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Summer Food DIY & Inspiration: Homemade Ice-cream

4 Jun

Strawberry Ice-cream by Karboojeh Handmade: This sorbet doesn’t contain milk; it’s a different recipe from the one mentioned below in the post. This one blends strawberry with sugar only. Put in the freezer for a nice, tasty sorbet.

Homemade ice is the tastiest thing you can ever taste! With a few natural ingredients, you can make your own frozen gelato or sorbetto. You can always use your imagination for coming up with variates that suit your taste, the local produce available around you, and your budget.

Now, let’s make our own fruit-based ice-cream!

Strawberry sorbet – by Karboojeh Handmade

Simple strawberry ice-cream

Try this recipe by Karboojeh Handmade:

  • Put 2-3 cups of strawberry in the blender with some sugar (depends on your taste. TIP: Just remember that when you freeze something it tastes less sugary, so maybe you need to add a little bit more than your threshold.
  • Blend well
  • When the strawberry is well-mashed, add some milk (or Greek-style yogurt for less calories) and blend until you form a strawberry loose paste (not too runny, not too thick)
  • Place mixture in store-bought Popsicle cones or in air-tight plastic container.
  • Freeze – in the freezer
  • Enjoy the next day with a loved one or friend

P.S. I Only took pics of the homemade strawberry sorbet we made at home, that’s why the frozen mixture looks darkish. Frozen strawberry ice-cream mixed with milk or yogurt would be a delightful pink.

Karboojeh Top Picks: Bloggers’ ice-cream recipes

Here are a few recipes that I have collected recently. Click the pics – or the links in the captions right below them – to go to the recipes. Enjoy!

Modern ice-cream stick:

Source: asubtlerevelry.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest

Rustic ice-sticks:

Source: joylicious.net via Karboojeh on Pinterest

Pink ice-sticks:

Source: andthenidothedishes.blogspot.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest

Shabby-chic ice-sticks:
Lemon ice:

Banana ice-cream:

Source: webmd.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest

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For more ice-cream ideas:
Homemade ice-cream – via 2littlehooligans.blogspot.com
Food recipe (ice-cream) – via therealityofskinny.tumblr.com

Bay Leaves: Remedies at your fingertips

24 May

Bay leaves, aka Laurel leaves, are a small evergreen plant, that has more benefits than commonly advertised. In my part of the world, we are accustomed to using laurel soups that come all the way from Aleppo. But only very recently did I learn that this beautifully scented tree can help elevate many physical & beauty-related problems.

Bay leaves can be found in supermarkets. But if you plant them (or buy them already planted in small pots), you can have them in the soil in your garden – or keep them in pots in your small-space garden.

Those dark-green leaves can do more good than flavouring chicken soups & stews:

  • They’re good for relieving aches in joints & muscles
  • Healing an itchy scalp, and dandruff
  • They aid digestion and have a calming effect
  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
  • The leaves can repel ants, just by placing them the way they are in kitchen cabinets
  • Mom tells me if you put a few bay leaves in pantry containers for sugar, rice, and flour, you are sure to stop tiny pests from growing in them.
  • You can gargle with Bay leaf tea & even use it as a body wash
  • According to e-How, “Bay leaves are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, manganese, calcium, potassium and magnesium.”

Pic via freywine.com

Bay Leaf Tea

Simply add a couple of bay leaves to boiled water. Let it sit in the kettle for 10 minutes, then drink. This tea has a calming effect and it can help in digestion.

According to e-How, you can “enjoy bay leaf tea before meals to help maintain blood sugar levels, as studies have shown that Bay leaf helps the body to process insulin more quickly to prevent spikes in blood sugar.”

Pic via cashmere.hubpages.com

Bay Leaf Anti-Aching Remedy

Did you know that buying an infusion like the one I’m about to describe will cost you much more than making it by hand? You need a cup of olive oil in a saucepan. Add several bay leaves to the oil & simmer over very low heat for 15-20 minutes, then remove from the heat and cover (so you won’t lose the goodness via evaporation). Allow cooling. Strain and massage into sore areas.

