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Pineapple and Rhum Sangria Recipe



Serves 4-6 people
1 cup = about 200ml

Ingredients:

* 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into pieces
* 2 cups of water or ice cubes
* 1 cup of white wine
* Sugar (or coconut sugar)to taste
* 1 cup of white rhum
* Juice of 1 lemon
* 1 cup sparkling water or club soda (works great with ginger beer or sparkling lemonade too)

Optional : Lime or lemon chops for both decoration and extra taste. 


Instructions:

1) In a blender, mix half of the pineapple pieces with 2 cups of water. Pass through a fine strainer and place in a punch bowl. Sweeten to taste with coconut sugar.

2) In the bowl add the white wine, rum, remaining pieces of pineapple and club soda. Mix and serve fresh with crushed ice, garnished with pineapple pieces, and if desired with glasses lined with a little coconut sugar, cinnamon,  or a mix of regular sugar and cinnamon.  

3) Add lime or lemon chops.



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The Tropical December

Hi guys,  The holiday is just around the corner and I absolutely have no feeling of it at all. I can not even believe that 2017 is coming to an end in only a few weeks from now. Seriously! 

I am trying my best to keep the blog post going even with all the things I have on hand at the moment. The studying, the parttime job hunt, and the family activities.  I barely get any time for myself and my hobbies.  I might steal half an hour in the morning to do my cardio workout using youtube videos, or capture some photographs while on the beach if Julia took a nap.

Our social life is going well with the small Scandinavian family community. We still do gatherings at the beach at least once a week, pool parties with the kids, dinners and soon we will have a pre-Christmas party. This way we maintain a family (kids friendly) environment and have fun as parents at the same time. 

So far all is well except the mosquitos and their itchy bites, bad phone coverage at our new accommodation, and the annoying rental search for the rest of the months while we here because of the high season and lack of proper accommodations. Also, we've heard about this beach worm that can enter your body and travel through the skin. Two of Davids colleagues already got it and it's remaining in their body until they get its specific medication that is supposed to kill it and kick it off.  This news made me terrified of walking barefoot on the beach. 

But as positive as I always am, I try to ignore the bad and focus on the good.  Grab a coconut and drink its water..... cook a couple of meals using the tropical fruits and flavors. Make a homemade pineapple sangria and enjoy it with friends ... then share the recipes and stories with you guys :-) 





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WORLD'S HEALTHIEST FOODS: Coconuts

I adore the smell of coconuts. When I was a kid, I did not like coconut powder used in some of our local sweets and bakery because other coconut products were not available in North Africa.  But as soon as I traveled and was introduced to the Asian kitchen I fell in love with coconut milk, oil, and water. My first coconut drink straight from the coconut was in Brazil which was a very exciting new experience for me back then. 

Luckily where I live temporarily at the moment, there are plenty of fresh coconuts. They actually just fall on their own at the beach but of course, it's not easy to reach their water. There are locals who sell coconut water on the beach and streets. 

I already knew that coconut where healthy foods but I went anyway and did a research about their help benefits from serval sources which I am sharing with you in this post.


What is coconut water?

Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside green, immature coconuts. Young coconuts are favoured for their water as it is tastier, plentiful in volume and easier to access by chopping the top off the softer shell. More mature coconuts have a harder husk and less water inside because it gradually solidifies to form the flesh.
Different varieties of coconut yield slightly different-tasting water depending on where they are grown.
In taste and nutrition, coconut water is different to coconut milk and coconut oil, both of which are made from the flesh of the coconut. Read more about the health benefits of coconut milk and find out how healthy coconut oil really is.


Here are 8 health benefits of coconut water.

Good source of several nutrients. ...
May have antioxidant properties. ...
May have benefits against diabetes. ...
May help prevent kidney stones. ...
May support heart health. ...
May reduce blood pressure. ...
Beneficial after prolonged exercise. ...
Delicious source of hydration.


Can coconut water boost athletic performance?

