For Women: Daily Motivation – How to Be More Active in Your Daily Life

Are you struggling to get out of bed now that there is lockdown almost everywhere in the world? There is a bright side to the current situation. Motivate yourself to push yourself through the day to be more active and enjoy life indoors. This article shows how.

Here is a set of pointers to get you through the day:

  1. First thing in the morning, make your bed.
  2. Next wash up and meditate or pray. Pray for your family, city, country and the world.
  3. Recite holy verses from the Holy Book relevant to the current situation so that you feel peace at heart.
  4. Then look over your email box. Answer one or two or just go through. Keep an email account just to receive positive and upbeat self-help content.
  5. Go over social media content. Like whatever eye-catching posts you come across and post your own ideas so that others are attracted to your post.
  6. Have breakfast. Bread and jam and a glass of orange juice are quite good to have. But you can have your own preferred choices.
  7. Then make time for reading. I like reading Sidney Sheldon novels and self-help eBooks, which keep me preoccupied for two hours or more.
  8. Then do a bit of cleaning around. Sweep the floors and mop accordingly making your surroundings immaculate.
  9. Water your plants in tubs or garden and enjoy a bit of the sunshine.
  10. Carry out your laundry.
  11. Wipe out the surfaces of tables, chairs, dressing table, sink, cabinets, washing machine and any surface you can find. Get rid of all the germs this way.
  12. If you have children and a hubby, share with them, eating breakfast.
  13. Ask your hubby to play with your children for some time while you start cooking for them.
  14. Share delicious yummy home-made lunch with family.
  15. Ask your hubby to finish cleaning the table and the dishes while you put down the children for an afternoon nap.
  16. You and your hubby can watch an adult movie while your children sleep.
  17. Start preparing late afternoon snacks such as French toast, cereal, potato chips etc. that your children would like after they wake up.
  18. Read out to them children’s story books and play making handicrafts out of paper and clay.
  19. Sit with their school lessons and do some homeschooling.
  20. Let them draw and color on sheets of paper and get them busy while you and your hubby work from home.
  21. Prepare dinner with a helping hand from your hubby and sit together and enjoy the dishes. Clean the dishes and ask your hubby to read bedtime stories to your children, gradually letting them fall asleep.
  22. So it was a productive day in your own way, staying indoors. Keep some time for self-care before you retire to bed.

Summing up, the above pointers show how you can motivate yourself to be more active and productive throughout the day, instead of lying in bed idly, not taking any responsibility. You must also be an example to your family, your neighborhood and the community so that unitedly we can overcome the deadly situation of current times.



Source by Rosina S Khan

The History of Bread Pudding – Part 1

Welcome back to the Italian Desserts. This post is the beginning of another diversion of sorts. Over the new few postings, we will be discussing bread pudding history and some recipes along the way. I am digressing again because my research into the world of Italian desserts has taken me WAY back in time, took me to Sicilian desserts and from there I landed here.

Bread pudding dates back to prehistoric times and has had its place in every era and every country since that time. My research has revealed that bread pudding, both sweet and savory, was first developed by ancient peoples. It seems that there has always been a tendency for frugal cooks to avoid the waste of stale bread and so this confection came into being.

The History

If you delve into the history of cooking from prehistoric times, you will find that stale or hard bread has been used in a myriad of ways; for example, medieval sop, foccacia, stuffings, special dishes like French toast and thickeners like puddings. Interestingly, if you look into a 19th century cookbook, you will likely find recipes for bread puddings listed as “Invalid Cookery”. The recipes that you’ll find will be varied and are dependent upon the type of bread used.

Important Category

Another thing you’ll find if you delve into the history of cooking is that many desserts over the centuries have included bread as an ingredient in the form of bread crumbs or slices or pieces. And, if you follow my line of thought, I’m sure you’ll see the efficiency and frugality of using left over stale or hard bread pieces to create another dish by adding a sweetening agent and milk and baking the resulting confection. By adding fat, such as butter, and a fruit, such as currants, to this mix, you move this use of potential wasted bread into the category of a special treat.

