Music Minute - Check Me



godiz - this song brings me back to (97) my teens.... aaaahhhh! dance, dance dance!
also check out "DOPE" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMw0LtYpqDQ i had this crush on this guy named Eric lol everytime this song played, i thought of him. Aawwee I miss my teen years. The beauty of good ol memories :-)

Freezingly Fresh


Vegetable Prep
The best vegetables to freeze are fresh from the garden or farmers’ market and at their peak ripeness. Start by trimming and washing your vegetables under cold water. Remove any stems and wash under cold water. Peel if necessary. Cut to desired size, if necessary, according to their intended use (for example, carrots can be left whole or dice them for an easy soup addition). It is very important to blanch vegetables before freezing them. It stops the enzymes that keep vegetables ripening, helps get rid of dirt and bacteria, brightens color, slows vitamin and mineral loss, and wilts and softens the vegetables so they are easier to pack. To blanch vegetables, bring a large pot of water to a boil (use at least 1 gallon of water per pound of vegetables). Add the vegetables to the water. Once the water returns to a boil, cook the vegetables 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the vegetables from the boiling water with a slotted spoon and transfer them immediately to a bowl of ice water until they are completely chilled. Drain the vegetables well. Tomatoes do not need to be blanched before freezing. Just wash, peel (if desired) and remove the core.


Fruit Prep

Freeze fruit that is at its peak ripeness. Fruit like raspberries and cherries will be best just after harvesting, while peaches and plums might need to ripen before freezing. Also, only prepare enough fruit for a few containers at a time if the fruit is prone to browning. Wash and dry the fruit thoroughly. Remove and discard any pieces that are green or rotting. Remove cores, pits and stones as necessary. Cut to desired size, if necessary, according to intended use.


Choosing Containers

Frozen food can develop rancid flavors as a result of contact with air. Prevent this by choosing containers that are moisture- and vapor-proof. Opt for glass jars, metal containers, freezer bags or other plastic containers that are designed for storing frozen foods. If using plastic bags, be sure to remove as much air as possible before sealing. A vacuum sealer is also useful for removing air and preserving quality.


Packing

There are two kinds of packing: solid-pack and loose-pack. To solid-pack produce, place prepared food in the desired container and freeze. Solid-packing conserves space and is useful when planning to use large batches of frozen vegetables or fruit at one time. To loose-pack, freeze one layer of fruit or vegetables on a cookie sheet. Once the produce is frozen, transfer it to the storage container. Loose-packing takes up more space, but it is easier to remove just the amount desired, such as a handful of peas or a cup of raspberries. Be sure to leave head space (open space at the top of the freezer container) when solid packing produce, as foods expand as they freeze. When loose-packing frozen foods, headspace is not necessary as the foods are already frozen. Moisture or food on the sealing edges of the container will prevent proper sealing, so wipe all edges clean before sealing. Label each container with the name and date packaged. Most frozen produce will keep for 8 to 12 months.


Freezing Fresh Herbs

Tender herbs, such as basil, chives, cilantro, dill, mint and parsley, are best suited to freezing. Blanching them first helps capture their fresh flavor. Drop into boiling water for several seconds, then with a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer to a bowl of ice water to chill for several seconds more. Blot dry with paper towels. Spread a single layer of the blanched herbs on a wax paper-lined baking sheet, cover loosely with plastic and freeze until solid, about 1 hour. Transfer to plastic storage bags. Blanched herbs can be frozen for up to 4 months and can be chopped while still frozen before using in soups, stews and sauces.




godiz - I found this great info on eatwell and wanted to share it. I can't stand it when people waste food. 

here are some other simple ways of freezing herbs: 
http://www.wikihow.com/Preserve-Herbs

Yesterday & Today

Yesterday the temperature almost reached 90 degrees and that is very rare!!! plus the sun is very low over here, so you can really feel it touching your skin. It stays out very long and it  didn't go down until around 11 am.


Today however is another story. It's storming outside like crazy... the thunderstorms are super LOUD and are flashing through the windows. It looks like it suddenly switched to winter?


godiz - a friend of the family is flying out to Italy today, i hope they cancel his flight, if not... i pray for all that are flying to be safe. Never seen anything like this before. How am i supposed to walk the doggies now? lol j/k (the garage) ;-) Be safe people. 

