Monday, December 31, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The Midnight Mass celebration was beautiful, a lovely memory to keep. In the morning, we got to chat with our dearest son and his lovely girlfriend over skype (wonderful invention) and gifts were opened then, it was as if they were right there in the room with us : )
And it was indeed a lovely Christmas day too, we even managed to watch a few Christmas movies together, that is my husband and I and our daughter.
And now today, the day after Christmas, I can hardly believe Christmas has come and gone already! But as I mentioned on my radio show earlier during this season, we should keep Christmas with us all through the year.
Here are the words from the Sesame Street crew from their Christmas special...words to keep in mind...
When Christmas time is over and presents put away, don't be sad
There'll be so much to treasure about this Christmas day and the fun we've had
So many happy feelings to celebrate with you
And, oh, the good times hurry by so fast,
But even when it's over there's something you can do to make Christmas last
Keep Christmas with you All through the year,
When Christmas is over, You can keep it near.
Think of this Christmas day When Christmas is far away.
Keep Christmas with you All through the year,
When Christmas is over, Save some Christmas cheer.
These precious moments, Hold them very dear
And keep Christmas with you All through the year.
Christmas means the spirit of giving
Peace and joy to you,
The goodness of loving,
The gladness of living;
These are Christmas too.
So, keep Christmas with you All through the year,
When Christmas is over, Save some Christmas cheer.
These precious moments, Hold them very dear
And keep Christmas with you All through the year.
Blessings to you all this Christmas
and throughout the coming New Year
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Today the Pope in his Sunday Angelus spoke of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin, Elisabeth – the episode narrated during the Gospel reading for the day.
The Holy Father focused on hospitality as he said, " Wherever there are those who welcome one another, where there is careful attention, wherever there are people who make room for another,” he said, “there is God – and the joy that comes from Him."
“Let us imitate Mary in the Christmas season, visiting to those who are experiencing difficulty, especially the sick, the imprisoned, the elderly and little children,” prayed Pope Benedict, “and let us also imitate Elisabeth, who received her guest as God, Himself.” The Pope concluded by asking the faithful to pray that all men might seek God earnestly, and find that it is God Himself who comes first to visit us.”
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Pope Benedict XVI
Today we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent, also known as "Gaudete" Sunday, which means "Rejoice!" Today also the 3rd candle on the Advent wreath is lit, it is usually a pink candle different from the other purple ones, a little lighter as we are now more than half way this Advent towards Christmas which makes us rejoice. Let us continue to prepare ourselves with prayer and repentance for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
I am half way through this season's programmes : )
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Saturday, November 3, 2012
Here is the Recipe for the Ghadam tal-Mejtin (translates to Dead Man's Bones) which is a sweet pastry with almond filling and is totally delicious...of course the shape of this pastry is that of a bone but I can assure you it is delicious in whatever shape you decide to make it : )
Ingredients for pastry dough
480grs.self raising flour
1 egg yolk
Grated rind of 1 lemon
For the filling :
300grs .ground almonds
Grated rind of 1 lemon
Almond & vanilla
How to make the pastry:
Sieve the flour into a large bowl,holding the sieve as high as possible, so that the flour get a really good airing, add the margarine cut into small lumps, then rub it into the flour using fingertips only .
In a separate bowl mix the sugar, egg yolk, vanilla and lemon rind mix well.
Add the mix.to the flour work into dough.place the pastry in a polythene bag and leave in fridge for 30mins.
How to prepare the filling :
Mix the ground almonds, sugar and lemon rind. Whisk the egg white and add the vanilla & almond.
Combine and mix with the almonds, sugar and lemon rind mixture .
How to make the “bones”:
Roll out the pastry thinly and cut several 15cms x 10cms rectangles.
Take spoonfuls of the almond filling and place down the middle of the pastry rectangles, dampen the edges with water. Roll the pastry and form into wide strips, close the edges and shape into bones .
Bake in a moderate oven for some 15 or 20 minutes .
Let cool completely before decorating.
Decorating the bones:
Mix icing sugar in some water (the mixture has to be thick).
Spread and paste the mixture on top of the bones.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
4 hard-boiled eggs
6 soft cheese portions (I use La vache qui Rit or similar)
3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons light plain yogurt
Peel off the shell from the hard boiled eggs and cut up egg into very small pieces, do not mash but use a fork and knife to cut up into fine pieces. Open cheese portions and add to eggs plus Mayo and yogurt. Mix everything together with fork. If you see that the mixture is too runny add some more cheese, if the mixture is too thick, then add mayo or yogurt.
OR If you have some left over chicken, cut up into very small pieces and add to basic mixture. Carrots or Edam cheese grated into fine pieces can also be added to this mixture. Use this mixture up within 2-3 days especially if you are using left over chicken. Always cover and store in refrigerator.
