Archive for September, 2012

2012, September 30

Recipe of the month: Melon and Chicken Salad

I had my eye on this recipe ever since it was posted. I couldn’t wait for everything to be in season here and make it. So today, I am reblogging. Because it was amazing!

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Melon and Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 honeydew melon
  • 6 cups cubed, cooked chicken meat
  • 2 cups chopped celery (I left this out cause I don’t like celery)
  • 2 cups seedless grapes
  • 1 (8 ounce) can sliced water chestnuts (left this out cause there aren’t any in Romania. Or at least I couldn’t find them)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Cut melon in half, and remove seeds. With a melon baller, scoop out melon balls; place in a large salad bowl.
  2. Add chicken, celery, and grapes to melon. Add water chestnuts if desired.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together, sour cream, yogurt, and curry powder. Gently stir into salad. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Bon appétit! :)

 

*Reblogged from FoodieVilla.

2012, September 26

Proof: the Universe provides

Things that surprise you are the most beautiful. When you forget a dream because it seems too far away or impossible. When suddenly you reach out to a stranger and magical things happen. So magical that they give your heart palpitations. Literally. My heart flutters with joy but mostly fear. Fear of not jinxing it, fear of people who might distrust me, fear that even though my joy grows and grows it might turn out badly. I want to believe that this time things happened because they need to happen, and someone out there is giving me a priceless opportunity.

I have no idea how this happened. Out of nowhere, without my conscious looking for it.

When I was little I dreamed of it. Then I didn’t give it much thought. In college the dream returned, but my specialization didn’t help much. So there it went again. After college, when I was finally working in that field, I began to dream again. I took a course and got a degree. Then, because of certain health and life events, I stopped. I completely forgot about the dream. I was still in love with it, but years passed.

Until the phone rang on September 5th and that changed everything in only a few hours. For two days, I could say that I wasn’t only a florist at heart, but one who actually gets to work in their field again!

It meant a few exhausting days until I got into the hang of it again and finished cleaning the newly opened flower shop. Then, it was over in as much time as it all began.

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Now I’m looking for something else again, for a new job.

This turned out to be a short learning curve that helped me clarify something I needed to clarify within myself, for whatever reason. I learned about what I really want, what I’m willing to overlook, and what I won’t put up with.

(And after getting a new job, at least for an upcoming few months, it’ll mean an eight hour job + babysitting + crafting + tutoring + writing + Life. (Pretty much) Per day.)

However, dear friends, know that dreams are not lost even if you forget them.

The Universe provides. Even if at times, it’s only to course-correct.

2012, September 25

Dear Tuesday, 25.September.2012

getting up before the Sun is shining was pure torture. Let’s not try it again next week!

2012, September 24

Thoughts on love lettering

While having a soulful outlook on life, I am passionate about writing, reading, traveling, floral art and photography.

I was introduced to More Love Letters through my friend, Judy Clement Wall’s, blog where she talked about this website a few months back.

I loved the idea behind the 12 Days of Love Letter Writing and have decided to write some letters during December as a form of volunteering. Given my current financial state (or more accurately, the lack thereof), this seemed like one of the best ways to support a great cause.

Knowing that this is making people more at ease with their lives and happier to see how a perfect stranger cares enough to put pen to paper for them… it is an amazing experience.

Also, I think it runs deeper than that, as even though it was hard to write that first love letter, my letter for Priscilla has helped me a lot to deal with my own grief. I like to give back. I like how the help behind writing a love letter for someone goes both ways!

So far I’ve left love letters behind in elevators, bookstores at the vet’s. I’ve left love letters behind every single day in June, all over my city. I’ve left one behind at the Bride’s Veil Waterfall, and one in the wagon of a steam train in Vaser Valley during road trips. Of all, my favorite spot is the bookstore – I think it’s a nice touch to buy a book (or while flipping through it on the spot) and find a love letter in it.

There isn’t a wide variety of stationery available to me over at this end of the world, so my go-to are handmade cards. I recently learned how to make a heart shaped one which is my favorite so far as it allows for a lot of letter writing room while looking oh-so-pretty. I have also purchased some paper punchers and also use stamping to make my cards more beautiful.

If I had to write a love letter in 140-characters or less, it would say: Dear You! Look up. We’re all stars. You’re a star. But you’re not lost among them. You stand out, in so many people’s night sky! Love, ~E.A.

Tweet-sized love letter on handmade card

I think the people who consider everyone else first and don’t give themselves enough self-love are the ones in need of a love letter; of a reminder of how putting oneself first isn’t selfish, but necessary to be the best you that you can be.

My advice for a first-time letter writer is: Don’t be afraid of the outcome. The first letter (or even along the way there will be some letters) might be hard to write. But you will find your own style, your voice will shine through and you’ll find the best way to be there for your letter’s recipient.

