August 3, 2017

How to Choose a Sewing Machine?

This time, a sewing machine doesn’t only offer something that has one function only, but the usability offered is very diverse. Even in a single sewing machine, you can perform up to hundreds of stitches, embroidery fonts, and even certain images. This all cannot be separated from the times and modes that require speed and accuracy with a variety of models. It is also tailored to the needs of your sewing purpose whether you want to perform basic-improvement and change, seasonal or daily projects, or quilting and embroidery. To suit the needs, you cannot do it arbitrarily. It was difficult to work with an expert machine if you’re a beginner, nor vice versa.

For a beginner and intermediate, you should consider to purchase a sewing machine slightly more than the need, because your skills and interest will grow as long as you learn frequently.
There are two types of sewing machines, mechanical and electronic. Of course, there is a difference between them. On a mechanical sewing machine, you need to organize most of the controls manually by hand. Besides, this sewing machine has fewer seams and doesn’t do various sewing jobs. It only has one or two types of basic stitches or general terms. However, the benefit of mechanical sewing machine is the price that is much more affordable in financial condition of the middle-down class.

how to choose sewing machine

On the other hand, an electronic sewing machine delivers exceptional range of facilities in the world of sewing machines. It has touchpad controls and recommends the best stitch, settings, presser foot, and many more, based on the material. Even it provides a connection to sew table linens or blankets. But this sewing machine has more expensive price range.

Beside both of mechanical and electronic sewing machine, there is also an embroidery sewing machine which combines the sewing function with embroidery function. This machine holds the ring under the needle and moves in a circle in four directions as sewing needles. You only need to press the start button, watch it, and change the thread color. All of the functions will be taken by a computer as an intermediary.

Independent dealers usually will let you try the sewing machine in their store. This will give you benefit as a buyer to know more about a product. If you can, try it with some fabric and customize it to your needs. If you need a sewing machine for sewing a shirt, then try it with another material, for example: cotton.

Save your order by finding out coupons online and ask about upcoming sales and deals, trade-in allowances, and interest-free financing. Don’t be shy to negotiate with the dealer to get the satisfaction of both parties. It’s not a mistake that have to be recognized, but one way to get good deal.

Many of dealers offer in-store service. If they don’t do it, they will send you to a repair center or manufacturer. The warranty is needed for a sewing machine that you have purchased. Essentially, the entire purchase of sewing machine should be considered based on: the need for sewing machine, a trial before the ownership, warranty repair, and a good deal.…


October 23, 2016

Baked Fish Filets and Tartar Sauce Recipe

A simple dinner for those nights when you need something fast! Fish thaws quickly and cooks rapidly. This Tartar sauce is based on home made mayonnaise cultured, loaded with nutrients and big on flavor.

Yes, you may notice the bit missing from the edge Little Man strikes again. 🙂 Thats what I get for leaving my plate unattended!
Quick Tartar Sauce, Classic Tartar Sauce, whatever you want to call it- it is simple, fast, easy and real food based- I combined a few recipes used common ingredients and it worked well for us!

  • 1 cup homemade mayo (see how to here)- this batch was 1/2 olive oil and 1/2 coconut oil, cultured
  • 4 T dill pickles, purchased (like this one)or home made, relish or minced pickles both work
  • 1 T onion powder or minced onion (like this one)
  • 2 T lemon juice, fresh squeezed in nice, but if you cant swing that- get a real quality juice (like this one)
  • real salt and pepper to taste

Blend ingredients with a whisk or spoon. The flavors develop if you can let it sit for 30 minutes or so, but weve eaten it immediately after mixing and its very good! This also makes a great spread for sandwiches or sauce for chicken. 🙂

Baked Fish Fillets:

I used a firm white fish fillet- cod, halibut, sole, etc I dont know my fish as well as I should so I suggest asking your meat guy if youre unsure. And if you dont have a meat guy- you should definitely find one- they can hook you up with all kinds of goodies that other (strange people 🙂 ) throw away, like fish heads and bones and internal organs!

