14 October, 2011


There is a chill in the air and the leaves are turning beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red.  Autumn has officially arrived.  Last weekend I happened upon a blog that gave a recipe that seems like it would be an amazing way to celebrate the days of Fall. 

The blog Tokyo Terrace is by a woman who grew up in the Midwest, but currently lives in Tokyo.  Her longing for a Midwestern Autumn prompted her to post a recipe for Apple Cider Pancakes.  They look yummy so I thought I would share.

Here's the link to her post for Apple Cider Pancakes.  http://www.tokyoterrace.com/2011/09/apple-cider-pancakes-cinnamon-sugar-topping/

If you try this before me, drop me a line to let me know how they turned out!

Celebrate Autumn with Apple Cider Pancakes!

Luv Ya!!

13 October, 2011

Celebrating...actions that speak louder than words

A friend just forwarded the information below and I thought I'd share it here.  We've all seen it a million times before, but everytime it comes my way, I appreciate it more and more. 

A nice modern-day parable!


I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes... I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas.  I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me.

'Hello Barry, how are you today?'

'H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas. They sure look good.'

'They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?'?

'Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time.'?

'Good. Anything I can help you with?'?

'No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas.'?

'Would you like to take some home?' asked Mr. Miller.

'No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with.'

'Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?'

'All I got's my prize marble here.'

'Is that right? Let me see it', said Miller.

'Here 'tis. She's a dandy.'

'I can see that. Hmmmmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?' the store owner asked.

'Not zackley but almost.'

'Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble'. Mr. Miller told the boy.

'Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.'

Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me. With a smile she said, 'There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever. 

When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store.'

I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado, but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles.

Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them.

Upon arrival at the mortuary we fell into line to meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could.  Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other two wore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts...all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket.

Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one; each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes.

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband's bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.

'Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about.  They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size....they came to pay their debt.'

'We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,' she confided, 'but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho ..'  With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

The Moral:
We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.

So as we reflect on this, I hope that you find that it's not the big things, but the little things that make a difference. 
Celebrate...good deeds!
Luv Ya!!

12 October, 2011

Celebrating...National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work Day

As a doll collector, this day fits right in for me...National TakeYour Teddy Bear To Work Day.  I think the name of this day says it all!  So grab your Teddy Bear and have a good day!!

Luv Ya!!


10 October, 2011

Celebrating...National Kick Butt Day

I use several resources to find "special occasions" to celebrate.  One of them is Chase's Calendar of Events, published annually by McGraw Hill.  Today there is an entry that I thought was very good for most of us who are over 10 months past our annual New Year's Resolutions.  At this point, I don't even know what I resolved to accomplish this year (which means I didn't do it), but today is the day proving that it's not too late.

Today is National Kick Butt Day.  No, this doesn't mean go out and kick someone's butt.  It instead is directed at YOU.  According to the listing in Chase's Calendar of Events "On this day we commit to kicking ourselves in the butt to take action on goals we've set and not achieved, actions we've committed to but not taken, promises we've made and not kept, excuses we've created that have us stalled and difficulties we've faced and not overcome.  This is the day we get our butts in gear and move forward in out lives.  No butts about it!" 

Further research of this "holiday" led me to Sylvia Henderson's website Spring Board Training(http://www.springboardtraining.com/).  Ms. Henderson is a motivational speaker who provides "interpersonal skills for workplace, professional, & relationship success. We help people SHOW that they are as great as they say they are!"  Her site offers alot of information and is definitely worth taking a look around.

So get to kicking your butt in gear because you are as great as you say you are....do some great things and say how great you are!

...and celebrate!!

Luv Ya!!

09 October, 2011

Celebrate...in another month

I was just sitting here reflecting on how fast this year has passed and it occurred to me that there is a day coming that is worth celebrating.  Mark your calendars so that next month you can plan to celebrate 11/11/11.  The time to celebrate?  11:11:11am. 

Between now and then, we'll have to find at least 11 ways to celebrate...maybe with 11 bites of cake!! 

Luv Ya!!

02 October, 2011


Hello dolls!!  Happy October!!  Can you believe how fast this year has gone?  We are in the final quarter and I feel like the year just started.  But alas...we've saved the best for last.  I mean, the three biggest celebrations of the year are upcoming...Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas (and New Years)...LET THE CELEBRATING BEGIN!!! 

Surely we are all ready for the major celebrations, but I am here to help you look around and discover the little things to be celebrated.  Things like the leaves turning their fabulous shades for autumn, or unpacking your cozy, warm sweaters, and football, and caramel apples (you knew I had to throw something food in, right?). 

If you need some help coming up with things to celebrate, here's some ideas for you:
  • October is adopt a shelter dog month, so if you can go out and get a new friend
  • October is also financial planning month---a great time to start thinking of all of the trips you want to take next year
  • We all should know that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  If you haven't already, make sure you have your annual breast exam...and be a friend and take a friend too!
  • My favorite is October is Positive Attitude Month
  • And food related...October is National Chili Month and National Popcorn Poppin' Month
This is enough to get you started...you'll just have to keep checking back for more things to celebrate this month.  Or feel free to send me your ideas...

But before I go, I'd like to celebrate an important anniversary with you... sixty one years ago a famous icon was born...and here it is... 
Peanuts premiered in 8 newspapers, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Minneapolis Tribune, The Allentown Call-Chronicle, The Bethlehem Globe-Times, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times, and The Boston Globe as a daily strip and featured Charlie Brown, Shermy and Patty  And as they say...the rest is history!

Happy October!!!

Luv Ya!!