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Delicious Vegetarian Main Dishes by Jennifer S. Larson

I’m not sure when I begin to cook. I know I was young’; probably 7 or 8. My one childhood cooking memory is making brownies follow the recipe in the Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls. When I was 8 (maybe 9) my Grandma sent me a cookbook for Christmas. I couldn’t wait to try it out. The first recipe I tried was for brownies. Trust me, I have never tasted a better brownie before or since! That cookbook was the first in ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate…

“The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.” Madame de Stael Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate When I think of the word – delicate, what comes to mind are images of beautiful flower petals, a new birth, or of tender new life forming. Life is delicate… Each of us starts life in this vulnerable manner and then gradually; slowly but surely, we grow in ...

Creme Brulee

Ingredients: 8 egg yolks 1 cup castor sugar 2 tsp vamilla extract 750ml cream 250ml milk 1/4 cup brown sugar. (demerara) Method: Place the egg yolks and castor sugar in a bowl and add the vanilla and whisk. Stir in the cream and milk. Pass the mix through a sieve and divide between six small ramekins. (I sieve it into jug so that I can easily pour the mixture) Place in a pre-heated 140C oven in a bain marie of hot water (a oven dish with water that comes half way ...

On Time: A March Review Of The Blogging Challenge…

“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight then it is swept by and another takes its place and this too will be swept away.” Marcus Aurelius On Time: A March Review... Blogging  Congratulations go out to all of my fellow bloggers for completing the first quarter (25%) of the Daily Post Challenge! January 1, 2011 now seems like only a blink away when we embarked on the ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

“The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss The word Kiss comes from the old English word Cyssan, and it is used, by people of different cultures, to express a wide range of  emotions. A kiss can be used to express love and affection, respect, ritual greeting, religion, peace, and friendship. It can also be used in a ...

Learn How to Make Chocolate Flowers!

Nothing says Christmas quite like chocolate! People love to give and receive chocolate. It’s the perfect no-fuss, no hassle gift. In fact, during the holiday season, retailers sell more boxed chocolates than any other time of the year. But you know what’s better than boxed chocolate? Chocolate flowers, flowers that are made with delicious, mouthwatering chocolate! It sounds fancy, but this video tutorial from www.howtocookthat.net will show you how easy it can be to make your own chocolate flowers: Materials: rolling pin or ...

BBQ’d Piglet on Market Day

Market day in Portugal is always an interesting and colourful experience… Beginning to feel faint from the intense heat I paused in the shade of a large tree to people-watch. I smiled as tourists, oblivious to the scorching sun and their already lobster-red arms and faces, rummaged enthusiastically through the clothes stalls. Brightly coloured tie-dye dresses and tops at just two for €15.00 were waved in tourists faces by sellers with eager smiles looking for a sale. “Good price, you buy, you buy! ...

Who Is That Character?

You have to make your character multidimensional, and not leave him flat.  What creates the most vivid picture, 3D or regular television?   It is a matter of contrast in your characters.  As humans we are very complicated and you have to show that complication in your characters also. That way your reader can really get interested in your character. You may also be tempted to make your character all good or all bad.  Both sides should be shown in your character.  ...

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 ...

Fun Flower Facts: Goldenrod (Solidago)

Goldenrod (Solidago) is a genus of flowering plants native to North America and belongs to the aster family. It can be easily identified by its clusters of small golden yellow flowers that grow on tall, hairy stems. Flowers are strongly scented. Goldenrod grow to be 2-6 feet tall.  Flowers are commonly found growing in fields, road sides and salt marshes, blooming from late summer until fall. Most North Americans consider goldenrod to be a weed for its fast growing, aggressive nature, ...

Have A Country You Can Be Proud Of!

Republicans and Conservatives seem to love to attack Liberals, Democrats and Progressives every chance they get and for any excuse they find convenient. This has been going on for as long as I can remember and I am 73-years-old. Of course it has been getting worse-- I must admit-- in the last ten or so years. I have no memories of being called Communist, Nazi or Filthy Hippie much earlier than about a year ago. This "Red State" and "Blue State" ...

Best Bulbs to Plant in the Fall

With the cooler temperatures and shorter days, you probably want to pack up your gardening tools and call it a day. But before you do, be sure to plant your spring-flowering bulbs! The bulbs are usually planted in late September to early November when the soil is moist soil and when the weather is cool. The cooler weather helps the root systems develop before winter sets in. Here are our favourite bulbs to plant now for spring colour: Tulips These beauties are a ...

How to Get Rid of Groundhogs from Your Garden

Happy Groundhog Day! Groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) may appear cute and harmless, predicting the weather trends every February 2nd. But they are anything but harmless! For gardeners, they can be a real pest to get rid of! These little critters have a huge appetite for all things green. They will eat everything in sight. You could wake up one morning to find all of your beautiful flowers and plants gone! And on top of all that destruction, the burrows they ...

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 ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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Run Like Hell!

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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 would one place their face so close to a human? Because of love and friendship of course. Because someone has to take the risk, step in deep, show their soul, and because one is willing to believe the best, for the conflict exists only within …

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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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Happy Valentine’s Day: A Haiku And Three Wishes

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“If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.” Winston Churchill Three wishes and Three Valentines Happy Valentine’s What do you wish every soul? Global Love for all “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is …

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Flying Solo

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The suitcase sat in an empty corner of her bedroom, labels dangling from its handle, its brand-newness glittering. Deep red, her favourite colour, and the recommended hard shell. The manufacturer promised it to be lightweight. Lightness of being was what she was aiming for. That and a tough exterior. Could the two be achieved together …

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Eulogy

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She stepped up to the podium. On contemplating this moment six months ago, she had told herself she couldn’t possibly face a room full of people. She had decided there would only be a graveside service with immediate family and closest friends. The thought of anything more nearly sank her. But the children …

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Sacred Rituals

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The minutes tick by. The house remains silent. Even the tired old dogs barely wake up for visitors or passersby. Occasionally there is an unexplained burst of wild, crazy energy from the little Scottie. They have been Michael’s nearly constant companions but today they stay away more from his room. Could the strong odour that …

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