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Creme Brulee

Ingredients: 8 egg yolks 1 cup castor sugar 2 tsp vamilla extract 750ml cream 250ml milk 1/4 cup brown sugar. (demerara) Method: Place the egg yolks and castor sugar in a bowl and add the vanilla and whisk. Stir in the cream and milk. Pass the mix through a sieve and divide between six small ramekins. (I sieve it into jug so that I can easily pour the mixture) Place in a pre-heated 140C oven in a bain marie of hot water (a oven dish with water that comes half way ...

On Book Eating by C.C.Cole May 30, 2011

I’ve known two types of readers.  Those who read slowly, taking their time in every word, mesmerized by the content and beauty of literature.  Then there are those whose interest in a book becomes almost an obsession, with only physiological needs (sleep, etc.) in order to put it down until completed. I describe myself as the latter reader.  If I lock into a book, that’s it.  Nothing else can happen in my life until I’ve finished it.  I don’t feel like ...

100WCGU: The C Word

“The roman numeral for 100 is C so let’s make it the ‘Big C’. It can be any topic, any genre but to add a twist, each line must begin with a word beginning with the letter ‘C‘!” Click to learn more about 100wcgu ***************** “Can’t you do anything right?” Gretchen slurred. Choking back the tears, Connie was afraid to meet her mother’s hateful gaze. Coloring inside the lines was hard for a six-year-old, but Connie persisted. Clutching a yellow crayon in shaking hands, the little girl tried again. Carefully, ...

Flash in the Pan: Mad

Wanna flash? Check out Flash in the Pan at the M3 Blog and start flashing with us! The prompt for this piece is “Mad“ and the word limit is 75, of which I’ve used…65 *********** I am imprisoned by a world gone mad. “Nyctophiliac,”Doctor Brightman smirked— and I was doomed (Bat Lady!) to a life Submerged in the spotlight; Brazenly and perpetually exposed by the Conflagration Of my choice: Sunshine— or 60-watt Sylvania® light bulbs.   The black-velvet caress of My Lover, My Companion The Night— Snuffed-out by daybreak  and A flick of the switch. Thomas Edison, How could you?  

“Window” The Fort of Arrifana (Miradouro da Antiga Fortaleza da Arrifana)

A "Window" out to sea from the ancient fort of Arrifana I loved this “window” at the ancient Fort of Arrifana but sadly it no longer exists. Views of the sunset from ancient fort of Arrifana The old fort as it was a year ago…an old ruin, but a place to take in the views and reflect. The ancient fort of Arrifana 2009 We returned a year later to find… Restoration of the 16th Century Fort of Arrifana - Miradouro da Antiga Fortaleza ...

Get serious about getting social – TTN Yearbook 2011 – Cover Story

Get serious about getting social – TTN Yearbook 2011 – Cover Story

A couple of month ago, the folks from Travel & Tourism News Middle East approached me to discuss an article about social media in the tourism, travel, and hospitality industries for the TTN 2011 Yearbook. The yearbook finally came out today and is being distributed with the TTN February edition. Here’s a preview of my cover story: Get serious about getting social - TTN Yearbook 2011 - Cover Story

Reflections: A Circle Of Five…

“O Lord! May our ears listen to nothing but auspicious words, may our eyes see nothing but auspicious things, may we have healthy bodies and be blessed with long life.” Rig Veda Reflections: A Circle Of Five… As above, So below Every day offers auspicious moments for us to learn and grow…  Today is a particularly auspicious day because it brings our attention to a set of numbers that occur in a unique sequence; 12-12-12. If we added up just this sequence ...

Being Creative At Christmas

Being Creative At Christmas. Being creative at Christmas is one of the things I love about Christmas. Creativity and Christmas seem to go together.  This often seems to be a time when people make an extra effort to be creative. There is a man near where we live, who just transforms his house at Christmas time. Not only does he do this, he also makes up little packets of reindeer food and gives them out to the kids! Other people will make their gifts, ...

