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Monday, February 4, 2013

Frisky Sixties Newsletter/Magazine

I am so excited about the newsletter that I started.  I need to determine how to blog it and how to share it automatically.  Some things coming up in the March issue:

  1. Beauty Tips
    1. Maybelline - Define a Brow...as we get a bit older, our brows tend to thin.  This is a great pencil to use.  I will talk more about that.
    2. BB Beauty Balm - Will talk about my experience with this product.
    3. Dr. Perricone's No Foundation Foundation
    4. NARs and Stila Eyeliner
    5. Chanel No. 5
    6. Sisley Blush
    7. Dior Eye shadow and Chanel Blush


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Friday, February 1, 2013

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Wrinkle-Licious


Mimi’s Wrinkle-Spicious-licious Cupcakes

“No! Oh,no! Mimi cried.  Who is that woman staring at me?”

“Where, Mimi,” Taylor said.  Taylor picked up her favorite rubber duck and squeezed a stream of water into the tub.  “More bubbles, please?” she asked. Taylor gave her yellow duck a great big hug.

Mimi turned her face this way and that closing her eyes for a minute.  She opened them.  No, they did not go away.  “I don’t know who that wrinkled face is Mimi sighed.”

“Oh, Mimi, It’s you in the mirror, Taylor replied.  Look at my ducky,” Taylor cried.

Mimi sighed, “My face looks like a road map of Manhattan.”

“What’s Manhattan?” Taylor asked.  Taylor was busy as a bee splashing water everywhere but Mimi didn’t seem to care.  Mimi could see Taylor in the mirror.  Taylor was having so much fun.

Mimi poured more bubbles in the water and whirled her hand around to make more bubbles.

“Wrinkles, wrinkles, I’m so suspicious of more wrinkles to come.”  Mimi sighed. 

“How about a little shopping trip, Taylor?” Mimi asked.  Mimi held Taylor’s favorite towel and wrapped it around Taylor.  “We’re going for a ride.”

Mimi tightened Taylor’s carseat and asked, “Snug as a bug in a rug, Taylor?”

“I love shopping,” Taylor smiled.

Off they went!  Mimi wiped the shopping cart and placed Taylor into the cart. 

“Must not forget to fasten the straps,” Mimi reminded herself.  Mimi was on a mission and Taylor was content to go along for the ride. 

“Wrinkle creams, wrinkle lotions, fine lines, anti-aging, oh no!” Mimi shook her head.    So many creams from which to chose.  Lotions, creams, Mimi got them all.

On the way back home, Mimi said, “ Taylor, I will not look like a dried up old prune, when I dance at your wedding, I will have no wrinkles at all.”

Mimi and Taylor got back home with a bag bursting at the seams with Mimi’s potions and lotions and wrinkle creams.

Taylor yawned and settled down for a little nap and when she woke her energy was renewed.  Mimi sat snoozing in her favorite chair.  Taylor climbed into her lap and gave a little shout, “Let’s make cupcakes, Mimi, pink ones!”

Mimi grinned, “Pink ones it is.”

Taylor sat on the counter and helped Mimi stir and mix all of the ingredients, she counted a total of six.

Into the oven went all twenty-four cupcakes, Taylor counted them all –“One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four!”

“Good, Taylor, Mimi said.  I don’t think we could bake anymore.”

The cupcakes were done, they sprang back when touched.  When the cupcakes cooled, the fun part began, Mimi iced a cupcake and twirled the icing around.   Taylor and Mimi laughed and giggled and licked the spoon.  They would be eating pink cupcakes really soon.  Taylor looked at Mimi, and Mimi laughed some more.  “Let’s go look in the mirror,Taylor,” Mimi picked Taylor up and held her in front of a mirror.  “A little pink icing here a little pink icing there,” Mimi pointed out.  Taylor gave a little shout.  There was pink icing on her nose and in her hair a little bit of icing everywhere. 

“You look like a little clown,” Mimi giggled as she looked into the mirror.  What did she see?  Two people happy as could be.

Back in the kitchen, Taylor swirled more icing on a cupcake and held it up for Mimi to see.  “Wrinkle spicious-licious,” Taylor said with glee.

Mimi laughed and gave her a hug.  “so it is, my little chick-a-dee.”  Though wrinkles may come, I doubt they will go, as long as Mimi has Taylor and wrinkle spicious-licious cupcakes to eat, what a lasting treat.

