Are you having a hard time figuring out ideas for gifting this festive season? There are family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours to think of. If you are hosting a dinner or luncheon, it will be delightful to include a hostess gift. I understand it will be difficult for the wallet trying to buy everyone a gift. In this case, does making your own gifts sounds good to you? Yes! So, what can you make for Christmas gifts?
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So much is going on in today’s modern world, staying in good health mentally or physically can be a bit of a challenge. Undoubtedly, a healthy lifestyle with regular exercising, healthy diet and other activities such as meditation and yoga can help. There is another activity or technique that may help. The idea of cleansing your home space to bring positivity to your life sounds pretty good, yes? Burning of sage, also known as smudging is a technique to clear or cleanse a space. However, you must find out exactly what smudging is. Having a good understanding would help you figure out if this cleansing technique is for you.
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As your cooking knowledge and skill grow, you will be experimenting more with herbs and spices. Guess where this leads you to? Kitchen drawer or cabinet full of bottles and packets of herbs, spices and seasoning blends. There are chances that some of these will be on the kitchen counter too. Surely, you don’t want a messy counter nor a cluttered drawer or cabinet. Your best cooking moments should not be spent searching through the cabinet. Therefore, an organized corner with a practical spice rack organizer helps. Before you check out the spice rack organizer ideas below, read about the advantages of using an organizer and things to consider when buying yours.
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Having a home chef as a friend, you will go visit on an empty stomach. For sure, a scrumptious meal awaits. What gift should you bring along? A home chef already has all the basic equipment, tools and utensils for cooking but they love to experiment with ingredients. Looking for new flavours, taste and creating new recipes. Therefore, I suggest you give the gift of flavor. No matter you are invited to his/her home or celebrating a special occasion, a flavourful gift will be much appreciated. Surely, you are eager to find out what they are? Let’s go.
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A persistent cough can ruin your day, not to mention a good night’s sleep. While over-the-counter medication or homemade cough remedies help, I remember inhaling vapor from a steam bowl relieved chesty cough during my younger days. Now, for convenience, people are turning to electrical devices for comfort. In this case, the humidifier, based on the same concept using vapor or moisture. You ought to know there are several types of humidifiers – warm mist and cool mist and further categorized into ultrasonic and evaporative. Before you get one, find out which type of humidifier is good for cough. But what if I tell you a humidifier can make a cough worse. I will explain as you read on.
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A few years back, I received a jar of herb-infused oil as a gift and it left an impression on me. It was not an expensive gift but what I love was that how something as simple as fresh herbs can be turned into a lovely gift. If you have more fresh herbs than you need for cooking, consider using them for infused oil. Let’s find out more about herb infused oil and how to make your own. It will be an enjoyable process for sure.
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Looking for affordable gifts but fun and unique? Not only that, you want people who receive your gift to actually use it. Over the years, I have received gifts I hardly use. Being a stay-at-home mom, the kitchen is my common area and I know the following kitchen gadgets are fun and useful for people who cook often. Some of these gadgets you didn’t even know existed. Go on, check it out!
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Dehydrating herbs is a great way and one of the simplest way to preserve your fresh herbs for use year-round. Whether you grow your own herbs or store-bought leftovers, surely you want to avoid spoilage and wastages. Dehydrating or drying herbs removes the moisture and it is in the dehydrated form that your herbs will keep longer. Moreover, when the season changes you need not worry about difficulty buying or growing.
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Have you ever wondered what five spice powder is? Well, all I know was it is a spice mixture primarily used in Chinese cooking. I assumed there are 5 types of spices combined because of the word “five” as indicated. Is it true or false? Read on to find out the answer. Also, you will be delighted to know that you are able to make your own too – your own creation of the five spice powder!
You may also want to find out if five spice powder has any health benefits. Read on…
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There are several ways to preserve your herbs – making your own herb-infused oil, herb butter, herb salt or seasoning blends. If you have more than enough and not sure what to do with them, the next best thing to do is dehydrate your fresh herbs. Doing so, you will not run out of herbs for cooking. Furthermore, your own dried herbs will have better flavor and aroma than store-bought because they are newer, hence more pungent.
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