July 3, 2012

Sapphire Ridge Has Moved!!

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June 6, 2012

In The Middle of The Street at 6:30 in The Morning (Wordless Wednesday)

Sorry, not so wordless, bad camera phone. 

June 1, 2012

We're Those Neighbours.....

I do have an explanation for this, but it doesn't change the fact that our yard looks just like the abandoned house down the street's.

Look...a meadow!'s the front yard.

May 31, 2012

If You Don't Hear, You Will Feel

There's an old saying here in The Bahamas, "If you don' hear, ya gon feel!" Parents initially say this to an unruly child as a warning that a spanking is coming next if the bad behaviour doesn't stop. Sometimes the kids get it and stop immediately, other times, a spanking follows. (Please this is not a post about spanking. There are many opinions on spanking vs. non-spanking as punishment, this is not a post on that)

As our children grow up, we continue to say this to them. But instead of the warning of spanking, it's a warning of disappointment,  regret and emotional hurt .  We want them to "hear" us when we encourage them to study, or to say no to drugs and alcohol, or to avoid getting involved with the wrong partner. So that they don't "feel" the disappointment of not getting into the college of their choice, or regret that DUI, or the emotional hurt of being in a bad marriage or relationship.

All parents do this. We say it everyday. We just want our kids to listen.  We want them to  avoid pain, disappointment and regret. Sometimes, our kids listen, sometimes they don't. As parents, all we can do is pray that they will make the right choices and be there for them when they don't.

May 30, 2012

Chocolate Ganache

I made this cake a few months ago and have been asked for the recipe for the ganache.
It's fast and easy.

Chocolate Ganache by Collette Peters:

  • 12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 8 oz. heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. flavouring or liquer
Place the chocolate in a large bowl (metal or glass).  Heat the cream in a saucepan just to the boiling point. Pour the cream over the chocolate chips. Cover the bowl and let stand for 10 minutes. Wish until the ganache is dark and shiny, then let it cool to room temperature. If you want thicker icing, beat the cooled icing for a few minutes.

May 14, 2012

It Ended Just Like That (Mother's Day)

I had a great Mother's Day yesterday.  Home cooked breakfast, dinner and dessert. I slept a little, watched a little t.v. and even got to watch my favourite British soap "EastEnders".  That was the special gift from my husband as I don't get to see it here in The Bahamas. He did some technical mojo and I was able to watch it online.

At around 7pm I had this interesting conversation:
Boy: "Mommy, can you do me a favour please?"
Me: "What is it?"
Boy: "Can you make me a sandwich?"
Me: "Nooo Buddy, It's Mother's Day, forget it."
Boy: "Mother's Day is over Mommy."
Me:"No it's not!"(looking out the window) "the sun is still up!"
Boy: "Mother's Day isn't 24 hours, it's only 10.  Your time is up. Now can you PLEASE make me a sandwich?"

It was over just like that.  Any chances of me prolonging the day was fruitless because my time was up. Off I went to make a sandwich.

May 7, 2012

Election Day Bahamas 2012

It's Election day here in the Bahamas.  The day we decide which political party will lead our country for the next five years.  I won't go into detail about our electoral process except to say that parts of it make me feel as if I am living in a 3rd World country namely this:

Yes we still use indelible ink. And as I always do, I push my thumb all the way in and end up with a blackrot  looking thumb for the next week.  But it's a love/hate thing though.  I like it because I am proud that I voted and MAYBE my vote made a difference.  I think about others around the globe who do not have the same right that I have and I am grateful.
My country isn't perfect, but it is my home.  My heart will always belong here.