Hurricane Alert

I wish that Hurricane Gustav takes a detour and miss to hit the US...
I'm sending here all my prays to all Texas and Louisiana bloggers !
May God be with you and keep you safe.


4 Things Meme

A couple of days ago my dear friend Angeline tagged me with this meme.Thank you hon!You know I love this things!


Four jobs I’ve had:

1. Worked in a factory
2. Security guard
3. full time mom
4. full time mom!

Four movies I can watch over and over:
1. Dirty Dancing
2. The Color Purple
3. Legends of the Fall
4. Blade (I,II and III)

Four places I’ve lived:
1. Santiago do Cacem
2. Ericeira
3. Malveira
4. Barreiro (all of them Portugal)

Four TV shows I love:
1. Desperate House Wives
2. Criminal Minds
3. CSI
4. Still Standing

Four places I’ve vacationed:
1.Algarve
2. Algarve
3. Algarve
4. Algarve

Four of my favorite dishes:
1. Chicken coconut curry
2. Prawn Chop Suey
3. Bacalhau á Brás = Cod fish Casserole

4.Octopus's salad

Four sites I visit daily:
1. My Blog
2. Tammy's blog
3. Tina´s blog
4. Toni's blog

Four places I would rather be right now
1. Somewhere in the States
2. Canada
3. Australia
4. Mozambique

Four bloggers I am tagging:
  1. I'll cheat on this one, once I dunno who has done it before!
  2. Feel free to grab it if you like it!

McCain's "Gamble" With Our Future

Today, the day after John McCain announced that Sarah Palin, the unknown governor of Alaska, would be his Vice Presidential running mate, the headlines used word such as "gamble," "rolls the dice," and "chance." John McCain is taking a big chance on the future of the US, and I know I for one am not willing to play the odds!

McCain has chosen a running mate that has even less experience than Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and that has been one of the major criticisms of the McCain campaign in this election thus far. So what does John McCain do? Picks someone that is only a heartbeat away from being Commander-In-Chief with NO national experience at all! Let's face it, John McCain is 72 years old and has fought cancer. I know he could live another 20 years, but the odds of him doing so are not that great.

Wake up America! Don't "roll the dice" on our future. Look at which candidate has the most to offer for the change, and stability, we need.

Thursday Thirteen-- 6th Edition


Thirteen Things That Put Tears In My Eyes



  1. A child's laughter
  2. Women delivering a baby
  3. My kids opening their Xmas presents
  4. New Year's Eve countdown
  5. Fireworks
  6. A reddish maple tree
  7. To hear "Amazing Grace" or the "Star Spangled" anthem
  8. My kids achievements
  9. ABC's "Extreme Makeover -- Home Edition"
  10. A good novel
  11. "Legends of the Fall" and "The Color Purple "
  12. Sweet memories
  13. To see other people crying!



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Award time for my dear friends

My beloved friends Angeline over "All about your child" and Toni over "It's nap time" awarded me with these !!!
Am I lucky or what???
I am proud to say that I have wonderful friends!
Thank you girls with all my heart!
I love you loads!!!

By my friend Toni

By my friend Angeline


So once I have so many wonderful friends I'll award:
Tammy
Tina
Kelly Webber
Kelly
Kellan
Shireen
Petula
Gin E

and the last but not the least
the 2 wonderful ladies that provided me with these awards:
Toni
Angeline

Harsh Temper Lady



Sometimes I feel sorry for men.Yep, I honestly do!
We woman give them some harsh times, well at least I recognize that I do that.
For the past couple of days my hubby took us out so we could enjoy the nice hot weather and have some family time.
Sunday night it took us out to dinner and then we went to the park with the kids once the night was so warm and pleasant...So far so good right?...
Yesterday he took us out again.This time to the big city (Lisbon).
We went to one of the big Shopping Centers we have there.
The kids had a blast at the Fun Center and having ice creams and so...
Me?Well, I was in a bad mood set up!No matter how hard my poor hubby tried to please me I kept giving him some really harsh time!...
I had in mind buying some new stuff for Eric, but once I didn't find what I was looking for it made me really mad!...
My fav stores didn't have the clothes I was looking for and I had in mind buying him a new lighter stroller but he didn't agree with that (in a manner he was right I have to say.Eric is almost 3 and doesn't like to ride it any longer).
Plus,I'm in that time of the month where my hormones go crazy.So each time I saw a preg woman or people with very young babies (and they were all over!)It putted tears in my eyes!(yeah...I'm nuts!You should know that by now!)
What can I say?I'm an harsh temper lady (at least one time per month!LOL!)
I promise that today I'll go easy on him. ;)

Under the Sea...Mommy and Me

I made this cake for Dawn's Baby Shower. The cake matched the party decor and it was designed just for her. This underwater theme baby shower cake is totally edible. The baby is made out of fondant. It was a moist vanilla cake filled with vanilla buttercream. Serves 40.

