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How to Create Alcoholic Beverages from Roses

Commercial alcoholic drinks are pretty much obsolete now days but if you can get your hands on a cookbook or two that are really old, you’ll find some great recipes for making rose wine, rose liqueur, rose syrup and floral liqueurs using other flowers. For the purpose of this post we are going to stick to using roses. Any roses that you are going to consume MUST be organic. Unfortunately you can’t stop in at a local florist to get the ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Indulge

The theme for this weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is “Indulge” Fruit tarte Fruit tarte in France Every time we go to France I love to indulge myself by looking in the windows of Pâtisseries. Their wonderful array of dainty pastries and sweets gives me “foodie” palpitations in anticipation. However, I rarely succumb to temptation as I am desperately trying to lose weight. I know, I know I should live dangerously and indulge! Instead I console myself by looking, dreaming and drooling! On this ...

The Royal Flush

The writing prompt this week at the Trifecta Writing Challenge is the third definition of the word, ZOMBIE. 3.   ”a mixed drink made of several kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juice” The only other requirement is that the piece contains between 33 and 333 words. *** 10/31/1988: a date etched in the collective memory of staff and patrons of the French Quarter’s Ace-Deuce Lounge. Joey Mastroianni was nobody’s favorite. Obnoxious and loud by design, holidays such as Mardi Gras, Halloween and April Fool’s Day served to magnify his lack of social skills. ...

I’ve Been Drafted…

It seems I’ve been recruited into a battle of bloggers. The masterminds of this battle royale are Rob Shepard and Ricky Anderson respectively – who are actually great friends but highly competitive. In fact, these two guys are so stoked by the thrill of competition – they’ve pooled resources and commisioned an original cartoon drawing of all us blogging “combatants” by the gifted artist Wes Molebash. [EdiTOR's Note: In the picture  above, I'm depicted on the right hand side, third from the top in the brown tee-shirt with ...

Community: Some PostADay Lessons…

“A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living” Rudolf Steiner Community: Great ones flow like precious water... The PostADay Challenge has been a very rewarding effort even with the time it demands of us. I’ve met many terrific bloggers and formed some special new alliances. What I have learned so far: Connecting with my new blogging friends and ...

Gardening in New Orleans

Our garden is growing – we have tomatoes, peppers, cucumber and melon plus a lot of herbs growing at breakneck speed. Something new is always popping up. The funny thing about gardening is that once you figure it out in one place there is NO guarantee you will be successful (at first) in a different place. Some of the tomatoes are being eaten by something – not cutworms, but something I have yet to identify. There are bugs and worms that I ...

Weekend on the Plaza

Two Thoughts for Tuesday Thought #1 Staycation in Kansas City I know I am starting to sound like a travel blog with all my posts about Kansas City.  This is, however, where I currently reside after moving hither and yon for the last forty years.   Over the long Labor Day weekend we stayed in town and had a KC vacation. Kansas City is known for a lot of different things.  Usually out-of-towners bring up the barbecue (KC style not to be confused with ...

BGI Receives 2013 Designer of the Year Award

We are honored and thrilled to announce Barbara Gilbert Interiors has received a Designer of the Year Award from the national Interior Design Society! We received the first place award for Bath Designs under $30,000 for a glamorous master bathroom remodel. The design of the room was based on our client’s desire for a fresh, updated space with a subtle and feminine palette to reflect her personal style. She was beginning a new phase in her life and wanted her home ...

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 ...

Weekend of Fiber Goodness

No, no, I'm not talking bran here.  I'm talking wool, in various forms. I was fortunate to have a long weekend, meaning I had Monday off for Columbus Day.  It was fantastic.  First, most of what was stressing me out?  I got done by Sunday morning.  I had a lot of time then to do what I wanted to do! (See, I sweat the small stuff too much.) Sunday, I decided to get out my drop spindles and give then a whirl. ...

Black-Eyed Susans

Scientific Name: Rudbeckia (Asteraceae) Chances are you have seen this flower. They are commonly found growing in gardens, fields and all around the countryside. Black-eyed susans are wildflowers native to North America. They are easily distinguished with their dark brown, almost black, centers with bright yellow daisy-like petals. They also have coarse, hairy foliage. Black-eyed susans are perfect for the beginner gardener. They are super easy to grow, low maintenance and the plants grow quickly. All you would have to do is ...

the mole is dead. bones. scattered scat. and more!

yesterday (sunday), the sky at 11:20 am... oOo if you're not new here...and you've wandered the woods with me before... then you know i collect bones, feathers,  insect wings, rocks & stones. you also know that months ago we found a dead Opossum and i buried him out back... with plans to dig up the bones. and i did. but i was surprised to find that the skeleton was not in one piece. the bones are scattered. little by little i've unearthed some bones... my latest find is one scapula... views of the Opossum's ...

Guiness World Records Flower Facts

The world of flowers is fascinating. It’s full of weird and wonderful things. On this blog alone, we have covered designer clothes inspired by flowers, amazing flower festivals, plants that kill people, glow in the dark flowers, and more! But as impressive as those things are, they pale in comparison to these Guinness World Record holders! The Largest Fresh Flower Lei-Garland In 2012, in Chennai, India, 120 people created the world’s largest fresh-flower lei, which measured 5.01 km (3.11 miles) long. The ...

Fun Flower Facts: Plumeria

Plumeria are tropical flowering plants with over 300 species native to Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America.  They are popular ornamental plants that can be grown as shrubs or small trees. Sizes vary depending on the variety, but some can grow up to 30 feet tall! Plumeria are cultivated for their showy, fragrant flowers that bloom from spring until early fall.  Flowers come in shades of yellow, white, pink and red. These deciduous plants are also characterized by their ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Senility

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I just don’t understand. Everything was moving forward, falling into place, and dragging me along for the ride, but now… nothing. Worse than nothing. What am I going to do? I made all these promises that now, I can’t keep. Dozens of people are relying on me, but I can’t come through for them. I’ve lost …

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My Brain

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I saw my psychiatrist this afternoon. I explained the events of the weekend and while I hear him being proud of me, honestly proud isn’t why I did what I did. In my brain I did it for the animals, to which they are all home with loved ones. My physical and emotional self, now that’s a different story. Dr. M said that everything is very raw right now, it hasn’t even been longer than 2 days so in his mind …

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Out of Body Feeling

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Yesterday I was one of a few first responders on scene to a multiple car fatality. I keep having visions of the deceased, I see him everywhere. I see everything about that afternoon. Friends said to take the support of Victim’s Services and call them and I have done so. I am relieved that what I am experiencing is “normal” “i.e. as a result of the trauma”. …

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Pushing Through the Pain

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I’ve got so much filtering through my head. I don’t know where to begin. When I started my eating disorder program last November, I really felt that the travel to wellness was going to happen. After exposure to some other groups and such; I’ve had different emotions arise, many I hadn’t expected or dreamed of. I …

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Cupid Must Think I’m Stupid!

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Valentine’s schmalentine’s, who gives a crap? Is this day just for daters and maters or for the general population? I’ve been married 35 years and I’ve yet to get a valentine gift. Of course I’m not the type to make a fuss. I like to silently seethe. Actually, I come from Worcester County, which happens to …

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Heart Matters: National Wear Red Day

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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson National Wear Red Day – Raising Awareness About Heart Disease General statistics Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease causes 1 in 3 women’s deaths each year, …

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