“Feeling Blue” – A Haiku

Digital Art Print "Feeling Blue"

“Feeling Blue” by Avalon Media
http://goo.gl/mutNUi

it does not matter

how pretty it is here, ’cause

I am not with you

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

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The Artist – A Haiku (And Exiting News)

"First Love" soon available as iPhone case, wall clock, mouse pad and many more!  http://www.zazzle.com/avalon_media

“First Love” soon available as iPhone case, wall clock, mouse-pad and many more!
http://www.zazzle.com/avalon_media

heart pounding faster
caught in the creative spark
expansion begins

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

I have been so excited over the last few days, re-inventing a creative endeavour I have previously thought about without really executing it to its fullest potential. But that has changed and Avalon-Media’s Zazzle store is up and running!

Most of my creations are vintage or architectural inspired, but I will not limit myself to a particular category, even if these two will remain the main focus on the store. I will be adding a page to this website that will feature the individual creations, so you can have access to them right from this site.

Of course, I am still working on the next writing project. “Mixing It For The Dogs – A Guide To Creating Awesome Homemade Dog Food” is currently being edited, and should be available for pre-order end of April.

What are your current creative endevours? What are you exited about in your life? Is there any creative idea you need help with? Drop me a comment, I love hearing from you all!

Oregano – An A to Z Challenge Post

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O is for Oregano

Brought by the returning WW II soldiers from Italy, oregano comes in two varieties – the Mediterranean version being milder than its Mexican counterpart. It is almost inseparable from any Italian dishes, but should be used with caution when adding to foods, as it tends to overpower other herbs and spices.

Matches well with: lamb, mushrooms, paste, peppers, pizza, tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant

Healing properties: treats indigestion and heartburn, also known to have a beneficial effect on yeast infections. Its diluted oil (50 %) can be used to treat athletes foot if applied daily. Do not use oregano oil internally!

Magical properties: add energy to your life, used whenever you need a boost of joy, strength and vitality

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Book Review: Coffee Gives Me Superpowers

Book Review: Coffee Gives Me Superpowers

Title: Coffee Gives Me Superpowers: An Illustrated Book about the Most Awesome Beverage on Earth

Author: Ryoko Iwata
Publisher: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Genre: Non-fiction
Release Date: April 7th, 2015
Rating: 5/5 Stars

I am a coffee addict, so it is not a surprise that I could not resist a book with the title “Coffee Gives Me Superpowers”. A caffeine fueled book, laced with info-graphics and drawings by The Oatmeal, this book is a must have conversation piece for anyone who enjoys coffee! Containing a mixture of interesting information and fun facts from around the world, as well as humorous insights in the stranger side of loving coffee – what has an elephant to do with coffee? – I can hardly wait to hand a copy of it to friends and family. This is not just a dry trivia book about one of the worlds favorite beverages, it is a fun little treasure. Perfect hostess gift!

(Disclaimer: This book was given to me for free from the publisher via NetGalley, in return for an honest review)

 

Nettle – An A to Z Challenge Post

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N is for Nettle:

This herb is a powerhouse both culinary as well as medicinal, that is often overlooked by the general public. Nettles, or stinging nettles should be pre-cooked, unless you use them as a tea, and be handled with gloves at all times. The younger the leaves, the more tender the result, which will be similar to that of spinach.

Matches well with: cheese, cream, tomatoes, eggs and onions

Healing Properties: In Germany, this herb is valued highly for its healing powers, sold there as an herbal drug to aid in the relief of rheumatoid arthritis. Its power lies also in relieving symptoms of allergies, without all of the side effects that standard medication brings with it. External uses include skin problems, gout, neuralgia, and hair problems. I drink this tea personally to prevent symptoms of my chronic anemia.

Magical properties: strengthens willpower. If sprinkled around the home, it wards off negativity.

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Lemongrass – An A to Z Challenge Blog Post

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L Is For Lemon Grass

A to Z Challenge: Lemongrass

Another plant that is often used in Thai and Indonesian cooking, lemon grass has a delicate lemony flavor. The inner core is tender and can be chopped similar to scallions. The outer part can be used for flavoring in teas and soups.

Matches well with: pork, shellfish, chicken and in soups

Healing properties: it has pain relieving properties, because of its ability to alleviate muscle spasms. The vapor of lemon grass is inhaled, to aid in calming and removing fever. Great for sore throats.

Magical properties: psychic opening and cleansing

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Kaffir Leaves – An A to Z Blog Challenge Post

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K – Is For Kaffir Leaf

Kaffir leaves are sometimes called lime leaves, but are not to be confused with European Lime – which is more commonly known as Linden.

Matches well with: Thai and Indonesian cuisine, stir fries – remove after the cooking process or use it ground