4 Foods That Cause Constipation and Make It Harder to Go Out

Certain foods cause constipation, when taken in high portions, or without a balance of good ‘colon cleansing’ foods. This is another example where knowledge is power. If you know what foods you should either avoid, or reduce considerably, you will be well on your way to taking better care of your colon. This is yet another way of helping your body heal itself from the many diseases around us.

This list is in no particular order. Think about your last meal and discover innovative ways you can can help yourself enjoy better health through the foods you eat. So here is the my partial list of foods that cause constipation.

1. Potato: Potato is high in starch.

Usually, we eat too much of it when we consume mash potatoes, french fries, hash browns and instant mix potatoes. If you feel you must have potatoes, you should reduce the quantity.

2. Meats fall into the category of foods that cause constipation because it is harder to digest.

Anything that slows down the digestive process and remains in the stomach for too long, will cause constipation. Too much meat will do that to you. This is another reason why meats and potatoes may not be too good for you, regardless of how cute it sounds to say you are a “meat and potatoes guy”.

3. Bread is one of the culprits

Bread generally falls into a category of foods that are low in fiber, because in processing, the natural fibers have been removed. This is not good. Pizza may be delicious, but it too contributes to constipation because it contains two of the major culprits; cheese and bread. If you think you must eat pizza, do so in moderation. The best bread is whole wheat bread with natural fiber.

4. Pasta: The main problem with pasta is that it has a lot of bulk but very little fiber.

This makes it more difficult to pass out of your body as stool. By drinking at least 1.3 liters of water per day you will help to keep your stool moist so it can be passed out easily through the natural process.

Although this is a shortened list of foods that cause constipation, it does not mean you should not eat them? However, if you do, you will have some difficulties. Remember that moderation is the key, along with a good mix of raw vegetables, fruits and nuts.



Source by Reginald Alexander

How to Make the Best Homemade Ice Cream

Typically, ice creams are served outside the convenience of our home. We usually get them from our grocery stores and local markets. This thing is not bad at all. But if you have the right ingredients, then why not make your own in your kitchen?

Trust me, the process of making ice cream is fairly easy. Contrary to popular belief, this sweet and luscious dessert is actually a treat that you can create on a daily basis – not that you have to. However, during special occasions and parties, the presence of a homemade delicacy is a great way to add that ‘Wow’ factor. It is a good partner for snacks like jerkies, too!

In this article, I will show you how to make a vanilla ice cream. It is among the most favorite ice cream flavors in the world today. Let’s get started!

There are three ways you can make an ice cream in your home. Take note that none of these approaches will require you to use an ice cream machine.

First Method

Ingredients:

  • Heavy cream (2 cups; chilled)
  • Condensed milk (14 ounces; chilled)
  • Vanilla extract (1/2 teaspoon)

Step 1

Use an electric mixer to whip the heavy cream until becomes mix. After this, adjust the mixer into low speed so that mix the vanilla, condensed milk, and other flavorings that you want to pour.

Step 2

Pour the entire mixture into an airtight and resealable container. You should cover it with a plastic wrap before you seal off the container. After this, put it in your freezer for around six hours or until such time the mixture becomes firm and creamy. As easy as this, you already made a tasty ice cream in your kitchen!

Second Method

Ingredients:

  • Whole milk (1 1/4 cup; chilled)
  • Granulated sugar (3/4 cup; chilled)
  • Heavy cream (2 cups; chilled)
  • Vanilla extract (1 tablespoon)
  • Salt (1/4 teaspoon)

Step 1

Use a large bowl and place it under an electric mixer. Next, pour the sugar and milk into the bowl so that mixer can beat the mixture thoroughly. You need to mix it until such time the granulated sugar dissolves. Specifically, it should only take you around two minutes to accomplish this task.

Step 2

After this, you can already pour the vanilla, salt, and ice cream in the mix. Stir them properly by still using your mixer. If all the ingredients were not chilled, you need to place the mixture in the refrigerator for around 10 to 15 minutes. When this is over, your ice cream is already suitable for consumption.

Third Method

Ingredients:

  • Whole milk (1 1/4 cup; chilled)
  • Granulated sugar (3/4 cup; chilled)
  • Heavy cream (2 cups; chilled)
  • Vanilla extract (1 tablespoon)
  • Salt (1/4 teaspoon)

Step 1

Pour the entire mixture into a large baking dish. The latter should be deep enough so that it can cater all the ingredients. After this, put the baking dish in your freezer for around 40 minutes.

