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Another Plant-based Lasagna — with Butternut, Onion, Spinach and Cashew “Cheese”

After the butternut tacos, I got to thinking. . . Now I am on a butternut squash kick. Next on the agenda: Lasagna. Honestly, I probably would not even have tried this, but David and I had a version of it a while back that was to die for. That one was full of ricotta and mozzarella cheese. This one uses cashew “cheese” instead. Because the butternut squash is so smooth and creamy you won’t even miss the cheese. Be forewarned that ...

Waiting…

This post is inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is Waiting Fishermen spend hours fishing from the rocks or shoreline “waiting” to catch a fish. Waiting patiently for the fish to bite! They cast their line into the sea and then wait patiently for the tell-tale signs which signify a fish has taken the bait. As I watch the fishermen I feel although this is a solitary hobby, it is one I would really enjoy. If only I could ...

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A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week .. some time ago .. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savour and remember

Parashat Shemini - Kosher Korner

This week we read Parashat Shemini, found in the Book of Leviticus.  Our health certainly guides what we put in our mouths.  For some, eating is just a need…they’re hungry, so they eat. This week’s Parashat teaches us what we should eat and what we shouldn’t, and that how we feed ourselves is sacred and relevant to our identity and our community. Kashrut gives us an opportunity to eat with holiness, and to transform ourselves. It tells us to pay attention ...

Lentil Loaf

After all the food in New Orleans I was ready for some “plain” food. The simple food of my childhood. . . I scrounged around the kitchen and came up with lentils and rice and I was in business! It took about 10 minutes to assemble the loaf and 60 minutes to bake it. I threw a couple of potatoes in the oven with it. When it was time to eat I steamed some broccoli and made a quick salad. Funny how ...

Musings: Keep It Simple & Blog Hop…

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” Henry David Thoreau Musings: Keep It Simple & Blog Hop... Simplify your life; tune out the noise... Sometimes, the best way to refocus and turn down the noise is to simplify our lives and the way we do things… The constant din around us; voices, things, people urging us on to do, to be, to become, ...

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 ...

X-Ray Flowers

British photographer and artist Hugh Turvey created these strikingly beautiful x-ray images of flowers. Through these amazingly detailed images, views are given the opportunity to see flowers in a different light. Photo credit: Hugh Turvey He is inspired by all that is around him and enjoys the discovery that comes with his work. He can be quoted as saying, “I’m driven by my curiosity. I have an insane curiosity for how things work. X-ray gives me a way to get that insight ...

Milligan’s Gander Hill Farm For Sale

This is the big news I promised you from my last post. We have decided to sell the farm and now have it listed with a realty company. We have been at the farm this past week getting the farm ready to sell and looking at other farms. The more I learn about farming the more I realize that our current land would only be good for just a few head of cattle and probably not much more then that, I want to raise more then ...

The Hopelessness of Hope

The Hopelessness of Hope

Hope: The feeling that what is wanted can be had. Hopeless: Not able to learn, or act, perform, work as desired. When I was a child I found a chrysalis with a butterfly just beginning to emerge. I watched for the longest time as she struggled to be free of the shell that I saw as her trap. When she’d stop fighting to rest, I believed she was hopeless. Her dream of becoming a butterfly destroyed by her horrible situation. What I didn’t ...

Weird and Unusual Plant: The Dancing Plant (Codariocalyx Motorius)

People aren’t the only living creatures that love to dance. And we’re not talking about animals. Believe it or not, there is a plant that also enjoys grooving to the beat. Codariocalyx motorius (or Desmodium gyrans), also known as the Telegraph plant or semaphore plant, is  quite the fascinating plant! It is a tropical Asian shrub that has rapid plant movement—just like the Sensitive Plant and the Venus flytrap.The leaves move up and down rhythmically, as if the plant is dancing or ...

Fun Flower Facts: Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)

Is that some kind of brush? Nope, it’s a flower called the red hot poker! Red Hot Poker, also known scientifically as Kniphofia (knee-FOE-fee-ah), is a genus of about 70 exotic plants native to South Africa that produces brightly-coloured spiky flowers in shades of red, orange, yellow or a combination of these colours.  These dramatic, eye-catching plants can grow to be 2 to 5 feet high. Kniphofias are popular cultivated plants, as they are easy to grow and hardy! They produce the ...

Inspiration: Love Is An Unfurling Bloom Within…

“Love is always within. When you try to dramatize your love, you lose the depth of the love.” Charan Singh Inspiration: Love Is An Unfurling Bloom Within... unfurling with a dragon fly in tow.. Inspiration: Love Is An Unfurling Bloom Within... Inspiration: Love Is An Unfurling Bloom Within... Love Is A Flowering Bloom Within… This thing we call love, we give it many names; definitions, declarations, demonstrations. We try to box it in and plant it squarely at out feet. We adore it and abhor ...

Lucas County Farm

Some of the many trees of the Lucas county farm For those of you who are just now following this, we are trying to sell our current farm and  we are in the process of looking for a farm with more pasture land. It had taken over a year of looking to find our first place and I thought we might have to look a long while before we found something we both liked, but on the second farm we looked at it was ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Easterrific: $100 Educational Toys Planet Giveaway!

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Are you a parent who loves buying smart toys for your kids? Do you sometimes find the marketplace overwhelming because of all the junky toys you see? Educational Toys Planet will put a smile on your face. Better yet, you can enter to win this Easteriffic $100 gift for your child to buy some new toys there. So go for it! With the holiday season now behind us and Easter just around the corner …

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St. Patrick’s Day: 10 Fascinating Facts About This Holiday

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! One of the joys of this day of revelry and parades is how much fun and creativity goes into celebrating this day. The parades showcase the best of Ireland and it’s immigrant population around the world, and people gather to toast to Saint Paddy and drink a Guinness stout in his memory. Of course, all the celebratory zeal means the parades linger on for quite a while.. …

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International Women’s Day: Inspiring Change

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Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), also known as International Working Women’s Day and the theme for this year is – Inspiring Change. The premise for the 2014 IWD theme is that we still need to not only champion the social, political and economic achievements of women, but also to continue to fight for women’s rights and inspire change globally …

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Prom Dresses: Fashionable Styles And Tips

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Did you attend your high School Prom? Do you remember what you wore? In case you’ve forgotten, Prom Night is around the corner, and it’s time for High School seniors to learn some shopping tips to help them find fabulous gowns and tuxedos for the occasion. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, Prom Night …

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Presidents’ Day: 44 Inspirational and Motivational Quotes

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You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln Presidents’ Day: Seal Of the President Inspirational Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light. George Washington Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, …

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Top 10 Things You Don’t Want On Valentine’s Day

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“I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.” Author Unknown Happy Valentine’s Day 2014 – Dead Flowers are a no no Dead Flowers A Card With That Hoochie’s Name On It A Gift Addressed …

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