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April 30, 2012

Small Italian Lizard


Do You See What I See

I have done a lot of travelling and will continue to do so. So, periodically I will be sharing some shots from my travels.

Quebec City


Powerful Italian Architecture


Italia


One Sweet Italian Bridge


Grandpa: My Best Friend


April 29, 2012

Winter in the Wild



mountain peaks glisten
stream trickles gracefully through
wind dances with snow

The Cutest Puppy in the History of the World


Wishful Thinking



I love you more than words can say.
Every night I lay by myself and pray,
You will love me endlessly someday.

White Chapel in the Smokey Mountains


Sleepy Sunday Morning


Playing at the Playground


Another Sunny Sunday


April 28, 2012

The Mighty Will Fall


Other Side of the Canal


This is Not a Prison


Soon to be Demolished


A Different Angle


Brownfields Brantford, Ontario, Canada


Lone Wolf Howling


Dancing Boa @ Colasanti's in Ruthven, Ontario


Family Affair


Fuzzy Brown Bear by Jordon Slaght


Where Drinking and Driving Gets You



Look inside your heart am I still there?
broken and bruised emotions stripped bare?
You broke my heart and just don't seem to care
A life of misery and ruin tarnished with despair.
Please have some mercy on me and my brittle soul.
Won't you take me back and make me feel whole?
Without your love my heart is dead and black like coal
I wonder if ruining my life was your ultimate goal?
I do not know if I can move on right now I not dare
Since I can not love another it does not seem fair.
I miss your smile, your touch, your beauty so fare
We were meant to be together forever a loving pair.

Urban Note



Flat white ceiling tiles hang unifiable:  dull and bland.
A herd of sheepish teens lifelessly vegetate in a mall.

April 26, 2012

Giant Sunflower Used as a Bowl by Small Songbirds





True Love


When the world is dark and grey
It seems like hope has gone astray.
So, I think of what you would say
I just smile and carry on my way. 

I Am My Own Creation

All of the recipes that I post are from me.  They are my creations so I take great pride in them and would appreciate feedback from anyone who tries them.  I hope you all enjoy them as much as myself and my family.
I have two very picky teenage girls who live in my house and nothing reaches this blog without their approval.

Simple and Delicious Spinach with Rice


Ingredients

200 g spinach chopped
1 cup rice
1 large onion diced
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. thyme
3 cloves of garlic
3 tbsp. white wine vinegar
3 tbsp. Olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

Cook rice as directed on package.
Mix rice with remaining ingredients in a large casserole dish and bake for 25 mins. at 300˚F heat.
Remove from oven let cool and serve.

I like to put malt vinegar on mine.

Vegetarian Greek Pasta



Ingredients

2 stalks of celery diced
2 red peppers diced
2 small onions diced
1 cup whole grape tomatoes  
1/4 cup of sliced black olives
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of grated feta cheese
3 tbsp. greek seasoning mix
1/2 cup of spinach
3 cloves garlic minced
2 tsp. paprika
454 g of pasta (I like fettuccine) 
salt and pepper to taste 


Cooking Instructions

Cook past as instructed on packaging.
Mix remain ing ingredients in a large bowl and mix.
If a cold pasta salad is desired simply add the pasta to the sauce mix.
If desiring a hot pasta dish mix all remaining ingredients except for tomatoes in a large pot and cook over medium heat for 15 mins.
Reduce to a simmer and add tomatoes.
Serve sauce over pasta.

Quick and Easy Cheesy Broccoli and Rice


1 cup left over broccoli and cheese
1 cup of rice
2 tbsp butter or margarine
1 small chopped onion
1tsp thyme
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp. celery seed
salt and pepper to taste


Mix everything but the rice and broccoli and cheese into a small pot. 
Now, simply follow the cooking instructions on the rice packaging adding the water also into the same pot.  
Cook the rice in the seasoning so it can soak in the flavours.  
Once the rice is finished cooking add the broccoli and cheese and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat stir and serve. 

If you like mushrooms throw in a handful with the seasoning.


Trees


Earth bound and broken
tortured with man's machines
helplessly awaits.

Raccoon in a Tree




The Devil is Near



Silenced echoes wrapped my eardrums in sinners voices.

April 25, 2012

April 24, 2012

Little Grey Kitty Named Sweet Pea




Low Fat Hearty Chicken Vegetable Soup


Ingredients

4 large red potatoes cubed
3 small onions sliced
340g baby carrots
2 celery stalks chopped
1/2 cup green beans
1 can tomatoes
1 can red kidney beans
1/2 cup small soup pasta
5 squirts of Tabasco
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
6 cups of chicken stock

Mix all ingredients together in a pot and cook on low to medium heat for 3-4 hours. No science here just good soup.

feeds 4-6

Be sure to add some fresh ground parmesan cheese if you have some handy.

Spring is Here



slowly trickling
sap runs through the maple veins
branches sprout small buds.

Sometimes Waking Up Sucks



Last night I dreamed that you and me were dancing on the clouds
The moon was our mirrorball and the angels played their trumpets.
Very quietly you whispered into my right ear, "I love you very much."  
We danced until the sun spread its warm yellow glow upon our backs.

April 23, 2012

Crazy Grey Kitten Playing

Rural Prayer




This world can be a miraculous place
Search the crevices and small cracks
For the small treasures over looked.

Make an effort to venture off the path
Variety is definitely the spice of life
And we all need to smell the roses.

Time is precious so make an effort
To enjoy every moment you have
By making time for the important .

Begin to nibble away at your goals
Never forget your roots and home
And never forget the simple things.

God blesses your soul child 
for you are his son as well.

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