Dudu-Osun

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We try to use as little chemicals as it is possible in our households, so if you are on the same page give a try to African black soap. Dudu-Osun is an all-natural miracle hand-made in Nigeria and Ghana, two regions famous for their perfect formula. There are so many uses for this product, it is not only a body soap. Try it as a shampoo – your hair will bounce,  and there will be less shedding with time. Use it as a laundry soap for hand-washing. It is the best pet soap in our experience. Our dog – a huge Bernese Mountain dog ( RIP, Rickshaw) always had the shiniest coat and healthiest skin since we’ve started using Dudu-Osun on him. African black soap works great as a face cleanser and makeup remover. If you have oily or acne-prone skin leather it up and leave on you face for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Now, look at this list of ingredients! Speaks for itself, really.

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Mean it!

We’ve entered the semi-empty hall of McCarran airport in the wee hours of the day. Not a lot of visitors leave Las Vegas so early; mostly it is people like us, who came here on business.  Just a little over an hour was left until departure. We pushed our three suitcases through the sliding doors and my husband said with a murderous tranquility, “We forgot our passports in the safe”.  I lowered myself on the floor with no any respect to the beautiful wool trousers while he rushed outside to grab a taxi. The long line to registration for our carrier stretched in front of me, people were sleepy and pallid looking, moving like somnambulant.  All thoughts abandoned me, the missing flight was a clear perspective, and for some reason that seemed fatal.

A guy in an airport uniform passed by greeting me cheerfully with a standard “how are you”. And out of the numbness of my brain I’ve answered “Terrible”.  Honestly, I didn’t mean to complain, or to load this early bird with our problems, and I immediately felt guilty. “Never mind, please, I am sorry, just a bad start, I am Ok, really”, I said, but he was not going anywhere. He made me tell him our story and put so much enthusiasm in explaining the times and distances between airport and Caesar’s Palace, that the hope was born.  The guy grabbed my suitcases and told me to follow him to the line. Why didn’t it occur to me before that getting in the queue would save at least 20 minutes!

Walking behind I started to reach for my wallet in the purse.  He stopped dead on tracks, turned around and said, “No, Ma’am. Just no!” You know what money means in Vegas, right?  You can’t take a breather here without tipping off the air.  Well, Tony refused a well-deserved tip.  He told my situation to everyone around and I got a lot of sympathetic ears and some good laughs in support. So when the turn came I only had to let ahead three persons before the husband appeared out of thin air, disheveled but victorious. My angel Tony the airport guy made sure that we were registered, the luggage was dropped off and we were on our run to security and boarding.  And we made it by the skin of our teeth.  Thank you, Tony! Honest, kind and cheerful. 

If you think that it is not that big of a deal, I admire you – because probably you would do the same and help a stranger without any gain for yourself.  For everyone else – when you ask “How are you?” please MEAN IT!

Lazy afternoon

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Let’s cook something easy on a cold day. Our choice is artichoke-jalapeño dip. We will need half a cup of the following:

Cream cheese

Sour creme

Mayonnaise

Grated Parmesan

Grated mozzarella or any other cheese of your choice (we used smoked Gouda)

and one jalapeño pepper, one can of artichoke hearts in water, a few cloves of garlic to taste, and chipotle pepper flakes (optional but totally yummy, especially if you like smoke flavor).

We doubled the recipe for a bigger batch:

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Now, in a bowl cream together these:

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Mix in grated cheeses, jalapeños, roughly chopped artichokes and chipotle flakes:

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Spoon into baking dishes. Sprinkle with cheese. We are going to freeze extras for future – it works great!

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Bake at 350 F for about 20 minutes and enjoy!

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