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A Very Private Dancer

I was very surprised and delighted that Rochelle had chosen one of my photographs for the prompt this week. It was taken at the end of a fiesta in Valldemossa, a lovely little town in Majorca where we spent a very enjoyable day. It is so good to see the number of writers taking part in Friday Fictioneers increasing week on week, justification, if any were needed, for Rochelle to continue her sterling work. Copyright Dee Lovering Genre: Historical Fiction Word Count: 100 A Very ...

Hiding in a Paragraph

Cover Art by Fran MurphyI just published my 100th Blog post this week. Looking over my one hundred entries I noticed that I’ve written on scores of subjects, yet I don’t believe that I’ve ever written on the subject of writing. I guess I’ve sort of kept this topic tucked away. It’s something so personal that I tend to keep it to myself...forgetting that it’s a viable topic. I think about it all the time; probably as much as a ...

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 ...

All Inclusive Travel

It's not for everyone but an all inclusive vacation is one very popular way to travel. When most people think of all inclusive trips they think of cruises but land based destinations are very popular also. To find out if an all inclusive trip is right for you take a few things into consideration. Do you like staying close to a resort when you travel or do you prefer to use a hotel as only a place to sleep, while spending ...

Shortbread

Shortbread makes the best gift.  Put them in a clear cellophane bag with a ribbon and give them as gifts.  People really appreciate the effort and of course - it's completely yummy! Ingredients: 250g butter softened (not melted) 1/2 cup sugar 3 cups plain cake flour ( not self raising) Castor sugar to sprinkle on top. Method: Preheat oven to 160C Cream the butter and the sugar until pale.  Sift in the flour and mix to make a pasty dough.  Put the dough onto a floured surface and ...

Chocolate Cheesecake

Ingredients: 1 1/2 packs chocolate wafers 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup melted butter 220g dark chocolate (70%) 2 tubs full fat cream cheese (220g) 1 cup sugar 4 eggs 4 Tbsp cocao powder (unsweetened) 1 tsp vanilla extract 500ml sour cream 4 Tbsp Amarula cream (Cape Velvet or Baileys Irish Cream works just as well) Method: Crush the wafers with a rolling pin add the sugar and melted butter and mix well. Press mixture carefully onto sides and bottom of a 23cm springform pan. Chill in the fridge. Cream sugar and cheese. Add eggs one ...

The weather outside is frightful…

‘but the fire is so delightful…’ Thank you all for following and taking the time to comment, your interest in my blog is very much appreciated. Wishing you all a very HAPPY & HEALTHY 2014

Fun Flower Facts: Hyssop

Hyssop (or hyssopus) is a herbaceous perennial shrub belonging to the mint family with attractive spikes of flowers that come in purple, blue, pink, white and orange. Both the flowers and the leaves are fragrant, with scents ranging from bubblegum to licorice. Plants grow to be 2-5 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide. Hyssop is easy to grow from seed and the flowers are long lasting, blooming from late summer until fall. The most popular cultivated variety is H. officinalis. These ...

Some Tips on Photographing Flowers

Now that summer is here, there are many beautiful flowers in full bloom just waiting for you to take their portrait! With the popularity and ease of today’s digital cameras, it is no surprise that many gardeners have taken an avid interest in photography. Photographing flowers and plants is also a great way for beginners to learn about photography. Flowers and plants are interesting subjects; they come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colours that is sure to create ...

Fabulous Finds: Serveware

The holidays are quickly approaching and that means family, friends and festivities! I love this time of year and when it comes to entertaining, I select serveware that reflects my design philosophy – neutral with a pop! I’m willing to splurge on exquisite pieces, but not if I can only use them once a year. Dishes or glassware that are only used at Christmas are a waste of money and storage space! You simply have more options if you choose pieces that aren’t seasonal ...

Fashion Friday: Pretty Flower Braid Updo

  Here at Fun Flower Facts, we love flowers! If you haven’t figured it out already, we blog about everything related to flowers, from floral art to fun flower facts to gardening tips and home decor. And today, we’re talking hair and how you can transform your long, luscious locks into a beautiful flower. Are you ready to give this style a try?  get some hairpins and a comb ready! It is not as complicated as it looks. If you know how ...

Unexpected Orange

From pumpkins to autumn leaves, orange is everywhere this time of year. But why is a color that brings smiles to so many faces and even inspires fall foliage tours seldom used in interior design? Simply put, while most people are not afraid of color, they are afraid of choosing the wrong color. So they choose colors they think are “safe.” And while understandable, this can be a mistake and a missed opportunity because the power of color is undeniable. Orange is considered the ...

Taking Up Arms

Us kids huddled together in the dark bedroom we shared.  The caboose, the end room, on my parent’s single wide trailer house. Our room was meant to be the master bedroom, the largest on the train. Me, my sister, and both my brothers shared the same space. Spent plenty of nights curled together in a double bed, listening to the fighting. We rarely ventured out to see what was happening. Fell asleep to screaming slugs. By the time the sun came ...

A farm of Interest

Thought I would keep you all up to date and let you know what is happening with our farm search. At this time we have had no offers on our farm and Niki and I have not found a farm that we want to pull the trigger on yet. I did come across a farm that I thought was interesting and would make a good farm that a contrary farmer could make a go of and make some money on. I call ...

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James Bond, Streisand, Obama: what a week….

Last week was a crazy one for so many of us, from our first major blast of winter here in the great white north (a crazy 25 cm of snow)… to the frenzy over the US election (to quote Beyonce, Take that, Mitches)… and yet there is always my escape to pop culture world…

Here are some my faves from last week:

I am always happy when there is a new Streisand album, and this one is really special because while the album is new the music is not; Release Me is a collection of unreleased tracks from 1967 to 2011 which perfectionist Streisand never let the public hear before now. The whole album shines, and my favourite is Being Good Isn’t Good Enough.

Saw this on Facebook and loved it… so true!

Best Bond ever? Holy crap, super hot and typically glum Daniel Craig was everywhere this week, and was actually smiling in some of the press he did for the new Bond flick…  Bond… James Bond… must see Skyfall….

I love someecards.com, as they are smart and snarky without crossing into nasty. Or not crossing into nasty too often. And this one made me laugh, because is funny and is true.

Go away redneck misogynist bigots, YAY Obama…

This book by Richard Cohen, author of the terrific Multiple Sclerosis memoir Blindsided, is fast, fun and kind of mean. Grinch-ish Cohen doesn’t like dogs, his wife TV journalist Meredith Viera keeps bringing them home and spoiling them. I love Viera, and Cohen comes across as curmudgeonly but fun. A fun read on a winter’s night with Alfie curled up beside me.

My lifelong Sherlock Holmes obsession continues with the fab new TV show Elementary, a good find in a season of truly crappy TV. Holmes is in modern day New York, fresh out of rehab, assigned a strong-willed female caregiver (and former doctor) who happens to be named Watson, and the duo helps the local police solve crimes. Love this show.

I discovered the Facebook “name that tune” game SongPop on election night and played for hours. And got my ass kicked… quite humbling to this self-proclaimed 80s aficionado actually. Total addiction by the end of the night.What pop culture faves are you loving these days?

Brahm - alfred lives here

Brahm - alfred lives here

I began this blog in fall 2009, after seeing Julie and Julia, a movie which inspired others to cook and had no such effect on me. I have always been a wannabe writer, and always had tons of opinions, so this was a natural fit. Random thoughts, big gay opinions, sarcastic observations, shared stories, political musings, quote collecting, and lots of love for Alfred the adorable Havanese.

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