 

And, as Taylor would say,

 

The End

 

 

Recipe for Wrinkle Spicious-Licious Cupcakes

 

Lots of love

One box of cake mix

One bowl of pink icing

Bake, eat, ice and enjoy!

Candied Apples

Ingredients

1/2 cup water
1 cup cinnamon candies (recommended: Red Hots)
6 small red apples, peeled, and cored
Cream Cheese Topping, recipe follows
Freshly parsley or mint leaves, for garnish
Cream Cheese Topping:
2 ounces cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon mayonnaise

Directions

In a medium non-stick pan dissolve cinnamon candies in water on low heat. Peel, core and cut apples in 1/2 lengthwise. Once candy has dissolved place apples flat side down in pan. Cook on low to medium heat for about 45 minutes or until apples are tender; turning apples often. Apples should be the color of the candy. Once they are cooked place apples on a serving dish. Allow to cool.
Once apples have cooled place 1 teaspoon Cream Cheese Topping on each apple. Garnish with small piece of fresh parsley or a fresh mint leaf. Refrigerate until serving.
Cream Cheese Topping:
Place all ingredients in a bowl and thoroughly combine with a hand-held mixer. Topping should be stiff.

Paintings from Alabama Road Trip

These are paintings that I did after a road trip to Alabama




BSL Art - Paintings





Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Beijing


Beijing

By Brenda Luczynksi

                I have to take a moment to again thank Wing (who lives in St. Marlo) for ensuring that my experience in China was the best.  He made sure that I sampled all of the excellent food.  Lunch in Hangzhou was the best.  I had eggplant, onions wrapped in dough and baked, yummy.  So, now to Beijing.

                What can I say?  The Forbidden City is filled with artifacts dating back thousands of years.  Everything from jewelry to paintings to jeweled combs and brushes.  There are different buildings that house art, pottery and you can even see rooms where some of the emperors actually slept.  A friend of Wing’s and I were given a private tour of the Forbidden City.  All of the ancient artifacts were amazing.  We also had a fabulous lunch outside of the City that was owned by a relative of Mao. 

                Also, the Bird’s Nest and the building where Michael Phelps won his medals is a must see.  The Peking Duck restaurant in Beijing is fabulous and no trip can be without a trip to the Pearl Market.

                Of course, in my opinion, a trip to China without visiting the Great Wall would be like a Southerner without their sweet tea.  The Great Wall is approximately a two hour car ride from Beijing.  It is absolutely breathtaking.  Words cannot describe the view.  Wing tells the story that the first United States president to visit China was Richard Nixon.  Plans were to take him to the Great Wall.  The eve before the planned motorcade was to visit the Great Wall, snow blanketed Beijing and all along the road to the Great Wall.  This was unexpected; however, the morning of the venture, the Chinese showed up at Nixon’s hotel and knocked on the door.  “What are you doing here?” 

                “We have come for the President,” the Chinese responded.

                “But the streets are closed,” the Americans said.

                “Come,” the Chinese replied.  During the night, the people of China lined the roads from Beijing to the Great Wall with their straw brooms and cleared the roads.

                And, my friends, that sums it up.  I would go back to China in a heartbeat.  Oh, not sure if I mentioned, but you need to read James Hilton’s book entitled, “Lost Horizon”.  Most of the Shangri-La hotels give you a copy.  Again, thanks to our friend Wing, without him, this trip would not have had the “wow” that it did.

Frisky Sixties

A new magazine/newsletter is coming your way.  It is in the early stages of development but I am going to get it out there and improve as I go, otherwise, would never happen.  It is a magazine for and about women...of you know, that age where everyone thinks that you have to dress and act like grandma.  Well, I loved my memma with all of my heart and soul, but I don't want to wear granny panties, I want to wear fun clothes, I want to hike, I want to travel, and I do not want to sit home on my fanny and do nothing.  So, I am creating this little magazine for all of us women who want more than our grandmothers or even our mother's.  I am NOT going to wear elastic in my jeans.  No, I do not want my butt crack showing, but I might want to show a little belly sometimes or I might want to wear a two piece...swimsuit..Yes.  Thongs--Yes, or no underwear.  Burn my bras...whatever.  I am not going to be stereotyped into being an old woman with an apron tied around my waist.  There is nothing wrong with that, but it is not me.  I WANT TO BE FRISKY at SIXTY!

Do you?