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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vaccinations are DRUGS and they are POISONS

A little baby is born and immediately given a set of vaccinations. These vaccinations are drugs. They are poisons. They are diseased chemicals. You are injecting the little baby with viruses, drugs, chemicals, and disease. The baby's immune system begins to act in a totally unnatural way and becomes very susceptible to bacteria. Virtually every child, then, gets infections, primarily an ear infection. These infections were caused by the vaccines themselves. The doctor then prescribes more drugs in the form of antibiotics.
Natural Cures They Don't Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau

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Friday, December 28, 2012

My Softies...

The one to the left, the eyes are how the pattern was intended, the one to the right is my own creativity.
This one is also my creativity (the eyes). 

The giraffe, is a replica of the dolls and daydreams pattern, but I didn't actually use the pattern.  I looked at the pictures and tried to figure it out .  However, as soon as I get money I will purchase the pattern b/c I think the one that she has is cuter than mine!

So what do you guys think?  Are these Etsy worthy?  I hope so...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Sewing my Little Fingers to the Bone...

So, lately I've gotten into making softies.  I purchased a pattern on Etsy and got rolling.  I made my first one - a prototype - it was okay.  Cute, but with plenty of mistakes.  He was my learning curve.  Now I am onto softie number three and I must say that I am getting the hang of this.  I am even getting really creative.  I've changed the pattern around a bit and am coming up with my own spin on Rudolph.

Here is a pic of my first one (after the prototype):

I am almost done stuffing numbers two and three.  When I am done I will post pics.  Those are the ones that I have really had fun with.  

The pattern that I used can be found here:

I love it.  I am giving these away as gifts, but I am hoping to get good enough to open up my own Etsy store.  What do you think?  Would you buy one? 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

This is better than using Hershey's because you get a great tasting chocolate syrup without all the yucky chemicals and preservatives.

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (I use organic evaporated sugar cane)
  • 1 cup cocoa powder 
  • 1 dash salt (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon REAL vanilla extract
  • *If you are using this for ice cream, you may want a thicker chocolate, if this is the case, add about a teaspoon of cornstarch.  You can add more, depending on how thick you want it, but only add it after stirring and allowing it to thicken and only about 1/4 teaspoon at a time, so it doesn't get too thick.  Keep in mind, that it will thicken as it cools down and sits for a few minutes. 
  1. Combine the water, sugar, cocoa, and salt together in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Whisk constantly until the mixture begins to thicken and begins to simmer.
  3. Remove from the heat.
  4. Stir the vanilla into the sauce.
  5. You can serve immediately or put into an airtight container and refrigerate until ready for use. 
Because this has no dairy or anything that spoils, it keeps for a long time.  My little girl made a batch that was in the fridge for three weeks and still tasted good.  We have never had it longer than that because we use it a lot, but who knows?  I am sure it can last longer! 

Homemade Whipped Cream

So simple!

Put your metal bowl (from electric mixer if you have one, if not any bowl will do) into the freezer and also put your whisk into the freezer for about 5 minutes.  This cold surface is the key to quickly whipping your cream.

  • Half pint of heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 of cup of organic sugar cane or granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon REAL vanilla extract

  • Take your tools out of the freezer :) 
  • Pour heavy whipping cream into bowl
  • Start to mix and gradually pour sugar and vanilla.
  • Mix on high until peaks form.
  • Continue to mix until you have high peaks and STOP.
  • If you over mix you will have butter instead of whipped cream :) 

*Note: You do not need an electric mixer.  You can hand whip this.  Just like whisking eggs - with a very loose wrist and a nice rhythm. 

Homemade Hot Cocoa with Whipped Cream

It's so simple and delicious without the preservatives and extra chemicals.

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa.  I like the unprocessed cacao, but either one is fine. 
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar cane or granulated sugar *
  • 1 pinch of salt (about 1/8 of a teaspoon)
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of REAL vanilla extract*
  • 1/2 cup half and half, however, I like to use organic evaporated milk.  Either one is good. 
  • You can sprinkled some cinnamon too, but that's optional.  My daughter loves it this way, my sons, not so much. 
*The person who gave me this recipe told me to put 3/4 cup of sugar.  That was way too sweet for us, so we cut it down to 1/2 cup of sugar.  However, since we are not big on a sugar high, we have chipped away at this serving as well, and make it with a little under 1/2 cup.  So taste and see...
Ha, if you are Catholic, you are probably now humming or singing "Taste and see, the goodness of the Lord," 

*When my mommy was over she made this with real vanilla bean and it was to die for! 

  1. Boil water
  2. Combine the cocoa, sugar, and pinch of salt and put into the boiling water.  Stir until well incorporate.  If water starts to dry up, put more*
  3. Simmer and continue to stir for about 2 minutes.  Make sure it doesn't scorch - that'll give you bad burned tasting cocoa ;)
  4. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until hot, but do not boil.
  5. Remove from heat. 
  6. Add vanilla.
  7. Divide between 4 or 5 mugs (depending on size).  
  8. Add the half and half or evaporated milk to the mugs of cocoa.
  9. Finish off with a dallop of homemade whipped cream! *
* At the end of Directions #2 you can cool off and put in a container.  Now every time you want hot cocoa you can microwave a mug or milk with a little vanilla and put some of your cocoa mix into it.  Finish off with half and half/evaporated milk and whipped cream OR you can just have it with whipped cream OR just have it alone.  You may want to triple the recipe to have on hand.  

*Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe to Follow on a New Post...