Road of Life




Steve's Road of Life....included details of his life such as sports, college, hobbies, travel, family...All edible. Vanilla Rum cake filled with vanilla buttercream and fresh strawberries.

Princess Cake


I love making children's cakes! This cake was made to celebrate Jazmine's 1st Birthday. The cake is covered in fondant. The tiara and stars are gumpaste. Vanilla butter cake filled with strawberry buttercream. 8" and 5" tiers. Serves 20.

Mini Anniversary Cake


This was a little cake made to surprise Veronica's Brother and Sister in Law in their 2 year wedding anniversry. They love Shamu so I decided to incorporate the two kissing whales. Isn't it adorable! This was a 6" vanilla butter cake filled with fresh strawberry puree and vanilla buttercream.

giggity, giggity, giggity


Although I'm not familiar with this TV Show, the Family Guy, I had fun making this Glen Quagmire cake. It was created for Moises' Birthday. And of course, he is a fan of the show. Happy Birthday Moises!

Red and Brown



This modern cake was created for a birthday party. This tiered cake is covered in fondant and accented with fondant details as well. Moist coconut cake filled with dulce de leche, coconut scented buttercream and toasted coconut. Tier sizes: 8", 6" and 4.5" square. Serves 35

100 posts and 100 reasons to smile!

Here I am!
100 posts later!...
And all I can say is that now I have 100 reasons more to smile!
I've come across some wonderful people and hopefully 100 more I'm about to know...
I'm sorry if sometimes I'm a pain in the a*** and keep repeating my self or complaint too much... But venting and sharing my feelings made me see that I'm not one of a kind!Thank God for that!



Award time


I know I've been awarded with this before, but sweet Miss Gin
provided me with this one too!
So Thank You so much for being so thoughtful!
You're a very nice lady and I wish you everything good in life!
Lots of love, peace and good health!

zwani.com myspace graphic comments
Myspace Thank You Graphics



Hummingbird Haven

A few more shots of the hummingbirds in my neighborhood.






Chinese Boy--My Last Post About it I Swear!



Ok this will be my last post about this!LOL!
I couldn't believe my eyes when I handed him the chop sticks....
He can actually used them!
And he's a lefty!
I was in my late 20s when I finally figured out how to use it!(yeah I'm kinda slow sometimes AHAHAHAH!)
I can assure you: his brothers can't handle it that well!

Thursday Thirteen--5th Edition

Thirteen Ways To Say I LOVE YOU



  1. Portuguese--Amo-te
  2. Spanish--Te amo
  3. Italian--Ti amo
  4. French--Je t'aime
  5. German--Ich Liebe Dich
  6. English--I Love You
  7. Swedish--jag älskar dig
  8. Maori-- кa aroha ki a koe
  9. Dutch--Ik hou van jou
  10. Arabic--أنا أحبك
  11. Russian-- Я тебя люблю
  12. Greek--σε αγαπώ
  13. Hawaiian--Aloha I'a Au Oe



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Training Champions

While watching the Olympic Games I told to my hubby once (I was just joking of course!):
"Honey do you know how come Michael Phelps is so darn good at his swimming?"
"Nop"-he replied.
"It's cause North-Americans are use to swim as fast as they can to run away from sharks!!!!"
He laughed and said:"Oh yeah!?But the Australians are not that bad too!..."
"So would I be to run away from the salt water crocs!"We both laughed...
Then he said--"No wonder Kenyans run so fast then!"
Me:"And that would be because?...."
We laughed and said at the same time:"They're used to run away from lions!..."
Later on checking upon our emails I found out this video....
Man!!!I couldn't ever imagine that I was soooooooooooooo right about it!






How Australian's Train To Swim

What about now?....



Do you still have doubts if Eric has some Chinese features?
LOL!!!

Memory Lane-Track #2

Ok...I know I've posted some Eric's videos this week ... But I couldn't resist and decided to post another 2! Eric's nickname in the family is:Lil' Chinese Boy! Yep...My MIL calls him that way since he was born! And everyone agrees with her and I'm often said that he has some Chinese features. What do you girls think?Does he or does he not?











Nap time over my Palace!...

I was having a snack in the kitchen when Wilson comes in step by step and whispers :
«Mom!You must check on Eric!...He fell asleep in the computer's chair!...»
To which I've replied also whispering:
«Ok hon!...Mom will be there in a minute!...»
I picked up my cell phone...Set the camera...
And here are the results.....


Summer's End Is Near

I can't believe it's already the middle of August. Today at the supermarket I was some mums for sale. Not only mums, but "hardy" mums. They looked very nice, but you know what that means? Autumn is not far from us. I've had a great summer, and look forward to enjoying the rest of it. But soon, it will be back to school, football, jackets, nippy nights, and early evenings.



My Lil' Musician!...

I know I've posted this clip ages ago when I was still posting in Portuguese... But I got this feeling that you never got to see it!... So here goes one of my fav clips. Eric was 7 months old and I think this lil' guy has a future!LOL!











