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that I miss blogging and my readers ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll return soon . . . with changes.

Please stay tuned!

Wishing you a joyous & peaceful Thanksgiving filled with family, food, and lots of love!

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. – Pericles

I began this blog to help myself and in doing so, I am so grateful that I’ve helped others in even the smallest way.

It’s been great but it is definitely time for a change.

Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown. – George Shinn

Wish me luck ๐Ÿ™‚

recipe courtesy of


Spice Mix:

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/8 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon butter
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 cups finely shredded kale
4 (14 ounce) cans organic vegetable broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tablespoon honey
4 large carrots, chopped
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
3 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1 cup dried lentils, rinsed
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste

1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)
1 tablespoon water (optional)


Combine the cinnamon, cumin, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, turmeric, curry powder, and salt. This mixture can be made in advance and stored.

Melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and lightly browned. Stir in the shredded kale and the spice mixture. Cook until kale begins to wilt and spices are fragrant.

Pour in the broth. Stir in the tomatoes, honey, carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, garbanzo beans, dried apricots, and lentils. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low.

Simmer stew for 30 minutes or until the vegetables and lentils are cooked and tender. Season with black pepper to taste.

To thicken, combine optional cornstarch and water. Stir it into the stew and simmer for about 5 minutes.

Yield: 6 servings

How to Make Scented Pine Cones

1. Collect the cones and clean them of all debris, insects, and sap. If you need to wet them thoroughly, to dry them, place the cones on a foil lined baking sheet and bake at 200F for an hour. Allow them to cool before beginning.

Or simply buy packaged cones from a crafts store ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Mix equal parts glue and water in a small bowl.

3. In a plastic bag large enough to contain the pine cone, put cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, and ground cloves. Mix according to your desire. The amount you use will depend on the size of the cone. Go for a light covering of spices rather than a full coating.

4. Quickly paint the flatter surfaces of the pine cone with the glue mixture.

5. Put the pine cone into the plastic bag and shake. Be sure that the mixture touches every part of the cone.

6. Leave the pine cone in the bag to dry overnight. Tap off excess spices as you remove each cone.

7. You’re done! Place the cones around your home for subtle fragrances. Or toss them in the fireplace to burn as the fire brings out the aroma.

Discussing and dissecting an issue ad nauseam is pointless action.

Attempting to force reality in line with your fairy tale is pointless action.

Taking your baggage to a different doorstep is pointless action.

Pointless action simply prolongs the inevitable FAILURE.

And while some are happy over there in descent to failure limbo,

The best of us take a hard look in the mirror and make the necessary changes to create the life we desire.

Who are you?

Best decide.

You don’t have forever.

When a person finds themselves predisposed to complaining about how little they are regarded by others, let them reflect how little they have contributed to the happiness of others. โ€“ Samuel Johnson

When Did You Last

Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it. โ€“ Anthony J. Dโ€™Angelo

Focus on You

When you consistently maintain a positive frame of mind, youโ€™ll become known as a problem-solver rather than a complainer. People avoid complainers. They seek out problem-solvers. โ€“ Joseph Sommerville

Be the Change

Providers and protectors are scarce in a dearth of genuinely feminine women.

In fact, they abandon ship pretty quickly.

Genuine masculinity does not thrive in the absence of genuine femininity.

Why would it?

Don’t expect it.

There is nothing to complain about.