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FREE Christmas Card Design PSD


Hello buddies! here is this months Freebie just on time. I just made my own Christmas Card and sent it to the printing service to be on time for the holidays and greet our family and friends. 

Small children photoshoot is such a tiring thing and it takes more effort than what we might think at first. So I sadly didn't have the time to totally design my own card from scratch but I used this ready collage and my photoshop skills to edit our little DDs photo.

Below is the link to download the PSD file where you can edit and add your own photos and text. I added a link for the free font replacement. I hope you guys find this useful as it was for me. Source is from tutsplus.com




Free Font :  DearJoe Four

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8 Christmas Food Gifts And Treats

Its been awhile since I made a Food gifts / treats blogpost. Since I am planing to make new baking recipes this year, here are what I got on the list to treat the family and loved ones during the holiday season. Click on the images for recipe source: 


RED VELVET CREAM CHEESE CAKE TRUFFLES

Pretzel Peanut Caramel Bars

Christmas Tree Meringues

Healthier Treat: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almonds

Lemon Cake with Cranberries and Lemon Icing

Snowflake Sugar Cookies

Christmas Star Twisted Bread Recipe





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Christmas Chocolate Delights Recipe

Pineapple and Rhum Sangria Recipe



Serves 4-6 people
1 cup = about 200ml

Ingredients:

* 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into pieces
* 2 cups of water or ice cubes
* 1 cup of white wine
* Sugar (or coconut sugar)to taste
* 1 cup of white rhum
* Juice of 1 lemon
* 1 cup sparkling water or club soda (works great with ginger beer or sparkling lemonade too)

Optional : Lime or lemon chops for both decoration and extra taste. 


Instructions:

1) In a blender, mix half of the pineapple pieces with 2 cups of water. Pass through a fine strainer and place in a punch bowl. Sweeten to taste with coconut sugar.

2) In the bowl add the white wine, rum, remaining pieces of pineapple and club soda. Mix and serve fresh with crushed ice, garnished with pineapple pieces, and if desired with glasses lined with a little coconut sugar, cinnamon,  or a mix of regular sugar and cinnamon.  

3) Add lime or lemon chops.



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The Tropical December

Hi guys,  The holiday is just around the corner and I absolutely have no feeling of it at all. I can not even believe that 2017 is coming to an end in only a few weeks from now. Seriously! 

I am trying my best to keep the blog post going even with all the things I have on hand at the moment. The studying, the parttime job hunt, and the family activities.  I barely get any time for myself and my hobbies.  I might steal half an hour in the morning to do my cardio workout using youtube videos, or capture some photographs while on the beach if Julia took a nap.

Our social life is going well with the small Scandinavian family community. We still do gatherings at the beach at least once a week, pool parties with the kids, dinners and soon we will have a pre-Christmas party. This way we maintain a family (kids friendly) environment and have fun as parents at the same time. 

So far all is well except the mosquitos and their itchy bites, bad phone coverage at our new accommodation, and the annoying rental search for the rest of the months while we here because of the high season and lack of proper accommodations. Also, we've heard about this beach worm that can enter your body and travel through the skin. Two of Davids colleagues already got it and it's remaining in their body until they get its specific medication that is supposed to kill it and kick it off.  This news made me terrified of walking barefoot on the beach. 

But as positive as I always am, I try to ignore the bad and focus on the good.  Grab a coconut and drink its water..... cook a couple of meals using the tropical fruits and flavors. Make a homemade pineapple sangria and enjoy it with friends ... then share the recipes and stories with you guys :-) 





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WORLD'S HEALTHIEST FOODS: Coconuts

I adore the smell of coconuts. When I was a kid, I did not like coconut powder used in some of our local sweets and bakery because other coconut products were not available in North Africa.  But as soon as I traveled and was introduced to the Asian kitchen I fell in love with coconut milk, oil, and water. My first coconut drink straight from the coconut was in Brazil which was a very exciting new experience for me back then. 

Luckily where I live temporarily at the moment, there are plenty of fresh coconuts. They actually just fall on their own at the beach but of course, it's not easy to reach their water. There are locals who sell coconut water on the beach and streets. 

I already knew that coconut where healthy foods but I went anyway and did a research about their help benefits from serval sources which I am sharing with you in this post.


What is coconut water?

Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside green, immature coconuts. Young coconuts are favoured for their water as it is tastier, plentiful in volume and easier to access by chopping the top off the softer shell. More mature coconuts have a harder husk and less water inside because it gradually solidifies to form the flesh.
Different varieties of coconut yield slightly different-tasting water depending on where they are grown.
In taste and nutrition, coconut water is different to coconut milk and coconut oil, both of which are made from the flesh of the coconut. Read more about the health benefits of coconut milk and find out how healthy coconut oil really is.


Here are 8 health benefits of coconut water.

Good source of several nutrients. ...
May have antioxidant properties. ...
May have benefits against diabetes. ...
May help prevent kidney stones. ...
May support heart health. ...
May reduce blood pressure. ...
Beneficial after prolonged exercise. ...
Delicious source of hydration.


Can coconut water boost athletic performance?

It has been suggested that consuming coconut water after exercise improves endurance and athletic performance. This is because it contains carbohydrate in the form of glucose (a simple sugar) and the electrolytes sodium and potassium – the crucial components in commercial sports drinks. One study found that coconut water helped to rehydrate in a similar way to a carbohydrate-electrolyte sports drink, but didn’t have any significant impact on exercise performance. Another small study found no significant difference to athletic performance when drinking coconut water in comparison to plain water. Therefore there is not enough evidence to support the claim that coconut water can improve athletic performance any more than drinking plain water during exercise. Read more about how to stay hydrated when exercising.


Other coconut product uses: 




Info source: BBCGoodFoodNCBI

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