Tuesday, March 29, 2011

if i could...

...i'd wear

my hair like this

while wearing this dress

with this necklace

russian navy on my toes

with my carly bag

...today.  just in case you were wondering.


Monday, March 28, 2011


i am dwelling in these lyrics today.  the pictures that this song paints in my mind are amazing, eternal, heartbreaking, merciful, endless...

my prayer is that this not only pierces your heart, but that these passionate words propel you today to fulfill His purpose for you and those around you.

I see the king of glory 

Coming on the clouds with fire
The whole earth shakes

The whole earth shakes....


I see his love and mercy 
Washing over all our sin

The people sing
The people sing

Hosanna in the highest [x2]

I see a generation 
Rising up to take their place
With selfless faith

With selfless faith

I see a near revival 
Stirring as we pray and seek
We're on our knees

We're on our knees


Heal my heart and make it clean 
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me

Break my heart from what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdoms cause

As I go from nothing to 

[Chorus x2]

Hosanna in the highest

i am convinced that neither death nor life, neither
angels nor demons, neither the present not the
future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth,
not anything else in all creation, will be able to
separate us from the love of God that is in Christ
Jesus our Lord.  

Romans 8:38-39


Sunday, March 27, 2011

it's cookie time

does that title ring a bell?  here's that scene from troop beverly hills...one of mine and my seeesters fav's growing up.  :)

today, cookie time around here consisted of yours truly making outrageous chocolate chip cookies.  i tweaked it a bit, but here's the recipe...

1/2 c butter
1/2 c white sugar *
1/3 c packed brown sugar * 
1/2 c peanut butter *
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 c all purpose flour *
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c rolled oats

* i used 1/3 c white sugar; i made my own brown sugar by mixing 1 c white sugar with 2 tblsp of molasses; all natural laura scudder's smooth peanut butter; king arthur unbleached white whole wheat flour

preheat oven to 350 degrees.  cream together butter, white sugar & brown sugar until smooth.  stir in peanut butter, vanilla & egg until well blended.  combine flour, baking soda & salt; stir into batter just until moistened.  mix in the oats and chocolate chips until evenly distributed.  drop by tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheets.  bake for 10-12 minutes until edges start to brown.

nom nom


Friday, March 25, 2011

honey pied sale!

all the dolls in my shop are on sale!  for the rest of march, those sweet things are buy 1 get 1 half off + free shipping!  they'd make any girl smile on her birthday or be a great big sister gift.  one of these little loves has already been reserved for a friends world vision child.  love that!

i figure they'll be moving to new homes soon, so i had them get together for one more family pic...

if you'd like me to make one for a little girl in your life, just convo me on my etsy or comment on this post.  thanks in advance  for stopping by!

happy shopping,

Thursday, March 24, 2011

yummy edamame

this had been a really yummy go to snack lately.  i know i've shared this via fb, but i thought i'd post this great recipie.

you'll need:

1 (12 oz) frozen shelled edamame (green soy beans)
1 tblsp olive oil
1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste

preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  place the edamame into a colander and rinse under cold water to thaw.  drain.  spread the edamame beans into the bottom of a 9 x 13 in baking dish.  drizzle with olive oil.  sprinkle cheese over the top and season with salt & pepper.  bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is crispy and golden, about 15 minutes.

nutritional info per serving:
141 cals; 8.5 g fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 7.7g total carbs; 2.9 g dietary fiber; 10.3g protein

bon appetit,

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

lovely liz

here are some of my favorite photos of this gorgeous woman...

source 12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Monday, March 21, 2011

mexican lasagna

time for din din...

you'll need:

1 lb. lean ground beef or ground turkey

1 oz. pkg. taco seasoning mix

1 (14 oz) can peeled/diced tomatoes w/ juice

10-12 (6 in) corn tortillas

1 c prepared salsa

1/2 c colby cheese (shredded)

preheat oven to 350 degrees.  in large skillet over med/high heat, brown ground meat.  stir in taco seasoning and tomatoes.  line a 13x9" baking dish with half the tortillas.  spoon the meat mixture into the dish, then top with the remaining tortillas.  spread the salsa over the tortillas and sprinkle with the cheese.  bake @ 350 for 20-30 minutes or untill cheese is melted and bubbly.

mucho bueno


Sunday, March 20, 2011

color me red

so many times, red is that pop that i add to an outfit or that go to color to jazz up a room.  here are some red fav's...

