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I’m so excited to announce that it’s time for another Baking Bootcamp Series with King Arthur Flour!
Baking Bootcamp is a 3-part baking challenge that’s meant to get us in the kitchen and have us emerge with new technique, new baking knowledge, and really lovely sweet treats! Let’s bake together!
Last year we baked four delicious recipes and learned about the difference between baking flours along the way.
We made Triple Berry Cinnamon Swirl Bread + Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread + Apple Pie Biscuits and Gruyere and Green Olive Rolls. Sharing our treats on Instagram and becoming better bakers along the way!
This Baking Bootcamp, we’re focusing on technique. I want to take some of baking’s most intimidating techniques and make then approachable enough for our home kitchens. Let’s push ourselves!
For our first challenge, we’re making quick puff pastry. Puff pastry is a laminated dough that focuses on incorporating cold butter into flour, creating a very rich, flaky, luscious dough. True puff pastry is a real undertaking of time, temperature, and courage. We’re going to make a quick puff pastry, using a rolling and folding technique, to create buttery and flaky breakfast rolls.
Three recipes shared on Instagram #bakingbootcamp + Three awesome sets of prizes!
The idea is simple!
• Make these Chocolate Hazelnut Rolls with quick puff pastry (they’re sooooo good!) and take a picture of your creation!
• Photograph your beautiful rolls and post them to Instagram with the hashtag #bakingbootcamp
• When you submit a photo, you’ll be entered to win a 1-year supply of King Arthur Flour and a Baking Essentials box valued at $250!! Official rules and details can be found here.
Let’s get baking!
Let’s start by making the quick puff pastry.
King Arthur has a post about making true laminated dough. Lots of great tips and information.
We’re making a simple laminated dough starting with 2 cups of King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour.
Salt into the flour to bring flavor.
We aren’t adding sugar to our puff pastry. There will be plenty of sweetness incorporated with the hazelnut filling and sugary glaze.
Plenty of butter. Flour and butter is our foundation.
About the butter. Let it be cold, cubed, salted, and fatty. Use the highest quality butter you can find. A European-style butter (extra creamy and fatty) is the way to go.
The butter to flour ratio is pretty high: 2 cups of flour to 10 ounces (that’s 2 1/2 sticks) butter.
Use a pastry cutter (or even your hands, if you’re speedy) to break the butter down into the flour.
The mixture will be very crumbly with butter, coating all of the flour in fat, and leaving big bits of butter throughout the dough. We want larger chunks of butter to create that marbling and flaky layers that make puff pastry as delicious as it is.
Create a small well in the center of the butter and flour mixture and add water, 2/3 cup of cold water to bring our simple ingredients together.
Work as quickly as you can to keep the butter as cold as you can.
The dough will be on the wet side of sticky. That’s right! No need to stir too much once the dough comes together. We’re going to roll and fold the dough to further incorporate the dough.
A well-floured work surface is key for rolling out the dough.
Commit to making a mess on your kitchen counter. It will all be worth it.
The dough is placed on the floured work surface, sprinkled with flour, and shaped into a 1 1/2-inch thick rectangle.
Lightly roll the dough into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle.
The dough will be fairly soft, so you won’t need a lot of pressure in rolling.
Now a fold!
Starting with the bottom of the rectangle, fold the dough up 1/3.
Press the dough, just lightly.
And fold the top third of dough over the first.
We’re creating a dough envelope.
The dough is turned to the right one-quarter turn.
And this time the folded dough is rolled into a 1/2-inch rectangle, and folded again using the same envelope technique, turned another quarter turn, and the process is repeated six or seven turns.
With four simple ingredients, rolling and folding, rolling and folding, the dough comes together beautifully into a soft but sturdy dough.
Fold into thirds, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerator for 1 hour (or overnight) is necessary.
Chilling the dough is essential to re-chill the butter and distribute the moisture, so when we roll the dough out, we maintain all of the butter layers for beautifully flaky rolls.
The dough is rolled into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle.
If the dough was in the refrigerator overnight, it will be super chilled and may need about 20 minutes to rest at room temperature and may take a bit more pressure in rolling out.
Move the rolled dough around on the floured counter to ensure that it’s not sticking.
Time to fill!
