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.
Thinking about a get-away? Well, February through May and September through November are the ‘off-season’ months. So now would be the best time to plan a vacation. Airfares are lower, hotels are cheaper, car rental rates are down and entrance fees into attractions are less. What can be better than coming home from a vacation with some money still left in the bank without having to compromise on the vacation?
First things first, vacation is a necessity, not a luxury like most people believe. Now that we got that cleared, here are some ideas that can help lower the cost of the vacation without compromising the experience.
- Budgeting throughout the year and setting aside some money each month will end up being a big help financially. Eliminate unnecessary spending such as going out to eat frequently, compare prices when grocery shopping, buy only the necessities and take advantage of the sales.
- Not waiting for the last minute to plan a vacation is a brilliant idea since the closer you wait to book and plan, the higher the rates will be. You want to plan everything from A-Z prior to the vacation, such as the car rental, hotel, attractions, food etc. enough in advance. Do your research. It will save you lots of money and time.
Looking for the perfect cookie recipe to impress your guests? Look no further. These crinkle cookies look professional and taste delicious, too! One thing to keep in mind, crinkle cookies have to be made exactly according to the recipe, adding the ingredients in the order specified, in order to come out perfect. Be sure to follow the directions below to ensure perfect cookies.
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons shortening
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
What’s a morning without coffee? Personally, I’ll drink/eat anything that is coffee flavored but hot coffee, just the smell alone nauseates me, let alone drinking a hot cup of coffee. For a good majority of the population, to even think about going through a day without coffee sounds absurd. Studies show that most people drink about three cups of coffee a day- a cup for breakfast, a cup for lunch, and yet another in the afternoon. Is drinking too much coffee really harmful for our bodies or is it just a myth? Let’s take a closer look at several pros and cons of coffee.
Pro: The caffeine found in coffee gives you the extra boost of energy that you may need to get through the day.
Con: Coffee stains teeth and gives you bad breathe.
Pro: Those who drink coffee with milk on a daily basis, have a smaller likelihood of suffering from depression.
Con: Caffeine can cause heart palpitation, insomnia, anxiety, heartburn and (in women) osteoporosis.
Pro: Coffee acts as a diuretic.
Con: Coffee acts as a diuretic and removes vitamins such as vitamin B1 from the body.
Pro: Coffee is believed to improve your memory since it cleans toxins that are found in the bloodstream.
Con: Coffee slows down the production of anti-aging hormones, allowing your body to age faster.
We live in a disposable world. Simple things that can have many uses (such as orange peels) are tossed without a second thought. In trying to be eco-friendly, we came up with a couple of uses for orange peels:
Orange Peel Candles This is a really cute idea for a casual party – plus, the orange peels give off a great scent!
1. Prepare the amount of oranges you want to use. Slice off the top of the orange and scoop out the orange (the same way you would eat a grapefruit).
2. Fill the entire orange with wax. If you don’t want it to burn for that long, you can fill it halfway with water and then wax. You can purchase wax HERE. Simply follow the directions that come with the wax to melt it down. Alternatively, you stick a candle in the orange but it won’t have the same look.
3. Stick a wick in the wax and light the candle – Voila! You’re all set! The orange peel will give off a sweet orange scent and the best thing is, you can reuse the candle holders. Just fill it up with wax again!
The flames of a fire, in a romantic, poetic setting such as a fireplace, campfire, etc., can be beautiful and relaxing. However, if the right precautions are not taken, fire can be dangerous, disastrous and a person’s worst nightmare. It can turn a person’s world up-side-down within seconds. Here are some safety measures that we can take so that this way we can enjoy the beauty of fire.
1. We all know that candles aren’t safe. The problem is that we don’t realize how unsafe jar candles can be. Jar candles seem to give people a sense of security since they are enclosed. What can happen to a mason-jar candle is that the flame super-heats the glass, which possibly will result in the glass exploding. In this case, melted wax oozes out, along with the metal tab that contains the wick, which can then ignite the surface. When this scenario takes place, and it does, homeowners are always shocked because they thought that the jar offered foolproof protection. In reality, any candle that is three quarters of the way melted poses a risk and should be doused and discarded.
2. It may not be on top of our minds, but fires can start in the laundry room- often because of problems with dryer vents. Lint can and does collect in unexpected places. Your best defense is to check, every now and then, where the dryer vent attaches to the back of the appliance and the wall to make sure that it is securely attached. In the event that you find it to be loose, clean away all the lint from around the surrounding area and tighten the clamp using a screwdriver.
We got an interesting email last week that we’d like to share with our readers. One of our customers ordered a Keurig B30 Mini Personal Single-Serve Brewing System and we shipped it with UPS. Our customer emailed us to let us know that when UPS came to deliver the package, instead of walking up to his front door and ringing the bell, as would be expected from any decent delivery guy, especially one that is delivering a package containing a delicate coffee maker, he tossed the package 15 feet in the air and it landed on the hard cement on the other side of his fence!
Now, to be perfectly honest, UPS is quite fair with their claims process. Had the package been damaged (our customer notified us later that thankfully, it was not) we would have gotten our money back in no time in order to provide him with a new coffee maker. As we have no idea who the driver was, we forwarded the complaint to our UPS account manager for further action. Are we confident that this won’t happen again? Definitely not. Was the driver reprimanded or penalized for the way he treats deliveries? We can’t imagine. So what can be done to ensure this doesn’t happen again? Absolutely nothing.
Unfortunately, UPS drivers are the among the most underpaid, overworked work bracket so we can’t actually blame them. Or can we? Can UPS take responsibility for each of their thousands of drivers across the United States? Who do we blame here?
When water freezes, the density of the water decreases, causing the water to expand. This is why, when water freezes in pipes, it could only mean one thing- trouble. The frozen water in the pipes can cause the pipes to burst, and allows the unfrozen water to get away which can then result in severe property damage. The most common places for pipes to freeze are in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls since there is little to no insulation making it very vulnerable especially if there are cracks. Some tips:
- Every member in your household should know where your main water shut-off valve is located in case of emergency. Do an annual check of the shut-off valves to make sure that it is working as it should be.
- Check to make sure that the water to your outdoor faucets is shut off inside your house via a turnoff valve, and that all the lines are drained before the temperature drops anywhere close to freezing point.
- In the event that a pipe does freezes or burst, shut the water off at once. Never attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Very often, the freezing of the pipes causes minor cracks in pipes or joins that can leak once thawed.
- To thaw the pipes apply heat using a blow-dryer, heater or hot water. Never use propane or kerosene heaters or blow torches because of fire hazards. Once the water has thawed, check the pipes for cracks and leaks.
- To prevent pipes from freezing, wrap them with insulation or layers of fabric or newspaper.