Hello, hello! And a happy new year to all of you. We do hope your Christmas was awesome and that you got to create some amazing memories with your family. As 2020 moves on, as time does without stopping, I’ve thought of some character traits I want to better in myself, and so I’ve decided to share them with you. If you agree with them, you can consider them in your own life, too.
1 – loving myself enough, I will share some of my love with others who need it – be it someone who has no food or a warm article of clothing to wear, I will share.
2 – I will not take bad news as being the only news. I will spend a few minutes to research the truth behind every story I am told, so that I do not waste my emotions on illusions.
3 – I will use my creativity at every turn; in my responses to people, in my work, with my family and friends; I will aim to leave a smile on the faces of all those who come into my life.
5 – I will take better care of my environment, and pick-up pieces of trash I see lying around; reduce, reuse, recycle as often as I can. I will also keep my body and mind clean through exercise and positive affirmations.
6 – I will not turn to adverse entertainment, meaning I will only watch movies and listen to music that brings me joy, eliminating horror, thrillers, overacted drama and war from my life.
7 – I will use all of my resources wisely and take nothing for granted. Everything I have now can help me to have a good life; if I don’t have exactly what I need, I will turn to one of my own existing resources to help me to get to where I want to be.
8 – I will not concern myself with political issues. I will make my choices according to how I want life to be around me, not according to what others want me to see.
9 – I will not be affected by the opinions of others, unless I feel they are there to help me. I am aware that everyone lives in a different dimension of reality, according to their history and future wants.
10 – I will fill the world with love, my whole life through – just as my grandmother did - and I will put my health first in everything I do. Without my health, life will be harder than it could be for me.
These may seem like minor resolutions to have, and you may not connect with them at all. But, if you perhaps read through this list again and develop a feeling for each point, you will see just how easy it can be to live a peaceful life that is wonderful and purpose-driven.
While I have been alive for hundreds of years because I am a tooth-fairy, I know humans only have a short lifespan. More than anything I want you to know that it is entirely possible to live in happiness more often than not, and I believe the steps above are the way.
Well, Rose’s artist has almost completed the illustrations for the third book in her ‘The Tales of Banjo and the Superhero Dentist’ series, and she is more than excited about this as it means it will be ready to share with you in a few short weeks.
Until then, all of us are working at what we love, living our dreams, and caring for humanity as we do! Don’t stop! Keep going strong – we’re all here to love and be loved.
Until next week, keep smiling,
You Are My Little Sunshine
Good morning, all! Thursday is blog day. As promised, today I'll be sharing a very simple Christmas cookie recipe with you. I love to bake, although my cookies are the size of breadcrumbs to you! If you've not met me before, my name is Sasha - AKA Rose's Little Helper. I love to keep in touch with Rose's friends here, and I help her to tell people about the awesome books she has written. I love writing to kids and receiving letters as well, so if you'd like your child to be my pen-pal, just drop me a line via my page on this site.
For now, we hope your Christmas season is in full swing. It's the best time of year and everyone is preparing to spend precious time with friends and family. Baking cookies is a task on many people's list this time of year, too, and that's why I've chosen to share this recipe with you!
What you'll need:
Cookie dough -
1 - 1 cup of butter
2 - 3 cups baking flour
3 - 1 cup of castor sugar or icing sugar
4 - 1 teaspoon of baking powder
5 - half a teaspoon of salt
6 - 1 large egg
7 - 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
8 - 1 teaspoon of milk
9 - 1 large mixing bowl
10 - 1 medium-sized bowl
11 - 1 (or 2) greased baking tray
12 - 1 spatula
13 - 1 rolling pin
14 - cookie cutters (although you can shape your own with a knife if you do not have cookie-cutter shapes)
1 - 1 cup of soft butter
2 - 5 cups icing sugar
3 - a quarter cup of whipped cream
4 - food coloring of your choice (just a drop of each color)
5 - half a teaspoon of vanilla essence
What to do:
1 - place your flour, baking powder and salt into your large bowl then blend them together well.
2 - in your medium-sized bowl, blend your butter and sugar together well.
3 - once your butter mix is well-blended, add the vanilla essence, milk and egg.
4 - add your butter mix to your flour mix.
5 - combine the ingredients thoroughly. Once you have made the dough, shape it into a short and fat sausage then wrap it in plastic-wrap, then place it in your fridge for one hour.
6 - after 55 minutes or so, preheat your oven to 180c or 350f.
7 - after the hour, remove your cooled dough from the fridge. Sprinkle flour over a clean, flat surface area then use your rolling pin to flatten the dough, so that it is ready to cut and shape - it should be roughly 5mm to 7mm in thickness.
8 - once you've cut the shapes you want from the flattened dough, place your shapes onto your greased baking tray/s then place your shapes on the tray/s into your freezer for 8 to 10 minutes.
9 - by this time your oven should be ready. Place your cold cookie shapes on your tray/s into your oven, then bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes. You'll know they are ready when they begin to look golden brown along the edges.
10 - once they're baked, remove them from your oven and place the baking tray/s on a cool surface.
11 - prepare your icing sugar/frosting by blending the butter, icing sugar, cream and vanilla essence together well. You should be left with a large bowl of icing/frosting. You can divide this mixture into four or five separate bowls, adding a drop of whichever food coloring you want to use to each bowl separately - you should be left with four or five colors of icing/frosting.
12 - once your cookies are cold, decorate them with your colored frosting. If you're not sure how to make your own icing bags, you can watch this video.
Well, I do hope you'll have some fun making your own cookies for your friends and family, and don't forget to leave some for Santa and his deer - he'll be working hard this year and could do with a sugar boost! We would certainly love to see your cookie creations once you're done. Please share a picture with us on Rose's Facebook or Twitter pages, or you can send them to me via my subscribe page here.
As a note, folks, because next Thursday is the day after Christmas day, also called 'Boxing Day', we won't be posting a blog on that day as we'll all be where we belong - with family! But I'll be back again in the new year, of course!
And so, from Rose and myself it's Merry Christmas to everyone around the world - may this time bring you both joy and peace, and may the new year bring you very many happy returns!
Love to all of you,
Sasha and Rose ~
Happy Thursday, all! We hope you've had a good week, and that you are all enjoying the onset of the festive season. As promised, today we will be announcing the winners of Rose's Banjo Plushy Giveaway competition! To all of you who entered, you are still winners in life - but my little hand could only pull three names from the hat, so don't under any circumstances think that you are not a winner. Everyone is a winner, but at different things.
The winners are as follows:
1 - Banjo Plushy - John from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2 - Excited Banjo meets the Superhero Dentist (paperback) - Sue Ellen from Gauteng, South Africa.
3 - Excited Banjo meets the Superhero Dentist (eBook) - Mandy from London, United Kingdom.
Of course as the new year rolls in, 2020, we will hold more competitions where you could stand a chance to win some amazing prizes. For now, why not browse through Rose's website here to see all of the books she has written for kids. Books make amazing gifts at Christmas, and each of Rose's books are unique. All of them are available in both eBook and paperback formats.
Well, before I go, I must let you know that there will be no blog from us next week. Believe it or not, the fairy Godmother has given me some time to take a holiday of my own! Yes, for a whole week I get to visit my family in the forest, and I won't need to collect teeth from children around the world! Here are some pictures of where I'll be going. If you'd like me to tell you more about it, you can connect with me via my page here on Rose's website. I would love to tell you all about it in a letter to you when you become my penpal!
I will write to you all again on December 19th.
Until then, keep smiling,