We’re going with chocolate and hazelnut flavors. They feel perfectly cozy for fall.
For the hazelnut layer I used King Arthur Flours Hazelnut Praline Paste. It’s the consistency of almond butter and is absolutely delicious as a sweet and nutty filling. You could also use a chocolate hazelnut spread like Nutella in a pinch.
Spread in an even layer.
Sprinkle generously with chopped roasted hazelnuts.
And chopped dark chocolate too.
If you’re using a chocolate hazelnut spread, you may want to skip the dark chocolate sprinkles.
The long and tall end of the dough is rolled tight.
And lightly pressed together to create an even roll.
Use a bench knife to create 1 1/2-inch thick rolls.
And place in a lightly greased muffin tin for baking!
The rolls emerge from the oven bubbling and golden. They rise slightly during baking, creating really delicious, flaky golden pillows of chocolate and hazelnut.
While they cool just slightly, whisk up a simple powdered sugar glaze.
And generously spread!
These rolls are best served warm and glazed the day they’re baked.
I’m so happy to be back with another Baking Bootcamp challenge! I can’t wait to see what comes out of your oven!
Some recipe notes:
• Rolled and folded puff pastry can last int he fridge up to 4 days, and well-wrapped in the freezer for a month. If frozen, thaw in the refrigerator before rolling.
• Rolls can be filled, sliced and frozen. To bake, thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.
A laundry room is increasing in popularity as a necessary household improvement. The 10 laundry room ideas we share will help create a space that’s organized, up to date and attractive enough to enjoy during laundry chore time.
If you are wondering where the best place to add a laundry room would be, think of convenience first. Set your laundry room up near where dirty laundry would collect, or near the bedrooms where clean laundry gets sent. Some other favorite laundry room locations include near the entry, mud-room adjacent, in the kitchen, in a bathroom or near a closet or dressing area.
Keep in mind that accidental flooding may sometimes happen. Waterproof the flooring below the laundry machine, especially if your laundry room is located on a second floor. Some good ways to waterproof include adding plastic sheeting over the subfloor, building out a shallow pan for the laundry machines to sit on or tiling the laundry floor under the machines.
Another consideration when deciding on a laundry room location is the noise from the machine’s vibrations. Laundry machines that are located on the second floor should be fitted with vibration pads that dampen the noise that occurs when the machine is in motion.
Although a few of our inspirational photos in the gallery are large rooms, a laundry room can be created in a small space or closet. With a little creativity and some planning, a useful, efficient laundry room can be yours.
Here are 10 laundry room ideas that organize, add value and upgrade your space.
Make the laundry room workspace bright and cheerful with paint. Paint is an easy, inexpensive upgrade. Choose a color theme that’s bright and uplifts your mood. Some good paint color options are vibrant citrus tones like lime green, yellow or orange. A crisp, bright white is another good option that brightens the room and the mood. Paint your walls or cabinets in the color of your choice.
Counter space is vital for folding, placing your laundry basket and other items while you work. Create a custom counter look to your laundry room by adding a counter over your side by side washer and dryer.
If you have the square footage, add an island to your laundry room to increase counter space.
For a high end, custom-cabinet look to your laundry room, add kitchen cabinets around your washer and dryer. Choose inexpensive cabinets and upgrade them with contrasting, bright wall colors or wallpaper. Remove builder-grade hardware and replace with custom drawer pulls. A versatile and contemporary drawer pull style is the bar, which can serve as a towel or hanger rack.
If you’re on a budget, visit a restaurant supply shop’s used section. Stainless work tables and shelving would be a good laundry room idea and alternative to built-in cabinets.
If you don’t have enough space to keep your washer and dryer side by side, stack them vertically. This is a great way to work with smaller spaces while still having a functional laundry area.
Another creative way to mount your washer and dryer is to mount them off the floor. Raising your washer and dryer make it easier on the back by eliminating the need to bend over to load and unload the washer and dryer. Create a storage area in the space below the washer and dryer. Some washer and dryer manufacturers offer the raised storage unit in the matching appliance finish.
Wall cubicles, floating shelves, baskets and clothes bars are all good storage options in a laundry room.
