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Friday, December 30, 2011

Romancing The Chocolate: Cookies: Chocolate Nut Biscotti


Chocolate Nut Biscotti


Romancing The Chocolate: Cookies: Chocolate Nut Biscotti: From Denny: A wonderful cookie recipe from one of my favorite coffee sites: Gevalia. This cookie pairs well with a French Roast or a Dark Roast coffee choice.

I've been ordering from them since Time began it seems. Gevalia is from Sweden where folks drink a ridiculous amount of coffee. We thought Americans were addicted. These guys make us look like amateurs! :)

When I was up on the site ordering some new items today I noticed they started putting up some recipes. You know me; I've got to collect them for you and me to try.
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Social Poets: Merry Christmas to ALL! Christmas News Video Clips

Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu.
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The Social Poets: Merry Christmas to ALL! Christmas News Video Clips: From Denny: Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season. Hope you enjoyed a tasty feast and stuffed yourselves silly. Just wait until the New Year for those calorie regrets. Enjoy your day and thank you for all your support this year! :)

Thought I'd put up a few cool Christmas video news clips of people who live the Christmas spirit of goodwill and giving to others.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Social Poets: Cleveland Mayor Spanks Big Banks On Abandoned Foreclosures


JP Morgan Chase Big Banks Action


The Social Poets: Cleveland Mayor Spanks Big Banks On Abandoned Foreclosures: From Denny: A crooked Congress and a delusional President continue to ignore the millions of foreclosed homes at their peril. America's Winter Revolution is about to erupt like a super volcano before the New Year has a chance to arrive.

Yes, Americans are that fed up at inequality, unemployment, under employment, unfairness, a police state mentality against peaceful protests and double standards for the law.

Mayors across the country are equally desperate about how to deal with the huge inventory of abandoned foreclosed homes getting vandalized.
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Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: 15 Best Christmas Quotes: Just What Is It About Christmas Time?




Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: 15 Best Christmas Quotes: Just What Is It About Christmas Time?: From Denny: At this time of the year, in the early winter, there slowly descends and rests upon the land a sense of spiritual calm and Peace.

Be aware not to get too caught up in the shopping sales, rushing about to finish last minute gifts and holiday preparations to miss noticing the biggest Gift. Take the time to absorb this special energy sent from Heaven.
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Dennys Food and Recipes: Awesome Holiday Dessert: Baked Pear Parcels With Lemon Chamomile Sauce


Baked Pear Parcels with Lemon Chamomile Sauce


Dennys Food and Recipes: Awesome Holiday Dessert: Baked Pear Parcels With Lemon Chamomile Sauce: From Denny:  Pears come in season during the Christmas holidays and are plentiful.  But have you thought about what to do with them beyond enjoying them fresh or giving as holiday gifts?

Our local newspaper here in Louisiana included some recipes from USA Pears, so, of course, you know I just had to go explore their site.  The site is set up to promote the pear growers' product and awareness of the fruit.  Since I've been thinking about setting up my own organic orchards I've been visiting a lot of sites like this one.

While their recipe section is not extensive it has some gems like the following recipe well suited for the holiday table when you want something special to wow the family or your guests.  If, you are like me, you like to try new recipes or variations on a popular theme - like baked pears.  A nice touch is the lemon chamomile sauce that snuggles up to these pears.
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Check Out Christmas Posts: Funny, Music, Cartoons, Quotes, Recipes, Poems, Stories









From Denny:  Check out so many Christmas themed posts that you will pig out like it is a holiday feast.

I've been blogging for three years now and have found loads of Christmas music of all genres - and still adding.  Interesting food to enjoy along with Christmas humor to keep you laughing as well as munching through your busy holidays.

This year I'm adding more Christmas stories and poems, the classics.  Every year there are new recipes to try so the holiday food train just keeps on rolling!

Best Spiritual Posts: Music: Light of the Stable by Tara MacLean

Light of the Stable (album)
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Best Spiritual Posts: Music: Light of the Stable by Tara MacLean: From Denny:  This country song was recorded back in the 1990's yet retains a classic quality for the season.  To learn more about this Canadian singer, go here to understand her inspiration.
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Social Poets: Political Cartoon, Video: Obama And His Fellow Election Pundits

Barack Obama
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The Social Poets: Political Cartoon, Video: Obama And His Fellow Election Pundits: From Denny:   As the 2012 election gears up to wear out the American public this month and for the next year nonstop, I thought I'd remind my fellow media guys - and now President Obama - just how bad they often look when giving their opinions, especially of their own accomplishments.  It really is the season of having to endure more delusional smug political propaganda from both sides of the aisle.

