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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

COZY GOURMET COFFEE

If you are a coffee buff you will certainly enjoy a cup of this specially  flavored coffee with your  breakfast or bunch. I drink it everyday, though, because it's simply so delicious!


Cozy Gourmet Coffee

2 cups of coffee
1 heaping Tab. baking cocoa
1 teas. ground cinnamon
1/2 teas. ground nutmeg
*Whipped cream, whole milk
     or eggnog(optional)

Mix all of the dry ingredients  together well. Place your usual amount of coffee into your perculator or drip coffee maker with the required amount of water. When brewed, pour into a cup or mug and add a scoop of whipped cream or a bit of  whole milk or eggnog if desired.

Be sure to keep plenty of this mix on hand when you have the urge for a great cup of coffee!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

FRESH CRANBERRY SAUCE



Cranberry sauce is always one of many holiday highlights. You can make it fresh at home instead of using that stuff in the can that's loaded  with high frutose corn syrup. It's easy and only takes 15 minutes from start to finish.


FRESH CRANBERRY SAUCE

(1) 12 oz. bag of Fresh Cranberries
1/2 to 1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water

Bring the sugar and the water to a boil in a medium heavy saucepan. Add the fresh cranberries, then return to a boil reducing heat to a gentle boil. Boil for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Pour into a heat/cold proof bowl and cover. Refrigerate until serving time.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

DECADENT MARBLE FUDGE!


FUDGE..............the perfect decadent treat  anytime, whether it be for a holiday party, gift for someone special or just a chocolatey specialty for yourself or your family.

I love fudge, any kind of fudge. I love to eat fudge and give fudge as gifts to my friends, family and as  a thank you to my professional caregivers, such as my doctors, dentist, veterinarians, postmen, etc.

Anytime is fudge time for me and this easy Marble Fudge is one of my favorites. Why? Because it tastes so darn good and is so darn easy to make in a jiffy. If you would like to try it out just follow my easy-as-fudge recipe.

DECADENT MARBLE FUDGE

12 oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
18 oz. (1 1/2 bags) white chocolate chips
(2) 14 oz. cans sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teas. baking soda
*1-2 cups chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds(optional)
1/2 teas. vanilla extract

Line the bottom and sides of a 13x9x2 inch baking dish with parchment cooking paper. In a heavy, medium sized saucepan melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips, one can of the sweetened condensed milk and 1/4 teas. baking soda over low heat. At the same time, in another heavy, medium sized saucepan melt the white chocolate chips, the remaining can of sweetened condensed milk and 1/4 teas. baking soda on low heat. Stir frequently with a separate spoon for each, heating 5-7 minutes until both are melted, evenly incorporated and smooth to the appearance.

Remove pans from the heat, then add the vanilla to the semi-sweet chocolate mixture and the chopped nuts if you prefer. Spoon large mounds of the two different chocolate mixtures alternatively into the baking dish. Using a butter knife or kitchen spatula swirl the two mixtures together creating a marbling effect.

Cover the baking dish with a lid, foil or plastic wrap, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until the fudge is firm. Then, lift the fudge from the baking dish using the parchment paper to do so, or turn over onto a clean sheet of parchement.

Cut into small squares and place in covered container, gift boxes or tins.

***You can easily vary this recipe by using peanut butter chips, peppermint chips or any other flavor of baking chips instead of the white chocolate chips.

This stuff is so great that you will have a hard time keeping your hands off of it! Just warning you ahead of time. :)



Monday, December 10, 2012

BALL VINTAGE BLUE CANNING JARS


 
 
Ball Vintage Blue  canning jars seem to be all the rage these days. And, it's now wonder since they have so many other uses other for use in canning fruits and vegetables.

They make fantastic storage containers for a variety of items. Let's face it...they add so much charm to any space. I like to store my coffee, tea, honey, nuts, etc. in them for display under my vintage kitchen cabinets.

You can use the same idea to display your vintage canning jars. Just secure a vintage zinc or a metal canning jar lid with ring under your cabinet with a screw, fill your jar, then screw into the lid.

If you don't have any Ball Vintage Blue canning jars you can simply use a new canning jar.  You can learn more about where to purchase Ball Vintage Blue  canning jars at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/uniquecozytreasures




Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Happy Homemade Eggnog



Nothing hits the spot  like a rich and creamy cup of delicious eggnog. With or without rum it is one of my all time favorite things. Added to a  morning cup of  coffee it is simply spectacular! So today I am sharing with you my all time favorite eggnog recipe. Enjoy!

Happy Homemade Eggnog

Ingredients: 

3 large eggs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teas. salt
4 cups whole milk
1 Tab. vanilla extract
1/8 to 1/4 teas. ground nutmeg
1/8 to 1/4 teas. cinnamon
*1/4 cup dark rum (optional)

1/4  pint  heavy whipping cream
1 teas. powdered sugar
1/4 teas. vanilla extract



Ingredients: Yields 32 cups

12 large eggs
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teas. salt
2 quarts whole milk
3 Tab. vanilla extract
1 teas. ground nutmeg
1 teas. ground cinnamon
*1 cup dark rum(optional)

1 pint heavy whipping cream
2 teas. powdered sugar
1/2 teas. vanilla extract



Directions:

In a heavy 4 qt. saucepan, whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, and salt. Gradually stir in half of the milk and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the eggnog custard thickens and coats the back of a large metal spoon, about 25 min. The mixture should reached 160 degrees, but don't bring to a boil or it will curdle. Stir in dark rum if desired, otherwise omit. Stir in the vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, ground cinnamon and the rest of the whole milk.

Pour the eggnog custard into a large heat/cold proof bowl or container. Cover, then place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours.  Before serving prepare the whipped cream by whipping the cream, powdered sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer just until soft peaks form. Whipped cream can turn to butter quickly, so stop mixing immediately when the soft peaks form.

With a wire whisk, gently fold the whipped cream into the eggnog custard. Pour eggnog into cups, glasses or punch bowl. Garnish each cup or glass with a dash of ground nutmeg.

DELICIOUS!!!






Saturday, December 1, 2012

APPLE-CINNAMON MUFFINS



APPLE-CINNAMON MUFFINS

2    cups all-purpose flour
1/3 granulated sugar
1    teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
3    teaspoons baking powder
1    cup milk or cream
1/2 cup cooking oil
1/2 tsp.vanilla extract
1    large  egg, beaten
1    peeled, chopped large apple (1 cup)
*1/4 cup chopped walnuts(optional)
brown sugar for tops

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl mix together the the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In a small bowl beat the egg, then add the milk or cream. Mix together well. Add the oil then incorporate well with the egg, vanilla and milk or cream, then pour into the large bowl containing the dry ingredients. Stir until just moistened, batter may still be a bit lumpy.  Add chopped walnuts if desired.

