Monday, July 31, 2017

Yummy Fruit Dip!

I found this recipe in my email yesterday, and I am going to make it this week, when the extreme record breaking (110) heat hits the Pacific NW Oregon.

from Sugar Pie Farmhouse

The Yummiest & Easiest Fruit Dip!


One of my family’s favorite go-to party snack or dessert is a bowl of fresh strawberries with this classic fruit dip! It’s pure bliss! It tastes like cheesecake only creamier! It’s perfect for picnics, BBQ’s, family get-togethers or if you’ve got a sweet tooth and you want something fast.
The best part (besides tasting so scrumptious) is that it’s so easy to make! Just two ingredients!!

Just whip together with an electric mixer or food processor:
1 jar of Marshmallow Creme and 1 tub (12 oz.) of Cream Cheese!
That’s it!  Keep it chilled until ready to serve.
Here’s some extra ideas for you!
You can add orange zest to spice it up
You can use Strawberry Cream Cheese
If you want it sweeter you can add a tablespoon of powdered sugar

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Vintage Bauer Pottery USA

Vintage Bauer Pottery, made in the USA, in S. California..... and they are still in business today.

I collect the Mid- Twentieth century pottery. I do like the bright, fun, and wonderful colors. Bauer is in my collection, although my knowledge is limited.
I found this little gem, a creamer, at my local thrift store for under $2. It has an old Bauer mark on the base. The creamers are useful...I serve salad dressings in them, and they are cute small gravy boats. They will hold the small serving bags of sugar.

Here is a useful bit of information, when shopping and collecting the pottery, check the weight...old pottery is usually heavier than newer items. I find that many items do not have a makers mark. If the item has USA on the is old. Modern items only have paper tags, or the standard ink type marker.

I also look at the color, there were only certain colors used at that time. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Well..............I have been away.............

I had a death in the family, and just got back home. I am getting myself back to normal life. I still need some time.....

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Living on Ukulele Time

Hi, This is from Uke University of Central Oregon. I am such a beginner...ugh. Those mountains in the background are the Three Sisters. I don't do to well with taking selfies. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Taking a Trip with Prairie Flower

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, Its on a trip I go! I am driving over the Oregon Cascade Mtns, to the Sisters, OR area. Our first trip of 2017, am I excited! Yes...very....
and I have reservations at a campground. I am packing up 2 Ukuleles, songbooks, and other special stuff. So happy!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I am going to UKE U in Bend Oregon, over the next few days. I am looking for personal growth, learning to be a better ukulele player, and people who are interested in things that I like to do.

This is a quote from Brave Girl's Club.

It's so important to surround yourself with the right kinds of people when you are striving to live a meaningful life. We can not always choose whom we walk with on our paths in life, but whenever we can, it makes everything easier, more joyful, and so much more productive when we choose to spend our days with people who bring out the best in us, see the best in us, and believe the best about us.

Seek out kinds of people who make you want to become a better person, the kinds of people who are focusing on positive and good things in life.

It will inevitably rub off on you and before you know it, YOU will be the one that others are seeking out because YOU are leaving everyone better, happier, and more hopeful than they were before you found them.

You have SO MUCH more influence than you know. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Be Kind to Yourself

Today it is time for you to be kind. To yourself. You are the only one who knows the parts of you that need kindness the most, and for this reason, only you can provide this kind of deep kindness that you so need.
brave girls club - as valuable as anyone else
 So today, please just try to be kind to the weak parts of yourself. Be kind to your addictions and your frailties, your mistakes and all of your human parts. Rather than treating these parts of yourself with hatred and disgust, please just take hands with these parts and say, “I am with you, we will make it through this.”
There are these kinds of parts to ALL of us. These parts are lonely, scared and act out in ways that make us sometimes feel ashamed. BUT, they ARE parts of us.
Just try, sweetest girl — just try. BE KIND to ALL of you. Let her know that it’s gonna be okay, that you are going to stay with her and love her no matter what as she works through all of this.
It will be worth it.
You are so deeply loved.
Brave Girls Club

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Sunshine Makes you Happy!

A new study has revealed that the amount of time between sunrise and sunset impacts mood.
Does sunshine actually make you happy? A recent study from Brigham Young University has revealed that the amount of time between sunrise and sunset influences virtually everyone's mood — even more than factors like temperature, pollution, and rain.
Researchers investigated how someone’s mood is connected to weather and related factors. The team found that people reported more mental distress when the days were shorter and there was less sunshine, according to a press release from BYU. Results showed that the length of daylight was more influential in affecting people’s moods than the amount of actual sun rays being absorbed.
These conclusions were reached after researchers examined meteorological data from the university's Physics and Astronomy Weather Station and pollution data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They also compared weather with the mental health of patients at Brigham Young's Counseling and Psychological Services Center.
“That’s one of the surprising pieces of our research,” study author Mark Beecher said in the press release. “On a rainy day, or a more polluted day, people assume that they’d have more distress. But we didn’t see that. We looked at solar irradiance, or the amount of sunlight that actually hits the ground. We tried to take into account cloudy days, rainy days, pollution ... but they washed out. The one thing that was really significant was the amount of time between sunrise and sunset.”
Recently, several other studies have attempted to look at the weather’s effect on mood, but many came back with mixed results.
Source: Beecher ME, Eggett D, Erekson D, Rees LB, Bingham J, Bailey RJ, et al. Sunshine on my shoulders: Weather, pollution, and emotional distress. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2016.