_bbR3iY5lLSjzaZNziPYc6VX6tk Inspiration CAN be found EVERYWHERE!: May 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tupperware BBQ special

If you are interested in being prepared for the upcoming (or is it here already) BBQ season, here is a great deal for you.  You can check it out on my Tupperware Site or Message me and we can plan out your order.

I have the Vent 'N Serve pieces and use it ALL THE TIME.  I am always making just a little bit "extra" when I make meals for hubby and I so that I can use my piece for lunch the next day or two.  Sure does save me from paying $10 or more to go out to lunch while at work.  Think about it - how much do you spend on lunch when you are working?  How many leftovers (or as we call them planned overs) do you have each week that could be used to save you $$ at lunch?

The Red-Hot Serving set is definitely going to be at my house before this is over!  I think it would be great for BBQs on the deck ... everything will be in 1 dish instead of 4 (and that means less to clean up).

That Salad Bowl set is PERFECT for a picnic crowd, and at that price ... its PERFECT.  I bet you could use it for all kinds of salads and not just the "green" kind.

Remember this is only available until June 13th, so if you are interested, don't be dilly dallying .... I don't know if it will be available later in the season or at any other time this year.

Check out these and so much more for your BBQ season on my Tupperware WebSite.  Have you checked out all our new products and colors for all of you who didn't like the old colors ... or wanted something more!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Why you find people in your life

I had done a copy of this for my son when he graduated from college, which of course seems like a lifetime ago.  So many things have happened since then.  So much has been accomplished, so much yet to be done. So many people have come and gone in all our lives ... sometimes it is good to remember that everyone comes into your life for a Reason, a Season and sometimes a Lifetime.

Reason, Season, or Lifetime

People come into your life
for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die.
Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it.
It is real.
But only for a season.

 LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to
accept the lesson,
love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.

It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
 — Unknown

For all of those who have been in my life 
whether you are still here or not, 
I know that all of you had a Reason for being there 
it was because of you that I found my wings 
and learned how to fly!

and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

You are NOT broken

I think that there are some people, women and young girls more often then others so it seems, who think that they are not capable of doing great things.
They are not "capable" because of something that they did that was "wrong" or "incorrect".
I would love to have this shared with everyone - 
every woman, every child, every person 
to prove that they CAN.


Show everyone what you CAN DO

Help me Spread The Word.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

You should only have ONE regret

This one is perfect.  So many people allow others to tell them that they can't do something ... and they believe them.  Then they look back and regret that they didn't at least try ... Nope not me - not anymore.

Will there be regrets at the end of your day?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014

I saw this a few days ago and just knew it was something that needed to be shared.
It is a little long, but oh so worth every word.  Grab a few tissues before you read this - trust me.
I had previously shared a post called ""A Final Tribute to our Military - Angel Flight" that goes "hand and hand" with this post.

The TRUE reason that we should be celebrating this "holiday"...

In a letter from an airline pilot, he writes of his "Angel Flight".
My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We have an H.R. On this flight." (H.R. Stands for human remains.) "Are they military?" I asked.
'Yes', she said.
'Is there an escort?' I asked.
'Yes, I've already assigned him a seat'.
'Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck. You can board him early," I said..
A short while later, a young army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier. The escorts of these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us.
'My soldier is on his way back to Virginia ,' he said. He proceeded to answer my questions, but offered no words.
I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told him that he had the toughest job in the military and that I appreciated the work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers. The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand. He left the flight deck to find his seat.
We completed our pre-flight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure. About 30 minutes into our flight I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin. 'I just found out the family of the soldier we are carrying, is on board', she said. She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home. The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left. We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia .
The father of the soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear. He had asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane. I could hear the desperation in the flight attendants voice when she asked me if there was anything I could do. 'I'm on it', I said. I told her that I would get back to her.
Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the form of e-mail like messages. I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight dispatcher directly on a
Secondary radio. There is a radio operator in the operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher. I was in direct contact with the dispatcher. I explained the situation I had on board with the family and what it was the family wanted. He said he understood and that he would get back to me.
Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher. We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family. I sent a text message asking for an update. I
Saved the return message from the dispatcher and the following is the text:
'Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. 
There is policy on this now and I had to check on a few things. Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team will meet the aircraft.  The team will escort the family to the ramp and plane side. A van will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family. The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal where the remains can be seen on the ramp. It is a private area for the family only. When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home. Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans.. Please pass our condolences on to the family. Thanks.'

