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Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Subject: The Best Way To Go About Choosing A First-Rate Wine
Posted by:dofol1285.
Time:1:07 pm.

Clearly choosing a particular type, brand and year of wine is a matter of individual taste. But, disregarding the subject of price, there are various general principles on which there is agreement amongst wine drinkers.

Fortunatey the growth of vineyards across the world and of Internet sites featuring wine means that availability is fairly simple today. If you live in Arkansas or Edinburgh you can order a New Zealand Syrah not stocked by your local wine merchant as easily as anyone living in Tauranga.

Disregarding questions of pairing wine with food, are you looking for a light white wine or a full red wine? Some say that Madeira is far too heavy while others feel that a German Riesling is too dry. Many easily available wines are intended to be consumed shortly after they are purchased, however wine drinkers who want to drink the very best wine will have to learn to be patient. A Cabernet Sauvignon will without doubt be much better after it has matured.

Chardonnay from a cool climate, like those from Canada, will be of interest to drinkers who prefer a young wine with prominent acidity and also to those who want to experience it's honey and nut character that comes from age.

Describing wines according to class may also be useful. Wines in Class 1, sometimes labeled 'Red Table Wine' or 'Light Wine' have an alcohol content between 7% and 14% when measured by volume. On the other hand, Class 7 wines have an alcohol content of not lower than 15% when calculated by volume. These wines have generally had Brandy added to then and perhaps flavored using herbs with those wines with the greatest concentration being considered as 'fortified'.

Study the label for an indication of the amount of sulfites in a wine. Sulphur is normally added during the winemaking process to stop the growth of unwanted organisms, but some producers introduce more sulpur than many drinkers would wish. Sulphur dioxide is sometimes also sprayed onto the grapes themselves in an effort to reduce pests and can find its way into the skin. Some drinkers are sensitive to sulfites and may experience an allergic reaction. Concentrations that are below 10 parts per million are usually fine for most individuals.

When sampling a wine you should cool it to the proper temperature of about 52F (11C) for white wine and 65F (18C) in the case of reds and use a thin rimmed glass that is free from dust.

Pour not more than about 1/3 of a glass and lift the glass by the stem to avoid getting fingerprints on the rim and warming the bowl.

What you are looking for is a clarity of color by viewing a wine against a white background with a wine such as a Cabernet Sauvignon being a dark violet in color and a Pinot Noir displaying a lighter ruby color. Wines that are fermented from grapes grown in hot summers and dry falls will display a darker color than those wines made during cool summers and wet falls.

The final stage is to move the wine slowly around coating the bowl of the glass and let your nose sample its aroma before tasting the wine.

About the Author: Visit GreatWineTastings.com to learn about such things as the art of winemaking and to find a stunning wine country gift basket

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Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Subject: The Art of Watermelon Carving
Posted by:dofol1285.
Time:5:08 am.

Fruit carving is one of the oldest traditions followed in the Oriental countries, China, Japan, Thailand and some Asian countries in particular. This artistic tradition generally centers on some festivities where the beautiful sculptures draw the attention of the people. In fact carving of fruits is an exquisite work of art. In China, watermelon carving is the most popular. Fruit carving can also be done on such fruits as carrots, papaya, pumpkins and other smaller fruits for carving individual items. But watermelon carvings appear to be highly attractive on account of its varied colors and size. The contrasting colors of melons lend a striking effect to the finished product, making them all the more appealing.

Prior to the execution of your carving skill, it is essential to make all the proper arrangements. A good carving knife with a single sharp pointed blade is a must- have in this case. Carving on a watermelon is done in a relief format; it can be just a simple cut out or carry an intricate engraving. This Chinese artistic sculpture is of ancient origin that has been passed down through the generations. In modern days, this wonderful tradition has found great recognition and popularity throughout the world. The varying tones and colors of watermelons (pink, white, green) work wonders to give a contrasting effect to the sculptures.

