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Day 23 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

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Day 23 of 31

Studies show that social isolation and stress can increase the speed at which breast cancer tumors grow in animal models.

Bellenir, Karen, ed. 2009. Breast Cancer Sourcebook.34d ed. Detroit, MI:Omnigraphics.



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Link Party #6

Be sure you see the highlights from #5 Link Party on the previous post or by clicking HERE.

Ready for Link Party #6?

We ALL want to see what you turned “Daunting into Do-Able!”

Rules for Linking are simple:
1.  Link up no more than 2 projects
2. No Etsy or businesses selling their wares.  No giveaways.
3.  Link back to Project Queen by grabbing a button that is provided for you or provide a link within the post.
4.  Become a follower of Project Queen.
5.  The post important is – share your comments with at least 2 others who have linked up to the party. We all love comments!

Let’s Party!


Linky Party Highlights #5

I apologize in advance for not getting these highlights up earlier! What a day! C.R.A.Z.Y!!!

I’ve been sitting here at my computer for the last few hours going through all of the projects that have been linked up to the party this passed week.  I think I’m going to have to post a mid-week link highlight because it really is so hard to choose!  EVERYONE’S projects are amazing.  I love them all.  Thank  you so much for linking up and sharing what you have done.

Art Is Beauty made this amazing French Market sign.  The best part?  It is part of a table she cut in 1/2! THEN, she used Elmer’s Glue for a crackling medium.

Looks great above her kitchen sink!!! See the light she got at the Goodwill for $3???

Fifi from About Blogging Time made these adorable baby bibs! OMGoodness.  They are sooo cute!

These are the first ones she has ever made.  Cute, cute, cute!!!

Barbara from 21 Rosemary Lane found a $10 cabinet at a yard sale….

She glammed it up pretty darn good…wouldn’t you say?  You should see what it looked like before!

This next feature just really amazed me.  I wish that my brain worked like this… not in a million years would I have come up with this amazing idea that Deborah from Fairfield House came up with…

A Cinderella Pumpkin Carriage!
You’ve got to visit her blog and look at the details.

Micki from Confessions of an ADD Housewife (gotta love the name) won FIRST PRIZE at “Bake for the Cure Event” that was held at her local fair. I’m drooling…

Carmel  Apple Cinnamon Rolls
Head over to her blog to get the recipe!

Wait until you see what Catherine from Freddy and Petunia describes as a “dilapidated old dresser project”.

This was a dresser turned into a bench!!
As my BFF always says…”and it has wheels!
She has a great tutorial on her blog how to do this amazing project.

Jean from Flower Hill Design created this amazing Fall Monogram Wreath.  She has an easy to follow tutorial on her blog.

I’m making 2 of these with a big “W” in the middle for my front doors!!

Robin from Bird On A Cake made this beautiful Candy Corn Cake

Doesn’t it look delicious? She piped all of those dots!
I thought my stenciled wall was bad…this is amazing.

Rachel from a House Of Noise…I Mean Boys created these sweet little birds in these adorable thrift store frames

I love these.  They would make a great Christmas gift.

Shannon from Shabby to Chic Queen Creek purchased a secretary (I’m on the hunt for one of these).

She said she wasn’t happy with the “minty” green color it turned out to be so she added stain over the top of it.  What a great idea!
I love that Shannon tried something she wasn’t too sure of…then when it turned out not to her liking, she got creative and tried something else.  The moral of the story? It’s just paint! She can live with it for awhile and if she still doesn’t like it? She can paint it again.

Thanks again friends for linking up!

Get ready for Linky Party #6 that will be posted by tomorrow morning.

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Lentil Soup with Eggplant and Zucchini

I made this last Sunday for dinner.  It was delicious.  My husband said, “You can definitely make this one again.”  The best part? It’s super filling!

