Well, maybe butterflies do.
I stalked this Western Tiger Swallowtail like a seasoned paparazzi from TMZ.
Easy on the eyes for your Sunday enjoyment.
Well, maybe butterflies do.
I stalked this Western Tiger Swallowtail like a seasoned paparazzi from TMZ.
Easy on the eyes for your Sunday enjoyment.
I do. Have a secret.
Not gonna tell.
But you’ll be the first to know.
Well, not the first, but high up on my list.
Maybe not super high on the list, but you definitely won’t be the LAST to know.
You can guess, but I’ll never tell until I do.
P.S. A good secret, nothing bad, neg, dark, sad.
Angela & Roi is a luxurious yet accessible online handbag brand with a ‘Donate by Color‘ social mission.
By innovating traditional channels, utilizing vegan leather, and engaging with customers directly, they’re able to create high quality and luxurious handbags at a revolutionary price point, while supporting cancer and disease fighters in a unique way.
Learn more at www.AngelaRoi.com
P.S. I was sent an email about this company but have received no compensation nor product. This post is merely informational.
The #VionicWalkabout spotlights personal wellbeing by bringing people across the nation virtually together to walk for health.
All it takes is a simple pledge to walk 30 minutes everyday for 30 days in an effort to create healthy habits.
This year’s Walkabout challenge is being co-sponsored by Vionic shoes spokespeople Dr. Andrew Weil and celebrity trainer Juliet Kaska, and runs during the month of February – which is national Heart Health month.
Pledgers will receive exclusive wellness insight from the world renowned Dr. Weil and fitness tips from Juliet Kaska as well as the chance to win prizes from Vionic shoes, to the grand prize of a all expense-paid trip to Napa, CA!
Make Your Pledge Today – sign up for free online: http://www.vionicshoes.com/2015-vionic-walkabout
What’s a Walkabout?
A Walkabout is an Australian journey for well-being during which one seeks to clarify his/her life purpose. The Vionic Walkabout challenge is inspired by the Aussies and aims to improve physical and mental well-being by creating healthy habits over the course of 30 days.
Vionic sent me these cool shoes and I’ve been walking all over my city. They’re super comfortable, lightweight, and give my heels and high arches all the support they need. As always, I’ve received product, but no compensation, and all opinions are mine.
My Neighborhood #Vionicwalkabout
Stopped for a picnic at Magee Park in Carlsbad.
The park was full of well-groomed collies!
Start your #Vionicwalkabout today and be healthy!
There’s still time to start walking and win a trip to Napa!
WordPress bloggers, were you as saddened as I was when Zemanta disappeared from our writing template sidebar?
I know I was super disappointed. 😦
Zemanta was my FRIEND.
I loved the personal assistance with tags, related content, links, and photos.
I depended on Zemanta especially as a beginning blogger in 2012.
Zemanata was my writing guru — I like to think he’s sitting in the living room next to me as I type — shirtless, gently guiding my hand to choose correct tags while he performs his squats and lunges and pushups (oh wait, my fantasy intrudes, ha ha!) …and imparting a lot of knowledge about the mysterious world of SEO in the process.
Well, it’s BACK like MAGIC!
Just go here to Zemanta and download the version that works for you.
Zemanta is awesome, just sayin’.
P.S. This is NOT a sponsored post, totally my own opinion!
Dear WordPress, What Am I, Chopped Liver? received a lot of views and commentary, and for that, I’m grateful.
I think that my slighly whiny, sour grap-y, mini-chip-on-my-shoulder rant resonated with the great un-Pressed in our blogging community.
A wise and wonderful new friend who blogs at SERENDIPITY Marilyn Armstrong -Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth, used her magic fingers and creative mind to design an award that I’m ecstatic to be able to share with those I deem worthy, and that’s mostly EVERYBODY.
Read her post: Not So Freshly Pressed? Help is on the Way for more details.
