Tuesday, November 30, 2010

HOPE......"Angels In My Hand"

 Karl Miller was a guest speaker at my Church this past Sunday,
Karl has been giving his Angels Of Hope to locals for over
20 years.  Karl was inspired to give back after losing his Mother and his own Personal Struggles...
Listed below is the Link to Karl Miller's Site sharing his 
Message Of HOPE through Angels he handcrafts with Tin Can Lids..
His story is one to be admired with so much Inspiration..!!
Karl takes every opportunity to reach out to those God has placed in his presence and
who are struggling with their own personal difficulties...
Karl carries a bag filled with his Angels Of Hope with him, 
which are neatly tucked inside a white square box adorned with a beautiful Red Bow..
He waits for the right "opportunity" to give his gift and message,
with the receiver most times trusting and sharing their own story....

I was so touched and moved with Karl's tenderness and understanding of Others...
His willingness to reach out and hearing the stories of those who, God Placed Karl
in their lives at the right moment of time..!

No Good Deed Goes Unnoticed..!!

Karl's book he has written about his many personal experiences when giving his Angel Of Hope
Link below will show you a pictorial on how Karl Makes his Angel Of Hope

If you Want to inspire others or you need a little pick me up,
read Karl's book...

Be safe as you do your Holiday Shopping...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Bread Stuffing has been made, 
The Pumpkin Pies have been baked......

I SSsoooooooo Love Thanksgiving!!

It's the one day of the Year you can eat til you literally burst,
and NO one is watching...
Cause they are eating just as much as you or more..!

As you gather around your Thanksgiving Meal this year...
Give Thanks..!

Monday, November 15, 2010

And The Sign Says.....OPEN HOUSE

Saturday was my Salon Business Open House...
And what a Fantastic Day it was!!

Since this was my first,
I was totally unaware of what to expect..
with that being said, my expectations were not high.

Much to my surprise, those expectations were met beyond what I ever imagined!

In Three hours, (which actually turned into 3.45 hours) 
we greeted and serviced well over 60 people...!!

I offered a variety of complimentary services..
~Facial Wax~Chair Massage~Polished Nails of Hands~
~Polished Nails of Toes~Hand Treatment~

Along with some light refreshments..
And everyone left with a Complimentary Gift Bag filled with Professional Products
For the First Person to arrive and every Tenth person there after,
Received a Cranberry or Pine Yankee Candle..

My Manager, Amanda who has been through hosting an Open House many times in the past,
shared with me after our doors were closed, She started to have an anxiety attack
when she saw people lined out the door into the parking lot only 20 mins into the event...!

A constant flow of existing customers, new faces from the community, friends and family of
mine and the staff made our Open House a very Huge Success!!

For that, I am so very Blessed and very much Appreciative..

Will I be doing this every year?,  I was asked...
I am not sure..maybe an "Appreciation Day" for the future years.

Here are some Pictures my BFF, Kathy was able to snap when time permitted...
We missed so many available pictures, I remember saying to many..
"Please don't leave until we get your picture"...However
  Greeting, Keeping the flow moving and refilling the Refreshments was top priority..!!!

Polished Toe Nail Station

Friend Carrie and her Daughter, Laney

Kelly enjoying her Hand Treatment with April

Facial Waxing by Amanda and Chair Massages by Jennifer

Tiffany's Polished Toe Station was easily turned into Polished Hand Station to keep up with requested services

Friend Kelly

April Barber, Mary Kay Consultant, Lititz PA

Waiting Patiently 

Light Refreshments...Pumpkin Cookies, Chocolate PB and Vanilla Cupcakes, Pretzels, Punch and Coffee

My Pumpkin Cupcake Arrangement

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes...Always a winner!

I can't tell you how many times we refilled the cupcake tray...Just Awesome!

Jennifer Brossman, Licensed Massage Therapist, "Therapeutic Massage By Jen", Lebanon PA

Very Dear and Long Time Friend, Vickie

My Cousin, Sharon

This picture is mild showing the waiting that occurred for services...Everyone was so patient and very appreciative...!

Salon Kritique Staff (L)Stacy and Amanda, (back) Me and Tiffany

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fresh Hot Italian...


Where did the Fall go....?!!  

The temperatures here in PA certainly do reflect the fact November 
some how snuck up behind us..

As much as I enjoy my spring/summer time cook outs and grillin,
I also love spending time in the kitchen...

Today is Sausage day...

WE have on the Menu today..
Fresh Sausage...Italian Sausage....Hot Sausage

And let me share with you...
It smells heavenly!

I purchased the different types of sausage at a local farm market.
The main two reasons I prefer a local market is the quality and quantity..

If I had purchased the sausage at the local grocery store,
it would be prepackage in an amount way too much for my needs..
and I am always very leary on the shelf date when it comes to Pork.

First, I cut the sausages into smaller pieces and placed in
the stewing pot with some olive oil...
You can also add your own favorite seasonings to the meat at this time.

I let the sausage pieces cook on Medium heat for about 15 mins..
Then added some Chopped Green Peppers,
Red Sweet Peppers and Onions..

This cooked for about an hour, giving it a stir on occassion
on Medium heat...

After the sausage, peppers and onions had cooked and simmered in their
own juices, I added some Marinara Sauce...

Gently stirring while I incorporating all the ingredients together.. 
Replaced the lid, lowered the temperature to Med-Low
and walked away...

This will simmer for about two hours,
giving it a gentle stir every 30 mins or so...

So easy and Ooooo..So Good!

This dish can be served alone, on a bun, your favorite bread
 or on top of your favorite pasta...

Happy Monday and Enjoy Your Week..!

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