Our Lovely Mediterranean Dinner Date Night

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Since spending more time at home we miss being able to go out every once in a while for Mediterranean-style foods. So I thought to make us some beef gyros and tzatziki sauce.

First, we purchased some precooked beef gyro strips and pita bread, and some Greek yogurt, and I shredded one cucumber to make the tzatziki sauce. Then chopped up the lettuce and tomatoes and sliced up a small red onion and then… we set the table to have a look of being at an eclectic Mediterranean dinner party by covering the table with a crisp white tablecloth, white linens and set out two bright pretty colorful placemats, dishes and drinking glasses along with a vase filled with sunflowers. Next, we set out a bowl filled with lemons, a jar of marinated olives, and a jar of pickled peppers.

I wore a cute colorful sundress and my husband wore khaki pants and a bohemian style shirt. The lights were dimmed as we held hands and so I laughed at his jokes as we tapped our feet to some Mediterranean nights music playing in the background as we ate and pretended to be at a bohemian bistro. It was an amazing evening, so different and so much fun.

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Mediterranean Music Playlist…..

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Mediterranean Nights- Kenny Vehkavaara…

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When Divorce Is Painful: Balika Vahdu

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Although divorce is a way out of a strained marital relationship,

but when it’s about to be realized, the memories of their relationship

cause a lot of pain to the husband and wife.

~Balika Vahdu~

~Anandi Khahaan Singh~Pratyusha Banerjee

~Dr. Jagdish Bhairon Singh/Jagya/Jagat~Shashank Vyas

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I believe that if a divorce can be avoided all together it would be amazing. But in some cases, it’s just the step that’s needed to wake folks up, you know to stop taking people for granted.

In most cases it is men who want sex and like most women I love shoes, pretty under garments and perfume but it’s the women who want love, romance, and to feel closeness with her man. It’s not nearly the reverse as some try to fool us to believe. And so due to the pressure to please you have some women giving up sex way too soon with hopes to get the love they want and need. That’s a sign of insecurity on her part. And because they feel insecure the relationship starts on the wrong foot. I believe if a woman can hold out and give time to getting to know who this man she is involved with is and what he is about, all the better. But when they choose not to then things can go downhill really fast.

As in John Grey’s book “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” women need to feel cherished and so by putting derogatory labels on women, lumping our characters all in one boat, or calling a woman outside her name as some men feel comfortable in doing by letting cutting words roll out of their mouths is not nourishing the relationship at all.

So how do you make a woman feel cherished? You treat her with affection and tenderness, so she feels you value, prize, and treasure her. She needs to feel like you hold her in high estimation, to be treated like someone of importance. And so by men fulfilling the needs of their wives, and their women, in that way most will naturally want to reciprocate the love you give. And so that’s my view on this topic.

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Men are motivated when they feel needed,

while women are motivated when they feel cherished

Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”

~by John Grey, PH.D~

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This amazing video song “Maybe We Can Try Again” by the group Champange explains things so clearly and so sweetly. Our relationships need some reinforcements like… forgiveness, listening to each other and spending as much quality time together as needed to make things pop and work. So take a quick listen, you may like this song as much as I do.

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Maybe We Can Try Again”

~Champange~

Lyrics

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I been staring at your photograph

wondering where your at today

And I’ve been hanging by the telephone

hopin that you’d call home and stay

You told me you needed

More walks, more talks

More feelin’ close to me

I wanna be close to you

I didn’t know you needed

Some roses, some romance

A little candlelight and slow dance

That’s not how it’s been

But maybe we can try again

Try, try, maybe we can try again

I remember all the days gone by

and I’m wonderin’ why I couldn’t see

I could search the whole world over

and never find what you were always giving me

I told you I needed

More time, more space, more freedom

(Free to do) free to do, girl

What you wanna do

I gave you no roses, no romance

No candlelight and no slow dance

But that’s just how it’s been

Maybe we can try again

Try, try, maybe we can try again

Try, try, maybe we can try again, yeah

Oooooh, I remember when

You told me you needed

More walks, more talks

More feelin, close to me

I wanna be close to you, yeah

I’ll give you some roses

Whole lot of romance

A little candlelight (slow dance)

Don’t let this feeling end

Maybe we can try again

Try, try, maybe we can try again

Maybe we can try again

We can try again

Maybe we can try again

Maybe we can try again

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Here’s two amazing articles

one with advice on listening to your spouse and the other on the topic of treating a woman with dignity.

https://www.drjamesdobson.org/blogs/sharon-may-phd-and-alan-hart/why-listening-your-spouse-connecting

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Also here the 2nd informative article titled “Are females equal in dignity or the source of derogatory terms.” Wow such an amazing view.

http://eaandfaith.blogspot.com/2010/09/are-females-equal-in-dignity-or-source.html

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Champaign- Try Again

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Chhaya’s Lullaby: Karmaphal Daata Shani Lori

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I have to confess that I’ve fallen in love with yet another amazing Hindi serial fairy tale. This mother and son relationship between Chhaya and Shani is so sweet and so loving. So I had to post the lullaby she would sing to put him and her other children to sleep every night. Such a sweet and loving lullaby.

~So jaa Pyare Raaj Dulare~

~Lori Sunaye Teri Maiya~

I am hooked I can’t stop singing this loving song. LOL! I tell you there is nothing so awesome and sweeter then a mothers love, kindness and gentleness she gives to her children.

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“SOJA PYARE RAAG DULARE

(Karmaphal Daata Shani Lori-

Lullaby Song In Hindi)

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Lyrics

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Hmmmm Hmmmm Hummmm Hummmm

Neend Nagar Ka Sapna Batohe

Dhundhe Re Palko Ki Chhaiya

Chanda Ki Chaadar Taare Bichhona

Komal Si Badali Ki Shaiya

So Jaa Pyare Raaj Dulare

Lori Sunaye Teri Maiya

So Jaa Pyare Raaj Dulare

Lori Sunaye Teri Maiya

Neend Nagar Ka Sapna Batohe

Ab Chhode Palko Ki Chhaiya

Chanda Samete Apna Bichhona

Sooraj Dhundhe Apni Chhaiya

Jagajaa Pyare Raaj Dulare

Mukhda Chume Teri Maiya

Jagajaa Pyare Raaj Dulare

Mukhda Chume Teri Maiya

Jeevan Dagar Ka Chhota Sa Panthi

Chalta Hai Din Ho Ya Raina

Atkhedi Teri Mujhko Hasale

Tak Tera Hai Maa Ke Naina

Paana Hai Tujhko

Jo Koi Na Paaye

Aashish De Tujhko

Teri Maiya

Paana Hai Tujhko

Jo Koi Na Paaye

Aashish De Tujhko

Teri Maiya…

Hmmmm Hmmmm Hummmm Hummmm

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~Karmaphal Daata Shani Cast~

Shani/Shanidev (Chhaya’s And Surya’s Son) Kartikey Malviya

Sandhaya (goddess of Dark Clouds) Juhi Parma

Chhaya (goddess of Shadows) Juhi Parma

Suryadev (god of sun) Safil Ankola

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Its End Of Winter & Spring’s In The Air!

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Outside our windows…

Is a hint of spring. The grass is growing up and the trees are budding as we’ve been getting temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s but at night it still gets really cold though.

Reading….

I’ve been reading from the book “A Nature Poem For Everyday Of The Year” edited by Jane McMorland Hunter. Which is a joy to read. And so I have been doing so very slowly, taking in and enjoying each page, like vitamins… one a day.

For the yard…

I am envisioning beautiful flowers in the backyard to be planted in a few places because colorful prettiness is what I’d like to see and enjoy.

Our delicious meals…

And for this weekend my husband got busy and cleaned up the outdoor grill so we can have some delicious food. I thought to grill up lamb chops and a bunch of jerk barbecue chicken wings and legs with lots of veggies on the side, buttery crusty bread and potato salad. And we love and have been drinking lots of green smoothies all weekend long too… bottoms up!

Freshening up…

It’s amazing what a difference de-cluttering can make in a home for just two main rooms, like the kitchen and the living room. It’s a process you know letting things go. And so the kitchen is starting to look and feel so much better as things have been cleared off the countertops. I adore the neatness of it all and recently we made new purchases at reasonable prices for the kitchen. Just replacing those old ratty-looking pots, pans and cookie sheets with beautiful new non-stick ones in bright and beautiful colors does wonders in a kitchen along with a few bright and new dishes. So it is looking so very lovely in my kitchen and living room now.

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~ Enjoy The Rest Of Your Weekend Everyone~

Sending lots of love….

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What Can Save Your Relationships? ~Balika Vahdu~

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Inferiority complex makes the thought process of a person delusive

and out of depression, often he takes a wrong step.

Only love and consolation can take him

out of this frustration.

