Jan 03

Furniture Restauration

Last Year I have started with a new hobby, which has by now almost taken over our lives.
I have been restoring old, vintage and antique furniture into a French Provincial Style.
This turned out to be a lot of fun and people are amazed by the outcome.
I have all the “before” and ”after” photos just to show that the time I have spend is worth my while.
Well, yes, to this day I have not sold a single piece, however I am sure it will happen. And it will have to happen soon as I have a table and chairs on hold that I would like to buy and get my hands on, with some items I can so see the end result that I can hardly wait to get started.
Our house is by now running over with furniture, some are looking so amazing that we will have a hard time parting with them.
Items can be made to order too, I would love to transform an item for someone else. It is so much fun, and yes, it is a lot of work too.
So here are some of my “before” and “after” photos so you can judge for yourself. Let me know what you thinIMAG0193k.    Lets get started with a Queen Anne Dressing Table





Next is a cupboard that people thought “why on earth is she getting THAT?”



Credence after


“After”, well it is hard to believe that this is the same item, however it is.

I will post more, so please stay tuned.

Apr 25

Food, Food and more Food

Here are some photos of meals we have had during the last few month. Some ideas on presentation I guess.
Some are fancy, others rustic, they have all been delicious though.

bread side dish, www.lifestartsat60.com

bread side dish, www.lifestartsat60.com

baked ricotta, www.lifestartsat60.com

baked ricotta, www.lifestartsat60.com

desert, www.lifestartsat60.com

desert, www.lifestartsat60.com

desert. www.lifestartsat60.com

desert. www.lifestartsat60.com

Apr 21

Heart Attacks and Water

_MG_0982How many folks do you know who say they don’t want to drink anything
before going to bed because they’ll have to get up during the night!!
Heart Attack and Water – I never knew all of this! Interesting…….
Something else I didn’t know … I asked my Doctor why do people need to
urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor -
Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright
(legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks
level with the kidneys it is then that the kidneys remove the water
because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement!
I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your
body, but this was news to me.
Correct time to drink water… Very Important.
From A Cardiac Specialist!
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:
2 glasses of water after waking up – helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal – helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath – helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed – avoids stroke or heart attack
Please pass this to the people you
care about……
I can also add to this… My Physician told me that water at bed time will
also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking
hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.
Subject: Mayo Clinic on Aspirin – PASS IT ON
Mayo Clinic Aspirin Dr. Virend Somers, is a Cardiologist from the Mayo
Clinic, who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the
Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noonglass of water, www.elke'sblog.com
Having one during the night, when
the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened.
Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that
sleep apnea is to blame.
1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.
The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour “half-life”; therefore, if most heart
attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be
strongest in your system.
2. FYI, Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest for years,
(when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).
Please read on.
Something that we can do to help ourselves – nice to know.
Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue.
They work much faster than the tablets.
Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It’s about Heart Attacks -
There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left
arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as
nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less
Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.
The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their
sleep did not wake up.
However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep
If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and
swallow them with a bit of water.
Afterwards: – Call 000 – Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives
very close by.
- Say “heart attack!” – Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. – Take a seat
on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and
I have already shared this information. What about you?
Do forward this message. It may save lives!
Life is a one-time gift”

Mar 10

Can Sour Sop kill cancer?

fruitThe Sour Sop or the fruit from the graviola tree is a miraculous natural cancer cell killer 10,000 times stronger than Chemo.

Why are we not aware of this? It’s because some big corporation want to get back their money spent on years of research by trying to make a synthetic version of it for sale.

So, since you know it now, you can help a friend in need by letting him know or just drink some sour sop juice yourself as prevention from time to time. The taste is not bad after all. It’s completely natural and definitely has no side effects. If you have the space, plant one in your garden.
The other parts of the tree are also useful.

The next time you have a fruit juice, ask for a sour sop.

How many people died in vain while this billion-dollar drug maker concealed the secret of the miraculous Graviola tree?