Pour batter into muffin pan coated with butter or into paper or foil muffin cups.

Sprinkle each muffin with brown sugar.

On center shelf of oven, bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes for regular size muffins or 20-22 minutes for large muffins.

Let rest 5 minutes, then remove from pan.

Yields 7 large  or 12 regular size muffins.

*May  replace 3/4 cup of the all-purpose flour with 3/4 cup whole wheat flour.

Friday, November 23, 2012

QUICK MAC N' CHEESE SUPREME

Yummmm....There is nothing quite like the rich taste of homemade Mac N' Cheese.




QUICK MAC N' CHEESE SUPREME

(1) 16 oz. Field Day Organic elbow macroni shells or other brand
8 oz.  Velvetta cheese, cubed
3 slices of American cheese
2 oz. Sharp Cheddar cheese, cubed
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup whole milk
Black pepper, coursely ground

Cook macroni shells according manufacturer's directions. Drain. Add butter, cheeses and milk. Stir until well blended and creamy. Sprinkle with black pepper. Serve immediately.

*Variation--- Place Mac n' Cheese in a buttered cassorole dish, then sprinkle bread crumbs  over top. Place in a 350 degree oven until the bread crumbs are toasted. Remove immediately and serve.

**Variation--- To the finished Mac n' Cheese, add cooked ground beef, turkey or chicken that has been cooked with taco seasoning.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Easy Quick Skillet Quiche



Quiche traditionally takes anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes to prepare in the oven, but this Easy Quick Skillet Quiche takes only 15 minutes to prepare and is just scrumptous!

"EASY QUICK SKILLET QUICHE"
   (4 servings)

8 ounces frozen broccoli florettes
6 large eggs
1/4 medium onion chopped
1/4 chopped red, green or yellow pepper
1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic
1-2 ounces grated mozzarella cheese
dash ground nutmeg
salt/pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

In a medium skillet cook the broccoli, onion, peppers and garlic in the olive oil until broccoli is just tender. Add the eggs, salt, pepper and nutmeg, stirring with a spatula until the eggs are incorporated and cooked throughout. Remove pan from the heat. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the top of the cooked mixture.  Cover, then let set a couple of minutes until the cheese melts. May be served with toast, bagels,  muffins or fresh fruit.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

PERFECT PECAN PIE


 Pecan is one of my favorite pie's in the whole world! Interestingly, I had never even tasted a Pecan Pie until about 5 years ago. However, after that first bite there was no turning back.... I was addicted!

This recipe comes down from my Aunt's finest old time recipes. It was the first Pecan Pie that I ever baked and the first Pecan Pie that I ever tasted. I have made a couple changes to the original recipe, however,  this an  absolutely devine pie.

PERFECT PECAN PIE

4 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups dark corn syrup
1 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tab. + 1 tsp. melted butter
1 1/2 cups pecan halves
Single uncooked pie crust

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix, roll out pie crust and place in  a pie pan.

Place the pecan halves into the bottom of the crust. Mix all of the pie ingredients in a medium size bowl, then pour into the pie shell. Bake at 375 degrees for 60 minutes.

Let filling set up  by cooling for several hours or overnight before serving. Do Not cover while cooling and Do Not place in refrigerator, to avoid failure of the filling setting properly.

Here is a great video showing how you can  make "Pie Crust the Easy Way".
http://uniquecozytreasures.blogspot.com/2011/11/pies-made-easy.html




Wednesday, November 7, 2012

"NO FAIL" BANANA BREAD






Ymmmm..... It's Banana Bread time again. With Banana Bread being one of my most "favorite things",   I've struggled to find just the perfect recipe that I can always count on to bake perfectly inside and out.  This recipe turns out a beautifully baked Banana Bread with just the right amount of moistness on the inside, yet is perfectly baked inside and out.

Have you ever experienced the disappointment of cutting into your freshly baked Banana Bread only to find that it is undercooked on the inside? Most of us have, I know I have had that experience  and it left me very frustrated so I avoided baking it at all for many years.

Several years ago I stumbled upon a Banana Bread recipe in a vintage cookbook. I baked it up and it was very good. However, I felt that it could definately use some improvement. So, I many a few adjustments and also added a few ingredients to come up with this fantastic Banana Bread that I am certain you and your family will enjoy eating with your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner, as well as, many other occasions.  Enjoy!


"NO FAIL" BANANA BREAD

1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup softened butter
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1/3 water
1 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas (3-4 medium)
1 2/3 cups all-purpose white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
dash of  ground cloves
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease the bottom of an 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 inch loaf pan with a little softened butter. Grease only the bottom of the pan being sure to grease the corners. Do not grease the sides of the pan.

In a separate bowl slightly beat the eggs then set aside. In another bowl mix the granulated sugar with the butter. Stir in the eggs and blend well. Add the mashed bananas, blend.  Add the water. Manually beat the mixture for 30 seconds.

Mix well all of the  dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add it to the moist ingredients. Stir until all ingredients are well incorporated and are moistened. Add the walnuts and stir well again. Pour into a greased loaf pan.

Bake on the center rack of your oven at 350 degrees for 72 minutes. Cool for  5 minutes, then loosen sides of loaf with a knife; remove from pan. Cool completely before slicing.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

How To Make Butternut Squash Soup

                              BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

With the turning of the autumn leaves succulent winter squash is being harvested.  Brisk evenings produce hearty appetites giving many opportunies to try out new squash recipes.

Here is an excellent recipe for a delicious soup using one of the winter squash varieties, Butternut. It is a fragrant, creamy and delicately flavored soup that pairs well with a crisp salad, French bread or roll.  Enjoy!

Butternut Squash Soup
Serves 6 to 8

2 tablespoons butter
2 small onions, minced
3 cups peeled, seeded and cubed Butternut squash
2 quarts chicken stock
1 1/2 cups peeled, cubed potatoes
1 teaspoon paprika
dash nutmeg
1/2 cup whipping cream or whole milk
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
salt and pepper
croutons(optional)

Place the whole butternut squash in a covered saucepan filled about 1/4 of the way full with water. Bring the water to a boil, then steam until the flesh of the squash is soft and easy to peel. Let the squash cool a bit, then peel with a vegetable peeler or paring knife. Cut the squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, then cut into cubes.

