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Heavenly Baked Potato Wedges with Sour Cream Dip

Posted by Angelica on July - 26 - 2012

 Ingredients

Potato Wedges

  • 4 large Potatoes (sliced into wedges of 8)Baked Potatoes
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Crushed Onion paste
  • <Crushed Garlic paste
  • Crushed Green Chili paste
  • ½ teaspoon Paprika powder

Directions

  1. Prepare 4 large potatoes (washed and cut into wedges of 8)
  2. Preheat oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 190 degrees celcius
  3. Mix the potatoes in a large bowl with salt, pepper, olive oil, and add the crushed onions, garlic & chili paste. Add in the paprika powder and toss well
  4. Prepare a bake pan nicely coated with olive oil and arrange potatoes on the pan
  5. Put the potatoes into the oven and bake for 20 mins, remove and turn the potatoes to the other side and add thinly sliced butter on the potatoes and bake for another 20 mins for crispy and heavenly wedges.

 Ingredients

The perfect Sour Cream Dip

  • 1 cup Sour CreamSour Cream Dip
  • 2 tablespoon of cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 table spoon lime/lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dill/chives leaves
  • 5-6 parsley leaves

Directions

  1. Mix 1 cup of sour cream thoroughly with the cream cheese & mayonnaise until smooth texture
  2. Add in lemon juice, salt and pepper
  3. Finally stir in the dill/chives leaves and parsley and mix well. Serve chill with hot from the oven baked potatoes

*Tips/Hints:

– You can make your own sour cream paste at home simply by mixing 1 cup of heavy cream and ½ cup of butter milk

– Dill leaves give a nice texture and smell to sour cream dip while the chives give a sharpness or an onion pungent/fragrant. You can try both and use whichever you like.

– The cream cheese gives the sour cream a nice smooth & creamy texture while the mayonnaise adds sweetness to it. Kids love it!

– Taking out the potatoes from the oven and turning it the other side while adding little butter to it will give it a nice crisp on the outside and soft starchy flakes inside. It’s a great comfort food of all time! J

– Baked potato wedges are a healthy alternative to fried ones. Just the smell of these lovely wedges baking in the oven can satisfy your taste buds for the most comforting food ever.

 

Heavenly Baked Potato Wedges with Sour Cream Dip

Is Your Job Killing You?

Posted by Angelica on April - 22 - 2012

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Is your job really killing you? You already know the answer to that question. Just look at your face in the mirror. See all those lines and creases around your eyes and mouth. That’s your body’s signal that your job is slowly sucking the life out of you from the inside and leaving a sagging, empty shell behind. Stress in the workplace can affect every fiber of your being, and it doesn’t stop when you punch out.

Job-related stress is responsible for a host of unpleasant disorders and diseases from high blood pressure to anxiety, depression, and more. Unfortunately, people work stressful jobs because they need the paycheck. Few have the opportunity to storm out of the workplace just because the job is causing them diabetes and heart disease. Find ways to reduce the stress in your life, and try not to take your job too seriously before it’s too late.

 

From: Human Resources MBA

 

 

What You Need to Know to Get Rid of Acne

Posted by Angelica on April - 20 - 2012

Acne Awareness

Whether you are an adult or a teenager, suffering from acne is never comfortable and you will undoubtedly wish to remove it as quickly as possible. You may or may not have done research into the causes of acne, so this infographic will aim to provide that information as well as suggest some OTC treatments through which you can get rid of acne and hopefully, get rid of it for good.

Acne outbreaks are usually caused by the accumulation of sebum and old skin cells in clogged pores. The pores then get irritated and become infected, thus causing outbreaks. Inflamed pores will also produce pus, which leads to further inflammation and clogs. Acne can manifest as blackheads, pustules, whiteheads, cysts, and nodules. Armed with the knowledge of what causes acne, you can now proceed to learn about how to get rid of acne.

For some people, acne treatment is simply a matter of developing certain habits and applying good anti-acne gels or creams to their skin. For others with particularly severe acne, they usually have to seek the help of their dermatologist or doctor.

Acne should not become just another part of your daily life, as it can be treated and cured. In fact, with the proper precautions, you can definitely get rid of acne. You are welcome to our site www.BestAcneTreatment.org to learn more about acne treatment.

 

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Lose 10 pounds in 8 days!

Posted by Angelica on January - 30 - 2012

Weight Loss Quote of the Day
The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something. – Carl Sandburg

 

Most of us dream of having the great lifestyle of healthy food, regular exercise and a beautiful body that gets us on our feet’s towards becoming that confident person who gets through any situation in life. Sometimes however, we tend to take a ‘break’ from the healthy us and just feel at ease indulging in some of the best things in life like great food, and indoor activity like sleeping or watching a favorite TV show. Before you know it, the weight piles up within weeks and you’re getting all panicky, and it usually leads to more stress and further cravings toward comfort food. Never to worry however, I found that the best way to lose weight is to kick start the diet with an extreme weight loss to give yourself a boost of confidence to get you back to the star body. This diet is the perfect 1week & a day diet that can get you to lose a whopping 10 pounds or more in a day. Get up on your feet, print out your diet plan and you’re on your way to break that routine of laziness.

 

The Great Cabbage Soup Diet!


The Miracle Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

  • 6 large spring onions
  • 2 green peppers/bell pepper (cut in small long pieces)
  • 2 medium size tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 1 bunch of celery (diced)
  • 1 head of cabbage (cut it however you like)
  • 1 package soup stock (your choice of flavor- onion, chicken, beef..etc)
  • 1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Season with pepper, parsley, paprika powder, garlic powder, lime juice, etc.

Prepare a cooking pot with very little oil and sauté the onions for about 2 minutes. Add in the green peppers, carrots and celery. Sauté for another 3 minutes and add in about 3 glasses of water. When it starts to boil, add in the cabbage, tomato, and soup stock, salt and let it simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Finally add the flavoring ingredients of your choice taste it and off the heat immediately. Once cool, store it in the refrigerator. As and when needed, reheat as much of cabbage soup preferred and you’re good for a fulfilling and low calorie meal whenever you feel hungry!

 

cabbage soup diet

 

The 8 Day Plan for a Long term change!

Day 1
 

*insert date here*

 


– Today is a preparation for the 7 days Cabbage Soup Diet 

– Go vegetarian for the day

– Stop the alcohol, coffee, butter, desserts etc.

– Throw away the breads, carbs, potato chips, etc. from your kitchen/fridge

– Shop for fresh vegetables, fruits & and lean meat(chicken/beef)

– At night, prepare your first portion of cabbage soup diet and refrigerate

Day 2
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Fruit 

Eat all of the cabbage
soup and fruit you want (with the exception of bananas, they are not allowed). Eat only the cabbage
soup and fruit for the first day. You may drink unsweetened tea, cranberry juice and water throughout the day.

Day 3
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Vegetables 

Eat all of the cabbage
soup and fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. Try to eat green, leafy vegetables and avoid starchy vegetables. You may have a baked potato with butter with dinner. Do not eat fruit today.

Day 4
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Fruit and Vegetables 

This is a combination of Days One and Two. You may eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want. You may not have starchy vegetables at all (no potato today).

