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Chocolate Chip Cake


I chose my favorite cake  This recipe never fails me!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (1 cup = 200ml)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (1 cup = 200ml )
  • 125gr butter
  • 45ml milk (less than 1/4 cup)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (powder)
  • chip chocolate (as you want)
  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
    In a large bowl, combine egg and sugar. Add butter and mix at high speed until smooth. Add milk and mix for 1 minute.
    In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder and vanilla.
    Add flour mix into batter and add chocolate chips.
    Pour batter into baking pan.
    Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
    Before remove from baking pan, be sure it’s cool.

    Bon Appetite!!!

    St. Nicholas Church Demre/TURKEY

    Thousands of tourists from all over the world flto Demre (formerly Myra) searching for the roots of Saint Nicholas. They come as pilgrims, especially from Russia—up to sixty bus loads a day during the peak season—where Saint Nicholas is revered as patron and a father of Orthodox faith. The beautiful beaches and warm weather along the Mediterranean coast also draw visitors from both Eastern and Western Europe. They may come to Demre as pilgrims, or, out of curiosity, wondering about the origin of Santa Claus, who is called Noel Baba or Father Christmas in Turkey.

    Vendors’ stalls and shops are jam-packed with a vast array of St. Nicholas icon images offered in stone, weavings, wax, and metal. They are found as medals, bookmarks, plates, figurines, and icons. Rug dealers hawk his image in several sizes and many colors. Icon images greatly outnumber Santa-types, giving silent testimony to the numbers of Christian, particularly Orthodox, pilgrims.


    Saint Nicholas was born in Greco-Roman Lycia, an area now part of modern-day Turkey. During his life, Constantine became Emperor, following Diocletian who had persecuted Christians, including Nicholas. Christianity then flourished, replacing Greek and Roman Pagan deities, becoming the primary religion. However, after the Seljuk Turks’ conquest (11th–13th centuries) and with the Ottoman Empire‘s long reign (14th–20th centuries), the dominant religion in this land, evangelized by the Apostle Paul, became Islam. Today, after the expulsion of Greek Christians in 1922, 99.8%*of Turkish people are Muslim, though Turkey is officially a secular state.

    In the early 1950s Turks realized that the Bishop of Myra, Saint Nicholas, was none other than the western world’s Santa Claus or Father Christmas. Just as the good saint had brought pilgrims to Myra, and later to Bari, Italy, it was hoped he would again attract tourists and pilgrims with their lira, euros, and dollars.

    Turkey issued a Santa Claus stamp in 1955, drawing further attention to St. Nicholas’ relationship to this place. Since 1981 regular events somewhat related to the good saint have been held under the sponsorship of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Anatalyan governor’s office. The first Father Christmas Symposium, held in 1983, has become an annual event, lasting about a week over the 6th of December, St. Nicholas Day. Religious and scientific people come from many countries for the Activities for World Peace with Santa Claus, including the Santa Claus Peace Award. This led to the establishment in 1991 of the Santa Claus Foundation to promote peace, friendship and brotherhood.

    For many years an Orthodox liturgy was held in the Church of St. Nicholas on the 6th of December, St. Nicholas Day. This was the only service held in the church and it was not allowed from 2002-2006. Government permission was again granted in 2007. However, in January 2008 the name of the St. Nicholas Church (Aziz Nicholas Kilisesi) was officially changed to Father Christmas Museum (Noel Baba Müzesi). The 2016 service was celebrated by Metropolitan Hristomos Kalayci.

    A first ever Easter ritual was held in the museum (church) in 2011. The ritual, led by a priest of the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul, was attended by around 600 people from various countries, including Greece.

    Beginning in 2009 the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has encouraged tourism companies to partner with a desitnation wedding company to promote Demre as a wedding site. The International St. Nicholas in Demre, Antalya, Wedding Festival offers a week-long schedule of activities, including Turkish traditions, culminating with a joint group (10-25 couples) civil, not religious, wedding ceremony in the Demre St. Nicholas “museum” on December 6th.

