Saturday, August 19, 2017

~BFF





A while back I posted the above book in the book section that runs down the left-hand side of my blog.  In the process of doing so, I typed the title of the book into the designated field in the little form that's supplied, but I typo-ed it.  

What I inadvertently typed made me stop in my tracks for a second, especially considering the sort of afflicted state of mind I was in at the time, as those things can go.

This book has such a pretty and soft cover design, and the title is very sweet and inviting.  

Yet, I didn't type its sweet and inviting title, Best Friends with God, into the field.

What I typed was this:

Beast Friends with God

This flub spoke to me on a very deep level, as it's sometimes necessary to #beastmode it with God, and sometimes falling flower petals are just annoying (and maybe even downright repugnant) to your spirit.

That being said, I'm sure this book is probably wonderful, and one shouldn't judge a book by its [perfectly suitable and attractive] cover--or title.  I'm simply recounting #alittlemoment I experienced.

#besties?
#beasties.

And just because I sometimes think about this little section in my Jesus Calling notebook, here is a snapshot of my list of all of the entries that address the importance of not just persevering through troubles, but of actually being thankful for them.

Easier said than done?
I know, I know.



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Sunday, August 13, 2017

~A SPRINKLE FOR MY SISTER





A friend of my sister's hosted a "sprinkle" for her, as she's expecting her second child very soon!  I thought I would post pics of this event since thoughtful and creative things were done by everyone, and the hostess's house looked so cute.
















Gigi's Cupcakes = yummytummytime.



A game was played whereby each guest cut off a piece of ribbon, estimating the length that would wrap around my sister's belly.  Wrapping the ribbon around one's own belly while measuring was against the rules!  I actually won this game, probably because I'm around my sis quite often and have had plenty of time to look her over ☺











omg. the tiniest blue jean skirt ieverdidsee.



























I spotted this "It's a Girl!" glass at a party supply shop, and my mom did the most adorable floral arrangement inside.  She also had me paint a sun on it, and I used water-based acrylic paint, which didn't cover very well.  Plus, when condensation formed on the glass when I took it outside to photograph it, I wiped it off and accidentally wiped off a few of the sun rays and had to repaint them.  So a different type of paint would be better for something like this.






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Monday, July 31, 2017

~LIP BALM MONDAY





My sister gifted me with some Love & Toast lip balms for my bday, and I was thuh-RILLED, because I had been wanting some of them for yearrrs.




Love & Toast's brand name and product packaging are spectacularly cute, and it turns out that what's on the inside gets an A+ as well...

These lippies are all-natural and contain the following ingredients:

olive fruit oil
beeswax
jojoba seed oil
shea butter
cocoa seed butter
natural flavor
hemp seed oil
aloe leaf
vitamin e
stevia leaf extract


The consistency of them is very good--there's a bit of tack, but they're buttery too.




Here's my impression of each flavor that I have...

Green Tea & Mint:
Just as expected; sublty minty with a tea-like tinge.

Rose Sorbet:
Like a natural rose, but not sugary, so sorbet-like?--I don't know.  The scent is neither too faint nor too strong, which is good because that can be a tricky line to walk with rose-y products.

Ginger Fizz:
This one smells just like powdered sugar donuts (!?) and has an extremely subtle gingerale-like tinge to it as well.

Strawberry Fields:
I don't have another strawberry-flavored lip balm that's quite like this.  It's kind of candy-like, yet not too sweety-sweet, and it has a bit of a tart pluck to it.  Interestingly enough, 'strawberry sorbet' would be a fitting name for it.  At times I think I might smell a cotton candy-type note as well.

Limeade:
They hit the nail on the head with this one, as I love its very natural-smelling/tart scent--it has a sour citrus note that hasn't been sugared down into sappiness (so to speak).  Yet, it does have a sugary note, as it should, because limeade (lime juice + sugar + water).




