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Creative Writing Contest….the Fluffy Unicorn.

FLUFFY UNICORN!
Okay, I admit, recently watching Despicable Me 2 (again!) is influencing my writing. If Agnes were here, she would understand my excitement. If only I were as cute and adorable as her, but for a 26 year old it’s not quite possible to pull off that level of cute and adorable-ness. It can be said, though I have her energy and exhuberance, she for her fluffy unicorn and me for anything that flutters into my brain at the moment…a creative spark, a to-do list to be accomplished, an idea to be fully developed, complete with all it’s feathers….you name it.

As a writer, I’m often in the over-emotional exuberance that every post of mine must be done with the same ear-screeching passion as Agnes for her fluffy unicorn. Yet, every post cannot hold that same sort of emotion for a reader, or else they get exhausted, burnt out, and run away with their hands over their ears crying of a head-ache. In hopes of not burning my readers “ears” with the same sort of posts, today I will try something different. Instead of writing a bio of me, I will provide you with the opportunity to use your creative skills and see if you can solve the puzzle of who I am. In short- create my bio…(homemaking-guru FASHIONABLY CLEAN, aka,Me) using the words given. When you see the words, write a sentence using them, that you think applies to me. The one closest to my story gets a prize of something for your home…(deciding still….but it will be good…:D )

Rules. Story must be 11 sentences, or shorter, posted in the comments. Please keep it clean and free from obscene talk.

This is a bio of your writer, the one and only “FASHIONABLYCLEANLADY” in a few short words. 10 words to be exact…with one to grow on.

1. Twenty-six
2. Florida
3. Cleaning
4. Orange
5. Blue
6. Sibling
7. Move
8. Nanny
9. Church
10. Healthy
…..11. Creative Business.

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The Game of Risk

     Even as I write this, there are so many draft posts I have along the side, but I can honestly tell you in the very very short time I’ve had this blog- I absolutely love it! I love writing ideas out, topics I’m thinking of, lessons God is teaching me- about himself or others, ways to inspire and create. 

    Often times I love reading other blogs to get ideas- I know I’m not the best blogger out there, or even the most unique (I realize there are about 101 million blogs about homemaking on the market) but I do love what I do.  I love hearing other peoples thoughts on the home, getting their perspective and ”oohing” and “‘ ahhing” over their DIY ideas. Its encouraging to see so many creative people in the virtual world. 
                                 

      
                      I could spend hours on Pinterest and blogs looking at fantastic ideas 

 

       Like them,  I love creating. Thinking out of the box- creating gifts, or decor for the home, anything— poetry, letters, stories, journaling, painting, scrapbooks, collages, art’n crafts etc.  I love using scripture or sermons to inspire pictures, or events to inspire poetry. I believe that as we were so creatively designed we were made to be creative designers.
      Yet, there is a lot I don’t know about being creative or being creative for other people, or what it takes to use that creativity to make revenue. The last couple of months have  been stretching for my boyfriend and I. We have so many ideas and dreams but often don’t know how to “get there”. I want to expained my cleaning “business” to include training, homemaking, selling DIY products and selling crafts. He is wanting to pursue some occupations that are ” out of the box” and pursue writing projects. It’s all very exciting, and adventous and not a little intimidating, and ….it all involves RISK. 
 
    What if others don’t like what my hands have made?  What if my creative juices fall short? What if my crafts are a total dud? What if I don’t get hired? Or what if I’m just spinning my wheels in vain? 
   We are MADE to be creative beings- because we are MADE by a creative Heavenly Father. When we make something, take a risk, put ourselves “out there”, something happens inside of us. Something comes alive! Indeed it was as if it was how God meant it to be. To be alive, in the dreams he has given us. 
                                                   

         
                                  The game of RISK is one of my family’s favorite games 
            Often times we aren’t creative because we are afraid of failure. Failure is that which we see “snuffing-out”our  dreams and not seeing them to fruition. Or failure of making a mistake. Let me be real with you for a moment. This is the third time I’ve written this blog post. I make the mistake each time of not hitting the “save” button and losing all my work. It is discouraging, I will admit, yet pressing through makes each time I write it, better, sharper, and clearer. The post becomes more focused, and better defined with each rewrite. Failure drags us through torture to refine us, focus us, and holds us accountable. Failure forcefully gives us better definition to our dreams so that they are more efficient. 
    How much more ALIVE we would become, if we would embrace failure, and pursue creativity and risk taking? How much more “dangerous” for his Kingdom? So walk through your failure and take that risk, it WILL be worth it in the end. 

