Darker Than Black (Anime to keep you hydrated during this dehydrated season)

Sometimes people come across one peculiar crossroad where decision requires astuteness, a tad bit of clairvoyance and ability to embrace the havoc wreaked by your very self in case you crack the Pandora box open.

I’ve come across something very alike back when I was away from home getting hassled at internship. Deducting the imperative 6 hours of sleep I could barely find any time that I could spend alone.

Let’s stop beating about the bushes.

As frenzy as I am for ‘Thriller’ genre, I need something to snuff the life out of my brain. So I made a choice of watching ‘Ergo Proxy’ over ‘Darker than Black’ in my free time just to go along with that outlandish fixation of mine. And trust me without being sceptical when I say that I deeply regret every second of it.

‘Ergo Proxy’ is by far, the most, disgusting anime I’ve ever watched. Always waiting for a twist, for something unexpected to happen but nothing happened. It came and went and I never felt that adrenaline pumping in my anatomy. Now there may be a difference in conjecture and you have every right for it (The line that was supposed to be in place of this line: - I am passively resisting the fact that your taste sucks if there exists a difference in conjecture).

But folly is the best teacher, hence I watched ‘Darker than Black’ right after that and boy! Didn’t I feel like the luckiest person alive? Immaculately crafted plot and those characters’ intriguing demeanour are first two reasons to go for it. Second hand smoke speech with perfect irony delineated afterwards and witty remarks/jokes at eerie places interspersed with blood curdling dark vibe which makes it a perfect anime to watch this summer and also, it’s totally living up to its name.

It’s one of those stories which takes you down to that puzzling road and just when you’re about to reach the destination, you realize that you’ve following the wrong road this whole time and one word that comes out of your mouth involuntarily after that, ‘DAMN!’

I am not going to bore you all with the plot, you can Wikipedia that or I have a better idea, WATCH IT.

My rating: - 8.3/10

Imdb: - 8.1/10 (Same as ‘Ergo Proxy’ but don’t let it fool you)

Food.. Donette's Cookbook Index

Introduction

How I Got To This Point

Tips

This Is What You Need To Do!
Spinach Dip

Lemonade Tea
Home-made Fruit Juice With Pulp
Yoshida’s Burgers

Salads

Main Course Salads
Seafood Salad
Crab and Papaya Salad w/Dressing
Chicken Fajita Salad  (from leftover chicken)    
Smokey Chicken and Apple Salad(from Leftover BBQ’d chicken)
Tarragon Chicken over a Red Leaf Lettuce Salad
Santa Fe Quinoa Salad
Side Dish Salads
Broccoli Salad
Coleslaw
Honey Bunny Carrot Slaw
Frozen Pea and Peanut Salad
Cucumbers in Dill Yogurt Dressing
Mediterranean Cucumber Salad
Roasted Bell Pepper Salad
Artichoke Hearts and Asparagus Salad
Beet Salad 
Apple Walnut Salad
Quinoa Salad with Apples and Almonds

Shellfish

BBQ’d Oysters
Mussels Steamed in White Wine
BBQ’d Shrimp
Shrimp Over Linguini 

Fish

Lemon and Dill
Creole Seasoning
Teriyaki
Honey Lemon Marinade
Sesame Marinade

Chicken

BBQ’d Chile Lime Chicken
Chicken Fajitas
Stir-Fried Chicken with Mushrooms and Pea Pods
Greek Inspired Grilled Chicken
Thai Peanut Chicken
Chicken Pot Stickers
Chicken Pot Sticker Stir-Fry
Artichoke Chicken
Chicken Fettuccine with Spinach
Adobo Chicken
Riesling Chicken with Grapes
Baked Chicken with Celery and Garlic
Chicken with Apples

Beef

Prime Rib Roast
Crock Pot Chuck Roast
Beef Kebabs with Orange and Garlic
Korean Marinated Skirt Steak

Pork

Tiny Spanish Meatballs in Almond Sauce
Pork Tenderloin with Fruit Salsa
Sautéed Pork Chops with Balsamic Onions

