Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Z is for Zipfizz

Photo from the Zipfizz website

Once upon a time, we were visiting Costco and one of the product demonstrators offered us a bottle of water with Zipfizz added to it! We were sold! I love this stuff!

According the the Zipfizz website,
Zipfizz is healthy energy in a tube! Give your body a rush of
vitamins, minerals and key amino acids to protect the immune
system. Zipfizz has created an advanced formula that provides a significant amount of vitamins, fewer calories, lower carbohydrates,
superior taste, variety and unique packaging! Simply put, it's
different because it's good for you!

Use Zipfizz as a morning or afternoon pick-me-up, or enhance
your training by taking it before, during, or after a hard workout.
Because Zipfizz contains no sugar, users will experience an
increased energy level for up to 4 - 6 hours with out the sudden
"crash" associated with other energy drinks.
When I drink Zipfizz I get a calm energy--no jitters! When I was working, I would drink a Zipfizz mid-afternoon to get through the afternoon slump! Now, I often have one late morning. For 90 cents per tube (Costco price) it is far less expensive than a latte! 

Zipfizz contains 41,667% vitamin B12! This equals energy! 

If you decide to try Zipfizz, let me know what you think!


Monday, April 29, 2013

Y is for Yahtzee

Yahtzee was one of my favorite games as a child! We also played the game many times while my children were growing up.

On Wikipedia I found that Yahtzee was made by Milton Bradley in 1956. It is a game that was a development of earlier dice games such as Yacht and Generala.

When my kids were young we would have a set amount of time that we did chores and then we were all rewarded by playing table games or having a read aloud. It was always such fun!

What was your favorite game as a child?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday Night Chit-Chat

Card made for me by my granddaughter
Welcome to the Sunday Night Chit-Chat! Carla at My 1/2 Dozen Daily initiates the Chit-Chat each week so be sure to check out her blog to see what she and others are up to! So let's get get started!

I am...

Reading...The Last Time They Met by Anita Shreve and Baby Blessed by Debbie Macomber. Our read aloud is Lando by Louis L'Amour--continuing in our trek through the Sackett series!

Listening to...Call of the Midwife on PBS and our English Bulldog, Rocky, snoring:)

Watching...Call of the Midwife

Cooking/Baking...We had pasta, salad and French bread today. Friday I baked a Chocolate Poorman's Cake.

Happy I accomplished this week...I walked on the treadmill twice last week and kept up with my A to Z Blog Challenge posts!

Looking forward to next week...My next Stampin' Up! order:) Stamping orders are always a little like Christmas!

Thankful for today...I am thankful for a comfortable place to live, good food to eat, a thoughtful husband and lots of good books to read:)

*Bonus Question* What is my preferred method for contacting someone (email, text, phone, letter, etc.)? I prefer email! It is quick and easy and communication is effective. However I do enjoy an occasional phone call from my daughter or one of my friends. I have been blessed to be receiving occasional phone calls from Cindy at Just North of Wiarton and South of the Checkerboard:) Thank you, Cindy! I check my email often and am pretty good about returning emails.

Well, that's it for my Sunday Night Chit-Chat! I will be back tomorrow with the letter Y!


X is for the Letter X

Image downloaded from Photobucket
The letter X was/is a difficult assignment! What words start with the letter X? There are a lot of words that start with the X sound but not very many words and they are sooo boring! However, having said that, I did visit a blog that wrote about the Xerox machine! It was most interesting and brought back some not so good memories of the mimeograph machine and carbon paper:( I started having flash backs as I was reading her post. You can read Inger's post at Desert Canyon Living. #1 Nana wrote about X Marks the Spot! And Susan at Garden of Eden Blog wrote about Xenophobia.

I am just writing about the letter X! When I was looking in the dictionary I was intrigued by the fact that X is both a noun and a verb! I knew about the noun part but X as a verb--really???

X as a noun...

  • The 24th letter of the English alphabet. X is a consonant.
  • Used in mathmatis for showing a number whose value you do not know.
  • The Roman numeral for 10.
  • Used instead of saying the name of a person or place when you do not know it, or when you are using them as an example.
  • Informal--A symbol used for writing a kiss, usually at the end of a letter.
  • X was used in the past for saying that a film was not suitable for people under the age of 18 (or in my case EVER!)
--Macmillan Online Dictionary
X as a verb...

