Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pure Natural Tea Infusions



Tea Infusions are a great way to make special teas at home that can be difficult to find in your area and costly at coffee and tea houses. You also get the greatest benefits from using the purest and natural ingredients.

My favorite tea is an orange tea put out by Flavia. I drink cups of it throughout the day but can only get this at work. I miss it when I'm home. Instead, I started using fresh ingredients to make my own blend of tea infusions.

My 2 favorite concoctions:

  • Orange Tea Infusion - a slice of orange with hot water poured over it. Leave the orange in the cup while you drink it. Usually, you can get 3 cups out of it.  The water turns a slight blushed orange. After the third cup, I find the water is clear.

  • Kiwi and lime - Another 2 of my favorite things in life. Yet to be tried in an infusion. Will start with a slice of each.  What attracted me to kiwi is it helps fight off depression.  If its cloudy for days on end or if my physical body feels depleted, I get very down and I don't like it. After learning this little tidbit, I started adding kiwi to my smoothies and now tea infusions to help keep me balanced during those times.
You can add anything you like, including herbs, honey, etc. Just try it and play with what you like.

Another thing I'll be creating soon, blending 3 of my favorite ingredients to create Chocolate Cheese Covered Jalapeno Peppers! Oh, my!  What heaven!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Make Cold Weather Winter Dog Booties


 
 
We're prepping ourselves for cold weather storms here in the NE.  Getting out our scarves and warm winter coats, comfy socks, mittens, hats and protective boots.  Why not do the same for our fur babies? After all, the cold grounds and salt can hurt and burn the skin on their paws, not to mention give them stomach colds which is what would happen to our dog. And, that's a mess no one wants to clean up. 
 
I even made a set for our cat. Her paws were like ice because we were on the bottom floor, inches from the ground where the garage used to be.  She wouldn't leave them on when she was walking but would sleep with them on when she took her long naps. 
 
These are my favorite links to reference. Very simple, very enjoyable to read through and easy so you can start right away. Customize her pattern for your dog's activities:
 

 
This link is very similar to the above pattern but offers lots of visuals. Simple to make in 10 minutes; and, these won't fall off their feet the way others patterns do! I also like this version because you can customize it for the length of your dog's legs. How perfect is that? 
 
 
Optional: make extra tall for deep snow, add fur trim, add a waterproof lining, add reflective patches, try different non-slip materials and make it longer on the boots. 
 
 
Also called Paw Protectors. Some reasons why they
are great to have or even needed for some dogs:

 

  • Keeping paws dry for dogs that don't like getting their feet wet in the rain
  • Protecting paws when walking on rough or uneven surfaces
  • Protecting paws from the heat of pavement in hot weather
  • Protecting paws from salt and other chemicals used to melt ice and snow
  • Keeping paws warm when walking in snowy or icy conditions
  • Preventing damage from scratching when medical conditions such as skin allergies arise
  • Old dogs who slip on the ice
  • Dogs with injured paws in need of protection
  • Dogs with tender toes who are sensitive to cold
  • Outdoor sporting dogs who need a little extra warmth and traction

Complied list by The Domestik Goddess and Sewing.org.  
Picture of dog with fur trimmed booties by Sewing.org.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Book Review: Homemade: 101 Beautiful and Useful Craft Projects You Can Make at Home

Homemade: 101 Beautiful and Useful Craft Projects You Can Make at Home
by Ros Badger and Elspeth Thompson
Photo Courtesy of Amazon


Homemade pays homage to the way we used to create things…things found around our home and in our backyards, on our walks through the parks…to make something meaningful and heartfelt for those we love.  They make use of the colors and patterns of each passing season as inspiration and arrange the chapters accordingly. Each project and idea coordinates with one of the four seasonal chapters: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.  There are no long supply lists but more "idea" or "suggestion" lists.  This book encourages you to "see things differently" and use "going to the store" as a last resort. 

I loved this book so much, I bought a copy for myself and plan or rereading it more than once.  There were so many simple ideas that reminded me of what my own Mother did while I was growing up and how she successfully made our home really feel like Home…something I find eludes many people now-a-days.     

It was enjoyable to read because it gave me a new way of looking at things and remembering it’s the little things that really mean the most.  It helped me to see that there were endless resources around me that I wasn't using.  There is a treasure of ideas shared here that left me thinking what else I could do to make a little change in my own home that would make it more welcoming to others and show my appreciation for them.   

These little touches are a part of what really transform a house into a home…ones that your own family will remember for years.  Even if it doesn't seem they appreciate it at that very moment, you'd be surprised at what touches people's hearts and what they remember after years have passed.  I know we did with our own Mom. 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Coming shortly: Book Review on Homemade: 101 Beautiful and Useful Craft Projects You Can Make at Home

Photo Courtesy of Amazon


I'm currently writing this review and will publish it this weekend. 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Make Scented Sugar Scrubs




Luxury spa gifts make some of the best gifts ever.  Even my husband used them on occassion to remove the left over paint or oil from his hands that wouldn't come off.  On a new site I found yesterday, Today's Creative Blog explains how to make them:

■Sugar – I used Organic sugar – but any kind will work.

■Almond Oil – I found mine in the Natural section of my grocery.

■Essential oils – I used Orange because it’s the cheapest. I also used jasmine. (I bought my oils from Whole Foods)

■Glass Jar or plastic- I found mine at The Dollar Store.

■Ribbon and tags

Combine 3 Cups Sugar with 1 Cup Oil. Drop in several drops of desired scented oil. Mix. Scoop into jar and seal.