Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Heather's Story of Hope

So many of us have been touched by cancer in our lives. Whether it is a family member, a friend, or perhaps ourselves - it is a curse that seems to have no boundaries. It is indiscriminate in it's chosen host and wreaks havoc in its wake. When I was younger, the 'Big C' was considered a death sentence. Advancements in medicine have made great strides in fighting the many different types of cancer, but until there is a cure for all cancers the battle must rage on.


I recently received an email from this lovely lady. Her name is Heather Von St. James and she is about to celebrate a very special anniversary. She is coming up on 10 years as a cancer survivor. When she was just 36 years old, her world was turned upside down by a devastating diagnosis of 'malignant pleural mesothelioma' (caused by exposure to asbestos) and she was given just 15 months to live. With an unwavering dose of determination and strength, she sought out the latest treatments and the best doctors to find her way through this unacceptable prognosis. 

Nearly a decade has past and Heather has made it her mission to share her personal story of hope and encouragement to others. The power of knowledge is on her side and she now spends her time  spreading awareness and advocating for other patients. 

Heather has started a new blog series taking us through her 10 years of survivorship which can be seen at:



Alongside her loving husband and daughter, Heather is spreading the word about mesothelioma with the hope that it will encourage others who may be diagnosed with this disease.

If you would like to follow Heather on her journey, find her at:

http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/heather/

Heather is such an inspiration to so many. Please join her in reaching out to others about this horrible, but preventable disease.



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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Saturday Sparks Link Party 121

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 121!

It's time for this weeks party and time for you to shine. Show us your latest and greatest project and find inspiration in the creativity of others. 
 
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
~ Benjamin Franklin
 
 Now, lets get this weeks party started.

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 120.



Farmhouse Bathroom Refresh (With a Little Help From My Friends) at Thistlewood Farms. Karianne redecorated her farmhouse bathroom with some help and advice from her oh-so-patient husband and shows us all the lovely details.



Summer Spotlight {702 Park Project} at Making it in the Mountains. Kristi is continuing with a 'Summer Spotlight' series and introduces us to Sarah's inspiring blog called 702 Park Project where she shares the continuing restoration of their historic century old home.



A Powder Room & Learning to be Content at Old Things New. Patti had big plans for her powder room but as time went by, her initial thoughts were replaced with a sense of contentment for what she already had.



Emma, Rabbit at Studio Mishmash. Miriam made the sweetest crocheted rabbit named 'Emma'. You can't help but smile when you see this little cutey!


Assigned Seating at Our Gilded Abode. Carolyn tells us how she created some custom stencils to add a touch of character to her barstools.


Paint and Sew Pillow Covers Tutorial at Let's make it Lovely. Roopini is sharing a fabulous tutorial showing us how to recreate these colorful pillow covers that just shine happiness.


DIY Snout Sun Cream for Dogs at Little Miss Dexterous. Tara was inspired to create a 'DIY Snout Sun Cream' to protect her dogs nose from the damaging rays of the sun.


Strawberry, Lime and Mint Infused Water at Elizabeth Joan Designs. An abundance of fresh produce from her garden finds Emily experimenting in the kitchen. This flavored water recipe is one of her favorite combinations for a thirst quenching drink.



Slow Cooker Taco Dip at Honey and Birch. Jenny recreated a recipe from The Magical Slow Cooker and says it turned out delicous.


Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches at Life Between Little and Big. Susan shares a yummy 'beat the heat' recipe for 'Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches'.



How to Make Stovetop Popcorn at Kiku Corner. Meinhilde shares her fathers secret recipe for making popcorn on the stove and includes some different flavor options.


Blueberry Orange Juice Bread at Best of Long Island and Central Florida. Linda tried a recipe from Just A Taste that turned out amazing. Blueberry anything is just fine in my book, so you know I love this!


And finally, a recap of my share from the party - Bacon & Broccoli Quiche with Hashbrown Crust. Every family has those tried and true family meals that they turn to over and over again and this quiche recipe is one of ours.

Pieced Pastimes

 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing

Links are open through Friday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

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 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) or a text link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own ideas - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar. 
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bacon & Broccoli Quiche with Hashbrown Crust


This recipe for 'Bacon & Broccoli Quiche with Hashbrown Crust' has been a family favorite for many years.


