Saturday, 29 September 2012

DID YOU KNOW ... (39)?

By age 60, most people have lost half of their taste buds.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

MULTILIGUALISM: Advantages, Disadvantages, Tips and More

Living in a multicultural country, Australia, it is unavoidable to be exposed to many languages in daily life. In some cases, people learn a second (or a third or more) language from external sources and the LOTE (Languages Other Than English) program at schools where I live is one form of the exposure. However, in many cases, the learning occurs more naturally as there is at least one person in the family that speaks at least one other language apart from English from whom kids have an option of learning another language.

bilingualism
Photo taken from http://blog.lib.umn.edu
There are often discussions and various views on bilingualism (or multilingualism in general) in families mostly because it is argued to confuse the kids and the affects of learning more than one language on the learning speed and quality of English in young children. Some parents never or seldom use their mother tongue and try to promote the school language the most and communicate with their children in that particular language whereas some others prefer to encourage the learning of their native language especially at home.

This source explains the benefits of bilingualism in kids as below:

"There's often a slight lag in the speech-language development of both languages in a bilingual household. Over time, though, bilingual children can catch up with their peers and have the benefit of communicating in two languages with proficiency," says Patti Hamaguchi, author of Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know.

In other words, kids raised in a two-language household tend to start talking a bit later, but eventually they get on track. And in the long run, speaking two languages (or more) offers big benefits.

There are many other sources consistently demonstrating that there are clear cognitive advantages of multilingual people over monolinguals. There are many research results that emphasise the beneficial effects of high level of proficiency in more than one language in children in many ways such as the positive link between their educational and linguistic achievement and multilingualism.

Before moving onto some suggestions on how to encourage multilingualism in babies and children, it should be noted that children's mother tongues are fragile and can easily be lost in early years of school.

How to Encourage Multilingualism

Communicate: It is claimed that language is learnt primarily through communicating with others. Take every opportunity to interact with your children in the targeted language (your native language).

Use It Well: To be able to teach your children how to use a language appropriately, you need to be a good example too. Use the language well. Use rich vocabulary, use correct grammar etc.

Quality and Quantity: Pay attention to the quality and the quantity of your communication with your child in your target language.

See Opportunities: Everyday life offers many opportunities to practise your language. Talk about colours, shapes, numbers, feelings and so forth. You can do this naturally, without explicit teaching. A casual learning environment would work well especially for young children. As you are out for a walk with your child, talk about the weather, the cars around you, the flowers, the smells you can smell etc. When you are cooking, talk about the ingredients, preparation methods, time it is likely to take, the taste you are expecting it to have and more. When you are changing your baby's nappy, talk about what you are doing, sing a song (in your mother tongue) and so forth. Read pictures, signs and books, tell stories, make up silly songs and dances to go with them if your child responds to them better. Whatever he shows interest in, just try to expand on it using your language.

Use Facilities Around You: Go to your local library with your child and encourage the reading and borrowing of some books and other materials in your first language, try to join the story times of libraries in your language whenever possible, and use the facilities of your child's school to improve his language learning if applicable.

Make it Fun: Don't force your child to learn a language. Encourage and make it a part of your life. Play games with him in that language. Buy or make flash cards, and play word games. Matching games with pictures and puzzles etc would all be helpful too. If your child can read, ask him to read as many plate numbers as he can (in your mother tongue) when you are out for a drive (believe it or not, I used to challenge myself with plate number reading in a second language in a place where there was a constant considerable amount of traffic and I was a university student at the time. I found it fun and helpful). Another game idea is that taking turns with your child, say a word (eg name, vegetable, fruit, or animal) that begins with a particular letter in your mother tongue (eg. Foods that begin with the letter 'L':  lettuce, lemon, lime, loquat etc).

Acknowledge and appreciate what you have today!












