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Rissoles from leftovers


We had bought a goose from our local farmer for Christmas but after a surfeit of turkey, couldn't face it. And so it languished in the freezer until last Saturday when friends helped us devour it. Last night was the third day running of finishing the goose, by which time we had had enough! To liven it up a bit and make the leftovers more appetising, I made rissoles: crunchy on the outside, unctuous within. A real delight served with plain boiled potatoes and a purėe of vegetables. Waste not, want not.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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My Favorite Romantic Movies


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought you might want some suggestions for a romantic movie. You may have seen all, or most of these, but if not, you can’t go wrong with  some of my favorites. Here's a short list of the best!                                                         💖 So, pick a movie and cuddle up with either your pups, kittens and/or the romantic other, then dive into some kettle corn or chocolate bonbons for an entertaining evening! Who knows, maybe you'll be inspired. (Inspired to love, perhaps to write about it?)😊Original link
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New Year Image Blog


The sky above our home seems to be sending a variety of New Year messages, indicating what looks like, happiness, inspiration and peace. Maybe these glorified tweets or heavenly missives are meant to be shared?DRAMATICRADIANCECALMSPIRITUALMELLOWHave you looked up lately? Original link
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A bald mouse


...is the literal translation of the French 'chauve souris' or 'bat' as we call them in English. I found this little chap in a garage. He suddenly dropped at my feet. I picked him up and his fur was so soft! Left the door slightly ajar so his mum could come back for him.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Three little piggies...


The older I get, the happier really simple things make me. I'm no Meghan Markle, a walk in the countryside looking at some cute piglets playing in the mud is frankly enough for me. Money won't buy you happiness.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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My thoughts on Meghan Markle and Harry

First let me begin by saying that I'm 55. That means that I've been around the block a few times, kissed a few boys, worked hard and paid a truckload of tax, made sacrifices and never really got to live my dreams because life took over. I've had euphoric highs and breathtakingly black lows. I've learned who my friends are and who they aren't. I speak my mind because I have earned the right to tell people to f...k off who encroach on my valuable time and space. Therefore I won't hold back by saying that Meghan Markle is an odious character.I see a lot of my mother in Meghan Markle because they could have been twins. My mother was a narcissist, a dreadfully unpleasant woman who disliked everyo...
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Do It in 2020!

Happy New Year to everyone!The idea of an entire year filled with unlimited possibilities stirs the creativity in my heart. There’s so much to do for those who want to do it. Time is in the hands of those who want to help, create and serve. The other humans must wait. They feel time is sluggish. My old boss called them clock-watchers. At five o'clock they'd dash for the door, racing out of the parking lot as if something exciting waited at home. (Though the mannerisms looked exhilarating, these fast-moving coworkers were going home simply to feed their children and pets.)Hopefully, though these type of folks feel the day is taking forever, they are filled with gratitude. Perhaps these indivi...
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What to do on a lazy Saturday afternoon?


On Friday night we both fancied pizza and made our way to the local pizzeria. He was so busy he told us to come back in an hour! We left and swore never again. So the next day, I made my own. A doddle. Dough and tomato sauce from scratch. Onions, mushrooms, bacon and ham. A quick dash to the supermarket for mozzarella and voila!Original link
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


At this time of year, no matter how miserable you may feel, please remember that there are those less fortunate than you.Happy Christmas! Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Holiday Greetings from Pinky Claus


Mommy told me to say ho, ho, ho instead of ruff, ruff and ruff. And since the mailman isn’t here yet, I’ll be quiet. Ruff or not, this has been a rough year. Get it? Anyway, she made this silly hat, and thought I should model it for all the world to see. Isn’t that hilarious? I can count her blog followers on one paw. It’s not like she’s some sort of 'influencer'. Do you think I listen to her? Hardly, ever. But it’s the holidays and the area around my heart is filled with gas and something called unconditional love. So, here I am in the hat. (Small shout out to my online friends Agatha and Winston who are probably dying of laughter. Wish we could sniff each other. If you want to meet them cl...
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My Intangible Slant on The Twelve Days of Christmas


The original Twelve Days of Christmas is a popular carol written in 1909, by an English composer named Frederic Austin. The song refers to some strange, expensive gifts. I mean why would anyone want seven Lord's a leaping for a Christmas gift, unless they're putting on a show, and need a group of guys to dance in front of the chorus? (Believe it or not, I've been there.) Truthfully, I think it's a unique, annoying song that permeates the holiday season with repetitive lyrics we've heard a gazillion times. So, I changed it up a bit in order to reflect true, intangible love, which is not supposed to be based on high-priced gifts or partridges in a pear tree. (This doesn't mean we don't like gi...
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I'd rather cook..


