Archive for October, 2010

♡ Happy Halloween!

[Send and peruse through a whole collection of these Halloween E-cards @ someecards here]

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I actually prefer Florence + The Machine‘s “Heavy In Your Arms (listen here) even though it’s rather dark, brooding, and gothic:

I was a  heavy heart to carry

But he never let me down

When he had me in his arms

My feet never left the ground.

I’m so heavy, heavy, heavy in your arms…

A feel-good song would be their “You’ve Got Love” (here and above), and “Cosmic Love” (here) — great on a playlist for my runs, and to jump around to in the morning to wake up. Enjoy!

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♡ Adversity

(credit) Adversity | torn perspective by Jina C @ etsy:


Adversity cause some men to break; others to break records.

– William A. Ward

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☺ Daily Smile | The cat is boss


This Japanese cat kills me! The expression on his face [“What the heck is going on here?”]…his cat-moustache…the way he sits like a big Buddha in that armchair…the fact that there’s a birthday-cake in front of him…the tie he’s made to wear….ha!

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(credit) Alone in the City | Nesta @ Etsy:

Persistently viewing others as dishonest, lazy, sinful, and ignorant can be a way of compensating for something you fear. If there’s a pattern of seeing others as failures, you need to notice this pattern as evidence of what you’re attracting into your life.

Dr. Wayne D. Dyer, Daily Affirmation

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I ♥ sweet potato soup

(credit) Food Network Canada


Yum!  Been obsessed with roasted sweet potatoes, yams, and golden potatoes with rosemary lately. Oh yeah, the taters are served with a drizzle of white-truffle oil — a worth-it splurge!

Of course, after awhile, the tastebuds feel a little ennui about roasted taters yet again….so I searched for a worthy sweet potato soup to use up the tuberous roots [okay, that makes sweet potatoes and yams sound very blech! sorry] sitting in the kitchen.


I then came across Anna Olson‘s recipe for Sweet Potato Soup. OMG – so incredibly good. It’s creamy, coconut-milky, healthy, and fresh, especially with tons of chopped cilantro on top. The recipe is from Anna’s show Fresh at The Food Network Canada: click HERE for the recipe.

I didn’t use 6 cups of diced sweet potatoes like the recipe called for, since I only had three sweet potatoes and one yam (of which I only used half), and the soup still tasted heavenly. My soup was a bright orange colour (like pumpkins) than the one pictured above. Oh yes, although I put tons of cilantro on top, I didn’t use the yogurt at all — it was creamy enough as is.

The sweet potato soup made a great fall meal, alongside some yummy fresh spelt bread from the organic bakery.  Mmmm…


  • an excellent source of vitamin A (beta-carotene)
  • a very good source of vitamin C and manganese
  • a good source of copper, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron
  • have healing properties as an antioxidant food, as beta-carotene and vitamin C are powerful antioxidants that work in the body to eliminate free radicals.
  • also anti-inflammatory
  • a good source of vitamin B6, which balances homocysteine. High homocysteine levels are associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

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(credit) This Little Heart | Mursblanc @ etsy:


1. To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

2. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet.

3. To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

4. To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.

5. To think only the best, to work only for the best, and expect only the best.

6. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.

7. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievement of the future.

8. To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give every living creature I meet a smile too.

9. To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.

10. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong to fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

11. To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world not in loud words, but in great deeds.

12. To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best in me.

– Christian D. Larson

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