Thursday, October 29, 2009

Easy, yummy, healthy snack to please your kids (and yourself).


Basically this is an apple puree, but there is an ingredient that makes it so yummy!
You need:
- 2 or 3 sweet apples, for two kids.
- 2 or 3 cookies (not so small).
- water.
- a blender.
Proceeding:
Peel, core, cut the apples,
put them in the blender,
add the cookies in pieces,
add some water just to help the blender,
nearly 2 or three tbs, but it's optional.
Blend until you obtain a smooth cream,
serve in cups.
Usually kids love it, and since I'm a bit childish, I love it too.
Actually I finish what it remains in the blender and if it remains a bit much, don't blame me.
It is also useful when a kid has a sore throat and cannot eat regularly.
And try with an apple and a pear, or an apple and a banana, it's also good.
Enjoy!

Submitted at Homemaker Monday.

Monday, October 26, 2009

My favorite Italian dessert, Panforte.


Today I was in my grocery store, and what I saw....my favorite dessert (apart from Tiramisu) and it was on an offer, wow, I grabbed it without thinking twice.
When I was young I didn't like it so much, but now, oh I love it, may be due to the fact that I eat it only once in a year, in Italy is a traditional Christmas sweet.
For people who never tasted it, I explain....it's made mostly of candied fruit, ( orange peel, cedar, melon ), almonds, and spices.
Is a flat, round, small cake, with powdered sugar on top, and wafer below, the consistency is almost like soft nougat, and when you eat it, is tender and crunchy at the same time (due to almonds).
The taste is...the word that comes to my mind is round, complex, totally delicious, and of course sweet.
So, if you like candied fruit and spices, it's worth to try.
But remember to remove the paper ring around.
Here you can find more informations about Panforte.
Enjoy!
And don't say I'm a glutton, I'm not ;-)
Let's say I'm a gourmet.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ode to a plastic container!


I stated in this post that I never buy plastic containers for food, because I use the ice cream ones, well, I changed my mind when....looking inside my pantry I found....aaaargghh what a mess! rolled pasta packets, nearly finished packets of flour, sugar, crackers, potato chips, chick peas free on the shelf....have I to go ahead?
No, well, it's better.
Soooo, I searched on the web what's outside there to solve my organization problem, I immediately went on Tupperware's site, and found they have very nice container sets, and what I understood is that I need high and slim containers, for my pasta, cereals, cookies, and something smaller for rice, flour, sugar, etc....
Today, looking for bedsheets (that I didn't found) in a shop, I found instead....tadaa! high, slim, oval plastic cereal containers, and so cheap (well, quite,...compared to Tupperware).
I bought three, and I'm looking forward to something a bit different, well, we will see, I hope my pantry will be something like this soon....not exactly, because I like it more "creative" (read, less precise) yet tidy.



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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A new carnival is born.



I'm pleased to host a new carnival on my blog , "Share your tips", you can freely participate by submitting a tips' article, regarding the following topics:
  • everyday living
  • home and garden
  • housekeeping
  • cooking
  • parenting
  • all things creative
  • traveling
  • blogging
  • frugal living
  • healthy living
  • ecology
  • pets
This carnival will be published during the first days of the month and will last till the end of it, you can add maximum two post per blog.
Use the Mcklinky link below, enter your name and a brief description of your post, then copy and paste the post URL in the proper space (not your home page URL).
I encourage you to read other participants' posts, and to comment.
Welcome and thanks for your contribution!

Karma presents Cash Crate Surveys - A Free and Easy Money Maker posted at Paid Survey Cash Guide - How to Make Money Online Doing Surveys and Free Trial Offers!.

Brian presents Increase SERP Rank on eHow posted at Earn Residual Income Online.

Jeff presents For Safety's Sake, Vaccinate Your Houseplants posted at Swine Flu Safety.

Scott Mills presents Using Texture in an Oil Painting posted at Wisdom Lion.

