Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Scrapbooking With Good Photos

If you love scrapbooking you will want to have good photos, printed on good photo paper such as Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy 4x6. It is vital to make sure your photos are printed on good paper so that you can be assured of the fact that you are not doing all the scrapbooking for nothing.

What can be a better way of preserving your memories than with a beautiful scrapbook? What is even better is that it makes such a good gift. So, if you haven't done scrapbooking before why not have a look at Beginner Scrapbooking as it is far easier than you may think.

What is even better is that there are so many scrapbooking kits available that gives you all the supplies you need to make a scrapbook. For beginner scrapbooking that is ideal as you can try it first and see if you enjoy it before you spend a lot of money on supplies.

It is also good to keep in mind that scrapbooking can be a family craft. Get everyone involved and spend some quality time making Granny or Gramps a gift they will treasure. Even the smallest kid will be able to take part in this craft. What is expected here is not perfection, but the preservation of precious memories.

So, print your photos on Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy 4x6 and start scrapbooking.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Amazing Home Exercise Equipment

I love home exercise equipment. My life is very busy and even though I love going to the gym even more, I very often have to exercise at home. For this I wish I had a Keiser M3 Indoor Cycle as it is the best.

If you do spinning at a gym you will know that the Keiser M3 Indoor Cycle is really top of the range. You will get the same quality you get at the gym.

Another reason I love exercising at home is because of the flexibility of times. I can exercise whenever I want and the rest of the family can also exercise whenever they want.

For me the trip to the gym is also a problem as we really have lots of traffic problems at the moment and there is no suitable public transport to any gym close to us. This means that I waste hours on the trip to the gym, hours I do not have!

So for me, home exercise equipment is essential. I must have some way to do my cardio and I must have some way to do resistance training. It is, of course also possible to combine it with cross training using something such as the 2 In 1 Elliptical Cross Trainer Exercise Bike. I prefer to simply work out with weights.

Whatever your situation, whether it is even anything close to mine, having a look at the Keiser M3 Indoor Cycle will not be a mistake. You will be assured of excellent quality and satisfaction.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Are Homemade Water Purifiers Any Good?

Very often people wonder if homemade water purifiers are any good. It is a question you ask with right. So, having a look at it may be a very good idea.

First of all, I think the quality of the water you want to purify plays a role in the whole process. If you have relatively clean water and you only want to filter out some solid impurities such as sand, rocks and plant material, a simple homemade filter will be just fine.

If the water you want to purify is very contaminated you will have to think about your purifying process very carefully. If you do it right, homemade water purifiers can still do the job for you.

Keep in mind that very contaminated water can always be treated with chlorine to kill all the germs. Then you sit with the chlorine in the water again!

To get rid of the chlorine in the water is actually easier than you may think. If you make a homemade water purifier that contains activated carbon you will get rid of all chlorine in the water.

Making a homemade water purifier does not have to be expensive and if you know what you are doing it also does not have to be expensive.

To make sure you have all the info you need, why not look at an ebook such as Clear Home Water and make sure you are doing it right.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Opportunities To Teach Her About The Kitchen

Little girls love playing house. We can use these "games" to teach her valuable lessons about nutrition, hygiene in the kitchen and more. If she has a set such as the Kidkraft Retro Kitchen And Refrigerator In Pink it will be very easy as it is big enough for more than one to play in at a time.

What I like about the kidkraft Retro Kitchen And Refrigerator In Pink as well is that all the appliances and more really "works" with knobs that turn etc. The sink is also removable for easy cleaning. So looking at a Kidkraft Retro Kitchen And Refrigerator In Pink is a very good idea.

So, now you can start teaching her in a playful manner. Use play food to teach her about nutrition. Teach her what a balanced meal consists of and let her "prepare" such meals. You can show her how certain kinds of dishes tastes better with others and which tastes really does not work.

As you have a sink that can be removed you can also teach her about hygiene in the kitchen. Stress the importance of washing your hand before you start preparing food. Teach her how to wash certain kinds of veggies and more before you prepare them and stress the importance of clean utensils.

Of course, all this must be part of the game. She should never even realize that this is a "lesson." She must only be aware of the fact that mummy is playing with her. The lessons must be worked in unobtrusively so she never even realizes it! This will make many lessons fun and it is ideal for homeschoolers to use.

