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Trinchado (Beef Cubes in a Red Wine Sauce)

Ingredients: 50ml Worcester sauce 1 cup red wine 4 cloves crushed garlic 1 bay leaf salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon peri peri 3 small red chillies chopped with the seeds Butter and oil for frying 1 kg rump steak cubed 3 tablespoons flour 1 large onion finely chopped 1/2 cup of beef stock. Water Black olives Method: Make a marinade with the Worcester Sauce, red wine, garlic, bay leaf, salt, pepper, paprika, peri peri and chillies. Put the beef into a big zip lock plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Place the bag ...

Day Number Two

What happened to "Day Number One"?,  I hear you cry. Well...the long and the short of it is that after my departure on Saturday to come to Germany,  I have spent a lot of time in airports and on airplanes but have had a hell of a time getting on the Internet.  Luckily (or not ...depending on your point of view) I can draw and manipulate my pictures off line enough to do some cartoons for you. So....just to catch you up ...

Interview With Cleverbot....

 A web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) experiment developed by AI pioneer Rollo Carpentar. Last week I stumbled upon Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that learns to speak by conversing with humans via an instant messaging format. As background, you may recall that Hollywood has made several movies about Artificial Intelligence and computers that can learn including, HAL from 2001: A Space Odyessy; the WOPR computer from the 1980's movie War Games that starred Matthew Broderick; and SkyNet from the Terminator series. Now, I've always ...

Random things I hate in hotels… A reprise…

Travel & Tourism News Middle East picked up one of my articles for their “Speaking Out” column in the May 2011 edition. Check it out… You can read the article on the TTN website here. Thanks to Liz O’Reilly, Kim Thomson, Fiona McAndrew, and Shalu Chandran for their help and cooperation.

The Year of Being Vegan: 2012 Lessons Learned Part 2

I have always been a plant-based eater; a vegetarian. Over the last year David and I decided to become vegans. It has been an incredible learning experience! Between now and the end of the years I will share some of the things I learned. About Eggs I spent a lot of time experimenting with egg replacers this year. It was a truly informative experience. What I discovered is that there are certain recipes where there is NO substitute for the actual egg. These ...

Writerly Reflections

I realized years ago that I wanted to write.  My first attempts at short stories ran to three handwritten pages or so, and I would make my sister sit and listen, along with an audience of soft toys and dolls. She got quite bored with my tales of princesses lost in woods and toys that would come alive at night when their owners were fast asleep. I moved on to bigger projects when I was about nine or so.  I announced ...

On Little White Likes

Author groups often post about the controversies of “Liking” fan pages, favorable book reviews, or “disliking” critical book reviews.  As I mentioned in the article “On New Author Back Scratching” is this practice telling little lies or are doing innocent favors for struggling colleagues? In my article, my suggestion was quid pro quo, since I’d been asked to Like so many pages via social sites.  On hindsight, I wonder if further analysis will help address the above. Let’s first think about what ...

Still Knitting, Of Course

Still Knitting, Of Course

Of course I'm still knitting in between learning to spin.  Spinning is just shiny and new right now, and I'm excited about it.  Right now, I am knitting myself my Christmas present. I'm currently knitting the Garter Rows Pullover from Lion Brand Yarns, which I've had my eye on for quite a long time, to be honest.  It's mostly garter stitch and doesn't seem to have too much shaping to it, and is good TV knitting. I like LBY's patterns.  Though they ...

Vacation Wrap-up

Well, the DH and I got home on Saturday afternoon and had a very nice vacation.  He even tolerated going to a yarn store with me!  More on that later this week, though. Besides visiting this lovely lighthouse, which is Currituck Sound Lighthouse, by the way, we spent time out and about on the beach, shopping, and relaxing.  I even had a good afternoon to fly my beginner stunt kite.  And I took lots of pictures.  Lots.  And I knit a ...

Kids Art

Kids Art Kids art is often so delightful. I want to share today a couple of drawings that my 8 year old granddaughter Grace has done. The first she did and stuck on the wall to show which part of the house was the Town – when we were playing a game of shops. She went around the house and labelled all the different rooms. The Town The second is a truly lovely drawing of our bathroom, which she then stuck on the ...

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: Begonia

Begonia is a genus of flowering plants with 1500 species native to South and Central America, Africa and southern Asia. Plants are usually compact with dense foliage. With so many varieties available, needless to say, the appearance of these flowers will vary. Depending on the type, begonias can grow to be 8 inches to 2 feet in height. Flowers come in a variety of colours, including red, white, pink and yellow. Flowers can be single or double blooms, with delicate, ruffled ...

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 & Unusual: The Jellyfish Tree

**Click on image to see larger version and to learn more about this plant!** Just one look at the flowers and you will understand why the Medusagyne oppositifolia is nicknamed the Jellyfish Tree. This extremely rare and endangered tree produces small white flowers that resemble jellyfish. The tree is so rare, it is the only member of its family! It was once thought to be extinct until the 1970s when several trees were discovered.  The Jellyfish Tree is an endemic and can ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thanks for thinking badly of me

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Thank you for providing opportunities to learn & grow “To all of the people along the way who hurt me, lied to me, betrayed me and broke my heart… You unknowingly pointed me in the direction of my own North Star. Without the messes, I wouldn’t have a message. You gave me more than you ever take from me, …

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Reflections: Let That Anger Go…

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“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.” Mahatma Gandhi Reflections: Let That Anger Go… Let That Anger Go by eof Let That Anger …

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Anger and resentment

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I’ve never in my life been an angry person, but anger has become my bosom buddy. It’s always so close, just under the surface…ready to grab me by the throat at the least provocation. Or more accurately, make me want to grab someone else by the throat. Or ram them with my Jeep when they’re …

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Catharsis

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In replying to a comment left on another entry, I started thinking about this subject. My journal here is certainly very cathartic for me. It allows me to bring out the thoughts and feelings swirling around inside. It’s a way of opening a window and letting some light in. And in doing this, I lance …

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Aren’t you over it yet?

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While no one has said those words, I definitely feel they are thinking it. Stephen died in September, it’s now February. 5 whole months, aren’t you over it yet? Some friends have pulled back…in a way, I understand why. No one knows what to say, they’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. And, no doubt they …

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We Do Get Our Share Of Haters!

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If some of the nut cases on The Far Right Fringe can’t do much of anything else, they are sure sometimes experts at hating all things Liberal, Democrat and Progressive and they are not bashful about it either– in my personal experience. I receive and delete quite a few comments on the blog that are just …

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