Archive | July 2014

Saturday ~ Laundry Day!!

Another Saturday is here and that means laundry day.  I can’t say I particularly like doing laundry especially when the hot Summer weather is calling me.  I can certainly find more interesting outdoor activities to do.  However, I can’t ignore this chore.  Clothes need washed and I must tackle the pile that is before me.

With the hot sunny day outside and a warm breeze I decided to hang my laundry outside.  The thought of fresh smelling, air dried clothes was appealing to me.

With the rising cost of electricity it’s a great eco-friendly alternative to using the dryer.   I’m saving money, my clothes smell fresh and I get to enjoy the warm weather as I fold the clothes outside.

Laundry days just became a little more appealing this Summer 😀

 

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Olive oil ~ Cold pressed or extra light?

There are a variety of different oils out on the market today and it’s hard to keep all of them straight. To make life easier I just try to stick with Olive Oil because I know that it’s quite healthy.

However, while I was out shopping I came across an Olive oil labelled extra light. I decided to pick up a bottle and give it a try. My normal go to oil is 100% cold pressed extra virgin olive oil.

I wasn’t expecting much difference in flavor or texture, but to my surprise when I opened it up it was much lighter in color and when I tasted the salad it was refreshingly light tasting. The strong flavor that I normally taste was not evident and allowed the flavors of the lettuce and veggies to shine through.

Not knowing why there was such a difference I decided to do some research. This is what I found. Cold pressed means that there was no heat or chemical additives used in the process of squeezing the oil out of the olives. Extra virgin means it’s the juice from the first pressing of the olives. The extra light olive oil means that they mix different grades of olive oil together.

Based on the research I will still stick with the cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, but will continue to use the new olive oil I discovered for salads.

If you put oil and vinegar on your salad what oil do you use? Have you discovered a light tasting oil you enjoy better in a salad? I’d love to have your feedback on your oil of choice.