Friday, February 25, 2011

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Glee Club Slushie Cupcakes

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Glee Cupcake Party

Let the Glee Times Roll...

This Lens targets both the novice or pro cupcake maker. This is my first Cupcake Club Lens and it is my hope you enjoy and find it useful. I love parties and I love making theme parties with fun food. I can't think of anything more fun than a cupcake. Cupcakes made for one. You get your very own to savor and enjoy. They are sweet and fun. This Lens will give you the tools to make a fun cupcake and then let the Glee Times Roll...

The Fox Network Show Glee is a hit with both the young and the young at heart. The proof is on Erin and Sara's, A Bake Odyssey Blogger, I found the Slushie Cupcakes. They made them in honor of Glee return, this past April.

If you're a fan of Glee, you know all about these infamous Slushie Drinks. The bullies of the McKinley High use Slushies as a weapon. One or more of the Glee Club Members are the usual subjects of the Slushie in the face from a one of the bullies in the show. Thou, this is a negative event in the show it is one of the icons of Glee. As a Fan of Glee, these are awesome.

Warning: Sorry, but I am going to use cheap play on words and made up words throughout this post.

Picture From: Erin and Sara's blog: A Bake Odyssey

Glee Slushie Cupcakes

Basic Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

From Linda Martin's Blog: 52 Cupcakes


1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

See Erin and Sara on A Bake Odyssey for the Step by Step Instructions on their blog. They transform the basic cupcake into these wonderfully creative Glee inspired, Slushie Cupcakes

Glee Cupcakes 

Inspired my the McKinley Cheer Leaders the "Cheerios"

Sweet Tooth Bakery
As Seen on the Blog Cup Cakes Take The Cake

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Happiness = The Perfect Cup of Coffee

The Quest for a Perfect Cup of Coffee

I wouldn't consider myself a coffee expert but a lover of a good cup of coffee. I am on a quest for the perfect cup of coffee. The big coffee chains offers the convenience, but how about the quality of coffee. I must admit the convenience is very attractive when on the way to work or for the afternoon pick me up.

We need food to survive.   I have been thinking, that life is too short, for bad foods and that includes coffee. When I have fast food I just do not feel good physical or emotionally. A good meal along with good cup of coffee is important to me and my Psyche . I am so happy when I have a good cup of coffee albeit, in the morning, after a meal, or with a friend. I have been thinking, that life is too short, for bad foods and that includes coffee. When I have fast food I just do not feel good physical or emotionally. A good meal along with good cup of coffee is important to me and my Psyche . I am so happy when I have a good cup of coffee albeit, in the morning, after a meal, or with a friend.

Atlon Brown, the host of Good Eats on the Foodnetwork, does challenge his viewers to take the time to get perfection in whatever "Good Eats" he features in each episode. The tips and tricks he gives in his show have been more than helpful and well worth the time.

Alton recommends using filtered water when brewing coffee at home. You can use a portable filter system like a Brita Water Filter System that you keep cold in your refrigerator or if not use bottled water. Water is the most important ingredient in coffee making, if the water taste awful, so will your coffee.

 "Beware of coffee bean bins" at the grocery store, Alton Brown warns us.   Why? Air and light can rob coffee beans of its flavor and freshness. The bag you place your beans into at the grocery store is meant only for transportation and not meant for storage. When you get home place your coffee in an air tight container.

Grind your coffee beans with a burr grinder for more evenly ground coffee.  Alton suggest placing a pinch of Kosher salt in with the grounds, to cut some of the bitterness. Once coffee is done brewing, place in a coffee carafe, to keep warm and fresh. Leaving the coffee in the coffee makers pot burner will stale your coffee

Angel on a Leash: Dog Fashion 2011

This Dog Fashion Show benefit the non-profit organization Angel on a Leash.   I remember on one of my days at the hospital receiving chemo, a dog came and to visit me.  It made me so happy to pet the dog and it made me feel more at ease.  I am not sure if the dog was from this program, but I fully support the idea of animals helping with the healing process.

Since, we got our Shih Tzu, Dusty Rose it has been great.  She keeps me company through some long days.  She lets me pet her and hug her.  She brought so much love to us.

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We Were There: Dog Fashion Show!

(Photo by Katie Sokoler/Gothamist)

Over the weekend, some of the city's small dogs strutted their stuff on the catwalk for a Dog Fashion Show at The New Yorker Hotel. The event was to benefit Angel On A Leash, a non-profit organization that creates dog therapy programs. Amongst those walking their dogs down the runway were New York personalities and celebs (Oscar-winner Celeste Holm and, well, mostly reality show stars). After all, why should cats have all the fun?!
Now having seen both efforts, it does look like cats have dogs beat in the fashion world, however—the felines really brought their A-game to last summer's Cat Fashion Show. At this weekend's event, it seemed the dog owners were more concerned with primping themselves than their pups.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness: Self Breast Exam

I am 36...It Can't Be Cancer...Right?
I wasn't due for an annual doctors visit or a OB-Gyn appointment. I felt the lump underneath my left breast while I was doing a self-exam.

