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{April 30, 2018}   Pancakes

The Minnesota Farm Woman

Call them griddlecakes, flapjacks, or silver dollars, the pancake is a food item found in most cultures around the world.  My mom’s parents immigrated from Finland, but they were of Swedish descent and spoke Swedish.  I often wondered aloud why people who lived in Finland for many generations just didn’t call themselves Finns, but nobody ever answered me to my satisfaction, so I still wonder all these years later. Mom always made the best pancakes, and the ones she made most often were a nod to her Swedish heritage.  These thin, light-as-air circles of love were made many Sunday mornings and wherever we had company.  She sometimes had two pans going on the stove, but each pancake was made and served one at a time, and that’s how we ate them, everyone’s plate getting an equal turn.  I preferred a stack of them, and for that luxury, I had to either get…

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Megan In Sainte Maxime

The Fifi Awards run by The Fragrance Foundation France were held last Wednesday evening, the 11th of April in Paris. It’s the  major perfume award ceremony in France and there are a range of prizes to be won. There is the Fifi d’Or (judged by a panel of artists)the Prix d’Experts (judged by journalists, evaluators and bloggers), as well as a variety of awards in the Prix de Professionals (a jury of professionals), and the Prix du Public. 

Here are the prize winners :

Collage Fifi Awards Megan In Sainte Maxime

Le Prix des Experts 

Best fragrance of an independent niche brand : This was a tie between 2015 LE PHÉNIX : Les Bains Guerbois: Perfumer : Michel Almairac from Robertet AND Nuit de Bakélite  by Naomi Goodsir: Perfumer : Isabelle Doyen

Best fragrance of a niche brand affiliated to a group : Concrete by Comme des Garçons : Perfumer : Nicolas…

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{April 16, 2018}   The Photographs

The Minnesota Farm Woman

I have spent part of a long winter cleaning out cupboards, nooks, and crannies, and have come to the conclusion that I am a hoarder. I come by this naturally, being the product of parents who lived through the depression years. My genetics are a mixture of a woman who saved every plastic container and reused her foil to a man who seemingly never threw ANYTHING away, squirreling it away in attic and basement. I know this to be a fact, as I did a lot of the cleaning out and sorting after they passed away. Admittedly, much of it ended up in my house. After sorting through an old dresser, I dug out shiny metal belt and a celluloid framed picture of my dad’s Aunt Jennie, wearing the same belt with a purple skirt, circa 1940. Since I can’t seem to throw anything away either, I remembered and found…

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Fellowship of the Minds

The legal definition of “age of consent” is:

Age of consent refers to the legally defined age at which a person is no longer required to obtain parental consent to get married. It also refers to the age at which a person is held to have the capacity to voluntarily agree to sexual intercourse.Sexual intercourse with a person under the age of consent may lead to criminal charges of statutory rape or sexual assault . . . .

Statutory rape is sex between an adult and a minor below the age of consent. Every state has a statutory rape law in some form. The age of consent varies from state to state, but is generally from 16 – 18 years of age. . . . Consent of the victim and belief that the victim is of the age of consent are usually considered immaterial.

A pedophile is…

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{January 1, 2018}   Easy Fudge Recipe

Provost Family Cookbook & Archives

Easiest fudge recipe in the world, can't mess it up if you tried. 1 can Eagle brand condensed milk ( 14 oz ) 1 1/2 bags of chocolate chips ( 11.5 oz bags is what I use) any flavor you wish 1 cup chopped walnuts ( optional ) Toss all ingredients in to a mircowave bowl, melt till creamy pour into a 8x8 baking dish, cool for 2 hours cut and serve.

Easy Fudge Recipe , can’t go wrong.

1 can Eagle brand condensed milk (14 oz.)
1½ bags of chocolate chips (11.5 oz bags) or any flavour you wish
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Toss all ingredients into a microwave bowl.

Melt till creamy.

Pour into a 8×8” baking dish.

Cool for 2 hours cut and serve.

 

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The Whole Food Plant Based Cooking Show

Breakfast of Champions is a recipe that my hubby came up with. This is one of his favorite breakfasts and he has shared this recipe with many of our male friends with great success! Way to go, my champion hubby!

Recipe:

1 small punnet organic blueberries
1 sliced banana
a few sliced strawberries
1 Tbsp flax meal
a few raw walnuts
tsp cacao nibs
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

Add all to a bowl and eat heartily!

Calories: 300

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{July 3, 2017}   Coconut Jollof Rice

Wovenblends

Jollof rice is a dish popular to many West African countries, and you certainly can’t fault this dish when cooked right. Traditional jollof rice is always a hit, but do you know there are so many other tasty variations? One example is Coconut Jollof.

I love the combination of ingredients that come together to give this particular dish its aroma and taste. The good thing is my recipe does not make use of a lot of tomatoes. Therefore, even with the inflated price of tomatoes in Nigeria, Nigerians can still make this.

The recipe for my Coconut Jollof rice is as follows.

Jollof Recipe – feeds 2-3 people

1 cup jasmine rice

1 coconut (you’ll need the water) – optional

1/2 cup Coconut milk

2 tomatoes

1 medium Onion (prefarably red)

1/2 onion sliced

1 red bell pepper

One rodo/scotch bonnet (depending on how spicy it is/ you like your…

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{July 3, 2017}   Butterfly Peri Peri Chicken

Can’t wait to try this

Wovenblends

If you’ve been to England, I assume you know what Nandos is and you definitely know how addictive this semi-fast food chain is. In the three years that I went to school there, Nandos saved my life during my lonely train rides from Euston Station to Shrewsbury and Birmingham. Leaving England, Nandos was one of the things I missed most – seeing as only two states have it here in America. The day I found the Nandos peri peri sauce here in the stores was one of the most exciting days of my life.

We finished the bottle within the blink of an eye, but instead of stocking up, I decided to make my own and I am so glad I did.

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Peri peri sauce is actually super easy to make and the thing about making these stuff at home is that you have control over the ingredients you use…

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Megan In Sainte Maxime

The Fifi Awards run by The Fragrance Foundation France were held on Thursday night, the 8th of June in Paris. It’s the  major perfume award ceremony in France and there are a range of prizes to be won. There is the Fifi d’Or (judged by a jury of artists, the Prix d’Experts (judged by journalists, evaluators and bloggers), as well as a variety of awards in the Prix de Professionals (a jury of professionals), the Prix des 25 ans and the Prix du Public. 

Here are the prize winners :

Le Prix des Experts 

Best fragrance of an independent niche brand : Mentha Religiosa : Dear Rose : Perfumer : Fabrice Pellegrin from Firmenich

Best fragrance of a niche brand affiliated to a group : Black Pepper by Comme des Garçons : Perfumer : Antoine Maisondieu from Givaudan

Best fragrance from a collection of a large brand (exclusive range) :

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{April 26, 2017}   The Interstellar Clean Machine

Amen Sister Amen

The Alembicated Genie

metropolis3– a review of Parfums Mugler Mugler Cologne

You might be one of those people, the ones who love to trail complex, intriguing stories in their wake, the ones who leave an imprint in the atmosphere – of their presence, their essence, their plans or their purpose. If you’re reading these words, you very likely are.

In which case, read on.

But what if you’re not? What if you’re oblivious to perfume as anything but a toiletry item, elevated somewhere above the level of soap, yet below the appalling and intricate, complex-smelling perfume-y stuff? Something you’ve used since you were a teenager because it came with the territory of Growing Up and was considered a prerequisite for polite human interaction? Plus, the bottle was a birthday present from Aunt Joan or Uncle George (we all know it was Aunt Joan), it was free and wth. A shame to just…

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