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EdiTOR's Note: Guest Blog...

Several weeks ago I joined a community of great bloggers at BlogRocket. One of the guys I met there is named Ben Emerson and he's in the midst of an ambitious project to consecutively blog about a chapter of the Bible every day until he's written about "the whole dang thing" - which just so happens to be the name of his blog. He invites other writers to con tribute to his project, and he graciously allowed me to submit a guest ...

Piglet’s Salada da Favas – Broad Bean Salad

My original idea was to try Chica’s recipe of Broad Beans with Griddled Pork Belly, but silly me left the shopping list at home and I forgot to buy avocado pears. This is my version of the recipe which I served up hot one day with roast chicken, and as left-overs the following day as a salad. This is not only simple to prepare but absolutely delicious. Salada da Favas Ingredients Broad beans Lardons (chopped bacon pieces) Chouriço Sausage (Pimento) Chopped Garlic Pepper Olive oil Method Fry lardons and chouriço ...

Kitchen Haiku: Call Me Hot Chilli Capsicum…

“Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I’m taking with me when I go.” Erma Bombeck In the kitchen Chilli Capsicum My Hot Kitchen Spice They call you Habanero My sweet Capsicum Where’s my darling Spice? Call me… My favorite kitchen spice is chilli pepper of the capsicum family. I love the whole range of hot, sweet, mild peppers, but the hot chilli holds ...

Could you eat horse meat?

Could you eat me? Millions of “beef” burgers were removed from supermarket shelves across the UK because they contain horse meat. The nation is outraged and justifiably so when it’s reported some burgers contain as much as 29% horse! The nation is then informed, as I discovered in the Telegraph newspaper, “Horse meat in burgers ‘could be health risk’. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to believe! If we stand back from this scandal and horse meat was readily available in supermarkets ...

Cappadocia

I don’t often create posts that are primarily photographic, mostly because I’m not that good of a photographer, but when Mrs. C. and I visited Cappadocia, Turkey, we found it so bizarre and interesting that I figured not even my photography skills could fail to capture the uniqueness. This region of Turkey, created millions of years ago by a nearby volcano, was one of the earliest sanctuaries for early Christians outside of Judea. They enlarged caves into churches in this ...

A summer beach in Cardiff Bay… and a little bit of history

According to statistics, the summer of 2013 is the best in the UK for seven years. Making the most of the lovely weather is the Cardiff Beach, a new attraction that has transformed Roald Dahl Plass in Mermaid Quay.  There are live bands, lots of eating places, traditional seaside rides and stalls, for the energetic amongst the crowds there is also beach volleyball in the specially created beach area. The atmosphere was fantastic the day we visited, everyone seemed to be ...

Indulge – Weekly Photo Challenge

My first thoughts were of chocolate or a long laze in a bath full of soft scented bubbles…… Then I looked through my photographs to see what indulgences I could find there and it’s not always what you have in mind that jumps out at you from the screen.  So, here are my photos for this week: I love Sushi and I have never seen so much in one place at one time……. I had dreamed of going to Egypt ever since my first ...

moon~hawk 'shrooms bugs lizard and my art.

 "Dawn seemed to follow midnight with indecent haste." ~J.K. Rowling, "Magic is Might," dec 6, 2011.  6:49am it's been cold, cloudy, foggy & rainy. (i wasn't able to get an eclipse or full moon pic due to the heavy cloud cover) here are some pictures i've taken over the past week or so. let's start with the Red-shouldered Hawk...who was sitting in a tree in the yard last weekend when we pulled in after camping. oOo ~these next two pictures...the strangest mushroom i've ever seen~  CORAL mushroom i've never seen it ...

Red Tipped Photinia

Red Tipped Photinia Tree Photo credit: davesgarden.com Photinia is in the genus of deciduous and evergreen east Asian trees and shrubs widely cultivated as ornamentals for their white flowers and red fruits; in some classifications includes genus Heteromeles. From the family Rosaceae; rose family (a large family of dicotyledonous plants of order Rosales; have alternate leaves and five-petaled flowers with numerous stamens). Suitable for zones 7a & up this plant makes for a lovely shrub, hedges or if left alone will grow quite ...