It has been suggested that consuming coconut water after exercise improves endurance and athletic performance. This is because it contains carbohydrate in the form of glucose (a simple sugar) and the electrolytes sodium and potassium – the crucial components in commercial sports drinks. One study found that coconut water helped to rehydrate in a similar way to a carbohydrate-electrolyte sports drink, but didn’t have any significant impact on exercise performance. Another small study found no significant difference to athletic performance when drinking coconut water in comparison to plain water. Therefore there is not enough evidence to support the claim that coconut water can improve athletic performance any more than drinking plain water during exercise. Read more about how to stay hydrated when exercising.


Other coconut product uses: 




Info source: BBCGoodFoodNCBI

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Punch It Up: 5 Rum Cocktails Taste Would Take You To The Caribbean

Since we are in the kingdom of rum I thought of collecting a couple of tropical Caribbean inspired rum cocktails to share with you guys. If you want to ignore the cold of the winter and the holiday stress, punch it up with one of these Caribbean feeling cocktails. The taste will take you there!


FANCY FLOWERS: Caribbiean Tropical Flowers (Part one)

When we first arrived here, I got fascinated by the many types of tropical flowers I haven't seen before such as the hanging lobster, the red ginger and the red torch ginger flowers mentioned below. That is before we even make it to the Batala Garden (botanical garden), which I am very excited to visit soon. Here some of the flowers of the Caribbean Island, Martinique:



 Flowers of martinique



Red Torch Ginger


Torch ginger flowers may reach 17 to 20 feet in height. Plant it where it is somewhat protected from the wind, which can snap the shoots of this tropical plant. Due to the large height, growing torch ginger in containers may not be feasible. Learning how to grow torch ginger lilies will add unusual flowers to your outdoor display, available in a range of colors. The unusual torch ginger flowers may be red, pink or orange — blooming from colorful bracts. White blooms have been reported in some torch ginger plant information, but these are rare. Buds are edible, flavorful and used in Southeast Asian cooking.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Torch Ginger Flowers: How To Grow Torch Ginger Lilies 

Claw Crab


These vibrant flowers are unique and very colourful, with the yellow and red flowers resembling small crab claws, hence its name. The Claw Crab is also called the ‘Banana Flower’ and have blossoms that grow in opposing directions, giving the appearance that they have been woven together!

If you require a flower delivery then why don’t you choose Blossoming Gifts, with next day flowers to flowers by post, we assure you will not be disappointed. A part from our lovely cheap flowers, we have a wide range of hampers, wines and personalised gifts!

Bougainville 



The Bougainville flower is not known for the beauty of its flower, but for the magenta bracts which can be found in various colors including yellow, white, salmon and pink. The flower itself is small and white, take a closer look! Originally from the sub-tropical regions of South America, it can now be cultivated in warm climates all around the globe.

Anthurium


Anthurium are commonly found in rich variations of the colour red and in soils varying from sandy loams to heavy clay. The red, heart-shaped flower of Anthuriums is really a spathe or a waxy, modified leaf flaring out from the base of a fleshy spike where the tiny real flower grows.

Hibiscus




Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known simply as hibiscus, or less widely known as rose mallow.

Yellow Bells



Yellow bells is the national flower of both the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands and native to several Caribbean nations including the West Indies, Jamaica, and Cayman Islands. This drought-tolerant shrub grows best in bright, partially shaded areas in well-drained, rocky loam soils. Decorative clusters of joyful, trumpet-shaped golden blossoms sprout from olive-green, slender, erect branches.

Red Ginger plant


Als known as pink cone ginger or ostrich plume, red ginger (Alpinia purpurata) is a tropical perennial with a native range that spans from the Maluku islands in Indonesia to the southwest Pacific. The plant has naturalized in the mangroves of Fiji, as well as Hawaii, where it was introduced as an ornamental garden plant in the 1928. 

