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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941

Today is the day that we were told by President Roosevelt, that will live in infamy.



It is the day we lost almost our entire Pacific fleet.
It is the day that we lost so many men stationed at Pearl Harbor.
It is the day that cemented our entrance into World War II.

I have been to Pearl Harbor and visited the memorial over the USS Arizona.  As you can see here, it is positioned over the ship in such a way that you can see the Arizona.





It's a beautiful site to see.  When I was there, many years ago, you could still see oil or fuel or something slowly seeping up from the ship.  
There is an awesome wall where all those who died that day were commemorated.  





It truly is a site to see and to feel.  I still remember walking up the ramp to the memorial and feeling as if I was being drawn into that day.  Almost as if someone needed me to feel their presence.  
And I did.  
Now don't be getting all jiggy on me, but there is definitely a feeling of awe and reverence as you walk up the ramp.

If you ever get the chance .. please take the time to visit.  You won't regret it.

Let us continue to teach our children and remind our leaders of our history, like this, so that we won't be doomed to repeat those mistakes again.

Our children are much too precious for that.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

LimeLight by Alcone - Professional Makeup for You

Please note, I love LimeLight products so much I have recently become a beauty guide (in training).

In the last month or so, I was introduced to a wonderful makeup that has recently been made available to the public.  Not that it is a new makeup brand, it has been around for a very long time (I will update with how long once I find it again), it has just been only available for the "silver screen" folks.
But no more.

LimeLight by Alcone is now available to the general public who want the same kind of quality makeup that the stars have had while performing their craft or for their everyday.  

One of the great things about this makeup ... it is so highly pigmented that you only need to use a little for great results.


I received an email from Alcone with some products that will make shopping for the teen crowd much easier.  I personally think these products are great for everyone whether you are new to makeup or a long time user.  

I have a party going here, if you are interested in anything shown here, or on the site itself.

Here is the list of perfect gifts for teens or new makeup users .. or even those who have used makeup for years.  

#1 - Glisten and Glide Brush Set

This brush set will have you applying eye makeup like a pro! 
Teens and some of us, buy low-quality brushes, because they are cheap(er). But this set of great brushes are at a manageable price that will make applying eye makeup fun! And of course look much more professional.

This gift also comes with a free travel bag and is gift-boxed and bowed.

#2 - Masque of Zen Face Mask
There is not a teenager in the universe that doesn't immediately fall in love with this mask. It helps re-balance the skin that has gone hormone haywire. It great for acne fighting as well as improving the overall health of your skin.  I can't wait to try this one, even though its been a while since I saw those teen years.

#3 - A Lottie Eyeshadow Palette

These colors were created by Lottie Stannard, the makeup artist to tons of celebrities. There are two different palette to choose from. 

The Dazzle palette is for the super artsy or the Dream On palette is more natural.  Both palettes come with a free Perfect Eyeliner Pen.   
These are currently in limited supply so you might want to hurry on these.

#4 - Must Dew Face Oil
This product is all over the pro makeup artist's social media pages as a "must have" and it is formulated for sensitive skin. It is a calming oil that restores, refreshes and protects your skin.  
The real magic is when paired with makeup to create a dewy glow - that will make you/her feel like you/she can take on the world.  And lets face it, who doesn't want to feel that way after putting on their makeup and walking out the door?

#5 - Winter Kisses Collection

This is a serious lip collection.  It comes in 8 different shades and contains an Enduring Lip Liner, an Enduring Lip Color, and Alcone's Signature Lip Gloss.  

All three are pro-quality and comes with a free travel bag 
A winter win-win.

Now something that is not in this list, and I think should be, is their brush cleaner, so I am adding it here.  

#6 - Come Clean Brush and Sponge Shampoo should be a must to keep your brushes clean.  Why have great makeup (or any makeup for that matter) and apply it with dirty brushes?  
Ewww who knows what you are putting on your face with your makeup using dirty brushes.  I LOVE this product.  My brushes have never been this clean, well except when I first brought them home.  Yes this is a dream cleaner.

Remember that if there is something that you are interested in, you can order from my LimeLight party .  

If you want more information on these products, you can check them out on the website, or ask here and I will get back to you.
Remember I am a Beauty Guide (in Training) so I may have to look up the answer to your question, but I will definitely get you one quickly.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Chicken Roasted with Thyme and Sage

This is a wonderful recipe for any time of year and since it is not a huge chicken, it is something that anyone can make for dinner without a ton of leftovers if your family is "small".

I know when I was single, or even know as there are many nights it is just hubby and I for dinner, I hate the thought of making some recipes just because I don't want to be eating it for weeks on end. This would be perfect, because it is made for 4 servings, not 14.



Yield: 4
Serving Size: 6 oz.