Melt the butter in a medium to large soup pot. Add the onions and saute' for about 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock, cubed potatoes, cubed squash, and paprika. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat then simmer for 35 minutes or until all of the vegetable are soft and tender.

Pour the soup into a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Return to soup pot, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Stir in chopped fresh chives and whipping cream or whole milk. Heat until warm, stirring contantly.

Serve with a garnish of a few fresh chives and/or croutons.

*You can adjust the thickness of the soup by decreasing the chicken stock to 1 1/4 quarts to form a bisque instead of a soup.





Tuesday, October 16, 2012

CANINE WINTER PREPARATION



Even though the winter season is somewhat yet ahead of us, the temperatures are really beginning to drop off at night in many areas of the U.S. So I thought a reprint of an earlier article that I wrote in debsdogblogg.blogspot.com may be helpful for those of you dog lovers out there in preparation of the cold winter months ahead!

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Cold weather can bring in many challenges to both human and canine. Just as it is important to keep ourselves, children and loved ones warm, comfortable and safe in cold weather months, it is also vital to make sure that our 4 legged friends are, as well. Since they can't talk to us directly(although we should be able to read their animal language fairly well), being on the alert to their needs is very important to survival and happiness. Especially puppies and small dogs are extra vulnarable to cold related illnesses, frostbite and death. Just because dogs have fur doesn't mean that they don't get cold, frostbitten or hyperthermia.

Here are a few tips to endsure that our puppies and dogs are properly cared for during the cold days of fall and winter:

1.WARM DRY SHELTER

This can vary depending upon your climate and living arrangements. For those living in rural areas a simple area in an accessible dry barn or shed can provide a nice place for your Fido or Fido's to find the appropriate shelter. A thick soft bed of dry straw is an excellent warm bedding. When it gets really cold out there, as it does in areas of the upper U.S., a heat lamp above the bedding area will provide enough heat for your dogs. When it's brutially cold out there chances are your dogs won't want to be romping around outside anyway, so will be happy to stay in the nice warm place that you have provided for them.

Of course, there are a number of very nice dog houses that can be purchased and outfitted with a portable ceramic heater, floor heating pad or straw(but I would use caution in using any electric heating source with straw in order to minimize fire risks). If you live in a town or city environment this will probably be your best choice if your dog is spending a lot of time outside during the cold weather months.

Some folks who have a nice slot of time in the summer and early fall may enjoy building their own custom dog house. If you are one of those people please keep in mind that this will take a real commitment of time and resources on your part.

At times the ol' thermometer dips down so far that it is unsafe for any pet to be outside for more than 5 to 10 minutes to avoid possible freezing limbs, toes, ears, and paw pads, getting frostbitten or freezing literally to death! In this case it is advisable to make a place inside your home for your dogs and other pets. Of course, Fido would really enjoy being in your living area with you, but if this is not acceptable to your living arrangements for one reason or another, then by all means providing him/her with a warm place in your basement or heated garage/porch would ensure that your dog friends are comfortable and safe.


2. WATER

Winter air is usually fairly dry and dogs are still in constant need of hydration. Since water may freeze quickly in outdoor containers it's vital to make sure that steps are taken to provide plenty of fresh drinkable water at all times. There are a variety of ways to do this. One is the electric dog dish that plugs into an outside electrical outlet. Another is a device that is actually designed to drop into the bottom of the dog dish and is plugged into an outside electrical outlet. Both types of devices will keep the water unfrozen enough that your dog will be provided with adequate drinking water. Of course, when the temperature reaches near and below zero it may require breaking up the ice regularly to keep it fluid. Water should be checked daily.


3. FOOD

I have talked about the proper dog food diet for your dogs in previous articles, but the most important thing to realize is: "Your dogs and puppies need to have plenty of food available especially if they are living mostly outside." Dogs will generally eat quite a bit more food in the winter as they need more calories to keep them warmer. Many people have automatic self feeders for their dogs. Some just feed a larger quantity of food to their dogs each day at a regular feeding time. By all means, if you are going to be out-of-town overnight or longer.... please leave your dogs enough food, water and protection. Having a trusted friend or family member check on them a couple times a day is a really good idea, as well.


4. OUTER WEAR ACCESSORIES

Yes, it may sound silly to some, but those cute doggie booties and sweaters that you've seen advertised can be very useful in contributing to your doggie's comfort and protection. Even, large breed dogs can benefit from doggie booties because their paw pads can get frozen, frostbitten or cracked if they are out on snow and ice for extended periods, especially when taking your pooch for a walk in the winter. Also, they may protect against tearing a toenail on ice. Tearing a toenail can be very painful for your dog.



5. EXCERCISE

Providing plenty of room for excercise can go a long way in helping your dogs stay warmer in the cold weather. This way they will have the needed room to be able to keep moving around which contributes to healthy circulation. Taking them on daily walks is also an excellent way to contribute to the all around health of your dogs.


6. LOVE AND AFFECTION

Giving your puppies and dogs plenty of love and affection can also go a long way in providing proper care. They crave your acceptance and love, so giving them plenty of it is one of the most loving things you can do for them.

CONCLUSION

Hopefully, these tips will help you plan for the protection of your canines during the cold and wet days of the fall/winter season. As always, please ask your family veterinarian any questions that you have concerning the saftey and well being of your pets...............

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Birds

It was just like a scene from the movie "The Birds" near our house yesterday. Thousands of black birds decended on this place. Creepy!

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Color Wheel Made Easy


***My series on Color Mixing Parts 1-9 has been so successful that I decided to simply combine all of the lessons into one lesson for my readers convenience. You will find the following information very useful in your everyday life. 

If you would enjoy having this tool at your fingertips please feel free to download a copy of my eBook  - "The Color Wheel Made Easy" found in the Amazon Kindle bookstore  at this link:

http://www.amazon.com/COLOR-WHEEL-MADE-EASY-ebook/dp/B00BMB8QPW .


My eBook can be downloaded onto any electronic device for quick and easy viewing through the Amazon Kindle Bookstore. 


LESSONS IN COLOR MIXING
Part 1-9

For many years I had wanted to learn the art of oil painting on canvas. However, it just seemed to somewhat intimidate me Why? Because I felt it was important to learn the art of mixing color in order to feel comfortable painting. I took a few private lessons from a fantastic artist, but the colors just weren't quite correct in the painting that I first did.

Of course, I also chose a harder than life subject to paint which didn't help (lol). I was a bit discouraged so didn't pick up a brush for awhile. I didn't have my own oil paint and supplies at the time, so decided to wait until I could invest in those before attempting another painting.