You better pray harder from now on, cause God seem to be upset. And i see why.

In My Own World

(cam pic)

VW

I want to encourage women to serve God in every aspect of their lives. Being a Proverbs 31 woman is not about being “perfect.” It’s about living life with purpose, diligence, forgiveness, and repentance. 


1. Faith - A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15
2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis2: 18)
3.  Mothering - A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16)
4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)
5. Service - A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)
6. Finances - A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)
7.  Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)
8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)
9. Time - A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )
10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10Proverbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)

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Green & Graffiti


godiz - my,"this years on the beach" wear.

(July has been incredible, the sun been out every single day. It's been between 80-90's F. 
FINALLY! summer. I can't remember last time it was this hot over here, probably years.... It's taking me back to that Cali weather. Love it! Hoping that August will be the same.)


Good Ol Town




Dog Sense Exercises

Taking care of a dog is more involved than providing food, water and shelter. To truly thrive, a dog’s mind needs to be stimulated on a daily basis. The stimulation will keep him from getting bored and misbehaving, and it will also keep him healthier. All of a dog’s senses help to stimulate his mind, and each sense needs to be exercised daily.


Smell

A dog’s strongest asset is his nose. He is sensitive to smells and explores his environment by discovering new odors. He should be introduced to new odors several times a week. The easiest way to introduce him to new smells is to take a few extra minutes during your daily walk. Let him sniff around and discover what was in the area before him. If your dog likes car rides, take him on errands or a drive in the country with the windows down. His mind will love deciphering all of the brand new smells. Another way to stimulate a dog’s mind via smell is by hiding treats. Rub the scent of his favorite treat in various areas of the house or yard and send him on a scavenger hunt for the prize.

Sound

Just like his nose, a dog’s ears are more sensitive to sound than a human’s are. One seemingly silly but very simple way to enrich your dog’s mind via his ears is to make noises at him. He will spend time trying to figure out what the noise is and you’ll get a few laughs due to the funny faces he’ll likely make. Be sure that the noises aren’t too high pitched, as that can hurt his ears. Music is also good for dogs. Upbeat music will stimulate brain activity, while classical or new age music will calm him down and relax him. Playing music for your dog if he is alone during the day is a great way to keep him calm while working his brain at a more relaxed pace. Turn it off at night, as dogs need quiet time to sleep.

Sight

Of course, visual stimulation is one of the most common ways to stimulate your dog’s mind. A mobile or moving toy will keep his mind stimulated. A laser pointer is often thought of as a cat toy, but dogs are just as interested in them. Use it to move in slow motions, stopping and starting to keep his interest. Fast movement will wear him out physically and lose his attention more quickly than slow movement, which keeps him energized and thinking. Another good way to stimulate your dog via sight is to take him to the dog park. If your dog is comfortable with other dogs, the mental stimulation of seeing and interacting with others is great for his mind.

Touch

Stimulating your dog through petting, cuddling and brushing is beneficial to you both. Your dog will feel loved and gain trust in you, and you'll release endorphins that will make you happier as well. When petting and brushing your dog, pay attention to his cues. Not all dogs like the same kind of physical stimulation. Some dogs will feel uncomfortable having their belly rubbed but others will beg for it. Many don’t like their paws touched. If your dog starts to seem uncomfortable with the way you are petting him, move to a different spot.

Taste

Just like every other sense, exercising your dog’s taste buds will help to stimulate him mentally. Your dog should be given new treats and tastes several times a week. For added mental stimulation, feed his treats to him in a toy or even an empty water bottle. He will need to figure out how to get to the yummy goodness inside, which will have him working his mind and learning problem-solving skills.

Her Name Is Sandy

I once heard her say to put God first,
I agree, He will quench every thirst.

Grounded with wisdom and full of life,
Never allowing anything to cause strife.

She is an amazing woman full of grace,
Standards to uphold, her man must keep pace.

Her name is Sandy, and I am glad to meet her,
She believes in my God, I call Him my completer.

By. Brian Ford


godiz - This sweet poem was written by a person whom i was lucky to get to know. As we know some people just cross our path to fill our life with a little more wisdom, It don't mean they will stay all the way. I just wanna say thanks for all the people I've came across good or bad, I've gained a lot.

