Happy New Year and Farewell

Where has 2015 gone?

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For me, it seems like it just flew by, faster than any other year that I remember! Can you relate? 

I’ve decided to stop blogging here at Veggies…and also at my poetry blog: My Poetic Path.

I will continue to post reviews on a regular basis at:

 My Real Life Reviews

There is just not enough time to get it all done it seems, in spite of usually putting in 17+ hours, most days.

I am always on the go and this coming year I want to focus on the many creative projects I have in the works (or in mind) that I get the most joy and satisfaction from. Blogging as we all know, can take up a lot of time, especially with 3 blogs as I’ve had for many years. 

I  will also be setting up a new blog at some time in the future, focused on my books and writing pursuits. But for now, it’s time to take a break from most blogging to recharge, regroup and redirect my time and energy.

I wish all my readers the best of everything in 2016.

It’s going to be a wonderful year, I just know it! :-)

Happy New Year

and

All the Best from Me and Mr. Cheddar

 

Happy Holidays from Me and Mr. Cheddar :-)

mr cheddar and me skating

Cheddie and I are busy promoting his new kindle book right now.

Hitting the rink a bit too. ;-)

Will be taking a bit of a break from blogging until the New Year.

We Both Wish You:

A Magical, Memorable Christmas 

and 

A Furrrrbulous New Year!! ;-)

Taaa…daaa…Mr. Cheddar’s Meowsings! :-)

Mr. Cheddar is now a published feline! ;-)

 

Mr. Cheddar’s Meowsings!

Mr. Cheddar and I are very happy to announce the publication of his first ebook:

Mr. Cheddar’s Meowsings!

Kibbles of Wisdom from a Wise and Witty Feline

Here’s the description of what this furrrry new ebook is all about, from the Amazon site:

Mr. Cheddar serves up his own unique and flavorful blend of feline tummy-tickling humor and puuuurfound kibbles of wisdom throughout the pages of: 
                                                                                                                   
Mr. Cheddar’s Meowsings! Kibbles of Wisdom from a Wise and Witty Feline
                                                                                                                       
Color photographs of the ruggedly handsome Mr. Cheddar are featured throughout this book, purrrfectly complimenting his wise and witty words.                                                                                                              
 
Catty Topics of Note Include:                                                                                                   
  • advice for the lovelorn (applicable for felines and humans)
  • dealing with difficult neighbors (only humans, of course)
  • kibble quality control (never, NEVER let it slide)
  • disciplining humans (they can be taught, with time and patience)
  • litter box humor (snort…)
  • napping etiquette (there is a right way to do everything)
  • grooming suggestions (gilding the furry) 
  • aging disgracefully and loving it (heh, if you’ve still got it…)
and munch, munch more…
                                                                                                                         
Mr. Cheddar is currently furrrrriously pawing more litterary masterpieces, with minor assistance from his Meowmie: Geraldine. 
                                                                          
He scoffs at the need for any type of human help, but with such big, manly paws, typing can be a challenge at times, for the otherwise incredibly gifted Mr. C. 
                                                                                                              
And for Mr.Cheddar: furrrrbulous, feline words of wisdom and witticisms happily flow like a never-ending bag of premium kibble!
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And speaking of Amazon,
Mr. C and I were thrilled to note his new ebook on  three, Top 100 paid lists at Amazon.ca, this morning. We only added it to the Amazon sites, late yesterday.  

Available at all Amazon sites.

Happy Reading and Week from:

Me and (published feline) Mr. C!!! ;-)

Dec 6 15 Mr. Cheddar Amazon ca first day

Another Free Knitting Book! Bags and Purses :-)

 

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I noted this new FREE knitting collection of bags and purses, in my inbox today from Knitting Daily.

I just ♥ that basketweave one! :-)

(last one at the end of the top row)

Free to download and they don’t send a lot of junk mail afterwards!  

What are you knitting right now? 

Happy Knitting and Weekend! 

PS: Mr. Cheddar will have a very special announcement to make, in the next few days. :-) Stay tuned!!!

He’s soooo excited and so am I! ;-)

On the Menu: Beet and Fresh Dill Layered Salad

I  ♥ BEETS! ;-)

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And the simple marinated beet salad (see recipe below) featured in my cookbook:

The Groovy Green Kitchen I: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker,

and is one of my fav ways to prepare and enjoy them. :-)

Beet and Fresh Dill Layered Salad

A flavorful marinated salad, especially good to make when garden dill and beets are at their peak. Keeps for several days, covered in the refrigerator. A perfect side dish with all kinds of main dishes. Adds a brilliant color contrast on your plate too. Serves 6.