Tis the season of the cartoonish political pundit, spouting off silly opinions that rarely ever come true but sure makes for funny entertainment.  This pastel drawing is a classic of mine.  It was drawn when George Bush 43 began his campaign for president back in 1998.

The Repbulicans tout how they are gods we the voters are supposed to bow down and worship.  You see, they keep their message pretty simple:  Worship me; get nothing and like it.
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Poems From A Spiritual Heart: Poem: The Owl Speaks


Great Horned Owl


Poems From A Spiritual Heart: Poem: The Owl Speaks: From Denny:  Do you ever wake a couple of hours before dawn, deep in thought, only to hear the sounds of Nature speaking to you just outside your window?  Do you ever stop and concentrate upon the messages speaking all around you?  This poem is one of those times...
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Dennys Funny Quotes: Funny Baby and Husky Dog Singing For The Camera




Dennys Funny Quotes: Funny Baby and Husky Dog Singing For The Camera: From Denny:  This will have you laughing so hard.  Be careful not to fall off the chair.  Check out the father's sock foot up on the wall and hear him snickering in the background while the mother films the funny episode.

The dog is a husky and is named Angel singing along with her human, a baby named Lexi.  Lexi is so young her tongue muscles have not caught up with her thoughts she is trying to express.  It's as if the dog understands her conversation that probably goes something like this:
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Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Social Poets: Official First Family White House Portrait for 2011: The Obamas

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The Social Poets: Official First Family White House Portrait for 2011: The Obamas: From Denny:  Here is the new Obama family portrait for 2011 for all those of you who have been searching for it by the thousands.  It was taken after attendance at Sunday church services.  The daughters sure are growing up fast - and beautiful!


Great portrait.  From a photographer's point of view I sure am glad this was a professional photographer who shot it.  How many times do you see folks place that background holly wreath like it's growing out of the president's head?  I've seen way too many wedding, birthday and graduation photos with that composition issue.  :)
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Best Spiritual Posts: Music: Amazing Grace By Hayley Westenra

Pure (Hayley Westenra album)
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Best Spiritual Posts: Music: Amazing Grace By Hayley Westenra: From Denny:  It's always refreshing to see what the newest generation does with a traditional standard, especially the Christian ones.  Hayley Westenra performs her wonderful rendition of a difficult song to sing, both emotionally and artistically.


Comment:


urbanascidades said...
Oi Denny, desejo a ti, teus familiares e todos os visitantees do teu blog um Feliz Natal. Aproveito para informar que dia 02 de janeiro estreia Urbanascidades 2012, igual mas...diferente.
Paulo Bettanin.

Translation:  Hi Denny, wish you, your family and all the visitantees of your blog a Merry Christmas. I should like to inform you that day 02 January 2012 Urbanascidades debut, equal but ... different.
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Friday, December 16, 2011

Poems From A Spiritual Heart: 20 Christmas Poems From Favorite Classic Poets

bright lights, big city


Poems From A Spiritual Heart: 20 Christmas Poems From Favorite Classic Poets: From Denny:  Revisit some old favorites and discover new poetry friends from the past century.  Here are 20 classic poems, some familiar like "The Night Before Christmas" and many more are so old and not taught in the current fast-paced culture that the past couple of generations may not have read them. These poems are so dense with imagery and archaic language it will exercise your brain and warm your heart at the same time! :)

The Social Poets: Where Is The Middle Class in America? Half Living Low Income Or Poor


The St. Columbanus Church food pantry in Chicago feeds 500 households a week, but some weeks it struggles to keep up with demand.


The Social Poets: Where Is The Middle Class in America? Half Living Low Income Or Poor: From  Denny:  Where is the middle class in America?  Half of Americans are now scraping by on low income or downright poverty, according to the latest census data.  That's 146 million doing without because of high unemployment, costs that have risen fast, stayed high and suppressed wages.