HD


godiz - If you're into light weight make-up - like me, but yet some good coverage? amongst everything I've tried on... besides airbrushing, HD is the best by far. I would definitely recommend HD by makeup forever. Especially the foundation & powder.


God Is Sovereign

We have an expectation of what we consider "fair". Sometimes we are bewildered when God does not meet our expectations. God's authority does not operate within the confines of who we think He should be, because God is in control. God is accountable to no one and is supreme in authority, power, and rank (Ps. 115:3). Many times we desire to serve a God whom we have created in our own perspective images. As "modernized" people we tend to do away with those things that our foremothers and forefathers taught us about fearing and submitting to God. Instead, some of us have elected to take a loftier road to spiritual enlightenment and self-satisfaction. Yet the road that many of us have elected to travel is one that leads us away from the God of the Bible and takes us instead to the god of self-service. Although many of us consider ourselves children of God, the truth is that we are more often than not children with a god. Some of us have metaphorical "full plates," where Christ is not the main course. We like our Jesus a la carte! To be children of God, we must foremost and perpetually recognize that God is not merely an important aspect of life. Rather, God is Life. Since all life comes from Him, He retains the ultimate authority over our lives (1 Tim. 6:15). God is Sovereign (a supreme ruler). God is the Source and Authority of and over all that exists. God is not simply Sunday morning worship, Wednesday night prayer meeting, daily devotions, or Bible study class! Jesus must be the Lord of all if He is to be Lord at all. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made (John 1:3). He is the great "I AM" (Exod. 3:14).  Read Psalm 115.

Funday


by the lake
baby ducks
wild berries
doggy walk
the park
picnic
grilling

godiz - A whole day of fun with my cousins kids (my faves) plus a sleep over night. 
They are the best, I love kiddos! May the Lord protect and bless them all, as they grow up, to become beautiful souls.


NBA Transactions

7/17/2014

Dallas Mavericks re-sign Devin Harris





7/17/2014

Toronto Raptors re-sign Greivis Vasquez





7/17/2014

Washington Wizards signed Paul Pierce.






More Transactions: http://stats.nba.com/transactions.html?ls=iref:nba:gnav

also check...
Free Agent Tracker: http://www.nba.com/freeagents/2014/



Infinity Bracelet


godiz - my cousin gave me this beautiful "candy" infinity bracelet as a gift for being her MOH :-)

Buggy Bugz

You hear the buzz, you see the bee, but before you know it -- oweee! You've been stung. Almost all of us have had this experience at least once, and it's no fun. But with the home remedies in this article, you can take the ouch out of being stung and perhaps prevent the attack from happening in the first place.

Bees, yellow jackets, hornets, wasps, and fire ants all have stingers that inject venom into their unfortunate victim. The most common reaction is redness, pain, itching, and perhaps some swelling around the sting area, which lasts for a few hours. Other creatures, such as black flies, horseflies, black or red (not fire) ants, and mosquitoes, also bite and sting, but their venom usually does not cause as intense a reaction.

