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Indulge – Weekly Photo Challenge

My first thoughts were of chocolate or a long laze in a bath full of soft scented bubbles…… Then I looked through my photographs to see what indulgences I could find there and it’s not always what you have in mind that jumps out at you from the screen.  So, here are my photos for this week: I love Sushi and I have never seen so much in one place at one time……. I had dreamed of going to Egypt ever since my first ...

A plea from the jury box…

… don’t forget me. I received a summons telling me that I had been selected for Jury Service and I had to attend at the Crown Court a week last Monday. Since then I have been wandering around a place similar to this, going from jury room to courtroom and back again; moving from one court to another and meeting some great people all thrown together to be judges of evidence. In case you have missed me, that is where I have ...

Food: A Taste For Dessert…

“Life is uncertain… Eat dessert first.” Ernestine Ulmer Food: A Taste For Dessert... Berry Crumble & Custard Food: A Taste For Dessert... Trifle But I, when I undress me Each night, upon my knees Will ask the Lord to bless me With a fine dessert please (amended) Eugene Field I love desserts and, frankly, given the chance I’d eat my dessert first… Some of my fondest memories of my High School days in England revolved around food; especially lunch time desserts in our refectory. I loved all our ...

Musings: Food To Die For… Almost

“Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.” Ralph Waldo Emerson Musings: Food To Die For... Almost... Clam Chowder is no longer on my menu... Is there a food you used to like but no longer eat? What changed? Food is like medicine, it aids health and gives us sustenance… Yet, food can also be poisonous if we eat contaminated products or are ...

Vegan French Toast

French toast has always been a favorite breakfast food, but the eggs more or less made it a non-starter. Lately we have been testing alternatives and here is my current favorite. The best thing about this particular recipe is that it slightly sweet and toasts up to a wonderful golden brown. I promise you won’t miss the eggs at all! Vegan French Toast In a flat pan mash 2 bananas into a paste Wisk in 1 cup coconut milk 3/4 cups nut milk 1/2 tsp cinnamon OPTIONAL: 1 ...

Hearty Chorizo and Chickpea Stew

Ingredients: 1/4 cup olive oil 250g chorizo cut into large pieces 1 large onion chopped 2 cloves garlic chopped 1 tsp paprika 3 tins chickpeas - drained and rinsed 1 x 420g tin chopped tomatoes A few basil leaves - torn into pieces 1 L stock (can be anything - veggie, chicken or beef) Salt and Pepper 4 cups shredded spinach or kale Method: Heat oil and fry the chorizo. Add the onions, garlic and paprika and fry for a few minutes. Add the chickpeas and stir making sure the chickpeas are coated with the ...

What is a Cataplana?

Cataplana Since moving to Portugal one of my favorite meals, when we eat out, is a fish stew (Caldeirada) but the type which is cooked and served in a copper dish called a Cataplana. As you can see from my photograph the dish resembles the shell of a clam with two hinged shells which are then clamped tightly together during cooking. Researching the origin of the dish Wikipedia states Cataplana was invented by Armando Luz (1927-2002), however other sources such as ...

Flower Crafts: Learn to Make Your Own Rose Water

Since the ancient times, the ever so fragrant rose has been used to scent perfumes. For thousands of years, women all around the world have been using rose water to beautify their skin and as a natural fragrance. Rose water has been known to help relieve and minimize dryness, puffiness and large pores in the skin – perfect for those with sensitive skin. In India, rose water is used as eye drops and as a moisturizer. The liquid is also known ...

How to Care for a Potted Cyclamen Plant

Looking for a  houseplant that is easy to care for and produces attractive flowers ? Grow cyclamens! Cyclamen, which is part of the primrose family,  is a popular houseplant with beautiful up swept flowers in shades of red, white, purple or pink that blooms in the winter. The varieties grown as houseplants are native to the Mediterranean,  and would thrive in moist, cool conditions. Cyclamens can be purchased at a local garden center from September to December. Choose plants with most ...

10 Uses for Magnolia

The magnolia is one of the oldest flowering plants in the world dating back millions of years ago.  This magnificent tree is valued for its beautiful, fragrant flowers that bloom in the spring and summer. It is a popular ornamental tree that can be found in many parts of the world, particularly in the Southern United States. It is the state flower for both Louisiana and Mississippi. Though magnolias are known for their ornamental purposes, there are other uses for this ...

Boyfriends and Foster Families

For years I begged my mother to let me go live in a foster home. Defeated by her determination that my emotional reactions to the alcoholic insanity, the life threatening violence in our house was a result of my being born defective. She was also hell-bent on convincing my brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles and family friends of the same thing. What Leslie did now, how Leslie acted and reacted was one of her favorite topics. I’d listen while she ...

Tips to Extend the Life of Your Mother’s Day Flowers

If you are reading this, chances are that you, and just about every other mother, will be receiving flowers for Mother’s Day! Lucky you! But as you know, as beautiful as fresh cut flowers are, they do not last forever. Eventually, the flowers will start to fade and you will have to toss them out! But that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do! You can try some of these tips to keep your Mother’s Day flowers fresher, longer! If your ...

Cat Sweater

A while ago, one of my doctors asked me knit her cat Kashmir, a seal point Siamese, a sweater.  I finally found the time to knit said cat sweater.  It looks sort of sad and pathetic here, but I hope that kitty gets to strut around in his new duds. The neck may seem skinny, but it's in ribbing as a mock turtleneck.  It has two holes for the front legs, and a nice, rounded out area for the chest.  I ...

Heavy Rains Destroy flowering vines in Britain

British winemakers have every right to “wine” about the weather. The excess rainfall this summer has been destroying their crops and their subsequent profits for the year. Some parts of the country have already experienced a month’s worth of rain within a 24 hour period. Vines normally flower before turning into fruit, but this year the flowering season has been delayed. Farmers are bracing themselves for a poor harvest year. This year’s yield will be greatly reduced- a tenth of what ...

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Coffee Time Reviewer Recommended Awards

Four Books are honored today with the coveted CTRR Award  from Coffee Time Romance and More.

My entry was Shadows of the Past, the debut solo novel by T.L. Lawrence.  I devoured this well-written Romantic Suspense last month.

T.L. Lawrence enjoys needlework, genealogy and most of the science of crime solving. She is a full-time mom with two boisterous young daughters, and resides in Utah. She loves writing in the romance, suspense, and mystery genres. See the Award Winners

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Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews

I have enjoyed a lifelong love of reading. My younger brother and I spent hours in our grandfather’s lap while he would read to us. I like reads which flow smoothly and logically from one point to the next. I like authors who take me into their worlds; who can cast the line and hook me with their ideas.

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