O maior conquistador não é aquele que conquista grandes coisas, mas sim o que conquista as pequenas e as torna grandes!

Here's a dozen of my favorite things never to apologize for:

1) Never apologize for acting on your instincts.
2) Never apologize for being passionate.
3) Never apologize for being smart.
4) Never apologize for demanding respect.
5) Never apologize for saying no.
6) Never apologize for not embracing someone else's agenda.
7) Never apologize for disagreeing.
8) Never apologize for your faith.
9) Never apologize for your own sense of creativity.
10) Never apologize for ordering dessert.
11) Never apologize for being funny.
12) Never apologize for living your truth.

Every one of us casts a shadow.

There hangs about us, a sort of a strange, indefinable something, which we call personal influence--that has its effect on every other life on which it falls. It goes with us wherever we go. It is not something we can have when we want to have it--and then lay aside when we will, as we lay aside a garment. It is something that always pours out from our lives . . . as light from a lamp, as heat from flame, as perfume from a flower.

The ministry of personal influence is something very wonderful. Without being conscious of it, we are always impressing others by this strange power that exudes from us. Others watch us--and their thinking and actions are modified by our influence."

"Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity." Ephesians 5:15-16

~J. R. Miller, "The Shadows We Cast"

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quinta-feira, 28 de outubro de 2010

Divorce Jokes

A woman went to an attorney to ask about a divorce.
"What grounds do you have, ma'm?"
"About six acres."

"No, I don't think you quite understand. Let me rephrase the question. do you have a grudge?"
"No, just a parking space."
"I'll try again. does your husband beat you?"
"No, I always get up at least an hour before he does."
The attorney could see he was fighting a losing battle. "Madam, are you sure you want a divorce?"
"I'm not the one who wants a divorce," she said. "My husband does. He claims we don't communicate."

At inspection one morning, an officer asked a private who was thinking about no re-enlisting, "Are you married, son?"
"No, sir," he replied. "Engaged."
"There's no need to get married," the officer said, sensing an opportunity to change the private's plans for discharge. "The Marine Corps is your wife. It clothes you, feeds you, puts a roof over your head, keeps you in top physical condition and provides you with companionship. What else could you possibly want?"
"With all due respect, sir," answered the private, "a divorce!"

sábado, 23 de outubro de 2010

terça-feira, 19 de outubro de 2010

Welcome to my kitchen

Codfish with tumeric

  •  600 - 8oog dried codfish (soaked for 24 hours)
  •  8 medium size potatoes, waxy
  •  4 large brown onions, sliced thin rounds
  •  8 garlic cloves, crushed
  •  250ml olive oil
  •  4 hard boiled eggs, shell removed & sliced
  •  100g black olives
  •  2 tea salt
  •  1 tea white pepper
  •  1 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped
  •  150ml extra olive oil
  • Teaspoon turmeric

1. Soak the dried cod over night, changing the water twice.

2. Simmer a pot of water & add the cod to the water & simmer on a gentle heat for 5- 8 minutes, then drain the cod & leave to cool.

3. Put the potatoes (whole with the skin on)  into a large pot & bring the potatoes to the boil.
Once the potatoes are cooked drain & set aside to cool. Add the eggs to the potatoes & cook for 10 min, till the eggs are hard boiled, then set aside.
Once the potatoes are cooled, cut in 1/4 inch thick slices.

4. In a fry pan add the oil then heat the pan adding the onions & garlic and tumeric.  Cook on medium heat till the onions are soft & slightly caramelised. This may take 15 - 20 min.
Once the onions are cooked set aside.

5. Once the ingredients are all cooked & prepared, start to assemble the dish. 

6. Grease an oven proof dish ( a shallow lasagna dish is good for this) with some oil & spread half of the potatoes over the bottom of the prepared dish, then sprinkle half of the salt cod over the potatoes. Then spread half the onions on top of the potatoes,sprinkle a teaspoon salt & pepper.

Garnish with hard boiled egg slices,  black olives, & chopped parsley.
Drizzle the extra olive oil on top & bake at 180 degrees for 25min or till golden.

quarta-feira, 13 de outubro de 2010

All things beautiful

I like the combination of the classic, cottage look together with the rustic table arrangement.

sexta-feira, 8 de outubro de 2010

Words of wisdom

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Plato quoted it:

"Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities (for he has hold not of an image but of a reality), and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may."

 "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."


My big boys, Talula and Kitsykat

This is Talula´s place in the mornings while I am putting on my make-up, or he is drinking water from the tap.

segunda-feira, 4 de outubro de 2010

sexta-feira, 1 de outubro de 2010