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~Balika Vahdu~

~Dr. Jagdish Bhairon Singh/Jagya/Jagat~Shashank Vyas

~Dr. Gauri Jagdish Singh~ Anjum Farooki

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~ Come In The Kitchen With Me ~ Lamb Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe with Vegetables and Red Potatoes As A Side Dish

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This recipe is for those Lamb lovers out there. This meal is super delicious. And with the many colorful bell peppers, it makes it such a pretty looking dish. So I hope you try it out and enjoy it as much as my husband and I do.

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Lamb Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe with Vegetables and Red Potatoes As A Side Dish”

Ingredients:

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1-2 green bell peppers

1-2 red bell peppers

1-2 yellow bell pepper

1-2 orange bell pepper

(tops cut off and peppers to remain whole, white seeds removed)

Meat Stuffing Ingredients:

3-5 pounds of ground lamb

4 garlic cloves (minced)

½ small Onion (minced)

1 or 2 small serrano peppers (minced/optional)

½ packet of unsalted saltine crackers

(about 10 crackers slightly crushed into bits and pieces)

1 or 2 fresh eggs

1 Tablespoon of dried rosemary spice

1 Tablespoon of dried thyme spice

1 teaspoon of dried oregano spice

1 teaspoon of dried parsley spice

½ teaspoon of smoked paprika

1 Tablespoon of salt

½ teaspoon of black pepper

1 Tablespoon of garlic powder

1 Tablespoon of onion powder

1 cup of tomato ketchup

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Meat Topping Sauce Ingredients:

½ cup of BBQ sauce

½ cup ketchup

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1 Tablespoon white sugar

1 Tablespoon syrup

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Side Dish of Vegetables and Red Potatoes Ingredients:

2 or 4 large red potatoes (peeled and cut into bite sizes)

5 extra large carrots (peeled and sliced)

1 stalk of celery (chopped)

3 cups of frozen mixed vegetables

2 cups of chicken broth or plain water

1 cup of almond milk

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of pepper

2 Tablespoons of adobo seasoning

1 stick of butter

2 tablespoons of cornstarch (to thicken)

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.

2. Mix all the meat stuffing ingredients together.

3. Insert the meat stuffing into the bell peppers to the top and make flat. (Do not put too much stuffing over the top of the bell pepper because you will need space for the topping sauce to go on top but not to run over.)

4. Mix the topping sauce together.

5. Place and line the stuffed peppers up in either one or two glass rectangular/oval bread pans. (Any type of baking pans will do but bread pans prevents the peppers from falling over and puts them in the pan deep enough so when covering them with foil the foil barely touches the top portion of the stuffed peppers.)

6. Coat the tops of the meat stuffing with topping sauce. (Be liberal but not over flowing it has to just cover the top well.)

7. Cover with aluminum foil.

8. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

9. Remove the foil and allow to continue to cook for 20 minutes longer or until completely done.

10. The stuffed peppers are ready to serve with the side dish of potatoes and vegetables.

Side Dish of Vegetables and Red Potatoes Directions:

1. Put the vegetables and potatoes along with the other ingredients in a medium sized non stick pot with a lid and bring to a boil.

2. Allow it simmer for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are done. Once done then add a tablespoon of water to the cornstarch, mix it and pour in over the vegetables and red potatoes and stir to thicken.

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Today’s Snow Storm Troubles: Keeping Everyone in My Prayers

With things going on the way it is I figured it would be a good idea to reblog this one. Stay safe everyone.

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 ****I am praying, praying and praying for Everyone in this storm.****

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We are making the best of things being snowed in at home. We remained warm with the gas fire place in our bedroom all night last night as we sipped on plenty hot chocolate and so switched to plenty hot coffee and orange juice this morning while keeping the heat turned up in the house all day today.  Then for brunch today I baked us a few blueberry and banana nut muffins and made some hot oatmeal, bacon and boiled eggs on my best table settings.

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What Can End Your Relationships? ~Balika Vahdu~

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Due to inferiority complex

when a mans ego is hurt

there is bitterness in his behavior

which destroys relationships

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~Balika Vahdu~

~Dr. Jagdish Bhairon Singh/Jagya/Jagat~Shashank Vyas

~Dr. Gauri Jagdish Singh~ Anjum Farooki

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Prepping: Here’s How We Are Dealing With The Freezing Cold Weather Here In The South Without Electricity

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It’s been a crazy few days here in the South with us trying to get through dealing with this severely icy wet snowy cold weather. I tell you everyone I speak to did not expect the temperatures to drop so low and not have electricity to heat their homes for such a long period. Most say they were not as prepared as they would have liked to be. So here is what my husband and I are doing to stay warm and safe.

