Monday, July 18, 2016

Raising a Family

Constant busy days often prevents parents from spending quality time with their children.

Life is short and by the time we open our eyes our children are adults, yet parents tend to bind themselves constantly with so much to do for themselves and not for their children.  As I have observed the generation of today, I have noticed that work, meetings, church activities, out of town conferences, constant phone interruptions, computers, social media and caring for themselves instead of being there for their off spring, keeps parents more away from their children making it impossible for them to get to know what their children are doing and feeling. 

We as parents have been given the most precious gift God could ever give us in this life and we are counseled by spiritual leaders to not get ourselves so involved in so many other activities that may prevent us from being there for our family. The family is a sacred institution that needs watering constantly with love, affection, compassion, attention and time...quality time.

How much quality time are we spending with our family is the main question. I personally see very few parents taking the time to spend it with their children. It is not about money, social status or a bigger home or is all about family unity as one. Eating dinner together, sharing each others days, listening carefully to each others feelings, sharing your dreams and goals and being there when needed is all our children need.  Your children are your flowers and by making sure your family is a special one is being there for each other and share the love so your flowers can blooms and procreate throughout your garden. Add the vitamins they need to bloom uprightly.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

From Photograph to Sketch

Art is a gift and it is a gift that is born inside many people that can see life and view events in a whole new window than everyone else. Some people express their art in paintings. hair creations, dance, nail design, sketching, home decor and in so many other forms of art; but no matter which type of art abilities you may sure is a beautiful gift and it should be treasured. 

My grand-daughter Paloma is a great painter. Her paintings are displayed throughout her home, but this last week she decided to sketch for the first time her own face and I think she did a great job.

This is a photo of Paloma...

and this is the sketch version she did of herself.

I laughed when I saw her little stand up nose because she has my nose.
I think she did a good job in sketching herself.
Good job Paloma.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

All Grown Up

 I am just so amazed on how quickly children grow up. Just a few years ago my grand-daughters were born and now they are teenagers attending high school and driving. I think I am getting old.
But I was happy to get these lovely pictures from their vacation to Florida in June.
They are lovely.

So this is my high school girl Paloma (16) and she is now driving...that is scary, but my son says she is very careful when she drives.

 And this is our baby girl Natalia (14) a middle school girl who is the sweetest doll ever.

Love our baby girls, they are our joy.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Quick and Easy Dinner on the Run

I have been on the run for the past 4 weeks. Between some medical tests, church callings and helping other people that need help has made my cooking a bit difficult. So what is a girl on the run to do...quick but healthy dinner served with protein smoothies that are fabulous.

Here is one dinner I loved and have made it twice since then. My massive salad with all kinds of veggies, raisins, Quinoa with some vegan sweet potato chips. I make a massive salad bowl full of all kinds of veggies twice a week. I eat from this bowl of greens twice a day, but the nice thing is having it all ready made and all I have to do is add some more items to make the salad pop...this particular salad had cooked Quinoa & sliced avocados...DELICIOUS!!!!

It sure was a wonderful meal.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Being Frugal is Not Being Cheap

As an extreme couponer I have over 40 bottles of body lotions and about 15 or 20 jars of expensive high end face creams and moisturizers that I got for free. But getting everything for free doesn't mean I should waste them. I am a very frugal lady I try to get everything I can out of those almost empty bottles & jars of creams and lotions. When my bottles of lotions are almost all emptied,  I turn them upside down for a few days to let all the inside contents go down to the opening of the bottles. Then I cut open the bottles with scissors and I get all the cream or lotion out of them.

  In the photo below you can see all the bottles and jars that were emptied out.

I then unite them all together into a bowl and then I mix them well. I got to fill 1 full jar from a few bottles of almost empty out lotions and creams. 

 Being frugal doesn't mean you are cheap, it just means you are smart to not waste or spend unnecessary money that can be used in other ways.

Be frugal and save money.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Lovely Yards

The an outdoor room that deserves just as much attention and beauty as the inside of our homes.

Here are some great manicured yards that may give anyone the desire to decorated the outside of their homes this year...take a peek, they are lovely. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Easy to Make Arepas (Spanish Tortilla)

When a desire for arepas comes along there's nothing I can do better than to make my homemade ones.

My Arpeas are made from gluten free flour, non dairy butter, salt and a hint of sugar. Lightly grilled on my Cuisinart Panini presser or skillet, then dressed beautifully with fresh organic spinach, a sliver of organic firm tofu, tomatoes and melted dairy free provolone cheese. It is absolutely delicious.

Here is my recipe: 

2 c. gluten free flour
1 tsp. salt- and 2 pinches of sugar
3 tablespoons non-dairy butter (softened)
1/3 c. melted non dairy butter

Mix flour & salt. Add melted butter, mix well and then add slowly the milk. Add more milk if needed to the dough mixture. Knead gently then spread the arepas in your hands, place them on a hot pan (med. heat), then turn them over just to brown them lightly, that's it.
Easy and scrumptious!...enjoy.

From My Caribbean Vegan Kitchen to yours...SALUD!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Re-Organizing the Clothes Closet Again

Hi there,

I have been asking myself a a question for a while now and for some reason the answer has not arrived yet. How does our closets get messy after a few months from having them cleaned out and properly organized? 

Maybe I am going crazy but it seems like my clothes closet has to be rearranged and organized every week. The clothes suddenly get out of order and the blankets inside my closet are always a mess and I am the only one living here...Me, myself and I...only little old me!

I had cleaned and organized my clothes closet in the Spring and this week I had to re-organize everything back the way I had it then. Now all the clothes are color coordinated and they are back and I hope the messy witch doesn't visit my closet for a while. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Genealogy Reasearch

I have been working a lot on my family tree. I have been fortunate to go back to the mid 1700's on my paternal grandmother's side of the family. But it is a very tedious job and many long hours to sit on the computer. 

Doing my genealogy has brought many tears to my eyes especially when I read their death certificates about the way my ancestors lived and how they died. But on the other hand it is a joyful feeling to know that some of them had a much easier life with maids because of their status or income. But either way...just by knowing who they were and where we come from is a big joy for me.

Researching my genealogy is a beautiful thing for me to do and it brings much knowledge of those that have passed on and those you have never met.  

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.