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Mar 23, 2019 21:31:45   #
Here is the entire pattern:

"PYRAMID" knitting pattern for gents sweater in an easy way # 50 with description in English
Catchy knitting patterns by Meenakshi

k. knit p. purl sts stitches st. st

C2R. cross 2 right (knit the 2nd st on the needle, passing in front of the 1st st,
then knit 1st stitch, slipping both sts off the needle at the same time.)

L2R. cross 2 left (knit into the back of. the 2nd st on the needle, passing behind the 1st st,
then knit the back of 1st st, slipping both sts off the needle at the same time.)

For symmetry cast on multiple of 12 + 4 sts, 2 edge stiches on each side.
Slip first stitch of every row whether it is right side or wrong side of work to form smooth edges.
Row 1 - Right side - slip st1, p4, k8, p4, k8 repeat from * to last st, k edge st.
Row 2 - wrong side - slip st1, k4, p8, k4, p8, repeat from * to last st.
Row 3 - Right side - slip st1, k3, * C2R, k6, C2L,* repeat from * to * k 4.
Row 4 - Wrong side - slip st1, p all sts.
Row 5 - Right side - slip st1, p5, * k6, p6, k6, * repeat from * to * p5, k edge st.
Row 6 - Wrong side - slip st1, k5, * p6, k6, p6, * repeat from * to *, k5. p edge st.
Row 7 - Right side - slip st1, k4, * C2R, k4, C2L,* repeat from * to *, k5.
Row 8 - Wrong side - slip st1, purl all sts.
Row 9 - Right side - slip st1, p6, * k4, p8, k4, * repeat from * to *, p6, k edge st.
Row 10 - Wrong side - slip st1, k6, * p4, k8, p4, * repeat from * to *, k6, p edge st.
Row 11 - Right side - slip st1, k5, * C2R, k2, C2L, k6*, repeat from * to *, k6.
Row 12 - Wrong side - slip st1, purl all sts.
Row 13 - Right side - slip st1, p7, * k2, p10, k2 *, repeat from * to *, p7, k edge st.
Row 14 - Wrong side - slip st1, k7, * p2, k10, p2 *, repeat from * to *, k7, p edge st.
Row 15 - Right side - slip st1, k all sts.
Row 16 - Wrong side - slip st1, p all.
After 16 rows we will start our pattern with next 2 rows. and continue with same manner as we did before.
Right side - slip st1, k5, * p4, k8, p4 *, repeat from * to * k6.
Wrong side - slip st1, p5, * k4, p8, k4 *, repeat from * to *, p6.

Mar 23, 2019 21:17:52   #
Here is the entire pattern

"PYRAMID" knitting pattern for gents sweater in an easy way # 50 with description in English
Catchy knitting patterns by Meenakshi

k. knit p. purl sts stitches st. st

C2R. cross 2 right (knit the 2nd st on the needle, passing in front of the 1st st,
then knit 1st stitch, slipping both sts off the needle at the same time.)

L2R. cross 2 left (knit into the back of. the 2nd st on the needle, passing behind the 1st st,
then knit the back of 1st st, slipping both sts off the needle at the same time.)

For symmetry cast on multiple of 12 + 4 sts, 2 edge stiches on each side.
Slip first stitch of every row whether it is right side or wrong side of work to form smooth edges.
Row 1 - Right side - slip st1, p4, k8, p4, k8 repeat from * to last st, k edge st.
Row 2 - wrong side - slip st1, k4, p8, k4, p8, repeat from * to last st.
Row 3 - Right side - slip st1, k3, * C2R, k6, C2L,* repeat from * to * k 4.
Row 4 - Wrong side - slip st1, p all sts.
Row 5 - Right side - slip st1, p5, * k6, p6, k6, * repeat from * to * p5, k edge st.
Row 6 - Wrong side - slip st1, k5, * p6, k6, p6, * repeat from * to *, k5. p edge st.
Row 7 - Right side - slip st1, k4, * C2R, k4, C2L,* repeat from * to *, k5.
Row 8 - Wrong side - slip st1, purl all sts.
Row 9 - Right side - slip st1, p6, * k4, p8, k4, * repeat from * to *, p6, k edge st.
Row 10 - Wrong side - slip st1, k6, * p4, k8, p4, * repeat from * to *, k6, p edge st.
Row 11 - Right side - slip st1, k5, * C2R, k2, C2L, k6*, repeat from * to *, k6.
Row 12 - Wrong side - slip st1, purl all sts.
Row 13 - Right side - slip st1, p7, * k2, p10, k2 *, repeat from * to *, p7, k edge st.
Row 14 - Wrong side - slip st1, k7, * p2, k10, p2 *, repeat from * to *, k7, p edge st.
Row 15 - Right side - slip st1, k all sts.
Row 16 - Wrong side - slip st1, p all.
After 16 rows we will start our pattern with next 2 rows. and continue with same manner as we did before.
Right side - slip st1, k5, * p4, k8, p4 *, repeat from * to * k6.
Wrong side - slip st1, p5, * k4, p8, k4 *, repeat from * to *, p6.