If the mixture starts to solidify, take it out from the freezer. Next, use a spatula to stir the mixture thoroughly. Place the baking dish back in the freezer after stirring.

Step 2

Continue the aforementioned procedure for the next two hours. The interval should be every 30 minutes. This will ensure that you can stir the mixture properly for their flavors to blend. Alternatively, you could use a blender or a handheld mixer to do this process.

After the last mixing, place back the mixture inside your freezer and let it freeze there for 20 minutes. Your ice cream should be ready after this!

Conclusion

These are the methods that you can apply in making ice cream in your home. Although they are simple, you will be surprised at the kind of flavors that they can yield! You will be happy that you were able to make your favorite dessert without stressing too much!



Source by Bob Tom

Real Mexican Guacamole – How to Make it Like Tia Guadalupe

Think you know guacamole? Unless you’ve had the real deal, made by hand in a Mexican kitchen–or at least in an authentic Mexican restaurant–you’re missing out on how sublime this avocado concoction can be.

And “concoction” is exactly the right word for real guacamole. Mole in Nahuatl–the language of the ancient Aztecs–means just that. Guaca comes from the Nahuatl word for avocado. The Aztecs loved this creamy, delicious and very healthy fruit.

OK, so how do you make real “guac” the right way, so it comes out tasting like it just left Tia Guadalupe’s Mexican cocina? Here’s what I learned in a Mexican cooking school.

First, put the blender away, far away. In fact, forget you own one. Real guacamole bears almost no relationship to the pureed gooey mash–sometimes abominated even further with sour cream–that shows up far too often on American tables under the name guacamole. The real thing should be chunky with a burst of rich avocado flavor and just a hint of bite.

To be really authentic, guacamole should be concocted in a molcajete, the pre-Hispanic mortar and pestle made of volcanic rock that you still see for sale in every Mexican street market. It allows you to grind the flavoring ingredients together into a paste before adding the avocado, dispersing the flavors uniformly. Since most modern American kitchens don’t have a molcajete, you can use a bowl and the back of a heavy spoon instead.

For the best flavor, use very ripe Hass avocados. Not only do they taste better, they also tend to discolor more slowly.

Real Mexican Guacamole

Makes 3 cups (about 4-5 servings)

3 ripe Hass avocados

½ medium white onion, chopped fine

1 clove garlic (if you like it), chopped fine

1 fresh Serrano chile, seeded, deveined and minced fine*

2 Tbls. fresh cilantro, chopped fine

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 tsp. fresh lime juice (use small Mexican or key limes)

½ tsp. salt (more or less to taste)

Put the chopped onion, garlic, cilantro and serrano into a molcajete or bowl and mash together with a mortar or the back of a heavy spoon until the juices mix and they begin to form a paste. Cut the avocados in half and scoop the flesh out with a spoon into the bowl in big chunks. Mix well, mashing the avocado slightly but not until it’s a pasty puree. The mixture should still be chunky.

Gently mix in the finely diced tomatoes, lime juice and salt to taste. Stir to mix well.

Serve on chips or, better yet, on home-made totopes–the thick, hand-cut tortilla chips common all over Mexico. In Mexico, guacamole is also commonly served to pile onto steaks, tacos, fajitas, carnitas or spread on bread in place of mayonnaise in a sandwich.

Now close your eyes, take a bite, and enjoy the tangy, sublime, authentic taste of real Mexican guacamole.

*Tip: Start with one small serrano then test for hotness. If you like your guacamole fiery, add more. If fresh serrano chiles are not available in your area, you can substitute fresh jalapenos, but the flavor will be slightly different.

Tip 2: Never make guacamole in advance. Avocado discolors quickly on contact with air. You can mix up the first ingredients a few hours in advance if you like, but wait to add the avocado and later ingredients until just before serving.

I learned how to make real Mexican Guacamole at La Cocina Cooking School in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Owner Kris Rudolph really knows her way around a Mexican kitchen. To learn more about La Cocina, click on the link below and then on then “Cooking Classes” tab.



