Wednesday, August 24, 2016

KITCHEN: It's Like Green Tea But Better

Rooibos red herbal tea has great benefits.

I bought some Twinings Red Rooibos Tea in my first step to start drinking more tea than decaf coffee. Rooibos red tea grows in South Africa. Though it is similar to green and mate tea, it provides more antioxidants. It has several minerals and is high in calcium too. Katie at Wellness Mama says, "It is important to note that Rooibos is technically an herbal tea and not a true tea." I didn't realize that herbal teas are not true teas. They're enough tea for me though.

SlowLifeCuppa says this naturally-sweet red tea is pronounced "(pronounced ‘rrroy-boss’)". She lives in South Africa, and knows the best way to brew this native hot beverage. The main thing seems to be that Rooibos tea brews better on the stove, and doesn't become bitter while remaining over heat. The longer it steeps, the more fragrant and darker pink it becomes, while maintaining it's flavor.

Livestrong gives some warnings about Rooibos tea use. Because of estrogenic activity, talk to your doctor before use if you have breast cancer. If you are undergoing chemotherapy, talk to your doctor before using this antioxidant-rich drink, because of possible interference. If you have liver or kidney disease, talk with a doctor before use.

Well, it's time for me to try my new tea. So glad that Rooibos gets better with steeping hot or cold. Like SlowLifeCuppa, I never remove the bag from my cup either!

Creative Selling Ideas at TCS:

  1. Mix your own tea blends and name them, package in bags that you designed, and sell.
  2.  Design and list tea cards. They have a tea bag in a pocket on the front or inside of the tea-themed card.

Wellness Mama
The Creative Seller

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

KITCHEN: What Is Broken Buttercream?

Jennalee at Once Upon A Tier shows broken versus good buttercream.
I was watching Cake Wars on the Food Network, when a judge complained about a contestant's broken buttercream. I learned cake decorating in high school, and after that ventured out on my own to try new things. Not having had a chance to bake cakes and decorate them as much as I'd like, I haven't experienced broken buttercream. I couldn't tell from the competition images what it is either.

A quick search explained that it is basically when ingredients in the icing separate. The fat and liquid does not emulsify very well because of any number of reasons. One reason is because of temperature of a couple of the ingredients at certain stages.

Of course I was searching for pics of this disaster, when I ran upon Jennalee's image of spoons of broken and good buttercream. I could easily see the difference, with the bad buttercream resembling rice pudding. Going to her site, I found a great explanation and fix for this decorating disaster: The Quickest and Easiest Way to Fix "Broken" American Buttercream.

In the YouTube video below, Carina Stewart shows you how to make perfect buttercream frosting.

Creative Selling Ideas at TCS:
  1.  Design your own colors for icing and fondant, name the colors and sell the color mixing instructions.
  2. Create an eBook of your best 5 special cake/baking recipes and sell it.
  3. Give single layer cakes elaborate, formal decorating designs that rival tiered cakes, and sell to couples who have courthouse or 2 witness marriage ceremonies.
The Creative Seller


Monday, August 15, 2016

GARDENING: A Quick Mosquito Repellent For Body

Repel mosquitoes while gardening with quick, convenient insect repellent wipes.

How do I fight mosquitoes, and keep them from biting me? When I am outdoors, I have problems with all types of biting pests, so I use several types of repellent. This includes sprays, electronic devices, citronella candles and outdoor incense sticks, whatever I can find. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten any repellent plants this year.

One product I've found to be very useful is Repel Mosquito Repellent Wipes. They are so convenient to use without having to watch where on my body and how much I spray. Rather than using aerosol to spray my hand, and then apply to my face, ears and neck, I use the wipe to quickly apply the solution.

I have some OFF! Deep Woods Insect Repellent Dry, and though it's powdery, I have to take care when spraying it, because it can still make me cough and sneeze. The Cutter Skinsations Insect Repellent that I use sometimes is better, because it's a pump spray. I only use it for light, quick jobs though, or for when I sit out to enjoy nature. 

For gardening, weed-eating, brush-clearing,and other yard work that requires being at the mercy of West Nile and Zika virus mosquitoes, and other pests, wipes like Repel are best for me.

I hate that they have DEET, and I'd like to fight the insects through green methods, but I just don't know how. Some natural mixtures have short shelf lifes, so have to be prepared right before use, and I just don't have the time to do that whenever I need to be outdoors. I haven't had time to research if there is something green that would replace DEET either. I have a Pinterest board titled Die, Mosquito, Die!, where I pin anything that helps with the fight. 

So, I apologize for recommending a chemical to repel mosquitoes.  If you have any suggestions, please comment.  
The Creative Seller

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

WRITING: How To Twist A Cliche In A Short Story

I don't like using common, trite, time-worn phrases and themes in my stories.
 This is my 3rd 1000- words, characters and spaces short (micro) story challenge for the group, Aspiring Writers' Short Story Challenge, at Linkedin! The August challenge is titled "The Toy." 

You know how I don't like using common, trite, time-worn phrases and themes in my stories. When I read the prompt for this month, the first idea that came to mind, boy toy, was an immediate non-keeper. As my mind sought an idea, the image of Jill's dilemma evolved. While the boy toy phrase ended up being important, the story, however, did not end with the usual experience or attitude relating to this cliche. I was glad for the twist, because I got my wish to not be mediocre in relating this moment in time.

The Toy


Sandi J. Holland 
Jill stroked the red tube across her lips, smacking them together. Leaning to the mirror, she eyed the specks. Snatching a tissue and wetting it, she dabbed away the marks below her lower lashes. “WHAT is happening?” she pondered. She didn’t feel the same. Hadn’t she always treated them like they expected? Disposables. “Why would I need to change?” Puzzled, she grabbed her comb. As always, she ignored the prick of guilt that nagged when she justified her attitude. This though, she could not ignore.

She was not the same. Six weeks and he was not gone. SHE was changing. Unthinkable! Those who didn’t submit, left. Had he known all along that in his quiet, mature, confident way he would not submit, but that she would change? Strange thing is, she liked it. Being different. Being equal. Considering his feelings. It felt better. More exciting.

She waltzed out the door to her date of the past month and one-half. He was certainly NOT a boy, and she could no longer think of him as "The ToY."
The Creative Seller 

Saturday, August 6, 2016


DJ Pettitt Sewn Journal

Well, I just overdosed on DJ Pettitt, a crafter, artist, photographer and workshop teacher. She creates stunning nature photography, delicious fabric books, and exquisite sewn cards. She says about herself,

DJ Pettitt Sewn Card
"Creating for me is essential...and a large part of who I am. I enjoy painting with acrylics on many different substrates, creating journals and art books, photography, Photoshop, and teaching art workshops nationally, internationally, and online."

DJ Pettitt Photography

I saw her work at Pinterest, where I was looking at the stacked journal, in the first image, and thinking WHAT in the WORLD! See her work here:

Flickr: Art Books And Journals Album
Typepad: Gentle Whispering Hues
Blogger: Gentle Whispering Hues

  DJ Pettitt Inspiration by Turquoise Thoughts

The Creative Seller

Monday, August 1, 2016

MOTIVATION: When Life Slugs You WHAT Do You Do?...

...Strike Back! With Success!!!

Don't just lay there. GET UP! Do that idea! Find that path! Make that change! Work that plan! Quit that habit! Learn that skill! Be inspired! Take that chance! Will yourself to...

...Strike Back! With Success!!!  
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