Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY : HOW TO SAVE A MIRROR

Assalamualaikum & hi,

Got to have some therapy for my mind. So i need to 'exercise' my brain by doing some handy work at home.

Found few pieces of glass mirror in my house while clearing some old stuff to either recycle or throw away. i was thinking how to save one piece which was quite damaged. bought myself a pretty looking glass cutter and got some second hand item to go along with it :)

WHAT YOU NEED :- 
glass cutter
scrap rubber tape (i got it from an old aluminium door frame)
rope (any kind). this is for decoration so its optional
HOW TO DO IT :-
 wipe it clean and draw the line where you want to cut
focus and relax. take a deep breath and press the cutter like drawing a circle. dont hesitate.
(p/s my first trial ever! thanks youtubers for sharing the tips how to cut glass) 
hehe...crooked :p 
cut the rubber tape like above
using a hot glue gun, apply some glue on the rubber tape
stick it at the ugly cut and sharp edge. 
from the back
apply some glue (using the hot glue gun as well) and stick the rope around the edge.
you can make it look thicker by making few rounds of rope and stick them well.
WALLA! an output from an amateur glass cutting work
Although it is not the best round mirror in Malaysia, but i can guarantee the safety of when holding the piece. the sharp edges are all well covered and your kids fingers wont be injured while handling it if they want to put it on their table.

good luck if you want to try it at home. please dont forget to wear rubber gloves (any kind) and safety goggle. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

HOW TO MAKE 7 SEEDS BREAD

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh and hi to all,



i don't really remember when was the last time i opened this blog and read the posts that i've written.. it has been a very long time i suppose. anyways, this post is about a nutritious bread and how to bake it.

before that i would like to share with you my valued readers, that i just learned how to make bread few months ago. my dear daughter has made hundreds of breads for ages and i have to admit i took it for granted and enjoyed being treated like a queen who orders around and get what she wants - a loaf of homemade bread. i read many articles on the benefits to consume seeds and would like some changes in my diet...so i got to bake one for myself :)

i went to my friend's clinic today just to 'boast' about my homemade bread and we discussed about the goodness of buckwheat. she then asked me to bake one for her at a price. well, i never have sold any bread before, so giving a quotation is going to be a hard task for me :p


THINGS TO PREPARE/THE INGREDIENTS

i didnt use the normal table spoon. i used a bigger size of table spoon.
i name it as  'conference table spoon' due to its size ;)
i used IKEA glass. half glass of organic unbleached wholemeal flour (this is about 110-120 gram)
2 glasses of organic unbleached plain/bread flour (this is about 400gram)
you can choose to use normal pure honey or honey with 'habbatussauda'. they are from Egypt :)
(i used approximately 2 conference table spoon of honey with habbatussauda
half glass of lukewarm water (filtered please)
half glass of fresh milk (i reduced the amount after taking this photo)
1 table spoon dry yeast (or like in the picture its 3/4 conference table spoon)
half conference table spoon of himalayan rock salt (about 3/4 table spoon)
3/4 conference table spoon of pure milk butter
organic seeds. brown sesame seed (3 table spoon), basil seed (1 table spoon), chia seed (2 table spoon),
buckwheat (5 table spoon), black sesame seed (2 table spoon), blue poppy seed (1 table spoon) and flaxseed (1 table spoon)


NEXT STEP

mix 2 or more (as you wish) conference table spoon of honey with the lukewarm water. stir

then, (same glass above) mix with the dry yeast and stir. wait for a minute or 2 (in my case about 3 minutes)

my shoulder is slightly injured and kneading needs more strength.
this k-mix machine works fine for me. mix all the seeds, salt and flour.
then pour in the yeast like the picture above

(that is milk and butter after been heated in the oven. the reason was to melt the butter and heat up the milk which was taken from the fridge. this process can be omitted if the butter was soft and the milk was at room temperature)
then, let the machine knead for 5-7 minutes at a medium speed

if it doesnt form a ball, dont panic. there is no strict law on baking bread.
the sticky result like above picture is normal. 

let it rest for half to 1 hour. you can cover it with cling film or towel.

the size doubled.

take it out from the bowl and hold it like the picture above. let the gravity helps to get rid of big bubbles.
you can squeeze it as well. 2nd kneading is not necessary after this process


then make a simple folding like above.

grease the baking pan evenly with butter

shape it nicely and tuck it in the baking pan

let it risen for the 2nd time. it will take also from 30-60 minutes.
the dough will behave how it should be (God willing!)

bake it for 40-45 minutes, 180-200 deg celcius

baked. take out from oven and take the bread out of the pan

turn it up side down and pat the bottom.
if you hear the hollow sound, your bread is cooked perfectly!

