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Fruit Shakes Can Make Meals Sing!

Fruit is one of those things that we never seem to quite get enough of and vegetables is the other. But there are ways to get the daily recommended allowance of these items and this article will attempt to address that problem. Some experts tell us that we need to eat fruit at least twice in a day, but I see no earthly reason that one simple shake cannot have the entire days worth. Of course, before you do anything that I ...

Who Are You?

Who are you? This question is prompt #1 of 14 days of the Scintilla Project. Scintilla means  a tiny trace or spark, and that’s what the prompts are… just starting  points or ending points, to spark a blog post. My first reaction to this prompt was to scream and run away. Hmmm. That’s interesting. What could possibly be so bad about me that I would cringe at a three word prompt? I could take the easy way out, and say I don’t really know, it’s uncomfortable to write about ...

thursday internet woes & a few pictures

i'm sitting outside the local library right now because they have free wi-fi. something's wrong with our internet at home, we keep plugging, unplugging, replugging... the modem...the router... and, as they say, still no joy! it all started with our cable connection. we had to buy a booster because the signal coming into our home wasn't strong enough. tv channels coming in pixelated...and the audio not in sync with people's mouths. so since we hooked up the booster a couple of days ago...no internet! i don't have much time during the ...

Mediterranean Chicken – Piglet Style!

Mediterranean Chicken – Piglet Style!

I discovered this one-pot recipe when we went to a friend’s house for dinner one evening. I loved it – not only is it delicious, but also simple to prepare and cook. Over time I discovered other favorites and it slipped from the weekly menu plan. However, a couple of week’s ago reading “Out with the Old and In with the New – Broad Beans, Garlic and Chicken” over at Chica Andaluza’s blog set my taste buds racing and reminded ...

Calling All Bloggers!

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS!: Our “Blogiversary” Link Up Nov. 2, 3, and 4th! (Updated!). The World Moms Blog is celebrating its first birthday. Come, be part of the blogiversary, write your own posts about motherhood and culture and link up those posts with us. Click the above link and read the details. Surprise gifts will be won! And more than that, this is your best chance to be featured on the World Moms Blog website. This morning as I dropped off my oldest at ...

Vacation Wrap-up

Well, the DH and I got home on Saturday afternoon and had a very nice vacation.  He even tolerated going to a yarn store with me!  More on that later this week, though. Besides visiting this lovely lighthouse, which is Currituck Sound Lighthouse, by the way, we spent time out and about on the beach, shopping, and relaxing.  I even had a good afternoon to fly my beginner stunt kite.  And I took lots of pictures.  Lots.  And I knit a ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details

“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” John Wooden Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details Weekly Photo Challenge: Lost in the Details Frankly, I find some of the challenges more difficult than others. Perhaps I over think it, don’t get it, resist it, fight it, or dog-ate-my-paper-it = make excuses for lingering over it. Maybe I get lost in the details because of the ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: Jersey Battle of Flowers

The Jersey Battle of Flowers is an annual flower festival held in the Channel Islands of Jersey, which is located between the south coast of the UK and northern France. It is  held on the 2nd Thursday of August. The main attraction is the show-stopping parade of flower-covered floats. Participants create these magnificent works of art, where some are as large as 45 ft wide, in hopes of winning the coveted top prize, the “Prix d’Honneur.” Thousands of fresh flowers, mainly ...

Handspun Hat

I finally put some of the handspun I made on my drop spindle to good use.  I knit myself a hat, of course. I used the three skeins that I have acquired through spinning of the natural wool roving I had been working with.I love the natural rustic colors with the unevenness of the yarn.  It's cool, I like it, and it's mine. Here's the nitty gritty on Ravelry, if you are interested. If you are a spinner, what have you created from ...

Columbia – Land of Flowers

Columbia – Land of Flowers

At Grower Direct we search the world in our efforts to bring our customers the finest flowers available. During the two decades Grower Direct has been retailing flowers we have developed a distinct fondness for flowers grown in Colombia, as have our customers. Nature has been particularly kind to Colombia by providing it with everything required to commercially grow the finest flowers. Ideal climate, perfect soil, and and an even amount of light year round. Since the introduction of flowers as ...

