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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Recipe on Deck - Homemade Irish Cream

Butterfan's Homemade Irish Cream
Ingredients:1⅔ cups good Jameison Irish whiskey1 cup heavy cream1 can sweetened condensed milk 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup 2 tsp pure vanilla extract1 tbsp instant coffee
Instructions:-Place all of the ingredients in a blender and mix on high speed for 20 seconds.-Transfer the mixture to an airtight container, mason jars are nice for gifting.-Store it in the fridge for up to two months, and just be sure to shake well before using





The Invisible Christmas Tree - Tre Cool

Probably the most creative Christmas tree in the world . . . the Invisible Tree by 97th Floor.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

The World Needs a Group Hug Like This


"In an emotional Facebook post, Hart’s mothers Jennifer and Sarah told the story behind the now famous photo."
“We hit the streets (Nov. 25) with the intention of spreading love and kindness, and to remind (ALL) people that they matter in this world. ... I noticed Devonte was struggling. Tears,” the post read. “He wouldn't speak. He was inconsolable. My son has a heart of a gold, compassion beyond anything I've ever experienced, yet struggles with living fearlessly when it comes to the police and people that don't understand the complexity of racism that is prevalent in our society. It was one of the most emotionally charged experiences I've had as a mother. He trembled holding a Free Hugs sign as he bravely stood alone in front of the police barricade. Tears rushing from his eyes and soaking his sweater, he gazed upon them not knowing how they would react. After a while, one of the officers approached him and extended his hand. Their interaction was uncomfortable at first. ... There were generic questions about his favorite subject and what he liked to do in the summer, but the one that mattered hit straight to the heart. He asked Devonte why he was crying. His response about his concerns regarding the level of police brutality towards young black kids was met with an unexpected and seemingly authentic (to Devonte),  "Yes. *sigh* I know. I'm sorry. I'm sorry." The officer then asked if he could have one of his hugs.”
Since the photo was first posted on Facebook, it has already garnered over 150,000 shares. Devonte Hart is already noted for being an active advocate for peace and has been profiled for his "Free Hugs" campaign.

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/beautiful-moment-captured-camera-between-12-year-old-ferguson-protester-and-police-officer

UPDATE!
Devonte Hart entered the world 12 years ago with drugs pumping through his tiny newborn body.
By the time he was 4 years old he had smoked, consumed alcohol, handled guns, been shot at, and suffered severe abuse and neglect.
He knew only a handful of words, including f--k and s—t.
He was a violent toddler and his health was weighed down by a heavy list of disabilities.
It was a life with little hope and a future that seemed over before it began.
That is until Jen Hart and her wife Sarah entered Devonte’s life and adopted him and his two siblings seven years ago.
Jen says the day she met Devonte was frightening and traumatic.
“That night, after we finally got him to sleep, I cried harder than I had ever cried in my life.
I felt like there was no way we could raise this child, and the five others we had adopted.”
Yet, she says, “I felt more connected to this fragile little boy more than I had ever felt to anyone in my life.”
With their unconditional love, patience and acceptance, Devonte defied all odds and has grown into a young charismatic man with a heart of gold.
What an incredible family.
I don't even know what else to say.
So instead I'll you with a few more words from Devonte’s mother.
“(We need) authentic human interactions - listening to each other - facing fears with an open heart.
Tired of hearing about racial issues??
Turn off the television, phone, and computer.
Stop feeding problems through a screen and become part of the real life solution.”
I agree 100%.
Photo of Devonte hugging police officer courtesy of
Johnny Nguyen.