Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New Recipes To Check Out!

I've added 3 new recipes to my blog Belles Roses - Healthy Eating, just click on the Recipe button above.  The 3 recipes are Chicken Tortilla Soup, Mocha Layer Cake and Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie.  I hope you check them out.  If you make them or tweak the recipe, let me know how you liked it and how you tweaked it.  I'd love to hear from you.

Hugs, LisaKay

Friday, November 18, 2011

Pink Friday and Pink Saturday 11/18/2011

The theme for Pink Saturday is thankfulness and I have much to be thankful for. With the economy the way it is many struggle, as we do to make ends meet, but some have no food to put on the table or a roof over their head.  I have both and I am able to be home with my daughter and I am very, very thankful for that.

On Wednesday my daughter and I ran up to the store to get a few things and on our way out while getting into our truck a lady approached me and I could tell by the way that she looked that she is having a very rough time.  She explained that she needed to get to Terre Haute which is about 70 miles or more from where we were and that she was out of gas and only had $4 dollars and would it be possible or could I spare a little money to help her.  I told her to go over to the gas station right by the store and I would meet her there.  She kept saying thank you as she walked back to her car.  Now my husband and I are having some pretty hard times right now financially and we live on a very fixed income and budget, but I couldn't tell this woman no.  I had her pull up to the pump and I told her I would go in and pay.  I bought her $10 of gas and a drink and headed over to her car.  I think she is living in her car because of what I saw in the back seat.  I told her I'd paid for $10 and gave her the drink and told her to drive safely and that I hope she will make it there safe and sound.  She started to cry and told me over and over thank you.  I told her that she is more than welcome and I hope that some day if I am ever in the same situation some one will help me because we need a little more kindness in the world.

As I got into our truck, my daughter who had been sitting in there watching everything said "Mom are you going to be able to get your gas now?"  I told her I would make due with what I have and I'll just have to be more diligent about where I drive and when to do my errands.  Then my daughter said "Mom, that was really nice of you to do that for her, especially since you gave her half your gas money budget.  I love you mom and I'm really proud that your my mom."  That's when I started to cry.  The fact that my daughter is proud that I'm her mother is the greatest gift she could ever give me.

I truly feel that if our society could just be a little more kind and giving toward each other it truly would be a better place to live.  I can tell my daughter until I'm blue in the face to be a better person, but they are only words; I have to lead by example.  I hope and pray everyone is having a wonderful week and that you have a happy and joyous Thanksgiving next week.

Here is a little digital media signature tag I made for Christmas.  I hope you like it.


linking with:

Pink Friday
Pink Saturday


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

New Tag from Breakfast at Tiffany's

I found this lovely new scrap kit by Sweet Cravings scrap called Breakfast at Tiffany's you can find it here.  She has some really adorable kits.  I bought a few others and can't wait to make some tags with them.  I also used a tube from PSP Emporium here and I am using a design by Anna Liwanag. You need to have a license to use their tubes and I will be adding mine to my image as soon as I receive my license number from them.  As I'm learning to use the different softwares that I have I hope to add some tutorials to my blog.  So without further adieu here is my new tag.

I've also added a navigation bar to my blog and have new blogs solely dedicated to my recipes, canning and other healthy eating tips.  A new blog for my art and a new blog for my art swaps.  I hope you will check each of them out.  I am currently making ornaments for my ornament swap being hosted by the Bloggerette Society.  I hope you will visit them here.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pink Friday and Pink Saturday

This is my first time participating in Pink Friday and I am really excited to visit everyone's blogs.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday so far.  I have been in a bit of a nostalgic mood lately, probably because I just recently celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary.  My hubby and I had planned to renew our vows on our 10th and celebrate it in my home town in Washington State since my mother couldn't be there for our wedding, but with the economy the way it is we just couldn't swing it.  So instead I am dreaming of the wedding dress I will wear when we do renew our vows.  I hope you like what I am thinking of.

I know that I want to go vintage and pink.  If I can't find exactly what I'm looking for than I will just have to make it myself!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Consumer's Be Aware!!

