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Trinchado (Beef Cubes in a Red Wine Sauce)

Ingredients: 50ml Worcester sauce 1 cup red wine 4 cloves crushed garlic 1 bay leaf salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon peri peri 3 small red chillies chopped with the seeds Butter and oil for frying 1 kg rump steak cubed 3 tablespoons flour 1 large onion finely chopped 1/2 cup of beef stock. Water Black olives Method: Make a marinade with the Worcester Sauce, red wine, garlic, bay leaf, salt, pepper, paprika, peri peri and chillies. Put the beef into a big zip lock plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Place the bag ...

Will Government Finally Censor The Internet?

Is the grim spectre of Internet Censorship finally rearing its ugly head in The United States of America? I have heard reports recently that there is a new Law making its way through Congress called, "The Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) that is supposed to be designed to protect children from pornography on the Internet among other things. (Well, that is the way I heard it, anyway.) There are, apparently, some folks out there who are supposed to be "In-The-Know" who ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. William Makepeace Thackeray Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections Reflection: the throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it: the reflection of light; an amount of light, heat, or sound that is reflected by a body or surface: the reflections from the street lamps gave them just enough light; an image seen in a mirror or ...

The Traveling Fool 2011-04-09 11:39:00

Image via Wikipedia The Justice Department recently approved the purchase of  ITA software by the search giant Google. The purchase actually took place eight months ago and the US Justice Department has been reviewing the deal to make sure it doesn't violate anti trust laws. After some tweaking of the deal it was approved. What does this mean to the everyday traveler? Probably not a lot. ITA software handles reservations, pricing and data aggregation. ITA's customers are airlines, reservation sites such ...

Weekly photo challenge – Windows

This first shot is of the Gridiron building in New York, it seems so fragile especially taken from this angle. This is a detail from one of the beautiful stained glass windows in the cathedral in Prague which I particularly liked. The detail and the colours are so fresh, just breathtaking. On a visit to Spain, we drove up to Ronda and this is a view across the gorge.

Green Bean Casserole Warms The Season!

Green Bean Casserole is a traditional delicious  compliment to many a holiday meal, particularly Thanksgiving and Christmas. Green Bean Casserole is not all that difficult to make-- but a truly exceptional one requires a little finesse and extra care. My version of Green Bean Casserole may surprise.  I am certain it will be a memorable experience. Secret Ingredient: Before you even start to make the Green Bean Casserole in this recipe, I want you to make up the following secret ingredient. Use the recommended ...

Shhhhh...

Orea:  Is there anything you'd like to say? Yes, we'd like to talk today. You are remarkable beings, yet you don't know it.  You practice many skills, all at the same time.  We find that impressive.  Your brains are very active, and often juggle multiple topics at one time. And yet, the greatest benefits are to be found in silence, or in simple activities.  Many of the activities of yesteryear, that were truly beneficial to you, are no longer practiced.  The simple, manual ...

Foul Smelling Flowers

Don’t stop and smell these flowers! Plug your nose! These are foul-smelling, vomit-inducing flowers that you don’t want to get too close to. Photo Credit: Flickr The Voodoo Lily (Dracunculus vulgaris) It’s a beautiful pink flower but don’t let its good looks fool you. The Voodoo Lily is related to the same family as the Calla Lily, but unlike its popular relative, you should avoid the use of this flower in your floral arrangements. It emits a disgusting rotting flesh odor, which help ...

Fiddlesticks, um I mean Fiddleheads!

Fiddleheads (Dicranopteris linearis) This unusual looking tropical floral green is actually the new growth of a giant fern that grows in Hawaii. The ferns new growth uncurls from the center of the plant forming these Fiddle like heads. As the Fiddleheads develop they will transform into a long straight stick or branch. The ferns fronds grow horizontally from the brown stems. Fiddle heads are available year round, there are two color forms available, burgundy (pictured) and green. Fiddle Heads are a bit fragile. ...

an unexpected backyard visitor (and moon, snakes, fox!)

  on a clear early morning last week... the mystical magic moon. >< i've been hoping to spot a snake! it's been a while. the last one i saw was a young 'yellow rat' in the roof of the front porch. no, it's not christmas in july... these  lights stay up year round... i like the soft...relaxing...ambient feel... over the weekend...i was wandering out back...and heard the owls.  it sounded like they were in the front, so i started that way.  but before i made it...i saw a long & slender 'black ...

