cooking, drink, food, health, Uncategorized

Apple season

It’s time to make apple cider, don’t you think? I never knew there are different kinds of it but fortunately the book in the library shed the light recently. Cider hard and sweet by Ben Watson is a good find where I learned that you can also make a pear drink called Perry and mix it with cider half and half to get Pider. English and French have their own kinds of cider that are known to be bittersweet. Natural carbonation is the best if you can get it right. So much fun to even think of the process of making it!

An apple a day they say… A new twist on it is a bottle a day keeps the doctor away. Here I am not sure about the content since there’s also apple wine I haven’t try, only heard about. Apple vinegar diluted in water is recommended in your diet as a morning drink to loose weight, it can also be used in cooking as a substitute for vinegar.  Apple butter is something I read about, would love to try it one day.

There are so many ways to use apples in cooking: all kind of pies and salads come to mind. My mom would dry cut apples and keep them all winter long to make kompot or eat them as snacks. Kompot is stewed fruit where seasonal fruits and berries will come in handy. In winter we use dried apricots, apples, pears and / or plums to make a drink called uzvar, traditional drink in Ukraine.

Have you tried baked apples stuffed with raisins and nuts? Really healthy dessert for picky eaters and connoisseurs. In Turkey they serve apple tea to the tourists to demonstrate hospitality but never drink it themselves. In Germany they make apple strudel for dessert and in Poland it is Sharlotka, apple pie with a cool name. Talking about cool names, Steve Jobs used apple to start a well-known brand you have probably heard about.

 

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Back to school

September 1 is the day I have always been looking forward to as a kid and now as an adult. How come I am always a minority? My peers used to hate school and now seems like nothing has changed. Art school, music school, sports school… If I had three more lives I would have spend each one of them in a different school, oh well.

If every person we ever meet is a teacher than the learning curve will always be there. Sometimes our teachers are strangers on a bus or canine/feline friends of ours. For me my students are usually doing this job the best. The lesson I learned today is pick your dreams carefully, they might come true faster than you think. Make a list of all the things you want to do, see how many months / years you need to make it happen and than divide them into long-term and short-term ones. Act! Make it happen, friend 🙂

I need to learn to play the piano, I want to do it so much that I started daydreaming about it. I am making a list of all the songs I want to play, majority of them is rock ballads. I feel like I have to think of something else, something more optimistic in a major key. What a great skill some of us have! Sharing the music with others is like sharing the food. If I could play a song every day during my lunch break I would be the happiest person in the world.

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Ukraine

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August 24 is Independence Day in Ukraine. It’s a big deal for Ukrainians since latest events have not been the greatest. Lots of people immigrated different places still dreaming to come back one day. Who knows maybe in the future things will be back to normal? Keep praying and hoping for the better.

If you ever want to travel somewhere nice and cheap go visit Ukraine. I miss it terribly! Kyiv is the best city I have ever lived, for me it’s the place where miracles happen and history is still alive. Explore and you will be surprised how much more there is to discover…

This country has a lot of problems and stuff but it feels real with four seasons, good and bad smells, street markets and all the pleasures of public transport. People are so direct, sometimes you wish they weren’t that way and women are so beautiful that it’s hard to keep up to par. Population is mostly poor, there is no middle class but it doesn’t seem that way.

Ukrainians love foreigners thinking that all of them are milliners. Foreign culture is considered to be better, a lot of loan words are used just because it’s cool. Traditional food is great, hospitality depends on the money paid and part of the country you are in. If you want to see the contrast go to Lviv where people speak Ukrainian and Odessa which is mostly Russian, fantastic tourist destinations with tons of things to enjoy. I wish I was there to be your guide…

 

beauty, happiness, health, inspiration, self help, Uncategorized, wellness

Beauty will save the what?

Today I realized I am not getting any younger, surprise-surprise! But the good news is that I am not alone 😉 Looking for the ways of preserving beauty you will find a lot of sponsored links and life hacks which are not bad at all. I decided to take care of my nails and hair first, bought triple power multivitamins and a bunch of seasonal fruits. I read somewhere you need to soak feet and hands in water with sea salt if not going to the seaside any time soon which is the case for me. So I started doing that as well since I want to look young and fresh.

Now, what is beauty? It’s a gift that will wear off with time like anything else really. We worship it and will do anything to make it last. Plastic surgery, hair removal, silicon injections, you name it. I want to be good-looking but more than that I want to be happy, don’t you?

I keep wondering what people need for happiness, it is believed that you have to be gorgeous to be content with your social and personal life. I don’t quite agree with that, in fact, it often creates problems for folks we all look up to. I used to work with show biz stars and they do look awesome with or without makeup, although it’s hard to tell the level of happiness they experience in every day life.

Beauty is skin deep but it will save the world. I want to ask Dostoevsky how would it be possible but unfortunately he is not around any more. Like most of those beautiful people trying to save the world… Saving the world is a great mission, only Bruce Willis can do it. 😀 And by the way, he is not worried about his hair or nails.

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Power

Knowledge is power they say… But ignorance is bliss. I love being blissfully ignorant sometimes and I think it saves a lot of positive energy and faith. On the other hand, my addiction to know it all, does it do me any good?

Being educated, well read and well travelled is considered to be great. Why then our system of education is getting weaker and weaker every year, forgive my rant, teachers will always be teachers. It’s funny that we think we are smart but can we make a living?

Not knowing everything is actually a blessing. You have to depend more on others and trust their judgement. And, of course, no one is perfect, so you would have to forgive others for their false views and opinions. This part here is a bit uncomfortable. This is why we want to be gods knowing everything and never making any mistakes. How about forgiving yourself then? Since we don’t know everything we do get ourselves in trouble otherwise there is no way we could be doing anything in life ever.

So what is real power? If it’s not knowledge than maybe it’s forgiveness or generosity… Or wisdom, not sure how to define this one. Anyway, we all want to be powerful this way or the other.

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Artful August

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August is here with all the fun of summer and anticipated charm of the coming fall. This year it’s got to be inspiring and fruitful. How do you feel about it now?

I feel like it’s time to create and procreate (pun intended). Writing and painting is what I see myself doing this year, only 4 months left anyway. Trying new styles and techniques is a lot of fun, there’s so much to learn in the world of Art!

4 months is a relatively short period of time but when I start thinking how much can be done, my mind boggles. I want to learn, teach and inspire others. Thinking big is helpful most of the time, let’s hope the time has finally come!

Make the world of your art a priority and you will never have a bad day ever. It’s not as selfish as it may sound, think about it, if you are truly creative and happy you can’t help sharing it with others. If you inspire music there’s no way you will be dancing alone.

Start spreading good creative vibes and you will receive ten times more. It’s addictive I know but you should try. Send your love into the future…

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I want to be forever young

обои (3)How to stay young? this question is something we have in common no matter what country or culture we came from. Rich and poor, black and white, men and women – we all want to know where the fountain of youth is.

Can you afford such luxuries as good sleep, healthy food and a steady relationship? It’s not as easy as a beauty shot or a gym membership but it works. Invest your time today and you will feel better tomorrow. Especially if you think of your food as a source of energy.

I decided to stop worrying about all the things I can’t change in life. Trying to embrace it is not easy. I realized I will not be rich or famous but I can survive I guess. There are things that I can’t do, there are people I can’t change, there are places I won’t see. So what? I can still find the reason to be happy and grateful.

I feel like being outside is a benefit for all of us. It helps living in real time and gives a perspective. It opens a new world providing some food for thought.

Spending time with your loved ones makes the world go round. And yes it helps you stay happy and young. It’s all in your hands, just live it, make it happen no matter what!