Fun Flower Facts: Witch Hazel

Scientific Name: Hamamelis Other Names: winterbloom, striped alder, snapping hazel Witch hazel is a genus of flowering deciduous shrubs and sometimes small trees. There are four main species and one hybrid, with two of them native to North America. These popular ornamental plants are grown for their attractive yellow, orange or red flowers, which bloom in clusters in late autumn and continue throughout the winter.  Not to be outshone by the flowers, the foliage is just as stunning. In the fall, the ...

Serendipity: Some Positive Markers for March…

“May the love hidden deep inside your heart find the love waiting in your dreams.  May the laughter that you find in your tomorrow wipe away the pain you had in your yesterdays.” Anon Serendipity: Unfolding Truth Mandala by Keith Allen Kay credits below Serendipity is such a wondrous thing! Today, serendipity led me in three directions; to a ✿reflective post, to a ✿happiness site, and to ✿divine art. Clicking on my Facebook page this morning, I noticed an article posted by psychologist, Melanie Greenberg Ph.D. It ...

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift Ideas

We are Canadian and have already celebrated our Thanksgiving last month, but we haven’t forgotten our American friends!  Today is Thanksgiving for our neighbours! Happy Thanksgiving Day! Hope it is a day filled with laughter, love, and appreciation. And don’t forget to give thanks! “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” -Meister Eckhart Hands down, the best part about the holiday is the delicious, sleep-inducing Thanksgiving turkey dinner. It’s what people live for. ...

Fun Flower Facts: Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)

Grape Hyacinth or muscari is a perennial plant native to Greece and Asia that produces clusters of tiny grape-like florets on spikes in the spring.  The foliage resembles long blades of grass. Flower colours vary from pale blue to navy blue. There is even a variety that comes in white! They look like miniature versions of hyacinths, growing to be 6-8 inches in height. Despite its common name, the grape hyacinth is not related to the hyacinth; muscari are members ...

Fun Flower Facts: Roses Named After Celebrities

As if fame and fortune wasn’t enough for celebrities, they even have flowers named after them! Photo Credit: http://www.nurseriesonline.com.au Marilyn Monroe Rose Marilyn Monroe, the blonde bombshell, has a soft, creamy apricot colored hybrid rose named after her.  The rose is lightly scented and a classic beauty, which perfectly represents Marilyn’s timeless beauty. Photo Credit: http://www.rose-roses.com The Barbra Streisand Rose Barbara Streisand has said that if a flower was named after her, she would want it to smell good and be disease free. Botanists have since ...

Telling Porkies

When my son and fiancée moved to their new home in the UK they inherited a neglected, but nevertheless healthy rhubarb plant which had masses of thick juicy stalks. I was green with envy as the plant was growing in a small container and I’d desperately tried for years to grow rhubarb in containers, with little success. Healthy rhubarb growing in a small container Thinking of my ailing rhubarb plant in Portugal I jealously stared at it in disbelief; it defied EVERYTHING ...

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Carole - Piglet In Portugal

Together

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Little Piglet meets her UK cousin for the first time

Living so far from my family I really treasure the time we are together. Last month it was our granddaughter’s (Little Piglet) first Birthday, and all the Piglet clan gathered in France to celebrate the occasion. Not only were our children altogether, but it was the first time our grandson, who is seven months and lives in the UK, met his French cousin “Little Piglet”, plus his aunty and uncle PIF.

As you can imagine my camera was in constant use as I tried to capture the special moments and preserve the wonderful memories. But can we really capture the emotions we feel and preserve them with the click of a button?

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Catching the gandchildrens attention is not easy

Oh, and I do take my hat off to professional photographers who specialise in family snaps. My goodness, it’s a real art trying to persuade two babies, to look at you (camera) at the same time, especially when one is intent on crawling off!

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Deep in conversation

This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo challenge. The theme: “Together”…

Any tips on taking baby photos greatly appreciated!

Carole - Piglet In Portugal

A semi-humorous account of life and travel in Portugal. I am a social blogger and love to engage with fellow bloggers all over the world! Through my blog I share situations or things that make me laugh or cry from the bizarre to the ridiculous along with the challenges faced due to language or cultural misunderstandings.

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