Round Kitchen Tables – The Best You Can Buy

Whenever one is decorating a house or rearranging their home, tables play a huge role in determining what can go where and what amount of space can be saved if placed in a certain way. In every room however, there is always need for more table top space and here is where round tables fit perfectly into the picture. Round tables are most ideal for hosting meals for the entire family regardless of the occasion.

Comparison between round tables and square tables

round table kitchen setRound tables are the best to have when hosting a dinner where people’s main concern is the discussions, informal talks or even jokes. Although in most homes one is likely to find the square top tables.

The square top tables make it difficult, in the case of a family, to ensure that the children are disciplined at the table, and there is a way that some members are obstructed from others.  You can also learn a lot of cooking tips on this blog.

1. Seating advantage
The lack of corners in a round table is an advantage in terms of the fact that one can arrange the seats in a creative way or just leave it at people’s discretion to sit as they please and they end up being round the table. The round table can be fitted into any space in the kitchen without any hustle owing to its shape.

2. Ease of conversing
The round table provides for every person being able to see the other person, thus easing the conversation. The square table hides those at the extreme ends beside you, and cuts them off from your conversation; it only makes it easy for you to converse with those who are sitting right across.

The round table also makes it easier to pass around the food since it is at the center, making it easier to host any gathering of the family in a more convenient way.

3. The children’s preference
Children like to have fun and interact with people during a meal, and the round table provides them with this opportunity to do so and also learn from the grown-ups by imitating them.

4. Round tables hold comparatively more people
The circular nature of the table makes it possible to seat people all round, a quality that is not enjoyed by those that are at a rectangular table or square, where at the corners there is no way someone can sit comfortably.

5.An eclectic collection of chairs
A round kitchen table goes along with any type of chairs as long as it is covered with a nice table cloth and therefore one does not need a whole set of seats to come with it.

Organizing Small Kitchen Like a Pro

The tiny home trend is tops on my list of loves, but a tiny kitchen? Face it, in a small space you can’t have a kitchen that is a jack-of-all-trades — accommodating schoolwork, mail, laundry, recipe hunting and cooking duties. You have quite a few measuring cups, multiple cutting boards, and a bunch of tasting spoons. There are an exaggerated number of kitchen gadgets and tools. So less desirable. Unless you don’t cook at all (in which case, feel free to store your out-of-season clothes in the kitchen cabinets!), the small kitchen’s main chore is meal prep. It may be helpful to have options while you cook, but it only makes cleaning up that much harder! Many of these items are single purpose and can be replace by a simple knife. They pretty much go hand-in-hand, though. So focus first on function, making sure you have the appliances and work areas you need.

Try this instead: Use the same tools throughout the whole cooking session. When selecting kitchen tools, select items which will either be used a lot or can be used for multiple purposes. For urbanites, apartment dwellers and small-home owners, the heart of the home can become the bane of your existence when space is at a premium. You may be able to save a bit of space by using scaled-down or innovative appliances, including refrigerator and freezer drawers and pint-sized microwaves, stoves (some with just two burners) and single sinks. When it comes to your mixing bowls, tools, and utensils, rinse and reuse what you’ve already got out instead of grabbing for a new clean one (and multiplying your mess). First of all, you need to understand that a small kitchen cannot accommodate everything.

I recently determined that the inner basket of my salad spinner (an item we use weekly) doubles as a colander, thereby eliminating the need to have both of theses items. But maximize every inch of precious space, and you and your kitchen will be able to work wonders together. If your prized possessions include fancy diner ware then trade large cabinets and cupboards for pot wracks and make maximum use of the wall space too. There isn’t space for mail storage, laundry stuff and lots of recipe books. Another example is our mandolin that has multiple blades for multiple cutting purposes.