Monday, 24 September 2012

HOMEMADE BUTTER RECIPE

This is a recipe that I have learnt from my much loved mother who has always been a great example of self sufficiency and a homemade guru.

butter recipe
Collect the cream of your homemade yoghurt. You can use some of your fresh cow's milk's cream to add to it too. Once you have enough to work with (perhaps about 300g-500g), mix it well with a blender for a few minutes. If it melts too much while going through the blender, add some cold water. natural butter making
 Take out the hardened bits of the cream. Put it under cold water a few times (as if washing it a few times). This procedure also helps with it to form a more solid texture.
ev yapimi terayagi
Add some salt and mix it. If you are planning to use this butter as a spread, you can choose not to add salt to it. However, if you are going to leave it in your fridge and use it in your cooked meals, you can add salt (about a teaspoonful). 
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 You may not need to add any more salt to your meals if cooked with the salted butter, however, it depends on how much salt you prefer to have in your foods.
ricotta cheese recipe
Note: Instead of wasting the water that is left over after taking the butter/the hard bits after using the blender, use it in ricotta cheese making. Add some salt to it and bring it to boil. Simmer for a while and take the cheese/the solid textured product out and put it in a strainer. When drained and cold, place it in the fridge. You can use your homemade ricotta cheese in omelette or as a pastry filling.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

DID YOU KNOW ...? (38)

Kopek
Photo Credit
Dogs sweat through their feet. (They lower their body temperature by sweating through their feet and by panting.)

Thursday, 20 September 2012

FOOD DESIGN (7)

fruit design

Another smart design idea this time using some pears by some skillful people. Amazing!

Monday, 17 September 2012

GUEST POST: Corflute Fabric Storage

Today, we have Jama from Little Denim Duck here. Her tutorial below will be extremely helpful in finding a nice and neat storage solution to your fabrics around the house or in your workshop as they can get out of control easily. If you are a person with a passion in sewing/crafting or work with fabrics, there is no doubt you know what I mean! 
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I’m a mum to 3 beautiful kids, and I love to create – to sew, paint, draw, stitch, garden; the list goes on...  I have always loved handmade products. I think that there's something really special about an item that's had lots of thought, time and effort put into it, and that has been made with love.  After my kids were born, I felt that I needed a creative outlet from home, and so I started up Little Denim Duck – handmade kids clothing, decor, accessories and much more!  www.facebook.com/littledenimduck

I love what I do, and I love sharing my experiences too.  That’s how we learn.  I’ve been very lucky to have met some amazing people who have taught me so much, and have helped me in so many ways.


I would like to share with you an inexpensive, easy and very effective way to organise your fabric stash.  I hope you love it as much as I do!   -  Jama

fabric storage

Does your fabric stash look a bit like this?
fabric stash

Mine used to. It was terrible!  I had so many gorgeous fabrics, all piled on top of each other – I could never find what I was after, and every time I’d pull one out, the whole pile would fall over!


That’s where they stayed too.  Until one day I discovered how to use corflute to make my own fabric bolts with...  And now it looks like this!!

Here’s how I did it:


Corflute (or flute board) is the corrugated plastic sheeting that you see signs on the side of the road made of.  You can buy it from hardware stores, or even try your local politician or bottle shop... they often use it for signage and it just gets thrown out afterwards, so they’re usually happy to offload it for free 

I cut my corflute into approximately 12 inch x 8 inch pieces.  I found this to be the best size for my cube shelving, but you may have to experiment to find the best size for your space...  
This size was the perfect size for my fabrics of which I had a minimum of 1 yard...  the smaller mini-bolts that you can see in my photo were approximately half this size, and fit my ½ yard fabrics well.
Once you have your corflute cut to size, you’re ready to begin!

storage ideas using corflute

Step 1:  Iron your fabric.  This is not an essential step, especially if you have just taken it off the wash-line and it’s relatively flat.  But if it has been in a heap on the floor, and is full of creases, you will need to flatten it out to make the most of your space.

Step 2:  Fold your fabric in half – selvedge to selvedge. (The selvedge is the finished edge of the fabric – often it will have the designer and fabric name printed on it.)
folded fabric



Step 3:  Fold it in half again the same way.  You should have a long, thin sheet of fabric in front of you now.  Depending on the size of your corflute, you may need to fiddle with the amount of folds that you need to make it fit, but this way worked best for me.
DIY storage ideas

Step 4:  Place your piece of corflute a few inches from the end, and fold your fabric over it...
fabric storage instructions

DIY storage

Step 5: Continue to flip your corflute over and over until almost the entire length of fabric is folded onto it.

I like to fold the end over a bit before the last fold – I just think it keeps it neater – but you don’t have to do this 
fabric folding using corflute

Step 6:  Fold the fabric entirely onto the corflute bolt, and secure with some thin elastic.  Rubber bands are not suitable for this, as they disintegrate and leave horrible marks on your beautiful fabric.  I have heard of people using bobby pins also to secure the ends instead of elastic – it’s up to you what you use!
folded fabric around corflute

Final Step:  Slide your new mini-bolt into your shelving, repeat with your other fabrics, and admire your finished product!!  

