What are parabens? Are they really harmful?

What are parabens? Parabens are a class of preservative chemicals.  They are added to foods, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and personal care products (such as shampoos, lotions, deodorants, creams, moisturizers etc.) to prevent growth of bacteria and fungi. Because of parabens  products...Read More
Baked spaghetti squash stuffed with ground beef and zucchini

Baked spaghetti squash stuffed with ground beef and zucchini

What is Spaghetti Squash? "Spaghetti squash or vegetable spaghetti, is a group of cultivars of Cucurbita pepo subsp. pepo.[1] They can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, including ivory, yellow and orange, with orange having the highest amount of carotene. Its center contains many large...Read More

Portobello Mushrooms Baked with Eggs

I really love portobello mushrooms.  I always play with recipes and I think I never have the same dish when it comes to stuffed portobello mushrooms.  This morning I used whatever was available in my fridge and had a wonderful...Read More

Russian Potato Salad (Olivier)

  Olivier  salad is a very delicious potato salad popular among former USSR citizens and Russian community all over the world. History of Olivier salad The invention history of the salad is stated in Wikipedia: “The original version of the...Read More

Express Half Sour Pickles

Where do pickles come from ? A pickled cucumber, or simply a pickle, is a common everyday food item in almost any country in the world.  Pickled cucumber is a cucumber that has been preserved in flavoured solutions of brine,...Read More

Fish chowder with coconut milk

  I found recipe of Brazilian fish soup somewhere on the internet, read it, liked it….. and changed it to my taste.  I used different types of vegetables, completely omitted rice that was in original recipe and added few spices. ...Read More

Best BB and DD creams: review

I would like to review two tinted moisturizers that I've been using for a number of years now.  I stand by their quality. I have oily skin and have to be cautious about oily shine that my skin acquires through...Read More

Homemade fruit roll-ups

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I have memories of my childhood treat, which was called pastila.   Pastila is traditional Russian fruit confectionery.  Wikipedia describes Russian pastila  as marshmallow but tasting like fruit.  Pastila is served as a tea desert.  I...Read More

Natural tick repellents

Ticks recently are becoming a serious problem and the number of tick bites and cases of Lyme disease are rising. It is very advisable to use DEET repellent when going outdoors.  These  repellents are proven to protect you from tick...Read More
banana chocolate chip muffins

Banana chocolate chip muffins

                    I do not like cooking, but I prefer home-made food.  Thus I either come up with my own simple, but very delicious recipes or simplify recipes from internet. I "invented"...Read More

Baked omelette muffins

  This is a very simple yet very delicious recipe for quick breakfast.  It is so simple, my son was responsible for making this omelette muffins  since he was 8 years old.  The beauty of this dish is that you...Read More

Healthy sleep and ways to promote it

Sleep is vital for person’s health and overall wellbeing. There is no “magic number” of how many hours of sleep you need as it varies from person to person, however, it is said by many medical resources that a healthy...Read More

How to manage period pains

What are period pains? Almost half of women experience menstrual or period cramps/pains.  Menstrual cramps are painful sensations in the lower abdomen and lower back. Pain can range from dull, disturbing, annoying to severe.  Some women are not even able...Read More