Saturday, November 30

Even Though The Fire Was Warm, the Room Was Stone Cold..

 {{Even Though The Fire Was Warm, the Room Was Stone Cold.. }}


He asked "Can we talk now?"
Yeah.

...

He said it is best if we don't talk to each other at night.

She sat there on the couch, stunned, her eyes welling up with tears.  No it's not, "it's the worst" she blurted out, and he shut the hall door anyway, walking back to the bedroom.

She sat motionless, pensive, thinking.  The fire was slowly dimming, the flames being the only moving life in the room.  She wished for something so simple, someone that wanted to spend time with her, and wondered when in their marriage did the desire to hang out fade into a nonexistence.  They had always agreed that a mutual relationship was when both people were there because they wanted to be, but clearly he was done. 

If he was gone all day, and didn't want to be with her at night, what part of the day was left? 

{{a little late night writing.. }}

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Humans of Everywhere Need Humans of New York in Their Lives



http://www.humansofnewyork.com/

Humans of New York showcases and highlights everyday extraordinary people in New York, each with their own unique story and look, that contribute to the city and its every day beat.

The Facebook and Instagram feed are  so striking that I feel compelled to check every day, multiple times a day.  I've wanted to visit and experience New York my whole life.  It is the backdrop to all my favorite movies, and all my lifelong dreams.

I think this book will help me and anyone else planning a pilgrimage to the Great and Mighty New York City!!

Right now it's on sale.. half price on Amazon.  Click the link to purchase your copy.  I really really really hope someone in my family reads this post and just happens to click and buy it for me.. but usually your own family doesn't read your stuff.  Even though you post it public for all the world to see.  ;)  That's ok, because you're reading! 


 
With Christmas around the corner, this weekend has the biggest and best shopping deals of the season.  And while it's difficult to think straight with all the egg nog and wassail spilling and splashing about, you can easily order a few copies, because this is a book that many different types of individuals will enjoy.   
 
Actually I think that HONY {Humans of New York} and PostSecret would be a perfect book pair!
 


 
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Thursday, November 28

Bring on the Christmas Season 2013

https://www.etsy.com/listing/113439651/cardinal-christmas-ornament-tree?ref=shop_home_active


I'm never prepared, I wait until the last minute, I shop on Christmas Eve {usually} but I still never fail to promote the Christmas season with such enthusiasm you'd think I'd have it together.

Every year I kind of stay on top of one thing while every thing else falls apart.

For example, today is Thanksgiving, and I managed to boil the potatoes and make 15 lbs worth of mashed potatoes plus get my family ready for dinner ON TIME!  Two years ago the potatoes were still boiling when it was time to leave for our family's house.

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This Christmas I'd love to have an Elf on a Shelf.. but I think that because I started thinking about the idea this year, I won't really be able to do it until next year.  I need a little prep.. and I might have to make my own little elf.

Would you like a DIY Elf on the Shelf?  Sounds like a post-worthy craft.  ;)

http://mom.me/blog/5045-elf-shelf-better-parent-me/ 

Christmas is a time of jingle bells, carols, cookie decorating, gingerbread, ice skating, lights lights lights, cozy fires in the fireplace, hot chocolate, late night coffee, red cups at Starbucks, fudge, fruit cake, gatherings with friends.. and most importantly for my young family, traditions.  My daughter is 4 1/2, and she has the spirit of Christmas in her soul and a twinkle in her eyes.  Every day is magic with her, and I want to make sure she grows up to remember all the love and special times we made together.

Some of our family we don't see but once a year, even though we live local.  So I really stress the importance of attending that dinner, or going to the party.  I no longer feel like bailing out of an invite, because if you decline, you won't get invited again.

Today, our San Diego family was together, but we remember our Oregon and Washington relatives, and Las Vegas/North Dakota/Colorado friends.  I have just as much love for them, even though we miss most everything.  I love you all, with all my heart.  I think of you every day!!

