Friday, April 23, 2010

Something Simple......but Oh So Good!

I LOVE using my crockpot- it is so simple, just throw everything in- and BAM! You have a meal.
The other day I tossed in some chicken breast, thinkly sliced onion, jar of medium salsa, and simmered on low for the day. I then shredded the meat, and put it back into the crock to absorb the juices, and Mmmm this is so delish! Served with fajita stlye rice, (but I also made mashed potatoes the next day and ate the chicken with the potatoes- WAY better!)

This weekend I might make some slow-cooked pork-as my son loves that!

I am going to take advantage of this beautiful weather we have going on- and get outdoors for my walks.
Have been staying in taking care of a few projects, and I miss being out in the sun. So, I plan on at least an hour this afternoon just for walking. May even go to the park.

For everyone interested............and local, please feel free to join our next meeting for the Marion Ocala Reef Enthusiasts Club. We will be meeting on May 16th, 3:00pm - hosted this month by Ian.
 Email me for specifics and I will give you directions to Ian's.
Very excited about this- each meeting seems to grow more in attendance, and we are going to be doing DIY projects and frag swaps/auctions, not to mention fragging sessions in the near future. Very happy our club has been established- thanks again Raul!

Thursday, April 15, 2010 has been a bit since I've posted- sorry.
Just got done with jury duty...and I'm back!
Ok, so let's see...... what has happened since my last post?
Ah,yes, our April Meeting of the Marion- Ocala- Reef- Enthusiasts- Club
otherwise known for now as M.O.R.E.
We had the pleasure of visiting Ron's home, where he showcased his beautiful aquarium for us, hosted the meeting, and gave a tour to his garage where he has the sump set up.
How unique to see it completely apart from the tank! Whereas most of us have ours under our tanks, his is in a whole other part of the house!
Very nice meeting- we got to see a demonstration from Bill
(TanksALot of Ocala) on testing your water, and we had a great frag raffle. Each person got to participate for the coral they desired. -

And I won one of the giveaways!!!
Soooooo excited about this:
I received a frag of Ron's Blue Tort
Which I 'believe' to be a
California Blue Tort:

Acropora tortuosa "California Blue Tort Staghorn Frag"

California Blue Tort Staghorn Coral has deep blue coloration with some blue-green towards the trunk, and the tips display brilliant violet-blue. The California varies slightly from the Oregon Tort in color, and tends to be slightly more violet. This version also tends to grow more quickly.
 (this info was taken directly from so please visit for more info)

As soon as I placed this little guy into my tank, he took on such a nice purply color!

Also, Ron gave me a piece of his GORGEOUS show size
 Montipora Capricornis :

For those of you that aren't reef geeks:
Montipora Capricornis is a SPS coral
with swirling plates that looks
incredible in your tank when it
reaches Ron's show piece size!
Under my lights, it takes on a
brilliant orange with flourescent patches.
Here is a full tank shot of Ron's tank,
where you can see the Montipora Capricornis in the middle.

We now have a forum set up aside from our facebook page:
Please feel free to visit, sign up if you are in the area and would like to be
a member of the club - or just want to read and gain
some shared knowledge of the hobby we love so much!

May's meeting is to be held by our very own Ian!
Thanks Ian!! Can't wait!!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Looking for something different?

Try a bar of handmade Gardenia Soap.

This is a very intoxicating aroma of fresh gardenias.

The soap is made from a glycerin base, with apricot seeds and sugar for gentle exfoliation.
Provides a nice lather effect.
Gardenia aroma is sweet and delicate.
It is considered to be calming and

This bar features the lily design I use often, as it is a nice, delicate looking soap to have in your bathroom basket, or to give as a gift, very pretty.
The color is a nice blue with glitter and mica for decoration.
Please feel free to visit my shop at Etsy: to see what I will be adding to my shop. Thanks for stopping by! Have a Great Day!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Slow Fizzin' Fizzie

A variation to the normal bath bombs.
This is a slow- fizzing bath bomb -
 which releases its elements into your water creating a silky effect.
The scent of lavender is used for relaxation and calming.
A great way to end your day.

The Fizzie also produces a 'bubbly' effect.
 Simply drop one (or two if you prefer) into your bath and enjoy!
These can be added while your bath is running, for a 'bubblier bath'....
or after you turn the water off, and enjoy the slow, fizzing action while you unwind.

This listing is for a sample size of (1) bath fizzie.

All my products are made with natural ingredients, so you can be assured to receive only the best!

Please feel free to visit my shop:

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter
to all my favorite followers!