Jolly cupcakes

Gingerly driving the Jolly cupcakes to school🤣

Every year during the holiday season my daughter’s school encourages all students to contribute to their chosen charities.

Students, bake, cook, do crafts, sell paintings, just about absolutely anything their heart desires to make some money for their charities.

Marketplace at school is an exciting day, and a learning experience. Students get the chance to learn about helping others, organizing their time, creating something that others want to buy, and learn about marketing their products.

This year my daughter with her best friend decided on baking cupcakes with flavors of the season. Minty wonderland, caroling coffee, ginger bells, and fa la la vanilla. After spending an entire Saturday afternoon baking, they had 40 cupcakes ready for sale. And the night before the market, couple of hours was spend making beautiful, delicious frosting in holiday colors.

After driving to school, very cautiously, and an hour early to grab a good table, they were ready to sell.💰

The jolly cupcakes were a hit.🧁🧁😋👍

Reviving your old shoes

I love my worn shoes. They fit just fine and look like my feet. Buying shoes is never easy for me, since I have wide feet, and I am just too picky when it comes to shoes. I love shoes, but dislike shoe shopping.

So I take very good care of my shoes, by repairing the soles and polishing my own shoes.

I know polishing shoes probably sounds strange to some of you, but I find it extremely relaxing and rewarding.

One day shopping for shoe polish a gentleman looking at the same shoe polish asked me which brand my husband preferred ? When I told him I was the shoe polisher at our home he laughed at me, and walked away telling me he married the wrong woman.

Any ways from the smell of the shoe polish to running the brush over the leather I find the entire experience fun. But don’t take my word for it. You might have to give it a try to understand the joy of making your worn out shoes looking new again.

Who knows? You might even give up shoe shopping to shoe preserving. 👍

Fresh Herb plants as gifts

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Rosemary and thyme plants are two of my favorites, and have a beautiful flowing shape. To cover the pots first wrap them with colorful gift wraps, and add ribbons and ornaments for more color and shine.

Herbs are also great hostess gifts.

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Fall never looked better

I love long walks with or without my music playing in my ears. Walking with my family is a different walk, since I tend to walk slower and usually get engage in some kind of conversation.

This year I have paid More attention to my surroundings. I am guessing with dozens of new constructions I am more aware that the green land around where we live and walk is starting to shrink. My green and hilly views are turning into constructions sites, that are growing in number every month. How many mixed used structures do we need? This tends to be the trend in our city!!

My pictures of fall trees are beginning to mean more than capturing the foliage this year. I find myself thinking this year might me the last year I am at aww of their beauty and sense of forever strength.

I hope I am wrong, but for now I am taking as many pictures as I can. To remember how beautiful natures is, and how much we all need to be surrounded by its beauty.

Are you looking to buy a sweater?

Madewell

Madewell cable sweater

You are in luck because every style is in for fall & winter. Oversized or cropped sweaters, slim cut cashmeres, and chunky popcorn knits are also very in for this winter.

I personally love big cable sweaters (sort of a fisherman’s look) and when I need to dress up a bit, a very thin cashmere keeps me warm, and I also add layers for a more stylish look.

Long sweaters are always stylish since you can wear them with leggings, wide-legged pants, or skirts.

Cropped sweaters are a cool look and it is still in for this winter  and a much better look to me unless your belly button is peeking out.

Colors are also a very important aspect of clothing, so remember rust colors are in this year.

Free People

Banana Republic

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Healthy, Delicious & fast

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It is time to eat, and  it is not just you starving but your loved ones are looking at you as if you had already planned the next meal and are ready to present them with a new and delicious spread that will please everyone’s taste buds.

I experience this more than a few times a week and since I constantly preach healthy eating, I can not bring myself to frozen meals or ordering in. So my weapon of pleasing is preparing salads with everyone’s favorite ingredients.

Salads served hot or cold With or without meat with loads of everyone’s favorite veggies, fruits ( dried or fresh) nuts, and simple dressings like olive oil with lemon and salt, oil and vinegar.

To keep my salads exciting I often use left over salmon, chicken or beef. For vegetables & fruits : beets, turnips, celery, mango, pomegranate seeds to give it an exotic twist.

Last nights dinner was salad served hot with chicken, farfalle Pasta, corn, peas, broccoli, asparagus, mozzarella chunks drizzled with glazed vinger, salted sunflower seeds, wild rice with a good sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. It was a winner and the leftovers will be great too.

To the next meal💪🏻👍

 

Saving money starting in September👍

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Every year as sept comes around we start moving things around in our house. Tidying organizing replacing a few pieces of furniture trying to  give our home a fresh look.

We are not alone, since the holiday season is just around the corner and families visit and entertain more during this time of the year we also tend to do more around the house.

With the end of the year closing, in this is a good time to purchase broadway tickets ( less tourism  demand ) furniture such as TVs, mattresses, patio furniture, & cars. Anything that is not in sync with fast changing technology will see a price reduction.

So if you are the non procrastinator and can keep a secret, go shopping early for the holiday season. You can score a lot of points with a new car under the tree👍😆