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Braided Easter Egg Bread March 31, 2010

Filed under: Knead this bread? — celebrationgoddess @ 1:23 am

This decorative Easter bread has whole eggs baked into it! Do not cook the whole eggs, as they will bake at the same time that the bread does. The eggs can also be dyed for extra color.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 whole eggs, dyed if desired
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast; stir well. Combine milk and butter in a small saucepan; heat until milk is warm and butter is softened but not melted.
  2. Gradually add the milk and butter to the flour mixture; stirring constantly. Add two eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
  3. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  4. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal size rounds; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each round into a long roll about 36 inches long and 1 1/2 inches thick. Using the two long pieces of dough, form a loosely braided ring, leaving spaces for the five colored eggs. Seal the ends of the ring together and use your fingers to slide the eggs between the braids of dough.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place loaf on a buttered baking sheet and cover loosely with a damp towel. Place loaf in a warm place and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Brush risen loaf with melted butter.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until golden.

    Ok yes I have no Easter dinner invitations this year. Muder (mom in law) is in Germany, sister lives too far away, father is going with his hot 85 year old girl friend to her family’s house, and my other sister typically doesn’t extend me invitations since she has too many for her dinners.

    What’s a girl to do? Go out for brunch….hmmmmm tempting but do I really want to wait and wait and wait for a turn at the pig out buffet? nawwwww

    I think I’m going to be daring and make a braided fancy schmancy egg bread! How hard can it be?

    Laugh, learn (I’m going to) and liven up your taste buds!
    Bethsheba

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Now THIS is a prayer! March 30, 2010

Filed under: happy thoughts — celebrationgoddess @ 4:07 am

Dear Lord,

Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord my shape to keep.
Please no wrinkles. Please no bags.
And please lift my butt before it sags.
Please no age spots. Please no gray.
And as for my belly, please take it away.

Please keep me healthy. Please keep me young.
And thank you Dear Lord for all that you’ve done.

Five tips for a woman….
1. It is important that a man helps you around the house and has a job.
2.. It is important that a man makes you laugh.
3. It is important to find a man you can count on and doesn’t lie to You.
4. It is important that a man loves you and spoils you.
5. It is important that these four men don’t know each other.

Foot Note:
One saggy boob said to the other saggy boob:
‘If we don’t get some support soon, people will think we’re nuts.’

Send this to the bright, funny women you know tomorrow and make their day !!!

What a great day it’s been. Lots of raking done and looking forward to some warm wonderful weather. Good night.

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds.
Bethsheba

 

Sing and Have a Happy Monday! March 29, 2010

Filed under: happy thoughts — celebrationgoddess @ 12:55 pm

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
brown paper packages tied up with strings,
these are a few of my favorite things.

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels,
door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles.
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings.
these are a few of my favorite things.

Girls in a white dresses with a blue satin sashes,
snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes,
silver white winters that melt into springs,
these are a few of my favorite things.

When the dog bites, when the bee stings,
when I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
and then I don’t feel so bad.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
brown paper packages tied up with strings,
these are a few of my favorite things.

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels,
door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles.
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings.
these are a few of my favorite things.

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes,
snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes,
silver white winters that melt into springs,
these are a few of my favorite things.

When the dog bites, when the bee stings,
when I’m feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
and then I don’t feel so bad.

I just felt like singing today!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!
Bethsheba

 

Wild women don’t have the blues!

Filed under: Dance like no one is watching — celebrationgoddess @ 4:10 am

And I don’t either! This weekend was great! Me and my sister danced for 8 solid hours to the blues.  And LilEd and The Blues Imperials-Ed Heads Home Page were so much fun!

I met a lot of fun people this weekend. But also a pretty sad drunk guy who tried to squeeze his way into the lives of anyone he could. No one was having any part of it. He even managed to offend a woman happily dancing in her wheelchair. All I can say is, it would be great if he could learn from what he does. But I doubt it….I bet HE has the blues….da na na naaa….

It reminds me tomorrow is Monday and an old coworker of mine used to play his blues CD’s every Monday morning because it was Monday and he had to be back at work. Hahahaha I think I’ll play some tomorrow in his honor and in honor of all us WILD WOMEN!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!
Bethsheba

 

Enthusiasm for the new day ahead! March 27, 2010

Filed under: happy thoughts — celebrationgoddess @ 11:51 am

en·thu·si·asm (n-thz-zm) n. 1. Great excitement for or interest in a subject or cause. 2. A source or cause of great excitement or interest.

I was laying in bed this morning after waking up at 5 am. Frustrated with not being able to sleep. I’m visiting my sister and sleeping in my nephew’s room with him. His computer screen slightly lighting up the room. I can hear my brother in law’s CPAP machine hmmming. So I start thinking about things as I usually do when I can’t sleep.

