Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Guide to some basic kitchen herbs.


The heat is on. Totally on. It is said that it is hotter this year than others. So the mood of heaviness and can't really be bother is on as well. 

Meanwhile, in my kitchen and on my late studies, Im on the search of the health properties that natural plants can bring to our wellbeing, either from aromatherapy (in strong dosages) or as additive to everyday cooking. 



So I got some basic herbs and tons of essences.  I am learning about their benefits: their properties, what they do to our general health and more interestingly our mood.

Here goes the references of some, worth trying them out. To add to our cooking, baths and on incenses to cleanse the house. 






Additionally, I have an extra tip for the community. I have successfully tried mixing clove essence and cinnamon to a rash my little on had. It looked fungi, and as I followed my researched guide I was incredibly proud to have seen that it works like a charm! 

Friday, 6 May 2016

#DIY How to make your own deodorant


It's done. After some weeks of having it on my head I have finally done it. My own experiment that became my own deodorant. 

It's so easy to do, that is almost a joke. Seriously. No weird additives, no strange formulas, all goodie - goodie stuff. 


What you need: 

1) Organic all natural Coconut Oil.

2) Cornstarch (Naturally, free from any GMO's). 

3) Bicarb Soda.

4) Natural Essences / Oils (Lavender, Tea Tree...)



The BIG how:

1) Mix the Bicarb Soda with the Cornstarch by halves. About 50% of each.  

My suggestion:

You can certainly go for a 35% Bicarb Soda as it can be a bit harsh on some skins. Specially if yours is already the sensitive kind. 



2) Add Coconut Oil to create a paste, mix well!

3) Choose your essence and mix it too.

THE END.


Experience follows:

It does the trick. No sweats, no bad smells, no funny business. I am very pleased with the results. I have my deodorant in a jar and everytime I need to use it I put some of the mixture on my fingers and spread it well. 

The smell of the deodorant is a personal choice. I mixed Tea Tree (because of its benefits) and Mandarine. How much you add to your deodorant will depend on the quality of your essences. Some of them (the expensive kind) are pretty strong  and you will only need to put a few drops. When concentration is quite high, you will need to be careful of not putting too much! Some oils can be toxic in strong amounts!

Additionally.. BEWARE:

If you decide to choose a citrus essence (like in my case), you need to be aware that you should avoid having exposure to the sun, as they can react and create skin pigmentation issues. 

You should also be aware that  Coconut Oil has a thing for changing its consistency depending on the weather. When its particularly hot, it tends to melt, so you will need to mix the ingredients again with the help of a spoon. (Coconut Oil goes to the top and the rest of the ingredients are on the base of the container). 

When its colder, however, your deodorant will be like a bar of soap. I haven't exactly put mine on the fridge yet.. but it could be an alternative. 

I bet you never thought you would say: "Hey darling, can you get my deodorant from the fridge?" 

Monday, 25 April 2016

Feng Shui Mamma. Successful Vegetarian Meals.

Before I begin, let me just say.. Feng Shui has actually inspired me to be more in the kitchen and to actually.. feel like cooking... and this is what happened:


You can damn rest assure that if your little one asks for more, it was indeed a great meal.
And since he kept going on about "Mmm.. it's very nice" I felt very proud of myself. Specially after the thank you hug I had from my sweetheart. 

So as a matter of celebration I am sharing my latest invention.. sort of.. cause you know, I kinda stole the recipe from my mother, I took the liberty of modifying it a bit to make it suitable for vegetarians. 

Avocado & Vegetable Soup.

How was it done? 

Instead of your regular chicken soup, use vegetable stock, add in some extra goodies (Black Pepper, Cumin, Garlic) to season. Then feel free to put in a bit of veggies. What I had at hand was Purple Onion and Courgette, so I sliced them in tiny bits and add it to the mix. In order to make it appealing I added pasta.. you know, for the little one. But I can see this as an optional item.

Now, normally my mom would make the Avocado mix (with cheese and cream) to add to a bare chicken soup, so instead, I served it to my vegetable soup. And it is quite good!





And for drinks:

Chai Tea Frappe. 

I have tried to make this drink before and it really is down to the genre of tea you choose to make it with. When it comes to black tea, you can't go too wrong, but for green and chai tea, it's a matter of trial - error. 

Dear #Costco, here is a hint: why don't you have tea tasters? 

However, I have found that the brand Gourmet Alessa, Vanilla Bombay Chai is a great option to make the frappe. 

