Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fresh Bedroom Look for Spring & Summer

Since Spring is here it is so nice to smell the fresh cut grass and the birds singing over my windows.
But here at home Spring means work. Cleaning, organizing and redecorating for the season. 

My bedroom got a fresh look for Spring & Summer. A change of color from browns and greens to a more suitable brighter color for the season and some newly sown window valances and toss pillows.

Take a look at the nice fresh bedroom.

I still need to change my makeup stool cover.

A new rug

Newly sown toss pillows

And newly sown valances to match the toss pillows.

Another project completed.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Millie's Chunky Tomato Soup

Out of all the soups I have created in the past, this soup was and will always be my favorite. This homemade chunky tomato soup came out so good that my son and I had to have seconds.
 This soup is super filling and you will not be hungry again for at least 5 to 6 hours.

Here is my recipe:

(1) 16 bean blended bag of beans by Goya
 (boil well until thoroughly cooked)
(1) 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 T. dried chopped onion
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 T. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 T. olive oil
6 garlic cloves (minced well)
5 cilantro sprigs (chopped finely)
3 envelopes of Jamon (artificial ham flavoring)
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 can of tomato sauce
In a large or medium size cooking pot mix in all ingredients, then boil the soup until soup creates a nice sauce.  Always check to see if more salt or additional spices may be needed to savor your desires.  Serve with your favorite toasted bread smeared with some butter or grilled cheese. I am still savoring this soup and I ate the last bowl of it today for lunch. I did the happy dance...oh yeah!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Lovely Corners In Your Homes

In every home there are some small corners that are lovely, if not take a moment and sit in different chairs throughout your home and take a good look at the corners in your home because what you see is what everyone sees. The corners in your home should be lovely spaces to look at.

These lovely corners make any room come alive with beauty and inspiration for others to copy from. Here are some lovely corners I captured inside my home as I sat on some of my chairs.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Good Food Display For Your Next Gathering

Each day is going faster and faster and soon Summer will be here. I had been thinking a lot about Summer and of some ways I can serve fresh fruit for our family reunion this year. I found these four fruit displays to be very appetizing. So I decided to share with you these lovely arrangements in case you are also wondering what you can take to your next gathering. Take a look, they are very appetizing.





They sure are lovely and so refreshing.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Emergency Preparedness...Part 2

Last Month our Emergency Preparedness was geared towards our 72 hour emergency backpack contents.  I posted all the medical supplies and personal papers that needed to be inside our emergency bags.

This month our 72 hour emergency backpack list continues, giving  you a list of the amount of food & water and the cooking supplies needed.

1. Make sure the food you insert inside your emergency bags are all light weight…example, instead of tuna or meat cans try purchasing the tuna and meat that comes already packed in a pouch and do the same for fruit and treats. Pouches or bags are lighter to carry than cans.

2. Pack only food items you like and food that will sustain you for 3 days. Try to make sure you have a good amount of nutritious carbohydrates, protein and vegetables. Also make sure these meals are ready to eat or lightly warm up foods only...remember this is only to sustain you for 3 days.

These are just a few photos of what I have in my backpack.

Recommended foods to pack:

-3 small peanut butter cups
-3 small ready to eat pouched of tuna fish & 3 pouches of meats
-3 packages of dried fruit or fruit in small cups
- 1 packages of fruit roll ups
-3 small boxes of raisins
-2 small ready to eat pouches of rice
- 2 small ready to eat pouches of pasta & 2 small boxes of soups
-6 small plastic bottled water 
-3 small boxed juices
-several small packages of condiments (salt & pepper) like the small packages you get from McDonald’s
-3 or 4 "small" ready to eat pouches or canned vegetables of your choice
-2 small packaged cheese
-3 protein bars
-camping cooking pots with utensils

All of these items are essential to have inside every backpack you prepare. Some of these items you may already have them somewhere inside your homes.

-small tea candles or camping fire candles or fire logs & matches. 

(to put under your cooking stove)
 -3 small boxes of matches, 2 small boxes of waterproof matches and 1 butane fire lighter

You can also include in your fire gear 2 baggies full of dryer lint, dryer lint is great to start a fire 

If you do not have any of these items, please try to gather them as soon as possible. 

