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Saturday, 2 August 2014

ETA: 1 Week To The Wedding

Dear friends,

No need to panic, you may have known this by now, but there is just one more week until The Wedding! What do you mean: What wedding?! Why of course the church ceremony and the glorious wedding party hosted by yours truly & my adorable husband :) One more week until we will see the results of our work and have fun with the ones we love and care. A lot of things have changed since we started the very first idea of this wedding but one thing surely remained firm: our love :) 
Now I heard and read many articles about how to do the perfect wedding and what should be done at what time but I believe that truly remains up to the couple and they will decide things in their own pace. Take it from me: theoretically one week before wedding the bride should know her wedding hairdo and makeup and at least try it one on - well I have not! Today is my first hairdo "fitting" and I don't even know if I will do something or just have a talk with the "artist"... Decisions, decisions! Not to mention make-up and the fact that I know not where I will be doing that!
At least we have the important bits covered by this time:
  • We know the number of guests and we know (90% of the time) how they will get from the Church Ceremony to the Wedding Party - not a small thing considering that they are one hour and a half away from eachother (the locations)
  • We have the locations figured out for both the Church and Party - actually that is one of the first things that should be covered. We (actually my husband came with the great idea) figured out the Party place 2 years ago and booked it waaaaaaaaaaaaaay in advance. The Church came later on - I think at the beginning of this year
  • We have the suit for Marek and the wedding dress for me - with matching shoes and whatever is connected to the clothing part. The suit was a lovely choice and I think he will look dashing with a bow tie :) although we did not find a proper green color to match my shoes & bouquet... so we went with the classic black color. My dress is ready but I did not pick it up yet. I plan on taking it home 2 days max before the wedding so nothing bad will hapen + in case I need modifications it is better to do it then. I heard that the week before the wedding one loses a lot of weight - I ain't counting on that, but I need to be sure all will be fine :) 
  • We have an adorable photographer - thank you again Monica for having such an awesome and talented friend :) I will not tell you more about it now, but I will share with you the photos as soon as I will have them myself and I will tell you more about him ;)
  • We have a young and fun team of 2 DJ's and an animator who will help us create the athmosphere during the wedding. As you might have figured out the wedding will be bilingual held in Polish - English so everyone would be able to understand. Even the Church Ceremony will be held as such :) 
Of course there are hundred of other details but I consider these as the most important ones :) Each bride has the right to categorize and figure out what she wants and what she can actually get for her very own wedding. Think big but think inside the budget as well. See what you would cut and what you truly wish to spend money on. I, for one, am really proud of our photographer and the church but I am sure all the details combined will mark a beautiful wedding :) How about you? What did you do 1 week before the wedding? What details you did not have figured out yet?

Yours truly,
A LadyBug Thinking About Weddings :)
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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Have You Ever Had A NDE?

Dear friends,

I don't know about you but I had a close one more than 3 years ago. Do you know what a NDE is? Maybe it would be easier if I first explain the experience and than I will tell you what happened to me. A near-death experience (NDE) refers to personal experiences associated with impending death, encompassing multiple possible sensations including detachment from the body, feelings of levitation, total serenity, security, warmth, the experience of absolute dissolution, and the presence of a light. These phenomena are usually reported after an individual has been pronounced clinically dead or has been very close to death. With recent developments in cardiac resuscitation techniques, the number of reported NDEs has increased. The experiences have been hypothesized in medical journals as having the characteristics of hallucinations, while parapsychologists and a number of scientists have pointed to them as evidence of an afterlife and mind-body dualism. Religious believers tend to be divided on and uncertain about their interpretation of NDEs, given that while they verify some aspects of the faiths, they also explicitly falsify other aspects. According to the 2013 PLOS ONE article by Thonnard et al., "near-death experiences cannot be considered as imagined event memories. On the contrary, their physiological origins could lead them to be really perceived although not lived in the reality."
The Spa Place In The Polish Mountains
I am unsure if my story would truly fit in the NDE category but I thought I might as well share it with you.  Looking back at it, it makes me smile and think how insane I was to not wear a belt in the car during off road session... More than 3 years ago, when I was still with Capgemini Romania, both me and a dear friend of mine got invited to the Capgemini Oscars due to our hardwork in the previous year - we both were top performers for both Polish and Romanian team. As a gift, we were invited along with our Team Leader to the celebration in Krakow. It was my first time on Polish land and I promised myself I would come back and see more. We were granted a weekend off with SPA and trip to the Polish mountains included. I loved every moment of it! :) We were also offered to take an off road trip in the mountains - which was totally cool with me!
I remember being 4 people + 1 driver in the car. I never was bothered to put a car safety belt ever except when I was in front, next to the driver. This time I was in the back, in the middle. The weather was after rain, a bit foggy and the road a bit muddy - as you can very well see in the picture above.  The drivers took us off road for about an hour and asked us if they wanted to give it a go - no please! I loved every moment, with planes of over 45 degrees inclination, with valleys on both sides - where each move of the car could bring you down in a split second! But guess what happened? The track was so muddy at a certain point that the car just went haywire so the went off track and smashed into a tree. To this very day I thank God for the skills of the driver (that managed not to panic and move us in the direction of the tree) and for the tree being there (else we would fall down hundred of meters..). I remember falling so much in front that I almost touched the board of the car. Would you consider that as a NDE? I dunno about you but I can tell you I was scared to death! And to tell you the truth, I would do off road again :) How about you? Have you ever had an NDE? Did you ever went off road?

