Author Archive: Geraldine

Good Riddance 2020!! Happy 2021!

Hello again,

If anyone is still stopping by here, I send my best wishes and hope that you are remaining well and in good spirits during this oh so difficult time in our history.

When I would think about the year “2020” many years ago, I always thought it had such a nice “ring” to it, such a good connotation of clarity and insight in that number. Instead, it has ended up being such a hard, long and frightening year.

But one that should be a wake-up call in many respects and hopefully will be in terms of keeping up our immunity, being ever vigilant about cleanliness….all common sense measures IMO, but sadly lacking it seems in so many people’s lives. When I see countless Youtube videos about “How to Wash Your Hands” ….that speaks volumes!

On the plus side (and there ARE some) it has been an opportunity for people to reunite with their families in truly meaningful ways, spending more quality time together.

Really thinking about what matters in the big picture and what doesn’t and will eventually pass.

The environment has apparently been doing much better too, with a substantial reduction in pollution levels during the many lockdowns and industry closures.

Joe and I and Mr. Cheddar have all weathered this storm and look forward to a much better year in 2021. We won’t be lining up for any vaccines, but we will continue to do the things that have kept us healthier and more fit that a lot of people over 50, year after year. I still believe that good health is not that hard to maintain for most people, but it does take work and more so, as the years pass by. It is SO worth it though.

I will close by wishing you a Happy, Safe and Memorable Holiday, in spite of the restrictions.
I hope you will also stop by my author’s site , to check out some Amazon Holiday Kindle promotions now in progress and a link to one of my fav Christmas songs too. I love all the holiday classics but some….a must hear, every year, like that one. 🙂

Hugs and Happy New Year!!!

PS: If anyone can enlighten me where to find the option to change the default page text color here at WP now, I would be oh so grateful.

Posting here at WP has become one big hassle. 😦

Blogging Update 2020 :-)

I hope your New Year is off to a great start!

I’ve decided to take a hiatus from all blogging, for the foreseeable future.

May be back, may not. I’ve learned from past experience, never say never, especially when it comes to blogging.

Just too much to do and every day seems to go faster than the one before it.

Trips to plan, including another big move, still working on unpacking and sorting here, numerous projects, writing, crafting….the list goes on and on.

My contact information at all my blogs, remains active, including at My Real Life Reviews, re: review requests.

I wish all of my blog friends, past and present, the best year ever!

🎄Happy Holidays!🎄

 

Mr. Cheddar and I Wish You the Best Christmas Ever!

We are skating away for a little break, to enjoy some holiday cheer.

🎀 See you in January! 🎀

Snowman Cheddie Returns!

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And he’s only got one question….

Have You Been Naughty or Nice?

Santa IS on the way.😊

🎄Happy Holidays!🎄

 

PS.….On a more serious topic.🌹

I go thru the WP Followers list (who are followers of my two WP blogs ) around this time each year, and I delete the blogs that have not been posting for over a year.

My sincere apologies if I deleted your blog and you planned to return to WP. I hope you’ll stop by and let me know, if you do.😊

I miss a LOT of my old favorite blogs but I understand when there is just not enough time to keep them current. 

Six Stocking Stuffer Suggestions!😊

Well, Black Friday has arrived once again.

I thought it was rather low key (based on the Amazon  Canada site) after all the sales offered earlier this week. I did place an order this morning though.😉

How is your shopping going? Are you planning to spend more or less, this year?

I’m sharing a few of my favorite items (with reviews) ideal as stocking stuffers or other small gifts.

Hope you enjoy them and find these suggestions helpful.

Andalou Circle of Light Hand Cream, Lavender Scent.

My absolute favorite hand cream!

Rich and creamy, but not greasy.

Good ingredients, reasonable price.

Lovely, natural not overpowering scent.

Available wherever Andalou products are sold.

And this line of their products supports charities that empower women and girls, around the world . 👩‍🌾 It’s all good!😊

 

Six In One Metal Tool Pen

Joe and I both ❤  these pens.

So handy and so nicely made too.

Less than $8 as of today, at Amazon.

Click link above to read my full review.

 

Raincoat Peelable Nail Polish

👣 The only nail polish I use! 👣

Definitely NOT just for kids.

Comes in a wide range of colors.

A lot less “scary” ingredients, compared to regular polish.

With the top coat that they provide it stays on until you soak and peel. No remover required!

Click link above to read my full review.

 

Prime of LifeYoga DVDs

I can’t imagine NOT doing yoga!

It’s been such an important part of my life, for so many years.

