STOP!! RHINO!! POACHING!!

Rhino poaching has got to the point of pure disgust and insanity!

It is time that the world take notice and that world leaders start doing something about this.

This affects us all!!

Watch this short video and share it with your friends.

Lets take a stand and speak up for the Rhinos!!

Cláudia

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Merry Christmas!

I would like to wish all my readers a wonderfully blessed Christmas!

May you be surrounded by those you love and adore!

God bless and be kind to one another!

Cláudia

A Pinch of Craziness??

If my desk makes you think "Crazeeeee", then best you not see my laptop screen... You might just call the men in white coats...

Between job searching, I find myself turning to recipes books.  Cooking is one of my favourite hobbies and it also seems to keep me from going completely insane from the stress and boredom of being home.

I’ll find recipes and change them a little (or a lot), try them out and hope that in the process, I don’t kill anyone who dares to try my experiments.

Thankfully, until now, I have not been arrested for any attempts to do bodily harm… 😀

I suppose we all have our own little crazy quirks and “fortunately”, this is mine.

Be awesomely blessed!

Cláudia

 

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone an incredibly awesome 2011!

May this be the year that all your dreams and wishes come true.

I wish you lots of health, joy, peace and love!

Be awesomely blessed!

Cláudia

Presumption


There is a legend of a woman who had a faithful dog. This dog was so faithful that the woman could leave her baby with it and go out to attend other matters. She always returned to find the child soundly asleep with the dog faithfully watching over him.

One day something tragic happened. The woman as usual, left the baby in the “hands” of this faithful dog and went out shopping. When she returned, she discovered rather a nasty scene. There was a total mess. The baby’s cot was dismantled and his nappies and clothes torn to shreds with bloodstains all over the bedroom where she had left the child and the dog.

Shocked, the woman wailed as she began looking for the baby. Presently, she saw the faithful dog emerging from the under the bed. It was covered with blood and licking its mouth as it had just finished a delicious meal.

The woman went berserk and assumed that the dog had devoured her baby.  Without much thought she clubbed the dog to death. But as she continued searching for the “remains” of her child, she beheld another scene. Close to the bed was the baby who, although lying on bare floor, was safe. And under the bed the carcass of a jackal torn to pieces in what must have been a fierce battle between it and the dog which was now dead.

Then the reality hit the woman who now began to understand what took place in her absence. The dog fought to protect the baby from the ravenous jackal. It was too late for her now to make amends because in her impatience and anger, she had killed the faithful dog. A dog deserving praise and adoration that fought to save the life of her dear beloved child received death in return.

How often have we misjudged people and torn them to shreds with harsh words and even with physical assault before we have had time to evaluate the situation? It is called the sin of presumption. Presuming things are one way without taking the trouble to find out exactly what the situation really is. A little patience can drastically reduce major life long errors.

More points to ponder:

1. A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for!

2. Intelligence is like underwear. It is important that you have it, but not necessary that you show it off!

3. If your dreams determine your future, why not go to sleep now?

4. When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to look like a nail!

5. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

*Shared from an outside source. I take no credit for this posting*

Be awesomely blessed.

Cláudia

Thoughts…

by Charles R. Swindoll

Thoughts are the thermostat that regulates what we accomplish in life. If I feed my mind upon doubt, disbelief, and discouragement, that is precisely the kind of day my body will experience. If I adjust my thermostat forward to thoughts filled with vision, vitality, and victory, I can count on that kind of day. Thus, you and I become what we think about.

Neither Dale Carnegie nor Norman Vincent Peale originated such a message. God did. “For as [a man] thinks within himself, so he is” (Prov. 23:7). “Therefore, prepare your minds for action” (1 Peter 1:13).

The mind is a “thought factory” producing thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of thoughts each day. Production in your thought factory is under the charge of two foremen. One we shall call Mr. Triumph, the other Mr. Defeat.

Mr. Triumph specializes in producing reasons why you can face life victoriously, why you can handle what comes your way, why you’re more than able to conquer. Mr. Defeat is an expert in the opposite. He develops reasons why you cannot succeed, why you’re inadequate, why you should give up and give in to worry, failure, discouragement, and inferiority.

Give a positive signal, and Mr. Triumph will see to it that one encouraging, edifying thought after another floods your mind. But Mr. Defeat is always standing by, awaiting a negative signal (which he would rather you call “reality” or “common sense!”), and when he gets it, he cranks out discouraging, destructive, demoralizing thoughts that will soon have you convinced you can’t or won’t or shouldn’t.

Thoughts, positive or negative, grow stronger when fertilized with constant repetition. That may explain why so many who are gloomy and gray stay in that mood . . . and why those who are cheery and enthusiastic continue to be so.

What kind of performance would your car deliver if every morning before you left for work you scooped up a handful of dirt and put it in your crankcase? The engine would soon be coughing and sputtering. Ultimately it would refuse to start. The same is true of your life. Thoughts that are narrow, self-destructive, and abrasive produce needless wear and tear on your mental motor. They send you off the road while others drive past.

You need only one foreman in your mental factory: Mr. Triumph is his name. He is eager to assist you and available to all the members of God’s family.

His real name is the Holy Spirit, the Helper.

If Mr. Defeat is busily engaged as the foreman of your factory, fire yours and hire ours! You will be amazed at how smoothly the plant will run under His leadership.

Be awesomely blessed!

Cláudia

Parmesan Bread Crumbed Eggplant with Pasta

As I am on this cooking/baking venture, I thought of trying this recipe I came across in one of my many, extremely thick recipe books.

It is really delicious and easy to make and it’s prefect for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. 🙂

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, very finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, pasted (minced then mashed with salt) or grated
  • 1 can (800g) whole tomatoes
  • 1 can (400g) tomato sauce or purée
  • A handful of basil leaves, plus a few for garnish
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 small, firm eggplants (aubergines), cut lengthwise into 0,5cm (1/4 inch) slices
  • Flour, for coating
  • 2 large eggs, beaten with a splash of water
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs (eyeball it)
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped (a handful)
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 500g  fresh mozzarella balls, thinly sliced
  • 500g tagliatelle or fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Preparation

Heat the olive oil in a sauce pot over medium heat; add the onion and cook for 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the tomatoes and sauce or puree, some basil, salt and pepper. Reduce the heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, while breaking up the tomatoes.

Meanwhile, season the eggplant slices with salt and let them drain in a colander for 30 minutes. This releases the water from the eggplant.

Pre-heat the oven to 190˚C (375˚F).

Using three shallow dishes, coat the eggplant slices in flour, then beaten eggs, then the breadcrumbs mixed with 3/4 cup (3 handfuls) of Parm cheese and parsley.

Heat a thin layer of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry the eggplant for 3-4 minutes on each side, then drain the slices on paper towels set over a cooling rack. Heat up more olive oil in the pan, if necessary, and repeat the frying process until all the eggplant is cooked.

Dot a casserole dish with some of the tomato sauce, then arrange the eggplant in an overlapping layer. Dot the eggplant with more sauce and top with the mozzarella. Repeat layering with eggplant, sauce and mozzarella.  Bake for 20 minutes, until bubbly.

Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Add salt and the pasta and cook to al dente, then drain the pasta and place it back in the pot. Toss the pasta with butter, a handful of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and the tomato sauce.

Serve the eggplant dish with the pasta alongside.

Bon Appetit!!

Be awesomely blessed!

Cláudia