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Amy’s Kitchen – Healthy Prepared Vegan and Gluten Free Food

We are packing away. It is amazing how much junk you can accumulate in a couple of years. The hardest part is making decisions – what to do about those little but useful items. For example all the special use kitchen items, the myriad little items hidden away in cabinets and drawers or the box of hooks, picture hangers and rug grippers. None of them are particularly expensive or irreplaceable. It just cost money and time to replace them. To ...

Beware The Food Police!

Is there any place to hide from the Food Police? I have been reading that at least one large American city City may soon ban the sale of soda pop drinks larger than 16 ounces - - -by Law! Does that mean that when I go to visit that city I should take a few friends along to make "Buys" for me or should I just go to several different locations and buy a 16 oz soda at each of them?  Is ...

EdiTOR’s Note: Guest Blog…

EdiTOR's Note: Guest Blog...

Several weeks ago I joined a community of great bloggers at BlogRocket. One of the guys I met there is named Ben Emerson and he's in the midst of an ambitious project to consecutively blog about a chapter of the Bible every day until he's written about "the whole dang thing" - which just so happens to be the name of his blog. He invites other writers to con tribute to his project, and he graciously allowed me to submit a guest ...

Not THAT 50 Shades of Gray

Is it just me or is it becoming increasingly more difficult to discern between who is right and who is wrong?   What is fair or unfair?  No matter what the topic, the proponents are seeing it one way and the opponents are resolute in their convictions as well.  Things have become very complicated. Thought Number One:  Saying Too Much Take for example, this week there is the story of a news reporter out of Huntsville, AL that was fired for things she ...

Praia da Ingrina, Western Algarve – Portugal

Praia da Ingrina is a Blue Flag beach located in an idyllic and unspoilt country setting “far from the ‘maddening’ crowds”. As I sat on the beach enjoying the tranquility and natural beauty I could even hear a cockerel crowing in the distance. That’s a first, I’ve never heard a cockerel crowing from my vantage point on the beach before! Praia da Ingrina is certainly one of my favourite beaches and with its sheltered bay makes it ideal for swimming, diving ...

On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons…

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” James Beard On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons... delectable Ladurée macarons On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons... The full range of colorful, tasty macarons behind the counter On Food: Let Them Eat Macarons...The pretty window and teeming crowds inside... In 1862, Louis Ernest Ladurée opened an exquisite bakery in Paris, aptly named Ladurée, that has become one of the top places to visit if you want the best in baked goods; especially their delicious macarons. According ...

Birds of Paradise: part three

Read Part 1 - Read Part 2 As part of our orientation to ranch operations, Don Glen trained us in how he handled the cash and kept the books. While he may have been a bit dim and tipsy most of the time, Don Glen maintained a sharp eye on expenses as he envisioned the dollars flowing in to ensure a comfortable, if not extravagant, lifestyle at some point down the road. We appreciated his business like approach, but never have ...

Committing To Your Creative Journey

Committing  – Equals Action Committing, well now we get to another scary word .  Many  people are challenged by committment.  Are You? This is another of those words that has layers or levels of meaning.  Many people are fine with small committments but balk at the big ones. Obviously Committing and making Choices are two sides of the same coin.  We can’t commit to something until we have chosen that thing in the first place. Both things are essential. Committing requires action. Action requires actually ...

Must See! Cool Ice-Covered Flower Sculptures!

What do you get when you put ice and flowers together? At the “Flowers of the Snow Queen” exhibition in Kiev, Ukraine,  you would get the coolest ice sculptures, made with ice and fresh flowers! Artists have found an unique way to display beautiful, fresh flower arrangements in the dead of winter by freezing them inside perfectly transparent ice cubes. Artists used a special technology to preserve the color, shape, vitality and most importantly, the beauty of the flowers. To create the ...

The 500 Roses Giveaway from Rocket Farms Flower Truck

Even though Valentine’s Day is over, we can’t help but share this story because we love hearing about how flowers make people happy! On February 14th, 2013, Rocket Farms drove a truck around San Franscico to give away 500 roses to passers-by! The event, “Share the Love: A Valentine’s Day Giveaway,” was created celebrate the holiday and to bring happiness to people by sharing their love of flowers. Rocket Farms staff handed out flowers to both men and women. They also ...

The Guys Guide to Giving Flowers

92% of women can remember the last time they received flowers, and 89% say receiving flowers makes them feel special. Giving great floral gifts, however, still remains a mystery to most men. To help them out, author and TV host Rebecca Cole provides guidance on giving females flowers. “If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then the pathway to a woman’s heart is through her other senses,” said Cole, author of Flower Power and co-host of Discovery Channel’s ...

18 Uses for Safflower

Don’t let its weed-like appearance fool you! The humble safflower may not be as pretty or fragrant as the rose,  but it is one of the oldest, most versatile crops in history! Safflower is a dandelion-like flower that is commercially grown for many different uses. India, the United States and Mexico are the top commercial producers of safflower. Here are some of the many ways safflower can be used: Safflower oil, made by pressing the seeds, is a popular, flavourless vegetable oil ...

Inspiration: Tuning Out, Turning In…

“Today is life; the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.” Dale Carnegie Inspiration: Tuning Out, Turning In... reconnect with the earth and other hobbies If Social Media died tomorrow what hobby you might get into? What alternative opportunities, interpretations and paths am I not seeing? Before the explosion of the internet and all its perils ...

Larger than Life Flower Sculptures Take Over the World!

What is big, bold and beautiful and taking over the world, one city at a time? Photo credit: http://www.anatzarev.com/ That would be the giant, larger than life, 15 feet tall flower sculptures created by world-renowned artist Ana Tzarev! These brightly, coloured flowers are made out of fiberglass and weighs 700 pounds! Ana Tzarev created the flowers with the intent to spread the universal messages of: peace, love and understanding. By placing the visually stunning flowers in high traffic areas where millions of people ...

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Lesley - Fun Flower Facts

The Lotus Flower

Scientific name: Nelumbo nucifera

Lotus flowers are aquatic perennials native to Asia that can be found growing in marshes, lagoons, ponds and flooded fields.  They can also be cultivated in water gardens, for those that have the space. These plants can grow up to 5 feet in height and can spread up to 10 ft. across! The roots are planted firmly in the soil of the pond. The large green leaves are so highly repellent, the phenomenon has been called “the lotus effect.” Thick stems hold up the large showy flowers, which can be up to 8 inches in diameter. The flowers can be white, yellow or pink.  Lotus flowers open for 3 days and some change colours during that time.

Lotus flowers are often confused with water lilies, as they both look similar. But the most notable difference is the center of the flowers. The water lily does not have a “seed pod” like the one on a lotus flower.  As well, the water lily leaves float on the water surface, while the lotus leaves rise above the water level.

lotus-and-water-lily

Fun Facts about the lotus flower

  • It’s the national flower of India and Vietnam.
  • The flowers are hermaphrodites, having both female and male organs
  • The flowers, seeds, young leaves and roots are all edible
  • The seed heads are often used for flower arranging and decorative purposes
  • The lotus is used in Asian traditional herbal medicine practices
  • In Buddhism, the lotus represents the purity and divinity
  • In Hinduism, the louts is associated with beauty, fertility, spirituality and eternity
  • Korea, China and Japan all have Lotus Festivals, celebrating the beauty of this flower
  • There is a song called “Lotus Flower” by Radiohead
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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