For my fish- I didnt even thaw it 😉 Just put the frozen fillets in a 913 glass dish, sprinkled it with some lemon juice (fresh squeezed is best) and some seasoned salt and cracked pepper. 🙂 Bake at 375* for about 20-25 minutes- when the fish flakes easily with a fork. frozen fillets help to 🙂 Fish is the easiest meat to test for done-ness! 🙂

Serve fish with tartar sauce over it.

Also, baked fish fillets are a fantastic way to cook in your solar oven! Put the fillets in the solar oven pans instead of 913 and cook. Fish tends to cook more quickly than other meats or soups in the solar oven (also nice if you forgot to prep and plan something).

Are you a fan of fish? Whats your favorite way to prepare it?

Don’t Whine About Wine! Use These Tips Instead!

A bit of wine can really liven up your event or set the mood. It will be easier if you know more about wine, store and serve wine. Continue reading and discover something new about that.

If you tend to drink wine with your meals and find you are starting to get headaches afterward, do not drink so much wine. You need to drink moderately at all times.

It is not true that white wines must served chilled. White wines have different textures, and therefore may benefit from a variety of temperatures. Sauvignon blanc should be served very cold, but chardonnay and pinot gris are best served a little warmer.

Be skeptical about wine gurus and their advice, as you should take their advice with a pinch of salt. The best experts actually review their mistakes.

You should learn how to peel labels from wine.

A dessert wine is perfect for a drink after dinner. French Champagne and California Port are rich in taste, California Port and Italian Moscato are all great choices. Your party guests will love the relaxing ambiance that sipping wine and have a great time while they relax with it.

Write out any questions you have in a list and know which wines you enjoy.

White wines are generally best when drunk within the first two years of being bottled. The only exception would be Chardonnay.The main reason to do this is that white wine. This may not apply for red wine.

The right stemware is needed if you hope to enjoy a bottle of wine experience.

Only buy wines that you enjoy. Many eateries or bars push their markup. These are usually priced up to 20 times the wholesale price. More expensive prices don’t automatically mean higher quality wines. Know what kinds of wine you like and drink that.

Try purchasing different things when you enjoy. Don’t get the same ones every time because you may get tired of it. Try wines from various regions or different type than you are used to. You might just find it saves you currently are buying.

Do not be swayed by other people’s opinions of others color your wine palate. If you find a wine enjoyable, then it’s sure to be a great selection. That is your rule of choosing wine. Your own unique taste will guide you truly know what you find appealing. The upside to purchasing wines that particular wine: more enjoyable experience for you.

Swirl the wine around and breathe in order to pick up every scent. You should then take a small sip of the wine, savor it and then spit it out.

Toasts are a regular part of large social gatherings where wine is involved.This inevitably results in the timeless tradition of glass clinking. It may sound hard to believe, but an improper clinking technique can actually lead to a shattered glass.

You should now understand that there are a number of things that come into play when it comes to wine storage, selection and taste. Implement these tips to avoid a disaster at your next event. Use the information that you have learned here, and your guests will really enjoy their next glass of wine a lot more.…


March 2, 2016

Simple Chicken Vegetable Soup- Brought to you by the letter C

Chicken and Veggie Soup or maybe Alphabet Soup

It started simply, a little chicken broth, (how to make roasted bone broth) some chopped chicken meat. Added a couple carrots and celery stalks, raided the fridge found the celeriac and threw that in too Discovered a fun soup developing. 🙂 If I had chives, celery seed or cashews Id have added them too. However I decided against the cherries and chocolate (those became dessert to round out the theme)

Today’s soup, brought to you by the letter “c”… 🙂
Todays soup, brought to you by the letter c 🙂
The seasonings came from searching the spice and herb shelf for letter c ingredients- by now the kids were getting into the fun. We decided cumin was a good fit, but cinnamon probably wasnt, clove of garlic was approved. We served it up with a sprig of cilantro and it was delicious (and perhaps just as important- healthy & fun). A much better alternative to commercial alphabet soup and my kids had fun practicing their letters!

  • C Chicken Soup
  • 4-6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups chopped chicken (raw or cooked)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 celeriac root, chopped (mine was large- not sure what size they normally come- it was probably 3-4 cups chopped)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • minced onion flakes (would use fresh onion, but we were out and it didnt start with c so we cheated)
  • coconut oil to saute veggies
  • You can even cook steak simply by using best indoor grill.

