Thursday, January 31, 2013

Men of Integrity (Part 2) Pre-Wedding Counseling




Hi there, Diamond Glamour Girls,

Gossip here:  B is wondering if Love will ever do what she ask of him.  It seems Love has not made the appoint he need to for his first marriage counseling appoint.  When asked B immediately did what was asked.  All it took was the question being asked one time.  Now B has decide if she wants to nag him into it or just be patient.  A week has gone by and Love has still not made the appointment.

You know, B says to Love...tomorrow is a church day.  (She thinks, hint, hint.)
"What of it? " said Love

B said nothing more and went about her business.  She may not be the best person God created, the one thing her dad taught her was if he was not willing to make an effort then he is not worth marring.  Even if he is "Love".

At work that day her co-workers asked her how her wedding plans were coming along.  "Great, I hired a wedding planner. She has met with our pastor and their coordinators.  I am excited!  It looks like we are going to have a nice wedding."

At the other side of town....

Love was at work talking with his work buddies.  "What's up?"  "Nothing! B just keeps asking me to make an appointment for marriage counseling. It is my turn to meet alone with Pastor B.  You know I don't like talking! He's going to ask, questions.  You know I just like my quiet self.  It's something I have to do.  What man likes counseling sessions?"

His friend, buddies just got quiet. They knew he was mental at that moment.

When he got home that evening after work.  Love asked B for the phone number to Pastor B office.  He knew he could look it up on the internet, but he wanted B to know he was going to make the dread appointment.

Love called to make the appoint but the office was closed.

He told B the office was closed, he didn't leave a message knowing they would see him the next day!

The phone rang and B answered.

It was the wedding planner to discuss some details.

"How are you, B?"

"Good, a little stressed out."  said B

"It's to early to get stressed out! Wait till it gets closer to the date.  Did you start the conseling classes?  You know the
church requires it before you get married there. They take along time.  We want to get those out of the way.  Before the family decisions plays part.  Counseling especially marriage counseling should be private between the couple. You both will have to figuire out things together. The more you talk about it with others the more complex it gets.  Now, for my part, do you have a time we can get together to vist venues?  I know what you said you wanted, so I have some creative ideas, and traditional ones."  Questioned Diamond

"Yes, sounds great, I will have to talk with Love about it and get back to you on the dates that would work best.  For the record we met as a couple, now we are meeting as individuals.  I have started the process, I am waiting on Love to make his appointment. I will get back to you with the dates.  B said.

"Thanks, B. Don't worry, Love seems like a good man, he will make the appoinment. Talk with you soon.  If you can email me three dates.  That way I can try to find which on fits best for the venues and us." Diamond hung up.



Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Men of Integrity (Part 1) Wedding Plans

Hi there, Diamond Glamour Girls:

We all wonder what men discuss when they are together. Especially before a wedding.  Do you think think they have it ease then us woman?  Do you think they get away with things? What is your idea of premarital counseling? As woman is expected certain things,  men are also expected certain things.

B came home after her meeting with Pastor B and told her love. "It's your turn to visit Pastor B.?"  "Pastor B?  What are you talking about? I don't need counseling...that is something woman need?"  said Love "What? Do you want to marry me?" B asked.  "You know I do?" Love said in a somewhat condescending manner.  "I asked you, didn't I?"  Then make an appointment.

Nothing elese was said about the rest of the evening. They both went about their business. B didn't want to be consider a nag.  The next week went by without either of them talking about the subject.  B began to wonder how much he really loved her?  That is the typical thing women do right?  No...she was a little smarter than that.  Men of integrity she thought should not be nagged, they should want to do what is right.  Not only in the eyes of God but also in her eyes.  She waited patiently.  This was after all their "couple" act, okay other people had seen them and thought often as a couple. They had been dating for several years.  After all, they were living together.

