Monthly Archives: November 2008

Gotta Start Somewhere

My client gave me a recipe she had for a baked yam casserole.  She said it was excellent, and that everyone, including the kids, wanted seconds.  I love fresh baked Yams/ Sweet Potatoes (is there a difference?)  – but this recipe wants you to use canned yams.  I am going to make it next week to take to my sisters for Thanksgiving dinner.  If its good maybe I can make it again for Christmas!

  • 2 40 ounce cans yams
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs beat
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all of the above and place in 9×13 pyrex.

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter softened and crumbled
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour

Mix above ingredients and sprinkle on top of casserole.  Bake, uncovered, 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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Hello World!

Wow, am I really going to make a go of this?  I’d like to.  Maybe it will help get all the noise out of my head, just write it down!

My life right now is full with husband, busy children, furry pets, soccer balls, carpooling, grocery shopping, cooking (yuk), keeping house, cleaning house  (yuk), running my business, marketing my business, painting, plastering, decorating, friends, family, chatting, more chatting, online,  more online,  more and more and more online….. need  I say more?   Oh I forgot,  and NO sleep.   A bad combo with that is being in your 40’s…. if anyone has any beauty tricks that work?  Please let me know.

In the mean time,  here we go….

More Magazine experts claim a primer can be a great asset, even if you think your foundation works perfectly well without one. “Lots of women think an under base is an unnecessary step,” says Estee Lauder’s Anne Carullo. “But a system of very thin layers, with a primer sandwiched between moisturizer and foundation, can create a better surface for makeup. When you really want that flawless look you see in airbrushed ads, it’s worth the extra minutes.”

Three primers they recommend:

Vital Radiance Smoothing Face Primer ($19) in Petal and Apricot — tinted oil-free bases that warm and energize tired skin.

Givenchy Acti’Mine Makeup Base SPF 15 ($38) in Acti Peach — a beigy shade imbued with mother-of-pearl light reflectors — blurs even large brown spots and red veins.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer with SPF 15 and Dermaxyl Complex ($42) slides on with silicone and fills in fine lines.

(I am trying the Smashbox Primer.  If I get carded again, I’ll make sure to mention it.)