Militza Maury

Militza is a full time mom, eco-blogger and designer of eco-friendly products for kids and home.

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Konjac Jellies a Beautiful Dessert!

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A few months ago I had lunch with a friend, Maggie who shared her konjac noodles recipes with us. She has a lovely shop where you can find konjac sponges for face and body, and she enjoys exploring different ways of using this beauty food… Well, she’s done it again! Check out these dessert jellies – you should of seen my face when she presented them to me! 

Not only was it incredibly fun to eat flowers, but they were delicious! Sweet, but light and with a fresh pop of blueberries. Trust me, gather the ingredients and give this recipe a go! Can you imagine how pretty they would look served at dinner party, birthday or even for Easter brunch! Your friends will go crazy for them! Plus, Maggie tells me they were super easy to make :)

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Flower Jellies
by Maggie of Not a Sponge

Konnyaku (konjac) jellies are generally served with fresh fruit pieces inside. Some of the tastiest fruits are mangosteen, mango, blueberries, red berries and strawberries.

Recipe

1. Place a couple of small pieces of your favourite chopped fruit into moulds and add some edible organic flower petals on top.

2. Mix 1 packet (10g) Konnyaku powder with 150g castor sugar (or create your own natural sugar using the juice from sweet grapes)

3. Pour mixture into 950ml water gradually and stir till a gentle boil, then turn off flame.

4. Keep stirring for about 5 minutes, till the liquid doesn’t have too many fine bubbles

5. Add 1/8 tsp  citric acid stir well

6. Pour konnyaku liquid into the fruit-filled moulds 3 times, each time filling 1/3 of the mould (this ensures even distribution of the fruit pieces & petals

7. Chill in refrigerator for 3 hours before removing from the mould.

Singapore Shopping Guide

  • you can find edible flowers in Cold Storage (I’ve personally seen them at the Parkway Parade Cold Storage) or Lemon Zest
  • find molds in baking shops like Sia Huat, TOTT or Lemon Zest

The Dreaded Dishes

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I was chatting with a few girlfriends about homelife and the subject of doing the dishes came up.  Namely, how do you manage them… or not ? How do you face the mess in the sink when all you want to do is fall into your bed?! We all agreed that cooking a meal is often enjoyable, but it’s the clean-up that really takes a special kind of motivation…

It was fun talking about different ways we deal with the bits that we don’t love doing. Here are some of the things that we came up… do you do any of these or do you have your own techniques?

  • Go Pro, Cook like a Chef

If you use every bowl in the house to prepare dinner, you’re doing it wrong. A good chef works precisely and cleans as they cook. By the end of the meal, your kitchen shouldn’t look like the sink exploded, it should be ready to go!  I play chef while I cook – where I try to finish a meal - in a tidy kitchen. It’s like a game that I love winning… So put on your white apron, throw that dish towel over your shoulder and cook like someone’s paying you to. Plan your ingredients, clean as you go and maintain a working kitchen that doesn’t bite you in the end.

  • Turn it into a Positive 

Do you get that sense of anxiety the moment you finish dinner and come face to face with the mess in your kitchen? Here’s the thing, cleaning up really only takes 20 minutes – and these days, many of us are struggling to find 20 minutes to clear our minds, to meditate or think. I love saying to my hubby – how about you bathe the girls and I’ll do the dishes. He’s happy to say yes, but I feel like I’m getting the easier job! As I clean…I can think. I use that time to reflect on my day, or to plan tomorrow.

  • Psyche Yourself into It

At the end of the day, sometimes you just need to psyche yourself into it. If you spend the whole time hating what you’re doing – of course it’s going to suck. But what you can do is to change your state of mind. Anything that you do with passion and pride, even cleaning the kitchen, can become a fulfilling experience. You just need to psyche yourself into it. Say to yourself: I’m going to clean these dishes, better than anyone has ever cleaned a dish before – and feel proud of yourself for being awesome!

ps – another of my tricks, is to watch cleaning videos on Youtube while I’m tidying up. Something about people who love cleaning – makes me get into it more!

Remember, next time you’re scrubbing up after that homemade lasagna, it all part of the process and it’s absolutely worth it! We’re all there right along with you!

