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Flavoring Whole Food Plant-based Diet

Taste is a funny thing; part biology  part learned and always infused with expectations. We expect certain flavors to meld. An expectation many cooks fail to meet! A great example is in an interview excerpt shown in Forks Over Knives, The Extended Interviews.  In it Doug Lisle tells a story about trying to get his father to switch to a whole food plant-based diet. After one meal, his Father stated that if he had to eat like that for the rest of ...

How To Get Food Poisoning Without Really Trying!

Are the sometimes unknown and possibly nasty viral, bacterial or chemical agents contained in some of the imported food you might have eaten making you sick? Do the names, "Novovirus" and "Salmonella" sound like something you might want you or your family members to play around with? Would you want to feel responsible if someone in your family got sick from something you might have bought for them to eat? Seafood and spices from some Asian Markets have been implicated by some ...

“Window” The Fort of Arrifana (Miradouro da Antiga Fortaleza da Arrifana)

A "Window" out to sea from the ancient fort of Arrifana I loved this “window” at the ancient Fort of Arrifana but sadly it no longer exists. Views of the sunset from ancient fort of Arrifana The old fort as it was a year ago…an old ruin, but a place to take in the views and reflect. The ancient fort of Arrifana 2009 We returned a year later to find… Restoration of the 16th Century Fort of Arrifana - Miradouro da Antiga Fortaleza ...

Are We Worth It? You Bet!

Either the days are getting shorter, or I’m adding more and more to my plate so it only feels that way. I know that so many of you can relate to feeling the pressure of having more to do than what you have hours in the day to get done. We work and work and work some more. And we wonder why we’re so tired. Our lives are overflowing with tasks, and yet we still try to add more to ...

Guest Post: Common Edible Flowers

Many people with gardens might not be aware that the plants already growing in their gardens can be used in the cooking of some simple, delicious, yet excellent dishes. Some commonly found and purchased flowers can be used as a colourful garnish or used to create a tasty nutritional treat. For those frugal yet culinary driven gardeners, edible flowers can be cheaply grown, harvested and handled for cooking. As many of the flowers can be grown quickly in a garden, there ...

A Counterpoint…of sorts

Yesterday someone in my life took his own life. I was devastated by the news…but only worried about what brought him there…not anger because he did it. No one can know the last thought of anyone who dies…by disease or by their own doing. To think otherwise is selfish and self-serving. I have had thoughts of suicide in my life…many of us have. I don’t condone it and I hope that anyone who does have these thoughts finds a way by whatever means to get to ...

91 Stains

Here is this weekend’s Trifextra Challenge: “Thirty years ago, Roald Dahl published the book Dirty Beasts, a collection of poems for children about weird and wonderful animals. The last poem, however, is called The Tummy Beast about a boy who thinks there’s someone living in his belly. Your Trifextra challenge is to write 33 words on a beast in an unusual place. No swamps or forests or caves, we really want you to take your beast out of its comfort zone.” *** Waterproof, smudge-proof evidence Of unforgivable, Stealthy Wrongs Leaving A muddied conscience; a ...

A Mother's Example and The Law of Giving

In 1959, a neighborhood child asked my mother to teach her how to paint. My parents, both artists, opened their home to this child and a seed was planted in The Fruitbelt Neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. The dynamic exchange  of energy known a The Law of Giving and Receiving was set in motion as this seed quickly took root, was nurtured and allowed to grow organically. One little girl gaining exposure and access to the visual arts at my parent's ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: The Bataille de Fleurs in Nice, France

Every February, the picturesque city of Nice, France hosts the largest carnival in the country. This year, the Nice Carnival is celebrating its 140th birthday with the theme “King of the Five Continents.” The main attraction during the 3 week winter festival is the world-famous Bataille de Fleurs or the Battle of Flowers, where elaborate, larger-than-life  flower-covered floats are paraded down the street with extravagantly costumed models throwing thousands of flowers into the audience. For the spectators, half the fun is trying to ...

Herbal Teas to Relieve Stress

Life isn’t always a walk in the park. It can be quite stressful. In times of stress, you may be feeling highly irritable, emotional and anxious. And as a result, you may suffer from headaches, insomnia, loss of appetite, and weight loss, just to name a few symptoms. That being said, don’t stress out! One of the simplest and most effective treatment options to manage stress is to have a cup of tea! It’s natural and low-cost alternative to prescription ...

Fun Flower Facts: Tigridia (Tiger Flower)

Tigridia, also known as tiger flower or shell flower, is a genus of about 30 bulbous plants that belong to the Iridaceae family, which includes the iris, crocosmia, crocus, and freesia. Many of the species are native to Mexico and Guatemala. Tigridias are valued for their large, showy flowers that come in variety of bright colours and attractive sword-like leaves. Flowers come in vibrant reds, pinks, yellow, white and purple. These exotic beauties have 3 large outer petals and 3 small ...

Fun Flower Facts: Hollyhock

Scientific name: Alcea Hollyhock is a genus of 60 species of flowering plants native to southwest and central Asia, with many of the species reaching 6 feet in height! Along with its statuesque height, the hollyhock can be identified by its broad, rounded, hairy leaves and multiple big, showy flowers growing along a single stem. Cultivated flowers are available in shades of red, white, purple, pink and yellow. Flowers will bloom mid summer to early fall. The hollyhock is the quintessential cottage ...

More than a Dust of Snow…

“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss and all was said.” Victor Hugo Picture this: Captured Snowy Moments via eof This was meant to be a quick post and a brief one at that… but serendipity has it way of steering us to things that matter more than our human ...

What is Bonsai?

Are you a plant lover looking for a new hobby? Try bonsai!   Photo Credit: Flickr, Clif1066 Bonsai (pronounced bone-sigh) is a Japanese horticultural art form of training full size woody plants in containers to look miniature. The name bonsai comes from two Japanese words, “bon” for dish or thin bowl and “sai” for a tree or plant. Thus, the name “bonsai” means “a tree planted in a shallow container.” The art of bonsai is thousands of years old and was once an practice for ...

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Cheryl - The Art of Being Conflicted

Are You Confused? I Am!

Dear Readers:

Just a quick note to you about your email subscriptions.  As of late, my email subscribers have not been receiving my new posts.  I take this very seriously as most of you have been loyal readers.  Today, I have reset my email options, in order to try to reset the functionality of this service.  Hopefully, you got an email with a synopsis of the last few posts that might not of made it your way.

Feel free to email me directly, if you continue not to receive my emails and I will try some other changes to see if I can’t get my posts to you.

There, also, seems to be a problem with people not being able to leave comments.  If you aren’t able to comment on the bottom of my blog….please feel free to email me to let me know and I will continue my efforts to get that corrected.     [email protected]

Still the very conflicted and now very annoyed,

Cheryl P.

Cheryl - The Art of Being Conflicted

A veteran of corporate moves from which I survived moving 21 times for my husband's job. I currently am a married, middle-aged (if I make it to 116) middle income, mom living in the very middle of the country, with time on her hands to jot down observations, judgements, and musings about past and current events.

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