Day 5
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Bananas and Skim Milk 

Eat as much of the cabbage
soup as you want, along with up to eight bananas and as many glasses of skim milk as you desire.

Day 6
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Beef And Tomatoes 

Today you can have as much of the cabbage
soup as you want, along with 10-20 ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water today. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (the chicken must be skinless).

Day 7
 

*insert date here*

 

 


Cabbage Soup and Beef and Vegetables 

You may have as much beef and vegetables as you want today, along with as much of the cabbage
soup as you like. Stay away from starchy vegetables.

Day 8
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Brown Rice, Vegetables, and Unsweetened Fruit Juices
 

Eat as much of the above as you wish. Do not let yourself get hungry. Eat with as much cabbage
soup as you like.

 

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Face Shapes and Styles that Suits Best

Posted by Angelica on December - 2 - 2011

Quotes of the Day

“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.” ~Martin Buxbaum
“Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.”– John Ruskin

There are 8 major face shapes that are most common in this world. Have you ever thought of which category you might fall into? Knowing your face shape and finding the most complimenting style is essential for every men and women. The worst kind of fashion blunder is trying to impersonate someone who has the total opposite features as you do and looking extremely weird in it. Read further to determine your face type and the styles that suits you best!

 

Common face shapes

  • Oblong face – is longer than it is wide with a rounded jaw-line. May have high cheekbone, long nose & tall forehead. The key to dealing with the oblong face is to introduce a style with added width and emphasize horizontal lines. For the angular version smooth curves should be included to create contours. Celebrities that match this face type include, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ben Affleck, Collin Farrell & Liv Tyler.

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • Bangs, fringe, horizontal volume, waves, & curls
  • Soft natural looking layers
  • Off centre parting
  • Medium short to medium long length
  • Tall or broad frames with top rims & decorative temples

  • Make up should make the cheekbone appear wider & shorten the face accordingly with the proper blusher techniques
  • Earrings or necklace with more width than length

 

  • Oval face – is known as the ideal face type. The main characteristic of an oval face is that the length will be equal to one and a half times of the width with forehead & jaw having the same width. Think of it as a perfect egg shape. Celebrities that match this face type include, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts, Halle Berry & Zac Efron

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • Get hair away from your face with pony tails or buns to show off your perfect structure
  • Boy crop it with mini flips & sexy layers
  • Centre parting works great for this face
  • Any glasses will suit this face type but proportionate it with the size of your head. Smaller frames for small foreheads and vice versa

  • All jewelries’ should be proportionate to the face and head size
  • Make up can be simple and enhance the best feature of the face Get creative with hats or scarf’s to heighten your look

 

  • Round face – is almost same in width & length and has full rounded jaw line. Hairline might also be rounded. The key to enhance the round face is by giving it a longer and slimmer illusion. Celebrities that match this face type include, Drew Barrymore, Selena Gomez, Evan Handler, and Kelly Clarkson

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • Try hairstyles that add height to the top of your head to make the face appear longer
  • Layers, soft waves & wispy ends go great for round faces
  • Go for short hairs that end just below the chin

  • Opt for angle frames rather than curves
  • Frames that are longer than width will make the face look longer

  • Apply blush just under the apple (ball) of your cheeks and extend to your temples to give the face a slimmer look
  • Wear earrings or necklaces that are longer than wide to heighten the look

 

  • Rectangular face – has definite length more than width with broad and square jaw. The sides of the face are straight and forehead is squarish inline with the jaw shape. The styling aims are to shorten the face and create a broader face and softer jaw line. Celebrities that match this face type include, Sandra Bullock, Ted Danson & Katrina Kaif.

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • Try hairstyles that add width at the temple, cheekbone & neckline area to give a non square face look
  • Off centre parting works best with natural styles
  • Go for medium to long look and avoid angular cuts

  • Opt for frames with curves to soften the angular look
  • Try wider frames to make the face look less long

  • Apply blush under the cheekbone and blend towards the ear to give the jaw a fuller less angular look
  • Button, tear drop or oval earrings work great to cut off some angularity
  • Avoid hair accessories that add length to the face

 

  • Square face – has characteristics of width & length almost equal with big forehead and jaw line. Most likely for the hairline to also appear square. The aim is to create a longer look and soften angular. Celebrities that match this face type include, Eva Mendes, Keira Knightly, Megan Fox, Calista Flockhart & Ryan Seacrest.

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • Add length to the forehead or crown to heighten the face
  • Avoid centre parting.
  • Work the hair with soft curls, waves & wisps
  • Get hair close to ears to emphasize cheekbones.
  • Avoid very straight or angular hairstyles

  • Opt for frames pointed upwards and curved to the bottom to minimize squareness of the face
  • Avoid frames that are wider than your face

  • Soften forehead and jaw line by applying darker shades of foundation at temples and jaw
  • Apply blusher at apple of cheekbone to give the cheek a rounder and fuller look
  • Opt for long rounded and circular earring and necklace to soften the squares and lengthen the face

 

  • Triangular face – has characteristics of a smaller forehead and larger jaw representing a triangle pattern. The main aim of styling is to minimize the jaw broadness and adding width to the forehead or temples. Celebrities that match this face type include, Minnie Driver, Fantasia Barrino, Billie Piper & Johnny Depp.

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • hairstyles that add height & width at the temple area
  • hair covers the ears and is close to jawline
  • Side parting works best for this face type
  • Bangs, layers, & wisps work great to compliment this face type

  • frames with cat eye or oval shapes work best for this face type as it adds height to the top of the face
  • choose frames with heavy designs or colors at the top of the frame and slightly wider than the temple area

  • apply darker foundation at jaw area to give a smaller effect and add lighter foundation cheekbone and forehead area to enhance the top of your face
  • apply blusher at apple cheekbone area right up to the temple in a V shape
  • choose hats that add width to the top of the head
  • wear earrings that are longer

 

  • Diamond face – is slightly longer than wider and narrow and both chin & forehead. The aim is to create a broader look at the chin & forehead to enhance this look. Celebrities that match this face type include, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Hurley, Katherine Hepburn & Jake Gyllenhaal

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • hairstyles that are full at temple and chin area
  • Fringe or layered bangs that sweeps to the side
  • medium length style with off centre partings
  • styles that are swept into an up-do bun
  • avoid styles that add fullness to the cheek area
  • frames with oval shapes work best for this face type but make sure it’s not wider than the cheekbone area
  • choose style that add width to the brow and has colorful or heavy design at the top frame

  • apply blusher at apple cheekbone and blend towards the centre of the ear
  • apply lighter foundation at chin & temple area to widen the lookchoose earrings that are narrow at the top and wider at the bottom such as triangles, tear drops & pear shapes

 

  • Inverted Triangle or Heart Shaped Face – has a wide forehead and high cheekbone and a narrow chin. The difference between inverted triangle and heart shape is the hair line in where the heart shaped hairline has a widow’s peak. The aim to get a best look for this shape is to make the forehead appear narrower & add width to the chin area. Celebrities that match the inverted triangle look include Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Christina Ricci

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • try styles that add volume at the jaw line
  • bravely opt for centre parting to boast your fine forehead
  • try light bangs or fringe that close your face above the ears
  • avoid straight bangs or fringe, or pulling up your hair in a tight pony tail

  • Round or oval frames that are wide below the eye line works best for this face
  • shape.
  • opt for medium colored or rimless frames.