So, have a look at the Kidkraft Retro Kitchen And Refrigerator In Pink and make her first "cooking" lessons a lot of fun.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Easy Baked Beans Recipe With Easy Chopping

I you are lucky enough to have a Cuisinart DLC5BC Food Processor 7-Cup Chrome you'll make this recipe easily. Chopping is always a problem even if it is only one onion you have chop, but with a Cuisinart DLC5BC Food Processor 7-Cup Chromethis is easy.

Another benefit of the Cuisinart DLC5BC Food Processor 7-Cup Chrome is that the parts are dishwasher safe and therefore cleaning up is easy. So any recipe becomes light work with this Cuisinart DLC5BC Food Processor 7-Cup Chrome

So, here is your recipe for Easy Baked Beans Recipe:

What You Need:
  • 3 (16 oz) cans pork and beans
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped fine
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • 3 T brown mustard
  • 1 1/2 C ketchup
  • 1 T white vinegar
  • 1/2 t chili powder
  • 1/4 t hot sauce
How to Make It:

  1. Place the beans juice and all into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the onion and green pepper and stir to combine.
  3. Sprinkle in the brown sugar.
  4. Add the mustard, ketchup and vinegar and stir until all the ingredients are incorporated together well.
  5. Add the chili powder and hot sauce and stir until mixed in thoroughly.
  6. Set the oven temperature to 350 degrees and allow the oven to preheat.
  7. Pour the bean mixture into an ungreased 3 qt baking dish.
  8. Bake 30 minutes or until bubbling around the edges.
  9. Allow the beans to sit for 10 minutes before serving.
Serving Size: 10

These beans are very simple to make and go well with a ham dinner. Add some crumbled cooked bacon to enhance the flavor even more.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Importance Of Home Rainwater Collection

I live in South Africa where water is very scarce and we have to be able to use it to its maximum. This is why I am aware of the importance of home rainwater collection.

In the town we lived in until recently empty, dry taps in the middle of the day was not an unusual thing. So, if you wanted to do gardening you had to be prepared with stored rainwater, not to mention the water you need to flush the toilet!

In those circumstances home rainwater collection was vitally important. It was very important to make sure you plan your system in such a way that you get the maximum water from every drop of rain that fell.

What is more, we are not rich so we had to make very sure that our system was planned optimally to save costs. We were fortunate to have the expertise right there because it was a farming community, otherwise we would have had to do some research to make sure we plan our home rainwater collection correctly.

You will be surprised at how much water you can collect from relatively little rain. It can make you completely independent of any water supply source for your gardening purposes. That was such a relief to us as we love our vegetable garden. I cannot imagine having to survive without fresh lettuce and herbs in the garden. Even now, while we are living in a town house complex, we have our lettuce and herbs in pots on the patio!

So, I think considering home rainwater collection is a very good idea for everyone that loves gardening.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fun Kids Party Smoothie Recipe

If you have a Cuisinart Smoothie Maker or as it's name is the Cuisinart CBT 700 Blender, which is a strong blender, you will love this tasty and fun kid's party smoothie recipe. It is not always easy to think about fun drinks for a kid's party and this one will definitely do the trick! So get out your Cuisinart Smoothie Maker or as its name is the Cuisinart CBT 700 Blender and start practicing for your kid's next birthday party.

Rabbit Hippity Hoppity Smoothies

What You Need:
  • 1 C orange juice
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 pint pineapple sherbet
  • 2 (6 oz) cartons pina colada yogurt
  • 2 bananas cut in chunks
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C whip topping, divided
  • 2 drops red food coloring
  • Black string licorice
How to Make It:

  1. Pour the orange juice and milk into the Cuisinart Smoothie Maker or as its name is the Cuisinart CBT 700 Blender.
  2. Carefully add the sherbet, yogurt and bananas.
  3. Add the vanilla extract.
  4. Blend until very smooth.
  5. Pour into glasses.
  6. Place 2/3 C of the whipped topping into a plastic baggie
  7. Cut one corner of the bag to make a small hole.
  8. Carefully create a small circle on top of the smoothie.
  9. Place the other 1/3 of the whip topping in another plastic bag.
  10. Add the food color and gently mix until the topping has turned slightly pink.
  11. Cut the corner of the bag and make the eyes, nose and the ears for the rabbit.
  12. Cut the licorice strings to make the whiskers for each rabbit.
  13. Place the whiskers on the rabbit face upward toward the edge of the glass.
  14. Serve immediately.
Give the kids a surprise with their smoothie. The will enjoy the extra little bit of work you put into them. You can use pineapple juice in place of the orange juice or even try apples with vanilla yogurt and raspberry sherbet for a different treat. If your kids don’t like black licorice try a toothpick with a little black decorator gel to make the whiskers.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Make A Tasty Carrot And Coriander Soup With this Recipe

