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

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Being Careful...Helps Decrease Accidents!

I've been kayaking for a long time, never fearing water until last week when my kayak tipped over. After a nice swim in Torch Lake I decided to rent a kayak. Rather than wear a lifejacket I opted for a floating device seat instead. The water was pretty calm, there were no boats around and I was enjoying my paddling until I tried adjusting my floating device seat and tipped over unexpectedly. I fell into the water and my sunglasees sunk. The kayak was filled with water and I held on tight to the floating device, kayak, and paddle as I swam towards a dock in the distance to safety.

Once I got to the dock it took 20 minutes to empty out the water from the kayak and get it to function again. The sun was getting brighter and I really needed my sunglasses but they were way at the bottom of the water. Nobody was around but I managed to get back on the kayak and paddle my way back to the shop where I had rented the kayak.

I had a minor cut on my leg and was a bit shaken up from the ordeal but what I learned from this experience is to be more cautious when on water. From now I'm on opting for a life jacket because no matter how experienced of a kayaker I might be, accidents do happen. I'm thankful that I got out of this situation alive and that I've had more moments to live life from this experience. 

It's so important to be careful because this helps decrease accidents!

Be Safe in All Tasks!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Caring Makes all the Difference!!!!!!

You never know what's going on in people's lives unless they specifically tell you. Such is the case of one of my co-workers. I'll refer to her by first initial which is K.  I assumed that all was well in K's life; she has a home, a husband, lovely children, she's confident, and full of creative ideas. However, recently I was stunned to hear that she's  facing health issues and financial challenges. She shared this with  somebody on our team and within minutes two employees took a money collection for her. The following day my close friend brought her an affordable housing application and explained to her how her family could be eligible for a good place to live at a low cost.

Today K was in such happy spirits. She shared with me that her doctor is really looking after her and making certain that she doesn't have to pay for any of her expensive medications or office visits. K was also touched by the outpour of caring co-workers that contributed money to help her during her finanicial difficulties. I could see in her eyes that she was enouraged and hopeful.Life isn't easy. At one point all of us have to face some sort of difficulty whether it be the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of job, health issues. the stress of being homeless or having to move again and again. I myself have had my share of difficult times but it was my faith in GOD and having a few kind loving friends that helped me endure. My heart goes out to K and all the people in this world who are faced with challenges. It's somehow easier to bear those challenges when you're surrounded by people who care and help. CARING MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE!

I shall always try to be mindful of other's needs and do my best to care and help whenever I can.The world is a better place when we care and help each other!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Valley of the Cows!

Everyone has a favorite animal. What's your favorite animal? For me it's a cow or better yet a herd of cows. I've spent a lot of time traveling alone and it was always a herd of cows that befriended me and put a smile on my face. Even now I feel a deep connection with COWS. They must know I'm fond of them because whenever I call out to them they appear without any fear.

A couple of weeks ago I made my birthday wish come true by spending a day in the countryside. The weather was glorious with sunny blue skies....the kind of weather that cows like to graze on grass. I came towards the fence calling out to them and within seconds a whole herd of them came right to the fence to greet me. It was the "Valley of the Cows." Such intelligent and friendly cows with big eyes. What a present to have them all within arms reach of me.

I'm very grateful for COWS!

Cows provide us with milk which means lots of dairy treats for non-vegans.
Cows are intelligent.
Cows are good looking creatures.
Cows brighten the landscape.
Cows make cute "MOO" sounds.
Cows are social animals, they naturally form large herds.
Cows do not bite grass, instead they curl their tongue around it.
Cows have an excellent sense of smell.
Cows have terrific memories.
Cows are sacred in India. There are strict rules to protect them from harm.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Chocolatier in Greektown:Leonidas

Greektown, Toronto, Ontario Canada

On the 12th of June I was able to spend by birthday in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with my boyfriend. It was a special treat to break away from responsibilities and explore fascinating Toronto. In that short trip we were able to try Hungarian, Indian, Japanese,and Portuguese cuisine but my favorite moments were in Greektown on Danforth when we entered the Leonidas Chocolatier.My thoughtful boyfriend asked me to choose which chocolates I'd like for my birthday gift and the girl behind the counter placed them in a golden box with a ribbon. Ironically Leonidas was founded in 1913 by a Greek-American man named Leonidas Kestidies in Brussels, Belgium. Today Leonidas Chocolatier shoppes can be found in 50 countries including the one on Danforth Street in Toronto's Greektown.Some of the best moments in life are "eating chocolates, especially when they're LEONIDAS of Belgium. Have a chocolate and brighten your moments!

Friday, June 29, 2018

The White House on the Hill beckons to me.

Almost everyday I pass the white house on the hill. It's such a charming house and it would make a terrific bed and breakfast. I was always curious to know who lives in "the white house on the hill" and now I know; a Catholic priest lives in that house. He has that whole entire house to himself and he deserves it. He's so devoted to his church and the parishioners. The priest even has a walking trail that leads from the side of his house to the church because he's often needed at the church round the clock. What a blessed priest to live in such a glorious white house on the hill.

The White House on the Hill beckons to me:

The white house on the hill beckons to me
sitting by itself away from everything but a 
Catholic Church.

A priest lives there they say and how blessed
he is, for on a bright June day the birds sing their
joyful songs in the verdant shady trees.

The fragrant pink rose bushes fill the 
air with a lovely scent and the blue sky above the 
house brightens everything so very nice.

How I'd like to visit that white house on the hill
and sit on a porch with a cup of tea in hand. Oh 
how that white house on the hill beckons 
to me; for just a moment I wish it were mine.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer Stand Up Paddle Boarding Moments!

June 27, 5:40 pm
It's the beginning of summer which means warm weather and longer days for extra activities in the great outdoors. My favorite summer moments are when I'm SUP (stand up paddling). 

Paddle Boarding is a tremendous stress relief and an excellent physical work out. If you have access to a lake give paddle boarding a try. I'm fortunate to be living near one of the freshwater Great Lakes, free of sharks and a paddle boarders paradise. Make time for Paddle Boarding moments!

Benefits of Paddle Boarding:

1) improves balance
2) provides endurance
3) full body workout
4) low impact exercise
4) helps relieves stress
5) connects you with nature