Friday, May 9, 2014

Cleaning Burnt Pots and Pans


I cook, he cleans up afterwards. But, he hates having to scour the sometimes burnt-on oil stuck on our stainless steel pots and pans. Lucky for me, there's a fabulous blog called Apartment Therapy that had these great instructions that really worked!

Materials
  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of baking soda
  • 1 cup of water (depending on the size of your pan)
  • a burnt stainless steel pan
  • a scourer
Instructions
1. Fill the bottom of the pan with a layer of water.
2. Add the vinegar.
3. Bring the pan to the boil.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and add the baking soda - it will fizz!
5. Empty the pan and scour as normal; if necessary add an extra bit of dry baking soda.
6. If there are any super stubborn marks that don't come off with scouring, make a paste of baking soda and a couple of drops of water. Leave the paste on the marks for a while and return to clean as normal.
See the original post from Apartment Therapy: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-burnt-pots-scorched-pans-140547
Cheers!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Dior Cruise 2015 new makeup look - love the eyes!


I'm not a huge makeup person and I have almost no eyelashes, which is probably why I like this look so much - very clean with just a hint of drama. See the details here: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/makeup-articles/dior-resort-2015-beauty#slide-1

Easiest popcorn recipe ever!



I've been popping popcorn in a brown paper bag in the microwave for the past few years, but recently my microwave has been overheating so I've been searching for another healthy alternative. Check this out - it's one of the easiest and most delicious popcorn recipes I've ever tried!

Ingredients
  • 1 to 2 tbsp olive oil, ghee, or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup organic popcorn kernels
  • organic fine sea salt to taste

Instructions
  1. In a stainless, cast iron, or enamel pot, preheat over medium heat, add the oil/ghee and 3 kernels, then cover.
  2. All pots - When a kernel pops, add the rest of the kernels and cover. Shake to distribute and turn off heat for 30 seconds.
  3. Turn heat back on and tilt the lid to let the steam out - no need to keep shaking. 
  4. Remove from heat when the popping subsides to about 2-3 seconds between pops (about 2-3 minutes), and transfer to a large serving bowl.
  5. Toss with salt and serve.

Options
  • Add truffle oil to the olive oil truly delightful snack. About 1 teaspoon should do it!
  • Add liquid smoke to the olive oil for bacon-flavored popcorn. Beware that the liquid smoke is mostly water, so be prepared for lots of splattering!
  • Add freshly grated Parmesan and chopped dried rosemary to the popped corn.

Exciting news!


I've long thought of starting a lifestyle blog, not one that was solely restricted to wine. While I love wine and will continue to blog about tastings, I'll be adding little gems that improve my life, and that I hope contribute to yours as well!

Think about these future lifestyle posts as best practices for life! Cheers!