Saturday, December 29, 2007

A New Yummy Recipe!!MMMMM




OK I am not one for trying new recipes in fear of messing them up and having them come out all bad and just plain awful. But this recipe was so easy a kid could do it and it was so delicious. Very easy and low fat and low in calories and very tasty. The picture is my finished product that I had to share with ya. I would love it if anyone actually makes this and share the finish product with a comment. Here is the recipe.

Spanish Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients

* 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or any oil
* 3 celery ribs, chopped
* 2 medium-size carrots, chopped
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 1 to 2 tablespoons (about a palmful) chili powder
* 1 bay leaf, use fresh if available
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 1 1/2 quarts (6 cups) chicken stock (can substitute for chicken broth) I used chicken boullion and it was just as good.

* 1/2 pound orzo pasta ( can be substituted with rice) I tried the orzo which was very good

* 1 pound chicken tenders or chicken cutlets, cut into bite-size pieces
* 2 28-ounce cans stewed tomatoes
* 1 cup corn, frozen or fresh
* 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed

Preparation

Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add celery, carrots, onions, chili powder and bay leaf, and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 2-3 minutes and add chicken stock. Bring to a boil, add the orzo pasta and cook according to the package instructions adding the chicken pieces during the last 4-5 minutes of cooking along with the tomatoes, corn and beans to heat through.

Ladle a portion of soup in a bowl and garnish with sliced scallions and tortilla chips. Serve with lime wedges to add a zip.

Courtesy of rachaelray.com

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The New Year 2008



Well another year has come and gone. Gosh it just seem like the year had just started and now it is almost over. This has been a very good year for me and for Pegasus Handmade Soaps. I am very proud of what I accomplished. Who said that hard work doesn't pay off? Certainly not me. I have put in long hours in creating products, coming up with unique recipes, unique soaps and it was a long road this year but I did it. Someone once told me that you if you put your mind into something you love to do, it don't matter how much you sell but that you just love what you do and eventually it will pay off. I can remember back when I started 3yrs ago just a idea and thought of doing my own soaps. I can't believe how far I have come since then. Just this past July I started making my own soaps from scratch. That was a challenge believe me. I have always been afraid to branch into making my own soaps for fear of using Lye but I had to do it if I ever what control of what goes into my soaps. So hopefully I can improve on the look and feel of my soaps and maybe they will begin to sell more now that I have about 7 months of practice under my belt.

So what are my personal goals for this year? I want to improve on my products and provide more fun things this year. I want to improve on my customer service to make sure my customers are happy.

I want to spend more time with my mom. I haven't seen much of her this year but I am hoping to spend more time with her this upcoming year.

I want to travel more this year. I didn't get the opportunity to travel as much this year but I would love to do it this year.

I want to be able to put aside the fact that some of my family member just don't want to be bother and I can't take it so personally. I have finally given up on trying to keep in contact with certain family members. Its just not worth the stress and disappointment. My life is fine without them in it. All I can say is I have tried on my end and thats all that is important is that I tried.

And be happy! I can't allow stress to play a role in my life. Life is too short. But it really isn't but when you are my age it seems like life is too short. LOL.

I want to thank all the people that supported me this year and encourage me to better myself. Especially my husband who has been there from day one to help me and allow me to expand myself and allow me to figure out what I can do. I want to also thank all my wonderful customers, without you I wouldn't have Pegasus Handmade Soaps. Have a wonderful safe and prosperous New Year. See ya in 2008!!!!

Friday, December 21, 2007

My Lip Balms are Featured this week.....



How exciting is that! I am featured on a blog this week fro my Shea Butter Lip Balms. They are a big hit and so many people love them. So what is my favorite of my lip balms? For me, I like the Mega Melon, mmmm and I also enjoy using the Strawberry Banana mix. I also have Cucukoo for Coconut which is not much of a favorite but it can be. I am thinking of mixing the flavors to see what they taste like with the coconut.

But please stop by http://www.auntifranni.blogspot.com and check out her blog. She is such a lovely person and stop and read my feature for the week. Please leave a comment if you like. I would really like to see who has stopped by.

