For the mommy who already has everything baby needs, including a silver spoon, one of the most thoughtful gifts, which can become a keepsake, is a sterling silver bangle engraved with baby’s name and date of birth. Prices range from $25 to about $60 for a solid silver bangle, and some come with little heart charms and/or delicate chains to make putting them on easier.
For something different, choose the Claddagh sterling silver bangle for baby that comes with the distinctive heart, crown and two hands just like the adult versions. There are also some Celtic bracelets for babies that are engraved, etched, sculpted with motifs or have Celtic charms. Some of the most reasonably priced bracelets for kids and babies are available through Eve’s Addiction, Bling Jewelry, Déjà vu, Sears, and even Amazon. Déjà Vu has a beautiful version of the Claddagh for under $35 and it’s solid sterling silver but has no dangling charms. Bed Bath & Beyond also carries a plain sterling silver bangle for babies that’s great for a gift because it comes beautifully packaged in a white box. It costs about sixty dollars. A place called Corner Stork Baby Gifts has a unique bracelet option that’s sort of a bangle but also has a little name plate on the front, which of course can be personalized with baby’s name. The item is called the Personalized Oval Latch Baby Bracelet and is priced at about $58.
As a Christening gift, Catholic Company offers a silver baby bracelet that comes with crystal charms and a pin set. It’s a delicate set that resembles a mini rosary, complete with a dangling crucifix and a teeny virgin Mary. For other Christian charms, sterling silver bangle designs with religious motifs and baby accessories that make good Christian gifts, see the Catholic Company jewelry collections. Their items are affordable – starting at about $15 and going up to around $35. Individual crucifix charms and baby pins like the Miraculous Medallion are priced at around twenty-five dollars each.
If you want a simple silver chain with heart or bear charms, Sears offers one of the most affordable selections. They retail a silver bracelet and charm together for a little over thirty dollars. In case you didn’t know, Sears has an online jewelry catalogue that’s extensive and affordable. They also offer gift boxes and packaging services and can have items shipped to wherever baby happens to live within the United States, although some jewelry items can’t be sent internationally.
Love is the key to all things and with love all things are possible. How is it that we mere humans cope with the feelings of jealousy? We know we are never to covet another or what they have yet jealousy rears it’s ugly head leaving us to feel guilty.
It is only human to feel such feelings if merely of admiration. We may admire a quality in another wanting the same quality in ourselves. Let’s explore further. Back in ancient times when society was barbaric men needed the emotion of jealousy to protect that which was theirs. Others would take what they wanted creating the needed sense of jealousy to make them aware of when their things were in danger of theft. This mechanism is no longer needed in today’s modern times.
As we know blood lines often carry down tendencies that should be forgotten. While jealousy is often an emotion we over look it is one that needs to be addressed. Jealousy left unchecked can develop into a serious affliction driving us to sin in ways harmful to others and their well being.
Love has no room for jealousy. Before you lie to yourself allowing jealousy to remain consider how our lord and savior handles such manners. He does so in a loving manner does he not? We are to mirror this love. Jealousy has no place in a house of love.
If you feel you or others in your home are afflicted with jealousy please read more on the subject and learn how to build love and trust without jealousy.
If you’re an avid reader, then you can probably find some legitimate work at home jobs in order to make some extra income on the side. How can this be done? Well, there are plenty of website owners who have sites about books on various topics. Since they can only read so many books in a given month, the amount of summaries that they can put up is limited to how fast they can read and because of this, many of them are willing to pay other people to read the books and write the summary for them.
Book summaries can vary in terms of pay and since you can only read so many books a month, you will want to find projects that involve books that you have already read or books that you would be interested in reading. Another way to go about this is to simply create your own site and write reviews on the books you’ve read. You could put up links for people to buy the books from sites like Amazon and make money that way. If you happen to love a best selling series such as Harry Potter for example, you can create a fan site out of it and make money from ads by driving a lot of traffic to your site.
Were you a messy teenager? Oh my, I know I was. Now I look back at that time and I feel so badly for the way I treated my parents. My mom had such pride in her home, and took a lot of care to make sure it was decorated nicely, and was always neat and tidy. Every room in the house was carefully color-coordinated and kept spotlessly clean….until you came to my bedroom. I left dirty clothes on the floor, used cups and plates tucked hidden under the bed, and there was so much clutter over every available surface, there was no chance of swishing a duster around.
Now I realize how disrespectful that was, and I feel terrible about it. But besides an apology, there isn’t much I can do to make amends to my parents. What I can do though is pass on my experience to other parents in the hope that I can help you snap your teenager out of their messy ways.
So first up, let them learn their consequences the hard way. If they leave dirty laundry on the floor, don’t pick it up for them – just leave it there. They will certainly realize the consequences of not putting clothes in the laundry basket when they have nothing clean to wear.
If your teenager takes food and drink up to their room but doesn’t return the plates either ban them from having food out of the kitchen (which can be difficult to enforce) or buy them a supply of disposable cups, plates and bowls.
And finally, can I suggest a little bribery? Offer up a cool teenagers toy as a reward for keeping the room neat for a week. Once your son or daughter has got used to having a tidy room, and realizes how little work is involved keeping it in that state you may have cured the problem.
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Christmas celebrations often include large family dinners with special china and traditional foods. Santa Claus has always been a favorite, but recently his long-suffering spouse has become very popular as well. I mean while the rest of the world is enjoying a joyous and calm Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus is home making sure the last minute preparations and the elves are all working smoothly.
As you sit down to your Christmas Eve or Christmas Day family feast, celebrate both Santa and his wife with Mrs. Santa and Santa salt and pepper shakers. I consider these table accessories to be small and functional figurines. Over the years I’ve received so many as host gifts and stocking stuffers, it makes setting a holiday table easy and fun.