Be sure to add a dirty laundry sorting system to save time when doing laundry. A good rule of thumb is to have a minimum of three dirty laundry bins for white, light and colors or dark clothing. Asking everyone in the household to sort their own dirty laundry in the proper bin saves time.
Laundry rooms often occupy dark or windowless spaces. Good lighting is of utmost importance. Adding under-cabinet lighting or a large, overhead fixture not only brightens and enlarges the space, good lighting helps you find spots and stains on laundry items to pre-treat before washing. Better yet, add a combination of lighting including canned ceiling lights, pendants and under cabinet lighting like the image above.
Beautiful lighting fixtures are not only practical but also add to the design of a laundry room.
A wall or cabinet mounted drop-down ironing board is a great way to hide clutter. Most designs not only hide the ironing board away, but have enough room to also store the iron itself.
A wall-mounted drying rack is another good option for air drying delicates like lingerie or sweaters.
Besides paint, give your laundry room a modern look by adding visual interest to the walls with pattern and texture. Two great ways to achieve this include:
–Wallpaper. Choose a bold, modern pattern in a moisture resistant, vinyl paper that’s easy to wipe down
–Backsplash. Add a high-end backsplash design to your laundry room. While some of the most beautiful backsplash tile options can be expensive, a smaller laundry room doesn’t require much tile at all
If you have limited space, make the laundry room a multi-use room. Some laundry room ideas for a multi-purpose space include:
–A craft room
–A mud room
–A sports equipment storage room
–A household cleaning supplies storage room
One of the most successful laundry room ideas involve converting a hall, home office or guest room closet into a laundry room.
Add plenty of shelving and be aware of clearances, so doors may close when the laundry room is not in use.
Many of our laundry room ideas are easy to do. Take a look at your laundry area and see how you can upgrade yours to organize and add value to your home. What are your favorite ideas to try?
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It’s back to school season, which means pencil purchasing and lunch planning. You already know the basics for packing a healthy lunch for your kiddo , part of which is making sure your child actually eats what you pack them. The below recipes are not only infinitely tastier versions of popular pre-packaged lunch items but, since you control exactly what goes in them, they’re also healthier than their store-bought counterparts.
You just received an invitation to an event or party, and in the dress code section it says something to the effect of “business casual” or “black tie attire only.” Here’s what all of those dress code terms actually mean, and few examples of each to get you off on the right foot.
There’s no need to spend money when you can fix something yourself. If you’ve popped a button on your shirt, worn down a hem on your pants, or busted a seam in your dress, these five hand sewing techniques can help you fix things in snap.
Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers … because asking the right questions is the answer.
In a recent ‘subscribers only’ email (subscribe here) I wrote: “Quiet your mind. Don’t think outside the box of negativity. Think like there is no box.”
To my surprise, over 200 people quoted this short line and responded with the same general question: “How?”
I’ve thought about it for a little while this morning, and I’ve decided that the simplest and most universal explanation I can give is this: Ask yourself better questions – questions that focus your thoughts and filter out all the nonsensical noise that’s been cluttering your mind.
The calming and healing power of a positive imagination is unleashed by constraining your focus. Constraints drive creativity and force mindful thinking. It may sound counterintuitive at first but, in a backwards way, you break out of the box by stepping into the right shackles.
And that’s exactly what the questions below can help you with – shackling the noise in your head by channeling your focus into meaningful thoughts. Let these questions shift your perspective and guide you.
“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh
Gratitude leads to greatness. It can literally turn what you have into more than enough, jobs into joy, chaos into order, uncertainty into clarity, and bring peace to an otherwise chaotic day.
The easiest way to make your blessings count is to count your blessings. Acknowledging the good things you already have in your life is of the essence, because whatever you appreciate and give thanks for will grow stronger in your life.
When Angel and I discus the importance of gratitude with our coaching/course students, we often get a “Yeah, yeah, I know…” response. But the truth is, most of us don’t know – because we’re forgetful. In the haste of our busy lives we neglect many of the basic laws of gratitude, and thus miss out entirely on their positive effects. So here’s a good refresher, for all of us:
The Indiana Jones themed “Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar” is set to tomorrow (September 22nd 2015) at Walt Disney World’s revamped Downtown Disney, now called Disney Springs. This brand new lounge will feature small plates and unique cocktails with an “expansive bar with aviation decor and have seating for 150 guests.”