So exciting to have someone like your products and wanting everyone to see it. (sighs)

~Michelle

Saturday, December 15, 2007

What's New for 2008!


If you have been good in 2007, I have a few things for 2008. In coming new year I will have a new category for MEN. Yes out our deserve to be pampered and treated well too. Men usually have tougher skin then us women and we need to look after them as well. I will have some new facial toners, cooling aftershave lotions and gels for men and some a new mens line of soap. Men love to feel good and clean just like we do, they just hide and pretend that they are not into feeling clean and fresh. Of course they don't want to admit it they are men. But they do. So for you wonderful hard working men out there, we will cater to you bath and body needs as well. Keep a look out. :-)

10 days til Christmas

Well it is getting closer and closer to Christmas and I only shopped for one person and that was my husband, who is so difficult to shop for. My son, I will see after Christmas so I can wait to shop for him then. He is very easy to shop for and likes just about anything I give him.

Well what do I have new for this week? I have some new soaps listed. ONly a few. I will be in the kitchen today making more soaps for January and lets hope they come out ok.

First on the list of new soaps, Clean Cotton. It has been up for a week or more and so far so good. It has a fresh clean scent with no colors added to this soap. I wanted this to be a clean fresh look to it as it smell great. It is made with all my great oils that will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft. This is a must try.

Next on the list is my new Pink Sugar Square Block Soaps. This was added earlier this week and I am excited about this soap. I have made numerous batches with this scent and they have all turned out brown. I mean totally BROWN. Why? because this fragrance oil contains vanilla and vanilla tends to turn cold process soap brown after a few days which is not very attractive. But I have found a remedy to this problem and no more browning. So this is why I am excited about this soap. This is one of my all time favorite scents that I use pretty much everyday and I am so glad that I was able to make this into a soap. I have a friend that introduce me to this fragrance a couple of years ago and I have been hooked since. She is also addicted to this fragrance so it is nice that I can have this available in our favorite scent. This soap is shaped in a block shape as I used a different mold for soap. Same in weight as the other soaps just a different fun shape.

And last but not least, our new Lime Cilantro Soap. Very unique scent but very light. I just love this combination and the uniqueness of this soap. I want to try new things and want my soaps to stand out from the typical soaps that you see. This has a very light fragrance so its not overbearing and strong and very gentle as we used very light oils for this soap. Another must have for the holiday stocking stuffer. This soap weighs approximately 3.5-4 oz so slightly smaller than the others but just as great. We also used a block shape mold to make this so it will have that unique look to it. Try it.

Monday, December 10, 2007

I Believe


I really love this and thought I share this with everyone

I Believe:


That our backgrounds and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

That no matter how good a friend is, she is going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive her for that.

That because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

That it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

That you should always leave loved ones with kind words. It may be the last time you see them.

That money is a lousy way to keep score.

That you either control your anger or it controls you.

That sometimes I have the right to be angry, but I never have the right to be cruel.

That it always isn't enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to forgive yourself.

That no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world won't stop for you.

That to love others with my whole heart I must first love myself.

That the people you care most about in life are often taken from you too soon.

That life is more precious than money will ever be.

That it really is better to give than to receive.

How to Be Patient



It has never been easy to be patient, but it's probably harder now than at any time in history. In a world in which messages can be sent across the world instantly, in which seemingly everything is available for immediate purchase with a few clicks of the mouse, it's hard not to always expect instant gratification. But patience remains a valuable tool in life. We don't always get instant gratification, and some of the best things in life require years of hard work and waiting. Fortunately, patience is a virtue that can be cultivated and nurtured.

People who are impatient are people who insist on getting things done now and don't like to waste time. However, some things just can't be rushed. Think about your happiest memories. Chances are, they were instances when your patience paid off, like when you worked steadily towards a goal that wasn't immediately gratifying, or took a little extra time to spend leisurely with a loved one. Would you have those memories if you had been impatient? Probably not. Almost anything really good in life takes time and dedication, and if you're impatient, you're more likely to give up on relationships, goals, and other things that are important to you. Good things may not always come to those who wait, but most good things that do come don't come right away.