The quiche is rich and creamy and bursting with flavor.


If you are in need of a 'stick to your ribs' kind of meal, give this recipe a try.


It goes together quickly and can be made with simple ingredients you probably already have on hand.


For this version, I combined broccoli, bacon, sharp cheddar and colby cheese. 


This recipe can be adapted to fit your tastes, by using different cheeses, vegetables and meats.


Perhaps a nice gruyere with asparagus and ham or some feta with spinach and sausage.


The possibilities are endless.

 

Another option for this recipe is to omit the meat. I will sometimes add another vegetable, such as portobello mushrooms. I am not a meat eater, so I can attest that this recipe is quite delicious sans any meat.

Now, onto the recipe.....

Bacon & Broccoli Quiche with Hashbrown Crust

Makes 6 Servings

- 3 cups shredded Russet Potatoes
- 4 tbsp melted butter
- 6 strips of Bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1 medium Onion, minced
- 1 clove of Garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 cup of blanched, chopped broccoli
- 1/2 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup Colby Cheese, shredded
- 3/4 cup Light Cream
- 3 large Eggs, beaten

~ Preheat oven to 450°.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine Potatoes with melted Butter. Spread Potato mixture into a deep dish pie pan and press to form a crust. Bake crust for approx 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Reduce oven temperature to 350°. Blend together the Eggs, Cream, Onion, Garlic, Salt and Pepper. Add Cheeses to the cooked crust followed by the Broccoli and Bacon. Pour the egg mixture over the top.

Bake for approximately 40 minutes or until the quiche is a nice golden brown.


Allow the quiche to set for 20 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!



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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Saturday Sparks Link Party 120

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 120!

I am so happy to have you join us for another inspiration filled party. 
 
"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 Now, lets get this weeks party started.

First up, the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 119.


2015 Summer Home Tours-My Home at A Stroll Thru Life. Marty is sharing her lovely '2015 Summer Home Tour' alongside 30 other women.   In this post, she shows us how she added pops of color throughout her home for a fun summertime feel.


Bedroom Chest-of-Drawers Makeover at Honey & Roses. Jane purchased a dresser from Ebay and gave it a whole new look with the help of some Chalk Paint, furniture wax and a touch of elbow grease.



Our Re-Fabbed Home~Dining Room at re-fabbed. Brooke shows us the jaw-dropping before and after of her dining room and shares the simple changes that made a huge impact.



How To Make Wine Glass Coasters at Creatively Renewed. Connie is sharing a tutorial on how to recreate these fabulous 'Wine Glass Coasters' - such a clever idea!


Star Soda Can Lights at Crafty Journal. Noreen shares a creative way to recycle soda cans into light strings for your next patriotic gathering.



Making Pine Needle Baskets at My Flagstaff Home. Jennifer shares a tutorial on making baskets from pine needles. I love finding ways to use gifts from nature in our home, so you know I love this idea!



Wrench Frame at Muchmore Creative. Brenda explains how to make this cool 'Wrench Frame' just in time for the special father in your life.


Red, White & Blue Fudge at Kleinworth & Co. - Gina is showing her patriotic spirit with a no bake recipe for 'Red, White & Blue Fudge.


Irish Butter Cookies at Analida's Ethic Spoon. Analida shares an 'Irish Butter Cookie' recipe and tells us why you must use a specific ingredient to achieve the best flavor.



How to Make Jello Roll-ups at One Little Project. Debbie is sharing a fun recipe for a sweet treat that kids will love.


Baked Potato Bar at All She Cooks. Jessica shows us how to turn a classic baked potato into a meal using simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand.


Strawberry Chocolate Chip Streusel Muffins at Swanky Recipes. Jessica is sharing a tempting muffin recipe that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Pieced Pastimes

 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts such as:

Crafts
DIY
Gardening
Home Decor
Photography
Ponderings
Recipes
Repurposing
Sewing

Links are open through Friday morning.

Features will be posted at next weeks party at Pieced Pastimes, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

Pieced Pastimes

 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) or a text link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own ideas - not a roundup of other peoples ideas.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links located on the upper right sidebar. 
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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