Saturday, August 05, 2006

Life in the Pauses by Anne Marie Goodrich

Cell phones, Internet, iPods, PDAs, alarm clocks, instant messenging, television, radio, podcasts, DVDs, email; our minds are constantly bombarded with input, information and communication. That’s just the thick layer of frosting on the cake of busy lives that overflow with jobs, kids, school, volunteer work, errands and chores.

I’ve been discovering small ways to slow down, to drink in the world around me and give my spirit small retreats. On a winter morning, it’s still dark when I walk down my steps to drive off to work. Instead of hopping right into my car with the engine running and the inviting warm interior, I halt on the little sidewalk at the bottom of the steps. Almost always, if I stop on a dark winter’s morn and gaze up at the stars overhead, the bare branches of trees silhouetted in the indigo sky, I'm filled with a sense of exquisite beauty, and a presence of God that surrounds and embraces me in warmth and love. A few seconds pause in a busy world can show us the miracles around us.

Pause for a few moments at the kitchen window and watch the birds winging through treetops. Stop mid-step on your way to somewhere and stare at the sky overhead, the clouds billowing and sailing across an inverted ocean of blue. Stay in your car when you’ve just parked and you’re in the middle of a song you love. Just for half a minute or so, put your head back, close your eyes, enter the music and feel your soul sing in harmony. Pause when you sip a cup of coffee and send aloft, along with the tendrils of steam of your cup, warm thoughts and prayers for someone.

Don’t try to find the perfect 15 minutes to rest in the midst of your chaotic day. Carve them out in seconds, pause in the moments, and find stillness in small ways. God and Life are often joyfully found in the spaces in between.

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Anne Marie Goodrich is co-founder of MyLifeSeeds.com, a web site for women that provides business resources, restful and rejuvenating articles, stories, poetry, creative printables and more. Ms. Goodrich is a mother, graphic designer, writer and a woman who embraces the pauses in life. For more information visit www.mylifeseeds.com.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

National Waffle Day is August 3

Here's some yummy waffle recipes, in celebration of National Waffle Day!

Blueberry Waffles with Blueberry Syrup

Mawmaw's Waffles

Banana Waffles

Basic Waffle

Classic Belgian Waffles

Potato Waffles

Visit Martha Stewart's site for Waffles 101. You'll find more recipes, as well as tips on making the perfect waffles.

Christopher Columbus Set Sail on August 3

On this day, in 1492, Christopher Columbus, along with his three ships, Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria, set sail to find a short path to India. Instead, he landed on one of the Bahamas islands, two months later.
Visit The Old Schoolhouse Magazine website to learn more interesting facts. You'll also find addtional links. Then test your Columbus knowledge by finishing the crossword puzzle.

Check out Enchanted Learning.com for activities, word problems, maps and much more.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Purchase Your Jeans at Eddie Bauer.com

At Eddie Bauer, it's all about Denim. Their redesigned collection offers new fits and washes that flatter every body. Shop by fit or by style and find the perfect pair that feels like it was made just for you.
Visit the Eddie Bauer store today!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Rona's DVD Recommendation: 'Soul Food' the Series


I've been enjoying season one of 'Soul Food- the Series', that ran on Showtime Channel. Thanks to Blockbuster Online.com I've been watching it in sequence! It's the first time I can remember seeing an African American family being the center of a weekly drama. Check it and perhaps you'll become a fan too!

Please read the following review, courtesy of Amazon.com. Focusing on a family full of love, disagreements and a fair amount of drama, SOUL FOOD: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON follows the lives of Teri Joseph (Parker), the oldest sister and a successful lawyer who is overwhelmed by her own success, Maxine (Vanessa Williams), the middle sister who is a stay-at-home mom aching for something more, and Bird (Malinda Williams), the youngest sister and hairdresser who is married to an ex-con who can’t seem to get away from his past.

All in all a fairly typical American family with issues just like everyone else: they bicker over small problems, and then pull together when confronted by a big crisis which they must work together to overcome.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Barbecue Chicken Recipes for Your Crockpot by Kara Kelso

August is Family Meal Month so I thought I would post a a few barbecue chicken recipes today. And you don't have to heat up your kitchen, just pull out the crockpot, assembly the meal and walk a way!

3 Barbecue Chicken Recipes for Crockpots By: Kara Kelso

Barbecue chicken is a popular dish, and there are probably millions of crockpot recipes out there. The purpose of this article is to only give you three crockpot recipes that are only for barbecue chicken.

Scan through each one and decide which one sounds the best to you. Or, you can try all three out at different times to see which your family likes the best!

Recipe #1

1 Chicken, cut up and skin removed
1 cup ketchup
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Place chicken in crockpot. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook 4 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low. Delicious!

Recipe #2

4-6 pieces chicken (I use boneless breasts)
1 bottle BBQ sauce
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. mesquite seasoning
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2-1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Mix BBQ sauce with all ingredients listed under it. Place chicken in crockpot. Pour sauce over all.

Cook slowly on low in crockpot about 4-6 hours. Serve with baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw.

Recipe #3

1 frying chicken cut up or quartered
1 can condensed tomato soup
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup vinegar
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon sweet basil
1/4 teaspoon thyme

Place chicken in slow cooker. Combine all other ingredients and pour over chicken. Cover tightly and cook at "low" for 6-8 hours. Makes 4 servings.

Good luck with finding your favorite!

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About the Author: Kara Kelso is the mother of two, and owner of www.Idea-Queen.com . For more quick and easy recipes, visit: www.idea-queen.com/recipes-for-mom.html

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Enter 47th National Chicken Cooking Contest at Eatchicken.com

Here's an opportunity to really show your cooking skills with an original chicken recipe. One finalist from each state, including D.C. will participate in a cook-off, In Birmingham, Alabama, in May 2007. Each finalist wins an expense paid trip and chance to win grand prize $100,000! Runner-ups have an opportunity for $18,000 in prizes.

Original recipes must be received by October 15, 2006. Visit the website for more details, official rules and to enter.