Reading that with get your mind travelling with leaving home

Review for A SEALED FATE
 
A riveting read.
 
 
Cleverly written this modern suspense thriller charts the story of Valda and is set in the exotic but dangerous locations of Cape Town and Dubai. Containing destiny, fate, karma, intrigue and passion it is an edge of the seat read. Its emotional impact is chilling and often quite scary and its tight description and dialogue create real tension. That said it is an easy read and has an easy plot that suddenly shakes you with its swift turns.Image The journeys between Cape Town and Dubai are very tense and often chilling. The atmosphere and culture of Cape Town and Dubai come alive on the page and Gordon cleverly weaves all this into easy dialogue and vivid descriptions. Once the reader is comfortable with the story along comes another sudden twist. The storytelling is compelling and moves at a fast pace making the book difficult to put down.
The characters are well written and relationships both warm and friendly through to cold and chilling. Valda soon realises that a chain of tragic deaths across Dubai over the last twenty years were not accidents but murders and her name is next on the list. As this unfolds Lisa Gordon keeps the reader guessing as Valda’s relationships with Richard, the Sheik and his bodyguard Ahmed, Charles and Brett develop. Her professional meeting with Larissa turns into friendship and a strong sense of trust between the two as they unwittingly test the assumptions of fate, free will and destiny. All the time I felt I knew what was going to happen next, then was quickly sent in another direction.
Well worth reading, I look forward to reading more novels by Lisa Gordon.
Barbara Goldie from the Kindle Book Review

LIBRA in May and June

Passive aggression are the key words for Libra this spring.  How are you expressing your anger and frustration right now, even if you are holding it back it may be having a subliminal effect on those around you.  Maybe you are projecting that anger and experiencing it through others.  Try and own up to your feelings and do not feel martyred as that will increase not diminish your level of frustration on a desire level and on a spiritual level.  There is a call to to be self-sacrificing right now and to surrender to forces beyond your control; this does not play well with Libra who like to be the boss.

The solar eclipse in late April will bring the issue of sharing to the forefront – this may mean how you and your partner manage your joint account or issues of money between yourself and a business partner.  As a Libran you will want things balanced fairly.

Sex is certainly a theme and so are your boundaries – what are the undercurrents in your relationship, how are these affecting your sex life?  Perhaps it is via sex that you can influence your partner.  Could sex be the key in understanding yourself better?  Your sex life will give you clues about what is right or wrong with your relationship or with the intimate side of your life.

 

LOVE

You are not very self-aware right now; somehow you are very much caught within your own perspective and are not seeing how your own emotions and reactions to situations may be part of the cause of negativity from outside.  Talking to your close friends and your partner could give you a far better take on how you are coming across.  If your partner or spouse says that you are snappy, sulky or irritable then take them seriously.  You need some time alone this period to work through certain feelings and emotions, you have a nagging sense of things not being right and yet you cannot put your finger on what is actually wrong.  This feeling will of course affect all relationships, especially intimate ones and so talk about it and let your partner know why you need some space.

Single Librans are best staying away from serious romance this period as you don’t know yourself and you are not sure what you want.  Go out with mates and platonic friends and let your hair down, commitment and the game that comes with romance is not what you need right now.

From: HOROSCOPE 2014

VIRGO – Love and life this month and June

Seeing things clearly and in perspective; this is a time for stripping away the people and activities which are not nourishing for you.  There is a need for a re-evaluation of your values, how much of your behaviour is dominated by or catering to the values of others and how much have you absorbed those values – are these really you?  You need to re-connect with your core beliefs and values and re-align your life to accommodate these.  Virgos need some soul searching – your life should mirror what you are not what those you live with are.  The solar eclipse at the end of April will result in a certain pre-occupation with the intangible beliefs and attitudes that influence your life; events may force you to re-examine your ethics, morality, religious and philosophical ideas – how are these changing, how is society and the media affecting what you believe?  What do you really believe at heart – yes, it’s easier to go with the pack, but what does your conscience say?

This is a time of truth seeking and you may do that via travel, immersing yourself in books, a spiritual retreat or exposure to a new culture

 

LOVE

Off with the rose coloured glasses and on with the 20-20 vision.  They say hindsight is always 20-20, but often we do know what we need to know and just do not want to accept it.  Virgos are able to see relationships in a new light and this will dramatically affect how you behave in the relationship and what you are prepared to give. 

Intelligence and your ability to cut to the chase are attributes which are making you very attractive to the opposite sex; being direct is a very fresh way to tackle a new love interest.  No games, just genuine interest and good conversation is the way to get the ball rolling if you fancy someone.

from: HOROSCOPE 2014

LIFE and LOVE for LEO in JUNE

Big plans are made up of thousands of little details and it is those little details that Leo need to pay attention to, to ensure that the big picture stays focused.  If something is going wrong within your life: family, work or love, the problem may be smaller than you think, so do not throw the baby out with the bathwater, as something small but significant could change things from disaster to success.  Leo love a grand theme but often pay far less attention to the small details that can hamper the ultimate goal.

Leos will look to the home and family to restore things: these things may be family relationships or on a practical level home improvements which will make life more comfortable.  There may be the impetus to move home in order to improve work travel time, be near better school or to get a better job. 