Mark or make a sign with an X

  • Overwrite or obliterate with an X or a series of X's
  • Make void or annul; invalidate: we're all X-ing things out of our curricula
--New Oxford American Dictionary

Whew! That's it for the letter X! Two more letters to go in the A to Z Blog Challenge! It looks like I am really going to make it! When this is all over I promise to have some cards to show! Maybe even a whole week of them:) 

Have a great day and I will be back in a little bit for the Sunday Night Chit-Chat!


Friday, April 26, 2013

W is for Writing

From the time I could put words on a piece of paper, I wanted to be a writer! Actually in the beginning I wanted to be a poet but poets write, right?! Over the years I have written journals full of thoughts and feelings; took a Creative Writing class; put together a book of poems that I gave as gifts to Mom, Grandma and Mother-in-law; read many Writer's Digest magazines; and now I blog! My Creative Writing instructor said that writers write so if you want to be a writer, write every day! As a blogger I try to write at least five days a week.

The A to Z Blogger's Challenge has been a great exercise in writing even when I don't feel like it...about things I might not be passionate about. I have enjoyed visiting the other blogs--especially the writers. Sometimes I feel totally out of my league because many of the bloggers in the challenge are professional authors with real books with their names on them! Today I read a blog post written by Sandy that was educational for children called Flat Stanley and Friends. If you have children and have read the Flat Stanley books, you will love her blog. 

Only a few more days to go in the A to Z Blogger's Challenge and it appears I just might make it to the end. THAT in itself is a huge benefit for me. You see, I am great at starting things with a huge amount of gusto but typically fizzle out before the project is completed! Completing this challenge makes me a WINNER and I just might give myself a gold star when its over:) 

Oh my, tomorrow is the letter X! I will have to write about something Xtra special to be sure!


Thursday, April 25, 2013

V is for Vegan

Photo from veganfoodpyramid.com
Our family became vegan last September when we developed some nasty allergies to dairy and eggs. We have been vegetarian for 30+ years and were vegan for about 15 of those years because of our daughter's dairy allergy but it was so easy to slip back into eating cheese and eggs when darling daughter left home. Well, the allergies took care of that!

I found the Wikipedia definition of vegan interesting...

Veganism (/ˈviːgənɪzəm/) is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as an associated philosophy that rejects thecommodity status of sentient animals. A follower of veganism is known as a vegan.
Distinctions are sometimes made between different categories of veganism. Dietary vegans (or strict vegetarians) refrain from consuming animal products, not only meat and fish but, in contrast to ovo-lacto vegetarians, also eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substances, such as honey. The term ethical vegan is often applied to those who not only follow a vegan diet, but extend the vegan philosophy into other areas of their lives, and oppose the use of animals or animal products for any purpose.[1] Another term used is environmental veganism, which refers to the rejection of animal products on the premise that the harvesting or industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.[2]
According to this definition, we are dietary vegans or strict vegetarians. We do not eat meat, dairy or eggs but do eat honey. 

I love the illustration above because it really answers the question, "If you are a vegan, what do you eat?!!!" We eat LOTS of fruits and vegetables; grains; nuts and legumes. When we need or want to use a milk-like substance we use Coconut Milk or Rice Milk--Coconut Milk is my favorite. I use EnerG Egg Replacer  or ground flax seed to replace eggs in recipes. And those times when we just want a little "cheese" we have found Daiya to be an acceptable substitute. I recently found out that some Costcos are carrying Daiya in their deli section. Thank you Costco!

In researching for this article (aka Googling), I discovered an ABC News page called 19 Vegan Celebrities. Some of the names listed were: 

  • Mike Tyson
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Natalie Portman
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Betty White
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Tobey Maguire
  • Carrie Underwood
My favorite food is pizza! Sad, isn't it? We live 45 minutes from the nearest pizza place so purchase take and bake pizzas from Papa Murphy's. Now that we are vegan, we just ask for the Gourmet Vegetarian with red sauce and no cheese! Some franchises offer a couple of extra toppings in lieu of cheese; others don't! Tonight we had a delicious pizza which hubby bought on his way home with a huge green salad made by moi!

