October 10, 2009

Farah Chocolate

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I will let the photos speak for themselves...



For orders call: 97454592

October 9, 2009

Fabulous Finds!

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http://www.spoonsisters.com/ is an online gift shop offering a mix of unique products for adults and kids, males and females, young and old! Their products range from classic to kitsch, funny to functional. I personally loved the following...

Bibs to Go

The playful bibs in this tear off pad will keep baby clean and smiling! Constructed of a waterproof disposable material, the bibs are easy to secure with seals included with the pad.

It's a wonderful gift for new Grandparents -special treat bibs when little ones visit- or simply keep a set in the car to use when dinning out with baby in restaurants.

20 full color bibs to a pad –four designs with five of each style. The pad measures 9 ¼ inches x 12 ½ inches. Ages 0-3.

Deluxe Lunch Boxes
This box is form and function to the optimal. It's based on a "stacked" design that prevents food from being tossed around, thanks to the 4 small and 1 large container that fit comfortably inside the box. Plus the lid of the box, which is super secure, is shaped to keep a bottle in place, under the elastic strap. Remove the strap and you can immerse the entire unit in soapy water or it's dishwasher safe on the top rack.

This box is not just for kids, it's for anyone who likes to take lunch with them. All materials are food safe and kid-friendly: made from BPA-free and phthalate-free polypropylene safety tested for lead. Containers can be used in the microwave.

Clocky - The Alarm Clock that Runs Away and Hides (LOL i love this)

Clocky gives you ONE chance to get up. If you choose to snooze, believe it or not, Clocky will jump right off your night table (up to 3 feet) and wheel around your bedroom looking for a place - far away from your bed- to hide, beeping all the while, before sounding his alarm again. And, yes, you WILL have to get out of bed to silence his alarm.

The snooze time can be set from 0-9 minutes, so if you set it at "0" Clocky immediately "runs" away. If you want Clocky to be just like every other alarm clock on the block, and stay put on your night table, simply disable his wheels. Moves on wood or carpet.

Easy Fold Step StoolThis folding step stool is great for getting to those hard to reach places in the kitchen or closets, to help kids reach the bathroom sink or throw in the back of your RV. When not in use it folds flat and the top morphs into a convenient carry handle. This ez fold step stool can support up to 300 pounds.

To Do Tattoo
Here’s a tongue in check tribute to anyone who’s ever scribbled a reminder on their hand or wrist. (Would that be JUST about everybody?) This To Do Tattoo kit includes 12 graphic “To Do” forms that you can apply to your body, wherever it’s most convenient or creative, and a skin-safe washable ink gel pen. You’ll never again have to make lame excuses for missing bowling night, forgetting your Mom’s birthday or coming home from the supermarket without the olives!

De-Caf Strips

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Studies have shown that up to 30% of decaf coffees ordered at coffee houses and restaurants contain unacceptably high levels of caffeine, or are not decaf at all. These simple to use strips will help you determine whether your coffee or tea is really decaf.

Bring the test strip in contact with a beverage sample; do not allow the D-Caf Strip to come into contact with the beverage that will be consumed – so remove a small test sample from the cup (we suggest putting some on a spoon of course), and do not consume the tested sample. Then just wait 30 seconds. If it is DECAF the strip will read as “D” line darker than “C” line, or only D line present. If it is NOT decaf the “C” line will read darker than “D” line, or only “C” line present, or lines will be equally dark.

Sadly these strips won’t work on your latte, so remove the sample for testing before adding milk, or other additives. Since all decaf beverages contain a little jolt, the single-use strips will only detect caffeine above a 20 mg-to-6 oz ratio. Works with hot and cold beverages. 20 strips per package. Container measures 2 ¾ inches x 1 ½ inches at its widest x 13/16 of an inch deep.

You can get this product at: www.spoonsisters.com

October 8, 2009

Pamper yourself with Nails on Wheels!

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Nails on Wheels is a home service nails salon offering quality services at competitive prices.

