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Butter Creamed Corn Kernels

Posted by Angelica on September - 20 - 2011

This recipe is great to be enjoyed warm on a rainy day. It’s truly a soul food and completely comforting. Corn is high in fiber and contains essential Vitamin B, which helps in prevention of heart problems and colon cancer. It also contains phytonutrients that promotes the eye & heart health. I couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy my fresh corn kernels!

Ingredients

  • Corn Kernels (fresh/frozen/canned) – 2 cupsButter Cream Corn
  • 1 stick of pure salted butter
  • Sweetened condensed milk – ½ can
  • Evaporated milk/cream – 5 tablespoons
  • Castard flour – 2 tablespoons, mixed in water

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a non-stick pan with low heat and add corn kernels in. Lightly stir ingredients for about 2 mins until the corn turns light gold.
  2. Add in the condensed milk and caramelize the mixture in the butter stirring occasionally for about 3 mins.
  3. Once it starts boiling lightly, add in the custard flour that has already dissolved in water.
  4. Finally add in the evaporated milk/cream and cook for another minute. Turn off heat, & serve warm/ chill.

 

* Tips: You could also caramelize condensed milk first before adding to this ingredient. Visit wikihow.com/Make-Caramel-from-Sweetened-Condensed-Milk for more details.

Ways to enjoy corn

Hangover Cure

Posted by Angelica on September - 15 - 2011

Quote of the day

Grease is the only cure for a hangover. Cameron Diaz

 

TGIF. It’s the crazy night out with the girls, or buddies are getting together for some massive party session. You just want to get wasted after a long week. What about the post party syndrome now? The head is aching like some little goblins are hammering it inside, and the neck hurts for the slightest movement after the previous night head banging. I certainly wouldn’t want to go on about the feet, ankles & tummy etc..

 

Drinking alcohol in moderation is fine for a once in a while treat. Excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to various conditions such as heart & liver failure, high blood pressure, digestive disorder, stomach ulcer, brain damage, reduced fertility, and even death. Drink responsibly!

Liquor Types

Top Hangover Cure

  1. Lots & lots of Water! – This remedy starts as soon as you’re done drinking. Just before you hit the bed. Alcohol really dehydrates your body and it’s important to rehydrate back

    Lots & lots of Water!

     

  2. The big breakfast– try eggs, bacon, & toast. Eggs have been researched to have ‘cysteine’, which has detoxification properties on alcohol intake. Bacon is high in protein which helps the recovery of brain functioning, and carbohydrates in the toast will increase the sugar level while providing the energy you need to function

    The big breakfast

     

     

  3. Banana – this fruit is known for its high content of potassium & magnesium which are essential to be replaced as alcohol drains lots of vitamins and minerals from your body. The natural sugar or fructose in the banana helps to process the alcohol faster

    Banana

     

  4. Electrolyte drink – such as Gatorade or Coconut water will help treat the general loss of electrolytes & help to address the imbalance of potassium & sodium. It would also help in the rehydration process

    Coconut water

     

  5. Orange juice – helps with replacement of Vitamin C & potassium that is lost. Orange juice also takes away the alcohol feel from your mouth

    Orange juice

     

  6. Cheeseburger – this food will really boost your appetite to eat the morning after, plus it contains beef for the protein source, bread for instance energy & pickles to heighten your taste buds

    Cheeseburger

     

  7. Spicy soup or curry – the hotness of chili and other spices will help to incite your system and beat sluggishness. Try it with some carbohydrates such as pita bread or rice to give the instant energy boost

    Spicy soup or curry

     

  8. Vitamins – almost all types of vitamins are lost from alcohol consumption, thus its best to pop in a multivitamin pill the night before sleeping

    Vitamins - Pills for you

     

  9. Painkillers – if you’ve been mixing your drinks or downing up fast enough to give you an instant sting of joy to your head, you’re almost sure of the headache that is to follow. Aspirin works best but be sure to take it after food so it doesn’t hurt your stomach. To be taken the night before and morning after.

    Aspirin

     

  10. Sleep over it – rest is most important as the body needs time to clean up toxins. If you’re drinking on a workday late night, try taking some time-off to sleep through before going back to work

    Sleep over it

     