B thought of her and Love as any other couple.  The only difference was she knew he was the love of her life. She had not thought of another since they were together.  She wanted to know if he felt the same, actions speak louder than words.  Since, she knew that if she force him, she would never know if it was something he wanted or if she was just not willing to do something this important on his own.

Let see what happens as the week continues....
   



Staying in Touch

Hi there, Diamond Glamour Girls:

Gossip here:  I was going through my files today...trying to think about what to write.  I am not sure...what Gossip really is.  As a christian woman we are told not to do it.  As a mom it is highly important to listen in order to protect our children and our families, but not partake.  As a woman it is thought of as an unkind act against another. As a blogger it is my way of expressing thought and communicating with others who relate to what I right about.  If gossip offends you then don't read this.  If gossip is what you thrive on then remember, it is how you use the information you receive.

Here is something I came across that I hold dear to my heart.  It is who I was, who I hope to be again someday, it is a moment in time shared with someone, I believed in.  It was written by a man I respect.  I had the pleasure of praying with.  I was a witness to how amazing Jesus can be. It was a time of healing for me.  It was a time of change, a change that I am now trying to get use to.  Clinging on to these words, help comfort the soul within me.

I respected the person, his wife and their family.  Never realizing that the change I would experience in my life would have drastic effect on my family. (For the record, I didn't gossip then, I just prayed.) Bonnie, a woman of grace I respect your gentle spirit, I am not sure how you stay married to a sinner.  However I am glad he is a "sinner saved by grace."  "Grace, mercy and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the son of the Father, in truth and love."  "He should know that the one who turns a sinner back from his wandering path will save that person's soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins." James 5:20

Praying without ceasing...

"Prayer not only puts us in touch with God,
but in touch with God's people.
Sometimes I find myself wandering through the sanctuary 
during the week all alone and 'with completely empty.
It's so quiet, so peaceful, 
a great place to pray.
Sometimes I sit down in your seat.
A lot of your sit in the same seat each week,
So I can walk through
and sit in the vicinity of where you sit
and pray for you...
Pray for what you are doing during the week,
pray for your families,
pray for your kids.
Prayer allows us 
to be together a lot more
during the week than we actually are physically."
                                                                        ~ Bob Botsford


I hope in time I will stop wandering...and be back in my own "Praying without ceasing"... for now I will just gossip about it.  


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Creamed Chicken & Biscuit


Hi there, Diamond Glamour Girls;

I know many of you have families and have to prepare meals that are quick, fast, fun, and delicious.  Here is something I would make when I didn't know what else to make.  It was the fastest thing I could think of at the time.



Oceanside-Escondido-20130117-00097.jpg Creamy Chicken and Biscuits

Ingredients 

1/2 large onion
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1/2 chopped pimiento
1 cup shredded mild Cheddar cheese divided  (Other cheeses also work well with this dish)
6 Pillsbury style biscuits

1. Preheat oven to 350 Degree F. Grease the bottom and sides of an 11 X 7 inch baking dish
2. Chop the onion.  Heat the butter in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until melted.  Stir in onion.  Saute
until tender.
3. Combine onion, chicken soup, sour cream, milk and pimento in a medium bowl and mix well.  Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven.
4. Sprinkle baked layer with 3/4 cup of the Cheddar.  Arrange biscuits in a single layer over top.  Sprinkle with remaking Cheddar.
5. Bake until biscuits are golden brown and sauce is bubbly, about 20 minutes longer.
Serve immediately.

Additional options:
Boiled,baked,fried chicken, chopped into bite size portions
Beef, cooked also chopped into boiled size options
Frozen shrimp thawed, (cook) is better make sure they are de-skinned

Additional ingredient options:
Salt
Pepper
Garlic
Paprika
to taste

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Font...A


Hi there, Diamond Glamour Girls;


I know that everyone has people with the name beginning or ending with the letter "A".  It is the letter/grade we always strive for in school , latter in college or university.  Here is my first letter.

