De-Clutter

De-Clutter : Is there such a word? I’m going through a funny phase of life right now…  All I want to do is ‘de-clutter’.  I have too many ‘things’. I used to live in a very large house with lots of lovely ‘things’ .  Now, I live in a smaller house with lots of lovely … Continue reading

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Spicy Carrot & Coriander Soup *** Hot/Cold

This is a lovely soup, gently spiced with cumin, cardamom and coriander Serves 4 Ingredients 1 onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon of ground cumin half a teaspoon of ground coriander quarter teaspoon of mild/medium/strong (your choice) chilli powder quarter teaspoon crushed cardamom seeds 2 garlic cloves – crushed 600g peeled and chopped carrots salt freshly … Continue reading

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Debra’s Chinese Sweet & Sour Sauce

In my opinion, this is probably one of the most popular sauces served in Chinese Restaurants. Ingredients 15 ml of vegetable oil 1 garlic clove, finally chopped 1 spring onion, but into short sections 1 small green pepper, seeded and diced 1 fresh red chilli, seeded and thinly shredded 15 ml light soy sauce 30 … Continue reading

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A Butterfly’s Courage

I came across this wonderful little story about courage that I would like to share with you. I hope you will be as inspired by it as I was!   Walking down a path through some woods in Georgia in 1977, I saw a water puddle ahead on the path. I angled my direction to go … Continue reading

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COURAGE

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

We all know that mirrors don’t lie… I’m just grateful that they don’t laugh, as well                                       

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My Darling Hubby

Mostly everyone who know’s me  is aware that I have an extremely sensitive nose (which is a good thing …..:) The sensitive ‘nose’ thing ! I woke up this morning to a whiff of something lovely coming from the kitchen! Off course, I immediately knew it was a cake – Yummy!!! only…. it was a chocolate … Continue reading

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True Friends

Pray for those we love – and be reminded,  once again, that God’s love unites people as friends – forever! Friends with a common bond! TIME has a way of defining true friends.  I have discovered that passing years and growing distance are ineffective obstacles to the mutual love between my friends and me.  Perhaps … Continue reading

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My Garden

Out of the darkness & despair comes life & light Butterfly Cottage Photo’s ~ December 2010 I am sharing ‘just this ONE photo’ today, with more to follow  as part of my Journey through Life! Life is so Fragile and yet ………..

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Going d.o.w.n ………. Yippeeeeeeeeee !

40 pounds to go 21 pounds lost since December 2010 Lost 1 inch around my waist Lost another inch around my hips 🙂 I was thinking  ….. hmmmmm :  what exactly am  I doing differently – besides eating less and being more observant of ‘how/what’ I cook my food in?  I do so LOVE my … Continue reading

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A Classic Indian Curry – Chicken ***

If my recipe has 3 stars *** after the name, then you know it’s a special recipe for those of us trying to lose weight and still enjoy the goodness and flavour of lovely food! Ingredients 1 kg chicken thighs (remove the skin and debone then cut into large pieces) Salt Ground Black Pepper Oil … Continue reading

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Woe …. sniff sniff :( is me!

Surely this is an honest admission.  What Christian has not sincerely grieved over her own spiritual shortcomings:  over ‘doing those things I ought not to have done and leaving undone those things I ought to have done’  (to paraphrase the Book of Common Prayer). No follower of  Christ was ever more acutely conscious of this … Continue reading

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F A I T H

When you come to the end of all the light  you know, and it’s time to step into the darkness  of the unknown, Faith, is  ………………  knowing that one of two things will happen: Either ……  you will be given something solid to stand on, or… You will be able to fly ~Edward Teller ·       

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Pork Vindaloo ***

If my recipe has 3 stars *** after the name, then you know it’s a special recipe for those of us trying to lose weight and still enjoy the goodness and flavour of lovely food! Ingredients 500gsm pork cut into bit size chunks (alll visible fat removed) 125ml vinegar 2 peeled onions, largely grated 2 teaspoons oc … Continue reading

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Thy Word ‘A Lamp unto My Feet’

Music inspired from the Book of Psalms (119) I have a “nagging in my belly” to play the following for ‘all of us out there’ that are feeling kind of lonely or lost today! You will see that there isn’t a single word to add to this: as it says it all…….. J Two great … Continue reading

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Distant Lamps

We see but dimly through the mists and vapours Amid these earthly damps; What seems to us but sad, funeral tapers, May be heaven’s distant lamps.                                                                                                                             Resignation

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Debra’s Gardening Corner

 As you get to know me, you will learn that I am truly passionate about many things.  Somehow I don’t tend to do things in small measures!  I decide on something and just run with it……. before I know it, I have either got myself into ‘trouble’ of sorts – 😉 or just living another dream! One … Continue reading

