Sunday, September 20, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I have lost touch with an Indian friend of mine who had me over for dinner one day when his mom was in town. She made the best aloo gobi I have ever had and shared the recipe with me. I have not made it in years, but was craving this yesterday. I cannot find the recipe now and am quite bothered by this because there were two other recipes that she gave me that I loved as well. I searched high and low on the internet and in the Joy of Cooking, and could not find anything that had all the same ingredients that I remembered hers having, so this is a compilation of a several recipes and an experiment that went very well this afternoon. My friend's mom's recipe was much drier than this one, so there will be further experiments - this has canned tomatoes to make it stew like.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I found a post earlier last week on how to marble paper. It seemed very complicated based on the post, so I decided to simplify and make it toddler friendly. The original post is over at Design Sponge. My simplified instructions are below:
Materials and tools:
- Acrylic Paint
- Paper - cardstock and printer paper
- 2 cups liquid starch
- 2 tsp cream of tartar
- large glass baking dish that will fit paper
- Chopstick or bamboo skewers
- Newspaper or vinyl tablecloth for work area
- Step 1: Mix cream of tartar and liquid starch into the glass baking dish. I mixed both in a large measuring cup first so I could get the cream of tartar well incorporated, then poured into the baking dish.
- Step 2: Add drops of acrylic paint to the baking dish. Some may fall to the bottom. The folks over at Design Sponge gave great tips on how to avoid this, but we were having too much fun to worry about that.
- Step 3: Drag chopstick or skewer through the paint making swirls and designs. This is what will transfer to your paper.
- Step 4: Place paper into baking dish for a few seconds, making sure you get the entire piece of paper to touch the starch.
- Step 5: Remove paper, and set aside for a few seconds (this is why you need the vinyl tablecloth so you can set the paper down and not care about your surface.)
- Step 6: Take the paper to the sink and thoroughly rinse the starch from the paper. The paint will not rinse away.
- Step 7: Layout the paper to dry
- Step 8: Iron the paper flat
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
5 - 6 Simple Ingredients to make a natural and homemade deodorant - and yes, it works, even in this hot, hot Florida humid summer.
- Aloe Juice soothes sensitive skin and dilutes the alcohol
- Alcohol helps extract the lemon zest and essential oils from the zest
- Chlorophyll is the active deodorizing ingredient - some people take it internally to reduce all sorts of funky smells
- Lemon is also deodorizing, plus the acid is neutralizing to sweat and it has a nice clean smell
- Lavender Oil is antiseptic, cooling and mild
- Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) is a preservative and anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. If you do happen to get a little funky in your pits, a little GSE will kill the bacteria, yeast, or whatever fungus you may have developed. The formula stays fine in a bottle for 6 weeks so you do not have to use GSE.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
In an effort to reduce consumption, I decided to make some of my own produce bags to take shopping. Whenever we are at the store, in the checkout lane, I look at these plastic bags of produce or bulk items and wonder why am I filling my cloth shopping bags with lots of little throw away plastic bags. At least the plastic grocery bags I do re-use for kitty litter changes, but these produce bags are so flimsy, they cannot be re-used (at least not in my house for anything I have thought to re-use). I bought a bag from reusablebags.com, but it was a little pricey for as much produce as I buy, and it seems to be a little burdensome to the cashiers when they have to open the bag to see what the item is so they can ring it up. I have tried training the cashiers that you can see the numbers on the stickers through the bag, but this is just more work than I want for a grocery store trip. So I decided to make my own bag. I can make several for a low cost, I can pick the fabric, and it is a great sewing project for someone needing some practice since I am a newbie at this sewing thing. My favorite color is purple, so I decided to buy some bright purple nylon mesh - very transparent, and quite sturdy. The drawstring is not so pretty, but it is simple unbleached cording. No need for a closure because friction keeps the bag secure.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
This is incredibly chocolatey and not too sweet. If you prefer more sweetness, you can definitely add more agave or dates. With ice creams, make sure that the pre-ice cream freezer mixture is sweet enough to your liking or even a little too sweet. For some reason, ice creams taste less sweet after they are frozen in the ice cream freezer.