I love the way that these colorful Christmas salt and pepper shakers look on my crisp white table cloth. I prefer to keep my plain white china and use table accessories and accents to create a festive atmosphere.
My favorite Santa and Mrs Santa salt and pepper shakers show the happy couple kissing. But there are also salt and pepper shakers that show them relaxing in rocking chairs. I admit to a certain fondness for vintage Santa items as well. Perhaps because it reminds me of my childhood days.
Southern food is an American favorite. People from all over the world enjoy southern food. Southern cuisine was created from a combination of different cultural influences and there are different categories of southern food.
Soul food is perhaps what most Americans think of when they hear the term “southern food.” Soul food was influenced by the African slaves that were brought to the south. The slaves brought with them a love of cooking greens, vegetables, and thick stews.
Creole and Cajun food are also a type of southern food. Creole food was influenced mostly by the French. Cajun food was influenced by Canadian immigrants from Acadia. Both of these types of southern food are often found around New Orleans.
Naturally, the Native Americans have largely influenced today’s southern food. The Native Americans introduced ingredients such as corn, grits, and even cornbread to the new southerners. A love of these ingredients is enjoyed by many Americans today.
There is a large mixture of different cultures with distinct ways of cooking ingredients that has created what we call southern food. There are many ways to enjoy southern cooking and many people to thank for bringing their diverse cooking influences to America long ago. The combination of these influences has created the wonderful and dynamic tradition of southern cooking.
You’ll find a lot of chicken recipes with Southern food. In fact, chicken and southern food are old friends! Of course, the most popular southern recipes for chicken usually involve flouring the chicken parts and frying them in hot oil. This chicken recipe is much easier because you won’t have to stand over a hot stove or deal with hot oil!
Spicy Baked Chicken Breasts recipe
4 large chicken breasts, bone in
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Directions: Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry.
Make a wet rub by combining olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, vinegar, paprika, ground red pepper, black pepper, salt, sugar, garlic powder, and onion powder. Rub chicken breasts all over with the wet rub, being sure to get some under the skin on the top of the breasts.
Wrap each rubbed breast individually in plastic food wrap and place in the refrigerator. Leave the chicken in the fridge for at least two hours.
After chicken breasts have had their stay in the refrigerator, unwrap them and place them in a metal baking pan. Cover the pan with foil.
Bake chicken breasts at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove foil and drizzle chicken breasts with melted butter. Continue baking chicken for another 15 minutes, or until juices run clear. Very large chicken breasts might take a little longer to get done. If the chicken skin isn’t brown enough or crispy enough to suit your taste, turn on the top broiler unit of your oven and broil the breasts for a minute or two. While you’re broiling, keep a close watch on the chicken.
Serve the cooked breasts with white rice, yellow rice, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, or sweet potatoes.
Just about every native Southerner loves Southern food, and potato salad is one of those. Because of our mild climate, outdoor events can be held throughout most of the year, and at such events, Southern food is usually included. This potato salad recipe is great for taking to a barbecue, a pig pickin’, a fish fry, or any other type of cookout. And don’t forget tailgate parties – you know how much we love our football!
This potato salad recipe uses small red potatoes, also called “new potatoes.” I also like to use sweet Vidalia onions in this version, and they’re grown right here in Georgia. If you can’t get Vidalia onions, use another type of sweet yellow onion. I don’t give specifics for the amount of bacon to use. I like a lot of bacon in this type of potato salad, but not everyone does, so use your own judgment. Also, depending on the size you make the potato chunks, you might need more or less mayonnaise. The smaller the pieces of potato, the more surface area you’ll have and the more mayo you’ll need.
Southern Potato-Bacon Salad recipe
Directions: Scrub potatoes and boil until just fork tender, but not mushy. Cut into chunks, leaving peel on. Place potatoes in large bowl.
While potatoes are cooking, fry bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and drain. Crumble bacon into potato bowl.
Add the bacon drippings, the onions, the celery, the sour cream, the mayo, the vinegar, and the sugar. Stir to mix. Add garlic salt and pepper and stir again.
Cover bowl and leave potato salad in the refrigerator overnight.
This is a wonderful Southern food casserole! It’s fairly simple to make, and it’s really a complete meal in one. It’s the ideal dish for taking to pot-luck dinners because everyone loves it. If you want to make this casserole just for your family, you might want to halve the recipe. The amount I have posted fills a 13 x 9 casserole, so it’s pretty big.
Be sure to cook the broccoli in the broth from where you boiled the chicken. This makes preparation easier, and it adds flavor to the broccoli.
The chicken, rice, and broccoli don’t have to be placed in the order I give. This is just what works best for me. My friend’s hubby doesn’t like broccoli, so she puts her broccoli on the bottom of the casserole. That way, he can still enjoy the sauce, the chicken, and the rice without having to deal with the broccoli.
Chicken, Rice, and Broccoli Casserole recipe
Directions: Place chicken breasts in a large pot and cover with water. Add salt. Boil until chicken is done. Remove chicken breasts from pot and place on a plate to cool. Reserve cooking liquid.
While chicken is cooling, cook broccoli in same pot and same water. Cook until broccoli is just tender.
Spread the rice on the bottom of a large, deep casserole dish.
When chicken is cool enough to handle, tear it into pieces and place them on top of the rice.
Drain the broccoli and arrange it evenly over the chicken.
In a mixing bowl, blend together mayonnaise, soup, and cheese. Spoon over casserole ingredients and smooth. Cover with finely crushed Ritz crackers.
Bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes.