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A memorable day in Holland-Dordrecht # 3 (my third video!)


Quite a while back I posted a French poem translated in English on Holland the authentic.
This country has a spell on me ­čÖé I find it refreshing, rejuvenating, eco-friendly, positively charming and magical.
This time I’m posting a video of another memorable day… my photos accompanied by music.
Let me know what you think of it!

P.s I have put my three videos under the tittles:

1.A memorable day in Sounds of Nature – Waterfall # 1
2.A memorable day in Relaxing sea wave sounds # 2
3.A memorable day in Holland-Dordrecht # 3

Published on Sep 25, 2013
This is a tribute to a very beautiful country. I hope you will enjoy this third video I am publishing. Positive feedback is always welcome!
Category
Entertainment
License
Standard YouTube License

Last of Easy-Party-recipe series (Part 4) Quick-cheap-Simple & easy treats & ideas


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Who isn’t familiar with the good old bowl of pop corn but as easy as it may seem, I have burnt quite a few batches until I got it right and the first thing to think about is the pot that’ll make it happen.
It has to be air-tight so the corn can pop. Mine is so old, the handle has gone there’s even a small hole there instead but I cannot throw it because it has become my pop-corn-pot!
You need to cover generously the bottom layer with oil (I use olive & as usual nobody notices) and pour generously a bottom layer of organic corn grains (the video I posted in my blog has terrified me of anything GMO) but not too much or it’ll overflow!
I put it on maximum temperature, wait till I hear it popping furiously until it gets less then bring it down to a 5-6 which is a Medium flame (for gas) then wait some more for the noise to quieten down until it’s just a few pops and turn it off completely, shake the pot to hear if all grains have popped & it doesn’t rattle then, take off the lid so the steam doesn’t get a chance to soak the pop corn, pour in a steel bowl and add salt immediately or it won’t stick when cold.
You can choose to make a caramelized flavor but that’s more work so I hardly do it, but paprika powder or pili-pili is a good choice too.

Here’s another idea…

Boiled Spirelli salad with chunks of tuna, boiled organic green beans and pickled cucumber for those who like that seasoned with olive oil salt and black pepper.
We added an avocado-tomato-cucumber-pickled cucumber and grated carrots salad but I didn’t think it was relevant for the blog it was just something extra for the party.
All the other plates on the table have been posted previously in the natural-recipe category so, this is the last of my Easy-Party-recipe series. I hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks for all the feedback, likes and comments, it’s genuinely appreciated ­čÖé

Easy party recipes (Part 1) Fancy Rum balls made of cake crumbs!


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A promise is a promise so, here’s the first part!
What do you do after you’ve cut and shaped a birthday cake or sliced and set the fruit or chocolate cakes which are set beautifully on the table but are left with a load of uneven broken slices and crumbs nobody want? You make Rum balls!
Yes, it’s that simple, cheap, quick & easy ­čÖé (I got this trick from a friend about a year ago)
I will give you the natural & regular recipe for those who are not particular about sugar.

Ingredients
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1. 1/4 of a big bowl of cake crumbs
2. 1/2 to 1 cup of organic soy milk. Half for the rice syrup users. (or regular organic milk)
3. 1/4 cup of rice syrup. That might make it sticky so add a little rice flour to compensate. (1/4 cup icing sugar if you prefer to rice syrup)
4. 1 tsp. vanilla essence (look for the natural ones in a nature shop if possible)
5. 2-4 tbsp of Rum according to taste (optional)

Method
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Roll in shredded coconut or cover in melted organic (if possible) chocolate, put in paper baking cups, refrigerate and serve!

Raisin flavor
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1. Add 1/4 cup raisins
2. A sprinkle of red wine (instead of Rum)
3. Roll in melted chocolate & add one raisin on top

Coconut flavor
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1. Add 1-2 cups shredded coconut
2. Pour organic melted chocolate in the bowl instead of rice syrup

This is just a beginning… everyone can put their signature to it. I played around a lot with this recipe along the time. You just have to dare and not be afraid of being creative, you can always correct a mistake by adding a thickener or loosen it the other way with a liquid ingredient while tasting all along, it’ll always turn out good. The Rum balls can range from very small to medium or even large if you fancy. They can be coated in shredded coconut, in plain dark or white melted chocolate, literally any coating of your choice, colored or chocolate sprinkles, caramelized chopped hazelnuts are particularly classy, there is no end to the possibilities… You just need an extra pair of hands to shape the balls and it’s finished in a much quicker time than on your own.