Watermelon sculptures can turn out to be the cynosure for any occasion or international event. This artwork can be exhibited at any cultural platform to showcase some wonderful talents. The carvings done on the watermelons are endless, ranging from teapots to flower vases, to little animals or even trophies. These amazing designs are carved out using carving tools and melon ballers. The carving tool is used to cut out intricate patterns while the melon baller scoops out larger sections. The melon baller is particularly helpful in carving out large unique shapes such as a fish, basket or fruit holder. The watermelon rind is very easy to cut into and amateurs can begin with cutting the rind to create large designs.

Watermelon carving can be a great fun with the kids too. In fact, being an excellent source of vitamins and a tasty fruit, kids can have a great time learning this art and absorbing the benefits of this fruit. This unique art sculpture should be encouraged among the children not only to propagate and keep alive the ancient tradition but also to give way to the creation of masterpieces of the future.

About the Author: Suzanne Macguire is an Internet marketing professional with expertise in content development and technical writing in a variety of industries.
Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Subject: Making Snack Time Healthy
Posted by:dofol1285.
Time:1:07 am.

Now days, more than ever kids should be eating healthier. For millions of kids in America consuming junk food and increased inactivity has contributed to obesity and an increasing number of kids being above normal weight. Not only is it important to teach your child which snacks they should eat, but educating them during the early, formidable years may help them sidestep obesity and becoming overweight in the future when they are adults. Here are some tips on yummy healthy snacks for kids.

One way for your kids to enjoy healthy snacks is to get them started on naturally sweet foods. Since most kids crave sweets for snacks, naturally sweet foods such as fruits are ideal. Encourage them to enjoy a banana, orange, apple, cherries, strawberries and other berries whenever they have a sweet tooth. You can mix in yogurt or even make a fruit smoothie for them with some milk and a drop of chocolate or other natural flavors.

Another great way for your kids to enjoy healthy snacks is to give them fresh nuts. Children love peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, etc. One of the things to recognize about kids is that if they try enough types of natural and healthy snacks, they will find one that they enjoy. The problem is that many times parents give up trying to find the snacks that their kids like and settle for popular junk foods instead.

When choosing a healthy snack, what you want to avoid are products containing lots of sugars, unneeded preservatives and empty calories. While most kids will fight you tooth and nail if you make them eat wheat germ and tofu, most kids will be more than happy to eat snacks if they have a sweet taste and are presented in the right way.

Other healthy snacks that many children appreciate are dry cereals. For instance, there are many breakfast cereals that are prepared from corn, wheat, bran and include nuts and honey. These cereals when consumed at breakfast usually include milk; however, you can easily serve them without milk to your children. One of the most common dry cereals which are healthy and nutritious for your child at almost any age is Cheerios. Cheerios are lightly sweetened and yummy either moistened with milk or dry. If your child requests a delicious snack for lunch or to take along for camp or little league, dry cereal is not only healthy, but delicious.

For those children that are incredibly picky and only want junk food, one strategy to use in order to get your child to eat nutritious snacks is to buy prepared natural snacks. Today, there are many packaged snacks that may look like junk food, but are actually healthy and nutritious for your child. They include certain fruit roll ups, string cheese and granola bars. Many of these snacks resemble junk food, but are actually made from natural ingredients and include relatively little sugar and empty calories. If you are searching for a great way for your child to remain healthy, try the previously mentioned tips on healthy snacks for kids.

About the Author: For more Healthy Recipes For Little Ones go to .dinewithoutwhine.com/article-healthy-recipes-for-kids.htm

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Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Subject: atkins diet plan
Posted by:dofol1285.
Time:2:07 am.

Many aspects have been covered in this article so that you can gain from an wide research.

Knowing that you need to better realise this matter I recommend that you take 5 minutes to read what we have to say.

You&rsquo;re going on a dieting and you&rsquo;ve decided that this is the last one that you&rsquo;ll ever take. There&rsquo;s no other ground for this than you&rsquo;ve already heard so much about the Atkins Diet, that you have total trust in your ability to lose weight and also to keep it off. With the help of the Atkins diet plan you can tailor make your dieting to suit your body and your needs.

When you start on your diet you&rsquo;ll get an Atkins diet plan that will get you started on the first phase of your dieting journey. This will be stage one, the induction phase, of four phases which you will in time, go through. So what you&rsquo;re really getting with the Atkins diet plan is a great way for you to control the path you take your diet on, and whether you&rsquo;re actually going to follow this path.

