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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 ...

Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients: 300g Chocolate broken into small pieces (you can use the chocolate you prefer, but make sure it's a good quality chocolate.) 1 1/4 cup cream (creme fraiche is really good for this recipe) 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 2 Tbsp of your favourite booze (optional) 200g cocoa powder. Method: Place chocolate pieces in a large bowl. Heat 1 cup of the cream until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and immediately pour cream over chocolate and stir until the chocolate has completely melted. Remember the smaller the ...

Prawn Risotto

My friend Errolene asked me to post a recipe for seafood Risotto, so here goes. Ingredients: 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3 knobs of butter 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice 1 garlic clove, finely chopped half an onion, finely chopped small glass of white wine 2 cups stock, gently simmering in a pot ( I use - 1 cup chicken stock and 1 cup of the liquid from the cooked prawns) 10 cooked tiger prawns 50g frozen peas 2 green onions, finely chopped  (scallions for my US friend) 4 Tbsp freshly ...

Guest Post: Common Edible Flowers

Many people with gardens might not be aware that the plants already growing in their gardens can be used in the cooking of some simple, delicious, yet excellent dishes. Some commonly found and purchased flowers can be used as a colourful garnish or used to create a tasty nutritional treat. For those frugal yet culinary driven gardeners, edible flowers can be cheaply grown, harvested and handled for cooking. As many of the flowers can be grown quickly in a garden, there ...

Missing, but in Action.

Hi Everyone! So anyone who’s been reading my blog for the last four months knows that my husband [Al] and I have been building our own house [a cabin actually], for the last few years. This last week we finished up the built-in’s in my nifty new writing space! I now have file drawers and regular drawers, cubbies and nooks, and a few crannies for little stuff. Yay! So for the next week I am moving in there. Unloading boxes and organizing years ...

Tales from France – Tete de Veau – bone out!

On our recent trip to France, to celebrate our Granddaughter’s second Birthday, the funniest moment (from my point-of-view) was a meal enjoyed at a local restaurant. Son-in-law kindly translated the menu and Mr Piglet chose the veal option. When his meal arrived, it looked the strangest cut of veal I’d ever seen. Served in slices it resembled a patchwork of greasy meat textures surrounded by a layer of gooey fat. Mr P poked and prodded the offering; tasted it, pulled a ...

What the hell is Facebook trying to tell me?

What the hell is Facebook trying to tell me?

Like many of you, I have regularly visit "the facebook"... (uh, catch up and see The Social Networkif you don't get the reference). So aside from endless vacation pictures, status updates from my friends, Huffington Post news blips, and quizzes to determine which Golden Girl I am, there are lots of ads the screen which I pretty much ignore. Facebook tailors the ads to you, based on your profile and friends and location and other secret voodoo stuff. So if the ads ...

Fun Facts: Wedding Flower Traditions and Customs

In China and Japan, the colour white represents death and funerals, so it’s avoided in weddings. Red is the preferred colour; roses and peonies are popular wedding flowers. Greeks include ivy in their bouquets because it represents endless love and tenacity. In Middle Eastern cultures, the herb artemisia is included in the bridal bouquet to help new couples overcome the tough and bitter times of the marriage. Swedish and Danish grooms have been known to fasten pungent herbs like chives, garlic and rosemary ...

How to Divide Peonies in the Fall

Peonies are hardy, long lasting perennials that produce beautiful, aromatic flowers in the spring and summer. They can be left undisturbed for years, but over time they can stop flowering and get overcrowded. Subsequently, they need to be divided to regain their beauty and glory. September is the ideal time to divide your peonies, when the leaves have died back. Once the plants are dug up, they need to be transplanted immediately. Here are the steps on how to divide your peonies: Prepare ...

Reflections: Garden Flowers & Humorous Definitions…

“The only valid thing in art is the one thing that cannot be explained, to explain away the mystery of a great painting would do irreplaceable harm, for whenever you explain or define something you substitute the explanation or the definition for the” Henri Matisse Reflections: Garden Flowers & Humorous Definitions... purple & pink azaleas Reflections: Garden Flowers & Humorous Definitions... purple lavendar We go through life learning to define things by their given names. We see the world through the lens our ...

More than a Dust of Snow…

“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss and all was said.” Victor Hugo Picture this: Captured Snowy Moments via eof This was meant to be a quick post and a brief one at that… but serendipity has it way of steering us to things that matter more than our human ...

5 Herbs That Repel Mosquitoes

Contrary to what some of you may think, gardening doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. Herbs are super easy to grow and don’t take up much space, which makes them perfect for beginners! Fresh herbs will add flavour to your home-cooked meals, bring colour and fragrance to your home, and generally make you feel happier! Still need another reason to grow herbs? Your time spent outdoors would be more enjoyable! There are fragrant herbs that can repel mosquitoes and ...

Artist Dates – Gathering Part 2

Gathering Part 2 – More on  Artist Dates. I have a couple of questions about your artist dates.. Did you get yourself a nice blank notebook on your first artist date last week? Did you record your first artist date? Schedule time in your calendar to do this on a weekly basis. This time has to be NON NEGOTIABLE!! You will be amazed at the number of things that come up to try and sabotage this time. When this happens, the first thing to do ...

Featured Artist: Tracey Fletcher King

This is the premier blog post for my continuing series focusing on some of the amazing artists I've come across as I peruse the blogosphere. These artists exemplify the meaning of talented. In the series I have interviewed each artist, asking about their art, process, tools & inspiration. You'll be able to learn all about each artist in his or her own words. The series will feature a new artist every month. I hope you enjoy our first featured entrant. Tracey ...

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Fun and Creative Flower Halloween Costume Ideas!

For the young and the young at heart, the best part about Halloween is dressing up! It’s the one day of the year, where you can wear a silly/scary/sexy costume and not feel weird about it.  Halloween is less than 2 weeks away! Here are some costume ideas (with flowers, of course!) to get you inspired and excited for Halloween.

High Fashion Model?

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Images from: style.com

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Image via Tumblr

Katy Perry

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Image via Google

Lady Gaga

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Photo via: theblemish.com

Flower eyes

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Photo credit: ladiesmakeup.net

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Photo credit: sophiaew.tumblr.com

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Image via Pinterest

Goth Princess?

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Image via Pinterest

Venetian Carnival Costume

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Photo Credit: squidoo.com

Garden Fairy

An easy costume idea! Pin some flowers on a pretty dress. Wear some flowers in your hair. Carry a bouquet if you like.

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Photo Credit: sheknows.com

Hippie

Another easy Halloween costume idea. Wear something retro. Add some flowers in your hair. Done!

hippie

Photo Credit: sheknows.com

Frida Kahlo

This costume idea would also work for adults! Pull hair into an updo. Add some flowers. Draw a unibrow. Carry a paintbrush.

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Photo credit: facebook.com

Banksy Graffiti costume

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Photo credit: google.com

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it’s winter most of the time the growing season is way to short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter!

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