You can use this spread on sandwiches, in wraps, on brown bread, small or large rolls or crackers...I will leave it to your imagination to come up with other ideas. Some people like to add some mustard but from my own experience, if you are making this for children, most kids don't really like the sharp taste.
Prepare this spread a day ahead and then spread onto rolls for parties...yummy and they go so fast!!! Top up with shrimps if you have a basic tuna paste or with ham or cheese if you have a basic cheese paste. Add chives, tomatoes, cucumbers or parsley for colour and variety.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Join in the fun of being CREATIVE!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Don't forget to put your clocks back 1 hour, that is if you live where this happens in most parts of Europe ~ the moment when the clocks go back signals the move into autumn and winter, marking the end of Summer Time and the return to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Enjoy your extra hour of sleep or partying if you're out but don't make this an opportunity to drink more AND Don't drink and drive or ride with anyone who has too much to drink!
It will be nice to wake up to light in the morning but I don't like it when it gets dark so early, yes I know you can't have everything! At least the temperatures are going down!
Whatever you may be doing, enjoy the rest of your weekend and God bless!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
If you would like to tune in to my first show, Kreattivita' ma' Doreen will air on Friday 28th Sept. 2012 at 9.30am.
Here is a direct link to live streaming on Radio Elenjani 95.8 FM
Sunday, September 23, 2012
This all came about when my nephew asked me casually if I'd like to host a show of my own about Crafts, he knows how much I love crafts : ) My first thought was, "Oh no!" but then the thought kind of grew on me, and now I am in training and getting my show all set up.
So soon my creativity will be going on air and I will actually be talking about Creativity. This is my very first experience so wish me well : )
My show will be called "Kreattivita' ma' Doreen" which translates to "Creativity with Doreen" and it will air every Friday morning. I will give you more details as to when the programme will start very soon.
Thanks for stopping by : )
Friday, August 31, 2012
Lately I seem to enjoy Computer graphics more than making my usual crafts, well it is still a kind of craft.
Today I made two new bookmarks which I have shared on my Whimsical Blog.
This evening I was going through some pictures I have taken in the past and found one I really liked and turned it into an Inspirational Tag/Tile.
Hope you like it! What do you think?
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Today I'm featuring a wreath with a difference. My friend Joann of the "Holiday Year-Round Tree" and "Holiday Room" fame has shared her creativity with me again. So with her permission I am posting it here today, hoping it may inspire others to try this lovely, novel and stylish idea.
This could have been a Wordless Wednesday post as the pics are very self explanatory but I had to give credit to my friend.
Thanks again Joann : ) Well done!
As an added footnote I'd like to add that Joann took last year's wreath and just re-arranged the flowers and added the numbers. The numbers are foam and she got these at the Dollar Store. We might need to get ours from a hobby store which would be more expensive or try to cut your own from stencils downloaded from a stencil site on your pc. She coloured the numbers and stuck them onto the wreath with glue dots and toothpicks. Have fun trying to make your own : D
Monday, July 23, 2012
My online friend Joann has given me permission to showcase some of the pictures she has sent me which show how she decorates her family room for Memorial through Labor Day. These are some lovely special touches with the red, blue and white colours and red stripes on white as well as white stars on blue. This same effect, which she incorporates into her Bears corner, brings harmony and warmth to the room while setting the pace and the place into holiday mood!
This White Christmas tree was bought as an after Christmas bargain and is being used as a Holiday Tree. It was already set with white lights and so red and blue lights were added to complete the holiday effect. Joann made all the beaded ornaments and added some store bought ones acquired from the sales after Christmas. That is a brilliant idea, don't you think?
Thanks Joann for letting me share these lovely pictures and wonderful ideas : ) God bless!
Monday, July 16, 2012
There are several reasons why I am not on here as often as I'd like to, for one thing, I really like to choose the subjects of my posts and I have not had much inspiration lately, again I will blame that on a muddled brain due to this excessive heat. Another reason is that I do enjoy sitting more on our rooftop in the evenings enjoying the occasional breeze rather than sitting down at my pc and, I really can't imagine me sitting here much during the day either, I'd die! I have a fan at full blast at my back and I still don't feel like doing much. Whenever I'm on my pc at some time during the day, I find myself dozing off...can you imagine! My head just drops! No, no way, can't allow myself to do that so at least for the time being, I will just browse and if I do find something interesting I will be on here, not to worry!
Well, that gets me to the reason why I have actually come here...I have found a rather lovely image to share with you all.
