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Comfort Food: 5 Food Recipes

Hello food lovers! I am back with a new creative collection of comfort food. A series of recipes I post every fall, winter picking the most yummy and juicy warm meals to give comfort and mouthgasm.

There is another creative food series which I call alternative food recipes if you would like to also give it a visit for inspiration. I hope you enjoy these picks below: 


 Mushroom, Lemon and Lentil Salad



 CARAMELIZED BUTTERNUT SQUASH QUINOA SALAD WITH GOAT CHEESE AND ROASTED GRAPES







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6 Oxygen Bomb Plants To Clean The Air At Your Home

Hello buddies!I am back with another home and garden article. This is an inspiration from my own planting hobby story. In my 18- early 20s I was bad at keeping plants alive, probably because I was young and not that responsible. But since I moved to Sweden I learned how to take good care of plants and even planted my own vegetables at home during spring season.

So if you are bad at keeping plants a live, don't give up and try again. All it takes is some knowledge about how to treat each plant you have home and the amount of care it needs. You might as well learn by practice.

I have all the plants mentioned in this article except the spider plant. These plants are easy to take care of and they do not require a lot of watering.  These plants also clean the air from dust, paint, building materials etc. Below you can read about 6 plants you should keep at home.

If you want to check up more home care, home cleaning and healthy home tips visit my favorite web site  Topreaveal.com 


Aloe – This plant is great for increasing oxygen level in the home because it absorbs the carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. Nine air purifiers can be replaced with one Aloe Vera plant.



Ficus (FicusElastica) – This plant doesn’t need a lot of light and you can maintain it easily. It is quite effective in purifying the air of formaldehyde. But avoid it if you have pets or small children because its leaves may be poisonous.



Ivy (Hedera Helix) – this is a must-have herb. If you buy this plant, within six hours it will remove 58% feces particles and 60% of the toxins in the air.


Spider plant (ChlorophytumComosum) – This plant is amazing as it is able to perform photosynthesis under minimal light. It is great in absorbing toxins from the air as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, gasoline and styrene. One plant is enough to clean the air in 200 square meters space.


Snake planet (SansevieriaTrifasciata “Laurentii”) – This plant is endurable and should be kept at home. It can perform photosynthesis under minimal light. It is great to be kept in the bedroom as it produces oxygen during the night.


Peace lilies (Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa”) – It removes toxins from the air and it also removes formaldehyde from the air as well as trichloroethylene.

NASA recommends 15 and 18 of these plants in an area of 500 square meters. In 80 square meters you will need 3 to 4 plants. Put one in the bedroom because you sleep there.






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Source: http://healthytipsworld.com
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How to Correct 8 Common Beauty Mistakes



  •  Common Mistake: Using Conditioner All Over Your Hair: Most people apply conditioner as they do shampoo: starting at the top of the head and working it all through the hair. But the hair closest to the roots is healthy new growth; it's the ends that are older and more likely to be damaged. Apart from wasting product, conditioning the roots can weigh your hair down and make it look greasy, says Gina Lees, a stylist with the Adolf Biecker Spa, in Philadelphia.

A better way: Starting at your ears, apply conditioner all the way to the ends. You will gain volume and won't have to wash your hair as often. 

  • Common Mistake: Applying Foundation Without Giving Moisturizer Time to Dry: The creaminess of a moisturizer can cause makeup to thin out if the moisturizer hasn't had enough time to soak into the skin. "This can result in blotchiness and ultimately limit the amount of coverage your foundation can offer throughout the day," says Laura Geller, a makeup artist in New York City.
 
 A better way: Wait 60 seconds, until the moisturizer is absorbed. Or, if you're short on time, blot your face with a tissue after moisturizing, then apply foundation. 

  • Common Mistake: Spraying on Perfume After You Are Dressed
Perfume can stain fabric, and fabric fibers can make perfume smell unpleasant. "Fragrance is formulated to be applied to the skin, where it interacts with the heat of the body," says Terry Molnar, executive director of the Sense of Smell Institute, in New York City.

 A better way: Before dressing, lightly dab or spray it onto the skin at one or two of the "pulse points"―knees, wrists, base of the throat, and behind the earlobes. And don't rub your wrists together. This breaks down a perfume's molecular structure. 


