Homemade Cottage Cheese

cheese 5 copy I know what you’re probably thinking… “Homemade Cottage Cheese, Seriously?” Yes, I couldn’t be more serious. I plan on using this for a couple of Home School lessons/activities. There is the science “chemical reaction” lesson, a basic “curds and whey” for a Little Miss Muffet activity. We may even use this Continue reading

the next time we make lasagna at home.

Overall, It’s way easier than it sounds and was very yummy.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients
1 gallon pasteurized skim milk
3/4 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 cup half-and half-or heavy cream

Directions

Pour the skim milk into a large saucepan and place over medium heat. Heat to 120 degrees F. Remove from the heat and gently pour in the vinegar. Stir slowly for 1 to 2 minutes.
The curd will separate from the whey. Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

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Pour the mixture in to a strainer with a tea towel inside to keep everything together. Let it sit and drain for 5 minutes. Gather up the edges of the cloth and rinse under cold water for 3 to 5 minutes or until the curd is completely cooled, squeezing and moving the mixture the whole time. Once cooled, squeeze as dry as possible and transfer to a mixing bowl.

Add the salt and stir to combine. Break up the curd into bite-size pieces as you go. Stir in the half-and-half or heavy cream. Finally, transfer to an air-tight container and place in the refrigerator.

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Protecting Your Family With a Gun Safe

If you are the owner of a firearm, you should also consider being the owner of a gun safe. Anyone who owns a gun should know that a gun safe is a necessity. There are plenty of good reasons to have a quality gun safe inside your home, just like the Continue reading

quality gun safes you can find at GunSafesNow.com.

No one should keep their guns in the nightstand drawer or hiding under their bed pillow every night. Guns are serious weapons, and they should be stored away safely. People who don’t store their guns in a safe place often end up regretting a gun accident inside of their home.

Having a gun safe helps keeps kids safe. If you have a gun in your home, your children can easily discover its location and have an accident or injure themselves with it. No one wants to have their child hurt with their own gun. Locking the gun in a good safe can protect the life of your children.

If you have more than one gun, you can store all of them in one safe and keep the code hidden from everyone. Your toddler will never accidentally find your gun and cause harm because it’s locked up and safe. Teens won’t be able to brag about your new gun and show it off to their friends because they can’t get into the safe without you being the one to open it.

Another benefit of a gun safe is that it keeps thieves from stealing your firearms. If guns are left out in the open and found by a thief, they can use the gun against you. A good gun safe will give you peace of mind knowing that no one but you will ever get their hands on your guns.

Because you can buy a fireproof safe for your guns, you won’t ever have to worry about your guns being ruined if your house should catch on fire. Fireproof gun safes keep the guns protected from the extreme heat.

A gun safe isn’t only for keeping firearms safe. You can store anything valuable and precious to you in this secure box. Again, they are safe from being stolen and safe from fire.

If you own guns, the safe route is to own a gun safe. Keeping your firearms locked up until you want to use them is best for avoiding accidents and keeping everyone out of harms way.


Princess Pies

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1 (18.25 ounce) package devil’s food cake mix
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cakes
Prepare mix as directed on package except using only 3/4 cup of water. Drop batter onto greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper to line pan) in Continue reading

2 1/2 to 3 inch circles. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool.

Filling
In a saucepan, combine milk and flour and cook, stirring constantly until it forms a thick paste. Let cool. In a medium bowl, beat sugar and shortening until fluffy. Add vanilla. Add cooled flour mixture and beat until double in volume.

Turn the little cakes over on their backs. Spoon a dollop of filling onto half of the little cakes. Place the other half of the cakes on top of the filling to form sandwiches, roll in sprinkles and enjoy.


English Pancakes

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(makes 6-8 large pancakes or 12 smaller ones)
Ingredients

For the pancakes:
1 cup plain flour
2 eggs
1 Tbsp melted butter
Pinch salt
1 ¾ cups milk

For the topping:
About ½ cup granulated sugar
Fresh lemon juice

Instructions
Mix sifted flour, eggs, butter and salt together, then slowly add the milk. You’re looking for a pouring consistency — much runnier than Continue reading

American-style pancakes.
Lightly grease a small, flat frying pan and place over medium-high heat. When it’s too hot to hold your hand close to, pour about a ¼ cupful onto the pan.
Immediately tilt the pan and turn it, so the batter spreads evenly across the surface. If it’s too thick to spread, add milk to the mix and try again.
When you see the edges start to curl up, gently lift and flip with a spatula. Cook for a further five to 10 seconds on the other side, just long enough to brown, and remove to a plate. Re-grease the pan, if needed, and repeat until all of your batter is gone.
Sprinkle each pancake with about a teaspoon of sugar, gently roll, top with squeeze of lemon juice, and enjoy!