So now, it is time to "Bring on the Christmas".  Tomorrow, we should get down our decorations, hang the lights, and sing Christmas carols all day.  I don't know if that will happen, but that's what we should do.

..and let's get our Advent Calendar/Countdown to Christmas Calendars prepared!!!  My mom had one from Avon when I was growing up.  We moved the little mouse from day to day.  It's actually the same one hanging in the kitchen in the movie Four Christmases!

Last year, TinyBaker's Godmother made her an Advent Calendar out of matchboxes and magnets.. it was so neat.. you can see it here:: Matchbox Advent Countdown to Christmas Calendar

http://www.beckycharms.com/2012/12/day-1-of-25-days-of-christmas-with.html


Here is a little treasure for you, a preview of the magic to come in December!

Auld Lang Syne by Kurt Nilsen, my newest favorite singer!


Thus begins the Magic of Christmas.. 





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A Thanksgiving from the Rarest of Candidates :: A Poem and Thought

 A Thanksgiving from the Rarest of Candidates 
::
A Poem and Thought

This world, this life, is a dream-state-of-being when the flow is good
Is a nightmare of epic portions when the rain falls hard

I’ve dreamt a dream where rainbows crumble and the sunset bursts
Where pigtails and puppy dog tails fall off from drought

Thy end is near the townsfolk cry from their kitchen windows
They fear the world and hide from daytime in the comfort of their homes

How comfortable can a constant position of worry be for the woman and her babies
When she hides from the golden sunrays that she hasn’t seen in years

This town this city that turns its back on its fellow citizen
People are begging for a drop of water and a crumb of food

You turn away and their heart tears into hundreds of particles
They scatter throughout their veins like a puzzle missing the last piece

Then you ask them what they are thankful for and they answer with beautiful poetry

I know you see me and I know you’re scared
I forgive your worry and dismiss your fear
Your glance and recognition I love
Thank you with all my heart, from above. 

Even the poorest has something to be thankful for.


:)

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San Diego NAT Natural History Museum || Balboa Park for Free Tuesday




San Diego NAT Natural History Museum || Balboa Park for Free Tuesday by BeckyCharms

Sometimes I'm "tired snoozer mom" and sometimes I'm "amazingly fun adventurous mom".  I definitely love being the latter much more than the former, and today was one of those days!

San Diego NAT Natural History Museum || Balboa Park for Free Tuesday by BeckyCharms

Every Tuesday is "Free Residents'" Tuesday {it's also Taco Tuesday} and certain museums in Balboa Park are free.  Today is was the NAT {Natural History Museum, and this day would be the last FREE day to see Mammoths and Mastodons.  Spur of the moment, we were going!


Monday, November 25

I Believe I Believe Every Day's a Good Day When You..



Bob Ross and Happy Trees

The wonderful world of the internet has brought me another treasure, yet again.

Via stumbling and browsing all social media platforms, there was a post by one of my FB friends about a video titled Hallelujah by four Norwegians.  Well if that didn't spark an interest...

Saturday, November 23

Disneyland at Christmas Holiday Season 2013 Trip One of Many



Disneyland at Christmas Holiday Season 2013 Trip One of Many by BeckyCharms
The Tractor Reindeer are out and flying about Disneyland!  Today will be filled with magic and wonder in the park. 

Mickey Mouse Christmas Holiday Season PopCorn Bucket at Disneyland 2013

PopCorn tastes much more popcorny in a seasonal Mickey Mouse Souvenir Bucket for $12.


Thursday, November 21

First and Last Letter to Mayor Jerry Sanders of San Diego Asking for Help


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayor

I wrote a letter to the Mayor right before he was about to end his term, but I didn't realize that until I sent the letter.  Here it is.  FYI, I never received a response nor a reply.  Thanks, San Diego.  I feel the love.