As of late I have seen a trend at the grocery store, maybe you have too.  In this current economy so many of us have to be very budget aware because some of us have lost jobs, our companies have downsized, we or our spouses have not received pay increases for years and it can be a struggle to make ends meet.  Since we became a single family income we have had to make dollar count and one of those is living on a strict grocery budget.  Yesterday I spent 4 hours going to Kroger, Marsh and Meijer to utilize the sale items so that I could get everything that I would need to feed and take care of my family.  It's not so much that I mind having to spend the time or going to the 3 different stores (they are very close to each other) what makes me angry is noticing that the amount you get has decreased but the price has remained the same or increased.  A good example is when Meijer has Crystal Light buy 2 get 2 free, I stock up.  They are $2.69 per container and have 6 packets, until now.  Now they only contain 5 packets and the price has remained the same.  As a SAHM, not only to I take great care in focusing on healthy food for my family, I also have to pay attention to where my products come from and now I have to deal with this.  So my 4 hours of shopping I managed to save $122 and spent $220 and my pantry is now stocked up again and meat in the freezer for future meals and I didn't use any coupons, only in store deals.

As a consumer I no longer have brand preference or loyalty because I can't afford to, especially when they keep the prices the same or raise them and give you less product.  As a person it seems that we could all pull together to get this economy to turn around instead of fighting one another.  The companies could possibly stay in the black and/or make a profit if they wouldn't continue to stick it to us every time we turn around, such as the example I gave above.  Maybe if we, as consumers, didn't feel we were being cheated we'd have brand loyalty.  It's possible I'm just over  simplifying the situation, I'm no economics major, but just seems like people and business are only concerned about themselves and not really doing anything get the economy out of the crapper.

Here is some very useful information I found on Facebook.  It's worth the read:

With all the food and pet products now coming from China , it is best to make sure you read label at the grocery store and especially Walmart when buying food products.
Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located.
It is important to read the bar code to track it's origin.
How to read Bar Codes .... interesting!
This may be useful to know when grocery shopping, if it's a concern to you.

The whole world is concerned about China-made "black hearted goods".
Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ?

If the first 3 digits of the barcode are 690 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA.
471 is Made in Taiwan . 
This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the
public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves.

Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products "MADE IN CHINA ", so they don't show from which country it is made. 

However, you may now refer to the barcode - remember if the first 3 digits are:

690-692 ... then it is MADE IN CHINA
00 - 09 ... USA & CANADA
30 - 37 FRANCE
40 - 44 GERMANY
471 .... Taiwan
49 ... JAPAN
50 ... UK

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Autumn Theme Has Come to Belles Roses

Even though I loved making my Halloween theme, it was time to move on to an Autumn theme before Christmas comes.  I hope that you enjoy the new theme, although I may have to tweak it just a bit.  I'm off now to finish visiting my fellow Pink Saturday bloggers and then off to do a little sewing.  Autumn is my favorite season of them all.  I love all the bright, vibrant colors.  I hope you are enjoying this wonderful season as much as I am.


Give Away at StoneGable

During my visits to the bloggers that join in on the wonderful Pink Saturday fun I came across a blog that is offering the most wonderful give away.  Please go over to StoneGable and check out her Mikasa tablesetting giveaway.  She also gives a wonderful tutorial on how to fold a napkin into a rosette.  Don't miss out!
Hugs, LisaKay

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Pink Saturday

It has been ages and ages since I took part in Pink Saturday and oh how I have missed it.  Life has been very stressful for us this last year, especially with my daughter's paternal grandmother sick with Stage 4 breast cancer.  After a very long battle she passed away in September and is now at peace. For this post I decided to make a tag for Pink Saturday, I hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fall Tag Finished

I finished my Fall Tag and will hopefully get my background done sometime today.  I have a few other projects I need to finish and photos that need to be taken so I can post them to my blog.  I have several ATCs I need to get finished up and sent off along with my Tags for my tag swap.  So many projects, so little time.  Hope you like the Tag.  I hope to get good enough so I can start making some tutorials.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Free Mandala Art Course

While going through some of the blogs I love and the art sites I belong to, I became aware of a free Mandala Art Course going on at Willowing.  How exciting!!  I, of course, signed up for it as I have always wanted to learn how to do mandalas.  It is always wonderful when artists offer free courses like these.  Many thanks to Guadalupe, who is also one of the guest teachers for the upcoming year long Lifebook class also offered by Tamara LaPorte the creator of Willowing.  My husband purchased this course for me as my birthday and Christmas present and I am so very thankful that he did that for me.  I'm really excited about it and love all the classes I take on Willowing.  I hope that you will check it out.  Happy Creating.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Animated Tag

I am so excited as I completed my first animated tag and I'm really happy with it.  I hope that you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.


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