranberries and let sit for for a day. The flavor is so much better when you let it set for a while. Cranberries no longer come in pound packages so you will need to buy 2 packages of cranberries or cut the sugar by 1/2 cup. You want it a little tart so it will compliment your turkey.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

First Snow Fall.....

This tree outside my door is still hanging onto autumn. It should have shed it's leaves weeks ago, but refused to give up. I am enjoying the last of the autumn beauty before the bleakness of winter snow sets in for the duration. 

We had our first snowfall of the season. It started out with rain, turned to sleet and the next thing I was snowing. We got about an inch, just enough to cover the grass. So as one season moves into the next, the weather changes.

I could not resist photographing my bird house hanging on my patio. With the snow on top of the roof, too cute to pass up. The hook on the bottom of the house is for a bird feeder, which I took down because of the impending snow storm. Will fill it today and give the birds a treat.
I took the photos from inside my home, so they aren't as sharp as they might be. But you get the idea, right? As you can see, the birds have decorated their home with wreaths by the door. 
They are so far ahead of me!
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Friday, November 12, 2010

The Gift and Dreams.......

Yesterday I received two CD's. One of them was Susan Boyle's "The Gift" and it truly is a gift. Her voice is so easy to listen to and the song choice is out of this world. As you listen to it, she transports you to another place. This is absolutely a wonderful album for Christmas and year round. as well. 
The second CD was Neil Diamond's "Dreams". It is a lovely collection of some of his favorite songs. All I can say is....good choice. He picked my favorites as well. It is a great assortment of songs. Now just sit back and enjoy the sounds of Neil Diamond. If you don't have these two CD's may I recommend you get them as soon as possible. They are available on and in stores across the country. Several stores here have them on sale now and probably will through out the holiday season.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Support the Food Pantries.......

This time of year we are all starting to think about the holidays, good food and family. Many people this year will depend on food pantries to supply them with holiday food. If they are lucky ; they might get a turkey and some trimmings. That won't happen unless you support the food pantries. Most every large church has one and some of the smaller ones, too. Do what you can to support these wonderful pantries, you never know if you or someone you know might be the next one to need them. Giving gives you such a warm feeling inside, knowing you have helped another human being. Poverty is NOT just in the third world countries, we have children here that don't know where their next meal is coming from. When was the last time you went to bed hungry? Support our food pantries, even if it is only a few dollars worth of food. Check the Dollar Stores and the sales at the grocery stores and do what you can. Don't let a child go to bed hungry.
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