I had been mentally absorbing Mr. Bob Ross' technique for years through viewing his programs on public TV and was anxious to see what I could do with it. Since learning to oil paint had been a lifetime goal, I decided to take the plunge and order the supplies needed to get started.

Through Dick Blick mail order art supplies I ordered everything I needed to get started including the Bob Ross master paint set. I was very excited to get started and actually completed my first masterpiece in about 4 hours! Then a few days later painted another and and then several more.

My family and friends were so impressed they began to commission paintings from me.

One thing is missing here though. Bob Ross doesn't teach the art of mixing oil color in the master paint set. So now, I still didn't know how to mix various colors of paint. Several other TV series that I viewed featured oil color artists who kept mentioning that they only use 3-5 colors of oil paint, then mix any color under the rainbow with those colors. However, they never did teach how to accomplish such a feat.

Finally, I got an email one day from an artist in Australia who was giving a live video showing over the internet about mixing oil color. I had my own color mixing chart, but really needed a bit more mentoring to figure it out so I watched the video. It was absolutely enlightening.

I'm going to share with you some of what I learned about mixing oil color and how you can too can easily learn to mix oil color for painting and how you can use the art of color mixing to enhance your everyday life through creating color pleasing crafts, fashions, home decorating, etc.



PRIMARY COLORS

Below is a chart showing the three primary colors: Red, Yellow, Blue. In Oil paint that would represent, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow and French Ultramarine Blue. These three colors are from which ALL others are made.


SECONDARY COLORS

Now if you mix these primary colors together in various combinations they will make up SECONDARY colors: orange, green, and violet.






Then, by mixing various combinations of these secondary colors, you will create INTERMEDIATE colors and so on.



INTERMEDIATE COLORS

Now, I will share with you an easy way to mix INTERMEDIATE COLORS.

INTERMEDIATE colors are reached by mixing one primary color +(plus) one secondary color as shown in the diagram below.



TINTS, TONES, SHADES

TINTS are achieved by adding WHITE to a color.

TONES are achieved by adding GRAY to a color.

SHADES are achieved by adding BLACK to a color.

The amount of WHITE, GRAY or BLACK that is added to a color will determine the intensity of the TINT, TONE, or SHADE.



WARM AND COOLS COLORS

Now that we have reviewed PRIMARY, SECONDARY & INTERMEDIATE colors, TINTS, TONES & SHADES, we will now learn which of these colors are WARM or COOL colors.

WARM and COOL colors are colors that reflect emotional values. They add warmth or coolness to a painting, hand knitted or crocheted item or to any number of other artistic pieces.

The WARM colors are: Yellow to Red-Violet on the Color Wheel.

The COOL colors are: Yellow-Green to Violet on the Color Wheel.

COLOR HARMONIES

Now we will focus on Color Harmonies, colors that go together. These color harmonies include, Complementary, Triadic Harmony, and Split Complementary.

Learning COLOR HARMONIES helps us develop harmonies in color and color patterns that are useful when developing designs for hand knit or crochet projects, painting, and in many other artistic pursuits.

The first of the color harmonies, Complementary Colors are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel as shown below. The chart below the color wheel shows how the colors complement each other.


Learning how colors can complement one another is so important in every day life and will help us in designing handmade crafts, fine arts, decorating, in our wardrobe, etc.



TRIADIC COLOR HARMONY

To find a Triadic Color Harmony on the color wheel, select a color, then choose two additional colors that are equally spaced apart. This concept is shown in the color wheel diagram below.


The color chart that is located below the color wheel above shows how triadic colors compliment each other.

Using the concepts of selecting color harmonies is helpful in everyday living as we choose pleasing colors to design knitting, crochet & sewing projects, designing home decor, entertaining, cooking, creating artwork and in almost every aspect of life.



SPLIT COMPLEMENTARY COLORS

Split Complementary Colors are a color and the two colors next to it's complement on the color wheel.

This is shown in the color wheel shown below:

The Chart below shows how Split Complementary Colors complement each other:

Using Split Complementary Colors to design fashions, knitting, crocheting, art work, in decorating,etc. makes them more interesting and pleasing to the eye.


TRIAD & TETRAD COMPLEMENTARY COLORS


Learning how to use the color wheel in every day applications can be both challenging and rewarding.

The final two color harmonies that we will be discussing are Triad and Tetrad complementary colors.

Triad colors are three colors that are equally spaced on the color wheel as shown in the diagram below:








Tetrad colors are four colors that are equally spaced on the color wheel as shown in the diagram below:






COLOR DEFINITIONS
QUICK REFERENCE

Now that we have reviewed the main components of Color, it is important to have a quick reference guide to Color and it's definitions. The chart below gives Color definitions for your convenience.






COLOR: Described by the three dimensions of intensity, hue, and value.

Intensity: Also known as Saturation or Chroma. Means the relative degree of brightness or dullness of a color.

Hue: A specific color family with it's relative degree of warmness or coolness.

Value: The relative degree of lightness or darkness of a color.

Primary Color: Yellow, Red and Blue. These colors cannot be mixed from any other colors.

Secondary Color: Two primary colors mixed together resulting in Green, Orange and Violet.

Intermediate Color: Also known as Tertiary Colors. Achieved when one primary and one secondary color are mixed together.

Warm or Advancing Colors: Yellow, Red and Orange colors.

Cool or Receding Colors: Green, Blue, and Violet colors.

Tint: White plus Color.

Tone: Gray plus Color or it's compliment.

Shade: Black plus Color.

Key Color: A Dominant Color in a color scheme or mixture.

Neutral Gray: A Combination of White and Black.

Chromatic: A Color with hue, including Red, Green and Violet, etc.

Achromatic: A Color without hue, including White, Black and Gray.

Achromatic Color Scheme: A Color scheme using only White, Black and Gray.

Monochromatic Color Scheme: a Color Scheme using one color in different values.

Analogous Color Scheme: A Color Scheme using colors that lie next to one another on the color wheel.

Complementary Color Scheme: A Color Scheme using colors directly opposite on the the color wheel.

Split-Complementary Color Scheme: A Color Scheme using one color plus the two colors next to it's complement on the color wheel.

Triad: Three Colors equally spaced on the color wheel.

Tetrad: Four Colors equally spaced on the color wheel.

