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Coffee Drinker? 2 Ways Adding Peppermint Syrup To Your Coffee Can Improve Your Health

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Coffee Drinker? 2 Ways Adding Peppermint Syrup To Your Coffee Can Improve Your Health

If you love the energy jolt that a good morning cup of coffee gives you and appreciate the health benefits of coffee, then you may not realize that you can make that cup of morning java even healthier just by adding a bit of peppermint syrup to it. If you are not a coffee drinker, but would like to reap the health benefits of peppermint syrup, then you can simply add some to a cup of hot cocoa or even just a glass of hot milk. Just how does peppermint improve your health? Read on to learn two surprising health benefits of peppermint. 1. Peppermint Super-Charges Your Brain If you drink that java before a class, then adding a little peppermint syrup to your coffee could actually help you pay attention in class and perform better on those difficult tests. If you finished college long ago and now work in a tough field that requires you to complete tasks with concentration and brain-power, then peppermint coffee could help you perform those tasks with ease.  Numerous studies have shown that the smell of peppermint and possibly the taste of it can boost brain power and improve cognitive function. Sipping on a peppermint-flavored beverage and inhaling the aroma can help improve your memory and attention span and even improve your reasoning skills when solving those tough problems.  2. Peppermint Relieves Many Types of Colon and Stomach Problems If you love that morning coffee but don’t love the fact that the acidity of it can occasionally cause you to experience a little indigestion or triggers your IBS, then adding a bit of peppermint syrup to your coffee could help you enjoy it gastric distress-free.  Or if you don’t drink coffee but suffer from any type of stomach or digestion problem, then you can still get a boost in bowel and stomach health by adding a little of the syrup to your other favorite hot beverages.  Studies performed on many people suffering from IBS have revealed that consuming peppermint oil can cut IBS symptoms in half in most people who consume it. It eases symptoms by relaxing the walls of your intestines, which helps prevent accumulation of gas in your colon and promotes good overall intestinal health.  Peppermint also soothes indigestion by stimulating the gallbladder, which causes it to secrete bile. This bile helps your body digest foods more efficiently, especially those containing fats. Next time you eat a meal that causes indigestion, follow it with a cup of hot cocoa or hot tea with a little peppermint syrup added to it and you may be surprised at how much better your stomach feels.  Coffee has numerous health benefits, and just by adding a little peppermint syrup to it, you can turn your morning cup of java into a health-promoting powerhouse beverage. If you don’t drink coffee, then adding the syrup to hot tea, hot cocoa, or even a glass of hot milk can allow you to reap the delicious health benefits, as...

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Tight Wedding Budget? 5 Strategies for Lowering Your Catering Bill

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tight Wedding Budget? 5 Strategies for Lowering Your Catering Bill

If you want to wow your guests, you could spend more than $12,000 on a wedding caterer, according to The Bridal Association of America. Keep in mind that this amount only includes the food, drinks, cake, and service. You will also have to pay for the venue, for entertainment, and for any other extras. If you don’t have thousands in your budget for a caterer, you’re in luck. There are several things you can do to lower your catering bill. The following are five cost-saving measures you should discuss with your caterer.  Ask for Cheaper Ingredients The first way you can cut costs is to ask your caterer to use less expensive ingredients in their signature recipes and to pass the savings on to you. For example, if they are going to make a particular cocktail for your reception, ask that they use a lower-shelf alcoholic ingredient. You can also ask them to choose less expensive ingredients for food items as well. You usually won’t spend as much for off-brand items, so encourage your caterer to go generic.  Choose In-Season Ingredients Select dishes that utilize fresh produce that’s in season. The cost for seasonal produce is always at its lowest when that particular item is in season. In-season produce is also easier to come by since it is more abundant than off-season items are.  Go for Simple Dishes The fewer ingredients that your caterer uses, the less money they will spend making each dish. And that savings can translate into a lower bill for you. With this in mind, choose menu items that have only a few simple ingredients. The goal is to keep the ingredient list as short as possible by choosing simple recipes and selecting dishes that share the same ingredients.  Book Ahead for a Discount Some caterers will offer you a discount if you book your event well in advance. Be sure to give yourself plenty of planning time and to interview caterers early. When you talk to them, don’t be afraid to ask about discounts or specials for booking with them.  Select the Buffet Option A large portion of your catering bill covers service. If you want to trim away that part of your bill, opt for the buffet option.  As you can see, there are several ways you can lower the bill for the catering portion of your wedding reception. Talk to your caterer today to see what other cost-cutting measures you can...

