On Friendship: Through Storms & Sunsets…

“A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and the one that we take the least care of all to acquire.” François de la Rochefoucauld On Friendship: Through Storms & Sunsets... a setting sun   Our friendships matter… Even if, from time to time, we find things about each other that irk us, we make time to talk things out and remember the bond that brought us together as friends. Because my family traveled and moved quite a bit in my early ...

Music: Soulful Saturday Continues…

“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” Jimi Hendrix Music: Soulful Saturday Continues... Habib Koité Habib Koité & Bamada – I Ka Barra (Your Work) STEREO Music: Soulful Saturday Continues... Karsh Kale Karsh Kale – One Step Beyond This weekend, I bring you a new mix of sounds from around the world. Some of the faces are familiar; Nicki Minaj dropped her new song (in February) – Starships – and Musiq Soulchild does a fantastic catchy song featuring Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys‘ hubby. Karsh Kale and Habib Koite might ...

X-Ray Flowers

British photographer and artist Hugh Turvey created these strikingly beautiful x-ray images of flowers. Through these amazingly detailed images, views are given the opportunity to see flowers in a different light. Photo credit: Hugh Turvey He is inspired by all that is around him and enjoys the discovery that comes with his work. He can be quoted as saying, “I’m driven by my curiosity. I have an insane curiosity for how things work. X-ray gives me a way to get that insight ...

A Different Life

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers again. Many thanks to Rochelle for captaining our ship and keeping us on course, and to Janet Webb for providing the watery theme for the 100 word challenge this week. My story follows the photograph. A Different Life Genre: Fiction Word Count: 100 Noor clawed the baked earth around her failing crop; her baby son slept on her back, too weak to cry. Solomon set off weeks ago to look for work, the water he left them was all gone.  It was thirty miles ...

Let Go of Fear and Hit Publish

My name's Duncan Bethel and I've spent most of my 49 years living with chronic depression combined with recurrent episodes of clinical depression. There's a trauma/ PTSD history mixed in there as well. I've also worked with and/or on behalf of youth and families involved with children's mental health, special education, juvenile justice and child welfare for about 25 years now. The chronic depression dates back at least 35 years-possibly longer. It's  been part of my life for so long that I ...

Fun Flower Facts: Morning Glory

The morning glory (scientifically known as ipomoea) is a genus with over 1000 species of climbing flowering plants with large, showy trumpet-shaped flowers and heart-shaped leaves. The fragrant flowers come in a rainbow of colours, including blue, red, pink, purple and white and often attract butterflies and hummingbirds. They will bloom from early summer to the first frost. Gardeners love them because they are easy to grow, fast growing, and will thrive in poor, dry soils. They  They can be cultivated ...

Where's Davy?

I’ll be the first one to admit I’m not up on the zeitgeist, particularly when it comes to music. I’m still stuck in the sixties and seventies, and it’s music from this era playing in the background as I write this. But I’ve recently noticed something peculiar going on. We baby boomers have become accustomed to corporations using our generation’s anthems to sell their products, like Ford cashing in on the Rolling Stones’ Start Me Up, or Beatles songs used ...

Weekly photo challenge – Summer

This photo always makes me smile and says “Summer” to me. I love being near to water and walking along the beach with the sun shining down is one of life’s simple pleasures for a life lived in the northern hemisphere, and more used to rainy than sunny days.

Is Facebook a Better Parent Than You???

Many people use Facebook to stay in touch with out-of-state family members. For instance, some folks think it’s cute to let there kids, who are younger than Facebook’s required mimimum age of 13 years old, have a page to communicate back and forth with grandparents. And that’s fine if a parent is monitoring the content and establishing appropriate parental blocks. I’m not telling people how to raise their kids, but I will raise awareness regarding some startling Facebook statistics that parents need to ...