It does not matter what the weather is, a soup is always tasty and a welcome treat when the family gets home hungry and tired. Here is a healthy soup that is very easy to make and especially if you have Cuisinart CSB-76 Smart Stick Hand Blender and you can use it to blend the soup in the pot.

It is so much easier blending the soup in the pot with a Cuisinart CSB-76 Smart Stick Hand Blender instead of having to process it bit by bit in a normal blender. This saves you time and extra dishes to wash!

So if you have a Cuisinart CSB-76 Smart Stick Hand Blender you can use it for this tasty soup recipe.

Ingredients for this carrot and coriander soup recipe:
  • 2 tsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stick, sliced, plus 2-3 leafy celery tops
  • 2 small potatoes, chopped
  • 1 lb carrots, preferably young and tender, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2-3tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp chopped coriander
  • 1 cup semi skimmed milk
  • salt and black pepper

  1. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole or heavy-based saucepan
  2. and fry the onion over a gentle heat for 3-4 minutes until slightly softened but not browned.
  3. Add the celery and potato, cook for a few minutes, then add the carrot.
  4. Fry over a gentle heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently, and then cover.
  5. Reduce the heat even further and cook for about 10 minutes.
  6. Shake the pan or stir occasionally so the vegetables do not stick to the base.
  7. Add the stock, bring to the boil and then partially cover and simmer for a further 8-10 minutes until the carrot and potato are tender.
  8. Remove 6-8 tiny celery leaves for a garnish and finely chop about 1 tbsp of the remaining celery tops.
  9. In a small saucepan, dry fry the ground coriander for about 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  10. Reduce the heat, add the chopped celery and fresh coriander and fry for about 1 minute, set aside.
  11. Process the soup in with your Cuisinart CSB-76 Smart Stick Hand Blender.
  12. Stir in the milk, coriander mixture and seasoning. Heat gently, taste and adjust the seasoning.
  13. Serve garnished with the reserved celery

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Home Rain Water Collection From Your Roof And Other Places

I think I have told everyone enough to bore them about my horrible weekend in the Free State. I got ill from the water, but that was not all I learned there, I saw how someone, with a very simple system collects quite a bit of rainwater for later use.

In countries, like South Africa, there are many places, like the Free State where water is very scarce and every drop MUST be saved! This is where Home Rain Water Collection and especially Home Rainwater Collection Roof and other places becomes very important.

Now any system is better than nothing, but if you plan it properly you will be surprised at how much water you can collect from a very small amount of water. I was surprised to see how much water was in that tank after thy have had very little rain. It sure makes sense to collect rain water for use in the garden and other places.

With a good rainwater system in place you should always have enough water for all your gardening purposes. This means that you will never have to watch your precious plants dying of drought again. If they are in need of water you will have the water in your storage tanks.

So, looking at good ideas and plans to optimize your home rainwater collection from the roof and other places will really be worth your while. You will be rewarded with more water than you would have thought possible, I know, I was surprised!

So, look at rain water collection and save yourself a lot of problems. Plan it properly and you will not have wasted your time.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Do Not Drink Tap Water - Make A Homemade Water Purifier

Today I am stressing a Homemade Water Purifier because I found out how important it really is to purify your water.

We went to a 90th birthday party this weekend on a farm close to the town of Jacobsdal in the Free State of South Africa. Because it is an 7 hour drive from where we stay we slept in a beautiful guest house in Jacobsdal.

This is where the problems started that showed me how important at least a homemade water purifier is. I was very careless and drank the tap water without purifying it! Can you imagine?

Well, I paid for that carelessness with "food" poisoning because of the contaminated water and I am still not as well as I should be. This simply goes to show you once again that you cannot take the risk of drinking tap water without at least filtering it with a simple homemade charcoal water filter.