The place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”- Fredrick Buechner 

                      

                                        
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Out of the Shell Pumpkin Uses

Want some other ideas for using your pumpkins this year? Tired of the same ole, same ole? Heres a fun list of creative ideas that causes this orange squash to rise above the rest! .

Pumpkin pie: 
(The following recipe is taken from King Arthurs Flour Baking Book)

Baking 4 pumpkin pies all in one night, with my friend Shannon

 
Crust
2/3 cup quick-cooking oats, ground for 30 seconds
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup unbleached all purpose flour 
2 tbsp firmly pack brown sugar (either light or dark)
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 tspn salt
6 tlbs cold unsalted butter
4 tbsp of cold milk 
Filling:
1 3/4 cups canned pumpkin or 15 oz of fresh pumpkin 
3 large eggs 
1 cup honey 
1 cup of half and half (though cold milk might work as well)
1 tspn cinnamon
1/2 tspn ground ginger
1/2 tspn nutmeg
1/2 tspn salt 
Wisk oats, flours, sugar, cinnamon  and salt in med. bowl. Work butter into ingrediants by cutting it into smaller chunks and mixing it with your hands or fork- work until dough is crumbly. Pour in milk slowly, mixing until dough is sticking together, and not dry or crumbly when you pick it up with your hands. 
Shape into a disk and work on a floured surface, pat until it’s 1 inch think, wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge for (up to) 3 days.
30 minutes before making the pie, take dough out of fridge and allow to warm about 15-30 mins. 
Preheat oven to 425F. 
Pumpkin Muffins
(Found on Recipe App by : username titsfortat)

Bite sized pumpkin muffins

Ingrediants
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup pumpkin- cooked and mashed
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking power
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins or pitted dates 
Directions:
Preheat Oven to 350 F
Stir together egg, milk, pumpkin and oil in a bowl.
In another bowl, mix dry ingrediants.
Once both mixtures are mixed completely, then add them together and mix. 
Fold in raisins or dates
Pour into pregreased muffin cups and bake for 18- 20 mins
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Pumpkin Smoothies
(Takes like Pumpkin Pie in a Cup!)
Throw in blender or food processor 
1 can of pumpkin (or equivalent amount fresh)
1 apple
1 banana
1 cup of Vanilla Almond Milk 
A dash of Nutmeg
A dash of Cinnamon
A dash of Ginger 
2 cups of Ice
Blend until Smooth!
* If you like a stronger tasting drink just add more of each spice. Top with whipped cream and crushed graham crackers 
Pumpkin Frap
1 Cup of dark roasted Coffee (of your choice) 
1/4 cup of pumpkin
splash of french vanilla coffee creamer 
Ice 
Pinch of Nutmeg
Pinch of ginger 
Make coffee in your Kurig or coffee pot
Pour coffee into a bullet or blender
Add pumpkin 
Add french vanilla coffee creamer 
Add ice
Blend together until smooth 
Pumpkin Decor:

For Kids: Just get your hotglue gun and your paintbrushes out and go crazy!  and paint  a pumpkin instead. You can make your pumpkin into a sign pointing to candy or paint a face or just splash lots of color. Glue on items can include: 
Googlie eyes
Ribbons
Buttons
Wrapped candy
Games:
Instead of using a ball, replace it with a tiny-to-med size pumpkin and see just what fun this crazy squash mix-up can be! 
 Bowling 
Pumpkin Smashing 
Boche Ball (pie pumpkins work best) 
Baseball or Softball 
On another note: 
Why not just take all the seeds out and have a pumpkin spitting contest instead?