Pass it On

Pass it On
Share the Love

2.28.2013

Share the Love....Pass it ON!

I began this blog as a way for people to share. Share your story, your poems, your music, your inspirations, anything you feel is pertinent to the quest of spreading LOVE. A way to link folks together in Love, for Love, and to help people make their way out of where they are...to WHERE YOU WERE MEANT TO BE!

You can share confidentially through email mchel313@gmail.com and I will research your story for you, reach out to lend a hand, a kind word, or a place to seek service and refuge. I will lend of my gifts to help anyone and share whatever help you have to offer with people anywhere, everywhere.

The message of Love, of God living in us, our gifts...it is all linked to healing and becoming the best we can be, each of us as individuals the way we envision through the eyes of love.

Thank you in advance for your interest and submissions.
I look forward to serving you.

Please, reach out rather than suffer within...

2.20.2013

Low Sugar Banana Bread

Low Sugar Banana Cake/Bread
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp bkg soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking pwdr
3 eggs
1/2 c oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
8 Med-Lg very ripe bananas
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce  

 

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
Grease two loaf pans.



Sift together 1st 6 ingredients
Beat eggs in Lg mixing bwl
Gradually add sugar and oil.
Add vanilla and then dry ingredients.




Use dough hooks, as this gets large and dense.




Pour into two loaf pans.
 









Bake for about 1 hr.
Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove and cool on rack.



Taste testers say...YUM!

1.15.2013

Homemade Play Dough Fun!!

I have a very active and artistic toddler.
While pondering what I would do for her birthday party, I came across a great recipe for homemade play dough.
Since she had mentioned it already so, I decided it was a fun idea to have a play dough party
I pulled out all of our play dough toys and made 4 double batches of bright colored play dough.
The kids loved it and my little one was delighted to have chosen her party theme. We sent some cookie cutters and play dough home with her friends as favors. It was a great activity!

Lately, we have been looking for projects to do inside while it is very cold outdoors.
I decided that it was a great time to introduce my daughter to the process of making the play dough as well as playing with it.

She loves the activity!
Helping is one of her strong points, so for her helping to make the play dough was a dream come true. We made six colors which will last us for months to come.

Homemade Play Dough

1/2 c flour
1/4 c salt
1/2 c water
1/2 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
food coloring

Mix all ingredients except the food color in a medium saucepan.
Cook over very low heat until the mixture turns into a dough (it will only take a few minutes).
Knead the dough on a floured surface until it is cool enough for children to handle.
Separate the dough for as many colors as you wish to make.
Put a few drops of color into each ball and knead until the color is even.

I usually use this recipe to make one color.
I doubled the recipe for the birthday party, and made four doubled batches for four colors.
It lasts in the refrigerator for months.
I store each color in its own bag.
Our batch from the birthday party lasted 5 months!






Have fun!

1.14.2013

Sierra Ladrones - The Blessing Way


The Blessing Way - Doug West


Incentive to get this beautiful work of art framed. I own this scene in original serigraph format. It is still carefully packaged until I get it framed. It is long and of abnormal size which makes custom framing desired. I think I know just the place.

Justin's Frame Designs.
(505) 955-1911

"Custom conservation framing and designer mirrors, an international selection of moulding and closed-corner gilded and leather frames, specialty millwork and finishes, site-specific fabrication and installation, as well as photographic services including digital editing and imaging. Justin's Frame Designs offers experienced archival quality to a wide selection of Santa Fe artists, galleries, and interior design consultants." *


It's been way too long. But on the plus, it appears to have appreciated in value. It deserves to be enjoyed...so wish me luck!

On a much more intimate note.
Ortiz Mtns

I have looked at the Ortiz Mountains for the past 11 years while living in Santa Fe with a longing and an aesthetic draw. I LOVE seeing them. I was fortunate enough to go on a guided hike through the Santa Fe Botanical Garden Preserve one overcast and interesting day. I did enjoy being there and the view was amazing, the history rich, and the consequences of mining apparent yet able to be revived. The Santa Fe Botanical Gardens own the surface rights to the area yet he mining rights still to someone else. And once a long time ago to the Ortiz family I suppose. Madrid, a quaint, quirky little mining town at the bottom of those mountains has water saturated with Sulfur making it a less desirable location to settle. Fine by the locals I imagine and fine by me. I love that little town and all its quirks!


