There are three wonderful things we all surely must know about spices. – Number One: Spices make dining really enjoyable. – Number Two: Spices help you to develop a healthy respect and appreciation not just for various cuisines but for different cultures. – Number Three: The third wonderful thing about spices is learning about their […]

Good Reads: The Mistress of Spices: A Novel and a Movie

Cat lover? Moi? No. But do have friends who are cat lovers and so … this is for them! Several years back, started following the career of a new entertainer, a young singer / songwriter who was slowly but surely making her way up the ladder of success. As her popularity began to increase, a […]

Gift Idea for Cat Lovers Who Can’t Have a Cat!

Christmas time can be the happiest time of the year for some and a very lonely time for others. Particularly if you have a loved one that’s far away. That’s why sad Christmas songs are so extremely popular. But this quick blurb is not about sad holiday songs. Nah! Why? Well because most people probably […]

Good Reads: Christmas and Romance Are a Perfect Pairing

It’s the holiday season. Early shoppers start in September. Of course, the early early shoppers start the holiday shopping at the beginning of the year. No matter. Whenever you shop, if you’re like me, you have the shopping list of gifts you want to give to family and friends. You also have your own wish […]

Gifts on My Holiday Shopping Wish List

Would you rather? Do you like to respond to “would you rather” questions? They can be fun and can reveal a lot about your likes, dislikes and personality. For example: Would you rather read a book than watch a film? Whereas most would likely answer book or film, my response would be: “Uh! (O.o) How […]

Good Reads: Dark Days, Dark Nights : Intro to the Writings of Gretta Curran Browne

Isn’t it funny how you get fixated on certain things? For the past several months, my guilty pleasure has been absorbing myself in television series that are fictional accounts dramatizing periods in Korean history; mainly the Joseon Dynasty, 17th century. One of my nuggets right here at this site is about the first series that […]

Movies and Television : Do You Heart Butterflies and K-Dramas?

Are you an admirer of Charles Dickens and also a loyal reader of murder mysteries? The two books mentioned below come highly recommended by many readers, book club members, and book review bloggers who love murder and suspense thrillers and fictional crime series. These particular books are categorized under a genre known as “cozy mystery” […]

Good Reads: Dickens Junction Mystery Series

Chosŏn means “The Land of the Morning Calm.” A brief article about the Joseon (or Chosŏn) Dynasty in Korea can be found at About.com. This dynasty lasted for a little over 5 centuries from 1392–1910. King Taejo, founder and first king of the Joseon Dynasty, established the capital at Hanyang. South Korea’s Jeju Island is […]

Movies and TV Series : Tamra, the Island (2009 Korean Drama)

Art. Fairies. Fantasy. Love art? Love fairies? Love fantasy? You must be a fan of Molly Harrison. Her artwork can be found online at many sites. But a great place to shop for her work is at her Zazzle store. A dizzying array of close to 7000 products are showcased: art posters, calendars, gifts for […]

Gifts for Art Lovers : Fairy and Fantasy Art of Molly Harrison

In the mood for an intense read? You could get engrossed in a heady romance novel or bury your face in two compelling mystery thrillers with just the right amount of suspense to make your heart race and keep you on the edge of your seat. ♦♦♦♦ ♦♦♦♦ A strong-minded intelligent beauty and a new […]

Good Reads: Two Thrillers and One Romance

In memory of: Richard Burton, Actor (1925 – 1984) (DOT 1) Daniel Craig made cinema history by being the first blond James Bond. Have always admired Daniel Craig’s skill as an actor and love his voice. Caught a clip of a late night talk show one time and he was the guest. The talk show […]

Movie Lovers : Movies From the 70s: The Medusa Touch (1978)

Respected food writer, Monica Bhide has written for well-known publications such as Food and Wine and Cooking Light. In her article, “The Crackling Spices Of Indian Tempering”, she writes about a cooking method common to Indian cuisine called “tempering”. EXCERPT: ” … Tadka translates as “tempering.” It is a method widely used in Indian cuisine, […]

Cooking Basics ~ Cooking Terms: Indian Tempering

Mark Bittman, is one of America’s best-known, most widely respected food writers. Happy to suggest two cookbooks written by him. One for those who want to learn how to cook and the other for those who have a goal to eat healthy with an emphasis on consuming green leafy vegetables (that would be moi!). How […]

Cooking Basics ~ How to Cook Everything – Emphasis on the Greens

Once watched a Doctor Who episode and in this particular scene, the Doctor and his female assistant had to climb up the stairs to get where they needed to go. Dr. Who says (trying to be a gentleman, of course): “You first.” To which the young lady responded: “No you go first. I’m wearing a […]

Fashion & Style : Boho Fashion: Wide Leg Palazzo Pants

Oxytocin is a naturally ocurring hormone which has been linked to the human bonding process. Some have referred to it as the “cuddle hormone”. Respected and authoritative publications such as WebMD Health News have reported on the positive effect of this hormone on both women and men; but adds a note of caution, quoting the […]

Personal Care : Love, Trust and Cuddling

Do you enjoy mysteries? Do you enjoy it when history is made interesting instead of just being tested on how well you can recall dates, events and names of people and places? Think you might like reading an historical mystery series? (Written for young readers but nobody has to know you’re an adult. One of […]