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Catering Menu Ideas for a Luau-Themed Celebration

Posted by on Jan 11, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Catering Menu Ideas for a Luau-Themed Celebration

If you’re hosting a luau-inspired event, hire a catering company that will provide appetizers, main courses, desserts, and drinks that correspond with the theme. A luau theme will work well for a variety of celebrations, such as a wedding reception, an anniversary soiree, a birthday bash, or even a holiday party if you’re craving something out of the ordinary.  If hiring a catering company isn’t in your event-planning budget, you can create and serve a variety of luau-inspired treats yourself. You don’t have to be a professional cook to be able to make the Hawaiian goodies.  Here are some food ideas to serve at your luau. You can also contact a catering service if you don’t want to deal with the stress of making these things yourself. Appetizers  When planning appetizers for the celebration, consider the wide variety of seafood and fresh produce that is available on the Hawaiian islands. For example, there are many creative ways to serve pineapple in a way that will make guests’ mouths water. For example, you could cut fresh or canned pineapple into bite-size pieces. Wrap each piece with a raw bacon strip and stick a toothpick through it. Either grill or pan-fry the appetizers until the meat is completely cooked through. As an alternative or in addition to the pineapple, you could serve bacon-wrapped scallops.  Another way to start a meal with the fruit is with elegant-yet-easy pineapple and cream-cheese canapes. Simply mix canned, crushed pineapple with softened cream cheese and spread the mixture on bite-sized pieces of any type of toasted bread, such as pumpernickel or white bread. Main Courses  When you want to serve a fresh and easy main course that is reminiscent of a Hawaiian luau, consider kabobs cooked over a hot outdoor grill if possible. Slide any combination of fresh pineapple, scallops, shrimp, or even chicken or pork onto water-soaked wood skewers and grill until the meat is thoroughly cooked. You can baste the kabobs with a sweet pineapple and use barbecue- or hoisin-sauce glaze for extra flavor. Another hearty luau-inspired main entree idea is rum-glazed spare ribs. To make the glaze, combine brown sugar, rum, hot sauce, vegetable oil, and tomato paste, along with preferred seasonings such as salt, pepper, and cumin. Place the spare ribs in a roasting pan and cover them in the glaze, brushing more on throughout the baking process as necessary if it dries out. Serve with white rice or another side dish of your choice. As a vegetarian option, you can substitute the ribs with thick strips of tempeh.  Desserts and Drinks  No luau would be complete without a coconut pudding or pie, a pineapple upside-down cake, or a macadamia-nut cream pie. As for drinks, you can’t go wrong with mai tais or a Hawaiian-style mimosa made with pineapple...

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3 Ways That A Water Softener Can Make Kitchen Chores Easier

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways That A Water Softener Can Make Kitchen Chores Easier

If you are like many people, you might not like spending any more time on kitchen chores than you have to. However, if you have hard water in your kitchen, your chores might be tougher than they have to be. These are a few ways that a water softener can make kitchen chores a whole lot easier and more pleasant. 1. Get Cleaner Dishes Did you know that hard water can make your dishes look dirty, even if you have run your dishwasher or washed them carefully by hand? This is because the mineral deposits in the hard water can leave themselves on your dishes, which can cause glasses and silverware to look “streaky” and can prevent dishes from looking nice and clean. In the past, you might have blamed not-so-clean dishes on a faulty dishwasher, your dish soap or your own dishwashing routines. Once you install a water softener in your home, however, you might find that your dishes look better with less work…and you don’t have to worry about re-washing dishes anymore. 2. Avoid Drying Out Your Hands Have you found that your hands get really dry, itchy and uncomfortable when you wash dishes? If so, it could be because of hard water. Once you install a water softener, you might find that washing dishes or rinsing vegetables isn’t nearly as unpleasant as it once was and that your hands don’t feel as dry when you’re finished. You’re sure to notice a difference when you take a shower or bath, too. 3. Reduce How Often You Have to Clean Out Your Dishwasher Do you find yourself having to clean the inside of your dishwasher often to get rid of gross mineral deposits that can clog the lines? If so, you’ll probably notice a big difference once you install a water softener. A water softener can help get rid of these mineral deposits, so even though you’ll still have to clean your dishwasher out sometimes, you should not have to worry about these same clogs. This means that your dishwasher can work easily and more efficiently, you won’t have to worry about it wearing out as prematurely and you won’t have to clean it out as often. As you can see, installing a water softener in your home is a great way to reduce your kitchen chore workload. Then, you can spend less time in the kitchen and find the time that you spend in that part of your home to be a lot easier and more enjoyable, too. For more information, contact Hague Water Conditioning or a similar...