Source by Donna Meyer

No More ImageReady in CS3? – Not a Problem!

OK, accept the sad news – ImageReady was discontinued.

Hopefully most of its features have been included in Photoshop CS3. Of course it is not as convenient as before, but I already know guys who are happy with changes.

So, we have lost (it is in Adobe Fireworks CS3 now):

– Export to Macromedia Flash SWF

– Image Map tool

– Group Slices Into Table (however, you can export subgroup of slices as a table)

As you have noticed, this features are very helpful for those who are into web design.

If you hope that new and improved Fireworks-2-Photoshop integration will make you happy, you are wrong. It sucks actually. Fireworks simply doesn’t understand styles and clipping layers. Hope Adobe will fix that someday.

Now I should say that everything is not so bad and we are not doomed still…

So here are features which were included:

– Slice tool/Slice Select tool –

These tools are available on the Toolbar.

– Tab Rectangle tool/Pill Rectangle tool –

This is available through the Rounded Rectangle Shape tool.

– Slice palette –

In the Slice Options dialog box.

– Animation palette (love this one) –

Window > Animation. It has two modes: Frames and Timeline. Frames mode corresponds to the Animation palette in ImageReady.

Timeline gives you a simplified version of timeline in Adobe After Effects, which is really cool.

– Edit Animated GIF files –

Photoshop CS3 can create animated GIF files.

File > Save For Web & Devices. Unfortunately you cannot just open an existing animated GIF file as before.

BUT! you can do it if to use Import function.

File > Import > Video Frames to Layers… you won’t find GIF in the list of available formats. It doesn’t matter, in the File Name: type GIF file name with extension.

For example: animation.gif and press Load button.

That’s it, now you have your GIF animation and can edit it the way you got used to in ImageReady.

Import > Folder as Frames – do the next:

File > Scripts > Load files into Stack.

In the Load Layers dialog box, select Folder from the Use menu. Browse to the folder that contains the images you want to include and click OK.

Select Make Frames from Layers in the Animation palette menu.

Export > Layers as Files –

File > Scripts > Export Layers to Files.

Variables –

Image > Variables.

Select File > Save For Web & Devices –

This is very important menu. Here you can save your file as GIF animation.

Just select desired GIF preset and if satisfied, you are done. If not, there are a lot of settings to play with. Under color table you can choose loop options.

That’s it, hope after this article you won’t blame Adobe for what they have done 🙂

You better not to know what Autodesk have done to Maya. Guess it is a nice topic for the next article 8)



Source by Kostya Koss

Baking Bread – Cuban Pan De Ajo (Cuban Garlic Bread)

Last week I went down to Miami for the first time to sample and report on the vibrant Miami food community. What I found was a food community full of amazing exile stories, dangerous ocean crossing adventures, and wonderful snapshots of great Miami food fare, especially Cuban food. Along with my staffer Emily, we were especially smitten with the smell, taste,texture and serving methods of Cuban bread. 

Cuban sandwiches are world renowned and a staple at any Cuban restaurant. Emily thinks it is the bread that makes the sandwich. That debate can rage on forever. The actual Cuban white bread is not at all complex, but actually quite simple. It has a different baking method and is made with different ingredients than French or Italian bread. The bread is baked in a cold oven over boiling water before it reaches its desired baking temperature. Cuban bread is then baked with a dab of lard or vegetable shortening. Real Cuban bread is baked in long, baguette-style loaves. It has no preservatives so it will not keep long. After a few days, the bread becomes extremely hard. This bread is made to be enjoyed right away. The best way to use it besides in a sandwich, is to have it served at breakfast. In Cuban households, the bread is toasted with butter and served with a hot mug of cafe con leche for breakfast. 

This bread baking recipe is a great way to savor and enjoy Cuban bread. It is easy to prepare and blends wonderful flavors together to form an outstanding exposure to Cuban food and culture.  

Pan de Ajo (Cuban Garlic Bread)

Serves 8-10

1/2 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons butter, melted

6 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons diced parsley

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1 (2 feet) loaf Cuban bread or French bread, cut into 1-inch thick slices

1. Combine the oil, butter, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Let this mixture sit for at least 15 minutes, so the flavors can blend together.