Making your own water filter is not that difficult and it ensures complete safety as you know exactly what is in it. If you do not feel like making your own though, there are many good filters on the market and getting one that is portable may be a very good idea. Take it with you wherever you go and purify the tap water before you drink it!

Do not put yourself through the ordeal I put myself through this weekend by being careless! Make a homemade water purifier or buy one, just do not drink the tap water unpurified if you are not 100% sure of its safety!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tasty Black Eye Pea Veggie Salad Recipe

Making a tasty salad, such as this Black Eye Pea Veggie Salad Recipe, can be a lot of work, but if you have a food processor, such as a Cuisinart DLC5BC Food Processor 7-Cup Chrome it is very easy. The Cuisinart DLC5BC Food Processor 7-Cup Chrome is suitable for slicing, dicing and chopping and will make light work of any food processing task. What is more, the Cuisinart DLC5BC Food Processor 7-Cup Chrome is easy to clean and for me that is very important. No kitchen appliance is worth it if cleaning is a big problem.

Well, get out your Cuisinart DLC5BC Food Processor 7-Cup Chrome, or as some call it the Cuisinart DLC-5BK 7-Cup Capacity Food Processor, and try this Tasty Black Eye Pea Veggie Salad Recipe:

Black Eye Pea Veggie Salad

What You Need:
  • 1 (16 oz.) pkg. frozen black eyed peas, cook as pkg. directs and drain well
  • 1 (10 oz.) pkg. regular sweet peas, thawed
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 C of olive oil
  • 1/3 C white wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1 C cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 lb. bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1/3 C of fresh mint, chopped

How to Make It:

  1. Place the cooked black eyed peas into a serving bowl.
  2. Fold in the sweet peas, onions, celery, pepper and carrots until combined well.
  3. Whisk together the oil and vinegar in a small bowl until well blended.
  4. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and whisk to blend in.
  5. Pour the dressing in with the vegetables and toss to coat.
  6. Cover the bowl with a lid or tightly with foil and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
  7. Remove the bowl and toss again.
  8. Layer the tomatoes over the top of the salad.
  9. Sprinkle with the bacon and mint before serving.

Makes 12 servings

Preparation Time: approximately 20 minutes
Chill Time: approximately 4 hours
Total Time: approximately 4 hours 20 minutes

This bit of the south makes a wonderful salad for your buffet. Brightly colored it will bring a touch of warmth to your meal. Any vegetables will work in this salad so mix and match to find the right combination for your family tastes.

Next time you want to entertain you do not have to fear all the chopping, get a Cuisinart DLC5BC Food Processor 7-Cup Chrome and make this tasty Black Eye Pea Veggie Salad.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Homeschooling: What About the Socialization Factor?

One of the most often heard questions when considering homeschooling is, “Aren’t you worried about socialization?” I’m not sure if those questions are truly about homeschooling and socialization, or if they’re about socializing. There’s a big difference between the two.

While this issue of socialization seems to be on the minds of people against homeschooling, those who actually homeschool never give it much thought. They know that their children are not going to suffer by foregoing public school socialization. In fact, most homeschool children are probably better socialized than public school students.

Socialization is basically learning to conform to today’s society. What is it about homeschooling that would keep a child from learning to conform to today’s society? And do we really want children that conform and become little automatons? Or do we want children who can think for themselves while having something to offer society as a whole?

Children are little sponges, so just by being a part of a family they will begin to learn what society expects of them. The only way a child would fail to be socialized is if they were secluded away from everyone. The image of a backwoods, backwards, misfit homeschool family is just not accurate. Homeschooling families are generally active in their local communities, and often involved in volunteering to help others. These activities will help solve any socialization issues.

So if you plan to homeschool, how should you respond when asked about socialization? Are the questions really about socializing instead? Well, I can honestly say, my kids are very social. Not only do we attend church every week, we have days during the week that we meet with other homeschool families, and they’ll strike up a conversation with anyone, no matter their age. If those activities aren’t enough, homeschool children have play days, skate days, and trips to the bowling alley. How much more social does a child have to be?

When thinking about socialization, one has to wonder, are the lessons they learn in public school really any better than what they’ll learn at home? Since public schools create artificial societies which rarely mirror real life. In public schools children learn about drugs, alcohol, violence, and sexual promiscuity. Most homeschool parents are very happy that their children won’t have to learn those lessons.