  • Common Mistake: Plucking Eyebrows Too Close to the Mirror
When you're focused on every little hair, you don't keep track of the shape of the entire eyebrow. The result? Thin or uneven brows.

 A better way: Find a large mirror near a window, then step back a few feet to survey your face, says Ramy Gafni, owner of RamySpa, in New York City. Brows should be in proportion to your face shape and the placement and size of your features. Move closer to the mirror and begin tweezing. Step back after every few hairs to check the symmetry of your brows. 

  • Common Mistake: Neglecting Your Neck
When you take care of your face, don't stop at the chin: The skin on your neck can be thinner and more sensitive than the skin on your face and just as prone to changes in pigment, elasticity, and texture―and, yes, to wrinkles.

 A better way: When applying sunscreen to your face, keep going, covering your neck and even your chest. (Spread some on the backs of your hands, too―another vulnerable area.) "A separate neck cream is not necessary―these are marketing ploys," says Ole Henriksen, owner of the Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa, in West Hollywood, California. Your day and night face moisturizers, as well as most treatment creams, should work just as well on your neck. But if you use products containing alpha hydroxy acids or retinols, do a spot-test first. 
  • Common Mistake: Using Moisturizer to Reduce Puffiness Around the Eyes
A salty diet, among other things, can cause fluid retention around the eyes. Step away from the eye cream! Hydrating ingredients hold water in the skin, so moisturizers and eye creams may make your eyes look even puffier, says Heidi Waldorf, the director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, in New York City.

 A better way: If the skin around your eyes is puffy but not red, irritated, or itchy, apply a cold compress or an ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes. You could also follow up with a lightweight eye gel containing caffeine, says Waldorf. If your eye area is puffy, red, irritated, or itchy, see a dermatologist. You may have an allergic rash. 


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Knit Gift Ideas: 5 FREE Hat Knit Patterns For Beginners + Sizes



DIY HOLIDAY GIFTS ARE MADE NOW!!!


Hello DIY projects lovers, this post is just for you. A year ago I had a DIY gift serie for people who like to give handmade gifts in holidays which has more value and shows real feelings better than expensive gifts. Because you consume your valuable time and effort making those gifts with love.

Here is a project I am working on for our expected new born next year. A simple colorful knit hat. I wanted to share with you where I got the idea from and the multi design free patterns you can use to make hats just like the image above.

And I want to add above that video tutorials that personally helped me advance in knitting as a beginner. So you can do just like I do! I watch the videos carefully to follow the basic start and ending steps using my own pattern details for the specific project I am making. 

So before you start following the pattern, if you are a beginner you need to watch these videos first:




 100% merino wool, 87 yards per skein. 

Colors Ideas: 

Heirloom White, Oyster Gray, Super Pink, Red Zinnia, Clementine Orange, Yellow Yellow, Extra Green, Desert Sky, Peacock Blue and Timeless Navy.

Baby – about 36 yards
Toddler – about 47 yards
Kid – about 58 yards
Women’s – about 69 yards
Men’s – about 80 yards
A US #11, 16-inch circular needle
A set of US #11 double pointed needles
A jumbo stitch marker (optional)

Gauge

3 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Finished Sizes

Baby (Toddler, Kid, Women’s, Men’s)


Basic Hat Pattern


SHOWN ABOVE: Baby hat in Extra Green and Women’s hat in Super Pink.

THE CUFF

Cast 36 (42, 48, 54, 60) stitches onto the circular needles.

Place a marker and join for working in the round, being careful to not twist the stitches.

Round 1: *K3, p3, repeat from * to end of round.

Repeat Round 1 four (4, 5, 5, 6) more times.

THE BODY

Knit every round until piece measures 4 1/2 (5, 5 1/2, 6, 6 1/2) inches from the cast one edge.

THE CROWN

Baby: start the crown with Round 9
Toddler: start with Round 7
Kid: start with Round 5
Women’s: start with Round 3
Men’s: start with Round 1
Round 1: *K8, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (54 stitches)

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: *K7, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (48 stitches)

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: *K6, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (42 stitches)

Round 6: Knit.