Mar 23, 2019 16:40:19   #
Absolutely . . . .
Mar 14, 2019 18:16:12   #

Some Snack Recipes are here. You are hungry but you really don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen? Well, we’ve all been through these times when we’re hit with a sudden hunger attack and might have to grab a bag of boring (read: unhealthy) chips for convenience. Of course, you’re lazy to cook a quick snack but trust us, it is really easy to do so.


Melt 1/3 cup butter with 1 tablespoon honey and a pinch of salt.
Toss with 12 cups popcorn and 1 cup pecans.
Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake 15 minutes at 325 degrees F, tossing. Cool.

Toss 3 cups Chex cereal, 2 cups mini pretzels and 1 cup cheese crackers with
3/4 cup grated parmesan, 1/2 stick melted butter and a pinch of garlic powder.
Spread on a baking sheet and bake 15 minutes at 325 degrees F, stirring.

Mix 1 cup low-fat sour cream and 2 tablespoons each brown sugar
and lime juice; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Thread fruit onto skewers; serve with the dip.

Puree 1 cup vanilla yogurt, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 frozen banana and
1/4 cup orange juice in a blender until smooth.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan with 1/3 cup each honey and brown sugar, and a pinch of salt.
Mix in 2 cups rolled oats, 1 cup each chopped nuts and dried fruit, and 2 tablespoons wheat germ.
Press into a parchment-lined 8-inch-square pan and bake 30 minutes at 300 degrees F.
Cool, then cut into bars.

Mix 3 cups rolled oats, 1 cup mixed seeds, 1 cup chopped mixed nuts, 1/4 cup shredded coconut
and a pinch each of salt and cinnamon. Toss with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 3 tablespoons honey.
Spread on a baking sheet and bake 25 minutes at 325 degrees F, tossing. Cool; stir in 2 cups mixed dried fruit.

Halve a small loaf of Italian bread horizontally and toast under the broiler.
Brush with olive oil, then top with tomato sauce, grated mozzarella, parmesan, and sliced pepperoni.
Broil until bubbly. Sprinkle with dried oregano.

Slice stale cinnamon-raisin bagels crosswise into thin rounds.
Brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Bake 10 minutes at 325 degrees F; flip, brush with more butter,
sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar and bake 10 more minutes.
Mar 14, 2019 17:48:41   #
Life Is A Gift:

~ Today before you think of saying an unkind word – Think of someone who can’t speak.
~ Before you complain about the taste of your food – Think of someone who has nothing to eat.
~ Before you complain about your husband or wife – Think of someone who is crying out to God for a companion.
~ Today before you complain about life – Think of someone who went too early to heaven.
~ Before you complain about your children – Think of someone who desires children but they’re barren..
~ Before you argue about your dirty house that someone didn’t clean - Think of the people who are living in the streets..
~ Before whining about the distance you drive - Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet.
~ And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job to pay the bills and put food on the table.
~ Before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another - Remember that not one of us are without sin and we all answer to one maker.

And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down put a smile on Your face and thank God you’re alive and still around.

Life is a gift – Live it, Enjoy it, Celebrate it, and Fulfil it!
Mar 12, 2019 21:09:48   #
Getting older . . .

A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor's office.
"Is it true," she wanted to know, "that the medication you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?"
"'Yes, I'm afraid so,"' the doctor told her.
There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied, "I'm wondering, then, just how serious is my condition because this prescription is marked 'NO REFILLS'"


An older gentleman was on the operating table awaiting surgery and he insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the
operation. As he was about to get the anaesthesia, he asked to speak to his son.
"Yes, Dad, what is it?"
"Don't be nervous, son; do your best, and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife . . ."


Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it. This is so true. I love
to hear them say "you don't look that old."


The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.


Some people try to turn back their odometers.
Not me!
I want people to know why I look this way.
I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.


When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.


One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.


Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.


First you forget names, then you forget faces.
Then you forget to pull up your zipper . . . it's worse when you forget to pull it down.


Two guys, one old, one young, are pushing their carts around - WalMart when they collide.
The old guy says to the young guy, "Sorry about that. I'm looking for my wife, and I guess I wasn't paying attention to where
I was going."
The young guy says, "That's OK, it's a coincidence. I'm looking for my wife, too . . . I can't find her and I'm getting a little desperate."
The old guy says, "Well, maybe I can help you find her... what does she look like?"
The young guy says, "Well, she is 27 years old, tall, with red hair, blue eyes, is buxom . . . wearing no bra, long legs, and is wearing short shorts. What does your wife look like?'
To which the old guy says, doesn't matter, let's look for yours."