We’ve shown you concept art in the past, one of which you can see in the header above, but now Disney has revealed the restaurant/bar’s full menu which is filled with fun little Indiana Jones easter eggs and references. Hit the jump to check out the full Indiana Jones bar menu at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.
The theme of Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is a 1940s airplane hangar turned dive bar, which is supposedly the ex-home of Indiana Jones’ sidekick and pilot. As you know, Jock Lindsey was portrayed by professional pilot Fred Sorenson in Steven Spielberg‘s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Here is the establishment’s backstory dreamed up by Walt Disney Imagineering:
How did Indiana Jones’ barnstorming pilot Jock Lindsey end up in Disney Springs? Fans of Raiders of the Lost Ark can’t forget Indy’s easygoing pilot Jock Lindsey—owner of a pet snake named Reggie—but how did Jock arrive here? The two globetrotters stumbled on Disney Springs in 1938 while chasing down a mythology-based tip in central Florida. Attracted to the town’s natural springs and lush terrain, Jock bought some waterfront property and eventually settled down, piloting seaplane tours across the fast-growing Sunshine State. Jock eventually built an airplane hangar, air tower and runway, and invited fellow members of The Society of Explorers and Adventurers to pay him a visit. His home base soon became a popular stopover and watering hole for world travelers and locals alike. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar was born! Today, thrill-seeking families cross borders and continents to soak up the rugged charm of this artifact-strewn hangar bar, with its spare airplane parts, salvaged equipment and dusty mementos of glory days gone by.
Here is the official information from Disney about the new bar/restaurant:
If adventurous spirits have a name, it must be Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. This family-friendly, 150-seat waterfront lounge is best known for its delicious drinks and dishes and aviation-inspired décor—cleverly themed after the exploits of Indiana Jones and his seaplane pilot, Jock Lindsey. Buckle your seat belt and order a plate of Rolling Boulder Sliders (spiced meatballs on mini-buns with yogurt sauce) or a Brody Brats bratwurst, and then wash it down with a Cool-Headed Monkey with African spirits or a refreshing Reggie’s Revenge. The small plates are great for sharing, like Dr. Elsa’s She-Deviled Eggs (brined in beet juice with lump crab filling) or the Tanis Tacos, Snack of Ra—or “Good Dates.” Beer, wine and the “spirits” of adventure live on in tasty cocktails like The Fountain of Youth, featuring Florida vodkas, The Bitter Barkeep with Peruvian Pisco or The Scottish Professor. Watch the sun set next to Jock’s old steamboat (in dry-dock by the pier) while you sip a tasty Hovito Mojito—Barsol Quebranta Pisco with fresh lime juice and syrup. What’s your pleasure, kid?
The Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar menu comes thanks to the official Disney World website:
Goat Cheese-stuffed Dates served with Marcona Almonds and Pickled Vegetables…safe for the whole family.
Rolling Boulders Sliders
Three Spicy Meatball Sliders served with Yogurt Sauce
Snack of Ra
African Salads and Dips with Injera and Naan Crisps designed to satisfy a well of souls
Air Pirate’s Pretzels
A flight of Everything Pretzels with House-made Mustard and Beer-Cheese Fondue
A Lost City Specialty! Filled with Falafel, Shredded Lettuce, and Cucumber-Tomato Salad
Dr. Elsa’s She-deviled Eggs
No father or son can resist these Beet Juice-brined Eggs stuffed with Lump Crab
Grilled Bratwurst served with Mustard and Pickled Cabbage. Worthy of a museum
Lao Che’s Revenge
Spicy Asian Sticky Wings direct from Club Obi Wan
“Squid! Why’d it have to be Squid?”