Dear A,  (to all those I know with the letter A)
You are held to the highest accountability in school.  I was wondering is that how it is in life.  I have met you in life and it seems to me like the rest of us you have to strive just like the rest of all.  I once knew one of you who knew that I was talking about sharks.  Honestly, this is one of those things that I found strange, but none the less it happened.  We were talking about sharks, aka a shark entrepreneur as in "Shark Tank" and you brought me a friend of yours wearing a shark tooth necklace to meet.  I have to say with humor and with grace, thank you.  It is a moment in my life I will not forget.  I am not sure if you knew but "Shark Entrepreneur" is a person who has made a lot of money at business.  They can also help others make money by educating, mentoring, or investing.  It is similar to an "Angel"  and angel investor is a business person who has for a living finds people, projects or institutions to help.  They help them find a way to grow their investment.  They invest in the person and for the life of the person mentor them, help them to grow, gain respect a name and the appropriate reputation.

We are only as good as our name is one of the things my father taught me.  It is important to keep that as reputable as possible.  Funny, we all make mistakes, including myself.  We must make Amen's for the mistakes we make and move forward.  God knows the intentions of our hearts.

A=Attribute

aspect, character, characteristic, facet, idiosyncrasy, indication, mark, note, particularity, peculiarity, point, property, quality, quirk, sign, speciality, symbol, trait, virtue   

 

For all you "A" friend....hope to cross your path again. may you have lots of attributes in your life.
                                                                                       


Monday, January 14, 2013

Foodie...Grilled Pork on a Skewer

Tomatoe Salsa


1/2 cup cup diced yellow tomato
1.2 cup diced red tomato
2 mince onion
2 tablespoons chop cilantro
Juice of 1 small lime
Salt
Cayenne Pepper                                
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Pork Skewers

1 pound pork tenderlointt
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4  cup rice vinegar
2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon mincegngeroot
Salt
Pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onion
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesmeeds
Lime Wedges


Tomato Salsa

Combine Yellow tomato, red tomato and onion, cilantro , lime juice and salt and cayenne pepper to task in bowl.  Chill.

Pork Skewers

Remove any excess fat from tenderloin . Cut tenderloin lengthwise into thin strips.  Combine soy sauce , rice vinegar, sugar, garlic, ginger and salt and pepper to taste.  Pour over pork and let marinate in refrigerator several hours or overnight.  ( I perfer several hours, but if you like the flavor strong then overnight.)

Thread pork on skewers. Grill outdoors over hot barbecue grill or indoor or heavy grill pan sprayed with mesquite spray, turning once, until both sides are browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with green onion and sesame seeds.  Serve with lime wedges and Tomato Salsa.

Serves four.

If you like pork then you will enjoy this meal.  One can serve it with white rice or potatoes.
Personally, I like putting the pork on the white rice or potatoes and then pour the sauce over it.  It makes it all taste good.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Flowers Birthstone Month Decisions for your Day


Hi there, Diamond Glamour Girls;

There are so many times I have come across brides that don't know what to do about their flowers.  Not all women love them, not all women have a favorite.  Mom tells you what you should have, but then his mom has her thoughts so how do you decide.  One of the things I have suggested to brides is to look up the flower and the birthstone of the month they have chosen for their wedding.  I thought I would share it with you.  Each month comes along with a birthstone and most people know that...especially if you have a dad or mom that gives you a birthstone ring.  Throughout the next few days I will adding the pictures of what the flower look like.

Month
Birthstone
Birth Flower
April
Diamond
Sweet Pea or Daisy
May
Emerald
Lily of the Valley
June
Pearl
Rose
July
Ruby
Larkspur or Water Lily
August
Peridot
Gladiolus or Poppy
September
Sapphire
Aster or Morning Glory
October
Opal
Calendula (Marigold)
November
Topaz
Chrysanthemum
December
Turquoise
Narcissus
January
Garnet
Carnation or Snowdrop
February
Amethyst
Violet or Primrose
March
Aquamarine
Jonquil ( Daffodil )
Month
Birth stone
Birth Flower

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Building your Business

 Hi there, Diamond Glamour Girls:

Building your Business


Was on tweet this evening and I thought you would enjoy reading this.  Didn't attend her talk but what she has to say is worth reading.  I hope you enjoy it an apply it to your business life.  Going keep an eye on her future post.

