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Rain – March 10

  
Today, wash away despair and shower off your fears.

Enter the day fresh, and discover what only you can create. 

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Nuts for Walnuts – the brain food

“What kitchen item or ingredient can I not live without ?”

My favorite pick today is Walnuts.

I once read that Walnuts are brain food, the symbol of intellectuality mostly because they closely resemble the brain.

Walnuts are loaded with minerals, vitamins, and Omega 3 

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I was sold at brain food.

I found that the most bang for my buck was to buy the California Walnuts at Costco. They come in a large bag and I store them in an airtight glass jar from Ikea. This makes it handy when I want to grab a quick handful to chop.

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Hoping to increase my brain power, I started looking for places to incorporate my 2 lbs of walnuts.

At first I just put them in brownies, then I moved on to my morning yogurt, my cereal, hot oatmeal, banana bread, muffins, cookies, butter tarts, salads, stuffing and fillings for chicken and pork tenderloin and the best of all, toast them in the frying pan with some butter, add brown sugar and add them to homemade Ice Cream once cooled to make Maple Walnut Ice Cream.

Still having another lb left, I started rolling my cheese ball in Walnuts and dried cranberries.

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I’m so used to using them now that when I run out I’m at a loss. They really give everything that extra boast that makes you look like you went to so much trouble (especially if you throw them in a salad)

My favorite salad

Spinach or mixed greens, strawberries, walnuts, goat cheese & poppy seed dressing

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They say the best way to buy walnuts is from the shell and crack  them open yourself to ensure freshness, but that’s not always convenient.

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There are over 30 varieties of  walnut trees but just 3 that are grown commercially, so next time you are travelling, try some local walnuts if they’re available as it may be your only chance to get some variety!

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Testing out the wordpress app

Testing out the word press app today on my iPhone – one more day to go for the zero to hero challenge , it’s been a challenge to stick with something this long as not everyday I feel like blogging. Im looking forward to blogging just once a week , and spending more time on the subject , hopefully this has helped me to build a good foundation to continue .

After Dinner Sorbet -Yummy

My new favorite treat from Costco – Island Way Sorbet variety pack

photo (17)There are 3 different flavors, Pineapple, Pina Colada, & Mango

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It is so yummy, and only 120 calories with 26% Vitamin C

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and it’s a product of South Africa,

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The Mango flavor comes in an orange shell, and the Pina Colada in a Coconut shell

I can assure you, they all taste fruity silky smooth and smell like you just cracked open a fresh piece of fruit

Thinking

The Thinker / Poet

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Photo by me!

I’m not going to think to hard about today’s blog, except to say that there are lots of thinking sculptures around the world inspired by Auguste Rodin, one being in downtown Barrie, Ontario outside the MacLaren Art Centre.

Here’ a little more to think about:

” When conceived in 1880 in its original size (approx. 70 cm) as the crowning element of The Gates of Hell , seated on the tympanum, The Thinker was entitled The Poet. He represented Dante, author of the Divine Comedy which had inspired The Gates, leaning forward to observe the circles of Hell, while meditating on his work. The Thinker was therefore initially both a being with a tortured body, almost a damned soul, and a free-thinking man, determined to transcend his suffering through poetry. The pose of this figure owes much to Carpeaux’s Ugolino (1861) and to the seated portrait of Lorenzo de’ Medici carved by Michelangelo (1526-31).

While remaining in place on the monumental Gates of Hell, The Thinker was exhibited individually in 1888 and thus became an independent work. Enlarged in 1904, its colossal version proved even more popular: this image of a man lost in thought, but whose powerful body suggests a great capacity for action, has became one of the most celebrated sculptures ever known. Numerous casts exist worldwide, including the one now in the gardens of the Musée Rodin, a gift to the City of Paris installed outside the Panthéon in 1906, and another in the gardens of Rodin’s house in Meudon, on the tomb of the sculptor and his wife. – See more at: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/collections/sculptures/thinker”

Lorenzo de Medici by Michelangelo

Michelangelo Sculpture

Lorenzo de Medici (s)

“This is of Lorenzo, Duke of Urbino, and not Lorenzo the Magnificent who was the most  important member of the Medici family”

What does 222 mean?

2  2  2

What does it mean?

