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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 ...

We’re Growing, You’re Winning, Let’s Celebrate!

I’m excited! There have been so many enthusiastic notes, emails, and phone calls from you letting me know why you – or a friend you nominated – would be the perfect recipient of this month’s FREE Hope Coaching Services giveaway! I am overwhelmed by the courage, tenacity, and painful progress of the wonderful women and their families I’ve read about over the last two weeks, and it has been challenging to choose one FREE Hope Coaching recipient for April. “KP” ...

THAT DON'T MAKE YOU ALL BAD/REAL LIFE SERIES

This is the Tenth in a series of  guest posts ......it's about real struggle..real life...real pain...and getting through to the other side....thank you to all my guests for helping me find my voice.... This man Roy Durham also writes  humor,GOD, serious and informative all in one blog........ I am honored to have him here..Please show Roy  the love and encouragement you have to me... Dear Bonnie, There are many things that have happened to me over the years. Some were done to me and, some I have done ...

Trader Joe's, We Have To Talk....

Dear Trader Joe's: You know I have shown my loyalty to you many times over the years. Yes, there was the time you discontinued my favorite Sweet n' Hot Mustard. It took me months of therapy, and bags--cases I would estimate--of your Baked Cheese Crunchies, but I learned to trust you again. Trader Joe's, you had me at “Better N’ Peanut Butter.” I see you almost every day. More than I see anyone aside from my immediate family, who live just .3 ...

An Open Thank You to Julie Clements!

I have been remiss in publishing on this blog for about a week and depended on the guest posts to keep you all entertained. My day job as the managing partner of a small advertising agency and family matters have consumed my time. I don't offer that as an excuse...merely an explanation. In the meantime as is typical of every month I offer up other blogger sites with recommendations and referrals in the hope that you will read them and support ...

I Quit Sugar!

At least once a week someone asks me how in the world and quit sugar. I can’t tell you how many people talk to me about quitting sugar in any given week. They have read. They know it is an addiction. They can tell me all the reasons they should quit. But the actual quitting? That is a whole other thing! Most people try (and fail)  many times before they actually do it. I know I did! I decided to quit ...

Better Than Sex... Cake and a Guest

OK, let me start out by saying this is my second attempt at posting for today. I’m not sure what happened to the first one but I think it’s floating around in cyberspace somewhere in a few hundred pieces. I’m not one that gives up easily so I’m doing it again. Today I feel like a cook and I want to share one of my favorite dessert recipes with you. It is mouth-watering good and easy to put together. I gave ...

Bored? Knit a square!

And that's pretty much what I did this weekend.  I also needed squares from my Lovegood blanket over at Hogwarts at Ravelry, where I am a member of House Ravenclaw.  Harry Potter for the win! So, I decided on two different squares.  The first is a horseshoe cable square.  I like it!  Cables are fun, especially when you read you pattern correctly and it comes out correctly.  Interested in trying it yourself?  Here's the link to the pattern on Ravelry. The purple ...

Reasons to Grow Succulents

Succulents are one of the hottest trends in gardening now, beautifying both indoor and outdoor spaces. If you don’t know what they are, succulents (sometimes called fat plants) are plants, like the hens and chicks plant, that have thick, fleshy leaves and stems that help them retain water in dry climates. Succulents come in a wide variety of unusual, yet striking shapes and a magnitude of stunning colours, including blue-green, purple, orange, pink, yellow, and white. You might have seen them ...

Revision and Refinancing

Six years ago my husband and I decided to act on our dream of building our own home. We mocked up various floor plans, all of which kept getting larger and larger, including stained glass windows in our hand carved mahogany front door, and terracotta tiles imported from Italy. Oh yes our dream kept getting more and more extravagant with every new sketch. Then we came to our senses and re-membered our dream. To live in a cozy cabin on ...

Trend Report: Tribal Patterns

It’s hard not to have noticed the recent explosion of tribal patterns in interior design, and for good reason. Nothing is quite as intriguing as the combination of bold patterns and texture in tribal textiles. The designs simply beg to be touched and add instant interest and vibrancy to any space. But just what are those patterns you’re seeing in all the stores and magazines? Here’s the scoop! Ikat started the recent trend and quickly spread everywhere, from fashion to interiors. ...

Weird & Wacky: Rose Proliferation

Believe it or not, roses are not always beautiful and perfect. Sometimes, they can turn ugly! Rose proliferation is when a new bud along with its unfurling leaves will grow through the center of a rose that is already in full bloom. The science behind rose proliferation is that the plant’s cells multiply so quickly, they don’t have a chance to stop dividing even when a flower is formed. They will continue to divide and produce new buds in the center ...

Fun Flower Facts: Cyclamen

Cyclamen, a genus of perennials, grows from tubers and is native to Europe and the Mediterranean region. The name Cyclamen comes from the Greek word “kuklos,” meaning circle. Cyclamen is also known as “sowbread,” as it is eaten by pigs. Cyclamens are grown for their scented flowers, reminiscent of an up swept ballerina skirt. The five-petaled flowers come in shades of pink, white or purple. They flower all year round, depending on the species. This delicate beauty was so popular in the ...

Top 5 Plants for Christmas

Adding plants to your home is a simple and cost effective way to add to your decor and to change it up for the various holidays and celebrations throughout the year. Below is my pick of the top 5 houseplants for the Christmas season, and beyond. The Poinsettia Available in red, white or pink, nothing says Christmas like the poinsettia! Easy to care for, long lasting, not poisonous and stunningly beautiful. Winter Cherry Picture from: http://www.adenium-sib.ru/ Solanum capsicastrum, commonly called Jerusalem cherry, Madeira winter ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The History of the Kentucky Derby Garland of Roses

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As we all know, red roses symbolize love and passion. But did you know that it can also represents victory? Thousands of visitors flock to Churchill Downs in Kentucky, Lousianna, USA each May not only to watch the famous horse race and to dress up in fancy clothes and hats, but also to get a glimpse …

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Carlsbad Caverns

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When I was a five year old, my parents and I went to Carlsbad New Mexico to see Carlsbad Caverns. It was an experience that stuck in my mind like glue. I remember it all as if it was yesterday. It would be sixty years before I returned to that area. At my childhood visit, …

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Chinua Achebe: Celebrated Nigerian Author Dies at 82

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“The Ibo people have a proverb that when a man says yes his chi says yes also. Okonkwo said yes very strongly; so his chi agreed.” Chinua Achebe Chinua Achebe: Celebrated Nigerian Author Dies at 82. Photo of Chinua Achebe 1930-2013 RIP It is with great pain and sadness that I share the news of the passing …

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Master of the Zombie Apocalypse

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Disclaimer: if you have an intense fear of your mortality you might want to pass on this post. The public’s fascination with zombies never ceases to amaze me. TV shows like Zombie Hunters, Dead Set and Zombie Apocalypse receive huge ratings. And I know half a dozen bloggers who critique episodes of The Walking Dead with the seriousness of English majors analyzing …

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A Hard Mother To Please

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Many of us were raised by hard to please parents; many of us are dealing with them still. Some consolation can be had in knowing that famous and powerful people also had similar problems, even someone as renowned as Napoleon Bonaparte. By most accounts Napoleon’s mother was hard to impress and not easy to get …

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Kristallnacht – We Must Never Forget

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On November 9–10, 1938, the Nazis staged vicious anti-Jewish riots against the Jewish community of Germany. Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass” reminds us of the countless numbers of broken windows of synagogues, Jewish-owned businesses, community centers and homes that were destroyed. With Nazi support, the rioters burned and destroyed the life of the Jewish community, destroying …

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