In the wintertime, there’s nothing better than wrapping up in a thick, warm blanket and curling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate. It’s relaxing and yummy, and it warms you up from the inside out. Hot cocoa is great the way it is, but what about trying to spice it up a little bit, residents of Lincoln Trinity Bluff? Here are a few tips, courtesy of Shine, on how to turn that ordinary cup of hot cocoa into something extraordinary.
• Cookies & Cream – Prepare your cup of hot chocolate as usual, and add a dollop of whipped cream to the top. Then crush up Oreo cookies, and sprinkle the crushed pieces on top of the drink. Dipping whole Oreo cookies into your cocoa is yummy, too!
• Holiday Hot Cocoa – Crush up peppermint candies, stir them into your hot chocolate mixture, and then add ½ teaspoon of peppermint extract. Add a dollop of whipped cream to your mug of hot cocoa, and sprinkle crushed peppermint candies on top.
• Mexican Hot Chocolate – Add a pinch of chili pepper and ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon to your hot cocoa mixture. This will give that regular cup of cocoa a spicy kick! And it’ll warm you up, too.
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Yes! Thanksgiving is finally here! Are you excited about all that food you are about to devour! What about the Turkey? What would Thanksgiving be without a tasty and juicy Turkey? Most people hate dry Thanksgiving Turkeys, well I know I do. Brining a Turkey makes it moist. Salt causes the meat tissues to absorb water and flavorings. It also breaks down the proteins, resulting in a tender-seeming turkey. Not sure how to brine your bird the right way – here’s how.
Brining Your Thanksgiving Turkey
Find a container that’s large enough to submerge the turkey, yet small enough to fit in your refrigerator. Try a stock pot, a bucket, or a roasting pan. If you use a shallow roasting pan, you will need to turn the bird periodically so that each side rests in the brine. Place the container on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator.
The basic ratio for turkey brine is two cups of kosher salt to two gallons of water. Some recipes include sweeteners or acidic ingredients to balance the saltiness.
Dissolve salt (and sugar, if using) in two cups of hot water. Stir in remaining gallon plus 3 ½ quarts of cold water.
Remove giblets and neck from turkey.
Immerse turkey in brine and refrigerate for at least eight hours but no longer than 24 hours.
The holidays are back! Have you already started making your holiday wish list? The holidays are a time for family, friends, food and gifts! Most adults have trouble come up with a decent wish list. Here are some helpful tips you can use to help your create the perfect wish list.
What Are Your Needs – Make a list of every thing you might need. It might not be romantic or exciting, but you need it – right? The holidays are a prefect time to ask the people you love for items you might need. . The fun items are usually cheap, like fancy soap for my guest baths or holiday decorations for my home. This year the practical items include a blender and new vacuum cleaner.
What Are Your Wants – I’m sure everyone can come up with a long list of wants this holiday season. This is the easy part about creating a wish list.
Buying It Yourself – be prepare to buy the items on your wish list by yourself. If you don’t receive something you really need, be prepared to hit up the post-holiday sales. That blender might be 50% after the holidays! If no one gets you the camera you wanted, wait until the day after December 25th to get a good deal. If it’s not something you would buy yourself, do you really need it? This should also give you some help in trimming your wish list.
Sharing Is Caring – Remember the holiday season is more about giving than receiving. Be grateful for the gifts you do receive, whether it was on your wants or needs list. You should also put in a lot of time, effort and money to getting your loved ones gifts.
“To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.”
Have you started preparing for theFort Worth Turkey Trot yet? Is this your first 5K race? If so, don’t get nervous. A 5k race is long enough to be challenging for a new runner, but short enough to not require long term training. Have you started training? Again a 5K race does not require a lot of training. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare at all.
What you need to do to prepare for race day –
First – Make sure you are training and running outside. Running outside is better than running on your treadmill when you are trying to train for a race. Running outside gives you the opportunity to learn how to deal with air resistance, wind, hills, uneven terrain, and other people. Make sure you are running outdoors at least once a week. If you can’t run outdoors as much as you would like, start adding inclines to your treadmill runs. 1 – 2% should mimic air resistance.
Second – Buy a heart rate monitor. A heart monitor will give you a good idea how fast your heart is pumping when you’re running a certain speed. This is critical if you want to maintain a speed during your race outdoors.