Although you need not follow Atkins diet plan religiously if you want results you&rsquo;ll follow it religiously. So stay away from the carbs and eat your way through high fat, high protein meals. Well, you won&rsquo;t need tostay away from carbs entirely, you&rsquo;ll just need to make yours a low carb dieting alternatively of the high carb dieting you&rsquo;ve been followers so thoughtlessly for most of your life.

However, by chase the Atkins diet plan and all but slip carbs from your diet, you abbreviate the chances of your diet failed and pretty much loss to the dogs. After all, this time you&rsquo;ve decided that this is your last dieting and that you&rsquo;re sledding to make it work, so it&rsquo;s very no use tantalizing fortune and veering, even if slightly, off course from your Atkins diet plan.

Remember that the whole plan was made to suit you, and to help you make your dieting restrictions easier to bear. With that in mind, also remember that within the Atkins diet plan you can also eat a few carbs, but you will have a almost straight-out snack counter of proteins and fats useable to you. So you don&rsquo;t need to be afraid that your diet&rsquo;s going away to be you the pleasures of eating well.

With the Atkins diet plan you&rsquo;ll find out that you caneat well without feel the going away of your carbs too much. Andeven though you might think that cookery and preparation meals will be a chore if you have to stay within the restrictions of the Atkins diet plan you&rsquo;ll be agreeably to find that it just isn&rsquo;t so.

There are many great foods and repast plans uncommitted if you go through your Atkins diet plan. And if you can just make it through the kernel racking period of reading material your Atkins diet plan you&rsquo;ll find that you really can make it through this diet, with scarce any forfeiture on your part. Now that&rsquo;s what I call the dieting to end all diets! And isn&rsquo;t that what you invited in the first piazza

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About the Author:

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Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Subject: Crabs, Crabs, Crabs. How to Choose and Prepare Them.
Posted by:dofol1285.
Time:3:07 pm.

One of the most juicy and scrumptious seafoods in the markets today are Crabs. There are so many different types of crabs including whole crabs, crab legs, Alaskan crabs, stone crabs, and crab cakes. They can be prepared in soups, salads, or sandwiches. They can be enjoyed as crab cakes, crab fritters, in pasta and even steamed. No matter how you prepare it, crabs are a wonderful dish to prepare.

It is important to make sure that you pick the best crabs or crab meat that you can find. It does not matter what you are going to prepare, if the crab is not fresh, then the dish will reflect it and will not taste good. It is advisable to purchase live crabs. When choosing the best ones, you want to make sure that the ones that you pick are feisty and aggressive. If they are already dead, you could get sick from using the meat. When you purchase them, ask to look at the crabs, or better yet, choose the ones that you want so that you can insure better taste and decreased likelihood of getting sick. If you are not going to use fresh crab and go the frozen route, make sure that your crab has been frozen. Try not to buy crab meat that is defrosted as this could mean that it has been refrozen several times, or that the meat is old.

You definitely do not want to waste your crabs by cooking them incorrectly. It does not matter what type of crabs that you are cooking, make sure that you cook them right away. If you are going to steam them, make sure that your pot can hold all of them at once. This will prevent your crabs from cooling too fast and will ensure even cooking. You do not want to let your crabs sit in the liquid if you are going to steam them because this will cause them to be boiled instead. A great way to add good flavor to your steamed and boiling crabs is by adding beer and seasoning to the liquid. Now that they are cooked to your liking, sit back and enjoy their wonderful flavor.

About the Author: Flavia Bindees is a retired chef who specialized in the purchasing and cooking of fresh Seafood for restaurants on the eastern seaboard.

