Friday, April 15, 2016

10 Fun & Easy Easter Crafts To Do With Your Kids!

Candy Envelope Bunnies

A fun way to say "Happy Easter" is with paper-envelope rabbits, bearing treats, of course! Use pompoms for the nose, thick paper to create the envelope and ears and fill it with goodies your kids love!
By: Martha Stewart

Colorful Paper Grass

How about using some "green" grass in kids' Easter baskets this year? Use shredded multi-colored paper and curl them with scissors to fill and decorate the inside of your Easter eggs basket.
By: Martha Stewart

Colorful Easter Egg Cup Stands

Go wild with colorful and patterned paper: cut them, roll them and stick them together using superglue or staples to create trendy Easter eggs cup stands. Last touch: draw faces on the eggs using a simple black and red markers. 
By: Indesignartsandcrafts

No-Dye Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

Use stickers and markers for a fun and creative way to decorate your Easter eggs. No artificial dyes here!
By: Pinterest.


Easter Bunny and Chick Fingerprint Craft

Make the cutest paintings using just your child's thumbprint, a stamp pad and a marker. Your little one is sure to love this sweet and easy craft, ideal for personalizing an Easter card or just a fun poster to hang in the room this season!

Bunnies & Chicks Decorated Plant Pots
Start by painting the plant pots, wait until dry, then paint their cheeks with a different color, wait again until dry. Stick crafty eyes and decorate their mustache, feathers...
By: Pinterest.

Pastel Easter Bunny Giveaways

Decorate small mason jars by adding bunny ears on their lids and drawing eyes and nose with a marker on the front side; fill them with candy as a gift giveaway for kids.
By: Pinterest.

Fuzzy Bunny Paper Plate 

This is a cute, fuzzy bunny craft your kids will just adore. You'll need cotton balls, a paper plate and a few other supplies to create this little bunny face, which makes a precious decoration for a door or the fridge this Easter.
By: All kids network.

Easter Egg Mustache Men
Googly eyes and some colorful paper mustaches cut from colored paper from the craft bin make it easy to create a half-dozen Easter egg mustache men who look a little bit like a barbershop quartet ready to serenade the table.
By: Coolmompicks.

Bunny Paper Bags 

Make these easy and quick-craft bunny bags as favors for children: fill them with treats, small gifts or anything fun! All you need is white lunch bags, thick paper, tape and scissors!
By: Goodhousekeeping.

Spend time with your kids doing these easy and fun Easter crafts and let them bring out all the creativity in them! Enjoy and happy Orthodox Easter to all!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Get To Know Baskinta: The Lebanese Town Hosting the IFTTC 2016

Baskinta, a Lebanese village situated in the Metn area, provides a combination of cultural, sport and religious tourism. The town of Baskinta will be hosting the upcoming International Fair Trade Towns Conference taking place in Lebanon on July 2nd & 3rd, 2016.

Baskinta was an inspiration to many literary pieces written by renowned authors, like Mikhail Naimy, who resided there. It also has its own literary trail which allows visitors to walk through the inspirational places writers have walked through and wrote about. It is also coveted for its beautiful nature that suits both winter and summer tourism, with snow in the winter and fun in sun summer activities.
In terms of agriculture, it is most famous for its delicious apples and cherries and has a food-processing cooperative that provides all traditional Lebanese products, especially jams.
Learn more about Baskinta.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Lebanese Fair Trade Towns" Project

‘Lebanese Fair Trade Towns’ is a project aiming at creating 10 Lebanese Fair Trade towns as a means to integrate villages in the global fair trade network.

Here are the 7 activities which are necessary to achieve in order to become a ‘ Fair Trade Town’:
1- The municipality signs a declaration of agreement to supporting Fair Trade and achieving Fair Trade Town status.
2- Increase the awareness & knowledge about Fair Trade in the community with the eventual aim of increasing the sales of fair trade and local produce in the community.
3- Encourage local businesses, institutions and producers to work in compliance with ethical fair trade criteria.
4- Organize an annual event with the theme of fair trade in the town, to which media will be invited.
5- Form a Fair Trade committee in the town.
6- Support local producers & help them to integrate into the fair trade network in Lebanon & elsewhere.
7- Work on the respect and protection of the environment and the tangible and intangible heritage.
The project is implemented by Fair Trade Lebanon and Mouvement Social. It is funded by the European Union and and managed by OMSAR (The Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform) in the framework of the AFKAR III program.
*Disclaimer: The contents of this page are the sole responsibility of Fair Trade Lebanon and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union and the Office of Minister of state for Administrative Reform*.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Celebrating "Zaatar Day" at boutique Terroirs du Liban

Terroirs du Liban* is proud to organize this special “Zaatar Day” event to revive and promote our delicious Lebanese Zaatar product.
We all know the classic zaatar recipe but have you ever tried zaatar recipe with coconut powder? What about zaatar mixed with ginger? The rest of the menu is full of surprises for you to discover!
Join us with friends and family to enjoy our delicious menu along with our live saj station!

For more information, do not hesitate to give us a call at +961 71 783444.
Date: Thursday, 16th April, 2016.
Time: 12 PM to 6 PM.
To learn more about our Terroirs du Liban Zaatar, click here

*Terroirs du Liban is an Ethical & Natural brand by Fair Trade Lebanon.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Un Globe Reporter dans les bureaux de Fair Trade Lebanon

Découvrez le reportage radio sur Fair Trade Lebanon réalisé en Février 2016 par un journaliste français lors de son passage au Liban!