 2. Preheat the oven to 350*F. 

3. Spread the garlic mixture on one side of each slice of bread. 

4. Place the bread slices on a baking sheet and bake for 6 to 10 minutes, until the butter has melted and the bread has browned. 

Serve immediately.



Source by Allen Wheeler

Google’s Chrome OS – Will Chromium and Trusted Computing Meet?

One exciting development to come out of Google’s recent announcement of their Chrome OS has been the support for Trusted Computing through the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip built into the specification from the ground up, but first, a slight aside. There are two operating systems, Chrome OS and Chromium OS, both of which support TPM, and both are basically identical, mirroring the similar Google’s Chrome and Chromium web browsers. The Chrome version is Google’s own branded version, the Chromium is the Open Source public release, but both in theory use the same code base. From here on I will use the more familiar Chrome term, although the applicable version of the browser and operating system is Chromium.

What does Chrome OS and TPM give us?

Trusted Computing, and the TPM, has a really poor image amongst Open Source fans, many of whom love Google, so support for a TPM in their new operating system induces a bit of cognitive dissonance. Do not worry, however, Google Do No Evil, and this philosophy is reflected in their approach. First, support for a TPM is only an option, although since Chromium is Open Source, any vendor can make the TPM mandatory. Next, if a TPM were to be present, the role described follows the Trusted Computing Group’s suggested method of implementing a Trusted Boot, a method that produces nothing more than just a trusted boot log through the use of trusted registers on the TPM.

This means that client applications, and remote servers, can attest to the state of the device and be able to tell if it booted into a known trusted state. Although from one point of view one might throw up one’s hands in horror at third parties checking out the configuration of the TPM and thus one’s operating system, the benefit is for banking applications, for instance, where the bank can query your TPM for the Chrome OS state, and if it decides it is an unknown, thus potentially insecure due to the possibility of spy software on the device, refuse you access to your banking details.

What does Chrome OS and TPM NOT give us?

A TPM does NOT prevent you hacking your device; Google from the get-go recognised that people will want to install not just their own operating system on the device, but also the firmware, so they have provided methods that allow the device to start up under these circumstances too. As the TPM is always a passive chip, there is no way that it can detect an unexpected operating system or firmware and prevent booting, despite what TPM detractors claim.

Indeed, if you have an enlightened bank and can convince them you know what you are doing, they might even offer a way to allow you to register a known-good system state based on your own personal software configuration, thus as described in the previous section, the bank could attest to your own personal TPM plus system configuration, thus accepting your own private device set-up, but detecting anomalies to that personalised configuration.

But why would I want a TPM watching over me?

In most homes there are probably two distinct classes of internet-connectable devices. The first is computers, the second home electronics like televisions or games machines. For private-use computers, TPMs are a bit of a hard sell, but for home electronics, you just want to switch on and have them work; the average user is not interested in anything other than the bog-standard out-of-the-box PlayStation. A device based on Google’s new OS falls more into the second category; you (with you being the average user, not you the leet haxx0r) just want it to work.

However, the internet is a big bad world, and full-time surfing can expose one to all kinds of potentially dangerous content that can infect one’s equipment. By adding a TPM into the mix, you as the user have an extra guarantee that the device is still in a secure and trusted mode. For example, after boot-up the Chrome OS-based device could query the TPM state and use that information to decrypt a message to display at login time, so if you saw a garbled message you could know the device is not in the expected state, then take measures to fix the problem.

Similarly, services you access can also query the state of the TPM within the operating system, and if the state is not recognised, take action to prevent illegal or invalid access.

Finally, since every TPM may have a unique identity, if your device is stolen, there may be systems in place to blacklist particular devices. A blacklisted device may be refused access to certain services, and (note the following is not a function of the TPM, but may be added by developers to an operating system featuring a TPM) then commanded to delete personally-identifiable data on disk or even within the TPM, or even more drastically, have a kill switch flicked, although that is not a very error-tolerant option!

Thus, with the TPM one can build a secure, trustworthy, user-friendly device that just works, like televisions and video recorders just work, thus if you are looking to get a Chrome OS-based tablet, picture frame, notebook computer, or whatever form-factor that appears, be sure to ask the vendor if there is a TPM within the device.



Source by Ken Yasumoto-Nicolson

Huawei Nova, A Female Orientation Smartphone?