12 medium fresh (preferred) beets: precooked, peeled and cut into thin circles (or use equivalent amount of whole canned beets with no salt added, thoroughly rinsed and drained, then sliced)

1 medium red Bermuda onion, thinly sliced in rings

3 -4 T. chopped fresh dill-weed

Red Wine Marinade:

1/3 C. extra-virgin olive oil

5 T. red wine vinegar

1 teas. Mrs. Dash Original Blend Seasoning

1/2- 1 teas. sea salt

½ teas. freshly-ground black pepper

In a large bowl (that has a secure cover) layer 1/3 of the sliced beets, topped by ½ of the onion rings, then ½ of the dill-weed. Repeat layers, ending with the last 1/3 of the beets on top.

Combine marinade ingredients in a jar and shake thoroughly. Pour over vegetables, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Shake container gently to re-distribute marinade evenly before serving, especially if storing for a longer period of time.

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Last night, I made this beet salad, along with an orzo salad for supper. It was soooo good. :-)

I also like to serve this with my: German Sauerkraut Feast (click to enjoy that slow cooker recipe).

If you ♥  beets too, you might want to give this one a try! ;-)

Happy Cooking!

BEET PHOTO COURTESY OF FLICKR

Sunday Selfie Time with holding together paws…

Mr. Cheddar is in ♥♥ !!

Awwww…..angel paw purrrrfection! ;-)

Have a sweet week from me and Mr. C

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Hi (Furry)furriends,

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I was thinking…

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which pose I could do

for my Selfies…

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so I washed myself a little…

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and laid myself down again…

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to make sure

that I captured everything..

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that comes into my mind…

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and that’s when the intelligibility…

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made his entrance…

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and I knew…

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how I wanted to do…

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my selfies…

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by holding my paws together

and show you

sketch Thomas

my new sketch

that Thomas of OneDrawingDaily.com

made for me yesterday…

COOL huh!

He is looking for more models,

so grab your chance ;)

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Product Review: Andalou Sunflower & Citrus Styling Gel

THE BEST HAIR GEL I’VE EVER USED! ;-)

Andalou Naturals Sunflower & Citrus Medium Hold Styling Gel - 6.8 oz

Andalou Sunflower & Citrus Styling Gel

I’ve tried a LOT of hair gels over the years and this product is the best I’ve found to date, mainly due to its first/main ingredient being: organic aloe juice, NOT some unpronounceable chemical, as is usually the case with these types of products. 

It also “does the job” with thick, unruly hair like mine.

So many styling products I’ve tried didn’t actually do much, especially the more natural options. But this one from Andalou really tames the frizzies and keeps my hair looking smooth in almost all types of weather. NOTHING really works when it’s super humid! :-(

Reasonably priced, at Amazon I noted this product is currently less than $10. for a 6.8 oz tube.

And a little of this product goes a long way! :-)

If you’ve been looking for a better option for hair gel than the chemically-laden mainstream brands, you might want to give this one a try. I’m glad I did. 

From the Amazon product page:

Sunflower & Citrus Styling Gel from Andalou Naturals improves hair vitality from root to tip and allows for controlled styling with extra body, texture and definition.

It works for straight or curly hair, and is color-safe for vibrant hair.

It moisturizes, controls static and shields against humidity, frizz and fly-aways.

Non-GMO, gluten free, no paraben preservatives, sulfates or phthalates.

Vegetarian & cruelty free.

Made in the USA.

Ingredient List:

Aloe Barbadensis Juice*, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Sodium Alginate (Algin), Glycine Soja (Soy) Protein, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower), Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile), and Pyrus Cydonia (Quince) Extracts*, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive 8 Berry Complex*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) and Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis Extracts*†, Phenethyl Alcohol, Vegetable Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) and Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Oils*
* Certified Organic
† Fair Trade

Searching For the Elusive…

… BLACK RIBBED TURTLENECK SWEATER! ;-)

I have been searching (and searching…) online for this elusive item, this past week.

Why is a simple, basic sweater like this so hard to find?

I couldn’t even find the right style in a different color, to include a photo with this post.

