Grief is a funny thing

No but seriously it really is… one day you can be perfectly fine and the next day you are a tear filled mess, maybe it is even as quick as moment to moment.

Why is it that some experience great loss while others seem to never experience loss? Good question and one that I dont think will be answered here on earth.

So people grieve differently some grieve publically while others (like myself) grieve very privately. For me it is such a private thing… it is something that I can do alone without many watching or hovering over me giving me a lot of unnecessary attention. (Contrary to popular belief, I cant stand attention, negative… positive, I want to fade into the background).

22 years ago I was 10 years old when God called my Dad home. The absence of my dad hurts more today than it did all those years ago. I was just a child, not truly understanding the magnitude of him making his trip to heaven.

I know that I grew up very fast and since it was just my mommy and me we became so close and she taught me how to be an independent woman. By independent knowing how to take care of myself without a man, work pay bill’s, cook, clean, change lightbulbs, be the handyman around the house.

I am beyond thankful for that because today 22 years later I can say that I am a strong Indepedent woman(not independent from God… please understand that I am 100% dependent on God… but for earthly things I am independent😁 I can take care of myself and I transitioned from adolescent to adulthood smoothly and almost effortlessly.

The public type grievers are somewhat annoying to me, and maybe it is because I am somewhat jealous, 10 years old and yes they were 10 precious years that I will forever treasure but only 10 years… most of the time public grievers had much more time than that so there are photos, videos and memories that well I just dont have. To beat all I dont have many photos because he was always behind the camera…😥

So I recently had a friend tell me that it was easier for me since I wasn’t grown, I hadn’t had the vision of my dad walking me down the aisle and well I was just a kid, that those that loose their dad in adulthood it is harder. WOW…really?!?!? well I am glad that they thought so… but I had visions of my dad walking me down the aisle even at 10, I wanted him to also take my wedding photos and I distinctly remember trying to figure out how I was going to make that happen, how would he walk me down the aisle and take pictures😁

I think no matter your age when you lose a loved one and no matter how the loss happens it is going to be hard just the same, and time doesnt heal it just helps you to deal, the hurt never goes away.

I will say though when a child like myself looses a loved one like a parent it is so hard because all of the milestones are then missed: elementary middle school, high school, undergrad, grad school graduation, drivers license, first job, and so many more.

Gone is gone no matter how it happened!!!

I think people expect me to be okay, and if they knew that I was sad they would be surprised… it is because of the Lord with the help of my church family that I am able to be happy on the outside😊

It is truly the weirdest feeling to be happy and joyful on the outside but falling apart on the inside…this has become our new normal.

Grieve how you need to grieve… and remember that no 2 people are going to grieve the exact same way…All I can ask is to not forget it will be the best most supportive thing you can do is NOT forget!!!

Although bad things happen and we dont understand why
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.– Roman’s 8:28

God will take our mess and turn it into His message he will take our storm and turn it into a rainbow

Cling to the only anchor that can help… Jesus!!! He will whisper sweet peace to thee❤

This was a very personal blog post(not usually this heavy) hopefully it will help someone to know you aren’t alone… and remember the God of the Mountain is still God in the Valley!!!

Praise The Lord

Leave a little sparkle where you go

So many years when I opened my ETSY store, I really didnt have a plan(which could be a good reason why it never made it off the ground, well past a jump🤣)

I opened my shop in March of 2008 oh my goodness 11 years ago this year and over the past 11 years I have been a little bit of everything in my shop.

I started put selling handmade greeting cards, after my family begged me to do so😊 then I began dabbling in hand crafted jewelry, my favorite being these neat glass tiles with Japanese foil papers(oh so pretty) I was making accessories for the everyday woman

One order of glass tiles had scrabble tiles and I thought it was a mistake but I researched it and sure enough it was a thing😮

I made mine different with a screwed in bail leaving the entire letter exposed, I sold several never consistent but yes I sold some

So then came stickers and man oh man that was a game changer… I have always loved stickers, paper, pens, sparkle, crafting so why not?

I

decided that since I have landed my dream job as a medical coder, auditor, compliance specialist, still a college teacher, I have achieved my masters degree and credentialed as much as I want I am going all in with my ETSY shop!!!

What does that mean?

Everyday working my day job coming home to work in the creative corner gives me a creative release!

I am determined to make my shop a success this year💖

I am continually researching the market and adding new fun things to the shop

My newest addition are these super cute planner charms and clips

Have a creative day

Homemade tomato soup in a flash

With the instant pot you can have homemade tomato soup really quick!!!

Ingredients

  1. Large box tomato sauce(like chicken broth comes in only its tomato sauce)
  2. Large can of pureed tomatoes
  3. 1 medium onion diced
  4. 4 Clove of garlic
  5. 4 cups of chicken broth
  6. .5 cup heavy cream
  7. 1 cup parmesan
  8. Mozzarella to garnish
  9. Pesto to top soup(really gives the soup a tangy taste😊)completely optional if you dont like pesto leave this off
  10. Seasoning: salt and pepper to taste, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper(more for spicy soup)
  11. 1 tablespoon of olive oil

Directions

  1. Turn instant pot on to saute with olive oil
  2. Put onion and garlic in the pot cook until clear and tender
  3. Add chicken broth and seasonings
  4. Add tomato sauce and puree
  5. Stir
  6. Put lid on and set to pressure cook 5 minutes
  7. Let naturally release for 15 minutes
  8. Manually release the rest about 5 minutes
  9. When the pressure pin is down open instant pot
  10. Add .5 cup of heavy cream stir cream into bubbly soup
  11. Add 1 cup parmesan cheese, stir melting into soup
  12. Serve immediately with garlic bread, grilled cheese, or whatever you like
  13. For a little switch I love to add cheese tortellini
  14. Place a .5 cup if cooked cheese tortellini in bottom of bowl
  15. Ladle soup over the tortellini
  16. Garnish with mozzarella cheese and pesto for a yummy treat

Enjoy your yummy tomato soup in a flash with your instant pot and ingredients from your pantry

Did you try this recipe? Let me know below

Putting a spinning leftover tacos

I love eating tacos left over, and can several days after the original dinner without complaint.

