March Challenge

Posted by Princess Eva Angelica On 4:00 PM 1 comments
Hello everybody out there!

The month of March is here and it is time for a new challenge!!  Although Easter this year is not in March but in the beginning of April, now´s really the time to start with the Easter projects to be well prepared, right? :).

So, here´s our challenge for you this month:

CREATE SOMETHING TO GIVE AWAY THE EASTER CANDY IN!!

It could be anything- a box, a bag, a basket or anything you can fill with candy. 
The only extra thing you have to do is to USE AT LEAST ONE FEATHER ON YOUR PROJECT!


If you need a reminder about the challenge rules ( they´re not that many :) ), you can find them here.
Deadline for this challenge is midnight March12th, and the winner will be announced March 15th.
And for the lucky winner we have a fabulous prize waiting, sponsored by Papercraft Scandinavia (INKIDO)


The winner will get these two lovely and brand new paper collections:






Here´s what the team has created for inspiration to get you started:

Henrikke

This time I decorated a coffee bag to put easter candy in. I have used stamps from LOTV and flowers from Wild Orchids Craft. Hope you like the bag.  


Malin





Lene
I have made a box and filled it
with some delicious candy.






Åsa
I have decorated an eggbox and filled with chocolate-eggs.



Eva

I´ve made a tea light card, but instead of lights I filled it with candy:






Maissi


I made little baskets which I can fill with easter eggs.


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Minna

I made also a tealight card but without lights:) I filled it with little chocolate easter eggs.




I decorated a brown paper bag...


With a big bow. I took some white seem binding and sprayed it with different kinds of mists. I also addad a little tyll in there witch i dabbed on with some starburst stains/Alpine ice rose.
I also added a little gold cross and tied it on with some bakerys twine.








GOOD LUCK!!


Peanut-Butter-Banana Breakfast Cookie

Posted by Princess Eva Angelica On 11:02 AM 0 comments
Thanks to all who participated in the thinkThin Wellness Giveaway! Winners have been contacted via email or I replied to your comment on the blog post. Please email me your mailing address at kait@rbitzer.com.


I also updated my recipe page and video page for more nutrition information!




And now another high protein breakfast from Amy! 


A Breakfast Cookie...(yes cookie) is fun to look forward to in the morning.
 
The cookie is a high protein, high fiber, and very filling breakfast. They also happen to be convenient for people who have busy mornings since it is made the night before.


My Ingredients: 

  • 1/3 cup old fashion oats 
  • 1Tbsp peanut butter 
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 1/8 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1/2 banana for the cookie, 1/2 for topping 
  • 1 tsp agave nectar (optional) 


All you have to do is combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Once they are all mixed place them on a small plate or tupperware and put it in the fridge over night!



My cookie was AMAZING!... I put it in he freezer before I went for my morning run.  I recommend this because the freezer made my cookie the perfect consistency with a cool freshness to it which was exactly what I needed after my 5 mile run!


The Nutrition Facts:
Calories: 360 kcal
Fat: 11g
Protein: 18g
Carbs: 51 g
Fiber: 8 g
Sodium: 131 mg

VIDEO: What to Eat Before and After a Workout

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Walk of Fame - February 2012

Posted by Princess Eva Angelica On 2:59 PM 0 comments
Det är tid att igen presentera våra val av alster till Walk of Fame. Det finns så otroligt mycket vackert att hitta ute i bloggvärlden och det är som vanligt svårt att välja ut några få.  Här har vi i alla fall glädjen att presentera  de enastående vackra  alster som valts ut till WoF denna månad.




Det er tid til at præsentere de kort vi har fundet til Walk of Fame. Som vi plejer, finder vi de mest fantastiske kreationer ude i blogverdenen og det er en stor ære at præsentere kortene vi har valgt til WoF.


 
 
Det er tid for å presentere kort vi har funnet til Walk of Fame. Som vanlig finner vi de mest fantastiske kreasjoner der ute i bloggverden og det er en stor ære å presentere kortene til 'WoF'


It's time to present to you our choices of cards for Walk of Fame. We did have the most incredible journey looking for cards. It's a pleasure to show our choices for 'WoF'.


On aika kertoa mitkä kortit on tässä kuussa tullut valituksi Walk of Fame joukkoon. Mikä uskomaton blogikierros onkaan takana ja löysimme mitä uskomattomia kortteja. Meillä on kunnia esitellä teille tämän kuun valintamme 'WoF' sarjaan.

Walk of Fame
February 2012
 
 

 
 
 
 

Gratulerer * Congratulations* Onnea !


 

Party of Woodstock

Posted by Princess Eva Angelica On 2:52 PM 0 comments
Seriously. Rick Santorum has called the Democratic Party the "Party of Woodstock." I'm trying to picture President Obama jamming in the mud to "Purple Haze." Ooops! Fail.

I'm old enough to remember Woodstock, and truth be told, much more has been made of it in the ensuing years than was made of it at the time. I do know that the televised images of young people cavorting in the rain, in various states of undress and in various states of altered consciousness, scared the crap out of Middle America. But it took a while for that to happen.

