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We Made It to New Orleans . . .

My head is still spinning – over the last two months we packed up our home in Prescott, drove ourselves and the three cats 1650 miles across company and have more or less moved into to our new home. What an incredible amount of experience crammed into a few weeks! The kitchen in our house was gutted . Once escrow closed  Meggan installed a utility sink in the kitchen. She says it is hard to clean and paint without water! We got ...

I’m being invaded…

…by roots! We returned to Portugal in Mid October and the weather was hot and dry; a balmy Indian Summer. My raised vegetable bed, which had been left to run wild in my absence, was full of weeds and in dire need of some tender loving care. I’d never grown winter vegetables before so I was keen to experiment and plant a selection – anything and everything from carrots and spinach to cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower to name a few. Well ...

All Plant-based Split Pea Soup

All Plant-based Split Pea Soup

When I was a 4 or 5  my Dad’s family lived in Santa Barbara. A couple of times a year we would drive up from Los Angeles to visit. Along the way there were always signs for Andersen’s – the split pea soup Andersen’s. The signs featured Hap-pea the big cook and Pea-wee his helper. Some even showed an elaborate split-pea soup factory. The signs were provocative and intriguing. It wasn’t long before the idea of Hap-pea, Pea-wee and a soup factory ...

Praia do Vale dos Homens (Valley of the Men)

Praia do Vale dos Homens beach is located in the Costa Vicentina Natural Park just outside the village of Rogil in the Western Algarve. It is well off the beaten tourist track which makes it an ideal choice for anyone looking for a great “get away from it all” location. While some websites say it is suitable for bathing, I am not absolutely convinced. If you look at the video and pictures you will notice at low tide there are rocks ...

Ginger–Don’t leave home without it!

I get sick with a cold or the flu once a year if I need it or not. This year it was the stomach flu. Probably not technically the flu but some norovirus that acts like the flu. Whatever it was, it was a very nasty invader. At first I thought it might be food poisoning because of the nausea, vomiting and general intestinal distress. But I couldn’t come up with any foods I had eaten that would have poisoned me.  ...

Cherry Preserves

Last week when cleaning out the freezer we found a big bag of organic pitted cherries. We bought them at Costco intending to use them in smoothies, but somehow that didn’t happened. They were starting to get freezer burned so we needed to come up with a way to use them quickly. Cherry pie? How about cherry ice cream,cobbler, compote, tart, chutney or some sort of sauce? After all our excess in New Orleans desert didn’t sound even remotely interesting, I am not a big ...

Featured Blogger: Arva N – A Box of Vistas…

“God‘s delays are not his denials … All good things come to he who waits.” Proverb Featured Blogger: Arva N., - A Box of Vistas... Featured Blogger: Arva ... in the Kingdom of Bahrain To date, our featured blogger series has taken us on a jaunt to other parts of the world; the USA, Australia, Germany and today to the Kingdom of Bahrain. I connected with Arva N., our “Get To Know” blogger, during the early days of the Daily Post Challenge when we were all rushing around, teaming ...

Have you seen the new Double Lily?

I was very excited when I heard about a new type of oriental lily. Some refer to it as the “rose lily.” Others call it a “double lily.” This new, rare and unique lily has all the hardiness and vigor of the traditional oriental lilies that everyone loves, but with stunning HUGE, double flowers. These showy blossoms open to reveal layer upon layer of petals and even a double center. And if their rare beauty isn’t enough, they also have no ...

Birds, Banana Bread, and Haiku

This morning instead of throwing my black bananas into the compost I decided to mix up some homemade bread. It’s in the oven baking and boy does it smell good!  Both puppies, Neo, and Bella, are having a nap. Yesterday we got a foot of fluffy light snow. This morning all the pine trees are heavily glazed in powdered sugar puff. My bird feeders are hopping with happy chickadees, finches, and one cat sized determined squirrel. Susan, of susanwritesprecise.com has ...

turtle, mushrooms, tortoise, suwannee...

before i get started... i just have to say that 'Ponzio' did a really terrific job with that previous post! luckily, he left some food & beer in the fridge... and unless he cleaned up REALLY good, i don't think he had any wild parties! anyway...maybe i'll have him fill in when we go on vacation or whatever! here he is, guarding the house...sitting on top of the turtle planter... on the railing on the front porch! oOo OK...so this past weekend...we decided at the last minute to 'get ...

Floral Design Contest!

If you are a regular reader of this flower blog, you will know that we don’t usually do contests on this blog. But we figured it’s about time we reward our readers for supporting us and taking the time to read our daily blog posts! We know many of you are have gardens of your own and enjoy flower arrangement, so we are very excited to partner up with Grower Direct Fresh Cut Flowers for this Floral Design Contest!! We are ...

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 ...

Changing It Up A Bit

I have purchased a few new Sakura Gelly Roll pens as I await the arrival of my order from Dick Blick. I just couldn't wait to try some new techniques I've been reading about and letting them steep in the back of my brain. I've had some seriously wonderful creative dreams, knowing that these new supplies are coming. I'm dreaming up new paintings and when I wake up I can still see them in my mind! It's so thrilling, this ...

The Health Benefits and Uses of Echinacea

Not only do their showy, daisy-like flowers bring colour and cheer to gardens everywhere, echinacea is also one of the most popular herbal supplements in the market today. Historically, Native North Americans used the herb to treat a variety of ailments. It was considered the “cure-all” herb. Echinacea is available at most pharmacies, health shops and supermarkets as a tea, liquid extract, dried herb or capsule. The E. purpurea (Purple Coneflower) is the most popular species used in herbal supplements. Both ...

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Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort

I Want to Hear From You!!!

Usually I’m spouting off about something or other here, but I’d really like to hear from you! Now that May is over and summer has unofficially begun I thought it would be cool to go back and look at a few of your favorite things from his Spring. In the comment section below, please share with us the best book you read; movie you saw or experience you had in the few weeks – please include a few sentences why. My hope is to spark a bit of discussion and interaction…

Calling All Bloggers!!!!

If you’re a blogger, leave a comment with a link to your favorite blog post that you wrote in March, April, or May. (If you’re not a blogger, leave a comment to your favorite blog post on someone else’s blog during the Spring.) There’s nothing wrong with shameless self-promotion.

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Tor Constantino - The Daily Retort

A topical blog that focuses on issues of faith, family, finance and fitness. I have more than 20 years experience as a former journalist and current PR practitioner. Additionally, I'm a father, husband, marathoner, writer and believer.

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