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My most popular posts in 2017…

My Top Ten posts of 2017…Did it surprise me?

Not really it seems that many of you love Thailand as much as I do, that you advocate healthy eating with Halloween and Christmas thrown into the mix for good luck…

Numero 1.

Why I love Thailand!  

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This post  I suppose is my snapshot of the Land of Smiles, the food I love, the sunsets, the people, the festivals and traditions and there is more as you know we now grow our own Turkeys. I have discovered many fruits and vegetables which were previously unknown to me…

Thailand certainly has the power to surprise me… Every day I see something which makes me smile …

Numero 2.

Healthy foods which may help reduce your Blood Pressure.

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I suppose there was no surprise that this post was as popular as it was as High Blood Pressure also known as the silent killer is something which many suffer from. I hope by writing this post I gave you the tools to better understand how food can be thy medicine I am a firm believer in that…Not always a replacement but something which can work alongside prescribed medication if need be.

Numero 3.

Healthy eating…Turmeric Drinks.

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Again no great surprise as Turmeric is being hailed as one of the best cure-alls ever… It has its place like many fruits, vegetable and herbs but no one size fits all…What suits you may not suit the next person and it is moderation…And do not believe everything you read ..do your own research because if it sounds too good to be true..It is!

A good example is my own father who took drinking water…yes water to another level he did not apply moderation and ended up in hospital.

Numero 4.

Fish Friday…Thai Shrimp Cakes

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These lovely tasty little cakes are so very popular and are found on almost every menu in Thailand and market stall….very moreish eaten with a lovely spicy little chilli dip. Also so easy to make at home in your own kitchen…

Numero 5.

Some of Thailands most unusual foods.

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Yes, I have tried some of them…As long as they are really crispy and not squidgy I will try them… Hands up who has eaten crispy fried whitebait???? Or crispy prawn heads??? Not too much different… Do you think?

Numero 6.

Halloween recipes…Will you dare to try??

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I would be interested to know who did try it???

Did you??

Numero 7

Healthy eating…Waste not- want- not

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From pickle juice, potato water or oil from a can of sardines there is a use for everything …my favourite as a child and we used to fight over it…When my nan used to strain the cabbage water add a little vinegar and give it to us to drink we thought we had been given the world.

Numero 8.

Beat the blues with food and So pretty, so deadly tied in 8th place…

melientha-cookingVillage cooking…I was taught to use herbs to make a healthy soup…

So pretty! So deadly!

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A word of warning when so many flowers are used in cooking…sometimes they can be so deadly and they are used in Brides bouquets even now… So just check which takes but a minute or two and could save a life or a nasty rash…

Numero 9.

Christmas recipes…Drink anyone?

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There is nothing like a homemade drink recipe…

Last but not least…

Numero 10.

Matcha Tea Cookies.

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Matcha drinks can be found on every stall and drink outlet here it is very popular… It is also open to tweaking because what I get here is not always what you can get where you live… A prime example for me was and is coconut milk… when my son went to the UK very recently most cans or cartons were only 40% coconut milk and it’s anyone’s guess as to what made up the other 60% but I think we know by now…Don’t we??

It is the same with drinks…many are loaded with sugars so all I am saying is read the labels or buy from a reputable source.

I have to get my little rant in as it bugs me that we have to be so careful because of the unscrupulous practices of manufacturers.

I hope you enjoyed my top 10 of last years posts and if you did please share as sharing is caring…

I would like to wish you all a very happy, healthy New Year …

 

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As 2017 draws to an end…A recap of last year…A preview of what’s to come in 2018?

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I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to what 2018 brings you.

First and foremost I want to thank all of my loyal followers for without you my blog would go nowhere… Some who have followed me since day one and others I have met as my blogging journey continues… wonderful friends who have inspired me to do better next year….. There are some wonderful blogs out there and each and every one of you in your way inspires me… For that I thank you ❤

So no long list of New Year resolutions for me (I don’t) generally do resolutions in print… maybe in my head or verbally to friends and family but in print… No!

So my  New Years resolution this year is to work smarter, schedule posts and allocate time to write and stick to it…

It takes time to build a following and if you are very lucky you will go viral as for the rest  of us it’s hard work and dedication… true…I have been blogging for 3 whole years now and have seen a steady increase in followers and views over the years especially in the last 6 months but it is a hard slog ..no easy route just hard work and of course writing posts which people want to read and want to come back for more…..

