Strawberries and Mint


Last week’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt from Charli Mills was Strawberries and Mint.. and we all had a feast of a time with mixing the two in to exotic concoctions filled with romance, fun and some shenanigans.. Here is something to whet your appetite… to continue to indulge hit the link at the bottom…thanks Sally


A refreshing collection that may send readers to the grocery store, farmers markets, or backyard gardens. The combination of fruit and herb brought out recipes and food-based stories. As with any evocative detail, strawberries and mint also inspired stories to explore emotions and situations, some weirder than you might expect from standard summer garden fare.

Writers bellied up to the challenge, took to the streets, bars and brambles to bring tasty stories to the page. No matter your weather or hemisphere, let strawberries and mint wash your cares away with a good read.

The following are based on the May 30, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes strawberries and mint.

PART I (10-minute read)

Strawberry Queen by Kerry E.B. Black

Mont loved her the moment he caught her stealing strawberries from his Grandmother’s back garden. Her dark hair waved secrets, secrets he longed to share.

Footfalls crushed mint as he crept closer where she gathered berries as if they were rubies.

His family would disapprove. Old money protected itself, especially from dark-eyed thieves, be the theft strawberries or a young heir’s affections.

When she bought silence with a strawberry pressed to ripe lips, Mont cast aside titles and inheritance, his the disregard of one who’d never done without, and pressed a crown of mint onto his strawberry queen’s head.


Sweet Competition by Jo Hawk

Edith set the heavy mixing bowl on the counter and surveyed today’s haul. She absentmindedly patted her chest with her right hand as she thought.

She was tired of strawberry shortcake, and Elenore’s receipt had won for two years running. Strawberry pie was too simple, and Edith’s strawberry jam cookies had competition from Ruth.

She caressed the velvety surface of a large berry.

“Red velvet,” the words slipped from her lips, and an idea formed. Red velvet strawberry cupcakes with minted whipped cream, topped with a huge glazed berry.

“Eat your heart out, Elenore,” she said with a smile.


Angel on the Bridge by TN Kerr

I met Lavinia in early July
at The Angel on the Bridge
in Henley,
where I came to see the regatta.

I was smitten

I sought to impress
To ply her with food
Strawberries, cream, and a sprig of mint

She turned up her nose

I strove to impress
by quoting the Bard,
Demetrius in Titus Andronicus,
“She is Lavinia, therefore must be loved”

She laughed as I obviously knew not the story

I hoped to impress with my wealth
Alas, I had no wealth, but
She sat with me on the riverbank
She took my hand
She smiled


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Creation Myth


Andrew Joyce has created a post that takes us from the dreams of an entity through the evolution of man to where we are today. A perfectly plausible explanation with a paragraph at the end of the post that we should all hold dear…

And you can discover that paragraph by following the link at the end of this short extract…

Creation Myth

Every culture has its own creation myth. Ours is that the world was created in six days and the first humans were Adam and Eve. The Apache Indians have Changing Woman who was impregnated by the sun and gave birth to Nayé Nazghane, Slayer Of Monsters. The Norse people have Odin and Ymir … the Ancient Greeks, Gaia. But I would like to tell you guys how we really got here, and why. If you like, you may call this Andrew’s creation myth.

Long, long ago, in a place of no time and no space, existed an entity. As far as The Entity knew, It just WAS, and always had been. Before the universe we inhabit existed, before time existed, before space existed, It WAS. Within The Entity were the powers of creativity and It knew of their existence, but the ways to produce them were unknown to It. The entity existed in a State of Being, but without a means to find an expression for that Being.

We were within Its dreams, and while still within Its dreams, It gave us consciousness. The Entity felt pressure from us, the conscious but still only probable selves who found ourselves in a God’s dream. To release us would give us actuality, but it would also mean losing a portion of Its consciousness—a portion of Itself. With love and longing, It let us go. We exploded in a flash of creation.


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Eat Smart, Eat Healthy…No More Diets…I did it!


