Friday, July 10, 2009

Things to do today:
  • Thank God for my many blessings!
  • Edit the rest of these photos! I have a lot to finish:)
  • Enjoy my family and have fun.
  • Hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend. Thank you for your support!

Be careful more E.Coli has been discovered.

I like cookies, but I simply love cookie dough! I know I’m not supposed to eat the raw dough, but I just can’t help sneaking a spoonful, or two, here and there. Some of my kiddos have developed a love for this gooey goodness, too, but an email that I received from my friends at Nestle this morning made me re-think our cookie dough eating habit.

Read this:

Please take a look at the full Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough Recall Press Release for details, as well as a list of the products affected.

Consumers with products affected by this recall are advised to return them to their local grocer for a full refund. Any questions should be directed at Nestlé Consumer Services at 1-800-559-5025.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. ~ Hellen Keller
Taylor Dior- Child Model/Actor

We spotted Taylor Dior last year on myspace. This talented child has done a lot of big things in her 2 1/2 years of life. We wanted to share her story with you:

Taylor Dior is a NYC model who also appears in film/commercials. She got her start at 5 mths of age when she was signed with a model and talent mgmt firm. A year later, thanks to God's blessings and a wonderful mgmt team, Taylor booked her first feature film at 15 mths of age. It was a small role in a BIG film that spanned theaters nationwide in Jan 2009. She has since worked on set of another film and has been on commercial auditions too. She has worked with top child photographers and celebrities, and has taken class at one of the east coasts' best acting schools.
Taylor truely enjoys performing, taking pics, being around people, and having fun. She is friendly and meshes well with others. Not one shy bone in her body! That's why she is so active in sports and entertainment. At two years of age she enjoys roller skating at the rink, bike riding on her trike, attending her gymnastics class, and being on camera! She loves attention and putting on a show so she can show off.
We initially just wanted to try out modeling and have some fun since she was so alert, expressive, and adorable as a baby. Film and more were an added blessing and we saw that she really enjoyed it and does well with everyone she meets. So we will continue to provide this avenue for her to learn, explore, have fun, and put her talents to positive use until she decides on something else! From sports to entertainment, she stays very involved and kept busy with positive venues to express herself and explore. She has great talent managers and model agents working hard for her in the meantime as well as parents who make it all possible.
Please visit her page often to keep in touch and get the latest updates and videos on what she's getting into next!

Tomato Faces

This looks so cute! Okay, I don't know about you guys, but I don't have time now to follow this recipe. I think I'm going to "bootleg" a Liz version and use tuna or chicken salad for the filling. And shredded cheese for the hair...

Mr. Tomato Head (From

Hollow out a tomato, saving the top slice. Fill with cooked couscous mix, top with shredded basil, and cover partially with reserved tomato top, as shown. Rest black-olive slices on tomato ledge for eyes. Cut a piece of provolone cheese in the shape of a mouth and place it right on the tomato -- it'll stick.
Fancy Grilled Cheese Top a piece of sourdough bread with tomato slices, spinach, sliced white-cheddar cheese, and deli-style turkey. Spread another piece of bread with a little honey mustard. Sandwich together and brush with olive oil. Grill until cheese melts.
Greek Pasta Combine 1/2 pound cooked penne with 2 fresh chopped tomatoes, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar, 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, 1 tablespoon each fresh oregano and dill, and 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts.
Pesto Green Beans Cook green beans for 7 to 8 minutes. Drain and toss with tomato wedges and store-bought pesto.
Easy Antipasto Arrange tomato slices in a shallow dish. Top with fresh minced garlic and balsamic vinegar.
Heirloom Tart Line a 9-inch tart pan with refrigerated piecrust and trim to fit. Cover the entire crust with aluminum foil and bake at 450 degrees F. for 8 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes. Layer crust with provolone cheese slices, a mixture of 1/2 cup light mayo and 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, and overlapping slices of colorful heirloom tomatoes. Bake at 375 degrees F. for about 25 minutes.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Can't win if you don't enter!

You can't win if you don't try:) All you have to do is comment anywhere on the blog for a chance to win a Dylan's Candy Bar gift. To win an awesome retouched photo by Divalicious Designs, just comment and tell me why you'd love to have a photo retouched.
Thanks to Tonya Dailey - Our World Contemporary Children's Photography for use of this awesome photo.