I’m hopeful that we can start the ball rolling until everyone — everywhere — will feel appreciated and special!
The simple beauty of this award is that you don’t have to perform any task or answer any questions; YOU ARE SPECIAL JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE, and I like that a lot!
Please pass it on and share the love but…here’s a reminder from the creator of this award:
You can accept this and you do NOT have to give it to anyone else unless you want to. You can also do it eventually, when you have time. Don’t get stressed over it. 🙂
Here ya go for my first group of deserving bloogers.
I won’t stop until everyone is a recipient and we all feel like a winner.
The Fur Files http://thefurfiles.com
She Walks Softly http://wp.me/pfQBz-5wF
Our Growing Paynes http://wp.me/p2GO4t-va
Michelle at Play http://wp.me/p1UOvK-2ac
The Presents of Presence
Cowboys and Crossbones http://cowboysandcrossbones.wordpress.com
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
I was originally gonna post about the Pope from the perspective of a perplexed Jewish Princess, but the commentary I’ve read from yesterday’s post necessitates a change of direction!
My stream of consciousness initial thoughts about the whole surreal Pope flying away on the helicopter thing…Kiss the ring–germs on the ring–destroy the ring–all those men… I tried to do the math in my head and wonder how many of the men surrounding the Pope as he left are pedophiles or were once molested by a priest, That, in a nutshell, is the post I planned to present to you.
Yesterday I wrote a post of appreciation for My Life with Lucille mostly ‘cos she’s a wonderfully sweet person and she bestowed upon me (Enchanted Seashells) a nomination for the Epically Awesome Award of Awesomeness.
Are you following me so far? Stick with me, it’ll all begin to make sense.
The Rules For The Epically Awesome Award Of Awesomeness:
1. Tell 10 epic and/or awesome facts about yourself. That’s it.
2. Pass it on to 10 bloggers you think are awesome and/or epic–or both.
HERE ARE TEN FACTS (Confessions) ABOUT ME, ME, ME….
1. As much as I love my Chanel Grand Shopper Tote, I have a favorite t-shirt my son gave me about six years ago, full of holes, and I wear it ALL the time.
3. If, for some reason, I don’t have a book to read, sometimes I’ll read a cookbook until I fall asleep
4. I LOVE to clean house. I really do. That doesn’t mean I want to clean YOUR house, so please don’t ask.
5. I’m five feet tall. I confess that I have a Napoleon Complex. I get lost in a crowd.
7. I know NOTHING about Google Analytics. I can barely cut and paste html into WP widgets.
8. Once in a while–when my tugboat man and I are out shopping or running errands, i get really dressed up, keep my (Chanel) sunglasses on inside, and pretend I’m a famous actress and he’s my security, and sometimes I hear people whisper, “Who’s that? Is that somebody?” This is very, very true.
10. My favorite holiday is my birthday because every seven years, Mother’s Day and my birthday fall on the same day, which makes my son’s birthday in March my equally favorite day to celebrate.
Let’s recap and clarify…yesterday’s post was all about My Life with Lucille. Today’s post was all about ME, Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain’s Wife.
Whew! I feel better, how about you?
MY NOMINATED BLOGS, and especially UnfetteredBS
This is an eclectic group of writers, love them all and there’s only sposed to be ten or I’l add everyone!
My Life as Lucille is awesome.
Her awesomeness isn’t just my own Enchanted opinion; she was honored with the Epically Awesome Award of Epic Awesomeness, so it must be true!
But there’s more to this epically awesome story.
“…I had a little giveaway a while back. She didn’t win.
I really wanted to give her a little treat.
So I gave her this coupon.
Now she has a coupon for some Blog Fab and a shiny new award. She’s just that EPICALLY AWESOME.
7. I’ve been told by many people that I’m the funniest person they’ve ever met. Funny things pop into my head. A lot. Thank God for Twitter.
