Inside the Mind of Isadora


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The 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 3

Nothing is worth more than this day. 

©Johann Wolfgang von Gotthe

In this challenge, we’re told to write a quote and explain why we like it.

I like this quote because it reminds us that we should be present in our day.

Nothing is more important than to be in the now of the day.

Simple quote with a powerful message for us.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

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The rules of the challenge are simple:

Thank the person you chose you,

Post a quote for three consecutive days

Say why you like your quotes

Invite three blogging friends to join in

Thank you, sweet Gilly, for nominating me for the challenge.

Be sure to visit her blog Lucid Gypsy. It’s as unique as her.

I’d like to nominate:  since it’s the 3rd and last day for the quote challenge and there are many,

 I’d like to alter the nominations by inviting anyone who desires to be a part of the quote challenge

to join in.


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The 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

You are like a flower,

the stem resembles your strength,

and, the petals how delicate your are. ©annonymous

In this challenge, we’re told to write a quote and explain why we like it.

I like this quote because I like observing nature.  We can learn many things that could help guide us through our journey of life. 

Nature never hurries through its seasons. Everything unfolds, becoming larger slowly. 

The mighty oak has a strong bark yet its leaves delicately flutter in the wind. Something strong, showcasing something delicate.

A plant has a strong stem in order to produce its delicate flower.  Slowly as each petal unfolds it showcases its beauty but always maintains strength in its stem. 

I like to think we’re like flowers. In times of turmoil, we stand strong in order to manage the chaos until its over. Yet, our outer persona is delicate, when we want to shine our colors.

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Thank you, sweet Gilly, for nominating me for the challenge.

Be sure to visit her blog Lucid Gypsy. It’s as unique as her.

I’d like to nominate:

Pricelesss Joy @Beautiful Words – her blog hosts a weekly writing challenge.

Indira©Indira’s Blog – her blog is filled with wisdom and photos.

Rupali©Mazeepuran – his blog is varied in many ways; take a look and see.

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There’s no obligation for the nominees to accept this challenge. Have FUN !!!!

If anyone would like to join in – feel free – here are the rules.

The rules of the challenge are simple,

Thank the person you chose you,

Post a quote for three consecutive days

Say why you like your quotes

Invite three blogging friends to join in

 

 

 


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Sunday Song – Jazz Tunes

 Images on the videos are exceptional … enjoy this weeks Jazz tunes …

The blues tells a story in itself. It can make you happy or give you a feeling to swing.

Etta James and B.B. King – There’s Something on Your Mind

paintings by Artist Amanda Cass


LOVE : the way to LOVE anything deeply is to realize it may be lost to you one day.

John Coltrane  &  Johnny Hartman     My One and Only You

paintings by Puerto Libre 

Smile – for it takes less muscles to smile than frown

Madeleine Peyroux – Smile

paintings by Puerto Libre


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The 3 Day Quote Challenge

Sometimes in the waves of change

We find our true direction ©annonymous

In this challenge, we’re told to write a quote and explain why we like it.

I like gaining insight in words. In these two lines, there is a great deal to learn.

We hesitate changing where we are even if we’re unhappy. We’re comfortable.

Change means adjusting to something new.

I love sitting at the beach and watching the waves hit the shore.

Each one is different. They never seem to mind that they are going to change the next time they

come to shore. If we can accept the changes in our lives, we just might find a better place to be.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

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Thank you, sweet Gilly, for nominating me for the challenge.

Be sure to visit her blog Lucid Gypsy. It’s as unique as her.

I’d like to nominate:

Janet@Sustainabilities – her blog is filled with wonderful photos and bits of writing.

Tina@Travels and Trifles – her blog is filled with photographs that tell a story without words.

Carol@Light Words – Her blog is filled with a variety of posts that express her quirky sense of humor.

There’s no obligation for the nominees to accept this challenge. Have FUN !!!!

If anyone would like to join in – feel free – here are the rules.

The rules of the challenge are simple,

Thank the person you chose you,

Post a quote for three consecutive days

Say why you like your quotes

Invite three blogging friends to join in

 


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Gluten Free Recipe – Clementine Cake

Gluten Free Recipe – Clementine Cake

The temperatures have been in the 60’s at night and 70’s during the day.

I’ve been enjoying this splendid weather. In fact, I may have spring fever.

I sat outside this morning, with my coffee, listening to the birds chirping and admiring my bougainvillea bush that is in full bloom.

Instead of writing, I’ve been doing some spring cleaning. I’ve been purging my kitchen of unused items and food from my pantry. I do this twice a year. It keeps my pantry tidy and it helps our local food bank. 

I’ve always enjoyed baking. I don’t bake too often because I’m gluten intolerant. I haven’t enjoyed some of my favorite baking recipe because of it. In fact, I’ve begun to dislike sweets. 

On Pieces of Starlight, blogger Carol Carlisle, posted a gluten free recipe called Clementine Cake which looked quite good. I decided to try the recipe today. 

My helicopter hubby watched as I made the cake. The spatula never reached the sink. He was making happy sounds as he licked every little bit of batter. 

As soon as the cake cooled down, he dug into one of them. He needed to be stopped as he was ready to cut the 2nd one. I received rave reviews despite a few mistakes or; perhaps, my personal adjustments.

Below are the steps and the recipe. Enjoy … 

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Ingredients 

Mix the eggs, sugar for 5 minutes

then, add cooked clementine oranges

The batter is ready for the baking pans.Mistake: the ground almond go into the batter mix

Add ground almonds to mix

Into the oven they go @350

For some reason, my batter was able to fill 3 pans.