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How To Plan A Great Graduation Party For Your Child

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Plan A Great Graduation Party For Your Child

Now that your child’s graduation is drawing near, you are probably having mixed emotions. On one hand, you are excited that your child has adventures in life ahead of him or her. On the other hand, you might be experiencing feelings of melancholy as you remember days gone by. One thing is for sure: having a graduation party for your child is a wonderful way to honor accomplishments that have taken place over the years. From invitations to the reception hall, here are some ideas that might help you to plan a memorable and fun event. The Invitations – Of course, you can email invitations or you can phone those who are on the guest list. However, there’s something very special about getting an invitation in the mail. It sets the mood for the upcoming event. Send clever invitations. For example, put a graduation cap on a picture of your child as a baby and add a caption like You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby. Another idea is to send a picture of a train and put a message on each of the cars. The message could include the pertinent information, like the time and the place of your party. In addition, different cars could state things like Chugging Right Along or This Train’s Bound For College. The Place – As you start writing down the names of everybody on your list, you’ll probably be amazed at how many people are in your child’s life. Besides family members and friends, there’s special teachers, coaches, church leaders, and others who have played a part in your child’s life. If this is the case, consider renting a reception hall for your child’s graduation party. Often, hotels and restaurants have large rooms that serve perfectly as reception halls. The benefit here is that you can use the caterers on site. Be sure to reserve the reception hall early, as there will be a lot of others having graduation parties, wedding receptions and other events. Be clear on how many people will be attending so that you can obtain enough tables and chairs for your guests. You can also check out a venue such as Halls of St. George. The Activities – Dance! Make it a super memorable affair by hiring a DJ so that everybody can dance. Renting a reception hall means that you’ll have plenty of room for the DJ’s equipment and that there will be amble space for a dance floor. Request music of all types so that people of all ages will have some music they can dance to. Don’t forget to have a book where guests can write a message to your graduate. This will be a wonderful reminder of a special...

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5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Her

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Her

Choosing a gift for your beloved for Valentine’s Day can be a difficult task. Making sure that the gift comes from the heart, but also speaks to your loved one’s taste. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn of just a few gift ideas to give your significant other for Valentine’s Day. Custom Chocolate Box A custom chocolate box allows you to mix and match your favorite chocolate candies into a specialized package. There are few things that embody Valentine’s Day as much as chocolate, and what better way to say that you are thinking of your partner’s specific tastes than to choose the type of chocolates that she actually enjoys? Everything from milk almond chocolates to chocolate covered raspberry truffles are available at numerous custom chocolate retailers, like Abdallah Candies And Gifts. Roses Yes, there are few things that embody Valentine’s Day more than chocolates, but roses might give them a run for their money. Roses are a great traditional way to say you’re thinking of your beloved and you love her. You can choose anything from a solitary red rose that symbolizes love, to a bouquet of orange roses, which represents deep desire and affection. Personalized Necklace Jewelry is another surefire win when it comes to choosing a traditional Valentine’s Day gift. However, you can put your own specific touch on this very old tradition. Consider a gold necklace with something specific engraved on it. Consider things like a very personal message to your loved one, a quote that you both appreciate, or perhaps the date that you first met. A Note A note is not only inexpensive, it is one of the most thoughtful ways to convey the way you feel about your beloved to her. A thoughtfully penned note, one that expresses your emotions or tells the story of your relationship, can mean more to your loved one than some of the most expensive gifts in the world. Throughout the course of the note, you may interject with quote, poetry, or simple asides that remind you of your loved one. Dinner A dinner at a fine dining establishment can establish the fact that you know your beloved deserves the finer things in life, and can also give the two of you some well deserved time to simply sit down and converse. Deciding on the perfect Valentine’s Day gift can be a difficult task. However, this brief article should have given you some idea of what might be perfect for you and your...

