Christina Parker Photography

"Preserving Time for Generations to Come"

Thrive and Etsy January 19, 2012

Are you into a regular routine, now that school’s back in?  Are you thriving in your new goals?  This year, I started making wonderful smoothies for breakfast! I am a consultant for Thrive in Canada, it just got launched Dec 1st, 2011..  You can find my page here:  Even if you aren’t from Canada, but are in the US you can still order off this site! As it’s an american based company that is rapidly expanding.  It will soon be launched in Japan!

  My morning breakfast is a smoothie using Thrive freeze-dried food!  It is the simplest way to prepare a simple but nutritious breakfast in the morning,  It’s mess free, cuts down the preparation time, and zero waste!  I have a pantry full of mangoes, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, pineapple, peach slices, red seedless grapes, that are freeze-dried.  They just added cherries in a pantry size can, which I can’t wait to try out!!  The advantage is that when they aren’t open, shelf life can be up to 25-30 years!!!  Once open shelf life, 18 months-2 years!   My routine breakfast: any variety of 1/4 cup of all the fruit (I just listed) with a few pinches of spinach. Rehydrate by putting some water on top of the fruit for 3-5 minutes. I’m getting my fiber!  Then I put in my blendtec (best blender ever!!) a little bit of yogurt, and 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder.   Push the smoothie button, and less than 2 minutes a yummy delicious filling breakfast!  I can vary the taste, by adding more or fewer types of fruits I like! There is also bananas…I haven’t gotten those yet.   In Canada, we can’t yet order the flavored yogurt bites, but I can’t wait to try them ou, when dairy and meats gets added into the line!!  Next time, I will have to post a picture, as of right now, I have just the empty glass, beside me..which I should rinse out soon, as the natural sugars will adhere to it.   Then I go over to Etsy, and look at how my shop is doing.    I’m in the process of adding hair accessories this week.   I have so many things to list, it’s overwhelming on most days, so slowly I’ll get everything up! Keep checking in!  Christina


Baking Day, 365 Photo Project, Sept 13, 2011 September 13, 2011

“If you have an apple, and I have an apple and we exchange these apples, then you and I still each have one apple.  But if you have an idea, and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas” ~George Bernard Shaw

Yummy!! Come on over, I still have some left!

Last month, I tried a new cookie recipe that I tasted before, to bake a batch of cookies for school lunches.  Then out of the blue, an idea came to me…why not add one more “to do, on my to do list” (I’m known to do that!)  I thought, it might be fun to see if anyone would like to join a baking exchange, with the concept that if, I made a batch of something, I would do the exact same thing for as many people who wanted it.  Then in return, that person would make up something to exchange with for me.    So, I put that idea out there, and had a few friends jump on board.   Today, was baking day for me. It didn’t have to be for those in the group, I just said, they had up to 2 weeks to return the favor.  I made a batch of cookies, the recipe makes a lot like 6 dozen, (I made one recipe up for me) and then I made the same recipe two more times, so each people had a batch of fresh dough (they requested that way) so they could make it when they want them fresh.    In return, we got banana bread, cookies or cake!  If we can’t eat it all, there is always someone else that could use a fresh plate of goodies!  

Another friend, did a dinner exchange with friends.  Where for 4 days a week, someone provided  dinner for you…..Not a bad idea…..

This is the my recipe, that has been a family favourite for years!

Chocolate Chip Cookies (original recipe –Sister Ruth Etcher from Ontario)                               

Preheat Oven 375

Cream:  1 lb soft margarine (I use butter)

               2 scant cups white sugar

               1 cup of brown sugar (not packed)

               4 eggs

               3 tsp vanilla

 Combine 4 cups all-purpose flour

                3 tsp salt

               2 tsp baking soda

Add Cream mixture to dry

Stir in 3 cups of chocolate  chips (2 cups semi sweet, 1 cup milk)

Bake 9 mins (I find it takes long at higher altitudes).  5 mins on top rack, then switch to bottom rack for 4 mins.  Under bake.


Homemade Jewelry Cleaner for Sterling Silver November 7, 2008

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Kitchen Recipe

Kitchen Recipe

Is your Sterling Silver not looking the way it’s supposed to be?

Here is a affordable way to clean your sterling silver with a recipe that you can whip up in no time!

I use this to clean my sterling silver pieces, but it is not to be used with silver plated, fresh water pearls, or porous stones like turquoise.    I have used it on my Swarovski Pearls, and it works just fine.

1/4 cup of baking soda,

1/4 cup salt,

1/4 cup liquid dish soap,

2 Litres of water. 

Line inside of large pot with aluminum foil.  This is a pot I don’t plan to use again…well only for cleaning jewelry!!  Add all ingredients and stir with a plastic spoon.  Count each item (to make sure you can find them later!)…if I’m doing tons of findings (those are the pieces that make up your items, such as headpins, clasps, I may not count them, but I definetly use more than one strainer to catch them all, (one strainer across my sink, and another strainer in the plug area)!

Bring to a low boil for a few minutes, then turn off the burner, and let sit for a few minutes.  Sometimes, I wait for a longer time, for better results, as I might have a lot of pieces.  Using a strainer, pour out liquid and rinse well with water, to get rid of the salt!  Count all pieces, as you place on a towel dy and before the aluminum foil is thrown away!