(And this final one especially for me,)
"Lord, keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth!"

Now, if you feel this doesn't apply to you . . . stick around awhile . . . it will!
Mar 10, 2019 19:03:13   #

Eldest children tend to be ambitious, driven leaders. 'The firstborn gets a lot of focus and attention as there are no other children for distraction,' says child and family therapist Meri Wallace, LCSW, author of Birth Order Blues. 'The child can get lots of teaching, and so can grow up to feel very self-confident and strong enough to be a leader.' This leadership role was noted by Alan Stewart, psychologist at University of Georgia, in his 2012 definitive analysis of birth order studies. Plus, parents often task firstborns with helping with younger siblings and chores, which develops their leadership role. 'Mom will say, 'I have to take a shower, go watch the baby for a while,' so the firstborn knows how to be responsible and nurturing,' Wallace says. 'The firstborn gets lots of education in being a leader.' This is how your birth order can affect your health?

Much research, including a recent study from The University of Edinburgh, shows that oldest children tend to have higher IQs than subsequent children. This could be because parents provide more mental stimulation to their firstborn. 'The time that parents have available to read to their first child, to explain things, is greater,' Wallace says. 'Parents tend to talk to the oldest more—whether they're home or going for a walk outside. Parents might ask 'Why do you think the sky is blue?' or 'Why do you think the leaves are turning color?'' Older children then develop more analytic and conceptual thinking skills. This could be why 21 of the first 23 NASA astronauts were firstborns. 'They have larger vocabularies and learn to think like adults, which is why they are so responsible,' says Linda Campbell, PhD, psychologist at University of Georgia and a leading researcher in birth order. But the downside of this added parental attention is that firstborns feel more pressured to do well. 'The oldest can become a perfectionist, and then worry that if they don't get things perfect they're not valuable or lovable,' Wallace says.

'Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!' Everyone remembers Jan Brady's classic middle-child cry on The Brady Bunch. And it does seem that the stereotype is often true. 'The parents are very busy with the older child, who is either going on their first sleepover or starting high school or going on the first date,' Wallace says. 'And the younger child needs so much help, so the middle child can really get lost in the shuffle.' Because everything the middle child is doing the eldest child has done before, they may feel lost. 'The middle child doesn't have a clear identity,' Wallace says. Even so, the constant companionship of siblings could be the reason middle children are less likely to be diagnosed with emotional disorders, according to a 2013 study from Spain. And having to find their own niche can often lead the middle child to branch out into other areas and become more creative, without the parental expectations eldest children face. 'The middle child finds interesting ways to get attention, so you often get a middle child who's an artist or a jokester,' Wallace says. If you're a middle child and think you have middle child syndrome, think again, middle children have many hidden powers.

Children born in the middle often end up playing the role of peacemaker between their siblings, and as such, also do well in leadership roles. A surprising fact: 52 percent of U.S. presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, were middle kids, according to Katrin Schumann, co-author of The Secret Power of Middle Children. 'It is true that middle children are squeezed, but they are great negotiators and compromisers because they have been called upon their entire lives to do so,' Dr. Campbell says. Their people skills were evidenced in a study showing middles do better in group situations than oldest or youngest children. 'The middle child tends to know how to get along with people and calm a situation down—they can understand things from both angles,' Wallace says. They also tend to hold fairness and justice in high esteem: Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nelson Mandela were also middle children. Their willingness to compromise also leads middles to be happier in marriage, according to an Israeli happiness study, says Schumann.

We think of the baby of the family as holding a special place in their parents' hearts, and while that may be true, it's not because their parents give them more attention. In fact, they can often end up feeling left out. 'The younger one feels like, 'Hey, how come my older brother can ride on a two-wheeler and I can only ride on a tricycle, what's wrong with me?'' Wallace says. 'Young children do not understand the differences between them and the older kids, and so the youngest child can feel very inadequate and flawed.' Plus, older siblings often don't want the younger siblings around. 'I watched an older sister who was about three or four setting up a tea set really carefully, and then along comes the toddler straight towards the tea set, and the older one is going, 'Stop! Stop!'' Wallace says. 'So the youngest often feels unwanted and neglected.' They also have less opportunity to get their parents' attention. 'The youngest can be cute because of 'forever being the baby,' but manipulative because family don't take the youngest seriously,' Dr. Campbell says. To an even greater extent than middle children, youngest siblings have to find a way to blaze their own trail, as evidenced by a study from the U.K. that showed last-borns were most likely to become entrepreneurs.