Mert, who is an on-line friend of mine from my Craft Forum shared this beautiful presentation she made for her church ... it's a summer bulletin board she made using a Silhouette Cameo cutter. I loved the way she presented this lovely quote from the Bible (Mark 10:27) including the added butterflies and flowers. Well done Mert! You have done an excellent job!
Thanks Mert for giving me permission to share this on my blog : )
I'm sure by now you've figured out that we don't own an A/C.
And...I'm praying for some Northerly winds, for 'With God all things are possible!' I would even be praying for winter but I know that "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven" Ecclesiastes 3:1
I wonder how it is on your side of the world, my friends.
I'm off to take another shower! Stay cool and have a happy and safe summer : )
Update: Since posting this last night, we have been having some rather pleasant and most welcome winds, it's lovely to feel a light breeze blowing or to feel a cool wind caressing your face, I do hope the lower temperatures will last for a while : ) Yes I do most certainly believe that 'With God all things are possible' and my prayer has been heard!
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Today we celebrate the feast of St.Joseph the Worker. St. Joseph has two feast days on the liturgical calendar. The first is March 19 ~Joseph, the Husband of Mary. The second is May 1~Joseph, the Worker.
We know very little about the life of Joseph and very little is written in Scripture about him but still, we know that he was the chaste husband of Mary, the foster father of Jesus, a carpenter and a man who was not wealthy. We also know that he came from the royal lineage of King David.
From his actions recorded in scripture we see that Joseph was a compassionate man, and obedient to the will of God. He also loved Mary and Jesus and wanted to protect and provide for them.
Being a carpenter he must have been patient, very creative as well as diligent. Can you imagine how St. Joseph must have worked from early morning till late at night in his carpenter shop repairing dinner couches, building tables and shelves for the people of Nazareth? He also taught his trade to Jesus who must have worked alongside him until the time He started His public life.
Because St. Joseph was a humble carpenter, he is regarded as the patron saint of workers everywhere. The feast of St. Joseph the Worker was established by Pope Pius XII in 1955 in order to Christianize the concept of labor and give to all workmen a model and a protector.
Pope Pius XII expressed the hope that this feast would accentuate the dignity of labor and would bring a spiritual dimension to labor unions.
Here is an interesting link to a site about the Feast of St. Joseph which includes prayers, recipes and other interesting information.
Pictures used in this post are from the above link.
Here's also a link to my other blog where you can read a prayer/poem to St.Joseph which I wrote in 2011.
The first of May is also May Day which is a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. There are many traditions associated with May Day among them is the dancing the maypole dance and crowning of the Queen of the May. In the Roman Catholic tradition, May is observed as Mary's month, and in these circles it is customary to have Mary crowned as The Queen of The May. I remember this Crowning as a special celebration at my school which is still celebrated to this day. Fading in popularity since the late 20th century is the giving of "May baskets," small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbours' doorsteps.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Here is what I have been busy with these past few days...I made these beaded Crosses for Easter to give to my family and friends. Thanks Cathy in Mt for the lovely beads you sent me recently. I also used some shimmering ribbon which my future Daughter-in-law had given me : )
I made these crosses using this pattern. However I altered the tops and tails as instead of the lanyard as a holder, I just made a knot in the ribbon to create a simple circle. The bottom I tied with one Uni knot similar to this method but again I adjusted this to suit my project according to the ribbon I used and added a small tassel to finish it off.
These are great tokens to give to friends, workmates, children in Catechism classes or even made for fund-raising.
In case anyone wants to try making these crosses, I started off with a length of about 90cm. of ribbon. To finish off the tassel tie an extra piece of ribbon, fold in two and tie to the 2 ends to create a tassel with 4 pieces. Maybe the instructions are not too clear but I finished these off in the best way according to how my work proceeded so maybe you will find another way to finish off yours. Have fun trying these out! God bless!
Sunday, April 1, 2012
I wanted to make a low fat, no cholesterol, sugar-free snack/appetizer with the bag of almonds I bought this week and found some healthy recipes on line which I adjusted since we are on a low sodium diet so here I am sharing my 'adjusted' recipe with you...
- Preheat oven to 350 °
- In a medium baking dish place 200 grms almonds spread evenly and bake for 8-10 minutes until almonds are toasted, stirring twice.
- Let cool.
- In a skillet over a medium to high heat, pour 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin, coriander and cinnamon powders, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and a dash of salt (I put very little salt),
- Stir over high heat until well blended, then add the roasted almonds tossing to coat well. Stir for a few minutes. Take off heat. Let cool for a few minutes. Then scoop up the almonds and place on a tray lined with paper towels to absorb the extra oil. Pat the almonds, replacing the towels if necessary.
