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  • Returned to this website after 3 years. I am glad to be back.

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  • M Taylor posted an update 6 days, 12 hours ago

    “What Now?” is a good read for anyone needing clarity on preparing for the next season of life. Whether transitioning into a new career, starting a family, preparing for later years, etc. the book contains helpful insights and suggestions for preparing for the next season. A short read, the title is only around 80 pages and yet covers important…[Read more]

    • I received a copy from Moody Publishers in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.

  • Sounds so similar to Bon Iver. Beautiful piece.

  • Jules wrote a new post, Mondo's End 1 week ago

    Mondo held up the peculiarly shaped blade to his eyes and studied it with all the wonder and curiosity of someone discovering an alien artifact. The reflection of the flickering candle in the mirror amplified the […]

  • Scarlet wrote a new post, Unfair World ! 1 week ago

    Today when I wake up and check my mail I saw the most heartbreaking news of my life… And that is loosing a friend. A friend of mine died because of brain tumor he’s body gave up on his third session of […]

    • I am sorry for your loss of such a great friend. The way you describe him …makes me feel he most definitely is a wonderful Angel.

  • Monica wrote a new post, Ozzy's Daughter? 1 week ago

    She’s beautiful. She looks like a young Sharon. I knew they had another daughter who didn’t want to be filmed but I didn’t know she was in the music business.

    Also… a commenter on Youtube pointed out “Goth […]

  • Hmmmm……

    • Jules replied 1 week ago

      Pass!

      • Yeah….. I heard the song while driving the other day …don’t know if THIS was the song because I saw the name Oliver Tree. So I wanted to look more into this artist and found a crazy character.

  • Monica wrote a new post, Bison 1 week, 1 day ago

    Bison meat taste so good. It is becoming more and more popular especially since we just had a small meat shortage. Costco was selling ground Bison meat next to the empty Ground Beef section. Costco has been […]

    • I have never eaten a Bison and by the look of them they could probably eat me!

      I like plain meat recipes with plenty of added flavour – usually made with tons of garlic and onion.

      Mince Lamb or Beef Potato Bake:

      1lb of mince Lamb/Beef.
      2 small onions finely chopped.
      Garlic to taste – I use 4-5 finely chopped cloves depending on their size.
      Tin chopped tomatoes.
      6 – 8 potatoes peeled and sliced thinly.
      2 Table spoons tomato puree.
      Salt & pepper.
      Lamb or Beef stock. Use the whole stock cube but reduce the water to half pint.

      Dry fry the mince with the onions and garlic until the meat is browned.
      Add the salt & pepper.
      Add the tomato puree.
      Add the chopped tomatoes.
      Add the stock.

      Reduce the cooking time to half or less (I cook it for about 10 minutes) it will cook thoroughly when transferred to the oven.

      Peel the potatoes and slice them thinly.

      Set the oven to gas mark 6 / 204 C.

      Lightly grease an ovenproof dish and pour the meat mixture into it.
      Cover the meat mixture evenly with the sliced potatoes making a decorative pattern. Lightly brush some oil over them with a sprinkling of salt & pepper.

      Bake in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes or until the potatoes have browned.

      Serve with your choice of vegetables.

      • Monica replied 6 days ago

        THIS is such an easy recipe. My household doesn’t eat lamb or goat. My sons prefer simple things. But we have a local steakhouse that serves Lamb Lollipops which I LOVE.

        I am going to copy this recipe to try when my other son comes home in a few weeks. He is the only son who loves new foods.
        And Bison are humongous and beautiful.

    • The recipe is a base which can be easily adapted to personal taste. You could also add herbs if you like. A couple of swigs of Worcestershire sauce is also good.

  • It’s so simple yet so good.

    I remember my mother making us fried egg sandwiches on white bread with mustard when we would go to the drive In movies. My sisters would make brown bags full of buttered […]

    • That’s one of the all time classics. My version includes melted cheese with either pickle or brown sauce. Also, the egg has to be cooked just right so that when you bite into the sandwich the egg yolk oozes out the sides and gives you egg face!

      • Egg face 😀 Your version sounds good….but I don’t know about the brown sauce. what is it?

        • Brown sauce is one of those things that’s hard to describe, but I’m sure you’ve got it over there. You have tomato sauce which is red, and you have brown sauce which is brown. The taste is a lot stronger and compliments many foods depending on your taste. One popular brand over here is made by HP – or as it’s usually known as – HP Sauce.

          If you search the net for brown sauce this is what you get back regarding ingredients.

          Ingredients include a varying combination of tomatoes, molasses, dates, apples, tamarind, spices, vinegar, and sometimes raisins. The taste is either tart or sweet with a peppery taste similar to that of Worcestershire sauce.