 

  • apply darker foundation at temple to make the forehead appear narrower
  • apply light foundation at jaw line to make it appear wider
  • choose earring that will add width to your jaw lines such as drops, rectangles & ovals
  • looks for a hat with a prominent crown to make your forehead look narrower

 

10 Ways to Enjoy Oats

Posted by Angelica on November - 3 - 2011

The benefits of oats are endless and it’s ranked one of the healthiest foods in the world. To add on to this, oats is extremely easy & quick to cook and eat. If you’ve always had your oats in the same old recipe, you must read on further to see the various great & tasty ways to flavor and devour it. Now you can have your oats all 7 days in a week and start your journey towards the healthiest lifestyle you’ve ever had!

Oats

Benefits of Eating Oats

  • High in Vitamin B especially Inositol
  • Lowers cholesterols
  • Reduces high blood sugar
  • Selenium & Vitamin E content boost immune system
  • Natural antidepressant
  • Calms down the nerves
  • Relieves fatigue
  • Weight loss due to high fiber intake
  • Great protein source
  • Natural constipation remedy

     

10 Ways to Savour Oats


  1. Oat Cereal – commonly found in your nearest supermarket, this is a great way to enjoy the benefits of oats in the form of cereal and cold low fat milk

    Oat Cereal
       
     

  2. Oatmeal Honey & Fresh Fruits– Mix some rolled oats with hot water & mix in fresh fruits like berries, mangoes, bananas or apricots. Pour over some over & enjoy.

    Oatmeal Honey & Fresh Fruits
       
     

  3. Oats, nuts, dried coconut & fruits, & milk– This is a classic granola style recipe. Use nuts like almond, pecans & walnuts to enhance the taste and benefit out of the richness of the Omega 3 oils. Sprinkle some chocolate chips to sweeten it if desired. Serve with cold low fat milk.

    Oats, nuts, dried coconut & fruits, & milk
                    
     

  4. Oats, yogurt & fruits – Mix Rolled Oats with Greek Yogurt & Tropical Fresh Fruits like Banana, Mangoes, Papaya & Pineapples. Sweeten with honey if desired.

    Oats, yogurt & fruits

     

  5. Oatmeal Cream of Chicken Porridge – This is inspired by the Chinese rice porridge. Take your favorite instant soup such as cream of chicken or cream of mushroom, etc, mix it with some quick cook oats & mix it with hot water & enjoy!

    Oatmeal Cream of Chicken Porridge

     

  6. Oats with cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar – this is great if you’re in the mood for some flavorful spices

    Oats with cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar

     

  7. Oats, milk, & jam – the classic oatmeal recipe but sweetened with your choice of jam

    Oats, milk, & jam

     

  8. Banana, oats & flour fritters – mash bananas with some brown sugar, vanilla essence, flour & oatsand form a thick batter. Deep fry in hot oil and serve hot.

    Banana, oats & flour fritters

     

  9. Oats Muffin – try this recipe courtesy of Epicurious.com

    Oats Muffin

     

  10. Oats Ice Cream – and you thought deserts are always unhealthy?? Try sprinkling some oats on your favorite ice cream or make your own healthy oats ice cream.

    Oats Ice Cream

     

Tips for Surviving a Clinical Depression

Posted by Angelica on November - 1 - 2011

Quotes of the Day

“Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence. – Jeanette Winterson”
Depression can seem worse than terminal cancer, because most cancer patients feel loved and they have hope and self-esteem. – David D. Burns”
A lot of people don’t realize that depression is an illness. I don’t wish it on anyone, but if they would know how it feels, I swear they would think twice before they just shrug it. – Jonathan Davis

 

Clinical depression is one of the growing medical problem that women and men around the world are facing and not even realizing it. It’s is a major form of depression that can affect people of all ages (including children), race, and sexuality and will have noticeable effects on a person’s daily life and activities. If you feel that you’ve been suffering from depression for a long time, it’s time now to take control of your life. This article features simple guidelines that will help you to combat depression and live a better life!

Take the depression test @ http://www.lessons4living.com/depression_test2.htm

 

Symptoms of Clinical Depression

  • Inability to sleep or sleeping too much
  • Feeling guilty or worthless
  • Loss of interest in a pleasurable activity or hobbies
  • Having mood swings or feeling depressed most times of the day
  • Weight gain or weight loss at a significant level without changes in food intake or exercise
  • Difficulty concentrating and keeping focus on one thing
  • Difficulty remembering details and making decisions
  • Constant headaches, cramps, pains, and digestive disorders
  • Feeling weak and lack of energy
  • Addiction to smoking, alcohol or drugs
  • Suicidal thoughts or feeling like life is not worth living

 

Tips for Surviving Depression

Combat Sadness, negativity, low energy & anger

  1. Cry it out – Spend time thinking of what is bothering you so much & let it all out. Denial usually makes things worst. You need to face reality and accept whatever it is that has put you through this much of pain.

     

  2. Relaxation – Try meditating to calm your inner soul. Sit in your most comfortable posture & place, close your eyes, and relax completely. Form energy circles and stabilize yourself. Control your mind by facing the questions the mind asks. Observe natural & normal breathing and avoid thinking of anything that is bothering you. Breathing gets easier as you start doing this.

     

  3. Forgiveness – If you’re angry or upset with someone, forgiveness is the key to combat your depression. Hate usually consumes lots of our own energy and makes the body feel drained.

     

  4. Nature therapy – Go out and get some fresh air. Mother Nature is truly the best healer. Imagine listening to the birds chirp, or the flowing water of a stream, the fragrance of pine trees or the blue sky turning orange at sunset.

     

  5. Get support – Talk to a trusted friend. Pouring out your emotions to someone usually releases the burden in the heart and makes you feel lighter. If you really feel you can’t share with the people you know you well, go to forum or chat sites like PacConnection.com to find support from anonymous people who are combating depression successfully.

     

  6. Sweat it out – Exercise triggers the brain cells to boost serotonin, endorphins and other feel-good brain chemicals which work just like antidepressant. It also increases metabolism thus promoting better energy flow. Not to mention, exercise will result in a great hot body you’ve always dreamt off. Need more reasons to exercise?

     

  7. Eat small meals regularly – Boost up & maintain energy level with healthy meals like whole meal sandwiches, baked fish, greens & fruits. Try eating good food every 4 to 5 hours interval to balance the sugar level in the body that can help in relaxation.

     

  8. Sleep it off – A good night’s sleep (7-10 hours for adults) slows down the effects of aging and helps to lower the blood pressure and balance the stress triggering hormones. This process promotes the body muscles to calm down and unwind.

     

  9. Manage stress well –
    Stress is a major cause for depression to form. It is essential to manage stress well, and get the proper support to avoid stress leading into depression. Find ways to minimize the impact of stress especially when it comes to work overload, relationship failures, and managing time.

