Smoothies for a snack 😋😌👍

Who doesn’t like to snack? When taking a refuge at home from the summer heat, it is easy to wonder around the kitchen looking for snacks. I am fan of snacking, and I can spend hours creating cheese trays or snack trays. I mix the chips with the healthy nuts and berries, and balance the bland with salty and spicy. Healthy snacks is what I am all about. Being a vegetarian most of my life my family gets bored with my healthy collection of berries, and nuts, so I give them a break by making smoothies on hot summer afternoons.

With smoothies everything goes. What you add for sweetness is a major part of keeping it healthy. To make smoothies sweet I often add honey, maple syrup, nutella and peanut butter. To make the mix smooth for drinking I add vanilla or chocolate soy, orange juice, or milk. Some cinnamon, vanilla extract with few drops of lemon juice for extra flavor.

Stay cool, and fill the gaps with yummy snacks.😘

Smoothie recipe:

Two bananas

1/2 mango

1/2 cup raspberries

1/2 cup blueberries (or other berries)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1cup OJ

1 Tsp Nutella

1Tsp of Honey for sweetness add as needed

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Giving up to sweatpants !🤣

Staying home hasn’t been that stressful, what is stressful for me is keeping my family happy, healthy, focus on school work, and following a workout schedule.

Since quarantine started, we have also let go of our many daily routines. Getting up at a certain time, shaving, wearing makeup, putting on clothes, socks, grabbing our to go coffee mug.

To stay happy surrounded by our children and whoever we had to be quarantine with is more work than we are used to.

We are realizing now that Cleaning, cooking, entertaining, educating, is more work and planning than we have ever done in the past and is simply exhausting, but also very necessary.

For me making a large bowl of pasta, baking double chocolate brownies, gardening, going on long walks, watching a movie, wearing sweatpants all day long is what I need to do to stay, stress free, hopeful and happy surrounded with family. What I see for now as simply necessary.

10 Great books on Architecture, Art, and Design.

If these days you find yourself with some extra time on your hand, check out these amazing books, to read or give as a gift.

I am always looking for art books with great photos, and I found several on this list. I came across these books on architectural digest. Hope you find one you like to own👍

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Staying entertained at Home

Homemade pizza, making the dough was great fun

I know every entertainment idea is not a good idea for all of us, but a few can make us all busy and happy at the same time.

Here are a few fun ones :

Cooking & Baking🥖🍳🍝

Cleaning🧼🧽🧹

Organizing🧺🗂

Watching Movies🎟💽

Exercising🧘‍♂️🤸‍♂️

Gardening ( cleaning the yard )🌷

Quiet time🤫

Time on social media🤪

By now we are all aware of the fact that being cut off from all social interactions is necessary in order to stay healthy. The fact that Corona virus can seriously harm people with health issues and the elderly, is a very frightening fact. Every time I hear the number of corona virus victims I am deeply sad for all involved.

Helping others to keep their positive attitude helps us too. Checking on our elderly relatives, and neighbors, and reminding ourselves this is not forever.

Didn’t want go to store for burger buns, so we baked some

We are taking photos when we go for our long walks

2020 Spring Eye Makeup Trends

At first sight you murmur to yourself, what are they thinking? But as we watch the runway fashions with colors, textures, and fabrics that are fresh and creative we realize we are looking at fashion for Spring 2020.

Eyes with glitter and neon colors is fresh and so perfect for the times. White eye liner, or liners used to create the floating clouds are fresh and creative.

This Spring we will be brave and willing to try new colors and other creative ways to make our eyes look beautiful.

For 2020 Spring, designers had their models walk down the runways with neon eye shadows, and sparkly rhinestones around their eyes.

Anna Sui, Brandon Maxwell, Fendi, Helmut Lang, and Pamella Roland all introduced their spring fashion with fresh new line of eye makeup.

Spring is all about mixing intense shades, bright neons, glossy textures, and lots of sparkle.

At Anna Sui’s runway, models had one or two stars on their face with floating liner in shape of clouds around their eyelids.

Vogue, Anna Sui

Vogue, Anna Sui

The glitter smoky eyes was on the runway at Brandon Maxwell’s spring 2020.

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Sparkly eyes at the spring 2020 Fendi show, cat eye at the Helmut Lang show,

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Creamy white eye pencil at Pamella Roland show.