Good Reads: The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence

The spice trails taken by the Europeans can be traced backwards from India to Arabia (formerly Asia Minor) to Africa to Egypt and all the way to the ancient Greco-Roman world. Wars were fought over precious spices and in the end … we all won! Because the end result of the wars and the global […]

Cooking Basics ~ Spice Spotlight: Saffron, Cardamon, Curry and Turmeric

When you look at those black sandal shoes below, your first impression is probably – Oh! Every woman has a pair of shoes like these. Right? However. Did you ever see the movie Malèna starring Monica Belluci? Ever been jealous and envious of another woman’s beauty? Don’t answer that. Let’s pretend we have been. Ever […]

Fashion & Style : Ollio Shoes for Women : Vintage Malèna Style

The Right Stuff Saw a report on television a while back about people at Google who were working on a project to make Bible scrolls available online. It was very impressive. The Google folks receive my high five on these initiatives. They have made information accessible to the masses as it should be and as […]

Gifts (and Tips) for Writers : Freelance Writing Opportunity: Work From Home

EXCERPT: “The country did especially well in categories measuring social equality, health issues, culture and contributions to world order. “ Hmmm …? What country are they talking about? Blimey! Begora! and all that jazz! What country do you think? Did not know there was such as thing as a “Good Country Index” but it certainly […]

Celebrating Ireland: Leprechauns, Shamrocks, St. Patrick, Celtic Music, and an Irish Christmas Holiday!

We – especially we women – all know this expression: “No pain? No gain.” To borrow a song lyric from the popular and glamorous singer Beyoncé … “pretty hurts”. But the picture painted in real life is not all that bad. Want to know the answers to questions like: Q: Can I plump my lips […]

Personal Care : Cynthia Rowland Beauty Systems

Some say the tradition of the wishing well started in Europe, but has worldwide significance. REF: Wishing Well Tradition – History, Origins, Rituals Water being viewed as the giver of life, the early Celts and Germanic people attached a sacredness to water. A belief developed that any wish made over a source of water would […]

Home Sweet Home : Fancy a Wishing Well in Your Own Backyard?

The beauty of living in America is its diversity. Especially its food diversity. It may be the same for other countries as well. But the USA is my home so my “opinions” via my food or foodie experiences can be spoken with authority. Or at least, with a reasonable amount of certainty. :) World cuisine […]

Cooking Basics ~ Create Your Own Regional Feasts of India

Feng means wind. Shui means water. Although there are differing schools of thoughts, regarding this ancient Chinese practice, the purpose of applying the principles is the same, i.e. to bring balance and harmony to your environment, where you live or where you work.  A variety of inexpensive products have been designed to create a calm, […]

Gifts for Home or Office : Use Feng Shui for Balance and Harmony

When John the Apostle described his vision wherein he saw what heaven looked like, he wrote about seeing “the tree of life” and said that “the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all tree leaves could be used for the healing of nations? What would […]

Gifts for Tree Lovers : Give the Blessing of a Tree

Fancy contemporary art? Do you also fancy the BBC Masterpiece Contemporary movies or television series? Well then! We have something in common. Bare with me as we take this circuitous route to introduce you to a wonderful contemporary artist who captures famous African-Americans entertainers, mostly jazz (or soul and R&B) musicians, with his own unique […]

Gifts for Art Lovers : The Art of Clifford Faust

Have always loved most things vintage. Have to define “vintage” in case you happen to be about the age of one of my kids. Vintage for them might be circa 1980 or 1990, and they may think vintage for me would be circa 1880 or 1890. Not so. Vintage, by my definition, is back in […]

Good Reads: Vintage Books

The beauty and wonder of an artistic work is that it can be enjoyed almost anywhere. But many art lovers do not have the funds to purchase original works of art yet they still want to appreciate them. Knowing this, many accomplished artists have their work transferred to objects like coffee cups, neck scarves, handbags, […]

Home Sweet Home : Fine Art for the Home or Office: Tile Murals

“Big girls need big diamonds.” That lesson in gift-giving is courtesy of the late Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE aka Elizabeth or Liz Taylor (1932 – 2011), famous British-American actress. (Source: brainyquote.com) Her well-publicized love affair with jewelry , especially diamonds, was practically scandalous. If you are thinking of buying your “big girl” diamonds or […]

Gifts for Her : Diamonds, Emeralds and Sapphires – Oh My! (Relax.)

Jingle Jangle Jungle is a fabulous music entertainment blog that publishes interesting tidbits about music, artists and the stories behind them. Per JJJ: “ … the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. …” (Quote Source) My additional remarks to that succinct summation of the illustrious career of this musical […]

Gifts for Music Lovers: Carlos Santana: Ultimate Guitar Hero

Seldom drink tea because of my coffee addiction. But other members of my household love to brew! They are not tea experts (yet!) and are always experimenting with different flavors – from caramel apple to licorice to green tea to black tea to … on and on and on. Found an interesting blog post written […]

Gifts for Tea Lovers : Is a Season Your Reason to Drink Tea?

On September 20, 1519, Portuguese navigator, Ferdinand Magellan (c. 1489-1521), set sail from Spain on a mission to find a western route to the Spice Islands. He reached the cost of South America and then navigated the strait linking the Atlantic and the Pacific which now bears his name, the Strait of Magellan. He crossed […]

Cooking Basics ~ Stock Your Kitchen Cabinet with Exotic Spices
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