Respected food writer, Monica Bhide has written for well-known publications such as Food and Wine and Cooking Light. In her article, “The Crackling Spices Of Indian Tempering”, she writes about a cooking method common to Indian cuisine called “tempering”. EXCERPT: ” … Tadka translates as “tempering.” It is a method widely used in Indian cuisine, […]

Cooking Basics ~ Cooking Terms: Indian Tempering

Mark Bittman, is one of America’s best-known, most widely respected food writers. Happy to suggest two cookbooks written by him. One for those who want to learn how to cook and the other for those who have a goal to eat healthy with an emphasis on consuming green leafy vegetables (that would be moi!). How […]

Cooking Basics ~ How to Cook Everything – Emphasis on the Greens

Once watched a Doctor Who episode and in this particular scene, the Doctor and his female assistant had to climb up the stairs to get where they needed to go. Dr. Who says (trying to be a gentleman, of course): “You first.” To which the young lady responded: “No you go first. I’m wearing a […]

Fashion & Style : Boho Fashion: Wide Leg Palazzo Pants

Oxytocin is a naturally ocurring hormone which has been linked to the human bonding process. Some have referred to it as the “cuddle hormone”. Respected and authoritative publications such as WebMD Health News have reported on the positive effect of this hormone on both women and men; but adds a note of caution, quoting the […]

Personal Care : Love, Trust and Cuddling

Do you enjoy mysteries? Do you enjoy it when history is made interesting instead of just being tested on how well you can recall dates, events and names of people and places? Think you might like reading an historical mystery series? (Written for young readers but nobody has to know you’re an adult. One of […]

Good Reads: The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence

The spice trails taken by the Europeans can be traced backwards from India to Arabia (formerly Asia Minor) to Africa to Egypt and all the way to the ancient Greco-Roman world. Wars were fought over precious spices and in the end … we all won! Because the end result of the wars and the global […]

Cooking Basics ~ Spice Spotlight: Saffron, Cardamon, Curry and Turmeric

When you look at those black sandal shoes below, your first impression is probably – Oh! Every woman has a pair of shoes like these. Right? However. Did you ever see the movie Malèna starring Monica Belluci? Ever been jealous and envious of another woman’s beauty? Don’t answer that. Let’s pretend we have been. Ever […]

Fashion & Style : Ollio Shoes for Women : Malèna Style

The Right Stuff Saw a report on television a while back about people at Google who were working on a project to make Bible scrolls available online. It was very impressive. The Google folks receive my high five on these initiatives. They have made information accessible to the masses as it should be and as […]

Gifts (and Tips) for Writers : Freelance Writing Opportunity: Work From Home

EXCERPT: “The country did especially well in categories measuring social equality, health issues, culture and contributions to world order. “ Hmmm …? What country are they talking about? Blimey! Begora! and all that jazz! What country do you think? Did not know there was such as thing as a “Good Country Index” but it certainly […]

Celebrating Ireland: Leprechauns, Shamrocks, St. Patrick, Celtic Music, and an Irish Christmas Holiday!

We – especially we women – all know this expression: “No pain? No gain.” To borrow a song lyric from the popular and glamorous singer Beyoncé … “pretty hurts”. But the picture painted in real life is not all that bad. Want to know the answers to questions like: Q: Can I plump my lips […]

Personal Care : Cynthia Rowland Beauty Systems

Some say the tradition of the wishing well started in Europe, but has worldwide significance. REF: Wishing Well Tradition – History, Origins, Rituals Water being viewed as the giver of life, the early Celts and Germanic people attached a sacredness to water. A belief developed that any wish made over a source of water would […]

Home Sweet Home : Fancy a Wishing Well in Your Own Backyard?

The beauty of living in America is its diversity. Especially its food diversity. It may be the same for other countries as well. But the USA is my home so my “opinions” via my food or foodie experiences can be spoken with authority. Or at least, with a reasonable amount of certainty. :) World cuisine […]

Cooking Basics ~ Create Your Own Regional Feasts of India

Feng means wind. Shui means water. Although there are differing schools of thoughts, regarding this ancient Chinese practice, the purpose of applying the principles is the same, i.e. to bring balance and harmony to your environment, where you live or where you work.  A variety of inexpensive products have been designed to create a calm, […]

Gifts for Home or Office : Use Feng Shui for Balance and Harmony

When John the Apostle described his vision wherein he saw what heaven looked like, he wrote about seeing “the tree of life” and said that “the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all tree leaves could be used for the healing of nations? What would […]

