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Photo Challenge: Unusual

The theme for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is “Unusual”. There’s a pig’s ear on my plate! This is an unusual photograph of a piglet’s ear. Yes, you read correctly, and what’s more, I was about to eat it! Lunching with some friends I reluctantly ordered Leitão assado à Bairrada (suckling pig). “Okay, no pig deal,” I thought as squirmed in my seat not wanting to appear whimpish. The last time I had suckling pig it was just like chunks of roast pork. No ...

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 ...

Lamb Shanks

Ingredients: 4 sprigs fresh rosemary 3 cloves garlic - crushed and finely chopped 6 lamb shanks 1 bottle dry white wine 4 tablespoons of olive oil 3 large onions - chopped 3 cloves of minced garlic 4 large carrots - chopped 3 bay leaves 4 sprigs fresh thyme (leaves only) 1 liter beef stock Salt and Pepper to taste. Method: Mix the wine, garlic, rosemary and bay leaves to make a marinade.  Place the lamb shanks in a large flat dish and pour the marinade over.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (the ...

More than bars, parties

How timely!  An article in the Mason City Globe Gazette about South Padre Island! "SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — South Padre Island is famous as a spring break destination with concerts, bikini contests and plenty of partying by the college kids who flock here by the tens of thousands throughout March. But South Padre isn’t just beaches, bars and dance parties. It’s also home to a major water-sports scene with year-round surfing, kiteboarding, windsurfing and other activities. South Padre sits on the ...

Freebie Friday: Free Desktop Calendars for March 2014

March is upon us & with the month of March comes Spring! I don’t know about where you live but here it has been a long cold winter, Spring can’t get here fast enough! Celebrate the new season with our Free Desktop Wallpapers! To download, click on chosen image, it will open in a new window. Right click and select “Save Image As…” Save onto your desktop. The wallpapers are perfect for widescreen monitors; the resolutions are 1920 x 1080.

Name Your New Year Resolution

As a blogger, I’m almost obligated by the fictional Blogger Code of Conduct to write a post about New Year resolutions. It comes with the territory. So to keep my non-existent blogging certification and license in place, here’s my requisite resolution post. In 2012 I hereby resolve to complete the following: 1. Train and complete two full marathons, one in the first half and the other the second half of the year 2. Earn at least my purple belt in Karate 3. Strive to write at ...

the worst week of my life – tuesday

the worst week of my life - tuesday

Just to jolt your respective memories: We are moving in 3 days. Work really, really sucks and I have sent my CV to an excellent and very lucrative prospective employer. Let's all hold thumbs, now!! What do you think? I have more than 10 years experience in all aspects of the printing industry - sales, graphic design, pre-press, production and quality control. I can contribute loyalty, reliability, accuracy and enthusiasm. Also, we have procured a baby Rottweiler and taken in another mysterious creature which ...

Look, Ma, I'm tatting!

Back in March, my friend Amanda lent me a tatting shuttle and some crochet thread after she had shown me tatting.  Amanda did a demonstration on how to do it, and I thought it looked pretty. A few nights after that, I tried to teach myself.  And I tried.  I just couldn't do it.  I could not get that darn stitch to flip.  I gave up on it.  Until a few nights ago. Oh, what is tatting?  Tatting is a way to ...

How to Create a Fresh Pumpkin Flower Arrangment

It’s that time of the year again! It’s pumpkin season! Pumpkins are great because they are so versatile! Not only can you create delicious pies and soups with them, you can use them as vases to display the beauty of fall flowers! Here are some beautiful flower arrangement ideas to inspire you! Want to make one? It’s easier than it looks! Here’s how to create your own pumpkin flower arrangement: Materials needed: 1 pumpkin vase or other container to hold the flowers fresh flowers and other ...

Fabulous Finds: Valentine’s Day Decor and Gifts

Life may be like “a box of chocolates,” as Forrest Gump would say. But that doesn’t mean everyone wants one for Valentine’s Day. If you want to give your loved one something that lasts longer than a sweet confection, check out these fabulous finds. Each one is sure to put a smile on their face. Smith & Hawken Cream Curved Wood Wreath; 21.25″. Priced at $33.99; www.target.com. Red Foil Ceramic Bowl. Priced at $34.95; www.pier1.com. Go Home Venice Candlesticks; pack of two. ...

Fun Flower Facts: Nasturtium

Nasturtium (Tropaeolum) is a genus of flowering plants known for their brightly coloured flowers and attractive foliage. It is native to jungles of Peru. There are trailing, climbing, and dwarf varieties. The showy flowers can be single or double and come in fiery shades of reds, oranges, and yellows. Leaves are pale green and umbrella-shaped with long stems. Nasturtiums are the perfect flowers for beginner gardeners! These annuals are very easy to grow from seed, drought tolerant and can be be grown ...

Cool Places to See Flowers: Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay, which is home to thousands of rare plants and flowers, is one of the most spectacular, environmentally-friendly parks in the world. This 250 acre, award-winning park located in Singapore consists of 3 beautiful waterfront gardens and 2 energy-efficient conservatories. In the two conservatories, the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, visitors will have the opportunity to see many unique and interesting plants from around the world. The Flower Dome features cool-dry climate plants, such as succulents, and eucalyptus; ...

Monet, Monet, Monet

Monet, Monet, Monet

I am not known for my vast knowledge of art.  Surely, you have picked up on the fact that there are a number of things that I am not a connoisseur of.   My inspiration to go to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art today was not so much that I have been waiting my whole life for three panels of Monet's Water Lilies to be displayed together but the fact they are being displayed and I don't like to miss ...

Garden Diary: Container gardening – Cochonilhas and Mealybugs

On Monday, I met up with Joan a fellow “container” garden  enthusiast  and a regular visitor to my blog. It was great to not only see all her wonderful pots of fruit, vegetables and flowers, ask numerous questions ranging from types of compost, worm farms to problems with insects, but also discuss our successes and failures.  For example I discovered Joan’s zucchini suffered from the same problems as mine – once the flowers fall off the end of the baby ...

Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

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 ...

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Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside In confined spaces, everything becomes pronounced, re-framed in a constrained, yet focused way. For this photo project, I decided to let the photos speak to you before I add my interpretations of what they represent. What do you see inside each shot? Where are they located? What do these shots tell you? …

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Visions from Vail

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Sometimes it’s impossible to leave work behind. And honestly, who wants to when work involves inspiring design?! Julie, our Project Manager at BGI, recently vacationed in Vail, Colorado with her family and couldn’t resist taking pictures of the town’s picturesque architecture and design. It was her first time skiing in almost 20 years and she said …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

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After spending the month of February contemplating the word – Perspective – for NaBloPoMo, I was nicely surprised to see it as the chosen word for this week’s photo challenge. One thing I know for sure is that 10 people can look at a painting or photograph and come away with different opinions about what they saw. I’ve always found this important point fascinating …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

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Even though, I take pictures of all sorts of things, I often don’t take pictures of abandoned buildings because there is usually a sadness about them. But the truth is that at different points in our lives, we move on, abandoning what no longer serves our lives … It is part of our growth process. We must learn to embrace the change. …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: The Power Of Threes

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“There are three constants in life… change, choice and principles.” Stephen Covey Weekly Photo Challenge: The Power of Threes Weekly Photo Challenge: Three Is a Trend… When I read this week’s challenge, the first thing that crossed my mind was the Holy Trinity and the power that is invested in that triangle. As I was thinking of what …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

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“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” George Sand Cherished wintering birds in our yard Wintering birds in our yard A wintering bird in our yard This week’s photo challenge calls for a treasure or treasures we cherish. The obvious comes to mind …

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