On one day, no lump and the next day a lump...lump....well, so it seemed. Little did I know, I had a very aggressive tumor that was growing inside of me.  I thought maybe it was there the whole time. I had to be sitting up to feel the lump. What should I do? Who should I call? I am healthy and I am only 36 years old. It can't be cancer. Right?

Doing a self-exam is simple and early detection is key. Do it laying down, sitting up, in the shower, when you don't have your period, and when you do have your period. If you are not sure how to do a self exam of your breast, your doctor should be doing one on you at your OB-Gyn visit. Ask your doctor to give you literature and show you how to do the self-exam. If you are not comfortable with your doctor to do this or haven't had an exam. Stop! Get a doctor you are comfortable with and ask everything. Read as much as you can on the subject of exam and breast cancer. No question is stupid. Awareness is what could save your life.

What to Do?  Who Do I Call?
Each day, I felt it for a month, I was not sure what to do. I am 36 years old, it must be a cyst. It is the holidays, I do not have time for this. It can't be breast cancer. Right? My kids are 14 and 12, and I am working full-time. And, did I mention I do not have time for this. I was one to wait for the last possible moment to go to the doctors. It must be really bad, if not I do not have time for this.

I had my husband feel it to see if he remembered it feeling this way. Was I just imaging this, maybe my breast always felt like this way. I wanted to talk to my sisters and to my friends. But, it was too scary to say out loud. I wanted to ask them what doctor should I see for this? What do I say to the doctor? Well, what do I say to the doctor and not sound foolish. I am only 36 years old and never had a mammogram. Don't you supposed to wait until you're at least 40 to get a mammogram.

It was November was a Monday...three days after Thanksgiving...In a parking a department store...I decided to call my primary care doctor and say I wasn't feeling well. And, so did the journey begin.

One day later sent for my first mammogram and two day later visiting a surgeon who confirm it was cancer one day before my 37th birthday.

A Tribute to My Sister Joanne

She has walked and participated three times, in my honor, in a 3-day Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness. She has participated as a walker, fund-raiser, and a cheerleader for her team from work. Joanne had helped me so much during my diagnoses and treatment. She called the American Cancer Society and got all the free literature about all the aspects of what I was going through and what I was about to go through.

When it came time for treatment and face the lost of hair. We went down to the American Cancer Society to get help to look for a wig. So, the American Cancer Society is a major resource with many free materials and support. If your feeling overwhelmed to call yourself for the information to be mailed to you or find material on-line, than ask someone for help. You will find every one around offering help after being diagnosed. People want to help and feel helpless during this time while they watch their family member or friend go through this journey. Do not do it alone.
Thank you, to my sister for all her support during this time and all she has done since to support awareness. Love you so much.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Staying Healthy after Breast Cancer

          Tina in the Domincan Republic October 2010

The Wii Fit Plus has been a great for me. I work out at least 30 minutes a day, and it keeps track of this for me. It knows how many calories I burned. You weigh yourself on the board and it keeps track of how much you lose. You can set goals for yourself and it tells you how well you are doing

I am a Breast Cancer Survivor with many health limitations and this board is allowing me to do things virtually that I am not able to do in real life anymore. Unless, I want to end up in the hospital. I had enough of that, so virtually works for me and I get a workout.

The Pink Board Cover was a must for me. One because it is pink, it also keeps the board clean and it adds more friction. I bought my board about 300 days ago according to today's workout. I couldn't find it in local stores. I bought the board and pink silicone cover from Amazon and was very pleased.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Random things that makes our dog happy...Making us happy

Meet Dusty Rose!

Dusty making herself comfortable

My husband and I just love Dusty Rose. She has found her way into our heart very quickly. We love taking her to as many places as possible. We have taking her on a Pupcation, Geo Caching, Farmer's Markets, and to the Beach. We look forward to other adventures that will make her happy...that makes us happy.

How Dusty became part of our family? 

Dusty was with a family for seven years, but they had a baby who was allergic to the dog. My daughter had dog sat while the family went on vacation the summer of 2009. We all fell in love with Dusty. At the time, we didn't know the family was considering another home for her. I found out several weeks later when I was talking to my sister and telling her how much we missed Dusty. My sister knew the family was looking for a new home for Dusty.  Several weeks later they dropped Dusty off for the last time to her new home.

What are your favorite things to do with Dusty Rose? 

Dusty on the sniff


Geo Caching


Going to the Beach


Car rides


This summer hopefully, Kayaking

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