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.

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