Now you can use this quick reference guide along with Lessons in Color Mixing when designing your craft items, crochet and knit pieces, your art work, fashions and in decorating!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Blog Giveaway from Crystal Gayle Photography

Guest Post from Crystal Gayle Photography--
 
Time to kick off our blog giveaway! I've had a lot of great donations for wonderful prizes from various shops on etsy as well as some local businesses! So here's how it's going to work!

Below are all the prizes from the various participating shops. To enter, scroll all the way to the bottom of the post. There will be a rafflecopter grey box used to keep track of all your entries.

Mandatory entries (the first ones showing on rafflecopter at the bottom of this post) must be completed to unlock the extra entries! Also, all mandatory entries must be done to be entered. If only some of the mandatory ones are completed, your entries will be voided.
Winners will be announced at the end of September. I will choose a winner for each prize. The more you entries you complete, the better chance you have at winning something, and maybe even more than one item!
Prize donors will be sending out the prizes to the winner!

To view the prizes and to enter the blog giveaway go to Crystal Gayle Photography Blog

http://crystalgaylephotography.blogspot.ca/2012/01/blog-giveaway.html


 

 
 

Friday, July 20, 2012

QUICK & EASY HOMEMADE PIZZA


                         Red Pepper and Cheese Pizza

Here is a quick and easy homemade pizza recipe that your family will absolutely love! You may never go to another pizza restaurant again.........

PIZZA CRUST (Makes 2 large crusts)

7 Tab. Olive Oil or Softened Butter(I prefer butter crust)
1 Pkg. Active Dry Yeast or  2 1/2 teaspoons
4 cups Flour
2 Tab.  Sugar
1/2 Tab Salt
1 1/2 Cups warm water

In a small bowl dissolve the yeast in a little of the warm water. Add the sugar. Stir to dissolve. Add the rest of the warm water, then the softened butter or olive oil.  Mix.  In another bowl  mix the flour and salt. Now, slowly incorporate the flour and salt mixture into the wet ingredients. Knead dough until smooth and elastic about 3-5 minutes, adding additional flour as needed to keep the dough from getting too sticky. Place into an oiled bowl and cover with a light cloth. Set in a warm place away for 15-20 min.

While the dough is resting turn your oven on  to 400 degrees F.  Get out your pizza pan or stone  and oil it with olive oil or butter. Chop up vegetables that you are going to put on your pizza,  such as  peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc. You can add a variety of toppings to your pizza or just make cheese pizza. If you are adding meat just be sure that it is pre-cooked.

After your dough has rested for the 15-20 minutes, divide it in half. Oil up your hands, then press and shape your dough onto your stone or pan. Press out flat, then roll the edges to the inside to form the edges of the pizza dough. Cover the entire dough with olive oil to prevent shrinkage during baking.

Place  your pizza stone or pan with the shaped dough into your pre-heated oven for 7-10 minutes or until it is slightly brown on top. Remove from oven. Add your pizza sauce or tomatoes, then place on your meat, then vegetables or whatever other toppings that you prefer. Cover with your choice of cheese or cheeses. Place in the oven for another 7-15 minutes depending on how many toppings that you have added to the pizza.

Cut to serve. YOU AND  YOUR FAMILY WILL LOVE THIS PIZZA!

*TIPS - This recipe makes 2 large medium thickness pizza crusts. The dough can also be frozen for later use. You can let the dough rest and rise longer than 15-20 minutes if desired.

I would love to read comments about what toppings you add to your pizza. Please feel free to comment below.

Happy Eating!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hot Weather Tips for Dogs

With the warm summer weather, keeping our dogs and pets safe is a priority. Remember, dogs and other pets can easily develop heat stroke just like us humans. Keeping them cool and comfortable during hot summer days is vital to their heath. Here are a few tips for keeping your dogs safe during the dog days of summer. :)

1. When your dog is outside please be sure that he/she has a shaded area to seek relief from the sun.

2. If your dog must stay outside during the hot weather providing him/her with a shallow unbreakable pool of water is a welcome relief from the heat and will help keep their body temperature at a healthy level. Also, providing them with a fan will do wonders at providing them with added comfort. However, please use caution with fans. They need to be placed out of reach from the dog so that they have no chance of injuring themselves on the circulating blades or electrical cords.

3. Mist your dog with water to cool him/her down. Remember to wet all areas of the body including the paws and under belly.

4. Walk or play with your dog in the early morning or evening hours when the temperature is cooler. If you are walking them on pavement, check the temperature of the pavement with your own hand. If it is too hot for you, chances are that it is too hot for your dog. Paw pads can easily become burned or scorched on hot surfaces.

5. If possible, provide a cool area inside a cool building or your home for your dog during the heat of the day.

6. Take your dog to a shallow lake or pond for a cool swim. However, use caution when visiting public lakes, rivers and recreational areas, checking that there are no fish hooks, broken glass, etc. laying in the areas where your dog will be playing, swimming or walking.

For more Hot Weather Tips for Dogs your may enjoy the information for found at these websites:

http://www.cesarsway.com/tips/seasonal/top-summer-tips/

http://www.dogskool.com/hot-weather-tips.html

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

How To Add Pin it Button In Blogger

                                             

With Pinterest being the fastest growing of the social networks seeing an average of 11 million visits per week, it's easy to understand why many bloggers are wondering how they can add a  PIN IT button to their blog.  Getting your blog posts pinned is a great way to boost views to your blog so that a greater number of readers can benefit from your blog's  content.

Here is an easy code that you can use for adding a PIN IT Widget Button on your blog in Blogger:


<a href='javascript:void(run_pinmarklet1())'><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lRae8bdMpuA/TzuLrnycXaI/AAAAAAAACQE/YVYUjfs7dm8/s1600/pinmask2.png" style='margin:0; padding:0; border:none;'/></a> 
<script type='text/javascript'> 
function run_pinmarklet1() { 
var e=document.createElement('script'); 
e.setAttribute('type','text/javascript'); 
e.setAttribute('charset','UTF-8'); 
e.setAttribute('src','http://assets.pinterest.com/js/pinmarklet.js?r='+Math.random()*99999999); 
document.body.appendChild(e); 

</script>


Simply "Copy"  the above code, go to the "Design" feature in Blogger, Select  "Add a Gadget", then Select "HTML/JavaScript",  then simply paste the code in. Save. From the "Design" feature in Blogger you can move the widget button to any area in your blog that you would like it to appear.

HAPPY PINNING!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

SUMMER LIP PROTECTION

                      BEE HIVE GOLD HYDRATING LIP BALM

Now that we are in the heat of summer, dry chapped lips can become of a particular concern to all sun worshipers across the northern hemisphere. The sun is now at it's highest most point in the sky which means the effects of it's intensity on our skin, hair and lips can rob necessary moisture from those areas of our delicate bodies.

