What an Awesome Quote…Wait…Who Said It?

I love surfing the Web and reading inspirational quotes and feel-good stories.  Occasionally I come across a particularly good quote or story…then have to do a double take and think “wait…where did this beam of knowledgeable sunlight come from?  Him?  But how?”  I fell into a site that has a few good quotes that you would write on a wall or make a banner out of, but would be fearful to cite the source because you wouldn’t want to be affiliated with a tyrant or a murderer…right?  Either way, it makes for an interesting read.

http://lifehacker.com/10-surprisingly-inspirational-quotes-from-evil-people-1454328362

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Natural Dark Spot Remedies

Ahhh. Dark spots.  You are the bane of my existence.

Dark spots plaque my skin for various reasons – scratches from my baby because he likes to touch my face (ok…sometimes I’m not up on nail clipping), acne spots, dryness and allergies.  Because I’m always plagued with this, I don’t have the money to go out and purchase products regularly because they are so darn expensive sometimes.  A simple Google search began and I came across this website that offered suggestions such as lemons, horseradish (really?) and even red onions (who knew?).  Check it out and see if any of these remedies seem to work for you!

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8222/3-dark-spot-remedies-you-can-find-in-your-kitchen.html

 

Mexican Poblamo Stuffed Peppers

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Picture courtesy of Gregory James via www.cleaneatingmag.com.

Mmmmm.

Mmmmm.

Mmmmm.

Got this gem from Clean Eating Mag.  So yummy and good for you!

Serving Size: 1 pepper

Servings: 4

  • 1c cooked red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1c cooked long grain brown rice
  • ½ c frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 2 tbsp onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/8 tsp ground chile powder
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 large poblano peppers (or 4 large sweet green bell      peppers), seeded and cut in half
  • 8 tbsp shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 4 tbsp low-fat sour cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large      bowl, mix beans, rice, corn, tomato, zucchini, onion, garlic, chile      powder, cilantro, oil, salt and black pepper. (Stuffing mixture can be      prepared 1 day in advance and stored in a container in refrigerator,      tightly covered with plastic wrap.)
  2. Spray a large roasting pan with      cooking spray. Mound 1/2 cup stuffing mixture into each poblano pepper      half and place in roasting pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 40      to 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with Mexican cheese and bake for another      10 minutes.
  3. To serve, top each stuffed pepper      half with 1/2 tbsp sour cream. Serve immediately.

37 Calorie Brownies

37 calorie brownies

Chantal Markiet Bernal, facilitator of the Facebook page Get Bodylicious Now posted a wonderful sweet, low calorie treat that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth while preserving your waistline!

  • 3/4c nonfat Greek yogurt (can use vanilla yogurt)
  • 1/4c skim milk
  • ½ c cocoa powder
  • ½ c old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ c Truvia
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c applesause
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Grease a square baking pan (preferably an 8”x8”)
  3. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth, approximately 1 minute
  4. Pour into the prepared dish and back for about 15 minutes
  5. Allow to cool completely before cutting into 9 large squares

Enjoy!

 

Local Events: Marietta, GA

Song of the Winter is playing in the Theater in the Square in Marietta, GA.  This play is set in the mountains of North Georgia and is about five sisters struggle to stay together after tragedy strikes.  This is a play for the entire family!

Theatre in the Square
11 Whitlock Avenue
Marietta, GA 30064

770-597-0442

Admission: $12 for kids and seniors, $15 for adults

Showtimes and dates:

January 10, 2014 at 8pm
January 11, 2014 at 8pm
January 12, 2014 at 3pm
January 15, 2014 at 8pm
January 16, 2014 at 8pm
January 17, 2014 at 8pm
January 18, 2014 at 8pm
January 19, 2014 at 3pm
January 22, 2014 at 8pm
January 23, 2014 at 8pm
January 24, 2014 at 8pm
January 25, 2014 at 8pm
January 26, 2014 at 3pm

http://www.marietta.com/song-of-the-winter

Michaels Classes and Parties

Michaels is a crafters dream store and I thoroughly enjoy the fact that they have classes to help expand my creativity.  I recently went there for a kids class where they made key chains and almost made it to a kids painting class (the weather turned out to be really crappy that day, so we opted to stay in.)  The kids classes are about $2 most of the time and are very enjoyable for kids of all ages.  I like that I can drop them off and indulge myself with cake decorating materials and scrapbooking supplies.  Cake decorating, crochet and scrapbooking are among the many classes that they offer.

What I did not know is that kids can have birthday parties as Michaels as well. You can typically book a party there for under $90 not including food and cake, but you can bring in whatever meals you would like.  A designated party staff member to help host your party, gather all the supplies and teach the selected craft.  This seems like a creative and different alternative to your typical party venue and themes.  I may even consider this for an adult party – maybe scrapbooking with wine and cheese?  Who knows!