Thursday, 15 March 2018

Tea with Pretty White Flowers;)

As the charming Spring is here it is time to bring in flower power. Flowers are beautiful for decors, gifting and for many other things. Sometimes you don't need shop bought expensive flowers in vases to adorn a tea setting or a table setting. Flowers could be in our garden, back yard sometime in foot path, free ways, on the rocks in the woods and it is all around every where. It is only we have the eye to find the natures beauty. We can say hello to the winking flowers and bring them home.
Couple of pretty fresh carrot flowers from our garden with the serene white tea set turned the evening nook a ideal cool off nook for a evening tea. A egg shell candle added charm and in a recycled bottle the pretty white flowers looked simple yet pretty. The tiny sand paper vine purple flowers sprinkled over the white napkins and on the rough wooden surface looked pleasing. 


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Thursday, 8 March 2018

A Dining Scape with Lemons:)

      Everyone knows Lemonade is a drink made out of Lemons and everyone loves a sip of it. The drink from the yellow/green citrus fruit is popular during Summer in most of the countries. Indians fondly call it 'Nimbu Pani' and consume this drink a lot during Summer. The drink is served in nook and corners of the street to quench the thirst. It is made into different variations and enjoyed thoroughly from young to old. The simple method of making a glass of lime juice is just squeeze out the juice add cold water with sugar or salt. Home made  bottled lemonade syrup is handy  summer drink for yourself or for the visiting guests.

     It's wonderful to pluck  a basket full of lemons from your own garden. I felt wonderful when I plucked lemons from our lemon tree. Doing a scape in the dining area with ripen lemons and a large glass full of lemon juice was exhilarating.

Here is a simple lemonade recipe for everyone to get refreshed during Summer. 

For 8 cups.
5lbs lemons
2 cups water
2 cups Sugar

Cut the lemons to half and squeeze out two cups of lemon juice. Remove seeds if any. Pour water into a medium size sauce pan and place it on the stove over medium heat. Stir in sugar. Continue stirring until sugar is dissolved and the liquid looks clear.  
Combine lemon juice with sugar solution. Cover the pan and simmer for five minutes. But do not let it boil. Remove from fire and cool it. This concentrate can be bottled and kept in the refrigerator. 
How it is served. One part of lemonade is mixed with five parts of water per glass.  Ice cubes and crushed mint leaves can be added to get the minty taste.

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Monday, 26 February 2018

Plants/Candles in Egg Shells.... choice of the Season:)

This week I got my hands Spring crafty with egg shells. Yes it is a old idea but sure a creative twist for the season. Turned the empty egg shells into home for plants & candles. Quick & easy to make and it could be a fun project for children as well. Children can go, go green this Spring, get their tiny fingers dirty & crafty by filling soil to the shell, for plants. Planting in egg shell can be a personal touch project for kids while they huddle the shells and place in their room window ledge & corners of the home. Also plants and candles in the shell can be best gift for the season. Children can try egg shell plants while the elders can go with candle making.

A tea setting near the bay window with egg shell candles & plant gave a Spring look for the evening tea. 

                                                           Scroll down to read the method to make egg shell candles        

How to make egg shell candle:
Break the top portion of the shell and empty the egg. Wash and dry the shell. Place the wick in the middle by hanging it properly. You can reuse non usable candles at home by heating it in a vessel and pour the liquid into the shells with  help of a funnel. Cool it till it get set. For scented candles lemon grass oil, pepper-mint oil, vanilla essence or any other perfumed oil can be added while heating. 

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