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Making Delicious Chia Seed Dessert Pizzas

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Making Delicious Chia Seed Dessert Pizzas

You’ve heard all about chia seeds and their stunning range of health benefits. However, you haven’t really found a way to integrate them into a healthy dessert the whole family will love. Why not buy chia seeds to make these delicious dessert pizzas? Choosing Fruit For The Spread Chia seeds are renowned for their health benefits and their remarkable culinary diversity. For your dessert pizza, you’re going to choose several different types of fruit to mix with your chia seeds. Avoiding delicious, but unhealthy, toppings like chocolate maximizes the health benefits of this dessert. Blueberries are probably your best bet: they not only blend well with a wide range of items (including chia seeds), but they are highly nutritious. Include at least one other type of fruit, such as strawberries or even bananas, to create a rich, creamy, and delicious mix. Preparing The Topping After selecting at least one other ingredient to go with your chia seeds, it’s time to prepare the topping. Start by cleaning any berries you plan on using, chopping them up, and dropping them in a blender. At least one cup of each type of berry should be used. Once you have all your berries cleaned and chopped, blend them to a slightly chunky consistency. Pour the mixture into a bowl and add at least one and up to three cups of chia seeds: try to add as many cups of chia seeds as you have total berries for the best effect. Mix the seeds fully through the topping to ensure they will spread evenly. Bringing It All Together Once you have carefully prepared your chia seed dessert pizza topping, let it sit while you split and toast several English muffins. The number of muffins depends on how many pizzas you want to make: the spread recipe should be good for about three or four pizzas, though you can always save extra spread for later by storing it in a sealed container in the fridge. Once your muffins are toasted, spread a tablespoon of the topping across the surface evenly. While you spread, pre-heat an oven to about 400 degrees. Put your muffins on a baking sheet and slide them in the oven. Traditional English muffin pizzas take about 8-10 minutes to cook, which should give you a good guide for when to check. Remove your muffins when they are brown, let them cool for a few minutes, and then dig in! They taste best when they’re a little warm, making them a fun after school snack for the whole family to make!...

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4 Appliances You Need For Your New Basement Bar

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Appliances You Need For Your New Basement Bar

If you are in the process of adding a bar to your basement, you need to make sure that you put the right appliances in so that you have an awesome bar where you and your friends will enjoy hanging out. Here are the top appliances you need to put into your new basement bar. #1 Wine Cooler If you want to have a real bar, you need more than a wine rack; you need to have a wine cooler. Even if you are just slightly interested in wine right now, putting in a wine cooler will give you a specific space to put your wine. You can purchase a stand alone wine cooler or have one built-in to your new bar. If you go with the built in option, you’ll want to make sure you install a nice wine cooler that has all the best features since it will be a fixture in your bar for years to come. Make sure that the wine cooler you have installed has a duel-zone cooling, allowing you to store both white and red wines inside of your cooler. You should also make sure that your wine cooler can hold at least a dozen bottles or so, so you can keep a variety of different wines ready to go.  #2 Kegerator To accompany your wine cooler, you need to also purchase a kegerator. With a kegerator, you will feel like you have a real bar in your house when you can enjoy your favorite brews straight from the tap. If your new bar is small, you can install a single-tap kegerator. If you have a lot of space and plan on doing a lot of entertaining, you can install a triple-tap kegerator. A kegerator is designed to keep your beer at the ideal drinking temperature. You can fill it up with your own kegs from beer you brew yourself, or you can purchase kegs from your favorite local brewery to put in your kegerator.  #3 Beverage Refrigerator You are going to need a place to put your canned beers, alcohol, soda ,and mixers, which is why a beverage refrigerator is a must-have for your new bar. The best thing about a beverage refrigerator is the door is generally made of glass, allowing you to quickly see what beverages you have with a quick glance. You can go with a more economical size that is made to just hold 12oz cans, or you can scale up for one that is designed more for 20oz bottles. You can build a space for it right into your new bar. #4 Ice Maker Finally, if you really want to call your new space a bar, you need to purchase an ice-maker. You don’t need a big refrigerator in order to have an ice-maker. You can purchase a small-ice maker that fits under your bar if you are designing a smaller bar space, or if you are going all-out with your bar, you can purchase a large-stand alone ice-maker for your space.  You don’t even have to keep it full all the time, you can purchase an ice-maker that you can program to just produce ice when you need it. With your own ice maker, you’ll be able to make mixed drinks for all of your bar...

