I am in the process of making over my blog. Yes, this is exciting news. But it won't all happen overnight. I am still learning how to work with html code, and deciding on the final design for my blog.
The design must be clean and simple, yet witty, to reflect my personality. Because I am a perfectionist, it may take a while before I'm completely satisfied with the end result. You may see several changes before everything is finalized. I made some fairly simple changes yesterday, but spent so much time on it until I wore myself out.
I do want to give a huge shout out, and I mean HUGE, to Becka of Probably Crafting. I've been learning a lot from her blog posts, and she has been a great help. I give her much thanks for creating my new social media buttons.
Next I'll be working on updating my banner and creating a grab it button. Please be patient and understanding as my blog undergoes all these changes. And please wish me well, because I don't always know what I'm doing. Don't forget to visit Becka's blog. She has a very family friendly atmosphere with valuable tips and advice.
Most of you know how apprehensive I was to start a Twitter page for my blog. I have expressed my dislike for hashtags, still trying to embrace them. After my Losing My Social Media Sanity!! post, I received a lot of advice, tips and encouragement from fellow bloggers. So, I eventually got my Twitter account up and running. I couldn't believe it when I used a hashtag for the first time!! I just hope I don't become an obsessive hashtagger. Yes, I'm making that a word. It's still all new to me, but I'm slowly catching on. My goal is to be more interactive on my page so that the experience will become less intimidating. But I am happy to announce that I have reached 100 FOLLOWERS!!!! Who knew I could be such an awesome Tweeter!
I've expressed before that I don't really engage myself in awards programs anymore. Even so, I have been heavily inundated with Oscar highlights via video clips, news footage, social media and other blogs.
Of course, some of the gowns worn by the celebrity women caught my eye. Hey, why not feature them, I have done so before.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, has been gushing over Lupita's gown. For good reason. Not only is this gown simple and beautiful, it makes her look like a gorgeous princess. The low cut bodice makes the gown sexy, yet still tasteful. The baby blue color and the pleating soften the entire look.
I just love Charlize. She is a beautiful woman, and could wear a dress made of dirt and still look fabulous. She wore classic black in a flattering silhouette. The neckline and invisible straps give this dress character. I personally would do without the attached train, although it adds more elegance.
My favorite gown would have to be that of Sandra. I love the fact that this gown is not over the top. The draping on one side adds just enough umph to the gown, so that the focus is on Sandra. And that navy color works well for her.
Did you have a favorite look for the Oscars? Did you get dressed up for any Oscars parties?
What are you wearing today? Leave a picture or link to a picture in the comments section below. Your look could be FEATURED tomorrow here on this blog!! Find more information here.
**all photos courtesy of Getty Images via cbsnews.com
Last night we had soup for dinner. The recipe is from Everyday Food and we made a few adjustments. But it was a simple recipe with a lot of flavor.
Instead of using chicken, we used Quorn Chick'n Cutlets, which are meatless and soy-based. We also used Better than Bouillon vegetarian broth base. We added a few teaspoons to 2 cups of water in place of the chicken broth.
While the ginger, garlic and rice were cooking, we grilled the cutlets separately in a grill pan. We then shredded the cutlets, and added them to the broth once the rice was cooked. The end result was delicious. It only needed a little salt and pepper. The broth and ginger added plenty flavor and kick to the soup.
Looks like real chicken, doesn't it?
We were only wishing that we had doubled the recipe because it didn't seem like much when done. But overall it was great. Feel free to use real chicken and chicken broth if you are not a vegetarian.
1 one-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and cut into
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup long-grain white rice
3 ounces baby spinach (3 cups)
Salt and pepper
1.In a medium pot bring broth, 2 cups water, garlic and ginger to a
simmer over medium.Add chicken and rice
and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.With tongs, transfer chicken to a plate.Cover pot and simmer until rice is tender, 10
minutes.Remove from heat.
2.Shred chicken and return to pot.Stir in spinach and season with salt and pepper.
This particular song is for the haters. They tend to appear when we're doing something right. We all have them, but we can't let them determine our destiny. That is what this song is all about. Here To Stay by Christina Aguilera, tells us to keep on going when others try to bring you down. I love this song because it is self empowering and motivational. Enjoy!!
Lately, I have been very annoyed and irritated with people. I know, I know, I shouldn't let people get to me this way. But it does bother me. If I wasn't so observant, it wouldn't be so bad. But I am. I notice things that most people do not. And I'm an analyst by nature, which causes me to discover more things that annoy me. Here is a list of twelve types of people that are driving me crazy:
Guilty (refusing to admit guilt. We all must admit it sometime)
I know that this is something I need to deal with personally. And I am asking God to help me to forgive, hate the sin and not the person, and try to see the best in everyone.
How about you? What are your pet peeves? How are people annoying you? And how are you handling it?