    In today’s predominantly Muslim Turkey, commercial interests promote Santa Claus to encourage gift giving at New Year’s. So Western Santa, Noel Baba, is sometimes seen in shopping areas, on the streets, or in schools. Saint Nicholas is remembered in the land of his birth as a person who cared for all people, especially children. He is appreciated for his caring, humanitarian values, and also because he gives a boost to tourism and the economy.

    The 25 Best Movies of 2016 ELLE

    Hello, My Name Is Doris

    Sally Field’s return in Hello, My Name Is Doris is a truly welcome one. The actress glows as a lonely hoarder who falls in love with a young hipster from her office. There’s real delight in watching Field play Doris’s surprise that people like her for who she is. It’s a movie about being yourself, but also about knowing when you need to make a change and push yourself in a new direction. Equal parts joyful and sad, Doris‘s characters feel oh so human, a rarity in recent silver screen forays. But most of all, we will pretty much watch Field in anything. Really.

    A Bigger Splash

    A Bigger Splash is a pensive, European-feeling indie that follows Marianne, a rock star (Tilda Swinton), and her boyfriend as they vacation on an Italian island. They’re joined by her ex, Harry (Ralph Fiennes), and his seductive daughter, played by an especially on-point Dakota Johnson, and the latecomers disrupt the peaceful summer dynamic. Think sex, jealousy, and half-naked bodies laying in the sun; ultimately, the sleepy movie becomes something more thrilling. Swinton is always a joy to watch and her musician character here is reminiscent of David Bowie. To say too much more would spoil this thoroughly enjoyable film. What we can tell you is that Fiennes has a dynamite dance scene: You’ll never see Voldemort the 

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    Bad Moms

    Bad Moms is an important inclusion here, not because it’s the world’s most amazing movie (it isn’t), but because it acknowledges that motherhood is hilarious. Despite the title, this movie, starring Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell, is one of the year’s most laugh-out-loud comedies. If it has anything to say, it’s “Nobody’s perfect” and “Don’t judge.” Forget what other parents are thinking at school drop-off. The news that a Bad Dads sequel is coming next year is concerning, though. Isn’t that just every other comedy movie?

    Deadpool

    Let’s be honest: We have superhero movie fatigue. If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that we don’t really need any more movies about supercharged randoms tasked with saving the world from possible destruction at the hands of yet another “meh” villain. But Deadpool is something else entirely. The X-Men spin-off, which star Ryan Reynolds pushed hard to get made, is R-rated, snappy, and full of fast-hitting jokes. It’s far more low-key than some of the other comic book flicks this year—sweet relief. How awesome to watch a movie where the hero is kind of a dick, but loves his girl and wants to do some good. Deadpool also addresses cancer in a genuine way that’s unexpected for a blockbuster. We’re interested in the forthcoming sequel, 

    Don’t Think Twice

    Can your dreams change as you get older? Mike Birbiglia’s bittersweet comedy takes on this question in the unforgiving context of show business. In Don’t Think Twice, a group of improv actors, played by an ensemble of real comedic performers including Keegan-Michael Key and Gillian Jacobs, have been waiting for their big break for years. Birbiglia is interested in whether we can know when it’s time to pack it up and move on, and whether putting in the hours and effort will ever pay off. There are as many questions here as there are answers, and the movie’s ideas transcend the improv world.

    Everybody Wants Some

    Richard Linklater has an uncanny understanding of the school experience. As we’ve seen in films like Boyhood, he just knows what it’s like to be young and walking through the hallways feeling judged and different. In this case, he takes on freshman year of college. This 1980s period piece is fun and kicky, with an overall vibe guaranteed to make you super nostalgic, and a feelgood note we recognized from Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. The cast, which includes Blake Jenner and Zoey Deutch, is a pleasure to watch. Everybody Wants Some hasn’t received as much attention as Boyhood, but it deserves to.