     

  10. Acupuncture – Traditional Chinese Medication (TCM) treatments has been proven to increase the endorphins level in the body which promotes the feeling of well-being. It’s a similar feeling that is felt when excited, during orgasm, sex, exercise, & love. Make sure though to find a licensed therapist to conduct this intricate treatment.

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Handpicked Humor at its Best – Love, Dating & Women

Posted by Angelica on October - 6 - 2011

 

Nobody Loves me

Mary was having a tough day and had stretched herself out on the couch to do a bit of what she thought to be well-deserved complaining and self- pitying.
She moaned to her mom and brother, “Nobody loves me … the whole world hates me!”
Her brother, busily occupied playing a game, hardly looked up at her and passed on this encouraging word: “That’s not true, Mary. Some people don’t even know you”.

Love

 

Mom knows Best

John who stays in college apartment, invited his mother over for dinner. During the course of the meal, his mother couldn’t help but notice how John and his roommate Julie looked at each other. She had long been suspicious of a relationship between the two and this only made her more curious. By the end of the evening she was convinced there was more between them than met the eye. Reading his mom’s thoughts, John volunteered, “I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you Julie and I are just roommates.”

About a week later, Julie went to John saying, “Ever since your mother came to dinner, I’ve been unable to find the silver gravy ladle. You don’t suppose she took it, do you?”

John said, “Well, I doubt it, but I’ll email her just to be sure.”

So he sat down and wrote: “Dear Mom, I’m not saying that you ‘did’ take the gravy ladle from my house, I’m not saying that you ‘did not’ take the gravy ladle but the fact remains that one has been missing ever since you were here for dinner. Love, John.”

The next day, John received a response from his mother that read:

“Dear Son, I’m not saying that you ‘do’ sleep with Julie, and I’m not saying that you ‘do not’ sleep with Julie. But the fact remains that if she were sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the gravy ladle by now. Love, Mom.”

 

Service Charge

A teenager and his date were parked on a back road outside of town, doing what boys and girls do on back roads outside of town. Things were getting pretty serious when the girl stopped the boy and said “I really should have mentioned this earlier, but I’m actually a prostitute and I charge $20 for sex.”Taxi

The boy just looked at her for a few moments, but then reluctantly paid her the money and they did their thing. After getting dressed again, the boy sat quietly in the driver’s seat listening to the radio and looking out of the front window.

Why aren’t we going anywhere?” asked the girl.

“Well, I really should have mentioned this earlier, but I’m actually a taxi driver and the fare back to town is $25.”

 

First Time Sex

A teenage boy goes into a drug store to buy condoms. The pharmacist says the condoms come in packs of 3, 9 or 12 and asks which one he wants.
“Well,” he said, “I’ve been seeing this girl for a while and she’s really hot. I want the condoms because I think tonight’s “the” night. We’re having dinner with her parents, and then we’re going out. And I’ve got a feeling I’m gonna get lucky after that. I’ll take the 12 as its gonna be a hell of a long night.

The young man makes his purchase and leaves.
Later that evening, he sits down at dinner table with his girlfriend and her parents. The girl’s mom asks if he’d say grace & he agrees. He bows down to say prayer and remains in that position for about 5 minutes. The girl, impatient to his acting, leans over to him and says, “You never told me that you were such a religious person.”
The boy leans over to her and whispers, “You never told me that your father is a pharmacist.”

 

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At the death bed

A woman‘s husband had been slipping in and out of a coma for several months, yet she had stayed by his bedside every single day. One day, when he came to, he motioned for her to come nearer. As she sat by him, he whispered, eyes full of tears, “You know what? You have been with me all through the bad times. When I got fired, you were there to support me. When my business failed, you were there. When I got shot, you were by my side. When we lost the house, you stayed right here. When my health started failing, you were still by my side. You know what?” “What dear?” she asked gently, smiling as her heart began to fill with warmth. “I think you’re bad luck.”

 

Acronyms

Two guys and a girl were sitting at a bar talking about their lives.
The one guy said, “I’m a YUPPIE. You know, Young Urban Professional.”
The second guy responded, “I’m a DINK. You know, Double Income No Kids.”
They then asked the woman, “What are you?”
She replied: “I’m a WIFE. You know, Wash, Iron, Fuck, Etc.”

 

A Woman’s Prayer

I pray for:
Wisdom, To understand a man.
Love, To forgive him and;
Patience, For his moods.
Because if I pray for Strength, I’ll just beat him to death.

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Unusual Funeral

A woman was leaving a convenience store with her morning coffee when she noticed a most unusual funeral procession approaching the nearby cemetery.
A long black hearse was followed by a second long black hearse about 50 feet behind the
first one. Behind the second hearse was a solitary woman walking a pit bull on a leash. Behind her, a short distance back, were about 200 women walking single file.
The woman was so curious that she respectfully approached the woman walking the dog and said, “I am so sorry for your loss, and I know now is a bad time to disturb you, but I have never seen a funeral like this. Whose funeral is it?”
“My husband’s.”
“What happened to him?”
The woman replied, “My dog attacked and killed him.”
She inquired further, “Well, who is in the second hearse?”
The woman answered, “My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my husband when the dog turned on her.”
A poignant and thoughtful moment of silence passed between the two women.
“Can I borrow the dog?”
“Get in line.”


Mirror image

One day, a man comes home from work and greets his wife. Upon seeing him, she asks for $20 to buy meat for dinner.
He leads her to a mirror, holds up the $20 bill and says to her:
“Honey, the $20 in the mirror is yours. The other belongs to me.” Satisfied with his “ingenious” remark, he sits back and the incident is forgotten.
The next day, he comes home and greets his wife. When he goes in the dining room, the table is laden with meats and delicious foods. Shaken, he asks his wife where she got the money. She leads him to the same mirror and lifts up her skirt.
“See that pussy in the mirror? That one belongs to you. The other belongs to the butcher.”


Ten Things Men know about Women

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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.”

How to Sleep Well

Posted by Angelica on August - 25 - 2011

Quote of the day

There is only one thing people like that is good for them; a good night’s sleep” – “Edgar Watson Howe”

A human spends almost 1/3 of their lives sleeping and this should already tell you why a proper sleep is imperative more than anything else. Studies show that those who sleep between 6 to 9 hours live the longest. This has been proven to be the ideal and optimal sleeping period which is needed by a person.

 

Why is a proper night of sleep important?

Everyone out there at one point or another would have gone through the sleepless nights when the body so badly needs its rest, but somehow the mind doesn’t stop functioning. Dozing off at this point of time might seem like the most impossible thing to do. It’s like someone telling you “Don’t think of pink elephants” and what’s the first thing that appears in your thought? Click the link below that directs you to the alertness test. This illustrates on how well you’ve rested for the day.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/sleep/sheep/

Contrary to this, some other people find that they sleep more than they should be. The cause of oversleeping is mainly due to the lack of sleep itself and other reasons such as disorientated sleeping patterns, habits, stress, or other medical conditions such as diabetes or heart diseases.

Anything more than 9 hours in a day leads to oversleeping which is linked to medical problems such as diabetes, obesity, back pain, heart disease, depression, and increased risk of death. Anything less than 6 hours in a day leads to sleep deprivation which is linked to even more problems such as fatigue, daytime sleepiness; clumsiness, weight loss/gain, trouble focusing, and it affects the brain & cognitive functions. Long-term total sleep deprivation can also cause death.

