Cherry trees in Goryokaku Park on April 25.

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Cherry trees in Goryokaku Park have yet to be in full bloom. I've been looking forward to seeing them. They will be in full bloom in a week or so.


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I like stew very much. After I made soup stock from leftover of shrimp heads, I put diced tomato (canned), beans, potato, carrot, onion, mushroom, celery, parsley, broccoli, bacon, and so on.

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I made a cake. It was very easy to make and I used a little butter and a fresh apple. It was delicious. I really recommend it.

mix ingredients in turn
1. 30g butter → 2. 1 egg → 3. 70g sugar → 4. 100g flour → 5. 1 teaspoon Baking Powder → 6. 70g milk → 7. sliced a small apple → 8. 30g raisins and 30g crushed walnuts

put it in the oven of 180℃ for 35minutes

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I've been making dried mini tomatoes. I like them very much. They make dishes better. I dried them outside for several hours, and I then put them in the oven with 150℃ for fifteen minutes for twice (last night and this morning). However, I will need to dry them more.
According to some recipes, 100℃ in the oven is the best to make dried tomatoes, but my oven doesn't have the degree, unfortunately.





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Ikebana 4/19/2017

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I had composed this arrangement of Allium (丹頂アリアム), Gerbera (ガーベラ), and Polyscias (ポリシャス).

I arranged them with a free style, which is difficult for me. At first, I prepared three containers. I wanted to arrange three alliums from three directions, but it was very difficult for me to arrange the third allium. I tried it again and again, but I ended up giving up third container.

Allium is a kind of leek. They smell leeks well.




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to make my room

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I joined an Ikebana Sunday Workshop last Sunday. These works were arranged by a professor.


Since I have been exhausted to be involved with my son, I decided to have my own room. We don't have many rooms, but there is a storage room which has so many cardboard boxes including for appliances' ones. I have thrown away many things recently in that room, and I want to have a table there. It has been taking a long time to make an enough space, so, I ordered a table today. It will be delivered in a few weeks. I must make a space before delivering.
The most problem is my husband's so many books. He can't throw them away. Even some of them have not been read at all. Will I throw some away secretly? Maybe he forgets some of them.




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Ikebana 4/5/2017

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I had composed this arrangement of Viburnum furcatum (虫狩/ムシカリ), Lily (ユリ), and Gold dust dracaena (ゴッドセフィアナ).

It is said that insects like Viburnum furcatum's leaves. This branches always grow bifurcated, so, my teacher recommended that it was good to show its feature.

There is no snow any more here, and the temperature is around 10℃.

The other day, I went back to my hometown by plane. I felt sad that my father has lost his abilities one by one because of his age, 85.
When I had moved to Hokkaido, I had left my planter at my parents garden. My mother moved one of my plants, rosemary, a kind of harb, to their new place a few years ago. It has been growing much.
While I was watching TV program of Venetia Stanley-Smith before, I learned that the rosemary is good for dementia fortunately. So, I made some rosemary tea for my parents and I taught my mother how to make it. It's very easy. Just put hot water into a tea pot with a few fresh rosemary leaves. My mother has made it every day since then.

However, it is said that it is not so good for those who take medication of high blood pressure to drink rosemary tea.
I had planted some rosemary in my planter here, but unfortunately, they couldn't live in winter.





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Aleppo Soap

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I've heard Aleppo Soap from a newspaper or a TV program recently, and I knew how it was very hard to produce the soap in Aleppo, Syria. I'm not sure whether the workers still work there, or some workers fled from the battlefield, and they produce the soap in an adjacent region.
I felt like supporting the workers even though it is a very little thing.

When I was younger, I often would make olive oil soap by myself. So, I've been interested in Aleppo Soap.
This soap was made of olive oil and laurel oil. It is said that Aleppo Soap had started back in 8th century. You can use it for anything, such as for body, for hair, and for clothing. I wouldn't use it for my son's soccer stockings, though.

It smells of natural like soil and plants. I felt that it was unusual and powerful. It has experieced hardship. It doesn't bubble so much, but it is genuine, and good for your skin.
I will keep using Aleppo Soap.





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Welcome to my blog.
I'm married and we have a son. I live in Hokkaido, Japan.
I like handmade things and Ikebana(arranging flowers).
I hope that you enjoy my articles and photos.

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