Archives for June 2014

It All Starts With You

Trenton Shelton

Make The World Respect Your Greatness.  That was Trent Shelton’s message this week-end at Dream Chasers in Richmond, VA.  I’m a big fan of Trent Shelton.  I’m a lover of his quotes and I have read several of his books.  He’s a great motivator.  I missed him when he was in my area, so I decided to pack a bag and check him out at a venue several hours away with my sister.  My sister is a Life Coach at Full Steem Ahead.  It was so worth it.  If you’re not familiar with him, check him out here.  If he’s in your area, go see him.  He’s a great motivator and keeps it real. He’s funny, thought provoking, and has a genuine way of getting his message across.  His audience is diverse, but mainly consists of women of all ages and ethnicity.  

I was impressed with this young man’s story.  He was a star football player at Baylor University, which is a private Baptist university in Waco, Texas.  Trent was drafted into the NFL; however, he didn’t excel as he had hoped.  Listening to his story, he didn’t come close to being a star in the NFL although he earned a good paycheck while he was there.  As a matter of fact he stated, “When I was financially stable, I was depressed.”  He spent time partying, running women and just throwing his life away. He was eventually cut from the NFL and had to figure out what he was going to do with  his life.   He finally accepted that he had to turn his life around, and so he did.  

He now shares his story across the country and internationally. What I like about this young man is that there is no glamour, special effects or a big show when he’s speaking.  He just speaks from the heart, shares his story as it happened, and tells you how you can turn your life around too.   Trent stated, “Success was the foundation for my failure.”   Funny, we spend so much time and energy reaching for success.  He’s a perfect example of how quickly you can fall or on another note, how you don’t always reach the destination that you have set for yourself.  Maybe God has another plan for you too.  

He spoke for about an hour, and I didn’t drift away once.  I actually took notes, because I know that God is not done with me yet either.  I’m still learning and growing.  Trent is young enough to be my son, but I learned from him this week-end.  You never know who is being sent to teach lessons that you need in your life.  He is articulate and engaging with the audience.  At one point in my life, I may have judged him with the dreads, tattoos, and the hat turned around backwards, but he is an educated young man who knows his mission in life. Never judge a book by it’s cover.  You must seek to know what’s underneath that cover.  

I mentioned that the majority of his audience was ladies, and his lesson was Make The World Respect Your Greatness, right.  At the end of his speech, his assistant made an announcement that I found shocking.  I had just listened to this wonderful speech and this is a summary of what I heard next: Trent is available to take pictures with you; however, those who wish to take pictures with him are expected to keep your hands to yourself.  Can you believe it?  Yes, ladies show some respect for yourself and show respect for him. If you can’t follow that, we will remove you from the building.  I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.  It seems that his messages were being missed by a few ladies in the audience, and he needed to let them know that he wasn’t interested in being touched or touching them.  If this message was directed toward you, you may have your answer on why you’re disrespected by men and why your life is out of control.  I applaud this young man, he’s focused on his mission.  

My turn – ladies get a grip on yourself and get a grip on your life.   If you don’t respect yourself, you can’t possibly Show The World How Great You Are.  This is the message this young man was sending.  I’m sending it to you now, please grab hold of it and allow it to sink in.  Allow it to permeate every corner of your being.  If you don’t, nothing will ever change for you.  You will remain where you are and you will continue to be disrespected by the people in your life.  I urge you to get a copy of his book, Breaking Your Own Heart.   Why?  Because It All Starts With You. Who’s your favorite motivator, and what lesson have you learned from them?   

How To Freeze Fresh Corn



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Fresh corn will be on the market soon and I can’t wait.  I love it grilled, in soup, in chowder, boiled, you name it.  My favorite is Silver Queen. It’s a late corn, but so worth the wait.  Freezing fresh corn is a yearly ritual for me, but shucking it is another issue.  But, I found a solution and worry no more  The microwave is a life saver when freezing fresh corn.  Continue reading ad you will find out how.  Be sure to check out my other backyard vegetable gardening tips too.

I shucked, boiled, cut and froze about 100 ears last year.  Preparing corn for the freezer is easy and so worth it.  I purchase my corn from a local farmer.  He sells it at a bargain rate. He removes the corn from the stalks the day before he picks it.  So, it doesn’t get any fresher than this. Purchasing it this way saves space in my garden for other goodies too.