my vintage necklace

ariel's hair

marilyn's sweater

sarah's house mud room

essie lacquered up

audrey's rosy background

have a rosy day,

Monday, March 14, 2011

paula deen gooey butter cookies

ok y'all, it's bible study night!  and I'm bringin' the sweet.  i decided to make ms. paula deen's gooey butter cookies for this lovely occasion.  beth moore & paula deen...a match made in heaven!

here is the recipe:

8 oz. room temp. cream cheese
1 stick room temp. butter
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cake mix ( chocolate, lemon, etc.)
powdered sugar for dusting

beat the cream cheese and butter together.  add the egg, vanilla & cake mix.  cover & put in fridge for 2 hours.  take chilled dough & roll into little balls (walnut size).  then roll in powdered sugar and place on cookie sheet.  bake @ 350 for 10-12 minutes.

so good!

as you can see, i made them with the lemon cake mix tonight.  :)

amen y'all,

Sunday, March 13, 2011

honey pied loves johnny vintage

going for my sunday stroll down etsy lane, i came across this amazing little shop called johnny vintage.  this shop has so many fantastic pieces...some affordable...others, not so much.  but, awesome pieces none the less.  here's a peek at some of my fav's.

extra large sunburst clock

golden pole of goodness

vintage 50's tv

50's kitchen canisters

nodding cat salt & pepper shakers

50's burgundy sofa

chic as can be pitcher & glass set

spinning wheel tv clock

and all in one shop!  need some more ceeesh asap.

love you, johnny vintage,

Friday, March 11, 2011

daniel diet

honestly, the first time i heard about such a "diet" was four years ago.  we were attending one of bay area fellowships services (in their old building) and pastor bil was encouraging and challenging the congregation and staff to partake in the daniel diet.  i.e. our body is a temple and it should be cared for. (1 cor 6:19-20; 1 cor 10:31)  this fast is based on scripture in the book of daniel.

but daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food,
or with the wine that he drank.
daniel 1:8

"test your servants for 10 days; let us be given vegetables
to eat and water to drink."
daniel 1:12

at the end of ten days it was seen that they were better in appearance
and fatter in flesh than all the youth's who ate the king's food.
daniel 1:15

i (daniel) ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth...
daniel 10:3

my main reason for wanting to do this "fast" was because of my recent stresses. (normal mommy woes) i had been drinking way too much diet soda and eating too much candy.  overall, i was cranky, tired & no where near as healthy as i need to be.  

last tuesday (march 1st) was the big day!  pay day, grocery shopping day, daniel diet supply day.  we went to our heb plus in corpus and got all the goods.  lots of fruit, veggies, frozen berries, dehydrated fruits like raisins, cranberries & apricots, beans, whole wheat tortillas, oatmeal, garden burgers, nuts,  WATER, tea...i was going to be realistic and allow myself caffeine via unsweetened tea...the whole shebang.  

limes & lemons for tea and sliced apple w/natural peanut butter for snacks

yummy sweet bell pepers, red onion & garlic jazz up your meals
w/ carrots &  cauliflower for crunchy snacking 

garden burgers wrapped w/whole wheat tortilla, spinach & home made salsa...yum!

herb roasted potato fries

plain oatmeal with blueberries

egg white omelet with sauteed onions, bell pepper & spinach

tuesday was great!  wednesday the reality set in and the normal stresses were too stressful and i cheated.  (i got some ice cream!  sigh.) back on track for thursday.  i can't remember what day it was, but i realized i needed to allow myself my morning coffee with truvia sweetener and a tablespoon of creamer.  much better.  one day over the weekend, i had another stress meltdown and had TWO thin mint girl scout cookies!  darn you girl scouts...and my sweet mother for bringing them to our house...i kid, i kid.  

at the week mark, i had had some break downs, but overall i thought i did pretty well.  i had reached my goal of no soda's or candy!  on wednesday i introduced dairy back in via hard boiled eggs, and milk for go to snacks and after workout protein.  it has been harder than i thought it would be, but with His help, i think i've turned a corner with my eating habits.  i'll keep this up and look forward to yummy fresh foods and feeling better.  not to mention this has propelled me back into working out.  woo!

 if you are interested in trying it, there are a lot of online resources.  just search "daniel diet" and you'll see plenty of sites to choose from.  they have tons of helpful info, testimonies & recipes.  check 'em out!  here are some food do's and don'ts:  

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast
All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon
All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.
All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.
All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.
All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.
All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.
Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.
Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.
All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

here's to a healthy you,
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