Thursday, March 12, 2009

    Which is better Blogger or WordPress??

    I came across this question the other day, where do you think its better to keep your blog? On WordPress or on Blogger?
    And what are the pros and cons for both of these??
    Is there really any difference? If you know please help as I'm thinking of moving to WordPress just cause of too much talk around it, but then I find the Blogger dashboard and layout much more user friendly!

    Please share your experience, really want to know!


    Tuesday, March 10, 2009

    Kitchen Hints - Little tricks each woman should know!

    I came across some very useful information today.

    Anyone who cooks or at least sometimes tries to make toast and egg would need to know these tiny hints!!!


    To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh~if it rises to the surface, throw it away.
    Keep the linings from cereal boxes~they make great substitutes for waxed paper!
    • To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes!

    • Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle~ perfect shaped pancakes every time!

    • Use lifesavers candy to hold candles in place on your next birthday cake! Kids love 'em!
    • Poke an egg with a small sewing needle before hard-boiling, and the egg will peel with ease!And hold that needle in place with a magnet refrigerator clip!

    • Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips!

    • Zap garlic cloves in the microwave for 15 seconds and the skins slip right off!

    • To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling!

    • Use a pastry blender to cut ground beef into small pieces after browning!

    • Sweeten whipped cream with confectioners' sugar instead of granulated sugar~it will stay fluffy and hold it's shape better!

    • For easy "meatloaf mixing", combine the ingredients with a potato masher!

    • If you don't have enough batter to fill all cupcake tins, pour 1 tablespoon of water into the unfilled spots...this helps preserve the life of your pans!

    • To easily remove honey from a measuring spoon, first coat the spoon with nonstick cooking spray!

    • Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan~the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers!

    • Mash and freeze ripe bananas, in one-cup portions, for use in later baking~no wasted bananas (or you can freeze them whole, peeled, in plastic baggies)

    • To quickly use that frozen juice concentrate, simply mash it with a potato masher~no need to wait for it to thaw!

    • To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing!

    • Spray your Tupperware with non-stick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces~no more stains!

    • Transfer your jelly to a small plastic squeeze bottle~no more messy, sticky jars or knives!

    • This also works well for homemade salad dressing!

    • Save your store-bought-bread bags and ties~they make perfect storage bags for homemade bread!

    • When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead~no white mess on the outside of the cake!

    • Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator it will keep for weeks!

    • When making bread, substitute non-dairy creamer for the dry milk~it works just as well!

    • Rinse cooked, ground meat with water when draining off the fat~this helps "wash away" even more fat!
    • Slicing meat when partially frozen makes it easier to get thin slices.

    • Instead of throwing away bread heels or leftover cornbread, use them to make bread crumbs. For use later, store them in the freezer.
    • Substitute half applesauce for the vegetable oil in your baking recipes~you'll greatly reduce the fat content! (Example: 1/2 cup vegetable oil = 1/4 cup applesauce + 1/4 cup oil)

    • To ripen avocados and bananas, enclose them in a brown paper bag with an apple for 2-3 days!

    • Brush beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful, glossy finish!

    • In recipes calling for margarine, substitute reduced-calorie margarine to help cut back on fat! (Same goes with sour cream, milk, cheese, cream cheese, and cream soups)

    • Place a slice of bread in hardened brown sugar to soften it back up!

    • When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corns natural sweetness!

    • Don't throw out all that leftover wine. Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

    • If you have problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy!

    • Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

    • To take the tears out of chopping onions: Plug in a portable fan and turn it to high. It'll help blow away the fumes from your eyes - no more tears!

    • Don't panic if your soup's too salty: Add cut raw potatoes and throw them away once they are cooked and have absorbed the salt. Your soup's saved!

    • Instead of throwing away a sponge that has a stale odor, simply toss it in the dishwasher and wash it with the next load of dishes. It will come out clean and fresh smelling and will kill any bacteria in the sponge, so it's a good idea to toss your sponges into the dishwasher often.

    • Save celery leaves. Spread them out on paper towels or a paper plate and let them dry. Crumble them into soups, salads and stuffing's. They will add an extra zippy flavor for free.

    • Make giant ice cubes in muffin tins or plastic margarine bowls. These are perfect for using in picnic coolers or punch bowls. They look pretty and keep your drinks or food cold longer.

    • Don't throw those single serving gelatin plastic cups away, make your own single servings. Place the cups in a muffin holder, fill the cups and place in the refrigerator. It only takes a few minutes and no mess.

    • Fruit Freshener - Use 2 vitamin C tablets in a big bowl of water...let them dissolve and stir...dunk any veggie or fruit and it will stay fresh for a couple of weeks and vitamin C won't hurt you either! Try it out on a potato... dunk the potato and leave it out on the won't discolor... It's the short version of "fruit fresh ".