8. I have EPIC expectations for myself. As in, it’s never ok in my world to fail or not be perfect or do something perfectly. This tends to lend itself to some EPIC anxiety. This is NOT awesome.
9. I can teach anyone how to read. When I say anyone, I mean anyone. I know the secret.
10. I get about 700 pageviews per week. Without getting into pageviews v.s. visits and stuff, I think that’s pretty AWESOME. Especially considering I only started using Google Analytics 2 weeks ago. What’s even more EPIC though? YOU. The person sitting right there in front of your (insert device name here) taking time out of your busy day to read what I wrote. Thank you. You have helped me grow as a writer, a member of the blog community, and as a person. And you have shared my site and my words with your friends and readers. You read a post. And then another. You left me a comment. You tweeted me. You joined me at #wineparty. You posted on my facebook page. You cared about what I had to say. You listened. And that, is what I call EPIC.
I’m gonna post my Enchanted Seashells Epically Awesome Award another day.
Your apple pie tutorial.
An apple pie with attitude.
If you are one of the many boys and girls (OK, adults) who’ve never made an apple pie from scratch and you don’t want to meet the Grim Reaper without having made at least one perfect apple pie, you’ve come to the right place.
I’m right here, holding your hand, gently walking you through all the steps and twists and turns to create the best apple pie you will ever eat. Guaranteed. Fur realz. I know you can do it! Once you’ve mastered one pie start to finish, you will never be afraid of a little old piecrust again. Pinky swear.
The apples you choose are of the utmost importance. They need to be firm and tart and able to stand up to the heat of a 425 degree oven without becoming mushy as the pie bakes. (For my Canandian friends, you’ll have to do the conversion–I’m not that smart.)
Squeeze a little lemon juice over the slices for a pop of flavor and it’ll help keep the apples from turning brown.
Unless I’m making apple jelly, I put the peels in the compost bin, and so should you!
This is one time when I use white sugar and don’t feel guilty about it–about 2/3 cup or to taste. Some apples need more sweetness, some need less. The most important ingredient is cinnamon. The right amount of cinnamon elevates the apple pie to a higher level. I use approximately 3-4 tablespoons. I do a lot of tasting, so it’s a good idea to add a little at a time and taste as you go. My family loves a LOT of cinnamon!
When you feel that your apples and sugar and cinnamon have reached the zenith of blissful co-existence, sprinkle one tablespoon all-purpose flour over the apples and mix lightly.
I like my mom’s favorite cookbook for old-fashioned recipes.
It’s not rocket science. This is a tried and true basic recipe for a two-crust pie. I don’t like to use butter in this crust because I don’t want any other flavors to taint the apple+cinnamon perfection. I know you can use a food processor and it cuts the time in half but sometimes the most satisfying part of baking is to be fully immersed in the process as much as the final results!
For a nine-inch pie pan:
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup shortening
Four tablespoons water
What does “cut in” mean? It means you need to distribute the shortening into the flour so that the particles become the size of peas. This is what makes pastry flaky. Use a pastry blender to cut shortening into flour. If you don’t have one, use two knives and this technique: holding a knife in each hand with blades almost touching, move knives back and forth in opposite directions in a parallel cutting motion. The side of a fork or a wire whisk works, too.
Mix only until all ingredients are worked in. If you overwork pastry dough, it’ll become tough. Sprinkle the water in a tablespoon at a time, mixing lightly with a fork until all the flour is moistened. Gather dough together and press into two balls for the upper and bottom crust.
Flour the board or counter and the rolling pin so the dough won’t stick. There are all kinds of fancy schmancy rolling pins–I’ve been really happy with this old wooden one. Flatten the balls with your hand. Roll each ball into a sort of circle; don’t go all crazy thinking it has to be perfect at this point. If it breaks or tears, just pinch and push it back together–about 1/8 inch thick. For an apple pie, I think the bottom crust needs to be a bit more sturdy than the top crust–roll accordingly.
Roll into a circle two inches larger than pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and sides.
