Day: December 14, 2018

My House and Garden

A Fondue Party is ideal for an informal evening with friends. This popular dish comes from Switzerland where villagers in the mountains had to rely on local produce, like cheese, wine and home baked bread during the long winter month. The name fondue comes from the French word "fondre", which means to melt or blend. Fondue meaning melted cheese in wine. You will need a chafing dish over a spirit stove and long fondue forks. Place the heated fondue dish on the spirit stove in the center of your table and hand out a fork to all your guests. Everyone spears a piece of bread onto the long fork, dips it into the fondue, turns it once or twice before eating it. In no time the ice will be broken and the party in full swing with everyone trying not to drop the bread form the fork. The custom is that anyone who looses a piece of bread in the dish must supply a bottle of wine. Even the experts find it hard, especially after a few glasses of Kirsch. Fondue Parties in Switzerland are a lot of fun with its warm atmosphere.

Lots of other delicious variations exist now, eg Fondue Bourgignonne made with Fillet Steak accompanied with Mustard, Tatar, Bearnaise, Tomato or Curry sauce and so on.

Swiss Cheese Fondue:

Ideally a rustic wine and small glasses of Kirsch and a crispy salad are served with this. Suitable for Vegetarians.

350g (12oz) Emmenthal Cheese, grated

350g (12oz) Gruyère Cheese, grated

45cl (3/4 pint) dry white wine

3 tablespoons of Kirsch

3-4 flat teaspoons of corn starch

grated nutmeg to taste

1 clove of garlic

pepper to taste

crusty firm bread, like French bread, cut into bite size pieces

rub the fondue pan with garlic

pour in the wine and heat very gently over the cooker

when hot add a small amount of cheese at a time, stirring continuously

bring it gently to bubbling point

add the kirsch mixed with the corn starch

let it simmer for another 3 minutes, stirring continuously

now place it on your fondue stand with a lit flame and serve

Tip: corn starch is a white type thickening flour and not the yellow maize variety …

Creative Ideas for Decorative Room Dividers

For those who have a small home, or live in a studio apartment, one of the best and easiest methods to make their home appear larger and to make more efficient use of the available space is to divide some of the larger open plan rooms. For instance you can separate the kitchen into a cooking area and a dining area. There may be other reasons for dividing a room as well, such as to direct attention to a particular area of ​​the room, to hide clutter created by children, and to manage the light inside the room. If correctly and tastefully handled, this division will add a unique distinguishing character to that house. You can make the house cozier and warm as well as elegant and classical using room dividers.

It can be done in numerous ways and number of room dividers can be used. Some of which we will list below, however you should not be limited by them but should try to use your imagination creatively.

Types of Room Dividers

Room dividers can be permanent, improvised or flexible. Which type of room dividers to use, will depend on the house owner's needs and requirements.

A half height or half width wall can be considered a permanent room divider. Such a wall will go half way across the room and half way up to the roof creating a division in the room. You should opt for a permanent divider only if you are not going to change the room arrangement in the near future. It can be used with other sorts of room dividers to completely separate the room. Such a wall combined with shelves mounted on it will give you more storage space as well. For instance you may want to divide a bedroom into a sleeping area with bed on one side and a study area on the other side. You can then put your books and other study materials on the shelves on the wall.

Shelves, cupboards, and other furniture can be used as improvised room dividers. They can be used in a similar way to a low wall to divide a bedroom or any other room. Large book shelves are commercially available for this very purpose.

You can also use large plants as improvised room dividers. Plants that can be used include palm trees, bamboos, and various crotons, among others. Using exotic, rare and expensive plants can make this kind of division extremely attractive as a decorative method. Wooden frames containing potted plants are commercially available for this purpose. You too can create similar framed pots. Wooden or metal trellis with plants and vines on them can also be used. Some of the plant pots can be hung from the roof. They will create an impression of division when correctly placed even if you can easily communicate between the two sides.

Flexible Room Dividers

Panels and screens are popular flexible room dividers. These panels can be made of various materials and can be moved …

Yes, You Can Afford a Food Storage Plan

So you think you can not afford to have food storage and still feed your family on a day-to-day basis. Well, you can – and I'm going to tell you how to do it.