Now, not only can you see all of your fabrics easily, but it looks pretty too!!  Enjoy!!
DIY storage ideas

Saturday, 15 September 2012

DID YOU KNOW ...? (37)

tereyagi

Butter is just whipped-up cream with a pinch of salt.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

BLAST FROM THE PAST COMPETITION (GIVEAWAY)

Excitedly announcing my new giveaway here for you all! Any of my new and existing followers on this blog anywhere in the world are all welcome to join. There will be three winners.  Good luck!

HOW TO ENTER
  1. Only followers of this blog can enter. If you are not a member yet, click the blue 'Join this site' button on the right top corner of the page and become a follower in less than a minute.
  2. List as many of your childhood games and toys as you can in the comments section below to win. Describe the games/toys for people who have never had any experience with them. Each game/toy is to be mentioned once only but variations of the same game are welcome. 
CHOOSING WINNERS AND PRIZES
  • The person with the highest number of clearly described games and/or toys will be the first winner and will have the luxury of choosing his/her choice of 3 prizes from the list below. 
  • The second winning person with the second highest number of clearly described games and/or toys from childhood will get to choose 1 prize from the remaining list. 
  • The third winner will be able to claim the last prize that is left on the sponsored prizes list below.
  • Each and every entrant from Melbourne will be able to eligible for a 20% discount for their first purchase from Organic Origins (if within the delivery area. See their website for delivery areas). 
  • Notes: 1) If more than one person has listed the same number of games/items with similar descriptive qualities, the person who has commented earlier than the other(s) will be chosen as the winner. 2) It is not mandatory but it would be nice to go and check out the sponsoring business's pages and show them some appreciation perhaps by placing a 'like' on their facebook pages and/or by leaving a comment (make sure you mention in your comment that you found them through Home of Homemade Treasures Blog). 3) You are most welcome to share this post and spread the word using your social media tools. It would be lovely to bring back memories of childhood games. 

* Please note that by entering this competition, you agree to give permission to the owner of Home of Homemade Treasures blog to use the content of your entry for future use. 

* The competition ends at 8pm (Melbourne time) on Wednesday, 10th of October 2012. The winners will be announced within a week. 

MEET AND GREET THE SPONSORING BUSINESSES AND THE PRIZE LIST

Below is a list of prizes and some short paragraphs written by the business owners to introduce you  their businesses.

PRIZE #1

A wall decal valued at $65AUD OR a $50AUD voucher from Printcraft Wall decals (you can choose whichever option you prefer) (Offer expires within a month of the winner's announcement. The winner will be provided with a code to be able to use this offer).

Printcraft Wall Decals:
Printcraft is an Australian owned and operated family business based in Melbourne. We are proud to be the manufacturer of many wall decals, not only limited to but mainly focusing on Islamic calliography. We also offer services in many other areas such as graphic designing, logos, business cards, envelopes, menus, vehicle signage, letterheads, stickers, magnets, shop fronts and more.

If you are after a fresh new look to your home or office, then start exploring Printcraft Wall Decals to create a snappy look you have always wanted. Printcraft adhesives have been created from excellent vinyl material that is so thin, it appears to merge into your painted walls.

Our stickers can be simply removed from your walls with no messy hooks or damaging nails so they are the perfect decorating option of you are renting or just want to give your living room and affordable facelift!

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PRIZE #2

A size 3 hand smocked dress valued at $45 by MeeMee's Little Munckins. Here is a link for a picture and details of it. (The winner will be provided with a code to be able to claim this offer).

MeeMee's Little Munchkins:

MeeMee's Little Munckins, a special online children's boutique featuring absolutely adorable, handsmocked little girl's clothes. Custom designs and fabrics created to offer an affordable option to dressing your little girl. Beautiful and unique for special occasion yet priced affordable enough to wear everyday! Shop online today @meemeeslittlemunchkins.com 
Website: www.meemeeslittlemunchkins.com
E-mail: meemeeslittlemunchkins@gmail.com


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PRIZE #3

A gift voucher of $35AUD from Emma Loves to Sew! (The winner will be provided with a code to be able to use this offer).