Yours truly,
A Crazy LadyBug
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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Wedding Of The Century: Lady Di & Charles

Dear friends,

You may not remember this as many of you were too young or were not even born then, but on the very same day, exactly 33 years ago, the marriage of Lady Diana Spencer and Charles Prince of Wales took place. Sad and heartbreaking as Lady Di's story is I cannot help on looking back in awe of their truly fairytale-like wedding. They managed to set up a trend that all royalty tried to keep up with ever since...
The wedding took place on Wednesday, 29 July 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom. Their marriage was widely billed as a "fairytale wedding" and the "wedding of the century". It was watched by an estimated global TV audience of 750 million. The United Kingdom had a national holiday on that day to mark the wedding. The couple separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996.
There were 3,500 people in the congregation at St Paul's Cathedral. It was held at St Paul's rather than Westminster Abbey because St Paul's offered more seating and permits a longer procession through the streets of London. Some say 750 million people watched the ceremony worldwide, and this figure allegedly rose to a billion when the radio audience is added in, however, there are no means of verifying these figures. Two million spectators lined the route of Diana's procession from Clarence House, with 4,000 police and 2,201 military officers to manage the crowds.
During the vows, Diana accidentally changed the order of Charles' names, saying "Philip Charles Arthur George" instead of saying "Charles Philip Arthur George". Charles also made an error. He said he would offer her "thy goods" instead of "my worldly goods". She did not promise to "obey" him; that traditional vow was left out at the couple's request, which caused a sensation at the time.
Diana's wedding dress, valued at £9000 (£29,208 as of 2014). The dress was made of silk taffeta, decorated with lace, hand embroidery, sequins, and 10,000 pearls. It was designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel and had a 25-foot train of ivory taffeta and antique lace. Charles wore his full dress naval commander uniform.
Diana remained the object of worldwide media scrutiny during and after her marriage, which ended in divorce on 28 August 1996. If the Prince of Wales had ascended the throne during their marriage, Diana would have become queen consort. Media attention and public mourning were extensive following her death in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997.

Yours truly,
A LadyBug That Always Admired Lady Di
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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Remember When We Were Kids And We Had Fun?