I sent a message back telling flight control thanks for a good job. I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass on to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me, 'You have no idea how much this will mean to them.'
Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing. After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area. The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told
That all traffic was being held for us.
'There is a team in place to meet the aircraft', we were told. It looked like it was all coming together, then I realized that once we turned the seat belt sign off, everyone would stand up at once and delay the family from getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked the co-pilot to tell the ramp controller we were going to stop short of the gate to
make an announcement to the passengers. He did that and the ramp controller said, 'Take your time.'
I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the public address button and said, 'Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain speaking I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement. We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect. His Name is Private XXXXXX, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private XXXXXX is under your feet in the cargo hold. Escorting him today is Army Sergeant XXXXXXX. Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.'
We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and started our shutdown procedures. A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see. I was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft.
When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started to clap his hands. Moments later more passengers joined in and soon the entire aircraft was
clapping. Words of 'God Bless You', I'm sorry, thank you, be proud, and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down the aisle and out of the airplane.
They were escorted down to the ramp to finally be with their loved one.
Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had made. They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier.
I respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event and the sacrifices that millions of our men and women have made to ensure our freedom and safety in these USA, Canada, Australia New Zealand, England.
Foot note:
I know everyone who has served their country who reads this will have tears in their eyes, including me.
Please share this after saying a short prayer for our service men and women. They die for me and mine and you and yours and deserve our honor and respect.
'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us..bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.. In Jesus Name, Amen.'
Do not let it stop with you. Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman, & others deployed in harm's way, prayer is the very best one.
GOD BLESS YOU!!! Bring the rest home safe and sound. We need to be there for them now more than ever.

Thank you.  I wish I could thank you all personally, but that is not possible.  Please accept this as my personal Thank You, you deserve so much more.
My hope is that one day, there will be no need for any of our men and women to give the Ultimate Sacrifice, but until then .... I'm happy and proud to see the respect that is given to them.

Dads and Grads Giveaway Hop 2014

I have to thank Planet Weidknecht and Leahsaysviews for always pulling together a great group of bloggers to do these giveaway hops. They are always fun and include some really great products for everyone.
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Welcome to the
Dads and Grads Giveaway Hop
From May 26-June 8
Every participating blogger is hosting their own giveaway worth at least $25.
You can visit the list of bloggers below and enter to win every prize!

I was thinking that Dads are often shortchanged in the giveaway department
there are things for moms and kids, but not always dads
So for the BBQing Dad I have the prize for you

How about the must have
Tupperware Season-Serve Container

a Quick Shake Container 

and a new Clip n click Silicone Brush
for all those BBQ and Marinade creations
a $50 value!

Marinades make food taste great―but what a mess they can be. No more, thanks to Tupperware innovation! Put meat or vegetables in the container, pour over the marinade and close with top cover. Now, simply turn it over every three or four hours. Special grills on top and bottom ensure marinade flows―plus meat, fish and veggies stay extra fresh, even overnight. A long-time favorite!

Just use the super easy Rafflecopter form below

Friday, May 23, 2014

Chocolate Bread Pudding for Everyone!

If you are still looking for an interesting chocolate dessert .... and who isn't?.... here's another one to try, thanks to those wonderful folks at Tupperware.  I could see something like this for dessert for the upcoming Father's Day celebration.  How about you??

Chocolate Bread Pudding

Serves 12
Preparation Time: 25 minutes

2 cups heavy cream
2 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
12 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. Simple Indulgence™ Cinnamon & Vanilla
6 eggs 
1 loaf Challah bread, cut into 1" cubes

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine cream, milk and sugar in Chef Series™ Saucepan. Heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved; remove from heat and cool slightly. Add chocolate and Simple Indulgence™ Cinnamon & Vanilla; stir until chocolate completely melts and is blended in. Break eggs into Prep Essentials™ Mix-N-Stor® Plus Pitcher; gradually beat in the warm chocolate to temper the eggs. Place bread cubes into a buttered 9" square baking pan (the Ultra Pro would be good for this too). Pour chocolate mixture over the bread, pressing down to fully coat the bread. Bake 45-60 minutes until center is set and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center.

Slightly cool and lightly dust with powdered sugar just before serving.  You could also garnish with some fresh fruit to get that wonderful fruit and chocolate flavor or top with some whipped cream..... oh me that sounds wonderful.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size 1/12 Recipe, About 2/3 cup (181g), Servings Per Recipe: 12, Calories 470, Calories from Fat 290, Total Fat 33g, Saturated Fat 18g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 190mg, Sodium 190mg, Total Carbohydrate 47g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 25g, Protein 11g 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

There are always REASONS

I know there have been times I have thought about why people come in and go out of our lives.

I've wondered why some people just don't stay.  Or even why some people came at all.

