Healthy Recipes from Pinterest

I love Pinterest, not only for the cool photographs, but also for all of the delicious recipes I find.  Some are healthier than others and I wanted to share a couple of those with you.  Staying healthy and looking good have always been important to me.  Sometimes people say, “You’re lucky because you have good genes, that’s why you stay slender”.  No…because I work at it.  I exercise regularly and eat healthy (most of the time).  I treat myself also, which is very important!  Anyway, I made this first recipe a couple of weeks ago for lunch.  It’s so light and refreshing…

Lime and Cilantro Crab Salad in Avocado halves


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Flea Market finds at Traders World in Monroe, Ohio

Traders World in Monroe, Ohio is a Flea Market extravaganza!  With over 1,200 vendor spaces and occupying 11 acres, there’s something for everyone!  I like to go to take photos and people watch.


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DIY Large Photo Wall Art

If you’d like to use one of your own photos for a DIY Photo Wall Art project, Sugar Bee Crafts  has a great post to walk you through each step.  For less than $15 I was able to make a 3′ x 4′ piece of art with a photograph I took in California!  It’s hanging in my office, so I can look out the window at the woods and look on the wall at the woods!


I found the idea on Pinterest and followed the link!  It’s a great idea for photos of people also.  Next, I’d like to make some for friends!

Weekly Photo Challenge — My 2012 in Pictures

2012 was a year of discovery and fun!

I participated in lots of activities…


Pinterest inspired me to make over 125 new recipes!  My husband gained a few pounds.

And…I made homemade Febreeze, carpet stain remover, deodorant, In a Pickle Bag, scarves made from t-shirts, and these beautiful Easter centerpieces…


I attended lots of fun festivals, farmers’ markets, parties, and concerts!



I was a tourist in my own hometown of Cincinnati and the surrounding areas…


And–had so much fun seeing familiar places with new eyes through the lens of my camera!


In May/June, I camped for 26 nights of the 40 nights I spent touring seven AMAZING countries in Africa.  You can read the first post here!


Met unforgettable people and had once-in-a-lifetime experiences!

People of Africa

Strangers opened their homes to me in South Africa, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida–through an organization called Couchsurfing!

It is an amazing way to meet new people, make travel affordable, and get tips from locals on what to see and do!


My six week-4,200 mile-USA road-trip through North & South Carolina, Georgia and Florida was an adventure!  I left in late October and returned home in December.

I so enjoyed walking through all of the cities I visited!


There is so much beauty in the USA!


Florida was too pretty for words!!



I took a wine painting class with girlfriends, went to Columbus, Ohio for a girls’ weekend, and had girlfriends visit me in Florida!


Last…but most importantly…had quality time with family!  I thank my husband for being a good sport concerning my passion for travel!


My cousins and I had fun taking photos with Santa!!


I’m not sure what I’ve done to deserve such a rich life…but I’m truly grateful and if 2013 is as good or better than 2012…then all I have to say is…”LIFE IS GOODGREAT IN YOUR 50’s”!

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

With the holidays almost here…if you need a quick and easy gift…consider making Irish Cream Liquor.  It’s less expensive and tastier than Baileys!

First, you’ll need some empty bottles.  I’ve been saving wine bottles, so I took four of them, soaked them in hot water for 5-10 minutes, used a rough cleaning pad to rub the labels off, and then sprayed Goo Gone on to remove the sticky residue.  You can also use olive oil, nail polish remover or white vinegar to rub the residue off.  I found a number of recipes on Pinterest for Irish Cream, so I combined a few of them and have the ingredients listed below.

  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 2/3 cup Irish whiskey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth (less than a minute).  Pour into your bottle and refrigerate.  It will stay good for at least a month.  I made three batches, which filled four bottles and half of another (for me)!


It’s quick, easy and yummy!!


Water-skiing and Homemade Deodorant

Yesterday was another fun-filled day!  Randy took the day off work and we went boating on the Ohio River again!  We invited our friends Lynne and Mark and my girlfriend Gina.  We thought it was funny that Lynne and I bought the same bathing suit.  Obviously, my back is feeling better because I lifted Lynne for a photo…

and we water-skiied…

Anyway, wanted to let you know how my homemade deodorant turned out.  I love it!  It works…it’s simple to make…and you aren’t putting any unnecessary chemicals into your body.  I used an empty plastic jar to put it in.

I found the recipe at How About Orange.

