Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday February 25th 2020 – #Recycling Carol Taylor, #Chocolate Eat Dessert First, #Poetry Colleen Chesebro


Time for Carol Taylor’s climate change and recycling update for the week with some interesting and innovative ways to use plastics… such as the saffron robes of Buddhist monks… and also a reminder to those protesting about climate change and child labour that the device clamped to their ear or the screen in front of them requires precious metals and often involves slave labour… and something to think about – the cost on the environment of alternatives to milk.

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Recycling and Climate Change……Are we doing enough?

I have agonised about this post…I have been banging the same drum for quite a while…It does seem however that the more research I do and the more I discover that you would think that I am enlightened, I have a clear path which I wish to follow and everything is rosy… I am doing the right thing…I AM SAVING THE WORLD…

It certainly doesn’t feel like that…at times…sigh

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Milk or more to the point cows milk…I have never been a great milk drinker even as a child… we had free milk at school and I just didn’t like it…In the end, my mum wrote a note and I was excused from drinking it…I love rice pudding and porridge although I do dilute the milk a little …I just for some reason have never liked drinking just a glass of milk…Yeah, Yeah… a fussy kid I hear you…

Head over to read the rest of Carol’s weekly report: Carol Taylor Climate Change and Recycling Are We Doing Enough?

Enjoy the new series for 2020 : Carol Taylor – A-Z of Food

One of the foods that is rarely wasted is chocolate…. and a new series is starting on Eat Dessert First on this delicious food that very few people dislike…

A sweet trip into the world of chocolate begins…

Our chocolate tart is healthy and therefore we can enjoy a big piece!

We like to approach the subjects we discuss in a methodic way, so we will start with the definition of chocolate. The broad term chocolate refers to preparations that contain seeds from the fruits of the cocoa tree (cacao tree or Theobroma cacao) as a basic ingredient.

The fruit of the cocoa tree.

The route from the plant to the products -which are either consumed directly or used in pastry- is briefly presented by the National Confectioners Association: the farmers open the fruits, take the seeds out and then a process of fermenting and drying follows. Then, the seeds are shipped all over the world, where they get checked and cleaned, baked and ground. The outcome is the chocolate liquor, a dense liquid.

Head over to find out more about the production process that ends up with that sweetness on our tongues..as well as a stunning recipe for that healthy chocolate cake.. sounds too good to be true, but pass me a plate…: Eat Dessert First – Chocolate – Chocolate Tart

About the Eat Dessert First Team on this Greek/English blog.

We are a team of amateur bakers, children’s educators, writers and sociocultural researchers, based in Athens. What describes us best is that we eat dessert first! But not only… our name symbolises our wish for all the nice and sweet things in life to come first.

Eat Dessert First team doing what they does best… Devouring the sweets they prepared!

Our purpose is to approach aspects of the everyday life that are on our minds, by looking at them in a new perspective and studying them in their historic and cultural evolution… all that through our love for desserts. And of course to discover the history of our favorite sweets! Also, we take a sweet trip every now and then, to meet new places, customs, sights, activities, nature and -what else- little local treats! We don’t forget to exercise too, in order to eat our desserts without remorse…Find out more about the Eat Dessert Team in English

And finally today a reminder of this week’s challenge from Colleen Chesebro… this week it is the ‘theme prompt‘. A weekly treat for me, one of the few that does not require an elastic waist band on my jeans!

Head over to find out what the theme prompt is for February and details of how you can participate: Colleen Chesebro Tanka Tuesday Poetry No 166 – Theme Prompt

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy all the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Tuesday 28th January 2020 – #Photos Jennie Fitzkee, #Recycling Carol Taylor, #Reviews Annika Perry


The first post today is from Jennie Fitzkee and is a wonderful read…as Jennie goes through her media library to lighten the load on her capacity, she has found some treasures that she needs to keep somewhere safe…

A Walk Down Memory Lane – Photos Tell the Stories

I have been plugging away at deleting photos from my media library, because I am close to using up my available space. I know, it’s only a photo, but as I scroll through the photos, every one has been a walk down memory lane. They have stories to tell. No wonder this is taking me forever. Every delete feels like I am giving away my first born child.

Here are a few photos at random that pulled at my heart today. No, these will not be deleted:

Children took it upon themselves to pull over all the chairs and read books. I was stunned, thrilled, humbled, and very proud.

I met author Mo Willems!!!

Head over to enjoy many more special moments in photos that Jennie is going to save somewhere safe.. aren’t you Jennie? : Jennie Fitzkee in a Walk Down Memory Lane.

About Jennie Fitzkee

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It’s the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That’s what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease’s bestselling book, “The Read-Aloud Handbook” because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.

Here is the regular climate change and recycling post from our food expert Carol Taylor in Thailand.. as always she gives us something to think about…

Recycling and Climate Change…27th January 2020…Banana Leaf Technology and Roof Top Gardens…

Hello and welcome to this weeks news and views on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you for all your comments last week they were all valid concerns and I hope I went some way to answering those concerns it was lovely to have that two-way discussion going…Thank also to all of you who shared the post and spread the news and views.

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The banana tree…here in Thailand and in my garden Bananas grow in abundance.

Its scientific name is Musa Sapientum which roughly translated means Fruit of wise men

Here it is called Kluay pronounced glue oy.

Head over and find out how the banana leaves are used rather than plastic wrapping and containers, how orange peel is being put to very good use, zero emission snow enjoyment roof top gardens,and which well known company is in her naughty corner: Carol Taylor with banana leaves and roof top gardens

Enjoy the new series for 2020 : Carol Taylor – A-Z of Food

Now a post that features three Cafe and Bookstore authors.. Annika Perry has reviewed My Maine by Bette. A. Stevens and A-Z of Dumfries by Mary Smith & Keith Kirk

After a lifetime of New Year’s resolutions … and often failing to keep them, these last years I’ve steered away from making any.