Dear friends,

Don't you, from time to time, miss childhood? Even a little bit?! I have moments in which I am thinking how crazy children are to wish they would be older. When we are small and inexperienced we wish to be grown ups and when we do grow up we wish to be small again. How fickle we are and how fast we change our minds. I for one want to grow old but never grow up. I want to have the sould of a child and remain happy inside. I want to be albe to have children and play with them and laugh with them and do certain stupid things with them. I wish for them to see me both as a friend and as a parent - according to case :) I wish that even as I grow older I could still be happy of the little things in life... Remember when we were small and we could be happy from a smile of our mother or from a bird singing or even from a cloud that would have a weird shape? I want to have that all my life...
A couple of weeks ago, we had the company picnic and I must admit it was fun and made me think of childhood. The picnic was split in 2: for adults and their children until 6 or 8 PM, I think, and after that there was a DJ and some disco music... Guess to which part we all went? That's right! For the fun time with kids. Seeing children running around free and with smile upon their faces always brings me in an awesome mood. They don't have worries and they are free to think what they will about the things around them. They speak freely and even though that may be considered as a bad thing, as you may be able to hurt ones feelings, they have a way of sticking with eachother in the end. Their worries go with the day and their anger flows away like butterflies. Oh, to be a kid is such a lovely thing! Grown-ups forget about having fun and smiling and somehow we think that the whole world sits upon our shoulders... How wrong we all are! Every single one of us is replaceable yet every one of us unique and important - what a paradox!
I have gathered in time things that take me back to my childhood and make them smile, and I am glad I did at least a few of those during our company picnic :) Here is a list of things that make me feel like a child again:
  • playing with bubble balloons and trying to get them as big as possible
  • eating cotton candy with your bare hands and licking your fingers in the process
  • reading comic books and smiling and laughing out loud when something went weird
  • trying to figure out figures out of clouds
  • thinking that clouds are actually mashed potatoes when I am in an airplane :) 
  • watching old movies I used to watch and rewatch when I was small - like Anastasia or Robin Hood: Men in Tights 
  • Singing along with my favourite musicals - favourite song Favourite Things from The Sound Of Music
This is just a short list, but trust me I have much more rolled upon my sleeve :) How about you? What makes you smile and think of your childhood? What games were you playing for fun? What gets you through the rainy day - I would love to hear that :) 

Yours truly,
A Kid Deep Inside - The LadyBug
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Friday, 25 July 2014

TARG Śniadaniowy = Food Time

Dear friends,

Don't you love outdoor events? Well I do! :) So it is with great pleasure that I present you the Targ Śniadaniowy. Now if you are not Polish or you do not know Polish language, you may ask yourself what is that!? Well here we are: Targ = Fair and Śniadaniowy = Breakfast. Now having this short Polish language lesson done, let me tell you more about this :) It is an event created as a big picnic and it happens almost every Saturday and Sunday, during summertime. In Krakow it has 2 locations: one is in Nowa Huta (usually in Park Ratuszowy) and one is very near to the Main Museum and Biblioteka Jagiellonska (in Krakow Park). But this event does not take place only in Krakow, but all over Poland. You can check their Internet Page or their Facebook account ;)
They are open even if it rains and I love that people are so dedicated that no matter the weather they would still go out and have a picnic in the park. I love how people, no matter the age, take blankets and folding chairs and sit and relax on the grass while children play and dogs run around like mad. The food there always looks good and the smell makes your mouth water each time you pass by. It looks tasty and I bet it is as healthy as it gets as all products are home made and/or made with care when it comes to the ingredients. The Targ is open Saturday and Sunday between 9:00 AM and 16:00 hours. Here is the special Facebook Page for Krakow :)
When my adorable husband was away for 10 days on his business trip, last time, I had some things to settle in the area and I dropped by to see the fair up-close-and-personal. It was so much fun and the energy and the vibes were so positive that I bought myself a lemon tart and I found a bench, sit down and watched the people having fun :) I must give a prize for awesomeness and yummyness to the team from the Chocola company here in Krakow! They made one of the finests sweets I have ever tasted: crunchy on the lower part, soft and sour-sweet lemony inside with lovely double topping of meringue. I do not know how they did it, but it was heavenly! and if I ever go to their shop I will surely ask for another one :) I just need to find it now :p How about you? Does your city have this type of fair? What have you tried and really loved?

Yours truly,
A LadyBug In Love With The Lemon Cake from Chocola :)
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

