Sunday, May 29, 2011

The healthieast and tastiest french fries ever - the oven way!

There's nothing quite like the taste of deep fried french fries but as you must know, fried foods are quite unhealthy for everyone, not just those trying to loose weight.
I would like to share with you some tips on making the most delicious and healthiest french fries. Not by frying them but boiling and baking them.

1. First of all cut your potatoes into strips trying to maintain a uniform thickness (not too thin and not to thick). The quantity is up to you.
2. Boil them for 5 minutes in water just so that they moisten a bit (not too much).
3. In the meantime take an oven tray or casserole dish big enough to spread them out evenly, spread some oil in it so that the bottom is all covered and place in the oven on medium temperature. This way the oil will be heated when its time to throw in the potatoes.
4. When the 5 minutes of boiling are up drain the potatoes and sprinkle with salt. Any other herb of your choice like paprika oregano or cumin would also be fine. Toss to evenly coat.
5. Place potatoes in tray and mix to distribute oil evenly.
6. Bake on high temperature for at least half an hour or until crispy with a slight brownish color.
Let them cool a bit and watch them disappear! They are tastier to eat while they are still warm so dont let them cool out too much.

You will be amazed. They turn out to be so crisp on the outside and so moist on the inside. And also they are so much healthier than fried potatoes! Children just love them.
Bon appetite!
If you have tried this method leave a comment and tell me what you think!

New craftluxuries Etsy shop listing - Four color combination beaded stretch ring







A four color combination stunning bead weaved stretch ring featuring cornelian aventurine white and coral beads.

This a one size fit all due to the stretchy band and is very comfortable to wear.
Click here to view details and buy.

New craftluxuries Etsy shop listing - Four color combination beaded stretch ring







A four color combination stunning bead weaved stretch ring featuring cornelian aventurine white and coral beads.

This a one size fit all due to the stretchy band and is very comfortable to wear.
Click here to view details and buy.

New craftluxuries Etsy shop listing - Bird brooch necklace



This adorable little handmade brooch features a gold heart, diamond shapes and sparkly bronze and basalto green swirls on a turquoise bird.

A one of a kind handmade piece.

It measures 6cm wide and 3cm tall (2 1/2 inches wide and 1,20 inches tall)

Silver brooch pin is attached to the back.

Wear it as a brooch or a necklace.

Pin it on your blazer, jacket, jean pants, hair accessory, purse or handbag.

You can also add flower or feather embelishments for a fancier look!

Great as a gift or a keepsake piece to brighten one's day!
Click here to view details and buy.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Bunny Rabbit stuffed plush animal

Just have to add a few more finishing touches to this cute bunny rabbit...and some clothing

Monday, May 16, 2011

Did you know?

Did you know that too much stress, lack of sleep (which reminds me, it's getting late), hormonal changes and age can affect your brain function and also cause a bit of memory loss?  Emotional stress diminishes blood flow to the brain and stimulates production or the hormone cortisol, which is toxic to nerve cells in high quantities. Als, when plaque narrows the blood vessels, blood flow to the brain is reduced.

So in order to ensure a vibrant and sharp memory you need a balanced diet rich in amino acids, omega oils, minerals and vitamins.

You should eat :
Whole grain foods like brown rice, oatmeal, lentils, whole beans,
Vegetables, especially bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, yams and squash.
Fish, especially salmon, tuna, halibut, trout, mackerel and sardines.
Almond oil, fish oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil and sesame oil.
Nuts, seeds and fruit like walnuts, pine nuts, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried apricots and dried bllueberries.
Green tea, which is packed with polyphenols and antioxidants.
And of course having a vibrant social life is sure to improve your life and your memory!

Vintage style brass bird and hammered heart coral dangle earrings


I made these earrings using a tiny brass bird, a gold plated hammered heart with a bronze swarovski crystal briolette hanging in it's center and coral beads. Simple and sweet these earrings measure 1.5" long and hang from vermeil twisted earring hooks.

Good morning everyone!


I woke up this morning to a wonderful beautiful site. My favorite italian rose porcelain espresso coffee pot and of course strawberries! It's their season! So sad I missed the strawberry festival last week. I would go for some coffee right now! have a nice day!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Free vintage flower sheet music template design by craftluxuries

New craftluxuries Etsy shop listing - Owl brooch pin accessory in turquoise yellow gold and bronze


This adorable little handmade owl brooch features yellow gold hearts, diamond shapes and sparkly bronze and basalto green swirls.
A one of a kind handmade piece.
It measures 6,5 cm wide and 3,5 cm tall (2 1/2 inches wide and 1,40 inches tall)

Silver brooch pin is attached to the back.

It can also become a magnet upon your request.

Pin it on your blazer, jacket, jean pants, hair accessory, purse or handbag.
You can also add flower or feather embelishments for a fancier look!

Great as a gift or a keepsake piece to brighten one's day!

view this in my shop

Spring summer fruit salad recipe





You are not such a craver of fruits so instead of eating them on their own you'd be rather tempted to try them if they were served in a delicious bowl?
Then try this practical mouthwatering fruit salad consisting of various kinds of fruits, served in their own juices and you will surely be asking for more. A great way to take in all those vitamins and give your body a spring cleaning. It's very simple to prepare.
Especially now that the summer season has finally arrived you will easily find a variety of fruits to use.
In this recipe I peeled and sliced into cubelike pieces strawberries, kiwi, bananas, apples, pears and squeezed in the juice of one orange and lemon. Finally I added the prefered amount of sugar and tossed and there you have it! A delicious fruit salad. The kids will go nuts with this. Perfect for a summer luncheon. They even make a beautiful presentation for special occasions like birthdays, baby showers and so much more.
You can add any other fruits you like or even a dash of brandy for adults.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

New craftluxuries Etsy shop listing - Four color combination beaded stretch ring




A four color combination stunning bead weaved stretch ring featuring cornelian aventurine white and coral beads.
This a one size fit all due to the stretchy band and is very comfortable to wear.
Click here to view details and buy.

New craftluxuries Etsy shop listing - Bird brooch pin accessory in turquoise bronze and yellow gold


This adorable little handmade bird brooch features a gold heart, diamond shapes and sparkly bronze and basalto green swirls.
A one of a kind handmade piece.
It measures 6cm wide and 3cm tall (2 1/2 inches wide and 1,20 inches tall)

Silver brooch pin is attached to the back.

It can also become a magnet upon your request.

Pin it on your blazer, jacket, jean pants, hair accessory, purse or handbag.
You can also add flower or feather embelishments for a fancier look!

Great as a gift or a keepsake piece to brighten one's day!

view this in my shop

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Mother's day poem - "A wonderful mother"

God made a wonderful mother.
A mother who never grows old.

He made her smile of the sunshine,
And He molded her heart of pure gold.

In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,
In her cheeks, fair roses you see.

God made that wonderful mother,
And He gave that dear mother to me.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Free template designer leaves by Irene

tropical leaves

chestnut

honeysuckle

sketch

sepia leaves

seventies

spring leaves

summer leaves

blue brown leaves

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Etsy Treasury - "And they lived happily ever after"

To the royal bride and groom who brought us joy and fairytale magic in difficult times!
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