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Let’s look forward to spring, and celebrate life 🌷

Fresh Herb plants as gifts

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Rosemary and thyme plants are two of my favorites, and have a beautiful flowing shape. To cover the pots first wrap them with colorful gift wraps, and add ribbons and ornaments for more color and shine.

Herbs are also great hostess gifts.

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Santa Fe Indian Market

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Santa Fe Plaza

Held on August 17&18 on the Plaza, it is one of the most interesting and family friendly places to visit.

The largest and the most prestigious Native American fine art show in the world, every year it attracts more than hundreds of artists-and more than 150,000 visitors. During the show artists display their hand made jewelry, sculptures, and paintings as tourists and locals enjoy the traditional Native American cuisine from the nearby market.

The most glamorous of all the events, the fine Art Gala & Auction gives visitors the chance to bid on some of the most unique pieces of the market. And during the market there is dance and music performances, even a Native American clothing Contest, where contestants model their finest traditional attire.

August is Santa Fe’s peak season and for good reason. Average high temperatures are in the mid-80s, with few afternoon showers and cooler nights.

We hope you get the chance to experience this beautiful city and enjoy its clear blue sky.

 

 

Must have Tools for a new kitchen

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Cutting board,peeler,grater,spatula,tongs…

We are helping to organize a new kitchen.

For now we are only investing in kitchen tools for cooking & serving.

Here is the list of what we need:

Cutting board

Colander

Grader

Mandolins

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

Spatula

Tongs

Paring knife

Wooden spoons

Whisks

Can opener

Blender

Oven mitt

Food storage container

Food processor

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Flatware, we can add ice tea spoons, demitasse spoons, appetizer forks later

Flatware

Plates

Bowls

Glasses

Mugs salad bowls

Serving bowls

Serving platter

Serving spoon

Dutch oven

Bakeware

Roasting pan

Mixing bowls

Sauce pan

Sauté pan

Skillet – cast iron ones go from stove to oven

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Serving spoon, cutting & paring knives, measuring cups & spoons..

This is a good start. You will be amazed how quickly you start adding to your kitchen tools as you start cooking, baking and entertaining.

We got Creative with our house plants

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Hand made lantern from New Mexico

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Outdoor lantern

To show off  our indoor plants at their best we are getting creative with how we place them around the house or in the office.

We used crystal bowls, baskets, buckets in metal, ceramic, plastic, and even clay lanterns. For times we have company and forgotten to buy cut flowers we bring in our flowering pots, even the herbs indoors & give our rustic pots a make over. It is fun you should try it.🌿

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Handmade  pottery

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Spring Break Destinations

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Phoenix, Arizona

Temperatures in high 70’s and even low 80’s during spring break time making it perfect to be outdoors in “The Valley of the Sun,” the perfect nickname for the Greater Phoenix area that also includes Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, and Chandler.

Great fun for the entire family.

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

Enjoy water sports, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and local history by oceanfront or near the harbor.

Great fun for the entire family.

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Tulip trees in bloom

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Check out Hilton head visitor sit for Accommodations from hotels, inns, motels, and resorts to home rentals, perfect for families or groups. There is biking, golf, horseback riding.

Enjoy water sports that include fishing, boating, parasailing, kayaking, jet-skiing, and sailing. 

Great fun for the entire family.

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Destin, Florida

Our families favorite gateway is the emerald coast of Destin. Swimming, boating, fishing, snorkeling, and plenty of water sports like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, parasailing, and more. There’s also a zip line, rock-climbing wall, and boat tours.

Tons of options for logging.

South Padre Island, Texas

Who would say no to an all day music? Beach parties, concerts during the month of March when it is spring weather. And of course water sports are also available.

Fun for the entire family.

Palm Springs, California

For early spring break travelers & that would be our family since spring break for us  is very early in march. Here days are warm & attractions are the Living Desert Zoo, Gardens,

a ride to the top of Mt. San Jacinto. Night life in down town Palm Springs is live music great restaurant & bars while enjoying walks in great spring weather. 

Park City, Utah

You can still enjoy the cold weather sport, skiing in part city mountain & Deer Valley.

Hiking, mountain biking, and strolling along Main Street are perfect end of season activities, too. Families can enjoy bowling, indoor ice skating, and Park City Mountain Kids Activities, with a kid-only zip line, rope course, and tubing. Nightlife activities in town include pubs and bars.