Le projet Globe Reporters rassemble des journalistes, des enseignants et des concepteurs de l’univers numérique autour de projets pédagogiques basés sur de reportages participatifs afin de mobiliser les élèves dans leurs apprentissages.
Globe Reporters construit des passerelles entre différents univers : langue française, diversité culturelle, journalisme et éducation aux médias, culture numérique, développement durable et équitable, etc.

Photos prises à la boutique Terroirs du Liban.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

How to Make Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Stop pulling this off and give it a try this year: color your Easter eggs using all natural ingredients already available in your pantry and fridge! Natural dyes are actually very easy to make, all you need is some boiling water, a little white vinegar and the designated ingredient for each color.

Use Onion Skins for Orange:
2 large handfuls of onion skin + 2 cups water in a sauce pan. Simmer 20 minutes then add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar//Allow mixture to cool before dipping eggs. Dip 1-5 minutes (longer time for deeper color).

Use Beets for Pink:
2-4 tablespoons freshly grated beets + 2 cups boiling water + 1 teaspoon white vinegar// Dip eggs 1-5 minutes (longer time for deeper color). Don't worry if your eggs look more brown than pink at first. They will dry into a pretty pastel shade.

Use Turmeric for Yellow:
1-2 teaspoons ground turmeric  (كركم) + 2 cups boiling water + 1 teaspoon white vinegar// Dip eggs for 1-5 minutes (longer time for deeper color). Clean off any powder carefully with a damp paper towel.

Use Red Cabbage for Blue:
2-3 tablespoons chopped red cabbage + 2 cups boiling water + 1 teaspoon white vinegar// Place eggs in mixture over night. Do not touch or stir. Carefully remove the following day and allow to dry a few minutes in the spoon or dipping tool before transferring to carton.

Note: These measurements are proportional; for a larger quantity of water make sure to increase the dye ingredient quantity you are using!

Tips & Pictures by: Love and Cupcakes blog.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Field trip with Sofil Catering in Deir El Ahmar

On February 15th 2016, executives, chefs and staff members from Sofil Catering joined Fair Trade Lebanon for a visit to Deir El Ahmar.

The first stop of the day was at a food processing and production cooperative. It specializes in mouneh products using local recipes and savoir-faire.
The visitors tasted one of their iconic specialties: green beans makdouss.
Our next stop was at the Heliopolis Cooperative specialized in wine making. The grapes produced by the cooperative are the only grapes in Lebanon certified Organic and Fairtrade. Our visit there ended with some exquisite wine tasting.
Our last stop was at a catering specialized cooperative; its members not only cater for nearby events but also offer cooking lessons.

The day ended with a traditional and delicious lunch highlighting the specialties of Deir El Ahmar!

Monday, February 15, 2016

10 great reasons to use Orange Blossom Water!

Clear, perfumed, orange blossom water, is actually a by-product of the distillation process that creates the essential oil, from bitter-orange blossoms.
The flower water has been used for centuries in cooking and as a beauty product; it was especially favored by the French nobility, including Marie-Antoinette.

Today, it is widely available and here are ten uses and benefits of orange blossom water:

 1. Use it as a skin toner
Orange blossom water is excellent for the skin and is so gentle that it is a common ingredient in baby products in France. Use it to replace your usual toner, but be sure to buy the pure, natural distillations of the water.
Good to Know: Terroirs du Liban Orange Blossom Water is made exclusively from the natural and artisanal distillation of orange blossoms.

2. Create a soothing, relaxing orange blossom water bath
If you mix 3-5 cups of warm milk with half a cup of Orange blossom water and a couple of tablespoons of honey, and add the mixture to your bath, you will get a soothing and fragrant bath that will do wonders for your skin.

3. Make a traditional hand freshener
You can make with orange blossom water a great smelling hand cleanser for your guests after dinner, especially, if you’ve served finger food.

4. Use it as an air freshener
Rather than filling your home with the scent of artificial products from a commercial air freshener, why not fill it with the natural scent of flowers? Pour one or a few teaspoons of orange blossom water in a bowl of boiling water and let the delicate orange perfume fill your home.

5. Use it in your bedroom to help you sleep
As well as smelling fresh, orange blossom water is also well known for its calming and comforting effects. Sprinkle some on your bed sheets and the scent will help you to gently drift off to sleep. It can stain some fabrics though, so try a little on a corner of the sheet first, to be safe.

6. Add it to water as a drink
For a subtly flavored and slightly sweetened refreshing drink, try adding ½ teaspoon of orange blossom water to a glass of cold water.
For a soothing hot drink: add ½ teaspoon of orange blossom water to a mug of hot water…enjoy and relax!

7. Use in salad dressings
Orange blossom water is often used in salad dressings (Moroccan recipes rely a lot on orange blossom water). Try making your own with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a tablespoon of lime juice or vinegar and ½ teaspoon of orange blossom water and a little pepper and salt.  It’s a beautiful way to dress green salads.

8. Use it to settle an upset stomach
In the Middle East, orange blossom water is given to children to treat upset stomachs, wind and indigestion. Be warned though, taken neat, the flavor is an acquired one! Tip: Dilute in water for a softer taste.

9. Use it in your steam iron
Add just a drop or two to the water in your steam iron and it will leave all your clothes with a long lasting blossoms scent.

10. Use with deserts
Orange blossom water is widely used to delicately flavor and fragrance deserts. It is especially good, when used in chocolate sauces, chocolate desserts, ice-creams and puddings; but make sure to use it very carefully. Any more than half a teaspoon will be too much.

Terroirs du Liban Orange Blossom Water is available in many local stores, find the entire list of shops here.

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