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I'm passionate about my man's facial hair! He is a knock-out specimen of a man in his middle sixties to me; his beard, his mustache and his mad hair are still a total turn on when I get to trim them!
It's hot in June in Rome, 80° in the day 60° at night! Here's a list of what to wear to restaurants, museums, the beach and the Vatican tips - to fit in with the Italians.
It's the simplest, quickest recipe for sausage (with bay leaves + a dash of balsamic vinegar in the pan) - a real feast as brunch, lunch, a family supper or even as a dinner party meal.
After brainstorming ideas, share them and then get practical! Make decisions about the genre, budget, locations etc. Short Screenplay writing is an art form, it isn't a short version of a long story. It has its own constraints which need to be considered and here are some of the most important ones.
"I miss being close with you so don't be surprised if I plan on doing something romantic with you very soon". Romantic tips for older couples who want to re-develop intimacy that are as unusual and purely romantic.
Garlic tastes better without the green shoot, which is bitter. Here's a video of how to take the shoot out. And a selection of quick, simple Italian recipe ideas with garlic - used chopped finely, coarsely and used whole!
Fun and practical small business ideas for the new 'baby boomer' market - from attractive looking, cool orthotics, to new style cross-stitch patterns for grandparents, to 'ban the bomb' print toilet paper.
The secret to making easy, tasty Italian (from Calabria) spaghetti recipe with chili peppers, garlic and Pecorino cheese is the timely mixing of the spaghetti together with the ingredients in the pan. The video shows how!
50 cute doll names for toy dolls; for barbie, American girl doll, rag doll, plush toy - for dolls with personalities, with soft vowel sounds, every kind of friendly name and important names too!
A hearty, healthy recipe for cauliflower leaves which tastes delicious braised the Italian way in a tomato sauce ('in umido'). It's a tasty vegetarian meal, a saucy side dish with grilled meats and sausage and nice with an egg on top too.
It isn't just about the dinner! A stress-free Valentines Day dinner doesn't materialize in your romantic thoughts. It's a success because you've been terrific about planning this celebration of love. There's a list of things to think about, like budget, theme (flowers, lace and garters?). What to wear to look seductive. THEN there's a choice of menus.
Traditional Christmas Pudding has lots of fun and games tradition attached to it in Britain. For a richly mature taste you make it two years before and keep the mice away from it. You hide a sixpence in it for surprise. You set flame to it at the dinner table and it doesn't explode! You eat it with brandy butter and whipped cream - and pull party crackers.
I have mobility difficulties and I'm lazy yet here is a contented review of my personal trainer service at the spa of the superb, Italian. five star Argentario Golf Resort SPA Hotel in Tuscany. The luxurious hotel, wild surroundings and the lovely pool, gym and wellness center together with the clever tactics of the spa trainers really encourage clients to feel pampered and physically better.
Balsamic vinegar is a flavorful syrupy-sharp ingredient for cooking meats and vegetables as well as a cold vinegar for salads. 3 tasty, quick to make, rustic recipes here for hearty winter dishes that taste great cooked with balsamic vinegar.
There are masterpieces of art and story to be discovered in small churches tucked in quiet piazzas round Rome center, not 100 yards from the Pantheon, which are free. They are San Luigi dei Francesi and Sant'Agostino. Here is my review with their opening times, service times, how to get there and selected list of of my favorite artworks by Caravaggio, Raphael, Domenichino and Baglione. For some down time, drop into Bar Milano across from the church and have a cappuccino and cornetto!
A favorable review of the most comfortable womens sandals Mephisto's Helen. They're SoftAir technology makes them extremely comfortable, a classic design in a large range of colors. They age well, they're machine washable and they look great for day or evening wear, for all occasions, traveling too, all through the summer.
My Welsh mother's recipe for a simple Welsh Rarebit. the way she made it for us when we were children. She'd already made the bread and butter and sometimes the cheese - so it was quick and simple to throw together for supper.
Before you talk to a film director about a script you've written be prepared! Get to know all you can about them and their work. You'll be entering into a a merry go round of a collaboration and you'll lose total control over the script you wrote - to the director, who is the god of the movie. Your story must be a good story because it got this far. It can take the twists and the turning inside out. Here are some of the artistic aspects a director is likely to consider.