1st As soon as we knew a storm was coming we had our propane tank filled by our propane truck guy. And then we closed off all the extra rooms in the house.

2nd We moved into the designated bedroom on the far end of the house in which we installed many years ago a “Mr heater propane heater” for when the electricity goes out. And it is all set up with our creature comforts. There is a small dining table and chairs in there so we can have our meals in the same room. And a cabinet that stores any extra quilts and blankets. We carried our cell phones, computers, tablets, books, and games in there as well.

3rd We have in the closet a bunch of camping gear which includes two 2 person tents, two 2 person sleeping bags, and two 2 person mattresses to set up in that room as well just in case any storm or electricity outage exceeds 7 days and in case we have run out of propane at that point to keep our designated room heated.

We have the things needed for various ways of cooking, a camp cook stove and outdoor grill. And for the water source, we have a Berkey water filter along with plenty of 5 gallon bottled water bottles at the bottom of every closet throughout the entire house. And we have several types of generators. We have battery-operated ones and one that runs on propane to help keep our cell phones, computer, and tablet charged, along with keeping the refrigerator and deep freezer running and keeping the television on so we can watch a few cable shows from time to time to keep up morale. In addition to all we have our already stored and easy to prepare foods, drinks and snacks just in case we cannot get to a store to buy anything like right now.

We called to check on our neighbor only to find out that she had no other form of heating her home except the burners on top of her stove. So my husband walked across the hard icy ground (with cleats over his boots) to loan her our extra “big buddy heater” so that she doesn’t freeze to death over there. None of her family or friends live close enough nor were anyone willing to take a chance on driving through the icy roads to help her as they are dealing with their own survival issues I am sure.

She said she could see her breath in the air as it was so cold and that her feet and fingers were numb despite wearing three pairs of socks and layered clothing. So we were so glad we could assist her in some way and get to her house. My husband brought back her cell phone with him to charge up and then returned it to her because her landline phone batteries were dead. Later she told us she was able to fall off to sleep on her couch with the “big buddy heater” helping to keep her warm and she was so happy about that.

So at this point, our lights have been coming on and going back off for the past two days and then they came back on again tonight thank goodness, and have been on for the past few hours this time and so we are hoping they will stay on for good. But we are ready if they happen to go out again in this freezing weather.

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Prepping: This Is How We Have Gotten Our Outside Pets Ready For The Expected Freezing Winter Storm Due Over The Next Few Hours & Days

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Well, fortunately, we have been getting ourselves together along with our pets ready for this expected extreme freezing winter storm due to fall upon us in the next few hours and on into this week. The first thing we did was get our two outside dogs taken to a safer and warmer environment where they will be fed and cared for. So on this past Friday my husband dropped them off at the kennel/Veterinarian’s place to stay till this bad storm passes us by. So we figured we might as well get them their yearly shots done, get them bathed, their nails cut and trimmed and see to them getting a general overall check-up done while they are there. I also gathered up their warm hoodies to be put on them once they dry off from their baths to help keep them warm while there. And I purchased a set of very warm insulated dog winter coats for them to wear over their hoodies once they return home and back into their dog houses. And although the weather will still be cold at least it won’t be as dangerously cold as it is expected to be this week. I tell you I really couldn’t rest knowing they would be outside there suffering. So we have gotten their houses ready for when they return as well. My husband had gathered up some fresh hay and tucked a lot of it inside, underneath, and all around the edges of their insulated dog houses, in which we had gotten them about two summers ago.

As far as for the outside cats he tucked lots of extra hay underneath the shed because they like to go underneath there to get warm. I really would have preferred to have gathered them up and have them sent somewhere safe and warm too but there are just way too many of them and they love to disappear into woods sometimes and so there is no way my husband is going to go thru the woods searching for them. So I think the extra piled up hay under the shed will help. Plus whenever we know some extremely cold weather is coming our way we always put outside two extra-thick insulated boxes one inside the other, stuffed with hay on the front porch and one on the back porch so at least they will have several places to snuggle up together to get warm. So it pays to always be alert as far as the weather is concerned for their sake’s.

And so as usual this week it is my husband’s plan to put out extra food for the cats (and for the dogs when they return) so they have plenty to eat, several times a day and a pot full of fresh warm water each day as he quickly checks on them and how they are doing in all of this cold weather.

~It is also my wish that everyone will take the necessary precautions and be safe.~

~Take care everyone! ~

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~What I’m reading on the topic of dogs?~

1. Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz

2. Animals Make Us Human by Temple Grandin

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