You're In For A Treat

Dear friends,

Today I will tell you about one of my lovely findings, here in Krakow. Three years ago, when I started walking around and visiting places and experiencing new things in this beautiful city, I bumped into BoboQ Polska. If you ever were once in Krakow, or for a matter of fact in Poland, and you never heard of them I must say that would be a huge loss. They do a yum yum drink named "Bubble Tea".  At first I was extremely skeptical but then, hey! I always like to try something new so I gave it a go. Well, dear friends, until this day I am still very much in love with this drink :) 
Bubble tea, also known as pearl milk tea or boba milk tea, is a Taiwanese tea-based drink invented in Taichung, Taiwan, during the 1980s. The term "bubble" is an Anglicized imitative form derived from the Chinese bōbà (波霸), meaning "large", slang for the large, chewy tapioca balls commonly added to the drink. These are (粉圓, fěnyuán), also called "pearls" (珍珠, zhēnzhū). Most bubble tea recipes contain a tea base mixed with fruit or milk. Ice-blended versions are usually mixed with fruit or syrup, resulting in a slushy consistency. There are many variants of the drinks, and many kinds of types are used and ingredients added. The most popular bubble drinks are bubble milk tea with tapioca and bubble milk green tea with tapioca.
Pick and choose :)
Bubble teas are typically of two distinct types: fruit-flavored teas and milk teas. However, some shops offer hybrid "fruit milk teas". Most milk teas include powdered dairy or non-dairy creamers, but some shops also offer fresh milk as an alternative. Other varieties are 100% crushed-fruit smoothies with tapioca pearls and signature ice cream shakes made from local ice cream sources. Many American bubble tea vendors sell "milk smoothies", which are similar to bubble tea but do not contain any tea ingredients. Some small cafés offer sweetener substitutes, such as honey, agave, stevia, and aspartame, upon special request.
Location, location, location...
The oldest known bubble tea consisted of a mixture of hot Taiwanese black tea, small tapioca pearls (粉圓), condensed milk, and syrup (糖漿) or honey. Many variations were created, the most common of which is served cold rather than hot. The tea type is frequently replaced. First was bubble green tea, which uses jasmine-infused green tea (茉香綠茶) instead of black tea. Big tapioca pearls (波霸/黑珍珠) were adapted and quickly replaced the small pearls. Peach or plum flavoring appeared, then more fruit flavors were added until, in some variations, the tea was removed entirely in favor of real fruit. These fruit versions sometimes contain colored pearls (and/or "jelly cubes" as in the related drink taho), the color chosen to match whatever fruit juice is used. Flavors may be added in the form of powder, fruit juice, pulp, or syrup to hot black or green tea, which is then shaken in a cocktail shaker or mixed with ice in a blender. Cooked tapioca pearls and other mix-ins (such as vanilla extract, honey, syrup, and sugar) are added at the end.
Now there are many places now who sell this particular type of drink - at least here in Poland, in Krakow. But my personal fav still remains the one located in Galeria Krakowska, ground floor, right in the middle of the Galeria. The company is names BoboQ Polska and you can find them on Facebook ;) or on their Online Internet Page. The product is typical vegan/vegetarian and it is done really quick, in front of your own eyes and you get to pick the ingredients ;) You can choose the base: either yoghurt, milk, green tea or black tea. After that you add the flavour - I prefer lichee all the time! And at the end you choose the bubbles :) as many as you would like! I rather like to ask for all the bubble flavours except tapioca and coffee... I feel like those are too weird and mushy and sticky for my taste, but who knows?! maybe you may like them! In Krakow you can find BoboQ only there but they have different shops in different cities and this is a franchise so if you wish to open up a similar place, you can give it a go ;)
As a plus, they have Freebee program as well :) just like Shake & Bake. If you know not what FreeBee is and what it does and if you live in Poland - or especially in Krakow - I suggest you have a look at their site. It is a fidelity program that allows one to accumulate points when shopping, and being able - later on - to buy products from those points. Hey! even my gym I am going to has this ;) Manufaktura Zdrowia allows one to buy products/services and get points from that! Maybe one day I will tell you about the gym as well ;) So what say you? Will you give it a go and try the Bubble Tea? Or have you tried it yet? What did you think of it? I, for one, each time I pop one of those bubbles I have a huge smile on my face and feel like a child :)

Yours truly,
A Bubble Tea Fan LadyBug
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Monday, 21 July 2014