Actually, the fact that we aren't a Woodstock generation should say it all. A true Party of Woodstock would be way left of center, we would have legalized weed, and corporations would be required to smile on their brothers, everybody get together, gotta love one another right now. Does that sound like America to you?

Let me tell Moron Rick and all you young whippersnappers what life was like in the years immediately after Woodstock.

In public school health class, segregated by gender, we girls were told exactly how to prevent pregnancy. We were shown all the different ways it could be done. The teacher passed around an unopened package of birth control pills and told us where to go to get them for free. We passed around a diaphragm and saw a film on how an IUD worked. Many of my friends promptly went to the state-funded free clinic and got their pills. They didn't need to tell a parent about the appointment or the pills.

I had plenty of high school classmates who were sexually active. No one got pregnant.

When I went into college, still in the 1970s, I got free pills from the state-funded dispensary too. I used them. I never got pregnant until I wanted to. One of my friends was not so lucky. Friend's mom found Friend's pills in the medicine cabinet (while snooping) and demanded Friend stop taking them immediately. Within three months, Friend had to get an abortion, which she had to hide from her family. She got it without question (and without ultrasound) at a state-funded clinic.

Why are we going backwards on this? Who are these people, and why do they care what women do with their lives? I don't understand it at all.

You know what I think? I think we need a Party of Woodstock. If I could get family planning classes in 1975, and now I can go to my 35th anniversary class reunion and see photos of plump, smiling grandchildren, I don't think anyone got harmed by learning how to prevent pregnancy.

If there are any young gals reading this here Pagan diary, let me just say that I feel sorry for you. What was easy for my generation has become a struggle for you ... and it looks to get worse before it gets better.

I'll do my part to put things back on track. But girls: It's really up to you. Vote for your autonomy. And above all else, act responsibly ... no matter how hard it is to find those pills these days.

Pagan Backyard Shrine

Posted by Princess Eva Angelica On 2:46 PM 0 comments
Day One of the stomach flu, I pretty much stayed on the couch watching t.v. After a day of that, having a job seemed like a great big blessing.

Day Two, I felt better. So I grabbed the Netbook and started messing around.

"The Gods Are Bored" is such a fabulous intellectual property that I thought I'd better secure its name elsewhere. So I fumbled through Tumblr and made one for "The Gods Are Bored." If you have a Tumblr, come and follow me! I'll be posting different stuff there from here ... but this blog will still be your central clearinghouse for all things bored god.

Day Three, it's cold as can be outside, but I took a minute to mess around with the camera in this Netbook. Voila! Here's my Shrine of the Mists, lieblings!
Okay, okay. It's not quite focused. Neither am I.

Most of the rocks on this shrine are from my former farm. I brought a few at a time every time I visited over the last 18 months. There's some Marcellus shale and some brachiopod fossils. Around the flat stone are landscaping pebbles, Marcellus shale,  sea glass, quartz crystals, marbles, various weird stones I've found, sea shells, and leaves from the surrounding trees. At night I put a single candle on the flat stone and shield it with a hurricane globe, but only if meteorological conditions are right. This is the place where I "All Hail" the very most ancient deities whose names have been lost to time.

Some nights I speak to the Green Man here. I have learned to be very careful what I say.

I went back and forth philosophically over whether to post pictures of my shrine, since it is such a personal thing. However, I have had many people ask me how to make one, and what it should look like. Well, here's what it looks like, and if I get enough comments, I'll write a post about how it was made.

Trust me, you can do this. I only worked as a stone mason for part of one summer. And that was a long, long time ago.

Tutorial: Stationary Box

Posted by Princess Eva Angelica On 3:00 PM 0 comments
Today I am going to show you how you make a stationary box. You can put what ever you want in this box, cards, notepads, pencils and everything. Under here you see the picture of the box we are going to make. 
The first thing you got to do is choose your papers. I have used the beautiful papers from Maja Design. The good thing is they match well together as well as they have mixed patterens. 
Start by scoring your paper at 5" and 7". Then turn it an score at 3" and 9" in the other direction. I scored at normal cardboard but you can also score straight on you pattern paper. 
Cut on the two scoring lines like the picture is showing. 
Add doublesided tape like the picture show you. Bend this one in and glue it down. This is for extra support. 
This is our base. 
Now we are creating the inside folders. Cut a piece of cardstock 8 ½" and 4 ¼" . Score both short sides and one of the long sides at 1 ¼”. 
Trim the sides.
Add doublesided tape and glue it on like the picture show you. 
Cut a piece of cardstock 5 ½" and 2" and a piece 4 ½" and 2". Score both pieces at ½” and 1” from each end. Add doublesided tape to outer pieces and attach them to your box like the picture shows you. 
Now we are making the lid. I did cardboard in the lid to. I prefer to decorate the lid with pattern paper later. Cut the paper at 10 1/8” and 6 1/8”. Score at 2” on all sides. Fold ends up to form lid. (The pictures will show you what to do). 
Here you can see the paper I choose for my box. The Maja Design papers makes it easy to mix and match together on your cards or projects.
Inside I decorated with a small rosett on the side. On the right side I placed a little notebook that I decorated in the same pattern paper. 
Here is my finished box again. I added a big rosett on the outside to. Under the rosett I placed some Tim Holtz Photo-tape/roll. Not sure of the right name on english. 
This is my finished inside. I made 4 big cards, 4 small cards and 4 tags. 
Here you can see all the cards out for the box. The little pocket under the sentiment is for stamps ;-) 
Hope you like the tutorial and if you make a box yourself remember to send it in to our Readers Gallery. 

