_bbR3iY5lLSjzaZNziPYc6VX6tk Inspiration CAN be found EVERYWHERE!: January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Moms and awesomeness

Now if I could have heard this from my kids ......

I would have had a smile on my face for years and years. I know they appreciated everything I did and everything I do for them - but sometimes when you "hear" it when they don't know you are listening ........

Sorry Dad's - you are pretty wonderful too ... but well you know - I'm Just Sayin'

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Herbed Chicken and Steamed Veggies in MINUTES

Here's another recipe that works great in our SmartSteamer 
(yes the one that is on Sale this month at 50% off)

 Herbed Chicken with Steamed Vegetables

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1 green onion
2 tbsp. Italian parsley
2 tbsp. capers, drained
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, peeled
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups fat-free chicken broth
2 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 lb./225g green beans, trimmed
1 red pepper, cored and cut into thick strips
Place first eight ingredients in base of Chop 'N Prep™ Chef. Replace cover, twist to seal and pull cord 4-5 times to chop and combine ingredients. Remove blade and transfer sauce to a small bowl. 

Place chicken broth in Water Tray of Tupperware® SmartSteamer. Place chicken in Steamer Base; season with salt and pepper and brush with sauce. Place green beans and red pepper strips in Colander. Place the Steamer Base on top of the Water Tray and the Colander on top of the Steamer Base. Cover and microwave on high power 14 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165° F/75° C. 
Transfer chicken to a serving platter and brush with sauce. 
Toss veggies with remaining sauce and serve. 

I think this would be great with a serving of brown rice for a complete weeknight meal in  maybe 30 minutes.

 Remember you can get these and all Tupperware items from my Tupperware Site every day (or night) with just a click!

Meaning of Life

I LOVE this one.
We are always, it seems, looking for the meaning of life.
And here we can see it is just so simple!

Why were we making it so difficult and complex?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Take me as I am

I saw this one and just had to share.

How many of us try to "change" what we do or say or look like to "fit in"?  Admit it - we all do.


Don't change who you are for someone else .... you will always be happier being who YOU are and what someone WANTS you to be.

Besides the real YOU is always better than any PART you can play!

Monday, January 28, 2013

What are you doing NOW?

I LOVE this.....
The PAST does not equal the FUTURE.

So very powerful,
So very true!

So lets pick ourselves up and make today - right this minute - MATTER.

I know we can do it.
Meet me half way and we are THERE.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Tupperware SmartSteamer Giveaway

With the emphasis on eating better, eating healthier many have turned to steaming as their new way of cooking.  No more "frying" in their meal repertoire.  Even Doctor Oz has given away, to his studio audience during the 12 days of Christmas this awesome SmartSteamer by Tupperware.

You can check it out here ....

I can honestly say that I have started steaming my veggies and looking at some of the great recipes I have found for "main dishes".   I even have a "collection" of recipes for the SmartSteamer that I am going to be trying.  And just recently I found this really interesting Website that has some really really great looking/sounding recipes just for this awesome piece.

When I found that I was able to steam my food in the microwave, truly steam not micro cook, I was much more excited about steaming.  I have tried to steam on the stove, but it somehow always seemed to be either overcooked or "scorched".

With my Tupperware SmartSteamer - I have not had this problem at all.  It has been so much easier!

I haven't tried this yet, but they say you can make hard boiled eggs, perfect every time, in the SmartSteamer. So I will be trying this one really soon so that I can add the protein of the eggs to my daily "meals".

You can enter to win this SmartSteamer from Tupperware with the really easy rafflecopter form below.
If you don't want to wait, or take the chance you don't win, you could buy your own SmartSteamer from my Tupperware Site.  And right now, until February 8th, it is on sale for 50% off!  If you are interested in purchasing this SmartSteamer, email me so we can get it set up AND I will throw in a recipe book for FREE.  But you have to order it through me (I must submit the order not just ordered online, so email me)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Undo mistakes?

I just loved this one.
Made me laugh ... and then laugh again when I stopped to think about whether it would really work.

Yup I'm already getting punchy.

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Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish Pies - OH MY!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mrs. Smith's for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


Are you a pie lover?  Or is there someone special in your house that is?

I know we are in this house. But although I can make a cake almost with my eyes closed, pies seem to have “escaped’ my repertoire.  If you are like me, I have found a perfect solution for you. 


I am sure you have heard of Mrs. Smith’s Pies, but have you heard or seen their newest pie options?  You really need to look for Mrs. Smith’s Signature Deep Dish Pies – they give you all the wonderfulness of Mrs. Smith’s “regular” pies, but gives you the option of creating your very own “spin” by combining ingredients with the icing/topping packet to make YOUR family’s special pie.

Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish pies

Just look at the awesome pies you can “create” knowing that Mrs. Smith’s is in your corner.  First, we have a Signature Deep Dish Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce, that I bet my husband will be claiming as his own.

Then we have a Signature Deep Dish Cherry Pie with a Butter Fudge Sauce, a Signature Deep Dish Peach Pie with Cream Cheese Icing and last but by no means least, a Signature Deep Dish Pumpkin Pie with a Cream Cheese Icing.    






Now I know the first one I will need to make will be the Signature Deep Dish Apple Pie for hubby, 

 but I think the next one will be the Signature Deep Dish Cherry Pie ...... Just look at that Fudge Sauce ... mmmm.  





The Signature Deep Dish Peach Pie with the Cream Cheese Icing will be a wonderful Summer time “reminder” that you can easily have in the winter, thanks to Mrs. Smith’s.   


I bet this one will be the third pie I make.  Notice I said "I make" ... no one will think you "cheated" when you use Mrs. Smith's pies.





Their final new pie is a Signature Deep Dish Pumpkin Pie with the Cream Cheese Icing that you could have any time of year, not just for Thanksgiving.  Just think about it - no more waiting for Thanksgiving for your special (and secret) Deep Dish Pumpkin Pie with your own creative spin.

Keep these babies in your freezer, and you can have dessert anytime because Mrs. Smith’s has done all the “hard part”.  You pop one of these in the oven, frozen and bake according to the directions – no worry about that pie crust, no worry about the filling – just pop in the oven.  Once baked and cooled, you can create your own “design” on the top of each pie, you could make “squiggly” lines or “happy faces” …….. or even a big ole “SUN” smiling up at everyone in the middle of winter!  Your pie gets YOUR special design based on YOUR creativity so it becomes YOUR special dessert without the worry.  

Now you can have a special dessert for any occasion OR make any night special with a great dessert!  

I love Mrs. Smith’s and I bet you will too.  Check out their Facebook Page and like them to keep up with any new offerings.  Follow them on Pinterest to see all their wonderful products.  I’m not sure if these Signature Deep Dish Pies are available everywhere, but you find retailers near you, if you haen't seen them yet.


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Mid January Early February Tupperware Party & Sales

You are cordially invited to my Tupperware Online Party! I am hosting this Online Party to tell you about all of the great products Tupperware has to offer to simplify your kitchen, home, and life! Please click any of the shopping links to begin browsing through products and special offers available through my Online Party.

Be sure to click on any shopping link to ensure that you're participating in my Tupperware Online Party. My Tupperware Online Party will last until Feb. 08, 2013 (EST). If you have any questions, please let me know. 

Or you may visit my Tupperware Web site, Kathie Meller.

So many opportunities - so many great products on sale too ......

Including this great steamer at 50% off!  

I LOVE my steamer - so many options and I don't have to "watch" it like I do when using a steamer on the stove!

Thanks for participating in my Tupperware Online Party

Our Greatest Glory

We all fail.
Yes I said it, WE ALL FAIL

It is a FACT of LIFE
But when we brush ourselves off and start again 

And who was it that said ....

Show me a man that never Fails
And I'll show you a man that does NOTHING!

Now I have to go find out who said that .........

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A reason to Not Give Up

Sometimes when you see something like this,
it really doesn't need any additional "descriptions" to make its point.

I just loved this one.
My very own reason to Not Give Up.
One day I know, yes I knew before, that it will all be worthwhile.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

How to define Myself

I know that there are times that I struggle to figure out how or where "fit in".
When I stop and think about it I find that it is because I haven't figured out who I am or how I "define" who I am.
When I saw this one I just KNEW it was calling to me to explain.

So tell me, do you think this pretty much spells out HOW to define yourself?

I love this one in total, but I think the best part is:

I do not define myself by how many times I have been knocked down.  
I define myself by how many times I have struggled to my feet.

We ARE stronger than we think and this is one way to realize that.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Last Chance for Modular Mate Sales

I don't know if you missed this or were planning on ordering before the sale ended and forgot, got busy, whatever, then didn't see that the sale had been extended.

BUT this is the last call .... your order for the wonderful Modular Mate at 40% or more off ends this Friday January 25, 2013 at MIDNIGHT.

This is also the end of the black seals that is AWESOME - I have a set (ok the mega set since its on sale for 50% off) that I am getting my cabinets/pantry organized with and have to say I LOVE THEM.

