Creating A Peaceful & Calm Home

Thursday, November 19, 2015

FENG SHUI TIPS FOR  A BETTER HOUSE  - If you lack peacefulness and calmness at your home, you might find this article very handy.  We can all use some calmess in our lives now, because the holidays will soon be upon us. The ancient tradition and philosophy of Feng Shui, which is widely known among many Chinese, might help you out! In fact, some things around us attract bad energy, and there are some that makes the energy of your house a lot better too. So, without any further ado – let me help you answer the question, how Feng Shui can help your home?

Do have indoor plants - One of the first things Feng shui philosophy specialists agree on is that having indoor plants works very well with the overall environment and energy of the room. In fact, the good Feng shui is all about bringing nature into your home. So various plants and even indoor trees are super helpful. It also makes all the energy stuck in the corners travel through the room more freely. Overall, a little bit of live plants in the room will look fantastic and will create a very cozy atmosphere.

Know  the ground rules about bedroom -  There are some basic rules about what shouldn't be in the bedroom, and what you should bring. Firstly, take a better look where a mirror hangs in your bedroom and decide whether you need it there. Mirrors in a bedroom produce too much yang energy and will keep you awake all night. But if you have a closet with mirrors, try covering it for the night, at least. It might radically affect your sleeping quality.  I love this room, completely different than ours.  Wouldn't it be nice if we all had several houses to decorate?

Have one place in the house that can honor your family -  It either can be a wall full of family pictures, or just one framed photo in the living room or dining room. It will show honor to your family members, and it also will create an unseeing support from your ancestors too. That is what Chinese are famous for, and it will never hurt to see beloved faces around the house.

Do search for solid items -  Another tip for a balanced interior is to search for furniture that is solid. For example, a table made solidly from wood. Also, remember that glass desks or coffee tables are not  recommended in your household. They should be as supportive as possible, not riddled with the possibility of shattering. So look for hard and strong furniture pieces that are not so easy to damage and you will see how much energy has changed.

Create a welcoming entrance without clutter - Keep in mind that your home address has to be visible so, according to Feng shui, it will be visible for opportunities and guests to find you. Thus, just keep the entry fresh and clean so “qi” can spot you!  For instance, when you visit a fancy hotel  or a  lovely home with a lovely curved driveway, beautiful flowers, a water feature,  you are immediately impressed and feel welcome.

 Our walkway is a curved meandering path to our front door with a waterfall feature that actually flows under the walkway. Our Lacy and Sasha are in the above picture.  They have since gone to Rainbow Bridge.

 So, these are just the tip of the iceberg of all the Feng shui tips for your interior. Keep in mind that all of this is just advisory and can help you a little bit while decorating your home.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015
Did you know that blueberries are only 100 years young? Blueberries are one of the few fruits native to America.  Blueberries are a  wonderful source of Vitamin C.   As we all know, Vitamin C is necessary for growth and development of tissues . A great antioxidant as well!  Another added bonus is, they help improve memory.  Let's get to my dessert made with fresh blueberries,  of course, I had to slip in some dark chocolate, which is also a great antioxidant.  See, healthy desserts!
Yes, graham crackers are used in this simple dessert.  Imagine how many different flavors we can use to create these sweet babies. We feel like we are eating healthy yummy desserts.  My husband told me last night, he loved these. Delicious! Just look at the added benefits!
I love the addition of dark chocolate.  I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate. 
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Grilled Watermelon Salad

Saturday, October 03, 2015

This salad is delightful and so easy to make.  Just grill some watermelon slices and cut out any shape you like and top it on some salad greens.
For dessert, I made 3 berry  individual cobblers.  I baked them ahead of time, so I wouldn't be running around trying to get everything together.  I had to use the star cookie cutter again to go with the theme.

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Key Ingredient - Recipe Tutorial

Friday, June 12, 2015
I know some of us bloggers like to share recipes on our blogs.  There are not a lot of options for creating a recipe in a tidy little box with a picture and make it printable.  I have used Recipage and Printfriendly. Key Ingredient lets you add your recipes to their site and then you can also embed them on your blog posts, plus they are shareable with social media.  It is free to sign up and use.  You can sign up with Facebook or create an account here.
 They also offer a Cookmark for your browser, so when you see a recipe you like, you can just click the Cookmark and save it.
After you sign up, to add a recipe, click Add Recipe.  There is a drop down menu and select  Type it in.

You will see the screen below:  You type the recipe title, description, ingredients and directions. On the right, you click select file to add a photo. After the photo is uploaded, click the box saying if you are the owner of the image.  Add your Source URL, Yields, Prep time, Keywords, language.  Next is your Recipe privacy.  Default is public. Finally back on your left, click save.  You can also check the boxes for share this or pin this.


After you have saved the recipe, a screen will pop up with your  recipe in a tidy box. To embed it on your blog post, click the purple  

You will see a window like this below: Uncheck the box where it says Hide the details.
You want to see the whole recipe. In the white box on the left, copy the complete code
and paste it in your  post on the HTML side, not COMPOSE.

There you have it!  A nice and professional looking recipe, ready to print, share, embed.
I am not receiving any compensation for this product.  I just happen to love how it adds your recipe in a nice looking box.  Here's my finished recipe:
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Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Thai Noodle Salad

Monday, June 01, 2015
This salad is so yummy.  If you like a little Asian flavor and something different, then this is your salad.
I went to The yard house recently and had the most wonderful Thai noodle salad.
I loved it so much, I wanted to make one similar.
This salad is served cold.   If vegan, just eliminate the chicken.

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Mother's Day Tablescape

Friday, May 08, 2015

I am thinking about all the Mother's I know and love.  Who have done so much for me and all their loved ones.  

My own Mother who has passed on.  She was a wonderful woman, gentle and mild, and self-sacrificing.  She had rheumatoid arthritis at a young age, yet she would walk with me for miles in the coldest winter snow to take me to Ballet class or Girl Scouts, or shopping, as she didn't drive.  We would read together every night.  She would read a page then I would read a page.  She would stay by my bedside until I went to sleep.  I couldn't sleep very well then as well as now.  It was so comforting to have her nearby when I am sure she must have been very tired.   Now with many children of my own I understand what a Mother truly is.....  .

Please feel free to leave a comment.  If you click on the photo it will enlarge for a closer look.  Thanks.

The tablecloth was from Tai Pan Trading.  Purchased last year.  I had to buy 2.  They were very reasonably priced.  Only sold in a rectangular size and I wanted a round cloth.  So between the 2 I made a round.  I used the left over fabric to make napkins, which I added a shell stitch crocheted border.  I love decorative edges on napkins.  
The woven balls in my tablescape came from Tai Pan trading.  They were a natural color.  I used 3 different colors of spray paint, light ballet pink, watermelon, and sage then I sprayed the balls with the paint to scatter on the table.  The pink and white Chevron design place mat on top of the white linen place mat is wrapping paper.  I just cut the paper to the size I wanted.

I used my green Crown teacups, which was a close enough match to place at each place setting.  I just set the faux flowers in for the photo.  I don't know if you can see but the pink bowls at the top of my plate stack have adorable white flowers both painted and embossed onto two sides of the bowl.

My pink Urn came from Thanksgiving Point Emporium.  I really searched to find a pink one for a long time.  This urn had been sitting behind the cash register for some time.  It had been staring me in the face and I had never noticed.

The little rose box is from Martha Stewart.  They are molded cardboard and I just spray painted them with the Watermelon colored paint.  They have a surprise in them for the guest!

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