Here’s a simple organizational tip.  Put your extra reading glasses/sun glasses on a hanger…

Since I’ve been on the Paleo plan I lost almost 10 lbs. in two weeks and feel great!  I gained back 2 lbs. just from yesterday.  We ate at Skippers Marina on the river.  I had a Mahi Mahi sandwich and a few potato chips…then last night we had pizza.  Talk about cheating!!

Well…I’m off to help a girlfriend unpack boxes.  She just moved yesterday.  It’s supposed to rain here for three days…so we’ll probably go to a movie and out to eat.  Make it a great weekend!

Lettuce Wraps and Scarves made from T-Shirts


As you know (if you’ve been following), I’m trying to eat according to the Paleo Plan.  I’ve found lots of healthy recipes on Pinterest.  Lately, I’m making lettuce wraps.  Last night it was a “Summer Shrimp and Mango/Tomato Salsa Wrap”…

I adapted it slightly from Marcus Samuelsson’s website.  I used less tomato, no jalapeno, Romaine lettuce and yellow onion…rather than Spanish onion.  I really enjoyed them.  My husband got a funny look on his face after taking a bite and asked what the yellow pieces were.  I laughed and told him they were mango.  My husband and I have already lost 3 lbs. in the last 10 days…even though we cheated big time over the weekend and he’s cheated at work quite a lot!

Although my husband hasn’t been wild about most of the wraps, he really enjoyed the Chicken with Apple and Grapes Wrap.  I made Sweet Potato fries the other night.  They’re baked…not fried and were quite yummy.  Tonight, I’m making an organic ground pork wrap with avocado/tomato salsa and Sweet Potato crisps!  The recipe calls for ground turkey, but I bought some pork from the farmer’s market last week and want to try it.

Last night after a 3 mile hike at East Fork Lake, we snacked on organic grapes!

I’ve been making scarves from old t-shirts and I bought a pack of three new ones from the dollar store for $2.00 each.  They’re so easy to make and I if you want instructions…go to Hello Giggles.  Seriously, they take less than 30 minutes to make.  I’m giving most of them away for no special occasion – just “I care about you” to my friends.  Here are some of them…

These three were made from my old t-shirts so they’re smaller than the ones on the Hello Giggles site.  The last one I cut the strips wider – that’s why it looks different.  They remind me a bit of necklaces.  You can hot glue broken jewelry, feathers, etc. onto them.  Get as creative as you want to!

Hope your day is spectacular!  I already went for a 3 mile jog today…going to get a mani/pedi that I have a discounted coupon for through Living Social and then off to the Loveland Farmer’s Market again for some grass-fed beef, fruits and vegies!


“In a Pickle Bag”

I came across a website “In A Pickle” from Pinterest that sells small bags that contain most things you would need if you ever find yourself “in a pickle” and thought it was a great idea, so I made my own.

My bag contains some of the same items theirs do but I customized mine to suit me.  I often carry some of these items around in my purse anyway, but I like having them in this clear bag that I bought at a pharmacy for $8.  It opens into two separate compartments.  It will be great for travel!  Here’s a list to give you some ideas of what to put into yours, if you decide to make one:

Travel size mouth wash – toothpaste – dental floss – hand lotion – mineral powder & brush – rubber bands – hair bands – bobby pins – post it notes & pen – eye drops – spray pen hand sanitizer – pill-box – ear plugs – band aids – pocket knife with cork screw – facial cleansing towelettes – matches – q-tips – cotton balls – mini perfume – paper clips – safety-pin – mini sewing kit

Yesterday, I spent the day with my girlfriend Dee and we went out to lunch – shopping – and to happy hour.  The funny thing is that I never carry around a sewing kit and the skirt I had on ripped while we were shopping so my bag came in handy!  I spent more than I anticipated on some Lancome facial moisturizer, Armani perfume and a Yves Saint Laurent highlighter pencil.  We have to treat ourselves sometimes!

I’ve done really well with the Paleo Plan this past week – although at lunch with Dee I did have a sandwich that came on a pretzel bun.  It’s O.K. to treat yourself every now and then!  (Didn’t I just say that?)

Here’s a photo of Dee, another friend Shari and myself at Happy Hour.  My other girlfriend Cindy stopped by for a glass of wine, but I didn’t get a photo…

I thought my Olympus PEN camera’s flash was broken because the last few times I tried it – it didn’t work – so that’s why this photo’s lighting isn’t very good.  The odd thing is that I tried it today and it works!  I’m so glad because I called the camera store and it would be less expensive to buy the same camera on Amazon than to get the built-in flash fixed.