Diana Hsieh presents Episode #15: Cultivating Concentration posted at Rationally Selfish Radio.

Debbie Dragon presents Balance House Work with Work at Home posted at Empowering Mom - The Work at Home Moms Blog.

Toni presents A Dozen Healthy Desserts posted at Wifely Steps.

Jacqueline Gharibian presents Treatment For InfertilityInfertility CureHow To Get Pregnant Infertility Solution posted at My Baby's First.

scheng1 presents How healthy is your personal finance: High Paying Keyword: Personal Injury Specialist posted at How healthy is your personal finance.

moneycents presents 5 Top Tips On Saving On Your Energy Bill posted at Money Saving Tips.

Lovelyn presents Soaking Your Grains and Legumes posted at The Art of Balanced Living.

Bobbie Whitehead presents Leaf Lettuce In Winter posted at Bobbie Whitehead.

Susan Howe presents 15 Books to Inspire Awesome Halloween Costume Ideas posted at Star Costumes Blog.

Zhu presents How To Visit Canada posted at Correr Es Mi Destino.

Thailand Breeze presents Fruit Buying Tips posted at Thailand Breeze.

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Contending With Time posted at Mad Kane's Humor Blog.

Banquet Manager presents You Never Setup The A/V Equipment! posted at So You Want To Be a Banquet Manager....

Case Ernsting presents Rent To Own Furniture versus Buying Furniture : Why Renting Furniture is Not Good Economics | Home and Decor posted at Home and Decor.

Case Ernsting presents 10 Tips for Finding Healthy Meals in Michigan City posted at FinditLocal411 Blog.

Credit Shout presents Can I Apply For More Than One Credit Card At A Time? posted at CreditShout.

Laurel presents Control Blood Pressure w/ Whole Grains posted at Laurel on Health Food.

Laurel presents Fruit Popsicles! posted at Laurel on Health Food.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

More eco cleaning tips.






Along with laundry ( see article here ), I started to use "alternative" products for cleaning the house too; for instance I use a very small quantity ( a teaspoon, more or less ) of washing soda in a bucket of warm water to mop the floors ( not suitable for wooden floor ), they say you can use vinegar in alternative, but I don't like the smell.
To clean the bathroom or the kitchen sink ( we have hard water ) I squeeze half a lemon, put the juice in a little cup, add one or two drops of dish detergent, mix, apply with a sponge and rinse, they come out neat and shiny.
To clean and disinfect kitchen stove, countertop, chopping board and dining table, plus every item that needs disinfection I pour some hydrogen peroxide ( 3% solution, the one you find in supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies ) on the sponge/rag and wipe.
I use peroxide to clean inside the fridge....
and to clean and deodorize inside and outside the shoes... but not with the same rag ;D
Actually there are more and more applications for peroxide, washing soda etc....but, for now I share the ones I already employ regularly and know that work.

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Friday, October 2, 2009

A more eco friendly.... laundry.


Recently, after my mom's advice, and after reading an article about it, I started to experiment with an alternative way to do laundry.
In this way you cut off harmful chemicals that spoil environment and our health too.
Now, for a load, I use half of the detergent dose ( ecological is better ) and for the whites I add a tbs of washing soda.
For dark colors, on the contrary I add a tbs of baking soda ( more delicate and dissolves better), these two products enhance the washing power of the detergent and are not toxic ( but washing soda is irritant so don't touch it with bare hands).
Instead of the softener now I use half a glass of vinegar ( white of course ) with 3 drops of a natural essential oil for a good perfume ( now I'm using lavender but I want to try bergamot because I'm fond of Earl Grey's scent).
I assure you, the smell of vinegar doesn't remain on the clothes, I was afraid of that too.
After the first time, in which it was a bit strange this new method, now I'm very happy with it, the laundry is cleaner, softer, scented, less wrinkled...and more sane.
Thank you, Mom!

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