Huawei has unveiled a new smartphone, the Huawei Nova. From the name alone, we may think that it is a female orientation smartphone. However, the design of this product shows us the cool business style as usual. Other aspects, I have to say is that the nova series and G series are overlapping from the pricing and configuration. What do you think about this new product? Let me tell you something more in this article.

Designs and Shows

It has a 5.0 inch FHD screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 Pixels. The front side design is similar to most of the models in the market today. For optimal toughness, the rear shell is made from aviation-strength magnesium and aluminum alloy. Besides, it has a ultra-thin industrial design completed with a subtly curved section of 2.5D glass, which meets the rounded outer edges of the phone to provide a perfect fit in your hand. It is worth mentioning that, nova’ s screen is configured with the Blu-ray filter, and it supports ultra-dark mode.

In terms of the phone accessories, the design of earphone is similar to airPods. And it is configured with a maximum of a 10W power output of the charger with unique USB-C port.

Configuration

Nova comes with an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor running at 2.0GHz along with a Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU. Using the recent hot hand tour “Onmyouji” as a test, the running speed is slightly slow. And it can only support the smooth quality of the game. The designer said that this low-power processor is to make the device has a more durable life.

3020mAh big capacity battery configuration is the highlight of nova, which supports long time use even when you play the big games. Except for that, it adopts dual cameras, including an 8MP front camera and a 12MP rear camera with flash light. Especially, Nova camera comes with the filter effect with nine shooting styles, which can meet most of the scene shooting needs.

Personal Use Experience

I like the system built-in pedometer, which is set in the conspicuous place to remind those who need to exercise to maintain a healthy body, whether to meet the requirements of walking mileage today. When you unlock the screen, you can see this pedometer, no need to enter the software to view it.

In the use of the phone, the personal favorite is music player software, which has a refreshing interface. And the content is also very rich.Besides, the beloved lossless music is also convenient to purchase.

Specifications

CPU: Octa-Core 2.0GHz ARM Cortex-A53

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953

GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 506

Camera: 12 Megapixels Rear Camera With Dual-LED Flash | 8 Megapixel Front camera

Memory: RAM-3GB| ROM 32GB external memory support up to 128GB (Uses Sim 2 Slot)

Display: Screen size 5.0 inches FHD (1080 x 1920 Pixels)

Battery: Non-Removable Lithium-Polymer 3,020 mAh battery

SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM + Nano-SIM/microSD) Smartphone

Sensors: Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Compass, Fingerprint, Hall

Color: Silver, Gray, Gold, Rose-Gold

Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Emotion UI 4.1

Dimensions: 141.2 x 69.1 x 7.1 mm

Weight: 146 Grams

Pros:

Comes with Metal Body Design

Hybrid Dual Sim with Dual Standby

LTE 50 Mbps, HSPA plus, LTE CAT4 150 Mbps Download

Corning Gorilla Glass

DTS Audio Technology

Noise Cancellation

Fast Charging Technology

Conclusion

To sum up, the camera performance is not very outstanding. If you are those who not requires very high phone configuration, likes long battery endurance, and is keen on nova appearance design, then the Huawei Nova is a good compromise choice.



Source by Lucy Yang

How to Convert a PowerPoint Presentation Into an Animoto Video

Most people know how to create a PowerPoint presentation, but many don’t realize that the same presentation can easily be converted into an Animoto video, which can be posted on YouTube and used as a source of video marketing. The following information will identify how this is easily accomplished.

When creating a PowerPoint file I would recommend keeping it small and concise (no more than 12 slides) and ensure your font is fairly large so that it is easily read when the video is being watched. Once you have finished your PowerPoint, save it as a.ppt file (nothing special here–just need to have a copy of it on your computer).

What we are going to do now is to save each slide of our PowerPoint as an image–the easy way. Create a folder on your desktop where your images can be saved. Open your PowerPoint file and then go to File>Save As>Other Formats or in the File>Save As dialog box choose GIF Graphics Interchange Format (*.gif).

Note: Make sure you are saving the *.gifs into the folder created earlier.

Click the Save button in PowerPoint and the images will be saved inside the folder that you created–you will now have 10-12 images saved.

If you haven’t already, create a free account on Animoto. Choose to create a video on Animoto, select a free background. A preview of the background will display. Click the link that says, “make a 30-second video for free.” You only need a free video to use, but you can pay if you would like a longer video.