4 Ancient Leadership Lessons From Moses

A few months ago, I wrote a post about 5 Ancient Leadership Mistakes which explored five leadership shortfalls of the Israelite  Moses. You may recall that Moses lived nearly 3,400 years ago and is credited with leading the Hebrew nation out of Egyptian slavery. In that companion post,  it may have seemed on the surface to be a piece that focused on the failings and foibles of the great Hebrew leader. Actually, it was intended as a tribute to his humanity and a ...

A Question of Inspiration....

The average person cannot survive for more than a few minutes if they're not able to get a new breathe of air into their lungs. Interestingly, the root word for inspiration is the same as "...to breath..." which suggests a metaphorical death can also occur if inspiration or a visionary breathe is lacking in your larger life. The focus of this short post is to ask the question, "What individual has positively inspired you the most in your life?" Such artificially forced ...

Book Collecting

Image by h.koppdelaney First, Happy Halloween! This picture of ravens with a book is reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe, and that’s a Halloween sort of author if there ever was one. My post has nothing to do with Halloween or Poe, but it does have to do with a creepy individual. I just finished reading a true crime story about a man (John Gilkey) who stole rare books, the man who worked hardest to make sure he got caught at it, and ...

"As My Waist Turns" – the Dramatic Saga Continues…

"As My Waist Turns" - the Dramatic Saga Continues...

Let's face it, we all have drama in our lives. Mostly such drama is driven by our personal unmet expectations. Today was my weekly WeightWatchers weigh-in, and to be honest - I was completely prepared for a large dose of drama in the form of a weight gain because my activity was down from the week and my eating was up. So I was shockingly surprised to see that I was actually down -2.2 lbs. for the week, for a total loss to date of ...

7 Questions With an Author: Danny Bader

Author, blogger, speaker: Danny Bader This post marks another installment of my “7 Questions With an Author…” series, where I ask published authors an unchanging set of questions and share their responses here. Today’s featured author is Danny Bader. Danny is an international trainer and speaker,  who uses his exceptional interpersonal skills and enthusiasm to help people really understand themselves and create a powerful vision for their lives. His passion and energy are contagious. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, three children and their dog, Nova. ...

Where Would You Be Without Your Library?

The M. N. Spear Library in Shutesbury, a small town in central Massachusetts, has put together a darling fundraising plea that makes you want to donate even though you have nothing to do with them or their town or their state, but just love books and believe in the power of community around them. Personally, I think they should be rewarded for their efforts, so I’m sending a little something in and posting their video below. I laughed out loud near ...

Best Video of the Week: Reality Hits Hard Bro!

The Gregory Brothers have created another "song" out of a news event. In this instance, it's a multiple car crash into power lines that spark and arc - as conveyed by a man from Phoenix named George Lindell who was involved in the crash. The first video below is the "songified" version of the news by the Gregory Brothers and then after it is the actual story that ran on the news. This is highly entertaining! Now compare that video with the ...

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September 26, 2013, 8:48 am

8 Delicious Chrysanthemum Recipes

yellow chrysanthemum

Although chrysanthemums are generally available all year round, they are most popular in the fall. Chrysanthemums of all colours, sizes and forms are available. Not only do these bright and colourful flowers brighten up and beautify homes and gardens everywhere, the flowers and leaves are also edible.

They are often used in Chinese cuisines, in both savoury and sweet dishes, to add a delicate, floral taste. Chrysanthemum flowers can be used in soups, teas, desserts and entrees. That being said, the flowers sold at your local garden center or florists are not meant for consumption, as they are often sprayed with chemicals. Edible chrysanthemums can be found at an Asian supermarket.

Here are some chrysanthemum recipes for you to try:

  1. Chrysanthemum Tea
  2. Chrysanthemum, Dandelion & Potato Frittata
  3. Chrysanthemum Greens with Sesame Dressing
  4. Roast Chicken Noodle Soup with Chrysanthemum
  5. Korean Glass Noodles with Chrysanthemum Greens
  6. Chrysanthemum Jelly
  7. Chrysanthemum and Cress Salad
  8. Udon Noodles with Chrysanthemum Leaves & Meatballs
Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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