Berry and Pistachio Cupcakes!!

Originally posted on janes patisserie:

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Yes, I have a pistachio obsession… now, to the recipe!

I was really quite bored the other day and wanted to try and create a recipe out of anything I had in the cupboards – and all I had other than the standard cake ingredients is raspberries, strawberries, and pistachios. At first I was a little dubious as to what this combination may taste like, but my theory then turned into how can it taste bad?! Fruit and nutty is always a good combination, and with these fruits starting to come in to their prime season soon I thought it was worth a try!

I have tried this recipe with just strawberry coulis, just raspberry and a combination – all taste absolutely yum so its completely up to you! One thing I do find however is if the fruit isn’t quite in season then the taste might not come through…

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Before & After

Yuck! I hated the set up of my closet. It hasn’t been working for me for years, but finally I decided to spend the weekend re-doing it.

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Ugly!
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Wow! I doubled the space in the closet! Painting the inside of the closet makes me feel clean! Although you can’t see the paint job, I know it’s nice and pretty behind all of my clothes :-)
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We had to pull everything out of the closet-everything.
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Lots of time, but only cost about $50.00 The paint ate up most of that budget. A couple shelving supports and an additional dowel.
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I don’t have a “honey-do” list, but I do have a “daddy-do” list, haha! My dad is always so eager to help me with my crazy projects that I have going on!
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Total time spent, about 10 hours.
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Cucumber & Avocado Sandwich with a Cream Cheese & Dill Spread

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Many non-vegetarian people people that we veggie people don’t like food. Or sometimes they think that we don’t eat yummy & fantastic things, so wrong…..

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Spread the cream cheese/dill spread.

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Add thinly sliced fresh, crisp cucumber slices. A sprinkle of black pepper and salt, to taste.

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Layer on top the slightly firm avo’s. It can be a bit messy, so I don’t cut the sandwich.

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EAT!

Cream Cheese Spread:
1 tub of whipped cream cheese
1/2 tsp dill
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Put both in a bowl and mix well. Then it’s ready to spread!

You could also add sprouts or lettuce :-)

What do women REALLY want?

Originally posted on Coffee & Conversation :

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by Kenneth Justice

~Yesterday I received a phone call from a single friend of mine who began complaining about the dating scene, “What do women really want in a man?” he said, “It seems as though they only care about two things; a guy who has a magnetic personality and who earns a ton of money, doesn’t my intelligence count for anything?” he asked?

I tried to explain to him that younger women (and men) definitely might display a tendency toward looking for qualities in a mate that might be on the more ‘superficial’ side….but as we mature we learn that there are more important qualities that matter when it comes to choosing a significant other.

Yet even as I write that last paragraph….I find myself wondering how many of us actually do grow ‘more mature’ in the area of choosing a mate as we get older. After…

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Garage Sale Find!

Love this! $5 bucks at a local garage sale. A moving sale actually, the homeowner had her house open to the public to come in and buy anything in the house. That was fun! I often think about what it would be like to go into a strangers house and see how they decorate and stuff, haha.
I’m looking forward to making some wonderful sweets and displaying them on this pedestal-stay tuned for that!

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My Art For Sale On Ebay-“New Life”

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I LOVE this piece that I did last year. 6 x 6 on wood. Using acrylic paint, with a high gloss finish. Signed on the back with a hook to hang it up. I have titled this one “New Life”. I spent about 10 hours on this piece. It’s definitely a one of a kind :-)

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Check it out! Starting bid at only $20 :-) 3 days left on auction.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/171710505572?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
Thanks for looking!

Vegan Lentil Loaf

If you are a meat eater, this dish probably isn’t going to look too appetizing to you. But, for us veggie’s, this is a little piece of heaven. Regardless, my carnivorous eating family enjoyed the dish. I’m not vegan, but this recipe happens to be such. Easy to make, serve with a side salad or bowl of soup.

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Here’s how to make it:
1 1/2 cups lentils
3 1/2 cups water or vegetable broth (I used broth)
2 onions
2 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups pre-cooked rice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup ketchup or bbq sauce
1/2 tsp sage
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

Pre-heat oven to 350 F degrees.
In a large soup or stock pot, simmer the lentils in water or veggie broth until cooked, about 30 minutes. Drain thoroughly then mash the lentils until they are half mashed.
Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil for 3-5 minutes, or until soft.
Combine the onions, garlic and olive oil with the mashed lentils, rice, salt, sage, ketchup and Italian seasoning.
Gently press the mixture into a lightly greased loaf pan (I used a 9×13 dish). Drizzle a bit of ketchup and bbq sauce on top.
Bake for 1 hour. Allow to cool slightly before serving, as this will help the lentil loaf to firm up. Serves about 6 adults.