Triple Berry Dessert

Sometimes the best desserts are the simplest. This easy vanilla pudding-triple berry dessert cannot get any simpler and it is supper effortless to make. It is very refreshing and eye appealing dessert so it would make a great addition to the desert table when entertaining.

I made these a week ago for my dinner party, and they really cheered up my dessert table and everyone liked them.

As you can tell, there is no specific recipe for this dessert; it basically is store bought vanilla pudding cooked according to the direction in the package topped with the mix of (my favorite) berries: strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry, drizzled with red gelatin, and garnished with whipping cream and mint leaves.
To achieve this look I used:

-Clear plastic cups (dollar store find- a pack of 10 for $1.25);
-Filled the cups with (about an inch in hight) cooked vanilla pudding, and left it to cool down completely;
-Washed, drained and tap dried each berry (very important step so you do not end up with a soggy desert);
-Sliced each strawberry lengthwise and arranged them around the sides of the cup;
-Added raspberries and blackberries in the center;
-Drizzled the berries with red gelatin (prepared according to the direction in the package);
-Garnished them each with whipped cream, a mint leave and a raspberry, and there you have it:
These cute cups with fruit added a punch of color to my dessert table, and most importantly they were soooo refreshing and everyone loved them.
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Quick Chicken Stir-Fry

I love stir fry. They are a quick and easy dinner solution. Simply cook up some rice or some noodles and you will have a family-pleasing meal in minutes.

My favorite is chicken stir fry, and I make this stir fry using a very simple recipe taught to me by a Chinese lady about 15 years ago. Since then I have tried a few of other stir fry recipes, but have come to a conclusion that this one is the easiest, tastiest and the simplest one.


2 chicken boneless breasts cut into strips
1/2 cup soya sauce (I use light soya sauce)
1 tablespoon sugar

Mix together chicken strips, soya sauce, sugar and set aside.

2-3 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 cloves of garlic- thinly sliced
5 mushrooms- thinly sliced

3 to 4 broccoli florets- divided
3 -4 celery stalks-chopped diagonally
2 medium carrots- chopped diagonally
1 red bell pepper – chopped into 1 inch squares

In a large pot bring water to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon salt, broccoli florets, chopped celery, carrots and pepper, and cook about 3-5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Cornstarch mixture:
1 cup water
2 tablespoons soya sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon sugar
Heat olive oil in a wok or a large skillet. Add garlic and cook until golden brown. Add the chicken mixture and cook for about 5-8 minutes. Add sliced mushrooms and cook about 2 minutes. Add cooked veggies, toss and cook about 30 seconds. Add the cornstarch mixture and toss together until the mixture thickens and all ingredients are evenly coated with the mixture.
Serve over cooked basmati or jasmine rice, and enjoy.

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Painted Rug


Do you have a rug that you wish it was a different pattern or color palette? Or do you have an unwanted rug which is taking up your space in your storage or garage, but cannot decide whether you should keep or get rid of it?

Well, there is a solution for these scenarios, and it only takes a good will, some free time and of course some paint to make your unwanted rug still lovable and usable.
My generic, white IKEA rug was neither unwanted nor unsuitable for my decor. However, it was not dog friendly so living with our lovely German Shepherd for almost a year, I had to store away all rugs and live on bare floors. I only brought back the rugs when we were having guests over to make the place more warm and welcoming; and this is the time when I realized that my dog loooved to sit and take a nap on a rug.

Because I love my dog dearly, I decided to make a dog friendly rug. To make it dog friendly I flipped over this white rug, made a design using painters tape, painted and stenciled it, spray painted it with clear polyurethane and voila…my dog now can enjoy his nap time on the freshly painted rug.
Painted Rug
I am not sure whether he likes the dragonfly design though, but I like it for sure.

I used exterior latex paint which we used for the exterior of our house (Sherwin Williams – Foothills) and white latex paint. For stenciling the Dragonflies (which I adore) I used white paint and painted on top of it with Artist Loft craft paint in gold. To create the stencil, I draw a huge dragonfly on a A4 paper and copied it on a piece of transparent vinyl, and then proceeded with cutting off the vinyl parts which I wanted to show on the pattern.
After the paint dried and cured, I sealed it with spray polyurethane. The sealing with polyurethane prevents the fading and “chipping” of the paint and it makes it dog friendly as you can easily clean the rug by just wiping it out with a dump cloth.
Beside making it dog friendly, now I have a two sided rug, as by painting the back side of the rug the original remains intact.
This was a non costly project, as I already had paint leftovers from other projects, and I only spent about 2 hours for painting. I only painted the dark stripes, as the back side of the rug was white.

Do you have an unwanted rug that can be saved by paint?
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