Think Easter, think eggs. Easter eggs can be decorated in many different ways, be it coloring, dyeing or rubber banding. Wondering where the custom of decorating eggs came from? The truth is that nobody really knows.
Before you start decorating your eggs, you can either hard-boil them or blow them.
To make a blown egg, poke a tiny hole at the top and bottom of the egg using a large needle. Push the needle into the egg and break the yoke. Holding the egg over a bowl or a sink, blow into the egg until it is completely emptied out. Whether you boil the eggs or blow them, make sure the egg is 100% dry before starting.
The most popular technique to decorate eggs is by food-coloring. Just combine 2 teaspoons of vinegar with 1/2 tablespoon of food coloring and add some water. Then, ever so gently, add the eggs. The darker you want the eggs to be, the longer you have to leave the eggs in the dye. When you get to the desired shade, remove the eggs and pat it dry.
To add some stripes to the eggs, use rubber bands. Wrap the rubber bands around the eggs, and drop them into the dye. Once you reach the preferred shade, remove them from the dye, pat them dry and take off the rubber bands. Now you can either leave it at that or you can paint the stripes using a different color dye.
If you are more of the natural type and don’t own food coloring, you have no reason to fret. You can dye the eggs with some natural ingredients found in your kitchen. To make red dye, use cranberries. For green, use spinach. For blue, blueberries should do the trick. As for yellow, turmeric will do. Brown, use coffee. Purple, use beets. A second way of creating color naturally is by using different flavor teas.
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Do you ever find yourself with left over egg whites? Well, why not try these heavenly tasting meringues. It combines the rich taste of coffee and chocolate. When you get a craving for something sweet, grab a meringue instead of chocolate and save yourself some calories. Like most meringues, there is no margarine or oil. It’s just one of those delicious wonders.
2 egg whites
1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup slivered almond
It’s another one of those mornings- you know the ones when you can’t find anything that you are looking for and time has no intention what-so-ever of waiting for you? You find only one shoe, you never sewed the button back onto your shirt, you can’t find a clean pair of socks, your hem is down etc… According to statistics, your typical individual spends approximately 52 minutes a day trying to find misplaced items. No matter whether your closet is a hole in the wall or a walk-in, an organized closet is the key to starting your day off on the right foot.
Can’t seem to find room in your closet? You have two options: 1) You can organize and rotate your clothing by season. Whatever is not in season, store elsewhere i.e.: underbed storage bins, or 2) Move some of your clothing into a spare room.
Not sure how or where to start? First things first – empty your closet to the bare walls. Then, arrange your clothing, shoes and accessories into piles of good, garbage or give-a-ways. If you find that you have a hard time separating your clothes into these piles, there are professional organizers out there to give you that extra push.
What many people don’t realize is that the color of the paint in your closet makes an enormous difference. The lighter the paint, the airier and more spacious the closet will appear. If you aren’t in the mood of painting, additional lighting can be of help.
For those of you just starting up, it seems simple. Find the piece that meets your specifications, pay for it, and you’re done. Easy enough, huh? Not so fast. Many people have invested tens of thousands of dollars in equipment and installation, only to find out that it doesn’t pass inspection. We put together a list of all you need to know BEFORE you purchase your equipment. If you follow our instructions below, you shouldn’t have a problem passing inspection.
- Before purchasing anything, speak to the local fire department and health inspector. They will be able to tell you all you need to know about restrictions in your kitchen. They may even be able to give you a list of specs that you can compare with before purchasing.
- Stay away from used equipment. You never know who used it before and what happened with it when they did. The extra money you pay for a new item is worth the peace of mind and will avoid potential problems.
- In order to pass inspection, every piece of equipment you purchase for a commercial kitchen needs to have an NSF sticker. This is a small blue sticker that is found on every piece of equipment. Make sure it’s authentic and not a duplicate before purchasing. Without an NSF sticker, you won’t pass inspection and may be fined.
- If you are purchasing from a dealer that is not well known, be sure to check very carefully. The few dollars you save by going to a smaller company may cost you big bucks later on.
- Before purchasing equipment have your electrician and plumber come down to let you know what the kitchen can accommodate. You don’t want to purchase equipment and then have to redo the whole structure of the kitchen.
Why is it that some of us can eat to our hearts content and not gain any weight, while some of us gain some weight just by looking at food? The answer: metabolism. Metabolism converts calories into energy which our bodies use to perform daily tasks. However, a big chunk of it depends on how much energy you use. The more energy you use up, the more calories you burn. Just like fuel in a car- the more mileage you drive, the more fuel you use.