This has been so much the fact that today, even cooks who don’t have stale bread will have some awesome recipes and uses for bread pudding. The “enhanced” product was referred to as bread and butter pudding. Some cooks have even used brioche, panettone (Italian leavened bread) and slices of plain cake in place of the bread, while adding more fruits and even spices to further enhance this simple dessert treat. Accordingly, some of these “enhancements” must be kept under strict control, lest bread pudding lose its traditional characteristics.

How It Began

The likely beginning of bread pudding can be found by looking back at medieval sops and the medieval practice of using a hollowed-out loaf of bread as the vessel for a sweet dish…varieties of bread pudding could be eaten hot as pudding or cold as a cake. In fact, an Egyptian dessert which bears considerable similarity to bread and butter pudding, and which was originally a simple dish originating in rural areas, is called Om Ali and is made with bread, milk or cream, raisins, and almonds.

Still another Middle Eastern sweet bread, Eish es serny (palace bread), is prepared by drying large round slices cut horizontally through a big loaf to make huge rusks (loaves or pieces of twice baked very hard bread), which are then slowly cooked in sugar and honey syrup that has been flavored with rosewater and colored with caramel. If you travel further east, an Indian dessert in the Moghul style, Shahi tukra, is made with bread fried in ghee (clarified butter), dipped in a syrup that has been flavored with saffron and rosewater, and then covered with a creamy sauce in which decorative slices of almond are mixed.

Our next post will cover bread puddings appearance in the United States and some interesting facts and recipes for it. Stay tuned for more yummy information on this multi-cultural dessert.

Bon app├ętit!



Source by Vicki Fassler

Tea Party for Two – One of Many Valentine’s Day Ideas

Parents, grandparents, aunts and good friends send Valentine’s Day greetings to people they care about. Why not include these other people we care about in our Valentines Day ideas. A tea party for two would be a nice idea for two friends or two sisters who have lost their spouses. It is good to have someone you can talk to about that person you loved so much, but no longer have. Being able to remember what you shared, and talking about it is part of the grieving process. It is also part of not being forgotten and keeping memories alive. This is not to say don’t move on, or go on with enjoyment of life.

Your special Valentine tea doesn’t have to be elaborate. It could be a get together for a snack or loose leaf tea and lunch. You could do an afternoon tea or even a breakfast tea. What a nice way to start the day. Here are some suggestions for a breakfast tea party for two.

Breakfast tea party menu ideas

Menu one

Juice

Scones with Devon Cream and Jam

Fresh fruit

Egg casserole

Loose leaf Green tea or Earl Grey Black tea

Menu two

Orange juice

Quiche Loraine

Sliced melon

Blueberry muffins or scones

Loose leaf English Breakfast tea

Menu three

Juice

French Toast Casserole

Bacon on the side

Loose Leaf Irish Breakfast Tea

When your quest arrives and your breakfast tea is served let her know it is alright to reminisce about the one she has lost. If you as couples were good friends and did things together that’s a good place to start. You may say “Do you remember when you and Bill and John and I vacationed in the Florida keys? I miss those times we had together.” She will respond and a cleansing, healing conversation has begun.

If you were not friends as couples you may ask what she and Bill did on the last Valentines Day they spent together. Go off down memory lane and share good times. I once read “Do not cry because it is over, instead be happy for the time you shared.”

In this way you and your friend can help each other. Enjoy your tea party for two while you enjoy wonderful loose leaf tea at your Valentine tea.

Egg Casserole from All Recipe web site

4 eggs, beaten

1/2 pound ground breakfast sausage

5 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

2-1/4 slices white bread, torn into pieces

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Brown sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain off grease, and set aside to cool. Pour the eggs into a lightly greased baking dish. In a separate large bowl, combine the sausage, bread and 3 ounces of the cheese. Mix well and pour this into the egg mixture. Top with the remaining cheese and cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, uncover, and bake until casserole is golden brown.