How is it done?
Brew a tea bag or two in a bit of water. Allow some time to make it extra strong. Add lots of ice, greek style yogurt, soy milk (or almond, coconut, rice.. whatever is your fancy) and blend. Sprinkle some cinnamon and voilà!




Feng Shui Mamma is a happy, healthy mamma.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

#moodboard Boho - ethnic trends.




I am in the boho - ethnic mood...  Loving these ones so much!!



Lovely future buys from:
Anthropologie.com

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Outdoor dinner parties inspirational boards.


Not necessarily because of the lovely spring weather we have in central Mexico (sarcasm).. but because is the only way to tolerate the heat.

God save us all in this dry, hot weather.

Totally not enjoying it. But C'est la vie... I try to "endure" it by thinking I am somewhere exotic like Cannes or Morocco and wear my sunglasses as glamourous as I can.  :P

Gotta find joy in the simplest things ..






Outdoor mood ideas from:
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100layercake.com
casamenteiras.com
mostbeautifulthings.com
astrongaesthetic.blogspot.com
j-ai-dit-oui.com
dealmaecoracao.com
smp.com
adventuresincooking.com
kinfolk.com
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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Decorating ideas: Hand painted murals



Recently I have been in the process of re - designing my kitchen and through my mind many things have arisen. Evidently I do not want to repeat old mistakes, the ones that once I had painted/ bought or put the new "bla" thing, I realised I didn't like it or it really didn't go with me nor what I was hoping to achieve for the mood I was so "carefully" creating.  

Errare humanum est and that is absolutely fine, its part of the process, at some point you will get it right or you will get bored and would want something new. 

The kitchen is an important space, more so for a veggetarian. It needs to be a place where you feel inspired to cook healthily, enjoy a cuppa tea in a feel that you may call a natural environment. 

So there, what I now know that works is to try to exercise our visual and memory muscles by asking  -without rushing- How does the place look where I feel inspired to cook, eat or just hang about? What elements are there in the room? How does it smell? What kind of light will I enjoy? What colours will there be? What about places I have felt that sense of comfort, how were they like? ... and for those of us who are more... your considered hipster type.. what kind of suggestions can I take from Feng Shui?

Given the location of my kitchen, I have two elements to play around ( I don't know if I can say: "Hey! Lucky me!" )  fire and earth. 

Following the brainstorming ideas, amongst them I thought about putting some wall paper, but rumours have had me informed that they tend to safeguard all sorts of plagues. So scratch that entirely. 

Then however, I thought, why not painting it? Once I had painted some flowers and it looked pretty neat. It really does make a difference. 

How "arty" it will look depends on the skill that oneself or a friend may have, but worst case scenario, there are some already made that you can easily play along with. 

Here are some examples that I really dig. Of course, then it will be all about, what kind of mood will they create and what is the best suited for ma cuisine :)  



As you may imagine, I am not done remodeling. I still need to finish painting, buy some new curtains and invest in some basket - organic container to hide the evident mess. My kitchen is an open one and I prefer it like that. I like to see what I have and not to be searching on drawers.

I am really delighted with the great buy of two rustic metal - wood stools I found on facebook. They are in great condition and they were very cheap.
I have also gotten some ceramic pot plants that are now the home of some kitchen herbs (rosemary, organo and thyme). They bring so much life! I am loving them. Plus they keep bugs away (or so they say...)

Not quite there yet but finally.. getting somewhere! :)

Found on:
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Cath Kidtson
houseandgardenmagazine.co.uk
j-ai-dit-oui.com
ebay.com
alifelivedwell.com
mostbeautifulthings.com
cuttingedgesentcils.com
justb.com
stineshjem.blogspot.com
clarke&clarke

Monday, 21 March 2016

Quinoa Vegetarian Recipes for any occasion.

Because eating is nice... but it is a lot better when our food is healthy. It is good for our bodies, souls, spirit and the environment. 

Quinoa is one of those seeds- cereals that are favoured by athletes, vegetarians and vegans. This is given that it is highly nutritious, has lots of protein, calcium, potasium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, omega 6 and omega 3.    

It's similar to oats, easy to cook and goes well with pretty much anything. Here are some recipes to awaken the spirit of nutrition like never before :P 




Nutritious munchies from:
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GreatBritishChefs
WellAndFull
CamillaStyles
EatGood4Life
MySaladRecipes

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