I believe in the words I sent, and I believe in the residents of my community.  I think we need to have city-wide block parties, and take days off to celebrate life with one another.  Boost morale and show your people love and support.  Don't scrooge one another.  Get out there and Bob Cratchit yourself.

Donut Competition and Some that Really Raised the Dough and Set the Glaze

     
     
    I like donuts.  Donuts are soft and delicious, sweet and flavorful.  Donuts give you cheer and stir up happy childhood memories.  Donuts remind me of Sunday mornings.  
     One thing's for sure, donuts are not what they used to be.  Donuts are not just Winchell's and Yum Yum.. Donuts are dapper, fit for lords and ladies, gentlemen and business class.  
     
    There was a donut contest I don't even know how long ago {sometime this year}, and I always love to enter these creative writing things.. so here were my entries.  They just popped in my mind.. I am full of ideas, and I'm okay with them being "good", "great", and "throw them out".  
     

2013 Annual Christmas Crafts Bazaar in Chula Vista, San Diego



2013 Annual Christmas Crafts Bazaar in Chula Vista by BeckyCharms

Be sure and stop by my two favorite booths :: Prayer Ministry and Alaska Mission!!  Tell them Becky Gomez/BeckyCharms sent you!!  :)


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Monday, November 18

How to Bake Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Mini Savory Scones

How to Bake Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Mini Savory Scones  and the Perfect Recipe 2013 by BeckyCharms


Tomorrow I'm volunteering TODAY I volunteered to help set up a mini breakfast buffet at a meeting for some K-teachers at a school near my church, and I couldn't have been more excited!

How to Bake Sun-Dried Tomato and Feta Mini Savory Scones  and the Perfect Recipe 2013 by BeckyCharms


I baked some savory mini scones, since there tends to be an overload of sweets at these sorts of things.. turns out, the assortment was quite appropriate;  not too much sweet, not too much savory.. everything was JUST RIGHT.


Sunday, November 17

Fresh Orangey Orangies Orange Brownies

Fresh Orangey Orangies Orange Brownies 2013 by BeckyCharms

OK, scandal or no scandal, Paula Deen can throwdown like a pro, and watching her cook and bake is just plain mouth-watering.  I mean, drool inducing, causing one to pick up their bottom lip with a crane. 

Fresh Orangey Orangies Orange Brownies 2013 by BeckyCharms

After such success with the Lemony Lemonies Lemon Brownies, I realized that this new discovery was probably just the beginning to a whole new world of sweet treat desserts, and that I oughtta try out new flavors.  From lemon I headed on over to


Friday, November 15

Win TWO Passes to Ice Skate at Hotel Del Coronado 2013

http://uniontrib.upickem.net/r/2P3bvBVwPk3?r=83867

Enter to win two passes AND skate rentals to Skate by the Sea.. I've never been but I hear it's amazing fun!

Hosted at the Hotel del Coronado, ice skating by the ocean with a gorgeous sunset is definitely a must-do for anyone in San Diego!

I hope you win.. and I hope I win too!

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Happy Thanksgiving 2013: An Heirloom Turkey Day Poem

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/menu/thanksgiving-made-easy.html


This will get us revved up for the Feasting ahead of us.. beginning with Thanksgiving and no signs of stopping 'til after the New Year!!  I LOVE the Holidays!!!

Yumm...



 Happy Thanksgiving 2013: An Heirloom Turkey Day Poem

Happy Thanksgiving
with turkey gobbles and giblets

Piled high mashed potatoes
with warm buttermilk biscuits

Drizzly melted butter
atop everything you can imagine

Green bean casserole, cranberry salad
with orangey zest leaves you joyridden

Stuffing deserving its very own zip code

Playlists for workouts are streaming to download

Then after the feast
we'll collapse with a fury

But before you can leave
the pie's cut in a hurry

I can't, No, I shouldn't
just one little bite

with sweet billowy clouds
of whipped decadent white

Elastic and mumus are stylish this day

And here on this couch 'til tomorrow I'll lay

Thank you, Thanksgiving
for turkey and fixin's

I love you, I'm sleepy
I'll see you at Christmas!