The video interface will display. Click the Upload Images button and point it to the folder where you saved your PowerPoint *.gif images. You may need to adjust the arrangement of your images in Animoto–you can even add slides, if necessary. Select or upload the music for your video.

Click the Finalize button and you will be given the opportunity to enter information about your video.This is where you can enter SEO terms and other variables to help your video to be used for video marketing. Once finished click the Create Video button. Once the video has been created you can choose to export the video to YouTube. Once in YouTube you can add additional information useful for SEO and video marketing.

All in all, this process takes 5 minutes or less, but is very effective. For help with this or for more information, please feel free to visit our website or send us an email.



Source by Rodney Moody

How to Make Your Resume Pop

When applying for a job, you are not going to be the only applicant. You will be competing for the job with dozens of other qualified candidates. With so many candidates, it is not unreasonable to fear your resume getting passed over or lost in the mix of things. In order to avoid that from happening, you need to create a resume that will stand out from the crowd. While you want your resume to pop, you do not want it to be unprofessional, thereby losing you the interview. Here are some concepts to create an impressive resume that will stand out:

· Eye Catching: You want your resume to catch your potential employer’s eye immediately so they spend time looking at your resume intently rather than just passing over it briefly. While it would be easy to do this using a wacky font, that is a very bad idea. Using a wacky font looks unprofessional and can be hard to read. It might not look the same on their computer either. They might see an entirely different font. Instead, use a sans serif font. Another idea is to add a touch of color. Color in small doses can look great. This will catch their eye without looking unprofessional.

· Professional: You do not want to give your potential employers a bad impression by having a resume that looks unprofessional. This means you need to keep it easily readable and organized. No wacky fonts, bright colors, or pictures (or words) that are large, obscene or vulgar. A small clip art that has to do with the job may be appropriate, but for the most part you should not put any pictures on your resume at all. Let the words speak for themselves.

· Impressive: Now that you have caught their eye and shown them a professional resume, you need to impress them with what you put on your resume. Keep them interested and invested in you by putting your greatest accomplishments, achievements, and job titles on your resume. This is what will make them want to call you in for an interview.

It can be hard to get your resume noticed in a sea of resumes that all look very similar, but if you can find a way to make your resume stand out without compromising professionalism, then you will be one step ahead and closer to getting an interview and landing a job.



Source by Erin Kennedy

9 Tips on How To Make Friends and Influence People

Friends are an indispensable part of our lives. We just cannot think our lives without our friends. It’s been rightly said that we get relatives by chance but friends by choice and that is the reason our friends are so dear to us. We all want friends to share our happiness, worries, doubts, sorrows etc, and our lives will become meaningless and hollow without good friends. We know the importance of good friends but sometimes it so happens that we cannot sustain our friendship or are unable to make good friends. There can be many reasons for this. We come across people in our lives that have number of friends on the contrary to people who simply do not have friends. We need to ponder upon this thought that why some people are blessed with many friends and on the other hand some people are not. The answer lies in the fact that people who have long lasting friendships are giving something extra to their relationships. We shall discuss ways and means of developing good friendships and also how to sustain it.

Be approachable

Whenever you need to make friends for or people to be friends with you, it is very important that you are fun and easy going. People who look approachable and simple attract more people towards them rather than those who look too complicated and stern. Have a happy and pleasing disposition, so that people feel comfortable and relaxed in your company.

Good Conversation

The factor that can attract people towards you is the way you talk. It is very important that when you aim to make friends you indulge people in good conversations. Try and know their areas of interest and initiate conversation in the same direction. Once their interest is built up they would keep coming up with new topics for discussion. Try and avoid controversial topics, and if some situation like this crop ups, leave the discussion there and then and start something fun and interesting. Good conversations are a foundation of a great friendship. If somebody likes to talk to you, they would get in touch with you again to talk and that’s how you begin your journey of a good friendship.

Do not dominate

When we try and make friends it is important that we try and understand other person’s perspectives and views. It is often seen that in order to attract attention, we snub people and want to outshine them. This is a very wrong approach towards making friends and this attitude could be marked as arrogance. You have be coy and subtle, even you find that the person talking to you is incorrect, you have to put your views in a more dignified manner. When you respect people around you, they feel great in your company.

