June 19, 2020

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Lentil Black Eyed Pea Stew on plate with bread

Instant Pot Lentil Black Eyed Pea StewHere is an excellent roast chicken, legume, grain, and veggie stew. It is one of those recipes you can tailor to incorporate vegetables that you have handy. The recipes for the stew and a spice blend follow.


A group of children coloring.

Free Kids Coloring PagesThere are various sites that offer free kids' coloring pages, including this one. Check out our offerings below.


Curried Okra and Potatoes on plate

Curried Okra and PotatoesPartially cooked cubed potatoes, chopped onions, and whole okra are fried and seasoned with turmeric, garlic, and curry. Serve with chutney if desired. The easy to follow recipe can be found on this page.


Happy Thanksging Card and Gift Bag

Thanksgiving Greeting CardsSending greeting cards to family members at Thanksgiving is a wonderful way to reach out to those who live far away. Kids might want to get involved as well. Check out the card projects detailed below, including one for children to help make.


Handmade angel ornaments for sale.

Making Crafts to SellUsing your crafting talents to start a small handmade business can be successful. Typically the income is not spectacular, but the more unique and well made your items the better your chance of succeeding. Craft fairs, farmer's markets, and websites such as Etsy are some options for showcasing and selling your creations.


Rocket Ship Party Favor Cups - child's hand holding the completed cup

Making Rocket Ship Party Favor CupsTransform a foil wrapped plastic cup into cute rocket ship party favors. They can be filled with goodies or small toys. Let us show you how.


How to Make a Speedy Recovery Card - finished card, ready to sign and give

How to Make a Speedy Recovery CardThis card is a handmade variation on the generic get well cards found in stores. You can make it more specific, as in this card for someone having hip surgery. Learn how to create your own version using the instructions offered below.


Eggplant Layered Rice on plate

Eggplant Layered RiceFor the eggplant lovers out there this delicious dish of layered rice, savory meat sauce, and eggplant slices is a winner. The recipe, ingredients list, and instructions follow.


Recycled Paper Tube Bug Toy - looking down on finished bug toy

Making a Recycled Paper Tube Bug ToyA yarn wrapped paper towel roll becomes a cute bug toy for the kids to play with. Learn how below.


A Belgian Malinois lying on a wood floor.

Is My Dog a Purebred Belgian Malinois?The Belgian Malinois originated in the Flemish city of Mechelen. They resemble the Belgian Shepherd. There are physical characteristics that might help make a rough guess, but determining if your pet is a purebred Malinois is best done via a DNA test.


A food mill with cooked vegetables.

Using a Squeezo StrainerThe Squeezo strainer is used for canning and pureeing fruits and veggies. Usage tips can be found lower on this page.



A plate of chicken pesto pasta

Chicken Pesto PastaThis is a light fresh colorful combination of flavors that taste so sweet, yet a bit spicy!


A bowl of vegan strawberry mousse.

Vegan Strawberry MousseThis is a super easy-to-make mousse that is vegan. I used packets of Splenda for the sweetener, but you could use sugar, stevia, or honey as substitutes. This is a nice, guilt-free treat!


A bowl of hearty shrimp soup.

Hearty Shrimp SoupWe usually prepare sea foods like prawns and crabs on special occasions. These foods are very expensive in our place that most of us can only afford during special seasons. The past few weeks were special since we are reunited again with family members who got stuck in far away places for months due to lock down. So we had this simple but very special dish.



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Dog Died SuddenlyOn the 17th June 2020, after 9 and a half years my beloved Jack Russell/English Toy Terrier, Coco, sadly and shockingly passed away. Except for being overweight (it is common in the English toy breed) and a small dog, she was in perfect health. She had no major medical conditions that I had knowledge of.


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Repairing a Morphy Richards 48268 Bread MakerMy Morphy Richards 48268 bread maker was working perfectly. Then this morning there was a rattling sound from the motor area and the paddle and the shaft were not turning.


What Is My Chihuahua Mixed With?  - white and light tan dog

What Is My Chihuahua Mixed With?What is my Chihuahua mixed with?


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