Interested in trying some vegan dishes? Try one of these:
See you tomorrow for the letter W!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

U is for Umbrella

The picture above is not the actual umbrella but it works as an illustration!

A couple years ago I was staying with my daughter to help out after she had hand surgery. One of my responsibilities was to take my granddaughter to and from school. They live in a very rainy climate--especially in the spring! 

So, I arrived at the school early to pick my granddaughter up from school. It was raining, of course, so I grabbed my granddaughter's umbrella from the backseat thinking she would be thrilled I thought of it! I opened it up and put it over my head, not looking at the umbrella. As I was waiting, some older children walked by, looked at me and giggled! Then a teacher walked by, looked at me, smiled and said, "Cute!" pointing to my umbrella. I just smiled.

Well, my granddaughter finally came out so I handed her the umbrella and saw what everyone was amused about...the umbrella had ears! You can be sure I check to see what the umbrella looks like now before standing out in public!

We don't get much rain where I live and it's a good thing because the only umbrella I have is a pink one with Victoria's Secret printed on it! I think I would rather use an umbrella with ears:D


T is for Thankful

I had a lot of things going around in my head that start with T but finally settled on Thankful. I usually have a Thankful Thursday post but this month it hasn't worked in with the letter of the day.

Just so you don't forget what my Thankful Thursday button looks like, I thought I would show it off once again:) 

Today I am thankful...

#1...We returned on Monday night refreshed from a few days away. Nothing fancy but definitely relaxing.

#2...Hubby has been struggling with a back problem and he has NEVER had a back problem before. Monday he went got a deep tissue massage in Bend before we came home; today he went to the Chiropractor and I think (keep your fingers crossed) he is finally on the mend. 

#3...The five year old son of some friends was having a rash and stomach problems. They have narrowed it down to gluten. While being gluten intolerant isn't something to be thankful for, finding out the problem is!

#4...I walked on the treadmill for 40 minutes today. I really want to make this a habit!

#5...We are having dinner with some friends on Saturday. We haven't seen them for months and I miss them.

Well, that's it for today! I am trying to catch up with my A to Z Blog Challenge so have a couple more posts to write! Next year, I will write some ahead and have them ready to post...just in case. I am trying to think of a crafty theme for next year. Any ideas?!!!


Monday, April 22, 2013

S is for Sunday Night Chit-Chat

The Sunday Night Chit-Chat is initiated each week by Carla at My 1/2 Dozen Daily and one of my favorite posts to do each week!

My photo this week is of a baby afghan I am crocheting for the first baby of one of hubby's business suppliers. I have the perfect card picked out to make to accompany this gift but need to order the digital image; wait till you see it!

What am I...

Reading...Almost finished with Widow of Larkspur Inn. Not sure what I am going to start next.

Watching..Looking forward to catching up on Call the Midwife.

Listening to...Hubby has Internet radio playing.

Cooking/Baking...We are on holiday so it's not my responsibility:) My brother-in-law is a great cook so we have been enjoying his vegan delights! What a treat!

Happy I accomplished this week...I managed to get everything done and ready to leave for our holiday! That was quite an accomplishment! Fortunately I didn't forget anything important--just my hair gel and curling brush but neither of those was important.

Looking forward to next week...Holidays are fun but "there's no place like home" so getting back to our normal routine will be nice.

Thankful for today...That we were able to spend some quality time with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law:)

*Bonus Question* Fill in the blank: I am by far the biggest Paper snob! 
I love paper but super good quality paper! Whenever I try to save a little money by purchasing card stock at some place other than Stampin' Up! I am always disappointed because the quality just isn't there. I am also a bit of a fabric snob in that I really like and use quilt quality cotton. It's more expensive but I know the fabric will last and keep it's color.

I hope you enjoyed the Sunday Night Chit-Chat (even though it was on Monday)! I will be back tomorrow with the letter T. Only one more week to go with the A to Z Blog Challenge!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

R is for Rest and Relaxation

On Thursday we left home sweet home for a few days in the mountains of Central Oregon--Sunriver/Bend area! My brother-in-law was able to rent a humble but comfortable house in the woods for the four of us.

The house is in a beautiful wooded area with lots of trails to hike on government owned land. 

