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Monday, December 29, 2008

A New Year



It is almost a new year. A new year to start new memories as 2008 will be a past memory. As I look back on the past year, I can say we have been very blessed. A new home, new car, and my husband's new job. It has been a exciting year for us. But many families haven't been so blessed with the loss of their jobs, loss of their homes and the lost of their lives. 2008 had some ups and downs but it sure was a very memorable year. With the gas prices soaring so high that it was unaffordable to most, stock market dipping to its lowest in 2 decades and so many homes went into foreclosures. There were some bright times in 2008 too. This past election. Seeing our countries first Black president get elected was a very historical event. Not only that, but the record amount of people that just came out and voted that day. It didn't matter who you voted for but the fact that so many people did which will make this a very memorable year for me. I have never seen so many lines over the country during that day and it just made me proud to be an American because we have the right to vote where as so many countries do not. We came out and exercised our right on Election day.

Resolutions for the New Year? I don't usually make any because I can never commit to them. I always say "oh I am going to lose weight" or "Oh I am gonna do this and do that" and I never do. Well at least I attempt the weight thing but it only lasts for a little while til I just give up. So I just focused on just eating right and just exercise and not worry so much about losing weight. Maybe if I don't focus on it so much I can lose the weight.

So as the year closes and a New Year begins, new memories will begin to form and I hope that those that had such a bad year in 2008 will find comfort in the new year that we can always start over and begin fresh and new. Sometimes it takes losing everything will make you a much stronger person in the end.

God Bless and have a marvelous New Year.
~Michelle

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tea Anyone?

Tea tea and more tea. I have always loved a relaxing cup of tea,especially after a long day. Just kick back pour myself a cup and just forget about the day and unwind. I even got my husband drinking more tea now and he is mostly a coffee drinker but he can acknowledge a good cup of brewed tea. Not too sweet but just lightly sweetened. I just recently bought some delicious teas from Etsy. I love drinking tea, especially around this time of the year. I just bought from a lovely Etsy shop called Tea For All Reasons.(love the name ) After I purchased from their shop, I then realized that they are about 20 minutes from me if that. LOL The box arrived in 1 day and nicely packaged and I couldn't wait to dig into my box. I can't believe I was excited over tea. I felt like a kid in a candy store.


I have to say that the tea was delicious. Smooth and very tasty. Didn't really need much sugar just a tad bit was fine but I sat back and enjoyed my tasty tea. I highly recommend trying some of their teas.

This is what I purchased Vanilla Orange Grove Herbal Tea.



A caffeine-free herbal tisane that captures the magnificent flavor of freshly squeezed orange juice softened with creamy notes of Vanilla. The cup is unlike anything you have ever tasted and reminds you of a warm summer afternoon in an orange grove scented with the mysterious aura of Madagascar. Delightful hot or iced.

Herbal Tisanes are not comprised from the Camelia Senesis plant at all, but rather, are made up of fruit, flower petals, herbs, spices, nuts, and other edible ingredients. As such it is naturally decaffeinated.

On my next visit, I want to try Berried Treasure-Rooibos Tea



A rich combination of black currant and raspberry tastes, with bits of pineapple, papaya, mango, strawberries and sunflowers blossoms. A treasure trove of flavors!

Rooibos is actually an herbal (therefore, naturally decaffeinated), harvested from the "red bush" grown in South Africa. This variety has the appearance of tiny red needles that pack a flavorful punch as well as having a reputation for benefiting one's health.

So if you love tea as much as I do. Stop on over to Teas For All Reasons You will not be disappointed.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF TEA FOR ALL REASONS :-)

~Michelle

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

My Holiday Baking Adventure

Thanksgiving has now come and gone and the turkey is still sitting in my fridge waiting to be finished off. Since it was just the two of us this year, we got a somewhat small turkey but still too much for the two of us. But the turkey sandwiches for lunch have been out of this world and very tasty. I love turkey sandwiches. I even made one with lettuce and tomato. MMMM MMM good. '

Well this Thanksgiving I wanted to try my hand at baking. I consider myself a pretty good cook, but not very good at baking. Whenever I start to baking project, it never never turns out the recipe states. I either burn it, forget something in the recipe, or it just flat out did not come out right. Well I took the chance over the holiday to make two delicious recipes. Pumpkin Pie Spice Bread, and Zucchini Bread. A wonderful lady from Etsy gave me the Zucchini bread and the first batch I really burned and had to toss it out. The second time I made it on Thanksgiving day. Well it turned out super moist and delicious. I never thought Zucchini would taste so good in a bread. Even my husband was loving my bread and he hates Zucchini. LOL.

Here are some Photos of my Pumpkin Pie Spice Bread and my Zucchini Bread that I wanted to share with you. If anyone is interested in the recipes, please let me know. It is so easy to make and the recipe is very simple to follow.



Pumpkin Pie Spice Bread








Zucchini Bread














This is a cut slice of the Pumpkin Pie Spice Bread. It is super moist and delicious.

I am so glad that I attempted to make these delicious breads and I now have the confidence to try other baking recipes without the fear of ruining it. LMAO.

Thanks for letting me share my breads
~Michelle