Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs from around the World

I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.

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“Even old trees have a purpose.” - unknown

“A faithful friend is a strong defense; And he that hath found him hath found a treasure.” – Louisa May Alcott

Some words to Ponder About today

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Heart smart Food to fight cholesterol

We all want to live longer and healthier right, but the food must also have some zing and taste, must it not?

Hommus or Hummus, is an easy to make healthy food that can be a great substitute for eating sweet or savoury biscuits when the afternoon munchies hit.  I keep a stock of chilled carrot, celery sticks or old pita bread that have been cut into strips and baked in the oven, for a few minutes, which are then used as dipping sticks for teens and smaller kids to eat the hommus with.

Hummus: Savoury Bean Dip

1 can chickpeas, drained
1 teaspoon of sesame tahini spread
Lemon juice
1 clove of garlic, crushed
Olive oil

Method:

Combine ingredients in a blender.  Process until smooth, adjusting proportions to taste. Add a little water to thin the dip. Season with salt and pepper. Easy peasy!!

Benefits: Chickpeas and carrots are loaded with cholesterol-busting soluble fiber. Garlic can help curb inflammation and may slow blood clotting.

Garnish with parsley.

Something for the heart to ponder about.

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Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

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and Unconventional Silhouetteset1

http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/word-press-weekly-photo-challenge-silhouette/

More at the Daily Post

http://lingeringvisions.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/word-press-weekly-photo-challenge-silhouette/

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Black and White

elephantSally at Lens and Pens runs a great challenge if you enjoy taking photos with your phone and want to develop your skills and each week she provides a different theme and a photographic tip.

This week is the week for black and white photos.

 

More entries:

http://debooworks.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/cease-fire/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-white-building-in-andaluz/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/phoneography-black-and-white-views-of-point-rayes/

 

Something to Ponder About

 

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Prebiotics probiotics a case of tomayto /tomarto?

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Probiotics are live microorganisms, such as bacteria or yeast, which when taken in large enough quantities, help improve and maintain the health of your gastro-intestinal tract. Ever wondered what the fuss is about?

Prebiotics are different from probiotics. Prebiotics are a form of dietary fibre that help feed and encourage the growth of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) in digestive system.

Examples of foods containing prebiotics are onions, garlic, asparagus and artichokes. Fermented dairy products have been advertised as containing “beneficial cultures.”  Other foods currently claiming to provide probiotics are cereal, juice, frozen yogurt, granola, candy bars, and cookies. While they may contain probiotics, there is no guarantee that they have them in the amount or in the form that is necessary to get the health benefits you are looking for.

Advocates say probiotics increase the amount of beneficial bacteria in your gut, with the added benefit of improving the lining and health of the gastro- intestinal tract and in turn, the immune system. Why the immune system? Well, let’s face it, the intestinal tract is the front line of defence against potentially harmful pathogens when we eat food and what the body may regard as a foreign substance every day in our diets.

You only have to head to your nearest chemist, supermarket or health food store to find probiotics, which may come as tablets, powders, drinks and yoghurt. Most of these contain bacteria, such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, that already live in your gut and help keep you healthy and digesting food; some may also include the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii.

For some health conditions, such as diarrhoea and particularly antibiotic-associated diarrhoea, there is clear evidence of a benefit from over-the-counter probiotics. A 2010 Cochrane review of 63 studies examining the use of probiotics in more than 8000 people – most of whom were children – with infectious diarrhoea found those who took probiotics were generally sick for a shorter period and without any adverse effects. The most common probiotics used were L. casei strain, S. boulardii Enterococcus lactic acid bacteria. Probiotics have also been found to prevent the bouts of diarrhoea that affect up to one in four people taking antibiotics.

Faecal transplants – seriously!

A wild type of bacteria that has come from the human gut itself, a healthy human gut, that is, is one that you won’t find in your neighbourhood chemist. Faecal bacteriotherapy or facecal transplants can also be called “yellow soup”.

“It’s probably the only real probiotic, except it’s got the ‘ick’ factor, but it has been done since the fourth century,” says gastroenterologist Professor Thomas Borody, director of the Centre for Digestive Diseases in Sydney.

Oral probiotics also contain doses of bacteria that are around 3-4 orders of magnitude lower than the estimated 100 trillion individual microorganisms found in the gut.

“So we’re using total flora from a donor to put into a recipient, for example, to kill Clostridium difficile, and that has a near 100 per cent success rate.”

Is your gut feeling “Yellow soup” to be the new probiotic?

