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Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puff Snacks

Hello foodie people.  Today I wanted to make a snack that My Husband I have occasionally. I found this recipe some time ago on Eat Well 101 it’s called Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puff Snacks and is a bite size snack that is delicious and taste great with a salad.

I decided to make this snack as today I’m decorating the house for Christmas and wanted something delicious and fulfilling since it will take me most of the day as I like everything to be perfect. I know your saying its way to early but I love the holiday., They bring family together and that so important anymore. Life is to short so enjoy your family as much as you can.

My daughter and son are coming next week with my grand daughter and I wanted it to be decorated for their visit. We are having an early thanksgiving this year since my daughters vacation starts then. I’m overly excited as its been along time since I have lived so far away from them. Visit are not easy like they used to be.

OK enough about me and on to the recipe. I hope you enjoy this. Don’t forget it taste great with a garden salad.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 or 2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  •  Sliced Pepperoni
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 teaspoon water, for gilding
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat your oven to 360°F (180°C). Roll out the puff pastry and transfer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cut 9 squares (approx. 3-inch/8cm)

2. On each square, arrange a tomato slice, topped with 2 pepperoni slices, parmesan, salt, pepper and chopped basil. Fold to opposite corners of each squares to form little boats.

3. Brush each pastry with the egg yolk, then refrigerate for 10-15 minutes before baking in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and pastries are puffed and golden. Serve immediately, enjoy!

Double the recipe if you want more.

 

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Old Places and Things

Abandoned house in Liberty, Missouri.

I Absolutely love old abandoned Places and Things.. In-fact I have an board on Pinterest just for that. I have over 350 pictures of old things.

It's funny how with age everything changes and you want things that you once said no to. You are now like yes whey didn't I like that years ago.

My favorite things are old place likes houses and barns any kind of old buildings. They once told of story of happiness or sadness.

I have some old pictures of mental home places and only God knows what kind of stories they could tell. Here are some of my  favorites.

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I love Grand Staircases

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Can You imagine how beautiful  this would be restored

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I remember my  grandmother had and old well and my mother would walk to draw water from it.

Old mill, Black Forest, Germany.

Love.. Love this old mill in the woods

Music has the power to heal your soul

I was sitting here trying to remember what I was just thinking about when I relized I actually had no thoughts.  I was merely singing the words to the music I was listening to and that was all. I really love music and listen to it all day.

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Music Has The Power To Heal Your Soul

Music has a way of making me feel wonderful no matter what kind of mood I'm in. It's so soulful. If I'm happy its makes me even more happier. If I'm sad it bring me a sense of peace.  If I'm angry it calms me.

I started really listening to music as a young child. My beautiful mom who had long shiny black hair had a old record player and she would play music on it. She was a big fan of Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, George Jones and Tammy Wynette. She also loved the Statler Brothers, Ohh and Elvis Presley.

 

As I became a young teenager, I discovered Rock n Roll and was hooked thanks to my distant cousin Sharon. Bands like Queen, Styx, ACDC and my favorite the Eagles were very big at that time. I would sit in my room and listen to my 45's of them. I had also discovered Black Lights, posters and Marijuana. When I think of those days, I'm totally amazed that I got away with it as strict as my parents were, but glad I did because it shaped me into the person I am today.

My first concert was ACDC and man was I young. In fact I had lied to my parents and went to this concert anyway after being told no. I always hung out with people older than me, don't know why. I had a friend who a jeep and she would hang out with a bunch of people who smoked Marijuana and sometimes I got to go with her,  by that time I may have been 13 or 14 years of age. Yes  I know I started much to young.

Seeing ACDC in concert was wild. Malcolm Young pulled his pants down and mooned everyone. Suddenly I got my first glance at a  penis  hanging out by men dropping there pants around me to moon as well. Yes I was very much shocked. Never had endured that kind of behavior before. It's funny as I think of it now. I can imagine a young country girl who had strict parents experiencing this kind of behavior for the first time must have been a little scary at first.

