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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Midweek magazines: Picture- profile of Rita Haywort

Hello everyone

It's not that we idolize them, but their lives do keep us interested - because there is some magical feeling and a dash of mystery in the lives of Hollywood stars. It's like gazing over the garden fence, and into our neighbors garden (what?! was I the only kid who did that?!)  :)

To prove that this interest in Lives of the Stars lasts for a while now,
here's an article about an astonishing Rita:

Oh, the sweet Spanish lady!

Rita Hayworth actually had her name changed, her birth name was: Margarita Carmen Cansino. As it turned out, that was not a big deal back then - the chaining of one's screen name was, as a matter of fact, sort of a normal (somewhat obligatory) thing. All the hard-to-pronounce last names, and all the names that sounded too.. foreign were changed (if, of course, the Studio hasn't decided that your foreign name is good for the advertisement).
Fast forward to today - not much has changed.
Well, I don't think I'd change my name. Would you?
Have a great Wednesday.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Cold image, warm feeling.. and a LOT of holidays!

Hello everybody.

Everyone knows about Christmas and Hanukkah, but December is completely full of awesome holidays - some of which we may or may not have just made up. :)
Some of the holidays that are before us, include
- on December 8th - Buddhists celebrate December 8 as the day Siddhartha Gautauma (the Buddha) experienced enlightenment. There are lots of ways to celebrate this holiday: hang up strings of colorful lights, have some tasty Bodhi Tree cookies (or a little rice and milk if you're feeling traditional), or just meditate for awhile.
- every December 10, Nobel Prizes are handed out to "those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind." Named for Swedish inventor and entrepreneur Alfred Nobel, Nobel Prizes are awarded in six categories: Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Economics, and Peace.
- come December 14th - it's World Monkey Day! 
- on the 15th of December there was a holy day in ancient Rome,twice-a-year festival celebrates Consus, the God of secrets. According to tradition, you should dig up your altar to Consus (since you keep it buried the rest of the year)
- on December 19th we celebrate December 19, 1843, which is when the world was first introduced to the story of A Christmas Carol. 
- we come to December 21st - the  winter solstice. Among the many groups celebrating this day are modern Pagans, who often call the holiday Yule, or Yuletide. Traditions vary, but one thing you can do to celebrate Yule is to go wassailing (singing, chanting)
- you are allowed to say "Happy Hanukkah!" on December 24th. This Jewish festival lasts for eight nights, and this year it begins on December 24.
- then comes almost-everyone's Christmas on December 25th, a time when most of the Christians rejoice the birth of Christ (some Churches postpone the joyful days for another 14 days - due to the usage of different calendar)  :)
At the end, well: The End - New Year's night! For this specific holiday, the diversity of ways that folks celebrate is too wast for me to even think of explaining. But, the essence is the same: be happy, hope for the better days!

Now, an image of a cold winter's day
that reminds me of my childhood:

Oh, it is the month of preparation, the month of cold days, long nights.. and great baking!  :)

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Love Story: Love' Last Stand

Hello everybody.

Frost has covered the ground; and since it was quite early when I walked out (not much sounds in the background) - I could head the cracking sound as I walked across a grass path in my back yard. The word that came into my mind was "serenity". :)

Before I head out to see what needs to be done 
(more like: go to a walk, to inhale the chill)
this is a Story for Sunday.

there are fist and bullets flying in this tale!

Some folks have asked me how much of these stories do I have.. to answer truly: I do not know, and I also don't know for how long will I post Love Stories on Sunday. It feels good to read them - so I say: as long as I can manage finding stories, I will read them - and share with you. :)
Have a great Sunday.
Say: any frost (or maybe snow) out there?!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Snack smart - "when I go bananas" edition :)

Hello everybody

When people used to say things about "banana" and "bread" at the same recipe, it did not make sense to me. That was before we had Internet (and: YES, there was a time when folks did not have internet!). Later on, I have gotten to know more about this snack, but the variety of recipes was overwhelming. Besides that, as it turned out - not everyone can combine a recipe, as some of them ended up being too spicy, or too oily, or just so uncomfortably sweet.
I had the glorious fortune of coming across the "Curious George Bread" recipe from a lovely and caring Sevasti (or Sylvia), down at OrthodoxMom blog. The great thing about this recipe is that it's also lent-proof (meaning that is has no animal products, whatsoever, and all of you vegetarians out there, can safely enjoy this, too)

Banana-bread.. or not really a loaf-thing:

So.. the amount just might be a bit too much
for a regular 12 muffin tin
(and I got a small cake, too)  :)

(side-note: when I say "cup" I usually mean 200ml, my trusty Moomin enamel mug, that many of you had the chance of seeing on my Instagram account)
1 + 3/4 cups flour (regular is fine)
1 + 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt (don't skip on salt)
3/4 cup oil or sesame seed paste (if you like it, or can find it - or for non-oil days)
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. water
3 or 4 bananas, mashed (depending of how huge they are)
1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips, of finely chopped chocolate (if, like myself, you are still not having any chip-forms in your shops)
Preheat oven to 180°C (that is 350 degrees Fahrenheit).
Mix flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Beat together oil, sugar and water. Add flour mixture to oil mixture and add bananas. Stir in chocolate chips.
Pour into greased 30 cm bread pan (about 10 inch loaf pans, as you might know them by that name) and bake for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 15-20 minutes before removing from pans.

These also work well as muffins, as you can see here:

Me, on yesterday evening
(absolutely baking-insane, and aware of it)  :)

By the time this is posted, the batch will be long gone - as it is intended for the entire board of people who sit on the land-auction alongside me.
Have a lovely day!