 

Sleepiness

 

The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life, including your mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality, and weight. Proper sleep is the most effortless activity which gives you this many benefits and a quality life.

 

The Sleep Cycle – the stages of sleep

There are two types of sleep which is Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) known as quiet sleep and Rapid Eye Movement (REM) known as active sleep. Below are the stages of sleep that takes place when a person hits the bed. The stages below are not necessarily in the order of 1-5.

 

Stages of sleep

The Secrets to a Good Nights’ sleep

Sleeping

 

  • Make sleep a priority
  • Aim for 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Maintain regular sleep schedule, even on weekends
  • Establish relaxing bedtime rituals such as reading, or having a warm bath
  • Make sure not to go to sleep when you’re angry
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine, & alcohol in the evenings
  • Try to stay away from long naps of more than 2 hours during the day
  • Make your bedroom as dark as possible and avoid distraction of TV/Laptops
  • Listen to relaxing music’s like light Jazz, meditative music, classical piano, spa tunes, etc
  • Keep a miniature fountain by the bed. Flowing water sends relaxing signal to your brains
  • Try breathing techniques from Livestrong.com to help promote sleep
  • Stop working at least 1 hour before bedtime. Your brains need to calm down and relax to be able to fall asleep fast
  • Exercise during the early parts of the day to tire the muscles. This will result in easier dozing off at night as the body would automatically crave for its rest
  • If you don’t fall asleep within 15-30mins upon hitting the bed, get up and do some light activities like reading or listening to music until you feel sleepy again
  • Write down worrying thoughts in a piece of paper which you can review the next morning. Never go to bed with any bothering thoughts in your head.
  • Try warm milk with honey. It has proven to relax your mind and promote better sleep
  • Shop for a good eye mask & ear plugs if the bedroom seems bright or if you have a noisy neighborhood/ partner
  • Invest in a good pillow that helps promote sleep. Check out SleepingPillow.org for more tips on choosing the right pillow.

 

Herbal Remedies to Promote Sleep

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile Tea – sometimes referred to as pineapple weed, it helps to calm the nerves & soothes stomach. Taken in a hot tea form.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) – it’s a mild sedative herb that has been reported to help patients with insomnia & sleeping disorders. Its best taken in capsule form due to its strong smell.

PassionFlower (Passiflora incarnate) – safe sedative particularly helpful for insomnia caused by anxiety, worry or an overactive mind. Taken in capsule/ extract form

Kava root extract capsules (Piper methysticum) – a sedative that produces mild euphoria & works as muscle relaxer. Best to be taken in capsule form due to its pungent smell & taste

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – Traditionally used to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain & discomfort from indigestion. Works better when combined with other herbs like valerian.

Try lemon balm as a topical use as the smell is believed to promote relaxation

Ashwagandha
(Withania somnifera) – also known as winter Cherry or Indian Ginseng, this herb carries a Latin name that literally means “sleep inducer”. It has tranquilizing effect that relieves anxiety, increases resistance to stress, uplifts mood and relaxes muscles. It’s taken as a supplement capsule form.

Other herbal products to aid sleep

 

What you need to know before purchasing herbal products:

  • Research if your herbal product can interact with other medications, food or medical conditions.
  • Talk to your doctor before trying an alternative approach and be sure to tell all your doctors what alternative treatments you are using.
  • If you experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, diarrhea or skin rashes, stop taking the herbal product and notify your doctor immediately.
  • Avoid preparations made with more than one herb unless it has been researched before & proven effective.
  • Beware of commercial claims of what herbal products can do. Look for scientific-based sources of information.
  • Select brands carefully. Only purchase brands that list the herb’s common and scientific name, the name and address of the manufacturer, a batch and lot number, expiration date, clear dosage guidelines and potential side effects.

 

Fruit Butter

Posted by Angelica on August - 13 - 2011

Fruit butter is a sweet spread made of fruits like apple, pears, pineapple, strawberries, grapes, plums, mangoes, banana or pumpkin cooked in a low heat to a paste, and lightly sweetened. This is a “kind to the body” substitute to butter, margarine or cream cheese, and tastes awesome. It is created by slow-cooking fruits and then putting the mixture through a sieve or blending it to reach the right consistency. When done well, it has the same texture as butter with a different flavor. This is different from jams/ jelly’s as the ingredients do not incorporate any thickening or preservative agents.

Fruit Basket

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh fruits of your choice Fruit Butter YellowFruit Butter Red
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp of honey/ maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of citrus zest (orange or lemon)
  • 5 tbsp of lemon or orange juice
  • Very little pinch of salt

 

Directions

  1. Combine fruit, water, sugar, salt & honey/syrup in a stove, slow cooker or oven. Add citrus zest and juice. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook, mashing the fruit and stirring occasionally. It would take about 20 minutes to more than an hour to become very thick depending on the type of fruits you use.
  2. Do a taste test to see if sugar is sufficient. You could add more sugar towards the end of the cooking process. Always start with less sugar. Some fruits are loaded with natural sugar.
  3. To see if it has cooked to perfection, put a spoonful of fruit butter on a plate. If no liquid seeps from the edges, it’s done. Return to a simmer to thicken more if necessary. If you need it to be smoother, puree in a food processor or blender, strain, and let it simmer again for a few minutes before taking our for storing.
  4. Store the butter in nice clean jars with lids. Let it cool at room temperature before refrigerating or freezing.

 

*Tips:

  1. Play with the texture of the fruit butter based on the type of fruits you use. For fruits like apples, pineapples, pears, & pumpkin, you could remove the skin to get a smoother texture. For fruits with seeds like grapes, berries & kiwis, use strainer upon cooking to remove the fine seeds. In the middle of cooking, you can remove the mixture and blend it with a blender or food processor until you’re comfortable with the consistency. Try to opt for a mixture which is perfect as a spread.
  2. If you would like a creamier taste for fruits like mangoes, pumpkins, pears, or bananas, minimize or do not use the citrus zest or juice to decrease the acidic taste.
  3. Be creative and add your preferred flavors into your fruit butter. Most commonly added are spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, or flavors like vanilla, almond or coconut extract. Blending your fruit butter with yogurt will boost up the Probiotics properties.
  4. You could also use dried fruits such as prunes, raisins, cranberries, apricots, or dates to make your butter.
  5. Mix and match your favorite fruits and flavors to get a wonderful homemade fruit butter!

 

The various great ways to enjoy your fruit butters!

Various great ways to enjoy your fruit butter

  

Handpicked Humor at its Best – Lawyers, Teachers and Rednecks

Posted by Angelica on August - 10 - 2011

The trick question

An engineer, a physicist, and a lawyer were being interviewed for a position as chief executive officer of a large corporation. The engineer was interviewed first, and was asked a long list of questions, ending with “How much is two plus two?” The engineer excused himself, and made a series of measurements and calculations before returning to the board room and announcing, “Four.” The physicist was next interviewed, and was asked the same questions. Before answering the last question, he excused himself, made for the library, and did a great deal of research. After a consultation with the United States Bureau of Standards and many calculations, he also announced “Four.” The lawyer was interviewed last, and was asked the same questions. At the end of his interview, before answering the last question, he drew all the shades in the room, looked outside the door to see if anyone was there, checked the telephone for listening devices, and asked “How much do you want it to be?”