Simple Belgian Endives Tart takes about 30 minutes to make. Toss the wintry endives, onion and nuts in a pan with some extra virgin olive oil, lay on a pie crust pastry and bake. This bitter, sweet, crunchy tart makes a super main meal, vegetable course, served in fingers as party food or as a pot luck meal and it's really good served with roast meat too.
Lots of pictures of compositions of pretty flowers in vases to inspire how to make flower arrangements that reflect who you are. Ideas and photographs using vases from the thrift shop and bric and brac items - as well as how to make flower arrangements in designer vases for special occasions too.
Since having a newborn baby girl is a family event, the best gift ideas for her and the family are thoughtful (like hand-washed baby clothes, flowers delivered to the home instead of the hospital, a small cuddly toy instead of a big one - to fit in her crib). Practical assistance for Mom and Dad is important too (such as a gift voucher to help buy that stroller or cot, or give them a check). And a gift for newborn baby's siblings at home shows you love them too.
Making wild rose hip tea from rose hips off the Dog Rose bush is easy and very good for you because hips are so full of vitamin C. Simple tips for how and when to harvest the hips, how to dry them and how to make tea.
From my 70's magazine collection here are photos of great dress styles of the 70's, mainly from London which trances the fashion from Mary Quant to the fashion designer Issey Miyake look and punk - through 10 years of Elton John glasses, a retro 40's, platform shoes and mini skirts and Biba, Biba, Biba.
We are baby boomer grandparents. We're cool, a little nostalgic, we've got everything we need and we love the digital world. Great gifts for us would be iPhone, a digital radio, an air printer, a funky arc light like we used to have back in the day, an electric carving knife or a gift that doesn't damage the environment. Or take us up in an air balloon ride! We'd be happy too if you just painted us a piece of bark.
You don't HAVE to get a faithful loving puppy for Christmas. First you need to be absolutely sure this puppy friend can depend on you, (or your loved one) for all their life. Second, that as owners you/they want that intense mutual relationship. Only when you know this for sure can you go ahead and get that puppy for yourself or loved one. It's a 10 year commitment.
Uniquely contrived goth food ideas for your 'other', dark side party, even Halloween, with a menu and a recipe for a hot Nutella Sandwich Dobbed with Hot Black Fruits.
Summer sun caught and served in a Mediterranean recipe for stuffed zucchini (with anchovies and fennel flowers) in a tomato and wine sauce. It's a summery meal or a perfect dish for your party, or buffet table any time of the year.
It's dark, so goth. It's a fig cake recipe with fresh purple figs, spelt flour, honey and extra virgin olive oil. It's dead easy to bake and it's great for Halloween, Christmas, Labor Day, or just if you want to be goth.
Your calico (or tortoiseshell) cat has to have an original name to match her original orange black and white splodge markings. What about Ta Miu, Marzipan, Loffa - or how about Maryland after the Baltimore Orioles who wear the colors of the calico cat?
More than 220 versions of The Little Drummer Boy have been released around the world since it was first composed in 1928. After some some show biz hanky-panky in the 1940's-50's 'Carol of the Drum' (original title) became a huge hit as the' Little Drummer Boy' - in the early 60's. Since then artists as varied as Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Cranberries and Bing Crosby - even Marlene Dietrich have sung this popular Christmas carol.
Made with EVOO and spelt flour and honey this Low Fat Pumpkin-Banana Bread Recipe is healthy, nutritious and very Halloween to look at. The natural properties of EVOO help clear blood vessels of cholesterol, so it's more than low fat and tastes nuttier!
Our wild growing Tuscany fig trees produces pounds of ripe juicy fruit every day and provides shade. You don't have to prune the tree, it like lots of sun and space. The roots are long, meddlesome and cause damage (tips how to deal with this) but the fig fruit is SO delicious
A big-mix bag of cartoon character costumes to chose from for a Hallowen party, a cosplay convention, a Hollywood Boulevard gig, as a mascot for high school or college football team, or for just dressing up and having fun. See the videos to help you get the costumes right. From 'Tom and Jerry' to 'Li'L Abner' to 'Goku Saiyan' and the sexiest of them all 'Jessica Rabbit!'
Recipe for a light, almond- crumbly sponge cake folded with freshly picked summer fruits - peach and grapes. It makes a festive midsummer festival party or tea cake!
In the Maremma they say that Milk Thistle or Silybum Marianum was the thistle that made Jesus' Crown of Thorns. Here in Italy, it was used to build fences, cure the liver and when they were very poor they made coffee with its dried seeds. Now it is a useful alternative herbal medicine.
