Tuesday, April 20

I Need a Chill Pill

Just went to see my doctor today and I can’t help but feel uplifted and full of joy!
What? Going to see your doctor doesn’t make you feel the same? Oh, that’s because you don’t have my doctor. She is the bees’ knees (British term which basically means she’s awesome).
I don’t even have to tell her much of what’s ailing me, just on the line of, and she tells me the rest. “That’s right, that’s right,” I say, shaking my head and wanting to hug her, and feeling most happy to not even have to pay for the visit.

When I was in America, I was under HIP health insurance, and Medicaid when I was poorer. Neither health coverage systems left me feeling cared for, to put it nicely. Under Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) not only can I see a number of caring doctors and specialists, but there’s no different care given to me than given to a rich person, no one asks can I afford the bill before seeing me in their office, and because I’m a diabetic I don’t have to pay for my meds of any kind. I love the NHS! I wish all American’s could have access to this type of tax-covered care. Now with that said, the clinic needs more spaces in the parking lot and could use a better ventilation system in the waiting room… and… and… can a person ever be truly satisfied? :)
(photo by Renjith Krishnan / Freedigitalphotos.net)

Monday, April 19

Chocolate Covered Bacon Strips


An elderly man lies dying in his bed. At death's door he suddenly smells the aroma of his favourite treat, chocolate covered bacon strips wafting up the stairs. He gathers his remaining strength, lifts himself from the bed and slowly makes his way out of the bedroom. With laboured breaths, he staggers down the stairs into the hall and gazes into the kitchen. Here, spread out on the kitchen table and worktops are trays of chocolates, including his ultimate favorite chocolate covered bacon. A final act of love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he leaves this world a happy man.

Mustering one great final effort, the old man throws himself towards the table and lands on his knees. He reaches out a withered hand towards the tray of his favorite treat - when WHACK!
He's suddenly struck with a spatula. "You stay out to those," his wife yells at him. "That's for the funeral!"

(I just had to tailor this joke to fit this picture from Marini's candy store in Santa Cruz, California) Sorry :D 

Saturday, April 17

Cool Items That Cost Money

I think this is just smashing, and not because it's my favorite colour pink. It's an MP3 Carrying Case that comes with a built in speaker.

The sound comes through the perforated metallic layer. It can be clipped onto your jeans or carried in a handbag. And it only cost  $8.80 from Forever21.com

I probably won't purchase this because I've made my own MP3 carry case with felt and beads. But this one's far better.


Ever sit to dine at a restaurant and don't know where to safely put your purse or handbag? This stylish Jeweled Purse Hook allows you to bling out while you hang your purse under the table with style. It has a high polished finish and foamy surface underneath to prevent slipping off the table. This little bling only cost $3.80 from Forever21.com

Fantastic jeans, but that's not the cool item I would love to have.
It's the jean chain.
It's off the hook!
At about 7 bucks, it's a high polished decorated, two clasp chain with beaded accents and twisted strands. Forever21.com again. 

If ever in one of their stores, you might shop like crazy. I know I would.


 

Great earrings! To know me is to know that I'm an earring fanatic. And these two really float my boat. I would definitely purchase these Jewel-Encrusted Zipper earrings for $5.80, but the Threaded Earrings featuring a coiled edge and large teardrop design for $3.80 I wouldn't purchase.
 
Because lots of people are getting these, and why not, they are beautiful, it's the reason why I wont get them. 
I like to be a bit more unique.

Both earring sets found at Forever21.com, of course.

Thursday, April 15

Coconut Cookie-Balls and Almond Sandies

Baking cookies is a thrill. It’s quick, it’s simple, it thrills your senses, and I dare say it’s just about fail proof. Oh, yes, and they are delicious!

My ingredients included Splenda which is a sugar substitute, ideal for diabetics like myself. The cookies are really buttery so they aren’t diet cookies by far, just sugarless.

The two following recipes are a combination of different ones, tweeked and twisted into perfection. I can now say they are my own concoctions.


