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Jan 4, 2008

Warm Up to a Sweet Giveaway!

My friend, Judy Hartman at Fabric Art & Crafts, knows how to take the winter chill out of the air! To celebrate her One Year Anniversary of Blogging, she is conducting a sweet Giveaway! She is gathering together an assortment of ephemera to create a wondrous Valentine Kit for collage and/or cards! All of these goodies will be tucked into a lovely Anna Griffin folder. You will also want to check out her meticulous creations! PLEASE DO ME A FAVOR and mention that "KJ from Eye-dyllic" sent YOU. Okay, CLICK HERE.

Jan 3, 2008

Disney's Desperate Housewives

Before complaining, consider the misfortune of these ladies...

Hopefully, this will help to dwarf your issues.

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Jan 2, 2008

Jaden's Steamy Kitchen & Chocolate

My Christmas tree is scheduled to be untrimmed today. The fact that it's still standing is not unusual for me since my tree goes up 7-10 days before Christmas, and I'm always reluctant to part with it. Nevertheless, a rotund Christopher Radko Santa is still doing pirouettes between the white lights illuminating over 30 years of ornaments.

Still beneath the tree are at least 20 BOXES OF CHOCOLATES—all gifts. Now, it's no secret that chocolate and I are extremely close, especially when it's Godiva which disappears the moment I know it exists. The chocolates that remain under the tree are understudies that can only promise average results which—simply put—aren't worth wearing!

So, I must be half-baked to be offering another sweet treat when most of our sugar levels are doing trapeze acts! Well, it's an enticement! Yes, a luscious enticement to connect to Jaden's Steamy Kitchen blog; a site that is sure to lure you into healthier choices for 2008!

Jaden was born in Hong Kong and raised in Nebraska (the state that my mother's side of the family hails from). As you read her Shameless Self-Promotion, "Because," as she puts it, "even egos have to be fed," you will discover her many accolades, including live demonstrations on ABC's morning news segments. She is beautiful, witty, and gifted as she gives generous servings of what she promotes as "Modern Asian: fast, fresh, simple enough for tonight's supper." I will advise you that sometimes her language is a bit raw; however, she is always entertaining.

Dark Chocolate & Toffee Macadamia BarkFrom Jaden's Steamy Kitchen


A great treat that you can customize to your liking. Substitute with milk chocolate chips, those fancy white chocolate chips, pecans, walnuts, pistachios (ooooh that would be pretty).

NOTE: The Dark Chocolate & Toffee Macadamia Bark takes 2 hours to chill.

  • ½ box of graham crackers
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ lb butter (2 sticks)
  • 3 cups dark chocolate chips (or your favorite chocolate bars, broken into small pieces)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped macadamia nuts (or other nut if you prefer)
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a lipped baking sheet with a layer of tin foil. Arrange a single layer of graham crackers in the pan without overlapping. In a small saucepan, melt butter and add the sugars. Whisk to dissolve. Let boil and simmer for 5 minutes on low. Very carefully pour mixture onto the graham crackers, working quickly with a spatula to even out the layer. Bake 10 minutes. Remove and evenly spread out the chocolate chips and leave it to melt for 5 minutes. Using spatula, spread the melted chocolate evenly. Top with chopped nuts. Let cool. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Break pieces. (Yields 1 lb.)
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Inspiration for 2008

Cielo, at The House in the Roses, wrote a stirring post that has the potential to inspire each of us to be more aware of those around us. It reminded me to guard myself from becoming so distracted with my life that I miss the glorious God-portunities set before me. Click here to read, "Ending 2007 on an Inspirational Note."

Jan 1, 2008

2008!

Blogs prove that new friendships are often just a click away! What an amazing adventure these last 6 months have been! I've frolicked with old friends and welcomed new ones! Your visits here have affirmed me and given me new vigor to pursue my dreams. A thousand thank-yous to all of YOU! May 2008 bring your deepest desires and dreams to fruition!

HUGE HUGS, KJ

Dec 31, 2007

Resolutions?


HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE!

My New Year's Resolution track record is unimpressive. I am much better at assessing and adjusting on a daily basis. Nonetheless, New Year's Day is an opportunity to pause and take inventory of the pleasant and not so pleasant—inventing useful ways to use both.

Humorous New Year's Thoughts

A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one Year and out the other.
—Anonymous

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.
—Oscar Wilde

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
—Bill Vaughan

I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.
—Anais Nin

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions.
—Joey Adams