Something to Ponder About

 

 

 

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Monday Mystery Object – Where in the World are We Today?

Each Monday I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. Leave a comment if you think you know where this is located. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog.

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Can you guess what this is and where it is located?

Last week we were at the Archbishop’s Palace Museum. In 1983 a big fire burned down two of the large wooden buildings in the Archbishop’s Palace. The Museum was built on the same grounds where these original buildings once stood. During the archeological diggings of the grounds in the 1990s, a lot of exciting elements from the Middle Ages were discovered. Today you can walk through an amazing exhibition of original sculptures from the Cathedral, as well as the results of the archeological diggings, such as an entire mint!
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Something to Ponder About

 

 

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A Very Danish Door

Fabulous old Door with peasant painting in Denmark. Such history and stories for the public to ponder about and appreciate.

 

For the Legion of Door Whores.

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs from around the World

I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.

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  • Egyptian Proverb

…and a quote that is seen in a variety of forms, yet still true nonetheless

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

- Norman Vincent Peale

 

Something to Ponder About

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Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Macro

I always look forward to Macro Monday at Sally’s Lens and Pens Phoneography challenge.

My Nexus 4 can usually snap a good macro shot, at least one that I am  happy with.

The hydrangea leaf features today. Sally’s tip of the week centred around patience when taking macro shots, but I also think with phoneography, a steady hand is imperative. The phone may be smart, but not that smart!!

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Find more at Lens and Pens

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

Texture is present in many places, and many things, some of them edible, other not…

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Some textures to ponder about for the WordPress photo challenge. Find out more here

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Travel Theme: Green

TRAVEL broadens the mind

Rainforest green

Rainforest green

More about the travel theme at Ailsa’s Where’s my Backpack

Other entries:

http://nwframeofmind.com/2013/03/15/travel-theme-green/

http://travelmoments.net/2013/03/15/travel-theme-green/

http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/travel-theme-green/

http://rfljenksy.wordpress.com/2014/08/12/monsoon-green-nepal/comment-page-1/#comment-3420

Something to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery Photo – Where in the World are We Today?

Each Monday I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object on my blog. Leave a comment if you think you know where this is located. If you guess correctly, I will credit you the following week and post a link to your site/blog.

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Last week we were at région de Bourgogne, which really mystified everyone.

I’ll ponder about whether this week’s photo will be identified.

Many thanks to M.R. for contributing the photo from last week. You will find her wonderful blog here

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Floral Friday

 

Norwegian wildflowers – something summery to ponder about

Floral Friday

Floral Friday

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Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs from around the World

I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.

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 “Habits are first cobwebs, then cables.” Persian Proverb

“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.” – Rudyard Kipling

Some thoughts to ponder about today

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Orange and Cinnamon Cake Recipe

Delicious with a cuppa!!!  And cinnamon is good for you, and tastes great, right?

Orange and Cinnamon Cake

Ingredients

1/2 cups Self raising flour

NB: {for the non-Australians: Self raising flour is the equivalent of 1 cup of plain or all purpose flour mixed with 2 teaspoons of Baking powder sifted and mixed thoroughly}

3/4 cup  (180 g) castor sugarIMG_20140805_173630

2 tablespoons skim milk powder*

125 g ( 4 0z) butter

2 eggs

water*

zest of an orange, grated

1 tsp cinnamon

3 tsp cinnamon, (extra)

3 tsp castor sugar (extra)

1 tbspn butter (extra)

Combine sifted flour, sugar and milk powder in bowl of food processor, fitted with metal blade, add chopped cold butter. Process 10 to 20 seconds until butter is evenly distributed in dry ingredients. Seal and store for up to three months the or continue to make a cake….

To Make Cake:

Place cake mix into small basin of electric mixer,

Add eggs, orange zest, 1 tsp cinnamon  and 1/2 cup water, beat on low speed until ingredients are combined.

Increase speed to  medium, beat until mixture is changed in colour and smooth. There should  not be any lumps in the mixture; if there are, beat until they have disappeared. Spread mixture evenly into well-greased tin of your choice. I use a round 20 cm (8 inch) tin or a kugelhof tin.

Bake in moderate oven 30 minutes before turning on to wire rack.. Invert so that the right side is up.

Brush on extra butter that has been melted slightly in a microwave.

Mix extra cinnamon and extra castor sugar together and sprinkle over the top of the cake.

  • You can substitute milk for the skim milk powder and water if  you so choose.

For more orange flavour: replace some of the water(or milk) with orange juice

Delicious with a cuppa!!!

And cinnamon is good for you, right?

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