Perhaps the most crucial element of the small kitchen is the careful editing of objects and appliances. A stylish pot rack with inbuilt lighting over the dining area looks and works brilliantly. You need to focus on everything related to cooking. I originally had a box grater and another smaller grater, but then decided that the mandolin could accomplish the same result. This can be practical not only because storage space is limited, but because in many small kitchens, stored objects are visible, becoming part of the decor as well as functional tools for living.
Kitchen Cabinet
Hook and shelve attachments to the walls if thoughtfully done can be very a stylish way to make your kitchen look larger and show off your collection of cutlery. Use modern scaled-down appliances, built-ins and of course cabinets with practical organizers. I now just have the one tool instead of three. Many of the small kitchens pictured use clever storage solutions like magnetic strips for knives, hanging pot racks, and wall hooks for everything from mugs to stirring spoons to bowls. Just don’t forget to go through all your cabinets once in a while.

Instead of a large drying rack, I simply spread a towel across the counter on which to set the clean dishes to dry. Chances are, you already have drawer dividers in your cutlery drawer, but why not expand these for use in other drawers used to store other equipment and utensils? Otherwise, they soon will be filled with lots of unnecessary things and as a side effect, your countertops will be covered with clutter too. For example, sectioning off parts of your drawers can be an easy way to organize bags of rice, pasta, cans of food, spices, and more!

Improving Your Spiritual Health – Through Cooking

I think maybe because she has such a cult following I’ve actually been compelled to rebel and NOT get on the Oprah bandwagon, but my free Oprah’s Life class journal arrived in the mail the other day (long after the series ended, and I don’t even have the OWN channel in the first place) — just another one of those random free things I sign up for when I remember to — and it inspired me to locate the webcasts on her site and start watching them. Well, surprise! I’m loving every minute of it, and I take each class very seriously.

Not exactly where you might expect a post on spirituality to start, but it reinforces the point I’m intending to make: that, at least to me, spirituality and religion are two different things, and it’s up to you to mix and match what you believe in, how you want to spend your time, what you need in your life at any given moment and how both (or one or the other) can nurture you and help you grow during the hard times and the easy ones.

It’s difficult sometimes among the many roles we all play, whether you’re a father, mother, employee or employer, to always feel authentic, always feel like you’re living your truth, your best life and sticking by what you believe in. Heck, sometimes it’s hard to even KNOW what you believe in. Which is why I have these tips to wake you from your spiritual (or religious) slumber, at a time when I’m sure we can all use them:

  • Think outside of the box. For years and years I had guilt about not attending church as often as I felt I “should” — until a very wise woman told me, Don’t go to church because you think you should, or because so-and-so goes, or because you were brought up a certain way; go to church when you WANT to. When you want to connect, talk with God, have a conversation with Him. And you know what? No one had ever said that to me before. The rest of the time I may spend in prayer alone, and I feel okay with that — but that’s my truth, so it may not fit you. The idea here is to realize that not doing “the norm,” or going against the grain, just might fit you. Once you find comfort, you’ll know it’s right.
  • Do some research. The internet is a great place for learning about all kinds of things, but in this instance I would recommend picking up an actual book. Read about Islam, whatever it is that has always interested you or frightens you or seems way too “out there” for you, and explore it. You’ve got nothing to lose, and opening your mind to new expressions of religion and spirituality can strengthen the beliefs you already have or bring you new ideas and inspiration if you’re starting from scratch. We all need to feel that sort of connectedness to some greater purpose or being, no matter how much you may wish that weren’t true.
  • Feel the fear. Even just talking about this on the cooking blog feels strange to me, but one of the things I learned from Martha Beck on her webcast this week was that if you feel uneasy about doing or saying something, it may be because you’re actually telling yourself some sort of lie about your beliefs and how they relate to that action — in this case, that it’s “wrong” or “stupid/silly” to write about this topic on a so-called food or diet blog. Wrong? Stupid? I challenged that belief, and I decided to do it anyways, because it wasn’t something I was truly dreading inside; it’s more of an invigorating sort of fear, which I know I should push through because, honestly, the judgment or the reaction doesn’t matter. In the same way, finding your comfort in spirituality or religion should be just that — yours — and although it may be tough at times, you shouldn’t let other peoples’ comments change your mind. What do you feel when you’re engaging in the spiritual or religious activity of your choice? If it’s comfort, but you feel uncomfortable talking about it to a friend or a relative, it may just be that you’re telling yourself that person will reject you because of your beliefs, so you must be wrong. That’s the lie. No one can say what’s right or wrong in this instance about your relationship with God or The One or The Universe or whatever you choose to believe in. Feel the fear, or the discomfort, or the judgment, and challenge it until you discover the comfort and the truth.
  • Enlist a friend. If there IS someone who shares your curiosity, invite him or her to an event with you, whether it’s a church service or a yoga class. There are a million options out there, and sometimes going through an experience like that (especially if it’s your first time) can create deeper relationships. Plus, you’ll always have someone to bounce your subsequent thoughts and reactions off of. That way, in discussing it with each other, you can also establish whether the activity is good for the both of you or if you need to part ways and strike out on your own. The moral support and familiarity to start, however, may bolster your confidence to get out there and explore.
  • Take it slow. It can be tempting when embarking on any new routine (think exercise) to go all out from the start, and I wouldn’t consider this area to be any different — but asking yourself too many questions and challenging too many beliefs too soon can be more stressful than it is eye-opening. My natural tendency is to plow through everything just to get it done, check it off my to-do list, but that’s the exact opposite approach to take here. It’s a constant journey with peaks and valleys as you find forms of spiritual expression that do and don’t agree with you. If any of you have a vision board going, I would even suggest considering transforming it into a “journey” board instead — this is something I just decided to do myself.
It really is a journey, and that’s not something you can take with you when you go — so do your best to feel your way through it without attaching yourself to any end result or outcome, like proving that you don’t have to go to church every Sunday or confirming your belief that meditation is a crock. Separate yourself from your ego as you explore each next step, and your enjoyment will be much more deep, profound and enlightening. Doesn’t that sound fabulous?

