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Banana Carrot and Walnut Muffins

Ingredients: 3 medium carrots 2 medium very ripe bananas 60g butter 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1 large egg at room temperature 2 cups whole wheat flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 cup chopped walnuts Method: Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin with butter or spray with Spray and Cook. Grate carrots and set aside. Mash bananas with fork and set aside. In mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and beat well. Stir in the bananas. In small bowl, ...

Post Office And Other Stuff

While The United States Postal Service workers are fighting for their jobs and futures with demonstrations all across this great nation of ours, I have decided to digress a little for the information of my valued Readers. I am of the personal opinion that The Vast Right Wing Conspiracy in America would love to get their filthy little hands on the Post Office and privatize it. I think that this money-crazed bunch, some of whom have weaseled their way into some of the ...

Seven Links Challenge

A couple of days ago Bud, from over at Older Eyes sent me a challenge.  Bud writes an really interesting blog on a myriad of topics as they are viewed by his "older eyes".  Bud, I believe is 67ish and I am not sure that I think of him as "older" but I certainly think of him as a great writer of interesting viewpoints. Back to the subject....he sent me a challenge that I can participate in if I choose to.  Here are ...

2013 – Year in Review

Fun Flower Facts  2013 – A Review According to WordPress… The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 100,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it. In 2013, there were 330 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 791 posts. There were 537 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 136 MB. That’s about a picture ...

My Algarve Insider Tips

Our first holiday to the  Algarve was nearly thirty years ago and memories of the stunning beaches remain imprinted in our minds like footprints in the sand. The secluded coves and miles of beaches with soft golden sand, flanked by sandstone rocks, rugged cliffs and unspoilt countryside enticed us to return; not to holiday, but  to live. Nowadays, these same beaches are flanked by hotels and busy fashionable resorts such as Vale do Lobo, Albufeira and Portimão to name a ...

Even my iPad is gay gay gay...

While sitting at the airport Friday night, waiting for my delayed flight home, I was bored bored bored with the book I was reading and twitter, and was all caught up on email, so decided to check out new apps for my beloved iPad. I scanned the most popular app list, and am not much of a gamer, so instead went to the search function and typed in a randomly chosen word... "GAY". Holy crap, there is a whole world out there ...

Lamb Shanks

Ingredients: 4 sprigs fresh rosemary 3 cloves garlic - crushed and finely chopped 6 lamb shanks 1 bottle dry white wine 4 tablespoons of olive oil 3 large onions - chopped 3 cloves of minced garlic 4 large carrots - chopped 3 bay leaves 4 sprigs fresh thyme (leaves only) 1 liter beef stock Salt and Pepper to taste. Method: Mix the wine, garlic, rosemary and bay leaves to make a marinade.  Place the lamb shanks in a large flat dish and pour the marinade over.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight (the ...

Fugitive, Tampons, Hives, What the hell?

“Now serving number 1-3-3” drones the automatic voice as I sit in the WA dept. of motor vehicles for the second day in a row. I hold number 1-7-4. I settle in for my wait. I am here because the Seattle Police Dept. confiscated my identification when they accused me of being someone other than who I am. The mess this has caused with my life and that of my family is paramount to the fallout from a Salem Witch ...

Inspiring Warm Refreshments

It may be cold outside, but when I cuddle up on the sofa with a hot cup of tea, I’m warm and cozy! That’s why I love hot beverages. Just a few sips and you’re enveloped in warmth. In fact, I think the only thing better is an entire room that makes you feel the same way. So grab a cup of Joe and let’s have a little fun with interior design! Take a look at the following rooms and see ...

A Simple Way to Propagate Hibiscus

Hibiscus Hibiscus are my favourite plants (shrubs) because they are SO easy to grow and reward me with an abundance of beautiful flowers throughout the year. Unable to grow them in England I was naturally delighted to discover not only did they grow well in the Algarve, but also the amazing different varieties to choose from. I began experimenting, as to the best method of propagating hibiscus from cuttings, a couple of years ago when the cost of buying plants in Portugal ...

Free Wallpaper

Better late than never! Here is a collection of FREE January 2014 desktop calendar wallpapers for you. Resolution is 1920 x 1080, which is perfect for widescreen monitors. To download, click on your favourite image. It will open up in a new window. Right click to save onto your computer. Happy January!

Guest Post: A Gardening Grandma Grows with her Grandkids

By: Nanci Wilson I might be the stereotypical grandmother. I bake for my grandchildren. I spend a lot of time in my garden. And I’ve made it very clear that though the yard is a free zone to run around, the flower beds are not to be trampled on. Yes, my hobbies are predictably grandmotherly, but I just do things I enjoy- things that make me happy. Flowers probably make me happy because of my memories of my own grandma’s house when ...

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 ...

2012:  Year in Review

2012: Year in Review

Tomorrow is the last day of 2012.  Last year on December 30, 2011 I wrote an entry about my crafting goals for 2012.  How did I do?  Let's take a look. Learn to do cables.  Yup! Learn to use a Turkish drop spindle.   I did! Learn to read a chart, a knitting chart, that is.  I didn't learn lace charts, but I can do color charts for intarsia and Fair Isle now. Try my hand at more complex pattern writing.  I only did one, and ...

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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The Kid Got to Me

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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 of life. I wanted to pry, to find out why this perfect little prom princess would want to write books. What had happened to make her look inwardly, away from the rockets and the blistering pink of youth? …

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Stuck In The Middle With You (Hundreds of Drivers)

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I used to have an art teacher that spoke of tilling the soil of your mind. She insisted that if you begin doing things differently like opening doors with the opposite hand you normally do, trying a new restaurant instead of that same old place or taking a different route to work, it tends to …

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Why Lie?

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Why lie? Dear Ms Bréagadóir, You stood there, looked me in the eye, showing concern, and that you cared. Surrounded, as we were, by hypocrites, I took your consideration at face value, because I had seen no involuntary withdrawal, nothing at all to indicate you were anything other than genuine. In the following weeks, I discovered you were, …

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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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Acknowledging the pain of others

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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 in our lives who are supportive, and willing to try to understand the impact of what we have lived through, it is sometimes difficult to balance the work of creating awareness …

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Thoughts on the legalisation of paedophilia

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Earlier today, I reblogged a post from Anna Waldherr at A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse, about the reclassification of paedophilia by the American Psychiatric Association in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the possible legalisation of paedophilia. Shock, horror, anger, disgust, mortification, disbelief… the list of initial feelings and emotions is …

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