Woodsy reindeer Wreath

Isn’t this reindeer wreath just adorable? It is not hard to do, and it is a lot of fun! You can even make one as a Christmas gift for someone, or you can make your own cute little wreath to hang up just in time for Christmas!! Happy Holidays Everyone!

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Materials Needed:

10-inch square of corrugated cardboard
Pinecone wreath, with a 7 in. opening or make you own, using 2 large bags of pinecones and a twig wreath for the base,
just hot glue pine cones and arrange and use smaller ones as needed until your wreath is completely covered.
A pair of Scissors
Marker, pencil, or pen
Adult-size brown knit ski cap, or if you can’t find brown, use pink for a girl, etc.
Pair of brown or black gloves
Several handfuls of fiberfill stuffing, a large 16.oz bag should be fine.
Low-temperature glue gun
Cloth-covered floral wire
1 red pom-pom (2 inches wide)I used a plastic red Christmas ball to make it look shiny.
2 white pom-poms (each 2 inches wide)
Two 1/2-inch circles of black felt
Small piece of brown craft foam
1 yard of wide ribbon, I chose a plaid pattern, but you can use whatever you like
Small bells (optional)

How to make it

Lay down the cardboard with the wreath centered on top of it. Trace around the inside hole, then remove the wreath and draw a second circle about 1 inch bigger than the rough one. Cut along the line for the bigger circle.

Stuff the hat and gloves with fiberfill. Place the cardboard circle in the hat opening and glue about an inch of the hat material to it. Let dry.

Carefully push the hat through the wreath until the cardboard back is flush against the back of the wreath. To hold in place, crisscross two pieces of floral wire across the back of the wreath and attach to the wreath to create a cross support.

If your wreath has a built-in hanger, make sure that it’s at the top, then glue the red pom-pom nose and white pom-pom eyes onto the hat. Add a black felt circle to each eye.

Cut ears out of brown craft foam. Ours are 4 1/2 inches tall. Wire the ears in place (just push floral wire through the foam and wrap around the wreath).

For each antler: a) Cut three 18-inch pieces of floral wire. b) Fold down the top inch of each wire. c) Insert the wires into the glove opening and up to the tops of three fingers. d) Twist the three wires together at the bottom of the glove and attach the antler to the wreath frame with this wire. Repeat with the other glove.

tie the ribbon into a large bow. Use floral wire or a pipe cleaner to attach the bow (and bells, if you like) to the bottom of the wreath.

If your wreath did not come with a hanger, make a wire loop at the back of the wreath and hang

I made this wreath and the photo’s belong to me, but it was not my idea, I just followed the instructions for my wreath here, http://spoonful.com/

IMAGINE

GsNJNwuI-UMImagine my surprise !!   I just received a very wonderful award, the IMAGINE award, given to bloggers for their creativity and devotion to their blogs!!

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I want to thank the lovely Dawny Hosking  she  nominated me for the imagine award!! Thank you again Dawny ,  Dawny is a lovely blogger and a Fibro Warrior Goddess, with an amazing blog, You can visit the goddess here:    http://dawnyhosking.wordpress.com/  Dawny is a very creative writer, her posts are always well written and entertaining, I love all her illustrations as well!  She writes some Poetry, along with other well written posts!  her posts are always from the heart, which makes her an amazing blogger!!

A sampling from the Dawny Hosking blog :

Daily Dose of Passion

He would be watching

She dare not look back, could not.

His face would haunt her.

Written by Dawny Hosking.

This is the Imagine award, you paste on your blog.

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What Is the IMAGINE award?

“The Imagine Award” is an award created by Jenn Mulherin (who is the writer of the blog “My Fibrotastic Life!”) in October of 2013. This award was made in order to recognize the bloggers who express their passion and dedication towards their blogs through their creativity.

How is creativity found in a blog?

“Just like beauty, creativity is in the eye of the beholder. There are many unique ways which bloggers can express their creativity. Creativity can be displayed through:

  • Words (such as writing fictional stories or real life experiences, poetry, quotes, using metaphors, etc.)
  • Pictures (this can include photos, comics, computer-drawn pictures, etc.)
  • Videos
  • The layout of the blog page

And here’s what you need to do to accept the award of glowing acclaim:

“In your post which is dedicated to your award…

  1. Copy and paste the award to your post.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog page to your post.
  3. List 3-5 things about the nominator’s blog that you like (which you think are very creative).
  4. Nominate 5 other bloggers/blogs which you think display a fantastic use of creativity and imagination.
  5. Notify your nominees.
  6. Copy and paste The Imagine Award to your blog page.