Have a great weekend ;-) Hugs from Henrikke

Stomach flu navel gaze

Posted by Princess Eva Angelica On 11:26 AM 0 comments
I think it's a bit of serendipity that I'm sitting here at home with a case of the stomach flu on the day that my grandfather's property passes out of my hands forever. As I write this, the settlement is being completed out in Bedford, PA on the place I lovingly called Big Rock.

Today would not have been a good day for me to be at school, dealing with 110 teenagers and various adults. If I felt well I would be irritable and snappish, likely to do or say something out of character. Perhaps the bored gods saw that eventuality and stuck me in bed for two days.

Funny thing is, the sale of this land is almost exactly the same situation in that movie, "The Descendants," except that in the movie there are a lot more cousins in the mix. I just have an uncle, a sister, and three cousins. And no George Clooney on hand to save the day.

My sister sent me an email. She and her husband and their newly-adopted 8-year-old are going to the settlement, so they can sign the papers and get their check today. Sis was angry when I held up the sale for irregularities, back in January. Apparently she is desperate for the money.

Sis took custody of two boys back in May of 2011, wards of a private Christian adoption agency from which they were bought (something like $30,000). This agency did not require any parenting classes and did not contact next-of-kin for references. Nor did they disclose that the boys being adopted were born to a mother who was abusing alcohol and crack cocaine while they were in utero. Sis has already "returned to sender" the younger of the two, a boy who has all the symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, a boy who was shuttled between indifferent Christian foster families and orphanages and a crazy grandmother for the first years of his life. He was in Sis's home for about four months.

In her email, Sis said she was taking the remaining boy up to the property settlement "so he can meet at least a little bit of his family."

From where I'm sitting I think it would be better if the kid had the stomach flu himself today.

I dunno ...  I just don't see a property settlement table as an optimal place for a troubled adoptee to meet and greet the last remaining member of my dad's generation. Two hours in the car one way, a lawyer's office, maybe lunch at a diner in the little county seat, maybe a long back-roads drive down to the house that is being cleaned out ... Long drive home with a vague memory of some tall old man with an odd stare and a white beard. Who may himself be crying today, given that he's signing the papers on the place he has called home since 1978.

This is just another example of Sis's inability to engage the reality portion of life.

I wonder what she will do with the $23,000-and-change portion of the farm that is her due? She says that she and her husband have exhausted their retirement savings. To hear someone admit this at age 47 -- having just adopted an eight-year-old -- is rather frightening.

So. I get $23,000-and-change too. Which is either two years' state and local taxes in Snobville or a year of college tuition for The Spare.

Now, now, readers ... Don't tempt me to blow the dough on a fancy new car or a couple trips to some island. I don't roll that way. Maybe, four years or so from now, I'll buy a couple of acres of land. Or maybe not. It would be better to hear America singing right where I am, close by the ghost of Walt Whitman.

Oh ... one piece of big good news! The East Coast Vulture Festival gave the a-okay sign to the buzzard costume rental! I may be the only vulture at the fair!

I hope you don't get this stomach bug. It's a ripper.

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Amy's Overnight Oats

Posted by Princess Eva Angelica On 8:08 AM 0 comments
BY: Amy Bortnick

I LOVE oats, hot, cold, in my yogurt, in my muffins, in bread, I mean the possibilities are endless. Lately I have been searching blogs and the web for perfect “overnight oats”! Basically, overnight oats are just oats you let soak in some combination of liquid, yogurt, and spices (optional) overnight and then enjoy in the morning! I couldn’t find the perfect combination of ingredients for myself online so I decided to experiment and here is my first trial:
 Overnight Cinnamon Raspberry Peach Oats
Ingredients:

·         ½ cup plain non-fat Dannon yogurt
·         ½ cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
·         ½ cup old fashion oats
·         1 tsp cinnamon
·         3 slices frozen peaches
·         handful of raspberries
·         ½ oz of almonds


The night before I combined to oats, yogurt, almond milk, some peaches, and cinnamon in a bowl:

Next I mixed the ingredients together:


Then I covered them with foil and placed them in the fridge to soak overnight!

In the morning I added the almonds and raspberries and Taaadaaa:



Often people add more liquid in the morning but I didn’t need to because I was happy with the consistency! Overall I was very pleased with my first attempt at over night oats! The texture is unqiue and the toppings are endless. For more protein you could add peanut butter or protein powder instead of the fruit.

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