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Archive for July 20th, 2010

So these are those super cool solar lanterns I ordered:

i got the "pearl" ones

Then, here are a couple crafty ideas I found on www.marthastewart.com that I’m gonna make for my bday party…

seashell string lights!

shell candles!

collecting jars to make these

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Pretty, pretty beach themed party :)

sand dollars

sea shell sugar cookies

more shell cookies

beachy centrepieces

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So I wanted to share this cool website I discovered while creeping on someone else’s blog (I’m sorry I can’t remember the blog, or else I would totally give credit!)

It’s really useful for keeping lists or ideas that you like to share with people. I don’t know about you, but I’m always pasting links into emails or conversations with my friends to show them things I want or bought or find interesting.

The site is www.KartMe.com. My username, as usual, is bahamablonde, so feel free to check out my karts. This kart is a list of stuff I’m doing for my b-day party! I love this idea for a cake alternative:

mmm, donut cake

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I realise this seems super premature, but I was actually looking for birthday dresses when I ran across these 2 dresses…but you see, dress A is wool, so that would be too hot for my bday (in August), so I started thinking, wool would be good for when it’s cooler…like around Christmas/New Years, when I’ll be in Bermuda (where it’s cold, believe it or not). And thus, my poll! Please vote! :)

Dress A

Dress B

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Last night, thinking that I was going to be starting the Master Cleanse today, I wanted to use up a bunch of veggies in my fridge that were on their way out. I had a big bunch of asparagus and a pack of tarragon, as well as a giant zucchini (seriously, it was like 14 inches long and 2 inches in girth…ew…girth…) So, I googled “asparagus tarragon” (I love you, google) and found this recipe!

That recipe served as the inspiration for my soup. I added the zucchini, and also shallots and garlic (I can’t cook without garlic). I loved the idea of browning all the veggies really well to develop that nice flavour before blending it down into a nice smooth soup. Once they’re all golden and delicious, add some stock (I used veggie) and bring it to a boil. Then let it cool down, pop it in the blender and blend til smooth. Finally, warm it back up to serve & eat! It really couldn’t be easier!!

tarragon

I thought this soup was delicious, and better yet, so did Benji! :) Tarragon is a new frontier for me; I’ve never cooked with it, or really experienced its flavour. It really reminded me of licorice while it was raw, but once cooked down, it had a totally different flavour (which was a good thing if you ask me, cuz I’m not a big fan of licorice).

All in all, a successful dinner! Easy, yummy, healthy and resourceful! No veggies went to waste and all bellies were filled! :)

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In case you were wondering, I haven’t forgotten about my “Laura Tries The Master Cleanse” experiment…it’s merely…postponed.

I was gonna start today…but then I was too lazy to go to the food store over the weekend for the ingredients (lemons, organic Grade B maple syrup, cayenne, non-iodised sea salt) and so I figured I’d, actually “we’d” cuz Benji is doing it with me. It just makes sense. Being that I am the cook, it’d be terrible to have to cook meals for him while I sip on spicy lemonade…but I digress… So I figured we’d start tomorrow! But then I went to the food store this afternoon and couldn’t find any of the special Grade B maple syrup!! (am I really surprised?) I asked Benji to stop at Balduccino, this specialty food store, to see if they have it, but of course they were sold out! Ugh!

It turns out that it’s really important that it actually be GRADE B maple syrup because it’s less refined than the (easy to find) Grade A, and therefore retains more of the minerals and other nutrients (I read that here). And obviously that’s important during the Master Cleanse cuz you’re barely putting anything into your body for 10 whole days…

So as usual, I had to procure the goods online, and honey-that Grade B maple syrup ain’t cheap! And I def didn’t realise how much maple syrup I would be needing for the 2 of us to do 10 days of this cleanse!! The instructions say most people drink between 6-12 glasses of the “lemonade” per day. Each serving of the “lemonade” has 2 tbsp of maple syrup in it. 2 tbsp = 1 fluid ounce. So that means you’re  consuming 6-12 ounces per day, for 10 days, that’s 60-120 ounces of maple syrup. For 2 people thats 120-240 ounces over 10 days. And there are 128 ounces in a gallon, so I’m gonna need probably 2 gallons of maple syrup!

3 gallons with easy pour spout

I ended up getting this 3 gallon bulk “bag in a box”. I figured it out and it is the best value per ounce (compared with smaller jugs), even if it is more than I need. But the biggest selling point to me was the easy pour spout. Cuz honestly, I was imagining the mess and inconvenience of trying to pour 2 tbsp of sticky maple syrup out of a heavy jug 6-12 times a day, and that just sounds miserable. But an easy pour spout sounds much more manageable…dontcha think?

And thus, my experiment will likely be delayed at least another 2 weeks or so until my fancy imported syrup arrives…

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