Why You Need To Have Vegetables in Your Diet

Thanks to fortification, it is easier than ever for a vegan to get their calcium. Here are some foods to have:

  • Soy milk, nut milks, and rice milks are often fortified with calcium. Make sure the product is vegan friendly and contains a good amount of calcium.
  • Nuts such as hazelnuts and almonds are also a good source of calcium.
  • Leafy green veggies and other vegetables such as bok choy, collard greens, turnip greens, and okra are also rich in calcium.

When preparing the vegetables, try not to boil them unless you drink the water. A lot of the calcium leaves the food during the cooking process and goes into the water.

Getting It Right

If you’ve been a vegan for a while, you may already have the hang of this. If not, you may want to plan some of your meals out in advance until you get the hang of it. Even if you’ve been a vegan for a while, it’s a good idea to periodically take a step back and plan a few meals. Not only will this help insure that you get the nutrients you need, but it helps build variety because you can plan meals around new ingredients.

Besides planning meals, you can also keep a food journal. In it, keep track of what you eat, how you cooked it, whether or not you like it, and if you would change anything. It’s also a good way to see if you are getting the right nutrients. You don’t need to analyze it too heavily. You can just glance at it to make sure you’re getting what you need.

It’s a good idea to take a multivitamin supplement in addition to eating a healthy diet. This will help you make sure your body has what it needs to keep you healthy.

Vegan Friendly Ethnic Cuisine

There are various ethnic cuisines that are largely vegetarian. As a result, they have a lot of tasty vegan dishes that you can enjoy. This gives your diet much needed variety.

Here is a short list of some of the cuisines out there. Most of these also have meat dishes, but their vegetarian options are very tasty.

Indian

There are plenty of grains and vegetable based options.

Chinese

The Buddhist monks eat a largely vegetarian diet.

French

Fresh fruits and vegetables form the centerpiece of this Mediterranean cuisine.

Italian

Italian food also focuses on fresh fruits and vegetables

Korean

Lots of rice and vegetables are consumed on a daily basis.

Thai

Much like traditional, produce based Chinese food, Thai also packs some heat.

Vietnamese

Another Asian cuisine that uses a lot of plant based foods.

Greek

This is another Mediterranean region cuisine that features a lot of fresh produce.

This list is by no means exhaustive. For example, Mediterranean cuisine in general is vegan friendly because there are a lot of dishes that focus on plant based foods. There are a lot of countries that make up that region including France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Morocco, and Algeria.

Asian cuisine in general also has a lot of dishes that are made primarily from plant based foods. Even if a recipe like a stir fry calls for some meat, you can easily leave it out without hurting the flavors.