This tree is low and is called graviola ! in Brazi l, guanabana in Spanish and has the uninspiring name “soursop” in English. The fruit is very large and the subacid sweet white pulp is eaten out of hand or, more commonly, used to make fruit drinks, sherbets and such.

The principal interest in this plant is because of its strong anti-cancer effects. Although it is effective for a number of medical conditions, it is its anti tumor effect that is of most interest. This plant is a proven cancer remedy for cancers of all types.

Besides being a cancer remedy, graviola is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent for both bacterial and fungal infections, is effective against internal parasites and worms, lowers high blood pressure and is used for depression, stress and nervous disorders.

If there ever was a single example that makes it dramatically clear why the existence of Health Sciences Institute is so vital to Americans like you, it’s the incredible story behind the Graviola tree..

The truth is stunningly simple: Deep within the Amazon Rainforest grows a tree that could literally revolutionize what you, your doctor, and the rest of the world thinks about cancer treatment and chances of survival. The future has never looked more promising.

Research shows that with extracts from this miraculous tree it now may be possible to:
* Attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy that does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss and hair loss
* Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections
* Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment
* Boost your energy and improve your outlook on life

The source of this information is just as stunning: It comes from one of America ‘s largest drug manufacturers, th! e fruit of over 20 laboratory tests conducted since the 1970′s! What those tests revealed was nothing short of mind numbing… Extracts from the tree were shown to:

* Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer..
* The tree compounds proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the growth of cancer cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug!
* What’s more, unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the Graviola tree selectivelyhunts
down and kills only cancer cells.. It does not harm healthy cells!

The amazing anti-cancer properties of the Graviola tree have been extensively researched–so why haven’t you heard anything about it? If Graviola extract is

One of America ‘s biggest billion-dollar drug makers began a search for a cancer cure and their research centered on Graviola, a legendary healing tree from the Amazon Rainforest.

Various parts of the Graviola tree–including the bark, leaves, roots, fruit and fruit-seeds–have been used for centuries by medicine men and native Indi! ans in S outh America to treat heart disease, asthma, liver problems and arthritis. Going on very little documented scientific evidence, the company poured money and resources into testing the tree’s anti-cancerous properties–and were shocked by the results. Graviola proved itself to be a cancer-killing dynamo.
But that’s where the Graviola story nearly ended.

The company had one huge problem with the Graviola tree–it’s completely natural, and so, under federal law, not patentable. There’s no way to make serious profits from it.

It turns out the drug company invested nearly seven years trying to synthesize two of the Graviola tree’s most powerful anti-cancer ingredients. If they could isolate and produce man-made clones of what makes the Graviola so potent, they’d be able to patent it and make their money back. Alas, they hit a brick wall. The original simply could not be replicated. There was no way the company could protect its profits–or even make back the millions it poured into research.

As the dream of huge profits evaporated, their testing on Graviola came to a screeching halt. Even worse, the company shelved the entire project and chose not to publish the findings of its research!

Luckily, however, there was one scientist from the Graviola research team whose conscience wouldn’t let him see such atrocity committed. Risking his career, he contacted a company that’s dedicated to harvesting medical plants from the Amazon Rainforest and blew the whistle.

Miracle unleashed
When researchers at the Health Sciences Institute were alerted to the news of Graviola,! they be gan tracking the research done on the cancer-killing tree. Evidence of the astounding effectiveness of Graviola–and its shocking cover-up–came in fast and furious….

….The National Cancer Institute performed the first scientific research in 1976. The results showed that Graviola’s “leaves and stems were found effective in attacking and destroying malignant cells.” Inexplicably, the results were published in an internal report and never released to the public…

….Since 1976, Graviola has proven to be an immensely potent cancer killer in 20 independent laboratory tests, yet no double-blind clinical trials–the typical benchmark mainstream doctors and journals use to judge a treatment’s value–were ever initiated….