I used my Dutch Oven (an anniversary present I helped pick out, and one of my favorites), sauteed the chopped veggies in a couple large tablespoons of coconut oil its health benefits – (see this post for details, I tend to be generous with it). Add chicken broth, chicken and seasonings. Simmer until chicken is cooked if starting from raw or until everything is tender and hot if your chicken is cooked. I believe it only took about 20 minutes, but I tend to wander away and lose track of time 🙂

Add already cooked noodles if youd like.

Top with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro or a sprig if youre fancier.

Then just to be fun we served it in our Corelle bowls. 🙂

What would you add to your alphabet soup?

Having Difficulty Finding The Perfect Wine? Try These Tips!

Wine can be good with your meal and a sense of relaxation after a long day. No matter your preferences for wine, having an understanding of wine can make drinking it that much more enjoyable. The article that follows will give you get the fascinating wonders of your wines.

Pinot Grigio works great choice for the times you’re eating seafood. This wine will really bring out the flavor of your food. There are many other white wines that are a good match with your seafood. White wine and seafood is a great match.

Store your wine the right way if you wish to preserve its flavor. Temperatures that are either too hot or too cold can alter the taste of your wine’s taste. Keep your wines around fifty-five degrees to get optimal flavor. You can use a special wine refrigerator or put the bottles in a cool basement.

Cheap wine isn’t always as bad as one may think. Try Chilean wines if you’re searching for a good wine at great prices. A lot of their wines have good price. Other countries whose wines are budget friendly are Argentina, South Africa and Argentina.

Don’t shy about joining a discussion forums about wine online. There are some really good forums out there where you can go to have a conversation with other people talk about great wines.

If you’re getting headaches because your drinking wine with every meal, take a break. It is best to only drink moderately.

Do not let the sulfite warnings on the wine labels. All wines are going to contain some sulfites, but only American distributors have to include a warning on the label. While it is true that some may experience an allergic reaction to sulfites, there is no need to worry if this has not been a problem in the past.

Try new things when you are going out to buy wine. You can experience different countries by trying their wines. Ask your wine vendor for a recommendation from a country you’ve always wanted to visit. You may discover a new wine you adore.

Try to have fun with your wine and the various flavors out there. You often will be able to look at all aspects of each wine and its versatility.

Color is not the lightness and heaviness of wine.Red and white wine contain identical amounts of alcohol in them. That being said, white wines tend to be smoother and easier to drink.

Many wines go well with dessert. Dessert wines generally taste sweeter than the wines served with dinner. Port wines are a great category to take advantage of with your desserts and chocolates. They should be served at around 55 degrees.

Swirl the glass lightly and put your nose near the aperture to breathe in the aroma.Take only a modest sip of the drink, taste, then discretely spit the liquid back into the glass.

It’s clear that wine makes every experience or occasion better. If you want to learn how to make the most of wine, you definitely need a certain amount of knowledge. This article has included a lot of advice on getting the most of any wine you purchase.…


January 1, 2015

Home Made (Real Food) Onion Dip (Hubby Approved!)

Home made onion soup dip, french onion dip to be precise It started from a moment of desperation as many great recipes do

My husband is severely allergic to MSG in all its strange neurotoxic forms. Well actually, we are all allergic to it, but it gives him huge and terrible consequences involving explosive migraines and symptoms I wont describe for you

When we discovered this allergy I started looking into MSG free food for our family- this began our journey into the real food, Weston A Price Foundation, cooking from scratch living on a homestead world.

One of his favorite foods is onion dip with potato chips, it is a standard item on New Years Day and Super Bowl Sunday and it made its way onto many a buffet through out the year!

However, we found a problem The brand name onion soup mix (that we used to stir into sour cream to make the onion dip) had ingredients that resembled a list of OSHA controlled substances and included monosodium glutamate- not even hidden by one of its many secret names. So we hunted high and low, found a generic brand of onion soup mix that didnt have MSG, tested it on the hubby and when it passed, went with it. 🙂 I figured we only ate it 3-4 times a year it wasnt a big problem.