Absolutely fantastic and congratulations to Carol Taylor for her stunning and healthy weigh loss of  37lbs 2stone 9lbs 16.78kilos… she is now back in the 10 stone range and is delighted and deservedly so. She shares how she achieved this steady and healthy weight loss plus of course a wonderful recipe for mango curry with Indian spices..  Please follow the link to read the rest of the post.. thanks Sally


Eat Smart, Eat Healthy…No More Diets…I did it!

I so just did it nearly there but going the right way…

My first Eat Smart, Eat Healthy was way back in November 2018…I have covered many topics over those 29 weeks and I am so chuffed (pleased) to tell you that for the first time in about 40 years I can say I am in the 10 stone range…I am so very chuffed It has sometimes been a bit hard but I was determined that I was not going to follow a diet but eat healthily and exercise more…

Overall my loss in 29 weeks is 2st 9lb...or 16.78 kilos or 37 lbs… How have I done it? I will tell you…

Firstly I do follow intermittent fasting ( which suits me ) you can’t eat while you are asleep, can you? Haha…

For example, I try not to eat after 7pm or before 11am… I find this easy to do now it was a little hard when I first started but my tummy has now got into the swing of it and I don’t feel hungry at all…Intermittent fasting does not mean that you cannot drink you can also have a snack as long as it is less than 50 calories…

My drinks of choice are either Green Tea, Rosella Tea, Butterfly Pea Tea or ginger tea…I just swap and change them depending on how I feel or what I fancy or I may just drink plain water…I do have some Kombucha brewing so once that is ready that will be added to my list of drinks…

This post will go into more depth about intermittent fasting…No hard and fast rules you decide on the best time and days for you…


Head over to find out more…thanks Sally

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Healthy Eating! Eat Smart! A Bangkok weekend…Tea Tasting, Butterfly Pea Flowers…


Last week resident food and cookery expert Carol Taylor went to Bangkok to visit her son and to sample the food markets. She took home some interesting teas that are very beneficial.. and enjoyed some street food, before hitting the crab curry. Find out more by following the link at the end of this extract….

Healthy Eating! Eat Smart! A Bangkok weekend…Tea Tasting, Butterfly Pea Flowers…

What a weekend…Bangkok and seeing my Number 1 son…Perfect…It was a weekend of tea tasting, shopping, delicious food and lots of walking…

Bangkok a city which never sleeps…A city I love but only for a few days…It is vibrant, busy and the markets…so many…Chinatown is one of my favourite areas and where my favourite hotel is The Shanghai Mansion…A quirky hotel and we managed on our tour of Chinatown to have two pitstops and at the Shanghai Mansion both times… the first stop was for the most delicious smoothies and the second later in the afternoon when we were shopped and walked out was for a Passionfruit mocktail as it was Visakha Bucha Day one of the most important holidays in the Thai calendar… Alcohol is strictly forbidden on this day…So mocktails it was…

Visakha Bucha Day signifies the three most important days in the life of the Lord Buddha and it happened on the full moon of the sixth lunar month.

The Buddha was born on this day into the Royal family in what is now Nepal it was also the day that he departed this earthly life at the age of 80 years.

The Budhha also achieved The Enlightenment what is known as Nirvana on this very day so three important events in the life of Budhha.

In 1999 the United Nations unanimously resolved to declare Visakha Bucha day an international day.

My passionfruit mocktail was a delight topped by half a passionfruit…brulee…that half of passionfruit was awesome with a crackable top on top of the passionfruit a simple idea but amazing which has made me think…recipe…A passionfruit cheesecake with a brulee topping…I can just taste it…Drooling here…So watch this space…

Our first Food stop… I won’t number them as there were a few… haha…But we did walk them off…  I redeemed myself and my step count for that day alone was 19, 265 steps so I completely smashed my 10,000 steps that day…


Head over to discover more about Carol’s weekend.. very useful if you are planning a trip to Thailand..

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – New Sunday Interview Series – Human In Every Sense of the Word – Starting Sunday June 30th 2019.