Hydrating those areas is extremely important to keeping them on lips because beeswax locks in moisture, fosters cells and protects skin from damaging environmental factors.

Beeswax is also a naturally nourishing moisturizer as well as being anti-bacterial, anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory and a germicidal antioxidant.

Making a good choice in your purchase and use of a lip balm this summer is essential to healthy beautiful lips. Bee Hive Gold incorporates all of the health and beauty benefits of Organic Beeswax into it's luxurious Super Hydrating Lip Balm. Along with Organic Beeswax, Organic Sweet Almond Oil and Honey are added to further enrich the emollients and healing benefits of Bee Hive Gold Super Hydrating Lip Balm.

The ultimate smooth richness of Bee Hive Gold Super Hydrating Lip Balm is uniquely uncomparable to any lip balm you have ever used. Your lips will love you for it. And, your kisses will be the sweetest ever!

TRY A CONVENIENT .15 oz. TUBE OR .25 oz. TIN TODAY. Your order will not only BEE saving your lips, but it will BEE helping support and save our vitally needed friends, the BEE.

Bee Hive Gold Super Hydrating Lip Balm is available is unflavored form and will soon be available in Raspberry, Wild Cherry, Pina Colada and Cappuccino flavors. You can order it on our website by visiting  Etsy.com website http://www.etsy.com/shop/uniquecozytreasures .

A PORTION OF YOUR ORDER WILL BE DONATED TO THE "AMERICAN BEEKEEPING FEDERATION" for the saving an preserving of the BEE.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Summer Fresh Decorating Ideas

 Photo by Debra Shenkle


The scent of Lavender has begun to aromatically fill the air as its beautiful spikes are  now exploding into blooming radiance. Synominous with Lavender is summer. And with summer just a few weeks, away a lighter and more carefree home decor comes to mind. Transforming those darker winter and spring color tones within our homes can be as simple as just replacing  a darker colored bed comforter into a lighter colored one such as a cream or ecru comforter. You will be amazed at how just lightening the colors in your bedroom will give you a fresh summer lift.

Adding a new eagle-shaped decorative fan with see-through design may add some much needed interest to a family room or to a restful screened in porch area, as well.

Don't forget to spruce up your garden area too. One way to enhance the beauty of your patio area is by adding  flowering plants to your exterior decor.  Another way to add interest to your outside garden space is by adding  garden  angel on knee with trumpet medium statues. Birdhouses and birdbaths also add much interest to your outside spaces.

Sprucing up that deck furniture by adding new bright colored cushions can also add interest and flare to your deck or patio.

Yes, by making a few small inexpensive changes to your interior and exterior decor you  can really brighten up your summer!

Friday, April 13, 2012

SW Iowa Kindle Writer's Workshop



SAVE THE DATE

What:  SW Iowa Kindle Writer's Workshop
When:  Saturday April 28, 2012
Where: Shenandoah, IA Historical Museum, Waubonsie Room

If you are a free-lance writer wanting to get your book self-published  and for sale  you won't want to miss this workshop. This workshop is open to anyone interested in learning how to self-publish a book either now or in the future.

I will be guiding  you through the process of  self-publishing your book in both paperback and digital book format, how to sell your book through internet sources, marketing strategies, copyrighting and more.

Millions of book readers worldwide are buying both hard copy and digital  books on a daily basis. You can easily reap the personal and cash rewards of selling your book or books to a worldwide audience.

Make your reservation today! This workshop will fill quickly!

Please join us for this relaxed, fun and informative workshop on Satruday April 28  in Shenandoah, Iowa,  "The Garden City"  located in the beautiful hill country of Southwest Iowa. Sign-in begins at 8:30 am . The workshop commences at 9:30 am and will conclude at 12:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.

You can register and pay for the workshop by paying through the "Pay Now" button below.You can also register using any major credit card by calling me. I will also accept personal checks. Once I have received confirmation  of your registration payment, name and email address, I will contact you by  email with a confirmation of payment, directions to the workshop, etc. 

If you have any questions concerning this workshop or need lodging information, etc.  please feel free to email me at: uniquecozytreasures@gmail.com  or call me  Ph: 712-229-2039 for more information.

See you at the workshop....Deb Shenkle,  Author.



KINDLE WRITER'S  WORKSHOP
          $45.00 


Thursday, March 1, 2012

REMEMBERING DAVEY JONES



The year was 1967, the place was a massive stadium filled with screaming teenage girls. Yes, I was one of them(lol). My best friend and I had anxiously awaited this moment for sometime, thinking it may never come to reality. We dressed up in our mini dresses, fishnet hose and shiney white knee length go-go boots and off we traveled to the big city 40 miles away. We were only 14 years old at the time and I'm still not quite sure how we convinced our very strict parents to let us attend this event without a chaperone.



This is the mini dress that I wore to the concert! Brown with orange polka dots! In fashion then!


 Suddenly, we found ourselves sandwiched in the middle of thousands of screaming girls. The Monkees were performing their greatest hits on stage that awesome night. I'm not sure how we secured those fantastic front center stage seats that we did, but we were in awe as the stage curtain rose to Davey Jones and the other three Monkees singing. No, I do not remember the first song that they sang, but I do remember how utterly cute Davey Jones was.

Every teenage girl in America had a crush on Davey and here I was actually in his presence. I will never forget that awesome night as it is one of my all time best experiences of my life. The concert was out of this world. Police were patrolling the isles on a regular basis yelling at everyone to sit down and remain in their seats. I guess they were afraid of a riot or something as riots had become so common place during that era and they also didn't want anyone getting hurt by falling off of one of those folding chairs that can collapse so easily.

The concert lasted the usual length but it was over all too soon for me and my friend. Her father drove us home where we spent the night at her house listening to Monkees records. She had them all and still does to this day have every record and album that she purchased as a teenager. 

I remember that my younger sister was feeling left out of the whole event, because at age 11 she was just too young to go to the concert  with us.  I was sorry that she missed out on such an awesome night, but later when she was older she was able to attend a Bee Gee's concert where she was able to meet them backstage.

My sister and I tried to never miss the Monkee's Show which aired every Monday night. We had a little TV with a rabbit ear antenna that had to be finely tuned just to get the picture in view. Sometimes we could only see the picture and couldn't get the sound, sometimes we only were able to hear the sound with no picture. There were times when we could get neither in and were very disappointed that we missed the show.