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp. butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. dried sage
  • 1 tbsp. fresh rosemary, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. coarse kosher salt
  • 1 (2–3 lb.) whole chicken

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. 
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small bowl, combine butter, thyme, sage, rosemary, garlic, and salt.
  4. Rub 2 tbsp. of butter mixture over chicken skin. 
  5. Rub remaining butter under the skin and inside the chicken cavity.
  6. Place chicken in an UltraPro roasting pan, breast side up. 
  7. Microwave on high power 17 minutes. 
  8. Remove from microwave, baste chicken with pan drippings; transfer pan to oven. 
  9. Bake 17 minutes or until golden brown and internal temperature registers 160° F on an instant read thermometer.
  10. Remove from oven. 
  11. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
I LOVE my UltraPro from Tupperware.  
The different sizes makes them ideal for all kinds of items.  
It is great for the Microwave, but it is also great in the oven.  
This makes for some quick but very tasty meals using the tandem cooking of microwave and oven.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Basmati Primavera

This one just looks interesting.
I really need to try this one very soon. 
Lots of great Autumn veggies and rice ... perfect together.

Perfect for those who love rice and hardy Fall vegetables.






Yield: 4
Serving Size: 3/4 cup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsnip, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butternut squash, chopped
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 small garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme, minced

Instructions
  1. In the base of the Microwave Rice Maker add water, salt, rice, carrot, parsnip, and butternut squash; stir to combine. 
  2. Microwave on high heat 5 minutes. 
  3. Continue to microwave at 50% power 10 minutes more. 
  4. Remove from microwave, let stand 5 minutes. 
  5. Transfer rice and vegetables to a large bowl, fluff with fork.
  6. Meanwhile in the MicroPitcher add butter, cream, garlic, and thyme. 
  7. Microwave on high power, 30 seconds, or until butter has melted.
  8. Pour butter mixture over rice; toss to coat. 
  9. Serve warm.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Stop ... Don't be Afraid

Sometimes we all need a reminder.
This one is one of those for us "constant" doubters.

You know who you are .. 
You doubt that you are "worthy".
You doubt that you should "like" something.
You doubt whether or not you should "do" something.
You doubt whether you could "be" someone.

You doubt because you are afraid of what someone will "think".

Well here is your reminder ....



Now make sure you print this one out 
and put it in a prominent place ...
On your refrigerator with your kids artwork.
On the bathroom mirror so you see it every morning.
By the coffee pot, so you see it when you can "see" in the morning.
In your car so you will see it before you leave for the day.

Anyplace where you will be reminded that it is not what they think or say .. its what you think that is most important

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Cranberry Greek Yogurt Bark

I saw this on BistroMD and just knew I wanted to share with all of you, it just looked so darn good for this holiday season!






Serves: Approximately 12
Serving Size: 1.5oz

Ingredients

2 cups Plain Greek Yogurt
½ cup Roasted Pistachios, shelled and roughly chopped
¼ cup Dried Cranberries, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon Raw Cane Sugar (or sweetener of choice)


Directions

1. Separate out a small portion of pistachios and cranberries.
2. Add Greek yogurt, coconut sugar and remaining pistachios and cranberries to a bowl and mix.
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread mixture evenly.
4. Top with pistachios and cranberries
5. Allow to freeze until set then break apart into pieces before serving

Note: 

Can add fresh herbs like rosemary for a different flavor or other spices such as cinnamon and clove.

I am definitely going to be making some of this for my family Christmas Gift Unwrapping table.

Oh and I wanted to share the Giveaway they are having!  
Check out these awesome prizes per their giveaway post.
If you enter .. Good Luck!  
I'd love to hear that you won, so come back and let us all know.

All winners & prizes will be randomly drawn 
at the end of the promotion 
on December 20, 2016. 

Samsung 40" 4k Ultra HD Smart LED TV (2016)
Samsung Gear IconX Cordfree Fitness Earbuds with Activity Tracker
Be one of four to win a free week of bistroMD
FitBit Charge 2
$100 Nike Gift Card
$100 Starbucks Gift Card
Magic Bullet (12 Piece)
Kinzi Resistance Band Set
One week of bistroMD snacks

Monday, November 28, 2016

Pasta Salad - Warm for Winter

When I think of Pasta Salad I think of BBQs during the Summer, cold and crisp and awesome during the height of the heat.  
This one, with the "salad" moniker sounds really interesting for winter.  




Yield: 4
Serving Size: 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 3/4 tsp. coarse kosher salt, divided
  • 1 lb. bow-tie pasta
  • 1 small head radicchio, shredded
  • 1 small fennel bulb, sliced thin
  • 2 pears, peeled, cored, and chopped, ¼" pieces
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and chopped, ¼" pieces
  • 1/4 cup, plus 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup toasted walnuts
  • ½ cup bleu cheese crumbles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Add water to the pasta maker maximum fill line. 
  3. Stir in ½ tsp. of the salt and pasta. 
  4. Microwave on high power 8 minutes. 
  5. Remove from microwave; drain, set aside.
  6. Meanwhile, on the UltraPro Oven Plate, arrange radicchio, fennel, pears, and parsnips in a single layer. 
  7. Drizzle with 1 tbsp. of the olive oil; sprinkle with salt. 
  8. Microwave on high power 3 minutes. 
  9. Remove from microwave. 
  10. Place UltraPro pan in oven. 
  11. Bake 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 
  12. Remove from oven; set aside.
  13. In a large bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic, and remaining salt. 
  14. Stir in pasta, vegetables, and walnuts; top with bleu cheese. 
  15. Serve warm.