Saturday, December 1, 2018

Swedish Bakery Moments in Sweden

The Swedes are quite the bakers. Their pastries aren't overloaded with sugar. A visit to Sweden must include an early morning indulgence of a pastry and cup of coffee, preferably a cappucino. While recently spending time in Malmo in southern Sweden I made a visit to a neighborhood bakery called Gateau and had an extraordinary kanelbullar (cinnamon roll) with a delightful cup of cappucino. My visit to Gateau Bakery was one of the best bakery moments of my entire life. Sitting in a cozy bakery near the sea and having my very first authentic kanelbullar (cinnamon roll) and sampling other pastries that were displayed on the counter for sampling by the kind staff which was a sweet moment indeed.
                                               Famous Kanelbullar; Swedish Cinnamon Rolls
In life it's wonderful to be left with moments of pleasant experiences we've had. As I sit in my tiny studio apartment during the darkest days of the year I'm reflecting on that early warm November day in Malmo, Sweden at the bakery. I'm inspired now to make a homemade bash of Swedish cardamon/cinnamon rolls and warm the hearts of the people I'll bring these pastries to this month.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Stress B Gone

I think life has been stressful for people even 1,000 years but in today's modern age almost everyone seems to be multi tasking and in a hurry to get to somewhere.  These are stressful times we're in and that's why I feel that people should take moments away from their responsibilites and just "let go" and do something rewarding for themselves like watching a pleasant movie or taking a walk through a lovely park.

I had a friend who once said to me "You know,  you really don't like responsibilities, don't get me wrong you're a responsbile person but you like to shy away from responsibilities." Well...
maybe there was a time in my life when I shyed away from responsibilities but there's a time for everything and now my time has arrived for being loaded with responsibilities and stress!

Stress will often be in our lives in one form or another, the stress of a job, health issues, family problems, financial challenges....the list goes on. For those times in life when life isn't so overloaded with stress and deadlines, rejoice because it's your time to enjoy those sweet moments of calmness and happiness. I've learned never to judge because a person can have everything running smoothly in their life and then suddenly everything falls apart. I've seen this happen to quite a few people, myself included. So....embrace those beautiful stress free moments in life, they're a gift.

Stress Be Gone; here are some ways to de-stress;

use some stress be gone oil or lotion
get a theraputic massage
go on a walk
read a good book
watch an uplifting movie
enjoy a comedy play
take a yoga class
go on a day trip
take a vacation

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dog Moments

DOGS are a Treasure!

I love dogs, always have. Yesterday I got a visit from a friends dog named Joe. Oh, how much fun I had with that adorable dog. When my friend pulled into the parking lot and Joe got out of the car I yelled out his name "JOE" and within seconds he ran up the stairs and into my arms.

I gave him food and water and he was very thankful. I'm thankful for dogs like Joe who bring sunshine into the lives of people. That unconditional love and devotion from a dog is why they're often called "Man's Best Friend."

If you need to brighten your day just meet up with a dog and have sweet dog moments! The world really is a more beautiful place because of DOGS!

                                               My dear friend, JOE

Friday, August 31, 2018

Just One Carefree Summer Day!

Did you ever have a best summer of your life that you never forgot or a summer where you just felt absolutely carefree? Today is the last day of August and I feel as if summer has just swept itself from under my feet. All throughout the cold winter I dreamed of a magical place like the Swiss Alps to spend my summer but that was just a dream that didn't come true. This summer was filled with lots of anxiety and responsibility everyday except yesterday when I was given one carefree summer day.

Imagine a day that feels like the pages of a fairytale? The universe provided that one special day for me yesterday and for that I feel truly blessed.

Enjoy the remaining days of your summer and may you have lots of sweet carefree days!

Just One Carefree Summer Day

Just One Carefree Summer Day with my boyfriend came at last at the end of August with the rise of the sun over a freshwater Great Lake in Grand Haven. A morning swim in pure water and a walk on the sugary sand beach before sitting on the beach chair with perfectly brewed cup of coffee in hand. Seagulls by my side and views of the sparkling lake, pier, and bright red lighthouse. A stroll down Washington Street for an indulgance of lavendar macaroons and handmade chocolate at Patricia's. Am I in France?