French Toast Casserole (a variation of Paula Deen’s recipe as seen on the Food network)

4 Slices of French bread about 1 inch thick

2 Large or jumbo eggs

1/2 Cup half and half

1/4 Cup milk

1/2 Tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon and nutmeg to taste (1/16 teaspoon or so)

Pinch of salt

Spray a baking dish that will hold 4 slices of bread with Pam, or butter the pan well. In a bowl, combine the eggs, half and half, milk and vanilla. Add all the spices and salt and beat well with a wire whisk. Put the French bread in your butter baking dish in one layer, but have the edges overlap. Pour the liquid egg mixture over the bread. Make sure the bread is covered well the egg mixture. Cover the baking dish with foil and place in the refrigerator several hours or overnight.

Before baking the casserole preheat the oven to 350* then prepare the topping

1 stick of butter

1/4 Cup brown sugar packed tightly

1/4 Cup chopped pecans

1/2 Tablespoon light corn syrup

Cinnamon and Nutmeg to taste (1/16 teaspoon or so)

Mix the ingredients above and spread on top of the French bread. Bake in a preheated oven 350* for 40 minutes or until it becomes golden brown.

Quiche Lorraine (I have always used Betty Crokers recipe)

One pastry shell (over the years I have found Pillsbury just unroll premade pie shell to be excellent)

1/2 Cup of crisp crumbled bacon (about 8 slices)

4 ounces or 1 cup of Swiss cheese grated

1/3 Cup onion chopped very fine

4 Large eggs

2 Cups of half and half

1/4 Teaspoon salt

1/8 Teaspoon pepper

1/8 Teaspoon red pepper sauce (Cayenne)

Preheat the oven to 425*

Unroll the pie dough and press into a 9 inch pie pan. Roll the excess dough under and flute the edges of the dough. Line this pan with foil; press the foil onto the bottom and sides of the dough. Pour uncooked rice onto the foil. (I save the rice to be used again by storing in a container) Bake the pie dough for 10 minutes. Remove the rice and the foil and bake an additional 2 to 4 minutes. The crust will become brown.

Reduce oven temperature to 325*

Line the bottom of the pie crust with the crumbled bacon, onion and the Swiss cheese. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, half and half and spices together. Pour the egg mixture into the pie crust. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, a knife inserted in the center will come out clean when the pie is done.

Let the Quiche set for 10 minutes before serving.



Source by Connie Bednar

Wedding Receptions on a Budget: Easy and Elegant Ideas

Whether your funds are limited or you just think it is crazy to spend a fortune on your wedding, you do not have to forgo a memorable wedding reception just because you have a tight budget. With careful planning and a little creativity, you can throw a party that everyone will have a blast at and which you will look back on fondly in years to come. Breaking it down by category, here are some proven tips for great wedding receptions on a budget.

Location is key

Your venue or location for the reception is often the biggest expense, so your best bet is to search high and low for either a free or very cheap place. Aside from someone’s house, you can consider a local park, beach, social hall, church or temple hall, museum, library, farm, or even a nearby botanical garden. Many of these places can be rented at very low cost, and some may just require a permit or written permission.

Hotels and restaurants are traditional locations for weddings, but you can often get good deals if you have your reception at a non-traditional time. If you don’t mind having your wedding in the middle of the week, you can negotiate a great deal from a catering hall that would otherwise be empty at that time.

Consider non-traditional food options

The food is often the biggest part of the wedding budget, so you will need to get very creative here. Consider some of these non-traditional reception ideas for ways to save huge amounts of money on catering:

  • Potluck. Throw your wedding reception the old-fashioned way and ask everyone to bring their favorite reception. This takes a little coordination so that you don’t have 50 platters of brownies and no main course. It also works best with smaller receptions, due to the need for coordination.
  • Brunch. If you have your wedding in the morning you can make it a brunch reception. Serve bagels, wraps, omelets, french toast, fruit and other brunch goodies. Have some classical background music and you will have created an extremely elegant affair.
  • Dessert. Serving just dessert can be a little tricky, but it works well with a shorter reception. After all, isn’t dessert everyone’s favorite part of the meal? Just make sure that it is clear on the invitation that you are only serving dessert. Otherwise, people may show up starving and will be anxious to leave to get some ‘real food’.
  • Barbecue or other casual food. You can always go the extremely casual way and have a barbeque or picnic. If you decide to have your wedding at the beach, this is a particularly appropriate option. This is also another good place to bring in the potluck idea. People are used to bringing dishes to a casual party, even if it is a wedding.

