As I was in a mad dash to tidy the house tonight, I stopped to take a look at the state of my appliances. Finger prints and smudges everywhere. This lead me to pull out my handy stainless steel wipes. If you haven’t heard of the Weiman’s Stainless Steel wipes you will have to have a look for them next time you are at Walmart, Shoppers or Superstore (most places carry them). They work wonders. Just wipe the entire stainless steel area with a few wipes (scrub the areas that are more soiled.) Then wipe clean with a micro fibre cloth.
After our honeymoon to Cuba I became a bit of a mint junkie. We drank so many amazing Mojitos while we were there that I wanted to be able to recreate them when we got home. I purchased a few mint plants from The Greenery in Kelowna, BC and while I was there I found a bunch of other herbs like dill, thyme, rosemary and oregano. It was so nice to be able to go out to my deck and cut a bunch to use for dinner. Herbs are very expensive at the grocery store and they aren’t always available in the off season. Here is a way to have fresh herbs all year round.
· Choose fresh herbs, ideally from the market or your own garden.
· You can chop them fine or leave them in larger sprigs and leaves. You can freeze a combination of finely-chopped and whole herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage and oregano.
· Pack the ice cube trays about 2/3 full of herbs. You can combine the herbs or make single cubes of each herb.
· Pour extra-virgin olive oil or melted, unsalted butter over the herbs.
· Cover lightly with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.
· Remove the frozen cubes and store in freezer containers or small bags.
· Don’t forget to label each container or bag with the type of herb (and oil) inside!
Just pop a frozen cube of herbs in your roasting or frying pan and stir once warm and voila, fresh herbs daily!
Over the years I have accumulated quite a few scarfs. Some of which I have inherited from my mother and grandmother, while others I have purchased at Coach, Ebay or the V V Boutique (Value Village.) I never really knew what to do with them. I always loved the West Jet “stewardess look” where they tie a scarf around their necks but I could never pull it off quite as well as they did.
I’m sure you have a purse where the handles look a little worn and could use a little snazzing up for summer….so here is a quick fix.
You can do a basic bow around the base of the handle; or
You can also fold the scarf into a triangle, then fold over and over again lengthwise, tie a knot at the base of the handle and wrap the scarf tightly and diagonally until you reach the opposite end. Finish it off by tying a knot at the other base.
You could accessorize one handle, you could do both, you could even use two different scarfs, the sky is the limit!