Fried Calamari Flatbread with Harissa Spread
Sprite® and Maraschino Cherry Juice
Teddy’s Tea (Non-Alcoholic)
Green Tea with Mint and Tangerine
Soda Water with Mint, Simple Syrup, and fresh Lime Juice
Diving Bell (Non-Alcoholic)
Simply Lemonade® and Watermelon topped with a Lemon-Lime Foam
byejoe dragon fire spirit, fresh Lime Juice, Passion Fruit, and Pineapple Juice
Shorty’s Singapore Sling
Plymouth Gin, Heering Cherry Liqueur, Bénédictine, Cointreau, fresh Lime Juice, Pineapple Juice, and Grenadine
Absolut Mandrin Vodka, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, Hibiscus Syrup, fresh Lemon Juice, and Iced Tea
The Scottish Professor
Monkey Shoulder Blended malt Scotch Whiskey, Hendrick’s Gin, Pear Nectar, Simple Syrup, and fresh Lemon Juice
Bavarian Radler a.k.a. “Shandy” with Paulaner Hefe-Weizen and Simply Lemonade®
Barson Quebranta Pisco, fresh Lime Juice, Mint, and Simple Syrup topped with Soda Water
The Bitter Barkeep
Barsol Quebranta Pisco, Simple Syrup, and fresh Lime Juice. Contains Pasteurized Egg Whites
Starr African Rum, Van Der Hum Tangerine Liqueur, fresh Lime Juice, Watermelon, and Pineapple Juice
South African Red Wine with Van Der Rum Tangerine Liqueur
Air Pirate’s Mule
Knob Creek Disney Select Single Barrel Reserve Bourbon and fresh Lime Juice topped with Fever-Tree Ginger Beer
Don Julio Reposado Tequila, Grand Marnier, and fresh Sweet-and-Sour
Siesta Key Silver Rum, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Tamiami Gin, Tippler’s Orange Liqueur, and Sweet-and-Sour with a splash of Coca-Cola®
byejoe dragon fire spirit, fresh Lime Juice, Passion Fruit, and Pineapple Juice
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Single Barrel Straight Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey bottled in Bond served with an Ice Sphere
Fountain of Youth
St. Augustine Florida Cane Vodka, Bols Blue Curaçao, White Cranberry Juice, and Sweet-and-Sour
Florida Cane ‘Orlando Orange’ Vodka, Midori Melon Liqueur, White Cranberry Juice, and fresh Lime Juice
Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale – Kansas City, MO
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – Chico, CA
Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale – Tampa, FL
Xingu Black Beer – Brazil
St. Bernardus Abt 12 Abbey Ale – Belgium
Florida Beer Devil’s Triangle IPA – Cape Canaveral, FL
Lagunitas IPA – Petaluna, CA
Left Hand Milk Stout – Longmont, CO
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider – Cincinnati, OH
Ace Pineapple Hard Cider – Sebastopol, CA
Kingfisher Lager – India
Paulaner Hefe-Weizen – Germany
Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale – Atlanta, GA
Orlando Brewing I-4 IPA – Orlando, FL
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Champagne, Épernay
Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, Veneto
Selbach-Oster Riesling Kabinett, Mosel
Batasiolo Moscato D’Asti Bosc, Piedmont
King Estate Pinot Gris, Oregon
Bellingham Citrus Grove Chenin Blanc, South Africa
Montes Limited Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley
Casa Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley
Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley
Flowers Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
Château Miraval Rosé, Provence
Meiomi Pinot Noir, California
Bodega Charcra Barda Pinot Noir, Patagonia
Santa Ema Reserve Merlot, Maipo Valley
Northstar Merlot, Columbia Valley
De Torten Z Red Blend, Stellenbosch
Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz, Western Cape
Concha Y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley
Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, Napa Valley
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Innskillin Vidal Icewine, Niagara Peninsula
Graham’s 20 yr Tawny Port, Portugal
¾-oz pout of each Single Malt Scotch Whisky – The Macallan 12 yr Speyside, Highland Park 12 yr Orkney Islands, and Bowmore 12 yr Islay
Gekkeikan Horin Junmai Daiginjo Sake – Japan
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Who here dreams about the perfect kitchen workbench every time you turn around and spill something or can’t find a place to store all the containers needed for your recipe?
Anyone who cooks had this problem at one time or another and modern design has a solution for all cooks and food lovers out there. A small kitchen feels bigger until you start cooking. Then all the nooks and crannies become temporary storage. A chopping board with containers attached sound like an amazing idea right about now. But how about the perfect cutting board?
We got an email from Johannes Schreiter with this incredibly functional piece of kitchen furniture, the innovative Frankfurter Brett kitchen workbench made in Germany. And this Kickstarter project is worth taken a closer look at.
