Do you want to eat healthy, with delicious flavor, while being cruelty free?
Here is my very favorite recipe. One that I have been using for many years and it has become a family favorite.
250 g of lentils
1/2 cup dry red wine (I have experimented with Bourbon for a variation and also works great!)
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon rosemary
1/2 cup of soy sauce
Salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground chili (or creole seasoning)
1/4 cup chopped green onions and parsley
1 cup of finely flaked oats (you can process rolled oats)
1 tablespoon olive oil
100 g fresh Paris mushrooms
50 g shiitake mushrooms (I often use just one pack of sliced white mushrooms from Trader Joes instead of Paris + shiitake)
Soak lentils in wine with 1 cup of hot water. Add the onion sliced in 4, the peeled garlic cloves, bay leaves, and rosemary. Let it soak for about 1 hour.
Cook until liquid is fully absorbed and the lentils are tender. If necessary, add more water. Process the cooked lentils with the spices, add the soy sauce, salt, pepper, and green onions and parsley to obtain a uniform mass. Transfer to a bowl, combine the oats and set aside.
Sauté the mushrooms in the olive oil for 5 minutes, remove from the heat, chop and add to the lentil.
Pour the batter into an oiled English cake pan and bake in a preheated oven (390ºF) for 50 minutes.
Serve it with marinara sauce.
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Well, I had enough of waiting for my on-demand supplier to get back on business therefore I decided to make a bold move and bulk order some puzzles so I can offer them again. I started with the Rainbow Row at Night Puzzle and considering the response has been excellent, I am placing an order for some other images.
My first order arrived yesterday and of course I had to keep one to myself. I love puzzles!
The quality of the puzzle is great and I will say this: it was a challenge!
In my family, everyone knows I am really good at puzzles. My sister makes fun of me because I pick up a piece, look at the image in the box and I just know where it goes. However, even though this is based on my own artwork, I found it really hard! The sky my friends…. it sure kept me busy for a couple of hours.
The first available size comes in 260 pieces – 25 x 34 cm (9.9″ x 13.4″) and cost $32.2 each.
A small order for some with 1000 pieces – 48 x 68 cm (18.9″ x 26.8″) has just arrived! Of course I had to keep one and work on it. What a challenge!!!
I have partnered up with Charleston Style and Design for a special Charleston Giveaway. We got some very cool comments and it was a tough decision to pick a winner.
CONGRATULATIONS Amy Parrett for winning the print with this comment:
I want to win this because I love the South – in particular the lowcountry areas. My heart belongs there – I live in Ohio. This beautiful art would make me feel like I am there always <3 The print is alive – I can smell the ocean, and feel the warm breeze, a balmy southern night under the moon.
You can view the post and comments on the link below. And if you were not the winner but would like to buy a print, you can get it here.
I also offer an extensive line with Rainbow Row themed products:
Who doesn’t want wings? I certainly do. If you are anyway like me, this beautiful scarves for sale are for you.
I have been working with the Modal fabric and I am in love with it. The softness and lightweight make the scarves a perfect accessory. You can use it over a casual outfit or dress up over a fancy dress.
The American Bald Eagle Wings scarves and shawls arrived on Memorial Day and for those who missed the occasion, there is 4th of July coming up. Now you can buy your eagle with American flag scarf!
The American Bald Eagle symbolism is power, wisdom, and freedom.
Some additional symbolic meanings for the Eagle totem are:
Symbolism and Power
“You don’t know what you can accomplish until you truly push yourself. With the Eagle power animal as a guide, you are able to find the confidence and strength to reach heights you never thought possible. The Eagle is a herald of new beginnings. So, seize the day!”
The eagle is considered a man’s connection to the divine because it flies higher than any other bird.
The eagle bird can also represent renewal and new opportunities because it is associated with the east winds, according to Native Americans. The east winds bring Spring and the birth of new life.
As the sun rises in the east, it’s morning light spreads over the earth. It is the beginning of a new day, and therefore it symbolizes new beginnings. The long life of the American bald eagle can be associated with its meaning of resilience to endure the difficulties.
The eagle is symbolic of the importance of honesty and truthful principles, and it can be related to the fact that this bird mates for life.
“Eagles, as a species, mate for life. The power animal totem is a teacher who offers lessons about relationships and valuing what is important. The eagles’ loyalty to one another is the epitome of commitment. The eagle demonstrates what it means to rise above, make choices carefully and wisely, and how to stick it out in good times and bad. Look to the Eagle spirit animal for inspiration and guidance when it comes to love, loyalty, and sacrifice.”
People with the spirit animal of an eagle are seen as visionaries. They are willing to push the limits of self-discovery and personal freedom. These beings are born leaders, most likely to become impatient with those who cannot fly as high or as fast.
The Rebirth of the Eagle
Although the story bellow is a tale, I cry every time I read it. I find it very motivational and I think it truly speaks about the eagle symbolism. I hope you also find it inspiring.
“The eagle has the longest lifespan among birds. It can live up to 70 years. But to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision.
In its 40’s, its long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its chest and make it difficult to fly.