….A study published in the Journal of Natural Products, following a recent study conducted at Catholic University of South Korea stated that one chemical in Graviola was found to selectively kill colon cancer cells at “10,000 times the potency of (the commonly used chemotherapy drug) Adriamycin…”

….The most significant part of the Catholic University of South Korea report is that Graviola was shown to selectively target the cancer cells, leaving healthy cells untouched. Unlike chemotherapy, which indiscriminately targets all actively reproducing cells (such as stomach and hair cells), causing the often devastating side effects of nausea and hair loss in cancer patients.

…A study at Purdue University recently found that leaves from the Graviola tree killed cancer cells among six human cell lines and were especially effective against prostate, pancreatic and lung cancers Seven years of silence broken–it’s finally here!”






Jan 02

Carob Rum BAlls

I am always on the lookout for some delicious carob recipe’s.
Here is one I couldn’t resist; I had to alter the original recipe quite a bit to make it
Carob and Tasty. Enjoy

You will need:
370 gr. Left over cake, carob if you have
1 ¼ cups of almond meal
380 gr. Nestle Top N”Fill Caramel
1/4 cup dark Rum or 1 tsp. rum essence
¾ cup desiccated coconut
1 Tbsp. peanut butter

Crumb the cake, place into a large bowl and add almond meal,
Caramel, rum, peanut butter and mix well.

Line a large tray with ovenbake paper. Roll heaped teaspoons of mixture into balls and place on the lined tray.

Roll rum balls in coconut and place into baking cases and return to tray. Chill until firm. Store in an airtight container.

Jan 01

Jaffa Chocolate/Carob Spread

I have been looking for such a long time for a recipe that comes some what
Close to the Hazelnutspread one can buy at the shops and is made with carob.
Well, I have found it…..beautiful and delish……

Finely chop 360 gr. Dark chocolate/carob buttons and place into a heatproof bowl. Place 1 cup of milk and finely grated rind of 1 medium sized orange in a saucepan over medium heat; bring just to the boil.
Strain milk over chocolate/carob and stir until smooth; stir in ¼ cup of fresh
orange juice. Pour into sterilized jar and cool at room temperature. Seal and store in fridge for up to a week.

Use: Spread over slices of toasted brioche or fruit bread, yumm……

Dec 30

Most decadent “No-Cook Espresso Cheese Cake”

This is the best no-cook cheese cake I have ever eaten.
I made up the recipe in desperation as we are house sitting and many times we have come to homes that
have kitchens or ovens that leave much to be desired. I love cooking and baking so I have had many times
to come up with an alternative to my much loved and tested recipe’s. You will find that I use very simple techniques, the reason being is, that many times there are no kitchen gadgets, which can be very frustrating if you love cooking.
This is one of my favorites and I have to share it. Please enjoy.

No-cook Espresso Cheese Cake


7 Scotch Finger biscuits
about 50 gr. melted butter

250 gr. cream cheese/Philadelphia cheese (I have used home made soy cream cheese too)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
about 300 gr cream
1 shot of espresso, freshly brewed with 1 tsp. sugar
1 full tsp. agar agar


Use 2x 10-13cm pie dishes and grease well.
Place scotch finger biscuits into a sandwich sip looker bag (can use food processor which is so much better)
and use a wooden spoon to make “bread cumbs”.
Meanwhile place butter into a microwave safe dish and melt.
Poor biscuit crumbs into melted butter and mix well.
Halve the crumb mix and press onto the bases of the pie dishes and refrigerate.

Use a mixing bowl and place cream cheese, vanilla and sugar into it and beat with a fork until smooth, mix in cream.
Brew the espresso and ad sugar, stir to dissolve.
Use a small saucepan ad the espresso and the same amount of water again, add the agar agar and dissolve.
Stir over med heat until it starts thickening which does not take long. Make sure that all lumps are removed.
Add agar agar espresso to the cream mix and stir in until smooth and lump free.
Fill the mixture into the pie bases and refrigerate until set, which does not take long with agar agar. Garnish with some grated chocolate or carob.
I make the cheese cakes about lunch time to have for afternoon tea. However they should be ready after only an hour.