What’s a child’s life on a boat like

May 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

I stumbled on this blog post from Wandering Dolphin this morning.  I’ve been following theses guys for a few months now, as I’m curious about how a family decides to get out of the traditional way of living and actually live on a boat.  It’s what I’m aiming for, but stepping outside the box sometimes feels so hard and complicated.  I think it’s something we tend to overanalyze and overcomplicate because it is so out of the ordinary. If you’ve been following me on Pinterest, you’ll see I have a board called “One day, I’ll sail away”.   I would like my children to grow up in a different way.  There’s nothing wrong about growing in the suburbs and attending regular school (I know, because I was raised that way).  But just as traveling broadens your horizons, I think traveling as a child opens your mind even more.  This plan to sail away is just a plan right now, but we are setting it in motion slowly so that in a few years time, when our children are a little older, we are able to make the move. As you can see from the post, growing up on a boat looks quite appealing when you set aside society’s critical mind. A great read. http://wanderingdolphin.blogspot.com/2014/05/sailor-girl-what-my-life-is-like.html  

Another look at household cleaners

April 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

  I stumbled on this article this morning.  I remembered reading it but with time totally forgot which were the “worst household cleaners”.   I prefer green stuff, but I will sometimes use chemical cleaners when I need a little extra boost.  So, what a surprise it was for me to see the brand “Simple Green” on top of that list! Another proof that I should really really start making my own cleaners! Another surprise to me was the Comet Powder.  I always thought that it was the same as famous brand “Bon Ami” since they are both cleansing powders and sit side-by-side on the grocery shelf. I used Comet because my mom used it when I was a child. I still have some under my kitchen sink that I use from time to time to give my kitchen sink a thorough cleaning. Oops. I guess I’ll have to get rid of it. Lucky for me I’ve always been wary of other types of cleaning, especially the “Febreze” kinds that pushes a bunch of chemicals in our breathing air.  But reading this article really made me think I should make my own cleaners. So, in order to give me a little push, here are a few links on how to make our own cleaners. Now I really have no excuses to use chemical cleaners! http://mymerrymessylife.com/2012/03/diy-homemade-laundry-detergent-cheap-and-green-free-printable-2.html http://premeditatedleftovers.com/naturally-frugal-living/5-easy-diy-cleaning-products-you-can-make-yourself/ http://amy-newnostalgia.blogspot.com/2013/02/no-grate-no-cook-liquid-laundry.html http://www.survivingthestores.com/homemade-cleaners-floors-counters-tubs-non-toxic.html http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/stories/make-your-own-housecleaning-products http://www.mnn.com/your-home/at-home/stories/cheap-and-natural-cleaning-alternatives http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/09/make-your-own-antibacterial-soft-scrub-cleanser.html   […]

Delicious Chocolate-Pecan bread

April 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s Tasty Tuesday and this week I’d like to share this great recipe I came up with last week. As I was baking yet another batch of bread, I decided to mix things up a bit and create my own sweet chocolate-pecan bread. I was amazed by how tasty it was toasted with butter. In fact, It is so delicious that I ate it all in just 2 days…. Oops! So much for my “not eating too much bread for breakfast” diet. Here’s the recipe.    

10 free crochet patterns to try

April 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’ve been browsing Pinterest this morning and while sipping my hot coffee I found a lot of great crochet patterns I would like to try. So here are today’s top 10 free crochet patterns to try this week! They are all FREE.  Just looking at these my fingers are itching to get going.  If only I could find a way to crochet while drinking coffee!   Nautical hobo bag: http://www.joann.com/nautical-hobo-bag/0953863P37.html This bag pattern from Joann is nice and would be a great accessories when attending my sailing lessons!   This is a cute basket pattern that’s also free. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spikes-yarn-basket This girl does have some great patterns you might want to browse through her website. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/free-smoothfoxs-diagonal-box-stitch-square-6×6 Here’s a great stitch pattern that would be great for afghans or dishcloths…  I can’t wait to try it!     Great dishcloth pattern: http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/free-crochet-patterns/crochet-linen-stitch-dishcloth/ This combination of sc, ch is so easy yet soothing while making a sturdy fabric. I’d try it for dishcloths, or even a cute lovie, just like Dedri made.    Felix the frog pattern: http://lilleliis.com/free-patterns/felix-the-frog-free-pattern/  A friend of mine loves frogs.  This would be a great gift for her!   This one has no pictures, but it sure looks great! I love crocheted cats, and having one with long limbs reminds me or a toy I had as a kid. I can’t wait to try it! http://www5a.biglobe.ne.jp/~mite/diagram/crochetedCat.html   Sailor elephant pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sailor-elephant This cute elephant pattern is […]

How to grow and care for sage

April 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

 Last month I bought some organic kitchen herbs seedlings, including sage, at my regular home improving store. Days later I planted the seedling in my garden, along with Rosemary, Thyme and Oregano. It seemed to thrive for a few weeks, but lately, it kind of lost its pop. Desperate to find a cure before I kill the plant, I once again turned to the Internet for some answers.   Sage is native to the Mediterranean region. It has been used in medicinal remedies for centuries to treat many illnesses.   It appears sage is full of antioxidants and also antibacterial (probably one of the reasons it is used in sausages). Sage needs full sun It is very drought tolerant and doesn’t need much water. It is best to water infrequently. It is most often killed by too much watering (my mistake) than by pests and insects. Sage does better in soil that is not too fertile. Most varieties grow up to 1-2 foot tall X 3 foot wide.  Leaves are considered at their best when picked right before or after a bloom.  Pruning after flowering will help the plant stay healthy. Replace plants every 4-5 years to ensure the upmost quality. Sage leaves are good for poultry and pork seasoning.   Here are a few recipes using sage:   Sage recipes: 12 ways to use an abundant crop of sage  Steamed vegetables […]

