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Gratitude: Ten Reasons For A Grateful Heart & Blog Awards…

“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.” Eileen Caddy Gratitude: Ten Reasons For A Grateful Heart & Blog Awards.... Give freely Everyone likes to feel appreciated and to receive gifts, after all, it is human nature to accept and offer kindness.  When my blog buddy Deborah of The Monster in the Closet generously offered me and fourteen others three blog awards, it got me thinking ...

Are You a Tourist or a Traveler?

Image by steve_w via Flickr The name tourist conjures up in my mind images of someone wearing plaid walking shorts black socks and dress shoes with a Nikon camera strapped to his neck taking a picture of his equally fashionable wife standing in front of some obscure fountain in Europe. Although at one point I was a tourist I think over the years I evolved into more of a traveler. And just to clarify I never wore shorts, I don't look ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

Can you spot the carefully arranged pebble amongst the many thousands of pebbles at Praia da Canal, in the Western Algarve? Did we stumble across a Geocaching clue? I wonder… Can you spot the carefully "Arranged" pebble? Arranged. Sometimes you chance across things which were arranged on purpose, or on a whim – find something in your environment which was arranged by a human hand for others to enjoy! WordPress A carefully "Arranged" pebble at Praia da Canal Today’s post is inspired by the WordPress ...

Fried Chicken

Is there anything better than fried chicken?  It's the ultimate in comfort food. Ingredients: 500ml buttermilk A dash of Worcester sauce A few drops of hot sauce 1 tsp garlic powder 2 tsp salt 8 pieces of chicken 2 cups of flour 2 Tbsp chicken stock powder 2 tsp lemon pepper 2 tsp paprika 1/2 teaspoon chili (or peri-peri) 2 eggs beaten Oil for frying Method: Mix the buttermilk, garlic powder, Worcester sauce, hot sauce and salt. Pour into a large zip lock plastic bag and put the chicken pieces into the bag. Shake the bag ...

Spice Tamarind Drink

This past week I was in South Florida and visited the local farmers market. And as always I enjoy and get great delight shopping at open air farmers market especially in South Florida. Where an abundance of fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs dried and pickled Meats and Fish, which are staples in the Caribbean can be found at most South Florida Markets. To my delight I found some great locally grown dry Tamarind. Tamarind is a Fruit that resembles a dry bean ...

Internet Privacy May Soon Be Killed Forever!

Americans had better enjoy their Internet Privacy while they can because The House Judiciary Committee is reportedly pushing for a bill that would destroy this sacred privilege totally, completely and forever according to many observers--including, remarkably, both Democrats and Republicans! The proposed Bill is called H.R. 1981 and it's supposed intent is to protect children from online pornography.  That is the way it is being sold according to some people who should know what is going on, according to reports I am ...

Even my iPad is gay gay gay...

While sitting at the airport Friday night, waiting for my delayed flight home, I was bored bored bored with the book I was reading and twitter, and was all caught up on email, so decided to check out new apps for my beloved iPad. I scanned the most popular app list, and am not much of a gamer, so instead went to the search function and typed in a randomly chosen word... "GAY". Holy crap, there is a whole world out there ...

Tips on Growing Hydrangea

Hydrangea is one of the most popular summer garden plants! They are very much beloved for their big, beautiful blooms that come in many pretty colours, such as pink, purple, blue and white. These beauties will add colour, beauty and texture to the landscape. They can be grown in garden beds or in containers. Plus, they make wonderful cut flowers and are a favourite with summer brides! Here are some tips to make the most out of your hydrangea plants: Hydrangeas, especially ...

Have A Country You Can Be Proud Of!

Republicans and Conservatives seem to love to attack Liberals, Democrats and Progressives every chance they get and for any excuse they find convenient. This has been going on for as long as I can remember and I am 73-years-old. Of course it has been getting worse-- I must admit-- in the last ten or so years. I have no memories of being called Communist, Nazi or Filthy Hippie much earlier than about a year ago. This "Red State" and "Blue State" ...

Nicotiana (Flowering Tobacco)

You don’t have to be a smoker to enjoy nicotiana or tobacco flowers. While nicotiana tabacum is grown for the production of smoking tobacco, there are many Nicotiana species that are beloved by gardeners for their beautiful and fragrant flowers. Nicotiana or Flowering Tobacco is a genus of 67 plants native to Australia, North America and tropical South America that produces pleasantly fragrant tubular flowers in shades of white, red, yellow, pink, maroon and lavender. The foliage is hairy and can ...

How to Pick the Freshest Flowers for Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And being the romantic and caring person that you are, you want to give your Valentine some beautiful flowers this February 14th. Although you can simply and conveniently order flowers online or even over the phone, you’ve decided you would rather go to your local florist and hand pick the flowers this year because it’s more personal and meaningful! Here are some tips to picking out the freshest flowers at your local florist: Flower are ...

Valentines Blooms – Alternatives to Red Roses

When most people think of Flowers & Valentine’s day it’s Red Roses that immediately come to mind. Probably because everyone knows that a Red Rose means love (it’s true meaning is “Passionate Love”). Red Roses are also a very popular flower & welcomed by most women, but they aren’t for everyone. Also for the forgetful man, the closer it gets to Valentines Day the harder it can be to find Red Roses, at least to find good quality ones. If your ...

The Beauty of Being Present

Anna and I Time to get the oars rowing through the fog of unprocessed experiences. Search for the light that’s trying to break through. Listen for the music that inspires the images waiting to emerge. I’ve decided to share an experience I had with my granddaughter this last week. It touched me deeply, also brought me back to consciousness after I’d slipped into the projections fear creates. Five days before the wedding I had a reaction to some new eye shadow I’d bought. My goal in purchasing new makeup was ...

Flowers & Childhood Memories

The first “flowers” I can remember as a child were the pretty yellow ones that grow wild and abundantly for every child to pick and go happily home to present them to their mothers. These “flowers” were usually taken and put with tenderness and love into a wonderful container and set in a very prominent location. When I was a child they were put in a mason jar in the center of the kitchen table where the cat would knock ...

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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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