Then came New Years Eve 2012 I preparation for New Years Day celebrations I picked up the box of onion soup mix, rechecked the ingredients since they often change and found a suspicious ingredient- one of the items that means MSG might be present (natural flavorings) had been added! I supposed since it had been safe in the past I would give it a test run, had hubby test it (he has healed to the point where he can usually take a suspicious food have a tiny dollop of it on his tongue and feel it react or not without the dollop causing a full scale reaction as it would have in the past) but it failed the test, actually triggering some nausea.

Oh no!!! It would not be the normal celebration without onion dip, I looked at the ingredients on the box of mix and thought Ill bet I could make this myself!Home Made (Real Food) Onion Dip

I hit the internet looked at about 10 recipes got an idea for the common ingredients in make your own dip- eliminated the ones we avoid, grabbed what I had on the shelf and started mixing (and taste testing). My sister jumped in on the fun and within 45 minutes we had a workable option. Actually in about 20 minutes we had a workable option but then I accidentally spilled the freshly ground sea salt in it and we had to instantly double the recipe to cover it up. 🙂

I retested it and the measurements (I had kept track initially, but after the salt spill things got a little distracted) for the Super Bowl.

It got a second hubby thumbs up (more like 2 thumbs up, it would have been 10 fingers, but they were busy holding more chips). He actually insisted I make the home made option for Super Bowl since he says it is much better than a mix ever was!

Judging by the way it disappeared on New Years Day it was a hit with real foodies and SADers alike. 🙂 This not your average onion dip!

I share it with you Remember to make it ahead, the onion dip flavors need a chance to blend and grow, if you make it the day of the event it will work, but you will probably need to add more sour cream to tone it down the next day. (Ask me how I know and how I ended up with a 4 cup batch! Good thing we love it!)

Home Made, Real Food Onion Dip

  • 1 cup real whole sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion flakes
  • 3/4-1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 fresh cloves)
  • 3/4-1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon ORGANIC Better Than Bouillon Beef Flavor (do not use the non organic option for the sake of your health!) a better option, would be a concentrated or dehydrated real beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of pepper (white pepper is best, but black works too)

Simple mixing method:

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Put in fridge to let flavors develop overnight (or 12-18 hours). Serve with various chips, crackers and veggies to dip.A little more complicated, but it blends flavors and ingredients quickly and thoroughly:

Blend all ingredients except minced onions with an immersion blender or in a food processor. Stir in mixed onions, chill and let flavors develop in the fridge. Serve with anything that carries dip. 🙂

Now that I know how easy onion dip is, Ill be making this version a lot more often. I may even get adventurous.Whats the boxed thing you have been most happy to replace? Or which one do you want to replace? Maybe we can help 🙂…


August 5, 2014

Coconut Oil Treats ( a Coconut Oil Review)

Coconut oil, it is so good for us! Brain food, fat burning, nourishing and more! Sometimes, it can be a challenge to fit enough in your diet! Most recommendations Ive seen are for at least 2-3 tablespoons a day. There are a few ways to eat it- blended in a smoothie, melted in a hot drink or smeared on toast, but for my family- these treats are the hands down favorite! Hopefully this comes in time for you to enjoy some really amazing holiday treats that are also really good for you!

There are lots of variations on how to make these- I will give you the basic instructions and some suggestions that work for us and let you go to town with the experiments!!

Coconut Oil Treats (or Bites)

Coconut Oil Almond Joy Treats
Coconut Oil Treats: Inspiration from The Coconut Diet by Cherie Calbom

1/2 cup coconut oil or combination of coconut oil and coconut cream (softened)

4 tsp vanilla extract (pure)

up to 1/2 cup honey or sprinkle of stevia (sweeten to taste)- start with less its easy to add more Otherwise you might end up having to double or triple the batch Ask me how I know. 🙂 You can use granulated sweetener (like Rapadura) and it works well, we just usually avoid those as much as possible

1 tsp real salt- if coarsely ground you will want to blend it a little extra (the salty combined with the sweet is one of my favorite things about these bites)

Generous dash of cinnamon and nutmeg or pumpkin pie seasoning

Optional ingredients- 1/8 cup chia seeds, 1/8 cup flax seeds (ground), 1 cup chopped nuts, 1/2 cup shredded (unsweetened) coconut.