Because parents are unpracticed with their eldest, they tend to be uptight with them, a trait that can rub off on the child. But by the time they get to their youngest, parents know what they are doing, so that child 'benefits because the parents are calmer—they know they raised a three-year-old who they didn't kill,' Wallace says. 'The parents feel more relaxed and easygoing, and so the youngest tend to be more relaxed kids.' Plus, because the parents' attention is divided, the youngest child tends to get away with more. 'The rules for the second child are much more flexible than they were for the first child,' Wallace says. As a result of their easygoing nature, youngest children are often charming and humorous. According to a recent YouGov study, youngest children are the funniest sibling in the family, so it's no surprise Billy Crystal, Goldie Hawn, Jim Carrey, and Steve Martin are all youngest children. 'The older one got to school first so that base is covered,' Wallace says. 'So it's like, 'Okay, I'm not going to be the intellect of the family, so I'm going to go do something unique to get attention!'' Here are more ways siblings affect you as a grown-up.

The only child in a family gets all of their parents' attention for life—which has its pros and cons. 'You're the firstborn and the last-born, so you have a mixture of experiences,' Wallace says. So while you might be a high achiever, you are also babied like the youngest would be. At the same time, 'only children are little adults because they live in an adult world,' Dr. Campbell says. But don't feel too bad for only children—a study from the U.K. showed only children are happier because they don't have to deal with sibling rivalry. Although the lack of siblings may cause them to have lower social skills in kindergarten according to research, by fifth grade, they've caught up with their peers. And contrary to popular thinking, analysis shows onlies aren't lonely, and the resources their parents can devote to them often lead them to be successful.

The notion of the 'eldest, middle, and youngest' birth order is predicated on no more than three children in a family—but what happens when there are more than that? Not surprisingly, middle children tend to be affected the most. 'If you're the middle child of many kids, now you really have problems establishing an identity, and you really have trouble getting attention, while the oldest and youngest still have the same focus,' Wallace says. But the benefits of being a middler seem to be more pronounced in big families, too—a study from the University of Ohio found that each additional sibling drops their future chances of divorce by two percent. Here are 18 things only people from large families know.

The closeness in age between siblings intensifies birth order traits. 'Studies find that kids closer in age are more competitive,' says Wallace, because they have more similar needs from their parents. This is rooted in evolution by having to compete with siblings for survival. 'If you watch little birds in a nest, they're battling just to get the food,' Wallace says. This is why, contrary to popular thinking, twins can be fiercely competitive, she says. So is there an 'ideal' age gap between siblings? 'Four-year-olds tend to start finding their social life and school more important than Mommy and Daddy,' Wallace says. 'The older the firstborn is, the more you can talk about the experience [of getting a new sibling] and how they are feeling.' With more than a five-year gap, some psychologists believe that birth order 'resets,' so that a middle child can actually take on the traits of a firstborn. But a very large age gap, as in the case of a second or blended family, can throw even older children for a loop.

'But I don't have the typical traits of a middle child!' you say. Some may point to this as evidence that birth order really doesn't matter—but Dr. Campbell and her colleague Dr. Alan Stewart have developed a theory why this may occur. 'Only 60 percent of all people actually identify with their actual chronological birth order,' Dr. Campbell says. 'We developed the 'psychological birth order' inventory 15 years ago, and it remains the only inventory that measures how a person actually feels and identifies with a place in their family.' A different psychological and chronological birth order might occur if the eldest sibling is unwilling or unable to take up the reigns as the sibling leader—then the middle might become a de facto firstborn. 'If your oldest child fails miserably at school then your second child might become the brain of the family, or if the oldest child is sick then the second child can take on firstborn traits because that's the person you turn to to help,' Wallace says.

Another reason you might not display the typical traits of your birth order is what sex you are. 'Culture and family tradition come into this a lot,' Wallace says. 'If a boy is valued more, for example, a second-born who's a boy might be elevated in some cultures. He might be the one to go to college, not the firstborn girl.' Or the opposite may occur—a recent U.K. study found that firstborn girls are more ambitious, with 13 percent more likely to aspire to attend graduate school than firstborn boys. Also, the first girl in the family might be expected to help with care-taking of younger siblings instead of an older brother. 'The expectation on the firstborn girl to take over her mom's burdens in a lot of cultures is there,' she says. The family dynamic of how many girls and how many boys also factors in, Wallace says—if you are the only boy among many girls, or vice versa, you may get special treatment by your parents, but you may be neglected by your siblings who identify with each other more than with you. Find out what sisters learn from each other.

The final piece of the puzzle reflects how birth order has a cumulative effect among generations. 'In my book I wrote a chapter on your own birth order [as a parent]—how if you were a firstborn you might identify with your firstborn more and be more supportive,' Wallace says. It might even be subconscious—you might unwillingly 'become your mother' because that's the model you have. 'You might either emulate your experience growing up or you may try to correct it if you felt too pressured,' Wallace says. 'We tend to gravitate to how we were raised, but we also try to correct it—so it's hard to know what wins out.'
Next, read about how to maintain a healthy relationship with your parents.
Mar 10, 2019 15:49:56   #
Shared from BBC:

'The most beautiful river in the world'
Mar 10, 2019 15:09:52   #

Why is it so difficult for us to forgive others?
Why do we find it so hard to let go?

