Lost in Translation

FEMALE is the theme of this week’s Thursday’s Special photo challenge. The deadline is next Wednesday. Be sure to link to the challenge post when you make your entry, and to leave a comment bellow. Have a great day!

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Thursday’s Special is a weekly photo challenge that encourages bloggers (photo bloggers and other) to post images in colour based on the given theme. You are free to interpret it as widely as you like, and you are invited to pay other participants a visit to check out other entries. Once you post for Thursday’s Special, I will make sure to link to all participants.

There is another photo challenge on this blog, but in black and white and it takes place on Sundays. Please see UPDATES for schedule.

Please check out the entries to this challenge:

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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS May 27/17

Friday’s here and with it, your Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. I’ve been in a mad dash to get a project finished this week. Wrapped it up a couple of hours ago, so I’m free for the weekend. Relatively free, that is. I still have my little monster lovely son to look after. Here’s your prompt for this week:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “smell.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

After you’ve written your Saturday post tomorrow, please link it here at this week’s prompt page and check to make sure it’s here in the comments so others can find it and see your awesome Stream of Consciousness post. Anyone can join in!

To make your post more visible, use our SoCS badge! Just paste it in your Saturday post so people browsing the reader will immediately know your post is stream of…

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First Line Friday 26.05.17

Mindlovemisery's Menagerie

It’s that every other Friday again where I give you the first line, and you all get to write the rest. This prompt alternates with Amanda’s Music Prompts, so make sure to check back next Friday for some musical inspiration.

I’ll provide the first line, you get to write whatever comes afterward. Length, genre, and structure is completely up to you. Feel free to modify the line as you see fit, adding punctuation, quotes, or other bits if so desired. Or for more of a challenge, change nothing. You have a week to write it, enjoy!

Include the first line of course! Tag it Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, First Line Fridays, and short fiction. Create a link (ping-back) to this post and add your link to Mister Linky below.

Your line for this week is:

The Stenham house was an ancient locked thing and nothing returned there except for crows. 

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Homemade Burger Buns

Makes 6 large burger buns.


2 3/4 cups bread flour
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon minced dried onion
1 tablespoon honey
2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
4 tablespoons softened butter
1 large egg
2/3 cup lukewarm water
Olive Oil cooking spray


Combine all of the ingredients in an electric mixer bowl and mix the ingredients with the paddle attachment until the dough comes together around the paddle.

Switch to the dough hook and knead the dough until smooth.

Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it, and let it rise for 60 to 90 minutes, until puffy and doubled.

To form the buns:

Gently deflate the dough on a lightly floured surface and divide it into 6 pieces; each 4 ounces.

Shape the dough into balls, and place them in the wells of a lightly greased hamburger…

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Chicken Stock

Heathers' Fresh Cooking

Yup, it is exactly the same as Turkey Stock, but a whole lot more versatile.

In my family, there is a certain traditional flavour we expect Turkey Soup (and stock) to maintain, whereas chicken stock can go in so many different directions.

The beginning is simple.  Start with a pot full (about 2 kilos) of chicken bones, backs, thigh bones, breast bones.   (Honestly, if you are not already doing this, keep a zip lock bag in your freezer and any time you have to remove a breast bone, or de-bone a chicken thigh, toss it in the freezer bag.  You will be surprised at how little time it takes to fill it up.  Once full, it should weigh about 2 kilos, which is enough for  2 – 3 litres of stock. )

Toss the frozen contents of that bag into a stock pot, add water to just cover the…

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