 

Only in hell

God decided to take the devil to court and settle their differences once and for all. When Satan heard this, he laughed and said, “And where do you think you’re going to find a lawyer?”

Devil


Possessions

There was this lawyer who had just bought a new car, and he was eager to show it off to his colleagues, when all of a sudden an eighteen wheeler came out of nowhere and took of the driver’s side door with him standing right there. “NOOO!” he screamed, because he knew that no matter how good a mechanic tried to fix it, it never would be the same again. Unexpectedly, a cop came by, and the lawyer ran up to him yelling. “MY JAGUAR DOOR WAS JUST RUINED BY SOME FOOLISH DRIVER!!!” he exclaimed. “You’re a lawyer aren’t you?” asked the policeman. “Yes, I am, but what does this have to do with my car?!?!” the lawyer asked. “HA! You lawyers! All you care about is your possessions! I bet you didn’t even notice that your left arm is missing did you?” the cop said. The lawyer looked down at his side and exclaimed “MY ROLEX!”

 

Simpson's Brain

The most exclusive brain

A lawyer finds out he has a brain tumor, and it’s inoperable – in fact, it’s so large, they have to do a brain transplant. His doctor gives him a choice of available brains – there’s a jar of rocket scientist brains for $10 an ounce, a jar of regular scientist brains for $15 an ounce, and a jar of lawyer brains for the princely sum of $800 an ounce. The outraged lawyer says, “This is a rip-off – how come the lawyer brains are so damned expensive?” The doctor replies, “Do you know how many lawyers it takes to get an ounce of brains?”

 

Hundred Dollar Bill

Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, and honest lawyer, and an old drunk were walking along when they simultaneously spotted a hundred dollar bill laying in the street. Who gets it?
The old drunk, of course, the other three are mythological creatures.

 

H2O

Teacher: What is the chemical formula for water?
Sarah: “HIJKLMNO”!!
Teacher: What are you talking about?
Sarah: Yesterday you said it’s H to O!

 

How many Rabbits

Teacher: If I give you two rabbits and two rabbits and another two rabbits, how many rabbits have you got?
Billy: Seven
Teacher: No, listen carefully again. If I give you two rabbits and two rabbits and another two rabbits, how many rabbits have you got?
Billy: Seven…
Rabbits Teacher: Let’s try this another way. If I give you two apples and two apples and another two apples, how many apples have you got?
Billy: Six
Teacher: Good. Now if I give you two rabbits and two rabbits and another two rabbits, how many rabbits have you got?
Billy: Seven…
Teacher: How on earth do you work out that three lots of two rabbits is seven?
Billy: I’ve already got one rabbit at home now!

 

Longitude & Latitude = Lonelitude

The teacher of the earth science class was lecturing on map reading. After explaining about latitude, longitude, degrees and minutes the teacher asked, “Suppose I asked you to meet me for lunch at 23 degrees, 4 minutes north latitude and 45 degrees, 15 minutes east longitude…?”

After a confused silence, a voice volunteered, “I guess you’d be eating alone.”

 

Something she didn’t do

A little girl came home from school and said to her mother, “Mommy, today in school I was punished for something that I didn’t do.”

The mother exclaimed, “But that’s terrible! I’m going to have a talk with your teacher about this … by the way, what was it that you didn’t do?”

The little girl replied, “My homework.”

 

Tree Anatomy

Teacher: “Sam, what is the outside of a tree called?”
Sam: “I don’t know.”
Teacher: “Bark, Sam, bark.”
Sam: “Wow, wow, wow!”

 

The Only Idiot

“If there are any idiots in the room, will they please stand up” said the sarcastic teacher. After a long silence, one freshman rose to his feet.
“Now there mister, why do you consider yourself an idiot?” enquired the teacher with a sneer.
“Well, actually I don’t,” said the student, “but I hate to see you standing up there all by yourself.”

 

Misleading Signage

Teacher: Why are you late, Joseph?
Joseph: Because of a sign down the road.
Teacher: What does a sign have to do with your being late?
Joseph: The sign said, “School Ahead, Go Slow!”

 

Naming the Twins

A man was taking his wife, who was pregnant with twins, to the hospital when his car went out of control and crashed.
Regaining consciousness, he saw his brother, a relentless practical joker, sitting at his bed side.
He asked his brother how his wife was doing and his brother said, “Don’t worry, everybody is fine and you have a son and a daughter.
But the hospital was in a real hurry to
get the birth certificates filed and since both you and your wife were unconscious, I named them for you.”
The husband was thinking to himself, “Oh no, what has he done now?” and asked with some trepidation, “Well, bro, what did you name them?”
Whereupon, his brother replied, “I named the little girl Denise.”
The husband, relieved, said, “That’s a lovely name! And what did you come up with for my son?”
The brother replied, “Denephew.”

 

 

Fishing Trip

Funny Fishing

Two redneck guys go on a fishing trip.
They rent all the equipment: the reels, the rods, the wading suits, the rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the woods. They spend a fortune. The first day they go fishing, but they don’t catch anything. The same thing happens on the seco
nd day, and on the third day. It goes on like this until finally, on the last day of their vacation, one of the men catches a fish. As they’re driving home they’re really depressed. One guy turns to the other and says, “Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us fifteen hundred dollars?”The other guy says, “Wow! It’s a good thing we didn’t catch any more!”

 

 

Class of Logic

Two rednecks decided that they weren’t going anywhere in life and thought they should go to college to get ahead.

The first goes in to see the counselor, who tells him to take Math, History, and Logic.

“What’s Logic?” the first redneck asks. The professor answers by saying, “Let me give you an example. Do you own a weed eater?” “I sure do.”

“Then I can assume, using logic, that you have a yard,” replied the professor.

“That’s real good!” says the redneck. The professor continues, “Logic will also tell me that since you have a yard, you also own a house.” Impressed, the redneck says, “Amazin!” “And since you own a house, logic dictates that you have a wife.” “That’s Betty Mae! This is incredible!” The redneck is obviously catching on. “Finally, since you have a wife, logically I can assume that you are heterosexual,” said the professor. “You’re absolutely right! Why that’s the most fascinatin’ thing I ever heard! I cain’t wait to take that logic class!!”

The redneck, proud of the new world opening up to him, walks back into the hallway, where his friend is still waiting.

“So what classes are ya takin’ ?” asks the friend. “Math, History, and Logic!” replies the first redneck. “What in tarnation is logic???” asked his friend. “Let me give you an example.

Do ya own a weed eater?” asked the first redneck.

“No,” his friend replied.

“You’re Gay ain’t ya?”

 

Redneck Children

“You’ve just had your twelfth baby miss. What are you going to name this one?”

“Phil”

“But you named the last eleven Phil”

“Yeah it’s great. I say Phil go clean the room, they all go clean their room. I say Phil come for dinner, they all come for dinner.”