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Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Subject:I found the perfect contest!!!
Posted by:kittenspeaks.
Time:4:09 am.
Hey folks!! As a "crafty-type" myself I have found that I accumulate tons of stuff for my various arts and I am running out of space and ways to organize. Then I got to thinking that others might have this same problem so when I was sent the details of this contest I had to share it with you. Sadly, I can't enter and it is killing me. I would love to see this won by someone really creative and colorful. Besides, who couldn’t use a 50,000.00 home make over.This is a contest with The Style Network and Niecy Nash. It is the search for The Messiest Home in America. They ran this last year and only redid one room. This year they are doing the whole house. (And yes, I am hating it that I can’t enter.) It’s super easy to enter. You make a video of your home and family that is 1-5 min. Mail it or upload it along with sending in the entry form. Wahllah!

Here is the video that was submitted by last year’s winner.

Last year there were only 50 entries. My last update (just before Christmas) was that there were only about 5 entries so far for this year so you stand a REALLY GOOD chance of winning.

Anyway, check out some of the videos and then enter on your own. Clear some clutter and support your habit.
Happy Holidays every one.
Oh, and if anyone wins I want to move in with you after it is done. ;-)
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Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Posted by:farewellwaltz.
Time:9:31 am.

I am moving to West Hollywood-Los Angeles CA in September, and I wanted to know of some neat thrift/vintage/antique shops so I can decorate my bedroom at a very low budget! If anyone knows of some, I'd very much appreciate it.

I love old world charm, so, anything in that realm sounds good to me! Thanks a bunch  =]
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Friday, April 28th, 2006

Subject:Bird House
Posted by:fuckyou.
Time:4:42 pm.
Recently we started remodeling and the birds that lived under the tin roof have lost their homes. I would like to make some birdhouses using easy to find items, or stuff around the house. So far I have come across the milk jug birdhouse, and of course the popsicle stick house, but what are some more ideas?

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Monday, February 13th, 2006

Subject:Appetite for Seduction Premiering on iTunes this Valentine's Day
Posted by:blakeley.
Time:4:16 pm.
This is a new TV podcast for iTunes, all about cooking, in our first episode we cook with pomegrantes, the show is completely free, nobody makes any money off it.

Join Sensual Cooking Diva, Shani Castri, as she explores the romantic history and potency of some of the finest aphrodisiacs found in New York City and around the world. Shani consults with the experts on her journey to help awaken your appetite for seduction. From caviar to vanilla, pomegranate to garlic, join Shani every two weeks, when as she guides you towards creating an evening—or morning—of passion and food that you and your partner are not soon to forget.

Click here to subscribe via iTunes
Visit www.appetiteforseduction.com
Visit the Appetite for Seduction Livejournal Community

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Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Posted by:alohashark.
Time:9:07 pm.

I am an artist and so is my mom. My mom collects fiestaware and sometimes paints still lifes featuring items in her collection and stuff.

Fiestaware and vintage Tablecloth with fresh produce by my mom, Alohaart on Ebay.

Auction for this painting here.

Mom is having a semi solo show of her paintings at Kauai Museum running until September, 2005. Check it out if you are going to be on Kauai, Hawaii.
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Monday, June 20th, 2005

Posted by:microwaveheart.
Time:9:46 pm.
hello all! it has been a while since i have posted here, so let me reintroduce myself... my name is rachael and i am the moderator of this community. thanks to everyone who still posts, i have enjoyed reading many of the ideas/suggestions/recipes that have been shared! i hope to see more posting soon!
i recently moved into a new apartment and bought new items/got rid of items i no longer needed. i just thought i'd share the Freecycle project with everyone, it has been a great way for me to obtain/get rid of items that i either need or do not need. plus, it is completely free! the basis of the project is this: we all have items we no longer need that someone may actually have a need for (one man's trash = another man's treasure). the project works in that people join their local freecycle project through a group (mine is through yahoo groups). when someone has an item they no longer need, they send an "offer" email to the rest of the group. if a person has a need, they post a "wanted" email to the rest of the group. like i said, it is always free, but pickups/dropoffs/mailing of items is always necessary of course, which is why it works best within a local setting. i have given away lots of items and still have a lot to get rid of!
it's fun to at least try! happy freecycling!
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Thursday, April 7th, 2005

Subject:How to make MONEY at a Grage Sale
Posted by:je_reviens.
Time:5:03 pm.
If only every garage sale organizer in my neighborhood would read this, I could have a lot more fun shopping!

