Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy 1/1/11

Another year is starting, the pages of 2011's book are blank waiting to be filled with nice moments, adventures projects and goals... Today as everyday is the time to live, be happy and love.

Thanks You God for giving me the opportunity to start another book of experiences. Hope that 2011 will be even better year for you, me and all of Gods creations!!!

Friday, December 31, 2010

ready, set?... 2011

After much consideration I finally have my resolutions for the year 2011. 
For 2010 I basically went back to my previous ones, analyzed them, decided to take some off some and add some, for this year I decided not to look back and just do what my heart feels like. Also for this year coming up I'm gonna try to be more in tune with what I need and what I want, so it goes something like this...
-Exercise more is a classic resolution, isn't it? So I just won't use it, and it's not because I don't need to exercise (God knows I do!) but because that just should be part of our daily life and not something that I need to resolute about, so instead this year, my resolution goes more like; Have more discipline. And that is Resolution #1.
- Eat less is also not one of my resolutions, mainly because I just love to eat, so my resolution instead will be Eat in smaller portions but more times a day and healthy as well, resolution #2
- Stay away from negative people just doesn't cut it, mainly because it is hard and some times you just have to deal with them whether you like it or not. So instead, I am going to focus this year on; Irradiating love and positive vibes with my mind and my spirit, Resolution #3.
- Now, the main question is; How am I going to irradiate love and positive vibes? Well, that takes me to my resolution #4, find time to quiet my mind (through meditation, silent moments and metaphysical thinking) and spirit. It seems to me that life is so hectic nowadays, I am constantly thinking, talking, worrying, analyzing, etc, so this year I really need to find the time to quiet my mind and my spirit, and to me a quiet mind/spirit = God, peace, harmony and love.
- Work harder is also not on my list, because this year I am going to concentrate on less procrastination at work which basically is more like a "reverse psychology" of  "work harder", but oh well, that will be my resolution #5.
- Last year one my favorite ones was to read a book a month, well, I don't think I read 12 books but I did read a lot, so that one I intent to keep but I am going to try to go beyond my normal subject/styles of books and explore new areas; resolution #6.
- Resolution #7 is to be more organized/neat around the house but specially around the kitchen, I know this is a constant issue for my husband about me and I figure if I add it here and make my "messiness" public I will make a real effort to be better.
- I love to travel, I need to travel, it's just in blood and in my heart to go places, meet people, see the world, so this year another one of my resolutions is going to be even organized with our finances, save up for a little scape with my husband, resolution #8.
- Resolution #9; give, give, give, give... whether is love, advice, money, material things that I don't need but others might, I feel that the more I give, the more that comes back to me. In my heart there is a HUGE special place for animals and I would love to volunteer more for them... I have lot's of ideas that hopefully will develop into amazing project in 2011.
- My last resolution (#10) of the year is a "shared one" with my husband, we have been talking about a resolution of Weekly Date Night, and although all the details are not quite set up yet, basically it's going to be; One of us gets to choose a date night a week (no matter where we go, as long as it's out of the house) and one week he gets to choose and the next week I get to choose, the person that doesn't get to choose that week has to do what the other has chosen! It's going to be fun : )
I am all set to start partying this year and continue into the next... We are having a party tonight at home and it should be lots of fun!!!
So, here's to everybody having a wonderful end to 2010 and that the year 2011 will be filled with good intentions, love, health, peace, harmony and abundance of blessings!!!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

it's all about sharing...

Today I decided to honor my spirit of sharing and post the recipe for the wonderful dessert I made for Christmas Day, for those that are all about easy, tasty, chocolate desserts, this is a must.