LOVE

Mixed signals and immaturity from your partner may lead you to believe that they are losing the plot.  You may not decide to question them directly as for one, you may not want to hear what they have to say and for another, you fear that it would make no sense anyway.  It is best to play it cool and give them some space to sort out their head – the confusion is all down to them and there is no need for the two of you to be dragged into a mental quagmire.  Any discussions will increase misunderstanding not decrease it.

New relationships can be very confusing for single Leo, it’s a case of, “How will I know if he really loves me?”  The bottom line is, be careful of players; a new love on the scene may not be what they appear to be.

More from; HOROSCOPE 2014 – Lisa Lazuli

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FRICADEL CASSEROLE – Scrummy Meatball Recipe for the Weekend

FRICADEL CASSEROLE

 

500g Lean minced beef

1 onion chopped

Sprinkle of marjoram

Chilli stuffed olives chopped

2 Tbs breadcrumbs

1 beaten egg

Butter

1 tsp flour

100-150ml beef stock

1 tsp lemon juice

Worcester Sauce

Paprika

Evaporated milk

Salt and pepper

Chopped parsley

 

Mix raw mince with salt, pepper, onion, olives, marjoram, breadcrumbs and egg, then shape into balls slightly bigger than golf balls.

Fry the balls in butter until brown all over.

Transfer meat balls to casserole dish.

Add flour to frying pan and stir into butter over a low heat.  Add stock, lemon juice, splash of Worcester sauce and paprika and boil for 3 mins.  Remove from heat and stir in evaporated milk.

Pour sauce over meat balls/fricadels and bake at 170C for 10-15 mins.

Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

 

Delicious in summer with a salad or in winter with cauliflower cheese and green beans.

The meat balls can be eaten the next day sliced cold on a sandwich with chutney or with a salad.

More fabulous and easy recipes at: DELICIOUS and NUTRICTIOUS

Beauty of MARJORAM:  “As with most other herbs marjoram contains a wide variety of essential vitamins and minerals, but it’s most notably a remarkable source of vitamins C and K. For every 100 gram of fresh marjoram leaves, you can get approximately 86 percent of the recommended daily intake. As for vitamin K, it will provide up 518 percent of the recommended daily intake. Although vitamin K often goes unnoticed, it does encourage osteotrophic activity in the bones and can play a vital role in the brain by diminishing possible neuronal damages suffered through afflictions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Many of its chemical compounds are also known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Marjoram not only works wonders for the digestive system but it can also help with the cardiovascular system and as the latest research shows, possibly even get rid of breast cancer.”
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/044801_marjoram_breast_cancer_gastric_ulcers.html#ixzz32eFvyYam
 

 

5 REASONS WHY SWEET POTATOES are GOOD FOR YOU

(From Natural News website)  Sweet potatoes, also commonly labeled as yams, are an excellent and inexpensive staple to have on hand. These deep orange-fleshed nutritional powerhouses add several important components to the diet. Their health and weight management benefits far exceed the nutritional value found in ordinary white and yellow fleshed potatoes.

Superior fiber content

Sweet potatoes contain almost twice as much fiber as other types of potatoes. Contributing close to 7 grams of fiber per serving, they make an excellent starchy addition to any meal. The high fiber content gives them a “slow burning” quality. This basically means their caloric energy is used more slowly and efficiently than a low-fiber carbohydrate.

Heart-healthy

They contain a large amount of vitamin B6. This vitamin is crucial in breaking down a substance called homocysteine, which contributes to hardening of the arteries and blood vessels. Vitamin B6 helps keep the walls of these important blood passageways flexible and healthy which allows blood to flow freely.

In addition, sweet potatoes contain high amounts of potassium. Potassium plays an important role in lowering blood pressure by ridding the body of excess sodium and regulating fluid balance. It is also an important electrolyte that helps regulate the natural rhythm of the heart, and maintains normal function of the brain and central nervous system.

Rich in beta-carotene

Beta-carotene or vitamin A is an important antioxidant. One medium sweet potato provides your body with the complete recommended daily allowance of vitamin A and then some. Vitamin A is useful in the prevention of several different types of cancer as it is one of the most potent antioxidants out there.

Beta-carotene also helps to internally protect your skin from sun damage by both deflecting and repairing cell damage caused by excessive UV exposure. It also is an excellent nutrient for eye health and has been linked to prevention of vision loss and macular degeneration.

A great source of manganese

Manganese is a little-discussed trace mineral that has some great health benefits. It is a pivotal component in the metabolism of carbohydrates which helps support healthy blood sugar levels. This can help stabilize the appetite for hours as opposed to the temporary satisfaction that comes with most other carbohydrates.

It also is a cofactor in enzymes that play an important role in the generation of energy as well as the efficient utilization of antioxidants. It is used for the treatment of anemia and is useful as a treatment for several premenstrual symptoms in women as well.

Rich in vitamins C and E

As if being one of the top vegetable sources of beta-carotene weren’t enough, sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamins C and E. These are potent antioxidant vitamins that play an important role in disease prevention and longevity.

Both vitamins also play a huge role in the health and beauty of your skin and hair, making them popular supplements. The combination of beta-carotene, vitamin E and vitamin C in one food makes the sweet potato one heck of a “beauty food”. These nutrients all contribute to a healthy, glowing complexion and vibrant hair.

 

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SOURCE   Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035739_sweet_potatoes_beta-carotene_nutrients.html#ixzz324fG9CAe

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