“But what if you only want one of them?”

“Oh! Then I call them by their last name.”

 

Why he’s so Special

“How was your first day in third grade, Johnny?” asked his father.

“Good,” said Johnny. “The teacher asked each of us to count to 100. Some kids couldn’t get past 30, but I made all the way to 100 without a single mistake!”

“That’s good, son. That’s
because you’re from Arkansas.”

After the next day of school, he asked again.

“I did good today, too, Dad. In language class, we had to say the alphabet. Some kids couldn’t get past P, but I made all the way to Z without a single mistake!”

“That’s good, son. That’s because you’re from Arkansas.”

After the third day of school, Johnny came home looking troubled.

“What’s the matter, son?” asked Dad.

“Oh, I dunno. Today we had Physical Education, and afterwards, in the shower, I noticed that, well, the other boys in my class, uh, well Dad, they all have little tiny ones. Mine must be ten times bigger than theirs! Is that because I’m from Arkansas?”

“No, son,” explained Dad. “That’s because you’re 18!”

3 Zest Salsa

Posted by Angelica on August - 5 - 2011

This recipe was discovered by accident when I was trying to come up with a Sunday salad preparation. Turns out, everyone, including me, thought it was incredible I’ve decided to share it. The 3 Zest Salsa is perfect for anyone who wants an instant refreshing zest in your mouth. It’s colorful, revitalizing, taste great and is healthy. Enjoy! Bon Appétit…

 

Ingredients

  • 2 big tomatoes (diced small)

  • Half a pineapple (diced small)

    3 Zest Salsa

  • 1 cucumber (diced small)

  • 15 grapes – Quartered and seed removed

  • 8 mint leaves grated (finely Chopped)

  • Half a red onion (finely Chopped)

  • 3 small green chillies(finely Chopped)

  • 2 tsp of brown sugar

  • 1 lemon – juiced with seeds removed

  • ½ tsp salt

  • A pinch of pepper

 

Directions

  1. Put all the diced & chopped ingredients together in a bowl

  2. Mix in the brown sugar, lemon juice, salt & pepper

  3. Cool in refrigerator and serve chill

 

*Tips: The secret ingredient in this recipe is the mint leaves. It gives a refreshing burst to the salsa and enhances the flavor. This is a great & low calorie TV snack to be served with corn chips/nachos or tortilla bread & cheese.

corn chips/nachos tortilla cheese

 

The Search for Happiness

Posted by Angelica on August - 4 - 2011

How to be Happy & Contented

 

Quote: “Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

~Anonymous~


Happiness is defined as a state of well-being and contentment accompanied with the feeling of pleasure and satisfaction. When we experience happiness, we feel fortunate and blessed and everything around us would seem magnificent. Most people these days are searching too hard and too far for this feeling to appear when what we really need to do is step back, unwind, and enjoy the present moment as it is. When you do this, you’re already on your way to enjoying this feeling.

How happy are you this very moment? Take the Happiness test at Oprah.com

 

The small little things to heighten the blissful feeling of happiness:

  • Happiness is a choice – recognize that being happy is more than an emotion; it’s a choice of how you want your state of mind to be. To embrace happiness, you must first let go of your misery. You can choose joy over sadness, positivity over negativity. No one should have control on your emotions

     

  • Be thankful to God – how often do we focus on life’s problem that we miss to see that each day is a blessing to be able to wake up alive. Constantly remind yourself about this and appreciate this gift and take time to pray.

    Thankful to god

     

  • Take regular time-off for yourself – if you’ve been on a streak of high-pressuring lifestyle, make sure to take breaks as and when your mind or body suggests you too. Spend time with family, go for holidays, have solitude moments of reflection, or just let your body have the sleep it needs. Come back to reality with more productivity, alertness and efficiency

     

  • See the positive in others – if you tend to develop hatred towards others more often that you should, it might be one of the reason that’s draining your happiness. Everyone would possess a goodness in themselves and the key is to find the positivity in people and try focusing on that instead

     

  • See beauty in the tiniest creations – many times, we are so bogged down with the rush & intensity of life that we fail to see beauty in littlest formation. Take time to appreciate the morning dew of a bloom, the sound of water flowing, the orange sunset, or the smell of roses

    Beauty inNature

     

  • Laugh more – it improves blood circulation, & releases pain-reducing endorphins. Laughter instantly brightens your mood and releases tension

     

  • Learn something new – you would never know your full capability until you’ve tried new things. Take up art classes, attempt a new sport, try an exotic food, or go places you’ve never been before. Life is much more than it seems and you need to get out of your comfort zone. On the other hand, never do something just because everyone else is doing it. Do what you heart wants and you’ll enjoy every moment of it

     

  • Spend time with children – a child is pure, naïve and totally free-spirited. Sometimes, you just need to become a child to feel joyful. Play games with children, watch movies with them, try bonding with them to learn how they take life so effortlessly

    Child is pure, naïve and totally free-spirited

     

  • Giving – I’ve read about the act of giving from people who have much and people who have very little. Multibillionaires, the kind in heart, those who don’t have but yet offer are people who have given testimonials of how generosity gives them inner peace of mind. Giving not necessarily need to be in the form of money or things, it could also be in the form of time, energy or voluntary services. If you have old clothes or things that you’re not using anymore, give them out today. Someone out there would have a use for it

     

  • Get acquainted with your old friends – This is a great way to feel young instantly. Remember the days you had in school which had been free-spirited & unstressed? You can rekindle the feeling by getting in touch with the people who shared the moments with you

     

  • Smile often – What do you think are the odds of you smiling and not receiving the smile back in return? In a completely civilized culture, this should be very minimal or zero. Smile is a way humankind reflect gestures of greetings and it inspires instant happiness

    Smile often

     

  • Pursue your innermost dream – find out what you’ve always wanted to do and do it. It could be dancing, owning your own garden, or even rocket science. No one should tell you that you’ve incompetent of anything other than yourself. You know your strengths & weaknesses and have full control over them

     

  • Take time to enjoy your food – Food is a way of feeding your soul. So much has been stressed about consuming the right nutrients and vitamins essential for your body in the form of a healthy & content meal. Breakfast, lunch, tea-time & dinner are the essential meals that you should consume without distracting yourself on other thoughts or happenings. Of course you could get companies like a loved one, friends or co-workers to join you for your meals, but concentrate on happy or positive socializing instead of gossiping or stressful topics

     

  • Be alert of the small miracles that happen around you – miracles happen around us at all forms, the birth of a kitten, a guardian angel protecting you from the pothole, or the promotion that you get at work. Look at these as a grace of God and you’ll instantly feel happiness or satisfaction building in you

    smurfette

     

  • Reward yourself – you don’t need others telling you how accomplished you are. There’s no better person to tell you that you’ve done a great job and deserve the pat on the back than yourself. If you feel that you’ve achieved something significant in your life, get yourself rewarded by sending yourself fresh flowers, buying yourself a good book, or going for the travel escapade of your dreams

     

  • Avoid gossips – Good news travels fast, and bad news faster; for whatever reason that is. Do not let gossip control your life. It is essential to pour out your feeling as times, but don’t do it at the cost of everyone else. The path to happiness is through praises & compliments, not condemns & criticizing. Remember that good words will establish you reputation as a person, earn you trust, respect and admiration of other. And this applies vice versa

     

  • Take up good habits – sleeping on time, exercising, personal hygiene, punctuality are all great habits than should be incorporated into our routines. These simple habits will keep our lives on-track and happiness would supersede stress or depression. After all, it only takes 21 days to institute a good habit!

