The party is on...The Ultimate Blog Party 2009, that is! The women of the blogosphere have their favorite pajamas, work clothes, or everyday wear on, and are ready to hit up some blogs. This is my first time participating in the UBP hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom, and let me tell you, I am pretty excited.
But before the party really starts, I'll tell you a little bit about me.
My name is Penelope. I am the mother of a gorgeous son, born in 2006, whom I refer to as "Monkey," on the web. He is my sweetheart!
I am currently working towards a degree in Nursing. I hope to be able to work in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), where high-risk newborns receive intense medical care.
My favorite color is green. My son's favorite color is pink, which is just fine with me. I love the outdoors and all things nature. I am currently trying to "go green." I believe in being eco-friendly, and strive to reduce, reuse, recycle. Some people think I'm nuts, but my family loves me, and that's all that matters. ;)
Besides blogging and saving the earth, I also enjoy reading, listening to music, sewing, cooking/baking, letterboxing, and any type of crafts. I love old movies and am frequently re-watching them. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers has been my favorite movie since I was two, with Against a Crooked Sky coming in at a close second. My top three favorite books (because, you know, I have a list and all...) are: Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchel, The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory, and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein.
I hope you enjoy the party, and don't forget to head over to the refreshment table and try out some delicious recipes. Let the party begin!
I have a real treat for you! Please welcome the hilarious comedian, Anjelah Johnson!
Thanks to my cousin, Chandie, for the recipe. I love this stuff!
2 T. Red wine vinegar
1 1/2 - 2 Tablespoons hot sauce
1 1/2 Teaspoons Salad oil, or extra virgin olive oil
1 Clove Garlic, minced
Freshly ground pepper to taste
2 Firm, ripe avacados
1 Can (15 oz.) black-eyed peas (leave this out if you prefer.)
1 Can (11 oz.) Corn
2/3 C Thinly sliced cilantro
1/2 lb. Roma tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 - 2 Bags Tortilla chips
In a large mixing bowl, combine vinegar, hot sauce, oil, garlic, and pepper. Peel, pit, and cut avocados into 1/2 inch cubes. Add to vinegar mixture and mix gently to coat. Drain and rinse the peas and corn. Add peas, corn, cilantro, and tomatoes to the avocado mixture to coat. Add salt to taste. Serve with chips.
I haven't tried this yet, but it sounded yummy. Recipe from the MADD website.
We're alcohol-free here at Life's Sweet Passions. :)
6 Tablespoons frozen cranberry juice cocktail concentrate, thawed.
6 Teaspoons frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed.
1 Bottle of de-alcoholized sparkling wine
Garnish: 12 whole fresh cranberries
6 Orange slices, folded in half
6 Bamboo skewers
Place 1 tablespoon cranberry concentrate and 1 teaspoon frozen orange juice concentrate into each of 6 champagne flutes. Top with sparkling wine. Gently stir. Thread 1 cranberry, 1 orange slice and another cranberry onto each skewer. Place a skewer on top of each glass. Recipe makes 6 servings.
Thanks for attending my party, I hope you had a great time. And before you leave, don't forget to check out the Blog Party prize page, over at 5 Minutes for Mom to see what's available to win!
There are so many cool prizes to choose from! I had such a hard time deciding what I wanted to put into my list. I finally did it, though, and my top three picks are:
- USC 22: Amber Alert GPS System with 1 Year of service from Amber Alert GPS (Sooo glad I found this one! I've been wanting one for a while, now!).
- 58: Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer from Moms Who Think.
- 7: Ergo baby carrier from A Giveaway Addicted Mommy.
1, 45, USC 66, 19, INTL 41, 21, 22, 26, USC 16, INTL 11, 14. Other than that, I'd be happy with anything!