Monday, November 29, 2010

Good quote...

From a friend who recently lost her father,

"Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different, it's accepting the past for what it was and using this moment and this time to help yourself move forward."
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Olive Bread

I just made a ring of olive bread and remembered I never posted the recipe. So here for your baking pleasure, Olive Bread.

Olive Bread
1 pkg yeast
1 c warm water (110-115)
1/4 c canola/olive oil blend
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 1/2 - 3 c flour
3/4 c pitted olives, I used kalamata and brine cured kalamata

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil, sugar, salt and 2 c flour, beat until smooth. Stir in remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
Knead until smooth, 6-8 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to cover with oil. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch down, roll out to a 16 x 12 rectangle and spread olives evenly all over. Roll up jelly roll style. Pinch seams, I form into a ring, and tuck ends together somehow.
Place seam side down on greased baking sheet and rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
Bake at 375, for 20-25 minutes until holen brown. I butter the crust when I take it out of the oven. Let cool at least 30 minutes before eating, and this tastes marvelous even on the second day.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Give away!

My good friend Kimber is having a hive away on her blog! Check it out! Enter! Win!
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I am lucky enough to have dramatic upheavals on a pretty regular basis. Why lucky? It causes me to pull back and soul search, to remember past lessons I thought I learned or forgot, to glean deeper meanings.
Today it hit me, that forgiveness is not a one time act, its not a this person in this situation action, that to forgive one person truly, you have to forgive the others in your life. I'm aware of this deep down, but I finally allowed it to float to the surface. Now I will put it into action.
To change because of forgiveness means to evolve, to progress, become stronger, more aware.
To forgive also means opening yourself to be hurt again, but you can forgive and still move on without allowing another the opportunity to hurt you.
Sometimes letting go and moving on means making room for something new, it also allows the other person room for new things, people and experiences.
What I've learned:
Change won't kill you,
Forgiveness won't kill you,
Moving on won't kill me.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Give Away!

My very very very talented friend Belinda of Blue Ribbon Designs is have an awesome give away, peek at the details and enter!
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

good times, bad times, in between times...

I havent been happy with the status quo. Why? I realized I don't want to be that 50 year old overweight woman going through menopause making the same mistakes over and over again. Although I am not 50, I don't want to start waking up and evolving in the middle of menopause, its going to be hard enough without trying to make life changes.
So I am starting now. I don't want to have to enable people to keep them happy with me or in my life. People, you are put on notice, Step Up or Step Off. The women's groups in Iowa that I have been a part of have a terrible habit of dumbing everything down to the lowest common denomimator. That is not my way of doing things: put yourself out there, rise up. Don't expect me to babysit your way through my life. I want partners in my life adventures, whether its quilting, sewing, home made or whatever. I don't want tag a longs, I want people that I can learn from and be inspired by.
This public opinion was brought to you by one fed up lady.
Please dont take this personally, it doesn't apply to anyone who follows me. Its just a rant, vent and need to express.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Best Friends

Friday was spent with the best of people I know, the best of the friends I have. It had to be one of the more perfect days I have spent with my friends, even today, I am still aglow with the awesomeness of that day.

I don't use the term best friend often. One reason is I have had that term held against me, with a huge level of expectation that was impossible to live up to.

For me, best friends is more a category than a position or title. It is the category of stellar, affectionate, reciprocal people that I have in my life. The people that are closer than family, ones I try to give my BEST to, and also ones that have a high degree of tolerance and acceptance for me.
I am fortunate to have a few people like that in my life, and I was lucky enough to spend the day with some of them on Friday. What would have made the day perfect would have been if the fourth leg of our group could have been there, but, that means that we have many more days to plan together to reach our goal!
Belinda, Kimber and Mary are my people, my best people, my best friends, with no other expectation than to just keep being the lovely, wonderful people that they already are.
I am blessed!
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