Brothers Johannes Schreiter and Joseph Schreiter worked for three years to come up with a solution for crowded kitchen space and ended up creating a versatile, mobile and modern kitchen workbench. If you find yourself “annoyed by messy and dirty cutting boards and cluttered worktops“, then the Frankfurter Brett kitchen workbench has what it takes to organize your cooking. With an effective, patented bracket system that ensures a smooth workflow, the kitchen workbench supports these containers that slide in and out to make cooking fast and easy. You can use one container for waste, one for chopped food and the third can be used for tools.
With integrated extensible brackets on three sides, this modern kitchen workbench was imagined with the Gastronorm in mind, the international container standard for professional kitchens. These brackets can be pulled out to take up various-sized containers.
This multi purpose kitchen workbench made out of light bamboo is built for doublesided use. This makes it easy to take it outdoors to cook for a barbecue with friends or have it handy for picnics. “It redefines the cutting board and transforms it into a powerful tool. Through extensible brackets different sized containers can be attached directly to the cutting surface, food can now be simply shifted off the board into the containers.”
There are three sizes available: Mono, Mini and Phoenix. But keep in mind that “If you are not worryingly fanatic about cooking, then the PHOENIX is just oversized for you. Seriously.”
The Mono version is the original one, a sleek, mobile and multipurpose kitchen aid that adapts to any cooking situation. The Mini version is more compact thus proving highly efficient for small kitchens. The Mini Frankfurter Brett is useful for bartenders as it uses smaller container sizes and can be easily carried around and stored.
Find out even more cool stuff about the Frankfurter Brett on Kickstarter and support an idea that helps organize and speed up your cooking process. “It smoothly integrates into existing working routines and accomplishes them with the clever bracket-system.” We’ve been waiting for something like this for a while without even knowing. That’s innovation.
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We were profoundly impressed with Szymon Hanczar‘s small apartment design, a surprisingly functional crib measuring a total surface of 13 square meters (139 sq feet)! After living in this place for several years, Hanczar concluded that “13 does not have to be unlucky, and 13m2 can accommodate everything a city maverick needs. Work, studies, going out with friends, concerts, exhibitions, cinema or eating out. Life in a big city absorbs so much that many young people are redefining the term housing”. One glance through the photos below and you will understand why this place is described so positively.
“I didn’t want a spacious apartment which would involve plenty of time to take care of. On the other hand – despite the small space – it was not my intention to give up comfort and functionality. So it was really a unique challenge”, the designer stated. The tiny apartment accommodates a small kitchenette, a bedroom, a bathroom and even a hammock. A bike seems to reign over the space, helped by a suspended rack, perfectly integrated in the overall design scheme. Beige and white were used to expand the space and a Young Poland style leather carpet was added to break the minimalism. How do you think it feels to live in a home like this? [Photography by Jedrzej Stelmaszek]
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Some book lovers are particularly careful with storing their favorite authors and stories, with making sure their best reads are safe from damaging exterior factors. Israel-based studio Artori Design envisioned Book&Hero and Supershelf, a pair of bookends that create the illusion of books being constantly guarded by a superhero. We love how the black silhouette contrasts the colorful book covers, resulting in a fun addition for a home or office. The crazy addition can be used vertically or horizontally, according to the design needs of the user.
Here is an excerpt from the official project description: “Supershelf is a cool floating shelf which gives the impression of a superhero holding the books aloft, preventing them from falling to the ground. The base is concealed by the books and the superhero is affixed via a magnet to the base to give the item its dynamic appearance. A magnet is employed to suspend the superhero in the air, giving the impression of him ‘saving’ the books from an imminent fall.” The imaginative project weighs 350 grams and you can purchase it online on the designers’ website for $25. A fair price for an exquisite gift, wouldn’t you agree?
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Relationships must be worked on all the time, not only when they are broken and need to be fixed.
Every fairy tale, it seems, ends with the same predictable phrase, “happily ever after.” And yet every amazing couple I have ever known agrees that nothing about a healthy, long-term relationship is forever happy. There are moments of bliss, no doubt, and lengthy spans of fun-loving companionship. Yet these good times come at no small effort, and the guy or girl who reads such fiction and dreams his or her troubles will end when he or she departs the altar is well advised to seek at once a reality check from a real, rational couple who has stayed together through thick and thin.