Thank you, Mari Smith for sharing!



Monday, January 7, 2013

Butter Cake with French Silk Frosting

Hi there, Diamond Glamour Girls;

It's the New Year, 2013, Modern times sometimes doesn't allow us the time to do the things we enjoy! One of my favorite things to do is to bake...aka make wonderful desserts for my guess to eat. My guess have always loved this dessert. If you have any ex's this was my ex's favorite. It makes a great celebration CAKE. Guess it was an eight on the scale of 1-10.

Image from Wilton.com (9" Cake) 

Butter Cake with French Silk Frosting


2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened ( I prefer to use unsalted top grade butter)
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs (1/3 to 1/2 cup) THIS IS IMPORTANT MEASURE! (if you can afford them I prefer EB eggs great on quality and measure)
1 1/2 cup teaspoon vanilla
3 cups cake four or 2/12 cups all-purpose flour (If self raising omit baking powder, also sift all-purpose flour makes the cake a little heavier in texture, it depends on your taste.)
2 1/2 baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour baking pan. 13 x 9 x2 inches, or two 9 inch or three 8 inch round pans (I enjoy the way it looks on the 8" round. My guess loved the way it looks when you cut into it and see the three layers of cake and chocolate....Yummy!

1. In a large mixer bowl, mix butter, sugar. eggs and vanilla until fluffy. ( Mixer speed: HIGH takes 5 minutes be sure to scape side )

2. In another mixer bowl mix flower, baking powder and salt (Mixer speed: LOW I usually do this by hand, that way the flour isn't spread all over, or you can do this while you are sifting the flour.)

3. Slowly add flour mixer and milk to the large bowl with the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla mixture. I add about a 1/4 cup at a time.

4. Make sure the mixture is not too thick or too thin. You can add a tablespoon of milk at a time if it is too think or a tablespoon of flour at a time if it is too thick.

Bake oblong 45- 50 minutes, layers 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool!


French Silk Frosting

2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2/3 cup to 1 cup soft butter
2 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate (cool, you can also use milk chocolate for a creamier affect.)
2/4 vanilla
2 tablespoons milk (May be a little more or less depending on how creamy you want it.)

In small mixer bowl, blend sugar, butter, chocolate and vanilla on low speed. Gradually add milk; beat until smooth and fluffy.

This make enough frosting for 3 8" cakes or 2 9" cakes
All rights copy rights belong to Maria Kamon and MK Pure Diamond Events.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A New Years Resolution


As I watched the morning news, listening of all the wonderful promises different people were making to them self for the 2013 year. I couldn’t help but think, “That is what we do, right?” We make promises to ourselves to be better, smarter, skinner, more physically active, more financially smart, to divorce, to stay married, to stop abuse, to be thankful for what we have, to have more romance in our relationships, to think of our children more, to work for our employer and not complain, to make more money, to work fewer hours. That is what a New Year’s resolution is… “A promise to self and others to try to be different”. I have always been one to journal and pray my way through life. Seeing violence in others throughout my youth made me someone a quiet observer of human behavior. When I was a child don’t really want to say how old, my family was shocked at the devastation the Watt’s riots brought to Los Angeles, California, later I and many others were sent home from school with no explanation to turn on the televisions and watch the assassination of our President. This left many of us in shock, it seemed prayer was the only thing we could do. On the other side I witnessed my parents help strangers and be helped by them it is the answer to prayer of Gods people. We help each other heal. My parents were prayerful people who helped other people, who in turn were helped. I the youngest child was a child who grew up witnessing their love for God’s people. I too got to participate in the things that were appropriate. For the more mature parts (when it got really violent in the city we lived in) my sister and I was sent to my aunts and uncles hourse, hours away.