Bay Leaf Dandruff Remedy

Some water plus a few crushed Bay leaves, is all you need. Boil the water, switch off the heat, then add the leaves. Cover the pot and let it steep for 30 minutes, like you would with a tea infusion. After taking your bath, wash your hair with this tea combination, and leave it on for an hour, then wash if off again.

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Remedies come from: homeandgardenideas.com, ehow.com, mom, my observations
For more remedies you can visit: herbs2000.com

 

 

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Sweet Living Magazine: E-mag with a cup of tea

27 Apr

I love online e-mags. They provide lots of inspiration that you can’t find easily on the net. Sweet Living Magazine happens to be a very inspiring virtual publication that promises to give you lots of cool ideas. It’s new & it’s free!

Issue 3 of Sweet Living is out. And it’s full of inspiration & ideas.  Click here to read the issuu version. I particularly loved the homemade ice-cream recipes  provided by the readers at the beginning of the mag. And I love the heart sachet (In the pic above – L).

And to view issue 2 of Sweet Living, click here.

On  their blog, SL offer nice crafty ideas. Here’s one I really loved: A doll garland. Sweet, right?

I just can’t get over this Little chick tutorial! For full tutorial,  go to Petite Purls. SO CUTE!

I leave you with these lovely color palettes & inspirations, wishing you all a very lovely Friday.

With Color,

Karboojeh

 

 

Naturally Homemade: Grandma’s alum recipe instead of commercial deodorant

30 Mar

Pic via jasminechemical.com

When I was 17, my grandmother told me to stop using deodorants since they blocked the perspiration glands.  Deodorants are dangerous to our bodies… nature has always offered us ways to beautify and clean ourselves. Why not use alum (i.e Shabbeh – شبة) instead?

Alum is not short for aluminum. It’s a natural stone, that once crushed into tiny crystals can be your personal hygiene’s best friend.

Pic via ehow.com

Aluminum, on the other hand, is a harmful component that is used in many of the manufactured deodorants out there!

Grandma, may she rest in peace, told me that over time the blocked sweat caused by commercial deodorants will accumulate under the skin and rot, and I will start to really smell, which means I will need more deodorant to cover it up. Ultimately this blocked perspiration is a form of toxin that is locked within the body… it will harm it.

As a nature-lover, my grandma hated manufactured cosmetics, and always opted for natural remedies to fix everything. She had great insight and respect for the ways of her grandparents. She didn’t need a scientific report to tell if unnatural cosmetics were harmful or not, she knew it innately. And I believed her.

Pic via dipity.com

Alum talc-like deodorant

My grandmother’s basic alum recipe – You can use this recipe like you use talc:

  • Crush some alums until they become a bit rougher than talc (if they’re not already crushed) – about 7 tablespoons of it (or more if you like).
  • In my part of the world you can buy already crushed Musk powder, which is then added to the alum (let’s say about 1/2 a tablespoon), and it gives it a celestial smell. You can check out your area for any oriental shops & ask them if they have it.
  • Mix the two well. Place  the powder in a clean cosmetics container with a lid, and use a cotton pad, or one or those fluffy pads used for applying powder facial foundation.
  • After taking a shower, fluff your underarms and any perspiration-active areas with this mixture.
  • P.S. If you have been using artificial deodorants for a long time, be patient while the body cleans itself. At first you might think the Alum-Musk mixture is not working out because you are basically smelling, but that’s because all the blocked perspiration is now to free to leave your body. These toxins have a bad smell, but after a while when the new perspiration is now dancing with the alum you will smell fresh and quite different than before.

Alum sprayer

Pic via realsimple.com

My grandma’s great grandmothers, back to God-knows-when, used alum and they always smelled superb. In fact if you have a sensitive nose you can always tell the difference between a modern home, around the Levant where I live, and a traditional home that uses natural soaps, alum, rosewater, and all the natural scents & cleaning materials that really make everything smell better.

Another simple alum recipe is making your own alum spray:

  • Crush the alum crystals
  • Mix them with water in a bottle sprayer
  • Spray your underarms, feet, and any sweat-active areas, right after you shower.