My second concert I went to was after getting married at a very young age of a few weeks shy of 16. My husband and his friends were big on partying which was right up my alley.  Getting to see Heart in concert was a dream, they had just come out with the hit Barracuda and I loved it. I got to see many people in concert during those years with my husband at that time. In fact the 7 years we were married  I saw at least 15 to 16 bands. One of my favorite concerts was Alice Copper. He did some great stage shows in those days.

My husband and I divorced after 7 years of being togethe. We decided that divorce was best as we both were much to young when we got married. I had then moved to a different town and starting to hang out with my neighbor who listened to country music. I feel in love with it and soon my love for country developed which lead to me meeting my second husband.  He to loved to listen to country music full blown and we hit it off so great that we were living together months later. His love for Conway brought memories of my parents listening to him when he was in his 20's singing. AAhhh those were some good memories.....

I saw Conway Twitty at least 5 times while we were together in fact when Conway died its devastated us both. Well I would have to say my husband more as he could imitate his voice and sang just like him. He also had every Album Conway had out.

It's been 28 years now and my Music has widen so much.  Thanks to my husband now of 18 years I have learned to listen to a little of everything. He's Dutch so my music really changed. I went from Rock n Roll to Country to New Age and Pop.

I don't listen to the old country anymore. It's really hard as it brings back to many sad and hurtful momories from my parents death to my terrible divorce from my second husband. I love that Martin my husband now has a wide range of music. We listen to everything from Opera to synthesizer Music.

I don't listen much now to any of the old stuff as I just get depressed. Why should I put myself through that. Doesn't mean I don't love it anymore, it's just not healthy for me.

I think I'm just happy to be alive now and get to listen to music at all since that's one of my biggest loves. I love the new pop we hear today. It doesn't let me think about all the pain I've endured in my life.....

Fall is Serenity To Me

Today has been a great day. It feels like winter is coming. The temp is dropping down to the mid 30's tonight and we will get our first frost here in Missouri. It's then the leaves will turn and fall will set in. I love fall when there is warm days so you can walk and just look at the beautiful word God created . The wonderful colors of the different trees and plants totally amaze me.  It' such a pity it doesn't last as long as summer. It's truly my favorite time of the year. The weather is cooler so hoodies and boots are in fashion. Bonfires are made as we sit out with our family and friends making forever memories. It really  is a mesmerizing time of the year to me and bring back some wonderful memories of being younger in my life.

Here are some photos that are in my neck of the woods. I can't take credit for them as I  found them on a free photo site. If anyone knows of an author of  the photos please let me know so I can contact them and give them proper recognition.

This is in a neighboring town in Tennessee called Harrogate.

This is in Whitesburg Kentucky

Who wouldn't want to walk on this beautiful road. Trust me I have many times in Beverly Kentucky.

I took some pretty pictures this weekend, while hubby and I were out. I love taking photos and can't wait to take some fall pictures. There's just something about fall that makes me feel peaceful. Its like your spending your last moments with something you love before it dies. You treasure it and nurse it as much as possible even though you know it's not going to make it. Whats so wonderful about letting it go is knowing that in the spring it will come back to life and be even more beautiful and loved than before. I  just truly thinks amazing if you can look at it in that way.

Today I made some cool things I made a Halloween decoration out of a yellow butternut squash and its really cute. It's not finished yet so when I get it done tomorrow will update this page.. Here is the beginning of how it looks.

When I get the mouth cute out a tea light goes in it. I think its adorable and will make a post when I get it finished. The tutorial is over at my business site Influencingangel.com

Well going to call it a night. A Dr. Apt calls for an early morning sweet dreams everyone.

 

My illness is an excuse?

How does it make you feel when your family or friends say your using your disease as an excuse to not come around? Does it upset you or are you like whatever?

To me it’s hurtful when it comes from someone you love or care about. It shows they are not supportive in the way you would hope they’d be. But how many of us truely have good supporters that understand us and our illnesses.