Don't miss out on this sale or I promise, you will be disappointed!  You can order your set or sets on my Tupperware site or you can email me and I will call you to get everything set up for your order.

So many wonderful things going on here at Tupperware - 65 years of WONDERFUL products that just keep getting better and better.

Check us out!

And don't miss my giveaway for the Hello Kitty Lunch Solution that every little girl would LOVE.
Find the link to this and any open giveaway on the top right sidebar ............>

Maxine on Wrinkles

I really really love Maxine

I guess thats why I don't have many wrinkles - I've already filled them out!

Monday, January 21, 2013

God has healed you

I just love this.

It is part of what has made each of us who we are. 

Sometimes the scars don't show, but they are there.  They still mean the same thing.
Just because everyone can't see them - doesn't mean they don't exist -

YOU know they are there.
God knows they are there.
And He has healed you.
THAT is what is important.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Live in the Present.

I have seen this saying (attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt) interpreted in a few different ways, but the sentiment is the same.  In fact, I have used one of the variations as my signature in some group rooms and emails.

You can't do anything about the past - you can regret things that happened, things that you have done, but you can't change it.  It's done.

You can't do anything about the future - you can prepare and acknowledge that what you do today will effect the future, but it is the future.

Today is the only day you can do anything about - LIVE IT.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hello Kitty Giveaway

Because I just have been feeling like there NEEDS to be another giveaway on this site .... I'm offering a solution to the "lunch time blues" that every mother of a little girl has from time to time.

Think about how excited your daughter would be to take her lunch with her in this awesome set.  She could be the hit of the daycare/preschool or even early elementary school lunch room.

I'm not finding this on Tupperware any more so if this is something that you would like for your daughter .. this is the place to be.  If I find that it is still available (it was in the Fall/Holiday Catalog)  - I will definitely let you know ... it really is a cute set.

Couldn't you just see how excited she would be to open this box?  You could even have the box addressed directly to her (since its coming directly from me).

It's really easy to enter my giveaway, using the rafflecopter below.

If there is some type of Tupperware that you are looking for, or if you want to have your own book party, feel free to check out my Tupperware site or email me so we can get things going for you.

Healed and Whole

Sometimes, just sometimes you find that helping others has helped you even more than them.

What do you think?  
Isn't this very true?
Have you felt this way at least once in your life?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Maxine and the Gym

Ok I thought the "snow" option was a good excuse ....
I think I might use that one too!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Courage vs Fear

Not sure if you remember this super brave girl (I almost said little but that would not be fair to her) but Bethany Hamilton should be an inspiration to everyone

She could have said "poor me" and withdrawn from life - but she didn't.  No this woman proved that NO one or thing can destroy our dreams.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Effects of Stupid people

You have probably seen this before but I know this is appropriate for me today - how about you?

So HOW was your day today?  This is very appropriate for mine ...

"nuff" said

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Part of YOUR Journey

Sometimes I wonder why people come back into your life.

Let me explain what I mean.  You can be friends, close or otherwise, for years and then for no reason or through no fault of your own, they are gone.  They may not actually be gone from where you are, they are just moving in different circles or just don't want to "be friends".  They may or may not be able to tell you why things have changed.  But they have.  Of course you are hurt.

Some times years later, sometimes many many years later, there they are.  You are moving in the same circle.  You have some of the same friends.  What happened?  Not sure why they left or even why they are back.  And sometimes, probably more often than not, they are gone again.  This time maybe for good.  Once again,  you are hurt.

Perhaps here is an explanation as to why this has happened.

You have been part of their journey called "life" and they have been part of yours.

Their journey and yours are not the same, they just happened to converge for a time.
They have been part of the journey that is making you what YOU were meant to be all along.
Just as you have been a part of theirs.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Scallops in Lemon Vinaigrette

If you picked up one of the Tupperware Steamers (yes it is on SALE this month) and you need a recipe to get you started .....

Scallops in Lemon Vinaigrette

1 lb./455 g medium sea scallops
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 lb./455 g fresh asparagus
1 lemon, zested and juiced using Lemon Lime Press
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. fresh dill, chopped
1 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped 
Place scallops in the Colander Tray and sprinkle with half the salt and pepper. 
Place asparagus in the Steamer Base. Fill the Water Tray with 1 3/4 cups/400 mL water. 
Place Colander Tray on top of Steamer Base, Steamer Base on top of Water Tray and cover. 
Microwave on high power for 8 minutes. 
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients together. 
Serve scallops and asparagus drizzled with dressing. Serve with white or brown rice. 
Serves 4 
I am going to try this one (but only as a "half" recipe) one day when no one else is home for dinner.  You see other than Lobster or Shrimp .... Seafood is not "loved" in this house by anyone other than me.  I'm thinking if I make this for me for dinner I could have lunch for the next day too. 