          • Interesting. I was going to say Brown Gravy…but brown gravy has a beef base. We have a cute little UK market down the hill…I will check to see if they have it. Its a condiment it seems. Like our Ketchup or hot sauce.

    • Sorry, have to say that I love nuts, popcorn and a lot of the other things mentioned, but fried eggs not so much, in or out of a sandwich. I may have told you before that my mother had some health issues when I was growing in, and my father would make breakfast.

      Well, he fried the bacon first, and then fried the eggs in the bacon grease at the same temperature. The result would be a black crust around the egg, and I would have a problem getting it down…so the only way I like eggs is scambled. To this day I don’t like regular fried eggs, or boiled eggs (that one I did to myself by eating about 16 full eggs with mayonise ie deviled eggs) at one sitting)

      I am weird about some foods….for example, I don’t like cheese sandwiches either, and peanut butter is ONLY eatable with crackers, never bread, With bread it is just too gummy..

      I told ya I was weird. 🙂

      • UNACCEPTABLE!!!!
        Alright…..I can let this slide cause I can see where you’re coming from. Your poor father couldn’t cook. Nothing wrong with using the bacon grease to cook the eggs…he just used the wrong temp. My mother use to poor the bacon grease into a can and she would scoop some out for frying potatoes or she would scoop some into a hot bowl of rice. Anyhow….I have had a crispy egg or two in my life.But not from my mother….she prides herself in being able to cook eggs perfectly. And I love boiled eggs. Especially when they are soft boiled. And I also love an egg salad sandwich which is hard to find anywhere. So….what were you doing eating 16 deviled eggs in one seating? Were they really REALLY delicious? Maybe you need to try a different kind of Deviled Egg to open your mind up to them again? There was a little place here that served their Deviled Eggs with spinach mixed in and bacon bits drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
        Now…about that peanut butter issue. I get it…..which is why I usually make a really crispy toast to put it on. I maybe have toast once a month….and if I am going to have toast I like to use the country French loaf where I have to slice my own pieces. That way I can cut it thick and toast it dark. I also use natural peanut butter or almond butter that I mix with maple syrup and I add chopped pecans and walnuts. You can also throw in some raisins or Craisins. So my peanut butter is thick and has texture with a bit of flavor with the maple. So burn your toast and spread some of this peanut/almond butter on it 🙂
        I don’t know about cheese sandwiches…..its been YEARS since I had one. I usually keep crackers on hand for those times I want cheese. But I love a good crispy grilled cheese ….I can’t pass up.
        Oh…back to eggs. You said you like scrambled eggs? Well….I learned from Jacque Pepin via his cooking show how to cook the perfect scrambled eggs. You start with butter in the pan……whip the eggs add salt n pepper and pour into the pan. You keep mixing it until it is almost cooked….and you add a scoop of sour scream and take off heat. Add more salt and pepper if needed and its beautiful and creamy.

        And you are not weird…..we all just have our food quirks. Well….maybe a little weird. You hold a grudge against food. Ha!

        • Yeah, I will just not eat eggs, except those I go to Waffle House and get scrambled. 🙂 Oh and I eat lots and lots of peanut butter…..just with crackers instead of bread. I have lived for about 50 years like that, I think I can struggle on….LOL

      • Ewww! Fried egg with a crusty edge is enough to put anyone off for life. . .what am I saying – it did, didn’t it?

        Eggs cooked like that usually mean they have spent too long in a hot pan and come out all rubbery and disgusting; no cigar for anyone who cooks like that. Cooking eggs is such a simple thing but like anything in the culinary world, there is an art to it. No broad brush strokes here – only fine detail.

        • Well, to give him the perfect out, he was cooking on an old wood stove so there wasn’t much way to change the temperature. But I am fine with scrambled eggs that don’t develop a crust, especially a black crust that sort of tastes like coffee grounds. 🙂

  • Amanda Grandits posted an update in the group Group logo of Writer’s LoungeWriter’s Lounge 1 week, 5 days ago

    “Boy, I need a drink,” he exclaimed as he wiped his brow.
    How he wished he could grab a cold, refreshing beer after a long day’s work, but alas he has stopped drinking.
    As he reminisces about the good ol’ days of drinking and partying with his friends, he could not help but hear Bo Diddly, Waylon, and Willie as they sang the songs of his pas…[Read more]

    • I’m glad I never got that way with alcohol. These days I don’t even go near it.
      I always wonder why some people become dependant on alcohol; it’s a thing I’ve never understood.
      That aside, your story is disturbingly true.

