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Cheers!

Happy New Year to all!

I raise a glass in cheer to a New Year!

It will be a year filled with hope, love and prosperity.

Enjoy the journey through 2013!

 

Help My School win $50,000 for a new Technology Lab

To all my WordPress friends,

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“Blog of the Year 2012″ Award

Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

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Do you know a blog that deserves an award?

Do you have special blogs that you love to read?

Which blogs do you bookmark and follow?

Would you like to give them an award this year?

Then the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award is for you!

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The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Awardhttp://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

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Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

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Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Badges

Here are the six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times!

Need to know more? Check out our FAQ page

And Congratulations! on being chosen for the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

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Here are the 6 awards in thumbnail size for your sidebar – feel free to Right Click and save any of the images on this page:

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I would like to give nutsfor treasure a huge thank you for nominating Grandmother Musings for the “Blog of the Year 2012” Award.  Eunice and I have been blogging buddies for a while, and I always enjoy her writings.  She definitely deserves this award, and I am grateful that she felt that I deserved it, too.  Please go and visit Eunice at nutsfortreasure and see for yourself what a great blog she has.

Here are a few other blogs that I feel deserve this great award…

http://positivewordsmagazine.wordpress.com/  – Yellowlancer is blog out of Australia that I have followed since I began my own blog.  There are always interesting prompts to start the creative juices flowing at this site.

http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/ – Francine takes the most wonderful photographs.  I look forward to seeing her photos and her adventures.

http://strawberryindigo.wordpress.com/- My Life in Color is a blog with a unique perspective written by a feisty lady with a great view of life.

http://nmnphx.wordpress.com/- Nicole has a great feature called “Spam Comments” where she shares the weird and crazy Spam comments we are all exposed to in the blogging world.

http://valentinadesigns.wordpress.com/- Valentina is a interior designs master and her great ideas make her blog so very interesting.  Check out her Christmas in Colors and From Fashion to Christmas Table.

http://campfireshadows.com/- Awesome stories of the Old West! I can’t wait to read the newest edition.

http://bringingeuropehome.com/- Read her new article and learn how to make the perfect turkey. J

http://greendoorhospitality.wordpress.com/ – Adventures in Everyday Entertaining.

http://russtowne.com/- Reflections of a grateful man about the adventures and mis-adventures of living, loving, and learning

http://sharechair.wordpress.com/-  Want to know what the newest apps are and what to do with them?  Visit sharechair for all the newest technology finds.

http://russelrayphotos2.com/- Russell’s photographs of the San Diego Zoo are amazing.

http://diannegray.wordpress.com/- Published author and all around interesting blog.

 

 

©Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
 
 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

Even though Thanksgiving is now a memory, I am still thankful for the turkeys that gave of themselves so that my family and I could have a superb meal.  It wouldn’t be a holiday without them!  

©Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Green

I just love the Weekly Photo Challenge from The Daily Post @ WordPress.com.  I look forward to the new challenge when it is posted on Friday.  This week the challenge is GREEN!  My interpretation comes from a trip I shared with my husband to Niagara Falls.  The breathtaking views of the falls from Niagara Falls State Park where we enjoyed the American and Bride Veil Falls on the Cave of the Winds were exhilarating.  In a place where one would think to see only blue, I found a rainbow of color, especially green.  The park offers lush green pathways and a green trolley to take you from one end of the 400 acres to the other.  It is a place everyone should visit at least once.

“New to The Daily Post? Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.

3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.”

CHECK OUT THESE ENTRIES!

http://frouk.net/?p=279

http://tacts21.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/weekly-photo-challenge-green/

http://milnersblog.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/weekly-photo-challenge-green/

http://jessemckay.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/weekly-photo-challenge-green/

http://patbean.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/weekly-photo-challenge-green/

http://picturesinlivingcolor.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/weekly-photo-challenge-green-3/

http://retireediary.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/weekly-photo-challenge-green-all-over-the-world/

http://rarasaur.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/weekly-photo-challenge-geekin-it-green/

 

©Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

 

Pasta with Chicken, Garlic, Red Peppers, Broccoli, and Fresh Oregano

It has been a long time since I have posted a recipe, and an even longer time since I have made this dish for dinner.   This is an easy, healthy, and quick meal to make on a busy night.  I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

Ingredients:

3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts

4 Tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 whole Sweet red peppers, sliced

1/2 pound broccoli florets

8 ounces Fettucine noodles, cooked and drained

2 Tablespoons Fresh Oregano, chopped

pinch dried red pepper flakes

salt and pepper

4 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

1. Cut broccoli.  Boil in water for 3 minutes.  Drain, and set aside

2. Slice chicken breasts into strips . Heat olive oil in large skillet. add chicken and cook until they are no longer translucent.  Add peppers and saute about 4 minutes.  Add garlic, cook 2 minutes.  Add broccoli season with salt and pepper

3. Combine chicken and vegetable mix with cooked noodles.  Add oregano, red pepper flakes.  Toss with cheese.  Serve.

4. Add a little more olive oil and cheese if desired.

 

 

 

©Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Weekly Writing Challenge: In An Instagram

Marilyn

Marilyn does not know this, but on the day I saw her sitting in a cold, folding chair in the homeless shelter, she changed my life.  She is a mousey, brown-haired, sophomore, who I later learned, comes to the shelter every Wednesday with her mother and her little brother.  She carries everything she owns in a beat-up backpack including her schoolbooks and pens.  After dinner is served, and the tables are cleaned, Marilyn gets right to work.   She spreads her notebook and her World History book out on the table and pretends that the rest of us do not exist.

My first night as a volunteer in our community shelter was eye-opening and humbling.  All the preconceived ideas I had about the type of people who frequented shelters were blown-away after ten minutes in the place.  Marilyn’s story was the most life changing.  One of my fellow volunteers shared what she knew about this young high school student with me.

It seems that Marilyn’s father died, and their house was foreclosed upon shortly after his death.  With no skills and no means to pay for the house, Marilyn’s mother moved the family in with her relatives.  When that no longer worked, they began moving from shelter to shelter every night.  Knowing that having a good education leads to better opportunity, Marilyn’s mother pushed her to keep up with her studies despite the circumstances.  Therefore, every evening, Marilyn and her family enter a community shelter, they eat dinner together, and she works on her studies.

Her classmates at school do not know that she showers, sleeps, and eats breakfast at a homeless shelter every day.  They do not know that sometimes Marilyn does not have the comforts of a TV, a phone, or a computer.  There are times when items such as clean socks or sanitary napkins are not available for this young girl.

To say that Marilyn is admirable is more than an understatement.  She is the epitome of words like courageous, determined, and invincible.  The things that she overcomes every day to be an honor student would break most people, but she perseveres.

Sometimes, we find heroes in the most unusual places.  I found mine in a homeless shelter.  It is my hope that Marilyn will finish high school and receive a scholarship to college.  A few of the volunteers at the shelter  pooled their resources together to help Marilyn and her family.  They found a permanent residence and even have had a fundraiser to help finance Marilyn’s college education.

I owe Marilyn much gratitude for changing my outlook. I clearly was ignorant.  I imagine that after you read this story, it will change yours, too.

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©Grandmother Musings 2012-2013.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jamie Nowinski – Grandmother Wisdom/Grandmother Musings with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
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