Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Delicious Yellow Tomato Sorbet

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Like my mother, I have always had a bountiful crop of tomatoes. More so than our surrounding neighbours.
This year, I experimented with planting some heritage tomato varieties, including a beautiful yellow-orange one that tastes remarkably like the blood-red beefsteak tomatoes that my mother used to grow in the 1950’s.
Extremely tasty! And low acid, too! I [...]

Refreshing Green Facial Recipe

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

The healing effects of the aloe vera combined with the cooling of the cucumber and the avocado make this Refreshing Green Facial Recipe a very effective sunscreen, or after the fact as a sunburn-soother and healer. The ingredients in this version of Refreshing Green Facial are perfect for improving your overall skin health by deep [...]

Happy Mother’s Day!

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

For all the mothers, and all those paying tribute to their mother today.
This poem says it all, and more…..

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- Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby………Somebody doesn’t know that once you’re a mother, ‘normal’, is history.
-Somebody said you learn how [...]

Homemade ‘Herbes De Provence’ a la California, Fresh from your garden

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

‘Herbes de Provence’ a la California
This specialty ‘Herbes de Provence’ a la California mixture is especially versatile for a ‘California’ flavour to all your dishes, from soups to savory dishes. You can use it on fish, poultry and meats, with your vegetables, casseroles….virtually any dish you wish to spice up reminiscent of a little [...]

Gingered Pumpkin Caramels

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

With the fall season upon us, and many jack-o-lanterns being readied for Halloween, there are many tasty and innovative recipes for the pumpkin flesh. These wonderful Gingered Pumpkin Caramels are a tasty alternative to the traditional Halloween Kisses to hand out to your neighbourhood ‘trick or treaters’. For more pumpkin recipes, both cosmetic and cooking [...]

Flu or Cold: Know the Difference

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Know the Difference between a Cold and the H1N1 Flu:Symptoms
Symptoms are easily spelled out here to help you differenciate between a common cold and the flu. More identifications and cold home-remedies are available on this betweenclosefriends.com blog in Herbal Teas, Holistic Healing and Natural Herbal Remedies. The most important [...]

Six Household Chemicals to Avoid

Monday, April 6th, 2009

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning about early exposure to chemicals during childhood and one of the main sources is household cleaning products.
This article was sent to me via email, and it is too important not to post it here for everyone to see and use. The basic article is very informative [...]

Green Goddess Dressing

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

One of my favourite salad dressing is this easy to make Green Goddess Dressing. I first tasted, and subsequently literally ‘fell in love’ with it when I was working for the VSE, and because of the impending blizzard, the keypunch operators stayed at Vancouver Hotel for the night so we would be able to open [...]

Weight Loss Secrets

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Gaining winter weight seems to be a consistent problem even when we continue to exercise and eat well.
This may be due to the fact that our body may be working against us trying hard to stay warm during cold months by hanging onto accumulated holiday fat. This natural survival instinct may not be the real [...]

FOUR DIET TRICKS THAT WORK

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

As everyone knows, if you want something done successfully the first time, go back to the basics. This also applies with guaranteed weight loss strategies. Researchers put 300 overweight adults on two very different diet plans. Not too surprisingly, it was discovered that the people who ate a variety of meals based on the USDA’s [...]