Survival Guide: Burried Alive In A Coffin

Dear friends,

Have you ever heard of "Premature burial"? If not, for sure you heard at least once in your life stories about people being buried alive in their coffins. That can be done by mistake or in bad will. Intentional burial may occur as a form of torture, murder, or execution; it may also occur with consent of the victim as a part of a stunt (with the intention to escape). Live burial is said to be one of the most widespread of human fears. Come on... just think of this: this is one way to die that is quite complex. You can either die inside the coffin out of asphyxiation, dehydration, starvation, or (in cold climates) hypothermia... Oh! The options/possibilities! 
For me this always was terribly frightening. I even remember stories where a bell would be put next to the burial place and the string would be left inside the coffin so that in case that person would wake up, one would be able to pull the string and the people watching the graveyard would come to help... What if you are claustrophobic?! What if you panic just by waking up in a foreign place with no light and no space to move? What if you truly are not dead? There are several hundred cases throughout the history where several years later people would dug out the dead for rituals and find them moved in the coffin and several nail marks on the coffin... What if you are pronounced dead but in fact you are just in some kind of trance/coma and you would wake up?... Horrid thought!
You can read about such burials by mistake or with intention throughout the history. Tacitus, in his work Germania, records that German tribes practiced two forms of capital punishment; the first where the victim was hanged on trees, and another, where the victim was tied to a wicker frame, pushed face down into mud and buried. The first was used to make an example of traitors, the second was used for punishment of dishonourable or shameful crimes, such as cowardice or sodomy. According to Tacitus, the old Germans thought that crime against honour should be exposed, whereas infamy should be buried out of sight.
During World War II, Japanese soldiers were documented to have buried Chinese civilians alive, notably during the Nanking Massacre. This method of execution was also used by German leaders against Jews in Ukraine and Belarus during World War II.
It could happen to anyone... People bury a person alive to scare them or to get rid of them. In this situation, rely only on yourself.
  1. Do not waste oxygen. In a classic coffin there’s only enough oxygen for about an hour, maybe two. Inhale deeply, exhale very slowly. Once inhaled - do not swallow, or you will start to hyperventilate. Do not light up lighters or matches, they will waste oxygen. Using a flashlight is allowed. Screaming increases anxiety, which causes increased heartbeat and therefore - waste of oxygen. So don’t scream.
  2. Shake up the lid with your hands. In some cheap low-quality coffins you will be able to even make a hole (with an engagement ring or a belt buckle.)
  3. Cross your arms over your chest, holding onto your shoulders with your hands, and pull the shirt off upward. Tie it in a knot above your head, like so: 

    This will prevent you from suffocating when the dirt falls on your face. 
  4. Kick the lid with your legs. In some cheap coffins the lid is broken or damaged already after being buried, due to the weight of the ground above it. 
  5. As soon as the lid breaks, throw and move the dirt that falls through in the direction of your feet. When it takes up a lot of space, try pressing the ground to the sides of the coffin with your legs and feet. Move around a bit. 
  6. Whatever you do - your main goal is to sit up: dirt will fill up the empty space and move to your advantage, so no matter what - do not stop and try breathing steadily and calmly. 
  7. Get up. Remember: the dirt in the grave is very loose, so battling your way up will be easier than it seems. It’s the other way around during a rainy weather however, since water makes dirt heavy and sticky. 
Just in case this may come in handy for someone, one day... You never know! There are weird and insane people out there, in the world. Just keep this in the back of your head - open up a drawer in your brain and place this file within it ;)

Yours truly,
The LadyBug Who Used To Be Frightened OF The Thought Of Buried Alive People...
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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Thoughts Upon A Good Party - Polish Style