Fudge Chocolate Trifle

1 box (1 lb 2.3 oz) fudge brownie mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on brownie mix box
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules or crystals (optional)
1 box (4-serving size) chocolate fudge instant pudding and pie filling mix
2 cups cold milk
1 bag (8 oz) toffee bits
1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed 

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease bottom only of 13x9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray.
  2. Make brownie mix as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs and adding coffee granules. Spread batter in pan. Bake as directed on box. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  3. Cut brownies into 1-inch squares. Place half of the squares in bottom of 3-quart glass bowl. Make pudding mix as directed on box for pudding, using milk. Pour half of the pudding over brownies in bowl. Top with half each of the toffee bits and whipped topping. Repeat with remaining brownies, pudding, toffee bits and whipped topping.
  4. Cover; refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Store covered in refrigerator.

Yes, it's that easy!!! And trust me, it is good, so enjoy and let me know how it goes?

Have a great day.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

resolute on resolutions

Christmas is long gone and today I don't have much to post about. Weather is still pretty dark, gloomy and cold (for us!), work's not being very busy plus this week we had 2 holidays at the island.

Being that Christmas Day was on a Sat. and Boxing Day (that they also celebrate here) was on a Sunday, then the government "declares" the observance of Christmas and Boxing Day on Monday and Tuesday... To me it's just another reason to waste days and being even lazier during the season... I work on retail/tourism so most holidays don't apply.

photo found here

I am already thinking about the New Year and new resolutions, to many resolutions are a waste of time, to me is another way to welcome a new year with better and new goals and projects, it's exciting!

Soon I will be posting about my new resolutions and I courage you to think of at least one, c'mon I know u want to!!!! Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

end of the year projects

It's been a while since I share my latest amigurumi project on my blog.

For this Christmas I made my biggest project yet. I made it for my friend Linda's little girl, Daniella...

Unfortunately I didn't carry my camera to the party so I don't have any pictures of her with her new Gromit, but I do have pictures of him... here it is.

I thought this was going to be my last project of the year but then I reconsider and now I have a new one started.

The thing is that a few months ago I found out that my cousin Maria Jose and her husband Jose are expecting a baby. After much trouble getting pregnant and a few doctors even told her it wasn't going to happen. Well, she always had faith and God listen to her and many of our prayers, so she is due in late May, having a baby boy, and guess who is going to the Godmother? Me, me, me!!! I am so excited...

Now I have started a new and hopefully the first of many projects for my "soon to be" Godson, Julian... This is what I am working on.

Pretty, uh? I think is so sweet... So far I have most of the Sun ready (only missing the rays), the clouds and one side of the rainbow. Will post some pictures of them later...

Well, today I am back to work, weather is pretty crappy, very windy and cold, don't think we are going to be very busy... Have a great day!!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

mini Christmas vacation

Our Christmas was very nice, low key but we got to spend it with family and friends, which is what really matters.

The biggest gift we got was for the house and our enjoyment, a set of  Bose Companion 3 speakers. Our Toshiba TV has very poor audio so sometimes when we watch movies we needed to use this old speaker that my husband had and that were already broken.

These new Bose ones a very good quality and perfect to replace the old ones, the sound is super nice and crisp.
On Christmas Day we had a brunch with my Brother and SIL, to celebrate Christmas but also his birthday, we had a little chocolate birthday cake for him and we even sang Happy Birthday but at the time I didn't have my camera handy so I didn't take pictures, I know my SIL did, so I will share some soon!

Later than day we went to our friends Duncan and Linda's house, they invite us every year so this one was our 5th time there. We had waaaaay too much food, I took a dessert (like I do every year) but this year there were about 3 other deserts. Mine was a Fudge Chocolate Trifle and it was really good...

Dessert almost finished...
Today is my last day off, then I go back to work but I will still have the weekend off (1st and 2nd) then back to work on the 3rd for the rest of the new year, LOL!!!

We are having a New Year's Party at our house and I think this one will be the biggest since we started having one from 3 years ago, I am excited and I think it would be so much fun... Any plans on your end for the New Year celebration??? Come and join us if you'll like : )

Hope everybody in the Big White North is keeping warm and that snow and storms and not affecting them too back. Blessings to all!


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