Alum with essential oils

You can always experiment with creating your own scented alum powder. If you have a good quality rose/musk/jasmine essential oil, you can:

Pic via ashitherapy.com

  • Crush the alum…
  • add a few drops of essential oil to the alum crystals and mix well
  • use like you use talc.

Naturally Homemade: The healing touch of Tea Tree Oil

28 Feb
Tee Trea OIl - The Body Shop (vie The Body Shop's website)

I got introduced to Tea Tree Oil many many years ago, and used it for treating a variety of skin problems & other ailments. Tea Tree Oil  fixes with no side effects, it’s inexpensive, and proves to be nice to your liver!

Many people I know use unnatural skin treatments for treating zits & acne, and what they don’t realize is that these treatments hurt their liver (as indicated in small print on product packaging).

Let me reiterate the fact that using non-natural medicines & treatments for fixing skin issues has real bad side-effects. International trademarks that are known for their miraculous skin-treatment properties can cause great damage to the liver. Plus, they’re pretty expensive. Moreover, they often don’t really treat the problem! I have read in small print on the leaflet of one very famous brand – that starts with the letter |R| – that this anti-acne facial cream may cause liver problems, but hey, who cares? Well, I care.

Good news is, we have nature’s beautiful Tea Tree gift, which is a natural anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-oxidant, and disinfectant oil – with all of this goodness packed up in the healing drops of this “liquid gold,” i.e Tea Tree.

Thursday Plantation seems to be the brand my family often purchases oils & creams from; I personally like this brand & have read pretty excellent reviews about it. They produce Tea Tree products – including essential oils – such as ointments, creams, lip balms, and sprays, etc.

On their website, Thursday Plantation states:

“Sadly, this remedy from nature  [i.e Tea Tree] was forgotten for almost 30 years as cheap, synthetic antibiotics flooded the world’s medicine markets and became a way of life. The tea tree industry collapsed by the 1960’s and the oil became a rare commodity.”

But of course it picked up again.

Today, franchise shops like The Body Shop make it pretty easy for you to get your hands on some Tea Tree Oils & products (like shampoos, and creams), due to the fact the brand operates over 2,000 stores in over 53 countries (I was once personally involved in the inauguration of one of the flagship shops in the Levant, but that’s another story). Boots chain-pharmacy is another franchise shop that sells Tea Tree oil and creams.

Tea Tree – Thursday Plantation (via baronepharmacy.com.au)

let’s take a further look at some of the benefits of Tea Tree Oil as tested by this writer (me):

  • Anti-inflammatory facial skin care: I believe we all need to have Tea Tree Oil as part of our skin-care routine for fixing blemishes, healing zits, and dealing with other skin problems, like dandruff. To heal a zit, dab a cotton swab with Tea Tree Oil, then touch up the infected area. Tea Tree penetrates into the skin and hugs all inflamed areas with it’s loving touch. In no time you are acne-free, and your liver is not compromised
  • Scalp & hair care: As for dandruff, a drop or two of Tea Tree Oil in your palm, mixed with a bit of shampoo, can really heal the scalp. Of course, now they carry Tea Tree Shampoos so you won’t need to mix the oil with shampoo to get the results. However, I’m old-fashioned and I like to use essential oil, and prefer it to other Tea Tree products.
  • Coughs colds & flues: Tea Tree Oil, which might be toxic if swallowed by mouth, can heal the respiratory system in cases of soar throat, and running nose. A few drops in a pot of water, inhaled with the steam, can heal one’s throat. I tried this several times during my health craze a few years ago, and it worked fine.
  • Dental care: Although you’re not supposed to drink Tea Tree Oil, you can actually mix a few drops with your toothpaste to heal your gums.
  • Anti-fungal foot-care: In a previous post about the healing powers of garlic, I spoke about garlic as a nail-fungus healing agent. The same goes for Tea Tree. Just dab a cotton swap with some oil and cover the infected nail with the oil; don’t forget the area between the nail and the bed.

P,S… Tea Tree oil can also be used for treating feminine hygiene issues as indicated here. It is also used to cure lice, injuries, and many other ailments as shown here.