Start with an inventory of your cupboards and pantry.

Take a notepad and write general headings such as "canned goods, meats, frozen foods, and dairy products.

Plan your menus for the week using only the foods you have in your house.

Pretend that there is no way for you to get to the store until payday. I bet you would be surprised to discover that you can usually gather up supplies for several meals. Try to create enough simple meals to last until the following payday, even if you have to eat the same thing several times.

Now assess your basic needs.

You'll find there are some meals you could make if you only had this or that item. Begin a "needs" list and add these things to it. Also list other must-have items; The things you can not do without until next payday, like milk, formula, bread, etc. Be sure to include as needs only those items necessary to nutritiously feed your family and do not forget nonfood items. When your list of needs is complete, estimate the cost of each item and add the prices together for an estimated total.

Okay, it's payday. Here's what you will do.

Write down the amount of your paycheck. Subtract all of your bills and other obligations, like rent / mortgage, utilities, insurance, bus fare, car payments, etc. Also, deduct the out-of-the-ordinary but necessary expenses for this pay period, like birthday presents, school pictures, haircuts, etc. When all these fixed expenses are subtracted, what remains is your grocery budget .. (Stop crying and keep reading.)

Take the estimated total from your assessment chart and subtract your grocery budget. The remaining amount is what you can spend on adding to your food storage. Do not be discouraged if this amount is small. Even a few dollars will get you started. If your finances are so tight that having an amount left over each payday seems impossible, consider this option: Set aside an amount, however small, from each paycheck as if it were another bill. Use this amount as your food storage amount. If this amount is too small to even buy anything, save it up until the amount is larger.

So now you have added a few items to your food storage and it's payday again.

For the next paycheck (and all paychecks from this point forward), follow the formula you used on the first payday. If you are careful in planning and preparing your menus, you may notice an increase in your food storage amount each payday. But do not be discouraged if it's nothing or really small; Sometimes it takes several pay periods before you see progress.

Save money on groceries.

To save money on groceries every time you shop, you have to know what a "good" …

What To Do If You Touch Poison Ivy

In order to prevent or minimize the itchy rash, you first need to know how you can get poison ivy. First, you can get poison ivy from directly coming in contact with the plant oil itself.

The plants contain an oily substance, called urushiol, which causes an allergic reaction in most people who come into contact with it.

Secondly, you can get poison ivy from an indirect contact with the oily substance. This can be from handling clothing that has come in contact with the oily substance in the plant or it can come from petting your animal that has been romping in the poison ivy near your house.

Thirdly, you can come in contact with urushiol by an airborne contact. Airborne contact occurs when you are burning vegetation and burn poison ivy. The oil can get in the air and can come in contact with your body. For this reason, you should not burn the plant but instead bag it up with gloves and throw it away. Do not forget to wash the gloves as soon as you are done handling the plant.

If you come in contact with the poison ivy plant, you should wash the area as thoroughly as possible with a degreasing soap – like the soap you get at an automotive store. If you do not have that, use regular soap and scrub the urushiol off of the affected area. Wash your hands, too, after you have washed the affected area.

You should remove the clothing you were wearing when you came in contact with the noxious plant and wash it separately from any other laundry. Use a good strong detergent in order to get the oily substance out of the clothing and dry it in the dryer so that the clothing is "baked" in the dryer. This should remove traces of urushiol from the cloths.

If you have to come in contact with the poison ivy plant, wear boots, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. If you are pulling out the weeds, use thick garden gloves. You should wash the garden gloves at the same time you are washing the clothes you were wearing when you came in contact with the plant.

Do not burn the poison ivy as you can come in contact with airborne urushiol. Instead, you should consider bagging up the poison ivy and throwing it away. You can also put it in a compost pile if you do not ever plan to handle the compost.

Remember what poison ivy looks like. It can grow in vines or as small shrubs that have three leaves to a branch, with the middle leaf being on a slightly longer branch. The bushhes tend to cluster together in a patch but can be mixed in with other vegetation. The leaves are green in the summer but turn yellow or red in the fall. They are still able to cause a rash in the fall or even the winter so be wary anytime you see …