Monday, 6 October 2014

Around us life bursts with miracles

Around us, life bursts with miracles--a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life's daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh ~

Have a beautiful Monday everyone

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A simple way to boost your joy

Beautiful autumn basket photograph courtesy on Pinterest I believe

I love these Hungarian Pumpkins

A field of Scottish Coxcomb near my cousin Wendy's home

A photograph my son took in Seoul last autumn

One day I will get to both places

Photograph from Anna's Flowers in Kingsville
I love the pink pumpkin

Beautiful creations from my lovely friend Dani

Beautiful creation from my lovely friend Dani
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"Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn."
~ Elizabeth Lawrence
Pumpkin Soup

1 large onion,  finely chopped
1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
3 Tablespoons butter
32 oz. homemade chicken or vegetable stock (or the canned/boxed stuff)
15 oz. pure canned pumpkin puree (or fresh, if you have it)
1 cup greek yogurt, half & half, or heavy whipping cream (whatever you prefer)
3 Tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 Tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream mixed with 2 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
pumpkin seeds or pepitas for garnish
salt and pepper to taste
In a large, heavy stock pot or Dutch oven, saute the chopped onion and celery in butter until tender. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Lower heat and add the pumpkin yogurt (or cream), honey, garlic powder, smoked paprika, Sriracha and Worcestershire sauce. Stir everything well with a wire whisk until heated through, but not boiling. Salt and pepper to taste.
In a small bowl, combine the cream and maple syrup. Ladle soup into bowls. Drizzle a little of the maple cream over each serving. Add a few toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish.

Recipe courtesy of Chin Deep
Thank you

Within my mind a place doth dwell
That's filled with magic things
Of beauty, love, and happiness
And birds with golden wings.
Flowers bright and fragrant
Sweet songs that angels sing
Rainbows filled with color
And lovely bells that ring.
If life could be this pleasant
For every single day
Just think of all the happiness
We'd have in every way.
~ Charlotte Anselmo ~

View from our balcony

Photograph of China from Facebook
Colours of Nature

Switchback Mountain, Tianman Hwy, China


  1. Hi Jeanne,

    Beautiful post and thanks for sharing and reminding of all the miracle of life.
    Thanks for sharing the view from your balcony and I would not like to be driving on the road in China.
    Happy week