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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Christmas Brings Out The Best in People

Wondering whether or not to put up your Christmas tree yet? I say DO IT!!!  Why should we only have one month to look at our beautiful trees and decorations! I absolutely LOVE sitting by my pretty sparkly twinkly fairy lights on the Christmas tree as I unwind for the night, snuggle Muffin before bedtime, or have my early morning coffee in the wee hours of the day when it's still darkish! I'm not religious or very Christmasey...to be honest, I'm quite the Scrooge, but there is something about those beautiful lights and warm decorations that gives off a sense of love and warmth. Knowing, and actually feeling the joy it brings the little people in the world, remembering the magic of believing and the joys of my own childhood and Christmas memories...to hell with this 1st of December - 1st January rubbish! I don't know about others, but I like to savor these feelings and emotions and memories.  So I'll put my tree up proudly as early as I want and I'll procrastinate to take it down for as long as I want. Because the magic of Christmas can bring out the best in people and brighten others from the inside when they really need it the most!

Monday, March 26, 2012

If you only knew...

I constantly feel like I can't breathe. 

I feel like I'm not strong enough to deal with this. 

It hurts so bad. 

My heart aches. 

I feel like I'm sinking. 

Every day is a cry for help. 
But no one can hear me. 
No one can see my tears. 

No one can see the pain in my eyes, my heart on my sleeve. 

My breath becomes shorter. 

I'm fading away. 

I'm broken. 


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Sunday, January 22, 2012

MarshNachos

Alrighty....Further to my previous blog entry, about nachos of a different kind, I am pleased to report that I have infact made them.

These were my ingredients:


Plain crisps
Marshmallows
M&M's
Whipped Cream
Chocolate Mousse

And here is the final result:



THEY WERE FREAKING DELICIOUS!!

See the video footage HERE!!

Over all, the taste was delicious.

I think perhaps, I should have either made a smaller serving for just the two of us, or perhaps invited another 6 people over to try it.

After a while, it was rather sickening, even for me, so no, we did not eat it all. Shame about the waste - I hate wasting food!

The M&M's when cooked, developed a rather scrumptious nutty taste to them and upon entry in your mouth, had a little chocolatey explosion right on your tongue - a must-do experience for all chocolate lovers.

There were concerns about whether or not the chips would go a bit funky, and perhaps "over cooked" but they stayed pretty much exactly as they were, there was no real change to their taste or texture. Their salty, savouryness mixed very well with the sweetness of the marshies and M&Ms.
As a fan of the sweet/savoury combination, I was very pleased with this result.

I would perhaps trial the smaller style marshmallows next time, as the large ones I used became extremely gooey and sticky, but it did make it a very fun dish overall.

Anyway, I highly recommend giving it a try, if you're game enough, and if you do, please let me know how you go and if you make any adaptations, also let me know as Id be interested as to other ways people are enjoying their nachos....of a different kind.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Nachos Anyone?

I want to make nachos......of a different kind.

I just had some weird ass visualisation of a savoury/sweet alternative to nachos...

Instead of corn chips    potato chips (like plain crisps - or possibly kettle for extra crunch)

Instead of beef    marshmallows (pink AND white...cause I'm such a rebel)

Instead of beans  →  M&M's (as much as I love peanut m&m's, I'd suggest just sticking to plain for this recipe)

Instead of guacamole  →  caramel sauce (though I'm not sure if I'm 100% about this alternative and am open to suggestions)

Instead of sour cream  →  whipped cream (the spray-out-of-a-can kind, cause it's the best)

On an oven-proof tray, layer the crisps, then layer the marshmallows and sprinkle with m&m's.

Place tray in a pre-heated oven (about 150) and bake for 10-15 minutes (keep an eye on your melting marshmallows -  as a result, time may vary. Just use common sense).

Allow to cool slightly before serving with whipped cream and caramel sauce.

(FTR: I have not yet attempted this....but when I do, I will be sure to update)




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