Then the eagle is left with only two options: die or go through a painful process of change which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountaintop and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out. Afterward, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back, and then it will pluck out its talons. When its new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old-aged feathers out. And after five months, the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years.
We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions. Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present.”
Motivational Speech Presentation, May 2007. Author unknown
Biological Characteristics of the Eagle:
An adult eagle’s body length ranges from 70 to 102 cm (28 to 40 in), with a wingspan of 1.8 to 2.3 m (5.9 to 7.5 ft) and a mass of 3 to 6 kg (6.6 to 13.9 lb). It can be challenging to identify a distant bald eagle in flight, but there is an easy way to tell an eagle from a vulture or hawk.
Size: 28-40 inches body; wingspan 5.9-7.5 feet
Weight: 6.6 to 13.9 pounds
Habitat: North America
Some reference and useful links for more information on the Eagle:
I have partnered up with Charleston Daily for a special Charleston Giveaway and I am thrilled to have gotten such an amazing response. The comments are fantastic and it was a real tough decision to pick a winner.
CONGRATULATIONS ambermankins for winning the print with this comment:
My husband is in the Navy and we are about to PCS to the PNW. We have lived here in Charleston once before and decided that it will hopefully be our “forever location” once he retires. There is something so special about this city that is unexplainable. I’d love to hang this in our home to be able to look at it and remember all of the amazing memories of living here. We got engaged in Charleston, bought our first home, and had our first baby here. We like to say “all roads lead back to Charleston” ❤️
You can view the post and comments on the link below. And if you were not the winner but would like to buy a print, you can get it here.
The peacock is a gorgeous bird, not only for its vibrant colors but also for what it represents. If you like Peacock Art, see my Peacock Painting!
Since a very young age, I have been interested in the spiritual journey, reading all sorts of religious and new-age books. I was convinced I had telepathic abilities, and if there was some sort of ritual, I would certainly be interested in trying. No wonder I ended up being a resident at a meditation school and a Buddhist temple in my twenties.
That was when I first heard of my very favorite meaning of the peacock.
You will find the peacock feather in many religious items, in many different cultures. And why would that be?
Did you know that it is by ingesting poison that the peacock creates the beautiful colors in its feathers?
That is the reason it represents a guru (or teacher), and it has such a spiritual connotation. A spiritual teacher will transform the poison from the student into knowledge and beauty.
The peacock is native to Southeast Asia and countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, China, and Sri Lanka. Many religions even consider them to be sacred and are considered to be a good sign and omen. Here we take a look at how some beliefs around the world look at this pheasant bird:
When open, a fully flaunted peacocks tail looks like a huge Chinese hand fan. This symbolizes openness and acceptance to Buddhists. One of the references a peacock symbolizes is long life or immortality. This is because the peacock was well known to eat plants that were poisonous in nature and would kill if consumed by humans. Buddhists thought that because of this, peacocks could not only live but do so with ease, even though they were enduring significant suffering. To the Buddhists, the peacock signifies purity, hence why their feathers are often used in purification ceremonies.
In the Hindu religion, there are two well-known figures known as Lord Krishna and Lakshmi. The goddess Lakshmi in Hindu signifies having a compassionate heart, being kind, virtue, patience, and good fortune. Lord Krishna was well known to garnish peacock feathers all around his head and were decorated on his flute. Some even said that the peacocks personally gave their feathers as a gift to Lord Krishna.
A peacock is the symbol of purity. Christians believed that once someone has passed, their soul rises and goes to heaven. This is why early Christians would spread the feathers of a peacock over the deceased since it symbolized a pure soul that was immune to corruption. The feathers were used as a measure to prevent the decaying of the human body as well. The peacock represents immortality, resurrection, and the spiritual teachings of Jesus Christ and the Christian church.
In Greek mythology, the peacock has associated with Hera, the wife of Zeus and the queen of the Ancient Greek gods. Legend has it that Hera transformed her guardian Argus who had a hundred eyes into a peacock. Argus’ feathers were a mark of heaven’s beauty, and its eyes represent the stars in the firmament. This is why, for the people of Greece, the peacock represents heaven, and it’s all mighty all-seeing vision, wisdom, and knowledge.
In certain parts of Asia, there was a mortal known by the name of Quan Yin. The peacock is associated with Quan Yin and her great qualities of charity, compassion, integrity, and good faith towards her fellow man. Quan Yin was very well known because she could become immortal. However, she deflected to stay mortal for the greater good of humanity and to assist with their personal and religious growth.
Peacocks are large, colorful pheasants (typically blue and green) known for their iridescent tails.
COMMON NAME: Peacocks
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Afropavo, Pavo
GROUP NAME: Muster, ostentation, pride
Just as the peacock was immune to poisonous plants in China, the same is so with snakes in India. Known as the “Snake Slayer” they are thought to be immune to the poison contained in a snake’s venom. It is believed that when a snake is killed and eaten by a peacock, the venom travels into the feathers providing a unique radiance.
