The best garlic press

As you probably know by now I like my food spicy, and using garlic is one of the ways to spice my dishes. Over the years I changed many garlic presses.

The first one I got was large enough to suit 2-3 cloves, but it was made of aluminum and was not suitable to be washed in the dishwasher.

The second one I got was stainless steel, suitable for dishwasher but not big enough, it only crashed one clove at a time.

I bought a bigger one this time, suitable for dishwasher also, but unfortunately, because it is made of plastic is not strong enough to crash the amount of garlic that you can fit in it.

In the end I found the perfect garlic press: strong, large and suitable for dishwasher

In just few moves I can crush a dozen cloves

The best garlic press for me 🙂

Do you have a favorite kitchen gadget?

Spotted – the game

We like to travel, a lot, but sometime long trips in the car can transform any kid into a bored one. I let my girl to play on the tablet or watch cartoons in the car but she doesn’t do it very often. We play all sort of games but in the end, if the trip is too long we all get bored. So I search for something that will keep all of us busy in the car and I found “Spotted” – the game.

I wanted to tell you about this game because we like it very much, is not a payed advertisement, is my opinion.

It’s a family game, even if it’s for 2 persons, everybody in the car can contribute, at least we do so 🙂

It has 2 board where you place 12 tokens from a main bag with lots of images and every time you see something on the road that you have on your board you put that token in your bag and take another token from the main bag. I am not going to explain here the rules of the game, you can find it on the internet.

The most interesting thing is that it has 4 empty tokens that you can customize with images that the author of the game didn’t think of. Well for us 4 were not enough so we made another 8 more and I am sure there are even more to come.

We used some sort of woody-cardboard to make the tokens and stickers with images that we printed.

Is a bit of work to make the tokens to fit exactly into the board, but after a few you got the idea and the work goes smoothly 🙂

The two on the top are the original ones and the two on the bottom are the ones we made, not much of a difference 🙂

Anyway, I recommend this game to everyone who have children and like to travel.

Summer vacation Journal

To keep my child a bit busy during this summer vacation I decided to make a Journal where she can write down impressions from places where we go together. Nothing complicated, just a funny activity for the summer days.

I made a template (Romanian and English) so you can print it if you like it 🙂

Just click on the picture to open the large file and save it.

Happy Summer Vacation !

Cheesecloth cleaning

Using a homemade cheesecloth to strain my cheese is my favorite, but when it comes to wash it, it was a real adventure.

I tried to use all sorts of soaps, but either remained a pregnant smell of soap on the cloth or the persistent milky smell. Finally I found the right soap to wash my cheesecloth. No smell, just fresh clean cloth.

This is what I use to wash clean my cheesecloth and I’m very content with it, so in case you need a soap that wash well and remove any smell but in the same time doesn’t leave any perfume on the cloth, this is the right one.

Fighting the bad bugs the organic way

This year I’ve decided to fight with the bad bugs from my garden using the neem oil as pesticide.

I found it on a cosmetic web-shop, it was the only shop where I could find it in a larger quantity, here I have 450 gr, which should be enough for a whole year of gardening.

The recipe to transform the neem oil into a pesticide is easy, you just need 1 L of slightly warm water, 5 ml of neem oil and 2 ml of liquid soap. Mix them by adding first the soap into the water and then slowly stir in the neem oil. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and it is ready to use. Make sure you use the mixture within 8 hours as beyond that the ingredients will start to break down.

“Formulations made of neem oil also find wide usage as a biopesticide for organic farming, as it repels a wide variety of pests including the mealy bug, beet armyworm, aphids, the cabbage worm, thrips, whiteflies, mites, fungus gnats, beetles, moth larvae, mushroom flies, leafminers, caterpillars, locust, nematodes and the Japanese beetle. Neem oil is not known to be harmful to mammals, birds, earthworms or some beneficial insects such as butterflies, honeybees and ladybirds (ladybugs in US English) if it is not concentrated directly into their area of habitat or on their food source. It can be used as a household pesticide for ant, bedbug, cockroach, housefly, sand fly, snail, termite and mosquitoes both as repellent and larvicide. Neem oil also controls black spot, powdery mildew, anthracnose and rust fungi.” – source Wikipedia.

Schimbare

De o vreme incoace, as zice chiar cam de multisor, activitatea pe blogurile romanesti de gradinarit a scazut considerabil. Unii nu au mai scris deloc, altii s-au mutat pe retelele de socializare. Asa ca am hotarat ca de acum inainte sa scriu pe blog in engleza si adresa blogului va deveni http://www.greenzonelife.com.

L.E. Pentru cei care ma citesc si nu stiu engleza am pus un buton de traducere in partea dreapta sus.

Aventura semintelor

Dupa cum stiti am marit hranitoarea de la geam si am instalat hranitori in gradina mamei.

Asadar volumul de seminte necesare saptamanal a crescut considerabil. Daca anul trecut imi ajungeau 2 pungute de seminte (aprox 1 kg) pe saptamana, acum sar lejer de 4-5 kg.

Problema majora era ca in piata nu prea gaseam cat imi trebuia, babuta de la care cumparam aducea cate 2-3 pungute pe zi si mie imi trebuiau 10. Nici plimbatul zilnic la piata in drum spre casa de la job nu era o solutie. Asa ca m-am pus pe cautat producatori. Surpriza, pretul era de 4 ori mai mic decat plateam eu in piata.

O inteleg si pe babuta, ea are de platit tot felu de taxe ca vinde in piata, dar pe mine nu ma ajuta nici cantitatea oferita de ea si se pare ca nici pretul.

Asa ca in weekend, in drum spre bunici, am facut o mica escala in curtea unui producator si am luat doi saci de seminte sa-mi ajunga toata iarna.

Da stiu, am ceva pasarele la mansarda 😀 dar asta sunt.

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