I think that perhaps this is a perfect explanation.

Do you agree?

Or do you have another explanation?  I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Frushi ... an ingenius dessert

I saw this one on my Tupperware site and just had to share.  I thought it was so darned cute....
Sushi for your Fruit!

Serves 8-10
Preparation Time: 1 hour

1 cup sushi rice, short grained rice
1 (13.5oz.) can coconut milk, divided 
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup coconut milk
Dash of salt 
Cooking spray
Assorted fruit for garnish, mandarin oranges, raspberries or strawberries
1 (6 oz.) carton yogurt, flavor to complement fruit

Remove 1/4 cup from a 13.5 oz. can of coconut milk. Place remaining milk in the 2-cup Micro Pitcher and add water to make 2 cups. In Chef Series™ Covered Nonstick Saucepan, bring water, coconut milk and rice to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until water is almost absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes. Place rice in a 10-Cup/ 2L Tupperware® Impressions Classic Bowl; add sugar, coconut milk and salt. Stir until well combined. Cover and let stand 20 minutes.

Lightly coat hands with cooking spray; shape rice into small oval balls or desired shapes about 1 tbsp. in size. Place on a baking sheet lined with Silicone Mat. Press pieces of fruit on top of each oval. Place Frushi in Prep Essentials™ Snack-Stor® Container, cover and chill until ready to serve. Serve with yogurt for dipping.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 1/8 Recipe, Servings per recipe: 8, Calories 220, Calories from fat 90, Total fat 11g, Saturated fat 9g, Trans fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 35mg, Total Carbohydrate 31g, Dietary fiber 2g, Sugar 9g, Protein 3g

Monday, May 19, 2014

Falling apart? Or togerther?

Interesting question

I really need to remember this one.

Yes there are time when it feels like everything is falling apart, that nothing is working and maybe never will.

And then something happens and things are so much better than it was.  So much nicer.

You got it ... it was because when I thought everything was falling apart, they were actually getting in a more perfect "row" so that they could all fall into place .... just the way they were suppose to be.

Does that make sense?
Has this happened to you?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Chocolate for a "crowd"

Are you having a group of people over for a dinner party?  Or a BBQ on your deck/patio/yard?  At a loss as to what to make for a dessert, but KNOW it has to involve chocolate???  Check this one out.

How about a Chocolate Triffle?

Serves 16
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

1 (18.25 oz.) box chocolate cake mix
Eggs, oil, and water according to cake mix
1 (2.8 oz.) pkg. chocolate mousse; milk according to package 
1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup toffee bits

Place eggs, water, and oil in Quick Chef with paddle attachment. Add cake mix and blend until well mixed. Spray 8 ¼-Cup/ 2L Heat 'N Serve™ Oval Container with cooking spray. Pour cake batter into container. Microwave on high power 8-10 minutes until cake is slightly moist on top and toothpick tests clean when inserted into cake. Cool on a wire rack 5-10 minutes and turn out onto a rack and cool completely.

While cake is cooling, clean Quick Chef. Place milk and mousse mix in Quick Chef with paddle attachment; blend until whipped and light in color. Remove mousse to a small 6-Cup/ 1.4L Wonderlier® Bowl. Place whipping cream in Prep Essentials™ Mix-N-Stor® Plus Pitcher and whip until cream forms stiff peaks. Do not over-whip. Remove 1 cup of the cream for top of trifle and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons of toffee bits for top of trifle garnish. Cut cake into cubes and place on bottom of Ice Prism™ Large Bowl. Cover with a layer of prepared cream and sprinkle toffee bits over cream. Continue to layer cake cubes, cream, and toffee bits, ending with final cake layer. Top with reserved cream and toffee bits. Cover with seal and chill well before serving. 

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size 1/16 Recipe, Servings per recipe: 16, Calories 400, Calories from fat 240, Total fat 27g, Saturated fat 10g, Trans fat 0g, Cholesterol 75mg, Sodium 380mg, Total Carbohydrate 37g, Dietary fiber 1g, Sugar 25g, Protein 5g

There are so many more things that you can find on my Tupperware site.  Be it products or recipes ... you really should check us out.  If you want to earn FREE Tupperware, talk to me about being a host of a party.  I have all kinds of ideas for you ---- book party, facebook party - either with a "TupperConnect" party and you can earn credits for FREE Tupperware when your party is for $175 or more.  Talk to me.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

7 Keys to Life

I hope you will take this into your life.
I know I am going to try.
It just might be what saves us.

What do you think?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Today is the Day

Are you ready for a change?

So are you ready?  Let's be making our today a good day 
because we have gotten rid of things that just aren't worth it.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Your past vs your future

So what do you think?