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Naturally Homemade: The healing powers of garlic

7 Feb

Source: etsy.com via Karboojeh on Pinterest

I have been wanting to start a series of articles on my blog with tips to heal and beautify using natural ingredients. I have tried (and read) many remedies over the years that I think work great in eliminating spots, healing aches and probably adding a touch of beauty to a tired face. I will start today with… Garlic.

These remedies are not dangerous, they are simple and easy, and can be integrated into one’s life routine easily, using ingredients in your pantry or garden.

Garlic for spots

For some reason or another, a spot (acne, pimples) or two might decide to appear on your face (especially the kind that spreads if you touch it). What do you do?

Via cosmosmagazine.com

Ingredients:

  • Pinch of salt
  • Less than half a minced garlic clove.
  • Cotton swab

Method:

Mix the minced garlic with a little, tiny bit of salt. Mix well until the salt looses itself in the garlic. Bring a cotton swab and put a tiny bit of the mixture on its tip and add very carefully to the tip of the spot. Do not let this mixture touch other areas of your skin because it will basically irritate it. This mixture is a strong disinfectant, and it doesn’t leave a scar behind, but you need to be careful when applying it. Leave it on your face for 1/2 an hour to an hour, then rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat next day.

Garlic for yellow nails

If you’re sporty and spend a lot of time in your sneakers, you might be prone to develop some sort of fungal infection at one point or another. If your nails go yellow, then this is a sign of some creeping fungal thing that has found home under the bed of the nail. but don’t worry, easy natural remedy for that. Manufactured products might not even come close to the healing powers of this one. But nature takes time, this will eliminate the problem from its roots, but it needs some time to show some results.

Ingredients:

  • Garlic clove.
  • Knife

Method:

  1. Do this when you know you’re staying indoors. First, you need to wash your feet well (or hands).
  2. Cut the garlic when you are about to use it. Garlic releases an endless chemical interaction when it is cut, these vital combinations stay dormant when the garlic is still whole, and if you cut the garlic much earlier than the time you’re going to use it, you may lose a big portion of the essential oils & goodness that are released when the garlic is first sliced
  3. Rub the garlic clove on the infected area. Rub well under the nail bed (between the nail and the flesh). Rub, rub, rub. Leave this on for the whole day if you can. Wear open toed sandals or flip-flops.
  4. Wash your feet with soapy water to reduce the garlic-y odor.

Garlic with Panadol (paracetamol)

Via boots.comLet’s say you have a headache, a cold, or any reason that makes you want to take a tablet of Panadol (or any other similar brand). Any kind of un-natural medicine has side-effects, that’s the belief of alchemists and natural healing specialists. To offset such bad effects, do the following…

Ingredients:

  • Clove of garlic sliced into four pieces.
  • Glass of water
  • Panadol tablet

Method:

Swallow each garlic piece with water, one at a time. The fifth gulp should be reserved for Panadol. Don’t take them all up at once, our bodies are sensitive to the way we treat them and do things, drinking down the garlic with the Panadol at one go is completely different from doing the routine the way I described it (again): Swallow your pieces of garlic with water, one at a time, then the Panadol pill (also swallow with water).

Garlic for life

To re-cap, there are thousands of healing remedies using garlic. I once read a whole book based on remedies created and used by a European king (I forgot his name). He treated almost everything using garlic water, garlic powder, garlic soups… you name it. You need to listen to your body and go where it is honestly telling you to go, and this needs an amount of self-understanding and a strong “observer” inside of you, who helps you live life the way you should!

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When amethyst reminds us of true love: A Karboojeh bracelet’s monologue

20 Nov

Love is the real bond that brings us together. Beads that sit next to each other on a bracelet must love each other (regardless of their differences), or else the bracelet will not feel good on your wrist. Love is the utmost power that can guide us to our real inner Truth.

People act like they love each other, they give each other a lot of compliments, but their hearts are infested with jealousy from each other, and a doze of envy. They do not work hard to clean their hearts from these illnesses, and are content and happy with the false act pf love. I have seen sisters feelings jealous and competitive among each other, and many around them hailing that as “normal.” People on magazines are encouraged to have this and that “envy,” or o feel jealous from celebrities. Jealousy & envy are darkness that enters the heart and pollutes it.

Refuse to be polluted and start cleaning up!

