Archive for August, 2013

A Sampling of Nations


A sampling of visitors from around the world. The VBA winners represent our world very well. 

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Italy FlagItaly 13
Philippines FlagPhilippines 9
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“Everybody is a…


“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

— Albert Einstein

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More than just a Chocolate tart


Oh my! Chocolate Tart! ( Well, actually, more than just a Chocolate tart )…

ice cream magazine

More than just a Chocolate Tart

Chocolate tart with clotted ice cream ©www.ice-cream-magazine.com

This recipe offers all the elegance of fine dining and a dream for a food stylist

Ingredients for the Chocolate tart:

A short crust pastry base home made or store bought –
roughly 400g pastry, baked blind and painted with egg yolk to seal.

For the filling of the Chocolate tart:

375 g Dark chocolate – 70% Cocoa minimum
875 ml double cream
70 g sugar
4 egg yolks, 5 if they are small
a decent pinch salt

Consider substituting one of the tablespoons of sugar for lavender sugar or chilli orange vanilla sugar

Method for the Chocolate tart

Preheat oven to 130° c

Mix together cream and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil on a moderate heat. Once boiled, remove from heat and mix in chocolate. Stir gently until all chocolate has dissolved and mixture is smooth and glossy.

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The transcendence of humor


Sometimes, a simple post soars in my heart. I like this one!

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Beauty Exploration: The Neutral Zone.


And the neutral zone for eyes…

Beaus and Bows

Hey there, bow friends!
I know, it’s been a long time.  I needed a break and some recharge time with friends and family.  In order to get back into the swing of things, I thought I’d talk to you all about one of my favorite shades for my eyes these days; neutral browns and bronzes.

I knew I needed to do this post when I went through my makeup bag the other day and realized all of the eye products went along the theme of bronzy, coppery, brown, neutral.  That wouldn’t be a big deal if there weren’t 6 products in my bag along those lines.  In order to understand my neutral overload, I thought I’d kind of dissect them and tell you why all of them are absolutely necessary (or try to convince myself they are because I’m in denial, obviously).

I’m going to start by talking about a…

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The 7 habits of highly effective autodidacts


Better look up the word…then find out the 7 habits of highly effective autodidacts… okay, right.

Blank Canvas Living

autodidact notebooksAre you a member of AA? We get no respect. No one understands us. We’re forced to sneak off alone to little shadowy (wi-fi equipped) corners to indulge our habits. We don’t get any sympathy, let alone accreditation, for our addictions. Don’t bother hiding your insatiables behind denial. Come on in and pull up a chair. Welcome to Autodidacts Anonymous.

Throughout history, self-directed learners have been responsible for many of our greatest leaps forward in math, science, literature, architecture… etc. I keep this impressive list of self-taught innovators in my back pocket to defend myself against everyone who has called me crazy for choosing to leave university one year into my degree, when I had a 4.0 (as in perfect) GPA and full scholarships for all four years. I know you’re reading this probably thinking, “Idiot!” Shock, disbelief, pure unadulterated horror – the reactions I got were akin to if…

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My passions, getting crafty part 14


Something a little crafty…

Littleprettymess

Gooood morning beautiful people! How you all doing? I’m so happy with this weather, its not too hot and its fresh, I get up with a big smile on my face and of course my 2 year old boy, also smiling in my face hahahahahah such a joy :).
Since I have been so busy with our holidays and school holidays, I haven’t really have time to get crafty so, I keep saving projects that I want to do on my folder on my computer, and I thought yesterday, why not sharing that ‘whish list’ of projects and when I actually get to do them I will for sure show you 🙂 for now here are two ideas of things I want to learn how to do, and if you have a little time on your hands get crafty and do them, if you want to share email me your…

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