I’m a bit of a numerology nut , so getting home late tonight , the only thing I could think about blogging was the time. As I rolled into bed and picked up my I-phone the time read 2:22am – so here’s what I pulled off Google, unbelievably this spoke to me! This is from SladeRobertson.com (shift your spirits)

“I receive a lot of numerology questions regarding the meaning of divine signs in the form of numbers, especially the triple number sequences. In the past few months, you’ve been asking me about the symbolic meaning of 222 more than any other

“I keep seeing 222 everywhere; I know it’s a message, but what does 222 mean?”
“Are my spirit guides trying to communicate something to me with 222?”
“What is the symbolic meaning of 222?”

The Meaning of 222
The simplest interpretation of 222 is that it’s a sign of confirmation and a call to further action along this new/current path, often requiring you to consider other people:

You are onto something.
You are on the right track.
You are doing the right thing.
You should continue along this train of thought.
You are already going in the right direction; now take it further.
Your new/current intention is in alignment with your highest path and purpose.

2 is a step beyond, or a transition away from, the ego of 1 into the realm of relationships — your cooperation with others in all varieties of partnership — romantic, business, family, co-workers, friends, public relations. The issue/question/intention/problem requires you to compromise, to show compassion, to be diplomatic. Contemplate duality and balance. Create a plan going forward that involves others.

These are just some suggestions. Remember that the exact opposite may also be true — yin/yang, especially within the duality expressed by the number 2. The following translations are examples of how I personally synthesize my own spirit guides’ dialogue from 222 sightings and/or from readings I’ve taken for clients.

Ask for help.
Adapt to include others.
Share your idea with someone you trust.
Get other people involved.
Get a second opinion.
See the issue from someone else’s perspective.
Seek professional advice or wise counsel.
Compromise.
Your issue is lop-sided or top-heavy; balance it with an opposite.
You’re trying too hard to impose order or symmetry.
Make a decision; stop sitting on the fence.
Stop debating.
Choose your battles wisely.
Who (do you think) you’re fighting?
Don’t try to do this alone.
Communicate.
Are you being secretive or withholding information from someone?
Get out of your head and into your heart/spirit.
Be flexible.
Take a diplomatic approach.
It’s not all about you.
Indecision and inaction create anxiety.
No man is an island.
Your thinking is too black-and-white.
You may need more balance in your life.
Establish boundaries.
Delegate.
Bring in someone more knowledgeable than you.

Pay attention to new people who come into your life at this time.

Time to begin/end a significant relationship.

Take your relationship to the next level.
You could use a partner.
Focus on your relationships.
Discuss it with your partner.
Have you had any experiences lately with 222 that speak to you”

Now that I think about it, I wonder if this is why that T.V. show from the 70’s was called Room Two Twenty Two! WOW, what a flashback!

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Room 222

Premiered Sept 17th 1969

Nutty for Nutella in Paris

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The Crepe Maker

After trying to get some photos off the internet for my recent blog, I couldn’t tell what was Copy Righted and what wasn’t. Not wanting to be photo thief I decided to use some of my own photos today

To my absolute Joy and delight Paris is filled with Crepe Shops, and everyone seems to use Nutella

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This Chocolatey hazelnut spread tastes great with Bananas

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They make it so easy by Crepes, they are everywhere!

There was a tight rounded back stair case in this little shop that appeared at first to have no place to sit and eat. Above the doorway was a sign in French that my daughter recognized from the game of Clue (the French side) “I think we can eat up there she said”.We headed up the stairs with great trepidation to find some tables and chairs, and a little bathroom, a real bonus for me

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The view from upstairs looking down

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Ready to head out and walk the streets for more adventure

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A GOOD REASON TO GROW HENS & CHICKENS

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A good reason to grow Hens & Chickens ,Sempervivum Tectorum

Houseleek, Crassulaceae, I came across this little plant called Houseleek, in The Complete book of Herbs, a recent garage sale find or $1.00. I’ve only ever only known this plant as Hens and Chickens.

I was surprised to learn that “it is one of the oldest first-aid herbs, reputed to have healing properties similar to those of Aloe Vera, but a bit weaker”. It has many uses that I never knew of. So next time you’re out in the garden and get a bee sting, grab a leaf and you’re good to go.!

Culinary: Leaf, The Dutch add it to salads

Cosmetic: Leaf, Soak fresh leaves in a bath or facial steam to heal and nourish the skin

Folk Medicine: Leaf, Said to relieve small injuries, Succulent interior is applied directly to skin, or pulped and used in a poultice or dressing, Applied to minor burns, wasp and nettle stings, cuts, ulcers, insect bites , itching or burning skin and warts. Infused as a tea for septic throats, bronchitis and mouth Ailments.

This super easy plant to grow and propragate was planted by the Romans in courtyard urns and on roof tops

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