Archive for January, 2010

The star of ‘Blossom’ reflects on how belief changed her look | Hollywood Jew | Jewish Journal.

I used to watch Blossom all the time as a teen 🙂 Anyway, I think its really cool she has embraced modesty with her faith.


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Confessions of a former feminist (OneNewsNow.com).

This sounds like and interesting book, and hopefully I will get to read it someday!

I thought some of my modesty and femininity readers might be interested in the article 🙂

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Howdy to everyone out there today 🙂 Its a cool, January day here in Oklahoma, and bein’ as I haven’t posted in a little while, I thought I would drop in!

Homeschooling- It has been goin’. We are still using SOS, and it is working for us. Not perfect, but its far better than last year. I am still having issues with getting 2 of the kiddos to do their work, as they would rather play. Fortunately, hubby got a better schedule, which has been helping out. So when the kids don’t do their work, hubby is home early enough to get them to do it. I really wish they would just do the work, with out lying about it getting done. The more I think about it, the more it amazes me that my stepson willing does the work, while the other 2 don’t… but then again, I have always had issues with them, and their lack of respect for me (long story, but it has to do with all the junk we went through yrs ago). Anyway, I am looking on the bright side, that overall things ARE better!

Health – This is week 2 that I have been exercising, I have gone back to doing Chicometrics and have been alternating with Leslie Sansone’s Walk at Home . I am already feeling a bit better, even if I haven’t lost any weight yet. Emotionally, I feel an improvement, I am not as cranky 😛 It has also been about 3 weeks since I had ANY kind of soda! That’s a HUGE thing for me! 🙂 Hubby decided to give up Pepsi, and I wanted to give up all pop. I am a HUGE Dr. Pepper drinker, but I also tend to “fall off the wagon”, so to speak, if I drink anything carbonated. I have been drinking a bunch more water, 100% fruit juices and teas. The next thing I need to do is adjust our diet, and that will be a big hurdle. I just want to make it more healthy, I don’t really have a desire to do a fad diet.

Life in general – Hubby started back at school. I am so thankful that his 3 classes are online, but he still has a lot of reading. He is still trying to decide whether he wants to redo some classes or just graduate. We are leaving it in God’s hands for now. God is still working in some areas, and change is coming, we just don’t know when 🙂

I have been trying to organize the house, declutter and clean. With our tax return, we are wanting to do some improvements.  I am not sure exactly what we will do, a lot of it depends on the estimates we get. We are leaning toward having the electrical updated, but I am not sure how that will all work out. I want to do some minor updates to the kitchen (new countertops, painting cabinets, retexturing walls and painting them, get a used white fridge to match other appliances, add shelves to butler’s cabinet to turn it into a pantry-type storage, new cabinet hardware, etc) ok, so maybe it doesn’t seem that minor, but a few of those would GREATLY improve our little kitchen, and would still be cheaper than gutting it! lol

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I had this idea a few weeks ago (not that its an original idea, but it just might be!) I have it in the oven right now! So far, the batter tastes really good, with a little kick 🙂 I just happened to pick up the Chai spice blend on clearance at a grocery store some time ago.

Here is what I did:


1 box Betty Crocker Golden Vanilla cake mix (could use other vanilla cake)

(gather the water, eggs and oil needed to make the cake)

2 chai tea bags (I used Stash tea) (you can also use a few more bags for a stronger tea flavor)

1 tsp McCormick Chai Spice Blend

Instructions –

Take water needed to make cake (see back of box) boil, and brew the tea bags for 5- 10 minutes. Make cake according to directions on back, adding the Chai spice blend and brewed tea to the cake mix.

Pour into cake pan and bake.

For a frosting, I will probably make either a buttercream or cream cheese frosting, and will add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of Chai spice to it.

I will have to update later, after we taste it 🙂

***Update 01/11/2010**** The cake was really good!  I decided to do a basic icing for a little healthier version 🙂 The icing had a nice little “bite” to it, as the gingery taste was brought out into the milk used in it. The spicy flavor seemed to intensify slightly by the next day.

I made the cake again for Bible study last night, and it was a big hit. I did a couple of changes to boost the spice a bit : I used 3 tea bags instead of 2,  1 1/2 tsp of Chai spice in the cake instead of 1 tsp.

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