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Once I get it home, the work begins.  I shuck and remove all silk from the corn.  In about batches of 10 – 15, I boil them for about a minute or two in a large stock pot.


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You will need to prepare an ice batch for these babies.  This should be completed before you start the boiling process.  An ice bath is imperative in your preparation of the corn for the freezer.  You need to remove the cobs from the boiling water after 2 minutes and immediately place them in the ice water.

The ice water will stop the cooking process.  This is important because you don’t want to cook it as if you’re preparing it to eat.  Although I do leave a few cobs in the boiling water, because I do want to eat them, lol.


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Once the corn has cooled down about 5 – 10 minutes, cut the corn off the cob in a large bowl.  I use an extra large bowl and a chef’s knife to remove the kernels. I also use the corn holders on one end, it makes it easier to handle the corn while removing the kernels.

Once I have the kernels removed from the cob, I pack quart freezer bags.  Buy quality bags and make sure the bags are sealed properly.  I don’t bother to date the bags because they will be gone by spring.  I’m thinking of purchasing a vacuum sealer this year. If you have one, this would be a perfect time to use it.


Quart bags are perfect for my household.  I can just pull out a bag for soup, mix with green beans, fry it or however I want to use it.  It’s as fresh as it was the day I purchased it.  Put a few bags in your freezer to use this winter.  You won’t regret it.  Stay tuned for my post on blanching tomatoes and green beans.  
We hope that you have found our tips on freezing fresh corn beneficial.  You may also like our tips on How to Shuck Corn in the Microwave too.

Inspirational Quote: You Must Believe

Printable Summer Scrapbook Page – Part II

Last week I posted the matching page for this beautiful printable scrapbook page.  This is page 2 of the set.  Feel free to print these pages to create beautiful memories from your summer garden or activities.

Take Your Children With You

                                        Photo Courtesy of Hong Nguyen 

What does this picture say to you?  A thousand words come to
my mind, but what it really speaks to me is Take Your Children With You.  All it takes
is a split second for someone to snatch your child.  Is this picture real enough
for you?  
I’m so thankful this precious baby was found safe after being
left under a bush along a Houston road by a carjacker.  I can only image the horror this poor mother felt, when she saw her car being driven away with her 8 month old baby in the back seat. 

Now that I know the baby is safe, I have to ask what the
mother was thinking leaving the baby alone in the car at a gas station.  She stepped inside to pay for gas, and when she looked out the window she saw her car being driven away.  Now I’m
not excusing the carjacker’s crime, a criminal is a criminal.  Let’s just put
him behind bars where he belongs when he is caught.  Better yet, let’s chain him to the bush where he
left the baby and just leave him there for a while.  Let’s see how he likes it.  Can you imagine the things that could have happened to this child just being left under a bush along a road?  Luckily, a jogger heard her crying, when to look for her and than called the police.  An Amber Alert had been issued.  

How many times have we watched television and shed tears
for a mother who left her child in the car for a moment and they vanished.  How
many times have we seen mothers crying because they only turned their back for a
second and their child just disappeared?  How many times has it been said, don’t
leave your child/children alone in the car?  When when we learn?  

Why do we think child snatching only happens to other
people?  We’re always the exceptions aren’t we?  People are proven wrong day
after day.  To a point where I had to stop watching Nancy Grace who is an
advocate for children.  Nancy comes locked and loaded, but I just couldn’t
stomach all the stories about children disappearing or being abused night after
night.  I admire her tenacity and the fact that she is an advocate for children,
but her show just became too much.  Now that I’m thinking about it, maybe watching her show for about a month should be a requirement for all parents.  I
guarantee you will walk away believing that it is unsafe to leave your child
alone in a car in a public area for even a second. 

We must be aware of our surroundings at all times and we must
never make the mistake of leaving our children alone in the open for a second. 
The world has changed people, and if you don’t take heed you will find yourself
a victim of the heartless, senseless, criminals that prey on the naive and
unsuspecting.  They stand behind you in
the grocery store line, they hold doors open for you, and they wait until you
let your guard and they spring on you.  There’s no profile for them, but there
is one for us.  We see the world through rose colored glasses and we will
eventually leave the door open for a crime to be committed because we’re naive and unsuspecting. 