WALLA! BISMILLAH! BON APPETIT!
in my opinion, every one can bake bread at home. its simple and so easy. i remember someone says, if you can boil the water in the kettle, you can bake bread!





Tuesday, October 22, 2013

100% Free Chemicals

Salam & hi,

I  can’t deny feeling envious reading other blogger writings,  whose ambition becomes reality, to live off the grid. Many FB readers clicked the like button over articles that condemn the supermarkets monopoly over the distribution of food for consumers. We choose green perfect leafy vegetables  with pesticides over an overly charged organic ones. 

People talk about having solar panels and rain water harvesting to prove self sufficiency. Tax payers grumble over the monthly bills and other expenses to pay in order to be seen as one of the modern community and sanely society. People in the city are living in the kind of life, which seems normal to the other city’s inhabitant, with the traffic jammed, car honking, lining up to pay at Starbucks or Mc Donalds for lunch, we see this everyday, so who is handicapped here? People do what they suppose to do to make ends meet, so where and what is wrong about having food and waste them once we were full? We work, buy food and throw the left overs, right?

For the country side people or people who live in an organic farm or the off grid community for instance, the opposite scenario would be, how pitiful our lives were seen, and the look they might have towards us, could be a  gestures  of sigh of sympathy. Healthy village rats are looking the city rats doing the race, just to survive. 

I have read many articles about living off grid and the blissful life in the village eating what they grow. I also just read about a man who left his business and handsome pay, to start living without money for already 15 happy months. He says, if he hadn’t watched Gandi’s movie, he would still be as normal man who lives depending on what he can buy from the stores and worrying about the money he couldn’t save to buy tomorrow’s food. He wants to experiment the life he hope everybody would turn to so he opted to start with himself. He believes that eventually the world would waste nothing but use all source for and to the mankind. 
I look around me and sigh. Where do I start? How to do this? Am I capable enough? Can I recycle my own urine and compost it? Would I poison my plants with my ‘unorganic’ pee? I must start with something to prove to myself that I am a responsible human being towards the earth. I need to take care of it, this is the only place I have, everybody owns no other place but this only one planet.  My brain started to spin and spin until I decided to do something unusual and crazy (according to my friends)

I went to the garbage area behind a supermarket near my house, and after seeking permission from the supervisor there to collect some fruit waste, I started ‘digging’. Luckily I got one big plastic containing a mixture of rotten fruits disposed by the supermarket. People who passed by look at me like I was a semi mental-disturbed lady scratching for food haha….i just didn’t care of anybody’s perception but thinking how can I start my project after reading the latest article I read, ‘Fruit Garbage Enzyme’.
 
I managed to make 2 big containers on the first week of my adventure and got to wait for another 3 months for the enzyme to be ready to use. Then this excitement came to me, where after a week or so, I went again to collect another big plastic with another kind of fruits from the garbage big bin. I was so happy that this time, I managed to get more than 2 big containers of them (garbage enzyme). 

I can’t picture in words how impatient I was, with the result of my homemade fruit garbage enzyme.  Driven by a huge curiousity, I went to Justlife shop in Ikano, Damansara in Kuala Lumpur, to get a fruit garbage enzyme sold for MYR6.00 for 500 ml. I couldn’t wait to see how miraculously it works and start to mix 1 bottle cap with a teaspoon of dish detergent to wash my dirty dishes. Hulala! The plates were all squeaky clean and believe me, that 1 bottle cap plus 1 teaspoon detergent was ample to wash all my dirty stuff that normally requires 3-5 table spoon of detergent! 

Since I use lemon to replace bathing shampoo for few months back, I think using 200 ml + 1 bottle cap of enzyme + unclorinated water in a 1000 ml bottle as my bathing shampoo, wouldn’t  be that ‘sinful’. It will definitely save me ‘huge’ money. My normal consumption is  1000ml bathing shampoo in a month and now with the new recipe, I hope a bottle of 1000ml of bathing shampoo can last for 5 months.  It is written in an article that the enzyme would neutralize the chemical in the bathing shampoo therefore it would be safe enough to use. I am sure by diluting it with water and same amount of 1 bottle cap measurement of enzyme, I am far too comfortable with the treats of toxicity. 

I hope in a year time, I would be living 100% chemical free in my fully organic fruit orchard and farm!

                                                                                                                                                                 
i should cut the fruit into small pieces for better result :p
i love the colors!

