3/16/2015

Everything For Easter ~ Wreaths, Crafts and More!


How To Make A California Roll




























































Ingredients

1/2 lb. Crab Meat
2 tsp. salt
5 tbsp. Sushi Vinegar
Sesame seeds Toasted
2 tbsp. sugar
1 Avocado
1/2 Cucumber
4 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
1 NoriSeaweed Toasted
2 1/2 cups Water
2 cups Japanese short or medium grain rice
Condiments ( Soy sauce & Wasabi Paste/Powder)


Many thanks to NatashasKitchen.com for putting this together.  Yummmmm.

3/12/2015

Dream with Color

by Artful Evidence
What a powerful expression ... don't you think?

3/08/2015

10 Fun Indoor Projects for Kids



Are you close to ripping out your hair and climbing walls this winter? 
Kids love projects they can make

 The Polar Vortex was not our friend this season, and with most states exceeding record snowfalls this year, Spring cannot come soon enough.  If you’ve got little ones to keep happy and occupied, cabin fever is not fun.

Hold on just a wee bit longer.  You’re almost there.  Spring arrives on March 20 at 6:45 p.m. Eastern Time, 5:45 p.m. Central Time, 4:45 p.m. Midwest Time and 3:34 p.m. Pacific Time … that’s ELEVEN days people!

What’s a parent to do?  Here are ten awesome DIY projects for kids that are really budget friendly:

·         Fun Toys Made With Cardboard
·         Build an Indoor Fort
·         Make Homemade Play Dough
·         Easy Bake Bread Recipe
·         Play Candy Checkers or Substitute with Fruit
·         Indoor Hopscotch
·         Make Some Easter Crafts


3/01/2015

Eyeglass Frames for Your Facial Shape



Eyeglasses today have created a trend all of their own ... finally!  Thanks to designers like Kate Spade, Prada, Anne Klein, Lafont, Nine West, Skechers, Candies and Peachtree, eyeglass frames for your facial shape are simply très chic.

We all want to look our very best whether exercising, working in the corporate world, or in a casual environment.  Whatever our lifestyle may be, having the right eye frames that will compliment our face is important.  Common problems like glasses slipping down your nose and not tucking properly behind the ears can be corrected easily enough.  What's most important in choosing the right frame is knowing what the correct shape of your face really is. 

There is nothing wrong with wanting reading or permanent eye glasses that offer all of the above as well as flatter the shape of your face. Click on your face shape below to see what styles will definitely make you look the very best you can be.

Heart-Shaped - Your face broadens from chin to forehead so, you should add width to your chin to give balance to your face.  

Oval Shaped - You were born under a lucky star as your facial shape is naturally proportioned.  Any frame will look good on you.  The most popular, of which, is square or rectangle.

Round Shaped - Your shape is curvy and lacks the angles of the others so, geometric frames will add more distinct lines to create a balance.

Square Shaped -  Your face is very angular because the width and length are proportional.  The right style will help soften those lines.


2/22/2015

St. Patrick's Day Recipe Ideas

You don't have to be Irish to love St. Patrick's Day, and it's a festive occasion for sure.  What's not to love about corned beef and cabbage but, there are a lot of other staple recipes the Irish are noted for you're certain to fall in love with.

Mini Shepard's Pie

Originally known as cottage pie back as far as 1791. The recipe called for using the potato, which was the greatest friend to the poor back then.  They made their crust from potatoes and filled it with any sort of meat that might be available, mostly leftover mutton or beef. It's said that the original crust was not mashed potatoes but sliced potatoes laid in an overlapping pattern, like the roof of a cottage. Hence the name, cottage pie. The name Shepherd's Pie came about in the late 1800's.

Irish Boxty Pancakes

Boxty, meaning "Poor Man's Bread" was a popular dish of the Irish that consisted of finely grated, raw potato and mashed potato with flour, baking soda, buttermilk and sometimes egg.

These potato pancakes are moist and tender on the inside, yet ultra crispy on the outside.

A boxty is a wonderful platform for your favorite fillings and can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner.



Unlike England where bread was made in Bakeries The Irish
 felt it was a housewife's job.  Her all purpose cast iron Dutch oven like pot they called a "Bastible " was better suited for soda bread, which hung over a fire on a crane, as opposed to the Brick ovens that were used to bake the yeast breads in Europe. also you could set a Bastible on top of the embers of the fire and a few coals on top of the indented lid.  

