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Grazing in the Salmon River Mountains — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Grazing in the Salmon River Mountains, by Steve Henderson, at Start Your Week with Steve. The Pacific Northwest is a land of mountains and dreams, meadows and aspirations, hidden lakes and hard work. Recently, we visited...
by Middle Aged Plague on May 20, 2014

Little house in Guatemala, month 17

If you want to see where we started from day 1, I now made a nice little page with all the links to previous posts about the house and Guatemala in general, like the cost of living, travel tips, etc. Check out my Guatemala page.   Well, it su...
by Reach Financial Independence on May 19, 2014

Shades of Turquoise — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Shades of Turquoise, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: It was not a dark and stormy night, but rather a brisk October afternoon in Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains when Steve, son Jordan, and two … Co...
by Middle Aged Plague on May 13, 2014

Along the Salmon River: The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Along the Salmon River, by Steve Henderson, at Start Your Week with Steve: The Pacific Northwest is filled with hidden areas. Years ago, homesteaders with dreams, aspirations, and the willingness to work hard, settled in...
by Middle Aged Plague on May 6, 2014

Easy recipe: French crepes

Even though I learned to make crepes at a very early age, I have also taught it to several people and they said it was easy too. Much easier than it looks. First you need your ingredients. Out of laziness I put it all in a blender so my recipe fills...
by Reach Financial Independence on May 5, 2014

My 20 minute bread recipe

One of the main reason people say they won’t cook from scratch is time. But even if you are busy, appliances like bread makers or slow cookers can help you eat healthy with minimum prep time, and that super fast bread recipe is also proof that it d...
by Reach Financial Independence on Apr 28, 2014

Homeland: The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Homeland 1, by Steve Henderson, at Start Your Week with Steve: Some of those old sayings get uttered so much, we no longer hear what they’re saying, “Home is where the heart is,” is one of them. Perhaps...
by Middle Aged Plague on Apr 22, 2014

Promenade: The Story of This Painting

The Story of the Painting, Promenade, at Start Your Week with Steve by Steve Henderson Fine Art: Gardens are good places, whether they consist of vegetables and berries, or masses of flowers. From the beginning of time and the Garden of … Cont...
by Middle Aged Plague on Apr 15, 2014

Living Room Designs For Small Spaces

Living room designs for small spaces by reducing the walls. Wide openings can be applied in the living room and dining room. The shape can be either sliding doors or folding doors. The wide opening that is directed out of the house to the garden /...
by Quakerrose on Apr 9, 2014

Field of Dreams — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Field of Dreams, from Start Your Week with Steve of Steve Henderson Fine Art: Where we live, in the banana belt of Southeastern Washington, spring is here. A time of change and transition, spring gives us sunlight and &#...
by Middle Aged Plague on Apr 8, 2014

15 Ways Simple Living Relieves Anxiety & Reduces Stress

Several months ago a neighbor in her mid-sixties lost her husband due to a heart attack. Even worse than dealing with the unexpected loss and heartbreak of losing her life partner, is her torment with stress and anxiety because of … Continue re...
by SMART Living 365 on Apr 4, 2014

Dancer: The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Dancer, by Steve Henderson of Steve Henderson Fine Art: A young woman, in a blur of movement and grace, blends imperceptibly into her background, creating a fusion of representational figure work with an abstract backgrou...
by Middle Aged Plague on Apr 1, 2014

Reflection: The Story of this Painting

The story of the painting Reflection, by Steve Henderson of Steve Henderson Fine Art: Reflection is a painting of puns and meditation, playfulness and deep thought. A child — small in both age and actual size on the work — is its centr...
by Middle Aged Plague on Mar 25, 2014

Recipe: Save Money Pork Stew

Theoretically, stew is supposed to be a cheap meal, because it’s a conglomeration of inexpensive ingredients — namely vegetables — with a little bit of meat. The idea is to stretch out that little bit of meat to feed more … Co...
by Middle Aged Plague on Mar 18, 2014

Recipe: Cream Cheese and Raspberry Coffeecake

The “real” name for this recipe, “real” meaning what I call it, is a Christ-Child Coffee Cake, because it looks like a swaddled baby.  But, since some people might find the concept dreadful, or they’ll  wonder what Jes...
by Middle Aged Plague on Mar 11, 2014

Lilac Festival

The story of the painting, Lilac Festival, original oil by Steve Henderson: Children, and especially this one, have a special place in Steve’s heart. Having raised four children, and been presented with one extraordinarily beautiful, precocious...
by Middle Aged Plague on Mar 10, 2014

Gatekeepers Of Information, Driving Your Life Or Being A Passenger.

In high school Cliff’s or Monarch Notes were a short cut when you had not done the eyeball scan. Read cover to cover Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, other great literary works your Maine high school teachers or college professors put on the...
by MeInMaine Blog on Feb 23, 2014

Five Ways To Slay The Succubus of Crippling Debt

Okay I’ll admit it—Thom and I enjoy tales of the supernatural.  For years we watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer on television.  Together we’ve seen all sorts of movies and shows about werewolves, vampires, aliens and all sorts of bizarre charac...
by SMART Living 365 on Feb 21, 2014

Recipe: Lentil Soup

Years ago, I took my two oldest daughters, who were then little people, to a Shoppe for a proper tea party. Five minutes with the menu convinced me that we would need to be creative if we were going to … Continue reading →...
by Middle Aged Plague on Feb 18, 2014

Recipe: Pancakes

Pancakes are pretty much the fastest food on the planet to make — and that’s without a mix. If you’ve got the basics in your kitchen — flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, oil, eggs — you can whip together a … Contin...
by Middle Aged Plague on Feb 11, 2014


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