What should be the most important thing in the world to you?

 

Each person will have their own answers to this question in varying forms. For some people , it will be their parents, or children or family, for others it will be a good education and a great career, and for most of us it will be good physical and mental health. there are others who want material things, big houses, fast cars , jewelry,designer clothes.Whatever it may be that is important, the   question can be answered very simply

the most important thing to you in this world should be YOURSELF!

Selfish? you might ask.

You will have an all-round better life if you focus on getting yourself right in the following areas:

MENTALLY

PHISICALLY

SPIRITUALLY

SOCIALLY

 

It all begins and ends with you , if you take care of every part of YOU  your entire world will be good. Good health will follow, relationships will grow and material things will flourish.

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Savvy Backpacker

Travel is a passion of mine. Be it a weekend getaway or a dream trip that has been planned for years, travel is a way of making the world a smaller place, making us culturally aware and also to appreciate different people and how they live. Today , travel is more accessible to every one, even those on  tight budgets. With airlines and hotels vying for guests, and comparison internet shopping , the prices are  better than ever. If travel is important to you , you will find the means.

I came upon a wonderful blog that I am sharing here today. So much to learn, tips , tricks, lists, what to wear, city guides and pretty much every question is answered here if you are considering visiting Europe. Bookmark this blog – you never know when you will need it. Do not let the blog name fool you , even non backpackers can learn so much from it.

On this  blog I learned what the best travel socks were – who knew cotton was not the best for your feet on vacation!

Check it out!

https://thesavvybackpacker.com/

 

Moroccan Preserved Lemons

 

 

2 months ago I made this recipe and I have delighted in the results. Preserved lemons are used in Moroccan cooking, but I have been using it in almost every dish I make. The lemons give a tangy flavor to anything and disappear in the cooking process, that you do not know what tastes so fabulous. I have very successfully used it in pasta dishes , salads, chicken soup, stews, stir fry’s , curries, rice dishes , Pizza, stuffed tomatoes, store bought rotiserrie chicken,  and even added it into my St Patrick’s’ Day corned beef boil!  I have  not tried it in a sandwich …. yet.

It is a secret the world should know, and its so easy to make. Find a clean Mason Jar and you are well on your way. It has become an ingredient I cannot do without.

This is a Marthe Stewart recipe and I was very happy with the result. Do not worry, the end product is not salty as you think it may be.

INGREDIENTS for making Preserved lemons

  • 8 lemons, plus more as needed
  • Juice of 4 lemons, plus more as needed
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Leaving one end intact, cut lemons lengthwise into quarters. Using your fingers, stuff about 2 tablespoons salt inside each lemon, close them, and transfer to an 8-cup, sterilized, wide-mouth jar.

  2. Measure juice in a liquid measuring cup, add to jar along with half that amount of water, making sure liquid almost covers lemons. Add more freshly squeezed lemon juice, if necessary.

  3. Loosely cover jar and let stand, at room temperature, for 2 days, shaking the bottle each day.

  4. If there is room, add more cut lemons with salt and add to jar, covering with more lemon juice, if necessary, and olive oil. Cover jar and let stand at room temperature at least 3 weeks.

  5. To use lemons, rinse with water. Remove seeds and pith and discard. Use peel as desired.

    here is the video and let me know if you try it.

http://www.marthastewart.com/249478/preserved-lemons

 

 

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4 Ingredients to a Natural Cleaner

 

 

 

 

I am so sceptical about using all the many chemicals and cleaners in the stores. They may  work well but almost always will emit chemical smells and contaminate your lungs while being harmful to the environment.Cleaners are expensive and highly toxic . Bleach is never good for the septic/sewer system either. A year ago I tried to go natural with my cleaner and have not looked back since. It is simple to put together and smells pleasant while doing a fabulous job on any surface – Yes even wood!

I make a batch and keep in a spray bottle and this is the only cleaner I use  for everything. The only surface it will not do the job on is mirrors because the lemon oil is present. For Windows and mirrors just use a mixture of vinegar and  water.

Clean out an old spray bottle (24-32 oz.)  well.

Add 3 tablespoons vinegar

4 squirts of Lemon oil

1 tablespoon natural dish liquid soap ( no chemicals)

 Fill the rest of the spray bottle with distilled or filtered water.

Use as you please!

 

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Stop and Restart, a Lesson From Adele

What courage it took for multi Grammy winning songstress Adele to stop mid song  on a live performance at the Grammy’s and say – it’s not right I have to start again ! While millions of viewers around the world watched, she did just that.

Here is a lesson for all of us , we may not be singing at the Grammy’s , but how often do we continue with things even when we know it’s not right. I know I usually tell myself the show must go on , onward and upward( my favorite phrase!) . But sometimes I think it’s better to stop , take a breath, think and restart.

Adele got more respect from the world and her peers, however embarrassing it was for her.You will always get more respect for admitting a mistake and starting again and it takes more courage.  

here are a few instances that we can stop and restart. 

A new recipe you are making and it’s not going right ….. Stop and Restart 

A conversation with a friend which is not going well …. Stop and Restart

Your family has aggravated you and you scream at them …..Stop and Restart

You are on a tight deadline and the job you are doing is not quite up to your standard … Stop and Restart

You make a mistake at work or just in life  … Stop and Restart 

You nervously make an awkward comment at a party … Stop and Restart

You are on a date and you are saying all the wrong things …Stop and Restart

You are having a frustrating day and you are taking it out on those around you …Stop and Restart

Tell me dear reader, if you ever had the courage to do this and how it helped you.