Wedding Decoration Alternatives

There are many different ways to create beautiful wedding decorations on a budget that are still extremely elegant and luxurious looking. For floral ideas, look into what flowers are local and seasonal for your time of year. You can use fewer, large blooms or use bunches of colorful inexpensive flowers to create a rustic chic look. If you spend time in advance searching out colorful vases and bottles at garage sales or vintage shops, you can use these to add character and creativity to your centerpieces.

You can also forgo flowers entirely and use other ‘living’ things. Large greenery such as branches, palm fronds, or plants can make a big impact. Bowls of fruit and vegetables are modern and sophisticated still life works of art on your tables, while succulents are also becoming a popular option. Another trendy choice is to use large feathers as part of your centerpieces.



Source by Sharyn Sheldon

A Simple Syrup Recipe – Homemade Tangerine Syrup

Simple Syrup- Tangerine

I did not know that simple syrup was so, well… simple. On a recent March morning, as my two boys sat at the breakfast bar watching me prepare French Toast, my oldest announced, “Mom, we should make our own syrup. Healthy syrup like apple syrup.” This got my wheels turning and so I went off in search of simple syrup recipes.

It didn’t take long to find a really simple recipe for blueberry syrup, and as I thought about my own back yard. I have a mature fruit tree that I thought was a loquat tree. I went outside to check out the fruit, and discovered that they were tiny tangerines. I couldn’t wait to try out the recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Of Tangerines
  • 1 Cup Of Sugar

Equipment: 5qt pot, flat bottom coffee cup, stirring spoon, strainer, creamer jar…

For the record, we just moved in to this house, so some ‘improvisation’ was necessary. The coffee cup replaces a food processor, potato masher or blender, and the creamer jar replaces the Ball jars used for canning. * My lack of canning supplies is also the reason I only made 1 cup of syrup.

First, the kids picked the tangerines right from our tree, and then peeled them. We wound up with a total of 4 cups of tangerines, but we only used 1 cup to make our syrup. The rest got ‘munched.’

Now, I made a few ‘mistakes’, (I didn’t quite read the directions on the blueberry syrup recipe all the way through,) and I started to ‘mush’ the tangerines down in a strainer with the bottom of a coffee cup (my blender, potato masher and food processor were not yet unpacked), and into a bowl. I didn’t really care for that, so I started to try juicing them by hand… I didn’t particularly enjoy that either, so then I went back and read the directions on the blueberry recipe.

This is when I put a fresh cup of tangerines in the 5qt pot, and ‘mooshed’ them again with the coffee cup.

I then brought the fruit to a rapid boil

Next I strained the remnants into a bowl and mixed in the sugar- (another mistake: I was supposed to put it back in the pot, and stir the sugar in, bringing it to a rapid boil again.)

Finally… I poured the contents into the creamer jar…

We all tried a tiny taste on our fingers and it was good. I poured a little bit into a Ramakan (sp?) and dipped a Saltine cracker in it… also good. Then I made some French Toast and put it on that… it was a bit tart.

Next time, I plan to use a Agave sugar, and possibly a little brown sugar, and add cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or a little lemon juice, and maybe persimmons, to cut down on the tartness.



Source by Danielle Schaeffer

Interested to Know the Origin of the French Kiss?

Many people think that they know the French kiss origin. Obviously, it seems as if it originated in France because of its name. On the contrary, these people are quite wrong because this misconception is simply not true to history or documents. There are plenty of theories as to why it is called a French kiss; however, no theory can ever be confirmed because there are no documents found yet. More than likely though, it did not originate in France as most people like to believe.