Peacocks are ground feeders that eat insects, plants, and small creatures. There are two familiar peacock species. The blue peacock lives in India and Sri Lanka, while the green peacock is found in Java and Myanmar (Burma). A more distinct and little-known species, the Congo peacock, inhabits African rain forests.
Peafowl such as the blue peacock has been admired by humans and kept as pets for thousands of years. Selective breeding has created some unusual color combinations, but wild birds are themselves bursting with vibrant hues. They can be testy and do not mix well with other domestic birds.
Characteristics of a Peacock Bird
Peacocks are actually the males of a species called peafowl, which are native to Asian forests. Peafowl are a type of pheasant and are capable of flight. Female peafowl, called peahens, have brown feathers and shorter tails, which camouflage them and help them fly more easily than males. Peacocks unfold their tail feathers in order to impress females, though most of their displays go ignored.
Peacocks are large, colorful pheasants (typically blue and green) known for their iridescent tails. These tail feathers, or coverts, spread out in a distinctive train that is more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and boast colorful “eye” markings of blue, gold, red, and other hues.
Unlike most birds, peacocks do not derive their colors purely from pigments, but from a combination of pigments and photonic crystals. This combination causes the feathers to reflect different wavelengths of light depending upon the angle of the light and the spacing of the crystals. The result is the iridescent shades of blue, green, brown and yellow commonly found in a peacock’s train.
Distinctive Tail Feathers
These tail feathers, or coverts, spread out in a distinctive train that is more than 60 percent of the bird’s total body length and boast colorful “eye” markings of blue, gold, red, and other hues. The large train is used in mating rituals and courtship displays. It can be arched into a magnificent fan that reaches across the bird’s back and touches the ground on either side. Females are believed to choose their mates according to the size, color, and quality of these outrageous feather trains.
Types of Peacocks
Peacocks are the male of the species of peafowl, birds known for their showy plumage. There are only three species of peafowl: Indian, Green, and Congo. They are distinguished by their color and size.
Through selective breeding and mutations, peacocks exist outside of the normal realm of Indian and green peacock coloring. The white peacock is not an albino, but rather a product of leucism (dimming of skin and feather pigments) and is entirely white from crest to train. Other breeding variations include peacocks that are black, brown, yellow and purple; all are simple variations or mutations from standard green or Indian peacocks.
The term “peacock” is commonly used to refer to birds of both sexes. Technically, only males are peacocks. Females are peahens, and together, they are called peafowl. So, there is not really a peacock female.
Suitable males may gather harems of several females, each of which will lay three to five eggs. In fact, wild peafowl often roosts in forest trees and gather in groups called parties.
A peacock, like a rooster, is always male. Just as a female chicken is a hen, a female peafowl is a peahen. Peafowl (spp. Pavo) are part of the pheasant family and have long been prized and even venerated. Hindus considered the Indian peafowl (P. cistasus) sacred, and it is still the national bird of India. The green peafowl (P. muticus) isn’t as well-known in the west, but it can fill the air with the same earsplitting cawing as its cousin. Male peafowl are the ones with the impressive tails, more properly known as trains, and there’s a good reason peahens don’t have such showy coloration. They have to keep a low profile so they can raise their young without attracting predators. The young are known as peachicks.
15 Gift Ideas To Bring Some Color To Your Mom This Year
Find the perfect gift for her!
We are a few weeks away and considering our current COVID-19 situation, planing in advance is the best way to guarantee delivery on time. And to make your shopping experience easier, I have hand-picked my favorite items as a suggestion for Mother’s Day Shopping. Here are some gifts for women ideas.
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#1 Peacock Scarves and Shawls
(from $70 to $180)
I absolutely LOVE this line. I use my Modal Shawl often and it is a neck turner. The Silk option is more vibrant and looks exquisite and sophisticated. The Modal is more affordable, softer and slightly see-through. It goes well on casual as well as dressed up look. View The Collection of theses beautiful scarves for sale!
#2 Jaguar Duffle Bag
(from $73.90 to $85.90)
Whether your mom loves to workout or simply look stylish on a quick trip, this Duffle Bag is the way to go! Besides the Jaguar, there are some other designs available to choose from.
#3 American Eagle Minky Blankets
(from $35.90 to $65.90)
If you are looking into bringing some comfort to a patriotic mom, consider this American Eagle Minky Blanket based on my Freedom Rising Original Art.
Featuring my original artwork, these Protective Masks are made of 2 layers of 100% Organic Cotton, easily adapts to different sizes with adjustable straps and includes a hidden, integrated metal nose-piece to ensure a snug fit. Each mask comes with 3 5-layered PM2.5 activated carbon filters with two layers of melt-blown polypropylene. Filters should be replaced every 7 days. Fits adults and kids ages 5 and up.
These are cloth face masks made from 100% polyester. Each mask includes two woven, elastic loops for a one-site-fits-all fit.
IMPORTANT – These are not surgical grade masks, and they are not intended for any medical or commercial uses, whatsoever. Our cloth masks are designed for everyday use to cover your nose and mouth when out in public. We make no warranties that the masks prevent infections or the transmission of viruses or diseases.
The former mask options below are all out of stock. I have added links to alternative options to each though, so feel free to browse through.