Sunday, May 24, 2015

Work In Progress - Coming Soon!






Hi!
We are rounding the bend and almost have things just so here at A Creative and Kind Life. So, very excited to begin this new chapter and look forward to sharing with you all things Creative and Kind. I have been so truly inspired by so many folks, many of which I hope to introduce to you here.

Lots in the works, plans, ideas, photos and goodies.  I firmly believe in sharing, in a community of learning from one another.  I hope you will find it comfy here, a place to pull up to, have a cuppa and join in the conversation.

Creating, Crafting in general, has long been a passion of mine.  Raising a blended family that consisted of 7, then 9 and working full time, didn't leave me a whole lot of time to pursue my passion. Now finding myself at a cross-roads of being an almost EmptyNester, recently disabled with nothing but time on my hands and re-emerging into the Creative and Planner Communities has been a real eye opener, truly inspiring! I can't believe how much has changed in just a couple of years (or maybe longer - time flies when you're raising kids, that turn into teenagers who then turn into adults). I am beyond excited about this place, blogging once again, creating once again, learning and continuing to be inspired by so many. What also makes this so fantastic to me, is the creation of this place by my dear friend of forever, Erin ~ aka Tinker (she is a master tinker of a great many things, like the creation of this design), which is a true reflection of who I am, my heart, the "new normal" I am finding and adjusting to. What you see here makes me HAPPY! I adore her for all she's done to give me this place.  She will be popping in as she feels moved to do so and I know you will come to love her as I do.

As for the Kind Life portion of this place - I am a HUGE believer in RAOK, #KindnessFirst and doing what we can, however we might, as individuals, to do something for others. No matter if it's anonymously, in big or small ways. I believe in the Butterfly Effect, a ripple of kindness that can be far reaching, more than any one of us might realize.  I'd like to feature things happening on a National, State and Local level as we move along here. Organizations, folks that inspire kindness I hope to "shout it from the digital rooftops" their ideas, movements, events and challenges for us all to do something. The idea of encouraging new ways for each of us to make a difference in the the world around us.

So, Welcome to A Creatieve and Kind Life.  We truly hope you will like it here.
Please excuse the dust from construction and the few kinks and things as we work them out.  It's been a long time since I've been in the blogging world - so I am a little rusty - but I'm ready! Jumping back in with both feet and a WAHOOOOO! *Creatively of course!*

See you soon!!!



Friday, May 22, 2015

Cowpoke Cookies {Gift in a Jar}

I love creating culinary gifts for family and friends. These were a huge hit last time I gave them out!

Simply pack the dry ingredients in a mason jar and give them the instructions to make their Gift in a Jar Cowpoke Cookies. Gourmet gifting has never been easier!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bagels

These bagels were once a part of my weekly baking repertoire. Back in the day, when I ate grains. ;)

These bagels are soft, warm and spongy on the inside, and slightly crisp on the outside. I baked them using steam. They're great warm, fresh out of the oven and at room temperature the next day. Honestly, I never the desire to toast them. I'm not so sure fresh bagels need toasting!

Dress these bagels up however you'd like! The mister seems to prefer them plain, but I have dolled them up with a combination of flaxseed, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, anise seeds, tiny sunflower seeds, and black caraway seeds. I also liked mixing together a little garlic powder and dried onion. The onion will moisten and plump up slightly during the steam baking. For an "everything" bagel try a combination of the poppy seeds, dried onion, sesame seeds, and garlic powder. Or you can dust them with a little cinnamon and embed the bagel with raisins.

*storage tip: save and reuse your bread bags to keep your bagels in*
Homemade bagels are where it’s at! If you’ve never made them yourself, you’re missing out. I love that regardless of rolling imperfections, these bagels are still better than store-bought.