We love you Davey Jones and we will remember you always...............

Deb

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

How To Self-Publish A Kindle Book, A Step-By-Step Guide


I am so excited to announce that my second Kindle book, "How to Self-Publish A Kindle Book, A Step-By-Step Guide" 2012 Edition, is now available for purchase in the Amazon.com Kindle Book Store. This comprehensive step-by-step  guide is a must have for everyone  who has ever dreamed of publishing their very own book.

"How To Self-Publish A Kindle Book, A Step-By-Step Guide" shows how anyone with basic computer skills can easily publish their book into a Kindle eBook for FREE.  Thousands of Kindle eBooks are being purchased everyday through the Amazon.com Book Store. It's time for you to cash  in on the some of the high profits being made by free lance authors around the globe.

Not only does "How To Self-Publish A Kindle Book, A Step-By-Step Guide,"  easily take you through the process of self-publishing your book for FREE, it offers tips on copyrighting, marketing, how to design a digital book cover and more. Your dreams of becoming a published author will certainly become a reality by following this easy guide to success.

For a limited time only,  "How To Self-Publish A Kindle Book, A Step-By-Step Guide", will be offered for a low introductory price of $0.99 in the Amazon Kindle Book Store at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007AQ4DT6
  or  you can purchase a PDF copy at my Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/uniquecozytreasures . GET YOUR COPY NOW while supplies last at this very low price!!!

If you do not own a Kindle Reader but would love to read "How To Self-Publish A Kindle Book, A Step-By-Step Guide," you can download a FREE full color display Kindle Reader for your PC or Apple computer.  There is a link on the lower right of my Amazon book page which will take you to a page where you can get it for FREE. Also, most Android phones, iPads, iPhones, and other Smart phones either have a Kindle Reader Application already installed or you can get a Free App from the "App Market" in your smart phone.

My Amazon Author Page can be accessed at: http://www.amazon.com/author/debrashenkle

 *If you are interested in receiving a free copy of  "How To Self-Publish A Kindle Book, A Step-By-Step Guide "  by doing a book review, please contact me at: uniquecozytreasures@gmail.com for more information.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

FREE MEDICATION COUPONS

Prescription medication costs are higher in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world. Why? Because the U.S.  does not have in place any form of  price regulation over the cost of  patiented  prescription medications. A rather shocking scenio when you think of millions of  people unable to even afford prescription medication insurance these days.

Even though I am one of the lucky people who are able to have presciption drug coverage, my insurance carrier still doesn't cover every medication. I take only two medications, one being quite expensive. Last week I popped into my friendly neighborhood pharmacy, a chain that I will not mention here. My prescription needed refilled so my friendly neighborhood pharmacist made a call to my physicians office for approval to refill the medication.

As usual I checked the medication before leaving the pharmacy to be sure it was correct. Surprise! It was a different type and brand than I had been using for the past 10 years. I promptly told the pharmacist that this was the wrong medication. He told me that it was what my physician prescribed, so I requested that he call him back for approval of the same brand and type of medication that I have been using. Why? Because sometimes it's ok to use a Generic medication and sometimes it isn't. In this case I am allergic to the other brands of this type of medication. I went through the process of trying the Generic and other brands over 10 years ago with some very undesirable side effects.

Ok, now my pharmacist was able to get my correct medication approved from my physician, but when I went to pick it up he said, "I don't think you want this, Your insurance carrier will not pay for it."  I told him that I would pay out-of-pocket for it as it wasn't very expensive the last time when I paid full price for it myself.  Then he proceeded to tell me that I probably wouldn't want to pay for it as it was now $95. WOW! I could hardly believe it! I politely told him that I would be back another day for it.

I got in touch with my insurance carrier who told me that my pharmacist never even submitted a claim to them for my prescription and that they would pay for it as usual. Now, I was beginning to get  a little irritated with my pharmacist because for the life of me I can't imagine why he put me through this ordeal.

One thing positive came out of this though. As I was trying to figure out how in the world I was going to come up with the funds to pay $95 out-of-pocket each month for my prescription, I ran across a fantastic website that offers online printable coupons for many brand name presciption medications. I found on their website  a coupon for (one) 100%  free  prescription fill for my medication.  Yes, I printed it off and took in into my pharmacist to fill that $95 prescription for me FREE! Yes, it was 100% FREE to me for that one time fill. This bought me the time that I needed to at least get in touch with my insurance carrier to get their approval to continue paying for the medication.

This website is so fantastic that I wanted to share it with all of you. In addition to providing many printable coupons for FREE or  DISCOUNT prescription medications, they also have a printable prescription drug discount card that you can use at your pharmacy. This is great for anyone that doesn't have prescription medication insurance. It can save you gobs of money and who doesn't want to save money? Right? To learn more about these medication coupons and medication discount card visit: http://medicationcoupons.com

***Unique Cozy Treasures or it's author are not being paid or compensated in any manner by medicationcoupons.com  for writing or featuring any of the contents in this article.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Spice for Life - Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper powder comes from  Red Hot Chili Peppers. The chili peppers are ground then sold as Cayenne Pepper powder. Originating from Cayenne in  French Guiana,  these truly amazing peppers are now being grown in many places around the world.

The Hunzas, Aztecs and Mayans all used Cayenne Pepper in their diets. Thankfully, the rest of the world has discovered Cayenne Pepper's culinary appeal and it's extraordinary  health benefits.

It's most therapeutic ingredient is "Capsaicin". The more capsaicin, the hotter the chili. The hotter the chili, the more healing properties the chili contains. Ounce for ounce, chili contain nine times the vitamin A of a green pepper and twice as much vitamin C as an orange. It is also high in minerals which include magnesium and potassium.

Cayenne Pepper is used by many to effectively prevent, treat and cure many common diseases, including breast, lung, prostate, and bladder cancers among others. It  also is used effectively for stopping heart attacks,  reducing nerve and muscle pain, in weight control, reducing symptoms of cluster and migrane headaches, preventing blood clots, improving cholesterol health, reducing heart rate, healing ulcers,  plus many others.

If you are not used to the hottness of Cayenne Pepper, but want to take a daily supplement of it, you may find it helpful to try taking it as a capsule first, then change over to just the powder when you are used to it. Many recommend a one-half teaspoon of powder in a warm cup of water daily for the most benefit. However, capsules have shown to be just as therapeutic, but without  having to experience the hottness factor.