Tips to reduce health risk when drinking

  • Drink a glass of water for every glass of alcohol as it slows alcohol absorption to the body. This way, you can make sure your intake is reasonable and you’ll not be over dehydrated
  • Fill your stomach before drinking to avoid gastrointestinal problems. Alcohol is a high acidity food that can damage your stomach lining
  • Stick to one type of drink. Mixing drinks increases your tendencies to drink more and having a worse hangover the morning after
  • Don’t drink when you’re on medications, antibiotics or other drugs. Alcohol is known to interact with other drugs and can cause serious health problems including death
  • Choose clear liquors such as vodka, gin or white wine over dark ones such as whiskey, brandy or rum. Clear liquors have less congeners(a toxic chemical)
  • Don’t leave your drinks unattended to avoid risk of your drinks being spiked
  • To avoid your excess heat in your body, take a cold shower in the morning after your drinking session. This would also help you feel sober faster
  • Get a non-drinking friend to drive or take cab home. Do not think you’d be able to drive when you can’t even walk straight
  • Know your limits of drinking. Stop immediately or take lots of water when you feel you’re not in control of yourself anymore. Moderation is the key to everything

    Be hangover free

Caring for your Hair

Posted by Angelica on September - 11 - 2011

Quote of the day

I don’t think I could live without hair, makeup and styling, let alone be the performer I am. I am a glamour girl through and through –Lady Gaga

As part of human evolutions, having hair on the head was for the purpose of keeping the head warm, and protecting the scalp. As we evolved further to a modernized society, hair plays a significant role to determine personality, youthfulness, health & masculinity in men. Hair defines your facial appearance and can greatly accentuate your style.

 

Hottest Hair Looks 2011-2012

For Men

The fringe

Men's hair style

For Women

The Medium Bob

Women's hair style

General Hair Care

Below are some of the guidelines which can be followed in order to have a healthy & desired hair:

Don’ts

  • Smoke or drink excessively
  • Crash diets until it strains essential hair vitamins
  • Constantly expose yourself to stressful environment
  • Use products with alcohol in it as it dries out your hair
  • Apply products directly into the scalp which would result in pores clogging
  • Wash hair with hot water as it damages your hair
  • Blow-dry on hot heat at one spot for more than 3 seconds
  • Repeatedly brush your hair as it can cause breakage and thinning
  • Tie hair back on a tight ponytail
  • Work on the hair too hard when its wet as it is easily damaged
  • Color, perm or go for many styling that involves harsh chemicals

     

Do’s

  • Have a healthy & balanced lifestyle
  • Get enough sleep at night
  • Eat lots of vegetables and a balanced meal
  • Blow-dry on cool setting
  • Use swimming cap to protect your hair when in chlorinated water
  • Use conditioner or apply oil on your head when you find hair to be dry or damaged
  • Wash your hair frequently with a good mild shampoo if you are prone to have oily scalp. Always opt for “Sulfate free”

  • Get a haircut or trim every two months once to encourage repair of split ends and promote growth
  • Use elastic & soft ponytail holders if you need to tie your hair. Tie lightly towards the end of your end/ neckline to avoid strain on your crown area which could cause breakage & hair loss

  • Stimulate follicle repair & hair growth by massaging your scalp for about 5-10mins when applying moisturizer or shampoo

Massaging your scalp

 

Top 5 Hair Care for Men

  1. Wash out gels or other hair products as soon as you get home
  2. Avoid using hot shower for your hair, try lukewarm or cold water
  3. Don’t brush on wet hair as its most fragile when wet. If needed, use a wide toothed comb
  4. Do not towel dry excessively when out of shower, instead shake off excess water
  5. Avoid frequently wearing a cap or ponytail which could lead to hair loss in the long-run

 

Essential Vitamins for Hair

Vitamin B – all Vitamin B & especially Biotin that is essential for hair, skin & nails. It helps in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates and enables the body to effectively manage blood sugar and contributed to energy metabolism. Lack of this vitamin causes anemia which will result in hair loss. Biotin is a major component to aid the natural hair growth and development process and is commonly prescribed with major hair loss medications. Food high in vitamin B includes fish, shellfish, meat, liver, poultry, dairy, and eggs, nuts, brown rice, grains, and yeast extract (malt). Recommended dosage daily for vitamin B-complex is less than 500mg, and Biotin is less than 3000mcg.

 

L-lysine – an essential amino acid/ protein that is essential for hair. It helps in the absorption of calcium. This supplement is vital for the body but is not produced naturally. It has to come from foods(to be taken in fairly large quantity daily) like red meat, pork, and poultry, cheese cod & sardine fish, legumes, beans, nuts, eggs, & soybeans. Recommended dosage is 500mg per day taken in capsule form.

 

Omega 3 oils – is important for a healthy scalp & to make the hair stronger & shinier. Omega 3 intake promotes the production of natural oils to prevent dryness & dullness. It’s also a supplement that decreases the release of stress related hormones which can lead to unhealthy hair or hair loss. Food rich in Omega 3 includes tuna, salmon, mackerel, eggs, walnuts, spinach, flaxseed oil/grounded. Recommended dose for capsule is less than 1000mg, twice a week.

