Monthly Archives: May 2014

Make Some Time To Have A Crazy Night

Make some time in your schedule to have a crazy night. Crazy nights are good every once in a while; nights when convention is thrown out the window and responsible fun is the focus! These are nights that make you feel like you’re truly living. When the boredom of life threatens to strike, go out at midnight to get ice cream and then sit in a park listening to owls and nighttime wildlife. Or wake your kids up late and take them with you to swim in the rain in the summer. Make some crazy nights happen where there is no routine, where the world does not revolve around the human time schedule.

You can make crazy days, too. When you wake up, make a spontaneous decision to go on a road trip. Or to go take nature pictures. Or go to a park or a favorite spot. When you break out of the routine, that’s when great memories happen.

Many of those nights I go out with my kids to get a smoothie. Then we stop at a park together and talk, taking in the breathtaking beauty of the moonlit trees, water and scenery. There are usually other people out too, enjoying life at that late time. Some ride their bikes or skateboard through the areas with street lights and others walk their dogs. Some laugh and goof around and others enjoy a moment of peace in the moonlight.

Many times we have spotted beautiful wildlife at night. Coyotes, foxes and deer are some that we have had the pleasure of watching. It is very surreal to see animals roaming about their natural habitat free from fear of man. It brings to mind a mystical perspective of what goes on when the sun sets. It is freeing and inspiring.

I have many fond memories of my crazy nights with family and friends. Those are the times that I remember most: the unconventional moments, the surprises, the fun.

Crazy nights will set you free and give you a renewed mindset. Make some happen for you and your loved ones! You will create cherished memories that will last a lifetime!

Today Is A Day For Chocolate Pie

I am craving a chocolate pie.  I love chocolate pie. First of all, I am a chocoholic. But I prefer the taste of chocolate mixed with other flavors, like strawberries or bananas or even a touch of vanilla in one form or another. Usually when I make chocolate pie, I put it in a graham cracker crust and top it with whipped cream and grated semi sweet chocolate crumbles. The combination of the different flavors is amazing.

Today, I shall compare my life to a chocolate pie.   At the moment, I am the chocolate; content, creamy and smooth.  My family is the topping, adding a sweet compliment to my life. My friends are the crumbles on top, a welcome surprise to my taste buds as I rejoice in how they add to the overall experience.  My beliefs are the graham cracker crust holding everything together.  When I prepare the pie and place it on the table for my beloved family, my heart has been poured into its preparation.  My pie is my offering.

Cooking is a metaphor of life;  when we cook we prepare, plan, offer and receive.  We make our food special for loved ones and guests.  We commemorate our time with each other by gathering together to enjoy creations made with love out of our favorite ingredients.

I love the tastes and varieties of life. And I love to experiment with new ways to make chocolate pie. Maybe a new experience will be strawberries on top. Or perhaps a new realization will be like nuts ground into the graham cracker crust to give it a tastier foundation. Then according to my mood, I adjust my pie.  It may taste quite different from day to day, but that’s the beauty of cooking and living!

What is one of your favorite recipes? A dessert, a hot dish, a salad? Maybe your prefer something simpler like a delicious piece of your favorite candy? Whatever the flavor of your favorite recipe, it describes you and gives a bit of insight into who you are.  Do you prefer a complicated, detailed recipe or something easy and tasty?  It may vary from day to day, even moment to moment.  Thank goodness the tastes and combinations are endless!  We can share and adapt according to who we meet,  where we go and what our prevailing mood is at the moment! The abounding variety of recipes makes life itself into a bountiful buffet!

Share your recipes with loved ones and friends, perhaps even new acquaintances! You may just inspire someone to try something new!

Simply Delicious Chocolate Pie:

  • 1 graham cracker crust
  • 1 1/2-2 cups milk ( you can use vanilla flavored soy or almond milk as a substitute if you wish)
  • 1 box of instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 small container of whipped topping
  • semi sweet chocolate squares, grated

Combine milk and pudding.  Prepare according to directions.  Pour prepared pudding into graham cracker crust. Chill 30 minutes until pudding sets firmly.  Top with whipped topping. Grate semi sweet chocolate squares over the top.  If you are in an imaginative life perspective at the moment of cooking, decorate with fruit or nuts or candies!  Enjoy!

 

The Secrets Of Yashire: Emerging From The Shadows

A new adventure awaits fantasy readers!  Come and travel through the realm of Yashire with Brianna, the  main character who finds herself in….

The Secrets of Yashire: Emerging from the Shadows.

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 The Secrets of Yashire: Emerging From the Shadows is a young adult fantasy adventure that occurs within the framework of a young girl’s subconscious mind. The main character, Brianna, finds herself thrown into a world called Yashire where she is forced to deal with circumstances that are threatening Yashire’s existence. Against her will, she is sent on a journey to restore unconditional love back to the land while also contending with the evil force in the land, Zolan.

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Brianna is sent on her mission by Libban, Keeper of the Land. Along the way, Brianna travels with the mystical tiger, Angelos; a huge, whitish-tan tiger with thick black stripes who sings only the purest songs of love, and the wondrous little one-eyed bird named Abiba. During the journey, Brianna is also preparing to meet her soulmate—the one she longs to be with and the one who will bring complete healing back into her life.

Together they travel through fantastic lands filled with magical creatures that could only exist in the wildest of imaginations. Through her treacherous brushes with danger and heartwarming experiences of love and acceptance, Brianna discovers many things. It is here, amidst the powers and phantasms of the mind that Brianna receives life lessons and virtues to help her. Will one of her greatest triumphs be achieved as she learns to believe in herself? For only then can she truly see all of the wondrous things that life has to offer.

Review by Kristi’s Book Readery (as seen on Goodreads) :

4 out of 5 stars

“I was gifted this book for an honest review. I’m thankful to Diamanté for the opportunity to read this book. It’s an easy read; it flows perfectly, great plot and story line. She has created such a unique and magical world and yet it is far different from most magical stories I have read. There are so many creatures and characters, it is easy to build the scenes inside your mind. Unlike a lot of other fantasy stories that have much sadness, destruction, and chaos this story is built on morals and values. In Brianna’s journey she is learning not only to become a better person for herself but for others as well. It’s very heart warming and enlightening. My only complaint would be that there’s not more to read! I want the next part of the story NOW!   I thoroughly enjoyed this read and would recommend it for many readers. It has good and evil, sadness and happiness, an entirely new world to discover, as well as many lessons that we can ALL learn from!”

Pick up your copy today!

Thank you to Kristi’s Book Readery for a great review!