Summer is finally here and you know what that means- hot weather and of course Popsicles!!! Ever noticed how many Popsicle sticks you can collect in just a short amount of time? If your family loves Popsicles as much as mine does, you are now going to love the sticks even more. Learn how creative you can be with those sticks once thought to be so annoying.
1) Plant marker
If you’re anything like me, let’s just say you have a hard time remembering which plant is growing where in your garden. Nothing to worry about, it is just that we have a whole load of other things to on our minds. Is that plant parsley?… or maybe it’s thyme? Let the Popsicle sticks do the remembering for you by using them as plant markers. Simply mark the stick with the type of seed you planted and stick it into the ground.
2) Paint Stirrer Say good-bye to paint/glue marked fingers. Use the Popsicle sticks instead of your fingers to spread white glue or paint. You can also use it to stir paint when you want to mix colors or just need to stir some paint in a container.
What differentiates a fine dessert from a noteworthy finale? More often than not it’s just a minute dash of artistic intelligence that moves an ordinary dish up a notch. What makes a good dessert shine is the extra touch, the color, or the surprise that is found in the center. While a number of people might call it petty to believe that visual appeal is a determining factor in a dessert’s victory, the fact is that a superior staging plays a huge part in a dish’s reception.
Aside from the fact that it’s deliciously refreshing, this lemon sorbet in lemon cups dessert has that tiny extra something that transforms typical to impressive.
- 10-12 lemons (1 ½ cups of lemon juice)
- 4 cups water
- 2 ½ cups sugar
Cut the lemon in half.
Ever stop and think what life would be like if there were no ovens, refrigerators, kitchen gadgets and food prep machines? Although kitchens have been around just about forever, kitchen appliances and gadgets came to be over the years and are still being upgraded as we speak. Here are a few of the most important kitchen inventions by the most brilliant inventors. We are forever indebted to them.
2800 BCE- Soap-like material is found in Babylon in excavated cylinders.
600s– The Chinese invent porcelain.
900s– Restaurants, known as catering food establishments, came to be. Guess where? Thanks again, China.
1679– Cookware takes a giant leap forward when a French physicist and mathematician, Denis Papin, invents the cooker pressure. Dutch ovens are brought into England and the Colonies only a few years later.
1742– Ben Franklin invents the open stove, which uses a smaller amount of wood than the fireplace. In addition, it is by far safer than the fireplace, as it is in a closed-in area, rather than having an open fire.
1802– The gas stove came to be, but unfortunately does not become accepted until the 1880s, when cities begin setting up gas pipes.
Beans. Very nutritious and take only minutes to prepare. Being one of the greatest sources of fiber, beans have been proven to help reduce the risk of sugar related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, and hypoglycemia and lower cholesterol. In addition, they contain a large amount of vitamins and minerals including B vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and zinc as well as antioxidants.
This great take-a-long salad can make an excellent pot luck dish, or a great main dish. The longer it marinates, the tastier the salad.
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 14 oz, can corn, drained or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (wear gloves when handling with the jalapeno peppers)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
Red eyes, sneezing, and runny noses. No, it’s not the flu. It’s that yearly nuisance come back again. Hay fever! If it is not actually caused from hay nor does it cause a fever then just what is hay fever?
Hay fever is the frequently used name for the seasonal allergic rhinitis. There are some people who suffer from allergies on a daily basis that are caused by things such as dust, animals, or feathers. However, hay fever is seasonal and is most commonly caused by pollen from various plants. Outdoor allergens are the most difficult to control since they are all over, especially at the time of year when you spend most of the day enjoying the fresh air.
Hay fever is more widespread in Western countries; in fact, according to statistics, it’s the most common allergy in the US. Why do some people suffer from hay fever so badly, others mildly, while others don’t suffer at all? Doctors believe that it may well be hereditary. It also seems that those who suffer from asthma or eczema are more prone to develop hay fever or other allergies.
These cookies definitely take a bit of effort, but the beautiful results will encourage you to make them again and again. They are very well worth the extra effort!
¾ cup + 2 ½ tablespoon (7 oz.) margarine
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 packages vanilla sugar
Pinch of salt
4 egg yolks
3 cups flour
8 tablespoon finely ground pecans
Amaze your guests of all ages with this treat. Kids and grown-ups alike will give you a standing ovation for this stunning parfait. From the fluffy texture to just the ideal level of sweetness, you will not be able to stop yourself from going back for one more spoonful.
Chocolate Mousse Ingredients
- 2 teaspoon gelatin
- 6 tablespoons cold water
- 2 cups liquid topping or heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup sugar
- 2/3 cup Dutch process cocoa
- ½ teaspoon instant coffee
Vanilla Mousse Ingredients
- 1 ¼ teaspoon gelatin
- ¼ cup cold water
- 1 cup liquid topping or heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Grates chocolate for garnish (optional)
This spring, when you think about cleaning, reflect on Mother Earth and your wallet. Instead of using the chemical filled household cleaning products, use the “green” products. The natural cleaners are just as effective and definitely are safer. Vinegar and baking soda take first and second place as the safest, most effective cleaners.
A bit of white vinegar mixed with water cleans the counters, floors and windows beautifully and even kills mold, mildew and bacteria. Baking soda is great for the kitchen and bathroom since it cleans metal and plastic and will even absorb odors. Liquid castile soap makes an excellent choice for general cleaning.
Let’s get started in the kitchen.
Using 1 ½ cups of white vinegar with 2 quarts of water and ¼ cup of baking soda wipe down the cupboards, counters, backsplashes, walls, appliances and light fixtures. As for cutting boards, wipe them down using baking soda and then spray them with either lemon juice or vinegar. Rinse them off with water after about five minutes. For the tougher stains, heat up water and white vinegar 1:1 and scour.
Stainless steel sinks can be cleaned by pouring some baking soda on a wet sponge. Buff it with a cloth to make it shine again. Find out how to keep the drains clean by viewing our post on unclogging drains. To keep you chrome faucets shining, combine 2 tablespoons of salt plus a teaspoon of vinegar and rub it over the faucets.
With one mouthwatering holiday meal following the next, your kitchen sink drain suffers quite a beating at this time of the year. Clearing your sink drain is surprisingly an uncomplicated chore, especially when you’re prepared with useful information and the correct paraphernalia. The following guidelines are another opportunity for you to save some money and will lend a hand in unclogging your clogged drain-from slight to obstinate and everything in between.
- Shot number 1. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of baking soda into the drain, and then chase it down with 1 cup of vinegar. Let the combo break down the goo for approximately 15 minutes. After that, pour boiling water down the drain.
- If the clog is more obdurate then you thought it to be, try bucketing 1 cup of baking soda together with 1/2 cup of salt down the drain. Allow this concoction to sit in the drain for several hours, overnight would be your best bet, before flushing the drain with 2 cups of boiling hot water.
- For an eco-friendly Rx, empty one cup of bleach down your drain. The bleach will get through the grunge and murder the germs. What’s more, it breaks down into water, salt and oxygen. This way, it won’t cause any damage to the environment. For safety’s sake, never use bleach with any other method. Wash away the bleach by letting the water run for a couple of minutes.
- Here’s a bubbly buildup blaster. Pour a 2 liter bottle of coke down the drain. When the bubbles unite with the soda’s citric acid, it will dislodge the sticky stuff (not to mention coke in the human body). After 10 minutes just use a plunger.
You just selected a file and deleted it on purpose. Great, no one will ever be able to retrieve it. Well, sorry to disappoint you, but that cannot be furthest from the truth. Ever wonder what happens to files when you delete them, be it by mistake or on purpose?
The only thing that happens when you press that delete button is that the file(s) is sent to the computer’s recycle bin or trashcan. Therefore, in order to complete the process, you must open up the recycle bin, highlight all files that you want to really get rid of, and then either hit the ‘delete’ key on the keyboard or right click on the file and then left click on ‘delete’ from the drop down list. Some systems also have an option whereby you can simply right click on the trash icon
and select delete trash. For the commoner, the file is then considered "deleted".
However, for those who are familiar with “computer biology", the file is actually still in the system and you have really only begun the deletion process. This is good news if you deleted a file by accident. In order to retrieve the file, you simply have to open the recycle bin, select the file you deleted and click on re
store in order to retrieve the deleted file(s)
The reason for this is – when you delete a file from the hard drive, the file still exists there for a short while. What you actually did was simply tell your computer that it can now put new data in the place of the old file and overwrite it. The concept is very similar to recording over VHS tapes with new programs. The old data is still there, even if you don’t want it to be, until it’s been recorded over by new data. Short of putting a great deal of new information into your computer to completely erase all old, deleted data, there is a better solution for completely erasing it.