The last few years I pray and calendar my way through life. I know, it’s not the same as journal (I have volumes of God’s blessings documented). I heard today that someone designed a one sentence journal, I thought that was wonderful. For today’s business woman, one sentence is sometimes just enough reflection to last the whole day. That is how I use a calendar. I know everyone is into the cell phone calendar or the ipad, iphone, latest electronic calendar, I think there is a beauty to going through my calendar as I switch to the New Year’s calendar and posting the old information into the new one. It is for me a life continuation, a life reflection, a moment in time to give thanks for the year that just past, a moment to dream, plan for my future. So much of life is being happy with what we have. Trying to do our best and asking for the portion that belongs to me. I might not be as strong as others but I know that God has a portion for me. The Lord is my provider. He open and closes doors for those that know him. I read in a devotional today, about a man whose heart was hardened. I thought I had been through so much in my own life that this would be so easy to let happen this happen.

Instead I decided to take inventory of the things I have overcome. So much of my life has been filled with pain.

My List of Accomplishments because of God’s Grace in my Life, I say this with a big THANK YOU! May it be an encouragement to those who have suffered!

• I am MADD as in Mothers Against Drunk Driving. (Mom’s who have experience someone who has been an alcoholic)
• I have overcome an Alcoholic dad. • I witness a mom who took his abuse to long so her daughters could grow up with dad.
• I have overcome getting hurt at the age of 13. (I still don’t like talking about this.)
• I married the man I started dating at 17. • I overcame the divorce 38 years later. (Rather not go into it. Respect for the children we had together)
• I overcame several injuries, broken foot, back, hand, arm to run a race. • I over came many failures before getting my BA Degrees, certifications, testing.
• I am now battling thyroid issue.
• I am now starting a new life, new way of being a new income, to be thankful to start journaling in my New Year 2013 calendar. This list does not include all of my sufferings, I wouldn't want you to think I am bragging.  LOL

I thought I would change my diet then I realized that a diet it important because it helps us communicate who we are.

Diets:
Here is what I recommend before you try to change you! Make sure it is you that wants to change for yourself. The changes last if it for yourself, because you commit to yourself. We might tell yourself it is for my children, the truth is I am making this promise to myself so I can see my children grow up or whatever reason you choose. The get your thyroids check! It is what regulates our weight. It also lets your Doctor know of your commitment to yourself. I have had wonderful doctors. They have helped me and continue to do so. I have always had a Hyperthyroid. Didn’t realize this until I was older. Having this is just as difficult as being overweight. I don’t get hunger. I still have to make sure, I eat correctly. Instead of three meals a day I have to have five small meals a day. I have to make sure I exercise, have a balanced life. Everything is okay to get just in right proportion.
                                                                                                                                     

 No life is perfect it is how we look at it. Here is my New Year’s Resolution. Now that my children are young adults, now that I have or am trying to start a new life and have more time to self. I have decided to write each person that has helped me and thank them and let them know how much they have meant to me. I have also decided to have the courage to write to those that have not been as helpful or brought negativity to my life. Any good New Year’s resolution has to have a balance. Right? Since I tend to look and think of only the good things in life. I decided to think about those that might have been negative in my life. To reflect on what, how, when, why they affected my life. Why I allowed it. Why they choose what they did and if I have their address I will share it with them. I also decided to figure out how much control I had in the situation and how much they had. Maybe apologies if I was wrong, ask for an apology if I was wronged.   It will be an adventure I’m sure.  I am wanting to see who of those I write have integrity, honosty, believe in righteousness.  I am calling it "Fonts” So here is to New Year’s Resolutions!   Cheers!   2013  

Hope in 2020!

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