 

Vitamin E – keeps hair strong, hydrated & healthy and enhances blood circulation in the scalp. Food sources of vitamin E are vegetable oil, soybean, wheat germ, seeds, nuts, beans, avocado, and green vegetables. Recommended dosage is 400 IU 3 times a week.

*tip: break up the soft gels & extract the oil to be applied on the hair overnight for immense shine

 

Vitamin C – essential antioxidant that reduces the damage caused by the body’s free radicals(in this case free radicals that affect the hair) and helps with the absorption of iron, collagen, glucosamine & other essential nutrients that promote healthy hair. Foods that are high in Vitamin C include lemon, oranges, dark leafy vegetables, yellow bell pepper, parsley, guava, broccoli, kiwi fruit, papaya & strawberries. You need to supplement your intake if you’re not getting it from the foods mentioned above. The recommended dosage of Vitamin C daily is 500mg that is best taken throughout the day for optimal absorption.

 

Vitamin A/Retinol – produces a healthy sebum for the scalp & contains beta-carotene; a nutrient essential for the hair. Vitamin A is found in dark green and yellow vegetables/fruits, such as broccoli spinach, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and apricots, and in animal sources such as liver, milk, butter, cheese, and whole eggs. Recommended dosage is 10000IU taken once a week.

 

All you need to know about Anger Management

Posted by Angelica on September - 4 - 2011

Quote of the day

Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before – it takes something from him. – Louis L’Amour

 

Anger exists in every single one of us. No man would tell you that he/she had never lost their temper unless of course they’re 6 feet down the ground. Anger is a strong feeling of discontentment, hostility or violent behavior provoked by a rage or wrongness. If you’ve been guilty of losing your anger, you’re not alone, and you don’t have to hit yourself repeatedly for it. The key is really to learn how to control this fragile emotion of anger and not letting it control you.

How angry are you at this moment of time

Anger is one letter short of danger

The first step to managing anger is really recognizing that you’re currently experiencing this rage. Ponder on what or who has made you has put on this feeling onto you and accept it. The worst thing to feeling angry is denial towards it.

Below is a scale to quantify your anger. Each scale is weighted against the Intermational Mercalli intensity scale which is also used in the measurement of earthquakes.

The red line between 2 and 3 would show where your limit should be, or rather here’s where you need to start getting help or imply anger management techniques already!

 

Which level do you belong to?

Anger Level

 

Anger Indicator

Here are some of the symptoms that you’re currently feeling angry and seriously need to deal with it immediately:

  • Rapid Heart Beat and breathing becomes intenseAnger Indicator
  • Stiffening of neck, jaw, arms & shoulders
  • Feeling the adrenaline rush
  • Clenching of fists until the fingernails start hurting
  • Head becomes numb and aches
  • Stomach feels rigid and tight
  • Muscles work hard and become tensed
  • Face becomes red and heated up
  • Sweating of palms and forehead
  • Tendency to throw things
  • Tendency to break things
  • Tendency to hit/punch into things
  • Destruction of others and Self
  • Screaming on top of your lungs
  • Using fowl languages or cursing
  • Thoughts of hurting or harming a person
  • Becoming mentally unstable

Control your Anger with these Powerful and Easy Tips

  • Take a deep breath. Inhale & Exhale slowly & repeatedly for about 10 times. Let the oxygen stream into your nerves & blood flow while calming it down
  • Pause and count until 50 before you make any further moves
  • Channel positive thoughts like love, happiness, relaxation, enjoyment, or excitement to replace angry feelings
  • Drink some water to calm your nerves
  • Ask for comfort and help from the Almighty. Prayers are a powerful way when you’re confused and lost
  • Move away from the person or thing which inflicted anger to you
  • Remember than anger and hate will not solve anything. It brings no good to yourself nor others
  • Repeat words like “control”, “relax”, “calm down” or other calming terminology
  • Imagine calming environment/sceneries or think of calming songs or music

    Be Calm

  • grateful that for the gift of life and wisdom which makes us rationalize between good, & bad. No problem in this world cannot be fixed
  • Do some physical exercise to loosed up stiff muscles and release tensions that build up as a result of anger
  • Release your anger in a piece of paper. Writing down your emotions have similar impact to talking to a friend without being secretive or worried that you’ll be judged
  • Once calm, start expressing your angry in a non-destructive way
  • Put yourself in the shoes of the person who made you angry. Ponder shortly on the reason the acted the way they did?
  • Think thoroughly before you speak. It’s no point to be regretting after you’ve blurted out words that might have hurt the other person more than you think
  • Reflect and determine a possible solution for your rage
  • Forgiveness, forgiveness, forgiveness – yourself and everyone/everything else. Release a white dove(a symbol of forgiveness), when you have a major grudge in you

    Ask for forgiveness to free yourself

  • Use silly humor to switch emotions, make sure it’s not offensive
  • If anger levels are too high, sleep over it before confronting or dealing with it
  • Seek therapy or anger management classes if you find it too difficult to cope
  • Join anger management forums, or chat groups to see how others are coping with this crisis
  • Never bottle up your anger inside you for too long. Accept it, and find a way to deal with it
  • If you really have to let go of your anger physically, find a punching bag or a stuffed toy to punch out to your heart’s content
  • Always remember your values in life. Have you conflicted your principles & morale by behaving negatively towards an emotion?

