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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Check out my google.com/+MarietteVandenMunckhofVedder ABOUT page, where you see my other LINKS and email address; you just scroll down.Thanks!
Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others... 

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

{Hoya Carnosa Nectar for Hummingbirds}

After a post about limiting sugar in our daily diet, another post about the yummy Nectar for our Hummingbirds from the Hoya Carnosa blossoms.
We do keep our Hoya Carnosa - Wax Plant, in the gazebo during spring, summer and autumn.
Easily accessible for our Hummingbirds to enjoy its yummy nectar!
Husband Pieter captured this great photo!
A hummingbird has to consume about twice its body weight every day!
Just imagine if we would have such a high metabolism...

Related link:
Our Hummingbirds on July 19, 2011 | On YouTube
Hummingbirds | Educational Resources link
{Our Fragrant Hoya Wax Plants in October} | previous post by me
{Our Fragrant Hoya Carnosa - Wax Plant} | Previous post by me

Monday, August 18, 2014

{Yogurt Secret for my Size and Weight}

 Just have to share with you this Yogurt Secret for my Size and Weight. Well, since 2007 when I got diagnosed as being Diabetes type 2, both of us have been reading labels religiously. That was quite an eye opener as it is SO MISLEADING at times. If one does not pay any attention or just believes that any fat-free yogurt is a good choice, sugars and calories can be stacking up on you!
This is our Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt of choice; from Trader Joe's.
We have to drive long distance in order to stock up on this one but it pays off.
We eat it with FRESH seasonal fruit, nothing else!
NOTE the Serving Size = 1 cup or 227g!
Total Fat 0%
Saturated Fat 0%
Cholesterol 0%
Sodium 3%
Potassium 8%
Total Cabohydrate 2%
Dietary Fiber 0%
Sugars 6g
Protein 44%
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This comparison is using a Serving size of only 6 oz!
So let us convert that: 
Our Trader Joe's Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt is 32 oz or 908 g = 27.375 g per ounce! 
So a 6 oz serving size would yield 164.25g versus a serving size of 227g! 
Which is 38%  MORE; thus a lot higher sugar etc!
The sugar for e.g Fage is NOT 7g but 9.66g when adding those 38%!
It is even worse for the rest down the list... with the added 38%!
Stonyfield Farm Fat Free Chocolate Underground Yogurt adds up to a whopping 48.3g... which is EIGHT times that of our Trader Joe's Greek Yogurt Nonfat Plain.  
Fage does list those 9.66g as only 9g... Would love to have a loan from them if they do their calculation like that!
But as a consumer you have to really study the labels and compare the same serving sizes!
Watch out for publications and advertisements that only mention Fatsecret as they love to bypass the sugar issue...
6 Best Foods You're Not Eating
Another benefit of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt is the fact that the liquid whey has been strained out which makes it thicker and creamier.
A BIG bonus is that it contains TWICE THE PROTEIN of regular yogurts!

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{SUGAR is your #1 enemy!} | previous post by me

Friday, August 15, 2014

{White Bougainvillea}

When we were in Florida at the Bok Tower Gardens in May, we did buy us a White Bougainvillea at the gift shop.
A very neat way for keeping pot plants outdoors, to be picked up by customers and paid for inside the gift shop. 
Such beautiful blossoms...
This is the entire plant inside its new pot on our patio.
Its flowers hang kind of upside down...
The above two photos show even a little greenish flower because it is old and it was not that sunny.
But 13 days later in full sunshine with new blossoms, it looks like this!
This photo shows the same blossom.
The first photo (top) has been made one week after these last two photos and it shows an even whiter blossom.
Don't you love these white beauties?

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{Bok Tower in Lake Wales, Florida} | previous post by me



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