Caked in Chocolate (BLW Contributor)

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Hi there 🙂

Today we got around to making Eldest his birthday cake!  We used this recipe, and I never hear a complaint from those who try it (I have had a few abstain as they don’t like chocolate, however (!!!) )

Eldest’s fourth birthday cake was made by doubling the quantities of everything and then having fun cutting up bits and positioning them before splopping the icing all over it with abandon.  He loved it, and so did his party guests!

Yum yum!

Today we went for a tame version of the cake, but it was still fun to watch it come together.

Nigella states in the recipe that you can use a food processor, but mine has only successfully made a few smoothies and lolly mixtures…so I use a bowl and a wooden spoon.  The children also help a lot 🙂

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Enemies of our soul: Laziness (BLW Contributor)

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Laziness is surely an enemy of our soul and can hide in places we don’t realize.
Laziness involves a lack of motivation. I consider myself a hard worker, yet I know that in some ways I am lazy. This is not good.  For example, when I was 15 I started learning to play the guitar. I worked at it so hard, finding time any way I could to practice. It was a top priority in my life.

However, when I conquered the basic chords, I slacked off my practice. In time I learned the chords I needed to play songs I wanted to play, but I didn’t work to learn all of them. I slacked off more and more, then I started to learn the piano. I was the same way with that instrument, working hard at first, then becoming more and more slack in my practice. In fact, after…

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10 Ways you can Design Better Interiors by Going Green (BLW Contributor)

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In honor of Earth day (22nd of April), I’m writing this post to spread awareness.. blah. No.

This is not the case here. I am trying to spread awareness, yes, but not just for Earth Day; it’s for the 365 days we have in a year on this Earth. This is the only planet we have, and if we don’t do our very best to coexist with it, it’ll give up on sustaining life and all hell will break loose.

For real, not kidding. #2012 #DayAfterTomorrow

I’ve put together ten ways a Green Design can help your creativity as a designer; how Green Design can be an inspiration, how it can make your process a lot more simple, and make you a responsible human + How a Green Design can make your clients thank you; since designing green is not only beneficial to the planet, but also gives to the…

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Children’s Boundaries, Where to Draw the Line?

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Meditations of The Dapper Barbarian...

This topic is rather ironic at the moment as I set aside this Sunday morning for the purpose of establishing this blog.  I decided to get up at 6 A.M. so that I would have a few hours to myself before all of the family got up.  Now two hours into it, I have yet to accomplish anything because the dogs and cats have been fighting and woke up my daughter who wants to know everything that I’m doing.  LOL… sound familiar to any of you?

Luckily the house does have some boundaries in place and things are starting to settle down for a few minutes.  What are boundaries and how do they help? I like the definition given by http://www.therapistaid.com that describes boundaries as the limits that you set on activities or relationships.  They help define what is acceptable or unacceptable in a relationship. 

I’m assuming if you are…

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Where My Freelensing Journey Began

THE DETACHED LENS

Freelensing was first introduced to me over two years ago on a photography forum I belong to. Someone shared her experience of experimenting with detaching her lens to take pictures, and I marveled at what she came up with. The works were dreamy, flawed, blurry, photographic prose. I immediately grabbed my Nikon to try it out.

But…it didn’t work. I couldn’t see through the viewfinder, and only saw a black screen when I pressed the shutter button. What was going on?

Coming together on the forum, we soon discovered the problem: the aperture on my Nikkor lens was scrunching closed whenever I removed it from the camera. The only solution was to tape it open, or rig it with a piece of folded paper.

Annoyed, I gave it up for a while.

A few months (?) later, everything changed. I discovered the work of Irene Suchocki, and my interest…

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Happy Friday Flashback!!! – Semisonic – Closing Time

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Book Recommendation – Edgar Allen Poe (BLW Contributor)

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I grew up a huge Edgar Allen Poe fan – I think many young boys do the same after being introduced to his writing. I started reading Poe around the 3rd grade so I was a little ahead of the school-assigned reading that was to come.

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While so many have read his classic stories (“A Tale Tale Heart”, “The Fall of the House of Usher” etc) I  became a fan of his “deep cuts” so so speak – the titles that aren’t  normally included with school assignments.

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I recall quickly jumping from more common short stories like “The Black Cat” to more obscure ones like “The System of Dr. Tarr & Professor Feather” or “A Predicament”

I also became increasingly curious about his actual life and history – what kind of man was he? How did he move about in society?

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Yellow (BLW Contributor)

Ricardo Hanley Jr.

“Sunlight rains on the Earth in this blush. The cast of this glow allows life to grow, touching the least of the blades of grass and brush, while ever mindful of the Sequoia and Oak. This complexion of each day’s succession, gives sight to see and grants the dwellers of night their sleep, while all else is awakened from their hibernation. Gold, the coveted and rare element, shines with the luminosity of the Asiatic lily and yellow Iris. The mighty sunflower grows in the grove with patience, displaying the intensity of Osiris, the constellation leaving no darkness vacant. Shamash rises unveiling a world beautiful and flawed, inspiring Hammurabi’s law. This color is often called to mother every life within its reach. It creates days anew, without a prompt to be beseeched.” – Ricardo Hanley Jr.

Yellow – Ricardo Hanley Jr.

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Q: Do you always need to feel inspired to create?

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The Artist Diaries

I’ve been feeling very unmotivated recently when it comes to painting.

To be completely honest, I just feel like I can’t be bothered. I feel lethargic and ‘heavy’ when I think about it, like it’s too much effort for so little in return (meaning either an unfinished painting or worse — a painting I dislike).

Lying in bed last night I remembered several conversations I’ve had over the past couple of years about the nature of motivation and inspiration, and how our feelings aren’t actually the most reliable gauge in terms of whether or not we should do something.

Feeling lethargic and unmotivated doesn’t have to stop me from being creative. In fact, no feeling has the power to prevent me from doing anything without my complicity.

I can complain of feeling horribly uninspired and still put paint on a canvas. I can feel moody and bored and still doodle on a…

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