Be yourself

It is very normal that we try and be good to the people whom we meet for the first time and try and portray our good side. This is fine but you should not go overboard with it. It is good to be polite and nice but do not be so sugar coated that people find it hard to digest. Try and be yourself, if you are good and your intentions are clear that you want to make friends with people, you would certainly do, irrespective of your any special endeavours.

Do Things Together

Once you have started liking a person and want that this friendship should be sustained, and then you have to try your bit. Try and find out things that you both can do together. You can go for walks or a movie, or you can even join some classes together. This way you would be spending time together and you would get to know each other well. Doing things together is a great way of making the bond of friendship together.

Do not be a fair weather friend

It is very important that you are there your friend in thick and thin. It is not only your responsibility as a friend to know and find out about your friend’s problems but also provide help to solve them. The test of a true friendship is at the time of the need. At the time of need you can tell and express to your friend, how much you care and value their friendship.

Trust your friend

Trust is a very important aspect of any relationship. If there is no trust then the relationship is not strong and the same goes for friendship as well. You have to trust your friend. Trust can lay strong foundations of a friendship. To maintain a good and trustful relationships try and share your happiness, anxiety, worry, joys etc with your friend. This way you become more close to each other and thus good friends.

Appreciate your friend and friendship

We all need appreciation and accolades for our endeavours and in relationships too we want to feel loved and wanted.. If your friend has done something special for you, acknowledge it and reciprocate the feelings, it feels great when somebody realizes what you have done for them. Although friendship is unconditional but still you can also do special things for your friends to let them know how much they mean to you. Every person is endowed with certain qualities, try and figure out what special qualities your friend has, accentuate them and appreciate them, this way you are encouraging your friend and making your friendship stronger.

Do not have expectations

It is seen that expectations can spoil even the healthiest of friendships. Do not have unnecessary expectations from your friends. Do your bit and leave the rest. Do not expect your friend to act or behave in a certain manner because you have done or said something. Every individual is different and thinks differently. What might be correct or right for you, might not be so for your friend. So keep it simple and do not make the relationship more complicated.

A friend in need is a friend indeed – very aptly said, so be there for your friend in all ups and downs of life and sustain a good friendship.



Source by Shaini Nagpal

How To Make Colored French Fries

Everyone loves French fries. However, it is the kids, who are thrilled to eat French fries all day long. However, the fries that are available in fast food outlets are not very healthy, as they contain a lot of unsaturated fat and sodium. So, it is best to make fries as home. However, then you may face another problem with your kids complaining that these fries are not as delicious as the ones available at the local fast food outlet. You can get your kids to eat the healthy fries by being a little creative.

Making colored French fries is not that difficult, as most people have all the necessary ingredients at home. Also, this dish is great for a kid’s party when all kids want to do is gorge themselves on junk food.

Wash six russet potatoes and dry them well using kitchen towel. Peel the potatoes and then cut them into 1/2-inch sticks. This width ensures that the fries cook faster.

Squeeze fresh lemons to get about half a cup of fresh lemon juice. Add the food coloring of your choice into the lemon juice. About 2 tablespoons of the coloring should suffice. Mix the lemon juice well to ensure that the coloring dissolves completely.

Transfer the colored lemon juice into a large container and place the cut potato slices into it. Place the slices in a single layer and ensure that all of them are covered with the lemon juice. Allow the potatoes to stand for about three hours. Thereafter, place the slices on some paper towels to get dry. While you are getting the potatoes ready, preheat the oven to about 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

You will be baking the French fries to give your kids a healthier treat. Now prepare the roasting pan by spraying with some non-stick spray. Check whether the colored potato slices are dry. Toss the dried potato slices in some olive oil and add salt to taste.

Place a single layer of the slices onto the roasting pan. Do not place a second layer, as the bottom one will not cook. Place the tray into the preheated oven for around 30 minutes. Make sure to turn over the fries after 15 minutes to ensure that the other side also gets cooked. Allow the fries to cool a bit before serving them.

Serve the colored French fries to your kids and watch them looking amazed and delighted. You can be certain that after making this dish, your kids will always ask you these French fries at home constantly; and most probably you will not mind if your kids enjoyed themselves.



Source by Kum Martin