And that’s exactly what I did a couple decades ago. When Angel and I were first falling in love, I went to my parents for some relationship advice. Their advice gave me some much-needed perspective at the time, but what really made a difference was the family ritual born that day. Every year since, I’ve pestered my parents (they love it) on their wedding anniversary and asked them for a relationship tip or two, and I’ve recorded their advice in my journal.
Today, on my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary, I want to share a cleaned-up, copyedited version of my parent’s relationship tips. These are the little things they do – the rituals – that have helped their relationship last 40 years and counting.
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it.”
― Eckhart Tolle
Life can be hectic; sometimes chaos surrounds us in every imaginable direction.
But just because the world around us is in disarray, doesn’t mean the world within us has to be too.
That’s right, I’m saying there’s a way to stay sane in insane times. I’m saying you can get rid of all the insanity inside you created by others, the past, and uncontrollable events…
Just by being a simple witness of your thoughts.
It’s about sitting silently, and witnessing the thoughts passing through you. Just witnessing at first, not interfering and not even judging, because by judging too rapidly you have lost the pure witness. The moment you rush to say, “this is good” or “this is bad,” you have already jumped head first into the chaos.
It takes a little time to create a gap between the witnessing of thoughts and your reaction to them. Once the gap is there, though, you are in for a great surprise – that you are not the thoughts themselves, nor the chaos influencing them. You are the witness, a watcher, who’s capable of changing your mind and rising above the turmoil.
And this process of thought-watching is the very alchemy of true mindfulness. Because as you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, the chaotic thoughts start disappearing. You are thinking, but the mind is empty of senseless chatter.
That’s a moment of enlightenment – a moment that you become, perhaps for the first time, an unconditioned, sane, truly free human being.
And you can now begin the process of introducing new ideas that support your inner freedom, and continue to put your soul at ease. Here are nine such ideas…
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If you’re new to using Microsoft Excel, or an experienced user looking for a good visual reference, this handy cheat sheet covers eight helpful tricks for becoming a spreadsheet pro.
Snoring is a hard annoyance to prevent. The only time you do it is when you’re too unconscious to realize it. This chart can help diagnose snoring problems, as well as offer a few creative solutions (without a doctor visit).
The rich, creaminess of cheesecake is usually only possible to achieve if you have some serious time on your hands. This microwave mini cheesecake can be prepped, cooked, and ready to eat in a fraction of the time a normal cheesecake would take.
Even if they don’t mean to be, some coworkers are just exceptionally irritating. The next time they criticize your idea, or offer up a really bad one of their own, ask them to explain in writing via email.
Now and again, wood cutting boards need to be oiled and otherwise taken care of if you want to extend their lifespan. If your cutting board doesn’t look like the photo above, it’s time.
Learn a highly valuable tech skill and build a portfolio of apps while helping a nonprofit? There’s a lot to like about Free Code Camp.
There’s so much stuff you have to do before and after you move to a new place. This is an extra step, but it could help avoid unnecessary utility charges: Take photos of the water, electricity, and gas meters at your old home before you move and your new home when you move in.
BMI is a commonly used metric that’s supposed to tell you if you’re at a healthy weight or not. As this illustration created from scans of real people shows, however, BMI can be very misleading.
What do your guts know? That tremble, tickle, internal compass in the center-insides of our bodies. Those GUTS… they have feelings. What do your guts tell you about who and how you are?
My guts tell me to trust myself. My guts tell me that I’m capable but also remind me that failure isn’t permanent.
My guts tell me that spiders of any size are horrifying and life threatening.
My guts tell me to lift with my knees, have a cup of tea instead of wine, and to disengage and take a bath.
My guts tell me to run from hard conversations. Then my smarter, wiser, more grounded guts tell me to stop, grow up, and say things that feel hard to say.
My guts know a lot about fried chicken and hope for frequent consumption.
My guts dislike mosquitos, but at least they’re not flying spiders.
My guts requested chocolate pudding and because they are generally knowledgable not not very needy, I obliged. I’m glad I did.
What do your guts know? Tell me tell me.
Pudding is simple. Chocolate, cream, and sugar… and an egg for velvet.