Home Remedy Treatments for Bites and Stings

Perhaps the easiest way of dealing with the discomfort of a bite or sting is preventing one from happening in the first place. Read on to discover home remedies to protect yourself.
Keep your cool. If a wasp, yellow jacket, or any stinging insect flies near you, stay calm. Slowly move away from the area and do not flail your arms or try to swat the bug. Getting agitated may incite the insect to sting.
Unsweeten your sweat. Ever notice how two people can be sitting outdoors and insects will hover over one but ignore the other? No one is sure why, but some experts think insects find certain varieties of sweat or body odor more appealing than others. According to one theory, so far unsubstantiated, changing the smell of your sweat may repel insects. Some believers suggest that eating onions and garlic can drive bugs away. The downside? You're likely to repel humans, too.
Don't wear bright, flowery clothes or rough fabrics. These seem to attract insects for some reason. Stick to smooth fabric and light-colored outfits in tones of white, tan, green, or khaki when you plan to spend time outdoors.
Go fragrance-free. Perfume, cologne, and scented aftershave, hair spray, and soap will attract insects. You may feel a bit bland without your favorite fragrance, but it may be well worth the dearth of painful stings.
Leave bright, shiny jewelry at home. Bright jewelry and other shiny metal objects attract insects. You may lack some pizzazz, but in this case, making less of a fashion statement is in style.
Keep your shoes on. Walking barefoot through the grass may feel great, but it's not such a wise idea. Bees are attracted to the clover that covers many lawns, and yellow jackets build their homes in the ground, so going shoeless can mean stepping into trouble.
Keep food covered when outside. Picnics are a summer family favorite, but open food attracts stinging insects. Keep covers on food as much as possible and keep the lids on garbage cans as well. You're best off steering clear of public trash cans that are partially or fully open on top.
Watch what you drink from. If you're downing a cold drink outdoors, use caution. Insects can fly into drinking vessels, so guzzling a cola could lead to a sting on the tongue or throat. While outdoors, avoid drinking from cans or other narrow-lipped, open-mouthed containers that might allow bugs to launch a sneak attack when you take your next sip.
Be aware of your surroundings. When gardening or doing yard work or other outdoor chores, be on the lookout for hives. Nests can be found in the eaves and attic of your home and in trees, vines, shrubs, wood piles, and other protected places. Disturbing a nest, even by accident, can irritate the insects. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology suggests using extreme care when operating power lawn mowers, hedge clippers, and tractors, as well.
With billions of bugs out there, you're bound to get bitten or stung sometime in your life. Thankfully, relief for bites and stings is as close as the kitchen. Try the following home remedies the next time you have a run-in with an insect.

Natural Home Remedies for Bites and Stings

Here are some simple home remedies for minimizing a sting's pain quickly and easily. Be sure to keep an eye out for signs of a more severe reaction so that medical help can be sought immediately if necessary.
Activated charcoal. This can help draw out toxins that cause inflammation, swelling, and itching. To make a paste, open up 2 to 3 capsules of charcoal, mix with enough water to make a paste, and apply to the affected area. After 30 minutes, wipe the paste off with a wet cloth.
Ice. Ice or any cold compress does triple first-aid duty by diminishing the itch, reducing inflammation and swelling, and easing the pain of bites/stings. Put crushed ice into a plastic bag (or use a bag of frozen vegetables), wrap it in a towel,
Vinegar. No matter whether it's the white or the apple cider variety, vinegar turns insect sting pain into a thing of the past. Pour it on the affected site, or mix it with baking soda to make a paste that you can apply to the bitten area. Out of vinegar? Try applying straight lemon juice instead.
Garlic. You might not get kissed, but you might not get bitten either if you eat your onions and garlic regularly. Just like humans, stinging insects are attracted or repulsed by odors in their environment. Perhaps it is to your advantage not to smell so sweet. Some people believe that by eating pungent foods such as onions and garlic, the smell of your sweat changes, sending out a signal to insects that you stink. And you do. While this theory hasn't been tested, it can't hurt to add an extra onion on your burger or an extra garlic clove to your salad dressing. (The effect only works with raw garlic or onions so don't cook them -- cooking not only destroys the stink, it also changes the active ingredients.) Just remember to have some mouthwash or gum on hand if you plan to talk to others!
Knife. Bees and yellow jackets leave evidence behind when they strike: their barbed stinger. It's not a pleasant sight to see this pulsating barb puncturing the skin and releasing venom. Carefully and gently remove the stinger by scraping it off with a knife blade. Don't reach for the tweezers or tongs. Squeezing and grabbing the stinger causes more venom to be pumped into the victim. After removing the stinger, apply a topical antiseptic, such as alcohol or Betadine.
Soap. Some kitchen cures are right under your nose -- take plain old bar soap, for instance. Besides keeping you squeaky clean, soap helps relieve the bite of the ubiquitous mosquito. Wet the skin and gently rub on soap. Rinse well. Be sure to use only nondeodorized, nonperfumed soap. Fancy, smelly soaps may irritate the bite area.
Bees, wasps, hornets -- be gone! Use the home remedies in this article to avoid and treat bites and stings, and focus your time and energy instead on summertime fun.


godiz - my moosi-pie got stung by a bee, all knocked out. Ice bag under his lil paw, sleeping.

Busy Busy Week

Gotta go to sleep... Big day tomorrow being the maid of honor :-) Gotta get my "beauty" rest on.


Bless!