Monday, May 26, 2008

Home Lighting

Light is life. Lighting level, light colour, modelling and changes from light to darkness impact on the rhythm of our daily lives, on our sense of wellbeing and on our mood.

Ceiling Light

Divina Ceiling Light

A ceiling light fixture can provide the finishing touch to any room and can be used in virtually any location from the living room and bathroom to the stairway and hall.

Floor Light

Marylyn Floor Light

Floor Lamps provide stylish light as they bounce light off the ceiling. Some have reading lights (task lighting) as extra and are available in a variety of finishes and styles to suit.

Table Lamp

Ferrare Table Light

Table lamps provide good levels of task lighting where reading and writing are important, these lamps can also help reduce glare from a computer screen and help keep you focused on the job at hand.

Ceramic Home Deco

Ceramic items is a very good idea to decorate our home.

Summertime Rose Bone China Tea Set

Made in England by Royal PatricianA Classic English Pattern That Is Forever Popular...

The set includes:
4 Mugs
4 Cups and Saucer
4 Desert Plates
1 Small Teapot
1 Large Teapot
1 Sugar and Creamer set
1 Tray
4 Brass Cup/Saucer Stands
1 Silver Teapot Warmer

Cranberry Bathroom Set

Bring New England charm to your best bathroom with our complete cranberry ceramic vanity set.
Perfect for bathrooms with old world charm and a style of simple beauty.

Dogwood Candlesticks

PairLet the soft, springtime pinks and greens of our ceramic Dogwood candlesticks bring a warm and comforting light into your home. The pink blossoms and green leaves that adorn these ceramic candlesticks make for a beautiful botanic feel that will add charm to any home.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Fruit & Vegetable Storage Guide

Maintain that garden-fresh taste and nutrition of your fruits and vegetables with proper storage. Spend a few moments when you first get them home and you will be amply rewarded with extended shelf life and flavor.



  • Avocados can be left out at room temperature to ripen and then refrigerated for several days.
  • Store summer squash, eggplant, and peppers in the crisper section of the refrigerator for
  • Refrigerate okra in a paper bag for two to three days.

  • Store tomatoes at room temperature to ripen. Do not refrigerate, as it will turn the tomatoes mealy and flavorless.
  • Winter squash can be stored in a cool, dry place.

  • Leafy

  • For herbs, remove band or tie and wash and dry. Snip off the ends and submerge them in a glass of water. Cover with a plastic bag and leave in the refrigerator.
  • Wrap unwashed lettuce in paper towels and store in plastic bags in the refrigerator.
  • Store cooking greens (e.g. spinach, kale, chard) in plastic bags and refrigerate for up to one week

    Tubers, roots

  • Refrigerated potatoes will have a waxy consistency when cooked so store them in a dark, well-ventilated, cool place away from onions.

  • Sweet potatoes will have shorter shelf life, but should be stored like potatoes. Store jicama in a cool, dry place for up to three weeks.

  • Carrots, turnips, radishes and rutabagas should be refrigerated in a plastic bag to keep the moisture in.

  • Beets can be stored refrigerated without a plastic bag.

  • Bulbs

    Other Types

  • Cut inch off the bottom of asparagus spearswith ends submerged in water.
  • Store mushrooms in a paper bag in the refrigerator
  • Refrigerate corn and peas in plastic bags
  • Store unwashed artichokes, broccoli or cauliflower in a plastic bag in the crisper section of refrigerator for four to seven days.
  • Refrigerate rhubarb in a plastic bag.
  • Wednesday, September 19, 2007

    Whole Grain Guide

    This is a healthy and delicious whole grains into your diet.

    A whole grain is simply the most minimally- processed version of any grain. Grain kernels are made up of bran germ, and the endosperm. As the bran and the germ are stripped away in the refining process, much of the fiber, vitamins , minerals , and antioxdiants are removed along with them. Most grains are processed in some way before we cn eat them and there's a wide specturm from whole to fully refined.

    Healthy Eating For Diabetes

    Tips for staying healthy

    It's about making educated choices, practicing portion control and moderation and choosing nutritious foods, include a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and high-fiber whole grains and beans.

    Carbohydrates are the primary fuel for your body and brain. It contribute most to your blood sugar and glucose levels. It found in breads, grains, beans, fruits, vegetables and dairy products, as well as in table sugar, cakes, cookies, ice cream, and other sweets.

    Sugar and sweets can be part of a diabetic diet, but should be combined with other foods to lessen their impact on blood sugar. If you choose to have dessert, plan ahead, substituting it for other carbohydrates in the meal (like pasta, rice, or bread).

    High-fiber foods help stabilize blood sugar and lower cholesterol. High-fiber foods include oats and barley, whole grains, beans, nuts, fruits, and vegetables.

    Protein, select lean meats, seafood, low-fat dairy, 1 egg per day, or legumes (which includes beans, soy products, and peanut butter).

    Fats are a necessary part of any diet. With diabetes, excess weight and risk of heart disease are concerns, so managing fat intake is especially important. Avoid saturated fats, like those found in full-fat dairy, red meat, and chicken skin and also trans fats, found in commercially fried and processed foods. All fats, even the healthy ones, are high in calories, so use them sparingly.

    Water and other low-calorie beverages are the best ways to quench your thirst without adding excess calories and carbohydrates.

    If you drink alcohol, limit drinks to 1 per day for women and 2 per day for men, and always consume it with food.

    Weight loss and daily exercise lower blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol which in turn may lower amount of medication you need.

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    Apple Coffee Cake Recipe

    1)1 cup flour1 teaspoon baking powder
    2)1/2 teaspoon salt1 cup sugar
    3)1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    4)5 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
    5)1 egg, beaten
    6)1/2 cup whole milk1 medium Cortland or other baking apple, peeled and sliced

    1)Set the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with or pie pan a 4-cup capacity. 2) Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.
    3) In a bowl, combine 1/2 a cup of the sugar with the cinnamon, set aside.
    4) In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Beat in the egg until blended. Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk, beating until just combined.
    5) Spread half the batter in the baking dish. Lay the apple slices on the batter so they just cover the batter (you may have to overlap some slices). Sprinkle the apples with half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Spread the rest of the batter over the apples. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar on top.
    6) Bake the cake for 25 minutes or until it is golden brown and apples start to bubble at the edges.

    Preparation for Milkshake

    Orange milkshake ingredients:

    1. Orange juice – 1 cup
    2. Milk – 1 cup
    3. Sugar – 4 tsp or to taste
    4. Crushed ice – ½ cup
    5. Almond - 2 (optional)
    6. Pistachhio - 2 (optional)

    Orange milkshake preparation:

    1.Extract the juice from orange.

    2.Blend the juice with milk, sugar and crushed ice in a blender.

    3.Pour into tall glass and garnish with chopped pista and

    4.Serve immediately.