I get out the book that Jean MacDonald’s (my new Mary Kay friend) suggested that I read for networking. Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Black Book of Connections. And the page I turn to talks about enthusiasm. From the Greek “enthoeos” the God within. Since everone is their own God or Goddess within, I think BING it’s talking to me. He is saying that “When you begin to give value to the world, somehow the people you affect will find a way to tell you. Even if it takes a couple of years. Our instints tell us what to do. We’re supposed to start small like an acorn, a tulip bulb, or a mustard seed.”

Which is quite apropos since I am sitting in a room full of seed starts and plants that my sister has going for her gardens. The petunias are VERY enthusiastic since she was naughty and didn’t pinch them. They are blooming already! Anyway I hope that my small values of starting this blog will give people value. It’s my tiny seed. Like my seed of a business idea that started 2 years ago that is also taking years.

Do I give up hope because I’m not successfully doing many parties yet, NO! I have enthusiasm that the people I’m meeting are helping me towards my goal. The Jean’s http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=1074938663 that give me some networking knowledge, the Laurie’s http://www.holessence.com/home.html that give me so much advice and help, and Jennifer’s http://www.jenniferchanda.com/ who so expertly helped me with my website. THANK YOU Gigi’s! And I look forward to all the new people I will meet in my life that will give me value.

So instead of laying there not sleeping, I’m enthusiastic about the new ginger scented orchid I bought at the home and garden show yesterday that I can split with my dearest sweetest muder (mother in law). I’m enthusiastic about the day I will spend with my sister at the all day blues festival today. And enthusiastic about all the  new things each day brings me. It’s only rock n’ roll but I like it – like it yes I do!!!!

Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds. And tell me what makes you enthusiastic!
Bethsheba
http://imacelebrationgoddess.com/

 

 

Health benefits of gardening March 26, 2010

Filed under: Gardener's dirt — celebrationgoddess @ 1:22 pm

The Amazing Health Benefits of Gardening

 Published February 15, 2007 by:Afton Nelson

It’s no secret that gardening has many benefits besides being able to enjoy high quality, fresh produce. Among these benefits is increased mental and physical health. Gardening has continued to increase in popularity from just 10 years ago. More and more people are picking up the gardening hobby and sticking with it for the joy it brings and the health perks as well. Here are just a few of the ways gardening can improve your physical and mental health.

Physiological
Gardening can actually be a nice, low impact work out. Weeding or cultivating can burn around 200 calories an hour. Doing more strenuous garden work such as clearing weeds orr hauling rocks can even burn as much as 600 calories per hour. Experts suggest that Even low-to-moderate intensity activities, when done for as little as 30 minutes a day, bring cardiovascular benefits. Working in the garden can also be a form of strength training and build endurance and flexibility. An article in the August 2005 issue of Reader’s Digest suggests that “between edging and raking the lawn, walking back and forth to the mulch pile, pulling weeds, digging holes, and planting seeds, gardening uses all of the major muscle groups.” It goes on to say that, “One study even found that gardening could reduce insulin resistance, a condition that could lead to metabolic syndrome or diabetes, both of which significantly increase your risk of heart disease.”

Nutrition
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables every day is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Research continues to show that there are many essential nutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables that may protect you from cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Eating a diet with lots of fresh produce also gives you more energy, helps reduce weight gain, and may even reduce the effects of aging. When you grow your own fruits and vegetables, you can be sure they are free of pesticides and other chemicals. You get better tasting food that is high in important nutrients. Garden greens are especially high in calcium and magnesium. Magnesium is important because it’s what helps the bones absorb or assimilate calcium. important because it’s what helps the bones absorb or assimilate calcium. Gardening promotes healthy eating with kids and adults because there is usually an abundance of fresh produce available for snacking. It is also exciting to eat something you grew yourself and use fresh produce in new recipes. While a home garden provides fresh fruits and vegetables, it also saves money. The value of the produce you grow yourself is around 20 times the value of the material costs.

Stress
Finally, spending time in nature reduces stress. Horticulture Therapy is a new area of study that has even found that just viewing nature can have stress-reducing benefits. Gardens can be planted with stress reduction in mind, using soothing colors and scents. Studies have also found that working in the garden helps people who are sick recover more quickly. A garden can be an escape from the pressures of a job or other responsibilities. For many people, a garden is their own little piece of nature. This kind of sanctuary can help lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease.

 

Fresh Asparagus – look for it on the side of the road – OR in your grocery store. March 25, 2010

Filed under: Eat your Veges! — celebrationgoddess @ 12:07 pm

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Asparagus is one of our favorite harbingers of spring. These delectable stalks with their vivid color and delicate flavor are good hot or cold, dressed up or down. And did you know you can spot it along the roadside? Sometimes you’ll just be startled tooling down the road by the GIANT wispy fronds that sort of look like dill.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound prosciutto, sliced
  • 1/2 (8 ounce) package Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 12 spears fresh asparagus, trimmed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
  2. Spread prosciutto slices with Neufchatel cheese. Wrap slices around 2 or 3 asparagus spears. Arrange wrapped spears in a single layer on a medium baking sheet.
  3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until asparagus is tender.

    Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!
    Bethsheba