One last tip from Pinterest for today – mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water and mix into a paste for a great facial exfoliater!  My face really glowed afterwards!



Designs so Fine!

Something I love about blogging is that I continue to learn more about myself!  I realize I love unique things…whimsical things…bold things…surprising things.  I hope you like these “things” as much as I do…

images via Pinterest

“Technical skill is mastery of complexity, while creativity is mastery of simplicity.” ~Christopher Zeeman

“A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.”
Oscar Wilde

How cool is this bookshelf!  Actually, you could use it for other things also!

“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”
~Steve Jobs

I can imagine taking a nap here.

A cool piece to display and store your “things”!

Save your corks…

Some of these I wouldn’t have in my home, but they’re cool!

Hope your day is fabulous!!

Happy Easter

I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Easter!  I’ll be spending mine with ex-family–I know it’s complicated.  We’re going to my brother’s ex-wife’s sister’s house.  My brother won’t be there because he and his wife have other plans (we all usually get together).  Hopefully my son will make it there.

I made a centerpiece for his ex-wife and her sister.  Here’s a photo…


I found the idea on Pinterest.  They’re quite simple (a little labor intensive) and inexpensive to make.  Hardboil four dozen eggs, color them, and add real or “fake” flowers.  I chose fake so that they can be used again next year.


Walmart glass containers               $12

Eggs @ $1.00 per dozen                 $ 4

Dye                                                      $ 1

Flowers (from the dollar store)     $12

Total                 $29 divided by 2 = $14.50 each

Sending peace, love, joy, happiness, safety and clarity to you!


Painting Wine Glasses

Yesterday was a fun day!  I arranged for some of my girlfriends to get together and take a wine glass painting class.  Living Social had a deal for $15 per person.  I brought some wine so we could loosen up as we painted!  Jen (the artist) had some snacks for us.  Here we are before we started painting…and drinking…

We spent about 1 1/2 hours being creative.  Having looked at some examples on Pinterest first, I found it easier to become inspired.  If you made a mistake or didn’t like the direction you were headed in, you could wipe it clean with alcohol.  You’re supposed to wait 24 hours and then bake them at 325 for 40 minutes.

Our conversation was as colorful as our glasses!

April and Gina and their lovely creations…

I particularly liked the dot theme that Cindy and Dee chose…

I think Jen (the artist) enjoyed herself as much as we did…

I wanted a photo of us all holding our glasses and at first we were prim and proper and then Jen suggested we liven things up…so we did…

Thank God for girlfriends!!

Pinterest–Chalkboard Bottom Wine Glasses

I completed another Pinterest DIY project.  Since I belong to a wine tasting club…and I love to drink wine, I thought this would be perfect for me.  The craft stores now have a new spray paint that makes your surface like a chalkboard.

  So…when sprayed on the bottom of your wine glass…you can then individualize each glass according to who’s drinking from it.The first step is to place painter’s tape around the stem and then I used alcohol on a paper towel to clean the rim.  I used a box in the garage and held each glass inside where I sprayed a light coat on each.



You need to let that coat dry for about 20 minutes and then spray again.





They turned out pretty well.  I need to look for chalk that has a smaller writing edge so I can make my writing look prettier.




The main ideas I get from Pinterest are recipes.  I’ve been cooking more now than I ever have since finding Pinterest!  I’ll post soon with my favorite recipes.

Life is Black and White for now

 My life is good.  I have had my share of “bad” things happen in my life, mostly to those I love, which has helped me learn that I have limited control over certain things.  I am a spiritual person…not religious… and agree with the message of the “Serenity Prayer”.  

This has usually helped me to handle the stress in my life in a more positive way.   I have everything I need.  My health.  I have friends and family (although a small one) a husband… one grown child (who still lives at home)…my parents are gone and I’m not close to extended family.  All of the basics (shelter/food/clothing)…I have gratitude for everything and know that I’m blessed.  If you read one of my most recent posts, “50 Things I Love”, you know that I receive pleasure from the simple things in life.  Why then do I feel a discontent…an almost constant pull to travel…need for an adventure…to find my purpose…and loneliness.  I’m free to make choices…am I settling…will I have regrets later?

 Working full-time while my son was growing up, left little time to “find myself”, and even less money to travel to far-away lands to learn about other cultures.  Although I loved being a mother, I remember feeling trapped much of the time.