You can take an appointment online or simply call 97771230.

For more information check: http://www.nailsonwheels.org/index.php

Halloween party food

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Halloween is just around the corner and it's always fun to plan for a spooky Halloween party. If you do celebrate Halloween, you'll love these easy and kid-friendly food ideas for your party!
Mummy DogsCut crescent roll dough into thin strips and wrap around hot dogs. Bake according to crescent package directions and use ketchup or mustard for eyes.
Witch BroomsUse cookie dough to form a broom shape around the end of a large pretzel rod. Use a tooth pick to make indentations in the cookies if you want. If your cookies spread too much during baking just use a knive to trim the edges when they come out of the oven and are still warm. Then decorate as desired.
Witch HatsOne of the easiest Halloween tricks (and treats!). Place a Hershey's Kiss on top of a Keebler Fudge Strip Cookie and you have a little hat. Use the little tubes of frosting you can buy in the grocery store baking isle. Pipe a ring around the outside of the bottom of the kiss and press onto the cookie. It will squeeze out and make the ring around the kiss. Then pipe on the bow.
Spider Web DipThis trick works for pretty much any dip that you could pipe sour cream on top of! Put some sour cream in a plastic baggie with the end snipped off and use it to draw a web pattern. Throw on a fake spider or two and your favorite party dip is instantly creepy!
Spidey Cookies
Red hots and licorice turn oreos into creepy (but kinda cute) spiders. Shoestring licorice is hard to find these days, but Twizzlers makes "Pull-Apart" candy that works perfectly.
Pumpkin Sammies
This is a great staple for a Halloween party spread because it pleases both kids and adults and is something with substance! Use Halloween cookie cutters to cut your bread. Fill some with peanut butter or cream cheese and orange-colored jam (like peach or apricot) for the kiddos, and something more sophisticated like Teriyaki Chicken Salad for the grown ups!
Nutty Ghosts
Nutter Butters are naturally ghost shaped, which make them perfect for dipping! Give them a bath in some almond bark and put on a couple of mini chocolate chips for eyes.
Dirt n' Worms
Another classic. Use chocolate pudding for your mud and put some crushed oreos on top for dirt. Hide those gummy worms in there for eeek factor!
Chocolate Cherry Mice
You'll need marichino cherries for this one. Make sure you buy ones with stems. Drain them and dry them well with paper towells. Dip in almond bark, or chocolate bark. When they are semi dry, attach a chocolate chip for a nose, slivered almonds for ears, and little candies or sprinkles for eyes.
Cheesy Fingers
Super kid friendly- who doesn't love string cheese?? Again, I cut them in half to make them kid-sized. Use the flat side of a knife to make the knuckle marks and attach slivered almonds with a dab of cream cheese for the nails.
Monster Jaws
Quarter apples and take a wedge out of the center of each quarter. Dunk them in water with a little lemon juice to prevent browning. Use slivered almonds for teeth (I toasted mine for color and taste!) Eyes are optional.

For other great Halloween food ideas and recipes check: http://www.ourbestbites.com/

September 19, 2009

Eid Mubarak

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I would like to congratulate all Muslims and wish them a happy Eid

September 17, 2009

An upside-down cheesecake!

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What can be more soothing than a big piece of cheesecake? just imagine the smooth taste of soft and creamy cheese, the yummy crust and your favourite topping of strawberries, cherries or chocolate... addictive!

Cheesecake Show offers mouth-watering cheesecakes in different sizes, shapes and flavours. I liked the idea of the upside-down cheesecake, saving best for last!