Sometimes, even years after a certain incident took place; sometimes, even after they have apologized; sometimes, when they have hurt you unknowingly and have no idea that you are struggling to forgive them. Why? Why?? Because we are usually under the misconception that we will be doing them a favour by forgiving them.
In fact, that is not the case. Many other emotions stem from a lack of forgiveness. We hold guilt, shame, frustration and close the shutters of our heart to the sunshine of life. When we forgive someone, we actually do ourselves a huge favor because through forgiveness, we release all the negative thoughts, emotions and energies that we are so desperately holding onto in our anger.

Replaying the moment again and again in our mind, torturing ourselves in so many ways.... It hurts us more than them when we don't forgive. We find it hard to forgive because we think we are in a more powerful position when we hold back forgiveness. Actually, we are the weak ones, if that's the kind of power we rely on to give us strength.

We are also not able to forgive because we take everything so personally. Probably the other person didn't deliberately do it with the conscious intention of hurting you.
Sometimes they are just trying to protect themselves and that's the best way they know. Haven't you heard of the saying 'the best defense is offence'? We need to give the benefit of doubt to others and not take things too personally. So even if they did that for selfish reasons, go ahead and forgive.
First, forgive yourself for holding onto the grudge. Then, forgive the other person. Finally, be proud of yourself.

Mar 10, 2019 14:38:51   #
How to make a diy yarn bowl ~€“ crochet pattern and tutorial

Owning a yarn bowl is always useful! I know most of us think that there are just another pretty addition to our addiction, but let me tell you otherwise. If you were ever crocheting on your couch and you had your yarn rolling around the house, only to collect dust, guess what. There is actually a way to stop that from happening. Yarn bowls!

Mar 9, 2019 13:23:27   #
IRISH DISHES ~ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~

Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

Irish cuisine is a style of cooking originating from Ireland or developed by Irish people. It evolved from centuries of social and political change. The cuisine takes its influence from the crops grown and animals farmed in its temperate climate. The introduction of the potato in the second half of the 16th century heavily influenced Ireland's cuisine thereafter and, as a result, is often closely associated with Ireland. Representative Irish dishes include Irish stew, bacon and cabbage, boxty, coddle, and colcannon.

BACON AND CABBAGE ~ Irish Name ~ Bágún agus cabáiste ~ Unsliced back bacon boiled together with cabbage and potatoes.[1]

BARMBRACK ~ Irish Name ~ Bairín breac ~ A leavened bread with sultanas and raisins.

BATTER BURGER ~ Irish Name ~ -- ~ A fast food consisting of a beef patty cooked in batter, similar to a battered sausage. A Wurly burger (spellings vary) is a batter burger served with a hamburger bun and toppings.

BLACK PUDDING ~ Irish Name ~ Putóg dhubh ~ Sausage made from cooked pig's blood, pork fat, pork rind, pork shoulder, pork liver, oats, onion, rusk (wheat starch, salt), water, salt, pimento and seasoning (rusk, spices). Picture shows slices of black pudding (dark) and white pudding (light).

BOXTY ~ Irish Name ~ Bacstaí ~ Finely grated raw potato and mashed potato mixed together with flour, baking soda, buttermilk and occasionally egg, then cooked like a pancake on a griddle pan.

BREAKFAST ROLL ~ Irish Name ~ Rollóg bhricfeasta ~ A bread roll filled with elements of a traditional fry-up, designed to be eaten on the way to school or work. It can be purchased at a wide variety of petrol stations, local newsagents, supermarkets and eateries throughout Ireland and Great Britain.

CHAMP ~ Irish Name ~ Also known as "Poundies" ~ Brúitín ~ Mashed potatoes and chopped scallions (spring onions) with butter and milk.

CODDLE ~ Irish Name ~ Cadal ~ Layers of roughly sliced pork sausages bacon, usually thinly sliced, somewhat fatty back bacon, with sliced potatoes, and onions.

COLCANNON ~ Irish Name ~ Cál ceannann ~ Mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage.

COTTAGE PIE ~ Irish Name ~ Pióg an aoire ~ Cottage pie is a beef and vegetable mixture with gravy topped with mashed potato.

CRUBEENS ~ Irish Name ~ Crúibín ~ Boiled pigs' feet.

CURRY CHIPS ~ Irish Name ~ -- ~ Chips and a curry sauce.

DRISHEEN ~ Irish Name ~ Drisin ~ A type of black pudding.

