Thursday, April 25, 2013

S'more Crack Dip

Hello My Friends


I won't say that I am back to blogging yet, but you never know! I just 

had to post this recipe for y'all. Hope to fill you in on all of the 

exciting changes in my life soon. Love and miss you all.

Trudy






S’more Crack Dip

1 cup of milk chocolate chips

2 tbsp of milk

1 1/4 cups mini marshmallows

Graham crackers for dipping

In a medium sauce pan add chocolate chips, milk and 1 

cup of your mallows. Mix continuously over medium heat 

until melted and smooth. Using a rubber spatula, scrape 

chocolate mixture into a small casserole dish. Top with 

remaining mallows.

Place dish under your oven broiler for approximately 60 

seconds or until the top has started to brown.

Dip your graham crackers and enjoy!! Just a hint: If you 

are taking this to a pot-luck, party, or other event, 

double the recipe. You will bring home an empty 

container, and lots of requests for the recipe.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February and a giveaway soon to come!


Hello my dear loyal friends! I see that we are up to 192 followers...I am working on the giveaway and can assure you that it will be grand! Isn't the picture above amazing? It's from Martha Stewart's website.

I am not going to ask for forgiveness by not blogging on a regular basis...I believe that you all know that I mean well; but life gets in the way. Grand babies, family, Pete's hockey boarders, Pintrest, Pulmonary Emboli, Influenza, the MS Walk, loss of drivers licence, hubbies trip to Slovakia and Czech Republic, my stupid MS is really slowing me down these days......know wonder I don't get to blog much!

I see that spring is trying to peek out in my front gardens, but it is way, way to early for that. I am worried about my perennials and shrubs as they have had no snow cover this year, but the temperature has gone up and down all winter long.

I hope to blog more...I really mean it this time folks. I have so many things that I want to discuss with you, and I think that I will leave today's post with something that I have been struggling with for a while now. Primitive decorating has been my passion for many years, but I find that my tastes are changing...I am leaning towards a Cottage Prairie Shabby Chic style of decorating. I am almost desperate to paint my kitchen cabinets white, and have already started to bug Hubby about it on a regular basis. Don't get me wrong, I still love my prim, but I want to incorporate it into Cottage style decorating. I am thinking that white, black and various wood tones as well as soft, faded cabbage rose upholstery along with the black leather.

Please send me your ideas, thoughts, or whatever, I would love to hear from you.

I sense a giveaway in the next few weeks folks.

Hugs, Trudy

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Holidays



Hello Everyone! I just wanted to take time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a happy, healthy, prosperous 2012! I have spent a lot of time reflecting on my life, while going through some health issues and have come to the conclusion that my life would be so very boring and unfullfilled without all of my fellow bloggers and followers! I am blessed indeed!

I hope to blog on a much more regular basis in 2012, and if you all don't mind, I will be sharing my personal ups and downs as well as my crafts and cooking ups and downs. I hope to get those followers over 200 so that I can have a giveaway, and will start posting some of the prizes in January.

Now get off the computer and go hug someone...Be so thankful for what you have, don't waste time worrying about what you don't have...live in the here and now...you never know how long you will be on this planet.

Much love going out to all of you,
See you after New Years,
Trudy

Friday, October 21, 2011

Heading towards 200 followers..Let the giveaway commence!

I cannot believe that I have 164 followers! You guys rock. I have decided to have a giveaway when I reach 200 followers, and you don't have to do a thing if you have already signed on!! Now, I don't know what it will be yet....but it will be hand crafted, more than one thing, and very generous...that much I know. Encourage your friends to follow me, and we will get to the giveaway faster.

So, spread the word, and as I get closer to the magic 200 I'll post some pics of the prizes!

Hugs,
Trudy

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The nine timeless secrets of being happy

The 9 Timeless Secrets of Being Happy

1) Embrace New Experiences
Most people suffer from merely existing versus really living. Don’t get caught in a rut; get out of it if you are. Explore. Play. Go beyond your comfort zone. Don’t lean on the excuse “I don’t have time to try new things.” It is as tragic and ridiculous as saying “I don’t have time to breathe.” New experiences are life. Live deeply.