'saving the earth starts from you!' says the manufacturer

i dont really follow the ratio...it has no negative side effect :)
                                                                                     
note : the mixture ratio is brown sugar, fruit waste (from rotten fruits, fruit skin peel etc) and water (1:3:10) .....i dont really follow the ratio, depends on the waste, if the waste is sweet, you can reduce the sugar, or add more sugar, if you start to see fruit worms. There is no right or wrong in here ;)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
So guys, please don't throw your edible waste start from now on. Make your own fruit garbage enzyme and start to save the our 'tired' earth!

You can save money too :)


Monday, August 19, 2013

GMO Potatoes?

Salam & hi to all,

i would avoid corn and soy like a plague! i dare not risk my future health eating those confirmed GMO crops!

i just discovered (from reading) that 'they' now have made/planning to design/modify potatoes as GMO crop, please check this out
http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/grocery_shopping/crops/23.genetically_modified_potato.html

thus, i grabbed few of the potatoes bought from my local supermarket, and classified them as 1st class and 2nd class (yellow and brown color respectively) and start my new project, saving the potatoes :D


after 2 weeks, they produced some ' green hair' hehe... some people called it 'eyes'


this is after 3 weeks or so. i became so excited to see the development. i went to a plant nursery shop to buy some poly bags (18 inches x 18 inches size) to plant all these potatoes!

i cut the potatoes like the above picture to get more out of one potatoes (if one potato has 2 eyes, i cut it half to get 2 'seeds'. 1 seed in one poly bag. so i am going to have approximately 35 bags of potatoes which....each bag i might be harvesting at least 5 -7 more potatoes, God willing!

i hope my potatoes are not from the GMO crop. i totally agree with the permaculture experts that we need to save original seeds as many as we could before the Mos**to company modifies and ruins all the genetic component of our plants :(

my potatoes would be harvested another 100 days (from today), i am so thrill to see the result..

Saturday, August 10, 2013

How To Get Happiness?

Salam & hi to all,

i was listening to this lecture tonight, and it answered the bulky questions that lingered in my mind. they were tangled, and needed departmentalization. they require prioritization and Brother Omar Suleyman has delivered the speech in such a way, it is simple to start with -  the heart.

key points mentioned - something to do, something to love and something to look forward. Actually, all the three points have been highlighted in the Quran (please listen to the video clip) so they aren't new to me. i thank the Brother for the reminder as it fed my tired mind and refreshen my spiritual level.

there shouldnt be anything that matters to bother our hearts, as our Creator says the world isnt enough for Him SWT to put the benefits/rewards prepared for the 'mukhlisin' for their deeds :) pleasing Allah SWT must be put as the top reason for doing anything in our lives.

for muslim coaches/anybody, this is another approach to drive us all in achieving our goals - happiness.

happy listening!


Friday, August 9, 2013

Who Is Responsible For Our Happiness?


Salam & hi to all,

I hope its still not too late for me to wish everyone Eid Mubarak, may all our good deeds and efforts in our ibadah (night prayers, terawih prayers, duas etc) during last blessed Ramadan, be accepted by Allah SWT, insyaALlah.

during the first day of Eid, that was on the 8th August, 2013 i have told myself to STOP relying on anyone else for my happiness or to achieve it. this is an affair between myself and my Creator. period.

i totally agree with the speaker of above video clip that now, i need to help others who are still, gasping for happiness, without realizing that the hunted happiness stand before their eyes, some maybe so near within themselves.

i looked at my business coaching certs, other certs and all of my tangible and intangible resources which are in my possession (lent by Allah SWT in this world), i think its time to seriously fully utilize them to facilitate who ever in need of coaching, in order to help others how to dig the hidden pearl in their 'possession', insyaALlah :)

i feel alive, and i thank my Creator for this awakening.

Alhamdulillah.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

How To Make Pumpkin Pudding


 Salam & hi to all,

its not my number 1 favorite dish, but my kids love it. its too easy to make. here are the ingredients :-

one medium size of pumpkin (1-1.5 kg), peel the skin, and dice to any size you like.
from anti clockwise : a glass of milk (fresh milk preferably), 4 eggs (organic preferably), half teaspoon of salt, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 5 table spoon of sugar (from organic sugarcane/normal sugar). MIX ALL THE ABOVE ITEMS IN A BLENDER.
then pour it in the container
seal it with an aluminum foil
put it in the oven for an hour, 180 deg C
its cooked!!



you can serve anyway you like. its nice to eat this during rainy season :)