A more than adequate kitchen with nice appliances. We have been cooking some great meals. My brother-in-law is a talented cook and we are more than happy help him plus clean up just for the pleasure of eating his delectable delights:)

With Netflix, we have been able to watch some fun movies together while eating yummy snacky food! Back to dieting when I get home!

There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms; laundry facilities; and a home water softener. I was also pleasantly surprised to find a Brita water pitcher for us to filter our water:) 

Tomorrow it is back to the real world! But no matter how much fun it is to go away for a few days, there's no place like home:)

I won't make it for the Sunday Night Chit Chat today but maybe S could be for Sunday Night Chit-Chat tomorrow?!!! Hmmm...


Saturday, April 20, 2013

R Post is Coming Soon

I am trying out my new Blogsy App for my iPad to let you know my REAL post for today will be posted as soon as I get access to the laptop so I can download pictures of our little hideaway in the woods! Hopefully sooner than later but who knows!

Till later!


Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for Quick and Easy Card

Oops! Looks like I got that bottom green one off just a bit--didn't see it till the photo!
I wonder who got this card:P

This card is made using the new A Round Array stamp set by Stampin' Up! The images are punched out using the new 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch! This card was super quick and easy! 

For this card I used the following Stampin' Up! products:

  • Island Indigo and Whisper White card stock; Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper
  • A Round Array stamp set
  • Lucky Limeade and Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pads
  • 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch
  • 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon
  • Dimensionals
Well, I am on vacation so tomorrow will have some photos for you of our vacation spot:) R is for Rest and Recreation!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

P is for Paper Crafting

I am totally in love with the Stippled Blossoms stamp set by Stampin' Up! I just can't get enough of it! When I saw the card on Pinterest by Julie Gearinger I knew I had to try to make it! I got a little heavy on the sponging but still really like the way it turned out:)

For this card I used the following Stampin' Up! products:

  • Very Vanilla and Early Espresso card stock
  • Stippled Blossoms and Papillon Potpourri stamp sets
  • Early Espresso and Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Butterfly Punch
  • Big Shot with Fancy Fan Embossing Folder and Finishing Touches Edgelits
  • Other: Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Antique Brad, 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon
I look forward to trying this card again with a few changes of my own:) 

Tomorrow is the letter Q and I have another card for you! Now, how do I work another card in with the letter Q? You'll just have to check back to find out!


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for Oven

My beautiful range:)

"Oven?" I can hear you saying! Well, why not! The only thing I use more than the oven is my Vita-Mix! Some of the things I bake in my oven are:
My nice clean oven! I love it when the oven is clean:)

Yesterday I made Coconut Crunch Cookies, a recipe I found at Taste of Home. They are crispy on the edges but soft in the middle--yummy! I had to make a few changes in the recipe for our family but they turned out great. Click HERE for the recipe!

Coconut Crunch Cookies--Photo by Taste of Home

Tomorrow will be the letter P! See you then!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

N is for Netflix

According to Wikipedia, "Netflix, Inc. is an American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media available to both North and South America, the Caribbean, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States, where mailed DVDs are sent via Permit Reply Mail. The company was established in 1997 and is headquartered in Los Gatos, California."

We have been Netflix subscribers for about five years now! Currently we subscribe to both the streaming and DVD-by-mail services. 

We enjoy watching the documentaries, PBS programs, family and inspirational films. For a price far below cable or satellite Netflix gives us the the opportunity to choose what we want to watch and when. 

Some of my favorite programs have been:

  • Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
  • Forks over Knives
  • Call the Midwife
  • Downton Abbey
  • Steve Jobs, the Lost Interview
  • Happy
  • Hachi, a Dog's Tale
I could add a lot more but you get the idea!

If you are tired of your high cable or satellite bill, try Netflix for a one month free trial to see if you could at least reduce your cable or satellite to the basic package. We never had cable or satellite so that wasn't the issue for us. 

Do you have Netflix? Do you like it? Do you think it is worth the money? 

We pay $7.99 a month for the streaming plan and $9.99 for the Blu-ray DVD-by-mail plan. Not bad for all Netflix has to offer!

Tomorrow is the letter O! What to write about...onions, Oreos, obstructions, ovaries, obsessions...hmmm! 


Note: This is an independent review of Netflix! I have not been compensated in any way for this review.