Real love is pure. It has not one shred of illness, mistrust, or inner secretive annoying thoughts and attacks against the ones we claim to love.

Love needs to be tested and re-tsted, and rested, to be purified.

You say you love God, for example, but when He tests you, you go nuts? That’s not love. Love is firm, and when you notice it is swaying, it is weak, you keep at it until you make your love rooted, strong, so no wind can take it away.

Love that comes from hollow sweet talk is just talk. Real love comes from within, has nothing to do with common interest, or benefit, or appearances.

The amethyst bracelet in this post is the original work of Karboojeh Jewelry. Please give credit if you pin on Pinterest or repost. Thanks for visiting.

 

Crafty DIY: Perfect gift for mom ~ baking soda deodorizer in a jar

22 Aug

What are moms obsessed with?

Cleanliness, I guess.

In one of my blog journey’s I spotted a DIY by one blogger who turned a mason jar into a baking soda plus essential oil air freshener (I didn’t bookmark it, cause I didn’t think I will actually make one ~ sorry!).

Wait! I found it!

I got the original idea from a super lovely blog called “The complete guide to imperfect homemaking” (thank you, thank you, thank you).

The DIY stayed with me until it was time to visit mom in my original home country, so I quickly decorated an empty jar with burlap, twine, cut-outs, and Syrian cotton (aka, Sayeh) – using white glue & glue gun to attach the different parts.

My mom flipped. She loved it. When she saw this jar, she was like, “Wow, you made this?” (heheheh). The smell of the jar’s contents was also a nice surprise.

How to make a homemade deodorizer

I’m not into quantities, so here is a rough estimation of what went into the jar:

  • fill 3/4 of the jar with baking soda
  • add 7-9 drops of good-quality essential oil. I used Musk from an Italian brand. Musk has a subtle way of deodorizing, you smell it, enjoy its effect, but it’s not over-powering like other stronger scents. I’d also go for Rose, Orange Blossom, and of course, Lavender.
  • use a wooden stick or, in my case, a clean Popsicle stick to mash the essential oil into the baking soda.
  • shake it up, and you’re ready to go

Sprinkle this in any room and you will have instant freshness oozing from every corner.

You can sprinkle some in your cat’s litter box, in smelly shoes (hehehe), on the carpet, inside closets. The beautiful scent will make you feel you are in a spa resort, giving you an instant transformation of mood and ambiance.

I took this picture while the white glue was still wet. Like Mod Podge, white glue dries clear…

Jar design

To dramatize the jar, I used one of my handmade crochet baskets, I simply belted it around the jar, and placed a wooden Popsicle stick inside the mini-basket to inspire mom to make her own deodorizer once the jar contents were scattered all over the house.

Try it! You will never want to buy ready-made deodorizers after you’ve tried this one.

It’s super easy, and, well, very economic, too; you won’t need more than a few pinches of scented baking soda to transform a whole room into a piece of heaven-smelling shelter.

Ciao belle (tutorials & DIY)

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Inspiration Board: ♥ Karboojeh’s pick of the month ~ Spring salad + color ideas

18 Apr

 

As Karboojeh gets ready for Spring crafts and creativity, looking for tips to enhance one’s lifestyle and taste is a good idea. Here are a few links that take you to videos I have discovered lately to upstart your Spring.

Food:

Here is a wonderful video featuring the underlying secrets of creating your own yummy salad dishes this spring, bistro-style and all. Karboojeh presents you with Utah-based Studio 5’s take on salad making; not quite a craft & DIY video, but quite useful knowledge for all Karboojeh readers…

Click here to watch the video…

Spring decoration colors:

If you are about to create a new craft, a beaded necklace, or a pencil holder, wait before you choose your colors and get a glimpse on this spring’s color pallets… These colors in the video recommended here are very Scandanavian, mixing earth hues with very bright pops of rich color to accentuate your design.

Click here to watch the video all the way from Utah…

The ultimate stenciling video:

I have watched tonnes of videos to learn jewelry basics, and all sorts of artistic tips, but this video here is the ultimate tutorial for wall stenciling… gives you all sorts of ideas to use stenciling techqniques for :)

Watch the video here…

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