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My core readers come from the USA they all seem to like this whimsical, English lady and they are not even closely followed by the UK…You guys are awesome …so thank you ❤

My biggest source of views on social media comes from FB and Flipboard with Twitter/Pinterest pretty close in 3rd and 4th place.

Overall my highest views come through WP reader…

August and October were my highest views topping over 3K…..which for me reflect all the hard work I have done since last June and my sincere thanks go out to each and every one of you who have enabled me to reach those views…Thank you x

My best post being ” Beat the Blues with Food” and I truly do believe that food should be your medicine albeit sometimes alongside prescribed medication.

I always cook from scratch and that will never change…It is cheaper, easier and no nasties and I think that overall I have been surprised how easy it is to make some food items which in the past I have bought …Driven by the fact that where I now live I don’t have access to much of which I previously purchased from stores…

I also have a little more time to experiment and have I had some disasters along the way…Oh yes!

We also now grow much of our own including Turkeys and very soon I hope to have lots of little turkey babies as the mums are sitting on their eggs and have been for a few weeks now…Exciting times and I have seen lots of new fruits and vegetables spring up over the last year as well.

All of which will provide lots of ideas for my posts in the new year…I do hope you enjoy them…

Overall a good year for me but next year will see me spend time out ( I will) schedule more posts to enable me to finish my “Cookbook”..Come on…who doesn’t write a cookbook?

It will incorporate recipes I have discovered and been gifted since living here and recipes passed down through our family over the years…Coupled with my move to Thailand this has seen my outlook and recipe file expand greatly over the last 7 years…

I have also started a new blog called Orienthailiving  so please if you support me here it would be lovely to have your support over there… It covers travel, recipes and also it has associate links but this coming year I will be selling goods which I have locally sourced so if you love my Thai recipes I will be providing some of the pots and pans which we use here…

My idea is/was to keep my baby..my first blog completely separate…What do you think.?..should I merge them at some point this year????

Maybe it would be a good idea .. it would definitely make life easier for me…

I have also been invited to do a Food Column by Sally @ Smorgasbord Health which I am very excited about and will be sharing recipes from around the world including my tried and tested ones which have been passed down through  the family for generations and my chatter because you all know I can’t just write a recipe and leave it there…haha

My monthly slot over on The Recipe Hunter which is a wonderful source of truly tried and tested recipes…will continue with my next one scheduled for the 18th January 2018.

Last but not least my Cookbook or maybe 2 and then to complete my first stand-alone novel…I have short stories in two Anthologies…so thought it was high time I sat down and wrote a novel which is an extension of one of my already published short stories.

That concludes my recap of last year and my plans for 2018…

Thank you again to all my loyal followers you are awesome and I hope you have the best 2018…

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I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year… Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creativity or Web Traffic?

I love this and it is a good analogy of me..who would have thought those few years ago when I landed here..suitcase in hand what wonders would await me and what passion this world of writing would bring to me..awake in me….How it would change my life and bring untold joy and new friends…It is an amazing ride and this lady is not getting off for a long time yet…

Quote Challenge – Day 1: Don’t Quit on Love

Well…I can’t follow such praise..deserved or not…I am so thankful for the lovely people I have met in this world of blogging…I give you Marisslee my pixie friend 🙂

Several days back, when I opened my FB the first thing that I saw on the newsfeed was Carol Taylor’s “Quote Challenge Day Two…Age…Doc A, Lisasworld and A Girl Who Would be a Pixie”. She is one of the special people I befriended while still in Niume. I am one of her big fans. This funny, witty English lady does not just write recipes; but, would give you trivia about some of the ingredients she used in such a recipe. And that is the reason why I love reading her posts.

If you are interested to see for yourself, head on to her website – “Retired? No One Told Me!” via https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/ and her new self-hosted baby, https://myhealthyretirement.com/.