Blend all ingredients except optional ones in a food processor, blender or mixer, or by hand (if by hand I suggest melting your coconut oil first). Add in nuts, coconut and other optional ingredients. I add them in my food processor and mix & chop there.

Scoop out and either roll into balls or put in a silicone mold. Put in freezer or fridge until hardened. Will store in fridge or freezer, can be kept at room temp but coconut oil will melt.

Coconut Oil Spice Bites


Variations:

Use other extracts in combination with the vanilla- almond and coconut are yummy. You can combine these with flavored stevia as well.

Use lemon, lime, orange juice or a combination of them (approximately the juice of 2 lemons/limes or 1 orange). You can also use an essential oil or extract dont use the pumpkin pie spices. 🙂 You can add a little dried lemon or orange zest to these too.

Coconut Fudge Treats: Inspiration by Eat Fat Lose Fat by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon

1 cup coconut oil or 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup coconut cream

up to 1 cup raw honey or stevia to taste (can use chocolate flavored stevia as well)

up to 1 cup cocoa powder (or carob powder) depending on how dark you like your chocolate

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or 1 tsp real vanilla extract and 1 tsp almond or chocolate extract

1/2 tsp real salt

2 cups crispy nuts (see how to here)

Use method as above. 🙂 Mix in food processor put in silicone mold or in a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Cut into squares and keep in refrigerator (for as long as they last) 🙂

Chocolate Mint Coconut Bark: Inspired by GNOWFGLINS & a few other sites. 🙂

Chocolate Mint Bark in Progress
1 cup coconut oil

1/4-1/2 cup cocoa powder

peppermint essential oil or mint extract- a couple drops of EO or up to 1/4 tsp of extract

up to 1/2 cup raw honey or stevia to taste (theres also a Peppermint stevia that you can use to increase the mint factor)

1/8 tsp of real salt

Optional: shredded coconut or chopped nuts

Same technique as above. Mix and spread in a glass dish or on a cookie sheet and chill- break into chunks.

Coconut Chocolate Mint Bark spread out
Almond Joy style coconut bites- use recipe above including the cocoa powder but use coconut extract and vanilla instead of mint. Use shredded coconut and chopped almonds.

I often get asked Which coconut oil should I buy? My answer is- there are lots of good ones but if youre not sure about coconut oil in general Tropical Traditions has a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their 16 oz size jar.

But, we love just plain love the coconut oil from Tropical Traditions- I love the way they work with small farms, and organic very fresh coconuts. They support fair trade and great treatment of the family farms in the Phillipines. 🙂 I also love how smooth and creamy the coconut oil is. It has a very fresh taste and no chemically smell or taste (Ive had some coconut oils that did 🙁 ). I melts easily and comes in a glass jar that is great for reusing (Ask me how I know I have a batch of them around)!

They have one variety that tastes more like coconut and one that tastes plain. They both work great for cooking and baking and the treats. Both varieties have the great health benefits of coconut oil! If you arent sure what those are- check out my post Coconut Oil, How do I Love Thee.

Whats your favorite way to get the benefits of coconut oil? 🙂

I was provided a jar of Tropical Traditions coconut oil for review and my review is my honest opinion of that coconut oil.…


August 12, 2011

48 Hour Cyber Monday Healthy Living E-Book Bundle Sale

If you possibly missed this last time or you bought a copy for you but not for your sister, mom and best friend- HERE IS YOUR CHANCE!! Yes, I know I yelled that- but that is truly how excited I am!!!

48 Hours only 8am EST Nov 26th through 8am EST Nov 28th!

These books are amazing (an overused- but in this case totally appropriate adjective)!!

The variety of topics covered has something for everyone that lives in a home, eats food or has skin Does that include anyone you know? ;D

If you already know you want it $29 for over $300 in books and over $70 in bonuses! Yes, I bought a bundle myself last time and I might buy it again just for the new bonuses and I will definitely be giving this as an early Christmas gift!