Access to all the sandy beaches and rocky inlets along the Tuscany shore is for everyone. Here are some helpful hints for going to the beach in Italy especially in Maremma Tuscany- how and where to park, how to pay for your umbrella, how to get onto wilder beaches, how to stay safe and have fun because you know the rules; all the dos and the don't s.
This incorrigible Wire Hair Fox Terrier dog must have a great name. Here are lists of examples of lots of great names from 'best names' to 'fun names' to 'Welsh names' to' British Names' and regal names and oh - what about Archie?
When you are on chemo, buying your own fresh foods and making your own nutrition- based meals will help you not only feel better but supply your body with nutrients you need. There are meal plans as examples of the diet, advice from a nutritionist and a little from my own book of experience dealing with chemo.
Clean hands, clean cooking instruments, being careful with marinades, not carbonizing foods, using natural fire products are a few of the tips for safe healthy cooking on the bbq.
Chemo is tough. Nutritional foods help you build your strength back. Tips what NOT to eat like soups, cheese and herbs and spices. And what foods are good for you (a balanced diet) because they help you to digest, like chicory, toasted bread - and a healthy breakfast.
The Negroni was invented by a barman in Tuscany, Fosco Scarselli in the 1920's for Count Negroni who preferred a bit more muscle in his 'Americano' cocktail. Since then it has become Tuscanys favorite cocktail.
3 really fun things to do in Italy's Maremma Natural Park (or 'Parco della Maremma'); fishing with Paulo along its shore; a horse- and-carriage trip into the parklands - seeing the wild life. And canoeing on the river Ombrone with Roberto. Mentioned too are other park itineraries, places to stay - and where to get food.
Here's how to rent a holiday villa in Tuscany through a local agent who will take care of it all for you! They will: send you photos of properties, help you chose, advise on payment and liaise with owner on practicalities - so the villa you chose is exactly what you dreamed it should be. Included is a list of useful holiday- rental agreement words English- to- Italian.
Nutritionist Dr Steiner in Rome says a balanced healthy diet of different biological seasonal vegetables, fruits and some protein each meal, three times a day does protect from damage of chemotherapy while helping cells to recoup. As a cancer patient who underwent chemo, I couldn't agree more.
It isn't always easy preparing to be Grandparents but there are things that you can do, even if your relationship with new Mummy and Daddy isn't easy. To connect with your grandchild you can: write a personal letter to them about your life's history, make a Family Tree, make a cross stitch sampler or a patchwork quilt for them - even if you have never done anything like that before.
Here's a recipe for Italian Linguine (or spaghetti) with Garden Fresh Pesto' made from basil, which grows everywhere in Italy in the summer and conserved through the year as pesto sauce, (with EVOO). Making cheap meals from seasonal produce is a delicious way of life in Italy and very healthy!
Playing games on the The New iPad is a fun way for the elderly to constantly be in touch and connect with family and friends. Just two fingers tapping on a light portable screen is all it takes, it's so easy! Through playing games with apps like 'Words with Friends' or drawing pictures apps like 'Brushes' as David Hockney did, older people can live spontaneously again and really be a part of it all.
Campari Grapefruit is a simple refreshing Italian mixed drink cocktail. And very versatile. It's 1 part Campari Bitters to 3 parts fresh squeezed grapefruit juice - served over ice in a Highball glass.
Alfredo from a Tuscany wine bar makes a Peach Bellini with Prosecco, yellow peach and mint.
How to make a cool Italian salad with arugula, Champignon mushrooms, Parmesan, lemons and extra virgin olive oil.
How to make and bake Italian tomato cake with mozzarella, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Perfect over Christmas and whilst watching Italian football games cos of its green, red and white colors. Added recipes for same-color dishes'Caprese' and 'Pasta alla Checca'.
Using old rags (re-cycled cotton items) to clean house, saves money, physical energy and time.
A perfect weekend between the Pitigliano museums steeped in ancient Etruscan, medieval, renaissance, Jewish history. Restfully reading 'Il Villano' before spa treatments at nearby Saturnia. Nights at suggested choice hotel.
Tips on how to feel super cool in an Italian bar ordering caffe and cornetti and how to pay for it using Italian phrases.
Extra virgin olive oils vs olive oils - extra virgin olive oil is much better for your health due to the cold process during extraction. 'Raw' it maintains all its health properties. 'Cooked', or 'frying' stimulates the digestive apparatus. Recipes. Bruschetta during chemo treatments helps re-build the liver's defenses.