If socialization is supposed to teach your child how to behave in society, how to properly respond to people, and be responsible adults, it isn’t very likely that a child will learn that from public school. All one has to do is go to nearly any public middle school and walk the halls. After witnessing the behavior of the students there, ask yourself which of those behaviors you would truly want your child to emulate. That should get any parent’s attention and quell any further questions or concerns about a homeschool child’s socialization.

Good furniture is important for effective homeschooling. If you are going to do a lot of crafts with your kid it may be a good idea to have a look at an Alex Super Art Table With Paper Roll And Two Benches
as it is big enough for you to sit next to your kid while you are doing crafts. More than one kid can work on it as well. I do believe that crafts are an important part of homeschooling, so to prevent a mess on your furniture, look at an  Alex Super Art Table With Paper Roll And Two Benches. This table will look good in any playroom or Den.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tasty Kids Snacks - Chicken Wrap Around

Coming up with ideas for tasty kids snacks for a party is not always that easy. Here is a tasty snack for kids they will love and it is easy to make. If you have a Cuisinart TOB 195 Exact Heat Toaster Oven Broiler Stainless you can bake it in the Cuisinart TOB 195 Exact Heat Toaster Oven Broiler Stainless instead of a normal oven and save on energy.

Here is your recipe:

Chicken Wrap Around Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1 C of sour cream
  • 1 C of mayonnaise
  • 2 (1 oz.) envelopes of dry ranch dressing mix
  • 4 T of vegetable oil
  • 2 (16.2 oz.) cans refrigerated flaky biscuits
  • 2 (6 oz.) pkg. cooked chicken strips
  • 4 T of butter, melted

How to Cook It:
  1. Preset the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a cookie sheet generously with a non stick cooking spray.
  3. Place the sour cream and mayonnaise together in a mixing bowl.
  4. Stir the mixture until blended together well.
  5. Sprinkle in the ranch dressing mix and blend it in well.
  6. Remove the biscuits and place on the prepared cookie sheet.
  7. Use the tip of your fingers to press out each biscuit into an oval.
  8. Spread 1 t of the dressing mixture over each biscuit.
  9. Place 3 chicken strips crosswise in the center of each biscuit.
  10. Bring the sides of each biscuit up and over the chicken and press to seal.
  11. Brush the tops of each chicken wrap with the melted butter.
  12. Bake 20 minutes or until the biscuits are a golden brown.
Makes 16 wraps

These little wraps will be the hit of the party. Serve with ranch dressing on the side for dipping. If your children like a little more spice use taco seasoning mix instead of the ranch dressing mix and serve with salsa for dipping.

Preparation Time: approximately 25 minutes
Baking Time: approximately 20 minutes
Total Time: approximately 45 minutes

Nutritional Information per wrap: (approximate values)

Calories 430; fat 29 g; sodium 1,140 mg; carbohydrates 30 g; sugar 10 g;
protein 12 g

Use Your Cuisinart SM-55 5-1/2-Quart Stand Mixers And Make This Holiday Cinnamon Braid

With one of the Cuisinart SM-55 5-1/2-Quart Stand Mixers baking becomes a pleasure and you will love making this Holiday Cinnamon Braid if you have one of the Cuisinart SM-55 5-1/2-Quart Stand Mixers

So, here is your recipe, try it, it is easier than you may think and one of the Cuisinart SM-55 5-1/2-Quart Stand Mixers makes it child's play.

What You Need:
  • 2 (1/4 oz) pkgs. active dry yeast
  • 1 C warm water
  • 1/3 C butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 C flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 t cold water
  • 1/4 t cinnamon
How to Make It:
  1. Dump the packages of yeast into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add the warm water (110 degrees) to the yeast and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Place the butter, sugar and salt into the yeast mixture.
  4. Break the eggs into the mixture and add 3 C of flour.
  5. Use an electric mixer, such as one of the Cuisinart SM-55 5-1/2-Quart Stand Mixers, and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  6. Add 1 C of the remaining flour and stir until a soft dough forms.
  7. The remaining flour may be added as necessary to form the dough.
  8. Flour a flat surface.
  9. Knead the dough 7 minutes or until the dough become smooth and elastic.
  10. Butter a large bowl on the bottom and up the sides.
  11. Place the dough into the buttered bowl turning to cover with the butter on all sides.
  12. Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise double in size about 1 hour.
  13. Punch the dough down with your fist.
  14. Very lightly flour the flat surface again.
  15. Place the dough on the floured surface and divided into four sections.
  16. Shape each section of dough into an 18 in long rope.
  17. Grease a cookie sheet and place the ropes parallel on the sheet.
  18. Start with the right rope and braid the dough ropes together.
  19. The first rope should go over the second rope, under the third rope and over the fourth rope.
  20. Continue always beginning on the right side until the ropes are completely braided together then pinch the ends to seal.
  21. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and allow the dough to rise 45 minutes or until double in size.
  22. Heat the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  23. Place the egg yolk, cold water and cinnamon into a small mixing bowl and whisk to completely combine.
  24. Brush the dough with the egg yolk mixture.
  25. Bake the Bread 22 minutes or a golden brown.
  26. Cool the bread on a wire rack before cutting.