I look at the amazing serigraph above, remember when I got it, and I see why those mountains seem familiar. The two mountain areas have the same isolated craggy peaks that just please the eye and make me think awh! look at those beautiful mountains. So...

A personal goal of mine will be to find this lost land pirate paradise called the Sierra Ladrones and find out what the Blessing Way is all about. It is South of Santa Fe near Socorro. Not many folks visit the area due to its remote factor. There are no campsites, you must access the range from a very long dirt roads, and there are no marked trails.

Totally excited! One of the local Meetup groups makes regular trips up there. It will be adventurous, and strenuous. I will need to start preparing. Exercise is on the top of my list - DO THESE NOW, so I am even more motivated now.


  
Sierra Ladrones

12.11.2012

An adventure in hand bags...

Last summer while visiting my family, I happened upon a line of handbags designed by Susan Handley called Beijo. I was gifted two of the bags and began carrying the Unchain my Heart in Buttercup when I arrived home in Santa Fe. I researched more about Beijo and it's founder, her story and the fellowship created through becoming a fashion consultant. I wasn't sold right away, but I was intrigued.

I began to notice more often and almost immediately, I was receiving compliment after compliment on my bag. Both men and women alike were drawn to take a closer look and to approach me to say so. I was now motivated to look deeper.


What I found was a woman like myself, trying to provide for her family and wanting a meaningful way to approach it. Ms. Handley began her adventure in fashion design when she was ten years old. Ten years ago she turned that childhood hobby into a dream come true. Partnering with other empowering and faithful women and men, Susan Handley has turned her passion into a way for anyone to step out into the world of fashion and fellowship to make a living. They share their ideas, strategies, and enthusiasm with everyone who is on the team. It is sold much like Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, and Tupperware, through direct sales hostess parties. And as the company is growing their presence is becoming more known all amidst the fashion world.




On A Mission, One Bag At A Time
“I am inspired and energized by the letters and emails that I receive from Beijo Independent Fashion Consultants and customers alike; enthusiastically sharing the positive changes they have experienced since discovering Beijo. From the beginning, my mission has been to help others find balance, self-confidence and financial independence. Through the years, thousands of Independent Fashion Consultants across North America have had the opportunity to earn or replace an income… and experience positive changes in their own lives.”
“However, the real reward has been to watch the mission extend and impact beyond Beijo’s boundaries. Our Company, as well as the Independent Beijo Fashion Consultants, often support and partner with local and national charities, and associations. These remarkable people and their selfless gestures, help to remind us all that it’s not just about the bags.” ~ Susan Handley founder and designer Beijo Bags

A bag for every woman, a woman for every bag. This collection is intent on fulfilling style, function, and longevity while playing with color and flair beyond your average accessory. Every woman can feel like a million dollars without having to spend a fortune. Parties require no obligation other than friends, fun and a desire to play dress up with a fine line of handbags that will make you feel feminine and will have you attracting the attention every woman deserves!




You earn rewards for the sales from your party and can then move from hostess to fashion consultant for even more benefits.

The company makes it easy to access all the resources to properly begin and run your very own business. They provide marketing materials, tools for success, training, conferences, and much more.
The best part is that Beijo is built on an inspired reason and offered to others as a template for success, giving each individual the opportunity to make their Beijo experience what works in their life and their schedule. It is an opportunity as well for meeting new people, sharing new adventures, and providing a job that is fun, rewarding, and fit to your needs.

So far I have enjoyed being part of Beijo tremendously. There is an open market waiting to be explored, new things I can learn about business, people, and effective sales and a chance for me to pass on the faith that makes this company shine.



To explore Beijo on your own, please visit my website and have a look.
http://mstoltenberg.beijobags.com


You can also contact me at mchel313@gmail.com with any questions or to start your adventure with Beijo today!