Yep, we want to believe that the United States of America is
still standing on a foundation of honesty, goodwill, peace and love. 
We still believe that a hand shake and our word will bond us or simply a smile. It’s a different world in which we we live people and we need to wake up.  We ask who would harm an innocent child?  There are many, who would harm your child in a blink of an eye.  

I’m sure the carjacking and her missing baby will haunt this mother forever, but I pray that she can find peace now.   

Wordless Wednesday: Cluck Cluck Cluck

                                  Xavier caught a chicken.  So glad he didn’t want to take it home!

Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 40

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Katy chose Layered Orange Pomegranate Sangria from Latte Everyday. “It’s Summer. And this post is about sangria. ‘Nuff said. Seriously, this looks beautifully tasty!”
Cindy chose My Top 5 Chrome Extensions from Tidbits of Experience. “I am always looking for tools that will help me be more productive. In her post Crystal shares 5 extensions that I didn’t know existed.”
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Elie chose Upside-Down Pizza Bake from Superheroes in Jammies. “Stephanie’s Upside Down Pizza Bake looks like a quick and delicious dinner! Perfect for those busy weeknights! Can’t wait to try this myself.”
Debbie chose FIFA World Cup 2014 from Of Mice and Ramen. “We are huge soccer (Futbol) fans at our house, we can’t get enough. To create World Cup cookies is so impressive. They are amazing and truly in the spirit of the World Cup! If only I could make these as well as she did :)”
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Cathy chose Super EASY, No-Bake Oreo Balls + a Printable from Eat, Drink, and be Mary. “I love how beautiful these are with no baking (love this for summer days over 100) required and just a few ingredients!”
Ce Ce chose How to Make Chalk Paint from Little House Living. “Looking for things to do this summer, this post was great for that. I was just thinking about purchasing some sidewalk chalk, now maybe I will make some!!!”
Rebecca chose Simple Homemade Peach Cobbler from Little House Living. “It’s a simple recipe but presented so beautifully and sounds yummy too!”
Kae chose Initial Penny Art from Miss Mash DIY. “I chose [this post] because it’s a beautiful design and also very easy to do. I also like that it’s something that we all have around the house, under the seats of the couch, in out pocketbooks, also in our penny piggy bank. It’s a pretty DIY project and the kids will love it too. Why not make those “useless” pennies useful for artwork.”
Jillian chose Top 10 Things I Learned at BlogU from The Coconut Head’s Cancer Survival Guide. “The reason I chose this post was because it gives some great ideas on getting focused with your blog and what steps you can take to get even further ahead, but the tips aren’t blog-centric, they can AND will benefit anyone.”
Carolyn chose Toddlers’ Summer To-Do List from This Is Motherhood. “It made me laugh and was dead on accurate!”
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Stacey chose Chocolate Lava Cake from Ducks ‘n a Row. “Oh my, this looks absolutely divine! Every year for my birthday, we try to go to our local Hometown Buffet because they have a desert that they call a Hot Fudge Sundae cake, very much like this Chocolate Lava cake, that is my absolute favorite desert. This is something I could happily eat them all and simply skip dinner! I will definitely be trying it! Thank you so much for sharing!”
Rhonda chose Vibrant Adirondack Chairs from Melanie Gets Married. “I love the bold colors on the chairs and the lush lawn in the background. Nice way to bring color to your yard, and a sign that summer has arrived!”
Shana chose Homemade Kool Aid Play Doh {Think Outside The Toy Box Series} from View From The Fridge. “What a fun and creative way to make colored play doh! I also like how she snuck in a recipe for edible play doh, which sounds super yum!”
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Rachel chose Crap! I Broke The Blog from Barbie Bieber and Beyond – Raising Girls. “I chose this post because I’ve been there- that freaking out moment of ‘OMG! What have I done?’ I truly laughed at her hilarious perspective and the lessons learned.”
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Jessica chose Does Your Family Need a Healthy Lifestyle Makeover? 10 Fun & Easy Diet & Fitness Tips For Your Whole Family from Urban Naturale. “Healthy has been a daily word in my vocabulary. One way to do that is to get the family involved. These tips are awesome and fairly easy to implement! Thanks for sharing!”
Tenns chose Design Your Own Business Cards in PicMonkey from Blog U. “This post was my favorite, because it was thorough, instructional, and definitely something a blogger or business owner needs in their toolkit. I really liked that Chelsey included screenshots in her step by step process for making the business cards. I also thought it was great that she used a free and economical program like PicMonkey. Just goes to show that you don’t need or have to use high-end or fancy programs to create a nice card.”
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Katie chose Baby Girl’s Nursery : Open House from Delineate Your Dwelling. “I just love this little girl nursery!! From the dark accent wall to the DIY mobile, yarn wrapped stool, beautiful gallery wall with that stunning LOVE sign … Just about everything about this nursery is perfect. Unique, personal, and stunning!”
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Sun Burn Remedy: Aloe Plant