Round 7: *K5, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (36 stitches)

Round 8: Knit.

Changing to double pointed needles…

Round 9: *K4, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (30 stitches)

Round 10: *K3, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (24 stitches)

Round 11: *K2, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (18 stitches)

Round 12: *K1, k2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (12 stitches)

Round 13: *K2tog, repeat from * to end of round. (6 stitches)

Cut the tail and thread it through the remaining stitches. Weave it into the inside of the hat. Weave in the other ends and you’re done!


One Stripe Hat


SHOWN ABOVE:
Baby hat in Heirloom White and Desert Sky; and Kid hat in Oyster Gray and Yellow Yellow.

Following the Basic Hat Pattern (above)…

With Color A, cast on and knit the cuff . Cut Color A.

With Color B, knit to 1/4 inch of crown. Cut Color B.

With Color A, knit 1 round and then knit the crown.








Source: Big thanks for my number one and only knit inspiring site http://www.purlsoho.com




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Original Moroccan Couscous Recipe




Hello international food lovers. Recently I've been cooking lots of Moroccan dishes and I shared some here in the blog. And again I found the receipts I've posted got very popular in a quite short time telling from the most viewed posts.

So I decided to share one more popular dish which is couscous. To be able to make this dish, first you will need a steam cooker. The original couscous cooking method is streaming the couscous not boiling it like you might read on the couscous package / box.

Get the ingredients and watch the step by step cooking method in the video below. This is the exact same recipe I used to make the couscous you see in the photo above few days ago.

*Update: the new photos above show making couscous with crunchy slit lamb ribs 

Ingredients

For the sauce 1 kg and half beef (cut into large pieces)
large onion
about one small cup of olive and veg oil mixed
1 tomato 
salt to taste
1 tsp of pepper
1 tsp of ginger
turmeric 
saffron
enough water (about 3 litres)
400 g of carrot
250 g of turnip
250 g of courgette
500 g of pumpkin
half a cabbage 
bunch of parsley and coriander 
2 chillies
1 tsp of clarified butter 
**for the couscous 
1 kg of coscous
4 tbsp of oil
1 tbsp of salt
water 
1 tbsp of clarified butter or butter or olive oil 

Recipe Method








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Sweet Sour recipe: Grilled Saffran Chicken or Meat With Dry Plum and Apricot


I made this Moroccan dish the other day and posted an image on instagram, I was asked by friends to post the recipe so here we go. Well this recipe actually goes with both meat and chicken. I use chicken because I like it more. When I made my dish I skipped adding sugar, vanilla and orange blossom water and used regular water. But if you have all the ingredients go ahead and add them.

One more thing, when cooking chicken in this recipe. Right when the chicken is ready and cooked pull it out of the cooker and grill it alone in the oven. I also brush it with some ghee to get that golden grill color. 

Adding the almond should be the last thing to decorate with. If you add it to the cooker it will not be crispy anymore. 

Ingredients / المقادير


4 morceaux de viande ou de poulet / 4 pieces of meat or chicken /  ٤قطع من اللحم أو الدجاج    
1 oignon/ 1 onion /١حبة بصل
150g de prunes secs / 150g dry plum / برقوق جاف
150g d'abricots secs  /150 dry apricot / مشمش جاف
60g de raisins secs / 60g Dry raisins / زبيب جاف
2CS de ghee(smen) / 2Tbsp Ghee / ٢م ك سمن
1/4CC de sel  / 1/4 Tsp salt / ١/٤م ص ملح
1/2CC de gingembre / 1/2Tsp Ginger / ١/٢م ص زنجبيل
1CC de safran en poudre /1Tsp saffron powder /١م ص 
مسحوق الزعفران
Cannelle /cinnamon / قرفة
4CS de sucre /4Tbsp sugar / ٤م ك سكر
2CS de beurre / 2Tbsp butter / ٢م ك زبدة
60g d'amandes /60g almond /لوز

Optional / اختياري

1CC de vanille en poudre / 1Tsp vanilla powder / ١م ص 
مسحوق الفانليا
eau de fleur d' oranger/Orange blossom water /ماء الزهر

Recipe Method




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