  • Amanda Grandits posted an update in the group Group logo of Writer’s LoungeWriter’s Lounge 1 week, 5 days ago

    Upside down Cake:
    Another boring, crazy day everything feeling grouchy. Hi, I just kissed llamas, monkeys, night owls, pillows, quilts, really silly, truly unbelievable, very well xylophones yell “Zebras!!!!”

    Zip your x-ray Willie, Victoria’s Umbrella tripped Sabrina; Robert quit picking on nice Michael! Lilly kissed Justin I heard Gretc…[Read more]

  • Amanda Grandits posted an update in the group Group logo of Writer’s LoungeWriter’s Lounge 1 week, 5 days ago

    I sits down at the table as I bisect my food into large pieces. Who has time to sit and cut it up into tiny pieces, especially after they serve everyone else their food and cut it up?
    I hear the sound of the men around me, chewing noisily as they smack their lips, and then a belch. I wrinkle my nose in disgust, making the crease between my brows…[Read more]

    • Amazingly sharp and very witty – it made me smile whilst reading it.
      What was this particular challenge called? Was it set by Pastor Mike?
      The one thing I enjoyed above all else was the picture challenges that came round every now and then. If you scroll right down to the very beginning of this group, there is a picture challenge if you like the…[Read more]

      • Yes it was Pastor Mike, and in one on my flash drive says his name lol. He called these word challenges Word salads, and yes he I did respond to the picture ones. I do like the picture and will have to write one soon, I love word salads and wish I remembered the rest of the letters we earned when we wrote them in the right order!
        I miss him and i…[Read more]

        • Oh yes! You mean when one person starts a story and two or more people add different chapters and completely diverts it off somewhere else? I forgot about those. That would be fun if only we had one or two more budding writers.

          • That is fun, but that is not the exercise I am thinking of.

            • Can you offer a more elaborate explanation as to how the word salads worked? I can remember them in part, but am blurry on the details. Were they similar to the word challenges that I am setting?

              • Yes they were, he would give you words, and tell you to make a story. if you look at the two holy b’s batman and this one, you will see the b words are the same.
                You can either put them anywhere through the story, or you can do it in order, which is where you get the WTG award. There is one where I used all of the words and then did it…[Read more]

  • Jules posted an update in the group Group logo of Writer’s LoungeWriter’s Lounge 1 week, 5 days ago

    A quick update for all participants in the Writer’s Lounge. Although I set challenges, members should be aware that any creative input they may have is not limited, or restricted solely to reacting to my set challenges. Anything creative in fictional writing may be posted here at any given time by any member. Thanks for reading.

  • Amanda Grandits posted an update in the group Group logo of Writer’s LoungeWriter’s Lounge 1 week, 5 days ago

    Living my life often feels as though I am always looking through a kaleidoscope. With each turn of the hand, different shades and colors. One day I woke up and everything was dark and I could not function. I fought, kicking and screaming like a kangaroo until I was able to find a way back. Suddenly all of the colors came flashing back through…[Read more]

    • Well. . .apart from being an enjoyable read – describing one who has blossomed and found their own power-base, I remain unsure if I remember or know you. Remembering usernames are tricky and I struggle with all the names that I know to label you with one of them. So by way of not making myself look silly and, not wishing to overtax my tired old…[Read more]

    • Jules, I was Proudmomma8. That is what I meant, but I was reading the definition and it set buildings. I had many different thoughts on my mind and had a lot of energy as I wrote so I may have wrote it like that even if I did know that it was one building but hey. for my first blog in years, it was pretty okay.
      Thank you.

      • Ah! Believe it or not that name was in my top three. I do remember that username so I must remember you.

        Oh. . .and no problem with the Kremlin thingy, I have a habit of trying to probe people’s minds in the hope I can understand their inner musings. Your first blog/story in years?! It read ok to me, I look forward to reading more, and hope you…[Read more]

  • Ok, I am the person that once told my teacher that I had no real interest in art. The problem, as I saw it, was that I couldn’t draw worth a darn. Couldn’t even, as I put it, draw a straight line. Well, that […]

    • What editing software did you use?

      • I don’t remember anymore….it was done over the course of several years, on different computer and not all the same systems even. Lunapix is one of the programs used, and at one I was using gimp.

  • “None shall pass save trial by fire,” the guardian said.

    “Your abilities are not known to me and thus unproven. I am but a metaphor, a representation of medieval practices which determine guilt by physical or […]

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  • I had spent too many emotionally draining hours with my siblings, ransacking our childhood home as our mom prepared to finally sell it, and finally let go of all that happened here. I’d rather be anywhere else […]

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