Gobble, Gobble...

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Wednesday, November 13

Natural Homemade Applesauce with TinyBaker : A Mommy and Me Recipe



Natural Homemade Applesauce with TinyBaker : A Mommy and Me Recipe 2013 by BeckyCharms 

My daughter, TinyBaker, has a children's book titled Max and Mo Go Apple Picking, which at the end of the story provides a recipe for natural homemade applesauce.  She has been requesting that we make it for some time now, and so we did.

TinyBaker is 4 and a half years old, so it's the perfect recipe to make together.  We always have so much fun cooking, baking, and just getting our hands dirty in the kitchen.  {and then wash them right away, because we also like to have clean, unsticky fingers!}


And then I met the Sweet Fabulous Beekman Boys in San Diego 2013 | An Heirloom Book Signing



 And then I met the Sweet Fabulous Beekman Boys in San Diego 2013 | An Heirloom Book Signing by BeckyCharms

This day is going down as one of the best days of this year; my whole life, in fact.  A few years ago the Beekman Boys {The Fabulous Beekman Boys - Season 1 (2-Disc Special Edition)} were doing a book signing in LA, but my heart pounded out of my chest


Sunday, November 10

Baby Tomato Candy - The PERFECT food gift for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients.. and EVERYONE for that Matter!!


Baby Tomato Candy - The PERFECT food gift for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients.. and EVERYONE for that Matter!! by BeckyCharms


By this time I think I'm allowed to tell everyone that my mom had weight loss surgery.  It's awesome.  She is so much happier, living.. actually LIVING and enjoying her days, doing the things she loves and feeling good in her own skin. These days we all probably know at least one person who has had weight loss surgery, otherwise know of one.  I personally know 3 people {and a few more since I've been to support group meetings with my mom} and know of 1 other person.

If you are interested in Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery tips, skills, nutrition, recipes, ideas, group forums, support.. you HAVE to visit Bariatric TV!

Baby Tomato Candy - The PERFECT food gift for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients.. and EVERYONE for that Matter!! by BeckyCharms

What happens after you have surgery is that the foods you ate before react differently in your body.  Sugar can cause what is called "dump syndrome" making you feel sick to your stomach for a good while after you eat it, usually around 30-40 minutes {in our experience}.  Every body is different, unique, and processes sugar differently.  The only way to know if you will suffer the symptoms is by testing the machine; your body.

Baby Tomato Candy - The PERFECT food gift for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients.. and EVERYONE for that Matter!! by BeckyCharms 


Pretty Twine to tie your candy by BeckyCharms
I got this Martha Stewart twine from Target or Michaels!


What starts off as one nibble, can quickly turn sour fast.  "One nibble, I feel okay."  Let's try two nibbles, and then a bite, two bites, three bites, four.. "ughhh, I don't feel so good!"  We all test our limits.

I never like to be the sabotage friend and deter someone from their lifestyle plan.. but, on a birthday, what are you expected to do?  Can we even mention what are you supposed to do for someone who has had weight loss surgery?  It's a classic to have a birthday cake with pretty decorations and candles to make wishes and blow out.  But, times are changing and we needed an innovative idea, something a little more clever than that!

I did a quick Google search that actually yielded no useful results. "best food present for weight loss surgery patients".  Food should still be enjoyable, even after surgery!  My daughter even loved these baby tomato candies!  They're so fun to make and eat!

OKAY, I have discovered one of the most awesome-EST FOOD/FOODIE presents EVER!  No joke..


Baby Tomato "Candy"!!

Supplies::

Mini Heirloom Tomatoes {Trader Joe's}
Parchment Paper
Scissors {to cut the parchment}
Colored twine, or string, or ribbon {or leave them plain}


Baby Tomato Candy - The PERFECT food gift for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients.. and EVERYONE for that Matter!! by BeckyCharms

It's like making candy.. with a baby!