However, one aspect of blogging weighs heavily upon me, my failure to review as many books as I would like, particularly indie-published ones. If my TBR pile was a real heap of books they would fill a room, I fear; luckily many are kept safe on my Kindle, hidden from immediate sight but never forgotten. I’m determined to share these books with you on my blog, a couple every month and I am happy to start with the two below.

Ironically, these are paperbacks, one a poetry book kindly gifted to me by Bette A. Stevens. The other by Mary Smith caught my interest as an unusual factual book about her local town.

Head over and read Annika’s reviews for these two books: Annika Perry reviews Bette A. Stevens and Mary Smith

Annika Perry, Buy: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Annika: Goodreads – Blog: Annika Perry

Bette A. Stevens, BuyAmazon US – and : Amazon UK – Follow Bette: Goodreads – Blog4 Writers and Readers

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Mary Smith, Buy: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – Website: Mary SmithGoodreads: Goodreads

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Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday January 6th 2020 – #Book Review by Michelle Clements James, #Booklaunch #Booksigning Tips Mary Smith , #Climate Change, #Recycling Carol Taylor


The first post is from Michelle Clements James with a book review for a lovely sounding novel.. Isobel’s Promise by Maggie Christensen  

Book Blurb

A promise for the future. A threat from the past. Can Bel find happiness?

Back in Sydney after her aunt’s death, sixty-five-year-old Bel Davison is making plans to sell up her home and business and return to Scotland where she has promised to spend the rest of her life with the enigmatic Scotsman with whom she’s found love.

But the reappearance of her ex-husband combined with other unexpected drawbacks turns her life into chaos, leading her to have doubts about the wisdom of her promise.

In Scotland, Matt Reid has no such doubts, and although facing challenges of his own, he longs for Bel’s return.

But when an unexpected turn of events leads him to question Bel’s sincerity, Matt decides to take a drastic step–the result of which he could never have foreseen.

Can this midlife couple find happiness in the face of the challenges life has thrown at them?

A sequel to The Good Sister, Isobel’s Promise continues the story of Bel and Matt, which began in Scotland.

If you enjoy reading about strong women who have learned to love and love in later life, you’ll love Maggie Christensen’s books.

Head over to read Michelle’s review of the book: Michelle Clements James Book Chat

And to find out more about Michelle

I am a reader who dabbles in writing. So why am I blogging? I am a reader, and this blog is about sharing the books I love, whether romance, historical fiction, chick lit, classic, contemporary fiction, or even an occasional children’s book. I do not read young adult or teen. What I will never read are thrillers (I even hid behind a pillow during JURASSIC PARK). This blog is a place to talk about current reads and many of the wonderful books I’ve read over the years. It is a place to share writing/blogging tips, to reblog noteworthy posts from other blogs, and sometimes I even include personal events. I invite your comments and recommendations and hope you will find this a place to return to often.

Mary Smith has a great deal of experience launching local history books and also arranging book signings. A very useful post on the strategies she has employed to make both successful.

After my post about the launch of A-Z of Dumfries: Places-People-History, a number of people asked how we organised it. Some of you were particularly interested in the book signing at Waterstones and if it was worth doing. I should clarify that the book launch and the Waterstones book signing were two separate events.

Organising the book launch:

A-Z of Dumfries is traditionally published but everything I did applies equally to an indie-published book (my friend Lynn Otty and I held a joint launch for our indie-published short story collections following the same steps).

Whether you are buying at author discount from your publisher or from Amazon if you’ve gone down that route this is the main event. This is the one at which you hope to sell lots of books, make a bit of money – and generate interest in your book even after the event.

Head over to read all of the essential elements to a successful book signing: Organising a book launch and a book signing

Mary Smith, Buy: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK
Website: Mary SmithGoodreads: Goodreads

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Next is Carol Taylor with her Recycling and Climate Change post for this week and Australia dominates the post with its dreadful bush fires and loss of life and loss of habitat and wildlife. Carol looks at ways we can help. Also a look at the list of those countries making effective efforts to combat climate change… and also a reminder to buy local, in season, fruits and vegetables which have not been transported thousands of miles to reach out plates. A very handy list of food produce that is seasonal in the next couple of months.

Now a week into the new decade what is going on?

The headlines have been dominated by the terrible bush fires in Australia and my heart goes out to those killed, injured and missing those who have lost homes and property, the wildlife and the brave emergency services who in many areas are fighting a losing battle…

Of course, the blame game has started and everybody has their opinions on that one…

Me…I don’t know…

I have read reports and tend to take more notice of bush fire experts, the fire chiefs who are calling for increased funding for fire reduction methods. These same people have also stated that many of the fire reduction methods are dependent on the weather conditions and that much can be done by individuals to protect their own homes and properties. They also state that sometimes those methods don’t work and the fires can still rip through depending on the ferocity…So many factors feature in the scenarios and in an ideal world this wouldn’t happen but it does…

Of course, due to the ferocity of the fires, there are fears that the large pulses of carbon dioxide may not be absorbed through regrowth of the forests as in the past.

However when all is said and done both Australia’s and the US fall very short in this Climate Change Index Annual Report…

Head over to read the rest of the post and also follow links with further interesting information: Carol Taylor Recycling and Climate Change 6th January

You can find all of Carol’s posts here on Smorgasbord: Carol Taylor’s Food and Cookery Column 2019

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read these posts in full… thanks Sally.