*If you decline The Imagine Award, that is okay, but please pass the award to a blog that you find to be very creative.”

And the nominees are:

My First nomination without a second thought goes to in my opinion the greatest, most creative girl on the blogosphere,  imjustsupersaiyan  She is so very creative, she needs her own comic strip, T.V. show, E-book? ( DRUM ROLL PLEASE) Welcome the Lovely http://imjustsupersaiyan.wordpress.com/  Here is a snippet from one of her posts, She drew this and draws all of her artwork ….. SHE IS AMAZING!

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Image credit: http://imjustsupersaiyan.wordpress.com/

My Next nomination goes out to a blog I have really enjoyed reading, it is very funny and witty, and the illustrations are amazing it is called Live Nerd Repeat here is the link, http://livenerddierepeat.wordpress.com/  I fell in love with the illustrations as well, it is very well written and here is a snippet from one of the posts, You can click on the link and visit this blog to read the entire post with Iggy the cat it is hysterical!

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Image Credit: http://livenerddierepeat.wordpress.com/

My next nomination goes out to one of the most ingenious blogs out there named The Middlest Sister. Here is the link: http://themiddlestsister.com/  This is a blog written about the memories of growing up with 4 sisters with author Nicole Belanger Smeltzer being the middlest, all of the illustrations for this blog are painstakingly cut out from scraps of paper found around the house and in the recycle bin, it is one of the most unique blogs I have ever seen and was even featured on freshly pressed, here is a sampling from their blog.

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Image credit: http://themiddlestsister.com/

My next nominee is from a very wonderful cooking blog called Mamma’s Gotta Bake. http://mamasgottabake.wordpress.com/   Her recipes are simply beautiful here is a sample recipe you will find on her blog.

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Image credit: http://mamasgottabake.wordpress.com/

This is a recipe for  Pumpkin Streusel cake click on the link for recipe!http://mamasgottabake.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/pumpkin-streusel-cake-with-chocolate-glaze/   Please visit this blog  http://mamasgottabake.wordpress.com/ and get many more delicious recipes!!  She is a wonderful blogger and you will find lots of yummy recipes on her blog!

And my final nomination goes to one of the best cooking blogs on the blogosphere it is called Daisy’s World and here is her link http://daisysworld.net/ She has such a wonderful blog her recipes and photo’s are outstanding here is a sample recipe from her blog!

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Image Credit: http://daisysworld.net/  This is a delicious recipe for orange buttermilk pancakes with blackberry maple syrup. for the complete recipe click on this link http://daisysworld.net/2013/09/18/orange-buttermilk-pancakes-with-blackberry-maple-syrup/

Congratulations to all my wonderful nominees. I hope you all accept, and as  always I think each and everyone of my followers are truly special, and I appreciate you all Another thank you to  Dawny Hosking   for my nomination and to all my loyal readers. 

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Image credit: http://www.google.com/    ALWAYS IMAGINE

Weekly Photo challenge: The Hue of You

The Hue of You “For this challenge, we want to keep it simple: share a photograph with a prominent color (or assortment of colors) that reveals more about you. It could be a symbolic, meaningful shade; a color that expresses how you currently feel; or a combination of colors that excites you and tells a visual story. http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/hue-photo-challenge/

Yellow mood

Yellow is the hue I chose that most reflects me, Just seeing the color Yellow puts me in a great mood, Yellow is warm and sunny, and friendly…. Yes I love the color Yellow, Don’t you?

An Award, The Word Press Family and a beautiful friendship

Hello everyone, I just found out that I won an award this morning  You are part of the word press family award, and I am super humbled, I was so excited to win this award for a couple of reasons I really have grown to Love Word Press and all the wonderful people I have met!! Everyone here at WordPress is so supportive of one another, and it really does feel like you are part of a family! One of my good blogging buddies Michelle,from imjustsupersaiyan nominated me, She is part of my word press family, and She is a very creative girl, her drawings are what attracted me to her blog in the first place, but her humor, drawings, and all around personality have kept me there, She is an amazing blogger, and a very cool girl, you should visit her site Here is her link, http://imjustsupersaiyan.wordpress.com/ Here is the Avatar she has made me! She is so cool I just love my Avatar!