Because we’re using so few ingredients, it’s important to use the best ingredients you can get your hands on. Actually… what an obnoxious thing to say. I know we’re all just doing our best and chocolate is expensive and organic cream is bonkers.
Here’s the thing: splurge on a good dark chocolate bar, use a moderately priced cocoa powder, organic cream if you’re feelin’ it, any salt, any cornstarch, an egg, and good vanilla if you have it… if not, a splash of bourbon over bad vanilla. Always.
Into a saucepan with the cocoa powder, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Milk and cream are streamed into the pan over medium heat to mix, melt and meld.
The mixture is brought to a light simmer. Light. Not hard. It’s milk and cream so we want to be gently. A light simmer will be just enough to activate the cornstarch to thicken. After a few minutes of simmering and whisking we’re in business with a soupy-thick chocolate mixture.
We mustn’t forget about our egg yolk!
I spooned a bit of warm pudding to a small bowl with the yolk to whisk and temper it, then stirred the yolky pudding back into the pot.
Chopped chocolate and vanilla extract are stirred until the chocolate is completely melted.
Now we’re really in business!
We’ve gone from warm chocolate goop to actual luscious chocolate pudding!
Spooned into cups… tea cups or otherwise. Licked warm from the pan and spatula. Set in the refrigerator to max and relax.
It’s a simple pleasure, these big spoonfuls of cold creamy chocolate. Simple but still so decadent.
I served my pudding with sweetened whipped cream and ripe figs. By served… I mostly mean I ate all these cups over the course of a day and a half and I have no shame in my game. My guts made me do it.
Being together with other introverts is hard, so sometimes it's best to just witness examples and experiences of the drive of introversion through the format of web comics. Bask in your cat cave, or blanket fortress at other's social aversions.
Here’s what happens when you add a blow torch to your kitchen arsenal: you find an excuse to toast or brûlée everything in sight. When you have fire from a portable gun, why wouldn’t you top everything in sugar and crisp it? It’s foolish not to, frankly.
Can we make nachos with a kitchen torch? There’s only one way to find out.
Let’s focus on the matter at hand: buttery shortbread crust, sweet and tangy Meyer lemon filling, topped with caramelized and crisp sugar. Brûléed sugar, because we have actual torch fire in our hands.
Classic lemon bars, with a small stroke of genius.
We start with the crust.
Crust is a scary word but this is a press-in shortbread so rest easy!
Softened shortbread and powdered sugar and Go!
Flour and salt are added to the fluffy butter and sugar mixture.
That’s it! That was too easy, right?
The crust goes away to bake in the oven while the filling is real-quick whisked together.
I used Meyer lemons for this recipe because I LOVE how they smell, they’re slightly sweeter than regular lemons, and they were the same price as regular lemons at Whole Foods and I was like, wait a minute… Meyer lemons are more fancy and classy than regular lemons so why would I buy these boring old regular lemons when these Meyer lemons are looking mighty fine and wait… why am I spending 99cents per lemon anyway… I need a lemon tree that I won’t kill, GEEZ!
So that’s why we’re using Meyer lemons. Cool story.
Eggs are whisked with the sugar.
Yes, that’s a pie plate I’m using as a mixing bowl. I was like… which bowl will I hate the least when I have to wash it? This one! Scalloped edges. I dunno.
Lemon zest in with the sugar and eggs. Lots of flavor in that zest. Don’t sleep on the zest.
Flour, lemon juice, and a splash of vanilla extract to finish of the super easy filling.
You’re right. It smells delicious.
The filling is poured over the warm, baked shortbread crust.
Baked until fragrant and firm. Golden brown around the edges.
We’re almost at torch time!
The lemon bars are cooled and sliced.
It helps to run a knife along the sides of the pan to help the lemon bars out of the pan.
I like to slice the bars before brûlée-ing them to avoid cracking the crisp sugar with slicing.
Sliced and sugar sprinkled. A thin but aggressive layer of granulated sugar.
A wave of the magic wand kitchen torch will brown, caramelize and if you’re not careful, quickly burn the bars. A light touch. It’s fire and sugar.
I like to brûlée the bars just before serving to ensure that they’re freshly crisp, otherwise the sugar may tend to soften and weep.
Now… what are we going to torch next!?