Lamb

Greek Kebab
Koosa Himshee (Lamb-Stuffed Zucchini) From Lebanon
Moroccan Lamb Stew with Noodles
Yogurt-Herb Marinated Grilled Lamb Chops

Vegetables

How to prepare and cook
Lemon Garlic Veggies
Taste of the Orient 
Creole Buttered Veggies
Dilled Veggies
Vegetables Side Dish
Peppers and Onions
Cauliflower With Green Onions
Ratatouille
Stuffed Eggplant
Eggplant and Tomato from Morocco
Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic
Summer Squash with Apples
Green Beans with Pine Nuts
Mixed Beans
Spinach and Nappa Cabbage Pie
Creamy Spinach Puree
Whole Wheat Penne with Zucchini and Herbs
Vermicelli and Spinach

Sweet Treats

Fruits Raspberry Fig Brulees Mixed Berry Cobbler
Blueberry-Peach Crumble
Peach Sorbet
Baked Apples
Strawberry Angel Dessert

What is Autism and Early Signs!

Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. People with ASD have problems with social and communication skills. Many people with ASD also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to sensations. It is part of a group of disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In most cases its causes are unknown. Today, 1 in 100 individuals is diagnosed with autism.

EARLY SIGNS
Autism usually manifests in the first year of life; its onset is not later than 3 years. Listed below are some of the things to watch for as a child grows. These developmental landmarks may be used as a guide to gauge a child's development. If there are any concerns about a child's development or if there is a loss of any skills at any age talk to a doctor as soon as possible.



Instant Gratification ~ Nazley


So Ive been mulling over in my head what topic I could cover for my first post, and I've been quite literally stumped. Series? Music? Crafts? I just couldn't come up with anything, ...
So I've decided to write about my New Years resolution.

Those goals you set at the beginning of the year, with utmost conviction that you will fulfill but in the end you forget about or sweep under the rug for the next year.
I never make resolutions, those are for suckers, but this year I decided to be one and I wholeheartedly decided to lose weight and exercise more. I could have been a bit more creative but I decided to stick to the usual.

So I downloaded YouTube videos of Jillian Michael's, and proceeded to exercise my lil tush off every day, no diet plan followed, but a bit of intermittent fasting. ( please don't follow my example, I have slight eating disorder issues....very slight)
I was loving it at first, sweating up a storm, losing weight, looking fabulous.

It's April now...and my conviction is waning, tired of exercising and getting bored. I am trying to kick my own butt and get into the groove again.

So what am I getting at?

My point is, we all want these quick fixes but we don't want to work for it. The age of instant gratification right, I want it now and when do I want it? NOW!!!!

We want a magic pill to lose those pounds, we want a magic cure to help us stop smoking.
So how do we change this attitude? How do we get our asses in gear and working hard for what we want?
How the hell do I know? I'm just hoping that I get the motivation to start my fitness routine again.....

Bottled Water in Your Car is Very Dangerous!



This is an article that should be share to anyone important in your life!
Bottled water in your car is very dangerous!
People should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car. The heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic of the bottle which releases dioxin into the water.
Dioxin is a toxin increasingly found in breast cancer tissue. So please be careful and do not drink bottled water that has been left in a car.
Use a stainless steel canteen or a glass bottle instead of plastic!

This information is also being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre … No plastic containers in microwaves. No plastic water bottles in freezers. No plastic wrap in microwaves.

Dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to cells in our bodies. Don’t freeze plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently the Wellness
Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard.

We should not be heating food in the microwave using plastic containers…..
This especially applies to foods that contain fat.

The combination of fat, high heat and plastic releases dioxin into the food.

Instead use glass, such as Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food… You get the same result, but without the dioxin.. So, such things as TV dinners, instant soups, etc., should be removed from their containers and heated in something else.

Paper isn't bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s safer to use tempered glass, such as Pyrex, etc.

A while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the styrene foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons….