Getting Ready For A Big Day Of Work

Most workers who spend their days in the field must have a way to easily organize and prepare their tools. A snap-on tool bag from a company like Toolsmith Direct allows the worker to easily get ready for a long day of work. These bags provide the worker with the simplicity Continue reading

that offsets their legion of tools, and the worker can simply pick the bag and go to work.

The Storage

When these bags are used as storage spaces, they keep each tool in the same place all during the day. The worker can easily files their tools back into the bag, and the bags are easy to carry on and off the job site. Also, these bags are easy to store in the back of the truck or the passenger seat in the truck. Workers struggle to find enough storage, and these bags are easy to carry around. This is much simpler to use than a toolbox that must be rolled around.

The Size

These bags come in several sizes for each purpose. There are many workers who carry a small set of tools because their job requires only a few tools. These tools can be placed in the bag and carried easily onto each job site. The worker can carry the tools over their shoulder, and they will not struggle to get all their tools everywhere they need to go.

The larger bags can be unfolded to make sure that the worker can get to all the tools out in one fell swoop. Also, the worker who is using these large bags can zip the bag up quickly at the end of a job. These bags may be heavy, but they make the work simple because of the organization they provide.

People who are taking tools into the field every day must make sure that they are using tool bags that suit their needs. Every tool bag should fit the number of tools the worker has, and they can be carried from the truck to the site without a problem. Organized workers get more done during every work shift.


Proper Furnace Filters For Your Home

When people are using air filters in their home, they often forget about the filters in the furnace. Furnace filters do the same job as filters in the air conditioner. Also, these furnace filters can help people when they have breathing problems. The filters capture all the dust and dirt in Continue reading

the house, and the dust and dirt will increase when the weather gets cold outside.

The Strong Filters

A strong Honeywell furnace filter from a place like Your Filter Connection will help keep the home clean. These filters can sterilize the air, and they are used in hospitals to keep patients safe. The best way to make sure the dirt that is tracked into the house is captured is with these furnace filters. The filters take the dirt in through the intake and clean the air for the homeowner.

Other Filters

There are many other filter choices, and homeowners need to make sure they are using filters that work best for their home. Most people can get by with standard filters, but people with asthma or bronchitis will benefit from stronger filters. The people who use standard filters may not have breathing problems, but they need to make sure that they are changing their filters often.

Changing Filters

Changing the filters every three to four months is the best way to keep the air in the house clean. Homeowners may not realize how clogged these filters can get, but the filters will break if they are clogged too much. Homeowners will release dirt and dust into their homes when they let their filters get too dirty.

The best way for people to make sure that their homes are clean is to use filters that capture all the air in the winter. Running the heat in the winter is a welcome thing for all families, but these families should not be breathing dirty air. These filters protect the family from the dirt that gets tracked in the house, and the sickly people in the house will be more comfortable than ever breathing air that has been cleaned by the air filter.


One Great Way to Enjoy Summer Weather at Home

One Great Way to Enjoy Summer Weather at Home

When the leaves start turning colors, we often look back at our summer and wish that we could have spent more time outside. Despite getting its fair shake time-wise in most areas, summer is the one season that always seems to blow by Continue reading

in a blink of an eye. No matter how much effort we put into enjoying the warmest months of the year, it always feels like we short-change ourselves.

 

Enjoying summer doesn’t have to be extravagant though. While waterskiing, parasailing, or hiking in the mountains can still be your highlights, it’s very easy to enjoy the season, even at your own home. The best way to do this is with comfortable patio furniture.

 

Comfy porch or patio furniture gives you the ability to enjoy quiet moments, while still getting fresh air and sunshine. However, the issue many people have with patio furniture is comfort. To leave them outside 24/7, hard, waterproof materials are needed to ensure they don’t breakdown. Of course, these lack comfort. To soften them up, many people purchase cushions, but these have their own issues, as they become a hassle to bring in and out and keep dry.