FARL ~ Irish Name ~ Farla ~ A traditional quick bread or cake, roughly triangular in shape.

FRIED BREAD ~ Irish Name ~ Arán friochta ~ Bread fried in bacon fat.

FULL BREAKFAST ~ Also known as "FULL IRISH", "IRISH FRY" or "ULSTER FRY" ~ Irish Name ~ Bricfeasta friochta ~ Rashers, sausages and eggs, often served with a variety of side dishes such as fried mushrooms, soda bread and puddings.

GOODY ~ Irish Name ~ Gudaí ~ A dessert dish made by boiling bread in milk with sugar and spices.

GUR CAKE ~ Irish Name ~ Cáca gur ~ A pastry confection associated with Dublin.

IRISH STEW ~ Irish Name ~ Stobhach / Stobhach Gaelach ~ A traditional stew of lamb, or mutton, potatoes, carrots, onions, and parsley.

LIMERICK HAM ~ Irish Name ~ Liamhás Luimnigh ~ A particular method of preparing a joint of bacon within the cuisine of Ireland. The method was originally developed in County Limerick, Ireland.

IRISH SEAFOOD CHOWDER ~ Irish Name ~ Seabhdar ~ A particular method of preparing a seafood soup, often served with milk or creal.

MASHED POTATO ~ Irish Name ~ Brúitín ~ Prepared by mashing freshly boiled potatoes with a potato masher, fork, ricer, or food mill, or whipping them with a hand beater. Butter and milk are sometimes added.

PASTIE ~ Irish Name ~ -- ~ A round, battered pie of minced pork, onion, potato and seasoning.

SCONE ~ Irish Name ~ Scóna ~ A scone is a single-serving quick bread/cake, usually made of wheat, barley or oatmeal with baking powder as a leavening agent and baked on sheet pans. A scone is often lightly sweetened and occasionally glazed with egg wash.[2]

POTATO BREAD ~ Irish Name ~ Arán prátaí ~ A flat bread made from potato and flour, dry-fried. A key component of the Ulster Fry.

SKIRTS AND KIDNEYS ~ Irish Name ~ -- ~ A stew made from pork meat, including the kidneys, bladder, and liver.

SODA BREAD ~ Irish Name ~ Arán sóide ~ A variety of quick bread traditionally made in a variety of cuisines in which sodium bicarbonate (otherwise known as baking soda) is used as a leavening agent instead of the more common yeast. The ingredients of traditional soda bread are flour, bread soda, salt, and buttermilk. Sometimes raisins are added to make it sweeter.

SPICE BAG ~ Also known as "Spice Box" ~ Irish Name ~ Mála spíosrach / Bosca spíosrach ~ A fast food sold in Chinese takeaways and chippers, consisting of chips, crispy chicken pieces, peppers, onions and various spices mixed together in a bag or box.

SPICE BURGER ~ Irish Name ~ -- ~ A patty containing beef, beef fat, cereals, onions and spices; coated in breadcrumbs and served as fast food.

SPICED BEEF ~ Irish Name ~ Mairteoil spíosraithe ~ A cured and salted joint of rump steak or silverside beef, which is traditionally served at Christmas or the New Year.

WHITE PUDDING ~ Irish Name ~ Putóg bhán ~ Very similar to black pudding, but containing no blood. Contains pork meat and fat, suet, bread, and oatmeal formed into a large sausage shape. Picture shows slices of white pudding (light) and black pudding (dark).
Mar 8, 2019 11:42:19   #
10 Overheard Stories That'll Warm Your Heart

You don't need to be a millionaire to help make the world a better place to live in.
In fact, it's often the little things in life that make the biggest impact, such as helping an elderly person carry their heavy bags, feeding a hungry animal, or even just giving someone unhappy a friendly smile.

Below, you'll find 10 heartwarming stories that prove that doing good deeds isn't as rare as many people think.

1. I once saw a man practically begging his wife to allow him to buy himself a delicious kebab, but she kept on refusing. While she was looking away, a guy on the next table let him have a bite of his own one. Now that's what I like to call solidarity amongst fellow men.

2. After donating blood, I suddenly felt ill on the bus home and ended up fainting. Many of the passengers took turns trying to revive me, and the bus driver decided to drive me directly to the hospital for free. The passengers even picked up the belongings I had dropped and handed them in to the hospital for safekeeping. It's a shame that I didn't get the chance to thank them all in person.

3. While having a bite to eat at a fast food restaurant, a man asked me if I could share my food with him because he hadn't eaten anything in a few days. He also gave me his phone number and promised to pay me back a few days later. I didn't really expect him to follow through with his offer, but two days later $20 were deposited into my phone account, along with a message that simply said 'I promised...'

