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Showing your Colours – True Brit

In London for 2012 you can’t help but be caught up in the pride that everyone was showing for the Diamond Jubilee and the coming Olympics, here are my souvenirs and presents to share.

Tote Bag from Brick Lane Market
Shortbread in a collectable tin from M&S
Bunting from Waitrose
Huge Scarf from Brick Lane Market
Tin of Chocolates from M&S
Cushion from Sainsbury’s
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Mocktails – The Pussy Foot

Angostura Bitters,  really add a certain something to a drink. Without Angostura Bitters this drink is known in England as a St Clement’s from the nursery rhyme. My children used to drink this and sing the rhyme too. They had Shirley Temples mocktail when we went out for dinner here. Bitter lemon which is actually not bitter at all can be found in Italian grocery shops quite easily.
Oranges and lemons say the bells of St Clement’s.
I owe you five farthings say the bells of St Martin’s.
When will you pay me say the bells of Old Bailey.
When I grow rich, said the bells of Shoreditch.
When will that be, said the bells of Stepney.
I do not know, said the great bell of Bow. 
For a St Clement’s simply take a tall glass about 8 oz and add half orange juice and bitter lemon to make a refreshing drink. I found the Pussy Foot recipe on this old Angostura Bitters packaging. To make, just add 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters to half the amount of orange juice and bitter lemon and serve over ice to make it a Pussy Foot.

 

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Action Food – Home Made Muesli & Trail Mix

Action Food served in Windsor
Action Food served in Windsor

THIS IS WHAT I CALL ACTION FOOD PACKED WITH GOOD FOR YOU INGREDIENTS TO GIVE YOU ENERGY AND NOURISH YOU.
FOR SAVING TIME YOU CAN MIX A BIG BATCH OF THE DRY INGREDIENTS AND STORE IN A CONTAINER, THEN ADD THE WET PRIOR TO EATING.
WE SOMETIMES TOAST THE NUTS, COCONUT AND OATMEAL IN A LARGE DRY FRY PAN OR IN THE OVEN FOR EXTRA FLAVOUR, AND ITS GREAT AS A TRAIL MIX TO TAKE WITH YOU FOR A SNACK.
EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT DRIED FRUITS, FRESH FRUITS, NUTS AND YOGHURT INSTEAD OF MILK FOR A DIFFERENT BREAKFAST OR HEALTHY SNACK.

1 CUP ROLLED OATS
1 TABLESPOON RAISINS
1 TABLESPOON CHOPPED APRICOTS
1 TABLESPOON PUMPKIN SEEDS
1 TABLESPOON SESAME SEEDS
1 TABLESPOON OF FLAKED COCONUT (TYPE YOU LIKE)
1 CHOPPED APPLE
A LITTLE SOFT BROWN SUGAR TO TASTE

SIMPLY ADD MILK AND STIR; LET SIT FOR FIVE MINUTES BEFORE EATING

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Lampe Berger Fragrance Lamps

Lampe Berger 

I find using these lamps very effective, especially now when the windows are not opened as it is so hot and again in the winter to diffuse any old cooking odours that may waft through the house. The lamp disperses fragrance using a heated stone attached to a cotton wick. You simply light the stone burner at the top of the lamp. After two minutes blow the flame out and the hot stone activates and releases the fragrance gently throughout the room. It really is soft and lovely and apparently healthy!  From the company’s website.

1. The Ozoalcool found in the essential oils generate a natural ozone inB the air, removing bacteria and preventing illness.
2. Breaks down second-hand smoke, removing it from the air.
3. Kills dust mites.
4. Prevents mold growth.
5. Removes cooking and bathroom smells as well as pet odors from the air.
6. Releases negative ions, which strengthens the immune system.
7. Repels insects.
8. Removes airborne dust.
9. Can kill fleas.
10. Pet-friendly.

Always have a small tray or coaster beneath in case of spillage to protect furnishings when refilling containers.

Posted in Organizing, Renovating & Rejuvenating, Using What You Have

A Walk-In Wardrobe

Closet space is very important in order to be well organized. This is a walk-in but is narrow and things could get lost in the back. At present, it is empty and just painted. There was a shelf added to give some extra storage space where there is a slanted ceiling, and there are hooks for purses, belts, and bags. The long rail was the best option here and will hold long and short hanging garments. Suitcases will live under the short garments. There is a mirror on the door too.

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Steaks From Rare To Medium Well

Steak, the way you like it from The Bear's Grill in Windsor
Steak, the way you like it from *The Bear’s Grill in Windsor
Personally, I like mine well done, and it’s brought tears to a chefs eyes, however, if it’s a decent cut, steak is usually more tender the less time it is cooked.
For one inch steaks on a medium-high heat use the following times, cook longer if thicker. The outside will always be a grey-brown. Well done steaks will have no pink and be greyish in the center
Medium well, cook 11-12 mins light pink in the center.
Medium, cook 9-10 mins pink in the center.
Medium rare, cook 7-8 mins, red in the center.
Rare, cook for 5 mins, red in the center.  

*The Bear’s Grill is my husbands nickname for the BBQ 

 

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Did You Know… Basil Repels Flies

Fresh Basil in the garden Windsor at Style Organization
Fresh Basil in the garden in Windsor at Style Organization
When dining outdoors use a pot or two of Basil as a centerpiece. When you sit down, break a leaf off and pinch to release the fragrance which keeps flies away. Snip some Basil on a regular basis to add to salads, bruschetta and to make pesto for pasta.
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Re-fresh, Re-envision, Re-purpose, Re-fashion & Re-organize

Before -For Emma'a Bedroom in Windsor
Before -For Emma’a Bedroom in Windsor
After-For Emma's Bedroom in Windsor
After-For Emma’s Bedroom in Windsor
Whether you rent or own, re-fresh and re-invigorate your surroundings with the seasons. If you have neutrals on the walls it’s easy to update by introducing colour, texture, and pattern.
Use your calendar to schedule the updates and do all of this in small chunks saving the big jobs for when you have a day off.
 
Clean your windows inside and out.
Put away anything that says fall or winter.
Open shelving – paint a fabulous colour inside or out.
Use really funky wallpaper on the interior only.

This old telephone table has been painted purple and makes a good looking and practical nightstand.

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Ideas Worth Saving – Top Tip! “Free” Liquid Hand Soap – $aver

With prices on the rise, being frugal is the best way to cost costs. Soap slivers, can help by being made into a liquid soap. I have a large wide-mouthed mason jar that I keep under the sink for “free” liquid soap. I also keep a pretty empty shampoo bottle that is due to go into the Blue Box. Once you enough slivers, use an immersion blender to mix up the soap ends to make the mix super smooth and creamy. Fill the bottle and it is ready to use. I now find that I do not have to purchase liquid soap.

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Make your own Vanilla for Baking & Using – 2 Ways

Vanilla tea coming up in Windsor!
Vanilla tea coming up in Windsor!

At this time of year I bake more and if you like to bake, here is a great thrifty tip for making your own pure vanilla essence.
Buy a real vanilla bean, then take a knife and split it end-to-end. Add the bean to a glass bottle, then fill it to the top with vodka. Let it sit in a dark spot of your cupboard for two weeks, shaking occasionally. It will darken but not as much as the shop bought variety. As you use the vanilla up, simply add more vodka. Last about 6 months depending on how much you bake.

If your recipe calls for using real vanilla from the bean instead of throwing the bean pod away, add the empty pod shell to a small glass jar of sugar. Shake occasionally to allow the essence to seep into the sugar nicely. Use for tea, coffee, and baking.