Tuesday Tip of the Day: Literally

22 Oct

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin
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This kind of reminds me of the old, “Give a man a fish” quote. I much rather learn something new than have someone do it for me. I love learning, I love teaching, I love sharing. So, I’m sharing with you.

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My friend and baker extraordinaire, Miss Elizabeth, over at Sweet Spot Bakery on the Square, was making these adorable high heeled shoe cupcakes, so I asked her to teach me how to make them and tell me what magical frosting tools she uses.

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I love to make cupcakes, brownies and cookies, but if I can learn how to frost these beautiful rose cupcakes, wow, I’d be even more amazing. (Modesty is not my strongest attribute.) So, Miss Elizabeth loaded up a frosting bag and showed me her technique. I was a natural!

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Here is the “tip” of the day, literally. The #1M Tip by Wilton for the rose and the large tip coupler to keep it in place. Now, practice, practice, practice. I’ll never be as great as Miss Elizabeth, but she promised to call me next time she has to decorate a zillion rose cupcakes, so I can practice.

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If you’re one of those people that rather buy the fish than learn how to fish, then you can go over to Sweet Spot Bakery in McKinney and order some rose cupcakes. Order a whole bunch so I can go over and practice.

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Montage Monday

21 Oct

“Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.”
― Douglas Pagels
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Very true. Each new day is a blank page in the diary of life. I have been journaling and writing and recording what I do every day for over ten years. Not a lot of detail, but a brief summary of the day. But, I’ve also journaled, written poems and stories, and recorded important events as long as I can remember. When I’m old and gray, I can look back at my journals, a retrospective of my life. Oops! I’m already old and gray.

Now, I need to turn that diary into the best story possible.

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Another busy week filled with fun and friends.

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Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

20 Oct

“Hypocrites get offended by the truth.”
― Jess C. Scott, Bad Romance: Seven Deadly Sins Anthology
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OK. My previous post disappeared in auto draft. It’s out in cyber world and I ain’t writing it again. So, here’s a recap…
Went to church, Father was funny, had a leisurely brunch with Karen and Mercedes at Bien Salsa and strolled around the Square, came home and went for a long walk. Another nice day.

(The hypocrite theme relates to the sermon and homily today.The guest priest told a story about a couple who said they didn’t want to attend his church because it was FULL of hypocrites. He replied, “Not really. Come in and join us. We still have room for a couple more.”) now, some pictures.

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Me, Karen and Mercedes at Bien Salsa.

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A couple old jalopies.

Saturday:Sights, Sounds, Sittin’ and Sippin’

19 Oct

Success in life is by opportunity and preparation, instead of sitting around waiting for luck, get up and go find your luck.
Blaze Olamiday
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An early Saturday morning walk, run over to writing group, then lunch on the Square with Mandy at Brother’s Pizza. It was another gorgeous day. How many more perfect days can we have? We walked around, and stopped at Art On The Veranda. Dana and Judy were teaching a jewelry making class.

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One of my all time sittin’ around people watching spots is Sweet Spot Bakery. I actually got a little sun burn today.

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Miss Elizabeth was making these adorable high heel cupcakes and taught me how to make them. I love to learn new things.

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Aren’t they cute?

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Here’s my first attempt at the rose frosting. I think I’m a natural! I told Elizabeth to call me next time she has to frost 70 cupcakes. (What if she takes me up on it?)
After I got home around 6pm, I strapped on my gym shoes and went for another long walk. I walked over to see the friendly horses down the road.

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Now, I’m just sittin’ around with my weary band aide feet up, a frosty gin and tonic, my trusty ipad, and some mindless pre-recorded television programs. That’s what I call a beautiful busy day!

Grass doesn’t grow under my feet…or does it?

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Happy Friday

18 Oct

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it! Happy Friday!
Unknown
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It was a gorgeous Friday here in North Texas, 70’s melting into 80’s with clear blue skies and the warmth of the sun. A brisk early morning walk with my neighbor Diane was followed by a leisurely breakfast, and some errands. I met my friend, Mandy, at Market Street for an iced tea and a long visit I the afternoon. . I needed a visit, a distraction, a friend to share the afternoon with. It’s funny, it always seems like when I need a friend, the phone rings, or the text dings, or someone stops by. I’m just so fortunate that way. I know! I am blessed.

I took another long walk when I got home. It was just too spectacular of a day not to enjoy every last minute of it. Plus, I found several more construction nails on my walk, my designated saving the world from flat tires.

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I decided to change up my usual chocolate ice cream Black Russian Friday night with a little vanilla, just for variety. Nah! I like chocolate much better. I’ll just have to finish this one and switch back to chocolate.

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I must be VERY successful. I like myself, I like what I do, and I like how I do it. HAPPY FRIDAY!

Theme Song Thursday: Fire In The Sky

17 Oct

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!”
― C. JoyBell C.
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I will never be anything but in awe of each glorious sunset. Every evening is amazing. Did you ever see a boring sunset? No! A sunset is God’s way of painting the sky with every fiery color in His magical palette. I’d like to paint every sunset that I see. Someday I will. Well, maybe not all of them, but a few hundred.

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This is the picture perfect sunset I captured on my evening walk.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Family

16 Oct

“My dear young cousin, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it.”
― Rick Riordan
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It was a long busy day yesterday, with an early walk, Zumba, baking, a birthday celebration and Creative Community meeting in the evening, but I was still looking forward to a late visit from my cousin Jeff. He was in town on business, just for a couple of days then back to Chicago. He had a long day, but said he’d come over after work and dinner.

He plugged my address into his GPSand was on his way at 9:00 pm. The phone app took him to a totally different city, and by the time he got redirected and to my house, it was almost 11. I felt bad that he had a round about scenic tour of north Texas.

We hadn’t seen each other in years, but we sat and talked and visited like it was yesterday. I made him one of my famous chocolate ice cream Black Russian drinks. Catching up and exchanging stories from childhood, family, happy times and bad times, we lost track of time. It was after 4 am before he headed back to his hotel almost an hour away. Yep, family is important. If you see family every day or once every ten years, blood is thicker than water. They are family and you love them just the same.

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This is how I still see my little cousin in my eyes. He’s in his forties now, but he’ll always be my little cousin Jeff. (I stole this from his Facebook page.) thanks for a great visit, Cuz!

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