Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Two Bite Tuesday ~ Sweet Beginnings

Okay so, I was inspired by fellow blogger Carmie who brilliantly authors The Single Nester to hold onto my passion for maintaining a paper calender. I love to keep my calendars from year to year because as I shared with Carmie, they are a sort of diary. They remind me of what I've been up to in different phases of my life. There was the year I was taking piano lessons so I could learn to read music and help my daughter with her practice. Years later, I led youth group and her girl scout troop. There was the fabulous trip to the beach....and months, and months, and months of orthodontist appointments. You get the picture.

1st Bite ~ I fell in love with Anne Geddes's precious babies when I saw the cover of this sweet calendar.

At first I didn't really think it was "me," then I thought that it was actually the perfect calendar in a year where I am adding HypnoBirthing to my practice. I will be reminded daily of the gentle way that our precious babies should make their entrance into the world. It is also a call to the Universe that I am ready to serve in this way. I am smitten :-)

This next bite is inspired both by sweet beginnings and endings of a different nature; good foods and good friends :-). I've mentioned that this month I am on a search for new and different local culinary ingredients with which I can prepare and entertain using fun and sometimes fascinating food and that this month I have Prickly Pear on my mind. While Prickly Pears are not in season right now, I was lucky enough to find some fun Prickly Pear related things.

2nd Bite ~ Cheri's Prickly Pear Syrup, Goldwater's Prickly Pear Jelly, and Ciao Bella Prickly Pear Sorbet


I'm thinking a Saturday Night Southwest Style Dinner Party to try out these intriguing ingredients. Prickly Pear Margaritas, Wine Spritzers and Lemonade come to mind. I think a nice compliment will be Prickly Pear and Goat Cheese on top of Artisan Bread for appetizers. And because I have sooooo many favorites, I haven't decided on the entree yet, but I'm thinking Prickly Pear Sorbet as a sweet ending. What do you think? Have a wonderful day! ~ Blessings, Janet


  1. Hi Joanie, I know, I know and I'm sorry. I got as far as posting the title...then got "the look" from hubby and instead of staying up another hour to finish the post...I went to bed. :-( Forgive me. And thanks so much for visiting my blog because as you know, that is part of the fun of writing it. Hoping to connect with others in a special way and I so appreciate having connected with you. Now for my word of the year. DONE! and of course, I hope you enjoy the post. ~ Blessings, Janet

  2. You are sooooo creative....And I hope you post more on Hypnobirthing. I have never heard of it and would love to know more.

  3. HI Janet
    Anne Geddes' photography is quite special isn't it.. did you know she is Australian? well I think she is... gee have to double check that now.. but she has the wonderful ability to create beauty..

    Thanks for your comment re the floods.. my heart goes out to my neighbours up north.. and even fellow bloggers stuck in that mess...

    Take care.. xxx Julie

  4. Hi Janet! You have such a nice blog here! I am now following you thanks to Follow Me Back Tuesday and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog:)
    And don't forget to check our last Blog Tutorial that will help you make your blog easier to access and more readers friendly. Stay tuned for new tutorials coming up and plenty other new surprises! Happy Thursday!

  5. Kim, Thanks, you're so sweet and I do plan on posting more on HypnoBirthing, but probably in another blog :-) I'll let you know when that is up and going.

    Julie, Thanks so much for stopping by. It is heartbreaking that so many are suffering yet another natural disaster. And I'm not sure about where Anne Geddes is from, but her work is truly breath-taking.

    Design It Chic, Thanks also for stopping by. I have been following your blog for awhile and will be putting much of your well written tutorials into practice in the next few weeks. :-)

    Have a fabulous day! ~ Blessings, Janet

  6. Following from Boost My Blog Friday. Love the background..great minds think alike:)