Saturday, December 14, 2013

How To: Open a Pomegranate

'Tis the season for pomegranates. I will show you how to open one without a "bleeding" mess.

You will need:
1. A large bowl
2. A small bowl (Optional. I use it for the discarded outer skins.)
3. A cutting board
4. A knife
5. A spoon
6. Pomegranates

Step 1: Identify the bottom aspect of the fruit.

Step 2: Cut off the bottom.

Step 3: With the aid of the spoon and knife peel off as much of the the skin and white pith as you can exposing the kernels on this bottom portion of the pomegranate.

Step 4: You will notice that the seeds are sectioned off much like an orange.  Score the skin with the knife along these sections.

Step 5: If you pull apart at these sections with your fingers it will open up nicely. Note: You can do this step holding this aspect of the pomegranate face down into a large bowl to prevent the spraying of the juice onto yourself.

Step 6: You can either eat these as is or proceed to remove each seed by peeling off the outer skins.

Step 7: Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Snail Mail

Recently, I wax sealed some holiday party invites and found it to be quite fun. 

This got me thinking, wouldn't it be nice to send and receive some old fashioned mail this holiday season? Of course, when you send letters in the mail, it would be nice to receive something in addition to the hand written letter. So, I've compiled a list of things one can send in an envelope. 

[ ] A small chain
[ ] A flat pendant
[ ] A monthly calender page with planned activities written in
[ ] Business cards
[ ] Menus
[ ] Flyers
[ ] Maps
[ ] Old post cards
[ ] Old money
[ ] Fabric scraps
[ ] Origami
[ ] Hankerchief
[ ] Un-assembled Kinder Suprise toys
[ ] Coloring page
[ ] Sudoku
[ ] Puzzles
[ ] Crossword puzzles
[ ] Newspaper clipings
[ ] Fortune cookie readings
[ ] Feathers
[ ] Tiny flat notebook
[ ] Glitter/ confetti
[ ] Dried lavender
[ ] Sachet/packet with seeds
[ ] Recipes
[ ] Sheet music
[ ] Pages from old books
[ ] Slap bracelet
[ ] Tree bark
[ ] Collection of old stamps
[ ] Ribbons
[ ] Magazine articles
[ ] Drawings/ paintings
[ ] Photos
[ ] Temporary tattoos
[ ] Stickers
[ ] Keys
[ ] Pressed flowers
[ ] Dried leaves
[ ] Gift cards
[ ] Tickets to concerts, games, etc.

Let me know if you've tried this out and what sorts of things you like to add to your letters.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

My Dad

My Dad is the smartest man I know.  A short list of things my Dad has taught me:

* How to pay bills on time and keep a proper record of it.
* How to drive a car.
* How to show respect to others.
* How to be careful and cautious to keep myself safe no matter where I am.
* How to sing (yes, he's pretty good at it).
* How to have fun at parties/ be a great host.
* How to be welcoming.
* How to ride my bike.
* How to solve my most difficult math questions.

Photo Credit: My Dad

My Dad has recently expressed some interest in taking up sailing.  So, that is what I'm getting him this Father's Day: Sailing Lessons.

"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." ~George Herbert 

"It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life." ~Dawn French

 "My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem." ~Gwyneth Paltrow

Happy Father's Day Dad! And, thank you for all that you do!

Monday, June 4, 2012

My First Peony

There was a single magenta flower on our peony bush that we planted last year.  Peonies are one of my favorite flowers (others being Hydrangeas and Lilacs).  I'm excited, none-the-less, since I've never had a flowering peony bush, and these flowers are hard to find in flower shops, not to mention expensive to buy.


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