Serving Size: 1 loaf

Making bread isn't really that difficult. Being sure to completely dissolve the yeast, kneading the bread until it becomes elastic and making sure you allow the bread to rise as directed will insure that you have the perfect bread every time.

Have A Look At The Cuisinart SM-55 5-1/2-Quart Stand Mixers

Friday, March 5, 2010

Keep Fit The Easy Way With A 2 In 1 Elliptical Cross Trainer & Exercise Bike

For people with limited time and limited space, keeping fit at all times can be a very big problem. This is where a 2 In 1 Elliptical Cross Trainer & Exercise Bike comes in to save you time and it takes up very little space.

The 2 In 1 Elliptical Cross Trainer & Exercise Bike takes care of boredom as well. It is a true 2 in 1 and more. To start with it can strides forward and reverse to build in some variety in your routine as well as targeting more muscles.

Another good feature is the seat. The of the 2 In 1 Elliptical Cross Trainer & Exercise Bike can be adjusted so that you can use it standing or sitting as an upright bike.

What is even more, the handles of the 2 In 1 Elliptical Cross Trainer & Exercise Bike can be locked so that it can be used for a free running workout. This is another way variety is built into the 2 In 1 Elliptical Cross Trainer & Exercise Bike.

Now we get to the space factor. The 2 In 1 Elliptical Cross Trainer & Exercise Bike is not as big as other elliptical cross trainers so it does not take up a lot of space and it can be wheeled out of the way when you are not using it. This is a big advantage for those that do not have lot of space to place home exercise equipment.

So, having a look at the 2 In 1 Elliptical Cross Trainer & Exercise Bike may not be a bad idea.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tasty Potato Soup Recipe

If you love potatoes you will love this recipe. It is easy to make and if you have a Cuisinart CSB-76 Smart Stick Hand Blender you can simply blend it all in the pot. For the fresh homemade bread that goes the best with it you can make any recipe of your Zojirushi BB-HAC10 Breadmaker. I love the Cuisinart CSB-76 Smart Stick Hand Blender because it is strong and you will get a completely smooth soup.

  • 6 Potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 4 Cups of water
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • ½ Tablespoon of flour
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of chopped parsley (you do not have to chop it too fine as it is all going to be blended with a Cuisinart CSB-76 Smart Stick Hand Blender)
  • 2 Tablespoons grated cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cut the potatoes into slices
  2. Chop the onion
  3. Add it to your pot (a Cuisinart Classic Stockpot is ideal for big quantities)
  4. Add the water and boil for one to one and a half hour until the vegetables are very soft
  5. Add the salt and pepper
  6. Add the parsley
  7. Puree with the Cuisinart CSB-76 Smart Stick Hand Blender
  8. Thicken with the butter, milk and flour, here you may have to adjust the ingredients to get the consistency you want while stirring continuously
  9. Serve hot sprinkled with the cheese.
For a different texture and look you can puree the soup only partially and add the parsley at the end.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fat Loss Secret - We Are All Looking For That Secret

Are you looking for that all illusive Fat Loss Secret? Well, it is no secret at all!

The raw facts are that the "magic" pill has not been developed yet. All our dreams have not come true yet. The fat loss secret is still a well balanced diet and moderate exercise.

I once again stress the healthy, balanced diet. Do not fall for one of the many Fad Diet Plans doing the rounds will only let you gain even MORE WEIGHT in the long run. You may lose pounds while you are on it, but once you start eating normally again the weight will come right back. The reason is that these Fad Diet Plans are not the Fat Loss Secret you are looking for. With these diets you loose mainly water and some muscle, but very little fat.