Lentil Soup with Eggplant and Zucchini

1 TBL olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp ground cumin

6 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth

1/2 lb. (1 1/4 cups) brown lentils, picked over, rinsed, and drained

1 small eggplant, peeled and chopped

2 medium zucchini, chopped

1 large tomato, chopped

1/2 tsp salt

2 TBL chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 tsp grated lemon zest

1 TBL lemon juice

Heat oil in large pot over medium-high heat.  Add onion, bell pepper, carrot and garlic.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 minutes.  Add cumin and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 30 seconds.

Add broth and lentils; bring to boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer, covered 15 minutes.  Add eggplant and return to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until lentils and eggplant are tender, 15 minutes longer.

Stir in zucchini, tomato, and salt; return to boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until zucchini is crisp-tender, about 3 minutes.  Stir in parsley and lemon zest and juice.
Delicious with a dollop of fat free sour cream or plain yogurt.

Weight Watchers PointsPlus Cookbook
PER SERVING: (2 cups) 7 points, 331 calories, 5 grams fat
Serves 4


Day 22 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact


Day 22 of 31

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports a higher risk of breast cancer
in women who take multivitamins.

Mann, Denise. “Multivitamins Linked to Breast Cancer Risk.” April 1, 2010. Accessed: January 19, 2011.

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Day 21 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact


Day 21 of 31

The incidence of breast cancer is highest in more developed countries and lowest in less developed countries.

Carvalho, Lucia, RN/MSN, and James A. Stewart, MD. 2009. The Everything Health Guide to Living with Breast Cancer. Avon, MA: Adams Media

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Please Come to My Halloween Party!

Welcome to my 1st Halloween Party! I’m so glad that you could join me!

Halloween for me as a child was always about trick-or-treating.  Back then, (my kids always called it the “olden days”) we talked about what we were going to dress up as and then on Halloween day, we started pulling things out of the closet.  That was it. We didn’t spend money on a costume, we used what we had.  Decorations? We never had decorations for Halloween. We carved a pumpkin.  ONE pumpkin.

I didn’t start decorating for Halloween until the kids were a little bit older (I never thought about decorating for Halloween). We always carved pumpkins and that was THE Halloween decoration.  I remember hanging a “BOO” sign on the front door once, and the kids thought that was the best! I wish now that I had decorated more.  BUT, I have grandchildren.  I’m convinced that God gives us g-children so we can do the things with them that we wish we had done with our kids! So true, huh? For example: My husband once spent 20 minutes (not exaggerating here) opening and shutting the dryer door with our grandson Connor, who is 1 1/2 yrs. Do you think he did that with our kids? No.  He would have told them to leave the dryer door alone.  Those are the amazing things you do with grandchildren…and you actually enjoy it!  Sorry…got off track…

For the passed 5-6 years I have been decorating for Halloween a bit more, besides just that BOO sign on the front door. I have been decorating the fireplace mantel (it’s such a prominent fixture in our living room/great room). You can click here if you would like to see it.  I finally got my Halloween wreath finished (click here)….and I cannot have candy on any fun little dishes sitting around the house, because I will be the only one to eat it.  Buy candy I don’t like you say? ha! There is no candy that I don’t like!

A typical Halloween for us empty nester’s is pretty much 1) turn off all the lights and go out to dinner. 2) Leave a porch light burning, put a big bowl of candy on the porch and go out to dinner. 3) Answer the door (while fighting with the dog to get back and stop barking) and be greeted by OLDER KIDS that have been bussed into our neighborhood.  YUP.  Halloween is not what it used to be… I think because of safety reasons, parents have chosen church activities, parties or visiting neighbors that they know.

How about us empty nester’s throwing a dinner party for grown ups?  I wouldn’t make people wear costumes…BUT they would have to wear either BLACK, ORANGE, GREEN, or PURPLE.  Love, love, love those colors together!

Okay…so let’s pretend…we are going to have a Halloween Party (go with me here folks, it will be FUN!)

Here is the invitation that I put by your front door.