Plastic wrap, such as Cling film, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave.
As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

Limits and Satisfaction..

In life we often set the limit… Limit for Time to do a Particular Work… Limit of the Sadness we can take before we break… Limit of Happiness we can take before we start believing “it’s too good to be true”… Same is the Limit with Success. What is Your Limit with Success? For better word let’s replace “Limit” with “Satisfaction”… When to be satisfied with your Success… It’s a Question I can never answer to, it’s different for everyone else, But, Can one really be satisfied with one’s success?

My Friend say “I am one of the Persons who can never be satisfied in Life” but is that really a bad thing? Let’s take that in the context of Success. If you are Satisfied with your Success and if there’s no flame left in you for “wanting more”, You will be left as a Robot which is just happy as being a Robot of 1st Generation Robots even when there will be Innovation of 200 more Generations of Robot in Future…

So, Do You want to be the 1st Generation Robot or want to be Futuristic 200th Generation.. I am not saying setting the limit and being satisfied with one’s Success is bad thing… But it’s a Bad thing if you want to JUST STOP THERE! Life goes on and The Clock keeps ticking, Time doesn’t stop for anybody. One should keep setting Goals and keep on overcoming them and then keep setting them again and again…

I know it’s a Tedious Process: Trust me. No I am not talking from Experience but I would like to BELIEVE that when I am all Wrinkly and Old and when I will Look back, I will be Happy with My Stubbornness that I didn’t just set one Goal, Happy that Success wasn’t Just a one Timer for me, Happy that Success came to Me again and again and again and again and Finally, I will be Satisfied with Never being Satisfied.

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Books.. Malice by Keigo Higashino




Do you happen to be an individual who is compulsively attracted to mystically grotesque scenarios?

An idea which others might consider as ‘Macabre’?

Have you ever fantasized about killing someone and later pictured yourself actually getting away with it?

Well, if the answer to the questions I mentioned above is ‘Yes’, then you’re just like me and I constantly look for something thrilling to let that wave of adrenaline pass through the mainline.

Recently I stumbled upon this book named ‘Malice’ by Keigo Higashino, author of ‘The Devotion of Suspect X’. I haven’t had the pleasure to read that one, yet, a novel which basically considered as the trendsetter but trust me I have no regrets. ‘Malice’ is as good as can be.

A sui generis piece of art, deliberately carved from every corner giving it a perfect shape guaranteed to activate that sceptical voice in your noggin.

‘Riveting’

‘Cat and mouse chase’

Yeah! We’ve heard all those comments before but what exactly makes it unique? What makes it stand out of the run of the mill crowd?

The plot, you can read it anywhere. The thing I found tempting about this novel is that struggle to find the motive. Yes, motive. Not the killer, the killer got caught in first 50 pages and rest is just the battle of wits, battle against the smoke and mirrors whilst having the culprit behind the bars, struggle to establish the atrocity as the first degree murder instead letting it pass on as mere a crime of impulse. Fabrication, lies, manipulation and psychological warfare at its best. The author definitely won’t let you get the best out of him. Guesswork won’t work until you read it yourself till the very end. Every chapter got a twist. Story progress so rapidly and so capriciously that you’ll find yourself compelled to finish it in one sitting.

Definitely worth your time, worth every second.

I’ll give it 4.3/5

Buy here:- Flipkart, Amazon


Success is a State of Mind


“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;

Who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;

Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;

Who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it;

Who has left the world better than he found it,

Whether an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul;

Who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;

Whose life was an inspiration;

Whose memory a benediction.”

― Bessie Anderson Stanley

Earth is a magical place, now I know you might be wondering “why in a post about success, after such beautiful quote by Stanley, why are we talking about magic?” Well the answer is not a sophisticated one, I want to capture your attention, there I said it, my secret is out in open. So will you still read on or opt to close this tab? I urge you to read on, Maybe this post will change your view regarding something in life. Magic. I believe “Success” is a Magical Word.