- Place in a bowl and when totally cool, store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
You could, if you like, prepare the almonds by coating in the combined spice mixture and olive oil and bake directly in the oven for about 10-12 minutes but I prefer to pre-roast the almonds and then toss them over into the skillet as I think this gives them a better cooking time and a richer flavour and lovely crunch!
* 1 Tablespoon serving (about 15 almonds) contains about 80 calories.
So if you're nuts about nuts and want to make sure you are getting your "handful" this is one way to do it! It is recommended that we eat up to 1.5 ounces of nuts daily or one and a half times a "handful" unless, of course, you are allergic to nuts!
This is also a lovely Easter treat especially for adults while the kids are enjoying their Easter Hunt!
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Yesterday Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the season of Lent. It is a time of reflection, prayer and sacrifice...it is a time for change. But change comes at a cost and that is what we pay when we try to change our old ways and try to make ourselves better persons. In doing so we are changing the world.
― Mahatma Gandhi
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
― Leo Tolstoy
Rather than just giving up chocolate, we can use the money saved on candy and sweets to buy a box of chocolates to give to a needy family at Easter. We can put that box, or buy some groceries with that money, to donate to the community hampers that parishes give out during special seasonal celebrations as a sign of solidarity to needy families.
How about thinking of doing one act of generosity or kindness every day? It does not need to be anything that takes up too much of our time or even cost anything. Here are a few ideas...
- Say something nice about someone behind their back.
- Give someone a compliment or word of encouragement/praise when they least expect it.
- Have an early spring clean (one closet, cupboard or drawer at a time) and donate some items to a charity shop, animal shelter, parish bazaar...you might even find something that you borrowed, now is a good time to return it!
- Think or write a list of things you would like to say sorry for and work on a reconciliation...it could be an overdue 'sorry'!
- Give up your place in a queue to someone else.
- Offer to babysit for someone who needs that time for errands or even to go to the hairdresser.
While we are cleaning up, taking stock of our lives, thinking of others, we can also consider this as a period of a personal spiritual 'cleansing' as we prepare for Easter.
If we are a little more creative by putting some more thought into how we are sacrificing and reaching out to others, it can make our Lent more meaningful.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
and have finally found it. I did not design it myself but it was sent
to me by a friend and I've had it in my files for years.
Last year I also posted a similar bookmark,
click here to see it.
I will not go into the history of how Valentine's Day evolved, I'm sure you can get all the details by doing a search but I will share with you one particular legend which happens to be my favourite.
There was one particular Valentine who was imprisoned and who actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl, possibly the jailor's daughter, who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, he wrote her a letter signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today.
Although the truth behind the 'Valentine' legends is quite confusing, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and, most importantly, romantic figure. And so we have Valentine's Day, a particular day in which we send cards to our beloved and dear ones.
Unfortunately, the day is too commercialised as are other feasts which causes unnecessary pressure. My motto is to show your loved ones that you love them every day by making every day special, by making every day count, by appreciating each other more.
To end I would also like to share some quotes I found today...
We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.
A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
Charles M. Schulz
Mmmmm, I love the last one ☺
Monday, January 23, 2012
Preparing your card
Prepare your card by cutting out a 26 x 19cm piece of cardstock...choose a colour that will go well with your chosen 3D picture. Fold carefully down the middle of your card and score the fold to create the basic card on which you will build your 3D picture.
Assembling your picture
Once you have all the pieces of your selected design cut out (see Part 1), you can start by gluing the largest (full picture) design to the front of your prepared card.
Now you can build up each layer by taking the next design, seeing where it has to be placed and adding your pre-cut (or cut your own) double sided adhesive foam pads (square or circles), glue dots or silicone glue to stick the layers in place. I get mine from the hardware store or the Lira (Pound) stores.
Do not place the form pads too close to the edge of the picture. Peel off the paper from each pad and place your next picture carefully in place.
You will notice that each consecutive cut-out has part of the previous picture missing and the more pieces you add, the smaller they are – this is of course how the 3D effect is achieved. Keep layering your design until you have assembled the complete project.
You can achieve a more rounded and natural effect, for example when making petals, by curling the edges of the top layer (using a shaping tool, the back of your scissors or your fingers) before assembling your project. Wherever you notice white edges, you can cover these by rubbing the edge with a pencil, this way you will achieve a grey outline effect which will eliminate the harshness of the white edges. You could also varnish the finished project with a matt or glossy decoupage finish (you can buy this from a hobby store). This is ideal if you are framing the design. Some papers already have a glossy finish.
Here is the finished card, I'm afraid I had taken this some time ago and my camera was not what I use now so it is not very clear but it gives you an idea. I also used silver cerne relief (outliner) to outline the picture and create a framed effect.
Sorry for the font size and mix in fonts, don't know what went wrong but it did not look like this when I got the post ready for posting!!!