Gifts for Tree Lovers : Give the Blessing of a Tree

Fancy contemporary art? Do you also fancy the BBC Masterpiece Contemporary movies or television series? Well then! We have something in common. Bare with me as we take this circuitous route to introduce you to a wonderful contemporary artist who captures famous African-Americans entertainers, mostly jazz (or soul and R&B) musicians, with his own unique […]

Gifts for Art Lovers : The Art of Clifford Faust

Have always loved most things vintage. Have to define “vintage” in case you happen to be about the age of one of my kids. Vintage for them might be circa 1980 or 1990, and they may think vintage for me would be circa 1880 or 1890. Not so. Vintage, by my definition, is back in […]

Good Reads: Vintage Books

The beauty and wonder of an artistic work is that it can be enjoyed almost anywhere. But many art lovers do not have the funds to purchase original works of art yet they still want to appreciate them. Knowing this, many accomplished artists have their work transferred to objects like coffee cups, neck scarves, handbags, […]

Home Sweet Home : Fine Art for the Home or Office: Tile Murals

“Big girls need big diamonds.” That lesson in gift-giving is courtesy of the late Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE aka Elizabeth or Liz Taylor (1932 – 2011), famous British-American actress. (Source: brainyquote.com) Her well-publicized love affair with jewelry , especially diamonds, was practically scandalous. If you are thinking of buying your “big girl” diamonds or […]

Gifts for Her : Diamonds, Emeralds and Sapphires – Oh My! (Relax.)

Jingle Jangle Jungle is a fabulous music entertainment blog that publishes interesting tidbits about music, artists and the stories behind them. Per JJJ: “ … the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. …” (Quote Source) My additional remarks to that succinct summation of the illustrious career of this musical […]

Gifts for Music Lovers: Carlos Santana: Ultimate Guitar Hero

Seldom drink tea because of my coffee addiction. But other members of my household love to brew! They are not tea experts (yet!) and are always experimenting with different flavors – from caramel apple to licorice to green tea to black tea to … on and on and on. Found an interesting blog post written […]

Gifts for Tea Lovers : Is a Season Your Reason to Drink Tea?

On September 20, 1519, Portuguese navigator, Ferdinand Magellan (c. 1489-1521), set sail from Spain on a mission to find a western route to the Spice Islands. He reached the cost of South America and then navigated the strait linking the Atlantic and the Pacific which now bears his name, the Strait of Magellan. He crossed […]

Cooking Basics ~ Stock Your Kitchen Cabinet with Exotic Spices

Candles have always been a great gift idea. Right? Your child needs a gift for their teachers. Candles are seldom refused and rarely, if ever, re-gifted. Can’t think of what to get your mom for Mothers Day or her birthday? Candle! A boss needs to think of an inexpensive corporate gift for his or her […]

Home Sweet Home : My Favorite Yankee Candle Scent

Pascal Caffet is a world famous chocolatier and the French are more than happy to say “Ooh la la!” whenever this name is heard. He is revered as “le roi du chocolat”, that is to say, “the king of chocolate”. Zchocolate is partnered with Pascal Caffet. Although this confectioner company is based in France, their […]

Gifts for the Chocolate Lover in You!

Everybody knows – or at least every woman knows – that her wardrobe is incomplete without the little black dress. Everybody knows – male or female – that the current First Lady in the United States White House, is a fashion icon, symbol, or somebody everybody else wants to dress like. Whenever she steps onto […]

Fashion & Style : Little Black Dress: Doing It First Lady Style

Like to read autobiographies or biographies? Reading about the lives of other people has always been a source of inspiration for me and no doubt it is the same way for other people too. In fact, if a person is suffering from depression one of the suggested activities to uplift their spirit and pull them […]

Good Reads: Inspiring Biographies

There was a dark period in the history of mankind when witch-hunting was the order of the day. It began with an official approval from Pope Innocent VII in 1484, and continued until around the 17th century, when it reached its climax in England, Scotland and America. But it’s the 2st century. We’re all much […]

Movie Lovers : Witchcraft: Past and Present

Anyone who has done even scant research on John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892 – 1973) knows that even though he was a very private man, there is no shortage of biographical information about this famous British writer and medievalist. Hardcover, paperback, digital and audio books, letters, and other materials abound. His son, Christopher Tolkien, was […]

Good Reads: Gifts for the Tolkien Enthusiast

Are you a John Wayne fan? If so, sure hope you will not feel disappointed when I say that I do not share your admiration. I am not a John Wayne fan at all. Sounds unAmerican, but it’s the truth. Never really liked John Wayne movies, particularly when he portrayed a person in the military […]

Movie Lovers : War Movies From the 60s
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