But when you are just craving something different here is a neat idea that ended up being really good!!!

Taco roll ups

Ingredients

  1. Left over taco meat
  2. Left over beans
  3. Left over rice
  4. Tube of crescent rolls
  5. Cheese(I used spicy pepper jack and Mexican cheese blend)
  6. Sour cream
  7. Queso
  8. Quacamole
  9. Salsa
  10. Lettuce
  11. Tomato
  12. Green onion

Directions

  1. Open the Crescent rolls onto wax paper
  2. Separate rolls into triangles
  3. Spread sour cream on crescent roll
  4. Place a spoon full of meat, beans, cheese, rice
  5. Fold up sides of roll and roll up
  6. Place on greased cookie sheet
  7. Bake in 350 degree oven 15 minutes or until golden brown
  8. Take out of oven and top with queso, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, onion and any other topping

Try this next time you have left over tacos for a completely different flavor

It is Giveaway time

And we are so excited!!!!

This will be Creative Corners first time participating in a planner sale group and giveaway😊

Hi I am Danielle with Creative Corner

shop here

Today we will be giving away a brand new kit(not even released yet, the winner will be the very first one)

  • Icon sheet
  • Appointment boxes
  • Half boxes
  • Full boxes
  • And bonus this cute notepad I found while shopping the other day(it matches and I couldnt resist)

All you have to do to enter is

Follow us on Instagram @creativecornerdesigns link to IG

For bonus entries

Be sure to comment to tell what entries you get

Good luck

Spring is here!!!

Well not exactly… as I sit here typing out this post the weatherman says we are anticipating a snow storm for the weekend… uuggghh😔

Anyway whether it snows or not Ruby Ribbon Spring has sprung and once again it is amazing😍

Ruby Ribbon never ceases to amaze me, being with this company for 5 years we continue to improve and gets better every season!!!

So you have asked for it and we delivered yet again

We have a whole new active line fashion line and some new shapewear,this capsule is hottt🔥🔥🔥

Without further to do let’s introduce this amazing line

The active line

Our Active line is the BEST because

  1. Moisture wicking-keeping you dry and comfortable
  2. Intomi and compression-keeping everything in place
  3. UV blocking- keeping you safe from the sun
  4. Every woman- we are the only brand that goes up to size 50
  5. Custom unique designs- you won’t find our designs anywhere else since our Designer creates each one of ours

And now the fashion line

Our fashion pieces are on trend for each season but truth be told I still wear my fashion pieces from 5 years ago, because our fashion is timeless❤

And now for the new shapewear piece

These pieces are absolutely gorgeous and is going to allow you to say bye bye bra and bye bye tummy(after the holidays 😁) and look super cute💖

No more uniboob, you are going to get lift and separation and all day support without that pesky underwire

Schedule your virtual show today

Hugs

Danielle

Homemade in minutes

Maybe I should say simply homemade (who remembers the show on food network?) Since this is not 100% homemade.

After a busy week and a long work day the last thing you want to do is to slave over a hot stove, them eat dinner, then clean the kitchen…. nope doesnt sound like my kind of evening.

Instead of giving in and ordering take out, getting fast food, we decided to fix a home cooked meal and it took literally 30 minutes from start to finish.

Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes

Ingredients:

  1. 1 lb ground sirloin
  2. 1/2 onion diced
  3. 1 tablespoon veg oil
  4. 1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
  5. 1 egg
  6. 2 cloves garlic minced
  7. 2 tsp Montreal steak seasoning
  8. 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  9. 1.5 cups beef broth

Create Salisbury steak

  1. In a large mixing bowl mix the ground sirloin, egg, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, Montreal steak seasoning, garlic
  2. Divide the meat into 4 equal parts
  3. Make out 4 patties

Instant pot time

  1. Turn it on to saute
  2. When hot place 1 tbsp of oil in pot
  3. Do not bother them leave them for 3 minutes
  4. Turn the steaks and repeat step 3
  5. Remove steaks
  6. Place onion in pot(yes it will have steak residue this is a good thing)
  7. Saute onion for 4 minutes
  8. Add beef broth
  9. Place the simmer basket(or the shelf that comes with some)
  10. Place the steaks inside a foil basket on top of the shelf
  11. Put the lid on and turn to pressure cook for 5 minutes
  12. While this is cooking make mashed potatoes(used instant… love instant potatoes especially with rich gravy)
  13. Mashed potatoes take 5 minutes in microwave
  14. Instant pot goes off let it naturally release for 5 minutes then manually release pressure
  15. Take the foil out leave any juice in the instant pot
  16. Add cornstarch and stir this will instantly thicken to become gravy
  17. Serve on top of a bed of mashed potatoes and drizzle gravy on top

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ou can of course make yummy real mashed potatoes if you wish and have time but the instant ones work perfectly with this dish especially doctored up like we did!

Trying this recipe let me know below