Liquid Sunshine!

Our tree has lemons! It’s a great time of year for me. I get to start making lemonade. Even though they are a year round fruit, February is when the lemons are at one of their peaks (ready for pickin’). Then again in August. Yum!

Lemon

Tip: If you only want to use a little bit of juice from your lemon and don’t want to cut open the whole thing (like me) this is what you do. Roll the lemon, stick a toothpick through it, squeeze out the juice, put the toothpick back through hole, refrigerate and save for later.

If you want to make perfect lemonade go here. 🙂

Happy juicing!

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RAW: Natural Born Artist

So, I received a call from someone who saw my cards on ETSY.  They asked me to be a RAW artist.  How cool is that?  I’m super excited to be a part of a community full of amazing local artists in different genres!

Check them out here.

If you want to support me and attend the event, go here and purchase a ticket for you and a friend.

Thanks and keep checking back for updates!

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I Heart Bingo!

What??? I never thought I would say that. LOL! I went the other night with some good friends. Had a great time and can’t wait to go back. The only person with gray hair was the man calling out the numbers.  😉

If your in Houston on a Thursday night and want something fun to do, go to the SBJST Lodge 88. You won’t be disappointed. Just make sure you get there early.

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The Cake Ball Explosion!

I made these cake balls for Super Bowl Sunday. They turned out better than expected and quick to make (with a little help from the kids).

Here is the recipe:

1 1/4 cups of cake flower, sifted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp butter, melted

Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Mix all dry then wet ingredients together. Bake 6-7 minutes. Col 5 minutes Add glaze and top with sprinkles or anything else you like.

Vanilla glaze recipe:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Cake Ball

Cake Balls

If you were looking for healthy, oopsie!  This recipe is not that.  This is a special treat for a special occasion. 🙂

Share any cake pop ideas you have.  I’m always looking for new things to try.

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To Infinity and Beyond!

It’s that time of year for warm, fuzzy, cuddly things. It was cold and wet outside today sooo…… I decided to make my own scarf. I’m a big fan of bright neon and earthy color tones. It’s always tough finding the right balance. Here is my idea of what the rainbow should look like. 😊

What are your favorite colors?

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Wool Geodes

I’m always trying to find fun craft projects for my 7 year old to do. This one is a wool geode. Since he is into rocks, gems and crystal right now, I thought this was perfect. It turned out great!

What fun projects are you working on?

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The Flavor God is Upon Us!

I love these new spices! They are the perfect balance.
I also got the special edition one called ” Pizza”.
OMG! It makes everything taste like pizza.
Go order some for yourself.

http://www.flavorgod.com

Are you using special spices that you love?
If so, share them with us.

Flavor God Spices

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Candy for the Universal Beach Bum!

My sister-in-law handmade this bracelet for me.
It is beautiful! I am so proud of her and her new business.
If you want one for yourself, check out her website.
Buy one as a gift and you will fall in love and want to order more.

http://www.beachbumcandy.com

Let’s support small businesses.

Beach Bum Candy Bracelet

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Holiday Fun!

The story goes…once upon a time there were two boys named Sammy.
They made candy gingerbread houses.
Both of them thought they could eat the whole house.
They tried and tried.
As you can imagine, that did not happen.
Instead they had a great time trying.

We love making these every year!

What holiday traditions do you have?

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A Little Piece of Heaven!

This place is yummy!
The meat was juicy and the fries were full of creamy flavor.
Nothing on the menu is healthy, but you don’t go there for that.
You go for the comfort of a full on burger, their specialty fries and a nice cold craft beer.

Go visit them if your in the area…
http://www.hubcapgrill.com

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Well…Santa Boogie that is. LOL! We are all ready and so is he. The holidays are here. Xmas shopping is done. Now it’s time to celebrate with family, friends, and your four legged loyal ones.

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas!

Who are you spending the holidays with?

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Wind in my hair!

I decided…I’m not getting any younger. So, I bought a scooter! Why not? It’s time to live a little. No more time to be cautious. Luckily I can only go a maximum of 45 mph. 🙂

When I bought my bike I knew what I wanted and what I was getting myself into. I’ve already changed the engine oil and gear oil. That was fun and invigorating! I’m a real motorcyclist now. LOL! Hopefully the weather (50degrees) won’t limit my riding. It’s Texas, I’m sure it’s going to be unpredictable and get into the 70’s (perfect temperature) again at some point.

What are you doing to live a little?

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The Arctic Monkeys Show in Texas!

The Arctic Monkeys came to Texas and played at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion.
We had a great time and met some interesting people.

I recorded them live here

If you want to know more about them check out their website….. http://www.arcticmonkeys.com

Who’s one of your favorite bands?

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Life at the Beach!

It was a perfect day!