Today been another hard day where I stayed in bed. Two days now, only up long enough to cook dinner and clean up kitchen. And that’s it. Also waking up every hr and half at for last 3 nights. It’s so exhausting.

I have been upset twice today and now I know why my doctors say stay away from stressors. Why put yourself through getting upset. Its easier to be alone..

I’m also really sick of people thinking they know me. They have no clue in what their talking about. They haven’t lived my life or walked in my shoes. And you know what if I want to write to whole world my business, so be it. I was told to journal and it makes me feel good to have other people like me give me encouragement. They at least understand what I’m going through.

I think i’m going to be blocking ip’s tonight.

On a good note I did finish a mandala I started the other day. I even colored it in. I like doing them takes your mind away from dwelling about things. Well havea good one you all…here’s some pics I took of it

 

The word Mandala (pronunciation mon- dah- lah) means “circle”.  A Mandala represents wholeness, a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity, extending beyond and within our bodies and minds.
The mandala appears to us in all aspects of life, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon and more obviously the circles of life encompassing friends, family and communities.

Mandalas are circular designs symbolizing the notion that life is never ending. Many mandalas have spiritual significance to an individual or group of individuals. The Hindus were one of the first people to use a mandala as a spiritual tool, but the mandalas most individuals are familiar with, are ones made by Buddhists.

Mandalas are used for meditation purposes allowing the individual meditating to become one with the universe. There are not many who are able to achieve this state of mind from just studying a mandala. The symbolism behind the creation of a mandala can have significant meaning for many individuals whether they are Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, Pagan or of any other religious orientation.

Mandalas can be created by individuals to symbolize their journeys through life. Mandalas can also tell a story of where an individual has been.  In some cases they will reveal the individual’s path in life.  Groups can create mandalas that will reveal what they should be doing in order to grow and develop as a group.

How to use a mandala

There are many uses for a mandala.  The design of the mandala is supposed to be visually appealing so as to absorb the mind in such a way that irritating thoughts are unable to get through and a spiritual essence surrounds the individual observing the mandala, which in turn allows the individual a higher consciousness or awareness, almost as though being hypnotized.   This allows the busy mind to take a break while the creative mind is allowed to run free.

Having said that, the mandala is primarily used as a form of meditation to gain knowledge from within.

Select a mandala that appeals to you.  You should know the meaning of the mandala you have chosen or set your own meaning before using it for meditation.

Once the intention has been set, you can begin focussing on the mandala.  Allow yourself to take in the lovely designs, allow your mind to wander.  Just like watching a candle flame in candle therapy, if your mind starts to think about the usual mundane things, simply bring your focus and attention back to the beauty of the mandala.  Let the mandala absorb all your attention, by falling into it and gazing into the colours, swim in its patterns.  As you begin to fall into the mandala, you will experience a feeling of lightness and intuitive thoughts may arise. Relax, let thoughts and feelings come to you.  Float with it.  If you begin to feel panic, feel lost, uncomfortable or if you start thinking about those “mundane” things again, just relax and refocus your attention back to the mandala.

Everyone experiences different feelings.  But if you have a relaxed demeanour whilst focussed on the mandala you have obviously achieved what was intended.  You should come away with clarity of the intention you or the particular mandala set before the meditation.

Creating a mandala

The internet has a wealth of mandalas and their meanings. Many sites have mandalas ready for colouring as a free copy or download. It is always best to select colours intuitively. With the assistance of Spirit and Destiny magazine find below colours and their symbolic meanings to assist you making your mandala colour choice:

RED for strength, high energy and passion
PINK for love, intuition and the feminine
ORANGE for creativity, transformation, self-awareness and intuition
YELLOW for learning, wisdom, laughter and happiness
GREEN for physical healing, psychic ability, love of nature and caring
BLUE for emotional healding, inner peace and meditation
PURPLE for all things spiritual
WHITE for spiritual focus
BLACK for mystery, deep thinking and individuality
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