Values in Life

Recommended Products For Anger Management

 

 

Handpicked Humor at its Best – Blondes & Beers

Posted by Angelica on September - 3 - 2011

 

Jigsaw Puzzle

Q: Why did the blonde get so excited after she finished her jigsaw puzzle in only 6 months?
A: Because on the box it said “From 2-4 years”.

Jigsaw Puzzle

 

Sky Diving

On the first day of training for parachute jumping, a blonde listened intently to the instructor. He told them to start preparing for landing when they are at 300 feet.

The blonde asked, “How am I supposed to know when I’m at 300 feet?”

“That’s a good question. When you get to 300 feet, you can recognize the faces of people on the ground.”

After pondering his answer, she asked, “What happens if there’s no one there I know?”

 

Blonde Arithmetic

There was once a blonde who decided to join a TV show which tested the arithmetic of participants.

The first question was, “What is 12X3?”

The blonde hesitated a while and answered, “15?”

The audiences were screaming, “Give her another chance, give her another chance!”

Then next question she got was, “What is 14/2?”

The blonde responded, “12, right?”

Once again the rest of the contestants screamed, “Give her another chance, give her another chance!”

The judges decided to go easier on her and asked, “What is 1 + 2?”

“3?” said the blonde.

The audience were screaming, “Give her another chance, give her another chance!”

 

Buying a TV

Buying a TVA blonde goes into an appliances store. She asks a clerk if she can buy the TV in the corner. The clerk looks at her and says that he doesn’t serve blondes, so she goes back home and dyes her hair black.
The next day she returns to the store and asks the same thing and again the clerk said he doesn’t serve blondes.
Frustrated, the blonde goes home and dyes her hair yet again, to a shade of red. Sure that a clerk would sell her the TV this time, she returns and asks a different clerk this time. To her astonishment, this clerk also says that she doesn’t serve blondes. The blonde asks the clerk, “How do you know I am a blonde?”
The clerk looks at her and says, “That’s not a TV – it’s a microwave.”

 

Don’t drink and drive

A drunk is driving through the city and his car is weaving all over the road. Eventually a cop pulls him over.
“Did you know,” says the cop, “that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?”
“Oh, thank heavens,” sighs the drunk. “For a minute there, I thought I’d gone deaf.”

 

Be careful what you wish for

genieTwo fishermen were adrift in their rented boat due to an engine failure. While rummaging through the boat’s provisions, one of the men stumbled across an old lamp. Secretly hoping that a genie would appear, he rubbed the lamp vigorously. To the amazement of the castaways, a genie came forth. This particular genie, however, stated that he could only deliver one wish, not the standard three.
Without giving much thought to the matter the man blurted out, “Make the entire ocean into beer!” The genie clapped his hands with a deafening crash, and immediately the entire sea turned into the finest brew ever sampled by mortals.
Simultaneously, the genie vanished. Only the gentle lapping of beer on the hull broke the stillness as the men considered their circumstances.
One man looked disgustedly at the other whose wish had been granted. After a long, tension filled moment, he spoke: “Nice going idiot! Now we’re going to have to piss in the boat!”


Proud Fathers

Four guys are sitting in a bar. One leaves to go to the bathroom. The guys start talking about their sons. First guy says “I thought my son was going to be a disappointment. He started out sweeping floors for supercuts. But then he graduated from Stanford and became the owner of a car dealership and gives his best friend a free car for his birthday.”
Second guy says, “Yeah, I thought my son would be a disappointment, too. It was almost the same exact thing that happened to my son to yours except he swept floors for a Stock broking company. But soon, he became the owner of that company and got his friend 100,000 dollars in stock money for his birthday.”
Third guy says “Wow, that was the same thing that happened to my son except he swept floors for a real estate agent. But soon he became the owner of this place and gave his best friend a house for his birthday.”
The fourth guy comes back from the bathroom. The guys explain the other guy what they were talking about and asks him if he could tell about his son. He agrees. “Well, my son is a real disappointment to me. He works as a hair dresser and has for fifteen years. He is also gay and has several boyfriends. Well, I look on the bright side; from his boyfriends he got a new house, a new car and 100,000 dollars in stock money.”

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