Summer is here, and we will be spending hours on the beach or at the pool.  Aloe plants hold the perfect remedy for sunburned skin.  The gel inside the plant cools sunburn on contact, and has been found to penetrate the skin 500% better than water.

Applying the gel is easy, just break off a stalk and squeeze the gel directly onto the burn.  The Aloe plant above was growing on the Chenay Bay Beach in St. Croix, VI.  It’s the biggest Aloe plant that I’ve ever seen.  

I’ve been growing Aloe plants at home for years.  I use it for burns when I’m working in the kitchen.  The best thing about Aloe plants is that the stalks will grow back so don’t be afraid of destroying the plant if you break off a piece. 

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If you’re heading to the beach for a week and take it with you.  If I’m only going for a few days, I break off a few stalks and wrap them in a wet paper towel. I place the wet towel & stalks into a plastic bag and keep them moist during my stay.  

Aloe is easy to grow. Purchase a small plant and place it in your kitchen window.  Stick them in a sunny spot and water it once a week.  They’re very forgiving, there are times when I forget to water mine for weeks.  They look great outside in the summer, just remember to bring it in once winter sets in.

The best way to prevent sunburn is to use plenty of sunblock and to wear a hat while relaxing on the beach or at the pool.  Playing in the sun can be great, but it can also be dangerous if we don’t protect ourselves.  If all else fails, put your aloe plant to use.  

Printable Scrapbook Page: Summer Page 1

Do you scrapbook?  I started scraping several years ago, and I’m hooked.  I love preserving family memories, especially my grandchildren.  I love grabbing the albums that I’ve completed and sharing the memories with other family.  I always tell a story when I going through them with my grandchildren.  They love hearing about themselves or whomever is in the picture.  We spend hours laughing and reminiscing.   

I have hundreds of pictures that need to be added to books.  I’ve invested in paper, stickers, albums, glue, you name it.  I have the Cricut machine and the cartridges for die cuts.  I love scrapping.

I shop for all my scrapbooking supplies at discount stores or sales at Michael’s.  I’ve found stickers, buttons,albums and paper at Big Lots, Ollies, and the Dollar Store.  You can also find great deals on line. Oriental Trading is a great place to purchase Brads and paper.  Purchase when they have free shipping.  The also have premade scrapbooks for those who are confident in laying out pages just yet.  I look at my pages now versus when I started years and ago, and I’ve come a long way in my creativity.  

Feel free to print this page.  It’s one of my favorites, and would be great to create memories of those beautiful flowers you have growing in your garden this summer.  I will be posting the coordinating page in my next free printable post.

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

Peace Baby!  Have you wondered what was happening during the year you were born.  I did some research and here are a few things that happened in 1960, the year I was born:

  1. The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 4.
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is published.
  3. The 50-star flag of the United States debuts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  4. Muhammad Ali wins a gold medal at the summer Olympics.
  5. Elvis Presley returns from Germany after serving in the Armed Forces for 2 years.
  6. Vietnam War: The United States announces that 3,500 American soldiers will be sent to Vietnam.
  7. U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy is nominated for President at the Democratic National Convention.
  8. U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon is nominated for President at the Republican National Convention.
  9. Robert F. Kennedy calls Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, and secures his release from jail on a traffic violation in Atlanta, Georgia.
  10. First successful kidney transplant is performed in the United Kingdom.
  11. Basketball player Wilt Chamberlain grabs 55 rebounds.
  12. The Birth Control Pill Is Approved
  13. Presidential Debates are televised  
  14. Sit in begins at the Woolworth Lunch Counter in Greensboro, NC 
  15. Hollywood Walk of Fame begins.  Joanne Woodward is given the first star. 
Leave us a comment with the year you were born and an event that took place that year. We love history.

Source:  Wikipedia