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The Bolo Rei – The Portuguese Taste of Christmas

When Steph Blog in France suggested a Christmas Blog Hop I thought what a great idea and maybe someone can share their tried and tested recipe for Bolo Rei as it originates in France! Bolo Rei - a true symbol of the Christmas season Bolo Rei is not simply a cake but also symbol of the Christmas season in Portugal as it is in France. The Bolo Rei (King Cake) originated in France and only arrived in Portugal during the mid-nineteenth century. It is ...

Still Living at Bankside Farm

Another week, another photo prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for Friday Fictioneers. The photo this week is courtesy of Janet Webb and you can see how others have interpreted the prompt here Still Living at Bankside Farm “I did find it mum, it’s a ruin though. Look. I took a photo for you.” She smiles up at me “I’ve found your old home, it’s a ruin.” She takes the photo and stares “My room looks out over the bottom meadow, towards the mill.” I sink down beside her, taking her ...

Nun Fun and Mahi Mahi

Photographer: lindita Title: Nuns Joy Did you ever see something that just lifted your spirits and made the day happier?  I have been so pulled in by all that is going on Japan the past week and it has been weighing on me heavily as it has been on many folks.  That is the down part of having a big heart.  I just feel things deeply and want to “do” something to help.  But for now I can only wait and pray.  So yesterday ...

Beef Stroganoff

I like this recipe cos it's great in summer or winter.  The cool thing about this recipe is that you can have it with pasta, rice or just on a crusty roll and rocket leaves. Ingredients: 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp butter 1 kg sirloin steak cut into thin strips Salt freshly ground black pepper 1 cup flour 1 tsp paprika 1 small onion, grated 250g sliced portabellini mushrooms ( I like these but you can use the ones you like) 1 cup beef stock 1/3 cup sour cream 1 Tbsp ...

The War Within and Probiotics

I’m sure you don’t have to be told that there is a constant war going on in your digestive tract. At one time or other you have eaten, “The Whole Thing,” and felt the wrath of your entire digestive system. It is a very uncomfortable warning that moderation is a wiser way to live. We tend to think that the war inside us only pertains to our excesses or to our valiant immune system fighting off invaders. In fact it is ...

On Blogging Ideas: An Abundance Of Creative Choices…

“Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.” Victor Hugo On Blogging Ideas: An Abundance Of Creative Choices… Blogging freedom A few months ago, Erica, one of our Daily Post coordinators had asked a question in a post; Inspiration that Clicks,  Aside from the Daily Post, where do you go to find tips and fodder? I thought about it at the time, and the usual gamut of ideas flashed ...

101/1001 challenge

Although I love to set myself goals I must confess I’m the worlds worst at keeping my New Year’s Resolutions. However, when I spotted the 101/1001 challenge on Sarsm’s Blog I thought it sounded great fun especially as you have the support of other 101/1001 bloggers. So what is 101/1001? You set yourself 101 tasks to be completed in 1001 days. Sounds easy? I think not, but I am going to at least try! I started the challenge after much procrastination on ...

Designing with Ann Sacks

One of my favorite things about being an interior designer is discovering new products and using them in unexpected ways. I always strive to create one-of-kind rooms, using products that are current without being trendy. And that’s why I love Ann Sacks! Her tile and stone products are unique and timeless. Here’s a sneak peak at a client’s kitchen where we used one of her new products as the focal point of the room’s backsplash. The lantern-pattern ceramic art tile is pillow-cut, ...

Bucket Battles and Baby Dolls

I am the only child of five to have brown eyes, brunette hair. Like my father. Like my father’s mother. My brothers and sisters are blonde and blue-eyed. I should clarify that they were all blonde when we were children. My younger sisters thick mane turned light brown as she got older. I was also the only girl of three who liked playing with dolls.  I don’t remember being disappointed because dolls were always blond and blue-eyed. Nor do I ...

