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So Simply Beautiful January 30, 2010

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I found this card via a link from No Time To Stamp.  I love the black outline, the rounded corners and the simplicity of it.


I’ve Been Away January 28, 2010

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I’ve been so busy with LIFE that I had stepped away from my blog and reading blogs in general.  I’ve just recently started reading favorites again which, of course, leads to finding new favorites and I am loving it although it does eat into my time for personal Bible study, personal prayer, housework, and crafting.  I feel, however, that I am being enriched in so many ways by “meeting” such cool people via their blogs.  Something I would, in no way, have time for IRL. 

So, I’ve been subscribing to blogs via Google Reader – please everyone get this subscription tool!  I’ve also used the Press This feature to link to posts that have impacted me in one way or the other.  Right now, they look pretty bland and I’ll have to figure out some way to liven them up, however things are being placed in one place which is one of the main purposes for my blog.

Anyway, this works for me right now and I am thrilled to be back.


Fuzzy Pillow

Filed under: Bedroom,Making Things — alwayswithme @ 10:14 am
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When I saw this entry I thought, are you kidding me!  Why didn’t I think of that.  So cute, so simple, so out of the box and so something I’m gonna do.  I’ve been looking for inexpensive but unusual pillows for our bedroom for. . .well, a long time.  Love it!

Centsational Girl » Blog Archive » Fuzzy Pillows from a Surprising Source.


Smoothie Cubes : Cooking During Stolen Moments January 24, 2010

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I’m thinking we’d be more inclined to eat a bit healthier if these treats were waiting for us in the freezer.

Smoothie Cubes : Cooking During Stolen Moments.


Curtain Lining Material January 23, 2010

Filed under: Drapes or Curtains — alwayswithme @ 9:14 pm

Finally the lining. I am a big fan of Roc-Ion’s Rain No Stain Lining. It is 100% cotton, crease resistant, insulates, is a UV inhibitor and has a smooth finish. The smooth finish part is important, so that the lining and panels don’t cling together. And the bonus, it is very affordable and sold at JoAnn Fabrics.

via Isabella & Max Rooms: Drapery Panels – Answering A Few Questions.



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Immune-Boosting Soup
Simmer these ingredients for 30 minutes: cabbage, carrots, fresh ginger, onion, oregano, shiitake mushrooms (if dried, they must be soaked first), the seaweed of your choice, and any type of squash in chicken or vegetable stock. Cabbage can increase your body’s ability to fight infection, ginger supports healthy digestion, and seaweed cleanses the body. Shiitake mushrooms contain coumarin, polysaccharides, and sterols, as well as vitamins and minerals that increase your immune function, and the remaining ingredients promote general health and well-being. Eat this soup every other day to build a strong and healthy immune system.

3. Detoxify your body
As a liquid, soup is already helping you flush waste from your body. When you choose detoxifying ingredients, such as the ones featured in the recipe below, you are really treating your body to an internal cleanse. The broth below boasts many benefits: it supports the liver in detoxification, increases circulation, reduces inflammation, and replenishes your body with essential minerals.

Super Detoxifying Broth
Simmer the following for 1–2 hours over a low flame: anise, brussels sprouts, cabbage, Swiss chard, cilantro, collards, dandelion, fennel, garlic, ginger, kale, leeks, shiitake mushrooms, mustard greens, daikon radish, seaweed, turmeric, and watercress. Drink 8 to 12 ounces twice a day. You can keep this broth in your fridge for up to one week; however, it is always best to serve soups when fresh because each day, the therapeutic value decreases.

In addition to using cleansing herbs in soups, you can take cleansing herbs in supplements. For a gentle but powerful cleanse using Chinese herbs, Internal Cleanse increases the ability of the liver to cleanse the body of internal and environmental toxins.

4. Warm up with a hearty soup
You always want to eat for the season. Soups provide something the body craves in cold weather. When you cook foods into a soup, you are adding a lot of what Chinese nutrition would call “warming energy” into the food. Warming foods to feature in your soups include: leeks, onions, turnips, spinach, kale, broccoli, quinoa, yams, squash, garlic, scallions, and parsley. As a spice, turmeric aids with circulation, a great boost against the cold weather.

5. Get well faster
As you mother may have instinctively known, when you are sick, there is no better healing food than soup. The reason for this is that soups and stews don’t require as much energy to digest, freeing your body up to fight the infection.

It would be impossible to talk about soup’s healing abilities without putting the spotlight on homemade chicken noodle soup. Studies have found that chicken noodle soup does seem to relieve the common cold by inhibiting inflammation — helping to break up congestion and ease the flow of nasal secretions.

From Yahoo article here


Heart to Heart International January 22, 2010

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Heart to Heart International  shows you how you can help when disaster strikes or when someone just needs a hand to get up.  If you have a heart for children this is a place you can turn to help you help someone else.


Ideas I Found From WWFM September 9, 2009

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A possible idea for Aunt Kathleen

The whole darn website, holy cow!

Getting up early this blogger is Catholic and regnum christi.  I need to read more on her blog.

A fun, happy video


Beadboard Wallpaper! August 3, 2009

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Saw this on 320 * Sycamore’s blog.  Who knew they made beadboard wallpaper?  I love the look and wonder if I could use it in my laundry room.  Here is the inspiration look along with her explanation of it.

I used the beadboard wallpaper on my cabinets! Love, love them. My husband kept going back in and saying, wow, they look so good! I’ll do another post on how I did them, but Rhoda was my inspiration for these, and the paint color on the walls, which is Behr Grasscloth. Thank you, Rhoda! The new knobs are from Hob Lob, 50% off. ($3 each)



I don’t know who Rhoda is so, I’m off to see what she has to say.  Okay, now I know who Rhoda is and she has quite the post on beadboard wallpaper, along with a link on where to order it from.  Glad I checked her out.  I’m going to go back and look at her kitchen because I’m loving what I did see of it.


Make Your Own Pancake Syrup August 1, 2009

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H/T to this blog for the tip below.  Go check her out as she has lots of other great ideas.


8. Pancake Syrup – My littlest sister taught me this trick. If real maple syrup is beyond the budget (which it is right now), stir up a potful of your own pancake syrup — without the high fructose corn syrup. Simply combine 1 cup hot water, 2 cups sugar and 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring. Bring to a boil and heat until thickened.