Third – Start recording your times. Be realistic about your goal. Also, start to split your runs. Aim to shave seconds off of your miles, not minutes
Fourth – Try to have three running and workout sessions a week. One session should focus on intervals of running above a 5K pace with breaks of walking and jogging. Your second session should involve running as long as you can. If you can run double the distance of the race, regardless of the time, then running half would be easy. Your third session should be a run of the actual race distance, for timing purposes.
Is this information helpful? How are you training for this race?
The winter holidays are almost here! Have you started preparing your apartment for your guests? Holidays are a time of food, gifts and gatherings. Make sure your apartment is ready for the holidays! Follow these helpful tips!
“By starting to prepare your space now for the upcoming holidays, you will feel less burdened when it comes time for cooking and last minute cleaning. Remember Thanksgiving is just three weeks away and that will be here before you know it!” – Professional Organizer Amelia Meena.
1 – Clean Out Common Areas – Make sure all the common areas in your apartment are clean. Get rid of any unwanted junk.
Recycle and clear out excess mail, newspapers and magazines of your coffee table.
Store away piles of clothes, shoes, and things that have accumulated around your apartment.
Clear out the refrigerator and cupboards of outdated items and take an inventory of missing kitchen staples that you might need for your guest.
2 – Find Out What You Need – Make a quick list of things you will need for your apartment guests during the holidays. Do you have enough pillows and sheets, you have extra towels and toothbrushes?
Items you might need for entertaining this holiday season – table décor, kitchen ware, glasses, serving dishes, table linens, seating, dinnerware.
Quick Tip – Create a budget and a list of what you need. First, figure out what can be borrowed, then determine what can be multi-tasked, and finally identify what items need to be purchased.
Do you have a recycling system set up in your apartment? Everyone these days should have some kind of recycling stems in their apartment. Recycling isn’t hard. Don’t make going green a chore in your apartment. Learn how to set up a good recycling system without doing to much work.
Step 1- Do your homework on local collection places. Call them and find out what they accept and reject. To find out what your municipality recycles, call 800-CLEANUP or visit recyclingcenters.org.
Step 2 – Beware of what is in your trash. What do you use the most? This will determine the type and size of the containers you will need. If you and your roommate drink a lot of juices and water, you’ll want a larger bin for plastic bottles.
Step 3 – Find a place in your apartment that you can use for stage space. When your bins fill up, you want to have a place where you can put them until it’s time to take them out. Consider your laundry room or utility closet. Make sure your bins have wheels so transporting them outside doesn’t become a big chore.
Step 4– Learn all you can on recycling. Don’t just assume you know how and where everything should be recycled. Search the internet and learn how you should recycle phone books, metals, makeup, mirrors, and more. Make a list and post it in your apartment where you will keep your recycling bins. Use a Magic Marker to write what goes where.
Do you feel comfortable in your apartment? You should, your apartment is your home, your place of rest, your castle. You are the king or queen of your space. So why not make your living environment as comfortable as possible. It only makes sense that your apartment should be the one place on earth where you feel most comfortable.
If you don’t feel this way, it’s time to make some changes. Read on for simple ways to make your living space feel more comfortable.
Apartment Décor – Change up the furniture in your apartment to match your personality and mood. This is a great way to feel more at home in your pace. Your apartment furniture should reflex you. Interior designers have plenty of tricks for making your apartment space your own.
Infuse comforting colors into your space by adding throw pillows, artwork, and curtains.
Pick comfortable furniture pieces that everyone can use. What’s the point of having a plastic-covered sofa that no one’s allowed to sit on?
Have multiple seating options. Get a comfortable chair or two and arrange them around your couch to create a conversation area.
Create more comfort with soft, eye-level lighting.
Apartment Temperature – How does it feel in your apartment? Feeling comfortable is very important. You want to make sure that your apartment temperature is where you want it to be. Being too hot in summer or too cold in winter can be a major source of discomfort in your apartment. Follow these small changes that can help you feel more comfortable.
Use energy-efficient blackout curtains to keep extreme temperatures out.
Install temporary UV window film to cool your place.
Use ceiling fans all year round. (Most fans have a switch that reverses the blades so they can push cool air down in summer and suck warm air up in winter).
Cook on the outdoor grill to keep your place cool.
Get an electric blanket so you don’t have to blast the heat to stay toasty warm in bed.