Coconut Cookie-Balls
Get 3 bowls
1 cup of softened butter
1/2 cups of Splenda (or sugar)
1 medium egg
2 tablespoons of cold water
1 teaspoon of lemon extract (optional)
2  1/2 cups of plain flour
3/4 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of flaked dried coconut


In first bowl cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. In a separate bowl crack your egg, (I always do this separately in case there’s something in the egg that’ll make a woman scream). Beat the egg, add the water and lemon extract, then combine your two bowls into one. In third bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt and coconut. Combine everything together, stirring with a knife, then mush with fingers.

Roll the dough into balls in the palm of your hand. Make all different size balls and place on an un-greased sheet or pan.

Bake for 10 minutes in a preheated over at 175 degrees C (350 degrees F).
Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes then much out!


Almond Sandies
(You can also use Pecans or Walnuts)
Get 3 bowls
1 cup of softened butter
1 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup of Splenda (or sugar)
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
4 cups of plain or all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of chopped almonds

In first bowl cream together the butter, vegetable oil and the sugar until smooth. Crack eggs into second bowl, whip and then ad the vanilla to it. Combine both bowls into one. In third bowl mix your flour, baking soda, salt.


Combine all of the ingredients, then mix in the almonds. Roll the dough into balls in the palm of your hand. Place balls onto un-greased sheet or pan, 2 inches apart. Take a fork and flatten the balls leaving fork tracks for effect. (All professional like)

Bake for 10 minutes in a preheated oven set at 190 degrees C (375 degrees F) or until you see cookies browning around their edges. You don’t want them to brown all over because then they’ll taste burnt.

Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes then much out!
My hubby approved of the finished product. We all did. It was Awesomely delicious if I do say so myself.

This pic shows just half of the batches that came out of my dough mixtures.

Let me know if you give these a try. All the best.  Eve

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My Spring Make-Over

Spring has sprung! And lot’s of people believe Spring means spring cleaning around the house. Sure it can, but it also can mean sprucing up ones look. Recently, I’ve been inspired by two awesome blogs to give a go at re-styling myself. I turned to UmaPreve for makeup tips and to Bglhonline for hair styling dos and don’ts.

Please don’t let my pictures reflect poorly of the advice found on both wonderful sites, I take sole responsibility for my own look. 

I applied bright colours to my eyes (silver and purple) and lips (raspberry) then blackened my eyelashes with mascara. Applying flattering colours is not an easy thing to do. I applied a light foundation to my face but it didn't do anything for me so I washed it off.

I released my hair from wet twists and gone buck natural. My hair feels soft and spongy, kept asking my husband to bounce his hands on my head to see how bouncy my hair was. He loves me natural. And so do I. Chances are I’ll probably never perm, straighten or ad extensions to my hair again. (This year)

I pinned a fabric flower in my hair and played around in my jewelry box picking lots of pinks and browns (My two favorite colour combos).

So thank-you to the two lovely blogs, I shall be returning often. As you can see I need plenty more tips.

And back to Pink and Brown, did I mention that it's my absolute FAVORITE two colours. I made myself a jewelry set featuring these two colours in varying degrees.

The earrings, necklace and bracelet took me nearly 3 hours to complete. I purchased the pieces in New York last summer and finally got around to working with it. I think the outcome is pretty sweet.  What do you think?

I feel selfish if I make a really nice jewelry set and keep it for myself. But I think I deserve something nice too. This is the first complete set that I've kept just for me.

Doll Collecting

I didn't know there was a stigma attached to collecting dolls!!

I was recently made aware of this on a few dc blogs. According to some sources, doll collectors are weird loners, live in lala land, speak to inanimate objects, don't have friends, and are spooky and stuck in childhood.

Learning of this almost made me want to hide my hobby, keep it from family and friends, and blacken my windows incase someone sees a doll in my hand.  NOT! 

There are nearly 200+ dolls in my possession; Action Men, My Scene, Get Real Girlz, Barbie, etc. Collecting dolls puts a smile on my face, gives me something to invest disposable income on, and affords me a silly topic to blog about sometimes. It doesn't hurt anyone and doesn't cause me stress. It doesn't freak out my husband, and... it's without a doubt the best hobby I'm enjoying at the moment. So who cares what some say, everyone has to love something.
(Doll bedding created by me- my sewing hobby)

What do you love?
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