Sunday, November 29, 2009

How I cleaned my steam iron.


This morning I was ironing when a brown synthetic fabric sticked to the plate and left a big amount of residues on it.
I did not have the proper cleaner, so what to do?
The iron cleaner I usually buy, is a white stick of some waxy material that when you pass it on the hot plate, it melts, then you pass the iron on a cloth, so the product and the dirt transfer on it.
Hmmm.....what if I use a candle instead?
I had a white candle, I passed it on the hot plate, it melted, I quickly passed the iron on an old cloth, result? the iron plate was perfectly cleaned!
And there was nor wax, nor dirt on it.
I know, it was somehow an hazard, however I had to iron, and moreover...now I have something new to post ;-)

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Free vector art tool on Aviary.com

Image by:china063.wordpress.com

I was/am fascinated by the digital drawings and decor that I find on the web, but I didn't know how they do them.
I made some research (I love searching;) and discovered it's vector graphic.
If you already know it, or want to try or to learn it, I found a free tool to make vector art on the Internet, just click here, and besides, they have more image editors, and tutorials.
I hope I'll have the time to learn.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Add some green to your pasta al pesto.

Photo: andreabeggi.net

Yeah, I know, pesto is already green, because it's made of basil leaves but, loving it, however I find it a bit heavy and too much oily, so I prefer to add some vegetables to lighten it, and to make a healthier and complete dish.
The first option is a traditional Italian (Liguria, the mother country of pesto) dish, whose name is "Advantaged" Pesto (Pesto Avvantaggiato), actually it's advantaged by the presence of green beans and potatoes.
When you prepare pasta al pesto, before adding the pasta of your choice to the salted boiling water, you half cook few handful of green beans chopped in half, and a potato chopped in small cubes.
Then you add pasta and after everything is done, you drain the pasta and vegetables and evenly season with the pesto sauce. Take care to save some of the cooking water to dilute the sauce if it's too thick.
The second option, that I invented one day to convince (trick) my 3-year-old boy to eat some vegetable, is simpler.
When you boil the pasta, one minute before it's done, add to the boiling water one medium zucchini finely grated.
When done, drain and season with the pesto sauce, the grated zucchini are scarcely visible and the pasta come out lighter.
If you don't know how to do your own pesto sauce, I will tell you how I do, but sorry I don't measure ingredients.
You need a blender or small electric mixer.
- two or three handful of basil leaves without stem, washed and dried.
- some (4 o 5) spoonful of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese or Grana Padano cheese grated.
- some (2 o 3) spoonful of pine nuts (or/and cashews, walnuts)
- pinch of salt
- 1 garlic clove peeled
- extra virgin olive oil

Proceeding:
-put all the dry ingredients in the blender
-add some olive oil, more or less one third of the mass ( 1/2 cup?).
-blend until you obtain a coarse cream
-if needed add some more oil.


photo:semplicecologico.blogspot.com



Photo: joecarlson.net

Note: the quantities are subjective, if you love raw garlic add more, if you love more nuts add more, follow your own taste.
And you can add some Pecorino cheese if you like it, or/and some ricotta cheese, or some butter.
Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New blog award!

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Yesterday I was enjoying some moments ("loosing" my time) on the web, as usual, when I thought about creating my personal blog award to reward my favorites blogs.
I wanted to do something a bit funny, searched a proper picture on the web, edited it on "picnik", and here how it came:




I hope you like it, and if you want to use it and share it, I will be happy (save the image).
Actually this award has no rules, but at least you can give it to the coolest blog or blogs that you know, that's all.

At the moment, I gave it to two blogs:
My Mom's (You are cool!), check her yummy Italian and mixed recipes:
La mia cucina in India
And my "American who lives in Mexico" virtual friend (You are cool too!)
11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven

Enjoy!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Make your own duvet cover.


Do you, like me, prefer a bed in a bag, duvet, because it's more practical, modern, and easy, but you do have in your closet some old style bedsheets you don't use any more?
It's so easy, if you have a sewing machine to make your own duvet cover, from bedsheets.
You must have at least two bedsheets approximatively the same size, they have to be large and long enough to contain your duvet.
You only have to join the two sheets face to face, sew together the sides and the top.
Turn inside out et, voilĂ !
I've already done one for my daughter and planning to make one for our bed, I found the right bedsheets in my closet, but, since it's a long time I don't post, I can't wait until I've done it.;D
And the picture is not my bedroom, I found it on the web, but the cover is similar to the one I'm gonna make.
Thanks for "listening" and have a nice .... whatever.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Share your tips second edition.


Here we are with the second edition of "Share your Tips" blog Carnival, to know the rules and regs go Here.

Welcome and thank you for your submissions!

Have too much clutter? So do we! Here are some elimination suggestions.
Rachel presents declutter challenge posted at quirkymomma.com.

ryoka presents Tutorial for dummies: DIY posted at Tutorial for dummies.

MBB presents How To Make Money Blogging posted at Money Blue Book Blog.

If you need an impressive gift for a special person, consider gift baskets for men, women, kids and even dogs (or dog lovers)
Andrea Jackson presents themed gift baskets ideas posted at BestGiftBasketsForMen.

Making choices of what to buy
Beth Dargis presents Choice Clutter posted at My Simpler Life.

Tash presents Ask before sharing emails posted at Word Constructions.

A handy guide for wannabe journalists
Christopher Brooks presents Very Top Five… Skills for journalists posted at Very Top Five Blog.

Credit Shout presents Using 0% Balance Transfer Credit Cards To Reduce Debt posted at CreditShout.

ReliableWriters presents 12 Gifts You Can Make for Under $12 Each posted at Reliable Writers.

Steve Pfarnsworth presents How Can I Get a Girl Back ? Let Her Make The First Move posted at How to Get Your Girlfriend Back.

A wealth of tips to save money on air travel
Steve Faber presents Propose To My Girlfriend » How to Get the Lowest Airfare Available – Read This or Spend Too Much For Your Airline Tickets posted at Propose To My Girlfriend.

Essential advice on personal safety in London.
Rebecca Jordan presents Safety in London Moving to London posted at Moving to London.

Steven Handel presents How Stress Ruins Everything And What You Can Do About It posted at The Emotion Machine.

moon saud presents 10 tips for increase link popularity of your work at home blog posted at Work At Home, Affiliate Programs, Make Money Online Database.

Matthew Paulson presents Thefts at Open Houses Return to Real Estate Market posted at American Consumer News.

Kerry Fletcher presents How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Professional Designer posted at Interior Design Info.

Want to draw objects quickly in 3D? Google SketchUp allowed me to explore my creativity in a new way.
Kobus Venter presents Google SketchUp Pro posted at Vuthisa.

Fruit baskets for kids may be a good idea, but do think this though first.
Andrea Jackson presents fruit baskets for kids posted at BestGiftBasketsForMen.

TradingStocks.com presents Investing in Collectibles posted at Trading Stocks.

moon saud presents Analyze your work at home blog link structure posted at Work At Home, Affiliate Programs, Make Money Online Database.

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