Pile high with the yummy apples.
Redo the same steps with the other round for the top crust. Cut off the extra dough that hangs over–leaving enough to fold under.
I wanted to add an enchanted seashell embellishment to the final version.
I molded leftover dough over a scallop shell, cut off the excess, and placed it on the pie.
It will bake quicker than the pie–remember to take it out after about ten minutes and place it back on the pie before serving.
Bake at 425 degrees for about 45 minutes or so until it’s bubbly and the crust is beautifully browned.
Come on, add this to your list of goals for 2013 and let me know how it turns out!
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One of my new besties, a very lovely lady who writes Tonettejoycefoodfriendsfamily, nominated me for the prestigious Liebster Award. This is a wonderful and unexpected honor, albeit a teensy bit sad, because it’s meant to draw attention to deserving blogs (the happy part) who have less than 200 readers (the sad face part). However, I will carry on with a smile as the glass half full kinda gal I am, and proceed with the rules.
I need to nominate 11 other under-appreciated blogs with less than 200 followers. Hey guys, I appreciate you! Please visit them and give them some love because they are very interesting to read and are authored by brilliant and creative writers. Some have a bit more than 200 but I really enjoy them so much I wanted to help others make the discovery, and I think I actually have chosen 12, but whatever, I never like to follow rules. And since most of the time I believe the world revolves around me (well, it does around MY house!) and it’s all about me, I can mess with the rules just a bit. Next comes 11 juicy tidbits about myself, then answer 11 questions sent to me, and create 11 questions for my chosen group.
Eleven random facts about ME you really want to know!
1. My grandfather was a rabbi
2. I was in the movie “Stuntman”
3. I fell down a manhole when I was three-years-0ld
4. I once interviewed Bob Hope
5. I know someone who knows someone who went to the Skyfall premiere
6. I love animals more than 90% of all the humans on Earth
7. I’m from the midwest
8. I could probably have a big win on Jeopardy-my head is full of useless information
9. I’ve taught school
10. My husband says I use a shovel like a man (he meant it as a compliment; I was not amused)
11. I haven’t eaten meat since I was 16-years-old
These are the questions that I had to answer:
Do you live now where your family lived? My mom and dad and I moved from the mid west to San Diego, and my brother lives in on the west coast but not nearby; don’t keep in touch very much with the rest of the family
Do you like to live in the city or the country? I like where I live now, near the beach with a bit of hills, and the city about 30 minutes away. I want a little bit of everything!
Do you prefer to visit the city or the country? Definitely the country– to go hiking, camping, skiing. The city is only good for shopping
In what ways do you consider yourself the most creative?(Name as many ways as you’d like.)
I think I’m a pretty creative gluer of seashells and I try to put words together like I arrange my shells and rocks and beach glass
What do you see yourself doing in 5 years? I would like to build my copy editing/proofing business and maybe have the two books I’m currently working on done and published as well as the reality show I want to pitch to ANYONE and you’ll be seeing me on all the talk shows looking very fashionista
What would you like to try that you have not done before? Ski without being petrified of going too fast and falling.
Is there any place in particular that you have never seen that you would like to visit? France
What would you change about the world if you had one quick wish? No animal or child abuse
Rank these(1,2,3,4):books, music, sports, movies You did it for me, I would keep them arranged exactly the same!
What are your 3 favorite holidays? (Whatever you celebrate) My son’s birthday, Christmas, Hannukah, wedding anniversary (I chose 4)
Here are my questions for you:
1. How old were you when you first learned to read?
2. Name two of your favorite books.
3. What’s your favorite holiday dessert?
4. What is a Merchant Marine?
5. Who is your role model?
6. Who is your favorite movie star?
7. Do you make new year’s resolutions?
8. What’s cluttering up your life?
9. Do you drive a car or a truck?
10. Do you know how to change the battery in a smoke alarm?
11. What is your best home remedy for a sore throat?