Leap Castle of Ireland: The MOST Haunted in the World!

Perhaps the most haunted castle in Ireland is “Leap Castle” and according to legend was built on a Druidic site. The O’Carroll family once lived here, and they were vicious murderers, who would throw the bodies of their victims down a hole in the wall called an “oubilette.” There is a small windowless room below…

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Three Day Quote Challenge…Day 3

Recently, I was nominated and challenged by my dear friend Lynne from LynnesRecipeTrails.com to participate in the Three Day Quote Challenge. Thank you, Lynne! If you haven’t already, please treat yourself to a trip to her lovely blog where she performs marvelous culinary magic! Quote Challenge Day 3…”There’s no place like home— the magical self…

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Quote of the Day Challenge–Day 2

Recently, I was nominated and challenged by my dear friend Lynne from LynnesRecipeTrails to participate in the Three Day Quote Challenge. Thank you, Lynne! If you haven’t already, please pop on over to her lovely blog! Quote Challenge Day 2…”The Inner Child Emerging” A Tribute to Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a…

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Quote of the Day Challenge – Day One

Happy Thursday Everyone!  🙂 Recently, I was nominated and challenged by my dear friend Lynne from LynnesRecipeTrails to participate in the Three Day Quote Challenge. Thank you, Lynne! I am honored & privileged! Placing all accolades aside, I asked myself, “How can I pull this off?” My self simply retorted “just do it!” If you…

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Cacao as Currency & An Aztec Hot Chocolate Recipe

As I write today’s entry, the early 70’s song “For the Love of Money” by the O’Jays rings loudly in my head. “Some people got to have it, Some people really need it” but where did it all begin? Chocolate history starts in Latin America, where cacao trees grow wild. The first people to use…

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Mrs. Weinstein’s Traditional Potato Latkes

In the early 90’s, I was fortunate enough to live in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh.  There I encountered many wonderful Jewish families and their incredible, authentic beliefs and recipes. One precious experience that still resonates with me today was given to me by a kind, yet strong elderly woman named Mrs. Weinstein. She claimed…

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