A few ways how to get a movie script produced through your local film industry and in Hollywood. What an agent does. What a Producer does.
Before writing a script do the research. Read screenwriting text books, movie scripts, watch movies, study them, write short stories about your characters, know their worlds. Then write the Treatment.
How to care for olive trees in Tuscany through the seasons. An an annual cycle-chart shows which months the work gets done.
Franco from Tuscany shows how to prune olive trees for light, air and healthy growth.
A check list of the types of soil you need to plant olive trees and what the ideal conditions are for growing. Advice on where to buy olive trees and what type of trees to plant. How to plant them in their earth.
From a kitchen in Tuscany, Italian cooking for beginners. With a list of basic ingredients and the right pans you can make a great pasta dish.
How to plant wild asparagus. First you have to find it in the hedgerows.
30 years ago we lived with less fear; I could bring my children up with just my own strength and very little money. Today, my adult children are not ready to let go of the fears that are inherent in their generational life styles- a fear they transfer onto 'being afraid' of say snakes in the grass.
The film business is a corporate owned, massive business world - So selling your story/script to it depends not only on how good your story is, but how industry standard your Treatment is (which is how you'll get an agent). And How well you pitch. Here's how to put all that together.
Five easy ways to reduce meat consumption and save money: shopping for the basic ingredients for a balanced diet, make a weekly menu, buy a cookery book, look for fresh produce at markets and socialize with like minded, new friends.
'Seize the day' comes from the Latin expression 'carpe diem' from poet Horace's Odes. Literary quotes illustrate how 'life' and 'death' 'time' and 'being human' influence the meaning of the aphorism 'seize the day'. Loosely translated it means 'live for the moment' and 'make the most of today'.
My perfect world would be a charmed world of sunny beaches, twinkling stars, lady birds flitting through the grasses, Easter eggs on windowsills. Problems would not exist, neither would food, or money or death. It would be a world designed by me.
10 suggestions how to achieve mutual independence for family unity happiness and peace.
How to identify 3 healthy, green vegetables growing wild in the countryside; nettles, wild asparagus and chicory. Recipes of how to pick and make them into delicious, frugal meals.
How to prepare to go abroad on a Sabbatical to write a book takes money and determination. How I financed my journey to L A but haven't had time to write for the book. How much time it took some famous authors who write best selling books in a short time.
Simple economic Pasta sauce recipe made with Garbanzo beans (ceci) the way Irma from ancient Rome made it, with just Garbanzo beans(ceci,)rosemary and olive oil.
How to make Gina's Italian spaghetti with anchovy sauce. It's a traditional old fashioned recipe using the cheapest ingredients ever. Delicious.
10 very useful small objects I use every day; pill box, neck cords, post it notes, a coin, paper tissue, LED key chain light,hair band, specs case and lens cleaner, chap stick. Life without them would be a lot harder.
British songs and singers with British accents are a unique genre. Listen to their British accents in this selection of British music from Woodstock concert, to the Beatles, to Led Zeppelin to today's Arctic Monkey and Noel Harrison.
The kids won't be coming for Christmas after all. Ways for Mom to deal with it, and have a Happy Christmas, even without the family.
Three Italian Christmas traditions from different regions around Italy. In Naples the crib figurine makers make a bag pipe playing shepherd called a Zampognaro figure and puts him in the crib. In Maremma Tuscany they eat smoked eel for their Feast of Seven Fishes and Italians celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve.
The fish farms Cooperative of Orbetello Maremma produce approx 20,000 tonnes of fresh Sea Bass, Sea Bream and Corvina per year. The aquaculture of these wetlands has been active since pre Roman,times due to the massive reserves of 20 degrees, lightly salty sea water which was left deeply underground in prehistoric times. Since 1970's the fish welfare in a stress free environment, with prime quality OGM free foods, monitored quality farming water, guarantees 43% aquatic proteins consumption.
An ode of love for an old relationship, asking for dignity.
A fresh Tuscan cherry tomato sauce for spaghetti is best with garlic. And onion is better in the sauce for fettuccine - if you want to make genuine Italian pasta!
Fear of cancer recurrence? 14 well tried tips to beat the fear, by a cancer survivor. Or 14 ways to walk with fear until you feel well again. Who would like to share their tip here?