    5 Easy Wake Up Tips For Early Morning Workouts

    1. Cut Back on the Afternoon Caffeine

     

    The most popular drug in the world could be negatively affecting your sleep, making it difficult to wake up early the next morning. Caffeine taken as much as six hours before bedtime has been shown to reduce sleep time significantly. So when you go to indulge in your afternoon coffee, make sure you still have plenty of hours left before bedtime if you plan on getting a good night’s sleep.

    2. Skip the Nighttime Booze

     

    Alcohol may help you fall asleep quicker, but you pay a price through reduced sleep quality. Alcohol disrupts your REM sleep, which is the more mentally restorative sleep, and disruptions can lead to grogginess in the morning. Not a great way to start out for an early morning workout.

     

    3. Reduce Your Exposure to Light Before Bed

     

    Exposure to light and the light from your electronics inhibits the release of melatonin, a hormone that helps induce sleep. The American Medical Association made the following recommendation:

    “Recognize that exposure to excessive light at night, including extended use of various electronic media, can disrupt sleep or exacerbate sleep disorders, especially in children and adolescents. This effect can be minimized by using dim red lighting in the nighttime bedroom environment.”

    If you just can’t put the phone, tablet, or laptop down before bed, you can try out f.lux software, which will automatically dim and adjust the color of your screen depending on the time of day, to help reduce the negative impact of light before bedtime.

     4. Go to Bed a Little Earlier

     

    Many of us may say we fall asleep at 10 pm but in reality that’s just the time we get the process started, meaning we may not be asleep for another 30 minutes or more. Make a small adjustment and start your bedtime routine just 10 or 20 minutes earlier and you’ll buy yourself a little more sleep. Your goal should be at least 7-8 hours of sleep. Athletes on high workload training plans may benefit from even more sleep, up to about 10 hours/night.  

     5.Make Plans to Work Out With a Friend

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    Accountability is a strong influencer (it’s one of the greatest benefits of having a coach, and one of the top three leading reasons people sign up for coaching). If you’ve made plans to work out with a friend you will be much more likely to wake up in the morning and be motivated to stick with your training plan. Adding a third person to your training team is even better, because one training partner might bail, but both probably won’t.

    Kekovas

    Kekova region






    Simena is a popular Lycian site, situated upon one of the most attractive spots of the Turkish coast.  The name “Kekova” is Turkish for “plain of thyme” and describes the region encompassing the island of Kekova, the villages of Kaleköy and Üçağiz and the three ancient towns of Simena, Teimussa and Tersane (meaning “shipyard”, as its bay was the site of an ancient shipyard, with mostly Byzantine ruins).  Both Simena and Teimussa  have a large necropolis.  Teimussa is now the village of Üçağiz, where boats set off for tours of the area.

    The Kekova region was declared a Specially Protected Area in 1990 to protect the natural, cultural and geographic richness of Kekova Island and surrounding coast. The Kekova Specially Protected Area is 260 km² and is managed by the Ministry of Environment, Authority for the Protection of Special Areas.

    Kekova-Simena is an enjoyable place to visit for its great beauty and charm.  For this reason, it is popular with yachties (known to them as “Kekova Roads”) on their Blue Cruises along Lycia’s Turquoise Coast.  In fact, cruising yachts often anchor here for several weeks at a time.  It is a peaceful place of history, gorgeous turquoise water, sun, islands, unspoilt nature, blue skies and wonderful(!!) swimming.


    Lunapark

    bizler yaprak taneleriyiz 
    güzde havada uçuşan 
    nereye gideceğini bilmeyen 
    ve yeşerip, solup, kopan 

    kim söyleyebilir? 
    bir yaprağın ağaçta 
    kalacağını daima 
    sonunda gidecektir 
    her canlıda olduğu gibi 
    toprak anaya 

    bizim işimiz 
    ilkbaharda gülmek 
    yürümek yazın 
    sonbaharda üzülüp 
    gitmek olmalı kışın 

    tek amacımız 
    yaşamak olmalı 
    hem de tadını çıkarırcasına 
    her dem gülmeyi bilerek 
    bir bebek gibi mesela 
    ve hayatı 
    bir lunapark yapmalıyız 
    salıncaktan düşsek bile.

    Ecmel Kirişoğlu