Mother’s Day


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I not saying that there aren’t any good movies any more but I miss a nice light chick-flick. They may not be everyone’s bag of popcorn but I love Julia Robert in Pretty Woman and Notting Hill. And Kate Hudson in Almost Famous and Le Divorce. Director Gary Marshall made Pretty Woman which is just another reason I am looking forward to his new feel-good movie Mother’s Day.

The movie is about three women; Julia Roberts as a television, Jennifer Anniston as a divorcee looking for love, and Kate Hudson who want a better relationship with her mother.

The three stories are intertwined.

If you are still looking for a Mother’s Day gift at my beautiful flowers from Proflowers might give you an idea.

Proflowers partnered with Mother’s Day and they offer gift ideas. This is the bouquet (This vase but one this one came with the flowers) you can send your mother beautiful roses and lilies and a vase – just like these for just under $30. I love flowers and these are very fresh. Shipping fees and tax are extra.




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Flowering tea for Mother’s Day

12_floweringtea.jpg Click on top title to open and scroll  Numi Organic Flowering Tea in pretty glass teapots is the perfect thing to serve on Mother’s Day. The delicate combination of tea and flowers tastes delicious and looks pretty through the transparent pots. The flowering teas come in different flavours such as Dragon Lily, Jasmine Lovers, Lavender Dream, Shooting Star, Sunset Oolong, and Golden Jasmine. The tea pairs well with egg dishes, fresh fruit, and sweets.  Here is an exotic cookie recipe to go with the luxurious tea.  You may also want to brew a pot of Numi Jasmine Green Tea scented with organic jasmine flowers and served it iced. It is delicious hot but stands up to ice very well too.  (Flowering Tea set in Bamboo makes a lovely Mother’s Day gift for any tea lover.)

Rosewater and cardamom shortbread  cookies recipes

Preheat oven F 325 160C

Make these cookies in a stand mixer with a paddle, a bowl with a hand mixer and paddle, or a food processer and metal blade using pulses.

Place in the bowl of a mixer and mix for a few seconds:

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1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1½ tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. ground cardamom

½ tsp. salt

Mix the following liquids together her and pour them into dry ingredients slowly with the mixer running at a slow speed:

½ cup unsalted butter, melted

¾ cup vegetable oil

1½ tbsp. Rosewater

Continue to mix or pulse for seven minutes until a ball forms. Form the dough into smooth, round balls, about the size of a small walnut.

Make a depression with your thumb in each of them.

Place on heavy nonstick baking sheets or sheets with silpats.

Chill 10 minutes then bake for 15 to 18 minutes.

The bottoms of the cookies should be just slightly coloured; the tops should not be colored at all.


Cool and dust slight with icing sugar when cool. They will keep for several weeks in an airtight tin – if no one eats them!


What Jackie taught us

_What_Jackie_Taught_UsClick top title to open and scroll  “I’ll be a wife and mother first, then First Lady.” That was one of Jacqueline Kennedy’s first dictates as she moved into the White House. Even at thirty-one Jackie had a definite idea about her role and legacy as U.S. First Lady.  “No one else looked like her, spoke like her, wrote like her, or was so original in the way she did things,” said her brother-in-law, the late Senator Ted Kennedy. “No one we knew ever had a better sense of self.”

In What Jackie Taught Us: Lessons from the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The author, Tina Santi Flaherty, attempts to analyze the secret of Jackie’s mystique and the source of her power. Flaherty’s biography of one the world’s most influential women is now available in a new edition to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis’s death.

Tina Santi Flaherty knows about being in the spotlight and that may have contributed to her fascination with Jackie’s path to power. Ms. Flaherty describes herself as a lifelong admirer of Jacqueline. She was also her neighbour in Manhattan. Among many her many accomplishments, Ms. Flaherty has worked as a broadcaster, held top positions in Fortune 500 companies, and coached executives and politicians in the art of “creative communication”. She also writes articles and books on business. Like Jackie she is an active philanthropist and a passionate animal lover.

Ms. Flaherty believes that anyone can emulate Jackie and follow her path to greater success.  What Jackie Taught Us is a collection of essays by people who knew Jackie professionally and personally, with the author’s reflections.

Through the personal recollections of friends and colleagues Ms. Flaherty documents and illustrates how Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis developed her sense of style, poise, work ethic, and even how she created and fostered the mystery that help secure her place in history. This unusual and fascinating biography is a primer on to how to live not a perfect but an authentic, courageous, and purposeful life.

What Jackie Taught Us is a must-read for admirers of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis. Even those versed in her life will find that Flaherty has unearthed new and personal stories about this already much-documented woman. This book would also make an excellent Mother’s Day gift.