Although there are a few factors that take a toll on the metabolism, such as age, gender and yes of course, genes, there are some measures that you can take to boost your metabolism, burn more calories and shed some pounds.
1) Weight lifting- a pound of muscle can burn up to 35 extra calories a day. When weight training, your muscle tissue gets stressed out. Later, as it de-stresses, it gets repaired which causes your metabolic rate to increase.
2) Taking time to relax- stress slows your metabolism and causes you to store more fat in your abdomen. ‘Chill out!’
3) Eating breakfast- taking in 300 to 400 calories in the morning, ideally high- fiber cereal, low-fat milk and fresh fruit, will rev a still sleepy metabolism.
4) Smaller meals- having four or five small meals a day, instead of three big ones, helps burn more calories by keeping insulin levels steady.
With President’s Day next Monday, we thought we’d post up some fun facts about our presidents. Feel free to comment with your own trivia or facts related to our presidents!
- JFK is known as the youngest president, but he wasn’t – he was youngest inaugurated president, at age 43. Teddy Roosevelt was 42 when he succeeded assassinated McKinley.
- Franklin Pierce ran an old lady over with his horse while in term and was arrested (the charges were dropped).
- Harry S Truman’s middle name is just S – the S does not stand for anything.
- Although Barack Obama is known as the 44th president, he’s really the 43rd. Grover Cleveland is counted as the 22nd and the 24th president because he served for 2 non-consecutive terms.
- Teddy Roosevelt coined the name "White House". Before that, there was no official name.
- FDR was the first president to ride an airplane. Teddy Roosevelt was the first to ride a car. Andrew Jackson was the first to ride a train.
2 slices of pizza + a can of coke =approximately -$4.00 + 400 calories! $4.00 x 7 days/week = $28.00/week. 400 calories x 7 days/wk = 2,800 extra calories/wk. For the average man, 2 slices doesn’t do the trick, so we are talking about the minimum here. That being said, pizza still ranks as one of America’s most favorite food. No one is asking you to cut it out of your diet, but in these trying times, why not save on some money and calories? This pizza recipe is sure to be a real hit. Let’s keep the whole wheat ingredient a secret. Unless you spill the beans, they’ll never know.
1 packet active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 ½ cups warm water- 110°F
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon salt
½ cup whole wheat flour
5 ½ cups unbleached flour
Anybody who experiences a cold winter knows what it means to wake up in the morning in a hurry, run out to the car, only to find a layer of ice covering the windshield and windows. Well, first things first, you start the car and turn the heat dial onto defrost. Then you remind yourself about your faithful pal, the ice scraper- what a savior! Well, ice scrapers may surprise you with just how very handy and useful they can be - not just in the winter but all year round.
- Trying to clean your windows and leave them streak free? Forget the paper towels. All you have to do is attach an old cotton T-shirt to the top of a scraper and secure it with a rubber band. Spray on the window cleaner and use your new tool in an up-and-down motion to remove all the dirt without leaving any traces, such as white fuzz or lines, behind!
- Don’t know what to do about the ice buildup in your freezer? Say no more to freezer frost build up! An ice scraper is the just what the doctor ordered. It’s the perfect size to remove ice where it builds up in your freezer. The ice scraper even h as an added bonus to it over knives. The plastic won’t scratch the inside of your appliance the way metal does.
- Tile coming loose again? Don’t worry about not having a putty knife. Use your ice scraper when replacing a tile or two- be it in the bathroom, kitchen or anywhere else where tiles can be found. The scraper’s flat surface is perfect for smoothing out any excess grout so that it doesn’t ooze out from the sides of the tiles.
No, candy bars are not included in this list. While sugar will give you that temporary boost, you will still feel worn out and tired throughout the day. Here are 6 foods that will give you that long-term boost.
- Apples - the carbs combined with the natural sugars will give your body the energy it needs. Research has shown that eating an apple for breakfast will give you enough energy to get through the day. Of course, it will not keep you full so be sure to eat other foods with it, like a sandwich or eggs.
- Water - drinking water throughout the day will keep you hydrated and your metabolism running properly, thereby keeping your energy in check.
- Coffee - caffeine will give you an energy boost, but the key is to have in moderation. Too much caffeine won’t do you any good.
- Green Vegetables – broccoli, spinach, asparagus and romaine lettuce are rich in Vitamin C and/or Vitamin B, and are high energy foods.