What? You can make it? Oh good.  Looking forward to seeing you!

When you arrive at the party dressed in your finest (black, orange, purple and/or green) you would say, “Oh my, look at her beautiful front porch she has decorated!”

Source: Pottery Barn

Then you would walk through the front door and say, “Oh honey, look at that adorable tree with the bats that are stuck into a pumpkin.”  Isn’t she clever?

Source: Good Housekeeping

and when you saw the stairs… you would shudder…. (it looks too much like your great, great Aunt Gertrude)
Source:  Martha Stewart

When you came around the corner (behind the stairs) into the kitchen you would be speechless, “Ooohhhh, awwwww…..”

You would look to your left and gasp…

because you see the little kitchen nook that I have decorated for the kids.  You are amazed and so delighted with the little nook.  I say, “Oh the children love to have their nice, hot, breakfast in there before school every morning and their snack when they get home.” (hey, this is my party I can play anyway I want to)

I would have some drinks iced down:
in a pumpkin cooler

We would say, “Happy Halloween” and clink glasses with a…

Candy Corn Cocktail

Some people would have the…

non-alcoholic Witches Black Brew

For appetizers we enjoy…

Brain Dip with crackers

Mummy Cheese Ball

Spinach Dip that  looks like a pumpkin!

Source: Our Best Bites
and little Sausage Mummies

Are you ready for dinner?

Please have a seat

For dinner we will be having:
Adam’s Ribs

Graveyard Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Yam Salad

and Eyeball Salad

Still hungry? Oh good!  Please help yourself to:

Coffin Brownies

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Critter Cheesecake

and a big slice of Bat Wing Cake

What’s that? You need to use the restroom? It’s down the hall and to the right.

Did you have a good time at my party? That was the easiest party I’ve ever had…the best part? I didn’t have to clean up afterwards!

Thank you so much for coming!!!!

PS I would love to give credit where credit is due…if you know who the above AMAZING pics belong to, please let me know!





Day 20 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

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Day 20 of 31

Although not fully understood, research suggests that pre-eclampsia is associated with a decrease in breast cancer risk in the offspring and the mother.

Breast Cancer Facts and Figures:2009-2010.” American Cancer Society. 2009. Accessed: January 19, 2011.


Halloween Wreath

Are you all ready for a weekend? I am!

I ran away for a few days to visit my daughter Madison, who is away at college.  She has a new apartment off campus so it was fun to visit her and do a little decorating (which I will post in another post!) :-).

We had a great time and even included a craft night!  I’ve had a Halloween wreath on my to do list, so I brought the supplies and wah-la…here it is:

So easy to make.

You’ll need:

1 yard of black burlap
Wood letters
Mod Podge  (I used glossy)
Scrapbooking Paper
Styrofoam Wreath
Black Craft Paint

1.  Paint your styrofoam wreath with the black craft paint.
2.  Cut burlap into 2″x 15″ strips and tie around the wreath into a knot.
3.  Push each strip snuggly against each other (making sure your knots line up)
4.  Make felt flowers.  You can view a tutorial HERE.
5.  Hot glue the flowers onto the “knot” part of the burlap that has been tied.
6.  Trace the wooden letters onto the scrapbooking paper and cut them out.
7.  Apply the Mod Podge onto the paper (that you have cut out) with a brush onto the wooden letters.
8.  Apply the Mod Podge  to the top of the paper (this will seal the paper and make glossy if you use the glossy modpodge).
9.  Hot glue the letters onto the wreath (onto the knot part of the burlap that has been tied)

That’s it!  Very easy.



Day 19 Commitment Breast Cancer Fact

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Day 19 of 31

Breastfeeding has consistently been shown to reduce breast cancer – the greater the duration, the greater the benefit.

Carvalho, Lucia, RN/MSN, and James A. Stewart, MD.2009. The Everything Health Guide to Living with Breast Cancer. Avon, MA:Adams Media

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