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I haven’t posted much of anything lately.  I’ve been busy testing recipe creations but I’ve also been dealing with an upset tummy and a lack of appetite…a lot.  So that makes it a little challenging for someone that loves to cook and post recipes!  Any taste testers out there??

So I thought I’d mix it up a bit and post some of my favorite products that I like to use.

I’ll start with an Avon product, yes Avon.  I love Moisture Therapy lotion.  I use it everyday on my hands and body.

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I also have those dry heels that we ladies seem to have to deal with.  And I have to tell ya, since I started using Burts Bee’s Foot Lotion, I rarely have that problem!  Scouts Promise of Truth and Honor!!!  Of course there is coconut oil in there and we all know how beneficial that is!  I use the beeswax lip balm too.  I have several of them, all over the place… in my kitchen, my bathroom, my purse, pockets.  Love it!

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Next, my teeth!  My favorite toothbrush ever is the Spin Brush, its the best thing next to having a dental cleaning!  My teeth actually feel that clean. And I ONLY use Glide dental floss.  I have tried them all and thrown them all in the trash.  None can compare to Glide!

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Next on the list is my foundation.  I bounce back and forth from a liquid to a powder.  And the only liquid foundation allowed on my face is Maybelline Fit, and the compact for touch ups during the day.

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When I feel like a powder its Bare Minerals, as you can see by the practically empty jar.

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For my mascara, Its Loreal Voluminous. either the Full Definition or the Original.   I swear my lashes actually do look longer.  Even healthier!  I have a tube in my purse and one in my makeup case in the bathroom.  I don’t carry one in my purse for touch ups, its just that I am so anal about having to wear mascara that I figure if I ever get stuck somewhere and have to spend the night, I will at least have my mascara for the morning.  Sad isn’t it?

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My hair, the older I get the dried my hair gets. I use Frizz-Ease on wet and dry hair.  It does wonders!

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So there you have it, my favorite beauty products.  Just the basics, at my age and at this stage in my life these are pretty much all I need.

Live well my friends! XO

Two of my sweet little grandkids spent the night the other weekend.  As I was making my bed the 10 year old asked why I make my bed?  I answered him with a simple “I like things nice and neat.”

But then I started thinking, why do I really make my bed?  Why am I so anal about being neat and clean?  Why are my cabinets and drawers organized?

  1. A made bed seems to be more inviting than a tangled mess of blankets.  When it’s time for me to crawl between the sheets, it feels good to snuggle in and get all comfy instead of trying to kick the blankets into place to stay warm.  When I walk into my bedroom, and see that it’s all picked up and the bed is made, it just looks good.  And really, the entire reason we purchase our bedding is because we loved the way the freshly made bed looked on the package or in the catalog right?  My bedroom might not look like it belongs in Better Homes and Garden but it is quite pretty and comfortable.
  2. I love coming home from work and having my home neat and tidy.  I’m usually quite tired and it just makes me feel better if things are in place.  I try to put things away as I’m finished with them.  It only takes a minute here and there to put things away, but it takes much longer to try to tidy up an entire house!
  3. I’m not embarrassed to have someone “pop” in expectantly.  I might have a project that I’m working on, or laundry that I’m folding but it’s not messy and embarrassing and I’m not making excuses for being a slob!!
  4. I can find things.  I know where they are, so if there is something I need or want, I can usually find it right away.  Now don’t get me wrong, I have super busy weeks where I have been known to run in and out of my house faster than lightening itself.   I hate it, and I am really trying to avoid those situations at all costs.  Life is so much happier and lovable if you take your time and enjoy the ride.
  5. I feel more creative.  My creative and artistic juices seem to flow better.  If my home isn’t a messy cluttered space, then my mind isn’t cluttered either.
  6. I’m much more comfortable and at peace if my belongings are not strewn throughout my house.  You would be surprised how this really works!  Seriously, try it!

So there you have it, there are a ton of organization idea’s and plan on Pinterest.  Find what works for you and do it.  But don’t spend a lot of money on expensive totes and baskets.  Buy what you need and make do with what you have.  And most important, de-clutter!  Get rid of the stuff you don’t use or even like.  Keep things if they are sentimental but either display them simply or carefully wrap them up and store them.

I love those small plastic organizing tubs that you can find at Target or Wal Mart; my bathroom and kitchen drawers look great, I love those things!  But I also have my batteries stored in a plastic dog food container.

My clothes are organized by color; sounds crazy but when I’m choosing my outfit for the next day, it’s really kinda cool to not have to rummage through my entire closet looking for that one purple sweater I want to wear!!

My jewelry is organized in trays, as are my socks.  My undies are a different story tho….

I even have a binder with all of my important information so when that day comes and I need my passport, credit card info, etc, it’s in one place.  And, when it’s my time to meet my Lord all of my necessary documents are in one place for my kids.

So, why do I make my bed?  And why am I a neat freak?  It’s comfortable, looks great, I’m more creative and relaxed, and happier!

Have a great night and make your bed tomorrow morning!!