What’s the Difference Between a Daylily and a Lily?

Repeat after me: A lily is not a daylily. A daylily is not a lily. While common flower names are a lot easier (and more fun!) to remember than the scientific names, they can be quite confusing. It’s no wonder the daylily and the lily are often mistaken to be the same flower. A daylily isn’t a type of lily. In fact, as any educated gardener or flower enthusiast will tell you, they don’t even belong to the same family. Even ...

London 2012 Olympics: Ceremonial Flowers

The 2012 Summer Olympics is well under way. Besides watching the athletes compete, fans can also look forward to the Victory Ceremonies for the medal winners. Along with the medal, the winning athlete also receives a ceremonial bouquet. Over 4000 floral bouquets will be presented over the course of the Games. The victory bouquet was designed by Jane Packer, an internationally renowned UK florist.  The flower choices represent the vibrancy of the Games. The four sections of the bouquet hold a different ...

a dog in the sky

what?! a dog in the sky? that title may sound a little off the wall... but, you'll see. keep going... milo is an indoor/outdoor cat. she has her litter box inside, but rarely uses it. she prefers to do her thing outside...digging a hole and then daintily squatting. she usually comes inside just before dinner's ready, OUR dinner. she sits patiently while we eat...hoping for leftovers. she's especially partial to potatoes. mashed. french fries. cooked in a stew. it doesn't matter. miss potato head is just one of her nicknames. so she ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers…

“Each flower is a soul blossoming out to nature.” Gerard De Nerval Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Beautiful Lutea... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... Lovely lilies... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... More blooms in lilies... Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers... blooming black eyed susans... I love flowers in all shapes and forms and could spend hours in a garden enjoying the blooms. At different points in my life, I have been an avid gardener and then a reluctant one. When I moved to the suburbs, just before my twins ...

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Shirley McLain - Writing, Musings, and Inspiration...

Apparently Your Never To Old. Yea!!!!!

Oxygen toxicity occurs when the lungs take in ...

I was reading an article last night on how the over 60 age set is partaking of an experience I absolutely loved when I was doing it. It created so many different emotions from pure delight to fright. I suppose I have waited long enough to tell you what I’m talking about, scuba diving.

I am an Oklahoma farm girl who got my first taste of a big city when I went to Honolulu to work at Kapiolani Woman’s and Children hospital in Honolulu. I absolutely hated it for the first two months I was there, but then developed a love for the state and my life there. I stayed a full year and didn’t want to leave then.

After I settled into my routine life,I decided I wanted to something different.  I became a PADI certified diver. What an experience that was for me. I took private lessons just so I would feel more secure in what I was doing. It was hard for me to let go of my trainers hand and actually go on my own.  As with everything else, I just needed the self-confidence that I could do it.

I loved the beauty of the undersea world. The beautiful colored fish and even those nasty eels with the big teeth.  Of course I had seen the movie Jaws, so that was always in the back of my mind.  When I looked down and couldn’t see anything but empty space, I would think about some creature coming up and getting me.  I quickly pushed that from my mind and went on exploring the sites.

I do have to tell you I bit my mouth piece in half once because I was frightened.  I was swimming along close to the  bottom observing everything.  My mind was concentrating on some star fish when all of a sudden, two white tip sharks came out of the sand and straight up in front of my face. That startle reflex did me in. I had to leave the water.

If you have the opportunity, learn how to scuba.  It will open up a new world to you. The beauty and tranquility around you can’t be described in words. Since I read that article that the over 60 crowd is doing their diving thing, I may have to grab my wet suit, flippers and mask and head back to the open water.

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Shirley McLain - Writing, Musings, and Inspiration...

I am fairly new at writing. I started my book “The Tower” in March and it was published in November. I can say it was a learning experience from the start. I continue to learn all the time, from other people, who have published, or those trying to publish. I guess the bottom line is, I am always learning and hopefully improving my craft. I want my blog to be someplace that I can go to and write what I feel. Hopefully have some meaningful discussion on writing and everything it entails. This is a new world for me, and I am jumping into it with both feet. Ye Ha

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