    • Cottage cheese will remain fresher longer if you store it upside down in the refrigerator. This slows the effects of oxidation.

    • To keep milk past it's expiration date add salt. A pinch of salt in a gallon will do it. The salt slows the rate of bacteria growth.

    • Brown sugar will not harden if stored in the freezer.

    • If you freeze wild rice it will last 3-4 months compared to a week in the refrigerator. A good trick when you go away on vacation is to place a baggie with a few ice cubes in the freezer. If a power failure occurs while you are gone and the food thaws and then refreezes you will know about it when you get home.

    • Ice cream container sealed in a plastic bag will stop ice crystals from forming when it is in the freezer.

    • Potato chip bag open again and they're all stale and yucky?? Pop them in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds, let stand for two minutes and they'll be crispy again.
    • Regarding tomato paste, it seems a whole can of tomato paste is many times too much for some recipes. Suggestion: take a piece of waxed paper, putting it on a cookie sheet and putting teaspoonfuls of the leftover paste on the paper -- another sheet on top and freeze this. When frozen just peel them off and put them in a baggie and when you need a tsp. or tbs. of paste you have it without opening a whole can and there is no waste. OR-- put small amounts in an ice tray and then just pop them out when I need them.

    • Quick Whipping -- A teaspoonful of cold water added to the white of an egg causes it to whip more quickly while increasing the quantity.

    • Moldy Fruit -- What should you do with fruit with mold? Throw it away rather than simply cutting off the mold since mold on fruit goes much deeper than what appears on the fruit.

    • Broccoli Stalks -- Don't discard the tough ends of broccoli stalks. Use them for making soups.

    • Measuring Honey -- Measuring honey with a spoon is easy but getting it all off the spoon is another matter--so first rub the spoon with margarine.
      Dropping Cookie Dough -- To get cookie dough to drop without sticking dip the spoon in milk first.

    • Leftover Pie Dough -- Extra pie dough? Cover it with some Parmesan and Gruyere cheese and you'll bake a delicious appetizer--at the very same meal with your pie as dessert.

    • Easy Shelling -- Pecans are easy to shell if they are first soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes or so. Or microwave 2 cups of pecans or Brazil nuts in 1 cup of water for 5 to 6 minutes on HIGH.

    • Storing Cake -- If you store half and apple in the container which you are storing a cake, the cake will retain its freshness.

    • Cheesy Apple Pie -- Don't just serve cheese with apple pie, bake it right in. Spread grated sharp Cheddar on the bottom of the crust before adding the apple filling.

    • Sticking Cake Layers -- Cake layers sticking to the bottom of the pans? Put them back in a warm oven for a short time. The layers will then come out without a problem. Or, try lining the bottom of your pans with waxed paper

      That's it! Hope these were useful to some! :)

    Monday, March 9, 2009

    Happy 8 th of March - Happy Women's Day

    Just wanted to make a quick note and wish all the Ladies Happy 8th of March!!!

    This is our day, so lets enjoy it!

    I actually think that this is the way we should be treated the other 364 days of the year!! :)

    Wednesday, March 4, 2009

    Are you living in a Bubble...

    Do you get this feeling sometimes that you are living in your own bubble... wake up every morning, go to work, come home, sleep and then you repeat everything again?

    Sometimes it just feels like everyone lives in their own world without trying to understand others or even try to interact.

    Each person should want to step out, try new things and feel new emotions and experience new things outside their own little bubble.

    Please should try to meet new people, get to know the world around them...

    Have you even tried cardinally changing something in your life.. just let go of all the old things and experience something new?

    " What doesn't kill us, just makes us stronger "... there is a whole world out there and yes sometimes it hurts, but time helps us get through the difficult times and forget, while love and happiness are there for the moment and you have to enjoy it right there at that moment, live everyday like it were your last...

    Monday, March 2, 2009

    What is your dream profession?

    Are you doing what yo always dreamt of doing?

    Are you working in your dream position and looking forward to arriving at work every morning?

    If your not maybe its time to try something new.

    We tend to treat coming to work as a routine that we have to do everyday, but it shouldn't be that.

    Each person should do what they are interested in and enjoy doing, as they would perform better and generate better results.

    Who says you can't just quit everything and try yourself in a totally random position, in a totally different culture and in a different country or state for that matter.

    Take a look at this guy, Daniel Seddiqui even has his own site: Living the Map . He decided that he is going to Change 50 careers in 50 weeks and travel to every state in the US during this period...

    It's actually quite a fascinating idea, so far he has done 23 jobs in 23 weeks... and he is showing people that no matter that supposedly we are going through a crisis and the unemployment rate is soaring, if you want to find a job - you can!

    What do you think, could you do?


    Alena A Wife, social media junkie, internet marketer and just a young woman with great ambitions.. just need to find the time to realize them! If you have questions on optimizing your blog please do not hesiate please contact me. :)

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