Grilled Veggies, Millet, Greens, Cocoa Chili Dressing

Originally posted on Chez Chloé:

Grilled red peppers, yellow squash, zucchini and pork shoulder chops on a bed of greens and millet is topped with a dressing concocted of olive oil, grilled red pepper, cocoa powder,worcester sauce, honey and a dash of lemon. You can add as much heat as desired. This recipe is based on the one I found in the June issue of Yoga Journal (a favorite of mine) and I think it’s a great one for this holiday weekend.

summer veggies, cocoa chili dressing-6I think it would be just as lovely as it was written in Yoga Journal with grilled corn, black beans and a mesclun mix. But I opted for pork (just bought a LOT of local pork) and our garden greens which at the moment are tender young kale and spinach. I made the millet the night before and warmed it up with some broth- a little water and salt would do just fine.

summer veggies, cocoa chili dressing-3These shoulder…

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Interview with Billy Ocean

Originally posted on Pavilion Theatre:

Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, one who has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime.He has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide on pop charts, including the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland, and the UK. Billy has achieved extraordinary success as both an artist and a songwriter.

We caught up with Billy after his show at the Pavilion Theatre. He very kindly agreed to chat with us about his life and career.

Billy Ocean Billy Ocean at The Pavilion Theatre

Billy Ocean isn’t actually your real name. How did you come up with the name?

No, my real name is Leslie Sebastian Charles.

When I was growing up as a little boy in Trinidad, the village football team was called Ocean’s Eleven. They got their name from the original Ocean’s Eleven film…

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Coming up in May at the Pavilion Theatre

Originally posted on Pavilion Theatre:

We have plenty of shows on offer this month, here’s just a taste of what’s coming up.

We’ve Only Just Begun – A celebration of the Carpenters music and the spirit of Karen Carpenter


Tuesday 5th May, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Ticket Prices: £20.50 concessions £2 off (f)

One of the most fascinating but ultimately tragic stories in popular music history was the life of Karen Carpenter. In fact tragic is not a big enough word to describe the terrible sadness and waste of her short life. She died at the age of just 32 years.

Karen was the voice of the multi-hit making group The Carpenters, who along with her brother Richard, scored an unprecedented 17 consecutive billboard US top ten hits. The timeless quality of the Carpenters music makes it as relevant today as when they scored their first UK hit with Close to you in 1970.

Karen Carpenter…

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Love through the Lens: 7 Tips for Making Better Photographs

Originally posted on Judith Bond Cakes:


I must have inherited my love and appreciation of great photography from my father.  You can always tell who the family photographer is – they’re the one that is always behind the camera and never in any of the photos. Although this is less true in the ‘selfie’ age that we now inhabit. My father learned his photography long before digital became the norm – he worked with manual settings, rolls of film and dark rooms. In fact I think it was only last summer mid way through a holiday in the Black Forest, that he emailed my sister and I his #selfiefirst –  he and my mother sitting on a bench, smiling widely, half way up a Bavarian mountainside. This really was quite a moment in our family!

Daddy selfieThere they are …. say ‘hello’

My husband bought me my first digital SLR camera on one of our early trips to Sa Riera, our happy…

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On The Day My Friend Sang With Jessie J!

Wow what a wild day it’s been today, my Twitter has gone a bit mad as people have ReTweeted an article I wrote on Blazing Minds about my friend, Caz, who was invited on stage at the Rhyl Pavilion to sing with Jessie J, yes THE Jessie J.

The Tweet from this morning

Suffice to say as soon as the article was posted up on Facebook as well, it started going a bit wild and although you can’t see the amount of times it has been viewed here on the blog, it is well in to tens of thousands.

So now it’s over to you dear reader, please hit that ReTweet button on the Twitter above and while you’re at it, hit the like button as well for the Facebook and don’t forget to share it will all your friends as well, I know Caz will be over the moon with all your social media love in spreading the word of her lifetime ambition which finally came true at the Rhyl Pavilion.

You can read the full article on Blazing Minds at Rhyl Singer Takes To The Stage With Jessie J.

Big Lottery Fund Wales’ Most Popular Blogs of 2014

Originally posted on The Big Lottery Fund Wales Blog:

2014 was a busy year for us at the Big Lottery Fund in Wales; we distributed £100,000 a day to projects, launched exciting new programmes, increased our social media following and covered stories about our fantastic projects working across Wales.

Julie Murray Julie Murray

My favourite was “This programme saved my life”  in which Julie Murray explains how our funding changed her life for the better and continues to makes a difference to the lives of people suffering with bipolar disorder.

 Here is a recap of our most popular blogs of 2014

  1. “This programme saved my life”
  2. Let’s work to make the future for LGBT people a bit brighter!
  3. Families Reunited Through ‘Invisible Walls’
  4. Big Lottery Fund steps in to tackle increasing obesity rates
  5. Meat Free Mondays for Carnivores!

What was your favourite?

What would you like us to write about in 2015? Let us know your ideas in the comments below.

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Katy Perry Planning To Diss Taylor Swift During Super Bowl Performance

Originally posted on Hollywood Life:

Katy-cats, prepare yourselves — you will hear her roar! During Katy’s halftime performance at the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, has learned EXCLUSIVELY that she wants to show Taylor who’s really on top and plans to diss her!

It’s no secret that Katy Perry30, and Taylor Swift, 25, have one of the biggest ongoing feuds in Hollywood. Now that Taylor has taken over the music scene with huge success from 1989, Katy wants to “show she is the biggest female act,” while performing at the 2015 Super Bowl. can EXCLUSIVELY reveal what Katy has up her sleeve!

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I Now have an Official Facebook Page

So today, I took the decision to grab myself my Official Facebook Page, you can see it in the side bar already here on Life’s Challenges.

The decision was made because, I really wanted to keep my personal profile, well, personal and I did want something else for the other public stuff, so hence the Official Karen Woodham Facebook Page!

This will now allow me to post up other stuff that is more for the public view than the personal view, for events that I may be attending that people may be interested in and much more.

Don’t worry the Blazing Minds Page is still going to be the same as it has always been, but this new profile, gives me the chance to post more human that just for Blazing Minds.

So please stop on by and follow the new page, see you there.

A Night Of Comedy and a Slight Bit of Insanity

Yes folks, last night was an amazing night as I spent the evening with Noel Fielding at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, it was certainly a while and crazy night with some outlandish performances and laughs.

Please check it out on the official Blazing Minds website at We Spent an Evening with Noel Fielding at Venue Cymru..


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