Poetry: Memories

poetryMemories

Memories are timeless

The mind can easily

Drift in and out of the past

Weaving between what was and now is

Moments pull you in

Painting a kaleidoscope of colours

A new vision unfolding before your eyes

Time changes your original perception

Some of what you now believe is a memory

Was never really there

The past has a haunting shimmer

A capability of being everywhere 

And nowhere all at once

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Autumn Eats: Pumpkin Rolls Recipe

Autumn EatsIngredients

3/4 cup whole milk

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

5 tablespoons butter, divided

1 teaspoon salt

2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)

2 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup canned pumpkin

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

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Autumn Eats: Pumpkin Monkey Bread Recipe

Autumn EatsIngredients

1 cup warm 2% milk (70° to 80°)

3/4 cup canned pumpkin

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

4 to 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons active dry yeast

SAUCE:

1 cup butter, cubed

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

In bread machine pan, place the first 11 ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting. Check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1-2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine sauce ingredients; cook and stir until blended. Remove from heat.

When dough cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 36 portions; shape into balls.

Arrange half of the balls in a greased 10-in. fluted tube pan; cover with half of the sauce. Repeat, being sure to thoroughly coat the top layer with sauce.

Let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly.

Cool in pan 10 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Serve warm.

***do not use a bread machine’s time-delay feature for this recipe

Pumpkin Monkey Bread

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Poetry: Paradox

poetryParadoxical actions
Stemming from the same root
It was possible
To love someone
And at the same time
Let them go
All rooted
From love

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Autumn Eats: Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Autumn Eats

Rejoice in the return of Fall Foods! This delicious loaf highlights the star of the season – pumpkins!

Ingredients

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

BREAD:

1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin

4 large eggs

3/4 cup canola oil

2/3 cup water

2 cups sugar

1 cup honey

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. In a small skillet, combine oats, sugar and cinnamon; cook and stir over medium heat 4-6 minutes or until oats are toasted. Remove from heat.

For bread, in a large bowl, beat pumpkin, eggs, oil, water, sugar, honey and vanilla until well blended. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt and spices; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture. Fold in walnuts.

Transfer to two greased 9×5-in. loaf pans. Sprinkle tops with oat mixture.

Bake 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.

  • Pumpkin Loaf Recipe
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YEG Concerts: A Paranormal Evening With Alice Cooper

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Alice CooperWhen you look at the audience members at a show, it’s rare that you see patrons of all ages and generations as equally enthused for an artist. Alice Cooper fans are the likes of both young and old, and everything in between. It is adorable to see wee children donning the same signature dark eye makeup as Alice.

Alice Cooper and The Alice Cooper Band always deliver when it comes to live shows. Attending a concert is attending a theatrical show. There is fantastic music, and a fantastical stage show. No other artist has, or ever will do it just like Alice Cooper.

Cooper is no longer a spring chicken, but he sure as hell performs like he is still in his youth. Still getting himself out of a straight jacket, still having his head chopped off on stage and still, transforming into a giant Frankenstein.

Alice Cooper

I love that the show is a family affair – the zombie nurse that takes Alice down during The Ballad of Dwight Fry is none other than his wife.

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The rock legend’s Paranormal tour is a mix of hits, deep cuts and singles from his latest album — but it’s still the same Alice Cooper show you’d come to expect. It wouldn’t be an Alice Cooper show without promise of theatrics, guitar solos and plenty of rock and roll.

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The band is tough to beat. Glen Sobel has been vote best drummer in Rock and Roll, and (QUEEN) Nita Strauss has been named best female guitar player in the history of rock and roll. You put that all together with all the Alice Cooper songs and the theatrics and it’s pretty hard to beat.

Alice Cooper

The set list included ‘Schools Out,’ ‘Poison,’ ‘I’m Eighteen,’ ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy,’ ‘Under My Wheels,’ ‘Only Women Bleed,’ and ‘Feed My Frankenstein.’ Every single song you’ve heard on the radio by Alice – was played. Included were some deeper cuts and then  three or four songs from the new album. It’s a real variety but the show seems to have its own theatricality.

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Best. Concert. Ever

Nita Strauss

Nita Strauss is known for rocking her ego kills talent shirts. Let’s just make it clear, this doll has zero ego. She is beyond humble. So eager to interact with fans. A lovely, genuine human. The kind of person you’re thankful that they are gifted with tremendous talent because they deserve it.

Fallen In Love – Paranormal Album

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Finding The Happy: Welcome Fall

Finding The Happy

Dear Autumn,

I am so thankful for your return. Well, almost – technically you don’t arrive for a few more weeks, but in my mind; once the leaves turn, you are here!

The cool, crisp air seems to warm my soul. Nothing makes me happier than a Fall day. Exploring forests, watching the beauty of nature transitioning. Pumpkin patches, so rich with colour and life. Seeing the hard-work of tending to crops coming into fruition.

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Pure bliss.

This Autumn will bring more happiness. I will be marrying the love of my life, surrounded by my greatest loves – fall foliage and the wonderful people that hold real estate within my heart. It is a season of wonder and magic.

I am thankful for the life God has given me.

I am thankful for the life I have created for myself.

I am thankful for those in my life.

I am thankful for those whom have exited my life.

I am overcome with gratitude.

It is a time of reflection, and the future seems so bright.

 

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