Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve Thoughts

 
Whether your evening will consist of coffee or cocktails, New Year's Eve signifies the beginning of a new opportunity.  Some look to add something to their lives {ie: better financial habits, better blogging techniques}Others set goals of losing habits that otherwise deter from having good health {ie: lose weight, quit smoking}.  On this eve of a new year and a new you, I decided to share some recipes for mocktails for you to enjoy.  {It's a re-post from last year.}  Pondering over a comforting beverage with loved ones always lends an eye-opening perspective.

Citrus Punch Mocktail (This is a Weight Watchers recipe.)

 Ingredients: 1/2 cup lemon seltzer
                     1/2 cup grapefruit juice
                     splash of cranberry juice (gives red holiday flair)
                     lime or mint, for garnish
                    * Note: To make it a cocktail, use sparkling wine instead of the seltzer.

  1. In a tall glass with ice, combine the lemon seltzer (or sparkling wine), grapefruit juice, and cranberry juice.
  2. Garnish.

 Strawberry Mocktail

Ingredients: 1 bottle sparkling water
                    2 cups pureed and strained strawberries
                  * Note: To make it a cocktail, use sparkling wine instead of the sparkling water.

  1. In a pitcher, pour the 2 cups of strawberries.
  2. Pour in the bottle of sparkling water and stir gently.

Melting Cherries

Ingredients: 1 cup grenadine
                    1 liter citrus soda or seltzer
                    18 maraschino cherries

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add the grenadine and stir to combine the two.
  3. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays and freeze.
  4. Fill glasses with grenadine ice cubes and pour the soda over the ice cubes.
  5. Garnish with cherries.
*Note: This is great for kids.  The ice cubes melt and the drink turns red.  They love it.  It's good for Valentine's Day and 4th of July too.


Cheers - May you have health, wealth, love and the time to enjoy it all.  Be safe and I will talk to you all next year.


Karina
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Friday, December 28, 2012

Little Not-So-Black Dress

Every woman knows that a little black dress completes the list of wardrobe must-haves.  Defy the rules: Be the diamond among the black dresses.

The best part: All of these are dresses made in the USA.



Gypsy 05 Sofia Tulip Navy Maxi Dress - Final Sale Fuchsia Fabulous Dress from ModCloth Poppy the Champagne Dress from ModCloth One for Good Luxe Dress from ModCloth Ruby Blooms Dress from ModCloth Salute to You Dress from ModCloth Friends and Alloys Dress from ModCloth Elegant Arrival Dress from ModCloth 


PSA: Because your best girlfriend may or may not tell you and your spouse or date may be afraid to:  Some dresses more than others require certain.......how shall we say it - undergarments.  The undergarments that lock and load everything properly, as in no panty lines, a smooth mid-section and your top half accentuates not steals the show because they were getting ready to pop out at any minute.  Wear a dress that is your ACTUAL size, not your PERCEIVED size.  You will look beautiful and thinner.  Squeezing into something too small will show everything that you don't want to show and we don't want that to happen and quite frankly, we don't want to stare at it.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

THUMPING THURSDAYS BLOG HOP


Welcome everyone!
 Thank you for hopping by each and every week.
We had nearly 140 bloggers hop by.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.
This week there is no Featured Read.

Please be sure to drop by next week to see if you were featured!

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Made in the USA


Here are some of our Made in the USA gifts.  I hope that you all had a fantastic Christmas Day.  Did you get or give any Made in the USA gifts?  Share your stories here.  I would love to read about them.

I updated the Sales and Deals page for you to take advantage of the after-Christmas sales going on.
 
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas!  It is my sincerest wish that the spirit of the season resides in your homes and hearts. 

Karina
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve

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On this Christmas Eve, I hope and pray that you find yourselves in peaceful spirits.

"The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in decisions you make....And be thankful."
~ Colossians 3:15
 
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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Blog Hop Observation

Just a quick note that the Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop is still going on so keep on comin'.
That being said, I would like to thank all you who have come by and joined and commented.  We have had such an array of people join that it amazes me and sincerely excites me.  Bloggers have not only commented in from all across this country, but we have had great international success.  Pakistan, Canada, Greece and an honorable mention in Puerto Rico represent some of the countries (and commonwealth) that have hopped along with us.  It prides me to be able to bring together such a vast array of people where we can celebrate each other's similarities (blogging) and also differences.  It's like we are the Ellis Island of the blogging world.  Well, maybe not, but it is still a fantastic compliment for you to be here.  Thank you to all of you who have commented and welcomed us back into your piece of this blogging world.  I am honored that you would be so kind to do so {even though I know we ask you to}.  I hope that you will be back.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

THUMPING THURSDAYS BLOG HOP


Hello everyone!
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If you are new here, I would just like to say Welcome!
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Life In The Simple Lane



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Feature Read receives,
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by host and/or co-hosts,
a $5 off any ad space code at
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and FREE advertisement in the Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop post (as seen above)
PLUS added mention in the Thumping Thursdays weekly reminder newsletter.

As a reminder, if you would like to be a Featured Read
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Ensure that you get notified!
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2.
Add
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3.
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So you can share and link up all week long!

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5.
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Need a Jolt? It's Raining Coffee...Made in the USA

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This week, the Shop-A-Thon Thursday will be all about the coffee made in the USA.  As the season rush nears us, a cup of jet fuel, ehem, I mean coffee may be that pick-me-up that you're looking for.  Instead of heading out to your local coffee bar, click on over to these farms and order some coffee made in the USA.  They make wonderful gifts for yourself or someone equally as lovely.

