Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Sunny Disposition

I woke up this morning with a pain still in my back. I had a bout of this last year that went on for months. Many doctor visits , pain meds that didn't work, even pain management.  During this time I went to a hypnotism group to lose weight. Some folks there wanted to quit smoking, some for stress, anyway it was a one size fits all class. At the end you could buy the cd's to use at home. I walked down the steps to this session cringing as every step hurt. After the session , I checked out the cd's and found I could not afford to buy them that night. They are available on the website so another day I would surely buy them. As I left I noticed my pain was less on the steps, not wanting to seem like a nut to my hubby...I said nothing. I woke the next day with no pain.  That was in October, and until yesterday I was pain free.I was told I have a bulging disk, did I lose any weight ?  not really but the lack of pain was well worth it. So now I need to find the cd's and be able to move again . No one who knows me could believe I was going to this session, but I am now a firm believer that if we think we are ok we will be ok. So I will mix the cd's with The Secret I am reading and hopefully be pain free, skinny and have a happier life in no time. STRESS beware I am on a mission.

On a happier note, I have a customer who emailed me about making a sock monkey set she had seen. I said sure I can give it a try and it turned out so cute.
This is the one she wanted with the red and blues, then I tried sage green and a raspberry,   I just love it!
I listed them and am waiting to see if they are a hit.  I have some orders to do and then I am beginning some new items that will need to be tweaked and tried before they can hit the shop.
I am also planning a Mother's Day Brunch at my house for Sunday, it seemed much easier before the back pain, but I will get through. I have two grown daughters, their kids and few other grandkids a friend who is staying here and us so it won't be too bad.
Here is one of my menu ideas

4 a.m. French Toast Casserole

This casserole makes for a fantastic breakfast treat. The house smells so sweet the rest of the day after you bake this!

Prep Time 10 MinutesCook Time 50 minutes
Ingredients•5 cups Bread Cubes (I Used Day Old Homemade Sweet Bread)
•4 whole Eggs
•1-½ cup Whole Milk
•¼ cups Sugar, Divided
•¼ teaspoons Salt
•1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
•2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
•¼ cups Chopped Pecans
•1 Tablespoon Butter
•2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon (I Just Sprinkled As Much As My Heart Desired)
•Maple Syrup, To Serve

Preparation Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Lightly butter an 8×8 inch baking dish.
3. Fill the baking dish with bread cubes. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, 2 tablespoons sugar, salt and vanilla. Pour the egg mixture over the bread.
4. Combine the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar with the brown sugar and chopped pecans. Sprinkle over the bread. Dot with butter and finish off with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 50 minutes, until the top is golden. Serve loaded with maple syrup.
I found this on a trip to Tasy Kitchen, I am also going to make cinnamon rolls from a recipe I found on Pioneer Woman, they are amazing and so simple
I made these for the teen when they went camping and they all loved them. Since you can make about 7 pans I froze a couple last time and them on chilly mornings would pop a pan in the oven and the smell is amazing....everyone loves them.
I am still looking for an egg dish that I can bake up and them I am making some almond croissants, buying a nice flavored coffee and I should be done. 
I am of to the heating pad and some tylenol for my back. Have a great day!

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