One theory comes from the fact that the French have been known as sensual, immoral people in history. Therefore, the term French kissing is an insult to the French and their ways. It is also an insult on their public display of their promiscuous nature. Also, the French were the first people to allow public displays of love and affection such as kissing and dancing. The French supposedly had dances that ended in huge make out sessions for every couple that came to the dance.

Another theory is also an insult to the France and its people just as the first theory was. During a war, a general once said that the French would rather make love with their hands than fight and battle. He is practically saying that the French were too afraid to fight and would rather make love. Therefore, this theory also degrades the French people and their morale in fighting and public displays of love.

Other phrases that incorporate the word French that do not really have any affiliation with France or its people are French toast, French fries, and the phrase “excuse my French.” None of these derived their origins from the country of France or from the French people. The last one also is an insult to France and its people. When someone uses the phrase “excuse my French,” it is usually after he or she swore or said something inappropriate. This insinuates that the French are crude and rude people who have no courtesy for the common public.

As of this present time, no real, accurate documents have been discovered or found in supporting any of these theories. The author of the term “French kiss” may never been known. If he or she saw that the phrase is so widely known and used today, he or she would be shocked. It is interesting to note that this phrase has the same meaning it did centuries ago as it does today. However, it can be documented back to the 1800s. In addition, the utilization of the phrase French kiss was once again rampant in the 1920s.

Whether the theory derived from war times or the theory derived from the nature and manners of the French, no one will ever know. Either way the term probably was derived form some form of insult to France and its people, and it is not literally from the country of France itself or its people. Wherever the French kiss origin is, the French kiss has always and will always be a universal symbol of romance, love, or lust.



Source by Lauren Worthington

Looking For Some Acid Reflux Diet Recipes?

A burning sensation in the chest caused by indigestion is called Acid Reflux. It is usually centered in the middle of the chest and thus also known as heartburn. The more serious and chronic form of acid reflux is called GERD, or Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease. It is generally misunderstood as heartburn. While one can greatly minimize the symptoms of acid reflux at home, for GERD one needs to meet the physician.

Now, let’s learn some of the acid reflux diet recipes to cure acid reflux at home.

You can begin your day with apple pancakes, stuffed apple dumplings, flour grain pancakes, banana muffins, French toast or buttermilk pancakes. Do not have oily stuff in the morning.

To prepare French toast, the usual ingredients required are eggs, sugar, salt, milk, 10-12 slices of bread, butter and maple syrup.

However, we will use the available low-fat egg substitutes instead of eggs. Instead of creamy milk, skimmed or low fat milk would be preferred. Whole wheat bread would go well with your digestive disorder. Brown sugar would be preferred over ordinary sugar in our condition. Similarly, low fat butter or margarine would be preferred over its more common substitute.

For lunch you can go for salads to avoid the inconveniences due to the rise of acids. This goes particularly for those who generally have lunch in their offices. Greek salad, Chinese salad, noodle salad, chicken salad with salmon, six bean salad, potato salad and all are good for suppressing this condition.

The technique for preparing these salads is also the same as that of preparing breakfast. Let’s take potato salad as an example. The usual ingredients in this case are potato, hard-cooked eggs, celery, onion, mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper to taste and chopped parsley.

To make it low acid inducing, the differences would be the low-fat mayonnaise and the egg substitute. Onion, mustard and pepper would also be avoided as these are acidic in nature. You can however add other vegetables like beans and carrots to aid in our digestion process.

For appetizer, in the evening, cauliflower, broccoli, English cucumbers, radishes, green and yellow zucchinis, carrot sticks, whole small mushrooms, six bean soups, beef stew, iced cucumber soup, spinach soup, mixed vegetable soup or any other non-acidic appetizer can be chosen.

And last but not least, dinner would be early, preferably two hours before going to bed. You can take baked chicken with rice, beef and vegetable stir-fry, chicken and vegetable stir-fry, sesame chicken kabobs, pasta and vegetable frittata, baked broccoli and rice, cashew vegetable fried rice, beef stew and so on. Foods like tomato sauce lasagna are a strict no-no. And the oils used in all these must be low in fat.