     

  • Read, listen or sing to motivations or inspiration – we all have that time when life throws a lemon. When we fall, we get up, dust ourselves and always move forward. If a situation seems overwhelming, try help of books, songs or motivational videos that will guide you to the road of recovery

     

  • Manage your Debts – money matters have been one of the stress inducing component when not managed wisely. Always pay your debts on-time, never spend more than you earn, live within your means, and enjoy simple things in life. Remember that money buys comfort, but “Money can never buy Happiness”

    Snoopy

     

  • Trust others – in the current dog eat dog world, it might not be the best advice to be sharing. However, it is significant to have a certain amount of trust in people we come across, work with or live with. Trusting gives an inner peace and guide to a life path. *Disclaimer: never give out possession in the name of trust, always conduct a proper due diligence when it comes to money. You should never cheat others nor let others cheat you.

The Science of Stress

Posted by Angelica on July - 30 - 2011

Quote: “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

 

Stress has become a major problem in our society and the sad thing is really, people who are stressed are either not aware about this or are still living in denial. High stress level makes us feel tired, anxious, and unable to concentrate, tensed, over alert, & depressed. These symptoms soon lead to insomnia or trouble sleeping, eating disorder (overeating or eating less than usual) & addiction towards short term help such as smoking, alcohol & even drugs. When we are stressed, things happen to us in a reaction of the brain telling the body “Survival is getting hard, so get ready to battle”.

Why do we feel stressed?

Organizational factor

Excessive workload

Long working hours

Work affecting home life

Continuous crisis management

Lack of communication

Lack of recognition

Managerial Biasness

Bullying

Harassment

Racism/ Sexism

Repetitive work

Numerous rules & guidelines

Lack of interest

Trust Issues

Isolation

Boredom

Salary related issues

Threats of poor performance

Comparisons among others

Lack of support from managers

Lack of control

Environment factor

Poor work environment

Air Conditioning problems

Too little workspace

Poor lighting

Lack of resources or tools

Noise pollution

Travelling

Poor ventilation

Poor pantry/ washroom facilities

Self factor

Negativity

Lack of motivation

Self Doubt

Low confidence/ self esteem

Health problems

Loss of direction

Financial matters

Family Problems

Changes (marriage, divorce..)

How much stress can we handle?

 

 
 
In a book I read recently, “Managing Workplace Stress: A best practice Blueprint” written by Stephen Williams & Lesley Cooper; it caught my attention on how stress was elucidated.
 
 
 
 

It was an explanation in a simple graph form but made complete sense on how stress or pressure affects productivity:

Level of stress

This graph explains how pressure affects performance which is divided to 5 levels.

Level 1: Known as the Rust Zone is when we are put under very little pressure that causes unproductively due to boredom or don’t care attitude. People in this level have the tendency to brush of task and constantly complaint of boredom.

Level 2: Known as the Comfort Zone is when we are at the level of stress that is comfortable to our tolerance. People are productive doing the task they know or are good at. Most people in the workplace tend to fall into this group.

Level 3: Known as the Stretch Zone is when we push ourselves out of our boundaries of comfort zone thus getting into the ‘learning curve’. This level is usually when both employees & employers gain optimal results of productivity.

Level 4: Known as the Strain Zone is the continuity of Stretch level stress which is the starting point for productivity loss and cause of other illnesses related to stress. People managers are usually ignorant at this point when they don’t see the need to stop or decrease the pressure input on staffs.

Level 5: Known as the Panic Zone is when we are intolerant to stress anymore and stress has overpowered our personal lives and caused major drop in productivity. This is the point which people face nervous breakdowns, panic attacks, major illnesses & change in behavioral attitude towards negativity.

When to say no?

It is healthy to give & receive pressure right up to the Stretch Zone, but once a person feels the symptoms of stress kicking, it’s wise to put a clear stop sign. Any further push factor done by an individual at the Strain Zone will lead to physical illness such as body aches & pain, diarrhea or constipation, frequent cold, rapid heartbeat, & gastrointestinal problems. It is the body’s way of telling to mind ‘Enough Already’.

Bear in mind that different people have different tolerance level to stress. Just because a peer is hanging on, you are not obliged to put up with high amount of stress. Remember that our health comes as a priority and surpasses any other resources available.

Mashed Potato with Goat Cheese & Chives

Posted by Angelica on July - 21 - 2011

Ingredients

  • 5 large potatoesMashed Potato with Chives
  • ½ teaspoon of diluted salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 5 dices of good butter
  • 5 tablespoon of milk
  • ½ cup of goat cheese
  • A handful of chives – chopped finely

 

Directions

  1. Boil potatoes in a closed lid saucepan for about 3mins, reduce heat & simmer for another 15mins. Test with a fork by piercing through the potatoes to see if it’s cooked.
  2. Drain water from potatoes till it’s dry; place them in a large bowl. In a small bowl, melt butter until browned and add this to the potatoes.
  3. Add in pepper, salt, & milk and start mashing (top, down motion) with a big fork.
  4. When satisfied with the texture of the mash, add in goat cheese & chives, stirring gently for consistency.
  5. Use shrink wraps to cover the bowl until ready to serve. This will retain the moisture for a long time.

 

 

Tips for great textured mashed potatoes:

  1. Mashing should always be with a fork, top, down motion. Avoid blending or food processor as you’ll end up with a gluey texture.
  2. For great texture, the boiled potatoes need to be dried out before mashing. One way for this is to let the drained potatoes sit in the dry pan till all the water is absolutely absorbed in heat.

 

Tips for leftover mashed potatoes:

  1. Leftover mashed potatoes can be made into “potato patties” by coating them with bread crumbs and frying in a non-stick pan with butter.
  2. Extra mashed potatoes can also be used in stews/soups as a thickening agent.

 

 


Cream of Spinach Soup

Posted by Angelica on July - 17 - 2011

*Tips: always cook vegetables in low heat as this would retain the vitamins and goodness which are essential for the body.

 

Cream of Spinach

Ingredients

  • 1 bowl of spinach leafs
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cups of water
  • A pinch of salt & pepper
  • Heavy cream

Directions

  1. In a dry pan, put in the butter and sauté the onion & garlic until fragrant in very low heat. Make sure to not let it burn as it will spoil the color of the soup.
  2. When it turns light golden brown, add in water & ½ cup of milk. Add in the spinach leaves & cover the pan with a lid. Once spinach is added, it should only take about 3-5 mins to start boiling and it’s essential to turn off the heat when the boiling starts.
  3. Let it sit in the pan for another 3 mins before putting it into the blender and grinding it until it becomes smooth in texture.
  4. Put the mixture into the pan again and cook it for another 2 mins with the remaining ½ cup of milk.
  5. Garnish with a little heavy cream and serve hot.

 

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