Send a cheesecake to that special person and i'm sure you'll be thrilled by the appreciation you'll get :)


Check out Cheesecake Show facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=cheese+cake+show&init=quick#/group.php?gid=130701316914

Vertical space solutions for your kitchen

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Utensils are easy to find and never out of reach when hung on "S" hooks from a rod above the cooktop. No need to buy an expensive storage system -- a simple towel rack, tension rod, or dowel can be mounted near the food-prep area.
Keep sharp utensils stored in a stainless-steel box mounted on the side of a counter or island, and they'll always be easy to find. Consider putting the box inside an upper cabinet door if your household includes small children.
Built into a tall, wide stainless-steel backsplash, a roomy shelf and a row of utensil hooks provide on-location storage that doesn't block ventilation.
If you don't have a spot for a wall- or ceiling-mount pot rack, recast one or two base cabinets flanking the range. This narrow compartment is just wide enough for favorite pots and pans, which hang from "S" hooks that fit a track on the pullout rack. Cookie sheets and fold-away roasting and cooling racks are also naturals to store in a narrow space.

For more space-savvy ways to store your cooking equipment, check http://www.bhg.com/

September 15, 2009

Protect your baby from germs!

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Shopping carts are filled with germs and your little jet-setters have no time to be sick!

Protect your little star's bum from that yucky shopping cart with this stylish cart cover. It's 100% reversible and machine washable, comfortable and clean. Padded for ultimate comfort with safety belt, 2 toy loops and pockets to keep toys from endlessly dropping to the ground. Fits high chairs, shopping carts, double shopping carts and park swings.

This is a must-have item for all mothers! You can find it at www.oleanaboutique.com

Zucchini Fries

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The Sauce:

In the bowl of a blender, combine 3 oz feta cheese (about 1/2 cup), 1/4 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons water, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic.Puree the mixture until smooth.

While the motor is running, slowly add 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil, 1 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves, and 1/2 roasted red bell pepper. Puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Pour the sauce into a small bowl, cover, and chill.

The zucchini fries:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut 3 medium zucchini lengthwise into 2-inch-long and 1/4-inch-thick pieces. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup bread crumbs, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. If I hadn't run out of panko breadcrumbs, I would have used them rather than regular ones. Their crunch is unmatched in the breadcrumb world!
In another medium bowl, spoon 1 cup of all-purpose flour.
In a small bowl, whisk together 2 eggs.
Working with several zucchini pieces at a time, dredge the zucchini in the flour, shaking off the excess. Dip the zucchini in the egg mixture and then place the pieces in the bread crumbs, covering completely.



Place a rack on a baking sheet and place the breaded zucchini pieces on the rack. Spray with some olive oil. This will help give a little extra crisp on the fries. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender and breading is browned and crisp.

Serve the fries with the dipping sauce.

Recipe from: http://www.foodbuzz.com/

A checklist for all occasions!

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When planning a party or gathering, there are many things to think about and the process can be really stressful.

This is a checklist that will help you get more organized..

One Month Before:

  • Choose the type of party you want to throw
  • Set the date
  • Prepare your guest list
  • Mail or e-mail invitations or call guests to invite them
Two Weeks Before:

  • Plan the menu and organize recipes
  • Plan a cooking schedule; determine what can be made ahead, what can be frozen and what are you buying already prepared
  • Read through your recipes and write a shopping list
  • Try out any new recipe you want to troubleshoot
  • Arrange to borrow, rent or buy serving pieces and other items that you might need such as platters, glasses, flatware or table linens
  • Plan the layout of the room
  • Plan music, if appropriate
  • Plan lighting
  • Buy or make a centerpiece or other decorations
  • Hire servers if needed
  • If you're throwing a simple gathering or if friends have offered to bring something, let them know what to make

One Days Before:

  • Call or email guests who have not yet RSVP'd to see if they plan to attend, and follow up with guests who have offered to bring a dish
  • Wash serving pieces, plates, flatware and glasses
  • If using napkins or tablecloths, iron them
  • Place frozen food in the refrigerator to defrost overnight
  • Purchase groceries

Hours Before:

  • Place flower arrangements, candles or other decorations
  • Place the pretty guest soaps and hand towels
  • Finish preparing food

September 14, 2009

Make your garden glow

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Usually for gardens, low voltage lights and candles are used to create a beautiful ambiance. If appropriately placed, lighting would definitely make your backyard or garden glowing and hospitable.