Dear friends,

Last weekend was quite a busy one, to tell you the truth! We had a party on Saturday and a picnic on Sunday and the time just flew past us and there was aweful Monday all over again! I sometimes think that the weekend should ocasionally be prolongued by a day or two, so one would have time for recess before the whole world comes caving in and reaching for your soul (in this case, for your time and patience while at work...). The parties last weekend made me think of Poland and the way things happen here VS. the way things happen back home - not much of a difference, to tell you the truth. In the core, Romania and Poland are very much alike - except of course for the heavy drinking of vodka and higher graded alchool on the Polish side VS. having some wine on the Romanian side.
 Now, in general, to have a good party one would need the below listed items:
  • Guests - very basic: if you wish to have a good, small party in which you will have a lot of fun, invite your close friends. Invite the ones you care about. Invite the people you truly want to have there, not the ones that you would have to - due to different reasons.
  • Food - this surely comes in handy at a drinking party (where alchool gets involved) as the more you eat the better would you be able to stand the liquids trying to attack your liver.
  • Liquids - now depending on the type of party, it could be alchoolic or not. But hey! If we are talking about both Poland and Romania, surely there will be some involved - be it wine or vodka, pick your poison according to the country you are in!
  • Entertainment - it could be anything from watching a movie to checking the semi finals for the World Cup @ footbal (like we did last Saturday) or even playing something on the console (Mortal Kombat is my personal favourite, tell you the truth!).
Of course there are some additional extra points that might come in handy, but I think the most important one would be talking to the neighbours and letting them know that there will be a party - so they would not immediately call the cops. Though, if you have a very persuasive friend you can get out of it without a fine ;) In Poland, as far as I could see in my circle of friends, the parties that are home-based are much rather loved than the ones based in the city. And somehow, each time we would get out in the city, we would both start it from a home-party or end it up with a home-party so to make the circle complete. I have to say though that I like the home-based-parties - you get to play the music you wish, drink the drinks you like (and cheaper than in a pub!) and go to a clean toilet without standing in a huge queue ;)
 In Poland it is customary to come to the home-party with your own drinks + food that can be shared (like popcorn, chips, crunchy things that go very well with beer and leave you wanting for more and more...). Sometimes, if the party is small and intimate, one would even cook and bring cakes :) For example, last Saturday we had some amazing cheesecake and lemon cake made by one of our friends when we went to visit ;) I love the sense of friendship and warmth developed in the home-parties. You get to talk more (without shouting through the songs and noise of other dozen people in a club) and you get to me more up-close-and-personal to each person invited. 
The thing about Poland and alchool is the fact that most men consider themselves judges of a fine drink, and for men the standard gift is alcohol. One must always drink from a glass, never directly from a bottle. As such, the standard to bring at a party would be a bottle of vodka/whiskey :) But that all depends on the party and the people invited ;) How about you, lads and lasses, have you ever met a Polish person? Have you ever been to a Polish party? Do tell me of your experiences :) 

Yours truly,
The LadyBug In Love With Poland :)
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

DIY: Peppers Stuffed With Meat And Rice

Dear friends,

Guess what?! I must tell you that after my beans with meat success I figured out I should give it another go and prepare one more dish that - from my memory of my childhood - seemed pretty easy to do. As Marek did not manage to try the beans - I must admit, I ate them all before he came back from the business trip... - I said I would do the second dish the day in which he would come. He arrived early morning at around 1 AM and I did this dish in the previous evening. Depending on the fire and the number of the peppers and their size it can take up to 2 hours to cook + the time to prepare them.
Here are the ingredients for 4 portions for 2 peppers each:
  • 8 big red/green/yellow peppers - you choose the color, you can even combine them
  • tomatoe juice - around 300-400 grams
  • one egg (raw)
  • one pack of 500 grams of meat - the kind you would use for meatballs
  • onion (one, big - mine made me cry really bad...)
  • one pack of 100 grams of rice (white and long - that is what I used)
  • fresh herbs
  • a bit of sunflower oil
  • salt & pepper + other condiments to your taste :)
  • some bacon :) (this is my secret ingredient!) - everything tastes better if you add bacon!
First thing you need to do is make sure the peppers are clean and their seeds are taken out and the white parts as well. We will be stuffing the composition into it so make sure all is good to go and squeaky clean. Also make sure you don't break the peppers or else the content will spill out. Put them to dry out with the cut end down. In the meanwhile you can work on the composition, which is very easy - just mix them all in one big bowl: the meat (the best would be if the meat would be a combination of beef and pork), the onion cut into very small pieces, the rice, the salt & pepper & other condiments + the fresh herbs. At the end also add the one egg - it will help keep the composition into place. Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty! Clean your hands and put them in and mix them all around until they be one :)
When all is done, take the composition and stuff the peppers like you mean it! But don't do it up to the top as while they will boil the composition will grow a bit and they need space to grow. At this point my special ingredient is the bacon. I cut it into small pieces and fit them as a cap for the peppers so the composition does not run out of place :) also it will give a certain something to the flavour. It is your choice if you wish to try with or without it ;) 
Next you should take all the peppers and put them in a pot. On the pot's bottom it would be awesome if you could pour a bit of oil so the peppers would not stick to it while boiling. Make sure they are all fitted well and in place, with the opening placed up. Boil some water and pour over it until they are all submerged. Add some more salt + pepper + spices (maybe even some laurel leafs) and the tomatoe juice and let it boil :) If you wish to keep the peppers into place, I suggest placing a ceramic plate over it, turned upside down ;) Don't let them boil at high fire, cook them medium to low - slowly and watch over them from time to time. You can also eat them with sour cream on the side ;) If you manage to do them, let me know how it goes :) 

Yours truly,
The Wannabe Cook LadyBug :)
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