Although the Irish didn't invent Soda Bread it is most often identified with them. The "soft wheat" is the only suitable flour that can grow in Ireland's climate, and when mixed like a traditional dough it doesn't form any gluten like a traditional yeast bread, it does work well with a soda bread recipe. The cross on the soda bread has several explanations, Legend has it that folks did it to "let the devil out" while it's baking for good luck, and others say that it made it easy to divide into 4 pieces.


Because the Irish were poor, they wasted nothing and made this recipe using up their leftovers.  It mostly consisted of layers of sliced pork sausage and rashers (thinly sliced back bacon) with sliced potatoes, onions, barley and depending on the family, a wee bit of Guinness was added to the pot.  It was an easy to prepare recipe and considered as comfort food in Ireland.  Because it was inexpensive, it was easy to prepare and often eaten during the winter months. 


Curds were once an important part of the Irish diet, and were also useful for paying the rent. Recipes
for this delicately flavored cheesecake are found in several eighteenth century"receipt" books.

The cake is light, fluffy and mouth-watering.



2/13/2015

What 2014 Brides Need To Know



Planning for a wedding can prove to be quite the mind-boggling experience.  There’s a lot to consider from choosing invitations, locating a venue, picking out flowers and cake designs, finding “the dress,” and figuring out which guests to sit where.  The last thing a bride is going to want to contend with is what tax issues she needs to address after walking down the aisle.  We all know, taxes are one thing we just can’t ignore … as much as we would like to. 

Getting married means major changes in every bride’s life.  If you can address them right from the very beginning, you won’t have to deal with significant upsets later on.

Here are some basic issues you may not be aware of that will need attention.

What’s Your Name?

The number one culprit that holds up a tax refund from being issued is that the name does not match what’s on record from the prior year at the Social Security Administration.  Should you decide to take the name of your spouse, or hyphenate your name with his, you must report it to the SSA.  You can do so by calling 800-772-1213 or obtaining the Form SS-5 online at www.ssa.gov.

Your Tax Withholding Form

If you and your spouse both work, your combined incomes could possibly move you into a higher tax bracket PLUS, you need to change your status with your employer and file a new W-4 Form.  The IRS provides a withholding calculator to help calculate your withholding tax at www.irs.gov.

Address Change

Who needs to be informed?  Don’t forget to contact the postal service.  They make it easy online at usps.com.  Let’s not forget the IRS as well.  Form 8822, change of address can be found by clicking here.

New Filing Status

You can file either jointly or separately each year.  Figuring the status both ways, will help determine the lowest tax result suited for you.  And, if you’re married as of Dec. 31, that’s your status for the whole year for tax purposes.

For those same-sex married couples, you file as married on your federal turn for those states that recognize the union legally.  It also holds true should you move later on to a state that does not recognize same-sex marriage.  For more information, go to www.irs.gov. or call 800-829-3676.
Tax Credits to Consider

If you receive advance payment of the premium tax credit in 2014, it is important that you report changes in circumstances, such as changes in your income or family size, to your Health Insurance Marketplace. You should also notify the Marketplace when you move out of the area covered by your current Marketplace plan. Advance payments of the premium tax credit provide financial assistance to help you pay for the insurance you buy through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Reporting changes will help you get the proper type and amount of financial assistance so you can avoid getting too much or too little in advance.

2/06/2015

Easy No Yeast Bread

I have made this bread every week since I discovered it on Pinterest provided by Dine & Dish and it is to die for!  You'll see from the ingredients below it doesn't take much to throw it altogether.  The only thing I changed was using 1/2 stick of butter because a full stick was just way too much and eliminating 1 teaspoon of salt.  The outside will come out crunchy and insides soft and tender.  Other than that ladies enjoy, because it is scrumdillyisicious!


INGREDIENTS

3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar (I used natural)
1 12 ounce can of beer
1/2 stick of butter

Preheat over to 375, blend the dry ingredients thoroughly, add the beer and mix until everything is mixed.  Place into a well oiled loaf pan, then add your melted evenly on top.  Bake for 1 hour, may need a little longer until color matches the photo.  I had to go an additional 15 minutes.