Welcome to the new series of the Sunday Interview..Human in every sense of the word.

As humans there are five main senses that we rely on to navigate through this world.  And there is one that we all possess but do not necessarily use all the time…

Sight, Hearing, Touch, Taste, Smell….Sixth Sense.

For some people however, one or more of those senses do not function and we can only imagine the challenges this results in.

I don’t know about you, but I take my senses for granted, expecting to see my surroundings when I wake up each morning, hear the birds sing, feel the bedclothes as I throw them back, and the carpet beneath my feet. I expect to taste the marmalade on my toast, and smell the coffee I am about to drink. I also rely on my sixth sense, the one that people cannot really define, that somehow keeps me from making an error of judgement.

Scientists believe that we have other senses that are also important but that we have lost touch with over our evolution. But for this interview series I would like to focus on the six senses I have mentioned.

I would like you to write from 300 to 600 words about one or more of these senses.

We often associate significant events with our senses… the first time we heard a certain piece of music, touched an object or someone that had a profound effect on us, the first sight of a newborn baby or an event unfolding before our eyes, smelling a flower or eating a new food for the first time that was amazing.

You can choose to write about one sense or all of them, including that elusive sixth sense we have clung on to from the early days of man. 


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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the shelves – Special Pre-Order Price – Partners in Time by Stevie Turner


Just a reminder that the latest book by Stevie Turner is now available on Amazon..

Stevie Turner’s latest book, Partners in Time, was released today….

About Partners in Time

John Finbow, a successful writer, and his wife Kay move into Southcombe Rectory, a large Victorian house that has been empty since the 1960s. It had previously been owned by the Cuthbertson family who had lived there for generations. Their marriage is under strain, as John, 39 would like children before he gets too old, but Kay, 34, does not.
When John is working in his study soon after moving in, he is disturbed by the sight of a young woman who appears out of the blue on his sofa. Emily Cuthbertson, whose old bedroom is now John’s study, was 25 at the time of her death and the youngest of 8 offspring of the late Reverend Arthur Cuthbertson and his wife Delia. Emily had died in 1868 but is now unwilling to leave behind her old life on earth, due to having missed out on a family of her own whilst being a companion to her widowed mother. Emily is still desperate for a husband and children, and John is the answer to her dreams.

One hundred and thirty years separate them. Will Emily and John’s love survive time’s relentless march?

Head over and buy the book:

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Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Eat like the Okinawans do…


Carol Taylor with her eat smart post this week and taking a leaf out of the Okinawans cookbook as they have an impressive number of 100 + residents… plus a great recipe for sweet potatoes that sounds delicious.. catch up with her smart watch update too.

Healthy Eating…Eat Smart…Eat like the Okinawans do…

Good Morning…

A mixed week weatherwise and a stonker of a stormy night the other night…Cooled it down somewhat but still hot and humid…

Those of you who received Easter Eggs or are quietly munching through your kid’s little stash…Are you ready to get that bod in shape for the summer??

I was looking at different cultures and their eating and came across this…The Okinawa Diet?



Photo on Visualhunt


The elixir of youth ever since time immemorial someone somewhere has been searching for it…Not quite the elixir of life but Okinawa which is an island in the North China Sea boasts 68 centenarians who enjoy the longest life expectancy of anyone on Earth, with the vast majority of those years lived in remarkably good health too.

Okinawans are remarkable, with a 40% greater chance of living to 100 than other Japanese people.

So what do they eat? The ratio of carbs to protein is higher with the majority of their carbs coming from the Sweet Potato…

Sweet Potato


Photo credit: Mike Licht, on / CC BY


Head over and read the entire post… well worth the trip.


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A New Quilt – Part 2


Last week I shared the wonderful news that the children in Jennie Fitzkee’s class were embarking on a new quilt…. here is a recap of that post and the beginning of part 2… be inspired and follow the link to read the entire post.