It is available at Nourishing Days (a great blog you will love anyway!)
If you still need more info 🙂

Topics include:

Grain Free/Paleo/Primal (Best of Grain Free Menu Plan Meal Plans from Healthy Happy Home- Coconut Flour Waffles and Blender Hollandaise Sauce are 2 breakfast recipes that caught my eye! Plus Primal Smoothies and Well Fed Paleo Recipes)

Gardening & Homesteading (Your Custom Homestead- I have wanted a copy of this for a long time! Where ever you live- Jill walks you through how to make the most of what you have in whatever level you want of homesteading! Encouraging and practical too! Guide to Gardening and Preserving and Apartment Gardening are also included! Gardening is another one of those things that takes practice and having someone help you through really improves the learning curve!)Natural Living (Herbal Nurturing which is where I get my favorite elderberry syrups and most every herbal remedy I make! I love how she includes ways to involve the kids. Healthy Homemaking which includes baby steps to a healthy home that can be done in 1 year, 6 months or jump around to whatever you want methods. Simple Living 30 days to less stuff and more life is another gem that most of need! 🙂
Pregnancy/Baby (Healthy Pregnancy Super Foods and from Breast to Bib- real food guide)

Real Food/Seasonal Foods (Shannon of Nourishing Days has included her Simple Foods for Winter and Simple Foods for Summer- so wonderful to have how to guides for eating seasonally- really helps the budget and is fun to try some new things! Real Food on a Budget and Plan it Dont Panic are both included as well!! They were really popular choices in our recent giveaway- heres a chance to get them for less than $1!
Sourdough (GNOWFGLINS sourdough book- this is my go to book for sourdough questions and recipes! I havent make one thing from this that my family hasnt enjoyed- especially the sourdough chocolate cake!)
Skincare (including one called Food on Your Face- lots of tips for oily/acne prone skin. Do you know what Tamanu Oil is? After reading this you will- and why all skin types might want to add it to your cabinet!)
Gift Giving from My Buttered Life (Its kinda that Tis the Season time of year how bout lotion bars and a how to on Essential Oils)
And if that wasnt enough- bonuses!! And these are great bonuses!! Over $70 in bonuses for free with your $29 purchase! Your purchase has already paid for itself with just the bonuses!!

Redmonds Company- Earthpaste, Real Salt and Redmond Clay (and paste)- up to $29.99 free!
Hard Lotion- 4 lip balms!! 2 peppermint and 2 natural- great gifts and one to keep or if you get your friends a bundle- they get their own lip balm and you can keep all 4! 🙂 $10.50 value!
Cultures for Health- Buttermilk or Sourdough Starter- make cultured butter or the best pancakes with the buttermilk or get the sourdough and use it with the GNOWFGLINS sourdough book! $12.99 value
Hazelnut Kids- $10 in store credit that can be used for wooden and organic toys that are safe, simple and sustainable! Great gifts!
Wise Choice Market- $10.00 store credit- they carry traditional bone broth, organic gluten free bread, organic sprouted grain bread, raw fermented veggies and more! Im thinking I want to try the cinnamon raisin gluten free bread 🙂
*Standard shipping applies to FREE products. Each bonus offer is intended for 1 order only. Transaction numbers or proof of purchase may be required at the time of redemption. All offers expire at midnight on December 5th, 2012.

Nourishing Days has the link. 🙂

In addition, 25% Donation to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts: We know that a tremendous number of our reader’s lives have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our hearts and prayers go out to each of you, and we have decided as a group of authors to donate 25% of the proceeds from this ebook bundle sale to assist the relief efforts through Waves for Water and World Renew.

All the e-books are in PDF format so you can read them on the computer, the Kindle or even print them for paper copies if thats how your kitchen runs best! 🙂

Remember go to Nourishing Days to purchase this before its not available any more!

This collection is only available for 48 hours, from 8 a.m. EST on Monday, November 26th to 8 a.m. EST on Wednesday, November 28th.

There will be no late sales offered. Due to the nature of this sale, there will be no refunds offered.…