Once you get that fantastic coffee that's made in the USA, then what?  Read further down.  I have provided you with coffee makers made in the USA, french presses made in the USA, coffee creamers made in the USA, sugar made in the USA and coffee mugs made in the USA - everything but the spoon.

Coffee Made in the USA

American Cowboy Coffee (HI) Their site is currently undergoing a facelift.
Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii (HQ: Salt Lake City, UT) "We offer American-grown, Hawaiian coffee from Oahu, Kauai, Maui and of course our 100% Kona coffee."
Blair Estate Coffee (Kauai, HI) "In 1836 Kauai was the first island in Hawaii to produce coffee commercially.  Our organically grown coffee is hand picked, fermented, sun-dried and fresh roasted daily.  As with all of our 100% Hawaiian grown coffees, macadamia nuts, honey, chocolates, jams, jellies and gifts, Blair Estate Coffee is available by mail, and phone order only."
Dragon's Lair Estate Kona Coffee Farm (Captain Cook, HI) "100% Kona Coffee - Mountain-grown Kona Coffee from Hawaii, grown by organic standards under natural shade, without herbicides or pesticides.  Hand-picked, sun-dried, and custom-roasted to order."  Fun fact from their website: "If you order three pounds of coffee from us, you are buying the fruit of two entire trees."
Hilo Coffee Mill (Mountain View, HI) Hilo Coffee Mill (founded in February 2001), is located on 24 beautiful acres in Mountain View with a full viewing area and tasting bar.  It was founded to help small local coffee farmers produce, process and market their coffee crops. Hilo Coffee Mill keeps the spirit of the family-run coffee plantation alive and well.  They offer Coffee Clubs of Hawaii, which makes a nice gift for someone who appreciates coffee.  Enjoying a tour of their mill and farm is a great way to learn ALL about coffee and tea.
Ka Hua O'Kona Estate Coffee Farm (Honaunau, HI) Ka Hua O'Kona Estate Award Winning Kona Coffee is highly prized for its superior quality and exquisitely sweet, smooth and balanced flavor. It is a satisfying, full-bodied, aromatic coffee.  Our coffee tree species is Coffea (that spelling is from their website) Arabica.
Kapulena Coffee Farm (Hamakua Coast, Hawaii Island, HI) Premium coffee grown, harvested and roasted on their organic farm using no chemicals and no pesticides. Instead they use sustainable farming methods such as powering their processing equipment with photovoltaic, wind energy and rainwater harvesting.  This creates superb processing from cherry to roast, thus resulting in very full-bodied, low acidity coffee - simply the best tasting organic coffee.  Their About Us page explains their farming methods, among other things. 

USA Coffee Company (HQ: Plantation, FL) "USA Coffee Company was established with the goal in mind to roast ONLY coffee grown in the USA.  USA Coffee Company blends are 100% grown in Hawaii.  All of our products, in addition to the coffee, are also Made in the USA."

Coffee Makers Made in the USA

BUNN (Creston, IA)  Here is an article they wrote after ABC News contacted them for their Made in America news report.  Here are some of their coffee makers made in the USA:



J.L. Huford's Bonjour (Lafayette, IN) French press made in the USA.  Bonjour introduced their first French Press Coffee Maker in 1995. Since then, they have continued to innovate and improve the functionality of their presses. Their superior products have earned them the reputation as specialists in their field.  Read more about their Made in the USA philosophy.  Why use a French Press?  How to use a French Press?  Here is some information to help answer those questions.




Coffee Creamer Made in the USA
* Note: I contacted several companies about their coffee creamers.  These are the ones that responded.  That's why this is not an all-inclusive list.  I post what I can verify to remain a trustful resource for you.


Coffee Mate Creamer (Made in the USA - where in the US is "proprietary")
Ripped Cream Protein Coffee Creamer (Copperopolis, CA) "Ripped Cream coffee creamer is the first ever high-protein, all-natural, gluten-free coffee creamer."

Silk Creamer (Made in USA - need manufacturer code to know where in the U.S. it's made)  I have had this and the Silk Milk and they are really good stuff.  It's like drinking a vanilla milk shake, just not as thick.  It is an acquired taste, so if you are used to drinking regular milk, it does take some time to get used to the difference in taste.  You can either find it in the milk/dairy section of your supermarket OR in the organic food section if your supermarket has one.
Almond Breeze (CA)  I have had this and Almond Breeze Milk.  This stuff is great!  Just like the Silk Soy Creamer and Milk above, it is an acquired taste so if you drink regular milk, it does take some getting used to the difference in taste.  You can either find it in the milk/dairy section of your supermarket OR in the organic food section, if your supermarket has one.

Sugar Made in the USA

Florida Crystals (FL) A leading domestic sugar producer.  "We are America’s first and only producer of certified organic sugar, grown and harvested in the United States."


Coffee Mugs Made in the USA

Specialty Photo and Printing (MN) The 11 and 15 oz. mugs are available in ceramic or plastic.
Starbucks Coffee Mugs (OH) For you Starbucks enthusiasts, check their coffee mugs because some of them may just be made in the USA.  YAY Starbucks!
Mug Revolution (Bend, OH) Handmade coffee mugs.  Lead-free glazes.  "The clay that is used to make your mugs is certified 100% non-toxic, and is made from raw materials from the USA."
** Updated 12/27/12

Clairebella Monogram Mug
More coffee mugs made in the USA

Karina

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