Candied ginger and finocchietto: two recipes

A friend of ours has recently discovered the joy of candied ginger and tried to find a way to make it himself at home. Seeing as I like it a lot too and that ginger is really good for you, I asked him for his …

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And from undies to…

God knows what in the world I was thinking when I bought these pairs of underwear a couple of years ago. Apparently I was under the delusion that my behind had miraculously gone back to what it had been maybe when I was 18, a …

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Three variations of pesto

For me the summer is pesto time. I recent saw a facebook friend’s status about sundried tomato pesto and obviously I had to ask her how she made it. She told me to toss basil, pine nuts, sundried tomatoes, olive oil and salt in the …

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Homemade mint syrup

So I’ve already written about the wonderful elderflower syrup I made a few weeks back, which you dilute for a lovely summer drink. And I thought, there MUST be some way to make homemade mint syrup, like the ones you find in every Italian supermarket …

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It’s spring! Elderflower syrup drink

Oh how I love spring! The sun, the heat (without that horrid summer stickiness), everyone’s happy, all the kids can play outside! And it’s the end of the year for all the kids and teachers (like me) out there! I haven’t have much time to …

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Make your own potholders – Tutorial

This week it was pretty much impossible for me to do anything fun or blog thanks to the flu and lots of work. This morning, though, I brought my daughter to school and I got off to “work.” Our potholders were in pretty pitiful shape, …

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“I can’t stop eating meat!”

I’ve recently heard a few people say this, that they’d like to stop eating so much meat, but don’t know how to get by without it. How would they get their protein?! And meat is so fast to get ready! Once I saw one of …

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Limoncello liquor and lemon ginger marmalade

The other day my in-laws came home with a big bag full of these huge lemons, freshly picked from some friend’s garden. And obviously they offered me as many as I wanted. So what do you do with kilos of lemons? Why, make limoncello, of …

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Vanilla ice cream and extract

Mmmm, vanilla! It’s funny that a lot of people have no idea what a vanilla bean even is (including yours truly, I admit, up until not too long ago), forget about how to use it. Then a dear friend of ours from Bologna who loves …

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Eco-washing: a review of Ecoballs and Magnoball

Let’s talk about washing detergent. I’m always excited to find any sort of ecological alternative. I use hardly any disposable products and our cabinets and drawers are full of lovely washable cloth stuff: napkins, hankies, menstrual pads, diapers, wipes, shopping bags, etc. No matter how …

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All about washable and reusable cloth menstrual pads

Find all the sewing patterns for Cucicucicoo products in the Cucicucicoo Patterns shop! When I talk to people about my cloth pads, they’re generally shocked. Pads…that you wash?! Of course! Disposable pads are a pretty recent invention. In the past women have always used different …

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All about washable and reusable wet bags

What is a wet bag? A wet bag is a washable waterproof pouch in which you can put wet or dirty clothes or objects, such as diapers, wipes, and menstrual pads, but also dirty clothes, bathing suits, and travel toiletries. It works just like a …

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All about cloth baby wipes

Why use cloth baby wipes? The reasons are the same as those for using cloth diapers. The cost for disposable wipes adds up, a useless expense when cloth wipes are cheap and can be used over and over again, year after year, baby after baby, …

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Cucicucicoo washable cloth products

All of the products for sale are 100% handmade by yours truly in my home. they have all been tested and perfected and we happily use them in our own household. I would never sell anything that i wouldn’t use myself. Cucicucicoo products are currently …

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How to sew a Clifford hat – easy beginner project!

Grab some fleece and sew a Clifford hat complete with floppy ears, eyes and nose for your favorite child. She'll love pretending to be a Big Red Dog!

I used to love Clifford the Big Red Dog when I was little, but nothing else comes close to Sofia’s passion for the miniscule runt of a litter of puppies which grew to the size of a house, thanks to his owner’s love. He was …

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