For this and any other Tupperware Product, check out my Tupperware Site 

Fiscal Cliff - in REAL terms for REAL people

With all the "talk" about our Fiscal Woes, the Fiscal Cliff, the Debt Ceiling .... I thought perhaps this would be a good way to "explain" it in a way the WE understand it so that just maybe our "leaders", and I use that term VERY loosely, may just understand it and actually DO something about it.
Two Novel Ways Of Looking At Our Fiscal Woes
The "Fiscal Cliff" put in a much better perspective.

Lesson # 1:

* U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
* Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
* New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
* National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

Let's now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:
* Annual family income: $21,700
* Money the family spent: $38,200
* New debt on the credit card: $16,500
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
* Total budget cuts so far: $38.50

Got It ??.......OK now,

Lesson # 2:

Here's another way to look at the Debt Ceiling:

Let's say, You come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood....
and your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings.

What do you think you should do ......
Raise the ceilings, or remove the shit?
Now I'm not sure how you will react to this ... laugh or do one of those "V8 Commercial" things or blast me for even bringing this up ... but now its out there.  Have at it.  What do you think?

What is waiting for you?

I think sometimes we forget that there is a whole lot of things out there that we have to open our eyes to see.  Especially when things seem to be going in the exact opposite of what we want or think that we want.  It is time  ........ take OFF those BLINDERS!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate Mix

I know I love having some "premade" or "quick to make" things in my cabinet.  You know when the mood strikes you and you just NEED something and you don't want it to take forever to make.

Here is a really nice HOT drink to make for this coming winter, while you sit around the fire, cuddle on the couch ....

This will make 20 servings that you can store in the cabinet (in a Modular Mate piece)

Ingredients needed for mix  
1 cup Simple Indulgence Chocolate Dessert Blend
1 tsp. Simple Indulgence Cinnamon-Vanilla Seasoning Blend
1/4 cup light brown sugar
Combine Simple Indulgence Chocolate Dessert Blend, Simple Indulgence Cinnamon-Vanilla Seasoning Blend, and light brown sugar to create mix.

For Cinnamon-Vanilla Hot Chocolate 
Microwave 1 cup milk and 1 tbsp. of Hot Chocolate Mix in a microwave-safe mug 1 minute until hot but not boiling. 
Stir until dissolved and garnish with a large marshmallow or a handful of miniature marshmallows if desired.

MMMM doesn't this really sound like a great stay at home mug?  I think I'm going to be making myself a mug right now.  If you want to make your own, you can get the Chocolate Dessert Blend and Seasoning Blend on my Tupperware site 

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God's Graces

Isn't this so pretty?

What a beautiful way to start the day.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

It's a Mid January PARTAYYYYY

You are cordially invited to my Tupperware Online Party! 

I am hosting this Online Party to tell you about all of the great products Tupperware has to offer to simplify your kitchen, home, and life! Please click any of the shopping links to begin browsing through products and special offers available through my Online Party.

These great products are on sale individually or in sets at 40% off!  Or you can still get the MEGA SET (I love this - you get all sets) at 50% off!

Check out the new Spring catalog for new products or updated product designs!
SmartSteamer is 50% off!
Want to see the benefits, how it works AND some recipes?  Yes I know you do, watch here then don't forget to come back and order from my site

Be sure to click on any shopping link to ensure that you're participating in my Tupperware Online Party. 
My Tupperware Online Party will last until Jan. 24, 2013 (EST). 

If you have any questions, please let me know. 
Or you may visit my My Tupperware Web Site.
If your order is $100 or more I will send you the cookbook for the SmartSteamer.   Even more of a reason to pick up the steamer during my party PLUS its on sale at 50% off.  Email me so we can get together (phone calls are great) to get your book with your order.  This offer good through 1/24/13

Thanks for participating in my Tupperware Online Party,

Friday, January 11, 2013

Good things

I think this is pretty much a "given" but sometimes even the "givens" need to be put up front so that we remember that they are special.

And when they come with a pretty picture .......... well it makes it even easier to remember
or print out and put in a frame so everyone can see it!

Yup that's what will happen with this one!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

What makes You!

So long as you stay strong and remember who YOU are....