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Image Credit:   
http://imjustsupersaiyan.wordpress.com/ 

Here is a link to  the nomination post, and all the cool Avatars she made for everyone!  http://imjustsupersaiyan.wordpress.com/2013/10/16/wordpress-family-award/

Being Part of the word press Family means a lot to me. Here are a few things about me, So you may get to know me better.

I have a beautiful daughter, who is grown and lives in LONDON

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I love anything Dr. Seuss especially the GRINCH:

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I have a dog I rescued from hurricane Katrina her name is Katrina as well.

Katrina likes to garden too!

I love to do arts and crafts, I made this reindeer wreath for my mom to hang up for Christmas!

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I love to garden and I always put this flower ( hibiscus) in my garden!

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I AM PART OF THE WORD PRESS FAMILY AWARD

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This award was made by Shaun @  http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com  “I am part of the WordPress Family Award”

Rules:

1. Display the award logo on your blog.

2. Link back to the person who nominated you.

3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your wordpress experience and family

4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them

5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people that have taken you as  a friend, and spread the love
Now it is time for the nominations:

  1. http://teepee12.com/
  2. http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/
  3. http://prettypinkpebbles.wordpress.com/
  4. http://anintrovertmind.com/
  5. http://myvividvisions.com/
  6. http://clickychickcreates.com/
  7. http://dawnyhosking.wordpress.com/
  8. http://booksandcoffeegirl.wordpress.com/
  9. http://catherinelyonaddictedtodimes.wordpress.com/
  10. http://purplerosemary.com/

Chicken Cutlet Parmesan Hero

Hello everyone, I hope everyone is enjoying the week-end! It  is  such a beautiful fall day, the air is crisp, the leaves have turned beautiful colors of reds and golds, such a wonderful and glorious day! I also wanted to take a minute just to thank all of you, for all the love and support, I have received since starting my blog, from readers, and  other bloggers, this is such a wonderful community of people, and you really made me feel at home, and  welcomed, I appreciate each and every one of you, and Thank you!  Today I will be showing you how I make Chicken Cutlet Parmesan, this is a simple recipe, that you will really enjoy, Let’s get together some ingredients,  You will need a package of boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, if you like your chicken thin, then you can purchase thinly sliced cutlets all ready for you, or you can buy a big package of cutlets and slice them up to  whatever thickness you prefer, You will need to figure at least 2 cutlets per person,  I sliced these cutlets myself, I usually do a medium thickness, I don’t like them to thick or thin, put your desired cutlets on a plate.

NOTE: whenever you are dealing with any meats, especially poultry, it is always a good idea to wash your hands each time you touch the raw meat, before grabbing anything else, spices, cabinet doors etc. it is best to gather everything you need ahead of time, to limit the amount of times you will need to do this, and of course when you are all finished with everything, wash down everything the raw meat was exposed to very good! with hot sudsy water, and an antibacterial soap or a few drops of bleach.

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 package of chicken cutlets ( thinly sliced) or desired thickness.
  • 1 jar of  tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups of bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 16 oz. package of fresh mozzarella,  thickly shredded, or you may buy a package already shredded
  • 2 tbs. of fresh Romano or parmesan cheese
  • 1 loaf of Italian bread  ( you may add pasta as a side if you prefer)
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • Spices
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt

Preparation: Pre- heat oven to 350 degrees.

Gather all your ingredients,  gather 2 bowls and 2 plates, put 2 eggs in a bowl, and half of all the spices 1/8th of a teaspoon, of each in with the eggs mix well.  put the bread crumbs in a bowl, thinly slice your cutlets or put prepared cutlets on a plate, sprinkle the rest of the spices all over the chicken. dip the chicken in the egg mixture, let excess egg mixture drip back into the bowl, and then press the cutlets into the bread crumbs, evenly covering both sides, put on a clean plate, repeat this process until you have breaded all of the chicken,  heat your oil about an inch deep, into a large frying pan, or skillet, lightly fry each side until it is a nice golden brown color, carefully turn the chicken over, ( Note: Oil is extremely hot, use caution when turning over the chicken, never put your face too close to the pan, and never ever go near the pan if your hands are wet, or where there is water, oil and water do not mix , please use caution>  when the chicken is lightly browned, remove from skillet and place on a paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil, slice your Italian bread lengthwise, add your browned chicken, top with 1/2 cup of tomato sauce and all the cheeses, put hero face open on a cookie sheet, bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted, use pot holders, and close the sandwich and bake a few minutes more, use your pot holders to take baking sheet out of oven, let cool for a few minutes, and cut into desired pieces, That’s it! Enjoy!!!
I have this pretty little pie plate, and it really works great for breading things, take out your eggs, bread crumbs, and get a plate ready to lie your freshly breaded cutlets on as well, Here is how we got to this point!