Success can be defined as something little inconsequential thing like walking two steps or something really tremendous like successful landing on planet mars BUT there’s always isn’t it? Walking two steps can be tremendous step for a handicap person and successful landing on mars can be itsy bitsy thing if you are already living in an alternative reality where Planet Travel is equivalent to travelling to next state, so, in short “Success is a State of Mind” it all depends on YOUR own PERCEPTION.

Never let anyone make your moment of success feel insignificant just because it is not high up on someone else’s ladder. Everyone has their own struggles and the way they go about certain circumstances is different, like finger prints no two persons are 100% same no matter the similarities. Same goes about Success, Everyone have their own version of Success, Maybe for a Handicap its going about their own daily life without any help and for a student its scoring top marks.

Don't ever let somebody tell you... You can't do something because that’s what society do they sit back, comment, eat popcorn and see the drama unfold. So, don’t let anyone ever come between YOU and YOU desired SUCCESS because at the End of the Day when it’s all said and done it is you standing alone on a long winded road that is yet to be Travelled and It will be YOU ALONE looking back on the Years and Reminiscing the Good and Bad Times and at that moment it will be YOUR desired success which will make you happy not what the “other” person or “Society” set for you. So, Set a Goal which makes YOU Happy, No matter how Insignificant it seems to other, as long as it makes you happy it is the one!

TV Shows - True Detective

"I think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things
that labor under the illusion of having a self;an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. Maybe the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight - brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal."

-Rust Cohle

How often does it transpire when a show,merely a show plays tug of war with your sanctum sanctorum?
With the dawn of the technology everything has become so facile.Nothing is elusive for too long.
Polygraphs,DNA matching,finger prints,run the sample a couple of times and bam! You got the perpetrator.
But where is the raw investigation?
Those long hours spent asking questions to anyone and everyone who might fall in the infinite circle of suspicion,that thirst of blood,scent of macabre hunt,the butterfly effect.
Pure thriller,these days, is the relic of a time gone by.

True Detective is evidently one of those splendiferous attempts to resurrect that adrenaline rush in your mainline.

I,certainly am not going with the anticipated format of writing a review.
Narrating the short version of story,that's so cliche.
Allow me to discuss some inconspicuous aspects which usually are overlooked whilst watching.

The capricious weather of Louisiana and the greenery is simply adding to the dark cult atmosphere.
Matthew McConaughey,need I say more?
He has totally nailed it!
The way he portrayed Rust Cohle is simply beyond legendary.Those cryptic theories he told sitting on his chair the whole time,the way he made the entire cult crew out of those beer cans,the way he never opened his eyes entirely and acted a little stoned and sleepy.He didn't leave the character even for a moment.

Woody Harrelson served the purpose of a cherry on the top.
Probably isn't the best way to delineate his perpetual contribution to the show yet I assure you that he is one of my favorite actors.
Every time he is on-screen playing his part,he seems to do it so effortlessly,so immaculately that it might appear unbelievable for a second that that character holds a separate identity here in the real world.

Riveting chase.Impeccable plot.

True Detective isn't just a show,it's more like a manhunt,a journey that you must go through if you're really into this genre.

If this won't make you a fan of Matthew,I seriously don't know what will!

My rating:-9.6/10
Imdb-9.3/10

Food.. Donette's Cookbook Index

Introduction

How I Got To This Point

Tips

This Is What You Need To Do!
Spinach Dip

Lemonade Tea
Home-made Fruit Juice With Pulp
Yoshida’s Burgers

Salads

Main Course Salads
Seafood Salad
Crab and Papaya Salad w/Dressing
Chicken Fajita Salad  (from leftover chicken)    
Smokey Chicken and Apple Salad(from Leftover BBQ’d chicken)
Tarragon Chicken over a Red Leaf Lettuce Salad
Santa Fe Quinoa Salad
Side Dish Salads
Broccoli Salad
Coleslaw
Honey Bunny Carrot Slaw
Frozen Pea and Peanut Salad
Cucumbers in Dill Yogurt Dressing
Mediterranean Cucumber Salad
Roasted Bell Pepper Salad
Artichoke Hearts and Asparagus Salad
Beet Salad 
Apple Walnut Salad
Quinoa Salad with Apples and Almonds