The Demise of Piglet’s Veggie Plot

I want to scream, stamp my foot in anger, have a mardy and then curl up into the fetal position and have a good cry. I’m normally a positive person and if I don’t succeed I keep trying until I do. For example you may recall when I discovered roots from nearby trees and hedges invaded my raised veggie patch (Piglet’s plot) I dug out all the soil (with Mr Piglet’s help), removed all the roots , lined the bed ...

Early Spring Blooming Flowers to Plant Now

Early Spring Blooming Flowers - We are so excited! Today is the first day of spring! After months of cold and snow, we are definitely looking forward to the warm, sunny days and spending time in the garden! Around this time of the year, flower bulbs that were planted in the fall, like crocuses and tulips will show signs of growth. But if you didn’t get around to planting bulbs in the fall, that’s ok. Here are some flowers that can be planted now and ...

Springtime at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is the place to be to celebrate the colourful sights and sounds of Spring! Located in the a luxury hotel in Las Vegas, the Bellagio Botanical Gardens is a beautiful oasis featuring hundreds of seasonal plants and flowers in the 13 500 square feet of space with a 50ft glass ceiling. The Bellagio works with a team of 140 talented florists and designers to create 5 different displays each year: one of each of the ...

Creativity And Cup Cakes

My eldest daughter recently became a mum for the second time.  This of course means little time for ones self.  Gopala has always loved to paint, but not done much over the last few years, her creativity has gone into renovating and having kids. Last week it was beautiful to see that although she has stopped painting, her creativity is just busting out regardless. It was Levis third birthday…. And his favourite colour is …. you guessed it – yellow! She made this gorgeous ...

Meet Mimosa Pudica, the Plant that Likes to Play Dead When Touched

Scientific Name: Mimosa Pudica Common Names: Sensitive Plant, Touch-me-not Plant, shame plant Appearance-wise, there doesn’t seem to be anything unusual about this plant. The plant looks normal. The Mimosa Pudica is a low-growing, creeping plant with slightly prickly, woody stems.  The leaves are feathery and fern-like. It blooms fluffy ball-shaped pink or lavender flowers. But appearances are deceiving! You wouldn’t know by just looking at it, but the Mimosa Pudica is a peculiar plant. It is a bit shy and doesn’t like being ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Links to Nature Conservation on the Web

My updated list of links to nature conservation web resources. The list includes national and international organizations. For a list of rescue/rehabilitation services, visit your local government website. In Arizona, the list can be found here: AZ Game & Fish Dept. Please send corrections, updates, and additions to the nature conservation link list using the comment …

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Radio-Treated Water the Answer to Global Warming?

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With all the climate changes and weird weather we’ve been having in recent years, global warming is a serious matter and environmentalists and scientists have been working endlessly to find some solutions. Irish professors at the University of Limerick believes they have found a way to increase the size and production of vegetable crops and bedding …

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Take Action to Save Habitat: #Conservation Lands

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Habitat Concerns This post focuses on habitat conservation. The examples are in the U. S., but there are similar protection efforts in other countries. More are needed everywhere. A first step is to visit a protected area and learn first hand what is at stake. The major threat to Earth’s plants and animals is direct habitat destruction …

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Keeping Warm at the Art of Recycle

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Art of Recycle is one of the creative reuse shops in my area that I support. And, today, they need your, too. I first brought Art of Recycle to your attention back during their Etsy Craft Party, which was a load of fun, I might add. Now that colder weather has hit, their heating bill is …

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Lancaster Creative Reuse

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A few weeks ago, my friend Jessica shot out of her office as she saw me pass by. “Jenn, I have to tell you something, ” she said, and proceeded to tell me about Lancaster Creative Reuse. The more she told me, the more I was interested. I got back to my office and checked out …

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Recycling water in the home

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Recycling Water Recycling in the home is one of my passions, so before disposing of anything from egg boxes and string to plastic bottles and containers I now ask myself “How can I reuse this item – either in its current form or in an alternative way?” It’s amazing how creative one can be! Recycling and conserving …

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