Reasons to Grow Succulents

Succulents are one of the hottest trends in gardening now, beautifying both indoor and outdoor spaces. If you don’t know what they are, succulents (sometimes called fat plants) are plants, like the hens and chicks plant, that have thick, fleshy leaves and stems that help them retain water in dry climates. Succulents come in a wide variety of unusual, yet striking shapes and a magnitude of stunning colours, including blue-green, purple, orange, pink, yellow, and white. You might have seen them ...

Cleome – The Spider Flower

This pretty annual is called the spider flower or spider plant because of its long stamens that resemble spider legs. If you like unusual or exotic plants, this beauty is a must for your garden! But do be careful, if you live in a warm climate this plant has a reputation for self sowing and overtaking the garden. However as the roots are fairly shallow any rogue plants are easy to pull out, just wear gloves! Native to South America, cleome ...

Prisoner Of The Heart

Prisoner Of The Heart Prisoner Of The Heart is an intensely personal piece which I have debated about even posting here. Sometimes I find that the work flows and sometimes it is extremely difficult. I have decided to tell the story of this piece, as it may help others of you out there who are struggling ‘with the work’. Never under estimate the power of your work to speak to you, the artist.  If you allow it to, it can unlock things ...

Flower Arrangements that Don’t Need Vases

To vase or not to vase, that is the question. Do flowers need vases? Most often than not, the answer is yes, especially with fresh cut flowers. But as German artist-photographer Diana Scherer illustrates with her “Nurture Studies,” sometimes the flowers are even more beautiful without the constraints of a vase. Through the course of six months, she nurtured the growth of flowers from seed in the confines of a vase. During that time, Scherer carefully monitors the plant, making sure ...

Author Archive: Brahm - alfred lives here

Brahm - alfred lives here

I began this blog in fall 2009, after seeing Julie and Julia, a movie which inspired others to cook and had no such effect on me. I have always been a wannabe writer, and always had tons of opinions, so this was a natural fit. Random thoughts, big gay opinions, sarcastic observations, shared stories, political musings, quote collecting, and lots of love for Alfred the adorable Havanese.

Happy World Television Day!

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Today is World Television Day… and yes I am accepting presents for this important holiday. In December 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 November as World Television Day, commemorating the first World Television Forum in 1996. …the United Nations cannot achieve its purposes unless the peoples of the world are fully informed of its aims …

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Anderson Lives Here…

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Introducing Alfred’s new little brother, Anderson Quinn, who we call Andy… born September 4th, brought home November 18th, this ten week old beagle is the newest addition to our family! Over the last few months Alfie has gotten used to being the only dog in the house, so he has some adjusting to do, but is …

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The End Of Your Life Book Club…

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I read about The End Of Your Life Book Club online and downloaded it right away. This was a smart decision, as I loved – LOVED – this literate, heartfelt, touching book. I laughed a little, I cried a little, I could not put the damn thing down. In 2007, Mary Anne Schwalbe discovered that she …

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James Bond, Streisand, Obama: what a week….

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Last week was a crazy one for so many of us, from our first major blast of winter here in the great white north (a crazy 25 cm of snow)… to the frenzy over the US election (to quote Beyonce, Take that, Mitches)… and yet there is always my escape to pop culture world… Here are …

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Doggie Halloween 2012…

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Happy Halloween from alfred lives here! This year Alfred is a little convict, and yes he is guilty…. guilty of cuteness! Each year I dress Alfie up in a Halloween costume and take pictures. I enjoy it because he is so darn cute, Alfred doesn’t particularly enjoy the experience. He does however enjoy the bits of cheese …

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Doggie Halloween: The Past….

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Alfie is five years old, and yes every Halloween I have dressed the little dude up in costume. I wrestle it on him and then take a picture, and then never put the costume on him again. And yes I know some people disapprove of costumes for pets; and nope I don’t really care, as I …

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