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DIY: Linen and Lace Pillow Cover


Hello lovelies, I am back with a new DIY house project just for you.  This is a great way to rethink grandmas doily's. If you like sewing this going to be very simple! otherwise you can buy a ready empty pillow cover in your favorite color. Preferable size 40cm x 40cm (16” x 16”). Pillow cover made from linen and cotton fabrics and we will mix it with handmade bobbin-lace doilies as follow: 

On the front side: used a natural brownish-gray linen, delicate white doilies and carefully stich it to the front.  

Backside: use white cotton and close it with white buttons or use zipper on the sides as shown on photos above.  


You can also use burlaps, the combination of soft elegant lace, with the rustic look of burlaps, creates a wonderful juxtaposition to fit in with any shabby chic decor. 




ENJOY IT! 



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Salad Recipe: Fresh Salad For A Hot Day





Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad with Bacon Poppy seed Dressing. ( 2 SERVINGS,  10 MINUTES total time ).
Try not to love this salad! I dare you!




INGREDIENTS:
6 cups baby kale {prewashed kind}
2 cups sliced strawberries
1 ripe avocado, sliced 

for the dressing-
4 slices bacon
1/2 cup mayonnaise or sub plain greek yogurt
2 tablespoons stevia
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
salt & pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS:
Place kale, strawberries and avocado into a large bowl and set aside.

For the dressing, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan and drain bacon on paper towels. Crumble into small pieces and whisk together with remaining ingredients. Drizzle over salad and serve




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Among Olive Trees





Thoughts of olives on a pizza or olives in a salad make one think about Greece, Italy and Spain. However, Morocco is second only to Greece in exports of olives to the world market and are one of Morocco's primary exports. The increase in olive production in Morocco has in many cases served farmers well, yet it seems to simultaneously have environmental impacts. The degradation of the land in Morocco, caused in part by increased agricultural production, is an important issue to be cognizant of when entering a discussion of Moroccan agriculture and her olive subsector. 

The olive branch for centuries has been a symbol of peace. The olive is a small, naturally bitter, oily fruit that contains a pit. It also requires a distinct curing process before it is edible. The olive curing process is one of the most fascinating aspects of the olive. Every country has its own way to cure olives. In Morocco, there are hundreds of ways to cure olives. The ripening process of an olive is also quite remarkable. The fruit passes through a spectrum of colors from pale green, to tan, to violet, to brownish-red and finally to black. Yet, before the ripening and curing stage comes the development of the olive. In May, flowers emerge from the olive tree and these give birth to tiny beads. These beads fatten and harden until September. In September and October, the olive is usually fully formed and can be picked and cured. However, olives usually do not completely ripen until winter. While this is a cursory introduction to the olive, it does not begin to portray the regal nature of the olive and how its existence and presence has defined the essence of many civilizations.

The olive's history in Morocco can be traced to Greek colonizers on Sicily. The colonizers brought the olive to the island and took trees across on to the mainland. Eventually, as trade routes developed, the olive was brought west. The Romans were responsible for planting huge groves in North Africa and by the tenth century, olive trees covered the islands of the Mediterranean and ringed its shores in southern Europe and northern Africa. Thus it is not surprising that the olive is one of Morocco's most fabled, and recently has reemerged as one of its most important, crops.

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Info, research source : TED Case Studies
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