Restaurants tend to disappoint big time and after another awful experience  this week, I would prefer in future to cook at home. Food is love, that's why I cook.Another beef pie. Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Hodge Podge Casserole


By definition a casserole is a compilation of ingredients cooked slowly to develop the flavours fully. Then there's the other type of casserole known as leftovers plus everything including the kitchensink. We're very conscious of not wasting food and will generally eat leftovers the next day. By the third day however the dogs get lucky. We often make a big batch of Bolognese sauce and freeze portions which can then be transformed into cottage pie, lasagna etc. Last night we used the remains of the day before's cottage pie to make another concoction of sorts with the addition of parsnips, chick peas (of all things) and even leeks. Served the lot with a creamy spinach side dish. Not exactly ha...
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7 Real Reason Why You May Be Stuck in Life

We seem to miss the point of life when we fail to understand God's intent for creating human beings and that there is a guide to how we can and will overcome all obstacles life throws our way. The Bible is the only source of transformational teachings that allow room for us to grow, and offer specific answers to life's most challenging problems. But how does one go about finding such answers to a very complex life and often caught up in a series of unfortunate events? Well, this is why consistent Bible study, a heart wide open to receive, believe, a desire for change, and the ability to be patient, is the only way to truly see results.The Real Reasons Why People are Stuck in LifeThe real rea...
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The Golden Goose


Today at the local village market, I ordered my Christmas goose. What a delight to choose between a white fat bird, another variety which is more elongated like a duck or the smaller Guinea variety which is dark feathered and comes in at around 3.5 kilos. I asked about the fat content as goose fat is positively the best for chips and was assured that the fat will be plentiful. So delivery on 23 December just after dawn in the village square. Only in France does one wax lyrical for several minutes about food. And the same supplier sold me a half dozen eggs laid this morning. The chickens didn't lay last week as it has been cold and wet plus they're losing their feathers which means they're ge...
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Thank you Bees


The month of November reminds us to be grateful for the little things. Can you imagine Thanksgiving dinner without vegetables, salad, green beans, potatoes, pies or even the centerpiece of flowers? Without bees there wouldn't be honey-roasted carrots, or honey-mustard dressings, all-important herbs such as parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. The delicious and festive holiday would be bland and rather boring. Of course, the bee is not responsible for our cooking or dull and dreary relatives. ? Here’s a little poem I wrote about bees.Every year,they forget.Arms flailing,they live in fear.Our hive abuzz with laughter.But not for long.Little guy in our garden next to a small twig.Joyfully busy,we...
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4 Things Every Culturally Intelligent Leader Knows

Being a leader is no easy feat. Let’s be clear, leadership and management are two very different approaches to occupying time on earth. It’s time we examine what we are truly up against when we demand action from leaders within the home, at work, in churches, in our community, and within the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government respectfully.How can we expect those we call leaders to lead when they don’t know? What seems to be occurring is, leadership is being miscommunicated as managing. Though some people are gifted as managers, it is leadership, sound leadership which improves the lives of all people, not just a chosen few.Is everyone born to lead others? While this i...
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One of the strangest things I've seen....


...a 'pigeonnier', or pigeon coop, handcarved out of stone in the attic of a house once belonging to a former President of France. I am told that birds always come home to roost (when I stupidly asked if they did). Humans therefore differ from their feathered friends as many a man and woman don't sleep in the same bed every night...Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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And The Church Falls Away

THE POSITIONHave you ever heard of a sincere preacher, pastor, teacher or anyone in your life span who has ever given you anything without a price? Has anyone ever asked you how you are doing and meant it? Have you ever felt truly loved, regardless of who you are, how much money you have or where you originated from, as in race, creed, nationality?You may wondering right now about the true purpose of the relationship you have with who you live with, are married to, or work for, right? If you are, that's good! You see, life isn't about who you're with, it's about who you are. And who you are determines who you are with. You know, we are judged by the company we keep.THE FALLING AWAYWe've seen...
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