Big Money Garage Sales
by Cathy Pedigo
Maximize your garage sale's potential

I once had a friend tell me jokingly that her family moved every five years on purpose; it was the only way they knew how to clean out all the junk they had accumulated over the years. There was only one flaw in her logic as I could see it. They would throw everything away that wasn't important to them anymore, and to me, it was like throwing away hundreds of dollar bills!

Unfortunately, the vast majority of garage sales I have gone to are poorly put together. To put it bluntly, they're messy, unattractive, and the organizers (if you can call them that) are not maximizing their potential!

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Monday, March 28th, 2005

Subject:Clutter Scavenger Hunt
Posted by:je_reviens.
Time:2:55 pm.
I want to do this. It's a scavenger hunt for clutter in your home! You print off the sheet and go looking. Once you get rid of the item you cross it off the list, and you see how many you can do!
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Thursday, December 2nd, 2004

Subject:pie probs!
Posted by:shootingstarrz.
Time:12:09 pm.
Hi all, Does anyone have a good recipe for pumpkin pie? I kind of ruined that pumpkin pies I made on thanksgiving. They were just too watery... and because of the spilled pie mixture on the crust edges, the crust turned out burnt, even though i covered it with tin foil. Suggestions would be appreciated! My husband is coming home tomorrow and I'd love to surprise him with a better pie. I felt bad, pumpkin pie is his favorite.
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Tuesday, September 28th, 2004

Posted by:sweetcharity.
Time:6:41 pm.
Just wanted to let y'all know about another great community for all things concerning the home myhappyhome
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Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

Posted by:d_day.
Time:8:49 am.
Mood: contemplative.
I just joined. I actually joined a few Domestic communities yesterday (no impoerted communities for me:). I figured I'd try a few and see which is the best fit.

anywhoo, this morning in the shower I decided to ask a question. What, in your opinion and experience, is the best way to clean mildew off grout?

I HATE mildew and thank goodness the house my hunnie and I just bought has a one piece shower instead of tile. I'll have much less grout to bleach, scrubb, hate, ect. but I'll still have some.
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Thursday, September 9th, 2004

Subject:Greetings and DIY Sewing Table Chic
Posted by:knitswellacakes.
Time:8:29 pm.
Mood: happy.
I just joined the community and wanted to introduce myself. Also, I wanted to share my most recent home DIY project. I had a blast making it!

I found a solid wood desk from the 40s at a resale shop for $40. The sides were curved and feminine and I knew I could turn it into a stunner.

Then, I bought some posh wrapping paper at a boutique.

After sanding down the desk, I primed it. Then, painted the entire desk in a creamy white. The insides of the desk drawers, I did in a color to match the walls in my guest bedroom. The sides of the desk drawers, I covered in the posh wrapping paper using Elmer's Glue.

I am replacing the desk handles with nice vintage-y dresser handles from Anthropologie. As soon as I can, I will take photos of the finished desk and of the guest bedroom.

Links for painting and distressing a desk:

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Thursday, August 26th, 2004

Posted by:pebbles2002.
Time:10:13 pm.
Just wanted to let you all know about an awsome community called sexy_domestics.
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Sunday, August 22nd, 2004

Subject:new new new
Posted by:housewifemommy.
Time:11:19 pm.
Mood: bouncy.
I lost my job a while back and now my fiance has gotten a raise so i dont have to look for work anymore. We've decided that i will be a housewife and being pregnant with our first child (due march 8th) i'm going to be a stay at home mom as well. I've joined a few communities already and i'm looking for friends to help keep me motivated in doing all my housewifey duties. I'm a very lazy person lol and its a big problem :(

I'm 3 months preggo on wednesday which is in 3 days and my next doctor's appointment is on september 7th. we'll get to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time. i'm so excited!!!

So add me if you want to be my housewife pal :)

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Monday, August 9th, 2004

Posted by:shootingstarrz.
Time:11:18 am.
Hi everyone, i'm wondering if any of you know a delicious recipe for stuffed pepers. I'd love to hear any suggestions. My sailor just loves these things, and i'd like to be able to cook them myself... and awe him =) thanks!
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