How To Make Apple Crisps the Easy Way

I like this recipe so much, because it is so easy and delicious. There is no measurement, and it is down in a jiffy. The basic recipe is from Bargaineering.com. This is so easy and economical, you can afford organic quality.

Apples
Flour
Oatmeal
Brown sugar

Simply peel and dice apples.

Mix together equal parts of flour, butter, oatmeal, and brown sugar, and sprinkle over the diced apples in the pan.

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 350 until the apples are soft and the topping is melted.

Alternatives: Add raisins, goji berries to the apples. Reduce amount of sugar. Use pears.

Children: They can make this with supervision.

Community: Bring it to a gathering. Share the recipe.

How to cook a steak

I don’t know what it is about Gordon Ramsay cooking videos – but I love them. They’re short, simple, and deceivingly effective. I remember the first time I cooked a steak properly, and it was immediately after watching this video. A couple things to take note of/common mistakes that I was making before I even knew they were mistakes:

  1. Flip. It. Once. I had no idea how much flavor I was losing my constantly turning my steak over and over to check to see if the color was right yet. Know how hot your pan is, and everything is going to go smoothly. In the same vein…
  2. Use that little trick he shows you with touching your hand to discern how well done the steak is. It works wonders not only in making sure you’re cooking your steak the right way, but also in confidence that you’re doing so – so you’ll feel comfortable only flipping it once!
  3. Lastly – I have to say the butter is optional… but it is delicious; and you’re eating steak! Might as well indulge!

 

How To Find the Best Bank Savings and CD Rates

Looking for a good savings and CD rate in this economy is like looking for a needle in the haystack. However, there are ways to maximize your returns if you follow these tips.

  • Check the bank rates for savings, money market and CD accounts on Bankrate.com. Remember to check both local and national rates. If you are going to use a national bank, make sure that they have an online website to expedite the handling of any deposits or withdrawals.
  • While you are at Bankrate.com, remember to check out the bank’s safety rating at the Safe and Sound section of this site. Most deposits are FDIC insured if they are under $250,000 Continue reading

How to Use Chinese Gua Sha for Back Pain, Headaches, Colds, Coughs, Flu, Stress, and Itchy Skin

 

Gua Sha is an ancient technique for treating aches and pain, headaches, common cold, allergies, stress, itchy skin, and any other health problem caused by the accumulation of toxins in the body. It is used throughout the world but especially in Asia and South America. It is also a well known technique used in Eastern Europe and to a limited extent in Western Europe. It is also known in Africa.

Gua Sha translates into scraping sand. The sand in this case are little nodules of toxins that accumulate just under the skin, usually on the back or in the shoulders but often in the arms and other areas around the joints. These toxins create blood stagnation which in turn creates pain, itching, and potentially disease (e.g. colds,  flu, coughs) since bacteria can accumulate around areas of stagnation.

In order to release the toxins through the skin, Chinese physicians use the ancient technique of Gua Sha. By scraping the skin with a Gua Sha blade (there are various techniques to do this),
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How To Buy a Condo, Townhouse or Coop and Avoid Problems – Part II

In Part I of this series we discussed the various types of condo ownership and how they change the type of financial and legal responsibilities associated with each type of ownership. Part II of this series are some tips and a checklist that you can use to help you in the buying decision process.

Who is managing the Condo or Coop Board?

Nothing is probably more indicative of the quality of management, financial well being, and property condition than the management of the Association or Board. If it is a small Association then more than likely one or more of the Association members has volunteered for the position. This is a thankless job which frequently has no monetary remuneration associated with it. Thus there are frequent changes to the management which is not always a good sign. However, if one person has been managing the company for many years, this may be a sign that the other owners are not paying attention to what is happening to the common property and the financial health of the Association. Good participation by all owners is a good sign that everyone is involved in the financial and property upkeep. A healthy attendance at Board Meetings is always a good sign. Continue reading

How To Easily Ferment Vegetables

Growing up in Canada, my mother used to pickle all kinds of vegetables and they were always delicious.   I was inspired to experiment by Sandor Katz’s book:  Wild Fermentation.

Buying organic fermented vegetables can be  expensive and limited in variety.  You can definitely enjoy a great variety at a fraction of the cost.  Fermentation imparts a lot of vitamins and live enzymes, and breaks down the food so that it is easy to digest.  It is like hiring an a complete digestive system outside your body.   Also, my kitchen feels zesty and full of life. Continue reading

How To Prevent Heart Disease with a Mediterranean Diet

The World Health Organization has published findings that suggest that lifestyle can contribute to as much as 80% of the deadly chronic diseases we all face, and by maintaining a healthy diet, body weight, exercise regimen, and avoiding all smoking it is possible to greatly reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart diseases.

A recent study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine underscores how dramatically changes in diet can greatly reduce risk of heart disease. The study, one of the largest controlled dietary studies ever performed included 7400 participants and was performed by a team of researchers at the Department of Internal Medicine, Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain. The purpose of the study was to study the effects of the Mediterranean Diet on people with high risk for developing heart disease. Continue reading