Ever wondered what to do with your left-over shells after you had your delicious snack of walnuts, hazelnuts or pistachios? You don’t have to just throw it away. There are many ways to utilize those little, hard husks. Using the shells of the nuts in your life has one major advantage – it is extremely environmentally friendly. Let’s be honest here. A lot of the materials like plastic we use in our day to day lives are not very eco-conscious. Well, the good news is that by using nut shells as a substitute you can stray from reaching for many of the plastic-made items. Working with shells can also be very fun, creative and interactive. The outside armor of our favorite nuts can be transformed into all kinds of useful items for your house, pet, garden to your beauty regime and even the environment herself.
1.Compost made of nutshells
If you want to spruce up your garden, an ideal way to create your own compost is adding some nut shells to it. Good compost is supposed to be made of green and brown ingredients that can break down to carbon and nitrogen. Just store your nut shells in a bag until you have at least 1/2 gallon. You must grind them down as it makes the decomposing faster. Mix the nutshells with dried leaves and other green ingredients. Add some soil and water and enjoy your homemade compost.
“Ice tea! Nothing is half so refreshing as a glass of black tea piled high with ice! More than a quencher of thirst, it is a tamer of tempers, a lifter of lethargy, and a brightener of smiles. It is a taste of Winter’s chill, magically trapped in midsummer’s glass.”
― Paul F. Kortepeter, Tea with Victoria Rose
What better way is there to describe this sweet, refreshing drink? There is nothing more satisfying than a big, cold, sugary glass of iced tea to accompany you through a hot, summer day. Bottled or freshly made, iced tea is always a perfect idea when you feel a little too warmish.
This tasty drink is often served with lemon or lime (In the South-West of the US). It is common for the iced tea to vary depending on the countries where it is made. For example, in America, they use black or fruit flavored tea. In Thailand – Ceylon tea is favored and Hojicha is more popular in China.
The recipe of how to prepare iced tea firstly appeared in cookbooks around 1876 and 1877, but this drink had already been known throughout the USA since the 1860s. At the beginning, this sweet, delicious tea was not very widely spread. This was the case up until it was featured on hotel and railroad station menus. During the 1904 World’s Fair, Richard Blechynden made it even more popular.
With summer being around the corner, we are all starting to dream of those nice, warm days to come. However sometimes the heat can become too much and what is better in those situations than a tasty, cold drink? Whether it is for a cocktail or ice-tea, at some point we are bound to add a couple of ice cubes to a delicious beverage in order to freshen ourselves up. But where did the idea of using those diamond-looking cubes that keep as chill (in more than one way) came to be? And how were they made originally? Plus, what interesting ways there are for you to use your ice cube trays?
Well, it all begun around the 19-th century when people started harvesting ice mostly from the east coast of the USA and Norway for commercial uses. The process of producing, transporting and selling the “frozen merchandise” was called ice trade or frozen water trade. Stored in special ice houses, the harvested ice was later transported to destinations all around the world with the help of ice wagons. In 1790 ice was a privilege only the wealthy had. But the ice was becoming a very important trade during 1830 as it was being used to store fruits and vegetables. In 1840 it found its way into the process of producing lager beer, that needs to be made at lower temperatures.
The candlestick is a beloved, illustrious, convenient kind of portable illumination, but it can be also home décor, or part of a beautiful tradition. It is brought into existence by the inspired humanity, which was tired by lurking in the shadows.
Once upon a time, people tamed fire and eventually had to come out with something to keep their candles in their place. Simply imagine how the ancient Aryans had to light candles to appease the God of Storms and tie them to the Sacred Oak Tree, for the lack of better equipment.
The candlestick was invented in Ancient Egypt, among other things like clocks, wigs, makeup, toothpaste, and high heels – generally, all kinds of creative and beneficial stuff. The need for it arose since ancient philosophers and writers needed light, when they worked after sunset, or late at night – and those were ambitious, industrious people. In the dawn of human civilization, the candlesticks served mainly for illumination. Nowadays, they have vital ritual and decorative significance – we use them to adorn our homes at Christmas, in the bright, blessed day of our wedding, or when we say goodbye forever to a loved one – in sickness and in health because in all traditions fire is held sacred.