I'm really going to enjoy wearing these lip treats, and I thank my sis for her thoughtful gift--it was a kiss on the lips, for sure!







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Friday, July 21, 2017

~SUMMER CUPCAKE JOY





My birthday was in June, and my mom told me she wanted to make me a cake; however, I told her I wanted some chocolate cupcakes with 7-minute frosting instead!

I hadn't had this type of frosting in yearrrs, and I can't remember exactly what brought it to mind--but let's just say that I'm glad my memory was triggered because it's sooo delicious.  It's a great cupcake-topper for summertime, as it isn't heavy.  Mom put edible flowers on hers, and as you can see, the colors are fun and cheerful.

There are two types of 7-minute frosting recipes out there; one calls for granulated sugar, and the other, powdered sugar.  My mom used one with powdered sugar (such as this).  The consistency of the frosting should be silky and glossy, almost like melted pearls.

She made a granulated-sugar version a few weeks after the first batch, and the consistency was frothy and bubbly--not good at all.  I don't know if that outcome was due to the granulated sugar, a bad recipe, or a fluke.  

Mom thinks the granulated sugar creates a different kind of frosting, but I'm puzzled, because looking at these pics, I see that this frosting looks like it should.  I don't know exactly what recipe she used for either batch, so I'm just googling.

A final note: 7-minute frosting does not stand up well at all in heat, and it should be gobbled up within a day or two, as it kind of deflates and its texture changes after a certain amount of time has passed.



*Come to think of it, this frosting would probably work really well for Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter.  I'm imagining different toppings and color schemes. It's just full of potential.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

~SNACKIN' SATURDAY: HONEY-ROASTED SESAME STICKS




Aaaah, yes.

The pint-sized, distinctive-tasting treats that are sesame sticks are yummy enough in their original/plain form, but I've recently discovered the charms of flavoring them with...honey!






It all started at the Dollar Tree, where, on their shelves, I espied a small bag of snacks which included plain walnuts and almonds, along with honey-roasted sesame sticks.  Realizing I hadn't eaten sesame sticks in eons, I snatched up a bag.  

While munching away (after buying them, of course), I found myself leaving the nuts and gobbling up the sticks only.

I was smitten.




I started to wonder (and worry) about whether they would be easy to find, and solo at that, so I could snack away without the distraction of other things.

Lo and behold, a few days later, as I moved toward the checkout at Kroger, I caught sight of a display full of treats, and one of them was what I was in search of!  Pictured is the little container which was my prize find, and there is no brand name on them (but the ingredient list is a-ok, so they aren't sketchy!).  The display appeared like it might have been temporary, so I'm going to go back and ask some questions.

When I was at Whole Foods a few days after that, I had the inspired idea to look for some in the self-serve snack aisle, where the dispensers of seeds and all sorts of sundries are located.  Lo and behold, there was a container labeled, "Honey Sesame Stickes," but alas, it was totally empty.  I don't know if this is a temporary or final thing, so again, I plan to go back and ask some questions.

#SesameStickSpySquad.

When googling these scrumptious things, I see that both Amazon and Walmart carry some by a brand called Sincerely Nuts, so that is promising. I'm guessing wholesale stores such as Costco, Sam's Club, and BJ's might sell them, for those who have a membership to such a place.  Sometime in the future, I might grab my gigantic magnifying glass and head over to Fresh Market and Trader Joe's in search of some.

So yes, do give these cuties a try.  They're tasty by themselves, in salads, and even dropped into soup!  And let's not forget the pizazz they can add to snacks like Chex- and trail mixes!

*Note: with the sesame sticks I've had, the honey is incorporated into an outer coating that's a bit sticky; it's not simply mixed in with the other ingredients that make up the sticks, and this is the key to the whole shebang.





*Many thanks to this pretty lantana for a sprightly photo-assist ;)


*After publishing this post, I realized that "Fresh Lock" might be the brand name of my sesame sticks--I had assumed that phrase was just a description of the packaging.

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