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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Staying thirsty to become thin?! Never do that. Ever.

Hello everybody.

"Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink."
While you may go without food for 40 days, you will not survive more than a week without drinking water or some fluid. Water is the most abundant nutrient in the human body as well as the most common substance on earth.
An average adult body is 60-75% water. Water is found in every cell, tissue and organ and almost every life sustaining body process needs water to function.
When you don’t drink enough water, your body may trigger a signs of thirst. Although thirst signals the need to drink water, you actually need water long before you become thirsty. This is especially important for seniors, children, and for anyone during illness, hot weather or strenuous physical activity. Waiting until you feel thirsty to drink, is simply not wise. It means that you’re already deficient by two or more cups of water.

The story of drinking water never gets old,
so let's take a look:

The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. That's about eight glasses of 200ml each for a woman, and 10 glasses of 200ml each for a man.

I have for you five simple rules that will help you get more water into your diet. And you don't even have to buy expensive bottled water so it's great for your wallet as well as your health.
1. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. 
This will wake you up and help your body replace any fluid lost when you were sleeping. It'll also give you a head-start on your 2 liters.
2. Carry a small bottle of water around with you. 
This will not only remind you to drink more but it's also an easy way of keeping track of how much you're drinking. If you fill it up from the tap you can reuse it as well - brilliant for the environment!
3. Add some flavor.
If you really can't stand the taste of water on its own try adding a small amount of fruit juice, sugar-free squash or a squeeze of lemon or lime. The lemon can even help with weight loss. This is because its sour taste helps your liver get rid of toxins. 
4. Set an alarm. 
If you've got a watch that beeps on the hour it can be a good reminder. Every hour fill up a glass of water, or drink from your bottle, and make sure you finish the glass before the next hour. You could even set a reminder on your computer at work, or on your phone.
5. Eat water-rich foods.
This table shows you which foods have the highest level of water in them. This can also help you get your five-a-day (fruits & vegetables, that is!).

Water is life.
Do you ever think about this?

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Love Story: Courageous Heart

Hello everybody.

In case you have read yesterday's post on jam-cake.. I have spent the day pitting, blending, cooking and jarring a deep-purple goodness. 

End result:

(I do not feel a shame for this photo: 
surely, there's no makeup, and I'm in a wear-and-tear outfit
but you can't be posh while mixing hot lava) :)

I'll bore you no more
Here's the love story:

For love, and courage and... less cruelty to animals :)

Have a great Sunday.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

For the love of.. JAM!

Hello everybody

You know I make my own jam, right?
During fruit-bearing season, there can be too many fruits that sometimes they spoil and rot before they are even consumed. Back when refrigeration was not yet available, households made it a point to turn fruits into homemade jam and stock them especially during winter.
Nowadays, jam and jelly can be easily bought from grocery stores and most of these do not have the same nutritional value as the homemade ones have. Most of those bought from stores have more preservatives and artificial taste than those made at home.
Many people believe there is a direct connection between the general downward spiral of people’s health and the modern world’s obsession with fast, convenient food.
Due to our busy schedules, we may have no time to prepare our own jelly and jam at home; but over here there is still a number of us who make the time to do some "jamming".
Today comes the last jam of the season: plum jam.

While I spend my day "standing strong" and stirring - you give this recipe a closer look. Who knows, it just might inspire you to make this dish.. or even make jam. :)

Plum-Jam Crumb Cake
(respectfully taken from Martha Stewart)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2/3 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 1/2 cups Plum Jam, skins removed (1 1/4 cups)
First: Preheat oven to 175°C (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
Topping: Whisk together flour, brown sugar, and salt in a small bowl. Stir in butter until combined
Moving on to 1-2-3 step cake.  :) 
1.Brush a 22x22 cm (9x9 inch) square cake pan (not nonstick) with butter. Line with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two sides; butter parchment.
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. In another bowl, beat butter with granulated sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating to combine after each. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with 2 additions of milk, beating until combined and scraping down bowl as necessary.
3. Transfer batter to prepared pan. Spread jam evenly over top. Sprinkle evenly with topping, squeezing to create large clumps. Bake until a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes. Use parchment to lift cake out of pan, then let cool completely on rack before serving.

It does not matter what brand of jelly, jam or preserves you buy off of a shelf, it will not taste like homemade preserves created from locally grown produce. There is something special about eating something that you and your family created together from scratch. Just knowing that you have used the freshest food possible, and that you have all worked together makes your preserves taste better.
Although making preserves may be a declining art it is certainly not a dead one.
I'm one of those people fighting for keeping things done the old way.
Are you joining in?


Have a lovely Saturday!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Burda Wednesday: July 1959, part IV

Hello everybody

It's mid-August. Time flies.
I got a little bit romantic this morning, so - let's start with a quote.
You must be the person you have never had the courage to be. Gradually, you will discover that you are that person, but until you can see this clearly, you must pretend and invent.”
― Paulo Coelho

Now, onto Burda magazine 
(oh, what a fun day, right?)

Get your whites - white
and your dishes - shining!

Ever had that feeling that you need to buy the product
just because the model represents it so well?
I'm having it now.

This is what I call: the "good" and the "bad"
Sterilizing your jars to prevent any possible 
food contamination - a good thing to do
Choosing margarine as a lighter and less caloric
butter substitute - not so good.

Who here wants to size these aprons up
and make them fit an adult?
Raise hands, please.. :)

This has got to be one proud mom
(to get her kids to wear white and stay clean?!)

Happy cocktail hour!

Well, I absolutely LOVE these little "bites" of food
they are so fun-looking and so versatile 
This would brighten.up any gathering.

In a search for the perfect table-cloth?
This one would be in my "top five", for sure.

Oh, yes, "veet" creme
dates way back to 1950s.

THIS it the page I enjoy a lot
it tells all about how 
the little things make all the difference.

Yes, even back in the late 1950s people KNEW
there is a need to nourish the skin
while it's being kissed by the sun.

The upper right corner:
that IS underwear. Yes, it is.

Leisure-look at it's best form.
Relaxed, loosely fitting, earthy tones..

This is the first time
they added a "kids corner"

About those "little items" that make all the difference: researches tell us that keeping plants at our desks (at work) can boost our well-being. Each time you water your plant, let your mind wander to what you love about the environment, and channel these warm-fuzzy feelings to add a few eco-conscious habits to your workplace routine, such as reaching for reusable products over disposables, reducing paper use and conserving energy.
Have you got a plant in your office, or on your work-space?
Have a lovely Wednesday!