Answers to what you've asked

When I get to talk on line with some of my BBF's (Tina,Tammy and Toni) there are some questions that they've asked me that only a picture could enlighten.
So, to the question :«How does a Portuguese Birthday Cake look like?»
Here's your answer :DULL!
There's no big deal about it...They are boring ,they don't taste that great and they are way too expensive!





Question #2: «What did you cook for dinner/lunch?»
Well,I like to cook.Yep,I really do!
And I think I'm a good cook too!
Here's a couple of pics of my "Coconut Chicken".This is an African dish (delicious by the way!).
When it comes to cooking rules,I'm not very abiding!I like to freestyle !
So there's a lot of Sandra's crazy cooking!
But overall, kiddos and hubby never complained! LOL!
If you are wondering what are the ingredients of this dish, here it goes:
  • Chicken
  • onions
  • garlic
  • fresh ginger
  • olive oil
  • tomatoes
  • coconut milk
  • salt
  • corianders


6 LAYERS OF ME TAG

I got tagged my BBF's Tammy and Toni!
Thanks girls!
::START::

RULES:1. Add your blog/s to the
list. Feel free to add all your other blogs. It’s okey if you only post
this questions in one blog as long as you answer them.2. Get back to Me
{YEN} and I’ll add your blogs to the master’s list HERE!
Note that you are not ALLOWED to change the link of the here.3. Copy
from Start to End.4. Tag as many friends online you know. But you don’t
need to be tag in order to join.

Copy this Participants List: Me and Mine Creative in Me For the LOVE of Food Little Peanut Pea in a Pod It’s Where the HEART Is Around the World SugarMagnolias I Am Mommy All About The Memories Enchanted Play Just My Scrap Whats Up Simply Me Kitchen Deelite A Mothers Horizon In Depth A Life in Bloom Because Life is a Blessing Digiscraptology Joys iN life Life is What we Make it Photo Blog Dancing in Midlife Tune The Callalily Space Juliana's Site A Simple life Mommy's Little Corner Life's Sweets and Spices Moms... Check Nyo It Is Nap Time
Super Mae

LAYER ONE:
– Name: Sandra
– Birth date: January 29th
– Birthplace: Santiago do Cacem, Portugal
– Current Location: Lisbon,Portugal
– Eye Color: Brown
– Hair Color: Brown (usually!...)
– Righty or Lefty: Righty

LAYER TWO:
- Your heritage: Portuguese :(
– The shoes you wore today: sandals
– Your weakness: Holding on the past
– Your fears:my kids and family well fair
– Your perfect pizza: cheese ham and pineapple
– Goal you’d like to achieve in life: live and work overseas

LAYER THREE:
– Your most overused phrase on AIM: Hmmm....
– Your first waking thoughts: What time is it?!
– Your best physical feature: My hands
– Your most missed memory: My dad....

LAYER FOUR:
– Pepsi or Coke: Coke
– McDonald’s or Burger King: Burger King
– Single or group dates: Both
– Adidas or Nike: Nike
– Lipton Ice Tea or Nestea: Lipton Ice Tea
– Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate
– Cappuccino or coffee: Cappuccino

LAYER FIVE
– A famous person, dead or alive, would you interview: Cleopatra
– Movie can you watch and say the lines along with the actors: Dirty Dancing
– Name two of your passions in life : my family and friends
– Least favorite time of day: None

LAYER SIX
– Use hairspray or gel: None
– Your favorite meal: Chinese, Thai...and African
– Color is the inside of your head when you close your eyes: orange,yellow...pink,purple....
– Listen to classical music: When I'm in the right mood to do it
– Ever said LOL in real life without thinking about it:Guess not...

::END::

Now I'll be tagging.....
Shireen
Angeline

Still about the Baby Bags...

Some you girls wondered how come I have so many baby bags and purses...
Well, first of all: I am a gal!!!And you know, women=bags=shoes!
When I was working I used to buy for my self, but when Eric was born I became a shoppaholic for baby stuff!
And 2 more things:

-#1-I have more bags!LOL!
#2--The 1st bag displayed was made by me.Yep!I love to do those kinda things! And the Pocoyo one I bought for Eric but the rest of them were give aways freebies.Mostly by Mustela, Chicco and Klorane.
Every month I buy some cosmetic products for Eric once he has a very sensitive skin , and when you buy at least 2 of one of those brands they usually have this freebies to offer.

Happy Birthday Jonathan!


I created this cake for Jonathan's Birthday. He loves fishing and wanted a very special cake for his birthday party. I love the outcome of this cake, especially the bold colors on the bottom tier and the little fish jumping out of the water. I can still picture Jonathan's big smile when he picked up his cake. This was a moist vanilla rum cake filled with vanilla buttercream.

Thirsday Thirteen-- 4th Edition

Thirteen
Baby Bags and purses










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