give peace a chance

This statement has been bandied about in the last week after so many horrible terrorist attacks took place all over the globe.

Many of us hope and pray for the slain and their loved ones.

Many of us wish the world were a more peaceful place.

Many of us do not feel this way, and that is why bombings, shootings, and suicide pacts will continue to happen until there is nobody left to pray.

Humans are animals, and just like in nature, there are rogues circling the family groups. Sometimes the rogues band together and become gangs.

Gangs are formed from necessity, and then transformed by corruption and omnipotence.

Praying is good, but taking action is better.

I am reminded of the ants v. grasshoppers fable, in that the many can band together to eject the few, despite the size and strength of the oppressors.

We must band together now. The many must act. If you think that there is nothing you can do, and that you are immune to risk from these groups, you are wrong on both counts.

Praying is not enough; we must communicate our distaste for hate crimes and stand together as one against this type of vile behaviour.

Only then will the bullies, gangs, terrorists, grasshoppers, zealots, whatever you call them, only then will we have a fighting chance to survive and overcome what has been going on since we stepped away from the cradle of life and pursued our individual destinies as nomadic groups.

Speak up, volunteer, help your neighbour (get to KNOW your neighbour!), donate clothes to the thrift shop and food to the food bank. Use facebook to share your message of hope, keep the positive messages circulating.

No matter what, be grateful for the simplest things: food in your fridge, clothes on your back, literacy, and democracy.

Feeling anything but gratitude for these things is shameful.

Love yourself, love your family, love your neighbours. In. That. Order.

better than takeout mini egg rolls

My hubby and I try to cook at home rather than eating out. But sometimes take-out menus are what we crave, and when that happens, like this rainy Sunday in November, it is very difficult to keep within our budget and not splurge on already-prepared food either from a restaurant or a box from the freezer section of the grocery store.

To prevent this, today I went to the store and only purchased one thing: won ton wrappers (total cost $4.99), and with the ingredients I had in the fridge, we enjoyed these amazing little gems.

If you have this in your fridge, you can make these too:

1 carrot, 1/4 head cabbage, 1 skinless boneless chicken breast.

You will also use some pantry items, as in:

2 c. canola/peanut oil, seasoned rice vinegar, soya sauce, garlic powder, celery seed and black pepper

Separate the won ton wrappers ahead of time, so assembly is seemless.

Slice the chicken breast into strips, and season with garlic powder, celery seed and pepper. Saute in a bit of oil on medium heat.

While the chicken is cooking, slice the carrot and cabbage into matchstick-sized pieces, then add to the pan after the chicken has cooked for about 10 minutes. Add soya sauce and rice vinegar (I used about 1 TB. each) and stir-fry for about 2 more minutes, then turn off the heat, but leave in the pan.


Heat oil in skillet to 350F while you assemble the rolls. Any way you want to do it is fine, but I did it like this:


Before the final turn, dip your finger in water and rub along inner edge, then roll up and press seam together:


Fry about 10 rolls at a time, turning as they brown, and place in colander sitting on a plate to catch any excess oil. My plate was clean, these cook up so crispy and hardly any oil is absorbed in to the rolls.


You can eat these straight out of the pan, or wait until they are all cooked, so you can join everyone at the table, as they can sit in the colander without going soggy, which is wonderful! So many fried foods don’t last more than 2 minutes out of the pan.




I recently made plum jam, so I used that with a bit of rice vinegar stirred in as our sauce.

These are brilliant! Overall cost was approximately $7 including meat, veg, and wrappers, so we enjoyed our take-out cravings for well under what we would have paid by eating out. Thrifty and delicious, without a lot of work. My kind of meal :)

winter is coming carrot ginger soup

Making soup is the easiest and most economic meal option there is. I enjoy soup for any meal (even breakfast when the mornings are dark and cold), and this recipe is savoury and smooth. Additions are easy, but start with this:

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<<Start with these ingredients, then chop into similar-sized pieces>>

Saute chopped veg for 15 minutes in a heavy bottomed pot on medium heat in olive oil/butter (2 tablespoons of each). Add dry spices and stir frequently until onions are translucent and potatoes and carrots are tender.

Add carrot juice, chicken broth and coconut milk and simmer for another 20 minutes on medium low heat, stirring occasionally.


After 20 minutes of gentle simmering, blend the soup so it is smooth and creamy. I use my Moulinex hand blender but I have also used my counter blender (I have an older Waring Blender, but whichever one you have, just remember when blending hot liquids to fill vessel no more than 1/2 full and keep the lid slightly open and hold a folded tea towel over lid while blending, to prevent explosions). I am not endorsing products here, only letting you know what works for me :)

retro_bar_blender_decorReturn blended soup to stock pot and add seasoned rice vinegar. Adjust seasonings and stir to combine.

This soup is not thick, it is smooth and creamy, and can be vegan if you omit the butter and use vegetable stock in place of chicken stock.

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full ingredient list:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 bottle organic carrot juice
  • 1 litre organic broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

I hope you try this recipe and enjoy the soup as much as we have. Please let me know what you think in the comments below :)

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I have been on a journey, a 30-day journey, and I really want to share my thoughts on that journey now.

Over the last 30 days, I have been on a “visibility challenge” hosted by a wonderful woman, Michelle Holmes.

Michelle is an entrepreneur of the highest calling. She has created a method, the Magic Mirror Method, whereby she assists anyone in becoming more visible, whether for their online business or for their personal growth.

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Here is my testimonial, which I recorded today, after completing the final video for the 30-day challenge:

Testimonial – Michelle Holmes Magic Mirror Method 30-Day Visibility Challenge

If you are inspired by this video, please contact Michelle at Michelle Holmes – Magic Mirror Method and get on board.

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