For anyone just starting out with yoga or perhaps, looking for a new regime, this is an excellent series to check out.

Larry Payne focuses on “the Prime of Life” age group, those 45-75. But it is great for people of all ages.

Click link above to read my complete review.

 

Cat Craves (cat treats)

Not to leave the felines out, this one is Mr. Cheddar approved!😸

His new favorite treat, he just ❤❤s Cat Craves.

I appreciate that they have better than average ingredients and are reasonably priced.

Available at all major pet stores including Pet Smart, Amazon and Chewys.

 

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Jelly Belly Fruit Flavoured Snacks

A  fun snack for kids of all ages.😏

Six snack sized portions in each box.

Much better ingredients than most gummie type candies.

I ❤ the colorful packaging too.

Available at many retail and online stores.

Happy Shopping and Happy Week!😊

How Do I ♥ Chocolate?

Some things NEVER change.

I  ❤ Chocolate and I Guess I Always Will.

Hope You Enjoy This Reblog Post that Includes Some of My Favorite Ways to Indulge Those Cravings😊

Happy Week and Happy Cooking!

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

….let me count the ways! 😉

I know there are people who don’t like chocolate but I’m NOT one of them.

I L-O-V-E all things chocolate!!!

How about you? Are you a chocoholic or can you give it a pass?

These days, if at all possible, it’s organic cocoa and chocolate, as my first choice.

You can read more about why choosing organicchocolate/cocoa is the best way to go here and here.

♥♥

And here are some of my fav chocolate treats, with recipe/review links where applicable:

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My Fav Zucchini Chocolate Cake aka “Naked” Cake

And a foodie haiku as a bonus!

Quick and Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes

You can make these in no time at all and again, great with or without frosting! 

Easy Chocolate Hazelnut Clusters

SUPER EASY to Make and Oh So Good!

Perfect for Valentine’s or any day of the year. 😉

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More “Simple” Pleasures😊

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I made a big batch of slow cooker party mix last week.

And today, I’m enjoying a little dish of these yummy morsels, along with a good, long Kindle browse. A simple pleasure.

It got me thinking again about all the simple (but special) pleasures in life we can so easily take for granted.

Here is a short list of some of my:

Simple Pleasures…

-Enjoying the morning outside, with a fresh organic coffee and sunshine on my face.

-Curling up with a good book under a warm, cozy throw.

-Creating something special in the kitchen.

-Watching a new plant sprout and come to life as it breaks through the soil.

-Listening to church bells on Sunday morning.

-Savoring a pleasant memory from long ago.

-A long, brisk walk.

-Rain on my face. 

❤❤❤

😊 The list really does go on and on.😊

What is one of your favorite-

Simple Pleasures?

Hope You Have a Wonderful Week!

 

 

Chickpeas: What’s Not to ♥ ♥ ♥ !!!

I am a big fan of chickpeas!

What about you?

I have a lot of cooking and baking planned for the next couple of weeks, with chickpeas to use in a couple of the recipes.

Below is a Veggies…post from a few years ago, featuring a couple of my favorite chickpea recipes.

Hope you enjoy them soon and DO let me know if you give them a try.

HAPPY WEEK TO ALL! 🙂

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

I’m a big fan of chickpeas.

I use them in all kinds of recipes: soups, stews, curries, hummus…

their nutty rich flavor and the unique texture they add to dishes too.

And they are sooooooo good for us! 😉

There are many health benefits derived from eating chickpeas, you can read more about that here and here. 

On the menu for supper tonight:

Slow Cooker Veggie Curry

And to add to this week’s snacks with crudites, crackers…

Fresh Rosemary Hummus

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Both recipes are featured in:

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The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker

Do you like chickpeas?

What’s your favorite way of using them in recipes?

Happy Cooking! 🙂

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Lest We Forget

My thoughts are with the families and friends of veterans, this weekend.

And most of all, with the veterans (here and passed) who have served so proudly and given so much.

Thank you for your service and your sacrifices.

❤Lest we ever forget.❤

My Poetic Path

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Mr. Cheddar at the Movies!😸

I was enjoying a browse through the “Cheddie Archives” today and came up with this gem!

Don’t ya think Mr. Cheddar😺 is a good choice to replace the MGM Lion? I’m guessing that old kitty is pretty darn tired after all those years of roaring!!!😊

Hope this brings a smile to your day and Happy Weekend.

VEGGIES, YARNS & TAILS

That old movie lion had nothin’ on me!!!!! 😉

Rooooooar……….

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