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Put your chicken cutlets on a plate

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Get all your spices ready and now it is time to add the spices to the chicken and to the eggs. sprinkle your chicken with the spices.

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Now add the spices to the eggs, and mix it up really well

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Now put everything neatly together, and begin breading your chicken

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Now it is time to fry the chicken in just a inch or so of vegetable oil

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Remove the chicken from your skillet, and place on a paper towel lined plate, to drain some of the oil, now it is time to gather the rest of your ingredients. and pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

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Slice your loaf of Italian bread lengthwise, top with your chicken cutlets,  top with 1/2 cup of your favorite sauce, and  then sprinkle with 3/4 cup of freshly grated mozzarella cheese. sprinkle with grated Romano or parmesan cheese.   bake at 350 degrees until cheese is nicely melted, around 15 – 20 minutes.

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Now you are ready to enjoy!  Bon Apetit’  Thank you for cooking with me, I hope you will come back and enjoy more great recipes with me!

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Liebster Award

For Me?    I just won an Award  The Liebster Award, and I am tickled PINK, Thank you so much to the lovely Michelle, Nicole from Ruminations of an Introvert  Here is my nomination Post!

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Well I just got nominated for the Liebster Award, and I am  so excited!  I would like to thank  Ruminations from an Introvert! for my nomination, she has a very lovely blog, you should check it out! here is her link  http://anintrovertmind.com/

The Liebster Award is a “favorite blog award”, as Liebster is the German word for favorite, beloved, or dearest. It is meant for smaller blogs with less than 200  followers to help expose them to the world and help them discover other new and upcoming bloggers.

In order to formally accept this award, the nominee must do several things

1. Link back and recognize the blogger who nominated them.

2. Answer ten questions given to you, by  the person who nominated you

3. Nominate ten other bloggers for the award.

4. Create ten questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Notify your nominees.

You may copy and paste the award on your blog!

Here are my ten questions to answer:

1. What made you decide to start a blog?

My beautiful daughter Nicole, she thought I would be good at it, she said Mom, you should start a blog, and so I did!

2. What is your guilty pleasure

I love to read, so anytime I can steal away and read a book, is my favorite guilty pleasure, ah yes, and chocolate!

3. If you were an ice cream flavor which would you be?

Strawberry, it’s pink and girly, and really sweet!

4. You’ve just won a contest and can live anywhere in the world for 1 year. Where do you go?

London, My daughter is grown and lives in London, so I would want to be with my favorite girl!

5. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a writer, as a teenager I wrote a lot of poetry, and reading and writing are still my favorite things to do

6. You’re stuck on a deserted island with one other person. Who is it?

Cody from dual survival, he is a survivalist and I want to get out of there!

7. What one thing do you wish you did more or had more time to do?

I wish I could spend more time with the people I love!

8. What is your favorite memory?

The birth of my daughter Nicole, nothing beats that!

9. If you could witness any moment in history what would it be?

The building of the great pyramids of Egypt, How cool would that be?

10. What is your favorite holiday and why?

Christmas, It is the birth of our savior,  it is also a time when family gathers, and all the wonderful sights and smells, it is a time for giving and Joy, yes Christmas!