Frangipanis


Frangipani flowers evoke different emotions, depending on culture. In down-to-earth Australia they’re backyard survivors, beating near-death experiences from some of the most brutal pruning I’ve ever seen. Everywhere they’re grown, their fresh flowers are scattered in pools and bowls as a finishing touch before special events. You can even order fresh frangipani flowers by mail. They’re a favourite in Buddhist temples too, while in some parts of South-East Asia they’re associated with demons and vampires.

Frangipani flowers are also traditionally used in leis – Hawaiian necklaces made from leaves, seashells, ivory and flowers. The leis are made by stringing flowers through the centre until a complete necklace is formed. Polynesian custom is that leis are worn at weddings and given out to signify a genuine welcome – and a fond farewell – for visitors to Hawaii.


Hanging Lobster Claw (Heliconia Rostrata) 



The inconspicuous, yellow flowers emerge from claw-shaped bracts on magnificent, up to 3 feet (0.9 m) long, pendent, zigzagged inflorescences. If pollinated by hummingbirds or nectivorous bats (neither of which are found here in Hawaii), the flowers are followed by violet fruits. The leaves are simple, alternate, long-petioled, and have green, lanceolate leaf blades that are easily shredded by the wind. The pseudostems (formed by the leaf sheaths) emerge from underground rhizomes.

Here in Hawaii, Hanging Lobster Claw is grown in sunny to partly shady gardens at lower elevations. The plants are propagated by rhizome division. The flowers make long lasting cut flowers in tropical flower arrangements.

To be Continued... 

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Tips On How To Stay A Stylish Woman During Your Business Trip




Traveling for work can be a stressful experience, trips to the airport, meetings, schedules etc. can take their toll. But perhaps the hardest part of the whole trip is the wardrobe choices. Odds are on your trip you need to meet with people, attend events, dinners and other meets and greet, therefore you constantly need to look the part. However, you don’t want to be carrying a lot of luggage with you, so you need to find the balance and bring a small number of key pieces that will get you through any eventuality. 

Here are a few tips to make your packing (at least!) stress free!


First, figure out exactly what you need to take…if you have a dinner event, consider bringing an outfit that can go from day to night with just a few adjustments. Therefore, you are packing less clothes, instead you are using one item and wearing it two different ways. For example, taking several ties of different patterns and colors to match your shirt is a good choice. For business women, you can also try to cover your daily dress with an eye catching coat. Which is quite risqué, but in a good way!

And the look becomes a stylish day time one!



Then, when you are going out for dinner or drinks that evening, remove your coat, add in a pop of color with matching shoes and a belt or a dressy silk scarf.

Eh voila, one look, two ways! Saves a bit of space in your bag!


Don’t forget about down time when you are away also. If you are a gym bunny, then a good idea is to pack some work out gear or perhaps a swimsuit. Easy to fit in as they take up very little space and may be a welcome addition to your trip if the work part gets a bit too much. Working out is the best stress reliever after all. 

Gorgeous, and while conservative enough for a work trip, still says that you’ve got personality, plus, on trend!


For travelling, I would recommend a jumpsuit. Now, don’t be afraid, jumpsuits have come a long way since Charlies Angels and are now a comfortable and accessible piece of clothing, no matter what your style or shape. They are a great one-piece item to pack in, as they take up very little space and look amazing. Great for the trip there and back because you look both smart and professional but also you can move around easily and feel relaxed. 

Wear with a pair of flats to give your feet and easy time too! You never want wear your leather shoes or height heels from morning till night, right?


Nearly there, the final point is don’t forget the handbag. If you pick the right one, then one is all you will need, trick is…go for a neutral color which will match whatever you wear…light tan is a winner.


I know, right? Amazing, and screams…I am a strong, confident business man/woman with style AND substance.

Happy Travels!


Oh…nearly forgot, top tip! When packing, roll up your clothes: this double edged sword means you will fit more in your bag and remove the risk of creased clothes….you’re welcome!!

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