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Original, signed, new, ready to hang, mounted canvas” $1,500 or best offer (will accept as low as $499)


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Homemade Vegetable Lentil Soup, a one pot wonder


1 large can of Lentils

1 large Leek, sliced

3 Large Carrots, peeled and sliced

2 small onions, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon curry spices

2 tsp dill and Italian seasoning blend

a pinch of salt

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

2 chicken bouillon cubes

2 litters water (roughly)

Put on low/medium heat for about 20 minutes until the carrots and vegetables are tender. Serve warm, absolutely yummy and very filling.



Saturday Evening Folk Concert, Schloss Gartenhalle

While walking to the tram one day,a poster, advertisement caught my eye. To my delight, it was featuring, showcasing an upcoming concert, featuring Folk Music from across the ages and the globe, instantly causing giddiness for me, even more so when I found that the event offered free entrance!!!

Delightfully, Thomas and I dressed for the occasion and off we went for a beautiful evening of enchanting music, which included folk music:

John Phillip Souza

Williams (English Folk Song Suite, Seventeen Come Sunday, Intermezzo, Folk Songs from Somerset)

Galle (Bohmischer Traum)

Llan Alcazar

De Meij (Songs from the Castskills)

Manilow/De Meij (Copacaban)

Grainger (Irish Tune from County Derry)

R. Hariman/Bernaerts (Lord of the Dance)

Please, listen to the videos below. I hope you enjoy the music as much as we enjoyed it.

Director: Julian Reichard

#Ettlingen #Folkmusik #Musikverein

MV “Harmonie” Ruppur

Spring time, Baden Wurtemburg (Southwest Germany)

April marks the one year mark of my being here in Germany, wow, time sure does fly!!  The natural ways have thus also come full cycle since I have arrived with all of its beauty and splendor!!!

The Earth is awakening, bring scents and blossoms of new growth and splendor!!!

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Karlsruhe Zoologisch Garten

An exciting Saturday afternoon together at the Zoo together, where even the Hippotamus eat Germain cuisine of potatoes and cabbage.

The zoo is much larger than what first meets the eye and it is beautifully laid out, including animals and venues from all continents of the world.

The Seels (also know as Sea Dogs in German) and the Hippopotamus (Known as the
“River Horse” when translated from German) were very active while the Elephants trumpeted at dinner time. A splash of a good time as the seels breached and barked in the water.

Fish Fry at home, super easy


Making a meal at home is super easy, especially when a friend shared a recipe (or two) to help keep things interesting and tasty (read, I was tired of the same ol’ same old dishes that I was making.) I recalled that while I live in the South-East parts of the United States, Fried fish was a common dish (and oh, how yummy it is, too!!))

So here it goes:


1 large can of green beans (warmed up on the stove)

2 Cups of dry, white rice–4 cups of water, cook with pinch of salt

1 small can of sliced mushrooms with a creamy pepper sauce

8 pieces of Alaska Whitening (or similar fish)

Batter..1/2 cup white flour, 1/2 cup corn flour, salt pepper, paprika in one bowl,

Second bowl has an 2 eggs beat with milk

Dip each piece of fish into the egg/milk solution, then dip into the flour mix, coating on both sides. Put the battered fish into a skillet (on medium with the bottom covered in Sunflower oil or your favorite oil) Fry Fish on both sides until crispy and done all the way through.

Place 2 friend fish, a serving of green beans, and serving of rice (with the mushroom grave on top) and serve.

Serves 4 hearty meals (or 8 lighter meals)

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Mushroom Curried Tuna on Rice


1 can Tuna in oil

1 cup dry white rice

1 small head of broccoli

1 can sliced mushrooms, drained

2 cups water

1 jar of Uncle Bens creamy curry sauce

In a medium skillet, add tuna (w. Oil), mushrooms, and chopped broccoli stems, saute on low heat for 5 minutes, add jar of curry sauce, simmer on low for 10 minutes.

In a pot (or rice cooker), cook rice w. 2 cups of water.

Steam fresh broccoli florets with a pinch of salt.

Serve curry mix over rice and broccoli as a side. Serves 2 to 4


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