Puerto Ricans’ Contributions to Philadelphia Life and Culture

If you’re from a big city, you know culture; It’s what is often most talked about when remembering home: food, friends, music!

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Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

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A few weeks ago I made an offhand comment in…well, a comment about making these cupcakes as a way to spit in the eye of all my friends with dietary restrictions.  This recipe has animal products, refined sugar, alcohol, gluten…pretty much everything you need to cut people out of dessert time except for nut allergies.  The comment was born out of break-up aggravation and anger, and I figured channeling that through defiant cupcake baking was more productive than lashing out or boring my friends.  Also, it was my sister-in-law’s early birthday celebration the same weekend and she loves these, so win win!  In fact, I first made these when we went bridesmaids’ dress shopping for her wedding two years ago.  Cupcakes + prewedding diets = still totally delicious.

Irish car bombs are a pint of Guinness with a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream dropped in them and chugged before the…

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DIY Hanky Embroidery

42. Crying

I was taught NOT to cry, totally unacceptable, no exceptions! Except…

 

 

THOUSAND THOUGHTS

When I was little, my mom cried a lot. I would find her in the basement behind the water heater and the flower press, crying. It was terrifying to see her crying, but there was an intimacy in sitting with her as she did. Those were emotional days. There was a lot going on. My mom was pregnant, working full time, and taking care of my brother and I. There was a lot of family drama, too.

Anyways, when I was a teenager I was introduced to the idea that crying was a form of manipulation. Crying is what women did when they wanted to evade responsibility for something they had done. Crying was weakness, it was fear. These messages came from all over. Some of them were direct, as in actual words coming out of actual mouths of actual, albeit confused, people. They came from all walks of life…

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Why I Love to Travel

Within Your Own Soul, Leah’s Blog Will Make You Ask Questions:

Leah's Blog

Sitting at a restaurant in Huaraz, Daniel and I decided to do some writing and thinking. The subject was: “Why I Love to Travel.” We both wrote down our thoughts. Here are the first thoughts that came to my mind on the subject:

“First and foremost, I like to see how other people live. I like to try to see the world through the eyes of other people and try to compare these insights to my own life. We all inherently do the same basic things everyday: wake up, eat, work, engage with others, sleep. Rinse and repeat. But it is the small differences and details that are fascinating to me. Here’s an example:

When I go to buy meat at the store, I go up to the counter at New Seasons and say: “I’ll take a quarter pound of ground beef. The friendly meat-counter attendant smiles, and with gloved…

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#MYOB

What a delicious concept to Mother Your Own Business!  Well it should be Mothered, after all don’t our clients need it sometimes?  On this Mothers Day, I thought it particularly important to focus on getting a bit personal in business.

Getting personal may take a nicely baked cake, a half-baked idea, or a good swift kick in the pants!

Mothers Day 2012, let’s also give our Moms some kudos, after all she helped create the entrepreuneral genius that your are, and have M.D. stand for Mothers Day!

Just a thought! So, Mother your clients, and reward your Mom! Genius. Of course!

Notes: A Purse shaped cake is a good reminder that the relationship still involves $$$,
prompt payments are still expected, as per contractual obligations (Mom is very
proud of this last line)!

I Claudia and The Sunshine Award

sunshine award

At first, I thought my fellow blogger @tvaraj  was letting me know about his nomination (for The Sunshine Award).  Well, in one of those blogging moments, he used the name “Claudia”! I thought how nice, let me read this!  What a pleasant surprise, to find that this nomination was actually meant for me, as well!  I Claudia, of course!

Impressions- of what comes to mind

I am touched beyond measure, that someone should think enough, to let me know that I have inspired them to Write On!  I find @tvaraj articles, and content, inviting + interesting + intelligent. I was glad to run into my fellow blogger!

Thank You @tvaraj, of course you know that you have inspired me as well! Blessings to you my friend!

Here are the instructions for nominations:

Answer 10 questions about yourself

Nominate 10 other bloggers

Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they ‘ve been nominated

Incude the Sunshine Award avatar somewhere in your nomination blog

Share the love and link the person who nominated you (see above!)

As part of this nomination, some questions are asked, and therefore I’ll answer as follows:

Ten Questions Answered:

  1. I always paint my bedroom a shade of purple! This started when as a young girl, I asked my father to please make my room different! So, he asked “what color would you like your room painted?”, I said “purple”.  “I’ll need to paint the eighteenth century carved corner blocks’ flowers too,” I thought; and so my room was different!

2.  I am an animal lover, can’t help it!

 

 3.  Royal Watcher, since age 10.

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4.  Luv foreign languages!

5.  I studied fine arts painting, my professor was a student of one of the 20th Century Modernists.

Museum of Modern Art NYC

7.  I learned the mind must rest, to receive the Universal teachings!

                                 You must learn to be still in the midst of
                                  activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
                                                             Indira Gandhi

8.  I have dedicated my life to Love (Luv a continous work)!

                                  A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
                                                            Thomas Carlyle

9.  I believe life is best lived as a “romanticist”.  A small gesture, makes a big difference!

10.  I listen to my wisdom, and the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

So, that’s a bit about me! Thanks again for joining upon this fantastic journey!  The bloggers that have inspired me are:

I have nominated these fellow bloggers for many reasons, or a single reason, but one thing is certain, they have each touched me in a marvelous way! Thank you all, and of course there are many more, but they already have lots! xo

Frozen Hibiscus Margaritas

HAPPY CINCO de MAYO 2012

PrettyGirlsCook by Candice Birdsong

Cinco de Mayo is coming up and this margarita is perfect! For this recipe I used my ice cream machine to get these margaritas nice and icy. I hate when margaritas are watered down, which is why I hate adding regular ice cubes. When you use this method, your margarita can also double as a dessert. After about 15-20 minutes in the ice cream machine, the mixture is the perfect consistency for a great margarita. If you freeze the mixture, it becomes refreshing hibiscus margarita sorbet. Try serving the frozen sorbet with a little tequila or champagne on top.

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“The Force” Is My Ally

Getting Centered, connecting spirituality!

Come Meditate In Connecticut

Throughout all cultures and religions we felt that there is something more to life than just the day-to-day business, that there is something beyond our understanding and that it is worth to reach out to it. We have tried many different ways to connect to it, and given various names to it: life, nature, God, Allah, all-pervading power, the Divine, Buddha, Shiva, fate, good luck, the force…

Some had the ability to touch this unknown area, various masters in all cultures and ages and they tried to explain about it and how things would become easier for us – even to the extent that “miracles” can happen – by simply connecting to this power and let it allow to work. I would like to share with you (for me personally a very beautiful and poetic) description of this one power – out of the movie Star Wars. Yoda, a Jedi Master, explains to Luke…

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