2) Be Who You Are
Recognize and clear through what others expect of you, including society’s expectations, your parents’ expectations, the opposite genders’ expectations, and anyone’s expectations. Recognize and clear through the guilt, anger, fear and other emotions that are sabotaging you. What are your dreams? Your goals? Your loves? Who are you? Be that person.

3) Let Go of the Past

The past is good for two things: the happy memories, and the lessons it provides. Clinging to resentment and sadness for past events hurts one person the most: you. Don’t let the past suck the gift of the present out of you. Forgive. Let go. Be here now, and go forward.

4) Be Kind
It is easy to act kindly to those who have been kind to you. Do so, but also remember that is not where kindness is needed most. Recall those many times where you made mistakes, where you reacted out of negative emotions instead of responding from who you really are. Recall how you felt, or how you would have felt, if others responded to your mistakes with kindness instead of harsh criticism or a cold shoulder. Negativity only breeds more negativity. Empathize, and choose to be kind. It spreads rapidly.

5) Be Responsible for Yourself
Whatever happens, however promising or tragic, only one person is responsible for how you respond to it: you. There are no greater wastes of energy and potential than blame, envy, a desire for revenge, and wallowing in self-pity. You and only you are responsible for how you respond to anything and how you act. You wish others were a certain way? You wish the world were a certain way? Be the example.

6) Nurture Relationships

Think of your most joyful moments. Think of all you have learned. Think of what has helped you grow. Chances are great these all involve other people, and other relations such as pets and nature too. There are over six billion people on this earth. There are infinite relationships to be had. Everyone has something to understand and to learn from. There is infinite love to be had, and to give. You can choose to be lonely, but you are never alone.

7) Recognize All You Have, and Be Grateful for It

If you are alive, you are fortunate. If you can read this, you are fortunate. If you can walk, talk, see, smell, taste, or feel, or all of these, you are fortunate. You are what you focus on, so if you focus on what you lack, you become that lack. Focus on all that you do have, on the gifts inside and all around you. Be grateful to be great.

8) Do What Inspires You

Painting, singing, writing, biking, swimming, gardening, reading, dancing, walking, woodcarving … what is your flame? What ignites you, inspires you, enlightens you, restores your life? Do it, and do it often. Do not believe your excuse of having too much work to do and too little time for what inspires you. Doing what inspires you is the very fuel that will give you the strength and motivation to do the other things you need to do, and do them well.

9) Remember that Happiness is a State, Not a Circumstance

Happiness is a state of being, not merely a moment of pleasure or joy. By committing to your happiness you acknowledge and accept that there will be times of challenge and suffering, but by staying true to who you are you will not just endure but thrive. Happiness is not just the bird floating serenely on the water, and happiness is not made unhappy by the rock that falls and temporarily disturbs the water. Happiness is the water itself, always being exactly what it is

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hello my friends

Hello my Dear Blogging Friends;

What a beautiful September day today was. I wasn’t up to much today at all. Just sat in my chair and read a book while my dog Mable rested on my lap; and on the floor beside me when she got too hot. She is such a sensitive dog who always sticks close to me on days when I’m not feeling up to par!
I hope that you will let me feel sorry for myself and bear with me and my stupid MS since it’s been a post or two since I have bored you with my whining.
It is really depressing to see this disease take its toll on myself and my other MS friends in my group.  We (meaning us MS’ers and our loved ones) have every right to feel as we do and get mad as hell at this disease.  It is not fair to anyone. I just know that by airing our feelings, we feel a little better getting it off our chest. 
When you lose anything in life you used to be able to do, it is mourning of what life use to be and a realization of what is to come.  Sorrow of the loss needs to be dealt with and gone through. Your caring and kind words mean the world to me, and you have no idea how much this helps.
I knew my body before MS was strong/stubborn/aggressively minded/stand by most in crises/always ready to dive into 10 projects at once/garden/bake/do my crafts/look after my family/hike/fish/work…I could go on and on.
Now however I have the stick  to stop me wobbling too much, or falling down, the walker to keep me upright and to be able to walk about a bit, and finally the electric wheel chair, for those days that I want to go a little further, but can’t possibly do it without my chairs help. Trust me when I say that I didn’t accept each new piece of equipment gracefully! I take a ton of pills to help control the other parts of my body that are messed up due to the placement of my brain lesions. I can’t type worth shit anymore, and sometimes I can’t even remember how to spell shit! I also take Tysabri a chemo drug that is given to me monthly by IV and which costs almost $4,000 a pop. Thank the Lord for drug plans. My family and friends have been a tremendous support, when I allow them to that is. This past summer has been hard, realizing that I can do some things, but much, much less than I could do last summer. Acceptance comes slowly, and I am not always very good at it.
One thing I have sure discovered, old age comes early for anyone suffering with Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.
I try to remain positive, and keep a smile on my face, although some days are harder than others. I am blessed to have you my fellow bloggers, friends and family to support me through the ups and downs of this wretched disease.
I may not have much in the way of crafting to show you, or interesting things to write about, but I do take great pleasure in reading your blogs, keeping up with you all on FB and emails. I don’t feel isolated or bored while reading snippets of all of my friends lives, and just wanted to thank you all for letting me have a peek in.
Hugs, Trudy