Holland's calling (in Michigan that is). My boyfriend and I take a short drive on highway 131 past blueberry farms before entering the gates of Nelis' Dutch Village, a fairytale setting of amusement rides, canals, Dutch folk dancing, farm animals, specialty shops, and much more. We feel Dutch all day and don't leave until the gates begin to close.

The day's not over yet. A few bites of Edam cheese as we drive to the city of Grand Rapids to have Indian food. We arrive, the owner shakes our hand and we sit down at a table. Unusual to have the whole restaurant to ouselves but today is my day of serendipity. We order our food and watch an Indian show while we wait. The food is prepared from scratch and brought to us 15 minutes later.Such delicious, flavorful, and spicey Indian dishes and the owner has become our new friend and gives us complimentary masala chai. He encourages us to visit India soon.

A late August day when summer is slowly coming to a close but my one carefree summer day has been blissful from dawn until dusk. It's a gift from the universe to have this one captivating carefree summer day filled with love, laughter, and a grand old time.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Soap that Cured my Poison Ivy

Have you ever had poison ivy? If not consider yourself very blessed because posion ivy is a real nusanice. Being outdoors is the name of the game for me and I sometimes forget that "mother nature" is not always on my side. Such was the case early last week when an annoying itcy rash appeared on my leg and spread like fire. I was in agony, absolute agony. The swelling on the back of my right leg was so painful I could hardly bend or walk. I was cursed with poison ivy!

Remedies for healing poison ivy? I tried everything; apple cider vinegar, baking soda, bananna peels, calamine lotion, oatmeal, tricalm ointment, witch hazel....oh my gosh nothing helped cure the agony. I was ready to see a doctor until my thoughtfu boyfriend insisted that there wasa a cure for drying up the posion ivy rash. The miracle was a soap called FELS- NAPTHA. Just one application took the swelling away and itching away. Another application the following day practically cleared the posion ivy rash altogether. Unlike all the other products I used that were useless, FELS -NAPTHA only cost .97 cents at WALMART and it worked.

Purex FELS -NAPTHA has been around for over 100 years. No need to have uncomfortable poison ivy moments like I did but should you ever encounter irritating poison ivy don't delay, head to WALMART and get extraordianry FELS -NAPTHA made by Purex.

Thank you PUREX!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Hammock Moments

Last year I got a hammock for my birthday but I didn't get to enjoy it very much. Today made up for those lost days on a hammock. I took a walk in the verdant woods and found the perfect place to hang my hammock near the lake and harmonize with nature. Now I'm hooked. I plan on having plenty of "hammock moments" in the upcoming days because hammocking really melts the stresses away and brings relaxation to the body and mind.

Who do we thank for hammocks?

Historically the credit points to the Mayan people of Central America. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Cupcake Moments

Americans have a fascination with cupcakes. There are so many flavors of cupcakes to choose from and one can enjoy a cupcake in different sizes too. Cupcakes are glorious. They're fun to make and they make a wonderful gift. In fact yesterday I was gifted made from scratch cupcakes from my co-worker who happens to be an expert baker. She had promised to make some cupcakes for me for my birthday and I just couldn't decide what flavor to ask for. Finally we came up with the idea of a key lime cupcake batter with raspberry frosting. Oh my bite of Angie's cupcake and I was in cupcake heaven.

Who invented the cupcake? Amelia Simmons shared the recipe in her 1796 cookbook "American Eatery." Cupcake Moments are some of the very best moments in life so have a cupcake or two.

Some flavor ideas:

Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes
Black Forest Cherry Cupcakes
Brownie Batter Cupcakes
Carmel Apple Cupcakes
Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes
Kahlua Cupcakes
Key Lime Cupcakes
Lemon Cupcakes
Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcakes
S'More Cupcakes
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
Vanillla Cupcakes