In my personal goal of becoming more organized; I wanted to make my grocery lists organized too (is that not crazy!)  So I have created my own “shopping list”.  And since I did I have seen some posted on Pinterest so I thought I’d share mine, guess I’m not the only one out there that feels this need.

When I write my shopping list on a piece of paper, I scribble.  And I scribble all over the page with frozen items in with the fruit items, dairy in with the paper products, you know what I mean right??  So most of the time I end up back tracking through the store frustrated and really wanting to get the heck out of the store OR I undoubtedly forget things (I’m not the only person to do this right?).  The trick however, is to remember to take it along with you when you go shopping!!!!  I don’t know how to help with remembering, I struggle too…

My list is not fancy or decorated to make it look pretty, it’s just a list, plain and simple, which is how I like my life these days.  I hope you like it and will give it a try, I really don’t want to be the only lost soul in my store with an organized list!!

Cheers my friends!

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Happy New Year to you all!!  I appreciate each and everyone of you that have been following my blog and commenting!!  Thank you!

I’m looking forward to posting more recipes and craft idea’s this year and I hope you enjoy them too!

In my family, and in most families in our area, we eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day, it started as a PA Dutch tradition to bring good luck for the new year to come.  One year I bucked the tradition and made stuffed shells….can’t say that I can report anything more tragic than the previous year.  I have not broken the traditional dinner since then.

What are your traditions for the New Year Day celebrations?

According to some conversations I’ve heard, you are either a fan of homemade cranberry sauce or canned.  And this is true as there have been many members of my family that will only eat one or the other.  For me, it has to be homemade.  My Mammaw taught me how to make her recipe and for years that’s exactly how I made it.  Until about the last 7 years.  I started to cook the berries on the stove and each time I made it I would vary the ingredients.

But this is by far my favorite!

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1 bag of Cranberries

1 cup Apple Cider (or water)

1-1/4 cup Sugar

Pinch each of Nutmeg and Ground Cloves

1/8 tsp Cinnamon

1 T Brown Sugar

1/4 tsp Vanilla

Zest from an orange, and the juice

Wash, drain and pick through the cranberries.  Place the berries in saucepan and add the cider (or water) and cook over a medium heat until the berries have popped, this should be a low simmer.  Stir often and don’t let them boil!!

Reduce the heat to low and add the sugars, the spices, the orange zest and juice and stir until the sugar is melted.  If you have some berries that have not popped you can mush them while you are stirring the mixture together.

When the sugars have melted, remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla.  The sauce will thicken as it cools.  Once cooled cover and refrigerate.

You can really change this up with some different flavors; I’ve added honey, orange marmalade, mango nectar, different liquors, and apples.

This is great served with your holiday meals or as a condiment on your sandwiches.  Enjoy!

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This is going to be short and sweet.  You MUST try this hot chocolate!!!  I have never liked those packets of hot cocoa that you just add water!  YUK! For me, my choice was always just simply Hershey’s Coco powder, sugar and milk.  I have stepped it up a bit!

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It’s thick, rich, creamy, just completely sinful!

For two servings you will need:

2 squares of bittersweet chocolate or semi-sweet if that’s what you have

1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk

1 T cocoa powder

1 tsp sugar

1/8 tsp vanilla

2 cups of milk

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In a small bowl, add the 2 squares of chocolate, the cocoa powder and the sweetened condensed milk.  Place in the microwave for about 30 seconds.  Stir to make sure the chocolate has melted and blended together, if you need to put it back in the microwave, only do so for about 5-8 seconds.  You don’t want to over heat this mixture.

Pour the milk into a small saucepan and heat over medium low heat.  Do not let the milk over heat or boil.  When the milk is warm, add the chocolate mixture and the sugar , stir for about a minute to blend together, I used a small whisk~that works wonderfully!  Immediately turn off the heat and move the pan from the hot burner.  Add the vanilla, give it a quick stir and serve immediately.

You can top with whipped cream or marshmallows and a drizzle of chocolate sauce!

You will want to cuddle up with whomever you share this with, its just that romantically good!!

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I bought some root beer and a pork roast to make pulled pork sandwiches along with a root beer barbeque sauce (recipe posted soon) and I immediately thought of making a root beer float….as I was sipping a cup of hot cider.  So I just went and made an apple cider float instead.  And boy oh boy was that yummy!

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It’s not all that difficult to make, the amount of ice cream and cider you use depends mostly on the size of mug you use, you really don’t need a recipe but here is what I did.

Of course I pulled out the BIGGEST mug I had and filled it with vanilla ice cream.  I’m sort of ashamed and yet a little proud that I used about 1-1/2 cups of ice cream…well, it was actually frozen yogurt but anyway… I heated 3/4 cup of apple cider with a dash of pumpkin pie spice, it’s not just for pumpkin pie…its combination of all the spices I love so why not!!  Heating the cider is not necessary but I love that it melted the ice cream and made it so much more creamier and the heat also helps to blend the spice into the cider instead of it just floating on top.

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Then I poured the hot spiced cider over the ice cream, put on a big dollop of whipped cream and drizzled it with caramel sauce, instant heaven!  I curled myself up with a blankie on the sofa and watched a Christmas movie while enjoying my new treat!

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