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A Zen Garden: All You Need To Know

A Zen Garden: All You Need To Know

You must have heard about ‘The Zen Life’ trending these days. Inspired by the teachings of the Zen Monks, it’s about leading a simple lifestyle with concentration and selflessness in every activity. Urban people are trying to incorporate the zen principles at home and work through various channels and one such method is building a Zen garden. As good as it sounds, a Japanese zen garden is a great way to transform your landscape into an oasis of tranquility, peace, and meditation. It serves as a medium to disconnect you from the outside world as you step into your home,...

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Fried Egg Sandwich

Fried Egg Sandwich

Beth Pierce has posted Fried Egg Sandwich"This delicious Fried Egg Sandwich is so easy and so scrumptious. You can whip one together in just a few minutes and it tastes like heaven! They can be easily modified to suit your taste by swapping cheese or adding ham, or cooked sausage patties." Pinch It!

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Strawberry-Banana Fritters

Strawberry-Banana Fritters

This is me delivering on my promise to share my delicious strawberry-banana fritters recipe with you. Trust me when I say it goes so well with the strawberry, spinach and quinoa salad recipe I shared last week. The sweetness of the banana and the almost tangy strawberry bits in the fritters is definitely a great combo! Let’s get right to the recipe! INGREDIENTS 2 medium sized bananas (mashed) 6 strawberries (chopped into small chunks) 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup of flour 1/2 ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons butter (melted) 1/2 cup milk 1 egg 1/4 cup...

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'Paul's Case,' by Willa Cather, Part Two

'Paul's Case,' by Willa Cather, Part Two

Today we complete the story "Paul's Case."  It was written by Willa Cather. Donna de Sanctis​ adapted it for VOA Learning English. Here is Kay Gallant with the story. Paul was a student with a lot of problems. He hated school. He didn't like living with his family on Cordelia Street in the industrial city of Pittsburgh. Paul wanted to be surrounded by beautiful things. He loved his part-time job as an usher at the concert hall. He helped people find their seats before the concert. Then he could listen to the music and dream of exciting places. Paul also spent a...

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Elderflower and Lemon Curd - Rapture!

Elderflower and Lemon Curd - Rapture!

With the hedgerows billowing under the weight of scented, frothy white elderflowers (Sambucus nigra), it’s obviously time to get cracking on a few brews of elderflower champagne and/or elderflower cordial. However, in my ongoing search for foraged food ideas I’d recently come across an elderflower recipe that was an obvious variation on a traditional theme, brilliant in its simplicity, but that had never occurred to me before: Elderflower and lemon curd. Yum! I could almost taste how good it would be … smooth, tangy, floral, creamy, citrusy, essence-of-the-beginning-of-summer! It turns out that since Megan and Harry’s wedding cake reveal, lemon...

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