So here are my must-haves for the perfect black “turtle ;-)

  1. Fitted, not sloppy looking, with a fitted neck, no cowls.
  2. Preferably a cotton or other natural blend fabric.
  3. Ribbed texture throughout.
  4. Reasonably priced, not over $40.
  5. True black, not mixed colors, marled…
  6. Not too thick but not thin either, medium weight.
  7. Free or reasonable shipping charges.

If you happen to note this kind of pullover sweater online and it is at a site that ships to Canada, please let me know.

I can’t believe I am the only woman searching for a black, ribbed turtleneck right now.

And I can’t believe that I haven’t been able to find what was always considered a winter wardrobe basic, especially here in Canada. :-(

HAPPY SHOPPING AND WEEKEND!

10 Under $20: Holiday Gift Suggestion List 2015 :-)

The
first of
December
brought thoughts
of Christmas magic.
The Day, so soon to arrive.
Our expectations ran high.
Through snow days and blizzards.
Making a list and checking it twice.
Santa’s letter printed and ready to mail.
Christmas baking: heady, wonderful aromas.
Pageants at school, with costumes of many colors.
The tall lush evergreen, centerpiece of the season.
We decorated so carefully; each bough lovingly adorned.
With some old, some new, every one used and none forgotten.
The long days of dark December. Finally, homework complete.
Sitting in the darkened living room; time alone to drift away.
Marvelling at the masterpiece of lights and shining ornaments.
Gazing far beyond to the bliss to follow. Hurry, hurry, hurry!
Christmas eve: midnight mass and carolling.Treats aplenty!
Then the long awaited, special treasures.
The secrets of shining boxes and ribbons.
Finally revealed and always worth the wait.
Off to sleep, to dream of a perfect snowy Christmas Day.
Now content, to still remember these childhood memories.
On
this
November day.

*** 

This is a Christmas-themed poem that I wrote, several years ago.
These lines still conjure up some wonderful holiday memories for me, from long ago. I hope you enjoy it too. ;-)

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My Holiday Gift Suggestion List for 2015 (all under $20) including links to my reviews.

                TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers (Suspicion / Strangers on a Train / The Wrong Man / I Confess)

TCM: Hitchcock Thrillers DVD

A must-have DVD collection for the “Hitch” fan on your list!

reiki

The Power of Reiki

One of the best books on Reiki I’ve ever read! 

Down & Dirty (gardening book)

My all-time fav gardening book.

Fun and Easy Gardening for even the “green thumb challenged“! ;-)

Crafting with Cat Hair  >^^<

A Mr. Cheddar Approved Title! 

Never Too Late to Go Vegan

Enlightening and Informative. Recipes Too! 

Seven Year Pen - Bee Happy

The Seven Year Pen

Wonderful Pens! Mine Are Still Going Strong, Years Later! :-)

Check out our Green Gifts Guide for tons of eco-friendly seed paper gift ideas for the season.

Botanical Paperworks

Beautiful Eco-Friendly Stationary, with a Difference!

Larry Payne's Prime of Life Yoga- Immune Booster and General Conditioning - Level One

Larry Payne’s Prime of Life Yoga DVDs

Yoga CAN Be For Almost Everyone! 

Badger Sleep Balm 2 oz Tin - Lavender and Bergamot

Badger Sleep Balm

Sooooo relaxing!!! ZZZZZzzzzz…. ;-)

Suncoat Peelable Nail Polish Kit

My Go-To Tootsie Polish! It’s Great.

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♥Happy Shopping and Holidays♥ 

Healthy November: Wheat Free Recipes

Don’t these look delish? ;-)

I’m not gluten-intolerant but I know a LOT of people are.

Happy (Gluten-Free) Cooking! G

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Wheat Free RecipesMorning! Yesterday I posted about this book that I read recently about wheat and how it has negative side effects if you consume it on a daily basis. So I thought would be great to share these wheat free recipe ideas! You can find all the recipes in my Pinterest “Wheat Free Recipes” folder.

1.Flatbread made from coconut flour

2.Extremely Easy Gluten Free Cornbread

3.Grain Free Paleo Recipes

4.Flourless Banana Bread Muffins

5.Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies

6.Zucchini Fritters

7.Gluten Free Recipes to Satisfy Carb Craving

8.No Wheat Pizza Recipes

9.The Best Gluten Free Pie Crust Recipe

Love

xoxo

Heidie

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