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Archive for April, 2012

Very Berry Pudding

I came across this recipe in the Alive magazine. It is so tasty; quick to make; and full of antioxidants.  I’m serving it to my girlfriends tonight with almond bark in a pretty cup. I’m sure they’re going to like it.

1 cup (250 ml) frozen raspberries

1 cup (250 ml) frozen blueberries

1 cup (250 ml) frozen blackberries

1 block (about 12 oz/340 g) soft tofu

2 TBSP (30 ml) coconut palm sugar or

other granulated sugar of choice

2 TBSP (30 ml) honey

2 TBSP (30 ml) cornstarch or tapioca starch

½ tsp (2 ml) cinnamon

¼ tsp (1ml) salt

1 tsp (5ml) orange zest

½ tsp (2 ml) almond extract

( I use gluten free ingredients)

Combine berries, tofu, sugar, honey, starch, cinnamon, salt, orange zest, and almond extract in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Pour into individual serving dishes and refrigerate several hours before serving. Garnish with shaved dark chocolate and mint, if desired.

Serves 6.

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A few years ago, as I was spring cleaning and moving around a few décor pieces, I came upon the idea of a Spring Exchange.  I sent out an email and invited a few friends to the participate in the exchange. I asked them to bring things that they were not using anymore but had trouble donating to a thrift store. I set a limit of the number of items to bring, stipulated they needed to be in good condition, and I indicated ‘no books’. I suggested things like: pictures/artwork, cushions, linens, small appliances, and accent pieces. We then got together and had an exchange. For every item donated the person could take one item. The items that remained at the end of the evening went to the thrift store or were taken back home.  This is a really good way to pass on those things that you are not using anymore and a good way to pick up a few things that you could use. Go ahead and organize this fun time with your friends. Good Luck. Linda

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Legend of the Dogwood

An old and beautiful legend says that, at the time of the crucifixion,
the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak tree and other monarchs
of the forest. Because of its firmness and strength it was selected
as the timber for the cross, but to be put to such a cruel use
greatly distressed the tree. Sensing this, the crucified Jesus
in his gentle pity for the sorrow and suffering of all said to it:
“Because of your sorrow and pity for My sufferings, never again
will the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross.
Henceforth it will be slender, bent and twisted and its blossoms
will be in the form of a cross ~ two long and two short petals.
In the center of the outer edge of each petal there will be
nail prints ~ brown with rust and stained with red ~ and in the center
of the flower will be a crown of thorns,
and all who see this will remember.” Author Unknown

Happy Easter, Friends.

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Hi Ladies,

Easter is just around the corner.  Today I was thinking about how I will decorate the table for Easter dinner.  I’ll put a small vase  of daffodils in the centre of the table.  Along with that, each guest will have an Easter Egg Cup at their place setting.  These egg cups are so simple to put together. Just put a little Easter grass in each egg cup and add a few chocolates.  Have a nice Easter.

Note:  I picked these cups up at a flea market for about 2.00 total. This is my second Easter using them as a decoration.  I just love them!

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