Shellfish

BBQ’d Oysters
Mussels Steamed in White Wine
BBQ’d Shrimp
Shrimp Over Linguini 

Fish

Lemon and Dill
Creole Seasoning
Teriyaki
Honey Lemon Marinade
Sesame Marinade

Chicken

BBQ’d Chile Lime Chicken
Chicken Fajitas
Stir-Fried Chicken with Mushrooms and Pea Pods
Greek Inspired Grilled Chicken
Thai Peanut Chicken
Chicken Pot Stickers
Chicken Pot Sticker Stir-Fry
Artichoke Chicken
Chicken Fettuccine with Spinach
Adobo Chicken
Riesling Chicken with Grapes
Baked Chicken with Celery and Garlic
Chicken with Apples

Beef

Prime Rib Roast
Crock Pot Chuck Roast
Beef Kebabs with Orange and Garlic
Korean Marinated Skirt Steak

Pork

Tiny Spanish Meatballs in Almond Sauce
Pork Tenderloin with Fruit Salsa
Sautéed Pork Chops with Balsamic Onions

Lamb

Greek Kebab
Koosa Himshee (Lamb-Stuffed Zucchini) From Lebanon
Moroccan Lamb Stew with Noodles
Yogurt-Herb Marinated Grilled Lamb Chops

Vegetables

How to prepare and cook
Lemon Garlic Veggies
Taste of the Orient 
Creole Buttered Veggies
Dilled Veggies
Vegetables Side Dish
Peppers and Onions
Cauliflower With Green Onions
Ratatouille
Stuffed Eggplant
Eggplant and Tomato from Morocco
Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic
Summer Squash with Apples
Green Beans with Pine Nuts
Mixed Beans
Spinach and Nappa Cabbage Pie
Creamy Spinach Puree
Whole Wheat Penne with Zucchini and Herbs
Vermicelli and Spinach

Sweet Treats

Fruits Raspberry Fig Brulees Mixed Berry Cobbler
Blueberry-Peach Crumble
Peach Sorbet
Baked Apples
Strawberry Angel Dessert

Food.. Donette's Cookbook.. Pumpkin Dessert

6 Eggs                                             1 c. Sugar
1 can Evaporated Skim Milk          ½ c. Butter, softened
3 c. Pumpkin                                   1 box Yellow Cake Mix
1 T Pumpkin Pie Spice                            ½  c. Chopped Walnuts                 
1.     Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9”x13” glass baking dish.
2.     Combine; eggs, milk, pumpkin, spice and sugar. Pour into baking dish
3.     Combine; cake mix with butter until crumbly, sprinkle over the pumpkin and top with the nuts.

4.     Bake 45 min. or until knife comes out clean. Cool. Refrigerate.

Food.. Donette's Cookbook.. Honey-Oat Biscotti

Makes; 3 doz.             Cal. 101
½ c. Butter                                       1 t. Baking Powder
¾ c. Raw Honey                             ½ t. Baking Soda
2 Eggs                                             ½ t. Sea Salt
1 t. Vanilla                                        2 c. Rolled Oats
2 c. Oat Flour                                  ½ c. Chopped Walnuts
1 T Cinnamon                                                                                          
1.     Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a baking sheet.
2.     Cream butter, beat in; honey, eggs and Vanilla.
3.     Combine; flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
4.     Stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture.
5.     Stir in oats and nuts.
6.     Shape dough into 2-10x3x1-inch logs
7.     Bake for 12-15 min. until lightly browned. Cool 5 min..
8.     Reduce oven to 300 degrees.
9.     Transfer logs to a cutting board, cut into ½-inch strips.

10.Transfer back to baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees 25-30 min. until crisp throughout. Cool.