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No East or West

With the current state of affairs in the world (Japan) earthquakes, tsunamis, different languages and people… I thought I would share this message written by Linda Ching Sledge. MY Hometown Church is on a winding street on the outskirts of old Honolulu.  It was built in the 1880’s by Boston missionaries who served the earliest … Continue reading

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Thai Green Curry Soup ***

If my recipe has 3 stars *** after the name, then you know it’s a special recipe for those of us trying to lose weight and still enjoy the goodness and flavour of lovely food! A rich and aromatic soup made from fresh chicken breasts flavoured with lemon grass, lime leaves, galangal (a type of … Continue reading

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The Decision or Choice is Yours :)

YOU decide what you eat, when you eat it and, nearly always, how much you eat. YOU decide how you want to deal with social occasions where tempting food will be on offer. YOU decide how much weight you would like to lose and how long you would like to take doing it. IN SHORT:  … Continue reading

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Espagnole Sauce

This is a classic rich brown sauce which I also use as a base for a lot of my ‘brown sauces‘. The consistency should not be too thick but gently run off the back of a spoon. Ingredients 25 gsm butter 50 gsm chopped bacon 2 shallots which have been finely chopped 1 celery stick … Continue reading

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Chasseur Sauce

INGREDIENTS 25 gsm butter 1 shallot – finely chopped 115 gsm sliced mushrooms 120 ml red wine 30 ml brandy espagnole sauce – 1 unit 15 ml chopped fresh tarragon METHOD Melt the butter in a medium or large pan over a medium hear and fry the shallot, stirring often, until soft and transparent but not … Continue reading

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Weight Loss March 13 2011

I am very pleased indeed to announce that I have lost a total of 19 pounds since December.  I had lost 20 pounds, but with Christmas etc I picked up a little and dont even feel bad about it – because it isn’t much considering it’s been winter (and…. I tend to eat a lot … Continue reading

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Death and Re-birth

I spent the morning with my hubby working in the garden. I walked around and was amazed at all the new shoots on the trees and shrubs. Something that looked like it had died has suddently come back to life! Death, Cleanse & Rebirth A fire rages and it looks as though everything has been destroyed!  … Continue reading

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Footsteps of Angels

When the hours of Day are numbered, and the voices of the Night Footsteps of Angels Wake the better soul, that slumbered, To a holy, calm delight; Then the forms of the departed enter the open door; The beloved, the tue-hearted, Come to visit me once more.

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Bechamel Sauce

There is nothing nicer than a ‘good old fashioned Bechamel Sauce’. What is a Bechamel Sauce?  Simply put – a creamy white savoury sauce. Ingredients 1 small onion 1 small carrot 1 celery stick Bouquet garni 8 black peppercorns A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg 300 ml of milk 25 g of butter 25 g … Continue reading

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A prelude of things to come …. :)

A sauce can be many things to many meals – from the simplest aside to accentuate the taste of plain cooking, to the integral part of a more complex dish.  Savoury or sweet, fragile or full of punch, the one characteristic shared by all sauces is their liquid content. Unlike dry toppings, spice mixes or … Continue reading

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Busy Busy Busy

I haven’t been blogging as often as I would like lately, which brings me to today’s post. MOST people are just soooo busy.  This should be a point for quick agreement, but the subtle danger involved in our busy lives is that most of us never stop to realise that in most cases we can do … Continue reading

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Making a ‘spectacle’ of myself :)

I dont know what it is but lately I have been going a little crazy (my hubby would say; …….  Lately?) I have been wandering around our home, looking in every corner of the house and I cannot find my classes (spectacles) anywhere. I can type without looking at the keyboard, so that’s not a problem.  … Continue reading

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The right foot and the wrong foot or ……. (Weird)

So… anything weird/different/strange  happen to you today? I woke up this morning happy to be going to the hairdressers (my hair is incredibly thick) and I have to keep it cut regularly otherwise even brushes wont do the trick. I heard my hubby calling from downstairs and I wasn’t even dresseed yet!   Rush rush rush  … Continue reading

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Petal, Poppy & Flower

It’s been a while since I spoke about my 3 babies. Petal (Grey) Poppy (Black/Brown) Flower (White) They are used to us now and a pleasure to have.  Besides the fact that they give us at least 3 large eggs every day, I am amazed at how sociable these creatures are.  They love it when … Continue reading

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Who do YOU have beside you?

My first log-in to Facebook this morning and this is the message that jumped out at me – posted by a friend!  I have God before me, Jesus beside me, the Holy Ghost within me and,  the Angels around me. Who or what shall I fear? All circumstances are temporary and,  one way or another … Continue reading

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A compromising position GOD IS IN CONTROL!

My hubby & I spent the morning at the bank.  Our bank accounts had been compromised! A blessing was that we didn’t lose much!  The bank had also just managed to stop a transaction from overseas for over £600.00. New cards have been ordered and we now have to be patient …. easier said than … Continue reading

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