Whom would I write, if I were stranded on a desert island and was only given one sheet of paper and a bottle, and told that my one letter would absolutely reach shore and find the hands of whoever I wrote it to? 

It would have to be someone who has instructions on how to log into my account and write my very last blog post for me (which would be in the letter I sent). Goodbyes aren’t easy for me, but I am friends with so many wonderful people whom I’ve met both online and offline, that I’d hate not being able to say goodbye to them, to tell them how important each and every one of them is to me, in a love letter.

2012, September 19

Improvised body scrub

I haven’t written a beauty recipe for a while. Maybe because I’m still using up some of the things I’ve made, and re-making those recipes.

But today, let me share a recipe of a body scrub I made (improvised) for a friend’s birthday last year (and of which I completely forgot up until now.)

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Estrella’s Improvised Body Scrub

I used the following ingredients: sugar, coffee, wheat germ, lavender flowers, olive oil, grape seed oil, water.

Results: smooth skin, and my friend was very excited about some rough areas (elbows, heels) that are now gone.

If you want to try this, let me know how you like it  :)

2012, September 17

I never get tired of…

… fresh mountain air

… reading and writing time

… peace and quiet

… purring cats

… soft, comfy pillows

… photography

… alone time with loved ones.

 

Your turn. What do you never get tired of?

 

*hiatus inspired ;)

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2012, September 15

Love Letter Request for September, 2012

The More Love Letters team writes this so much better than I could. Here is the love letter request for September’s bundle.

love delivered

: loud & clear

This fall, More Love Letters is raking in the season with 3…yes, you heard us right… 3 Love Letter Bundles scripted especially for strangers embarking on a “fresh start” of sorts.

We’re praising the new beginnings and sending well wishes to all those enduring hard times in this moment. Please, won’t you help us deliver the message of love loud & clear?

so what is a love letter bundle?

Each month, we send out a “call for love letters” (just like this one) for an unsuspecting receiver (or in this case, receivers) in need of a little handwritten goodness. You will then have until the end of the month to send over a card or letter to the More Love Letters PO Box. We’ll bundle the letters and mail them all together to a lucky, lucky mailbox with an explanation note from MoreLoveLetters.com on top.

It’s simple. It takes 5 minutes. And really, what’s better than a monthly pinning of “heart to page” for someone who truly needs some love and syllables?  So gather your friends, your students, your coworkers or church group, and take on the monthly mission together! New to letter writing? Get started here!

 

The following letter requests were requested by close friends of the recipients, they have written the descriptions you read below:

 

meet Jessica

“Jessica is a recent college freshman, hundreds of miles from the only place she knew as home. In high school, she was the girl everyone looked to for advice, a smile, a hug, or a shoulder to cry on. She poured her love into the people she talked to and the organizations she was involved with. As she began to talk about the transition to college, she explained that’s what she felt – lost, lonely and alone. I couldn’t believe it… someone I viewed as one of the strongest women out there felt in the same shoes as I once did. Jessica deserves a letter to remind her of how she has the ability to impact the world and the people around her. To remind her that not everything in life is easy, but if she puts her mind to it – anything is possible.”

 

meet Kayla

“One month ago, Kayla & one of her siblings were hit head by a drunk driver.  The wreck was very severe but thankfully they both survived.  Kayla broke several bones and she still recovering, as it will be a long journey. Kayla is soft spoken, but her heart is kind and full of compassion.  I know I could turn to Kayla if I ever needed anything. I’m writing because Kayla needs some extra love. I want her to be reminded that she can let go of her worries and that she won’t be alone in any of this.”

 

meet Wilson

“Wilson is a senior in college and due circumstances beyond his control he had to switch out of his dream major (nursing) and become a communications major. It is a lot of change to take on suddenly and he is handling it as well as can be expected. Wilson has been an amazingly supportive best friend and is the single best thing that has happened to me since coming to school. I just want him to know that he truly is a wonderful, amazing, special person and that those of us whose lives he touches are truly blessed.”

 

All Love Letters can be sent to:

Fresh Start Bundles

PO Box 2061

North Haven, CT 06473

Letters can sent all in one envelope or individually, whichever you prefer. We’ve got little elves to sort them all out J.  Write for one, two or all three!

Please postmark all love letters by the last day in September. Please & Thanks.

 

joining us?

Let us know on Twitter & Facebook

Supporting the @moreloveletters mission today with my cursive + love letters: http://moreloveletters.com/freshstartbundles

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Pens out. Paper out. @moreloveletters mission in hand. Are you writing?: http://moreloveletters.com/freshstartbundles

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Happy love letter writing!

With crossed t’s and dotted i’s,

Hannah B &
The More Love Letters Team

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