An 8” pie pan, a 10” spring pan and a 6” pie pan.

The recipe is for one 8” spring pan. Mmmmm … more yumTime to take the cakes out of the oven and place on cooling racks.

 

Something went wrong when removing the cake from the pans.

You can see a bit of crumbling going on.

A few clementine slices to hide the cracks in two of the cakes.

I added powdered sugar on the third one for a change of taste.

There is a glaze I did not do.

I like my food without a lot of sugar.

I wasn’t sure if it was going to be too sweet. 

I made a cup of tea to enjoy with the clementine cake. My hubby grabbed the cake on the white dish and escaped to the patio to enjoy. My version turned out to be more like a light pudding cake. Hubby is awaiting patiently for his next slice of cake after dinner tonight. But, I think it will be tasty with tomorrows breakfast coffee. Time to hide the cakes. 

Thank you Carol for sharing your receipe.

Hope you’ll try this recipe. It’s truly a yummy tasting cake and very easy to make.

Enjoy, Isadora 😎

Gluten Free – Clementine Cake

375 grams of clementine (5 small)

6 eggs

1 1/4 cup of white sugar

2 1/4 cups ground almond

1 teaspoon of baking powder

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Butter and line a 8” – 9” spring form pan with parchment.

Poke each clementine 3 or 4 times with a knife. Put the clementines in a bowl with a microwave safe cover or plastic wrap. Cook 3 – 4 minutes. Cool slightly then dump the clementines (whole) in a food processor and process until smooth.

In a large bowl beat eggs and sugar until light colored and double in volume (about 5 minutes)

Add chopped clementines and mix well. Then add the group almonds and baking powder. Mix until combined.

Pour mixture into a pan and bake 45 minutes (test with a skewer or cake tester.

Cool in the pan on a rack. Once cake is cold, remove from the pan. and pull off parchment.

Glaze and add candied clementines to decorate.

Glaze …

2 cups of confectioners sugar

3 tablespoons softened butter

1/2 cup of clementine juice.

Candied Clementines …

3 clementines

2 cups of sugar

1 cup of water

Slice the clementines very thinly.

Put sugar and water in a heavy bottomed pan on medium heat. Stir in sugar until dissolved.

Add clementine slices and simmer on low for about 15 – 20 minutes.

Pull clementines from the sugar mixture and place on parchment paper or slipat  until cool.


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Nurture Yourself – Desire to Reach Hearts

Converge Hearts

In my lovers heart 

I lay

Every beat

A soothing hug

Forever

I will stay 

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

Namaste

I honor the place in you

in which the entire universe dwells.

I honor the place in you

which is of Love, and of Truth,

of Light and of Peace.

When you are in that place in you

and I am in that place in me.

We are One. 

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Friday Fictioneers – The End of the Road

We bickered about off-road adventures from the moment we made our plane reservations.

“Where’s you sense of adventure?”

“I don’t have any”.

“You promised you’d come along and not gripe. The taxi driver said to follow the dirt road and we’d find the little out-of-the-way hostel”.

“Umm … I’m not an expert hiker but this sign is telling us something”.

“I’ll look down the side of the cliff. You know, get my bearings”.

The panic on his face said it all.

On the jagged black mountain cliff, lay the charming little cottage they called, ‘Sheer Drop Inn’.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

 

Genre: Flash Fiction
Word Count: 100
Photo Prompt: Bjorn Rudberg

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Sunday Song – Rise Up

Dedicating this Sunday Song to all Women in honor of International Women’s Day – March 8, 2018.

We will all rise up no matter what we’ve been through in life.

You just need to stay strong ❤

Andra Day – Rise Up
black - white rose.web

‘She Stands in Beauty’ 2018©Isadora DeLaVega

 


 


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Friday Fictoneers – Institutionalized

Venom flowed through her veins. Hate was a mild word for what she felt for him.

She had him taken to an institution. He would be there for life.

Her mother died shortly before he was placed there. Doctors said her frail body was from malnutrition and improper medical care. At 88, she needed home health care. Instead, her mentally challenged son was her only caretaker.

Why was she angry at him?

It helped soothe her guilt.

Banned from his mothers funeral by her, he raged. The perfect storm for him to be taken away.

Lord grant her soul redemption.

2018©Isadora DeLaVega

Genre: Flash Fiction
Word Count: 100
Photo Prompt: Sandra Cook

 

 

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International Women’s Day 2018

“Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives” is the theme International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018.

This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice.

Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women has captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change.

International Women’s Day 2018 is an opportunity to transform this momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realize their full potential.2018©unwomen

Violence against women and girls is continuing to happen everyday all over the world. We must continue to fight for all women to be treated with respect and equality. International Women’s Day focuses on ending violence against women and empowering them.

Violence against women and girls is continuing to happen everyday all over the world. We must continue to fight for all women to be treated with respect and equality. International Women’s Day focuses on ending violence against women and empowering them.

One Woman: A Song for UN Women

A gross human rights violation that affects up to 7 in 10 women and a top priority for UN Women. As commemorations are underway in all corners of the globe, “One Woman” reminds us that together, we can overcome violence and discrimination: “We Shall Shine!” Join us to help spread the word and enjoy this musical celebration of women worldwide. 2018©un women 

Over time and distance, the equal rights of women have progressed. We celebrate the achievements of women while remaining vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change. ©Eve Ensler – author***** One Woman – A Song for UN Women:  https://ganxy.com/checkout