Sometimes people just want to make you feel bad to make themselves feel better
stand strong and show them just who YOU are!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Mid January Tupperware Sale

When I saw the Tupperware Mid January Sale Catalog I was stunned. 
There are so many great things ON SALE!

I thought that with the huge Modular Mate Sets on sale through January 11th, that there couldn't be anything else as fabulous as this.  
Well I was wrong.  

They have continued the Modular Mate Party, by putting the individual pieces on a 40% off sale, with the seals available in all three colors, through January 25th.  But if you want those Black Seals (and they are really sharp looking) you better not miss this sale - they're NOT in the Spring Catalog.

And then I opened the Mid January Sale Catalog

Starting January 12th through February 8th,
The Tupperware SmartSteamer is 50% off
That's right it's HALF OFF!

Now if you order through me before midnight, January 25th
AND if your order is at least $80,
I will give you 1 seasoning packet of your choice (chocolate dessert blend not included).

But If your order is at least $100,
I will get you the Smart Meals Recipe Book as my gift to you!
(Email me / Message me so I can call you for your order information)

Below are more of the items on Sale for from January 12th to February 8th.
Or you can view both the Mid month sale brochure and Spring Catalog from my site 
by clicking on the "online catalog" box on right sidebar

Be a great friend and share this with your friends so that they too can benefit from this great sale.
Wouldn't you want them to share with you, if they saw it first?

Thanks!  I know they will be thanking you too.

Forgiveness is for US

It is time.
It is time for US
It is time for Forgiveness.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

the meaning of F-E-A-R

These four letters F E A R can bring us down - keep us tied down - but it doesn't have to.

I would hope that we all chose to believe that the answer is #2!

I know it is MY choice!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Life's lesson of the Whos

Of course you have seen or heard this sentiment before, but it is just too "right" to pass up.
I know when someone "leaves" your life you can be feeling as if you are not a good person or not the "right" person .... but you really need to stop that thinking and remember.

It wasn't you that wasn't the "right" person for the relationship ... there was a reason.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Get Organized - Win this Set

Do you want to get organized?  Do you want your cabinets to look like this ??

Well if you want to WIN this set you need to show just how UNORGANIZED your cabinet or pantry is NOW.  From January 2–11, 2013, YOU can post a photo of your disorganized pantries or cabinets, and explain why they need a Modular Mates® rescue, via a special Facebook app on the Tupperware U.S. & Canada Consumer Facebook page.

You can get there quickly here for their Facebook Page, then just scroll down to January 2nd to find their "announcement".
Sales Force Members aren’t eligible to enter; 
It is JUST FOR CUSTOMERS and soon to be Customers. 
Three entrants will be selected to receive the Modular Mates® Mega Set shown above. 

If one of the winners names me (Kathie Meller) as their Consultant, then I will also win the Modular Mates® Mega Set! Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, January 11, 2013.

Now THAT would make me soooo happy!  I love my Tupperware Modular Mates - but could use a bit more (yes it is habit forming to be organized)

Now if you don't want to wait to see if you win - or if you think you would like to have more than one set ... .... check out my Tupperware site to find all the great pieces on SALE through January 11th.

If you want to have your own party - book parties are fun too - email me and we can get together via phone (I'll call you so it costs you nothing) and we can see about getting you set up .... who knows you alone could qualify for a party and could qualify for Hostess Gifts/Discounts!

The Strongest People

Did you think about this?

I think this one fits my mom to a "T".

But then it probably applies to most, if not all, moms.  And dads (don't want to forget them). 
We are the "quiet warriors" of our families

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Choose to leave it behind

I need to be reminded of this, from time to time, when I let those "difficult" times get the best of me.

How about you?  Does this "speak" to you so to speak?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Modular Mate Sale!

If you are thinking about getting your cabinets/pantry in some kind of order this year ... stop thinking and get started.  Make January YOUR month to get things going.  Modular Mates by Tupperware are the way to go.

These sale prices are good through January 25th
The order must be submitted by midnight January 25th or in 21 days!
Mix and match all the pieces you want to make your area less "stressful"


IF you order by January 11th you could get a MEGA SET (all 4 sets) for 50% off!
But this MUST be submitted by midnight January 11th.


If the mega set it too much .... 
go for an individual set for 40% off - 
again MUST be submitted by midnight January 11th!

Let me know if you would like to order .... if you email me, we could try and make your order a party and see if you could qualify for some great Hostess Gifts/Discounts.  Or you could check all these out on My Tupperware Site.

Can't wait to talk with you - I LOVE my Tupperware Modular Mates and just know you will too!