Sometimes people (and yes I include myself in this generalization) think that everything they touch is going to turn into a disaster, so why bother?

I think this one, with its interesting design and color combinations, makes you take notice of what you really should know, and probably do, but its hidden under all the despair and gloom because things haven't worked out the way you wanted.

Just because the past wasn't rosy, doesn't mean the future can't be.  Kind of the learn from history lesson so you don't repeat the mistakes.

I may just have to print this one out to save for those "down" days - maybe have a special spot on the refrigerator ... just like when the kids were little.

What do you think?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Family is more than just blood relatives

There are a lot of people, perhaps even you, who I consider part of my family.  If someone (or perhaps a psychologist) was to try and do my "family" tree - I am quite sure they would either be totally frustrated OR think I was descended from so many that I would be related to three quarters of the world!

You see I have quite a few "family" members that aren't related by blood - they are people I always felt were part of my family .... the family of my heart.

So when I saw this, I knew I had to share.

Now I know you can't "share" if you agree ........ unless you want to share this post on your facebook page, which of course I would love, but that wasn't the point of the post.

These are the people who are the "Family of my Heart".

Do you have people in your life that you count as your family, who aren't blood relatives?

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day 2014

I know that many of you will be with family today, but I wanted to wish each of my Mother readers (wow that sounded strange)

I wish I could be giving each of you a gift, a gift for all the work you do to make things "right" for your children and thus for the world

But alas, I can't do that, since we are so far apart.   So please accept these flowers (and imagine the wonderful smell of them) as my gift to you.

I hope you have jumped over to the Mother's Day Giveaway Hop that I am participating in and that you will win at least one of the many gifts available.  If you haven't you still have time to enter (but just today) so hurry on over to the Giveaway Hop before the close of the day.

I hope that you get to spend time with your kids, or your mom or at least get a phone call from them, if they are able.    I also hope it is a fabulous day for you.

Are you doing anything special?
I hope so, because Mom, YOU are special!
Thank you for all you do.

Friday, May 9, 2014

I'm not the ideal perfect BUT .....

I just love this one.

I love the colors but the sentiment is perfect.
It shows that you don't have to be perfect to be good.

All you need to do is the very best that you can ... and THAT makes you perfect.

What do you think?
Are you perfect?

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Are YOU Crazy enough?

I know I am .....

I hope you will be joining me....

Here's to OUR success

Monday, May 5, 2014

It's Cinco de Mayo 2014

Are you ready to celebrate?
Are you having your own Cinco de Mayo Party this year?

If you follow me and my Tupperware site, you may already have these recipes AND the Tupperware products that were used to make these .... if not you could be "forward thinking" and get your order in now so that next year you will be ready for a very special Cinco de Mayo Party!!  Oh heck you could be partying this summer with these great recipes and so much more!!

You could be having a party with just these few salsa and dip recipes and a few drinks!  

You could be doing a taco bar with our Serving Center so everyone could be selecting their own toppings 
without causing a multitude of dishes for you to wash.

Or make a dessert bar for cooling down after your AWESOME and spicy salsas, dips, and more!

Don't forget there is always a party going on at my Tupperware Site.  You can jump on the party with the link in the upper right sidebar of this blog or from my Tupperware Site (search for a party) or you could just order directly from me.  You could also have your own party (I would get you set up for a book party or online party and help you along the way) so that you could earn all kinds of great hostess gifts!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Just Believe

Some days you just need a reminder.
Consider this your reminder for the week!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Mango Salsa

Fruit Salsas are just perfect for Spring and Summer dishes and this one is no exception.

I think this could be one of my "go to" things to put on my patio table when we are sitting around with friends and family this year. I love bringing out new things ... and for my family this will definitely be "new".  You can pick up all the great Tupperware items used in this recipe (and so much more) on my Tupperware Site

Could you see yourself serving this with summer drinks?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mother's Day #Giveaway Hop 2014

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Welcome to the Mother's Day Giveaway Hop
and LeahSay's Views!

I love being part of these Hops -- since I love giveaways (wish I won more) I figure others do too!

From May 1-11 you can hop around the list of bloggers below
and enter to win prizes worth at least $25.
Good luck!

For my prize, I was going to give something from Tupperware that mom would love.
But then I thought, every mom is different, and there are so many wonderful things she might want
SO I decided that a
$40 e-certificate for Tupperware Products 
would be PERFECT.
Mom (or you) can select whatever she wants.

Now is the perfect time
New Summer Catalog, Birthday Month Brochure

New Colors, New Products like these.
And SO much MORE
that you can choose from!