4. Last week, a girl wearing 4-inch heels got on the bus I was riding. All of the seats were taken, and she looked pretty uncomfortable standing up, so I offered her my seat. Today, I had to stand on the bus myself, but luckily another understanding girl gave up her place for me. It's good to know that us girls often have each other's backs.

5. Due to the massive workload I currently have, I didn't sleep for two whole days! Yesterday, however, I ended up falling asleep at my desk, and mysteriously waking up at home. Apparently, my boss had called my husband to pick me up from work, and even gave me an additional 2 days of paid leave.

6. Today is the 21st anniversary of the day my parents adopted me. So to celebrate, my wife and I are going to adopt a child from the exact same orphanage that I came from. Now, we'll all be able to celebrate this wonderful day together, year after year!

7. While I was out walking, a homeless man asked me for some money to buy his friend some food. I bought him a sandwich instead and watched him for a while. What I saw next completely amazed me. He simply took a small bite for himself, and gave the rest to his pet dog, who gobbled it up in a couple of bites.

8. I was running late for an extremely important exam and was dashing to the bus stop, when a police officer stopped me and told me off for jaywalking. I burst into tears and told him what I was going through, and he then proceeded to give me a free ride with the emergency lights switched on. Needless to say, I arrived with plenty of time to spare, and ended up passing with flying colors.

9. An elderly man in the local grocery store had a carton of milk in his left hand, and was counting a bunch of coins in his right one. It was obvious that he didn't have enough money on him, so another customer just dropped a $10 bill at his feet, and told him, "It looks like you've dropped something." He then just walked away and carried on with his shopping, leaving the elderly man speechless.

10. While waiting to pay at the cashier's desk, the woman in front of me walked out of the store, leaving a bag of Oreos behind her. I resisted the temptation to keep them for myself, and ran out after her to give it back. The look of gratitude on her face was priceless!
Mar 7, 2019 08:10:57   #
12 Lies You Subconsciously Believe (That Are Keeping You Stuck) ~ Written by Angel Chernoff

“I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.” ― S.E. Hinton

Most mornings I wake up drippy with gratitude and delight for this imperfect and beautiful life of mine. I can hardly believe how fortunate I am to connect with women around the world, have space to putter and read, a family to love, and opportunity to use my gifts to encourage and teach on a daily basis.
But not that long ago I lived stuck. Afraid to write, to try new things, to take a risk.
I was productive and busy, yet I wasn’t showing up fully to life nor doing my deepest work in the world. This was in large part because I hadn’t yet learned to examine and challenge my thoughts.
Courage isn’t the absence of fear but choosing to show up even when we’re afraid.

In a similar vein, living a purposeful life doesn’t mean having life all figured out or always feeling confident but choosing to live awake and with intention each step of the way.
I choose to live on purpose.
When we decide to step out and forge a life off the beaten path or one fully aligned to our core values and highest priorities, resistance tends to arise. Comparison and perfectionism clamor aggressively for our attention. And fear spins subtle lies or half-truths to keep us distracted and mired in complacency.
We need to wake up to the thoughts we believe about our worth and capacity to do hard things, so we can separate fact from fiction, challenge the lies, and continue forging ahead with joy and on purpose.

Challenge these lies for a purposeful life:

1. My dream is impossible. It’s too big and will take too long.

When there is a huge gulf between where we are and what we want, we can feel incredibly discouraged. How will we ever get “over there?” Be willing to be a beginner and break that big vision down into micro-steps and take the longer view; if it’s worth having then it’s worth slow and steady work. We build a sense of competency as we experience small wins by focusing on small, consistent, purposeful steps. Bigger and faster are not always better qualities.

2. I’ll never be able to measure up or keep up.
This may very well be true … if your job was to measure up or keep up with everyone else. But your job is to walk out your unique vision, to honor your wiring and build a “right-sized life.” Perfectionism will keep us from even starting but we can loosen our grip on a need for our life or dream to look exactly one way and choose to stay open to joyful possibility. Yes, you may never “measure up or keep up” to anyone else but you may build a joyful, purposeful life that is far beyond what you could have hoped for or imagined, simply because you stepped out.

3. I’ve tried before and failed. So why bother now?
When we remove judgment and shame from the conversation, we see all our life experiences as useful information that can be harnessed for our benefit. Not one of us will get through life unscathed – there is no shame in falling – so get back up. Each day is a fresh start to choose who and how we’ll be in the world; we can show up courageous and curious. Learning to pivot and learn from life experience is a sign of wisdom so shake yourself off, cheer yourself onward, and craft a new plan of action.

4. I’m a fraud, a phony, and just making things up as I go.
If this is you, celebrate! It means you’re in the arena. We’re all making it up as we go and rather than this being shameful, it’s amazing. This life is a crazy, beautiful, messy adventure for those who step into it one day at a time. There are no certainties—no guarantees—just momentary opportunities. Mistakes should be made and learned from every single day. Or, as Marc and Angel say in their New York Times bestseller, “Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being great. Do the best you can until you know better. And once you know better, do a little better.”