For April"s purchase of the month I suggest buying:

Camping cookware with utensils 

& waterproof fire logs, You can find them in any camping store.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Emergency Preparedness...Part 1

 Emergency preparedness is so necessary. This month I want to share with you a list of needs that are essential to have on hand inside every 72 hour emergency backpack.
First, it is very important that we all have copies of all our important personal & legal papers for every person that resides in the  home. I do advice that once these papers are copied they should be shrunk to a smaller size in order to fit either in a small binder, a medium size cosmetic bag or quart size Ziploc bag. Shrinking the size of these papers uses less space inside your backpack.
These are the important papers you should have copied and shrunk:
-Living will
-Healthcare living will & medical living will
-Power of attorney papers
-Car titles
-Social Security cards & birth certificate
-Marriage or divorce papers
-inheritance lists & Driver's license
-Life insurance policies
-House mortgage & home insurance papers
-Health care insurance policies
-Rental Car, apt. or house insurance policies and rental agreements or leases
-All cemetery papers & plot deeds
with identifying plot registration numbers  
-Funeral Home “planning” papers and funeral "purchases" planning contracts
-Funeral programs
-Health insurance cards
-A list of all our doctors names, address & phone no.
-Personal list of health problems with all surgeries we may have had and allergies we suffer from.
 -Lists of medicines we take & any important medical results and diagnosis should also be included.
-Name of banks with account numbers and any other information like other people's names who are in authority to write checks, make deposits and withdraws. Also include in these papers 6 withdraw & 6 deposit slips
-List of Utilities with phone numbers & account numbers.
-A list of all the website s you need to enter into with your usernames & passwords.
Credit Cards
-A list of all your credit cards names, addresses, phone numbers & account numbers.
-Some amount of cash in small bills (ones & fives) to use if needed.
Here are the items you need to gather for your backpack:
Medical needs:
-(10) adhesive band aids (various sizes)
-(4) 5x9 inch sterile dressings
-(2) conforming roll gauze
-(4) triangular bandages
-(4) 3x3 sterile gauze
-(4) 4x4 sterile gauze
-(12) cotton balls
-(1) small roll of cotton
-(1) roll cohesive bandage
-(2) small germicidal hand wipes or alcohol base hand sanitizer
-(10) antiseptic wipes 
-(4 or 6) medical grade latex gloves
-(6) tongue depressors
-(1) roll of medical adhesive tape
-(12) small (squares) antibacterial ointment  
(12) small (square) antibacterial wipes
-(2) instant cold packs
-(2) instant hot packs
-1 ace bandage
1 soft elbow brace
-1 soft knee brace
-1 soft shoulder brace
-(1) small pair of scissors
-(1) tweezers
-1 small bottle of eye drops
-1 small tube of diapers rash cream
-1 small tube of poison ivy cream
-1 small anti itch cream 
-(12) assorted size safety pins
-(1) oral thermometer
-(1) small tube of petroleum jelly
-(1) sunscreen lotion
(1) Deet mosquito repellent lotion or Avon Skin so Soft bath oil spray
(This Avon bath oil is the best mosquito repellent)
-(1) CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
-(1) first aid manual & a small first aid kit
-(1) bottle of aspirins and (1) non aspirin pain reliever
-(1) small bottle of liquid antacid or Tums tablets
-1 small box of Alka Seltzer
-1 small box of allergy pills
- several assorted vitamins (enough for 3 days)
-1 small tube of muscle rub
-(1) small package of laxatives
-personal prescriptions-enough for 3 days

  And everything fits well in quart size Ziploc bags and inside my backpack. Part of surviving any emergency is being prepared.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday...A day To Remember

Good Friday...
A day of sadness, tears, strength, humility, torture, pain, love, compassion and forgiveness.
Jesus died for all of us.

Today it is finished...
But He shall live again to give us the the ability for us to also rise again.
Blessed be thy name Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

We Are All Queens

Many times in our lives we do feel inadequate and unloved. We tend to sometimes push ourselves down while others do the same towards us with criticism or envy. But no matter how bad we may feel, we are all queens in God's eyes. God created women with an honorable standard, with beauty, they are long suffering, intelligent, smart, great, perfectly created, hard working women with strength and filled with a heart full of love. He created them to be strong, sensitive, soft and nurturing to raise more beautiful heirs like her.

So if you ever feel less then what He made you to be, take a moment to straighten out your crown and walk proudly because you are a queen in God's Kingdom. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Home Organization...Part 3

Well here at home the organization continues. This Monday I tackled my bedroom closet. For some reason I think the bunnies come out when I am sleeping and they mess up my closets all the time. But I really needed to purge out clothes I wasn't using and really organize this closet. So I did. This is the bulging closet full of stuff and I could not even enter into it.

What a mess

too many toss pillows and so much stuff I did not need

So I organized all the gift wrapping paper, boxes and ribbons in one container, nice right.

And all the fabric pieces I wanted to keep went in one container

Up they went, out of the way.

Then I got rid of 4 trash bags full of clothes I did not wear anymore and now my clothes could breath and not get wrinkled from the compression of so many clothes.

They are now organized by like color, so now I can find the item I want by finding the color I need.

Got rid of 6 toss pillows and the others only took 1 small shelf.

Look at all the empty hangers...fabulous!

Nice organization for my purses, all in 3 drawer bin, 1 for wallets and cosmetic bags, 1 for purses and the other for large purses and clothes bags.

All my hair stuff in one 3 drawer bin.

And all the blankets and some bedspreads in one container... Now I can walk in the closet easily, I am in happy.

One more task completed.