Baby Tomato Candy - The PERFECT food gift for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients.. and EVERYONE for that Matter!! by BeckyCharms 

Start with a rectangular piece of parchment

Baby Tomato Candy - The PERFECT food gift for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients.. and EVERYONE for that Matter!! by BeckyCharms

Place a baby tomato in the center and roll tightly.  DON'T SQUEEZE! 

Baby Tomato Candy - The PERFECT food gift for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients.. and EVERYONE for that Matter!! by BeckyCharms

Then carefully hold the wrapped tomato in place and twist one end, then the other.

Baby Tomato Candy - The PERFECT food gift for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients.. and EVERYONE for that Matter!! by BeckyCharms 

Decorate the "candy" with colored twine, string, or even ribbon. 

Baby Tomato Candy - The PERFECT food gift for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients.. and EVERYONE for that Matter!! by BeckyCharms 

Baby Tomato Candy - The PERFECT food gift for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients.. and EVERYONE for that Matter!! by BeckyCharms 


Baby Tomato Candy - The PERFECT food gift for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients.. and EVERYONE for that Matter!! by BeckyCharms

Baby Tomato Candy - The PERFECT food gift for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Patients.. and EVERYONE for that Matter!! by BeckyCharms

These little tomatoes look like baby watermelons!

There you go.  Another great idea to add to your collection.  These aren't ONLY for weight loss surgery patients.  These are also perfect for everyone, kids included!


If you are interested in Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery tips, skills, nutrition, recipes, ideas, group forums, support.. you HAVE to visit Bariatric TV!


This is the time of where when we are surrounded by freshly baked cookies, cakes, pies, and sweet treats.  Try making some of these baby tomato candies for your next gathering and see what a hit they'll be!


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BeckyCharms

Friday, November 8

Jimmy's Famous American Tavern | off Harbor Drive in San Diego, CA


Jimmy's Famous American Tavern | off Harbor Drive in San Diego, CA by BeckyCharms
 Thank you, +San Diego Reader for hosting contests!!  I LOVE entering...

Happy Halloween 2013 - Have a Safe and Super Fun Day!!


Happy Halloween 2013 - Have a Safe and Super Fun Day!! by BeckyCharms
Chocolate SpOoOoky Haunted Halloween House - created by BoxMix Bubbe, Tiny Baker, and me!
 {We bought it at +Target ..and it smelled better than other brands..}

Happy Halloween!  From our spooky house to yours!


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Sunday, November 3

Day of the Dead : Día de los muertos 2013


Day of the Dead : Día de los muertos 2013 using RhonnaDesigns iPhone app by BeckyCharms
The naked original. 

There's a history behind this day.  I'm not going to pretend I know why we celebrate the dead, other than to remember our loved ones and offer stuff to them.  I respect the tradition and the culture, and in my life I'm content with that. 

Having said that, I wanted to do something special to pay my respect and honor the day, so I came up with a few photo designs using +Rhonna Farrer RhonnaDesigns iPhone app.

This is for you.  Happy Day of the Dead : Feliz día de los muertos.

{{  I made many more, but these were my favorites.  Which one is your favorite?  }}

Keep in mind, I was making these ALL on an iPhone strictly using one app.  :)

Enjoy.

Day of the Dead : Día de los muertos 2013 using RhonnaDesigns iPhone app by BeckyCharms

Day of the Dead : Día de los muertos 2013 using RhonnaDesigns iPhone app by BeckyCharms

Day of the Dead : Día de los muertos 2013 using RhonnaDesigns iPhone app by BeckyCharms

Day of the Dead : Día de los muertos 2013 using RhonnaDesigns iPhone app by BeckyCharms

Day of the Dead : Día de los muertos 2013 using RhonnaDesigns iPhone app by BeckyCharms

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