 If you’re like me, there are a variety of messages that pass your way every day.  Blogs, books and even Pinterest speaks to me!  This was a message on Pinterest yesterday…

The only thing that makes it a part of your life
is that you keep thinking about it!


I signed up for messages from “The Universe” and here are some of the most recent—


Some think life is not so much a place to seek personal
happiness and fulfillment, Sherry, but rather a place to learn
 lessons and pay dues.  And so it is for them.  
Tallyho, The Universe


This one is telling me to have fun…enjoy life!

Get out, get out, get out even more, Sherry! Because there are
people you’ve yet to meet, laughs you’ve yet to share, stories
you’ve yet to live, and riches you’ve yet to tap into, that will not
find you under any other circumstances.
Besides, how else can I shower you with surprises? 
The Universe 


This one is telling me to go on that “trip around the world” that you’ve been wanting to take, but haven’t because you’re worried that you shouldn’t spend the money because you need it for retirement!  But then I’ll think, well I could teach English as a second language or house-sit, or couchsurf, or find other ways to make a living while traveling!

You don’t even have to know what you want, Sherry.
I’ll take care of that.  Just enjoy that you received another
day, and the 10,000 miracles within it.  It’s on me, 
The Universe 


This one is telling me to stop worrying about which direction to go…just do what makes you happy.  It’s not that complicated…stop over-analyzing and just have gratitude!

Often, Sherry, having what you want is a function of
letting go of what you have.  If you know what I mean.
The Universe 


This one is telling me again…to travel!!  I’ve already minimized possessions… 

What do you now fear, Sherry?
How will you use this?
You’re welcome, 
The Universe 


This one knows that I’m still analyzing and fearful about how big changes will affect me and those around me!

I bounce from different schools of thought…

the universe is giving me a sign…to

just envision what you want, take action, and you can manifest it…to

just meditate…it really doesn’t matter who or what is in your life…because you can control your thoughts and perceptions (Eckert Tolle)

 So….I’d love to hear from you…how do you handle these thoughts in your life?  I’ll leave you with more Black & White…


The Citadel in Cairo, Egypt - 2009


Stone hut on side of road in Peru - 2009

Dead Fish on ice at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington

Man weaving on beach on Roatan Island, Honduras - 2007

Sleeping man at outdoor train station in Egypt - 2009

Man at the Pyramids

Little girl in Petra, Jordan

50 Things I Love

1.  Hiking through the woods followed by a break

near Durango, Colorado

 2.  A beautiful sunset

Santa Fe, New Mexico

3.  Talking to a friend

4.  Pretty colors…the blue sky…green trees…colorful flowers

5.  Watching the snow fall while sitting in front of a fire

6.  The sound of church bells

7.  Having a great dream

8.  Cappuccino

9.  Planning a trip…almost as good as taking the trip

10.  Crying when you feel like it

11. The sound of crickets and tree frogs on a summer night

12.  Having a clean house

13.  Hot shower with yummy smelling soap

14.  The feel of the wind and sun on you while riding in a boat

15.  Finishing a project

16.  Getting the job you wanted

17.  A body massage

18.  Lotions and Potions

19.  The lazy warm feeling in the morning before getting out of bed

20.  Lying on the beach soaking up the sunny sun

21.  Reading a great book

22.  Wearing a soft sweater

23.  Stretching

24.  Petting a dog or cat and watching their eyes droop

25.  Listening to a great song while driving a convertible

26.  Taking a nap

27.  Feeling sexy

28. Laying down at night when you’re really tired

29. Sitting in a hot tub staring at the stars

30. Drinking a glass of good wine

31. Surprising someone with a gift or good deed

32. Visiting a beautiful European city or anywhere in the world…

Lisbon, Portugal

33. Laughing really hard and long

34. Wildly dancing for an hour or two

35. Feeling tipsy

36. Kissing passionately…

37. Watching a good movie

38. Cooking and savoring a delicious meal

39. People watching

40. Cuddling

41. The sound of the waves at the beach and…the smell

42. Taking a long sweaty jog

43. Playing with a child

44. Taking cool photographs

45. Winning

46. The smell of freshly baked bread

47. Flirting

48. Looking younger than you are

49. Being able to scratch where you itch

50. Believing in miracles and magic


As I was making the list…I realized everything on my list is simple, basic and doesn’t cost much money.  Except for the traveling part!  It made me feel good just thinking of these things!