Cookie Cutter French Toast Recipe

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I had to grab a few pics from our breakfast – these little french toast bites were a huge hit with the girls! If you could of seen there faces light up when they sat down for breakfast, it’s exactly how I want them to feel everyday! Sure, I let them sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top – my mission is more about creating beautiful meals together, than stressing over a little sugar… We had a blast making it, and even more fun eating it up. Give this quick breakfast a go and see what you think! :)

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Cookie-Cutter French Toast Bites

Ingredients: 

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, beat the eggs with the milk, vanilla essence, coconut sugar and salt
  2. Cut shapes out of your bread using a cookie cutter
  3. Dip the bread in the egg mixture for a few second to soak up the liquid, but not too long or it will fall apart
  4. Heat up your pan with butter or coconut oil
  5. Cook up your bites, about two minutes per side
  6. Serve with fresh fruit, maple syrup or a dusting of powdered sugar

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14 Kitchen Ideas that Make Life Easier

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Creating an efficient kitchen gives me a weird sense of excitement –  but it’s because I know that when my kitchen is in order, I get happy about making food – and I believe that’s exactly how we need to feel! I’ve also thrown in a few extra ideas that will not only help you feel happy, but also incredibly clever as you reduce on waste, save money and make life easy!

1. Hang Your Lids

Lids drive me insane! This looks hopeful….

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2. Think Outside the Box

Talk about using the most out of every space. This storage idea is smart for small kitchens like mine

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3. Label it!

No more tossing out forgotten (but perfectly good) food. Keep a roll of tape and a marker handy, you’ll reduce waste and save money! Clever you :)

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4. Every Last Drop!

No more scraping – simply pour hot milk in a near-empty jar of Nutella, or hot tea in a near-empty jar of honey and enjoy!

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5. Make your Own Double Broiler

Don’t have a double broiler? Save your money and fashion one yourself!

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6. Freeze your Greens

If you love green shakes, here’s a great way to prepare a batch of greens ready to go!

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7. No Fancy Equipment Needed 

Make healthy, yummy frozen pops to please a crowd – and you don’t need special molds or a popsicle maker!
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8. Create Extra Space

Give yourself a little extra chopping room, with this weekend DIY. All you need is a chopping board and set of legs – I reckon Ikea has you covered for both!

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9. Serve it straight up

Save on the washing up, serve a presentable meal on the very pan or chopping board you prepared it on!

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10. Quick Flavour

These flavour cubes not only make your meal delicious, but are also a great way to preserve your herbs! Double win!

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11. Follow a Recipe

Keep that recipe up in view, but out of your batter!

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12. Explore your Inner Neat Freak

Imagine how proud of yourself you’ll be, to open your fridge and find this…

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13. Make Use of It!

Use the inside of your cabinets to tuck away little bits and bobs. Hang tools, notes and recipes!

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14. Buzz off! 

You can’t cook a happy meal with fruit flies buzzing around. Use this tried and tested tip to get rid of them!

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How about you? Any killer tips to share with the Little Green Dot community? Let me know in the comments!

Press the Reset Button…

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My youngest goes to the park most days – but today, I really wasn’t in the mood. It was one of those mornings where the day was just starting – and I already felt like I did 10 things wrong…

Half-heartedly, I say to her – honey, go get dressed for the park – so she runs in into her room… meanwhile I’m feeling sorry for myself because all I want to do is stay home, and work from bed. I hear “I’m ready” and there she is – dressed in her fairy costume and bright pink shades. I mean she’s three, what else did I expect! I instantly smile…

It totally lifted my mood!  I grabbed my camera, we jumped on the bike and ended up having a far better morning than I was setting myself up for…

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Some days are incredible, you’re doing well and feeling good, and then there’s the days where you’re barely getting out of the house in clean clothes. It happens to all of us (right? :) We can get overwhelmed and loose momentum. Luckily I have a little fairy that helps lift me up – but having a good reset plan can make us feel empowered and positive again!

What are 3 things that you want to accomplish next week? Here are mine:

1. Set out my daughter’s school uniform every night to make sure it’s clean for the morning :)
2. Start the week by planning our menu (full of healthy, quick meals!) and do a good shop to stock up.
3. Buy a bucket to start my compost!

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