The muscle you lose on these diets will slow down your metabolism and that couples with the slowing down of your metabolism because you ate too little will make it even harder to lose any fat and it will actually make you gain weight a lot easier!

Moderate exercise is a better way to tray and speed up the fat loss. The extra energy you use will help with burning some extra fat and building muscle will help speed up your metabolism to make the fat loss even more. When you start building muscle it may seem as if you are not losing weight, but you will be losing fat. This is because muscle weighs more than fat. You will be losing centimeters and in time the pounds will drop as well.

So, unfortunately, the Fat Loss Secret is a balanced diet and moderate exercise.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Training When It Is Cold Out

We all know that keeping up with your cycling training when it is cold out can really be a problem. Sometimes it is not only a problem but is down right impossible! This is where a bicycle trainer comes in, especially if you are very serious about your cycling.

The best solution to the problem is to get a Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Indoor Trainer, that is really easy to set up and very quiet. Because the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Indoor Trainer uses fluid resistance it is the quietest option there is.

It is also important to note that the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Indoor Trainer is the official trainer of the US cycling team. Surely that must tell us something! So if you are looking at trainers, looking at the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Indoor Trainer may not be a bad option.

What I consider a very good benefit of the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Indoor Trainer is that you can really multitask with it. It is possible to train on it and at the same time listen to music, watch TV or even read a book and study. For people with limited time it can be a real time saver.

So, for serious cyclists having a look at the Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Indoor Trainer may not be a bad idea.

Coffee Ice Cream

Coffee lovers want to do more with their coffee than only drink it. If you have a coffee maker such as the Cuisinart DCC 1200 12 Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker you will want to make some tasty dishes with all that lovely coffee you are making with your Cuisinart DCC 1200 12 Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker.

So if you have made some very strong coffee in your Cuisinart DCC 1200 12 Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker to use in some Easy Coffee Recipes, you can also use a little bit of it to make a tasty Coffee ice cream.

Here is a recipe to try. This recipe is for ice cream without an ice cream maker, but if you have an ice cream maker such as the Musso Lussino 4080 ice cream maker you can pour it into your Musso Lussino 4080 ice cream maker at the point, where the recipe says you have to pour the ice cream into a refrigerator ice tray, you pour it into your Musso Lussino 4080 ice cream maker and freeze it according to instructions.

Coffee Ice Cream:

What You Need:

  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 C of milk
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 4 Tablespoons very strong coffee
  • 2 C whipping cream, chilled

How to Make It:

  1. Dump the sugar into a heavy duty saucepan.
  2. Sprinkle the salt over the sugar.
  3. Pour the milk and coffee into the saucepan and stir to combine.
  4. Add the egg yolks and stir until all the ingredients are combined together well.
  5. Place the pan over medium heat and stirring constantly cook 3 minutes or until bubbles begin to appear around the edges.
  6. Remove the pan from the stove and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  7. Stir in the vanilla.
  8. Pour the ice cream into a refrigerator try and place in the freezer 45 minutes or until mushy.
  9. Place 2 bowls in the refrigerator to chill.
  10. Add the whipping cream to the chilled bowl and beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks begin to form.
  11. Spoon the partially frozen ice cream mixture into the second chilled bowl.
  12. Beat with the mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  13. Fold the whipped cream into the mixture well.
  14. Pour the ice cream evenly into 2 refrigerator trays and cover with wax paper.
  15. Freeze at least 3 hours or until firm stirring the ice cream mixture about every 10 minutes for the first hour of freezing time.

Makes 1 quart of ice cream

To make this ice cream in a crank style ice cream maker, follow the above directions to where you add the vanilla. Add the vanilla and whipping cream together. Pour 1/2 of the mixture into the freezer can of ice cream maker. Fill the freezer tub 1/3 full of ice and then add the remaining ice cream. Crank until it becomes too difficult to turn. Drain off water, replace the lid and allow the ice cream to ripen for at least 4 hours.

So grab your Cuisinart DCC 1200 12 Cup Brew Central Coffeemaker, make some strong coffee for all your tasty Easy Coffee Recipes and make some coffee ice cream in your Musso Lussino 4080 ice cream maker