Ho-Ho-Healthy North Pole Strawberry Smoothie

North Pole Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen strawberries in syrup, partially thawed and undrained
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 TBSP of honey (unless you are allergic than just no need)
  • 2 cups vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 scoops of protein powder (for the pick-me up you will need through out the day)
  • 1 strawberry-flavored or peppermint candy cane, about 6 inches long, finely crushed
  • Green decorating gel

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place strawberries and water in blender. Cover and blend on medium-high speed until slushy. Blend on medium speed until smooth. Transfer to 2-cup measure.

2. Wash and dry blender. Place frozen yogurt, reduced-fat yogurt in blender. Cover and blend on medium speed until smooth.

3. Place crushed candy cane on small plate. Pipe decorating gel around rim of two 12-ounce glasses. Dip rims into crushed candy.

4. Carefully pour yogurt mixture and strawberries at the same time into glasses, creating a half-and-half design. Serve with large drinking straws if desired.

 

(Betty Crocker had the original but I changed it up with Greek yogurt, honey and protein powder. This makes it really help you through the afternoon and gives you the energy to finish wrapping those presents and filling out the cards)

In Memory of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers & friends- Transgender Day of Remembrance 2012

In memory and the struggle of transgender men and women; both those we have lost, and those who continue to live their lives.

image courtesy of Paul Parkinson

I maybe late in the game today, but I do not think you can actually put a date on the necessity of remembering for this, we need to remember it each day. But for the last 14 years November 20th is International Transgender Day of Remembrance. I have stood up for, had to actually state “I am the mother of a child who is gay” just so folks say, “Oh she knows what she is talking about”, instead of — “WHAT is the issue? Why are we even questioning this? He is your co-worker, your friend..   She is your employee or employer… They are child … he is your student… ? What can possibly be making you have that look on your face.”

Why should I need to identify any of this? Because people are insistent on labels and putting people in boxes. People are people, why not treat them as such. Because even in this day and age, when more and more people are realizing this is not a choice!  Bigots and hate mongers, and destroyers of lives still run amuck. Today we look, we remember, we light a candle for those who have died at the hands of the haters and closed minded (insert your favorite mean spirited word because I have nothing nice to say and you know what Thumper says) at one LGBT populace, one that is probably the most difficult to live, and one I cannot imagine how some of my dearest of friends who happen to fall into this “box” deal with on a day to day basis.

Meet Natasha Troop. She is a writer, a parent, a teacher, a friend, a lover, a weaver of worlds… a poet, a woman, a member of the human race and a post op Transgender Woman. She is one of the most beautiful women inside and out I know, and she is my friend. I wanted to share her photo today, with her beloved bridge from Stansbury, VT from her current novel series. She is one of the lucky ones, she has a wonderful family, an incredibly support system and she is alive. For her and for every transgender man and woman who live daily with the hate that have caused a day of remembrance to be necessary, I love you and this is one 21st Century Mom, lover, Mona Lisa, Alaskan, teacher, student, writer………. member of the human race

I have watched the violence over the years towards my friends, the slander and the slurs, the discrimination… I can do or say nothing more than what I do now, be a friend .. sometimes I fall down on the job (sorry guys) sometimes I get lost in my own crap, but overall, you are my friends. I do not like even using labels, because you are who you are, but I am really extra proud to call you my friend, and I am honored to know you. You teach me more about how to be a member of the human race every day, thanks.

50 Transgender Icons Courtesy of YouTube

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crHHycz7T_c]

“The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

We live in times more sensitive than ever to hatred based violence, especially since the events of September 11th. Yet even now, the deaths of those based on anti-transgender hatred or prejudice are largely ignored. Over the last decade, more than one person per month has died due to transgender-based hate or prejudice, regardless of any other factors in their lives. This trend shows no sign of abating.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.”

From International Transgender Day of Remembrance website.

For detailed statistics about the numbers of people killed worldwide due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice, visit the March 2012 update from the Trans Murder Monitoring project.

OTHER SITES & POSTS OF IMPORTANCE -

HUFFINGTON 2012POST – 50 Transgender Icons

NO H8 2011 post

You can download the full TGEU TDOR 2012 Press Release here.

To see a map showing all 265 reported cases of the TMM TDOR 2012 update, please click here.

In comparison to the TDOR updates of the last years (162 reports 2009, 179 reports in 2010, 221 in 2011), we are witnessing a significant increase, which points to the extreme level of violence many trans people continue to be exposed to.

The update shows reports of murdered or killed trans people in 29 countries in the last 12 months, with the majority from Brazil (126), Mexico (48), and the USA (15), followed by Venezuela (9), Honduras (8), Colombia (6), Uruguay (6) and Guatemala (5). In Asia most reported cases have been found in India (6), Pakistan (5) and the Philippines (4), and in Europe in Turkey (5).

You can find a list with names and more detailed data here.