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Six Strategies For A Stress-Free Holiday Season This Year

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Six Strategies For A Stress-Free Holiday Season This Year

Wouldn’t it be nice, just once, to have a holiday that is without stress and hassles? While you can’t always plan and prepare for unexpected situations, drama, or guests, there are some things that you can do to make the rest of your holiday a bit more relaxed and stress-free. Try keeping things simple and using a few tips to keep you less frazzled as the holidays approach. Consider implementing some of the following this season: Make a plan. It always makes sense to create a plan; use a calendar or day planner to break down shopping, chores, tasks, and events to complete, little by little, in time for the holidays. Opt for delivery. Did you know that you can have everything from fresh-baked bread to liquor delivered to your door for your party or holiday gathering? Talk with local bakeries, grocers, or vendors to have delicious hearth breads brought to your home; guests will think you were up all night baking! Check with local retailers to determine minimum purchase requirements or delivery charges, when applicable. Speak with a company like Klosterman Baking Company for more information. Order online. Instead of wasting time fighting traffic and waiting in line, do as much of your holiday shopping online as possible. Go a step further and order special gift handling so that the items are sent, wrapped, directly to the recipient’s door. Clear the air. Make this holiday a time for reconciliation; forgive others for any issues, disagreements, or problems in the past. Clearing the air will make it less stressful at family get-togethers and will relieve unhealthy tension from the air. Cut it down. Don’t try to make this the holiday to beat all holidays. Cut down on your gift-giving list, downsize the holiday preparations, and keep decorations simple. This will free up time to spend with loved ones during this festive season. Keep it simple. The thing that people remember after the holiday season is the time that they spent with their family and friends. Enjoy the season, and remember that you are only human. Accept only those invitations that you want to attend, and try not to over-extend yourself during a time that you might prefer to stay in with those you love. Postpone parties or festivities. Another way to take some of the stress off the holidays is to postpone festivities until after Christmas. Plan your party for the week in-between Christmas and New Year’s Eve to take a little of the pressure off, and you may find many of the things that you need for your event at a discounted, post-holiday price! Take it easy on yourself this year and set the stage for a stress-free holiday. These suggestions are simple to use, and you may find that these tips cut down on the worry and stressors that can accompany the Christmas season. The holidays should be a time to relax, socialize, and enjoy the many wonders of the...

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Your Morning Coffee Is Good For Your Mental Health

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Your Morning Coffee Is Good For Your Mental Health

A recent Harvard study has shown that drinking coffee can decrease the risk for suicide. Approximately 100 million Americans drink coffee each day, and Public Health researchers wanted to know how drinking coffee affects people’s overall happiness. Researchers analyzed the data from a survey given to 208,424 coffee drinkers about their coffee habits. Over a span of about 15 years, the numbers showed that the rate of suicide among this group was less than half the number of suicides among people who do not drink coffee. This study concluded that people who drink 2-4 cups of coffee each day reduce the risk of suicide by 50%.  What Does Coffee Do to My Brain?  Researchers believe that coffee contributes to better mental health because of the biological changes that take place when you drink it. Coffee stimulates the nervous system. This makes the brain produce more dopamine and seratonin. These are neurotransmitters that increase your sense of well-being. Coffee also blocks adenosine, a process that not only keeps you more awake, but also improves your memory. The reduced adenosine decreases stress. Another study found that mice who were given coffee were able to cope much better when they were put in stressful situations, compared to the mice that were just given water.  Coffee is a Social Experience  Another reason why coffee can decrease stress and make you feel happier is the associations people have with drinking coffee. Getting coffee can be a chance to spend time with friends or take a break from work. When people consistently pair drinking coffee with the social experience and the relaxation, they will soon associate drinking coffee with experiences that make them happy. Drinking coffee will put them in a good mood.  All Things in Moderation  It is important to note that coffee intake should not be increased because someone is depressed. This can actually lead to more problems. If the individual is severely depressed, once they come off of the caffeine, his or her symptoms will be worse. Experts say that coffee, when ingested in moderation, can help to prevent the onset of symptoms of depression, but should not be the only source of treatment for depression.  So it turns out that the cup of coffee you brew for yourself in the morning can do more than just give you an energy boost. It is contributing to your mental health and putting you in a better mood. Consider buying something like Keurig K Cups to help you get the coffee you...

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