Mayors of 29 cities say they cannot meet the needs for emergency food assistance, food stamps, and are turning away 25 percent of applicants.  There are already 46 million people on food stamps, a former middle class that never asked for any help until now. Federal and states' programs are frayed at the edges.

And the Republicans claim the Democrats are screaming "class warfare"?  These figures don't lie.  Just where did the GOP expect the unemployed to go?  How do they expect people to eat?
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Dennys Funny Quotes: Funny Video Fail: Static Charged Dog Prances Proudly

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Dennys Funny Quotes: Funny Video Fail: Static Charged Dog Prances Proudly: From Denny:  Every animal lover will laugh at this one.  Hey, the dog just wanted to get a good puppy massage from his owner.

Of course, with it being winter and the air so dry the dog hair got so charged up it produced this hilarious result - with the dog wondering why everyone was laughing.  Check it out:
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Best Spiritual Posts: Music: What Child Is This? By John Michael Talbot

John Michael Talbot
Cover of John Michael Talbot
Best Spiritual Posts: Music: What Child Is This? By John Michael Talbot: From Denny: John Michael Talbot is a monastic of the Brothers and Sisters Charity. I first heard of him years ago when he had taken a vow of silence for a year but was allowed to perform his music.

His voice has a soothing peaceful quality.  He has certainly studied his share of the world's religions and it is that knowledge and understanding that brings a richness to his music.

From his album, "The Birth Of Jesus" recorded with the National Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London, the Ambrosian Men's Choir, and the Junior Boys Choir of Desborough School.
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Social Poets: Funny Jon Stewart Mocks Perry Romney 10K Bet

Jon Stewart
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The Social Poets: Funny Jon Stewart Mocks Perry Romney 10K Bet: From Denny:  This is too funny.  Jon points out that on the GOP national debate stage a Mormon is gambling with an evangelical about who is the biggest liar of the two, to the tune of 10,000 large.  According to comic John Oliver, this feeds into the narrative of Romney being an out of touch rich guy millionaire.

After all, the average person in Iowa makes a $10 bet not a $10, 000 one.  Only rich guys throw money around like that demonstration.

How dumb can you get?  In the worst economic depression in 70 years you have a millionaire making expensive bets in front of an audience trying to figure out how to keep their kids in college and pay their mortgage.
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Poems From A Spiritual Heart: Poem: The Owl Speaks


Great Horned Owl

Poems From A Spiritual Heart: Poem: The Owl Speaks: From Denny:  Do you ever wake a couple of hours before dawn, deep in thought, only to hear the sounds of Nature speaking to you just outside your window?  Do you ever stop and concentrate upon the messages speaking all around you?  This poem is one of those times...
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Romancing The Chocolate: Cookies: Chocolate Bliss

Semi-sweet chocolate chips
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Romancing The Chocolate: Cookies: Chocolate Bliss: From Denny: A melt-in-your-mouth cookie favorite. A local food writer received it from a friend in Nashville, Tennessee. "And she told two friends - and she told two friends..." :) This cookie has been making the rounds with chocolate foodies.

It's an easy recipe, fast enough to whip up for the holidays. Part of what makes this cookie so delectable is that half of the chocolate chips are melted and added to the batter along with the unmelted ones. It's like what chef Paul Prudhomme practiced with the concept of layering the same taste in a dish.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Comfort Food From Louisiana: Beef: Braised Sirloin Tips

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 15:  Mushroom special...
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Comfort Food From Louisiana: Beef: Braised Sirloin Tips: From Denny: Want a low maintenance meal to throw in the oven during the holiday season while you tend to other things? A hearty casserole is always welcome when the weather turns chilly. You might want relief from dining on turkey. Why not try this easy braised sirloin tips recipe?

Besides, it has brain food: mushrooms. During the holiday season it's easy to get frazzled and it sure is fun to know that mushrooms are available to get our overloaded brains back on target. :)
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Ouch Outrageous Obnoxious and Odd: Cenk Uygur Mocks Donald Trumps Many Bankruptcies

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Ouch Outrageous Obnoxious and Odd: Cenk Uygur Mocks Donald Trumps Many Bankruptcies: From Denny: Where else does a post about blowhard Donald Trump belong than on a humor blog about the outrageous and obnoxious? This "The Young Turks" radio show discussion is hilarious. They rip Donald Trump on his many lies - while they rip Fox News. Today is Double Dip Funny!
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Best Spiritual Posts: Music: The First Noel By Jackie Evancho

O Holy Night (Jackie Evancho album)
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Best Spiritual Posts: Music: The First Noel By Jackie Evancho: From Denny: The mature pure talent coming out of this little girl is astonishing. A beautiful voice matched well with this beautiful traditional Christmas song. It's as if you are hearing this old standard for the first time.