Now it’s time for the nominations:

  1. http://imjustsupersaiyan.wordpress.com/
  2. http://dawnyhosking.wordpress.com/
  3. http://catherinelyonaddictedtodimes.wordpress.com/
  4. http://soiwentundercover.wordpress.com/
  5. http://domesticdisasterdiary.wordpress.com/
  6. http://maazzy.wordpress.com/
  7. http://ieatthepeach.wordpress.com/
  8. http://clickychickcreates.com/
  9. http://cjbailee.wordpress.com/
  10. http://lifebeinggirly.com/

 

And here are your 10 questions:

  1. If you could come back as any animal which animal would you choose? and why?
  2. What is your favorite color?
  3. If you could spend the day with any famous person who would you spend it with? and why?
  4. what super power would you love to possess and why?
  5. what is your favorite season?
  6. If you could  travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
  7. what is your favorite food?
  8. use the first letter of your first name to pick a single word to describe you
  9. what is the one invention you wish didn’t exist?
  10. what is your favorite movie?

Daily Prompt: Exhale

Tell us about a time when everything seemed to be going wrong — and then, suddenly, you knew it would be alright

MY MOM THE STROKE AND A NEW PERSPECTIVE

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It was November 2009 Thanksgiving had just passed, and it was 2 days after black Friday, I was at work at the time, and really was not used to getting any personal phone calls at work, after all, I had a cell phone, which is how people normally got in touch with me, as I was getting ready to leave for the day, one of my co-workers had exclaimed that I had a phone call it was waiting for me in the office, how odd I thought, nobody calls me at work, so you could imagine the butterflies that were turning in my stomach, as I reached for the telephone,

On the other end of the phone, was my sister, who voice was not one I had easily recognized, the anxiety, the fear, the whole of the unknown, had reduced my usually rational sibling, into the rant and ravings of a voice that had sounded more suitable belonging to a toddler, she sounded like a baby, as she wailed and screamed, it’s Mom, I think she’s had a stroke, blackness engulfed over me, as I felt at that very instance my heart being ripped out of my chest, I fell to the floor, truly inconsolable, as I sat there wailing, one of my dear friends who had been there with me in the office, had the right frame of mind, to call my husband, he shortly arrived, and was able to get the information needed to get to the hospital, and where we needed to go, he lifted me off of the floor, and into his arms and carried me to the car,

As he started to drive to the hospital, I looked at my husband and sobbed, No not my mom, she’s too young,  I can’t lose her, I just can’t!  at 66 years old, my mom seemed to me the picture of health, she worked, kept an impeccable home, babysits for her grandchildren, helps out my sister’s with their houses and such, it just seemed impossible just 2 days before, she had hosted thanksgiving at her home, and rivaled a feast equal to one prepared by Martha Stewart herself,  at the time, I really did not know too much about someone having a stroke, I have heard the word before, and I associated it with, death, being paralyzed, memory loss, I was ignorant, regarding this disease, it was not a good thing, I knew that for sure,

When we arrived at the hospital, I wasn’t allowed in the room where my mom was right away, I was informed, that the doctor was in with her, and I would have to wait, finally when the words I had been waiting to hear, ever since I got that dreadful phone-call, ” you can go in and see your mom now” arrived, I went into a dream like state, trying to prepare my self for what ever was to be, on the other side of that curtain, I imagined my mom, my hero, my best friend, would not even remember, my name, or who I even was, I pulled myself together, and vowed for my mom’s sake, I would be strong, and not break down in front of her, or upset her or any other member of my family,

When I walked in to see my mom, my eyes, looked over her in silence, her face, wasn’t drooping, she didn’t look much different, I put my hand in hers and was surprised when she squeezed it tightly, she looked up at me, and said, ” Annmarie, ( Sigh of relief) she knows who I am, Did you see the doctor they brought into me, now that is a fine-looking man, I don’t think I ever laughed so hard in my life, but I somehow knew in that instance, everything was going to be o.k.

It’s been 4 years since MoM had her stroke, she suffered permanent paralysis on her left side, but she is ALIVE and she is here with us, with the love and support of her children, she was able to remain in her home, it is a pleasure to care for her, and give back what she has given to us her whole life. I remember when I first heard the news, I silently vowed, if given the chance, I would be different, and I can honestly say I AM, something in that moment changed me forever, I appreciate my life more and the people around me I don’t take a single thing for granted, somehow the sun is brighter in the mornings, and the flowers smell sweeter, I don’t mind long lines, and traffic isn’t such a big deal, I smile at people walking by, and always have something kind to say, and when my Mom came over last week, and said to me, isn’t it a beautiful day today? I said, Yes mom it is, and I think to myself, Everything is going to be o.k.

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