A New Quilt – Part 2

In Part 1, children embraced the song “This Land is Your Land” as their own.  They sang the song every day, multiple times a day.  By the time winter arrived, they had ‘taken over’, and constantly used the book This Land is Your Land when they sang.  The book brings American landmarks and history to life, and it also depicts humanity, the good and the bad.  Children love the ‘sad page’, and the ensuing verse that gives us all hope and reminds us of what we can do, together.  In my classroom, the song just keeps on going.

Part 2:
It was a regular morning in the classroom.  Children were finishing snack.  The routine is they get a book and have silent reading (or not so silent) while other children finish their snack.  Of course there are a few children who try to eat quickly so they can have first dibs on a book.  This Land is Your Land is always the first to get picked.  And, it’s hard to read the book and not sing, or at least hum.  On this particular morning, multiply that tenfold.

I remarked to Naomi, my assistant teacher, “The last time children were so vested in a song and couldn’t get enough was eight years ago.  I had to do something, do more.  Milly the quilter made a quilt.”

Lightbulb moment:  Of course, a quilt!


Be inspired and click the link….

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In Conversation With “D.Wallace Peach” from “MythsOfTheMirror🐉” #AuthorInterview


Diana Wallace Peach talks about how she began writing at 50 and has not stopped since, her work process, and you will never guess what she did after graduation…. Head over and enjoy the entire interview with Himani of Books & Stuff… very entertaining.

In Conversation With “D.Wallace Peach” from “MythsOfTheMirror🐉” #AuthorInterview

Omigod! I am just so super excited to start with my Author Interview Series with one of my favourite Blogger (Myths of the Mirror) who is equally an awesome Fantasy writer. I personally like her more because she has helped me extract my (not-so-great, being humble☺) writing talent, hidden deep inside some dark corner of my heart❤ scared of coming out in front of the world😵

(Now the question in your mind would be) How she did that?🤔 Her monthly #writingprompts. If you haven’t participated yet, don’t forget to miss the next one.

I wanted to know more about her and then I thought the other Fantasy readers too, wanted that. So, here I am with this smashing Interview for you all to know more about none other than D.Wallace Peach.


1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

First, Himani, I want to thank you for this lovely opportunity to be interviewed for your blog. It’s so kind of you, and I’m delighted and honoured to be here. I’m looking forward to meeting your followers and chatting about writing and books. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and I enrolled in every writing course offered in college, but I never actually had the thought, “I want to be a writer.” Writing happened more by default, a way to fill some rare free time after my husband’s work required us to relocate. He suggested, “Why don’t you write a book?” I replied, “Okay.” And then I did. That first book was horrible, of course, and it took years of rewriting and editing before I found a publisher, but by then, I was hooked!

2. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?



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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore, New Book on the Shelves #Crime #Thriller – Irma’s Endgame by Paulette Mahurin


Delighted to share the news of the latest book by Paulette Mahurin – Irma’s Endgame…a crime thriller….

As with all Paulette’s books, profits from will go to rescue dogs from kill shelters.

About Irma’s Endgame.

When newspaper headlines screamed in large bold print that one of the world’s leading heart-transplant surgeons, Peter Dayton, was arrested for the death of one of his transplant patients, shock waves were felt around the world. Particularly impacted was an attorney, Irma Mullins, who found it inconceivable that the man she once loved could have committed the heinous act for which he had been arrested. Determined to find out what happened, she embarks on a course of action to uncover the truth. But when all paths lead to one dead-end after another, and Dayton continues to maintain his innocence, she detours.

Through desperation, frustration, fear, and determination she grasps at thin threads for anything that might uncover facts to help exonerate Dayton. What she ultimately discovers is both shocking and unbelievable. Written by the award-winning, international best-selling author, Paulette Mahurin, Irma’s Endgame is a story of friendship and loyalty, of betrayal and revenge, of mystery and discovery, of enmity and love. It is a narrative that shakes the very core of the scientific ground we all walk on and proves that what we think is real is not always solid terrain. This is a novel that will be remembered long after the last page is finished.

One of the early reviews for the book


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