 

There is an answer to this catch-22, though. Wide-pored, fast-drying foam is now manufactured, perfect for outdoor furniture. When encased in breathable outdoor fabric, these cushions are soft and supportive while allowing water to drain right through their forms. Air is also able to pass through, helping them quickly dry out. Treated to be antimicrobial, these cushions won’t rot like other cushioning materials are prone to do. This means you can leave them out in the wind and rain all year, without the effort of bringing them in and out every time you want to enjoy the outdoors. With outdoor patio cushions, you can make the most of your summer, while making your life easier than ever.

Article submitted by The Foam Factory, an online retailer and manufacturer of cushioning foam, including fast-drying outdoor foam, great for outdoor uses like patio furniture or boat cushions.


Review: Washable Playard™ with Dream Centre™ in Avondale from Ingenuity

I got the chance to review the awesome Washable Playard™ with Dream Centre™ in Avondale. First, let me say that it is so easy to assemble that MIL and I did it without the instructions. It wasn’t a decision we made to prove a point, we literally didn’t find them until we Continue reading

were done. (Hint: They are tucked into the bottom of the carry bag)

Once it was all together I put my youngest in it and she instantly loved it. She has just started cruising and has a ball holding on while walking around. My Three year old sees how much fun the youngest is having and keeps trying to climb in with her. Due to the excellent craftsmanship, the Pack-n-Play wasn’t affected the one time the three year old did manage to sneak inside. Thankfully, baby was safely napping in her crib.

DH and I are becoming more and more pleased with the quality, versatility, and ruggedness of products produced by Ingenuity. As stated, every surface of the pack-n-play is washable. What is not stated is how resistant to dirt and stains the surfaces seem to be. Every spill or accident that has occurred on the Pack-n-play was quickly wiped up with no fuss. I finally had to deliberately try and make a mess just to test how truly washable it was. After some “baby inspired” leftover baby food smearing, I tossed a couple of the covers in the wash and they came out like new.

As you can see from the pics, we get a lot of use out of it. My youngest loves it. She would play it in all day if I let her. We use it so much it is on semi-permanent display in my living room.

Along with an excellent Pack-n-play you also get a portable changing table that clips right onto the top as well as a bassinet.  The base mat also clips and zips in about half up the inside to raise the play area up. There is a storage bag that attaches and hangs off the side for essentials like diapers, wipes and any assortment of support items for changing time or playtime.  It all packs up into a sturdy carry case and you are off.  All in all, it is an excellent, versatile product that is well worth the investment if you are looking for a pack-n-play

If you love the style it is the Washable Playard™ with Dream Centre™ in Avondale and will be available at Walmart. Check out the video review here

 

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Advancing Your Nursing Career Online

Advancing Your Nursing Career Online

Many people dream of working as nurses, but they do not have the funds or ability to attend classes. The most common online programs are for business or education, but nurses can get online RN to MSN degrees to help advance their careers. These degrees offer all Continue reading

the same information as formal degrees, but these degrees allow students a bit of leeway as they pursue their education.

The Coursework

The coursework for a nursing program is often rigorous. Nurses must have a great deal of medical knowledge, and these nurses must be trained completely before they work with patients. The courses teach nurses everything they need to know, and the nurses will feel confident that they have learned as much as their traditional counterparts.

The Internships

When nurses are nearing the end of their program, they must be placed in an internship program. These internships put nurses in a variety of medical situations for their own benefit. A nurse must work in every field of medicine possible to learn what they would most like to do. When the nurses are working in these internships, they get real work experience that could lead to job offers. Also, the experience teaches nurses things they could not learn in a class.

The Flexibility

The flexibility of an online program helps nurses to maintain a job, a family and a social life. The classes do not have regular meeting times, and the work is graded online by each professor.

The nurses are also able to communicate with their professors online. Students can be heard much more easily when they can send a quick e-mail to their teachers. The correspondence between teacher and student can provide a whole new learning opportunity, and the nurse gets to determine how much they are going to learn in each class.

With these new online programs for nurses, students from all walks of life can gain their education without dealing with normal obstacles to schooling. The schedule, cost and transportation are taken out of the equation to allow each student to attend school on their own terms as a rising nurse.

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