Anyway, back to the Quote Challenge…So, I saw the word “pixie” and thought “hmmm…?” and proceeded to open the link and voila! I found out she nominated…

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Do you know where Loofah’s come from? by Carol Taylor

My luffa babies, the beginning!…from my archives kindly reblogged by our Sally aka Smorgabord Health 2017.
Update : All grown now and topping 20ft in the air…They have taken over….lol…A little reminiscent of the Day of the Triffids and they grow just as quickly just not quite so scary….

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Welcome to the series where you can share four of your links from your archives here on my blog to a new audience. Perhaps posts that you wrote at the beginning of your blogging experience that deserve another showcase. If you have book promotion posts then please contact me separately for other options. Details of how to get in touch with me at the end of the post.

The next time you are in the bath and about to massage your back with a loofah… give some thought as to the process it has been through to give you a good scrub… Carol Taylor reveals all (well about the loofah anyway).

Do you know where Loofah’s come from? by Carol Taylor

We visited our granddaughters village yesterday in Sakon Nakong which is in Northern Thailand. I was given these brown crispy long things!

Which when shaken sounded like a baby’s…

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Quotes Challenge…Day 3…Oh dear!

Many thanks to Sally for nominating me for this 3-day challenge…Once she reads this she will probably think I am the nutty one and never challenge me again…

You can find Sally( S) stands for Sane One here https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/?s=quote+challenge+day+2

Oh! Just realised Carol( C ) stands for crazy one! What can say..please read on….

Where was I ???

Oh yes…..3 days is quite ample for me and also picking 3 people ..some of these challenges want not just blood and tears but the whole caboodle… I mean 15 people…and 20 questions ..Do that and you qualify for mastermind….

Just 3 days is cool……

For the last day I am not picking anyone.. if you want to do it…pick up the gauntlet …as Nike says,  Just do it!

My final quote ….Well, it was going to be….

Why didn’t Noah SWAT those mosquitos?…Anonymous…

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But…Mosquitoes are needed by birds, frogs, dragonflies and various other insect-eating creatures i.e Bats. Without them, the bases of many different food chains would collapse or have a severe shift… Drat!

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Back up my hard drive? How do I put it into reverse? #sayquotable

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Much too technical for Moi…

 

So I decided on a nice one..not quirky..just nice…

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ” I’m possible!………Audrey Hepburn.

That’s true, so chins up and onward we go! And my what I never thought I would do was??????

With the help of a Mojito or 2…… absolutely out of my comfort zone and…….

Amazing ! What Fun!

I went to Improv which is a form of live theatre and it was brilliant..I recommend anyone to try it…Had one amazing time ..still buzzing..and if you don’t know what it is…

It’s short sketches e.g someone picks a page number in a book.You pick the part you are playing. One person says a sentence anything whatever they are thinking and you reply exactly what is written down( but they don’t know what your script is they are just doing their own impromptu of the top of THEIR head ..get it? such fun….

Wow, what a night.

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If you had been a fly on the wall you would have seen Moi..like you had never seen me before…..I didn’t know anyone just the person I had gone with which was just as well…lol

I think I deserved an Oscar for those performances!

When all I probably needed was a doctor???????

I really am quite sane…I am…

If you dare to venture over to my new blog it is quite calm, peaceful a haven of tranquillity…..Please do I need some followers and shares whatever really as a new blog…

https://myhealthyretirement.com

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Until next time…If they let me out….Anyone have another challenge for me??? I thought not…..he he

Love you all xx

Carols Work in Progress – A #WiPW Guest Post!

Many thanx to Shaun from Clockwork Clouds for allowing me to guest post on his blog…Please pop over and see him he has a lovely blog and it is worth a read 🙂

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I don’t know about you, but I can often get into the mindset that “there’s time to do something later” and, as such, I put dreams and passions to one side. The horror stories I then go on to hear, though, can make you think you’ll never get there; that a passion put to one side will never be felt. That said, sometimes you hear a story where a hobby was rediscovered, where the pieces aligned unexpectedly. Sometimes you’ll hear a story that shows us just how truly unpredictable life can be…. Carol, of Retired? No one told me! and MyHealthyRetirement.com, shares that kind of inspirational tale in today’s Work in Progress Wednesday (WiPW)! Please have a read.

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Work in Progress!

WipW…..Shaun has very kindly allowed me to guest post on his blog and a very nice blog it is so give him some…

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