I really liked these ideas from http://www.sunset.com/ and they're really easy to create!

Hang Fire

Create romantic lighting for an outdoor dinner party by suspending votives at varying heights from low-hanging branches.

Use clear fishing line and be sure to keep candles a safe distance from the leaves.

Summer Lights
In his backyard ramada in Scottsdale, Arizona, artist Jeff Zischke houses candles in antique carriage lamps and ordinary mason jars; he supplements their glow with low-voltage lamps."There’s still no substitute for candlelight," he says. "That flickering glow just draws people in like moths."

Buy a showstopper

Blue Inspiration

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Today's wedding inspiration is from http://jomygoodness.typepad.com

Frost

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Frost offers delicious cupcakes in different sizes, flavours and frostings.



How to order:

1. Call 55316367 one day ahead.

2. Pick the size of your cupcake

a.) Mini
b.) Medium
c.) Giant

3. Pick the flavour of the cake

a.) Vanilla
b.) Chocolate
c.) Strawberry
d.) Chococonut
e.) Vanilla coconut
f.) Red velvet
g.) Black Rose

4. Choose your frosting

a.) Chocolate
b.) Vanilla
c.) Red velvet
d.) Lavender

Or visit their facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/group.php?gid=102758934612

September 5, 2009

Tandoori Chicken Burgers

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Ingredients


1 1/2 pounds (4 to 5) boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into rough chunks

4 scallions, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger (from a peeled 2-inch piece)

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Coarse salt and ground pepper

Vegetable oil, for grates

4 (6-inch) whole-wheat pitas

1 cucumber (8 ounces), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced on the diagonal

1/2 cup fresh cilantro sprigs

Cumin yogurt sauce (see recipe below)


Directions

1. Heat grill to medium-high. In a medium bowl, place chicken, scallions, ginger, lemon juice, paprika, cumin, cardamom, cayenne, 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; toss to combine. Set aside to marinate, at least 10 and up to 30 minutes.

2. Transfer chicken mixture to a food processor; pulse until roughly chopped, but not pasty, 10 to 12 times. Gently form mixture into sixteen 3/4-inch-thick patties (about 3 tablespoons each).

3. Moisten a folded paper towel with oil; grasp with tongs and rub over grates. Season patties with salt and pepper; grill until opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

4.For the Cumin Yogurt Sauce: In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt with 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin; season with coarse salt and ground pepper.

5. Halve pitas crosswise (toast on grill, if you like). Into each pocket, place 2 chicken patties, cucumber slices, and cilantro sprigs. Serve with Cumin Yogurt Sauce.

Recipe from: http://www.marthastewart.com/

September 4, 2009

An all-white wedding

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I simply adore the idea of an all-white wedding theme; very classy and romantic. The best thing about an all-white wedding theme is that it's timeless! So when you go over your wedding album years later, you will never think "oh that was 2009".

September 1, 2009

Back to school must haves!

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TI- Nspire


TI- Nspire is the ultimate value buy, lasting from algebra through college-level math (that’s up to 10 years!) Unlike clothes or gadgets like cell phones, you won’t have to replace it with something trendier next year… and research shows that graphing calculators help kids do better in math – which can help them get into college and ultimately, set them up for future success.

Benefits & Features:

• 2 calculators plus computer software, all in one! Includes two interchangeable keypads that allow students to use the TI-Nspire features, or use a keypad that mimics the TI-84 Plus and TI-83 Plus calculators, the leading graphing calculators used in U.S. schools. Included computer software brings the TI-Nspire experience to a PC or Mac.

•Like a computer in your hand. The versatile graphing calculator has the computer features students demand, including a large, high-resolution screen, interactive graphing capabilities, drop down menus and a built-in cursor which help students interact with math concepts and explore problem solving strategies in real-time.

• Save and review work. Thanks to electronic document capabilities and built-in 20MB of storage, students can create, save and edit their work similar to the word processing and file storage of a computer.