Note:
The chocolate has to be melted with a drizzle of oil, on the very lowest fire you have, from the start or it’ll burn! I use number 1 on my electric cooker or a Bain-Marie which is simply putting a small bowl with your chocolate in within a larger bowl (or pan on stove) of boiling water which will slowly melt it.

Enjoy it and let me know if you tried!

The easiest, cheaper natural Eco-friendly laundry detergent recipe ever!


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Today, I am going to give you something totally different!
I had mentioned in a previous post, that a while back, I had gone through intensive research for a year and a half developing and searching recipes for natural cosmetics and home cleaning products well, here are the easiest ingredients for your laundry powder soap.
(Not liquid which I personally find impossible to store and work with.)

Let me know of your experiences… I am always open to learn new and different ways of doing it ­čÖé

Ingredients
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1. 4 cups of natural soap flakes (Can be found in any supermarket under any name or make)
2. 2 cups of washing soda (Or called soda crystals)
3. 2 cups of Borax (I found that very expensive so I purchased instead a cheaper brand of natural laundry detergent. I nevertheless found that omitting the Borax without replacing it with a substitute, did a good job too)
4. 6 Tbsp of oxygen bleach (Found as well in a regular supermarket)

Method
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Pour everything together and mix thoroughly. Use it in the same amount as regular powder!

With time passing by, I realized that I did not have to be so particular with amounts and just poured the ingredients into a big box in fairly equal amounts taking in account that the soap flakes is the larger ingredient and oxygen bleach a distinctively smaller one in the recipe.
That way it was not a strain to renew my batch every time.
It is an easy, cheap way to be aware of your health and the environments.

I hope this was of some help to all of those looking for an easy alternative way of living!
Keep me updated ­čÖé

Last week’s cheapest, easiest pie crust and Viennese strudel update (different flavors…)


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Last week I posted an apple crumble crust cheap and easy which you can look up here… https://oawritingspoemspaintings.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/apple-pie-cheapest-easiest-and-fastest-crust-recipe-with-the-simplest-of-ingredients-obviously-100-natural/

Today, I will give you an update… My different flavors to that dough recipe which I thought was my ingenuity ­čÖé but Wikipedia is the correct source of information, so I looked it up there to check if my ideas were just mine and that’s what I came up with…

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The best-known strudels are Apfelstrudel (German for apple strudel) and Topfenstrudel (with sweet soft quark cheese, in German Topfen cheese), followed by the Millirahmstrudel (Milk-cream strudel, Milchrahmstrudel). Other strudel types include sour cherry (Weichselstrudel), sweet cherry, nut filled (Nussstrudel), Apricot Strudel, Plum Strudel, poppy seed strudel (Mohnstrudel), and raisin strudel.[7] There are also savory strudels incorporating spinach, cabbage, pumpkin, and sauerkraut,[8] and versions containing meat fillings like the (Lungenstrudel) or (Fleischstrudel).
The only thing that changes is the baking time which goes down to 1 or 1.30 hrs versus the 2 to 2.15 hrs for the apple pie which has a much bigger amount of dough. I nevertheless check in between to make sure it does not over bake.

I put this time on the rolled out dough a different filling of, carob or cacao powder for the nonsensitive, a lot of raisins to get it sweet with less natural sweetener, a big spoon of rice syrup or honey or even sugar for those who use that, in other rolls I will add poppy seeds to all those ingredients…

I have tried all kinds of different nuts with raisins which is just heavenly, but that was about twenty years ago today I find them harder to digest, nevertheless it can occasionally be a good idea. Almond powder can be good too with natural sweetener or sugar.

Some will have cinnamon, raisins, 1 big spoon of rice syrup and a dash of oil…

You can innovate… Be the master of your own creation and risk different flavors or just follow the so many different ideas we got here from Wikipedia ­čÖé

Good luck with it and most importantly have loads of fun. It’ll taste much better that way. Let me know whatever the outcome is and all the more if it’s a big humoristic flop, the best ideas have been created that way!