If you are not used to eating or taking Cayenne Pepper, be aware that for about the first 3 consecutive days, you may experience some mild nausia as the Capsaicin begins the healing process within your body. Once the first 3 days is over you will begin to feel really good and your body will have gained a tolerance to the heat of the capsaicin.

To learn more about Cayenne Pepper visit:
 http://www.cayennepepper.info 

You may also do a web search for information on Cayenne Pepper.

A book called, "Healing Spices" published in 2011, has a very in depth chapter concerning Cayenne Pepper. It is available at many major bookstores and, of course, through large internet booksellers.

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Disclaimer: No part of this article is meant  to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. As with any supplement, you may want to check with your healthcare provider first.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Spice for Life - Turmeric


Did you know that Turmeric has been used for more than 2,000 years to treat a wide range of illnesses? It's no wonder  since it even ranks as  somewhat of a  superstar of spices in our modern times.

Turmeric has over 50 healing actions that many use to treat a vast host of illnesses. It owes it's curative and preventive powers to curcumin it's active ingredient, a compound powerfully rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities.

International human and animanl studies have shown Turmeric to be effective in combating over 70  diseases including Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes,  heart disease, 22 different types of cancer, cholesterol bad LDL, acne, allergies, asthma, blemishes depression, gout, liver disease, macular degeneration, overweight, pain, stroke, inflammatory bowel disease and the list goes on. In most recent years is has been seen  available as a dietary supplement at many physicians offices here in the U.S.

Even though you may think of Turmeric as a spice used only in Eastern Indian cuisine, you may find it interesting to know that it is used in many American foods such as pickles, yellow cake, popcorn, mustard, canned chicken broth, butter and margarine, etc.  It is also  used in many other cuisines around the world, as well.

Many recommend a 500 mg capsule of  Turmeric daily as a dietary supplement, as well as, incorporating it into your  diet regularly. If you are using it to cook with it pairs well these other ingredients:

Allspice                             Black Pepper
Cinnamon                         Caraway
Coconut                            Cardamon
Cumin                              Corriander
Fennel                              Garlic
Ginger                              Mustard Seed
Onion                               Tomato
Cucumber                         Rice
Vegetables                        Lentils      
Soups, Stews & Chili           Cilantro

If you are interested in knowing more about the beautiful yellow spice Turmeric, you can do an internet search to find more information about it. There are also many books available in print devoted to the subject of healing spices where you can find more information about Turmeric and the health benefits of it and other spices.


*Disclaimer--- This article is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease of any kind.






 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

KINDLE EDITION - Vintage Ice Creams, Heirloom Recipes. Available Now!

     I have finally published my very first Kindle Edition eBook during December 2011. The eBook itself was written 3 1/2 years ago by myself.  I'm so excited  because with Kindle Publishing I now have the opportunity to offer it for sale worldwide in the Kindle Store on Amazon.com.  So far the Amazon Kindle Store sales have been an unexpected surprise.

     "Vintage Ice Creams, Heirloom Recipes"  shares many interesting facts about the history of ice cream. It   gives the reader our coveted family heirloom recipe for homemade ice cream and how to easily make it in your very own kitchen with ingredients that you mostly likely already obtain. There is an additional section which features over 14 different flavor variations of the original  heirloom recipe including Chocolate Chip, Raspberry, Lemon, Peach, Strawberry and more.

    With the new Kindle Fire now available, readers will be able to take advantage of the color photos, etc. Those with the regular Kindle will also be able to enjoy a nice reading experience, but with color features shown in grayscale.  *If you don't have either type of Kindle you can read Kindle eBooks with all of the color features on your Iphone, Droid phone, many other smart phones, Ipad or on your computer.

     I just love Kindle books because they can be downloaded  and read immediately for pennies.  Our family usually gives out a few Amazon gift cards each year just for that purpose. It makes a nice added low cost gift  to the recipient. It also gives our elderly or handicapped family members and friends  an easy way to obtain quality reading material at a low cost without ever leaving their house. 

     Now that I've learned how to format my eBooks for Kindle Publishing I will be looking forward to writing many more eBooks and adding them to the Kindle Book Store collection. I've also just learned that Amazon has a program to download and sell blogs too. I guess one of these days I may try that!

      "Vintage Ice Creams, Heirloom Recipies" is part of the Kindle Owner's Select Lending Program for Amazon Prime members for the next 90 days. That means if you are an Amazon Prime member my book is available for lending free for the next 90 days. If you are not an Amazon Prime member you can still purchase it  for download to read on any Kindle reading device, computer and many smartphones at any time.

       You may learn more about "Vintage Ice Creams, Heirloom Recipes"  by visiting the Amazon Kindle Store Here.  

    
       Deb............

Spice for Life - Celery Seed



Celery Seed comes from a plant called "Wild Celery" or "Smallage"  which is grown in India and Europe. It looks quite like our garden variety of celery, except it is very bitter and only the seeds are edible. Most of the celery seeds that are imported into the U.S. are imported from India.

The seeds of Wild Celery or Smallage are bitter when eaten in the raw state. However, when they are cooked they take on a whole new sweet flavor. Even though Celery Seed has been used since the Middle Ages as a spice, you may be surprised to find that it has actually been used as a traditional medicine for many hundreds of years earlier as an anti-inflammatory.

Here is a brief list of medical conditions that many feel Celery Seed is beneficial to treat or prevent:

*Gout Pain(high uric acid in the body)
*Fibromyalgia Pain
*Arthritis, osteo and rheumatoid(pain)
*Ulcers
*Menstrual cramps
*Cholesterol(high bad HDL)
*Liver disease
*Stroke
*Vaginal yeast infections and other fungus
*Hypertension ( high blood pressure)
*Mosquito bites

When planning your next meal you can use Celery Seed in  complement to these other ingredients:

*Turmeric                                       *Cinnamon
*Allspice                                         *Fennel Seed
*Sage                                              *Ginger
*Coriander                                      *Black Pepper
*Chile                                             *Cumin
*Caraway                                        *Chicken
*Tomato                                          *Fish
*Eggs                                              *Chutneys
*Soups/Stews                                  *Salad Dressings
*Pickles                                           *Cole Slaw
*Herbal Teas                                    *Potato
*Salads                                             *Fruit
*Tuna                                               *Dairy

When purchasing Celery Seed you may find it beneficial to buy them in the "whole" state. Once the tiny seeds are ground their volatile oils that are good for you begin to dissipate. Whole seeds will keep well for a minimum of approximately two years, but ground celery may be kept for only a few months.

***Disclaimer--This article is in no way intended to cure or manage any disease or condition.
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