EmmaLovesToSew:
Handmade items for your loved ones, created in Stanthorpe QLD by a 'work at home Mum' to 2 boys aged 3.5 and 4.5. 
I love to not only sew for little girls but also the boys.  My range includes clothing for both boys and girls but also bibs, nappy wallets, crayon rolls, car rolls (using my own unique track design), art cases, appliqued T-Shirts with my most popular being birthday T-Shirts and my Christmas/Easter range.  A lot of my items are created for custom order, so if there is something you like and not sure if I can do it, just ask me Click Me!"


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PRIZE #4

A gift voucher of $20AUD from OrganiKare. (The winner will be provided with a code to be able to use this offer. Offer expires within 6 months).


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PRIZE#5 

A gift voucher of $20AUD from OrganiKare. (The winner will be provided with a code to be able to use this offer. Offer expires within 6 months).

OrganiKare:
OrganiKare is a business run by a mum of two beautiful girls, selling health care products for all your personal hygiene needs to home care, food items and more. We take great pride in the products that we stock, and our philosophy is simple, we won't sell what we wouldn't use at home! OrganiKare was established in response to numerous inquiries by many friends and families who desired to make a health change. It is the encouragement that has inspired us to begin this new business with so much love and enthusiasm. Our passion is to provide you with premium quality products, without the hefty price tag.

We look forward to meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations.
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PRIZE #6: (Prize for all entrants)

A 20% discount from the first purchase at Organic Origins.This offer is available for all first time customers via this blog. There is a minimum order of $120 for deliveries outside Metro Melbourne. It should be noted that due to the nature of the business, the delivery can be made to certain areas only. So, please check out their website to see whether you are within the area and whether you too can claim your discount).

Organic Origins
Certified Organic & Biodynamic
We are an online business, and therefore open 24/7!
Our site is a breeze, it's easy & it's fun!
Careful selection of the freshest and best from the Organic Suppliers of the Melbourne Markets,
Plus all your grocery needs and more.
We deliver direct to your home or office through-out Metro Melbourne and beyond.
Try it, you'll love it! Good for you. Good for the Planet.
Organic Origins - Delivering a healthy future.

Website: http://www.organicorigins.com.au/







Wednesday, 12 September 2012

POTATO DISH


patates kavurmasi

This recipe is a recipe that I have first learnt from my mum and then my sisters and I have carried on. It makes a great filling breakfast dish but can also be used as a pie or pastry filling. 

Ingredients:
4-5 medium potatoes
1 medium/large onion
Tomato paste
Coriander (powder)
Salt
Black pepper
Chopped parsley (optional)
Olive oil

Method:
Boil and peel the potatoes (it is preferable to boil the potatoes with the skin on and when it cools down enough to touch, then peel). Mash them roughly. In a pan, heat up some oil and fry the chopped onion. Add some tomato paste (about a tablespoonful). Add the mashed potatoes and in medium heat, cook a little until everything is mixed well. Add your seasoning of salt, black pepper and coriander powder and mix again. You can turn the stove off after about 5 minutes. If you like, you can add some chopped fresh parsley to this mixture soon after you turn off the stove. Serve hot.


Monday, 10 September 2012

TUTORIAL: How to Make Paper Lantern

Click here for the tutorial if this paper lantern pleases your taste.

If you are interested in something like this, check this tutorial out. There is a free downloadable butterfly template too!

Alternatively, you could go for something like this. Would you believe this look was achieved by using some coffee filters? You may need a bit of patience to make this but the end result is divine! Check out the tutorial (Note: This particular tutorial is not written in English. However, the pictures are universal and have made it easy to understand for anyone around the globe!)

Lastly, if all you want is something simple and easy to complete a particular theme, head over to this tutorial

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

SHARPENING SCISSORS

makasCut through some aluminum foil. Place about 6-7 layers of aluminum foil on top of each other and cut through it to sharpen your blunt scissors! If it doesn't end with the result you are after after the first go, do it a few more times and you will be impressed!

kitchen foil
Note: You can also use some sandpaper to sharpen your scissors with. Just cut into some thin layers of sandpaper and see the difference!

Monday, 3 September 2012

TUTORIAL: DIY Canvas

I am totally in love with this design and the idea in general. It is such a fun little project and a great way to add something personal to your home decor! Choose your own colours and themes and go with it.

DIY home decor

Click here to access to the tutorial. 

DIY wall hanging design and tutorial

Photo Credit: http://www.weddingwindow.com/blog/2012/07/23/diy-chevron-heart-wall-hanging/


Saturday, 1 September 2012

DID YOU KNOW ...? (35)


Red food colour comes from cochineal insects!