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Our trip to Jamaica, life and the babies.

The Caribbean Sea was our playground for the week.
Our resort: Riu Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Sunrise from our balcony. It overlooked a pond, gardens and gazebo, which was filled with birds, frogs and fish. To our right was one of the swimming pools, then past that was the beach.


Me and my bestie (and daughter) Jess.

The whole group of us who travelled to Jamaica for the week and attended Sara and Dan's wedding

Sara and Dan's first dance as husband and wife...on the beach with a full moon shining down on them.

Me, my friend and sister-in-law (mother of the groom) Nancy, her daughter and my niece Julie, and of course my daughter Jessica. Jess and Julie have been special friends since they were born.



My nephew (best man) Joe and his beautiful fiance Chantel. They are planning on getting married in September 2012 in the Peterborough area. No travelling for Joe's wedding!
 
My Dad (Frank Perilli) and his wife Sylvia flew from Naniamo BC to Jamaica for the week.
Me and my brother (father of the groom) Terry.

Dan and his best man, his brother (my nephew) Joe.

The area where the wedding ceremony took place. It was absolutely beautiful.
The dining room all decorated for the wedding dinner. The food and the company was fantastic.
The sweet flower girl filling her purse with sand!
After the wedding dinner and speeches, we went for a beach party. We had music, tiki torches, drinks, wedding cake and dancing!

Sara and Dan having a tender moment after the ceremony
Our gorgeous bride: Sara Watkins-Perilli.

The gorgeous bridal party!

As wonderful as the week was, I was still happy to get home. I missed my house, hubby, dog and grandbabies! I have been busy recovering from our trip. we have had company off and on the past 5 weeks, so it seems like the summer is flying by!
Our almost son Branislav Rehus has been staying with us while he goes to hockey camp. It is wonderful to have him here, but sadly we had to put him on a plane back to Slovakia! Jeff is going to save his pennies for a trip over there this winter.


Brani and Jeff in the boat fishing!

Now I am busy with my lists again...this time I am packing for our annual trip to Skeleton Lake which is an island cottage in the Muskoka's in Ontario. This is our 7th year going to the same cottage. We just love it..the quiet calms us down, and we nap, eat, sleep, fish, read, craft, eat and nap some more all day and night. This year we are going for 10 days.

We babysat the babies last night for a few hours, and had a blast. Little Owen (2 1/2 years) is getting to be quite the little man. He repeats every single thing you say and then comes out with the darndest things. He was so good! Little Avery with her pierced ears is now almost 6 months. She is her Grandpa's girl for sure. I barely got a chance to hold her, except for when she needed her diaper changed. Grandpa plops her on his belly, and she is quite happy there. He fed her, burped her, and rocked her on that belly of his, and put her right to sleep!!! Here are a couple of pictures of the babies.






Have a safe and happy long weekend, and I shall write again when we return from the cottage.
Hugs,
Trudy

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ocho Rios, Jamaica



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My daughter Jessica and I are in Ocho Rios Jamaica this week for my nephew Dan Perilli and Sara Watkins wedding. The ceremony isn't until Thursday, and we are making the most of this all inclusive resort! There are about 40 family members here for the week, and we a having a blast! Just thought that I would share a couple of pictures!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hugs,
Trudy