*If you are used to the packaged stuff this will not taste like that.  This is creamy real hot cocoa.  Very delicious, but different. 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Later with MyselfLater with Myself by Sheryl Sorrentino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Raw.  This is the one word that I would use to describe this book.  It has an honesty that is refreshing.  What this author has done with this story is amazing.  It takes true, God given talent, to do what, Sheryl Sorrentino, has done with this book.  This type of writing isn’t something that you cultivate, I truly believe, that it’s a talent that you are born with.  She is able to tell a horrific story,  through the eyes of a victim without the victim sounding victimized, instead she sounds strong, sympathetic, and triumphant for having gone through what she did.

The story is told from the perspective of the main character, Millie, who as an adult, has to unleash herself from the horrors of her childhood.  Through therapy, she is able to go back and relive the childhood that has haunted her for many years.  We are able to relive this childhood with Millie, and we are able to feel sympathy for a child who was forced to grow up and witness things that no child should ever see.  Sorrentino does such an amazing job with each character.  We are able to get a full picture of what life for Millie must have been like.  What I really enjoy about Sorrentino’s writing is how she is able to give full details without sounding redundant. She gives just enough for us to be able to visualize, without boring us with unnecessary details.  Many authors, even successful ones, have tried this and failed.  I have been known to yell at books,  “I don’t care if Bella took a sip of water from a freaking glass cup with dots on it!”  Really, who cares if a character is drinking out of a glass with dots, unless it’s important to the big picture.

The story itself is heart wrenching, as a mother, I wanted many times to just scoop this little girl in my arms and tell her how special she is.  The things that she lived through seem unreal, until you get to the end of the book and read that these are accounts from the author’s life.  It is amazing to me that a story so close to this woman’s heart can be told with such truth and clarity.  Yes, this story is deep and tugs at your heart, but it’s not a dreary read, there are many times that I laughed out loud.  These family members where some characters I tell you.  They had big personalities and in the midst of all the dysfunction there were moments of hilarity and even tender ones.

After putting down this book, the characters remained with me.  I pondered for many days.  This to me is the sign of a great story.  I am so happy that I discovered this author, and I really hope she continues to write more stories because honesty and talent like hers is hard to come by.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The FloaterThe Floater by Sheryl Sorrentino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's been awhile since I've written a book review.  I was saving my energy to trash, Fifty Shades of Grey, but I still can't do it - too much anger spewing, and not enough energy.

Okay, moving along, to a much better book. Okay, that's not a very good compliment, since anything is better than Fifty Shades of Grey...ha! Seriously though, I just finished reading the book, The Floater, by Sheryl Sorrentino, and I am pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.  Funny thing, I only read the book because I got a random email in my Goodreads account, by a stranger who recommended it to me  based on the fact that I had listed "When I was Puerto Rican," as a book that I liked.  I was a bit skeptical at first, especially after looking at the cover.  I don't know why, but the cover made me think it was cheesy, but then I thought, "what the heck?" And I gave it a shot.  I am so glad that I did because I now have another author to add to my books-I-cannot-wait-to-read-list. At the surface, this book seems like an easy read, chick-lit, but honestly, it's not.  Yes, it was quiet enjoyable, easy to read, and very funny at times, but it had thought provoking topics, it had issues that tug at you heart.  I would compare it to a good Julia Roberts movie, yes, most of them are "chick flicks," but look at the serious issues in story of Erin Brockovich. That's this book.

First, I'll start by saying that this author is a very good writer.  I have read books with great potential, that have fallen short because the author just couldn't pull it off.  This isn't the case with Sorrentino, actually the opposite is true; because she is a talented writer the story comes to life and is believable. I mean, I thought that the woman was Puerto Rican - that's how authentic her Puerto Rican characters are. I was actually floored when I found out that she isn't Puerto Rican and that writing these characters were from second hand knowledge (friendships) and research.  When an author can fool you in that manner, that's how you know she is good at what she does.

Another likable aspect of this book is the protagonist, Norma Reyes - you root for her,  you sympathize with her and you want her to win.  She is a strong woman: intelligent, hard working, determined, and with potential for enormous success.  However, due to her ethnicity and status she struggles to realize her true worth.  Norma is a Puerto Rican girl, living in the Bronx, who despite caring for an elderly ailing mother, a drug addicted sister, and her sister's children, she puts herself through law school and handles all the financial burden. After completing law school and a summer internship with a prestigious law firm, Norma should have landed a job, as a first year associate with that firm.  However, she is told that because of budget cuts, hiring first year associates are frozen, and she is offered a job as a  "floater," a secretary who works throughout the firm, wherever she is needed.  Although this position is way beneath what she should be doing, she accepts because she must continue to support herself, and her mother. Being a floater doesn't stop Norma from trying to realize her dream of becoming a lawyer and while trying to climb the rungs of the corporate ladder she uncovers racism, chauvinism, and a company builded on lies.  It's a whirlwind of discoveries, not just of the company, but of herself.  Norma uncovers childhood traumas and self doubt.  She realizes that these things, more than anything else are what hold her down from true success and from a loving relationship with a man.  Yes, there is also romance in this book.  We are introduced to a wonderfully strong character, who, for spoiler reasons, I will not reveal his name.  Let's just say that this character is also very likable and he is exactly what Norma needed, even though it pissed her off at times :)

At the surface this story is about a girl trying to become somebody, trying to get out of poverty, trying to overcome being a stereotypical hispanic. However, delve deeper and you find the real struggles that she faces - the internal self sabotaging struggles.  She must overcome family dysfunctionality, abuse, and self doubt - which have held her down from finding true love and from being successful, not in the monetary sense, but in a self respecting manner. With a talented writer, well developed characters, and a thought provoking premise, you have a really good book - The Floater.

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