Note: The above quouted text is from http://www.rememberingourdead.org/day/what.html

The Remembering our Dead Web Project and The Transgender Day of Remembrance are owned by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, All Rights Reserved

Crafts to do on a cold Fall afternoon

With fall leaves floating past me on this cold fall morning. I am reminded of my promise to do some crafting today. While I was perusing Pinterest I found this delightful craft idea and will be starting to work on this today. I am in love with this idea and I have a bunch of what I deem “junk beads” which would be so beautiful!  Thanks to Linda!

Source: etsy.com via Linda on Pinterest

Milky Way – Palouse,WA – Putt Sakdhnagool – PhotoBotos.com – Providing Superior Photos and Product Reviews One Day at a Time!!

Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.

Marcel Proust

The author of In Search of Lost Time

Milky Way – Palouse,WA – Putt Sakdhnagool – PhotoBotos.com – Providing Superior Photos and Product Reviews One Day at a Time!!.

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Happy Birthday Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury by ~ArtemisiaSynchroma

I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.

Ray Bradbury

The author of Fahrenheit 451 was born on this day in 1920.

OMG… That Dumb Worker nominated me! He says I am VERSATILE!..

 OMG Versatile.. yep.. I can bend all sorts of wonky ways I have double jointed hips.. oh wait… thats flexible OK .. versatile, I can .. oh nevermind *giggling while sipping an afternoon coffee*

OK I was nominated or tagged or SOMETHING by the Dumb Worker over at Sleeping Insomniac oh wait.. ok John the Aussie and I promised I would do this and I was doing this over at Cabin Goddess but I lost it and frankly I should have done this almost two months ago and he can just give me a hard time later… so I will do my best now, because I was nominated for another award today so I better do this one first.. apparently it is a TAG award so you maybe getting snagged to do this one… ya you know who I mean (well you will when I am done with you *waggling eyebrows*)

This rules for accepting this award are as follows:

1. Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass this award along 15 or 20. ( THIS is the Kriss 3.2 version, as in I do not have time to do 15 and I want to be able to share it with SPECIAL PEOPLE so… oh and plus I have to do this twice this week so I am doing 5.. DEAL and consider those REALLY special and versatile!

4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

  1. What was your favorite food when you were a child?
    My Mom’s Chocolate Chip Pancakes and Jello (from the packet, ate in the closet with a wet finger.. ya I went there)
  2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
    I play Sublime, constantly… no specific song, the WHOLE DAMN COLLECTION
  3. What is one of your favorite quotes?
    “Though art to me a delicious torment” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. If you knew the world was ending in 2012, what would you do differently?
    Shave my legs! They do not call me the Tundra Wookie for nothing … OK seriously I already live life each day as if it is my last! TO the FULLEST! So I guess I would do it twice as hard and fast? 
  5. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
    Amanda Fucking Palmer
  6. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
    Man that would mean putting a bra on, pass.. seriously I have lead a REALLY full life. But since I saw the wall before it came down, I think I would like to see it come down and be part of that energy to feel what it means to not be divided anymore.
  7. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
    Knit and write KICK ass code in my sleep (or at least when I was awake)
  8. If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
    My photography, my cookbook, my novel..  my eyebrows (the perfect shape through threading) oh wait ONE? Hey I am versatile I could do THREE!
  9. If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
    What kind of question is that? I already am! Ummmm I would climb Denali
  10. When was the last time you had an amazing meal?
    At 3 AM this morning with my Grilled cheese with bacon and onions on my homemade bread!! I cook amazing EVERY NIGHT! I am the Cabin Goddess!! SERIOUSLY I do not LIE! Ask the ManBeast he will tell you, want his phone number? 
  11. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
    I have met him, so it would be more “If I could be friends with anyone, living or dead, as in busom buddies, texting back and forth, hanging out with the fams… it would be Neil Gaiman and Amanda F. Palmer

OK wait… I went overboard, but I was not sure what I was suppose to do apparently and I have no clue where I got this list of questions from, but it makes sense, they are some things about me so I answered them.. enjoy… and I NOMINATE… *drum roll please ManBeast…*

zencherry 

http://zencherry.wordpress.com

For she is FUNNY and wonderful and FANTASTIC.. and FESTIVE and has a Barbarian, Khan so I approve.. ManBeast owners UNITE!

Jessica Lay

http://frellathon.com/

Jessica is my constant companion online at night. She is an incredibly funny person rich in sarcasm and will tell you where to stick it if it needs sticking. Though I have had her kidnapped by Evil Bunneh’s I do love her so! She really is one of my BFF’s so don’t mess with Miss Texas! OH and she writes KICK ass book reviews too!

Suzie Welker

http://bunnysreview.com/

Because she is ALWAYS there for anyone who needs it, she has a strong wonderful book blog, and she likes BUNNEHS!

Kloipy

http://kloipy.wordpress.com/

He makes me giggle. Now if he ACTUALLY answers the calling … We will see, frankly I double dog dare him! Come on, you can be snarky if’n you wanna.. wait you already are!

Oregon Mike

http://oregonmike98.wordpress.com/

He is one of my new favorite people! He has a book out, he lives in Oregon (one of the top five states I love in the US) He is kind and always has a nice thing to say. Even though he sees how crazed I am he always checks in on me. This guy rocks and I love his blog!