• Allowed on the SAT-also permitted on the ACT and AP- tests and many state math exams. With the purchase of the TI-Nspire, students can download free test prep questions from The Princeton Review.

• Free homework help. Stuck on a problem? Free online access to math tutors from http://www.tutor.com/ is included with the purchase of the TI-Nspire.

Check out http://www.ti-nspire.com/ to see where this item can be purchased or to see the TI-Nspire CAS (Computer Algebra System).

Citizenpip Reusable Lunch Kits


Citizenpip makes it easy to go green with products that are designed to be fun and stylish for kids, and practical and convenient for parents. The reusable lunch kits come with everything you need to pack a waste-free lunch.

They’re eco-friendly, muck-free (their products are lead-free, BPA-free, PVC-free, and phthalate-free), practical and convenient. They’re also dishwasher-safe and easy for little hands to open and close.

Lap Desk by Room It Up

Work anywhere with the Room It Up portable lap desk. The design allows you to have the ultimate study station wherever you choose. This item is great for studying, arts and crafts projects and writing.

Great to use if you are just hanging out in front of the TV or in bed! It is also great as a work surface to use in the backseat of the car. There is even a built in cup holder! This is a must have!

August 29, 2009

Fruit Creations

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Fruit Creations offers fruit arrangements in the form of bouquets. This is really a unique and healthy way to please your loved ones.

Frozen Pudding Pops!

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This is a quick and easy recipe perfect for summer time and kids...

Mint-Chocolate Cookie Pudding Pops

1 small box instant chocolate pudding
1 3/4 C half and half
10 Oreo cookies, crushed (about 1 heaping cup)
1/4 t peppermint extract

Blend pudding mix, extract, and half and half in a blender until smooth. Stir in crushed cookies by hand. Place in molds and freeze.
Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Pudding Pops

1 small box cheesecake instant pudding
1 3/4 C half and half
1 C blueberries
1 t lemon zest (or more if you like your lemon!)

In a blender mix cheesecake pudding mix and half and half until smooth. Add in lemon zest and blueberries and pulse a couple of times to break up the blueberries. Place in molds and freeze.
Cherry Almond Fudge Pudding Pops

1 small box instant Chocolate Fudge Pudding
1 3/4 C half and half
about 20 cherries ( 1 1/4 C) pitted and halved
1/4 t almond extract
1/3 C mini-chocolate chips

Blend pudding mix, half and half, and almond extract in blender until smooth. Add in cherries and pulse 2-3 times. Stir in chocolate chips by hand. Place in molds and freeze.
PiƱa Colada Pudding Pops

1 small box instant coconut pudding
1 13.5oz can coconut milk
1 8oz can crushed pineapple
1/3 C shredded coconut
1 T fresh lime juice
optional: coconut extract

Blend coconut milk, lime juice, and pudding mix in a blender until smooth. Add crushed pineapple and shredded coconut and pulse a couple of times to incorporate. Add extract if desired. Place in molds and freeze. The coconut flavor was more mild than I expected. If you want a boost, add a little coconut extract.
PB Banana Pudding Pops

1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1 3/4 C milk
1 ripe banana
1/4 C Peanut Butter

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Place in popsicle molds and freeze. Bananas that aren't quite ripe yet tend to taste especially bitter when frozen, so make sure you use a sweet, ripe, banana.
Strawberries and Cream Pudding Pops

1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1 C milk
6oz vanilla yogurt (strawberry is great too)
12 medium strawberries (about 1 3/4-2 C roughly chopped)
2-3 T sugar

Remove stems from berries and pulse with 2 T sugar in a food processor until completely smooth. Taste and add more sugar if needed. You should have just over a cup of puree. Set aside.

In a blender combine pudding, yogurt, and milk and blend until combined. Layer or swirl the pudding mixture with the strawberry mixture in popsicle molds and freeze until solid.

Recipe from: http://www.ourbestbites.com/
 

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