Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fall Harvest Makes Great Food

If you are  planning to have some sort or addiction,  make it into gardening.  You'll reap  the reward of being addicted.  Seriously, gardening is one of my addictions.  Working in my garden sooths my body and soul.  It's like a great therapy for my being.  Our yard is very small and my garden is like 400 sq feet in size which is not that big but somehow, we get  so much produce every year. 
 My father used to tell me that when you plant something in the ground, God will bless you and he was right.  My father was always encouraging about gardening and cooking.
Even my harvesting buddy would agree, right Dunkin?  I bring our guinea pigs almost daily so he could eat some fresh grass.  I always bring a box  where he feels  safer.  He wouldn't run away if you have the box where he can sit.
 He love to knock this box and he would hide inside it especially when the dogs are out.  I  always keep the dogs inside when I bring him out  just be on the safe side but sometimes, the kids forgot that I have Dunkin with me and they let the dogs out.  That's when Dunkin freaks out.
 But anyway, back to the gardening I was talking about.  This year, I only planted a pack of carrots so I  planted the seeds far away from each other.  Last year, I planted it so close so they were smaller than this year.
 Have you every smell a newly harvested carrots?  It smells so divine!  Even Dunkin smells it.  He is thinking of nibbling on  the carrots leaves.
 I harvested a bunch of kale and froze them for  future use  during winter time when I can't have fresh kale from the garden.
 I love carrot slaw more than  coleslaw so I always make me a bowl every time.  It taste so good especially that the carrot is fresh.
 I chopped the  head of these carrots and put them  back to the ground.
Upon seeing these fresh veggies, hubby us hinting   for Gumbo.
 It paid off to save the seeds of the tri-colored peppers I bought from the store because that's what I used to  plant our peppers this year.  This is the first year that I fully got to enjoy the peppers.  The previous years, they were too late  to bloom.
That would be all for now.  Till next time again.
Shadow Shots

Monday, September 28, 2015

Does Feng Shui Really Work?

Feng Shui has been around for more than 5,000 years, ut many in the West have only discovered in the last two decades. Although there have been many jokes about the art of artfully rearranging your surroundings, few of us know what Feng Shui really is or whether it works at all. Here is a short primer on the philosophy behind Feng Shui and a few tips to incorporate it into your life.

The Idea Behind Feng Shui

Contrary to poular belief, Feng Shui isn't magic, nor is it a decorating fad or a passing trend. Feng Shui is the science of changing the energy flows in your environment into order to facilitate positive energy and release negative emery. That may sound like hocus-pocus, so let's put it in simpler terms. It has been proven that a cluttered, dirty environment causes mental blocks and lack of energy. Many of us have experienced in our own lives the feeling of lightness and mental clarity that we feel when we finally clear that cluttered desk or straighten out our closets. 

Feng Shui uses the power of energy that is associated with the five elements of water, wood, metal, earth and fire - along with the placement of furnishings and accessories - to attract specific energies and improve the circulation of energy in our environment. In the same way that a blocked duct won't circulate air and cool or heat your home, the blockage of beneficial energy in a room will cause stagnation.

How to Bring Feng Shui Into Your Home

While Feng Shui is no one-size solution for whatever ails you and it's best to have a personalized consultation, there are some things that can increase the energy flow for anyone. 
  1.  Get rid of clutter. Do you really need that stack of magazines and junk mail or that pile of clothes you never wear?
  2. Create a sense of balance. Symmetry is important for balance in your life. A pair of lamps or end tables not only create a symmetrical look, the refine a sense of balance in your life.
  3. Make small repairs. Broken or chipped bric-a-brac, torn window screens or broken door handles not only make your home look shabby, they reflect in how you feel about your life on a subconscious level.
  4. Add natural elements to your home. Feng Shui is about balance and energy flow, so having the right mix of each element will favorably influence the balance in your life. Add water elements to certain rooms with small fountains or a fish tank. Plants clean the air and bring the wood element into play. Candles and incense allude to fire, and rocks, sand and color balance out the rest.

Balsam Hill Reviews is an example of a home decorating website that has accessories for many tastes and seasons of the year. Shopping online for home decorative items saves a lot of time, and it may help you to locate items that you can't find locally.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ways to Create the Appearance of More Space In Your Home

Most trends today, whether it be homes, cars or other items, are following the ideas of more and more space. With space comes extra room to play, store and live in while helping to minimize the look of clutter. When there isn't a lot of opportunity to make a bigger area in your home, use these ideas to create the appearance of more space.

An Open-Concept Layout

When you have the opportunity, build with less walls or knock down walls in your home to create the openness that is desired. A technique used mainly in the communal areas, this allows the rooms to flow naturally into each other leaving the viewer with the feeling that the space is larger and easier to navigate. Simply section off areas in the oversized space to designate the traditional rooms for the functions that you desire.

Use Interior French Doors

In times where you need to have interior doors , choose French doors to make the space feel like it extends past them. French doors are those with glass panels from the top to the bottom. While being able to see through the glass, it will allow for the same appearance of space as the open concept does but provides the option to shut the doors and curtains for privacy. They are particularly effective when leading outside as it gives the visual of the room extending outside into endless land.

Create "Built-In" Options

When space is a concern, eliminate unnecessary pieces of furniture that can be built into others or the walls. Find any area of dead space, such as under steps or behind doors, and build storage, shelves or any type of hidden treasure that you can think of to save space around the room. Dead cabinets under sinks can double as paper towel dispensers while a double shower rod can hold towels alongside the shower curtain. Any little bit of unused space can serve its purpose to create the much needed openness in the room.

When faced with a smaller amount of space than you would like, use these tips to manage it properly and get as much usable area as you can to play with. These ideas create a better flow and use what you have in the best ways possible. The rest is up to you!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Tomatoes and Peppers

I have different varieties of tomatoes in my gardden this year but the one that did realy well is the roma and cherry tomatoes.   Roma tomatoes are great for coking but since I have tons, I decided to ca some of them.  I also have  Rusian and pear tomatoes which we have been juicing and making salsa since there's pleanty of them.
 My pepers  also did great this year.  One of our neighbors gave me  thre selings of  Thai peppers and  there's a lot of  fruits in it.
 My bell peppers are  also doing great.   I am jpust starting to harvest them.  For some reason, they are the last ones to produce fruits.
 Thai opeoers are suoer hot. I love spicy fod so I  love having these  hotties.
 This pear tomatoes are great fir salsa or salad. They're a bit sweet and you can even eat them for snacks.
So far, U have canned 30 quarts of tomato sauce and  8 pints of salsa which would last us for one whole year.  Ever since I started gardening, I never bought any  tomato sauce anymore.  Shadow Shots

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Traditional Musical Instruments

Hubby and I were talking last  night and remembered all the good times we've had in South Korea.  I honestly miss the weekends there where we would go out and explore the  city .  Our favorite spots to go is the lake and by the oceam.  They usually have musical shows on weekends.  This was one of those weekends where  they do traditional Korean music.  I knw for sure that this is not drums for beginners but  something that they been used for years and years.

Add This