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Amsterdam...Part Twee (Dutch for the word two) I am committed to wrap up my travelogue today....yes, I am sure you are eager for me to get back to my normal nonsense (with the word normal being used in the most broad spectrum sort of way).  The problem for today is whittling down this last post as I still had a number of things I originally planned to talk about. Things like cell phone usage in Europe, acquiring health care coverage for ...

I Love This Great Soup!

First of all, this is not an article about medical advice and it is not an article about how other people might lose body weight by using my soup recipe.  This is an article meant to share my recipe for a great soup and, for some reason, I personally lost 5 pounds in a week using it twice a day. That does not mean I believe for a minute that anyone who uses this soup is going to lose weight.  But ...

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 ...

Mashed Cauliflower Not Mashed Potatoes

A low-calorie, tasty alternative to mashed potatoes is mashed cauliflower. I actually think they taste better although you may not be able to tell the difference by just looking at them. Since going to a primarily whole food plant-based diet there are only a few things I really miss. One of them is the butter on and sour cream in mashed potatoes. After watching everyone at Thanksgiving scarf them down I decided I had to pacify myself with a big batch ...

Share Your World #23

Share your world too, at Cee’s Photography Blog! 1) Are you mostly a clean or messy person? I am clean, but untidy. Who knows how the tape measure ended up in the oven? And what about the time I found a sock in my purse? 2) As a kid was there any kind of candy that you didn’t like to get? Necco wafers. How about now? Necco wafers. 3) Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets? Oh, hell yes. I am pretty sure that I ...

Do You Remember Dr. Love?

from: thebaileyteam.com I must apologize for my absence in the last week. I've been dabbling in many projects lately and posting seems to always end up off the bottom of the list. I really hate that an am going to make a concerted effort to post more regularly. Wanna know why? Of course my first reason to be more consistent is that it'll make you who actually read me (waives to my loyal little group) happy but I have a new ...

8 Delicious Chrysanthemum Recipes

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 ...

Amazing Garden Sculptures at the Montreal Botanic Garden

You don’t need to speak or understand French to enjoy one of the greatest gardens in the world, the Montreal Botanic Garden in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. The 75 hectare garden (French: Jardin Botanique de Montreal) features over 3 million plants, but the main attraction this year is the “Mosaïcultures Internationales de Montréal,” an international competition for horticultural artists. This year, more than 50 larger-than-life, breathtaking horticultural sculptures were displayed The theme for this year’s competition is “Land of Hope,” and organizers ...

Flowers to Celebrate Grandparents Day

Today is Grandparents Day! It is a holiday that is celebrated in most countries around the world on the second Sunday in September. Like Mother’s and Father’s Day, it is a day to celebrate our loved ones—this time, our grandparents. Grandparents, well senior citizens in general, are often neglected and forgotten in today’s busy world. They usually live away from their families, often in long term care facilities, which can lead to sadness and depression. So it is important to show ...

Preventing Plant Troubles

All gardens, no matter how well maintained are subject to troubles from insects and diseases that can, and will attack your plants as soon as your back is turned! The best way to handle plant troubles is PREVENTION. Choose your plants carefully! Bulbs: You want bulbs that are solid & firm at the base with no growth. Ensure they are are mold free. Stay away from bulbs that are covered if they are covered in withered scales. Most are planted in Autumn but ...

The Meeting

The Meeting I was amazed that I managed to find so many smaller paintings in the ‘Secrets’ painting. The colour in these works was were softer than the original and the areas more highly developed. The meeting developed from this area of  ’Secrets.’   As in the other works in this series, the figures became more clearly defined as I worked on the painting.  The colours were softer and the figures became contained within a landscape.  Here is the completed painting, ‘The Meeting.’  It ...

Learn to Make a Halloween Flower Arrangement

Learn to Make a Halloween Flower Arrangement

We can’t contain our excitement! Halloween is just a day away! Have you carved your pumpkin yet? Have you decorated your home yet? Don’t worry, there’s still time! Decorating your home will get you in the Halloween spirit. And all you need are flowers! Adding flowers to your home is an easy and affordable way to add some beauty and interest to your decor. There are many fresh flowers available this time of year. Use dark coloured flowers and plants ...

The Plantosaurus Rex Exhibit

The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, California is very proud of it’s latest exhibit The Plantosaurus Rex, and so they should be! The exhibit showcases 3 different periods the Triassic and Jurassic periods when plant life was rather boring and simple, devoid of colour but then it moves into the Cretaceous period and becomes a vivid kaleidoscope of colour as plants developed flowers & fruits. So why the big change in plants? Most scientists believe with dinosaurs and other animals ...

Author Archive: CC Cole - Gastar

CC Cole - Gastar

A relatively new blog featuring my "Gastar" book series along with other fun articles/reviews in the dark fantasy and other genres.

Catelyn’s Cause

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Catelyn Stark meets with the lead character of the Gastar novellas. A tall wingless demon stood outside of Shevata’s hideout in Hell; a comfortable apartment with gilded velvet furniture. A desk stood in the middle for some bookkeeping and the few rejections Zermon had her review before exiling souls from eternal doom. “She’s waiting inside.” Shevata …

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Afterlife of the Viking

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Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before them in chains. “If you want to drop this one in the pit, then do it.” Shevata attempted to jump down to leave, but Zermon held her back. “No, little devil. Let’s meet this man.” He handed her the scroll. She glanced a scowl as she unrolled it and read …

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On High in Infidelity

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Regardless of the story, is it historical romance, sci-fi, Dark Fantasy, or documentary, somewhere in a marriage if there is infidelity, there will be controversy. Even in the most accepted of cultures of arranged marriages and multiple wives, one wife “trumps” another wife usually over when they married and how many sons were born, depending on the culture. …

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The Prince in the Underworld

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Shevata felt underwhelmed by one of the most unassuming men she had ever seen. The tall, balding man strolled in with quiet confidence, wearing a button down shirt and trousers, with no weapons. Other than taking directions from the demon that led him inside, he seemed completely unafraid. He motioned to the chair in front of her desk. “May I?” She nodded and he sat, crossing his legs. …

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On the Love of Intrigue

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So many aspects of stories reel in the readers of books or viewers of films or shows, be it action, fantasy, drama, horror, but on the short list of it all is the lure of intrigue, when we must know what happens next and a few hours sleep or loads of laundry won’t stop us. Many daytime television dramas I recall watching as a kid not missing them so much when school started, but during summer I hated …

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The Judgment of The Khal

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Shevata’s face froze as she read the length scroll. One of the higher demons sat a stone table beside the obsidian throne where she sat and placed an elaborate goblet of gold and filled it with a green liquid from a silver pitcher. She shook her head at the demon. “Only Zermon can make this happen. Only he can create a higher demon.” The demon completed his task, making certain the …

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