Monday, April 15, 2013

M is for Monday...Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Homemaker Button courtesy of Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Okay, so this might be a stretch for M but I have missed taking part in Sandra's Happy Homemaker Monday for the last couple of weeks so made it fit! If you would like to play along with Happy Homemaker Monday or see what's Sandra's been up to, check out Diary of a Stay at Home Mom!

The weather...40 degrees (F) but no wind! I would prefer it to be at least 20 degrees warmer!

Right now I am...Sitting in my favorite chair writing this blog post:)

Thinking...Well I have been all over the place on today's post as it was supposed to start with the letter M. I thought about Money, Magazines, Mother but couldn't decided so put it off till this morning and decided on Monday--Happy Homemaker Monday!

On my reading pile...I haven't been doing a lot of reading lately so am still reading Widow of Larkspur Inn. I am also reading my Bible and The Desire of Ages. The following books are patiently waiting on my reading pile:

  • 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine
  • Baby Blessed by Debbie Macomber
  • The Right Wrong Number by Barbara Delinsky
  • The Covenant by Beverly Lewis
On the TV...Not much but I am enjoying Call the Midwife on PBS. I thought about watching Selfridges but will wait to see if it comes out on Netflix.

Blog hopping (newly discovered blog)...I have done a lot of blog hopping in the last two weeks as part of the A to Z Blog Challenge. You might find Francene Stanley's blog Stitching Words. Her "reflection of British wildflowers in emotions" has been very interesting and you might just want to start at the beginning (April 1).

On the menu for this week...
Monday...leftover Mushroom Barley Soup, green salad and Spring Rolls
Wednesday...Town Day so no cooking
Thursday-Monday...Holiday for hubby and me in the mountains

On my to do list...
  • Prepare projects for Stamping Club (Wednesday)
  • Pack for our trip
  • Write A to Z posts for the week
  • Make and send 2 Sympathy cards and one Birthday card
  • Make swap card and Design Team project for the Cupboard Trilogy Challenges
In the craft basket...
  • Baby afghan for baby boy
  • 2 doilies
  • 1 pair of socks (ripped it out so need to start again)
Looking forward to this week...Happy Stampers Club on Wednesday and the start of our holiday on Thursday!

Looking around the house...As usual, dogs, dogs everywhere! They only have a couple of toys out so it's not too bad! Things look pretty good around here this morning!

From the camera...

This is what Rocky's bed looked like last week. He had 9 toys out altogether! We call his bed the playpen!!! If the toy makes it to his bed, it's HIS (in his mind anyway)!

On my prayer list...

  • Friends wanting to sell their restaurant so they can spend more time with their girls.
  • Friend who is having serious health issues.
  • Brother who is on his first vacation since his wife died. It hasn't been as easy as he thought.

Bible verse; Devotional...

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."  --Isaiah 40:11

I will be back tomorrow with the letter N! I'm starting to feel like Sesame Street! I have made it halfway through the A to Z Blog Challenge and am committed to finishing, so wish me luck!


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Night Chit-Chat

Welcome to the Sunday Night Chit-Chat! For my new readers via the A to Z Blog Challenge, Carla at My 1/2 Dozen Daily starts us off each week with simple rules and a photo. Now it's my turn!

My photo is of a card I made using the Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set by Stampin' Up! For this card I used Island Indigo, Real Red, and Sahara Sand. My daughter had a small piece of Designer Paper that truly inspired the whole card!

So on with the Chit-Chat! I am...

Reading...Still reading The Widow of Larkspur Inn. For our read aloud we have started The Daybreakers by Louis L'Amour (another book in the Sackett series).

Watching...Just watched the movie Playing for Keeps starring the ever so yummy Gerard Butler!

Listening to...Hubby had the radio playing all day but it is absolutely quiet in here right now. Ahhh...bliss!

Cooking/Baking...I made Mushroom Barley Soup with a big green salad for dinner! For salad dressing I made a Honey Mustard Vinaigrette--sooo yummy! I also made some Coconut Crunch Cookies! The first batch was GF but want to make a regular batch as well.

Happy I accomplished this week...I managed to keep up with the A to Z Blog Challenge:) 

Looking forward to next week...Hubby and I are going on another little holiday starting Thursday! Hopefully I will have some pictures for you of beautiful Sunriver, Oregon!