Here are some tips:

* Boredom can make it very difficult to be patient. If you're waiting in the doctor's office and the only thing you can concentrate on is the ticking clock, good luck trying to be patient. If, however, you can read a book or do a crossword puzzle, time will fly by (or at least creep less slowly). If you've nothing to do while you're waiting, just try to appreciate the fact that you have nothing to do. In a fast-paced world, opportunities to do nothing are rare and should be cherished.

* Once you are able to change your attitude so that you are a patient person, you will find that patience can help you endure any tribulation, no matter how long-lasting or difficult. More importantly, perhaps, patience can help you achieve your goals.

* Many people find that spirituality helps develop patience. Nearly every religion places value on patience, and indeed, having a belief system and embracing your spirituality can help you let go of things you cannot change and can comfort you when you are waiting. If you're not religious, you may still benefit from prayer or meditation, even if you're just talking to yourself, because these activities take you out of the worldly hustle and bustle.


* Being patient with others is a form of respect for them. Nobody is perfect, and if you want to be a good parent, boss, spouse, or friend, it's important to recognize this and to be patient with people.


* Developing patience is not easy, and you've got to be motivated to become more patient. You can do it, however, and you should. Patience can reduce your stress levels and improve your health and longevity, and patience can actually make you happier. Whenever you find yourself growing impatient, think about the positive effects of patience, and remember that impatience only makes things worse.


* Instead of becoming annoyed by a distraction (such as a crying baby on a long flight), try just being a passive observer. If you make it daily practice to observe things and events without judging or forming an opinion, being able to acknowledge something without allowing it to annoy you will become easier with time.

~Michel

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Feeling The Christmas Pressure


This is can be a really tough time for everyone because of the stress and pressures to buy this time of the year. I know because I have felt the pressures too. But so many people in this country are going through some really tough times with money, losing their homes, medical problems, and just all around having it really bad. I have been feeling the pressures to buy Christmas gifts but for me Christmas is more about just buying gifts. Its spiritual day for many and a day to spend with family. We try not to focus so much on the pressures of gift giving but why this day is here. Christmas has become so commericalized over the years and people just need to stop and think about what you are spending, how much you are spending and why you are spending. Is it to impress the people you are buying for? To show people that you are not cheap and can give a gift even if you are broke and poor? Don't do it. Don't fall under the pressures of gift giving if you don't have it to give. People will still like you if you don't give them a gift. Christmas is just one day when you have the day after to think about and the rest of the up coming year. People put themselves in debt just to make others feel good is not a good thing to do. Try making something handmade or something that comes from the heart. Yes I know that most people don't appreciate something you made but that just shows you how some people really are.

So this is a huge hug for all the people that are having a rough time this year. Make Christmas your own and don't get into the Christmas rut and pressures of buying for every family member in your family. Aunts, Uncles, cousins, third cousins, nieces and nephews will survive this year without your gifts. If thy don't appreciate the fact that you just don't have it this year then they aren't really your family now are they?

~Michelle

New and Improved Cocoa Butter Cream


Ok if anyone of you have bought my Creamy Cocoa Butter Cream, you will know that it is awesome. (ok yes I am tooting my own horn) Well I hope everyone liked it who purchased it. Well I sort of accidently came across this version. I as making a batch of this cream and was watching TV at the same time (watching a football game) an I accidently mis measured the amount of cocoa butter. So when it finished it got really hard because we all know that cocoa butter is solid at room temperature. So I was stuck with a bad batch. So I just put it on my stock shelf and left it til I decided to come back to it again and figure out how I can use this for myself since I already made a new batch of the Creamy Cocoa Butter. It wasn't that hard but hard enough that it was NOT creamy LOL. So I stuck it in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up a little and decided to whip out my mixer. Well the rest is history. I whipped out the blender and started to mix it and decided to put it on whip. I added touch more of rice bran oil so it can soften and it turned into the most soft and moose like consisttency that I had to keep it for myself. I started to use some of it that night and I woke up the next morning with such soft hands and feet that I had to do the same thing to the other batch. And that is how this Whipped Cooca Butter Cream came to life.