Clear water, blue skies,
sand between the toes,
and relaxation at its finest.

There was no seaweed in sight,
just smooth sand and a calm sea.

How do you spend your weekends?

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Notes from The Universe

Here is a little note from the Universe to me. It provided that extra push today.  I want to send thanks to the Universe!

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No matter how hard you work, prepare, or calculate, Angela, the final ingredient necessary to leap hurdles and manifest dreams will always come down to a little spark of magic that no amount of physical maneuvering can ensure. While simply remembering that you’re not alone, can.

Flick my bic, 
The Universe

To receive you’re inspirational note from the universe too go here.

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The Magnificent Bloom!

Nature is beautiful!

We have a cactus in the front of our house which
only blooms during a certain time of year (now) and
only for a short time. It amazes me how it gets more
and more buds every year. It’s like a human being who
grows and grows as they get older with every birthday.

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The next day……

Bam! And there you go, I got to see the bloom.
It is a spectacular piece of nature. All the buds
turned into opened flowers. Bee heaven. Beautiful!

Cactus Flower Bloom

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Be Happy | Work Hard | Laugh | Dream Big

I just received this lovely sign from some very special people.
It encompasses every little bit about me and the way I see things while on this crazy adventure called life.

This is a perfect gift!

I am going to hang it up in my new office so I can see all of the little sayings on a daily.
If you had to pick one of these as a favorite which one would it be?

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Where the Buffalo Get Eaten

So, I made these buffalo burgers (actually they were smaller, more like sliders).
OMG! They turned out great even my 7 year old ate them.
I’m on this kick at the moment where we are not eating flour (bread).
I didn’t use bread, but it wasn’t bunless. Instead I used sweet potato. Yum!

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Sweet Potato Sliders

Recipe:
• 4 sweet potatoes
• 1 purple onion
• Shallots
• 1 tomato
• Garlic cloves
• 1lb ground buffalo
• 60z tomato paste
• cumin, pepper, other favorite spices

Slice sweet potatoes, season, and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Brown chopped onion, shallots, tomato, and garlic.
Then add it to the buffalo, egg yolk, and tomato paste mixture.
Don’t forget to add the spices to the buffalo goodness.
Make patties and bake for 20 minutes.
Take out, put in the sweet potatoes and broil for 5 minutes. Done!
Make the buffalo patties with the sweet potato buns and add avocado slices with some spinach. Mmmm!!

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Australia Here We Come!

So, my husband and I are going to Australia (Perth to be exact) for our friends birthday.  Yay!

Question is…..If you have been, what is ONE thing you would recommend doing while there?

We only have a two days to really venture out.

Australia

Perth, Australia

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Live and Learn!

I am always trying to learn something new and live my life to the fullest.
Being in the now and enjoying every bit of it.

What are you trying to learn at the moment?

Or what words of wisdom would you like to share with the world?

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Live and Learn

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Sweet Sprinkles!!

Every Friday morning I take the kids to our local donut shop.
It’s a sweet treat and they love it! We get donuts holes and jalapeño kolaches.
Yum! This morning we decided to change it up a bit and got donuts with sprinkles

What’s your weekly ritual?

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Donut with Sprinkles

 

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Beer for everyone!

I was craving pumpkin beer yesterday,
but they didn’t have the one I wanted so I decided to try something different.

So, I bought “Rogue Farms – Pumpkin Patch” beer.
It was really good and it doesn’t have any chemicals, additives or preservatives.
The Labyrinth was delicious too (brewed with licorice sticks and aged in oak barrels).
Now that’s my kind of beer. What are you drinking?

pumpkin patch beer

Rogue Farms – Pumpkin Patch Beer

 

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Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

I made these last night and they turned out to be another winner. Try them!

Bacon is good with everything, right?  LOL!

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Recipe:
• Bacon
• Ground beef
• Onions
• Mushrooms
• Eggs
• Garlic power
• Oregano
• Pesto

Mix all of your ingredients (except bacon), roll into balls, wrap bacon around each piece (use a toothpick to stick).

Bake at 400F for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and put a dab of pesto on it. Back in the oven for 5 more minutes.

We ate ours with a side of cauliflower mashed potatoes.  Yum!

What new recipes are you conjuring up?

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Homemade Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

This was super delicious!
The kids said it was just as good as La Madeline.

Score!!

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Recipe: (serves 4)

• 4 roma tomatoes (take seeds out)
• Italian seasoning
• 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
• Butter
• Onion
• 6 spits of fresh basil leaves

You can add any veggies that you like to the list. Sometimes I add peas at the end.

Put all the ingredients in a blender and then cook on the stove for 15 minutes.

Don’t forget the cheese on toast to go with the soup. Yum!

Update: Ema Jones commented that she likes to add cottage cheese.  That sounds even more delicious!

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