Thankful for today...I am starting to feel better after a fibromyalgia slump--pain, tired, etc. Fortunately, with rest and good nutrition, I am feeling better.

*Bonus Question* What is my *ideal* wake up time and what time do you usually wake up? My ideal wake up time is 5:00 but I usually don't wake up till 7:00 or 7:30. I'm working on it.

Thanks for stopping by for the Sunday Night Chit-Chat! Tomorrow I will be back with my A to Z Blog Challenge post featuring the letter M. See you then!


Saturday, April 13, 2013

L is for Love

When I think of love, I think of 1 Corinthians 13...

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

New King James Version

Have a great day! I will be back tomorrow night for the Sunday Night Chit-Chat:)


Friday, April 12, 2013

K is for Kat

Today's post is about me! So, I will share with you 11 random facts about me:

  1. My given name is Kathryn
  2. I am the oldest of 4 children.
  3. I have two grown children and one grandchild.
  4. My favorite food is gourmet veggie pizza (now without cheese because of allergies).
  5. My hobbies are paper crafting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, writing and reading--not necessarily in that order.
  6. I have been married to my handsome hunk of husband for almost 34 years.
  7. My favorite color is Lime Green:)
  8. I collect teddy bears and tea cups.
  9. I prefer the beach to the mountains.
  10. I love fresh flowers.
  11. I would love to attend a traditional English High Tea
Almost 2 weeks of the A to Z Blog Challenge completed! Whew! Tomorrow, the letter L!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

J is for Journaling

I have enjoyed journaling since I first learned to write. I have many journals filled with thoughts, prayers and ideas. My journals vary from spiral bound notebooks to leather bound. I have written with pencil, pen, felt tip, and calligraphy pens. 

It's interesting to me that my granddaughter also loves to journal and she never has enough journals! And, of course, Gramma helps by purchasing journals for her:) 

One of my favorite books on journaling is Write It on Your Heart by Carolyn Sutton. "Write It on Your Heart is a minicourse on how to journal, with an overview of 15 different journaling methods. The author provides basic inspiration, dispels myth-based mental reservations that may be holding you back, and offers lots of Bible study pointers on how to make your spiritual walk more practical and rewarding."

Photo from Paperbased.net

A great magazine for the personal journal writer was Personal Journaling: Writing About Life but F&W Publications, publisher of Writer's Digest, quit publishing the magazine in 2003. Trust me, I was really sad when this magazine disappeared! I enjoyed the writing prompts and the journaling ideas. I searched and searched for another journaling magazine but haven't found anything even remotely close.

Do you enjoy journaling? 
What is your favorite journal to write in?


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I is for Indian Food

Note to regular readers: I hope you are finding this month's posts interesting and will continue to visit throughout the month. I know the posts are not my usual but I really wanted to try the A to Z Blog Challenge to stretch myself as a blogger and writer. I will have more cards and crafty things during this month but not as many as usual. Thanks for taking this journey with me.

Indian curry is real good.
Indian curry is real good. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My husband LOVES Indian food! Me, not so much! However I have learned to enjoy Naan (Indian bread), Mango Lahsee (yummy drink) and most any dish that has garbanzos and spinach! We have a couple of Indian restaurants we enjoy when we are out and about--Taj Palace in Yakima WA and Taj Palace in Bend, OR; funny, I didn't realize they both had the same name!

Hubby likes to cook Indian food almost as much as he likes to eat it! He purchased Yamuna's Table (below) to help him create authentic, vegetarian Indian dishes. We both enjoy basmati rice and he cooks it perfectly--not sticky! Then he makes curry sauces to put on top of the rice. I enjoy the curry as long as it's not too spicy.

While visiting my daughter last week I was able to get together with her stamping club. They potluck for lunch so I was able to enjoy a delicious garbanzo curry dish, basmati rice and naan made by the hostess Atashie! The stampers are always disappointed when Atashie doesn't make an Indian dish for potluck and I can see why!

Do you like Indian Food? Do you have a favorite Indian restaurant or cookbook? What is your favorite Indian dish?
Have a great day! See you tomorrow for the letter J! Friday's post will be the letter K so will be answering questions about ME! Put your questions in the comment section and I will see what I can do about answering them!

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