5. Every time I try something new, I go strong for a few weeks then fall off the wagon.
This is a really common problem that can often be resolved by choosing an “all or nothing mindset.” Adopting a more sustainable approach to life and goals can help us stay the course. We can build daily, weekly, and yearly rhythms that feel joyful and sustainable. We can remember that periods of rest are essential to productivity and creativity. We can learn not to run from discomfort when things feel hard. And we can practice quieting the noise of perfectionism that tells us that success looks like “all or nothing.”

6. Everyone else has figured out how to adult – something’s wrong with me.
Life is messy for all of us. We are each uniquely gifted and we’ll be presented with challenges and opportunities to stretch and grow. While comparison whispers that everyone else sails smoothly through life, this is rarely true; what is more likely true is that you only see a tiny part of other people’s full, complex lives. And anyway, your job is to keep your eyes on your own path and stubbornly build and craft the life you desire.

7. I might be rejected or laughed at.
Not everyone will like or applaud you. You may be rejected at times and your work is not for everyone. Some people may even be downright mean. But here’s a foundational truth to keep in mind for a purposeful life: it’s not their job to like you. It’s yours. It’s your job to love yourself, treat yourself like you matter, and act as your own biggest cheerleader. When we decide to like ourselves, we find that we don’t crave external validation in quite the same way we once did because we’re clear on who we are, including our strengths and weaknesses, and on where we’re heading.

8. I’m not ready yet.
We find our way by stepping out and getting our hands dirty. Do you really need one more course, one more book, one more webinar, or are you allowing fear to keep you in hiding? When we step out into the bit of light we have, we learn what we never could from passive reading or watching what others are up to. We encounter both challenges and delight we couldn’t have dreamed up for ourselves. The truth is we’ll never be “fully ready” and will undoubtedly shift course as we go – this is a welcome, lovely part of the journey. Imperfect action will take you far.

9. Not everyone achieves success. Why would I be one of the chosen few?
Crafting a purposeful life necessitates defining (and continually redefining) success for ourselves. How will you gauge it, what will it look/sound/feel like? Is it strictly a number you can measure, or does it involve a holistic sense of how you’ll spend your days? When we own the truth of who we are and what we want instead of chasing other people’s ideas of “success” we are far more likely to find our way. And let’s say your precise vision of success doesn’t materialize: this may feel hard, but you can love yourself well, pivot, and keep showing up.

10. My partner/family/friends will think I’m crazy.
Let other people be responsible for their own thoughts and emotions. You take responsibility for yours. While I think it’s important to consider who we’ve allowed into our inner circle and if they deserve to be there, even people who love us may speak from fear or limited vision or feel triggered when we desire change in our lives. At times we need to seek support outside of our family and friend circle. Be wise about who you allow to speak into your life and remember to advocate tenaciously for what you want and need.

11. I have real limitations in my life. It isn’t logical to add one more thing to my plate or rock the boat.
A lot of us live with very real limitations in our lives (anxiety, chronic pain, a health condition, limited time or support). It’s healthy to be honest about our circumstances and then to own that we always get to choose our response. It is possible to build a life that honors our wiring and specific health needs and still step out and do hard things. We are each a complex tangle of strength and struggle and my life should not be an exact replica of yours. Finally, I have never been disappointed when I trusted my gut or intuition in small steps, rather than letting logic or reason alone completely rule the roost.

12. I should be living up to my potential.
Release the pressure or expectation of living up to your potential and focus on living on purpose. Just because we can do something doesn’t mean we ought to. Do the messy work to identify your core values and how you want to feel as you walk through your days. Listen in to what you truly want and value and pay more heed to this than to all the chatter around you. We get to decide how we’ll walk through these short lives of ours. Let’s choose wisely.

Now, it’s your turn…
Comparison, perfectionism and fear can be sneaky about all the ways they show up in our lives. The good news is we can wake up to the lies they spin and not permit them to stop us from doing the work we feel called to or from loving ourselves well.
In a noisy world full of possibility and shiny things it takes work to dig in and uncover what we most want and need, put blinders on, and slowly but surely build joyful and purposeful lives of our own making.

Let’s build wisely.
Mar 5, 2019 21:12:04   #
no1girl wrote:
Don't forget the oil or butter.
The author probably could not relate these ingredients to the pillars of faith - figured they are mostly just for the hips and waist. . .
Mar 5, 2019 20:54:38   #
Did you know . . . what goes into the making of pancakes

Four Pillars of faith go into the making of Pancakes.

~ Egg for creation.

~ Flour for sustenance of life.

~ Milk for purity.

~ Salt for wholesomeness.
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