The second video is her first audition on America's Got Talent where she swept away the judges. Jackie began singing at age eight when her parents took her to see the Phantom of The Opera. It inspired her so much she began singing around the house. At age ten she auditioned on America's Got Talent - and the rest is history.
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The Social Poets: Polls: Voters Yell: Throw Them ALL Out!

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The Social Poets: Polls: Voters Yell: Throw Them ALL Out!: From Denny: Americans are fed up with a bad economy, massive job loss, bickering politicians and a weak President who does nothing about it all. The anti-incumbent mood is downright antagonistic toward current office holders, according to the most recent poll released by Gallup. In fact, it's the worst anger against politicians in 19 years.

How many members of Congress deserve to lose their jobs? More than 75 percent of the registered voters said, "Yes, throw the bums out!" By that large margin voters said Congress deserves to be kicked down the road.

What about the all-important Independent voting bloc? They don't think Congress deserves to keep their jobs either, saying so by 80 percent. Republicans weigh in at 75 percent and Democrats at 68 percent.
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The Soul Calendar: Total Lunar Eclipse Put On Intense Red Display, Photos: 10 Dec 2011




lunar eclipse


LUNAR ECLIPSE: Five moons, a composite image of a lunar eclipse, showing the path of the moon into and then out of earth's shadow. (Telescope Image).   Source: Supplied




The Soul Calendar: Total Lunar Eclipse Put On Intense Red Display, Photos: 10 Dec 2011: From Denny: The 10 December 2011 total lunar eclipse was the last total lunar eclipse to be seen until April 2014. At least we can view a partial lunar eclipse on 4 June 2012. It was reported to be an intense red, putting on quite a show in the sky. In fact, the type of red color was considered a rare treat.

Of course, when I went out to view it here in south Louisiana all I got was a completely cloudy sky. It's time for me to move up to higher ground, like the mountains. The Gulf Coast just doesn't cut it for proper skygazing. :)

From atmospheric scientist and eclipse expert Richard Keen of the University of Colorado: "During the lunar eclipse, most of the light illuminating the moon passes through the stratosphere, where it is reddened by scattering. If the stratosphere is loaded with dust from volcanic eruptions, the eclipse will be dark. A clear stratosphere, on the other hand, produces a brighter eclipse."
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Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Healing Waters: Shopper Beware: Walmart Clothing Rigged With Needles

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The Healing Waters: Shopper Beware: Walmart Clothing Rigged With Needles: From Denny:  As you go out to shop during the Christmas season, beware.  Turns out that when two mothers were out shopping they were pricked by syringes purposely placed into the clothing they inspected before purchasing.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: 12 Funny Quotes About Prayer

Bird Song!

Beautiful Illustrated Quotations: 12 Funny Quotes About Prayer: From Denny: Prayer is a wonderful thing. It can bring us comfort, calm our fears and inspire us. It's also quite amusing to view it in terms of the human condition called "whining." There is also "bargaining." Once you grow past those two obvious pitfalls you discover "peaceful communion."

The Social Poets: Obama Step Aside: Should Hillary Clinton Replace Him for 2012?

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The Social Poets: Obama Step Aside: Should Hillary Clinton Replace Him for 2012?: From Denny: Voters are severely dissatisfied with both the GOP candidates and President Obama. Because of a rocky economy, 36 million foreclosed homes dumped onto the market since 2007 plummeting home values for everyone not foreclosed (another 20 million foreclosures on their way) - and uncertain employment - everyone is looking elsewhere for answers and real leadership.

The name of Hillary Clinton is on the lips - and in the hearts - of many Democrats disillusioned with the Obama term. Many women are looking for more women in government to meet their needs instead of the current male dominated politicians playing ego games and stuffing their wallets while in office.
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