Candle Magic is Like a Box of Chocolates

Reprint of My Article from Circle Magazine, Winter 2009 Something we can all learn from, and one of my first national publications I stuck my hand all the way to the back of the mailbox, half-hoping to find an unexpected bundle of money, but there were so many bills and credit card statements that a wad of cash wouldn’t have fit in there.  I’m sure I wasn’t the only witch with that problem, especially in today’s economy. I sighed as I picked up ...

A Portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi Made with 2000 Carnations

“You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you think is right.” Aung San Suu Kyi, 1991 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Happy International Women’s Day! March 8th is a day to celebrate the women, both past and present, that have made important contributions to society, particularly in fighting for equality and freedom. To celebrate International Women’s Day, today’s blog post features the beloved Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese Nobel Peace Prize winning politician and activist who was detained under ...

How to Divide Peonies in the Fall

Peonies are hardy, long lasting perennials that produce beautiful, aromatic flowers in the spring and summer. They can be left undisturbed for years, but over time they can stop flowering and get overcrowded. Subsequently, they need to be divided to regain their beauty and glory. September is the ideal time to divide your peonies, when the leaves have died back. Once the plants are dug up, they need to be transplanted immediately. Here are the steps on how to divide your peonies: Prepare ...

Arachnis Orchids

This warmth loving orchid hails from Malaysia, Indonesia & New Guinea so they do well in warm, humid climates. This climbing beauty must be planted in full sun and is surprisingly easy to grow. The vine is quite thick and can grow to 15 ft high or more. You definitely need to stake this baby; it will grow at least as tall as your stake, fence or whatever you are growing it on. The leaves are thick, waxy and flat, similar ...

How to Create a Fresh Pumpkin Flower Arrangment

It’s that time of the year again! It’s pumpkin season! Pumpkins are great because they are so versatile! Not only can you create delicious pies and soups with them, you can use them as vases to display the beauty of fall flowers! Here are some beautiful flower arrangement ideas to inspire you! Want to make one? It’s easier than it looks! Here’s how to create your own pumpkin flower arrangement: Materials needed: 1 pumpkin vase or other container to hold the flowers fresh flowers and other ...

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Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort

10 Things Every Mom Says…

My mom in her 20′s

This is a re-post from last year that I thought was appropriate for Mother’s Day.

Last night I saw that one of my sisters had a collection of our mother’s photos posted up on a Facebook page. The photo insert to the left, was always one of my favorites of my mom when I was growing up.

Our parents raised five children and would have celebrated their 45th anniversary last month had they both been alive.

My father died of a heart attack in August 2006 and my mother died in a single-car crash in January 2004.

Even though I’m a grown 42-year old man with a family of my own, there are times when I miss them. I learned a lot from them both.

Some of the biggest lessons I learned from them dealt with faith, love, family as well as dealing with their premature deaths.

However, I also learned a lot of little lessons in every day interactions and sayings – particularly from my mother. Though her sayings were legion, here are some of the more memorable ones for me.

Top 10 Phrases Heard From My Mom

10. Make sure to change your underpants.
9. Is your homework done?
8. Did you leave the toilet up?
7. Don’t cry, it’s going to be alright.
6. Don’t run with the scissors.
5. Don’t cut your sister’s hair with the scissors!!!
4. Close the refrigerator door, we’re not air conditioning the house.
3. Go get me the stick!
2. Put your coat on, it’s cold out there.
1. I love you, too!

Question: What were some of the phrases your mom was known for???

Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort

A topical blog that focuses on issues of faith, family, finance and fitness. I have more than 20 years experience as a former journalist and current PR practitioner. Additionally, I'm a father, husband, marathoner, writer and believer.

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