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De La TeRrE à La LuNe …

Un cliché de la Nasa que Jules Verne aurait apprécié ! Cette photo a été prise par une sonde ; la distance entre la terre et la lune peut varier entre 356 000 et 406 000 kms, selon le parcours de cette dernière.


PrObAbLy OnE oF tHe MoSt ToUcHiNg SpEeCh MaDe In ThE aMeRiCaN cOnGrEsS …

Isn’t it both touching and heartbreaking to hear this man plead for his right to exist ? Nobody should have to do this … Let us remember that any person who comes into this world will keep growing and being woven through circumstances and people, to hopefully become a masterpiece ! The humbler the beginning, the more amazing the outcome 🙂

I’ll let you be the judge !

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

(psalm 139)

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SuMmEr In StYle

Cet été, la chaleur a été telle que certains d’entre nous ne savent plus comment se rafraîchir. Voici une solution parmi d’autres 🙂

This summer, in the south of France, it’s been unbearably hot. I know some of you look with envy at this banana-shaped area that never appears other than sunny on the weather forecast. Believe me, after nearly three months without so much as a rainy cloud, we’re nearly baked. But some of us do find relief in their own way ; check it out !

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ThaNksGiViNg, qu’est-ce que c’est ?

Cette semaine,  c’est la semaine de Thanksgiving.

Classic Pumpkin Pie.ashxIngredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup evaporated milk, undiluted/ vanilla ice-cream/milk and yogourt (if you’re desperate)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 9-inch pie crust, unbaked

Cooking Time: 50 minutes


Step 1 – Let’s begin with the real thing

Thou shall wash the pumpkin… just kiddin hehe
Wash the exterior of the pumpkin in cool or warm water. Cut the pumpkin in half.  A serrated knife and a sawing motion works best – a smooth knife is more likely to slip and hurt you! A visitor suggests using a hand saw.

Step 2 – Scoop out the seeds…

And scrape the insides.  You want to get out that stringy, dangly stuff that coats the inside surface.  I find a heavy ice cream scoop works great for this.


The seeds can be used either to plant pumpkins next year, or roasted to eat this year! Place them in a bowl of water and rub them between your hands. Then, pick out the orange buts (throw that away) and drain off the water. Spread them out on a clean towel or paper towel to dry and they’re ready to save for next year’s planting or roast.


In mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and flour. Add eggs; mix well. Add evaporated milk, water and vanilla; mix well. Pour pumpkin pie mixture into a 9-inch pastry lined pie pan. Preheat oven to 425°. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake pumpkin pie for about 35 minutes longer, until pumpkin pie is set.