Hopefully, the acid reflux diet recipes discussed above will help you. Also, curtail the consumption of micro-waves, frozen, pre-packed and processed foods as well.



Source by Steven P. Ross

Essential Tools For Making French Toast

To make French toast, you need the proper equipment to do the job. The better these tools, the easier it is to create your morning meal masterpiece. Below we list all the things you will need for each stage of the recipe. This equipment is available from any leading retail store for affordable cost. You may even want to spend more to get certain top quality equipment, since several of them can be used for other uses inside your kitchen area.

Measuring Cups

Before you can begin, you’ll need a measuring cup to make sure you measure your ingredients appropriately. Several experienced home cooks have adequate experience to eyeball their portions, but for the majority of us ‘common individuals’, we require some help from measuring cups. For French toast you do not need anything complicated, just something which can measure thirds and quarter cups.

Mixing Container

You’ll need something to combine together all your eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and other ingredients to top your French toast. You could use a standard bowl, however it is much easier to do if you have a separate mixing bowl. This is particularly important when you need to serve many people.

Mixer

Once you’ve combined your components within the mixing container, you need something to help combine everything. A regular spatula will get the job done, but might also leave you with a sore, stiff arm. We advise utilizing an egg beater or even better an electric-powered hand mixer.

Skillet

Now that all the components are mixed, it is time to soak the bread and cook it. Whilst a standard pan will do, to get the best, most even, golden brown finish on your French toast, you will desire a high quality frying pan. The thicker the skillet, the better.

Turner

You require to prepare either side of your bread as well as something informs me flipping it over with your hand is not the very best idea. That’s where a turner comes in. All turners are simply the same, but if you want one that will last a lifetime, you will desire to spend a bit more at a top quality turner.

Serving Items

Now that your morning meal is complete, you need a presentation which does it justice. Plates and silverware are a necessity. In addition, it helps to get a tray to put them on. Ultimately, you could garnish the presentation along with things like a fruit bowl, placemat, flowers, as well as other things. Get creative here and really do what must be done to make the morning special.



Source by Matt L Howard

How to Make French Toast – Two French Toast Recipes That You Will Love

Many people are looking for information on how to make French toast. There are lots of recipes available to choose from. The great thing about making it is that you can serve it in a variety of ways. You can serve it with different syrups, apple sauce, fruits, berries and lots of other toppings. This way, even if you make the same toast, it will taste differently because of the different toppings you can use with it. And the good news is that it is very simple to make it, and this article will share with you exactly how to do that.

The basic idea of French toast is that it is simple white bread, dipped in the egg custard and either friend or baked. The custard is usually made with eggs and milk and other things, such as sugar, vanilla, cheese or many others. In this recipe we will talk specifically about fried French toast.

Quite a few recipes discuss making the toast sweet – with sugar, syrups, apple sauce, berries, fruits, etc. One of the recipes in this article is for sweet toast, while the other one is for the savory kind.

Here are two recipes for you to help you prepare it:

French Toast Recipe 1: Sweet

This is the recipe that a lot of people know and like, with a sweet twist. So for this recipe, you will need to first find good white bread. You can use white sandwich bread, or any other white bread that you have available.

Next, you will need to make the custard. A custard is nothing more, but the combination of milk and eggs. You can also use heavy cream or half-n-half to make the custard even creamier.

Now, you can add some additional things to the custard. These can be vanilla and a bit of sugar. Now your custard is ready. Dip both sides of each bread slice into the custard and then fry the bread on a skillet in some butter and oil, a few minutes on each side.

Once your toast is ready, you can top it with fruits, berries, apple sauce or syrup.

French Toast Recipe 2: Savory

You can also make the toast with a savory twist. The only difference between the above recipe that makes it sweet, and a savory one, is how you flavor your egg custard.

Now, to make it savory, use salt, pepper and herbs (such as dill or parsley) to flavor your custard. Then, make the toast. You won’t want to top it with fruit, as it is not sweet, but it tastes great on its own.



Source by Biana Babinsky