6 tips on how to grow leeks from seeds

April 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

  A few months ago, I started growing green onions from kitchen scrap. It was so successful that I decided to explore the world of leeks. I also replanted a leek from a kitchen scrap, but at about 5$ a piece I decided to plant leeks from seeds.  It turns out my seeded leeks aren’t doing so great, so once again I turned to the Internet for some insights on how to grow leeks. Here’s what I found out: Leeks do better in the cold, but can grow in about any climate. They prefer sunny spots and need fertile soil along with plenty of water to thrive. (I should fertilize more…) Seedlings must be “hardened off” before being planted outdoors (here’s my misstep). Leeks can be planted 6-inch apart and can be used to fill-in empty spots in the garden. They should be grown in trenches and filled with soil as they grow – called “blanching the stem” (or simply filled with soil, creating mounts around them for the lazy gardener). Harvest as soon as they’re ready to ensure great taste.   Ressources: http://www.wikihow.com/Grow-Leeks http://www.garden.org/plantguide/?q=show&id=3325 http://www.hortmag.com/weekly-tips/propagation/growingleeksfromseed http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/basics/techniques/growfruitandveg_growingleeks1.shtml http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/growing-leeks-zw0z13112zsto.aspx#axzz2zLpu5l4u  

How to make your own cereals

April 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

My son recently started eating finger foods exclusively.  We’re done with the purees, Yay! Ever since I’ve been looking for a cheerios-like cereal, something that is great for tiny little fingers and nutritious without the added high-fructose corn syrup and chemicals.  Even though General Mills said they stopped using GMO’s in their famous cereals, I still don’t trust the brand.  And while there are now a few alternatives in organic cereals, I found out most of these brands are sub-brands of the giant General Mills. I personally distrust any company who opposed Prop 37 and General Mills was on the top 15 funders (along with Monsanto, Kelloggs and Coca-Cola) with a meager 1,135,300$. What have you got to hide, Mr. General Mills? Because I really really REALLY don’t want to encourage them I’ve decided to make my own cereals. The first thing I did was Google “how to make your own cereals”, because really, who knows what goes into this breakfast staple?  I finally found a few recipes that were helpful. Here they are: This is where I got my inspiration for the recipe. I decided to add applesauce and got that idea from here. This link seems great but the intense labor made me squirt. Since there wasn’t one perfect recipe you will find my own recipe below. It turns out it doesn’t taste like Cheerios at all!  They taste more like a crispy muffin top, which I am […]

It all started at the library

April 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Lately I’ve been wondering why I am so afraid to take the plunge into a different life (here and here). I think it all started at the library. When I was a kid, my mother used to bring my 2 older sisters and I to the city’s library on a regular basis. There, we would check-out books and games.  I loved going to the library and I always brought home more books than I could read. One time, I must have been 5 or 6, my sisters and I were in there, checking out books. Roaming around, I decide to step over to a new section.  Suddenly, my sister K tells me that I can’t go over to that section (for kids 8 and up) because I am too young and I have to stay in the baby section. The 8+ section is forbidden to me. Now I know it was just some childish ranting, and I’m sure my sister didn’t mean to hurt me, but what she told me really got ingrained in my brain.  You’d think I would have rebelled against her, but I’ve always been shy.  My sister K, 2 years my elder, was also my “favorite sister”.  We were best friends, we were ALWAYS together. We even made plans to break down the wall separating our 2 bedrooms so we could share one big room (which, for obvious reasons, never happened). She was my idol, […]

5 Truths about growing green onions from scraps

April 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

  In the frenzy of the “how-to grow food from scraps”movement, I tried to do the experiment. I was surprised at how easy it was to regrow scallions/green onions from the scrap.  I also tried with leek, and found out that while it takes longer than green onions, it’s also very easy. Here is what I learned while doing the experiment: Cut the scallions about 1 inch from the base.  Too short and it’ll be in too much contact with water.  Too long and you are losing some precious veggie flesh. There’s no need to leave them in the water until fully grown.  I began with leaving the scallions in the water, but unlike what some information said, at some point the scallion’s growth slowed down and wouldn’t grow to it’s full size.   It’s best to plant green onions in soil. By planting these in pots or in the garden, they get more sun and nutrients, thus growing faster.  What I do now is I’ll start a sprout in a baby jar with enough water to cover the roots and transfer these in the ground the next day (or within 2-3 days), making sure to water the soil after planting so it doesn’t dry up. It takes longer than a week (or 10 days as some website say) to regrow from scrap.  I’d say at least 2-3 weeks before having a […]

How to grow cucumbers

April 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

  I just love gardening.  It is so rewarding. As I heard so many times: Planting a garden is like printing your own money.  Two years ago I did plant a garden, but my cucumber plant only yielded a few cucumbers.  My fault, as I didn’t know it was best to stake them, and either watered them too much or too little (probably the latter). This year, I’m taking over growing these again, and since I don’t want to repeat my mistakes I’ve decided to dig up some information about growing cucumbers. I decided to plant these cucumbers.   Here’s a summary of the information I found helpful: You can grow them in container (although mine are in the garden) They do better in full sun It’s a good idea to grow a few plants to ensure cross pollination They do better with  stakes (at least the vining variety) The soil should be moist most of the time to ensure sweet cucumbers and a great yield The type I planted (Organic Double Yield Cucumber) is better picked around 4-5 inches long They should be picked when ready to ensure a bountiful yield   Here are great links if you want to learn more about cucumbers: How to grow cucumber: this link is full of relevant information, and really get through the whole process, from definition to types of cucumbers to […]

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